Pub team’s heads are held high despite exit
Biggest day in side’s short history ends in 5-1 defeat
THE biggest day in the short history of Queen’s Head FC may have ended in defeat on Sunday, but certainly not in disgrace.
The club was only formed three years ago by regulars at the Chesham pub and after winning their first piece of silverware last season – lifting the Chesham Sunday League’s Junior Invitational Cup – decided to enter the FA Sunday Cup this year.
Founded in 1960 as a knock-out tournament for Sunday League players, the tournament brings together the best Sunday morning players from across the country and Queen’s Head’s opponents, AC Sportsman, were no exception.
The Bedfordshire-based side are currently top of the North Home Counties Sunday Football League, having won all six of their games so far, coming off the back of last season’s league and cup double.
Queen’s Head, by contrast, sit mid-table in Division One of the Chesham Sunday League having won two, drawn two and lost two this season, and the mismatch was reflected in a 5-1 win for AC Sportsman.
It was not quite the outcome a Queen’s Head side, who had hired out Chesham United’s ground at The Meadow for their big day, were hoping for, but according to player Louie Shanahan, they did themselves proud.
He said: “[AC Sportsman] were an unbelievable side with semi-pro players turning out for them, whereas we are just a regular pub team, so with that in mind we put up quite a good fight.
“Despite the scoreline, the Sportsman players were saying they weren’t expecting such a difficult game.
“We were set up a few years back ago by one of the boys who used to work here, and from humble beginnings with just a few training sessions we are really growing, with 50 to 60 players having turned out for us, with 20 to 30 still with us.”
Sunday’s game as a contest was over by half time, with AC Sportsman 3-0 up, and two more goals in the last few minutes gave the scoreline an unfair slant, although Queen’s Head at least had an injury time consolation from David Goss, who scored their winner in the Junior Invitational Cup Final, to celebrate.
GOOD EFFORT: (Above) Queen’s Head FC’s Alex Jones applauds his team’s efforts; (below) Peter Jobes and Daniel Benning close down an AC Sportsman player