MANAGER Nigel Milne carried on a family tradition by picking up the Culverthorpe Challenge Cup on behalf of Barrowby FC at their annual presentation night last Friday.
The trophy, now in its 90th year and first presented by Brigadier General R. L. Adlercron in 1921, was awarded to Nigel after his Barrowby side defeated Buckminster United 2-1 following extra-time in the final of the competition back in May.
Nigel has won the cup three times with Barrowby and is the first person in the competition’s 90-year history to have won the trophy as both player and manager.
Nigel’s father Trevor has had his hands on the trophy four times and is the only manager to have won with two different clubs – Barrowby and Harlaxton. Club secretary Trevor’s other son Paul Milne has also been on the winning Barrowby side three times.
Barrowby and family connections seem to have been inextricably linked to the victors of the Culverthorpe Cup over the years.
James O’Reilly has been in the winning Barrowby side twice in the last six years, whilst his father Ged was in the winning Grantham United side in 1983/84. John Gibson was in the victorious Harlaxton side in the early 90s and his son Chris played in this year’s triumphant Barrowby team.
And Harrowby United’s victorious 1959/60 side featured Fred Coulson whose grandson Lee was also in this year’s winning Barrowby team.
Other awards on the night were presented to Andrew Willis (manager’s player of the season), Joe Clarke (players’ player and captain’s player), Darren Glover (man of the match), and Leigh Radford who won the top goal scorer award.