Town club to mark 130th anniversary

Spilsby Town FC
Spilsby Town FC

AN HISTORIC FA Cup rematch will take place next Thursday to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Spilsby Town FC.

The long standing club will play Staveley at home in reverie of the occasion when the two teams met in the first round of the cup on October 29, 1881 - the same year Billy the Kid was shot dead and the American president James Garfield was assassinated.

It is part of a series of anniversary year, fund raisers to help cover the increased costs the club has incurred now that it also has a reserves team.

Club manager Lathen Tuplin said: “We are trying to get a few old players down and hopefully we can increase awareness of the club, create some positivity and have a bit of a laugh.”

Spilsby are hoping for a more favourable result this time round, having been knocked out of the competition 5-1 on the last occasion.

The players might have their work cut out for them as their opposition usually play competitive matches in a higher division than Spilsby.

Although their road to Wembley was cut short all those years ago, Spilsby Town FC enjoyed a great deal of success in other competitions around that time.

The club won the first three Lincolnshire Cup Competitions ever to be held and it alleged that their success against several Lincoln based teams was a contributing factor to the formation of the Might Imps, Lincoln City on June 26, 1884.

In celebration of that success the original trophy will be on display at the event which takes place at the Ancaster Avenue Playing Fields.

The club’s impressive milestone comes just two years after the club was saved from oblivion following a campaign in the Standard to find a new manager.

Since then the team have recruited new players and enjoyed some prosperous seasons in the Boston Premier Division.

There will be a cash raffle during the game, which kicks off at 7pm, with a first prize of £300.