Rice Bowl Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the year six foot­ball team who on Tues­day 20th May won the Rice Bowl final at the King Power Sta­dium, home of Leices­ter City agan­ist Green­field Pri­mary School.

Dur­ing the evening the chil­dren enjoyed a tour of the sta­dium, use of the chang­ing rooms and the oppor­tu­nity to play on the pitch.

In front of a large crowd Rich­mond got off to a shaky start with Seb Smith the goal keeper mak­ing 4 really good saves.  We began to grow in con­fi­dence with Michael and George attack­ing with pace down the wings.  A few chances came Daniel C and Josh’s way but to with no reward.  Dur­ing the sec­ond half Daniel S and Adam were keep­ing it nice and tight at the back and Cap­tain Owen began to pull the strings.  Matthew attacked down the right and earnt Rich­mond a free kick just over the half way line.  Owen deliv­ered a pin point cross towards Zach, Zach chal­lenged the goal keeper forc­ing the ball to bounce loose inside the penalty box, which Ben pounced on to score the first goal of the match.  Both teams con­tin­ued to play great foot­ball but Rich­mond stayed firm and hung on to win the match 1–0, win­ning the Rice Bowl Cup for the first time in 74 years of the competition.

List of players:

Owen Timms-Shaw, Seb Smith, Adam Davis, Ben Thomas, Daniel Snow, George Gar­lick, Michael Heap, Daniel Con­nolly, Joshua Daw­son, Matthew Har­ri­dence and Zach Yeomans.

The Rice Bowl, or to give its full title “The Mon­tague John Rice Tro­phy” was donated to Leices­ter­shire Schools F.A. in March 1934.  The pre­sen­ta­tion to the Asso­ci­a­tion was made by the Rich fam­ily, own­ers of a local boot and shoe fac­tory in Sys­ton.  Mr M.J. Rice was a Direc­tor of Leices­ter Fosse and Leices­ter City FC.  The tro­phy has been the pride of Leices­ter­shire Schools F.A. ever since the first final in the 1934–35 season.

The first recorded final was in the sprng of 1935 when the tro­phy was won by Claren­don Park School — now bet­ter known as St. John’s Pri­mary School.  In the first ten years the tro­phy only left the city once (despite the com­pe­ti­tion being open to pri­mary schools in the city and the county), when in 1938 it was won by Keg­worth Coun­cil School.  Newry Junior School achieved the first-ever hat trick of vic­to­ries in 1951/52/53 — Leices­ter City leg­end Gra­ham Cross was in the lat­ter team.  The lime­light then switched to the county with New­bold Ver­don Pri­mary School win­ning the tro­phy five years out of six in 1956/57/58/60/61 — they were beaten final­ists in 1959!  City schools dom­i­nated the six­ties and sev­en­ties with wins by Overdales, White­hall, Braun­stone Frith, New Parks House and Scraptoft Val­ley Schools.  The fifti­eth anniver­sary of the Rice Bowl saw the final hosted by Leices­ter City FC, with Brau­s­tone Frith beat­ing Raven­hurst by two goals to one.