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.