THE SMEDLEY Crooke Memorial Charity Cup final takes place at Alvechurch’s Lye Meadow home on Saturday (2.30pm).
The competition, now in its 99th season, was named after Sir John Smedley Crooke (1861-1951) – a Conservative MP for Birmingham Deritend between 1922-29 and then from 1931-45 – who donated the magnificent trophy in memory of the local sportsmen lost in the First World War.
The cup was first won by Rubery St Chads in the 1919/20 season and is considered to be one of the oldest charity competitions in the area.
This season’s final pits Lye Town from the Midland Football League against Malvern Town from the West Midlands Regional League and the nominated charity is the West Midlands Air Ambulance, to which all donations are appreciated.
Gates open at 1.30pm and admission is £5 adults, £3 concessions and U16s free (to be accompanied by an adult).
The competition is already looking forward to its centenary next season and is currently searching for a sponsor. Visit www.facebook.com/SmedleyCrookeMemorialCharityCup.