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For the second year in succession, the Bank's Football Club won the North West TSB Cup Competition. The first photograph
(by John Winterbottom) shows the team's squad posing at a training session prior to the match, with the trophy won in 1971/72.

Football Club -1972/73

Final of North West TSB Cup Competition

BRINGING IT HOME AGAIN

 

The Bank football team excelled once more on May 8th by winning the North-West area TSB cup final. This is the second year of entry in this competition, and also the second time that we have won the cup.

 

Congratulations are extended to all players concerned, every one of whom gave their all to recapture the trophy.

 

In the first half of the match, the West Midland team dominated the pitch, beating our lads to the ball each time and snapping up two golden opportunities to end the first half with a two goal advantage.

 

However, in the second half of the game the Bank team knuckled down to some hard work and, after gaining possession of the midfield, began to press forward in search of goals.

 

It seemed inevitable that the Bank would pull level, and fine goals by Brian Wilkins and Philip Whitehouse ensured that the game went forward to extra time.

 

After playing all the time allotted, the teams were still level and the match was now to be decided on penalties, five to be taken by each team.

 

John Mace, captain of the team, took over in goal, and in between saving one of the West Midlands' team's penalties, found time to score a penalty for the Bank.

 

After each of the penalties had been taken, the Bank finished up as worthy winners by 7 goals to 6, having scored from one more penalty than West Midlands.

 

Champagne flowed in the dressing room afterwards, and an enjoyable evening was completed by a dance at Bury FC Social Club.

Back (left to right): Ray Lovell; Brian Wilkins; Ken Prentice; Mick Jones; Derek Horner; Malcolm Glenn
Front (left to right): Tony Byrne; Ken Foster; Phil Whitehouse; John Mace; Kevin Lediard; David Burke; Terry Hinz
 
The following images show action from the match played on May 8th 1973 at the home of Bury Football Club versus West Midland TSB; the BMB winning on penalties after extra time. In the third photograph, John Mace is shown holding the trophy while the track-suited Team Manager (Ray Lovell) is on the left. Below the images, a report of the match is reproduced from the CONTACT magazine of Summer 1973. A photograph taken of the team and their supporters on the returning coach journey was used for the cover of CONTACT (see below).
(All photographs by John Winterbottom)