Kings In The North

ECL FC are crowned the Workplace Cup 2017 champions after a night full of excitement and drama!

Eight Bedfordshire based businesses and workplaces entered the Workplace Cup in February, ready to play football at one of two central venues across 5 ‘social nights’ of the year. Group stages were concluded in recent weeks, with DPD and Morrisons progressing from the South Division, whilst BPHA United and ECL FC advanced from the North Division.

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Kempston Rovers FC was the host for the evening, with quite a crowd gathered for the event. The finale finished in a culmination of everything that makes this competition so successful. It was always going to end in drama, but nobody could have foreseen the Workplace Cup finishing the way it did. 


BPHA kicked off the evening, recording a resounding win against Morrisons. With a full team at their disposal, their chances looked quite promising, after missing out on the tile by two goals last season.

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Both DPD and ECL FC had topped their Divisions respectively and came head-to-head in the second game. In the end, the DPD players failed to deliver as ECL FC brushed them aside for a statement win. Adam Drakulic the standout performance, tearing the DPD defence apart time and time again.


Game three, saw a resilient Morrisons hold their own against an ECL frontline that kept coming back for more. Despite numerous chances, the game finished goalless; a favourable result for BPHA, also giving hope to DPD.

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Pressure was now on BPHA to get a huge win against DPD as the night increased in intensity. An early goal for DPD saw BPHA crack as their winger Dominic Horne was sent to the stands for a reckless challenge deserving of a red. That card was then followed by 3 more DPD goals, including the goal of the season – a Conor Smith masterclass.


DPD started the fifth game knowing another win would give them a chance of lifting the illustrious trophy. Yet again Morrisons proved defensively solid, shutting out a confident front two. A mistake at the back before moment of genius from Conor Smith, saw the referee blow his whistle and point to the penalty spot in the very last minute. Gary Palmer coolly added to his growing collection of goals to seal the win.

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Game six became the finale of the finale. A big, but unlikely, BPHA win with 10 men would have seen them finally crowned champions after last year’s drama. A draw would have left DPD top of the pile. ECL needed the win and looked favourites. Captain Ollie Watton tweaked his player’s positioning and the gambled paid off within minutes of the kick-off. Jordan Wright grabbed two impressive goals before Paulo Grasso added to his wonder goal earlier in the evening. Job done and well deserved in the end!


Josh Spavins (Bedfordshire FA) commented;
A lot of planning and work goes into this competition, so seeing the season finish with such a spectacle is great. The football has always been played in the right way, whilst the short game time forces faster football to make things exciting. The Workplace Cup is only going to get bigger and better so don’t miss out next season.

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2017 Participating teams:
- Beds Police (Bedfordshire Police - Bedford)
- BPHA United (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association - Bedford)
- ECL FC (Easycopiers – Milton Keynes)
- TUI FC (TUI Group - Luton)
- DPD (DPD – Houghton Regis)
- Morrisons (Morrisons – Leighton Buzzard)
- Future Games (The Future Games – Leighton Buzzard)
- Tesco’s (Tesco – Dunstable)

The Workplace Cup will be returning for 2018. To find out how your workplace or business can get involved, please contact Charlie Mann.

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For further information, pictures, etc, please contact:
Name        Charlie Mann, Football Development Officer South
Tel. No.    07921 451105

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