LIFTING THE WELSH CUP MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY ON

On Wednesday we went out into Oswestry town centre, with Stewart Bloor and Sam Thomas occupying the usual spot in with the stallholders at the outdoor market. We normally take the very impressive Dafabet Welsh Premier League trophy with us, but due to the league launch in Cardiff, it was unavailable.

Not to be outdone, the Welsh FA Challenge Cup took its place on the display table. In fact, it caught just as many eyes. In particular though, one man took more than a passing interest. It turned out that he was Trevor Evans who was once on the books of local team, Llanymynech.

‘He told us that over half a century ago he played in the Welsh Cup and actually reached the quarter-finals’, recounts Stewart. ‘You should have seen the look on his face when we asked him if he wanted to pose with the cup! What he came so close to doing all those years ago, he achieved on the streets of Oswestry!’

‘I’m a great believer that all things work together for good, and if we’d have had the Dafabet WPL trophy with us that morning, we would never have witnessed what we did’ continued Stewart, known as The Rev at TNS. ‘We made Trevor’s day – that’s a fact – but the memory of seeing him lift that trophy will also stay with me for a very long time.’