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Day of nostalgia with 1880s Army Challenge Cup Final replay

It's 1889 and all that as the Aldershot Military Stadium sees the offside rule become even harder to explain

The Army FA is to re-enact the inaugural 1888/89 Army Challenge Cup Final

The Army FA will roll back the years when it re-enacts the inaugural 1888/89 Army Challenge Cup Final to conclude the 125th anniversary celebrations at the Aldershot Military Stadium next Wednesday (April 30).

The match will be between an amalgamation of Scottish regiments from the first-ever cup finalists, the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and a mainly English Mercian Regiment representing the 2nd Battalion Staffordshires.

Players and officials will be wearing replica attire from the era and the goalkeeper will wear the same colours as the outfield players and will be distinguishable by a cap.

The match will be played primarily with 1888/89 rules with two umpires and a referee and will include changes to the offside rule, throw-ins, foul play and team formations which were strictly 2-3-5.

The teams will also change ends after each goal with penalty kicks not counting as they were yet to be introduced.

The match gets under way at 6pm and follows the 114th Army Challenge Cup Final at 3pm between 1 Yorkshire Regt and last season’s winners, 22 Signal Regiment.

The festivities start with the Women's Corps 'Edwards Challenge Trophy' at 10.30am between the Army Medical Services and REME.

Admission is free and a souvenir programme will be available.

 
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