Exhibition celebrates Leamington FC’s most successful FA Cup run

FA Cup Run 2005A display at Leamington Art Gallery and Museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Leamington Football Club reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup.

During the 2005/06 football season Brakes went on the most successful cup run of their modern incarnation, defeating five teams to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup.

On November 5 2005, they faced Colchester United – a professional team six leagues above them – losing 9-1 but scoring a spectacular goal courtesy of Richard Adams.

A “Brakes Fluid” beer bottle and a match-day shirt are among items that the team manager at the time Jason Cadden has donated to the gallery.

These will be displayed alongside items including a signed match football and programme from the day – as well as items made available by the club (framed signed match shirts) and the Brakes Trust (DVDs and the restored Leamington Town shirt).

A video made at the time by Brakes Videos documenting the cup run will also be shown.

There will be a place for people to share their memories of the day.

Senior curator Vicki Slade said: “It was a fantastic achievement for Leamington Football Club to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup, and a wonderful occasion for the town.

“It’s only fitting that ten years on we celebrate this.

“We’re very grateful to Jason Cadden for generously donating and lending items from his personal collection, which has made this display possible.”

Vicki added her thanks to the Club and the Trust: “Thank you so much for loaning the football shirts, they’ll make a great addition to the display!”

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th Oct to Sunday 6th Dec’15.


Here are links to the match reports of the cup run:

And here is the on-line version of the highlights from Brakes Videos:

Videoing the matches during the cup run was a real team effort, the people involved were:

  • Sarah Beamish: Oadby Tn (H) 2nd half.
  • Paul Edwards: Sutton Tn (H) 1st half.
  • Andy Jenkins: Oadby Tn (H) 1st half and extra camera for Wodford Utd.
  • Phil Kitchen: extra camera for Kidsgrove Athletic (A), Woodford Utd, and Ossett Tn. All our match, feature and interview camera work for Colchester Utd.
  • Nick Rogers: Sutton Tn (H) 2nd half, Oadby Tn (A), Woodford Utd and Ossett Tn.
  • Daniel Wearden: Sutton Tn (A) and Kidsgrove Athletic (A).

More Videos:

The Intro from the 2005-06 Highlights DVD set – graphics by Phillip Rogers.

The build-up to the match @ Layer Road.

The media coverage of the Brakes Cup run on BBC and Sky.


I’m supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign

This August I’m taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign.

Nick Rogers - Brave the Shave please support me raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Update 19th Aug:

Massive thanks to everyone who donated last night:
Raised £690.15 for Macmillan Cancer Support including a fabulous pledge of £500 from Phillips 66 as well as the Golden Goal £20 from the club – as no-one had the winning ticket!
Thanks to Tony Hall for doing the shave and Bob S-W for proffering the collection bucket so persuasively
I also raised £75 for Meso UK.
I’ll be staying shorn until the end of August – so will be taking donations for the next month or so.
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During August Brave the Shave participants will be standing proudly alongside men and women with cancer whilst raising money so Macmillan Cancer Support can help people take control back from cancer.

We know that cancer can turn the world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to appearance. Men and women with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look, to how they feel. So when they need someone to turn to, Macmillan is here. Right from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, we’re here to give people the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life.

Many of us have been touched by cancer in some way. I’m braving the shave in memory of my dad, Alan Rogers, and also by way of thanks for the caring support from the local Macmillan nurses.

It was Dad’s birthday on 4th July and he died just over 13 years ago of Pleural Mesothelioma – a pernicious lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

I’d like to give part what I raise to Meso UK – the charity which supports Mesothelioma victims and research, you can do this at: www.justgiving.com/NickShave.

– but I will leave that up to people how they choose to donate.

If you’re uncertain, then please, please just donate on my Brave the Shave page now at: bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/nick-rogers.

The shave will take place during the half-time interval at Leamington FC’s home match vs Kettering Town, Tuesday evening, 18th August.

As well as being able to donate on-line there will be forms circulating for cash donations. All donations qualify for Gift Aid.

P.S. I might not have much hair – but the beard is going as well – both are undergoing a concentrated growth regime in order to give Tony Hall’s clippers something to go at!

Nick Rogers.