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NUNEATON'S premier Saturday football competition - the Chapel End Nursing Invitation Charity Cup - will have just six teams looking to lift one of local football's most coveted trophies.

For more than 90 years top junior football sides from in and around Nuneaton have battled it out for the prestigious prize - a silver cup which stands almost three-foot high and is insured for more than pounds 25,000 - but only the likes of Stockingford AA, Attleborough Village, Witherley United, Jet Blades, Ambleside and Witherley have confirmed their entry for the 1999-2000 season.

The Easter Monday Final at the Cabbage's Ansley Road headquarters has become a ritual for many followers of the game from around the area but some of the glitz and glamour has been lost over the years with many of the top teams looking elsewhere in their cup pursuits.

Cup official Malcolm Porter said: "I'm very disappointed with the response. I sent out 14 invites and we have received just the six back. I've contacted the Coventry Alliance and Coventry, District and Warwickshire League in an effort to entice more clubs but unfortunately we've had no success. It seems as though the possible lure of playing at Highfield Road in the final of either the Telegraph Cup or Coventry Charity Cup is greater."

The draw for this year's competition has paired Ambleside and Bucksford in the semi-final while the winners of the Stockingford AA versus Attleborough Village tie face either Witherley of Jet Blades in the other last four encounter, the latter games taking place on December 18. Semi-finals go ahead on January 15. All matches kick off at 1.45pm with extra time and penalties if required.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Brown, Derek
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 2, 1999
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