County Cup final for the club that nearly died

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Woburn Athletic have a cup final to look forward to at the end of a season that nearly never happened.

Last summer Woburn were without a first team manager, secretary, treasurer and half a team, leaving the club perilously close to folding.

But thanks to the efforts Nick Busby, a long-term servant of Athletic, and others, the club did manage to raise a side to play in the Bedfordshire County League Division Two – set to finish in a respectable mid-table position, although they did top the table for several weeks.

And an encouraging season could even end with some silverware after Woburn reached the final of the Beds Junior Challenge Cup – winning 4-1 at Great Barford in the semi final on Saturday.

They had previously beaten Ickwell & Old Warden, Bedford Park Rangers, Southcott Village and Wilshamstead to reach the last four, and will now take on Bromham United in the final at Potton United FC on Friday, April 26.

Busby said: “I wanted to keep the club going but I couldn’t do it on my own. I’ve had great support from Dan McLaren, Stuart Skolsky and the manager Martin Holland, and we’ve done very well all things considered.

“I want to try and gather support from former players and people who were involved with the club before. It would be good to have some support at the final.”