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Posted by sean on December 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


The Roman Chalice changed hands again last night. Despite a valiant battle, Northampton Town were unable to avoid defeat to Portsmouth, and as such, the trophy heads to the south coast.

There was controversy around Pompey’s victory, however…

The fixture in which Northampton played Portsmouth and ended up losing the Chalice is a bit of a crap one. The EFL Trophy. Even the name screams dog poo.

Most of the lower league clubs who enter the competition don’t take it seriously – although, I’m sure had Northampton realised that they were defending the Roman Chalice, no doubt they would have tried harder.

The reason why associating the Roman Chalice with the EFL Trophy is controversial, is not because nobody seems to take the damn thing seriously, but because some Premier League sides are invited to play their reserve side in the competition.

Therefore, if the Liverpool kids were to take on Portsmouth and win, where should the Chalice go?

The Roman Chalice Committee – me – have come to a decision on what will happen, in order to prevent such a situation arising. Any fixture involving a reserve team, will be deemed null and void.

So there you go. Controversy solved. Simples. Put me in charge of FIFA – I can solve all those difficult problems.

Posted by sean on November 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


The FA Cup has struck again!

One of the greatest and oldest cup competitions, has played another part in one of the greatest and newest cup competitions… The Roman Chalice!

This afternoon, Chalice holders, Chippenham Town were beaten 3-0 by Northampton Town in the FA Cup.

Get the champers out, guys! You have reason to celebrate.

This means that The Chalice has left Non-League and entered the Football League.

Will Northampton Town manage to keep hold of the Chalice for as long as the previous holders – Bath City, Slough and Chippenham – or will they surrender it as early as next weekend, when they face Crewe Alexandra?

Posted by sean on October 9, 2019 at 8:16 am in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


Cast your mind back a few weeks…

Bath City had lost to Slough Town. As a result, I devised an (imaginary) award, called The Roman Chalice.

Not sure what the heck I am on about? Read this.

Caught up now? Good.

Last night, Slough lost to Chippenham Town in the FA Cup. Therefore, not only losing their place in the Cup, but surrendering the highly sought-after trophy.

Congratulations Chippenham! The new holders of The Roman Chalice.

Posted by sean on August 26, 2019 at 12:45 pm in The Roman Chalice with No Comments


On Saturday, Bath City played Slough Town in the league. City lost to two late goals.

The purpose of this post is not to write a poor match report, for a game I didn’t even attend.

There is a far greater motive behind today’s blog. It is to present Slough Town Football Club with an award.

Introducing The Roman Chalice.

The Roman Chalice. Named in honour of Bath City Football Club and not our pet bunny, Roman (who, incidentally, was named after the football team).

Having beaten The Romans at the weekend, Slough are now the (presumably) proud holders of this prestige award, which historians believe dates back all the way to the year 2019. 26th August, to be precise.

There is a catch. To retain The Roman Chalice, Slough must remain unbeaten for the rest of the season. Should they lose, Slough must relinquish the Chalice, handing it to their victors.

Any new holder will have to follow the same rules as their predecessor, meaning that if they get beat, the Chalice moves on.

Come the end of the season, whatever team is left with The Roman Chalice is the winner. Their prize – respect from me. Pretty crap. They don’t even get to keep The Chalice – the main reason for this, is because it doesn’t physically exist!

The Roman Chalice could be moving on sooner than everyone thinks! Slough Town travel to Dulwich Hamlet today. Should Slough lose, The Chalice will be heading to South London. What a time to be alive!

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