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A huge compliment has been paid to Rotherham United for enabling the town’s top cup competition, the Rotherham Charity Cup, to have its final at the New York Stadium next week after all.

The club had stipulated that no local football finals would be staged there this season because of the UEFA Under 17 Championships at the Stadium starting in May.

“We are massively grateful to the club, and particularly Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas, for bending over backwards to accommodate our final,” said Charity Cup chairman Steve Mosby.

“Paul actually acknowledged our support for small, locally-based charities through our fund-raising across the competition and he knew how important it is to have our final there as we strive to at least equal last season’s donations which totalled £4,500. We approached them and they have done all they can to squeeze us in and it is great support from the town’s professional club for the grassroots game - the link between us and Rotherham United goes back over 100 years,” added Steve.

The 123rd Final next Tuesday (April 24th) is between crack Rotherham Sunday side Joker and Wombwell Main from the County Senior League (7pm, extra-time and penalties if necessary).

*Wombwell failed in their first cup bid when beaten 4-0 by Westville in the Mexborough Montagu Cup Final last Friday. An overhead kick from Man of the Match Shawn Mitchell had Westville leading at half-time and he scored a brilliant solo goal just past the hour to add to Nicky Harper’s 51st minute strike. Kieran Hurst’s late goal wrapped up Westville’s first ever win in this final.