Local Football: Underdogs bid for shock and special double

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Hillsborough stages the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Senior Cup Final tonight (7pm) with a special double possible.

Holders Frickley Athletic meet Athersley Rec who could become the first club to have their name on both the Sheffield Junior Cup and the Senior Cup.

Athersley’s successful rise from their origins in the Barnsley leagues saw them win the Junior Cup five times in the 1990s, the last time in 1997.

Their elevation in league status, linked to their ground improvements, saw them rise to the N.Counties East League, gaining instant promotion last year to the Premier Division and finishing 10th this season.

Dinnington Main won the Senior Cup in 1932 and Dinnington MW (both clubs linked to the old Colliery) won the Junior Cup in 1957.

The last club to appear in both finals was Brodsworth MW who won the Junior Cup in 1984 and lost in the Senior Cup Final in 2009. Lopham Street Meths, who were Junior Cup winners in 1927, ‘29 and 1934, lost in the 1938 Senior Cup Final, and are the only other club to play in both.

Frickley, fourth bottom in the Evo-Stik Premier, are waiting to hear if they will go down.

In charge tonight is Sheffield’s Michael Naylor, one of our top Football League referees.