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The Mancunian Cup

[door Rick Thorburn] Aanstaande zaterdag vindt het jaarlijkse toernooi om de prestigieuze Mancunian Cup plaats in ACC. Het toernooi wordt gespeeld in twee poules; zie schema en teams hieronder.

Zaterdag 11september is het zover en wordt bij ACC het “Zeven-a-side End of Season” toernooi om de Mancunian Cup gehouden. De 1e editie in 2016 was een groot succes gewonnen door het team van Michael Dukker! De 2e editie in 2017 was gewonnen door het team van Stephan Hannema. De derde editie in 2018 was gewonnen door het team van Richard Wolfe. De vierde editie in 2019 was gewonnen door het team van Michael Dukker Cricket Academy (MDCA). De vijfde editie werd opnieuw gewonnen door de team van Michael Dukker. Wie neemt de beker in 2021 mee naar huis?

English translation:

This coming Saturday the annual tournament for the prestigious Mancunian Cup will take place at ACC. The tournament will be played  in two pools; see schedule and teams below.

Saturday 11 September is the day and the "Seven-a-side End of Season" tournament for the Mancunian Cup will be held at ACC. The 1st edition in 2016 was a great success, won by the team of Michael Dukker! The 2nd edition in 2017 was won by the team of Stephan Hannema. The third edition in 2018 was won by the team of Richard Wolfe. The fourth edition in 2019 was won by the team of Michael Dukker Cricket Academy (MDCA). The fifth edition was again won by the team of Michael Dukker. Who will take the cup home in 2021?

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What is the Mancunian Cup?   

This was a trophy presented to ACC in the 1970’s by the twoMancunians Rick Thorburn and former ACC coach/ACC1-player Stan Fletcher RIP.   

Two great friends, Rick was born in Sale a town in SouthManchester and Stan close to Oldham a town in North Manchester. Both supporteddifferent football teams; Rick a United supporter through and through and Stan a Manchester City fan although Wolves was also a favourite club of his.   

Stan was one of the first non-playing cricket coaches of ACC andin later years played many brilliant innings for our club. A small man scaredof nobody with an enormous heart and a wonderful sense of humour. Many of our senior members were coached by him. Guido Dukker, Michael Dukker, Max de Bruin Jr, Jan Balk, Wim Pielage, Benno Honsdrecht just to name a few.   

Of course, Stan, also known as Tommy, was a cricketing legendwithin ACC but unfortunately, he contracted cancer and passed away at a muchtoo young age. The first Mancunian trophy was lost during the fire on the night of 4/5 May 1997.   

Hopefully the Mancunian Trophy will become an annual Six-a-Sideevent whereby players and old friends can once again reminisce over old friendsand the wonderful times which the club enjoyed in “Het Amsterdamsche Bos” and nowadays at “Het Loopveld”.​