2018 FA Vase Final

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2018 FA Vase Final
Wembley Stadium interior.jpg
Wembley Stadium hosted the final
Event2017–18 FA Vase
Date20 May 2018
VenueWembley Stadium, Wembley, London
RefereeJohn Brooks

The 2018 FA Vase Final was the 44th final of the Football Association's cup competition for teams at levels 9–11 of the English football league system. The match was contested between Stockton Town, of the Northern League Division One, and Thatcham Town, of the Hellenic League Premier Division. This was the first time both teams had reached the final and the first visit to Wembley Stadium for both sides. The final of the FA Trophy was played on the same day at the same venue for the third year running, as part of the FA's Non-League Finals Day.[1] Both matches were televised in the UK on BT Sport.

Stockton Town began their campaign in the second qualifying round, with a victory over Consett. They proceeded to defeat Whickham, Bootle, City of Liverpool, West Auckland Town, Stourport Swifts, Windsor and Marske United en route to the final.

Thatcham Town started in the first round of the competition, where they defeated Horsham YMCA. Victories over Broadbridge Heath, Sevenoaks Town, Biggleswade, Bromsgrove Sporting, Melksham Town and 1874 Northwich saw them reach the final.


The final will be the first appearance for both sides in a national cup final.

Stockton Town play their league football in the Northern League Division One, following promotion from the second division in the previous season. The 2017–18 season was their first season at level nine of the pyramid and only their third season playing in the FA Vase since their first appearance in the 1982–83 season. Their best run in the competition was reaching the second round in the 2016–17 season.[2]

Thatcham Town play in the Hellenic League Premier Division. Thatcham won the league prior to the final on goal difference, finishing on 98 points, to earn promotion to the Southern Football League. They won thirty-one of their thirty-eight league matches, drawing five and losing just two. They embarked on a forty match unbeaten run, in all competitions, before the final - ending with a 2–1 defeat against Binfield two games before to the final.[3][4] Their previous best run in the competition was a quarter-final appearance in the 1988–89 season, where they were defeated by Berkshire rivals Hungerford Town.[5]

Route to the final[edit]

Stockton Town[edit]

Thatcham Town[edit]



Stockton Town0–1Thatcham Town
Report Cooper-Clark Goal 24' (pen.)
Attendance: 31,430
Referee: John Brooks

1 England Michael Arthur
2 England Joe Carter Substituted off 61'
3 England James Ward Substituted off 79'
4 England Nathan Mulligan
5 England Dale Mulligan
6 England Tom Coulthard (C)
7 England Kevin Hayes
9 England Fred Woodhouse
10 England Jamie Owens
11 England James Risborough
15 England Chris Stockton Substituted off 66'
12 England Adam Nicholson Substituted in 79'
14 England Sonni Coleman Substituted in 66'
16 England Matthew Garbutt Substituted in 61'
17 England Alan Cossavella
18 England Chris Dunwell
England Michael Dunwell
1 England Chris Rackley
2 England Lewis Brownhill
3 England Curtis Angell
4 England Tom Melledew Substituted off 83'
5 England Baboucarr Jarra
6 England Tom Moran
8 England Harrison Bayley
9 England Shane Cooper-Clark Substituted off 78'
10 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Gavin James
11 England Ekow Elliott
20 England Jordan Brown Substituted off 70'
14 England Harry Grant
15 England Gareth Thomas
16 England Ross Cook Substituted in 78'
17 England Ashleigh James Substituted in 83'
18 England Jemel Johnson Substituted in 70'
England Danny Robinson

Man of the match: Baboucarr Jarra

Match officials

  • Assistant referees: Adrian Waters & Craig Taylor
  • Forth official: Antony Coggins

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ "Non-League Finals Day". wembleystadium.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Stockton Town". fchd.info. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Kingfishers maintain unbeaten run but are made to wait on outcome of title challenge". Thatcham Town F.C. 26 April 2018. Archived from the original on 30 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Unbeaten streak interrupted by Binfield". Thatcham Town F.C. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Thatcham Town". fchd.info. Retrieved 29 April 2018.