With the sad passing of former Casuals President Jimmy Hill OBE in December, the esteemed two-day tournament, now in its seventh year has been co-named in his honour.
The tournament has become an established part of pre-season preparations with many non-league sides. Joining James Bracken's Corinthian-Casuals is Alan Dowson, who brings his Ryman League Championship winning Hampton and Richmond Borough side to King George's along with Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Hayes & Yeading and Steve McKimm's Ryman Premier playoff placed Tonbridge Angels.
The format sees two ‘semi-final’ matches on the Saturday, with 11am and 3pm kick-offs. The winners of each game, decided by penalties should the scores remain level at 90 minutes will then face each other for the prestigious Vase on Sunday 12th July at 3pm. The losers from Saturday will face each other in the early kick-off at 11am.
Admission is £8 per day or £12 for the weekend – working out at just £3 per match. Seniors are half price and under-16s are FREE with an accompanying adult. Supporters and visitors alike can enjoy a fully licenced bar, hot food and a full colour, glossy souvenir programme.
Whatever the outcome of the four games, adding a competitive edge to the pre-season programme is always welcome and last year’s tournament saw Tooting and Mitcham defeat Hampton 4-3 on penalties in a gripping final.
King George’s Arena, Queen Mary Close, Hook Rise South, Tolworth KT6 7NA
Adults: £8 per day / £12 weekend ticket
Seniors: half price
Under 16’s FREE with paying accompanying adult or senior
Corinthian-Casuals season tickets purchased before this date are accepted for admission.
Saturday 9th July
Match 1: Semi Final 1 (TBA) – 11am
Match 2: Semi Final 2 (TBA) – 3pm
Sunday 10th July
Match 3: Losers from Match 1 vs Losers from Match 2 – 11am
Match 4: FINAL – Winners from Match 1 vs Winners from Match 2 – 3pm
Corinthian-Casuals (Ryman Division One South)
Hampton & Richmond Borough (Vanarama National League South)
Hayes and Yeading (Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division)
Tonbridge Angels (Ryman League Premier Division)