THE final of a fundraising football competition that’s been raising money for the Beacon Centre for the Blind for 97 years will be held at Molineux next week.

The JW Hunt Cup was launched in 1926 and since then has been entertaining non-league crowds year after year, all while raising more than £390,000 for the sight loss charity.

This year’s final will see Tividale FC take on Lichfield City FC on Tuesday, May 30th.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm, entrance is £5 which is payable on the door.

Alex Hamil MBE, President of the JW Hunt Cup, said it is set to be a great match and called on football fans from across the region to turn out and show their support.

He said: “We’re incredibly proud of the JW Hunt Cup which is one of the last remaining open charity football cup competitions in the country and we’d like to thank all the teams involved this season for their support.

“The final should be a great game and I would urge all local football fans to come along to enjoy it and help us raise funds for a great cause.”

Beacon Centre Chief Executive Lisa Cowley added: “We’d like to thank both the organisers and the teams involved in the JW Hunt Cup for their support, it means such a lot to us here at Beacon and we are proud to be associated with this historic football competition.  

“We’d like to wish both teams good luck in the final, it’s set to be a great match and we hope as many people as possible can head to the Molineux to enjoy it.”

The first JW Hunt Cup Final was played at Molineux on April 14th, 1927, when Short Heath United beat Cannon 2-0.