Drilling to Victory

Cabinet Maker recaps on the recent football industry tournament, where 14 teams battled it out for one to become champions of the Herman Miller Cup.

Now in its seventh year, the Herman Miller Cup football tournament, which was sponsored by Herman Miller and supported by Cabinet Maker, has become a favourite among production and shop floor staff — who all want bragging rights of being the champions of the UK furnishing industry.

Fourteen teams took part in the competition, organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, at the Lucozade Powerleague Football Centre, Coventry, on Sunday, 30th June.

Axminster Tools & Machinery were crowned champions of the five-a-side tournament after a tense final with Hypnos Beds, which culminated in a sudden death penalty shoot-out victory for the tools manufacturer.

Kick-off for the event was at 1pm and the games were fast and goal heavy, with each team leaving everything on the field in the hope of raising the coveted trophy.

After three-and-a-half hours of play in the scorching heat, Ax Tools and Hypnos FC were the final teams standing, after two-time champions Whitemeadow were knocked out.

The final was a game of two halves and one for all ages, with neither team backing down. When the final whistle was blown a 2-2 draw meant the cup had to be decided by a sudden death penalty shoot-out.

The tension mounted as both teams were given three penalties. The result went down to the wire with the final save from Ax Tools’s goalkeeper, Joe Berry, who received the man of the match award, resulting in his team winning the trophy 3-2 on penalties.

Dids Macdonald OBE, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “The Herman Miller Cup was fabulous, with more than 100 keen footballers taking part, and what an amazing final between Axminster and Hypnos.

“However, where were all the women players? Next year, I hope!

“ We’d like to thank our sponsor, Herman Miller, for their tremendous support in helping make this wonderful event possible.”

Josh Chadwick, sales manager at tournament sponsor Herman Miller, said: “It was a great day of football and fun, which was competitive and well-spirited.

“Thank you to The Furniture Makers’ Company for bringing together organisations from within the furniture industry to make it a great event.”

Phil Crabb, warehouse and engineering manager at Axminster Tools & Machinery, said: “The Axminster team really enjoyed the Furniture Makers’ Herman Miller Cup tournament.

“It was great to meet others, bond with colleagues. Winning by putting Hypnos to bed in the final was a real bonus.

“Thanks to everyone who made it an unforgettable day for Axminster.”

The event itself raised a record £4,500 for the charity.

For more information about competing in next year’s tournament, contact Sally Kent, events manager, by calling 020 7562 8526 or emailing


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