Frodsham Walking Football Tournament – Celtic Fail To Retain Trophy
The Frodsham Walking Football Tournament played on 10th July 2016 was contested by 8 teams from across the North West and Yorkshire. The teams were Barnsley Leggy Mambo’s, Everton ‘A’, Everton ‘B’, Frodsham, Helsby Old Boys, Rothwell Old Boars, Vintage Celtic and Widnes.
This was the second Frodsham Walking Football Tournament, last years inaugural festival was won by Vintage Celtic.
Vintage Celtic started well by beating Rothwells 3-0 thanks to goals by Stuart Greaves, Paul O’Neil and Tony Wade. Some excellent passing and movement made sure that the opposition were never really a threat. The second game versus a poor Everton side couldn’t have been more different. Celtic’s passing and movement were so poor, they didn’t look the same team. The longer the game progressed the more confident the Everton team became and as expected in situations like this they grabbed a winner through a Celtic defensive mistake to take a 1-0 win.
The third and final game in the league format was against Celtic’s Cheshire Walking Football Leagues rivals Widnes. Widnes had won both their first 2 games, so Celtic had to win to make sure of a place in the semi-finals. This time Celtic were back to their best and controlled the game which ended with a 1-0 win for Celtic, thanks to a fine goal by Paul O’Neil. In all honesty it could have been 3-0 and Widnes have their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the score down to a reasonable level.
Celtic and Widnes were level on points and also goal difference in their group with 4-1 and 5-2 aggregates respectively but Widnes shaded it through their better goals for rate. So the semi-finalists were Frodsham, the runners up in the other group, versus Widnes and Barnsley Leggy Mambo’s, the winners, versus Vintage Celtic.
Barnsley Leggy Mambo’s are a formidable team, winners of the National Walking Football Tournament 2 years running, 2014 and 2015 and had won all their games in their group at this years Frodsham Walking Football Tournament. Being in their early 50’s they also had a 10 years age advantage over the Celtic players.
Even so in this semi final Celtic played their best football of the day and took the Mambo’s to the wire losing 1-0 to a finely worked Mambo’s goal. The Mambo’s stated that Celtic were the best side they had faced in this Frodsham Walking Football Tournament. The Mambo’s beat Frodsham 3-1 in the final.
All the lads played their part on the day and special mention must be made of some excellent goalkeeping by Ian Parker. Thanks to Derek Drabble, Stuart Greaves, Colin Grimshaw, Paul O’Neil, Ian Parker, John Parkinson, Lee Shedwick, Pete Smith, and Tony Wade for their sterling efforts on the day.
The Frodsham Walking Football Tournament left a little to be desired on the organisational front and shows how well the organisation and running of the Cheshire Walking Football League is.