Jules Rimet 50th Anniversary – Walking Football Tournament In Leeds
The Jules Rimet 50th Anniversary walking football tournament is to be held at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds on Saturday 30th July. It will be 50 years to the day that England won the Jules Rimet World Cup at Wembley Stadium, the peak of our countries international efforts.
Vintage Celtic are one of 20 teams competing for the winners trophy. The teams that have entered the Jules Rimet 50th Anniversary walking football tournament are coming from as far North as Newcastle and as far South as Stoke. Also many teams from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester will be competing.
The tournament will be played on 4 3G pitches with 4 leagues of 5 teams competing for places in the knockout stages. The top 2 teams from each league going through to the quarter finals. The teams entered are Leeds Titans Blue, Leeds Titans Yellow, Grimsby Ancient Mariners A, Grimsby Ancient Mariners B, ALFA Lifeline, Blue Flames, Chesterton Crusaders, Clitheroe, Colne, Easingwold Wanderers, Heanor Strollers, Mansfield Senior Reds, Newcastle United Foundation, Oldham Unathletic, Peterlee Helford, Rochdale Strollers, Sheffield Vulcan, Townville Allstars, Vintage Celtic and Wakefield Wanderers.
Organised by Leeds Titan’s manager Eddie Gibson, the team we played in 2 recent friendlies, the tournament will have 5 referees, Eddie being one of them.
Most of the clubs entering the Jules Rimet 50th Anniversary walking football tournament have won trophies or leagues so it promises to be a very competitive occasion. Our own team, Vintage Celtic, recently competed in the Frodsham Walking Football Festival, a competition we won in 2015. Unfortunately we came up against Barnsley Leggy Mambos, the National Walking Football Champions in 2014 and 2015 and went down 0-1 in the semi-final.
We have a decent squad available for the tournament and hopefully will be able to do the club proud. Some of the players are staying in Leeds overnight so hopefully they will have something to celebrate. The rest will enjoy a shandy or two before returning by train to Stalybridge.