WORKINGTON ST JOSEPH’S WALKING FOOTBALLERS – 2ND IN FA PEOPLE’S CUP

Saturday the 24th of February saw 6 of Workington’s walking football group travel to Soccer World at Carlisle to compete for the FA People’s Cup. The event, which is advertised on TV is played nationally with local rounds followed by regional and national finals with the eventual winners being presented with their trophy at the FA Cup Final in May.

The team were made up of players aged 51 to 75 and were naturally nervous but soon found their stride as they drew their first match 1-1 against Carlisle United second team. A strong Carlisle first team boasting a couple of ex-pros proved to be too good resulting in a 7-0 reverse in Workington’s second match but after a short break they gathered themselves, reorganised the positions and were soon scoring goals winning their last three matches 6-0, 8-0 and 3-1 against Silloth, Carlisle third team and Penrith respectively.

With Carlisle first team running out as winners Workington were delighted to find out they had finished as runners-up with all players enjoying what turned out to be a fantastic day.

TEAM:

Derek Stephenson

Tony McMullen

Ben Hadfield

Billy Plaskett

Brian Crelling (Goalkeeper)

David Wise

GOALS SCORED: 18

GOALS CONCEDED: 9

With a small festival and various friendlies planned at Workington the team (who train at St Joseph’s every Monday and Wednesday 5-6pm) are going from strength to strength.

Organiser and Sports Development Officer at St Joseph’s said: “We really had a brilliant day”. “Walking Football has given so much to the guys who play here each week”. “Whether you are wanting to keep fit, enjoy a bit of social interaction or get competitive again Walking Football ticks all of those boxes and more”.

Anyone wanting to join or come along needs to call David Wise on 07742547767.