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Stamford Strollers walking football team take part in the Ancojada Trophy competition



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The walking footballers of Stamford Strollers were joined on Father’s Day by teams from three counties to compete for the Ancojada Trophy.

Walking Football may be a slower paced version of the 'the beautiful game', but the matches at Borderville were played in a very competitive fashion.

Ten teams, with players ranging from the 'tender age' of 50 through to some in their early seventies, played out a closely fought competition of two pools leading to knock-out rounds.

Stamford Strollers Reds. Photo: Alan Walters (57468817)
Stamford Strollers Reds. Photo: Alan Walters (57468817)
Stamford Strollers Whites. Photo: Alan Walters (57468813)
Stamford Strollers Whites. Photo: Alan Walters (57468813)
The Oakham team who took part in Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468809)
The Oakham team who took part in Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468809)

Stamford fielded two teams, who experienced contrasting fortunes, with the Strollers Reds topping Pool A while the Whites finished bottom in Pool B.

In the end, Reds fell just short after losing in the semi-final to eventual winners, Sleaford Academicals, who beat Boston United 2-1 in the final.

Stamford Strollers competed for the Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468811)
Stamford Strollers competed for the Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468811)
Stamford Strollers competed for the Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468807)
Stamford Strollers competed for the Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468807)
Stamford Strollers competed for the Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468815)
Stamford Strollers competed for the Ancojada Trophy. Photo: Alan Walters (57468815)

Strollers Reds captain, and director of sponsors Ancojada Group, Colin Barrett-Treen said: "We had a wonderful day. Congratulations to Sleaford, of course, but in reality everyone here is a winner.

"We are fortunate enough to enjoy playing the game we love into our senior years, something that wasn’t possible until recently."

Stamford Strollers has more than 100 members aged from 45 through to 70-plus and are always pleased to welcome new players. Those interested should email stamfordafcs@gmail.com for more information.



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