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Success continues for Stamford Strollers' walking football team




Stamford Strollers’ walking football team has carried its summer success over into early autumn with strong showings in the Mansfield invitational tournament and the Over 70s WFA National Cup finals.

They finished in a creditable second place at the Mansfield event after a draw with Unity and big wins over Chesterfield and Mansfield in the morning section of the draw.

The afternoon saw a slight change in fortune with a loss to Unity, a win against Chesterfield and a draw with Mansfield leaving Stamford second behind Unity.

Stamford Strollers, back row, from the left, Colin Barrett-Treen, Paul Beard, Paul Archer; front, Gary Wildsmith, Tim Marsden, Trevor Oliver, Brian Dunkerley.
Stamford Strollers, back row, from the left, Colin Barrett-Treen, Paul Beard, Paul Archer; front, Gary Wildsmith, Tim Marsden, Trevor Oliver, Brian Dunkerley.

Gary Wildsmith top-scored for the Strollers with six goals and was ably supported by Colin Barrett-Treen with five.

The Strollers’ 70-plus old boys formed a joint team with Boston United for the WFA finals held in Worcester.

They qualified from their group after beating Norwich 1-0, grabbing a 0-0 draw against Kingston and losing narrowly 1-0 to Abbeymead.

They were then narrowly knocked out by a single goal to Portsmouth who went on to reach the final, themselves losing to champions Nottingham Bramcote.

The event was played in great spirits and very competitively by 130 players over the age of 70 with the oldest being 85.

Strollers’ head of walking football Taff Lovesey commented: “Our players cover a 30-year age group and do the club proud every time they put on the shirt.

“After a fantastic Italian Masters tournament where 29 of us travelled to Lake Garda, the October events have set us up nicely to continue our efforts in the inaugural Peterborough and District Walking Football League.

“We are also very proud that two of our lads – Gary Wildsmith and Scott Sawers – have been selected to represent the North East region in the national walking football finals.”

The Strollers are always looking to recruit new participants aged 50 and over whether playing for fun or wishing to play more competitively.

They run four sessions a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Borderville, Ryhall Road, Stamford.


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