Excellent performance all around from The Old Offenders. Unbeaten and unbowed. Particularly good performances from Dave 'Hair Bear' Welch and Wayne 'Rooster' Bull but everyone put in a great shift and one player in particular was voted 'Player of the Tournament' unanimously by the manager, chairman and club captain.
Large goalkeeping areas and slightly smaller goals made scoring very hard indeed!
The Old Offenders defended superbly with Dave 'Hair Bear' Welch, Martin 'B'stard' Benstead, Glen 'Massive' Mitchell, Neil 'Bammy' Bamforth' and Martin 'Shades' Griston sharing the duties over the games played. Chris 'The Cat' Beech had only two saves to make throughout - both of which he made magnificently - showing how well we defended.
As a result, Leyton Orient were awarded a semi-final slot at our expense - even though we worked for all bar one of our results. Still, it was a marvellous tournament and very well organised and attended. There must have been around 16 teams over the three groups. A burger and a beer to round off the day and The Old Offenders felt justifiably proud that they had improved as a team and performed extremely well in every game. Here's to the next tournament!!!
It was not, incidentally, his fault. Although he had been picked up by the referee for breaking into a jog twice, his third and final caution equalling a sending off was unfair. He had his heel clipped by a defender and the resulting 'jog' was merely an attempt to regain his balance. Captain 'Bammy' somehow managed to not inform the referee he was a "f*ck*ing d*ckh**d" thereby not being the second Old Offender sent off - actually, Captain 'Bammy' avoided swearing at all throughout the tournament which also made some kind of history :-) Paul 'Psycho' Standen gave the impression there were three of him by popping up all over the pitch whilst Mrs Psycho, Mrs Hair Bear along with Captain Bammy's daughter and her partner cheered us along as did Speedy's son number 1. As and when this tournament is repeated we will be back!
The 'Player of the Tournament? He will be announced and presented with his trophy at our training session on Sunday 21st...