Team photo

Arbroath and Alloa walking football players at the Aberdeen sports village for the Denis law tournament.

TEAMS

(Alloa in red)

Standing: George McKenzie. Stuart Cargill. Alex Todd. Jim McNairn. Allan Bennie. Brian Miller. Arthur Duncan. Darin Bell. Bob Moyes. Dave Whitton. Mike Gilbert. Tony McGrady. Rab McLaren. Davie Milne.
Front row: Pete Bell. Boby Hulston. Stuart Morrison. Derek Young. Ray Parker. Mike Bell. John Cruickshanks.

It’s no’ the winning …

A team from Arbroath walking football club headed up the coast on a very sunny Tuesday morning for the Denis Law Walking Football Tournament at Aberdeen Sports Village.
This was a first time visit to the sports village for a few of the lads, it’s a very impressive place. Our particular tournament was held on the indoor 3g astroturf pitch, it’s a full sized pitch, but thankfully it was divided up into smaller sections for us auld boys.
It was a well organised tournament, we had four twelve minute games in the morning, had a lunch break, and then four ten minute games in the afternoon.
The arbroath lads had a great start, they won their first three games and were unlucky to lose by a goal to nil to a strong Alloa team.
After some refreshments, the lads came out refreshed and ready for the next four games. Again, Arbroath started well, they won the first two games, drew the third and once again, the team from Alloa proved to be the better side, winning by a two goal margin this time.
It has to be said that all the games were very close, there really wasn’t much between all the sides.
As this was their first tournament, the Arbroath side went up there not expecting much, they finished as runners up.
A great result and great day out, we will take away what we learned from this and look forward to our next tournament.
Arbroath walking football club would like to thank the organisers and all the teams for the hospitality, friendship, and the banter.
We would also like to say a massive thanks to Arbroath FC for the kits.

Goal scorers:
Darin Bell2
Dave Whitton3
Dave Milne3
Stuart cargill1
Jim Mcnairn3

 

The Team

George McKenzie. Stuart Cargill. Pete Bell. Dave Whitton. Jim McNairn.

Ray Parker. Dave Milne. John Cruickshanks. Mike Bell. Darin Bell.

 

Denis Law tournament

On Tuesday 5th June, a crack team of old duffers from AWF are heading up the North East coast to play in the Denis Law Walking Football Tournament at Aberdeen Sports Village.
This will be our first proper tournament and the lads are looking forward to it.
Many thanks to Arbroath fc for the loan of the kits, it’s very much appreciated.
For all the lads who are going, we are meeting in Morrison’s car park at 8.30. The game will be played on a 3g surface, so please bring the appropriate footwear.

Friendly match

On Sunday, a team from Arbroath Walking Football travelled down to play some of the residents at Castle Huntly in a friendly match.
Things weren’t looking good weather wise, but the cloud and rain soon shifted to leave a nice sunny day for the match. This was the first walking football match for the hosts, but it soon emerged that they were no strangers to the game of football and they also had a good home support. The old competitive edge was still there, and few early tackles showed that they meant business. This was no surprise, it’s a hard game to play when you’ve played competitively for years, you still want to get to the ball first, still want to win challenges. Our version of the game relies less on tackling and graft, it’s more about passing and trying to get into spaces without running. Tackles from the back or side are not allowed, it’s hard to get your head round it at first, but it does come after a few games.
Despite playing well, AWF lost the overall result. No excuses, but we were also missing our secret weapon … Dave (the cat) Beattie, it’s always good to have someone who actually likes being in goals.

Well done to all the guys who played and many thanks to Castle Huntly for inviting us.

Team: Dave Milne, John Gowans, John Cruickshanks, Mike Burnett, Dave Scott, Ray Parker and Willie Craib

 

wet wet wet

Thanks to all who turned up tonight, despite the rain.
It was another one of those ‘game of two halves’ evenings, the team selectors done well, but each team had a one player advantage for each half.
The players have adapted to the three touch rule really well, because of this, there was some great touch and go football being played. Andy Medford gets a special mention for his finishing tonight, some cracking goals.

Some issues with the referee tonight, not that referee was doing anything wrong, just the disagreements with his decisions. Let’s get this sorted before we have to resort to reffing the games ourselves again.

The referee’s decision is final. Absolutely no arguments with this.
If the ref has made his decision, don’t correct him. Not point in having the ref there if you’re going to do that.
If you think the ref has got a rule wrong, discuss it after the game. Do not stand shouting about it on the pitch or touchline.
JUST TAKE A STEP BACK. This is, after all, non competitive football between mates. Get behind the ref. If a decision goes against you, it’s not the end of the world, accept it and have a laugh about it later.
The ref is someone we know, someone who is giving up their free time for beer money to help us out, let’s not forget that.

To all the guys who are playing in the friendly on Sunday, could you all meet at the high school/sport centre car park at 11.45.

A wee bit wet