We came, we saw, we had fun

The lads headed to Glasgow for the walking football Scottish cup on Saturday 23/06/18. As this was their first proper competitive tournament, the lads had no expectations, feet were planted firmly on the ground.

The lads done really well in the early stages by winning their group. One of the highlights was a  4-1 win against the mighty Portland Bill’s Seaside Squad (AKA Montrose). Sadly, Arbroath lost out in the quarter finals to the Gerryhatricks on penalties. It was a frustrating loss as they were cruising at 2-0, but a couple of mistakes let their opponents back in the game. The lads genuinely felt that they could have gone further.

No vote was taken, but the general consensus was that Darin Bell was the MVP. Well done, very well deserved.

It was a very well organised event, no waiting about, no messing about, and most importantly, there were free bananas. Seriously though, it was an extremely well run event and the lads can’t wait to return next year, hopefully with more than one squad.

A big thanks from all at the club to all involved in the organisation and the running of the festival.

Once again, another massive thanks to Arbroath FC for the loan of the kits.

Standing from left back: Ray Parker, Wullie Craib, Dave whitton, Dave Beattie, Dave scott and Darin Bell

Front: Dave Milne, Jim Mcnairn and Alan Harrison

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