Aw the best

AWF would like to wish everyone a very happy new year.
In particular, we’d like to wish all other walking football clubs the very best for the year ahead.
last year was a great year for walking football all over the country, new clubs and associations were popping up all over the place. There were lots of tournaments and competitions both home and abroad. Arbroath Walking Football have now competed in Both Spain and Italy.
In our own area, after a lot a hard work by various volunteers, we now have the excellent East league up and running.
We also attended the second Walking Football Scotland AGM. Looking ahead, We have everything in place for walking football in Scotland to continue growing.

If you are 50 or over and fancy giving walking football a go, there is no time like the present. Get in touch with us via the website, Twitter or FaceBook. If you’re local, we can help get you up and walking (see what I did there?). If you’re not local, we can give you contact information for a club near to you.

Bliadhna mhat ùr

Raith Rovers Christmas Invitational cup

Results, scorers and report submitted by Mike Burnett. 22nd December

Arbroath 5 St James B 1

Hatchet 4 Kev Craib 1

1 Arbroath 1 Raith Rovers 0

Kev Craib 1 (pen)

For some reason St James A got a bye through to the QF, even through we had a better record .

QF

Arbroath 5 Raith Rovers B 1

Alan Durno 2 Hatchet 1 Kev Craib 2

SF

Arbroath 2 St James A 3

Alan Durno 1 Hatchet 1

3rd/4th play off

Arbroath 2 Fife Wanderers 1

Gary Bruce 1 Hatchet 1

A fine days work by the lads today. Some of the football played against St James B was a joy to watch. There were some great passing moves that lead to a couple of cracking goals.

The match against the eventual winners, Raith Rovers A was a very tight affair with nothing between the teams. However, Raith fell foul of the 3 running fouls rule and conceded a penalty. Kev Craib took his one step and converted the spot kick expertly.

In the third game, AWF returned to produce some excellent football and were well deserved winners by 5-1.

In the semi final AWF faced our old foes St James A. Again, we played very well only to be held 1-1 at half time. After half time, AWF were caught cold by 2 goals in the first two minutes of the second half. To be fair, both shots were pretty much unstoppable. AWF battled back well and should have had a penalty when Kev (or it may have been Allan) was hacked down on the edge of the area (and it looked suspiciously inside the area) but the ref only awarded a foul. St James were, as usual, a tad physical. Allan (Hatchet) Harrison pulled a goal back with 3 minutes to go but St James held on for (what I thought was) an undeserved win.

In the 3rd/4th place play-off we played Fife Wanderers. AWF went 2 goals up and basically held the ball and frustrated the Wanderers who could not get past some stout defending by the Arbroath lads.

Overall the lads played brilliantly today and everyone deserves all of the praise. Hatchet’s goal scoring was exceptional, Kev Craib held the ball up extremely well. The defence was marshalled well by Dave Milne in goal with Dave Scott and Wullie Craib largely untroubled in the group matches. When Gary Bruce and John (Windaeman) Connor came on, they didn’t let the side down, providing some telling passes that led to goals.

Pete Bell made a welcome return to the Arbroath squad and came on for the second half of the 3rd/4th  place game and made a good save that kept us in front.

I apologise if I have got some of the scorers wrong, I was too busy encouraging the lads to keep a mental note! If anyone has the right scorers, please free to correct them! Well done again lads, a brilliant effort. I feel that if it wasn’t for St James A, it could have very well been our day.

Mike B

 

The teams

Arbroath FC match day experience

Arbroath walking football club were invited back to Gayfield on Saturday for another match-day experience, this time it was to play Carnoustie.

The teams play during the half time interval, it gives them a chance to showcase what walking football is all about. Despite the wet, wintry conditions, both teams had an enjoyable time.

Carnoustie finished the game as the 4-2 victors.

Thanks to all at Arbroath FC for giving us the chance to play in these game.

Many thanks to Graham Black for the permission to use his pictures in our gallery

Carnoustie V Arbroath album

 

Image copyright @Garaham Black

East League sponsor

Arbroath Walking Football play in the East league. This is a post on behalf of the organisers of that league.

In preparation for next season, we, the East region walking football league are looking for a league sponsor.

This year has proved very successful and every participant (each one over 50 years old ) have enjoyed themselves.
As a league, we have run at a slight loss this season, but hopefully with a bit of help from SFA and a sponsor, we should be able to take this league forward for many more seasons to come.
If you think you can help, please get in touch with me (gordyfar1@gmail.com) I will let you know what we are looking for and explain operating costs etc.

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