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The Christmas Cup

Arbroath Walking Football sent a team to Kirkaldy to compete in the Christmas Cup, a tournament organised by Raith Rovers Walking Football Club.

Arbroath kicked off the tournament with a 1- 1 draw against Linlithgow, the last kick of the ball resulted in a goal for Gordon (Gogs) Smith earning the draw.

The next game saw the Arbroath side win by 5 goals to 1 against Tweedvale; scorers were – Allan (Hatchet) Harrison. Gogs Smith. Kev Craib. Syd Lyndsey. And a Linlithgow OG.

The next game finished with 3-0 win for the Arbroath side against Crieff; scorers were – Ally (Bongo) Gordon (2) Wully Craib.

After some confusion with the scores, AWF finished top of their group with a +1 goal difference and would face Raith Rovers in the semi-final.

In the semi-final, the Arbroath team stepped up a gear and beat Raith Rovers by 4 goals to nil. Great result!

Arbroath faced Braehead in the final. This was a very tight match, with both teams showing why they were in the final. The Braehead side won the game by 2 goals to 1, Wully Craib scoring for the Arbroath side.

It was a great showing by the Arbroath side, and it also established AWF as one of the top teams in the region.

Impossible to single any individual out for praise; from the management and organisation to the players, this was a solid team effort.

AWF would like to thank the tournament organisers for a great day out and another very well organised tournament.

 

Team:

  1. David Waddell
  2. Allan Harrison
  3. Syd Lindsey
  4. Dave Scott
  5. Wully Craib
  6. Alan Durno
  7. Ally Gordon
  8. Gordon Smith
  9. Kevin Craib
  10. Derek Fullerton

Walking Football scotland East League

Arbroath walking football had their last Walking Football Scotland East league over 50s action of 2021 today.

At stake were second place and a chance of playing in the champions league next February.

AWF started well with a 5-1 win against Saints in the community. Debut boy Steve Cargill bagged a hat trick with Wullie Craib and Dave Milne getting a goal each.
The next match saw AWF lose a close match by 3 goals to 2 against Raith rovers. The goal scorers were – Brain Cowie and Hatchet.
The final match saw AWF finishing on a high with a 3-1 win against St Andrews. The goal scorers were – Alan Durno. Steve Cargill and Hatchet.

Overall, it was a good season for AWF. Third place in the league was a great effort given the injuries and player availability issues.

Championees Championees …

Having already been to Coventry for trails in 2020 for the Scotland squad (and being selected), two lads from Arbroath Walking Football: Gordon ‘Gogs’ Smith and Dave ‘Wadds’ Waddell, traveled down to Nottingham to participate in the Samantha Birtles Memorial Cup. This event was a walking football tournament organised by Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles in memory of his wife, who he lost to pancreatic cancer.

 

Ten teams were involved in the tournament, and the lads were in some illustrious company as some current and ex England national walking football players were involved.

The lads were surprised when their team (the Scottish Exiles) was piped onto the pitch. A very proud moment that they both agreed made the hairs on the back of their neck stand up.

The Exiles made it through the group stages, winning two and losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. Gogs Scored a cracking debut goal against Boston United, an unstoppable howitzer from 15 yards, and Wadds was named man of the match against Nottingham forest.
In the semi-final, the Scottish Exiles came out 1-0 victors in a very close match against Sleaford Town.
The Exiles then faced the North East England Select team in the final. In what was always going to be a very close match, the game finished 0-0. The game went to sudden death penalties, Gogs scored, and Wadds saved the last penalty kick to ensure the cup went to the Scottish Exiles. Wadds was also named Man of the match for the final.

The lads would like to express their gratitude to – Steve Morgon for organising the event. Garry Birtles, for being a great host and for organising this event. Arbroath FC Community Trust for their support, particularly Kevin Middleton for supplying the tops.

Everyone at AWF would like to congratulate the lads; well done.

Charity Cycle

Horseback UK is a charity set up to empower service personnel and veterans suffering from life-changing injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and to aid them on their road to recovery.

Local man Ian Wren is a patron of the charity and fundraiser for them.

On August 7th, 2021, two of Arbroath Walking Football’s finest, Wullie Craib and Allan (Hatchet) Harrison decided to help out the charity by taking part in the Horseback UK Tarfside Cycle Challenge.

The challenge is a 65-mile cycle ride from Hercules Den In Arbroath up to Tarfside in Glenesk and back again.

On the day, conditions were warm and windy, the two lads felt they made good time as they headed to Tarfside. However, the journey back to Arbroath was a different story. Facing a strong headwind, the lads found it a challenge and the leg cramps didn’t help them at all. A particular challenging section was the big hill at Farnell, the lads were happy to see the back of that.

Once back at Hercules Den, the struggles of the big hill were soon a distant memory when Beverly Wren served the lads with burgers and beers.

With Sponsorship looking to top around the £400 mark, the lads are very grateful to family and fellow AWF members and are very happy to help out a great charity.

You can find out more about Horseback UK by clicking  HERE

Allan And Willie all smiles