Tarfside Challenge

AWF veterans Wullie Craib and Allan Harrison are doing the Tarfside challenge again on Saturday the 13th of August.
It’s 65 miles of cycling in total, starting from Hercules Den in Arbroath and cycling out to Tarfside, Glenesk and back, it’s a hilly route.
The lads are raising funds for Horseback UK, which has a base in Aboyne and assists service men and women in restoring confidence, self-respect and a sense of purpose to those who have life-changing injuries.
It acts as a bridge between the long months of medical treatment and therapy, and the next stage of life, whether it’s a return to the military or civilian life. It also teaches new skills and enables having a worthwhile future. Wullie and I are grateful for any donation you can make.
You can donate to the lads in person or donate via Allan’s PayPal page https://paypal.me/AHarrison373

League duty

AWF were on league duty Sunday past (7th August)

A few teams had called off due to being unable to field teams, notably Raith Rovers, who are serial title challengers.
The RPC was uncomfortably warm in the baking sun, and the ventilation proved inefficient.
Arbroath changed their approach to the first game due to being notoriously slow starters; a Wee Kick-about seemed to settle the team.
First up were Crieff Juniors; the starting team was Pete Bell in goals, Phil Skelly and Gogs Smith in defence, Al Durno and Kev Craib in midfield, with Steve Cargill up top. Ally Gordon, Wullie Craib, and Allan Harrison were the substitutes.
Skelly and Smith were resolute in defence, with Craib and Durno always looking to get the ball to striker Cargill. Cargill had a couple of range finders, and Arbroath looked most likely to score. After a fine through ball from Kev Craib, Cargill set himself up and completed the move by expertly dispatching the ball into the net to put Arbroath up 1-0. It was a very even contest, and Bell made a great save from a free kick as Arbroath deservedly won the game.

Next up was Arbroath coastal friends Carnoustie, and as both teams share a walking football session each Sunday, they started warily. Smith had a long-range effort that looked like a certain goal but crashed off the Carnoustie crossbar. Arbroath carved open a few chances, and Smith was very unfortunate again when he had a fine shot from the edge of the box, which beat the Carnoustie custodian, hit the inside of the far post but didn’t go in.
Gordon and Harrison came on for Cargill and Skelly, but neither team could find a winner in an entertaining game.

Next up was Dundee United, and they opened the scoring with a fine strike from their first attack to put them 1-0 up. Arbroath immediately responded when a fine team move saw Cargill square to Craib, who finished into the top corner to make it 1-1.
Within a minute, an identical move and combination saw Craib put Arbroath 2-1 up, Cargill unselfishly teeing up his teammate. Arbroath had the upper hand, and Smith quickly added a third to make it 3-1.
It was one-way traffic, and Smith thumped home a shot to make it 4-1, with Cargill providing again. Some fine build-up play saw Cargill square to Craib, who dispatched a blistering shot to make it 5-1 and complete his hat trick.
K. Craib was then subbed for Gordon, with Skelly and Durno making way for Wullie Craib and Hatchet Harrison. Arbroath continued to attack, and Harrison found Gordon, who slammed home to make it 6-1.
Arbroath was still playing attacking football, Cargill setting up Gordon to make it 7-1.
Arbroath showed ruthlessness, and the scorers were – K.Craib (3), A.Gordon (2) and G.Smith(2). It should be noted that Steve Cargill was the provider of 6 of the 7 goals to illustrate a different side to his game. Pete Bell only conceded 1 goal in 3 games and benefited from Smith and Skelly being solid in defence.
A fine day for the club, collecting 7 points from 9 and ensuring they are in contention at the top of the league.


Match report by A. Harrison

East league games

Arbroath Walking Football headed to Dundee on Sunday for some League duty.

Due to a few teams being unable to field a team and one team arriving late, the fixtures had to be reshuffled. Instead of starting against Dunfermline Dynamos in a friendly, it was changed at the last minute to St. James. Arbroath began very slowly and was one down in less than a minute. A second followed shortly after and left Arbroath chasing the game. Despite some decent chances for St. James, Arbroath keeper Waddell made some great saves to prevent any increase in the deficit. Long-range efforts from Wullie Craib and Lindsay worked St. James keeper Beattie. Cargill, Smith and Gordon all had decent efforts but couldn’t beat Beattie. Waddell saved his best to last, with an outstanding save at his bottom left to prevent a goal.  However, it came at a price as he broke his left pinky and was taken to Ninewells by his son Kerr for an x-ray, which confirmed a fracture. Up next was Dunfermline Dynamos, and manager McKenzie changed his starting lineup. Kevin Craib took over in goals, proving to be a fine replacement. However, Dynamos took the lead against the run of play, but it was short-lived as a cutback from Smith was despatched by Harrison. It was all Arbroath, and Harrison returned the favour after his square ball to Smith was met the first time by Smith, his shot rocketing past the Dynamos keeper. A Smith goal was then contentiously chalked off after it was deemed to be running. Milne was then put through on goal, but he was a victim of another running decision.
Durno, Cargill, Smith and Milne all had reasonable efforts on goal, but with time running out, Dynamos were awarded a three running offences penalty to level the match, and full time soon followed. Last up was Tayport, who are well known to Arbroath because they hosted a couple of Dundee based friendlies against us. Manager Mckenzie changed the starting side, and Cargill and Smith tested the Tayport custodian. However, Tayport opened the scoring with a fine curling effort. Arbroath continued to press, and Wullie Craib levelled the match after his left foot shot squirmed underneath Tayport’s keeper. After missing a few chances from various players, Arbroath found the winner via Cargill, who slotted home.

Arbroath remains second in the league, two points behind unbeaten St. James.


Report: Allan (Hatchet) Harrison

New Kits

Arbroath Walking Football, pictured with their new kits at the start of the league season. Thanks to Arbroath FC’s amazing performances in the Scottish championship this season, these kits are now easily recognisable across the country. Arbroath Walking Football currently sits in second place in their league.AWF


Good luck

Arbroath Walking Football would like to say a massive thanks to Kevin Middleton from Arbroath FC Community Trust. Kevin is leaving the trust to set off on a new adventure.
Kevin and the trust were a big help when the club had nowhere to play.
Kevin was instrumental in starting up the walking football taster sessions. These sessions now also accommodate players who can’t attend the main walking football sessions, players of any age returning from injury or illness, and anyone looking to fill their spare time and get fit. A lot of Kevin’s work went on behind the scenes; we can’t even begin to imagine how crazy his WhatsApp chats, private messages and emails were. Some say he doesn’t sleep.
The trust also helped to strengthen ties between Arbroath Walking Football Club and Arbroath Football Club.
If you live up the Cliffburn end of town, you’d have been used to seeing Seaton Park (once home to Arbroath SC Junior football club) lying empty and covered in dog poo. This all changed quickly when Kevin and the trust took over. It was great to see the park thriving; kids who would have been lost to the game of football were playing again.
This wasn’t just a one day a week thing; it was every day, evenings as well. It wasn’t only the kids benefiting; adults of all ages were now using the park for games (including the old duffers from the walking football). There were, of course, other benefits and knock-on effects to all this new activity, not least a boost to the local shops. A defibrillator was installed at the park, and it wasn’t long before it was required, not by anyone using the park but someone near the shopping area.
Anyway, you all get the picture. We wish Kevin all the best on his new adventure, and we look forward to our continued affiliation with the trust and AFC.