The PEOPLE"S CUP, 25th February 2017
This is a new venture sponsored by the FA and part of the BBC Get Inspired project for a nationwide competition for all types of amateur football; walking; 5 a side; ladies; etc.
The first midlands round was held at Star City arena where we were in a tournament with 9 or 10 other teams in two groups; we were in a group of five teams on a league basis to be followed by a final of the winning teams of the two groups.
We were grouped with. Birmingham (Beechcroft); LPF88 WF from Leicester; Walsall Swifts and Wolves Community Trust.
Our Squad was; Dave Seddon in goal; Gary Davis; Reg Walker; Steve Nicholls; John Green; Richard Delehaye and John Cooper.
The first game was v Wolves and Strollers ran out winners 3-2 with John Cooper scoring 3 goals in the 1st half.
In the second game v Walsall, Strollers got off to a good start with Richard Delehaye scoring in the very first few seconds. At about 5 minutes a tussle between John Cooper and an opponent resulted in them both being 'blue carded' and sent off for 2 minutes. With the extra space available Reg Walker made a good strike from long range to take Strollers 2 up. The game ended 2-0 to Strollers.
The third game saw Strollers v their old foes Birmingham. Birmingham opened the scoring direct from the kick off with the ball taking a slight deflection off Gary before going in the net. Birmingham were always in command and went 2-0 up in the 1st half. In the second half Birmingham were never really troubled and went on to win comfortably 6-0.
The final game needed a Strollers win to stand any chance of going through to the knock out and they now faced LPF88 from Leicester. The game was quite even with neither team showing any dominance and went through to half time without any score. Soon after the restart Steve Nicholls was 'blue carded' for an incident but soon after the Strollers went ahead with a goal from Reg Walker. This was soon followed with an equaliser from LPF88 taking advantage of the extra man.
The game finished 1-1 so Strollers go out of the competition with a bit of a whimper.