"he's only gone and done it again." 

BOB Haywood & his team OF HARTSHILL MEMBERS, SEE BELOW.

STROLLERS WIN FIRST-EVER ALBION TOURNAMENT

 

Hartshill Strollers have won the first walking football mini-tournament organised by The Albion Foundation.

The five-club event was held at the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury, on Thursday, June 28.

The Albion Foundation - the community arm of West Bromwich Albion FC – works with a wide range of groups to promote healthy exercise and is now involved with walking football.

The mini-tournament was held in blisteringly-hot weather, 7-a-side on very tight pitches, with 10-minute games.

Hartshill had hoped to field two teams but – due to a string of last-minute drop-outs - arrived with just enough players for one team, plus a sub.

The other four groups were of widely ranging ability.

Hartshill got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Hallam;

then beat West Bromwich Albion WFC 4-0;

then Portway 7-1;

and then Burntwood 1-0 to make it a clean sweep.

HARSHILL STROLLERS  1st  PLACE

BURNTWOOD                     2nd PLACE

W.B.A.                                    3rd PLACE

Hartshill team manager Bob Haywood also won the tournament Golden Boot Award for netting six times in the Portway game.

He said afterwards: “That’s never happened before – and I don’t think it will ever happen again!

“But every chance has to be put away.

“It was a very different tournament than those we are used to, but was a very interesting day.

“The Albion Foundation deserves full credit for the work it is doing in the community, including organising this inaugural walking football mini-tournament.”

Chris Price, sports coach with the Foundation, hailed the event as a success and said it was hoped more walking football tournaments would be held in future.

SQUAD: Dave Seddon, Bernard Bustin, Tracy Dudwell, Stewart Dudwell, Steve Nicholls, Joe Lowes, Tony Drew, Bob Haywood (all used).