Walking Football is an increasingly popular sport. It’s a great way of keeping fit and enjoying the camaraderie of a game when you get too old to run about for a full 90 minutes! Great news for a local team with a national win for the Fleetwood Town Flyers Walking Football team.
Fleetwood Town Flyers Over 50’s Walking Football
On 28 April 2018, Fleetwood Town Flyers over 50’s squad made the journey to the FA headquarters, St Georges Park in Burton-upon-Trent for the finals of the prestigious FA Peoples Cup.
There they faced the other five remaining teams from more than 200 that started out in the competition in February.
With the first round being a round-robin tournament, with the top four teams securing a place in the semi-finals, it soon became apparent that the standard of football would be very high and the referees very strict. However, the Flyers got off to a good start with a 1-0 win over Wiltshire WFC. With the remaining matches proving very tight, the Flyers eventually secured their place in the semi-finals with a game to spare.
In the semi-final the Flyers faced a stiff challenge against Midlands team ‘Peles Pearls’. With the game ending 0-0 it went to penalties for a place in the finals with the Flyers securing a 2-0 victory.
And so it came down to the final against the other semi-final winners, Beccles Town FC. The match was very tight and balanced with few clear chances for either side to break the deadlock. On the final whistle the score remained 0-0 and so the Champions would be decided with a penalty shootout!
A National Win for Fleetwood Walking Football
Beccles won the toss and elected to kick first. Top quality penalties followed from both sides and a tense shootout resulted in the the Flyers eventually winning 5-4 to be crowned National Champions in the biggest and most prestigious walking football competition in the UK – The FA Peoples Cup.
More about Fleetwood Town Flyers
Fleetwood Town Flyers offer fun, friendly football – either just for fun on in competitive sport – for the over 50’s.
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