“We competed well in all games and lost by small margins. This squad will improve with further tournament experience. A great day out for all involved.”
John Myatt, Team Captain
Following the success of the 60+ squad on Sunday in reaching the final, the Wanderers 65+ squad made the trip on Monday to the Etihad campus for the Kingsmaid Cup 65+ cup.
The squad consisted of Colin Boyes, John Jones, John Myatt, John Rooke, Stephen Stoker (under age keeper), Mike Theobald & Paul Waggett (Interesting to note that the combined age of the outfield players was 413 years with an average of 69 - nearer to 70+!!!!).
There were six teams entered in the competition which was run on a league basis with some additional knock out games to decide 1st & 2nd: 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th positions. In the event no change arose to league positions which were:
Manchester City Orange - 13 pts
Preston North End - 12 pts
Widnes - 10 pts
Wakefield Wanderers - 6 pts
Weston Seagulls - 3 pts
Manchester City Blues - 0 pts
Very contrasting fortunes for the two MCFC teams and real commitment from the Seagulls who travelled all the way from Weston Super Mare setting off at 8am - just how far will old guys travel for a game of walking footie?
Man City Orange finally won this 65+ tournament, beating Preston 2-1 in a lively match with each side scoring a last minute goal.
Widnes L 1-3 (Myatt)
Man City Blues W 3-1 (Myatt 3)
Man City Orange L 1-2 (Myatt)
Weston Seagulls W 2-0 (Rooke & Waggett)
Preston NE L 0-2
3rd/4th place play off - Widnes L 1-3 (Myatt)
The highlight of the Wanderers performance was the six goals from Team Captain John Myatt who also hit the post/ bar on at least four occasions. Main striker was John Rooke who held the ball well scored one and made several great assists.
Some memorable saves by Stephen Stoker kept the Wanderers in contention throughout and John Jones was well supported in defence by Colin Boyes.
The midfield anchor role was taken by Paul Waggett who also found time to add to the goal tally, whilst the striker role was shared between John Rooke and Mike Theobald who both worked tirelessly throughout.
There was a considerable improvement on performance & results from the previous 65+ Tournament and the mood in the team remains positive for yet more improvement.
Updated 11:49 - 10 Oct 2017 by David Holbrow