Clevedon Town walking football team are national champions

PUBLISHED: 18:31 08 October 2018

Walking footballers.

Walking footballers.

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Clevedon Town Over-65 walking football team became national champions at a tournament held in Cirencester.

Clevedon Town Over-65 walking football team won the WFA 65+ National Cup at the Cirencester Arena.

Qualifying for the finals after winning the South West regional rounds, they met teams from Manchester, Newcastle, Worthing, Norwich and Birmingham in the finals.

Undefeated and with five clean sheets, including four 0-0s and a 1-0 win after playing all the teams in the round robin stage, Clevedon finished second.

The win in the last match saw a goal scored by Peter Parfrey and a fantastic penalty save by Nigel Clarke, which sent Clevedon into the final.

Playing Manchester Corinthians in the final, the match proved to be a very close encounter, with chances at both ends and was decided two minutes from the end when Lewis Ford broke free and fired home to give Clevedon a 1-0 victory.

Team CEO Sam Hibbs, who set up Walking Football at Clevedon Town four years ago, said: “I think our victory surprised the other teams, but we weren’t phased by having to compete against the larger and more selective clubs and thoroughly deserved our win.”

Team manager Pete Condon said: “The squad and support team worked hard to win this, the planning, preparation and training all paid off on the day. Everyone in the club is over the moon with the result.”

Players: Nigel Clarke, Gerry Thompson, John Brooke, Keith Seabourne (captain), Peter Parfrey, Lewis Ford, Roger McQuillan, Mark Plinston and Danny Ward.

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