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September 3, 2021


A squad of eight represented the club at this tournament last Friday, organised by the Walking Football Association.

We travelled by coach to the venue at Watford FC’s training ground at London Colney, where we played in their giant inflatable dome!  It is enormous and has space for four walking football pitches.  Unfortunately, we found it to be very warm and stuffy inside!

The format had group stages leading to quarter-finals, semis and final, and we were drawn in a group with Wakering, Norwich, Bedworth and Bournemouth.

Canterbury City 1 Wakering 5

We started this game as if we were still on the coach and were four down after ten minutes! They had a very good striker but, even so, we simply went to sleep.  We then woke up and finished the game playing better football and, though we conceded another, Rupert scored an excellent goal.

Canterbury City 0 Norwich 0

We played very much better in this and, despite having to face some strong attacks, we stood firm.  We could, with a little more luck, have even won this, with Rupert again coming close.  More of Norwich later …

Canterbury City 0 Bedworth 2

A very frustrating game!  We played decently in this but just couldn’t find the net.  We matched them in every other area, but they scored twice which flattered them.

Canterbury City 0 Bournemouth 0

This was an even more frustrating game as we were clearly the superior side.  Rupert, always our biggest threat, had an excellent shot well saved, and then had to go off immediately with cramp.  We had plenty of possession but no goal threat.

To our great surprise, Norwich, with whom we’d drawn, also drew with Wakering, who had so easily beaten us.  And then at the end, came an even greater surprise … Norwich had won the Cup!  Bedworth were runners up, and Wakering were joint third.

So, we drew with the winners and had the top three in our group.  Clearly the ‘Group of Death’!

It was an enjoyable day out despite the results, and we can take heart from that performance against Norwich!


John Ballantyne
Rupert Brown
Brian Gear
Jan Knott
Peter Morris
Dave Rayner
Cedric Russell
Dave Tadd