England triumph in walking football first
- Over 50s Result: England 2-0 Italy
- Over 60s Result: England 3-0 Italy
They might have missed out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23 man World Cup squad, but English walking footballers have their own reasons to celebrate this week.
A crowd of over 200 people watched England Over 50s and Over 60s walking football teams win their respective fixtures against Italy at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, last Sunday (13th May).
In what was the world’s first ever walking football international, the home sides ran (walked) out victorious to the delight of managers Paul Murtagh and Stuart Langworthy.
“Taking into account the length of time this team has been together, I was extremely proud of the way that the lads applied themselves to the match.” Said Paul, England Over 50s manager.
“I thought we controlled the game from the moment we kicked off and showed some good pass and move walking football throughout.
“This is a good start but it’s early days and we need to make sure we keep improving in order to build a bright future for English international walking football.“
The Over 60s team received attention for the inclusion and performance of WFA Ambassador, Tommy Charlton, providing valuable national and international exposure for the sport.
Read full details of Sunday’s games on the Solihull Football Centre website, here. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated Prostate Cancer UK and Football Aid.
Many congratulations to all involved.