For the second time in 4 years, Eastleigh Walking Football are over 65 national champions. They travelled to Barnsley at the weekend to take part in the Walking Football Association finals day, participating in a league format of 6 teams playing each other, with the top 4 qualifying for the semi finals. The finals day was on Sunday 10th October
Eastleigh were unbeaten and finished top of the league with wins against the Leggy Mambos (Barnsley), Hartshill (Nuneaton), Worthing, and Bicester and a draw with Norwich who they met again in the final. On the way they only conceded one goal, a penalty from Bicester.
Leggy Mambos were the semi final opponents and were beaten on penalties. James Trant, who is an England international walking footballer, scored Eastleigh’s vital goal in a 1 nil final win over Norwich and the cup first won in 2017 headed south again.
Eastleigh FC kindly made their club minibus available to the team and the squad travelled the 210 miles to Barnsley on Saturday so that the squad was fresh for finals day.
The win confirms Eastleigh’s status as one of the strongest walking football teams in the country, with around 80 players taking part in weekly sessions.
More information about the club can be found at www.eastelighfcwalkingfootball.co.uk
Note for editors: Eastleigh FC Walking Football was formed in 2014 and is a part of Eastleigh FC. Sessions take place on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons and new members are always welcome. Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to play. The club currently has some 110 members and is currently looking to develop a ladies’ section.
The Walking Football Association is the governing body under whose rules the national tournament is held. https://thewfa.co.uk/