Article last updated : 25/05/2009
Football Marathon Finished!
The six hour football marathon is over and so are some of the players' football careers!
The weather was kind and over £2,500 has been raised so far. Full story here.
The 12 coaches from the Danbury Mission Community Football (Plus one unprepared and improperly dressed guest) began their day at 8.30 with a game against the Danbury Mission Old Men. The hour long game resulted in a 4-1 win for the coaches.
There then followed three games against the younger age groups only one of which resulted in defeat for the coaches, I will not shame them by saying which age group it was.
10.45 saw the intensity of the games pick up as the opponents included "Dan's Group/Older Boys" and the Danbury Juniors' Dads. The Dads game was the most hard fought of the day and ended in a 2-2 draw. It was at this point that your correspondent was pleased he had turned up in training shoes and no shin pads meaning the slight greasy surface made it too dangerous for him to play.
The final two hour long games from 12.30 to the 2.30 finish were against the Thursday Night Coaches and the South Woodham Evangelical Church and both games ended in relatively easy wins for the now exhausted coaches. The coaches were not to tired though to make it to the refreshment tent for some magnificient bacon rolls at the end of play.
The day was brilliantly organised by Brian Ireland, who reinforced my view on Scottish goal keepers, and we know that over £2,500 has been raised by sponsorship etc. for Little Havens and Ambassadors in Sport. The final total will be on this site soon.
There was some wonderful football played throughout the day, Gary Murfitt's goal to shot ratio was immense but for the goal of the day you need look no further than the header scored by Katie's Dad while guesting for the Old Men in the first game!!
I had hoped Katie's step dad might write up this report but apparently it is very difficult to use a lap top from the prone position!