BayCity Strollers were the guests of the West Ham Community Walking Football team, where two mini tournaments were organised featuring over 50s and over 60s teams from both camps.
BCS Over 60s were crowned tournament winners on account of their two magnificent wins, although BCS Over 50s can be proud of their unbeaten record.
The first challenge for BCS was transporting 18 BCS team members from East Kent to Stratford. This involved multiple WhatsApp messages, train timetables being scoured to find the ‘best’ route and a few more traditional car journeys. Despite all of the confusion, everyone arrived on time to find a very impressive set up, proper changing rooms, working floodlights, advertising hoardings, even a noisy crowd of onlookers – BCS had hit the big time! The one slight drawback being the grass pitch, glistening in the East London drizzle. A drawback because Skip Peter Cadogan had categorically advised the team that blades/studs would not be allowed on the Astro Turf!!
Despite the inappropriate footwear being worn by BCS (even Pete Candy had forsaken his traditional blades) a good and safe time was had by all, with both teams giving a good account of themselves.
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The trophy and individual medals were presented pitch side by West Ham old boy John Moncur at half time during the WHU vs Liverpool match (and yes, it was all shown to the 60,000 crowd on the big stadium screen!)