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Annual Tournament A Great Success

Congratulations to Huntswood who were again crowned Champions of the Reading FC Former Players' Association's charity 5-a-side tournament. The annual tournament, this year held in aid of Reading Association for the Blind, was a great success with twelve teams competing at Woodford Park on Saturday 9 June 2018. After group stages, knock out rounds, and some excellent football Huntswood eventually won the tournament final 3-0 against Lucky 7.

After securing victory Huntswood faced a Reading FC Former Players team in the main arena of the Woodley Carnival, with a large crowd gathering to watch.  The two teams played out a very entertaining match that ended in a 4-4 draw.  The former players team included Phil Brown, Brian Howard, Ibrahima Sonko and Matt Stowell.

In the consolation plate competition McDonalds guaranteed success after their two teams won in their semi-finals to met in the final, where McDonalds 1 ran out 4-0 winners.

Sir John Madejski awarded the trophies at the end of the competition and said, "I was so delighted to preside over the 5 a side at Woodford Park. It is lovely to see that grassroots football is really so very active. I would like to congratulate all the teams that took part in what was a very exciting competition."

Organiser George Friel of the Reading FC Former Players' Association said, "This year's tournament has once again been a huge success.  Again we used Woodford Park Leisure Centre, and we look forward very much to using these fantastic facilities for our future tournaments.  I would also like to say a big thank you once again to Kate Parkinson for her help, this was our 8th tournament together, and to the Reading FC Former Player's Association board members for all their help."

As well as ending up as winners of the tournament, Huntswood were the event's main sponsors and the Organisation would like to thank them and all our other sponsors, for their continued support.  All teams went home having enjoyed the event and were given goody bags with items from our sponsors Huntswood, Fyffes, Waitrose Woodley, Costa Coffee Woodley and McDonalds.

The Association would also like to say a big thank you to the Woodley Carnival committee and Woodford Park Leisure Centre, and look forward to working with them again for next year's tournament.

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13 June 2018

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