Arsenal Amputees recently competed in the annual EAFA (English Amputee Football Association) League Cup Finals, which was held in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.
Unbeaten in all eight of their fixtures, they finished top of the table on 20 points to be crowned champions.
Amongst the other teams were two of the favourites in Man City & Everton, who both bought strong teams to take the trophy.
Arsenal Amps started off slowly with draws against Newcastle then Manchester City. The 3rd game was against a very dangerous Everton side.
The match started very fast but teams were at deadlock until the dying minutes when Arsenal scored to win the game 1-0..
With their confidence high, the Arsenal really started to shine and won their next 5 games against Partick Thistle, Portsmouth, Peterborough United, WBA & Brighton.
Arsenal sealed the trophy with a game to spare to claim their first ever EAFA trophy.
6 wins from 8, 0 defeats and not a single goal conceded. They were followed closely by Manchester City FC Amputees and Everton FC Amputees.
Regular She Wore a Yellow Ribbon contributor Peter Monk was part of the successful trophy winning side.
At 54-years-old, Monk was the oldest player in the competition and scored in the 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle.
“It was great” Monk said after the game “I felt proud to be part of this Arsenal Amputee football team, the boys played fantastic, and to win is unbelievable against strong opposition, here’s to the future of Arsenal Amputee”.
On the day there were over 90 amputee footballers who represented their respective clubs, with an age-range of 30-years from the youngest to the oldest players.
“It was a great day to be involved in – the England Amputee FA did a great job of bringing it all together,” commented Arsenal in the Community coach Dan Openshaw.
“To be a part of it was great and, of course, to win and be unbeaten throughout all eight games really topped it off for us.
“The guys have shown great commitment to our sessions and to developing the team that we have here, so they deserve nothing less. Hopefully there will be plenty more days like this in the future.”
Arsenal’s side also included Tony Mills and Helder Silva, who represented England at the recent amputee World Cup. Their places in the squad were supported by The Arsenal Foundation.
Arsenal Amputees train at The Arsenal Community Hub. For more information on the Arsenal Amputee Football programme, contact Luke Howard, Arsenal in the Communities Disability Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org