No Walking Football Session on Thursday 2nd June
Thursday 2nd June is a national holiday this year as pert of the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
As many of us will be involved in ‘other activities’ that day, there will be no Walking Football sessions at Eastleigh on that day.
BACK ON THE NATIONAL CUP TRAIL
Our over 65’s started out on the national cup trail on Saturday 14th May with a second round 7 nil win at home to Exeter. We had a bye in the first round. The goals were shared around with 2 for Bob Watts and singles from Martin Gallop, Geoff Harrison, James Trant, Barry Joslin and Micky Pink.
Eastleigh win 'Club of the Year' at Eastleigh Borough Sports Awards
9th May. Eastleigh were voted ‘Club of the Year’ at the Eastleigh BC Sports Awards at the Ageas Bowl Hilton. Chairman John Hunter was presented with the award by BBC’s sports reporter Andy Moon with Saints’ Franny Benali also being there. The award reflects the hard work put in throughout the club as it has grown through and beyond the pandemic.
On the same evening the club sent an over 50’s squad to Portsmouth to play Mountbatten (see below) and also held the usual Monday night session at Eastleigh catering for some 24 members. It shows how much the organisation has grown that we were able to resource 3 simultaneous activities on the same evening.
Eastleigh over 50's progress to 3rd round of national cup
9th May. Eastleigh over 50 side overcame Mountbatten of Portsmouth by 4 goals to 1 to move into the 3rd round of the national cup. Eastleigh scorers were Tim Cole and Mark ‘Smudger’ Smith with 2 goals apiece.
WFA ENGLAND TEAM MANAGER PRESENTS TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
On 17th March, England national Walking Football manager presented our 2021 cup winning squad with the WFA Team of the Year award. A great recognition of last year’s achievement.
Watch a video kindly recorded by students from Solent University facilitated by Tom Mulholland, Eastleigh FC’s head of Media.
IMPORTANT On Thursday 14th and 21st April our Thursday sessions will be at Hants FA, Stoneham Lane.
School Easter holiday weeks means that the Eastleigh FC soccer schools take priority so we will switch to HFA Stoneham FOR 2 WEEKS and of course only the Thursday sessions are affected. Timings will as per our usual Thursday sessions. If you have not played at Stoneham before, you will need to register with them and get a QR code. Go to
THE USUAL SYSTEMS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR PRE-BOOKING FOR BOTH THE ‘GOLDEN OLDIES’ WITH KEITH AND EVERYONE ELSE WITH LES. SO DON’T FORGET TO BOOK AND GO TO THE RIGHT LOCATION!
Eastleigh Walking Football shortlisted for Eastleigh Borough Council Sports Awards 'Club of the Year'
March 9th 2022. Eastleigh Borough Council have just announced the shortlist for their annual Sports Awards. We are proud and delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the ‘Club of the Year’ category. This award is not just about recognition of individual events, like winning the national cup. It is more about how a club positions itself in the local community delivering sporting opportunities and playing its part within the local environment. This was particularly important working through, and coming out of the pandemic.
The awards evening is at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on Monday 9th May.
Walking Football welcomes Lee Bradbury to EFC
All at Eastleigh FC Walking Football welcome Lee Bradbury as the new manager of Eastleigh FC. We wish you every success in Eastleigh’s continuing campaign for Football League status.
Another England call up for Eastleigh player
James Trant and Ross Everton were amongst the inaugural selections for the England Walking Football international side. James played in the first ever international and is still involved with the England set up as both player and coach in the over 65 group.
February 2022 sees another of our players selected for an England call up and our congratulations go to Sarah Harper who has been selected for the England over 50 women’s squad.
Before walking football and before joining Eastleigh, Sarah has played all over Europe. In Germany she played for the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and Hertha Berlin, in Italy with AS Roma and Belgian side AFC Nimy.
She has also played for Southampton Red Star (Saints) and coached both Saints and Pompey.
We are delighted that Sarah plays her walking football at Eastleigh and hope that her presence will help attract even more ladies to our group.
Walking Football donates to the Mayor of Eastleigh's Charity
Over 65 Cup Winning Squad win Governing Body Team of the Year
February 13th – the Walking Football Association have awarded the Team of the Year accolade to Eastleigh’s over 65’s in recognition of winning the national cup back in October. Our impressive record in both the qualifying stages and finals day set us apart from other teams.
To reach finals day, Les Gatrell’s squad played in 4 regional qualifiers against tough opposition. Eastleigh scored 10 goals in the qualifiers, conceding only one.
Finals day was a round robin competition between the 6 qualifying teams. Eastleigh topped the league, winning 4 and drawing the other game, returning 13 points out of 15. Despite winning the league, the competition rules called on Eastleigh to play a semi final and final, making 7 matches on the day in order to win the cup. Throughout finals day the team scored 7 goals, conceding only 1. Even that was a penalty, awarded when an Eastleigh player stepped into the goal area. 7 games against the best in the age group and no goals against in open play.
What sets Eastleigh apart from other winners? The goals for and against are covered above but analysis shows that Eastleigh scored on average one goal every 15.5 minutes, conceding once every 132.5 minutes. That is, over 2 hours playing time between goals conceded.
One of the keys to our success has been an insistence within our own sessions of a zero tolerance approach to running and physical contact.
Clearly the judges felt that combination of winning and clean but competitive play was enough to set us apart from other entrants. Well done Les and all who took part, both in the qualifiers and finals day.
Eastleigh FC Walking Football 2022 AGM
We had our 7th annual AGM on Thursday January 14th at Eastleigh FC. Some 40 members attended.
John Hunter was re-elected as chairman and the rest of the committee stood for re-election and were duly re-elected.
Cup winning squad acknowledged on the Silverlake pitch
Half time at Eastleigh’s game against Solihull Moors on December 14th was the date when our over 65 squad were recognised when the players took to the pitch.
Eastleigh Walking Football on the telly
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To see our coverage on Meridian ITV on Friday 10th December. Sarah Gomme, sports reporter from Meridian ITV, interviewed both tournament manager Les Gatrell and chairman John Hunter, as well as filming some of the day’s footballing session of our highly tuned group of athletes! Don’t blink though, you might miss it!
Just Champion (as they say in Yorkshire!)
Our over 65 group triumphed at Barnsley at national finals day. The overnight stay on the night before was worth it!
We played 5 mini league games, winning 4 and drawing one, against Norwich, which was sufficient for us to top the group.
We then played the locals, Leggy Mambos, who are from Barnsley in the semi final and won on penalties.
We then won a closely fought final beating Norwich this time, James Trant scoring the only goal.
Well done to player/manager Les Gatrell and the entire squad for the magnificent achievement of being national champions for the second time in four years (with a pandemic in between!)
The EFC minibus was rocking on the way back home!
EASTLEIGH FC LAUNCH 75 YEAR ANNIVERSARY KIT
Our parent club, Eastleigh FC have launched their new 75 year anniversary kit. You can see the launch video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1IEthOSxaw
Look out for cameos from our own Micky Pink (who tried to nick a pair of shorts at the photoshoot!) and Paul Baker. Sadly Paul did not get a speaking part but Micky Pink will be donating his fee to charity!