Birmingham’s over 50’s made it 4 tournament wins in a row as they made the long journey to Romford to take on the best of the South East, In a ten team tournament with a round robin for all, Birmingham took on British Champions, Herne Bay and the highly rated Colchester and came out on top their only blip a 2-2 draw against Romford.
Birminghams football at times was sublime, with Dave Norton pulling the strings in midfield continually bringing others in to play Birmingham created chance after chance and in their first three games produced 5-1, 4-1 and 5-2 wins, after then seemingly taking the foot off the gas, a draw against Romford seemed to bring Birmingham back to life, next in their way were British Champions Herne Bay, two Andy Struthers goals and a Dave Wight penalty saw the Brummies exact revenge for their National Final defeat to the Kent seasiders,
All of the remaining games were won with ease and goals continued to flow, Dave Wright’s 14 and Dave Norton’s 11 were the top two goal scorers, Whilst Andy Struthers 4 goals all came at the optimum times in tight games, the ever improving Simon Dyer grabbed one and even skipper David Castle managed to squeeze one in the corner. Keeper Andy Monk produced a couple of sparkling saves and his reliable distribution set up many attacks, Afterward Manager Ian Gough said, “Thats is some of the best football Ive seen us play in ages, Dave Norton stood out for me, his strength and poise is just incredible, some of the goals we scored were amazing, we just blew most sides away".
Birmingham s next fixture is at Bedworth on 10/2/17 their last chance to play prior to the Peoples Cup where they aim to go one better than last year in lifting their 5th trophy on the trot!