16 June 2016
The Seniors World Cup, that is.
The veterans’ tournament took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier this month, with Gareth Ainsworth (five U’s appearances; 1992/93), Dean Barrick (91; 2003-2005) and Danny O’Shea (203; 1989-2005) playing vital roles in the
Three Lions’ triumph. Gareth was even voted the competition’s most valuable player.
The squad, looking pretty trim in most cases, hit the ground running with a 6-0 win over Taiwan before swatting the USA aside 2-0. A 2-1 defeat to reigning champions Iran did not stop England progressing to the semi-finals, where they overcame their Scottish rivals 3-0. Dean’s groin gave way in that match, but our lads made light of the loss and scored the only goal of the final against the host nation to lift the trophy.
A lot of the faces in the squad photo look familiar, if a little thicker set. Great work, lads.