A summer of outstanding football reached its pinnacle recently, with a much anticipated tournament. Finely honed athletes displaying skill and fitness levels beyond belief, came together to compete for a much coveted trophy in front of their cheering fans…. The Whippy Cup was back!!
Named in honour of Idris Morgan “Mr Whippy”, local ice cream man, who always donated a percentage of his takings to SSBB. Idris was a great friend to many people associated with our charity, and following his sudden and sad death in June 2015, the Whippy Cup 5-a-side tournament was born in aid of SSBB.
The brain child of Colin and Faye, Landlord & Lady of the Swan Pub in Marbury, Cheshire, which was to be the venue for the event for the second year running.
The 2015 competition was won by Aston Vanilla, and they were back again this year to defend their trophy along with 7 other teams comprising of some of the most exceptional players around. Including “Team Morgan” made up of members of Idris’s family, and Iddy’s Angels, an all-female team from the Raven Café in Whitchurch where Idris was the regular ice-cream man.
So the pitch was mown and marked out, half time burgers and pints at the ready and the 2016 Whippy cup was underway, with some fantastic fun football, played in the true spirit of the game.
Despite team Morgan’s best efforts, and captain Christina’s wonderfully skilful screaming at the ball, they would not make it past the first round.
Other teams would soon follow suit, until the competition finally came down to one match. The final, to be contested between last year’s winners Aston Vanilla, and Knickerbocker Glory Hole (Had to be didn’t it! Disclaimer* SSBB accept no responsibility for team names!)
After a hard fought match, the final was won 4-1 by Aston Vanilla, who retain their trophy for another year.
During the day, one of the players, Dan Owen, unfortunately collapsed on the pitch and had to be taken to hospital. But he is doing fine, and we send him our best wishes and thanks for taking part in the day.
Trophies were presented by Idris’s brother Arthur and niece Christina. The presentations were followed by the draw of a raffle, to which the Morgan family cleaned up on prizes! (Someone working his magic maybe!!)
The tournament raised an amazing £700 for our charity, and we are extremely grateful to Colin and Faye for organizing it, and everyone who took part or came along to show their support of this wonderful event.