May 2018 Homeless 5-a-Side Football Tournament

Sun 20th May 2018 at 11.00 - 20.00

The Tommy McClafferty Cup - Annual Event - 5 a side Footie. Organisers - Mike Smith with Link Up, Winter Comfort, 451 & Jimmys Night Shelter. Volunteers make it work.

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Congratulations TO ALL !

TEN enthusiastic teams and their organisations came to battle, on a gloriously sunny day, for the medals and the Tommy McLafferty Cup plus Goalie and Player of the Tournament Cups.

Goalie of the Tournament - Christian from Cyrenians

Player of the Tournament - Mihai from Link Up

Winners 2018 - Planners  (Final Score 1 - 0)

Runners Up 2018 - Cyreneans

Third 2018 - Cangle Blues


The Abbey Sports Centre All Weather Astro-turf area, behind the pool, Whitehall Road off the Newmarket Road, Cambridge - a great site - our thanks go to the City Council for donating their space for the day.  

NOTE - First Aiders are always on site plus the Pool attendants (with charged mobile phones ready to call an ambulance).  Toilets are in the pool building nearby.  Showers available.

Rotary banners and signs showed the way in and we had friends and supporters who came to cheer on the teams. 

Our 4 Referees were  Batch Fitness' Iain and Clive, Dan Coe (Norwich City FC) and Musa Kamara who kindly donating their time.    

Helpers arrived 9am

11am - Team / Player Registration started and kit claimed.

11am-12pm - The Referees get everyone well warmed up 

Refreshments available for players & helpers throughout.

Play started at 1pm - we cheered on 70 plucky players !

5pm - Cups and Medals were awarded and photos taken.

Then a Barritos Meal was served - Nanna Mexico.

Team Colours :

Dark Blue - Cangle Blue

Orange with Yellow - Jimmys Night Shelter

Claret - Council Housing 

Amber and Black Stripes - Cyrenians

Red with white detail - Emmaus

Orange with Blue - Cangle Orange

Light Blue with White Cuffs - Link Up

Red with White Numbers - YMCA

Blue and White Hoops - Council Planners

Yellow with Black Shorts - Winter Comfort

Background to Event.   
When Tommy McLafferty died homeless on the streets of Cambridge in 2009, friends who had met him there decided that the event (a 5-a-side football tournament) should carry his name because of his love of the game and the time he spent as a successful coach with the Scottish giants Celtic. 
Amazingly, the Player of our 2010 Tournament Musa Kamara went on to Captain the England team at the Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Today he returned with his wife as a trained coach to Referee and present the medals.
Rotarians heard about the Homeless World Cup at a Rotary conference and decided to arrange a local tournament in Cambridge. 

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