Wallsend Boys Club Spreading The Word In Hong Kong
Wallsend Boys Club competed in the Citibank Hong Kong Soccer Sevens Masters at the weekend.
The WBC players also spent a valuable, and much appreciated, two hours in the heat of Friday afternoon giving coaching sessions (see photo featuring Peter Beardsley) to over fifty local schoolchildren.
The sessions went down very well and were sponsored by Adventure Sports Academy, a HK sports coaching company for children, and Fujifilm.
In the Masters competition, the team featured Peter Beardsley, Alan Thompson, Michael Bridges, John Watson, Paul Malcolm and Mick Tait, qualifying from the group to the knockout stages.
Wallsend’s hopes were finally ended by the eventual finalists USRC, who lost the final in extra time to an Ajax team featuring Yari Litmanen, the former Champions League winner.
Steve Dale, Wallsend BC Chairman, also attended the event and said –
“It was an excellent competition and we acquitted ourselves well in extremely hot and humid conditions, especially taking into account the unfortunate injury to Michael Bridges in the 2nd game.
“He was looking the player of the tournament until then. Alan Thompson and Peter Beardsley were also carrying knocks.
“It was a good chance to get the Wallsend name out to the Far East and we were surprised by how well-known and well respected it is there. We now know what to expect in this tournament and we want to return next year to win it!”
Tony Sealy and Neil Jensen managed the team and arranged the trip, assisted by Chris Vale.
All three are former Wallsend BC players now living in Hong Kong. Photos were provided by Gary Tyson, a Wallsend born HK photographer.
Newcastle United also competed with Peter Beardsley’s u21s reaching the semi final of the main competition, before being knocked out by local HK team Kitchee.
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