Amblecote Legends 9 Hawbush FC 2

Last Saturday (edit: sometime in the Summer), saw an absolutely amazing occasion when almost 40 ex-Amblecote FC players played a charity match against Hawbush FC and raised over £700 for the young team.

When we had this idea in January we only expected a few of the old blue and whites to turn up, but the game turned into a Who’s Who of some of the best WMCFL players during my time in the league.

The game itself was a tough ask for Hawbush, but despite the game finishing 9-2 to the ‘old uns’ it was a great lesson to pit the Hawbush players against Shawn Devonport, Mike Tyler, Martin Nicholls, Lee Darlington and other brilliant players from over the years. The composure, communication and skill that comes with experience was clear to see. Although Hawbush did manage 2 goals through Mitch Poutney and George Dean.

A huge thanks as well to ex-Dynamo Kingswinford player Mark Pearson and two of our best known officials Dave Walker and George Millinchip for officiating the game free of charge.

For the Amblecote legends we had several players who have crossed over for different teams or been around WMCFL over the years including Ed Walker, Mike Tyler, John Hawker, Lee Darlington, Robin Davies, Jadon Silva, Curtis Jordan, Rion Mills, Shawn Devonport, Martin Nicholls,Jon Bennett, Dean Russell, Phil Deeley, Dave Oakley, Tim Fellows, Jon Doman, James Cartwright, Arran Poultney.

We also had some old Amblecote faces including Marc Cooper, Adam Kirkby, Rob Dickinson, Wayne Reep, Tom Beech, Pete Gwilliam, Andy Conroy, Jay Smith, Simon Mills, Mark Hughes, Steve Hickman, James Newhill, Joe Smith, Jon Dunn, Liam Walton (and son Jake), Andy Reep not to mention Matt Welch and Simon Ashby representing Hawbush.

A genuine ‘Field of Dreams’ game, especially to see players spanning over 14 years on the same pitch as each other. Hawbush managed to win the final quarter of the game 1-0 although the fact we had 25 players against 14 for the last 15 minutes helped a lot!!!

A huge thanks to everyone involved on the day and the game was a real credit to the talent that WMCFL has produced over the years.

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