Newcastle United Foundation Amputee Football Team Reach Final On EAFL Debut
Newcastle United Foundation’s Amputee Football team made their debut in the England Amputee Football League Cup at the weekend, reaching the final of the EAFL Plate competition.
The competition, which took place at Tamworth FC, saw eight teams in attendance from all over the country, including Manchester City, Everton, and Portsmouth.
More than 80 players from both junior and adult squads came together to showcase the best of English Amputee Football.
The Foundation started the day with a strong performance against eventual Cup winners Portsmouth, succumbing to a narrow 2-0 defeat. The loss meant the Magpies moved into the EAFL Plate competition where they successfully overcame Brighton by the same score line in the semi-final.
The final pitched our debutants against an experienced Manchester City side who eventually overcame the Foundation 2-0 to win their first silverware for four years.
Reggie Dornan, Senior Disability Football Development Officer for Newcastle United Foundation, said: ‘To reach the Plate final and play so well on their first competitive outing is absolutely magnificent. Every one of the Foundation players can be proud of their performances. Our coaches Andy Simpson and Robbie Welch have worked so hard for so long with the group, it’s just reward for all their efforts’
‘It was a fantastic day of Amputee Football and really showcased the amount of talent that is being developed across the country. Hopefully the league can grow from here and inspire more players and more teams to take part in the competition. The EAFA and the league provide opportunities for getting involved in the England and international football set up as well so it’s proof that there are genuine chances for development within Amputee Football.’
‘We’re looking forward to hosting a fixture day in Newcastle in April for the EAFA’, he added.
The EAFA established the competition during the 2012/13 season as a means to give amputee football players access to competitive fixtures and help develop players further.
Newcastle United Foundation Amputee Football is funded through the People’s Postcode Lottery.
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