WALKING FOOTBALL: BIRMINGHAM Over 50s enhanced their status as one of the leading walking football clubs in the country after winning the national championships.
Based in Hall Green, Birmingham have enjoyed a blockbuster few months having secured two major trophies.
And the good news keeps on coming after team members Paul Murtagh, Dave Norton, and Dave Castle were named as the three men to lead the England squad at the 2019 European Championships.
Birmingham made a steady start to the Over 50s national final with a 0-0 draw against Barnsley-based Leggy Mambos before two late goals from Dave Norton rescued a win against Stroud after the Brummies found themselves a goal down with just minutes to play.
Only needing a draw to win the championship, Birmingham faced last year’s champions Herne Bay.
In-form striker Norton got Birmingham off to a good start before he struck his fourth goal of the tournament after the half-time whistle to double their lead with seven minutes to play.
Though they proved lengthy, Birmingham held on to win the title to the delight of manager Paul Murtagh.
He said: “I can’t tell you how relieved I am that we finally won in this major tournament.
“These guys deserve it after all the near misses and disappointment they’ve had in the previous years, always a bridesmaid tag can now be officially removed.
“The team played tremendously well today and all got behind the ball and defended their lead when it really mattered.”
For more information about the booming sport of walking football, visit www.walkingfootballbirmingham.co.uk.