A WALKING football team made up of pensioners has been named national champions.

Sunday, 28th October 2018, 3:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th October 2018, 11:56 pm
Pompey in the Community Walking Football team with their 70+ national champions trophy

Pompey in the Community WF came home with the 70+ Cup following a tournament in Nottingham earlier this month.

The side, which has an average age of 74 and an oldest player of 84, battled through five 14-minute games to eventually win in a penalty shootout.

The players have now spoken of their pride and happiness at becoming champions. 

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Chairman Alan Scott said: '˜Who would have thought at our age we would be celebrating as national champions in a Pompey shirt.

'˜We are very pleased to be ambassadors for Portsmouth and you have a group of very proud and excited team members bringing the cup back to the city.' 

At the tournament, the team finished top of group one with five points and played runners-up of group two Stamford and Boston in the semi-finals. They finished the match with a comfortable 2-0 win.

In the final against Bramcote, both teams were determined to claim the cup but Pompey ITC's defence held firm despite coming under first-half pressure.

The second half saw a complete turnaround as the Portsmouth side dominated and were only denied a winning goal by the Bramcote goalkeeper who made a number of saves.

The game finished 0-0 and went to penalties with Pompey ITC WF winning 2-1 and crowned 2018 WFA 70+ National Champions.

Tommy Charlton, brother of former footballers Bobby and Jack, presented the medals and trophy.