Action Replay – Asfordby Amateurs enjoy European triumph

Asfordby Amateurs juniors which won an international tournament in Belgium in 1994/95

Asfordby Amateurs juniors which won an international tournament in Belgium in 1994/95

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AS the Champions League springs back into life this week, Action Replay recalls European success for a group of Asfordby youngsters.

The main team photo shows the Asfordby Amateurs JYFC side which triumphed in an international junior tournament in Belgium in the 1994/95 season. It was kindly supplied by their manager Eric Warren.

Asfordby Amateurs captain Andrew Johnston and manager Eric Warren
Asfordby Amateurs captain Andrew Johnston and manager Eric Warren

The team were on tour in Holland when they made the two-hour trip across the border for the two-day tournament which also featured teams from France, Germany and Holland as well as the hosts.

The first day was played on a league format with Asfordby going through to the final the following day courtesy of 8-0 and 3-1 wins and a goalless draw.

Up against Belgian side SC Wolvertem, Amateurs took a first half lead in the final, but the hosts hit back after the break to send the match into penalties.

After both sides scored four of their five spot-kicks, the shoot-out went to sudden death where keeper Endall was the hero, saving the Belgians’ second penalty to send the trophy back to England.

Pictured are, from left, back – Eric Warren (manager), A. Copley, J. Clarke, W. Endall, K. Bartram, J. Forrester, A. Forrester, P. Copley, A. Forrester (asst manager); front – K. Plane, G. Tuck, A. Henderson, C. Fetzko, S. Bishop, P. Dawson, A. Johnston.

 

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