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Cookham Wanderers Jubilee Goal Fest in Galway! 

posted 29 May 2012 


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The Cookham Wanderers annual European tour brought a 10 goal feast at this weekend’s Jubilee tour of Galway on Ireland’s west coast.


12 Members of the weekly 5 a side team who play each Friday night at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill took off to Ireland.


 Playing a top young team from Cisco Systems at Galway’s premier side Mervue United FC, The slightly older Wanderers began brightly.


But the Cookham Wandrers soon fell behind to some deft footwork from the Irish legends.

Trailing 4-1 half way through the second half and feeling the heat, the Cookham men brought on their secret weapon – the tallest man on the team Terry Karydas – on secondment from Queensland Australia and not a regular football player (his preferred sport is Aussie Rules) to a role as “crumb forward” (something the aussie rules game employs) and it worked! A lovely assist to former Fleetwood boy – Alan Day brought a goal and then the smallest player in the Wanderers side – Timmy Mallett - scored the goal of the match and his first ever on tour – a delightful chip over the flailing arms of Paddy Brady in the Galway goal.


Former Bicester Town striker, Martin Swanson, completed the comeback with a hattrick and the game ended 5 all and the Cookham Wanderers remain undefeated in Europe for 7 years!


“I’m thrilled to have even gotten on the pitch let alone to  have such an impact” said Terry. “It was worth travelling half way round the World to help the lads and be part of an historic result!”


“First goal on tour, and the strike of the match! It can’t get any better!” said modest Mallett.


The Final whistle brought another cheer with the news that Maidenhead United have won a reprieve from relegation from Conference South!

“If Maidenhead United  need any players. Look no further than the Cookham Wanderers!” said keeper Andy Burroughs!


Timmy and Terry celebrated their achievements with a day long return by train and boat – 3 countries and the sea - in a day! The rest of the team flew back after a sporting weekend of football, golf, go karting, seafood, and singing !


Anyone mad enough to join the Cookham Wanderers on a Friday Night contact Simon Cooperman 0780222089

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