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Cookham Wanderers' Porto Weekend

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Copyright Brilliant TV

(5 October 2010)

The Cookham Wanderers' annual football tour achieved a spectacular triumph in Porto  where Jose Morinho cut his teeth as a European football Manager.

The team of 14 veteran Cookham sportsmen, who play 5 a side every Friday at St Pirans school, scored a memorable 2-1 victory in atrocious weather conditions this weekend playing away in Portugal against the Oporto cricket and tennis club. 

The Cookham Wanderers, founded in 1995, beat a mixed team of Portugese and English masters at the Porto club which has been playing since 1855!

Star player for Cookham was ex Bicester Town midfielder Martin Swanson (aged 47) of Harvest Hill, Maidenhead who scored both Cookham’s goals. He was aided in attack by the razor sharp passing of Andy Burroughs (42), from Pinkneys Green, one of the county’s leading hockey players who switched Codes for the weekend. 

In a second half  reminiscent of the siege of Mafeking, former Derby County trialist, Paddy King (55) in goal produced some spectacular saves in a goalmouth knee deep in water while the wind and the rain caused havoc for both teams. 

Ex Bath City striker Alan Day (53) of SPencers Lane, Cookham,  missed a couple of sitters but captain Colin Jones (62) of Sutton Road, Cookham declared “I’m delighted with the spirit shown by the Wanderers. This is our 3rd victory in Europe after beating teams from Germany, Italy and now Portugal. We can’t wait for next year’s tour!”

The sporting weekend featured tennis, cycling, dominoes, a tour of Port Houses, and the Portugese Golf tournament won by St Andrews member, Stevie Smith (aged 50) who came to bolster the Cookham team.

 If you want to join in and play some 5 a side Friday football with the Cookham Wanderers contact Simon Cooperman on 07802  222 089  

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