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Over 60s footballers at Norfolk village compete on national stage

PUBLISHED: 10:03 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 27 September 2018

Left to right, back row, Carl Walker, Graham Gladden, Malcome Broome, John Luck, John Hailey. Front row, Neil Martin, Bill Goreham, Les Frary, Steve Higgs.

Left to right, back row, Carl Walker, Graham Gladden, Malcome Broome, John Luck, John Hailey. Front row, Neil Martin, Bill Goreham, Les Frary, Steve Higgs.

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A north Norfolk village may be small in population but it packs a big punch when it comes to over 60s walking football.

The Erpingham Village over 60s Walking Football Club have just competed in the National Walking Football Competition, and made it to the last four.

One of the players Graham Gladden said: “Sixty-four teams set out to reach these finals and ‘little’ Erpingham being in the last four is a tremendous achievement.

“The team was made up of nine players having roll on/roll off substitutions. We beat Norwich City at Carrow Park 2-1, then Norwich Soca Seniors 2-1 at Erpingham, then headed off to Southend for the next round beating them 2-0 and on to the finals in Nottingham. Erpingham were beaten 2-0 by Watford in the semi-finals. Our players mainly come from Holt, Cromer and Calthorpe.”

The team meets at Erpingham village hall on Wednesdays, with football starting at 10am.

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