Midlothian footballers take a walk in the sun

Midlothian's walking football team represented Scotland at a tournament in Portugal  (Photo back row left to right: Alistair Paterson, Jim Shepherd, Linda Milne, Glenn Milne, Steve Macdonald. Front row left to right: Kenny MacDonald, Jim Hall, Vivian Wallace)
Midlothian's walking football team represented Scotland at a tournament in Portugal (Photo back row left to right: Alistair Paterson, Jim Shepherd, Linda Milne, Glenn Milne, Steve Macdonald. Front row left to right: Kenny MacDonald, Jim Hall, Vivian Wallace)

The Midlothian Walking Football Team flew out to Portugal recently as Scotland’s representatives in the Brown’s International over 50’s Walking Football Tournament.

After a rather lengthy discussion with all team captains, an agreement was made on the actual rules as all ten teams played a different form of walking football.

Two touch, three touch, unlimited touch, goal area restricted or not, height restrictions or not? The only thing we all agreed on was - no running!

The first day of the tournament went really well for the Scottish side winning 5-1, 1-0 and 1-0 in the group stages ending with an exciting last game against the eventual winners Soccer Olhanense Strollers which ended in a 0-0 draw.

The second day took its toll with four injuries and torrential rain to deal with but Midlothian made it through to the semi-finals undefeated losing out to Cove Strollers on penalty kicks.

Presentation and BBQ indoors, as the rain flooded the decking area, where Soccer Olhanense Strollers, captained by Brian Kilcline, an FA cup winner with Coventry City, was presented with the cup and the outstanding player of the tournament award.

The following day Midlothian joined thousands of Scotland fans as the national team took on Gibraltar in the Algarve stadium winning 0-6.

The Midlothian side’s new strips for the trip to Portugal were provided by team sponsors Saltire Soccer, Paths for All and Hibernian Community Foundation.

Walking football is currently available in Midlothian through the Ageing Well project on Wednesdays 2-4pm at the Bayne memorial Hall, Loanhead and 
Fridays 10-12 noon at Ladywood leisure centre, Penicuik. It is also available on Mondays 6-7pm at the Lasswade Centre and Tuesdays 7-8pm at Saltire Soccer, Mayfield.