Once again the RAF Football Association Festival of Football hit the town, held in the Trafford Sportsdome Manchester.
The annual Festival of Football, in its 11th year, attracted 33 teams from 29 establishments, and this year event organiser RAF FA Football Development Officer John Duff, was proud to announce new festival sponsors: the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The festival got off to a flying start in Group A where Lossiemouth A slotted in 8 goals in the first two games. Wittering A in Group B were also looking very strong and posed a threat to the competition favourites Waddington.
Waddington themselves started well and with their experience, finished top of their group. Another convincing group was Group F, where Brize Norton A had played 5 and won 4 drawn 1.
After a short break for lunch, the top 16 teams competed in the Cup Competition with the remainder going into the Plate Competition. The first semi-final was between Lossiemouth B and Brize Norton C.
Brize ran out winners by 2 goals to 1. The other semi-final was the battle of Lincolnshire between Scampton A and Waddington B, with Waddington proving to be too strong, winning 2 goals to nil. The final was a very tight game with both sides not wanting to give anything away, before Brize Norton fought hard, and went on to win 2 – 1.
When the Cup Competition started, all the teams played exceptionally well. Waddington moved into the final by beating Wittering B. Here they met RAF Marham A, who had cruised to the final by beating Leeming A, Wyton and Shawbury and only conceding once throughout.
The final turned out to be one of the best games of the competition. Waddington A cruised to a 2 nil lead, then two mistakes by SAC Dixon in the Waddington goal gifted Marham two goals to bring the scores level.
SAC Dixon was soon to get his own back, with two passes off the boards, which led to two goals, giving Waddington the 4th competition win in a row by 4 goals to 2.
"The team spirit is out in full force!" commented Mike Neville, the RAF Benevolent Fund's Director of Strategy and Fundraising. "It's a joy to be able to support the Festival and get behind so many great individuals. There were more than a few close matches and a fantastic atmosphere. Everyone has had such a good day and I’m sure Waddington and Brize will face stiff competition next year!"