In Part 3 of the Gammy Knees story, star goalkeeper Will takes us through the account of the arduous 12 hour football competition, the crowning moment of the team’s university days.
After a season spent in Powerleague was marked by promotion and consolidation, the opportunity arrived to take part in the 2008 charity football marathon. Sporting a natty orange kit, the Gammy Knees took on all comers with relish.
The day started off full of hope and anticipation. But then one of our extras (he was supposed to be filling in our numbers!) got a blister in the first game and stopped playing! It didn’t exactly help our energy levels to be one short for the rest of the 12hr marathon!
We ate tubs of homemade pasta to keep us going but, despite our best efforts, we sadly found ourselves in the 7/8th play off. I even had a few spells outfield through the day which shows things weren’t that great! We then lost the 7/8 game on a penalty shoot out – what was the keeper doing?! But never fear, we still managed to take the trophy during the grand final match and had some official photographs to mark it.
Mark was the only one who never sponsored us. He said he would sponsor us per player who ended up in A+E. Well I ended up in A+E after snapping a tendon in my finger whilst playing in goal. To this day he has not paid!
To summarise the Powerleague season? We had a good showing in the tournament at the beginning which placed us in a good league. I would have been outstanding in goal as always. Matt would have just put his head down and run into a corner with the ball, Rick would actually have played well and kept us in it, Knibbs popped up with a good few goals, Smalls was a typical Arsenal player of all flair and fewer goals than he should, Josh was solid and Fraz was a loose cannon. Oh and Mark didn’t play. We probably won more than we lost.