Straiton a sleepy village in South Ayrshire is also the epicentre of Walking Football legend.
Three of the villagers plus their coach were members of the Scotland Squad that won the International 65s+ Supermasters Walking Football World Cup In Bristol this year.
On Saturday 25th August the villagers arrived for a picnic afternoon and to
be entertained by the superstar walking footballers from all parts of the
globe including Kilmarnock. Supported by Ayr United Football Academy the
players arrived 4 hours before kick off not for the warm up but to prepare
the arena with big David on the sit on mower, Jim and Tom raking the grass
and Gordon grappling with the Bownet goals.
The pitch was ready, the sun was shining and battle commenced with great
encouragement from many happy, possibly inebriated villagers. Clearly it
wasn’t only the grass that was half-cut.
In the end the Whites were clearly superior to the Blues although the game
was close when Gary McLaughlin (yes our WFS Chairman) was bailed out from a
goalkeeping howler by a 5 year old substitute who cleared away a net bound
Eventually the game was settled by a delightful chip goal by one the White
teams younger players to settle the game 6-5. Handshakes were exchanged,
beer was consumed and laughter resounded throughout the Ayrshire Alps.
A great day out, and a reminder to everyone involved why we love playing