Late drama at the 2007 Krakow Trophy!

A last minute wonder strike in the final saw the Northern Monkeys emerge as the winners of the inaugural 5-a-side football tournament - The Krakow Trophy 2007!

The goal, with just 10 seconds on the clock, defeated valiant runners-up Old Wimbledonians 2-1 in a quality final.

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Full details below...

Group A

Group A was the group to watch if you wanted to see goals! The group started off with a 9-0 win for Hutnik Krakow Old Boys against Radni Dzielnicy XVIII in the all-Polish opener. Things were not going to get much better for Radni as they went on to lose their next three games against Old Green Machine (5-1), Northern Monkeys (5-0) and a closer affair against Tips Old Boys (2-1). They proved to be the whipping boys of Group A and crashed out of the tournament at the first hurdle finishing bottom of the group without a point and a goal difference of -19.

Elsewhere and like Hutnik Krakow, the Northern Monkeys also recorded a strong opening victory (6-0) against Tips Old Boys. Northern Monkeys and Hutnik Krakow, even at this early stage, were emerging as strong candidates for the tournament and looked like filling the top 2 places in the group. Both teams met each other in their second group game with the Northern Monkeys edging a closely fought match 3-2. From here the Northern Monkeys went from strength to strength beating Radni 5-0 and Old Green Machine 8-0 to top the group with a maximum 12 points.

Hutnik Krakow put this defeat to one side and won their remaining games comfortably and with plenty of goals brushing aside Tips Old Boys (8-1) and the biggest win of the tournament, 10-0, against Old Green Machine. Hutnik finished 2nd in the group scoring an impressive 29 goals in 4 games.

With the top 2 decided and Radni destined to finish bottom it left Tips Old Boys and Old Green Machine to fight it out for 3rd and 4th place. A win was crucial to avoid the table-toppers of Group B. Not only this but this match was a grudge derby match between good friends and seasoned rivals. No-one wanted to lose this one. Old Green Machine were seen as favourites and were certainly talking up a good game before the match. Goals from Matt Judd and Jamie Bennett saw Tips Old Boys have the final word and claim the bragging rights as they ran out 2-0 winners.

Some notable personal performances in Group A saw Oli Butt score a hat-trick for Old Green Machine in their 5-1 victory against Radni and Andy Foulds notch 4 for the Northern Monkeys in their 8-0 demolition of Old Green Machine.

Group B

Group B was a much tighter affair than Group A. The first match saw Shock Soc and Old Wimbledonians meet each other for the first of what would be 3 encounters at the Krakow Trophy. Old Wimbledonians took a 1-0 lead but couldn't put the game to bed until the last minute when they sealed a hard-earned 2-0 victory.

So, off and running with 3 points Old Wimbledonians built on this victory recording wins against Stowarzyszenie (3-0), Cobalt Silver Foxes (3-1) and Zeromskiego (4-1). They topped the group with a 100% record and alongside the Northern Monkeys and Hutnik Krakow looked like serious contenders in this tournament.

Shock Soc's next game saw them meet Cobalt Silver Foxes. In another close encounter and with the Silver Foxes believing they were on the wrong-end of some controversial refereeing decisions Shock Soc emerged victorious 3-2 to kick-start their campaign. Polish sides Stowarzyszenie and Zeromskiego drew 2-2 in what was remarkably the only draw in the entire tournament before Zeromskiego went on to beat the Cobalt Silver Foxes 3-0 in their following game.

Cobalt Silver Foxes were now looking down the barrel as with two defeats and Old Wimbledonians due in their last fixture they had a must win game against Stowarzyszenie to have any hope of qualifying for the latter stages. Going behind early doors did not help their cause and frustration began to show and no more so than when the red mist descended upon James Nott, who with a horrendous late challenge, became the first and only player to be dismissed at a tournament. A well taken late consolation from Chris Tuck was the only thing to cheer for the Silver Foxes as Stowarzyszenie completed a 3-1 win. The Silver Foxes lost by the same scoreline to Old Wimbledonians and, alas, their tournament was over.

Further wins for Shock Soc (3-0 v Stowarzyszenie) and Zeromskiego (3-1 v Shock Soc) concluded the group with the 4 teams decided to progress to the Quarter Finals.



Quarter Finals

The performance of the round was undeniably Shock Soc for beating Hutnik Krakow. Not only did they win but they stopped them scoring and this from a Hutnik team that had scored 7.25 goals per game before this tie. The crucial goal was scored by Dave Costello. The Hutnik side, clearly one of the most skillful on the ball, were beginning to tire in the Spring heat of Krakow and the younger legs, energy and desire of Shock Soc saw them through to the Semi-Finals and in the process sending one of the tournament favourites crashing out.

The Northern Monkeys powered on with a 3-0 win over Stowarzyszenie as UK opposition defeated Polish again. There was a routine victory for Old Wimbledonians as they thumped the demoralised Old Green Machine 9-0 with 5 goals from Adrian Lloyd. These goals helped propell him to the dizzy heights of top tournament goalscorer.

The remaining Semi-Final berth went to the only Polish side to make the final four - Zeromskiego. Tips Old Boys, suffering like OId Green Machine, had no answer to Polish as Zeromskiego sailed through 7-0.


Now really at the business end of the tournament, the first semi-final saw Shock Soc and Old Wimbledonians meet for the third time of the day. Shock Soc lost the group game and in the penalty shoot-out competition. It was not to be third time lucky though as Old Wimbledonians continued their hoo-doo over the Shock Soc boys with a relatively comfortable 2-0 scoreline to claim the first place in the final. Old Wimbledonians were looking a strong bet to win the tournament now.

The second semi-final proved to be a very tight affair with nothing between the Northern Monkeys and Zeromskiego. With the cruel fixture computer meaning the Northern Monkeys had to play their Quarter-Final and Semi-Final virtually back-to-back they looked to be tiring. With an injury to Al Jamieson during the match meaning they had just 5 fit players this was going to be a real ask to win the tournament from here. They had just enough though with a goal from Bill Fisher and some strong defending at the end meaning the one goal was good enough and 1-0 saw them through to the all-English final.


Old Wimbledonians and the Northern Monkeys had the honour of fighting it out in the first ever final of a tournament. There was now just 16 minutes (plus any extra time) between one of these two teams and the chance to lift the 2007 Krakow Trophy!

Most neutrals had Old Wimbledonians as favourites. They had looked strong throughout the tournament and with a fully fit squad of 9 to choose from this was where the smart money was going. The Northern Monkeys in contrast were down to the bare minimum 5 fit players who would have to draw upon all their reserves of stamina to win this.

A tight first-half saw nothing between the teams until the half was drawing to a close and Bill Fisher, with his 8th goal of the competition, put the Northern Monkeys ahead. It was backs to the wall stuff as Old Wimbledonians pressed on in search of an equaliser. Attack after attack saw the pressure building as the Northern Monkeys were visibly tiring. The pressure eventually told though as Old Wimbledonians struck with 5 minutes to go. A goal from Adrian Lloyd confirming he would pip Bill Fisher to be the top goalscorer with 9 goals in the tournament.

The Northern Monkeys looked deflated and tired but kept fighting valiantly on as Old Wimbledonians, buoyed by the goal, looked strong in search of a winner. The game was becoming very tense, nervous and absorbing for all who had the pleasure to be there and watch it.

With seconds ticking away and golden goal extra time looming a bolt from the blue from Ian Foulds sent the Northern Monkeys into raptures. Everyone was stunned - players from both sides, officials and spectators alike. There appeared to be no danger as Foulds took the ball out wide towards the touchline and from a narrow angle with a defender in attendence the ball flew into the back of the net. The game re-started with just 10 seconds on the clock but no time for Old Wimbledonians to recover.

The final whistle blew and the Northern Monkeys were crowned inaugural champions of the Krakow Trophy 2007.

A big thank  you to all teams who took part in a glorious competition and made the tournament a huge success!!


  The Northern Monkeys lift the 2007 Krakow Trophy 5-a-side football tournament
5-a-side football action from the Krakow Trophy 2007 tournament
Old Wimbledonians in Europe at the 5-a-side football tournament in Krakow.
Zeromskiego at the 2007 Krakow Trophy 5-a-side football tournament
Players look on at the 2007 Krakow Trophy 5-a-side football tournament
Shock Soc against Hutnik Krakow at the 2007 Krakow Trophy 5-a-side football tournament
Disappointment for one team at the 2007 Krakow Trophy five-a-side football tournament
Players look on at the 2007 Krakow Trophy five-a-side football tournament
The Northern Monkeys lift the 2007 Krakow Trophy five-a-side football tournament


Shock Soc against Hutnik Krakow at the 2007 Krakow Trophy 5-a-side football tournament
Old Wimbledonians in Europe at the 5-a-side football tournament in Krakow.
Lads on tour. Post tournament drinks at the 5-a-side Krakow Trophy 2007
The Northern Monkeys lift the 2007 Krakow Trophy five-a-side football tournament
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