Great Fridays Champions of the Creative World/
After a tough season in the Creative League, it was time for Great Fridays to take part in the annual Creative Cup tournament. On what was one of the hottest days Manchester had experienced all year, the Great Fridays team, proudly donned the new official team kit (sponsored by pro sport apps™) and headed down to the pitch.
The team comprised of Evans (c), Mountain, Bazley, Mcleod, Foster, Evans, Byrne and friend of the company Newman, with the Noble family stepping up as team coaches and mascot for the big tournament.
Great Fridays FC didn’t make the best of starts with key striker Adam Foster fracturing his fibula within 5 minutes of the first game and Dave Mountain sustaining a head injury early on in the tournament. With two players down, Great Fridays had to muster all the energy they had to keep going in the sweltering Manchester heat.
The first round of the tournament saw Great Fridays FC placed in a group of 4 solid teams, but after convincing performances from all players, they managed to emerge comfortably as winners at the group stage, which saw the team go into the draw for the Quarter Finals.
By the time the team had reached the Semi Finals, tiredness had set in with Dean Evans becoming the Terry Butcher like figure of the team, soldiering on with shoulder, groin and knee injuries. After the toughest game of the tournament, Great Fridays FC won the match 4-2 putting them into the Final.
It was time for the team to pull together and after some strong words from Mascot Max Noble backed up by Founder Rob Noble, the team went on to the pitch with high spirits. The team put in a sterling performance with super stand-in striker Nick Bazley scoring two fantastic goals and Alex Mcleod, who stepped up into the Goalkeeper position (after Mountain’s unfortunate early exit), making a handful of important saves. With help from Dean Evans and Luke Byrne both scoring one a piece, Great Fridays claimed victory and won the cup!
Said Mcleod of his unexpected performance “There’s no I in team and all the lads played their part so I won’t take all the glory but all in all it was a magnificent performance”.
And so with another win under their belt the Great Fridays team were back to work with the cup now sitting in pride of place in the trophy cabinet.