Cardiff City FC Foundation's Walking Football team tasted success on Tuesday evening as they emerged victorious at the Basset Gold Walking Football tournament at the London (Olympic) Stadium. 

One of the Foundation's Walking Football members, Clive, gives his account of the evening...

Cardiff City FC Foundation's Walking Football Team have walked off with the trophy after winning the pre-Premier League match tournament against a variety of West Ham teams.

After a couple of qualifying games, Cardiff were in the final against a very successful West Ham team. The 15 minute final was played on the 3G pitch right alongside the London (Olympic) stadium, a very impressive backdrop and superb playing and changing facility.

The game was very competitive with good performances from both sides. Spectators arriving for the Premier League game were stopping to watch us pitch-side, all adding to the occasion.

Overall City definitely had the edge, with Graham North and Llyr forcing West Ham's keeper to make a number of saves to keep the scores level. Gritty defending at the back by Steve Bush and Nigel Thomas, combined with the speed of passing created in midfield through Gareth Davies and myself meant that City kept the pressure on their opponents but we were unable to turn this into goals during normal time. So the game finished 0-0 and we moved onto a penalty shoot-out.

Both Llyr and Graham slotted away their penalties calmly, and then stepped up our unlikely hero, Russell Beer, our goalkeeping cover for the game, who saved 2 of the 3 penalties, scoring and winning us the tournament trophy. Thanks also to John Barnes, our indestructible super sub, for his great contribution to our performances on the pitch and in goal.

We were then presented with our trophy and medals at the London (former Olympic) Stadium pitch-side at half time, each of us proudly wearing our City colours as we were flashed up on the big screen at half-time. Also a nice touch by the City fans who gave us a warm round of applause when we returned to our seats to continue watching the game.

Our thanks go to Josh of the Foundation for organising the fixture and to Tony Bibey who got us there and back in the early hours in one piece!

West Ham looked after us brilliantly on the day and always made us feel welcome and looked after, including their own staff, their Walking Football representatives and the players. A great footballing and community day for all involved.

This is what Walking Football is all about.

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