The George Heath Memorial Trophy

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Saturday 27th May 2017 saw the second running of The George Heath Memorial Trophy — a football tournament of 23 teams, held on the King George Playing Fields.
A lot was going on with four pitches in operation for the group stages slowly being whittled down to the final two. Some "interesting" team names were in play and a real spirit of fun was in evidence too.

The Foundation was very lucky to once again have Cestrian Bars in attendance with their giant new inflatable pub, which had been un-named before the event, but we now understand will be christened "The George"!
We were also very grateful to have a medical service being provided by local company Jigsaw Medical — of course we were hoping that they wouldn't be needed! Fortunately the weather was very kind — just a nice temperature for playing, and only a very short shower very early in the morning.

Refreshments were provided by a fantastic army of Tarvin ladies who had requested cake donations for George from our villagers and were absolutely inundated with some very delicious looking (and tasting) bakery! The ladies also took charge of providing bacon sandwiches, tea, coffee, and cake. A team of Tarporley High School pupils volunteered to look after a tuck shop on behalf of the Foundation.

Drone camera photography was also being completed by Sean Paget of Hux Studio watch out for when we publish this on our website / facebook page for the footage!

Our teams had obviously learned from last year's tournament and most had at least seven players (to allow for resting of all team members). The standard of play was, at times, "feisty" and made interesting watching — but it was for the most part played in the spirit that we had hoped for! Certainly our referees team comprising 3 Chester FA refs, and 5 visiting officials from Sheffield were reasonably happy with the teams' behaviour (although the Foundation did benefit from a few fines for yellow cards!)

The last match of the competition saw last year's winners Vinegar Drinkers FC (lead by George's cousin Dave Johnson) take on the Staffordshire University Mens B Team (of which George used to be a member). A superb game, the final whistle once again saw the Vinegar Drinkers crowned as champions!

Of course, we had to have a golden boot champion goal scorer — and this year the honour went to Tarvin lad (and George's best friend!) Robbie Plank from ForGeorge FC- Robbie scored 16 goals in the day, 7 more than his nearest rival, Tom Walton from the Vinegar Drinkers!

We also had a participation award for the team who conceded the most goals in the group stages — this year, this award was given to ReAle Madrid FC "We're here for a good time, not a long time" being their ambition for the day!

In the evening, we switched venue to the Community Centre where once again Cestrian Bars provided excellent refreshments! We were royally entertained, first of all with an acoustic set by BBC Introducing Artist James Edgar — a phenomenal talent providing us with a rich and mellow sound- so beautiful it gave you goosebumps to listen! Check him out at www.jamesedgarofficial,com