KNOWLER CUP WINNERS SOUTHLOCO COUNT ON EXPERIENCE
Southloco manager Bill English says it was a magical feeling to see his veterans side lift the Knowler Knockout Cup after a sudden-death penalty shootout win over Misfitts. Gary Hollaway converted the winning spot-kick after the teams finished level at 2-2. The team of Tony Interi Snr, Eddie Fitzgerald, Richard Cook, Colin Burnikell and Hollaway – with a combined age of 256 – have been playing together for 30 years, winning more than 40 trophies. Bill, who celebrates his 60th birthday later this month, and only gave up playing himself last year, said: “We haven’t won for a couple of years so it was magic to win this time. I have 10 players I can call on – and always need four or five spares and our motto is win a few, lose a few, have a bit of a laugh and enjoy a drink after.” Southloco beat McDonald’s 1-0 in the semifinals, while Misfitts got past Saints 3-1. Homebull won the Murton Knockout Cup, beating Rejects 3-0. Homebull started with a 2-0 win against Stour Centre in the play-offs. They beat Aldington 1-0 in the semi-finals, while Rejects were 3-1 winners against Ames. The league season was due to resume last night (Wednesday) after a two-week break due to the Stour Centre being closed.
Southloco, from left: Tony Interi senior, Eddie Fitzgerald, Richard Cook, Colin Burnikell, Gary Hollaway celebrate winning the Knowler Cup