Bar­ber puts faith in foot­ballers to be­come cut above the rest

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A bar­ber has thrown his support be­hind an am­a­teur foot­ball team.

Ted Aldridge is spon­sor­ing Poyn­ton Bri­tish Le­gion FC this sea­son.

The team play in the East Cheshire Sun­day League sec­ond di­vi­sion.

But while they are sit­ting mid-ta­ble at the mo­ment Ted, 33, has high hopes for team.

Ted, who runs Ted’s Bar­ber Shop on School Lane in Poyn­ton, got in­volved through one of his cus­tomers Ash­ley Mer­nock.

He said: “Ash plays for the team and I al­ways said to him, when I fi­nally get my own shop go­ing I’ll support the Le­gion. I am a man of my word, so when I set up here on School Lane about a year ago I pledged my support.”

Ted has ploughed hun­dreds of pounds into the team so they have a new first team kit and train­ing gear.

Un­for­tu­nately, de­spite look­ing the part the team have been un­able to turn that into re­sults, with 11 points from the first 11 games of the sea­son. How­ever, a de­cent run could see them in the run­ning for the ti­tle again.

Ted said: “I have high hopes for the lads, de­spite the start they have made. They do re­ally well with the re­sources they have, and last year won the ECSFL In­vi­ta­tional Cup. The bot­tom line is that I want to support a lo­cal team and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion. My only prob­lem is that be­cause of work and per­sonal com­mit­ments I strug­gle to get down to the games and ac­tu­ally cheer the lads on.”

Foot­ball is a big part of Ted’s life. He’s a Stock­port County fan and the beau­ti­ful game fea­tures heav­ily in his shop.

Poyn­ton Le­gion FC formed in 2009 and played in the First Di­vi­sion of the Mac­cles­field Sun­day League be­fore mov­ing across to the East Cheshire Sun­day Foot­ball League.

●● Bar­ber Ted Aldridge (cen­tre) with play­ers from Poyn­ton Bri­tish Le­gion

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