Saturday, August 21, 2004
Oriental Bird Club charidee football
MJW takes on the mighty Brazil.
The highest highlight of the Birdfair each year is the charity football tournament which takes place in one of the car-parks [fields] on Saturday evening. As usual, Mike Weedon played on the mighty Windrush Harriers team and I was present on this auspicious occasion to record it for posterity.
The squad, comprising Mike Weedon, Dominic Couzens, Dave Gray, Rob Still, Rob Fray and Ian Lewington, 'managed' [shouted at] by Ralph Todd and 'sponsored' [T-shirted] by David Tipling (the Roman Abramovich of the birdwatching world) was sadly knocked out at the first opportunity, having had two no-score draws, a win and a defeat. What a shame.
The Rutland Sparrows (who drew with Windrush in the first round) played the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the final - WWT came out on top and won the splendid trophy.
The real highlight was after the match when Tyto the dog stole one of Mike's boots. Foolish animal.