Walking Footballers pay tribute to World War One heroes
Saturday 6th December 2014 @ 12:03 by Mark Phillip

Students and grown men assembled at Glossopdale Community centre recently and donned their football boots in memory of a young Glossop hero.

Private Frank Wharmby, who went to fight in the First World War and never came back, was eulogised on the day in the most befitting of ways, when students and men old enough to be their grandfathers took part in a football tournament to commemorate his memory.

The event, dubbed ‘The Private Frank Wharmby memorial Cup’ saw four teams of walking footballers take to the 3G pitch at the college’s Hadfield site and battle it out for the coveted title.

The squads, which included The Gentlemen of Glossop, Just Play United, Vintage Celtic and The Boys in Blue, boasted recognisable names including High Sheriff of Derbyshire David Coleman and Principal of the College, Steve Playford.

Despite being embroiled in action from the very first whistle, the four sides took the time to commemorate Glossop’s fallen in a more reflective way, stopping to observe a minutes silence when the clock struck 11am.

The conclusion of the tournaments play saw the Boys in Blue run out winners in a tense final and were presented with the trophy by Councillor George Wharmby who named the cup after his Great Uncle.

Former Chief Constable and Captain for the winners, David Coleman, was impressed by the organisation of the event and the student’s engagement and enjoyment of the College’s World war One Day.

David’s thoughts were echoed by WellFit Director Mick Owen, who detailed his pride on how things went. He said “We had a great morning with everyone enjoying the experience of tournament play.

“It was a shame the home team, The Gentlemen of Glossop, were just eased out in the final but you have to admire the Boys in Blue who probably deserved the win in balance.”

Mick also hailed the efforts of the students who took part and stated “The students who refereed did really well and it was great to have some year 7 and 8 pupils come out to watch the games and join in the minutes silence.”

The competition was intended to reference the Christmas Day Match in No Man’s Land and help the students recognise that Glossop men and boys and those that fought in the war went to Flanders and never came home.