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The teams at 2017’s Soho tournament

Daniel Defoe celebrate with the trophy

Birthday cake for Soho FC!

Soho’s Gary Fozzard writes:

On Saturday 7th October Soho FC celebrated their fourth birthday with their annual 9-a-side tournament, with teams battling it out for the FARE Cup. Ten teams from fellow London Unity League clubs East End Phoenix, London Falcons, AFC Muswell Hill and Stonewall, plus Brighton’s BLAGSS and local teams Daniel Defoe, Samurai Geeks and Soho Warriors took to the pitches at Coram’s Fields in central London.

“Soho FC’s first tournament was attended by just four teams, so we’re thrilled that friends from such a large number of clubs from across the LUL and Brighton as well as our straight allies came together to participate in great spirit,” said Soho manager and club co-founder Gez Tomnay.

The games were close-fought encounters, many of them ending with a single goal separating the teams. At the end of the round-robin, teams from Stonewall and Samurai Geeks said goodbye to the competition, with the remaining teams progressing to the quarter-finals. Soho FC’s two teams – Soho Bears and Soho Twinks – were eliminated at the quarter-final stage in penalty shoot-outs, with Falcons, Soho Warriors, Daniel Defoe and AFC Muswell Hill progressing.

Falcons took on former tournament winners Daniel Defoe in the final, and after an intense 20-minute game which included Falcons being denied a last-minute penalty, Defoe came out on top, winning 1-0. As with all the best football tournaments, the teams gathered in nearby bar the New Bloomsbury Set for trophy presentations, pizza and of course… BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Soho FC would again like to thank the participating teams, our referees and volunteer organisers. We look forward to welcoming you to our fifth birthday in 2018!

Comments from winners Daniel Defoe:

“It was fantastic to be invited back for the fourth time to the FARE Cup and it’s truly an honour to have witnessed how the tournament has developed over the years. Both the high level of competition and the good-natured spirit from all involved on the day is a testament to the players and of course the organisers.

“On a day where most of the Defoe players were ruing the poor decisions of the night before, we were delighted to get the fresh air let alone take home the Trophy. We’ll look after the hallowed cup with the knowledge we’ll have our work cut out to defend it next year. This is going on a bit, turning into a thespian’s monologue, but lastly we’d like to thank Gez and Austin for all their hard work to put on a great day’s football.”