Match report: YSP FC 3 – 9 TTWNN

Yorkshire St. Pauli FC 3 – 9 The Team With No Name

Attendance: 1 

Flags: 4

Team: Arthur, Carl, Chris, Fuzz, Ian, Scott, Richard

Goalscorers: Scott (2), Richard

Team from left to right: Carl, Richard, Fuzz, Ian, Arthur (below), Chris, Scott

Having played football for the past year and using it as a social initiative to welcome refugees and asylum seekers from the local area to play football for free, Yorkshire St. Pauli FC took the next step towards becoming Europapokalsieger by entering a 5-a-side Sunday league at Powerleague in Leeds City Centre.

The team was a mishmash of free transfers from the local area, but YSP FC had pulled off a major international coup by signing Polish-born Arthur to stand between the sticks. YSP FC were looking to continue the form that had seen them win 2 games during the Yorkshire St. Pauli ANTIRA tournament last month.

The opposition were nameless, and will now therefore be called The Team With No Name (TTWNN). Unlike YSP FC though, they actually resembled footballers. However, it’s not every week that they’ll face a team kitted out in brown and supported by an array of flags behind the home end. A penny for their thoughts…

The game itself was pretty one-sided, with TTWNN showing quality on the ball and dominating possession whilst YSP FC tried to soak up the pressure and play on the counter. TTWNN had raced into a 4-0 lead, with their pace and skill on the ball proving unstoppable. But as the game went on, YSP FC crept into the game and began to find their feet. Scott scored twice on the counter attack to bring YSP FC closer to the opponents on the score sheet, but truthfully the team lacking a name were too good going forward. The moment of the game though was a great effort from Ian, aka Peter Lorimer, who rolled back the years by playing a one-two before unleashing a shot from just outside the box which rattled the crossbar. Uncomfirmed reports suggest the goal is still rocking…

A good solo effort from Richard got YSP FC’s third goal of the game, before TTWNN scored with the last kick of the game. The 9-3 scoreline didn’t flatter The Team With No Name, but it was a positive good performance from YSP FC, and a couple of goals to celebrate too. But, just like St. Pauli, the football result was irrelevant.

Having fun, spreading the ethos of St. Pauli and being with friends – old and new – is what it’s all about.

Kämpa Showan! Solidarity from Yorkshire.