A ‘Staggering’ sporting success as the elder statesmen of Huntingdonshire rugby take centre stage

From the left, captains Neil Morey (Huntingdon), Craig Cheetham (St Ives) and Jim Cooper (St Neots)

From the left, captains Neil Morey (Huntingdon), Craig Cheetham (St Ives) and Jim Cooper (St Neots) show off the Old Boot in front of their teams. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon ‘Staggerers’ were victorious in the Old Boot tournament last Saturday.

It was the latest instalment of the annual three-way clash of veterans representing Huntingdonshire’s rugby union clubs - St Ives, St Neots and Huntingdon.

And there were plenty of points scored in the three matches of 40 minutes duration.

St Neots beat hosts St Ives 28-19 in the opener before going down to Huntingdon by the same scoreline. Huntingdon also beat St Ives 46-12 as they stormed to victory.

St Ives captain Craig Cheetham - a relative youngster in these circles at 38 - said: “The Old Boot is a fantastic event, as it brings together three of the oldest rivalries in the county in a celebration of rugby union.

“With players aged 35 to 65, the tournament shows just how inclusive a game rugby union is, and while there’s no love lost between the three Huntingdonshire clubs out on the pitch, the camaraderie and celebrations in the bar after the event show how much respect we have for the game and for each other.

“There are few other sports where players of all ages can come together and have such a terrific afternoon.

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“For anyone thinking of coming back to rugby after the World Cup and England’s Six Nations success, or even taking it up later in life, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome at your local club, whatever your age.”