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Everything you need to know about Mill Hill Village's Good Friday football tournament

Everything you need to know about Mill Hill Village's Good Friday football tournament

David Hickey19 Feb - 16:50
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Club chairman Sam Smith reveals all about the 7-a-side competition taking place on March 29 in this Q&A

'I think this could be a huge addition to the club calendar going forward.'
- MHVSC chairman Sam Smith

1. Tell us all about the Good Friday football tournament?

The tournament started last year and will be held on Good Friday annually. This year it takes place on March 29. It will be a morning start with kick-off to be confirmed (likely 10am).

It is a 7-a-side football tournament open to all ages, sexes, and abilities.

The main aim of the day is to get as many friends, family, and members past and present down to Mill Hill Village Sports Club to celebrate the long Easter weekend.

The bar will be open and food will be provided for players and spectators. And in the evening there'll also be a poker tournament.

2. What are the rules on the day for the football?

It’s seven-a-side on full-size pitches with two halves of 10 minutes each. Other than that it will be normal football rules.

Each match will have qualified referees. We’re looking for 10 teams - two groups of five with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals and winners playing the final.

3. Why is the Good Friday football tournament important to the club?

Good Friday used to be a massive day at the club. When I was younger – a good 20 years ago – the cricket section used to play Mill Hill Rugby Club in an exhibition match. It used to be a fantastic day at the club with both fields full of family and friends as well as the bar being packed well into the evening. The Good Friday Tournament, which started last year, is aimed at putting Good Friday back on the Mill Hill Village Sports Club calendar.

I think this could be a huge addition to the calendar going forward. We have lots of days in the summer, such as Cricket Week in July, President’s Day on the August bank holiday, and a six-a-side cricket tournament at the end of summer. It would be great to have a huge fixture in the diary during football season too. The bar will be open all day.

4. Tell us about the teams taking part.

Entry is open to everyone and all abilities are welcome. Last year we had a mixture of current players, cricket players, old boys and very old boys. It was enjoyed by all.

5. What do the winners walk away with?

Winners will get their name on the coveted Good Friday Trophy. It was won last year by Just Kool, captained by Jay Roberts, a member of the football club for the last 15 years.

7. How can people apply to take part and what’s the deadline?

All players and teams are welcome. Please contact me via email ( The deadline for team entries is March 15. We have a maximum of 10 spots on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is £100 per team, so that we can pay the referees, supply the trophy and organise food after the tournament.

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