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    ‘Top Man Mick’ refers to Roach Dynamos player Mick Tarpey who showed great sportsmanship in the last session of the Autumn league on Friday 1st December. This is best summed up by AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders goalkeeper Steve Hyde’s email to Roach Dynamos –

    “I am minded to write to you concerning the conduct of one of your players last Friday in the GMWF League competition.

    The player involved was Mick Tarpey and it revolved around a penalty taken in the game against AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders. Mick had his penalty saved but the referee ordered a re-take as he had taken more than the one step during the shot. Mick pointed out to the referee that that wasn’t the correct ruling as the penalty was missed, and he then refused to take a second kick.

    This was a highly commendable action and one which shows off the Walking Football Etiquette at it’s highest level. Not only did this deny Roach a possible game winner but also denied Mick the outright winning of the Golden Boot Award for the tournament. He is to be praised as a true gentleman of the game and reflects your club’s wonderful attititude to the game we play.

    Please pass on our club’s commendation of Mick’s actions on the day. Looking forward to next year’s competition and seeing Roach achieve promotion.

    Season’s greetings

    Steve Hyde (AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders Secretary) on behalf of the club Committee”

    As Steve said, Mick could have won the Golden Boot outright but full credit to him for his outstanding sportsmanship. For those who may be wondering, although the Golden Boot was shared between Mick and Blackpool’s Wai Hon Tsang, both players received a trophy for their goal scoring efforts.

    Other comments on the day are HERE.



    This comment from Blackpool AFC Senior Seasiders Chairman Les Turner is on the News page Comments but I feel that it’s well worth repeating here.

    A big THANK YOU to Mick Tarpey of Roach Dynamos for the best example of sportsmanship that I have ever see on a football pitch.

    Mick won a penalty against us and stepped up to take it. Our keeper saved it but the ref (wrongly) said that the kick had to be retaken because Mick has taken more than one step. Mick stepped up to retake the penalty and tapped it to our keeper saying that it was the wrong decision and if he hadn’t scored with more than one step then he didn’t deserve to score.

    Mick’s sportsmanship cost his team three points and himself the Golden Boot for being top goalscorer BUT he did the right thing. An example to us all.

    Les Turner, Chairman AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders

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