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Hundreds show support at first-ever Tulip Trophy




The inaugural Tulip Trophy tournament proved to be a huge hit.

Around 2,000 people came to the Sir Halley Stewart Field last weekend.The six-a-side competition featured academy and elite development sides from

under-7 to 12 – featuring a number of professional clubs.

Lewis Thorogood, Spalding United development manager, said: “For the first year, it was absolutely brilliant!

“The whole event was new to Spalding so we didn’t know what to expect.

“The turnout was great. We had just over 1,000 people on day one and around 950 on day two.

“A lot of them were sitting in the main stand so it felt like a proper game for the young players and supporters.

“We’ve raised funds for the football club and got positive feedback. We’ve put Spalding on the map.

“I’ve already emailed all the clubs to thank them for coming.

“Some are starting to confirm that they will be back next year on May 4 and 5.”

The visitors included Wolverhampton Wanderers’ championship-winning goalkeeper John Ruddy and former Peterborough United manager Grant McCann.

One Touch v Grimsby
One Touch v Grimsby

Under-7

Winners: Leeds United

Runners-up: Manchester City

Under-8

Winners: Peterborough United

Runners-up: Norwich City

Under-9

Winners: Peterborough United

Runners-up: Chesterfield

Under-10

Winners: Norwich City

Runners-up: FDS

Under-11

Winners: Peterborough Junior Foxes

Runners-up: Chesterfield

Under-12

Winners: Peterborough United

Runners-up: Peterborough Junior Foxes



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