On October 19th barber shops from all across the UK got together in order to raise money for the Royal British Legion and Cancer Research. The event took place on the Excel Sports Ground in Walton on Thames and was enjoyed by everyone who took part.
There were teams from Pall Mall Barbers, Captain Fawcett, The Nomad Barbers, Menspire, Big Yin Gents division, Ragdale Hall Heath Hydro, The Gunz Barber shop and London School of Barbering.
The event would not have been possible without the generous aid of the sponsors. These include Pall Mall Barbers, Proffer, Barber Blades, The Men’s Hair Federation, the Good Salon Guide, Blue Beards Revenge, Club Wembley and The Craft and Grill in Walton on Thames.
The day started off with two qualifying groups, and after the goal difference was worked out and the dust settled, four teams remained. Through to the semi-finals were The Nomad Barbers, Ragdale Hall Heath Hydro, The Gunz Barber shop and Menspire. The Gunz and The Nomad Barbers were both eliminated after two fiercely competitive matches leading to an exciting final game between Ragdale Hall and Menspire.
The game was watched by all the teams involved and had an electric atmosphere. The final match could have gone either way with both teams finding the back of the net on more than one occasion. However, when the final whistle blew, Menspire were crowned the overall ‘5 A Back and Sides’ champions 2014.
After the tournament the teams went along to The Craft and Grill in Walton on Thames to share the day’s talking points and collect their trophies. There were also two golden tickets to be won for an England qualifying match to the winner of a friendly(ish) game of blackjack.
Fair Play Award - The Gunz Barber shop
Not a Hair out of Place Award and the Pure Dedication Award - Captain Fawcett
Best Player Award went to Danny Wright of Big Yin Gents division
Top Goal Scoring Team - Menspire
Winner of the Club Wembley tickets - The Gunz Barber Shop
The Proffer Shield and the Winners of the 5 A Back and Sides 2014 - Menspire
However, the main winners were The Royal British Legion and Cancer Research as the event raised £1,675. Event organiser Daniel Davies, General Manager of Pall Mall Barbers said,
It was great to get the barbering community together to raise money and have a great time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart all of the players and sponsors that came along and my wife and son for being very understanding.
I would like to make this tournament an annual event, so if you are interested in joining a committee to help me organise the event and raise some money for charity then please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.