Ainsworth leads England to World Cup glory

Bucks Free Press: Gareth Ainsworth, Barry Richardson and the World Cup Seniors trophy Gareth Ainsworth, Barry Richardson and the World Cup Seniors trophy

WANDERERS duo Gareth Ainsworth and Barry Richardson helped England claim a rare tournament victory on penalties as they clinched the World Cup Seniors title.

Ainsworth scored one and laid on the other as England drew 2-2 with Scotland in the final before triumphing in the shootout.

It wasn't the first time the Blues boss had scored on England's way to becoming world champions, as he netted a hat-trick inside eight minutes during a 6-0 thrashing of the USA in the group stage and a header in the 2-1 win over Iran in the semi-finals.

Richardson, now the goalkeeping coach at Adams Park, captained the England side during a 1-1 group stage draw against hosts Thailand.

The England squad was largely made up of Harrogate Veterans FC players.

Ainsworth said: "It’s an amazing experience and I’m very proud to wear the England shirt. The tournament has been first class and professionally run.

"It’s been harder than I expected even after playing League Two football. Altogether it’s been a fantastic experience."

During the tournament Ainsworth and Richardson took part in coaching sessions with children in the Sa Kaeo area and had dinner at the Governor’s House - where the Wanderers chief took lead vocals on a rendition of "We Will Rock You" by the England squad.


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