20 Nov 2013
In - Football

A trophy-laden team of amateur footballers from West London toasted their success in the inaugural Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United Cup, by dispatching a team of talkSPORT legends on Thursday afternoon.

Not content with being crowned national champions in the tournament, West One 3 were triumphant on the banks of the River Thames against a team which included presenters Colin Murray and Max Rushden, and former international Ray Houghton.

And they remain the team to beat in national 5-a-side football having won no fewer then four nationwide events in the calendar year.

The talkSPORT team, which also included former Arsenal winger Perry Groves and ex-Wales and Wimbledon manager Bobby Gould had no answer on Thursday as the West Londoners maintained their impressive reputation in a match refereed by former Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton.

The event at Southwark marked the end of a successful tournament in partnership with talkSPORT and Goals Soccer Centres, after the eclectic octet defeated Mighty Soweto 2-0 in the final at New Eltham on 13 October.

Played out across 43 Goals Soccer Centres across the UK, the first annual cup aimed to raise money for the UK’s leading charity for men with prostate cancer and prostate problems and West One 3 won their regional event before contesting the rain-lashed national finals together with teams from Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Leicester. In the end there was a South London derby in the final on 13 October with West One 3 prevailing.

The team of friends aged between 21-35 featured goalkeeper Ash Saboor, alongside Daniel Julienne, George Isaac, James Mcluskey, Bilal Butt, Lee Currie, Saman Kanani, Omar Yassin and player manager Sameer Butt, who started the team six years ago, using his postcode as the team name.

West One 3 are now ranked the top five-a-side team in the country and ‘gaffa’ Butt said: “Before this year we hadn’t won any national tournaments, but, including the talkSPORT National we have now won four.

"We are a complete mix of cultures; white, Asian, Iraqi and black, but what separates us from the other teams is we are all really good friends as well. We go back quite a while, but we take it really seriously, and when the national rankings came out recently we were at the top of the pile, so we were all buzzing."

There were lots of laughs on a light-hearted afternoon, although there was a poignant message too at the end of another successful campaign for West One 3, with Sameer adding: "One of our players lost his mum to cancer last year so we dedicated our win to her, and it was fantastic to play in a tournament raising funds for a great cause."

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