16 Old Salopians, aged between 19 and 35, made the journey east over August Bank Holiday to Hungary where we made camp in the City of Budapest. After last year’s results in Hamburg, (9-0 and 6-1 wins respectively) news had spread fast to Eastern Europe where many local teams had caught wind of the Salops fine previous tour form. Therefore, we found just the one team that would play us this year, an international members club with players from Hungary, Scotland, France and more. The first ten minutes we started well but against the run of play, their number nine latched onto a defence splitting through-ball and the Salopians went into half time 1-0 down.Two second half goals from Oliver Black put the Salopians back in the lead and with the man mountain and player of the tour Alex Blofield at the back, we went on to seal the win.
In typical Salopian fashion we celebrated with a few Hungarian beers in the sun to cap off a 2-year unbeaten tour run.
There were some honourable tour debuts with eight of the 16 experiencing their first international away games. Rob Stott, Charlie Tait Harris, James Nelson, Michael Griffiths, Oliver Black, Alex Blofield, George Barker and Lewis Brown all enjoyed a good game with special mentions to Michael Griffiths who I don’t think had kicked a ball since B leagues.
At this point it was only Saturday afternoon and our flight was not until 6am on the Monday morning. With pints of beer averaging at £1.20 there was only one thing to do!
Sunday came and with it a trip to the famous Budapest bath spa to relax those Salopian muscles after our hard-fought win. The highlight of the tour kicked off when another group started throwing an inflatable ball around where of course we had to get in on the action. Ten minutes later the entire outdoor pool was participating, stringing together passes of 30 and 40 all thanks to the travelling Salops! There was nothing the lifeguards could do about it!
Elsewhere in the club, we are pleased to report an influx of young signings and some great early season results. The 2XI started the season strongly beating old rivals Charterhouse 2XI in the league 4-1. We have 2 teams playing on a weekly basis (September through to April) in and around London with midweek training at our new training location in St John’s Wood on Wednesdays. If you are interested in playing for the Club in the future, please contact James Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Guy Williams (email@example.com)