LOFT at the Chaos Cup 2004
On Saturday 15th May 2004, a LOFT team subjected itself to (as the organisers
describe it) "the unique cocktail of variable football and good-humoured mayhem"
that is the Leyton Orientear's Chaos Cup, held at the Douglas Eyre Sports Centre
LOFT's manager (as always, the seldom-esteemed Doug Harper) had assembled a
mix of youth and "experience", and his team started off brightly in their first
match against Stratford Stompers. Soon the average skill level of LOFT's side
was increased as the writer of this article limped off the field and out of the
tournament with a groin and thigh strain. However, a close match was
eventually lost 0-1, and LOFT faced an uphill task to qualify in the top half of
their group of four.
LOFT got back on winning ways in their next game, putting in their best
display of the tournament in beating a Cardiff side 3-1. One of LOFT's goals
proved to be the highlight of the tournament, a 25-yard screamer into the
top corner by Joe (Judge Dredd on the Orient messageboard) that was
described by referee Dave Knight (of the Orientear) as "the best goal I've ever
seen on a six-a-side pitch". Another goal (courtesy of James Pope) was from a
blinding run started off by an overlap, leaving Doug almost in tears of joy.
The final game of the group stage was against a Torquay side that was taking
it all far too seriously with such arcane practices as "teamsheets" and
"tactics"! Needless to say LOFT lost heavily, and finished third in their group
overall, thus qualifying for the "best of the worst" half of the competition,
the Plate. The Torquay side were later knocked out at the quarter-final stage of
the Cup, which just goes to show what happens when the game is taken too
For their quarter-final Plate game, LOFT faced a UCL side that had finished
bottom of their group. The final 1-0 scoreline did not reflect LOFT's
domination, but was enough to see them through to the semi-final stage.
There, they faced an Orientear B side that favoured attack over defence.
However, LOFT held strong with a solid performance. Neither side could break the
deadlock in normal or extra time, and so LOFT faced their first, and as it
turned out last, penalty shoot-out competition of the day. Orientear B were the
victors in sudden death, but ultimately lost in the final (also on sudden death
Congratulations to the 'Ear for organising a great day out in the sun, and to
all those who took part in or supported LOFT's team.
Pictures of the day (including Doug celebrating as only he can!) can be
viewed by clicking here