Leicestershire Police has taken home the title of best football team in the Midlands after a league dating back nearly a century ago was revived.
In Sunday’s blistering heat (July 17), the force’s men’s football team achieved a 1-0 win against Nottinghamshire Police to be crowned the winners of the Combined Midland Police League.
Made up of eight forces across the East and West Midlands, this season is the first time the league has run in more than 80 years – after a trophy which dated back to the 1930s was found and the league was re-established.
After progressing from the group stage, Leicestershire took on West Midlands Police in the semi-final – clutching the win after the game went to penalties.
Held at Ilkeston Town Football Club, the weekend’s win was secured in the second half of the game by Leicestershire striker PC Kieren Taylor. Man of the match was also awarded to PC George Coser, who came back from injury after suffering a broken leg earlier in the season.
The coveted ‘player of the tournament’ award was also given to Leicestershire’s PC George Robbins, who after a season of eye-catching performances has now attracted the attention of the Police England football team.
“Congratulations to all of the 20 Leicestershire serving officers and staff who competed in the season and well done to the teams across the East and West Midlands who took part,” said a spokesman for Leicestershire Police.