2003 Ben Champions

A team of Honda employees are the new champions of the Ben Five-a-side football tournament.

Known as 'The Living Legends', the Honda Langley headquarters’ team has defeated 10 other car-based teams, including representation from BMW, Fiat, GM Daewoo, Hyundai, Nissan (the previous champions), Renault, Volvo and two teams from Citroen.

Making their debut in the tournament, the Honda team finished top of the B-group with victories against Renault and BMW – and score draws against Nissan and the Citroen 'B' team. The elite squad then demolished Hyundai with a 4-1 result in the quarter finals, followed by a 4-0 result against Fiat in the semi. The Championship was finally confirmed with a 2-1 result against Nissan in the finals.

The picture included shows the winning Honda team, with players Simon Griffith, Brendan Martin, Richard Sloper, Russell Hannah, Simon Barrett, Andy Barker, John Goodbody, Andy Osei-Agyemang and manager Noel Gayle.

Noel Gayle, manager of The Living Legends said: "People working at Honda have great enthusiasm for life, and for pursuing dreams, so we were always hopeful of a good result. But winning the Championship in our first year certainly was a bit of a result. The trophy can now be seen in our reception area, and we’re planning to keep hold of it for many years to come," he added.

While the main motivation of the tournament was to have a bit of fun, the series of games also raised an impressive £760 for the charity Ben – the motor industry’s benevolent fund.


Published : 31/05/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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