Congratulations to our
friends at Fulham Deaf who last Saturday retained the British Deaf Cup at the
Casuals' annual tour venue Bridgend Town F.C.

Ayad Sarraf's team defeated
Belfast DFC 3-2 in a thriller at Coychurch Road, co-incidentally on the same
weekend that the Casuals had originally planned to visit Bridgend and play at
the very same ground.

The Casuals have been visiting Phil Malcolm's home
town every year since 1993 and last year won the Arabian Cup for the 5th time by
beating their hosts 3-1 courtesy of a brilliant performance between the sticks
by Lofty and goals from Sam Holder, John Skelly and Joe Maughan.

CASUALS IN BRIDGEND: Celebrating last years Arabian Cup

This years Casuals tour was postponed due
to a lack of accommodation in the town, with every available hotel room and
B&B filled by Munster fans over for the Rugby Union Heineken Cup Final held
at nearby Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Fulham boss Sarraf said “It is a
fantastic achievement to retain the British Cup at Phil Malcolm's homely
Bridgend. I remember he did mention to me that he was brought up near there in
his childhood. Bridgend Town FC is a lovely pitch to play on and we were glad to
play there.”

Fulham's preparations were disrupted by the same
accommodation problems that put paid to the Casuals' ill feted tour plans.
Sarraf said: “We had to stay overnight at Swindon's Premier Travel Inn on Friday
night as we were unable to book any hotels ranging from Newport to Swansea –
except costly Celtic Manor!”

Unlike the Casuals, Fulham's cup success
sees them finish the season on a real high, but Sarraf admits that the Deaf Cup
fails to compensate for what has been a poor season for them.

“Yes I am
so delighted for my boys after we had a bad roll caster throughout the season,”
he said. “But my biggest regret is being unable to keep the team in Division One
which is a massive blow for us but we will ensure that we will bounce back to
Division One the season after next by topping Division Two. I am still angry
that we are going to play in Division Two next season as we don't deserve to be
playing at that level.”

“I was really gutted to read on your website last
week about the Casuals losing a third cup final which is unbelievable. We were
supposed to come and watch the match but it clashed with our training session in
preparation for the British Cup Final.”

Phil Malcolm said: “I am
delighted for Sarraf and his boys. Perhaps he should manage my lads in Cup

“I cannot believe the final was at Bridgend Town – you couldn't
make up a coincidence like that. Just imagine if we had toured as planned and
bumped into each other in Cody's!”

The Gaffer and Sarraf will be
arranging a pre-season friendly, hopefully at Fulham's Motspur Park Training
Ground. The ground is currently being used by the England and Rest of the World
teams competing in Saturday's Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford.

The 2006
Bridgend Tour has been re-arranged for 4-6 August. Please contact Phil Malcolm
asap with your availability.

You can read the full tour history

Fulham Deaf

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