Amputee football is for people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, played between seven players on each side for two halves of 25 minutes each.
The Peterborough United Amputee team were crowned the FA Disability Cup winners for 2017/2018, but the 2019/20 was cancelled after a couple of fixtures and the 20/21 season did not start. However, a football festival was recently played with five teams from the league taking part, playing friendlies. They managed to get eight players together, winning two and drawing two.
In the FA Disability Cup, which will be held on Sunday, July 18, at St George's Park, Peterborough are the most successful team with the only other winners being Everton.
Players on the team, which will compete from 10.30am to 12.30pm, include:
- Kieran Lambourne, 22, played for Peterborough up until going to Portsmouth University. While completing his degree he moved to play for Portsmouth but has since returned to Peterborough after completing his final year.
- 19-year-old Chris Ferguson is a highly-rated young goalkeeper with aspirations to break into the England squad in the future. Is often a part of their training camps. As a 17-year-old, Ferguson played for Peterborough in a 2019 tournament in Braunschweig in Germany, playing against the hosts, PSV Eindhoven and Hoffenheim.
- Mark Smith, 36, has earned honours in major disabled strongman events including twice being Britain’s Strongest Disabled Man.
- Paul Clark, 43, despite being the most senior player in age, Paul’s first season saw him feature as a key squad member in the last league winning campaign.
- Matt Rowley, 36, is new to amputee football and is already showing the potential to succeed. This will be Matt’s first ever competitive amputee football match, although he did score two goals in his debut against a Cambridge United visually impaired side.
- Shelbée Clarke 26, is England’s only current female amputee football player. She has fought off cancer three times and recently appeared on an aired episode of Tenable with other members of the team and the manager.
Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s Director of Women's Football and the organisation’s strategic lead for disability football, said: “This year’s FA Disability Cup promises to be the most exciting yet, with some of the nation’s most successful grassroots teams set to compete to be crowned national champions in their respective disciplines.
"Disability football is a fast growing and important format of the game so to have all of the action broadcast live is fantastic news and will showcase the talent of all those involved, as well as inspiring newcomers to the sport.”
The event will be broadcast live on BT Sport - for more information go to its page.