Amateur 7-a-side football team celebrate win with joyful open-top bus parade

An amateur 7-a-side football team from East London celebrated winning their league with an open top bus tour around the capital, with their plastic trophy to boot.

Judas FC, who are based around Dalston in Hackney, won two incarnations of the Powerleague this week, scooping the prize for the Monday and Wednesday league.

The group, made up of doctors, a teacher, a salesman and more, all chipped in to rent the bus for £660, with booze provided by their sponsor, The Shacklewell Arms.

Despite the gong being plastic and the level being amateur, captain of the team Christian Collins told My London: “It means the absolute world.

"You can sit back and say it’s a midweek 7-a-side league or you can do the work that we do, we’re a professional outfit and came to get the job done.

“It’s not just about the title but having all the lads together every week, on the pitch, in the pub, on the roller disco dance floor.

"It’s hard graft but worth every second.”

Talking about how the idea came about to parade the trophy, he said: “Everyone in the team has their role – it’s quite handy, everyone’s played a decent standard but obviously not gone pro, but they’re professional in their 9-5 jobs and bring that to the team.

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“Which means, for a 7-a-side team, we’ve got a head of finance, a head of recruitment, a team physio and recently our new keeper was appointed head of social.

“He wanted to come in with a bang after winning the league and thought he’d build out his legacy by sorting the bus parade.

"Obviously we were all over it!”

The parade took them through some of the capital’s tourist hot spots, including Tower Bridge and the Shard before heading back to the town of Dalston for a big night at the pub.

Describing the whole experience as 'outrageous', Christian said: “It was tough getting down from that high to be honest, I felt like a rockstar!

“Just mad going across Tower bridge with people on the street shouting ‘Judas FC’.

“It’s great to celebrate but we’ve got to look ahead to what’s next.

"We’ve got some big derbies coming up against the likes of Norwich Porridge and next year has to be the double.”

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