Andy Wilcox, the chairman of Cheltenham town, has switched to the changing room from the boardroom to help the England Seniors Football Team retain the senior’s world cup trophy.
England is the defending champion from last year’s tournament that was held in Hua Hin Thailand.
Bangkok will host this year’s senior’s world cup. Matches will be played at the Thepasadin stadium and the National Suphachalsai Stadium.
The senior’s world cup tournament was started by Thailand’s Senior Football Association as an initiative to promote tourism after the country was hit by a tsunami.
The tournament is now held each year since its inception in the year 2006. Matches are played in different Thailand provinces every year to ensure the objective of the tournament is achieved throughout the country.
This year’s tournament started on 31st May and will run up to 7th June.
The tournament has had immense growth in recent years. Many participating countries are now fielding ex-international and ex-professional players from their respective countries.
England has won the tournament in the last three years, making it a total of five senior world cup titles for the Senior Three Lions.
The England team played a friendly match against Thailand’s B team in the build-up to Monday’s official tournament kickoff.
The tournament will involve nine senior teams from Thailand, New Zealand, England, Australia, USA, Taiwan, Iran, and Scotland. England kicked off its title defense by beating Taiwan four goals to two and will lock horns against Hong Kong on Tuesday, June 4th.
Andy Wilcox succeeded Paul baker for the chairmanship of Cheltenham las summer. Paul Baker departed the post after serving for 21 years as Cheltenham Town Chairman. Andy is also the owner and CEO of a construction company called LCI Rail.