TEENAGE orienteer Emily Garside was on top of the world in 2004 (Those Were The Days feature).
The 14-year-old member of Walton Chasers OC returned home from Belgium after winning the coveted W14 World Schools title.
A student at alton High School, Stafford, Garside emerged the winner in both disciplines, classic and medium distances, despite being in the first year of a two-year age band.
She was one of three Chasers taking part in the world event - and they all came back with medals.
It was England’s best ever result at the event, Adam Bushnell (Adam’s Grammar, Newport) and Jo Thompson (Walton HS) picked up team gold and bronze respectively.
On the Stafford Sunday Football league scene, St Leonard’s clinched the fifth division championship with an unbeaten record, 15 wins and five draws.
It was very much ‘Wayne’s World’ at Marston Road as Stafford Rangers club captain Wayne Daniel picked up three trophies in the annual player awards.
He went home with the supporters’ player of the year prize, also the managter’s and players’ player trophies. Rangers ended the 2003/04 season with a goalless draw at Dover and so finished third in the Dr Martens Premier table, four points down on runners-up Weymouth, a further 12 behind runaway champions Crawley Town.
In a busy week, Rangers slipped to a 1-0 defeat in the final of the Staffs Senior Cup at the hands of Kidsgrove Athletic, at the Britannia Stadium.
Eccleshall closed their debut season in the North West Counties League with an impressive 3-1 success over champions Colne, goals from Darren Alexander (two) and Paul Hollins.
Bowing out on the local soccer scene in 2004 was Wildwood FC boss Nigel Payne who took charge for the last time as his team faced league champions Riverway FC in the division one trophy final.
Wildwood secured their cup final ticket with a 6-2 semi-final success over league runners-up Rifleman Bushes, while Riverway ran out 2-0 victors against Coach and Horses in the other last four tie.