LITTLE Oakley's walking footballers have been crowned county champions.

After the final round of fixtures, the Memorial Ground side finished top of the table in the Essex Walking Football League's over-65s division.

It was their first-ever season in the division and they finished on 46 points.

Eastwood Falcons were the runners-up with 37.

The Oakley team are managed by Graham Tyrrell and the new season starts in March.

Organisers hope that if there is sufficient interest, each age-related division can be split into north and south sections, therefore reducing travelling time.