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Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Neil McClelland

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd

Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Rick Westwood
Matt Pink
Malc Stubbs


 

 

Sunday 14th November 2010 : Good to have Zsu Zsu back from Lanzagrottie tonight although it came as quite a shock to the old hippie that we had lost his whistle and watch whilst he was otherwise engaged getting all the value he could from his all inclusive package. On a night where the football triumphed over adversity, we managed to burst not one but two balls including Rick Evans prized size five. I have to give all the lads a big pat on the back tonight for serving up some genuine quality 5 a side stuff including a glut of memorable goals. It's not always hitting the net that matters though but, as Arsene Wenger often quotes, it's the manner of how it arrives there. Flowing moves and extravagant passes were there in abundance this evening coupled with strikes at the end of them to match the quality of their creation. Sometimes it's just one of those nights and this happened to be just that. Fantastic to watch Chris Anthony turn back the years with a hat full of goals as his team vied with Matt Pinks for the top team of the night. With young Rich Westwood linking so well with Mike Adrio and Matt, Rick Pott was able to grab some top pot's of his own, celebrated with huge vigour. Maybe the deciding game between the two teams came in the last game of the session when Matt's team edged a thriller 5-4. Not to say Zsu Zsu's team were too far behind, they certainly had their moments with Neil Mac grabbing some fine finishes. So all went home to recharge their batteries in readiness for next week when we can start all over again....

Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd

Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham

 


Sunday 21st November 2010 : On a weekend when all our vets teams won (except Stockport County) the spirit of the players was reflected in the way the football was played this evening. A great atmosphere coupled with some very competitive games was the order of the night. A new ball was introduced after last weeks mass burstings but for some reason best known to himself, Zsu Zsu our leader purchased a canon ball. Most of the lads were left to rue getting in the way of the yellow peril as it cannoned off  flab and bone many times during the ninety minutes. Rick Evans came off worst as he had his thumb bent back trying to stop one pile-driver. I will do my best to find a suitable replacement this week before injury precedes age in our ongoing fight against retirement. As for the games, Zsu Zsu's team were victorious on the night winning all three games, the final one quite convincingly. Mike Adrio was the supplier as Rick Pott, Rick Evans and Chris Podmore all found the net in a hard working team. My team suffered from a combination of slack passing, poor finishing and the oppositions goalies having blinders, otherwise it was quite even. So overall a well worthwhile 90 minutes and after watching City's performances against Birmingham and Streford United last week for around £35 per game, damn good value for a fiver.
 

Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Karl English
Chris Garlick

Neil McClelland


Mike Adrio
Rick Westwood
Malc Stubbs
Nigel Caldwell

 

Sunday 28th November 2010 : Quick report tonight as after the footy I plumped for a visit to the excellent Bombay Cafe in Chinley for supper followed by a drink or three at my bro's house. So I won't mention in depth why Proudy didn't appear after Rovers 7-1 defeat at OT although I hear it was completely against the run of play. Another stonkin' 90 minutes at the Leisure Centre with three extremely well matched teams with a fair old spattering of youth to pad things out. Not much between us in the results department but I think Mike Adrio's squad were marginal winners mainly due to a late fade out in form. My own team were up and mainly down during the session but we did finish strongly with Karl English making a rare appearance which I think he enjoyed enough to give it a go again in the future. Rick Evans and Chris Podmore were the main threats for Zsu Zsu's team although Paulo Garner weighed in with two of his trade mark specials to remind them that he isn't just a decent defender. I have to say that Mike Adrio and Rick Westwood were almost unstoppable in the first hour with Malc Stubbs and Nigel Caldwell giving them great support. All in all a good session and hopefully next week more of the same.


Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Mike Adrio
John Goodwin

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Karl English
Rick Westwood
Malc Stubbs


 

 

 





 

 


Sunday 5th December 2010 : Two more sessions before the Christmas Festivities and with a bit of luck some of the vets will receive a new kit or three. Two years ago Proudy's wife bought him a new Blackburn Rovers shirt with Roque Santa Cruz emblazoned on the back - maybe it will become current again in the January window. Our Hippie leader Zsu Zsu Mastin certainly needs to lead by example by smartening  himself thus losing the Worzel Gummage tag he so richly deserves. Just because the lad has an Irish retreat he doesn't have to resemble a Paddy Tinker. Best kits of the year excluding my own Galatasaray Classics' are probably Paulo's Henrik Laarson's Swedish number and young Richard Westwood's Baggies outfits. These issues need facing, make 2011 a smarter year!! Oh, the football tonight - very good other than the fact that my team got mullered for most of the night. How can one team have so many chances and lose, I don't know but Zsu Zsu's squad were Johnny on the spots this evening taking their opportunities whilst my team faffed about like City, flattering to deceive. John Goodwin made a welcome return, hopefully now free of injury, and to his credit gave a more than decent show with a good spattering of goals and a few tasty tackles - what more could you ask for?
Time for a few vets to get their under used bodies back down to the Leisure Centre, Stevie Gerrard, Bud Jackson are you still alive?  Ten Vets tonight is well down on last year..

Tonight's Players

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Mike Adrio
John Goodwin
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Rick Pott
Keith Proudfoot
Neil McClelland
Chris Todd

 

 

Sunday 12th December 2010 : Only eleven again this week as the vets approach the festive season but a worthwhile workout for the lads on view. Playing Ron Buttery's rotation system is a good way of keeping the games flowing when we have this odd number but there is usually a lack of bite and commitment as players prefer to stay in the same team. However, there was plenty to admire about tonight's football with players like Chris Todd, Paulo Garner,  Proudy and John Goodwin all hitting fine goals during the 90 minutes. I hit my first hat trick tonight for what seems like a Preston Guild ago but with my recent injury problems I'm just glad to be on the pitch. With only one weeks 5 a side left before Christmas we could do with a bumper turn out next week so come on down boys and make a night of it, if anyone fancies a beer in the White Hart afterwards then I'm up for it so let me know if you are...   It looks like Matt Pink is a way off returning if rumours are to be believed, better news  from the Buttery household though with the big fella threatening a New Year return.
Bit of a short report tonight as my Disk Drive is giving me the eebee jeebees, looks like a new one is in order.

Tonight's Teams

Neil McClelland
Keith Mastin
Mackie
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Chris Garlick

Tony Williamson

Rick Westwood
Malc Stubbs
Anthony Graham
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 19th December 2010 : With little or no football played this weekend due to the sprinkling of snow and, non at all on TV today I half expected a bumper turnout from the vets. It wasn't to be though and but for the youngsters' joining us it would have been a real non event. Richard Westwood teamed up with Anthony and Rick Evans to form a speedy threesome which suited Malc Stubbs right down to the ground. Richard in particular was whacking in the goals all night. Zsu Zsu, Neil and Mike Adrio were limited to one speedy youngster in Mac (didn't catch the lads name) who again showed plenty of enthusiasm to help out the old giffers around him. Luckily Chris Todd and myself had two runners in Tony and Chris Garlick and I think we were clearly the top side on the night. Starting off like a house on fire young Tony ripped into the opposition like a man possessed scoring at will from anywhere on the pitch. Chris Todd was in his element picking up passes and converting them into goals from wide on the left. It looked like my team were in with a shout of the impossible, winning all the games on the night but, Zsu Zsu's team stopped our gallop midway and we ended up losing 3 in all. Playing with these lads gave us a chance to compete against quicker and fitter players but I don't think the vets came out badly at all. The boys certainly have a few tricks up their sleeves but they haven't faced the assassin or Mr Buttery yet!!

Anyway chaps - Have a great Christmas and New Year, I look forward to locking horns again hopefully on 9th January 2011 - stay fit and be happy!!!


Tonight's
Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Dave Vernon
Chris Todd

Steve Gerrard
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Mike Adrio
Paul Garner

Rick Pott

Sunday January 9th 2011 : Another year breaks out at the Leisure Centre and eleven vets shook off the Christmas cobwebs to do battle for ninety minutes. It's always good to get the first goal of the New Year and tonight it was Mike Adrio who supplied it and a fine strike it was too. Dave Vernon joined the ranks this evening and looks a very good addition to the group with a really decent all round showing, hopefully he'll become a regular player. The Ron Buttery rotation system was used and inevitably the games were not too tense but plenty of good football made it worthwhile. Rick Pott had to call it a day early doors with a back problem, hopefully not too serious. So we reverted to two sides in a couple of first to ten games. Steve Gerrard with the first goal of the New Year and Rick Evans were scoring freely for my squad with Chris Podmore, John Goodwin and Dave Vernon netting for Zsu Zsu Mastin's team. The two games were shared and in the end a good start to the New Year and another 50 weeks to go to the next one.
Hopefully next week we can get back to the three team format and so see a bigger turnout.


Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans
John Goodwin

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd

Mike Adrio
Rick Westwood
Malc Stubbs
Dave Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th January 2011 : Second session of the year started with my beloved Blues sitting on the top of the Premier League but, with neighbours Stretford United playing Spurs things could change. As I passed the packed White Hart on the way down to the Leisure Centre it became plain that our United vets would not be present tonight and so it turned out. However we were blessed with 13 willing souls who gave it their all in a quite competitive 90 minutes. Top side by a country mile were Mike Adrio's quartet who adapted best on the night. Young Richard Westwood was in the mood from the off with a hat full of quite splendid goals. Ably backed by Malc Stubbs and Dave Vernon, Mike was able to show his full range of skills in what looks like a formidable team if they can stick together. Zsu Zsu Mastin's team were a shade or three better than my squad and were creditable runners up with Rick Evans, John Goodwin and young Chris Podmore sharing their scoring duties. As for my squad, I failed to score as did Chris Anthony and I can't remember Toddie netting although I can't be sure about that one. Proudy was as rusty as my old Rover in his first run out since early December but managed to net 4 times which I suppose says it all for our team. Hat tricks for Richard and Chris Podmore showing their seniors how it's done.
Good to see Proudy's Santa Cruz shirt making a come back after his return to Blackburn Rovers, as he said, you can never tell what may happen in the future. So there's still a chance we may yet see Shearer, Flitcroft or Dwight Yorke appearing at the Leisure Centre.
Oh, when the session ended it appears Stretford had survived a Spurs onslaught to snatch a 0-0 and temporarily returned to the top of the Premier on goal average from Gods own Man City.

Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
John Goodwin

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd

Mike Adrio
Paul Garner
Malc Stubbs
Dave Vernon

 

 


Sunday 23rd January 2011 : With Proudy and Richard Westwood at Ewood Park today it could have been down to the bare bones but, the lads turned out to make it a really good session this evening. Three teams of four and nothing between them led to a glut of drawn games. No team managed more than a handful of wins so it was honours even for a change. Chris Anthony returned to goal scoring form especially early on together with Steve Gerrard who banged in a few of his own. Paulo Garner was released from what is left of Mary's Moaners to join Mike Adrio's squad and he rewarded them with a hat trick of the highest quality. Rick Evans, buoyed by a rare Liverpool victory this weekend rolled up in a King Kenny Crown, wear it with pride Rick whilst you can!! One player who always shows well is young Chris Podmore and tonight as usual had a very busy ninety minutes. A bit of a scare when Dave Vernon went down whilst in goal hurting his arm where he's had a previous injury. It looked bad for a while but he shook it off and returned to good effect, hopefully it won't put the lad off. So we all live to fight another week and hopefully a full turnout and another top vets session.

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Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
John Goodwin

Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Tom Kannenberg

Mike Adrio
Paul Garner
Malc Stubbs
Dave Vernon
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 


Sunday 30th January 2011 : Watching my beloved Blues is never easy, especially when they are drawn away to a lower league team in the cup. Chris Anthony chose to take his boys to Notts County today and forgo his weekly fix with the vets, a decision which I warned him would be a foolish one. Having sat through the game live on TV this afternoon it was clear my advice was valid proved by the fact that a scrappy draw was just about what they deserved. Chris, you missed a pretty good session down at the Leisure Centre for that tosh!!
My squad drafted in Tom Kannenberg for his vets debut and the lad came up trumps with a pretty classy all round display. Proudy, Chris Todd, Tom and Stevie Gerrard all weighed in with a glut of goals to add to my own few making us top team with only three defeats. Chris Todd managed a hat trick in one of his best performances this year. Both the other two teams had their moments, Mike Adrio yet again gave us a demonstration of his excellent ball skills and finishing. Rick Westwood links exceptionally well in this team bridging the gap between youth and old giffers. Mary's Moaners are sadly not the team they used to be, sadly lacking a quality grumbler. Not since Ron Buttery was given the old heave ho or Bryn Meredith took to early retirement via the golf course, have the team backed by Rome hit the dizzy heights set by their predecessors. Chris Wilson would despair at the lack of moaning the present team dish out although Rick Evans looked to be warming to the task mid session with some tasty advice to Proudy only to fade in the latter stages. 

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Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Tom Kannenberg
Paul Garner
Mike Adrio

Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Chris Todd

Dave Vernon
Rick Westwood

  

Sunday 6th February 2011 : Only a quick report tonight as I'm off to the Bombay Cafe in Chinley for a taste of India. Only ten vets tonight, for some strange reason the lads chose not to make the effort. Those who did turn out were treated to a gripping ninety minutes of action with Zsu Zsu's team winning out quite comfortably taking all three best of ten games. Mike Adrio was in unstoppable form reducing Dave Vernon at one stage to a nervous wreck. Not that Dave played badly, on the contrary he was often our last line of defence and on the whole, made a pretty good fist of it. But as Dave found out tonight, sometimes when Mike is in the mood you just have to accept it and take it on the chin, he's made better players than us look right Charlies. Tom had another excellent  game and shared the majority of their scoring with Mike and Chris Podmore. In fact scoring was the undoing of my side, too often creators, too seldom scorers. This was reflected in the fact that Dave and myself scored at least half of our goals and we aren't necessarily gods gift to netting. 
Zsu Zsu Mastin has at long last given in to remodelling his scruffy old cockney hippie dress sense. Tonight he appeared in his new Denis the Menace style hooped shorts and a nifty black V neck top which I'm sure was the one I dropped off at Age Concern the other week. It's said that a smart kit will always improve a players performance but sadly our leader did his best to prove that is just a myth!! I'm certain the beaches of Lanzagrottie will no doubt be seeing this outfit later in the week as the Mastin's land there for a weeks holibob.
Missing Vets - Ron Buttery, Bud Jackson and Nigel Caldwell have been listed on the missing persons register......just in case you have forgotten what Bud Jackson looks like check this out  
Bud Jackson

 

Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Rick Westwood

John Goodwin
Neil McClelland




Malc Hough
Chris Anthony

Dave Vernon
Anthony
Graham
Paul Garner 

 

Sunday 13th February 2011 : Only nine brave and true vets hit the ground running tonight and they were rewarded with a bazzing 90 minutes of wall to wall footy. Five against four was the order of the night with the four being allowed the luxury of rush goalie. They worked this very well with Neil and John enjoying the youthful running and enthusiasm of Rick and Chris Podmore. Winning the first game by the odd goal 10-09 was just reward for their hard work and slick passing. My team came back strongly in the second with Dave Vernon defending like a good 'un we used the extra man to good effect with the goals coming from all our team. A 10-07 result didn't flatter us but in all fairness with only 15 minutes of the ninety left this was a reflection on just how close the games were. We didn't finish the third game but with Neil Mac's team leading 6-3 I think they get this weeks top team award by a midges watsit. So this week footy was the overall winner.
Having just returned from Lanzagrottie, John "the assassin" Goodwin was in a jovial mood so, hopefully we'll see similar from the old Cockney Hippie on his return from this Isle in the sun next Sunday.
The rumour circulating New Mills about Bud Jackson's alleged retirement through injury has yet to be confirmed but hopefully it's just another bit of local tittle-tattle, round these parts they never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Anyway have a butchers at his video on YouTube it's only had 26 hits to date, and judge whether the world is ready to lose such untapped talent -  
Bud Jackson - call me Michael

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore

John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Lawler
Mike Adrio

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Tom
Kannenberg
Steve Gerrard

Dave Vernon
Malc Stubbs
Paul Dennis
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham
Neil McClelland

 


Sunday 20th February 2011 : It was a bit of a rush to get to the Leisure Centre tonight after watching City dump Notts County out of the cup at the COMSTAD this afternoon but, Proudy, Chris Anthony and myself landed in time to take part in a furiously spirited 6 a side session. Yes it was actually six a side with the lads turning out in force and the addition of newcomer Chris Lawler. I have to say that the extra player in each team did make it slightly more difficult but also brought out the best as we were treated to, in my opinion, some very skilful games. Starting like a steam train my squad looked to be in the driving seat but with two late defeats it left the three teams on a very even keel. As well as debut vet Chris Lawler who had a baptism of fire, we had the return of Paul Dennis in his first run out since September 2009. The lad did OK considering his lack of action and slotted in as if he had never been away. It was slightly confusing at times with four Chris's on the pitch at the same time, another one and we have a potential new squad. Chris Anthony was whacking the goals in for my team including a hat trick and surprisingly turned up on the edge of his own area on one occasion without the aid of a diagram. Malc Stubbs team had the advantage of two young runners in Rick Westwood and his mate Anthony, a rarity these days in any vets team.
John Goodwin had a mixed evening, finding the net wasn't too much of a problem although finding the deck did pose him some discomfort on a couple of occasions. So all in all a worthwhile nights footy which in the end left all the lads pleased with their lot. As for six a side, for me it was different and made for competitive games which on the whole were pretty close. If nothing else it allowed the old Cockney Hippie to swell the funds which can't be bad. 
 

Tonight's Players

Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore

John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Tom
Kannenberg
Dave Vernon
Malc Stubbs
Neil McClelland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 27th February 2011 : Does the Sunday afternoon TV games effect your game with the vets later on a Sunday night? After watching my not so glorious Blues struggle to overcome and draw with lowly Fulham this afternoon I feel that it certainly affected me as I can't remember playing as badly as I did tonight for many a moon. John, Malc Stubbs and young Chris Podmore also had night to forget although I doubt if they had the excuse of watching City's inept performance. Other than that the rest of the boys did their bit in what turned out to be a high scoring night with many of the 5 minute games seeing 5, 6 or once even 7 goal victories. I have to hold my hand up as I only managed to play in one winning game and didn't find the onion bag until 80 minutes had elapsed, my first and only goal. It's not often that the rotation system given to us by Ron Buttery doesn't work but tonight too many games were unbalanced, down to the Cockney Hippies starting selections I suspect. Tom Kannenberg looked to have replaced the absent Mike Adrio tonight as he showed some outrageous ball skills coupled with a fine array of well taken goals. Other prolific marksmen on the night were Paulo Garner, Neil Mac and Rick Evans.
By next Sunday City will have played their 5th round FA Cup tie and another premier league game at home to Wigan so hopefully they will rediscover their form and rekindle my enthusiasm - well that's my early excuse anyway.
Nigel Caldwell thankfully has been traced and removed from the missing persons list and hopefully will be making his first appearance of the year next week. After last weeks glut we were seven players down this week, what was that all about then??

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore

John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd

Dave Vernon
Malc Stubbs
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Westwood

 


 

 


Sunday 6th March 2011 : Bit late with the report tonight, I've been watching a recording of England beating South Africa in the Cricket World Cup. What a weekend for sport, City nicking a win, Spurs dropping 2 points, Liverpool stuffing Stretford, County winning at last and England winning by the tightest margins against SA. So turning out at the Leisure Centre tonight was going to be a pleasure. Thankfully that's how it turned out with lots of enthusiastic football played as usual in good spirit by the thirteen vets on duty.
Last week Malc Stubbs was at a low ebb after what he would be the first to admit was a poor show. Being a horseman Malc doesn't need telling what you do when you take a fall off one of those beasts. We all have crap nights but there's always another week and fortunately most of us are able enough, if not always fit enough, to turn out each week in the hope of playing to our ability. Malc did that tonight and for me showed that last week was a one off by leading his team to an unbeaten session over the ninety minutes and taking the top team of the evening honours. On the subject of having a crap night, I could write a long list of past Vets who would dearly love the chance to have a crap night again if only their knackered bodies would allow it.
Nigel Caldwell returned as hinted last week and to be honest looked as if he had never been away. Nigel just went through the whole session quietly getting on with his game, usually as the last line in his teams defence. Rick Evans, jubilant after his teams fine win over Stretford's finest, hustled and bustled like a simmering volcano threatening to destroy the fabric of the building with his pile drivers. Paulo chipped in with a couple of his speciality goals but overall the scoring was shared all round. My own team considering our lack of pace had a mixed night but by and large put in a decent shift.
Next week the glorious Blues play Reading in the sixth round of the FA Cup so Chris and myself will probably be missing (there are some who might say we were missing tonight) so although the quality may be down the quantity needn't be.  

If you want a giggle watch this one from Proudy  Kings Speech - The Sequel

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Todd

John Goodwin
Neil McClelland


Chris Lawler

Dave Vernon
Tom Kannenberg
Rick Westwood

Rick Evans
Rick Potts
Mike Adrio
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

 


Sunday 13th March 2011 : As I said last week Chris and I would most likely be missing as we succumbed to the exciting prospect of City reaching the FA Cup Semi Finals for the first time in 30 years. Thankfully it had a happy ending as Reading lost to a magnificent Micah Richards header deep into the second half. The day was further enhanced when we heard that our opponents in the Semi Final would be our  neighbours from nearby Stretford. As the game will be played at Wembley it will be like a home game for the Stretford reds as most of their supporters share the same cockney accent as our leader, ZSu Zsu Mastin. So I look forward to the challenge and a chance to give Fergie yet another reason to retire....  As for the vets tonight, I await the report from our guest writer which hopefully will arrive tomorrow.

Guest Report arrived by Pigeon late Thursday : With at least two members forsaking their squads to spend a nervous two hours at Eastlands, the 13 alpha males who turned up at the Leisure centre tonight decided on a new scrambled team selection which created a sudden and enduring hierarchy. Top of the tree had to be Ricky’s Rockets, containing Evans Above, a fit-again Ricky Potts, Mike Adrio, Paulo and Chris Podmore, whilst occasional victors comprised Tom Kannenberg, Richard Westwood, Dave Lawler and the energetic Dave Vernon. The final quartet of Zsu Zsu, Johnboy, Neil Mac and Chris Todd took 45 minutes to score a goal despite two penalties and six one-on-ones with the keeper, and toiled for over an hour before winning a match, an event causing wild and emotional celebration. Despite these fearsome inequalities an excellent evening of rare quality, with the high standards on display likely to drop again on Malc’s return next week.   Better late than never  - much appreciated

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore

John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Dave Vernon
Chris Todd
Neil McClelland
Nigel Caldwell



Malc Stubbs
Chris Lawler
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott

 



Sunday 20th March 2011 : Another depressing week for the followers of my slightly less glorious Blues as we get dumped out of the Europa League and lose today to fellow big spenders Chelsea. Thank goodness for the vets I say. When you are in the dumps there is nowt' like a good run out with the lads at the Leisure Centre and tonight we got just that! No clear winners over a very crowded 6 a side session but plenty to enthuse about all the same. After watching Liverpool gain a rare win today Rick Evans was understandably bouncing with enthusiasm and his shooting was bouncing all over the place to match. Young Rick Westwood was also having difficulty in finding the net especially when faced by Nigel Caldwell in nets. Nigel certainly had the better of the young buck whose mind was more than likely on next weeks trip to Australia for a couple months. Whilst there he hopes to find better striking form playing for Melbourne University, I'm sure he'll be a big hit down under.
I had a few old heads in my squad tonight and despite our advanced years we did OK. I haven't played in the same side as Neil Mac and Dave Vernon before but you certainly have to get stuck in as I find they both lead by example. Zsu Zsu Mastin was smouldering this evening, I hesitate to use the phrase he was on fire but, I must admit the old Cockney Hippie looked the business. Good to see Rick Pott back and giving it some again, yet to find the confidence to fall arse over tip yet but as we all know, that is bound to come.
Well after all these years the boys who follow us on have finally given up the ghost. Falling numbers and rising costs are the order of the day at the present time and sadly they cannot keep up so, we are now the only 5 a side footballers who have an unbroken booking since the opening of the sports hall. Long may that continue.

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore

Mike Adrio
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Pott
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 27th March 2011 : Taking a weekend theatre break in London was a very pleasant experience albeit having to share the Capital with a quarter of a million protesters and forty thousand marauding Jocko's down for the International with Brazil at the Emerates. So arriving back at New Mills barely an hour before hostilities were due to begin prepared me somewhat for any mayhem that may have occurred. Thankfully things went a lot smoother with the vets and with a measly eleven participants (compared with the Smoke) we had a decent run round on the old rotation system. Overall the lads beavered away with plenty of gusto but in fairness, we've had better nights. Some unbelievably bad shooting was the order of the night with one of my efforts summing it up to a tee. I hit the ball pretty sweetly but horrendously wide, from just inside my own half the ball struck the side wall just as I confessed, "jeez, that was a shot". To mine and everybody else's amazements it ricocheted off the wall into the bottom far corner of the net!! That had to be a contender for fluke of the year, unless anybody knows different. Indeed highlights were few and far between this evening but Chris Todd did hit a fine hat trick in the second game and Rick Pott gave us all a good demo of how to celebrate a goal when he stonked in a rare beauty. Malc Stubbs was back to his best form with some very tricky stuff.  So not a night to forget, more a night to say well at least we turned up to give it a go - well done lads.

Finally - Next Friday Night 1st April at New Mills AFC  Chris Todd and the Carbs  are performing in a fund raising event. If you haven't seen Chris perform this is a good chance to see that his talent isn't just restricted to wobbling round the football pitch. Chris and his group are a very polished act with a great mix of proper R&B plus a variety of different music. So get yourselves down there and give the lad a bit of support - Start Time 8:30

  

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Todd
Rick Evans

Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Mike Adrio
Rick Pott

 


 

 


Sunday 3rd April 2011 : Couldn't resist the temptation to go to City today but my decision was rewarded by a goal fest, good old City. So the quality and quantity of the football down at the Leisure Centre no doubt suffered as Chris Anthony was also spotted in the COMSTAD. Met up with Old Mooro this week and I have to say the lad is looking remarkably well. Just before I bumped into Tony he had met Ron "the pirate" Aitchison out walking his two monster dogs. Again Ron seems in good knick which is good to hear. For the newer players, these two were part of the original vets all those years ago. Anyway, I'll post the report for tonight as soon as it arrives in my inbox.

With Mothers’ Day commanding the attention of many VETS, and Eastlands attracting a small collection of saddoes, only 7 of our number turned up tonight to display their skills and vent their various frustrations. Boldly, two teams were formed – the three of Chris Todd, Evans Above and Zsu Zsu took on the might of Chris Podmore, Ricky Potts, Mike Adrio and Johnboy. Three first-to-ten matches were played in the 90 minutes, with the foursome winning the first two by narrow 10-8 margins. Everything therefore hung on the final contest which, fiercely contested and nothing but pride to play for, went to the gallant three who won, as the footie reports would have it, but the odd goal in 19. ‘What the %#!$ was that?’, as Rooney would have it.
SENT FROM THE SUNNY WEST COAST OF IRELAND   Guest Report eventually arrived  late Friday
 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough

Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Paul Garner

Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Garlick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 10th April 2011 : After the Rooney events of last week I had to laugh at the thought of some of our vets verbal behaviour over the years. I'm sure if the same rules were applied to our sessions we would have had a plethora of suspensions on a weekly basis. Still tonight we were thankfully free from any Rooneyism's. What a shame he won't be available for the Wembley showdown next Saturday unlike Chris Anthony and yours truly who hopefully will be there to see the pendulum at last begin to swing the other way.
Three teams of four thankfully after last weeks blip and a really good session to boot. Johnboy's team started off like a runaway train winning the first four games before the wheels came off. Rick Evans and Paulo were running riot belting the ball in from all angles but slowly the goals started to dry up with the inevitable slump. Mike Adrio chose tonight to demonstrate one of the best pieces of skilled play I can personally recall down at the Vets Sunday night sessions. Trapped in the top corner surrounded by three opponents he flicked the ball through various legs with drag backs and back heels before setting off for goal at the other end. As the opponents regrouped he drifted past them again before slotting a superb pass to Chris Garlick whose shot was saved but rebounded to Rick Pott in the bottom corner, his shot was miss hit at full chat to the penalty spot where Mike coolly slotted home for a top drawer goal at any level. If Johnboy's team started like a runaway train then my team began like tortoise with three legs but, we gained momentum as the night wore on and definitely finished the strongest. Chris Todd was never handicapped by his seriously late drinking session and Proudy eventually found his scoring boots especially in the final game when all four players hit the mark in a 5-0 win. Good to see Chris Garlick back in the fray again and next week I expect a full house with all the Blues on show grinning from ear to ear - COME ON CITY!!!!   

Tonight's Teams


Malc Hough

John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Mike Adrio


Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
Dave Vernon




 

 

 

Sunday 17th April 2011 : Home from a great trip yesterday to see the Glorious Blues dump Stretford out of the cup and stop their challenge for the treble. What a day, what a game and what a result. So it was a very happy chappie who made his way to the Leisure Centre in his victorious Wembley shirt to join the fellow blues in another Vets football fest. No way, there were only eight with Myself and Dave Vernon resplendent in City shirts. Yes I know it was a really nice day, so was yesterday and probably so will other weeks but, we need to keep the numbers up guys or there won't be any Vets nights. I didn't expect to see Chris Todd as his Bolton team were in the other semi final today but on reflection I'll bet he wished he hadn't bothered, his team didn't.
Still we did manage a half decent 3 games which all went to my team. I must admit I did enjoy playing in the same team as Johnboy, I somehow felt quite relaxed knowing that at the end of the session I would still be in one piece. It was a truly muscle sapping ninety minutes with the action moving from end to end at a furious pace for us old giffers. Rick Evans was in his element with all the extra space allowed to him by the lack of players, plenty of goals for the lad were just reward for being the quickest by a country mile on the night. Dave Vernon returned to the fray after an illness and took a knock for his efforts on the ankle but, Dave stuck to his task all evening never giving up at any stage which is just how the guy plays. Same with Paulo, probably not at his silky best but still managed to hit the net with a couple of Screamers. Mike Adrio also has seen better nights but again he has that uncanny knack of making scoring look so damned easy. Nigel and Johnboy had a couple of their trademark coming togethers to keep things competitive. Zsu Zsu returned from Ireland after a hectic week looking like he needed a rest, he got it tonight. As for myself, full of the glory of a fan whose team are in the FA Cup Final - played a blinder!!!

  No Footy next Sunday night due to Easter Holiday - next session Sunday 1st May 2011  BE THERE
 

Tonight's Teams


Malc Hough

Dave Vernon
Mike Adrio
Keith Proudfoot


Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
John Goodwin
Rick Evans

 

Sunday 1st May 2011 : Another disappointing turn out tonight with only nine vets on parade. With City playing an important league game at home and on Sky live I decided to let my boy Dylan use my ticket so that I could join in the vets extravaganza down at the Leisure Centre. With City leading inconvincibly 2-1 at half time I made my way down to Hyde Bank Road hoping they wouldn't slip into the old routine of losing. Two sides battled it out in a first to ten format and we managed three highly entertaining games free from displeasing incidents but full of gut busting action. Although my team were a player short we held our own and played some sterling stuff. Having a player like Mike Adrio in your side guarantees' a hat full of bazzing finishes and so it proved as the boy took on the responsibilities of head striker. As hard as Proudy, Dave Vernon and myself tried we couldn't match the regularity of Mikes finishing although in fairness, we weighed in with our share. Zsu Zsu's team had a much more balanced look about it with a more direct approach laced with a huge wedge of luck. Rick Evans was belting 'em in for fun with some mazy runs which were difficult to track with a man short. Nigel Caldwell made things increasingly difficult for my team as the evening wore on with some diligent and stubborn defending and add to that a hand full of finely struck goals to boot.
So the night was maybe made difficult by the lack of numbers but nevertheless very enjoyable. As an added bonus the Blues managed to hold on to that half time lead and it looks like we may after all be heading for 4th place and another crack at Europe's top prize.   
 

Tonight's Teams

Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough

Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Paul Garner

Keith Mastin
Dave Vernon
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Stubbs

 

 

 

Sunday 8th May 2011 : Back to three teams tonight and not before time. We were rewarded with a full blooded encounter contested to the n'th degree. This week we also saw two of our past vets go head to head in the local elections. On the left we had Ian Huddlestone a no nonsense tough old boot representing the Labour Party. On the right or should I say in the middle was Alistair Stevens, a slick ball player with a nifty shuffle, representing the Liberal Democrats. I have to say I voted for both as they are two top blokes who work hard for their chosen parties and best of all, they're City fans - 'nuff said.
Back to tonight's action - as I said a really good ninety minutes with all three sides giving it full chat. Top team at the evenings close were John Goodwin's Yellows who just had the edge when it came to hitting the back of the onion bag. Splendid goals from Paulo were just reward for his part in a very tight team effort. My side buoyed by the return of  Steve Gerrard pushed them all the way but in the end had to hold our hands up to the better team. Chris Anthony looked sharp with a hat trick in his first game and Steve helped himself to a few beauts. The Reds had a mixed night with Dave Vernon and Nigel Caldwell making a formidable rear guard but failure in front of goal was their downfall although a run near the end made their night worthwhile.
So all goes well at the Leisure Centre with Keith Mastin publishing the annual accounts which were quite healthy but, recently due to low attendances have been nibbled away to a less healthy level so, turn up - Please. Thanks to Keith for his handling of the Vets, I don't think he ever gets the credit he deserves, well done Zsu Zsu, we're in good hands. 
Sorry for the lack of pics - my graphic card is playing up!!

Tonight's Teams

Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot

Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Rick Pott

Mike Adrio
Anthony Graham
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 15th May 2011 : What a weekend for Manchester football with City winning the FA Cup at Wembley against Stoke. At last my son Dylan gets to see our beloved team win a trophy in his 35th year. Nothing new for me though as this old boy has seen it all before but this time it looks to be a little more of a regular occurrence. Our Stretford neighbours also brought success to their Borough of Trafford with a fluky point at Blackburn giving them their last title for the foreseeable future. So it was no surprise to find the boys in a buoyant mood for this evenings 5 a side at Hyde Bank Road. Three teams went at it hammer and tongue in a really enjoyable contest free from unsavoury incident but full of fervour. With my squad turning out in full I decided to drop out and lend my playmaking skills to Mike Adrio and Anthony Graham with Nigel Caldwell as our defensive guardian. This seemed to be the perfect foil as we were undefeated until the final game when some very dodgy refereeing from the Cockney Hippie led to a 1-0 defeat compounded by an early final whistle. My usual squad were handicapped by their missing playmaker but gave a decent account of themselves with Zsu Zsu's team running them close. Mike Adrio and Anthony Graham made a superb pairing both showing the full range of their skills and coming close to wearing the nets out as they fired in goals for fun. So a cracking weekend, Steve Gerrard at Wembley representing the vets and City doing the business plus, I won a tenner on the lottery.
Next week brings another milestone for me as I become a pensioner tomorrow, 65 and to think old Mooro, Zsu Zsu, Johnboy and myself thought playing at 50 was an achievement, then 60 - so it's 70 next if the old bones can hang on!!  The bar has been lifted.
Finally - Well Done to Rick Evans who completed the Manchester 10k again today and good on Proudy for turning out tonight in spite of his date, playing at Ewood Park tomorrow night for a Blackburn Rovers Football Challenge match - that's commitment boys!!

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