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More of The Vets Sunday Night Match Reports   Updated 26th Sept 2011 : 00:55   Print Page

Sunday 22nd May 2011 : What a final day of the Premier League season played out this afternoon. Proudy was down at Wolverhampton to watch his Rovers pull off a 3-2 win and Chris Todd had the privilege of watching his Bolton team lose to the Glorious Man City who clinched third spot. Blackpool relegated along with the Brummies in a spellbinding afternoon of drama and excitement. Nothing to compare though with the action down at the Leisure centre where we were treated to some of the best football this year. All players had their moments with every player finding the net at some stage of the proceedings, some more than others. My first game as a pensioner was personally very pleasing as I managed to hit double figures for the first time in many blue moons. Dave Vernon really excelled whacking in four in one game, not bad in a five minute match. Mike Adrio treated us to a few of his master classes, how does he do that?  Anthony Graham introduced his young brother to the action and he was clearly breathing through the wrong end of his body during the last half hour, decent player though. Rick Evans fresh from his 10k Manchester run was told by Dr Williams this week that he must stop running and playing football because the fibula (outer shin bone) and patella (knee cap) are basically knackered. Well, the speed he went past us lot tonight and the force of his shots certainly had us all fooled. 
So a good night of five a side and a good day's football, only one game to go in a very long season so COME ON BARCELONA, MAKE MY DAY.......

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Dave Vernon
Mike Adrio
Anthony Graham
? Graham
Malc Stubbs
Malc Hough


Sunday 29th May 2011 : Oh what a glorious Champions League Final with Barcelona rightly crowned kings of Europe defeating Stretford United in convincing style. Not a huge turnout of Reds tonight although I awaited with interest to see our Cambridge born Stretford fan who regularly turns out in a Barcelona shirt to see what he would be wearing. Sadly Nige gave us a miss, probably too depressed and we were down to just seven vets to keep the flag flying. Proudy working and Rick Pott injured but come on guys, we need twelve to break even or there will be no more vets nights.
So it was three v four with the three allowed to score from anywhere but, the four had a goalkeeper restricted to a third of the pitch. The trio were unstoppable passing and moving with awesome regularity and finding the net at will. Mike Adrio had moments tonight that Lionel Messi would have been proud of, Chris Todd and myself completed a well knitted side that breezed through the games winning all four. Johnboy's team tried hard enough but scoring the goals was their undoing although Paulo had a purple patch banging in a good few. Zsu Zsu was restricted to refereeing due to an age related problem that should be cured with a dose of antibiotics and a session of counselling. 

Unfortunately I received bad news tonight, Des McGrath one of our original vets died from what I believe was a heart attack in his sleep just over two weeks ago. Des moved away from the area a number of years ago, he was a very popular guy who loved his football which he played at a very high level as a young man. Des and I attended the same school in Didsbury where we both had trials with Manchester Boys. Des was a very good right sided midfield or wing player, I was a very average goal keeper. I didn't get past the South Area team but Des went all the way to the Manchester Boys senior team that did so well in the English Boys Shield playing with many future Man City and United players. Des helped the New Mills Junior teams for many years and will be remembered by many of the young men of our town who benefitted from his football knowledge with great affection. A very quiet and dignified man who graced our sessions and shared a joke or three with the rest of the boys when we used to take the odd pint in the White Hart after our Sunday sessions. Des - you were a good man who will be missed.  
 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin (ref)

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Malc Stubbs

Mike Adrio
Malc Hough
Chris Todd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th June 2011 : Back to normal this evening with three very strong teams giving it the full Monty. My squad started with six players as we had sixteen bodies available and after the our first game we were looking pretty damned good to say the least. However, Mike Adrio's team had to drop a player when Anthony Graham's mate left the scene with a serious hangover. This meant we had to drop Nigel Caldwell, our top defender to replace the inebriated quitter and although we acquitted ourselves extremely well, Nigel's steadying influence made a significant difference. Still this didn't detract from what was a seriously good vets session with every game keenly contested. Zsu Zsu Mastin seemed to have recovered from his embarrassing infection although to be fair the drugs took their toll leaving him a pale shadow of his usual self, nullifying his playmaking skills to the bare minimum. Neil Mac was back busy as expected and alongside Dave Vernon looks a formidable midfield pairing. Chris Podmore is carrying a groin injury, a common problem with the youth of today, I suggest he takes up a hobby that doesn't involve the opposite sex. Johnboy had a better night, much improved from last week, netting well and even making time to allow the "assassin" to do the business on the speedy Anthony Graham who went past him once too often. Oh yes, that's what it's all about on a Sunday night like I said at the start, giving it the full Monty and boy we sure did that this evening.  More of the same next week boys!! 
 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard

Mike Adrio
Anthony Graham
Nigel Caldwell
Neil McClelland
Dave Vernon
 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th June 2011: The season may be over for the professionals but down at Hyde Bank Road the action goes on. With players taking their holidays as we get nearer the August peak we were lucky tonight to have such a fine turnout of 16. In fairness we were rewarded with some very tight games with guest goalies making the teams up to six a side. In six a side games you aren't afforded too much thinking time as the space is cut down drastically. Some of the guys are happy with this and maybe an equal number are quite the opposite but, at the end of the day it does make for frantic and competitive games. I don't think any team scored more than three in a game this evening and many more games produced less. Rather than  go on too much about the players tonight I thought I would suggest a few rule changes. First of all my team suffered more than most in this session from over zealous guest goalies so I think it is time we clamped down on the under arm distribution rule and maybe confine the throws to the keepers own half. Too often attempted passes to the other end of the pitch end up in disaster with the opposition picking the ball off and dispatching it straight past the embarrassed custodian. I'll speak to our hippie leader about this and maybe compile a list of basic five a side rules so we all know where we stand.
Rick Pott was back from his holibobs tonight and it didn't take too long for him to be reintroduced to his old friend, the floor. After surviving several tumbles "the assassin" finally decided to make his mark as he launched the battered and bruised flyer into the wall with only five minutes remaining. I'm sure Rick like the rest of us will be back next week for more of the same...
Rick Evans is off to Switzerland later tonight on a camping trip, I hope he's not expecting to spend any time sunbathing on the beach!! Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't this a year since the boy got wed in Vagas? Second Honeymoon,  EVANS ABOVE!!!

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Malc Stubbs
Mike Adrio
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard


Anthony Graham
Ashley Graham
Neil McClelland
Dave Vernon
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 19th June 2011: Just watched England under 21's go out of the European Under-21 Championship. It seems the cream of our millionaire youth are not up to the task. Not the case when it comes down to the vets though who again showed well and give it a good dig over 90 minutes. Zsu Zsu drafted in the skills of Mike Adrio to boost his ailing Mary's Moaners side and it had the right effect as they ended the night as top team. Paulo Garner served up one of his howitzers early doors soon to be followed by a great team move which the old hippie dispatched with great skill. Not to be out done, I popped one in from distance but sadly into my own net, much to the amusement of all but my own team mates. Proudy was probably my teams best performer but generally we weren't up to our usual standard. Paul Dennis made one of his rare appearances and did quite well especially when you take into account those extra pounds he carries these days, nice kit though. Rick Pott hit the heights of scoring as well as the ceiling a couple of times tonight and unusually for him, failed to hit the floor!! A very enjoyable ninety minutes though, good to watch the battle between John "the assassin" Goodwin and his apprentice assassin, Dave Vernon - two very committed and enthusiastic opponents.
Finished off a right good Fathers day watching Rory McIlroy spank the Yanks in the US Open. Now hopefully we'll see another Brit come to the fore at Wimbledon, now there's another young millionaire who has a lot to prove...... 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio
Paul Garner


Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
 

Paul Dennis
Nigel Caldwell
Neil McClelland
Dave Vernon
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th June 2011: Thirteen bodies rolled up at the Leisure Centre this evening to test themselves against the elements, the elements being the extremely slippery surface in the sports hall. It seems that the cool surface was affected by the unusually hot exterior temperature which left an area close the outside walls covered with a film of condensation. It didn't take long for our fall expert, Rick Potts to give us an example of things to come. Mike Adrio soon followed and I got into the act only minutes later. It soon became apparent that it was going to be a risky old night under foot!!  Still as usual the boys gave it a good crack and early doors Zsu Zsu Mastin's team looked to be unbeatable with a string of spanking good wins. It was only when my squad beat them about half way through the session followed by a draw with Johnboy's lot that we denied them a clean sweep. Zsu Zsu managed two hat tricks in a free flowing team prompted by Mike Adrio's passing and Rick Evan's speed. Paulo managed to hold things together at the back but Chris Podmore suffered a re occurrence of his groin trouble. Tom Kannenberg returned to the fray and gave us a reminder of his ball skills which combined with the slippery surface often left him on his arse. Tom brought along Luke Hardman, another nifty ball player - we're becoming quite Bacelonaesque these days. As for my team, Malc Stubbs looked like his old self and the two Chris's pegged away on the dodgy pitch but as a rule we were possibly wooden spoonists overall.
Well the pitch got the last laugh in the end as we had to call it a night 20 minutes early because quite frankly, it was bloody dangerous. They are resurfacing next week so hopefully that will see the back of that problem.

So  NO FOOTBALL NEXT WEEK - THE LEISURE CENTRE IS CLOSED  - NEXT VETS SESSION  10th JULY

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
Chris Anthony

John Goodwin
Tom Kannenberg
Luke Hardman
Rick Pott
 
 


Sunday 10th July 2011: A week off seemed to kick the lads into gear tonight as they rolled up in good numbers. Sixteen players split into three teams, two fives and a six. The two fives had a guest keeper so it was basically six a side. Now this throws up two sides of opinion ie. you either love it or hate it. For me I enjoy the challenge because the lack of space makes crafting openings that bit harder. Not a problem for playmakers like myself or Zsu Zsu however it's not everyone's cup of Marmite. So no high scoring games and no one team dominating which I suppose is a feather in the cap of our old hippie leader for his team selections. It would have been interesting to see how Mr Adrio would have coped in these circumstances, Tom Kannenberg and Anthony Graham are similar styles of player to Mike but, they certainly had their work cut out in the congested fines of the sports hall.  Rick Evans recently completed his 10k in Manchester and he certainly put himself about tonight, one flying tackle on Proudy made the assassin look like a beginner. Dressed in his Liverpool kit it put me in the mind of old crazy horse himself but just like Emlyn Hughes it was all down to raw enthusiasm and the frustration of spending a week painting railings.
Everyone was pleased to see the return of Bud Jackson, first game this year for the little red fella. He didn't half do good as well reminding us that he's more than a half decent defender, who's next - Ron???
 

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Anthony Graham


Tom Kannenberg
Josh Mackie
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell
Neil McClelland
Bud Jackson
 
 

Sunday 17th July 2011: It was always going to be difficult for me tonight after a weekend of eating and drinking out coupled with action at the indoor sky diving centre at the Trafford Centre and a blinding 62 lap Go Kart race at Colne with my boy Dylan and my two son in laws. Still the action was just as furious at the Leisure Centre with Zsu Zsu Mastin's team vying with Mike Adrio's for team of the night. There wasn't a lot in it overall but plenty of good football which at the end of the day is what we all come down for. Josh Mackie is looking the part with goal scoring added to his busy defending. Bud Jackson again looked good and remains one of our most consistent defenders, very difficult to get past. Rick Pott again defied life and limb with a couple of extraordinary pile ups, one when he was in nets ended in a horrific coming together which registered as 6.0 on the Richter Scale. As for my team, I think describing it as piss poor would be more than a little kind although Anthony Graham did his best to raise our level slightly higher than just below rock bottom. Still we stubbornly kept trying right up to the last game which we made crafted into our first and only win of the night. Did I enjoy it? You bet your life I did and I'll be back next week to try a lot harder. Chris Anthony has been allowed to go for a weeks intensive training in Menorca, I suggest practice trapping the ball on the sand......

Footnote - Just how cool is it being a City fan these days, Have a peep at this     Liam on City's New Shirt

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Tom Kannenberg

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Anthony Graham

Josh Mackie
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Neil McClelland
Bud Jackson


Sunday 24th July 2011: A real eye opener tonight as the young guns gave the old giffers the run around. Our old hippie leader in his wisdom decided to put Josh, Anthony and Tom in the same team and use Rick Pott to add a little speed. What a combination!! At one point early on that elusive 100% game sequence that has eluded us since the outset over 23 years ago looked to be under imminent threat. Thankfully Zsu Zsu's squad turned them over at the third attempt to leave us all more than a little relieved. Paulo Garner played a blinder in that game and added a second beating to them later on but even he, ever the trier, looked bemused by these young bucks. For me it was a pleasure to watch the speed and skill of their play and to be honest I enjoyed the challenge even if it was a feeble one. My team were no more than extra's for most of the night but we gave it a good crack and in fairness the boys gave as good as we got. Newcomer Pete Andrews looks a prospect but had to wait until our penultimate game to find the net but was rightly greeted with the loudest cheer of the night. He fired shots in from everywhere on the pitch but they were more a threat to the fabric of the building than to the nets, on another night though he'll hit a bag full. So a good run around in more ways than one but the warning was there fella's, you're going to have to up your game because these lads have lifted the bar......
 

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
Peter Andrews

Josh Mackie
Rick Pott
Anthony Graham
Tom Kannenberg

 

 

 

Sunday 31st July 2011: Left for the Leisure Centre with the Man City v Inter Milan game finely balanced just before half time. It's always a bit of a dilemma when your favourite team is live on Sky TV but for me there's no substitute for 90 minutes with the vets and tonight we were rewarded with another lung sapping battle with the young guns. Poor old Johnboy pulled up after only a few minutes and had to leave the action with a nasty looking strain, hope it doesn't keep him out too long. Dave Vernon made a welcome return and was lucky to be put in with Josh, Ant Graham and Chris Garlick in what turned out to be tonight's top team. It is a joy to watch these youngsters in action with their quick passing and nifty footwork but they do tend to be a bit light on the defending side of the game. However, when it comes to scoring they are the business. Zsu Zsu's team were the first to stop their gallop with Paulo Garner pulling the strings. My team were a bit like Arsenal, lots of good skills but couldn't win anything. Even with Mike Adrio and the prolific scoring Tony Williamson (son of ex vet Kevin, the flying Postie) we couldn't quite get it together over the ninety minutes. Still all in all a very good pre season run out. It's worth noting, without the youngsters at the moment we would be looking at two teams of four a side if we were lucky so good on them for filling the gap and giving us a greater challenge to boot.
Right, I've got my cans of Carling and a bunch of snacks and I'm confident that City can tonk the I'ties so I'm going to watch the rest of the game on Sky Plus then next weekend it's the Stretfordians at Wembley, they've never beaten us there so - COME ON YOU BLUES......
Wow, nearly midnight and just finished watching City take Inter Milan apart at the seams, am I dreaming or is this just the start??

How passionate are you when watching Match of the Day, watch this old guy  Well Peed Off
 

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Mike Adrio
Tony Williamson
 

Josh Mackie
Chris Garlick
Anthony Graham
Dave Vernon

 

 

Sunday 7th August 2011: An afternoon rush from my daughters at Poulton Le Fylde down the M55, M6 and M60 was rewarded with  a miserable second half performance by my beloved Man City. Missing the first half was when City gained a 2-0 advantage was bad enough but seeing our neighbours from Stretford win yet again in time added on was just too much. It was with heavy heart that I made my way to the Leisure Centre for Sundays bout of 5 a side but thankfully the spirits were lifted after another 90 minutes of seriously good sport. Malc Stubbs was given the luxury of playing in the same side as three of our best young guns whilst the rest of the vets had to slug it out with aging bodies on their last legs. Zsu Zsu Mastin's teams only injection of youth in the form of Chris Podmore was counterbalanced by the young man's groin problems which can only be cured by completely resting the problem area, this as we all know is not that easy at the lads time in life when the groin area is at it's busiest. Anyway I digress!!  The young guns again were found lacking as both the opposition teams used their experience to remind them that the Tortoise and the Hare theory still stands firm. In the very first game Zsu Zsu's team went at them with the enthusiasm of the cast from from Cacoon inspired by the old hippies rediscovered eye for goal. Paulo Garner also chipped in with a stunner to give the rest of us a taste of things to come. My team were slow starters but when the returning Steve Gerrard found his mark we were the match for anyone. The Hayfield man hit four in one game to remind us of his value to the team which has been missed to often this season. So all round a bazzing night to lift the black cloud of Wembley earlier on in the day. Next week the Premier League kicks off again so it's business as usual from here on but for the Vets - that has always been the case.
Just to finish, I haven't mentioned the return from the antipodes of Richard Westwood who slotted into the  young guns teams as if he had never been away. Other than a few bad habits picked up from the Aussie Rules game he kept us all on our toes and I have to say it's good to see him back looking sickeningly fit. Dodgy shirt though blue, get one with sleeves in mate!!

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard

Josh Mackie
Richard Westwood
Anthony Graham
Malc Stubbs

 

Sunday 14th August 2011: It's back, the Premier League hit the ground jogging yesterday and today with a glut of draws. Only Stretford and Wolverhampton managed a win with no home team managing a victory and just my glorious Blues left to play tomorrow night. It was business as usual though tonight as the vets ripped into another 90 minutes of honest to goodness grass roots footy at the Leisure Centre. Only eleven tonight with Johnboy still out injured but we still managed a decent contest using the rotation system. I must admit it was good to play alongside the young guns instead of having them fly past me. Having said that, the older brigade had more than a few tasty moments this evening with Paulo Garner in particular firing in a couple of Exocets from distance. Rick Pott also celebrated in style after breaking the record for the number of toe bungers in one game with a brace of rippers hitting the onion bag. Chris Podmore continues to defy the pain barrier as his ongoing groin problem continues to hamper the young striker, he says it's not too bad on the night but tends to stiffen up later on - he should be so lucky!!
Anyway, short report tonight as I'm about to watch Madrid & Barca in the first El Classico of the season on Sky then tomorrow, bring on Swansea to the Etihad,  COME ON YOU BLUES...........
 

Tonight's Players
 
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard
Josh Mackie
Anthony Graham
Keith Proudfoot
Rick Pott

Sunday 21st August 2011: Well, since last Sunday my beloved Blues have beaten Swansea 4-0 and tonight topped the Premier League after a fine 3-2 win at Bolton's Reebok. Not so rosy for the vets though with a measly turnout of seven. So we had to play four v three with the benches making an unwelcome reappearance. The team of three were allowed to score from anywhere and play with any goalkeeper whereas the team of four were restricted to scoring from the red 10 metre line. The team of four also had a smaller bench in their goal. This actually made for a decent nights footy with Zsu Zsu's team taking the honours with two wins to one. Anthony Grahams team were understandably on their knees at the end after a pretty impressive effort especially from Rick Pott who whacked in a bagful of goals with his shoot on sight policy. Rick Westwood  and Anthony Graham linked well and pushed the opposition to the limits. However superior numbers told in the end and Rick Evans and Paulo Garner had the luxury of the two top playmakers in their side with myself and the old Cockney Hippie defying the years to orchestrate a fine last game winning decider.
It needs mentioning that Rick Pott managed almost an hour before hitting the deck and Anthony Graham eclipsed last weeks full bloodied shot into his gonads with a double dose of eye watering hits to the goolies this evening - can they both top that next week?? Talking of which, we should hopefully see a return to normal numbers and hopefully another corking session, we shall see.......

Tonight's Teams
 
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Malc Hough


Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28th August 2011: Another low turn out tonight but that was tempered by a really good kick around between two very evenly matched teams. Paulo and myself were the only two survivors of last weeks rumble and we were teamed up with Chris Anthony, Proudy and Nigel Caldwell. Malc Stubbs saved the night by dragging two of his mates down and they were joined by the late arrival of Chris Todd. The first game was dominated by the slick passing of Malc Stubbs' team who who did have the advantage of youth and no bench in the oppositions goals. Add to this some nifty footwork from Pete Andrews and the goal scoring prowess of Chris Todd and you had a winning combination. A fight back was on the cards and it came when Chris Anthony finally started to hit the back of the net after half an hour of hitting just about everything from the basketball net to varying points of the brick work marginally below the roof. Handicapped by the presence of the bench in my teams opposition net we had to work quite hard to convert our growing number of goal scoring opportunities. Proudy suddenly struck gold and started belting them in from all points. Nigel returned as if he hadn't been away and Paulo defending like an aging Beckenbauer sweeping up with the reliability of a Dyson Upright, so it was inevitable that victory would follow and so it did. By this time the four man team were on their knees and were beaten in the same manner as they had achieved in the first game completing yet another football fest - pity so many missed it!!! 
 

Tonight's Teams

Malc Stubbs
Peter Andrews
Chris Todd
a n other

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

Sunday 4th September 2011 :  The International break this weekend left us with no Premier League games so there wasn't any alternative distractions to deplete the numbers at the Leisure centre. So the vets turned out in great numbers for another 90 minutes of mayhem and lung busting action. With three teams more or less equally balanced give a player or two here or there we did enjoy another trouble free ninety minutes. I am well pleased at the level of sportsmanship that has  now become the norm in our games and in all fairness credit must go to our young guns who to a man have brought a fresh challenge to our sessions without a jot of trouble. Tonight we had the welcome return of Matt Pink after a long injury break, maybe not quite as quick as pre injury when he was faster than Jenson Button on Deansgate but the young guns will bring him on. It was a toss up between Matt's team and Paulo's team for the top team of the night with very little between them. Sadly my team were like a bunch of strangers throughout and generally failed to make any impression on the younger teams. I say younger because we did have the three oldest players in out team and we would be the first to admit that we've all had better night's.
One thing we must introduce into our sessions is the deliberate hand ball being punished by the award of a penalty. I'm not talking about ball to hand or hitting the arms, just deliberate hand ball.
On the lighter side tonight, Rick Pott managed to last 45 minutes before hitting the deck, this was his only coming together with the newly surfaced floor in an otherwise excellent 90 minutes for the lad.
The Cockney Hippie will be back from the bog across the water next Sunday so it will be difficult to maintain the high standard but who knows, maybe all that rain and bog snorkling may just give the old boy new zest......
Finally......
If you've nothing better to do on Tuesday night, Proudy's playing in the Annual Police Charity Football match between the North and South of Buxton Division at Buxton Football Club, Silverlands, Buxton. 5:00pm - 8:00pm
There is a Bar and Raffle and all proceeds are donated to Cancer research. 
  LATEST - MATCH OFF  Pitch Waterlogged     see Proudy for Raffle Tickets 
  
  

Tonight's Teams

Peter Andrews
Matt Pink
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
a n other

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Richard Westwood

Paul Garner
Mike Adrio
Josh Mackie
Antony Graham
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

Sunday 11th September 2011 :  How good are the vets nights becoming? When you can’t pick a player of the week because everybody was buzzing with an equal amount of errr.. buzz, then it speaks for itself. To use a well-worn cliché or three, the lads did their talking on the pitch, they all gave at least 110% and some of them even more but at the end of the day football was the winner. Except for my team that is, no player of the week but definitely the team of the week, losing only one game was no mean achievement especially with the young guns to cope with. Without Steve Gerrard and Nigel Caldwell to call on we drafted in the rusty Matt Pink to make up our five. Matt rose to the challenge and after scoring two consecutive hat tricks one after the other he said, the most pleasing thing is that it was important the lads won both of these games, we’ll continue to take it one game at a time but I did plan to score in both.
Zsu Zsu’s return to the UK after yet another damp squib of a holiday in Eire was only spoiled when he discovered last weeks subs were a fiver short but, at the end of the day, he can only be pleased to be back dragging his aging frame round the sports hall with his mates. Paulo was at it again pinging them in from distance with his cultured left or was it right foot? Dave Vernon made a welcome return but it took it’s toll on the Blue boy tiring alarmingly at the business end of the session. However, in the final game he dropped into goal and single handily and footily kept my team out as we barraged his goal, best single game show by a keeper since the Cat was playing for Mary’s Moaners. Josh Mackie had one of those nights when he just couldn’t find the net for love nor money. He’s got a good touch for a big man but this evening it deserted him. These young guns are a hard team to break down but it will have to wait until next week when they will no doubt come out with all their guns blazing. Well I started with the odd cliché so I’ll end with one in saying it was a session of ninety minutes tonight and we always knew it was going to be tough, there are no easy games these days (excluding Scotland) but you’ve got to be in it to win it and if you ‘aint in it you won’t bloody well win it.
 
Next week I'm going to try and introduce the Player Cam - a full game of video and analysis on a different player each week, should be interesting.  Also hopefully we'll soon see the return of John Goodwin, fit and ready.

 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Dave Vernon

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Matt Pink

Josh Mackie
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Malc Stubbs


 

Sunday 18th September 2011 : Couldn't introduce the player cam as we only had ten players tonight. This didn't prevent us having another top top game between two very enthusiastic sides. On paper this looked to be a very even contest but when it came to the actual game my team marmelised the opposition winning all three games. The difference between the sides was our quick pass and move game, a tactic that is almost impossible to contain. Add to this Rick Pott hitting form instead of the floor, a pair of young and willing legs on Josh Mackie, Chris Todd and Proudy benefitting from my playmaking and you've got the winning formula. Zsu Zsu's improved form after his Irish break was welcome but Mike Adrio was suffering from lack of game time. Anthony Graham had a mare in front of goal, young Chris Podmore worked non stop as did Nigel Caldwell but this side just didn't knit. Best player on the night was Rick Pott who hit a stack full of goals and generally stayed upright.
it's hard to see how we could improve our sessions although someone suggested using the same rule as the Masters Tournament where at least one player should have to stay in the opponents half. My squad would have no problem adapting to that one, Chris Anthony 's already mastered it.........

SPECIAL COMEDY NIGHT - Just to let everybody know that Nigel has helped to organise another top COMEDY EVENING at Chalkers, part of the New Mills Community Festival, this Friday 23rd Sept at 8:00 onwards. Tickets are £8.00 and there is an excellent bar. These events have been very successful in the past so why not give it a go, I will. Acts lined up are Chris Turner - Surreal and surprising : Andy Watson - Frenetic and topping the bill Equador's No.1 comedy star, El Punell, sounds good to me.  If anyone fancies going drop me an email and I'll fix it with Nigel.

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore
Nigel Caldwell
Antony Graham

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Josh Mackie
Chris Todd
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 25th September 2011 : Manchester City and Stretford United both played yesterday so no real opposition to the Vets footy tonight although only 12 showed up. Proudy was out keeping the peace in his patrol car which  left my squad a player light and it showed. We only managed a couple of wins and in fairness that was just about right, the less said the better. The other two teams battled it out for the honours and were left about equal over the ninety minutes. Rick Pott continues his new found goal scoring glut and is now making a serious attempt to avoid hitting the deck, tonight's only coming together was clocked at 18:00 on the dot. I managed to complete two VetCams this evening with Zsu Zsu and Paulo the victims. I will be taking stats from the five minute games in which they featured and will hopefully have them posted before next week. I may use these on YouTube but I haven't made up my mind on that yet. So look out - you may be next. DVD's and T shirts are in the offing as I search for marketing opportunities. Chris Lawlor is looking to return after an operation on his back, hopefully we'll also see the return of the assassin to put a bit of fizz back into the sessions. 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Malc Stubbs

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Matt Pink

Josh Mackie
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell

 

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