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Sunday 2nd October 2011 : Another month and another new page, there's now over ten years of Vets Reports and hopefully, aging bodies permitting, there will be many more to follow. What a week with Carlos Tevez doing the unthinkable by allegedly refusing to come off the bench as City lost to Bayern Munich in their first ever Champions League away game. I can't see the day when the vets would refuse the call although we've had a few walk off's over the years. Having said that tonight was typical of the way the games are being played these days. To make my point, I was chopped down cynically from behind as I was about to score an unmissable opportunity by a player who I won't embarrass by naming. One of the young guns refereeing said play on. All parties accepted this and in the words of "Old Stan", just got on with it. Me and Paulo (oops it just slipped out) even had a laugh about it when Paulo said those now famous words "I've seen them given!"  Not too long ago the ref would have been lambasted and all hell would have broken out, thankfully we've moved on.
The Young guns were clearly the best side tonight and Rick Pott had the luxury of joining them although his recent goal glut took a bit of a stutter. Anthony Graham in particular had a fine evening with two or three Adrioesque goals to contribute to a very fruitful session. Zsu Zsu's and my team were pretty on par over the ninety minutes. Nigel and Paulo teamed up to make a formidable defence with Paulo firing in a couple of his howitzers as he got his eye in. Proudy was the pick of my team with a goal from deep inside his own half, without a doubt the best goal of the night.
Well I've got to finalise last weeks VetsCam now which I will post here soon so here's to another ten years of Vets Reports and don't forget, if any one fancies doing the odd report just let me know and I'll fix it. 
 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell
Matt Pink

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot

Josh Mackie
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood

 

 

Sunday 9th October 2011 : At last we saw the return of John Goodwin after a 13 week break. Hopefully the lads injuries are behind him now as it’s never the same without the assassin. We need the extra challenge of that biting tackle or the marauding run at goal that Johnboy brings to our game and, not to forget the man who put the moan into Mary’s Moaners. Not surprisingly John was maybe a little tentative tonight as to be quite honest were one or three others due to the old wet patches making a reappearance. You take your life in your hands when you step on one of those and a few of us were left in a heap on the deck á la Rick Pott Style. Talking of Rick we clocked his first meeting with the floor in just 3 minutes tonight, early even for Rick. Rick had the last laugh though as his team went all night unbeaten. Together with Josh, Anthony and the the busy Dave Vernon they just seemed to knit together very well.  The night’s top scorer Malc (no not me, the Stubbs version) inspired his side with his best display for many a blue moon including a hat trick followed by a rare smile.  In fact Malc played so well we were going to demand a drugs test! Paulo and Chris Podmore both showed up well and for once Chris's groin didn't give him gip. My team were well out of sorts looking like a team of strangers. Nigel was the exception playing with great vigour right up to the last minute, and just to make my point he rattled one in from his own half, that had to be a first for the boy. 
Footnote - Johnboy became the third over 60 player back in July and very soon Nigel will make it four. I remember when we had our first over 50 team check out this vets archives it seems an awful long time ago.
 

Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Malc Stubbs

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Nigel Caldwell

Josh Mackie
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Dave Vernon

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Sunday 16th October 2011 : Oh what a weekend - City go top of the Premier League, we have a cracking night's football at the Leisure Centre and Zsu Zsu Mastin is 24 hours from becoming the Vets second oldest player at 64. So tonight it's mostly dedicated to our old Cockney hippie leader who couldn't join us because he was attending a friends 80th Birthday bash, probably a good old knees up with the old spoons and stuff. Still to get the football matters back on track, another frantic 90 minutes of non stop shuffling about with plenty of thrills and spills - Rick Pott's first tumble, a full pike and forward twist arrived after only eight minutes, one of his finest.
My team just about took the honours especially by beating the young guns in our last two meetings, and only two defeats all night. Top performers all round were, Paulo, Matt, Josh and Dave Vernon. Top moaner, steadily developing his Mary's Moaners skills was Chris Podmore with two savage attacks on Anthony Graham and Johnboy - Zsu Zsu would have been proud of him. Getting back to Zsu Zsu we have much to thank the old boy for after he took on the mantle of treasurer and kit man. His playing style honed on the Parks and Mews of South London is well suited to old age in that  speed was never a requirement. Although a devout Catholic, playing on a Sunday was never a problem, as Keith always says, "vetliness is next to godliness" or something like that. Often spotted on Spring Bank walking his dog Keith has adapted to the country ways looking snappy in his green wax coat and wellies - always was a trendsetter when it comes to the sartorial matters. So hopefully he'll be back with us next week, a bit older, no wiser but proud to be a 64'er who is still playing football, I know, because I am!!
Proudy should be returning from his trip to Holland to play in the World Police Indoor Tournament as well next week. Talking of International Tournaments, how unlucky were Wales in New Zealand? My mate said you can't feel sorry for any Nation that has the Mother in Law on it's flag, they got what they deserved!!  Too Right... 

 

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Matt Pink

Josh Mackie
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Dave Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 23rd October 2011 : After watching Manchester's finest team demolish Stretford United at the Theatre of Nightmares I couldn't wait to get down to the Leisure Centre for our Sunday night's 5 a side. Only problem was, the Boddingtons consumed during the match doesn't lend itself to the rigours of exercise and inevitably I had probably my worst game of the year. Thankfully that was cushioned by the sheer pleasure of the afternoons slaughter in the Borough of Trafford, their defence were at sixes and Evans. My team were pretty woeful as only Nigel seemed to want to summon up any enthusiasm for the challenge, a bit like Stretford I suppose. Having said that the young guns were head and shoulders the best team on the night although Johnboy's team gave them a good run for their money. Tom Kannenberg made a rare appearance and a very decent run out it was too. Rick Pott managed to lower his shortest time on two feet as he was felled by a rocket in his pocket after only 2 minutes!
So it's extra training and a non alcohol weekend for me next week, I'm up for the challenge.
 

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell

Richard Westwood
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Tom Kannenberg

  

Sunday 30th October 2011 : What a shock when we rolled up at the Leisure Centre tonight. With no games of any local interest on Sky it was on the cards that we would have a decent turnout but to be faced with eighteen willing bodies, it was going to be fascinating how the old Hippie would split them all up especially as we had three new young guns to fit in. I think he did a pretty decent job on the whole with the lads slipping into regular squads which made for the most competitive contest for many a Blue Moon. These kids can play make no mistake but they had no answer to my team tonight who battled away to remain unbeaten over the ninety minutes. Matt Pink found something close to his old form again drawing on the support of Proudy and Dave Vernon up front, one particular hat trick was brilliant. Rick Pott set a new personal first as he avoided hitting the deck for the first time this year and, chipped in with some great goals. It must be a joy to be surrounded by young legs to do all the running for you and Rick certainly does benefit from this. Chris Podmore was also looking sharp again with no groin trouble for a change as he provided the young legs for Zsu Zsu's squad who are fast becoming the reborn "Mary's Moaners."   They plugged away and had their moments in a furiously well contested night with Rick Evans and Johnboy both putting in a good stint. As for the young guns, it was a pleasure playing against them, no shortage of talent here with Tom Kannenburg in particular hitting some superb goals.
So all round good nights sport and love or hate it, six a side is extremely testing and for me in particular very enjoyable. I hope the greater number of youngsters doesn't become a problem as we are after all the vets, we'll have to monitor it over the coming weeks but one thing is for sure, without them i think it would become pretty dull and far less challenging.....

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Jack

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Matt Pink
Dave Vernon
Dan the Red

Richard Westwood
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Tom Kannenberg
Josh Mackie
Liam

   


Sunday 6th November 2011 : After last weeks player overflow tonight we were back to the Ron Buttery rotation system with only eleven souls choosing to grace the Leisure Centre. Some really slick games which possibly lacked the edge of a squad system but still a very worthwhile run out for the lads with Proudy and Matt both managing to go the whole session unbeaten. Nigel Caldwell looking not a day over 59 and 362 days (because he's actually not) played with his usual 110% and even spanked in a blinder during one game that wouldn't be out of place in our goal of the month contest (if we had one). All I can say is welcome to the over sixties club next week Nige. As Johnboy, Zsu Zsu and myself can now pass on some of the things that you will undoubtedly benefit from after Wednesday such as - your bus pass and 10% off on Wednesdays at B&Q.  And it doesn't stop there, you'll enjoy exercise more because it's probably the only time you'll get to hear heavy breathing. Oh, and you'll find your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size plus, you can guarantee you will soon forget all about that goal you scored tonight along with a whole bundle of other stuff.  But please don't forget who your older mates are Nige and keep on coming down because youth is a disease from which we've all recovered from, hopefully you will now do the same. Talking of youth, only two young guns this week in Josh and Chris Podders which was quite a relief for us older giffers but in fairness the pace was still a bit on the wild side. Rick Pott scaled new heights this evening in his attempt to get on You've been framed. His dazzling run up the wing was halted when he had a coming together with Johnboy, not the wisest thing one does, this ended with Rick unceremoniously being dumped through  the emergency exit doors much to everyones ammusement - bloody marvellous Rick, you are the man but if you ever want to join Nigel, Johnboy, Zsu Zsu and myself in old age you'll have to cool it somewhat matey.   

Tonight's Players

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Matt Pink
Rick Pott
Josh Mackie
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 13th November 2011 : Keith came up with a tremendously well balanced selection tonight that made for a fine evenings footy. With the three teams playing hard but fair the honours were shared at the end with everyone going home well pleased with themselves and rightly so. Rick Pott again found himself surrounded by young guns and was also joined by newcomer Dave Brown. Dave is a neighbour of Matt Pink and for a first show fitted in like a errr, veteran and should hopefully become a regular. Not sure who he supports yet, they are a diverse bunch on the posh side of town but we'll soon find out. My team were hit and miss tonight, plenty of good football but too often fell short in front of goal although Chris Todd fired one or two stonkers in.
Zsu Zsu's team had a decent ninety minutes and gave as good as they got. The assassin re-emerged to ruffle Josh's feathers but all ended happily with a good old man hug. Rick Evans went on the rampage once or thrice with some well struck goals mixed with some well struck roof jobbies. Nigel lent his defensive skills to the Mary's Moaners who were decidedly light on the moaning front for a change, thought I'd gone deaf at one stage (calm before the storm comes to mind). The young guns as usual gave us all a stiff old challenge with their running off the ball, roll backs and flicks but we are steadily getting to grips with them.
So all is well with the vets and another bumper payday for the old hippie to stash away for a rainy Sunday night when only eight turn up! 
Zsu Zsu was well pleased today as Charlton Athletic cruised through to the second round of the FA Cup with a fine win at mighty Halifax, Matt's Owls hammered Morecambe 2-1, yes, Cup fever is with us already. Was I the only one who spotted Roberto Mancini at the Grand Prix today over at Man City's owners little race track in Abu Dhabi?

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Matt Pink
Dave Vernon
Chris Todd


Richard Westwood
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Dave Brown
Josh Mackie
Dan the Red

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 20th November 2011 : As usual we had a good old 90 minutes tonight with three teams giving it the full gun. A distinct lack of young guns meant we could at least bring the pace down more to old a manageable old giffer level. This however didn't lead to a drop in skill levels although we didn't see the usual dearth of drag backs, flicks and spins, other than Rick Pott's array of falls. Bit of Mary's moaning lifted the spirits when things went a tad quiet but overall no problems that couldn't be settled with a hand shake at the end of the session as Sepp Blatter would say. Again no overall winner other than football itself tonight with each side playing some very good football. Great to see Phil Butler returning to the Vets, apparently on the understanding that it was now a Ron free zone. Phil showed flashes of his old skills  and fitted well into the young guns squad which for once had three vets in it. The two Chris's scored the bulk of my teams goals but we tended to run hot and cold for most of the night but I have to say when we were hot we were HOT. The Mary's Moaners are looking to make Dave Brown a permanent fixture in their team as they've spotted his defensive skills and his sheer inability to make a bad pass! Paulo Garner again hit the goal of the night with a mighty strike from just inside his own half right into the top corner, one of many for the lad overall. As for the young guns, Richard Westwood was on fire with a sack full of strikes added to Rick Pott's mixture of subtle with a hint of unbelievably fluky hit and hopers and Nigel finding the mark with his share. Top shirt of the session had to be Proudy's classic Shearer Blackburn Rovers jobbie.
By this time next week I'm hoping my beloved Blues will not only be well clear at the top of the Premier but through to the next stage of the Champions League with  good results at Napoli and Liverpool - great time to be a City fan. Ever wondered what it's like in the tunnel on a match day then CLICK HERE you may be surprised.

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Dave Brown

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd


Richard Westwood
Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell
Phil Butler

 


Sunday 27th November 2011 : Seventeen of the lads made it down to the Leisure Centre even though it clashed with City's game at Liverpool. So it was a six a side bash again with three sides keen to make a mark. My ream was beefed up with the inclusion of Matt Pink and Phil Butler who are no strangers to hitting the old onion bag and they didn't disappoint. Nigel also gave us a bit of bite in defence although he weighed in with a very sweet strike during one game. Mike Adrio returned after injury and all the old tricks were on view. He was a constant thorn in my teams side scoring in every game against us. Chris Podmore is looking like his old self now the groin seems to have cleared up but it was Rick Evans who caught the eye with some fine strikes coupled to a brilliant night in nets where he is fearless to the point of madness. One save was made from Phil Butler when he took a full blooded drive smack on his newly reconstructed snout, a good test for NHS treatment. The young guns were as usual blowing hot and cold, brilliant one game and disaster the next. Dave Vernon had the pleasure of having four sets of youthful legs to do the running, absolute luxury to some of us old giffers!!
So yet again a fine nights footy enjoyed by all and not a bad foul or argument all evening - just what we want.

Looking ahead to Christmas, just over three weeks away, we must turn our thoughts to our annual Xmas bash hopefully before Spring! Anyone wanting to take on or help with the arrangements let me or Keith Mastin know, soon.

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Phil Butler
Keith Proudfoot
Matt Pink
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell

Antony Graham
Rick Pott
? Graham
Josh Mackie
Dan the Red
Dave Vernon

  

 

 

 

 


Sunday 4th December 2011 : Much talk tonight about the outrageous Mario Balotelli goal for City yesterday, even Dan the red had a reluctant admiration for the character that is, Mario. Outrageous goals are of course on offer most weeks down Hyde Bank Road and this week we saw one or two stylish jobs. Josh Mackie with a super back heel and Mike Adrio with a couple of his "impossible from there," which he made possible, all in a weeks 5 a side vets footy. The "new" Mary's Moaners were top of the tree tonight with some seriously good team play which left them with only one defeat, in the last game after Rick Pott blasted in a blinder. That added onto last week when they were unbeaten made it all the more impressive. The young guns weren't too far behind Mary's again thanks to some very tight team work. Richard, Josh, Anthony and Dan the Red were in fine form with Rick Pott picking up the pieces (as well as himself a few times). My own team had a pretty decent night although we didn't have the scoring touch to match Matt Pink's striking rate. Good to have Dave Brown and Nigel in the same team, probably two of the best senior defenders we have.
I'm struggling to come up with a date for our Xmas bash, I think we need to find a  pub in New Mills where we can get together in a decent sized room rather than be cramped up in the darts room at the White Hart. Any ideas welcome...

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Dave Brown
Matt Pink
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell

Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie
Dan the Red
 

 

 

 

Sunday 11th December 2011 : What started as another bumper session with seventeen players was sadly depleted as young Anthony Graham suffered what looks like pretty serious ankle ligament damage. Keeping up with the older giffers certainly took it's toll on Anthony but we all wish him well and hopefully a speedy recovery will see the popular lad back with us in the near future. A bit of a blow that as the games were going so well and the young guns had set the pace. Mary's Moaners were knocked off their perch as early as the first game when my team beat them 2-1. We were then dispatched by the young guns who were looking pretty damned good. In their second game they raced into a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by two spectacular Paulo Garner goals but still managed to find a winner through Josh Mackie. That was the pattern for the night as the results went one way then the other until Anthony's unfortunate set back. My team managed to perhaps share the honours with Mary's Moaners at the end with only two defeats and a few draws. Rick Evans was back on scoring form with a fine hat trick in one game, not often you see any one net three in a Liverpool shirt these days. Talking of shirts, Dave Vernon, Proudy and myself easily set the example when it comes to smart kit and with a bit of luck some more of you will show a little more imagination in the New Year. Rick Westwood has a few natty West Brom jobbies and that dodgy Aussie Rules wotsit he brought back from the Antipodes' was certainly a fashion statement of some kind. Maybe in the New Year when we can get our Summer EGM arranged we'll have an award for the Shirt of the Year to go with the Player of the Year, a right proper awards night!!
Next week is the last week before Christmas so if you want a chance to wreck you ankles a la Anthony Graham this will be your final chance to do so this year. I presume the centre will open on New Years day as the staff will need the money but, if not it will be the 8th of January 2012. I'll make sure we know the dates for next Sunday.

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
John Goodwin

Malc Hough
Dave Brown
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Phil Butler


Antony Graham
Rick Pott
Dave Vernon
Josh Mackie
Dan the Red
 

 

Sunday 18th December :Tormented by conscience, a brace of vets elected to forsake the delights of the final session of the year to witness the Arabian Blues play the London Reds at an obscure venue in east Manchester. They missed much as 12 vets, split into two teams of six, played 3½ ‘upto 10’ matches to determine who will be playing in Europe next season. Fortified by a late-arriving and red-hot Phil Butler and with Ricky Evans at his speediest best, the Moaners concluded their season of dominance with a 2½ -1 victory. This is not to underplay the fighting spirit of Proudy’s team, with Matt and Dan the Red in good form, but overall justice was done.
The bill for use of the Leisure Centre over the last 3 months was also paid - £735 – but having experienced some good turn-outs over the year we’ve ended the season with a healthy surplus which will serve us well in the future when the inevitable price increase kicks in.
Next session will be on January 8th, so light training only for the next two weeks after which we expect a bumper turnout to sweat off the excesses of the Christmas period.
Happy Christmas to all our readers! (and to you Malc!)

Many Thanks to our guest reporter for the last contribution of 2011. The Next session is Sunday January 8th, until then I wish all the vets a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
Phil Butler

Dave Brown
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Dan the Red
Matt Pink
Rick Westwood

 

 

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