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Sunday 1st January 2012 : Another year goes by and as we haven't a game this week I thought I'd do the traditional thing when you've nothing to say and take a look back at some of the  past years of Vets footy. Ten years ago Gary Sharpe scored the first goal of the New Year in what was a very quiet opening after the seasonal festivities. But, we were back to normal the following week with Bryn Meredith, Scouse Ron and John Goodwin in the same team the fan was bound to get hit by the shit as they say. John set about the opposition like a combined harvester mowing down everyone in sight and Bryn welcomed Roger back with a fair old dig in the ribs and then Ron gave an exhibition of refereeing to rival Stevie Wonder. In this same year Bryn had a vasectomy and we turned out our first over 50's 5 a side team. In 2002, World Cup year, the Roy Keane situation was the main topic of conversation among the vets as world cup fever began to build. The consensus of opinion was the fact that if Roy Keane was sent home for a foul mouthed and abusive attack on Mick McCarthy then Scouse Ron would never complete a session at the Leisure Centre! Lots of players come and go over the years but 2003 introduced us to Robbie Westwood a baggies fan who epitomised what the vets were all about - giving your best and playing the game. Sadly we lost Robbie 18 months ago but he will always be remembered here and thankfully we have his son Richard who exhibits those same attributes. Bryn scored the first goal of 2004 in a session that brought debuts for Nigel Caldwell and his mate Harry Martin who spent more time on his arse than our present day resident tumbler, Rick Pott. 2005 Bryn again with the first goal of 05. Harry Martin left us for New Zealand and we found a cure for Scouse Ron's Turrets Syndrome. 2006 saw Tony Moore return to action to become the first ever over 60 Vet to grace the Leisure Centre. Old Jocko Steve Hart became the first ever foreigner to net the opening goal of a New Year session. 2007 and Keith Proudfoot conjured up the first goal in a year that saw Keith Mastin become the third Vet to play at 60. This was the year when we also introduced our tabards'. 2008 Proudy repeated last years feat by scoring that elusive first goal of the year again and, United had a penalty awarded against them at OT for the first time in living memory, Pompey scored and Utd were out of the cup. 2009 and Nigel Caldwell hits the first goal of the year which was also a landmark for Neil McLennon who completed the Great Manchester Run in 55 minutes slightly behind Gebreselassie. On the third day of 2010 United were dumped out of the FA Cup at home to Leeds and Matt Pink rasped in the first goal of the Vets 5 a side. Keith Mastin bought a pair of Golden trainers and Proudy took part in the half time Crossbar Challenge at Ewood Park and, missed. 2011 was a good year, City beat Stretford in the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley then returned and won the cup beating Stoke City. Steve Gerrard scored the first goal of the year in a game where Dave Vernon made his first appearance for the Vets. So what's ahead this year - more of the same I hope with continued support from all the lads who make the effort every week to keep the football going - Happy New Year.
 

 

Sunday 8th January 2012 : It's back at last - fourteen of the guys shook off some of that Yuletide flab in the first Sunday night thrash of the year 2012. Chris Podmore became the first young gun to net the opening goal of any New Year with a neatly taken strike for Mary's Moaners against my team. On a night when my team had a collective mare it didn't detract from the overall ninety minutes which was packed with all that is good in vets footy. Super goals, great spirit and effort was the name of the game tonight and it was a pleasure to get back in the groove. Mike Adrio hit the ground running, well maybe ambling, and treated us to some incredibly skilful finishes which would not be out of place on Sky's Showboat slot - unbelievable Teckers!!  I think his team maybe took the honours tonight by a whisker from Mary's Moaners who all looked sharp and up for it. Paulo ripped in a bagful but all the team had their moments. Having nicked Matt Pink off my team the yellows found us easy pickings but hopefully we'll have him back in the fold next week to relieve Proudy of some the burden.
I noticed Tony Gavin's house has been sold so I take it the Fat Cat's off to Ireland to spend his twilight years wet through and bored out of his brains - we wish him good luck and I'll be entering him in the Hall of Fame sometime this week. Tony was of course a big Blue and was spotted at Wembley last season Click here for a picture.
 

Tonight's Teams

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd

Mike Adrio
Dave Vernon
Matt Pink
Dan the Red
Dave Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 15th January 2012 : The vets 5 a side was blessed with a full turn out of three teams this evening which made for a very enthusiastic 90 minutes. My team kicked the session off with two fine wins against the Mary's Moaners and the Reds. A combination of good team work and Matt's appetite for goals looked to be a sure winner but, a different combination of poor shooting and Matt's move into goal led to a complete reversal in the next two games. We did recover our tempo and for me ended up the top side on the night. The Reds bolstered by three young guns were playing some very cute football and at times were a real handful. Dan Bailey looked like he had lost a couple of stones in his black and white striped shirt (always a great aesthetic slimming aid) but despite that he had an excellent night all round on the pitch.  Good to see Tom Kannenberg back in the fold, he showed some great touches and blended in well with the reds team. Mary's Moaners had a very quiet night failing to find anything to moan about which must be a first. Paulo and Chris Podmore weighed in with a few goals but Mike Adrio had to work overtime to keep them in it. Mike had a mixed night for him but still managed to spank a few rippers in the net.
All in all a good night of footy and but for a raking tackle down my shin from an overenthusiastic Rick Pott        although that was nothing to match the controversial stuff meted out by the pro's this last week. Anyway we settled it in the manner recommended by Sepp Blatter, a friendly handshake at the end of the game  - sorted!!

 

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Dave Brown
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Matt Pink
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell

Richard Westwood
Tom Kannenberg
Josh Mackie
Dan Bailey
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd January 2012 : A race back to New Mills from the Etihad was required to make tonight's 5 a side and it was well worth the rush. A last minute winner for City caught out many fans, you know the type, leave 10 minutes early to avoid the traffic but not me - I now have a tried and tested route home that takes less than an hour after the final whistle blows. Chris Anthony didn't make it and had to be replaced in my team by Dave Brown who had a blinder I must say. We welcomed back Stevie Gerrard for his first appearance since September last year and Anthony Graham who had a nasty ankle injury before Christmas. Not too much between the teams this evening as each game was fought out with great passion. Rick Pott managed to stay vertical for a full session unlike matt Pink who was the victim of a ferocious tackle from Rick Evans followed by a double assassination attempt by Mr Goodwin. Chris Todd joined in the spirit of things with an outrageous reverse belly flop whilst unsuccessfully attempting  to save a Mike Adrio shot from hitting the onion bag.  Having been jettisoned by Mary's Moaners to bolster the young guns, Chris Podmore tried to introduce them to the ancient art of holy whinging but you have to say these boys play with a smile on their fizzogs and don't go in for the verbal Buttery's and long may it stay that way. A fine sartorial example set by Rick Westwood tonight, snappy kit and a severe hair crop, didn't recognise him early doors, I thought we had another young gun.
Very pleased with the turnout tonight considering. Sky's determination to dominate the world of football causes us to change our social habits in many ways. Tonight we had Stretford v Arsenal in direct competition and as I was travelling to the game at the Etihad this morning I passed Mellands Playing Fields where all the pitches were being used for Sunday morning 11:00 kick offs. Any City fans wanting to go to the game - no chance... Just dumped my Sky Sports because if I want to watch football I watch it on my computer, most of the big games are available on www.liveonlinefooty.com at £6.00 for 2 months - good picture and decent choice of games incl. all City & Stretford. 
 

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Rick Evans
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio

Malc Hough
Matt Pink
Dave Brown
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Steve Gerrard

Richard Westwood
Anthony Graham
Josh Mackie
Chris Podmore
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th January 2012 : Due to one of the worst Virus's I've ever encountered, tonight's report is very short. I'll expand it properly tomorrow when I've finally made sure the computer is squeaky clean. The Virus appears with lots of boxes popping up on the screen with the same message that your HD is faulty followed by a screen that appears to be a Windows repair tool. It comes under the disguise of a program called SYSTEM CHECK which is actually the virus. If you see this (pictured below) you have already been infected. Once you are infected by SYSTEM CHECK the program tricks you into thinking it is a genuine utility which is reporting legitimate problems with your computer, however it is serious scare ware which tries to fool you into activating the “fully-functional” version of the software, by doing this you wasting roughly £30 for a program that does nothing and you're at risk of having your bank account details compromised so don’t fall for the scam!
When infected you will not be able to access your files which appear to have gone, programs will not run (if you can actually find them) and the Start Menu, desktop icons and Task Bar will be emptied. It's a real bastard so either Google or YouTube for solutions using a separate uninfected computer or email me for a solution. If you haven't got a second PC start up in safe mode with networking. Sorry about all that but keep a note of this it's getting a huge amount of hits on Google, you could be next. As a final note, the files are not deleted just hidden and there is a solution.  Sunday 29th January 2012 : As for tonight we had a record turnout of 21, sadly we had to unload Chris Garlick and his mate and run 3 six a sides with Mary's Moaners having seven. The system worked well with very tight games and a pretty even spread of success. The Young guns gave us a taste of quick and accurate passing which was hard to contain at times. Anthony Graham and Tom Kannenberg made an extremely good spearhead and certainly had an eye for goal. This was the team to beat and both Mary's and my team rose to the challenge proving the old Alan Hansonism, "you don't win anything with kids!!"   Sometimes six a side gets a wee bit crowded but Mike Adrio still manages to slap a few quality finishes in just to show the rest of us the way to go. Mary's Moaners were as good as gold this evening although Rick Pott was launched into the wall by Rick "the assassins apprentice" Evans for a truly spectacular pile up. As usual Pottie dusted himself down and ran it off still managing a smile at the end.
Going back to the larger than usual turnout, only six young guns, 5 of whom play in the same side most weeks and young Chris Podmore a permanent Mary's Moaner (in more ways than one), the point being, these are the lads who have kept us going when the number of over 35's drop to a smattering - keep it up boys, you are the future.
 

Tonight's Teams

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

Malc Hough
Matt Pink
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard


Richard Westwood
Anthony Graham
Josh Mackie
Tom Kannenberg
Dan Bailey
Rick Pott

 

Sunday 12th February 2012 : Sorry about the absence of last weeks report, the teams are on the right hand side. I've just changed my hosting company to Barracuda web solutions and after a few teething problems caused by my previous hosts everything seems to be hunky dory now, let me know if there are any problems and I'll fix them.
So this weeks vets action was as good as any of recent weeks with three teams of four playing at a pace that beggars belief. John boys reds shared the best team on the night with the depleted young guns in yellow. Dan continues to put in very steady shifts and links well with Anthony Graham who is now playing with his old confidence after his ankle injury. Rick Pott was in inspired scoring form hitting a rare perfect hat trick in one game, that was one off his left foot, one off his right foot and one off his knee!!
Mike Adrio was the outstanding red with his usual bag of tricks and some superb passing. Johnboy helped himself to some very good goals. Rick Evans in his Liverpool kit did his best to repair yesterdays shenanigans in Stretford by shaking everyone's hand including the pool attendants, reception staff and a passing vagrant on his way in.
My team tonight were probably the oldest team ever to turn out at the Leisure Centre with an average age of 55.75, we only won 2 games but we gave a decent account of ourselves. I whipped in a couple of dazzlers and but for some wayward finishing we would have won a few more. A very enjoyable evenings footy was capped off with the news that Gods own team had regained a two point lead at the top of the premier league. I have to say though after watching the first half, that was the worst colour clash I have ever seen at a top football match (should I be saying that in today's climate), they would have been better off wearing our vets tabards!!

 

Last Weeks Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Dave Brown
Matt Pink

Josh Mackie
Anthony Graham
Richard Westwood
Rick Pott
 

 

This Weeks Teams

John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio

Anthony Graham
Dan Bailey
Rick Pott
Dave Vernon

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Keith Mastin
 

 

Sunday 19th February 2012 : Much of the usual stuff went on in tonight's 5 a side or I should say 6 a side with Rick hitting the deck later than usual, Mike Adrio wearing outrageous footwear, Chris Podmore sharpening up on his Mary's Moaning skills and Rick Evans taking another thumping volley on his much damaged beak. My team were in a Chelsea type recession although we did manage a couple of late wins and a good number of no score draws. This was mainly down to our failing to hit the target throughout the night, we misfired like an aging East European Trabants. John Goodwin had a smile as wide as a hippies flares after being dumped by Mary's Moaners and landing on a free to join Rick Pott in the young guns squad. With Josh, Richard and Anthony to do your running it has to be happy days and Johnboy revelled in his new surroundings finishing the night as top team. As for Mary's Moaners, they flitted in and out winning  few and losing a few but overall a decent runner up.
FA Cup week this week but not much interest from these parts although Chris Todd's Trotters are through to the next round with only Tottenham between them and a trip to Wembley for the Semi's. Big game for City on Wednesday when Porto come to town, Chris Anthony and myself will be there for a 5:00 KO - the earliest start to a mid week game for me since the Winter of discontent and the power cuts.

This Weeks Teams

Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio
Keith Mastin
Dave Brown

Anthony Graham
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie
Rick Pott
John Goodwin

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Keith Proudfoot
Phil Butler
 

 


Sunday 26th February 2012 : Liverpool and Cardiff City fought it out on Sky in the League Cup Final  today leaving the Vets with a healthy but slightly depleted turnout tonight. For the first time in a long time we were actually devoid of Young Guns which maybe slowed down the action somewhat to a more suitable level for the old giffers. Three teams of four spent the night shuffling around with great gusto and in the case of Rick Pott, surely there's a future for this boy as a stunt man. Even by his own high standards tonight the pain threshold was raised to a level approaching torture. If being struck on most parts of his body wasn't enough he launched a kung fu style assault on Chris Podmore which left them both doubled up in agony whilst the rest of us were doubled up in laughter. Vets don't expect sympathy if they are unfortunate enough to get the inevitable knock or three. Still true to form Rick was still threatening the infrastructure of the building with his booming shots right up to the death - top man.  As for the footy, pretty good really as Mike Adrio hit top form with a brace of hat tricks and many moments of great skill. Hat tricks for Paulo Garner and even one for myself were only bit parts of an all round free scoring festival of attacking football, just what we all turn out for.
 

This Weeks Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio
Keith Mastin

Dave Brown
Dave Vernon
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Phil Butler

 
Sunday 4th March 2012 : A strange session this evening after starting with three teams of four we lost Zsu Zsu Mastin who had to leave after 30 minutes to pick up family from the airport. Personally I would have expected them to get the Trent Bus Service back to New Mills instead of disrupting our weekly bash, bloody inconsiderate if you ask me. With Keith and his brood in the middle of Lent I expect things can get a bit tetchy depending on what they have given up! After taking a full bloodied volley in the goolies, I would imagine young Chris Podmore had no trouble deciding what he would choose to give up on his return home. It was a pleasant change to see someone other than the ever game Rick Pott get the pain treatment although, I wouldn't think Podders would agree with me. Getting back to Lent, I believe it's a time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus allegedly spent alone in the desert without food being tempted by the Devil. The Catholic church  imposes it's followers try to follow the example of Jesus in the desert by fasting and not indulging in Alcohol. From Zsu Zsu's ever increasing portly form he has chosen to ignore this recommendation and support the local chippy!
Oh, got sidetracked there so back to the footy. Good to have a couple of the young guns back tonight, Richard in particular played very well linking well with Josh to keep us all on our toes. Phil Butler, looking more like Phil Schofield every week, is getting up to speed and Rick Pott managed to hit the target more often than the roof. Stout defending by Paulo, Nigel and surprisingly Chris Anthony who introduced himself to the other end of the pitch than the one he is more familiar with. I scored a bagful of goals by my own standards with Chris Todd and Mike Adrio also having their share of the action. So, all round decent run out if some what disjointed - only bad point was hearing Stretford had got lucky again at Spurs, ah well.
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Tonight's Players

Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony

Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie
Rick Pott
Phil Butler
 

Sunday 11th March 2012 : A bad day at the office for me and Manchester's finest as Stretford beat Rick Westwood's Baggies and leapfrogged City at the top of the Premier League after they lost down in South Wales to Swansea. Still there's always a vets session to cheer us up and most of the Blue persuasion were present for a good natured slog for ninety minutes at the Leisure Centre. With eleven willing bodies we made the most of the rotation system with plenty of well matched games and one or two not so well matched ones thrown in for good measure. With eleven players there's always one player you never get in your team and for me tonight it was Zsu Zsu Mastin which was a shame because as the two top playmakers we would have been devastating. I was lucky to play quite a few games with Mike Adrio who was in good form although one player who he definitely gets his come uppance against, Nigel Caldwell, had an absolute binder from start to finish. Proudy and Chris Todd were were also on song but for sheer goal grabbing, Rick Pott was almost unstoppable, poking them in from all angles. A couple of shots thundered down from the crossbar amid  screams that they crossed the line or not as the case may be which led to calls for goal line technology to be brought in. We'll have to check how much our cockney hippie leader can scrape together from the funds to purchase our own "Hawk Eye" system, then the doubt will be removed forever and one or two vets will not have to suffer hours of missed sleep wondering what might have been.
As a foot note I have to mention that my four goals in the last game raise the question, is my old body starting to regenerate as in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" movie?  I'm afraid it will be a fortnight before I find out as I'm off for a Mothers Day Lunch with Janice and two of my daughters and their families next week so the standard at the Leisure Centre may drop somewhat.
And finally - what a great weekend for Proudy and Chris Todd as both Blackburn and Bolton notched wins and pulled out of the bottom three - hope they stay there, see you all in a fortnight.

Tonight's Players

Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Rick Pott
Keith Proudfoot
Dave Vernon
Anthony Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 25th March 2012 : No report from last week although details are starting to filter through slowly. Seems the high light of the night was Rick Pott getting a full bloodied volley from Stevie Gerrard at point blank range in the crown jewels leaving him in a state of total agony - there are some who still believe we play this game for pleasure!!
Tonight we were treated to a quality bash with three teams playing some excellent football. Goal line technology reared it's head again as the referees were put under serious pressure. Seems to me that Howard Webb would struggle on vets nights at times, all in good spirit though. Mike Adrio's team just shaded the top team of the night with my team running them close. The standard of football this evening was  slightly above the usual offerings with some seriously slick passing and shooting. In the first game of the session both Rick Evans and Mike Adrio netted hat tricks in a 3-3 draw. There was a thunderous coming together when Zsu Zsu Mastin and Proudy were involved in a head on collision which left Proudy nursing a thick lip which will probably earn our cockney hippie leader 3 points on his licence if the same occurs on Proudy's patch during the next few days . Rick Pott managed to hit the pain barrier during the warm up when one of my fizzing drives clipped his fingers, don't you just love Sunday night's, I certainly do...... 


Last Weeks
Players'

Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Dave Brown
Steve Gerrard
Dave Brown
Dave Vernon

This Weeks Teams

Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin

Chris Garlick
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Dave Brown

Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
 

 

Sunday 1st April 2012 : We were privileged tonight to witness the rebirth of Mary's Moaners as they ripped the opposition to pieces.  The lack of moaning was a bit eyrie but this was probably the result of playing together in a winning side for once.  Keith Zsu Zsu Mastin gave an excellent display of midfield playmaking bettered only by myself. Mike Adrio and Dave Vernon were drafted in to add a little finesse and steel to the three regular Moaners and they turned out to be the final pieces to the holy puzzle. Rick Pott  left us all gasping yet again when he chose the third minute to reintroduce himself to the floor with a further tumble only a minute later - this boy is Hard innit.  Rick's team, the young guns, suffered with wayward shooting and as a result were on par with my own team who in fairness had the same failing. However the football as usual had many high points including a stunning Rick Pott headed goal which I felt was harshly ruled out by the referee as over head height. Talking of referees, the standard tonight was pretty good with Chris Podmore becoming an accomplished no nonsense whistler. Good to see the young guns back in action this evening but Dan the Red's Stretford shirt didn't go down too well with the Blues on parade. Hopefully Proudy's Rovers will do football a favour by completing a league double over the team from the dark side tomorrow night but I won't hold my breath, already I can hear the fat lady singing as City go from mediocre to errrr.... mediocre.
 

This Weeks Teams

Dave Vernon
Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin


Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham
Dan Bailey


Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8th April 2012 : A difficult day for me and my fellow Blues as Stretford United virtually confirmed another Premier League title as my tired looking City went down to Arsenal after QPR lost to the dark side. Still runners up isn't such a bad thing and it's been another very exciting roller coaster ride with more ups than downs but sadly no trophies. What you need when your spirits are lower than an Italian Cruise Ship is a bloody good run around with your mates at the Leisure Centre and that's just what we got. With fourteen willing souls choosing to test themselves on this damp Easter Sunday  in a well contested session of five a side football. As often happens on night's like this the results paled into insignificance due to the closeness of the games. Our Leader, the Cockney hippie, picked three very well matched teams and over the ninety minutes the results just about evened themselves out. With the young guns split up into the three teams the old giffers were able to have at least one pair of legs in their team that didn't leave a snail trail behind them. In my team we had Dan "the red" Bailey who couldn't resist wearing that awful Stretford AIG number that clashes so badly with his Orange trainers. Rick Pott playing for the yellows showed us all how to give the net some  serious damage with a bag full of goals some of which were quite frankly excellent. Dave Brown and Rick Westwood backed him up while Nigel Caldwell shored up their defence. Goals of the night came from Paulo "thunderboots" Garner with two strikes from his own half that fair fizzed into the net. Not content with that he kept firing them in from all over the pitch with a fair amount of success. In my team Proudy kept up a good pace in spite of playing a 90 minute 11 a side semi final on astro-turf a couple of days earlier. Unusually the goals in our team were pretty evenly distributed, a bit like Holland's total football of the eighties. So other than the Premier League going to the Dark Side a very enjoyable Easter Sunday, this time last year Chris Anthony and myself had just returned from Wembley after dumping Stretford out of the FA Cup in the Semi Final - Happy Days will return!!!
 

This Weeks Teams

Anthony Graham
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner


Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Dave Brown
Nigel Caldwell



Malc Hough
Dan Bailey
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot

Dave Vernon

 

Sunday 15th April 2012 : I thoroughly enjoyed this evenings 5 a side although personally I played like an old fogie in my opinion, though to be quite honest I'm just chuffed to be able to still play. My team were sadly lacking in the goal scoring department, my first one arriving in Fergie time at 19:04 or the 94th minute. Rick Evans was our marksman and he's had better nights than this. Dave Brown in fairness is hitting more goals as he gets in the swing of our Sunday nights. The top team tonight, Mary's Moaners shadow squad, had the Luxury of Mike Adrio in their ranks and he added that little bit of class that they are usually lacking, someone to put their foot on the ball instead of just lumping it route one. Mike threaded some real quality passes through with Paulo and Johnboy taking full advantage, John in particular revelling in the extra service. Mike had us all rocking with laughter when the opposing keeper threw the ball into his path and because he had to stretch slightly he called out, "I don't usually like doing this," inferring he normally returns the ball to the keeper but this time I'm slotting it. However his shot rebounded back off the bar but landed straight back to his feet, this time no mistake, he lashed the ball  high wide and not so handsomely somewhere near the roof - yeeessss.
Anthony Graham's side were just a shade better than my squad so deserved to be runners up I suppose. Ant didn't have his shooting boots on but Dave Vernon certainly did slugging in some crackers. The best goals of the night definitely came from Dave Vernon and Paulo's feet although Dave Brown hit the final goal of the session from well inside his own half with the help of Chris Todd's disguised dummy fooling Jonboy in nets as it scuttled through untouched. Our Hippie Leader Zsu Zsu Mastin showed us all his aging Cockney frame can still produce the odd piece of skill as he slotted in a couple of beaut's to resurrect the recent fading fortitude of his Mary's Moaners team mates - must have been the Easter Spirit.......
 

This Weeks Teams

Paul Garner
Mike Adrio
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin

Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Dan Bailey
Dave Vernon
 

Malc Hough
Chris Todd

Dave Brown
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd April 2012 : An afternoon of destiny as Stretford draw with Everton at Gold Trafford 4-4 opening the door for the glorious Sky Blues to move within 3 points of the team from just outside Manchester. Watching City leading Wolverhampton 1-0 at half time left me in a dilemma, should I stick around and watch the second half or should I get my arse in gear and get down to the Leisure Centre for another 90 minutes of gut busting action with the boys?
A good decision was confirmed when my team for the night only tasted defeat once and that was due to some dodgy refereeing decisions by the usually competent Cockney Hippie. A brilliant headed goal by Rick Pott was ruled out for being over head height although he had to stoop in order to get his head to the ball which, he did with great aplomb firing it into the top corner. Headed goals are a rarity in 5 a side football so if you do manage to score one it's quite a feather in your cap. I remember firing one past Tony "the fat cat" Gavin many years ago much to the old painters disgust as he was, quite rightly, accepted as the best regular keeper to grace the vets nets. Tonight I had the pleasure of Mike Adrio in my team and myself, Chris Todd and Rick Pott all benefitted from his skilful play. I would like to think he also benefitted from our skilful play!!  Mary's Moaners  had Mike in their line up last week and were easily the team of the night but this week they were a like a team errrrrr without Mike in their side!! Paulo failed to deliver one of his excosets for a change and Zsu Zsu looked a bit off the pace, probably distracted by the thoughts of another wet week in The Republic they call Island. Young Chris Podmore snapped and snarled his way through the session bristling with all that Mary's Moaners stand for.... moaning and groaning, surely a future team leader. Rick Evans' team had the calming influence of Nigel Caldwell and Dave Brown who incidentally bore the full brunt of Mary's Moaners "lets all scream at the ref and make sure he never wants to do that again" habit that crops up from time to time. It was just missing Scouse Ron's delicate touch. In fairness the games were all well contested and in the main played with good spirit. I enjoyed the evening that much that I decided that I will play football forever, so far so good! So after enjoying the footy I returned home to find  City had completed their victory over Wolves and set up a titanic clash with Stretford a week tomorrow in what could be a Premiership decider, happy days indeed.

This Weeks Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin

Rick Evans
Dan Bailey
Nigel Caldwell
Dave Brown

Malc Hough
Chris Todd

Rick Pott
Mike Adrio

 

 
Sunday 29th April 2012 : Once again a spirited 5 a side session although with only 10 vets it needed a few lungs full of energy to compete. My team were streets ahead in the opening game (first to ten) winning 10-06. Proudy and Dave Vernon were the driving force with myself, Rick Evans and the returning Chris Anthony all doing our bit. I really enjoy the game when they are so competitive and tonight’s were certainly that. Mike Adrio took a while to get into the thick of things but when he did it came as no surprise that his team levelled things in the second game 10-08. Chris Podmore has found his scoring boots again and Rick Pott weighed in with a few of his own to regain the balance. It took a while for Paulo to hit one of his specials but sure enough it arrived in the third game as both teams went for it tooth and nail. Dave Vernon was everywhere playing one of his best games in my opinion but neither team could dominate the play in this third and deciding game. Dan Bailey was another  giving it large with Mike Adrio lining the openings up for him. So with the game locked at 9-9 things got a bit tetchy with a disallowed penalty claim by my lot, then a disallowed winner from Rick Evans was also ruled out before Dan stonked in a blinder to finish the decider. However, having referred the goal to the dubious goals committee, which I chair, it was deemed on reflection a draw after a vote was held in the committee room (showers). So a fair all round result I think.
Tomorrow night Stretford are at the Etihad and will attempt to derail the glorious Blues rise to the top of the Premier League. Hopefully Manchester’s finest will send them and their red nosed jocko manager packing with their fans faced with yet another dismal drive home down the M1 and M5. COME ON CITY…
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This Weeks Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Dan Bailey

Rick Evans
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Chris
Anthony
Dave Vernon

 

Sunday 6th May 2012 : What a day for the Blue side of Manchester and surrounding areas. A fine win looks like Manchester City are the new Premier League Champions after beating Newcastle United away earlier today 2-0. A win against relegation threatened QPR next Sunday and, let the party begin. Not such a good day for Proudy and Chris Todd as Blackburn and Bolton both look doomed unless form side Wigan come unstuck at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night. In spite of the gloom from Ewood Park Proudy was whacking 'em in for fun this evening and pushed Dan Bailey hard for top scorer over the session.  Rick Evans saw his beloved Liverpool come down to earth at Wembley on Saturday as Chelski turned them over maybe the reason for his no show. So the boys who turned out tonight had mixed feelings about the weekends action. Well that didn't effect the the 5 a side action as 11 of New Mills oldest and finest went headlong into yet another feast of football. Keith Zsu Zsu Mastin returned from the Irish Republic but in fairness the most skilful contribution he made tonight was collecting the money and, giving myself and Chris Anthony a lecture on how much money City have spent to ruin the framework of English football (pure bollocks). Chris Todd returned from watching Bolton and WBA draw 2-2 at the Reebok to put in a bloody fine stint that sadly wasn't matched by his beloved Trotters. After the 5 a side action he was off to strut his stuff for a gig with his band, the Carbs. Dan Bailey also rose above his teams (Stretford United) stuttering efforts to close the gap on City's superior goal difference to demonstrate just how to put the ball in the old onion bag. To his credit he kept banging them in all night including four in one game, all of fine quality. Chris Anthony and myself were on cloud nine after our glorious Blues had done the business and our performances reflected it, well we did OK but to be honest it was just good to be there tonight. Nice to see Josh Mackie back in the fold, he was slotting them in like a good 'un in what was a decent enough ninety minutes.
Well I'm just getting well stuck in to my bottle of Monte Nevado Cabernet Sauvignon red wine which is going down very nicely so I'll start to wind down before even the spell checker fails to pick up my errors. Sadly, Sky have set the fixtures for the Premier league next Sunday to all kick off at 16:00 so Chris and myself will not be available for the vets due to an encounter with QPR at the Etihad but, hopefully if all goes well we will be back on the 20th May showing off our Premier Champions Shirts - COME ON CITY..
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This Weeks Players

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Dan Bailey
Nigel Caldwell
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Chris Todd

Keith Mastin
Chris Anthony
Richard Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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