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 Magic Sunday 13th May 2012 or,  the day Manchester City won their  first Premier League Title to wipe the smile off old Red Nose Fergy's face (RIP) - whooopeeeee.... :
The true purveyors of the art displayed their silky skills at the Leisure Centre tonight, oblivious to the minor dramas which had unfolded earlier in the day. Nine players were counted on at 5.30 but only 8 counted off at 7.00, with Ricky Potts succumbing to a groin injury that may keep him out of various physical activities for a few weeks. It was a night of young versus old, with the young guns of Ant, Danny, Josh and Ricky taking on the might of Zsu Zsu, Paulo, Evans Above, Chris Podmore and the ever-improving Chris Todd. The five oldies had the red line restriction imposed to counter their numeric superiority before Paulo joined the youngsters when Ricky Potts departed clutching his privates. Either way it was a night for the mature players, with successive ‘upto ten’ victories. But a good work out, and useful preparation for the return of the many now that there’ll be no live footie to compete with.  

Thanks to our guest reporter for his totally unbiased report - sorry for the delay in posting which was due entirely to an alcohol induced problem. 

This Weeks Players

Anthony Graham
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie
Rick Pott

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 20th May 2012 : What a wonderful end to the domestic season with last Sundays unbelievable Premier League success by England's finest club side being the highlight. Staying on a personal note with City and Galatasaray both Champions plus my favourite non League side Hyde FC also ending up Champs of the Blue Square North, things couldn't have been better for me however, Proudy's Blackburn and Chris Todd's Bolton both got dumped into the Championship so it wasn't all smiles. Old hippie Zsu Zsu Mastin tasted success after Charlton Athletic finished Champions of the third division, sorry, league one. Then last night it was Chelsea, the first London side to win the Champions League - and Fergie won Sod All, fantastic.
So tonight I rolled up at the Leisure Centre with my kit and a strained lateral ligament picked up in a squash game a couple of Thursdays ago. I decided against playing when I saw a very healthy turnout of fifteen, give it a chance to heal. I stuck around long enough to see my team struggling somewhat, missing a playmaker I suspect. Dave Vernon helped himself to a blinder and Proudy popped a few in. The young guns were doing what they are best at, running the arse off the opposition and taking the early honours with Richard Westwood in outstanding form. Zsu Zsu inspired by Charlton's lofty standing slapped one in early doors and then settled into his usual role as anchor man (rooted to the spot). Good to see the boys playing with a good dose of passion though and to be honest I wished I had put the old trainers on and joined them. Another land mark last week as I hit 66, no surprise then that my old knees are going clickerty click is it. Hopefully back next week.

How do you get the cork back in a Champagne bottle?    Ask a United fan!!!!  

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Dave Brown
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Dave Vernon
Nigel Caldwell

Anthony Graham
Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie
Rick Pott

 

 

 

Sunday 27th May 2012 : Well it's back to the old bread and butter tonight as we kicked off with thirteen lads all keen to to test themselves on the hottest day of the year so far. The Leisure Centre was like a bloody oven but we still had one of the best sessions of the year with many close games a fair old spattering of skill and endeavour. I gave my dodgy knee a run out but my team mates were on the wrong end of some pretty wayward passing and poor control due to my indecisive play. Luckily the other four guys were in terrific form especially Chris Anthony who had a superb 90 minutes knocking them in for fun. Anthony Graham was drafted in to our squad to give us some young legs and he was very effective. Johnboy Goodwin returned from Lanzagrote tanned and fired up for his first game for a month and he was soon amongst the action, hitting the net, snarling at the ref and tackling like Norman Hunter, not the same without him for sure. Paulo Garner didn't find the net too often tonight but when he did it was a real beaut - would have graced any game that one. The young guns were unfortunate to lose Anthony tonight but to be fair Nigel Caldwell was a great replacement. He beavered away all night and gave them options with his brilliant defending plus a couple of quality goals. All good stuff so roll up next week for more of the same.

 Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Anthony Graham
Malc Hough

Nigel Caldwell
Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie
 

Sunday 3rd June 2012 : Jubilee celebrations were in full swing today as the vets kicked off their Sunday night thrash. Thankfully the British weather stepped in dropping bucket loads of rain to guarantee enough of the boys would be available to keep the numbers up and so it turned out. Although we had three teams Johnboy, Paulo,  Neil Mac and myself were all carrying injuries but we all managed to complete the session. The young guns kicked off in style looking like they meant business brushing aside my team in the first game. When a team looks to be especially threatening Mary's Moaners always seem to be the team to stop them and boy, they came up with the goods again tonight in a thrilling 3-3 draw to stop the young guns gallop. Anthony, Richard, Dan and Josh gave us all the run around for most of the night though with some super one touch play and finishing to match. Things looked good for them and as they went into the final game against my team they remained unbeaten. With Neil Mac hobbling like a good 'un and my knee giving me grief we set about them the best we could and created four super goals against their two  to slightly take the gloss off their night although, I think they had proved their point by then. Nigel Caldwell had a brilliant night in every way. He tackled like three men and put in more shots than I could remember and when called into be guest keeper for the other teams was virtually unbeatable, astonishing for a 60 year old - well played Nigel. Talking of ages my teams average age tonight was over 59 which in itself is pretty amazing especially as we did really well overall. A very satisfying night's footy for me and a trip to the Cafe Bombay in Chinley for a curry and a couple of glasses of red was the perfect ending to this Jubilee Sunday and now we're looking forward to the European Championships starting next weekend although they're carrying more injuries than us - COME ON ENGLAND......

Paulo has suggested we arrange a pre season 11 a side game against local opposition with a side made up from our vets and Paulo's Walton Wednesday boys. I'll keep you in touch with this one but don't dump your old Tom Finney boots just yet.

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Neil McLennon
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

Anthony Graham
Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie

 
Sunday 10th June 2012 : The European Championship kicked off this week and I feared a very low turnout from the Vets tonight but they still managed to find 11 including the return of Steve Gerrard. That's pretty much where the good bit ends as we witnessed probably the worst 90 minutes since the last Euro's. So instead of a boring report tonight here's a Manchester Evening News type player rating list :-
 
1   Keith Mastin
2   Dave Vernon
3   Rick Pott
4   Dave Brown
5   Chris Anthony
6   Chris Todd
7   Rick Evans
8   Anthony Graham
9   Steve Gerrard
10 Chris Podmore
11 Malc Hough
 
Clearly missing Johnboy, his foil. Maybe his Zimmer would have speeded him up a bit!!
His number 73 City shirt looked good that's for sure...
Highlight of his night was taking one on the nose from Evan Above when he wasn't looking
Busy, his passing was was marginally better than his shooting
A pale shadow of last week, missing his usual lightning speed and aggressive tackling
Suffering from a late reaction to Bolton's relegation, spiritually at a low ebb
Took advantage of tired old giffers by actually introducing pace to a tired session
Tried hard to cope without his other young guns but didn't succeed
Back with an early goal and a hat trick but was breathing out of his arse at the end
Very frustrated at joining in with the Cocoon session, a true Mary's Moaner
Just like David Silva, showing signs of fatigue after a long season (short for played crap)
 
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5
3
4
6
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6
2
 

So a session to forget but there's always next week. Injury news - Paulo looks to be out for a few weeks and Neil Mac looks like another long termer. Johnboy hopefully will shrug off his strain and my damaged lateral ligament continues to give me gip. Not seen Mike Adrio for a while hope he's OK.
Finally it's England v France tomorrow, I'd love to see them turn the frogs over just to shut that moaning git Rio up - COME ON ENGERLAND.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Sunday 17th June 2012 : If last weeks football was bobbins then this week it was a fiesta of all that's good about our sessions. No holds barred as the three six a side teams went head to head with all teams giving it large. My team were almost unbeatable losing only one game and drawing two. We drafted in Tony Williamson to add some young legs to our aging squad and it worked a treat. Proudy, Chris Todd and Neil Mac backed up the young free scoring gun with a bag full of goals with Chris and myself playing a damn sight better than we did last week. The young guns squad were bolstered by Dave Brown and Rick Pott but in fairness they were well off the mark tonight picking up only one win. Richard Westwood made an early exit feeling unwell (nothing to do with the fact that his shooting was wilder than a Johnboy tackle. Chris Garlick's brother stepped in wearing a Stretford United shirt, never a good idea. Mary's Moaners included three over 60's players and were worthy runners up despite their lack of pace. Mike Adrio as usual slipped in some superb passes in the little space that was available in six a side but his shooting boots were definitely on strike. Nigel Caldwell never ceases to amaze me with his defensive play, it's like running into a brick wall, his ability to tackle back is second to none with the vets.
A great turn out tonight with three of last weeks players missing and mixed opinions on six a side, for me it's a greater test with the lack of space making passing especially harder. Also what a pleasure playing against the young guns who stretch us older giffers to the limit but they certainly don't get it all their own way.

Incidentally, the three Lions kicked French ass last week and followed that with wins against Sweden and the Ukraine which finally silenced Rio but his fellow moaning rag Roy Keane has stepped into the breach to pour water on everything England.

 COME ON ENGERLAND

Sunday 24th June 2012 : Watching England tonight shows the importance of team selection which credit where its due, Roy Hodgson excels at. Sadly Our leader Zsu Zsu Mastin got it seriously wrong this evening although the contest was one to test yourself in. Sometimes the top team of the week are the team winning most games but tonight the effort put in by my team was one to demonstrate what the vets are all about. Nigel and Dave Vernon were immense defending against quick and skilful opponents. Speed we may be lacking in but desire is there by the bag full and although two wins and two draws were our only reward, that was pretty decent for a team with a pensioner, a sixty year old and a fifty nine year old. As for the other two teams they both played some fine football with much to admire. Tony Williamson started very well, probably twice as quick as his old man Kevin the flying postman and definitely twice as skilful. Playing against the young guns is always a challenge for me and at the end of the ninety minutes my old body knew it had been in a battle but tomorrow morning I'll have the satisfaction of another session under my belt and another one to look forward to next week. Seventy five minutes gone in the England Italy quarter final as I write and my 4 pack is now a one pack but we're holding out and my spell checker is working overtime. John Terry and Joleon Lescott resemble Dave and Nigel at the back for England and oooooh Rooney  has just missed a good chance, why is he playing? He's now just demonstrated how lucky that overhead kick against City was last season as he duffed a similar chance. Extra Time and my one pack is now a none pack so it's a bottle of Casillera del Diablo red shiraz and very nice too. Scott Parker off and Henderson on, not sure about that one but we're still in it, bloody hell this wine is nice. England up front are woeful, if Wayne Rooney is world class then Mike Adrio is still in with a chance. First half of extra time and we're still hanging in there and my red win is going down quicker than a diving Italian. Ashley Young is giving too many free kicks away, we're under pressure. Rooney's knackered. It's penalties. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole - tossers!!!  roll on the world cup and goodnight, might as well finish the wine, could be late for work tomorrow!!!!
 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Mike Adrio
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Stubbs
Chris Podmore

Neil McLennon
Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Tony Williamson
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

Anthony Graham
Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Dave Brown
Rick Pott
Chris Garlick
Mike Garlick

 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Chris Garlick
Matt Pink
Chris Podmore

Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Dave Vernon

Anthony Graham
Dan Bailey
Rick Pott
Josh Mackie
Tony Williamson

 

 

 

Sunday 1st July2012 : Another land mark tonight as we hit 24 unbroken years of vets 5 a side footy. Only myself, Keith Mastin and John Goodwin survive from that first session and hopefully we'll go on to extend that as the years roll on. Certainly Keith was as sharp tonight as he was all those years ago although that doesn't necessarily mean he was at all sharp back in 1988 when I suspect a couple of our regular young guns weren't even born. Johnboy is as strong as ever and still gives us all a stiff old test. Myself, feeling a bit knackered at the moment although with a few pounds off I'm sure I'll soon be back to the mark. As for tonight's session we had a few players crocked, Chris Podmore and Mike Adrio suffered what looks like Paulo Garner long term injuries but hopefully they will be back sooner rather than later.
Two good 5 a side games when we were down to ten players with John, myself, Chris Anthony and Zsu Zsu (the four oldest on the pitch) giving the younger players a run for their money although our fifth player Rick Evans had serious issues with our pace or as it turned out, pacemakers!! Rick Pott set new standards in shooting when he knocked a hole in the ceiling above the viewing gallery with a wayward effort. As Chris Anthony commented, the only thing missing tonight was a generous dose of quality although for me it was there in abundance from Mike Adrio who bravely went in nets and pulled off some remarkable saves - reminded me of Tony Gavin the fat cat.......
Just finished watching the Euro final and can't wait now until the season starts in a few weeks time at Villa Park.

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Anthony Graham
Dan Bailey
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
John Goodwin

 

Sunday 8th July2012 :   At last -  after numerous requests I've got my finger out and hit the keyboard for last weeks report. A very disappointing turn out considering there was very little alternative sport on the box other than a rain soaked Silverstone and a Jocko playing tennis at Wimbledon. The eight who did manage to keep the funds topped up put on a dazzling ninety minutes of gut busting footy. Anthony Graham was drafted into my team to add a splash of youth and to our surprise he managed to keep up to the frantic pace set by his newly acquired  team mates. I have to say Chris Anthony hit new heights scoring more goals on the night than possibly I have ever seen him net in a single session (or year?) - blinding effort Chris. This was probably the defining difference between two otherwise quite evenly matched teams. Mary's Moaners did what they always do best - MOAN!  Scouse Ron would have been as proud as punch as they grumbled through the three games to two defeat they suffered at the feet of my team who played throughout with the Corinthian spirit. Rick Pott worked hard at perfecting the art of the toe bung, which was actually quite effective although not in the true spirit of the game and should, in my opinion, be banned to prevent the young guns from picking up bad habits.
With Mike Adrio still hobbling around New Mills along with our other semi cripples we need all available bodies down next week. Our leader Zsu Zsu is away in the miserable rain soaked paradise that is the Irish Republic for a couple of weeks, Chris Todd is playing with his group "the Carbs" at the White Hart Beer Festival and this is the last week before the big athletics thingy in London so, get your miserable arses into gear and lets keep the Vets standard flying...
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Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Rick Pott
John Goodwin

Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Anthony Graham

Sunday 15th July2012 : Well the boys done good tonight with a better than expected 11 vets which included only two young guns. A Scouse Ron rotation system was called for and it turned out quite a decent session with most games providing a stiff old test. Young Tony Williamson as usual set the pace with one or two tasty runs and finishes but overall there wasn't a player on the pitch who didn't have their moments. Mike Adrio and Matt Pink seem to be over their injuries, both looked ready for the challenge and weighed in with some fine football. Having said that it's the often unsung players who rarely get the praise they deserve like Dave Vernon, Dave Brown and Nigel Caldwell. Tonight this trio gave us all a fine example of gutsy non stop effort and no shortage of their own skills, to my mind what the vets are all about - well done fella's. Can't finish without talking you through my best goal tonight which I bent in with my trusty right foot from my own half despite Johnboy's efforts to save it, it flew in at the far post. Very South American if I say so myself and a sign of things to come, life in the old pensioner yet!!
Bumped into Paulo Garner tonight with his good lady (well I think it was her) and he reckons another 4 weeks before we can call on his talents again - I think he'll be back before that, like me he'll not be able to resist.
Finally I'd like you all to send me an email so I'll have everybody's email address then I can keep you all in touch with any arrangements such as social events and the pre season 11 a side games hopefully against Glossop Police so just send a contact email to malcolm.hough@lineone.net 
  

Tonight's Players

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Dan Bailey
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
John Goodwin
Nigel Caldwell
Tony Williamson
Matt Pink
Dave Vernon
Dave Brown

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd July 2012 : I spent most of the afternoon glued to the box as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish cleaned up for Britain in the Tour de France, magnificent sport which was truly gripping. So inspired by this great sporting achievement inspired me to go to the Leisure Centre for my Sunday night 5 a side fix on my bike. I have to admit this is a great way to loosen up in preparation for our footy. Tonight we had three teams picked by myself that turned on a fine 90 minutes of what I think was pretty even games. John Goodwin's reds were given the night's top team award in a last game decider with the young guns, Matt Pink netting the winner. Neil Mac was back to put in a really good shift after a number of weeks out and was the backbone of Johnboy's side who had Mike Adrio in fine form too. My team flattered to deceive although we had more than a few moments and contributed well to the session. Tony Williamson smacked a few stonkers in but his main weapon has to be his speed. I can honestly say I can't think of a faster player who has turned out for the vets (not including myself of course) at any time over the years which yet again adds to the challenge for us old giffers.
Next week see's the greatest sporting event on the Planet start (no not City's tour of Asia) the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Hopefully this won't interfere with the vets as most of us are blessed with Sky Plus. Our Cockney Hippie leader will be back in the fold next week, no doubt bleached by the Irish rain and wind and most likely a few more pounds heavier if that's possible so get yourselves down to the Leisure centre and give your bodies some much needed exercise. 

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Mike Adrio
Neil McLennon
Matt Pink

Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Tony Williamson

Anthony Graham
Dan Bailey
Dave brown
Josh Mackie
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th July 2012 : It looked like the Olympics had taken it's toll on our turnout tonight but a few late stragglers boosted the numbers to 12 for a four a side thrash between three teams. It was very tight and quite competitive for a few games with my team doing particularly well. Sandwiched between the games Rick Pott took a full blooded drive smack on the forehead which laid him out for  a couple of minutes. When the laughing had died down he slowly came round and as usual just got on with it. No sooner had that happened when Johnboy got a screamer in the nuts which didn't bring out the same amount of hilarity from him that he had shared with the unfortunate Rick Pott minutes earlier. It's a mind blowing fact that a  kick in the balls is somewhat above 9000 del (units) of pain, which is similar to giving birth to 160 kids and breaking up to 3200 bones at a time. Little wonder that the assassin spent the next 10 minutes groaning and rubbing his groin area in a vain attempt to stem the throbbing  While everyone chortled at his comical writhing, his body's effort to deal with the pain had him sweating buckets. It's advisable to avoid the agony of a mangled midsection by wearing groin area protection when next taking to the sports hall. Johnboy might also consider wearing a crucifix and a rabbits paw in future. Shortly after his body gave up the ghost by inflicting him with a pulled muscle (he won't be pulling the other one in a hurry that's for sure), and he spent the rest of the session as acting referee. Anthony Graham was also in the wars with a hernia problem and when Rick Evans inflicted me with another dead leg (I've had three in the last month) we were looking for a conclusion to what had turned into a very scrappy and one sided match. Although my team had an extra player we stumbled into a very disjointed excuse of a team and were thoroughly tonked by the galloping Williamson and Evans strike force prompted by the playmaking skills of Mike Adrio! The solution was, Golden Goal and Mike Adrio produced one of his special cameo's to slot the winner and bring an end to a session that threatened to fill the Emergency Clinic next door to bursting point. Thankfully young Chris Podmore made a successful return without any reactions to his recent injury so hopefully he will put the moan back into Mary's Moaners très rapidement. Next Sunday, stuff the Olympics, get down to the Leisure Centre, you know it makes sense.

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio

Tony Williamson
Rick Pott

Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Anthony Graham
Dave Brown
Keith Mastin

  

Sunday 5th August 2012 : The vets resisted staying by their TV's tonight as Team GB continued racking up the Gold Medals at the London Olympics to take part in a seriously good 5 a side session.  If gold medals were awarded for effort the Vets would be all be wearing them. The young guns were looking good after six wins on the trot and my team and Zsu Zsu Mastin's squad were needing to come up with something to stop them winning all their games, some that hasn't happened in 24 years of Vets footy. My team came up with four across the back and shoot on sight (Proudy's idea that one) if we got the chance. All went well for three minutes then Chris Todd lost possession right in front of our goal and we were 1 down. After absorbing an onslaught from the rampant young guns we got a break away and Proudy slotted the ball over to me, unmarked on the opposite side and bang - we were level and the young guns were stopped in their speedy tracks. We did manage another draw against them but they definitely our ultimate test. The best two goals of the night came from the boots of Dave Brown and Nigel Caldwell, a couple of real crackers that will keep them happy all week reliving them.
We have an 11 a side game on the 26th August against Proudy's Glossop Police 11:00 KO. I need to know who wants to play in this game as soon as possible. Please let me know by email malchough@btinternet.com  or text (07752684421) if you are available.

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Dave Vernon
Rick Pott
Dave Brown
Chris Podmore

Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot

Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie
Tony Williamson
Chris Garlick

 
Sunday 12th August 2012 : Watching the closing ceremony all night, just finished at 00:30 and on top of that I've reformatted my hard drive so half my programs need re loading. Just done Front Page and my file transfer protocol in order to up load this.  Report tomorrow night

Monday 13th August 2012 : Well the Olympic Games finished yesterday (Sunday) with Team GB exceeding all expectations in both performance and presentation. I don’t suppose I was alone in enjoying many hours sat admiring our Olympians as they stretched themselves to the limits. The inspiration must have rubbed off at the Leisure Centre last night as we enjoyed another full on session. Highlights of the night included Johnboy doing a number on Josh Mackie, the look on Josh’s face was one of utter shock and bewilderment. Zsu Zsu Mastin shook the young guns early doors with a sweetly taken strike which he celebrated with a Usain Bolt celebration, ah the Olympic spirit eh!
Chris Anthony was at Villa Park watching the glorious Blues picking up the Charity Shield with a fine win over Chelsea so we drafted in young Tony Williamson to add legs to an otherwise pace restricted team. It did the trick as we only lost one and drew one all night. The young guns and Mary’s Moaners had to scrap it out between themselves but for the most were pretty even. Anthony Graham gave it a good go after his injury but clearly wasn’t 100% but it’s good to see that keenness to play – it’s that Olympic spirit again.
 

I'm not available next week, City are at home so just to remind the lads who are playing against Proudy's Glossop Police on the 26th, it's an 11:00 KO at Tintwistle FC ground, don't let me down. I still need everybody's contact details, either mobile or email. Let me know if there are any problems.

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Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore

Chris Garlick
Tony Williamson
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot

Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
 

  
Sunday 19th August 2012 : Just a reminder to all the lads who've agreed to play in next Sundays 11 a side game against Glossop Police (plus anyone else who wants to turn out), the game kicks off at 11:00 at Tintwistle FC - West Drive Playing Fields in Tintwistle SK13 1NB. It's only 4 minutes from Glossop town centre but please arrive early. Kits provided, just bring your boots. We don't want any no shows....

Sunday 19th August 2012 : With a couple of their players taking time off to watch the Arabian knights at the Etihad Stadium, including the ageing maestro himself, Proudy, Chris Todd and Nigel had to make do with Tony Williamson to make up their numbers against the might of Josh, Richard, Dan and Chris Barlick in the yellow kit and Zsu Zsu, Johnboy, Chris Podmore and Evans Above in the red. As is often the case the youth squad came out of the blocks blazing but began to misfire as the evening wore on and a pace more befitting of the mature players took over. As it was the spoils were shared, but not before some sizzlers from Johnboy and Chris Todd, and sound defensive play from the ever-improving Nigel. Reports suggest that Paulo may need a couple more weeks before he's back, although this may be delayed if his beloved insists on him carrying the shopping.

Thanks to our guest writer for this rather late but welcome report

 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore


Tony Williamson
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Keith Proudfoot

Richard Westwood
Dan Bailey
Josh Mackie
Chris Garlick

 

 
Sunday 26th August 2012 :  The 11 a side game at Tintwistle took it's toll on tonight's vets session as only five Vets managed to turn out. Myself, Keith Mastin, Keith Proudfoot, Chris Podmore and John Goodwin were all willing but lack of numbers made it impossible.
The 11 a side game against Glossop Police was a generous mixture of disastrous and catastrophic. After taking an early lead with a dazzling run from Mike Adrio which led to the keeper parrying his goal bound shot, Chris Podmore was on hand to bang it in giving us a 1-0 lead. Only having nine men was a serious handicap and after a valiant attempt to keep our lead the Custodians of High Peak found an equaliser. That's really where the game ended as the vets capitulated under the constant bombardment of the side with numerical advantage. Tony Williamson did manage to convert  a penalty during the second half after Graham Mason (ex vet) had executed some Police brutality on him. Mike Adrio showed why we regard him as our most consistent vet with a fine display in the middle of the park as he battled as hard as anyone in a very one sided game which ended 12-2. Maybe with some better organisation we could have another crack at Proudy's outfit but today we were let down by too many no shows and a wafer thin squad of available players including a 15 year old New Mills Junior goalkeeper, Jordan Weston who played as well as he could under the circumstances.
One thing this game did bring to the fore was the importance of having your contact details, either Mobile or Email, please let me have either or both of these as soon as possible.
 

Sunday 2nd September 2012 :  A decent showing this evening for the weekly thrash which took the form of the famous Scouse Ron rotational system. As this constantly keeps the teams changing it sometimes leads to the games lacking the edge that squads provide but, tonight this wasn't the case as the games had lots of action and a very competitive spirit.
Chris Todd had a cracking session irrelevant of which side he was involved with. The Bolton man was smacking them in all night including a super hat trick. Johnboy the assassin did a number on Chris Anthony which ended the City mans night prematurely. A beautifully disguised forearm smash to the ribs was a fine example of how to inflict maximum pain in the blink of an eye which of course the Mary's Moaners man strenuously denies. Anthony Graham made a good fist of things in spite of his ongoing  injury problems.
Nigel Caldwell continues to demonstrate the skills of defending and as a Sexagenarian he is still capable of setting the benchmark at this particular skill.
Finally, it's good to see Proudy reintroducing the full set beard back into football - memories of Peter Withe, Bob Latchford, Ricardo Villa, Trevor Hockey and of course myself as a young man.

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
John Goodwin
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot

Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Keith Mastin
Chris Anthony

 

 
   

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