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Sunday 17th August 2014 : Only seven of the lads managed to drag themselves down to the Leisure Centre tonight but in spite of the low turnout we had a superb lung busting 90 minutes. The Young Guns came out on top winning all three first to ten games but the Old Bruisers gave a good account of themselves losing by two goals twice and one in the final match. Josh and Podders both had the energy of three men as they galloped around the pitch with very little effort whilst my team made very little effort to gallop at all preferring to use their greater experience. Anthony Graham marshalled his side stroking the ball around in great style. The Old Bruisers failed to take advantage of their superior numbers but got well stuck in although they were unable to find the scoring touch as regular as the Young Guns. Well the Premier League hit the ground running this weekend with my glorious Blues ending up top of the pile with their win at Newcastle. Over in Stretford the Worlds biggest club also started off where they left off last season with yet another defeat at home to Wales' biggest club, Swansea. The latest chosen one, Louis van Gaal lost to the team who David Moyes beat away in his fist game last season 4-1.  Early days I suppose, still time for them to better last seasons seventh place maybe even challenge for a Europa League place.
No Cockney Hippie for a few weeks as he sets off for The Irish Republic in his annual jaunt over the Irish Sea to increase his ever expanding waist line. Chris Todd is playing with his band, The Carbs, at the Grouse Festival in Birch Vale next Sunday followed by another appearance at the Hare and Hounds later in the evening. Stevie Gerrard is having a rough time with a knee problem, cruciate  and cartilage problems are giving the lad grief, sometimes we don't know just how lucky we are to play regular games without too much angst.

 Young Guns
Anthony Graham

Josh Mackie
Chris Podmore

 Old Bruisers
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Jon Goodwin
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 24th August 2014 : No Sky Football to compete with this week (Stretford away at Sunderland was no threat) so we had a very creditable 10 vets roll up for the weekly Joust. Very good considering long term injured, Stevie Gerrard (recuperating in Rome), Nigel Caldwell (injured shoulder), Terry Jackson (ribs and ankle), Proudy (Three Peaks damaged) not forgetting Zsu Zsu in Eire and missing in action Rick Evans not seen since the 6th April.
The point of this ramble is, I have had an ice bucket challenge which I have accepted and I propose to complete the challenge next Sunday after the 5 a side plus, I will add £1 extra to my donation for every player that completes next weeks session.
Enough of that, the footie tonight was fast and not too furious but full of close and pretty well contested games with the Tabards winning all three. James Kemp back from his Spanish high altitude training camp looked to have put on at least a couple of grams but still managed to run like the clappers for all the ninety minutes. Ade Hewitt was firing on all cylinders finding the corners of the net instead of the roof. My Shirts team just lacked the fluidity of our opponents but generally gave it a fair old go.
Big night tomorrow when City welcome the scousers to the Etihad for a title decider, Chris and I will be there and mat even get in to Mary Dee's for a couple of pre match scoops with Freda, my prediction is the Steve Gerrard song will be done to death along with the Toure happy birthday number but - COME ON YOU BLUES........

 The Tabards

Paul Garner
James Kemp
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Ade Hewitt

 The Shirts

Malc Hough
Anthony Graham
Chris Anthony
Dave Brown
Richard Westwood

 

Sunday 31st August 2014 : A very strange weekend with the underdogs for a change triumphing over their superior opposition. Stoke City came away from the Etihad with three well deserved points and Man Utd took a richly merited point from the fortress that is Turf Moor in spite of Burnley's outrageous attempt to buy the League Title. Over at the Leisure Centre tonight we were once again restricted to ten bodies who contrived to produce a really entertaining ninety minutes. Once again the young guns were bolstered with myself and regular team mate Chris Anthony. Chris in particular slotted in neatly with a number of super strikes which I was unable to match. My form at the moment is pretty poor to say the least but, as one of the first division managers said on the Football League show on Saturday night, "the only way back is back!"
In a session that the Tabards won two games to one, every goal was hard fought with the lead changing all the time, especially when the Tabards got the scores mixed up! Paulo wanged in two of his stonkers but generally the goals came from all the team. James had a lean time early doors but made up for it in the final deciding game with the last five for his Tabards teams winning strikes. Super Chef Dan Bailey made a welcome return and contrived to cook up a better show than his beloved United, not good to set your sights too high so this was a good choice for Dan.
Next week we should have our Cockney leader back so Mary's Moaners will once again be back to full strength ensuring Paulo will have his work cut out plus the Young Guns will have the benefit of the dashing Rick Pott back in their ranks. With a bit of luck my squad will be able to call on Proudy plus Ade the Glossop goal machine and Duane Todd Eddy (for the benefit of the Young Guns, he's a Guitar Man)
Ended the night with my Ice Bucket Challenge, like I said a strange weekend!

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 The Tabards

Paul Garner
James Kemp
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Rick Pott

 The Shirts

Malc Hough
Anthony Graham
Chris Anthony
Dan Bailey
Richard Westwood

 

Sunday 7th September 2014 :  Our Cockney Hippie leader returned from his annual soaking in Southern Ireland looking pale and bedraggled (as opposed to bejesus). He was faced with a six a side situation  adding James Kemp and Ade Hewitt to his regular Mary's Moaners squad. Myself and Chris Anthony were drafted into the Young Guns to add some experience to their youth. Chris said we were like a pair of Diamonds in a sack of Zircons but even our combined 130 years couldn't gel this team together. The Young Guns on their own are a formidable force especially when they have Rick Pott as their galloping marauder smashing the ball goalwards at every opportunity. However it was a case of chalk and blue cheese as Chris and I toiled to instil some sort of order to our random playing style. In the mean time Zsu Zsu's Moaners took full advantage and after a very close first game which they nicked a late winner in Fergie time they absolutely marmalised us with James Kemp and Chris Podmore playing like four men. Kempo had what can only be described as a goal fest of the highest order, without doubt his best ever performance for the vets. Paolo Garner revelled in the action conducting his orchestra like a err... conductor! John boy had a smile on his face for that long it may well stick and Ade kept his own flow of strikes ticking over very nicely. It's often said that when you never notice a referee during a game it's usually because he's had a good one, using that analogy I think Keith Mastin must have had a good one!! The Young ones in spite of the results all had pretty decent games, Josh put himself about and the two Ricks certainly were always in the action, Anthony suffered with a heel injury for most of the night but in general the Moaners were playing two teams which was too much of a burden for the Diamonds to carry.
Missing Persons - Be on the lookout for Neil McLennon, Dave Vernon, The English brothers, Michael Jackson, Michael Adrio and Rick Evans.
Finally, long term injury victims (rated 1-5 (5 the most serious) are all are in touch regularly including Nigel Caldwell, shoulder (2), Terry Jackson, ribs & ankle (3) and Stevie Gerrard, knee and weight problem (6½))

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 Mary's Moaners

Paul Garner
James Kemp
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Ade Hewitt

 The Young Guns

Malc Hough
Anthony Graham
Chris Anthony
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie

 

Sunday 14th September 2014 : The Pass Masters were busy in the transfer window before tonight's session kicked off in anger. After James Kemp failed miserably to impress our leaders Mary's outfit due to his total lack of Moaning he was quickly snapped up on a free. Ade Hewitt likewise was joined for an undisclosed fee to complete what turned out to be tonight's top team. The Young Guns pushed my squad to the limits but in a tense deciding game came unstuck against the more experienced Pass Masters. Rich Westwood and Josh Mackie were definitely missing Anthony Graham and although Dave Brown and Rick Pott battled bravely the final piece of their jigsaw was on the treatment table crocked. Mary's Moaners are always a tough test and overall had some excellent play but without last weeks star performers went from a 6 litre Jaguar to a Vauxhall Viva. Johnboy's alter ego assassin reappeared twice this evening with a threshing attempt to send Rich Westwood into orbit but, the Young Gun was too quick. This was followed later by a successful attempt at felling me, sadly unlike Rich I wasn't quick enough. The Pass Masters, using the car analogy, were probably a Mercedes running on four cylinders due to my failing form, thankfully though Ade, James and the two Chris's were all putting in a good shift. Next two weeks I'm down at the Leisure Centre on a fitness fest in an attempt to shake off my run of poor form and hopefully return firing on all cylinders.
Chris and myself will miss next weeks session as we will be at the Etihad hopefully ending Chelsea's unbeaten record. COME ON CITY....     

Mary's Moaners
Paul Garner
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin

 The Young Guns
Dave Brown

Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie

 The Pass Masters
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

Chris Anthony

Ade Hewitt
James Kemp

Sunday 21st September 2014 : With Malco and Chris Anthony enduring the Chelsea match at the Etihad, just 10 stalwarts of the beautiful game made it to the Leisure Centre tonight and expended a week’s sweat over 90 minutes of fast and furious footie. Johnboy was released on a temporary Bosman free to shore up the Young Guns, whilst Mary’s Moaners gave trials to Chris Todd, Ade Hewitt and James Kemp to firm up the Chris Podmore/Zsu Zsu Mastin spine. Clawing back from 9-6 down, the Moaners almost made a remarkable recovery in the first match before losing to a Josh Mackie strike 10-9, and then crumbled to 10-3 in the second match, and 6-3 in the last. Overall the Young Guns were all firing this evening, especially Josh Mackie, but it was also good to see Johnboy come good in the second half of the evening, poking in some remarkable goals from strange angles. Mary’s Moaners were not helped by a dip in form from Zsu Zsu, and by a surprising failure to convert when a goal was beckoning. Overall though an excellent night, with more to come next week.
Thanks to our guest writer for penning this report - The cream will return on Sunday
 

 Moaners Select
Chris Todd
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Ade Hewitt
James Kemp

 The Young Guns
John Goodwin

Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie
Anthony Graham

Sunday 28th September 2014 : The Young Guns finally came good tonight when they came as close as anyone to winning all their games. The record in the three team format of five minute games has stood since the first game way back over 25 years ago but it took a seriously big effort by Mary's Moaners to stop them with a draw quite late on. That was their only fault and it came as a great relief from all the players who had succumbed to the Young Guns over the ninety minutes. Josh, Anthony and Rich Westwood were on fine form with good support from Dan and Rick Pott. They passed the ball well and finished with great composure and looked unstoppable at one point they were referred to as the galacticos. As the supporting teams Mary's Moaners worked hard enough but in fairness didn't have the finishers although Johnboy nicked a few. Paulo got stuck in but in the end couldn't stem the flow of the Young guns. The games between the Pass Masters and the Moaners were pretty even but again the Pass Masters were well and truly mullered in their meetings with the Young Guns. Myself and Chris were equally ineffective whilst James ran himself ragged defending. Ade had a decent night scoring the majority of our goals but overall we've had better nights. Next week we should see the return of a number of our regulars and hopefully we'll give the Young Guns a tougher night, well here's hoping.....
Pictured Right       Nigel Caldwell as seen at the Lantern parade on Saturday

Mary's Moaners
Paul Garner
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie
Dan Bailey

 The Pass Masters
Malc Hough
Chris Anthony

Ade Hewitt
James Kemp
 

Sunday 5th October 2014 : Mary's Moaners struck early doors against the Young Guns stopping their gallop after last weeks brilliant performance. James Kemp scored a beauty after Chris Podmore had banged in the first to win the opening game thus stopping their younger opponents getting off the mark. Then the Pass Masters fought out a 0-0 draw against the Moaners ensuring no team this week would threaten the record of winning all the evenings games. For Mary's Moaners Kempo and Podders were the main goal threat but Johnboy chipped in with a few of his own. Josh Mackie continues to dominate for the Young Guns who just about came out as top team again this week with a combination of slick passing and quality finishing. Rick Pott once again introduced himself to the floor on a number of occasions mainly because of his insistence of running at break neck speed into opponents who choose not to!  The Pass Masters had Dave Brown drafted in as a guest and he had a pretty decent 90 minutes although the whole team suffered from giving the ball away far too often. Chris Todd had a good night and Ade Hewitt was pretty lethal in front of goal scoring some real corkers.
All in all a very good nights footy with three teams giving it some and at the end of the day everyone went home happy. Next weekend there's a break for Internationals but as none of our players are involved we'll be doing it all again who'll come out on top - who knows..

Mary's Moaners
Paul Garner
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
James Kemp

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie

 The Pass Masters
Malc Hough
Chris Anthony

Ade Hewitt
Dave Brown
Chris Todd
 

 
Sunday 12th October 2014 : International football was the alternative for the vets tonight as ITV screened the England game live but after their miserable performance against San Marino most chose not to bother. Instead they locked horns at the Leisure Centre in a six a side epic encounter between the Young Guns and The Masters. The Young Guns bolstered by the inclusion of Ade Hewitt, Dave Brown and Keith Mastin set about The Masters with pace and slick attacking with Ade firing on all cylinders completely dominating the early exchanges. Only Paulo Garner put up any challenge as he rifled in a couple of his trademark boomers. After taking the first game quite comfortably the Masters slowly started to get a grip and the second game was a lot closer. Proudy returning after a 12 week absence started to find his feet and James was putting himself about like a good 'un but the Young Guns snatched the second game with a late rally. The Third game however was a totally different kettle of fish. Chris Todd and Johnboy started banging in the goals and the tide had turned. Dave Brown suddenly found himself over run at the back and with Anthony Graham struggling for breath mainly due to his pre match Bensons and Hedges, The Masters completely over ran their younger opponents. A cracking nights football played in good spirit and I reckon no one missed the England game, I know I didn't...

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 The Masters
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Chris Todd

Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
James Kemp

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Ade Hewitt
Dave Brown

Keith Mastin
 

Sunday 19th October 2014 : Another brilliant 90 minutes of lung busting six a side football tonight. Mary's Moaners drafted in Ade Hewitt and James Kemp to their squad which also featured the aging body of Keith Mastin who celebrated his 67th Birthday this week. The old Cockney Hippie dragged his creaking frame round to great effect spraying passes round like the true veteran that he is.
The Moaners won the first of tonight's first to ten games 10-8 with Ade Hewitt bagging a bunch of excellent goals in the process. His scoring was matched by a number of stunning strikes from Chris Anthony who just couldn't stop scoring for the Shirts. The second game was equally close with both sides giving no quarter. James Kemp battled  away in mid field with Chris Podmore for the Moaners but were matched by Chris Todd and Rich Westwood for the Shirts. But with Anthony Graham starting to find the net and Rick Pott marauding down the flanks the Shirts were just nudging ahead. Goals from myself and Chris Anthony finally settled it winning 10-9. There wasn't enough time to complete a decider so it ended up all square but overall there wasn't a player on the pitch who didn't give 100% so lets hope for more of the same for next week.

 Mary's Moaners
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore

James Kemp
Ade Hewitt
Keith Mastin

 The Shirts 
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Malc Hough
Chris Todd

Chris Anthony
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th October 2014 : I'ts not often that our Cockney Hippie Leader gets the team selection wrong but tonight he did it bigstyle. Keeping the Young Guns together wasn't a problem but he added Ade Hewitt and Chris Anthony to the squad. To say they ran riot was an understatement with goals coming from all through the team. Ade had a field day popping them in for fun. The Cruisers just weren't at the races although James Kemp and Paulo Garner never gave up I'm afraid they were never really in it. Just for the record the Shirts won all three games comfortably and even won the final first to five game to rub salt into the wound,

 The Cruisers
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Malc Hough

James Kemp
Chris Todd
Keith Mastin

 The Shirts 
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Ade Hewitt
Josh Mackie

Chris Anthony

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd November 2014 : Having rushed from The Etihad after watching our glorious Blues defeat our neighbours from Stretford, what could be more challenging for Chris and myself than a joust with the boys down at the Leisure Centre. Only eight bodies turned up though but we cobbled together two sides to take up the challenge. I joined James Kemp, Rick Westwood and Dave Brown in a side that looked on paper quite decent. The Shirts had Proudy and Chris Anthony teaming up with Anthony Graham and Rick Pott. When the game got going it became obvious that on paper wasn't really going to cut it at all. We lost all four games including a 10-1. Anthony ran riot with slick passing between the four players all making themselves available and sharing the scoring between them. Whilst The Bruisers were heads down and and all bluster and unorganised. James did give it his usual non stop effort it was all in vain. Proudy and Chris helped themselves to a bag full of goals and looked impressive throughout.
Hopefully next week we'll see the numbers up but with Chris away in the USA and Johnboy lording it in Lanzagrote, Podders on marriage duties we'll need to see some old faces making a return. On a final note, just watched the derby highlights on BBC 2, should have had three penalties, at least another player sent off but 1-0 - I'll settle for that!!

 The Bruisers
Richard Westwood
Malc Hough

James Kemp
Dave Brown

 The Shirts 
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony

 


Sunday 9th November 2014 :
Rocked up at the Leisure Centre tonight to be faced with only seven willing bodies including new man Bryan Nish, a Derby fan who hadn't played 5 a side for 10  years. We decided to give four verses three a go and set off rather gingerly. In a first to ten set, the contest rolled along at a good pace with both sides playing a measured passing game with the scores staying very close. Bryan settled in well and when he got used to our complicated rules made a really good first impression. Rick Pott for the second week in succession got one in the gonads which left him curled up in a heap on familiar territory, the deck!  The Bruisers just nicked the first game 10-9 after being behind for most of the game. The second game was a different story with me and Bryan breathing through our arses, James Kemp started hitting the target with the regularity of  a metronome. Paulo did manage a couple of pile drivers and Chris nicked one in but, with fading bodies and Rick Westwood dancing past static defenders the Youngish Guns wrapped up a 10-4 win to level the contest at one game all. Finally, must have a little sympathy for Bryan who ran and ran, no doubt he'll pay greatly for that in the morning but hopefully it's rekindled the old desire for one last chance to play the game we all love. We need bodies down next week so stuff your  holidays, injuries and other lesser excuses and get yer arses down to the Leisure Centre.
 

 The Bruisers
Paul Garner

Malc Hough

Chris Todd
Bryan Nish

 The Youngish Guns 
James Kemp

Rick Pott
Richard Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th November 2014 : Back to decent numbers this week as eleven keen players rocked up for the weekly bash. Two teams, six against five and it was the five that had the success. Two very even games went to the Young Guns after a real up and downer. Josh Mackie was the difference in the first game, holding Ade Hewitt in check and storming forward to net with some spectacular strikes. With Anthony Graham lying deep he too managed to drift in for a number of goals. For the Bruisers, Proudy and James Kemp were the main threat although with a little better finishing things could have been quite different. Paulo and Chris Todd were also very busy but again, shooting was the problem. Rick Pott managed a hat trick, of trips to the floor but as ever, dusted himself down and carried on. All in all a very good contest with the enthusiasm of youth winning the day.
Next week we should see a return of the travellers from around the globe and the honeymooner who will probably be worn out.
Long term injured report : Terry (shoulder, ribs and ankle), Stevie Gerrard (knee ligaments), Mike Adrio (leg injury), Nigel Caldwell (shoulder). Long time missing in action, Neil McLennon, Malcolm Stubbs, Paul Dennis, Matt Pink and Rick Evans.

 The Bruisers
Paul Garner

Malc Hough

Chris Todd
James Kemp
Keith Proudfoot
Ade Hewitt

 The Young Guns 

Anthony Graham

Rick Pott
Richard Westwood
Josh Mackie
Dave Brown
 


Sunday 23rd November 2014 :
Bit of a shame tonight as only seven vets were available for the challenge ahead and what a challenge it turned out to be. Two games all was the result but, overall it was a brilliant effort from the lads. James, Ade and Rich ran their socks considering they were faced by the extra man. The Strollers also made their mark against the more mobile Runners. Johnboy back from his training camp in Lanzerote looking tanned and fresh, made his mark scoring important winners. Paulo and Chris weighed in with their own strikes but did most of the donkey work covering and tackling back. I surprised myself as much as the opposition by banging in most of our goals, often technically as a goal hanger. Ade was The Runners main striker although he did get good support from James and Rich.
Next week we do need a good turn out as funds will be suffering so get your lazy arses down to the Leisure Centre. Incidentally I'll be away myself in Lanzerote doing a bit of extra training while you lot kick lumps out of each other.
Injury update, Matt Pink has had to pack in due to a dodgy knee, Stevie Gerrard emailed me, says he really misses the 5 a sides, he saw a knee specialist last week and he's arranging to go and have an MRI scan. He say's it's likely he'll need surgery, followed by a few weeks recuperation before he can start training and physio again. Don't know how lucky we are!


Here's where I'll spending my time breaking the pain barrier doing extra training.

 The Strolers
Paul Garner

Malc Hough

Chris Todd
John Goodwin

 The Runners 

James Kemp

Ade Hewitt
Richard Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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