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Sunday 26th April 2015 : There was enough of a turn out to make up three teams this week .13 vets tested ageing minds and bodies in another weekly quest to rekindle their days of youth. Kitted out in a retro football shirts and a pair of old trainers. With one hand clasped firmly on that holy grail which is the joy of playing 5 a side.

After 25 minutes Rick Pott retired to the balcony complaining of house maids knee. Spectacled Whisperer Dave Brown was transferred for an undisclosed fee from the Marvels bringing the Wizards back to full strength. All tonight’s games were hard fought and competitive. Josh Mackie and Richard Westwood left friendship in the changing room. Crashing together like stock cars at every opportunity both determined to outdo the other. Graham Levine sporting a luminous striped shirt was instantly on target scoring twice against the Wizards in the first match. Anthony Graham looked out of sorts tonight , though was still on the score sheet .

Rovers started the night with back to back wins Chris Podmore once again in lethal goal scoring form. Paulo slotted in a rare long ranger and Jonny boy on the turn firing home another of his trade mark finishes. Ronnie Dooley had to wait till the final game of the night before netting a well-deserved side footer. Chris Todd banged in a classic from distance and Ade Hewitt was deadly from close range. John Bates put in a hell of a shift for his team and was involved in all the action, just not enough tooth paste left in the tube to get on the score sheet. Goals of the night came from Josh Mackie with a bullet of a shot on the run, Dave Brown whacking a cracker into the corner and Chris Podmore with a tap in, after a slick one touch passing move involving all the Rovers players.

Saves of the night go to flying silver fish Graham Levine diving at full stretch to deny Ronny and Paulo in the final match. Rovers take team of the week, defeated but twice all evening.

Update on Malc's recovery : Three weeks on Tuesday after my op, I'm on the mend at home still feeling a bit battered round the edges but, I'm able to get out for short walks which I can build up over the next couple of weeks. Everything went well and progress is good and hopefully I will continue to make steady progress - missing the 5 a side like hell but grateful to be here to tell the tale. Many thanks to our excellent contributor for his superb reports. 

MACKIES MARVELS
Chris Todd
Ade Hewitt
Graham Levine
Josh Mackie.

WESTWOODS WIZARDS
Anthony Graham
Dave Brown
John Bates
Rick Westwood
Rick Pott (Retired injured)

RONNIES ROVERS
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Paul Garner,
Ronnie Dooley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 3rd May 2015 : Forsaking the mid-season rest usually offered by a Bank Holiday weekend, ten hardened warriors turned up tonight and enjoyed three hard-fought battles in the first-to-ten stakes. Ant Graham and Rick Westwood were joined in the Yoof Squad by Dave Brown, Chris Potts and Ade Hewitt, to confront a vigorous and well-balanced Moaners team ably led by Ronnie ‘I’rn Bru’ Dooley. As is often the case on these occasions, the Yoof stormed to a two sets lead by 6.30, winning 10-7 and 10-8, but the final game saw the Moaner’s revenge, with a comfortable 10-4 victory. Some superb play all around, but only £50 for the Vets’ coffers, against a £62 bill. More players needed next week and beyond!

Update on Malc's recovery : Was going to come down and watch tonight but the Spurs v City game was too tempting. Getting easier by the day but careful not to push it, hopefully be down to do some refereeing next week -whether that's a good thing remains to be seen.
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 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Ronnie Dooley
Zsu Zsu Mastin
James Kemp

 Yoof Squad
Chris Todd
Ade Hewitt
Anthony Graham
Dave Brown
Rick Westwood

Sunday 10th May 2015 :

Another low turnout this evening. Rick Pott was persuaded to go in goal for the Young Guns having only come to watch. Still suffering with a swollen knee. Anthony Graham and Paulo also turned out with injured limbs. This rendered the session more one sided than usual. The Young Guns winning all four games. 10-5 , 10-7 , 10-8 and 10-9.

Chris Podmore tried to rally his team and covered every inch of the court, blasting in a fare few goals. Chris Todd and John Goodwin also found the net with some well-earned crackers . Keith Mastin and Paulo rotated the goal keeping duties, but still managed to get a goal or two. The Young Guns had a field day, Graham Levine taking advantage of the supply from a static Anthony Graham grabbing a bag full of goals. Ade Hewitt showed his class of old netting in style. Richard Westwood scored goal after goal easily running round the statuesque Moaners defence.

By the end of the session Rick Pott, Anthony and Paulo were all visibly struggling to walk , never mind kick a football. Let’s hope our regulars return next week as  it looks unlikely that these three will be available.

Thanks once again to our intrepid reporter for his match summery.
Lets hope for a better turn out next week.

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Chris Todd

 Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Ade Hewitt
Graham Levine
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Only eight die-hards tonight. What is it? A mysterious bug going round? The ageing process finally kicking in? Despair that City failed to make it? Heavy drinking following Bristol Rovers’ victory over a gallant Grimsby Town? Either way it’s tough going with 4 aside over 90 minutes when you’re approaching three score years and ten: a team with an estimated collective age of 164 played another with a collective age of 217, and fulsome it was. By 6.30 each had won two best-to-ten matches, with the ageing Moaners finally nudging ahead in the decider. A good night’s footie, but only £40 for the diminishing Vets’ coffers. More turnouts like this and we may have to call it a day. So get your kits out and get your arses down here!

MOANERS –Zsu Zsu Mastin, Johnboy Goodwin, Chris Podmore, Ronnie Dooley
YOOF – Josh Mackie, Graham Levine, John Bates, Dave Brown

Come on guys, we need better turn outs than this, the same week last year we had 15 players. Next Sunday I expect to come down and referee but there won't be much point if there aren't enough bodies to make up the numbers. Not fit enough to play yet but I'm happy enough to be involved. Going to City for the first time since my op earlier in the day but hope to make it before the session ends - Malc

 

Sunday 24th May 2015 : It was a great pleasure to get back with the lads tonight albeit just as a referee. I was greeted warmly by all the boys which was very much appreciated, a moment I will always treasure, that's for sure.
As for the football I was most impressed with the the skill and pace shown by both teams. The Young Guns took all three games 10-8, 10-7 and 10-5 but Mary's Moaners certainly played their part in a very good contest. Josh Mackie was the pick of the Young Guns with some fine passing, pacey runs and excellent strikes. Rick Pott showed great patience at the back popping out neat passes and showing willingness to join in the attacks. Anthony Graham yet again ran the mid field with some help from Christ Todd with Rick Westwood dancing round with the ball and sometimes without the ball. As for the Moaners, Chris Podmore and Ronnie Dooley worked their butts off box to box. Paulo Garner playing with an injured knee worked hard to create gaps whilst Nigel Caldwell strove to plug gaps. Johnboy had a couple of "I think its time to pack it in" moments but to me I saw him fire in a number of classic goals as well as putting in a decent 90 minutes - there's years left in you yet Mr Goodwin. Finally Zsu Zsu Mastin, well he errrrr     collected the money!!

Bumped into Chris Anthony at the City game today, he's still suffering a knee injury but hoping to get back on board soon. Had a visit from Rick Evans last week, he's in pain from a damaged toe injury but is playing a fair bit of golf. Had an inquiry from a mate of John Bates this week so maybe a new player to join the ranks....

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Ronnie Dooley
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
Paul Garner

 Young Guns 
Chris Todd
Ade Hewitt
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Josh Mackie

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 31st May 2015 : Well I managed to get down to the Leisure Centre again tonight to referee the contest between two very well matched teams. The Not So Young Guns won the first encounter 10-7 with some stunning football played at a frantic pace. Chris Todd was amongst the goals although the rest of the team weighed in with their own strikes. Neil McClelland made a welcome return, his last showing was in November 2013 so as expected he was a tad rusty but made an admirable contribution. Mary's Moaners came back strong in the next game winning 10-4 with Ronnie Dooley playing like 2 men. Johnboy and Anthony Graham were having a ding dong of a battle in the middle & maybe the assassin just about shaded that little skirmish. James Kemp after missing three weeks couldn't buy a goal in the first game but found the net in the second scoring a couple of beauts.  Mary's again were too strong for their opposition in the third game taking it 10-6 with even Zsu Zsu Mastin getting on the score sheet. Ade Hewitt came close on a number of occasions for the Not So Young Guns but it wasn't to be their night. A couple of my refereeing decisions made me about as popular as Sepp Blatter but, you can't win 'em all. Cracking nights footy was had by all.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Ronnie Dooley
Zsu Zsu Mastin
James Kemp
Josh Mackie

 Not So Young Guns 
Chris Todd
Ade Hewitt
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Neil McClelland
John Bates

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 7th June 2015 : What a feast of footy served up by the two teams this evening at the Leisure Centre. Mary's Moaners bolstered by the inclusion of Josh Mackie managed to win all three first to ten contests,  the first two by a whisker. In the first game lasting forty minutes Mary's came from behind to snatch a 10-09 win in a superb match. Ronnie Dooley and Chris Podmore switched the play brilliantly with Johnboy and Josh scooping up chances galore whilst Nigel and Zsu Zsu Mastin defended like errrr, defenders! Goals from Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood kept the Young Pretenders in the running but Mary's just shaded it in the end. The second game followed the same pattern as the first with the scores yow yowing at a frantic pace. New boy James Garbett was finding his feet getting on the score sheet with Graham Levine also banging them in. With the scores finely balanced at 9-9 Josh Mackie lit up the sports hall with and exquisite winner. Picking up a loose ball with his back to goal he controlled it and swivelled before lashing in an unstoppable volley into the top right hand corner. The third game was quite an anti climax with Mary's comfortably winning 10-05 with the Young Pretenders visibly tiring but take nothing away from Mary's Moaners who on the night were mighty impressive. Special mention goes to Rick Pott who played with two injured knee's, the right one with a lump the size of his fist - yes he hit the deck as normal but played on through the pain barrier, Respect!

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Ronnie Dooley
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
Josh Mackie

 Young Pretenders 
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Graham Levine
John Bates
Rick Pott
James Garbett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14th June 2015 : Good turn out tonight 15 familiar faces competing to be top of this week’s mini league. The Moaners were without Chris Podmore, but welcomed back an on the mend Paulo still struggling with his injured knee. The first game was a tight affair ending goalless between the Young Guns and the Moaners. The next saw a ding dong of a match the Strollers defeated in the end by the Young guns as they began to turn on the style. Rick Pott on Target and a couple of beauties from Anthony Graham completed a 7-0 rout. The strollers then put the Moaners to the sword Chris Todd and James Kemp scoring fine individual goals. John Goodwin finally got the Moaners on the score sheet but it wasn’t enough for a win against the rampant Youth. Rick Westwood and Anthony Graham doing most of the damage. As the night wore on Ronnie Dooley fashioned a first win for his team scoring twice. The rest of the games were very close, only one goal separating most matches. Apart from a spanking the Strollers gave the Young guns Ade Hewett getting two crackers  with Chris Todd and James Kemp also netting. Malc Stubbs and Dave Brown formidable in defence, ensuring a worthy  5-1 win.
With twenty five minutes left on the clock Ronnie broke down  with a pulled ham string, hopefully he won’t be out for too long. Incredibly the Moaners managed their best result in his absence  Keith Mastin, John Goodwin and Nigel Caldwell amongst the goals as they demolished the Strollers. The Young Guns ended the session with back to back wins, to make them team of the week. Graham Levine bagging in a few, plus a rare angled volley from John Bates which I am sure will linger long in his memory.

Great nights football , played at a high tempo and skill level by all the teams with lots of cheesy triangles and one touch passing.  Let’s hope for more of the same next week.

TEAMS – MOANERS – PAUL GARNER, RONNIE DOOLEY, JOHN GOODWIN, NIGEL CALDWELL, KEITH MASTIN

 YOUNG GUNS – RICK POTT, RICK WESTWOOD, GRAHAM LEVINE, JOHN BATES,  ANTHONY GRAHAM

STROLLERS – CHRIS TODD,  ADE HEWITT, MALCOLM STUBBS, DAVE BROWN, JAMES KEMP

 

Sunday 21st June 2015 : I had the dubious pleasure of refereeing the twelve vets who turned out to play in the Fathers Day 6 a side this evening. The football tonight was of the "hoof and thud" variety probably due to the missing skills of Ronnie Dooley, Chris Anthony, Paulo Garner, John Goodwin, Chris Todd and Anthony Graham but the lads made up for it with raw effort and spasmodic bouts of skill. We were graced with the return of Stevie Gerrard in his first appearance since 8th June 2014 complete with dodgy knee which was suitably gift wrapped. The Young Pretenders won the first of the games tonight 10-06 in a very well earned contest in which all players shared the goal scoring with Dave Brown hitting a couple of real crackers. Mary's Moaners hit back in grand style with Ade Hewitt hitting the goal trail whilst James Kemp hit the roof. A 10-04 scoreline rather flattered the Young Pretenders who were powerless to stem the tide of the yellow bibs. However, the Young Pretenders were merely holding back for bets as they laid into the tiring Moaners winning the final game in a canter in spite of a brace from Zsu Zsu Mastin. Josh Mackie and Graham Levine did the main damage with Rick Pott, Rick Westwood and Dave Brown all chipping in with their two Penarth while John Bates mopped up at the back. Overall a good nights footy, goals flying in from all over and Rick Pott hitting the deck in the closing minutes - what more could you ask for - maybe more of the same next week eh.....

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Keith Proudfoot
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Steve Gerrard
James Kemp
Ade Hewitt

 Young Pretenders 
Rick Westwood
Graham Levine
John Bates
Rick Pott
Dave Brown
Josh Mackie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28th June 2015 : The Young Guns certainly made an impression on tonight's proceedings with a master class of pass and move football. Josh Mackie revelled in the support from his team mates lashing in many fine goals however, goal of the night came from the boot of Rick Pott who thumped in a volley of such power that James Kemp in goal got a good hand to it but couldn't stop it screaming into the corner. Anthony Graham was picking passes and linked well with Rick Westwood to form a formidable mid field. The Strollers gave a good account of themselves inflicting The Young Guns only defeat with a 1-0 win later on. James Kemp worked his new trainers to the limit well supported by Proudy and Rick Evans, add to that James Garbett and Chris Todd chipping in with some splendid goals, including a super dipping volley from long distance from Chris. Mary's Moaners also had a good night although they missed Ronnie Dooley when he had to drop into goal at the two thirds mark. James Kemp was subjected to some harsh treatment from his old team mates being dumped to the floor on a number of occasions. Chris Podmore was definitely in the wars later on when he head butted Rick Pott's elbow. Paulo Garner had a one man battle trying to get the ball past Rick Evans in the Strollers goal and Johnboy managed to slot away a good few nifty goals. So it was a good night for the Young Guns losing only one game leaving them clearly the team of the night. Next week could see a bumper attendance so get down early.
 

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 Young Guns 
Rick Westwood
Josh Mackie
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott

 Strollers
James Kemp
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
James Garbett
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th July 2015 : Well at last I returned to the playing area of the New Mills Vets! I have to admit it was not only a nervous experience but also quite an emotional one for me. Twelve weeks have passed since my operation and I've had a long slog of recuperation involving exercise and ever lengthening walks. Over the past weeks I've refereed a few games but to be quite honest it was torture watching the real action so tonight was a massive occasion for me which I truly appreciated. As for the football it turned out to be a fine nights football with all three teams inseparable in terms of results. Mary's Moaners won the first of the tussles beating the Young Guns 4-1. Next up The Strollers beat Mary's 1-0 followed by a draw between the Young Guns and the Strollers, so the pattern was set for the whole session. Great to see Dan Bailey back in his first game with us since 28th September 2014, he helped himself to a handful of goals looking like he'd never been away. As usual Josh Mackie was at the centre of most things for his team with Kempo backing him up. Chris Podmore celebrated his success in passing his FA Coaching badge with his accustomed busy performance with Johnboy and Ronnie the rocket both bangin' in the goals. As for my team the Strollers we had a good night with Ade Hewitt and Graham Levine both firing on all cylinders while Chris Todd and Proudy chipped in with their share. I have to say though that my goal to win our final game against the Young Guns took the biscuit. Ghosting into space behind their defence Chris Todd fired the perfect through ball, in one movement I spun round and unleashed an unstoppable shot past the bemused Josh Mackie in nets - Malc is back........

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Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 Young Guns 
James Kemp
Josh Mackie
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Dan Bailey

 Strollers
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Graham Levine
Ade Hewitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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