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14th October
No winner tonight

30th September
Keith Proudfoot
23rd September
Keith Mastin
16th September
Bryn Meredith

9th September
Steve Gerrard

2nd September
Karl  English  
26th August
Malc Stubbs

19th August
Rick Pott
12th August
Keith Proudfoot
5th August
Matt Pink
29th July
Kevin English
22nd July
Michael Jackson
15th July
Martin Wilde

8th July
Steve Gerrard
1st July
Martin Wilde
17th June

Bryn Meredith
3rd June
Nigel Caldwell

20th May
Mary's Moaners
13th May
All ten players
6th May

Bryn Meredith
29th April
Richard Evans
15th April
Richard Evans
1st April
Martin Wilde
25th March
Keith Proudfoot
17th March
Matt Pink
10th March
Richard Evans

3rd March
Bryn Meredith
25th February
John Goodwin
18th February
Chris

11th February
Ian Lemonzic
4th February
Matt Pink
28th January
Matt Pink
21st January
Ron Buttery
14th January
Paul Garner
7th January
Michael Jackson
 

Players of the Week
2006

17th December
Karl  English  

10th December

Richard Evans

3rd December

Steve Gerrard

26th November
all eleven of us

19th November
John Goodwin

12th November
Keith Mastin
5th November

Martin Wilde

29th October
Paul Garner

22nd October
Chris

15th October

Matt Pink

8th October
Keith Proudfoot

1st October

Robbie Westwood

24th Sept
Malc Stubbs
17th Sept

Steve Hart

10th Sept
Bryn Meredith

3rd September

Richard Evans

27th August

Keith Mastin

20th August
Matt Pink

13th August

Paul Garner
6th August
Graham Mason
30th July
Steve Gerrard

23rd July
Steve Gerrard

16th July

Bryn Meredith

9th July

Andy Gartside

2nd July
Keith Proudfoot

18th June

Keith Mastin

11th June
Robbie Westwood

4th June

Jamie English

28th May

Malc Stubbs

21st May
John Goodwin

14th May
Martin Wilde

7th May
Steve Gerrard

30th April

Keith Mastin

23rd April
Ian Lemonzic

16th April
Martin Wilde
2nd April
Keith Proudfoot
26th March
Bryn Meredith

19th March

Paul Garner

12th March
Matt Pink

5th March 
Steve Gerrard
26th February
Chris
19th February
Martin Wilde

12th February
Nigel Caldwell
5th February 
Karl English
29th January
Keith Proudfoot
22nd January

Bud Jackson
15th January
John Goodwin
8th January 
Tony Moore

 

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May 07 - Oct 07 Vets Sunday Night Match Reports

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
 

Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Steve Hart
Chris


Richard Evans
Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

Sunday 6th May 2007 : A strange week in football with lots of highs and lows. Joey Barton kicked the week off with an astonishing attack on team mate Ousmane Dabo who definitely came off third best - looks like the boys about to get his P45. Liverpool dumped Chelski out of the  European Champions, runners up, third and fourth places league and Milan joined them in the final by beating the biggest club in the world (my arse).

Old Vets - A New Series
Number 1

Sadly Man City failed to do the same in Saturday's Derby game where Michael Ball decided to stamp his authority on Ronaldo's midriff making him about as popular as a ginger haired stepson. The ladyboy then conned the referee with another of his outrageous dives to win the match with a penalty. So a very eventful week. As for the Vets tonight we had three teams of four and yet another tasty 90 minutes of stonking action. It looked like my team was going to clean up early doors as we ripped into the opposition with a vengeance but fitness was not on our side and we faded as the evening wore on. Matt's team were pretty steady all night which isn't surprising as they are loaded with the Youth end of the Vets with Nigel as the steadying influence. Mary's Moaners started slowly but improved game by game with Martin and Bryn looking a very strong partnership. I watched Keith quite closely tonight and was particularly impressed by the fact that he wasted very few passes and tackled well but got very little credit for his efforts. Now approaching his sixtieth year Zsu Zsu is carrying a few injuries to his aging cockney legs but continues to put in inspiring performances, unlike his beloved Charlton Athletic who don't. So next week it's the final day of the Premier League with nothing to play for so our numbers should be up. We may even see Robbie who must have been well pleased at the Baggies demolishing Barnsley today 7-0 to confirm their place in the play offs. The Christmas EGM has now been pencilled in for JUNE as our leader is off to Ireland in May.

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Paul Garner
Malc Hough
Richard Evans

Steve Gerrard
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Matt Pink
Paul Dennis


 

 

 


 

 

Sunday 13th May 2007 : Man Uni£ed let the nation down badly today when they failed to beat those cheating gits from West Ham in the last Premiership fixture thus saving them from their deserved relegation and condemning Sheffield United instead. Not surprising that our own cockney hippie, Zsu Zsu was there to witness it, in a corporate box of course. As a City fan I’m glad to see the back of this season and dread the next one when they will possibly be taken over by a Thai crook who wants to transform us into another Chelsea – I for one fear this is the beginning of the end.
Back to the important end of football, the vets were reduced to five a side tonight, non stop ninety minutes of it. My full squad lined up to start but the opposition thought we were a little too strong so, I swapped with Matt to even it up. This worked perfectly as both teams got stuck in to a very competitive match. Generally the finishing wasn’t of the highest order but you couldn’t fault the endeavour of both teams. Chris had one of his best nights with plenty of good defending to go with some well hit goals. Matt was missing the scoring touch as was Martin who gave a favourable impression of Robbie on a bad night when the onion bag was crying out to be lashed. Proudy, Paul D and Steve G linked superbly during the first twenty minutes when their team built a healthy lead. However with Bryn picking up his scoring quota his team started to claw their way back into it and when you have Richard and Paul Garner running for you there’s always a chance of scoring. At the end of the night after the lead had changed hands a couple of times, Proudy’s team snatched a couple of late goals to win 27-25.
We all had our moments but at the end I decided that that was the last game this 60 year old body would play…. So next week my 61 year old lardy carcass will experience yet another year of torture as I raise my sights on becoming the first regular playing pensioner with the New Mills Vets, that’s if the rest can stay the pace.
No alternative football of any importance next weekend (Including Wembley yawn yawn) so a full turnout is on the cards. I presume Rick is suffering burn out as he didn’t appear for either our, or the next session tonight and there’s always a slim chance that Mooro or Ron may appear, not often slim appears in the same sentence  as those two…
….

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
 

Malc Hough
Richard Evans
Michael Jackson
Chris


Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell
Malcolm Stubbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 13th May 2007 : All the build up to the first New Wembley Final turned out to be yet  another "big club" non event. The two richest clubs in the country backed by a Russian billionaire and a bunch of hickie Yanks slugged it out in front of an estimated ¾ billion bored armchair fans and 89,826 fleeced punters who were treated to all that is wrong with the English game - unless that is you have more money than sense and you still enjoy watching the same few teams. Exciting - no it wasn't. Did the best team win - who cares....  Thankfully my weekend was saved, I had the pleasure of another Sunday night's football with the vets to cheer me up and a very good one it turned out to be.

Old Vets   Number 2


 

Not for my team though as we struggled to make our mark other than a few victories at both ends of the evening. Richard got saddled with a Dads army team as Chris, Bud and myself failed to gel into anything resembling a team other than in fits and starts. By the end of the night Richards usually high standards were dragged down to match his team mates.  Matt's team played well enough with Nigel working tirelessly and Matt himself adding a few runs and strikes. Paul and Malcolm Stubbs slotted in nicely with Malc notching a great hat trick in one game. Team of the night though had to be Mary's Moaners who re-discovered their top form only losing a couple of games all night. Bryn playing more of a deep moaning role was supplying the bullets for John and Martin to fire. John in particular had a pretty decent night including a brace past Matt in goal which in itself is quite an achievement. Zsu Zsu played his custoMary role at the back playing simple balls, what Cantona called the "water carrier" although the old hippie looks more of a beer carrier these days. It just shows the difference a regular squad makes and Mary's Moaners certainly played like a team tonight and looked to really enjoy their football.
On Wednesday Liverpool will have the whole country behind them (except for the jealous Uni£ed fans and a few diehard Evertonians) in their quest to cement their reputation as the most successful club in Britain. I for one will be glued to the box hoping that they can indeed win what looks to be a huge task against a superb Milan team. They've done it before so COME ON POOL - AVE IT!!!!!

Tonight's Players

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Chris
Malcolm Stubbs
Steve Gerrard

 

 


Sunday May 27th 2007 : No football for me as I travel to Ironville to celebrate my brother John's 65th birthday during the Bank Holiday Weekend. Chose the worst day of the year to have a barbeque, huddled under two gazebo's while the wind and rain lashed round us was not ideal but a good day was had by all. Hopefully I will be able to post a report on the footy here in the next couple of days....    Sooner than I thought, a match report drops into my electronic mail box.
Only 5 (five) of us made the effort namely, Bryn, Martin, Stevie Gerrard, Malcolm Stubbs and yours truly. Bryn convinced us to stop for a game of Wembley i.e. 2 a side, 3 goals to win followed by a change of keeper and on to the next game. Hadn't realised the hall was so expansive, like our waist lines. Plenty of space to show off our individual skills and blistering pace. Volleys from the keepers unbiased kick offs were the order of the day with Martin taking an absolute thunder ball from Bryn in the midriff. Believe we all enjoyed the outing and we came off with only 10 minutes remaining completely knackered. Talk about dedication to the cause and going the last mile. At least we didn't have to pay for the privilege this week or will the roaming Accountant return to collect his dues. Might join Robbie today and watch the play off final but unlike him I'll be willing the Rams on. Sorry if the report falls far short of the usual standard but my oxygen mask keeps slipping off. Hope to see you next week.
Many thanks to the lads for their effort and to Chris for the report.... Next week we should turn out in force when the hippie returns from Ireland suitably bleached by the non stop rain. No excuses, get your miserable bodies down to the Leisure Centre.

 

Tonight's Teams

Chris
Malcolm Stubbs
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Nigel Caldwell

Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Bud Jackson
Matt Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday June 3rd 2007 : As a City fan of over half a century I have to admit to being saddened by the proposed takeover of the club by Frank Shinawatra the crook from Thailand. Although a few of our vets have Thai connections of another kind, this guy stinks. It seems to be the way our great sport is being taken away from us as foreigners with huge wedges wreck our identities, just ask Stevie Hart about his beloved "Jam Tarts."  Anyway at least the vets are safe from these bandits although I'm told the Vatican keep a close eye on Mary's Moaners. The vets tonight were back up to sensible playing numbers although I think Bryn and Steve Gerrard may have found the going too much last session and have taken a rest week. The ten who graced the Leisure Centre this evening however, all left well pleased with their nights toil. The first half hour was an incredibly close affair with the 4-4 score reflecting how seriously the teams were taking it. With no referee it was also necessary to "play the game" as the saying goes and hats off to the lads for doing just that. Proudy had an excellent session working hard to keep his team mates in the contest. He scored one of the goals of the night, after missing a sitter but, in the very next attack he swivelled and whacked a beaut into the top corner from distance. John also had a decent night hitting goal-scoring form later in the session. Bud continues to be one of the hardest defenders to get past and Nigel is fast becoming a player in the same mould. Martin's run of Robbiesque style finishing continues although tonight he forced the winner with the last kick of the night in a very creditable 29-28 score after 90 muscle numbing minutes. 

Old Vets   Number 3

Tonight's Teams

Matt Pink
Malcolm Stubbs
Paul Garner
Rick Pott


Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin

Keith Proudfoot
Paul Dennis
Stevie Gerrard
Malc Hough
 

 

 

Sunday June 10th 2007 : There were quite a few regular faces missing tonight but as usual the vets turned up in sufficient numbers to provide another testing ninety minutes. Mary's Moaners kicked off the proceedings tonight against Matt Pinks team and came unstuck when Matt's side instantly found their rhythm. Paul Garner was back after a two week break and looked like he he'd never been away. Malc Stubbs made his fourth consecutive appearance, his best unbroken run since he joined us in December 2003 and he crowned it with a couple of very neat strikes in one particular game. In my first game we battled really hard to earn a draw against Matt's team which set the standard for our team as the next five games also ended in draws. Stevie Gerrard and Proudy were knocking in plenty of goals early on but bad luck, bad marking and some dodgy finishing all contrived to stop us winning our first game until the hour mark when that elusive win arrived. It was three defeats, one win and eight draws for us which still left a pretty satisfying feeling in the camp. Mary's Moaners like Matt's team had a pretty mixed night as they both notched up good wins against each other. John the assassin made a couple of brief appearances, in one incident he re-introduced Rick Pott to the wall but in the most he inspired his team mates with his never say die spirit. This was never better illustrated when in the dying seconds of what was heading for yet another draw against our team, he took a ball with his back to goal and in one movement, flipped it round me and pumped it past the bewildered keeper for a memorable strike and winner. Martin also looks to be coming out of his striking dilemma with a couple of silky goals later on. Talking of silky strikers, Robbie appeared on the balcony tonight looking pretty fit but still dazed from the Baggies play off failure. He has been counselled and apparently is looking forward to the Championship next season. Three weeks or so from full fitness, a bit like most of City's new signings, he's raring to go again. Good to see Rick Pott back in action this evening after a nasty eye injury at work. Zsu Zsu Mastin is trying to arrange the Vets Xmas EGM for the last Friday of this month, 29th although this depends on Ev and Mike who are leaving the White Hart and may have their own "do" on this date. It will happen - eventually....
 

Tonight's Players

Paul Garner
Bryn Meredith
Steve Hart
Richard Evans
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
Keith Proudfoot
Stevie Gerrard
Nigel Caldwell
Kevin English
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday June 17th 2007 : A wet weekend in New Mills wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of the vets on Fathers day. Fathers day in New Mills is always a strange occasion, usually a day which brings much confusion and panic to the town. Anyway on the football front confusion was kept to a minimum as eleven of the lads took part in a rotational session which provided some excellent competitive games. Steve Hart and Richard Evans returned to the fray and both gave it a good crack. Richard had more bandages than Scouse Ron on his injured knee, caused by a ladder fall from great height at work, could have been worse - Goodwin can do a lot more damage than a simple fall from a ladder. Another long time absentee, Kevin English, made his first appearance since early April and slotted in nicely with a very energetic contribution. It's not often we get such a competitive session when we swap the players around so much but, tonight was the exception. Bryn has a superb ninety minutes and if I got my sums right only ended up on the losing side twice, not bad considering we get through around eighteen games.
I think the Christmas EGM is about to happen on Friday 29th June. Providing the new Landlord can cope it is a go'er so keep this date free and be ready for the call. As usual our leader will be presenting all manor of awards and there may be a few old timers turn up on the night if we can get things organised. Come on Zsu Zsu, use your debateable management skills and make it happen.....

Old Vets   Number 4

 

Tonight's Players

Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Rick Pott
Keith Mastin
Keith Proudfoot
Stevie Gerrard
Steve Hart
Richard Evans
Chris
Kevin English
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 5


Sunday June 24th 2007 : Another Sunday and another ninety minutes of non stop action packed 5 a side at the Leisure Centre. With the rain battering down all afternoon I thought we may be packed to the rafters tonight but it was just the minimum with eleven willing bodies dragging themselves out. As usual a very good nights football although perhaps not quite as competitive as of late. Still I think the lads were happy with their lot and I for one enjoyed the session very much. Not a great night for spectacular goals although Paul Garner managed to fire in two stormers, both from distance. A distinct lack of players from Mary's Moaners squad left us playing the Scouse Ron rotation system where the spare player referees a game and rejoins the action in the next game playing for the opposite team he left with the player he replaced taking over the refereeing duties - and so on. If that sounds complicated it probably is but it works and credit to Scouse Ron the guy who invented it, one of his better contributions to the vets. As has been mentioned on these pages a number of times before we haven't yet had a black player represent the vets. I thought that had changed tonight when a dark skinned player appeared at on the balcony but, on closer examination it turned out to be Chris who had just returned from his annual body baking trip to Majorca. Chris actually played quite well this evening scoring a couple of very nice goals so the sun must be good for you.
Sad news this week when it was announced Bernard Manning had turned his toes up. Not everybody's cup of Darjeeling but one of my all time favourites. A man who called a spade a spade and when asked recently about what was to become of his ashes when he died, he replied “Ashes? When they burn me there’ll be six tons of lard left.” I loved the man and will miss him very much.
Friday July 13th has been confirmed by our leader as the date for our XMAS EGM a mere 7 months late. Be there - no excuses - The White Hart 20:00 - dress optional

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Ron Buttery
Bud Jackson
 

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Steve Hart
Chris
Graeme Hart

Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell
Malcolm Stubbs
Kevin English

 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 6


Sunday July 1st 2007 : A big night tonight in more ways than one. Seventeen players left us with three teams, two of which had a spare player so they had to take turns to stand down. The evening was graced with the return of Scouse Ron who as we would expect made his presence felt in more ways than one. First of all it meant a full strength Mary's Moaners squad and the opportunity for them to go into full moaning mode which on a few occasions they did with style. Let's not take anything away from their football though because tonight they looked like their tenuous link to divinity was paying off as the gods smiled down on them because own goal after own goal and deflections galore flowed into their opponents net at an alarming rate. But as we all know only too well, you can't rely on a divine spirit to carry you for the odd game or two and gradually as their good fortune deserted them my team in particular rose to the fore. Steve Hart's boy Graeme looked the business with a turn of speed which his dad can only vaguely remember from his distant past. Both however were on the mark and with Chris and Proudy both getting stuck in it was inevitable that we would end up top team tonight although there were no easy games. Rickard and Rick ran and ran for their team but their scoring touch was missing. Malc Stubbs on the other hand had a great night finding the net more often than the roof for a change. Best on the goal scoring front tonight though was Martin Wilde with a tidy hat trick in one game, three being the highest score in any game this evening.
Thankfully the  13th July (Friday) is confirmed for the Christmas EGM at the White Hart where at last you will be able to have a night out without having to fill your lungs with the stale smoke from those unfortunate souls who wish to shorten their lives with this disgusting habit. It was quite strange on this first no smoking in public confined places day, to see all the little groups puffing away outside all the pubs in New Mills while the rain gently soaked them through - desperate or sad??
And finally - Thaksin Shinawatra the Thai crook now looks odds on to take over my beloved club so I like many others will have to embrace the situation but for my protest I refuse from this point to call him Frank or any other patronising nick name 'til the day we extradite him back to ladyboy land to face the music.

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin

Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Chris
Nigel Caldwell

Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Robbie Westwood
Paul Garner
Kevin English

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 7

Sunday July 8th 2007 : Another eventful week for me as my 6th Grandchild, Ruby, arrived on Wednesday, Sven Eriksson became City manager on Thursday after the Thai crook gained control of the club. It really bugged me to shell out my hard earned dosh to renew my City Membership and pay for my first two matches, £85.00 winging it's way into Shitawatra's grubby pocket. The really serious stuff of the week though took place at the Leisure Centre tonight as we were again blessed with three teams again. Robbie returned to the fold and found himself the surrounded by the youth team vets with Kevin, Richard, Paul and Rick clearly the quickest players on view. Speed is useful but you can't beat a good old 'un as they say and there were plenty of those shuffling round. The Mary's Moaners lived up to their name again but gave as good as they got as did all the teams in a very even series of games. Nigel hit probably the best goal I have seen from him tonight with a delightful volley from a tight angle. Martin, Rick and Steve Gerrard were the pick of the strikers tonight but goals were at a premium generally with the scores very close. Overall a good night's sport.
Onto the Christmas EGM on Friday, please make the effort to attend, it should be a good night and hopefully our leader has contacted everyone - 8:00 Friday 13th at the White Hart - New Mills - see you there.

 

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Ron Buttery

Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Graeme Hart
Chris
Steve Hart
Rick Pott

Richard Evans
Matt Pink
Robbie Westwood
Malcolm Stubbs
Kevin English
Colin Ramwell
 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 8

 Sunday July 15th 2007 : The Xmas EGM passed without incident on Friday night. I have to say the highlight of the night was being able to breathe in the White Hart - smoke free at last! Steve Gerrard received his player of the year award for 2006 but didn't appear tonight as a precautionary measure because tomorrow he leaves on tomorrow for a short break in New York with his family before taking them on a two week Caribbean cruise. Come next Sunday he'll be pining to return as the boat dodges the expected hurricanes. Martin who is also off in the morning to the more glamorous Majorca chose not to wimp out tonight and joined the other moaners at the Leisure Centre for their weekly fix. Martin certainly didn't hold back and took a few whacks as did Bryn but, it seemed to pay off as the Mary's Moaners ended up the top team this evening with a quite powerful and dominating ninety minutes. Although not an excuse both the oppositions teams were left unbalanced as players had to drop out to even the numbers up causing more than a little lack of continuity. Still this was the moaners night with an excellent all round team performance. Proudy's team suffered from an inability to convert their many chances and Matt's team had no trouble scoring but just couldn't hold a lead. Goal of the night came when Robbie conjured up a delightful piece of skill to leave Zsu Zsu floundering much to the delight of his team mates. Just to rub it in a couple of games later he lashed in another past the same bemused Moaners keeper with a volley from an astonishingly acute angle  for his third of the night. Nice to see Colin Ramwell back in the fray, his last appearance was way back in October last year. Time has taken it's toll with some wayward finishing but a few weeks back would soon put that right. So next week as well as Stevie G and Martin, Proudy's off to Lanzagrottie and Zsu Zsu the man who really knows how to push the holiday boat out will have the chance to do so in Southport, am I jealous - naaaaaahhhhhh.

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Kevin English
Bud Jackson
John Goodwin
Ron Buttery


Malc Hough
Chris
Steve Hart
Nigel Caldwell

Richard Evans
Malcolm Stubbs
Paul Garner
Rick Potts
 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 9

Sunday July 22nd 2007 : The new football season is creeping up on us with the friendlies now in full swing. This week New Mills grabbed a famous draw with Accrington Stanley and I had managed to take in City's youth team games at Hyde United and Curzon Ashton. Nice to watch football at grass roots level.
Down at the Leisure centre tonight we had a real humdinger of a session with Mary's Moaners battling it out with our vets youth squad. Richard, Paul and Rick, the quickest three players we could muster on the night plus Malc Stubbs made a pretty formidable team. Certainly too good for my side who boasted three over fifty year olds together with my own six decades of ever aging bones. We didn't manage a win all evening and only hit the net half a dozen times much to the amusement of the Moaners. Steve Hart showed remarkable control as Nigel, Chris and myself chose this evening to have an off night. Richard's team on the other hand were full of running and passing making the Moaners dig deep into their reserves of moaning and intimidation in order to compete. To be fair they did indeed compete and possibly shaded the nights spoils with some tight games where Kevin provided the legs and enthusiasm. John and Bryn were the main scorers but Bud Jackson chipped in with a couple of winners at crucial points in the games. Malc Stubbs  is scoring on a regular basis now and one particular goal I saw from the balcony was bent in with great skill. A good night overall in that special atmosphere that only the Mary's Moaners at full chat can create. I can only imagine how much Stevie Gerrard will be kicking himself for missing tonight as his boat meanders from Isle to Isle in the Caribbean or, how Proudy counts off the days as his skin gets ruined in the baking sun of Lanzagrottie and, how Zsu Zsu just wishes it would stop pissing down in Southport.
 

Tonight's Teams

Bryn Meredith
Kevin English
Bud Jackson
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin


Malc Hough
Chris
Paul Garner
Rick Potts
Robbie Westwood
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 10

Sunday July 29th 2007 :  Zsu Zsu Mastin returned to the fray this evening looking suitably bleached after his trip to not so sunny Southport. So the Mary's Moaners were back to almost full strength with Scouse Ron dropping out and Kevin English again standing in although in fairness Kevin is sadly lacking in the moaning department but, that will no doubt improve with an extended run. My squad was down to its bare bones or, should I say old bones with Chris and myself as the sole representatives. We joined up with Paul Garner, Rick Potts and Robbie Westwood in what looked on paper a rather unbalanced side. And so it proved to be as the Moaners raced into an early 5-0 lead. There was no lack of effort but a total lack of cohesion as we battled gamely to try keep the rampant Mary's men at bay. The best we could manage was a goal for every two the opposition scored and that was never going to be enough. Kevin was like a human dynamo as he covered the pitch from end to end and the goals flowed as a result. John and Bryn had a field day and celebrated with the dignity they have become famous for. For my team Rick Pott had one of his most lucrative goal-scoring nights with the lions share of our goals. Robbie's recent scoring vein hit the buffers with a vengeance as he searched for that elusive first strike which never looked like arriving. A real good work out though and a deserved win for Mary's Moaners who could well have their full squad out next week with the return of the Scouser and Martin. Hopefully Proudy, Steve Gerrard and Steve Hart will also be back to take the strain off Chris and myself with Paul Garner having the Youth team back round him as well to give the Moaners a proper test.
John's off in the caravan next week touring the South of England so if you see him on the M5 give him plenty of room and keep an eye on your wing mirrors, he may be behind you!!

Tonight's Players


Bud Jackson
Ron Buttery
Malc Hough
Chris
Richard Evans
Paul Dennis
Kieth Proudfoot
Matt Pink
Keith Mastin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 11

Sunday August 5th 2007 : Watching the pre season game at City yesterday struck me as a major change to those I watched as a nipper in the early 1950’s. It was the first team versus the reserves then with no substitutions and a five minute kick about before the kick off to warm up as opposed to the 45 minute warm up they go through today. Now they are called prestige friendlies and you can have any number of substitutes The vets pre match warm up consists of someone standing in the goals while the lads pummel them with footballs from every angle. No stretches, limbering up or any such over exertions, just straight in there. Tonight was no different as the nine vets who turned up gave it a good go on a hot clammy evening. We played four a side with the benches in place across the goals with the spare player refereeing and rejoining the action on the opposite side from the one which he left, affectionately known as the Scouse Ron Rotational System. The games were well contested and in the main very close and the goals were quite spectacular at times. As usual Matt wasn’t intimidated by the benches finding the net with ease but for the rest of us it becomes a serious challenge. One on one with the keeper is bad enough but when a lump of wood prevents a certain goal it can be very frustrating. Goal of the night had to be Bud Jackson’s, a mazy run past the three out field opponents was crowned with a glorious shot into the top corner. Not far behind was Scouse Ron’s volley past me which flew in like an exocet missile. Ron’s comeback is starting to show dividends, tonight he was marginally quicker than the benches but it was another session completed which can’t be bad. Proudy was back tonight, tanned and fighting fit but Bud brought him back to earth early doors when he dumped the big fellow to the ground with an up and under that Mick McManus would have been proud of. Zsu Zsu Mastin was suffering from a groin problem, probably picked up during his second honeymoon trip to Southport, which meant he stayed in nets all evening.
Well the Jocko’s Premier league kicked off yesterday which means Hearts are only three points behind the leaders but it’s the Edinburgh Derby tomorrow night so will Stevie have a smile on his face next week, definitely possibly maybe but I think not. Next Saturday is the English Premier kick off so the proper season really starts next week………. COME ON CITY

 

Tonight's Teams

The Whites

Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith
Steve Gerrard
Nigel Caldwell
Martin Wilde

The Coloureds

Malc Hough
Bud Jackson
Richard Evans
Paul Garner
Kieth Proudfoot
 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 12

Sunday August 12th 2007 : I'm always chuffed to see lads turn up when their team is live on SKY and tonight Bud Jackson and Bryn, who has adopted Uni£ed as his team since Stalybridge Celtic have become a bunch of also rans, chose to support the vets instead. Good move really as the red hot title favourites bored the pants off the nation as they struggled to gain a point off mighty Reading. Poor old Rooney fractured his foot in the process so will be on sick pay for a week or three. Nothing boring about the vets tonight though as they fought out a scintillating draw after 90 minutes of hectic action. Team selection was basic as the five lads in white shirts took on the five in coloureds. Stevie Gerrard returned from his Caribbean Island hopping cruise to put in a more than half decent show with some fine goals. Martin Wild was also back after a months break putting in a good ninety minutes. Having myself and Bud, the two senior players in their team meant that Proudy, Paul and Richard had to work that little bit harder which in all fairness they did. Richard does have a knack of knocking in goals just when you need them and when his side dropped ten goals behind at one point  he gave them the impetus to get back in it. Bud was superb in goals tonight frustrating Bryn and Ron on more than a few occasions. Nigel had a good night especially as a last line of defence with some last ditch tackles. It was very satisfying to bring the scores level in the last couple of minutes and then Proudy put the coloureds in the lead for the first time but Scouse Ron equalised  to set up an interesting golden goal. After Bud had made a couple of excellent saves Stevie Gerrard knocked the decider in to bring a very enjoyable 90 minutes to an end. Going back to the Premiership I see City are in second spot, another win on Wednesday night and suddenly the Derby Game next Sunday looks like a six pointer against the rags.... COME ON CITY   
 

 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
Kevin English

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Paul Dennis
Chris
Rick Westwood


Richard Evans
Paul Garner
Matt Pink
Robbie Westwood
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 13

Sunday August 19th 2007 : A stunning win for City against the rags today at the COMSTAD ensured that the vets session would be a Uni£ed free zone. Pity it wasn't a trouble free zone as well. Scouse Ron's  thuggish behaviour reappeared in all it's ugliness as he attempted to assault Chris for reasons best known to him. Thankfully Chris managed to avoid any major contact but the intent was clear for all to see. Bryn's unsporting actions don't help matters which is a pity because his football skills far outweigh his strange desire to intimidate people. The evening took a downturn quite early on when Richard Evans unfortunately went over on his ankle and had to withdraw from the action. Paul Dennis suffered a similar fate and also had to stop playing although he did volunteer to referee. Bryn himself took a few knocks in tackles but in fairness accepted them without too much fuss. Martin Wilde came a cropper in the last ten minutes with a nasty fall, Martin does have back problems so hopefully this won't turn out to be connected with those. In between this mayhem there were some rattling good games with Mary's Moaners  setting the early pace until Proudy's team  turned them over. Matt was finding it difficult to hit the target with the soft ball but got better as the evening wore on. One person who had no trouble controlling the  ball was Rick Pott who just couldn't stop scoring, this was definitely Rick's best game since joining the vets. Nice to see Robbie's lad having a game with his Dad and a neat young player he is too although he wouldn't have been over impressed by the conduct of his elders. Will he be back, I doubt it somehow which is a shame.
Going back to the derby game, how good to see the blues regain their rightful place as the Pride of Manchester, it must have been pretty miserable on the Euston trains tonight as the rags fans made their way home. I couldn't help wondering if Fozzie was amongst them, it would be great to hear from him again and even better if he could make an appearance.  Hopefully Zsu Zsu will be back next week to bring some semblance of discipline back to his Mary's Moaners team, in the meantime let's  hope Martin, Paul and Richard all get over their injuries as quick as possible.

 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
 

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Rick Pott


Bud Jackson
Malc Stubbs
Kevin English
Keith Mastin

 

 

 

 

 

Old Vets   Number 14

Sunday August 26th 2007 : I was quite surprised tonight to see 12 vets down for our Sunday thrash. What with injuries and holidays it looked like we were about to have one of those weeks where the benches would appear. Good to see Martin and Bryn had recovered from their injuries and with Uni£ed on the box Bud made the effort to come down. Not so lucky though were Richard Evans and Paul Dennis who both look to be out for a few weeks.
The games this evening were very tight but with plenty of goals. Difficult to separate the teams in terms of results but Mary's Moaners started well although Bud Jackson's team seemed to get the better of them overall. Proudy's team failed to beat the Moaners all night although we did manage a draw or two but, they beat Bud's team each time they played which just goes to prove the old adage, it's a funny old game! Martin hit the goal trail again with a glut of quality strikes. Kevin and Chris also had their moments when it came to finding the net but for me Malc Stubbs was the player who caught the eye with some very nifty footwork. So a very satisfying session which I think the majority of the lads thoroughly enjoyed - I certainly did.
Zsu Zsu Mastin has somehow convinced the Carnival Committee that we are worthy of a cash injection and a substantial pile of readies are to be presented to our leader which he proposes to use to buy a set of bibs, emblazoned with our crest and numbered. He also felt that they should be personalised with our names but I feel this is unnecessary and would probably  instigate an influx of EBay sales in the memorabilia section. What price a Buttery these days or a signed Goodwin??  Anyway well done Keith, not only does the old hippie keep us afloat financially but now he has raised our profile a notch or three with his wheeling and dealing in the higher echelons of the Towns fundraisers. 
 

Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
 

Malc Hough
Bud Jackson
Chris
Kevin English
Karl English


Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Pott

 

 

Old Vets   Number 15

Sunday September 2nd 2007 : Having watched City lose to Blackburn today I needed cheering up and what better way than to get the old body down to the Leisure Centre for a challenging session of 5 a side. That's just what we got with three evenly balanced sides giving it their best for ninety minutes on a damp September evening. A few leaks from the ceiling made it a bit dodgy underfoot but overall it was great to see the lads all leaving with smiles on their faces after what was after all one of the most enjoyable sessions for a good while. Karl English made a welcome return, just in time to bolster my squad who were having a bit of a thin time of it until his left foot started to hit form. Bryn and Martin had set the standard with a rash of strikes early doors as the Mary's Moaners slipped into gear. Matt Pink was having a bit of a mare for once with some wayward shooting but Paul Garner surely made up for that as he hit a purple patch mid way through the evening. He hit some blinders from all over the pitch. Goal of the night for me though was John Goodwin's classic when he took one touch to turn the ball round his opponent before slamming it into the net with his second touch, great skill. Nigel continues to put himself about with some great defending but Rick's scoring feats of last week hit the buffers as he struggled to match the high standards he set himself. One incident tonight moves me to suggest a rule change. As Bryn was about to receive a pass which would have left him with an open goal he was unsportingly pushed into the area for which he was awarded a free kick. In all fairness this should have been a penalty as should any foul of this nature.  Next week should see the return of Proudy complete with smug grin on his face after Rovers win against City today and hopefully, Steve Hart & Steve Gerrard so Chris and myself can have the luxury of a full squad for once. Also we need injury checks on Richard Evans and Paul Dennis. Additionally next week I hope to publish our new Logo's for your approval - these will be embroidered onto the new tabards which our leader has acquired for us.

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
 

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Steve Gerrard


Bud Jackson
Paul Dennis
Rick Pott
Keith Mastin


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Old Vets   Number 16

Sunday September 9th : England and Scotland comfortably won their Euro 2008 qualifiers this weekend but, the big crunch matches are in mid week when Russia come to Wembley and Scotland go to France. I thought our own Old Jocko would grace the Leisure Centre tonight buoyed by his countries run of form but it wasn't to be. Still there were a number of England shirts on view which at times became a problem as white seems to be the popular colour at the vets 5 a side sessions. As our tabards haven't yet been manufactured you had to have your wits about you to pick out the right team mate. Stevie Gerrard returned to the fold this evening and slipped back into his team with ease. Backed up by Proudy they made a formidable back bone to our squad and easily ended up the top side on the night, losing only three games. Chris and myself found the going a lot easier in what for once was a near full squad. Mary's Moaners did have a full turnout although Keith dropped into Bud Jackson's team. The Moaners had a decent enough night and with a little better finishing could have ended up top dogs. Scouse Ron's passing at times was excellent and Bryn has started to find his scoring touch again. Paul Dennis was back with us again looking fit and no worse for wear after his injury. Rick as usual ran his socks off and took a few knocks on the way including a couple from me which I put down to wearing my sons trainers, two sizes too big. Nearly goal of the night was my wonderful flying header which cannoned off the bar. Scorer of the night had to be Steve Gerrard who slammed in four during one game. Anyway here's hoping the England and Scotland teams do the business on Wednesday evening which is the night we are to be presented with our Carnival money to buy the much needed Tabards / bibs.
 

Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
 

Malc Hough
Bud Jackson
Chris
Matt Pink


 


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Old Vets   Number 17

Sunday September 16th 2007 : Not for the first time in my many years playing with the Vets on a Sunday night, indeed it's 19 years now, I turned out in a quite depressed frame of mind. On Thursday I lost one of my dearest friends who was killed in a road accident on his way home from London in the early hours. Grief is a very difficult animal to control and thankfully for me something as simple as a kick about with my mates was a welcome distraction and hopefully as the days go on that awful feeling of wasteful loss that we have all felt from time to time will recede to manageable proportions. 
It surprised me somewhat that Stevie Hart didn't show tonight after Wednesday's unbelievably great win for Scotland in Paris followed by Heart's thrashing of the Gers on Saturday, maybe he's still in a state of shock. I await his sick note!  A good turnout of City fans tonight even though Sky clashed with our session. Indeed it was a rollicking ninety minutes this evening with the Moaners playing the rest in a four a side contest. The Moaners took the first half in a surprisingly low scoring game leading 11-6. The second half was just the opposite as Chris and Matt opened with a flurry of goals to leave the Moaners with an impossible task to repeat their first half dominance. They weren't helped when Bryn had to drop into goals after taking a couple more hefty knocks on his already dodgy ankle which was a shame because he was having a pretty decent night. We called it a night a few minutes before the end to save Zsu Zsu from crippling himself as he looked to be struggling (what's new!)
 


Tonight's Teams


Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Kevin English
Rick Pott

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Steve Gerrard
Nigel Caldwell
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday September 23rd 2007 : With very little distractions on the TV other than yet another boring Uni£ed v Chelski match (I wonder if Fozzie still travels up from St Albans with all his cockney red mates on the Virgin Special to OT?) to compete with the vets tonight although only 10 turned out. Not a red in sight although Nigel does prefer them to his home town team of Cheltenham. Still it made for a very competitive game this evening with both sides giving it max. Zsu Zsu's team started brightly and demonstrated the art of creating space and quick passing as they took an early lead. Kevin smacked a couple of stunning strikes which absolutely flew in. Rick was yet again on the end of a few boisterous tackles which I feel are the result of his own speed and ability to slip past people in a very unorthodox way, resulting in a tap or three on his ankles. My team played like a bunch of HOMO's this evening, "you know, Hit One, Miss One!!" In fact we missed a hatful. To be fair we did end up the dominant team although we didn't take the lead until the last twenty minutes. Chris scored the golden goal at the end minutes after John had netted his first of the night. Paul had the miss of the night but in general the finishing all round wasn't anything to write home about. Steve Gerrard and Proudy were on the mark for their team but could have doubled their totals with a little steadier finishing.  Top 90 minutes, more of the same next week - The big talking point in the dressing room - Where is Steve Hart??? We need to know.

Old Vets   Number 18

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Malc Hough
Robbie Westwood
Bud Jackson
Chris
Keith Proudfoot
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner

 



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Old Vets   Number 19

Sunday September 30th 2007 : Couldn't believe just how good my beloved City were yesterday, haven't seen football like that from them for years. So it wasn't surprising to see a good showing of Blues down at the Leisure centre for our weekly bash. The Scouse one was back with us and a decent show from the lad over the ninety minutes. Also returning after a seven week break was Robbie who looked a little rusty but ever the willing runner. Robbie's Baggies were on the box today in a 5-1 destruction of QPR, goals going in from everywhere but, sadly Robbie struggled to find the net tonight. In a rotational session there were some very good games although you can't beat the competitive edge of the regular squads. Proudy had the misfortune to be paired with myself and Chris, both of us feeling the effects of man flu. Still the big fella managed to put in a pretty impressive show including four in one game. Martin and Paul also had a good night with both players managing to to find the net on a regular basis. Goal of the night was Scouse Ron's mazy dribble (mainly trying to control the ball with a modicum of success) before swivelling like a whirling Dervish and planting the ball into the far corner from an acute angle. As Ron said, he turned quicker than a two week old bottle of milk. Bud quietly got on with the game and bagged a few goals in a really worthwhile nights football. So where was everybody tonight? Next week I'll be taking a holiday in Cephalonia so we may be short of playmakers. With a big bit of luck the tabards' may be ready as Zsu Zsu has finally settled on the design.
 

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Karl English
Paul Garner
Chris

Martin Wilde
Nigel Caldwell
Kevin English
Ron Buttery

 

Sunday 7th October 2007 : The absence of ageing playmaker Malc Hough was very apparent tonight, with the football being of the highest quality and no diving. Despite competition from victory drinking at the City of Manchester Stadium, if not the White Hart, eight of the regulars turned out for another dose of heavy breathing and chronic groin strains, with Nigel, Martin, Kevin and Limping Ron taking on the might of Zsu Zsu, Carl, Paulo and Chris. With the score at 18-15 to Zsu Zsu’s team when the defibrillators were brought on at half-time, there was a remarkable come-back by their younger opponents and the score was 36-all when the whistle went for full-time, with the normal hunt for a Golden Goal abandoned following a quick risk assessment of player fatigue. All played well and enjoyed a good evening, but there’ll be a whip-round next week for a new zimmer frame for Nigel, whose legs went awol for a brief and worrying period early in the second half.

Houghie should be back from his Grecian training camp next week, which should see a return to mediocrity. Would be good to see Stevie H and G again, and where’s Johnboy?



Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Karl English
Martin Wilde
Nigel Caldwell


Chris
Keith Proudfoot
Matt Pink
Malc Hough




 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14th October 2007 : What a week for British Sport - Wins for England and Scotland in the Euro Qualifiers and the magnificent England Rugby Union team in yet another World Cup Final. Can they beat the South Africans? Why not!!  Returning from Cephalonia stoked up with excellent Greek food and the fine Mythos beer I was looking for a nice easy session at the Leisure Centre this evening but with only eight willing bodies it turned out to be anything but. Still you have to adapt and it turned out to be a brilliant nights football all round. Two nicely balanced teams battled gamely in a three legged thriller. Zsu Zsu selected two oldies and two runners in each team which turned out to be very fair although I would have liked to see all the oldies in one team to test old heads against young guns. The first leg was the closest with Zsu Zsu's team just shading it 10-9 after being behind for most of the game. Martin hit scoring form early on and Karl backed him up with a bagful off his trusty left peg. Having said that it looked like Chris's team would dominate the night but with wayward shooting from the quartet they couldn't capitalise on their early dominance. The second leg also went to Zsu Zsu and his team 10-8 with the cockney hippie giving a wonderful performance in goal with many outstanding saves. Nigel as usual was working over time in defence making it difficult although his passing wasn't up to his usual standard. In the third and final leg Chris hit top gear and inspired his team mates to a 10-5 win to take the overall contest 27-25. It was in that final game that Zsu Zsu pulled off the save of the night taking the full force of a mighty drive from yours truly square in the nuts, sadly for him though I tapped in the rebound. Matt struggled to find his usual scoring touch although he whacked in his fair share. Highlight of the session was the appearance of Proudy's new Metallic Red Nike Trainers which hit the target more often than the old Silver ones which were unceromonially dumped after the session. Finally the golden goal went to Chris with a fine drive after taking the ball off Zsu Zsu to cap a very satisfactory ninety minutes.
Steve Gerrard should be back next week after a slight chill but now Bryn joins John Goodwin, Steve Hart, Rick Pott, Richard Evans on the where are they now list.

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