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16th December
Rick Pott
9th December

John Goodwin

2nd December

Bryn Meredith

25th November
Michael Jackson
11th November
Steve Gerrard
4th November

Karl  English
28th October
Matt Pink
21st October

Keith Mastin
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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 5 a side
football at the
Leisure Centre
New Mills
High Peak

17:30 - 19:00
every Sunday
evening.
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pair of trainers and
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Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Bud Jackson

 

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 21st October 2007 : Everything’s gone Pear shaped!! England played like they didn’t give a toss and lost to a very poor Russian side who will now qualify for the European Finals ahead of our bunch of overpaid wasters. The Rugby Union boy’s lost to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup Final but unlike their round ball colleagues played with a passion and dedication which was awesome. Then finally Louis Hamilton hit the panic button and succumbed to engine problems that left his F1 World Championship hopes in tatters but, sheer guts and determination drove him from 18th place back to 7th and a very honourable F1 WC runner up. So it was with a heavy heart that eight vets (all English thanks to the mysterious non appearance of our old Jocko) turned out at the Leisure Centre for their Sunday thrash. My shadow squad with the help of Nigel faced a strong looking Mary’s Moaners select and soon felt the might of their twin strike force as Bryn and Martin went goal crazy. Proudy was working overtime to encourage the three oldies around him to get into gear. Thankfully Nigel was the first to get into playing mode as he tackled and worked tirelessly to prevent the Moaners over running us. The first game ended in a comfortable 10-4 win for Mary’s with Zsu Zsu and Bud Jackson giving great support. Proudy hit the opener in the next game but Mary’s yet again turned up the pressure helped by my three own goals in a short spell whilst in nets. This game was a bit closer as Mary’s ran out 10-6 winners. The third game was a complete turn around as we hit a vein of total football which was un-defendable. Slick passing between all four players set up a 10-2 win in which I managed to poach eight of our goals. Chris like myself was finding the going tough but played as well as I’ve seen in that particular game with some sweet passing. The Moaners deservedly took the honours overall tonight with a golden goal winner to end a very satisfying game of five a side. Zsu Zsu continues to impress in goals but tonight impressed sartorially in his new black Charlton shirt, no longer a scruffy old hippie just, an old hippie. I can’t end without a mention of the night’s highlight which was a last ditch goal saving tackle by Nigel which ended with the lad doing a triple salco and still managing to clear the ball midway through his mid air spin, outrageous skill or complete madness?


Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Karl English

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Bud Jackson
Paul Dennis

Matt Pink
Richard Evans
Malcolm Stubbs
Paul Garner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 28th October 2007 : Third place in the Premiership and City go and lose to Chelsea 6-0, who would believe it eh? Well last time that happened, coincidently exactly 12 years and 1 day ago, at Liverpool, they were relegated!! Again coincidently the next game they played was against Bolton although this week it's a League cup game and not a Premier clash. Well to escape the turmoil of a battered ego the Hough's bobbed over to Poulton Le Fylde to spend Sunday with our daughter's family which nearly led to me missing tonight's Sunday Vets bash. The Motorway was no more than a crawl from Blackpool to the Manchester turn off on the M6 but thankfully with the help of some kamikaze driving I just made the kick off.  Three teams  provided an extremely entertaining hour and a half's football with Matt's team taking the honours mainly due to a full set of fit and reasonably young bodies. Mary's Moaners gave them a good run for their money with Bryn and Martin now looking like possibly the most effective pairing at this moment in time. Karl gave them great support and whacked in a few of his left foot specials as well. Matt's team played with great pace and their pass and move tactics were too much at times for their aging opponents. Great to see Richard and Malc back after their serious injuries, Malc had to undergo surgery on his groin and looked pretty sharp as a result especially after it was tested by a thudding impact from Karl's lethal left foot shot. As for my team, we never reached the height's of last week although we did have our moments. Proudy and Paul worked their socks off and both found the net with creditable efforts whilst myself, Chris and Bud had to scrap for our crumbs. Paul Garner, making his first appearance this month netted the goal of the night with a pile-driver from his own half, not once but twice.
The where the hell are they list is growing by the week with the most worrying being Steve Hart, John Goodwin and Rick Pott, Steve Gerrard has been on an extensive training course over in Ireland in order to be able to complete 90 minutes without the assistance of oxygen.

Tonight's Teams

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

Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris
Steve Gerrard
Steve Hart

Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Karl English
Nigel Caldwell
Michael Jackson
Rick Pott

 


Sunday 4th November 2007 : Much to admire at the Leisure Centre tonight with a seriously competitive five a side contest between three excellent teams. With the Mary's Moaners and my squad at full strength we locked horns in the first match with the Moaners coming out well on top. Maybe the return of Steve Hart and Steve Gerrard after long lay offs left us a bit disjointed but the Mary's team were anything but. Ron's return together with John's first game in a number of weeks gave Martin and Bryn licence to form a very effective strike force that worked well early on. Matt's team were also in the shake up and again were bolstered by a fit again Rick Pott. Rick scored the goal of the night with a superb drive after ghosting past big Ron. As the evening wore on it was obvious the Matt's team were going to end up top dogs but not before my team had pegged them back with their only two defeats. The two Steve's both made impressive returns although good goalkeeping restricted the scoring. Miss of the night had to be Zsu Zsu Mastin's when he set himself up for a long range drive but completely missed the ball and fell in a heap on the floor, the ball stayed where it was until the alert Steve Gerrard galloped forward and lashed it past the bemused John Goodwin in goal. this was Scouse Ron's moment to point out the error of the old hippies ways in the style that he has become famous for. Like I said at the start there was much to admire tonight at the Leisure centre including the new tabards provided for us by the New Mills Carnival Committee. Very natty black mesh numbers which are designed to distinguish between the different teams, sadly they are all black, yes all four sets of them!! They do have different colour patches on them, a little bit like those prison bibs you see on the TV. There's white on black, red on black, yellow on black and the best yet, black on black (click picture for larger size). Still well done Zsu Zsu for your unstinting effort in persuading the committee that we actually helped on carnival day, that alone is worthy of praise. It would be good if we could get the same turn out next week although Proudy is taking his daughter to her first football match at Old Tra££ord so we will be one short but no excuses for anyone else.

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
John Goodwin
Ron Buttery

Malc Hough
Chris
Steve Gerrard
Malcolm Stubbs

Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell
Richard Evans
Rick Pott

 

Sunday 11th November 2007 : Zsu Zsu's 60th birthday last month slipped by without mention but we should have guessed that something was occurring when he turned out in that new Charlton shirt. Well done Keith on reaching this milestone and may you go on for many more years to come.
We had to compete with City and Uni£ed both playing this afternoon with City on Sky. Thankfully we had a full compliment of Blues including Steve Gerrard in his snazzy new City shirt. I think this must have inspired the lad because tonight he was on fire in front of goal. In general my squad played some of the best football we've performed for quite a while. With Malc Stubbs drafted in we passed well and worked hard for each other and after a stuttering start probably ended up the strongest side. Mary's Moaners were always competitive but prone to bouts of internal friction. Martin Wilde was like a ship without a rudder with his striking partner allegedly sunning himself somewhere off the coast of West Africa. Ron did his best to encourage his team mates in his own particular style and actually managed quite a few classy strikes. Richard Evans was back to lead the Youth Squad who were not at their best but still added to a well contested and for me at least, very enjoyable night's football.

 

Mary's Moaners - Reds
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
John Goodwin
Karl English
Bud Jackson

Whites
Malc Hough
Chris
Steve Gerrard
Keith Proudfoot
Paul Dennis

Yellows
Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell
Richard Evans
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 18th November 2007 : What an eventful weekend!! Scotland out - England back in, perhaps. Who would have thought that Israel would turn over the Russians and Scotland would give the Italians a rare old scare. So it's fingers crossed for Wednesday when a draw against the Croatians will be enough for England - memories of Poland and Jan Tomaszewski the 6' 4" keeper in 1973. I don't have a good feeling about this one.
Well tonight I decided the flu wasn't a reason why I should miss my weekly fix at the Leisure Centre and was pleasantly surprised to see fifteen players. Mary's were missing Ron and Bryn but drafted in Karl English to be an honourable moaner for the night, a position he filled with gusto. My squad was only missing Steve Hart but Paul Dennis brought us up to strength and Matt's squad was as strong as any he has mustered for quite a while. So we were all set for a close contest which it turned out to be with most games decided by a single goal. For some reason which I cannot put a finger on a slightly unpleasant undercurrent developed as the evening wore on. This inevitably spilled over mainly after a mistimed tackle was judged to be a lot worse than it actually was and after words were exchanged a couple of players left the action. Viewing from the balcony the non playing team all thought the incident was no more than a genuine attempt, if somewhat badly timed, to tackle the player with the ball who was moving at a fair old pace. But adrenaline and passion were all there in buckets full and all hell was let loose. Like I said I don't know why tonight there should have been this undercurrent but there was so let's put it in the past, like Scotland's latest World Cup attempt and get back to enjoying what to most of us is a very enjoyable night out with our mates.
No man of the match this week but a couple of weeks ago Bryn cleverly suggested the worst player on the night should take the tabards home and wash them. Well if you get to read this Bryn - I took them home tonight and thoroughly deserved to..... 

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

Yellows
Matt Pink
Malc Hough
Chris
Bud Jackson
Richard Evans
 

 

 

Sunday 25th November 2007 : As I said last week I didn't have a good feeling about our European Qualifying match and so proved to be. There have been many discussions as to why we failed to beat Croatia but the main reason as far as I'm concerned is they were better than England in every department. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say we weren't good enough. A similar argument could be used for Matt's team tonight as they failed to win a single game (four in all) against a revitalised Mary's Moaners. Six nil up in the second game looked to be enough but Mary's piled on the pressure and battled back to take it 10-8. Martin was in superb form and with his old striking partner Bryn back in the fold to add his share of goals, Mary's were always in the driving seat. Matt as usual ran and ran but tonight his shooting boots were left at home. Speed merchant Richard also gave his all but somehow the goals would not come. Chris and myself, more your pass and move merchants were finding it hard to match our teams speedy twosome. Bud on the other hand helped himself to quite a few exceptionally good strikes. As I have already said the moaners were certainly on a mission tonight and were definitely the best team on the night. Karl and John were strong in the tackle and no slouches when it came to scoring. All in all a very good session highlighted by the traditional Golden Goal at the end which was scored by Matt's Yellows when Chris rounded off a flowing move with a crisp volley into the top corner. We need to get back to three teams next week so come on lads, get your arses down and let's see if we can arrange a Christmas EGM of sorts before July.

 

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Bud Jackson
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Rick Pott
Chris
Nigel Caldwell
Robbie Westwood
Ron Buttery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd December  2007 : With a number of regular vets missing tonight we still managed a very enjoyable ninety minute session with the players rotating. With us entering the traditionally festive month of the year it was good to have a light hearted session, hope it wasn't the calm before the storm! Bryn reminded me that we had decided that the player with the worst miss of the night would be taking the tabards home to wash but that had to go on the back burner because I forgot to bring them. On the playing side I think everybody had their moments this evening but it was especially good to see Robbie banging in the goals after another prolonged lay off with a bad ankle. Ron gave Robbie's ankle a thorough work out with a few tickles, sorry tackles that left the little fella reeling a bit but as ever he didn't give up, in fact, he left the rotund Scouser in a heap after another coming together later on. Pick of the goal scorers tonight were Proudy, Bryn and Ron who all hit the net with fizzing drives.
Next week with only two or three more sessions before Christmas it would be good to see all the bodies still capable of dragging themselves down to the Leisure Centre to do just that. I have to visit Christies Hospital with my wife Janice tomorrow and as I look round that waiting area I know I'll see scores of guys that would love to have that opportunity, for some of them just once would do - we don't know how lucky we are or as Joni Mitchell sang, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."

Possibly the last of  the series of Old Vets  
Number 20

Tonight's Players

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

Whites
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Paul Garner
Chris Todd

Yellows
Matt Pink
Bud Jackson
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Malcolm Stubbs

 

If Scouse Ron
was a Penguin



He'd probably be the
nastiest penguin ever

 

Sunday 9th December  2007 : What a rollercoaster of emotions this weekend. Amir Khan demolished Graham Earl in 72 seconds to retain his Commonwealth lightweight title, Ricky Hatton lost to Floyd Mayweather who retained his WBC welterweight crown in Las Vegas in the early hours and City lost to Spurs in the afternoon. Thank goodness for Sunday night at the Leisure Centre where everyone is always a winner, errr... except my team who didn't manage a single win all evening. Mary's Moaners with their shadow squad battled it out with Matt's team for the honour of top dog and in the end it was pretty much even Stevens. With my squad down to myself and Proudy we drafted in Paul Garner and newcomer Chris Todd. Chris a Bolton fan found the going quite tough early doors, not surprising really due to a combination of being thrust in at the deep end with a bunch of strangers and a pair of non grip trainers.  Chris started to get his act together as the night wore on and should find the going easier the more he plays. Matt as usual took on the scoring responsibilities for his team which included some fair old raspers. For Mary's Moaners John caught the eye tonight in one of his best performances for quite a while. One of his goals was pure class as he controlled the ball with his first touch before swivelling round and slotting it past the keeper. Overall another one of those sessions that seemed to end far too quickly although I fear Chris will know just how hard it was when he gets up in the morning.
Next week is the last before Christmas, the next after that will be 6th January 2008

Tonight's Players

Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Michael Jackson

The Rest
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Richard Evans
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th December  2007 : It was a sad week as far as I was concerned when the FA announced the appointment of  Fabio Capello and his bunch of Italian hangers on as the new England coaching team. What is the point of having a National team if you can't provide a manager from the same country to manage them. It's OK for minor nations such as Korea and Scotland but the country that brought the game to the world now puts it's players in the charge of an Italian who will probably introduce them to the finer arts of cheating, diving and other dubious practices. If they are as good as the FA think they are why aren't they managing their own country? 
The vets just managed to get eight players out this evening to provide a lung busting 4 a side session with the benches making an unwelcome comeback. The Moaners were put firmly in their place after their recent run of good form as my cobbled together team gelled  extremely well. After a highly competitive first game which the Moaners only just lost 8-10 Martin's back trouble returned possibly leaving his team with just too much to do. Chris Todd after his baptism of fire last week showed some fine touches and it wasn't too long before he hit his first vets goal. Richard Evans and Rick Pott were full of running and benefited greatly from the accurate passing of their team mates. Although I got the tabbards to wash by way of the worst miss of the night, I hit the net more often than I have done for many moons. Zsu Zsu worked hard but his play-making skills were not at their best tonight leaving John to forage a lonely and mainly unsuccessful path up front. Martin battled on bravely in spite of his injury but couldn't prevent his team going down 4-10 in the second game. Bud was the scorer of the sometimes traditional golden goal to salvage a little pride for the battered Mary's Moaners. Well that's it for this year so to each and every one of the lads who have made the effort to get down on a Sunday night whether it be the odd game or every week, have a great Christmas and may the New Year see you all in good health. Without you lot there would be no vets.  All the best from me and my family.

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