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Players of the Week
2008

13th April
Bryn Meredith
6th April
Steve Gerrard
23rd March
Chris
16th March
Bryn Meredith
9th March
Chris Todd
24th February
Rick Westwood
17th February
John Goodwin
3rd February
Robbie Westwood
27th January
Steve Gerrard
20th January
No winner
13th January
Bryn Meredith
6th January

Keith Proudfoot
 

 

Players of the Week
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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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Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

Bryn Meredith
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Ron Buttery


The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
 

All Stars

Chris Todd
Karl English
Paul Garner
Robbie Westwood
 

Sunday 6th January 2008 : Great to be back at the Leisure Centre after the Christmas and New Year break. As Mary's Moaners kicked off 2008 I gingerly moved my expanded frame into action. It soon became apparent that three weeks of over indulgence was going to take it's toll and sitting here typing this report confirms my early fear. I wasn't on my own as I looked around at the expanding waistlines, Scouse Ron looked like a reflection you used to see in those mirrors at the Fun House in Blackpool. Still none of this stopped the lads giving it large (couldn't resist that one) and the action was started at a furious pace, well reasonably quick. Proudy hit the first goal of 2008 in a very tight 2-2 draw with the Moaners in the first game as Mary's fought back from being 2 down. Proudy's team were on song tonight as they only lost one game, 2-1 to the All Stars with the returning Steve Gerrard making all the difference with a very busy contribution. Although Proudy hit the Lions share of his teams goals, a back to form Chris , Steve and myself all managed to contribute when needed. The Moaners blew hot and cold and definitely missed the assassin who was probably sunning himself on a winter break which probably helped us ease our way back into the flow. Bryn, 2007's Player of the Year, bagged his usual quota of goals but didn't get the support of his team mates who gave a new meaning to hitting the heights. Scouse Ron chose the 75th minute to bag his first of the year, a superbly executed toe ender into the bottom corner, captured on movie for all time. The All Stars finished well but as has been the rule of thumb in the past, you need to be a regular squad to knit together and by the time they knitted, it was all over. Chris Todd continues to improve, some neat strikes this evening, and Paul was up and down the pitch with his usual fervour as was Robbie but an early ankle injury to Karl saved the goalkeepers from serious punishment. Paul whacked in his traditional long ranger from his own half whilst Robbie managed to whip one past  Proudy. It was quite unusual that every player found the net tonight but the highlight of a very enjoyable night was a trickler of a pass back to Robbie in nets which he some how managed to let through his legs before diving backwards and juggling it into the goal in comical style. Poor old Robbie but, he left us all laughing and that's not bad for the first week back. Proudy wore his new Blackburn shirt emblazoned with Santa Cruz who will probably be transferred in the January window. Hoping to see Steve Hart back next week, I believe he has been in Edinburgh performing in Jock and the Beanstalk - his team need him back, the final piece of the jigsaw.....
 

Tonight's Players

Bryn Meredith
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
John Goodwin
Chris
Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough

 

 

 

Sunday 13th January 2008 : Short report tonight as I'm off to the Bombay Café in Chinley for a last blow out before my career saving diet starts tomorrow. It's getting bloody hard work carting round all that excess lard and there were moments tonight when my body tried to tell me that it was also getting pissed off with it. Still I did manage a couple of hat tricks back to back which cheered me up a tad. Bryn was also on a goal scoring fest as the lads put on a good show in spite of the disappointing turn out. With Bolton playing Blackburn there seemed to be little on offer as an alternative especially as both those clubs rarely draw more than a spattering of fans. Proudy resisted the temptation to watch the second half with his beloved Rovers just starting to make a comeback after going a goal down, his decision to get his arse down to the Leisure Centre was rewarded with a win at full time. Chris Todd obviously couldn't resist the chance to watch the Trotters, Chris's team, on one of their rare Sunday afternoon appearances and he was rewarded with a defeat - bad choice mate. We were indeed short of one player to make up the ten so played four a side with the players rotating. One thing about four a side is there are no hiding places and most of the lads were on their knees at the end of this gruelling ninety minutes. Even Richard found it tough in his first showing this year although in between he covered every inch of the pitch as usual. Zsu Zsu was phenomenal in goal getting his size 12's onto everything, Chris ran himself to a standstill (after half an hour) and Rick Pott, the man who never gives up a lost cause, was bounced into the wall chasing another one for the umpteenth time since joining the vets. Paul and Proudy both had their moments and both found the net regularly although the benches were given a rest this week so the main obstacle was Zsu Zsu. John Goodwin back from Lanzagrottie had a smooth return to the fold and should benefit the Moaners when hopefully, they reform next week with the rest of the missing vets.
 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Paul Garner
Nigel Caldwell

The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
 

The All Stars

Matt Pink
Chris Todd
Richard Evans
Malcolm Stubbs

Robbie Westwood
 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 21st January 2008 : A better turn out tonight with three teams pretty equal in standard and a close contest for the team of the night. Mary's started off really well only losing one of their first five games. Without Bryn Meredith it looked like they may struggle for goals but this wasn't the case with John in particular hitting the target with great regularity. It wasn't only the net that felt the full might of John's presence as myself and Chris were reminded that the assassin is alive and well and liable to strike when least expected.  Martin braved a nasty back problem and put in a lively ninety minutes and was well supported by Moaner's guests for the night, Nigel and Paul. I thought Nigel in particular worked hard in his first game of the New Year. Matt and Malc Stubbs also made their first showing this year and combined well for the All Stars. Robbie as usual ran the equivalent of a couple of marathons but it was Richard that caught the eye for his team as he fired in a number of important goals plus Robbie weighed in with a double. Chris Todd took on the last line of defence duties and like Nigel quietly got on with doing the simple things until he took a nasty fall in the last ten minutes. The Todd knee took the brunt of the fall and it looks like Chris may miss a couple of weeks. I hope it isn't serious and doesn't put him off  as he has slotted in very nicely with the lads and has become part of the team, even though he supports Bolton Wanderers. As for my team, the Blue and Whites we had a mixed night sometimes unstoppable and sometimes unstartable.  Proudy and Steve took on the scoring responsibilities with mixed success whist Chris and myself settled for a more supporting role. We're still missing our foreign team mate from across  the border, we may be forced to take advantage of the the open transfer window in search of the final piece of the jigsaw. On that note the assassin was approached in the dressing room after tonight's action with a view to switching his allegiance, but he couldn't afford the fee. So at the end of the day it was honours even after a rare old session which most of us enjoyed in one way or another - and another week where Zsu Zsu the Cockney hippie excelled in nets with his huge feet which are becoming a formidable barrier.


Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Ron Buttery

The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Mike Adrio

The All Stars

Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Richard Evans
Nigel Caldwell
Paul Dennis

 

 

 


Sunday 27th January 2008 : All the City lads were here tonight in spite of their team being 2-1 down to Sheffield United live on Sky with 30 minutes to go. There's something special about the FA Cup allegedly, but for me it's missing these days. Three teams including a first showing this year by Paul Denis. The Blue and Whites ruled the roost with a vengeance tonight losing only in the final game to The All Stars. Chris was on the mark tonight benefitting from the inclusion of  Mike Adrio who certainly made his mark on his Vets debut. Proudy and Steve Gerrard were quick and incisive as they cut through the opposition with great skill. Mary's Moaners to be fair were under strength, Bryn was not available and they were further weakened by the return of Scouse Ron. To their credit they accepted their plight and gave it a decent crack but the lack of a goal scorer inevitably left them struggling. Martin again braved the back trouble and worked as hard as anybody in spite of his handicap. The All Stars failed to live up to their name despite being graced with the paciest players on view. The two Paul's were always in the thick of the action whilst Richard and Matt were the chief goal scorers. Nigel continues to take the plaudits for the player who never seems to get the credit his play deserves, although John Goodwin did say he was missed by the Moaners after his excellent contribution last week as a guest. John yet again slipped past Matt early doors to net a blinder which probably was the highlight of his night. Sadly Matt had to leave the session half way through as a message arrived that Eva his baby daughter was ill at home - hopefully she has made a swift recovery.
As we left the Leisure Centre we heard that City had indeed lost to the Blades confirming that indeed, there is nothing special about the FA CUP!!!           Roll on next week. 


 

  Mary's Moaners

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith

The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Malcolm Stubbs

The All Stars

Rick Pott
Robbie Westwood
Paul Garner
Richard Evans
Rick Westwood
 

 

Sunday 3rd February 2008 : Just managed to make the Leisure Centre tonight after a weekend in London. Managed to miss Arsenal's exhibition at the COMSTAD which was a shame because they are probably one of the best Premier teams ever. Chris was full of praise for them after having watched the game in the Corporate section, lucky fella.
The Vets again turned out in their numbers with a very respectable 15 players in three teams. No team dominated tonight but there were some tasty games with no quarter given. Sadly Scouse Ron chose tonight to launch into one of his disgusting temper tantrums. After an obvious handball by one of his team mates he chose to abuse Paul Garner who was refereeing for not blowing up quickly enough with such venom that Paul refused to carry on refereeing the game. Paul is probably one of the most inoffensive and pleasant guy's the vets have had the privilege of playing alongside so it was all the more galling to witness Ron's vile verbal attack. If this was a one off it would probably not warrant a response but sadly it has been a regular occurrence over the years leading to a number of players choosing to drop out. Ron paints himself as a well educated intelligent guy which he may well be but, in these ugly moments of madness his brain must shrink to the size of a small pea, for if he could stand back and witness his own torrid behaviour surely he would die of embarrassment.
Thankfully we had plenty of good football played tonight by players whose pleasure is gleaned from the privilege of a good spirited ninety minutes of fair play and good humour. Good performances from the father and son partnership of  Robbie and Rick Westwood. Rick in particular showed some really nice touches for his age. Chris had a good night both in and out of goals and Malc Stubbs was on target more than usual. Zsu Zsu Mastin slipped back into his playmaking role to supply the bullets for the Moaners strikers with one particular little gem that Bryn rattled in with some style.
Only managed a couple of minutes filming this week but I was so chuffed to capture Robbie whacking in a beauty past Zsu Zsu which hopefully by next week we'll have on YouTube. The website hit a milestone 2½ million hits this week with this page being one of the busiest so we must be doing something right. If anyone thinks I've been a bit hard on Scouse Ron this week feel free to email me and that includes the man himself - I feel my inbox will be noticeable only for it's emptiness.
Injury update - Chris Todd is on the mend and should be back with us in the next couple of weeks, shaken but not stirred.
Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Mike Adrio

The Whites

Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Matt Pink
Rick Pott
 

Sunday 10th February 2008 : Oh what a day - normal service has resumed as Manchester City regained their rightful place as Greater Manchester's top team after completing a league double over Alex Ferguson's title pretenders. The much hyped minutes silence was respected by all and then the boys in Blue gave the rags a good gubbing - perfect, just perfect.
With only two teams turning out for the vets tonight it was always going to be a hard slog but thankfully the peace was restored after last weeks unsavoury incident, mainly due to the instigator not playing. The lads got stuck into a very hard fought first game with the Moaners just shading it 10-9 after a blistering start by Mike Adrio who hit four tasty goals  in quick succession. They didn't have it all their own way as the Whites fought back and took the lead at 8-7. Still Mary's hit a deserved winner when Keith Mastin finished off a good flowing move. The second game was equally close but this time the White's nicked it 10-9 when I whipped in a flying header from Chris 's fine cross. So it was all set up for a grandstand decider. Mary's never had a look in this time as Matt and Proudy ran riot and with Rick Pott and Chris also finding the target the Whites took it 10-2. Overall a worthy ninety minutes and the perfect finish to the day for me, when I got home I was faced with my 32 year old son Dylan who had a smile as wide as some of Uni£ed's shots after seeing City finally win at Old Tra££ord in his lifetime. Sad but worth the wait. 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith

The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Keith Proudfoot

The All Stars

Rick Westwood
Robbie Westwood
Paul Garner
Richard Evans
Matt Pink
Michael Adrio
 

 

 

 

Sunday 17th February 2008 : A great turnout tonight with sixteen lads making the effort, probably due to there being no important football played this weekend. Other than a few minor cup games, involving the likes of Bristol Rovers and Barnsley that is. How bothered are the Premier League teams about the FA Cup anymore, seems very little to me. Anyway back to the real football at the Leisure Centre contested by three pretty even teams. It looked like the Blue and Whites were going to cruise it after the first two games when they rattled in eight goals in their two two wins. Fast passing and quality striking left the opposition bemused. However in the third game Mary's Moaners came back with a vengeance utilising their more direct route one style to great effect. When The All Stars started their own comeback with another reversal the pattern for the night was set. It was that sought of session although I think the Blue and Whites may just have shaded things overall. Another fine example of how to play the game was demonstrated by young Rick Westwood who tackled like a veteran and used his youthful energy to great effect, scoring freely and linking well with his team mates. I must say the All Stars with five of the youngest players in their line up were a little disappointing failing to take advantage of their pace and not passing as well as usual. Maybe with the players having to rotate, leaving their sixth player out every game was a little unsettling, never ideal but we all have to take our turn when we are over subscribed, which isn't often thankfully. On the playing side John Goodwin as always was full of running plus he netted some important goals and was well supported by Bryn and Martin. For the All Stars Paul and Richard were up and down like a brides nightie, I wish I had half their energy. My own squad the Blue and Whites drafted in Nigel Caldwell who defended superbly all night. Chris was in fine form supporting Proudy and Steve Gerrard in a very enjoyable session that I think most players appreciated.

Tonight's Teams

 

The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Michael Adrio

The All Stars

Rick Westwood
Robbie Westwood
Paul Garner
Malcolm Stubbs
Matt Pink


Sunday 24th February 2008 : After watching Martin Taylor break Eduardo's leg it made me wonder if it was worth the risk at my age to play football. We've all seen horrific injuries on TV over the years that left us with a sick feeling in the stomach but this one was so bad that SKY to their credit didn't replay the incident in all it's gory detail. In my opinion the players are that hyped up in the Premiership that these tackles are always liable to happen especially when a lower club meets a top side. Thankfully the vets play at a more sedate pace, in my own case tonight, very sedate. Traditionally the first two games are the benchmark for the rest of the evening and my team, the Blue and Whites ripped into the opposition with a swagger that belied what was to happen for the rest of the night. In fairness it was the All Stars led by Matt Pink and the Mary's Moaners who shared the honours as my team faded from sight. The Moaners certainly came back with a vengeance with some high scoring wins as Keith, Martin and Bryn all hit the goal trail. The all stars were also hitting form with young Rick Westwood showing great confidence in font of goal showing his elders how to take chances from all angles. Matt Pink hit the heights this evening as he found his true position, in goal. Some outstanding saves left more than a few of us speechless and frustrated.
No football for me next week as Janice and I are off for a weekends R&R so I will have to draft in a guest reporter for the day. Guest reports are always welcome and any time you fancy a go just let me know, the world awaits you. On a final note Steve Hart's email address isn't responding so if you read this Steve, get in touch mate, you are missed.
 
Mary's Moaners

Keith Mastin
Martin Wilde
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith

The Rest

Chris Anthony
Mike Adrio
Richard Evans
 

Sunday 2nd March 2008 : A brave band of just seven vets forsook the evening Mother’s Day celebrations to do battle at the Leisure Centre, with Mary’s Moaners well represented by Bryn, Scouse Ron, Martin and Zsu Zsu and only Chris present to fly a feeble flag for Houghie’s warriors. Chris was joined by Mike and Richard to create an interesting 3 versus 4 event, to which spice was added by abandoning the head-high rule, allowing for looping shots from 50 yards, pin-point crosses and piercing headers, with Ron Buttery’s backwards head flip into the furthest corner of the hall from in front of an open goal being the highlight. The sparse numbers didn’t dull the Moaners’ capacity for moaning, with Zsu Zsu coming in for regular stick despite startling defensive play, but overall the extra man told and victory was secured when the Golden Goal rule was brought forward to 6.45.

Further action next week with hopefully a better turn-out, with Houghie, Paulo and Johnboy likely to be back but without Zsu Zsu’s velvety skills as he takes a rain-break in Ireland.

Thanks to Our Guest writer for this report and sorry for the delay in posting due to the said reporter failing a post match drug test after testing positive with an abnormal amount of Philosan present in his ever aging cockney body.

The Reds

Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Bud Jackson
Kevin English

The Whites

Chris Anthony
Mike Adrio
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough

The Yellows

Matt Pink
Rick Pott
Richard Evans
Chris Todd

 

 

 

 


Sunday 9th March 2008 : What a weekend of surprises in the FA Cup. Barnsley knock out Chelsea, Cardiff City knock out Boro' and the ref awards the away team a penalty at Old Tra££ord for the first time this century. Pompey duly scored it and knocked the rags out of the Cup to leave themselves as the sole Premier League team left in the competition. And they reckon that the Premier League is the best in the world, they're 'avin a laugh!! On a more serious note it was business as usual at the Leisure centre tonight with the re appearance of Kevin English, his first game since early last October. Bud Jackson also made his first showing this year and played pretty well to boot. Plenty of cracking action this evening with three well matched teams doing battle. No particular team dominated although the Reds and Yellows just about shaded the overall honours. John Goodwin back from a couple of weeks lounging about in the Caribbean on Barbados hit a hat trick. Again the youth team players all congregated in the same team and knitted together pretty well with Rick Pott notching a splendid hat trick in one game. I had to wait until ten minutes from the end to score my only goal of the night but thankfully Steve Gerrard, Mike and Chris were a little more prolific. All in all one of the most enjoyable sessions for many a moon.
I was so pleased to receive an email from Chris Wilson this week, he sends his regards to all the lads. Chris was one of the original vets and played in the very first session nearly twenty years ago. He was also an important cog in the Mary's Moaners team. A dedicated Celtic fan this old Jocko has been to my mind the best goal scorer to ever grace the vets 5 a side sessions and any of the older vets would agree with me 100%. It's always good to hear from any of the past vets so drop us a line if any of you get to read this, you're never forgotten.
Tonight's Players

Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Bud Jackson
Chris Anthony
Mike Adrio
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Malcolm Stubbs
Richard Evans
Nigel Caldwell


 

Sunday 16th March 2008 : Another one of those weeks when Sky decide to make things awkward for the City fans amongst the vets by scheduling yet another fixture that clashes with our weekly thrash. After watching them draw level just after half time it was time to leave for the Leisure centre and leave the glorious Blues to the mercy of Sky Plus.
The eleven players who graced the Sports Hall tonight were rewarded with a fine nights football which everyone seemed to enjoy. We played the Ron Buttery rotation system which has stood the test of time unlike it's creator who only makes spasmodic appearances these days. Lots of well contested games this evening although maybe lacking in that edge that the three teams bring but, on the other hand a more relaxed atmosphere and plenty of good crack. Bryn Meredith hit his old goal scoring form with a vengeance, hitting them from all angles. Chris Todd continues to improve and found the net with some stinging drives. Chris was also initiated into refereeing for the first time and true to form the lads weren't over kind but, the lad did ok. Steve Gerrard, myself, Chris and Mike Adrio had our best spells when we were together with Chris in particular taking advantage to raise his goal tally.
Overall a good run out made all the better when we heard that City had beaten Spurs 2-1, at least the for the Blues amongst us.
No Paulo Garner or Proudy again this week and still no sign of Stevie Hart.... Zsu Zsu Mastin will be returning next week after another rain soaked fortnight in that God forsaken bog they call the Republic of Ireland. Stevie Gerrard is off to Northumberland (one of the few counties in England without a football league team) to look at some old castles. Amazing just how diverse the vets are!!

 

Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Chris Anthony
Mike Adrio
Alex Adrio
Malc Hough
Malcolm Stubbs
Richard Evans
Ron Buttery
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
Chris ?

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 23rd March 2008 : With the Vets session threatened by the twin attractions of the so called big four playing each other, conveniently arranged by the Premier League and Sky to coincide with Easter. Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year but neither of these over hyped events prevented nine hardy vets from turning out at the Leisure Centre. They were supplemented by Zsu Zsu's daughter's boyfriend Chris and Mike Adrio's son Alex. Alex in particular had a superb session scoring goals at will and belying his 12 years as he showed many of the Adrio family skills of the beautiful game. Ron returned for another appearance but clearly wasn't enjoying proceedings so called it a night half way through. A couple of the lads clearly were nervous of tackling the young Adrio and in fairness I had sympathy with them but I had the luxury of having him in my team most of the evening. On the playing side we rotated the teams but it was a strange kind of a night and the usual edge was missing. Young Chris was busy but it was Chris Senior who revelled on the night scoring more goals in one evening that I can ever remember. Starting off with a hat trick early on he just couldn't stop scoring, prolific comes to mind. Having seen his Liverpool side lose to Uni£ed early in the day Richard played well and Malc Stubbs had a decent night. Zsu Zsu was quite subdued which was probably due to a combination of spending two weeks sampling the dismal weather of the West coast of Ireland and trying in vein to impress his daughters suitor on the pitch. 
We need all our three squads to turn out next week so we can get the barrel rolling again, that means Proudy, Paulo, Matt and especially Lord Lucan Hart!!
See you all next week - PS Hoping to get our YouTube working properly tonight, I believe its not been loading for some reason.

YouTube - Bryn misses a sitter

 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
Ron Buttery

The Blue & Whites

Chris
Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
 

The All Stars

Chris Todd
Richard Evans
Nigel Caldwell
Mike Adrio

 

Sunday 30th March 2008 : Watching the Johstone's Paint Trophy final this afternoon I couldn't help thinking that this is the real English football. A full blooded game with loads of incident, a high level of skill and all played by mainly British players. Compare that to the miserable show put on by my not so glorious City with all their so called foreign stars, it beggars belief.
Their was a fair measure of true footy roots at the Leisure centre tonight as Mary's Moaners emerged from the shadows to dominate the session. Although Martin Wilde was unavailable they put in a seriously gritty ninety minutes. Zsu Zsu Mastin provided much of the ammunition for Bryn and John up front while Ron Buttery provided much of the encouragement in his own inimitable style. Proudy's return added a certain amount of stability to the Blue and Whites but overall the teams inability to finish was their downfall. Lots of chances were scorned or thwarted by excellent goalkeeping. The All Stars were solid enough and performed very well. Chris and Nigel make a more than decent defensive partnership at the back with Mike and Richard always a threat going forward.
Paulo Garner dropped me an email this week to let me know that he picked up an ankle injury whilst playing with his other group in what he termed a
session that got a bit more physical than usual. It's not just our lot that sometimes get carried away (or off) then.
Still no sign of our old Jocko, Steve Hart although I believe a reward of an old Scottish pooond note has been offered as a reward to anyone who can cast any light as to his whereabouts. 

Next Week - Was it a penalty? On film the incident that could have put the Vets 2-0 up at Furness Vale and on the way to certain victory. The ref was way behind play but you be the judge, were we robbed of certain victory or was the Mary's Moaner guilty of diving? The clip is at present being edited for submission to YouTube. The world waits with baited breath.
Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Bryn Meredith

Keith Mastin
Chris Todd
Paul Garner
Chris
Keith Proudfoot
Bud Jackson
Steve Gerrard

 

Sunday 6th April 2008 : It's Portsmouth v Cardiff City in the FA Cup Final and I for one will actually look forward to watching this one for the first time in years. The supposed big four had bigger fish to fry this season and good riddance to them for what used to be the highlight of the season before they started to dominate it.
Meanwhile back at the leisure Centre tonight where the real action takes place, we had a blinding ninety minutes. It was interesting to see who would win the big shoot out as in form hit men, Bryn and Steve Gerrard slugged it out with a plethora of goals between them. In the end it was Steve who never let up with hat tricks and a four in one game blast. It was irrelevant who were in their teams as the peppered the goals from the beginning to the last minute. Not that there weren't any other goal-scorers of note. Proudy and Bud Jackson both had a decent haul to show for their ninety minutes. Other than a few games on the hour the matches were pretty even and a good standard was maintained. Although it was good to see Paul Garner return from his ankle injury, it was maybe a bit too soon as he pulled up alarmingly after unsuccessfully trying to out pace me in a tussle for the ball. Fingers crossed it won't be long before he's back.

The new YouTube, Penalty or What?  has been posted. Click the link or type Bryn Meredith into the YouTube search box. More coming soon including, Paulo's Strike, Oh Robbie, Ron Buttery's Toe Ender and the classic John's going to deck him!!
 
Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Bryn Meredith

Keith Mastin
Richard Evans
Chris
Michael Adrio
Steve Gerrard

 

Sunday 6th April 2008 : Not the best turnout at the Leisure Centre tonight but a thoroughly enjoyable bash all the same. Rotating the teams in a four a side contest provided us with a good mix of games which kept us all going for the full ninety minutes. The extra space gained by the loss of two players was always going to suit the playmakers so myself and Zsu Zsu Mastin were able to demonstrate our full repertoire of passing skills. Michael Adrio was also on the ball with some quite delightful skills which to most of us find quite impossible. Steve Gerrard was never going to repeat last weeks striking rate but still managed a fair tally. Bryn stepped up to the mark though as he swept them in from all angles as he linked up with his Moaners partner Martin Wilde. Martin looked more like his old self after a couple of weeks rest and some treatment on his dodgy back. He astounded us all with his goal of the night when he skipped past John the assassin not once but twice, before deftly flicking in a back heeler past the keeper, wonderful. Richard Evans turned out in spite of his beloved Liverpool playing earlier in the day and put in a full bloodied hour and a half covering every inch of the pitch and more besides. Proudy and Paul Dennis were at Anfield, Paolo injured and Chris Todd, Budd, Nigel, Matt, Robbie and Malc Stubbs not showing we were a bit on the light side but a good session left the lads ready for more next week. 
On a sour note it seems the leisure centre is about to be taken over by a private management company as the Borough are unable to make it pay. There aren't likely to be any visible changes for 12 months but after that who knows. The Squash Club are already making enquiries at other local sports clubs and are likely to move next season as the new company's plans involve closing the squash courts, building new gyms and exercise areas plus a crèche.  What I would like to know is how the hell can this happen to a facility the people of New Mills financed through fund raising, without any consultation? We need to know.  

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