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Players of the Week
2008
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29th June
Keith Mastin
15th June

Matt Pink

8th June
Steve Gerrard
1st June
Malcolm Stubbs
25th May
Martin Wilde

18th May
Nigel Caldwell
4th May

Chris
27th April
Martin Wilde
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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The Vets Sunday Night Match Reports  April 2008 - June 2008

Tonight's Players

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Mike Adrio
Chris Todd
Bud Jackson
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Ron Buttery
Bryn Meredith
Richard Evans
Matt Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Sunday 20th April 2008 : Still no sign of missing Vet Steve Hart, it's now getting to the point where we may have to report the old Jocko to missing persons. The attached photograph is a tad on the old side but if you cover the hair with your finger and ignore the fact that he's posing with Hibernians trophy haul from yesteryear the old boy shines through. Surely this can't be the end of the road for the man who made one shirt last nearly 10 years. 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS JOCKO?

New Page this week but no football for me. Having spent the best part of a week laid up with double man flu and a chest infection I decided best not risk it. Had to settle for watching City demolish Pompey on Sky from the comfort of my bed. It's been a good week at the COMSTAD with the youth team again proving City have the best academy in the land bar none and when the Thai crook eventually gets banged up, we may just see three or four of them appear in the first team.

Last night's report :

Eleven vets were counted onto the pitch at 5.30, and eleven were counted off at the end, despite the presence of  Ron Buttery and Johnboy, and despite the efforts of Leisure Centre staff who left puddles on the sports hall floor after deciding to give it a mop down an hour before we were due on.

Eleven players meant  Ron's rotation system was triggered, which has the advantage of constantly changing the teams but the disadvantage of a lack of rhythm which accompanies that. With Malc missing to attend a Zimmer-frame fitting session, the play was of exceptional quality, with the usual big hitters getting their usual bundles. Alongside Bryn, Johnboy, Buttery and Zsu Zsu from the moaners squad, and Proudy, Mike and Chris relieved to be without Malc, Bud, Rick and Chris Todd made up the numbers to contribute to a frenzied evening and it was good to see Matt back again after a few weeks of missed action. Some have also noticed that if he keeps up this progress he will soon be outpacing Zsu Zsu.....
Thanks to our guest writer for this report, it was an excellent test for our spell checker.

 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde

Whites

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough

Yellows

Malcolm Stubbs
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell

 

Sunday 27th April 2008 : Great to be back at the Leisure Centre tonight to play in a seriously good session. The three teams were well balanced and all competed well in a closely contested ninety minutes where all three teams had their moments.  My two weeks of illness robbed me of my usual electric pace but overall I like to think my contribution was solid although I failed to hit the net mainly due to my deep lying playmaking role. Thankfully Steve, Chris and Proudy were able to find the onion bag although we did miss a host of chances between us. Mary's Moaners were on form especially Martin Wilde who found a rich vein of goals to add to his enthusiastic work rate. Bryn added his share in the goal scoring department whilst John and Zsu Zsu were both finding the goals to be elusive. The Yellows were the usual mix of pace and endeavour with the ever improving Chris Todd having a more than decent hour and a half. Richard shook off the disappointment of his beloved Liverpool's draw in the Euro Money Bags League in mid week by banging in most of his teams goals and reminded us old giffers what speed really is.
On the missing Jocko mystery, he was spotted on the Manchester train a couple of weeks ago suited and booted so, we know he is still in our little corner of this green and pleasant land.
  

Tonight's Players

Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony
Martin Wilde
Chris Todd
Alex Walsh
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Malc Hough
Matt Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday May 5th 2008 : What a bad week for me and my fellow Blue's as the Thai Crook decides City need a change of manager.  This is the price we must pay for embracing Noodle Heads misappropriated piles of ill gotten gains. He might know how to commit fraud but he knows sod all about football that's for sure. Man Uni£ed also have to look inwards as those Hillbillies who bought them with borrowed millions ran up another 60 million plus in interest charges to take their debts to well over 750 million mark at this moment in time. Big club big debt!!
Thankfully the Vets finances are in the capable hands of the Cockney Hippie, Zsu Zsu Mastin, so our sessions are safe for the time being. Only nine vets this Bank Holiday weekend but a corking session that left most of us well knackered. We were joined tonight by another newcomer, Alex Walsh who hopefully will become a regular like his buddy, Chris Todd. Alex slotted in nicely and showed some nice touches as well as a good understanding of our rotational system which can be a little complicated. I broke my scoring drought with a flurry mid session but it was Chris who showed us all the way with a magnificent six in the final game of the night. All the years we've been playing I can't honestly remember a player netting six in a single game so it was a quite remarkable achievement. Martin also had an eye for the net as did Matt but all in all it was a very evenly contested ninety minutes. Short report tonight as Janice and myself are off to the Bombay Café in Chinley for some of their excellent Indian food, try it, it's a very popular eatery, take your own alcoholic drinks.

 

Tonight's Players


Rick Potts
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Bryn Meredith
Matt Pink
Malc Stubbs
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Sunday 11th May 2008 : It was my 6th Grandchild's Christening today so it was another missed week at the Leisure Centre tonight. Little Ruby became the first Hough in this century to be drenched by a Vicar in a futile attempt to swell his Churches weekly attendance. Still a nice opportunity to gather my ever expanding family together for what turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon at the New Sycamore in Birch Vale. Meanwhile some other football stuff was going on across the country as the Premier League ground to a predictable end. The rags unsurprisingly finished top and City unsurprisingly finished with another major setback, that is if you consider losing 8-1 a set back.
Next week see's my 62nd year pass so I will enter the realms of super vet. Thankfully I've looked after my aging body so it is rewarding me in return with an extended run of my sporting pursuits. Providing I can avoid contact with some of our more enthusiastic vets I don't see any reason why this time next year I won't still be giving it large at the Leisure Centre, well that's the plan anyway.

Here is the Match Report from our guest writer....

Well, the mood in the dressing room on Sunday night, if it's any comfort, is that the 8-1 score line was the players' message to the crooked bastard who owns your lot, given that no team can go to Middlesbrough and concede more than 2 goals. First, a quick summary of the contribution made tonight by members of Houghie’s squad…..


As for the rest of us, the Moaners were well represented once again by Bryn, Martin, Johnboy and Zsu Zsu, but with only Malc Stubbs, Matt Pink and Rick Potts available to join them, an hours-worth of three a-side became the order of the day, before the more relaxed version of two-touch three a-side was introduced for 15 minutes to give us all a breather. Actually a really good session, at the end of which all participants had made a significant contribution to reducing obesity levels in the New Mills area.
Once the 8-1 score line has been digested, maybe the Blues fans will be back next week…………

We will be back, bluer than ever!!     Cheers for that report though.
 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Bud Jackson
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Ron Buttery

The Rest

Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sunday 18th May 2008 : Another eventful week, Stockport County through to the play off final at Wembley next Monday (I wonder if City will ever get there?) and 200,000 Rangers fans descended on Manchester to see their team lose to Zenit St Petersburg from Russia in the UEFA Final. The Jockos left our streets running in paish and heaving with litter and broken glass was it worth all the bother. Well yes according to Proudy who rubbed noses with Michel Platini and many other of the upper echelons of UEFA in his role as volunteer driver. Lucky fella if you ask me and does he look pleased with himself in the picture on the right or what?
Back at the Leisure Centre tonight for a sterling contest with Mary's Moaners. The Moaners set off like an Aussie bush fire destroying everything in front of it. Bryn was firing in the goals like there was no tomorrow with John and Zsu Zsu tackling like good 'uns. As Chris rightfully said later, most of them hit the top corners too. My team, The Rest, were just spectators as we were ripped apart in no time at all losing the first game 10-3. Still no time to drop heads and in a much closer game than the score suggested we levelled things with a 10-3 score of our own. Proudy and Chris were hitting the goals but  Chris Todd, Nigel and myself all stepped up a gear to avoid a repeat of the first game. So it was down to a deciding match and what a tight affair it turned out to be. As the Moaners stepped up the moaning to a level that even they have seldom reached in the past. Proudy's team took the initiative with a master class of counter attacking football. Bryn although tiring rapidly still managed to keep his team in the contest with his deadly right foot still finding the target on a regular basis. Chris and myself found our shooting boots during this last third but it was a combination of good goalkeeping and some wayward finishing by the Moaners that left the game at 9-9 with both teams desperately searching for the winning goal. That arrived from Proudy's right foot to settle a great night's football with The Rest taking the honours 2-1. The sometimes traditional Golden Goal also went against the Moaners as my left foot eventually found a way past Zsu Zsu's size 13's and into the corner of the net, game set and match.
With the Summer fast approaching we need all the lads to make a little more effort to make it down on Sunday nights as this is the time when holidays and nagging wives tend to leave us a tad thin on the ground so come on boys, get off your lardie back sides and get yourselves down to Hyde Bank Road.

Tonight's Players


Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough
Richard Evans
Chris Todd
Matt Pink

 

Sunday 25th May 2008 : A great week of football with Rangers winning the Scottish Cup, Hull City gaining promotion to the Premier Dosh League and Donnie Rovers hitting the Championship after beating dirty Leeds in the play offs. And it doesn't end there, Stockport County play Rochdale at Wembley tomorrow for a place in division one plus England come up against the mighty US of A on Wednesday. And if that isn't enough the Vets are back next Sunday night! Hopefully they will be back next Sunday because many couldn't be arsed to turn up tonight although the seven that did certainly did themselves credit in an astonishingly punishing 90 minutes of 3 a side. Martin's back went again on the hour but he battled on although clearly struggling to cope with the pace of the game. He said he was OK but found it hard to follow through, thankfully that was something he failed to do in the remaining thirty minutes. A shame really because he was scoring some fantastic goals from some difficult positions. Looks like another long lay off and another vet down for a good few weeks. All the lads played exceptionally well in what can only be described as a friendly session played with passion. I was particularly pleased to complete the 90 minutes unbeaten in all the sides I played in although I confess to having the worst miss of all my 20 years playing at the centre - and yes, next month will see our 20th anniversary. It's been o long hard road and one which has seen many of the guys come and go but thankfully we have kept a core of regular players and hopefully will continue to do so. However it's up to you lot to make that extra effort to show up when you can, it's the only way that we can keep the ball rolling so think on, you're lucky to have the opportunity to keep playing while so many of those around you can only wish they could.

Tonight's Players


Bryn Meredith
Martin Wilde
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough
Richard Evans
Chris Todd
Matt Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 1st June 2008 : After my plea for the lads to make more effort to support our Sunday nights footy I found myself stranded on the Fylde Coast this week. Having six grandchildren brings with it a number of complications which usually occur on a Sunday mostly designed to make this old giffer miss his weekly kick about. Next week see's the Euro Championships start but with no British interest there's no excuse for missing the Vets 5 a side. I presume you lot have Sky Plus so use it and play instead of watching. It would be great if we could have our own Euro session but, with only one Jocko who hasn't been seen since the last Preston Guild there isn't much point although I suppose Mary's Moaners could represent Rome!! Enough of this, here's the guest report from our mystery contributor.

Houghie - a simple question.
Who wrote:
'However it's up to you lot to make that extra effort to show up when you can, it's the only way that we can keep the ball rolling so think on, you're lucky to have the opportunity to keep playing while so many of those around you can only wish they could'.  
 
Anyway, report for 1st June as follows:
 
Those of you who remember 'Jimmy and his magic patch' in the Beano (or was it the Dandy?) would have witnessed the reincarnation of this tonight amongst the 8 vets who manfully donned their kits for another night of skill and artistry. Malc Stubbs, turning up with a dodgy knee, borrowed a bespoke knee support from Zsu Zsu and played the game of his life. Indeed, such was the magic he performed that others have asked to be supplied with similar knee supports next week.
As it is both teams were evenly matched and fought hard and with passion. Malc, Zsu Zsu, Johnboy and Nigel took on the might of Matt, both Chris's and Rick Potts, with each team narrowly winning the first two matches before the crucial decider was played. With Matt's team cruising to a four goal lead the rich vets tradition of deciding the outcome by a Golden Goal was played, and Nigel slammed in the winner. Great sport played in an excellent spirit. But we'd like the normal 5 aside next week as it gets very knackering!

 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners Select
 
Martin Wilde
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Malcolm Stubbs

The All Stars

Rick Pott
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
 

 

Sunday 8th June 2008 : Two crippling blows within days effected my weekend drastically. The first arrived in the form of a monstrous virus that sent my computer into meltdown thus making it impossible to post this weeks report before now,  late Tuesday evening. As I struggle to save all my precious data before the inevitable re format and installation of all my software, it crosses my mind that the vandals who plant these malicious infections should all receive a severe kicking in the gonads, the bastards.
On Sunday night we again suffered from a low turnout although another fine set of games was enjoyed by most of us. Martin again put his injured back through a strenuous ninety minutes which is a great credit to the lad under the circumstances, a true Blue. Malc Stubbs was another who used a considerable amount of strapping in order for his dodgy knees to withstand the rigours of a vets 5 a side session.
Playing the first to ten goals without the benches led to the All Stars dominating all but the last few seconds of the evening. After winning the first four matches it only served to inspire the Moaners to draw on their dented pride as they fought like tigers to match their opponents goal for goal leaving the final game finely balanced at nine each. So it was all down to a true Golden Goal to decide the winners. The tension mounted and it was Malc Stubbs who blasted in the winner to give the Moaners a deserved consolation win. For the All Stars Steve Gerrard had a fantastic night scoring more goals than the rest of his team put together. This was probably more of a surprise to Steve because in the morning he had played a Dads v Lads game with his young sons Junior team and wasn't going to come down to the leisure centre but changed his mind at the last minute. Now that's the extra effort I was banging on about the other week so well done Steve.
My second crippling blow came when I strained my Achilles during the penultimate game but hopefully will be able to play some part next week when I fully expect the Moaners to come back with vengeance,


Tonight's Players

Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony
Ron Buttery
Richard Evans
Keith Proudfoot
Rick Pott
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Malc Hough
Matt Pink
Paul Garner

 

 


Sunday 15th June 2008 : With my computer undergoing major surgery including a full reformat, and a switch to Vista it is something of a miracle that any sort of report has appeared tonight. My aging bones are also going through a sticky patch at the moment with an Achilles problem robbing me of my usual pace and agility. Because of this I spent most of the session in goal being pummelled by howitzers reigned in by Matt and the boys. My first touch of the ball was just that as I failed to stop a trickler from Proudy much to the amusement of everyone present. Proudy was making the most of his Blackburn Santa Cruz shirt before Roque moves to pastures new in search of a "bigger club" and the inevitable shed load of dosh that goes with it.  Unlike his Rovers hero Proudy found the net difficult to hit over the ninety minutes and inevitably John quipped, more like Santa Claus than Santa Cruz.  It was that kind of game tonight, light hearted but with plenty of endeavour.  Nigel had an impressive game as did Richard Evans but it was Matt who once again stood out above the rest. His ability to find the net from almost any angle is a gift that few of us enjoy. Great to have Paulo back in the fold after damaging his ankle in the first week of April. Maybe understandably a little on the cautious side  tonight but he had his moments as did all the lads.
Another Christening for my youngest Daughters little girl in Poulton Le Fylde next Sunday so the break will hopefully see my Achilles back to the rudest of rude in time for the week after. As the holiday season approaches it's important that the lads who are able to get down on Sunday nights do just that.
Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
John Goodwin
Ron Buttery
Paul Garner
Malcolm Stubbs
Chris Todd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sunday 22nd June : Rather like the material supplied by the Office of National Statistics, most of our players seem to be broken down by age and sex, for only 7 ventured forth tonight rendering great difficulties in assembling two teams. Thankfully this plight was eased for 50 minutes of our 90 when one of the Leisure Centre staff joined us to make two teams of four, but for 20 minutes at the beginning and end  Zsu Zsu, Nigel, Johnboy and Ron Buttery took on Paulo, Malc Stubbs and Chris Todd in some ferocious play. The key characteristic of the night was Ronnie's adoption of a new No-blame culture, whereby the occasional mistakes engineered by the otherwise excellent Zsu Zsu went unpunished. Overall a good run out, but it would be good to get back to 5 aside, not least to replenish the coffers.
Thanks to our guest writer for stepping into the breach in my absence, a very useful test for my spellchecker.

The disappointment of having to miss yet another Sunday nights football was only offset by an excellent weekend spent at my youngest daughters home in Poulton Le Fylde for my Granddaughters' Christening. Having to endure the hour long mass preceding the Christening at St Johns' RC was the only low point. How the Mary's Moaners cope with sitting through that dross week after week beggars belief. Thank the living stars that I purchased a copy of the News of the World on my way to the church. On the injury front I believe my Achilles is on the mend and so it needs to be judging from the lack of my team mates at the Leisure Centre this weekend. Chris is roasting in the sun with his family over in Spain so we need the rest of the boys back to take advantage of my playmaking skills. A full turnout next week may inspire a new page and some natty new pictures.

 

Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners

Bryn Meredith
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin

Whites

Keith Proudfoot
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Bud Jackson
Nigel Caldwell

All Stars

Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Robbie Westwood
Paul Garner

Sunday 22nd June : A great relief to get back to 3 teams at the Leisure Centre tonight and in all fairness some very good games to boot. Players returned  with a vengeance this evening including Robbie Westwood on his first showing since February 24th. Poor old Robbie came in for a shed load of stick off the lads who had little sympathy for the Baggie fan's lack of fitness, probably his greatest asset but sadly tonight it deserted him. My own fitness continues to trouble me especially as I "Googled" it after the session tonight and found the ensuing information a bit worrying. It looks like the only cure is rest but how can you do that and still earn a living seems an impossibility to me.  Anyway getting back to the action tonight saw Bryn return to the Mary's Moaners after a three week break and inspire them to just about shade it from my squad. In Chris 's absence we drafted in Nigel and Bud Jackson who both gave Proudy and Steve Gerrard good support. My own contribution was pretty lacklustre to say the least and wasn't helped by Buds attempt to gee me up when he called me a stupid old twat, old yes, stupid maybe but certainly not a twat!! John Goodwin looked more himself tonight especially when he wellied one past me from a seriously tight angle to add to a number of late match winners he netted throughout the ninety minutes. The All Stars had a rough night only managing a win in the final game although to be honest, with a little bit of better finishing things may have been different. Paulo looks to be getting his confidence back after his injury but he would be the first to admit that he's had better nights. The two Ricks both put in a huge amount of endeavour for very little reward but you have to be in it to win it and I'm glad to say that there are still a good core of lads who make the effort to still be in it and keep the vets flag flying.

Next week will see us complete 20 Years of 5 a side at the Leisure Centre and the longest unbroken booking for the Sports Hall at New Mills. It would be a shame if this milestone passed without some kind of reunion, we have seen so many players over the years come and go but Keith Mastin, John Goodwin and myself have all managed to soldier on since that very first session.

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