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2008
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16th November
Rob Westwood
2nd November
Richard Evans
26th October
Keith Proudfoot
5th October
Neil McClelland
21st September
Steve Gerrard

14th September
Chris Todd
7th September
Youth Team
24th August
Ron Buttery

17th August
Martin Wilde
10th August
Keith Proudfoot
3rd August
John Goodwin
20th July
Nigel Caldwell

13th July
Chris Todd

6th July
Malc, Keith, John
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
Rob 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
 

 

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 5 a side
football at the
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New Mills
High Peak
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Just in case you are the slightest bit interested, I have archived the previous Vets News Pages from January 2001. It's quite interesting to look back on a few of the events that have occurred during our past games, some of them amusing and some of them downright sad. Click the button at the top.

 

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The Vets Sunday Night Match Reports

Tonight's Teams

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

Matt's All Stars
Matt Pink
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
John Goodwin
Rick Pott

The Blues
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard

Sunday 6th July : It was quite a milestone tonight playing for the vets twenty years after our first session at the newly opened Sports Hall at the New Mills Leisure Centre. In all that time we have have seen many players come and go but tonight provided as good a ninety minutes as any of the weeks in all those years. It was fitting that we had a  three full sides out this evening with myself, John Goodwin and Keith "Zsu Zsu" Mastin, the three sole survivors of that first session, turning out in opposing teams. On the night Mary's Moaners were probably top dogs although Matt's All Stars gave them a good run for their money. My team, The Blues were on the end of a couple of rare drubbings from the men of Rome as Bryn and Ron Buttery both weighed in with some fine strikes. It was quite odd to see John "the assassin" going at it hell for leather against his normal team mates, no prisoners there. Matt was the main man for his team with his usual flurry of goals which on the night my own team found hard to get. Overall a quite exceptional night's football which the lads who have gone before would have found hard to match.
It would be good to get lots of them together for a reunion, the many characters amongst them would make it one hell of a night. To name but a few - legends that were, Chris "wee duffie" Wilson, Ron "the Pirate" Aitchinson,  Pat the taxi, Brian "bite yer legs" Beddows, Tony Moore the greatest lover in the world, Dave Philips, Bob Ardern, Tony "the cat" Gavin, my mate Nev Hough, Alistair Stevens, John "professor" Brookes, Pete "Fozzie" Fosbrook, Clive "twirley whirley" Taylor, Alan "lanky" Skapens, Frankie "great ball Dave" Burton, Dave Wood, Roger Graham, Brian "shuffler" Walton and not forgetting Steve "Jocko" Hart (because I think he's forgotten us!
I'm sure we can all think of many more but the Bombay Cafe and my supper awaits - thanks for the memories chaps and may we go on for many more years doing what we all look forward to on a Sunday night - playing the game while we still can!!
Tonight's Teams

Matt Pink
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Robbie Westwood
Bud Jackson
 

Rick Pott
Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Richard Evans

 

 

 

 

Young Vets Number 1


Do you recognise this young Vet?
Can you believe - Steve Gerrard


Sunday 13th July : After wasting most of the day watching England's Cricketers being frustrated by the  South Africans in the first test, it was down to the Leisure Centre for another ninety minutes of proper action with the vets. Only two teams tonight as the holiday season gets underway we were treated to four, first to ten games which if nothing else provided us with enough exercise to keep us ticking over for quite a while. Much incident to remember but none came close to Robbie's second goal of night as he left Chris Todd bemused by his speedy turn with the ball before advancing on goal and smashing an unstoppable drive past the bewildered keeper, Rick Evans. Chris was also on the receiving end of one of Robbie's rare strikes so the little fella rightly ended the evening with his chest puffed out in pride. Matt weighed in with some fine solo goals as did Rick Evans but on the night both teams played with a certain swagger and the final game saw them level at two games each. No time for a golden goal which probably was a fair result in the scheme of things.
I think we should be lucky to keep two teams going through the summer but there have been a couple of new players making enquiries and Mike Adrio is back in training after having his tonsils removed. Steve Gerrard didn't risk it this week, maybe a wise move as he has a Mediterranean cruise holiday next week. 

 

 

Tonight's Teams

The Reds

John Goodwin
Ron Buttery
Bud Jackson
Malc Stubbs

The Whites

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Nigel Caldwell

The Yellows

Rick Pott
Richard Evans
Chris Todd
Paul Garner

 

 

 

The old Jocko Steve Hart has been in touch - QUOTE - "Looks like I may have to give up because my knee keeps swelling up after any exercise, then I can hardly walk! I'm trying glucosamine  to see if that helps it, and if it does, I may be able to make a comeback in September. Fingers crossed. I certainly miss the Sunday night football."
Let's hope the Gluco stuff works as Steve is badly missed in my squad and certainly by the rest of the lads.

Sunday 20th July : The pre seasons friendly's are always a welcome sign that the football season is just around the corner and this week saw not only those but also the first European competitions qualifying games. The glorious Blues of course overcame the mighty EB Streymur from the Faroe Isles whilst Villa drew at Odense.
The Leisure Centre tonight saw three willing teams turn on a fine exhibition of how vets football should be played. To a man no effort was spared and we were rewarded by some finely balanced games. My squad were top dogs this evening only losing two games, both to the reds with Ron Buttery getting both their winning goals. Ron indeed scored the best two goals of the night in similar vein, a mazy dribble followed by an accurate toe poke into the net. The main contender to the goal of the night was Richard Evans' who drove in a shot from a tight angle with such ferocity that the keeper hardly moved, sadly it was into his own net á la John Arne Riise. Steve Gerrard whose 
Mediterranean cruise is next week gave it a good fist scoring most of his teams goals. Paul Garner is getting back to speed and Chris Todd continues to look the part. 
I will be making a dash back from a long weekend in Scotland next week hoping to be back in time for the 5 a side. Zsu Zsu will be back after two solid weeks rain in the Republic of Ireland. What on earth possesses anyone to risk their holidays there is beyond me, stag nights only I would say but the old hippie will probably be oblivious to the weather anyhow. Great to hear from our old Jocko, I checked out this glucosamine stuff. Glucosamine is a compound found naturally in the body, made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Apparently Glucosamine is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues.  The production of glucosamine slows with age according to the experts so maybe we should all neck a few tablets down.


Tonight's Teams

Reds
Keith Mastin
Bryn Meredith
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Stubbs

Yellows
Paul Garner
Robbie Westwood
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
 

Sunday 28th July : With Malc away for further training following his dip in form back in September 2006, 8 vets turned up for a sweltering session and  succumbed only 15 minutes from the end when a variety of knee, toe, ankle and leg injuries brought three of them to a standstill. Bryn, Zsu Zsu, Nigel and Malc Stubbs  took on the might of Paulo, Robbie and the two Ricks, licking them 10-8 and 10-6 in the first two legs before losing the third 10-7. With the scores at 6-5 in favour of Paulo's quartet, injuries struck Bryn, Malc and then Rick Potts in quick succession, leading to the decider being abandoned. A good nights effort, with much sweat shed.
Thanks once again to our guest writer. My Scottish adventure prevented me from this weeks action but more of that in a later report.
Tonight's Teams

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

Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
Rick Pott

Keith Proudfoot
Paul Dennis
Chris Anthony
Mike Jackson
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 3rd August : With City drawing with Stockport 2-2 yesterday it wasn't surprising to see the County boys down at the Leisure Centre tonight. Malc Stubbs and Paul Garner teamed up together in the youth squad led by Matt Pink. Although they definitely had the legs on the rest of us they failed to gel and consequently failed to win more than two games all evening. Matt looked a little out of sorts although he did mange to rattle the net on a few occasions. Rick Pott also found his scoring boots notching two beauts in one game which I intend to feature on YouTube soon. On a night where we had three very evenly matched teams it was somewhat surprising that Mary's Moaners chose to pretty much dominate losing only two games, to Proudy's team. Maybe it was putting out their strongest line-up this year but they just clicked right from the start. Martin was back and playing extremely well and Bryn in spite of taking a heavy knock on his injured foot hit his old goal scoring form. Proudy and Paul Dennis were their teams main hitmen with Paul in particular having an excellent night. With their team mates all half centurions, and some, they both had to step up to the mark and but for some wayward shooting could have pushed the Mary's Moaners just that bit harder. An all round top night's football with Mary's taking the honours and just for good measure a full 90 minutes without a contentious decision or voice raised in anger. Just as a matter of interest, this week last year we had only nine players, the year before it was only six, in 2005 it was 10 and 2004 back down to 9. So well done lads, that's how Zsu Zsu was able to publish his year end accounts in the black.
 
Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Martin Wilde
Keith Mastin
Bud Jackson

Youth Team
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
Robbie Westwood

The Whites
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

 

 

 

Sunday 10th August : The weekend saw the start of the new football season with the Championship and the Scottish Premier leading the way. I settled for watching City beat AC Milan at the COMSTAD to win the Thomas Cooke Trophy. A small matter of the Olympic games also hit the ground running after the most spectacular opening ceremony ever seen on this planet - London, follow that (Chas and Dave are already composing the opening music). Of course the Vets don't have a close season so it was business as usual tonight at the Leisure Centre. If Mary's Moaners dominated last week it was my squad who ran the rest ragged tonight. Losing only one game and drawing one was a pretty impressive show. Proudy and Chris were the top marksmen but myself and Nigel chipped in with a few too. Nigel looks like the final piece of our jigsaw and slotted in very well this evening. Mary's Moaners set off like they were going to continue last weeks impressive form beating Paul Garners team 6-0 in the first game. Obviously peaking far too early was their problem although Martin Wilde in particular was in good form. Pauls team were just off the pace which comes as quite a surprise as they were, by a country mile, the youngest team on show. Chris Todd slotted a couple of sweet left footers in but they were in desperate need of a striker, Matt Pink would have made all the difference. Poor old Robbie had a bit of a mare, I always think Robbie's best position is in defence where he marks well and tackles with good effect but as a front man where the first touch sorts the men from the boys he finds the going tough. Still the little fella never gives up and neither should he for next week he'll probably rattle in a hatful and stick two fingers up at me.
Well it's Nigel's  turn to take his hollibobs, he's off to France for a couple of weeks so hopefully he'll pick up some of those silky Gallic skills before we offer him a contract to play in our elite squad. Steve Gerrard should be back on dry land next week and if he kept his promise to his young son (jogging on the cruise ships running track at 6:60 every morning) he should be as fit as a butchers dog and rarin' to go.
 
Tonight's Teams

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

The Whites
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough

Youth Team
Robbie Westwood
Chris Todd
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Paul Garner

 

 

 

Sunday 17th August : thirteen vets dragged themselves down to the Leisure Centre tonight to do battle and a very satisfying exercise it turned out to be. Just like last week the Whites, buoyed by the return of Stevie Gerrard, set off looking like the team likeliest to finish as the evenings top dogs. Proudy and Steve were striking some classic goals  and the team in general passed the ball quickly and accurately. Mary's Moaners however had other ideas and slowly but surely made inroads with their own brand of the more direct elements of the game. Martin grabbed the goals in the absence of Bryn Meredith, prompted by the playmaking skills of Zsu Zsu Mastin and the ever slowing Ron Buttery. The Youth squad continue to frustrate and plainly miss a hit man to convert their openings. Poor old Robbie prolonged his barren scoring spell with some outrageous misses but did weigh in with some very good defending and improved passing. Rick Pott had his moments scoring one or two very smart goals and Chris Todd is emerging as a potential playmaker in the Zsu Zsu mould. As for the Whites, we lost our way after a very promising start but with a little more care in front of goal we would have ended the night as the top team instead of sharing the honour with the Mary's Moaners.
A distinct lack of Uni£ed bodies tonight probably due to their usual Sky TV slot on Sunday afternoon, no contest as far as most of us are concerned. Anyway another week passes and if the lads enjoyed it half as much as I did we'll have another good turn out next week.

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Ron Buttery
John Goodwin
Malc Stubbs
Richard Evans
Chris Anthony
Matt Pink
Neil McClelland
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Paul Dennis
 

 


Sunday 24th August : Only eleven vets this evening but still a splendid nights football full of endeavour and slick play. New player Neil McClelland made an impressive debut after  we were all subjected to one of Ron's vociferous outbursts in the very first game. Probably a good thing because having survived that he went on to show lots of good skill and a good eye for goal, hopefully he enjoyed the session enough to become a regular player with us. Playing the Ron Buttery Rotation system isn't always the best way to provide competitive games but tonight was definitely an exception. Richard Evans whacked in a hat trick in the very first game to set the trend for some free flowing games. Matt Pink can always be relied on to find the net but not often from his own half as he managed in one game. If the game is all about goals then Proudy, Paul Dennis and Chris all did well for themselves but it was Ron Buttery who probably caught the eye most. When the big fella let's his size tens do the talking he can be quite formidable. Maybe the pace (if there ever was any) may no longer be there but, his toe bungers are legendary and are still a very effective weapon. A couple of quite memorable goals and some quality passing were John Goodwin's contributions which deserve a mention. Commenting on other players performances is never easy when your own is nothing to write home about and tonight mine was bordering on awful. Even so it is still one of the best things I look forward to all week so whilst the old legs allow it I'll soldier on and hope for a better show next week.

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Malc Stubbs
Richard Evans
Chris Anthony
Neil McClelland
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Paul Garner

 


 


Sunday 31st August : Almost the perfect weekend football wise as City cruise it at Sunderland, Uni£ed lost to Zenit St Petersburg in the Euro super cup and Rangers win the old firm derby game up in Jocko land. After all that eleven vets take part in another 90 minutes of enjoyable 5 a side at the Leisure Centre. In a session devoid of serious incident Zsu Zsu Mastin decided to demonstrate that although only two of Mary's Moaners were present it was perhaps a good time to remind us that bending the rules are still their particular speciality. As they were awarded a free kick just outside the keepers area the old cockney hippie placed the ball and toe poked it directly into the net. With myself being the one man wall the old boy claimed the ball had touched me on it's way into the net thus making an indirect free kick into a legitimate goal. The ball definitely didn't touch me but, our aging leader pleaded with the referee (his Mary's Moaners team mate John Goodwin) to accept his word against the senior vet who happens to be an atheist. This John did without hesitation which only served to remind me that you can never trust a Mary's Moaner or a cockney hippie. A few light hearted exchanges were the order of the day and another excellent session came to a satisfactory conclusion. No particular outstanding player this week but Chris Todd showed well and Steve Gerrard wellied in two goals after receiving the ball from the kick off, no mean feat after trying to achieve this once for many moons. Neil was back for more and looks to have settled in nicely, he should be a great addition to the All stars squad together with Matt, Paul, the two Ricks, Chris etc. Hopefully a full turn out next week with three full squads so we can get down to the real serious stuff
It's World Cup Qualifying time again next week, England take on Andorra and Croatia whilst the Jocko's face the might of FYR Macedonia and Iceland - COME ON ENGLAND!!!
Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Ron Buttery
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Neil McClelland

The Whites
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

Youth Team
Matt Pink
Rick Pott
Bud Jackson
Malc Stubbs
 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 7th September 2008 : An unbelievable week for the glorious Blues with the Arabs chipping in with 650 billion quid towards our transfer fund and some Brazilian bloke just for good measure. With every player on the planet now available things will never be the same again. My thoughts, I was never happy with Chelski so nothing changes so far as I'm concerned other than the fact that the dirty money has now left the club. No Arab money coming the vets way but that didn't prevent 13 of them coughing up their fivers towards Zsu Zsu's rest home fund. Probably the best fiver we spend all week considering the entertainment value. This week the youth team were the star turn ending the evening unbeaten in twelve games. I believe they drew two games but the popular opinion was they only drew one, against Mary's Moaners leaving them very close to being the only team ever in our 25 years to win every game. An amazing effort from Matt's team who totally dominated. Malc Stubbs gave one of his best performances for many a week with good support from Rick Pott and Bud Jackson. Mary's Moaners on any other night would have been well pleased with their effort with Neil slotting in as a non moaning guest. John and Zsu Zsu worked tirelessly as Ron did his best to cajole that extra yard from his fellow Moaners with his non stop encouragement and tactical nouse.  As for my squad the less said the better, a week to forget as we toiled for most of the night. My Achilles is still preventing me from making a worthwhile contribution and I may drop into goal for a couple of weeks to give it a rest. Stevie Gerrard was sadly missed tonight but even the real one would have been hard pressed to light our fuses over the 90 minutes winning only one game. We'll be back!!!
Anyway I've dug out my Arab headdress in readiness for the Chelsea game next Saturday but won't get too excited, I'm a City fan and as such, we've been here so many times before....
 
Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Ron Buttery
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Neil McClelland

The Whites
Keith Proudfoot
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Malc Stubbs
Malc Hough

Youth Team
Matt Pink
Rick Pott
Bud Jackson
Richard Evans

 

Sunday 14th September 2008 : Some things in football never surprise you. After watching Man City as man and boy for 56 years now I turned up at the COMSTAD on Saturday full of enthusiasm just like the 40 odd thousand others. We have pots of dosh, SWP is back and we've signed one of the best Brazilians in the World as well as a new Argentinean full back. Brazilian bloke bends a free kick in from outside the box and for three minutes we're in sky blue heaven. That's how long it took for Chelsea (just a poor club from London) to pull the rug from under our size nines. I've been there so many times before so why indeed should I be surprised any more!!
At the Leisure Centre tonight Rick Evans came into the youth squad to replace Malc Stubbs who dropped into my squad (the Whites) along with Paul Garner to replace Chris and Nigel who were at the training camp. Mary's Moaners were unchanged which meant that Neil McC could enjoy an extended stay in Gods chosen team. The Youth team set about Mary's Moaners in the first game with great speed which set the pattern for the night. It was obvious that Matt and the two Rick's were going to run riot while Bud would just sit back and deal with any upstarts that dared to outpace the three front men. This worked in the first game but the Whites had other ideas in the next. A back line of four worked their socks off and held on to stop the Youth Team in their tracks. As the night progressed, Chris Todd and Paul Garner made a very impressive partnership and with Proudy & Malc Stubbs hitting the goals I think the Whites just about deserved the top dog honour for the night. Matt Pink couldn't match the heights he showed last week although you can always guarantee he'll whack a few in. Rick Pott had a bit of a Mare tonight by his own standards and Ron took great pleasure in pointing out that the boy wasn't at his best.  Mary's Moaners were also below par, indeed John had to wait until 80 minutes before finally finding the net. Obviously they are missing Martin and Bryn who hopefully will return sooner rather than later.
          

Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Keith Proudfoot
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough
Malc Stubbs
Chris Todd
Paul Garner
Robbie Westwood
Karl English

 


 

Sunday 21st September 2008 : What a day for the glorious Blues. After watching City demolish Pompey 6-0 with such style the 5 a side at the Leisure Centre couldn't come quick enough for me. Not a full compliment of Blues or Reds tonight but the lads who did turn up made a pretty decent fist of things. Starting with nine we were glad to see Karl English make an appearance although it only lasted a short while with the Evertonian picking up an ankle injury. So it was back to the rotation system once more. Inspired by the magnificent performance of Man City, Steve Gerrard picked this session to score a Mexican hat-full of goals from the first minute to the last. Proudy also put a few away in a very busy 90 minutes. John was beating up on himself for having a poor session but for me he did fine, I would be chuffed as mint balls if I had the lads energy and commitment. To a man all the lads put in a good workout in a very enjoyable session. Goal of the night was definitely Robbie's when he finished off a flowing move with a stunning volley. Not far behind was Proudy's effort which he somehow managed to drive into the top corner as he swivelled a full 180 degrees and met it on the full. I've decided not to mention Zsu Zsu's annoying habit of cheating which is creeping into his game, I think the need for counselling is called for before the cockney hippie becomes beyond spiritual help.      
Tonight's Teams

Mary's Moaners
Bud Jackson
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Neil McClelland
Rick Pott

The Whites
Keith Proudfoot
Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

Youth Team
Matt Pink
Malc Stubbs
Robbie Westwood
Richard Evans
Paul Dennis

 

 

 

Sunday 28th September 2008 : What a difference a week makes, City went from the sublime to the ridiculous. After last weekends destruction of Pompey they go out of the league cup to Brighton and lose today at Wigan, top 4, what a joke!! The vets go on as usual with another good turn out and three teams. Mary's Moaners needed two guests to make up their team but they couldn't prevent a sadly out of sorts team suffering an evening to forget winning only one game. Neil and Rick put themselves about but it was to no avail. Robbie Westwood was the first to net against Mary's in the first game with a stunning volley from the little fella. Matt Pink as usual was the youth teams most impressive player backed up well by Richard Evans. Paul Dennis hit a couple of blinders but it was the Whites who shone brightest on the night. Conserving my running to protect the old Achilles meant that Proudy, Steve and Chris Todd would have to work overtime and to their credit this is just what they did. Chris definitely enjoyed his stint in the squad and netted a good few goals to boot. Proudy and Steve Gerrard were the main strike force and were rewarded with only one defeat all night. A few players down next week with John threatening to quit and Bud also down in the dumps, Proudy out with the missus, we could do with long term absentees Bryn and Martin back to give the Mary's Moaners a boost.
Tonight's Players

The Reds
Keith Mastin
Malc Stubbs
Robbie Westwood
Paul Garner

The Whites
Chris Todd
Chris
Anthony
Steve Gerrard
Malc Hough

Youth Team
Matt Pink
Neil McClelland
Rick Pott
Richard Evans

 

 

 


 


Sunday 5th October 2008 : Couldn't help a little chuckle this week as Joe Kinnear was castigated by the press for using over 50 swear words in a rant at the Newcastle training ground. Anyone who has ever played in a vets session at the Leisure Centre will tell you Ron Buttery's just warming up after 50 swear words some of which are only decipherable by scousers. Thankfully we were Ron-less tonight so the 5 a side was lively but without verbal extremities. The Youth team flexed it's muscles from the very first game when a high scoring victory was a warning to the rest of us as to what a tough order we faced in matching them. Neil in particular, freed from the shackles of guesting for Mary's Moaners,  had one of his best games to date since joining the vets. Matt as usual was cracking them in from all angles and the two Ricks ran and ran all evening, something that the older vets were incapable of matching, especially this older vet. My team, the Whites had one of those nights when nothing went right from the first minute to the last. Failing to win a game is bad enough but three draws all night was about all we deserved. With the demise of Mary's Moaners Keith led the Reds to what turned out to be the result of the night when his team held the Youth team to a draw and prevented them from the elusive 100% winning session that is still to be achieved after 25 years at the Leisure Centre. Malc Stubbs drilled in two spectacular goals in that game for the reds and but for a moment of madness when Paulo's sat-nav misdirected him into his own area ensuing in a penalty, they would have dented the Youth team's unbeaten record on the night. All round a stonker of a session leaving us all fired up for next week. Thankfully for my team I am off to the Turkish Riviera to a nice five star all inclusive for a couple of weeks with Janice, to refresh the old bones and get in some speed training.

Tonight's Players

Ron Buttery
Chris
Keith Mastin
Keith Proudfoot Rob Westwood Paul Garner
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell
Chris
Anthony
Steve Gerrard
Bud Jackson


Sunday 12th October 2008 : Twelve vets were counted into the session on Sunday, but only eleven were counted out at the end, with Chris suffering a leg injury in mid session which demanded his retirement from the fray. Tragic for Chris, who we hope is recovered for next week, but challenging for the remaining vets who had to move from the four a-side squads to the Ron Buttery rotation system which has served us well in such circumstances. Apart from Ron and Chris, Zsu Zsu, Proudy, Robbie, Paulo, Ricky, Nigel, Chris, Stevie and Bud braved the elements, and were joined by a returning Johnboy who clearly needs to keep in trim with the imminent arrival of twin grandchildren. Much action and much sweat, tainted only by Zsu Zsu’s  gentle chiding of Ronnie Buttery to subscribe to the FA’s new Respect agenda in relation to referees.

Thanks to our guest writer for this latest report. News of Chris 's injury reached Turkey via BBC World News (as usual the only English speaking station available in this part of the world). Lets hope he recovers quicker than he runs.


Tonight's Teams

Ron Buttery
Steve Gerrard Nigel Caldwell
Bud Jackson
Matt Ansell

Keith Proudfoot Rick Evans
Paul Dennis 
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin

Matt Pink
Malc Stubbs
Rick Pott
Robbie Westwood
 

Sunday 19th October 2008 : Spurred on by news of Houghie’s continuing absence at a bootcamp in far away Turkey, the vets were flooded tonight with players eager to play in a team without having to carry the ageing warrior. Ron, Steve, Nigel, Bud and newcomer Matt Ansell formed one 5-man squad, with Zsu Zsu, Proudy, Rick ‘Good’ Evans, Paul Dennis and Johnboy another: Matt, Malc Stubbs, Rick Pott and Robbie played in four man formation and actually did very well, with Robbie in particular scoring with some spectacular mis-hits. Overall a good night, albeit with Chris still off injured, and Paul Garner, Chris Todd and Neil McClelland awol. Sadly, the high standards achieved over the past two weeks will become a fond memory when Houghie returns on the 26th....

Yet another excellent report from our guest writer which although short in content had the spell checker working overtime for a change. Having demonstrated to the Turkish waiters in Anatolia how the game should be played, I am keen to return next week and demonstrate to all doubters that you can't beat a good old 'en.

Tonight's Teams

Keith Proudfoot
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

Rick Evans
John Goodwin
Neil McClelland
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
 

 

Sunday 26th October 2008 : Back from my Asian jaunt, refreshed and rested it soon became apparent that I had also put on a few pounds. As early as the first 10 minutes Proudy was having to work overtime to cover the gaps left by my inability to cope with the speed of the session. Chris was also feeling the pace, suffering with a touch of the fallen arches on his feet. Consequently the burdon had to be shared by Proudy, Chris Todd and Nigel Caldwell in a hectic 90 minutes against Zsu Zsu's select team. Trying to match the pace of Paulo Garner, Neil and Rick was never going to be easy and it came as no surprise that John and Zsu Zsu were for once going to find themselves on the winning team. Three best of ten games ended up with Zsu Zsu's Select taking the honours 2 games to one but overall it was a very keen contest. Neil had a more than decent night and is proving to be an excellent addition to the vets sessions since joining us in late August. Proudy was on fire in front of goal tonight which was a good job because not too many goals came from his team mates although Chris Todd found the mark with a few goodies. Proudy hit two dynamite volleys for his side but it was Neil and Rick who shared in the majority of their teams scoring efforts. So it's diet time for yours truly and extra training so I can keep up with the rigours of Vets football and take a bit of the load off my team mates.
No Bryn and Martin again this week,
hopefully they'll both be back sooner rather than later. Don't forget that there will be no football on Sunday 9th November because the hall is being used for another event.

Tonight's Players

Ron Buttery
Chris
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
 Paul Garner
Richard Evans
Nigel Caldwell
Chris
Anthony
Neil McClelland
Paul Garner
Malc Hough

Sunday 2nd November 2008 : With City on Sky and Lewis Hamilton on the box this afternoon it wasn't a great shock to see only eleven vets show up for our weekly thrash. As I'm off to the Bombay Cafe tonight and because City depressed me so much the report will be shorter than normal not that I expected any different. Still, Chris Todd will be chuffed as his trotters did the business on my hapless Blues. With only eleven players tonight we reverted to the Ron Buttery rotation system again which worked quite well. Credit to Ron is perhaps overdue as over the years this novel way of playing has been very successful and is perhaps the big fella's greatest contribution to the vets sessions. This week marked the coming of age for Richard Evans as he became an official vet of 35 years and it showed as he ran most of us ragged over the 90 minutes. As Nigel Caldwell and Chris spent most of the early hours today partying after the New Mills Bonfire celebrations, I suppose we should forgive them for their unusually below par performances, red wine can seriously affect your stamina! 
Don't forget  NO FOOTBALL NEXT WEEK - Next session - 16th November, be there.....

Tonight's Teams

Keith Proudfoot
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Chris
Anthony

Matt Pink
Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Rick Pott
Robbie Westwood
 
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Neil McClelland
Michael Jackson


16th November : It was exactly 5 years ago tonight when Matt Pink and Steve Gerrard made their Vets debut's and although Steve didn't make this evenings session Matt celebrated in his usual style with a bunch of goals  and the accustomed all action display in a very spirited ninety minutes. The three teams were well matched thanks to Keith Mastin's careful selection and we were rewarded with what can only be described as a very enjoyable nights football. With the demise of Mary's Moaners now almost confirmed, there was a distinct lack of whinging so we were able to let the football do the talking for a change. One player in particular chose tonight to put on a demonstration of deadly striking seldom seen in an over 50 vet which left us all gasping. Robbie at last stepped up to the mark with his first pair in a single game with two exquisite strikes into the top corner, past yours truly.  Later on the little fella struck a wazzer of a goal on the volley past a bemused Chris that had us all cheering.
All the teams had their moments tonight but overall I think it was a three way draw if there is such a thing. Good showings from Rick Evans, Proudy, Neil and Bud plus a unusual award to Chris when he was credited with four assists in one game, to the opposition..... ah well who hasn't had one of those over the years?
Still no sign of Bryn and Martin.... 
Tonight's Players

Steve Gerrard
Bud Jackson
Chris
Anthony
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
 Keith Proudfoot
Richard Evans
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Todd
Paul Garner
Malc Hough
23rd November : Raced home from my daughters at Poulton Le Fylde and was rewarded with a super 90 minutes of 5 a side action at the Leisure centre. Set off with a game between my full squad for a change against the rest with Zsu Zsu refereeing. A quality game was decided with a single strike quite against the run of play for the rest. Still it was a taste of things to come as we reverted to the Ron Buttery rotation system for the remainder of the night. There was plenty of very good football played in a admirable sporting manner to boot. Spectacular strikes from Paulo Garner and Richard Evans were a feature of the non stop action. Chris was on song and the return of Steve Gerrard was marked by his new found tactic of mis-hitting goals, too many to be a coincidence. No Robbie this week, maybe he peaked last week or more likely he fell asleep watching his beloved Baggies at Stoke where the main highlights are throw ins!! Next weekend sees the Manchester v Stretford Derby with City hoping to reproduce last seasons epic double over the Rags. It's 54 years since I saw my first one, a 3-2 win for the glorious Sky Blues at Maine Road, that will do nicely for next week. Last season we managed a 1-0 win with only one shot on goal, this season we have Benjani, Shaun Wright Phillips, Danny Sturridge and some Brazilian bloke called Robinho. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!!!!!!

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