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Sunday 5th January 2020 : Another year and another 5 a side session for the New Mills Vets as 13 of the lads rocked up at the Leisure Centre. Kicking off with 3 teams The Young Guns  ripped into Mary's Moaners taking the first game 6-1 looking every bit like they were up for a winning night. The much awaited honour of scoring the first goal of the New Year went to Anthony Graham who beat a couple of defenders in the first attack before slickly slotting home. Rick Westwood who has managed to win this award in his last four New Year appearances could only stand and admire as his team mate gobbled up his chance. Well, in the second game the Strollers brought the Young Guns back down to earth with an outstanding 4-1 win, Ben Ransom scoring the goal of the night by waltzing past a couple of attempts to leg him up before rasping in a wonderful volley on the turn. The Strollers then completed a comfortable 4-1 win against the Moaners making themselves the team to beat. However, Ronnie Dooley succumbed to his ongoing injury and had to leave the action with Ben Ransom leaving the Strollers to take his place. The night then turned into a more equal contest with no particular team dominating. Special mention to Keith Mastin, Podders, Craig McDonald, Kelwyn Whitaker and Graham Levine for their goal scoring escapades but it was Dan Bailey who impressed most with some truly memorable strikes - definitely been practicing over Christmas me thinks.
Really good to get back tonight, I enjoyed playing outfield for most of our games, and credit to all the guys for their input into another rattling good session - roll up next week for more of the same.
 

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Ben Ransom
John Goodwin
Ronnie Dooley

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
Craig McDonald
Dan Bailey

 The Strollers

Kelwyn Whitaker
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
Ben Ransom

 

 


 

Sunday 12th January 2020 : We missed tonight the astute positional play of Kel Whittaker, the attacking venom of Paulo Garner, the gentle poetry of Jonboy Goodwin and the terrifying distribution errors of Malc Hough whenever he plays in goal, but 13 of the bravest turned out tonight and gave it their all. The three teams were evenly matched throughout the evening, with Mary’s Moaners carrying a small advantage in having 5 players to accommodate the uncertainties of Ronnie’s dodgy ankle, which proved to be not as dodgy as first thought. We were also pleased to welcome back for a guest visit young Paul Holmes, fresh from his all night DJ-ing session, and he reminded us that he could still put away some stingers. But it was also a night of the long shots, with a particular wallop from Podders midway in his own half catching out Danny. Rick Evans and Andy joined Podders in running their socks off, but all put in a good shift with Zsu Zsu Mastin displaying another exemplary performance in goal which attracted the attention of scouts from the Strollers, desperate to find a replacement for the rapidly ageing Malc Hough.
Much appreciated guest report, I was stuck at home with serious man flu, not wishing to spread it so I watched City batter Villa instead. Will be back next week when hopefully, so will all of you lot.
 

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Paul Holmes
Ronnie Dooley

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
Craig McDonald
Mike Cole

 The Strollers

Dan Bailey
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
Ben Ransom

 

Sunday 19th January 2020 :  What have I said to deserve this? 13 last week and only 6 tonight, and only Liverpool v United on the telly: where has everyone gone?
Anyway the six brave hearts gave it their all, albeit over a one hour session, and despite having an aggregated age of over 400, the Moaners shone over the two matches, with Ronnie (nearly) back to his old form, young Podders running his balls off, and Zsu Zsu the steady, calming influence at the back and poking in the occasional one or two when foraying up field. A good night despite the knackering pace, featuring the tantalising dribbling of Ricc, the steadfast defending of Ant and the relentless running of Andy - 10-8 in the first game to the Moaners, and 10-7 in the second.
More next week, preferably with more players!

Sorry I couldn't make it again tonight, still coughing my guts up with this awful cold. Didn't even fancy watching the Reds get gubbed at Anfield. Should be back next week. Will post report as soon as it hits my inbox. (Done)
 

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
Andy Brown

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th January 2020 : Back at the Leisure Centre tonight along with twelve others for our weekly gathering of 5 a side football. Tonight I had the doubtful privilege of guesting for Mary's Moaners and though I fell short in the moaning department I quite enjoyed the experience. Back to three teams again this evening for what turned out to be an interesting session with the Young Guns just about earning the right to be called team of the week closely followed by the Moaners. Allegedly, the Moaners only scored seven goals all night but these went together in a few draws and a few wins with Ronnie and Podders the main instigator, Podders in fact rattled in one fine Volley from the half way line. The Young Guns bolstered by debutant John Mouncey who had a fine evening slotting seamlessly into to their line up, in spite of his age. Unusual to see a newcomer scoring so many goals on his first showing. Good to see Ricc Westwood getting back to something like his old style with some neat jinking runs and cool finishing. Rick Evans and Anthony Graham both got on the goal trail with Anthony in particular hitting a couple of impressive drives from distance. The Strollers were obviously missing my silky skills but had their moments too. Graham Levine and Ben Ransom both hit the old onion bag with decent efforts, Ben can sure wellie it. Frank Pleszak struggled to find the net but in his final game he at last banged one in, trouble was it went past me for an own goal of spectacular proportions. Andy Brown was buzzing all night definitely in the Podders mould, did enough running for two men.
Well overall a cracking nights footy played in good spirit so lets have more of the same next week.
As I have held the Player of the year trophy for the past four years I think it's time for a new players name to go onto it. Please email me with your suggestions, your choices will be kept private - any player who has played reasonably regularly in the last 12 months qualifies, don't waste your vote
 

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
John Goodwin
Malc Hough

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
John Mouncey
Rick Evans

 The Strollers

Andy Brown
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
Ben Ransom

 

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd February 2020 : Another good turnout by Mary’s Moaners, albeit without the knee-damaged Garno who is having restorative surgery in Poland (this is not entirely true). We were joined by a healthy 10 other players such that three teams were constructed, with Kel back from his gut problem and Rick Evans joining the Moaners to compensate for the awesome ages of their lethal striker, Jonboy Goodwin, and midfield playmaker Zsu Zsu Mastin. As it was, Moaners certainly didn’t dominate and in fact every team beat the two others at some stage in the evening, with the Stroller’s particularly benefiting from the absence of Malc in goal. The only injury during the evening was experienced by John Mouncey, fresh from his debut appearance last week and still limping. He promised he’ll be back. A good night’s passion, with some startling goals – Frank and Ant both broke the net with long-range strikes, and somehow young Podders got one in from an impossible angle. We’re still working out how Andy can maintain his running tempo all evening, and will be introducing drug tests.
Thanks to our guest writer for this short report. Had to attend a family gathering so it was my loss missing the session but The Strollers gain. This week is your last chance to get votes in for the player of the year so please don't delay, email me at malcolm.hough@lineone.net with your choice.

See you all again next week.
 
 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
John Goodwin
Rick Evans

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
John Mouncey
Craig McDonald

 The Strollers

Andy Brown
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
Kelwyn Whitaker
Dan
Bailey

 

 

 

Sunday 9th February 2020 : With Storm Ciara lashing our town it wasn't surprising that only eight of the boys made it down Hyde Bank Road to the Leisure Centre for this weeks long running episode of 4 a side footy. Manchester City's home game was postponed, much to my relief, I really didn't fancy walking up Grey Mare Lane in all that lot, freeing me up to play in the Young Guns team. However it was Mary's Moaners who took the honours winning three games to two. Podders was on fire scoring a bag full and Jonboy Goodwin matched him as he grabbed goal after goal. Dave Brown just got on quietly like he does as the rain lashed against the roof and he lashed the ball in the net. Zsu Zsu Mastin called on all his 72 years experience to find the energy to keep up but, he came into his own when he did what he is best at - collecting the money at the end of the session. As for the Young Guns, Anthony Graham was breaking in a pair of garish yellow trainers which took some getting used to however, he worked his equally garish yellow socks off as he provided the ammunition for Ricc Westwood to fire home. Ricc has trimmed and groomed his terrorist beard which coincided with the return of his flicks and tricks which he used to great effect. That left Frankie and me, well we did OK both scoring more than our fair share of goals in a session that was a lung busting 90 minutes of decent football.
Bad news about Kel having to miss the next few weeks but here's hoping for a speedy recovery for the lad. Hopefully we'll be presenting the Player of the Year trophy next Sunday, most of the votes are in but you still have a couple of days left if you haven't voted already - it's really close.

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Dave Brown

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
Frank Pleszak
Malc Hough

 

 


 

Sunday 16th February 2020 : Eleven of the lads rolled up in spite of Storm Dennis, for the latest episode in the long running series known as The Vets 5 a side session. Last week it was storm Ciara, I don't know, when I was younger it was known as winter. Anyway the spoils went to Mary's Moaners this week by two games to one. Once again it was the running and tackling plus some spectacular goals from Chris Podmore that inspired their success. With Ronnie Dooley and Andy Brown joining Podders their mid field out passed and out ran the Strollers especially in the second game. The Strollers created plenty of chances but a combination of decent goalkeeping and poor finishing was their undoing. John Mouncey returned and played his part after a short break which was used to recover from his second appearance a couple of weeks ago. At the end of the day I think we all enjoyed a bloody good run out and certainly a competitive one. The Player of the Year trophy is at the engravers and will be presented next Sunday
My beloved City were taken to task by UEFA this week for alleged FFP violations resulting in a two year Champions League ban and a fine of €30M . Of course City will appeal this but watch out for a serious attack on UEFA by City's Lawyers – it could be the biggest thing since the Bosman ruling 

 

Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Ronnie Dooley
Chris Podmore
Andy Brown


The Strollers
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
John Mouncey

 

 

 

 

Sunday 23rd February 2020 : Twelve Vets turned out tonight for the 6 a side and as an added bonus our Cockney Hippie Leader presented the Player of the Year Trophy. The winner for 2019 was Anthony Graham who was voted for by the players and for me this was a really good choice. Anthony is a top bloke who plays the game enthusiastically but always sportingly although as a Liverpool supporter he does need some counselling. The football tonight was again dominated by Mary's Moaners who won the first two games at a canter. With Ronnie Dooley, Rick Evans and Podders firing on all cylinders the Strollers found it difficult to contain them. John Goodwin and Zsu Zsu Mastin supported well and a rejuvenated Paulo Garner returned to the side with a stirring display. The Strollers were handicapped by Anthony Graham suffering from man flu and his team mates who suffered from poor passing and a failure to find space, mainly due to Mary's excellent marking. Rick Westwood, Graham Levine, Frank Pleszak and John Mouncy all had cameo moments but overall they were not at the races on the night. I managed a couple of goals in a late run out but at the end of the day it was Mary's night to celebrate. The third game fizzled out as we ran out of time.
Rick Pott and Nigel Caldwell both made an appearance on the balcony, nice to see Nigel back and he's hoping to make a comeback after injury. Sadly Rick has decided that his playing days on dodgy knees are over although you can never rule the lad out completely. Next Sunday, Graham and myself are Wembley bound with our glorious Blues in search of a third League Cup Final win on the trot so please support the Vets and turn out in numbers.
 

Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Ronnie Dooley
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Rick Evans


The Strollers
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
John Mouncey

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 1st March 2020 : With a number of "bluemooners" down at their second home in North London and others remaining in their first home nursing injuries and the terrifying consequences of ageing so, just 8 turned up tonight, requiring some juggling with players to get an even and balanced contest. In fact I’m not sure we succeeded despite the juggling, with victories tending to go to the team with the fastest players, especially when playing against the team with the slowest. The steadying midfield influence of Ronnie was missed, as were the thunderbolts from Paulo Garner and the goalkeeping lapses now increasingly associated with Malc Hough, but everybody seemed pleased with the night’s efforts. More players needed next week, though, to keep the passion alive.

Well, Wembley beckoned for Graham Levine and myself as we braved the joys of a return trip up and down the M1, bitterly cold weather and the tensions of a closely fought victory but, it had to done. They say footballs a funny old game but, I didn't notice many Villa fans laughing yesterday or Liverpool fans the day before or for  that matter Edwin van der Sar wasn't exactly looking too pleased with himself. Still, when you're looking for a little cheer you have to look no further than my glorious Blues, three Carabao Cup Final wins on the trot and one of our own Phil Foden man of the match - Stockport's Iniesta came of age. 
 


 Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Frank Pleszak
John Mouncey
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8th March 2020 : Very refreshing to see 13 of the lads down tonight for the challenge that is the weekly 5 a side match up. Tonight the Young Guns were excellent going through the evening unbeaten. They set about Mary's Moaners like a tide wave, cracking in goals from all angles to take the first game 5-1. However after taking an early lead through Ricc Westwood the Strollers set their stall out and defended really well before I nipped in and slotted the equaliser so that put an end to their threatened 100% attempt on the proceedings. The Strollers were hindered by the fact that Kelwyn was handicapped with the threat of further injuring his suspect ankle and was clearly playing at half pace although his running wasn't in question. That brings me into the equation, running these days is not my best feature so the rest of our team were left to compensate although I was pretty chuffed to complete all our games outfield. As for Mary's Moaners they had two pensioners and Paulo with his dodgy knees doing a cracking job in spite of his handicap. So, not wishing to take anything from The Young Guns as you can only beat what's in front of you I can only praise them for doing just that. Rick Evans seemed like he could score at will but it was the industrious John Mouncy that caught my eye. He worked like a Trojan passing and tackling with the enthusiasm of  eerrrr, a fifty year old and added a fistful of goals to an impressive performance. As usual Anthony Graham and Ricc Westwood put in really good shifts on a night when they won all their games except for two draws against the Strollers. Mary's and the Strollers shared a super see-saw game which ended three goals apiece with Jonboy Goodwin hitting a brace.
In the Old Trafford Derby, United surprised everyone including themselves by winning 2-0 which means Liverpool only need two more wins to become Premier League Champions for the first time ever. This means they could do it before the session in a fortnight which would see Anthony Graham, Kelwyn Whitaker and Rick Evans becoming unbearable - just a thought!
 

 Mary's Moaners

Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
John Goodwin
Paul Garner

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Ricc Westwood
John Mouncey
Rick Evans

 The Strollers

Graham Levine
Dave Brown
Kelwyn Whitaker
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 15th March 2020: The Coronavirus took its toll on tonight’s numbers with only eight members finding their way to Hyde Bank Road Leisure Centre. Those who did manage an appearance were treated to an excellent session full of goals and flowing footy. The benches made their way onto the goal lines and overall were pretty busy on the night. All three games went to the Masters in tonight’s session although the Upstarts put up a good fist of it.
When it came to finding a way to put the ball past those pesky benches Kelwyn gave us a master class. Cheeky little chips and the odd well placed drive were the order of the night, Kel’s trade mark. Rick Evans used his speed to beat the aging frames of myself and Zsu Zsu Mastin who were left in a dust cloud as the Liverpool fan slapped the odd ball home or screamed in frustration as the majority of them either rattled the bar or, loosened the concrete blocks behind the goal. After the first game Zsu Zsu was free transferred to the Masters in exchange for John Mouncy who instantly stiffened up our defence as well as helping himself to some quality goals.  Frankie Pleszak had a profitable evening nipping in for the odd goal for the Masters including two game winners. As for my team, The Upstarts, we did OK. Rocket Ronnie ran Kel close in the goal scoring stats planting in some real crackers. Craig had a mixed bag with some excellent build up play but fell down when it came to making the onion bag bulge, a bit like his Man United team. Zsu Zsu used all his 72 years experience to keep up with his newly acquired Masters team mates but, I have to
admit he made a valuable contribution for an old Cockney Hippie to their cause.

on  I plodded round and managed to net a few times but I’m eternally grateful to those around me who give their all and never complained about my limited running – thanks for that fellas.

As the Coronavirus takes hold we are going to have to respect the governments’ decisions in the coming weeks with talk of limited gatherings probably stopping our sessions. Also on the cards is the over 70’s having to self-isolate for a long period which means no more footy for Keith and myself. We’ll have to take it a step at a time but, it is what it is sadly.
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Kelwyn Whitaker
Rick Evans
Frank Pleszah
Keith Mastin
A Bench

 The Upstarts
John Mouncy
Craig McDonald
Ronnie Dooley
Malc Hough
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