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Thursday 28th March 2019 :Just thought I'd start the report a little differently on this new page. Yesterday I visited the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road, Manchester for an exhibition called Facing Out. It's an exhibition of portraits of people who have experienced facial cancers together with their choice of artworks from The Whitworth collections. The portraits have been created in public by Lucy Burscough during her residency at Maggie’s Cancer Support Centre at The Christie Hospital. As you may have noticed our own Nigel Caldwell has suffered in this way which led to his nose being rebuilt somewhat surgically brilliantly in my humble opinion. Nigel, winner of our player of the year in 2013 is one of life's nice guys and he is humbly philosophical about his recovery which you can read about here or have a trip down to the Whitworth to see for yourself, it runs until the 2nd June - opening hours - Monday to Wednesday: 10am-5pm - Thursday: 10am-9pm -Friday to Sunday: 10am-5pm. It really is a beautiful building and well worth the trip. After my own open heart surgery I had similar thoughts as I faced the challenges ahead and like Nigel I happily had a successful recovery and again played 5 a side with the lads. However, Nigel faces a huge risk as being struck in the face is a great possibility and the result would be unthinkable. Myself, well I get pounded from every angle by you lot but I have to say, that was the deal when I came back to play mainly in goal and I'm so happy just to be there. Please take 10 minutes to read Nigel's story.
After getting Nigel's blessing for posting this he informed me that an infection after his recent operation has been sorted but it could take 2 months to heal as it’s where he had radiotherapy - but adds that determination is still there to get back!

 



 

Sunday 24th March 2019 : Great showing for the 5 a side tonight with fourteen of the guys making their way to the Leisure Centre for the weekly thrash. On a night of slick football the teams came out on an equal footing with some excellent games. Credit to our hippie leader for selecting three very even teams in what turned out to be a fine group of games played in a very fair and sporting manner. Goal of the night was without doubt a blinder from our Polish International, Frank Pleszak. Picking the ball up in his own half he evaded a couple of tackles before looking up and launching a missile into the very top right corner of my goal, I could only stand and stare as it zipped through a crowd of players. Much to admire from all the players tonight Mrs Browns boys, Andy and Dave, both banged in important goals for my Strollers team. Outstanding performances from Anthony Graham and Stefan only bettered by a powerhouse show from Graham Hart for The Guns. Mary's Moaners had a purple patch mid session winning 5 on the trot, Podders and Paulo in spite of yesterdays disappointment of their beloved Stockport County losing their Semi Final and a Wembley trip, both gave 110%. Jonboy Goodwin managed to slot two or four goals as Ronnie Dooley missed the challenge of "Badboy" Evans as he strutted around Mary's mid field. Kelwyn Whittaker managed to fit in 90 minutes in spite of suffering with an ankle problem . Graham Levine received a serious blow to his beak but soldiered on after treatment. Finally, can't forget the pile driver that Anthony Graham fired past me that smashed in of the post from a tight angle, glad I didn't get in the way of that one. Couple of players down next week so we need as many bodies as possible - hope to see you all down for another edition of The Joy of Football.....

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

 The Strollers
Kelwyn Whittaker
Andy Brown
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Dave Brown

  The Guns
Anthony Graham
Frank Pleszak
Graham Hart
Stefan Clifford

 

 

 

 

 
Thursday 4th April 2019 : In spite of efforts by Parkwood Leisure to disrupt our weekly thrash we will be back in business on Sunday 7th April at 5:15pm. The new management team failed to insure the centre beyond 3:00pm last Sunday so we weren't able to have the pleasure of our usual 90 minutes. Having been greeted by our Cockney Hippie leader outside the Leisure Centre that afternoon to be told of the cock up, it soon became apparent that I wasn't on my own missing the information on WhatsApp as we were joined by Frankie Pleszak and Graham Levine thus demonstrating the importance of our excellent App. However, when I returned disappointed to my car I noticed that I had rolled up wearing my house slippers, yet another warning of my impending Alzheimer's situation so see you all on Sunday, memory permitting. Vets who turned up
Keith Mastin
Graham Levine
Frank Pleszak
Malc Hough

 

 

Sunday 7th April 2019 : Back to business tonight as eleven vets found their way to the Leisure Centre for the weekly gathering. The format tonight was two squads of five with myself in nets for alternative teams. First game I started as a guest Moaner and found myself on the winning team much to my surprise with three pensioners on duty. In a game of total dominance the Moaners played a swift passing game to take advantage of the extra man and very successful it turned out. Ronnie the Rocket Dooley was well on form as he tackled and distributed excellent passes and topped it off with a glut of goals. Jonboy Goodwin and Podders also chipped in with some excellent strikes and even Zsu Zsu Mastin got in on the act. The guns battled against the odds with Frankie Pleszak in particular having one of his best games to date. In the second game I moved teams into the Guns team and starting out field we began to tame the Moaners in a similar manner to the previous game. Six against five was going to be a step too far for the tiring Moaners and as Rick Evans started to discover just where the nets were we were up and running. The Moaners started a spirited come back inspired by a couple of Jonboy goals but, when I replaced Anthony Graham in nets the tide became a flood. Graham Levine and Frankie started to spank the goals in for fun ably supported by the galloping Graham Hart, the result was never in doubt, cruising in at 10-5, job done.
The final game fizzled out when we ran out of time so it's onwards and hopefully upwards as we look forward to next week when we should again get a decent turnout. Weekend of destiny as City play Crystal Palace away and Liverpool face Chelsea at home - squeaky bum time

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

  The Guns
Anthony Graham
Frank Pleszak
Graham Hart
Graham Levine
Rick Evans

 Guest Goalie
Malc Hough

 

 

 

Sunday 14th April 2019 : Well we were down to eight guys tonight forcing a four a side session. This proved to be a ninety minute lung busting exercise which stretched everyone to the limits except for the road runner Chris Podmore, trying to gauge his fitness is like trying to judge a supercar by watching it negotiate rush hour traffic in Levenshulme. Even I was forced to "play out" but as Graham Levine suggested, go up up front and goal hang. Mary's Moaners were victorious in the first two games with the help of a glut of own goals in spite of the introduction of the benches which made a rare appearance. Every player without exception managed a few goals tonight with the three pensioners taking advantage of the tiring limbs. Some exceptional strikes from Paulo Garner (The white Kris Akarbusi) in particular stood out but, in the main the benches definitely earned the players of the night with some great saves. It's extraordinary how when faced with the sight of just the benches to beat we find a way of scooping the ball over the bar or in Graham Levine's case up in the roof. In the end I was well chuffed with my goal hanging tactics and more chuffed by the fact that I could last 90 minutes breathing through my arse, there's plenty in the cemetery who wish they could say that.
Good to see Rick Pott spectating again, hopefully he'll soon be appearing on the pitch again, he's been well missed. Another player out through injury, Kelwyn Whittaker I think will need a few more weeks to recover from his Achilles problem but in the meantime, where is Chris Anthony, not seen for a month?

No football next weekend, Easter Sunday - next session 28th April

  Mary's Moaners
  Chris Podmore
  Keith Mastin
  Paul Garner
  John Goodwin

   The Guns
  Anthony Graham
  Frank Pleszak
  Graham Levine
  Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28th April 2019 : Eleven of the guys made it down to the Leisure Centre tonight with our Cockney Hippie Leader in Southern Ireland partaking in The Irish Pish. Was he missed, well not by the Moaners who had a magnificent night. Kelwyn Whittaker fitted seamlessly into their line up gelling the team together with his neat touches and quality passing. Winning all their games they certainly gave the Young Guns the run around although to be fair I certainly didn't distinguish myself in nets and, Rick Pott was as rusty as an old Cornish fishing boat. To his credit though he battled like a good 'un as he gave his dodgy knees the first run out for what seems an eternity. Paulo Garner watched County lift the National League North Championship yesterday with a 3-0 win at mighty Nuneaton Borough. There was a spring in his step as he swanned around the Leisure Centre tonight with the swagger of a man bathing in the glory of his favourite footy team. Jonboy the assassin managed to bounce poor old Pottie into a heap by the wall as he road tested his dodgy knee - Rick as he always did jumped up dusted himself down and got on with it. Rick Evans applied to be Jonboys apprentice with a sumptuous upending of Kelwyn Whittaker who also returned tonight after resting a recent injury, not quite in Jonboys league but he's learning. Podders and Ronnie were working their tripes off as normal keeping the Guns at bay. As for them, The Guns flattered to deceive running hot and cold, Graham Levine like myself seriously stressed out earlier today watching our beloved Man City scratching out a 1-0 win at Burnley to keep our Premier League title hopes on track but we both managed to belt in a couple of blinders for the Guns. So it was honours to Mary's Moaners this week and as there's no football next week due to a bank holiday - next session is  Sunday 12th May, time to rest all those niggling injuries.

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 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Kelwyn Whittaker

 The Guns
Anthony Graham
Graham Hart
Graham Levine
Rick Evans
Rick Pott
Malc Hough 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th May 2019 : The Last day of the Season for most Professional footballers, with Manchester City grabbing the Premiership title, Charlton edging ahead in the play offs, Stockport County already Champions of the Northern League and St Mirren ?? …..Errrr??. Well ,You would expect a low turnout with all that excitement going on, but 12 vets from a variety of Football Fan bases graced the leisure centre to compete for their own slice of weekend glory. Two closely contested matches exhumed, with the result in both games the same . The Young Guns took the first leg 10-7 with the Moaners levelling the tie by the score in the reverse fixture.
Stand out performances came from all over the pitch. The welcome return of Nigel Caldwell, who had lost none of his tenacity in the tackle also launching a couple of missiles into the net. Frank Pleszak can claim a lung busting performance and a sweet volley to take home and dream about. Long range shooting especially in the first rubber was a joy to be hold, Cameron Shaw, Rick Evans and Anthony Graham showing the rest of us how to find the net from distance.
One of the goals of the night was the first leg winner on the turn from Graham Levine doing much justice to his smart Sky Blue City strip. The Moaners were less direct preferring their pass and go style of football. Ronny Dooley and Kelwyn Whittaker un- picking the Young Guns to lash home most of their team mates goal tally. Chris Podmores work rate as ever was a key factor, and together with John Goodwin they deservedly ended up on the score sheet. Keith Mastin performed Heroics between the sticks for the Moaners, with some solid defensive tackling to boot. Paulo Garner had a mixed night looking a little rusty after the Bank Holiday Break. Rick Pott watching from the upper tier remarking that he hadn’t scored this evening.( not counting the boomer that hit the wall , then bounced back into the net off Anthony’s arse . ha aha ah !! )
Just enough time to start another Match , with nothing between the teams and with the score locked at 3-3 . Ronny Dooley in the absence of VAR snatched a disputed “Golden Goal”. That was that Father time called an end to proceedings. Hopefully with the Professional Season over we might get more Vets showing off their skills on a Sunday afternoon. Till next week.
ATTENDANCE – 1 – RICK POTT.

As ever really grateful to our guest writer for his usual excellent report. Sorry I missed the session, I was at the Etihad watching my glorious record breaking City backing up what Bill Shankley said all those years ago - "If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing."   Liverpool 97 points, nothing!
Spare a thought for United, 32 points behind the winners - Never in my lifetime comes to mind!

 

  Mary's Moaners
 Chris Podmore
 Keith Mastin
 Ronnie Dooley
 Paul Garner
 John Goodwin
 Kelwyn Whittaker

  The Guns
 Anthony Graham
 Frank Pleszak
 Nigel Caldwell
 Graham Levine
 Rick Evans
 Cameron Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Sunday 19th May 2019 : Just 'yer ten Vets turned out at the Leisure Centre tonight in search of a good 5 a side session which most of them got. A rather lop sided team selection led to a rather convincing three game victory for the Strollers. With Kelwyn Whittaker once again excelling for his team with a collection of passing, tackling and scoring that in fact, sets the bar for the rest of us. Anthony Graham shored up the back whilst Graham Levine and Frank Pleszak peppered the Mary's goal with shots from all angles. I provided Mary's Moaners with their best chances with some awful distribution from nets consistently passing the ball to the opposition. However, this only led to Mary's getting the results to look respectful. They obviously missed the energy of The Scottish Express that is Ronnie Dooley who hopefully will be back for the next session a week next Sunday. As for the other Moaners Jonboy chipped in with a couple of decent strikes whilst Paulo Garner banged in a blinder added to his "headed" goal from a Chris Podmore cross, the first headed goal for many a Blue Moon - I actually managed to head one in against Tony "the fat cat" Gavin in goal for Mary's moaners, many years ago. It's been said Keith Mastin is a very deceptive player, he's actually slower than he looks but he did manage to thump one past me tonight. Can't finish the report without mentioning my glorious Manchester City who I've now followed for 66 years since my Uncle took me to Maine Road for my first match aged 6. In those years I've seen more ups and downs than a prostitutes knickers in a Moss side brothel but, this season has left me speechless after becoming the first team to win all the National Competitions ie - Charity Shield, Carabao Cup, Premier League and the FA Cup astonishing and as I turned 73 years old this week I think, just reward.

No football next Sunday 26th, Bank Holiday    Good Luck to Liverpool on Saturday June 1st

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

  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Malc Hough
 Frank Pleszak
 Graham Levine
 
Kelwyn Whittaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

   

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