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Sunday 8th October 2017 : Back to only nine vets again this evening as surprisingly a few of the boys chose to watch England instead. Still the guys who did show up put on a good performance of sorts although the extra man did make a difference. In the first game Mary's gave the Young Guns a right ol' drubbin'. Rick Evans as ever was on the ball whipping in a few bowsers but it was Nigel Caldwell who caught the eye ghosting in Martin Peters style to slot home a couple of beauties. Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood were for once looking a little rusty looking like they needed a shot of WD 40 to get them going. Keith Mastin was looking like a hippie on LSD as he tried in vain to find that elusive pass to Rocket Ronnie who is actually away on holiday! Chris Podmore joined in the goal scoring as Mary's ran out 10-5 winners with the ever dependable Paulo Garner playing a deep moaning position. The second game saw some transfer action as Podders and myself moved to TYG's and Zsu Zsu moved the other way. Suddenly the tide turned and with TYG's having the extra man they became even worse than they were with four players. Mary's again found their players with fast attacking play that belied their lesser numbers. Winning 10-6, I suppose it was an improvement but with Pottie suffering from his knee injury retiring into goal TYG's were becoming a fading force. The last game went to the Golden Goal scenario and cometh the hour cometh the old man - a quick free kick taken by Anthony Graham was fed into my path and I casually slipped the ball under the advancing Young Guns keeper to score and win the game - you never lose it!!

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Nigel Caldwell

Paul Garner
Malc Hough

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Keith Mastin

 


 

Sunday 15th October 2017 : Crikey, only eight vets this evening for the battle of The Old Boys versus the Young Guns. This did however make for a crackin' nights footy with the honours shared at the end. In the first game, The Young Guns ran up an quick lead in spite of me playing like a numpty on speed with Rick, Anthony and Graham knitting together like a well worn jumper. However at 8-3 The Old Boys started a spirited come back as Nigel and Rocket Ronnie began to find the net with unerring accuracy, Nigel especially belying his pensioner status with the coolness of a pint of Stella Artois. At 8-7 Rick and Anthony took over and fired in a salvo of goals to close out the first game 10-7. In the second game the pattern was repeated with The Young Guns building an early lead with my form back to some sort of reliability but with the legs tiring and the old ticker beating like a humming birds wings I was becoming more static as the game wore on. Then the recurring injury jinx struck with Graham Levine suffering another heel problem which confined him to goal keeper. Move in The Old boys who took full advantage of The Young Guns weaknesses piling forward past the now overworked Rick and Anthony with Chris Todd acting as a floater (I could have put that better!). After taking an 9-6 lead The Young Guns did exceptionally well to drag themselves back to 9-9 but in the last throws Rocket Ronnie took a pass from Paulo Garner and slammed in the winner. Special mention must be made to the benches who played magnificently tonight making save after save - someone commented that they played as if they had three hands! At the end of the fray Paulo announced his International retirement from his alter ego Walton Wednesday to concentrate on establishing his Mary's Moaners once again as a force to be reckoned with, good luck with that one Paulo! Sad really as Walton Wednesday have been running as long as the vets (our first session - June 26th 1988).

 The Old Boys
Ronnie Dooley
Nigel Caldwell

Paul Garner
Chris Todd

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Graham Levine
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd October 2017 : Big news this week was Zsu Zsu Mastin reaching seventy years of age. Yes the old Cockney Hippie is a septuagenarian joining myself on this lofty step to the ladder of life. I think a quick refresher course on his journey with the Vets is in order. Zsu Zsu was present on the very first night when the Sports Hall opened as mentioned last week, June 1988. John Goodwin was in the same team and I was in the opposition, the only three ever presents still surviving (Jonboy hopefully will be back soon). That's 1,462 sessions in which Zsu Zsu has somehow held Mary's Moaners together as well as collecting the dosh and organising the sessions. Not only has he equipped himself with dignity on the pitch he has added some degree of skill to the sessions. He has taken the odd time out for trips to that bog across the Irish Sea they call Eire. Other breaks for eye correction surgery in recent years threatened to put a halt to his footy career but hopefully now his eyesight has been restored to a standard befitting a man of his age, he'll have a long future with The New Mills Vets.
As for tonight's games, the Young Guns took the honours with Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood both outstanding. Chris Todd and Nigel battled away but Pottie put in a massive effort playing the whole session on one leg. The two games were won by The Young Guns although they were both close run affairs. With Chris Anthony and myself on a short loan to the Moaners it was left to the regulars to weigh in with the majority of goals, pick of the bunch was from Podders and Paulo although Rocket Ronnie put in a shift, Oh, and Keith Mastin played like a seventy year old, just like I did!

 The Old Boys
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Paul Garner
Malc Hough
Chris Podmore
Chris Anthony

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Westwood
Chris Todd
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th October 2017 :  A strange sort of evening down at the Leisure Centre tonight with eleven of the boys down to do battle. We welcomed aboard Kelwyn Whittaker who proved to be a really good addition to the group playing confidently both in his passing and cool goal scoring. Cameron Shaw also rocked up again after a break of 18 weeks and put in a right good shift. The first game tonight was a little one sided with The Old Boys winning 10-3 Rocket Ronnie on fire, wellying in at least half of those and Kelwyn and Podders adding the rest. The Young Guns battled away but the extra player was the difference although Anthony, Rick and Cameron kept pegging away. Rick Pott was suffering with his dodgy knee which in all fairness affected his ability to toe poke a few of his customary strikes into the net. In the next game I was transferred to The Young Guns, a move that immediately paid dividends as I was soon finding the net. Now age takes it's toll as I can't remember much more about that game, early onset Dementia comes to mind although................I hope it's not dementia!  In the final game Zsu Zsu Mastin moved over to The Young Guns as Pottie called it a night and I moved the other way to The Old Boys. In a very tight game we were running out of time at 6-6 and went for the Golden Goal which was duly slotted home by Podders who slipped it past his father in law to complete a 3-0 series win for his team.  Just remembered that in the second game Rick Pott went into goal due to his injury and could do little to stop the rampaging Old Boys winning 10-7 - that's it, I'm not losing my marbles!

 The Old Boys
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Paul Garner
Malc Hough
Chris Podmore
Kelwyn Whittaker

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Westwood
Cameron Shaw
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th November 2017: Arriving late after watching my glorious Blues take an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League by beating Arsenal at the Etihad, I was slotted into the Young Guns team. Sadly my head was still swimming in the adrenaline from the City game and I wasn't a lot of use to them. However Bonfire Night was in full swing as the team launched into frenzied action from the start with The Old boys lighting the fire. Goals from Rick Evans and Chris Podmore were cancelled out by the galloping Josh Mackie. Kelwyn was sitting deep for The Old Boys not managing to repeat his scoring feats of last Sunday. Paulo and Rocket Ronnie were were providing the fireworks from mid field but the Young Guns came back into it with a rocket from Rick Westwood. Closing the game out at 10-7 the Old Boys set about The Young Guns with a vengeance in the next game helped by an incredible four unanswered own goals, they then built up a more healthy lead helped by Rick Pott who was firing on only one cylinder but still managed to net a couple of sparklers. After leading 9-1 The Young Guns made a bit of a comeback assisted by goals from Chris Todd and Anthony Graham before Josh lashed in a sparkler to make it 9-5. The comeback was soon brought to a halt though as Rick Evans fired in the winner. In the third game things were much closer neither team getting a substantial lead and at 9-9 we were on the Golden goal again. Time to light the touch paper and set up for an explosive end to the night and it was The Young Guns who won it with a crackler of a finish as shots rained in from Chris Todd and myself for the keeper to save before I think Josh slammed in the winner from close range.

 The Old Boys
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore
Kelwyn Whittaker
Rick Pott

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Josh Mackie
Malc Hough
Rick Westwood
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th November 2017: No football on TV to distract the attendance of the boys tonight so it was a little disappointing to see only 10 rolled up so, a 60 minute only session as the order of the night. What a session it turned out, two really well selected sides by our Cockney Hippie leader using all of his 70 years experience of organisation. Honours went to the Mary's Moaners although the scores couldn't have been closer, both games ending in their favour 10-9 with golden goals again the order of the night. For Mary's Moaners Rick Evans came to the fore reaching new heights in moaning although he did fire in a good few goals. Goal of the night belonged to young Chris Podmore volleying in a blinder from wide on the right into the roof of the net. Overall the Moaners were rewarded with an extraordinary amount of own goals in both games. Ronnie Dooley and Paulo Garner were on top form working well together whilst Zsu Zsu Mastin floated round the pitch like he was on wacky backie. For the Young Guns, Kelwyn Whittaker had an absolute blinder and fitted in with the Young Guns like he had been with them for months, slotting in the goals and passing like errrrr.. master passer! Chris Anthony also had his best night in living memory whipping in goals and passing well to boot. In actual fact with The Young Guns playing Guardiola type football all night it was surprising that they ended up on the losing side as Mary's went in for the more direct lump and run style. Rick Westwood was effective getting stuck in and taking quite a few whacks in the process whilst Anthony Graham had one of his quieter sessions. Me, I spent the two games in nets and didn't exactly distinguish myself - it's a lonely place sometimes.

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

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Kelwyn Whittaker
Malc Hough
Rick Westwood
Chris Anthony

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sunday 12th November 2017: Eleven of the lads strolled into the Leisure Centre tonight to pit their skills in a contest between Mary's Moaners and the Strollers. Ah you may say, "no Young Guns"? Well, the answer to that one was, I'm afraid not. Anyway the game went ahead at a serious pace, for old giffers, with the ball pinging around like a bagatelle table. Mary's were found wanting in the early stages as Kelwyn and Chris Todd bossed it both firing in early strikes. Pottie took an early knock on his already injured knee cutting his usual darting speed down to about the same as Chris Anthony's. However Chris answered this criticism with a couple of fine goals increasing the Strollers already comfortable lead. Well ahead and looking set to take the first game I came out of goals and I don't know if this weakened the team or the goal-keeping but Mary's started firing in the goals like they'd gone out of fashion. Podders and Ronnie the rocket Dooley causing most of the damage although Dave Brown ripped one in. Well time for drastic action, I went back in goal but too late to stop Podders hitting the winner for a 10-8 win. The five men of Mary's started the next game where they left off taking a 4-0 lead. The Strollers battled back and soon had the game at 5-5 with Nigel striking a worldie - taking a high pass with his back to goal flipped the ball up a swivelled hitting a perfect volley into the top corner of the net much to the joy of all present. Time for more drastic action, I came out of goal again and soon found myself in thick of things dribbling past a Mary's defender before squaring the ball to Chris Anthony who duly dispatched it into the net. The Strollers were ahead again so I went back into nets and as Paulo picked the ball up in his own half I called out for him to try it, he obliged by sending in a howitzer of a shot past me into the roof of the net - this was greeted by howls of laughter (not from me). The game then went to 9-9 and Podders yet again stepped up to notch the winner with a cracking shot into the corner.
The Strollers were leading the final game 6-5 when time caught up with us and we were left to reflect on our missing Young Guns - did we miss them, you bet your life we did!! 

 Mary's Moaners
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Dave Brown

 The Strollers

Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell

Kelwyn Whittaker
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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