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Sunday 25th June 2018 :  On this night 30 years ago the Vets Sunday Night Football was born. In the column to your right I have listed the teams as they appeared all those years ago. Only myself, John Goodwin and Keith Mastin have survived that night and I'm not too sure how much longer that will go on however, many different players have come and gone since, some very good, some pretty bad but, all of them have left their mark. I take my hat off to our present over 60's who still feel the joy of pulling on those sweaty tabards to relive their younger days playing the game we love. Lots of players who our present guys will not of heard of turned out regularly and contributed in different ways such as Chris Wilson our first Jock who was once on Celtics books as a youth, simply a sublime player. Steve Hart, another foreigner from North of the Border and avid Hearts fan who served my squad so well. Frank Burton from Whaley Bridge who played so badly one week that we used the term "having a Frankie Burton" as a popular adjective if you had a stinker. Clive Taylor, always played in trackie bottoms with his keys rattling in his pocket. Keith Proudfoot and Bryn Meredith or good cop bad cop. Scouse Ron Buttery the big Evertonian who would just as likely kick seven bells out of you  and Peter Fosbrook the likeable lad from Hayfield who was just the opposite. Then there's Ian Lemonzic better known as Disley, little Robbie Westwood, Rick's dad, who ran like Forest Gump and Bud Jackson who ran like a Sloth on crutches. Kevin the flying postman Williamson, Sheffield United fan Martin Street, Roger the dodger Graham and millionaire Billy Ney who sadly lost his life when he was beaten up on his way home from Haydock Park Races. We've had a couple or three Irish players and one Welshman to date but as yet I'm afraid no black players which I find odd. We nearly had Tyrone Mears (Burnley) dad although he changed his mind at the last minute.  I could go on and on but just to add that there have been many more names and characters on the way that I haven't mentioned but, have played their part and, add to those our present crew including the Young Guns who came to us when we were struggling for numbers and saved our bacon - I take my hat off to you all......  Malc

Sunday 25th June 2018 : Wow, England qualified for the knock out stages of the World Cup today with a 6-1 victory over mighty Panama and we celebrated with a fine turn out of 16 guys to start our 31st year as the New Mills Vets. The contest was rather one sided with the Strollers losing only one game (to Mary's Moaners) all night. Kelwyn Whittaker was on form along with Chris Todd, with Cameron Shaw visibly under the influence of alcohol it was quite a surprise that he found the net as often as he did. Rick Evans and Dave Brown took care of defensive duties and I got in the way of quite a few shots in nets. Mary's Moaners welcomed Jonboy back into the fold but Rick Pott didn't appreciate his failed attempt to cut his legs off after a coming together, the assassin remains as part and parcel of what is John Goodwin. Much Credit to Mary's tonight with Zsu Zsu over 70 and Jonboy over 65, they played all the games out field and pretty well too.
Ronnie Dooley played like a man who has no interest in the World Cup as his beloved Scotterland failed to show up again however he did manage to score six goals which by coincidence was the same number as Engerland!
The Young Guns were always just off the pace tonight, I suspect maybe they too had been on the pop World Cup style although Nigel battled on bravely but, overall it was a decent session and hopefully all will be back next week to give it another go, see you then.....

Mary's Moaners
Brian Beddows
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Tony Gavin
Chris Wilson
Pat the Taxi


Juniors Dads

Pete Allen
Malc Hough
Tony Moore
Ron Aitchison
Neville Hough

The All Stars
Dave Robinson
Dave Phillips
Paul Hooley
Bob Ardern
Savi Dubiac

 

 

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

 The Young Guns Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Rick Pott
Paul Holmes
Nigel Caldwell

 The Strollers
Malc Hough
Dave Brown
Cameron Shaw
Kelwyn Whittaker
Chris Todd
Rick Evans

 

 

 

Sunday 1st July 2018 : England still in the KO stages and Summer Sunshine bathing the High Peak for nearly eight weeks. World Cup fever gripped this week’s selection of burnt and lightly tanned vets who competed as if playing for a place in the last 16 . Their exposed sun kissed flesh offered more Pink and Brown than a Roman orgy, clashing with a dazzling array of replica football shirts. The first Game was won 1-0 by some Brazilian style trickery from Rick Westwood in a closely contested opener against the Moaners. The Strollers continue to grab the headlines Kel Whittaker our very own Iniesta going through the gears to inspire his team mates. The next few matches ended in close draws. Paulo taking the plaudits for his long range top corner strike, then only minutes from time,  gifted Rick Evans an equaliser. The Strollers soon got into winning ways Chris Todd and Chris Anthony putting the young Guns to the sword, then rolling over the Moaners. Rick Pott went down with a knee injury after a 50-50 tackle with Chris Podmore and this hampered Ricks involvement for the rest of the night. The Young Guns just couldn’t get it together though Paul Holmes and Anthony Graham did score a few consolations between them. The Moaners had to wait till 6.00pm for their first win . But well worth the wait as they smashed six past the Young Guns for no reply. Jonboy Goodwin, Ronnie Dooley, Chris Podmore all on target, and the last goal banged home by Keith Mastin. The Moaners then followed up this result by hitting four past the Strollers. Rick Pott had time out to rest his knee so Keith Mastin transferred to the Young Guns inspiring his new team to inflict a 4-0 defeat on his old comrades setting up most of the chances and slotting in a goal himself. Chris Anthony left the arena early so poor old Potty was encouraged down from the balcony to play out a 20 minute game of six a side. This match was won 10 -7  by Chris Todd and Kelwyn Whittaker aided by four Moaners. Beating the Young Guns and free transfers Rick Evans and Keith Mastin. Early doors this contest looked like a rout until Paul Holmes found his shooting boots scoring 6 of the 7 Young Guns reply’s.
Bit of a mixed bag tonight but Team of the week was probably the Strollers. Great to see our founding Fathers Keith and John cracking in the goals. Better bring your shooting boots next week Malc or you will be out done by these two in form strikers.
Sorry for the delay in posting due to me being a bit poorly. but thanks again for a really good review from our deputy reporter.

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

 The Young Guns Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Rick Pott
Paul Holmes

 The Strollers

Chris Anthony
Rick Evans
Kelwyn Whittaker
Chris Todd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8th July 2018 : World Cup fever struck the Leisure Centre tonight as 15 sun tanned bodies descended on the Leisure Centre. Ronnie "The Scottish Express" Dooley was so impressed by Englerlands superb performance in reaching the Semi Final stage that he dumped his Jocko colours and donned the classic England shirt, I'm sure his family and friends North of the Border will be well impressed. Just as in the World Cup itself we were treated to some vintage performances this evening with all three teams sharing the honours after 90 minutes of slog. No extra time or penalty shoot outs here  but plenty of controversy all the same. The referee consulted the LOTB (lads on the balcony) over myself stepping out of my area to retrieve the ball after a goal had been scored. Unanimous decision - Penalty which Podders duly dispatched into my net, no Pickford heroics here. Thundering long range strikes by Kel Whittaker, Anthony Graham, Paulo Garner and Cameron Shaw - Kevin De Bruyne eat your heart out.
With the Young Guns setting the pace winning their first three games including a 6-1 against the moaners up stepped the Strollers to bring them back down to earth. Playing a Tika Taka style they took the Young Guns by surprise with Chris Todd and Chris Anthony both finishing off tremendous short passing moves. Graham Levine fired in a third after great work by Kel. After a purple patch by the Strollers Mary's Moaners got back into a rhythm and fired up Ronnie and Chris Podmore started to hit the net as Nigel found his tackling boots and Jonboy dispatched Cameron to the deck like a Columbian full back. The Young Guns too had their moments with Dave Brown marshalling at the back and Rick Westwood with his usual bag of tricks and flicks, plus he also made a fine save at his far post causing a short stoppage injuring himself in the process. We had the Moaners surrounding referee Kel Whittaker for goodness know what, Mary's Moaners giving me stick for a refereeing decision - just like the World Cup. At the end of the day we all had plenty of craic and plenty of good hearted games. I only made it out for 1 game tonight but still managed to fire one in past the Moaners and a special mention to Zsu Zsu who crashed in a couple of beauts for the Young Guns.
Wednesday is the day England get the chance to reach The World Cup Final, the destiny is in our own hands COME ON ENGERLAND!!!! It's coming home, It's coming home - Because of the possibility of achieving this NEXT WEEKS SESSION has been Cancelled. So See you all in two weeks

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 Mary's Moaners John Goodwin
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 The Young Guns Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Dave Brown
Keith Mastin
Cameron Shaw

 The Strollers

Chris Anthony
Graham Levine
Kelwyn Whittaker
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd July 2018 : No World Cup joy for England although the country has been wrapped in a somewhat misplaced air of praise for their eventual forth place finish. Harry Kane embarrassingly picked up the Golden Boot after netting two against mighty Tunisia (one a tap in). Against South American powerhouse Panama he netted two penalties before perhaps the most fortuitous of Kane's career came as Ruben Loftus-Cheek's low shot flicked off the striker's heel and looped in to complete a hat-trick once VAR confirmed he was just dubiously onside. Finally he fired yet another spot kick past keeper David Ospina of Columbia. No doubt it'll take pride of place on his mantel piece to celebrate England's most successful performance in the World Cup since 1966 - why do I not feel too chuffed about that!
Anyway tonight saw a good compliment of  14 guys for the next instalment of Vets footy. The game set off with the Young Guns demolishing Mary's Moaners by 4-1 with stunning goals from Paul Holmes, Cameron Shaw and a brace from Rick Westwood. Then The Young Guns suffered an equally embarrassing humbling by The Strollers who saw Kelwyn Whittaker bang in two crackers followed by a humdinger from Graham Levine to finish 3-0 winners. Mary's Moaners then found themselves again two goals behind this time to the Strollers who couldn't believe their luck as they struck twice in the final seconds, the last one by a crazy flick off Ronnie Dooley's leg to smash and grab a draw - robbery without doubt.
From this point I started to suffer with breathing difficulties and eventually had to pull out after getting a flurry of goals smashed past me, not wishing to push my luck I thought it best to leave it for another day. So feeling fine now, hopefully be back next week when I believe our old friend and Polish International  is about to make a come back.

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 The Young Guns Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Paul Holmes
Cameron Shaw

 The Strollers

Chris Anthony
Graham Levine
Kelwyn Whittaker
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th July 2018 : The gathering of the Vets this week saw the return of Frank Pleszak in a two sided contest with Mary's Moaners facing an amalgamation of the Young Guns and the Strollers. Anthony Graham had his 35th Birthday this week so became a fully fledged New Mills Vet. In the first game of the night Mary's Moaners came from behind to win 10-8 in a superb game which took just under an hour. Zsu Zsu Mastin was amongst the scorers but it was unsung hero Nigel Caldwell that stemmed the Young Strollers tide with some gritty last minute tackles. The Young Strollers after a bright start failed to take their chances with Kel Whittaker and Rick Westwood mis-firing like Del Boys old van whilst The Moaners to their credit took their chances when they had them. Super strikes from Podders and Paulo Garner flew past me like excorset missiles and it didn't help with Ronnie Dooley finding the form that usually evades Scottish strikers. In the second game Mary's again came out on top this time by a more comfortable score of 10-6 in which Rick Evans whacked in the winner with the enthusiasm of a porn star on heat! I haven't seen such excitement since Roy Keane grew his Muslim beard. Overall a very good nights football which saw Graham Levine slap in a couple of pearlers and Frankie Pleszak getting back to business as if he'd never been away.
Next Sunday Man City Youth Team play star studded Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley 3:00 KO but it's 5 a side for me. Just as a matter of interest, if you fancy a good read then try Franks Blog - Click Here or his web site Click Here

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

 Young Strollers

Graham Levine
Kelwyn Whittaker
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough

Frank Pleszak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5th August 2018 : Just finished watching City win the Community Shield against a very boring Chelsea team. Don't think too much about the Community Shield but in fairness a cups a cup at the end of the day. Down at Hyde Bank Road we had eleven Vets going head to head tonight as we repeated last weeks Mary's Moaners v The Young Strollers. A really tight contest ensued with Mary's taking the honours for the second week running. The Young Strollers were limited to five players and the man short certainly made the difference especially with Graham Levine switching teams to make up Mary's sixth player. Goals came evenly from all players but it was the busy work by Chris Podders which made the disparity, he flitted in and out like a fiddlers elbow harassing and generally being a thorn in the Young Strollers side. 
Anthony Graham fired in a couple of beauts but they weren't enough to prevent Mary's taking the first game 10-9. In the second game again a close affair Kelwyn started to find his shooting boots and Paul Holmes managed to net a few, not helped at all by that dreadful Man Utd shirt. Paulo Garner fired in an absolute rocket from well inside his own half making a mug of me in nets as I fresh aired an attempt at saving it. Jonboy managed to beat me with a well driven shot after umpteenth efforts helping Mary's to a second win on the trot 10-8. This really ended the night as a contest as the extra man started to take it's toll on the Young Strollers legs, and my lungs which by now were acting like a pair of lace curtains so the games petered out without further adieu.
So what was it all about tonight? Well like I said City won the Community Shield and we all had another right good game of footy to boot - what more can you ask for.........   we'll see next week!

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

 Young Strollers

Kelwyn Whittaker
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough

Paul Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th August 2018 : No Malcolm this evening our founding Father having acquired a nasty looking shin injury. A wound not sustained by a member of the Hough family since Great Uncle Bull Rorer Hough was on the wrong end of a bayonet point repelling the Hun almost a 100 years ago to the day. Malc's Goalkeeping attributes and consistent refereeing (LOL) would be sorely missed by all. The Eleven Vets that turned out this evening played a high tempo set of three closely contested matches. Ronnie Dooley lead the charge for the Moaners. Supported at the sharp end by Chris Podmore and Rick Evans with Paulo and Jonboy holding back the tide defensively.
This week it was their opponents that benefited from an extra man. The first game went the way of the Guns 10-7. Rick Westwood, Anthony Graham and Paul Holmes doing the damage after the Moaners had been leading 4-0. Free transfer Keith Mastin held firm between the sticks with Graham Levine and Nigel Caldwell adding their energy and athletic prowess to the mix.
Marshalled by Captain Claymore wielding Dooley the Moaners played a higher line in the second game making better use of their free roaming Goal Keeper. Goals were flying in from everybody and from every angle as The Guns were swept  aside 10-8. Still enough on the clock for a decider which was again highly contested. This time the Guns were wiser and held the ball till they could slot a pass over the Red Line and into many an empty net. Even so the match went to the wire locked at 9-9  chances went begging in both goal mouths. The eventual winner smashed home by Graham Levine who, had complained at the start of the session of a curry induced Deli Belly. Luckily for Graham he got through the 90 minutes pebble dashing the goal and not his shorts.
Another lively and enjoyable Sunday Evening with all Eleven players scoring a goal or two. Regulars will return next week so we should be back to three teams. Rick Pott witnessed events from the balcony and we wish him a speedy return.

Crackin' report from our guest scribe, loved Graham Levine pebble dashing the goals, ha! Hope to be back next week with shin pads, my own fault but Rodney Marsh never wore them! 

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

 Young Guns

Graham Levine
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Keith Mastin

Paul Holmes
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   

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