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Sunday 7th July 2019 : The number were down again tonight but the lads made the best of a bad turnout with a very creditable set of 5 a side. Injury cry offs from Graham Levine and Paulo Garner reduced us to four a side with myself having to play the whole session out field for the first time in a very long time. I had a few dodgy moments when my old ticker reminded me that I really need to be in better shape than I am at the moment but hey, there are many out there that would love to be in my position. We were bolstered by the return of Paul Holmes, great to see the old red back in the groove. Well getting back to the football the night belonged to Mary's Moaners with two pensioners in their line up they managed to win both games quite handsomely. One of those pensioners, Jonboy Goodwin, managed to grab himself a hatful of goals whilst the other, Zsu Zsu Mastin chipped in with a few of his own. Winning the first game 10-08 Chris Podmore and Ronnie Dooley tackled and battled like a pair of "gud uns" winning the ball and breaking the play up. Not to say the Strollers played badly, far from it. They played some excellent passing movements and scored some spectacular goals but more often than not their shooting left something to be desired. Losing the second game 10-06  I felt I let my team mates down a little as I was reduced to walking football although I did manage to net 4 goals. Kelwyn Whittaker and Anthony Graham were having to do double time as myself and Paul Holmes tired visibly due to his long lay off. So, hats off to Mary's Moaners who thoroughly deserved their wins and lets hope for  a better turnout next week with the season just around the corner.

Mary's Moaners
 John Goodwin
 Ronnie Dooley
 Keith Mastin

 Chris Podmore
 

  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Kelwyn Whittaker
 Paul Holmes
 Malc Hough













 

Sunday 14th July 2019 : Unfortunately we only managed another four a side tonight but it turned out to be a very enjoyable session for both teams. Mary's Moaners continued their "Phoenix From the Flames" with another very successful set of three wins out of of three. All the games were well contested and Mary's indeed snatched all three with very close scores. Jonboy Goodwin finally found a way to beat the benches which again had to be be deployed. Over the years he has always struggled to to get the better of the these goal minders but tonight, BOOM, he smashed them. Ronnie Dooley and Chris Podmore tackled like men on a mission preventing Anthony Graham and Kelwyn Whittaker from dominating mid field. Zsu Zsu Mastin helped himself to a few goals to prove there's life in the old hippie yet. As for the Strollers we made a decent fist of things but our big problem was hitting the onion bag when an open goal gaped, those pesky benches had a lot to answer to. Frankie Pleszak managed to fire a few in but too often it was left to Anthony and Kel to work their butts off covering for me as my new found passion for walking football has developed into an art form. Indeedy, in the final game I scored six of our seven goals lifting my spirits somewhat, leaving me grateful for my team mates support. A couple of the boys missing next week so hopefully a few more bodies will turn up and swell the diminishing numbers. Well done to Mary's Moaners tonight, a fine battling performance after the maulings they suffered in weeks gone by.
We mustn't forget the passing of Robbie Westwood it's nine years since Robbies tragic death - the little fella will always be in our thoughts. Also for the old timers in the squads Brian Beddows also passed away recently, one of the original Mary's Moaners Brian was a decent player who could put himself about a bit as we who remember him will testify.
 

Mary's Moaners
 John Goodwin
 Ronnie Dooley
 Keith Mastin

 Chris Podmore

  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Kelwyn Whittaker
 Frank Pleszak
 Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Sunday 21st July 2019 : Well, if you think last weeks turnout was bad then you only had to wait seven days for a worse one as five aging frames and young Anthony Graham wracked up for our weekly joust. Although the Strollers cruised to victory in the first two games Mary's Moaners never complained but got on with the job despite the fact that they had two pensioners and Paulo recovering from his knee problems. Needless to say Anthony Graham and Kelwyn Whittaker did almost all the Strollers running although I did chip in with a good proportion of our goals. Jonboy Goodwin was Mary's goal scoring hero as he fired in some cracking efforts with Zsu Zsu and Paulo Garner both finding the mark. Paulo certainly got in the rhythm in the second game slamming in a couple of blinders. Well, we made a good fist of it in spite of our low numbers, a thing which hopefully we'll put right next Sunday so come on lads we can't keep the sessions going without you, that's a fact!!
 

Mary's Moaners
 John Goodwin
 Paul Garner
 Keith Mastin


  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Kelwyn Whittaker
 Malc Hough











 

 

 

Sunday 28th July 2019 : If tonight proved one thing it was the fact that last weeks rallying call was heeded as twelve of the guys rolled up for another lung busting session of 5 a side football. As it turned out we played six a side with Rick Evans and Dave Brown slotting into the regular Mary's Moaners line up. That left Zsu Zsu Mastin to seamlessly  fit into the regular Strollers squad as Graham Levine returned from injury. Well, the Moaners took the honours with two straight wins in a couple of very enthusiastic encounters winning both by narrow margins. The flying Scot, Ronnie Dooley was the architect behind their success tackling everything that moved and running faster than a Bishop in a brothel raid. Not far behind, Chris Podmore put in his usual huge effort making it difficult for the Strollers to play out from back. Dave Brown and Paulo Garner marshalled the rearguard whilst Jonboy Goodwin did his best to outscore Rick Evans with about as much success as Jeremy Hunt in the Tory election. As for my Strollers, a couple of seriously skilful strikes from Kelwyn Whittaker and a couple of less skilful strikes for Graham Levine and the utter willingness of hung over Anthony Graham were the highlights of our night. Frankie Pleszak and Zsu Zsu Mastin had their moments including a stunner of a goal from our Cockney hippie leader but overall we were always playing catch up. I managed another couple of run outs and feel with a bit of luck and a whole lot more exercise I could once again make a decent contribution outfield.  Next Sunday see's my glorious Blues in the community shield at Wembley. Normally it's contested by the Premier League winners and the FA Cup winners but as City won both the FA decided that Liverpool could step in as guests to the party. Should be finished by 4:45 so no excuses, lets have a decent turn out and hopefully we'll have another cracking session.
 

Mary's Moaners
 John Goodwin
 Ronnie Dooley
 Paul Garner

 Chris Podmore
 Dave Brown
 Rick Evans

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 4th August 2019 : Well, living in New Mills with all the roads closed off through the damaged dam situation in Whaley Bridge it's a wonder anyone turned out this evening. But, thanks to the efforts of the guys, we managed a decent 4 a side session and even stretched it to 90 minutes. The Strollers halted Mary's recent successes with two wins out of three games. Andy Brown made his first appearance since March to bolster the Strollers line up whist Cameron Shaw guested into Mary's Moaners team in his first showing since early May. The first game was was a well contested 10-9 win for Mary's with Rocket Ronnie absolutely on fire. Scottish strikers are a rarity and Scottish strikers for Mary's Moaners are even rarer, not since the infamous Jocko Chris Wilson reigned in that role has a Moaner hit so many goals in one night. But goals win games and and when the combined skills of my Strollers squad hit their peak as they did in the other two games they are unstoppable. All four players piled on the pressure as the Strollers hit Mary's for 10-6 and 10-4 victories to take the honours on the night.
It was a pleasure to turn out with these guys tonight in a week of serious drama for the people affected by the dam situation, especially those who have been evacuated from their homes in Whaley, Furness Vale and New Mills. Hopefully the weather will stay dry for a few days allowing the dam to be emptied and repairs to begin followed by the people being allowed back to their homes and life to get back to normal.
Oh, and City beat Liverpool in the Charity Shield at Wembley today....... just thought I would say
 

Mary's Moaners
 Ronnie Dooley
 Paul Garner

 
Keith Mastin
 Cameron Shaw

  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Kelwyn Whittaker
 Andy Brown
 Malc Hough  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Sunday 11th August 2019 : Another week with only eight players but those eight bodies made a really good fist of it. Mary's Moaners came out on top this evening with three straight wins. Each game was well contested with the scores all being incredibly close. For the main point Mary's sat back soaking up the pressure as slick passing between Rick Evans, Chris Todd and Anthony Graham was let down by poor finishing or, the exceptional goal keeping of the benches which made yet another appearance. Mary's took advantage of this with swift breakaways and a good dose of efficient finishing with Rocket Ronnie Dooley and Chris Podmore excelling. The old Hippie Zsu Zsu Mastin did manage a couple of strikes and Paulo Garner was on the end of a few gentle scuttlers which were that slow they left a snail trail. My lack of mobility allowed me the luxury of a number of solo strikes but they were out weighed by my lack of tackling back. There were moments tonight when I thought my lungs were non existent but each time I have to run it leaves me breathing through every orifice like it's my last breath, maybe one week it will be. Great to see Chris Todd back tonight, he's been badly missed. A decent show from the lad was highlighted by a stunning goal from an impossible angle that he made possible!  Anyway finally, we can't deny the effort which goes into these sessions and that can only be good for our well being, I for one am so grateful for the opportunity of playing in these games and along with Zsu Zsu who is also in his seventies, long may it last. However, we need players for that to happen so if you are not injured, get yourselves down to Hyde Bank Road next week for another crack, you know it makes sense.
 

Mary's Moaners
 Ronnie Dooley
 Paul Garner

 
Keith Mastin
 Chris Podmore

  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Chris Todd
 Rick Evans
 Malc Hough 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 11th August 2019 : With a number of the boys away on holiday and a few more injured we hit rock bottom tonight with only six bodies rolling up. Still, we had a more than decent session although I for one wouldn't want to go through that too often. The Anglo Scots just about shaded it with a deciding first to five game going in their favour when I gifted them not one but two ridiculously bad pass outs from goal, which, Rocket Ronnie duly dispatched although the second one took three efforts to beat the bench! Paulo chipped a couple of beauties in and Graham Levine thumped some of the harder efforts into the net with great ease. As for my Nearly Men we played a blinding first game and only missed the second game by one goal. Anthony Graham surprised us all with his speedy runs in spite of playing through an alcohol induced haze. One mazy run by the Liverpool fan left the entire opposition in his wake before slamming in a super goal. Myself, I bagged a hat full in the first game a couple in the second and was on my knees in the third, have to say though it is getting a wee bit better each week.
Well we  don't have any football next week - Bank Holiday so the next session will be in a fortnight on 1st September. Let's have a bumper turnout for that one if you're fit or even if you're not get your arses into gear and head for the Leisure Centre - COME ON!!
 

  The Anglo Scots
 Ronnie Dooley
 Paul Garner

 Graham Levine

 

 The Nearly Men
 Anthony Graham
 Chris Podmore
 Malc Hough  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 1st September 2019 : Thankfully we were back to a full 10 tonight as we set about another cracking 5 a side session at Hyde Bank Road. Tonight we were joined by new boy Mark Warner who set off like a man on fire, running into spaces and covering runners but, after about 15 minutes it took it's toll. Clearly suffering through lack of playing he needed an early water break and trip into goal. However, despite breathing through his arse he soldiered on getting better as the session wore on. Indeed, Mark managed to rip in the goal of the night thumping one into the bottom corner past me from the half way line. Lets hope he sticks with it, he certainly looks like he's played a bit. The session in the main ended one game each with the strollers taking the first game 10-6 with Andy Brown linking up well with Kel Whittaker, both netting regularly. Chris Podmore and Paulo Garner made the perfect foils as the ran the Cloggers ragged. In the second game Anthony Graham came more into the game feeding Rick Evans and John Goodwin for some exceptional goals. Graham Levine played much deeper than normal but still managed to sting my fingers a few times. Finally after a really close contest at 9-9 Rick Evans scuffed in the winner and set off on a victory run that would have out done Adebayor - that's what it's all about, enjoying the moment.
More of the same next week when hopefully we'll see the return of the old Cockney Hippie.
Can't finish without mentioning the sad passing of Chris Wilson one of the original vets 31 years ago. I still believe he was the best striker we have had playing in our sessions. Having been on the books of Celtic the old Glaswegian was the backbone of Mary's Moaners for many years before moving down to Bristol. Sadly he lost his last battle to Cancer. RIP Chris
 

 The Strollers
 Malc Hough
 Paul Garner

 
Kelwyn Whittaker
 Andy Brown
 Chris Podmore

  The Cloggers
 Anthony Graham
 Mark Warner
 John Goodwin
 Graham Levine
 Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sunday 8th September 2019 : Ten Vets again tonight with Andy Brown sticking his head round the door and just like magic, vanishing!  The games tonight were were played in good spirit with a huge dash of enthusiasm. Dan Bailey rejoined the fray this evening in his first appearance since March 2017 and although he's put on a bit of timber he played like he'd never been away. Playing some sensational football in the first game The Strollers rolled over Mary's Moaners 10-4. Some great passing moves between Frank, Kel, Anthony and Dan ended with equally sharp finishes from the quartet leaving Mary's Moaning. However, they pulled themselves together in the next game and played a much higher pressing game leaving the Strollers with no gaps to exploit. Ronnie Dooley inspired his team to a 10-8 victory tackling like a combined harvester and firing in some quality goals to boot. Jonboy helped himself to a few goals to add to Podders and Graham Levine getting on the scoresheet. The Strollers never quite came to grips with Mary's after that and succumbed to a 10-8 defeat to round the night off.  Graham Levine who spent a good deal of the night on his arse but one moment of magic cannot go without mention in the last game. After dribbling into a shooting position he pulled the trigger with his right foot, completely scuffed the ball which bobbled onto his left foot and trickled just inside the post for the most unlikely goal - but, they all count and maybe, just maybe, he actually meant it!!
Fitness News - After his successful debut last week Mark Warner elected to watch the England  Cricket team lose the Ashes at Old Trafford. This was probably a good thing as after his heroics last Sunday he could hardly walk by Tuesday - Dan Bailey, you have been warned.  Hope to see both back next week.
 

 Mary's Moaners
 John Goodwin
 Graham Levine

 
Chris Podmore
 Ronnie Dooley
 Keith Mastin

  The Strollers
 Anthony Graham
 Frank Pleszak
 Kelwyn Whittaker
 Dan Bailey
 Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 15th September 2019 :  Good to see some new recruits at last on a Sunday evening. Ben Ransom doubling our contingent of Charlton Athletic Fans and Mike Cole adding a sprinkling of youth both had impressive debuts. Our illustrious leader Mr Mastin picked the teams, Red line rule for the team with six. The first match went the way of the Moaners 10-7, John Goodwin on the end of some beauties. Chris Podmore creating havoc and netting almost at will. Ben Ransom fitted in well passing the ball confidently with his team mates. Ultimately releasing the ever running Dave Brown to sweep the ball home with his wicked right foot. This match was hotly contested with the Young Guns also whacking in some crackers. Dan Bailey and Kelwyn Whittaker claiming some net busters. Unsung hero Frank Pleszak can sleep easy tonight after his long range wonder goal.
To even things up in the next rubber Keith in his wisdom let Ben transfer to the Young Guns. Bolstered by the extra man they took revenge on the Moaners winning 10-6. This was a fine effort from all the players considering the pace of the first game. Mike Cole found the net with a cheeky back heel, as did the hard working Graham Levine unleashing some trade mark boomers. Closer than the score line suggests. Dan Bailey frustrating Paulo, Dave and Chris on numerous occasions with some extraordinary goalkeeping.
The last game saw the return of Ben to the Moaners. The extra man began to tell and they cruised to a 10-6 win. Ben Ransom finally opening his account for the vets with a nice side footer. Mike Cole found the frame of the goal about ten times in this one when it looked easier to score. Keith Mastin also proved invincible between the sticks. Comedy moment of the night was Graham Levine’s role out to Frank Pleszak who slammed it right back past him into the net for the best OG we’ve seen at the leisure centre for many a session. (Don’t worry Frank you still got goal of the night …… at the right end too).
Great matches this evening played in a sporting spirit with much humour. Three teams next week if we get everybody down. Come on you know you love it !!!
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 Mary's Moaners
 John Goodwin
 Dave Brown

 
Chris Podmore
 Ben Ransom
 Keith Mastin
 Paul Garner


  The Young Guns
 Mike Cole
 Frank Pleszak
 Kelwyn Whittaker
 Dan Bailey
 Graham Levine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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