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Sunday 25th June 2017 : A very healthy fourteen vets made the kick off for tonight's 5 a side bash with three teams on view. Sadly Gavin Kent picked up a hand injury in the first game and had to drop out of the session, hopefully it will clear up soon and we'll see the little guy back again next week. After a bit of team jiggling early doors we settled down to a decent contest between three very different sides.  The Strollers seemed to have drawn the short straw being selected without a recognised runner in the side as I had been transferred to the Youngish Guns. Add to this Graham Levine was operating on one cylinder with his dodgy heel injury so it came as no surprise that success was a limited commodity. They battled well though with Ade operating as an attacking defender, midfielder and striker with some degree of success. They didn't manage a win until the last game of the night although they did manage a couple of draws. Mary's Moaners on the other hand had Rick Evans standing in for the missing Cockney Hippie Keith Mastin and, he made a pretty good fist of it to boot. They maybe just shaded the top team of the night with some great footy played with style, not surprising as Paulo Garner made a return to the line up that struggled without him last week. This allowed our resident Jocko Ronnie Dooley the freedom to attack and he did this to great effect. The Youngish Guns ripped into the session like a team on a mission but sadly the wheels dropped off as they faded during the latter stages. I was well pleased by playing outfield in all the games for my teams tonight, something I haven't managed for two years since my heart operation. This surprised me more than anyone and I managed to pop in quite a few goals as well so I can pat myself on the back and say at last - Malc is back!!

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Rick Evans

Paul Garner
John Goodwin


 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Cameron Shaw
Rick Pott
Malc Hough
Gavin Kent

 The Strollers
Graham Levine
Chris Anthony
Dave Brown
Ade Hewitt

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd July 2017 : Without doubt one of the best sessions for weeks in this six a side encounter between two very well selected sides. Mary's Moaners took the first game 10-07 with a pretty decent performance although the Youngish Guns were their own worst enemies as they gifted goal after goal to the opposition. In Ronnie Dooley the Moaners had an outstanding leader as he drove forward at every opportunity including a wonderful toe bunger that somehow evaded everyone and ended up in the top corner. Zsu Zsu Mastin also managed to mark a half decent display with a tap in to add to some cracking strikes by Podders and Evans Above. Chris Todd earning a chance to star in the Moaners line up didn't let himself down as he joined in the scoring. The Young Guns played well enough but as I said, they made too many simple errors giving possession away. In the second game it was a different story, although they were on the end of a 3 goal deluge in the first few minutes. Then Anthony Graham and Cameron Shaw got a grip with the aid of Chris Anthony who was probably the most reliable player in the team. A couple of Chris Anthony strikes put the Youngish Guns in control and they soon found themselves 7-4 up. Pottie then stepped in with an unlucky own goal to be followed by a spirited come back by the moaners who levelled things up at 8-8. However, a goal from Rick Westwood restored the Youngish Guns lead before Chris Anthony fired in the winner. The deciding game was abandoned after Anthony Graham went over on his ankle preventing him from continuing - we decided to call it a night. This follows Gavin Kent's injury last week which happened in the first game - he ended up in A&E with a broken wrist, we all wish him a speedy recovery.
 Finally on a sad note, this week saw the seventh year since Robbie Westwood's passing when Rick lost a father and we lost one of our own - we won't forget the little fella.
 

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Rick Evans

Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd


 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Cameron Shaw
Rick Pott
Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Sunday 9th July 2017 : This evening twelve vets indulged in the weekly soirée that is 5 a side football which in actual fact was 6 a side this week. Two incredibly well matched sides battled it out to a 1-1 draw in games at the end of a lung busting night. Chris Todd was the top man in Mary's Moaners although he is the least likely moaner in the whole set up. He found some superb strikes to go with his collection of neat passes gratefully accepted by Podders and Paulo Garner. Nigel managed to net a couple of fizzers and he also put in a good showing against the tricky Cameron Shaw. Jonboy Goodwin managed to upset Rick Pott when he gently guided him into the wall, no one knows why we call him the assassin. I don't recall our Cockney Hippie Leader Zsu Zsu Mastin finding the net but he played a busy part. As for the Young Guns, bar a few occasions when they managed to find the target, Rick Westwood and Cameron were slightly below par tonight. However, Graham Levine who shared goal keeping duties with myself put himself about a bit as did Rick Pott - both managed to get on the scoresheet. Goal of the night was a toss up between my ripper into the top corner or Chris Anthony's stunner from an impossible angle that fair flew in. As for the scores, The Youngish Guns won the first 10-9 and Mary's won the second 10-8 when The Youngish Guns managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Nigel Caldwell

Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd


 The Youngish Guns
Graham Levine
Cameron Shaw
Rick Pott
Malc Hough
Chris Anthony
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16th July 2017 : We missed the terrifying toe-punting of Rick Potts, the seismic strikes from Paulo Garner, the haunting hobbling of Malc Hough as only 9 warriors turned up for tonight’s session. It was touch and go whether or not we took the cheap option of restricting play to just 60 minutes but such was the enthusiasm, the pent-up energy, the lust for glory, there was only one choice and the full 90 minute Monty was played. We welcomed back Josh Mackie after a long absence, and he teamed up with Rick Westwood and Cameron Shaw to do the running stuff, leaving Chris Anthony as the attacking defender. Some terrific matches, with the old musketeers taking advantage of their numeric supremacy by squeaking by in three of the 4 games. More players needed next week if we are to avoid a financial crisis later in the season……!

Sorry for the late report and for my non appearance last Sunday, still nursing a calf injury.
 Old Musketeers
Chris Podmore
Chris Anthony

Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin
Malc Stubbs


 The Youngish Guns
Graham Levine
Cameron Shaw
Josh Mackie
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 

Sunday 23rd July 2017 : Ten of the guys limped into the sports hall at the Leisure Centre for tonight's gathering of vets to contest a mixed bag of 5 a side games. The Youngish Guns were out of the blocks like a startled rabbit in the headlights of a runaway car. Goals from Anthony Graham, Rick Pott and Rick Westwood built a healthy lead helped by the deceptively quick thinking of pass master Chris Anthony. Rick Pott defended like a good 'en whilst my goalkeeping kept the Moaners at bay. After building up an 8-4 lead the Moaners somehow got back into it with Paulo and Ronnie fired up like men on a mission. This inspired Cameron Shaw to take advantage of my Claudio Bravo inspired distribution to slam the ball past me into the waiting net. Five soon became six and we were wobbling, more so when Zsu Zsu himself flicked one past me. Chris Podmore was next to step up and suddenly it was 8-8 and the wobble had turned into a quiver. Time to rally and step up Anthony Graham and Chris Anthony to fire in two corkers to seal the win. Well, the limpers were running out of steam, Chris and Pottie with their knees, Anthony with his ankle and my calf strain so that meant Rick Westwood would have to be our legs and as hard as he tried the Moaners were just that bit more likely to to win the next game and so it proved although, not without some very generous score keeping from our Cockney Hippie leader when all my team mates thought it was 9-9 Zsu Zsu announced 10-9 to the Moaners, ho hum. The third game inevitably went to the Moaners who took full advantage of the fatigued Youngish Guns who went down like a surrendering Italian army who had lost their will to live. As for me, I only played a short while out of nets but managed one shot one goal, I'll settle for that. Overall though a mighty fine run out but mark my words, we'll be back next week to give it another crack.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Cameron Shaw
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner


 The Youngish Guns
Chris Anthony
Rick Pott
Anthony Graham

Malc Hough
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 30th July 2017 : Wow, the numbers crept back up tonight as fourteen of the lads graced the Leisure Centre to battle it out for top team of the night. Well that honour went to the Strollers which may surprise a few of the boys tonight but, it takes more than a bunch of wins to take that honour and the Strollers had the credentials to deserve it. Chris Anthony, Nigel and myself had a combined age of 201 but age is only a number and with the help of Toddie and Rick Evans "above" we made more than a good fist of it. Only hammered in one game when I did a good impression of a statue in goal we did manage two fine wins against the Young Guns. The first was a classic with Chris Anthony (who models himself on David Silva) slipped past Anthony Graham and slid the ball cross-field for me to whack past the keeper. Then a ball from Toddie to Rick Evans and through for Chris Anthony to fire in the second. Cameron managed to pull one back but we stuck to our shape and closed out the game for a memorable win. A couple of draws before we again whooped the Young Guns, this time 3-1 with goals from Chris Todd, Rick Evans and myself we were in old timers heaven. The rest of the night belonged to Mary's Moaners who knitted together like a Top Man Jumper. The Young Guns had their moments (not against the Strollers) with Pottie ripping one in from his own half to match the one Rick Evans scored in our 3-1win against them. So it was a night for the old guard when they showed anything is possible in this game but in the end, football was the winner and long may that be.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Paul Garner
Graham Levine


 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Cameron Shaw
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood

 The Strollers
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Todd
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

Sunday 6th August 2017 : Down to eight bodies this evening in what turned out to be a very frustrating hour of five a side. The sides were a bit unbalanced in favour of Zsu Zsu's Moaners with Dave Brown stepping in to cover the missing Jonboy and  Paulo. It's looking like Jonboy may have decided to hang up his boots which if true is a shame. John has been with us since the first week in what has been a great adventure for 29 years leaving myself and Keith Mastin as the only survivors. Lets hope we see the lad back down in the near future. As for tonight's contest, well it turned out a non contest with the Not So Young Guns struggling to contain the Moaners slick passing. Not helped by my immobility the two Ricks were left to do all the running although Nigel put in a good stint. Too often though the reappearance of the benches thwarted our efforts. Mary's Moaners though were always that bit too clinical winning all the three games. Dave Brown was on the ball but a goal from Zsu Zsu was the highlight of the night when he rammed one into the top bin from out on the flank - quality. For my team I stuck a few away and Pottie scored some spectacular toe enders bur it was Rick Westwood who carried us in the goal department.
Hopefully a few more of the guys will roll up next week and a more competitive session will benefit.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Dave Brown

 The Not So Young Guns

Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 13th August 2017 : For the first time in many years we had to swerve the Sunday night 5 a side due to lack of bodies. The two Rick's, Ronnie, Paulo, Toddie and myself showed up but with Chris not fancying a 3 a side, Paulo carrying an injury along with my own fitness issues we decided to call it a night.
Now this is a big ol' lump out of our funds which we cannot afford so it's up to us to make the effort to show up in these hard times if we want to keep the sessions going. So if you are still breathing and can be bothered to put your kit on, get your arses down to Hyde Bank Road next Sunday - you know it makes sense.
 Mary's Moaners
Ronnie Dooley

Paul Garner

 The Not So Young Guns

Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough


Chris Todd

Sunday 20th August 2017 : Strange night tonight at the Leisure Centre as nine Vets returned for a bash at footy again. We played four verses five in the first game with the Not So Young Guns having to play under-strength and boy could you tell the difference. I came out of goals and fired in five clinical finishes in a 10-3 victory so the next game we decided to re-introduce a bench in the NSYG's goal. Not much difference in the next game when the useless bench only managed a couple of saves as The Rowdies ran rampant. Something had to change so I was loaned out to the NSYG's to make the a five and transferring the bench to The Rowdies. A closer game ensued but the result was the same as the Rowdies won 10-8 with Rick Evans doing most of the damage well supported by Ronnie Dooley. However, having found the bench to his liking, Graham Levin started to find the net with much success firing in some real crackers. The final game was a fiery affair as it reached an exciting climax. With the score at 9-9 it was a Golden Goal decider and up stepped the man that is Rick Pott to rip one into the top corner for a glorious winner.
Well we made a decent fist of the session in spite of the low numbers, you lads must roll up next week - we badly need the funds so get yourselves down.
Just a quick thought on today's Huddersfield v Newcastle game. The crowd did a minutes applause in the 79th minute for some old guy who had supported the club all his life and died aged 79. I thought it would just be my luck to die when I'm 100.
 

 The Rowdies
Paul  Garner
Chris Anthony
Rick Evans
Ronnie Dooley
Malc Hough

 The Not So Young Guns 
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Graham Levine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 27th August 2017 : Nearly didn't make up the numbers tonight but seven bodies hit the floor running in a lung busting four v three, two touch session at the Leisure Centre tonight. The Rowdies won all the games but The Young Guns never gave up the fight although the numbers were well and truly against them. It's almost impossible to compete against the extra man playing two touch football but they really gave it a good go. The three of them ran their socks off and Anthony Graham showed hi passing skills off and certainly managed to complete the session with no lasting effects from his recent injury thankfully. Rick Westwood made countless saves in nets, ripped in a few stunners including one from his own half. Pottie never stopped running and managed to whack in a good few of his own goals including another one from his own half. As for my team, The Rowdies, we had Graham Levine again proving how to beat the benches by firing in a glut of goals and sitting in when needed at the back. Podders as usual was the hub of everything, up and down the pitch like a yo yo on heat slotting in a bagful of goals into the bargain. Chris Anthony and myself relished in the extra man syndrome restricting our running to a minimum but giving us the chance to slot our passes with the accuracy of a pick pocket on Oxford Street.
I have to say we did have a decent run out although we really do have to get the numbers up starting with next week. Zsu Zsu Mastin, Ronnie Dooley, Paulo Garner and a few others should be back next week but I think we need some new blood that will commit to regular turn outs.

 The Rowdies
Chris Anthony
Graham Levine
Malc Hough
Chris Podmore

 The Young Guns 
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Sunday 3rd September 2017 : Ah, sheer joy - we were back to three sides as the vets piled in to the Leisure Centre for a crack at real 5 a side footy with fifteen of the guys. First game of the night saw The Young Guns beat the Strollers 3-2 in a see saw game which saw the aging Strollers surprise the Young Guns with their pass and move (slowly) game but a Rick Westwood goal in the dying seconds gave TYG's a fine victory. This set the pattern for the night with TYG's generally getting on top. The Strollers failed to make an impact until the final game of the evening when they achieved a draw keeping a clean sheet against TYG's. Mary's Moaners had a little more success with Zsu Zsu Mastin back from his trip over the Irish Sea looking like a man who had spent his time over there soaking in the delight's of the local Guinness. However, in spite of winning all their games against the Strollers they invariably succumbed in defeat to TYG's other than a couple of draws and the the odd win but were worthy runners up. Rick Evans became a true Mary's Moaner tonight although he redeemed himself with a bagful of goals. Newcomer Andrew Hitchen, slotted in well and looks to be a good addition to the gang if he makes  regular appearances. As for my team the Strollers, Chris Anthony and myself both had what was used to be known as a Frankie Burton evening tonight but now known as a mare. Still we'll be back next week hopefully buoyed by a City victory over Liverpool showing the skills and touch expected of the two pass masters for which we've built our reputations on - maybe!!

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Paul Garner
Rick Evans


 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Andrew Hitchen

 The Strollers
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Chris Todd
Dave Brown

 

 

Sunday 10th September 2017 : What luxury tonight as we had sixteen guys down to play out another chapter in Vets 5 a side footy at the New Mills Leisure Centre. We welcomed back Malc Stubbs and another debutant, Lee Barrett made his mark thanks to Nigel Caldwell who brought him down. Also I failed to mention Nigel wellied a stonker in from his own half last week - no mean feat. As for this week, another week of excellent games without a claim  for the honour of being top team. Pick of the goals this week came from the feet of Zsu Zsu Mastin with a humdinger followed by super strikes from Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood. Rick Evans also fired in some crackers to add to his moaning about his teams failings whilst blindingly failing to notice his own.  As the evening moved on injuries raised their ugly heads as first Andrew Hitchen picked up a thigh strain in his second game and dropped into goal where he spent the rest of the session then, after a very impressive debut Lee Barrett had to pull out on seventy minutes with a similar injury. Things didn't end there either as Paulo who had an otherwise more than useful night also had to retire into goal for the last game with yet another pulled muscle. As for the rest of the action Chris Anthony and myself returned to form inspired by City's fine 5-0 win at home to Liverpool yesterday. Strangely The Strollers didn't manage a win until the last game when I dropped into the Moaners team to cover for Lee Barrett, I'm not sure if by leaving I strengthened The Strollers or weakened Mary's Moaners! Chris Podmore impressed for the Moaners along with Ronnie Dooley whose team, St Mirren are top of the Jocko Championship. Nigel Caldwell continues to defend like a good 'un for The Young guns well supported by Rick Pott who also plays a more defensive roll these days. That leaves Graham Levine and Chris Todd for the Strollers who both got amongst the goals and linked well in our engine room. Hopefully all the injuries will heal and we can look forward to continued success and financial security.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Paul Garner
Lee Barrett

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Andrew Hitchen

 The Strollers
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Chris Todd
Rick Evans
Malc Stubbs

 

 

 

 

Sunday 17th September 2017 : With Lee Barrett, Andrew Hitchen and Paulo Garner sidelined with injuries sustained last week, and Malc Hough having to make good another decorating job that went wrong, there were only 11 at the Hall of Dreams tonight including a newcomer from the youth squad, Will Pickering, who is being groomed to replace Chris Anthony. In fact he is Chris’ nephew, freshly delivered from Cheadle Hulme to Chinley, and he made a promising debut. Whether he will soon replace his uncle remains to be seen, for Chris A continues to have a lethal right foot and has the speed and grace of a pregnant gazelle. Time will tell. With such a high quality bunch to choose from we decided to re-introduce the Ron Buttery rotation system, with two teams of 5 and a referee who was replaced by one of the players after each match. It worked well and there were some cracking matches, but impossible, of course, to achieve any team consistency. Maybe better next week – the last match in September – and hopefully with more players, as funds are a bit low. Donations would be welcome to stave off the bailiffs!

Many Thanks to our guest scribe this week, I had a family commitment. Hopefully setting up a Facebook Page so that we can organise our attendances, more of this next week - hopefully see you all back then.

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Chris Anthony
Dave Brown
Nigel Caldwell
Ronnie Dooley
Rick Evans
Anthony Graham
Zsu Zsu Mastin
Will Pickering
Rick Pott
Chris Podmore
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 24th September 2017 : After running a recruiting campaign for  new players on "Eh Up New Mills" a popular Facebook site we had three or four keen enquiries which pleased me no end I have to say. Still none of them turned up so I suppose it's back to square one on that front although we did have 13 loyal vets that did show. As for the session this evening , it kicked off with a right old gubbing dealt out to The Strollers  by The  Young  Guns to  the tune of
7-1, an unheard of score line. Next on were Mary's Moaners who lost 3-2 and it looked like we were going to suffer another Young Guns demolition evening. However,  after Mary's held TYG's to a 2-2 draw things settled down to a decent night's footy all round. My Strollers were handicapped by mainly my own dip in form both in and out of nets coupled with our all round inability to pass the ball to one of our own. Maybe Chris Todd was the least guilty and he played his usual game quietly just getting on with it. Mary's Moaners found Rocket Ronnie in devastating form whacking in the goals for fun and helped by Podders generally ran the show. TYG's had Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood firing on all cylinders early doors both hitting the target nearly as often as Man City but after defeat to both Mary's and The Strollers slightly lost interest. Dave Brown and Rick Pott both looked good and managed to impress on a night of footy played in good spirit and endeavour.
Just a quick note on the injury situations, had an email from Paulo who said unfortunately he won't be at football for a few weeks his knee is absolutely shot. Hopefully Jonboy will be back soon with his Achilles properly mended, he has been well missed, especially his moaning, his dodgy tackles and that scary stare.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Keith Mastin

Nigel Caldwell

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Dave Brown
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
 
 The Strollers
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Chris Todd
Will Pickering

 

 

 

 

 

   

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