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More of The Vets Sunday Night Match Reports   Updated 30th May at 23:56

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Richard Evans
Paul Garner

Chris Garlick
Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Rob Westwood

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Matt Pink
Malc Stubbs
 

 

Sunday 28th March 2010 : After failing a late fitness test I resorted back to watching this evenings session which was very lively and entertaining. Matt Pink was drafted in to replace me in my squad and did his best to fill the playmakers role. Over the night they remained unbeaten and deservedly found themselves top of the pile. Chris Todd was on fire early on belting them in from everywhere, obviously drawing inspiration from his new kit which caused quite a stir. The lads nick named him "Black Mambo" and a couple of others which would be quite inappropriate to publish here. John Goodwin looked a happier bunny tonight scoring a hat trick in a later game. The goals flowed throughout John's team with Paulo smacking in a couple of his trade mark volley's. Robbie failed to reach the dizzy scoring heights he set himself last week but team mates Rick Pott and Mike Adrio both managed some very tasty strikes.
Our leader Zsu Zsu Mastin will be back next week to try and lift the spirits of what is left of Mary's Moaners and if one or two more return we could be down or should I say up, to six a side.

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Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Richard Evans
Keith Mastin
Nigel Caldwell

Chris Garlick
Malc Hough
Rick Westwood
Rob Westwood
Chris Todd
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 4th April 2010 :  I was feeling pretty good tonight so decided to get the old trainers on and do a shift in goal at the Leisure Centre. Having watched City rattle 6 past Burnley yesterday and Stretford go down at home to Chelsea I was really in the mood for a good thrash. Slightly disappointed when I arrived to see only ten of us turning out after last weeks near full house. Still it turned out OK and we enjoyed a really difficult but, testing hour and a  half. Two best out of ten games left us at one match apiece and both by the odd goal. Goals were very hard to come by mainly through some excellent defending rather than poor finishing. Zsu Zsu returned from his trip to troubled Ireland, suffering a deluge of disgust at the behaviour of some of their Priests and the inability of the ageing German Pope to quell the unrest. This didn't prevent the old Cockney hippie from putting in a blinding contribution to what's left of Mary's Moaners. From my vantage point in nets I had the privilege of watching Robbie's superb input as the last line of our defence. Robbie really has found his true position and a very frustrated Rick Evans would surely back that up as the Baggie had him in his pocket all night.  Nigel Caldwell worked just as hard for the Moaners and was instrumental in their success, so much so that he was approached in the dressing room to join the Mary's boys. For me that would be a severe no no unless he found a way to learn how to badger the ref and swear like a trooper....

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  Blow Darts - a fine invention

 

Sunday 11th April 2010 : The Baggies return to the premiership was celebrated tonight by a Westwood-fest when Robbie, Richard and Robbie’s daughter’s boyfriend Tim joined forces with Bud and the long-awaited Ronnie Buttery to take on the Moaners and Proudy’s rather truncated squad. Missing Houghie’s playmaking and Chris Anthony’s velvety skills, Proudy, Chris Todd and the ever-dangerous Stevie Gerrard went through the evening without losing a match, aided by Malc Stubbs and Nigel Caldwell. The Moaners standard squad - Zsu Zsu, Chris Podmore, Paulo, Ricky Evans and Johnboy – had moments of glory, including two world-class strikes from Paulo, but never achieved the consistency that their endeavours deserved. Ronnie meanwhile maintained his bid for the Cusser of the Year award.
Next week should see the return of the master himself and others of his squad, with Chris Garlick also set to make a come-back after injury. Maybe there’ll be more to celebrate – City in Europe, Charlton getting automatic promotion, Stockport County purchased by an Arab. Who knows?

Superb report from our guest writer. After a long weekend away I'm eager to join in the weekly thrash at the Leisure Centre hopefully on the back of a fine victory over the rags from Stretford......COME ON CITY.......
 

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Richard Evans
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
 
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Garlick
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Rick Pott

Matt Pink
Bud Jackson
Rob Westwood
Mike Adrio
Ron Buttery

Sunday 18th April 2010 : After losing a Derby game to our neighbours from Stretford  what better way to get it out of the system than a ninety minute thrash at the Leisure Centre. Three full 5 a side teams allowed me to stand down and give my ever improving knee another weeks rest. No outstanding team this week but plenty of action and no shortage of goals. What a pleasure to see the lads giving it the Full Monte without any bother. Zsu Zsu showed early doors that as the most senior player on view he could still rasp 'em in with a salvo of quality drives. Paulo Garner chipped in with one of his trademark volleys and we were also treated to a few of Mike Adrio's master-class cameo's which defy description. Young Chris Podmore looked as sharp as Ron's tongue which took all of 35 minutes to ignite. I swapped places with Zsu Zsu for the last couple of games but found it hard to match the old hippies contribution to Mary's Moaners squad resulting in a heavy defeat and a hard fought draw. All in all this was probably yet another fine turn out by the vets and a great example of why the lads keep rolling up week after week for their 5 a side fix.

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Romantic Sleigh Ride
 

Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Paul Garner

 
Keith Proudfoot
Steve Gerrard
Malc Stubbs
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough


Chris Garlick
Bud Jackson
Richard Westwood
Mike Adrio
Ron Buttery

 

 

 

Sunday 18th April 2010 : A seriously enjoyable ninety minutes at the Leisure Centre tonight as three teams went into combat against each other without the old Cockney Hippie, Zsu Zsu Mastin who was back home in London, not I might add to compete in the London Marathon. More like slopping down the old Pie and Mash, probably the most inedible food on this planet only ever consumed by Cockney's.  With one aging playmaker unavailable I had to step back into the breach enabling me to inspire my team to a full session, without a win. No excuses from the not so magnificent five who stumbled from defeat to defeat with the odd draw thrown in. Great for me though to complete a full session without any problems from my long injury nightmare, I was beginning to think that was my lot!!
So it was left to the other two teams to contest the top team honours. Ron Buttery had the luxury of two academy players to do his running and Richard Westwood in particular showed us he's going to be a pretty decent footballer with some spectacular goals. Bud Jackson impressed with some super saves in nets whilst Chris Garlick's play defied the fact that he had already turned out for a full 90 minutes for Hayfield in the morning. With no senior Mary's Moaners on view young Chris Podmore ably led his team of goal scorers in great style. Rick Evans and Rick Pott both hit fine goals to add to Paulo's usual brace of 20 yarders. So there wasn't a lot between these two teams but it will be interesting to see if Zsu Zsu's and John boys return will make the difference next week or will Chris (guitar man) Todd reenergise my flagging squad, watch this space.....

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Where the Hell is Matt  one of my old favourites Tribute to Matt

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Paul Garner
Rick Pott
Richard Evans
Malc Stubbs
Ron Buttery
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 2nd May 2010 : A brilliant day of football with the Premier and Championships both having a shed load of season defining matches and to cap it all 90 minutes with the Vets at the Leisure Centre. City still on course for fourth place, Stretford still in with an outside chance of the Premie
r League but Matt Pink's Owls are dumped back into the 3rd rung now called division one. So not surprising Matt was one of the many absentee's this evening who missed a mixed session contested by eleven good men. In fairness the Ron Buttery Rotation System is a good way to organise a game with eleven participants but there's no substitute for a good thrash with three squads. At times the football wasn't as keenly contested as it should be but we all enjoyed a good kick around played in good spirit. Ron and myself were both handicapped by limbs which refused to operate at their optimum levels due to a mixture of inactivity and ability to support the weight they were carrying. Still I personally doubled my number of goals from last week to two, and Ron in my opinion had a decent enough night so that was two of us who were happy to hand over our fivers. Chris Todd started brilliantly banging in the goals and really getting stuck in. Great to see Rick Pott smacking a couple past Ron after the big fella had been giving him some serious stick.
Myself and Chris Anthony were both at the COMSTAD yesterday going through all the drama that goes with being a City fan and we'll have to do it all again on Wednesday when Spurs will do their best to spoil our party yet again. We're both used to that but if for once things go our way then don't be surprised if we're both late next Sunday as the West Ham game finishes at 18:00 - The following Monday (10th May) will see Proudy playing at Ewood Park (19:00 kick off) in one of those Charity thingy's with the old players. I will be going so if anyone wants to go and support the lad I've got 4 spare seats in the Limo, admission to the ground a fiver.

FOOTYNOTE - If you haven't yet decided who to vote for next Thursday or just want a change by voting for someone you know (no not Ron), give our old mate Alistair Stevens (Liberal Democrat) who often graced the Leisure Centre in our Vets sessions a try. A decent guy whose only failing is his football skills and dodgy knees.

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Clever Dog

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Rick Pott
Paul Garner

 
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough

Matt Pink
Robbie Westwood
Richard Westwood
Mike Adrio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


9th May 2010 : The Premier season ended today with Chelsea winning 8-0. I can't remember if City ever did the double on the League winners in any season, still that doesn't ease the pain of Wednesday night when Spurs yet again poured rain on our parade.
The vets tonight had a good turnout in spite of all the final days Premier games being on Sky. Three teams again locked horns in some excellent games from all sides. My team won our first game in a fortnight half way through the proceedings and that was our only victory this evening. Our big problem was a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping. Proudy was handicapped by an aging team which had an average age of over 50 which in it's own way is quite an achievement. The other two teams battled it out for the honour of being top team but in the end I spent much of the time trying to get air into my lungs that I never managed to notice who indeed ended on top although, I suspect Matt's team may have shaded it. Matt had one of those night's where the goals wouldn't flow as normal but with Mike Adrio and young Richard Westwood both hitting the mark that wasn't a problem. Young Richard made the mistake of using his speed to go past John Goodwin in one game but he couldn't escape the assassin who gave him a gentle tap to remind him no to take the p. Chris Podmore again had a useful night with Paulo and Rick Pott both chipping in with some fine strikes. Again a really enjoyable 90 minutes football which leads me into new territory next week as I hit my sixty fourth year. I look back to when we first started in June 1988 and Mooro said to me, "I wonder if we can still be playing when we're 50 Malc?"  Well we both made that and set the next target at sixty which we also managed. I can tell you now from this point it gets harder each week with the knocks, wear & tare taking longer to heal. Monday mornings can be more painful than losing to the rags but, no time to stop because when you do it's good night Irene hello to old age. Now I set my targets a little more sensibly so my next one is to be playing when I pick up my Pension if my ailing body allows me. Zsu Zsu is not far behind and fingers crossed we'll both be still setting our targets well into the future.
Big events this week as Proudy plays at Ewood Park on Monday night (19:00 KO) and Zsu Zsu's Charlton play Swindon in the play offs next Friday on SKY (19:45 KO) as they attempt to return to the Championship.

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Don't just advertise it!

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Rick Pott
Paul Garner
 
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

Ron Buttery
Chris Garlick
Mike Adrio
Bud Jackson
 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 16th May 2010 : 64 years young today and another milestone reached but the biggest surprise of all is how little things change. No surprises in the Cup Final yesterday, and no surprise that I wasn't the only one not interested in who won or lost. Not the best session we've ever played tonight at the Leisure Centre but as usual I think we all went home pretty pleased with the outcome. Paulo kept up his habit of banging in one of the goals of the night and Mike Adrio mesmerised us with his trickery which included a rare headed goal. John-boy blew his top a couple of times and Ron gave his team mates the benefit of his years of bollacking's a much unappreciated airing. Nigel scampered around tackling like a dog after a bone giving no quarter and Rick Pott continues to score spectacular goals with the regularity of Haley's Comet appearing over New Mills. The main thing that never changes is the regularity of the boys turning out every week to give us the opportunity to keep doing the thing we all look forward to each Sunday that is to kick lumps out of each other, have a good old moan and hopefully play a game of football.
 I have had to submit to a medical check up to clear up my knee problem which is becoming a handicap not only to me but to my unfortunate team mates who are saddled with a crock. I'll still play on whilst I have one good leg (that belted in a few more goals tonight) but, I fear I may have to go under the surgeon's knife to reach full fitness again. I may apply for mobility allowance.....
Proudy played at Ewood Park on Monday night and what a super night it turned out to be. I'll be posting a page with a match report and plenty of pics to put you in the picture some time in the week.

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  A Cool Beer

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
 
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

Ron Buttery
Chris Garlick
Mike Adrio
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 23rd May 2010 : Who would be daft enough to play 5 a side football on the hottest day of the year so far? Well the quick answer is twelve vets  definitely were and they put in a good shift as well. I am well pleased at getting through the full 90 minutes on my much improved injured knee and actually netted a couple of times. My team though were well under par with Chris Todd suffering from a serious bout of late drinking, Chris Anthony, Nigel and myself all found the going on the tough side managing only a single win. Ron inspired his squad to take the honours for the night with Chris Garlick and Mike Adrio forming a very good partnership. Rick Pott put himself about as he always does and typifies what the vets are all about, much effort and full commitment. Rick's off to Lanzagrottie next week where he will no doubt rest his battered body before returning as keen as ever. Zsu Zsu Mastin had Chris Podmore back to liven up his team and the boy gave it a real old go, oh to have those young legs again. John boy gave us a reminder that the Silent Assassin still lurks within his aging frame as he gave Chris Garlick a tickle round the ankle, you hardly saw John blink and the boy was on the deck rolling round like Didier Drogba. I set myself to prevent Mike Adrio making a mug of me with his habit of nut megging his opponents, it makes you feel so useless. I managed it until late on when I was in goals and he drew me to the edge of the area to slip it straight through the old pins for a late winner. Tackle of the evening was Ron's straight forearm smash on Nigel who never even got a free kick!! Did Nigel moan, no he just got up dusted himself off and carried on, classic Nigel.....
Oh what a day yesterday for Blackpool, now a Premier League team, couldn't happen to a better bloke than Ian Holloway. Last week while being interviewed he was asked what he had in common with Blackpool, his reply, "we both look better with the lights out!"  Quality...

Tonight's players

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
Chris Garlick
Mike Adrio
Keith Proudfoot
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 30th May 2010 : With only eleven days to go to the World Cup Finals in South Africa we all watched with interest England's last warm up game against Japan in Austria. What a disappointment,  a 2-1 win with Japan scoring all the goals. Win it, I don't think so. I didn't hear anyone even mention it at the Leisure Centre tonight as the lads turned out for their weekly fix. Only eleven tonight but I must say it was an extremely competitive session which I personally enjoyed immensely. Who couldn't have admired Keith Mastin for wearing probably the most outrageously naff pair of trainers ever seen at one of our 5 a side sessions. The Reebok Gold and Silver numbers were acquired in a closing down sale in Morecombe for the princely sum of £7.50 - he was robbed believe me. Did they make the old hippie play better, errrr, no!! Another master class from Mike Adrio was one of many good performances tonight including a much improved Chris Anthony along with 90 minutes of all action from Chris Podmore.
Rick Evans and myself dropped into the Hare and Hounds later on to watch Chris Todd and his band, The Carbs entertain a packed pub with their quality Rhythm and Blues music. Good music, good beer and a great atmosphere. So roll on next week for more of the same.

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  Tonight Report

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
Paul Garner
Chris Garlick
Rick Evans
 
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
Steve Gerrard

 

 

 

 





 


Sunday 6th June 2010 : Another bazzing session tonight with two sides giving it the gun for 90 uninterrupted minutes in three first to ten matches. My squad was out in force this evening bolstered by the return of Steve Gerrard who looked like he had never been away. Steve and Proudy set off like an express train sweeping Zsu Zsu's much younger team aside with some great finishing. Slowly the much younger squad began to get back into the game and at 8-8 took advantage of a couple of misplaced passes and a bunch of super saves by Rick Evans to take the first game 10-8. Heads dropped and Mike Adrio inspired his team to an easy win in the second match to lead 2-0 overall. A much more all round team performance saw my squad end the night on a winning note with a fine 10-6 win. Super stuff from all the lads.
Well it's finally here at the end of this coming week, the World Cup in Africa. Brace yourselves for what may just turn out to be the finest sporting event the planet has ever witnessed. A Nelson Mandela inspired nation will hope the Bafana Bafana squad can do an "Invictus" and inspire their team to do the impossible. As for our boys, who knows!  Can Rooney live up to his much inflated reputation or even manage to keep his temper in check if things go tits up? Will the loss of Rio make a jot of difference to a creaky defence? Will Shauny get the chance to do his stuff? Will Crouchie reinstate the robot dance? I don't know but I sure hope that by the time we roll up next Sunday at the Leisure Centre we've spanked the Yanks and kept the dream alive - COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  Get You into the World Cup mood

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Paul Garner
Malc Hough

Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 6th June 2010 : The World Cup fever has set in - or at least it has with the vets because we could only muster nine this evening. Maybe the disappointment of only drawing with the Yanks on Saturday had something to do with it. Personally it came as no surprise to me, we get so used to the build up before realising we are just an average team.
Meanwhile the boys who did bother to turn out enjoyed a decent enough session with Mike Adrio's team giving Zsu Zsu's mish mash outfit the proverbial run around. The extra man turned out to be a handicap as Mike and Chris Podmore ripped them to shreds with their passing and pace, well young Chris's pace and Mike's passing really. Nigel defended superbly and Rick never gave up all night. I'm not sure why Zsu Zsu's team failed to gel but they just didn't hit it off together. Poor passing, poor shooting and poor defending is never going to win you games but strangely after losing three best of ten games it all clicked - a 5-1 win in the last of the night, funny old game 'aint it...
I've twisted the old knee again and it's giving me some gip as I write this but it isn't going to beat me, maybe I'll have to miss a couple of weeks but I'll be back. Hopefully by the time you read this Rick Evans will have been married at Gretna Green and set off to Las Vegas for his honeymoon, good luck to the boy and his lady. Finally, if England can't beat Algeria next Friday then our World Cup will be over and we will have to wait another four years for the next pointless build up - am I being negative, YES I am.

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Boys at play  one of my old favourites

 

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