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More of The Vets Sunday Night Match Reports   Updated 31st Oct 22:14

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin Keith Proudfoot Paul Garner
Chris Podmore  Chris Garlick  Chris Todd
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell  Mike Adrio
Neil McClelland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 20th June 2010 : The current World Cup is the fifth since the Vets began thrashing around at the Leisure Centre and it was greeted with the same enthusiasm as the first all those years ago. Sadly the England players don't share the same enthusiasm as the hundreds of guys who have passed through the doors all those Sunday nights for their chance to rekindle their football passion. The reason for their lack of commitment remains a bit of a mystery with the manager taking the brunt of criticism although for me, the players can't be arsed to step up and give it a go. So next Wednesday is time to be counted for our not so glorious heroes, I predict they'll just scrape through.
There was no 5 a side for me tonight after I aggravated my injured knee last week. I spent half an hour at the doctors on Friday having it pulled, stretched and twisted before asking, "how long have I got doc, give it to me straight?"   Looking somewhat perplexed he replied, "about 30 seconds Malc, the next patients here!"  So it's gentle exercise, physiotherapy and cod liver oil tablets for the next few weeks. Hopefully, not career threatening but believe me, if you're fit enough then get your arse down to the Leisure Centre each Sunday while you can, show those lazy gits in the England shirt what enthusiasm for the game really means.

You're quite right Houghie - there was magical dribbling, thunderbolt shots, fierce passion and no fumbling in goal! Fabio would have been proud. Playing were Zsu Zsu Mastin. Johnboy, Proudy, Paulo, Chris Podmore, Chris Garlick, Chris Todd, Ricky Pott, Nigel Caldwell, Mike Adrio and a welcome return from Neil McClelland. Keep doing the stretching exercises big boy.
Sorry for the delay in posting the guest writers report, many thanks and I'm really pleased to see Neil McClelland back..

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  Grab a Stella Nelson Mandela - Get back in the mood
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Tonight's Players

Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Chris Garlick
John Goodwin
Nigel Caldwell
Keith Mastin

Sunday 27th June 2010 : Well as I predicted last week we did indeed just scrape through against Slovenia with a performance which can only be described as minimal against a Nation of only two million souls, less than Wales. But, all that paled into insignificance today as we surrendered to a very average but far superior German team to the tune of 4-1. It is now quite obvious that although we have bought probably the best league in the World, without our overseas stars we are left with an average bunch of over paid and under achieving players to represent our country. Rooney the so called "white Pele" looked more like a Scouse Heskey if you ask me!!  If only the players had the same commitment as the fans who were magnificent, more power to their elbows.
Again I was not able to lend my aging skills to the vets session tonight but my knee problem is starting to improve and with physiotherapy starting a week on Wednesday it shouldn't be too long before my comeback takes place. Hopefully our resident guest writers report of tonight's proceedings will appear on Tuesday or sooner. 

Thanks to our guest reporter for the following piece.......

"Where were all these stalwart vets – clinically depressed after the England game or just clinically pissed? Only 6 brave lions turned up for a chance to get the angst out of their system and show Fabio how the game should be played. John, Keith and Nigel made up one side of seriously veteran players (average age 59) against a team of Chris’s – Messrs Anthony, Todd and Garlick. Benches played in goal and had a cracking game at both ends and the hall echoed with the strikers’ frustration. To everyone’s credit the games continued to pretty much the fully allotted time but the ageing vets definitely lost their steam towards the end and allowed the Chris’s to come back from an initial woeful thrashing to level the games of first to 10, at 3-3.  The games were peppered with excellent displays from all players – John kept running up front and scored some excellent goals while Chris found his shooting form with shots from all angles going in. Keith’s mirrored trainers have lost a bit of their sheen but his footwork still dazzled as he blazed or fine chipped in his tally of goals. Everyone played their part in a fine competitive session which their battered bodies will remember for several days. Players of the week: – everyone who had the heart to turn up and give it a go."                                            

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :   Hitler on the VuVuZela   Classic German Fun

 


Tuesday 29th June 2010 - I received the worst possible call today today when Sonia Westwood rang me to break the terrible news that Robbie has taken his own life. I haven't got any details yet but suffice to say Robbie will be hugely missed by us all. The Coroner's hearing will take place before Sonia can arrange for Robbie's funeral but it looks like sometime next week. Like all of us I am absolutely stunned and numb to hear such sad news, I had no idea the lad was so troubled although it seems his father's passing was a particularly hard thing to deal with. I struggle to find words to comfort Robbie's family especially Richard but I will miss the little fella for more reasons than I care to mention here. I will post further news here as I receive it.

Robbie's ex wife Sonia has been in touch and told me today that there will be a service at St Mary's Disley next Thursday 8th July at 12:30 which follows the Cremation at Altrincham earlier that morning. We propose to do a collection on the next two Sundays

Last Sunday's report 27th June  delayed in its production by a swift visit to see Stevie Wonder at the MEN, this is written with a heavy heart after news of Robbie's death. In some ways, though, the attendance of 6 vets - ready to go despite the temptation of drowning sorrows following the miserable performance against the Germans a few hours earlier, reflects the spirit that Robbie brought to our Sunday evening football. Like the rest of us, Robbie was not there for the glory and the acclaim nor, like the rest of us, was he blessed with startling turns of speeds, dazzling ball control and a fierce shot. He came because he loved playing, and he always gave it all he's got. This remains the essence of vets football, and Robbie's spirit lives on in this simple fact. As it was, the six Lions ran their hearts out for the full 90 minutes, with the 3 Chris's - Todd, Garlick and Anthony - taking on the weighty experience of Zsu Zsu, Johnboy and Nigel. Games were fierce and competitive, as they should be, with nothing to play for but everything. The evening concluded even, each team with 3 first-to-ten games apiece. Robbie would have been proud.                      Thanks Keith - Malc

Tonight's Teams

Rick Evans
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore

Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Garlick


Rick Pott
Mike Adrio

Nigel Caldwell
Keith Mastin

 

Sunday 4th July 2010 : The news of Robbie's passing has stunned the Vets to the core with emails dropping into my inbox  on a regular basis. The eleven vets who drifted down tonight were all in a sombre mood but still gave the 90 minutes their best shift. Tony Moore chose this evening to make an appearance as a spectator and joined me on the balcony, good to see the old boy looking so well. Can't say much about the games, my attentions were elsewhere, suffice to say that Mike Adrio once again showed us an exhibition of how the game should be played, a class act. Just before the end of the session Robbie's son Richard popped in with his sister for a few words. There aren't any words I can find to help them in their time of need but I can honestly say hand on heart, we will never forget Robbie.
Just to remind anyone who wishes to attend the service to celebrate his life, it's at St Mary's church Disley at 12:30 this Thursday 8th July, if you can - be there.     
 

 

 

Thursday 8th July 2010 : The Celebration of Robbie's life took place today at St Mary's Church, Disley today. The vets were well represented at a packed church where we heard the address from the reverend Janet Parker who gave us an insight to Robbie's life. Robbie had many interests from all sports, railway preservation, travel, walking, motor racing  plus a love for his dream car acquired a year ago, an Australian Holden which is a bit of a beast by all accounts. Richard spoke on behalf of the family with  a very moving speech which left us all gasping in admiration - his dad would have been so proud. We all know of Robbie's passion for West Bromwich Albion so it came as no surprise to me that his family entered to church to the Baggies match day music, The Liquidator by the Harry J All Stars.
After the Hymns and final prayers we left the church to the sound of the Kinks singing "Days" and I couldn't forget that poignant chorus as it echoed around the church :

Days I'll remember all my life,
Days when you can't see wrong from right.
You took my life,
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me,
But it's all right,
Now I'm not frightened of this world, believe me.   Days

We all hope the little fella has now found peace, he'll always be remembered by the vets as one of the good guy's who always did his best and never stopped trying to improve.                                   Robin Neil Westwood   1954-2010

The £50.00 collected by the vets went into the collection box at the Rams Head for the Peak Rail Fund where Robbie was a member.
 

Tonight's Teams

Richard Westwood
Paul Garner
John Goodwin
Chris Garlick

Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell


Rick Pott
Mike Adrio

Neil McClelland
Bud Jackson
 

Sunday 11th July 2010 : Back to normality this week as the vets rolled up for another ninety minutes of gut busting action in the summer heat. Three teams battled it out in stifling conditions watched by Moi who decided to take the Physiotherapist's advise and be patient rather than foolhardy. Maybe another couple of weeks frustration will do the trick as I continue my strict exercise regime to build up the damaged ligament.   Lots of good stuff this evening down there on the pitch, Rick Pott's return to scoring form, Neil McClelland banging them in for fun, Chris Todd chipping in with his three pennyworth (couldn't spell penne'th) and I kicked every ball. Game of the night had to be the final one when Proudy's team blasted into a three goal lead against Mike Adrio's side in the blink of an eye. Mike was having none of that and began to peg the score back. Neil Mac & Rick Pott joined in and they soon took the lead at 4-3. Back came Proudy's team to equalise before Nigel rifled in a screamer to nudge 5-4 ahead. It looked done and dusted until with the final attack of the night led to Neil Mac hitting the net to make it 5-5. Ten goals in a five minute game can't be bad, great entertainment on a night of very enjoyable sport all round.
So home to watch the World Cup Final and see Spain get a good working over by Van Brommel and Nigel De Jong before snatching a deserved winner in the last minutes. So that's it for another four years but hang on...... the European qualifiers start in September so .......    COME ON ENGLAND -  here we go again!!

Tonight's Teams

Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Rick Pott
Chris Garlick
Malc Hough

Chris Todd
Keith Proudfoot
John Goodwin
Mike Adrio

Chris Podmore
 


Sunday 18th July 2010 : Down to nine players for some unknown reason so I was badgered into playing in nets to make up the numbers. Although the teams were pretty much evenly matched my team found themselves on the wrong end of three best of ten games. Proudy's team certainly had the edge when it came to finding the net with all five players hitting the target. Young Chris Podmore had a seriously good night taking advantage of Mike Adrio's clever passing. My own team mates played well enough but just couldn't match our opponents when it came to shooting. Rick Evans is paying the penalty of newly married life as fatigue took it's toll on his overworked body, leaving him a limp wreck after ninety minutes. Paulo was the victim of top notch goalkeeping as many of his efforts were heading goal-wards only to be picked off by agile net minders as opposed to my statuesque attempts at the other end. All in all a worth while session although many players found the slippery surface hard to deal with. I enjoyed the night though I was somewhat relieved to come through unscathed. Another couple of frustrating weeks for me before I can add my fading skills to the outfield. Hopefully we will see the return of our hippie leader next week and maybe a few others with a bit of luck.....

 This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Don't try this at Home boys 

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Chris Garlick
Keith Mastin

Chris Podmore
Steve Gerrard
Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood

Bud Jackson
Neil McClelland
Malc Stubbs
Nigel Caldwell

 
Sunday 25th July 2010 : The old hippie returned from The Republic of Ireland suitably drained of all colour but rested and ready for action at the Leisure Centre. His controversial team selections were the main talking points when I arrived as spectator mainly due to one of the teams consisting of over 50's players. After half an hour Richard Westwood was controversially transferred from his team for an undisclosed fee to add at least one pair of legs that still worked to the over 50's squad. I did enjoy watching some very well contested games with quality goals from many players. Young Chris Podmore kicked off with a hat trick in his first game and the goal of the night followed shortly after. Mike Adrio played a superb pass the length of the hall to pick out Steve Gerrard who with his back to goal, flicked in a very neat back heeler. Strikes from Paulo Garner, Bud Jackson and Nigel Caldwell also caught the eye but all the lads weighed in with their share over a very enjoyable 90 minutes. Seeing Mike Adrio nut megged was a pleasant change and watching John Goodwin still running round like a twenty year old on the day he celebrated his fifty-ninth birthday was a lesson to us all, take note you youngsters, the assassin has raised the bar. Talking of Bars, we are trying to set the Xmas EGM for one Friday early in September at the White Hart, watch this space......

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  Penalty Malc Style

Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Chris Garlick
Keith Mastin
Rick Pott
Neil McClelland
Malc Stubbs
Nigel Caldwell

 
Sunday 1st August 2010 : Couldn't make the vets tonight due to family commitments which probably wasn't a bad thing as I was intending to play although I'm not 100% yet. Some would say I never was but you know what, I'm chompin' at the bit to get back to the action, you can't keep a good man (or even an average one) down for too long.  Hopefully my guest reporter will send me a comprehensive analysis of tonight's state of play in time to publish Monday night.....

GUEST REPORT
With Malc's team missing in their entirety, either through injuries of age or holidays of youth, only nine vets managed to turn out tonight, requiring a revolving 4 aside session plus ref. With constantly changing teams nobody fully got into the swing of things, and there were many glaring misses which, on another evening, would have been put safely away, If anyone found their form it was Chris Garlick in defence and Johnboy in attack with Johnboy in particular finding the net on regular occasions, and ending the evening as top scorer. More legs needed next week as a revolving four aside session is knackering for those of advanced years, as well as for Zsu Zsu and the other younger players.
Thanks to our guest reporter for that one and well done the lads who turned out - Malc

The Vets XMAS EGM will be held at the White Hart on Friday 17th September - Be there for our special awards including the 2009 Player of the year, free food and Zsu Zsu Mastin will buy the first round to demonstrate his Southern hospitality......
 

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : Peeping Tom   Quality isn't great but it's crystal clear at the end

Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Chris Garlick
Keith Mastin

Chris Podmore

Malc Stubbs
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

  

Sunday 8th August 2010 : I decided to give the old knee a run out tonight with mixed results. Playing in nets for most of the night was probably a handicap for the lads in front of me but, it at least let me know that although on the mend there's a way to go yet. My first game back was a cracker with Chris Garlick smashing in a hat trick in fine style with Proudy and Rick Evans also bagging one each. A second win with the same team looked like I was going to have a pretty cushy night but things are never that easy with the vets. Young Chris Podmore is starting to look like a trimmed down Bryn Meredith scoring with unerring regularity. Chris Anthony returned from Florida looking like he'd been spray tanned. He looked good racing down the wing like a runaway sideboard and chipped in with a few good strikes. Good to see John "the assassin" Goodwin flying around like a spring chicken especially when he smashed the ball past Rick Evans  for a binding goal - he couldn't get the smile off his face for ages. Malc Subbs, Paulo and Zsu Zsu all had their moments in a very pleasurable 90 minutes. I think I may chance another run next week especially if my beloved City get off the mark at White Hart Lane - COME ON YOU BLUES!!

The Vets XMAS EGM will be held at the White Hart on Friday 17th September - put it in your diary NOW

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Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Mastin

Keith Proudfoot
Steve Gerrard
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough

Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Malc Stubbs
Nigel Caldwell

 

Sunday 15th August 2010 :  Three teams got to grips this evening and provided the lads with a good workout. I think my squad just about ended up top of the tree although it was a pretty close run thing. Proudy and Steve Gerrard were the main scorers with Steve notching the only hat trick of the night. Zsu Zsu's squad are missing the moaners tag that they've worn with such pride over the years. Young Chris Podmore plays with that youthful zest that the vets can only just remember from the distant past, coupled with an honest enthusiasm it seems quite out of place with the Mary's Moaners past history. Maybe resigning Ron Buttery would give them that extra element to stoke the old fire or failing that track down the aging Stalybridge moaner, Bryn Meredith, he knew where the nets were!!
Mike Adrio's team had a bit of a hit and miss night tonight, not quite hitting the heights but still making a decent fist of it. Mike pulled of an audacious little chipped pass to set up Malc Stubbs for a super goal when there seemed nothing on at all. The Vets continue to keep a healthy attendance of players which is very pleasing, keep it up lads. My boy and a couple of his mates are showing an interest, they used to play in the session from 17:00 - 17:30 when we first started the vets nights together with a number of the other vets sons. Ron Aitchinson and Chris Wilson would also join join in and smack shots at the ten year old keepers to keep their little fingers warm, happy days!!

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : The Pain Men   not recommended to try at home

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Mastin
Bud Jackson

Keith Proudfoot
Malc Stubbs
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Nigel Caldwell

Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Ron Buttery
Rick Evans


 

 

Sunday 22nd August 2010 : Well it was a full house down at the Leisure Centre tonight with sixteen players turning out. To solve the extra player I suggested to our cockney hippie leader to select the weakest side and include the extra player make up a six with them all on the pitch. I was less than pleased when my team were deemed the weakest. I have to say with three over fifties and myself an injured over sixty it was probably the best choice. Proudy and Chris Todd were the young legs who took the role of carers in our Cocoon like squad. Half way through the night Johnboy noticed we had six players and suddenly the old Mary's Moaners mind-set clicked in. This was not a problem in the last game of the night when Zsu Zsu inspired his side to a 4-0 win, next week I think we may try to get a seventh player in!!
Overall, good stuff tonight with the two five a side teams having to work extra hard to create chances but, I have to say that both teams had more than their fair share of the spoils. Mike Adrio was prodding and probing and slipped in some superb passes to create goal scoring opportunities an added his usual share of goals. Tonight saw the return  of Ron Buttery who soon left his mark on our ears, have we missed that, er no, but it was good to see the old scouse git back in full flow - maybe Chris Podmore wasn't impressed though....
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EGM will be held at the White Hart on Friday 17th September starting at 20:00 sharp, mark it down on your calendar NOW.....

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : My all time favourite  Eeeh, those yanks!

Tonight's Players

Neil McClelland
Ron Buttery
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Chris Garlick
Chris Podmore
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

Sunday 29th August 2010 : As August draws to a wet close we were lucky to see 11 vets turn out for the weekly attempt at reliving our youth. My youth seemed a thousand years ago as I struggled to overcome muscles twanging and protesting against my insistence on dragging my old body round the Leisure Centre week after week. I wasn't on my own either as both Ron Buttery and Rick Evans were both feeling the strain of muscle fatigue. Rick Pott also had a night where he spent a great deal of time inspecting the floor from close range as he was consistently dumped down on it! Still a worthwhile session though with much to admire. I personally had the privilege of playing alongside Mike Adrio for a change and benefited from his excellent passing ability, laying on at least four goals that I can remember for me alone. Chris Garlick was in fine scoring form as was Rick Pott who hit some absolute blinders. Neil Mac was always busy as was Paulo Garner although for once the long distance pile-drivers were missing. Proudy was on fire early doors but like the rest of us found the going tough later on. The old hippie dropped out at the last minute but his young apprentice, Chris Podmore, gave it his usual all action 90 minutes - it's a pleasure to see a Stockport County shirt actually scoring goals for a change....

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE :  Old Lady Drivers  don't you just love 'em

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Mastin
Bud Jackson

Rick Westwood
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Nigel Caldwell

Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Ron Buttery
Keith Proudfoot

 

Sunday 05th September 2010 : No Premier league games this week to distract the vets from the important event of the weekend, ie. the Sunday night bash down at the Leisure Centre. For some reason best known to himself, our old hippie leader decided to split up my squad thus robbing us of Proudy our likeliest striker and replacing him with young Richard Westwood. Proudy is well used to carrying three of the oldest vets available on his somewhat broad shoulders but, poor old Richard drew the short straw as he gallantly battled to keep us together. We had our moments but these were few and somewhat far between although our pinnacle was  whacking Proudy's top team 4-1, one of their only three defeats. Proudy revelled in the same team as Mike Adrio who ran the show with a master class of passing and goal scoring which sets him out from the rest week after week. Add to that mix the non stop running and enthusiasm of Rick Pott and the non stop moaning of Ron Buttery and you have the nights top team by a country mile. Zsu Zsu Mastin and Paulo Garner both knocked in memorable goals and again they had their moments too. Bud Jackson was on the end of a couple of dodgy tackles which popped him into "grumpy mood". Chris Podmore continues to impress and is one of the many vets success stories disproving the young bodies old heads theory. So another eventful night which brings us just that bit closer to the Vets Xmas EGM a week on Friday at the White Hart, New Mills so if you haven't already done it, get permission from your good lady and get it in your diary NOW!! 

This weeks VIDEO TO MAKE YOU SMILE : The Lesbionic Woman   One for the boys
 

Tonight's Teams

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Rick Westwood
Rick Evans


Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Neil McClelland

Mike Adrio
Rick Pott
Ron Buttery
Bud Jackson
Chris Garlick
Malc Stubbs

 

Sunday 12th September 2010 : Only just made the 5 a side tonight after a dash from my daughters, where I spent the weekend, in Poulton Le Fylde. A worthwhile dash though to be involved in what was to be our largest turnout for many years. 17 players were split into three teams for a six a side bash which in my opinion was a very difficult game to get to grips with. The extra man on each team left players with little room for manoeuvre and for once tactics became quite important.  Zsu Zsu Mastin's team soon found their feet with Rick Westwood & Chris Podmore instantly hitting a rich vein of goals together. Paulo Garner and John Goodwin were able to feed off the crumbs the two fleet footed youngsters left behind and with Rick Evans in the mix, we had the top team of the night. If you need someone who can do something a bit special in your squad you would look towards Mike Adrio and as usual he probed and prodded passes through with consummate ease. Well as with most gifted players the odd flick or chip doesn't always come off, this was pointed out by a raging Ron Buttery who in his own inimitable style accused the pass-master of showboating. Now as we all know Ron is certainly no Zinadine Zidane but to bollack a player who is probably one of the most skilful vets to appear at our Sunday night sessions seemed to have more than a little irony coming from one whose football dexterity rarely matches the volume of his verbal skills which were honed on the streets of Liverpool. So Mike joins the ever lengthening list of players who over the years Ron has verbally bludgeoned into submission, 'nuff said...    Chris Garlick was probably Mike's most prolific scorer over the 90 minutes with a number of very well struck goals. My squad had a hit and mainly miss night although Chris Anthony is finding the net again. Proudy as usual worked his socks off to keep the lads going but we tended to shoot ourselves in the foot on a regular basis by giving the ball away too cheaply. Overall a worthwhile run out for the boys though and a healthy contribution to the funds.

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Tonight's Teams

Vets Star Select

Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Mastin
Ron Buttery
Steve
Clayton

The Blue Legends

Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd



 

Sunday 19th September 2010 : What a surprise tonight when after last weeks feast of 17 players we were reduced to only 9 tonight and that was including new-comer Steve who made a fair debut under the guidance of the Mary's Moaners. So my squad, the Blue Legends, were pitched against a quite strong Vets Star Select side which included three regular Mary's Moaners. The first game was pretty even with the Star Select finishing with a flourish in a first to 10 match winning by 4 clear goals. New player Steve, another half centurion, soon left his mark with some very enthusiastic play which will fit very nicely into the scheme of things. To make things slightly more even in the second game the bench was introduced into the Legends goal more to even up the numbers than anything else. This didn't have too much of a bearing on the result especially when Ron Buttery turned on the show-boating with an outrageous back heeled goal through my legs. However Chris Todd's emergence as an emergency sweeper at the back added to Chris Anthony's most impressive striking rate proved to be too much for the fading Vets Stars and the second game ran out 10-7 to the Legends. So it was all on the deciding game with time running out. Proudy took control and drove on the Legends with a stirring performance covering ever blade of the errr floor. Chris Anthony again was outstanding in his role of deep lying (goal hanging) striker and with his goals the Legends wrapped it up with a 10-5 win.
The EGM at the White Hart went quite well although the support was nothing to write home about. Perhaps the wrong time of the year or maybe a lack of communication didn't help but we still had a more than decent night. The new landlord at the White Hart, an AFC Wimbledon fan put on a buttie or three and for me his Cumbrian Bitter was a very nice pint indeedy. The lads reckoned it should be a more regular event so we will have to look into that. Still thanks to the boys who turned out on Friday and maybe next time we'll be joined by a few more... 

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Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Rick Westwood
Rick Evans


Chris Anthony
Malc Hough
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Steve Gerrard


Rick Pott
Ron Buttery
Steve Clayton
Chris Garlick
Nigel Caldwell

 

 


Sunday 26th September 2010 : Three teams and a rare old battle we had together in the best possible way. Anthony Graham another new boy on the block made his first appearance and did very well. Not only did he survive a few tongue lashings from Ron but he also showed a clean pair of heals to more than a couple of regular vets, just what we need. Myself, Proudy, Chris Anthony and Chris Todd benefited from the return of Steve Gerrard to complete our squad, the lad hasn't lost his touch although his appearances are dwindling somewhat. Good to have him back though and hopefully the start of a slightly more regular turnout. Three teams were giving it a real go tonight and at the end it was pretty much even stevens. Zsu Zsu has taken to surrounding himself with three pretty quick young runners to combat his aging frame but to my mind this only serves to make the rest of us work harder to keep up. Young Chris Podmore took a right old buffering from the older vets but constantly bounced up and got on with it, more power to his elbow. Nice to see Richard Westwood still enjoying his games with us, buoyed no doubt by the Baggies tremendous win at Arsenal yesterday. With Man City, Bolton and Blackburn also getting good results there were quite a few happy faces down at the Leisure Centre tonight.
Well no footy for me for the next fortnight as I'm off to Icmeler in Turkey with Janice for a couple of weeks of all inclusive gluttony, coupled with some warm climate training and toning exercises. Hopefully the reports will continue if Turkey's Broadband is up to the mark. 


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Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans


Malc Stubbs
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Rick Pott


Ron Buttery
Bud Jackson
Mike Adrio
Nigel Caldwell

Sunday 3rd October 2010 : With Houghie away to sample new cutting edge anti-ageing treatments and Chris Anthony reflecting on another lucky City win, the vets tonight were down two but up 13, as three teams of 4,4 and 5 battled it out for the evening's honours. Mary’s Moaners were able to field their standard squad of Zsu Zsu, Johnboy, Paulo, Ricardo and Chris, and joining Proudy  and Chris Todd were Malc Stubbs and Rick Pott, leaving Nigel Caldwell, Bud Jackson and Mike Adrio to join forces with Ron Buttery. Overall a good evening with no team clearly on top and most matches very tight, apart from the 6-0 drubbing delivered to the Moaners by Proudy’s squad in mid-evening. Once again all benefited from Ronnie’s running commentary, although this was silenced 15 minutes from the end when the hulking scouser retired injured with an Achilles injury, which may keep him out for a bit. Young Chris Podmore also suffered an elbow injury when he was felled whilst rounding Proudy – probably worthy of a yellow card – and Johnboy Goodwin had to endure a brief spell in goal when he was dead-legged during one ferocious skirmish. Whoever did it will no doubt be reminded about it next week.   
Tonight's Teams

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Neil McClelland
Paul Garner



Rick Pott
Steve Gerrard
Mike Adrio
Nigel Caldwell

Sunday 10th October 2010 : Just eight tonight, leading to the usual red-line rule, benches and best to ten games. The remnant Moaners - Zsu Zsu, Chris Podmore, Neil McClelland and Paulo - took on the dazzling ball skills of Mike Adrio, the fierce shooting of Steve Gerrard, the staunch defending of Nigel Caldwell and the rampant running of Rick Pott. Having lost the first match to 3, the Moaners stormed back to win the second before age and general weariness led them to lose 10-6 in the third. The fourth match, with only 12 minutes remaining, was the decider, with the first to 5 being replaced by a Golden Goal as time ebbed away. Fiercely fought, both sides came close before missed shots by Chris and Zsu Zsu bounced back to Neill who gently chipped over the advancing bench to secure victory and even the scores. The only casualty over these hectic 90 minutes was Rick Potts who, true to form, got in the way of a Paulo thunderbolt and had to spend a few minutes staunching his bleeding nose. Overall a bleeding good night.

Two excellent reports from our guest writer - many thanks for keeping the scribbling's coming whilst I was away taking advantage of the higher temperatures in Turkey on my early morning training stints.
Tonight's Players

Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Malc Stubbs
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Rick Pott
Neil McClelland
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough


 

 


Sunday 17th October 2010 : Back in the fray tonight after my trip to Icmeler in Turkey to join ten other vets for what turned out to be a very satisfying ninety minutes. With City playing Blackpool on Sky it wasn't surprising that the numbers were a little light but, if you weren't in it, you missed a blinder. I celebrated my return with two goals from 10 yards inside my own half - has that ever been done before, I don't think so. However, that small feat paled into insignificance with Zsu Zsu Mastin's achievement in reaching the ripe old age of 63 today. He celebrated with more than a few quite special strikes which for a slightly corpulent cockney ex hippie living in semi retirement is quite an accomplishment. Though not quite as quick as he used to be (was he ever?) Keith still has an eye for the killer pass although his feet usually have other idea's. As a fellow master playmaker,  I have to admire how the man who for years filled his body with disgusting pipe smoke can still hack it with much younger players, and, one older one of course. So it's happy birthday to our leader and hopefully, John Goodwin, Ron Buttery, Allah and God willing, the old git from South London will grace the Leisure Centre for many more years yet.
Oh and the football, well as I said it was bloody good tonight and without exception everyone played with great endeavour, non more than Rick Pott who hit the deck like a sack of cement as usual, was smashed in the face and the bollocks with the ball on more than one occasion but, bounced up, dusted himself off and got on with it - a true vet or a glutton for punishment, for me the former!!

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Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Rick Pott
Nigel Caldwell
Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore

John Goodwin
Chris Todd
 

Sunday 24th October 2010 :  With a small fervent number anxious to supplement the poverty wages paid at Eastlands, only 9 vets turned up tonight to remind the world what the game is really about. Four aside with a revolving ref and the benches active between the posts, there was everything you’d want to see – passion, astute ball control, thunderbolts, remarkable misses, skilled team play and advanced knackeredness. We welcomed back Johnboy, now recovered from a leg strain, along with Paulo, Zsu Zsu – celebrating 63 years of playmaking -  the Chris's Podmore and Todd, Nigel, Mike, Rick Pott and Proudy. Star of the night had to be Rick, who played a blinder, never put a foot wrong, ran forever and regularly found the net from all angles. Next week the focus switches to the oft-absent squad assembled by Houghie, with Zsu Zsu taking a well-earned winter break in Lanzarote thinking what could have been if myopia* hadn’t struck in his formative years.

Once again thanks to our guest reporter  -  * myopia is a refractive defect of the eye in which collimated light produces image focus in front of the retina when accommodation is relaxed or in plain English, Blind Cockney Hippie Syndrome
 
Tonight's Players

Neil McClelland
Matt Pink
Rick Pott
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Paul Garner
Malc Stubbs
Chris Podmore
John Goodwin
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 31st October 2010 : Having missed last weeks session to watch my beloved Man City who like yesterday rewarded me with a defeat it was especially good to get back to the Leisure Centre for the weekly fix tonight. Along with 10 other Vets I was able to enjoy a really good work out using Ron's rotation system to great effect. Mostly the games were expeditious and sometimes a little fraught  but always within the limits of fairness and good spirit. Biggest plus of the evening was undoubtedly the return of Matt Pink after his knee problems. Thankfully the lad came through OK and as usual gave us a demonstration of how to put the ball in the back of the net from a plethora of different angles and distances. He wasn't on his own when it came to netting spectacular goals though with Neil McClelland and Chris Todd both finding the net with stunning efforts. Nigel Caldwell still runs around like a 30 year old showing us all how to defend and even managed to whack one in with the help of my left foot. Johnboy Goodwin succumbed to a dodgy leg injury after a pretty decent hour and a bit and took up the referees mantle until suffering a Buttery type barrage from moi,  not clever I know but, after bringing the ball down with my midriff before volleying an unstoppable drive into the top corner maybe, just maybe understandable. Having watched many moons of vets sessions over the years I suppose I should know better but it just goes to show that the passion is still there even in the most laid back games. It's never been any different and in all fairness I hope it still continues as long as we know when to stop! Sorry John, won't happen again or hopefully it won't happen again or, it probably will or, I know and you know and we all know - it's bound to happen again.
Seems Bryn Meredith has finally called it a day and is now upsetting everyone on the golf courses which is a shame as he was a damned good footballer and will be missed (by a few at least). Hopefully some other notable absentees have not called it a day like, young Chris Garlick, part time Stevie Gerrard and Boing Boing Richard Westwood, come on down boys, you don't know what you're missing.

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Tonight's Teams

Neil McClelland
Steve Clayton
Chris Podmore
Mike Adrio

 

Rick Evans
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

Sunday 6th November 2010 : I'm not too sure why tonight's turn out was so low, Zsu Zsu's recuperation trip to Lanzagrottie aside, I thought the bad weather would have had the Leisure Centre bursting at the seams.  Good to see City beat the Baggies this afternoon before making my way down to Hyde Bank Road for the weekly battle of the giffers. We had two teams of four with the benches making an unwelcome return in nets. It's quite amazing how these static lumps of one foot high wooden benches laid across the goals prevent even the simplest of tap ins. I think all the players suffered at the hands of these dummy keepers at one time or another. As for the football, with Zsu Zsu probably gorging himself on the all inclusive fare on offer in his Spanish outpost, the pace of the play was on a higher level than normal. This allowed the games to be fast and slick with Proudy's team winning three of the four first to ten games. Myself and Chris Todd found ourselves scoring the bulk of our goals with Proudy and Rick Evans also in good form. Steve Clayton made another welcome appearance and made his mark in the final game with some very snappy finishes. Looks like Steve may rival Rick Pott in the "hitting the deck" stakes with a number of spectacular tumbles. Neil Mac also had a busy night knocking hell out of the benches in a very busy 90 minutes. Mike Adrio for once went through the whole evening without nut megging anyone, most unusual. New Page next week I think as my mates in Turkey are complaining how long it takes to load up on their 56k modems, can't have that can we....
City v Stretford on Wednesday night so  <<<<<<<COME ON YOU BLUES>>>>>

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