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Welcome to the web pages of Northop Hall Old Boys (over-35's veterans) Football Club, lovers of the beautiful game who put their ageing bodies on the line each week to satisfy that desire (and in a vain attempt to keep middle-age spread at bay!)

NOTE TO OPPONENTS & POTENTIAL OPPONENTS:- We are NOT interested in playing against under-35's in regular season. Please don't even think about fielding "youngsters" against us !!

Click here to view the 2015-16 fixture list

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FEBRUARY 2016
Keeper heroics earns hard-fought draw on return to action

JANUARY 2016
Ruthin cancellation makes it 2 months without a game
Eastham off - Dublin ON
Still no let up, Upton game the latest casualty
Frodsham game off
Early twin surprise for Craig & Liz
New year, same old weather problems
Happy 60th Pete Dessington

DECEMBER 2015
Water water everywhere, so Convocation game off
Weather causes Rhewl cancellation

NOVEMBER 2015
Joyless day in Liverpool sees a thrashing in the rain
Northop Hall survive late Rhewl comeback to win 5-4
Honours even with Woolton in soaking conditions
Old Boys back with a bang at Upton

OCTOBER 2015
Player shortage leads to second successive away cancellation
Late comeback in vain in mistake-riddled defeat to Rossett
Dave's 200th delayed by Shotton postponement
Lacklustre display leads to second successive defeat
Wirral pinch late win as unbeaten run is ended
Old Boys dazzle under the Buckley lights

SEPTEMBER 2015
Sefton thwarted as Pringle saves help keep run going
Five up at Eastham keeps unbeaten start going
Ton-up Darren celebrates with derby double to clinch win
Flintshire Leader covers the Charity Shield
Another 200 in the charity pot as Old Boys regain Charity Shield
Scott's the new Daddy!
Charity Shield efforts attract the local press

AUGUST 2015
Charity Shield Draw
Three team format announced for 2015 Charity Shield
Brierley hat-trick in season opener draw at Mostyn

JULY 2015
Changes afoot from Annual General Meeting
Mel Barnes is the new manager of Northop Hall Old Boys FC

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KEEPER HEROICS EARNS HARD FOUGHT DRAW ON RETURN TO ACTION

The Old Boys finally retook the field after an unprecedented 2 month weather break, although it needed a switch of venue to Shotton's ground to get the game on. The reward was an enthralling 3-3 draw with a backs to the wall performance by Northop Hall that had them ahead right up to the last minute, thanks in no small part to keeper Gaz Pringle after a brace from Darren Brierley and a 20 yarder from Rich Millington had opened up a first half lead rather against the run of play. Click here for a brief match report.

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RUTHIN CANCELLATION MAKES IT 2 MONTHS WITHOUT A GAME

As the rain continues day by day to blight this part of the season another early call-off, this time for the away game at Ruthin, leaves us without an 11-a-side fixture for an unprecedented 2 whole months, the last game being November 28th at SMA in Liverpool (a ridiculous wet day there too). The whole of December and January have now been lost and there is currently no end in sight. Pnce again, Goals at Chester is the option for Saturday afternoon to get us out of the house and keeping fitness levels up a bit.

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EASTHAM OFF, DUBLIN ON

It's Goals Chester again as the home game with Eastham becomes the latest in an increasingly long line of cancelled fixtures due to the sustained period of wet weather. Even an attempt to switch to Eastham's 3G pitch proved fruitless as everyone else looks for a pitch to play on and the 3G's get booked up quickly.

Better news from Dublin where the announcement has been made by our friends at Wild Geese FC to run the "Social Soccer" tournament again that we have attended the last 2 years. This tournament traditionally runs on Champions League Final weekend, this year being May 27th-29th. We've already got a good sized touring party signed up but there's space for a few more players yet as we attempt to have a large enough squad for a change! Contact Dave Henrys for more for details or see their website www.socialsoccer.ie for more information.

Social Soccer 2016

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STILL NO LET UP, UPTON GAME THE LATEST CASUALTY

And still it rains! An early call off for the home game with Upton on January 16th, the latest to fall victim to the soggy conditions. Goals Chester continue to do good business off us this winter as we strive for fitness!

And still the rain comes down!

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FRODSHAM GAME OFF

Still no sign of a dry spell and until then there's no sign of getting a game on in the foreseeable future, the fixture scheduled for Frodsham on the 9th is the latest to fall victim to the wettest spell we've seen for some time.

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EARLY TWIN SURPRISE FOR CRAIG AND LIZ

Many congratulations to Craig & Liz Jones on the unscheduled arrival of their twin daughters over the Christmas period. The girls who have been given the names Madelyn Hope & Emelia Faith have arrived an amazing 15 weeks early and will need incubation and specialist care for some time. Meanwhile, all friends and team-mates at Northop Hall Old Boys send our best wishes to all the family and hope everything goes well.

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NEW YEAR, SAME OLD WEATHER

Happy New Year to you all. Unfortunately 2016 has continued with no let up in the wet weather forcing the cancellation of the local derby with Northop Hall Nomads on the 2nd. The turkey and mince pies will have to wait a bit longer to be run off!

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HAPPY 60th PETE DESSINGTON

Double celebration on New Year's Eve as Pete Dessington joined the "sexagenarian" club, celebrating his 60th birthday. Pete has been involved with the Old Boys since we reformed in 2008 and previously for a number of years with the now defunct Northop Hall Veterans, continuing to set a marvellous example to those two thirds his age. He joins John Edmunds in the '60' club, one that very few in football, even at veterans level, get to join. Congratulations!

Pete Dessington - sexagenarian!

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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE, SO CONVOCATION GAME OFF

With the UK continuing to be deluged, particularly here in the north west, the home game with Liverpool Convocation fell victim, the pitches at the Pavilion deemed to be on the verge of unplayable and persistent rain and high winds forecast for the afternoon, the early call off of the game at least saved the opposition a long, fruitless journey. With no game now until next year, the Old Boys have ended up limping into the end of the year on a bit of a damp squib. Let's hope 2016 brings some relief!

Water, Water Everywhere!!

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WEATHER FORCES RHEWL CANCELLATION

Days of rain left the Rhewl ground unplayable and forced the cancellation of December's opening fixture. Looking at what hit Cumbria, it could have been a lot worse!

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JOYLESS DAY IN LIVERPOOL SEES A THRASHING IN THE RAIN

Having only just beaten the weather to get the game on at SMA, a patched up Old Boys squad produced a dismal display in the constant rain against a good opponent who took full advantage to win 7-0, and didn't need the extra help they got from a joyless referee who managed to suck the last dregs of enjoyment from the game. One to forget about and move quickly on! Click here for a brief match report.

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NORTHOP HALL SURVIVE LATE RHEWL COMEBACK TO WIN 5-4

The Old Boys gave Rhewl Veterans a two-goal start before dominating to get ahead 5-2 in the second half. However, a late rally from the visitors saw them pull two goals back and only a penalty save and a fine low tip round the post from keeper Gaz Pringle kept out the equaliser. Click here for a brief match report.

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HONOURS EVEN WITH WOOLTON IN SOAKING CONDITIONS

After last week's problems with the low sun at Upton, it couldn't have been more contrasting in the cold rain at Northop Hall where a 1-1 draw with Woolton was about the right result in the conditions, although once again there were a number of squandered chances to add to Richard Millington's third goal of the season. Click here for a brief match report.

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OLD BOYS BACK WITH A BANG AT UPTON

Following three successive defeats, Northop Hall produced an excellent response at Upton Magnets to record a 4-0 victory, all the goals in the first half. The scoreline and clean sheet only tells part of the story though, with a whole host of further chances squandered including a missed penalty that could have seen a cricket score posted. In a game of two halves influenced by a low sun, Upton were denied by some solid defending and particularly in the second half by Gaz Pringle in the Old Boys goal including a penalty save of his own. Click here for a brief match report.

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PLAYER SHORTAGE LEADS TO SECOND SUCCESSIVE AWAY CANCELLATION

The second away trip on the bounce has been cancelled due to a shortage of playing personnel, just seven names in the frame for the visit to St Marys in Liverpool, a similar number to the scheduled Shotton game a fortnight earlier. Again, a mixture of injuries, holidays and work commitments were the main causes. Hopefully, with half term out of the way, some of those problems will end and we will be able to fulfill our remaining fixtures from now on, starting with the visit to Upton next Saturday (kick off 2:00 p.m.)

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LATE COMEBACK IN VAIN IN MISTAKE RIDDLED DEFEAT TO ROSSETT

The Old Boys came back from three goals down to almost snatch a late draw in a 5-4 home defeat to Rossett Veterans, a poor game that saw too many mistakes to be a classic. Mike 'Saucy' Salusbury proved deadly from a yard out to score twice. Click here for a brief match report.

Former player-manager Dave Henrys finally made his 200th appearance for Northop Hall Old Boys, playing the last hour of the game (pictured with team mates below).

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DAVE'S 200th DELAYED BY SHOTTON POSTPONEMENT

A shortage of players, mainly due to injury and work commitments, led to the cancellation of last week's game at Shotton Steel, a fixture that would have been the 200th appearance for Northop Hall Old Boys for former player-manager Dave Henrys. In just over 7 seasons since his first game in 2008, Dave has missed just 26 of the Club's 225 fixtures, a testament as much to the commitment required to be manager of the team as anything else. There are 15 players that have notched up 100+ games in the intervening years, but hopefully the home fixture with Rossett on October 23rd will see him become the inaugural member of the 200 club. Kick off at the Pavilion is at 2:00 p.m.

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LACKLUSTRE DISPLAY LEADS TO SECOND SUCCESSIVE DEFEAT

A below-par performance at home to Chester Nomads 6ths eventually led to a 2-0 defeat, the second loss on the run and the first goalless result of the season. With an unusually low number of chances created, it never really looked like being anything other for the Old Boys today. Click here for a brief match report.

After the match, leading goalscorer Darren Brierley was presented by manager Mel Barnes with a commemorative trophy to mark his 100 appearances for the club which he recently notched up (pictured below).

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WIRRAL PINCH LATE WIN AS UNBEATEN RUN IS ENDED

The second game in less than 24 hours saw the Old Boys unbeaten start to the season brought to an end by a controversial late free kick goal, after a gutsy effort from some very tired players. With greater composure in front of goal, Darren Brierley and Rich Millington's goals would have been added to and we may have been looking at a different result. Click here for a brief match report.

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OLD BOYS DAZZLE UNDER THE BUCKLEY LIGHTS

A fabulous first half performance gave the Old Boys a 3-0 half time lead at Buckley on a Friday night special under the floodlights, but it turned around in the second half and the visitors were thankful again to keeper Gaz Pringle for a string of fine saves, including a penalty, that kept the final score to 3-1. Click here for a brief match report.

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SEFTON THWARTED AS PRINGLE SAVES HELP KEEP RUN GOING

The unbeaten run goes on after a battling 2-2 draw at home to Sefton Veterans who were unlucky not to leave with the win, only a man of the match performance from keeper Gaz Pringle and a huge slice of luck denying them a late winner. Click here for a brief match report.

The team lined up pre-match for the first group photo in this year's kit - see below.

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FIVE UP AT EASTHAM KEEPS UNBEATEN START GOING

Northop Hall remain unbeaten at the start of the season after a convincing 5-2 victory at Eastham. A solid defensive performance was the foundation for a second half flurry of goals to add to Darren Molyneux's first half stunner, Darren Brierley (2), Richard Millington and Scott Telford on target. Click here for a brief match report.

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TON UP DARREN CELEBRATES WITH DERBY DOUBLE TO CLINCH WIN

Striker Darren Brierley made his 100th appearance for the Old Boys and scored both goals in a man of the match performance that gave new manager Mel Barnes a first win, a 2-1 defeat of local rivals Northop Hall Nomads. On the day he collected the Golden Boot for being top scorer last season, Daz's brace took him to a remarkable 111 goals in those 100 games. Click here for a brief match report.
Gaz Pringle and Nick Harris also collected their Player of the Season and Wednesday Player of the Season awards before the game as the Old Boys unveiled their new blue and black striped kit for the first time (as modelled by Mike Salusbury below!) - see gallery for award presentation photos.

Darren Brierley - 100 appearances Saucy models the new 2015/2016 kit

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FLINTSHIRE LEADER COVERS THE CHARITY SHIELD

The Flintshire Leader who had a photographer at the Pavilion on Saturday carried the story of the Charity Shield on page 3 of their edition of 7 September, excellent publicity for us! Click on the photo below to see the whole article.

Leader article 07/09/15

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ANOTHER 200 IN THE POT AS OLD BOYS REGAIN CHARITY SHIELD

A last minute equaliser from new manager Mel Barnes against Northop Hall Nomads ensured top place in the round-robin for this year's Charity Shield tournament for Northop Hall Old Boys. Having narrowly defeated Mostyn Veterans 2-1 in the opening game with goals from Darren Molyneux & Mark 'Sparky' Ray, several of the Old Boys made up the numbers for a woefully under-strengthed Nomads team who in turn lost 3-1 to Mostyn to set up an intriguing final game. With Mostyn now making up the numbers for last year's winners Nomads, all permutations were still possible as Nomads took a 2-0 second half lead with an unfortunate Karl Millington own goal. With time running out and so many chances having gone begging, Sparky finally pulled a goal back before providing the corner kick that Mel Barnes rose to head home the decisive equaliser from late on.

Most importantly the 200+ raised tops up the charity fund to a nice total of 500, which will be presented in due course to our nominated charities including 'Save The Family'. Well done all three teams for their efforts. Photo below shows Mel Barnes, watched by Old Boys team mates, receiving the Charity Shield from Nomads manager Pete Dolman.

Mel Barnes receives 2015 Charity Shield

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SCOTT'S THE NEW DADDY!

Many congratulations to Scott Telford and wife Vicky on the birth of their (as yet unnamed) baby boy, weighing in at a very healthy 8lb 11oz, the latest in a long line of babies born to our Old Boys over the past few years. Mother and baby are reported to be doing well and everyone at the Club sends them all our best wishes.

Vicky & Scott Telford


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CHARITY SHIELD EFFORTS ATTRACT THE LOCAL PRESS

Our press release on the Charity Shield has been picked up by the Flintshire Leader, appearing in the Thursday 3 September issue. We hope to have a press photographer at the event on Saturday to maximise publicity going forward.

Leader article 03/09/15

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CHARITY SHIELD DRAW

The 2015 Charity Shield matches on Saturday, September 5th will take place as follows:-

1:00 p.m. Mostyn Veterans v. Northop Hall Old Boys
2:05 p.m. Northop Hall Nomads v. Mostyn Veterans
3:10 p.m. Northop Hall Old Boys v. Northop Hall Nomads

A reminder that each game will be 50 minutes (25 minutes each way)


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THREE TEAM FORMAT FOR 2015 CHARITY SHIELD

The 2015 Charity Shield matches will all be played on Saturday, September 5th at the Pavilion, between Northop Hall Old Boys, holders Northop Hall Nomads and newcomers Mostyn Veterans. This year's format will see a round-robin of 50 minute games between each of the teams (2 games each of 25 mins each way) commencing at 1:00 p.m. with the overall winner decided by who tops the league table at the end. It will be 5 to play for each of the players taking part plus a raffle in the Boar's Head (top monkey) afterwards. Money raised will be added to the 269 raised at last year's event and 51 from the raffle at the Old Boys Presentation Night in June. By the end we should have a combined total in excess of 500 for our nominated charities. All support is welcomed.

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BRIERLEY HAT-TRICK IN SEASON OPENER DRAW AT MOSTYN

Mel Barnes' first game in charge of the Old Boys saw a first visit to Mostyn Veterans that should have given him an opening win, Darren Brierley's third goal putting Northop Hall 3-1 up in the second half, but despite the heroics of stand-in keeper Matt Torgersen, the home side hit back to level late on. However, a catalogue of missed opportunities earlier in the game should have been enough for victory. Click here for a brief match report.


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CHANGES AFOOT FROM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday June 30th at Northop Hall Cricket Club. The following decisions were made, many at the direction of the new management regime but also being mindful that a reduction in the number of players making themselves available for matches last season had significantly reduced and had a knock-on effect on the club's finances (further details will be posted online in due course).

Phil Elder was reappointed as Chairman for a second term, with Dave Henrys to continue in an administrative role as Secretary/Treasurer. Mel Barnes was appointed manager of the club for 2015/16 (see below).

A majority vote decided on a major change to the financing arrangements for season fees/match fees/kit and laundry. Annual subscriptions for the coming season will be set at 30.00 which will cover pitch fees and the provision of a new kit (shirt, shorts and socks) which each player who joins up will be allocated and will be responsibile for keeping laundered and provided for wear on match-days. The annual subs will have to be paid (or monthly payments set up - see below) before a player receives any kit. (This does not apply to the "Supervets" team who will still have kit provided on match day.)

Individual match fees will rise to 5.00 per game for the new season. However, the committee decided to introduce a discount incentive for anyone who pays for the season in total up front at the start of the season (this will be a one-off payment of 100.00 including annual subs) and for anyone who signs up to pay a fixed monthly sum over the course of the season (which will be set at 10.00 per month inc. annual subs - 120.00 per annum). There will be no refund if a player misses any games. The changes are intended to make the collection of money every week easier and hopefully guarantee a larger income over the season.

Fees for the 6-a-side at Flint will remain at 3.00 while that facility continues to be used. However, the club has declared its intention to try and move to the new 4G pitches at Connahs Quay High School when they are built.

Following the huge success of the tour to Dublin last month for the Social Soccer international tournament, it was agreed to canvas votes from players at the start of the season for going agin next year if the event is run, thereby allowing more time for fundraising and booking accommodation and travel.

Finally Declan Hickey was again thanked for continuing to referee for us last season and was presented with some golf-themed gifts as a token of appreciation (pictured below receiving them from Phil Elder & Mel Barnes)

Mel Barnes, Declan Hickey and Phil Elder


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MEL BARNES IS THE NEW MANAGER OF NORTHOP HALL OLD BOYS FC

The Club's 2015 Annual General Meeting unanimously approved the change of club manager for the coming 2015/16 season following the decision of Dave Henrys to step down after 7 years in charge. Mel Barnes (pictured below), who has been with the veterans side in Northop Hall for more than 15 years and was a founder member of the Old Boys incarnation in 2007, will take over the running of the team, assisted by fellow-stalwarts Darren Molyneux and Pete Dessington. The change was well-known and just waiting to be ratified by the club committee, with Mel having already taken charge of the team in Dublin last month in readiness as well as preparing next season's fixtures which are now on the website.

Dave, who was thanked again for his previous service, was appointed to the new role of manager of the "Supervets" (currently the over-50's with a year or two discretion), who will be looking for monthly midweek fixtures through the season. Steve Buckley will be his assistant.

Mel Barnes - new manager of Northop Hall Old Boys FC

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