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Northop Hall Old Boys 2008/09 Season

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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 2014-15 fixture list

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NOVEMBER 2014
Old Boys generosity backfires spectacularly
Sefton too strong second time round
Clean sheet the platform for narrow victory
Sefton to visit again to fill November fixture gap
Wirral too good as defensive absences prove costly

OCTOBER 2014
Busy December in store for the "Older" Boys
Sparky at the double as Dee Rangers are held
Shotton game off as Old Boys fail to raise a team
Ton-up for Kieran and Mel
Rossett have edge in rainstorms
Eifion on the road to recovery
Barnes double in vain as Upton fight back for draw

SEPTEMBER 2014
Tattenhall to make first visit in December
Gaz and Daz the difference in hard fought draw
Gourmet Jane becomes Mrs Holden
Sefton fill the gap
Trip to St Mary's postponed
Supersub Darren secures first win of the season
Halkyn edge out Old Boys as Nomads win the Shield

AUGUST 2014
Nomads progress to Charity final after feisty affair
Congratulations to ...
It's a local derby semi final for the Charity Shield

JULY 2014
AGM - Phil is the new Elder statesman and Mel steps up
Annual General Meeting 15-07-2014

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OLD BOYS GENEROSITY BACKFIRES SPECTACULARLY

In an attempt to get the game with Warrington Croft on, faced with their opponents being woefully short of numbers, the Old Boys suffered a 7-0 defeat to a team that ended up with several under-age players and John Edmunds and Steve Buckley from their own side. With a stand-in keeper and an even worse performance than the previous week's poor effort against Sefton, the home side were probably sorry they didn't call off the match. At least those who did play got plenty of match time. A very brief match report will be posted later.

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SEFTON TOO STRONG SECOND TIME ROUND

Sefton's second visit of the season to Northop Hall filled a gap in the fixture list but did little for home morale as the Old Boys were comprehensively beaten 6-1, and but for keeper Gaz Pringle it would have been a lot worse too on a below-par day. Click here for a brief match report.

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CLEAN SHEET THE PLATFORM FOR NARROW VICTORY

A rare shutout by the Old Boys defence laid the foundations for a narrow win over Woolton Veterans, a tight game as usual against them, settled by a solitary early goal from 'Sparky' Ray. Click here for a brief match report.

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SEFTON TO VISIT AGAIN TO FILL NOVEMBER FIXTURE GAP

The fixture list is now complete to the end of the year as Sefton Veterans were looking to fill empty dates for themselves and have agreed to return to Northop Hall on November 15th for a second time this season. The first encounter was a terrific game, played in excellent spirit and ending with a 2-2 draw. A return match in Liverpool has been arranged for March 28th next year. The Sefton game being at home means there will be 3 successive matches at Northop Hall from November 8th when Woolton are also due to make the journey from Merseyside.

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WIRRAL TOO GOOD AS DEFENSIVE ABSENCES PROVE COSTLY

A shortage of defensive cover contributed to the Old Boys being well beaten 5-1 at Wirral Veterans, although there were a number of promising moves in the first half that suggested that things should improve in the coming weeks. Click here for the match report.

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BUSY DECEMBER IN STORE FOR "OLDER" BOYS

After the success of the "oldies" game with Rossett at the end of last season, two more fixtures have been arranged before the end of the year, ironically on successive Tuesday evenings in December, both under the floodlights at Bebington Oval. St Mary's from Liverpool will provide the first opposition on December 9th, with a rematch against Rossett the following week (16th) for the over 48's to specifically battle it out in their own age group for a change. Both games are due to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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SPARKY AT THE DOUBLE AS DEE RANGERS ARE HELD

A brace of equalisers from Mark 'Sparky' Ray helped to peg back Dee Rangers and earn a deserved 2-2 draw for the Old Boys on their return to action. Click here for the match report.

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SHOTTON GAME OFF AS OLD BOYS FAIL TO RAISE A TEAM

An unprecedented number of absentees has left the Old Boys without a team for Saturday's game at Shotton Steel, the second time we have had to call off a game this season for lack of numbers. It looks as if a recruitment drive is needed again. If anyone is interested in joining us or knows someone who is, please let us know.

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TON UP FOR KIERAN AND MEL

The home game with Rossett marked the 100th appearances for Northop Hall Old Boys for two of the club's stalwarts, Kieran Whelan and Mel Barnes, who have both been with the club since it's inception seven years ago. For Mel, it was sadly one of his shortest appearances as a heel injury forced him out of the game just 2 minutes in. He'll be hoping to be back in action very soon to add to his overall tally of 21 goals. Kieran's appearances have been more limited over the past few seasons having moved out of the area, but he still provides a dominating presence when he's available. They become the 12th & 13th players to achieve the century milestone, a continuing credit to the commitment of many within the squad.

Kieran Whelan & Mel Barnes - 100 appearances

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ROSSETT HAVE EDGE IN RAINSTORMS

Torrential rain and hailstones at the start and middle of the home game with Rossett left the pitch puddled and difficult, but the two teams produced an exciting game that the visitors edged by 5 goals to 4, 'Sparky' Ray's second goal of the game producing an exciting finish. Click here for the match report.

Water water everywhere!

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EIFION ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Club sponsor Eifion Jones is making progress in his recovery from a broken ankle sustained at "Goals" in Chester pre-season. He is now out of plaster and in a "soft boot" and beginning the long road to fitness. All at the club wish him well.

Eifion Jones

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BARNES DOUBLE IN VAIN AS UPTON FIGHT BACK

Mel Barnes two goals helped the Old Boys to a 3-1 leads after half time but Upton pegged it back to 3-3 despite more heroics from keeper Gaz Pringle. Click here for the match report.

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TATTENHALL TO MAKE FIRST VISIT IN DECEMBER

Tattenhall Veterans, who we played in Dublin last May as part of the Social Soccer International Veterans Tournament and spent time with off the pitch over that weekend, will provide the opposition for our home game on Saturday, December 6th. It seems likely that they won't be attending next year's tournament which has now been moved to the beginning of June, whilst the Old Boys will also soon be looking at their options for our spring tour, so it will be good to have a game with them in the regular season. The squads from May are pictured below.

Northop Hall Old Boys & Tattenhall Vets in Dublin, May 2014

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GAZ AND DAZ THE DIFFERENCE IN HARD FOUGHT DRAW

Sefton Veterans provided excellent opposition in the hastily arranged game to fill the fixture gap and thanks to Gaz Pringle's heroics in the home goal and two more goals from leading scorer Darren Brierley and a really good team performance all round, the game finished with a very creditable 3-3 draw. Click here for the match report.

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GOURMET JANE BECOMES MRS HOLDEN

Many congratulations to Jane and Keith on their recent marriage, from all at Northop Hall Old Boys FC. Jane is our favorite gourmet and looks after us and our visiting teams after each home game with top notch cuisine that means we never have a problem attracting fixtures each season. All the very best to you both. (Photo: Dave Henrys Photography)

Jane & Keith Holden

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SEFTON FILL THE GAP

Sefton Veterans will pay their first visit to north Wales on September 27th to fill a gap in the fixture list having lost their opposition for the same day. Having had to pull out of the trip to St Mary's the previous week, this offers the opportunity to get back playing again quickly rather than having a 2 week break.

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TRIP TO ST.MARY'S POSTPONED

The road trip to St Mary's in Liverpool, due to take place on September 20th, has had to be postponed as key absences in personnel have left us with insufficient players to raise a team. Manager Dave Henrys and Assistant Manager Mel Barnes are both unavailable, as are a number of others due to work commitments, whilst injuries have accounted for several more. We will try and rearrange the game for later in the season. There are still no opponents for the following week 27th September which is a scheduled home game with all facilities available if we can find somebody to play against.

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SUPERSUB DARREN SECURES FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

An excellent defensive performance was the platform for the Old Boys first victory of the new season as Eastham were narrowly defeated by the odd goal in three. All-time top scorer Darren Brierley was limited to a 10 minute cameo appearance at the end of the game, but it was long enough to bag the winner after Mark 'Sparky' Ray's first half free kick equaliser. Click here for match report.

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HALKYN EDGE OUT OLD BOYS AS NOMADS WIN SHIELD

A much improved performance from the Old Boys wasn't enough to beat Halkyn and secure 3rd place in this year's Charity Shield, the visitors holding out for a 4-2 win. Click here for match report.

In the final, Rhewl were once again taken to penalties thanks to a last gasp equaliser by Northop Hall Nomads that tied the game up one apiece after 90 minutes. Nomads keeper, former Old Boy Wilton Evans scored the decisive spot-kick after Rhewl missed 2 penalties of their own.

Photos below show the teams lining up before the games and Nomads captain Nigel Edwards receiving the trophy form Dave Henrys

Northop hall Old Boys v Halkyn Northop hall Nomads v Rhewl Nigel Edwards - Northop Hall Nomads captain


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NOMADS PROGRESS TO CHARITY FINAL AFTER FEISTY AFFAIR

Northop Hall Nomads hung on to claim the first bragging rights of the season after a 3-2 derby win over the Old Boys in the 'In Vogue' Northop Hall Veterans Charity Shield semi-final. The game was marred by some niggly ongoing feuds that eventually saw a player from each side being sent off. Darren Brierley and debutant Nigel Reid were on target for the Old Boys who also scored two of the Nomads goals for them. Click here for match report.

Rhewl beat Halkyn on penalties in the other game after a 2-2 draw on 90 minutes. Next week will see the Old Boys play Halkyn to decide 3rd place (2:00 pm k.o.) with Northop Hall Nomads v Rhewl in the final (2:30 k.o.), both games again taking place at Northop Hall Pavilion followed by presentations at The Boars Head on Village Road.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ...

Many congratulations to Darren Gatehouse and partner Rhian on the birth of baby daughter Lily Rae. Also, Craig Mac has become a married man, congratulations to him and Kate too.

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IT'S A LOCAL DERBY SEMI FINAL FOR THE CHARITY SHIELD

The draw for this season's curtain opener the traditional Charity Shield has thrown together the two Northop Hall sides, with the Old Boys out of the hat first as the home team. Both semi final games will take place at the Northop Hall Pavilion on Saturday August 30th, Halkyn v Rhewl kicks off at 2:00 p.m., the Old Boys v Nomads game at 2:30 p.m. The final and 3rd/4th place game will be the following Saturday, also at Northop Hall.


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AGM - PHIL IS THE NEW ELDER STATESMAN AND MEL STEPS UP

Phil Elder was voted in as the Club's new Chairman at this year's Annual General Meeting, with Mel Barnes appointed to the new role of Vice-Chairman. Phil and Mel have both had a long association with vets football in Northop Hall, previously members of the Veterans team that existed until 2008 and both founder members of the Old Boys when it succeeded the Veterans that year.

Mel has also been made Assistant Manager to Dave Henrys, who is likely to miss a few more games through work commitments next season. Darren Brierley who steered the club to its first Sealand Cup final this year will be tasked with running the team again next April & May on the same basis.

Other decisions taken include a rise in the annual subscription from 12 to 15 per player for the coming season, which will help fund a new kit for the season and new training jackets (match fees and 6-a-side fees will remain at 3 each). Eifion Jones has kindly agreed to continue sponsorship through Green Thumb towards the kit costs. Following the successful tour to Dublin last May it was agreed to return next May if the tournament is run again and we receive an invite.

Fixtures are filling up nicely and will be supplemented by several midweek "oldies" games during the season with Rossett, Tattenhall and St Marys all expressing interest in games. Wednesday 20th and 27th of August are both earmarked for pre-season friendlies (details in due course).

Finally Declan Hickey was thanked for continuing refereeing for us and one the first duties for new Chairman Phil Elder was to present a golf voucher to Declan as a token of appreciation (pictured below)

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 15/07/2014

The Club's 2014 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday July 15th at Northop Hall Cricket Club starting at 7:45 p.m. Nominations in advance are welcomed for the positions of Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer (especially Chairman as Phil Southern is stepping down after 6 years in the hotseat). The positions of manager and assistant manager will also be reviewed by the Committee at the meeting. The full agenda can be found by clicking here. All are welcome to attend, just confirm with Dave Henrys that you will be attending as the cricket club need numbers.

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