Strollers

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Strollers Tour Team at Weston Super Mare
Barry Madigan, Pat Coyle, Dean Kimber, Kevin O’Brien, Alan McDermott, Brian Litchfield, Mark Coleman
John Campbell, Neal Gordon, Colin Mongul, Jeremy Smith, Roy Kimber

Skipper: Barry Madigan

Player of the Year: Colin Mongul

If England were to ever play an over 50s international tournament then Roy Hodgson could do no better that to commence his selection process by watching a Strollers fixture and studying the array of middle aged talent on display every week in what is best described as ‘post veterans football’.

The squad is firmly based around the famous maxim of there being no substitute for experience and Alan Hansen’s immortal words once uttered on Match of the Day that ‘you will win nothing with just kids’. Consequently the cumulative age total of the players on the pitch will invariably surpass 500 whereas the total number of false teeth that have been temporarily removed for the 90 minutes and left in the dressing room can be even greater.

And what an incredible season we had, 29 fixtures, 2 deserved victories against MMB Vets, a massive 4 draws, numerous narrow defeats, the annual tour to Weston Super Mare now in its 52nd year where we had the only goalless draw in Strollers’ history, a season’s goals tally well into double figures, no opposition managing to score more than 9 goals against us in a single fixture, no training, no sending offs and no emergency calls to the St John’s Ambulance.

There were some fine individual performances.

Colin

Player of the Year was Colin Mongul for his box to box energy showing it’s never too late to get fit and two crucial goals.

 

Roy

 

The ever present Roy Kimber who played in all 29 games.

 

 

Dean

 

Top goal scorer Dean Kimber with 13 goals. Will the Strollers be able to keep hold of him for next season when the big money clubs come knocking?

 

There were also sterling performances from Pat Coyle, Kevin O’Brien, Neville Gray and Adrian Knight in defence, Mo Nilforoushan and Ryan Lamb in midfield, Paul Ireland in goal and Mark Coleman everywhere.

Barry

 

And what of player/manager Barry Madigan? Will Chelsea Vets mount an audacious bid and trigger the buy-out clause in his contract or will the Strollers be lumbered for another season?

 

For the answer to these questions and whether Brian Litchfield, Glen Ward, John Campbell, Ian Mess and Neal Gordon can make comebacks and whether the promised big player acquisitions materialise, roll on September so we can once again excuse ourselves on Saturday from all those boring domestic chores, which is what it’s really all about anyway.

Results

Date

Opposition

Venue

For

Against

29/09/2012

WANDSWORTH

Home

2

2

06/10/2012

BBC

Home

3

4

13/10/2012

TEMPLE BAR

Away

1

1

20/10/2012

MAORI

Away

1

4

27/10/2012

CARSHALTON

Home

1

5

03/11/2012

ECONOMICALS

Away

3

7

10/11/2012

MMB VETS

Away

2

1

17/11/2012

CHELSEA VETS

Away

0

9

24/11/2012

OLD WOKING

Away

Cancelled

01/12/2012

WALTON STROLLERS

Away

0

9

08/12/2012

FENWAY

Home

1

6

15/12/2012

ECONOMICALS

Away

2

5

05/01/2013

BBC

Away

0

6

12/01/2013

TEMPLE BAR

Home

4

5

19/01/2013

WEST END ESHER

Away

Cancelled

26/01/2013

OLD WOKING

Away

Cancelled

02/02/2013

WALTON STROLLERS

Away

0

6

09/02/2013

MMB VETS

Away

2

1

16/02/2013

KEW PARK VETS

Home

0

1

23/02/2013

WEST END ESHER

Home

Cancelled

02/03/2013

KEW PARK VETS

Away

1

6

09/03/2013

CARSHALTON

Away

0

6

16/03/2013

OLD TIFFS VETS

Home

2

6

23/03/2013

CHELSEA VETS

Home

0

8

06/04/2013

FENWAY

Home

1

1

13/04/2013

MAORI

Home

1

3

20/04/2013

WANDSWORTH BORO

Home

0

2

27/04/2013

MAORI

Home

1

3

04/05/2013

DAUNCEYS WESTON

Away

0

0

Appearances

ROY KIMBER

29

DEAN KIMBER

26

MOHAMMED NILFOROUSHAN

27

BARRY MADIGAN

25

PAT COYLE

24

COLIN MONGUL

22

KEVIN O’BRIEN

22

PAUL IRELAND

22

NEVILLE GRAY

21

ADRIAN KNIGHT

21

MARK COLEMAN

20

MICHAEL MCNICHOLAS

18

CLIFF HARPER

14

DAVID PEIRCE

13

PAUL WILKINSON

13

RYAN LAMB

12

Goal Scorers

DEAN KIMBER

13

MOHAMMED NILFOROUSHAN

4

COLIN MONGUL

2

HUGH GALLAGHER

2

PAUL IRELAND

1

NEVILLE GRAY

1

ADRIAN KNIGHT

1

RYAN LAMB

1

MICHAEL MCNICHOLAS

1

JULIAN GROVES

1

MO CHICHARRO

1

PETER BROOKS

1

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