It is not just the AFC Didsbury lads that love a chippy tea at their sponsor's, Fosters Fish & Chips, in Didsbury... Manchester City full-back, Pablo Zabaleta, also appears to have great taste and is planning to take his old pal, Lionel Messi, along when Barcelona visit the Etihad Stadium in the last 16 of the Champions League this week.
Name: Matt Harrison
AKA: @mattyhazza, memph
Wants to play like: Zlatan
Actually plays like: Emile (someone has to
do it now Quaye has gone)
Previous Clubs: Bransty Strikers, Bransty Rangers, Workington Reds Reserves, Jesus-Waffle-Bike, Brescia Bearcats, University of Manchester, Didsbury Dynamos.
Best performance: Soldier Tom, lead role in 'The Tinderbox', Year 6, Bransty Primary School
Worst performance: Probably first attempted shag on mates bathroom floor. it was high-pressure sitch and I was fairly unsure of exactly what to do
Career Highlight: I literally got coached by Giggsy, Ole and GNev at Carrington
This is me and Ry. I'm touching him in the hope that greatness rubs off. Thats
not a euphamism.
This is me and Ole. Can you believe I'm almost half his age? He is so youthful.
Aims for the season: Being a forward, I suppose I should try and get my goal tally above 1
Trademark Skill: Flick-ons, make sure your gambling in behind
"Train insane or remain the same"
"First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.”
Zlatan on how to shake off Stephan Henchoz
Lifelong Ambition: To only work 6 months of the year, but get paid as though I've worked 12
Sponsored by: Pele
Best Looking: arse: Pav, abs: Pav, face: definantely not Pav (probably Kieran Mac)
Hardest: Jimmy Leights or Whiteley. No coincidence that they are both salesmen.
Most likely to: Take the warm up
Most skilful teammate: Mike 'the unassuming darleck' Corbs
Want to see on the team sheet: Corbs, takes on a lot of goal scoring responsibility and means I can concentrate on my 'trademark skill'
Favourite Fixture: MUSC, always tough, you earn anything you get from those games
Undervalued/Overvalued: Post-game showers/Andy Carroll
What the manager thinks:
- Matty Harrison once kicked a horse in the chin, its decendants are known today as giraffes
- Matty Harrison's list of fears:
What Jimmy thinks: "Its an absolute pleasure and not to mention an honour to have worked with Matt on the training ground. He makes me wish I could go back and do it all again" *
Over the course of this season, we are going to help raise money for Wood Street Mission. This is a registered children’s charity and whose focus remains unchanged throughout our history. They are here to help alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families.
As a club, we have made the decision to donate all of our proceeds taken from our Christmas party to this very worthy cause.
Our event will take place on Friday 6 December and will be held at The Clubhouse (Ford Lane, Didsbury). If anyone would like to come along to this, tickets are priced at £10 and there will be a strict Chistmas Jumper policy on the door! We have a Karaoke DJ booked so this is sure to be an entertaining evening and will hopefully help us raise lots of cash. For tickets, please send an email to email@example.com or you can tweet us at @AFCDidsbury.
A big thank you goes to Didsbury Sports Ground Limited for allowing us to hold the party at the newly refurbished venue and also to our sponsors, Fosters Fish
& Chips, who will be providing food for the event.
If you are busy on this date but would still like help, there are many ways in which you can do so. We are currently looking for people to donate prizes for our raffle or provide gifts to help our contribution to the Children at Christmas Appeal (see below) so please get in touch. If you would prefer to make a cash donation, you can do so by visiting the Wood Street Mission website, using the link at the top of this page.
Having already begun to enjoy our new home pitch at Ford Lane, the lads are now looking forward to celebrating their home wins with a pint. The new clubhouse is due to open on Sunday 27 October and here are some pictures of the newly refurbished bar area.
A massive congratulations to our captain, John Battersby and his wife-to-be, Anna Barnard, on their recent enagement.
All the best from all your pals at AFC Didbsury x
JA Kennedy Cup Draw
First Preliminary Round:
Old Ashburnians v The Drum
Second Preliminary Round:
Inter Mancs v Celta
Davyhulme Park v Halton Juniors
Parkway Dynamos v Manchester CC
Motown v Moss Side
Mancunian Wave v Lass O’Gowrie Reserves
AFC Didsbury v West Point City
Fallowfield v Urmston Town
MUSC v St Johns
Lass O’Gowrie v Gorton Villa
Nello James v Withington Victoria
Broadway Rovers v Manchester Falcons
Stretford Victoria v Chorlton Irish
The following teams have byes:
Sierra Stars, Atletico Chorlton, Cheadle Hulme Albion, Levenshulme Boys, River Plate Reds, Turnpike Pirates, Urmston Meadowside Warriors, Woodsend Athletic, Fallowfield United, Man United Ability Counts, MUSC Reserves, MVFC, Old Ashburnians/The Drum, Recreativo Rusholme, Urmston Mens, Albert 1874, Chorlton Athletic, Davyhulme Park Reserves, GM Hurricanes, Greenpark United
John Old Cup
Chorlton Athletic v Halton Juniors
Fallowfield United v Manchester Falcons
MVFC v West Point City
GM Hurricanes v Old Ashburnians
Sierra Stars v MUSC Reserves
MUSC v Mancunian Wave
River Plate Reds v Fallowfield
Motown v Inter Mancs
Davyhulme Park v St Johns
Gorton Villa v Davyhulme Park Reserves
Recreativo Rushholme v Turnpike Pirates
Withington Victoria v Urmston Meadowside Warriors
The following teams have byes:
AFC Didsbury, Celta, Lass O'Gowrie, Nello James, Stretford Victoria, Atletico Chorlton, Cheadle Hulme Albion, Levenshulme Boys, Parkway Dynamos, The Drum, Urmston Town, Woodsend Athletic, Broadway Rovers, Man United Ability Counts, Manchester CC, Urmston Mens, Albert 1874, Chorlton Irish, Greenpark United
Name: Oliver Quaye
AKA: Ollie/Token/Great Man/Duane
Number: Whatever is left
Wants to play like: Emile Heskey
Actually plays like: Emile Heskey - job done!
Previous Clubs: Maths FC, Bessingby Park Rangers
Best performance: Vs. Davyhulme (only so we can show that clip again) 2 assists and would have been more if Spraggs wasn’t the walking dead from the night before
Worst performance: vs MUSC in the cup: came off the bench, got booked and had a penalty saved
Career Highlight: Perfect hat trick against the team with the ginger goalkeeper in our first pre season tournament
Aims for the season: To have a WAG to bring to the xmas do so I’m not forced to try it on with any team mates’ WAG’s a la John Terry.
Trademark Skill: Kick the ball and sprint after it… push over anyone that gets in my way
"It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am."
"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It’s nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It’s about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." -Danny Blanchflower
Lifelong Ambition: We urgently need a team masseuse… and I am happy to oversee the recruitment
Sponsored by: Chicken King Fallowfield - http://chickenkingonline.co.uk/
Best Looking: The squad is not exactly blessed with good looks but the majority have ‘great personalities’ to compensate. I guess if I had to choose it would probably be Pavol, he’s got that international heir of mystery surrounding him. And it’s 2012 after all…
Hardest: Aside from myself I wouldn’t tangle with Pete Cowley… I've heard primary school teachers can be pretty handy in a fight
Most likely to: Get booked for dissent even though I don't tolerate it when I referee!
Most skilful teammate: Jaffers hands down- textbook trapping of a beautiful woman. Matty came a close second… I salute you both
Want to see on the team sheet: Tom Spraggs- you haven’t lived until you play up front with a man still stinking of 5th ave and vomit from the night before
Favourite Fixture: The two Maths derbies. One ending in defeat (that meant nothing) and the other in a glorious cup final victory. #respectyourelders
Undervalued/Overvalued: Can you put a value on humour?
What the manager thinks: “We need Ollie in the team to meet diversity targets. Also, if he is playing or training with us, our girlfriends are relatively safe.”
What Jimmy thinks: Jimmy thinks my name is Mike. That’s the nicest thing any coach has ever said about me…
WHAT........AN ACHIEVEMENT! 30th June @ Fosters from Midday will be .....AFC Didsbury End of season Awards 2012
Some dodgy fair play to a replayed game, another season played and the outcome the same,
One more season over and we're still in good health, we silenced Gold Cup and put another trophy on the shelf,
From Cowley's single assist to Rogers' two wonders, there was Corbett's slick chip and Creasey’s 30 yard thunders,
Back to back titles with Battersby mug proof, Harrison reminded us of Zlatan and Stiff lost a tooth,
Musson stayed on his feet (!!!) and Robins (sober) was as quick as a horse, Jaffers didn't like to be named as an unlikely source,
MacHugh did Cruyff turns, Quaye had an injured knee, while Col Mac spent most of the season sat in A&E,
Mackie "was up", Hargreaves was a left - right flyer, Wallace ripped his training top while getting it out of the dryer,
Gaz went to London and developed arms like a baby, Rushton rocked up “Am from stoke aint eee”,
Trec held it up, Jonno used his experience like a journey man, one man spent the game combining handshakes with a Business card with the words..... "How ya doin Ciaran Bermingham”
So come along to Fosters for the end of season awards, drinks lots of beer and then spank the boards,
Votes are in and were all in agreement..... Division 1 winners....... WHAT..... an achievement!
WORDS BY COLIN MCDONALD
Name: John Battersby
AKA: JB / Batts / Marv / Janice / Timmy Trendy
Position: Attacking Centre Back / Left Forward
Wants to play like: Phil Jones
Actually plays like: Phil Babb
Previous Clubs: Maths FC, Heygarth Youth, Irby Juniors
Best performance: Vs. Lass O Gowrie, when the men stood up in the biting cold and put in a proper performance
Career Highlight: Receiving ‘Managers Player of the Year’ for 2010/11 season for the following reason:
“JB came to the very first league meeting”
Aims for the season: No own goals and top goal scorer amongst defenders
Trademark Skill: Hard to pick just the one.
1. Showing whoever is playing left wing how to actually take on the right back, by having natural pace!!
2. Hiding behind the opposite corner flag during corners in order to disguise my run to devastating effect.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
AM: “Nick; you are the clubs 4th choice left back”
NE: “What’s my chances of getting a centre mid spot?”
Lifelong Ambition: Get AFCD into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup
Sponsored by: Abercrombie & Fitch – Bringing a bit of style to the club.
Worst Finisher: I would give it to MacHugh for his prowess in front of goal this season but having seen Quaye and Corbett’s penalties recently it’s a tough call…. Quaye every time
Best Looking: Dirk Hargreaves
Hardest: After witnessing us allow MUSC to do literally what they wanted all game and then rapidly launch in to congratulatory handshakes tells you all you need to know about how hard our team is!!
Most likely to: Walk to a cricket league meeting than get driven to a football one
Most skilful teammate: Has anyone seen Quaye on a night out lately?
Want to see on the team sheet: Dwayne – just one more cameo
Favourite Fixture: Parkway Dynamos – try to recreate ‘that’ moment when we realised we could play teams off the park
With me: P14 W14 D0 L0 Win Ratio: 100%
Without me: P5 W1 D1 L3 Win Ratio: 20%
What would Jamie Redknapp have to say about that stat?
What the manager thinks: Due to his rugged good looks, smashing personality and natural ability on the football pitch I am only left with ripping into his massively improving fashion sense!
What Jimmy thinks: Direct Quote: “You playing for your college team yet?”
Our very own Matty Harrison (Players Player of the Year - Season 2010/11) will be running in the 'Run to the Beat' London Half-Marathon on Sunday 25 September.
Matt will be raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. If you'd like to sponsor Matt and donate money in aid of this worthy cause, please visit his sponsor page at:
Alternatively, you can pay him cash at training (or on match day). If you prefer this method of payment, please leave a comment to let him know how much you wish to donate.
Here's the route he'll be running...
Start and finish: O2 Arena
Mile 1: Bugsby's Way
Mile 2: Woolwich Road
Mile 3: Woolwich Church Street
Mile 4: Cadogan Road
Mile 5: Royal Artilery Barracks
Mile 6: Ha-Ha Road
Mile 7: Hillreach
Mile 8: Charlton Road
Mile 9: Charlton Way
Mile 10: Greenwich Park
Mile 11: National Maritime Museum
Mile 12: Wollwich Road
Mile 13: The O2
Let's all get our hand in our pockets and help our teammate raise money for a great cause.