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Football - Saturday 8th September 2018 ; Welcome to the new season!

2 weeks ago By Frank Barretta

....we have a Club day planned for the fortress County Road.

Hey All,

Welcome to the new season! The 1s and 2s are in action in league and cup fixtures and the 3s / 4s are playing a friendly against an International team travelling from Italy. As a result we have a Club day planned for the fortress County Road.
The 2s season opener is an LOB Cup game against Dorkinians kick off at 1300.
The 3s / 4s International friendly then follows kicking off at 1500.

Who could ask for more on a Saturday in Norbury.
The bar will be open and we plan to show the Italians a clean pair of heels during the game and some decent South London hospitality afterwards.

Please make every effort to get down and support!

And to wet your appetite for reports to follow this season, here is the 4s friendly match report from last week.

Saturday 8th September 2018
1st XI vs. Fitzwilliam Old Boys
Kick Off: 14.00
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 13.00.
Contact: Michael Williams:

2nd XI vs. Dorkinians 2nd XI (LOB Intermediate Cup)
Kick Off: 13.00
HOME 37 County Road off Green Lane, Norbury, Croydon CR7 8HN
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 11.30. Hospitality
at the clubhouse. Lots of tasks to prepare the pitch and goals.
Referee: Emmanuel Makola:
Contact: Derek Mensah:

3rd XI vs. Italian International team (Friendly)
Kick Off: 15.00
HOME 37 County Road off Green Lane, Norbury, Croydon CR7 8HN
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 14.00. Hospitality
at the clubhouse.
Contact: Dom Taggart:

4th XI vs. No Fixture Instructions:
Contacts: Tommy Cawkwell:
Vets vs. Cameroon Lions Veterans (League)
Kick Off: 14.00
AWAY at Bellingham Leisure Centre, 5 Randlesdown Road, SE6 3BT
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 13.00.
Contact: Mike Garvey:
First match report of the season!


Hi, his name is
Hi, his name is
Hi, his name is...slim JB

Ahem, excuse me
Can I have the attention of the class
For one second?

Hey kids, do you like slide tackles?, wana see him shout orders at each one of his defenders?

Wana copy him and do exactly he did?

You could do a lot worse. Skipper Jim Bailey was the man in charge today on what was a luscious pitch, green and flat...however coxa were a little light on numbers.

That said the game started with coxa pushing early doors. Whitts started strong by kicking the left winger in the head. Cue a lengthy delay as we had to make sure he wasn't bleeding anymore. 10 minutes later, Smiddy Sr had his babysitter arrive, we were at 11, the winger had his head taped up like Terry butcher and away we went.

Sutts tactic was to keep their wide men wide and try and disrupt the coxa defence. Didn't work though, did it.

Well...i guess it did a bit as they scored first. But it came from their man running with the ball then miss hitting a shot into the bottom corner.

Clapham kept to their game plan of trying to play some football and had a decent few chances when getting in behind.

Half time came when we had a shot at goal, then we kicked their keeper...and instead of having an injury period, he just blew his whistle.

Just time for me to bring back the highly coveted Jay Buckerfield moment of the week. Be honest...You have missed it.

There was a wonderful contender from Chris Cole in the second half when he did a cruyff turn back heel, but that was too good, as he then dribbled the ball out and played a lovely ball into the channel. TOO GOOD Chris, too good. No, no. If you want to win this award you have to do something amazing for no reason. That's why Whitts wins it, for what I can only describe as a reverse Maradona turn. However, he did it straight into a defender that flattened him. Wonderful, ridiculous and always...pointless.

With every JBMOTW there must be a Rich Smith gaffe of the week. And where else can I look than at Jamie Morris.

With a ball coming in, Jamie swings his foot at it, misses, spins around, loses balance and nearly falls over. He does manage to redeem himself by poking the ball back to the keeper and lines were cleared.

Smiddy Sr hit the post, Turns came close and Critchlow made a good save to push a dipping shot round the post.

That about wraps it up. A 1-0 loss, but plenty of good points to take from the game.

I'm done...

Updated 09:22 - 20 Sep 2018 by Frank Barretta

Where next?

Early date for your diaries COXA Remembrance Mass will be on Sunday 11th November 2018 at the College Chapel 11.00am.
Mayfield Picnic Sunday 2nd September 2018.


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