FA Cup Semi-final? Been there, done that.

A few photos from our big day out in Bristol.



Early on Sunday morning, the Many Shades and their small, but perfectly formed, group of fans met in the Westleigh car park
Barry the Sober kept a close eye on our coach driver who looked vaguely familiar.



Barry the Booze’s excellent handiwork ensured that we were easily recognisable to our hosts in Bristol when we arrived. However, even this fine craftsmanship didn’t guarantee us a parking spot but Dave’s first class driving skills found a suitable bit of pavement outside the venue.



The very ambitious itinerary for the afternoon bearing in mind each match lasted ten minutes. Thanks to CJ for holding it steady.



Living the dream and treading on a FA Cup Semi-final pitch. Kev eyes up the opposition.



Kev lines up a shot.



Derek – always available.



Fine tuning of tactics by Matt the Manager.



Jeff makes final adjustments to his numerous  medical supports.



Many Shades line up for their first international against YMAOHUD of Wales.

For the record, our results were :

Many Shades 1 (Kev) v. Abbeymead Rovers 1
Wiltshire Wanderers 2 v. Many Shades 0
Many Shades 0 v. YMAOHUD (the Welsh lot) 0
Westcott Vets 4 v. Many Shades 0
Many Shades 2 (Kev, Stewart) v. Southampton Strollers 1




Football in the Community funding

The Havant and Waterlooville FC  Walking Football team were proud to represent the club on the pitch prior to today’s match v. Maidstone United and accept a cheque from the FA as part of their Football in the Community initiative.



However, there was an unfortunate moment in the tunnel prior to the presentation when Dave, on seeing the cheque, believed it to be a first instalment for his media appearances.


As seen on TV!

23rd February 2016

BBC South Today ran a feature on Walking Football and, in particular, the Many Shades’ progress in the FA People’s Cup.


STOP PRESS : Footage now available on YouTube.

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The footage opened with a trademark run walk and strike from John ..



… only to be thwarted by a fine diving save from Tony who was not going to miss a chance to pull off “one for the cameras”.



Colin was the first interviewee and proved that the long hours the Many Shades had spent in make-up were not wasted.



Next up was Pete who had spent the previous days perfecting his profile shot in the mirror ..



… as well as his “cheeky look to camera” pose.



Rob and Dave waiting in the wings.



Barry showboats for the BBC cameras.



Fully worthy of a BBC caption, Rob does his piece to camera whilst ignoring Tony’s funky chicken dance behind him.



Also caption-worthy, Dave gave a very interesting insight into the need to use one’s brain when passing to feet.



“Barcelona, eat your heart out”



Shaun reminds us all of Havant & Waterlooville’s pedigree in the FA Cup.



Matt the Manager proudly looks on.



That’s a wrap.




Winter Festival

7th February 2016

The winter festival saw six teams descend on Leigh Park to do battle for the first silverware of the year.


20160207_135710Many Shades prepare to kick off against Portsmouth.



Shaun and Matt the Manager (and Colin) look on with the Shades’ pinned back in their own half.



Barry keeping a close eye on Portsmouth’s  midfield dynamo.



Pete slides the ball down the left wing for Joe to run, sorry – walk on to.



The Shades’ midfield partnership is working well with Clive finding Paul with a pinpoint pass with the outside of his right foot.



Shades’ defend in numbers as Nick of Portsmouth finds space in midfield.


None shall pass. Dave in total command of his box.



A fantastic strike from Paul finds the top corner to put the Shades’ one up.



Have It!! Stewart opts for a no-nonsense approach to clear the ball.



For some spectators, the excitement was all too much.


Our Day Out in Maidenhead

30th January 2016

Following our defeat at home last year, the return at Maidenhead on 30th January proved how far we’d come in a few months as we ran out 3-1 victors.

No action shots I’m afraid, but a fine team photo for your mantelpiece.


Back : Matt (Manager), Stewart, Dave R, John, Barry, Rob
Front : Pete, Jeff, Dave H, Robbie

In the afternoon, the Hawks battled back from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 draw.

Below, Scott Donnelly batters the woodwork from a free kick with the Maidenhead keeper well beaten.



FA People’s Cup 1/4 Finals

Sunday 24th January 2016

A few photos from a memorable afternoon at Goals in Southampton as the Many Shades progressed to the Semi-Finals of the FA People’s Cup.


Prior to kick-off, Dave returns to his goal confident in the knowledge that he has clearly explained the diamond formation to Rob.



Under way and it’s clear that the opposition see Derek as the Shades’ danger man and have assigned their most experienced defender to man-mark him.



With the ever vigilant ref keeping a close eye on any possible running, the Shades’ diamond formation is keeping its shape.



Which way will he go? Nobody knows. Once again, Adi leaves their defence bamboozled.




With technique reminiscent of Maradona, Stewart keeps the opposition defence and the referee guessing.





With Derek still having his personal space seriously invaded, Adi prepares to take another free kick.



Stewart’s right foot continues to be just too fast for the camera.

Well Done to Many Shades. Bristol and the semi-finals, here we come.