Exactly ten years on from the Hawks’ amazing day out at Liverpool in the FA Cup, the Many Shades hosted the first of their celebratory Festivals, welcoming Pompey ITC, Emsworth & Hayling, and Fleet of Foot along to join us. The Many Shades of Grey and the Many Shades of Yellow were fielded to make up a five team format., the 4.00pm start being a little unfamiliar for everyone.
The Greys were reduced by injury to one player (who still turned up to help with the organisation—thanks Barrie) and absence of two others who had originally promised to play. So they borrowed a player from the Yellows which left both sides with the bare minimum squads of 7, with no substitutes.
Many Shades of Grey: Barry Carter,Mick Sidwell, Barry Ingram, John Hicks (g), Stew Russell, Colin Baker, Colin Harberd.
Needless to say the depleted Greys didn’t get off to the best of starts, nor did they get off to the best of middles. In fact they didn’t really get off to the best of finishes either. They lost 2-0 to pre-Festival favourites Emsworth & Hayling, then 3-0 to the Yellows, then 4-0 to Pompey ITC. With runaway leaders Fleet of Foot next, a five-nil looked on the cards. But they dug in, and actually played some quite good football, only losing 1-0 in the end. The Greys’ injury problems struck again though, and they had to recruit Yellows’ ’keeper James McIlwaine for the last game. Having lost all four games the Greys were odds-on to finish bottom of the heap, and they didn’t disappoint!
The Yellows, meanwhile, resplendent in their “Probably” shirts in recognition of the anniversary of the Cup run, and only missing one of their players, probably expected to do somewhat better. And so they did.
They opened with a solid 2-0 win over Pompey ITC, before completing their comfortable 3-0 win over the battling Greys.
Derek lays the ball through for Bobby to tap in the third for the yellow against the greys.
Next up they met Fleet of Foot, and lost that one 2-1. They were feeling particularly aggrieved that they had been confused and bewildered by the referee, who was wearing a similarly coloured top to Fleet (the Greys didn’t seem to find this a problem though when they played them, and neither did anyone else…). Their final game was a pretty comfortable 2-0 win over Emsworth & Hayling. The Yellows’ goals came from Bobby De Ste Croix (5) and Derek Pope (3).
Many Shades of Yellow: Barry Tindall, Derek Pope, Ian Warren, James McIlwaine (g), Bobby De Ste Croix, Rich Bishop, Pete Dolamore, Mickey the Manager.
In an appropriate finishing order, the team in the “Probably” shirts finished as they did at Liverpool, second on the day, but winners to the general public (or not). The final standings were Fleet of Foot (10 points), Many Shades of Yellow (9), Pompey ITC (7), Emsworth & Hayling (3), and Many Shades of Grey (0). This meant that the town of Fleet gained some revenge for being one of the stepping-stones of the Hawks’ cup run.
Rich secretly relays tactics to Bobby unaware that there’s a spy in the camp.
We all returned to the Westleigh for yet another of Suzette’s and Natalie’s stunning buffets. “Probably the Best Walking Football Festival Buffet in the World”