Stanley FC are an Over-40’s Vets team from Stanley, Co. Durham – and were on a weekend booze-up. The venue was Fleetwood Town FC’s training complex on one of the 4G pitches.
Vets Squad: Jordan, Scotty, Rob Gardner, Swifty, Daz Elwell, Nico, Phil Dilworth, Bart, Kev Wright, Neil Brookfield, Stu McPhee, Gaz Jakins, Martyn Avery, Shane Avery, Chris Giles
After an even start, it was Stanley who took the lead through an own goal by Rob Gardner, who’s bullet header from a Stanley cross left Jordan no chance. Not the first of his long and distinguished career.
Stanley doubled their lead before our very own ‘Fellaini’, Polish Bart, scored a hat-trick from his midfield position.
As the game ebbed and flowed with chances a plenty, Fylde Coast Vets added further goals. Gaz Jakins-Ball hit a 40 yard lob, Scotty ran through from his own half to slot home and the goal of the game cam from Rob Gardner – this time not in his own net!
After drifting into the opposition half the centre half cushioned a cross on the 18 yard line on his ample chest before side-footing home into the bottom corner. A collector’s item.
Man-0f-the-match – Polish Bart