CWFC v Herne Bay, round 2

Following the kerfuffle caused by an incorrect article in the local rag regarding this match, I must let you know that this write-up was written while I was under the influence of blue smarties, It was written to make light of a little flare up between 2 players. 
No footballers were injured in the writing of the report. Please don’t take it too seriously.


The Canterbury lads had prepared well for this match with a 2 week, SAS, unarmed combat, training course.
Canterbury started by performing their own version of the Haka, similar to the Kiwi’s, but excluded the crouching as many have dodgy knees.
Tony the ref read the riot act before kick off, which nobody took any notice of, and away we went.

The game was played in a very friendly manner for at least the first 5 seconds and then a slight rubbing of shoulders signified the beginning of what can best be described as love at first sight.

One of the Herne Bay players and a Canterbury player (who I can not name for legal reasons) came face to face, staring each other in the eyes and whispering passion filled expletives. There was then a tender moment of heads heading towards each other. Luckily, due to the fact the Canterbury player is 2 foot shorter than the Herne Bay player, no serious damage was done.

Tony the ref decided at that moment the best thing was to join in the punch up, but then changed his mind and with a minute long blast on the whistle, called for everyone to be exiled to a foreign land and the game was off.

After and hour quietening down, (apart from the 2 players involved still rubbing noses off the pitch) it was decided a friendly would be the best outcome for the evening, although it was suggested that if Canterbury won, it would still count as a league fixture. They didn’t. The first half ended 3 – 0 to the Bay, then super subs, Roger, Steve and Dave replaced the whole team and the game ended up 3 – 2 to Herne Bay… although Roger did miss a penalty at the end, but it wasn’t his fault as the goalie saved it.

No bodily harm incurred in the game and the evening ended with both teams enjoying a chat, a beer and some grub, albeit in separate pubs.

Conclusion :

It was all a storm in a tea cup really. Couple of competitive lads having a go at each other. Personally, I think it would be such a shame for any further action to be taken towards the teams or players involved.
Herne Bay have some excellent players and and play neat football, and I’m sure this will all be ironed out.

I have heard the Herne Bay lad has been told he is not welcome to play for the club again. Also, the Canterbury club summoned their involved player to an emergency disciplinary meeting, and have awarded their player the Freedom of the City award and the Iron Cross.


3 Responses

  1. James Doe

    It doesn’t sound like a storm in a tea cup to me, if it was the ref would not have called the match off. This is the 3rd time in 4 matches that there has been a problem involving Herne bay. Something needs to be done about it.

  2. Rog

    It WAS a storm in a teacup. I was there James Doe.
    It was not the whole team of Herne Bay, just one player, and we must not blame them all. There are people around that would really like our league to fail, and should not use this, or any other small incident, as an excuse to try and boot out players or clubs just to suit their own ends. That would be wrong.

    The actual incident was no worse than one I witnessed at Folkestone WF when an awful tackle in the training session instigated a very similar outcome… at least the other night, the players involved were from separate clubs.
    We all need to sort out our own clubs first before laying down the law regarding other clubs.
    Ron at Herne Bay is doing a great job and he is determined to stamp this out… as we all should be.
    Let’s move on.

  3. Hey lads ! Interesting! VERY INTERESTING! In the 6-a-side games here they are running full pelt and the amount of ‘contact’ is minimal. Our version of walking football is far more physical. Maybe its because blokes are walking and easier to kick? There has to be an agreement on the rule book – Steve Rich may be right – we can’t just have a laissez faire approach to this issue and there needs to be a more detailed and comprehensive set of rules for competitive games.

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