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PENALTY COMPETITION IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE CANCER - Friday 20th September 2019


We held a penalty competition before our usual roll up on Friday which raised £225 for Prostate Cancer UK


CLUB QUIZ IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE CANCER UK – Saturday 16th November 2019


This was held at the Conrad Hall, Bishopsbourne and there was an excellent turnout of 51 members and guests. 


Dave Rayner and Jan Knott were the quizmasters, and the winning team members were Messrs Ackerley, Chamberlain, Fletcher and Tadd with their partners.


The evening was much enjoyed by all and we will be organising further ‘off-the-field’ events in the future.


A total of £322 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK to go with the £225 raised by our Penalty competition in September.


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THE CLEARWELL CUP – BRIGHTON – Saturday July 6th 2019


SQUAD


Rupert Brown

Jonathan Butcher

Lance Fishlock

Jan Knott

Steve Mundin

Dave Rayner

Dave Tadd


MATCHES


GROUP STAGE

Eatstbourne 2 Canterbury City 0

Canterbury City 1 Brighton 0 (Goalscorer – Lance)

Worthing 1 Canterbury City 0


PLATE TROPHY

Canterbury City 0 Newhaven A 1

Newhaven B 1 Canterbury City 0

Canterbury City 1 Brighton 0 (Goalscorer – Lance)


This was our second appearance in this tournament which, yet again, was very well organised with a format that enabled each team to play the same number of games.  Unfortunately, we were unable to repeat our efforts of our previous appearance in the Clearwell Cup, when we came second overall, but we were never outclassed.  Our perennial problem of rarely playing together as a team showed and we didn’t do ourselves justice.  The matches were very short which meant the team which took the lead tended to consolidate and hold on to that lead rather than looking for more goals.  Lessons to be learned!  The refereeing was a little inconsistent with differing views of what is running!

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FRIENDLY MATCH V DOVER – Monday September 9, 2019


SQUAD


John Ballantyne

Ian Banks

Steve Earle

Lance Fishlock

Jan Knott

Tony McMullen

Peter Morris

Dave Rayner

Matt Reynolds

Cedric Russell


Result – Dover 13 Canterbury City 7


The scoreline may seem very high but we played three periods of 25 minutes!  This being a friendly both teams had unlimited squads and made numerous substitutions.  Overall, the Dover squad is stronger than ours, but we acquitted ourselves well in one session, drawing 3-3, whilst losing the others 0-5 and 3-5.  I do not have a record of the goalscorers other than that Lance scored five!  The match was well refereed by Steve Rich from Folkestone and he did his best to curtail the running – a constant problem!


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THE ALGARVE CUP – PORTUGAL – October 4-5, 2019


SQUAD


JOHN BALLANTYNE

BARRY FAULKNER

LANCE FISHLOCK

JAN KNOTT

GRAHAM MILLS

STEVE MUNDIN

DAVE RAYNER


MATCHES


Group Stage


Canterbury City 0 Browns 0

Canterbury City 0 Hearts 4

Canterbury City 1 Shrewsbury 59ers 0 (Goalscorer – Lance)


Bowl Trophy


Canterbury City 0 Shrewsbury 99ers 2

Canterbury City 2 Roz Chas Le Trevoux 0 (Scorers Graham and Steve)

Canterbury City 0 Manchester City 3

Canterbury City 1 Shrewsbury 59ers 1 (Goalscorer – Graham)  Penalty Shoot out 2-1 (Scorers Barry and Graham)


Our match record was won three, lost four, but we were not happy with that.  We were all agreed that standards have improved since our first participation and, although, on paper we fielded arguably our strongest squad in three visits, some of our opponents were simply too good.  When we hear about their playing and training facilities, numbers of players, regular sessions and coaching, we cannot hope to match that.  I could elaborate on numerous aspects but running and tackling from behind, and the side, caused us to be penalised a lot in our first few matches.  The referees were very good, consistent but strict!  There was also the three-touch rule which we don’t play and are not used to, so we have problems adapting to that.  Other teams are coached to play to the tournament rules some weeks in advance!


However, it’s not all about the football and, socially, we had a great time!  As always, the wives supported us brilliantly and gave us every encouragement. 


There is also a great rapport amongst the teams – there were 16 in the 50+ competition and 20 in the 60+ so, in all, over 300 players from England, Scotland, Portugal, France and even Canada!


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BAY POINT 60+ ROUND ROBIN – Sunday November 17


SQUAD


John Ballantyne

Ian Banks

Jan Knott

Simon Ludden

Dave Rayner

Cedric Russell

Dave Tadd


MATCHES


Canterbury City 0 Bay City 1

Canterbury City 0 Ramsgate 2

Canterbury City 0 Maidstone 1

Canterbury City 2 Ashford 4

Canterbury City 0 Ebbsfleet 0

Canterbury City 2 Dover 4


Most of the tournaments attended by the Club have been 50 plus, but the invitation to play, on one Sunday in November, a 60 plus round robin against 6 other teams was too good to resist for a number of us. So Jan, Dave, Ian, John another Dave, Simon and Cedric went to Bay Point to have a go. It was gratifying to see that the players were drawn from Monday and Thursday night football as well as Friday.

Less pleasing was the knowledge that not only had we never played as a team before, but some of the players had rarely played with some of the other players at all. However, it was a great opportunity to get to know each other better. In addition we were only able to rustle up 7 players, therefore less rolling subs and more playing time for everyone. As we were the first team to sit out a game it meant that there was over an hour of almost continuous playing time for each player.

Lance, a mere youngster in his early 50s, came along to manage us. Not a negative word passed his lips the whole morning despite us not actually achieving a victory. His enthusiam at least made us motivated in mind even if the body couldn't always follow. He set us up not to concede many goals and to be fair, we didn't, either losing narrowly or on occasion managing a draw. This was despite Ian sustaining an injury, which meant even less rest time for the rest of us.

Scoring was a problem with our system although Ian, Cedric, Simon and Dave did all hit the back of the net. After all, isn't that what many of us play for, to still hit the back of the net again, even in our 60s! What was clear was that several of the other teams had played regularly together and often had a "major player" that was obviously better than the others that they could play around. A major difficulty was playing with a smaller squad than the 8 allowed, and we did tire towards the end.

However, after all is said it was a great run, sorry walk out for those of us who don't play in tournaments so often. The changing room huts and the smell of linament took us all back 40 years. The refereeing was generally quite good and any contact at all from behind was penalised. Running, well that's another story.


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Matches and Social events in 2019

6 July - The Clearwell Cup - Brighton

Canterbury City 0 Newhaven A 1

Newhaven B 1 Canterbury City 0

Canterbury City 1 Brighton 0 (Goalscorer – Lance)


9 September - Friendly vs Dover

Dover 13 Canterbury City 7

4-5 October - The Algarve Cup Portugal

Canterbury City 0 Browns 0

Canterbury City 0 Hearts 4

Canterbury City 1 Shrewsbury 59ers 0 (Goalscorer – Lance)


17 November - Bay Point Round Robin

Canterbury City 0 Bay City 1

Canterbury City 0 Ramsgate 2

Canterbury City 0 Maidstone 1

Canterbury City 2 Ashford 4

Canterbury City 0 Ebbsfleet 0

Canterbury City 2 Dover 4


20 September - Penalty Competition in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Raised £225

16 November - Quiz Night in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Raised £322

14 December - Club Christmas Dinner



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