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  1. For the facts and figures on the County finals : order your copy of the CORNISH SOCCER Easter Monday Special
  2. For the facts and figures on the County finals : order your copy of the CORNISH SOCCER Easter Monday Special
  3. More photographs to take a look at in the latest "Massey's Mutterings"
  4. The latest "Massey's Mutterings" on the website shows Steve in another photo which although he can look back now and laugh, at the time his manager, Brian Horton at Hull City, didn't think the same. Steve tells the story on his weekly page. Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER
  5. Ha Ha! Now being connected with Plymouth Argyle - now they would take some saving!
  6. Back in 2004 a businessman changed the course of Cornish club Truro City. After firstly bailing the club out from financial mire and despite initial doubts from the fan on the street, he has taken them all the way with five promotions in six seasons to Conference football level, and of course let's not forget that FA Vase win at Wembley! His name is Kevin Heaney and join him and CORNISH SOCCER in “Living the Dream” - for how to purchase, visit the CORNISH SOCCER website
  7. This week's "Massey's Mutterings" not only sees the author sporting a remarkable tight fit pair of shorts when being introduced to the media when the signed for Hull City back in 1983, but also Steve gets an early shot in against rival Charity match manager! Not very charitable!!! Dave Deacon (CORNISH SOCCER)
  8. We all know how well Sir Alex has done at United, but Cornwall has its own version in Perranwell's manager Dave Fisher. Take a look at the commendation from ex-pro Steve Massey in his latest "Massey's Mutterings" Dave Deacon (CORNISH SOCCER)
  9. Sad news about an ex-highly rated past referee passing away features amongst the CORNISH SOCCER website's Massey's Mutterings. Steve also has a rant about clubs' budgets!!!! Oh dear! Dave Deacon (CORNISH SOCCER)
  10. Any thoughts on who would be in your "best" XI. Steve Massey gives us his opinions on his "Massey's Mutterings" page on the CORNISH SOCCER website
  11. So why not take a look :- Massey's Mutterings, May 18th 2011
  12. Congratulations to Camelford at winning the SWPL Division One West today. They only lost twice all season, but it's not been until today, the penultimate game of the season that they were able to clinch promotion.
  13. I've just finished uploading the latest page of "Massey's Mutterings"
  14. This week's page for "Massey's Mutterings" is up and ready for reading
  15. What a turnaround! From trailing 1-0 at half-time, City came out after the break and looked a different side. They made the one change at the break - Danny Clay coming on in the middle of the park with Marcus Martin going out left replacing Dan Smith. The game opened with both sides exchanging chances in the opening quarter - Martin having two attempts at goal, while for the visitors Nick Stanley turned and shot, while their most dangerous player for me, James Rowe, had a shot go tantalisingly across the face of the Truro goal! Barry Hayles had a good run into the box before shooting wide, but then disaster! A free-kick out on the Leamington right, swung in and ending up in the back of the Truro net. I thought an own goal, between either Barry McConnell or Steve Adams heading into their own net, and hopefully the video evidence later tonight when Mark Huckle produces his Piran Films highlights will tell us for sure, as the League website is quoting a goal by Nick Stanley! The rest of the half belonged to Leamington who will have no doubt gone in annoyed they couldn't increase their one goal lead. That failing proved crucial as within three minutes of the restart City were level when a long clearance from 'keeper Rice fell to Barry Hayles who worked his way into the Leamington box before laying the ball onto Les Afful to score from close range. Just past the hour Martin blazed over from 12 yards, and with City having all the play, things got even worse on 69 minutes for Leamington when they had midfielder Neil Barnfield red carded for an incident when Martin was challenged in mid-air and skipper Jake Ash also ended up on the deck. After a long debate between referee Richard Hulme and his assistants, Leamington ended up with ten men as well as Richard Batchelor also getting a yellow! City's second goal must be one of the best seen at Treyew this season as Andy Taylor crashed the ball in from the edge of the penalty area after great work once again from that man Hayles. The ex-pro stole the ball away from a hesitant visitors' defence and raced towards the goal-line before pulling the ball back across the penalty area, Afful couldn't get on the end of it, but Taylor certainly did. 2-1 and there was no stopping the league leaders now! Ten minutes later and the maximum points were wrapped up with Afful's 8th league goal of the campaign. He weaved his way into the box and somehow squeezed the ball just inside the upright with the Leamington 'keeper Tony Breedon making a hash of attempting to keep the ball out. Today'sresults and attendances FT Bedford Town (1) 1 3 (2) Tiverton Town 251 FT Brackley Town (0) 1 4 (1) Swindon Supermarine 225 FT Cambridge City (1) 1 2 (1) Cirencester Town 446 FT Chesham United (0) 1 1 (1) Salisbury City 545 FT Didcot Town (0) 1 1 (1) Halesowen Town 151 FT Evesham United (0) 2 2 (0) Bashley 109 FT Hemel Hempstead Town (1) 1 2 (2) Chippenham Town 170 FT Oxford City (1) 2 2 (1) Banbury United 261 FT Truro City (0) 3 1 (1) Leamington 927 FT Weymouth (1) 2 4 (2) Hednesford Town 489 ZamarettoPremier - The top six P W D L F A +/- Pts 1 Truro City 38 25 6 7 85 33 +52 81 2 Hednesford Town 38 24 5 9 74 38 +36 77 3 Salisbury City 38 22 10 6 79 43 +36 76 4 Cambridge City 38 23 7 8 72 39 +33 76 5 Leamington 38 22 6 10 62 35 +27 72 6 Chesham United 38 20 10 8 61 29 +32 70
  16. Yes, it might be a few years since Steve Massey was turning out as a professional for the likes of Stockport, Hull, Bournemouth etc, but he's still daft on the game and he writes a page each week for my site. Take a look at Massey's Mutterings Dave Deacon (CORNISH SOCCER)
  17. Just what do I mean by my heading? Well the clock changes this weekend, meaning the evenings games will start throughout the Cornish football world, and with this will come a handful of scorelines each week that will somehow defy the logic of the season league form so far! In certain places, players will be turning out for other clubs than their usual, boosting the normal line-up and with it making a difference to the result on some occasions. Is this fair? Probably not, but it's all within the rules! What happens in other counties and leagues? The same presumably. It would be good to hear from readers. Meanwhile, I'm probably off to Hayle v Camelford tomorrow in the SWPL Division One West. While Hayle have barely a handful of games left, their opposition are only entering the second half of their league fixtures. Some run-in to follow, and promotion or not? It's the age old question : Points in the bag or games in hand - which would you prefer? Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER
  18. Let's bring everyone up to date with the big results from last week first. I got one right in my predictions for the Senior Cup Final! Bodmin went through as I thought they would, beating Penzance 3-2 after extra time. I don't like to say it, but some very strange refereeing in this one! St Austell won the other semi - 3-1 against a lack-lustre Saltash Utd. The Ashes obviously didn't realise that opponents St Austell had a stand-in 'keeper, Jay Hill, an Olympic standard Hammer thrower apparently. Apart from the goal, and that a penalty, he didn't really have much to do! The all Cornish South West Peninsula League Premier Division game between two sides that most non-Cornish non-league supporters will know, St Blazey v Falmouth Town, finished all square, in front of a disappointing attendance around the 80 mark! Yesterday saw a crucial game in the league finish 2-2 as well - Buckland (last season's champions) v Bodmin (champions for the two seasons prior to that!). Bodmin have 6 games in hand, but are 20 points behind. This midweek - the two Junior Cup Area Finals (and don't be caught out - Junior doesn't mean Under-18 or Youth or the likes) take place. In the West, on Tuesday, Illogan RBL meet St Agnes (two former clubs of mine actually); while Wednesday sees Torpoint Athletic against St Dennis. My prediction (again, just for fun) : Illogan RBL and Torpoint to meet on Easter Monday in the final! Dave Deacon (CORNISH SOCCER)
  19. Firstly, the Vase road to Wembley is over for Torpoint! A gallant performance by all accounts, especially from 'keeper Martin Piper, but a deserved win for opponents Poole. Meanwhile, Truro City picked up a more than useful win over fellow promotion contenders Cambridge City. Two goals from ex-pro Barry Hayles early in the second-half was enough to take them back onto the top of the Southern League table. The second one was in particular a well-taken goal with Hayles showing a lot of class and composure to slot the ball past the visitors' goally after Hayles had ran from the half-way line. If you don't believe me, check it out yourself on http://www.piranfilm...ports_films.php. On to this week now and what a week for football in the county - Tuesday and Thursday is Cornwall Senior Cup semi-finals nights. Bodmin Town v Penzance at Newquay tomorrow, with St Austell v Saltash Utd (a repeat of the controversial 2009 final) two days later at Liskeard's Lux Park. My tip (not that its anything to go by) for the final, to be staged at Hayle (a first for the club) : Bodmin v Saltash In between that, there's St Blazey v Falmouth Town in the SWPL on Wednesday. Two of the Duchy's biggest clubs, historically at least, meet at Blaise Park. Enjoy! Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER Dave Deacon
  20. Well with three games in a week, has it been the best preparation for Torpoint Athletic, Cornwall's last remaining club in the FA Vase? I went up to watch them last Saturday against Ivybridge, and ok, they were without their suspended league top scorer Adam Carter, but they lost 4-1 to a team that was on a six game run without a win! They responded with a win on Monday at Liskeard, and then a resounding 5-1 at St Blazey two days later. Although, it sounds as if by this game, it was a weakened team with players being rested. Let's hope scouts from their Vase opponents, Poole, were at all three games - they might be confused with the performances and the line-ups. It's just a shame I won't be able to go up to the game, I'll be doing the commentary for DVD coverage of the Truro City v Cambridge City Southern League match. A six-pointer and City are asking for a good turn out to cheer them on. Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER
  21. No, it's not all good news to come out of Cornwall with the news that two of our footballing heroes have passed away over the past week or so. Firstly Tony Kellow, not only the non-league followers but also professional football club fans should have heard of the name. A prolific scorer with Exeter City, after joining them from South Western League side Falmouth Town. He came to Bickland Park from Penzance, but it was with Falmouth where he formed a formidable striking partnership with Joey Scott (who also went onto play at the pro level). He knocked in 65 goals in one season at Falmouth, and with Joey the record goes like this:- !973-74 Tony Kellow 65 goals from 53 Apps, Joey Scott 36 goals from 45 Apps 1975-76 Tony Kellow 61 goals from 61 Apps, Joey Scott 40 goals from 55 Apps In two seasons they amassed 202 goals between them. Just a few days earlier another great name in the 1960s Cornish football left this world with the passing away of Viv Folley. Viv was a completely different player to Tony. Although starting off as a winger, he became more renown for being the “tough wing half”, and despite appearing for a number of clubs, it was at St Blazey where he will probably be best remembered for his ‘never say die’ attitude and complete commitment to the Blaise Park club cause. I have fond memories of watching Viv play in the 1960s, mainly in evening games at Blaise Park. He left a big impression on me when, as a young boy, I use to go down and watch St Blazey, under lights with my late mum and dad! However, in those days a club with lights was very rare, which was probably why they use to switch them off so soon after the final whistle, leaving the crowd to struggle out of the ground in total darkness! However, not many might know that Viv actually played for both Bugle and St Austell before winning his first South Western League championship medal at Mount Wise with the Mike Stern and Pollard twin's Newquay side of the early sixties. Born in St Blazey on the 2nd November 1941, Viv rejoined his beloved Green and Blacks in 1961 for a second spell with the club, and this is when he became best known throughout Cornish football for his tough tackling determined, no-nonsense wing half performances. Capped 30 times for Cornwall, he never shirked a tackle and could unleash a thunderous drive, scoring many spectacular goals for the St Blazey double championship side of 1663 and 1964. You can best sum up how good Viv really was when you’re told he would walk into any all-time St Blazey side. And they’ve had some great players at the club! However,despite being such a favourite there led to it being a great shock in 1967 when Viv left to join Torpoint Athletic. However, the common belief was that he wanted to pair up again with Lou Dearden, with whom he had enjoyed playing alongside in the County side as well as Dave Ewings, who had also gone from StBlazey to Torpoint. His full list of clubs was : Mount Charles Dynamo 1955-56, Bugle 1956-57, St Austell 1957-58, St Blazey/St Austell 1958-59, Newquay 1959-61, St Blazey 1961-67, Torpoint 1967-68 and St Blazey 1968-75. Viv’s greatest regret was not winning the coveted Cornwall Senior Cup Winners Medal despite 7 Easter Monday Final appearances. The story goes that despite George Robertson, Falmouth’s Captain in the 1965 and 1966 Finals against St Blazey, sending one to Viv in the post, it was promptly returned to sender! I had the good fortune to talk to Viv on a couple of occasions in the recent years when he was always prepared to recall his playing days and relive some great stories. It was just a shame I never got around to take him up on his offer of visiting him at his home to hear more about his playing days, as well as to get a look at his newspaper cuttings and memorabilia etc. I don’t think we’ll get to see another Viv Folley in today’s style of play – a great shame! Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER
  22. Well after last week's Vase excitement, this weekend suggests a quieter time! Torpoint have been drawn away in the quarter-finals to Poole Town. There's mixed opinions on this draw in as much as some are saying the travelling will be easier, but then others would have preferred the home advantage. Poole are going well in their league! I took in the South West Peninsula League match on Tuesday between Penzance and Saltash. The first half saw plenty of effort but not too much goal action. Then midway through the second period, Penzance suddenly make the breakthrough with three goals in about ten minutes! It finished a bad night for the Ashes as they went down 4-0. Have to say former England under-21 international Wayne Quinn is a class act playing at the back for the Magpies. Today - well already the heavy rain yesterday has had it's say - a few games off with waterlogged pitches. One of those being the big clash of the day in the Cornwall Senior Cup between Saltash and Falmouth. So, that means I'm off to another quarter final between St Austell v Liskeard. I've heard lots of good things about the ground improvements at Poltair - this will be my first chance to see them.
  23. Well done Torpoint Athletic for an historic FA Vase win yesterday. A crowd of 500 approx watched them make it into the Quarter final draw due tomorrow for the first time ever. They had already become the club to make it the furthest representing the South West Peninsula League and now no doubt everyone will be awaiting the draw with baited breath. Mind you its back to league action with a bump - a difficult home fixture against Bodmin Town on Tuesday evening. Let's hope even a quarter of that 500 Vase crowd will be able to make it I wish, their average in the league is only about 97 or so! Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER (www.cornishsoccer.info)
  24. Welcome to my first post and there's no better time for me to start than when FA Vase football comes to the county again. Tomorrow Torpoint Athletic await the arrival of Billingham Synthonia, who surely must be making the longest trip of the round. The Vase has always meant something very special to the Cornish football followers, even before Truro City won it at the new Wembley in 2007, we were getting more than excited with the exploits of mainly Falmouth Town, St Blazey and Porthleven. Good luck to Stuart Dudley's boys at The Mill Dave Deacon CORNISH SOCCER
  25. If anyone is interested in finding out more about football in Cornwall - you can always take a look at CORNISH SOCCER at http://www.cornishsoccer.info and its accompanying Forum http://www.cornwallfootballforum.com/forum/
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