Veterans are fighting fit

Veterans First Team.
Veterans First Team.

Garstang Fc is community club with four teams playing under it’s banner, the newest, but oldest, of these being the Veterans.

So far this season the team have played four matches, winning one, losing two and drawing one.

A total of 21 players have been utilised by manager Neil Parkinson “Parky” during these games.

And while the team consists of players aged over 35 who have represented the club at some stage in the past a special mention should be made to Sean Rafferty, Simon Hands and Paul Bailey who are the real old men of the squad yet retain a youthful enthusiasm to play.

The team run by “Parky”, who played for the club over numerous years, aim to play about 12 “friendlies” a year.

This seasons veterans debuts have been handed to Lee Nuttall and Will Robinson who both fully enjoyed playing again especially at the Riverside.

Whilst there has been a vets team running for a number of years it has only really become an integral part of the club over the last year or so and now the team have been supplied with a kit and can use either the Riverside or the Beeches to play their home games which are followed by a Farmers outing to enjoy the excellent food and hospitality provided by Mick and Jackie.

Matchday is a real social event with everyone looking to enjoy the game and then a pint or two afterwards.

Whilst they are under the umbrella of the club the vets are happy to self fund with the players paying “subs” just like the old days to cover the sundry expenses like refs and kit washes. Last season there was some money left over so this season the vets have committed to sponsoring a player and after consultation with Alec Curwen they chose Johnny Baldwin who is almost veteran age so it could be a good investment for a future player.

A vets spokesman said: “It is great that the club have embraced the past players and the team now feels part of the set up which is important.

“It was fantastic to play on the Riverside in our last home game and it brought back a lot of good memories. We would like to thank Steve Baker as the pitch was in excellent condition and our thanks also go to the Chairman, Adrian Wilding, who has previously cut the Beeches so that we could play there.”

The vets are always looking for players to add to their numbers, so if you are a former Garstang player aged over 35 and you fancy a game email your details to marcarmstrong999@yahoo.co.uk and he will pass them onto Parky.

The vets next play on December 28 against Galgate Vets at Lancaster University on the 3G pitch with the kick off at 11am. his is an enjoyable annual fixture over the festive season that sees several Garstang Vets line up for the opposite team.