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Past Player Memories Part 3 – Phil Rea

Nicknames – Razor or HWF (Housewives Favourite)

Ruts Appearances – 282

Ruts Goals – 32

Question 1 – When did you join the Old Ruts and why?

In 1998 I finally Joined, aged 23

I was working at Comet in Wimbledon on Saturdays from the age of 16 to 23 selling washing machines to all the local housewives …which I was particularly good at. 😉

My oldest mate Jimmy Wilkes had been asking me for years to quit Comet and come down and play for the Old Ruts!! But hang on I was only 20 years old ..I was a young Rut not and old Rut !

Jim would talk lovingly about his football mates Gappy, Knotty, Juppy, Boony,,Zanzy, Murphy but they all sounded a bit weird to me. Nah I was having none of that.

Once I joined I wished I had joined earlier – these boys were legends and I would have the honour to play with them for many years.

Question 2 – What was your most memorable match and why?

I am severely lacking some memory cells probably due to heading the football multiple times a game for over 13 years ….

However I do remember getting pulled into a game for the 2nd or 3rds one hot sunny Saturday in April or May and we had to win the game to win the league , we were awesome that day… even Ben Barber played well which was rare 😊 The game was very tight and we won in the last few minutes, the celebrations after were memorable with loads of man love which I was always into.

Question 3 – Who was the best Manager/Captain you played under?

Captain was Alan Whiter…. Calm, good talker, grafter, led by example

I enjoyed all the managers I played under..

Fred Jupp, Howard Meredith, Peter Heyne, Graham Clayton ….Brian Kerwick all good managers.

Peter Heyne played me in Midfield for a season so I have a soft spot for him

If I had to choose one it would be Brian Kerwick – he was more like my Dad.

Question 4 – Your funniest Ruts Football Memory.

Loads of funny tours

Lloret de Mar Football Tour maybe year 2000 sticks out – We must have gone off season as no one was there, and after a few beers , and the realisation that the pub was a bit of a sausage fest we plotted to kidnap a live parrot that was randomly in a cage in the Pub.

As I approached the cage, and went to pop my hand inside the Parrot screamed “ Ola Amigo” and I lost my bottle (ok that last bits not true)

Question 5 – What is your least favourite Ruts Football Memory?

Cant think of one – all good memories , maybe realising that I was too old to play anymore and we would never be in that boiling hot bath all together again.

Question 6 – Best Player you ever played with for the Ruts?

Tough one, I played with a few great players at the twilight of their careers like Knotty ,Gappy Boony, Capper, Howard all had amazing football brains, none had any pace at that point but were like wizards on the ball.

Alan Whiter one of my best mates, I can honestly say he made you a better player when you played with him.

But my choice is Linesey aka “The Beast” for the reason he could play in any position he wanted to and would probably be the best on the pitch at it , in Goal, defender midfielder and Striker, his commitment to winning was ridiculous . he could win games on his own.

Best Headerer of the ball, strongest tackle, had a good touch for a bit of a lump 😊

I was always so happy to have him in my side and so glad I never had to play against him.

Question 7 – Favourite Goal you scored or were part of in the build up?

I only scored headers from corners or free kicks, and they were all the same about 4 yards out…

My favourite goal was one I set up. It wasn’t any special game, but it sticks in my memory as I have never replicated it before or after….We were playing at Wimbledon Common extensions and I dribbled the ball from the edge of my box to the oppos corner flag (I was playing centre back btw) everyone was telling me to pass it as I was very well known for losing the ball by overplaying….i just ignored them and kept going , I went passed 3 or 4 players and by the time I got to the corner flag I was literally on my knees . I knew if I lost it I would have to sprint back and deal with the stick I would get for being greedy..(mainly from Ryan Brown ) So instead with the last bit of energy I had I barged past 1 more player and then swung my leg and the ball went flying across the face of the goal onto Alan Morley’s head…. GOOOOOOOALLL!

Question 8 – Most embarrassing moment in a Ruts Shirt? (Playing or Socially)

Every week in the showers standing next to Simon Young!

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 24th October 2020.

The 1st XI are Away to Lyne FC in a Friendly Match. Venue – Jubilee High School, School Lane, Addlestone, KT15 1TE. Kick Off 2.30pm (TBC).

The 2nd XI are Away to Oxted & District Res FC. Venue – Masters Park, Church Lane, Oxted, RH8 9LD. Kick Off is at 1.30pm.

The 3rd XI are at Home to Oxted & District ‘A’ FC in the Surrey Lower Junior Cup. Venue – Poplar Road. Kick Off is at 2.30pm.

The 4th XI are at Home to Wanderers Res FC. Venue – Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PN. Kick Off is at 1.30pm.

Best wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming weekend.

Results Round Up – Saturday 17th October 2020.

The 1st XI suffered their first defeat of the Season as they lost 3 – 2 at Richmond & Kew FC. This was a decent competitive match which saw our hosts edge the affairs overall. The OR’s fell behind before levelling through Toby Lempriere before the break.

Kevin Foster then put the OR’s 2 – 1 up in the second half following deft work from Liffen & Bagulho. Frustratingly, the Ruts gave away an unnecessary penalty, which RKFC duly scored from and soon after the earlier score-line was fully spun on it’s head as the Ruts found themselves fall 3 – 2 down.

The Ruts continued to chase an equaliser into the late stages and had a reasonable penalty appeal turned down, right at the death with the final chance of the game Whitto narrowly headed over a free-kick which could have earned us a point. Credit to our Hosts for their impressive display and win. Jake Searles was the OR’s MOTM.

The 2nd XI drew 3 – 3 with Sutton High FC at Poplar Road. This was an end to end affair which saw the visitors take the lead, before the Ruts went 3 – 1 ahead, only for the match to end up all level by the end.

Ollie Thompson netted a brace, Sam Leatherby scored the other Ruts goal, whilst Brad Szreider secured the MOTM.

The 3rd XI suffered a miserable away day at Old Boys Clapham Res, Darren Bloomfield’s decent and determined display secured him the Ruts MOTM award.

The 4th XI secured a highly credible point and a 0 – 0 draw at high scoring Surrey Casuals. This was an impressive feat as Manager Erol Yilmaz enthused how his defensive back 5 had a combined age of 218. (Wow!!) The OR’s magic Moroccan Abdel Hafidi (pictured) was the OR’s MOTM with a solid display.

Best wishes to the Ruts Youth Teams tomorrow.

Past Player Memories Part 2 – Dave Murphy

Nicknames – Spud or Murph

Ruts Appearances – 339

Ruts Goals – 310 (Still top of the Hall of Fame)

Question 1 – When did you join the Old Ruts and why?

I loved playing football and used to play in Haydon’s Road Park with a guy called Steven O’Connor every day after school. He had gone along to the ORs and then dragged me along to a training session. Was the year after I finished school, 1991 I think ? (Stats man Gav will know). The rest as they say is history 🙂

Question 2 – What was your most memorable match and why?

The Cup Final replay against the Addos in 1999, they had 2 players sent off in first half, one for punching Boon. It was 2-2 so it went to extra time. They scored with a header by the smallest player on the pitch. I then got a last-second equaliser. The shirt came off, I’m not proud! And the match then went to penalties and Zanz did his stuff despite the local hooligan’s taunts. They then decided to throw lumps of concrete from the Terrace at us. Nice! I think Wally stayed behind for a beer whilst the rest of us checked to see if our cars still had wheels.

Question 3 – Who was the best Manager/Captain you played under?

Best – Fred Jupp. He played me every week and never subbed me.

Worst – Sorry Newks ! A bit like Gerrard and Scholes, he couldn’t squeeze me and Jimmy Wilkes into the same team at the time and we both hated being subbed.

Question 4 – Your funniest Ruts Football Memory.

My wife watching the game and asking me afterwards who the tall good looking one on the team was…. it was Phil HF Rea – FFS !

Question 5 – What is your least favourite Ruts Football Memory?

Torn ACL.

Question 6 – Best Player you ever played with for the Ruts?

Hands down Alan Whiter. Best player, nicest bloke and always passed to me

Question 7 – Favourite Goal you scored or were part of in the build up?

The last one/next one, but not likely!

Question 8 – Most embarrassing moment in a Ruts Shirt? (Playing or Socially)

Pretty much most of the 90s were quite embarrassing.

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 17th October 2020.

The 1st XI are Away to Richmond & Kew FC. Venue – Ham Playing Fields, Riverside Drive, Richmond,TW10 7RX. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 2nd XI are at Home to Sutton High FC at Poplar Road. Kick Off is at 3.00pm.

The 3rd XI are Away to Old Boys Clapham Res FC. Venue – Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 4th XI are Away to Surrey Casuals FC. Venue – Wallington Sports Club, 34 Mollinson Drive, Wallington SM6 9BY. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this coming weekend.

Results Round Up – Saturday 10th October 2020.

Results Round Up – Saturday 10th October 2020.

The 1st XI got off to a flying start against Sporting Kitz FC earlier, as they took the lead just seconds after kick off, when Billy Liffen sped down the Right Wing to cross for Kevin Foster, who deftly fired a neat right volley into the Hosts net (yes, you read correctly, Foster & Right Foot in the same sentence!)

A competitive half duly ensued against our highly experienced and talented opponents who managed to level before the Interval, to make affairs all even at the break.

The Ruts upped a gear for much of the second period and pleasingly the tireless running of Liffen paid dividends, as his wide range cross/come shot evaded the Kitz Keeper at the far post. Both teams remained toe to toe in the exchanges until the latter stages, when Paul Whitthread firmly headed home a Foster Corner to make it 3 – 1 to the OR’s. Billy Liffen edged the OR’s MOTM nod from the Gaffers, although this was a thorough all round team performance seeing everyone play their part.

Joint Manager George Tidey was delighted with his team’s performance as he enthused ‘ after 3 wins in 3, it would have been very easy for the lads to get complacent, but it was quite the opposite. Most of this team were around for our 6 – 3 loss last season against Sporting Kitz, they are a well set up team. We were determined not to let that happen again. We’ll keep working hard and not let a good start to this Season go to our heads’.

The 2nd XI went down 6 – 4 at Home to South Croydon FC at Poplar Road. The Ruts found themselves 4 – 1 down in the first half, before storming back to level the match at 4 – 4 courtesy of a Sam ‘MOTM’ Leatherby hatrick and a Dean Riordan strike. Alas, their hard work in getting back into the game was undone when the Visitors struck back twice more to take the 3 points home with them.

The 3rd XI also suffered a defeat, as they went down 6 – 1 to a bright Sporting 50 Reserves FC. Pierce Gleeson netted the OR’s goal.

The 4th XI were delighted to secure their first point of the campaign against Waddon Wanderers FC, as they drew 1 – 1 courtesy of a Jason Hughes goal.

Best wishes to the Ruts Junior teams tomorrow.

Past Player Memories – Darren Knott.

Welcome to our new weekly feature, which will see us catching up with some of our Past Players.

Name Darren Knott

Nickname Knotty

Ruts Appearances 497 (I need to make 3 sub appearances to make 500 please)

Ruts Goals 214

Question 1 – When did you join the Old Ruts and why?

In Ruts Football 2nd year 1991-92 Season, I loved the idea of playing with former school pals and good friends, Great signing by big Gav…and the Ruts Bar was legendary.

Question 2 – What was your most memorable match and why?

Beating Kingston Albion 3-0 in the 1996 Teck Cup final. They were a very good side, but we were too good that day. I remember a couple of assists for a young Whizzer Wilkes that day. Don’t remember much about the evening though…

Question 3 – Who was the best Manager/Captain you played under?

Gary Newks, could see why he played at a higher standard, his training sessions were also very good.

Question 4 – Your funniest Ruts Football Memory.

Too many to mention, all the tours were great though. The story we’ve all heard about H’s misses running onto the pitch would’ve been up there if I was at that match. RIP H we all miss you.

Question 5 – What is your least favourite Ruts Football Memory?

Being subbed whilst playing for the third team, which drove home to me that I was indeed too old, thank goodness we started the vet’s team where no one else could run.

Question 6 – Best Player you ever played with for the Ruts?

Tough one, but has to be Boony, what a finisher

Question 7 – Favourite Goal you scored or were part of in the build up?

Has to be the Scissor kick I scored in extra time of the semi-final against Sheen Ath, took us through to final where we beat our arch rivals Kingston Albion 3-0. Took so much effort I got cramp in both legs, ended up flat on my back, which made the celebratory bundle even more painful !

Question 8 – Most embarrassing moment in a Ruts Shirt? (Playing or Socially)

On pitch; either getting sent off after chasing the fella that kicked me up in the air, I only caught him because Capper tripped him up…or missing 2 pens in one game away in Kingston somewhere.

Off pitch; Probably my epic chunder in front of the family walking past our coach on the way to the match on our first tour to Belgium in 1995 (Many nicknames established this weekend, Lee Tit’s Fisher, Justin “101” Nuggets Stanley, Ben Symbols Barber to name but a few…think I got away with one there…!)

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 10th October 2020.

The 1st XI are Away to Sporting Kitz FC. Venue – Wimbledon Common Extensions. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 2nd XI are at Home to South Croydon FC at Poplar Road.Kick Off is at 3.00pm.

The 3rd XI are at Home to Sporting 50 Reserves FC. Venue – Tudor Drive, Morden. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 4th XI are at Home to Waddon Wanderers FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

Best wishes to all of the Ruts teams this weekend.

Results Round Up – Saturday 3rd October 2020.

The 1st XI overcame a first half deficit against Epsom Kings FC, as they fell behind to a Penalty. The Ruts created chances in the period themselves, with the pick of the bunch being a Paul Gough free kick striking the post and an Elliott Gibbs Header smashing against the Crossbar.

Pleasingly the half time team-talk paid dividends, as Gough levelled from the spot after Skipper Paul Whitthread was shoved in the back. Soon after, the Ruts took the lead and began to take further control of the game as a clever header from Gibbs put the Ruts 2 – 1 ahead. A BIG shout out to OR’s Keeper Evan Watson at this juncture, as he pulled off a fantastic save, which prevented Epsom from levelling the match.

This was followed by a superb individual goal from Billy Liffen after his tenacious play saw him outmuscle his marker before flying down the flank, before slotting home for 3 – 1. With the OR’s pressure continuing Toby Lempriere was alert to fire home the Ruts 4th, which finally deflated the Sails of the Epsom Ship.

Make no mistake for the most part this was a very well contested match in what is looking like a decent Division, therefore the importance of winning individual battles all around the pitch today was the key to us securing all 3 points, enabling us to maintain an impressive start the 2020/21 campaign. Captain Whitto was the Ruts MOTM.

The 3rd Team went down 4 – 0 at Cheam Village Warriors FC. The lads held their own for much of the game before finding themselves 2 – 0 down by 70 minutes. 2 more goals cemented the home win for the hosts. The lads will be looking to secure their first points of the Season next time out..

The inclement Weather saw the 2nd & 4th XI Matches postponed.

Best wishes to the Ruts Youth teams tomorrow.