New Players are Welcome to join Old Ruts for 2021/22

Pre-Season Training commences on Tuesday 27th July at King Georges Playing Field, Tudor Drive, Morden, SM4 4PN, 6.45pm for a prompt 7.00pm start.

We are looking to bolster the strength of our 4 x Saturday Men’s XI’s. If you are interested in joining us, please email oldrutsfootball@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

You can also find us on Twitter – https://twitter.com/oldrutsfootball

We look forward to hearing from you!

Club Hall of Fame – Player Records

Ruts Appearances – All time TOP 10, as at June 2021

CRAIG LYLE – 796

STEVEN BERRY – 725

SIMON MINIHANE – 616

NIGEL WATFORD – 599

GRAHAM WINTER – 542

LEE CAFFELL – 507

ROLAND HEAL – 507

DARREN KNOTT – 497

JEREMY CAPPER – 484

EROL YILMAZ 457

Ruts Goals – All time TOP 10.

DAVE MURPHY – 310

IAN LENNARD – 300

STEVEN BERRY – 231

LEE POULTER – 220

DARREN KNOTT – 214

ALAN MORLEY – 200

PAUL HULL – 184

SIMON MINIHANE – 172

BILLY FINNIS – 168

SIMON YOUNG – 140

Club Milestones 2020 -2021

Ruts Appearances

Erol Yilmaz 450th – 10th April 2021

Jamie Shawki 250th – 10th April 2021

Kevin Foster 200th – 17th April 2021

Alex Blenkinsop 150th – 29th August 2020

Richard Edmonds 150th – 1st May 2021

Paul Gough 100th – 26th September 2020

Will Mortimer 100th – 10th April 2021

Ryan Kennett 100th – 8th May 2021

Ruts Goals

Paul Gough 50th – 24th April 2021

With our thanks to Wally Winter for maintaining our Player Records.

Results Round Up – Saturday 15th May 2021.

The 1st XI had a Week off and play their final fixture next Saturday.

The 2nd XI went down 3 – 1 to Frenches Res FC, the Ruts took an early lead thanks to a terrific Sam Leatherby strike. However, the visitors replied shortly before the interval and struck twice more in the second half to secure the points. Young Keeper Louis Brown was the OR’s MOTM as he pulled off numerous decent saves during the match.

The 3rd XI drew 2 – 2 at OW Shaftesbury Res FC. Pierce Gleeson notched for the Ruts and also picked up the MOTM award.

The 4th XI lost 2 – 0 to South London Elite FC to complete the afternoons results. Alex Avis duly earned the Ruts MOTM award for stepping up to play in goal and performing competently.

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 15th May 2021.

The 1st XI have a Week off and return to action on the 22nd of May.

The 2nd XI are at Home to Frenches Res FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 3rd XI are Away to OW Shaftesbury Res FC. Venue – Wimbledon Common Extensions. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

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

Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.

Results Round Up – Saturday 8th May 2021.

The Ruts achieved two Victories, whilst also suffering two defeats in a highly eventful afternoon earlier on today.

The 1st XI played out an incredibly tight top of the table clash against a talented Richmond & Kew FC and ultimately they came out marginal winners in a 1 – 0 Win thanks to a thunderbolt strike from Lee Holland.

The Visitors enjoyed the better chances in the first period, which also saw a fair few challenges from both teams, make the proceedings quite feisty & tense at times. This high tempo clash changed course to some degree, following straight red cards to midfielders from both teams, around the half hour mark. I am open to debate on this one, although from my viewpoint, an RK player stamped on one of ours who retaliated, which meant both teams had to continue with 10 men.

The 2nd period was equally tight and potentially heading for a goalless draw. However, around 10 minutes from time Ruts Midfielder Lee Holland superbly controlled the ball in his path and unleashed a truly stunning 30 yarder, which was deserving of winning any game.

In the very final minutes of injury time the OR’s were reduced to 9 men, although the lads saw out the closing stages well to secure an important 3 points. Ruts Keeper Evan Watson got the MOTM nod amongst many candidates for producing 2 outstanding saves, one either side of the interval.

R & K remain top on goal difference, and they also have a game in hand. So, whatever, the outcome is in their remaining 2 games, versus our 1 game on the 22nd. Best wishes to both teams with their conclusions to the Season. What will be, will be. #GrassRootsFootball.

The 2nd XI secured an impressive 4 – 0 against Oxted & District Res FC. A brace from Steve Berry, plus strikes from Thomas Boylan and Adam Randall earning the Victory, with Bradley Szreider impressing well securing him the MOTM.

The heavily depleted 3rd XI had to play with 10 men throughout, in their long distance away fixture at NPL ‘A’ following plenty of late blowouts. The lads lost 7 – 1, although I personally ‘doff my cap’ to Player Manager Christian Cittie for ensuring his team fulfilled the fixure, which even meant an Uber trip to Staines for some of our Players to enable this despite the circumstances. A top effort from Christian and his team . Mark Todd notched the OR’s consolation goal.

The largely Senior 4th XI suffered a hefty 9 -0 reverse against much younger opposition in Surrey Casuals FC.

Manager Erol Yilmaz awarded Graham ‘Bernie’ Winter the Ruts MOTM award.

Best wishes to all Ruts teams involved in Sporting Fixtures tomorrow.

The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 8th May 2021.

The 1st XI are at Home to Richmond & Kew FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 2nd XI are at Home to Oxted & District Res FC. Venue – Prince Georges, Grand Drive. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

The 3rd XI are Away to NPL ‘A’ FC. Venue – Springwest Academy, Bowells Road, Feltham, TW13 7EF. Kick Off is at 2.00pm.

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

Best Wishes to all of the Ruts Teams this coming Weekend.

Old Ruts Walking Football – Monday 3rd May 2021.

An enjoyable afternoon on Bank Holiday Monday saw our ORA Chairman Kevin Wilde make his official debut for Old Ruts Football in a fantastic Round Robin Walking Football Tournament with our Friends from AFC Wimbledon.

Old Ruts Team ‘A’ won the day with some impressive goals scored by Club Leg-ends Darren Knott, Phil Rea and Erol Yilmaz. Lee ‘Trigger’ Poulter also notched a brace for Old Ruts ‘B’ in the tournament.

L to R – Alex Pugh, Kevin Wilde, Phil Rea, Simon Hithersay, Erol Yilmaz, Paul Riches, Darren Knott,, Martin Killerby.

Results Round Up – Saturday 1st May 2021.

The 1st XI were on the cusp of earning all 3 points at Most Wanted Elite FC last Saturday having lead 1 – 0 for virtually all of the 2nd half, courtesy of a well taken Goal from MOTM Billy Liffen. However, a late sting in the tail put a major dent in the Ruts title ambitions as follows.

This was a very tough and often feisty match on a poor pitch, which made it hard for both teams throughout the afternoon. After securing the lead soon after the interval the OR’s were looking good to secure a narrow win, only for the Hosts to snatch a very late leveller in the final few seconds! That’s football for you. We go again next week against the new League Leaders.

The 2nd XI secured a 2 – 1 Victor at Wilf Kroucher FC, Ruts MOTM Steve Berry and Sam Leatherby scored the Ruts all important goals.

The 3rd XI went down 3 – 0 to Sporting 50 Res FC with Darren Bloomfield earning the Ruts MOTM Award.

The 4th XI put in a strong display against League Leaders Home Purley Old Boys FC, frustratingly they were undone 1 – 0, by a 85th minute powerfully headed goal, which ultimately secured all 3 points for the Visitors.. Manager Erol Yilmaz awarded Steve Rowlands the OR’s MOTM.