Monday, 5 June 2017

Statattack: The Curse Of The Tonbridge Oppo

Our win last Thursday brought an end to a 12-match winless streak, which included 6 successive defeats. But I wasn't surprised, because I've seen this before...

We have played Tonbridge-based opposition 4 times, and have won all 4 matches, mostly by a handsome margin.  But we've never won our next match.  And three times out of four, we have gone on a winless streak - on one occasion, an unwanted record bad run.

On 24 February 2008, the Accies travelled to Tunbridge Wells to play Dads Army, an 11-a-side team cobbled together from a group of Tonbridge dads who played 5-a-side once a month.  My 37th birthday two days earlier and the opportunity to watch the Spurs vs Chelsea League Cup Final after the match were the nominal reasons for the away day. Effra duly thrashed the Dads 9-0, but it wasn't until 11 September 2008 that we next tasted victory.  We suffered 8 defeats, then 2 draws, then a club record TEN defeats in a row after that 9-0 win.  A club record 20 games without a win in total.

Dads Army effectively became Longmead Tuesday, with the Tonbridge side now an amalgamation of a group of weekly 5-a-side players.  Longmead Tuesday have actually won an 11-a-side match at CPNSC - they beat Southside 1-0 in either 2009 or 2010.  But their first game against Effra in London resulted in our biggest ever victory margin: 13-1.  Naturally, the Accies lost our next game.  Albeit on this occasion the curse only lasted one match: we won our next 4 games.  So the Tonbridge curse had an off-year by its usual standards.

Last year we beat Longmead Tuesday 3-2 in a thrilling encounter and the curse re-established itself: we lost our next 4 games in a row.  And this year, as stated above, the curse once again took a depressing stranglehold.  Fortunately we played a blinder against Grafton Strollers last week to banish the curse...  Until the next time?

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Theatre Of Dreams!

Great photo of the Theatre Of Dreams by Accies founder member Chris Osborne 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Videos galore!!

Here are the latest set of videos stretching back to September 2016 and taking in Dan's four goals v Grafton Strollers, our game in Rotterdam, the 3-15 shlacking against Southbank, Sam's goal of 2016 v Sporting Falcons, the 11-0 win against Grafton Strollers, which included two hatricks courtsey of Steve Rudd and Dan Ogoun, games against new oppo and the crazy game in the snow right up to February this year.

Enjoy at the Accies youtube site or click on the following links:

v Grafton Strollers, 29th September 2016  https://youtu.be/LJn6WRIksGc

v Flaccas and Fatboys, 8th October 2016 https://youtu.be/3MqtsusfVDM

v Sporting Falcons, 13th October 2016  https://youtu.be/KlysojqMTiM

v Southbank Cuaco (if you dare), 20th October 2016  https://youtu.be/XfFSIoOoiQI

v Mott McDonald, 27th October 2016  https://youtu.be/n8tjirZBSzc

v Atkins FC, 3rd November 2016  https://youtu.be/iBoNnASrVn4

v CP&DSV, 24th November 2016  https://youtu.be/dfjbmqMMKsg

v Grafton Strollers, 15th December 2016  https://youtu.be/ImBedvjsW1c

v Oldsmiths FC, 22nd December 2016  https://youtu.be/79BXsx7vzzo

v Wanderers, 12th January 2016  https://youtu.be/el3YiYg-_LI

v Friends XI, 19th January 2016  https://youtu.be/GLVveJnbjfQ

 v Groundhoppers, 2nd February 2016  https://youtu.be/rr3C3TCPkn8

v Mott McDonald, 9th February 2016  https://youtu.be/9fXcIhBy7vc

Plus a bonus video of Bregje's set at Man Down on 27th November 2016:

 https://youtu.be/qAVSHIfwCWk


Friday, 3 March 2017

Return Of Statattack!

At long last the 2017 Results; Golden Boot 2017; and all-time Accies 11-a-side stats have been updated (you'll find them on the right-hand side of the blog, although if you're reading this post on a mobile device you'll need to scroll down and click on 'View web version').  Here are some statistical highlights:

The race for this year's Golden Boot is in the early stages, of course, and last year's record breaking winner Dan Ogoun, sadly out injured, has watched patiently from the sidelines over the past few weeks as Scott Greenwell and Simon Mesner give him a target to aim for when he's back playing.  Simon already has more goals in 2017 than he scored in the whole of 2016 - the result of tireless practice behind the scenes, as well as an extended run of games up front, rather than at centre back.  Scott celebrated his return to the Accies match squad with a sublime hat-trick, instantly catapulting himself into the box seat in the Golden Boot ranks for this year.

In the all-time stats, last night's win vs Longmead Tuesday means we have successfully delayed an unwanted  stat: our 300th 11-a-side defeat.  Hopefully we can keep that one at bay for a few more weeks!

Looking at the all-time 11-a-side scorers list, Simon Mesner's decent form in front of goal (seven goals in his last nine appearances) has returned him to the top 3, ahead of Perre Heath, during which time Simon also netted his 100th 11-a-side goal for the club, becoming only the fourth player to reach that milestone.  At the other end of that list, Nicky Holtham's debut goal last night - he's the 82nd person to score an 11-a-side goal for the club - sees him becoming the latest player in joint 60th place.  Fellow triallist Paddy McKeown is just above Nicky on 2 goals, drawing level with 'quality not quantity' scorers such as Luke Fallon and Stuart Dade :-)

In the all-time appearances list, Stuart Dade is edging closer to his 400th 11-a-side game for the club, while Luke Fallon has moved above Luis Sandoval into fifth spot, and has Steve Spurdens in fourth firmly in his sights.  And Anthony Emery has broken back into the top 10, sitting level with Andy Thornes for the time being.  And at the bottom of the list, Paddy McKeown is the newest addition, having notched his fifth appearance for us last night.  Welcome, Paddy!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

Thursday, 6 October 2016

International Weekend!


This is where the Accies will be playing on Saturday afternoon...!

#MoreThanJustAFootballTeam


Huge respect to our Dutch friends for organizing this - we are very much looking forward to every aspect of the weekend, but especially playing at this fantastic stadium! Stadion Woudestein - home of S.B.V. Excelsior.


Bedankt vrienden!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Videos galore!

Yes, at last I have caught up from March this year.  14 videos for your delectation in the usual place including an Andy Judd far post finish, a Dean Marney overhead kick, an Andrew Dade back post volley, a Cruyff turn assist, 2-10 and 1-9 hammerings as well as a 7-3 win, world class saves and at least one clean sheet.

Enjoy!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Team Vs Mott McDonald 22.09.16


Anthony
Montell Barry Lee Stuart
Scott Sam Pasch Charlie
Simon Dean
Subs- Steve (Charlie), Andy J (Scott), Dan (Dean)

Anthony
Montell Barry Lee Charlie
Scott Andy J Pasch Steve
Dan Dean
Subs- Stuart (Montell) Charlie R/B Stuart L/B, Simon (Barry), Sam (Pasch)

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Revised team against FOB FC- 11/8/16

Here's the revised team for tomorrow against FOB FC. as Atkins have pulled out-

Anthony
Montell Lee Barry Phil A
Simon Pasch Tremayne Charlie
Dean Dan
Subs- Stuart (Phil A) Scott (Dan) Luke 

Anthony
Barry Lee Luke Stuart
Scott Pasch Phil A Charlie
Simon Dan 
Subs- Dean (Simon) Montell (Barry) Tremayne (Pasch)

Remember we are playing on the astro turf.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Grafton Strollers 28/7/16

There is high availability for tomorrow's game so we have 3 players on stand by which I have listed according to who will get to play, if there are any drop outs, below the team-

Anthony
Andrew D Lee Luke Phil A
Dan Jose Tremayne Steve
Sam Simon
Subs- Stuart (Phil A), Scott (Simon), Barry (Luke)

Anthony
Barry Luke Lee Stuart
Scott Phil A Tremayne Steve
Sam Simon
Subs- Andrew D (Lee) Andrew D R/B Barry C/H, Jose (Tremayne), Dan (Steve) Dan C/F Simon L/M

Stand by-
1. Charlie. 2. Pasch 3. Dean

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Mott McDonald 22/7/16

Here's the team for tomorrow-

Anthony
Montell Cosmos Simon Stuart
Scott Jose Pasch Tremayne
Dan Sam
Subs- Luke (Cosmos), Steve (Tremayne)

Cosmos
Montell Luke Simon Anthony
Tremayne Jose Pasch Steve
Dan Sam
Subs- Scott (Tremayne), Stuart (Anthony)

Luke and Steve are turning up late hence the reappearance of my good self and Cosmos on the team sheet from the start.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

CP&DSV- 14/7/16

Here's the runners and riders for tomorrow-

Anthony
Andrew D.  Lee. Andy J. Phil A
Charlie Pasch Sam Steve
Simon Dan
Subs-  Jose (Pasch), Scott (Charlie), Stuart (Phil A)

Anthony
Andrew D Phil A Lee Stuart
Scott Jose Pasch Charlie
Sam Dan
Subs- Andy J (Lee), Steve (Andrew D), Simon (Dan)

Stand by- Montell, Barry, Tremayne

Last week the management team agreed that we would have a squad of 14 for each game. Therefore I would like to explain the rationale behind who is on standby and who is playing this week.
Put simply I have looked at who attended the club socials recently and picked them automatically. The only exception to this is Andy J who is playing, then Montell is on standby based on having the next best attendance, then Barry.
I would encourage everybody to turn up and watch and if anybody drops out then the stand by order applies.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Southbank Cuaco 30/6/16

Juat about recovered from last week's defeat but I guess I haven't had the double whammy of that game plus England's loss, that most of you have had.

Anyway here's the team with the changes

Anthony
Andrew D. Luke Barry  Stuart
Andy J Pasch Sam Montell
Simon Dean
Subs - Dan (Dean), Steve (Montell), Charlie (Stuart), Scott, Cosmos

Cosmos
Montell Simon Barry Stuart
Scott Sam Pasch Steve
Dan Dean
Subs- Luke (Barry), Andrew D (Montell), Andy J (Sam), Charlie (Pasch), Anthony (Simon)

Last week was a tough one to take and I have tried to avoid the mistakes I felt that I made at the end of the game last Thursday.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Beaujolais Fun Boys 23/6/16

Tomorrow's team is below-

Anthony
Andy D. Lee Barry. Charlie
Andy J.  Jose Sam. Steve
Simon Dan
Subs- Phil A (Barry) Montell (Andy D) Pasch Scott

Anthony
Andy D Barry Phil A  Montell
Andy J Pasch Jose Steve
Scott Sam
Subs- Dan (Sam), Simon (Andy J), Charlie (Steve), Lee (Jose) Phil A CM Lee CH

Bounce-back-ability from two weeks ago must be our priority tomorrow. 100% effort and leaving everything out there please. Together with our effective short passing and moving should see us through.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Does this count as a post-match pub attendance stat?

Here's a lovely pic of Andy "He Always Starts" Dade in the Grape & Grain last night after the game. Or is it…?


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Sporting Falcons 9/6/16

The team with the changes is to be found below-

Anthony
Andrew D Lee Barry Stuart
Andy J Pasch Jose  Montell 
Simon Dan
Subs- Luke (Barry), Dean (Dan), Cosmos (Pasch), Scott

Cosmos
Barry Lee Luke Anthony 
Scott Pasch Jose Andy J 
Dean Dan 
Subs- Andrew D (Jose), Montell (Lee) Barry CH Montell RB, Stuart (Anthony), Simon (Andy J)

Just a heads up re Sam. He has decided not to play tomorrow.
We all hope you make a speedy recovery Sam.

Also Anthony and Cosmos will be sharing the goalkeeping tomorrow.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

2/6/16 West Wickham Musicians

Apologies for the late posting of the team but I was watching the Euro '96 recap on BBC1. Hope this summer is half as exciting as that was (yes even as Scotsman who was at the infamous 2-0 loss to England....... in the ENGLAND end). It was some tournament and thanks to the team I was playing with at the time I went to a few games including the final.

Anyway back to the present...

Anthony
Montell. Lee Luke Stuart
Andy J Sam Phil A Steve
Dan Dean
Subs- Simon (Steve) Barry (Luke) Charlie (Sam)
Stand-by- Scott

Anthony
Barry Lee Luke Phil A
Andy J Sam Charlie Steve
Dan Simon
Subs-  Dean (Dan), Montell (Lee) Barry C/H Montell R/B, Stuart (Phil A)
Stand-by- Scott

I will be following on Stuart's Twitter feed so I will be on tender hooks just like 20 years ago.
Let's make it a hat trick of victories.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Atkins 26/5/16

The team for tomorrow's game is below-

Anthony
Montell. Lee. Luke. Phil A
Andy J Pasch Sam Charlie
Simon Dan
Subs- Stuart (Phil A), Dean (Dan), Barry (Lee), Steve (Charlie)

Anthony
Charlie Lee Luke Stuart
Andy J Phil A Pasch Steve
Dan Dean
Subs- Sam (Pasch), Simon (Andy J), Montell (Charlie), Barry (Luke)


In this system with 4 subs sometimes players have to play for 45 minutes which I am trying to rotate around the team. 
Last week this applied to Luke. I judged that people would rather play for that period of time rather than missing out. This week it applies to Charlie and Barry.
Also based on the last few week's experiences it has been useful to have an extra player to cover injuries and the 4th sub has enabled this to happen.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Team against Crown Agents 19/5/16

Here's the team with the changes a day early-

Anthony
Andrew D Lee Luke Stuart
Andy J Pasch Jose Charlie
Dean Sam
Subs- Phil A (Luke), Dan (Sam), Montell (Andrew D) Steve (Charlie)

Anthony
Andrew D Phil A Luke Charlie
Montell Andy J Sam Steve
Dan Dean
Subs- Lee (Luke), Pasch (Andy J), Stuart (Dean) Charlie CM Sam CF, Jose (dependent on his injury and player fitness)

Any questions please let me know in the usual way.

Tremayne

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Team against Robert Bird FC 12/5/16

Here's the team for tomorrow's game.

Anthony
Montell. Barry Phil A. Stuart
Scott Sam Jose Steve
Dan Simon
Subs- Pasch (Jose), Dean (Simon), Andy J (Scott), Charlie (Stuart)

Anthony
Charlie Simon Barry Stuart
Scott Pasch Jose Andy J
Dan Dean
Subs- Sam (Dan), Montell (Pasch), Phil A (Stuart) Steve (Barry) Dean CH Scott CF Steve LM Andy J RM

4-4-2 again folks!!

Tremayne

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Team against Mott McDonald 5/5/16

Here's the runners and riders for tomorrow-
Anthony
Andrew D  Luke  Phil A
Lee
Dan.    Pasch.   Sam   Steve
Simon
Scott
Subs- Stuart (Phil A), Dave (Luke), Andy J (Pasch) Charlie (Sam)

Anthony
Dave. Luke. Charlie
Lee
Andy J Phil A Pasch Steve
Sam
Simon
Subs- Scott (Simon), Andrew D (Lee), Dan (Steve), Stuart (Luke)

I have had to ask Montell and Dean to miss out this week just to let you all know.

We will keep up the system that has worked for the last 2 games 3-1-4-1-1.
A lot of the team played two games at the weekend so they were front of the queue for playing tomorrow but I have also taken into account possible fatigue issues re the team selection with Luke and Stuart but will monitor the situation. Please let me know if any of you are feeling tired during the game.

Monday, 2 May 2016

At long last!

Gents,

At long last, the video you have all been waiting for, Rotterdam 2015.

Click on Rotterdam 2015 to view hi-lights of the 100 mile bike ride and the match including Stuart's titilating dip in the North Sea, the penatly that wasn't, Scott's free kick and Tremayne's 'goal'.

I've re-named the site Effra Academicals and linked it to Effra's email account, unlinking it from mine.  This shouldn't affect you if you have subscribed to the channel but I intend to tidy the site up to make it a proper resource for the club.

If you haven't subscribed already then do so now.

Enjoy.