Venue: The Brenntag Stadium
Score: Ssshhhhhhhhhhh it’s a secret!
Today saw the Whites travel to Thackley to take on the mite of Thackley Thunder. Thackley Thunder are unbeaten at home in 15 years. A remarkable achievement for any team but when you consider they are an U8’s team it’s almost unbelievable.
Most of the talk before the game was about the takeover of the club by Scottish millionaire Billy McAualey. The rumours going around The Brenntag Stadium were that the takeover had gone through and Mr McAuley had purchased Guiseley Whites U8’s for £10. It is reported he used one of those dodgy Scottish notes that they reckon are legal tender in England!
As the Guiseley players came out of the tunnel and onto the Brenntag Stadium pitch the rumours looked to be true. A new face in the Guiseley Whites Squad – Sam (another one). Mr McAuley had managed to push through the sale of the club for £10 before anyone had noticed that he had bought it with a dodgy Scottish £10 note. His first action was to recruit Sam from Barcelona Juniors on a free transfer and no wages. Stroke of genius from the tight fisted Scotsman.
The Guiseley Whites warmed up and the manager decided to take a few pictures for memorabillia. He got the lads to line up for a team photo:
The lads seemed to enjoy posing for the camera, particularly Ollie who adopted the One Direction style pose of standing at a 45 degree angle with head tilted to one side. As the pictures were being taken the manager noticed that Jacob seemed to be scratching his head with one hand. When asked to put his hand down he replied, “but I have got an itch, a massive itch right on the side of my head!”
This provoked much laughter from the rest of the squad as they all turned around for a closer look:
So to the game. With new signing Sam taking up the responsibility of captaining the Whites the boys got off to a lightning (bum bum) start and were soon passing the ball around in a way that Barcelona can only dream of. Both goals were peppered with shots and Guiseley managed a few early goals with the odd reply from Thunder. Jacob in goals was producing one of the best goal keeping performances of all time and made a couple of saves that were more spectacular than Gordon Banks’ save from that Pele header years ago or that Rene Aguita spider kick thing from a world cup a few years back.
There was some tough tackling once again from man of steel Henry P. Ollie and Sam B were also putting in some huge tackles to compete with the tough tackling Thunder boys. New signing, and captain for the day, Sam got off to a “storming” start and set about the Thackley boys tenaciously pressing them back towards their own goal. Sam M and Dan were working tirelessly for Guiseley at the back, with Dan showing us his usual superb awareness and reading of the game and Sam M demonstrating how to keep the ball and retain possession. Callum showed some touches of sublime skill throughout the game and is becoming the Xavi of the Guiseley Whites U8’s the way he pulls the strings and dictates the pace of the game. Harry M scored some more goals bringing his tally to the season to 437 in 5 matches. Not bad.
Interesting Fact: New owner Billy McAuley owns chemical distribution company Brenntag. Reporters went to Brenntag to find out a little more about the new owner. Some quotes from his employees were:
“He’s as tight as a ducks backside and that’s waterproof”
“He’s tighter than a photo finish”
“He’s tighter than an Italian tenor’s trousers”
So it looks like the new owners tenure is going to be more in the mould of Ken Bates than Roman Abramovich and the Guiseley Manager can’t be expecting an influx of new high profile galactico type signings in the near future!
Mind you, with some of the decisions he made in this game it might not be long before Mr McAuley wants rid of the Guiseley Manager. The market is supporting this speculation too. Since the takeover odds have been slashed from 7/1 to 2/1 for him being the first U8’s managerial casualty of the season.
Sam, Sam & Sam when there are three Sam’s in the same team it makes it easy for the manager to get the team back behind the ball. One cry of “get back in Sam” and three of the players are back defending! Result.
Some action shots from the game: