Garnet B Player Profiles written by Richard 'Potter'
Holme (with a little help from Powers and Ford)
ED 'THE HEAD' SHAW (GK/DF) Debut 1999
Garnett's number one has been used in a number of positions this season,
be it centre half, full back or between the sticks. Ed has given it
his all where ever his manager has deployed him but toward the second
half of the season he has provided some much needed stability at the
back. Ed has put in some fantastic performances none better than a series
of memorable saves, which set up the extras time cup win over first
division outfit, Diggers..
ROB 'VAN DER SAR' SCOTT (GOALKEEPER)
Fresher started in the 4th Team, but captain 4D was quick to sing his
praises and his move up to Reserves was secured through masterfully
cross handling and excellent shot stopping. When you add to this his
commitment Rob has proved to be an excellent addition to the club, and
will continue to seriously challenge for a 1st team spot.
STEVE COOK (RB)
An accomplished all rounder, this season Steve has regularly slotted
into unfamiliar positions when needed. A solid, tough tackling, no nonsense
footballer he has been one of the players of the season, as Garnett
have challenged at the top of the division. He has also found a goal
scoring touch including an excellent strike from distance, against a
battling Philosophers side.
TOM RIGBY (CB) Debut 2003
A recent addition to the Garnett squad Tom has shone on every one of
his appearances, already notching two men of the match awards. A more
than capable fullback he has also weighed in with an impressive brace
against fellow promotion chasers, Dynamo Fenham, the pick of which was
a fabulous thirty yard cross field shot which bamboozled the stunned
JAMES POOLE (CB/GK) Debut 2002
Another important squad man James has slotted into a number of positions
whenever called upon (when he makes it to the games). The reinvented
goalkeeper has been equally comfortable at fullback, centre half or
in midfield. He regularly puts his body on the line, no more so than
when throwing himself between Dynamo Fenham defenders to score a towering
header with his first touch.
PHIL CHURCH (CB) Debut 1999
The Garnett legend has returned, following a brief spell back in the
Smoke (rumour has it on loan at Tottenham). Churchy is a solid defensive
presence, with a surprising turn of pace, who always seems to manage
one marauding run down the sideline. His moment of the season must surely
be the amazing reaction to a dislocated shoulder against Rutherford,
resembling a giant squid, which had just been speared with a narcotic
laced harpoon, whilst simultaneously suffering from an epileptic fit.
ANDY POWERS (CB) Debut 2000
Austin Powers' less well know cousin has had the season of his life.
The club captain is renowned, around the league, for doing whatever
it takes to stop an opposition attack. A towering presence at the back,
Andy can always be relied upon to take either the ball or the man. Although
he always looks extremely surprised having just pole axed an opponent.
Thank God we don't have to play against him.
ADAM 'ROBBO' ROBINS (CB) Debut 1998
A perfect foil for 'Super' Powers, Robbo is just as strong, tough and
a little nastier. An accomplished ball player he knows when to go for
the forty-yard defence splitting pass, but normally just hoofs it out
of play. A true rock at the heart of Garnett's trusted and reliable
'ZAMMO' RANKIN (RB/LB) Debut 2002
'Zammo' in his second season at Garnett has had
lots of problems with work and injuries and his appearances have been
limited. Comfortable at right and left back, he makes up for his lacking
height with lots of passion. Those who were there will also remember
zammo s special guest appearance at wiggle, which capped a poorly attended
night out last season.
RORY MONAGHAN (LEFT SIDE/DEFENCE)
Enthusiastic fresher Rory impressed with his commitment on and off the
pitch. He surprised many by winning a regular place in the Reserves
but his competitive nature, pace, and fitness have made him well suited
to the rigors of the Tyneside Amateur League. A Paddy favourite, Rory
can do a job at left back but his best position is left midfield.
DAVE 'GOLLY' RUTHERFORD (CB) Debut 2002
Dave is a consistent performer who has operated
at various positions effectively since his debut. With his sweet left
foot and huge throw (zammo could take a few pointers) one substitute
appearance last season resulted in two goals from his throws in a valuable
3-2 win. Dave has proven a valuable part of the squad. Lately however
due to work commitments his appearances have been limited.
(CF/LM) Debut 2001
The venerable Bede is arguable Garnett's most talented footballer, at
his best he is either a mesmerising winger or electric front man. This
season he has been a real goal threat against any opposition and his
speed and trickery on the ball has perplexed many defenders. He is equally
dangerous in the air and proved this with a couple of fantastic headers
at Barnstoneworth and Diggers, in the cup.
GLENT KENT (CM) Debut 2002
Glenn is one of Garnett's unsung heroes, he has had an outstanding season,
and must be a sure bet for Player of the Year. A real hard man in the
middle of the park he has also weighed in with a couple of goals. Glenn
always gives 100% and has also deputised as captain, leading from the
front. Equally comfortable on the ball as he is in the tackle Glenn
has truly come of age this season, moving out of the shadow of his good
friend, and former Garnett player Sam Marshall.
DAN FORD (CM/CF) Debut 2000
Player manager Dan has done an excellent job on and off the field this
year, with bags of natural talent Dan has worked hard on the more physical
aspects of the game. His dead ball delivery has been critical in Garnett's
success this year with many goals coming from his Beckhamesque corners.
The highlight of his season must surely be a 30 yard scorcher to clinch
a 5-4 friendly victory over a Martin Pollard managed A team. Rumours
of a big money transfer to Chester City have been strongly denied.
KEITH JONES (CF) Debut 2001
It is thought that Keith has scored more goals against Garnett than
any other man. Such form left Director of Football, Paddy Powlett, no
choice other than to sign him for the Green and Black. Since then Garnett
have benefited from Keith's extensive experience. Always dangerous in
front of goal Keith has also dropped deep when necessary providing a
much needed link between the midfield and front-runners. Always in the
right place at the right time Keith's timing sets him apart from other
strikers in the league. A true asset to the squad and a great role model
to younger team members.
ANDY BELL (CF) Debut 2001
Having given up a career as member of Euro pop combo Erasure Andy has
since been terrorising defences in the Corinthians Second division.
His touch and natural pace has caused many defenders to have nightmares
about '80s keyboard dance sounds. Andy has been prolific for Garnett
and provided a mush needed goal threat. Great things are expected of
Andy next season and there is no reason why he shouldn't become the
sides first 20 goal a season man.
NICK GARBUTT (CF) Debut 2003
Looking like he has stepped straight out of Serie A, Nick has made an
immediate impact in the Garnett line up. Nick has provided Garnett with
an extra dimension on the left and provided further support up front.
He has scored some valuable goals and shone in the cup victory over
Diggers, harshly robbed of the man of the match award. Nick has made
a real impression with the Garnett team and opponents a like - but his
most glowing tribute must surely be the comparison, made by a referee,
with Boudwin Zenden.
RICH 'HOMIE' HOLMES (CF) Debut 2002
The ever garrulous Rich strikes fear into any opposition back four as
his pitched and over-excited shouts of "homies" precede his
run into the rear channels. With a solid scoring record for any midfielder,
Rich is one of the fittest members of the team despite his ever advancing
years. A stout proponent of defending from the front, many a full back
as been found on his 'arris wearing a rather bemused expression as Rich
again forges the way goal wards. The highlight of the season however,
must be the eighty yard, giggling, taunting run up the right wing against
that team wot name I cannot remember, amongst many excellent performances.
During the off season we shall sorely miss his interesting and varied
changing room tales and will keeping fingers crossed for next season's
PAUL MURRAY (CF) Debut
Cheeky scouser Paul was promoted to the A's after some
outstanding performances for the student B's. Paul is a tricky little
midfield player with a decent goal scoring record. Paul placed himself
into Wednesday folklore with the goal that gave the B's victory over
the A's and also made a name for himself by terrorizing Cav in the Sat
A's v Sat B's astro friendly