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21st December 2016

Appearance stats for 2016 are now on the site - check your Profiles to see how you did!

This has been another busy season, with 50 games of 8s taking place at Saughton in 2016.

After a poor showing last year, Gaffer Bill came out on top with 45 games played - the benefits of unemployment!

The Top Five was then completed by Ross (42), Dave Brunger (41), Natu (39) and Craig (38).

1st January 2016

Appearance stats for 2015 are now on the site - check your Profiles to see how you did!

This has (once again) been the busiest season since records began, with 51 games of 8s taking place at Saughton in 2015.

In only his first season with the Real, young Darren Wilson came out on top, having played 45 games.

The Top Five was then completed by Dave Brunger (44), Jon (43), Matty (42) and Mike & Adam (35). Usual stat stalwart Bill came in a lowly 9th place with 31 games - that'll teach him to mix gigs and sciatica!

29th December 2014

Appearance stats for 2014 are now on the site - check your Profiles to see how you did!

This has been the busiest season since records began, with 50 games of 8s taking place at Saughton in 2014.

In what's likely to his last full season for some time - he's off to Australia soon - James Trysburg is top of the shop, having only missed two games this year.

The Top Five is then completed by Jay & Ted (43) and Bill & Kev (42).

22nd December 2011

Appearance stats for 2011 are now on the site - check your Profiles to see how you did!

This has been the busiest season since records began, with 49 games of 8s taking place at Saughton in 2011. Just one game was cancelled - again, probably a record!

Calder is top of the shop like last year, having played in 47 games, with Jay (46), Bill (44), Biggsy (35) and Matty (35) thereafter.

23rd December 2009

This year's Chrissie card from the guys at Saughton (we gave them one, too - plus a slab of Stella from the Ball Fund).

15th May 2009

The shiny new Real Tuesday logo - the first in the club's history - now appears at the top of this and every other page of the site. The logo was produced for us by a very talented man called Neil McLeod, who Bill knows through the rugby. Neil runs a company called Bell Johnstone Publications - see our Links page for details.

Plans are already afoot to get the logo onto T-shirts and strips - watch this space!

8th May 2009

Bodies in a graveyard - whatever will John find next?!

22nd March 2009

I knew there had to be a reason why we keep doing this, when most of us should know better at our ages!

25th December 2008

Delighted to receive the following festive update from our old mate Bonus, missing from our Tuesday games since knackering his knee in May during our Powerleague exile. Last time I heard from him, he was waiting to see if the knee would sort itself over time - if it didn't, he was going to have to get an op.

Looks like the latter was, indeed, the case:

"Finally had the surgery on December 5th. It's a lot more stable now. Hope to start playing from June."

Only six months till the return of the Chuckling Assassin - bring it on!

16th November 2008

Interesting article from the 'Evening News' on 7th November - though has anyone actually seen any rugby getting played at Saughton since the pitch went down?

Maybe they're counting some of Scott's tackles as rucking ...

25th December 2007

This year's Chrissie card from the guys at Saughton (we gave them one, too - plus a box of chocs from the Ball Fund).

9th October, 2007

Got an update on the resurfacing from the attendant at Saughton tonight. The new floodlights are nearly all up and working - might explain why the ball remained visible at all times tonight, except when we punted it over the fence - but the new surface won't now be going down until 1st March 2008. This is, apparently, because it would shrink if it was laid between now and then, due to the cold and damp weather.

Guess I can hold off on that Powerleague booking for a wee while yet, then ...

12th December 2006

This year's Chrissie card from the guys at Saughton (we gave them one, too).

5th November, 2006

Got the customary letter confirming our rebooking of the astro at Saughton at the weekend. Check out the comment highlighted in pink at the bottom right hand corner - obviously we've not yet been playing at the Stadium Of Dark long enough for the Saughton staff to bear our 6 pm Tuesday slot in mind when taking other bookings ...

24th October 2006

Spotted the above advert in this week's copy of the 'Big Issue' (no, not while selling it). The jury is out as to whether that's Chalky on the right hand side - but he's apparently 'trying to deny all knowledge of that one', whatever that means! Never mind, Chalky - if it is you, does the young lad want a game of 5s?

6th June 2006

Next game is against FC Farcelona at Peffermill on Thursday 8th June, kick off 6.30 pm. We are playing on grass for the first time this year, so please bring appropriate boots. Please aim to be at Peffermill by 6 pm at the latest, and let Bill know ASAP if you require a lift. We will head into town for beers at the Pear Tree afterwards.

Here's the team:

Attack: John Finnegan, Simon
Midfield: Zyco, Stevie (c), Ian, Craig C
Defence: Gary Lees, Kenny, Graeme, Al
Goalie: James

Bench: SBJ, Bill, Adrian, Ryan (rolling subs)

Brian Latto will, once again, referee, so feel free to practise your throw ins before the game.

Bill will bring along water and the white Real tops. Players need only bring their kit (white shorts if possible) and a fiver to cover pitch, ref and the recently acquired Copa Del Saughton, destined to be our first ever piece of silverware.

Directions to Peffermill from (seemingly) anywhere in the British Isles can be found here, while the Pear Tree is here.

Please ring Bill on 07951 505031 if you have any queries before the game.

13th May, 2006

Tom - not Irish

Just found out from Ryan that our new recruit, Tom The Irishman, is, in fact, Tom The Englishman. Might explain why he was wearing an England top on Tuesday, then! Apologies for the confusion.

In other news, it seems that not all the blood shed at Saughton of late has been from Graeme's knees. Hmm - Zyco was apparently called to New York on 'business' just after the incident ... you do the maths!

11th May, 2006

Got the following email out of the blue yesterday - man, I love the Internet!


"Hi Bill,

“There’s only one Tuesday FC, one Tuesday FC ...” At least, that’s what I thought until I discovered your website. And, to make it worse, at first I thought you were calling yourselves ‘the real Tuesday FC’ (shock, horror). I told the lads about your website last night, and they suggested that, as Club Secretary, I ought to drop you a line, especially as it seems our club profiles are remarkably similar.

Tuesday FC has been around since 1991 as a bunch of students having a kick about on the Forest (large green space close to the centre of Nottingham, thankfully with Astroturf pitch tacked onto one end).

Incidentally, the Forest is famous as the home of the shinpad, invented there by Samuel Widdowson in 1874. He played for a church team that went on to be called the Forest.

The pitch is full size, but we play across a third of it. In our 15 years down there, our numbers have been remarkably stable. We haven’t got anything as clever as a random number generator to pick the teams; if you turn up, you play. If we all turned up it would be 10 a side, but it never comes to that. There’s always just enough players missing for a game of 6, 7 and, occasionally, 8 a side. It’s a self regulating system; a bit like Gaia.

Do we play competitive football, against other teams? Yes, occasionally. We run a very successful tournament every May, and play the odd 11 a side game.

Our average age? The youngest player is 18 (our youth policy), but most are in their late thirties, early forties. I’m the oldest (47 at the time of writing).

So, any time you guys are down this way, and fancy reviving the spirit of the Home International, we’d be only too pleased to give you a game.

Regards,

Chris Shaw

Secretary, Tuesday FC"


31st March 2006

Congratulations from all at the club to Kenny Stewart, who marries Jan Robertson on Saturday. That's the 1st of April - nice one, Kenny! I gather they are honeymooning in Japan - is that yet another country off your 'To Visit' list, Ken?

9th February 2006

Our first 11s game of 2006 will be a rematch against FC Farcelona at Peffermill on Friday 24th February, kick off 7.30 pm. We are playing under lights on the astro pitch, so please bring appropriate boots. Brian Latto will, once again, referee, so let's try and cut out those foul shies he loves so much.

We have had a few call-offs from the team that drew with Farcelona in November, with Zyco and Muzz both heading off on holiday the next day and Al at a works do, but will still be able to put out a strong team - details here ASAP.

We will once again head into town for beers after the game.

20th December 2005

A momentous evening. Firstly, Frank Ford returned to Tuesday 5s for the first time in maybe 6 years, still sporting the same scabby yellow Celtic training jacket he wore the last time. Great to see him back - he was a bit tentative tonight, but sure he will be back to kicking people over the fence before 2006 is very old.

And, secondly, we got our first Christmas card ever, from the guys at Saughton:

And, no, before you ask, I didn't have to tear the card up to scan it. No, I didn't ask the guys if they signed it themselves. And no, I didn't ask them who this 'Mr Scott' was - the gradual (and unwitting) eradication of Finbar from the Real annals will only be completed when our booking comes up for renewal ...

16th November 2005

Next game is against FC Farcelona at Peffermill on Friday 18th November, kick off 7.30 pm. We are playing under lights on the astro pitch, so please bring appropriate boots. Please aim to be at Peffermill by 7 pm at the latest, and let Bill know ASAP if you require a lift. We will head into town for beers at the Pear Tree afterwards. Team will be confirmed tomorrow, once Gary has decided if he is fit to play, but, if he is, will look like:

Attack: John, Simon
Midfield: Zyco, Andy, Gary, Craig C
Defence: Murray, Bill, Graeme, Mike
Goalie: James

Bench: Pauline, Al