Royal Air Force Officers’ Football Team Season 2009/2010
Hodgkinson lifts the Cup!
Steve Ricketts gives the low down
Following Icarus on Ops
I ARU S Icarus FC Honours
FO O T B A LL C LU B Inter-Service Cup:
1985, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
2009 / 2010
President: Gp Capt M Neville
Chairman: Wg Cdr E Roughsedge 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977,
1978, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992,
First Team Manager:Sqn Ldr J Hetherington 1993, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008,
First Team Asst Manager: Flt Lt G McIntosh
First Team Captain: Flt Lt L Hodgkinson
Director of Football: Wg Cdr S Lindsay
Veterans Team Manager: Wg Cdr P Beer / Fg Off T Clayton 1956, 1965, 1967, 1973, 1984
Veterans Team Captain: Sqn Ldr M Farrell
Head Coach: Flt Lt J Griffin AFA Cup:
Club Doctor: Sqn Ldr M Farrell Semi Final 2008
Club Psychologist: Wg Cdr S Lindsay
Physiotherapist: Fiona Simmons
Treasurer: Flt Lt A Arnison 2010
Club Secretary: Sqn Ldr N Smith
First Team Fixtures Secretary: Flt Lt G Portaluri
Veterans Fixtures Secretary: Sqn Ldr M Greenway
RAF Veterans 7s:
Tour Manager: Flt Lt L Hodgkinson / Flt Lt A Arnison 2010
Webmaster: Sqn Ldr J Hetherington
Club Photographer: Flt Lt H Heap Stephen Benjamin Tournament:
Designed by: Sarah Hetherington
Printed by: AIDU, RAF Northolt Runner up 2008
First, a very sincere ‘Thank You’ I think that the Committee is sound Last, but
to everyone in the Club for mak- and functions the way I want it to. certainly
ing RAF Icarus FC what it is. The There are still a few tweaks that not least,
RAF is smaller now than I ever are required and, if I am fortunate some
remember it (I joined when it was enough to remain in the Chair, then parental
93,000 strong), yet the quality I will implement them over the next musings. Very early on in post, I
and professionalism of the Club season. That said, I need to thank realised that I know next to
just seems to grow and you everyone on the Committee, past nothing about football, or
should be very proud of the and present, for making the Club tactics, or a whole host of other
success that you bring it. what it is. things about football that perhaps
Now to my report; what can I Two of the main events of my
say? The evidence of last tenure so far have been However, listening to some of the
season makes writing this report establishing a new home for the senior coaches of the likes of
easy. The 1st Team secured the Club, as Uxbridge became less Doncaster Rovers and Leicester
Middlesex AFA Intermediate Cup usable; I am grateful to Gp Capt City, as well as John
at its first attempt. The final, Tunnicliffe for agreeing to allow Hetherington and Joe Griffin, it is
though, was something out of RAF Halton to be that new home. clear that there is one rule that I
‘Roy of the Rovers’. With 4 Equally, I am very happy to have have known all my life; fitness will
minutes to go, Icarus is 3-1 down, re-introduced the role of carry you beyond the point where
at which point we enter the realm President to the Club and I think skill gives up.
of the comic and that, as they we would be hard pressed to have
say, is that. I’ll never forget it. found a more suitable, or more It is the first thing to ‘go’ as you
enthusiastic, candidate than Gp get older and, collectively, it
The Vets’ Team also secured its Capt Mike Neville. It is brings a 12th man onto the field.
best results of a season, beating always encouraging when the The Doncaster Rovers Youth
Bromley twice and cumulating in President not only wants the role Team expect their 16 year-olds to
winning the Vets 7-a-side but wants to play as well. crack level 13 on the ‘Beep’ test
competition at Brize Norton. Jon and level 15 in their second year
Fox’s back-heeler into the Turning to the future. I believe that with them.
opposition’s net followed by their Icarus is at the point where we
keeper congratulating him with have to consolidate where we are I would suggest that the light blue
the word’s “You cocky little …..” and decide exactly how we want to standard of our
pretty much summed up the day progress over the next 2 years. I’m fitness test is the baseline that we
the Vets had. aware of the pressure on people should all be able to achieve.
trying to get away to play sport and One last thing, different body
I’m not going to venture any we need to take account of this. types require different training
further into the 1st and Vets’ regimes; you will never see a
Teams managers domain. I see The 1st Team may have a fairly 100m sprinter train by running 12
my job as Chairman as ensuring simple agenda and, at the time of miles, so find a system that works
that the structure of the Club is fit writing, I’m not privy to what that for your type.
for purpose, establishing what the may be. However, knowing John
near future purpose may be and Hetherington, I’m sure it is
offering a bit of fatherly or, in- ambitious. Below: Jase Parr in action.
deed, grandfatherly advice where
I can. The Vets Team presents an
altogether different challenge. Yes,
When I took over, the results on they still need to play the hard
the field spoke for themselves; games such as Bromley and,
things were good in that depart- thanks to their resurgence, the
ment. So, adhering to the Army Crusaders.
engineer’s rule of ‘if it ain’t broke
don’t fix it’ I set about ensuring However, there may be a more
that everyone on the Club’s diplomatic role for them, for in-
Committee had a set of ToRs that stance Leicester City FC are look-
accurately reflected what I ing for us to play a ‘Legends’ game
wanted them to do and also and the Scottish MPs game.
addressed the dependencies that
each post had on another. At this This is something that Icarus used
point, I need to thank Stu Lindsay to do in the past and it opened an
for providing me an excellent influential network to us which I
foundation when he handed over would like to grasp.
the Chairman’s reins to me; it is
relatively straightforward to build
on a strong platform.
Once again it has been a We did not let the disappoint- We were all disappointed with
wonderful season and most ment bring the sprit down and the performance against the
importantly for me, one in which we went on to move through the RAF Development Squad and
we have won a major civilian early rounds of the Middlesex we are in agreement that we
cup competition. The season Cup with ease. A great night at can only play that fixture in fu-
got off to a great start with a Uxbridge resulted in a 0-0 draw ture if the circumstances are
fixture against the Sheff Utd with a young RAF Squad and it right. For 2 years in a row we
Academy, who included a was especially pleasing to see have been forced to play the
winger recently signed from the team play to a very specific game with a weakened squad
Valencia. We took a one goal tactical plan that night. after having played an important
lead and held onto it until the cup fixture the day before. It
60th minutes with Sheff Utd only We continued our dominance of does us no good nor the RAF
winning the game in the last 10 the Inter-Service Cup with a 2-1 Development Team if we are not
minutes. We built on this with a win over the Army Crusaders at prepared for the game properly.
weeks training in Gibraltar and Aldershot.
began the season as well We picked up the good form
prepared as ever before. We picked up a clutch of new again in the New Year winning 2
players in December, some of very close cup ties, 1-0 and 2-1
Unfortunately, due to previous whom were involved in the im- in the quarter final and semi final
good performances we did not pressive 5-0 win over Boston of the Middlesex Cup (William
start in the AFA Cup until the 3rd Utd. This was another great Fitt FC and Hale End FC). We
Round. This meant that we leap forward for the squad as were in now in our first final and
were a bit less sharp than we we combined some impressive in many ways the pressure was
should have been when we did defensive work with some great off after having failed in the
play and we went out of that attacking play. Semis and quarter finals over
Cup. previous seasons.
Before the final we had one of of the season and if we can consistently and Joe Griffin had
our favourite fixtures of the continue to recruit high quality has best season yet with 14
season against Doncaster players ever year we will not assists and some wonder goals.
Rovers. Last year we kept a stand still as a Club as we might
team full of Championship have done in the past. The targets for next season are
players to 2-0. This season, straight forward. We need to
against a younger team, we We work hard to create a unique continue to improve as a squad,
found ourselves 3-0 behind after atmosphere at Icarus, the best reach the AFA Cup Final, retain
15 minutes and 5-1 down with players play and there are no the Middlesex Cup and
30 minutes to go. We leant a cliques, but only those with maintain the high reputation of
valuable lesson, and by getting commitment get in. Most the Club in RAF Football.
back to basics in the last 30 importantly, players are joining a
minutes we pulled the score Club not just a team. We can do all these things, but it
back to 5-4 and very nearly will be tough! But there is no
snatched a late equaliser. The final act of season 2009/10 point in doing things that are
was the trip to the USA easy. We’ll also need a bit of
And so to the Cup Final. It was organised by Lee Hodgkinson, luck and I’ll cross my fingers that
an amazing game and showed Arnie Arnison, Jon Pullen and OOA detachments take place
all of the sprit and determination Gino Portaluri. during the close season!
that the Icarus Squad display all
year round with the tremendous We did some fantastic bonding I would like to thank Joe Griffin
attitude and love the players and played some interesting and Stu Lindsay for all their
show for this Club. You can fixtures and hopefully we are support in the dressing room
read more about the game later now set up for an even better this season, it is a real team
in the magazine. We finished 2010/11 when I hope to add effort and we rely on the hard
the season with a hard fought more silverware to the trophy work of so many people to make
win against Sandhurst and a cabinet. thing happen both on and off the
straight forward victory against pitch.
the RAFP. We saw some outstanding
performances this season. Jase Well done to everyone for a
I was very pleased to see 5 Parr performed like a lion in the great season and lets all work
young players from the RAF Cup Final, Lee Hodgkinson and together to continue the
College team make their debuts Gino Portaluri both found the net upwards direction for Icarus FC.
for the Club in the final game of
Training is a vital part of our prep
Good night Grandad
Pete Beer looks into his crystal ball with tongue firmly in his check!
Grandad, is it true that you used to Well I’m not sure we have long enough
be the manager of the Icarus Vets? to be honest son. Mike used to be my
fixtures sec and he did a pretty good
Ah son, it’s odd that you should ask that job to be fair.
but it’s true nonetheless.
On the pitch was a different matter
I never knew that Grandad until just though. He was once fouled by an
now when I found some old invisible player while defending against
magazines under your bed. At first I the Army at Aldershot. Tripped clean
thought they were some sort of over onto his arse with no-one in sight
dodgy magazines. There was a for a million miles. What a clown! He
photograph of an older man sat on loved the Butts though. Always going
the floor holding a ball. And two on about him, particularly while
other men who looked like very in the changing rooms. His dressing
close friends. order was socks, shoes, watch, shirt,
tie, jumper, pants, trousers. And all in
Yes son. That would be Bondy, the slow time. Very strange. He was son. Bondy got a hat-trick too
Butts and Woody. Ha, ha – the Butts that season against Old Tiffinians but
and Woody. Even that sounds strange He sounds a bit scary to me unfortunately we lost him for a while
doesn’t it, but it’s ok son, they weren’t. Grandad. after that. He was a good player but
We were all pretty close back then son. the Doctor had diagnosed a lack of
I remember Vinny our goalkeeper once He was son. He was. A lawyer you fibre in his diet which put him out for a
slapped another player’s bum in the know. The mind boggles! spell.
changing rooms before the game. It
was still wobbling at half-time. You were quite a good goalkeeper Low fibre Grandad!
once too weren’t you Grandad?
How long were you the manager of What was your goalkeeper like? Yes, moral fibre I think it’s technically
the mighty Icarus Vets for known as. Talking of Doctors, Micky
Grandad? Oh we had several son. In total I Farrell was another good player when
reckon I must have played over 10 he was available which was, by and
About three seasons in total son. It different goalkeepers during my time in large, never. I don’t think I had a single
was a happy time and we had some charge. If I’m honest though the main e-mail response from him in three
real characters. You will no doubt have man was a chap called Neil Smith. years. Eddie did though. Micky re-
heard of the legendary Paul Barlow. What a lovely bloke he was son. You sponded to Eddie’s e-mail criticising
He was a cantankerous old sod as he couldn’t wish to meet a humbler man. certain players for not responding to e-
got older but loved to play. I once mails. Absolutely priceless son – you
brought him on to help turn the game Don’t you mean more humble man couldn’t make it up.
around against Barclays Bank and he Grandad?
knackered himself good and proper in What was your most memorable
the process. Was out for months after I know what I mean son. I know what I moment Grandad throughout the
that. How we laughed about it though! mean. years?
He was still going strong at 50 you
know – some effort that. Mind you so He sounds nice. Were the team Well I would say one of the few times
was Eddie Roughsedge albeit Eddie successful Grandad with you in that Micky turned out against the Cater-
looked at least 60 – that was one paper charge? ing Vets at Brampton in 2006. We
round he must have had. Remarkable. were really up against it that day play-
His top tip for continued fitness was Actually I think we did pretty well. The ing a very strong Catering team and we
keeping a copy of the bleep test on his last season was one of the best if I’m went 2 goals down in 5 minutes. Garry
ipod – I reckon that’s the sort of thing honest. The other players were always Ball took a clout on the head and we
you keep to yourself don’t you son? looking out for new talent for me and were chopping and changing players to
we drafted in good men like Jon Fox try and stay in touch. Micky was full of
Who else was in the team Grandad? and Mark Farrell just as things were running and bagged a brace in a
looking a little thin. Truth be told things fantastic 4-3 victory. I scored myself as
Well there was JP. He was an old were still looking a little thin on their I remember.
Icarus legend too. Whilst Bondy was heads but that’s another story.
struggling for babysitters JP was carting There were other great memories too.
this hot, young au pair around to sit in What matters is that they scored goals The road trips were a lot of fun but by
the stands with his daughter. Pure and stopped goals a plenty. Both fit far the best one was when we dragged
genius. and full of running. That made a big a mini-bus full to Hereford to take on
difference to us. the SAS. That was a great day out
Funny thing was his daughter was especially as I scored a pile-driver of a
about 13 and well able to look after We beat Bromley twice in my last sea- goal from a yard to claim third in the
herself. Brilliant. He was top scorer in son at home and away. The first was a Icarus goal scorers table for that sea-
my last season in charge mind you. day to remember – 5-2 at Bromley. son. Bondy claimed that it was rolling
They flew in from all angles, left and Woody was on fire that day and bagged across the line but I couldn’t afford to
right. a hat-trick. take any risks so I just eased it in to be
certain. There were no hard feelings
What about Mike Greenway Gran- I thought Bondy was one of your though – in fact I’m not sure that Bondy
dad? Tell me those funny stories main goal scorers Grandad! ever referred to the incident again.
Above: Jon Fox and Neil Smith at Leicester City supporting Help For Heroes in May
It sounds like it was a really happy I think he probably did son. Si Hays. I bet you do Grandad. Didn’t the Sta-
time Grandad, it really does. I think Official Club poet you know and tion Commander of Uxbridge used to
you were blessed with some great notoriously bereft of any discernible play for you as well?
players too. I heard that Jeff Butler navigational skills. I think he got lost on
scored a sensational goal. the way to almost every single away He did son. Stu Lindsay was his name.
game unless he travelled with Eddie or It’s fair to say that if Peter Crouch and
You heard that from who son? Fiona. Committed player though and Peter Beardsley had ever had a love child
looking at my stats comfortably the then Stu would have been the result. A
No I actually heard it Grandad. I player with the most appearances. versatile player and legendary Club
remember we were living at Chairman, Stu was instrumental in taking
Northolt at the time and I heard the He had two memorable games against the Club to new heights along with John
Butts’ celebration through my open Bromley as well scoring a great hat-trick Hetherington. He even refereed for us on
bedroom window. Did you often in a memorable 7-0 thrashing at Benson a few occasions. He managed the Vets
play at Northolt Grandad? in 2007 and holding the midfield too for one game in 2010 and scored both
together in the 2010 victory on the goals. Not bad hey son for a man in his
We did son fifties, not bad.
but if I stadium at Uxbridge. That was a really
recall, that great day for Icarus, Saturday the 27th Not bad at all Grandad. What hap-
day we of March 2010. The first XI won the pened after you left though Grandad? I
played at Cup that day too. know you handed over to Tony Clayton
Uxbridge! but what happened then?
I think I remember Uxbridge Grandad.
I think Si Wasn’t there a stadium there which is Well son that’s a story for another time.
Hays must all run down and overgrown with Why don’t you ask your great Grandad
have got weeds now? You won the RAF Cup Swinney when you next see him. Good-
fouled that there too Grandad as a young boy? night son.
then. Shhsh now son I Don’t like to talk about Goodnight Grandad.
that. Yes there was and yes I did. And
I broke my cheekbone. I miss Uxbridge
Above: The Butts you know son.
Lowe and Shutie
Letters from the Vets
by Jon Fox
What comes with a team of veter- With a few new faces arriving into
ans? Is it a ‘group of old men’ run- the Vets’ squad this season, how
ning around still thinking they have they could break into a squad of
something they’ve never had; or is talented, committed footballers who
it a case of those that can, still do? are so close on and off the pitch?
These are just a couple of the It’s simple; this is the most
questions one could ask when welcoming of squads that has made
starting out in his first Vets season. those individuals fit straight in. The
This season has shown that some benefits of a relaxed and
of the opposing teams have been comfortable individual are plain for
‘that group of old men’. all to see throughout the coming
fixtures. Winning breeds confidence
But Icarus FC is different; Icarus but where could the Vets go this
FC Vets are a team of military season? of London, the Vets lost their first
officers whom, come match day match of the season to a very good
prepare for and play in a After winning the first four fixtures side. HAC won 3-1 with Icarus
professional manner that is scoring 18 goals and fighting hard to the very end, a very
expected from each player conceding only 5, it was time for a determined effort but were just
throughout the course of the much anticipated fixture that saw beaten by a better side on the day.
season. Icarus travel to Bromley. This would
prove to be a stern test for an Icarus A longer than expected winter
With the competitive spirit that is side that were full of confidence go- break meant the Vets did not play
still evident in all that don the shirt, ing into this fixture and a Bromley again until the last weekend of
it is imperative that each side who are very physical and have January where we travelled to
individual, even in these latter some excellent footballers. Guildford for yet another
footballing years, still has the convincing victory. This meant that
desire and commitment that they On a sub-standard pitch in atrocious the Vets had put 13 goals past
had in their youth to help build conditions, Icarus produced a full Guildford with only 3 in reply over
team spirit and cohesion. squad effort, with some outstanding the two games.
individual performances which
The standard of football that is brought Icarus a 5-2 victory away at Sinjun Grammarians provided a
played game-in, game-out has Bromley; the first in recent memory more stern test in the next fixture
been on the whole exceptional this and enough to put some big smiles and with some of the regular faces
season and for those new to the on some exhausted Icarus faces. absent, Icarus still fielded a strong
fold and old faces alike, it is of a side. This was not enough to
standard that demands that you Following this, the Vets accepted the triumph over the opposition but a
push yourself each match to invitation to take up a midweek hard fought match ended in a draw.
ensure you keep your place. This fixture at Lyneham. This was in The next two fixtures were within
is a squad that has a great attitude order to help Lyneham Vets say a the space of three days.
to football and social alike. With fond farewell to then Station
strength in-depth throughout this Commander Gp Capt Neville. An away day at RAFC Cranwell to
Vets squad, it has taken good face the RAFP and then away at
strong management to select the With a good turnout of players it Old Tiffinians. A well fought en-
starting XI from game to game showed that the squad was still counter with the RAFP provided
whilst leaving some excellent indi- buoyant from the results that had Icarus with yet another victory be-
viduals to begin matches on the taken them into this fixture with an fore a 2-0 victory against an Old
sidelines. unbeaten record. Tiffinians side who were looking to
revenge the mauling they received
So now we know that the standard A confident Vets team put Lyneham from Icarus earlier in the season.
of football played by the Vets has to the sword early in this fixture and Following the fixture with the RAFP
been high, let us have a look at never looked in danger of losing it, Pete Beer stood down as the Vets
how the season has broken down even with Lyneham throwing on Team Manager due to work com-
for us. With a season opener away some youth to try and halt this mitments.
at the Army, this was an ideal team well-oiled footballing machine.
to play first off, as this was an op- This has been a great season for
portunity to put ourselves into a Although under some pressure for the Vets, one which has been or-
strong mental state that we have sustained periods of the second half, chestrated by a lot of hard work
now come to expect from all that Icarus held out for a more than com- from Pete. Congratulations to you
have turned out for Icarus Vets fortable 4-2 Pete, let’s hope your absence will
throughout the course of the victory. not be for too long, good luck to
season. This proved to be a great Tony Clayton as he takes over as
start with a win for the team and With only one final fixture of 2009, the new Manager.
also from Dave Bond who was in the vets looked to go into the Christ-
fine scoring form with a brace to mas break still unbeaten after seven From what has been witnessed this
get him on the way for that coveted fixtures. This was not to be, with an season from an Icarus Vets’ debu-
‘Golden Boot’. John Pullen away fixture against the Honourable tant, Icarus Vets are most definitely
grabbing the other. Artillery Company (HAC) in the heart a team of ‘those that can, still do’.
Ben Fisher—Holding Midfield
RAF College Football
Officer Cadet Steve Ricketts gives us the inside sorry for RAF College Football
It is notoriously difficult to make sure Unfortunately, following a serious
all of the best College football shoulder injury in August and
players make the transition to the subsequent surgery early this year,
Icarus squads once they graduate. my stay at Cranwell has ended up
On many occasions, it is not through being somewhat lengthier than first
a lack of desire on the player’s part anticipated!
but simply a lack of knowledge of the
club and the opportunities available However, every cloud has a silver
to them. lining and as of Oct 09, I was
presented with the opportunity to try
As an already established Icarus my hand at management with the
player, I started IOTC 17 in Jun College side. With extra time on my
2009 with hopes of representing the hands not normally available to a
College side but also with the aim of cadet, I tried to ensure weekly
attracting more players to the club training with the help of a PTI
as a result. undertaking his coaching badges to Icarus take on the RAF College
build a stronger, more consistent
College side with more fixtures. With training set to continue,
another friendly fixture lined up in
With some very talented footballers the coming weeks and then a fixture
at my disposal, the College finished against the Old Cranwellians
the year strongly with a good 2-1 Association in June, College
victory against BRNC Dartmouth football is looking to go from
and continued the good form with a strength to strength, a development
comprehensive 3-0 win away at that can only be good for the future
RMA Sandhurst, meaning we are of Icarus. Although squad strength
unofficially Inter-Service champions. and results can change greatly with
the quick rotation of cadets, The
Although the side suffered a recent Burma Trophy is shaping up to be a
setback with a 4-1 defeat to a very far tighter affair than over the
strong PEd Sqn side at Cranwell, previous few seasons.
the future looks very bright for both
the College and Icarus at the
moment. This was proved at the With training set to continue,
culmination of the season when five another friendly fixture lined up in
Tony Clayton and Kev Thom College players made their Icarus the coming weeks and then a fixture
debuts against Boston Utd at Sincil against the Old Cranwellians
The side is overseen by Flt Lt Martin Bank, all performing admirably on Association in June, College
Wyer who as a fellow Icarus the day and hoping to join the club football is looking to go from
member, is very keen to promote in time for next season. Names to strength to strength, a development
football at the College and point the look out for are Fg Off Ali Bruce, Plt that can only be good for the future
better players towards the Icarus Off Adam Kelly, and Officer Cadets of Icarus. Although squad strength
set-up. The side was managed by Alex Toogood, Adam Fisher and and results can change greatly with
Fg Off Tony Clayton and captained Samuel Winter. the quick rotation of cadets, The
by Fg Off Ian Matthews, two players Burma Trophy is shaping up to be a
who prove the system does work far tighter affair than over the
and have successfully made the previous few seasons.
transition to both the Vets and first
team respectively since completing If you’re a cadet at Cranwell reading
the course. this or even a recently graduated
junior officer, I would strongly
On the pitch for the College, defeat recommend getting involved with
to the German Air Force academy College football or your station
side away from home and then a teams and if you have the talent,
narrow loss against RAF commitment and drive, you too
Waddington was followed by The could break into the Icarus first
Burma Trophy, which took place in team in the future. You should be
Sep 09. It is the annual fixture proud to represent the College or
between the College and RAF Icarus Icarus at the Air Force level and if
FC and is played out in memory of you always make yourself available
those that served in the Burma and are prepared when the
Campaign. The game was level at opportunity arises, I guarantee you
half time but Icarus took the will find playing for the club
silverware on this occasion with rewarding.
second half goals from Griffin and
Martins-Tonks., the game finishing
Ricketts in action for Icarus
No milling about with small talk and The squad arrived in good time having
chit chat. My dits are direct and to the travelled together in a bus. The venue
point; something I think you all appre- was not quite so glamorous as to be
ciate from me. called a little Wembley, but the hype of
the day meant we could have played in
For many the season should have Stu Lindsay's back garden and been
gotten going a little sooner than the phased by it. The dressing room was
Burma Trophy at Cranwell, but that tight, a good job we were friends! Not
will be remedied come 2010-11. The the kind of dressing room you want
win that saw us reclaiming the silver- coming in after a loss! For those who
ware at the home of the College weren't there, we were even crammed
came a little easier than in more re- into the shower section of a room no
cent years, and failed to set us up in bigger than a 12 by 12! The warm up
good shape albeit after a significant was good, and the tempo at kick off
lay off, in time for the now highly an- strong. We bossed the early exchanges
ticipated AFA Cup runs. and getting a goal seemed to settle us.
Half time came and went, then full time Steve Taylor saved the penalty that
We were taken apart by a more tacti- with the draw. won the cup. Ecstasy reigned in a
cally organised side, who clearly
little pocket of the Capital for Icarus.
practiced together and had come off Extra time is where it got interesting. I
the back of a few good consistent like many others let my head drop at 3- For a second no one knew where to
performances. The bye(s!) that took 1 down. But the key is whilst my heart run, who to look at, who to hug, what
us direct to the third round did noth- had sank and my brain was trying to to do. The pile on soon sorted that,
ing but hinder us, and coming into compute the loss, my body was going and Steve Taylor with tears in his
that fixture cold was one of the worst strong, not wanting to give in. We all eyes was right at the heart of it.
things we would have wanted . gave it the 'reserve tank' we had left
and pushed on. Scoring the equaliser When I lifted the cup I felt like all of
I like to highlight particular highs and with the last kick was incredible. I re- Icarus young and old alike were
lows, a habit I have probably gotten member celebrating it, what a feeling. standing behind me lifting it together
from day to day debriefing at work.
The first particular high I wish to men- So to penalties. I couldn't begin to con-
tion is the Boston United perform- vey cup final emotion in a penalty taker. The final high I want to mention is
ance at home, resulting in one of the I thought pre this game I could, but it is T10. An ambition I have had for a
more resounding competent victories something else, just incredible. The long time is to take the Club to the
I have witnessed, displaying a great nerves, but having to show the strength US, and at the AGM I made my
disciplined formation able to break and confidence, coupled with the feel- intentions clear.
incisively. The 4-5-1 debate has seen ing of being on the crest of a wave after
John Hetherington and I exchange a last minute leveller. I stepped up for As OIC I have worked very hard
pleasantries in the past, either over a my pen, and I was convinced it was alongside Gino Portaluri and Arnie
beer or in the dressing room, but in going in. Unlike penalties in the past, Arnison , along with very good input
my opinion the simple fact remains, this was something else. from Jon Pullen to ensure that all
up until the Boston fixture this season
Club members get a once in a life-
we had not been able to prove that I picked my spot, then totally time experience.
the system can work as an attacking mis-kicked it. It trickled in off the post,
success with the players we have. and I celebrated like it was the sweet- The only thing I would make com-
We frustrate like the best of 'em, but est strike ever. ment of is the relative poor uptake
the ability to put five past the young
from the veterans. Something which
lads was testimony to how disci-
is only saddening based on the fact I
plined, and ultimately clinically inci-
like to represent the club not just
sive we were on the night. Arnie
particular teams when abroad.
grabbing a goal capped a great night
United SC were a potent opposition,
and the dressing room was buzzing
and one which provided us with a
great opportunity to demonstrate our
togetherness earning a solid 3-3
The second I will cover in greater
depth is the Cup Final victory. Trying
to do this match justice in black and
The lows I wish to cover are firstly
white would be impossible, but I will
the AFA Intermediate cup run (or
try my best to convey the 'on the field'
lack of) for reasons outlined above. I
emotional roller coaster.
think this gave us all a real kick in
the gonads, and if we needed re-
The anticipation pre match was of a
minding, that these high profile
tough game, but one that we had
civilian trophies are not easy to
every chance of winning. I personally
had a dream on the Thursday before
the match, and shared my premoni-
Particularly worthy of mention is the
tion with Lucia, that I would score a
need collectively to support our Club
header and we would lift the cup......
just a dream surely.
The Middlesex Cup
Above; Leading from the front in the USA
The need to focus on who we play My reaction was in keeping with a rugby thank you for steering our path and
and when is one that rears it's head player, not an Icarus player, and defi- continuing the great work that Stu's
year on year, but one we need to nitely not becoming of the skipper. I then legacy had left us. Specifically your
focus on specifically if we want to showed petulance toward the referee support for my relatively autocratic
ensure suitable preparation ahead of when he swore at me. Regardless of the tour organization. To John, and also
key games. situation that transpired, without referees to Sarah, thank you for it all. This sea-
and respect therein, there is no game. son has a special place in my mind,
I do not propose to offer a priority The warriors on the pitch put up with you masterminded it with the assis-
list, that is a personal matter, but I similar rough treatment but stood firm, tance of Joe and Tosh. Gino and
encourage you to think along the hanging on to a great result in the oppo- Arnie, you remain fellow squad main-
same train and ply pressure at the sition's own back garden. stays and great friends, I hope we can
AGM if you are not happy or see an review seasons as good as this in
area the Club could improve. The final low I will cover is the late with- twenty years when we are playing for
drawal from fixtures by the opposition. the vets! I have gotten to know certain
The second low is more of a This year it has most notably been the individuals a lot better this year on
personal low, and that is my display Army. I appreciate just as much, if not and off the pitch, Andy Harris (a great
in the fixture versus RMA Sandhurst. more, than most how difficult it is to at- Cup final showing!), Tom (disciplined
For those not in attendance, I let my tend the Icarus games, wherever they and resolute, you have come on leaps
petulant cantankerous side show, may be. Logistically, I need the support and bounds mate!) Rich P (Who
and the referee couldn't help but of my Sqn, the PEd flight, and the Travel would have thought it that you would
spot it. A terrible example to set as Cell all of whom year on year are superb be the rock at the heart of it all, still!)
Club captain, and one that I will not in their assistance and cooperation. Less Howie (Always a pleasure mate, a
repeat. In the shadows of the gran- glory goes to the 'other half' who waits at good footballer always smiles, and its
deur Academy on a bobbly pitch we home, hoping we don't get injured just infectious) Rob (My admiration for you
kicked off with a side strong enough as much as hoping we win. So for a is not fading, a true Club man)
on paper to retain bragging rights for pullout to happen three days before a Fishman (The fact that a man just
another year. The fixture gave many kick off day is unacceptable. wants to be involved and feel the
squad players the chance to stake a emotion is great for the atmosphere
claim for a starting eleven shirt with 2009/10 has been a resounding suc- around the place), and with great
cup games on the horizon. cess, thank you to everyone. Wear your pleasure I wish to thank them for al-
tie with pride, this is a year that will live lowing me to shout at and not throw
The match was feisty, as you would with you, and if you were witness to their teddies out of the pram. To
expect, and a solitary goal against events in the Cup, one that you will tell Wozza, welcome to a great Club, you
the run of play had us one up going your kids about (they won't believe you, are a fantastic addition to the setup,
in to the interval. Early on in the or they will think you are exaggerating!). and I believe that you 'get' Icarus and
second half I was doing the basics what we are about.
(which when I play in midfield is usu- Icarus grows stronger and stronger, and
ally tackle hard and pass to Griff!) we are all a part of it. To the Chairman, You have all been great, what a year,
when I was clattered from behind. Eddie a great friend now, love it!
Tom Somerville – My First Season
I was first introduced I have found to be indicative of
to Icarus FC by Jeff Butler, just every Icarus fixture, and
a few weeks after I had finished culminated in a very respectable
IOT. I had played football with performance against Gibraltar’s
Jeff over our lunch breaks on a national side.
few occasions when he put me
in contact with first team Back from the training camp and
manager John Hetherington. I was keen to put what I
had learnt into action and aimed
I had heard good things about to create a position for myself
Icarus and it was my original within the team.
intention to find out more
about the club once I had The standard of football
finished Phase II training. played within Icarus is high and
However, days later I received even the most talented players
an email from John offering me
the chance to attend the After a 2 hour minibus journey
summer training camp in and 118 minutes of white knuckle
Gibraltar. As a last minute extra football we came from 2 goals
I would need to arrange my own down to take the game to
flights, but that was something I penalties. I felt privileged to be
was more than willing to do in named as one of the 5 penalty
order to spend a week takers as we finally claimed
playing football abroad. victory over the opposition. The
atmosphere was incredible as
I was now eager to get involved skipper Lee Hodgkinson lifted
and so attended a number of (and presently dropped) the cup.
training sessions at High
Wycombe as well as the annual I have massively enjoyed every
presentation night, after a day of fixture I have played in since
5-a-side at Northolt. What struck joining the club and feel that my
me from the beginning was how football has improved
committed everybody was and greatly; something that is of
just as importantly, how much testament to the ethos, drive and
everybody enjoyed their football. talent of the Icarus players and
I arrived in Gibraltar a few hours
after the rest of the squad and cannot afford to rest on their Over the course of the season
as such laurels; however I don’t I’ve accumulated 12 caps and 6
was greeted instantly with believe that this is something goals and counting; I aim to hit
the“donkey vest”; just one of the that would even occur to the the 50 and maybe even 100
numerous tour conventions (I majority of the team. cap mark as I proudly continue to
clearly remember the daily represent Icarus FC over the
frenzy as everybody The level of commitment coming seasons.
tried desperately to locate their demanded by Icarus is massive
song sheets). However, I felt with players flying the length of
that this acted as an initiation the country for fixtures and the
process and I quickly felt part of rest driving for a number of
the fold. hours to play in matches against
such esteemed opposition as
Over my time on IOT I had not Sheffield United and Boston
been able to play as much foot- United.
ball as I would have liked and
so over the course of the week I Icarus have achieved some
was keen to improve my game outstanding results over the past
as much as possible; something year alone, such as our 0-0
that I soon realised there was draw against an RAF XI; we
plenty of room for. also just narrowly missed out on
a great result against
Throughout the week I learnt a Doncaster Rovers’ academy,
lot more about the tactics of losing 5-4.
the game from coach, Joe
Griffin, but also I picked up a However, undoubtedly my most
huge amount from a number of favoured moment of my first
the more experienced season came as we lifted the
players. The camp was Essex/Middlesex Cup.
Above: Tom in Gibraltar
Up for the Cup!!
Icarus FC met Winchmore Hill in Sadly for Icarus, this proved not Unbelievably in the last seconds
the Final of the Middlesex/Essex to be the end of the action as a Griffin was fouled on the edge of
Cup on Saturday 27th March in Winchmore player hit a wonderful the Winchmore box. He again
London. A confident Icarus 30 yard shot into the net to delivered a superb ball to the far
squad travelled into London equalise with less than 15 min- post where once again Parr
ready to claim the first utes remaining. muscled out everyone to head
non-Service silverware in home. 3-3!
decades for the Club. The momentum now swung to the
London side and Icarus were Cue wild scenes in the Icarus
Nothing was left to chance in the rocked back. It was with some technical area and the final
preparation with the Manager, relief that the whistle blew to sig- whistle blew as a devastated
John Hetherington, and his nal the end of 90 minutes of nor- Winchmore attempted to re-start
coaching team of Stu Lindsay mal time. the game.
and Joe Griffin, ensuring that the
players fully understood the Hetherington fired-up the Icarus So to a penalty shoot out.
game plan. players, demanding that they step Schofield scored first for Icarus
up to the plate in extra-time and and it was level pegging when
Icarus began the game superbly bring the trophy home. Icarus' Summerville slotted the
when Parr broke down the right second. Hodgkinson made it 3-2
and switched the play to Griffin Icarus had the better of the first before Winchmore missed their
on the left whose excellent cross period of extra time, with Turner third. Martins-Tonks stepped
was headed in at the near post and the excellent Jim Schofield forward to give Icarus the
by skipper Lee Hodgkinson. both going close to giving Icaus advantage at 4-2. Winchmore
Icarus built on this and were the lead for a second time. now had to score to stay in the
passing the ball excellently. Parr However, disaster struck within final. The penalty was hit low to
himself went close when his seconds of the start of the final 15 Icarus 'keeper Steve Taylor's
half-volley was only prevented minutes as Winchmore took the right. Taylor dived full length,
from hitting the back of the net lead with a powerful header from pushing the ball onto the post and
when it struck an Icarus player a left wing cross. winning the cup for Icarus.
on the line.
Icarus threw everything forward
Next to go close was Scott, who and now playing 3 at the back,
along with Martins-Tonks, was with Schofield pushed forward,
running the midfield. He met a there was always the risk that
Dan Turner cross with a powerful Winchmore would break and
header which skimmed the cross score a third. With 4 minutes left
bar. Again, Icarus failed to grab that's exactly what happened and
the vital second goal as Portaluri it looked to the hundred or so
and Hodgkinson both went close. spectators as if the final was over
Portaluri latched onto a superb and Winchmore would be the
Rich Pratley through ball and champions.
beat the keeper with a low shot,
only to see it drift just wide of the It was then that the most
left post. Shortly after remarkable 3 minutes of football
Hodgkinson had a powerful in recent Icarus history took
header turned wide by the place. Icarus won a free kick 40
talented Winchmore keeper. yards out and Griffin drove the
ball into the box where Parr
At this stage Winchmore had not headed home to make the score
managed a shot on target, but as 2-3.
the manager reminded the Icarus
players, football is a funny old
game and the lack of a second
goal could be an issue in the
Hodgkinson lifts the Cup
This proved to be the case!
Icarus again started brightly but
as the half progressed, So skipper Lee Hodgkinson lifted
Winchmore began to get into the the Cup for Icarus in the most
game more and more. Icarus had extraordinary circumstances; it
a major let off when the had been a fantastic effort from
Winchmore forward hit a the whole Club to get to the final
powerful drive at the goal, only to and the players did not let down
find the ever present Rich Pratley decades of Icarus tradition as
on the line to clear the ball away. Above: Parr head the equaliser they came back from the dead to
Top: A Arnison, J Render, S Taylor, B Fisher, J Schofield, G Shutie, A Harris, D Lowes, A Martins-Tonks, J
Hetherington, S Lindsay, R Pratley
Bottom: D Scott, G Portaluri, D Turner, L Hodgkinson, T Somerville, R Lowes, J Griffin, J Parr.
Above. Winning save:
Steve Taylor win the shoot-out with a superb save, pushing the ball against the post before being
swamped by his team mates!
If you want to join Icarus FC go to www.icarusfc.co.uk
FROM TOUCH LINE TO FRONT LINE…
This is the second time in 3 sea- As an Icarus player and an
sons that being on deployment Officer who can do diverse and
has ruined a season for me; the deployed jobs like the one I under-
turn around time for operations is took in HELMAND, you find yourself
ever decreasing which means making comparisons to Tosh the
more of us are being deployed footballer and Flt Lt McIntosh the
which means LESS ISAF MSST leader, before you think
football. Apart from having a job I need to see a TRiM specialist let could return home to give them-
to do in between playing for me explain the comment... selves a chance of playing in a
Icarus FC the comparisons of match. I was so proud that the
RAF life and being part of more There were some occasions when I only 2 runners on that day were
than just a football team are very was out of ideas and my opposition Icarus players, we both com-
similar no matter the branch you (local Afghans) were relentless, I mented on this when we met up
are in. thought I would have to give in but later and yes we were keeping up
the footballing experiences I have our aerobic fitness for our next
I was posted to the Military had, through playing against match, we were both al-
Stabilisation and Support Group professional organisations with ready operationally fit!!
for 12 months and this meant Icarus, taught me that it may be
that 7 months of that time would tough right now but if I hold in there At some point in our careers we will
be spent in NAD E ALI, HEL- something will happen and you can all deploy, having a sense of be-
MAND in AFGHANISTAN as the seize an opportunity, it did and that longing is what we need in such
OC of the Military was due to the fact that people who times, so when we start to think of
Stabilisation and Support Team have other interests, other than where we have come in such a
(MSST). work, mix with many walks of short time and where we want to
life and actually increase their ca- go with the time we have left, I can
For those who don’t know what pacity to interact and think laterally honestly say that being part of the
that means in real terms; I was in compared to those who don’t. Icarus family has helped me;
charge of a team that brought even when I have been sleeping in
stabilisation and development to Some footy games are like that at a ditch, stranded in a field awaiting
those areas within HELMAND times and the processes were just a helicopter to extract me
that needed and required ISAF the same; hold in there and remain or delayed in a remote Patrol
assistance due to the damage strong. I found myself in many Base. Thinking of the good times I
that years of fighting against the situations like those throughout my have had with the players, the
Taliban has caused, I loved it tour and the power of football is so good games I have played in for
and the danger never once dis- big that no matter what language Icarus and the support you get
tracted me from what I achieved you speak, we all understand foot- from the lads through mail, parcels
whilst in theatre. ball team and footballers names!! and emails you do realise you are
not just part of a football team, you
I was ‘out there’ with the recce Whilst serving with the really are in a family that goes be-
force and infantry platoons and Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan I yond the football pitch.
at times I wondered why but the always managed to get onto the
reality of the problems out there Icarus web and see how the lads I have officially announced season
were so vast I thought that this were doing, even in NAD E ALI with 2010-11 as my last as a player,
could be quite a tasty job and if I only 30 mins internet time every some will say about time but that
am to miss playing in a Cup week I found a way to get updates, will be bad news for those still on
Final for Icarus FC, then there the Cup run was great to see and the pitch because my voice will still
had to be a good reason for it!! read about as it distracted me from ring from the sidelines and stands;
the bad times and I was totally I will look to assist John more with
gutted I missed the final by 4 developing the team as I bow out
days. However, I was glad to be on but my passion will not go with
another Op when the other Cup hanging up the boots, quite the
defeat happened… opposite I feel!!
Throughout all the weird places and Afghanistan is a cruel place where
situations I found myself in, I never feeling alone makes it worse, I
thought I would meet a fellow never felt like that for even one
team-mate in the same location. I minute. I would like to thank all
found myself running around the who supported me through my 7-
airfield in Camp Bastion months and to whoever was play-
one winter’s day only to see none ing in my position, it was only short
other than Flt Lt Dave Scott running term job, I hope John told you
in the opposite direction…even in that, I will be looking for it back in
Afghanistan players were keeping my final season!!
themselves fit so they
Thanks to you all, I hope I can re-
pay the kindness one day soon!
Tosh meets former PM Gordon Brown
Support Help for Heroes by going to www.helpforheroes.org.uk
The Big Swinney Interview Talking over the ‘Beautiful Old [Icarus] Game’
Rob Swinney interview former Icarus star Des Goff.
So Rob, if I remember correctly, you asked me to write I mean even before we started they were up
a few words about the Icarus Team of the past? to their tricks, the ref wasn’t at all happy
about having the Tardis on the pitch and
anytime they were blown up for a foul well
That’s it Des, good, you’ve obviously still got a marble or you could see why they were all on the stage
two left then! – you’d never seen such pictures of inno-
Well thanks Rob but I’m not sure that talking about wing half’s cence!
and inside forwards will be enough to get those youngsters off
their keyboards and I-Pods! Mind you there was one game that In the end the ref booked just about all of ’em
even now some 30 years later still lingers in the for overacting! The technical area looked like
memory. a beauty salon! And if you thought The Three Tenors did well in Italia
1990, this lot could sing as well. They even had their own DJ – Diddy
Really, go on then Des. David Hamilton later of BBC fame.
Well even you Rob might remember that the very first forerun- Sounds like quite a day Des?
ner of live TV soccer as we know it
to-day started in black and white on ITV early on Sunday Indeed Rob, did I mention Szakacs earlier?
afternoons in the late 60’s when they screened matches in No, which group was he in Des; sorry you’ll have to remind me.
which a Showbiz XI took on various ‘lucky’ teams to raise
money for charity. No, not a group Rob, he was a professional bloody wrestler – you
remember him surely – Saturday afternoon sport before the footie
I’ll believe you Des! took it over broadcast a lot of wrestling – Mick McManus and a lot of
The Showbiz XI were to football what the Lord’s Taveners are other gentle, friendly types like him. So there you were, ball at your
to cricket and such was Icarus’ pulling power in those days that feet rushing towards the goal having bravely survived the Daleks in
Icarus North took them on in the Cranwell stadium on 16th midfield to look up and set yourself for the winner when you come
January 1972. face to face with Szakacs, Tibor Szakacs to be exact, a
multi storey professional Hungarian wrestler who gleefully dispatched
Fair enough Des but what’s it got to do with forearm smashes ‘for a living.’ He was their back four!! If you made it
today’s football? past him they still had an answer – yeah you guessed it – Extermi-
Well as I look at it, you could say it’s all about time travelling. nate, Exterminate, Exterminate!! They had it all well rehearsed Rob
You see Rob, one of the Showbiz stars we played against was believe me!
an actor called Frazer Hines, a one time sidekick to the Doctor
in Dr.Who! But you all survived Des, as indeed does Icarus FC.
No! Thankfully Rob. Apart from all those Showbiz posers there’s one
other reason I remember the game so well Rob, I thought you might
Oh yes, and it didn’t stop there Rob, no just look at the picture have guessed when I described the Icarus goal?
and the programme for some of their other stars – Tommy
Steele no less, all of the Kinks [Beatles era pop group for you Oh Des, you didn’t score it did you?
youngsters!] and even Gerry Marsden as in the Kop anthem Well I just thought I’d throw that in Rob! And talking of Icarus surviv-
‘You’ll never walk alone’ , surely they’ll have heard that a few ing I’ve got a really good idea too. What about forming a Super Vets
times, not to mention the actors Robert Powell, Tony Booth, team?
Dennis Waterman and Richard O’Sullivan. Oh, yes we
certainly pulled ‘em in those days Rob! How would that work then Des?
OK, but what about the game itself Des?
Well let’s say you’d have to be beyond retirement age say 55 or on a
Oh yes, the game, a lot to talk about there Rob! We went pension if you’d left earlier, you’d have to remember leather boots
ahead mid way through the first half. From where you’d have with toe caps, soggy leather laced footballs, goalkeepers in woollen
been sitting in the stand the ball was played down our left on roll neck jumpers and flat caps, still pay your subs in £sd and get to
the stand side into the top corner of the penalty area and from matches using Astro Nav not Sat Nav – what do you think?
seemingly nowhere one of our surging midfielders steered a
low stinging drive into the far corner of the Showbiz net that Rob?
Geoff Hurst would have been proud of and we held out to take
a 1-0 lead into the second half. Rob?
Sounds good Des, what about the second half then?
Now where’s he gone… get me some more liniment Rob please!!
Well somehow we let it slip Rob
and it finished in a 1-1- draw but it
wasn’t without its moments,
mainly theatrical as you might
imagine with all those stars on the
pitch. You see Frazer Hines who I
mentioned before had come
straight off the Dr Who set and
brought a few Daleks with him.
They were a bloody nuisance to
say the least; you couldn’t
‘nutmeg ‘em’ to start with and
even if you did try to get past ‘em
they’d get you with one of those
robot arms of theirs.
Des, are you sure about all this;
you haven’t been at the liniment
again have you?
No of course not, but I’ll have
some later thanks!
A season in pictures
Above: Howie Heap shows his Navy side in Gibraltar Above: Steve Wood on the team bus
Above: The (Older) Spice Boys enjoy the view on top of the Rock. Above: Parr scores for Vets
Dan Turner takes on the IOT back 4
Above: Bowden Above: Team huddle Above: Hays celebrates a goal
Above: Caving for team building
Above: Icarus take on Gibraltar
Above: Lee Hodgkinson slots the ball home at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park in June..
Above: Hodge and Gino KO v Boston Above: The boys relax on the beach after a tough training session
INSIDE POLITICS AT ICARUS
Stu Lindsay takes a sideways look at his first season at Director of Foot-
‘Train the right way. Help each other. It's a form of Socialism Firstly – food and most noticeably the
without the Politics." - Bill Shankley provision of food after fixtures. It will
be remembered that the Chairman,
possibly under pressure from certain
Many people have asked what the Having said that, even a response senior players, almost pulled the
role Director of Football isn’t easy given the Chairman’s team from this season’s Burma Tro-
actually entails. In fact Chairman increasing stranglehold on the media phy on learning there was to be no
Eddie looked non-plussed when I – witness his official blog statement of after-match pasta. He commented: ‘I
explained that I was uncertain I could Jan 10: knew things were tight in Lincolnshire
produce a job description, given the but even cabbage soup might have
restrictions of the “An ineffective economy, a semi- sufficed – they’ve surely got enough
hierarchical structure which I felt Soviet social sphere, a weak cabbages.’
were being imposed on the Club. ‘No democracy, negative demographic
the role is too complex’ I ventured. trends and an unstable Lincolnshire: It is rumoured that Hetherington will
these were very big problems even for now be told to appoint a Club chef to
Even the Guardian seemed a club like Icarus," travel with the team at all times next
confused when speaking to me in season. This is undoubtedly
December. Eddie had also claimed that Icarus’ progress.
vertically controlled political system – Secondly - football. We’ve had Beer’s
Richard Williams commented: in which all opposition had been magnificent nearly ‘untouchables’;
squeezed out – was not ideal. Its retention of the Burma Trophy;
‘We seem to have democracy should be "open, flexible, victory as Inter-Service champions
invented a third and more and complex" with "competitive again (Vets and first team); drawing
ambiguous role: the director of elections". with the RAF; capture of the
football, who commands the owner’s
ear on football matters but whose
lack of visibility and public
accountability has created suspicion
about their role.’
Perhaps Richard had it in for me and
my friends, Dennis Wise and Brian
Marwood. After all he could hardly
have had a favourable impression,
correspondence, when assuming his
role as Chairman.
Eddie had claimed that the club
faced appalling structural problems
including a weak democracy,
shrinking membership, and a
non-performing 200 Club. In a
withering assessment of the Club, he
had avoided criticising his
predecessor, but alleged Icarus had
failed to fulfil its enormous potential.
The Club continued to face vast The Director (call me Mr D) puts on a brave face following his public
social challenges, he said, including humiliation.
corruption, a feeble civil society,
terrorism, alcoholism, and smoking.
I’m not going to reach, a la Bellamy, Intermediate AFA Middlesex-Essex
for my 5 Harrumph! I know that many cup, undefeated tour of USA and
iron, or commentators will be left victory over Boston Utd
draw paral- under-whelmed by my raising of these Development Team. Could we have
lels with matters, particularly asked for more?
other politi- following Eddie’s early attempts to
cal sys- shape the debate over Icarus’ future. Well actually we could. For the first
tems, but time I have to come out in print after
at least Most players continue to believe that a year of hurt. These achievements
(unlike his strong words fail to resolve count for nothing when balanced
Lenin) I still confusion about the source of power against the replacement of my club
have the within the Club – these are the areas sponsored Audi in favour of a
opportunity that may require future resolution. Daewoo Matiz. I have never
to reply Politics aside (and I neither believe defended the cult of the individual but
without that is possible or desirable) – we please – this is one insult too many.
waiting for have to ask: has the Club continued Something must change.
historians. to go forward this year? There have
to draw been 2 very strong areas of success: ‘Comrades join me; reach for your
their own car keys - the revolution starts here.
Director of Football Stu Lindsay warms up the Goalkeepers at Doncaster Rovers
Mark Bowden—Goal Keeper
The Boot Room
By J Hetherington
This year I thought I would look at a
specific subject as it is one that the Squad
has discussed in the dressing room this
season on a few occasions. I want to look
at the back 4.
It is important to note right at the start
however that defending is not just the job of
the designated defenders in the side – in
fact when a team does not have the ball it is
the responsibility of everyone to
ensure that it is regained and that the
opposition do not get into dangerous
positions on the pitch. That includes a huge
range of jobs, from the centre forward using
his closing down run to shape the direction
of play, to a midfield players identifying a
gap in the defence and filling it or a full back
making a last ditch tackle. Above: Wayne Bridge moves out to close down the winger.
Gareth Barry drops in from holding midfield to fill the gap
One of the most important principles for the
actual back 4 is communication. It is vital
he leaves as his centre half is preoccupied.
that each player communicates at all times
so that the back 4 works as a unit and
leaves no spaces for the opposition to
exploit. One of the centre halfs will
normally set the back line and the rest of
the back 4 will stay in line with him in
order to avoid players being played
onside. Further to this each player will
need to work with other players; for
instance the full back will work with the
centre half on his side of the pitch and his
wide midfield player most often. They will
all need to build up a good understanding
between each other.
When defending, the back 4 should be
narrow with no more than the width of the
penalty box between them. All 4 players Above: Paraguary have a throw in on the far side. The
move across the pitch as one unit.
A failure to do this can be fatal.
Slovakian full back is far to far forward and wide leaving a
massive gap for the midfield player to run into. This he
I have used 2 examples of this from this does and scores a good goal.
year’s World Cup. The first is
Switzerland’s goal against Spain in their
1-0 win and the second is Paraguay’s goal
against Slovakia in their 2-0 win. If a full
back leaves too big a gap between
themselves and their centre half when their
team in not in possession of the ball it
creates a huge opportunity for the
opposition to play through that gap and into
a great goal scoring position.
It is vital that full backs do not get tempted
out to mark the winger when the ball is on
the opposite side of the pitch. It may feel
unnatural to leave a player in space, but by
the time the ball makes its way across to
that player the back 4 should have shifted
across the pitch to close down that space.
The real danger is not the winger but the
run between the centre back and full back.
Above: The Spanish left back is not as narrow as he
A compact well marshalled back 4 is the should be leaving the gap that Switzerland exploited to
building block for all great teams and it is an score the only goal of the game.
area we are increasing improving at Icarus.
V Jackson M Bowden Steve Ricketts N Smith J Parr
Goal Keeper Goal Keeper Goal Keeper Goal Keeper Defender
R Lowe A Arnison M Farrell A Wilkinson D Turner
Defender Defender Defender Defender Defender
R Lewis M Bowditch J Butler P Barlow T Clayton
Defender Defender Defender Defender Defender
B Fisher R Pratley J Schofield G McIntosh G Shutie
Defender Defender Defender Defender Defender
M Greenway D Scott H Heap J Griffin A Martins-Tonks
Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder
D Godwin S Hays E Roughsedge J Renders
Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder
S eason 2009/
S Lindsay J Fox J Swann R Babington
Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder
S Hyndman T Somerville S Wood A Harris
Midfielder Forward Forward Forward
P Beer J Pullen D Bond D Lowes
Forward Forward Forward Forward
L Hodgkinson J Hetherington G Portaluri C Percival
Forward Forward Forward Forward
Icarus FC Stats 2009/10
Player Position Goals App
Vinny Jackson Goalkeeper 0 9
Paul Watson Goalkeeper 0 1
Mark Bowden Goalkeeper 0 12
Neil Smith Goalkeeper 0 8
Dom Smith Goalkeeper 0 2
Steve Taylor Goalkeeper 0 4
Andrew Arnison Defender 1 20(1)
Jeff Butler Defender 2 10(2)
Matt Turl Defender 0 5
Gary McIntosh Defender 0 3(1)
Rich Lewis Defender 1 5(1)
Greg Shutie Defender 0 10(3)
Paul Barlow Defender 0 3(2)
Jason Parr Defender 3 13
Richard Lowe Defender 0 12
Scott Millington Defender 2 4
Eddie Roughsedge Defender 1 12
Dan Turner Defender 0 11
Jim Davis Defender 1 1(1)
Kev Farrell Defender 0 4
Rob Swinney Defender 0 0(3)
Mark Farrell Defender 2 7
Darren Lownds Defender 1 1 Above: Man of the Tour 2010—Dave Scott
Rich Pratley Defender 0 17(1)
Stuart Lindsay Midfielder 3 9(2) Assists
Kev Thom Midfiielder 1 3 J Griffin 14
Steve Wood Midfielder/FWD 7 10(1) J Hetherington 7
Shane Rutherford Midfielder 0 1 G Portaluri 7
Jim Schofield Midfielder 8 14(1) L Hodgkinson 6
Andrew Martins-Tonks Midfielder 4 13 J Render 5
Ben Fisher Midfielder 0 3 T Summerville 5
A Martins-Tonks 5
David Scott Midfielder 1 11(2)
D Turner 4
Joe Griffin Midfielder 5 16(1) J Butler 4
Darren Godwin Midfielder 1 4 J Pullen 3
Ady Morris Midfielder 1 2(1) M Greenway 3
Teo Bradley Midfielder 0 3 A Harris 2
Howie Heap Midfielder 1 9(7) A Arnison 2
Dean Brown Midfielder 0 2 B Joyce 2
G Shutie 1
Adam Wilkinson Midfielder 1 5(1)
D Bartley 1
Mike Greenway Midfielder 0 9
R Pratley 1
Declan McVickers Midfielder 0 3(4) C Percival 1
Dan Lowes Midfielder 1 1(6) R Lowe 1
Jez Swann Midfielder 0 3(4) D Godwin 1
Jon Fox Midfielder 8 11 D Bond 1
Ali Bruce Midfielder 0 0(1) M Hinde 1
S Hyndman 1
Above: Joe Griffin got most assists
Adam Kelly Midfielder 0 2(0)
Adam Fisher Midfielder 0 0(1) S Wood 1
G Shutie 1
Si Hays Midfielder 1 7(3)
D Lowes 1
Gino Portaluri Forward 15 14(1)
B Fisher 1
James Renders Forward 2 6 J Davies 1
Lee Hodgkinson Forward 16 17(1)
Samuel Walter Forward 0 0(1)
Alex Toogood Forward 2 2(1)
Jon Pullen Forward 11 12(2)
Red & Yellow Cards
John Hetherington Forward 2 7(15)
Dave Bond Forward 6 5 G Portaluri 1
Pete Beer Forward 2 2(6) Lee Hodgkinson 1
Alex Stones Forward 0 2 M Wyer 1
Mick Farrell Forward 0 0(1) Joe Griffin 1
Andy Harris Forward 2 4(4)
Above: Render’s season was hit by injury
Tom Summerville Forward 8 8(9)
Scott Hyndman Forward 2 2(5)
Craig Percival Forward 5 5(2)
Greg Shutie—Centre Half
The Icarus Squad at Arlington in May 2010