In February one of our greatest Legends Paul “Jazza” Stormonth was involved in a works accident which saw him hospitalised for a number of weeks.
To help Jazza and his family through this very difficult period we decided to organise a Benefit Game and so we assembled at Lesser Hampden for “Jazz Aid” !
The game was between our current team and a White Brazilians XI containing plenty more Legends that have served us so well during our 25 year history.
An impressive thirty two players turned up to play and so the teams were split into the following teams:
QPSFC: Martin Kelly, Arthur McCue, Calum Colquhoun, Jack Waugh, Stuart Waugh, Ally McNaught, Craig McKenna, Andy Dick (c), Danny McFarlane, David Blair and Adam Walker. Subs (all used): Paul Joyce, Neil Skinner, Callum Weir, Ryan McCue and Sean Connolly
The White Brazilians: David Ferguson, Colin Shepherd, Allan MacKenzie, Stephen McGilp, John Crosbie, Alan Raeburn, Stephen Stormonth (c), Stephen Fox, Ally Dick, David Wilson and David Nisbet. Subs (all used): Duncan Raeburn, Martin Harvey, Dougie Lyden, John Drennan and Iain Campbell
A good crowd were on the sidelines, including some of our other Legends in John and Sandra Donaldson and Tam Moony Moon. Jaffa from Motherwell, a long time friend of the team, also made the journey through.
Referee Marr checked his watch, blew the whistle to start the game and twenty seconds later the veterans were a goal behind as Andy D ghosted into the area to shoot past Fergal and into the bottom corner.
The auld yins were slow to settle and Sean put the current team two ahead which forced the WB's into drastic changes.
Shep was withdrawn at right back and Mr C and Fat Martin, making a rare appearance outfield seeing there was such excellent cover in goals as Fergal and, eh, hmm, Dougie, BOTH came on at right back.
This made an immediate difference as Adam put the ball through Mr C's legs then evaded Fat Martin's rugby challenge which he tried to stop the nippy wee winger.
Seeing as twelve men didn't work Shep was brought back on to help the two heavyweights and to make it more difficult for Adam.
Surprisingly the change worked but in an attacking sense as Campbell (Mr) and Harvey combined to take a short corner and, after a stramash, Foxy MaRoxy fired the ball home to make the score 2-1.
As the current side made rolling subs so did the WB's although they still weren't taking anybody off and Young Duncan Raeburn joined the team.
No more goals before the break in a competitive first half with Referee Marr lucky to have his assistant Crossers on hand to give him support.
Spurred on by a half time team by Mister Joyce, the young wans (plus Jack and Arthur) raised their game and showed their superior fitness (!) in the second half.
The skipper/manager helped himself to a hat trick, the second one being a delightful chip over "keeper" Dougie, and Andy D also scored with a header which somehow sneaked into the net past Shep who was hugging the post.
Ally D pulled a goal back for the WB's who, despite having a four man advantage, were feeling the pace. Not really surprising considering the likes of Davie Nisbet, Davie Wilson, Tubsy MaRubsy, Fat Martin, Big Stormy and Mister C rarely make appearances on the pitch as long as they did in this game. Naturally The Crosshill Goal Machine had no such worries about the pace of the game and sprayed the ball about the pitch like the Legend he is.
In games like this it's always good to see a "novelty" goal and Slide Tackle Stu provided it when he fired a shot past Dougie from just inside the box, the ball taking a wicked deflection of Shep on its way into the net.
Someone shouted, "next goal's the winner" and the game ended with Foxy again scoring after a corner to make the final score 7-3.
An excellent effort from both side with special praise to the WB's for keeping the game competitive for so long.
One upshot of seeing so many old faces is that they've all said they'll be back for the Sixes on 23rd June.
After the game the teams headed back to the Social Club, after admiring Machine's three piece suit which he was clearly wearing for a bet, where we held a raffle and a huge thanks to all those who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets.
It was great to see such a turnout and shows the depth of feeling that there is towards Jazza and all he has done for the team on and off the park.
Well done to everybody who took part.
A few days after the event Jazza posted the following on Facebook:-
“Hello there everyone. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for last Saturday. I was touched to hear so many of you were there and thanks to all those people who have sent cards and came to visit me when I was in hospital.
Well that’s me out of hospital now, got out on Monday night, so it’s now the slow process to try to get fit again. It’s going to take time for me to get back fit but with all your support hopefully I will be back for the Sixes in 2013.”