Forget respective league and cup glory. Arnie and Bennie Mac are really only going about their Saturday managerial business to compete for the highest honour available, that of ‘AFC Cubo Manager of the Year’.
Off the pitch December saw the Cubans take over the Boat House in Putney for the annual Christmas tear up and both Manager’s worked hard to ensure that no player felt awkward the next day. Cubo Boys woke up across the length and breadth of London with the same thought. “WTF happened last night… ah well… at least I wasn’t in as bad a shape as Ben or Arnie”. Truly selfless leaders.
On the pitch, December was a record breaking month for the 1’s, just not the kind of records that one wants to acquire; on 28 December the Club recorded it’s heaviest ever defeat, an eye watering 11-0 loss away at the hands of Horsley FC. In fairness, the game was played three days after Christmas. With the vast majority of the squad dispersed around the country we played one of the best sides in the league with a bare 11 players and no Goalkeeper.
Unfortunately the rest of the month was no prettier, mainly due to poor availability, needless to say the statistics of played 4 – won 1 – lost 3 – scored 2 – conceded 20 – is not easy reading. After the highs of the undefeated October and November the 1’s need to work hard to start 2016 with a bang.
The 2nd XI were sparred fixtures over the festive period, enjoying their winter break safe in the knowledge that two wins had been secured from the two games played in December. It was great to see former 2’s Gaffa – Hoop Dawg – return to midfield action against Inter Old Boys bagging a goal in the process.
A good month for the 2’s, Arnie’s boys bring him level with Ben in the number of awards won. Game on.
Bennie Mac 2 (Oct, Nov) – Arnie 2 (Sept, Dec)