"Memories of the "The Phil Yarrow Testimonial"
The first all-Allstars game took place at Willoughby Hall, behind the tennis courts. The score was 6-5 to "Girlfriends". The age-old playground call went up at 5-5, that "next goal wins". This was scored, in spectacular fashion, by one Grant "Sid" McKinlay, completing his (only-ever) hat-trick.
The "Sidney Hat-trick" in full (and un-edited):
Goal. Near post header that looped rather than drove into the left side
of the goal.
This latter miracle-goal was described thus by Jon May in early 2003:
"Sid scored from a corner - a sort of reverse flick volley, reminiscent of the one Zola scored in the FA Cup last season for Chelsea. The reason I remember that was because I was supposed to marking him, challenging for his swinging leg only for it to come off his other leg into the goal at the near post. Given his 'glorious' status I thought it was natural ability that became our leader, rather than a complete fluke!"
hypothesis abounds that this was not the only hat-trick scored in this
game. It has been suggested the feat was replicated, indeed surpassed,
by the "Bachelors" Pete Reilly (scoring all 3 goals in the
first half, and consequently retiring early from the game 'knackered').
Mr Patrick Hudson was futher moved to say in early 2003 that "there was a genuinely cracking goal in that game that involved me, Shaggy and Reilly". Sadly, a fuller description eluded our proto-historian.
And the final (largely inaccurate) word must go to the man in whose honour the game was played: "I believe we won...4-3 or 3-2, I think...but I definitely scored!" (Mr Philip Yarrow, 2003).
[Should Lord Hutton be interested, the following sources for the above material have been named: Messrs. Pat Hudson, Jon May, Phil Yarrow, and our very own goalkeeper of mass-destruction, Grant McKinlay].
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