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Former staff wanted for editor’s football squad

Staff who used to work for a group of regional newspapers are being invited to form an old boys’ football team.

Nick Procter, an editor of four weekly titles at Yorkshire Regional Newspapers, wants to form an Old Boys team to take on the company’s current crop of footballing superstars.

Nick is editor of the Bridlington Free Press, Driffield Times and Post, Pocklington Post, and Beverley Guardian.

He said YRN has produced a number of top-drawer players over the years and it is hoped they will come out of retirement to be given a footballing lesson from the new kids on the block.

Said Nick: “Players like Damian “ooh me cods” Holmes, Neil “Bite Yer Legs” Pickford and Neil “More Red Cards Than Vinnie Jones” Speight are footballing legends in these parts and it would be great to see how they shape up against the quality players we have these days.

“So we’re throwing down the gauntlet to any YRN old timers – from any era – to get in touch and organise a team to take on our young, and some not so young, guns.

“YRN’s last match ended in a 3-0 drubbing by Peterborough but apparently the boys had an off-day and suffered a few dodgy decisions.

“We’ve got another game coming up against Sunderland so we thought a good way of getting a win under our belts and gaining some confidence was to play some oldies.

He added: “It would be great to get lots of former colleagues together and make it a fun day all-round.”

Anyone who has worked at the Scarborough Evening News, Whitby Gazette, Bridlington Free Press, Driffield Times & Post, Malton Mercury or Pocklington Post who wants to help organise the Old Boys team can email nick.procter@yrnltd.co.uk

 

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  • March 19, 2012 at 11:21 am
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    What “dodgy decisions” were those, Nick? YRN supplied the ref and your captain was quick to acknowledge the better team won and won easily. Funny how nobody in YRN has taken us up on our offer of a replay. Running (waddling?) scared?

    PTID!

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  • March 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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    I think with banter like that we need to look at putting out our first team in the rematch.

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  • March 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm
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    Make sure you give your ringers plenty of notice so they can get their stories straight.

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  • March 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm
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    Jeez, you’ve picked out three big old bruisers there Nick! I’m not sure they would make it past the half way line these days…
    I suggest you do a trawl of the local curry houses for a few ringers to boost your squad.

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  • March 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm
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    None of the Old Boys will be making it past the half-way line; nor will Peterborough when we play them again. It’s going to be one-way traffic and we’re going to be camped in their half.
    I talk a good game!

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  • March 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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    Half-way line? I’m not sure they’d make it over the touchline without the involvement of the folks from St John’s ambulances!

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