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  1. Afc Halifax vs Leyton Orient Supporters In a season that has seen Afc Halifax yet to pick up a win from their first 2 games, they headed into this clash with Leyton Orient needing a good performance, it would be far from Mission Impossible, but they knew they would have to turn up and perform well. The first good chance however went to Leyton Orient, who’s striker managed to get away from player manager John Barker, but couldn’t find the target. Luckily for Halifax, they managed to get on the front foot and didn’t look back. The breakthrough came just 10 minutes in when a Nathan Wright flick on from midfield, found Martin Probets, who got away from his marker, knocked it past The Others, and slotted home. The second wasn’t far away, with a cross from the ever improving Callum Hannan, found Lee Casalinos head, he got enough power on it, but not quite enough accuracy with the keeper pulling off a great save to his right, but couldn’t turn it away from goal, as Adam Ramsden managed to get his head on the rebound and into the empty net. Halifax went 3-0 up inside of 25 minutes thanks to another Martin Probets run, with a goal similar to his first. Martin showed All The Right Moves, and got clear of the Orient backline, and cooly placed the ball past the on rushing keeper. With Afc Halifax now running away with it, Martin managed to get his hat-trick, some very quick thinking by Ben Fawkes saw him take a quick throw, which led to Ramsden going through on goal, with Martin as support, he squared it to his mate who tapped it into the empty net. In a performance that was anything but Magnolia, Halifax just kept making chances and scoring chances. The next goal wouldn’t really be classed as a chance as it came from a 30/35 yard effort. The ball got played through to Adam Ramsden, who found himself in-between the defence and midfield, with neither going to press him, he looked up, picked his spot and curled a simply lovely shot right into the top left corner, and leaving the goalkeeper grasping at thin air. Halifax now 5-0 up, and with 10 minutes to go before half time, there was still more to come! Leyton Orient weren’t playing bad, and had certainly not given up by any means, Afc Halifax were just playing some amazing football. Right from the back, some call it Risky Business but the defence of Heaton, Adam Probets, and Barker, simply passed their way out of trouble, being very confident on the ball. Ramsden was soon to join Martin in the hat-trick club, when, just 2 minutes after his outrageous 2nd goal, he scored his 3rd. Collecting a loose ball about 25 yards out he saw the Orient keeper off his line, and lobbed it over him, leaving him in no mans land. It was that man again, Adam Ramsden who managed to make it 7-0, and scored 3 goals, and his 4th of the day, within 5 minutes. A defence splitting ball through from Phil saw Ramsden 1 on 1 with the keeper, who came rushing out, Ramsden waited for the keeper to go to ground and dinked it over the top of him sending the ball into the net with a really tidy finish. With just 5 minutes of the half to go, and Halifax 7-0 up, it was soon to be come 8 and then 9! Both goals coming from Martin Probets, who now took his tally for the day to 5. The first was a through ball from Wrighty, who found Martins run and he found the goal. The second coming from a Ben Fawkes strike that the keeper parried into Martins path, who just had to find the net. At 9-0 that was the first half over, not a bad half of football! With Halifax going into the break with a 9 goal advantage you’d have thought that the water bottle may have replaced with a Cocktail, and although Barker was full of praise for his team, pronouncing it as ‘the best football Afc Halifax have ever played’, he asked the team to continue their good work. The second half started slowly for both teams, with Afc Halifax wanting to keep their sheet clean and perhaps feeling the affects of a full throttle first half! The first goal came in the 60th minute, with Nathan Wright picking up the ball on the edge of the box and picking his spot, slamming the ball low into the corner and into net off the post. This saw some subs come on for Halifax, with Stanley Noble, Alex Barrett and Adie Hollands taking the field to join in the fun! Afc Halifax kept going and kept playing from the back and picking their moments to strike, and getting Halifax’s 11th goal was Phil, who found space in the box with some twists, and some turns and picked his spot, drilling past the keeper. With 15 minutes of the game to go, Adam Ramsden managed to also get his 5th goal of the game. Some good work on the left hand side by Martin Probets saw him get inside of the box and pull the ball back to Ramsden who took a touch with his left, shifted it onto his right and placed the ball high past the outstretched hand of the Orient keeper and saw the net ripple. Afc Halifax 12 - 0 Leyton Orient. Leyton Orient, not wanting to have a completely wasted journey, had still not given up and built up some solid pressure and started to have a few chances, a mixture of bad shooting, good keeping by Dave Sutton and a last ditch tackle by Nathan Wright saw Afc Halifax hold on to that clean sheet. It was a great team display, and Halifax were Far And Away the best team on the day, from the defence who played with such quality all game, up to the strikers who were deadly. There was A Few Good Men to pick from for the Man Of The Match, and if ever there should have been a team award, it was for this game, but with his 5 goals and some fantastic finishing, Adam Ramsden got the honour. AFC HALIFAX 12 (TWELVE) - Leyton Orient 0 Adam Ramsden 5 Martin Probets 5 Phil 1 Nathan Wright 1 Man Of The Match - Adam Ramsden.
  2. Afc Halifax Vs Rochdale Afc Halifax went into this game in good spirit, having picked up some decent results already this season. Up next was an entirely different challenge though, a Rochdale outfit dubbed ‘the best team in the diversion’, and a team Halifax have never done well against, infact, they have lost every time they have played them. Afc had a strong outfit available, although it took a blow early on when John Luders bottled it and blamed sleeping in on the no show, on the scale of excuses we’ve had this season, it was a poor one. Kev Dawson back from a 5 year absence was a welcome addition though. Even with Afc having a decent selection to pick from, they had no ‘proper’ goalkeeper, it would be Joe who would go in goal for the first half, and he did very well early on with some good saves. However, he was to be beaten when a poor Gav Higgins clearance only fell at the feet of a Rochdale man, who smashed it past Joe. But it was to be Halifax, half way through the half with some really good football from the attacking players, managed to get back into the game. A lovely through ball from Ben Fawkes led to Ryan going through on goal and he finished well to the keepers left. Going into half time at 1-1, John Barker was full of praise for his troops; they had worked hard and put themselves in a good position but warned that it didn’t stand for much if we didn’t get a positive result at the end of it. The second half started and Halifax started brightly. Heaton, who was now doing the 2nd half in goal, went through a spell of not much to do. It was all Halifax and they put together some good moves but no clear chances. Adam Gray used his pace well to get into good positions and Captain Ramsden and Kev Dawson worked well up front and didn’t give the defenders a moments rest. It would be from a typical Afc weapon that would put Halifax in the lead. A long throw caused mayhem in the Rochdale box before landing kindly at the feet of Ben Fawkes who had a simple finish. Could this be the game Afc Halifax finally manage to beat Rochdale? Well, Rochdale being Rochdale came back into it and even though Halifax made themselves a good defensive unit, they managed to find a goal. A mazey run by the Rochdale winger cut inside, and perhaps with a touch of luck the ball ricocheted off Higgins shin and into the winger’s path who placed it past Heaton in goal. Halifax carried on, still a constant threat, particularly from the right hand side, and it was to be a long throw that put them back in front. A carbon copy of the 2nd goal, only this time it fell to Kev Dawson who smashed the ball in from close distance. But then a heated moment between the Rochdale centre midfielder and Adam Gray, would potentially change the game, meaning both players would be sent off (but could be substituted off). With this Halifax tried to close the game off, Heaton taking an age with his goal kicks helped, Ramsden upfront holding the ball up and winning free kicks helped and the team as a whole defending amazingly well all helped but Rochdale managed to make it 3-3 with 15 minutes to go. The ball cleared by a Halifax defender landed at the edge of the box and the Rochdale man took a touch and hit the ball into the bottom corner, and in off the post. Heartbreak for Halifax. Adam Probets who had defended well, limped off with a hamstring injury and it looked like it could be a long 15 minutes. But then a long ball upfront was contested between Ryan and the Rochdale defender, Ryan managed to poke the ball across to Ramsden who was lurking on the edge of the area, he took his time, composed himself and drilled the ball into the bottom right hand corner and past the hapless goalkeeper. A goal from nowhere meant the lads found that extra 10% they needed and with some proper grit and determination managed to see the game out and win it 4-3. Man of the Match, Ramsden’s goal the decider in what was a typical gutsy Halifax performance. For the first time in 11 years, Halifax won Rochdale. Every single player played out of their skin and Gaffer John Barker was clearly brimming with pride by the final whistle. Onto West Ham away next week! Final Score - Afc Halifax 4 – 3 Rochdale
  3. Afc Halifax, with a Saturday free this weekend after a trip to Matlock for the Fc Halifax boys, woke up on Sunday with a fresh pair of legs and ready to take on the invitation to play in a 5 aside competition over in Huddersfield, The Microlynx Tournament. The tournament is held annually at Soccer City and is put together by a small group of people who raise money for a chosen charity. This years charity was British Heart Foundation, the reason being that one of the guys helping to set up the event was good friends with John Barrett, who sadly and unexpected passed away in October. John is father to Afc Halifax man mountain Alex, and from there we got an invitation to enter a team. Captain for the day and chief organiser John Luders, Adam Ramsden, Wrighty, Ben Fawkes, Si Noble and Sam Barnes were the 6 to take up the offer. With Sam Barnes still having trouble with his knee injury from 1993, he was to go in goal and with Si's daughter playing in a game before the tournament, he would miss the first game. 3 groups of 5 teams, top two go through with the two best place 3rd places also going through, 15 minute games. The mission was on, and the message was to just get out of the group and see where that would take us. With the news coming through 1 team in our group had dropped out (unconfirmed reports they were relatives of serial dropper outer Gavin Higgins), Afcs chances improved somewhat. The first tie was against the team who had won the tournament 2 times in the past 3 years, a tough test for Afc, who had at this point not got a sub. We played well, and passed the ball around well however 2 clinical strikes from the opposition, saw Afc Halifax fall to a 2-0 defeat in there first game and it was looking like the squad would be back in Halifax for a 12 oclock roast, After welcoming Si back from his daddy duties, Afc now had 6, which meant a sub to give a much needed rest for the lads. If truth be known, Afc could have fielded their junior team and still won this one though, a 9-0 thumping with goals from every member of the squad, Following that was a rivalry between a team donning Huddersfield Town shirts, again Halifax were too strong for them and a 6-0 win took us into the next round as a strong second placed team. The quarter finals for Afc Halifax and from here it was anybodys guess what may happen, but even against weaker opposition we played some really good football so confidence was high. The teams lined up and it became clear they would have to wear bibs as we both teams had florescent green tops on! Afc started well, and were soon 2-0 up thanks to goals from Ben Fawkes and John Luders, although Sam did make some good saves in this game, he was beaten and it went 2-1 but Ben Fawkes stepped up and secured the win with a few minutes to go making the final score 3-1 and Afc Halifax went marching on to the Semi Final. Afc Halifax had gained some supporters by this point, rumours had started that we were infact ex Halifax players, which i'm not sure is a compliment to us and how we played or a dig at the Fc Halifax team! Si had brought his family along and Alex Barrett, who had been playing for a friends team, who had just been knocked out, was also there to support his team mates. Into the Semi Finals, as Afc Halifax now had one eye on the prize. A much more physical test for Afc in this one, but a test which Halifax seemed to deal with well. Some fantastic goalkeeping by the opponents goal keeper stopped Ramsden and Luders getting on the scoresheet but it was wave after wave and eventually Adam Ramsden managed to beat the keeper with a low left footed drive. An unusual tactic by the opposition led to them playing one man upfront who never crossed the half way line and relying on there goal keeper to make some more outstanding saves. A tactic that they maybe regretted when Luders managed to also find a way through, 2-0 up. Sam Barnes in goal pulled of some good saves and Wrighty put in a real shift backwards and forwards on the pitch. They did manage to knick one goal, but it was too late and after a few feisty tackles the hooter went and Afc had made it into the final. Afc Halifax, now feeling the affects of the rest of the games took to the field to set up against a bunch of lads who must have been between the ages of 17 and 21, and we knew we would be in for a tough game. The fans looked to have given up much hope, as Si's family went to the local McDonalds! The game starts and it was quiet even, Afc looking to slow play down and dictate the possession statistics. However there player manged to wiggle past a Halifax shirt and bury it past Barnes' left hand side. 1-0 down in the final and with nothing to lose at this stage Afc pushed on, the Sunday Roast at 12 had long gone and a big push for the next 10 minutes was needed. Halifax tested the keeper on a few occasions and forced him into a couple of decent saves but it was Adam Ramsden who managed to get the goal back from a tight angle. Afc didn't stop there, when Simon Noble smashed the ball in the net to make it 2-1. His family were delighted, they'd just been served there Mcnuggets! With the clock ticking down, the opponents struck back, the speedy young lad took on a few Halifax players, who maybe should have been more cynical, and tooked it away past Barnes in goal. The ref shouts out 3 minutes to go, and this looked like it was going to a penalty shoot-out. Although, Halifax may have taken that as Barnes made some great saves to keep us in the tie. 30 seconds to go is the shout by the ref, and another shot by the opponents goes high over the goal. Barnes picks it up and rolls it to Ben Fawkes, who passes it sideways to Wrighty, who then knocks the ball long to Ramsden who holds it up, he then plays the ball to the other side of the court to Si Noble who takes a touch and smashes it into the bottom corner. It was a delightful team goal, early reports suggest Ant & Dec are wanting to write a song about it. The emotions took over, John Luders was cheering from the side, and Si goes onto his knees and starts fist pumping the air as if he had just won the World Cup. World Cup it was not, but even so, it was a proud moment for Afc Halifax winning the trophy for their cabinet and also in memory of John, Alex's father. Alex Barrett - 'Shaun Lewis and Nick Doyle did a great job organising the event for a ninth consecutive year. This years chosen charity was the British Heart Foundation, in memory of my dad who sadly passed away in October. It was a very successful day with us all raising over £300 and to cap it off Afc Halifax were crowned champions, quite a fitting tribute for one of our own and was a nice touch for me to able to present the trophy to the lads and be on the squad photo. They all put a great team effort in and thoroughly deserved the win.' One Love - The Shaymen.
  4. Going up on Friday Bish - Fawkes, Rambo (shotgun Rambo) Harry - Going up on Saturday Matty G - Ash, Rob, Martin. (shotgun Ash) Si - Marcus, Adam. (shotgun Marcus) Going home at 2 Matty G - Martin, Adam. Harry. Going home at 5 Bish - Rob, Fawkes. (shotgun Fawkes) Si - Marcus, Rambo, Ash (shotgun Rambo)
  5. Rambo - Being 7 years out on Heart Fms time tunnel (20p). That own goal (£1) - £1.20 Aprobe - Being 7 years out on Heart Fms time tunnel (20p). Use of hair spray (20p) Shooting from kick off (10p) - 50p Marcus - Being 7 years out on Heart Fms time tunnel (20p). Use of hair spray (20p) Having a casual chat with Bobbins in the 80th minute (30p) Feeling sorry for himself (30p) - £1 Dave - Being 7 years out on Heart Fms Time Tunnel (20p). For banging on about getting a lift from stump cross (50p), Use of hairspray (20p) Having £30 gloves but playing defensive mid (10p) - £1 Robbo - Having the same head as his opposition number (50p) - 50p Hembers - Being on his phone while driving in the car park (50p). Getting MOM (50p) - £1 Wrighty - Wearing studs on a 3g surface (40p) HAD A SHOWER (+40p) - £0 Bobbins - Late for his pickup (20p), Having a chat with Miles in the 80th minute (30p). - 50p Bogdan - No shower! (50p). Having a chavy car (30p). Listening to nursery rhymes prior to kick off (20p) - £1 Rick - Out night before game (50p), Lied about being out (50p), No shower! (50p) - £1.50 Pato - Pink Boots (50p), Wore studs on 3g (40p), that horrendous e-cig (10p), No shower! (50p) - £1.50 John Luders - Missing the game and not being able to do fines (£1) - £1 Martin Probets - Missing the game and not being able to do fines (£1) - £1 John Barker - Not being there to manage us (50p), Not telling us about the 3g surface (50p) - £1 All subs to be paid to Martin on Monday at training, or Wrexham on Saturday.
  6. Drivers please lads? Aprobe - Rambo, Marcus, Dave SuttyandSweep (Rambo shotgun) Bogdan - Ricky, Pato, 1watcher Robbo - Bobbins, Wrighty (Bobster shotgun) Hembers - his girls
  7. My circumstances have changed Bish!
  8. Eh! I thought this guy had signed weeks ago! I definitely saw a tweet from Flea confirming this!
  9. Defo up for the walk! Will try play football but it may be a stood in the centre circle Cambridge performance!
  10. Aspin leaves with 3 points and a black eye! Oyoy!
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