Saturday 29th May 2010 - Lesser Hampden
Our 24th tournament had our most ever entrants with thirty four teams taking part across the three different competitions.
As ever the festivities started on the Friday night with the pre-tourney warm up and again it was held in the Horseshoe Bar then upstairs in The Vale.
There were a good number of visitors in attendance, as well as locals, and the weekend got off to an excellent start.
The pessimists had seen a bad weather forecast for Sixes Day but it was a dry start but problems were ahead !
Instead of getting one half of the pitch at eleven we were only given a sixth which meant the tournament was put back an hour. Now I know it never generally starts on time but normally that's because of us not the facilitators.
But, at the back of twelve we were off with only a mere 94 games to organise.
Ian Younger Sixes - Group A
The holders Appin and our overseas visitors PSG were the qualifiers out of this group with Scotspurs third after losing 2-1 to our Belgian friends.
Rangers, who lost their manager Big Marty to illness the night before, came in fourth just ahead of Peterborough (Well Posh).
It was great to see Peterborough back at the Sixes with their last appearance being about ten years ago. Their top man Andy Groom was back along with his son Liam and pal Ryan. Making up the side (numbers) were a couple of old faces from Motherwell, Jaffa and Barney.
Unsurprisingly they finished last having borrowed various people to help them out, to no great effect.
Ian Younger Sixes - Group B
The closest group of the lot saw four times winners Partick Thistle finish top on goals scored.
Raith Rovers and Ayr fought it out for second spot and eventually, after some misinformation, the Fifers took their place in the Quarter Finals.
Ayr, as ever, went into the Plate along with our own QP Hoops and first time visitors Troon who lost all their games.
Ian Younger Sixes - Group C
Former winners Coasters from Oban won all their games to top the group and they were followed by Ant and Dec less Shrewsbury who pipped Oxwell to second place, not that Oxwell, made up of Oxford and Motherwell supporters, seemed that bothered.
With two draws Nottingham Forest's younger side finished in fourth place above the QP Ladies who took the day so seriously that they turned up hungover, like so many others !
Ian Younger Sixes - Group D
First time visitors Kaisayr topped Group D with Tranmere Rovers, who had the Heller brothers from Perth (via Tranmere) playing for them.
The young Ormond Saints team were in with a shout of qualifying but a defeat in their last game put them into the Plate.
Our own QP Blue managed to finish above the younger Leyton Orient side who failed to earn a point.
Ian Younger Sixes - Quarter Finals
Partick strolled past Shrewsbury whilst Coasters and Raith also had relatively easy wins with Rovers putting out the holders Appin.
In the game of the round, and probably day, PSG overcame Kaisayr in a penalty shoot out after a superb five all draw. PSG were 5-2 behind at half time but fought back and equalised in the last minute to get to penalties.
Ian Younger Sixes - Semi Finals
A straight forward win for Coasters who turned on the style but PSG were involved in another fantastic game where they unluckily lost out in a seven goal thriller.
Ian Younger Sixes - FINAL
In the Final two goals from Neil Fraser secured Coasters first Sixes success since 2001 in a game between arguably the best two teams in the tournament.
Gary Brooks Masters - Group A
St.Mirren cruised through as group winners by winning their four games and not conceeding a goal.
Oxford were equally impressive with their only defeat and goal conceeded being against Saints.
A Glasgow based, plus a Wolverhampton keeper, Bristol Rovers team finished in third place after demolishing Ormond Saints 8-3 which basically meant eight shots at goal as Saintees had Fat Gav in goals.
Saintees finished above first time visitors Dulwich Hamlet after an enthralling 2-1 win against the Londoners.
Gary Brooks Masters - Group B
Top of the group Clyde were another team not to conceed a goal although they did draw with MacDonald Rovers (too young for this competition but filling in after a call off).
Forest edged out the MacDonalds after a tousy group game which did Forest and the tournament little credit.
This left Classic QP and Leyton Orient to fight it our for bottom spot and our old lags (including a super slim Dougie Lyden, Tam Moon, Stormy, Foxy, Fat Martin, CG Machine, Jazza and Tubsy) came good at the end winning 5-1 against an O's team with Stripey and Brian missing through injuries from early in the day.
Gary Brooks Masters - Semi Finals
St.Mirren kept up their defensive record by knocking out Forest 3-0 whilst Clyde were held to a goalless draw by Oxford with the game going to penalties. It came down to Oxford's keeper to score to keep them in the competition but he missed and Clyde were in their second successive Final.
Gary Brooks Masters - Final
The two best teams in the competition met in the Final and it was an excellent game which ended 1-1 with St.Mirren's Stevie McGarvey equalising with only thirty seconds left. This meant that both Clyde and Saints conceeded ther first goals of the day.
Onto penalties and again it went down to the keepers with Saints Davie Martin tucking away an excellent kick then he saved the Clyde keeper's effort to give St.Mirren the Masters.
Rab MacDonald Youth Tournament
The Youth Tournament was dealt a blow when Appin called off the day before the tournament.
So that the tournament could still take place Queen's Park split into two teams with Arthur McCue and Allan MacKenzie taking charge of the teams.
Eastfield from Cambuslang and Clyde were the other two teams in the competition and they won through to the Final.
It took one goal to decide the Final and Eastfield were the victors to take the trophy back to South Lanarkshire.
Special thanks to Arthur and Allan for sorting out our two teams and to Al for playing seven year old Finn Stromonth in the Play Off game.
The trophy was presented on the pitch after the Final and the Eastfield boys doused the presenter in water to celebrate. Thanks guys !!
The Plate Competition
The Plate is always eagerly awaited for the less serious teams and we had seventeen teams in the draw with Leyton only putting one team in due to injury.
In the Preliminary Round Troon easily disposed of Peterborough who were just happy to get to the bar.
No real surprises in the First Round as the QP Ladies, Classic QP and QP Blue all went out the tournament.
Troon, Ormond Saints, Ayr and Oxwell all won through to the Semis and it was Troon who won the battle of Ayrshire whilst Oxwell got past Saintees.
The Final was Troon's ninth game of the day and it was a game too far as Oxwell ran out 3-1 winners to win the Plate.
The presentations were a lot earlier than the previous year and it was good to see so many teams stay for them, although not all.
QPFC Head Coach Gardner Speirs did the honours and he first of all presented our own team's awards with the Player of the Year going to Craig McKenna. Unfortunately Craig was on holiday but Sean Connolly, and his silly sunglasses, collected the trophies on his behalf.
The Top Scorer award went to Paul Joyce and there was a special "thanks for turning up so often" award to Jazza "Paul" Stormonth on reaching 300 games.
After our own awards the main presentations took place with Oxwell winning the Plate, St.Mirren the Masters, Partick runner up medals and, finally, Coasters winning the Ian Younger Sixes.
Coasters John Scott, who never kicked a ball on the day, collected the trophy and made an excellent speech as he recalled being so proud to be in the Queen's Park team that won the very first Ian Younger Sixes in 1995 and was as proud with this triumph as well.
Coasters are a good bunch of guys who play football the right way and it's incredible that this was their first win since 2001. Always good to see them even if they leave far too early !
Anyway, thanks to Gardner for giving up his time to present the trophies and he also took time to talk to the St.Mirren team who are all old enough to remember him playing for Saints.
There was also a special mention for our Crossers who attempted to play for all the teams to raise money for the Dale Jacobs Memorial Fund, set up in memory of a friend from Leyton Orient who sadly passed away in 2006.
Crossers got round about half the teams as some were reluctant to let him play which is totally against the spirit of the day.
However Crossers did manage to raise £245 and a big thanks to everybody who contributed particularly the Ladies who donated their entrance fee to the charity.
The Football Quiz was presented about half an hour after the main trophies and Classic QP were the winners. Seeing as they had veteran quizzers Harvey and Raeburn as well as our old Arthur it was no surprise.
The Classic's finished ahead of Tranmere, who allegedly cheated, QP Hoops, Leyton Orient, QP/Raith, Ayr United and QP Ladies, Dulwich Hamlet, Rangers and Partick Thistle.
With everything done it was time for the party and it turned into one of the best nights we've seen at our tournaments.
The atmosphere between the teams who stayed was superb and it was great to see people dancing/hanging onto each other from various different places.
The finale was fantastic and will be remembered for a long, long time.
It had to stop sometime but a great night was had by all.
A huge thanks to Queen's Park FC for the facilites and to the bar staff for doing such a great job.
Also thanks to DJ Helen who thrives on nights like these and couldn't have done a better job. She has the knack of playing the right music and without her it wouldn't be the same.
Well done to all those who helped out during the day with the refereeing and barbecue and a huge thanks to Donna and her sister Joanne for their efforts.
And a special mention to our incomparable Tournament Director Raph O'Keeffe who sorted out the fixtures and dealt with endless questioning thoughout the day. Couldn't have done it without him.
And finally, thanks to all the teams for turning up and making it the occasion that it is.
Next year's tournament will be our 25th and we will be making an even bigger effort to have an event worth remembering. All being well it will be on Saturday 11th June 2011.
Below are some comments received about the tournament.
"One of the best nights for a long time. At night it was like the Blue Oyster Club from Police Academy !" - Gary Anderson, Partick Thistle
"Woke up with a busted knee, a goosed shoulder and knackered but thanks for yesterday, superb as usual !" - Kevin Heller, Tranmere Rovers
"Thanks for a great day, our lads thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Here's to next year" - Young Gav, Ormond Saints
"Thanks for yesterday. I'm sore and hungover but BEST SIXES EVER !! Roll on number 25 !" - Old Gav, Ormond Saints
"A million thanks for another great Sixes !" - Colin "Neebs" McPherson, Tranmere Rovers
"Had a great day and congratulations on yet another successful Sixes" - Dougie "Ex Chubby" Lyden, Classic QP
"Thanks for a good day yesterday. All the boys enjoyed themselves. We'll try not to break the trophy although it's already made it's debut in the
"Thanks for the tournament. Everyone enjoyed the weekend and we look forward to coming back again next year" - Nicolas Lucas, PSG
"Thanks for the invite all of our guys had an absolute ball. We met some new teams, made some new friends & had a great time, helped by the fact we got to the Plate final. If invited, we would absolutely love to come back next year & do it all again. The atmosphere was superb. Once again, many thanks to all at Queens Park SFC" - Richard Henderson, Troon
"Thanks for another good weekend. James will be insufferable now that he has some silverware to his name but we'll have to deal with that !" - John Matthews, Oxford United
"We weren't that good. The QP Ladies actually gave us the best game to be honest, a few good players" - Murray "Mugsi" McGregor, Coasters
"What a fab day and night it was. all the usual antics going on at night i.e. naked men struting their stuff on the dance floor. Can't wait for the madness to begin for the 25th next year....bring it on !" - Donna Joyce, Kit Lady to the stars !