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MAD Glossary “R – Z”






Comic book? Graphic novel? Back of a graffiti daubed toilet door? The Glossary is an idea dating back to 2006 which was sewn by Mike Reeves, who having recently joined the club from a shit pub team worse than our own, declared he hadn’t got a clue what everyone else was on about. His reasoning was that since the club was established some eight years previous, many of the terms, references and lingo were alien to the unacquainted.


Fast forward to a pandemic riddled 2021 and after an annually exhaustive MOT, the Far from the MCC’s allegedly most popular web page comes back online. A huge amount of thanks to all contributors, however small, for the gems and inspiration which have gone into creating this encyclopaedic breakdown of MAD folklore.









Radio (ITT Combat)


Although resembling a piece of shit from an Action Man film, this rare and bespoke analogue radio became the prize possession of Mr I. C. Leggate. Purportedly made behind the Iron Curtain, it enabled Ian to receive transmissions from the early 1950’s as he sat outside the Dew Drop pub in Summertown. Requiring the world’s supply of batteries to operate, you could distinctly hear the Russian military broadcasting propaganda about the perils of trusting non-communist regimes. Or was it just a crackle and distorted hiss? What we do know is that it was crap for picking up Radio 5 Live commentary for a Test Match….








An all-day bender in Minehead in 2017 would find a bunch of MAD tourists pulling shapes to house music in the backroom of a Wetherspoons dive. We don’t want to identify them all, but Mike Ashley was there….






Red Arrows


An amusing reference used by past player (and founder) Eddie Lester whilst on Tour in Minehead in 2003. It described the sensation of standing at mid-on whilst the bowling of Martin Westmoreland was summarily smashed over his head with alarming speed and regularity (much like a fly-past from the Red Arrows).


Matt Bullock also snapped the Red Arrows on the Eastbourne Tour of 2007.




( Link to Match Report )




Red Lion


Which Red Lion pub? Any Red Lion pub – you choose. It seems whoever The MAD are playing against, they inevitably meet up before the game at a pub with that name. A classic example being Cassington (v Isis CC in 2013) – which had various groups of MAD players split between numerous pubs of that name….






Responsible Adult


The Club are a little thin on the ground when it comes to having responsible adults. You win some, you lose some.







Retired (before they’re 50)


The ambition of most men is to retire from their shitty workplace. James Hoskins and Posh Builder (Dave Shorten) have joined the land of the smug and done just that (mostly). Although both quietly keep their hands in so to speak….








On Tour in 2015, regular opening bowler Dave Shorten got torn a new arsehole in the opening game versus Sarisbury CC. If that wasn’t bad enough, his team mates serenaded him with a now infamous rhyme….


“He bowls it left-t-t, he bowls it right-t-t, David Shorten-n, he’s bowling shi-i-i-i-i-t-t-t-t-e-e-e-e!!!”




( Link to Match Report )






A nice cold can of Strongbow Dark Fruit, the connoisseurs drink of choice to counteract the effects of serious dehydration on the Tour to Suffolk in 2018.



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River Exe


The river which runs past Bridgetown CC’s beautiful little ground in Minehead. It became the de facto bullseye when playing any aggressive strokes.




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RJT or RJB?  (Hadfield)


After his sensational debut at the turn of the millennium, Richard Hadfield mysteriously disappeared before reappearing some se7en years later for The MAD in an equally mysterious manner. These mysterious goings on gave up the nickname Lord Lucan which Richard proudly accepted. However, as the years passed by, the Lucan joke integrated itself with the real Richard James Thurston and became Richard John Bingham, and thus many a scorecard and match report has R. J. B and not R. J. T… or is it the other way round?



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Robbed (POTS Awards)


There is nothing like a good, drawn out fucking moan, and Messrs Reeves and Howarth are probably among The MAD’s worst offenders. Going back over a decade, Mike and Ian still bitch on about being stitched up at end of season AGM and not winning the prestigious “Player of the Season” trophy.


Mike blames Mark Shelley for his omission when playing for the now defunct Marlborough House, whilst Ian apportions blame on Antony Mann and Lee Ainsworth being more popular than him in 2004 and 2016. For fuck sake – get over it lads!






Robin Smith


The story goes that Hampshire were at The Parks back in 1998, and following the completion of the match went on the piss in Jericho.  Later in the evening at The Jude, Robin was pestered by Ed Lester and Baldrick to play for the pub’s cricket team. He is said to have been amused (and drunk) and agreed to become a patron (of sorts). That is where this story ends.



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Rose Bowl


A small group of MAD players watched an ODI at the Rose Bowl in 2010. It was a day/night affair between England and arch enemy Australia, and one where Mr Hoskins took his very best camera along for the ride.








The perfect description of an all too familiar abject Far from the MCC batting display. There are far too many of them to mention in recent years, however there is a link to a nice, yet depressingly familiar example below.




( Link to Match Report )




Run Out (victim)


Law 38 of the “Laws of cricket” – a batsman is run out if at any time while the ball is in play and no part of his bat or person is grounded behind the popping crease when his wicket is fairly put down. Despite playing the game since a junior, club stalwart Paddy Mellor seems blissfully unaware of this ruling (below).






Run Out (perpetrator)


Law 38 of the “Laws of cricket” – a batsman is run out if at any time while the ball is in play and no part of his bat or person is grounded behind the popping crease when his wicket is fairly put down. Despite playing the game for an eternity, Jan Webster is unable to gauge running between the wickets. Thankfully, Jan always makes it back to his crease, however his partner….



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Royal Oak


The Royal Oak pub on the Woodstock Road, Oxford, was home and sponsor to the Far from the MCC for seasons 2009 and 2010. It hosted a couple of successful AGMs and is still popular with team members today. An M&B pub, it’s closest equivalent is the Cape of Good Hope in the centre of town.







Rusty Bicycle


Due to the pub’s close proximity to the Oxford Spires School off the Cowley Road, whenever the school hosts pre-season nets, the Rusty Bicycle sees a fair amount of cricketing trade thereafter. It’s a decent haunt with decent bar ladies, decent ales and decent cider. It also has a decent rusty bicycle hanging outside.






Sainsburys Gift Voucher


Back in the day, these orange gift vouchers replaced Sterling as a means for David Emerson to pay his match fees (and fines). By the end of the regular season in 2009, the club Treasurer had accumulated such that Sainsbury’s ended up catering for a Tri-game Tournament barbeque at Cutteslowe Park.





( Link to Match Report )






The shot of choice for most AGM’s and also the connoisseurs fast-track to getting shitfaced on Tour.








Forever synonymous with the Covid-19 epidemic, cricket players were instructed to regularly sanitise their hands during the course of a match.



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Screaming Cat Bat


Discovered in one of the million charity shops frequented by Thornton Smith in 2011. On what first appeared to be a piece of driftwood, would in fact turn out to be a highly prized Screaming Cat bat. Hand-made in Australia by Julian Millichamp, its value is as yet to be ascertained. Thorn eventually gifted the bat to Dave Emerson following the Kiwi’s campaign of harassment that lasted well over a year.









Singularly the most time-honoured fine in MAD history. It is doubtful any member of the club has escaped being branded as self-important at one stage or another.


The late (and great) Adrian J. Fisher was forever important, largely because he was, and will be, forever right.






Self-Loathing (Bowling)


Despite taking well over a hundred wickets in his FFTMCC career, Steve Dobner declared that he’d never bowl for The MAD again. He still does, of course he does, when he plays, but he moans and complains every time he is tossed the ball.








Mr Howarth debuted his new Canon camera in season 2015. Blessed with all the high-spec mod cons one would expect from such a reputable brand, he decided in his infinite wisdom to shoot the first two matches in low-fi sepia. No – we don’t either.




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Shallow (Hiram)


Hiram Shallow, or is it Hilam Shallow, or even Hylam – either way he was the Stanford T20 player for St. Vincent & the Grenadines who for several years was the chief destroyer of any bowling attack in Oxfordshire.


He will go down in MAD folklore as the man who entertained the villagers of Tetsworth in 2009, by smashing bowling to all parts on his way to a quite brutal 182 not out. He eventually retired bored – the unofficial eleventh way of being out in cricket.





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Shelley (Mark)


Team mascot and irregular Captain of the now defunct Marlborough House. The FFTMCC enjoyed a love hate relationship with Mr M. W. Shelley, a rabble rouser in his formative years, he was a man who never shied away from voicing his opinion, even when no-one was listening. But all things turn full circle, and in 2014 Mark finally represented The MAD to play alongside his fond admirer Mike Reeves.








An accurate and inventive descriptive for the default state of most MAD tourists.






Whinge, whinge, fucking whinge. After getting his own way for years and being entrusted with the new ball, David Emerson decided in 2014 that his shoulder was no longer up to the task of bowling. It was all Mr Westmoreland’s fault for flogging him for all these years apparently.






Short Sleeve Long Sleeved Jumper


New to the MAD wardrobe is this brilliant long sleeve jumper with no long sleeves. In fact, it looks remarkably like the short sleeve variety. Get your orders in now to Mooman.




Showering (Intimately)


A classic MAD fine which seemed to gather momentum during Season 2005. On showering after the game, or not showering as the case may be, players were hammered at the Fines Committee for being ‘intimate’ with fellow teammates. Was it really so bad to shower with Nick Hebbes?




( Link to Fines )






A historic market town with a medieval heritage boasting plenty of attractions and places to drink. Located in Shropshire, it was the destination for Team MAD whilst on Tour in 2014, but unfortunately things didn’t quite pan out that way…. Did they, Paddy?






Shrewsbury Flower Show


One of the largest horticultural events in England, and the very reason that The MAD’s notorious Tour to Shrewsbury failed, after the B&B cancelled our bookings in favour of the welly-wearing Good life brigade.






Sidearm Pro


The ‘Sidearm Pro’ is a revolutionary throwing device than when mastered can produce deliveries to test and challenge the very best of batsmen. Needless to say, The MAD have found it nigh on impossible to counter. It was purchased to assist guys struggling at nets with their bowling and to help supplement knocking the batsman’s heads off.







The Far from the MCC toured the region of Sidmouth, Devon in 2010. It was an enjoyable and successful little trip – and on a few occasions it didn’t piss down.





( Link to Tour Ratings )




Sidmouth CC


Despite touring the area and despite staying just 100 yards from the cricket ground, The MAD never played Sidmouth CC. Blame the Tour organiser James Hoskins, who to be honest, never does anything for this club anymore….









Club hedonist Ian C. Leggate regularly slept in skips after a night on the piss. His preferred location was Jericho, where the chances of skewering yourself on a heroin needle amongst the garbage and flotsam are vastly reduced.








Perennially linked with FFTMCC Tours, a game of pub skittles is the connoisseur’s choice for the team pisshead. You can drink as much as you like, play as badly as you want, and even injure your teammates by lobbing large wooden balls at them whilst they try to reset the skittles.






Skittle Alley (Place of Sleep)


The Lamb & Flag on Blagdon Hill, Minehead caters for all your alcoholic needs, but perhaps more importantly you can stow your kitbag in the skittle alley and have a kip on it.




( Link to Match Report )




Skoda (Joy Riding Thereof)


Several jokes have been trotted out over the years when referring to the transportation of Team MAD. Back in 2003, Ian Howarth’s acquisition of a largely shit Skoda would only add fuel to the fire.








Not the act of travelling downhill at speed on a toboggan, but the act of verbally abusing or unsettling a batsman, in an attempt to make him lose concentration and give his wicket away. Often offensive, occasionally amusing, always a topic of conversation. Essex Madsters Steve Dobner [pictured] and his brother-in-law, Gary Littlechild, are both wonderful exponents.








It a rare thing to hear none of the team accused of being smug during a post-match Fines Committee. Most of the team are smug, very smug, and some of them are nauseatingly so.


James Pearson is definitely the smuggest, who singlehandedly gave rise to the fine of “extreme smugness”.






Social Secretary


A notorious Club position which is ratified each year at the end of season AGM. Nobody has ever been successful in the role, largely down to the club’s indifference during the off season, but Nick Hebbes once organised a trip to Lords. Failures in office consist of T. P. W. Smith (sacked), Mr. A. Cavanagh (awol after suggesting a trip to a lap dancing club), D. M. Edwards (resigned in hatred of everyone) and the list just keeps going on….


Vicki Howarth was inducted in the fall of 2014. We await her failings with interest….






Somerset Darts


A game of darts particular to areas of Somerset. The MAD were exposed to this form of the game whilst touring in Minehead. Nobody fully understands it other than the Chairman Matt Bullock – which may explain why he nearly always wins….








South Africa


Now that Quintin Sanders has bowled for the FFTMCC, we can lay claim to another country. As a secondary offence, he was also culpable for the ‘Broken Nets’ item found on another page….








The destination for the Tour of 2011 in Hampshire. The team stayed at the Sandringham Hotel not far from the seafront and enjoyed ample success – especially if you qualify losing as a form of success.





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The nickname of Player #77 (Ian Howarth) and also a reference to the volume of shit that is sent by team members to fellow members each and every day – especially during the regular season. See “E-mail List” for further details. But yes, Ian is one of the worst offenders by the way. Funny that.






Spam’s Bunny


Mark Rundle is Ian Howarth’s (Spam) bunny. See “Bunny” for further information relating to.





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Whilst not strictly about cricket, this infamous Spiritualized bike has been used to transport MAD cricketers to and from games for many years, although not that many and not that many times. It’s more synonymous with being used infrequently and subsequently sold by James Pearson to Ian Howarth, borrowed by Jan Webster and then sold back to James by Ian after being used… infrequently.






Sports Direct


See “Mike Ashley” – but the UK’s No 1 Sports Retailer is forever linked with the legendary CEO.




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Stanton St. John (SSJ)


Stanton St. John is an attractive civil parish to the northeast of Oxford. It is much more attractive than the cricket ground which is regularly whored out to interested parties towards the end of the season.






Stogumber Number (15)


The term came about whilst The MAD were on Tour in 2003 and playing against Somerset side Stogumber CC. It would seem nearly everything that happened that day would feature the number 15. See “15” for further details.




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Stratfield Brake (KCC)


How can anyone forget the soulless, windswept cricket ground at Stratfield Brake? It became home to The MAD in 2008 after they were usurped by the bursar at Pembroke. The partnership lasted just one year, but thanks for the memories….





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Stump Cam


Whilst guesting at Aston Tirrold in 2016, The MAD were both intrigued and captivated by home player Mr D. Kilcoyne’s DIY video coverage of the match. A stump cam was supplemented by another view from atop the pavilion. Impressive indeed – capturing as it did the shambolic dismissal of Andrew Darley.








Most definitely not to be confused with Norfolk under any circumstances, Suffolk is an expansive patch of farmer’s land on the east coast of Britain. The MAD toured East Anglia in 2018 and upset most the local teams by writing about Norfolk.






Super Strength


Nope, not a reference to a member of the team with unreal strength, but an in-joke referring to the alcohol percentage of lager quaffed by the legendary Andrew Morley (before, during and after a game). It was chiefly responsible for the club investing in insurance.








Yep, it’s a shithole and everyone from Oxford hates the place. Nonetheless, The MAD contested matches against the (Swindon) Nomads from 2001 until 2014 – it was a pub landlord thing (apparently). The club can even boast returning from Swindon intact (just).




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Actually, in the year of the millennium (2000), The Jude travelled to Swindon to play another pub team The Beehive, and they very nearly never came back….


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Tall Bob


Since Chris Roberts joined the club back in 2010, The MAD have seemingly been fixated with height. This fixation reached its nadir on Tour in Norfolk in 2012, where arguments raged over who was the tallest and who was the smallest. A subsequent line up revealed Ian Howarth was the shortest, but he decried the absence of Thornton Smith and Gary Timms (amongst others)….


Pathetic really and all Tall Bob’s fault. The fixation continues to this day….






Taylor (Claire)


Samantha Claire Taylor is an English cricketer and former member of a highly successful England women’s team. The MAD were lucky enough to meet Claire on their Tour of Louth in 2009, when she represented the England ladies against a Louth CC Men’s XI for their grand opening of a new pavilion.






She will be remembered fondly, not least because she found time to talk to the lads and sign our book, but also because she agreed to an impromptu salsa class from team regular Ian Leggate [whilst he was drunk].


( Link to Match Report )


The friendship was renewed in June of 2013, when Claire guested for her old university pals, the Lemmings. It’s a small world, innit?


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Telegraph Pole


On Tour in 2005, Ian Howarth somehow managed to score a direct hit onto a telegraph pole when hitting a six out of Timberscombe cricket ground. A muffled “thud” was heard before the ball rebounded back over a perimeter wall and back onto the pitch. Quite remarkable and deserving of Champagne Moment at The MAD’s end of season bash.








Telegraph Pole 2


On Tour to Felixstowe in 2018 the team stopped off on the way home at Reach CC. Here they found defunct telegraph pole in the middle of the field, which when hit during a match would score or cost four runs.








Turning their hand to being crap at most sports, The MAD decided to hold a men’s doubles competition whilst on Tour to Minehead in 2005. With partners drawn at random, it was vital you got a decent pairing, but Mike Clarke got Jake….






Tesco Badge


For years the players of the Far from the MCC found endless material to joke about relating to Steve Dobner’s employment at corporate behemoth Tesco’s. Scarcely a day past by without someone grumbling or joking about food prices, poorly stocked shelves and inadequate staffing and customer service.


When Steve eventually bit the bullet and left the company, he also left his name badge behind at a MAD poker evening. This prized possession now resides Howarth’s kitbag.







Tesco Value Brad Pitt


Having joined the Far from the MCC a good few years ago, David Emerson was amusingly compared to a ‘Tesco Value’ Brad Pitt. He may have been blessed with half-decent looks, but his behaviour and social standing earned him his stripes (arf!)








A reference to an iconic piece of graffiti which adorned a wall flanking a council pitch at the Cowley Marshes. Venue to previous MAD games, the team try to stay well clear of this depressing council pitch when planning their fixtures.


Also, see “Mural” for further details.





( Link to Match Report )






An amusing, and often used term [particularly in village cricket], to describe somebody who has participated in a game of cricket but failed to do anything of substance (i.e  they haven’t batted or bowled or caught anything). It stands for “Thanks For Coming”.




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Formally known as Siam, the Kingdom of Thailand in Southeast Asia is where the Emerson Bros go most winters to lose their loads.


We haven’t got any action shots or images of scantily clad young ladies, so here is Thai green curry….






Thigh Pad (JJOCC)


An artefact from the club’s halcyon days in the presumed late 90’s – this moth eaten, and discoloured thigh pad was bought by Nick Hebbes at a Club Auction (£6.00) at the 2011 AGM. It had resided in a multitude of club kit bags over the years without anyone remembering actually using it, save maybe to use as a head rest to enable better sleeping patterns during one of Geoff Carter’s pulsating innings.







Thomas Tank Engine


Thomas doesn’t exist, he is a figment of Rev Wilbert Awdry’s mind. However, steam trains that run on the West Somerset Rail line do exist, and they can transport an entourage of pissed cricketers from Minehead to Stogumber.




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“Throw some money at it.”


After a season of seismic underachievement in 2011, Mike Reeves decided to “throw some money at it” [his batting] in the hope of rescuing his reputation as a number 3 batsman. This included a personal trip to the Dummer Cricket Centre where he could ignore any tips and decent coaching. Still – Mike did coin a great term.






Tim Henman


Nobody has actually met Mr. Henman per se, but he has been seen a few times in the local pub (Chequers Inn) prior to games against Astons CC. Tiger Tim lives just behind the trees at one end of the ground. And no – nobody has yet hit a cricket ball into his estate.







Timms x 2


Not a reference to the two ducks in one innings by our enigmatic all-rounder (of sorts), but a recent scorebook which found Mr Timms bowling twice against Wootton & Bladon in 2017. Or are there actually two Gareth Timms in existence, who carefully slip in and out the team without anyone noticing?





Tina’s Travel


Tina’s Travel down in Hampshire near the New Forest caters for all your travelling needs! They provide an excellent 24hr service with 14 and 17 seater buses to ferry pissed cricketers about – or at least that was the case for Tour 2015.






Tintin Tin


Now legendary tin box which came to prominence during the Covid blighted season of 2020. Since the closure of pavilions prevented teams from enjoying cricket teas on a Sunday, MAD players would instead huddle around Mike’s Tintin tin awaiting a slice of flapjack that his missus had baked for the occasion.




Toff Stump


On Tour to Hampshire in 2016, James Pearson was asked to concentrate his bowling at Bramshaw CC on “toff stump”. Top of off stump? On a posh stump? On top of a posh off stump? Fuck knows, you’d maybe need to consult with Mr Hotson as to its truest meaning / origin – as he recalls it best.






Toilet Seat


Never to be forgotten, Ian Leggate skippered a game on Tour in 2011 with a toilet seat medallion. We’re not quite sure what the locals thought at the time, or whether it subsequently became a trend with the local yoot….








A fairly common term to describe giving, or in our case usually receiving, a substantial stuffing in a game of cricket. It was a much-loved term for Aussie Antony G. Mann and gave rise to its big brother, namely the “uber-tonking”.





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Top Trumps (MAD)


As a special surprise for the team of the end of season 2009 AGM, Ian Leggate and James Hoskins engineered a pack of MAD Top Trump cards based on players past and present to have represented the club. The cards were a roaring success on the night, even if players are still arguing to this day about their “Drinking Ability” and “Self Importance” ratings.







Top Trumps (MAD) – Part II


Four years after the first set of MAD Top Trumps came this infinitely inferior set which was distributed at the 2013 AGM. Containing a good few more cards, but of considerably shitter quality and no distinguishable cover card, Part Deux received a mixed reaction before Treasurer, Mr Reeves, dubbed it “a complete waste of club resources and a shocking investment”.






Tour Driver


Any of the MAD tourists who volunteer for driving duties (whilst on Tour), will automatically be awarded a place in the team for the final scheduled game. This is to avoid waiting about without the option of a drink (or ten).








A preferred mode of transport for Tour for the pissheads and giant mallards within the team and used to great success for the trip to Weston-Super-Mare. See also “Thomas Tank Engine”.






Train Fence


In 2013, after several balls disappeared from view behind a hedgerow and down a grass embankment, Team MAD plugged the hole with a plastic fence they borrowed from the local crèche. This building doubled as the pavilion at Cassington.




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Trouble (at the Offices)


Back in 2006, under the fresh stewardship of MAD Captain Mr. I. Howarth, the annual fixture against the OU Offices descended into a nasty spat. It centred on OU batsman Silky being bowled by Mr S. L. P. Dobner and then being given a colourful send off. Frank words were exchanged between various parties regarding a car park, and for the following few weeks Ian would be dealing with the subsequent fallout from OU player Joe Organ via email. A slice of said transcript detailed below….






Tri-game Tournament


Back in 2009, the FFTMCC expanded a Sunday fixture against Wootton & Boars Hill CC to include the “touring” OU Offices. The latter’s tour had fallen apart and as such they were forced into a last-minute Tour to… erm, Oxfordshire. The format of the day became a Tri-game T15 affair with the eventual winners being nobody as the final was tied.




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Tumble Drier


After being hauled around Oxfordshire for years, pissed on by feral dogs and being taken on many a booze soaked Tour, it finally came to the time for Giant Duck to receive a decent wash after the Cumnor game of 2020.



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Turf Tavern


Famed academic watering hole in the very heart of Oxford City Centre, the Turf Tavern served as base camp for getting carted for the Battisford touring game of 2017.


Please note: the result was not a good one.



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Twelfth Man


If MAD Fantasy Cricket wasn’t convoluted enough, competition orchestrator Mr Hoskins decided on adding a “12th man” option to any entrant’s team (in addition to 3 batsmen, 3 bowlers and a keeper). These eight individuals must not exceed 130 points in valuation.



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Stephen L. P. Dobner’s first work of fiction, thought lost after going out of circulation in the early 80s, was rediscovered in a central Oxford street market by teammate Mr Rundle. Still in a relatively modest condition with slight signs of wear and tear, it more than earns its place on the MAD website.








An amusing reference to a player who is showing signs of anger and irritation. Barrow Boy Steve Dobner, nicknamed “Twinkle”, can be found demonstrating the art on Sunday afternoons (when he bothers to play of course). See also “Nutcase”.








Following some insipid weather whilst on Tour in 2003, The MAD organised a Cricket ‘Pairs’ Competition after sourcing a pitch but no opponent. During the “fun”, Martin Westmorland smashed a delivery off Ian Howarth clean out the park. The ball would later be relocated having finally come to rest under the U-bend of the pavilion toilet.








A symbolic image from 2013, which remains carved into the collective MAD subconscious, is that of Gary Timms holding a striped umbrella over the bedraggled Wootton & Bladon CC scorer, Derek Hambridge. The match was a joke on many levels, but at least it gave up one of the greatest match reports.




( Link to Match Report )






Can anyone quite believe just how the final match of the season finished against Isis CC on September 8, 2013?


It was Mr. Westmoreland’s final game in charge after five long years, with the team securing a quite astonishing 2 run victory after Isis batsman, Nick Wyatt, stood on his stumps hitting the winning boundary. Utterly unbelievable.




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Utter Pisshead


Not that many of the club’s members are exempt from being labelled utter pissheads, but none of them have quite achieved the benchmark set by Mr Thorburn. Back in the day, Mike would regularly drink his own bodyweight in ale, and that was before the match.









There are several vans that belong to team members. Thorn has a van, Bob has a van and Dave Shorten has an even bigger van. In fact, Dave’s van doubles as a kitbag courier service when on Tour – and also, as a prison for Ian Leggate, who was once forgotten and locked inside it at Louth.




( Link to Match Report )





Acts of vandalism are commonplace on Tour, here a certain player with a certain number has smashed his room key in the best hotel the team have ever stayed in (2017, Minehead).






Velvet Rope


Normally used to keep riff-raff out of popular discotheque’s that the yoot of today frequent. But, also extremely handy to keep pissed-up opening batsmen secure during impromptu press conferences (as was the case on Tour 2016 to Hampshire). See also “Conference Centre”.






Village Handbook of Cricket


A fictional (and unwritten) book often referenced in match reports which details village life’s own take on our venerable sport. For instance, the preferred coaching methods of the ECB are mostly ignored, in favour of ignorant and irregular methods widely practiced in village cricket (see below).




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A more than handy cricketer who once graced the club in the early Jude days, Leo Phillips has performed extensively as a conductor, as a violin soloist and chamber musician, and as a leader – and often director – of many world-renowned orchestras and ensembles. As such, we should applaud him.


We don’t have our own photo of him, doing his tuff, so here is a sheet of music, that probably only Leo could understand….



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Visitor’s Pass (Blenheim Park)


With the FFTMCC forming a sporting rivalry with Blenheim Park CC back in 2008, the team were to receive free entry passes for the date of the game in question.


This particular specimen below is from 2009 and is no doubt a copy of a copy of a copy which would have been distributed to family members, mates, dogs, cats and budgies – and generally anyone else who knew a member of The MAD and who fancied a free day out at Blenheim Palace in the Oxford summer.





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Walsh (John)


Every team has one and the OUP have one who is the grandest (and oldest) of them all – the ubiquitous Club Pie-chucker.


John Walsh, a cricket aficionado and Tory Boy, belies his aging years with his effective flan-throwing. He made a name for himself in 2012 by taking 3 MAD wickets in 4 balls, including David Emerson for a hilarious second ball duck (stumped).



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Prefacing a seasonal opening dicking at Horspath in 2010, Steve Dobner organised a trip to Wembley to watch his beloved Saracens stuff Harlequins out of sight in some Cup Final.


Whilst Gary Littlechild would wait hours for his teammates to actually turn up, Steve was stranded in Iceland due to a faulty volcano (allegedly).





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Wembley Ticket (Unused)


Having publicly criticised his team mates for never leaving their cosy surroundings in Oxfordshire, Steve Dobner suggested he’d pull some strings organise a trip to London to see his beloved Saracens play at Wembley in the Guinness Premiership. After garnering plenty of interest from the Club and having his mates make their journey to the capital by Oxford Tube, Steve never showed up, preferring to use some excuse about an Icelandic volcano keeping him captive in Tenerife instead. Cheers, mate.







Westmoreland Brick


A fond reference referring to a brick (now chipped) atop of the Minehead CC clubhouse in Somerset. During the fateful first over of a touring game in 2003, Martin Westmoreland’s second ball was summarily spanked out of the ground and against it.





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The Far from the MCC’s Tour to Weston was definitely that: “super”. Glorious weather formed the backdrop to the team’s stay and many happy memories were made.




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White Ball (Signed)


We’re not quite sure whether the T20 v Wootton & Boars Hill CC in 2014 was the first time The MAD had used a ‘white ball’, but the ball in question was kept as a memento after Ian Howarth slogged his opposite number (fixture secretary Dave Parker) out of the ground over long off.






Who Am I?


A wonderful idea by Gary Timms on Tour to f______ T______ in 2014, was orchestrating a MAD Quiz based on the pretext of “Who am I?” You are Gary, Gary, and you always will be Gary. The quiz has now become a staple of MAD Tours – or for at least two Tours anyway.






“Win a Pizza” Competition


Forever the generous clubman and orchestrator of all things that involve gambling or competition, James Hoskins synched the England Test Tour to India in 2021, to run an opportunity to win one of his pizza DIY kits (per Test), by successfully predicting the outcome of each day’s play.



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This item could easily be filed under ‘polygamy’, but since most of the team are too stupid to have heard [or say] that term, we will use ‘wives’. Unfair barbs and humour have been levelled at Russ Turner and his affiliations and of course Mr Reeves’ other lady on the Isle of Wight.








Ironically named, ‘Wonderland’ is a woodland attraction based in f______ T______ for all the family. It is also doubles as mental torture for pissed cricket teams by serenading any attempts at crazy golf with its ‘Wonderland’ theme tune….








The FFTMCC are interlinked with two Wootton’s. They play both Wootton & Bladon CC and Wootton & Boars Hill CC, although the former have actually rebranded on several occasions due to being told to fuck off by the local parishes.






Work Boots


Mr T. P. W. Smith is synonymous with his beige, steel toe capped work boots. They act as an excellent replacement for his cricket shoes that reside somewhere in one of the three dozen properties he has dumped his worldly belongings around.








The Wurzels are a Scrumpy and Western band from Somerset, best known for their number one hit The Combine Harvester. They played a gig at Stogumber in 2017, a week before The MAD played at the ground, and the clubhouse was still rammed with leftover stock (cider).



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A mental affliction that affects many sportsmen, particularly golfers and spin bowlers. It is a mind block that can cause a player to forget the basics of his game – and in the most serious cases can force that player into early retirement.






Martin Westmoreland is the club’s finest exponent of the “yips”. Martin suffered fielding yips for a few years before tackling the problem, only to then suffer from the batting yips. By the end of 2008, he had unfortunately succumbed to the bowling yips after remedying the previous problem. His son Daniel (pictured) has the coin toss yips.




“You didn’t dance around that one, did you?”


A hilarious send-off given to A. Khan versus Harwell CC in 2016. After walking about his crease and clumping a few balls high and mighty, bowler Lee Ainsworth (below) then delivered one in the block-hole to castle the aforementioned batsman. Sheer poetry.




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The final of the Friendly Cup in 2018 was held at Horspath CC, where coverage of the match was streamed live onto YouTube via their close circuit cameras.




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Zing Bails


Zings are high-tech cricket bails that light up when they are dislodged from the stumps. The MAD first encountered a set when they hired the Stanton St. John ground for the final game of the season in 2014. Treasurer M. K. Reeves was transfixed and vowed thereafter to invest in some for The MAD. What he never did was buy some batteries for the fucking things….









A familiar sound to be heard near a pavilion whenever Geoff Carter is batting. Incidentally, he is not to be confused with his identical brother George (Carter) – a fine attacking batsman from the same family.










Bless old Uncle Albert (James Hoskins), the dozy old sod has nodded off again.