SIXTH HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CLASS UNVEILED
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 21:41
Attention all NC Falcons & friends of NC Soccer.
The 6th Annual North Catholic Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been set. Please save the date, Sunday, March 24th at 2 PM. Tickets are $75 and include full buffet dinner, full bar & cocktails, camaraderie & lots of stories old and new. (pre-game tailgating starts at 11AM in parking lot). Come celebrate and honor this most deserving class of Falcons Soccer greats:
Mike Wissman '65
E. Michael Flanagan '67
Jim Fallon '68
Dennis "Buff" Drumm '71
Jerry Blaney '75
John Friskey '79
Jim Hooven '80
Mike Schmanek '84
Tony Rod Jr. '98
For tickets & Info Please contact: Joe Steffa firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerry Brindisi email@example.com; Chris McKenna firstname.lastname@example.org; Tom Crossett email@example.com
Please give widest dissemination possible (for the non-Juniata guys that means "spread the word")
Never Forgive, Never Forget!
FALCON GREAT BEN MCLAUGHLIN PASSES
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 19:45
BEN MCLAUGHLIN, arguable one of, if not the greatest Falcon soccer player passed last week. He will be remembered as a great Falcon, a great soccer player, a great man, and most importantly father and husband. A fixture at North Soccer Hall of Fame ceremonies, he will be deeply missed. Please keep his family in your prayers and Ben if you are reading this, keep us in your prayers as well. Below is the obituary.
BERNARD J. 'BEN', on December 27, 2012 at the age of 84. Mr. McLaughlin was a member of U.S.S.F. Hall of Fame, a U.S. National Soccer Team, 1948 Olympian. Loving husband of the late Joan (nee Koser); devoted father of Bernie (Sheila), Joanne Fornadel (Rick), Brian, Andrew (Karen), Nancy Boone (Terry) and Mark (Sandy); dear PopPop of Jeffrey, Katie, Bernie, Andy, Nora, Alycia, Zachary, Molly, Brianna, Joe, Grace and Shane; brother of Alice McLaughlin. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Sunday evening 6 to 9 P.M. BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford Ave. (So. of Grant Ave.) and also Monday 9 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. at St. Jerome Church, 8100 Colfax St. 19136 followed by his Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Interment Resurrection Cem. In lieu of flowers family prefers donations to Community Care Center of the Northeast, 2417 Welsh Rd., Suite 202, Phila., PA. 19114 in his memory.
FALCONS RISE FROM THE CINDERS!
Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 20:07
FALCONS RISE FROM THE CINDERS!
ALUMNI GAME A HUGH SUCCESS
As Hurricane Sandy stalls just outside of South Jersey, North Soccer Alumni invaded Newt’s Playground to play its annual alumni game. It was estimated that a few hundred alums and friends “stop in” to either play, kibitz or pick up some new gear. This Alumni session is the prelude to the next order of business for the group which is the selection process for the next class of inductees. There were many out of staters, some coming a far as Virginia to pay their homage to what they love and revere, North Catholic and North Catholic soccer. We say thank you to one and all.
Newt’s if you remember would never remind you of Old Trafford, a better description could be Old Coal Mine. Gone are the infamous cinders with the hint of glass scattered about. Today, the field is a meticulous grass complex that any soccer club would be envious. While small in size it is mammoth in memories for most everyone who has played soccer.
The game was a battle of some newer Falcons versus the older ones. It also included some of the remaining Norphans from Roman, Franklin Towne and Judge. I can’t tell you the score, I am not sure anyone really kept count but it was festive and energetic session. Officiated by the baritone Ron Noel, the game had pace, presence and unlike the current PCL playoffs, offense!
The star of the game, with the goal of the game was none other that Rusty Bono! Sure, several onlookers and opponents would suggest the ball was off the field when played to him, but the sure footed Bono, casually back heeled the ball past a surprised keeper. Part of Russ’s contract to play this year was promise for him to start the game and run around for two or three minutes. Well Russ surprised even himself by playing a full half.
There is not enough space to name all that came to the game but the decades that is spanned were the 60s through today. Bono claims he was the oldest player being 60 but there was a Falcon from the Class of 43, a year or two before Bono.
The after party was held at The Starboard Side, given the crowd Jerry brought in a classic rock band to entertain. There was food and laughs but most of all camaraderie from a Band of Brothers who will Never Forget and Never Forgive.
V + J.