<Originally posted on 10/28/12>
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!
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
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.