Sunday, March 1, 2015


<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!

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.