The LevFest 5 a side Final
The fourth annual Lev Fest Cup came to a dramatic end as "Walls
Marauder's" representing the Church Pub beat
"Anton's Team" representing Bridgettes
the Florist in a nail biting penalty shootout.
Over 100 people attended the final, held as ever at the Arcadia Sport's
Centre. The final was split up into 2 groups of 4 and it soon became apparent
that that the standard of football was the highest that it's ever been.
Early casualties included Hennigan's Sport's Bar, The
Horseshoe, The Bluebell and The Farmer's
The Semi-finals were a close affair - the first game was a classic. Anton's
took an early lead in a hard fought physical battle. Two minutes from
the end the game really took off when "Zacoma",
representing the African and Carribbean Community scored a Wonder goal,
superbly curled into the top corner. Anton's Team didn't look like they
were put off and only seconds later scored a great goal themselves. As
Zacoma pushed forward Anton's broke away and scored a third to flatter
If the first semi-final was close, the second was even more nerve-racking
for the supporters of both teams. Hotly fancied Ossie's Dream,
the Pack Horse and named after popular landlord Paul
played "Walls Marauders" representing The
Church Pub. An early goal seemed to settle
"Wall's Marauders" who passed the ball round the pitch superbly.
The second half started with Ossie's Dream scoring a fantastically made
equaliser and the game was on a knife-edge with both keeper playing superbly
to keep the scores level. With minutes left Chris Walls, the captain of
the Marauders beat two players and squared for the winner to spark wild
celebrations from the fans. Two great saves in the last minute from the
Marauder's keeper saw them through.
After a brief break the final started,and what a final! The two teams
tore into each other with both keepers making superb saves. Wall's Marauders
took an early lead but were pegged back just before half time. The Lev
Fest Cup looked destined for The Church Pub as they scored twice in a
devastating forty second spell. Throughout the tournament Anton's Team
never gave up and pulled one back with only two minutes left. The Marauder's
goal was peppered in the final spell with their keeper saving on SIX separate
occasions. Then in the last minute Anton's pressure told with a dramatic
equaliser which took the game to penalties. The keepers dominated the
shootout, saving three out of the first five penalties. In a cruel finale,
Anton's keeper's penalty was saved by the Marauder's keeper who was the
eventual player of the tournament and the Lev Fest Cup went just up the
road to The Church Pub.
Thanks to Jamie and Paul from The Arcadia, the sponsors Tim Nunnerley
and John Smiths and the many people who came to watch, if the Lev Fest
Cup 2005 is anything like this, it'll be a cracker.
Friday 22nd October
This young 3 piece Rock Band were a last minute replacement for ‘Jones
Town Massacre’ who had just lost their singer.
One of their first major gigs and although a little nervous to begin
with they soon settled into the set. Inspired by ‘Jimi Hendrix’
& ‘New York Garage’ but with a slice of Blues thrown in,
the band played a great set to start the night off.
The Black Dogs
The fan base was a little depleted tonight but it didn’t show by
the crowd reaction. This was the bands second gig at the club and I was
really impressed at their first gig, tonight’s was even better.
The gravel voiced singer combined with razor sharp guitar solos were a
great Rock n Roll combination. Again that bluesy New York Garage sound
was to the fore but this time with a nod to early Led Zeppelin.
This Wythenshawe band were up for a party and the stickers adorning their
masses of fans was just a testament that the fans had brought the ‘party
ticket’ as well. It was pretty hard to pigeonhole their references
‘Party like its 1985’ seemed to pop into my head while I was
watching the mass of hysteria taking place at the front of the stage.
The lead singer with his bottle of Becks in one hand and his pint of 4X
in the other was out to take no prisoners and delivered a rousing hi tempo
set. Backed by a band who obviously loved to party as well they were an
This band stood out from all the previous bands because of their unique
use of samplers attached to their guitarist and the very unusual vocals
of the lead singer. It was almost a dance beat delivered by a guitar band
with a white rapper. The hooded drummer, along with pacing guitarists
who created a wall of sound for the lead singers pitch perfect vocals.
A great first gig at the club and they will definitely be coming back.
A little variety in the set and more interaction with their legions of
fans is all the band need to work on to improve what was already a good
The band have already appeared on channel M TV and BBC GMR since their
last appearance at the club in the summer. An air excitement and anticipation
fell upon the audience to greet their return. The band pulled out the
lower stage to reach out into the crowd who filled the mosh pit. The full
on Rock sound was well received by the fans who lapped up every guitar
solo. With one guitarist focusing on providing pitch perfect guitar solos
and the other running amok on the lower stage it provided real entertainment.
The performance of the vocalist with the ‘icing on the cake’,
for the band. Another great set from a band who are improving all the
Six String Root
Making their debut tonight, this Rock band who verge on ‘Metal’
cranked up the guitars and went for it ‘big style’ . With
a vocalist who went from whispering his lyrics to full on ‘Metal’
volume, he couldn’t keep still and the crowd loved it. I’ve
seen a lot of ‘metal’ bands who turn off audiences but very
few who really know how to excite them. This band fall into the latter
category, the excitement was infectious and well deserved.
Thursday 30th September
Levenshulme Festival Media Launch
Just to say congratulations to everyone at the Levenshulme Festival for
putting on a great launch event at Codys Cafe Bar this evening.
The Levenshulme Festival certainly puts Levenshulme on the map as a
great place to live, work and, of course, play!
Good luck with the festival.
Your hard work for the local community is greatly appreciated.