“Nothing is impossible, you just haven’t done it yet. Dreams are hard to achieve, otherwise they wouldn’t be a dream. In the darkest of hours when all seems hopeless, that’s when dreams are made, more often than not in the face of adversity during those unsung hours. Never give up on those dreams as they inspire you to achieve what seems impossible.”

Greenwell celebrates his free-kick goal in Portugal for Sassco.co.uk in a 2-0 win, back in 2009.
Greenwell celebrates his free-kick goal in Portugal for Sassco.co.uk in a 2-0 win, back in 2009.

Hi, let me introduce myself, my name is Wayne Greenwell, I'm 32 and I live in the City of Sunderland, England. I am writing this letter as an insight into how I felt and reacted whilst being diagnosed and treated with cancer in the great Freeman Hospital.

The Freeman really is second to none in expertise, care, and treatment in my opinion.

In a way I want to strip back and expose my emotions that I had and still have to be honest when I was diagnosed back in June 2012.

I would also like to stress to you that I'm not an expert on cancer or an academic in this field or medically trained, but what I experienced and write about in this open letter may not be scientific, but it is my story, my feelings, my emotions that can’t be forecasted no matter how advanced we are in medicine due to one simple fact, we are individuals within society and each to their own will react differently.

What follows in my words is factual and an honest account from me to you by ways of lessons learned and experiences as I underwent treatment not unlike possibly what you are now; I was or still am in the situation that you are facing and I hope that what follows helps you to get through what must feel like the darkest of times by knowing you are not alone.

Please imagine being in my shoes and see first hand how I experienced and still am experiencing being a cancer patient; I would like to tell my story, even though just writing this is hard for me, because I am a mans man, I hope I come across as being totally open and transparent for the first time in my life when talking about how I feel.

It’s the height of summer 2012 and we are in the middle of a heat wave – yes, a heat wave in the UK! You have your whole life ahead of you as and then you get told you have "cancer” and it’s “testicular". Not only do you have cancer but also it’s spread throughout your body to your bowels, lymph nodes', lungs, back and in three separate spots in my brain. Hearing this news you might think that my whole world would cave in around me, well it never, in fact it had the opposite affect and I would like to tell you why.

I had been unwell for a while; I first noticed blood in my semen the day before my 30th birthday and like a typical man I never thought much of it, it was a sort of ignorance that most men or people can relate to by having a sense of invincibility in the face of adversity during your youth. Nevertheless I made an appointment that same day with my local GP and I honestly thought it would be something trivial like an infection or something along those lines as I sat in the waiting room.

I got called into the doctors surgery, explained my condition and he said "I think you've strained your testicle, I'm going to give you some anti inflammatory tablets and then take some blood tests". I responded by telling him "I don't think I’ve strained my balls but ok", then I left the surgery with a prescription in my hand and went to the nurse’s waiting room to have some bloods taken. Once I was called in and the needle was prepped I asked, "so what are you checking me for?" To my surprise she said "prostate cancer", I responded, "how do you know?", she said "its the colour of the stickers for the tubes of blood, each colour is for a separate test".

Like I said, I was a little taken back by the news that it was cancer they were checking for as I thought this was a degenerate disease that took hold of older people, 60 plus etc... I thought nothing of it and went home that day as if nothing had happened.

Whilst I was younger, I was in and around cancer sufferers in my family. My gran, Jess and also my grandad developed cancer whilst I was in my early 20s; this exposure planted a mental block in my head when it came to listening to the ambient awareness of the symptoms and understanding the disease. Some might say its stupid but I thought if you think about it, then it becomes a reality and it will get you. So, me being me, I pushed it aside in my mind and blocked out even saying the word.

My gran, Jess, developed women’s cancer as I call it (or cervical cancer as the medical professionals' call it) and my grandad, unfortunately, developed it all over his body. This affected me in a big way because it scared me and I don't scare easy because I’m British.

Just the exposure to the disease affected me when I was diagnosed, not straight away but when I was left alone to dwell on my thoughts, when my mind started running scenarios of what could be. This was a mistake and with hindsight I can reflect back now and say that, but in the moment it consumed my confidence and optimism. I never showed it to those closest to me because I saw it as a weakness, I don’t know if this was the right thing to do and I will never know what would have been if I had exposed my emotions to my loved ones. I stand by my decision and believe it was the right way, for me, to react; please don’t use this as guidance as you will need to find your own unique persona to portray what makes you feel comfortable and mentally stronger.

If I could say this face-to-face, I would say “don’t expect to be me, and think how I reacted but embrace your feelings and start from there, do your thing”.

Don’t listen to anyone else on how you should react, just be yourself and react in the way that your instincts tell you to. Don’t waste emotional energy trying to be someone or something that you’re not. Just accept that this is happening and do what feels natural to you as a person. Draw inspiration from around you but always be that person, “YOU“, always be you!

Before I was diagnosed, I hit rock bottom, this was because I went from an active outgoing person, to being restricted to a bed. I can tell you that I was diagnosed late, potentially too late for me. I remember my consultant telling me I had 2 days to live if I wasn’t admitted to hospital and you know what, I was wishing it would be all over because of the pain I was in.

But with the diagnosis, I then realised what it was like to be alone, not alone in the sense of surroundings; my family and friends were there as you would expect, but alone in a battle against something that you can’t see but only feel and I mean feel physically in terms of pain. I was in so much pain that I was ready to give up, ready to close my eyes and not wake again.

To be alive and looking forward to life, then wishing it was all over is a feeling I can only describe as being hollow and nothing but absolute desperation.

All I wished for was that the pain would go away, I was so fixated and unable to leave that moment due to the situation that dictated my life at that point, but and it’s a big but in that moment of total hopelessness, I was consulted by my Doctor on my situation and what the next steps would be to try and cure me. With this I was pleased, someone gave me a plan to start getting mended or fixed physically.

From that moment I had a different perspective on the situation and started changing my mindset thinking…..

“Right my consultant (JF*) is giving me an option, I need to get inspired, come on Wayne this is not over yet“

I’m not saying it was an easy path I was forced down, but it did inspire me because another person had offered me an option to get better.

It was something to concentrate on and focus my mind; a sort of thing to look forward to and something to fight; a challenge to rise up to. Please take note; I was advised that I had little chance of being cured.

- And unbeknownst to me at the time, as I now reflect on my emotional responses that I had then, I still remember that I embraced this news and thought -

“Right, lets see what is what and what will be, I can beat this by not thinking about it and by getting on with my life outside this environment‘’

I’m not a person who likes floating through life as I enjoy challenges and trust me please, I’m not saying this as a cliché or using challenge as some buzz word from a book I have read, its how I was feeling and still do. I challenge myself to understand my limits and to test my character when the chips are down. In my mind this is living - as pain and strain make the beer at the end of the challenge so much more enjoyable, ha ha.

I have climbed all of the peaks in the Lake District alone, I have done the 3 Peaks alone, I climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa (20,000 ft.) alone and I enjoy a physical challenge and don’t mind being alone.

(You are starting to see a pattern, I’m a loner when it comes to a challenge, and looking back I was unsure why I always chose the option to do adverse challenges on my own. But reflecting now, I can say it’s because I wanted to test myself, to understand my limit and to understand me).

Being alone makes you motivate yourself, to understand how you react when you don’t want to go on anymore, when it’s easier to give up.

In those dark hours, those unsung hours, you either draw on self-motivation and realize your dreams and goals or, you walk away and give up. Well I have never walked away from anything in my life and I wasn’t about to start doing so now when I was diagnosed.

Walking away for me was not an option, if it can be done I will make it happen, maybe its me being competitive, or maybe its how we are all engineered but need to realize our opportunity.

We are born who we are and live our lives because of the decisions we all make. That decision-making process we make consciously or sub consciously is what I think is human instinct. But that’s just my opinion.

(We have no excuses neglecting the opportunity of life as humanity itself allows us to realize opportunities and inspires us to endless possibilities if we just dream)

If I’m honest I never really thought about my mindset at the time as my life was consumed.

(Maybe “consumed” is a hard word to use)

When I was diagnosed I was with my close friends and family, they were all passing on their sympathy at the time because I had cancer, I could see the horror and sorrow in their eyes and it made me upset, angry, vulnerable and feeling guilty for being poorly.

This at the time was not what I wanted, all I wanted was to be treated normally and ignore the reality of the position I was in.

To want this expression from those closest to me might seem strange from the outside, but it was everything I wished for, people expressing despair to me through body language and emotions, well it magnified the situation I was in and again, it scared me.

This expression of emotion gave reality to the situation and it did affect my mindset. To be without your ability to take on Cancer, as who you are, the added pressure or feeling like you are a victim and in a hopeless situation, well, it makes you more vulnerable to lose focus on who you are and to keep being positive when all else seems impossible. I think that is normal in the circumstances.

Being a Cancer sufferer, in my opinion, makes people reflect on their life, reminisce on lost opportunities, dream about what if and could have been if I did that instead ………

Well, I thought of nothing but wanting to get better, back to be who “I am”, nothing more and nothing less, just to be me again and carry on my life as I was.

We all have our routines in life, our little ways and little wins that make us happy. They might not be to other peoples liking or tastes, but the world would be a shadow of the place it is if everyone was generic. Society is what it is because it’s made up with individuals and we all must express our individuality.

I for one, when I was going through chemotherapy, tried to be the same person, I carried on doing what I had been doing before I was taken ill (within reason). I carried on with my life as normal as possible, some might say, I was not acknowledging the reality of the situation, but I disagree, I see it as not being defeated by the position I was put in.

I would like to express that I am human, I did have doubts on whether I would get though this illness and I also embraced the reality that I might not.

This realistic possibility can’t be described in words. It’s a feeling that you have when dying throughout your body; it is a crippling emotion if you let it but like any emotion it can change if you want it to. If you knuckle down and fight it head on, let the tears flow, embrace the fact you still feel emotion. This is what I BELEIVE IS THE ESSENCE OF BEING ALIVE.

When I was released from hospital after a course of treatment I tried to make more memories for those times that I needed them. When I was in hospital getting treated I would use these memories to inspire me & help spur me on; to want and make more memories or moments, to look forward and not think about the hear and now of reality. When I was getting treated in hospital, I was in for 5 nights every 21 days, 1 week of chemo that destroyed the cancer cells along with my Red and White cells. Every 2 weeks your Red and White cells naturally regenerate, so chemo was targeted after they regenerated for me in the 3rd week, hence every 14 days I had a new course of chemo that finished every 21 days, so a 3 week cycle.

I hated going into hospital even though it was saving my life, I had anxiety about being locked in hospital for a week. I never feared the place but had a strange feeling, its hard to put into words, I hated being there but also wanted to be there. (Work that out yourself because I’m still confused).

The staff and nurses have a job to do like most of us in our normal lives, but the staff who worked on my ward in the Freeman, I believe went beyond the call of duty to make patients relaxed in the circumstance and feel at home.

Patients go though the trauma and emotion because its put on them, but the staff who care for those patients in good times and hard, well they are “extraordinary people working in extraordinary circumstances“ and I for one will never forget the care, conversations, laughs, professionalism and compassion they showed me and the other patients.

To work in those conditions on a daily basis takes real courage and humanity. Thank you all Ward 34.

As my treatment came to an end my tumor markers came down from a million to 164 after 6 cycles of chemo, not all the Cancer had gone but, it was a whole lot better than when I first got admitted. The night I was admitted I was rushed from Sunderland Hospital to the Freeman. I remember vaguely a nurse asking my name and I mumbled blllllarrrrrr. I also remember she asked the year and what sex I was. I said I don’t know on both questions alarmingly ha-ha.

That’s where my life changed. The next morning, when the morphine wore off, I had a strange feeling that others closest to me would find that me dying was harder than dying myself because of the emotional side effects. Once I’m gone, I’m gone and those closest to me will have the pain of me gone and then live with the effects of the disease for the rest of their life.

This is a reality in my mind and my feelings that are not influenced by opinion; it is a description of my reality.

For me, I will always say and believe that Cancer affects the person with the disease physically, but that the individual’s family deals with the disease and its effects for a lifetime.

I was thinking I would leave them with heartbreak and sorrow and sad times, I was upset with this and went into a shell, I became an emotional recluse so as not to upset those around me and put more pressure on their emotions.

(Please remember this is my account of events and my emotions at the time, this is not advise on what to actually do, you must decide what to do for yourself as that is what will help you, what I did helped me emotionally and that’s all that counts given the circumstances).

After my 3rd – 4th – 5th and 6th cycle of Chemotherapy my tumor markers continued to fall, 160 to 60 – to 30 – to 15. All the way to < 1. When I was told there was no trace of Cancer in my blood tests, I reacted in a way you might think was strange from the outside, I felt nothing! No joy, no relief, no happiness. I was in a place I created mentally to protect myself from all emotion. Like I said earlier I was in a shell, a sort of state of emotionless animation. Reflecting back now I am pleased and excited that I have kicked Cancer in the ass but I also don’t let myself get too carried away incase it comes back. I do this in my head so I don’t fall as far emotionally if diagnosed again, in a way I am making it more manageable to take a fall, this might be the wrong thing to do but who cares, its my way of dealing with my diagnosis and it is working.

Nevertheless I understand I am still suffering from retreating to my shell as I find it hard to be emotional. Maybe this new me is who I am, maybe I will again change if the circumstances so dictate in my life and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

For the moment I am content with this reality and I realise the situation I was in was life changing. It may or may not have changed me but I am happy to know that tomorrow is a new day and I might feel differently inside. “Live for the day” so to speak, this emotion and uncertainty is living in my opinion, being part of the unknown and not understanding your future.

Since my tumor markers hit <1, I have had one of my testicles removed and a cluster of lymph nodes in my abdomen taken out. The scars and effects will be with me for life but they are who I am now and still to this day; I am insecure about the scars, they are big and ugly (A bit like me in a nut shell ha-ha). Another side effect from my operation is I can’t ejaculate anymore.

For a man like me this was a huge knock in self-confidence and self esteem. Some people think I should be a wreck; Medical Professionals keep telling or insinuating I should be a wreck mentally and should/need to have help. I find this hard to understand, like I said earlier, each person is an individual and each to their own because we are not all the same and react differently, its instinctive the way we react in my opinion.

I wont deny I hit hard times, dark moments, but I never ever thought I couldn’t deal with it myself. Instead I looked at it as a challenge, to get better mentally/physically/emotionally. I will explain my process and how my mind worked as best I can in the following…...

I was suffering (Mentally) to realise myself, to realise why we are here on earth, in existence. In my head I thought what is the point in life itself if this is all it has to offer (hurt, pain, suffering). I slipped deeper and deeper into my shell and hid my emotions so as not to let people see me weak, affected by my illness. I thought this was the manly thing to do at the time. I thought to myself, be strong and be a Man, stiff upper lip, good old English values.

I’m not sure if this was the right thing to do, but I never broke down, I never cried or worried about anything. I was emotionally dead to everyone and everything and this was the catalyst to my girlfriend and me splitting as I was an emotional recluse not capable of showing my true feelings.

The dilemma I have now is, “IS THIS THE NEW ME?“. I don’t know who I am right now but I want to find out and God willing I will have the time to do this.

Please do not take my experience and thought process as a way to react to your condition, react in your own way. Learn the lessons from my experience and use it to help your own battle. My only wish is to inform how I reacted in your situation, draw experience from my feelings as nobody can foresee what you will go through, but I hope this letter helps you prepare in your own way.

All I know is that I’m alive and I’m still able to make mistakes. At the end of the day, life is not living without the good times and the bad, they are what make us anticipate tomorrow and live in the moment of the emotions, we have to embrace every moment possible. (Especially if you’re like a Sunderland AFC fan, and me as moments of joy are hard to come by ha ha).

Thanks in advance for you reading my letter and I wish you all the best in your treatment.

From my heart, please contact me if you want to talk, let your emotions rule you with someone who understands through experience what your feeling.

If needed, I will also meet you for a chat face to face, use my shoulder to lean on as I understand what your going through.

I’m at your disposal if needed and I would also like to offer an open invitation to the family and friends of Cancer fighters who would like to ask questions, or even just have a chat to help you stay strong so you can support your loved one.

Wayne Greenwell 

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11-a-side - 15th May 2013

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If any team wants a website like this one, you don't need to pay hundreds. All you have to do is call your team Sassco.co.uk and then you'd be featured...Read More

Rutherford DFC v Sassco.co.uk

11-a-side - 28th April 2013

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Sassco are back again with another pre-season (despite not having a season) game against Rutherford DFC. Last Summer, Sassco suffered a bit of a hammering, so an improvement is needed...Read More

Swinhoe's first goal in three…

11-a-side - 29th July 2012

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Muers still firing blanks. It was Sassco's regular Summer encounter against Rutherford DFC, but the preparations were thrown into chaos, when firstly Marc McDermont claimed he couldn't make it as he...Read More

Squad list for the Rutherford…

11-a-side - 21st July 2012

12 players declare themselves fit. Now it's down to 12 players in total for the squad. Thomas Bell is injured and Lee Ramsay hasn't confirmed. All have played for Sassco 11-a-side...Read More

Toddy's 11-a-side player deta…

11-a-side - 18th July 2012

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 Management ...Read More

Toddy's 11-a-side 2001-2002

11-a-side - 18th July 2012

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A fascinating year spent shadowing Toddy's as a part time substitute ("Harper, I'm not a centre half - I can't head the ball." - "Dov, you're in centre defence....") ended...Read More

11-a-side 2008-2009

11-a-side - 8th July 2012

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23rd May 2009 Sassco.co.uk 1 Redhouse FC 2. Pre-season in full swing as Sassco let a 1-0 lead slip. The so called regular cup game against Redhouse FC didn't materialise during the season...Read More

11-a-side 2007-2008

11-a-side - 8th July 2012

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14th June 2008 Season review. A disturbing pre-season for Sassco meant that by the start of the competitive games, the team and squad were in no way set. I was quite smug...Read More

11-a-side 2006-2007

11-a-side - 8th July 2012

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28th April 2007 ...Read More

Woven Inc to supply Sassco's …

11-a-side - 20th April 2017

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Please to announce that Woven Inc, one of the UK leaders in custom workwear and fashion clothing based in Washington, are supplying the AWDis kit for our game at the...Read More

Sassco 11-a-side are back?

11-a-side - 31st March 2017

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We're looking to revive the 11-a-side team in, albeit, an over 35 format. Durham FA are organising a 50 minute game league, which is played on a Saturday morning at Durham...Read More

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11-a-side - 25th March 2017

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Sassco travelled to the beyond (i.e. Walker Dome) to take on the Northumbria University Officer Training Corp team. A team which we somehow defeated 6-1 last year, albeit with what...Read More

Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur To…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 20th March 2017

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The dates and times have been just about confirmed with a five team tournament set over two days. The teams involved, alongside Sassco.co.uk are Þrottur, Breidablik, FC Sækó and Öspin. The dates...Read More

AWDis football kit choices fo…

11-a-side - 8th March 2017

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We have a number of choices for our game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in May. Last year, we chose orange as the sponsor colour, but our opponents are looking at...Read More

Sunderland AFC Stadium of Lig…

11-a-side - 28th February 2017

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Delighted to have confirmed 11 Sassco players for the Play on the Pitch event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, in May 2017. The team is scheduled to play against a similar...Read More

The FA People's Cup at Goals …

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 24th February 2017

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Sassco took part in their first FA People's Cup, a 5-a-side competition played at Goals Sunderland on Sunday 26th February, but failed to get a Quarter Final spot. The team comprised...Read More

Official match ball for Icela…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 15th December 2016

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Ready to grace the glaciers. It's back to basics with the 70's retro look for our Iceland Tour 2017 match ball. The ball contains the Iceland Tour logo, as well as...Read More

5-a-side defeat against Sunde…

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 4th November 2016

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A game requested by Sunderland Deaf FC, who are taking part in a the Rudolph 5-a-side tournament in Derby, was arranged at the outdoor pitches at Everyone Active Washington. The Sassco team...Read More

Iceland Tour football kit by …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 26th August 2016

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A little while away, but the initial design for the Iceland Tour 2017 football team kit is ready. The jerseys will be provided by the Just Cool by AWDis brand, supplied...Read More

Icelandair from Manchester an…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 13th August 2016

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The flights were changed slightly. Originally, we were due back on the 30th May 2017, but as the flight was cancelled, a few panicked communications later saw it changed to...Read More

First team ever to use Just C…

11-a-side - 7th August 2016

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New shirt for the nomadic 11-a-side team. Sassco have had branded team kits and custom made team shirts since the foundation back in 1999. So we are now proud to announce...Read More

Iceland Tour 2017 football sq…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 27th July 2016

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The six players for the Iceland Tour 2017 are detailed below: Kevin Cooper Joins again after taking part in four recent tours. Superb between the sticks. Davinder Sangha Organiser (as expected) and defender in...Read More

Cricket score = bad defences.

11-a-side - 24th July 2016

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Our regular tri or bi-annual game took place again, but this time off the 3G (or is it 4G) and on to grass at Castle View, where we suffered a...Read More

Games against Breiðablik UBK …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 23rd July 2016

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Really delighted to announce two games in Iceland for the 2017 tour. Games will take place in and around Reykjavik. The first one arranged was against Breiðablik UBK arranged by Andrés Pétursson...Read More

Tactical headquarters in Reyk…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 7th July 2016

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We've provisionally booked a two bedroom apartment in Reykjavik, which will hold 6 people (Booked tickets yet, Tim?). The apartment is close to shopping, bakery, ATM, etc. Bus stop is also...Read More

Defeated again; Dave Gourlay …

11-a-side - 3rd July 2016

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Plenty of dinosaurs were dug out for Sassco's difficult game against O'Briens, a team organised by Steve Farrer (himself a rare dinosaur), and containing a lot of ex-Redhouse FC players. For...Read More

Post Brexit Guide on dealing …

Articles - 29th June 2016

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With the recent Britain exiting Europe, or Brexit Referendum, result leading in an increase in racism. I think it would be responsible to part with some advice for ethnic minorities...Read More

Posithread win Season 18.

Sassco Tournaments - 25th June 2016

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With a revival of the Sassco League, albeit in 5-a-side format, five teams entered and the tournament was reasonably successful, despite no referees, a flare up, slight confusion over the...Read More

Season 18 tournament in June.

Sassco Tournaments - 17th June 2016

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Downhill Complex is a distant memory now, but Sassco 6-a-side keeps failing to die off. Now it's a 5-a-side tournament played over a few hours in the new Everyone Active venue...Read More

Microsoft Band / Health GPS t…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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During the Switzerland Tour, the Microsoft Band was in action and with GPS tracking during the Geneva Tournament, here are the results from my ultra-cautious approach during three 20 minute...Read More

Defeated at the Stadium of Li…

11-a-side - 11th June 2016

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Trepidation meant I wanted everyone to be at the stadium early. All arrived promptly, probably because their subs were £163 each. But it was a bit of a hiccup from...Read More

Geneva Tournament 2016 - Sass…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 11th June 2016

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After a bad night's sleep, the next morning, we headed into the city centre again for a bite to eat and then headed to a market. A local said it...Read More

GB Outfitters - player profil…

11-a-side - 7th June 2016

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Learn about our opponents! Here's a very detailed player biography provided by David Duke from GB Outfitters. Jonny Prested (Goalkeeper)The many faced man; Ronnie O'Sullivan, Peter Whittingham, the count from Sesame...Read More

Futsal defeat in Geneva - Sas…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 4th June 2016

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Back in the late Summer of 2015, I was contemplating an end to the football tours. We were Stateside in New York, playing in iconic surroundings, down in the Lower...Read More

Sassco.co.uk v GB Outfitters …

11-a-side - 2nd June 2016

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We've finally discovered our opponents, GB Outfitters, a strong side which includes David Duke, who played for us in a friendly v Sunderland Deaf AFC not too long ago. Kick off...Read More

Sunderland AFC itinerary and …

11-a-side - 23rd May 2016

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Itinerary - Thursday 9th June 2016 7.00pm - Team Arrival, taken to changing rooms 7.15pm - Team Photographs 7.20pm - Pre- Match Warm Up 7.30pm - Kick off 8.15pm - Half Time 8.30pm - Second Half 9.15pm -...Read More

Geneva Tournament 2016

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th May 2016

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Delighted, as part of the tour in Switzerland, to be involved in a special tournament arranged by Adolfo Domingues and FC Semailles. There are a total of five teams taking part...Read More

Starting line-up at Sunderlan…

11-a-side - 10th May 2016

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The initial 11 who have paid the money for the Stadium of Light game have been set to start as we now have had two drop outs from the original...Read More

New York Cosmos 1 Jacksonvill…

USA Tour 2015 - 27th April 2016

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Back in 2011, I made my way over to Old Trafford and refused to "Stand up if you love Paul Scholes" while fulfilling an ambition to watch the New York...Read More

Switzerland Tour 2016 footbal…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 26th April 2016

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Workwear Express will be supplying the Switzerland Tour 2016 jersey. The shirt (along with a black long sleeve version for the goalkeeper) will be worn by the six players travelling to Geneva...Read More

McDermont Disaster!

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 18th April 2016

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McDermont sets the tone for his performance with a pre-match miss. Confidence was sky high, but then Dixon announced he was unavailable, which meant McDermont hopped on board, alongside He Who...Read More

Switzerland Tour 2016 venues

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 4th April 2016

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The map below shows the venues to be used in Switzerland. The game against FC Semailles Futsal will be taking place on the 5th June on the Stade De Fraisiers grass pitch...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 6 Northumbria Un…

11-a-side - 12th March 2016

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Back: Chris Dixon, Connor Llewellyn, Patrick Knox, David Bilton, Mike Barker, Paul McConville. Front: Davinder Sangha, Marc McDermont, Kevin Cooper, Dave Gourlay, Mark Middlemiss Safe to say that this was a...Read More

Iceland in 2017

Iceland Tour 2017 - 7th March 2016

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We're heading to Iceland in 2017. It's early days, but as the Switzerland Tour is all but arranged, pre-planning means that we're heading to Iceland in September/October 2017 with flights from...Read More

Swiss test at North Lodge.

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th February 2016

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The team in one of the worst photos ever taken and placed on a Sassco site (by Paul McConville) Despite the posh surroundings, the teams made their journeys from the four...Read More

Wayne Greenwell: My point of …

11-a-side - 13th February 2016

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“Nothing is impossible, you just haven’t done it yet. Dreams are hard to achieve, otherwise they wouldn’t be a dream. In the darkest of hours when all seems hopeless, that’s...Read More

Baxter is lucky 13.

11-a-side - 26th January 2016

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Despite thinking that he deserves a full 90 minutes and extra time and corner kicks and free-kicks and pre-match pies, Mike "Max Factor Baxter" Barker has signed up for the...Read More

Eat like a (proper) footballe…

11-a-side - 19th January 2016

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So, our usual pre-match meal would be a fry up, or even being late for a game at Silksworth, due to Fatty wanting a McDonald's. But as we're spending around £120...Read More

Get fit for football at the S…

11-a-side - 18th January 2016

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It's a little under four months away for our historic Stadium of Light game, so no excuses; we need to be fit. So, here's a quick fitness guide and some advice...Read More

Fatty Wardle at the Stadium o…

11-a-side - 11th January 2016

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Delighted to announce that Jon "Fatty" Wardle is on board for the Stadium of Light game on the 15th May. Wardle last kicked a ball in anger (including with a goal)...Read More

Game v Northumbrian Universit…

11-a-side - 6th January 2016

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After Sassco's hard fought comeback win in the pouring rain against Sunderland Deaf FC, the team will next be back in action in March, against Mark Middlemiss' team. The...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 5 Sunderland Dea…

11-a-side - 3rd January 2016

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McDermont's 35 yard "screamer". Our bi- or tri-annual game against Sunderland AFC's Deaf team took place at Chester-Le-Street, and shockingly, we had more than a full turn out. A total of fifteen...Read More

Workwear Express to sponsor t…

11-a-side - 23rd December 2015

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Pleased to announce that Workwear Express are now providing the tops for the game at the Stadium of Light on the 9th June. The company have provided the uniform and kit for the every...Read More

Game v Sunderland Deaf FC in …

11-a-side - 20th December 2015

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Sassco will be roaring back into action in the New Year. Our regular game against Sunderland DFC is arranged and will take place at 2pm on the 3rd January 2016. The venue...Read More

Hembrough - Cresswell partner…

11-a-side - 19th December 2015

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Delighted to announce that the attack pairing for the forthcoming game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light will be Scott Hembrough and Mark Cresswell. The game takes place Thursday 9th June, 7:00pm...Read More

Sassco.co.uk @ Sunderland Sta…

11-a-side - 17th November 2015

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Sassco are looking to play at their most ambitious venue yet. After the warm climes of the Victor Tedesco Stadium in Malta, the balmy FC Ferreiras Stadium in Portugal and various...Read More

Mike "Max Baxter" B…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 6th November 2015

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Delighted to see after much "humming" and "haaaing", that Mike Barker, goal scorer extraordinaire and Dave Gourlay's nemesis, is on board to make the squad a perfect 6. The squad is...Read More

Sassco's tours overseas

Articles - 24th September 2015

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A detailed map showing the venues Sassco.co.uk have played in since 2008. MALTA 2008 7th November 2008 Victor Tedesco Stadium, Valletta, Malta Kirkop FC 4 Sassco.co.uk 1 Scott Hembrough David Smith, Chris...Read More

Soccer in New York, a brief h…

USA Tour 2015 - 24th September 2015

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Gourlay, Sangha and Dixon in action on a soccer field in Lower East Side Manhatten With Sassco from Sunderland and proud supporters of Sunderland AFC recently completing a very successful USA...Read More

FC Semailles v Sassco.co.uk i…

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 20th September 2015

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Delighted to make contact with a predominantly Futsal team in Geneva. The team, FC Semailles, will be hosting us (thanks to their manager, Adolfo Domingues). The game, set for Sunday...Read More

Suite Novotel Geneve.

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 19th September 2015

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The Suite Novotel Geneve hotel is our venue for the Switzerland Tour 2016. The 3-Star Superior hotel boasts comfortable suites. It also has a fitness room (which might be handy) and a...Read More

It's Geneva in June 2016

Switzerland Tour 2016 - 16th September 2015

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Sassco.co.uk are visiting Geneva in Switzerland in 2016. The tour will take place from 3rd June to 6th June. Flights will be from Newcastle and the current cost is around £60...Read More

Undefeated in the USA Tour 20…

USA Tour 2015 - 13th September 2015

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Game 1: Alphabet City SC 6 Sassco.co.uk 6 | Game 2: Alphabet City 4 Sassco.co.uk 6. Sassco headed west for the first time ever, after initially attempting a failed Florida tour back...Read More

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