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MAD Glossary “L – P”

(Updated to end of Season 2023)






Comic book? Graphic novel? Back of a graffiti-daubed toilet door? The Glossary is an idea dating back to 2006 which was sewn by Mike Reeves, who having recently joined the club from a shit pub team worse than our own, declared he hadn’t got a clue what everyone else was on about. His reasoning was that since the club was established some eight years previous, many of the terms, references and lingo were alien to the unacquainted.


Fast forward to the future and after an annually exhaustive MOT, the Far from the MCC’s allegedly most popular web page comes back online. A huge amount of thanks to all contributors, however small, for the gems and inspiration which have gone into creating this encyclopaedic breakdown of MAD folklore.









Lamb and Flag


This centrally located Oxford pub is a regular haunt to team members and has also hosts regular Committee Meetings. It was also venue to a book launch by Matt Bullock (about Oxford pubs). The pub eventually reopened in 2022.








Central to the FFTMCC’s core beliefs in friendly cricket is a good bloody laugh (and moan). With so much emphasis on winning at all costs, many of the people within the team gravitated away from league cricket. Everyone needs a laugh, it’s essential for the soul.



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Left-handed batsman have always been in short supply for The MAD. So much so, they are considered something of a wonder. Currently there are two specimens within the ranks, one with a small head (Mr L. G. Ainsworth – left) and one with a large head (Mr M. K. Reeves – right).








Lenny is a fictional character who looks much like the FFTMCC’s tallest cricketer, Mr C. D. Roberts. He came to prominence on Tour in 2015, attending two games with his mate, George, and playing in the one.



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( Link to Match Report )






Leon suffers from ginger pubes. He does apparently. I have no idea who the fuck Leon is or the why, but this revelatory fact was announced on Tour to Minehead in 2017 by Mark Rundle.



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The famous red and white striped lighthouse which players visited after their Tour game against Happisburgh CC, Norfolk in 2012. Pretty soon Mr Reeves’ flood defences will have totally failed and the iconic structure will have been washed into the sea….







Line (“The line is mine!”)


July of 2006 threw up the now classic phrase “the line is mine!” This quote, uttered with increasing volume by wicket keeper Gary Littlechild, was in reference to a stumping appeal where the batsmen’s back foot was on the line (and therefore not grounded in his crease and therefore OUT). To Gary’s fury, the batsman would survive the appeals, but the incendiary incident would be forever etched into MAD folklore.





( Link to Match Report )






Home of cricket and home to a posse of Madsters in 2007 when watching a T20 between Middlesex and Essex. It was a fun day out on the piss and some of the group can even remember the cricket. Andrew Strauss probably remembers the game quite well – as he was relentlessly sledged from the terraces by a completely addled Spam.





( Link to Lords trip )




Lost Ball


One of the most regular sights when the Far from the MCC are bowling – is that of a lost ball.








Home to The MAD’s volatile Steve Parkinson – renegade office worker turned fulltime farmer turned corporate whore. Steve organised the Tour to the area in 2009, where he exposed the group to the England women’s cricket team, a man who had never lost a fight, and a shit nightclub where you got your face kicked in.




( Link to Match Report )



Louth Changing Rooms Placard


On the Tour of Louth, the changing rooms of the recently opened London Road Pavilion where signposted by a very smartly designed placard bearing the team’s name. The sign was subsequently stolen and now emblazons the team’s scorebook folder.







Louth Ladies


Because Dave Shorten and Ian Leggate never shut up about Louth ladies on Tour in 2009, the term appears here. The duo even coined a song about them too, but the details of that ballad remain solely unto them. During the stay, the England Ladies cricket team played a match against a Louth First XI as a part of the grand unveiling of the new modernised pavilion.



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The original destination of Tour 2015, a picturesque little town sat on the west bank of Lymington River on the Solent. The MAD did visit the place for a quick pint before playing their final match, but never actually stayed there due to another classic Paddy Mellor reorg.








Whatever the fuck up, whenever Mr Hoskins makes a mess of calculating the new standings in the Fantasy Cricket, it’s the same old story… “It’s my new Mac….”


Maybe buy a PC, dude?








The phrase given to the MAD Tour Olympics of Sidmouth 2010. The competition, devised by Tour organiser James Hoskins, was intended as an off-field entertainment and companion to the cricket itself. Comprising five varying events spread across several days (including MAD Top Trumps, Fennel Flinging, Coin Tossing, Frisbeer and Spot The Mongoose), the participants played for a prize new Mongoose bat. Inaugural winner Ian Howarth presented the bat back to James as a thank you from the team for organising Tour.







[The] MAD


Shortened team name for the Far from the MCC. The club used to be based (and sponsored) at the Far from the Madding Crowd pub in the centre of Oxford, hence “Mad or MAD” being short for “Madding”.


Despite rebranding as the Far from the MCC in the fall of 2005, the club has retained that moniker. Some would say quite apt.






MAD Scoreboard


After the Oxford county council came up trumps by fucking yet another game of cricket at Cutteslowe Park due to an absence of anything (stumps, bails, keys to the pavilion etc), club dogsbody Russ Turner decided on engineering the club’s own scoreboard.






[The] Magdalen


Home pub and sponsor to the FFTMCC through seasons 2006 and 2007 (thanks to then landlord, Ben). It is based on the Iffley Road and unsurprisingly has undergone an extensive makeover in our absence, to become a much-respected gastro pub.



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Magdalen College Sports Ground


Lovely ground located adjacent to the minarets of the mosque on Marston Road [Oxford Centre for Islamic Study], the FFTMCC have been contesting matches against the St Clements Strollers for over a decade.



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The place Andrew Darley mistakenly thought he was in one night whilst searching for his room key [Minehead 2017].








The fictional Tour that The MAD went on in 2017 as researched by Russ Turner.






Marathon [London]


In recent years, several players past and present have attempted and completed the London Marathon for charity and their own personal achievement. It is worth noting that 26.2 miles is far longer than they would ever be prepared to chase after crap MAD bowling.






Margaret Catchpole (pub)


Listed on CAMRA’s National Inventory of classic pub interiors, this Ipswich watering hole is ideal to walk to and from during a biblical rainstorm. Good pool table and fine ales.



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Marlborough House


The name refers to a now defunct opposition who were based at a now defunct Marlborough House pub off the Abingdon Road. The MAD enjoyed regular (and very vocal) contests with the Marlborites over the years, and it was noted with great sadness when they disbanded at the end of 2005. Honourable to the last, The MAD were quick to pillage their club contacts and a couple of their best players. Life goes on as they say….









The picturesque Norfolk village of Marlingford was last visited by Team MAD in 2012 for an end of Tour flogging skippered by Paddy Mellor. The cricket ground is best remembered for the Olympic bunting and being, well… rather lovely.



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( Link to Match Report )



Marsh Harrier


Another regular watering hole for Club MAD and a pub which has provided hospitality after many a match at nearby grounds (Jesus College, Cowley Marshes etc). It was also the venue for the Club’s ill-fated Decadilly Day in 2007. The links to the pub are numerous, with the Marsh Harrier also providing opposition back in the day – skippered by the late and great Adrian J. Fisher in 2001.





( Link to Scorecards )




Mathematical Genius


There is only one true mathematical genius to represent The MAD and that is Mr Jake Hotson. Professor Stephen Hawking couldn’t tie his shoelaces, that said….






May Day


May morning in Oxford is famous for the thousands who gather at 6am to hear a Latin hymn sung from the top of Magdalen College tower. It is also famous for people jumping off the river bridge to injure themselves on discarded shopping trolleys, and of course being slaughtered by midday on a breakfast of champagne and early opening pub hours.



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McKno’s Bunny


Most FFTMCC batsman who faced the sprightly swing bowling of Carl McKno (Appleton CC) could lay claim to being his ‘bunny’.  These days they don’t, as Carl left the parish under a dark cloud.






Me and Geoff


Idiotic and right-wing meanderings from the pen of ‘Me’ which feature in Club Ramblings from time to time.



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Medi Duck


The third mascot ‘duck’ to join the fringes of The MAD. No one is quite sure where Medi[um] Duck originated from, but he/she is thought to have first appeared sometime whilst on Tour to f______ T______ in 2014. Again, this duck is also now thought lost.






Mega Ball


A lightweight football of excessive size, Mega Ball was booted around Minehead in 2017. It was last seen in the hands of some small child at the end of the game….








An excellent stage prop found in the Brasenose pavilion by David Emerson. It was used for commentary during a match against Iffley Village CC in 2018.






Mel & Kim


No, not the British pop duo from the 80’s, but the respective wives of Martin Westmoreland and Steve Dobner [Mel on the right in the below photo]. They were prominent fixture in the mid-noughties as their offspring attempted to understand what their dads were doing out on the cricket field.







Mental Breakdown


Sadly, a common affliction amongst team members over the years. The FFTMCC would most probably benefit from including a shrink on the club payroll.








Every week back in the day, some lucky punter would get to ride in James Hoskins’ sporty MG to a cricket match. Alas, this perk all came to an end when his car spontaneously combusted after he parked the exhaust too close to some flower beds at work.









Dave Shorten’s rambling hound accompanied him to many a MAD match. She would soon disappear away from the crappy cricket, instead looking for muntjacs and rabbits. A lovely animal and true mascot, she sadly passed away in 2022. She will be missed.






Mike Ashley


Russell Turner’s other self (or one of them). His doppelganger came to prominence on Tour to Minehead in 2017 and is now a sometime regular at end of season AGM’s.








On June 11, 2006 – the Milton CC wicketkeeper noted club snob and part-time sociopath, Steve Parkinson, had a rather lar-dee-dar run up when he bowled. He amusingly likened it to “mincing” [affectedly dainty in manner or gait]. Thereafter, the nickname “Mincer” was subsequently appropriated to Steve and his club apparel.









The Far from the MCC toured the Minehead region of Somerset for three consecutive years starting in 2003. They formed some close bonds with certain teams which were reignited in 2017 and 2019. They will return….









James Hoskins has invested in many a car over the years, helping to transport fellow team members to and from games. However, one of his purchases, a Mini, was a wasted investment – the engine was shot and storage space for kit bags at a premium.








There is nothing better than a good fucking moan and this club more than any other has embraced it over the years.  In recent years, levels of moaning have increased to record levels, with performances on the field dipping conversely.




( Link to Match Report )




Mobility Scooter


The vehicle of choice for those Butlins residents suffering from the debilitating illness iateallthepiesitis, causing an inability to travel any distance over 10 metres using their own feet. We don’t have a photo to hand, so here is some prick on a stair lift….



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A common term in cricket for an agricultural smear of the ball [leg-side slog] to the mid-wicket area of the cricket pitch. The MAD’s master of the Moo, Martin Westmoreland subsequently copyrighted the stroke and [almost] mastered it.






Moo Bats


In 2011 at Oxenford CC, Martin Westmoreland revealed his own brand of cricket bat – “The Moo Range”. These consisted of three imported bats from India of unknown pedigree, each with its own very inimitable sticker.







Mongoose Bat


A seemingly revolutionary new bat which was conceived with the introduction of T20 cricket [and subsequently forgotten about]. It apparently gives an attacking advantage to the batsman, hitting faster, harder and further. It resembles a paddle rather than a bat and doubles The MAD fines of anyone using it.









An outdoor activity that involves ascending, as was the repetitive example of Tour to the Isle of Wight in 2022, when Mr Turner repeatedly clambered up grass banks at Newport CC to retrieve the cricket ball that was being pasted about the vast pitch by the home team batsmen.



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The MAD toured the South Wales area of Mumbles in 2008. It never stopped raining. Well, it did relent on a few occasions – enough for the team to lose a couple of games of cricket. However, it will be that horrendous weather that sticks long in the memory….





( Link to Match Report )






There are many outstanding murals in the world being colourful, tasteful and iconic. The mural at the Cowley Marshes was none of those. In fact, it wasn’t even a mural as such, just shite metre high graffiti daubed on a wall by the side of the cricket field. MAD players referred to it as a ‘mural’ out of cynical affection, and thus it was until the council painted over it.








An online page devoted to the exhibition and educational interpretation, of objects which had some significance to the Far from the MCC. The webpage was dissolved back in 2016 after it was merged with this far superior collection of shit known as ‘The Glossary’.




Natch (Cider)


Another cider, this time brewed in Bristol by Matthew Clark. The Mad discovered its disembodying effects whilst on Tour in the Minehead in 2003. It quickly became the staple diet for several players, leading to a distinct loss of form and coherence.






(The Lord) Nelson


The de facto capital of drinking for the beer lout / meat head in the Hythe & Dibden area of Hampshire. Ramming with disco dollies at the weekend, the establishment is well versed in a great punch up which inevitably spills out onto the street. The MAD felt most at home there on the Tours of 2015 and 2016.



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Nervous Nineties


A term to describe the psychological pressure on a batsman knowing he is approaching a century. Ian Howarth has fallen in the nineties a few times, but he’s too dumb to have felt nervous. Dave Emerson also – but equally too dumb. So maybe it should be the “Dumb Nineties?”









Nope, nothing to do with birds or trees, this term is used to describe a MAD netting session (or net). An email informing the players of an upcoming net back in 2005, was misspelled as “nest” – and predictably has become the saying ever since.






Never at This Level


A divisive, twentieth season celebratory book released in June of 2018. Written by several hands and now sold on Amazon for the rough equivalent of two pints of beer in Oxford. It will be [in]famous for delighting and pissing certain people off in equal measure.






Newbery County Pads


Another lot from the Kit Auction of the 2011 AGM, these right-handed pads were won by James Pearson for the princely sum of £20. Not much is known about them other than they probably came into being after the club re-branded itself in 2005 to the FFTMCC.





( Link to 2011 AGM )



Newcastle FC


See “Mike Ashley” for further details. Or any photo of Russ Turner circa 2017 (and most likely onwards).



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New Zealand


Club founder Ed Lester emigrated to New Zealand during the fall of 2004 and is or was involved with Heathcote CC. The home of Lord of the Rings was also the home of David (below) and Danial Emerson (Invercargill).



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No LBW (law)


T20 matches versus Blewbury & Upton CC are contested without the LBW law being taken into consideration. It has been a divisive ruling over the years and indeed instigated much comment and disagreement.




( Link to Match Report )





When the team left the Far from the Madding Crowd in 2004, they essentially became nomadic after failing to secure a new home pub. In essence, they were no longer “Madding”, but “No-Mad”. Therefore, for the season of 2005, many of the match reports refer to the team as The No-Mad and not The MAD. Simples.





( Link to Match Report )






Glorious weather accompanied The MAD throughout their Tour of Norfolk in 2012. Regardless of the cricketing results, many great memories were had by all those who made the effort.




( Link to Tour Ratings )






As knees, hips and backs become increasingly knackered, and performances slide into the utterly forgettable, team members increasingly draw on nostalgia [when they were useful].






“Not at This Level”


A quote made famous by ex-captain, Ed Lester, to describe his shock and disgust at being awarded lbw in friendly games of cricket (read Sunday cricket). Notwithstanding Ed standing adjacent to his stumps (on appeal), he would take an age to walk back to the pavilion bitterly complaining about the injustices in the world. The phrase would subsequently be used as the title for The MAD’s first (and far superior) published book in 2008.






Not Fit for Purpose


It perfectly describes any number of Far from the MCC players on the Sunday morning before a match. Tour is worst, where a head count is undertaken each day to find those who can play cricket.









An amusing reference to describe a batsman nudging the ball around into gaps, usually for a quick single or, erm… a non-run. Antony “Doc” Mander is/was a revered exponent of this shot and helped bring the word into MAD lingo.








Every club has one. An enforcer – there to stand up for the team in the heat of battle, or the heat of the car park. Mr Dobner used to carry out any MAD off-field impropriety, with a preference for using his forehead and/or wardrobe door to finalise matters. The modern variant is a chilled, long distance runner.








Chairman Matt Bullock (left), Ian Howarth (below) and Gary Timms are all obsessed with stats. In fact, the club in general is obsessed with stats.








In 2016, the FFTMCC played the OCCSCC in the final of the Friendly Cup. A team of equally long abbreviated lettering, but with more C’s in their name (no pun intended). They were actually a jolly good bunch, apart from the fact they won, with a few ringers, one of which scored all their runs. Bastards.




( Link to Match Report )



Offices (OU)


A shortened term referring to the Oxford University Offices, whose cricket team competed against The MAD for many years and also fielded an entrant to the Jack Cox Trophy year on year. The team has now disbanded with many of the existing players now representing the FFTMCC.





( Link to Match Report )




Oops Ball


The Oops Ball was attributed to Steve Hebbes, who used the delivery to devastating effect during his brief tenure playing for The MAD. A typical Oops Ball would bounce twice before reaching the batsman, rarely getting off the ground (a “grass cutter” or “grubber” if you will) and often striking the base of the stumps to a shout of “oops” from his teammates.






One Show


Like children at a Birthday party, an excitable MAD entourage gatecrashed the BBC’s One Show being hosted on the Weston-Super-Mare seafront in 2013. With an enthusiastic crowd, some fantastic weather paid homage to presenter Alex Jones’ most fetching custard attire. But sod Alex (oo-err), here is a photograph of the One Show bus instead….






Open Top Bus (Celebration)


In advance of the Friendly Cup Final against OCCSCC in 2016, Team MAD had already discussed an inevitable victory and had tasked their Treasurer with finding out the costs of hiring an open top bus to conduct a celebration. Contemptible arrogance of the highest order. Of course, we fucking lost. The plan is shelved going forward….



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Orwell Hotel


During their stay in Felixstowe in 2018, The MAD were more than catered for by a Victorian hotel dating all the way back to 1898. Happy to report is has been modernised in the intervening years.






Padded Up (Bob)


For some reason, Mr Roberts always appears to be padded up and waiting to bat. Even though he is the perennial number eleven. Shit batting line up? Maybe. Lack of confidence in his fellow batsman? Maybe. But, whilst he sits there with his pads, he somehow exudes a passive calm which envelopes his team mates – reassuring them everything is okay.








No, not an implement to spank someone on the buttocks – and not to be confused with a paddle-scoop as popularised by Sri Lankan Tillekartne Dilshan in ODI cricket. No, the paddle was the staple diet of Steve Dobner and laterally Russ Turner – where a swivel of the hip precedes a wristy flick-type thing, which normally sees the ball dribble away for a single (or two). Boring to watch, but unusually effective, this stroke can be used against balls of any direction and / or any length [apparently].








Starting out as some little cough outbreak being the bamboo curtain, the coronavirus would become a global pandemic and force the UK into lockdown for much of 2020. The result of which was a seriously curtailed cricket season which didn’t get started until an evening slogfest at Middleton Stoney on the evening of July 15.



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( Link to Match Report )




Pappa Gilkes


Now into his dotage, the rather lovely Roger Gilkes still occasionally keeps wicket for Appleton CC. He is most assured at distracting you with his constant observations whilst you bat and occasionally makes mention that his sons batter us to all parts.



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Pappa Lemming


Now into his dotage, serial fatherer, Tom Baker (not be confused with the dude with a Tardis) still represents the Lemmings and is a keen admirer of his scores of children and grandchildren that represent the team.





…of course, good things never last, and dear old Tom was a part of the Lemmings team who lost in 2018 to The MAD. They were really happy about that.






A classic from the Ferring CC Tour match of 2021 (Day 3) was G. Carter attempting to secure six ‘concreted’ pebbles to take out and umpire with. It took Geoff a little while to realise the hopelessness of this task….



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Pembroke College Sports Ground


Ahh, The MAD’s first spiritual home … Pembroke College Sports Ground just off the Abingdon Road in Oxford. The ground will always be remembered for being flanked by towering trees whispering in the wind, an idyllic summer’s environment. It also housed a decrepit pavilion and a groundsman (Kev) who hated sport and made Airfix models to pass the time. The MAD played their last game at Pembroke in the fall of 2007.







Penguins Stopped Play (Book)


Another lot which was flogged during an auction at the 2011 AGM, Harry Thompson’s “PSP” had somehow found its way to the bottom of one of the club’s numerous kit bags. Still in relatively decent condition, it was signed by all the team members present on the night and sold to Dave Emerson for £15.50. It’s just a shame it wasn’t ever translated into Māori.







Phoenix Pizzas


If you want a pizza then there is only one place to go to get a pizza, and that is Phoenix Wood Fired Pizzas. This culinary enterprise was the dreamchild of James and Polly Hoskins and is also responsible for the former not arriving on Tour 2018 on time. A link to their website can be found on the home page of this equally brilliant website.




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Or … otherwise known as pissed. It’s what Sunday pub cricket team aspires to. Nothing more to add really….









Not to be confused with the mathematical symbol “Pi”. In cricket, it is the hors d’oeuvres of the “pie chucker” … the ubiquitous lobber of a cricket ball (pie or flan or some other delicate pastry).






Pie Chucker


The beloved term given to the slow bowling department of The MAD. Nobody is quite sure where the term was initially realised, but it’s very common to hear it in village circles up and down the country. A pie chucker should not be confused with somebody who spins the ball (a spinner), as often the guiles and ways of a pie chucker depend more on shit batting than anything else.





( Link to Match Report )




Pie Denial


Aah, some ‘spinners’ or ‘slow bowlers’ are incandescent when they labelled a ‘pie chucker’. This form of cricketing ignorance is known as “pie denial”. In their own mind they are match winning ripper of the ball, but in reality….






Piece of Shit [a JMO car]


A simple use of three words to describe the car James Hoskins acquired off his mother many years ago. It was intended as a temporary solution to his transportation problems to matches following a yearlong globetrotting sabbatical but ended up as a less than dignified long-term option.









A pejorative slang term used in England and Ireland, used originally to refer to Irish travellers. However, on Tour in 2005, The MAD hijacked the term to label players Jake Hotson, Thornton Smith and Mike Clarke. It referred to their dishevelled appearance after several days on the piss and the acute need of a bath and new wardrobe.







Pink Ball


First seen during a T20 versus Wroxeter Grove CC on Tour in 2014. So, impressed by its visibility in poor light, The MAD have subsequently invested heavily in them.






Pink ___ Hat


The recipient of the pink ___ hat was someone who dropped a catch whilst on the Tour to Eastbourne in 2007. The item is now thought sadly lost….







Pink Tape


Mr Reeves championed some (pink) support tape for his fuckered knee in 2016. Allegedly providing stability for muscles, joints and tendons, the makers simply prey on those gullible enough to believe it actually does any good.






Pink Visor


Synonymous for being worn by Paddy Mellor, his sparkling pink visor was in stark contrast to his batting….







Pirate Golf


A feature of nearly every MAD Tour is a crazy golf course. In recent times the emphasis has been placed on finding a Pirate Golf course. Intricate and cleverly designed, these pirate golf courses are the connoisseur’s choice when balancing a day on the piss with some low-key competition.







Pissed Asleep


As the alcohol slowly courses around the body, the incumbent slowly drifts into the world of the subconscious. Watching Geoff Carter bat causes a similar effect.








Not many of The MAD squad members are exempt from being labelled a pisshead, but back in 2009, new recruit David Emerson raised the bar to a whole new level by collapsing pissed and asleep whilst playing away against Cholsey CC.





( Link to Match Report )




Pissing (Urination)


A common site at most FFTMCC matches is that of a group of males in cricket whites, stood with their backs towards you, hands hidden from view, as they water the nearby bushes.




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Pissing Frenzy


On the long walk up to Stogumber’s ground in 2017, following a two-hour drinking marathon on a steam train, the touring party took it turns to water the surroundings.








According to the urban Dictionary, a piss-up is basically a social gathering or full-blown party organised intentionally to get drunk. A piss-up could therefore be used to describe any Far from the MCC annual general meeting and / or Tour. It could also be used to describe a typically abject MAD batting display (an increasingly common occurrence as the team gets older).






Piss Stop


Whenever it becomes just too much, and you have to leave the field. Darned that pre-match pint….






Pizza Kit


During one of the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic, James Hoskins offered up a (Phoenix) pizza kit to the winner of one of the four competitions he ran for each of the test matches between India and England.






Plane Crash


Whenever, and wherever, the Far from the MCC play, they liberally distribute their kitbags and loads of other assorted shit to all parts of the ground. It is a scene very reminiscent of a plane crash, albeit without the acrid smell of jet engine oil, however some would say the smell of their kitbags is worse….






Plastic Chair


Another gem from the Ferring CC Tour match of 2021 was Russ Turner sitting himself on already fractured plastic chair. The result was of course everyone in pieces … along with the said chair….






Platinum (Duck)


An exclusive club for MAD batters dismissed to the first ball of the innings. Currently, there are five such individuals.






Platypus Speed Sensor Ball


This garish cricketing oddity made its debut back in 2006, after Mr J. D. Hoskins became obsessed with finding out how quick members of the team were bowling and how hard they were hitting the ball. It was definitely an intriguing item, but when Jake Hotson was clocked bowling sharper than Waqar Younis, it was soon relegated to the depths of the kit bag never to be taken seriously again.









Due to a rash of outbursts from teammates containing the “C” word, former skipper Mr J. D. Hoskins, demanded the word replaced by “plinth” instead. The silly old plinth has now extended this request when in the confines of his house.



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Plough Inn (Appleton)


Regular haunt of the FFTMCC before and after matches in Appleton. The Plough has a decent smattering of ales and ciders, good food and extensive gardens back and front. It also has table lamps which you can drag and smash onto the floor if you’re called James Hoskins.



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When a batsman is clearly and unequivocally LBW, he is said to be plumb LBW. Before club founder Ed Lester left The MAD for pastures new, he would regularly give demonstrations of the plumb LBW decision. Shuffling awkwardly in his crease and missing a ball of good length ball on middle stump – Eddie was routinely plumb LBW. Even if it was “at this level” (standard).









Andrew Morley was the club’s incumbent (and award winning) poet back in the day. He was equally proficient at consuming strong levels of alcoholic lager and writing excellent verse about it. A true multitasking maverick in every sense.




( Link to Poem )




Poetic Match


Sadly missed by those who were lucky enough to know him back in the day, Andrew Morley was most definitely unique. In 2008 he detailed a match against R. T. Harris in his own inimitable and brilliant way.




( Link to Match Report / Poem )






The club have always embraced a bit of poker on the side, quite literally in 2018 when James Hoskins celebrated his stag-do on the side of Horspath CC pitch. It was a drunken game that went on all afternoon.



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Policeman’s Helmet


A symbolic item from The MAD’s 2005 Tour of Minehead. The actual investor of the helmet is unknown, but it was famously sported by Jake Hotson when skippering against Stogumber CC – quoting “I’m the authority around here.”







Policewomen’s Hats


They couldn’t find any policeman’s helmets in Weston-Super-Mare, so Thornton Smith and Mark Rundle invested in Juliet Bravo-esque hats for their non-playing roles (managing whilst pissed) against WSMCC.




( Link to Match Report )




Pooley (Senior)


Team mascot and occasional captain of the Wootton & Bladon cricket team. The MAD have enjoyed a love hate relationship with Steve Poole since their inaugural bust up in 2003. Now older, Steve is generally to be found sat about the boundary concentrating his energies on the afternoon teas.





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Pool System


A much-maligned invention first debuting in 2005 by Tour Skipper Jake Hotson. It involved the MAD batting order being split into certain ‘pools’ of similar themed batsman, where one would replace another on dismissal akin to him or herself (i.e an aggressive batsman would replace an aggressive batsman and vice versa with a more cautious batsman).





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Porchfield CC


Home to every touring team who visit the Isle of Wight, and also, oddly home to Porchfield CC. The MAD contested a Tri-Team Tourney in 2022, where it was so hot on the day that Darley scored some runs and Geoff ran Howarth out. A most hospitable and generous little cricket club.



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Ever since Matt Bullock got himself a red TVR to boast the quickest car in the team, James Hoskins [a former MG owner] became green with envy. The affliction eventually affected his psyche to such an extent that he sold his entire life savings and plumped for a Porsche Boxster in 2009 which he subsequently sold due to being asked if he was a “hairdresser”….







Portchester CC


A talented and fun-loving touring team from the borough of Fareham, Hampshire. The FFTMCC first locked horns with them in 2010, where a successful Tour to Oxford paved the way for a couple more – and a reciprocated visit by The MAD in 2011.


The scoreline is currently 4-0 to Portsmouth….




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Posh Builder


Dave Shorten is a builder by trade and lives on Boars Hill. By the very nature of living in those aloof surrounds you are considered posh. Do the math. He’s now (mostly) retired, so it can now be as considered as posh retirement.






Posh Full English


After being booked into the poshest hotel on the Minehead seafront in 2017, the team were treated to the poshest breakfast they’d ever experienced on a Tour. Due do hangovers and those unable to rise, it would also be the poshest breakfast ever to go untouched in some cases.







Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)


With most of The MAD players radiating cynicism and downbeat assumptions about an upcoming match, PMA is an attribute that can be rarely levelled at the team. It was first championed by James Hoskins during his stint of captaincy from 2003 to 2005 and endures to this day.







Positively Stupid Fucking T-shirt


Most club members have worn positively stupid fucking T-shirts over the years. Hotson, Smith, Howarth, Hoskins, Dobner, Hebbes, Emerson etc etc etc. Hardly anyone is exempt. There are countless millions of examples, some more stupid than others, but the below example really is fucking shit.








Steve Dobner’s wife liked nothing better than smashing her fella’s cars up on the way to cricket back in the day. Kim was equally adroit smashing them away from cricket too….






Premier Inn


Synonymous with the Tour of Brighton in 2021. Lenny’s gaudy hotel housed the team during their three-night stay.



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Mini magnums of cava came to the fore on Tour to Pylewell Park in 2016 (see “Blackout Juice” for further details). After James Hoskins made discovery of a stock of them in the thatched pavilion, his copious intake was then copied by his teammates. Of the thirty or so bottles on sale, none remained after the tourists left.




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Pub Guide


Back in the fall of 2011, Club Chairman Matt Bullock published a dossier on Oxford pubs to critical pisshead acclaim. This leap into the world of literature is of course utterly befitting of a man who regularly writes for CAMRA Oxford.






Pudding (of a pitch)


The MAD have ridiculously agreed to play on many puddings over the years, but all that came to an end in 2013 against Wootton & Bladon CC. During a rainstorm, a T20 was completed in the mud whilst kit bags and accessories were washed away due to a lack of shelter from the elements.




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Joe Puppy, a rabid black hound that belonged to Dan Edwards. This puppy, although pretty much always a fully grown dog, was often seen running uncontrolled across cricket grounds stealing everything in sight. He sadly passed away in 2014. RIP our furry friend.







Pylewell Park


Located in Lymington, Hampshire, adjacent to the New Forest, this enchanting park land is home to a grand manor house and local cricket team – Pylewell Park CC – who the FFTMCC guested against whilst on Tour in 2015 and 2016. A trip in 2022 failed to materialise as the home team sadly cited a lack of players….






Pyrotechnics (Batting)


Everyone loves a great display of twatting the ball and usually The MAD are on the receiving end. So how nice to remember the innings of 47 from 26 balls by our very own David Emerson. Opening up against Islip CC in 2015, David’s wonderful clean hitting propelled the FFTMCC to 54-0 after just 7 overs. Great stuff.




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Legendary misspelling of an OUO shirt back in the day as worn by Mr Rundle. Sadly, the top was returned to printer and therefore a doctored photo is used in this example from 2010.



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