Frampton vets travelled to Macclesfield to take on the Macclesfield 'blues' vets and continued there unbeaten run this season.
The Trip was arranged to keep up the tradition of the Annual one night vets tour and also to celebrate the 500th appearance for Frampton of former club chairman,club captain and first team captain Mike Lynett.
The trip began with an early hiccup as the late arrival of the coach brought the party of 42 to have thoughts pete zaffiro had failed to book but it soon became clear it had been the fault of Mike Wasper West who was getting his own back on the party for his wife not allowing him to come on the tour ... This was soon a distant memory as the party was on the road.
On route the kidnapping and dressing of the vets two TA's ( tour assistants) took place .. Adam 'Ebony' Ford and joe ' Ivory' Ferris ... Both were equally suprised as the tour party but there attendance was a bonus to fetch beer and put the odd veteran to bed for an early night .
First stop was breakfast at Walsall where the menu of fresh fruit and energy Drinks was ignored for the full english fry up and beer.Only Edgy Weaver declined the beer to go for a pot of tea for one as he hoped that would improve his performance later that day ... unfortunately that was not the case.
Mike Lynett announced his starting XV which came as a surprise to some ( Nathan cole who brought no kit ! ) and those players then began there pre match game preparation to the sounds of Posh Johns motivational music on his Ipod speaker sound system..
Once the flat caps,whippets and pigeons had been safely stored in the coach , the players clapped Liners onto the field and the game began at a frenetic pace , that did not help Frampton and they struggled to adapt as the effects of what they had consumed that morning took there toll.
The Macclesfield team took the lead midway through the half and deservedly so but once Frampton came to grips with the Northern referee interpretation,they never looked back.
A lightening break from Simon Brooks was carried on by Spud Hill and when the ball was moved blind, Fly Half Mike Weaver crashed over with some weighty help from Zaffiro .
Unfortunately at this stage of the game the vets hamstrings started tightening and many of the FCRFC players were replaced every few minutes .Half time 5-7.
The second half saw Frampton produce some breathtaking rugby and lots of aspiration saw them through- maybe the preparation of lots of beer and fried food has been overlooked by the many expert sport nutritionists over recent years.
Barry Whitehead superbly finished a flowing backs move , Paul Gould crashed over from a scrum, Stuart Rutter rolled back the years with a mesmerizing break but the biggest cheer came for winger Tommy Harris as he sprinted away 'Forrest Gump style' to score the final try .... only his mazy crab like running with 10 metres to go got him to the line.
Weaver,Whitehead and Gould kicked the extras as the players moved off to sink a few beers and watch England v Wales .
Special mention to John ' Rab C Nesbitt' Stewart for his vocal support on and off the field and also his ability to drink copious amounts of sherry during the game ,making lots of friends during the game and also in Macclesfield clubhouse later.
It was also great to see First teamers Mark Smith and Rob Keir at home with the vets... Smith put in shifts in the front row for both teams and Keir showed remarkable talents at inside centre .
A great weekend , great company , lots of beer/food and a fitting celebration for Liners 500th game .
Tour party :- Tommy Harris,Martin Nowells,Tony Williams,Brian Rides,Stuart Rutter,Andy Maclelland,Jay Suckling,Kev Long,James Evans,Mark Smith,John Stewart,Pete Zaffiro,Gary Plant,Benny Hill,Rob Keir,Tim Dyer,Steve Weaver,Phil Salvage,Paul Gould,Martin Rigg,Simon Mayer,Rich Pearce , Kev Atkinson,Mike Weaver,Pete Crawford,Andy Kislingbury,Carl Groves,Mike Stiles,Adam Taylor,Simon Brooks,Mike Lynett,Tim Phillips,Martin Hill,Dave Moulsdale,Gary Caldecoat,Barry Whitehead,Nathan Cole,Adam Ford , Joe Ferris.