Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spider scores a Poland shirt

Photos (Top to Bottom): Mark Leszczynski with the Poland short and match programme; The great White Eagles side of the mid-1980s, with Mark Leszczynski in the middle of the front row; The Poland national team that played Thailand last month, and the No. 5 shirt that Leszysnki now has, courtesy of Steve Darby; the page in the match programme featuring Poland; Pen pictures of the Thailand team and coaching staff (Darby is third from left at the top); The Thailand national team; The Singapore team featured in the match programme; The Denmark team featured in the match programme; 'Spider' with that No. 5 shirt; Another great White Eagles team, with coach Eugene Mycak and Mark Leszczynski at the extreme left in the back row; White Eagle captain Mark Leszczynski receives a trophy from Ted Best, managing director of Cadbury

Steve Darby, the former White Eagles coach who is now assistant coach of the Thailand national team, has sent a genuine Poland short to his former captain at White Eagles, Mark Leszczynski.

I delivered the shirt and match programme to Mark ‘Spider’ Leszczynski today and he was chuffed at Darby’s gesture.

Spider was one of the mainstays of that great Eagles team of the middle-80s to early 90s and was almost unbeatable at sweeper.

Thailand played Poland in a four-team tournament in Bangkok recently and Darby managed to get the number 5 shirt from one of the Polish players after the match.

Poland beat Thailand 3-1.

The other teams in the tournament were Denmark and Singapore.


Ian Gray, the former Australian international, has been found dead in his apartment in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney.

The 46-year-old's death is being treated as suspicious by police.


Manchester United beat AC Milan 3-2 in their European Champions League match before 80,000 fans at the San Siro this morning (Australian time).

Wayne Rooney scored twice for United, who led 3-1 at one stage.

Paul Scholes grabbed the opener for United, who had Michael Carrick sent off near the end.

Ronaldinho opened the scoring for Milan after just three minutes following a David Beckham free-kick, while Clarence Seedorf netted Milan's second five minutes from time.

In the other game played in France, Lyon beat Real Madrid 1-0 through a goal by Jean Makoun.


mr archive said...

lets not forget that when white eagles got relegated in 84 or 85, spider among others jumped ship and then came back after eagles won promotion again. great gesture otherwise. i'm not denying spider's brilliance, just the mainstay comment walter.

Anonymous said...

furthermore Walter, that team photo from the matchday programme is misleading - That is the full national team.

See the squad from the match

Polska: Przyrowski – Mierzejewski, Jodłowiec, Glik (78. Piotr Brożek), Sadlok – Peszko, Bandrowski, Iwański (83. Gol), Rybus (89. Brzyski) – Małecki (70. Robak), R. Lewandowski (89. Nowak)

anonymus22 said...

Hey mr archive,walter stated from the middle of the eighties which is 1985 onwards think spider played for uni in 84.So i suggest you get your facts right if you call yourself mr archive and go around character assasinating people.Walter seriously why did you waste your time and spiders when the first 2 posts are nothing short of having pot shots at the people involved . By the way mr archive who did you play for in 1984?oh you were probably still in nappies

Marty Nidorfer said...

Top work trigger. I hope to see you more during the season. Perhaps an entry in the Miss Newtown Eagles 2010 could add another trophy to the cabinet.

Mr archive could probably tell us how many trophies you have earned and accumulated over the years.


eightball said...

haha wow, i'm not sure how many other tasmanian players have received a national strip before, but i'd say spider would just about be one of a very select couple. i think your talking about '83 archive, but as an eagles fan, i'd say choose your words, spider has given a fair amount of his time over the past 2 decades and the red and white army is one you would be smart to mess with

eightball said...

not smart