Season 2011-2012CLARK'S; 46 Exmouth Market, Finsbury
ROUND 12
11.05.'12
PlayedEels
(4 pts)
Pie
(4 pts)
Mash
(3 pts)
Afters
(2 pts)
Liquor
(1 pts)
SumTotal
CHRIS CHARALAMBOUS1201000444550
NICK EVANS121310120251
TOM LEADER70241
MIKE GOLDWATER 8232.50229.5183
EDWARD MOSSE101110112140
RICHARD LUCAS70210112127
PETE HARVEY2087
LINDA ADNIL901101885
BRIAN CATCHPOLE701101885
ANDY POTTER5031011682
PAUL GRICE5112011570
BEN HAYES4032022069
PETER RILEY3055
DENISE ROUSE4051
DAVID PEAD3041
SUE MADIGAN501101840
GRAHAM MACLAURIN2038
LEN WILCOCK1038
LUKE ROBERTS2036
MIKE MILLARD3032
IAN JENTLE2029
PAUL GALE1029
CHARLOTTE HARVEY2024
ANDREW KEAY1024
MONTY MARTIN1023
MARVIN HARVEY1019
RICHARD CARR1016
TERRY CECIL1016
YURI NEMKOFF1016
IAN SHERRATT1015
ALAN SMITH1012
JASON SHARP1012
JOHN LEACH1012
LEE MARCHANT1021011212
JAMIE TANNER1011
PETER GILL1011
LOUISA PENNELL1010
MARY GREEN1010
SHARON KANOLIK109
CARLY PRINCE108
JASON CATCHPOLE108
MAX FORBES108
RACHEL EVANS108
JANE RILEY107
EVA GOIN106
CHRIS FAGG10100044

There were no surprises at the top of the league on Pie and Mash Finals Day 2012, but let us not underestimate the breadth and depth of Chris Charalambous' achievement, for his prodigious intake has gone spoon-in-hand with a 100% attendance record. A true champion will tell you it's all about being there.

Putting the 'larks' into Clarks on this occasion were two latter-day likely lads, Mike Goldwater and Edward Mosse esq. Will they look back on these photos in years to come and say 'What ever happened to us?'

Only time will tell, and that will not be told by the Clark Clock. Said timepiece has been stuck at 14.11 since time immemorial. Legend has it that a peripatetic horologist once offered to restore the Clark ticker to working order. However the rogue ticker tinker simply removed its fine old mechanical gizzards and replaced them with a cheap battery mechanism which lasted just over a week. Wherever he is now, I hope that stinker's got too much time on his hands.

Anyway this timeless scene was the primary reason for our visit . . .

. . . and these were the people who made our pie-dreams come true. Seen here: Pat, Eileen and Dave, who emerged from below decks with a fresh payload of tasty pastry.

Behold what verdant dreamscapes rose before us.

Eels hot and cold: respectively, fire and ice for Evans and Grice

Dashing young history editor Ben Hayes got stuck into a substantial serving of stodge, thus ensuring a comfortable Top Twelve finish in League 11—12.

For a former champ, Rikk Lucas's platter looked positively paltry, but it was enough to secure sixth spot. You'll notice that his neck adornment was not the customary Mister Pound Tie. A genuine — and somewhat reduced-in-size — 1968 MCFC scarf was warming Lucas's tonsils in preparation for the nerve-wracking conclusion to this year's Premiership title race.

There's something about the Club that attracts a City fan; here is another, Andy Potter. A tidy season saw him finish well ahead of old oppo Terence Cecil, the other City follower. Potter's tidiness usually extends to his choice of dickie dirt, and this shimmering blue paisley did not disappoint.

Andy came down from Hogan Lovell's with fellow colleague and legal eagle Lee Marchant to join us for a power-lunch. I believe they were scoping Clark's as a possible venue to celebrate the third anniversary of Hogan Lovell's Ulaanbaatar office in Mongolia on May 31. What a magnificent cultural exchange that would be.

Once again Chris Charalambous laid to waste all plates set before him. On this day Chris set an astonishing new record of 10 pies in one lunchtime. It'll be remembered ever after as the day 'Shadders' went decimal, and it's an achievement we may never see bettered.

Regular readers of this column will be aware of the occasional feature that is The Mystery Physog Competition. The prize is a superb meal for one in the dazzling company of the Pie and Mash Club. So here he is [see pic far right], pie-eyed and drunk on Ben Shaw's Cream Soda. If you can make a positive finger, send an email plus some form of verification to here.

It was not all guzzle, guff and whiskers in Clark's, as you can see from these glamourous grins.

Linda Adnil's mouthwatering meal was made the more deluscious with an anointment of chilli vinegar.

Whereas Christopher Fagg looked like a man with a dry gullet in a sandstorm. I believe 'the Enabler', somewhat parched, had just popped in to say hello on his way to the pub, but couldn't resist when a free pie was waved under his discerning nose. Who said there wasn't a dry pie in the house?

Mothers and daughters tuck in for health, vitality and beauty.

The Pie and Mash Club in animated action on the upper food court.

When the platters ceased to clatter, the awards were bestowed — in no particular order.

Wooden Liquor Spoon for consistent underachievement: Sue Madigan. Sue made her debut in Croydon earlier this year and has steadfastly refused to bow to 'pie-r pressure'. She's her own lady and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Second Place Silver Mash Spoon: Nick Evans, Club Statistician, Historian and Faithful Recorder.

Third Place Bib: Tom Leader. Yes that's not Leader, but Mike Goldwater nobly picking up the award in Tom's absence. It was a fitting finale for his first season, as the freshman face-filler finished fourth.

Mike and Eddie made a thoughtful 'special presentation' to yours truly for organising the season.

By the time the awards were dished out, the staff were taking a well-earned break. Here's Pat with apprentice pieman George. Every successful venture kneads fresh ingredients and youthful elbow grease, so let's hope they're paying the lad enough dough.

The Cheese Board.

Pie and Mash Arms raised at the new/old Exmouth Arms.

Only Statto and Gricey made it to the Jerusalem Tav for a refreshing farewell to Season 2011-12. What a year it's been!

To your good health and continued appetite,

St@