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“I’ve just named the team I’d like to represent Wales in the next world cup….Brazil !”

Bobby Gould

Nearly here…

 

____________________________________YOU WILL ALL SOON BE GIVEN NEW SIGNING ON FORMS TO COMPLETE & THESE WILL INCLUDE FOR THE FIRST TIME EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS.  IN THE EVENT YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT OR ARE SERIOUSLY UNWELL DURING THE COURSE OF A SESSION WE NEED TO KNOW WHO CARES THE MOST.

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  • KING STREET : There’s a buzz about the place as yet more players part with  a fiver to sign on for 2017-2018.
  • Today’s ‘magnificent seven’ – Ken Dean, John Williams, Jim Thompson, Ivan Taylor. Adrian Jones, Keith Burrows and Rob Lake – add Stewart White who signed on Monday and it’s now easier to list those who haven’t yet committed and we will get around to that soon –
  • Ivan Taylor, clearly delighted discusses a new season with Rob Lake

    there’s  still time…we run this throughout August.  Get a form and fill it in – with EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS..not just important, it’s absolutely *ESSENTIAL* – thanks.

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  • Peter Jarvis has suddenly pulled out of the Nash Bees Squad for Heywood a week on Friday. He is also unavailable for October’s round of fixtures.  We are now down to just SEVEN….if you want to take part get in touch pronto please…you must be Over 60 years of age. WE ideally need a squad of eight to rotate and give us a cushion against injury – the Amblers squad still intact and raring to go….it sez ‘ere. 🙂

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A delegation of Nash Amblers at Curzon’s home game versus Telford tonight (14/8/17)

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David Wilson had extensive tests at Stepping Hill Hospital yesterday and emerged with the all clear to start playing walking football again in  a couple of weeks – this is good news and   David wanted us to share it with all of you who play with him and have sent such supportive messages to him whilst he’s been away from the pitch

David Wilson (left)

 

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D.W.F.G. are planning a committee meeting at the end of August to discuss matters around players routinely running during some of our internal games at King Street. We have all done it of course, but it’s becoming  more prevalent especially amongst the Under 65’s. If you have an opinion you’d like the committee to hear – whichever side of the argument  you’re on – please get in touch before the end of the month either via email, ‘phone or mention it to one of us at a session. We can find ways to deter running but our most powerful ally is you and me – ie.  the players, and of course our Referees – often one in the same. We are a WALKING FOOTBALL group. We do not want to foster a hybrid game nobody will recognise. As we’re about to affiliate to the WFA with their strict no running and NO contact policies we need to sort this little problem out.

              Ref’s need to be a bit more strict and  players need to be more mindful – thank you.

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It was good to see so many walking footballers from Ashton and Denton coming out to support our festival as spectators today. Roy Smith, Phil Hibbert, Danny Tipping, Jim Thompson,  Bob Derbyshire and Brian Stafford to name but six .  If I have not mentioned  you,  blame my memory…..thanks Guys.

CONGRATULATIONS TO GARRY PEARCE AND HIS NASH AMBLER’S TEAM TODAY THEY WON THE CUP! – Tameside Striders Summer Festival went very well, despite the gathering gloom.

All the details and a link too ur Flickr photo feed on the Summer Festival page from the menu.

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile thanks to my friends at ‘photoshop wishes’ here’s a pic taken at Curzon today and manipulated just a little bit.  there are legends and there are Legends !

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DATELINE AUGUST 4TH – ANOTHER NEWCOMER TO THE NASH AMBLERS RANKS TODAY – debut goal too! 3 -3 draw : report on the Ambler’s page from the menu

Peter Smith – and the classic Curzon backdrop

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As there were no nominations received all current Committee members and Officers have been returned unopposed – thank you for this show of confidence ( or lack of interest…not sure which it is to be honest 🙂

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WHITTAKER’S A WANDERER !  Mark Whittaker has signed up for Wanderer’s for #Summer Seventeen

Whittaker – a Wanderer now

Since joining us Mark’s shown  a good touch and is settling in to enjoy the games on the Over’s pitch. The slightly increased competitive element will be a step up but if we all remember this is just a bit of fun between friends and though winning would be good,  it’s not really that important.

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TAMESIDE STRIDERS ARE NOW ENTERED OFFICIALLY INTO THE MARTIN DAWSON MEMORIAL TROPHY COMPETITION AT HEYWOOD ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH. THIS IS AN OVER SIXTIES EVENT

SQUAD: PEARCE / BEMROSE / LANCASHIRE / WHITE

NIXON /BURROWS /COOPER /RICHARDS /JARVIS  Let us know early if you can’t make it please as others may wish to take up your place. Meet at Heywood for 12-30pm or rendezvous at King Street  for Noon on the day and travel up together…your choice but please don’t arrive late at Heywood.  A prompt start is required and we need time to warm up properly.

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THERE’S A  SMART NEW LOOK FOR THE NASH AMBLERS INTERNAL SESSIONS AS TERRY BERTENSHAW’S BIBS CONTINUE TO ARRIVE VIA ROYAL MAIL.  THANKS TO TERRY FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION….no more ‘Plains’…..

WE’LL USE THE BLUE AND YELLOW ONES FOR NOW AND HOLD THE BLACK BACK.

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with Photographer (and results + golden boot recorder ) EVE as the morning unfolds. She will be paid a handsome hourly rate (from her Grandad’s pocket)  for helping out on the day

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Brian Stafford (broken wrist)  is not enjoying his continued encasement in what he describes as his ‘iron glove’ but he will be joining us at #summer seventeen as a spectator.  One more interesting snippet – Peter Jarvis is joining the Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy squad and the entry form will go in this week.  Strider’s will wear their by now traditional white with black trim.

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The Amblers and The Bees squads for Heywood on the first day of September are named <here>

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Social evening for the Strider’s and Ambler’s recently  when some of us gathered at The Plaza on Audenshaw Road M34 5HP. All manner of exotica on the menu, including Curry  but yours truly was happy with egg and  chips and a couple of pints.

 

 

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Dateline July 25th  We had twenty four players on the pitch at King Street and none of them was Sir Geoff Hurst…ahh well, he might have found it tough going. We did try, Sir Geoff….

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Piece of cake ? Happy Birthday to Barry Smith who shared a brilliant Striders themed confection with his teammates today. Capping the occasion with  a fine display, despite being on the losing side it’s good to have Barry back after an extended sunshine break.

One of our remarkable goalkeeper’s, Barry Smith was 70 last week !

Match report <here>

 

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Website email is playing up to contact Tameside Striders email should be addressed to:

                                         alartic@googlemail.com

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THERE IS NOW A REGULAR BEGINNER’S ‘low intensity’ SESSION AT ACTIVE TAMESIDE IN GUIDE BRIDGE ~FRIDAY MORNINGS AT HALF PAST TENWe wish them well…

…FOR FULL DETAILS CONTACT Sean.Vickers@activetameside.com

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Summer Seventeen – most teams now in….see the festival page

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  • BANNER HEADLINE – It will soon be on the way

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Bob Derbyshire is keen to get  a new FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE going with the advent of the new season.  He has set up  ‘The Nash Amblers’ League for those who wish to join click the link

<Join Bob at Fantasy Premier League>  The Ambler’s League reference is  622138-147565

any problems ring Bob on 0161 – 371 – 8960 – cheers

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David Gibbons became the first Strider

David Gibbons

to ‘sign-on’ for 2017-2018 today – thank you David. Since joined by Hadge Cooper, Tony Cravagan and Bernard Roddy, Gordon Nixon …who’s next ?

In other news ‘one of our bibs is missing’

 

slow news day….

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Let’s have those outstanding £20 entrance fees for Heywood please. Two teams look likely but we need to get the entries in*.  Also if you haven’t paid your team Captain for the £4 ‘Summer Seventeen’ entrance fee yet please do so a.s.a.p. Rovers, Rangers and Albion have named their squads.  Gordon of the Albion is injured but we hope he can get fit –  it’s a race against time but my money is on the ‘Chairman’ !

*stop press The Nash Amblers team entry form was emailed to Heywood’s GMWF organisers today 17/7 !

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Gordon Nixon suffered an ankle injury whilst playing at Reddish North End today. HE has visited A & E as a precaution.. there is nothing broken but he has ligament and soft tissue damage around the right ankle area and will be out for a little while.  That was the only sour note in an otherwise enjoyable morning….

spot the Ambler/Strider  in Blue ? pic: Trevor Brereton

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Richards writes –

on the miniature goal game  <pass for goal>

 

 

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Garry’s flag -flying high tonight

ALL ABOARD FOR GARRY’S ‘PARTY’ PEARCE… Tomorrow sees what could be the counry’s first Walking Football Birthday Party when  Goalkeeper Garry Pearce (below right) throws the doors of his 65th birthday bash open to all pals, acquaintances, muckers and mates who want to try the game.

 

It’s optional of course but with up to nine teams already entered and a ladies team playing in Pink it promises to be a bit of a shindig.  There’s a bar-b-q and beer – sensible charges apply for all concerned and it kicks-off (get it) at around 4-00pm. May the sun shine for this popular and amiable football man , his family and friends and may all concerned have a day to remember

STOP PRESS: GREAT PARTY!  much better than Abigail’s, Theresa’s or Jeremy’s…Amblers made the final but were overcome by much younger legs in the end. Thanks for the invitation  Garry

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IT’S BEEN  A GOOD NEWS WEEK AS SIXTEEN COMMIT TO THE GMWF LEAGUE

Adrian Jones the latest to climb aboard the Heywood bound ship and David Wilson feeling his way back into competition – both will line up for The Nash Bee’s if all goes to plan

Adrian Jones Man for Friday’s

Entry money has started to roll in so please anytime in the next couple of weeks register your commitment with  a crisp twenty pound note – you will be given  a numbered receipt – eventually.

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A link to the newly formed Walking Football Association’s website, should anyone wish to check it out <WFA>

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Team Captain’s for our internal festival are asked to get their team sheets and entrance fees in within the next couple of weeks please.

There is NO normal session on 8th. August.  If you want to play in the Festival make it known a.s.a.p. We have about twenty players involved plus a contingent from The Nash Amblers.

YOUR GROUP NEEDS YOU !

 

GOALKEEPING IS A SPECIALISED POSITION !…IT’S NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA…we are fortunate to have some players who love guarding the goal and even more fortunate they are very good indeed. BUT…if they aren’t around we all know it’s a question of rotating and putting people outside of their comfort zone.  With Brian recently injured by  a powerful shot, constant cannonball shooting testing even the best of our keeper’s what can be done to alleviate risk of more injuries and perhaps encouraging skill over power?

A version of the game where goalkeeper’s are not required might be possible.

Worth a try? On an experimental basis – maybe the second half of the Lingerer’s game one Tuesday….it would involve mini-goals, no ‘keepers and scoring outside of the ‘D’ only.

Could also mean you could have a five a side game with eight players – if you think about it

Feedback ?  (I do have a set of mini-goals – no outlay involved)

STOP PRESS: EXPERIMENT WITH MINIATURE GOALS DEEMED A SUCCESS…with low numbers for the Over 65’s today we got a chance to try these out. Most were favourable…not as daft as it looks…good training…encourages creativity and well worth doing again when circumstances dictate.

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If you haven’t already registered for a place in the Over 60’s Squad for Heywood’s Autumn GMWF League please do so soon. First Friday in every month from September to December.

A £20 entrance fee per man (includes extras) we need sixteen players to field two teams. The Nash Amblers and The Nash Bees – we currently need two more players as a  minimum and four as a maximum. Transport to and from Tameside is possible.

Email alan@tamestriderswalkingfootball.org.uk –  ring:07387 174934 – or see Alan this week

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Brian Stafford guarding his goal

Brian Stafford has suffered a broken wrist !    A powerful shot from  a Japanese player brought a fine save from Brian.  I remember him wringing his hand in some pain at the time but he played on and indeed played two more games after that !  Shades of Bert !! A sleepless night led to a 6am. visit to A & E where a break was confirmed. Brian’s lower arm is now encased in plaster and will be for the next 5 to 6 WEEKS !  It’s ‘painful’ too so we all send Brian our best wishes I’m sure.

Obviously bad news for Stewart White’s ‘Rebels’ and David Wilson’s Wanderers, and Brian was concerned about that.  Both of whom were looking to the trusty custodian to keep goal in their upcoming fixtures. We wish Brian  a speedy recovery – he assured me he will keep in touch with the group and he’s very disappointed at this setback. GET WELL SOON BRIAN.

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Many Nash Amblers were joined by Brian Stafford today in  a series of tough games on the new 3g surface at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields.  With two games versus Japanese team Seizan Kickers – there in strength – and three matches against more parochial opposition the afternoon eventually proved very enjoyable despite a lack of experienced Referee’s and a Japanese contingent who had never played the game before.

Brian Stafford

‘Curzon Select’ beat both Japanse teams but lost to Middleton Legends (who fielded a player almost half our age – this was supposed to be an Over 55’s event)and teams calling themselves ‘Manchester City’  and ‘The Chaddy End Old Boys’ Here’s a couple of shots of our ‘boys in blue with their Japanese opponents…..

More shots in a dedicated album on our Flickr feed <Turning Japanese>

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Car sticker anyone ?….

                                         ….about £1.50 apiece – not ordered yet need minimum order 20

 

 

The GMWF League (Heywood) have been in touch via email . The  Autumn session starts as soon as the first of September !….doesn’t seem long since The Nash Amblers finished walkers-up in the Spring League – how time flies.

 

They have issued a new ‘code of conduct’* which will meet your approval I am sure.  They are aiming for a WFU/WFA style non-contact game and for Over 60’s – and indeed walking football generally this is to be applauded.  We need to assemble squad/squads, so *please check the GMWF League page for details.  The upfront payment is the best option in terms of showing commitment and easing the administration load at our end.

Entry cost is £130 for four months sessions – first Friday September to December.  Given that we just had an invitation to the Etihad complex – close to the tennis courts near by for half a day’s competition for £70.00 I think the GMWFL represents good value.

Check out the details and register your interest if appropriate

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*stop press* ….NASH AMBLERS NEWS….

AN INCREDIBLY CLOSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTE WAS REVEALED AT TAMESIDE STADIUM TONIGHT – following an afternoon of international corporate football and a demonstration walking football match Blues v. Greens – a Colin Cuthbert goal saw the Green team home.

Mark , Stewart , Terry, Alan, Garry and David

TERRY BERTENSHAW  by a margin of just two votes collected the prestigious trophy. Voting was 14-12 between Terry and Garry Pearce who was also handed a trophy for his ‘GREAT GOALKEEPING’  A pocket-battleship of a striker, Bertenshaw has regularly impressed with his clinical finishing and eye for a pass.  Likewise Pearce has thrilled us with his agility and awareness. Other nominees can feel rightly proud and Stewart White and David Partington are quality walking footballers who turn on the style week after week. Mark Bradshaw presented the trophy to Terry and Alan Richards handed over a special ‘Great Goalkeeping’ award to fellow ‘Egghead’ challenger Garry.

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A recap on Rules – these are the WFU/WFA version

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Contrast the F.A. and WFA/WFU rules here – scroll down the page and look for

‘a game of two halves’

http://www.walkingfootballunited.co.uk

 
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  • NEW WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION WEBSITE – heading towards a ‘non-contact game’
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  • Thanks to Walid Bouhedda – an Algerian radio presenter for designing this badge for Denton:

….we spread ourselves far and wide – I don’t think Algeria has walking football yet though.

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  • ” I’m feeling fine and taking it easy – not dashing about anywhere. I’ll have a week or two off and be back on a Tuesday at Denton in  a couple of weeks. I’m still Captaining the Wanderer’s team in the summer festival and may do  a bit more Refereeing in the future.  See you soon ”  – – – – – – – – – – –   David Wilson

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Housekeeping measures have meant removing a lot of pics from the site. They have been saved and transferred to our Flickr feed – just put almost a hundred on there in one album – ‘2017 – the first half’  (get it?)

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  • Check out the ‘Summer Festival 2017’  page from the menu to see developments…
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Some transparent accountability. A couple of weeks ago when turnout was low we ran a deficit – on the 20th June, a surplus. Swings and roundabouts.

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BILL FOULKES MEMORIAL CUP !

WE MAY NEED AT LEAST  A DOZEN PLAYERS FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON JULY 6th. at Ewen Fields, home of Hyde United.  This will possibly mean  TWO   Nash Ambler’s teams: ‘A’ and  ‘B’ sides  –  and will involve Japanese opposition ! We await  more details and some confirmation but please watch this space.  This is NOT a long way off.. Meanwhile regular Ambler’s should remember the exhibition game and post match drinks on July 1st at ‘The Nash’ Assemble from about three pm.

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The story of our day at Heywood is here <StridersatHeywood>

The photo’s are here <click>

IF YOU USE THEM – (or take them) –  ALL WE ASK IS YOU CREDIT THIS WEBSITE out of politeness ! …

…and feedback is always appreciated  here – thank you.

 

 

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Two packs of these flat markers have arrived for use at Denton.  We have been trialling home made ones at Ashton and they are a marked improvement on the raised variety. Far fewer deflections AND they tend to stay where you put them.

We now have a sufficient mix to mark out four goal areas.

Progress..

“the aggregation of marginal gains in the quest for perfection” – next ?  ….any ideas ??

 

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GARRY’S PARTY PEARCE ! – an invitation to Nash Ambler’s , wherever you may be

Henk & Co. will be okay when they get a few more turning up – Walking Football…spreading across Europe

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Remember – the experiment is now PERMANENT at Denton and has already been decisive in one game , edged by  a penalty, given for three running offences – the team as a whole don’t forget not any one individual player.

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Some interesting facts about Colin Fielding on the new look  ‘Meet the Players’ page – fancy revealing a little more about yourself too ? – just email me at the address on the header pic

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  • NUMBERS
  • Public thanks to Keith Burrows (and Wife Dee, who no doubt lent a helping hand) in numbering two sets of shirts for us for the price of the numbers alone. Brilliant !
  • Keith – plays another blinder !
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‘Meet’ Michael Conroy <here>

Mike Conroy

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  • Have you checked our Flickr feed lately? Over 700 Photographs from internal sessions, friendly games and competitions – almost fifteen hundred album views so far
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A SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER  – This is happening at Heywood. If you’re interested in taking part in this memorial tournament  please e.mail alan@tamestriderswalkingfootball.org.uk sometime soon.  We already have SEVEN players interested.  Stewart White will take  us into this tournament as yours truly will probably be unavailable at that time

 Cost will range between £3 and £5 per player depending on numbers.

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Friend of the Striders and walking footballer ‘Chris’ has designed a GIF for us. If you’re not sure what that is – it’s here ! Keep staring at it when you’re stood up and you’ll probably fall over!

 

 

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  • THE NASH AMBLERS FINISHED RUNNERS-UP IN THE INAUGURAL SPRING GMWF LEAGUE  at HEYWOOD.  FOUR GAMES PLAYED TODAY WITH ONE WIN , TWO DRAWS AND ONE DEFEAT.
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Confirmation from the F.A. that Gordon Nixon and Stewart White are booked to attend an Emergency First Aid course on the evening of the 17th.May at the Platt Lane  complex in Manchester

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10 minute Video from ‘The Lingerers’ game  last Tuesday. Takes a while to get going …or fast forward to one minute thirty to avoid Steve Wingrove’s ball juggling – which I have to say was fairly impressive

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Surprisingly,  the reaction to the introduction of yellow Sondico training balls at Tuesday’s session was mixed.  The ‘Unders’ jettisoned the ball early doors – saying it ‘had an egg in it’ or ‘it’s egg shaped’  A slight exaggeration, I felt…while David Wenham on the other pitch commented very favourably on the  one we were using. I concurred and there were no complaints.

Later investigations confirmed there is a slightly irregular shape about one of ’em and I’ve inflated it to near maximum to see if this corrects itself.  If not I’ll consider taking it back to Sports Direct, although I could do without the mither….it cost around eight pounds with postage…we bought three in total. The two others seem fine. I recently purchased a ‘match ball’ from Sports Direct  at £16.00 and this will be introduced to the sessions next Tuesday. Similar in appearance but the feel of it is better and it looks more resilient.

Today though we moved up half  a level and this Mitre ‘Hyperseam’ ‘match quality’ was delivered. From next week both games will use a ‘match quality  ball’ . This one was purchased directly from Mitre.com and came in at £21.45 including carriage. Those ‘intense’ Under 65’s can give it a go next week. I hope and pray it cuts the custard mustard

Anyone remember the ‘Mitre Max’ ?

Of course we will retain the  surviving Mitre ‘Tempest’ Balls we have from kick-about and warm up purposes. And we remain grateful to donor Ian Wilson for getting us started last summer. The Mitre ‘Impel’  balls we got from the Postcode Lottery are frankly not very good when compared with ones that cost a bit more. At the end of the day you get what you pay for. In walking football , as in life.

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‘Virgin Referee’ and highly  respected and  distinguished player of this parish shares his thoughts in our quote of the day……

“Thought the over 65’s game was good this morning, some decent play from both teams. I thought the game had the essence of how the game should be played, in contrast to the intensity of the under 65’s.”…..   Trevor Brereton
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TODAY’S shortish game VIDEO which featured  ‘The Lingerers’ will be processed soon and I’ll put a link on here as soon as it’s up – thanks for the enquiries

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*BREAKING NEWS  David Partington has ruled himself out of contention in Friday’s league programme at Heywood. The Stalybridge based man has decided to rest his troublesome sciatic nerve related injury. Gordon Nixon is therefore called into the squad.

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CHAIRMAN GORDON NIXON and Committee member STEWART WHITE have been provisionally booked onto a Football Association ‘Emergency First Aid’ course at Platt Lane, Manchester later in the month. The cost of £25 per attendee will be borne by Tameside Striders – just another sign that we take our game seriously and realise the responsibilities we owe to ourselves and all who take part.  In this regard we have invited representatives of ‘Ambition for Ageing’ to pay  a site visit to Denton on June 13th.  We understand they have advice for our committee in respect to our rules, insurance cover, and certain health and safety issues.

Just  a reminder to all of our players:

WE EACH PLAY “AT OUR OWN RISK” – as certified on your signing-on form

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 As we go along our walking football way we are amassing large amounts of data which are too much for this website alone

Check out our dailymotion.com – linked lower down the page + a few bits & pieces here

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Check out our new album on Flickr  ‘Striding Out’ with pics from Tuesday’s internals:

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ALSO NEW FILM FOOTAGE FROM MARCH 28TH ON THE “VIDEO – Striders in Action” page

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The game of walking football is in a state of some turmoil at the moment with two sets of rules now causing division and disagreement. Basically the F.A. rules rely a lot on a Referee’s judgement in interpreting  degree of contact , and they also make most free kicks ‘direct’.

WFU/WFA rules are rather more specific for a walking game aimed at older players.

Some insight here – although of course this is a subjective view from WFU . Can we hope for a similarly subjective piece from the Football Association about its view on walking football and where it goes from here?

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and a good video explaining the ideas behind a ‘non-contact’ games – are they workable?

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Having seen it  myself and commented thus – it would be good to get more views… please sign up to the forum at walkingfootball.com and have your say….

“Good video, and much food for thought among people who, unlike some of us here, seldom think about the wider ramifications of walking football participation.

I personally think ‘minimal’ contact under the watchful eye of a good referee is preferable to total ‘non-contact’ because that concept is almost impossible to achieve within the confines of a competitive (even mildly competitive) game. Some of the foul play shown, and some we have actually experienced quite recently  is totally at odds with the spirit of the game of walking football and the guilty parties should be ashamed of themselves. The illustrative passages were very good, especially when talking about upper bodies coming into the equation when players are both honing in on  a loose ball. That is perhaps the biggest bone of contention on pitches without side boards. Outlawing tackles from the side and behind whilst  allowing legitimate blocks from the front in  a ‘head-on’ scenario works for us. Some of the foul play we have seen – on video and elsewhere –  would result in red cards in traditional football, let alone the walking variety.

In conclusion, and to answer the question,  if players cannot control themselves to play within a ‘minimal contact’ framework they shouldn’t be playing the game, and if Referees are not skilled enough or assertive enough to tell the difference between ‘minimal and excessive’ then a blanket non-contact formula as indicated in the video  is preferable to  a free for all , which will just put a lot of people off playing the game many of them have come to love.”

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  • Courtesy of ‘Walking Football United’ compare and contrast the two sets of rules for Walking Football.  Last week, the F.A. finally issued their rule ‘book’ whilst WFU have had theirs for some time and they are what we currently adhere to with one or two exceptions.  If you have ten minutes to spare, take a look and make your own mind up

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Conventional football boots with studs of any depth are now prohibited at our internal games both at Denton and Ashton

A common sense measure which met with unanimous agreement and is introduced to minimise the risk of injury to wearer and opponent alike. Fortunately the mind set within our groups are such that none of the current players wear them anyway. Prospective players, new recruits etc. please take heed. We will only agree to friendly games if potential opponents are in agreement.

Astro Trainers with  a  dimpled sole are best for walking football


 

 


 


 

 


 


 


 



The long awaited Football Association  Walking Football Rules have been published.

There is a lot to digest.  WE as organisers, players and especially Referee’s will need to be well versed in them and decide which set of rules we want to follow at Denton, and in competitive games. Main difference. NO heading ANY ball. Majority of free kicks DIRECT. THREE metre withdrawal rule for free kicks and corners. Players can score direct from  a corner which must be taken from the quadrant and more….Have a read?

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