OVER 65’s OFFICIAL Report on the GMWF league’s opening day <here now>


Approximately  twenty players , plus their Wives, partners and friends  attended the Viceroy in Hyde on Thursday 15th.February,  and a good time was had by all.

Many thanks to David Partington for organising the evening


Events at Heywood…15/2/18 —- Six games in 90 minutes ! In the majority we held our own but finishing let us down. Rochdale based Striders and Strollers  took  two of the  chances  they had (just one-nil defeats)  but we couldn’t convert ours. Three goalless draws in the mix and what turned out to be a heavy defeat – has to be described thus at three-nil in  a ten minute game with ‘Vintage Relics’. Former team mate Colin Cuthbert back to haunt us with a fine hat trick, was our undoing. We are bottom of the league tonight but I’m sure nobody will lose sleep over that ! (least of all me, Ed)There’s a month to go before we can try to put it right so forget it , keep calm and carry on. A few more details on the Over 65’s league page from the menu. The format wasn’t ideal today (nor was that bloody wind)  but there may be more teams added, or other changes going forward.




“Hi Alan

Thanks to you and your team on Saturday. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it and we all agreed you had the better players. It was great to play the match in the right spirit and the refereeing was a great help.”…..

……….Brian Morris F.C. United of Manchester Walking Football…

FANTASTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR CURZON ASHTON F.C. THE NASH AMBLERS AND ANY NUMBER OF YOUNGSTERS WHO USE THE TRAINING PITCHES AT THE TAMESIDE STADIUM – many thanks to all our group who contributed towards the massive sum of money required and of course to the FOOTBALL FOUNDATION for their valued support and not least Curzon Ashton F.C. Management for their vision <READ MORE>

Making friends as we go…

“thanks Alan was a great game we all enjoyed learning how to play proper walking football and have discussed the idea of playing this game from now on so we are more used to playing that way hope all your guys enjoyed the day too will have to set up a return match at yours when the weather is a little warmer…”

Paul Ridgeway ~ Whaley Bridge Corinthians


  • News from Sam at Burnley F.C. the friendly with their community walking footballers next week will be covered by their media team and we will also be looking to film the game – a ‘media area’ is being set up by the side of the pitch.*

The Denton Internals page (see the menu above)  is  a quick run down of goings on at King Street on a weekly basis.  Today we had 24 players over the two hours – about 50% of our  total ‘membership’ at D.W.F.G. John Gaskin has become the latest walking footballer to ‘sign-up’ with us. John has been playing at the beginner’s session at Guide Bridge and does not look out of place in our games at all.

On Thursday ‘the Badgers’ Over 65 competitive players go to Heywood for the GMWFL league.

A couple of players were injured today. David Wenham pulled up with  a hamstring  injury and David Wilson  with  a muscle strain.  Joe Bemrose calf was causing him problems too.

We had a committee meeting after the games but nothing much to report. We will be looking to sign up with Action Together a Tameside related scheme which may bring some benefit going forward. We won’t be surrendering any autonomy going forward or linking up in any official way with any other club or group locally.  Our relationship with The Nash Amblers is of course integral to what we have been doing over the last 20 months or so anyway. Your Secretary will continue to signpost enquirers wishing to try the game to the most appropriate venue. The Denton Thursday sessions will remain at just £2.00. for the foreseeable future – probably reviewed in August at the A.G.M.  All players to pay from from 1st. March (put back  a week due to the postponement of this weeks session. The banners offering ‘free walking football’ have been taken down from their sites and we must view the experiment as a moderate success as we now have about eight players that we didn’t have before.

David Wilson and Graham Brown have shown interest in more First Aid training.  We need more with basic knowledge, especially on Thursday’s and with Graham being no site most weeks he would be an ideal candidate.

Keith Burrows and Alan Richards are looking into woolly black  hats with  our embroidered  Badger motif  for those who want to wear one.  If these can be purchased at a reasonable cost we will go for a job lot. It’s still cold out there. The latter has  ordered similar from Amazon  at his own expense and is kicking himself as it would have been cheaper to wait. (darn…Ed.)


News update 11th.February: Stewart White has a nasty dose of the ‘flu and so David Partington has agreed to take the Denton Thursday session (thanks David, and  get well soon Stewart). Yours truly will be at Heywood with the competitive Over 65’s squad where we face six ten minute games over a ninety minute period.

More news on those on the relevant page from the menu.

*IMPORTANT* The May session for the Over 60’s has been moved to May 10th. due to  a late change in circumstance.

*A report of our recent friendly v. Whaley Bridge is on the ‘friendly fixtures’ page. Next friendly  for the Striders is v. Burnley F.C. Community at Turf Moor no less.  – squad and  details  <here>

*There is a lively debate on several walking football topics in the ‘In off the Post’ forum at  – you maybe interested in reading or indeed taking part but you’d need to register with the site first. You’ll find a few pics from both of our groups on there too.

*There will be a meeting of your D.W.F.G.  Committee after Tuesday’s session (14th.) probably at nearby Morrison’s Café.

* Mr. Steve Rich whom many consider the leading light in national walking football development has resigned his position with the Walking Football Association. The reasons for his doing so are not the concern of this website, but we remain affiliated to the W.F.A.  Mr.Rich continues to host the Walking Football United website which you can find linked on this site.

This subject is also covered on the aforementioned forum <here>


when the going gets tough..

Goalkeeper, and friends of  the group Jim Thompson has been missing from King Street lately due to illness. Jim we want you to know the Committee and  the players are thinking about you and we miss your presence. When this  weather improves we hope you can get down to King Street to see us for a brew and a chat.



The Joy of Six: Monday’s goings on at The Nash <REPORT>


NEXT EXTERNAL FRIENDLY – Thursday 22nd. February BURNLEY in the COMMUNITY at Turf Moor 11-45am kick off .


We now have an emergency pack of EVERYTHING we need to put on a session when regular organisers cannot attend .  It will be located somewhere handy for Denton. Being prepared for every eventuality is the name of the game & plans have  “Come Together” or ‘Something’ like that.


A highly readable report from the February fixtures in the GMWF League from

The Nash Amblers angle – Read JOHN SMITH’s VIEW <here> 



Denton Thursday! some people were on the pitch, they thought it was all over…it hadn’t even started!

find out more <click>

Plucky Performers



Pic: Tom Conrad

Match report <here>


After striking up dialogue around our recent F.A. Referee courses and the direction of walking football in general, we  have been invited to play two friendly games in February, and March at Burnley Football Club’s  Turf Moor’s Elite Training Centre.

We need to select balanced teams of walking footballers from across the two groups and this process will start soon. The dates clash with regular sessions at King Street but this is not an insurmountable problem. It was thought the chance to engage with near  Lancashire neighbours linked to a GREAT football club was too good to let pass by. – Ed.

Both Tameside Striders and The Nash Amblers will feature in name for these games. The squads may be mixed and matched depending on availability. My own view is that friendly games are every bit as enjoyable (moreso*) than the competitive element within our game and as fixtures are primarily my responsibility I will be looking  for more games of this nature going forward.

IF YOU CAN MAKE EITHER Thursday FEBRUARY 22nd. or Tuesday MARCH 20th let me know within the next seven days please . You need to travel to Burnley for 11-00am. kick off 11-45am. 25 minutes each way. FRIENDLY game. Each squad will number SEVEN including a substitute who will get equal game time. ( email, text, or Facebook) – Ed.

*the games are much  longer,  and played in  a slightly more relaxed manner. Often they  involve after game hospitality like a sandwich and a brew/pint.  Who needs points anyway?


It was a record turnout at King Street for ‘Denton Thursday’ today –

sweet sixteen finished all square in a high scoring draw welcomed by our competitive team’s mascot …..

….’The Badger’ (below) – only three ran away!  Game details here <more>


See how The Nash Amblers team fared on ‘Eggheads’ is their quizzing as good (or even  as bad)  as their walking football….inconclusive, we thought.  (tongue in cheek comment)

<BBC i player link>


Tireless Gordon Nixon. Saved a penalty today and provided brilliant distribution from his area in what’s becoming a regular stint in goal but not before he played his  part in a 6 – 2 Over 65 win on Pitch 2, even scoring a crafty goal with his back and taking home a bucketful of bibs to wash!

  ….Sportsman of the Year and we all know why.


Gordon of the Gloves









DENTON LAD…Jimmy Armfield C.B.E.  1936 – 2018  Rest in Peace…



Pic: George Fieldhouse


A quick rundown of some of the main changes to Manchester County F.A. Rules as agreed and taught to the recent candidates at Curzon Ashton F.C.

  1. Walking Football with Greater Manchester is  now a non-contact sport. Although some contact is inevitable not all contact will be judged a foul. Accordingly not ALL contact will be penalised but at the discretion of the Referee all contact MAY be penalised.
  2. For certain offences (guide to follow) in a players defending half of the field a Penalty may be incurred. Usually when recklessness or excessive force is applied. Blue and Red cards are also an option in that circumstance. Deliberate handball is included.
  3. ALL free kicks are indirect (a big departure from National F.A. Laws of the Game of WF)
  4. One Step penalty kicks. After the whistle has sounded the striking  foot must touch THE BALL next and NOT make contact with the ground again before it does so. NO ‘micro’ or mini-steps to shift weight or adjust balance. If this rule is breached and a goal is scored it is disallowed, and there is NO retake.
  5. THE GOAL CLEARANCE (or goal kick) as a way of restarting play the goalkeeper does not touch the ball  a second time before it has been played by another player.  (In effect – restart play with  a single kick or underarm throw from  a stationary point within the ‘D’.
  6. No scoring goals direct from the kick-off.
  7. Running in possession of the ball, to gain  a positional advantage  or to interfere with an opponent is punishable with an indirect free kick. The Referee will award an indirect free kick against any player seen to be moving in a way he judges to be not walking and who is  influencing the game by doing so    If the same player is penalised three times for running he will be shown  a blue card and side lined  (or sin-binned) for two minutes.
  8. Click the link for a table of severity and punishment for various foul play.
  9. Walking Football Manchester Rules – Fouls & Misconduct

These offences, and resultant cards and penalty kicks should be only rarely tested in internal sessions – at least that’s the hope. This week at Denton though we will trial the one touch goalkeeper clearance from  a stationary point within the ‘D’. Precision and care needed from ‘keepers more than ever now when restarting play. Given this change I propose we restart after goals have been scored with a kick off from the centre of the pitch. Any comments please feedback via ‘contact us’.


EXCITING news from ‘Sven’ at Manchester County F.A.

Sarah Venning announces plans for a Manchester County WALKING FOOTBALL Cup. Various age groups but be sure we WILL BE interested in this competition.

Sarah ‘Sven’ Venning

Let’s consider our options for THREE teams across both groups…Striders, Amblers and Bees. When  dates and venues  are fully  firmed up we’ll be recruiting for what should be a great competition – no shortage of Referees now remember. – Ed.




Our great initiative, only delivered  with tremendous support and full on commitment of Manchester County F.A. has produced a dozen officials for our local game. It was a pleasure to be in the company of such serious, attentive and committed  people both in the classroom and out on the Curzon 3g on two bitterly cold , gloomy afternoons.  People from several walking football groups across Manchester. The instruction  and insight of Tom Elliott (Manchester County F.A. R.D.O.) was invaluable and without the help ,awareness and co-operation of Sarah Venning  – (Recreational Football in the community Officer) this would not have happened. Thanks All.


“Many thanks for the game yesterday . What a friendly and welcoming group, I would love to play with you guys regularly”….Peter Dixon , Marple.

“Glad you enjoyed it Peter.  We as organisers try to ensure the game is played in the right spirit and Refereed as firmly as possible. You’re welcome to ‘sign on’ next week if you wish. You’ll be our last new Tuesday  player  for now, as numbers are getting high. 11am. on Tuesdays please.  I can also recommend our partner group The Nash Amblers if it’s not too far for you. Same ethos.

Ex-pro in attendance, competitive but friendly and a decent standard with MORE SPACE ! £2.00 Mondays and Fridays at. Check the website for details and pics / report from yesterday (Tues).” Alan


For the record – two teams entered


David Partington is planning another ‘Curry Night’  Thursday February 15th.  OPEN TO ALL FROM BOTH PLAYING  VENUES

So if you want to attend (Wives and Partners are cordially  invited) I’d ask you to please contact David directly at for more details – thanks.



Thanks for the great PROMOTION for The Nash Amblers ‘Eggheads’ appearance on BBC 2 NEXT TUESDAY go to ‘Walking Football United’ who carry the quiz team photo at the top of their much visited website <here>




Following today’s regular internal session at The Nash – details <here> the first stage of our Referee course took place at Tameside Stadium.

Setting up the consultation on rules with Manchester County F.A. was the initiative of Alan Richards and Garry Pearce. Having arranged a meeting with Tom Elliott

Sarah ‘Sven’ Venning

and Sarah Venning, we were both  absolutely delighted with their receptive approach and their  offer of an ‘on-site’ Referee Course for Walking Football. 

Tom Elliott

The word went out and Representatives from Tameside Striders, The Nash Amblers, The Nash Bees, Vintage Celtic, Middleton Legends, Etihad WF, Third Space Bolton and Wigan Walkers took part in the absorbing first session during which we ALL learned a lot.


This involved classroom discussion and input from candidates as Tom Elliott explained some of the finer points of Refereeing. with generous provision of notebooks and whistles we took to the 3g for some practical tuition in correct signalling, mobility on the pitch and ‘in-game’ Refereeing which lasted well over an hour.

Thankfully the rain held off for us.

Tom and Stuart go over the ‘overhead height deflection’ rule.

The afternoon concluded with a classroom review of what we had learned today. There is every chance that the stock of F.A. accredited Waking Football Referees will be greatly increased this week. The newly developed non-contact ‘Manchester’ rules will be digested by candidates over the course of this week with particular reference to foul play, which these rules are designed to deter and to penalise heavily in its most reckless instances. The course concludes on Friday.


Many thanks to Tom Elliott for his enthusiasm and his knowledge. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw at Curzon Ashton for facilitating the venue and to all the candidates for turning up on time and paying the modest venue fee promptly.
See you on Friday.




Note: 13/1/18 almost all the money is in and the Heywood entries have been posted…thanks for your early co-operation.  Some changes to the Heywood rules and set up are on the GMWF Over 6o page which is available from the site menu above.


TUESDAYS – IF YOU REGULARLY played with the UNDER 65’s last year please do not turn up until 11-00am. That way you will get the game you prefer.  Your committee stress that nobody can be guaranteed two games on  a Tuesday.  We are doing our best to accommodate fluctuating numbers whilst the sessions are seemingly ever more popular – apart from when it rains a lot.


Plenty going on at the moment – our F.A. Referee course starts on Monday 15th. Two sessions the concluding session on Friday.  Manchester County F.A. Referee DEvelopment Officer Tom Elliott will school 12 candidates in newly agreed rules which recognise local walking football is  A NON CONTACT GAME  – with provision for game time deterrents against reckless, excessively forceful play.  We thank Tom and Sarah Venning  for their receptive attitude…thanks from me also go  to Garry Pearce for his invaluable contributions, his insight & his enthusiasm for walking football.


DENTON THURSDAY play …wait for it…ON THURSDAY’S  King Street at 10-00am. Miniature goal game, score in the ‘D’ no goalkeepers.  Join us – it’s fun…and FREE for now !

We are actively trying to attract more women players to these mixed gender recreational sessions


January 23rd. 6-00pm. BBC 2 – read the story of our Television trip on our Editorials page from the menu.

The Nash Amblers – on Eggheads !


Checkout our t.v. story up until the filming starts on the ‘Editorial’ page from the menu above.


Quiz team Captain Garry Pearce was interviewed on local radio recently….

<listen to Garry here>

Dateline: Jan 6th. 2018, and the best possible advert for our game

Garry has been busy co-driving forward the new rules agenda with Manchester County F.A. and nobody is better placed to try to ‘sell’ the non-contact format and the social benefits we already know so much about.

Pearce knows the walking game

So good to see the station covering one of the borough’s fastest growing games. Now semi-retired, Pearce is perfectly placed to promote the game as we can hear. Unfortunately unable to play recently due to  a shoulder injury, he has been nothing short of  a Refereeing revelation in recent games…Ed.



Keith Burrows spot-kick equaliser 5/1/18


Garry Pearce and Alan Richards   attended a meeting with  Tom Elliott and Sarah Venning at Manchester County F.A. (Wednesday 3rd.Jan) and  discussed proposed rule amendments for our local game. We presented a good case for a non-contact game & other changes which were largely accepted by two helpful and receptive F.A. staff members and these changes will be the basis for the Referee course at Curzon later in January.

Thanks to Tom & Sarah

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With turnout at King Street today in the low to mid twenties we enjoyed two close games which both ended in draws. A report of the proceedings will soon be on the ‘Denton Internals’ page from the menu – thanks



As affiliates, we now receive a copy of the WFA ‘monthly’ Newsletter.

As this is ‘copyrighted’ I’m reluctant to reproduce it here.  If you are one of our players or committee members and want a copy forwarded by email please let me know your address. Thanks, Ed.



An indoor game at Reddish today (Friday)…defying the snow !

Pic. Mike Conroy


Defiant Bradshaw . Made the difference today

A quite splendiferous turnout for the Reds v. Blues game at the Nash. This must surely now become an annual event at years end.
Reds started off at full throttle on a crowded pitch and it was the reflexes of Bradshaw that stopped them going ahead. The Blue custodian complete with bobble hat was in defiant mode, as usual.

Red Alert


Blue Movers

Superbly marshalled by Garry Pearce , resplendent in yellow Referee’s top, our man in the middle was at the top of his game. Such a one sided first half left Barry Smith in the Red’s goal with little to do for large tracts of play.

Referee Pearce

Huff and puff as the reds did though, they didn’t really come close to threatening and neither side had too many shooting opportunities.
Some contact on a crowded pitch was inevitable but the game was fairly contested with old enmities cast aside as Blues began to assert themselves slowly upon proceedings.
The balance was finally shifted by the presence of Bradshaw now liberated from between the sticks by Keith Burrows who managed to maintain the clean sheet he inherited.  Well done that man!
Bradshaw lashed in the opening goal which left Barry Smith with no chance, and the Curzon Coach then doubled Blue’s lead three minutes later. No doubting the difference he made as a former Professional footballer and a draw might have been a fairer result. If only the Reds had capitalised in that early pressure it  may have been a different story.
However, the game was shaded by Blues and the handshakes after showed we were all winners today. The symbolic trophy (thanks Colin Fielding) was but a mere bauble of a faux supremacy, not taken seriously by anyone, not least by myself to whom it was handed.

Thanks all for yet another memorable occasion at ‘The Nash’ the home of walking football in these parts of Tameside.
Teams: BLUES: Bradshaw (2), Burrows, Cooper, Leach, Lake, Nixon, Bemrose, Richards, Smith P, White,
REDS: Smith B, Partington, Coulon, Foster, Hampson, Brereton, Bertenshaw,  Hibbert,  Cravagan, Fielding

Attendance:2 (thanks to Barry for his wardrobe of Utd. shirts) and to Mike Conroy for the pics.

More photo’s from the game <here>

your photographer today Mike Conroy


Joe says his prayers as the rest look happy enough


News of our second *FREE* ‘Persimmon’ session <here>





David Wilson has become a walking advertisement for Denton Walking Football Group and  he has already been accosted by older men wanting information. Tell them ‘Google Tameside Striders’ David….we’ll soon get you some printed leaflets sorted out. (no cost) and it’s better than this…


Apart from the novelty game noted below John Smith is trying to organise an indoor session at Houldsworth Sports Village in Reddish at 11-00am- details on the Facebook Group or see John on Friday, failing that ring me and I’ll pass your name on to John – Not sure of cost but if similar to last year about three quid each will cover it.  (I’m opting out of this as I want a short break..Ed).


Badger meets Bradshaw


A tremendous night in The Nash Bar was enjoyed by all I think. Sterling work from our extraordinary comperes David Partington and Gordon Nixon, who were assisted brilliantly by Keith Burrows and his Wife Dee who kept the music going throughout the quizzes and later.

Dee and Keith Burrows
A class act







The awards (sponsored by Ian Wilson of EEC Kazakhstan) were presented and worked out as follows. Under Sixty Five players of the year Stewart White. Over 65 Player of the Year David Partington. Full story <here>

David Partington Over 65 Player of the Year
Richards’ ‘Oscar’ for Push ’em up !
Stewart White Under 65 Player of the Year 2018. Award sponsor Ian Wilson on the right.

Gordon Nixon took ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and Alan Richards (yours truly- Ed.) ‘Clubman’ of the Year’ . The Nash Amblers present were presented with their Runners up medals from the Group to mark their gallant efforts at Heywood in the GMWF League’s First Division. The Nash Bees received consolation photographs from their Division Three campaign which so nearly ended in triumph. That’s walking football.

Steve Wingrove – Amblers spearhead – collects his runner-up medal and photo pack.
Gordon Nixon Sportsman of the Year

The smile count on Friday night was incredibly high, the laughter too.
It was great to be a part of it.

The recent dvd ‘Push ’em Up’ brought me an ‘Oscar’- thanks Mr & Mrs. Burrows (maybe a Mr & Mrs Quiz might be an idea for future events?) …thanks also for the generous bottle of Malbec and to all  who expressed appreciation to myself, personally on the night. We are a good group and the part I play within  it brings me a lot of pleasure, stimulation & few headaches.

If we had an award for wacky character of the year I know who’d be sett to win it

Going forward from here  we can go from further  strength to strength and not just in a playing sense. The camaraderie count is high, equally important and shouldn’t be underestimated. Well done all and serious thanks to those who were primarily responsible for putting it all together. Messrs Nixon , Partington and Burrows plus Dee of course.  For the venue thanks to Mark Bradshaw  and Curzon Ashton F.C. to whom we remain grateful for continued  support.

Mark in the middle

The first team play Stockport County at Tameside Stadium on Saturday next at 3-00pm. One of THE biggest games of the season,and it would be great to  see a few walking footballers there.  Don’t forget the Reds v. The Rest fixture on the 27th. December either. The only walking football on offer during Christmas week. Once again – thanks all. – Ed.



More  photo’s from the Christmas bash at The Nash are <here>


TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT – THE NASH BAR from 7-30pm. Christmas get-together…some of our runners up at Heywood can’t make it tonight so they were given their medals and team photo’s by Mark Bradshaw after the session at Curzon this morning (full report of today’s game on the Nash Ambler’s page)…

Striders Players of the Year, Sportsman and Clubman awards ready and waiting…..
Steve Foster
Garry Pearce
Amblers player manager John Smith













Our first Thursday session mixed gender walking football saw eight players have a good game at King Street. Excellent passing on display. The only lady present scored four goals – all well worked. Back again next Thursday for a mini goal passing game ideally with a few more new and regular faces but all present had a good time and declared it well worth the effort.

Free of charge of course…many thanks to Jane for opening up DYFC and providing the brews afterwards.


RESUME – January 2nd. AND 4th.



Tuesday’s committee meeting covered a lot of ground – the most important decisions are reported <here> and affect everyone who plays at King Street regularly.


Didn’t last 24 hours…victim of vandalism




About twelve players turned up today (12/12/17)  but the King Street pitch WAS unplayable today. Frozen snow lying on the surface left Chris Kelly of DYFC no option but to tell us it was unfit. Many stayed on for a brew and chat for half an hour or so. Some Over 65’s said they’d come on Thursday to the new session,  but I had to remind them it might be a very different game to what they are used to on Tuesday’s…the Committee retired to Stewart’s White house for a pre-planned meeting earlier than we’d thought. News of that will come later but in the meantime many thanks to Stewart and his Wife Val for their hospitality and our very nice lunch.


Bear in mind that with snow lying on the ground and temperatures hovering around or below zero, there is just a chance that the King Street pitches MAY be unplayable on Tuesday


One of our top players got a bit giddy & turned up in fancy dress today ! Chasing Barry Smith across the pitch, before hoisting him aloft for a lap of honour.

Amazing strength from the wee man!



Lots of walking footballer’s  (EIGHT and counting)  from within the ranks of Striders and Amblers want to pursue a Refereeing qualification. With some enrolled with the F.A. for January it’s hope the W.F.A can and will offer training somewhere in the region , which is a veritable hot bed of walking football.  The more  accredited Referees we have from either organisation the better…..


Hardy Amblers !



From Steve Rich. A man clearly frustrated with the way WALKING Football is going – he is NOT alone  ( ‘to call some of this WALKING football is tantamount to FRAUD’ !!  I agree, I am glad it’s not just me,  but I call regular and consistent runners what they are – CHEATS  – Ed.)

…how very timely…please digest this article.



The January F.A. Refereeing course for walking football should have representatives from Third Space Bolton, Wigan Walkers, Vintage Celtic, Middleton Legends, The Nash Amblers, Tameside Striders, FC United of Manchester and ‘Man’ City Etihad.



It’s good news week in the local sports press. THE TAMESIDE REPORTER carries news of Walking Football on the back page. Big splash for The Nash Amblers, mention of Tameside Striders  and an interview with yours truly and David Partington.

Many thanks to Mark Philip for the coverage – Ed.


We are getting lots of exposure lately – <here> is Bill Lancashire’s ‘Community Matters ‘website’


As the keen eyed may have spotted from our header photograph we are now finally affiliated to the Walking Football Association. 

They are currently running a vote on some rule changes. Players opinions have been sought on Facebook but if you are not a user please email me directly with your reactions. It’s a typical 1 to 10 spectrum format for strongly agree/strongly disagree.   This is your game so why not try and shape some part of its future. Thanks – Ed.

YOU CAN CHECK THE OPTIONS & figure out your individual response <here>…we will work out an average reaction and submit it accordingly so everyone’s opinion counts .



BIG NEWS IN TAMESIDE..but it all goes belly up if we don’t WALK !! Worth remembering…

THERE IS A D.W.F.G. COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT TUESDAY WHEN SEVERAL ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED. ONE WILL BE MANAGING NUMBERS  AND DEALING WITH OUR SUCCESS MORE EFFECTIVELY.  One idea on the table is for the ‘Over 65’s’ to play at King Street between 10-00am. & 11.00am on Tuesdays…followed by the ‘Under’s’ (or anyone who prefers their more competitive kind of game) to play for the hour between 11-00 and Noon – with  a prompt start. 

Under’s could get things underway more quickly by arriving a few minutes early , and starting their own warm up outside the pitch/fenced area. Importantly this would also negate having to close membership as we could cope with up to 48 players on two pitches over two hours. ‘Overs’ who wished to linger may have that option with the agreement of ‘Unders’ . Please leave feedback on the ‘Contact Us’ facility. 


Further to conversations earlier today and a general consensus among the people I was able to speak to, there will be changes to our competitive agenda in February. These changes have been agreed by the GMWF Organiser, Bill Murney.
There have been developments within the structure of the GMWF League to which it was felt advantageous and convenient to respond to, following recent developments and increased walking football commitments.
The Nash Amblers will remain in Division One for the Spring League, playing games on the first Thursday’s of February ,March, April and May 2018.

The Nash Bees will withdraw from Division Three.
Tameside Striders will enter a team into the GMWF Over 65’s League playing on more or less the middle Thursday’s of each month. There are logistical advantages to this given our planned Thursday sessions. Amblers players and no doubt some Bees who played in the Autumn League are  eligible and entitled to turn out for the Amblers (max. squad size 10, but 8 is ideal) John Smith will hopefully continue to player manage with customary full support from Stewart White who is willing assist in organisation and does not yet qualify for the Over 65’s himself.
It may help to explain this decision if we list list the players (among others) who would qualify for an Over 65’s competition. Gordon Nixon , Colin Fielding , Alan Richards , Barry Smith, Rod Seddon ,Joe Bemrose, Garry Pearce , David Partington (?) Mike Conroy, even John Smith himself now he’s just celebrated a birthday , although he may wish to Amble on for some time yet.
The separation of Thursday duties means that the new Over 65 sessions at Denton – should they take off – should always have committee members available. This also gives Strider’s a regular place on the radar of local competition, not before time.
For those fond of ‘The Bee’s’ – (and I include myself) – the concept, the kit, and the name will not sink into history, rather they will resurface from time to time in friendlies, and knock-out tournaments. Any comments via Contact us from the menu please or raise them in person. Many of us will see each other tomorrow.




….the smile factor was high < have a look >


Well done to The Nash Amblers who finished runners-up in the GMWF Autumn League and congratulations to Rochdale Strollers, Blackpool Senior Seasiders and Wakefield Wanderers who won their respective divisions – The Nash Bees missed out on the Third Division title by a very narrow margin….that’s walking football…perhaps we will go one better next time. Who knows?


PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WALKING FOOTBALL AT KING STREET BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. TUESDAY AND THURSDAY SESSIONS  CANCELLED. START  BACK ON THE 2nd. JANUARY and 5th.January.  See the Nash Amblers page for a novelty game on the 27th. December if you want to get involved – United fans v. The Rest £2 per player








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You can read about the latest exploits of Amblers and Bees at the GMWF League at <this> link.


The banner has gone up at King Street – counting down to ‘Denton Thursday’


Who’d wanna Ref? At this timely point when (DWFG) have just affiliated AND a few of us are considering courses with the F.A. AND the WFA this article has appeared, written by the man who launched WFU and also (with others) the WFA – Steve Rich. It’s thought provoking and he raises many good points around non-contact and the attitude of players towards Referees. If and when I get accredited I’ll mainly want to Referee our own sessions, festival games  and friendlies (perhaps competitions too) with added authority…and what he says about THE FIRST MINUTE dictating the pace is absolutely spot on. Also some talk on proposed rule changes here too…scroll down a bit at the link <WFU>

Never forget ‘our FRIEND FLICKR’…

we have well over a thousand photographs <here>


We have been asked to engage with substantial  groups of  local people on the subject of walking football and the benefits that can follow participation. This initiative has come from   local organisation ‘action together’ and will involve giving short talks to people male and female in our area  who want to get more active. Not exactly in my comfort zone but I’ll have a go (Ed.)

Stewart White, Gordon Nixon, David Partington and Colin Fielding  have not been slow to offer  help in this which will be invaluable. Thanks all.

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Video of our Thursday night friendly with Roach Dynamo is linked <here>


We are pleased to announce that after a superb gesture from Curzon Ashton Football Club we WILL be taking part in a Football Association Referee’s course (working to re-shaped rules) in January in ‘The Nash Bar’ on a Monday, and a Friday afternoon – exact dates coming soon . Further community involvement and encouragement from the club, consistently the most welcoming of hosts for walking football. Watch this space for details on cost. There will be a modest charge for individuals  to cover the facility & perhaps a brew or two. If you want a place for your club or group or want to be a part of the consultation process beforehand please get in touch. Contact details are on the header photograph towards the top of every page on this website.



THE WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION are now talking of staging  a Referees course around this area. This after they were  again reminded   of the need and the abundant number of likely candidates.  We could almost fill  a course with our own aspirants.  This represents progress and I am pleased they are listening. Whilst it in no way affects our relationship with the F.A. and we are currently striving to find a venue for their promised course locally.  The WFA want our applicants to re-send application forms – I know some of you have already sent them online.  I will arrange to have some hard copies printed and we can mail them to the right man within the WFA Organisation.  Progress is at last being made on both of these vital fronts on a very important issue it appears.

Affiliation to the WFA has gone ahead and a cheque has been forwarded.


‘Badgers’ out after dark !…Striders take on Dynamo on their home (asro)turf <report>






Many thanks to Sarah Venning and Tom Elliott of Manchester County F.A. for their time today and their listening response, which was very encouraging around walking football rules, and the training of Referee’s locally.   They met with Garry Pearce and myself and were open to our suggestions and our views on  the game, and some of the difficulties we have with the F.A. Rules. More details as and when we can talk about arrangements but rest assured if you have ambitions to Referee locally, under the rules we prefer on  a certified, accredited basis  then a route to that status may soon be available. Please watch this space…and hopefully others too.



Another good news day…David Partington and yours truly interviewed by  Mark Philip, of the local ‘Tameside Reporter’ (link below) and a productive meeting at Manchester County F.A. – more later on that….




Striders make  the home page of Walking Football United shoot-out screenshot <here>

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Out and about in Denton?  Well, if you go to Morrisons I hope you spot this on your way out – because that’s the general idea 🙂

Thanks to Paul, at Haughton Supplies for allowing us to display this banner for a while.

And to Matt Bonilla of

Bonilla Enterprise for sponsoring our Denton town centre banner December/January.

For more info on Thursday sessions  <click>



<a subjective view> of proceedings.


Survey results: Twelve responses only.  For closing Denton to new members – 100%

For dividing 10-00 to 11-00am to ‘Overs (65)’ 11-00am – midday – 60%

For introducing an ‘Unders’ (65) only session Wednesdays Overs only Tuesdays 50%

the ’65’ is notional. There are some aged 65+ who could still, and do  play with those younger at a slightly increased tempo. There would be no question of rigid enforcement of age separation.

There are other options. None of which will please everybody unfortunately.



Most of the video from the Over 65 Cup is now online – linked here <Heywood>



Almost the whole of Striders penalty shoot out with Blackpool Senior Seasiders is  <here>

Judge which of the penalties were taken in the correct way.  Feedback welcomed.

Footage of games with Hartshill Strollers & Vintage Celtic coming soon.


STRIDERS  Over 65’s COMPETED AT HEYWOOD RECENTLY :  to catch up with what happened  in more detail find  the ‘Rochdale Over 65’s knockout Cup’ page from the menu.  Congratulations to Rochdale Strollers who triumphed on the day, runners-up Chadderton WFC , and to Vintage Celtic to whom we lost in the ‘Plate PLAY-OFF Final’ by the odd goal.

Striders at Heywood – the ‘Badgers’ are back !


We have two of these banners to place locally. The extra one hour  ‘Persimmon’ Thursday sessions  will hopefully begin in mid December. Current players Over 65 are also welcome of course. The first four sessions will be free of charge for each attendee, whenever they take part. It is envisaged that this will rise to £2 after that, for the one hour games which in practice are about 45 minutes after a warm up. The emphasis here is on offering a welcoming, lower intensity  environment to new, more senior players and beginners.  To reduce the ‘power’ element we will initially play a mini-goal game with modified rules and NO goalkeepers. When numbers increase we can go to two pitches and develop the style of the session to suit us all.

Hopefully we can slowly build numbers over winter and attract even more as weather  (hopefully) improves. We can run them until April and see how it’s working out.  This will mean real alternatives are available on almost every day of the week locally. Stewart White has committed his expertise to the new session and Alan Richards will be in attendance too, as will David Wilson.Hopefully other committee men and importantly PLAYERS too. We will soon be organising a publicity campaign on social media and will have some promotional  material printed.  Thank to Persimmon Community Champions scheme for assisting us with extra funds to launch this initiative. Stewart and Alan will be attending a coffee morning at the H.Q. of the house builder in Urmston on Monday next and will convey news of the plans.




Committee members and others will attend a consultation evening at the Football Association’s local H.Q.  in Fallowfield later in the month.  News of a developing strategy for walking football has been announced and such evenings will take place around the country , hopefully seeing an adjustment in the F.A. outlook for the future of the game and the way it is played.

“I WASN’T RUNNING REF”   an interesting article on ‘the heel plant’ from Steve Rich of the WFU.

Click the link and scroll down the page –  <WFU>


A  video from the ‘metropolis’ – what walking football is all about click London…


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Keep visiting the site over the next few days we have considerable video of Amblers v. Rochdale Striders and Strollers…a little of Amblers v. Vintage Celtic and lots of Bees versus Bolton ‘B’ and Wakefield Wanderers.  Takes time to sort even with minimal edits. Bear with us. All clips will be linked on the GMWF Over 60’s page to our daily motion video hosting site.



Bees – just drawn with Wakefield Wanderers…brief interview


We are conducting a survey of Striders on the website as we try to establish the best way forward. All players signed on with Denton Walking Football Group are invited to take part.






Halloween Striders….


In a very respectful way we have  have tried to urge the Walking Football Association to provide a Referee’s course in our neck of the woods.  We cannot be alone in having several players wishing to be ‘trained up’ and accredited – all of whom would be credit to the W.F.A. and its ethos going forward.  Walking football needs this provision of trained Referee’s more than anything else at the moment…a  view shared by most of us and expressed on  a weekly basis!

As the old year draws to  a close lets hope the new one will yield news of developments in this important  direction. We still see the sense in affiliating to the W.F.A. but have been awaiting an alternative subscription method  (to annual  auto-renewal) since our A.G.M. in August.

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Coming Soon to King Street  –  Ballot papers .  Over & Under 65’s Players of the Year :

Sportsman of the Year   :  Clubman of the Year — David Wilson is  in charge of the process.

These awards will be presented at our pre Christmas bash at The Nash.  David Partington has the details….just part of the fun planned for December 15th.  Gordon Nixon is working on a trivia and musical quiz we can all enjoy, and Badger Burrows is also involved in the mix.












Some photo’s of The Nash Bar…a flexible & welcoming venue which should suit our needs well.





The ‘Lingerers’



Our Senior Strider is interviewed on  walkingfootballdotcom> click the link and read how much he enjoys playing on a Tuesday morning – why not register with the site and leave a comment?

It’s one of the leading Walking Football information and promotion websites in Britain and it’s spreading worldwide – the potential for this game is boundless. Bernard’s answers reveal why._________________________________________________

A few changes to the website you may not have noticed.  The ‘match report’ page has been archived and its place a new page ‘Denton internals’ has been introduced.  Sounds vaguely medical though it’s anything but.  Going forward the coverage will concentrate on photos. Stats like scorers and results may figure but mentioning too many individual performances and imposing my version of events on readers will be avoided to  a greater extent .  The reports have done their job of building group camaraderie but it was thought the format was getting a little tired and it’s not easy to come up with fresh words on a weekly basis after eighteen months of doing so. If anyone else wants to pick up the gauntlet and send their reports OR mention personal performance, their own or those of others by email I’ll do my best to publish them here. No criticisms though , keep it positive.







serves as a reminder to all of us to just back off a bit and don’t be tempted to try to win the ball from the back of a man, or from the side.  Head-on blocks are okay but the ethos of non to minimal contact should be uppermost in our minds at all times  in internal games. And of course the more we reduce our speed  it becomes less likely injuries will occur. If a man has the ball shepherd him , shadow him but if he dwells on that ball for a few seconds to express himself or get his head up let it happen.  What does it matter?

It’s what this game should be all about.










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Richards writes -on the miniature goal game  <pass for goal>

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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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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?


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


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


Having seen it  myself and commented thus – it would be good to get more views… please sign up to the forum at 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



 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
























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