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Heywood over 70’s deadline date for re-application

cometh the hour….


New video on Tamestriders t.v. – hot from the Leisure Box, Nelson

links on the friendly-fixtures page.



Two indoor friendly games in Lancashire today for Tameside Striders – see the ‘friendly fixtures’ page for details and photograph/video links in the coming day or two.2-1 and 2-2

Pete Smith pulls one back <watch>


Please visit < tamestriders tv >

and ‘subscribe’ because you might be on it ….and it’s FREE !



Sign of the times

the good side !

16th. January :and a bumper  Thursday turnout

< read all about it >

plus a short video < here >


15th. January 2020: Five more willing students were schooled by Garry Pearce today under  the W.F.A.’club Refereeing’ scheme and are on their way to becoming accredited. In some cases this will mean dual accreditation under local F.A. and W.F.A. rules. A development which can only benefit our group going forward. About 20% of our membership could consist of qualified Referee’s if all goes well.

There are still lots of practical assessments to come and these may take place during your internal game so be prepared for this please. We’d all like to thank Garry for giving so generously of his time and recommend highly the value of such a course in developing Referees.

There is no substitute for experience though so  we’ll all bear that in mind.

D.Wilson, T. Cravagan, G. Pearce, D.Partington, J.Gaskin, A.Richards – apologies for the cup !



Editor officially  steps down from co-ordinating and playing regularly  at ‘The Nash’



“really good to be there today , with the football, friendship and banter. The turn out in the weather we are having is incredible – we must be one of the best supported groups in the country. A big thank you to Alan, the committee and our refs for making this such a great experience.” – Feedback to site…

well, we’re probably not the biggest nor the best by any means  but we must be one of the happiest ! – Ed.


King Street 14th. January 2020

A cold, miserable morning that lived up to a lack of promise weather-wise still attracted

36 hardy, winter battlers for a game or three of walking football at Denton.



Tameside Striders have now withdrawn their Over 65’s team from the

Greater Manchester Walking Football League. A change of outlook from some players and  shrinking availability left us with little choice.  Advancing into the Over 70’s sphere for others means that we have to forfeit our place. We wish all of our  opponents from three or four previous seasons good luck  going forward,  –  we hope to be able to retain our Over 70’s place and will let the GMWF league know soon.

Meanwhile Striders retain their competitive team in the Curzon Fair Play League. <here>


The ‘clashes’ at the Nash will resume soon – 29th. January F.P.L.

checkout the ‘cyballism’ here >>> < crash >


An email from  Manchester County F.A. concerning  the ‘international’ side of the  game:

“……………..Currently, The FA has no plans to deliver international Walking Football provision. It is instead focussing its efforts on opening up further grassroots opportunities at a local level.

Manchester FA would like to work closely with you on this over the next few months. I’ve copied in our Communications and Marketing Manager,  who is working to promote walking football which is already taking place in Manchester, and would be keen to work with Tameside Striders on this if possible. I hope this provides clarity for you on The FA’s position, but do feel free to get in touch if anything else is unclear………”




9th.January 2020 —DOWN ? or is it merely across?

Our over seventy team have something to celebrate despite events at Heywood’s GMWFL. I spoke to today’s skipper Colin Cuthbert  and cobbled together a report of the day.

<read all about it>


Paul ‘Theo’ Theobald has been in touch to say he had to have another procedure to his eye

on New Year’s Eve and consequently it will be a few weeks before we see him back at King Street.

After initially attending Denton Thursday sessions  it soon became apparent Paul would be more at home with the Under’s on  a Tuesday and so it has proven. An imposing presence with a good shot we wish him well. Among others who have not been feeling too well recently are Keith Burrows and David Fielding, both of whom have contacted the group through yours truly and we also wish them a return to proceedings as soon as they are feeling better.  The same applies to anyone I’ve failed to mention with  short, medium or long term injuries and illnesses.








Good to see our Chairman back in the thick of it:

Full story (almost) of today at King Street <here>


A sensible precaution – Bill Lancaster has the group’s defibrillator and will take it to Heywood

for Thursday final round of Over 70’s league fixtures.  The squad should number six in total.

Adequate (it’s hoped) for just  three fifteen minute games.


6th. January: Thanks are due to Alan Brodie for laundering and returning the Over 65’s kit from GMWFL Heywood, also to Colin Cuthbert who is leading the squad into the final Over 70’s session this Thursday the 9th. and is taking care of the kit too in the absence of Colin Fielding.


Walking festival for Manchester

please email

if you want to organise something or group can do for <this>

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  • Wondering what to do with your shirt?
  • If you want it personalised  on the back like this one
  • bring it to King Street on Tuesday or Thursday next. It will cost a fiver and take about ten days…
  • (which to me seems reasonable and what it cost me for this one  I need the money up front please- Ed).
  • An optional badge on the centre front in black too for the same money. Unfortunately he did mine in red – see smaller pic. and it doesn’t cut the mustard, for me anyway, but I’ll get it sorted.


don’t see many red badgers !


  • The GMWFL Heywood league starts again in March for the Spring season.
  • Already they are asking for notice of intended participation so if you want to play in either the Over 65’s or Over 70’s you need to let us know a.s.a.p.
  • The question has already been asked on our social media site and few have replied.
  • Entry costs has  risen a little to £170 per team and there is a Lancashire F.A. affiliation fee to pay.
  • Therefore the amount needed per player will be £22 each for an eight man squad – the minimum number required  to commit for a four month season. This money needs to be paid up front by the middle of February at the latest.
  • Please email:
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New style Thursday’s with the extended hour supported by ‘Ambition for Ageing’got underway today at King Street.  Six of us were the pathfinders and after some light training with the new gear we played a 3 v. 3 sweeper/ keeper game that was light-hearted and fun and finished

five – two to the whites !

Just three v. three so we all sported our new white bibs !





Session video <click>  What’s needed now is for a few more newcomers to join us from 11-30am on Thursday’s for the princely sum of  just ONE POUND !  for which  you can get acquainted or re-acquainted with a football by using a variety of methods – rebounders, slalom poles and passing ‘arcs’ to re-ignite your love of a game you’d thought you’d forgotten – or never imagined was for you.   Afterwards we’ll play  a short game between ourselves.  Minimum skill is enough- we encourage we don’t criticise and all levels of ability – even ‘none’ -are welcome to join in. You never know you may be quite good, in which case we can signpost the way to other sessions of ours where you will fit in better and find even more satisfying. Thanks to ‘Ambition for Ageing’ for seeing the potential in this idea and helping us get it underway.





alternative email but I’m still at alartic The server at the domain is continually acting up.


  • Previews will appear on the ‘friendly fixtures’ page
  • 2019 Review pulled from YouTube due to copyright issues
  • (might be back with different audio)
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  • < try this >
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  • The next walking football at King St. January 2nd. Over 65’s Women 35+ from 10-returners/beginners*from 11-30am.  Tuesday sessions as normal from the 7th.January.
  • for Men 67+ 10-00am 50+ 11-15am.
  • *Members only new players need to register.
  • (Curzon Ashton sessions do not resume until Friday January 3rd 11-00am.)
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  • Guess who?
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  • How did our Over 65’s get on at Heywood? Find out < here >
  • 19th. December…and we have lots of additions to the “Bah! Humbug” album  on the  our ‘friend Flickr’  facility now, with  many Thursday faces making an appearance today – the final session of 2019.
  • A year celebrated with the almost total  distribution of group colour shirts. One or two still to come AND we have some notable omissions from the album. Colin Fielding, Gordon Nixon, DAvid Wilson to name just three. A couple more shirts have been ordered to satisfy demand. Some ARE slightly different but the black and white striped theme continues – of course !
  • < take a look >

17th. December – We scaled new heights at Denton today with forty five people turning up at King Street.  Fortunately only 35 of them wanted to play. We had three good games. Two for over 67’s and an Under’s game with a late Steve Wingrove winner.

Star in stripes for the day though was undoubtedly John Williams

John Williams

John  hit four goals at The Crown Point End to give his team an emphatic 4-1 win!

We had a large scale photoshoot and your truly has been editing the shots for an hour – I will be seeing black and white stripes in my sleep !

They will appear on our Flickr feed later and we have about ten minutes video for the second hour to get edited and uploaded.  Then I’m tasked to come up with something for next month’s Denton Correspondent – another busy day of walking football.

BAH HUMBUG ! link to more photo’s < shoot >


  • Six of our seven man committee last night

    More Photographs at this link  <click>

Friday the thirteenth of December  and the nation woke up to momentous news.

The events of yesterday could affect peoples lives for years to come….

here are the results:

Players of the Year: Rob Lake  :  Peter Jarvis  :  Russell Martin

Committee choices for individuals of the year:

Garry Pearce  &  John Boyle

Platt Lane plaudit for ‘Player of the Day’  Keith Oldham

as the weekend unfolds and the events of election night are analysed then we’ll have

photographs and video of a memorable evening.


  • Great feedback for GARRY PEARCE and his first W.F.A. ‘Club’ Referee course
  • at King Street this morning. “Brilliant” said one student….detailed theory with practical assessments to come – thanks Gaz.
  • Dave Fielding, Keith Burrows, Colin Fielding, Peter Quinn, Garry himself and Brian Coll


  • Stats: Over 700 hits last week  and now we’re closing in on one hundred thousand visits in just under three and a half years !

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  • Thanks to Gary Carter Sports Editor of the Correspondent for the continuing coverage….



Player of the day – Part One video <appropriate choice for Denton>

_________ End of year report from YouTube – That’s more than 27 days ! not bad for a little walking football channel.


F.A. Survey for Walking Footballers < link >


Strange things afoot on the Platt Lane page < here >


Trophy suppliers Hett’s of Hyde have had a problem supplying our custom made ‘badger’ centres. We’ll get some more before the new year is very old. Three players of our year as chosen by players + a permanent to keep  not quite ‘replica’ , two individuals of our year as selected by your committee. To be presented on the 12th. December at Denton Golf Club.

Shirt distribution started at King Street today 3/12/19 . Black and White striped ‘Hummel’ long sleeved shirts in M, L and XL. Regret no XXL but those players have been given a different kind of shirt recently. Keith Burrows is offering a personalisation service – names, numbers etc. I enquired with  a couple of midlands firms about large badges (8 inch diameter) for the plain white back but these were £500 for fifty.

‘Striders’ is a good option for the back with your name but that’s entirely up to you.  I thank the Chairman and the other members of the committee for seeing the merit in this idea once I’d located new quality branded  shirts at a very good  fantastic  price. We will have a photoshoot day on the 17th. and 19th. December with individual pics in front of our new backdrop board –

assuming you want a photo please wear your shirt that week. If indeed by any chance you don’t want a shirt just say – thanks.

Update: nobody refused a shirt and I think we gave 33 or thereabouts to players today.


Focus on MIKE KIERAN with  an action packed F.P.L.  ‘NETCAM’

< Mike >


Just  a reminder – it’s been cold before <brrrr>


1st.December 2019 – David Wilson was admitted into hospital late last week after suffering another seizure.  David makes no secret of his condition and it was thought appropriate to let you know.  Tests are ongoing and we all wish him well.  Tony Cravagan has visited him in hospital and Alan Richards called to see David’s Wife this morning. It’s hoped he will soon be home but there will be more tests to come. The final turn of this years calendar page brought a timely reminder of warmer days.



Wonder what the Fair Play League is like? Have a look <here>


November Rain – Thursday pics with  <puns and poses>





26/11/19 ~Exciting times at Tameside Striders as  the training equipment for expanded 2020 Thursday sessions arrives. Today we got the bases for the slalom poles. These will aid ball control and balance. The poles are spring loaded and will bounce back vertical if you catch one with your shoulder.  Any other part of your body  you’re probably not doing it right ! 🙂  They are intended to be stuck directly into the ground but obviously you can’t do that on 3g..

The solution?



…a heavy rubber base. Eight of them . All marked up as our property now and ready to make their bow at King Street in the New Year.  I think it will also be beneficial to bring these to Tuesday sessions, incorporate their use in the warm up – with ball or without ball and also for the eleven o’clock arrivers to have a go -maybe a time trial while you’re waiting to get on the pitch for your  hour and a bit ! More weight  for ‘Bob’ the group’s workhorse  but he can stand it.

…and moving on a bit…up the pole

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Check out the page Platt Lane plans from your menu above…


Plenty of our more competitively minded players will be at the Fair Play League on Wednesday November 27th.

Twelve more games of walking football  and you can read the preview < here >


John Smith’s Heywood Report from the Over 65’s league  <here>


Sometimes players deserve special mention.


Medium, Large and Extra Large only

The shirt issue has nothing to do with our recent grant for Thursday’s expanded sessions  which will start in 2020. It’s a bit of a bonus to get almost everyone in the groups colours, and we managed to buy them  at a very good price.  It will be good to see more black and white at King Street although of course we have plenty of bibs to differentiate if lots of us turn up wearing them. Distribution will start early next month to almost everyone who wants one


The minutes of Tuesday’s committee meeting are downloadable on the Secretary’s Reports page.


WE NEED MORE REFEREES AT DENTON. We also have the opportunity of some training with the W.F.A. Garry Pearce is now a qualified mentor and assessor for the organisation. This will be to club standard only – not to tournament Referee status. Any players (NOT committee members) who wish to be considered for such a course please let me know tomorrow. There is a classroom element of about two or three hours plus practical assessment on the pitch during one of our sessions. The classroom element will be delivered at a different time if it can be arranged. This represents quite a commitment and you’d be asked to Referee some of our internal games from time to time to keep your newly acquired skills fresh. Our Ref’s traditionally donate their modest £5 fee back into the groups funds.


17/9/19 – New board for Denton Walking Football Group watch this space (and others) for developments. Will be good for photographs and  interviews if we can persuade a couple of people to do them now and again. At the moment it’s a blank canvas. It won’t be for long.

Board developments <click>


WEEKEND NEWS CATCH UP: Sunday 17th. November

There is to be a committee meeting from 11-15am. on Tuesday 19th. Items on the agenda will include Christmas Party and Platt Lane Planning.  We will also finalise the acquisition of equipment for our beginners and returners hour tagged on to Thursday’s.  We want to keep costs of joining this to an absolute minimum, or indeed free for up to  twelve months!

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    We need the current players of the year Terry, and Adrian to return their trophies in the next week or two  (hang on to your ‘replicas’ for life please chaps).
winners last time

We will again have Over and Under 67 players of the year. Once again the winners will take home two trophies each, with one to keep. Once the award has been won you become ineligible for three years which explains why some notable names are absent from this years poll.
Steve Johnson has been absent for a few weeks now and we have been in contact. He is well and awaiting the outcome of some tests and he’s looking forward to  a return soon.  Ivan Taylor is also looking forward to hooking up with the Striders squad in the F.P.L. in the new year.
It was good to see Steve Rourke back last week after  a knee replacement. He was on the scoresheet too. Steve has asked to be included in Platt Lane plans and he will , in effect be first reserve.  All players who are not in the three squads, Legs Miserable, Oldmen Pathetic, and C.F. Farcelona,  are invited to come along and/ or join us in the Fletchers Arms later, from about 1-15pm. for lunch or a pint or two.

(I personally expect to be in there for a couple of hours at least – Ed.).

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    We do have a growing ‘injury list’ with Ken Dean  and Chairman Gordon Nixon currently not playing for different reasons.  David Wenham damaged his hamstring last week, Chris Turner has a problem too and has been plagued  by various injuries preventing him getting a run of games. A shame because he really enjoys playing with us.

    Chris Turner
  • Alan Graham continues on his recovery road and we really miss him at King Street. I’ve been in touch with Les Gillan who had been unwell  but I’m sure we’ll see Les soon. He gave me his player of the year votes.
    A few players have been given broad black and white striped shirts of the XXL and XL size. These were bought  second hand but in reasonable nick at  a very low price and as they chime  with the groups colours they were purchased. We are looking at ways of providing as many  players as possible with a suitable (new) quality shirt , probably before Christmas. Come on you Badgers!Watch this space. We’ll have a new ‘backdrop board’ in time for individual photographs in time for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve sessions…we might well have our own ‘Eve’ there to film the games.
  • Darren wears the shirt

    Look out for the Platt Lane plan coming soon .  We have the ‘Dome’ from 12-30pm. on Friday ,  December 6th. With lots of dressing room space. Either meet there for 10-00am. or gather at the Fletchers Arms from where we will depart about nine-thirty. Anyone without transport can get a lift from someone. Cars could be left on the Car Park until we return I’m sure. Every year we try to do something a little different. This indoor game  – if successful – could become an annual event. We have other ideas in mind to make 2020 as memorable as this year has been on and off the 3g. A year that has seen a great new surface (thanks D.Y.F.C.),  an issue of warmth retaining rain jackets, steady growth and plans for an extended session to take us towards five hours a week on that great surface. News is breaking of an Over 70’s weekend (Sunday) Cup at Heywood in July. More and more of us have crossed or are approaching that threshold.

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It was a different kind of day at Denton Thursday.

With Alan and Tony  meeting  Mr.Roy Catterall who kindly visited us to find out more about the group, what we do, who we are etc. Colin , and the two David’s took control on the pitches.

Tony and myself were  reminded of the prestigious nature of the ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ for which we have been nominated.  Success would be both a considerable honour, and achievement. The recipients of awards are informed in  April or May ,  next year.

More details of events on and off the pitch < here >


We have had 45 votes cast across three categories for Player of the Year 2019.

Over’s and Under’s Tuesday’s and Denton Thursday and these are spread incredibly thinly between  a total of THIRTY players.

Voting will close next Tuesday 19th November. If you are not going to be at King Street but have been  a regular player across the year please vote in the box below – in confidence  – and also add your own name as your vote will be verified later by email or in person.

Also we have had two ineligible votes cast. For Adrian Jones, last years winner and also for Keith Yardley who doesn’t play at Denton. So if you wish to recast your vote see Alan Richards a.s.a.p.



Denton Walking Football Group are delighted to announce more funding from Action Together – Ambition for Ageing.  A generous four figure sum will enable us to increase pitch time at Denton Youth F.C. and acquire training equipment (a rebounder, passing arcs and mini hurdles etc.)  to make THURSDAY sessions longer and more interesting, also to aid co-ordination and balance. Training apparel and point of playing display material are also included. We want to attract more beginners, who in time  will go on to become more proficient , and start to get fitter.


More detail will follow and in the immediate future sessions will remain as they are but expect changes soon after the committee have had a chance to further discuss the methods we can employ and extra equipment, and pitch time  has been acquired.




A very wet Thursday session is reported on the appropriate page from the menu – lots of votes returned for Player of the Year which reminds us…









OUR TALENTED ‘CABBIE’ cum sketch artist Terry  Harrison has been at it again, here a good likeness of John Gaskin, who looks pleased with the results. Incidentally John’s name has been added to the Platt Lane list, and Chairan Gordon Nixon has withdrawn from the action but he will be with us on the day.

(I’m digging that badger badge – it looks great – expect we’ll see more of our ‘hoodies’ as winter draws on…Ed.)


Remember the Platt Lane plan?

News on the INDOOR Platt Lane game for D.W.F.G. On December 6th. coming soon. This has proven popular. Tuesday v. Thursday over 65’s won’t quite work. We may be looking at three games of half an hours duration across the booked time. A v C : B v C & A v B.
Teams to be selected from : O’Toole , Bemrose, Wenham, Fielding C, Jarvis,
Oldham , Kieran , Partington, Stewart, Lake, Wingrove , Dixon,  Gibbons, Pearce , Heath ,
Cooper H,  Caldwell, Collins , Stafford S, Tomlinson, Cravagan, Martin, Gaskin, Wilson.
If you haven’t declared an interest already we regret  it’s a full list.
However, if successful we will do this again.
No cost playing all pitch expenses paid by your group.
It’s hoped all who want to play in this will come back to the Fletcher’s Arms for lunch (or at least  a pint or two).  Some social time is at the heart of this so if you’re opting out of that it might help trim the numbers playing. Pleasesay so below if you can’t commit to socialising for an hour or two afterwards – don’t forget to add your name. 
Anyone not playing is welcome to join us at the Fletchers Arms from about 1-15pm  We have arranged a room for 25 + and there is a full carvery on offer from about  £8.


Some voting slips have already been handed out and we need them back for November 12th. please.

The graphic below is intended as a guide towards the respective categories.  It should be noted that some players have not been for a while BUT they were once regulars in this calendar year.  Also  some more recent arrivals have been included. Some Over 67’s who choose to play in the first hour are listed with the Under’s and should be regarded as such. Some notable names are missing from the list. Previous recent winners such as Adrian Jones,  Tony Cravagan (Thursdays only ) Terry Harrison, David Partington – apart from those few names vote for who you see as most the worthy contenders. The   Committee will be choosing two  ‘individuals of the year’ ahead of the Christmas Party. If you’re not given  a voting slip this week please ASK for one. Voting is not compulsory of course if you’d rather not take part.








Les Gillan

Les Gillan a regular attender  this year on both Tuesdays and Thursdays picked up an injury some weeks ago and we might have expected to see him back by now.  Some players have enquired about his well being.

I emailed Les over this weekend and he’s been unfortunate enough to suffer a ‘chest infection’ which has added time to his absence.  He tells me he is keeping up with events and hopes to be back soon. We wish you fully fit once again very soon Les.  Other injured  players , such  as Ken Dean also figure in our thoughts, as well as certain others absent for various reasons.


PLAYERS NEEDED  to play at Bolton Arena on Sunday November 17th. to assist a Referee assessment day please list your name below. 10-30am. to 12-30 pm. no cost just bring your kit. Garry Pearce is involved in this along with the W.F.A.  A friendly atmosphere awaits I’m told and the results of the morning should benefit the game locally in terms of Refereeing quality.

This is not ‘competitive’ walking football in the accepted sense and as such might appeal.

We don’t normally entertain weekend activity but in this case we might  offer to help out. Any other local player reading this is welcome to add their name (and number)



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what do we call the other end?

No brainer really – sometimes you don’t realise what’s right under your nose.

St.Lawrence’s Church is 500 years old in 2031 and hopefully lots of us will be around the celebrate that.  Far and away the most significant historical building for some miles around. It’s Tudor, black and white stripes and make perfect sense.

under lights

The Church End then. They have ‘Café Tuesday’s  I might even call in and give the Vicar the good news ! 😉

Just a bit of nonsense really but whilst editing last weeks videos I realised ‘North’ and ‘South’ End’s didn’t quite cut the mustard. Check out the Church at the link below.


We had a penalty practice session aftet the Thursday session today – mixed results as the video evidence shows. Otherwise there were no Halloween shocks in store although the Secretary/Co-Treasurer did produce enough rope to hang himself at one point. Tough, and thick. No not him but the rope. Jute. Three metres long for demonstration and information purposed – three metres is NOT three yards…not even two metres!

You can follow events as they unfolded or unfurled at King Street this All Hallows Eve… which promised much  and delivered quite a bit walking football wise. Seven goals for a start…

Caldwell’s cauldron in the mix again with some trademark strikes…

<Denton Thursday>


The one-step penalty discussed (again) here


Organisers rundown on of this months various leagues at Heywood


Yesterdays Thursday report has been delayed and will appear on the Denton Thursday page soon.


Denton Thursday today saw thirteen players and 4 – 2 win for blues. The game was played in good humour but there was far too much contact.Numbers were down a little so we reverted to multi touch BUT  this was a good advert for

three touch walking football to help counter that and unless there’s a good reason not too that’s the best way to go on Thursday’s.




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17/10/19 Last week  we welcomed a new female player to King Street on an unusually sunny morning.


there’s a few minutes video of the game  <here> & full story and match report < here >


Read John Smith’s excellent report from Heywood Over 65’s –

and a few points in the bag for ‘the badgers’   <get sett>


This is the singer we have booked for our Christmas ‘doo’ at Denton Golf Club

< Claire >

See David Partington, or Gordon Nixon to book tickets at £10 each. Wives , partners and friends welcome. We’ll have food too, a quiz,  and the presentations of Player of the Year x 3 plus other recognition in the form of trophies too. THURSDAY 12th.DECEMBER


The Badgers brought back 5 points from Heywood today in the Over 65’s GMWFL.

Striders achieved two goalless draws,  a two-nil win and  a defeat by the same score line.

We will have a report for you soon.


A ‘prestigious’ award for which we have been nominated



  • We are currently in the act of booking  Denton Golf Club  as a venue for our 2019 Christmas party.
  • The cost of the room will be borne by the group and this will mean a hot buffet will cost around £10 per head for players and wives or partners. Obviously  those who only play at Ashton are also welcome to attend., along with friends of both groups.
  • Please let us know if you’re interested in attending. Make it known to  David Partington or Gordon Nixon at the next session.


  • If you’re coming enter your name in the box below plus wives/partners/friends in total
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  • Could you sharpen up your culinary skills? – a friend of the group has asked us to publicise this venture…AIMED ESPECIALLY  AT OLDER ‘MEN IN
  • Men in Kitchens 2nd Nov ’19 poster
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  • Nationwide – when do we all play?
nationwide forum poll on Facebook


  • Committee meeting report from 12/10/19 is
  • Changes are afoot and it’s important players  read it please <here>
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  • Having had the charity ‘Clic Sargent’ brought to our attention by a friend of the group, the committee was happy for the Co-Treasurer’s to raise  a cheque for fifty pounds as a donation to assist in their valuable work, details of which may be found at the link below…
  • < Clic Sargent >
  • on the 9th. & 10th. December there are  carol concerts taking place in central Manchester for the  cause, and if anyone is interested the editor can point you in the right direction for tickets, which are priced at £15.00.
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  • A healthy turn out for the ‘healthy living day’ at Haughton Green –
  • more photos <here>
  • THREE TOUCH ? what’s three touch?  a glaring omission – check here 🙂< FPL >
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  • Good coverage of the Striders in the Fair Play League in this months Correspondent
  • I’ll have some copies in the van next week, not sure about glory but we got off to  a good start !
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New banner at King Street

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  • Record breakers 8th October – some ‘Stridershots’ on FLICKR <shoot>
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  • We are thinking of hiring an indoor pitch (with lines) at the superb Platt Lane complex in Fallowfield for a friendly game between the Thursday and Tuesday players – although there may be some interchanging.  As we cannot rent on Wednesday we are looking at a Thursday or preferably a Friday for this fixture. It is thought it will take place  in early December  and it may be a good idea to return to Denton in the early afternoon and partake of a few beers in  a local hostelry – the Fletcher Arms has been mentioned – they do lunchtime food.
  • If we booked the pitch for 2.5 hours we could open this up to all age groups of players and arrange up to two games on the indoor 3g. If you’d be interested in taking part please enter yes or no in the box below plus your name of course.  Also note any questions or feedback for this idea.
  • Travel to the venue would be by private car at this stage.
  • We could offer lifts from the Fletchers Arms car park
  • (the pitch would be paid for from D.W.F.G. funds)


  • I’ve had more bruises from this than three and a half years walking football.  He’s claiming more victims every week so think on guys – don’t get too close for comfort – please !
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  • 8/10/19 today we welcomed Dave’s  ‘TORQUAY TRUNK’ to King Street !
  •        Thanks for sponsoring some extra storage Mr.Fielding Jnr.- ignore the cruel jibes 🙂
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  • Latest rating news from ‘youtube’ show more people are watching our videos for longer
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  • NEWS 6th. October
  • We have had permission to display  a permanent banner at King Street and it’s been ordered.  This should catch the eye of the very many people who use the facility every week.

We also await two new pairs of goalkeeper gloved for the Thursday sessions which may soon need four custodians between eight posts ! The transition to two games may mean a few weeks of mini-goals on one pitch  to accommodate growing numbers. Ten v. Ten on one pitch is not really ideal and although everyone on a Thursday shows commendable restraint we need to take a close look at the situation. Everyone will get  a full forty minute match of regular walking football whatever format we adopt. As for Tuesday’s it should be borne in mind that  a second game is a bonus, not an expectation if numbers continue to grow.

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Receipts are holding up well and the Co-Treasurer makes regular monthly trips to the bank in Hyde to pay in to D.W.F.G.’s bank account.

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Thanks to Mike Caldwell who has donated a bag full of  used  kit including a full set of short sleeved Accrington Stanley shirts.  Some of it will be at King Street on Tuesday so have a rummage and help yourself to a pair of football socks, or shorts. We will keep the Accrington shirts together as a full kit – thanks Mike.

  • The proposed indoor game at  the Platt Lane complex in  Fallowfield is still very much a possibility. However we cannot  play there  on  a Wednesday as that’s when the University side uses the facility.
  • The committee will be meeting soon and this is one of those items for the agenda.
  • Others will include annual awards and thoughts on  another  function around Christmas time. Please make your  thoughts known at this weeks sessions if you want any other points discussed.
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  • BREAKING NEWS in the F.P.L. <read>
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  • Five-one winners today – THE REDS (minus Dave Wenham)
  • 26th. September and eighteen players at Denton Thursday as the Striders  Over Seventies squad competed at Heywood’s GMWFL.  The report from our ‘home’ ground is on the Thursday page from the menu.  We hope to have Colin Fielding’s thoughts on the 70’s soon
  • Meanwhile the F.P.L. League table is  <here>


Checkout the 70’s Tournament page from the menu above  to read of Striders’

opening day of the Autumn league at Heywood Colin Fielding reports in full.


All competitive walking football requires players to wear these – they aren’t expensive, especially if you don’t opt for leading branded guards. Please equip yourself with  a pair for both Heywood and the Fair Play League


Heywood action ? – checkout the link below…



Tony Cravagan has been co-opted onto the D.W.F.G. Committee.

Tony Cravagan

Nominated by David Wilson and seconded by Secretary/Co-Treasurer Alan Richards there was unanimous approval of this move.  Tony has demonstrated commendable commitment to both Tuesday and Thursday sessions and it’s hoped his support, intuition  and initiative will play  a full part in the development of Denton WALKING football.

We are determined to maintain the correct emphasis on the walking game. Only yesterday our regular Referee and honorary member said last Tuesday games for the Over 67’s were a good example  “how walking football should be played” We are not looking for perfect pedestrians but the pace must be reasonable.  There is work to do on the second hour on Tuesday’s and that will start this week.


19/9/19 :- We had times at Heywood today when our over 65’s had their backs to wall,but our last line of defence didn’t let us down

Striders number one at Heywood today


  • Both Alan Richards and John Smith report on the first day of the GMWFL Autumn league
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  • “Well worth  a read” – he said !
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  • WHY HIDE OUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL? – the group has been the recipient
  • of special praise from some of those that matter most  <here>


  • 17th.September  ~ Today’s photos – mostly by David Wilson
  • <Autumn Almanac>


12/9/19 ~Steven Edwards from Manchester County F.A. visited our session yesterday….I had an email from him today in response to thanking him for coming over from the Etihad complex…

Afternoon Alan It was great to come down yesterday, thank you for the warm welcome. I thought you’re a great group and was so nice to see so many people involved and participating. Thank you for the report and the attached photo. Great group photo. I look forward to attending a FPL session in the coming months.

See you soon. Thanks…. Steve


12-9-19 ~ Good to meet Pryce Humphries at King Street today. He was driving a small tractor and re-invigorating the 3g surface with an attachment. He is of an age where walking football might appeal and watched his first game today.  He also accommodated  me in shooting a little film about drop kicks, which I’m convinced are legal under F.A. law , and maybe even W.F.A. – call them half-volleys if you like it’s a way of a ‘keeper clearing the ball – NOT restarting play which is a ‘goal clearance’ and something different. Pryce – who plays five-a-side and manages a couple of teams at Denton Youth  might be trying the walking game soon and we hope to see you on a Tuesday at eleven am.


Another new man at Denton Thursday –  full report <here>

A mixed morning for Gerry Markland
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GMWFL NEWS: The Over 70 and Over 65 fixtures are published on the relevant pages from the menu above.


Unfortunately the system that tells us how many people are visiting this site has crashed and it seems highly unlikely we’ll be able to recover it. So a ‘hit counter’ is being added to some of the pages. Just before it packed up we were on 95,000 visits in three years and two months. Thanks.

but for now it’s ‘s back to square 1,2,3,4,etc etc….not that it really matters, well, it matters but it’s not important – a bit like results.

Last weeks visitor stats:



Interesting research on walking football and our bodies !



Some photo’s from yesterday 3rd. September on ‘Stridershots’ our FLICKR pro account

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Your local free newspaper with constant coverage of walking football in the locale –



In praise of three touch < view >


Well, 34/35 turned up and we had a reserve in waiting.  A great success which you can read about on the Summer Nineteen page < here >

Dave Partington gives Bonkers the Badger a celebratory sno




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This fine FLICKR facility csts us £40 a year so why not check it out

today’s pics < FLICKR >

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  • another new pennant! – which like the other two  was made and funded personally by Alan Richards as well as using reclaimed materials. No cost to the group ~ thank you – Ed.


Tamestriders T.V. video cutting room is a hive of activity following the visit of the Bees from Burnley yesterday – first links will appear soon.

no sooner said than done – first half of first half < here >

second half of the first half ! < watch >

and the second half gets underway here <view>

and finally the remainder of the match can be seen < here >

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A message from Burnley Bees Graham Hill

“Just a quick few words from myself and the player’s of Burnley Bee’s walking football who  would like to say a very big thank you to Alan Richards for the loan of one of their team strips for us to play a very good friendly at Denton. Thank you also to every body who helped with a lovely lunch,  also to all players from both sides and Garry Pearce  our  Referee. Thank you so much for a great day at your facility,  looking forward to meeting again and  Burnley bees well played all ” – Graham Hill

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Vive la difference…French for the Strider’s bench

July 2019: And Alan’s up before the bench today. The other one.  This one looks pretty cool if he does say so himself – two benches from outside Bradford. If the rain holds off I’ll get stuck in laters…

Badgers bench – black and white and makes sense !

Bench update: out with the old and in with the older- transformation coming…the tape is a clue

We ‘Badgers’ have new benches ! well , second hand ones – all the way from Shipley in Yorkshire in the back of yours truly’s van. They don’t look much but they’re sturdy, storage friendly and some of the plastic stools we have are  mostly cracked and knackered (and a bit dangerous to be honest) Watch these two benches morph into something more walking football friendly. I’m sure they’ll enhance the King Street experience – Ed.

Entry level and the gateway to the group is Thursday from ten. Come down for a chat


Mike Kieran made his Denton debut today. A clean sheet too. A new goalkeeper as we fondly remember a predecessor.

Read all about it on the Denton internals page


Thirty odd photos from Tuesday as JULY kicks in…< link >


“Time well spent at Heywood with friends, co-players and familiar Referees. . I think all of our group – experienced and semi-experienced got something from the day. Classroom and practical. A couple of points I raised with the F.A. rep – up from Bristol – gave him food for thought. He seemed receptive. Of course we will continue to employ some local rules but this kind of get together can only assist in growing confidence, and in developing skills and judgement required for a difficult role. A gateway rather than a destination but I’m pleased I went along. Thanks to Lancashire F.A. and Heywood Sports Village” – Alan Richards

Pic of the Week: Steve Wingrove , one of our most competitive players alongside our ethos buzzwords banner.  More than one way to win with Denton Walking Football Group

Wingrove in the wet

Our over 70’s co-Manager’s Colin Fielding (left) and David Partington with LAST YEARS Over 70












Here comes the rain…..jackets.


DWFG competitive team


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