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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.
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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).
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.
- 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.
Look out for the Platt Lane plan coming soon . We have the ‘Dome’ from 10-30am.to 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.
A national Facebook Forum for Walking Football – well administered, welcoming and with plenty of grounded, grass roots contributors from all over the place !
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.
MORE PUBLICITY FOR THE GROUP FROM ‘THE DENTON CORRESPONDENT’ THIS MONTH…
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…
A LIVELY UNDER’S SESSIONS SAW A FEW ‘LINGERERS’ ENJOYING A SECOND HOUR
HERE ARE THE TEAM PICS – IT FINISHED ONE – NIL TO THE MAROONS…
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?
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 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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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.
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…
The one-step penalty discussed (again) here http://www.nashwalkingfootball.online
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.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR THE FAIR PLAY LEAGUE
READ ABOUT IT < HERE >
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17/10/19 Last week we welcomed a new female player to King Street on an unusually sunny morning.
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
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.
- THURSDAY EVENING – – DECEMBER 12th.
- If you’re coming enter your name in the box below plus wives/partners/friends in total
- 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
- KITCHENS’ ! CLICK THE LINK TO SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
- Men in Kitchens 2nd Nov ’19 poster
- Nationwide – when do we all play?
- Committee meeting report from 12/10/19 is
- Changes are afoot and it’s important players read it please <here>
- STRIDERS PLEDGE SUPPORT to the F.P.L. BOARD – <here>
- 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.
- 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 >
- 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
- Record breakers 8th October – some ‘Stridershots’ on FLICKR <shoot>
- 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)
- EVEN WHEN WE PLAY COMPETITIVELY WE DON’T GO OUT TO ‘NOBBLE’ THE OPPOSITION SO LET’S NOT INJURE OURSELVES AT DENTON. ‘BOB’ CAN BITE SO LOOK OUT FOR THE BACK STEP
- 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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- FOCUS ON JOHN BOYLE…
John is one of our keenest players on Thursday mornings. He hails from Kent and was a long time supporter of Gillingham F.C. He makes a 20 mile round trip from Northenden to take part whenever he can, and plays the game in the right way. Lately he has been performing between the goalposts and has pulled off a string of good saves. The double fist-out is his speciality. Players like John make the sessions worthwhile and his enthusiasm for the game is undimmed.
- Long may that continue – take a bow John Boyle.
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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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- 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…
BREAKING NEWS 21/9/19
Tony Cravagan has been co-opted onto the D.W.F.G. Committee.
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
- Both Alan Richards and John Smith report on the first day of the GMWFL Autumn league
- “Well worth a read” – he said !
- 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>
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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
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 >
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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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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…
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.
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 >
REFEREE’S WORKSHOP….27 / 6 / 19
“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
Our over 70’s co-Manager’s Colin Fielding (left) and David Partington with LAST YEARS Over 70
Here comes the rain…..jackets.