End of year celebration in The Nash Bar…..15/12/17 at 7-30pm.

Details from David Partington – “BE there, it’s bound to be a good night !”




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


WOULD ANY GREATER MANCHESTER CLUB OR GROUP interested in sending one of their organisers or players on  a Manchester County F.A, course in January (two weekday afternoons, Monday and a Friday probably) please get in touch.  Cost will be minimal if we are successful in  trying to finalise a particular  venue.  The local F.A. Referee Development Officer is willing to shape the course around rules we want to play by. Non-contact, with other subtle differences  to existing F.A. rules to be agreed by consultation between local groups and clubs hopefully before the end of this year.  Please get in touch either to submit your candidates name/s or ideas around the rules. Do we simply wish to play under W.F.A. guidelines or are their other ideas please…email and ‘phone details are atop the page. This could be a very positive development if the Greater Manchester walking football community embrace it.




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>



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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>


Striders and Amblers end of year DVD is in production now ! (Nobody said it was gonna be easy but..)


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.

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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.



NEWS FROM SCOTLAND , WALSALL AND elsewhere on Walking Football United this week <here>


A new format for occasional news of OUR groups…



ROY SMITH has unfortunately had to withdraw from the Over 65 squad for November 1oth. in sad circumstances.  Striders will  go with Eight…..

…Barry Smith – Bill Lancashire -Gordon Nixon -Joe Bemrose -Al Brodie – Al Richards –

Pete Jarvis and Colin Fielding




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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Continuing our association with friend of the group Ian Wilson (who generously provided the trophies shown below), and his ‘Engineering and Construction Company’ overseas we will soon be sporting a set of new bibs courtesy of Ian in our internal sessions – prepare for a few more team photographs 🙂

Find out more about Kazakhstan <Klikh>


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.



Heywood might look like this in the dark…

Just spoken to Chris Reynolds of Roach Dynamo.  I had no idea, but they play at Heywood Sports Village most Thursday nights. 5-00pm. to 6-00pm. (and on Tuesday’s instead (same time) when GMWFL is staged there) It’s a BIG ask to get our regular GMWF players to trek up there yet again but some of us who have not experienced the venue may be up for a visit. Please let me know via e.mail  (or reply on Facebook)if a Thursday evening game (one hour) would appeal. I’d be up for this myself because I have NEVER played under lights ! (I know it’s hard to believe local league grounds didn’t feature in my youth but there we are 🙂 Roach Dynamo play in Division Two of the GMWF League and attract about 7 walking footballers every week – they currently rely on much younger men to give them  a game on a Thursday night.

We’d obviously NEED a goalkeeper to offer their services for this one. I reckon also we’d need another five players minimum to make it viable. I have not gone into cost as yet.  Playing at The Nash has also been suggested but weekdays are problematic for them as most still work.  I have offered Chris the chance of a Saturday afternoon game when Curzon  are at home BUT his players are regulars at Football League and Premier League grounds. Provisionally thinking of late November for the Thursday game but will firm up  a date if there is a decent response – thanks – Ed.

Game confirmed 23/11/17 5-00pm. Keith ‘Badger’ Burrows our ‘keeper <details>


We have more enquiries for friendly games on the table.  In Whaley Bridge (Striders) and at home to Roach Dynamos (Amblers) more details to follow…watch this space.






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A golden autumn day for the October GMWFL saw mixed fortunes for both of our teams . There is a short summary and team pics on the GMWF page on the Menu above.  Good to see regular spectators Ben and Karen on the side-lines once again.  Thanks for supporting us.  We’ll have a few more pics and some video to sort out in the coming days and weeks.  Bee’s skipper Gordon Nixon was injured today – walking wounded – we hope you’re back playing soon Gordon. A Vintage Celtic player had to leave the field with a bloody nose after an accidental collision – we wish him well too.

Our two teams managed three goals between them  (Wingrove, White and Jones) and the details have been forwarded to the organiser’s statistician. For full results and revised league tables check the GMWF website  <here>

Ben and Karen – regular supporters



A December ‘doo’ is planned which will encompass both groups – Denton and Ashton.

The Nash Bar at Tameside Stadium is the likely venue and David Partington will soon be announcing details and dates. Food options will give traditional Christmas fayre a swerve and will be kept informal. A quiz is planned and it’s bound to be a fun packed evening (it sez ‘ere).  We will also have the presentations of the player of the year (Denton) and other D.W.F.G. awards. This year we have  an Over 65 p.o.y AND an Under 65 p.o.y.

David Wilson is handling the voting process and you will be given ballot slips and a letter of explanation in early November.  Please read it before casting your votes which are totally anonymous. As well as the player categories there will be a ‘Sportsman’ and ‘Clubman’ of the year too.  Everyone’s name is on the ballot paper so everyone is, in reality nominated and in with a chance.  The ‘Wilson’ Trophies  – generously sponsored by Mr. Ian Wilson, friend of the group  are awaiting both of the winners and will be suitably engraved.

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.





Following a chance encounter (a tweet actually) I found out about the Persimmon Homes ‘Community Champions’ scheme. Which assists community causes. I decided to apply and went through the process, not really expecting much. I am absolutely delighted to announce Denton Walking Football Group today received a cheque for the magnificent amount of FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS. Yours Truly, and Stewart White will be attending a coffee morning  at their Manchester H.Q. in November when we can discuss some of the uses to which this injection of cash will be put.


COLIN FIELDING INTERVIEW on Walkingfootball dot com

Colin Fielding

Read his interesting answers <here>


Bibs looking good badged  ‘Badgered’ up. David too….

David Gibbons at Denton today

New crest/badge for The Nash Amblers?  What do you think? Can you design better?

While we’re talking emblems….

The Badger badge Number One won over the majority of those who took part with a whopping 84% of the vote.  In other news Terry Bertenshaw has snapped up the last of the ‘End of Year’ videos meaning 20 have been pre-ordered at £3 apiece, and £60 should now be available for bibs and yes..more badges to put on ’em…we might even manage a brand new match ball out of the proceeds.


Splendid session at ‘The Nash’ this morning….public thanks to Keith for the work he has done for us lately (see below) despite being a very busy man with  a time consuming job.  He also gifted me a glass tankard with the Striders logo on today I shall christen it this evening, if not before. Also appreciation to Stewart White for his generous donation to buy another set of bibs for the Denton group.




thanks to Keith Burrows for turning them out. Coming soon to  a bib near you.



LET’S START TO SEE THESE ALL OVER THE LOCALITYSTRIDERS IN FOCUS.. in our traditional black and white with the Badger logo that won the recent poll – can you dig it ?

Designed by Alan Richards – Created by Keith Burrows

…details on how to get yours soon


CALLING ALL STRIDERS OVER 65 – we now have the makings of a team, if not a squad. 

OVER 65 ‘s knockout cup November 10th Heywood – we have SEVERAL players interested so far BARRY SMITH – -ALAN BRODIE – – BILL LANCASHIRE – – COLIN FIELDING – – ALAN RICHARDS – – DAVID WILSON — BRIAN STAFFORD — GORDON NIXON — let’s get the senior Badger’s back on the road……


Hope we draw this team !……………



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.

The move on reports will be kept under review. Reports on friendlies, festivals and Competitive matches will remain.

The ‘Wigan Indoor’ page has also been archived – nothing is lost, it’s all stored somewhere but it’s seven months since our last visit there – the ‘People’s Cup’ page has also been removed.

MARK WHITTAKER ,  after suffering an impact injury at the back of his calf on the 5th September Mark has been struggling. He has posted a photo of the bruising on Facebook  which has prompted some debate on contact.  He’s attended A & E  and had  a scan that revealed muscle damage which will take time to heal – he’s using a crutch to get around. What happened to Mark was of course, accidental but it 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.




Report and some images from Tuesday’s friendly at Curzon: The Nash Amblers v. Weston-s-Mare


Tuesday 12th.September –  The Nash Amblers played Weston-Super-Mare in  a friendly game at Curzon Ashton F.C.  A hat trick apiece from  Trevor Brereton & Terry Bertenshaw ( Pictured with a Weston pennant with Bernard of the ‘Seagulls’), plus another goal from David Carter saw the Amblers home to  comfortable 7-0 win. Really nice bunch of people and a pleasure to have their company this afternoon. We wish them well on the rest of their tour and a safe journey home. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing, Stewart White on the line and Mark Bradshaw and the club, as always for facilitating.


If anyone has an objection to Tameside Striders competitive/friendly teams adopting the nickname ‘The Badgers’ – we play in black and white badged shirts primarily, remember then please get in touch. Badgers are a resolute mammal, who defend their territory.

It must be said that researching the animals characteristics made me smile…”Good looking, small to medium sized individuals, they walk and talk as if they own the world and their powerfully built bodies and dominating personalities back down for no one, not even the much larger personality of the lion. They will confidently enter the territory of others — woe betide anyone who blocks their path.

Badgers Surprise Everyone with their Toughness

Like most carnivores, badgers stay in shape with regular physical activity and are well dressed and precisely groomed. They enjoy all sports and their competitive natures drive them to the edges of their abilities. Because of their small size, they sometimes feel the need to assert themselves to gain the respect accorded the larger carnivores. However, the badger’s tendency to bite off more than it can chew often results in an overestimation of its capabilities. With the heart of a tiger, tenacity is both their greatest asset and biggest downfall

Seems like a superb nickname to me and I’m indebted to Keith Burrows for the idea in the first place – it’s also  reminiscent of old time football club epithets. The graphical opportunities are endless.  The Badger is also under threat from the authorities – I hope that’s where any similarities end 🙂


SUPER TUESDAY ?  Two hours with the Striders at King Street, then it’s a touring team friendly with Weston-Super-Mare at ‘the Nash’.  All in a walking football week.




Nothing as bad as what’s been happening in the Caribbean, thankfully, but the rain in Heywood  was , at times anyway approaching monsoon levels. Striders played five games and emerged with four points.

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More on the ‘Martin Dawson’ page in due course, including links to photographs and video. We made a few friends today. Nice to meet some of the Hartshill Strollers and have a chat, and Wakefield Blues and Orange who play the game the right way. Also pleasing to share the points with Vintage Celtic who have been the number one ‘club’ in Tameside for quite a while.  They still are, you just have to compare trophy cabinets. Honours even today though, for the second time I believe (2-2 People’s Cup) .

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Games today were  played in  a good spirit as far as I could see (which wasn’t very far in the final game) – the odd ‘coming together’, one or two trips… nothing malicious; maybe  the odd ‘mischievous’ shoulder charge. Thanks to the organisers for whom the weather set some problems.

And of course respect to Mrs.Dawson,  and  to the memory of her late Husband, Martin.



If you’re playing at Heywood Sports Village anytime in the future please read this:


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Bill Murney’s  – (one of the league’s organisers)  Official summary of the September round of GMWF League fixtures is here, with news of important changes to the promotion/relegation issue.  <click>

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KING STREET : There’s a buzz about the place as yet more players part with  a fiver to sign on for 2017-2018.  NOW NUMBERING 36 ! 37…

  • Not signed on yet?  Get a form and fill it in – with EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS..not just important, it’s absolutely *ESSENTIAL* – thanks.


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


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

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

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





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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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





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


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

‘a game of two halves’

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

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



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

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

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

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Mike Conroy

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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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