REMEMBER THE RECENT SURVEY…?
Thanks to those who responded to our competitive walking football survey. So, where do we go from here? Well, we need to have a discussion with Mark Bradshaw about possibilities going forward. We will soon have a state of the art facility adjacent to The Nash Amblers parent club Curzon Ashton. It’s an opportunity to progress walking football.
It’s felt that any other competition for our players (and others yet to be invited) needs to offer something different. We are happy at Heywood of that there is no doubt. Any alternative would be an addition – not an alternative. There would not be the conventional 3 points for a win, one for a draw format – that’s been done everywhere already – but obviously winning teams would be awarded points. We need a system that totally discourages regular running and undue physicality. Every current competition I have seen nationwide suffers from the former. Another innovation could be an ‘average age’ scenario. Competing teams would be invited to take part and seven could be a minimum number to play each other four times over four months with twenty minute games. The £5 figure mentioned is high and it is envisaged that playing fees would be approximately £3 to £4 per player per month, for a six man team seven man squad possibly paying as little as just £21. We obviously need paid Referees, assistants too . There is a lot to talk about and we will keep you fully informed of developments , assuming there are any ! – in the meantime here’s the survey results….
(sorry about the typo)
NEWS IN BRIEF
We now have two more certified first aiders in the camp
- Les Gillan
Laurie O’Toole has been forced to withdraw from the Striders squad for June 21st. Long Game for Lottie. If anyone wishes to take his place let me know a.s.a.p. Game fee £5.00 – (thanks Ed.)
If all goes to plan, next week will see two lots of medals presented at King Street – The Nash Amblers for their runners-up campaign in the Over 60’s and Tameside Senior Striders who were of course finalists in the Over 70’s seventies Cup competition.
After consulting committee colleagues the BLUEFIN Sport (F.A. approved) accident insurance cover for D.W.F.G. has been renewed and increased to cover five walking football teams (up to thirty five players at any one time). I’ve taken the liberty of committing an extra ten pounds to double the life cover should one of us expire on the pitch, to £20,000. Total cost £195. Signing on fees due in August of £5.00 per player will more than cover this purchase. A significant benefit for our players at King Street (and when travelling elsewhere) I’m sure you will agree, and this is the third year we have been covered.
COLIN FIELDING AND LES GILLAN ARE BOTH ATTENDING MANCHESTER F.A. EMERGENCY FIRST AID COURSES THIS WEEK: COST OF WHICH WILL BE MET FROM GROUP FUNDS
Visit the ‘Denton Internals’ page to checkout the squads for the Longest Day/Longest Game
Walking football for almost two hours for Little Lottie – Striders and Badgers mobilised once again to support a good cause.
Denton Youth F.C. have offered our pitch time free of charge on the day which is really appreciated. Thank you so much.
Colin Fielding reminded me just how close the title race for the Over 60 Spring League became in the end. The final table for Division One is reproduced below. Much hinged on the game between the Amblers and Rochdale Strollers which they of course won by two goals to nil. If memory serves me well the entire campaign saw The Nash Amblers lose just that one game and concede three goals across sixteen games. I know all of the players – and several more besides are keen to do their best to go one better next time around. To that end , it has been unanimously decided that regular sessions – both playing and training – for the time being will be closed to players from other clubs IN THE SAME DIVISION (from the Autumn) this includes games at the Ambler’s temporary Denton home and applies immediately.
Read the organisers official report of the Over 70’s Cup competition at Heywood – you will find the link on the relevant page from the menu above
Read how Keith Yardley – the Amblers latest recruit – got into walking football and found a friendly welcome with just the kind of competitive spirit he was looking for.
Stewart White presents medals to his successful Badger’s team who carried off the Miller’s Day mini-league Trans-Pennine trophy last month – terrific gesture Stewart – Danny Tipping and Steve Rourke to follow
A guide for club Referee’s written by Mick Hill who Refereed the People’s Cup Final recently and puts a lot of effort into seeing the game is played the correct way. We are lucky to have our own regular, and excellent Referees, plus others who are equally committed but less experienced (including myself) who might find the insight within of value.
Worth a look
A couple of weeks ago, or was it more because time flies by so quickly these days. So much so the holiday season is upon us once again. Anyway the estimable Keith Burrows, goalkeeper, Referee and defender of this parish recently approached the company that produces ‘Badger Beers’ to ask for sponsorship given our nickname ‘The Badgers’. The company, Hall & Woodhouse based in the beautiful county of Dorset declined the invitation but did send Keith FIVE £10 vouchers which can be used in any number of their pubs in the south and south-west of England . From outer London ( including Twickenham) down into Sussex-by-the-sea to Brighton and westward across the south coast towards the busy port of Southampton , Dorset itself and as far west as Exeter. Olde English inns and pubs like ‘The Lulworth Cove Inn’ and ‘The Jolly Sailor’ in Southampton.
So Keith has suggested a Raffle for these vouchers to raise a few pounds. Now we have the ‘Lottie’s Little Legs Appeal’ to think about how about offering them to any potential ‘staycationers’ who are taking their holidays ‘darn sarf’ first? They may be more likely to be used in those circumstances. Treat yourself to a couple of delicious Badger’s pub/restaurant meals and a few pints of their real Ale or a bottle of wine for a fraction of the retail cost.
Shall we say £20 gets the fifty quid’s worth of vouchers? First come first served !
Spread the word to friends and family journeying towards Hampshire , Dorset and Devon especially. The New Forest area too of course. Any reasonable offer considered. The vouchers are not dated so grab yourself a bargain whilst putting a few more quid into the pot which will be boosted by the Miller’s Day DVD
and our ‘Longest game on the Longest Day’. More on that later. A full, extensive list of the forty plus pubs you can use these vouchers will accompany them when purchased – thanks – Ed.
(and well done Keith for your initiative)
Learn more about the Lottie’s Little Legs Appeal <here>
Check out the Over 60’s league page (see menu above) for the latest on The Nash Amblers final round of First Division fixtures this coming Thursday. A shortage of Smith’s and some seasoned recruits have answered the clarion call for Curzon’s walking football team.
Tameside Senior Striders were beaten finalists in the Over 70’s knockout at Heywood today. After winning two group games and drawing the other two we beat Rochdale Blues 1-0 in the semi-final to face the Rochdale Reds in the final. The game was locked at 0 – 0 and the resultant penalty shoot out saw the Rochdale side emerge as winners. Six very taxing games in the heat and humidity at Heywood. More later with pics and eventually video.
Tournament report from Striders point of view and a link to photo’s <are here>
VIDEO of our Birmingham and Bury Relics games can now be found linked on the tournament page from the menu at the top of the page.
9/20 copies remain
Our Senior Striders have been drawn in a group of five at GMWF’s Over 70’s tournament. Our games take place on Pitches one & two versus Birmingham, Bury Relics, Widnes and Huddersfield ‘Town’ games kick off at 11-00am. Be there for ten am. please and YOU MUST WEAR SHIN PADS and provide photo i.d. ~ NOT a bus pass
STOP PRESS:Best of luck to our ‘Senior Striders’ in the Over 70’s knockout Cup at Heywood.
TOMORROW **TOMORROW ** TOMORROW
The bus leaves Boots , Crown Point North (just Bob, really) at 9-15am. and there’s two spare seats after David Wilson decided to travel in greater comfort with all that Jazz Cravagan ! Why not watch those Grandad’s go?….they are quietly fancied to do well in this competiton – support your Seniors week – the new shirts are here in the nick of time too …Hashtag #Badgersontheroad
COLIN FIELDING AND LES GILLAN are the latest Striders to be enrolled onto an F.A. Emergency First Aid course. June 14th 6-30pm at Cheetham Hill Cricket Club. Worthwhile use of our funds and this ensures that we will have a First Aider on hand most Thursday’s & in Colin’s case assists the programme at Curzon going forward – thanks Gentlemen
Wednesday May 23rd. 2018
A truly memorable morning at King Street as Rotherham’s ‘Mature Millers’ visited us for a mini-league of 5 teams programme of walking football. Within their ranks was none other than Tommy Charlton who is now the WFA’s Ambassador. Tommy’s team ‘Millers ‘A’ were not the most successful across the two pitches BUT they went home with the Sportsmanship Trophy. Adjudged by our Referee’s to be the team most likely to walk and refrain from contact. Here is Janet Nixon presenting the award to Colin Parry of the ‘The Millers’ flanked by Referees Garry and Alan.
More on the friendly pictures page including links to photos and videos soon – there are a lot to sort through.
Tuesday 22/5/18 ~ DAVID QUINN LOST £7.00 in change AT KING STREET THIS MORNING
IF ANYONE FOUND IT I KNOW HE’D BE HAPPY TO GET IT BACK NEXT WEEK
In other news Alan Brodie has ‘crocked’ his knee and will miss out, although he will be attending to help out and film some of the action. Thanks ‘Chief’
Terry Harrison will slot into Gordon Nixon’s Bees team as a replacement
Colin Fielding does a John Motson for our recent game with Wakefield Wanderers
but be prepared for a one sided commentary job <link here>
Click the link for the new ‘Flickr’ album <here>
Tameside Striders Over 65’s finished fifth in a field of seven in the Greater Manchester Spring League. A three-nil win over Wakefield Wanderers hoisted us off the bottom of the table. There is a full report on the Over 65’s league page.
Meanwhile here is a pic from today of Group chairman and Strider’s Captain Gordon Nixon with Ron, the Goalkeeper from the title winning team Rochdale Strollers – easily the best team in the competition. Meanwhile a novel session for Denton Thursday with Stewart White – see details on the ‘Thursday’ page.
Steve Rich is one of walking football’s pioneers and has commented recently upon the state of the competitive game. Although it’s mostly negative I think there’s a thorny problem here that needs addressing…
“All Walking Football fails. Forget romanticizing the notion that it doesn’t, or having a local session of good walking standard that you hope is replicated nationwide. Nobody walks and by and large most sessions are tolerant of familiar practice to keep numbers healthy, so go unpoliced. General standards of refereeing is p**s poor. Sessions that venture into competitive WF take common practice into arenas and then ramp it up with dreadful officials.
Its called walking football yet no-one walks. That in itself deems it a failing. Several hundred videos support this fact. Local sessions must also be accountable.
Wading in the shallows is not swimming, so why does Everyman and his dog think the game works when running is not walking ? It fails miserably as a credible sport. Conceptually it shouldn’t, but in truth, not a chance.
The joys and health benefits, social and mental wellbeing associated aspects with the game of course don’t come into it as a failing – that is a given and all we have to cling onto when it is patently clear nobody does what they’re supposed to in the competitive game. It’s an absolute farce and burying heads in sand will make it better?
View the two latest vids from abroad. This is where we’ve come to and it won’t get a deal better too quick.
Negative? Wakey, wakey”
Some sweeping generalisations but there’s an essence of truth in what Mr.Rich says….
Today saw the short term move of The Nash Amblers to the King Street pitch in Denton.
A good turnout and a cracking game -Trevor Brereton’s report<is here>
Coming soon to King Street – and these men are no mugs…when the rest of us were enduring the ‘beast from the east’ they made their way to Portugal for some warmer walking football.
For more details check the friendly-fixtures page
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The Nash Amblers at Heywood for the penultimate GMWF session and did really well.
Still trying to find the ideal ball – coming soon hopefully next week…
the Nike ‘Strike’
If you wonder what King Street looks like on Thursday morning take a look at our film
‘When Thursday Comes’
which is linked within the latest match report on the Denton Thursday page – in other news….
….. here’s a real boost for the group
If you’ve registered on our new forum and you’re a player with us – cast your vote
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY AND THE AMBLERS SESSION AT THE NASH IS MOST DEFINITELY ON
11-00am. START AS USUAL PLEASE.
THE BANK HOLIDAY SESSION WILL BE THE LAST ONE AT CURZON FOR A WHILE. TRANSFER TO KING STREET MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS FOR THE DURATION OF THE PITCH LAYING.
STILL AN 11-00 O’CLOCK START UNLESS ADVISED OTHERWISE. ALAN RICHARDS and DAVID PARTINGTON WILL ORGANISE THE COLLECTION OF SUBS AND PITCH PAYMENTS BETWEEN THEM. STILL £2 per player.
DAVID HAS ALSO AGREED TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE KIT IN THE BIG CURZON BAG. THE SESSIONS WILL BE REGARDED AS SEPARATE TO D.W.F.G. ACTIVITY AT DENTON AND SLIGHTLY DIFFERING IN NATURE
- – – – – no stools, no clock, keyboard, drybox, fancy GK gloves , straight line markers, megaphone etc. ! (Yours truly may not always be there you see.) The Curzon bag of course has everything needed to put on a session including gloves, bibs, markers and balls and you’ll still be able to get a brew afterwards.
Denton only players are welcome to attend but if numbers exceed the requirements of the Amblers players you might not get a game.
These are Nash Amblers sessions and well worth a look, even as a spectator !
We don’t just rely on the internet for group news – Alan ‘Chief’ Brodie checks the notice board..
You can read the latest copy of the Walking Football Associations newsletter at <this link>
All of our players are urged to sign up to our forum <here> and plenty have already. Thank You.
Facebook is having a bad time at the moment not everyone trusts it, and ultimately we need to look at alternatives for interactivity – this is a start.
Fleetwood Town Flyers won the F.A. Peoples Cup at St.George’s Park. Footage on the BBC sport channel should be available but a very strict Referee (Mick Hill) ensureD there was NO running ! The players had to adapt quickly and drop the pace right down. This they did but neither Fleetwood nor opponents Beccles Town WF could score in open play. The penalty shoot out went Fleetwood’s way 5-4 with Beccles’ final penalty disallowed for an illegal two step execution. Top marks to the Referee and to the winners, Fleetwood. This competition should be divided into age groups next year – Over 50 and Over 60 or 65. If that happens we may reconsider our stance on entry. Especially if there are more Referee’s like Mick Hill.
The draw for the teams on May 23rd. went slightly awry (my fault ..Ed) but its’ now been finalised and each of our three teams will have eight players per squad which is similar to ideal numbers for a Heywood League day.
Six pairs of Goalkeeper’s gloves purchased at a cost of £145.00. Sizes 8 , 9 and 10 so something for almost everyone who is brave enough to go between the sticks at Denton. We were let down with our previous order for gloves and couldn’t wait until September! Dave Partington and Garry Pearce were both consulted on this purchase before we went ahead with it.
Where possible these will be personalised ‘JT1’for obvious reasons. They have finger protection – designed primarily to lessen the effects of player contact, but this feature can also prevent fingers being bent backwards from a powerful shot! The gloves HAVE to be better than of the rubbish we bought from Sports Direct last year – not lasted long some of ’em.
Two good games at Denton today – King Street video action is linked on the ‘internals’ page.
New man Steve Tomlinson (right) seen here with Terry Harrison, clearly pleased with his call up to the Strider’s squad for Heywood…
FOR ENGLAND AND ST.GEORGE – The Nash Amblers numbered ten today….
lots of video of a seven goal thriller – watch the Amblers page for links over the next few days…
We will be drawing the names for the three teams to ace Rotherham’s ‘Millers’ soon. The draw will be filmed and linked from the news page (*this one*). Teams of seven players for six a side matches – a minimum of four games per team fifteen minute matches. £2 per home player.
Buffet to follow and a trophy for the most sporting team. Details will emerge later
WEDNESDAY at KING STREET May 23rd. gather from 10-30am.
Some of you may remember the idea of a tour of Scotland via minibus and three or four games (maybe engineering an invitation to a festival) was floated last year . Sadly it’s emerged that the WFS has adopted three touch walking football and that seems to be almost universally adopted up there now.
So we might need a rethink or drop the idea all together. (Personally, I seldom take more than three touches before moving the ball on Ed). Others like to hold the ball a little longer and as a Referee, or a player, counting the number of times they touch the ball is a job too much. The three touch game has been tried, and rejected. Back to the touring drawing board.
As players, you may not have heard of Steve Rich, but it’s a name well known in the world of walking football, particularly in the south of England. Steve has taken Mike Conroy’s ‘Flamingo’ penalty taking technique to task on a national forum. Doubting its legality, and writing thus under the name ‘Carpe Diem’ and I quote…
Again another most helpful vid in educating the masses. I do though have to ask if in fact the ‘flamingo’ is a legal kicking process. As we know, the rules clearly state that in the process of a stride, one foot must remain on the ground at all times – the perfect example being heel toe movement, even at pace. With that in mind, no player may have two feet off the ground simultaneously – even in the process of shooting in open play, or from a dead ball. The flamingo kick (seen at approx. 1:17) clearly is a leap where both feet are off the ground before planting the stable foot and kicking with the other. As a referee I would disallow this without hesitation – even if more unnecessary velocity were resultant for the kicker and giving a slightly better chance of scoring.
I’ve responded to him but also started the debate on our new forum and would be very interested to hear your views. This is a good talking point which needs to be addressed. It would be especially helpful to hear from those among us who recently qualified as Manchester County F.A. Referees.Check the video – still on this page below at 1:17 to see if you could judge ‘one foot on the ground’ without a freeze frame brain.
Responses on the ‘Contact Us’ option from the menu OR here please <Striders Forum>
Great day at King Street <pics here>
A power packed penalty – but the shot was saved !
CLICK and VIEW THE FILM BELOW FOR SOME CLARITY ON THE ONE STEP PENALTY
don’t get caught out with a micro-step
Apropos of the overwhelming show of hands at King Street last week the website hosting and domain name costs have been renewed using the group’s general funds by utilising our debit card.
Film of our game with Rochdale Strollers is back from the Chemists and linked…
Cameragirl Eve Richards did a good job yesterday keeping up with most of the action.
There’s a link to a light hearted 20 minute film focussing on our game with Rochdale Striders
on the Over 65’s page <here>
LINK TO SOME PICS FROM Heywood 12/4/18 <click>
Read the report on the Over 65’s league page from the menu
May 23rd. Wednesday we host Rotherham United’s ‘Mature Millers’ at King Street
and have just three or four places left for players – see the friendly fixtures page and interact via the new forum – linked below…thanks , Ed.
LANCASHIRE RIDES TO THE RESCUE…Bill Lancashire has answered the call to strengthen our numbers at Heywood tomorrow. News of the fixtures and provisional team selection is on the Over 65 League page from the menu.
UNDERS CLOCK ON FOR ANOTHER SHIFT….
match reports from today’s King Street action <here>
Some aspects of the report below have tonight (7/4/28) been proven to be inaccurate.
See the Over 65’s League page for further details.
The Nash Amblers at Heywood’s GMWF League today:
P4 W0 D4 L0 F1 A1 Pts. 4
Jim’s memorial clock is finished and King Street has a ‘Clock End’ when we play both pitches and a Clock Side when we don’t. It’s powder coated and suited for outdoors, although between games it will be safely stored indoors. I hope you agree it’s a respectful reminder, and a fitting memorial to our Goalkeeper Jim without being too formal. The Clock has had the seal of approval from Jackie, Jim’s Wife which is most important to us as a group .
Look for the match report on the Denton Thursday page from the menu. It’s a decent read.
(if I do say so myself)
Three touch. Yay or Nay? Food for thought or not for us? Please comment on the news thread – new forum – lots of clubs and groups swear by it and in Scotland it’s the national rule
(which may affect tour considerations)
Aimed at current players both Ashton and Denton….get involved, keep informed – thanks
LOVING this photo from today: Bernard arrives at King Street for his walking football session
A trio of ‘team shots’ from today courtesy of Alan Graham
In an effort to make this site more interactive please sign up to our forum which is linked here. It is hoped in time that this will replace the Facebook function of our group pages on the social media site, which has attracted a lot of negativity over the last couple of weeks.
If you’re one of those who doesn’t like Facebook, and all it stands for then please register with our new (free) forum online. Mostly aimed at our players this will hopefully be equally effective in aiding communication between us all. (tip: write your password down somewhere)
No photographs today (30th Friday) but it sounds like a dozen Amblers enjoyed a tight one at ‘The Nash’
Read Trevor Brereton’s match report <here>
We are pleased to announce the visit of Rotherham Uniteds ‘Mature Millers’ in May for a friendly
game at King Street – more details on our ‘friendly fixtures’ page
The Good Friday session at the Nash is on but Easter Monday is off. Normal service at King Street next week
28/3/18 and the meeting at St.George’s Park, near Burton-upon-Trent. Those who answered the F.A.’s call to discuss the shaping of walking football’s future from their standpoint as a governing body had a four hour chat about the laws of the game. Few details will emerge at the request of our hosts and the process of formulating this new code will take many weeks, and some months. Whilst nothing radical in the scheme of our groups way of thinking emerged the general thrust of the meeting was encouraging for the way we already play the game. Plenty of people had plenty of slightly differing opinions but the general mood was one of compromise and conciliation. Thanks to Bill Murney of the GMWFL for facilitating our representation at this meeting. Held at a sumptuously splendid, recently built venue nestling unobtrusively in agricultural country to the south of Draycott-in-the-Clay.
An entrance drive of some three quarters of a mile passing pitch after pitch leads to a large low rise complex complete with a Hilton Hotel. We met in the ‘Terry Venables Room’ and strolling through the plush (but not quite opulent) corridors it was clear that past heroes and achievements in the world of English football had been tastefully honoured and remembered. It was worth remembering though that walking football IS a different game, which was one of my first contributions. Several others followed as part of a lively discussion, and when the results emerge from F.A. lawmakers in the summer, it will be time to go into them in more detail here.
In the topsy-turvy world of walking football the W.F.U. website now appears to have swung behind the F.A. as the legitimate organisers and custodians of the game. A recent fallout between the two men who got the ball rolling at the ‘Walking Football Association’ has seen much criticism of the WFA approach to their self-proclaimed status as ‘National Governing Body’ It’s appreciated that to most looking at this page, such fall outs are meaningless but as an affiliated WFA group we are disappointed with their approach to the game. Their website is hardly ever updated, communication seems limited to a monthly newsletter. There is an emphasis towards international scenarios, and their lack of consultation when issuing new rules. Preferring to announce them via a third party website under a preposterous pseudonym instead of advising affiliated clubs and groups first.
Our situation regarding affiliation to the WFA will be reviewed at the A.G.M. in August
WFU website <here>
WFA website <here>
CONGRATULATIONS TO GARRY PEARCE – who yesterday became an accredited W.F.A. Referee.
Garry achieved ‘tournament’ status …
…attending a course in Solihull to achieve the rare distinction of accreditation with both that organisation, and Manchester County Football Association
A dozen friendly faces on the pitch (see the Thursday page for details)and a few more gathered later for a photo, including Jim Thompson’s Wife Jackie who came out to present the group with a generous cheque in Jim’s name – grateful thanks to Jackie and the family we will be arranging for a permanent reminder of Jim at our home ground soon.
Stewart White sustained ‘two broken ribs’ in the ‘friendly’ game at Burnley on Tuesday last and as a consequence will be missing from games for the next few weeks, and will unfortunately miss his representative game for the GMWF League against Blackburn Rovers Walking Football at the weekend. He hopes to get down to some of our internal sessions in the meantime.
Get well soon Stewart – who has been in touch with Sam, who organises Burnley WF
(as have I Ed.) Sam agrees aspects of the day were unsatisfactory.
It is indeed extremely regrettable that any walking football match should involve this kind of injury to one of the players, it should be remembered this was a friendly game.
Those of you with memories of old time Hyde and some of the pubs that have long since closed might like Bill Lancashire’s poem ‘THE BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE’
A saga of some length which describes how Hyde United supporters would trek on foot to see their heroes take on ‘the enemy’ their local rivals Stalybridge Celtic.
How many pubs do you recognise? – there used to be about five cinemas in Hyde I’m often told -probably five times as many boozers !
The Nash Amblers arrive at Burnley today (20/3/18)
A two-two draw report <here>
I don’t know about you but I’m utterly cheesed off with this weather. Just when we thought we’d seen the back of the ‘beast from the east’ he has popped back again to say a hostile hello! We can only hope that the sessions this week are unaffected. Tomorrow (Monday) is obviously at some risk with temperatures climbing only modestly. The strong winds may have cleared some of the pitch at Curzon though so all is not lost. Speaking of Curzon Ashton their game at Blyth Spartans was postponed on Saturday and this stop start season has meant so many re-arranged fixtures for The Nash first team. On Tuesday The Nash Amblers travel to Burnley for an indoor friendly fixture The game will once again be filmed and we are told the opposition will be tougher this time. Garry Pearce will Referee the game watch the friendly fixtures page for a full report in due course.
It’s always good to see new faces at our walking football. Keith and Maurice tried the game on Friday at the Nash and they have been invited down to Denton Thursday which for now, may be a better experience until they get accustomed to the game. Both played a lot in their younger days for ‘Ashtonians’ and enjoyed some success. I really hope they make it on Thursday.
Several players have been absent for quite a few weeks now, running into months. Maybe the aforementioned weather has not helped, but injuries intervene at both venues and/or players just decide it’s no longer for them. We hope that’s not the case. Players we would like to welcome back at both venues include Gary Gray, Alan Gerlish, Peter Roberts, the Tomlisson brothers, David Grimbaldeston, Mark Whittaker, Dave Bridge, Ivan Taylor, Roy Smith,
Peter Brammer – (you may enjoy Thursday’s too) – the list is not exhaustive.
New players arrive regularly, especially at Denton and the Thursday session is picking up. Once Spring finally arrives there will be no stopping the Thursday crew and a move to a bigger pitch, and later two pitches is one we can clearly envisage. As we will be taking up the King Street pitches on four days a week over part of this year it means enough walking football at Denton to keep everyone satisfied. I personally hope to make most Tuesday’s and Thursday’s – Strider’s league commitments aside. There is to be an Over 70’s knock-out Cup at Heywood in late May and we should be able to field a team there under the leadership of David Partington.
We hope to follow 2017’s Summer Festival with a 2018 version – venue to be decided. The warmer months should also see a mini-tournament at Burnley Community, a smaller festival of friendly games over the course of one day and perhaps even a trip across the Pennines for an evening game when the days are long. Lots going on – be part of it.
Eighteen players attended the funeral of Jim Thompson today (16th.March) at Dukinfield Crematorium. It was a humanist service and tribute was paid to Jim’s life as a loving husband, dad and granddad. His Grandchildren spoke so lovingly about him.
“Good luck in your meeting today, I hope it’s productive”.
As an aside we regularly play closely contested games in a non-contact format internally. Little quarter is given by both teams , whatever the personnel, both teams want to win. Any stranger watching would not know there were no points, or prizes at stake.
Often a whole game can go without a single free kick for contact. Sometimes a handful of offences – (like in yesterday’s one-nil 9 v.9 on an enlarged, though still tight pitch) are penalised with an indirect free kick. Offences which were almost exclusively accidental at best, in a couple of cases careless at worst. The latter are generally few and far between. We have not had a contact related injury for a long, long time <touchwood> . All games at our Curzon Ashton venue are now officiated by F.A. badged Referees who do a thorough, conscientious job for no more reward than a thank you from some of us at the end. “
In a big step forward for a unified game we now have been given permission to include the Manchester County F.A. logo alongside our recently approved and locally sanctioned rules for Walking Football. If anyone wants a copy, ask Alan at our next session he has a few spares. They appear on this website just search the menu above.
These rules have met with approval from various quarters within and outwith Greater Manchester boundaries. The code employed at Heywood in our league games is very similar in ethos and in substance. Non-contact is the key, and despite difficulties trying to persuade some national figures within the game our formula for deterring reckless play with penalty kicks is a common sense move.
This is a notable achievement and development as the process was engineered and initiated by us. Particular thanks to Garry Pearce who assisted me throughout.
Also to Tom Elliott & Sarah Venning of Manchester County F.A. without whom this would not have been possible.
Download, or simply read a copy of the ‘Manchester F.A. Walking Football Rules’ <here>
In a joint initiative driven by ‘Action Together’ we, Vintage Celtic and other interested parties have been asked to put together a document describing the different levels of walking football.
We have come up with four of them, but have yet to agree on final wording.
We all agree though that Level 1 is ‘Slipper Football’ and now Level 2 (Beginners) has been highlighted if you’re unsure what those are we have two short films to demonstrate and explain on our YouTube Channel – please search at YouTube.com for ‘Tameside Striders’
Get down to Denton Thursday at ten am. for a good, light hearted game of mini-goals, score in the ‘D’ only walking football without Goalkeepers. Yes…Thursday’s !
I asked walkingfootball.com if they could start an obituary page for obvious reasons. Let’s face it as – someone said “at our age we are all in the departure lounge waiting for our flight to be called” I’ve never liked flying particularly but I got the point…anyway, the sites main man agreed and here is our little tribute to Jim on the country’s premier national website for walking football <Jim>
Hats off to this man
Graham always has a smile on his face and gets King Street looking ship shape for us every Tuesday. Co-Treasurer and valued group mate. Dispenses a fine cup’o’tea too. Cheers Graham….
Tameside Striders played Burnley F.C. Community Walking Football Group and came away with a 10-1 win. The Burnley Boys, and ladies are not fully used to playing normal walking football rules and this was a steep learning curve for them.
The result is far less important than the good game that was played in the right spirit. More in the way of a report later on our ‘friendly-fixtures’ page. Today was special for me and I think for all of our players. Thanks to Denis Cudahy for Refereeing at fairly short notice. To Sam and Naomi from the Burnley Community team – our paths will cross again I’m sure. To all players for ensuring this game was played in the right way for a walking football match.
Video is linked from the ‘friendly-fixtures’ page (see menu)…many, many thanks to Tony Cravagan for filming the game for us and enhancing the day for us with his company.
We keep striving to make our sessions as well planned as possible to benefit our players. This is the latest addition to the group:
A ‘DRYBOX’ to store jackets, / small bags / car keys when playing obviously you’ll only see it at Denton when there’s rain in the air. Hope you think it a worthwhile addition. Remember these items are paid from the subs you pay when you play, and the fivers your Committee Referee’s channel back into funds. Money that means small improvements. Please don’t be tempted to sit on these boxes. We’ve been there before ! There’s a ‘KEEP OFF’ reminder printed on top. ‘ Thanks.
THE LEVELLERS !
We have been asked to make three short films (though we may be able to adapt a current one) of the various levels of walking football. These levels were first mooted almost two years ago locally, so far as I’m aware they are the only ones that actually exist. They were recently approved by Bill Murney and Derek Drabble of Vintage Celtic after a meeting with Action Together. This was most welcome.
Ruth Madden of the ‘Action Together’ organisation is behind the request for the practical filmed demo of level 1, 2 and 4. Vintage Celtic will provide a demo film of level 3.
So – we are looking for four volunteers to demonstrate ‘slipper walking football’ on film. if Mark is agreeable we can do it in the Snack Bar after a session. Four chairs two in each set – facing each other. Wear your slippers and just pass the ball between each other. This is thought suitable for the infirm, dementia sufferers and the really elderly. There will be a packet of biscuits for the tattiest auld slippers , which may well be mine. Ed.
Click the link below for our version of ‘levels’
Order your free Striders branded and Badger badged Beanie hat from 11-00am today – see the notice board at King Street later – there’s a deep , deep Siberian freeze on the way – *apparently*
OVER 65’s OFFICIAL Report on the GMWF league’s opening day <here now>
Approximately twenty players , plus their Wives, partners and friends attended the Viceroy in Hyde on Thursday 15th.February, and a good time was had by all.
Many thanks to David Partington for organising the evening
Events at Heywood…15/2/18 —- Six games in 90 minutes ! In the majority we held our own but finishing let us down. Rochdale based Striders and Strollers took two of the chances they had (just one-nil defeats) but we couldn’t convert ours. Three goalless draws in the mix and what turned out to be a heavy defeat – has to be described thus at three-nil in a ten minute game with ‘Vintage Relics’. Former team mate Colin Cuthbert back to haunt us with a fine hat trick, was our undoing. We are bottom of the league tonight but I’m sure nobody will lose sleep over that ! (least of all me, Ed)There’s a month to go before we can try to put it right so forget it , keep calm and carry on. A few more details on the Over 65’s league page from the menu. The format wasn’t ideal today (nor was that bloody wind) but there may be more teams added, or other changes going forward.
FANTASTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR CURZON ASHTON F.C. THE NASH AMBLERS AND ANY NUMBER OF YOUNGSTERS WHO USE THE TRAINING PITCHES AT THE TAMESIDE STADIUM – many thanks to all our group who contributed towards the massive sum of money required and of course to the FOOTBALL FOUNDATION for their valued support and not least Curzon Ashton F.C. Management for their
Making friends as we go…
“thanks Alan was a great game we all enjoyed learning how to play proper walking football and have discussed the idea of playing this game from now on so we are more used to playing that way hope all your guys enjoyed the day too will have to set up a return match at yours when the weather is a little warmer…”
Paul Ridgeway ~ Whaley Bridge Corinthians
- News from Sam at Burnley F.C. the friendly with their community walking footballers next week will be covered by their media team and we will also be looking to film the game – a ‘media area’ is being set up by the side of the pitch.*
The Denton Internals page (see the menu above) is a quick run down of goings on at King Street on a weekly basis. Today we had 24 players over the two hours – about 50% of our total ‘membership’ at D.W.F.G. John Gaskin has become the latest walking footballer to ‘sign-up’ with us. John has been playing at the beginner’s session at Guide Bridge and does not look out of place in our games at all.
On Thursday ‘the Badgers’ Over 65 competitive players go to Heywood for the GMWFL league.
A couple of players were injured today. David Wenham pulled up with a hamstring injury and David Wilson with a muscle strain. Joe Bemrose calf was causing him problems too.
We had a committee meeting after the games but nothing much to report. We will be looking to sign up with Action Together a Tameside related scheme which may bring some benefit going forward. We won’t be surrendering any autonomy going forward or linking up in any official way with any other club or group locally. Our relationship with The Nash Amblers is of course integral to what we have been doing over the last 20 months or so anyway. Your Secretary will continue to signpost enquirers wishing to try the game to the most appropriate venue. The Denton Thursday sessions will remain at just £2.00. for the foreseeable future – probably reviewed in August at the A.G.M. All players to pay from from 1st. March (put back a week due to the postponement of this weeks session. The banners offering ‘free walking football’ have been taken down from their sites and we must view the experiment as a moderate success as we now have about eight players that we didn’t have before.
David Wilson and Graham Brown have shown interest in more First Aid training. We need more with basic knowledge, especially on Thursday’s and with Graham being no site most weeks he would be an ideal candidate.
Keith Burrows and Alan Richards are looking into woolly black hats with our embroidered Badger motif for those who want to wear one. If these can be purchased at a reasonable cost we will go for a job lot. It’s still cold out there. The latter has ordered similar from Amazon at his own expense and is kicking himself as it would have been cheaper to wait. (darn…Ed.)
News update 11th.February: Stewart White has a nasty dose of the ‘flu and so David Partington has agreed to take the Denton Thursday session (thanks David, and get well soon Stewart). Yours truly will be at Heywood with the competitive Over 65’s squad where we face six ten minute games over a ninety minute period.
More news on those on the relevant page from the menu.
*IMPORTANT* The May session for the Over 60’s has been moved to May 10th. due to a late change in circumstance.
*A report of our recent friendly v. Whaley Bridge is on the ‘friendly fixtures’ page. Next friendly for the Striders is v. Burnley F.C. Community at Turf Moor no less. – squad and details <here>
*There is a lively debate on several walking football topics in the ‘In off the Post’ forum at www.walkingfootball.com – you maybe interested in reading or indeed taking part but you’d need to register with the site first. You’ll find a few pics from both of our groups on there too.
*There will be a meeting of your D.W.F.G. Committee after Tuesday’s session (14th.) probably at nearby Morrison’s Café.
* Mr. Steve Rich whom many consider the leading light in national walking football development has resigned his position with the Walking Football Association. The reasons for his doing so are not the concern of this website, but we remain affiliated to the W.F.A. Mr.Rich continues to host the Walking Football United website which you can find linked on this site.
This subject is also covered on the aforementioned forum <here>
The Joy of Six: Monday’s goings on at The Nash <REPORT>
STRIDERS HEAD FOR DERBYSHIRE….
We now have an emergency pack of EVERYTHING we need to put on a session when regular organisers cannot attend . It will be located somewhere handy for Denton. Being prepared for every eventuality is the name of the game & plans have “Come Together” or ‘Something’ like that.
A highly readable report from the February fixtures in the GMWF League from
The Nash Amblers angle – Read JOHN SMITH’s VIEW <here>
Denton Thursday! some people were on the pitch, they thought it was all over…it hadn’t even started!
find out more <click>
Match report <here>
After striking up dialogue around our recent F.A. Referee courses and the direction of walking football in general, we have been invited to play two friendly games in February, and March at Burnley Football Club’s Turf Moor’s Elite Training Centre.
We need to select balanced teams of walking footballers from across the two groups and this process will start soon. The dates clash with regular sessions at King Street but this is not an insurmountable problem. It was thought the chance to engage with near Lancashire neighbours linked to a GREAT football club was too good to let pass by. – Ed.
Both Tameside Striders and The Nash Amblers will feature in name for these games. The squads may be mixed and matched depending on availability. My own view is that friendly games are every bit as enjoyable (moreso*) than the competitive element within our game and as fixtures are primarily my responsibility I will be looking for more games of this nature going forward.
IF YOU CAN MAKE EITHER Thursday FEBRUARY 22nd. or Tuesday MARCH 20th let me know within the next seven days please . You need to travel to Burnley for 11-00am. kick off 11-45am. 25 minutes each way. FRIENDLY game. Each squad will number SEVEN including a substitute who will get equal game time. ( email, text, or Facebook) – Ed.
*the games are much longer, and played in a slightly more relaxed manner. Often they involve after game hospitality like a sandwich and a brew/pint. Who needs points anyway?
It was a record turnout at King Street for ‘Denton Thursday’ today –
sweet sixteen finished all square in a high scoring draw welcomed by our competitive team’s mascot …..
….’The Badger’ (below) – only three ran away! Game details here <more>
See how The Nash Amblers team fared on ‘Eggheads’ is their quizzing as good (or even as bad) as their walking football….inconclusive, we thought. (tongue in cheek comment)
Tireless Gordon Nixon. Saved a penalty today and provided brilliant distribution from his area in what’s becoming a regular stint in goal but not before he played his part in a 6 – 2 Over 65 win on Pitch 2, even scoring a crafty goal with his back and taking home a bucketful of bibs to wash!
….Sportsman of the Year and we all know why.
DENTON LAD…Jimmy Armfield C.B.E. 1936 – 2018 Rest in Peace…
A quick rundown of some of the main changes to Manchester County F.A. Rules as agreed and taught to the recent candidates at Curzon Ashton F.C.
- Walking Football with Greater Manchester is now a non-contact sport. Although some contact is inevitable not all contact will be judged a foul. Accordingly not ALL contact will be penalised but at the discretion of the Referee all contact MAY be penalised.
- For certain offences (guide to follow) in a players defending half of the field a Penalty may be incurred. Usually when recklessness or excessive force is applied. Blue and Red cards are also an option in that circumstance. Deliberate handball is included.
- ALL free kicks are indirect (a big departure from National F.A. Laws of the Game of WF)
- One Step penalty kicks. After the whistle has sounded the striking foot must touch THE BALL next and NOT make contact with the ground again before it does so. NO ‘micro’ or mini-steps to shift weight or adjust balance. If this rule is breached and a goal is scored it is disallowed, and there is NO retake.
- THE GOAL CLEARANCE (or goal kick) as a way of restarting play the goalkeeper does not touch the ball a second time before it has been played by another player. (In effect – restart play with a single kick or underarm throw from a stationary point within the ‘D’.
- No scoring goals direct from the kick-off.
- Running in possession of the ball, to gain a positional advantage or to interfere with an opponent is punishable with an indirect free kick. The Referee will award an indirect free kick against any player seen to be moving in a way he judges to be not walking and who is influencing the game by doing so If the same player is penalised three times for running he will be shown a blue card and side lined (or sin-binned) for two minutes.
- Click the link for a table of severity and punishment for various foul play.
- Walking Football Manchester Rules – Fouls & Misconduct
These offences, and resultant cards and penalty kicks should be only rarely tested in internal sessions – at least that’s the hope. This week at Denton though we will trial the one touch goalkeeper clearance from a stationary point within the ‘D’. Precision and care needed from ‘keepers more than ever now when restarting play. Given this change I propose we restart after goals have been scored with a kick off from the centre of the pitch. Any comments please feedback via ‘contact us’.
EXCITING news from ‘Sven’ at Manchester County F.A.
Sarah Venning announces plans for a Manchester County WALKING FOOTBALL Cup. Various age groups but be sure we WILL BE interested in this competition.
Let’s consider our options for THREE teams across both groups…Striders, Amblers and Bees. When dates and venues are fully firmed up we’ll be recruiting for what should be a great competition – no shortage of Referees now remember. – Ed.
TWELVE NEWLY QUALIFIED AND CERTIFIED F.A. REFEREE’S for GREATER MANCHESTER.
Our great initiative, only delivered with tremendous support and full on commitment of Manchester County F.A. has produced a dozen officials for our local game. It was a pleasure to be in the company of such serious, attentive and committed people both in the classroom and out on the Curzon 3g on two bitterly cold , gloomy afternoons. People from several walking football groups across Manchester. The instruction and insight of Tom Elliott (Manchester County F.A. R.D.O.) was invaluable and without the help ,awareness and co-operation of Sarah Venning – (Recreational Football in the community Officer) this would not have happened. Thanks All.
“Many thanks for the game yesterday . What a friendly and welcoming group, I would love to play with you guys regularly”….Peter Dixon , Marple.
“Glad you enjoyed it Peter. We as organisers try to ensure the game is played in the right spirit and Refereed as firmly as possible. You’re welcome to ‘sign on’ next week if you wish. You’ll be our last new Tuesday player for now, as numbers are getting high. 11am. on Tuesdays please. I can also recommend our partner group The Nash Amblers if it’s not too far for you. Same ethos.
Ex-pro in attendance, competitive but friendly and a decent standard with MORE SPACE ! £2.00 Mondays and Fridays at. Check the website for details and pics / report from yesterday (Tues).” Alan
For the record – two teams entered
F.A. REFEREE COURSE AN INSTANT HIT….
January 15th..Following today’s regular internal session at The Nash – details <here> the first stage of our Referee course took place at Tameside Stadium.
Setting up the consultation on rules with Manchester County F.A. was the initiative of Alan Richards and Garry Pearce. Having arranged a meeting with Tom Elliott
and Sarah Venning, we were both absolutely delighted with their receptive approach and their offer of an ‘on-site’ Referee Course for Walking Football.
The word went out and Representatives from Tameside Striders, The Nash Amblers, The Nash Bees, Vintage Celtic, Middleton Legends, Etihad WF, Third Space Bolton and Wigan Walkers took part in the absorbing first session during which we ALL learned a lot.
This involved classroom discussion and input from candidates as Tom Elliott explained some of the finer points of Refereeing. with generous provision of notebooks and whistles we took to the 3g for some practical tuition in correct signalling, mobility on the pitch and ‘in-game’ Refereeing which lasted well over an hour.
Thankfully the rain held off for us.
The afternoon concluded with a classroom review of what we had learned today. There is every chance that the stock of F.A. accredited Waking Football Referees will be greatly increased this week. The newly developed non-contact ‘Manchester’ rules will be digested by candidates over the course of this week with particular reference to foul play, which these rules are designed to deter and to penalise heavily in its most reckless instances. The course concludes on Friday.
Many thanks to Tom Elliott for his enthusiasm and his knowledge. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw at Curzon Ashton for facilitating the venue and to all the candidates for turning up on time and paying the modest venue fee promptly.
See you on Friday.
Note: 13/1/18 almost all the money is in and the Heywood entries have been posted…thanks for your early co-operation. Some changes to the Heywood rules and set up are on the GMWF Over 6o page which is available from the site menu above.
TUESDAYS – IF YOU REGULARLY played with the UNDER 65’s last year please do not turn up until 11-00am. That way you will get the game you prefer. Your committee stress that nobody can be guaranteed two games on a Tuesday. We are doing our best to accommodate fluctuating numbers whilst the sessions are seemingly ever more popular – apart from when it rains a lot.
Plenty going on at the moment – our F.A. Referee course starts on Monday 15th. Two sessions the concluding session on Friday. Manchester County F.A. Referee DEvelopment Officer Tom Elliott will school 12 candidates in newly agreed rules which recognise local walking football is A NON CONTACT GAME – with provision for game time deterrents against reckless, excessively forceful play. We thank Tom and Sarah Venning for their receptive attitude…thanks from me also go to Garry Pearce for his invaluable contributions, his insight & his enthusiasm for walking football.
DENTON THURSDAY play …wait for it…ON THURSDAY’S King Street at 10-00am. Miniature goal game, score in the ‘D’ no goalkeepers. Join us – it’s fun…and FREE for now !
We are actively trying to attract more women players to these mixed gender recreational sessions
January 23rd. 6-00pm. BBC 2 – read the story of our Television trip on our Editorials page from the menu.
Checkout our t.v. story up until the filming starts on the ‘Editorial’ page from the menu above.
Quiz team Captain Garry Pearce was interviewed on local radio recently….
Dateline: Jan 6th. 2018, and the best possible advert for our game
Garry has been busy co-driving forward the new rules agenda with Manchester County F.A. and nobody is better placed to try to ‘sell’ the non-contact format and the social benefits we already know so much about.
So good to see the station covering one of the borough’s fastest growing games. Now semi-retired, Pearce is perfectly placed to promote the game as we can hear. Unfortunately unable to play recently due to a shoulder injury, he has been nothing short of a Refereeing revelation in recent games…Ed.
Garry Pearce and Alan Richards attended a meeting with Tom Elliott and Sarah Venning at Manchester County F.A. (Wednesday 3rd.Jan) and discussed proposed rule amendments for our local game. We presented a good case for a non-contact game & other changes which were largely accepted by two helpful and receptive F.A. staff members and these changes will be the basis for the Referee course at Curzon later in January.
Thanks to Tom & Sarah
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With turnout at King Street today in the low to mid twenties we enjoyed two close games which both ended in draws. A report of the proceedings will soon be on the ‘Denton Internals’ page from the menu – thanks
As affiliates, we now receive a copy of the WFA ‘monthly’ Newsletter.
As this is ‘copyrighted’ I’m reluctant to reproduce it here. If you are one of our players or committee members and want a copy forwarded by email please let me know your address. Thanks, Ed.
An indoor game at Reddish today (Friday)…defying the snow !
A quite splendiferous turnout for the Reds v. Blues game at the Nash. This must surely now become an annual event at years end.
Reds started off at full throttle on a crowded pitch and it was the reflexes of Bradshaw that stopped them going ahead. The Blue custodian complete with bobble hat was in defiant mode, as usual.
Superbly marshalled by Garry Pearce , resplendent in yellow Referee’s top, our man in the middle was at the top of his game. Such a one sided first half left Barry Smith in the Red’s goal with little to do for large tracts of play.
Huff and puff as the reds did though, they didn’t really come close to threatening and neither side had too many shooting opportunities.
Some contact on a crowded pitch was inevitable but the game was fairly contested with old enmities cast aside as Blues began to assert themselves slowly upon proceedings.
The balance was finally shifted by the presence of Bradshaw now liberated from between the sticks by Keith Burrows who managed to maintain the clean sheet he inherited. Well done that man!
Bradshaw lashed in the opening goal which left Barry Smith with no chance, and the Curzon Coach then doubled Blue’s lead three minutes later. No doubting the difference he made as a former Professional footballer and a draw might have been a fairer result. If only the Reds had capitalised in that early pressure it may have been a different story.
However, the game was shaded by Blues and the handshakes after showed we were all winners today. The symbolic trophy (thanks Colin Fielding) was but a mere bauble of a faux supremacy, not taken seriously by anyone, not least by myself to whom it was handed.
Thanks all for yet another memorable occasion at ‘The Nash’ the home of walking football in these parts of Tameside.
Teams: BLUES: Bradshaw (2), Burrows, Cooper, Leach, Lake, Nixon, Bemrose, Richards, Smith P, White,
REDS: Smith B, Partington, Coulon, Foster, Hampson, Brereton, Bertenshaw, Hibbert, Cravagan, Fielding
Attendance:2 (thanks to Barry for his wardrobe of Utd. shirts) and to Mike Conroy for the pics.
More photo’s from the game <here>
News of our second *FREE* ‘Persimmon’ session <here>
David Wilson has become a walking advertisement for Denton Walking Football Group and he has already been accosted by older men wanting information. Tell them ‘Google Tameside Striders’ David….we’ll soon get you some printed leaflets sorted out. (no cost) and it’s better than this…
Apart from the novelty game noted below John Smith is trying to organise an indoor session at Houldsworth Sports Village in Reddish at 11-00am- details on the Facebook Group or see John on Friday, failing that ring me and I’ll pass your name on to John – Not sure of cost but if similar to last year about three quid each will cover it. (I’m opting out of this as I want a short break..Ed).
A tremendous night in The Nash Bar was enjoyed by all I think. Sterling work from our extraordinary comperes David Partington and Gordon Nixon, who were assisted brilliantly by Keith Burrows and his Wife Dee who kept the music going throughout the quizzes and later.
The awards (sponsored by Ian Wilson of EEC Kazakhstan) were presented and worked out as follows. Under Sixty Five players of the year Stewart White. Over 65 Player of the Year David Partington. Full story <here>
Gordon Nixon took ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and Alan Richards (yours truly- Ed.) ‘Clubman’ of the Year’ . The Nash Amblers present were presented with their Runners up medals from the Group to mark their gallant efforts at Heywood in the GMWF League’s First Division. The Nash Bees received consolation photographs from their Division Three campaign which so nearly ended in triumph. That’s walking football.
The smile count on Friday night was incredibly high, the laughter too.
It was great to be a part of it.
The recent dvd ‘Push ’em Up’ brought me an ‘Oscar’- thanks Mr & Mrs. Burrows (maybe a Mr & Mrs Quiz might be an idea for future events?) …thanks also for the generous bottle of Malbec and to all who expressed appreciation to myself, personally on the night. We are a good group and the part I play within it brings me a lot of pleasure, stimulation & few headaches.
Going forward from here we can go from further strength to strength and not just in a playing sense. The camaraderie count is high, equally important and shouldn’t be underestimated. Well done all and serious thanks to those who were primarily responsible for putting it all together. Messrs Nixon , Partington and Burrows plus Dee of course. For the venue thanks to Mark Bradshaw and Curzon Ashton F.C. to whom we remain grateful for continued support.
The first team play Stockport County at Tameside Stadium on Saturday next at 3-00pm. One of THE biggest games of the season,and it would be great to see a few walking footballers there. Don’t forget the Reds v. The Rest fixture on the 27th. December either. The only walking football on offer during Christmas week. Once again – thanks all. – Ed.
More photo’s from the Christmas bash at The Nash are <here>
TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT – THE NASH BAR from 7-30pm. Christmas get-together…some of our runners up at Heywood can’t make it tonight so they were given their medals and team photo’s by Mark Bradshaw after the session at Curzon this morning (full report of today’s game on the Nash Ambler’s page)…
Our first Thursday session mixed gender walking football saw eight players have a good game at King Street. Excellent passing on display. The only lady present scored four goals – all well worked. Back again next Thursday for a mini goal passing game ideally with a few more new and regular faces but all present had a good time and declared it well worth the effort.
Free of charge of course…many thanks to Jane for opening up DYFC and providing the brews afterwards.
NO GAMES AT ALL AT KING STREET DURING CHRISTMAS TO NEW YEAR WEEK!!
RESUME – January 2nd. AND 4th.
Tuesday’s committee meeting covered a lot of ground – the most important decisions are reported <here> and affect everyone who plays at King Street regularly.
DUE TO THE DEPTH OF SNOW STILL LYING ON THE PITCH AT WHALEY BRIDGE CORINTHIAN THE PLANNED FRIENDLY GAME SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW (13/12) AT 2-00PM. IS POSTPONED !
About twelve players turned up today (12/12/17) but the King Street pitch WAS unplayable today. Frozen snow lying on the surface left Chris Kelly of DYFC no option but to tell us it was unfit. Many stayed on for a brew and chat for half an hour or so. Some Over 65’s said they’d come on Thursday to the new session, but I had to remind them it might be a very different game to what they are used to on Tuesday’s…the Committee retired to Stewart’s White house for a pre-planned meeting earlier than we’d thought. News of that will come later but in the meantime many thanks to Stewart and his Wife Val for their hospitality and our very nice lunch.
Bear in mind that with snow lying on the ground and temperatures hovering around or below zero, there is just a chance that the King Street pitches MAY be unplayable on Tuesday
One of our top players got a bit giddy & turned up in fancy dress today ! Chasing Barry Smith across the pitch, before hoisting him aloft for a lap of honour.
Amazing strength from the wee man!
Lots of walking footballer’s (EIGHT and counting) from within the ranks of Striders and Amblers want to pursue a Refereeing qualification. With some enrolled with the F.A. for January it’s hope the W.F.A can and will offer training somewhere in the region , which is a veritable hot bed of walking football. The more accredited Referees we have from either organisation the better…..
From Steve Rich. A man clearly frustrated with the way WALKING Football is going – he is NOT alone ( ‘to call some of this WALKING football is tantamount to FRAUD’ !! I agree, I am glad it’s not just me, but I call regular and consistent runners what they are – CHEATS – Ed.)
…how very timely…please digest this article.
The January F.A. Refereeing course for walking football should have representatives from Third Space Bolton, Wigan Walkers, Vintage Celtic, Middleton Legends, The Nash Amblers, Tameside Striders, FC United of Manchester and ‘Man’ City Etihad.
It’s good news week in the local sports press. THE TAMESIDE REPORTER carries news of Walking Football on the back page. Big splash for The Nash Amblers, mention of Tameside Striders and an interview with yours truly and David Partington.
Many thanks to Mark Philip for the coverage – Ed.
We are getting lots of exposure lately – <here> is Bill Lancashire’s ‘Community Matters ‘website’
As the keen eyed may have spotted from our header photograph we are now finally affiliated to the Walking Football Association.
They are currently running a vote on some rule changes. Players opinions have been sought on Facebook but if you are not a user please email me directly with your reactions. It’s a typical 1 to 10 spectrum format for strongly agree/strongly disagree. This is your game so why not try and shape some part of its future. Thanks – Ed.
YOU CAN CHECK THE OPTIONS & figure out your individual response <here>…we will work out an average reaction and submit it accordingly so everyone’s opinion counts .
BIG NEWS IN TAMESIDE..but it all goes belly up if we don’t WALK !! Worth remembering…
The back pages of this week's @newsintameside @newsinoldham and @newsinglossop, featuring @TheNashAmblers, @OldhamRUFC, @ChaddertonFC's @davidfish0, Glossop Sailing Club and @NewMillsAFC pic.twitter.com/oCu9nRi4xS
— Mark Philip (@Mark_P_Reporter) December 6, 2017
THERE IS A D.W.F.G. COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT TUESDAY WHEN SEVERAL ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED. ONE WILL BE MANAGING NUMBERS AND DEALING WITH OUR SUCCESS MORE EFFECTIVELY. One idea on the table is for the ‘Over 65’s’ to play at King Street between 10-00am. & 11.00am on Tuesdays…followed by the ‘Under’s’ (or anyone who prefers their more competitive kind of game) to play for the hour between 11-00 and Noon – with a prompt start.
Under’s could get things underway more quickly by arriving a few minutes early , and starting their own warm up outside the pitch/fenced area. Importantly this would also negate having to close membership as we could cope with up to 48 players on two pitches over two hours. ‘Overs’ who wished to linger may have that option with the agreement of ‘Unders’ . Please leave feedback on the ‘Contact Us’ facility.
Further to conversations earlier today and a general consensus among the people I was able to speak to, there will be changes to our competitive agenda in February. These changes have been agreed by the GMWF Organiser, Bill Murney.
There have been developments within the structure of the GMWF League to which it was felt advantageous and convenient to respond to, following recent developments and increased walking football commitments.
The Nash Amblers will remain in Division One for the Spring League, playing games on the first Thursday’s of February ,March, April and May 2018.
The Nash Bees will withdraw from Division Three.
Tameside Striders will enter a team into the GMWF Over 65’s League playing on more or less the middle Thursday’s of each month. There are logistical advantages to this given our planned Thursday sessions. Amblers players and no doubt some Bees who played in the Autumn League are eligible and entitled to turn out for the Amblers (max. squad size 10, but 8 is ideal) John Smith will hopefully continue to player manage with customary full support from Stewart White who is willing assist in organisation and does not yet qualify for the Over 65’s himself.
It may help to explain this decision if we list list the players (among others) who would qualify for an Over 65’s competition. Gordon Nixon , Colin Fielding , Alan Richards , Barry Smith, Rod Seddon ,Joe Bemrose, Garry Pearce , David Partington (?) Mike Conroy, even John Smith himself now he’s just celebrated a birthday , although he may wish to Amble on for some time yet.
The separation of Thursday duties means that the new Over 65 sessions at Denton – should they take off – should always have committee members available. This also gives Strider’s a regular place on the radar of local competition, not before time.
For those fond of ‘The Bee’s’ – (and I include myself) – the concept, the kit, and the name will not sink into history, rather they will resurface from time to time in friendlies, and knock-out tournaments. Any comments via Contact us from the menu please or raise them in person. Many of us will see each other tomorrow.
THE PHOTO-SHOOT at KING STREET WENT WELL…
THANKS TO ALL WHO TURNED OUT – AND TO GRAHAM FOR OPENING UP
….the smile factor was high < have a look >
Well done to The Nash Amblers who finished runners-up in the GMWF Autumn League and congratulations to Rochdale Strollers, Blackpool Senior Seasiders and Wakefield Wanderers who won their respective divisions – The Nash Bees missed out on the Third Division title by a very narrow margin….that’s walking football…perhaps we will go one better next time. Who knows?
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WALKING FOOTBALL AT KING STREET BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. TUESDAY AND THURSDAY SESSIONS CANCELLED. START BACK ON THE 2nd. JANUARY and 5th.January. See the Nash Amblers page for a novelty game on the 27th. December if you want to get involved – United fans v. The Rest £2 per player
THE FOLLOWING COURSE IN NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED…
NEWS ON LOCAL RULES (Manchester County F.A.) CONSULTATION COMING SOON
ROB LAKE WITHDRAWS FROM THE SQUAD TO FACE WHALEY BRIDGE CORINTHIANS
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You can read about the latest exploits of Amblers and Bees at the GMWF League at <this> link.
The banner has gone up at King Street – counting down to ‘Denton Thursday’
_______________________________________Who’d wanna Ref? At this timely point when (DWFG) have just affiliated AND a few of us are considering courses with the F.A. AND the WFA this article has appeared, written by the man who launched WFU and also (with others) the WFA – Steve Rich. It’s thought provoking and he raises many good points around non-contact and the attitude of players towards Referees. If and when I get accredited I’ll mainly want to Referee our own sessions, festival games and friendlies (perhaps competitions too) with added authority…and what he says about THE FIRST MINUTE dictating the pace is absolutely spot on. Also some talk on proposed rule changes here too…scroll down a bit at the link <WFU>_______________________________
Never forget ‘our FRIEND FLICKR’…
we have well over a thousand photographs <here>
We have been asked to engage with substantial groups of local people on the subject of walking football and the benefits that can follow participation. This initiative has come from local organisation ‘action together’ and will involve giving short talks to people male and female in our area who want to get more active. Not exactly in my comfort zone but I’ll have a go (Ed.)
Stewart White, Gordon Nixon, David Partington and Colin Fielding have not been slow to offer help in this which will be invaluable. Thanks all.
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Video of our Thursday night friendly with Roach Dynamo is linked <here>
We are pleased to announce that after a superb gesture from Curzon Ashton Football Club we WILL be taking part in a Football Association Referee’s course (working to re-shaped rules) in January in ‘The Nash Bar’ on a Monday, and a Friday afternoon – exact dates coming soon . Further community involvement and encouragement from the club, consistently the most welcoming of hosts for walking football. Watch this space for details on cost. There will be a modest charge for individuals to cover the facility & perhaps a brew or two. If you want a place for your club or group or want to be a part of the consultation process beforehand please get in touch. Contact details are on the header photograph towards the top of every page on this website.
OR USE THE ‘CONTACT’ FACILITY FROM THE MENU
THE WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION are now talking of staging a Referees course around this area. This after they were again reminded of the need and the abundant number of likely candidates. We could almost fill a course with our own aspirants. This represents progress and I am pleased they are listening. Whilst it in no way affects our relationship with the F.A. and we are currently striving to find a venue for their promised course locally. The WFA want our applicants to re-send application forms – I know some of you have already sent them online. I will arrange to have some hard copies printed and we can mail them to the right man within the WFA Organisation. Progress is at last being made on both of these vital fronts on a very important issue it appears.
Affiliation to the WFA has gone ahead and a cheque has been forwarded.
‘Badgers’ out after dark !…Striders take on Dynamo on their home (asro)turf <report>
INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS COME TO DENTON…
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>
FOUR OF US WERE AT THE F.A. CONSULTATION AROUND WALKING FOOTBALL IN MANCHESTER ON 13th. NOVEMBER –
<a subjective view> of proceedings.
Survey results: Twelve responses only. For closing Denton to new members – 100%
For dividing 10-00 to 11-00am to ‘Overs (65)’ 11-00am – midday – 60%
For introducing an ‘Unders’ (65) only session Wednesdays Overs only Tuesdays 50%
the ’65’ is notional. There are some aged 65+ who could still, and do play with those younger at a slightly increased tempo. There would be no question of rigid enforcement of age separation.
There are other options. None of which will please everybody unfortunately.
Most of the video from the Over 65 Cup is now online – linked here <Heywood>
Almost the whole of Striders penalty shoot out with Blackpool Senior Seasiders is <here>
Judge which of the penalties were taken in the correct way. Feedback welcomed.
Footage of games with Hartshill Strollers & Vintage Celtic coming soon.
STRIDERS Over 65’s COMPETED AT HEYWOOD RECENTLY : to catch up with what happened in more detail find the ‘Rochdale Over 65’s knockout Cup’ page from the menu. Congratulations to Rochdale Strollers who triumphed on the day, runners-up Chadderton WFC , and to Vintage Celtic to whom we lost in the ‘Plate PLAY-OFF Final’ by the odd goal.
We have two of these banners to place locally. The extra one hour ‘Persimmon’ Thursday sessions will hopefully begin in mid December. Current players Over 65 are also welcome of course. The first four sessions will be free of charge for each attendee, whenever they take part. It is envisaged that this will rise to £2 after that, for the one hour games which in practice are about 45 minutes after a warm up. The emphasis here is on offering a welcoming, lower intensity environment to new, more senior players and beginners. To reduce the ‘power’ element we will initially play a mini-goal game with modified rules and NO goalkeepers. When numbers increase we can go to two pitches and develop the style of the session to suit us all.
Hopefully we can slowly build numbers over winter and attract even more as weather (hopefully) improves. We can run them until April and see how it’s working out. This will mean real alternatives are available on almost every day of the week locally. Stewart White has committed his expertise to the new session and Alan Richards will be in attendance too, as will David Wilson.Hopefully other committee men and importantly PLAYERS too. We will soon be organising a publicity campaign on social media and will have some promotional material printed. Thank to Persimmon Community Champions scheme for assisting us with extra funds to launch this initiative. Stewart and Alan will be attending a coffee morning at the H.Q. of the house builder in Urmston on Monday next and will convey news of the plans.
Committee members and others will attend a consultation evening at the Football Association’s local H.Q. in Fallowfield later in the month. News of a developing strategy for walking football has been announced and such evenings will take place around the country , hopefully seeing an adjustment in the F.A. outlook for the future of the game and the way it is played.
“I WASN’T RUNNING REF” an interesting article on ‘the heel plant’ from Steve Rich of the WFU.
Click the link and scroll down the page – <WFU>
A video from the ‘metropolis’ – what walking football is all about click London…
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Keep visiting the site over the next few days we have considerable video of Amblers v. Rochdale Striders and Strollers…a little of Amblers v. Vintage Celtic and lots of Bees versus Bolton ‘B’ and Wakefield Wanderers. Takes time to sort even with minimal edits. Bear with us. All clips will be linked on the GMWF Over 60’s page to our daily motion video hosting site.
Bees – just drawn with Wakefield Wanderers…brief interview
We are conducting a survey of Striders on the website as we try to establish the best way forward. All players signed on with Denton Walking Football Group are invited to take part.
SPOOKTACULAR TURNOUT AT KING STREET – A NEW RECORD ON ALL HALLOWS EVE !
In a very respectful way we have have tried to urge the Walking Football Association to provide a Referee’s course in our neck of the woods. We cannot be alone in having several players wishing to be ‘trained up’ and accredited – all of whom would be credit to the W.F.A. and its ethos going forward. Walking football needs this provision of trained Referee’s more than anything else at the moment…a view shared by most of us and expressed on a weekly basis!
As the old year draws to a close lets hope the new one will yield news of developments in this important direction. We still see the sense in affiliating to the W.F.A. but have been awaiting an alternative subscription method (to annual auto-renewal) since our A.G.M. in August.
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Coming Soon to King Street – Ballot papers . Over & Under 65’s Players of the Year :
Sportsman of the Year : Clubman of the Year — David Wilson is in charge of the process.
These awards will be presented at our pre Christmas bash at The Nash. David Partington has the details….just part of the fun planned for December 15th. Gordon Nixon is working on a trivia and musical quiz we can all enjoy, and Badger Burrows is also involved in the mix.
VOTING WAS CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 21st.
MATCH REPORTS FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF SESSIONS AT BOTH VENUES ARE NOW ON THE SITE ON THE RELEVANT PAGES – Denton Internals and the Nash Amblers
Some photo’s of The Nash Bar…a flexible & welcoming venue which should suit our needs well.
BERNARD RODDY GOES NATIONAL…
Our Senior Strider is interviewed on walkingfootballdotcom> click the link and read how much he enjoys playing on a Tuesday morning – why not register with the site and leave a comment?
It’s one of the leading Walking Football information and promotion websites in Britain and it’s spreading worldwide – the potential for this game is boundless. Bernard’s answers reveal why._________________________________________________
A few changes to the website you may not have noticed. The ‘match report’ page has been archived and its place a new page ‘Denton internals’ has been introduced. Sounds vaguely medical though it’s anything but. Going forward the coverage will concentrate on photos. Stats like scorers and results may figure but mentioning too many individual performances and imposing my version of events on readers will be avoided to a greater extent . The reports have done their job of building group camaraderie but it was thought the format was getting a little tired and it’s not easy to come up with fresh words on a weekly basis after eighteen months of doing so. If anyone else wants to pick up the gauntlet and send their reports OR mention personal performance, their own or those of others by email I’ll do my best to publish them here. No criticisms though , keep it positive.
serves as a reminder to all of us to just back off a bit and don’t be tempted to try to win the ball from the back of a man, or from the side. Head-on blocks are okay but the ethos of non to minimal contact should be uppermost in our minds at all times in internal games. And of course the more we reduce our speed it becomes less likely injuries will occur. If a man has the ball shepherd him , shadow him but if he dwells on that ball for a few seconds to express himself or get his head up let it happen. What does it matter?
It’s what this game should be all about.
STRIDERS AT HEYWOOD SPORTS VILLAGE !
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Richards writes -on the miniature goal game <pass for goal>
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A link to the newly formed Walking Football Association’s website, should anyone wish to check it out <WFA>
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GOALKEEPING IS A SPECIALISED POSITION !…IT’S NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA…we are fortunate to have some players who love guarding the goal and even more fortunate they are very good indeed. BUT…if they aren’t around we all know it’s a question of rotating and putting people outside of their comfort zone. With Brian recently injured by a powerful shot, constant cannonball shooting testing even the best of our keeper’s what can be done to alleviate risk of more injuries and perhaps encouraging skill over power?
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- NEW WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION WEBSITE – heading towards a ‘non-contact game’
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- Have you checked our Flickr feed lately? Over 1,500 Photographs from internal sessions, friendly games and competitions – almost fifteen hundred album views so far
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WE EACH PLAY “AT OUR OWN RISK” – as certified on your signing-on form
ALSO NEW FILM FOOTAGE FROM MARCH 28TH ON THE “VIDEO – Striders in Action” page
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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 walkingfootball.com and have your say….
“Good video, and much food for thought among people who, unlike some of us here, seldom think about the wider ramifications of walking football participation.
I personally think ‘minimal’ contact under the watchful eye of a good referee is preferable to total ‘non-contact’ because that concept is almost impossible to achieve within the confines of a competitive (even mildly competitive) game. Some of the foul play shown, and some we have actually experienced quite recently is totally at odds with the spirit of the game of walking football and the guilty parties should be ashamed of themselves. The illustrative passages were very good, especially when talking about upper bodies coming into the equation when players are both honing in on a loose ball. That is perhaps the biggest bone of contention on pitches without side boards. Outlawing tackles from the side and behind whilst allowing legitimate blocks from the front in a ‘head-on’ scenario works for us. Some of the foul play we have seen – on video and elsewhere – would result in red cards in traditional football, let alone the walking variety.
In conclusion, and to answer the question, if players cannot control themselves to play within a ‘minimal contact’ framework they shouldn’t be playing the game, and if Referees are not skilled enough or assertive enough to tell the difference between ‘minimal and excessive’ then a blanket non-contact formula as indicated in the video is preferable to a free for all , which will just put a lot of people off playing the game many of them have come to love.”
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Courtesy of ‘Walking Football United’ compare and contrast the two sets of rules for Walking Football. Last week, the F.A. finally issued their rule ‘book’ whilst WFU have had theirs for some time and they are what we currently adhere to with one or two exceptions. If you have ten minutes to spare, take a look and make your own mind up
———————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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