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Final footage is <here>

be warned, it’s a bit ‘brisk’ !


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

Dave Partington gives Bonkers the Badger a celebratory snog !

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DAVID PARTINGTON is organising another one of his ‘curry nights’ at the Viceroy in Hyde.

‘two for one night’

Wednesday the 21st. of August the day after our Summer 19 ‘Festival’

email him at



For the Secretary’s  synopsis of events since the last players meeting in February please check this < link >


More players have joined the ranks of the ‘signed on’ for 2019/20

Mike Kieran , John Boyle ,Dave Cooper, Karen Bemrose, Mike Caldwell, Peter Collins and Terry Clarke join Allan Stone Eric Thomas and Steve Tomlinson join the many more listed (somewhere) below.

….and more today 13th.August – Andy Muir, Steve Johnson , Roy Smith and Phil Livesey.


Most of us know the FPL team draw is taking place tomorrow for Bees, Striders and Amblers.

The teams drawn will not be set in stone and there will be a limited opportunity for some fine tuning and trading between the three player/managers if they think it makes sense. Two players are on one of the tickets to suit availability needs. I’m (Ed.) on one ticket myself but may well be Refereeing instead, or indeed doing other related  things but probably need to be attached to one of the squads should the opportunity to take part arise, and if selected, of course. We have 21 names featuring in the draw. Remember that if we are seven teams strong once more then some teams will play four games on one morning in half of the rounds. Flexibility, patience and understanding are required from everyone. With  a nine man squad the opportunity to let the least used player take part for no cost is an option, as Striders  did a couple of times last season. At this stage being in the draw is not a 100% certainty you’ll be included in starting line-ups. Thanks.

three team player /managers






THE F.P.L. DRAW’S AHEAD watch the preparation video <HERE>

– also **Monday’s events will be filmed**   ———————


Denton Correspondent article

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F.P.L. ? wondering which team you will play in?

news  <here>


THURSDAY NEWS 7/8/19 Tomorrow’s game will be filmed and links posted on  a national forum so let’s show how we Thursdayites play the game.  Sadly Frank Matthews won’t be there as he has twisted his knee.  We hope you’re  fit for your upcoming holiday Frank and hope to see you soon.  We know you enjoy the sessions and you will be missed.   Allan Stone, Russell Martin and Jim Stewart have  all signed on and were joined by Terry Clarke yesterday. Others have too but there’s all of August to do the deed and join us for another season of walking football.

Looking forward to getting back after  a couple of Thursday’s away – Ed.


Footage from yesterday’s Under’s hour will soon be posted on youtube – you should know how to find Tamestriders T.V. by now.  Sadly, Chris Turner picked up another injury and is likely to be out for a while – consider trying Thursday games for a couple of weeks when you are ready Chris.  (nice camper van by the way – Ed.)


*BREAKING NEWS*  Fair Play League sees Red ! <click>


Thanks to committee man and Over seventies player/manager Colin Fielding for donating a pressure gauge and umpteen needle valve adaptors to the group today – will come in handy when inflating these two beauties, newly arrived from Pendle Sportswear today.

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

today’s pics < FLICKR >

A bumper day at King Street with thirty three players six of whom joined the list of signed on  2019-2020 . Steve Foster, Terry Clarke, Dave Partington, Trevor Brereton, Paul Theobald and John Williams – joining James Stewart and Allan Stone who did the deed last Thursday.

We also saw some new faces.  Adding to the Denton’s ‘got talent’ pool…

new man – Phil Livesey

It’s easier now to list those who haven’t yet signed up again and that’s what will happen soon. You have untilthe end August to re-sign for the upcoming twelve months – thanks.

Reports on the ‘Denton Internals’ page have already started to come in and some photo’s will follow, of this maroon v. yellow day across three games.

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Some news for F.P.L followers on the Nash Walking Football website


DEAD RINGERS? Mike Kieran thinks so – what about you?




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


More game video footage has been uploaded to our YouTube channel today 1/8/19

No nominations were received so the current committee posts remain with the incumbents for another twelve months. Gordon Nixon -Chairman  Alan Richards -Sec/Co-Treasurer

Graham Brown Co-Treasurer – David Wilson – Colin Fielding – David Partington

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you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds or share a toilet with hundreds of others at Glastonbury to enjoy a good festival – all these players are registered for ours Bees:** Nixon Jones Theobald O’Toole Dixon : Badgers** Partington  Lake  Williams  Lancashire  Cravagan : Wanderers** Wilson  Gaskin  Roddy Brereton  Wingrove : Albion**Richards  Bemrose J  Quinn  Cooper D  Wenham : Striders**Fielding C  Oldham  Stafford  Jarvis  Cooper H : Rovers** Gibbons  Gillan  Caldwell  Johnson  Taylor : and finally  the Amblers **Yardley  Sullivan  Hampson  Cuthbert  Moore – we look forward to  a great day and hope the weather plays ball too..AUGUST 2oth and it’s a TUESDAY ! (no regular session)

Plans for the festival are unfolding. Each team will play their opponents once in ten minute games . Pitches one and two will be in almost constant use. Obviously NO NORMAL session on the 20th August. Usual £3 session payable by players. The teams have been selected for the most part by drawing of lots.  Please remember that as in previous years this is intended as  a bit of fun and a break from normal routine. No goalkeepers in our mini-goals. No drawn games. Sudden death penalty kicks (from the first one taken) Quick turnaround the longest wait between games is limited to half an hour or so. Average wait between games is about ten minutes only.


So far the following players have re-signed for the 2019-2020 season…

Hadge Cooper  ,  David Fielding ,  Colin Fielding ,  Steve Tomlinson,  Bill Lancashire , David Wenham  David Wilson  Alan Richards Les  Gillan David  Lees Alan  Brodie  Brian  Stafford  Keith Yardley  Colin Cuthbert  Martyn Heath  David Gibbons Lawrie O’Toole David Moore  Peter Dixon Michael Conroy John Gaskin Joe Bemrose Russell Martin Gordon Nixon  Steve Wingrove Rob Lake, Bernard Roddy, Keith Oldham, Tony Cravagan Ken Dean Peter Quinn Peter Jarvis Peter Quinn

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FESTIVAL DRAW – please note we will probably need another team

important information & guidance  – click to open the link below please



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

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

second half of the first half ! < watch >

and the second half gets underway here <view>

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

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A message from Burnley Bees Graham Hill

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

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  • Some photo’s from todays friendly <here>

BIG day at King Street with a splendid Thursday session followed by  a friendly with Burnley Bees.  Checkout the reports on the relevant pages – look for Denton Thursday – and –

friendly-fixtures from the menu above.

here’s a photo of a converted penalty to whet your appetite…

Yes ! it’s on its way in !




and will be replaced , up front by Strider’s player of the year 2018 Adrian Jones…ironically a season ticket holder at Turf Moor !

welcome to the squad Adrian.


For the third year walking our group entered a team in the Stalybridge Celtic Juniors Walking Football Tournament. After reaching the latter stages for the last two years as Nash Amblers, hopes were high that our team of elder statesmen Striders , could compete with the young guns.  With five ten minute games ahead of us, Captain Colin Fielding selected a team of six, from our squad of eight,  for our first fixture against eventual winners Mighty Spartans. In truth we were up against it for most of the game, though Spartans were reduced to long range efforts that rarely troubled our keeper Mike Keiran. When it looked like we would secure a goalless draw, Spartans scored from a free kick.  Our second game was against Walking Masterclass,  again another terrific team . We competed well,  but lost two nil, and can have few complaints about the result.
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Third up for us , was a very young and skilful  Cancer Warriors team.  In this one we had more time on the ball, and took the lead through a speculative Brereton effort.  When it looked like we were heading for our first win, our young opponents scored with a fine strike.
Our fourth fixture was against PSV Hangover,  where we secured our first win. A fabulous Woz Taylor hat trick  did the trick,  in what was a fine performance from the Striders.  Our final game saw us take on the Lionesses,  who had  looked very impressive in their previous fixtures.
They  focused more on attack, whereas our counter attacking policy paid off with four goals from Taylor (2), Bertenshaw and Brereton.  Two late  penalties for the ladies were well saved by Mike Keiran.
Unfortunately we were eliminated at the group stage,  though it’s not reaching the semis,  it’s the taking part that counts. It was a terrific effort from all the squad,  and a very enjoyable day , for a great cause. Thanks to Colin Fielding for putting our squad together,  Keith Burrows for refereeing our games, and Garry Pearce.
Striders squad
Bertenshaw,  Brereton,  Cuthbert,  Fielding,  Hampson,  Keiran, Taylor, White
Editor’s footnote: The day raised £650 for Cancer  research charity ‘Cancer Warriors’ Congratulations to Garry Pearce and his team of helpers for organising such an enjoyable afternoon.
A short video montage is just  a click away <click>

Tameside Striders took part in the annual Stalybridge Junior Football open age walking football tournament today. Organised by Honorary member and regular Ref Garry Pearce. Other members of the group Refereed most of the games too. A pleasant afternoon in sunshine moderated by a refreshing breeze, well attended and now a much anticipated event in this part of Tameside.

Colin Fielding led the  team, and playing in the Over 70’s red and black stripes they had a mixed day with two wins, a draw and two defeats. They didn’t progress to the latter stages.  There were some skilful players on show in teams like The Mighty Spartans, Walking Wanderers, Expected Toulouse and P.S.V. Hangover!   The standard of walking from the younger men and women involved was exemplary from my point of view as a Referee. In six games I blew up for five runs and a similar number of contact offences.  An example to all of us regulars.

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Our Summer 19 festival is just over a month away. Many have already registered to play in this novel version of walking football. No Goalkeepers.  We ‘pass’ into small goals with no encroachment into the ‘D’ .  No drawn games.  All ties (draws) will be settled by sudden death penalty kicks into the empty goal from the halfway mark.  First team to miss (from the first penalty) while his opposite number scores, loses the game ! Any other tie situations – points level at the end etc. will be settled this way. ONE nominated defender can enter his teams ‘D’ to retrieve balls and  to block goal attempts but may not use his hands to do so.  Ten minute games. With at least six teams there will be plenty of walking football on the morning for all.  All other rules as normal. If your name is not on the graphic below please add it in the text panel below that and click ‘submit’.  Teams will be drawn from  a hat.Let’s make it another day to remember.

Teams waking part will be : Amblers / Striders / Badgers / Albion /Wanderers /Bees

Vive la difference…French for the Strider’s bench

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

Badgers bench – black and white and makes sense !

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

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

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


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

Read all about it on the Denton internals page

it’s that time of year again – almost
Adrian & Terry 2018 P.o.Y’s at King Street Tuesday’s


GRATEFUL THANKS once again to Brian Stafford  for  donating ANOTHER goalkeeper’s jersey to the group. Brand new with tags, as they say. No doubt many of us will remember Brian broke his wrist in a friendly game at Hyde United when we beat Japanese touring side Seizan Kickers.

Brian Stafford

Since his return he has been playing outfield and we’ve all noticed how his game has developed, banging in many goals in internal sessions.  Yours truly is currently trying to persuade him he would enjoy another campaign in the ‘Fair Play League’.

Whatever Brian decides thanks very much once again for your generosity to the cause. Maybe Burnley Bees will avail themselves of our spare ‘keeper kit on the day as they have none of their own as yet.


**CONFIRMED** See the  ‘friendly fixtures’ page. With a squad of ten and a game of two thirty minute halves we may well see some players playing the first half, and others the second half in what is planned to be a seven a side game.

Bertie Bee – Burnley F.C. mascot

The opposition is a ‘Bees’ team from Burnley who will be wearing our own kit which will be appropriate in the circumstances.  If it gets the game on then it’s not a problem.



FESTIVAL DATE – and it’s a Tuesday as always:

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

Great new set of goalposts for our King Street pitch: Remember if you move these and they will only go slightly backwards please make sure you jack up the wheels at either side to avoid dragging them. Co-incidentally your editor used to pick up full loads of football and rugby posts from Harrod’s of Lowestoft  in  a large pantechnicon.  One piece posts all wooden back then and heavy ! All ‘handball’ – all that and a five hour drive back to Firth’s of Stalybridge – six hours in a headwind !

get the violin’s out – Ed.

__________note: existing committee members do not need to be nominated again___


I had a long  chat on the ‘phone with  Alan Graham yesterday. He is upbeat and on the road to recovery as has already been reported, and indeed has attended a couple of our recent sessions recently. He will be at the Nash tomorrow too. – Ed.

Alan Graham



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

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

Wingrove in the wet
Fielding and Partington – walking football’s Solksjaer and Phelan

Our over 70’s co-Manager’s Colin Fielding (left) and David Partington with LAST YEARS Over 70 knockout cup  runners walkers-up trophy – they were unbeaten finalists. Alan Richards had held the trophy ever since on his back bedroom window ledge but rightly decided it should now have a new home in Colin’s renowned ‘Sports Bar’ at his home in Stalybridge, rehearsal venue for our Eggheads T.V. quiz team.



A meeting will take place in very early July of those players present at this time last year who are still  interested in the competition. So we can ascertain who wants to play where and how our competitive agenda  is framed from September,  could players list their preference below please? Simply add your name e.mail and the words ‘Heywood’..or the ‘FPL’ or  ‘BOTH’ and click submit.  If the options are available your participation of course depends on availability and selection. Your age group Over 60 – Over 65 – Over 70 etc. will be taken into account when we look at the detail.

The same poll is running concurrently on the Facebook group. Thanks.


Last word on the Over 70’s from team manager…”Great day of football and laughter. With only 6 players we had to work hard , had we a couple of more players to freshen the team I think we would have been the winners. Tiredness got us in the end which was understandable. A most enjoyable day, thanks guys.”

–   Colin Fielding




June 19th. ….







18/6/19  …AND CRUNCH TIME IS APPROACHING FOR OUR STRIDERS OVER SEVENTIES SQUAD WHICH STARTED THEIR HEYWOOD  SEASON ON SUCH  A HIGH IN MARCH….a hiccup last month means they have some ground to make up, but you can read Co-Manager Colin Fielding’s preview of events  (including a late injury blow)    <here>


16th. June 2019NEWS IN BRIEF: Secretary absent from sessions this week / Seventies Striders compete at Heywood with  a  preview and report to come from Colin Fielding / Squad could be rocked by injuries/ Two films in the can from the 65’s league  at Heywood. Chorley game plus Mancom will be uploaded soon / Striders 65’s beat ‘the drop’ after taking five points from twelve and scoring TWO goals ! Nash Amblers brilliant 3 – 3 draw  v. N.W. England is reported upon <here>  / Fair Play League future will be discussed in July – do  we ‘go again’ / Still need to confirm opponents for our July 18th.  King Street friendly – watch this space. Enquiries ongoing.

Bury Relics won the Division One Over 65’s title at Heywood on goal difference over Rochdale Strollers . The picture below captures a pivotal moment as Mike Conroy’s penalty kick is well saved by the Relics ‘keeper.


Over 65’s news report on the relevant page.  We stay in Division One at Heywood after one win, two draws and a defeat.

11th. June and…THE BOYS WERE BACK IN TOWN….check out the Denton Internals page for the details…


This week sees the last of the Over 65 Spring League fixtures when our ‘Tigers’ in black and yellow stripes seek to preserve our Division One status.

The story will unfold on the Over 65 page from the menu but as some of the original players are injured or unavailable the squad on Thursday next  will consist of:  David Partington (G/k) Robert Lake, Steve Hampson, Mike Conroy, Alan Richards, Colin Fielding, Steve Foster and Gordon Nixon.  A selection plan ‘A’ will soon appear online.  It might not last for long !  Plans B, and C are often required ! Almost everyone will play at least three games.




There was a committee meeting on Monday 5th. June  when we will be discussed the  Summer Festival – Summer 19. The format will be a little different this year, when we will return to Denton. Our two sets of small goals  will be deployed.

Mid to late August provisionally.

Also,  during the month of July we may well be arranging a friendly game to celebrate the new surface at King Street. It’s over a year since DWFG had a ‘friendly’ match and the last team we invited to our home ground was ‘The Millers’ of Rotherham United.  This would probably be staged on  a Thursday, after the regular Thursday  session finishes. Kicking of at 11.45am. for an

hours walking football. We would invite a team to play against us.  Invitations have been issued and we await confirmation.  You wouldn’t need to have played competitively for any of our  teams in the past in order to take part  Full kit would be provided and it’s hoped a modest buffet lunch afterwards . This is all dependant on opponent, pitch and portakabin  availability.  Given the make up of our groups both Denton and Curzon  this  would essentially be an Over 60’s format with an expectation that the average age of our team would be about 65-ish or over.  Please enter your name in the box if you’re interested in either of these ‘events’ and specify which one, ‘festival’ or ‘friendly’ or   ‘both’. Friendly games are obviously  different to ‘competition’ and as the number of walking football tournaments rises exponentially almost everywhere , a ‘friendly’ fixture could make a pleasant change. Current Heywood commitments end this month.

We have eleven  names already for the proposed friendly in July. Although first come can’t necessarily be first served (myself included of course -Ed.) early interest counts for a lot.

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Denton Thursday’s back at home with a high kicking Dave Cooper pictured here – good to see his namesake Hadge back playing walking football after a three month lay off. Unconventional Refereeing garb also featured.  An unimportant five-nil win today and the ‘David Wilson’ Match report will appear on the Thursday page in due course.

photo: Dave Wilson


With reinforcements drafted in we can relish the final session Over 65’s….

4th.June 2019 Colin Fielding collects  Tameside Striders second trophy for topping their indoor group league in  a festival at Wigan Soccerdome today 4/6/19

Colin with the Mayor of Wigan pic :Denis Cudahy

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Thursday? We’ll have to mark our own pitch but….



Our stools are cracking ! Yes, three years in a couple of them have almost had it…

plastic stools

…so if you’re a local business or an individual with deep pockets we’re looking for a sponsor for a new bench which offers some storage. Your name would feature prominently

Cost would be approximately £110 or a little more for an ad. on this site.  Please email The bench will feature prominently on photographs and on this website which averages 600 page visits per week !


Like a moth to a flame as I was driving to the Doc’s today and couldn’t resist a peep at King Street and the continuing progress that’s being made.

Lots of two ton bags of sand are being hoisted one by one, the bottom slit and the ‘pure’ ‘safe’ substance drops in to a dump truck for spreading. A bit like a budget railway ‘hopper’ like you might have had in your model train set as a kid (well, I did).
Two of the smaller vehicles working in tandem to spread the sand across the pitch area which is now completely covered in pristine astro turf, 3g or whatever you wish to call it.

I spoke to Graham in the office. ” It’s looking good for sometime next week” and I asked about goal posts. ” The ones we have already will be chained firmly into position for two lateral pitches and cannot be moved. We’re buying a new set which will be fitted with wheels to make the long pitch shorter if required.” He seemed genuinely enthused by the whole process, as was I.

I hope you are too. (who wouldn’t be?)




Next Tuesday June 4th. could be our last at the Nash as progress on our pitch moves on apace. We may well be minus a few familiar faces as several regulars are taking part in an over 70’s ‘festival’ at Wigan Soccerdome – an indoor venue playing off side boards. The impact will not be too severe and we should  still enjoy a good session at Curzon if the rest of the usual suspects’ show up.  I messaged  David Partington about the indoor festival and he filled me in with some detail…

“Yes we are taking a team but it will be a mixed age group, Tony Cravagan opted out, whilst Colin Cuthbert and Terry Harrison have both been carrying injuries and  looked doubtful,  I did let the Wigan people know we could not raise a team unless we played a few underage ( players),  they said that wouldn’t be a problem.  With the Denton sessions moved to Curzon on the same day we tried to include players who would not normally play on a Tuesday, so we named a squad consisting of Stephen Hampson, Danny Tipping and Stewart White, along with Colin Fielding Barry Smith and myself.   I am waiting to hear if Terry and Colin Cuthbert can play, if they cant can’t we could do with at least one more. The teams we are playing will be a N.W. England squad who  I think will play two teams but I’m  not sure.  S.E .England are sending a team so too are Wales, along with teams from Rochdale Blackpool and Wigan. I was told a there will be perhaps two  teams who might have to field a couple of younger players, the venue is  Wigan Soccer Dome.”

This Striders representative team will play in the Over 70’s kit of Red and Black stripes and we wish them well on the day. Hopefully, as Dave says the impact on our  regular Tuesday session will  be minimal.

Stewart White has been forced to withdraw from our Over 65’s squad for the GMWFL Spring league final round on June 13th.  Group stalwart and go to Goalkeeper David Partington has offered his services for which we are very grateful.  Thanks to Stewart for his previous appearances as our underage Goalkeeper.  The Over 70’s programme at Heywood concludes a week later on the 20th. June.  This will bring to an end our Spring commitments to the Heywood League.


Editor reports from our home turf:

On the way to Curzon this morning I bobbed into King Street to see how things were progressing on the pitch.
The tired old surface had gone, and I  saw the whole area had been reduced to a tarmac/bitumen surface that looked suitably. flat. Outside the gates, parked up was a Dutch artic complete with a ‘Moffatt’ (a type of detachable fork lift truck, incorporated at the back of the trailer) with a logo that suggested this was the day the green stuff arrived.

Great timing , I thought and on the way back I’ll call and maybe see it offloaded, or stacked in the car park.
When I returned I was amazed by the progress made. It was no less than dramatic! A solitary roll of astroturf lay in the car park but the rest of it was covering virtually all of the playing surface. Within the fence, six men on all fours. Carpet fitting on speed !
I spoke to Paul Milton who was supervising the job, and commented on the materials deep pile.

“Yes, they’ve gone for a very good spec. This is the best product we make. Professional clubs like Arsenal and Celtic have this fitted at their training ground.” he told me.
I told Paul we were walking footballers who played here very regularly “Oh, you’ll love this surface.” he said.

So surprised was I with the speed of matters I asked Paul when the job was likely to be finished. “It could be done by Friday” he replied. ” We had a job down south delayed so I’ve got double the manpower on this one”

Paul Milton

I took a few photographs for general interest. You will probably be as surprised as I was by the depth of this artificial grass. I’m going to take out gym membership to build up my thighs – thinking of those cross field balls !
That was a joke, by the way. I think.


Stewart White has been forced to withdraw from our Over 65 GMWFL squad.

David Partington has offered his goalkeeping services. More on the squad for our final round of games on June 13th. in the Spring League , next week.  The Over 60’s Nash Amblers team play their ultimate round on the sixth, and our own Strider’s Over 70’s on the 20th. June. This will conclude our current commitments to the Spring league at Heywood.



Editor back from holidays to find this lying on his doormat.  Issue no.2 of the ‘Denton Correspondent’ Bernard Roddy featured, David Partington photographed.  You don’t get detail of who’s who  until halfway down the article, anyone glancing might think David very sprightly for 83 ! ~ thanks to the sports dept. for the continued coverage. There’s also news of our rain jacket distribution, and the progress of our  competitive squads.



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21st.May 2019 : and News has reached the sun kissed north west of the UK that there was a turnout of 22 at Curzon Ashton this morning, as D.W.F.G. ‘s temporary migration got underway.

Well done all and many thanks to Gordon Nixon for organising things.

The baton is now handed to the Thursday group and it’s hoped you’ll enjoy your first taste of ‘the Nash’ – Meanwhile B.H. Monday is open for the Amblers as normal  on the 27th. at 11-00am. and D.W.F.G. Tuesday’s resume next week when hopefully yours truly will be in attendance – Ed.

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Good luck message  to the Over 70’s tomorrow 16th.May 2019



13/5/19 REMEMBER !  tomorrows game (14th.) will be the last at King Street for several weeks. Your Secretary is currently unavailable and as such will not be present .  Chairman Gordon Nixon will have all you need to put a session on across two hours.  The following week we move to Curzon Ashton temporarily.

Most of the  other committee men will be at Curzon on the 21st. to greet your arrival if you have never played there before and you will see lots of familiar faces.

The decision was taken after an overwhelming show of hands so please support the move by attending if at all possible. The cost is the same £3 per player. Sample the kind of surface we will soon be playing on at our home ground. ASTRO TRAINERS ONLY –  no normal trainers please.

Enjoy your games tomorrow !

Incidentally find out more about walking football at ‘the Nash’ <here>


OVER 65’S at Heywood? did it go?…find out <here>

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Read about Tuesday’s two hour session at King Street <here>

Checkout the Denton Thursday page for a link to their video from 2nd. May. It was wet,wet,wet !

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I admit to neglecting our Forum facility, even though it never really caught on.  The page has been archived.  Also the case  with  ‘Nash Amblers’ pages.

The new website>

is the place to look for Amblers related matters now. We have to do this to split capacity between the two sites. The Fair Play League website remains intact and online  for the time being , at least until the Autumn…..


Terry Harrison has been sketching again – David Fielding was pleased with his likeness…



MORE INFO ON DATES AND LOGISTICS TO FOLLOW BUT FOR NOW JUST REJOICE, IN THIS GOOD NEWS  (Q: Who made that term famous, where was she and who was stood by her side at the time?)




For Nash news…


Bolton Arena win the FAIR PLAY LEAGUE Championship Trophy. Nash Amblers are runners walkers-up ! and Nash Bees took the ‘Ken Richards Cup’ for  Fair Play  home

read all about it <here>


A little French dressing for the Striders squad as Jeremie returns. Here he is almost three years ago just before he scored the Striders first ever goal!  We were playing our first away game at Fleetwood, and Jeremie smashed one in.


A robust player who might have to rein in some  of his exuberant  style for the fair play league but with any luck he will hit the target for the Striders in the FPL tomorrow.  Our squad has been pitifully short of goals in this campaign. Mustering only five in twenty games !

We’ll have six players tomorrow – as yours truly will be Refereeing some of the games. Ed.


Rod Seddon

**BREAKING FPL NEWS ** Rod Seddon pulls out for Wednesday leaving the midweek men down to a bare six.  Striders too as the league reaches a climax** David Wilson co-manager was informed by ‘phone tonight

“Oh No” was his immediate reaction.  It now looks as though Wilson himself may have to play three games for the King Street outfit.


Hail Terry ‘Taxi’ Harrison who called around to our house today to have a fitting of his new Striders rain jacket. It suited him as you can see.  Terry, picture with his Taxi  has had the cab ‘wrapped’ so look out for him in something other than the black traditional FX4 from now on.

Plasyer of the Year 2018 Terry has been struggling with  a groin injury and maybe even  a bit of sciatica of late but he’s hoping to be back with us soon.  Probably testing himself with  the Over 67’s hour at King Street to see how his injury copes. Meanwhile Strider’s squad woes continue with Peter Dixon now withdrawing due to family commitments.

David Partington will probably need to resume his goalkeeping duties.


WE have received news that our Honorary member and regular Referee Alan Graham has been admitted to hospital as a medical emergency. We also hear he is responding well to treatment and send him, and his family all of our best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Update 23/4/19:Alan will soon be discharged from Hospital- possibly today !


Latest Strider’s squad news for the Fair Play League <here>

Good, short,  professionally produced video from ITV south-west – walking football PLYMOUTH down near David Fielding’s old neck of the woods -“they think it’s all over”

< it isn’t !>


News of the Over 70’s League team  on the relevant page from the menu


We are trying to raise a team to enter the T.V. Quiz show ‘Tenable’  Now I knowlittle of this but have seen  a few minutes on YouTube.  The obvious thing would be for the Eggheads crew from 2017 to regroup as a Tameside Striders team for this one.

Barry Smith has stepped up to the plate to augment the team. This all follows an invitation to apply, extended to walking football teams that was forwarded by Bill Murney of the GMWFL – thanks to him for circulating.  It’s worth  a go, might be a laugh and we may even win something if we ‘pass the audition’ and get on the air  – you never know. Quick comments below please.



**D.W.F.G. HAVE A GOOD SPREAD IN THE NEW ‘DENTON CORRESPONDENT’ FREE NEWSPAPER THAT SERVES THE DENTON AREA** Photo’s and text promoting the group – even the cow appears interested !



SUMMER NINETEEN FESTIVAL/FIESTA  – Kicking ideas around <over to you>





  • Strider Ken Dean – back in a couple of weeks




As you might have seen on the ‘Denton Internals’ page, more rain jackets were issued yesterday.  As well as the showerproof material on the outside, the inside reveals a brushed fleece and mesh lining  , this came in handy yesterday when they became ‘Wind-jammers’ as yet another day of cold winds came to Tameside.


Bill Lancashire has been in touch …

“I just thought I’d keep you posted about my injury.  The hip is much improved but it is not yet ready for the rough and tumble of walking football. I was hoping to be fit for April’s over 70 games, but it is not to be, although I hope to be there to cheer on the lads.
Hopefully I could be back in a couple of weeks for a gentle walkout, but we’ll just have to see.
Pleased to see all the new rainwear has arrived and I even noticed a jacket bearing the initials BL so that must be a good omen. “

Meanwhile  Terry Harrison has texted to say he has an injury (groin strain) and is taking a break from the game for one week minimum.  This might  cause consternation to Messrs: Fielding C and Partington ahead of the Over Seventies League games on the sixteenth of April. Reporting from his Haughton Green home Harrison said his chances of being fit were no more than  fifty- fifty but that would go up another 25% if I called him  after midnight or on a Bank Holiday !

Harrison – left.

In another shock Peter ‘mighty’ Quinn one of the  Striders heroes of last months ‘Siege of the Alamo’ on Pitch Three is unavailable for the F.P.L.  finale – the culmination and climax that’s happening on the 24th. With  another hammer blow in the shape of Lawrie O’Toole’s wounded knee and Alan Richards troublesome thigh/hip – rested now until Heywood Over 65’s – in these circumstances the Strider’s will be relieved to see Steve Wingrove return after two months absence, and with four game left  for the team to play all the remaining squad should get plenty of game time.



TAMESTRIDERS T.V. were pleased to assist in the production of a promo video for the good people at GMWFL Heywood in support of their new Over Seventies League of which Striders are founder members – the video is featured on the League’s website and can also be seen



Last six games?  F.P.L. FORM GUIDE  <formcheck>



P.4  W.1  D.1  L.2 F.2 A.2 Pts.4

Photo’s + video + John Smith’s report on the Over 60’s league page….


Here comes the rain…..jackets.








A review of the F.P.L. as it approaches it’s final round of fixtures wholly

from  a D.W.F.G. / NASH perspective  as written by Alan Richards is < here >


The latest newsletter from the Walking Football Association ~we are no longer affiliated but the link is published out of general interest for anyone who fancies a read.

<WFA Newsletter>


Woo-hooo ! – all we need now is a few weeks of rain to try ’em out!  (joking)

RAIN JACKET NEWS:  They are due to arrive on Wednesday.  Distribution will begin on Thursday morning so if you could get to King Street a few minutes early, we can get  a photo of as many people wearing them as possible, for our benefactors. Thanks.


The penultimate round of the Fair Play League took place on Thursday 27th. March. Twelve matches in which fifteen goals were scored.  There was one blue card, with thirteen fair play points awarded and seven deducted.  The results and table can be found online and there will soon be a report on the same website <here>

look for the ‘video links’ page for links to er….video.

The final round of fixtures will take place on the 24th.April

Bernard Roddy made his league ‘debut’ and was joined in the Denton Wednesday squad by David Wenham.  Wednesday climbed off the bottom at the expense of Tameside Striders who had a bare minimum six players fit today. It’s tight at the top with three teams realistically challenging for the title. The ‘Ken Richards Cup’ for fair play and sportsmanship looks to be going to either of the two Nash teams…Bees or Amblers but there’s still everything to play ‘fair’ for.

Final round April 24th.


DWFG competitive teams


On W.F.dotcom yesterday,The chief organiser of our Heywood league was asking if the Over 70’s league was the first in the country. I know most of you don’t look at such media  but…

I think it is.  And we’re really only  in it due to the persistence of one man – because yours truly thought it a team too far . Wrongly.  So  hats off to Colin Fielding, seen here on the left.

 “I recently read a comment online suggesting that the Greater Manchester Walking Football Over 70’s League, which commenced on 21st March 2019 and consisted of 7 teams, was the first such 70’s league in the country. Can anyone dispute this?

Our over 60’s league commenced on 3rd February 2017 and our over 65’s league on 15th February 2018. As a matter of interest, did any such age categorisation leagues start before these dates?” – Bill Murney….GMWFL

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My reply….”Regarding the Over 70 league I think it really is a first.  There have been tournaments at that senior level but I can’t recall mention of a league anywhere.  It’s a natural progression. Over 75’s next perhaps? ”

“This was  great initiative that went very well on its first day. There’s not an awful lot between the teams from what I could see, and the level of competitiveness was sensible, and measured for the most part. Let’s hope for many such days at Heywood under GMWFL auspices, and also that this idea catches on around the country.  It’s good to know we were in amongst the first tranche of pathfinders, which is due mostly to the persistence of one of our committee members – take a bow Colin F – who saw this a viable adventure for our group, when I actually doubted the strength of  numbers we had available.  I consider myself refuted.  HE even paid the entry fee up front HIMSELF ! Well persisted Col.”  ~ Alan Richards


Might as well enjoy it while we can !

Video of the Over 70’s league games is now online  on Tamestriders TV

< view the trailer >


Regrettably we announce the cancellation of the friendly planned for 23rd. March – more on the ‘friendly fixtures’ page from the menu.


A quite superb, ground breaking day for our Striders Over 70’s

and the game in general at Heywood Sports Village today <read>

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KING STREET ACTION TODAY….’Chief’ Brodie goes for goal

Editors note: Following more criticism of our videos from people down south and in other areas too I contacted the GMWFL league to see if they had a problem with their league game footage appearing on our youtube ‘Tamestriders T.V.’  I did this out of respect for the organisers of the competition. A good league that is not perfect (NONE are) and certainly as good if not better than any similar set ups we’ve seen.  Unfortunately some clubs and leagues seem very slow and reluctant  to post video of their games. Which tells it own story.   Even WFA TV is very slim on footage beyond heavily edited short clips.  Now, I do not use this website to have  a pop at individuals  in the wider game however irksome, and childish their comments directed at me/you may be, and that will remain the case.  I can respond, if necessary  to our critics elsewhere.

Anyway the GMWFL gave us the green light for video.  I will hopefully be filming on Thursday. The F.P.L. will definitely remain transparent too – it’s an essential part of the mix of unrivalled coverage.

Running is always a topical issue in walking football which sometimes makes me wish the originators had called it something else.  See ‘Denton Internals’ from the menu above for issues arising from today’s games.

Incidentally, good to see Peter Dixon back today after injury. And best wishes to David Wilson who did not quite feel himself during todays game and retired early. Hope you’re fit for Thursday.


It’s to be hoped we have enough players for Heywood this week.  I advised it  was always going to be tight , fielding an Over 70’s team, and with the leading Fielding not here it’s even tighter !

To be honest I await with baited breath to see if we get the requisite numbers and if we do not this will be a black day in the short history of D.W.F.G. Trying to make contact with  Barry Smith as I write.

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Gents outfitting was one of those jobs I avoided – and there were a few  others I didn’t have a go at. Anyway many of you have now tried on a Pendle rain jacket and the news is almost everyone who had an XL hoodie is happy to have a Large Pendle. These three samples I have will need to be returned at the end of the week or we will be billed sixty quid. Just perchance anyone does not want one that’s printed (badge, initial Denton Walking Football  on the back) let me know sharpish please and I’ll hold one back. Otherwise it will be the full monty.

The next grant we manage to secure might be earmarked for waterproof trousers but someone else can do the measuring up !  Are you free? 🙂

I hope to attend Heywood with the Over 70’s on Thursday morning but will first call at King Street for a few ‘fittings’.  Incidentally  a reminder that the pitch has been paid for in advance this time but still give either Peter Quinn or Dave Wilson your spondoolicks.

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These jackets – similar but not identical to this – will run out at about £26 each. Anyone who misses out will be offered similar rain wear later in the year. Thanks for your forbearance.


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For a Striders perspective on Heywood 14/3/19  <look>

There are links to match video from Heywood – follow the Over 65’s progress <click for links>


Following an application on behalf of our group  from  Co-Treasurer Alan Richards,  Denton Walking Football Group have been awarded a four figure grant by

solely for the purpose of purchasing printed rain wear and  bibs for as many of our players as possible. The committee  and myself wish to express our deep appreciation to the society for this award and we are already at work establishing suppliers and ordering sample garments.

The sooner  we can proceed the better in the current  weather, after all (pics below).  Details of allocation will follow but for now let’s celebrate more good news. The cheque from Mr. Joe Swift Clerk to the Trustees arrived today and will be paid into our bank account tomorrow .  We wish to express our appreciation to the trustees,  and also Sharman Birtles for pointing us in this direction after our award from the Duchy of Lancaster in December. Please be assured the money will be spent equally wisely. – Alan Richards Secretary/Co-Treasurer D.W.F.G. + the Committee & players.

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A message from Bernard…..


F.P.L. PROMO VID < check it out on tamestriders tv >


ROUND OF FIXTURES IN THE F.P.L. the trophies are ordered

< trophies >

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  • Internal sessions will always be our priority. Competitive walking football is an outlet for those who want it. Feedback suggests that it’s becoming a matter of concern to committee members and experienced players alike that the second hour on Tuesday is becoming too fast, and too competitive.  Witness the video from last week for instance.  This is not publicly available as we would  be a target for derision – not that this worries us too much but the risk of injury does.
  • We will be arranging a meeting soon to discuss this, unless matters improve.
  • Not everyone is  contributing to this problem  BUT others soon catch on and feel they have to ‘speed up’ to compete. This makes things very difficult for our Referees, who want you to enjoy the game you have all signed up to play.
  • It’s a problem we need to solve and the first steps lie  at your feet.
  • Each week is different of course in terms of make up and numbers.
  • First and foremost though it should be remembered that we are a WALKING football group.
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Bill Lancashire has an abductor  muscle injury  (hip area)and has been absent for three weeks now.  He has indentified the problem but it could be some time before he is fit to play.  Bill will almost certainly have to withdraw from the first round of Over 70 fixtures at Heywood.

Wishing you well Bill and see you back when you’re fully recovered.

UPDATE: Bill’s been in touch and is having physiotherapy sessions – a work in progress.

Get back when you can Bill but don’t rush it.



NEW NETCAM featuring Denton Wednesday v. Vintage Celtic


More than  a dozen responses to our survey have been returned – please visit the ‘Survey’ page and have your say on video and photography at our sessions and league games.

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Looks like a walking football element has infiltrated the Nash Ultras !  🙂

Terry Bertenshaw and Barry Thickett  ” COME ON CURZON


VAR  – causing controversy throughout football – our version is no different

< VAR >

Players only ~ Video and photography survey <here>


…. you can’t please all the people all the time and in some cases it’s almost none of the time, and the ‘editor’  here is of course  no exception Never mind, the feeling  is sometimes mutual.   We’ve recently  (since the F.A. Peoples Cup) had a big upsurge in views of our videos and inevitably we have attracted some negative criticism. About six comments , in all.  Verbal attacks on one of our Referees ,  and a  couple of ripe ripostes to yours truly  on the dreaded ‘social media ‘  – Apparently,  I’m  a self-confessed ‘cheat’  and  yes, I have been penalised for running a few times… (regular running = cheating in my book ’tis true) an opinion shared by the Walking Football Association but best  leave that ‘organisation’  out of it.


You might remember we went ‘pro’ with Flickr in January at a cost of about £3.50 a month. One of the advantages you get is a better breakdown of statistics. Please have a look  and SUBSCRIBE at our/your photo channel – we’ve already had 134,00 views – feel free to download but if you use any online a credit would be appreciated. <striders shots on Flickr>

Flickr ‘pro’ screenshot



Read today’s report on the website – look for the ‘monthly reports’ page below

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Our final footage from the People’s Cup is now online on TAMESTRIDERS TV

Split screen opening too as the prod.  learns more about  the new software every day!

<lights – camera -action>

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ENCOURAGING STATISTICS FROM almost 1,200 views for Tamestriders TV  in February and 207 in the last 48 hours!  Fair Play League , People’s Cup etc. plus a little help from detractors down Wiltshire way.  Certainly brought a few ‘viewers’ in our direction.

Change of Referee in the Fair Play League  full story on the FPL website updates + news

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Fair Play League returns next Wednesday

Preview < here >



THE NASH AMBLERS are entered into the F.A. People’s Cup this weekend 23/2/19 at POWERLEAGUE ARDWICK.  The games are played outdoors on tight pitches against boards. In 2016 we won one of four games, and drew two of the others. Losing  in our last match to  a team calling themselves ‘Man City’ The Referees were very poor, and inexperienced.  We hope matters will have improved .  This is a big test for the F.A. ~  A squad of six for these five a side games will be managed by Alan Richards and consists of Gordon Nixon, Woz Taylor, Stewart White, Stephen Hampson,  David Lees and Colin Cuthbert.  This is an Over 50’s competition. Information is hard to glean but the games are scheduled for an afternoon slot 14.00 – 17.00 at this stage we have no idea who any of our opponents will be. We just hope there are some !

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Blast from the recent past – The Nash Amblers on ‘EGGHEADS’ <link>



The February fixtures for the Fair Play League are now on the FPL website

follow the <link>



  • Heywood note: Over 65’s default kit is black and white stripes but after discussing this with our Chairman we will play in black and yellow stripes, yellow shorts ,black socks to avoid worrying about bibs. There’s been an out break of B & W at Heywood of late. Also more highly visible. Over 70’s will have the Red and Black stripes, black shorts and red socks. – Thanks…Alan.
  • Receipt for entry fee Over 70 and Over 65.
  • Phenomenal ? <FIFA on walking football>
  • Meanwhile – what’s this all about ? <What?>
  • Not the man but his hoodie – did you pick it up by mistake at Curzon today 15/2/19?
  • Incidentally the round window sticker is also missing – must have fallen off when the tailgate
  • was left open at King Street – so if you spotted  it I hope you hung on to it.
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  • Michael Conroy has joined the Striders Over 65 squad for Heywood’s GMWFL on  a month by month basis.
  • Mike Conroy
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  • Paul Theobald – nickname ‘Theo’  has become the latest player to sign on with..

    Paul Theobald
  • …Denton Walking Football Group. £5 sign on fees are suspended from the end of April and all players wishing to do so renew  during  August –  Welcome aboard Theo  – Ed.
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  • For those interested in the Curzon Wednesday Fair Play League there’s been a development today you may want to acquaint yourself with   <here>
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  • Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs. Seems I’ve won a gift voucher for gaining the most reputation points for January on  If you don’t know the site please check it out sometime soon.  Now….what SHALL I buy ??
  • Too much information? with three cameras in action at the FPL last WEdnesday there’s a lot to sort out. Please checkout out Tamestriders T.V. for the results and our channel on Daily Motion ~
  • here’s a pic of the ‘cutting room’ ~
  • we have over three hundred and fifty videos online, far more than any other walking football group in the country. Speaking of “Walking Football” you can’t please everyone. A very few  people reckon we don’t play the game properly.  These critics  have one thing in common.  They NEVER post video of their own games and leagues. They claim they’re ‘too busy’.  A feeble excuse. Buy a bloody tripod and leave the camera unmanned ! So until we get to see  better examples of  a ‘pure’ walking football  which they continually espouse we should Keep Calm…and Carry On. 
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  • A cheque for £286 has been posted to the organisers of the GMWF League. This pays the entry fee for Striders Over 70’s and Over 65’s teams into the Spring competition which starts next month. Apart from  a six pound Lancashire F.A. affiliation fee all the cash for this has been raised from competing players.  In the case of the Over 70’s squad Colin Fielding has paid the full amount ‘up front’ and players will need to reimburse him as they are selected to play in the teams each month. You’ll need to arrange this with Colin himself, no doubt David Partington will deputise for Colin  in the March session.  The Over 65 squad may still need one or two reinforcement s and Gordon Nixon and Alan Richards will be consulting in the next couple of weeks. Our perennial problem is scoring goals , and we will be looking for a remedy. Whether we find one or not is anybody’s guess ! The Nash Amblers have entered their Over 60’s team once again this time co-manager  John Smith is assisted by Steve Foster and their payment is a separate matter and all in hand we understand.
  • Incidentally you can read the organisers official preview of the Spring League <here> and there is a link contained within to the amended rules and local exceptions. These are also linked on this website so there’s no excuse for  our Heywood players not to acquaint themselves fully with the new demands of this league.
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  • FPL table is now online after a triple check. Thanks to Garry Pearce and Stewart White for assistance in that regard. I have a mountain of video to sort through and check. It will take a week or two to get it all up. Thanks also to Gordon Nixon for his unfailing assistance in collecting some of the gear after the games yesterday and to Mark Bradshaw  who was there early doors sorting out the pitch configuration with myself.
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  • February 6th. – and some of our teams did well today at the Fair Play League, others not so well
  • here’s a link to the FPL website where there will soon be more information on the days events.
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Wise words from Glasgae…

Listening to Premier league and browsing old photo’s….

  • Almost one year ago Tameside Striders  beat Burnley F.C  Community Walking Football ten goals to one in  a friendly match inside their ‘elite’ training centre. The elite had moved on to more modern surroundings but this facility was right next door to Turf Moor and all the better for it. We would really  like to do this again someday and we fully expect a much closer contest.  You join the game with Striders leading two nil with goals from Smith and Richards. Look out for a screamer from our Chairman Gordon Nixon  about twelve minutes in. We look forward to renewing our rivalry with Burnley at the FPL next week
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With temperatures set to climb towards mid week it’s not expected that a busy week of walking football across both groups and the Fair Play League will be interrupted.


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A pleasure to play walking football at Curzon Ashton this morning – three talented guests from ‘down under’ made for a three touch fiesta in the chilly northern hemisphere air !


today’s Australian guests…
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Be aware: Free kicks at Heywood all leagues <shoot?>


It’s deep in Denton :

Following January’s postponement ….

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  • Tony and Barry enjoy a brew


BE AWARE ! Check out these important rule changes from the link below – scroll down.


NEWS UPDATE 26/1/19 – Our own David Partington attended his second  North West England regional trial on Thursday last.

Although typically  he says this is ‘no big deal’ I’m sure you’d all like to know he’s been asked  to attend further training sessions with the successful outfield players.

Pictured below with his Strider team mates at the FPL last month Dave’s next serious goalkeeping action will come on Wednesday next ~ weather permitting.

That he has caught the selectors eye will come as no surprise to those of us who have marvelled at David’s agility and reflexes over the last couple of years and more. We wish him all the best for his international aspirations and hope he keeps us fully informed on his progress



GOOD NEWS I thought I’d share. After  foolishly leaving my  megaphone out in the rain last Tuesday the darn thing went completely haywire and was making a terrible racket even worse than my usual outpourings. I thought it was kaput. Busted, and broken. A survivor from the Referendum campaign in 2016 I thought it’s last utterances had been uttered.

However, an overnight stay in the warmth of our drying cupboard has worked wonders and it’s back on song. I’m sure you’re all delighted. What was it Maggie Thatcher once  said at another time of national concern? – “rejoice in that news” ;-p  Ed.

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  • Important: If you are playing at Heywood this Spring in the GMWFL  you need to familiarise yourself with these new rules which incorporate the revised F.A. laws with several (good) local exceptions. Read them two or three times please, and refresh your memory in the days leading up to the league sessions – thank you. GMWFL FA LOTG & Local Rules


Barry Smith   <netcam at the nash>

Dave Cooper is smiling?

Dave Cooper

find out why <here>

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  • TUESDAY 22nd. January VIDEO < snowbound striders >
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  • NETCAM at King Street – men for all seasons
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  • 19th. January News in Brief:  Three teams look likely for Heywood – two from Striders one from Amblers ://: Chris Turner is the latest player  side-lined due to a back injury ://: F.P.L. resumes on the 30th. January please be there before 10-00am. for the  10-30 kick-offs ://: Fixtures and a preview on the FPL website ://:  Over 67 hour at Denton deemed working satisfactorily ://: Can two games become a regular feature at the Nash? ://: YouTube channel getting plenty of views ://:
  • New enquiries see players directed to Thursdays which may soon see two games and a return of mini goals on one pitch at least. Numbers and players opinion will dictate such  a move.
  • Peter Dixon reports recurring injury woes will keep him out of the Fair Play League for the rest of the season.  In  a ‘phone call this morning the striker confirmed his frustration at missing out.
  • We are at least grateful to Pete for always keeping us in the picture (very important) and his communication is an example to all.
  • Peter Dixon
  • There’s no doubt he will be missed.  Who can forget his emergency stint in goal for the Striders in September ? and  forcing the best out of Celtic’s Mike Kieron with one of the few shots we’ve actually managed to get on target so far.
  • Look after yourself Pete. we’ll see you at Denton soon we hope, and if you want to man  a flag at the FPL or simply take some photographs of the action then come down to Curzon and don’t stay away for too long.


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  • The note below does NOT apply to the Striders Over 70’s team because Colin Fielding has already pre-paid the cost. You will need to reimburse him  as the months go by and you’re selected to play at £5 per monthly round of fixtures…you’ll soon have your own webpage on this site in accordance with the other two leagues – thanks

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  • The £146 applies to the Over 60’s Nash Amblers and just one of the Striders teams as £6 is the affiliation fee (per club/group) to Lancashire County F.C. The over 65’s entry fee will incorporate that charge if they enter. If not we’ll add the cost to the 70’s entry fee. As things stand the Over 65 team the most challenged in terms of squad numbers with just five fit players from Denton  showing interest. Alan Richards has overnight  had to withdraw from playing all walking football in the short to medium  term  –  returning hip pain rules it out, so a playing role at Heywood looks less than likely. Any other group member wanting to take part at Over 65 please make it known.
  • We need to make a decision soon.
  • Players interested so far: Stewart White (underage goalkeeper)  Gordon Nixon /Peter Jarvis /
  • Alan Brodie/Martyn Heath/
  • Stephen Hampson and Eric Lloyd (both invited and  signed on  guests)
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  • The Editor’s efforts to find some additional funding for wet weather gear and other items is a work in progress. Here’s a few photo’s of players in their ‘hoodies’ warm but not waterproof and a recent addition to our/your kit
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Mark Bradshaw interviewed at Curzon Ashton <link>


We’ve booked a place for The Nash Amblers in this years ‘F.A. People’s Cup.

This is an Over 50’s competition (sadly they didn’t include an older category) so primarily it’s a chance for our younger players with support from those into their sixties and older if they fancy having a go. It’s free to enter. A maximum of fifteen teams are allowed. Striders played in this two years ago and it became very physical. The Referee’s were next to useless in that regard.

It’s played on enclosed pitches with sideboards. Please be aware and let Alan know if you’re interested. Last weekend in February probably a Saturday afternoon in Ardwick ~ thanks


We have had to make a decision regarding our photo archive on Flickr.  The site has adopted a non-free approach and we would have lost almost two thousand photo’s from the last thirty months.  So after consulting committee colleague we have decided to take up their ‘Go-Pro’ option which offers unlimited storage for less than a pound a week. £40 per annum.

We’ve had to pay twelve months subscription  in advance however, but this is easily done and our finances are in good shape despite much activity towards the end of last year – 25% of the cost is coming from Nash Amblers modest funds  too because they feature in many of the photographs. Expect a lot of camera action this year as we build upon our ‘history’ .

The FPL will also be featured.

Check out our 2,800 photos at the link below & add to the 102,184 views we’ve already had !

~New permanent link


some of the Thursday brigade back at King Street


Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019…and before it’s very old….

Grateful thanks to Barry Thickett and Dave Cooper who have already signalled an interest in helping out – more volunteers who don’t mind standing outdoors for a couple of hours in January are needed.

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When are we back at King Street ? <click and watch a short (very short) video !>


If you are interested in playing for the Striders in the F.A. People’s Cup 2019 please visit this page and complete the very short poll – thanks <here>


Check out the twitter feed to the right of the page to see a cheeky example of a one step penalty!

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if you like it please give it a thumbs up on you tube or leave a comment, even if you don’t !



If you’re interested in the new laptop we recently acquired for the group it’s featured


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A David Wenham goal at King Street < short clip>


New balls courtesy of friend and supporter of the group – IAN WILSON


Referee: Alan Graham


Thanks Al.



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End of year report – link here <click>

Ivan and Steve in their new ‘hoodies’


Players of the Year Under and Over 65 pictured at King Street…

Under and Over – our P.O.Y’s Ade and Terry


This is the calendar for Heywood next year. Colin Fielding has  told me (Ed.) that it’s highly likely that between our two groups we will have an over 70’s team in that league.  I’m just wondering what the players in that will do about the Over 65 league. Will they to play in both? As some of the Amblers are now 65+ do they want to remain in the Over 60’s league?

Will we be  able to – or want to – field teams in all three leagues? Remember the FPL on the months final Wednesday does not complete until late April. If it goes again it will start in September,  That means every week for at least five months there will be a competitive day for some players. We don’t want to bite off more than we can chew. Look at the dates and ponder upon the commitment.  Have a think about it and discuss when together. Thanks






If you weren’t at the Christmas ‘doo’ this is a flavour of what you missed


David Partington has become the second Tameside Strider to progress to the next stage of N.W. regional England trials.

David Partington

He must have impressed the selectors with his goalkeeping ability,  and we’ll keep you posted on his progress, and that of David Lees who is through to the next stage of the Over 50’s group.


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Members of  the Nash Amblers Facebook group  should pay a visit there  soon, especially  if you take part in friendly matches for the Over 60’s team. If you are not a member  and wish to know why please send me an email. Ed.


Two of these WILSON balls will soon be winging their way to Denton from the good ship Amazon currently sailing full steam towards Christmas and loaded to the gunwales with goodies for all and sundry!


These balls come courtesy of regular benefactor Ian Wilson (get it? ). Remember the ‘Wilson’ ball in Castaway? well I couldn’t get exactly the same thing but these are close enough I hope Ian.

Ian was at our Christmas ‘doo’ last night  with brother David and has also agreed to buy us a set of double sided reversible Mitre bibs.

thanks again Ian – Ed.


Adrian Jones is the Tameside Striders D.W.F.G. Under 65 players of the year.  It was a knife edge ballot with three players on six votes. The committee unanimously decided the decision would be judged on appearances and length of time playing with us this year. Adrian has been regular throughout. We were joined in March and a little later David Fielding and Steve Foster respectively.  Each have clearly made an impression on  their colleagues in a relatively short time.

Adrian was not at the Nash last night, and given the difficulty we had in playing c.d.’s the likelihood of a video link to his holiday log cabin somewhere on the moors (I think) was never a realistic option! We’ll catch up with you soon if you’re reading this.

The Over 65 ‘player of the year’ award went to Terry Harrison, our taxi driving goalscorer. Happily, the Haughton Green cabbie parked up long enough to attend and collect his trophies in person.  Don’t forget Terry, you give one of ’em back next November!

The narrowest of margins – just one vote separating Terry from Tony Cravagan who won the Denton Thursday P.o.Y. last week ! Lots of players registered votes. Messrs:Lake, Fielding and Nixon for instance garnered three votes each. Well done to all, once again.

Bernard Roddy was a ‘Committee’ decision  for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ trophy and was a very popular choice. He was in attendance to receive the award from our most recent committee addition Colin Fielding.

As was Tony Berry, awarded a cut glass trophy for ‘Personal Achievement’ in turning around his lifestyle and using walking football as a springboard to more exercise and weight loss – well done.

Tony Berry – personal achiever

Referee Garry Pearce was presented with  a small memento in appreciation of his service to the group – good natured boo’s accompanied the handover but we all recognise the value competent Referee’s bring to walking football.

Referee Garry Pearce

So, those trophies which have not yet found their intended recipient will soon be handed over . and Tony Cravagan will be re-united with his Thursday P.o.Y pot !

Another year almost over and there will be a Secretaries report / summary of the year available around Christmas time wit some  photographs. No ‘end of year’ d.v.d. this time though as just January and February proved so time consuming to do, and  having been very busy with walking football lately  I just cannot summon up the will to spend multiple hours  over a keyboard staring at a screen. This years I might make a monthly episode as we go, simply combining them as 2020 approaches would make things much easier NEXT December, should the need arise.

Awards presentation video <look>

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Thanks to these two for providing an entertaining evening in the face of difficulties

Gordon and David

Not to mention the effort put in by their Wives Janet & Elaine  to create a festive atmosphere – thanks on behalf of the group.

just SOME of the guests enjoying last night’s Xmas ‘doo’

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  • There are now plans for regional England trials for Over 70’s. If you qualify, think you’re good enough (however ‘good’ that needs to be – and you’re interested in attending (Wigan, in mid-February) let me know soon. You need to be nominated by the group/club but after that the detail will be left for you to work out with the organisers.
  • Can’t help thinking aspect of walking football are getting some distance from what the game  was originally meant to be.
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Strider’s recent N.W. England  Over 50’s regional trialist David Lees has been selected from  a crop of forty to return with fifteen other players who have caught the eye of selectors.

Seen here on the right paying close attention to Gordon Nixon, David  is a versatile midfield player who scores goals and even turns his hands to keeping goal for the Nash Amblers in the F.P.L.

We wish David every success in his international aspirations.

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We don’t play a lot of friendly games but the number must be well into the teens by now. Remarkably neither the Nash Amblers nor Tameside Striders have yet lost a friendly game!

Catch up with the latest one here:







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New player Denton Thursday – John Boyle of Northenden and a pic of the P.O.Y. Trophy

John Boyle
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Improved fortunes for The Nash Amblers at Heywood –  a report on the Over 60’s  page (GMWFL)  <click>

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Meanwhile at Denton Thursday we had a ‘Player of the Year’ presentation

Tony Cravagan

<video link here>


UP THERE WITH THE BIG BOYS? Clearly yes, but who gives a monkey’s chuff?

As with traditional football I’m  sick and tired of hearing about ‘BIG clubs’. OH !they’re a big club or NO! you’re not a BIG club or worse still United are BIGGER than City or vice-versa. It’s ALL baloney and the stuff of the playground.  “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad”


YES! but in the words of  Rhett Butler “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”

That’s why I won’t be proposing we join this list and as your Secretary I’m glad we’re now OUT of the WFA – this is an extract from the last newsletter our group will receive as affiliated members.

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Overs Unders & Thursday

Our trophies are all here, these and others. Each ‘player of the year’ keeps their engraved trophy shown above permanently, and retains the larger ones (not shown) for twelve months. Total cost was £94.00 from money donated by our Referees throughout the year primarily : Alan Graham, Garry Pearce, Keith Burrows,  and Alan Richards.

Very Pleased with the new custom centres for our trophies thanks to the staff at Paul Hett’s in Hyde. Gives them  the Tameside Striders stamp !

When viewing the graphic below it should be borne on mind that previous winners were ineligible this time….


Our affiliation to the Walking Football Association expires this month and there are no plans to renew it as decided at our August A.G.M. Their latest newsletter  is <here>

While your Editor is linked with sagacity in this issue I claim no such quality. In fact it made me laugh – not always easy. We will not be applying to go on the list of the ‘biggest walking football groups in the country’ although we do qualify in terms of numbers – I’m not wise enough  to see the point in that, to be honest.

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29/11/18 and a great turnout for the Thursday crew despite the blustery conditions with a leaden sky threatening rain. Sharman Birtles  Deputy Lord  Lieutenant of Greater Manchester attended the session to present yours truly with a cheque for £500 which will go towards fifty hoodies – ideal for weather such as today!

Pic: John Boyle

Sharman enjoyed a cup of coffee with us and spoke to several  players about the benefits of our game. She is a football fan herself and husband Graham plays walking football himself  at nearby Droylsden.

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Most regular players will receive a hoodie. Your size will be guesstimated and as the garments will be personalised this is important.  I need to know by Tuesday next week if the size I have you down for is correct, or near as dammit. I’ve already asked several people directly.  A list will appear on the ‘about us – an introduction’ page later today. Please check your name and size <HERE> and if you wish to change it email me at a.s.a.p.

A good day at the Fair Play League with all four of our teams – checkout the news <here>

Short Colin Fielding interview < here >

A message from one of the F.P.L. organisers <click>

Get well soon Rob Lake, who has been forced to withdraw from the Striders FPL  squad with a dose of influenza ! The Nash Bees lose Trevor Brereton with a recurring back problem. In  surprise move Peter Smith has been loaned out by the Nash Amblers to assist the Striders efforts as Pete Dixon has withdrawn (groin). Laurie O’Toole comes back for Striders, and Alan Richards will ‘appen sit out tomorrow’s session at King Street and will  hope to get a game or two in on Wednesday. Tony Berry is welcomed back into the Ambler’s squad by Stewart White.  Peter Jarvis makes his bow in the competition , now fully fit. Another FPL debutant is Rod Seddon, who  lines up for  Denton Wednesday as does Tony Cravagan, drafted in to solidify the defence.


WASTE NOT WANT NOT – a broken and scrapped  tread mill can still  come in useful….

those markers we use cost over a pound apiece.. hence the Stanley knife..and I kept all my digits intact! #bonus

ever increasing circles…



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Called in at Paul Hett’s trophy shop in Hyde this morning to checkout all of our awards which have now been delivered. I carried the text for the engraving with me and the team of trophy technicians that beaver away at the back of the store will soon get to work on personalising most of the trophies.  I’m really pleased that they have come up with  a Denton Walking Football Group logo to go onto most of these trophies.  There will be awards for Players of the Year at Over 65, Under 65, Denton Thursday and all winners will receive a personalised engraved smaller trophy to go with the larger ones we have. The two additional awards ‘Sportsman of the Year’  and another  recognition award will also be personalised.

Past winners, Stewart White, Trevor Brereton and David Partington are still playing  as well as ever of course  but are not eligible this time around.

The ‘Clubman of the Year’ award has been discontinued.


Three touch desired  at Denton this Tuesday in preparation for the November FPL and to create a better game generally. Check out Tameside Striders Co-manager David Partington’s reaction to the Pete Dixon injury that will rule him out of four games this month. Dave is interviewed <here> oddly enough on the interview page.  It’s not all bad news though as Laurie O’Toole constitutes  the cavalry charge to reinforce the Striders squad for a tough day of four games, although to be honest I forgot to remind David of that before the interview went live. Sorry Laurie.

Laurie O’Toole
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  • Regarding the good news announcement below, enquiries are ongoing and quotes are  being assessed for a black hoodie with DWFG branding applied to be issued to each player with more than fifteen appearance at King Street this year. If you do not want a training/playing top of this type please let the Editor know a.s.a.p. and someone else can have it.
  • Lord Lieutenant of Gtr.Manchester crest
  • Duchy of Lancaster crest
  • It’s thought we can buy up to fifty garments with a little extra from our own funds and we have 61 registered players, most of whom have been regularly attending and of course some have joined us over the last couple of months. The Lord Lieutenant’s Representative Sharman Birtles will present the cheque to yours truly at  King Street at the Thursday session on the 29th. November. It’s estimated it will take a couple of weeks to have the garments produced when a supplier is finalised. Thanks to John Gaskin for bringing this opportunity to our attention and of course to the Duchy’s Trustees for their favourable consideration to our application.
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Tameside Reporter Mark Philip’s extended interview with Alan Richards and some nicely inserted footage from the Denton Thursday session that was taking place at the time

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The Secretary/Co-Treasurer has applied to the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund for a one off  grant to purchase warm winter training gear for as many regular players as possible. It’s a bit of a long shot but we fit the criteria and  provide weekly community activity like few other organisations around here – watch this space. I hope those who make the decision visit this website to see the extent of commitment , the smiling faces and the pleasure walking football brings to those who play the game at Denton. Expect some news on this soon.



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A fairly extensive article on walking football on the back page of a special ‘Armistice’ edition of the Tameside Reporter today. Privileged to be a part of an historic edition.

I shall be buying my Poppy tomorrow and as some of you may have noticed there’s always one on the front of my van ! Thanks Sports Reporter  Mark Phillip for the coverage

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A couple of goals and about fifteen minutes of video from November 5th. @ The Nash


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  • Three years ago our Bernard got a new City shirt for his birthday.

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  • Some good reading here at the moment  – if a little long winded – I particularly like

‘FRUSTRATIONS OF A REFEREE’ I’ve met Mick Hill and we’ve often exchanged opinion – Ed.

if you fancy  a read there’s a link <here>

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  • THE DENTON THURSDAY LOGO (Hammer of Thor) now takes its rightful place on our site header logo. Affiliation to the W.F.A. will lapse soon and ‘the hammer’ has replaced the WFA logo.
  • If the outlook and management style of the W.F.A changes at some point in the future we will review the question of  affiliation.
  • Their latest newsletter shows signs of improvement and you can see it here
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Read John Smith’s feedback from this weeks Over 60’s league programme for the Amblers at Heywood + links to the organisers full run down of results , standings + their own report on the way things went on the day, including an interesting development at the top of Division One.

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there is an extensive preview <here>

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  • Due to Secretarial persistence and application an eight month old promise of funds from our local Tameside council has been paid into our bank account and we are now £150 better off.
  • Thanks especially to Denton South Councillor Mr. George Newton
  • and his team ‘Denton South’ colleagues.
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  • Strider Pete Dixon tests the Vintage Celtic Goalkeeper in the Fair Play League
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‘MEET’ JOE BEMROSE – his story in his own words <here>

A splendid time was had and lots of ‘glasses more than half full’  apparent here at The Viceroy in Hyde a restaurant specialising in Indian and Pakistani food.

No doubt there were many topics of conversation as the drinks flowed and the photo certainly conveys that impression. One or two absentees, including myself as I was out of the country 🙂


Curzon Wednesday Fair play league is working and is another good outlet for our walking footballers especially those who fancy a little bit of competitive structure and bonding with   regular teammates. Very few Fair Play points deducted so far. Take a look at our very own Nash Bee Adrian Jones – perhaps the best example of a walking footballer maximum movement  you will ever see. Both feet planted in full flight.

Adrian – poetry in motion . Photo credit : Kole of Curzon Academy

Read about our teams progress in the Fair Play League at Curzon today.

Nash Bees 0 Nash Amblers 3


Jim and Sid- with Bob.










Two spectators at King Street today – Jim Pelling (left) who has played twice on a Thursday and could be making his competitive walking football debut for Denton Wednesday at the FPL on Wednesday 24th. Good to  see you both Gentlemen.

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A new website  for the semi-competitive mixed ability league is here



Unusually at Curzon today  a penalty was awarded (and converted) following a foul adjudged to be ‘careless’.  For players information I publish a copy of the relevant rule under Law 13




This is a Manchester County F.A. rule that we assisted in drawing up at the turn of the year.  It has not been used much so hopefully  this clarifies it. The columns to the right denote a blue or red card scenario which definitely did NOT apply to this relatively innocuous incident



The Facebook vote on non v. minimal has overwhelmingly revealed a wish for non-contact walking football to be the maxim by which we maintain our current style of play both in internal sessions and at the GMWFL and the CURZON WEDNESDAY FAIR PLAY LEAGUE.

In other news a spontaneous friendly on Friday saw our hardy Amblers take on a team of youngsters from the Australian Youth Institute for Football. The lads took to walking very well, and Amblers conceded a penalty for three runs ! tut-tut 🙂 However we edged the game by the odd goal in five and by all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves.

Sticking with the ‘international scene’ the group have been asked to nominate four potential England trialists to the new WFA regional England scouting set up with  a view to attending trials.  We all have our own opinion on these kind of walking football matters but so far  three players names have come forward with  a wish to be considered.  These will be finalised this week and if we have more applicants than places  I will consult committee men and Mark Bradshaw at Curzon  before forwarding these candidates names to the WFA reps. In order that everyone who considers themselves good enough to represent England at walking football can all interested players contact me personally by the middle of this coming week please.(Ed.)



EDITORIAL -a personal view

The F.A. revision is rendered unsuitable by one word. Minimal.  I quote..“The ethos of Walking Football is one that expects a minimal contact match, with the players, match officials and other participants all understanding the spirit of the match.”

I personally think that’s far too woolly and is open to misinterpretation and wide divergence when it comes to inconsistency of match officials, not to mention the mindset of a minority of players of various ages who still think they are playing contact, regular football.  Some  of us have come across those.

Our own Manchester County F.A. rules will pertain for now in internal sessions and the Fair Play League but we are  consulting on Facebook, and on our own forum – click on the menu and cast your vote please. We all know contact occurs in  a non-contact format BUT one mans minimal is different from another mans minimal.  Whereas ‘non’ is pretty much unequivocal. The age of the players must be taken into account . We can never eliminate all risk of course –  but inviting risk is where the F.A. laws leave us until EVERY pitch in EVERY competition , tournament and internal game has the benefit of a skilled, assertive F.A. trained Referee with an expert eye and a level  of consistency we’ve not so far witnessed in any form of football, and quite simply, that’s NEVER going to happen.

Please feedback your own opinion on this important subject. The above view is inevitably  a personal one and until we can discuss this , or each have our own say the total adoption of F.A. law for our games remains on the table. – Ed.


We have waited a long time for these – see what you think.



The Nash Amblers played four and drew four at Heywood this month.  More <here>

Some short video clips from last weeks action at King Street

uploaded to Tamestriders T.V. our youtube platform … <click>





The production crew at Tamestriders Telly has come up with an amateurish home made ten minute video to capture the flavour of the fair play league’s opening day and if  you want to watch it you  can see it <by clicking here>


Stewart White sent good wishes before this game today and as it turned out we had an excellent game against our visitors from ~Lincolnshire – report, pics and video soon enough please check the friendly fixtures page in due course – Ed.

Amblers scored 3 goals to 1 but walking football won today



Bernard’s back !

Pete Ward injured his foor yestersay and cannot play in the League’s opening fixture round. David Grimbaldeston has joined the Amblers squad as a one off.

John Gaskin will go on loan to Tameside Striders for one month as his Nash Bees team are good in terms of numbers. Grateful thanks to John for accepting this late change of plan – Pete Dixon WILL keep goal for Striders though he’s not fully fit.  meanwhile here’s a reminder.


  • Session photos from 18th September at Denton  <view on Flickr>
  • Fifty photographs from the Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy at Heywood on…
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  • Checkout Striders  Co-manager Colin Fielding’s report from Heywood today 13/9/18
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  • unavailable for the launch day. Application forms are starting to come in now and the seven founding teams are looking forward to the commencement of this unique league.
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  • Not everything in black and white makes sense. 20th. century Striders
  • juxtaposed in front of Denton’s 16th. century church.
  • Having made a case for our defibrillator purchase we now have one  to keep it in.

A hard shell, waterproof and on wheels – a must for portability. The defibrillator  will be well cushioned within. Sorry about the colour Colin (Fielding) but there wasn’t an awful lot of choice and NO red ones.I’ll look for a red cross to go across the front of it 🙂

hard case

At least it will stand out and hopefully NEVER be forgotten and left on the touchline. So if you see it standing there looking lost please do something about it. Let’s hope we never need to go into action with this device. I’m awaiting a call from  a paramedic to arrange some training in its use.(Ed.)



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Committee man Colin Fielding looking mighty pleased with our latest piece of kit – let’s hope it’s only ever a precautionary measure. Thanks to Colin for his valued assistance in this matter.



We’ve cobbled together an overview.


check out the dedicated SUMMER 18 festival page for a link to our daily motion channel

In other news Tamestriders TV’s youtube channel <here> tops 3,500 views.

You’ll rarely see video posted from some clubs and tournaments .

We are open to be judged on our style of play and the way we approach the game


A pleasing email from our latest recruit David Lees  dropped into my inbox today…

Hi Al, it’s new recruit Dave Lees here!


It’s only a week or two since I’ve joined in with you lads & I’m loving it already…guess the decent weather has helped too, but more so the acceptance from everybody of another lad to kick around with.

I apologise for getting to Tuesday’s event later than anticipated, but thank you for squeezing me in – you had more than enough to sort out on the day…& what a cracking day it was too.

I’m quickly getting an idea of the rules, when to turn up & I’m obviously conscious I’m a lot younger than most of the players so there is a lot of caution in my game amongst the chaps. Something I find really attractive about your style of walking football, is the mutual respect quickly shown when somebody takes a knock, no rush getting them off the floor just to restart the game etc..

I have not paid a ‘signing-on fee’ if there is one, just subs to Mark when I’ve turned up, so please let me know if there is money/signing-on form expected from me?

My job is flexible enough to allow me to play every day actually, so if you are short anywhere please let me know.

Catch you soon…

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<HERE> On Tamestriders T.V.

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Festival photo album on our friend Flickr <here>


So, that’s the main box ticked. Others – non contact – smiles – laughter – enjoyment

pleasure – camaraderie – goals (well, about four !) – and dry weather ~(90%)

thanks to everyone involved – you are all winners. Here’s a pic of the team that took the Cup home and reports and a link to lots of photo’s will be on on the Summer 18 Festival page soon .


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Festival news: David Lees boosts the Thursday squad and in  a move to better balance the Striders team Keith Oldham is being switched (subject to his agreement). Jeremie Coulon made an eleventh hour request to play and he will restore the Amblers squad to seven. Please be at the Nash for 10-00am for 10-30 kick off. Dressing rooms and showers available. Shirts only will be supplied, please make sure these are returned afterwards via your skipper.  It looks like a dry day and I know many of us are looking forward to this different kind of Tuesday. Team Captains bear in mind there will be NO drawn games. Any draws will be settled by penalty shoot outs best of three then sudden death. Nominate just three players per team and they will take ALL your kicks. THREE TEAM RUNS A PENALTY APPLIES TO ALL OF THESE FESTIVAL GAMES.

Captain reminders: Barry Smith: Striders/John Smith: Amblers/ Stewart White: Badgers / David Partington: Bees / Tony Cravagan or David Wilson : Thursday




Checkout the trophy and winners medals on the ‘Summer Eighteen’  FESTIVAL page




August 8TH.  2018  = The Nash Amblers entertained Mancom WF today at ‘the Nash’in  a friendly game and emerged victorious. Maintaining their 100% record in such matches. With most Heywood regulars missing the team acquitted itself very well and the game was played in  a very good spirit.







There’s a full report on the ‘friendly-fixtures’ page from the menu.



As a small token of our GREAT appreciation of Alan Graham and Garry Pearce we have decided to bestow ‘honorary membership’  of D.W.F.G. as a mark of their refereeing services over the last twelve months and more.







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When new players turn up unheralded at our Tuesday & Thursday sessions they must first fill in a routine basic health screening form which is deposited with the Secretary. The form includes emergency contact details and a disclaimer to acknowledge the signee agrees they are playing the game at their own risk.

There can be no exceptions to the above. Copies of the form will be left  in the on-site locker at D.Y.F.C. for use when the Secretary is absent – thanks.



Phil Dawson writes in ‘In Off The Post’ an opinion forum on

“My club who play 3 touch football recently played another local club who play normal touch football. We agreed at the start of the game that we would play our rules v their rules. The passing & movement of my team despite the fact we have only been playing for about 4 months was brilliant & we played them off the park.

I think that there’s a lot more interaction with 3 touch and encourages players to pass & move….”

Hopefully, the Friday three touch trial will continue at King Street – the league based on that format is only a matter of nine weeks away!




some people were on the pitch – but it’s far from all over….

it’s only just beginning

Following a successful meeting at Curzon Ashton today the


FAIR PLAY LEAGUE came into being. Much agreement around the table from seven local walking football activists towards an innovative system of rewarding fair play and where winning games is not the be all and end all. A warm reception was given to some of Alan Richards ideas,  which were modified and shaped by good natured discussion with Curzon Ashton F.C.’s Mark Bradshaw and the other attendees all men with plenty of walking football experience with original ideas of their own. These key stakeholders agreed to share responsibility. Mark will organise fixtures and Alan Graham is to oversee the Refereeing aspect. Curzon Academy Students will act as Referee’s assistants and also help administer the monthly sessions. Richards has been charged with recruitment of teams. This will be a three-touch league as suggested by Keith Burrows.  It is envisaged that up to four or five of the competing teams will come from Denton Walking Football Group and The Nash Amblers.  This will compliment our involvement in competition elsewhere  to which we are committed, and will not  affect our internal sessions at either venue.

unanimous agreement for a ground breaking league

More news over the coming weeks on this exciting development which is due to start at the end of September and run on the final Wednesday of each month until March or April dependant on the number of teams entered. December will see a mid-winter break.




Opinion is being sought from groups who play three touch all the time. That form of the game is big in Scotland and any competitions up there employ the three touch rule. What do you think?

In praise of three touch <read>

The three touch trial at King Street’s Friday session of the Nash Amblers was judged a great success. So much so that we’re having a Facebook poll on extending it to every Friday for a month! You can also make your feelings known via’Contact Us’ from the Menu. It really did make for a more skilful passing game with the art of the pass very much to the forefront – hardly any running either – we were all to busy remembering to count our touches ! BIG thanks to Referee Garry Pearce for his guidance and firm handling.



.Our ‘Senior Striders’ collected their Finalists medals today at King Street….

click below for a mini-album of presentation photo’s at the back of ‘Bob’.






INSURANCE SUMMARY – Recently renewed at  a cost of £195.00



We now have two more certified first aiders in the camp

Colin Fielding






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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.




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.

<Keith’s Story>


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

Club Referee Guidance pdf ver 1.3


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.







Click the link for the  new ‘Flickr’ album <here





Jim Thompson’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)


LOVING this photo from today: Bernard  arrives at King Street for his walking football session




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.

Photo: Alan Richards



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 !




A two-two draw report <here>


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>


We keep striving to make our sessions as well planned as possible to benefit our players. This is the latest addition to the group:

what it says on the box….

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. ‘ Thank




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.)


when the going gets tough…


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


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

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



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).” Ala














Didn’t last 24 hours…victim of vandalism










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  pimpled sole are now compulsory for both of our venues.

Great day of football and laughter. With only 6 players we had to work hard today, had we a couple of more players to freshen the team I think we would have been the winners. Tiredness got us in the end which was understandable. A most enjoyable day, thanks guys.
























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