Curzon Fair Play League

Meeting postive.  Application forms are being  distributed. Possibility of a six, seven or eight team league.  Nothing set in stone yet but it’s likely that between our two groups here and at Ashton we would enter three teams, not four this time.

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Meeting July 1st. at Curzon to discuss any future FPL 2019-2020. Alan Richards, Gordon Nixon, Garry Pearce, John Smith, Alan Graham , David Partington, Colin Fielding and Mark Bradshaw.

Photo’s from the final days FPL and the  presentation…<link from here>

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21st. April : for the latest squad news from Tameside Striders checkout the ‘Badgers’ own page on the CWFPL walking football  website <here>

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Denton Wednesday co-Manager DAvid Wilson has been commenting on the FPL campaign so far…. follow  the link <here>

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— – – – Thanks to  Keith Burrows, Gordon Nixon , Jim Bowden, Keith Yardley, David Partington, Eric Lloyd and everyone else who have commented on the following article  via the reply box. A feature we will use again. Cheers.

So, the culmination of a seven month season is almost upon us and the justification for establishing the league and our groups participation is, I think vindicated.  This venture has given the opportunity for enthusiastic players who are of mixed and varied abilities and fitness levels to dip their feet into a competitive arena, when they may not have had the chance, or the willingness to go the full distance to places like Heywood.  All our four teams have done well.

 

Squads drawn from  seeded pots brought together unlikely combinations and a little fine tuning along the way when injuries and circumstance have intervened have seen four sustainable teams (just about) emerge to enhance this league.  Whilst Tameside Striders and Denton Wednesday have continually battled at the bottom (in the case of Striders quite valiantly when down to just six fit players last month) the teams bearing ‘The Nash’ prefix have occupied top spot throughout, picking up substantial fair play points as the campaign has progressed, as well as holding their own on the pitch and scoring some notable victories.

A glance at the table as it currently stands shows Amblers have lost just one match so far !  Remarkable in itself. Whilst Bees have lost seven they’ve only drawn five and won NINE.Bees have a clear lead in the ‘fair play point’ zone.  When first envisaged it was decided to start each team off with 100 fair play points because frankly, I’d imagine that some substantial number of deductions would have occurred. This has not been the case. Every team is in credit. Bolton Arena would easily top the league without this fair play element – they are a good team and have won ELEVEN games from twenty.  In this league  the by-line ‘winning is not everything’ was our motto from the start and  because of the way we set up ,  has proven an accurate maxim.

There are still a lot of points to play for and any of the top three could realistically still win this league.  Winning might not be ‘everything’ but it’s still  a powerful and enticing  objective.

This is the Tamestriders website and as such we are primarily concerned with our own group , as is this review of the way things stand as we reach a climax.  The fixtures were drawn up last August and a look at the final games shows it could really go down to ‘the wire’, to use a familiar expression.   There may need to be some intense reckoning up done by someone (possibly me but it will need triple checking) straight after the final whistles have sounded.  We don’t want to be handing Cups over to Captain’s, only to have to ask for them back !  That would never do.

We have found that despite a couple of ‘bumps in the road’ recently the majority of the season has seen enjoyment finish in first place every month.  Growing numbers in the snack bar afterwards – the catalyst undoubtedly the free barmcake idea, (thanks to our sponsors) has seen a hubbub of post match conversation and laughter, as friendly rivalries are put to on one side.

My chief regret is that due to injury – and the need to fulfil several different tasks – has seen my own game time restricted.

At least I’ve managed to pull on the black and white Striders stripes and even managed to score a goal in the process ! My first  in competitive walking football, it has to be said.

And now,  the end is nigh.  We face the final curtain. What will happen afterwards?  Who knows.  Let’s just hope the final day goes without a hitch, that the trophies are presented to deserving winners and we all go home relatively happy.  If this league has meant anything it’s at least guaranteed that one Wednesday a month the walking footballers of this group and Curzon have had something pleasurable to look forward to. Come the summer we will summon up thoughts and decide future plans carefully.  If the league does ‘go again’ and I have a say in strategy, then we’ll be looking at  a similar seven month season and an invitation event involving a similar number of teams. Consultation with both committee,  and F.P.L.  ‘founding fathers’  would obviously ensue.

A final round up of events from  a DWFG/Nash perspective  will appear here after the 24th April.

Thank you for reading this far.  Feedback box below…

Alan Richards

…..One of my favourite photo’s from the F.P.L. sessions…

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Photo link February 6th. F.P.L. check out our friend <Flickr>

Check the dedicated website…there’s a message from Alan on the updates page  and why not start here with an update on Referee communication <check it out>

Our league now has its own dedicated website. Some of the content below has already been migrated but in future all league news will be found there first. Please bookmark the web address.

http://www.curzonfairplayleaguewalking.football

Denton Wednesday management duo David Wilson and Brian Stafford sum up last  month and look forward to next weeks October round of FPL fixtures <click>

On Facebook ? So are we… join up <here>

We are now on twitter @FplCurzon  and on Facebook at the above link.

The twitter feed has been releasing snippets from our Manchester County F.A. rules under the hashtag #FPLrulecheck – check them out please – familiarise yourself – note we remain ‘non-contact’ as has the GMWFL at Heywood. Sensible measures maintained.

Please consider voting in the poll below, especially if you play in the league and follow events online….

September overview….

I expect there’s always some mild apprehension at the start of a completely new venture but when players from different teams started to show up in numbers any notion of complete failure evaporated. An enterprise on this scale was completely new to me after all. I’ve given it a period of 24 hours reflection before venturing into print, so to speak with an attempted overview of the day.
With lots of others on hand in the form of Curzon’s academy students, the leadership and experience of Mark Bradshaw and the presence of established and respected walking football Referee’s Garry and Alan most things were in place. The rest was up to us – walking footballers who love the game and who have taken on board the philosophy that winning simply is NOT everything

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    What followed was an enjoyable morning for me – you too I hope, but everyone will have had their own experience. I’ve heard nothing in the way of complaints so far, only positivity.  Long may that continue – at least until next month 🙂
    Having compiled the results and fair play points awards with Alan & Garry in Mark’s office afterwards the first league table has emerged. Of necessity some teams have played fewer games than others at this stage but that will even out over the next few months.
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  • First lesson I’ve learned is… there’s no rush !  Get the table triple checked. I’ve had to make two amendments already  and add a caveat to the table graphic which is below this report. Teething troubles.
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    First impressions of the opening day?
  • Nash Bees combined playing prowess with a good attitude.  From close quarters I watched them stroking the ball around the pitch in a  precise manner.
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  • Vintage Celtic came through four games and now have a slight lead in the fair play points column. Good to see a cheerful delegation from the experienced Bower Fold set-up embracing  the challenge.
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  • Bolton Arena looked a very good side who know each other well. Highly mobile and moving the ball very smoothly. Unbeaten, and their three nil victory over Burnley W.F. was the most emphatic of the day.
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    Burnley themselves were another team with a taxing programme of four games. Good to see coach and organiser Sam, plus Goalkeeper Steve again plus a couple of other familiar faces in the famed claret and blue.
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    Nash Amblers, competing here with a much changed line up from their GMWF team opened well, but faltered slightly as the morning progressed. With two additional fp points under their belts already though they are poised to make progress under their experienced leadership. This squad will win more than they lose.
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    Tameside Striders struggled to create clear cut chances and with an already depleted squad of similar varied abilities it was no surprise when they fell to two one-nil defeats in succession. Turning that around in the final game with the Nash Amblers offers hope for future months.
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    Denton Wednesday unfortunately lost three fp points due to a blue card. They managed to salvage two back  from their games  with the Amblers, and Celtic. These are very early days and a depleted squad playing four matches, with a key forward leaving the scene before they had finished their programme, placing heavy demands on the remaining six. Not all of whom were fully fit. Manager David Wilson is looking for reinforcements who can commit fully to the cause.
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    October fixtures will be released very  soon. I have lots of video. Brief, early inspection shows some of it is not really of sufficient quality to be useful. It will take several days to go through it and the bits that are worth watching will emerge over the next couple of weeks. Perhaps as a montage of brief clips to illustrate the flavour of the days action.
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    Thanks to all involved for making this a successful start. See you on October 24th. for more walking football tricks and treats.
  • September scorers:  For Bolton Arena: Chris Kershaw was on target v. Tameside Striders – two goal David Mort helped to beat Burnley ,  a third goal came  from Sean Mulvaney.
  • For Nash Bees a brace from Trevor Brereton got their campaign off to  a great start. An Adrian Jones strike beat Vintage Celtic. Eric Lloyd clinched the Striders game for Bees.
  • Steve Foster registered the only goal for Denton Wednesday v. Bees. Likewise Steve Hampson for Striders v. Amblers.
  • Amblers only goal of the morning came from David Grimbaldeston (to be confirmed) If you want your scorers listed here (V.C. and Burnley) please get in touch.

AMENDED TABLE BELOW:


Fair play points hold precedence over goal difference -when F.P. points are identical THEN goal difference will kick in….

…BECAUSE this is a FAIR PLAY  LEAGUE !

For photo’s from the initial session please click <here>

Video will emerge over the next few days  on Tamestriders T.V. our youtube channel- thanks to Kyle & Jack of the Curzon Academy for acting as cameramen – cheers lads !….and now TODAY’S RESULTS AND FAIR PLAY BREAKDOWN…

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With our numbers down  a little at the Nash today 14/9  Coach Mark Bradshaw took the opportunity to introduce our forthcoming ‘Fair Play’  assistants from the Curzon Academy to the world of walking football.  Report to follow but here’s photograph of the assembled trans-generational players…

Fixtures have been arranged so the league now runs over SEVEN months, not six.  Virtually a full football season. SEPTEMBER TO APRIL with  a break in December . This has facilitated a format where teams play each other four times across the season  in twenty minute games. In rotation teams will play four games one month and three games in another month.

Compilation of fixtures is well underway now , it’s appreciated teams want to know who they are playing well in advance. We are covering the league on this web page for now but efforts are being made to find either a dedicated website  or space on Curzon’s own club site. The former depends upon finance.

Be assured, apart from some subjective team news and reporting all postings here will be even handed and fair – that’s what this league, and everything around it is all about.

Referees will be Alan Graham (Referee co-ordinator) Garry Pearce and Mark Bradshaw will have a discretionary fair play point in their gift to award to either,  both or neither team after any given game.

Please scroll down the page and download Manchester F.A. Rules,  our code of conduct and bullet points for the way the league works, fair play point detail  and the three touch element.

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Manchester County F.A. rules for walking football <please read>

Open email to Manchester County F.A. Media dept.

Hello,  I am the secretary treasurer of Denton Walking Football Group (Tameside Striders) and co-ordinate the walking football programme at Curzon Ashton. Following an initial response from Steve Edwards, and at his request I’m mailing you the details of our new venture at Curzon Ashton F.C. A walking football ‘FAIR PLAY LEAGUE’.
Greater Manchester is already served with one of the most popular walking football leagues in the country but we are looking for something different. Not for the ultra-competitive, but more for players who play for fun but will relish playing different people in a friendly atmosphere, well refereed under M/cr County F.A. rules for walking football and with  a points system that does not put all the emphasis on winning matches.
We are looking for at least two or three more teams to join the four or five already lined up to start on the last Wednesday of each month (September to March with  a break in December) at Curzon
10-00am to 12-30pm approx.
We need squads of nine maximum for these six-a-side games. Final format to be decided when we know the numbers of teams entered.
Fair play points will be allocated at the start and will be of  equal value to match won points. We are not shackled to the football concept of three points for win etc., although that aspect will still be applied.
Goalkeepers can be aged 45 + but must remain in goal at all times. In another break with the ‘normal’  AVERAGE age of teams must not exceed 62 but can include ONE player over the age of 55. £5 per player per month.  Photo I.D. will be required.
The facilities at Curzon Ashton are first class and there is a snack bar on site.
We are really hoping this venture will take off and give the session player something different to look forward to, without having to mix with the minority of ultra competitive win-at-all-cost players, some of whom  who have caused problems within competitive walking football nationally.
Anything you can do to publicise this event across your area and/or bordering associations would be appreciated. Following the ‘Stepping Out’ initiative for walking football we hope to get more assistance of this nature from yourselves.
Full details and a code of conduct plus bullet points for the introduction of the league can be found here.
(link to this page)
Mark Bradshaw at the club is fully behind this project and wants to involve their academy students with the administration and supervision of the games alongside our accredited F.A. Waking Football Referees.
Thanks for any assistance you can offer.
Regards
Alan Richards
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Eight men with a shared vision…join us.

Gordon Nixon, Alan Graham, Garry Pearce, Stewart White Alan Richards, David Partington

Mark Bradshaw (Curzon Ashton F.C.) and John Smith

Provisional list of founder member teams: The Nash Amblers  The Nash Bees  Tameside Striders

Denton Wednesday and Vintage Celtic (tbc) a minimum of 2 more needed a maximum of 4.

  • *BREAKING NEWS * Goalkeepers age lowered to 45 but they must REMAIN in goal at all times and their age will not count towards the average of the rest of the squad (needs must). The three touch element is desirable as it produces a MORE INCLUSIVE passing game. Although it’s not set in stone and would be kept under review. Subject to confirmation scoring draws will attract two points – no score draws one point. All these finer points will be subject to discussion  by competing clubs before we commence,  but the final say will rest with the organisers.

Code of Conduct CWWFFPL

Bullet points below for a general idea of what this league is about and how it will operate. May be subject to fine tuning. This cannot happen without the support and participation of other clubs and walking football groups.

CWWFPL

Email: mark@curzon-ashton.co.uk   or  alartic@googlemail.com  Ring: 07387 174934

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