Denton internals

OVER 65’s….

White Bibs 2 (Oakley, Roddy) :  Plain Shirts 5 (Harrison 4, Richards)
Another bumper turnout with 29 men at King Street on a breezy Autumn morn but nothing mournful about the atmosphere. News of the £500 ‘Community Champions’ grant was greeted with applause.
The Over 65’s played a good first half of 8 v.7 under the supervision of Referee Stewart White.
A hat-trick from non-bibs front man Terry ‘the taxi’ Harrison and another from Alan Richards put their seven man team firmly in the driving seat, belted up with a full tank of gas. Brian Stafford put the icing on Plain’s first-half cake with  a superb strike, that left the ‘keeper groping at fresh air. Reminiscent of his goal  a couple of weeks ago which escaped this reporter’s attention.

Graham Oakley

Despite Graham Oakley (good to see you again)pulling one back – which probably curtailed the need for half time changes the white Bibs knew they were up against it. But walking football is a funny old game. This one was a classic ‘game of two halves’.

John Williams – played his part

For despite the efforts of former petrol tanker driver David Partington the Bibs found their way back into the game and shared possession. Another goal had to come and it was Bernard Roddy – Strider of the week who got it ! In fact that was the only goal of the second half so it’s fair to say Bibs won it one-nil.

Bernard got his goal !

Energetic performances from Alan Brodie and David’s Wilson and Wenham got them on the right track. David Moore also excelled with yet another , Gribaldeston always looking for the incisive pass on the counter attack for Plains. Good goalkeeping by Jim Thompson saw Bibs thwarted on more than one occasion, and in the midfiels Brian Stafford worked hard to try to get his team going again.
I understand the Under’s (with some senior exceptions, including Bill Lancashire) fought out a 3 – 3 draw.

The Lingerer’s game attracted fourteen players on a pitch that was just a little too small. Played in great spirit though it finished 4 – 2. I saw two goals from Trevor Brereton, including a penalty. Barry Smith opened the account for White Bibs and I think Stewart White must have got in on the act. David Wilson scored but I’m not sure who got the other one. I did get a few pics of variable quality some will appear on flickr or Facebook.
The writer is taking a break and will see you towards the end of the month. Stewart White, Gordon Nixon and David’s Wilson and Partington have the gear you need and will answer any questions. Co-Treasurer Graham (in the DYFC Office) will take your subs and keep  a record – thank you.

David Partington tells the group about plans for a pre-Christmas ‘doo’ – looks like Terry can’t make it ! meanwhile Badger Burrows salutes the idea !
fully attentive – and Terry’s decided he can come, after all !


Denton 3rd October Trevor Brereton reporting…. on the “Unders”

BIBS 3 (Brereton 2, Lancashire) :: PLAINS, 3 (Cooper Lake, Jones)

It was 6 v 6 this morning at King Street, with teams expertly selected by referee Alan Graham. With the few of the regular goalscorers missing, and with defences looking strong on both teams, one would have thought goals could be scarce. That certainly wasn’t the case in the first half as Bill Lancashire fired the bibs ahead with a fine finish from an acute angle. Plains were soon level, after a neat finish from Jones. Midway through the half Plains were awarded a penalty, which was stuck away with aplomb by Rob Lake.

Rob Lake

Back came the bibs, who levelled with a fine strike for Brereton. Moments later bibs were ahead, when a Brereton effort took a slight deflection- and beat plains goalkeeper Barry Smith. Into the second half, and defences, were on top, as Fielding and Lake for Plains nullified the threat from Johnson and Brereton. For Bibs, Nixon was steady, Burrows was solid, and Gibbons wasn’t going ape. Chances were minimal, until a rare defensive Bibs lapse let in Cooper to bring the sides level again. In the closing minutes neither team could muster a clear cut chance, so it ended a draw, a fair result. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing.

Barry Smith scores  in the ‘Lingerer’s’ match that followed….


The ‘Under’s’ – September 26th 2017

King St 26th September – Trevor Brereton reporting:

Twelve “Unders” played out a tight game this morning , in the warm September air. Greens looked a strong team team, with Chelsea fans Wingrove and Lake, specialist ‘keeper Barry Smith, and the highly technical Stewart White. Plains were soon under the cosh, when after 3 runs in the first five minutes, they went behind to a Wingrove penalty.


Plains steadied the ship, as Gibbons and Fielding limited the greens to long range efforts . Plains had a chance to equalise, with a pen, but Brereton blazed over. Plains were also limited to shots from distance, most of which came from Brereton, those on target produced some fine saves from Smith, leaving the plains striker feeling ‘Heaven knows I’m miserable now’. Green’s were given the opportunity to increase their lead from the penalty spot, but Wingrove had his shot well saved. Into the second half , and clear cut chances were scarce, plains man Johnson, and greens White going closest. With just four minutes remaining Plains scored a deserved equaliser, when a long range effort from Brereton, took a slight deflection off Lake, and found the corner of the net. With 3 minutes remaining,  Plains ‘keeper Ward vacated his “D”, Wingrove buried the resulting spot-kick. On balance maybe a draw would have been a fair result, but congratulations to the Greens. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing today’s game.

Greens 2 : (Wingrove 2 pens) Plains 1 : Brereton


September 26th. 2017

Twenty four Striders assembled under promising skies. Peter Ward returned to the fold and paid his signing on fee cheerfully. He also retrieved another fiver I’d droped on the pitch – cheers Pete.

Overs: Bibs 0 Plains 7 (Harrison 4, Lancashire, Cravagan, Williams)
Over’s Bibs had one of those days. Conceding seven goals including four from Terry Harrison in a blistering performance from the Haughton Green cabbie. With additions from Bill Lancashire, Tony Cravagan from distance and a belter from John Williams the Bibs were well beaten but if they’d converted one of FOUR penalties awarded for opposition running it would he been a more close run affair. To be fair two were saved by Bernard Roddy – on a hot streak and displaying a lovely touch. Bernard is in the frame to do an interview for walkingfootballdotcom very soon. It finished seven nil despite half time re-configurations when Hadge Cooper changed sides.
The Unders , half resplendent in new, badged green bibs seemed to having a high old time on Pitch 1 but I rely on others for the details. Meanwhile this was the personnel..Steve  goes for an off the shoulder look as those new green bibs look nicely badged up…. (thanks Keith – need to talk about another order soon)

Striders ‘Unders’ 26th.September 2017
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    Lingerer’s Bibs 3 (Fielding, Brodie, White) Lingerer’s Plains 1 (Brereton)
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    Fourteen ‘Lingerer’s’ played out a spirited game under a warming sun. Shots rained in, especially from Plains but many were wayward. Yellows, approaching with perhaps a little more finesse carved out an impressive lead. With goals from Colin Fielding bursting through at walking pace, Alan Brodie well positioned on the edge of the ‘D’ and Stewart White with a spectacular finish from ten yards out it looked like game over . Three nil it stayed for a while but Trevor Brereton fashioned out a chance for himself and finished well near the end to claw back some Plain pride.
    Tireless performances from Wingrove and David Wilson out on the flank who chased (legally)down everything that went his way , but luck just eluded him today.
    Well Referee’d by Alan Graham just one or two ‘accidents’ in contact with Hadge Cooper and John Williams feeling the effects of challenges that really shouldn’t be made. Let’s be a little more careful out there.
    The best result of the day came when I got home but more of that later as we are driving out to North Wales for a few days.

More pics and good news when I get a glass in my hand and  my feet under t’table in our rural retreat.

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Trevor Brereton reporting on the ‘Unders’ September 19th 2017

Denton 19th September


Unders – 19/9/17

Good game this morning with plenty of goals, shared between two equally matched teams. Plains started well, and we’re unlucky when a twice taken penalty by Partington struck the post. The same post was hit again soon after with a curling shot from Brereton . Capitalising on plains bad luck, bibs took the lead with a fine effort from Bemrose. Plains soon replied with a well taken goal by Alan (Prime of Miss Jean) Brodie. Chances were created at both ends, but it was the bibs was the who took control of the game with two Steve Wingrove goals- one a penalty. Early in the second half Wingrove struck again , with the goal of the game, a sweet strike from distance, into the top corner. Plains had a mountain to climb to get anything out of this game. Midway through the half they were awarded a penalty, Brereton went for power, and beat Smith. For plains the effervescent White was sensing a comeback, and fed Brereton , who narrowed the deficit to one. With time running out plains were given a chance for a most unlikely equaliser, when they were awarded a spot kick. Again Brereton opted for power rather than precision, and fired past Smith. In a game were chances and possession were shared, a draw seemed a fair result. As always thanks to Alan Graham for reffing this game.

Bibs 4, Wingrove 3, Bemrose

Plains 4 Brereton 3, Brodie.

Meanwhile on the Overs pitch , Referee’d by David Wilson – the team selection was a little optimistic and it soon became clear that the Thompson -Cravagan – Lancaster -Richards – Roddy – Axis was going to struggle against the allies superior in number with Grimbaldeston – Smith R – Oldham – Wenham – Williams -Stafford combining to rack up  a three-nil lead by half time…two goals from David Grim including a penalty, and an earlier finish from Wenham meant it was 3-0 at half time.  Despite switching Brian Stafford to plains from  Bibs the second half saw little better from the plain men. Stafford went down heavily and seemed to hurt his heavily strapped wrist ( broken at Hyde, remember – hope all is okay Brian)…Roy Smith increased the Bibs lead. Despite Lancaster netting a consolation effort , and an energetic display from Cravagan, the Plains were well beaten. Richards was slow off the mark all morning and couldn’t even beat his  camera’s  self-timer for the end of game photo…..he’s not sure what the others excuses were as several seemed ill prepared for a photographic capture.

They think it’s all OVERS…it was then.

The Lingerer’s game was a low key affair but there were plenty of goals. I really think the Bibs won by the odd goal in eleven.Jim Thompson retired early with a stiffening knee – hope all is well Jim. On the pitch  Wingrove, Bemrose & Jarvis did much of the damage for Bibs.

Brodie does the soft shoe shuffle as the glow off Wilson’s boots catches the eye of Peter Jarvis.

In response David ‘Pogba’ Wilson. fresh from  a delightful Turkish holiday had chances to fill those new boots with goals….I think he got one but a couple of one on one duals with yours truly as the United man advanced on goal went ‘My Way’ , to be Frank.

Brereton rifled home a penalty leaving the ‘keeper  with no chance.

Shortbread biscuits in the brew room were a  highlight of the morning, and enjoyed by several.





“The ‘match report’ page has been archived and the site will now carry more concise reports and occasional photographs from  internal games at King Street.  After almost eighteen months, I just felt the current format was getting a little tired. We’ll still carry photographs from time to time and news of goalscoring feats but comment less on individual performances. If anyone wants to submit reports going forward or even just highlight your own, or others personal achievements in these games just email them to me if you want them published here.  The situation will be kept under review….. cheers…Ed

New nets ! I think most of us were delighted to run up on Tuesday and find that DYFC had replaced those ‘holey’ nets with new ones. £50 each I’m told. Graham told me within hours of them going up some younger kids were climbing on them – I hope they last, they are a huge improvement. Incidentally the new welded frames are easier to move single handed.  I took one set about forty yards yesterday, admittedly, I was blowing a bit.

Tuesday’s turn out….12th.September 2017