Friendly Fixtures



Alan Graham or Stewart White will Referee this game and talk to the Burnley players beforehand. In March  (20th) The Nash Amblers are invited to play at the same venue but  more on that as and when appropriate. A £2 charge for Referee expenses will be payable no other costs are associated with this game aside from the cost of getting there – I should  have three available spare seats if anyone wants to Bob up to Burnley wi’me.  Maybe Steve and John could travel together – Gordon and Adrian too maybe. If anyone’s attendance is in doubt could you please let me know a.s.a.p.

  David Partington will take the ‘Denton Thursday session’ on this day.



Ten four good buddies we almost had us a CONROY !

(Why let the facts get in the way of a good headline eh Mike? )

Out there on the edge of the High Peak the walking footballers of Whaley Bridge have been playing their own game and having a ‘whale’ of a time. We were invited to go and play them with a view to introducing what has now become the norm in terms of rules and restrictions within the wider game. No over head height balls etc, and NO ingress into the ‘D’ area. The man to explain these major difference as well as instill the ‘no contact’ message was recently qualified F.A. Referee Garry Pearce. A man quickly earning respect from the players he officiates. That was certainly the case today.

The pitch was about three quarters the size of King Street largest possibility. The preceeding night had been bitterly cold with a fierce frost and despite bright sunshine in the early afternoon it was still chilly and the snow on those hills to the east betrayed the fact that it’s winter still. There was a small patch of snow still lingering in one shaded part of the pitch.

Striders opened up well with a Penalty (for encroachment) from Bemrose and another strike from I think Trevor Brereton who ran riot here with a total of six goals! Stewart White was also on target twice.  Bemrose  bagged  a brace. It seemed we may race away with the game but the Corinthians soon got their act together and played some good football. Dangerous going forward they pulled a goal back. Our two goal lead was restored twice but Whaley Bridge were determined to keep in touch with us and responded with two more goals before half time when the score was 4 : 3 Striders.


Trevor Brereton

The second half saw some more good passing from Striders. The goals began to stack up.  Shot followed shot  with  a good number on target, but Rob Lake who was commanding in the middle of the defence was the platform from which many of these attacks sprang from. The score opened out to ten three before Corinthians , who never gave up stuck another one in the net.

So, it finished 10 – 4 to the visitors, but I feel that flattered us just a little. I think this game was a steep learning curve for Corinthians and they coped very well with it. There was much to adjust to. Not least the very small ‘D’ which did Goalkeepers few favours. Keith Burrows did well to keep Corinthians  down to four. They have some good players and will be challenging opponents if they enter more competitions.
Striders maintain their unbeaten record (W5- D1) in friendly games – I think this was the sixth or seventh. (A record shared by The Nash Amblers incidentally ). The ‘Badgers’ as they are also known with their retro black and white kit can be pleased with their day and those who move onto the GMWF Over 65’s league next week will have appreciated todays  run walk out.
Thanks to Garry Pearce and to Paul Ridgeway our host and his team. Also the site caretaker who kept the heating on for us! Travelling support came from Karen Bemrose and Nia Brodie. Special thanks to the latter for the photographs –

(there’s a regular job here if you want one Nia, doesn’t pay too well though. 🙂 Ed.)

post match mingle

More pics on our Flickr feed here  <Flickr>



Changing facilities not yet confirmed for this game. If they are there may be a small charge per player of up to £2.

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AMBLERS ON THE ROAD…January 27th. 2018

FCUM Walking Football 1 (Morris) : 3 The Nash Amblers (White, 2 Smith B)

We’d been looking forward to our friendly game at FCUM for a few weeks.
High hopes were justified as our opponents were all Gentlemen, who play the game in the right manner. Broadhurst Park is a ‘nearly new’ stadium with community facilities on the 3g. All were busy as we arrived with enthusiastic youngsters playing their hearts out. Good to see.
Changing facilities were first class and thanks to Stewart White for the logistics in kit and transport today.

We opted to go for a longer pitch with more substantial goal posts. As the game kicked off there was rain in the air but mercifully it held off for the whole of the game, which began with the Amblers on top. Pressing forward shots either rattled the frame of the goal or brought the best out of FCUM’s goalkeeper., a younger agile man in defiant mood who had a splendid afternoon.
Stewart White opened the scoring for the Blues with a well taken goal that followed a flowing move of four or five passes. With their noses in front some defensive gaps opened up and as FCUM’s red shirted forwards went close to an equaliser only to be thwarted by Barry Smith in the Ambler’s net.
The Reds came into the game more and more but counter attacking Amblers always posed the greater threat. Disaster struck as Mke Conroy pulled up with a calf strain and could play no further part. With no substitutes we were a man down but saw the game to half time still one goal to the good. In truth, it could have been more.

H.T. 0:1
Gordon Nixon reported a recurrence of hamstring trouble and played the second half between the sticks. Barry Smith, newly liberated from his goal was a clear and present danger for FCUM as his brisk walks threatened and he found himself in one on one situations with the ‘keeper who continued his acrobatics. Barry got his just reward midway in the 30th minute when his shot billowed the net. FCUM were making the extra man count in midfield and the Amblers defensive discipline was tested. Brian Morris found space on the right and fired past Nixon to reduce the arrears. With the minutes running down what could have been an anxious time for Amblers was eased when White struck again to ease the Tameside team back into the comfort zone. A great effort and a deserved victory with just five fully fit men v. seven.

the post match mingle –

Well done to our opposition today, who were a pleasure to play against. Thanks to Brian Morris and all at FCUM  for their hospitality and friendly welcome. Players and staff , who made the day so worthwhile. Great thanks also to Garry Pearce for his excellent Refereeing which I’m sure all the players appreciated. A demanding job on that pitch today for a Ref who is determined to keep up with play. Very few ‘contact’ offences and I think even fewer for ‘running’. Splendid.




THE AMBLER’S SQUAD for FCUM  is  FULL – average age 63 – It’s tomorrow !!

Barry Smith , Mike Conroy ,  Gordon Nixon , Trevor Brereton, Terry Bertenshaw,

Stewart White and Alan Richards.


This game has been re-arranged for Wednesday 7th. February at 2-00pm.




23rd.November 2017


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Roach Dynamo 2 (Maude, Tarpey) Tameside Striders 3  (Brodie, Bertenshaw, Brereton)

Striders took  a squad of eight to Heywood Sports Village to play Roach Dynamo on their own astroturf.  It was a wet afternoon and although the rain held off for a while the surface was very slick, and slippery.  We played some good football, as did our hosts. resplendent in their Orange and Black strip.  The Badgers black and white suited floodlights though and we were a little more visible. Alan Brodie put us in front in just the second minute. Dynamo equalised halfway through the first half. I think it was all square at the break.

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    Roach Dynamo
  • The squad was rotated throughout the fifty minute game to give everyone more or less equal time on the pitch. Terry Bertenshaw and  Trevor Brereton added a goal apiece early in the second half, with Stewart White and Joe Bemrose also going close. The Dynamo ‘keeper Garry Sweeney had a  busy night and pulled off several fine saves. In our goal ‘Badger’ Burrows had a slightly quieter evening but was solid all night and made some really good reflex saves. Dynamo- only formed a few months ago played some good stuff, and  were dangerous all night. They reduced the deficit to the odd goal in five with ten minutes to go,but by the end we were pinning them back and again their ‘keeper kept the scoreline tight. Striders played well too tonight.
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    Badgers – out after dark
  • With the astute and aware Colin Fielding our only naturally defensive player on duty ,  everyone put a shift in to cover the gaps and track back. Joe Bemrose especially, early doors performing well in  a disciplined role at the rear. Alan Richards playing in an unusual left back role thwarted a couple of Dynamo moves with timely interventions & back passes to Burrows.  Alan Brodie relished his game time tonight and contributed well to the overall performance, his opener put Dynamo on the back foot for a while.
  • Full time supporters !

With White, Bemrose, Bertenshaw and Brereton in the same team any goalkeeper will have a busy night. So it proved to be for Sweeney, especially as the final whistle neared. It was a pleasure to play the Dynamo, especially under those lights where both teams looked the part and entertained those watching with  a good game of largely walking football!  We must do it again…..

Striders: Burrows Fielding Richards

Bemrose Bertenshaw Brereton White Brodie

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  • Roach Dynamo have confirmed Tameside Striders will visit Heywood Sports Village on Thursday 23rd. November for an evening friendly game under floodlights. 5-00pm kick off.

We will play in our white shirts , black shorts, black and white socks. The squad will be eight strong for this six-a-side game with rolling substitutes everyone should get meaningful time on the pitch. Keith Burrows / Colin Fielding / Alan Brodie / Joe Bemrose / Trevor Brereton/ Stewart White/ Terry Bertenshaw / Alan Richards.  All players will need to pay £1.00 towards facilities (one pound). Alan Graham intimated he may be willing to Referee this game, I told Chris a Referee was essential – they don’t use Ref’s.  Average age of our squad is approximately 63 years, Perhaps a little older than theirs but not much. Watch this space for more details as the date approaches.

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Tameside Striders will play Whaley Bridge Corinthians at their ground on Wednesday 13th December.   Some may recall we took part in a festival there in Summer 2016 – great facilities I remember. WFA Rules and we will take a Referee.  Six-a-side walking football and we will need a squad of eight for this 2-00pm kick-off. We will play in our traditional white shirts for this fixture as the Corinthians play in black. More details as the date approaches.  If you don’t normally feature for Striders but want to play in this one let me know at one of the upcoming sessions. We currently are halfway towards a squad of eight.  Striders are very grateful to Garry Pearce, who  has kindly offered to Referee  this game.


Our most recent friendly was v. Weston Super Mare on 12th. September – we have video….

these video clips are necessarily bite size to suit the restrictions of the host site. Also there is much background noise not noticeable at the time plus some bloke attempting to do  John Motson’s job.

Maybe mute the sound if you wish for a more soothing experience – thank you. 🙂

Early doors video <First seven minutes>

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The second half kicks-off and Weston begin brightly <restart>

Deeper into the second half now and the Amblers begin to build upon their lead <click>

A pleasure to meet, and to play our visitors from Weston super Mare at The Nash today. The guests took the field resplendent in black/white halves – no Badger’s these but SEAGULLS, complete with hashtag!…and classy gold lettering. Their ‘parent’ club play in the Vanarama National League South  (Curzon, of course play in the Northern section of the League).

Amblers set about their business well and dominated the first half. With Bertenshaw and Brereton combining  well , urged on by Carter, Tipping and Burrows the west country team knew they had a game on their hands.

Two thirds of the crowd – all seated. Sorry I missed your companion

The goals started to rack up and at half time it was four nil. Wholesale substitutions brought a better second half from Weston and they threatened early doors.  A goal or two at this stage would have put a different complexion on the game but the Ambler’s defence , which now included Gordon Nixon, held firm.  Nixon – late for kick off due to unavoidable traffic delays,   was a  half time substitute for Keith Burrows, who had an excellent first half and was only ‘subbed’ for game sharing purposes.

The home side pressed on looking for more goals and both Brereton and Bertenshaw completed fine hat- tricks in the second half. Barry Smith in goal for the Blues handled his workload with extreme competence.  The Weston keeper’s both acquitted themselves well too, despite the scoreline. A busy afternoon for both of them but they kept the score down with the help of some willing legs in defence. Well done

Amblers minus Gordon Nixon – late arrival, stuck in traffic.After the game we retired to the Snack Bar to entertain the Weston team and some of their Ladies with tea and quite comprehensive range of unbroken biscuits.  Much chat and light hearted pleasantries – it was that kind of afternoon all round really.  Some more still photo’s on our Flickr feed soon and the video as and when.  Watch the news page and this one for links. The remaining biscuits will be offered at the next couple of sessions.



Report soon



Alan of Barnsley Pals has been contacted with  a view to arranging a return fixture following our memorable day across the Pennines in March. We await further word from Alan of the Pals.