“We don’t use a stopwatch now to time our golden goal – we use a calendar!”
…Tommy Docherty on the standard of play at Wolves 1985
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Having consulted with Mark Bradshaw the squads for Heywood have been selected in accordance with as many of your wishes as could be ascertained. Players voted in the recent poll (or not) and given those findings it was decided to put the most seasoned players from those successful Spring sessions into the Amblers squad, with one or two notable exceptions. For the good of the group I have excluded myself from the Division One squad, and I’m delighted to say Gordon Nixon will join me with ‘The Bees’. Both squads have good players and I’m sure the new men will be doing their utmost to get into the first division too, one way or another. – Alan
Update 23/7/17: David Wilson has withdrawn from the squad’s registering for Heywood’s GMWF Over 60’s league. David will be missed for his enthusiasm alone, and his recent strike rate. We need others to step up to the plate. Our two team entry has been confirmed by the organisers – monies will be posted this coming week. The Nash Amblers squad in Division One will consist entirely of players who played in the Spring campaign. Despite being on the losing side in only one of seven appearances in the Spring yours truly Alan Richards will revert to The Nash Bees along with others new to the League and one or two other stalwarts from the Spring. Mark Bradshaw has offered invaluable advice on this which will, of course be followed. He will be trying to get to Heywood to manage the Amblers on the days we’re playing. Remember also that extra coaching will be available at a time to suit Mark. We don’t want to take all this too seriously but we might as well try to go one better than last time – a very big ask. Away from Division One, If The Bees can hold their own in the third tier then that will be a result. At the moment there are twelve teams registered so a third division is inevitable. Remember , new teams will almost certainly be placed in the lower tier – which does not reflect their playing ability…just circumstance, fairness and practicality. The clock is ticking – check on this page.
We have so far collected £220 towards entry costs – The Nash Amblers entry form has been emailed to the organisers (17/7) They are pressing us to register quickly to ‘avoid disappointment’ There is clearly an appetite within our group to take part once more.
Physical copies of both entry forms will be posted with the cheque which will be drawn from my personal account
Please ensure all monies are paid in before the end of July. We will then have plenty of time to issue entry fee cheques. I will shortly send another entry form for The Nash Bees.
Players who have paid so far are: Colin Cuthbert / Garry Pearce / Colin Fielding / Stewart White /Steve Foster / Alan Richards / Michael Conroy / Gordon Nixon / John Smith / Keith Burrows / Adrian Jones
We have had sixteen players express interest but there is room for a couple more – we need a cushion to cover injuries and surprise commitments which always spring up from time to time. So, if you are interested make it known – SOON …. thanks Ed.
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- Suddenly, there’s a buzz about the page….
- CODE of CONDUCT released early July 2017
Greater Manchester Walking Football Code of Conduct “Welcome to Greater Manchester Walking Football. Please can you read through this short document which has been put together to ensure all players understand how we are trying to develop the Greater Manchester Walking Football events moving forward. Could we ask that this document is shared by the club Managers/Organisers with all current players participating and also given to any new players joining any of our events in the future. While participating in any of the Greater Manchester Walking Football events everyone follows the Code of Conduct outlined below. The following Code of Conduct is designed to support the current rules and enhance the present game, promoting its further devolvement. Any person participating in any of the Greater Manchester Walking Football events agrees to abide by the Code of Conduct set out below. Code of ConductTeam Managers/Organisers: Check that all the players registered to take part are in the agreed age category on the day of the matches. Ensure current and new players have had an opportunity to read the Code of Conduct. Communicate to all players and supporters that any articles/photos or information shared on social media in relation to any Greater Manchester Walking Football events should be designed to help to promote its development in the future in a positive way. Players at all times should: Abide by the Laws of the Game understanding that the Referees decision is final. Not run or jog on or off the ball, including the goalkeeper. Ensure they play Non-Contact walking football. Promote and endorse Fair Play. Respect themselves, fellow competitors and officials. Abide by and accept in good grace the decisions of the officials. Never engage in gamesmanship, bullying, intimidatory or unsporting behaviour. Never engage in offensive, insulting, abusive or disrespectful language towards any other person or persons. Thank you for being part of the Greater Manchester Walking Football programme of events, we look forward to seeing you soon.” Paul Gardner
NEXT UP for The Nash Amblers.
GMWF Autumn League:
We can save money by paying for four months upfront.
£20 payable in advance to demonstrate commitment to the first Friday of every month – September to December inclusive. Surplus funds for an eight man squad (the ideal number) will amount to £30 – just enough for mementoes.
Comment below to signify your commitment. Money must be in before the end of this month. They need to know how many divisions they require. We may put two teams in for this if we generate enough interest. Otherwise one team will be selected on merit. I will not take part on the pitch in that case, and when Mark is not available will manage the team in his absence if he is agreeable. Ten names means we field one team and game time will suffer a little bit for everybody.
Between fourteen and sixteen names then two teams will be selected. ‘A’ team and ‘B’ team. It’s only fair that a bulk of players who gained promotion to Division One in Spring will start in Division One in Autumn. Myself excepted – if we have two teams I will be available for the ‘B’ team if required.
I do not want to cut this too fine and end up not fulfilling fixtures – that would be a poor reflection on our organisation and our set-up.
Contact me by email, Facebook or in person with a pledge to pay the entry fee in the next four weeks please. This is not first come first served – selection may have to apply if numbers fall below fourteen. – Alan
May 11th. 2017: It was always an intention to mark our inaugural league campaign for the team with some small personalised memento. The fact that we finished runners-up (yes, really!) gave added incentive. And meant a late colour change from Bronze, or even grey , which looked more likely in March!
Five of our February squad featured in May and all of our April squad were there too this month, with the exception of Barry Smith, without whose efforts we would not have enjoyed such a successful April. Fourteen players in total featured for the team at some point or other.
We have all been chipping in a few bob more than the actual cost of entry to the competition. From Colin Cuthbert’s £10.00 namecard win at Wigan, to the fiver fee for the last two sessions and there was enough surplus to pay for individual medals and team photographs relevant to our own appearances. With five pounds more than website renewal costs raised I put that into the pot as well (£65 total) These modest silver effect medals -with a Curzon Ashton crest at their centre – will be handed out without pomp or fanfare, we can save that until we win something! – over the next couple of weeks. There might be a camera nearby though (no surprise) – In the meantime thanks ALL John, Rob, Steve x 2, David x 2,Gordon, Garry, Barry, Colin x 2, Mike, Stewart, Alan and for turning up when you said you would, paying up cheerfully and trying your hearts out for the cause.
Thanks – Alan (Co-ordinator) and also on behalf of our Manager-Coach Mark.
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Read the official account of the Spring session from Bill Murney, one of the organisers, and the inspiration behind the project. There’s even an alternative league table.
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Our opening game – a win ! v. Chadderton WFC Video on dailymotion.com now…
ADVANCE WARNING..Cravagan’s commentary might be a little low on impartiality ! 🙂 thanks for the film-work Tony.
THE NASH AMBLERS – close , but not quite close enough…..
by Alan Richards
With Chadderton WFC our first opposition the men in red certainly had a good share of possession, and a clear cut chance or two. Thwarted by Pearce more than once but soon the Amblers asserted themselves on the game and in the third minute of the game took the lead through John Smith, coolly slotting the ball wide of the ‘keeper.
Amblers: Pearce / Foster/ Fielding/ Smith J/ Wingrove /White
Amblers looked to be lacking creativity and any chances were limited to longer range efforts which seldom troubled the ‘Dale keeper. Our defence seemed to freeze as Strollers doubled their lead to put us on the backfoot and we were already looking a beaten team with five minutes to go. Stewart White went on as a substitute as we needed a goal but it was Steve Wingrove who conjured one up. Too little too late though unfortunately. Credit Rochdale with the win. Judge for yourself…game video is a mere mouse click away:
Amblers: Pearce / Foster * / Fielding / Smith J / Lake* / Wingrove Subs: Nixon & White
Amblers: Pearce / Foster / Fielding / Lake / Smith J / Wingrove
With 4 points in the bag and needing a win against Bolton to secure any hope of winning the league Manager Mark Bradshaw rang the changes and introduced some fresh legs. In some cases they didn’t stay fresh for very long ! It was quite hard to make headway out there. Mike Conroy – struggling with a groin injury which has caused extensive bruising started the game , but did not last long sadly. He was replaced by Wingrove. With Gordon Nixon and Stewart White on the field, the latter in an advanced role trying to carve a chance or two. Bolton had some tricky players and moved the ball well. They hit the post and the ball rebounded to safety off Pearce’s head – perhaps the games best chance. Again the Amblers lacked punch and it’s easy to see why goals are scarce at Heywood.
With time ticking away John Smith replaced Richards to try to add penetration but to no real effect. the game ended nil-nil which reflected the paucity of chances really. Bolton came closest but honour was satisfied on both sides.
Amblers: Pearce / Nixon / Fielding / Conroy* / Richards* / White Subs: Wingrove & Smith
Well done all – you should hold your heads high after the last four months of walking football. P. 14 W.7 D.3 L.4 By my reckoning – as ( I THINK )Vintage Celtic (who played one game more than us in total) drew all their games today 0 -0 ,meaning they gained an average of 1.8 points per game overall, and we managed to gather 1.71 points per game from one game fewer, which makes the disparity in games played somewhat easier to take.
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We scored ten goals overall and conceded six. It’s a shame there were no individual medals presented but rest assured plans are in hand to commemorate this campaign on an individual basis. All fourteen players who have featured will receive a medal before May’s end. We have ample funds in the Ambler’s admittedly modest ‘kitty’. We did have ideas of our own ‘Golden Boot’ too but I’m sure you’ll agree with two players on three goals we’ve hardly set the tournament on fire in that regard 🙂
Well done to the organisers of this GMWF league – we had footwear issues early doors but by and large the competition has been well run. Issues have been addressed as we have raised them – ie. Referee rotation, taken care of in April. The organisers were receptive to our unease with the appointed Referee for the Rochdale game. They are listeners.
No hard feelings, congratulations to the Winners and well played all teams who attended in Division’s One and Two. I’m looking forward to looking at the Division Two results to see how our opponents last moth fared today, especially Maccabi ‘Old’ Codgers.
We now look to enjoy the summer of internal sessions and perhaps even a break from the game for some of us. Beyond that , September beckons , when we might all kick it off once more.
In the meantime the Over 65’s Knockout Cup – with a reported eight teams should be a slightly different kind of challenge – at least some of us will be hoping so. Remember…results matter but the importance of it all is in your own head. Sleep well tonight.
FIELDING NAMED CAPTAIN
Colin Fielding will lead the Ambler’s into the final round of fixtures at Heywood on Friday
Colin, pictured right with Gordon Nixon – a late replacement for David Partington
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- I posted this on the walkingfootball.com forum ahead of tomorrow – Ed:
“Well, the months have slipped away and the ultimate session is almost upon us – we play the final round of fixtures in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League (OVER 60’s) this Friday, 5th. of May.
The competition has been well run and well Referee’d so far. The facilities at Heywood are first class and the playing surface ideal for our style of footwear and the game of walking football generally.. The Nash Amblers were lucky enough to gain ‘promotion’ to Division One last Month – although from the outset it was stated that teams in both Divisions were placed there on a random basis. However, after a mixed session in March our April performance has seen us climb into the alleged upper echelon, with even a chance of catching leaders, Vintage Celtic, as well as looking over our shoulders for those who can overhaul us !
It’s all rather exciting as the climax approaches. We shall treat triumph, or disaster as the imposters they are and set out to enjoy our day. It has been a memorable campaign so far shared by thirteen of our players. Most of whom -a year or three ago – would not have imagined they would take part in anything like this ever again. We endeavour to play the game in the correct way, with the right attitude and a lack of cynicism. We have seen very little in this tournament to suggest our co-competitors do not think likewise.
Therefore I must recommend this league’s Autumn programme to any walking football club’s or groups, with a similar ethos, who are within striking distance. As the interest of Fylde based teams show it’s worth travelling the extra miles to take part too. If the organisers get more applicants the league could go to three divisions – and it could mean all teams will play the same number of games.
So far The Nash Amblers have only competed here at Heywood, and twice at Wigan Indoor tournaments. Both in the Over 60’s format. For now , this and the Over 65’s are the only categories we are interested in – and even the couple of players we have who are under sixty agree with that philosophy. At almost 66 myself – with replacement bits and pieces – I shall certainly NEVER play in Over 50’s competitive walking football.
I wish all the teams taking part on Friday a memorable day , and a safe journey to and from the venue.
For more info on the league itself the website is linked below”
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One of the organisers of the GMWFL was asked what formula (if any) they would employ if teams on unequal numbers of games finished level on points.
“There is no formula, the total points earned will determine the winners and runners up. Not ideal I know but this first season has been a ‘suck it and see’ situation with teams entering mid season and divisions alternating between 4 or 5 teams. As the season has progressed the better teams have been promoted to Division 1, as we hoped would happen over the monthly sessions.
The Autumn season will have the traditional promotion and relegation in either 2 or 3 divisions with a maximum of 5 teams in each division. This season, it can be argued that teams in Division 1 have had tougher opponents to compete against and therefore points are far harder to collect.
As an example Bolton Wanderers who joined us in March have played 7 games overall and collected 13 points, giving an average of 1.857 points per game. In Division 2 their points per game average was 2.33, while in Division 1 their points average was 1.5, a massive difference reflecting the better playing standard of the division. If there is a tie on points at the end of the season on 5th May, then the deciding factor will be the average points earned per game.”
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- We have growing injury concerns for Friday and final decisions on whether to call upon one or more of our reserves will be made on Wednesday of this week. Contact Alan Richards directly for any details. It is strongly advised that players bring some source of nourishment – ie. A banana or two or chocolate to augment energy levels as the day progresses, and of course re-hydration to preserve body fluids over what will be a challenging couple of hours. The fixtures have been announced and are shown in the graphic below. We kick-off at eleven, then have a break of twenty minutes before three games ‘on the bounce’ where Mark Bradshaw may well think of rotating some of our players.
NOTE THE BOLTON GAME WILL TAKE PLACE ON PITCH 2
Other fixtures can be found on the GMWF website
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The most important of these games – dependant upon results of earlier ones – will be the noon fixture with Vintage Celtic – for which we will wear bibs on the day as the ‘home’ team (tournament rules) – although this will be the only game we shall play on Pitch 1.
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The ‘Golden Boot’ standings (highest goal scorer) are interesting. With the leader obviously representing the main threat for his team. The Nash Amblers have several candidates on the list all with some way to go to catch up. This adds a little more interest to proceedings and whoever comes out on top well done that man !
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Coverage of our April experience in ‘The Nash’ Curzon’s official programme v. Altrincham…
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The Amblers led the days second division table by seven points ! We have NOW BEEN PROMOTED TO Division One, which is currently led by Vintage Celtic who have played a game more overall. Next month’s fixtures should be interesting. We will play Celtic, Rochdale Strollers,Bolton and Chadderton.
This is the combined standings table…
APRIL REPORT: THE NASH AMBLERS DOMINANT in Division Two
What happened on our pitches however was a bit out of the ordinary, given previous league outings. The Nash Amblers despatched every one of our opponents and hit a total of six goals without reply. A superb performance . Every member of the squad was utilised at some point and all can feel pleased with what transpired.
Amblers 2-0 Maccabi
With a league debut for Messrs: Wingrove, Lake, Conroy and Smith in the first game the team took a little while to blend in this initial game against our friends from Manchester Maccabi. It didn’t take much longer than five minutes though for the Blues to assert themselves and settle down. Playing the better football – although one or two of our opponents were tricky customers – old codgers or not . Stewart White – ‘Golden Boot Contender’ hit the first goal in typical style, and this was quickly followed up by Steve Foster making up ground down the left hand side of the pitch he made no mistake with a good finish.
Amblers 1-0 Fleetwood Flyers
Our first win against Fleetwood, and it was well deserved. Colin Fielding was drafted in to strengthen the defence. Stewart White stepping down to substitute for this match, which was seen as a stiffer task defensively. The plan worked. We went ahead from a deflected shot from Steve Foster and seldom looked like conceding. Everything ‘keeper Barry Smith had to deal with he did so very ably, and his defenders had a confident outlook knowing Smith was behind them. Flyers pressed for an equaliser but the resolute and strong back line held out while Lake soldiered in up from looking for another to double our lead. Despite good service from Wingrove it didn’t come but we never looked like we were hanging on at any stage as the minutes ticked away.
With Partington and Richards included this time there was a different outlook and rhythm about the team. Rochdale management have a a ‘no contact’ policy so the barge in the back that put Stewart White out of action for the rest of the day came as a surprise. White was replaced by Wingrove.
Amblers 1 : 0 Blackpool ‘Very Senior’ Seasiders
The Amblers started well in this one. Moving the ball about fluently. Lake and Richards , who had moved to left wing back for this one, combined well on the left and Wingrove, ever dangerous kept Blackpool on their toes. Partington, shrewd and secure, , and especially Fielding – in his element it seemed – had the defence well organised and once again I don’t recall Blackpool having any shots of note, on target. With the capable handling of Smith behind us we were relaxed and knew he’d take some beating.
With only the treatment of White marring the day we enjoyed ourselves. Stewart tends to be targeted because he is a nimble, skilful and tricky player. At times his finishing can be devastating. We all hope he recovers soon and gets back into the action. Some needless remarks on the touchline and in the dressing room later could have led to worse if Stewart was not such an even tempered man.
I have much video to sort out over the course of the coming few days – some of it will be shared. Thanks to ALL our opponents on the day and to the organisers. The Refereeing was very good, it was a positive to have some variety in that regard, although I do not recall one instance of running penalised in our games.
Could all players from ALL teams please be aware though that EVERY free-kick is INDIRECT in this league. Simple enough to remember.
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Read the organisers own report of the day <HERE>
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The March round of fixtures saw The Nash Amblers up against an unknown quantity calling themselves ‘Bolton Wanderers’ Appropriately clad in white and black. Something of a stop-start affair this game. Bolton ran a fair bit , and were in complaining mode often, but they were a useful team.
There was a distinct element of running about their goal but once they had their noses in front there was no way back for the Amblers who looked a little toothless up front in this one. ALL free kicks in this league’s rules are INDIRECT !
Somebody needs to tell ALL of the competitors, or they need to read for themselves. Another superb save from Garry Pearce meant the score reflected Bolton’s narrow superiority in this the tightest of wins. We went close towards the end but we began with a defeat as the rain began to fall. Lost 0-1. Well done Bolton.
Team: Pearce / Partington / Nixon / Foster / Smith / White Sub: Richards
Next up Fleetwood Town Flyers. Another good team. They took the lead and despite a few shots going in on their ‘keeper he rose to the challenge very well to keep a clean sheet. We could not muster a really clear cut chance and they were always a danger on counter attacks as we went looking to salvage a point late doors. The Referee let himself down by awarding THREE corners after the ball had gone behind of our ‘keeper above overhead height as it crossed the line. The rules clearly state in that circumstance the ball is dead and should be retained by the goalkeeper. Corners are not a lot of use to attacking teams anyway so this was not decisive, but the rule does need clarifying. Lost 0-1 Well played Fleetwood.
Team: Pearce /Partington / Foster / Richards / Smith / White Sub: Nixon
Finally we met Maccabi Old Codgers. A really good game ensued with some quality play from both teams. The Nash scored through Stewart White and John Smith. The codgers were deceptively nimble and had players with decent ball skills. John Smith almost scored with the last kick of the game. Garry Pearce, troubled only a couple of times kept his first clean sheet of the day and we left the field happier with a win under our belts at last. Maccabi are a team of Gentlemen and play the game in the right spirit – as we try so to do. Won 2-0. A pleasure Maccabi.
Team: Pearce / Partington / Nixon / Richards* / Smith (1) / White (1) Sub: Foster* 8th.minute.
Ambulantes non decurrent –
Results matter but they are not important in the overall scheme of things. This experience was far better than the People’s Cup debacle over last weekend. We perhaps need to organise better at offensive free kicks, and watch out for goal hanging forwards in general play.
WFU/WFA Rules: “ON OUTDOOR PITCHES WHERE THERE ARE GOAL LINES – IF IN THE PROCESS OF THE GOALKEEPER MAKING A SAVE THE BALL IS DEFLECTED BEHIND THE GOAL LINE A CORNER IS GIVEN – EXCEPT IF THE BALL HAS RISEN ABOVE HEAD HEIGHT BEFORE CROSSING THE GOAL LINE – There cannot be a height restriction on the ball and the ball is still live before it leaves the confines of the pitch. This also applies to deflections off outfield players.”
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Have your say – here…or here <walkingfootballforum>
you never know…your comments may even be published.
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David Wilson has withdrawn from the nine man squad for the March round of fixtures at Heywood. David has since announced his ambitions lie away from competitive walking football , preferring to concentrate On internal games, friendlies, and Refereeing.
Colin Cuthbert has joined David on the casualty list. We now number seven players. We are not adding any to the squad as our internal session will suffer and in the longer term they are more important to us. Whether we can be a ‘magnificent’ seven only time will tell. Watch this space.
Clarification on footwear: You will know that I asked for footwear checks to be carried out ahead of the February fixtures. I know of at least one player from Rochdale who was asked to change his ‘boots’. The terms ‘boots’ and ‘walking football’ should not really be used in the same context in my opinion. There is no need for studs on the surface at Heywood. I used worn dimpled soles on a dampish surface and never remotely felt like slipping. We Walk – we don’t Run – not blatantly anyway.
After three emails seeking said clarification I received this email response from Paul Gardner of Link4Life today:
“Astro Trainers with ‘dimpled’ sole and – “MOULDED CIRCULAR MULTI – STUD BOOTS. (Any number of studs is acceptable)”
The organisers consider six or eight studs to be a ‘multi-stud boot’.
Meanwhile, the photo below was featured in Curzon Ashton’s official match programme recently…it just struck me there is an unreal quality about it – reminiscent of the ‘mannequin challenge’ which has been doing the rounds 🙂
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3rd
Our final game was against Rochdale Strollers. They are a very good passing team but didn’t really threaten our goal. A few shots went high and wide. We seemed a little more organised this time with more fluidity. Colin Cuthbert , called on as a substitute for Gordon Nixon – cottoned on to a very good through ball ‘kick-in’ by Richards and, after shrugging off a challenge put the winner away six minutes before the end.
Subs: Cuthbert(1)* Smith**.
All in all a satisfactory morning.
They well may, but there are crucial differences. They’re a Semi-professional team with bones forty years younger than most of us and that’s football. Not Walking Football.
Facilities were great, registration straight forward and swift. Refereeing was of good standard but perhaps a little inconsistent between officials . One of whom was very familiar with the rules.
The league organisers are advising shin pads are worn – this is down to individual choice.
Our involvement in this OVER 60’S INITIATIVE is with The Nash Amblers who will be entering a team in the inaugural League which takes place on Friday 3/2 3/3 7/4 5/5 2017 at 11-00am.
Obviously the regular sessions at Curzon Ashton on these dates will be affected. At the moment they are cancelled. This may change – watch the website and keep your ears open please.
LOCATION: Heywood Sports Village – West Starkie Street – Heywood OL10 4TW
Initially we start in Division 2 and will play Maccabi Old Codgers / Vintage Celtic/ Rochdale Strollers in three 15 minute each way games across two hours. Obviously lots of time to kill in between games. Stay warm. Get indoors – there are vending machines for hot drinks.
The Amblers Squad has been named as: Partington ; Pearce ; Foster ; Richards ; Wilson ; White
Cuthbert and Smith (J). Nixon has been added late. Squad now full. Bring your Curzon kit. I will have kit for Steve Foster on the day.
The games will be six-a-side and there is NO guarantee that everyone who travels will actually play in any or all of these games. Curzon Walking Football Co-ordinator Alan Richards will select the team with assistance from Captain David Partington. Meet at Curzon at about 9-30am. on Friday 3/2/16.