GMWF Over 60’s League




Runners up Spring & Autumn 2017 Spring 2018


All the other results, and standings across three divisions <look>
Organiser Bill Murney’s official report, plus a rather silly anonymous suggestion from somewhere. Mind you on a purely  personal level , when I cast my mind back I used to score lots and lots of goals when you could do it in the ‘D’… I do  miss those days but there’s no going back !Report is  <here>
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 John Smith’s in depth analysis of Amblers second round of fixtures April 2019:

Another raw, cold day for the April session of the GMWFL over 60’s, but thankfully, dry this time round.

Chadderton were our first opponents and we started the game well, playing some excellent passing football and creating several good shooting opportunities, which required their keeper to be on his toes. We took the lead halfway through when Steve Wingrove found Steve Foster on the right edge of the ‘D’  and from quite an acute angle Steve nutmegged the keeper in fine style.
The young ref was consistently pulling up both sides for running and when Chadderton reached the tipping point, we were awarded a penalty. Pete Smith coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner securing the win and 3 points.
Gordon Nixon in goal dealt well with the limited threat our opponents offered when they did get forward. There was just time for Aidy Jones to receive a painful blow on the nose, which drew blood and needed some first aid.

Chadderton 0 Amblers 2 ( Note  <video here> Ed.)

accidental but painful thanks to League organisers for Ade’s first aid
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Second up were Wakefield and we were second best throughout. The reigning champions play some good football and offered a potent threat throughout. Gordon did well to keep it scoreless, but was beaten by a powerful effort that took a big deflection on its way in. Dave Fielding had replaced Rob Lake at the back and had a fine match. Up front John Smith was on for the ‘plastered’ Aidy, but struggled to make any impact on the game. A well merited win for the Yorkshiremen.

Wakefield 1 Amblers 0  (Video soon – Ed.))

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We then faced Chorley in game three. This one was pretty much 50/50 in terms of possession, chances – – and shots and could have gone either way. Both keepers had saves to make, with Gordon being marginally the busier of the two.
Chorley were less physical and ran less than in our previous meeting, perhaps a result of being pulled up regularly in an earlier game . With Referee Keith Burrows keeping a close eye on things, the game finished goalless and a point apiece.

Chorley 0 Amblers 0

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Our final game was against the local Rochdale outfit. We couldn’t seem to find any rhythm or cohesion in this game, and our passing radar was seriously out of whack. Time and time again we gave the ball away and encouraged them to keep coming forward.
Despite this, they never seriously threatened until a speculative effort out of nowhere found the bottom corner of the Amblers net. In truth, we didn’t really look like we were going to get back on terms and offered little going forward. A tired display ending in a disappointing defeat.

Rochdale 1 Amblers 0(Video link below – Ed.)

4 games played, one win, one draw and two defeats. 2 goals scored, 2 conceded and 4 points gained. An upgrade on the March results, but still room for improvement in May and June.
Squad today. G Nixon, R Lake, S Foster, S Wingrove, A Jones, D Fielding, P Smith and J Smith.
Thanks to the injured Danny Tipping for coming along to support the team and Alan Richards for the photos and videos.  (still photos <here> )
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Editor’s note -Unedited video  with  a silent soundtrack -Amblers v. Rochdale Strollers 4.4.19 <here>

The squad – L to R : Wingrove Lake Nixon Smith J Foster Fielding D Tipping inset below: Jones & Smith P


The organisers report from the March sessions is here, along with a message to those who take part.  <link>


John Smith reports on the Amblers day at Heywood 7th. March 2019…

“The spring session of the GMWFL league got under way in dreadful conditions this morning, with heavy rain and a strong, cold wind blowing down the pitches. This made the playing surface very slick and the ball was really flying about and difficult to control.

The first game was once again against Chadderton ( more imagination in the  fixture list, perhaps ? ). Amblers had the best of the opening exchanges and played some excellent passing football. Chadderton were restricted to a couple of breakaways, but Gordon Nixon in goal had to make some decent saves when they broke. Despite creating the better chances, the goal did not materialise. With a couple of minutes left, a good move set up Pete Smith who hit a tremendous strike goalwards, only to see the opposition keeper touch it on to the underside of the bar and back into play. That was as close as we got and the game finished goalless.

Chadderton 0 Amblers 0

Next up were Wakefield (again!). From the off the Tykes dominated the ball and the game, with some slick passing movements and all of their players looking confident in possession. Gordon made a few decent saves, but was beaten eventually by a shot that went in at his near post. There was some controversy with the strike though, as several of us thought that the ball had gone in through the side netting. The referee seemed a bit uncertain, but allowed the goal to stand. Amblers stepped up their game after this and Steve Foster produced a good save from the big keeper, but he was beaten soon after by an Aidy Jones rocket that unfortunately came back off the bar. That was as close as we came and Wakefield saw the rest of the game out in relative comfort.

Wakefield 1 Amblers 0

The third game was against newly promoted Chorley. Another good passing side who could play decent football, but were extremely physical and got away with quite a bit of running. The warning signs came early in the game when an effort from distance cannoned off both posts and into the hands of the grateful Gordon. A misunderstanding in midfield allowed another strike on goal and this time there was no reprieve for the Amblers keeper. Sadly at this point, two of our players ended up in a row over who was to blame, ending up with one being blue carded for foul and abusive language. Disappointing to say the least, as this is not the way we play the game. Arguing and finger pointing has never been part of our ethos and hopefully, will not be again. With one man down, it was damage limitation and the game ended with no further goals.

Chorley 1 Amblers 0

Final game, as ever, was against Rochdale. Not quite the force they used to be and Amblers seized the initiative from the off and played the better football. The goal that we deserved proved to be elusive, despite several decent efforts on target. The referee in this game was far stricter in applying the rules and there were free kicks awarded against  both teams for running and contact. If this man had reffed the Chorley game, he would have had a field day! In the closing stages he penalised Rochdale for encroachment in their Dee and awarded us a penalty. With the opportunity to take all 3 points from the spot, Steve Wingrove’s effort was unfortunately pushed away by the keeper and the game once again finished goalless.

Rochdale 0 Amblers 0.

So four games in which we failed to score and only 2 points picked up on the day. With a bit more luck we could have had 3 goals from our matces and an improved points tally of 8. It was a day of fine margins, horrible weather and a lack of discipline. One to forget.
No team photo taken today, as the adverse weather meant that my phone stayed dry in the car. “
Squad was, G Nixon, S Foster, R Lake, D Tipping, D Fielding, S Wingrove, A Jones, P Smith, J Smith.


Thanks for that John, clearly not a day to remember .  If we’re going to get a blue card then I suppose arguing amongst ourselves is a comparatively innocuous route to get there.  No mention of abuse towards the Referee or opponents. The player concerned will be asking himself some questions no doubt. And in the other league he plays in such an outburst could have cost his team three points !

We move on.

Regarding fixtures with so few teams on  a monthly basis  I guess an element of routine is inevitable and as an organiser myself know that you won’t please everyone. Maybe a small change of running  walking order might be considered

In  a similar position but with twice as many  teams  the FPL would perhaps not have divisions but a long campaign with teams playing each other just twice over something like seven or eight months.  This won’t happen at Curzon (on my watch) as the bigger the venture the bigger the headaches. We’ll stay smallish – an invitation event.

Let’s hope things improve quickly for the Amblers.  I hope we get somewhat better conditions next week for the Over 65’s.  – Ed.

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This coming week sees the first round of fixtures in the four month Spring League for Over 60’s.  The Nash Amblers enter for the fourth consecutive season with their place in Division One re-affirmed on the final day of the Autumn sessions last December.  Chorley F.C. will join the others in this division, which is comprised of Amblers, Chorley, Wakefield Wanderers and Chadderton F.C.  There are a few rule changes this time around with some of the recent F.A. revised laws adopted, although the organisers have been selective and maintained some competition rules which seem to make good sense to us.

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Amblers will again be in all red, and from memory  this may mean a clash with Chadderton. Organisers John Smith & Steve Foster will have a set of numbered bibs if these are required. Remember, the home team at Heywood is expected to change or ‘bib up’ in the event of a clash.

For the first time in as long as I can remember the squad will be without  Stewart White who has opted  to play for Manchester Corinthians.  We wish him well and thank Stewart for sterling service in previous campaigns. He is keeping goal for Tameside Striders in the GMWF  Over 65’s league. Which kicks off a week later. See the Over 65’s page for news of that.  Later still the Over 70’s will appear on the Heywood stage. Led, in March by David Partington.

Amblers are going very well in the ‘Fair Play League’ and currently lead it. However this will be a different team in terms of personnel.  A different challenge  and a different experience. First opponents are Chadderton, difficult opponents, followed by Wakefield Wanderers and Chorley F.C. who were ‘promoted’ in the Autumn The session  will end with  another  game against  the familiar faces of the stylish Rochdale Strollers side.

Our groups have three teams at Heywood this time around and yours truly cannot get up there three times a month.  Watch this space for match reports and news from the Over 60’s – if I get copy and photo’s from John and Steve they will appear here as soon as possible.

All the best to the Nash Amblers – three times runners up in this division. We hope you have a good season and stay injury free.


BE AWARE: Discipline procedure and Free kicks at Heywood…

Results and tables across all three divisions <here>

Organisers report and round-up <click>

John Smith’s report from the final round of the Autumn League Fixtures:

Will the real Nash Amblers please stand up?
The final round of fixtures for the  Autumn session found the Amblers propping up the division 1 table on the same number of points as Blackpool. Wins were desperately needed to avoid relegation and with both Rob Lake and Pete Smith unavailable, the job looked difficult with a bare 7 man squad.
The first game was against Chadderton and we needed a fast start and a bit of luck. We got both. Aidy Jones’s speculative effort from distance in the first attack was somehow juggled by the keeper up and over his own head and into the net behind him. The ball did go over head height, but only after contact with the keeper, so the goal was, correctly, awarded. Imagine  a combination of David De Gea last night and Jordan Pickford on Sunday and you’ll get the picture. Aidy had already turned away in disgust, so didn’t see the ball go in! Amblers were now in full flow and pressed their opponents back into their own half. A John Smith effort came back off the post and it was one way traffic towards the Chadderton goal. Aidy then doubled the lead with a crisply struck right footer into the bottom corner and it looked all over. Not so. From the restart, we were caught out by a run from midfield and the unsighted Dave Partington was beaten by their first effort on goal. We saw the remainder of the game out with no further problems, so 3 points were duly secured.
Amblers 2 (Jones 2) Chadderton 1
D Partington, S Foster, D Tipping, S White, A Jones, J Smith (sub S Wingrove)
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Up next were Wakefield, league leaders and this sessions eventual winners. Amblers played the better football and Dave P in goal was untroubled throughout. We had several strikes on target, but their giant keeper is a difficult man to beat and repelled everything thrown at him. Stewart White came in for some rough treatment in this game, as our opponents became quite physical as we dominated play. It finished goalless, with Wakefield failing to register a single effort on target.
Wakefield 0 Amblers 0
D Partington, S Foster, D Tipping, S White, S Wingrove, J Smith (sub A Jones )
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The third game was against Blackpool and really was the proverbial 6 pointer.  The slightly battered and bruised Stewart White started this game on the touchline to give him some recovery time.
Another fast start saw us knocking the ball around well and keeping Blackpool pegged back. Their keeper had made a couple of good saves early on, but the deadlock was broken when Steve Wingrove on the right picked out John Smith with a fine cross field ball and John’s powerfully struck right footer beat the keeper to his left and cannoned in off the far post high into the net. With Steve Foster and Danny Tipping at the back, we were looking rock solid defensively and Dave was a spectator for much of the match.
Stewart White came on and looked to have added the second after fine work by Danny, but somewhat controversially, the goal was disallowed for running. Even our opponents afterwards admitted Stewart had been unlucky with the decision. The closest Blackpool came was from an inadvertent Aidy Jones interception, which Dave did well to turn around his left hand post. No further action and with 3 more points secured, we were now safe from relegation.
Blackpool 0 Amblers 1 (Smith)
D Partington, S Foster, D Tipping, A Jones , S Wingrove, J Smith (sub S White )
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The final game of the day was against Rochdale and as always, it was a tight close fought battle. The only goal of the game went to the home side, when a toe poke from the edge of the area went through the legs of the unlucky Dave Partington. Having taken the lead, Rochdale now played extremely negatively in an attempt to run down the clock.  There were countless back passes to the keeper and blatant time wasting tactics every time that the ball went out of play. They are a far cry from the attack minded team that have won the division in the previous 2 sessions.
Amblers 0 Rochdale 1
D Partington, S Foster, D Tipping, A Jones , S Wingrove, S White  (sub J Smith )
So, a big improvement all round for the final session. 2 wins and a draw saw us take 7 points from our games and we finished 3 points clear of Blackpool, who will drop back into league 2 for the spring 19 session.
Thanks once again to all those involved today. There was a tremendous team spirit from start to finish, with everybody putting in a prodigious effort. It’s nice to think that Stewart will sleep soundly in his bed tonight!  See you in March and we’ll do it all again.
( Thanks very much for the report John – and well done all – Ed.)
White Jones Wingrove Tippiing Foster Partington Smith J.









Nash Amblers squad for Heywood on 6th December. Please confirm your availability to John Smith or Stewart White….
Stewart White
Steve Foster
Danny Tipping
Dave Partington
Adrian Jones
Steve Wingrove
John Smith

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All the results, standings and organisers report are at these links:

Over 60’s League

Manchester Walking Football November 2018


John Smith reports on the Over 60’s latest Heywood exploits:

For November’s fixtures at Heywood, the Amblers made one change to the squad, bringing in Dave Partington to replace Barry Smith in goal.
The fixtures were exactly the same as October, with the same kick off times against the same teams.

Match one was against Chadderton and they proved to be a much sterner test this time round. They started well and played some good possession football, knocking the ball around well amongst themselves. We gradually got back into the game and forced their keeper into some decent saves. Just as we were getting on top, they broke from the back and a quick ball forward caught us pressing too high. Dave P was left exposed and the Chadderton player finished the chance well. Despite several more efforts on target, the equaliser wouldn’t come and the game ended in a disappointing 1-0 loss.

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A twenty minute break and we faced Wakefield in game 2. Steve Wingrove and Aidy Jones replacing Stewart White and John Smith. From the kick off Wakefield played a good ball down the outside right channel and the ball into the middle was met with a fine first time finish, giving Dave no chance. A really poor start and it got worse minutes later when Aidy got a message through to contact home immediately. He duly answered the call and left the pitch to head home. Stewart White replaced him and was soon in the thick of the action, drawing some good saves from their giant keeper. The pressure eventually paid off and Stewart tucked away a fine equaliser.  Despite us having a lot more possession, the game finished 1 apiece.

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Straight into the third game against Blackpool, who fielded a female ex England international. She was more than useful too, with some excellent control and passing, but definitely got away with quite a bit of running. The referee did us no favours in this one and players got frustrated by his handling of the game. A fairly even and well contested match, as it usually is when we play one another.

Their keeper was the busier of the two and late on, saved superbly from a Steve Wingrove screamer that looked in all the way. But no breakthrough and a 0-0 outcome.

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Rochdale were up last again and unusually, presented very little attacking threat. I can’t remember Dave Partington  having a save to make in this one. We probably had more possession and territory, but lacked a cutting edge to secure the win. We played some good stuff though, passing and moving well and keeping them pegged back for long periods. Time ran out however, and once again we finished goalless.

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Deja vu then. With the exception of losing the first game, results were identical to last month. We certainly don’t lack in heart or effort but we just didn’t get that little bit of luck needed today.

Thanks to all of the squad for their efforts. Steve Foster and Rob Lake at the back, Danny Tipping clearly relishing the competitive challenge, Steve Wingrove and Stewart White giving their all and ‘Party’  a solid presence in goal. Hopefully,  Aidy’s emergency wasn’t anything too serious. Has anybody heard anything further? (Not as yet but I think it was an equine emergency – Ed.)

One more session to go next month and we really could doing with winning a couple of games.




There’s a familiar look to the fixtures that await our over 60’s squad at Heywood this week in the third session of the GMWF League Autumn season.
Games nicely spaced out over the morning and early afternoon.
Opening up with a match against Chadderton our team manager’s John smith and Stewart White will be hoping for some improvement and a way of climbing the table if they can reproduce the form of previous seasons .

Stewart White

As Winter starts to steal Autumn’s clothes just a little and theirs a nip in the Lancashire air it often brings extra zest to the action. This game ended in a goalless draw last month.
All it takes is one really good session – as witnessed by the team of Spring 2017 when a winning run of all four games meant a real upsurge in confidence and expectation. With three second place finishes behind them the Amblers will be hoping to make up ground on their opponents and who would bet against them doing so?

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    After the Chadderton game it’s a switch to pitch three where Wakefield Wanderers will await. The team in light Blue are often really good opponents and approach these games in the right way. Speaking of colours its not known at this stage whether the Amblers will be playing in red, or the brand new long sleeved blue Curzon kit that’s been organised by Luke Davenport of Curzon Ashton F.C. No doubt Stewart White – back just in time from a trip to the metropolis will have the numbered bibs handy just in case they are needed. Let’s hope for a couple of good, close-in team photo’s this time. (Yours truly will not be there as I’m busy at Denton Thursday, but hope to make it for the final session in December in support)
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  • raising the banner

    Pitch One is the Amblers next port of call and the Seasiders from Blackpool will bring all the vigour and vim associated with their play. This is always a fairly even fixture and ended in another draw last time out. Smith and White will be hoping their forwards can muster a goal or two to break the deadlock which so often pervades these fifteen minute games.
    Back to Pitch two for the final test. Rochdale Strollers, the leagues best and consistent title winners. However, games between these two are often closely contested and could go either way. Another draw last time out. The elegant passing game of the Strollers is a test for any walking football team but the Amblers defence has built a solid reputation.

  • Danny Tipping
  • With newcomer Danny Tipping settling well into the league and “really, really enjoying” the challenge which he said was “very different to the level of even our internal games at Curzon” (which can often be fairly intense affairs). It’s thought Dany might be seeking a berth in the three touch Fair Play League at Curzon (I certainly hope so – Ed.) and we can definitely accommodate him if that’s correct.
  • (are you reading this David ‘Wednesday’Wilson?) 🙂
    The defence bolstered further by trusted lieutenants Foster and Lake at the back offering protection for potential England trialist goalkeeper David Partington this promises to be another fascinating game between the two teams.
  • Steve Foster
    Rob Lake

    The pop and fizz of energetic Adrian Jones, the mobility, movement and sometimes deadly finishing of Stewart White added to the imposing figures of John Smith and Steve Wingrove going forward is enough to make any team just a little nervous.

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    GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU ! It’s hoped you’ve been boosted by the build up and the anticipation is kicking in already. (It’s made me feel like a game myself now !! – Ed.)
    Watch this space for news of the Over 60’s squad on the day and also links to the organisers official reports as always.
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Amblers squad for Heywood on Thursday 1st November.
Dave Partington
Steve Foster
Rob Lake
Dan Tipping
Stewart White
Steve Wingrove
Aidy Jones
John Smith

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Official October league report from the lead organiser: <here>

October round: Four draws for our Over 60’s team ….

..and John Smith has filed his bulletin:

John Smith




Report on the morning’s events below.

For the October round of fixtures, the Amblers were back to full strength, with the exception of the missing Pete Smith. Danny Tipping was brought in as replacement and took to the competition like a duck to water, looking cool and composed throughout.

Danny Tipping

Game 1 was against Chadderton, normally a very strong outfit, but perhaps missing a couple of key players today. This was probably the most one sided game of walking football I’ve ever seen at Heywood. Amblers dominated throughout and peppered the opponent’s goal with shots from the off. Despite being in complete control, Amblers finishing was wayward and good chances were squandered. I lost count of the number of efforts on goal, but none were accurate enough or powerful enough to beat the keeper. A really disappointing 0-0 draw.

A short break and then we faced Wakefield. It was like Groundhog Day! Total dominance in possession and territory, but no killer punch. On the break, Wakefield engineered a lone shooting chance and the ‘toe bung’ caught out Barry Smith in the Amblers goal. A quick response was needed and after great work by Stewart White, birthday boy, Steve Wingrove provided it with an emphatic finish into the roof of the net. (Happy birthday Steve, you got your birthday goal!).

One way traffic again, with the  Wakefield keeper somehow pushing a White effort onto the post, and making a brilliant one handed stop from a Steve Foster effort. A 1-1 draw and 2 more points gone begging.

Birthday Boy Wingrove  (to the right in red)- and one we prepared earlier

Blackpool up next and a more even game, but still one in which we had more shots, possession and territory. Again, we couldn’t find the breakthrough to seal the 3 points and had to settle for another 0-0 score line. Well referred by Garry Pearce.

Our final game was against the current league leaders and last seasons champions Rochdale Strollers. Pretty much 50/50 in this match up, with defences on top and not many clear cut chances from either side. We certainly gave as good as we got and both sides were happy with the point at the final whistle.

So, four games, four draws, four points, one goal scored and one conceded.  This represented a poor return on how well we played, but if the chances aren’t converted into goals the points tally will reflect the outcome.
Barry Smith in goal, did what he had to do well, superbly protected throughout by Steve Foster and Rob Lake. A great debut from Danny Tipping, and Steve Wingrove , Stewart and Aidy Jones all put in a great shift. 100% commitment from all today, so thanks guys for that. Now if only we could learn how to score goals!

The results and league standings following this, the  October round of fixtures in the Autumn league can be found  here at this <link>


It’s worth reporting that once again  a warning over physicality in this league has been issued to all teams and players, some of whom are playing the wrong game.  Cut it out was the message OR you  may face expulsion. The GMWFL at Heywood  wants teams who play in the correct manner – and who can blame them ?


Amblers Co-manager Stewart White takes a squad of eight to Heywood with his counterpart John Smith.  With another Smith – Barry in goal, Steve Foster and Rob Lake the defensive bulwarks, Smith and Wingrove the big, mobile attacking threats, livewire Adrian Jones and White providing additional attacking support the Nash will be looking to improve on last months performances. Danny Tipping has also been called up for a first taste of the GMWFL to add some more solidity at the back.

Adrian Jones (left) livewire



Stewart also wished to place on record his appreciation of the efforts of ‘stalwarts’ Gordon Nixon and Colin Fielding who stepped up to the plate in such an efficient manner last month’

Watch this space for details of the Ambler’s day.


The October round is almost  upon us. With John Smith returning to his co-managerial role alongside Stewart White.  Pete Smith is likely to miss this weeks fixtures with a recurring groin strain. We await the announcement of a squad but it’s thought Danny Tipping  might step up for his Heywood debut now he is of a certain age.

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Stewart White’s honest assessment of today’s performances….

Back row:  Colin Fielding, Steve Foster, Steve Wingrove, Pete Smith, Gordon Nixon
Front row:  Stewart White, David Partington and Barry Smith
Chadderton 2 Amblers 0
The Amblers started slowly and faltered in this first match of the new campaign.
Opponents Chadderton showed good strength, organisation and passed the ball well.
Two very slick moves followed by fine finishing proved to be the main difference between the two sides.
Wakefield 0 Amblers 0
From the disappointment of the first game, Amblers regrouped to produce a dogged performance
against a very useful Wakefield team.
Amblers attacking play produced little but a resolute defensive display kept a blank sheet and earned
a creditable draw.
Blackpool 0 Amblers 0
The Amblers contested a hard fought game against an experienced Blackpool team.
Blackpool were restricted to only a few long range speculative shots and Amblers created a couple of
chances that flashed just outside the post but overall a draw was a fair result.
Rochdale 2 Amblers 0
Amblers worked hard to restrict the free flowing passing style of Rochdale.
Despite Amblers playing with more confidence and pressing much higher up the pitch the team failed to
capitalise on the few opportunities created.
In contrast Rochdale converted the two main chances they created in clinical fashion.
Amblers can have no complaints about today’s results and although there were some mitigating factors
that does not mask the fact that the team did not perform to the level expected.
The 1st Division has very good teams in it that are well organised and obviously play regularly as a unit.
We will have to learn lessons quickly to improve performances and results.
I will report back to the management team with some recommendations and we will prepare and plan for
a better second session next month.
Stewart White.

Fewer than seven days to go now until the start of the Autumn sessions of the league…I asked Stewart White how the squad was looking for the September round, given that he and John Smith  have injuries and absences to deal with…not least John himself !

“I have spoken to Adrian Jones and following his operation he has only just regained the sight in his eye and as a consequence I agreed with him that he should take his time in coming back to play.
I spoke to John Smith today and discussed various team matters (Danny Tipping and Rob Lake not available for the first session) and the following players are named for Thursday’s squad:-
Gordon Nixon Colin Fielding David Partington Steve Foster Pete Smith Barry Smith
Steve Wingrove Stewart White.

Watch this space for news of the following fixtures – the first day of the Autumn round.

Check the Autumn seasons dates for your diary…..







Heywood June 2018 video links: <Amblers v. Vintage Celtic>

Part of the Rochdale Strollers game <here>

Chadderton video starts <here>

Chadderton game concludes and a chat with Referee Garry Pearce <here>

Trevor Brereton reports on the final session of the Over 60’s league at Heywood…(pics to follow)…

With little realistic chance of taking top spot  the Amblers main objective in this the final session of the spring league, was to secure second position.. Although a number of players were unavailable this morning, their deputies fitted seamlessly into the squad. Sadly Colin Fielding has suffered back spasms over the last 24hrs,  and was only able to play a limited part today, at least on the pitch.

Amblers first game today was against Blackpool Senior Seasiders, who started todays session just two points behind the Amblers in third place. The Amblers started the game with real purpose, Wingrove bringing a fine save from the Seasiders keeper. Blackpool had a decent spell of pressure, before Wingrove had two more terrific efforts, one coming back off the bar.When they had to the Amblers defended well, with Partington a virtual bystander. A point a piece then, with the Amblers the better team, and unfortunate to not to take all three points.
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A twenty minute break followed, time for Amblers player/manager Stewart White to take stock, and choose his team to face arch rivals Vintage Celtic next. VC had a depleted squad, but were bolstered by our very own ” Bee” Keith Burrows. Stewart White started this one, and brought an early save from the Celtic keeper. The Amblers were enjoying the bulk of possession, and went close again, when White hit a post. White was leading by example, and gave the Amblers a deserved lead with a well struck shot , though the VC keeper will be disappointed with his attempt to save it. Again in this game the Amblers defended well with Lake and Foster outstanding. Partington had only one save to make, a swerving shot from distance, that he  dealt with comfortably . So a well deserved and crucial three points for the Amblers, with only a few minutes to recover until they faced Rochdale Strollers.
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Stewart White started against Rochdale, as birthday boy Gordon Nixon  had a rest.
This was never going to be an easy game, but lady luck was certainly against the Amblers in this fixture. Having matched the Strollers early on, the Amblers fell behind to a deflected free kick. A shot that would have been food and drink to Partington deflected to one side of the goal, as David went the other way. Though the first goal is often a severe blow in these games, the Amblers heads didn’t drop. The Amblers struggled to create much in the final third though, with the Rochdale defence looking comfortable throughout. Rochdale went 2-0 ahead, again a huge slice of luck, lead to their goal. the ball taking a deflection to a Rochdale player on the edge of the “D”. Although  Partington did well to get down, and get a hand to the ball, the power took it over the line. The  Rochdale  team took it 2-0, and looked good, inflicting Amblers first defeat of this campaign.
The Amblers final game of this session, and the spring league was against Chadderton,, with White starting and Nixon and Fielding playing their part with vocal encouragement The Amblers had the lions share of possession early on, but were looking tired, and lacked any creative spark .Adrian Jones had played all four games, and was still working tirelessly in midfield. As the Amblers were beginning to get frustrated, the vital breakthrough came. Steve Wingrove fired in a low shot from the right, that evaded the Chadderton keeper. Chadderton  weren’t finished though, and nearly stole a last gasp equaliser.  A true test of a top goalkeeper is to be ready for action, when he may have been twiddling his thumbs for a long period. The Chadderton forward put in a powerful drive from the right, Partington somehow got across to push the ball away, with a match winning save. The Amblers winning 1-0, and leaving nothing on the pitch on what was an energy sapping hot day.
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The Amblers finished the day with two wins, one defeat and a draw, enough to earn a thoroughly well deserved runners up  spot behind Rochdale Strollers in the spring league.
And with Barry Smith winning the Golden Gloves trophy for TWELVE consecutive clean sheets, a trophy  that was accepted on Barry’s behalf by Dave P .It was, another highly successful campaign at Heywood. It all bodes well for the Autumn campaign. In the meantime congratulations to all those involved. Onwards and upwards.


The Nash Amblers prepare for the final session of the Over 60’s Spring league with  a rather different squad, if not necessarily a weakened one. The call has gone out for reinforcements and has been boosted by the call up of stalwarts and seasoned campaigners.  The Smith contingent has gone from feast to famine with none of the three namesakes involved next week. Holidays have intervened and injuries have not helped.  John Smith has announced the squad  as follows.  Foster,  Wingrove,  Lake,  Jones,  White, PartingtonFielding C and Nixon.  (newcomers names in bold type)

Colin Fielding

With little realistic chance of catching Rochdale Strollers at the top of Division One it must be a repeat bid to finish runners (walkers)-up for the third time er… ‘running’. Good luck to those drafted in to assist this quest. It will be interested to hear of the differences between this Division one  Over 60’s and the leagues and Cups these other players have become more used to recently .  The Amblers will have used fourteen players in total across the four monthly rounds of fixtures.

In other news Striders and Amblers defender Keith Burrows has answered a call from Amblers arch-rivals Vintage Celtic, who appear to be short of players once again. Keith will line up against some familiar faces in the first division.


MAY BULLETIN – SPRING LEAGUE at HEYWOOD – Amblers in good form

John Smith reports…

The Amblers arrived at Heywood today to be met with the sad news of a bereavement suffered by Steve Wingrove  overnight and his understandable absence in today’s proceedings.  Sincere condolences to Steve and his family for the loss of his mother.
With several players returning from various injuries, it was very much a case of trying to get through the games without anybody else breaking down. John Smith’s knee didn’t stand up to the pre match kick about, which left us with seven players to choose from for the 4 games.
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With John and Aidy Jones on the sidelines,  Amblers made a fast start in game one against Blackpool Senior Seasiders.

Pete Smith
From the kick off a chance was created for Pete Smith and his powerful effort was well saved. As the ball came back off the keeper  a defender encroached into the area to play the ball back to him. A first minute penalty, well dispatched by Stewart White and Amblers dominated the rest of the game with some excellent one touch football, but couldn’t add to their tally. 1-0 win Amblers.
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A twenty minute break before game two against Vintage Celtic, with Aidy Jones replacing Joe Bemrose. Amblers were once again on the front foot and took an early lead when Pete Smith took advantage of a defensive mix up to finish well.

Stewart White added a fine second soon after, firing powerfully into the bottom corner after a good move. When the VC keeper bowled out a ball down the middle, Stewart intercepted and smashed in an emphatic third, high into the net.

White on target
Amblers in complete charge and the 3-0 scoreline could have been more. 3-0 win Amblers.
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No respite before the third game against Rochdale. Stewart was rested as a precaution, with a slight calf twinge, and Joe went back on. Rochdale played a high press and gave us no space to stroke the ball about as we had done so well in the first 2 games. The two teams pretty much cancelled one another out, but Barry Smith did have to make some fine saves in this match. Joe Bemrose did get in behind the ‘Dale defence, but the keeper saved his first effort well and also stopped the follow up shot too. It was certainly a game in which we missed Stewart’s creativity and goal threat. 0-0 draw and probably a fair result.
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Onto game 4 and the 3rd match on the trot.  Chadderton were our final  opponents and Stewart was happy to slot back in. Another fairly even game in which tiring legs were becoming more obvious. Not much goal threat at either end, Amblers coming closest when Steve Foster’s deflected effort was somehow clawed away by the keeper as he moved the other way. Another 0-0 draw and a fourth clean sheet.

Barry Smith – clean sheets
Well done to Barry Smith in goal and the back two pairing of Steve Foster and Rob Lake. Nice to see skipper Steve come through unscathed after a lay off with his calf injury. Three goals for the excellent Stewart White and solid performances all round from Pete, Aidy and Joe.
We should be in good shape for the final session in June, but there will be several absentees due to holiday commitments. More of that in the weeks to come, but for now we can enjoy an 8 point, 4 goal haul and the continuation of our unbeaten record. Well done all!
Well done indeed – Ed.
Standing: Foster ,Smith J, Bemrose, Lake Kneeling: White, Smith B, Jones, Smith P pic: Karen Bemrose


Joe Bemrose will reinforce the Amblers Over 60’s squad at Heywood this coming Thursday 10/5/18.  Team player manager’s John Smith & Stewart White need cover for injured players and with his two goals at the Nash yesterday Joe is bang in form and should relish  a return to Division One action.

Joe Bemrose

Squad: Smith’s B, J, P, Foster, Lake, Wingrove,  White, Bemrose, Jones.

The penultimate  round of fixtures will take place on Thursday May 10th.

the organisers official report for April….<here>

April for the Amblers – John Smith reports….
After the March session was snowed off, the Amblers returned to Heywood today in glorious sunshine and ideal playing conditions. Mike Conroy was in for the injured Stewart White, but both Adrian Jones and John Smith were carrying knee injuries, so playing strength was a bit reduced.
First up were Blackpool Senior Seasiders and Amblers were on top from the start. Steve Wingrove had a couple of decent strikes well saved by the ‘pool keeper and traffic was pretty much one way towards our opponents goal. Despite dominating the game, the vital strike just would not come. Steve Foster came closest towards the end when his fine effort hit the foot of the post and went behind.
So the whistle went on another 0-0 draw.
B Smith, S Foster, R Lake, P Smith, S Wingrove, M Conroy. Subs A Jones, J Smith.
The second game was against Vintage Celtic and Amblers had  2 great chances in the first minute through Aidy and Pete Smith, but both chances went just wide. Amblers were still on top, but VC gradually grew more into the game and in the last 5 minutes, the game could have gone either way. So another game firing blanks and another 0-0 result.
B Smith, S Foster, R Lake, P Smith, A Jones, J Smith. Subs S Wingrove, M Conroy
Rochdale were up next and after an even opening, the local side began to take control. They hit both bar and post and Barry Smith made some decent saves to maintain parity. In the end, a decent 0-0 result for us.
B Smith, S Foster, R Lake, S Wingrove, A Jones, M Conroy. Subs P Smith, J Smith
The final game was against Chadderton, who are usually a good footballing side who pass the ball well. After an even start, Chadderton took the lead with a powerful effort that swung wildly past Barry’s left hand as he moved across to his right. Chadderton were pulled up several times for running, but seem to swap it about well to avoid sanction. With 5 minutes left, Steve Foster pulled up with a strained calf muscle and had to be subbed by John Smith, who was totally unprepared for action. Ref Alan Graham then penalised a third run by a Chadderton player, resulting in a sin bin and a penalty kick. Mike Conroy stepped up and beat the keeper with a powerful effort into  the roof of the net. With a man short,  Chadderton played out the last two minutes in their own half with the ‘keeper seeing plenty of the ball. The game finished acrimoniously, with several of our opponents losing their heads, and a red card issued to one player after the game finished. Another draw but this time 1-1. Thriller! (sounds like it -Ed)
B Smith S Foster (J Smith), R Lake, S Wingrove, P Smith, M Conroy. Sub A Jones.
Thanks to all involved for their efforts today and to Stewart White for his support with the kit and the paperwork. Goals continue to be the main problem for us, but we are still a very difficult team  to beat.




Video of the Amblers v. Chadderton game with my overdubbed commentary. Mute it if you don’t like my voice (you get what you pay for I’m afraid) the original commentary was ruined by traffic noise, and wind (not mine).<video>

Blackpool Senior Seasiders game v. The Nash Amblers <video>

GOAL !!  for Vintage Celtic v. Chadderton plus a few minutes play <shoot>


GMWF Spring League February fixtures…a report on The Nash Amblers day from John Smith…

John Smith

A bitterly cold morning greeted the Amblers at Heywood today for the first round of the GMWF league spring session.
The first game pitted us against our rivals and near neighbours, Vintage Celtic. Amblers were on top from the start and it was one way traffic towards the VC goal. Their keeper made a few routine saves, but was beaten by a John Smith strike that hit the underside of the bar and bounced out to safety. Pete Smith also came close with a couple of powerfully struck shots that fizzed inches wide. It finished 0-0 and we came off disappointed not to have picked up 3 points.

Straight away we were back in action against the current division one champions, Rochdale Strollers. Once again we dominated the play and went ahead when Stewart White cut out a clearance from the keeper and Pete Smith’s shot somehow squirmed into the net. Aidy Jones was playing really well and the keeper atoned for his error by making a string of fine saves from Aidy, the last of which he got down to brilliantly to touch a rasper around the post. Final score 1-0 and for the second game in a row, Barry Smith in the Amblers goal was untroubled.

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There was then a wait of an hour, yes an hour! before we kicked off the third game  and the long wait in the freezing conditions had taken its toll on Amblers muscles.  Chadderton are a good passing side and this time round it was the Amblers under pressure as our opponents created the better chances and Barry Smith made some good saves to keep us in the game. Another 0-0 draw, but this time, one we were happy with.

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    Mercifully, there was no delay before we kicked off our final game against newly promoted Blackpool Senior Seasiders. This was probably the most evenly contested game of the four, with both teams having spells on top, but once again ended goalless.
    So a decent start to the campaign, with 6 points on the board, no goals conceded, but only one scored. Both Garry Pearce and Alan Graham refereed one game each of ours and both did well. Well played and thank you to all who took part. Stewart White, who took care of the kit and the paperwork ( and also got a bit of a kicking at times), skipper Steve Foster who was rock solid in all 4 games, the Smith’s, Rob Lake, Aidy Jones and finally Colin Fielding who was a late replacement for the injured Steve Wingrove, who was a welcome presence on the touch line.
  • Thanks also to Alan Richards who arrived at Heywood hot foot from the mornings session at Denton and filmed the last two games.  (Video links soon – Ed.)
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Code of Conduct for Spring 2018: please read this, even if you’ve read it before…

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 Conduct
Team 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.





An interesting take on the year 2017 from ‘local rivals’ Vintage Celtic can be found here. There slight fall from  grace in this League is described as ‘humiliation’ – surely a little over the top? I’m sure all games were closely contested.  Our win described below, certainly was.

VC 2017 Report is <here>


Well, well. With another victory over Vintage Celtic, this time in the opening game the Amblers got off to a good start. I can’t remember too much in the way of the opposition but the game seemed to pass without too much incident at either end of the pitch. A Pete Smith screamer  from about fifteen metres the ball flew into the top corner, and he almost did it again minutes later.

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  • Next up were had Rochdale Strollers. And it was stalemate for the best two teams in this first Division. Following last months win against the local side, we couldn’t quite assert ourselves this time and the game ended goalless.
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  • John Smith receives the runner-up trophy from Bill Murney ,one of the leagues organisers

    The Chadderton side were next up. We led through a John Smith goal but in the last minute they snatched an equaliser. Fair play to them it was probably a fair result. And  so finally, on pitch number one the Amblers battled out another nil-nil draw  this time with Rochdale Striders to remain unbeaten and finish runners up once more and bring another trophy back from Heywood. Well done all !

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    The Nash Bees should and could have had several goals in their opener v. Bolton ‘B’. White and Richards spurned chances and shot wide on several occasions but surely one MUST go in sooner or later. None did. A very one sided game ended nil-nil . Boton ‘B’  never threatened. Bees played some good football and did the same in the next game too. A lone, well taken  goal from Mike Conroy was the difference between the two teams….well, apart from some superior passing helped  unearth those ‘Relics’. from Bury. Game played, like all the others today – in  a good spirit.
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    Third Space Bolton – the new team on the block were pressed for long stretches of the match. Conroy  – an  eventful day for him today -had blasted the Bees in front with a magnificent strike almost from halfway. More fine football from the men in yellow and black, who were playing within themselves barely breaking sweat,  and looking very comfortable on the ball. Right at the end, a speculative Third Space shot evaded Keith Burrows and we somehow  snatched a draw from the jaws of a good win.  Credit them for keeping going and plugging away. We welcome Third Space to the league and look forward to seeing organiser Guy Hampson on the Referee’s course in January at The Nash.
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    In their final game Bees came unstuck after early promise. We lost Colin Fielding with a back injury, but though leading after Stewart White hit the target first, the Bees let matters slip for a Wakefield equaliser. Gordon Nixon , clearly struggling with his hamstring was withdrawn and Wakefield got the winner late doors. It could have been so different for Bees. The best looking team in the division in terms of stroking the ball around. A bit more dilligence at the back and a sharper cutting edge we’d have won this Division Three beyond doubt. Well done Wakefield.
  • As it happens I’m quite happy to stay in the third tier. Assuming I go back.
  • I take nothing for granted. We really shouldn’t.
  • Rochdale Strollers won Division One. Wakefield the Third division, Bury Relics were runners up. For other details look on the GMWF website – cheers.
  • A good league. Clearly enjoyed by many. Some running…often penalised…lots of contact, (some hefty)  which wasn’t always.
  • The Nash Amblers – unbeaten again


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Squads: Amblers…Smith B  Smith P Smith J Bemrose Foster Lake Wingrove

Bees..Burrows  Partington  Nixon  Fielding  White  Richards  Conroy  Jones

Friday’s fixtures in the ultimate session of the Autumn league present some small anomalies but with a little application we can take them in our striders.
Amblers begin at 11-00am. with an ‘AWAY’ fixture on Pitch 4 v. VINTAGE CELTIC- they will require bibs – not us. Straight after that game we take on ROCHDALE STROLLERS at ‘HOME’ on Pitch 3 at 11.20 and WE will need to ‘bib up’ or wear our Red shirts…it might be an idea to wear Red  for BOTH our opening games but I’ll leave that to John Smith to decide.
We then have a twenty minute wait before we are ‘AWAY’ again on Pitch 4 to CHADDERTON at High Noon! We will need the Blue shirts for that one.
Amblers wind up their campaign AFTER A FORTY MINUTE WAIT – with a 1-00pm kick off v. ROCHDALE STRIDERS on Pitch 1. (normally Bees territory) we must ensure we keep warm, keep nourished etc. in the meantime to give ourselves every chance.

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    BEES do not kick off our first match until 11.40am.versus BOLTON ‘B’ at ‘home’ on familiar Pitch 1. We can of course cheer on our Amblers as they take on Celtic and Strollers in their first two matches but we must break off to warm up properly before their second game is very old. After our first match we then have another 20 minute wait before taking on BURY RELICS at ‘home’ again but on Pitch 2. at 12.20pm.
    Straight after that game we move over to Pitch 4 ‘away’ to THIRD SPACE SENIORS – the unknown quantity from Bolton at 12.40pm. I don’t know their colours but if they clash THEY will need to change to bibs.
    We wind up our campaign with a ‘home’ game on adjacent Pitch 3 versus Wakefield Wanderers which is scheduled to kick-off at 1.00pm – so that’s three games on the bounce which will be a challenge. However, we are a relatively fit bunch playing for almost an hour up to three times a week most of us, so we should be abe to handle that, whilst utilising our Substitutions on a managed basis if we avoid injuries. The full list of fixtures  in all three divisions are on the GMWF website. <click> and look for ‘fixtures’  (visit the ‘forum’ while you’re there.)
  • Apparently a German T.V. film crew is going to film some of the proceedings for domestic consumption. We will have the video camera as usual too, and we will film what we can of our games. I want to get a still shot of both of our teams which may well have blown up and distributed to players if it turns out any better than the others we’ve done – an alternative is I could get four 7 x 5’s of all four.
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    The organisers are offering the usual buffet and refreshments after the fixtures are finished. It would seem polite to remain for the presentations and whatever happens on the pitches I’d ask all to stay for a while afterwards…We go there with a chance to achieve something extra, but we have achieved much already in the manner of which we have taken part.
    Thank you and we meet on Friday at Ten. **IMPORTANT**DON’T FORGET YOUR PHOTO I.D.
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  • Although Pearce (left) will be missing ,  Fielding (centre) WILL be back as a BEE.  We hope we can ‘poach’ a few goals and leave the opposition ‘scrambled’.No omelletes without breaking eggheads.

    Squad graphic coming  soon. Bees  are minus  Garry Pearce but Colin Fielding returns and joins the squad.  John Smith again leads the Amblers with  Alan Richards organising Bees on a rotation basis with an A plan plus a B, and C.. Bees also  have four games this time so it will be easier.  We must hope Gordon Nixon’s hamstring heals and everyone stays fit in the meantime.

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This article was written for the Curzon programme but was  too late! Shame to waste it…so reproduced here……let’s hope we have some good news for the Stockport County programme on 23/12/17

The walking footballers of Curzon Ashton have been competing in the Greater Manchester Over 60’s League at Heywood Sports Village, and the competition reaches it’s climax this month.
The Nash Amblers now lie second in Divison One within four points of the leaders, Rochdale Strollers. If the Amblers can reprise their November performance , where they garnered ten points from a possible twelve, and triumphed over the Strollers, they will almost certainly take the title. Three wins under the stewardship of John Smith set a very high standard and it won’t be easy to follow that. We also beat local rivals Vintage Celtic (Stalybridge) and Rochdale Striders . The goals from Steve Wingrove, John Smith and Rod Seddon.

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    Meanwhile The Nash Bees in their black and yellow stripes sit joint top of Division Three. A win over Bolton Wanderers ‘B’ and two nil-nil draws with Bury ‘Relics’ and Wakefield Wanderers saw an improvement on the previous month. Goals are very hard to come by for all of the teams in this league. Neither of our teams conceded a goal against on the day. Fine performances from goalkeepers Barry Smith, and the Bee’s Keith Burrows.
    The games are fifteen minutes in duration, which sounds short but they are intense, and if you go behind it is difficult to get back into it. On the day, the Bees were Player/Managed by Alan Richards and it was Stewart White who scored their only goal of the day. The Bees were born when it became clear we had excess demand for places and could raise enough players for two teams.
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    In the Spring League which ended last May, The Nash Amblers finished runners-up. Let’s see if we can go one better this time. After December’s fixtures there will be a break until February when the Spring League for 2018 kicks off once again. If you haven’t tried walking football and you’re Over 50 (male or female) we play at the Nash on Monday and Friday mornings at 11am. for an hour. The cost is a mere two pounds, among the lowest around. Subsidised by the club we are proud to represent, we have a brew after our fifty minute games which are competitive but not fiercely so. We almost always have a Referee keeping strict order. You’re assured of a friendly welcome, so why not try it for yourself? Don’t wear studded boots , but other than that there are few restrictions. Get to engage with a football once again. Who knows you could be playing in the league yourself next year.



We tend to be amongst the more restrained teams at Heywood and endeavour to play the game in the correct manner.  However, following regrettable incidents on the 3rd. November, the organisers have issued amendments to the rules around discipline and conduct:

They have also asked us to share this piece from Walking Football United…

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  • Why not register and leave a comment on the League own forum ?  <GMWFL Forum>

The Nash Bees v. Wakefield Wanderers – first 5mins… <here>

Bees v. Wakefield Wanderers – middle section of match <stalematesofar>

First few minutes of Amblers v. Rochdale Striders 3/11/17 <click>

First half Bees v. Bolton ‘B’ 3/11/17 <click>

Second half  Bees v. Bolton ‘B’ 3/11/17 <here>

Amblers deserved one-nil win over Rochdale Strollers <click>

JOHN SMITH’S VERDICT…player/ manager John on the Ambler’s day….

John Smith

The Amblers kicked off their November fixtures at Heywood with a game against Rochdale Striders. It was pretty much one-way traffic for most of the game, with the Rochdale keeper thwarting every attempt on goal. Patience eventually paid off in the final minute when a Steve Foster strike was again well saved by the keeper, but the rebound found John Smith on the edge of the box who gratefully tucked away the chance. (1-0 Amblers. Smith J.)

Team: Smith B, Foster, Lake, Smith P, Bemrose, Smith J. Unused Subs: Seddon, Wingrove.
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Next up were Chadderton. A close, hard-fought contest eventually ending 0-0, but with the Amblers looking the team more likely to make the breakthrough, with Wingrove and Seddon now in tandem up front. The defensive pairing of Lake and Foster were solid throughout and Barry Smith in the Amblers goal was rarely troubled. 0-0
Team: Smith B, Foster, Lake, Smith P,  Seddon, Wingrove. Unused Subs:Bemrose, Smith J.

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Captain Foster
Next up were Rochdale Strollers, who before today’s fixtures were unbeaten. Amblers dominated from the off and pressed the local side back for long periods. Steve Wingrove made the breakthrough with a good finish and Amblers then sat back a bit, encouraging their opponents to respond. Despite plenty of possession in midfield, the equaliser never looked likely and Barry Smith dealt comfortably with everything that came his way. (1-0 Amblers. Wingrove.)
Team: Smith B, Foster, Bemrose, Smith J. Seddon, Wingrove.Unused Subs: Lake, Smith P.
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The final game was against the old foe, Vintage Celtic. Within the first couple of minutes, Amblers had 3 or 4 clear cut opportunities to take the lead through Bemrose and Wingrove, but good goalkeeping allied to poor finishing saw the chances squandered.
VC looked surprisingly shaky at the back however and a poor clearance from the keeper found the recently introduced Rod Seddon unmarked on the edge of the box and the chance was rolled into the unguarded net. VC stepped it up following the goal, but Lake and Foster were in imperious form and with Pete Smith and sub John Smith working hard the Amblers held on for a deserved and extremely pleasing win. (1-0 Amblers: Seddon)
Team: Smith B, Foster, Lake, Smith P. Bemrose,  Wingrove. Subs:  Smith J. Seddon,
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10 points garnered from a possible 12, with everyone involved playing a major role on the day. A special word for Steve Foster who played in all 4 games and didn’t put a foot wrong all day.
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a better day at Heywood sees both teams unbeaten with no goals conceded…..

Last month we didn’t come up to expectations in our performances at Heywood, I think few will disagree that this month we exceeded them , especially The Nash Amblers, with Barry Smith delivering a safe and very steady performance, answering all questions asked of him.

Under the guidance of Player/Manager John Smith the team began well. The familar shape of the fixture list saw us start with a game against Rochdale Striders which we again seemed to dominate for long stages but could not score until late on when John Smith and Steve Foster combined for Smith (with two of his namesakes in the team today) scored a goal of uncommon quality.

On the adjacent pitch Bees began a little slowly against currently the best team in Division Three – Wakefield Wanderers. However as time went on we eased our way into the game and shared possession. WE found ourselves lacking a cutting edge, as do many other teams. Goals are at a premium at Heywood. We emerged with a point for the first time against the Yorkshiremen. Some game video will follow eventually.

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    Amblers met Chadderton and there were reports of a brief ‘fight’ on adjacent  Pitch 3 ! We encountered little unpleasantness (as far as I’m aware) today and such behaviour has no place in walking football. I have little details on the game itself but it ended goalless. Reports say the ‘fighters’ should have been sent off, but were not.
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    As The Bees set about beating Bolton ‘B’ – it should have been several goals to nil but we settled for one from Stewart White and were grateful to do so. We bossed the game from start to finish and created lots of chances. Garry Pearce’s outfield debut saw a solid performance. Likewise Keith Burrows in his debut session between the sticks. Game video soon.
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    Making our way over to Pitch 2 we Bees witnessed The Amblers locked in friendly , but competitive combat against Rochdale Strollers. In fiery Red shirts and looking every inch the better team on this occasion Steve Wingrove shot the Ambler’s ahead. It was good to get our first win against the Strollers since last February. Match footage was captured. Watch this space over the weekend.
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    Then Bees lined up against Bury Relics. A slightly more physical game this, but nothing we couldn’t cope with. Deceptively quick for ‘Relics’ they played some good walking football but Bees held them back but again lacked a sting. A win for either side might have flattered and there were few complaints at the final whistle. By now the camcorder’s batteries had exhausted.
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    The final act of today’s action came simultaneously on Pitch 4 when Amblers – still in red, which looks great over Royal Blue – took on Vintage Celtic, a team with an impressive walking football  pedigree but one which we have held our own against in almost all of our meetings. Losing only once, I think. The icing on the Amblers Heywood cake today was a win against our local ‘rivals’ !  Rod Seddon scored the goal – apparently after a defensive lapse – but word has it we were again the better team and deserved the win. With ten points in the bag from today Amblers are poised to make a real challenge for the title in December. Strollers will be looking over their shoulders. Who would have thought it last month?
    The Nash Bees also did themselves no harm at all and continue to improve, more than holding their own in Division Three.
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    Yours truly had a  word in the organisers ear to rotate the Referee’s more than is happening at the moment. The fixtures are the same each month (understandable in my view) but we feel it would be better to change the match official on a more regular basis.
    Thanks to the organisers for the day. The after match refreshments and for once again providing a chance to play among fine facilities with most of the now familiar faces offering outstretched hands at the end of each of our games.
    Well played all!




The November fixtures are just ten days away.  We have suffered a serious set back with Garry Pearce’s ‘Rotator cuff’ (shoulder) injury and he will not be able to keep goal for the Amblers.  Our division One side will on this occasion be player/managed by John Smith. Colin Fielding is away on holiday and John will be an able deputy with his outlook and knowledge of our game and experience of upcoming opponents.


Another interesting day awaits us all.


OCTOBER ACTION on video at our Daily Motion channel….and  BEES T.V.

Bite size chunk of the Bees v. Wakefield Wanderers as the Yorkshire team take the lead…

a different host for this one- it’s <on vimeo>

The Nash Amblers 0 Rochdale Strollers 1 – check out the footage – Ambler’s dominate but Stroller’s  take the points with  a quality finish. It’s becoming a habit at Heywood <here>

First half Bolton ‘B’ v. The Nash Bees just  a click away <away>

Second half Bolton ‘B’ v. The Nash Bees is <here>

First half of The Nash Bees v. Bury Relics <click>

The Nash Bees v. Wakefield Wanderers.  first few minutes..<here>

Some footage of The Nash Amblers versus Rochdale Striders 6/10/17 <click>

Short interview with Garry Lomax of Bury ‘Relics’ just before his team drew nil-nil with


                                                                 <Click for Garry>



A splendid Autumn morning at Heywood saw the Amblers struggling a bit to make progress in Division One with four games played and just two points earned.  The two defeats were by the odd goal though and we’re not disheartened by losing a little ground. The Nash Bees did a little better from their three games with  a win against Bolton ‘B’ and a draw v. Bury Relics.  Wakefield Wanderers  were again victors in our first game but possession was fairly balanced and again it was a 0-1 defeat against this team who move the ball well and look to be the best team in Division Three on the evidence of the last two sessions.  We have some video footage of today’s games but time is strictly limited at the moment and it might take some time to get most of it edited and  linked on the site.  From  a purely personal point of view it was a good morning, and enjoyable – with a weather assisted cheerful mood.  We kicked off on time and matches I was involved in were played in the right spirit.  Others may have their own view.

The Nash Amblers 6/10/17

Thanks to all our players today especially to those who helped organise the day – Colin and Stewart.  It was good to see our ex-player Colin Cuthbert – nowadays  in Vintage Celtic colours – we had a cordial chat and wished each other well. Thoughts now shift to internal sessions for a few weeks – we’ll be back in November. Keep visiting this page for links to video when they eventually appear – Thanks

The Nash Bees 6/10/17


Want  October’s fixtures for the Ambler’s and Bees ?….

Keith Hulley has withdrawn from the Bee’s Squad and both now number eight strong.



Not long now to the October round of fixtures.  Really looking forward to it? Me too…I’ll be spending most of my time on the touchline though as it’ll soon be holidays and if I pick up an injury my Wife will have my guts for garters.  If I manage one or two games I’ll be happy…..we should have a squad of eight each  – Ambler’s and Bee’s. More details of squads on Sunday but the switch of David Partington and Stewart to Bee’s and Joe Bemrose to the Ambler’s will be a good move for all of us.  Pete Smith’s addition to the Ambler’s squad will be a big plus too. We await news of Keith Hulley’s fitness – I hope he can make it to Curzon tomorrow.

To whet your appetite for league action and the story of how it all came about there’s a link to an  interview with one of the league’s organisers Bill Murney <here>  and  also to one with yours truly on the same page.



Both Bees and Amblers squads will be boosted by new arrivals for the October round of fixtures.

Meanwhile the shirts have now been decorated with  a subtle Bee on the back panel – many thanks to Keith Burrows for creating this image of these critters or us. The Bee has been emblematic of our city for many years, but now enjoy a new meaning of Mancunian  solidarity following the terrorist outrage that cost so many lives back in May.

As a group we try to capture most of our games on film. The writer was particularly disappointed when his best game in months was lost to the complexities of the camcorder. Never mind eh… we salvaged some footage which is public and open to all on our Daily Motion t.v. channel – better than watching England I’m told – which isn’t saying much !

The Nash Amblers v. Rochdale Strollers – link to game video, see the channel for two complete halves of walking football  <click here>

The Nash Bees campaign gets underway v. Wakefield Wanderers – a game which, rather incredibly finished goalless. <see why here>

The Nash Bees second game was filmed in its entirety – we divide it here due to data transmission constraints..the first eleven minutes <are here>


there are literally dozens of other videos of our groups on there too…..

DON’T EXPECT IMPARTIAL COMMENTARIES ON THESE VIDS from behind the lens or from the touchline although our cameraman/commentator does often give credit where it’s due Special thanks to Tony Cravagan



The September session of the GMWF LEague kicked off under blue skies at Heywood.
An address to the gathered throng from Paul Gardner and off we went.

The Nash Amblers, managed today by Stewart White started well against Rochdale Striders but failed to take the many chances they carved out. It was left to Steve Wingrove quite late in the game to seal the Striders fate with a very well taken goal.

Amblers in Red

Straight afterwards the maiden game for The Nash Bees ended in a nil-nil draw. With player manager Richards on the touchline it was a gritty defensive display which saw wave after wave of Wakefield attacks. Their shooting was thankfully so far off target though, otherwise it could have been an embarrassing start. Nixon and Burrows the bulwarks at the back. Adrian Jones fleet of foot in a strictly walking way was highly mobile in the middle. What shots did hit the mark were dealt with superbly by reaction shot-stopper Barry Smith.

Busy Bee’s

What chances fell to the Bees landed at Joe Bemrose’s feet later in the game and he went close, testing the ‘keeper who had had a quiet morning until then. It seems as if a Wakefield player handled the ball as it came back off a post but the Referee failed to spot it.
Reports from the Amblers other games will rely on others because by now yours truly was on the pitch. Bees played very well against a struggling Bolton team who offered little in the way of goal threat. Time and time again slick passing movement going forward saw Conroy , Bemrose and Richards linking up with good balls to feet. It was left to Gordon Nixon though, in a rare foray forward to open the scoring with a well taken goal.

Mike Conroy

Several shots from Bemrose and Richards but it was Michael Conroy who added a second a few minutes later and crowned a really good team display from The Bees – who are much more than a ‘B’ team, and it showed in this match.
The third and final game (October should see a combined Fleetwood and Blackpool side in the third division) was against Bury Relics. A misnomer as these were quite a mobile side some of whom resembled the cast of the movie ‘Cocoon’ in appearance and mobility. The Bees lined up minus Conroy this time. The flow of the previous match was lacking somewhat as Bury began to assert themselves. They took the lead almost inevitably. There were still some moments to savour for Bees, but not many. Keith Burrows was a rock at the back, making few mistakes, if any.
Bemrose was substituted with Conroy coming on to try to increase both the goal threat and right flank mobility. After this move settled the team down a little, Richards then went off as Bemrose was recalled to lead the quest for more penetration after the Relics went further ahead. With Adrian Jones injured by a tackle from behind, and replacement Richards returning to the fray it began to look a lost cause for men in yellow and black. In these short games it’s a big ask to come back from two goals down. When Joe Bemrose had a penalty well saved it seemed our luck was out in this one.

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    All in all though a good morning of mixed fortunes for The Nash Bee’s first outing in competition.
    Played 3 Won One Drawn One and Lost One For two goals against two goals. Four points.
    The Nash Amblers gained one more point from their Four games with the win over Rochdale Striders and two draws versus Chadderton WF and Vintage Celtic. Their only defeat  came at the hands of Rochdale ‘Strollers’ by a single goal when we’d had chances aplenty at the other end, apparently. The same was said about the Celtic match but I’ll defer to others if they wish to comment further.
    I’m in no rush for the October games to come around. Our internal sessions provide more than enough enjoyment but this element of competition , although more intense adds an extra dimension to walking football that I’d not want to miss out on personally,  just at the moment.

Things were well organised and the weather played ball too. Refereeing was good on the whole, but one particular official let too much overt physicality go unpunished in this non-contact format. No complaints though – we don’t seek perfection. Congratulations to the organisers for bringing this all together once more in a venue that looked superb on the sunshine.

Let’s hope it’ s still shining in October – See y’all then.

THE NASH AMBLERS DAY….through the eyes of  Goalkeeper Garry Pearce…

Garry (left) with fellow Goalkeeping specialist Barry Smith – we are LUCKY to have them BOTH in
our ranks

The Nash Amblers returned to Heywood today for the new season of the GMWFL.  We are in the top division of three, although after today’s round of matches, it’ll be interesting to see if there is any upwards of downwards movement of teams.

Our first game was against the Rochdale Striders. We had almost all the play and a plethora of shots rained down upon the Striders keeper. The deadlock was eventually broken after a good move, by a sweet strike from Steve Wingrove, resulting in a 1-0 victory.

Our second fixture was against Chadderton and again having all the play and much better chances, we couldn’t break them down and the game finished 0-0. Chaddderton are an extremely physical side and stronger refereeing was definitely needed against this opposition. We gave as good as we got but the ideals of the game were a bit lost on this team.

Our third fixture resulted in our only defeat on the day. Rochdale Strollers are a well organised team but yet again we dominated play, with plenty of shots on target. For me the Strollers ‘keeper is the best in the competition and it proved again as he kept us a bay with some excellent saves. One mistake proved our undoing but again we were the better team. Finished 0-1.

Our last game was against our old foes, Vintage Celtic. Before the game Celtic informed us that they were down to the bare bones, with just the six players due to injuries, and no recognised striker. The play in this game was more even although we once again had the best of it and the Celtic keeper kept us out. Celtic did manage a handful of shots on target but mostly straight to the ‘keeper. another  0-0 scoreline

Overall a good experience and we are certainly one of the best organised teams’ now in the first division. Bring on October!

Amblers: Pearce, Fielding, Partington, Foster, Smith, Wingrove, White, Lake.





THE NASH AMBLERS FIXTURES – September session Autumn GMWF League at as follows:

11-00am. Pitch 2 –  The Nash Amblers v. Rochdale Striders (WE WILL NEED THE RED SHIRTS or bibs for this one).

A breather then..

11.40 Pitch 3 –  Chadderton W.F.  v. The Nash Amblers – no colour clash.

A breather then…

12.20 – Pitch 2 – The Nash Amblers v. Rochdale Strollers (possible clash but I think they play in red)

12.40 Pitch 3 Vintage Celtic v. The Nash Amblers (Onus on VC to change shirts or wear bibs)


11.20 Pitch 2 : The  Nash Bees v. Wakefield Wanderers

A breather, then

12.00 Pitch 1 Bolton ‘B’ v. The Nash Bees

Another breather , then…

12.40 Pitch 1 The Nash Bees  v.  Bury Relics

All games fifteen minutes. Kick off’s are planned to be prompt, Get there early to register by no later than 10-15am. Otherwise we may have points deducted. Shin pads advised but not compulsory. Footwear checks before matches – moulded studs and astro trainers acceptable. No blades or metal studs. (Won’t affect us anyway we always wear appropriate footwear). Volunteers are required please to record goalscorers AND details of matches as I’m unable to give both teams my full attention. I’m hoping Stewart White will organise the Amblers – managed by Mark Bradshaw..and I shall organise kit for the Bees and manage the squad. If Tony Cravagan is willing to man the camera again that’ll be great. I have recruited Eve Richards to her position as group photographer with  a roving commission on the day.

thank you – Alan

more details from the League’s own website… <here>


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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.


*****************starting  from now until early August******************

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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.

<GMWF Spring League Review>

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Our opening game  – a win ! v. Chadderton WFC Video on 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

We moved up a division and at first it appeared normal service from April was restored.
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.
Wingrove carved out two chances for himself but was off target. However the damage had been done.  The Amblers kept their shape and their nerve to deny Chadderton any more leeway in the game and as so often happens in this type of tournament one goal was enough.
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Amblers: Pearce / Foster/ Fielding/ Smith J/ Wingrove /White
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A good start then, and with confidence growing we then met Rochdale Strollers.  Things started to unravel just  a little when Rob Lake, who might have been right on the line seem to attract a push into our ‘D’ area and the Referee awarded a penalty to Strollers.  Some controversy around the decision it has to be said, and with the man-in-the middle’s strong connection with Rochdale ( he really should not have been given this match).  The kick was converted superbly by the Rochdale man and Garry Pearce had no chance of stopping  the shot – hit with venom and rising.

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:

<Stroller v Amblers>

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Amblers: Pearce / Foster * / Fielding / Smith J / Lake* / Wingrove  Subs: Nixon & White
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The next game versus Vintage Celtic was a rather more physical affair.   A real battle of attrition this with little to choose between the two sides .  Both teams lacked penetration or any real spark of creativity.  Of course, it’s easy to write that sat here, but those games were taking their toll on tiring legs.
Everyone was putting a shift in. It got tense towards the end as neither team wanted to lose. The game ended goalless as they so often do in this league.
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Amblers: Pearce / Foster / Fielding / Lake / Smith J / Wingrove
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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.
<some game video>      Beware – non-impartial commentary.
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Amblers: Pearce / Nixon / Fielding / Conroy* / Richards* / White Subs: Wingrove &  Smith
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Today’s squad – with the ‘Ultra’s’ in support
As we trooped towards the dressing rooms clutching all manner of bags,  I thought we had finished third overall but the  late – and perhaps surprising defeat of Rochdale by Chadderton WFC meant we had made the runners-up spot.  A splendid achievement in our first ever league programme.  With any luck it won’t be our last.
Skipper Colin collects the ‘consolation cup’ – Runners up.

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 🙂
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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.
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Steve Foster in action Perhaps the player with most appearances at Heywood

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.

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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.
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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.
Pics will appear on our ‘flickr’ feed soon….Video over the next few days.
Look on the Nash Amblers page (from the menu)  for the links.
Over and out from Heywood’s Spring sessions.
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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 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.


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…


<Amblers v Fleetwood>


Nothing unusual about the weather at Heywood this morning.  A typical early Spring Friday with a thick blanket of cloud keeping the temperatures down to late winter levels.
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.
The Nash Amblers: Richards (Player/Manager) Partington, Foster, Wingrove, Fielding, Lake.  Front: Conroy,  Smith B, White
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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.
Team. Smith, Conroy, Foster (1), Wingrove, Lake, White (1)
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Amblers 1-0 Fleetwood Flyers
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.

Team: Smith, Conroy, Fielding, Foster (1),Wingrove, Lake
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Rochdale Striders 0:2  Amblers
*report revised after watching match video*
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.
Fielding was marshalling his defenders well and I cannot recall a clear cut chance for the Rochdale team.  Steve Wingrove scored a real cracker which left the keeper groping at fresh air and this was followed up by Fielding, in an advanced position finshing with aplomb from the edge of the ‘D’. Amblers were cruising now and never looked like losing this match.
Team: Smith, Partington, Fielding (1),Foster, White*,  Richards,Wingrove*(1)
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Amblers 1 : 0 Blackpool ‘Very Senior’ Seasiders
Match Referee Mr.Wilmore – back row left, with Blackpool’s ‘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. 

Stewart White sat this one out and was joined ‘on the bench’ by Mike Conroy and Steve Foster. We peppered the Blackpool keeper with shots from Lake, Wingrove and Richards.   Wingrove eventually broke the deadlock with a superb drive that left the Blackpool keeper with little chance.
Richards should have scored after the goalkeeper rolled it out to him, but he made the wrong choice, and  was rotated with Conroy halfway though the game in  a like for like move. Wingrove and Lake squandered a marvellous chance to double the lead and Colin Fielding I think it was, who hit a post when scoring seemed easier.  Truthfully this game could and should have ended up in  a three or four -nil win.  It didn’t. The whistle went and handshakes were exchanged.
Teams: Smith, Partington, Fielding, Richards*,Wingrove(1) ,Lake, Conroy*
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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.
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The games were fairly  intense, yes.  But we rose to the various challenges. We won’t get carried away with success as we were not too downcast after a less successful day last month. The new players slotted in well, especially Wingrove and Fielding. The former , once he found his range was a major offensive asset with two good goals. Well done everybody !
The Nash Amblers 7/4/17
We will see what next month brings. Selection headaches? Possibly. We may be promoted to Division One, where the teams are not necessarily superior but they ARE different.
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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.
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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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FRI 07 APR 2017 11:00
Fleetwood Town Flyers v Rochdale Striders Heywood Sports Village #3
Maccabi Old Codgers v AFC Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders Heywood Sports Village #4
FRI 07 APR 2017 11:20
AFC Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders v Fleetwood Town Flyers Heywood Sports Village #4
Nash Amblers v Maccabi Old Codgers Heywood Sports Village #3
FRI 07 APR 2017 11:40
AFC Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders v Rochdale Striders Heywood Sports Village #3
Nash Amblers v Fleetwood Town Flyers Heywood Sports Village #4
FRI 07 APR 2017 12:00
Fleetwood Town Flyers v Maccabi Old Codgers Heywood Sports Village #3
Rochdale Striders v Nash Amblers Heywood Sports Village #4
FRI 07 APR 2017 12:20
Maccabi Old Codgers v Rochdale Striders Heywood Sports Village #4
Nash Amblers v AFC Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders Heywood Sports Village #3





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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 an element of running? look at his feet – just look at his feet !

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 !

White lets fly

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.

Defender in the ‘D’ ?

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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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 🙂


The inaugural session of the Greater Manchester Waking Football league got under way today.
We were all assembled for an introductory talk.  I asked the organisers to make sure  footwear was checked to see it conformed to Walking Football United rules. It wasn’t.
More of that later.
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Squad – pic. Alan Richards
The Nash Amblers and Maccabi ‘Old Codgers’ got proceedings going in Division 2. After early jousting Maccabi took the lead after  an unforced defensive error. They had one or two tricky players  and lots of enthusiasm . Some good saves from Garry Pearce.  Going forward the Amblers looked lively at times with Stewart White shooting on target and just off.  It was White who bagged the equaliser.  We had two legitimate penalty claims turned down (ingress) but in the end a deserved draw and a decent start for The Nash Amblers. Maccabi too.
Team: Pearce : Partington (capt) : Nixon : White (1): Smith: Wilson* Sub:Cuthbert*
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Next up was friendly local ‘rivals’ Vintage Celtic.  A close game this one. Another draw would have been reflective of the play but the Vint’s grabbed the winner late doors. They took their one real chance and credit them for that. With such short games there’s not much chance of getting back into it. The mood teetered a little but we still had business to attend to.
Team: Pearce : Foster : Partington (capt): Cuthbert: White: Smith
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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.
We kept our discipline and never really looked like conceding a goal in this one. – Well done Colin ! – we ended the day buzzing a bit after bagging three points against the best team in the Division .
Team: Pearce : Partington (capt) : Foster : Nixon* : Wilson**: Richards
Subs: Cuthbert(1)* Smith**.
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All in all  a satisfactory morning.
The footwear issue was reported to the organisers and at least one player was asked to change his studded boots. He wasn’t very happy with me and said so in reasonable terms.  Neither were one or two other players who were shod inappropriately.  Truth is you don’t need widely spaced studs on that surface.  They are as likely to do the wearer damage as his opponent !  I only played for fifteen minutes in well worn Astro trainers with scarcely a prominent pimple,  but never came close to slipping – even though the 4g (a beautiful surface) was moist. One player informed me that “Sutton United play on 4G and wear studs”
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.
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Not to detract from anything today.  The weather was kind, the atmosphere was good.
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.
Physicality was fine in my opinion and experience.  Nothing really untoward.
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Other results…to my knowledge :  Rochdale Strollers 3 : Maccabi 1.  Vintage Celtic 2 ; Maccabi 0. Vintage Celtic 0 : Rochdale Strollers 0 (I think).

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.

GMWF League Rules