GMWF Over 60’s League

“Sometimes you open your mouth and it punches you straight between the eyes”

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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

THE NASH BEES

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OCTOBER REPORT…

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.

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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.

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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>

THE REST OF THE GAME IS NOT FAR AWAY IF YOU PERUSE OUR DAILY MOTION CHANNEL –

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

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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.

 

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INJURY DOUBTS FOR COLIN FIELDING AND STEWART WHITE MAY MAKE FOR A CHALLENGING FRIDAY AT HEYWOOD . MEANWHILE ADRIAN JONES HAS REPORTED HIMSELF FIT FOR THE BEES. A CALL HAS GONE OUT FOR REINFORCEMENTS BUT SO FAR DRAWN A BLANK. S.O.S. SAVE OUR SQUADS

 

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)

THE NASBEES….

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.

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We have so far collected £220 towards entry costs – The Nash Amblers entry form has been emailed to the organisers (17/7) They are pressing us to register quickly to ‘avoid disappointment’ There is clearly an appetite within our group to take part once more.

Physical copies of both entry forms will be posted with the cheque which will be drawn from my personal account

Please ensure all monies are paid in before the end of July.  We will then have plenty of time to issue entry fee cheques. I will shortly send another entry form for The Nash Bees.

Players who have paid so far are: Colin Cuthbert / Garry Pearce / Colin Fielding / Stewart White /Steve Foster / Alan Richards / Michael Conroy / Gordon Nixon /  John Smith / Keith Burrows / Adrian Jones 

We have had sixteen players express interest but there is room for a couple more – we need a cushion to cover injuries and surprise commitments which always spring up from time to time. So, if you are interested make it known – SOON …. thanks Ed.

 

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  • Suddenly, there’s a buzz about the page….
  • CODE of CONDUCT released early July 2017
  • Greater Manchester Walking Football Code of Conduct “Welcome to Greater Manchester Walking Football. Please can you read through this short document which has been put together to ensure all players understand how we are trying to develop the Greater Manchester Walking Football events moving forward. Could we ask that this document is shared by the club Managers/Organisers with all current players participating and also given to any new players joining any of our events in the future. While participating in any of the Greater Manchester Walking Football events everyone follows the Code of Conduct outlined below. The following Code of Conduct is designed to support the current rules and enhance the present game, promoting its further devolvement. Any person participating in any of the Greater Manchester Walking Football events agrees to abide by the Code of Conduct set out below. Code of ConductTeam Managers/Organisers: Check that all the players registered to take part are in the agreed age category on the day of the matches.  Ensure current and new players have had an opportunity to read the Code of Conduct.  Communicate to all players and supporters that any articles/photos or information shared on social media in relation to any Greater Manchester Walking Football events should be designed to help to promote its development in the future in a positive way. Players at all times should: Abide by the Laws of the Game understanding that the Referees decision is final.  Not run or jog on or off the ball, including the goalkeeper.  Ensure they play Non-Contact walking football.  Promote and endorse Fair Play.  Respect themselves, fellow competitors and officials.  Abide by and accept in good grace the decisions of the officials.  Never engage in gamesmanship, bullying, intimidatory or unsporting behaviour.  Never engage in offensive, insulting, abusive or disrespectful language towards any other person or persons. Thank you for being part of the Greater Manchester Walking Football programme of events, we look forward to seeing you soon.” Paul Gardner

  • NEXT UP for The Nash Amblers.

    GMWF Autumn League:

    We can save money by paying for four months upfront.

    £20 payable in advance to demonstrate commitment to the first Friday of every month – September to December inclusive. Surplus funds for an eight man squad (the ideal number) will amount to £30 – just enough for mementoes.
    Comment below to signify your commitment. Money must be in before the end of this month. They need to know how many divisions they require. We may put two teams in for this if we generate enough interest. Otherwise one team will be selected on merit. I will not take part on the pitch in that case, and when Mark is not available will manage the team in his absence if he is agreeable. Ten names means we field one team and game time will suffer a little bit for everybody.

    Between fourteen and sixteen names then two teams will be selected. ‘A’ team and ‘B’ team. It’s only fair that a bulk of players who gained promotion to Division One in Spring will start in Division One in Autumn. Myself excepted – if we have two teams I will be available for the ‘B’ team if required.

    I do not want to cut this too fine and end up not fulfilling fixtures – that would be a poor reflection on our organisation and our set-up.

    Contact me by email, Facebook or in person with a pledge to pay the entry fee in the next four weeks please. This is not first come first served – selection may have to apply if numbers fall below fourteen. – Alan

 

May 11th. 2017: It was always an intention to mark our inaugural league campaign for the team with some small personalised memento.  The fact  that we finished runners-up (yes, really!) gave added incentive. And meant a late colour change from Bronze, or even grey , which looked more likely in March!

Five of our February squad featured in May and all of our April squad were there too this month, with the exception of Barry Smith, without whose efforts we would not have enjoyed such  a successful April. Fourteen players in total featured for the team at some point or other.

We have all been chipping in a few bob more than the actual cost of entry to the competition. From Colin Cuthbert’s  £10.00  namecard win at Wigan, to the fiver fee for the last two sessions and there was enough surplus to pay for individual medals and  team photographs relevant to our own appearances. With five pounds more than website renewal costs raised I put that into the pot  as well (£65 total) These modest silver effect medals -with  a Curzon Ashton crest at their centre – will be handed out without pomp or fanfare, we can save that until we win something! – over the next couple of weeks. There might be a camera nearby though (no surprise) –  In the meantime thanks ALL  John, Rob, Steve x 2, David x 2,Gordon, Garry, Barry, Colin x 2, Mike, Stewart, Alan and  for turning up when you said you would, paying up cheerfully  and trying your hearts out for the cause.

Thanks – Alan (Co-ordinator)  and also on behalf of our Manager-Coach Mark.

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Read the official account of the Spring session from Bill Murney, one of the organisers, and the inspiration behind the  project.  There’s even an alternative league table.

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Our opening game  – a win ! v. Chadderton WFC Video on dailymotion.com now…

ADVANCE WARNING..Cravagan’s commentary might be a little low on impartiality ! 🙂 thanks for the film-work Tony.

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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.
Penalty!

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:

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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.
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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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FIELDING NAMED CAPTAIN

Colin Fielding will lead the Ambler’s into the final round of fixtures at Heywood on Friday

Colin, pictured right with Gordon Nixon – a late replacement for David Partington

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  • I posted this on the walkingfootball.com forum ahead of tomorrow – Ed:

“Well, the months have slipped away and the ultimate session is almost upon us – we play the final round of fixtures in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League (OVER 60’s)  this Friday, 5th. of May.

The competition has been well run and well Referee’d so far.  The facilities at Heywood are first class and the playing surface ideal for our style of footwear and the game of walking football generally.. The Nash Amblers were lucky enough to gain ‘promotion’ to Division One last Month – although from the outset it was stated that teams in both Divisions were placed there on a random basis. However, after a mixed session in March our April performance has seen us climb into the alleged upper echelon, with even  a chance of catching leaders, Vintage Celtic, as well as looking over our shoulders for those who can overhaul us !

It’s all rather exciting as the climax approaches. We shall  treat triumph, or  disaster as the imposters they are and set out to enjoy our day.  It has been  a memorable campaign so far shared by thirteen  of our players. Most of whom -a year or three ago – would not  have imagined they would take part in anything like this ever again. We endeavour to play the game in the correct way, with the right attitude and  a  lack of cynicism. We have seen very little in this tournament to suggest our co-competitors do not think likewise.

Therefore I must recommend this league’s Autumn programme to any walking football club’s or groups, with  a similar ethos, who are  within striking distance.  As the interest of Fylde based teams show it’s worth travelling the extra miles to take part too. If the organisers get more applicants the league could go to three divisions – and it could mean all teams will play the same number of games.

So far The Nash Amblers have only competed here at Heywood, and twice at Wigan Indoor tournaments. Both in the Over 60’s format.  For now , this and the Over 65’s are the only categories we are interested in – and even the couple of players we have who are under sixty agree with that philosophy. At almost 66 myself – with replacement bits and pieces – I shall certainly NEVER play in Over 50’s competitive walking football.

I wish all the teams taking part on Friday a memorable day , and a safe journey to and from the venue.

For more info on the league itself the website is  linked below”

http://manchesterwalkingfootball.uk/

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One of the organisers of the GMWFL was asked what formula (if any) they would employ if teams on unequal numbers of games finished level on points.

“There is no formula, the total points earned will determine the winners and runners up. Not ideal I know but this first season has been a ‘suck it and see’ situation with teams entering mid season and divisions alternating between 4 or 5 teams. As the season has progressed the better teams have been promoted to Division 1, as we hoped would happen over the monthly sessions.

The Autumn season will have the traditional promotion and relegation in either 2 or 3 divisions with a maximum of 5 teams in each division. This season, it can be argued that teams in Division 1 have had tougher opponents to compete against and therefore points are far harder to collect.

As an example Bolton Wanderers who joined us in March have played 7 games overall and collected 13 points, giving an average of 1.857 points per game. In Division 2 their points per game average was 2.33, while in Division 1 their points average was 1.5, a massive difference reflecting the better playing standard of the division.  If there is a tie on points at the end of the season on 5th May, then the deciding factor will be the average points earned per game.”

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  • We have growing injury concerns for Friday and final decisions on whether to call upon one or more of our reserves will be made on Wednesday of this week.  Contact Alan Richards directly for any details.  It is strongly advised that players bring some source of nourishment – ie. A banana or two or chocolate to augment energy levels as the day progresses, and of course re-hydration to preserve body fluids  over what will be a challenging couple of hours. The fixtures have been announced and are shown in the graphic below.  We kick-off at eleven, then have a break of twenty minutes before three games ‘on the bounce’ where Mark Bradshaw may well think of rotating some of our players.

NOTE THE BOLTON GAME WILL TAKE PLACE ON PITCH 2

Other fixtures can be found on the GMWF website

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The most important of these games – dependant upon results of earlier ones – will be the noon fixture with Vintage Celtic – for which we will wear bibs on the day as the ‘home’ team (tournament rules)  – although this will be the only game we shall play on Pitch 1.

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The ‘Golden Boot’ standings (highest goal scorer) are interesting. With the leader obviously representing the main threat for his team. The Nash Amblers have several candidates on the list all with some way to go to catch up. This adds a little more interest to proceedings and whoever comes out on top well done that man !

 

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Coverage of our April experience in ‘The Nash’ Curzon’s official programme v. Altrincham…

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The Amblers led the days second division table by seven points ! We have NOW BEEN PROMOTED TO  Division One, which  is currently led by Vintage Celtic who have played a game more overall.  Next month’s fixtures should be interesting. We will play Celtic, Rochdale Strollers,Bolton and Chadderton.

 This is the combined standings table…

VIDEO…

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APRIL REPORT:          THE NASH AMBLERS DOMINANT in Division Two

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’.

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Meanwhile, the photo below was featured in Curzon Ashton’s official match programme recently…it just struck me there is an unreal quality about it – reminiscent of the ‘mannequin challenge’ which has been doing the rounds 🙂


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3rd

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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MORE PICS ON OUR FLICKR FEED LATER – LINK ON THE NEWS PAGE ABOUT 6-00PM.
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.

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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

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