All of our games were filmed ~ if you watch them please leave a comment, or a thumbs up/down.
Tameside Striders v. Rochdale Strollers 21/3/19 – <view>
Preston Snr. Whites v. Tameside Striders 21/3/19 <watch>
‘Man’ City v. Tameside Striders 21/3/19 <click>
‘Mancom’ v. Tameside Striders 21/3/19 <here>
Tameside Striders v. Bury Relics video <here>
Tameside Striders v. Blackpool Senior Seasiders <watch>
SIXTY ONE. Photo’s from today uploaded to our friend FLICKR.. we couldn’t quite manage over seventy ! <stridersshots>
STRIDERS ON TOP ! as our over seventies lead the pack….at least we think so !
After calling at King Street to measure up a few Denton Thursday players for rain jackets (order will go in this weekend) I bobbed up to Heywood to watch and cover our Over 70’s squad in action, in what we believe is the first ever Over 70’s league in the country. Quite a cause for celebration.
- – – Striders in stripes once more as is our style but this time the red and black variety. Very smart indeed and importantly NO bib inducing clashes with the other SIX teams assembled for this first round of Spring fixtures.Last time we fielded an Over 70’s team we reached a Cup Final. So hopes were high despite one or two key components missing for various reasons that we’d give a good account of ourselves. So it proved to be. With Rochdale Strollers first up – we matched this good passing team with fluid possession play of our own. The basic formation of Partington and Cravagan at the back proved successful all morning.
- A couple of chances went Rochdale’s way but Ron Blakeney(?) made a splendid save in this goalless draw. Strollers playmaker Bill Charlton went down injured for a short time but thankfully got back to his feet and carried on. Strollers v. Striders tend to be a walk in the park. Pleasant games, with a deal of mutual respect and this was the case today.Next up were Preston Senior Whites, resplendent in all yellow, which is becoming a popular colour at Heywood. A familiar goalkeeper too in the shape of Keith Burrows guesting for the Deepdale club. . Striders were on top from the start in this one.
- Barry Smith and Terry Harrison were thorns in Preston’s side. Add a mobile Colin Cuthbert into the mix and the play that followed was impressive to watch at times. Terry Harrison put the Striders in front, and Preston looked a little rattled. Then they conjured up a chance with their number fourteen going very close. A corner on the right for Striders looked to be fairly innocuous as corners often do. But Barry Smith blasted the ball towards the goalkeeper and the ball cannoned off Burrow’s foot into the goal ! Two nil. Partington and Cravagan didn’t look much troubled after that and Striders chalked up their first win.
A half hour hiatus and then ‘Man City’ joined us on pitch 4. This was a more difficult game but Striders looked comfortable throughout. Roy Smith was drafted in. Filling a right defensive position and looked at ease on his Heywood debut. All of the games were filmed today and in due course will probably emerge onto Tamestriders TV. If you watch please leave a comment, a thumbs up , or a thumbs down if you wish.
- This one finished nil-nil with Stewart White our underage ‘keeper seldom troubled from what I can recall.
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- The blue and yellow of Mancom were up next, again on pitch 4. Such a pleasant team to play against, they approach the game in similar spirit to us. This encounter was again a chance for Striders to edge possession.
- Mancom number 7 looked a livewire but his threat was trumped by the ever mobile Smith, walking well along with his fellow forwards Cuthbert and Harrison. In terms of goals Striders edged this one nil thanks to a Barry Smith strike.
- – – – – Four games gone now and two wins plus two draws. Our more senior Striders were showing us younger ones how it’s done ! Speaking of which , as well as myself Steve Foster & Dave Fielding were on the touchline to cheer the team on, and Bill Lancashire put in an appearance despite his abductor injury. With another short wait – the tournament ran to time almost perfectly. We seemed to have a spare Referee too. Excellent organisation throughout the morning and a big hats off to the organisers Bill Murney , Paul Gardiner and their team of assistant. The weather was a huge improvement on last weeks Over 65’s with virtually no wind and a mild, almost balmy feel to the air. What can be a difficult low hanging end of winter sun was absent too, so conditions were perfect !
- – – – – -Two games remained. Bury Relics again proved difficult opponents. Despite good work and the usual attacking threats we could not breach their defences, nor they ours. A stalemate but not a stale game. Sorry Relics – no team pic I’m afraid.
- Partington played particularly well in this one and ventured forward a little more. Cravagan the rock at right back resilient and intuitive. Relics drew all of their six games this morning. With one remaining game we had not conceded a goal and were also unbeaten.
- – – – – Blackpool Senior Seasiders – or is it ‘Very’ Senior Seasiders? clad in tangerine – some of whom remembered Mark Bradshaw from his playing days at the club – were our final opponents.
- Little quarter given here by either side in an ever so slightly more physical game than we’d seen so far. Nothing much to worry about though. Blackpool ‘keeper Steve Hyde was tested a couple of times but answered both questions with aplomb. He would be difficult to beat.So it proved. No goals in this one either. Not an awful lot of threat came the other way, and Stewart White kept a sixth clean sheet ! Well done. If anyone from our squad wishes to contribute anything to this report I’ll tag it on at the end.
- We should probably have done a couple of interviews at the end. I’ll try to get back for the final riound of fixtures in June, if not before. It seems a long way off but we all know it’ll soon arrive – God willin’.
- – – – – – -On the way home I noticed a pub on the Bury Road called ‘The Summit’ I think that’s where Tameside Striders will be tonight after six games. A refreshing change for our group. We’re usually focussing on the other end of the table. So, well done to our septuagenarians plus Stewart White. A really fine performance across six matches. We’ll enjoy the view from the top – but we won’t get too giddy !
NOTE: undoubtedly some quick movement today but I saw nobody flying with both feet off the ground. Only the churlish or a pedantic purist would quibble about the pace this morning. Contact was under control for the most part and runners were penalised on occasion. Moreover this initiative is a celebration of the best that older age can be, and even on the side lines it was a pleasure to be part of it.
- Alan Richards
David Partington on ‘Facebook’ ~ “Great Team effort by all the lads this morning,Tony Cravagan was very steady Roy Smith did well in the game he played Colin Cuthbert was always busy and our two goal scocers Barry Smith and Terry Harrison were always posing a threat, a big thanks also to Stewart White our Young goalkeeper who dealt with everything when needed superbly,thanks also to Alan Richards for photo’s and video and Steve Foster , David Fielding & the injured Bill Lancashire for their support, thank you.”
- Editor’s note. One hundred plus Pics on Flickr later All teams featured. Video will soon begin to emerge.
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THERE WILL BE SIX GAMES OF TEN MINUTE DURATION ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE OVER SEVENTIES LEAGUE. THE FOLLWING ARE SCHEDULED TO PLAY. DAVID PARTINGTON , TONY CRAVAGAN, COLIN CUTHBERT, ROY SMITH, BARRY SMITH, TERRY HARRISON,
STEWART WHITE* UNDERAGE GOALKEEPER.
Here are the fixtures: You will see every game bar the last one is on Pitch four. which as you look from the entry gate is the furthest away alongside the main road. First game kicks off at 11-00am last game at 1-30pm. Please make sure the kit is returned to David at the end of the round of games.
OVER SEVENTIES LEAGUE PREVIEW….
The first ever over seventies LEAGUE will soon kick off at Heywood. March 21st. to be precise. It has long been an idea of Colin Fielding’s to lead a team into such a tournament, especially after the success of Tameside Striders in the 70’s knockout-cup in May 2018 when they reached the final, only to be beaten on penalties by Rochdale.
Their success that day in bringing Tameside Striders only trophy back to the group was no fluke. Some fine walking football was played by the team in black and white stripes. This time the Striders will be in the Red and Black to save constant colour clasheS but the ethos will be the same. Enjoy ourselves, do our best and don’t get too downhearted if we stumble.
Colin is a tough taskmaster but it’s his assistant David Partington who is in charge in March, he’ll be ready to get the best out of his squad, which all things being equal will initially consist of Stewart White – underage ‘keeper – Colin Cuthbert , Roy Smith, Tony Cravagan, Barry Smith and Terry Harrison . Along with Partington this makes a seven man squad as Fielding himself is unable to appear in the first round of fixtures. . Given that Bill Lancashire, one of the central pillars of Colin’s plans is out injured, the numbers are slightly down on the optimum but it’s to be hoped we can stay free of injury.
At this stage the fixtures are a mystery to yours truly. I have no idea how many other clubs are entered, or who they are. That said it’s immaterial really. The fact that a number of groups will be ‘fielding’ (no pun intended) teams made up of men into their seventies to play a form of football in a league tournament is one to be celebrated.
I’ll be at Heywood with the 65’s once a month until June but hope to be able to make at least one session with our other teams over the Spring season to cover at least a few games on video and take a few photographs – Nash Amblers over 60’s included of course.
So, let’s get the septuagenarian Striders party started on the 21st. and as soon as I know who we are up against I will post it here. – Ed.
FROM MAY 2018…
Bill Murney’s official organisers tournament report is well worth a read <here>
BADGERS UNBEATEN BUT EDGED OUT IN THE SHOOT OUT….
Limited semi-final and final footage is <here> look for more video links in the body of the report.
31/5/18 Heywood Sports Village….Alan Richards writes…
…A tremendous performance by the Senior Striders (aka the Badgers) today earned the D.W.F.G. our first ever trophy as we finished runners (walkers) up at Heywood in the GMWF Over 70’s Cup competition.
In unfamiliar heat and humidity the squad – resplendent in the group’s new striped shirts – put down an early marker with a win against Birmingham Walking Football. Barry Smith hit the goal that counted in a game which Striders rarely looked troubled. Harrison and Smith looked a potent pairing up front, underpinned by the industry of Fielding and Lancashire, skipper with Partington pivotal in defensive midfield. <Match Video: <click>
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Next up, Bury Relics took an early lead after a Nixon error but there was time to come back. We grew into this game slowly but surely and a real Captain’s goal drew us level. A real humdinger of a shot that evaded the Bury ‘keeper to ripple the net. It stayed that way until the end and it was beginning to dawn upon the players that we could have a real shot at this trophy. More of Alan Richards’ match video with constant comment <here> feel free to mute the sound if he gets on your nerves (he won’t be offended).
Bernard Roddy, also on the pitch in this one looked perfectly at home on the Heywood 3g.
A change of Pitch and Widnes were our next opponents. Some big men in their team but frankly, the first opening minutes were so one sided we could have been three up in five of them. Harrison struck early, then Barry Smith had a goal disallowed as a kick in had been ‘taken too quickly’ – odd. But never mind. We doubled the lead through Smith but Widnes were undeterred. We spurned even more chances as the Cheshire (was Lancashire) team clawed their way back into the game and reduced the arrears.
- Tony Cravagan’s long overdue introduction to competitive walking football had those who know his game purring with satisfaction, as he settled in quickly, and well.
We went further ahead – this time Harrison with a beauty and Striders looked to be coasting. Widnes were not done though , credit to them for plugging away and making it 3-2 to Striders just before the end. A game we fully deserved to win. Click <here> for some lengthy match video.
Next we had some respite and a rest. Huddersfield ‘Town’ WF – who had looked a good side took to Pitch 2 for an even game that frankly might have gone against us but for some stout defending. Bernard Roddy was lively and resilient as a Terriers defender bounced off a strong (illegal) challenge.
We had our chances but the goalkeeper was defiant. Nixon’s handling was solid an secure and with an unbeaten record in the group we knew that with 8 points we would progress to the Semi-Final where we thought Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders awaited but NO ! A penalty shoot out had not gone their way and we were up against locals Rochdale Blues.
We started quite shakily – the thirty minute hiatus had not done us good. However, with five minutes on the clock we started to settle down into a passing rhythm. Lancashire was acqutting himself very well in perhaps his best displays at Heywood, and the inevitable combination of Smith and Harrison up front were mobile across the pitch and making targets for their defenders to hit with passes pumped forward.
Barry Smith scored the winning goal from an inside left position, a great strike that beat the Rochdale custodian to put us in the final !
With the heat clearly taking its toll on tired legs and glistening brows we lined up for the final knowing we were up against some good walking footballers. BUT so were they !
No goals in this game of nip and tuck. Excellent defending from our team but up front Harrison was tiring visibly. Cravagan replaced Lancashire with his regular reliability and seemingly effortless covering ability.
No goals though and a penalty shoot out awaited.
The subsequent kicks were disappointing as Barry Smith hit his high over the bar and Colin Fielding’s kick was well saved. Rochdale Reds converted their first but missed the second after a retake. Terry Harrison – his heart pumping as frantically as his taxi meter in the rush hour blasted the ball goalward but the ‘keeper chose the right way and turned it around a post.
That was that. Done and dusted. A really enjoyable competition played in fantastic spirit by a sensible group of older men who realised the great opportunities for health and fitness (and a bit of ‘success’) this game can provide. We had winners – congratulations ‘Rochdale Reds’, and losers but it was really inspiring to see a competition go so well, with so little incident, barely a ‘bad’ word heard , certainly by me.
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Thanks to all our players for giving it everything. A couple of jitter inducing distribution mistakes from ‘keeper Nixon but he more than redeemed himself with solid handling throughout. Lancashire, Cravagan and Fielding were the backbone of our defence and inventive moving forward. Partington the fulcrum between defence and attack where Bernard Roddy’s appearances showed what a fine presence he can provide, and Harrison and Smith the dynamic duo up front causing all sorts of problems for opponents.
Special thanks to all three Referees, it must have been both taxing, and exhausting out there and to the organisers who made the event run like relative clockwork and provided a smashing buffet after the games had been played. Bravo – we will be back in November I’m sure.
To all the other teams there today thanks for a keen contest that was played fairly, and sensibly. It’s not just about winning – although we came close – it’s about much more and most of that was on display at Heywood Sports Village on the last day of May 2018.
- God to see David Wilson, Mike Conroy and Steve Foster there to support their friends and team mates.
CONGRATULATIONS ROCHDALE REDS !
- Over 100 photo’s <here>
(Video will take some time)
Two groups – one of four one of five – ours is the larger. We play BIRMINGHAM / BURY RELICS /WIDNES / ‘HUDDERSFIELD TOWN’. Fifteen minute one way games (unless it’s blowing a gale) the first three matches on the bounce.
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All players in this competition are asked to find their fivers by the end of next week please. See David Partington or Alan Richards with the cash. The entry fee is £35 and DWFG will raise the necessary cheque by the time the Over 65’s go to Heywood on the 17th. (25/5/18 all money in now – Ed)
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- Beware the Geek – bearing GIF’s
THIRTY ONE DAYS IN MAY…culminating in this one – May 31st. 2018 at Heywood Sports Village organised by the GMWFL.
David Partington will lead our squad of Senior Striders into this one and look out for news here on this page as the competition draws closer….some of the squad….
OUR ‘UNDERAGE’ GOALKEEPER – GORDON NIXON