Bees and Rovers got the new size 4’s rolling as we all looked on. Some mystified, others just baffled but the rules became clear and there were not too many problems all morning – and early afternoon. Bees took the points winning two – nil.
For this was something of a marathon and although we stuck to the times very well it was appreciated that so many stayed on for the A.G.M. which didn’t take long at all.
Soon both pitches were in full swing under the supervision of our two Referee’s Denis and Garry and we cannot thank nor praise them highly enough. Both Honorary members of the group and valued for their services of which they gave so freely today.
Early surprises came when the unfancied Albion team – looking for a while like the dark horses registered two successive wins on penalties against the two eventual finalists Badgers and Bees !
The baggy Greens had Joe Bemrose to thank for his excellent placements of the ball from the spot. David Cooper also chipped in with a fine goal.
Amblers had a stop start morning to begin with and had to wait until their fourth game for a victory, beating Albion, who had come back to earth with a bump losing three nil, after another heavy 0-4 defeat versus Striders.
The men in Orange didn’t allow two early defeats to dishearten them. Led by the inspiring Colin Fielding they rallied to win three of their final four games. Handing out that 4 – 0 hammering of Albion in the process.
Wanderers in White took nine points from their first four games. Driver on by David ‘Davits’ Wilson in his sports goggles they were edging games by the odd goal or on penalty kicks ad amassing a total of twelve points which them in the shoot out for the final.
After losing their first game the Bees rallied and actually finished with a flourish. Danger man Dixon doing much of the damage. Their dozen points also saw them in the shoot out for the eventual final match up.
Badgers had won three on the bounce with the help of Penalty kicks sometimes and were first to finish their campaign by beating the Stridersin their final game. The men in orange went into their last game with Wanderers needing a win but the team in white came out trumps by two goals to nil.
All games were more or less running to time. But with three teams level on twelve points it was left to a trio of penalty takers looking for a place in the final. Which two would find a way?
For a while the ball refused to go in ! Veering off first to the left several times and once to the right. I think it was skipper Nixon who got the Bees through. Wanderers couldn’t quite make it and Badgers winning kicker escapes me for now (been a long day). Possibly ‘Party’ or was it Lancashire?
We were all winners today, and a visit to the Doc’s later gave me a blood pressure reading 110/74 probably the best ever ! Shall we do it all again next week? (Joking)
The A.G.M. heard a report of our very sound finances and continuing progress. The size 4 balls have been a hit. The competitive teams are almost funded and a cheque will be despatched.
Thanks to Chairman Gordon for his generous praise of my efforts in getting the Festival on and the good organisation. It was a pleasure to plan, and a pleasure to play in, despite those heavy defeats – as I always say results matter but they are not important…my honest opinion.
When I was otherwise engaged today camerawork from David Moore and Trevor Brereton was appreciated plus some stills from our Chairman.
I’ll be having a week off next week from Friday, and the two sessions are in the capable hands of Gordon and his committee and Tony Cravagan & David Wilson aka ‘Bonkers’ the Badger Thanks all. Feedback form added below.
game schedule – ‘Bees’ will play ‘Rovers’ first – just one game going on to show the rest of us how its done ! Amblers have the longest wait from 10.35 to 11.20 but then have five ten minute games in an hour and fifteen minutes. Striders have the latest start time of `10.35am. Badgers finish their group games the earliest at 12.15pm. Small irregularities were unavoidable given we’ve seven teams but just two pitches.
ten minute games max 5 minutes between games. Remember cups of tea available throughout the mornings events, and at the AGM later. Alan Richards will Referee two games half way through the morning to give our competition Referees a break. It’s essential that each PAIR of games kick off at more or less the same time on the adjacent pitches.
Pitch number in brackets.
Amblers 10.20 (2) 11.20(1) 11.35 (1) 12.05(2) 12.20(1) 12.35(1)
Badgers 10.20(1) 10.35(2) 10.50(2) 11.20(1) 11.35(2) 12.05(1)
Bees 10.05(1) 10.35(1) 10.50(1) 11.05(2) 11.35(2) 12.20(1)
Rovers 10.05(1) 10.35(2) 11.05(1) 11.20(2) 11.50(2) 12.35(1)
Striders 10.35(1) 11.05(1) 11.35 (1) 11.50(1) 12.05(1) 12.20(2)
Wanderers 10.20(2) 10.50(2) 11.05(2) 11.50(2) 12.20(2) 12.35(2)
All times are approximate but we need to adhere to them as closely as possible. Please make sure your team is ready to go at the appointed time and pitch. If you cannot raise five players for any one match then the onus will be on the oppostion to reduce in number.
Pitch one (northern end pitch) Fixtures on pitch 2 (southern end)
10.05 Bees v. Rovers
10.20 Badgers v. Albion 10.20 Wanderers v. Amblers
10.35 Striders v. Bees 10.35 Badgers v. Rovers
10.50 Bees v. Albion 10.50 Wanderers v. Badgers
11.05 Rovers v. Striders 11.05 Bees v. Wanderers (Ref: * A Richards)
11.20 Amblers v. Badgers 11.20 Albion v. Rovers
11.35 Striders v. Amblers (*Ref D Wilson) 11.35 Badgers v. Bees
11.50 Striders v. Albion 11.50 Wanderers v. Rovers
12.05 Badgers v. Striders 12.05 Albion v. Amblers
12.20 Bees v. Amblers 12.20 Wanderers v. Striders
12.35 Rovers v. Amblers 12.35 Albion v. Wanderers
Referee*: Pitch 1: Mr.G Pearce(Stalybridge) : Referee*: Pitch 2: Mr. D Cudahy (Horwich)
Badgers:Black Striders:Orange Bees:Yellow Amblers: Dark Blue Albion: Maroon Wanderers: White Rovers: Light Blue
ALL GAMES TEN MINUTES DURATION NO CHANGE AROUND. ONE NOMINATED PLAYER ALLOWED IN THE ‘D’ FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 SECONDS FOLLOWING THE BALLS ENTRY BUT MUST NOT USE HIS HANDS. NO DRAWS. PENALTY SHOOT OUT WILL SETTLE ANY TIE WHEN SCORES FINISH LEVEL. SUDDEN DEATH FROM THE FIRST KICKS. INTO AN EMPTY GOAL FROM THE HALFWAY LINE. BALL MUST ENTER THE GOALS TO REGISTER A ‘SCORE’ Note : THIS IS A FESTIVAL OF FUN to be enjoyed PLEASE TREAT IT AS SUCH – thanks – D.W.F.G.
Check which team you’re in from the list below. They will be printed and distributed soon. Names not drawn from the hat on the 23rd. July have been formed into another team to make seven – ROVERS ! Watch this space for more news soon. Astro trainers a must – Denis Cudahy and Garry Pearce are Refereeing for us on the day (thank you). It may be that committee members who are managing/playing in teams will be required to manage only if the numbers don’t stack up on the day. If we all co-operate , see that the time is managed well we can have another memorable day to celebrate walking football more than anything as a FUN and ENJOYABLE pursuit. More serious competition is for another day……
Bees: Nixon* / Jones / Theobald / O’Toole / Dixon
Wanderers: Wilson* / Gaskin /Roddy /Wingrove / Brereton
Badgers: Partington* Lake / Williams/ Lancashire / Cravagan
Albion: Richards*/ Bemrose / Quinn /Cooper D / Wenham
Striders : Fielding C* /Oldham / Stafford /Jarvis /Cooper H
Rovers: Gibbons / Gillan / Johnson / Caldwell / A.N. Other (possibly Ivan Taylor)
Feedback “Looks like another well organised day.
Should be fun and I’m looking forward to it” –
Keith Yardley Amblers player/manager
“Just had a look at the Summer Nineteen page. It’s good the way it’s set up and the way it’s going to be played”
David Wilson Wanderers player/manager