The Nash Amblers


 The Over 50’s walking footballer’s of Curzon Ashton F.C.  go under the name ‘The Nash Amblers’ – there is no formal tie up with Denton Walking Football Group but there is a crossover in terms of players. Curzon subsidise walking football as part of their community focus. The sessions are not mutually exclusive and there is no conflict  between the Ambler’s and Tameside Striders of Denton – indeed they complement one another.  Many players at each venue enjoy playing at the other…..
   Games at Denton commence from Friday 11/5/18- Monday’s too 11-00am. PLEASE BE EARLY for a very prompt start David Partington will  carry the kit.
This page has had 7,060 visits in the last eighteen months. It is now at capacity as reports and photo’s go back quite a long way now.  Rather than archive it we’ve established another Amblers page – called AMBLERS 2. Which kicks off with a Player of the Year 2018 announcement.


Denton June 8th.  Trevor Brereton reports…
With numbers a little on the low side, due to holidays and injuries, we played six against five across the pitch this morning. Blues had the numerical advantage, and much of the early play. Dave Partington  was performing his usual heroics in the yellows goal, denying Caldwell and Ward early on. Midway through the first half  Yellows Pete Jarvis suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by Alan Richards. Pete went on to take over refereeing duties from Richards.  Dave Fielding made a smart save late in the half to deny White. Both teams were unrelenting in pursuit of the opening goal as we reached half time.
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Stephen Hampson was a driving force for blues,  along with one of yesterday’s Heywood heroes Steve Wingrove  And Steve it was who put the blues ahead, with a fierce shot from close range..  Blues nearly doubled their lead when Brereton shot narrowly wide , and then hit Partington’s right hand post. White was making his presence felt with his intelligent distribution,  and peppering the blues  goal with his accurate shooting. Yardley and Richards were always involved as yellows looked to draw level. The blues defence was finally breached, when after a fine move White beat keeper Ward from an acute angle. The game looked to be heading for a draw,  when Caldwell stole in on the left, the ball ran to Pete Ward, and the blues man made no mistake.  In the last minute White had a powerful drive well saved by Brereton,  now taking his turn in the blues goal. A narrow win for the blues in yet another dose of Friday frolics. Thanks to Alan Richards for his good work this morning.
Blues- 2, (WINGROVE, WARD)
Yellows-1 ( WHITE)
IMPORTANT : The Nash Amblers session on Monday is unaffected by pitch repairs. Denton’s Tuesday session at King Street  IS DEFINITELY CANCELLED. (When it was thought BOTH sessions were off there was some talk of an alternative venue being arranged elsewhere but contact David Partington directly for details on that please. Only regular Amblers are urged to turn up on Monday at King Street. – Ed.) 
Denton June 4th…
Trevor Brereton reports on  a very good game – complete with surprise guest…
With just eleven Amblers this morning,  as well as Dave Brooks from Rochdale Strollers  , it was wisely decided that we would play across the King Street pitch. Blues started the better of the sides, White  bringing  the best out of Barry Smith and also an effort that hit the foot of the post, again from White.
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For Yellows Jarvis had some early shooting practice. As blues were penalised for a third run Dave from the Strollers took the resulting pen, which was well saved by Dave Partington,  also the kicker had taken a micro step. Midway through the first half Blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs).  Alan Richards grasped the nettle, and left Smith unable to take the sting out of his textbook spot kick.  Yellows were quickly stung into action, and replied with the goal of the game.  There had seemed little danger when Steve Foster picked the ball up midway inside the Blues half, and advanced towards goal. Then Steve unleashed a side foot strike that flew into  the top corner of  Partington’s goal.
– – – –  H:T 1 -1
As the second half got underway both teams were playing excellent walking football,  slick passing moves and free flowing football of the highest order.  Yellows took the lead for the first time, when Brereton drilled the ball past Partington. Richards for Blues was on top form,  composed on the ball, and finding his man with great regularity. Yellow’s man Pearce  was playing a blinder, solid in defence,  and dangerous in attack.  As time was running  out for Blues,  White received the ball on the edge of the Yellows ‘D’, only to see Brereton nick the ball off his foot with a last ditch challenge. So a narrow win for Yellows, in a hugely enjoyable game also, with solid performances from those who didn’t get a mention. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing.
Yellows- 2 (Foster, Brereton)
Blues- 1 (Richards pen)
Amblers at King Street 4/6/18
June 1st. 2018 Amblers at King Street continued…as Trevor Brereton recalls  goalless draw…
Yellow 0 Blue 0

Denton June 1st

Muggy conditions this morning at King St, but hardly a test for these superfit athlectic specimens.  Yellows playing with an extra man had the better chances in the first half , with Brereton shooting narrowly wide,  and an effort well saved by David Partington. Yelows were awarded a penalty midway through the first half (3 runs). Woz took responsibility,  and fired past Partington.  Unfortunately Wozes  ” cha cha cha ” up to the ball,  meant the kick was illegal. Though  it received a ” 10  from Len”, penalties are proving difficult to despatch. The second half saw possession shared, with defences dominant for the most part. Blues best chance came when they were awarded a penalty  (3 runs). Joe Bemrose stepped   up, only to see his shot well saved by Gordon Nixon. Yellows best moment came when Caldwell cut in from the left and saw his shot hit the outside of the post.So it ended honours even, and a fair result. Thanks to Garry Pearce ( who had a busy morning), for refereeing.
Blues- 0
Pic: Barry Smith
Trevor Brereton reports from King Street May 25th 2018…
Yet another bakers dozen of players this morning, with David Partington in charge of our gear, and  also putting us through our paces in the warm up. David delegated team selection to Trevor Brereton who tried to get the best players around him. ☺. In the absence of a referee Partington urged the teams to keep the game to a sensible pace, which  for the most part they did. The blues playing with a man less started well, having much of the early play.
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Stephen Hampson was the architect of much of the blues fine moves, and it was he who fired them ahead with a crisp drive. Defences were in control for the most part, withTipping  and Foster for yellows, and Partington and Dave Fielding for blues excelling. With the score only being 1-0 at half time it was decided that yellows would continue to benefit from having a man advantage.
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It was noticeable from the start of the second half that the yellows were moving the ball better, with Yardley, Harrison and Ward looking dangerous in blues final third. Yellows drew level when  Joe Bemrose, fresh from a four goal haul on Tuesday,  hit a low drive from  an acute angle that evaded Partington’s outstretched  foot. Blues best chances were coming from counter attacks with Caldwell and Conroy their main threat.  As blues tired it was left to last ditch defending  to negate the yellows onslaught. And so we finished honours even, a fair result, and an enjoyable work out.
Thanks to David Partington for facilitating this mornings session.
Yellows -1, BEMROSE
Blues-1, HAMPSON
May 21st. 2018
Even Steven – The Amblers at Denton – as Alan Richards writes…
Thirteen in the continuing sunshine. Positively balmy not too hot , just right.
Garry Pearce charged with selecting teams AND refereeing this match and making a very, very good job of it too.
Six Yellows lined up against seven blues out there on the King Street pitch at roughly 3/4 length.
Blues soon registered  two runs and the Yellows were playing the better football early on.
Time after time they were thwarted by an excellent display of agility and quick reflex goalkeeping from David Partington. The man is remarkable. Foster, Conroy and Bertenshaw denied several times as Yellows continued to threaten
At the other end a rare distribution error from Gordon Nixon saw Stewart White prosper from good positional play to open Blues account.
Yellows soon caught up with the running offences and both teams hovered on the cusp of giving away a penalty for much of the game. That they didn’t is a credit to both sets of players.
Terry Bertenshaw levelled things up for Yellows before half time in fine style.
Despite adventurous and expansive play from both teams the score remained the same.
Steve Foster commanding at the back for Yellows was a mainspring of their play. For Blues, White and Lake underpinned a solid performance and a mobile Joe Bemrose was always a danger.
Credit to Yellows for dealing well with inferior numbers. A drawn game but all emerged as winners this morning.
Trevor Brereton is away.
May 18th. 2018 and Trevor Brereton reports from  a Black and Blue King Street…
Blues – 3  (Hampson 2, Conroy)
Blacks- 1 (Brereton)
Round three of  the amblers temporary residence at the King St venue, brought thirteen players, and non playing paparazzi Alan Richards. The Blue team had a man advantage in the first half, Pete Ward, who transferred to the black bibbed team for the second half. The blacks made a promising start with Brereton going close, and a Harrison effort being well saved by David Partington. However it was Blues who struck first when Hampson beat Burrows with an effort from distance. Shortly after it was 2-0, when Hampson struck again ,this time with the aid of a deflection  Late in the first half blacks were awarded a penalty (3 runs).
Trevor coverts from the penalty spot
Brereton one stepped forward, and powered the ball down the middle to reduce the deficit. Playing with the extra man in the second half, the blacks had plenty of possession, but were struggling to carve out clear cut opportunities. The closest they came was a Brereton drive that crashed against the post.  Yellows had a chance to stretch their lead when they were awarded a penalty (3 runs). The “flamingo man” Conroy stepped up, but saw his penalty well saved by the foot of Danny Tipping.
Soon after blacks were awarded a penalty (3 runs) , and a chance to at least grab a draw from the game. Keith Burrows took responsibility, but saw his penalty well saved by Partington.
Partington saves from Burrows
In the final moments of the game yellows hit a third when Conroy struck a powefull effort past Tipping to wrap the game up. Hardly any contact in this mornings game, but a fair amount of running. Thanks to Alan Graham to refereeing.
Team pics: Alan Richards
May 14th. Some of us are a year older since our last session, most of us are retired – a point to which the report alludes  and the time seems to go much quicker than ever it did in the world of work – I’m sure I speak for most when I say I’m glad to be rid of those…..
Yellow bibs 0 – Blue bibs 2 (Smith B, Hampson)
Trevor Brereton reports…
Denton 14th May
talking points
A healthy turnout of thirteen Amblers, for the second of the guys temporary residence at the King St. venue. Though uneven, a good number for one match, on the “big pitch”. Yellow’s had the extra man in the first half, meaning the blues would have to put a” shift in,” in employment terms something most haven’t done for some time. Blues started well with Hampson,
Hampson : ‘Tricky and nimble’

nimble, tricky,  long shorts going close with an early effort. Blues early dominance was rewarded when Barry Smith found himself unmarked on the edge of the “D”, and coolly slotted the ball past Hadge Cooper. Yellows best chance of an even first half fell to Steve Wingrove, his point blank effort being well smothered by Brereton in the Blues goal. Smith had a chance to increase yellows lead but fired wide.

Barry Smith – on target then fired wide
As the half time talking point revolved around the trials of men having a weakened pelvic floor in later life, on a lighter note it was also decided that   Pearce would swap sides and his Yellows started the second half well, but found the blues back two of Fielding and Brereton, along with keeper Smith, a tough nut to crack. Blues were passing the ball well with, Richards and Woz Taylor putting in impressive displays.
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Dave Partington realises he might have to use his washing machine later

Yellows increased their lead with a tremendous effort from Hampson, a shot from distance that started outside the post and came back in, to beat a helpless Hadge  Cooper. An effort that was compared to Roberto Carlos, or was it Roberta Flack ?, not sure. Unfortunately Hadge had to leave the pitch soon after due to injury.

Hadge Cooper – groin pains
All due credit to the Yellow’s  their heads didn’t drop, as White shot narrowly wide, and had a number of efforts blocked. At the other end David “De Gea” Partington saved a Brereton effort, but otherwise had little to do. Blues  saw the game out for what was probably a deserved victory, in a very enjoyable game with little running or contact. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing this mornings game.
Running in the shadows ! – pic: Alan Graham
Denton May 11 th
Trevor Brereton reporting….

Any doubts about a low turnout as the Amblers moved to their temporary home, were quickly dispelled, as eighteen* turned out in what proved to be tight encounter. Blues played the first half with a man advantage, but it was yellows who made the early “walking “.

Danny Tipping – Denton debut
Mike Caldwell  found space on two occasions, and brought the best out of blues keeper David Partington, the Stalybridge man pushing one effort spectacularly onto the bar.
Against the run of play blues took the lead through Terry Bertenshaw, with a low drive  past “badger” Burrows. First half chances were few and far between, as is often the case with such a large number of players, and quality defending from both sides. Yellows target man Caldwell brought his team level shortly before the break, with a trademark finish from a tight angle.
After a cordial discussion at half time it was decided that blues keeper Partington should take over goalkeeping duties for the yellows. Yellows were shading possession, but were relying on long shots, White and Conroy trying their luck, but never really troubling the blue’s keepers.
In what was a brisk game yellows had been on two “runs” for  a while, before  being penalised a third time. Bertenshaw stepped up to convert from the spot, giving Partington no chance.  Upholsterer Terry had given his team a “cushion“, “sofa” so good for the blues.
Yellows with the extra man were enjoying the bulk of  possession, but a combination of excellent defending from Foster, Tipping and Pete Smith, along with yellows wastefulness  in the final third, allowed blues to hang on for the “W” . Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing this mornings game.
Blues – 2, Bertenshaw(2)
Yellows- 1 ( Caldwell)

Pictorial note: Thanks to *Keith Yardley for the photographs. Hope the thigh is better before too long. (Keith injured himself in the warm up and would not accept a refund of his £2).

Keith Yardley
See the Over 60’s league page for details….
BLUES- 3  (Brereton, Partington, Conroy)–YELLOW 2 (Bemrose 2)
Fourteen in the sunshine as people at the other end of the age spectrum played their Cup finals on the main pitch, and the car park was thronged. Different generations, and even the ‘windrush’ was mentioned as events unfolded.
Blue versus Yellow the latter with a range of ‘keepers first half whereas Barry Smith was the Blue custodian.
Blues were brightest. Yellow’s with Caldwell up front and Stewart White carrying a couple of injuries struggled to build. Solid enough at the back though, with Tipping and Cooper holding firm until the breakthrough came. Trademark Trevor it was who shot past Burrows. Partington, enjoying more success of late as a goalscorer advanced before driving the ball home.
Two- nil at half time then and still a close enough margin for Bues to pursue.
_____________Blue’s ranks now included Richards, as Smith had stayed at the railway end to keep goal for Yellows after the break.
There was some running. Stewart White mentioned the ‘Windrush’ he felt envelope him, as a Blue player moved into rob him of the ball. We both had a laugh at the political connotation of the word.
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Yellow’s were not done. With Partington in goal now for Blue the defenders in front of him was not quite so resolute, although Nixon and Lake were both doing sterling work. Three runs! and a chance for Yellows to claw their way back into the match. Badger Burrows was the man charged with the task. He sett himself up for the one step kick admirably and his shot had power. Partington dived the right way but the ball struck the left hand post just high of the mid point. Hard lines Keith (as Tony ‘Gravel’ Cravagan might have said).
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Blues began to resist a little better. Going forward, Conroy was linking well and Hampson was all over the pitch mixing his inventive passing with individual swerves and dribbles. One good corner found Richards advancing intelligently into in space but he shot high wide and not so handsome as the ball was bobbling a bit (honest guv).
Bemrose struck twice. The first from fairly close in to halve the deficit.
Sublime Blue play separated Joes’ goals , as Nixon fed Richards on the right, the part time joiner harried by a Yellow bib, sent a back heel flick to Brereton who fed Conroy accurately across the ‘D’ and the Haughton Green man despatched a superb shot into the Yellow net !
Yellows heads did not drop and Bemrose quickly added his second. A goal which Ronnie Boyce or Johnny Byrne would have been proud of. Stabbing at the ball with the outside of his left boot leaving Partington with no chance.
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The scores stayed the same and Blues emerged with a narrow win. A very even game really. A ‘free of charge session  from Curzon and we will add the £28 to the kitty towards a new kit for next season. Discussions soon amongst the interested parties – this  badge should figure on any new strip.
Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing today.
No more games at The Nash for a while as the Amblers now travel to Denton King Street for their next sessions and until further notice. Be at Denton a little early for a prompt start please. No photo’s today but we’re hoping your truly will finally buy his long awaited camera this week. (personal note: his own money of course – Ed)
May the fourth was with us – as White’s winner sinks Black’s
YELOW 1  (White) BLACK 0
Alan Richards writes….
A spirited 9 v. 9 on an enlarged pitch at Curzon today. New man Keith Yardley making his first appearance and showing some good touches.

Keith Yardley

Some decent approach play from Black’s who , even with the pocket battleship Bertenshaw in their ranks, could not find the net. When they were on target ‘Woz’ Taylor’s confident goalkeeping thwarted them. With Trevor Brereton playing a deeper role for yellow their defence looked assured.
Bemrose, in black had a couple of on target efforts saved and played well today always looking for a quick pass when required , and taking on a shot where it was practical to do so.

H-T 0-0.
Shortly after the interval Stewart White hammered the ball past Bradshaw to open the Yellow account. There were no further deposits at either end as the game – always brisk but threatening to turn into old blokes football – wore on to a conclusion. Alan Gerlish and Dan Tipping both played well for Black’s and Gordon Nixon was a tour de force today. Flat out commitment.
Steve Foster’s comeback continues. Yellow team mates Hampson and Jarvis constantly troubled the Black’s back line of Lake (impressive again today) and David Partington. Just one goal between the teams reflected the closely fought match,
Thanks to Garry for Refereeing, and to Mark for facilitating.
Blacks 5 (Bertenshaw 3, Brereton, Bemrose)  Yellows 0
A really strong cross wind affected the play at Curzon this morning as teams in black and yellow bibs assembled for a fifty minute walkabout. At least that was the intention but Referee Alan Graham had to blow for several running offences early on. Terry Bertenshaw was a double offender, flirting with  a blue card and as the tally notched three, a Yellow penalty kick was missed by Mike Conroy.

Trevor Brereton put the Black’s in front, steering the ball past ‘Warren ‘Woz’ Taylor in the yellow goal. Woz is a new recruit but played in goal due to an injury – he did well, particularly in the first half showing agility and speed in dealing with  a couple of low shots.

Woz not Warren

Yellow’s potent strike force of Wingrove , Barry Smith Jarvis and Conroy (deeper today) – fed by the nimble and mobile Hampson were not having much luck on the narrow pitch, which on reflection was a little TOO narrow.
George Fieldhouse was showing some clever touches on the ball but Yellow’s efforts drew a blank.
I think there was just the one goal in it at half-time.

As the teams turned around the wind appeared to drop just a little. Bertenshaw fired in a shot which squirmed in off goalkeeper Taylor – a hint of good fortune for Terry. Joe Bemrose added another after making the most of a great, incisive through ball from Richards, distributing well in a Black bib.
A penalty at either end was either saved or off target – this sanction is spurned as often as capitalised upon. From memory Burrows and Wingrove were the kickers.
With White, Brereton and Bertenshaw in Black always busy the game was slipping away from Yellows as Bertenshaw added a fourth goal.
Partington and Burrows were the bedrock for Black’s and Garry Pearce playing as a right wing back was making inroads into yellow territory on a regular basis. The experienced Yellow defensive line up included Fielding and Lake but they could not hold back the Black’s attacking invention on the day.
Yet more luck for Bertenshaw as another Bemrose pile-driver – on target – clipped his heel and took a cruel deflection leaving Taylor stranded.
A runaway win that wasn’t really. The finishing, and lady luck intervened rather than any gulf between the two teams. On another day things may have been very different.
The teams…Pic:Alan Graham (thanks for Refereeing Alan)
Photo credit: Alan Graham



April 27th. 2018

Trevor Brereton reports….

Undeterred by the inclement weather we had ten hardy amblers turnout for what proved to be a terrific tussle. Plains looked comfortable from the off, moving the ball well, and looking the more likely to make the breakthrough. Plains Mike Caldwell hovering near the yellows “d” had their best chances, but couldn’t find a way past Partington. Plains went close to taking the lead when a low Brereton drive, was superbly pushed away by Partington, unfortunately no camera’s were present this morning. Yellows had largely been kept at bay, with little to trouble keeper Bradshaw. Approaching half time plains couldn’t capitalise on their dominance, would they live to rue their missed chances. For the first ten minutes of the second half we experimented with the three touch rule. Yellows seemed to adapt better to this rule, and firmly established a foothold on the game. Yellows took the lead when Garry Pearce found himself free on the right, and with a powerful toe-poke, left Bradshaw with no chance. The game was a little more strung out now, which yellows capitalised on as Wingrove found Bemrose in space, and Joe un-leashed the “hammer”, to put his side 2-0 ahead. Plains soon replied when a free kick straight off the training ground , saw Hampson fire past Partington. As plains pushed for an equaliser their defence was found wanting, as Bemrose fed Wingrove, who slotted the ball past Bradshaw
In the closing stages plains Brereton fired narrowly wide and Conroy hit a post. With 2 mins remaining Brereton pulled a goal back for plains with a left foot shot past Partington. There was to be no equaliser, as yellows held on in what was a very enjoyable game, well refereed by Alan Graham.

Yellows 3- Pearce, Bemrose, Wingrove.
Plains -2- Hampson Brereton

Monday April 23rd. 2018
Yellows 4 (Smith 2, Bertenshaw, Partington)  Blues 3 (Hampson, Jarvis (?) Conroy)
Alan Richards writes…
I filmed the game at The Nash today so I’ll keep the words to minimum.
some VIDEO HERE <opening exchanges>
By George! It’s April 23rd. I only caught a brief glimpse of ‘our’ George today…as the numbers were even he didn’t play in the game.
A 4-3 win for Yellows. Five a side – numbers down a tad – but the bigger pitch meant a few allowances were made when the pace picked up a bit. Fair enough. Ball players to the fore I thought and everyone had their share of that ball.
Acting as footsoldier for ball retrieval duties meant I missed a goal or two but most of the match was captured for posterity.
<more first half video>
Shooting ranged from sublime to sub-standard but you won’t need me to tell you that.
Particularly impressed with Barry Smith, looking tanned and refreshed from a sunshine break. Is he wasted between the sticks? His name sake Pete has just messaged me on Facebook – he’s in Spain ready for May 10th but his groin might not be. We will keep in touch with the situation down there.
Early doors second half video <here>
Mute the commentary if you don’t like it. No offence intended to anyone, my words are spontaneous and some might even make sense. A pleasure to be on the touchline and enjoy a coffee afterwards. Video controversy <penalty?>
Deep into the second half video here <click>
Congrats especially due to David Partington for the winning goal, he looked as pleased as punch and rightly so ! For a long time it looked like the Blues might take Yellow’s to the cleaners.
Partington finds the winner – click link below.
<time for Party>
Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing in his inimitable style.
Thanks also to Mark and the club – another season in the National League North assured for Curzon Ashton F.C..
Well done all !
Blues Blitzed by Bertenshaw. 20th.April 2018
David Partington reporting
Local upholsterer Terry Bertenshaw covered himself in glory today, scoring 4 goals in his  Yellow bibbed team’s 5-1 . Blues goalkeeper Partington ,wearing his brand new goalkeeper gloves used them to pick the ball out of the net after two powerful strikes from Bertenshaw the first flying past the bemused keepers head ,the next one was a good team move with that man Bertenshaw  showing what a top class finisher he his , his third goal left ‘keeper Partington on his backside thinking he had wasted his money on those new gloves.
Bertenshaw – in less threatening mode last year.
3-0 at half time the Blue’s  played that little bit better and were awarded a penalty after 3 runs, and Badger Burrows put it to Mark Bradshaw’s right giving him no chance 3-1.  Another penalty next for the yellows, once again  Bertenshaw stepped up make it  4-1. The goalkeeper made a save at last from Bertenshaw on for the rebound to go straight to Pete Ward who slotted the ball home 5-1  to the Yellow’s who  team were very good in possession with Garry Pierce and Alan Gerlish playing the ball out very well from the back.  Blues team were a little short on defenders  but it was just one of those days. Stewart White worked hard with Joe Bemrose but could not trouble Yellow ‘keeper Bradshaw.  Mike Conroy was always in the game so to was new boy Warren. Mike Caldwell was always a willing target man but in the end blues were well beaten.
 –  but not quite a piece of cake for Yellow’s
……………by a staff reporter
BLUES 1 (Conroy)  YELLOWS 3 (White 2, Richards)
A Bakers dozen ! Thirteen payers and players at The Nash this morning. At £2 it’s a bargain buy. George Fieldhouse and Mark Bradshaw boosted numbers and played in goals.  Steve Foster and Barry Thickett were also in attendance. It was good to see Stewart White back in the fold after his  ribs , (broken at Burnley and not yet fully  healed) was  well enough to return to internal sessions.
Teams selected with Blue and Yellow Bibs . The Yellows had inferior numbers but with Mark Bradshaw between their posts to redress the advantage. A stiff breeze – so familiar of late – was keeping the temperature down but there were few woolly hats on view today, and fewer pairs of long trousers, could Spring be almost upon us?
Good early exchanges and the balance of power tipped the Yellow’s way when Richards’ shot hit the post and rebounded into the path of White – who’s own shot cannoned in off the same post.
White – clearly settling back in quickly to his walking football, added a second after a good through ball from Richards.
Stewart White
Hampson was a dangerous Blue, always mobile and linking well with Conroy going forward. Peter Jarvis also a threat and enjoying support from defensive pairing Fielding and Pearce.
For Yellows,  Wingrove went close with a couple of shots but Fieldhouse did well in goal . Rob Lake and Keith Burrows were the defensive rock upon which Yellows secured and  consolidated their lead. Two up at the break it wasn’t long before a fine ball from Wingrove powerful and playing with his head up, found Richards on the edge of the ‘D’ and he slotted coolly past Fieldhouse to give Yellows what looked like an unassailable lead. Cue Conroy. Stepping up to take a penalty ‘flamingo’ style. A third team run had given him the chance to reduce the arrears but Bradshaw was equal to his spot kick.
Both teams were energetic and the play was end to end. Pearce – who covered 6,500 steps in the game always active on the right, looking and finding support from Bemrose and Jarvis as the Blues forayed forward.
Not to be discouraged after his penalty was saved,
Mike Conroy lashed in a goal soon afterwards. Consolation perhaps because at 3-1 up the lead still looked secure. A superb back heel from White met Richards at the D’s apex and Fieldhouse tipped his snap shot over his own head and for a moment it looked like it might fall behind him and cross the line. It didn’t , and that was the limit on goals. A three-one win then, and a well contested game played in a sporting manner, as usual.
Barry Thickett took some photographs, and we hope to see some of them soon – thanks Barry.
Thanks also to Mark Bradshaw & Curzon for facilitating the game once more. Some of us will return later (7-45pm k.o.) for a vital first team game versus NUNEATON….you couldn’t say that about Stewart’s cakes ( I had four ! ) …they went very well indeed. Thanks Stewart, and a belated Happy Birthday from all of us. Good to see you back.________
Good team shot
Stewart goes round with the cakes – pic. Barry Thickett


Curzon, April 13th


Trevor Brereton reports…

Trevor Brereton

Quite a low turnout of 12 runners (walkers) this morning, for various reasons, but a welcome return for Alan Gerlish, back in the saddle after 18 months on the sidelines.

Plains made the early running , and went close when the nimble Brereton fired narrowly wide. Yellows resistance didn’t last long , as Brereton fired a “Crisp” left foot drive, just inside keeper Bradshaw’s left hand post. Plains lead didn’t last ” fur long “, as following a fine move Gerlish showed his pedigree with a fine finish. Yellows seemed to settle at this point, and began to gain the bulk of possession with the “grey” Hampson , showing good form, and the fleet of foot Seddon “going well”. At the halfway point it was neck and neck , as both teams looked to get their noses in front. The pace was increasing, when ref Pearce told the players to “reign” it in. Yellows took a deserved lead when their “mane” goal threat Wingrove fired high into the net from close range. A yellows victory looked “odds on” but plains had chances, with Caldwell going close, and Burrows firing narrowly wide. Yellows looked to seal victory, but found ” thoroughbred ” Partington in fine form. Even “War horse” Partington couldn’t prevent Gerlish capping a fine performance, with his second goal of the game. With yellows in the “home straight” plains could do little to narrow the gap. A deserved victory for yellows who outstayed the gallant plains. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing today’s game.
Good to see the injured Steve Foster in attendance this morning.

Yellows – 3  Gerlish (2), Wingrove
Plains-     1 Brereton


April 9th. 2018

An absorbing game of eight v eight at The Nash this morning on one of the more distant pitches.
Blues versus Yellow bibs with little quarter given , some intelligent movement and passing, particular from the Y’s early doors.
Y’s took the lead when Mike Conroy cottoned on to a good pass and beat Bradshaw with his shot.
Steve Wingrove equalised for the B’s in the second half. After three team runs for Y’s Peter Jarvis stepped up to take a penalty and slotted the ball neatly passed a diving Partington. Sadly for Pete’s sake though he had taken a weight adjusting micro step and the goal was disallowed (with no retake of course).
One thinks justice was served as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing. Alan Graham on the sidelines with Barry Thickett and Steve Foster (limping badly) Also to Mark BRadshaw, as ever for facilitating these superb sessions.
Sorry it’s a bit brief today but I’ve got a fence to finish off and a gate to make (It’s gonna be hell folks!) If anyone wants to add anything at all please feel free.

The Nash Amblers gathering April 9th. 2018




March 30th Ashton
Yellows-2,  (J Smith, Brereton)
Plains-1, (Bertenshaw)

Trevor Brereton reports….

A very creditable turnout of twelve Amblers this morning , and a terrific game ensued. As occasionally happens Mark Bradshaw was the “extra man”, taking goal for the yellows in the first half. As the game kicked off yellows were using the extra man count, with some great passing, and flowing moves. After peppering Nixon’s goal early on, yellows eventually broke through, when after a slick move , the returning John Smith finished well .

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Plains keeper Bradshaw was kept on his toes as Bertenshaw threatened an equaliser . Terry was left frustrated as Bradshaw pulled off a number top drawer saves to deny the Audenshaw Aguero. Yellows doubled there lead when Brereton collected a ball on the right and found the corner of the net. Yellows pressed for a third, but went into half time with a “dangerous ” 2-0 lead.

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As the second half got underway plains now had the extra man with Bradshaw taking goal for them. Yellows sacrificed attacking kingpin John Smith , as he took goal for them. Yellows were immediately on the back foot, as plains utilised the extra man passing the ball well, as they looked for a way through the yellows defence. When plains did find a way through, yellows tanned keeper John Smith could have been mistaken for Willy Caballero, as he made some excellent saves. The plains pressure eventually told when midway through the half Bertenshaw turned two defenders and finished in inimitable style.

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  • Plains were flying now, but yellows Foster, Fielding, and P Smith , defended with Italian discipline. Plains keeper Bradshaw was a mere spectator as yellows ” parked the bus”, Partington urged his troops forward for one last effort. Plains had worthy attempts  from Burrows, Conroy, and Hampson, but couldn’t get the goal they so desired, and  it proved a “Good Friday” for yellows,in what was a fascinating, tactical encounter.
  • Very little running today, and a total lack of controversy, in a game excellently refereed by Garry Pearce Good to see Bob Derbyshire come down to watch the game.
26th. March PAYING THE PENALTYOne-one at The Nash
Alan Richards writes…
With some players held up in traffic it was a slightly disjointed start to the game today.
6v6 kicked off and within a minute or two Blues had a penalty as Barry Smith wandered into his defensive’D’.  Peter Jarvis took the kick illegally but slotted it wide anyway.
With the teams re-jigged an 8 v. 7 game Yellows meant had numerical advantage but at half time it was deadlock at nil-nil. A Yellow penalty  ( 3 runs)was put wide by Barry Smith (3 runs) and Blue also missed a spot kick with Partington’s effort also off target.
They shall not pass – only one did
Halfway through the second half a fine shot from Keith Burrows put the Blues ahead.
Yet another penalty for running (slow down guys) saw Rob Lake step up to the plate to bury the ball into the back of the net.

Rob Lake
His technique however ( described as  a hop) was judged illegal and it looked like the Blues were going to win against the odds.
Late on though there were three more Blue running offences in relatively quick succession, and yet another penalty ensued. This time Conroy took the kick and made no mistake both in placement or technique to grab a late equaliser for Yellows. Well done Blues for almost pulling off a great result.
Reminder: This is walking football.
Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing.
Please note:The session on Good Friday will go ahead as normal.
Pic. Stewart White

23rd.March 2018 Plains sailing at The Nash…

Trevor Brereton Reports….

Plains -4, Conroy (2), Seddon, Wingrove
Yellows- 2, Ward, Bertenshaw.

Even without a few notable absentees, we still had a healthy turnout of fifteen able Amblers, and Mark Bradshaw, who was to goal for the yellow team. Plains dominated early on , so it was no surprise when Wingrove gave them the lead with a low drive. Soon after their lead was doubled when Seddon finished well from close range. Plains were exuding confidence now, which was only heightened when Conroy struck a fine third goal for them. Three almost became four as a Brereton drive cannoned off the crossbar. David Partington in the plains goal had little to do , as plains went into the break with an emphatic lead.


Yellows came more into the game in the second, half and gave themselves hope when Pete Ward found space on the left, his shot hit the inside of the post, and somehow found its way in despite the best efforts of Partington. Yellows could sense an unlikely comeback was on the cards, and Partington had to be at his best to make saves from Bertenshaw and Pearce. The veteran keeper could do nothing to stop a trademark low Bertenshaw drive, as yellows had plains on the rack. The pace of the game was increasing as yellows were penalised for a third running offence. Mike Conroy despatched a textbook penalty low to Bradshaw’s left, to once again give plains breathing space. Yellows almost reduced the deficit when that man Nixon almost replicated his legendary goal against Burnley. Latching onto a pass from the left, from distance the unchallenged Chairman caught the ball on his laces, it was heading into the top right hand corner, but somehow Partington got across to push the ball out for a corner.. Late in the game yellows were awarded a pen (3 runs),
Burrows stepped up, but Partington foiled the yellows once again.. So an entertaining game, with minimal contact , and some fine play from both teams. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing.

Yellows, Nixon, Bertenshaw, Bradshaw, Jarvis, Ward, Foster, Burrows, Pearce
Plains, Partington, Brereton, Lake, Fielding, Corbyn, Wingrove, Seddon

WHITE HEAT in the cold as Bibs reel…
19/3/18 ….Alan Richards writes..
A stiff breeze blowing but blue skies were predominant  overhead and the old 3g. looked in pristine condition this morning with all the snow done and dusted.
6 v 6 with Alan Graham Refereeing and evenly matched teams as a first half of flowing walking football followed with one team in Plain shirts, the other in yellow bibs.
No goals in the first half but some went close to opening their account at both ends. Bradshaw kept goal for Yellows and Partington started off for Plains in the custodian role.
Hadge Cooper suffered a recurrence of his groin injury later and took up goalkeeping duties. Maybe a few weeks rest for the groin strain that’s been troubling the Denton man.
With deadlock at half time as the teams turned around it didn’t take long for Stewart White to put Plains in front. A clenched fist and an audible ‘yess’ as the ex-Surveyor’s  accomplished finish found the back of the net. He doubled the lead a few minutes later.
White completed his hat trick and the yellow bibs were beginning to look a little jaundiced. They did not give up. Bertenshaw strove tirelessly to filter balls out to Richards and Smith,who in turn mustered shots on goal, and Fielding was always prompting from the rear. Garry Pearce connected well only to see his fierce shot cannon off a post.
Bemrose at the other end shot wide and Bradshaw kept Plain’s  more accurate efforts at bay. Then Pearce struck in fine style to reduce the arrears. A pearler of a curler, with the outside of his foot to fox a defiant Cooper who had been resisting everything the Bibs threw at him…even with his   strained groin !
Then by a late twist of fate, a third team run brought a penalty for Bibs and a chance to make it 2-3. Interestingly there was no change of goalkeeper this time and the slightly challenged Cooper remained to face the pocket rocket shot of ‘blaster’ Bertenshaw. The Guide Bridge Upholsterer rifled a shot that bulged the net but, sofa so good for Plain’s as that pesky micro step saw the ‘goal’ disallowed and the threat of a Bibs recovery was over. Kaput. Dusted and done, extinct, snuffed out and kyboshed.
A good game though with thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing, and to Mark and our Curzon club for facilitating.
NOTE: anyone who was thinking of attending next Monday night’s first team game with Nuneaton be aware the visitors have called it off due to the international commitments of three of their England youth players.
Tomorrow an Ambler’s  Representative team travel to Premier League territory to take on Burnley Community in their excellent indoor ‘elite’ training centre at Turf Moor. The team will be Burrows/ Fielding/ Tipping/White/Richards/Brereton and Conroy and Garry Pearce will Referee. Watch out for the video appearing from tomorrow night. Thank you all.

And so it came to pass on the day we paid our respects to Goalkeeper Jim Thompson an early start saw a good turnout at ‘The Nash’…as Trevor Brereton reports….

Curzon March 16th 2018

As the early stages of the “beast from the east 2” set in, today’s game was at the very least a feast of fun. . Fourteen players this morning with two new additions Keith and Maurice. Yellows took an early lead when Bertenshaw was quickest to a loose ball, and fired past Bradshaw. Yellows lead didn’t last as Joe “hammer” Bemrose levelled for plains with a powerful left foot strike. As the second half got underway plains Tipping and White were containing the clear and present danger of Bertenshaw.

___________Plains had plenty of firepower of their own, with Conroy looking to test Yellow’s Alan Graham at every opportunity. Plains took a deserved lead when Brereton rifled a shot which struck the underside of the bar, and went in off the unfortunate Grahams leg. From the resulting re-start plains were caught cold, as Bertenshaw fired in from distance with his trusty left peg. Yellows goal poacher extraordinaire Caldwell brought a smart reflex save from Bradshaw as yellows looked to re-take the lead.. Yellow’s Alan Graham, who was also refereeing the game had to leave the pitch with a sore calf muscle. Plains now with a man advantage looked for a winner, but couldn’t find a way past David Partington ,as the game ended in another “Desmond” An exciting game with little running or contact, a credit to all who took part
.Thanks to player/referee Alan Graham.

Plains 2 – Bemrose, Brereton
Yellows 2- Bertenshaw (2)


Amblers today. Pic: Alan Richards


March 12th.2018


Blues 1 (Bertenshaw)  Yellows 0

Healthy numbers consisting of regulars at Curzon today. Still we find it difficult to attract new faces. Maybe we should try harder.  The critical mass which would mean two games would be possible is still elusive.
9 v. 9 then on a tight pitch. More space would have been advantageous. The first half was goalless, Steve Wingrove’s missed penalty the closest (for three very early Blue team runs) to a breakthrough for either team but the fact is it would have been disallowed for a micro step according to Referee Alan Graham seconds later.
Colin Fielding bronzed and back from his extended stay in Spain, and Garry Pearce  held firm at the back along with  George Fieldhouse in goal for Yellows (first half) who was in defiant mood.

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Goalkeepers Bradshaw and Fieldhouse stayed put at their respective ends as the second half saw Yellows ascendant. As often happens in walking football a goal at the other end saw Blues get their noses in front. A shot from Bertenshaw, after a pass from Pete Ward ricocheted off the bar to cross the line.
Yellows pressed hard to get back on terms, and hit the frame of the goal three times in the space of ten short minutes! As the seconds  ticked away it looked like a narrow Blues win but a penalty was awarded for three team runs. Up stepped Trevor Brereton but wait! Blues controversially decided to change goalkeepers so David Partington could face the penalty kick. Jeers were heard – a rare sound at The Nash sessions – but unperturbed the seasoned Partington got down to Brereton’s spot kick to push the ball wide for a corner. Once again if the ball had found the net the penalty would have been ruled illegal due to that critical issue of a weight shifting micro-step. We heard later that Fieldhouse had a sore hand, which made his clean sheet on the day even more of an achievement.

George Fieldhouse – clean sheet

A narrow one nil win for Blues then, perhaps described as against the run of play.
Thanks to those who added to the late  Jim Thompson’s cash collection. Also to Alan Graham for Refereeing this game today and to Barry Thickett for the photograph below. We hope to see you  <here> soon Barry



The Nash Amblers today – pic: Barry Thickett



March 9th Curzon Ashton..


Trevor Brereton reports…

Although some of the “big guns” were missing, it didn’t detract from what was a high quality 7 v 7 affair on a balmy Ashton morning. Yellows started well dominating possession, without really testing blues keeper Burrows. Blues did however succumb to the yellows pressure when Brereton intercepted a loose ball, and slotted past Burrows. Both teams were moving the ball well, with John Smith and Mike Conroy the creative force for blues. For yellows Stephen Hampson was covering ground like a manic Jeremy Corbyn.


Blues came close to an equaliser, with a powerful strike that yellows keeper Nixon touched on to a post.

Half-Time: Yellows 1 – Blues 0

It was all to play for as the second half got underway, as the tempo increased. Yellows increased their lead, with a flowing move, starting with keeper Nixon, involving a massive FOUR passes , and ending with Caldwell steering the ball past Burrows. Blues were looking comfortable until, from a free kick Mike Conroy fired past Nixon. Blues revival didn’t last long, as Bertenshaw put yellows 3-1 ahead with a well taken goal. Blues kept plugging away, but struggled to get the better of Tipping and Pearce, who is becoming more of a defensive titan with every game.

Absent for the Blues today

Yellow increased their lead when Brereton finished well when one on one with keeper Dave Partington. Yellows were threatening to walk riot now, and capped a fine performance, when another back to front move was finished in seconds by Hampson . bish bash bosh !! . Keeper Partington made some fine saves as yellows pressure was unrelenting Blues had a chance to reduce the deficit with a late penalty, only for Nixon to make a fine save. Only five runs penalised, and little contact, as we had a ball on the sun kissed 3g. Thanks to referee Alan Graham , and the non playing Mark Bradshaw.

Yellows – 5-  Brereton (2),  Bertenshaw, Hampson , Caldwell

Blues – 1- Conroy


March 5th.2018
Blues 1 (Pearce o.g.) Yellows 1 (Conroy)
Blue Monday fightback to level a Conroy Corker
Alan Richards writes…
 Laid up for a week due to some fairly extreme winter weather for these parts, fifteen Amblers were raring to go today. Joined by Goalkeeper Mark Bradshaw and Refereed by Alan Graham they served up a close encounter with just two goals between them. Both coming in the first half.
David Carter putting in a fine shift in goal for Blue was desperately unlucky with the first. He saved a shot low down but the ball bounced off him to roll to the edge of the ‘D’ and despite his best efforts he couldn’t prevent a pounce from Mike Conroy to open the Yellow’s account.
Blues were pressing to get back on terms and strikers White (back from a lay off with ‘flu) and Bertenshaw were opening up the Yellow defence but the threats were low level until White got hold of the ball and shot goalward. The ball took a deflection off Garry Pearce’s shoulder and evaded Bradshaw to equalise.
H:T 1-1
The second half ebbed and flowed but neither team could find a breakthrough. Blue’s Bertenshaw came closest when his deflected shot was blocked brilliantly by Bradshaw to keep the scoreline level. Stephen Hampson – often brisk – jinked his way through the Blue defence on more than one occasion but his efforts came to nought in the end. Very few running offences and half a dozen ‘contacts’.Thanks to George for the picture.  The young lady on the end is Eric Leach’s daughter Madeleine.    (Hope I’ve spelt that correctly)

Mellow Yellows 1 (Bertenshaw)-  Breezy Blues 1 (Smith B)

Alan Richards reports
Fourteen and rising. We were joined by Barry Thickett and David Carter on the touchline and Mark Bradshaw on the pitch along with group regular ball retriever and relative youngster George Fieldhouse.
A very cold day with a biting wind saw a variety of winter headgear, long pants and thermals with just a few brave souls in shorts.
Such a close first half. The Yellow team with an array of smaller, low centre of gravity men like Bertenshaw, Hampson and Jarvis, complemented by the burly Wingrove looked to have the advantage going forward. But it was Hadge Cooper who came closest early on – hitting a post.
When one considers the bulwark like qualities of Robert Lake, John Smith, the willingness of Richards to track back and the steady head of Pearce in defence, the half time deadlock came as little surprise.
Some fine football. Yellows prompted by a buoyant Nixon – fresh from his exploits at Burnley – and the wise head of Partington.
H:T 0-0
The second half was not very old when a fine move, beginning with John Smith saw Alan Richards flick a lifted pass to Barry Smith to the left of the goal. Unhesitatingly Smith smashed the ball goalward from an acute angle, to evade Nixon and nestle in the net.
Yellows were stung into action and pushed forward with real purpose. Lake was simply magnificent, as was Garry Pierce playing a right wing back role today, given that our Referee was Alan Graham – who is now awaiting a knee replacement.
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It’s not often Terry Bertenshaw leaves the field without a goal and today was no exception. A low strike, almost blocked on the line by a cat like leap to his right from Bradshaw , who got down instantaneously but couldn’t hold the ball which seemed to roll over his arm to just cross the goal line.
the game could have gone either way a this point but it remained deadlocked. Peter Ward was highly mobile, and creative for Blues  but intelligently refined his pace so as not to concede a late penalty for running. Trevor Brereton grafted for his team too in his inimitable way. George Fieldhouse – flexible in changing teams half way through, was not exploiting his youth but walking particularly well with short, measured steps.
An entertaining morning , and a civilised game played in great spirit on a day when  emerging video from the weekends ‘People’s Cup’ competition and  reminded us what a walking football  can look like when Refereed weakly, and  played by those who do not share our values and our ethos.
Burnley and Swansea Under 23 squads were arriving as we were leaving.  Many of the ‘Swans’ wired for sound as they disembarked the team coach.A 2-00pm kick off.  I made a point of mentioning last weeks friendly to the Burnley delegation to express our thanks to the club for the reception we got on Thursday.
Trevor Brereton reports from  The Nash…Friday February 23rd….

Sunny and chilly this morning at Curzon, with a few stalwarts missing, we still had fourteen amblers, enough for a tight even contest. Yellows were quick out of the blocks, and had chances, but nothing that seriously threatened plains goalie Partington. Always a good bet for the first goalscorer, plains marksman Bertenshaw carved out an opportunity and finished clinically, leaving keeper Bradshaw rooted to the spot. Yellows had no shortage of firepower, and it was the returning Steve Wingrove who fired in their equaliser from close range. Buoyed by their swift reply, yellows took the lead when put through by a neat Caldwell pass, Brereton finished well from just outside the “D”. In the second half Gordon Nixon took over goalkeeping duties from Partington in the plains goal. Yellows looked to finish the plains off, with Caldwell and John Smith going close. As the game wore on yellows sat back,  looking to hold on to their narrow lead.  This strategy led to plains Bertenshaw going close to an equaliser on at least two occasions. Bradshaw saved well from Terry, when a goal looked nailed on. Last week Bertenshaw scored at the death , and after a mazy walk, it looked like deja vu all over again, only to  see him fire wide , with just the formidable figure of Bradshaw to beat. So a good game, enjoyed by all , with little contact or running. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing.

Yellows 2 (Wingrove, Brereton)

Plains 1  (Bertenshaw)

With battle hardened regulars missing in the action….militaristic thoughts sprang to mind…
Alan Richards reports from The Nash front line….
With a few regulars seemingly AWOL this morning at The Nash, the teams wore black and yellow bibs as Referee Pearce had turned up in the latest addition to his Refereeing wardrobe – a shade of green which this colour defective visionary managed to recognise. We missed our mentor Mark too, but carried on regardless.
Blacks: Lake / Smith J / Partington /Richards/ Nixon
Yellow: Smith B / Hampson / Ward/ Cooper /Conroy/ Bertenshaw /
6 v. 5 then as the rain held off.
In sharp contrast to Rorke’s Drift the blacks were outnumbered but their defence was competent and held off the inevitable. The first strike delivered by Bombardier Bertenshaw , shooting his team ahead. Corporal Conroy adding comfort to the margin minutes later.
Ex-R.A.F. Richards hit a post for Blacks with a well timed shot – a superb through ball from Group Captain Gordon Nixon setting him up again moments later after a superb move assisted by Private Partington only for a side footed attempt at goal to be thwarted by the reflexes of Regimental custodian Barry Smith.
Renegade Bertenshaw defected to Blacks at the break. The balance of play began to shift. The wee man – Burnley bound on Thursday (don’t worry, he’s coming back)  – scored two to bring his new team level. The second a delightful dink over the prostrate personage of Barry Smith.
A quickly taken free kick (for overhead height) from Lieutenant Lake found John ‘the General’ ‘Smith well positioned to rifle the ball home. Disgruntled Yellows, Colonel’s Cooper and Conroy complained there had been no whistle. To be fair I am not sure a whistle stopped play but it certainly did not restart it. Referee Pearce was adamant,  and he was having none of the protestations,  sothe goal stood. Murmuring in the ranks was soon stifled.
Hampson was busy and energetic trying to find an equaliser but it seemed Yellows had shot their bolt. With Lake’s deep defending and Partington’s Field-Marshal standard goalkeeping, an equaliser never looked likely until Conroy went close from a tight angle. 3 – 2 was the final score.
A spirited, top rank contest . Thanks to our Referee Mr.Pearce.
Friday February 16th..Trevor Brereton reporting….

With the weather much improved compared to recent match days, it was a 7 v 7 this morning at the Nash. Against the run of play yellows took the lead with a fine effort, just what the doctor ordered from Foster. Blues pressure eventually paid off when Brereton restored parity from close range. Blues defender Tipping took a tumble, trying desperately to stay on his feet, but eventually hitting the deck. Later in the game John Smith also went down in similar, but less spectacular fashion, having to settle for the silver medal, fortunately no harm done in either case. In the second half blues took the lead with a fine solo effort from  Smith J, giving them a deserved lead. Blues held the lead until late in the game, when Bertenshaw capitalised on a loose ball to slot home. With four minutes remaining yellows scored the deciding goal, a pen (3 runs) from Bertenshaw. A very enjoyable game , with little running, or contact, well refereed by Garry Pearce.

Yellows 3
Blues 2


February 9th Triple ‘A’ day – Adept, Adroit, Acceleration…
Some good play at The Nash today but let’s face it this wasn’t really ‘walking football’ was it?
10 v. 9 by my reckoning on  what looked a crowded pitch some good skills on show though.
A pleasure to see Mark Bradshaw playing outfield  and in his element – confirming my view that when more ex-pro’s get involved  (and walk, most of the time) then those currently seeking international berths at WFA ‘trials’ will be severely marginalised. That whole business is a nonsense to me. But I digress….the sun shone and a cold wind blew.
Woolly hats and long kecks the order of the day. I’m glad I called, I’m glad I wore a thick coat –  and I hope our underage guest players enjoyed the game. Click for  <photographs on Flickr>
Feb 5th. 2018 – The Joy of Six !
Such a pleasant morning at Curzon Ashton F.C. Chilly, but not the bone gnawing chill which proper cold weather clothing can stave off. Long Johns for me,  beneath tracksuit bottoms. Too much detail? Sorry.
6 v. 7 with Mark Bradshaw keeping goal for the Blues. A lively first half. Hardly any ‘contact’ and little running – none at all from a Yellow team in which yours truly was being noticed (rarity – thanks Mark). A Yellow team which took the lead through Trevor Brereton who struck the ball so sweetly after a flowing move involving four players, that even a young sharp reflexed man like Bradshaw was motionless as the net bulged under its force. Superb strike.
Superb performance from ‘Badger’ Burrows

Seconds later Terry Bertenshaw had replied for Blues. A low drive this one, which the excellent Keith ‘Badger’ Burrows could do nothing about. John Smith put the Blues in front before half time. Yellows had a Stewart White penalty saved (3 runs)

Bertenshaw (right) so able.

The second half was equally enjoyable. Referee Alan Graham kept the teams on their toes and their heels. Garry Pearce had a good game at right back for Yellows and almost found the net! Stewart White in Yellow bib, turning and twisting here, was not kicked or hacked down in poorly disguised  scything motions from behind.

Stewart White, on the right – it wasn’t THAT windy Stephen
Our playmates today are men we know well, men we can trust and men for whom we have, and enjoy a mutual  respect. For Blues Peter Jarvis and Terry Bertenshaw along with John Smith were instrumental (with others) in seeing that inferior numbers needn’t matter. Cooper was not alone in bringing fine reflex saves from Burrows. Bertenshaw sealed the win as he often does. Tameside’s  own Harry Kane, so very able.
Pearce and Smith J confer at the break

A highly enjoyable game – thanks to all, and to Mr.Graham for Officiating. Good to see Barry Thickett, who along with his Wife have had their share of misfortune lately.

Friends reunited – it’s been a while. Barry Thickett and our mentor Mark
It’s been a while.  Mrs.T had a nasty fall in Sardinia. Thanks for taking the team pic Barry – see you again soon.
Also George Fieldhouse for his unfailing ball retrieval – cheers George.
2/2/18 –  A Dozen group members throb at The Nash
Trevor Brereton reports…

A low turnout of only twelve Amblers, but nevertheless a pulsating game , enjoyed by all, with no lack of drama. Blues looked strong from the start, having the bulk of possession, without threatening Green’s goalkeeper Alan Graham. Greens were relying on their organisation, which worked well when Stewart White put them ahead with a fine finish past Mark Bradshaw. Before half time Greens increased their lead, again through that man White. Blues increased the pressure in the second half, but Partington and Brereton were defending resolutely, and Graham made some fine saves. Eventually with just a few minutes remaining blues man Bertenshaw found himself in space and finished well. As the seconds ticked away Blues were awarded a penalty (3 runs), which was converted by Bertenshaw, with the last kick of the game. So a “Desmond ” 2-2 it was, thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.

Blues 2 (Bertenshaw 2 – 1 pen)

Greens 2 (White 2)

The Yellow Peril –
Blues 1 (Smith P pen.)  Yellows  4 (White 2, Hampson, Bertenshaw)
Alan Richards reports…
After a couple of sessions played  in something resembling half decent weather, it was back to rain clouds and another semi-soaking today, especially in the first half.
As thirteen walking footballers bolstered by Bradshaw again making his mark in the Yellow goal the game was quite brisk and Yellow’s took the lead through Stewart White, and the same player doubled their advantage soon afterwards.
Despite some fluent football with Pete Smith pivotal the Blue were restricted to speculative shots, most of which went wide, or were comfortably dealt with by Bradshaw.
At the break it remained two-nil to Yellow, Blue Goalkeeper Partington performing some heroics up to this point but Steven Hampson found some space in possession to score with a dink over  David . Cooper moved forward for the Blues in an effort to increase penetration. Yellows were playing the better walking football in a virtually ‘contactless’ game. Bertenshaw made it four with a well taken effort. All looked lost but the Blues pressed forward and never let their heads drop.  Partington, now liberated from goal drove them forward. Some reward came in the shape of a ‘three runs’ penalty and Pete Smith converted a consolation goal from the spot with a well taken kick.

Our injury list is increasing. Mike Conroy (calf) and Gordon Nixon (hamstring) were missing today and on returning home a message from Steve Wingrove met me. He has ‘hurt his back’ and will be out for a few weeks. Bad news for The Nash Amblers. I will consult with the management team of John Smith & Stewart White as a matter of urgency about who is available if they deem a replacement necessary. ..STOP PRESS: Colin Fielding steps up to the plate.
Best of luck to all at Heywood on Thursday and to our two competition Referees.
F.C. United of Manchester 1 The Nash Amblers 3
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Events at The Nash ….January 26th. 2018 – Trevor Brereton reports…
A huge turnout of 20 Amblers, led to us using the big goals, for as I can recall, only the second time. As the game got underway with teams selected by Stewart White, blues started the better. With only a couple of minute’s on the clock, Brereton fired blues ahead, with a well placed shot, out of Bradshaws reach. Yellows were soon awarded a penalty as Carter stepped into the “D”. Goalkeeper Tipping made himself look big, as Burrows spot kick hit the outside of the post.
Blues took full advantage as they doubled their lead with a fine finish from John Smith. Smiths “Egghead” teammate Colin Fielding must have given his yellows team a “tongue lashing” at half time, as they piled the pressure on early in the second period. Blues defended doggedly , with Partington and Lake, along with “safehands” Tipping in goal. With the game seemingly “slipping away” from yellows, Bertenshaw gave them hope, with a trademark finish. With yellows looking for an equaliser a blues counter attack led to a goal from predator Mike Caldwell. Before you could say “hypoglossal” ref Gary Pearce blew the final whistle on a splendid mornings WF
January 22nd.2018 ….
Blues 3 (Bertenshaw 2, Smith)   Yellows 2 (Wingrove, White pen)
Blue v Yellow and 9 v 9 turnout on the 3g this morning.
Alan Graham Refereed the first half. Some good football played. Bertenshaw opened the scoring for the Blues and Bemrose went close too. Richards –  a rare goalkeeping stint – saved from Stewart White when he looked odds on to slot the ball past the reluctant rearguard.  That was about as close as Yellows came in the first half.  With another Referee Garry Pearce assuming control for the second period the Blues were still on top , underlined when Bertenshaw again found the net. Not to be outdone the Yellows egged on  by  ‘Egghead’ challenger Colin Fielding  scrambled forward to find Wingrove on the edge of the ‘D’ and he poached a goal. Could the Yellows lift the yoke of this one goal deficit and  crack the Blues defences once more. Within seconds John Smith scored a beauty from  a tight angle.  The game would not end over easy for Blues though and a third run presented White with a chance to pull one back. A classic penalty .  Right at the end a rising corner from Wingrove was half saved half fumbled on the goal line and the ball was very close to crossing the line. Garry Pearce was right on the spot to overrule claims of a Yellow equaliser and the game finished 3-2 to Blues.
A sad morning in some ways we heard of the death of Jimmy Armfield and at  the behest of Colin Fielding gathered around his statue to take a respectful photograph on the day of Jim’s passing.

Rest in Peace Sir, a veritable footballing legend.

Jimmy Armfield CBE 1935 – 2018
January 19th 2018 NEW FACES at the NASH…

A surprise awaited at the Nash this morning when numbers were dramatically increased with the introduction of about eight new men who have been developing nicely under the stewardship of Luke Davenport with ‘Active Tameside’

Thinking quickly two pitches were set up and on one twelve regular players took part in a much faster than normal game – not walking football – which ended in a 2 – 0 win for the Blues, goals from Pete Smith and Terry Bertenshaw.  I caught a couple of glimpses of this game and was frankly surprised at the speed and pace of it. My gaze did not linger long as my attention was grabbed by developments on the other pitch.

As you’d expect the more experienced walking footballers were ‘all over’ the newcomers at first, but sensible team adjustments saw a dramatic turnaround which gave everybody a fair crack of the whip. Well Refereed by Garry Pearce the more seasoned heads had time on the ball to express themselves and a little more space in which to move. the newcomers relished this opportunity now we had more of a level playing field. I do not know names yet but it was plain we have some promising players developing. Nobody was too concerned by the score or who got the goals. Once the yellow ship had been steadied a little the game was even, and played like walking football should be played. I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch, hopefully next week.

Speaking with some group stalwarts afterwards opinion was divided. Some enjoyed the faster game, but others didn’t. Alan Graham pertinently said if 15 players want to play football and just ONE wants walking football we should play 8 v. 8 WALKING FOOTBALL. That is contentious and at the end of the day at Ashton it’s neither Alan’s decision, nor is it mine.
Food for thought though , surely.

Welcome to the new players and if by any chance you see this then we hope to see YOU again soon. Thanks all.

January 15th…Yellow 1 (White pen) Plain 1 (Wingrove)
8 v. 8 at the Nash on this the fifteenth day of January 2018.
A very good turnout as the skies were slate grey and the rain was falling heavily as the first arrivals made the car park.
A very good game between sides selected by Mark BRadshaw. Guest goalkeeper Denis Cudahy , from Wigan Walkers and at the stadium for the Referee course that came later, had a distinguished debut in goal for Yellows. Timer and time again he thwarted the Plain men with a successions of blocks, outstretched fists and reflex saves.

Denis Cudahy
Well played Denis.
Wingrove put the Plains in front and they stayed there for a substantial part of the match.
A penalty for a third Plain run led to an opportunity from the penalty spot and Stewart White converted. Video assisted technology might have suggested a Micro step but Referee Alan Graham allowed the goal to stand and a draw it turned out to be.

Sarah ‘Sven’ Venning

Good to see Manchester County F.A.’s Recreational Football Development office Sarah ‘Sven’ Venning watching from the touchline, at times under a ‘brolly’ as the rain continued to come down in fits and starts.
Another close encounter for our walking footballers and thanks to Alan for Refereeing and to Mark and the club for facilitating.
The course that followed for prospective Ref’s was fully attended. Both absorbing and interesting it also involved about an hours play on the 3g in which everyone got a spell as Referee, under the watchful eye of Tom Elliott. It concludes on Friday, once again thanks to Curzon Ashton F.C. for providing the venue at extremely reasonable cost.  A short report on the first afternoon of the course appears on our ‘news’ page.

Pic. Mark Bradshaw
January 12th. 2018
Yellow 2  (Brereton, Caldwell)  Blue 1  (Smith P)
Another brisk game on a tight pitch for these numbers. 9 v. 8  and Blues had numerical advantage but could not breach Yellow defences until the very end.
Trevor Brereton put the yellows ahead with  a fiercely drilled ground-hugger through  a ruck of players which left Mark Bradshaw with no chance.
Your reporter today foolishly drew attention to his own feet with yellow trainers but he’s much happier with his astute identification of Mike Caldwell as our ‘acute angle’ specialist last week. This week Caldwell scored an unbelievable goal (from a Richards assist it could be said) from what looked like an impossible angle. Bravo ! Bring that trick to Heywood next month !!
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The Blues found a response right at the end with a goal from Pete Smith amidst some head height controversy. A good job it was not crucial to the eventual result. A win for Yellows but then how much does that matter?
Next week at Curzon some of us will be attending a Manchester County F.A. Referee’s course on both afternoons Monday & Friday in the Nash Bar. Half a dozen others from clubs around Manchester are also represented with candidates seeking accreditation.
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Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing this one.

January 8th. 2018  Yellows 1 (Wingrove) Blues 3  (Conroy, Bertenshaw 2)

A lively game in a cold and stiff breeze with a low sun – alongside a pair of vivid yellow trainers making vision difficult. Of course , we should have played ‘across’ easily achabvable now with our extra markers. We live and we learn…saying that though, those trainers were mine !
7 v. 7 Amblers with a welcome return to normal internal sessions for Mike Conroy (thigh) and Colin Fielding (back).

Blues raced to a three goal lead. Conroy striking first and then Bertenshaw adding two more. The rn count was high, too high. I think six penalties in total of which most were squandered by illegal kicks.
Steve Wingrove turned from running sinner to saint for yellow’s when he pulled one back from the spot. However, there was some doubt about his method with quick shuffle of the feet rendering his conversion  dubious to say the least.
With Referee Alan Graham totting up the trots but doing his level best to let the game flow the first half was a bit fragmented and scrappy.
After the short break play resumed under the gaze of Mark Bradshaw – watching from the touchline today. Passing improved slightly as the half wore on but there were no more goals.
There were more penalties, a conversion disallowed for Bertenshaw’s micro-step.
For everyones assistance a short video clip is linked below this report.
Some regulars missing again but fourteen is a healthy turnout and there is definitely a slightly different vibe to Friday – although I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.
Tea and biscuits afterwards.
( I particularly enjoyed the ‘Oat Nobblies’ dunked in coffee. – Ed)

onestep pen

pic. George Fieldhouse – the shadow !



Jan 5th. 2018

Yellows 2 (Bertenshaw 2, 1 pen)  Blues  (Burrows, pen) 1

A brighter sky at the Nash than we have been  used to but someone was missing, in fact two or three stalwarts were absent today which made the 17 turnout even more remarkable.

Mark Bradshaw the most noticeable absentee, and our mentor was missed.

We collected the gear and set up playing in an unusual direction across the 3g. The large quantity of new white marker cones facilitated this and we added extra width. As more and more players turned up we re-configured the length  thrice! – a luxury and a capability we must never take for granted. (Other groups might  kill for these facilities)

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    Blues (9 of ’em) met yellow (8 of ’em)  in a brisk game. One or two players were looking supercharged after  a seasonal break.
  • With too many runs the best scoring attempts came with FOUR penalties. ‘Keepers Partington and Nixon were both busy but the former, facing superior numbers was the busier.
    It may have been Terry Bertenshaw who opened the scoring. I was too busy rooting in my pockets for a missing fiver ( found it) to notice. Terry eventually got the winner from the penalty spot, those goals sandwiched by a missed penalty for Blues (Rod Seddon – was it judged illegal? – not sure) and a superbly taken penalty from Keith ‘Badger’ Burrows which levelled the score ten minutes from time.

Too much running. Remember this is a group 25% of which should soon be made up of F.A. qualified Referees. A time to think about how we are moving. The last thing any of us want to see and hear is a blue light and siren wailing up that long speed bumped approach to Tameside Stadium. Slow down ! Blue cards will be introduced and ‘time-out’ periods employed in the future at the special request of today’s Referee Alan Graham.

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    We’re guaranteed some sunshine on Monday as I’ve just bought a pair of ‘Solar Yellow’ trainers – in one of my wilder moments. I’ll call them my Kolarov’s.
    Wishing Stewart White a speedy recovery from a virus bug, and Mike Conroy from a thigh injury, plus all other absentee regulars – see you soon.
“Be a pass master, not a past master”………says one of our walking footballers
Mike Conroy (thigh injury) and David Wilson (other commitment) have withdrawn from the Reds squad for this game.  Lewis Bertenshaw is a doubt for the Rest after  a mix-up over dates. Jeremie Coulon  – the ‘Frenchmanc’ steps up for the Reds.
22.12.17   BRADSHAW JUNIOR BAMBOOZLES  THE BLUES…Trevor Brereton reports..

7 v 7
Christmas shopping was put on hold, for the fourteen amblers, who turned out for this mornings game. Yellows moved the ball well from the start with Emily Bradshaw ( just flown in from America – Ed) pulling the strings, and tying blues defenders in knots.  Yellows led through two goals from Alan Graham , before blues replied through Bertenshaw. Yellows took a 3 -1 lead when  Bradshaw junior found Caldwell, who finished well. In “Fergie” time Blues star man Bertenshaw reduced the deficit again. Time quickly ran out for the blues, as yellows, deservedly won a close and very enjoyable game, having played the better football throughout.

Yellows 3 –  Bradshaw M, Bradshaw E, Bemrose, Caldwell (1) White, Foster, Graham (2)
Blues 2- Bertenshaw (2) Coulon, Carter, Conroy, Brereton, Partington, Hampson


18.12.17 …On a murky Monday morning at The Nash….
Heroics from guest goalkeeper George Fieldhouse could not stop the Blues racing to a four goal lead on a murky Monday morning at the Nash.
I’m not sure who did the damage, but Peter Smith, Steve Hampson and Mike Conroy were a handful for a Yellow bibbed defence.
The second half was a different story. We changed Referee’s as Mr.Pearce gave way to Mr.Graham, the latter having difficulty with his knees. Take care of them Alan.
Pearce did well in the second half, a key element of Yellow’s revival.
Yellows began pegging them back and the Blues self-inflicted running offences resulted in three penalties in short order. Fieldhouse saved the first from Stewart White, but John Smith made no mistake with the others. At 4-3 a recovery looked likely. Bemrose I think it was hit the Blue’s fifth before Smith closed the gap once again with a well worked goal after White’s excellent pass. It finished five four to Blues and if I’ve got the goalscorers wrong forgive me. I got other things wrong this morning and was penalised for running myself – not once but TWICE! It was a game with lots of running…maybe it was the cold air which invigorated legs and lungs.
Personal note: Many thanks to Garry Pearce for his unique gift of a pictorial calendar for yours truly…
…I can now pin many of you up on our kitchen wall as a year long reminder of our sessions together. Also  a permanent reminder of our walking football days – thanks Gaz.
Thanks to Mark and the club for facilitating the game today and twice weekly, and to both Referee’s for their sterling work.
Today’s teams…
Pic: Mark Bradshaw

A dozen Ambler’s have received recognition of their efforts at Heywood in the G.M.W.F. league last Autumn in  an engraved, personalised case.  Division One Runners (Walkers!) up for the second successive season.            Beyond that we will save the fanfares until we actually win something , but well done to all on a valiant effort. Above it was enjoyable for the most part



Yellow 3 (Bertenshaw 2, 1pen. Brereton) Blues 3 (Caldwell 2, Smith)

8 v. 7 at The Nash until David Carter turned up a bit late to square things off. John Smith opened the scoring for Blues and Mike Caldwell doubled their lead with a powerful toe bung from an acute angle whiche evaded stalwart stand-in ‘keeper Nixon still nursing his hamstring.
Bertenshaw replied for Yellows. The game was peppered with some slick passing movements all could admire. Rather fewer wild shots than normal in my guesstimation and of those that were on target Nixon got a foot or a leg to, to defy the Blue onslaught. At the other end Brereton’s fierce ground hugging drive was parried by Bradshaw. I think Brereton got the equaliser – fully deserved but Caldwell put the Blue’s noses in front again from an even tighter angle. At 66 he was attracting the interest of Strider’s Scouts as the Over 65 league approaches in the New Year.
In the final minute three team runs from Blues resulted in a penalty – despatched by Bertenshaw to make it honours even abd a three-three draw. A splendid game, expertly Refereed by Garry Pearce – thank you Gaz. A little more contact than normal, but all penalised efficiently by this vocal and highly efficient man in black.


Photo: David Partington


December 11th. 2017

E.C.C. Kazakhstan 2  (Wingrove pen,  White)  Green Bibs 1 (Partington)

With his slightly colour defective vision the co-ordinator was getting his excuses in early when he realised he couldn’t tell the green bibs from the orange !  Then, remembering the Kazkhstan versions were sitting in a bag in ‘Bob’ he despatched himself to retrieve them and the Orange’s immediate future became sky blue.

The snow on the ground brought frozen tundra to mind and those wide open plains of Asian permafrost in the world’s sixth largest country. (rambling a little – Ed.)

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George Fieldhouse had struggled manfully to clear the lines and get the game on.

Thanks George. The lock on the container was frozen too so we had a makeshift kit bag at short notice – thanks Mark.


The game was lively . With a low sun making visibility awkward both teams rose above it and played some fine walking football. Blues took the lead when an errant Partington strayed into his own ‘D’ and Wingrove strode up confidently to despatch a fine one step penalty leaving Bradshaw with no chance.

Partington redeemed himself quickly with a fine finish after he advanced up the pitch.
The frame of the goal was struck a couple of times and flowing combination passing moves brought chances for both teams. Gordon Nixon had an excellent game in the Blue’s goal.
It was the irrepressible Stewart White, mobile and dangerous all morning who popped up to strike the winner for Blues. It was a great turnout in the freezing cold weather and the quality of the walking football played was a credit to everybody involved.

Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing the game splendidly.

Today’s Referee Garry Pearce – with antenna

There was minimal running – maybe the surface slowed us down a little but contact was also noticeably absent most of the time.




8th.December 2018 – DEEP FREEZE AMBLERS – Blues 4 (Bertenshaw 2, Graham  2) : Yellow 2 ( White, Bemrose)

Sixteen walking footballers met on a bitterly cold morning to limber up and continue their quest for keen competition within a friendly format. They succeeded thanks in no small part to a fine performance from Garry Pearce our Referee renewed , recharged and fresh from the Transvaal, or somewhere similar.

With the back page of our local press  carrying major coverage of the Ambler’s competitive squad it was no surprise that turn out was good.

Terry  Bertenshaw put the Blues ahead, but Stewart White soon hit back for the Yellows.
Alan Graham , a formidable figure at the heart of the Blue team put them back in front and at half-time the Blues were leading by the narrowest of margins.

With temperatures seemingly dropping, these winter clad wonders, surely amongst the hardiest of their generation and a fine example to the double glazed, thermally insulated i-phone youth of today continued to play their hearts out in an effort to find a winner.
Joe Bemrose, often lurking on the right found a yard of space to beat Bradshaw and equalise. The Blue were not downhearted and looked to Alan Graham once more to restore their lead in fine style. When Yellow pushed for yet another equaliser it was the wee man Terry Bertenshaw who popped up in the right place to seal the game for Blues.


With this weekend’s Manchester derby in mind I’d say it might be an omen, but of course United don’t play in Yellow, and City don’t play in Royal Blue either and it’s not even the same game….but apart from all that , who knows? . A day pass with ‘Now TV’ beckons for me…where are you watching?
I know there’s at least a couple of ‘the gang’ who will be at Old Trafford. Enjoy

It was too bloody cold to linger long outside, so we did the customary group shot indoors.

Thanks to David Carter for the pic



4th.December 2017

Blues 3  (White, Bemrose, Brereton) Yellows 3 (Conroy, Bertenshaw, Leach)

An eight-a-side affair at ‘The Nash’ this morning brought a brisk encounter with too much contact. No regular Referee meant  Mark doing his best from the goalkeeping position but there’s no substitute for a fully focussed Referee, even in our internal games.
Blue bibs played Yellow and I think it was Blue who scored first through Stewart White. A fine equaliser from Mike Conroy soon followed – the Haughton Green man in good goal scoring form of late.

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    The game was quite feisty  in contrast to recent matches at The Nash.  Some players were sinners and sinned against,  but nobody could deny it was an enjoyable encounter. Both teams giving no quarter and the midfield was the battleground – albeit in a good spirit and there was no malice whatsoever.
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    Karen and Joe Bemrose

    Yellow went in front through Terry Bertenshaw,  but Trevor Brereton pegged them back to level the scoring. Trevor was buffeted a bit and given little time to settle on the ball a fate shared by several other players. The return of Eric Leach on the right flank for Yellows was marked by a good goal after he was left unmarked. At 2-3 the Blues looked beaten as the clock was running down but Joe Bemrose stepped up to the plate to beat ‘keeper Burrows for a deserved equaliser.

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  • Wingrove for Yellows and Pete Smith and Robert Lake  for Blues merit a mention today as driving forces behind their teams.

    Eric Leach…
  • All of  the players put lots of effort in today. Of course many passes went astray, or were blocked by the sea of legs on this tight pitch but it was another good Monday morning at the Nash for this impressive turnout. By and large the  same familiar faces , plus Eric of course who we’d not seen in  a while…. we need to perhaps to find a new tranche of players to introduce new options. Stewart, Colin and I will be doing our best tomorrow afternoon, as we speak to a large gathering of men who may be interested in exercise and re-connecting with a football. Those Under 65 and some over with football experience  will be directed to Curzon if they want to get active.A more frenetic affair than we’d seen at King Street earlier. We need a Referee, that’s beyond doubt but at the whistle it was handshakes all round. Good to see David Partington turn out despite being under the weather – thanks for the photo David.
    A good turnout in the brew room later, too.




November 27th.2017

7 v 7 at the Nash for a game that at times resembled football for Over 50’s. With Alan Graham doing his best to Referee whilst playing at the same time running was fairly rife, it has to be said. We almost NEVER play without a fully focussed Referee nowadays, and hopefully when we get more of them accredited and willing to play their part, we can make sure every game is Refereed.
I was a very close affair. Mark Bradshaw selected the teams. With winter very much in the air both teams warmed up and then set about trying to de-construct one another.

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The going was hard. There were several snatched shots on goal but nothing to worry either ‘keeper (Burrows black and Bradshaw yellow) too much.
As the game wore on it looked like a rare nil-nil was on the cards but with just two minutes to go a sweeping yellow move saw Mike Conroy latch on to a Terry Bertensahw pass and steer the ball home for the winner. Barry Smith smashed the ball against a post late on but that was the closest the Black team came.

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    Thaks to Alan Graham for doing his best with the whistle. To Mark Bradshaw and the club for facilitating, and to George Fieldhouse for the photograph.
    No game on Friday as the action moved to Heywood and the climax of the GMWFL. Gordon Nixon looked to be struggling a little today with his hamstring injury, it’s to be hoped he’s fit for the Bees.

Watch this space for a full report of how we fared. Incidentally the Christmas get together in The Nash Bar for Ashton AND Denton walking footballers & Co. is now catering for around the 53 mark !

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    Looking beyond Christmas there will be NO game on the 25th. (obviously) but WEDNESDAY the 27th. is available at The Nash for a novelty game of 
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The teams today: 




What a great game of 7 v. 7 walking football at The Nash this morning. Some players pushed the running envelope a little and as Referee I erred on the side of leniency but more importantly I did not blow my whistle a SINGLE time for ‘Contact’ Which shows you can have a vigorous, competitive match without touching your opponent in any substantial way whatsoever.
Black’s and Yellow’s were going at it with the zeal teenagers it has to be said. Evenly matched sides they were too.

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    Rod Seddon a master of the ‘speed walk’ with an action all of his own opened the account for Black’s. Yellow’s . led by the artistry of White and the predatory Brereton could not make much headway in th opening exchanges.
    With an assist from Mike Conroy (they use to call that ‘making’ a goal) Stephen ‘Give us a Game’ Hampson doubled the Black’s lead. He was popping up everywhere and bursting with enthusiasm, fresh from last nights guest appearance with Roach Dynamo in the friendly with Tameside Striders.
    Joe Bemrose hit back for Yellow with a very good goal from the right hand side. Hampson struck again however – after a warning about speed – with a superb goal that underlined Black’s supremacy.
    Terry Bertenshaw hit the post near the end and despite the closeness of the possession stats and the play itself, Black’s at the death were clear and emphatic winners.
    A photo will follow soon form Mark Bradshaw. Thanks to Mark and the club for facilitating.
    Let’s all put a note in our diary that on December 23rd. Curzon entertain Stockport County and let’s get as MANY OF US THERE AS POSSIBLE PLEASE TO CHEER ON OUR HOST CLUB .
    A NON – CONTACT DEFINITION “In a non contact game contact WILL occur. Not ALL Contact is a foul but ALL contact CAN be penalised if considered appropriate in the eyes of the Referee.”
    Thank You very much. Ed.
  • Yellow: Burrows Tipping Foster Bemrose  White Brereton Caldwell (?)
  • Blacks: Graham Partington Hampson Seddon Conroy Bertenshaw Smith
  • Pic: Mark Bradshaw





Blues – 3   (Brereton 2, Bemrose)

Yellows – 0

Eleven Amblers gathered under the gloom of a murky Monday morning sky at The Nash.
Mark Phillip, of the local Tameside Reporter was in attendance with his camera – thanks Mark.
Meanwhile our own regular Mark (Bradshaw) donned the gloves once again to equal up the numbers.
What followed was a competitive game once again with Referee Pearce keeping a close eye on contact, and running. Both were minimalized  and kept in check, only a certain Mr H, spritely as ever, gathering two offences to his name.

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  • Hadge Cooper was Yellow’s eye catcher in the first half with several superb crossfield passes finding team mates in decent positions.
    At half time it was goalless. Reporter Mark declaring some surprise for the ‘competitive’ nature of proceedings.
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    The Blues started to assert themselves in the second half as Trevor Brereton gave them the lead. White was the architect and Conroy & Bemrose played admirable supporting roles. It was Bemrose who doubled the lead midway through the second half and Brereton put the cherry on Blue’s cake with his second.
    It’s not often Terry Bertenshaw’s teams register ‘nil’ but so it was today. Proving this game can hold surprises for everyone. Pete Smith was always busy for the Yellow’s but when they did find a killer instinct today Mark Bradshaw was there to neutralise it.
    Later we adjourned to the Nash Snack bar for the customary brew but yours truly, and David Partington were called upon to answer a few of Reporter Marks questions – there’s a link on the news page.
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    Thanks to Mark for visiting us today and helping us get the word out at walking football, both recreational and competitive. A worthwhile visit we hope. Also appreciation to the club and to Mark Bradshaw for facilitating , as always. Thanks also to Garry Pearce for Refereeing.
    Teams: Blues – Bradshaw, Conroy, Partington, Bemrose,Brereton, White
    Yellows – Burrows , Cooper , Smith P, Richards, Bertenshaw, Hampson     Referee:Garry Pearce




‘Shopped’, but definitely one for Chelsea fans Rob and Steve W…the Amblers at a  ‘Shed’ end 🙂




BLUES 2  (White , Brereton) YELLOWS 2 (Bertenshaw, Bemrose)   Richards reports…..

A really good turnout meant a nine v nine game of Blue v. Yellow with Mark Bradshaw in goal for Blues.
The game was played on a pitch roughly the size of half a football pitch and was keenly contested from the off.
In the opening exchanges some slick passing was proving popular, with few today trying to go past their opponent. Most were looking for quick release to feet. Some found it, but the forest of legs, and fleet of foot ‘footballers’ often made it difficult. There was little walking.
Stewart White opened the scoring for Blues in the ninth minute. Stewart really is a consistent finisher and alongside Trevor Brereton was proving a handful.

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    Yellow’s – a team with some of our bigger guns –  were boosted by new arrival John and his mate Keith from Chadderton. (Surnames soon please Gentemen)  Hopefully these players might become regulars in the future.
    Brereton added a second goal but Yellows steadied the Ship as Bertenshaw fired home.
    Bradshaw’s distribution from the ‘D’ was a joy to watch at times. Just the right pace on the ball to reach their target and unerring accuracy.
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    The second half got off to a brisker start. Referee Pearce only pulled one runner all morning but there were plenty showing a clean pair of heels today. This was resembling the ‘hybrid’ game we have been speaking of where running (not sprinting, I stress) is becoming the norm. Most players enjoyed it – I enjoyed most of it myself, but as somebody keen to take walking football forward as a proponent of a game for older, less exuberant  players I’m questioning whether this hybrid, running game is for me. At least Mark told me afterwards “You didn’t look out of place” – I’ll take that ! 🙂 thanks Mark.
    However, I think I’ll stick to playing on a Monday now , and when I show up on Friday’s bring a camera , maybe a video and act in a supportive, journalistic role. Monday’s seem a bit less frenetic, maybe because turn out is just a little lower. Playing up to four times a week is not an option anyway, for me. But enough of yours truly.
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    Ideally at the Nash we need an injection of about half a dozen players of varied ages and  mixed abilities so we can go to two separate games. One of which could be walking football.
    Joe Bemrose scored a leveller after a defensive error in the Blue back line which had been solid until then. This goal came after Blues were reduced to eight men as Gordon Nixon limped off with what looked like a painful Hamstring injury. Hope you’re soon back in action Gordon.
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    Both teams went looking for the winner and Mike Conroy scored a fabulous ‘goal’ from the corner quadrant – disallowed unfortunately as our rules don’t permit it. in the immortal words of a Mr.Cravagan….HARD LINE’s Michael.
    So, it finished another Desmond Two-Two. Some retired to the brew room, others went their separate ways.
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    Garry Pearce and I have a meeting with Manchester County F.A. on Monday afternoon to chat about their rules (for walking football) and those of the W.F.A. It will be my contention that we may need another set, for another game. What you’d call it I really don’t know. Minimal contact Veterans football maybe? It should be encouraged because there’s clearly an appetite for it.
    Any thoughts use the feedback channel ‘Contact us’ – Cheers all, enjoy your weekend.
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    P.S. looks like the Amblers have a walking football friendly lined up at FCUM (F.C.United) on 27th.January on the 3g there ahead of their home game with Curzon – watch this space.
  • Today’s teams – thanks to Referee Garry Pearce.
  • Pic by Garry Pearce – thanks for Refereeing today Garry.





Monday November 13th,


    Garry Pearce reports….

    Ten Hardy Amblers facing the cold this morning at the Nash. As per Friday, we played a five a side, no goalkeepers, scoring only allowed in the ‘D’. Yellows lined up with Partington, Bertenshaw, Bemrose, Nixon and Smith B. Plains team was made up of Wingrove, Hampson, Conroy, Jarvis and Pearce who again acted as referee. Just like Friday, an end to end, strenuous game, that saw the Yellows go in at half-time with a 4-3 lead. Second half was more of the same, and plains, although going on to lead 5-4, couldn’t hold on and a late flurry of goals, saw the Yellows home as 8-5 winners

    Lots of goal scorers,  chief among them Joe Bemrose, who netted a hat trick for the Yellows. a rare goal for Pearce for the plains as well. This was a game played in a great spirit, lots of laughs and a good chinwag with Mark Bradshaw in the brewroom afterwards. Thanks to everyone who freezed their bits off to begin with, but we were certainly good deal warmer in the end.


  • Friday November 10th 2917
  • Garry Pearce reports…
  • Nine Amblers and Mark Bradshaw assembled at the Nash this morning for our regular Friday session. A five a side was put together the game got underway accompanied by a chilly breeze and showers. We played without ‘keepers and scoring was only allowed inside the ‘D’. The yellows lined up with Foster, Bertenshaw, Conroy, Pete Smith and New Mike. The Plains were Bradshaw, Partington, White, John Smith and Pearce who doubled up with his reffing duties.

    As you might imagine there were goals aplenty but as far as can be remembered, they were split between just two players on each team. Cannot remember either the half time score but with just over five minutes to go the Yellows were ahead 8-7. It took a massive turn against them from then on in, with five quick goals from the Plains resulting in a 12-8 victory. Smith J and White got six each for the Plains and Bertenshaw and Conroy shared the eight goals for the Yellows. A really enjoyable morning, started in the rain and finishing in sunshine!

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  • The Nash – November 6th 2017.
  • Apologies for the tardy , brief report but the writer has been beset by computer problems today.
  • Fifteen players at The Nash, bolstered by Mark Bradshaw to level up the numbers. Excellent refereeing by Garry Pearce once more. The Yellow team won three – one courtesy of two Terry Bertenshaw strikes (one from the penalty spot) and a fine effort from Peter Jarvis. Stewary White hit back for Blues. A fine , bright but chilly morning…thanks to George Fieldhouse for his assistance.

A lively atmosphere in the canteen afterwards too. Such  an affable group of friends who have all known each other for quite a while now. Long may it continue.

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  • Please get over to the GMWF Over 60’s page to see how the teams fared at Heywood…meanwhile here’s a brief post match interview with ‘Bees’ Alan Richards and Garry Pearce after their team had beaten Bolton ‘B’ one-nil.
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  • BLUES 2 (Bertenshaw, Hampson) YELLOWS 1 (John Smith)
  • A ‘bakers dozen’ of eager walking footballers turned up at Curzon on this bright Monday morning. Sadly, one was still nursing a shoulder injury but the spin off we can celebrate is the sterling work Garry Pearce puts in as a Referee. Be it Alan Graham, or Garry whenever we have a highly efficient Ref we all benefit from it. I’m sure I speak for everyone in saying both are very highly regarded.Six v Six is the optimum number for walking football and today’s game once again demonstrated the validity of this theory. With a little more space available there was some wonderfully crisp passing – particularly from the team in Blue – who took a little while to settle but built up a two goal lead through Bertenshaw and Hampson.
  • John Smith replied for Yellows, turning brilliantly on the ball on the edge of the area to fire past Keith Burrows who’s stubborn resistance was a feature of the first half.
    His opposite number, Barry Smith at the other end faced something a second half onslaught himself , tested several times and with a few shots going wide after the Blue movers passing once again created several opportunities, but the ball refused to go in. Both ‘keepers emerged with great credit today. We are fortunate to have these keen custodians in our number.
  • No further goals in the second half as both teams toiled to create chances. Possession was divided equally but employed a little differently as Yellow’s powerhouses Wingrove and Smith J, backed up by a solid Lake and tricky Partington strove for an equaliser moving forward with the ball. Gordon Nixon ever mobile in support providing an outlet for his teammates
    For Blues, Pete Smith was pivotal with the ‘nippy’ Hampson, Bertenshaw and Richards combining in a series of slick moves which amounted to a series of near misses and ‘keeper saves. Bemrose always seeking to unleash his ‘ hammer’ of a left foot given the right opportunity.
  • Contact was creeping in, well spotted, and well explained by Referee Pearce – his great strength in my view, for what that’s worth  .
  • The game ended with the usual photo and profuse handshakes. Hats off to everyone involved, thanks to Mark for the post match brews etc.

Something of a photoshoot at Curzon today :

Top Referee – left
Steve Foster
Alan Graham
Rod and Terry
Peter Ward
Dan Tipping
Joe Bemrose
Mark Bradshaw gloves up !


Yellow 2 (Bertenshaw 2, 1 pen)  Blue 1 (Graham pen)

A fast paced game at Curzon today under sunny skies with a chill in the Autumn air.
Blues and Yellow teams separated only by an Alan Graham penalty for Bues at half-time. Alan lashed the ball home and ‘keeper Bradshaw had no chance of stopping it from bulging the net.
Refereed brilliantly by Garry Pearce – the man in black – the game was lively and there were several contact ‘spots’ and free kicks conceded by both teams.
Early in the second half Terry Bertenshaw struck for Yellows. The equaliser was well deserved. The yellow men were well marshalled in defence by Gordon Nixon, Dan Tipping and Steve Foster. Going forward they threatened to go ahead but Keith Burrows, resplendent in a pink and navy blue goalkeeping outfit kept them at bay. A penalty given for a third running offence decided the game. Terry Bertenshaw making no mistake from the spot.
A close encounter looking at the scoresheet and though Blues threatened their passing was a . little awry today and Bradshaw was seldom tested in the Yellow goal.


October 24th. 2017

Blues 3 (White,Conroy2) Yellows 6 (Bemrose 3,Fielding 2, Bertenshaw)

Back with the Boys again today under familiar gloomy skies but what a time we all had.
6 v 6 under the highly competent and confident offices of Mr.Garry Pearce, Refereeing in a lovely shade of fuschia.

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    A good Referee makes all the difference and so it proved today.
    Teams selected by yours truly and with everyone bibbed up the first half was closely contested.
    Some excellent football ensued as possession ebbed and flowed. Stewart White got the Blue’s opener, a deft finish.
  • Soon afterwards Joe Bemrose hit back in fine style, and then another within a minute came from Bertenshaw to open up a convincing lead for Yellow’s.
    Smokin’ Joe Bemrose – ablaze today

    Blues answer was as sweet a goal as you’re likely to see. One touch passing from Pete Smith, to Richards, to Nixon and Conroy finishing superbly from seven metres.

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    As time wore on the Yellow asserted themselves with further goals from Bemrose – a fine hat-trick Joe – and the ever adventurous Colin Fielding who would often ghost in Martin Peter’s like to capitalise on possession near the ‘D’. Fielding bagged a brace as the 6-2 score line looked a little harsh on Blue’s who never gave up the efforts to get back into it. Conroy scored his second to reduce the deficit and Pete Smith took up the challenge of his first one-step penalty kick only to fire the ball just wide.
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    So it finished 6-3 to Yellow’s – well done all – thanks to Mark Bradshaw for facilitating and the after match refreshments, to George Fieldhouse for ball retrieval and not least to Garry for such an efficient Refereeing performance – eventually in a black bib because some of us (mostly me) cannot tell Fuschia Pink from Blue without having a lingering look.
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    Can’t close this account of events without thanking Stewart for his excellent written summary of what went on at both venues whilst I was away.
    If you have to come back from a holiday you didn’t want to end, then re-uniting with such a fine group of walking footballers on a wet Monday morning softens the blow – even if I did fall over at one point.
    Teams photographed below. (with varying degrees of success :-p  )

  • Blues: Nixon ; Smith P ; Richards ; Conroy ; White ; Cooper
    Yellows: Partington ; Bemrose ; Bertenshaw ; Burrows ; Hampson ; Fielding
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Friday October 20th 2017

HANG ON FOR VICTORYTrevor Brereton reporting

Though a few of the regulars were absent this morning, there was sufficient players for a nail biting encounter at the Nash. Plains looked strong with Bertenshaw and a rare Friday appearance from Steve Wingrove. . Plains were soon in the ascendancy as Bertenshaw capitalised on bibs defensive uncertainty to bag himself a brace. Bibs started to get into their stride and pulled one back with a smart finish past Wingrove from Brereton. David Partington celebrating his birthday was almost on the score sheet, when after a trademark darting walk his shot went narrowly wide. There was no let up for bibs defense as Bertenshaw completed his hat trick with a fine curling shot. It was beginning to look like this was going to be stroll in the park for plains, when Brereton replied for bibs with a powerful shot. As the second half got underway both teams were on “2 runs”, so the pace of the game never got too frantic as the teams feared ref Gary Pearces whistle. As plains pushed forward looking to finish bibs off, bibs keepers Conroy, Brereton and White, made comfortable saves from Bertenshaw, Bemrose and Wingrove. Plains man Nixon showed why he is a valued defender, when after a rare foray forward his mis-cued shot went well wide. Bibs threatened the plains goal with the lively White, and Conroy, looking for a breakthrough. Brereton shot from distance, but Partington was now showing his prowess between the sticks. As the seconds ticked away bibs couldn’t find an equaliser as plains held on for a deserved victory. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw, and ref Garry Pearce. After the game birthday boy Dave P generously shared mince pies and goodies with the players.

PLAINS- 3- Bertenshaw 3
BIBS – 2- Brereton

Curzon Monday 16th

All Square at the Nash!  Trevor Brereton reporting

Ten Amblers assisted by young George and coach Mark Bradshaw, took to the Astro this morning for our Monday dose of walking football. The six-a side teams were chosen by Mark and the game, refereed again by Pearce, got underway.
With no recognized goalkeepers, the guys took turns between the sticks with mixed results. Young George opened the scoring, when some slack marking left him clear and he made no mistake, poking the ball home. Shots galore from both sides and the equalizer came when Bradshaw with some nifty footwork, fired in. Half time: Greens 1 v 1 Plains.

The second half got underway and the framework of both goals took a pounding, with Alan Graham, Joe Bemrose, Stewart White, Gordon Nixon, and Steve Wingrove all striking the posts or bar. Following three runs by the Plains, Greens were awarded a penalty and unusually, for him, Steve Wingrove put the penalty wide. The game was end to end and Greens went back in front when Terry Bertenshaw’s shot flew in. This was followed by an equalizer following some quality play again from Bradshaw. Mark had another clear chance to push the Plains further ahead but Rob Lake, now in goal stuck out a foot to push it wide. Back to the other end and a defensive error let in Bertenshaw who side-footed past the helpless Nixon. Barely a minute went by when the ever alert Stewart White put away yet another shot to again level the scores, Stewart’s delight was clear to see! The last few minutes witnessed a speeding up of the play with both sides searching for the winner but it was not to be. The game ended all square and it was as good a game as you will see under a strange, partially obscured sun on a Monday morning! A game played in a good spirit and a pleasure to referee. Final score: Green 3 v 3 Plains.



Curzon October 13th. 2017  TREVOR BRERETON Reports….

As the rain eased 18 amblers gathered at the Nash this morning, for a game were space was at a premium, but enjoyment was in abundance. The game got underway with teams carefully selected by Alan Graham, and refereed by the injured Garry Pearce, With such little space to manoeuvre defences were on top early on, as speculative efforts were the only chances. Ater a flowing move John Smith found himself alone on the right, and fired past Bradshaw from an acute angle. Soon after plains were awarded a penalty after Bradshaw put a foot outside the D. Bertenhaw stepped up, but the keeper made amends with a fine reflex save. As the second half got underway Yellow bibs kept to their earlier plans, and hoped a break would come their way. Both teams had been penalised twice for running, so sensibly the pace was not overly frantic. Plains man Bertenhaw took a blow to the nuts, as Friday 13th was proving unlucky for him. All 18 players were getting a fair share of the ball as it was pinged around the pitch like a pinball machine. Wizzard of the midfield White had an attempt brilliantly saved by plains keeper Dave Carter As the rain came down every sinew was stretched by every player to further their teams cause. . Soon after a Brereton strike was well saved again by Carter. By now bibs were having more possession as they strove to get a deserved equaliser. It was looking unlikely until with 5 mins remaining Brereton capitalised on a loose ball to fire a low drive just inside Carters right hand post Both defences held firm as the game ended in a draw, and a fair result no doubt. Thank you to Garry Pearce for refereeing, proving he is as good a ref as he is a goalie

Bibs 1- Brereton

Plains 1- Smith


Nash Amblers – Monday 9th October – GARRY PEARCE Reports….

Under the usual leaden skies, seven side teams were assembled under the watchful eye of Mark Bradshaw, who although injured, elected to play in goal, as usual keeper Pearce, also injured, decided to referee the mornings proceedings. A lively start by the Yellow bibs, saw a superb shot from Steve Wingrove deflected off defender Gordon Nixon, past Barry Smith and into the bottom corner. This was followed just a few minutes later by another superb strike from Pete Smith, leaving his namesake with no chance. A reply was not long in coming, when the marauding Nixon hit a dipping, swerving effort and although Bradshaw got a hand to it, he couldn’t keep it out. A penalty was then awarded to the Plains, (for running by the Yellows) taken well by Stewart White but Bradshaw got a hand to it, to make a good stop. Half time: Yellows 2 v 1 Plains.

The second half was an even affair until newcomer Mike Caldwell broke free on the left and fired an unstoppable effort into the top corner to level the scores. With five minutes to go, Plains were awarded a corner and the alert Bemrose found an unmarked position at the top of the ‘D’ to slot home a worthy winner. Yellows had a lot of possession and pressure in the final few minutes but couldn’t find the equaliser. A really fair game, played in a good spirit.

Final score: Yellows 2 v 3 Plains

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Almost against the odds and after  a week or more of sparse to zero communication some players, along with organiser Jack Garside from Oldham Community Trust, turned up to our session today.  We hope lessons have been learned.  Anyway we accommodated the visitors into our Monday with  a mix and match approach that resulted in four teams playing a total of three games each.  At least that was the plan.  The final game versus a team made up entirely of visitors ended early when our team walked off the pitch in protest at the play of their opponents.  As yours truly was engaged on the other pitch I’m unsure what exactly went on but it’s clear that seasoned walking footballer’s from our group did not feel the spirit of this game (which is NOT football)was being adhered to and took the most sensible option available to them.

If such  a scenario is to be repeated there will need to be discussions between ourselves and Oldham C.T. beforehand about this aspect of the game.

Of the three games I took part in there was absolutely no unpleasantness and the three or four Oldham men who joined us on the far pitch were a pleasure to play with.

Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for his thinking on the hoof to get things started more or less on time. I might have approached things differently but I’ll freely admit my morning was an enjoyable one.  Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing some of the action. Thanks too to Terry Bertenshaw for those Black bibs….there are now three sets of Bibs in Mark’s ‘big bag’ and about twenty flat markers.  Keith Burrows brought badges and stickers to the session- thanks Keith.

I will not be at  a Curzon session for a while now. The Friday session is cancelled as you should know already.  Finally a word to John Smith for that great match ball donation – will be used on our next special occasion at DWFG- very grateful John – thanks.

See you Amblers and Bees on Friday.





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  • September 25th 2017

Yellow 4 (White 2, Wingrove,Hampson)  Blue 2 (Cooper, Conroy)

Twelve trusted followers. Where have we seen that before? Disciples of the game. Not so much an old testament of youth, as testament to the older man’s game and the powerful grip it exerts over Monday’s, and Friday’s in this neck of the walking football woods.
Suffering slightly with a back strain yours truly Refereed the game today. It’s not easy ro maintain a semblance of the rules and keep everyone happy. I hope I managed – some of the time. As the game wore on, physicality increased, but running decreased after the threat of imminent opposition penalty kicks loomed large.
An action packed first half with a rampant Hadge Cooper on the left flank for Blues,  and firing shot after shot , some on target..others not. He opened the account for his team eventually with a superb stike from a tight angle. Michael Conroy with a delicious finish hit another. In reply the powerful Steve Wingrove and his more diminutive team mate Stephen Hampson responded and it was 2-2 at half time.
With Stewart White leading the Yellow charge with two fine goals in the second half they eventually walked out winners by four goals to two. Not often BOTH Garry Pearce AND Terry Bertenshaw finish on the losing team.
Later, Curzon first team Goakeeper Cameron Mason joined us for a photograph.

Three Number One’s

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So, another good day at the Nash. And a new idea from Mark Bradshaw. Watch for developments as the possibility (repeat ‘POSSIBILITY’) of a couple of ‘away days’ may emerge playing the walking football set up of Curzon’s first team opponents, if they have a WF offshoot. Coach travel on the team bus is a possibility if seats are available, and would increase the away following which could sometimes do with a boost. We could also entertain any travelling fans for a forty minute match before a Curzon home game if we can summon up enough interest. This could be an occasional excursion and Mark is going to put out the word to upcoming opponents and ask if they ‘do’ walking football. For me it’s important that they would have established walking football already, and hastily convene a team just for the sake of a game with us. Ideally the opponents would have a WF pitch adjacent to their stadium as we have, it’s just an embryo of an idea – let’s see how it develops. If you might be interested send me an email please, or indicate interest next time we meet. Names will be gathered in the event this comes off. (Possibility, remember).  🙂

Mason in the middle – standing tall

September 22nd. 2017

Seven Up!

Yes, a close game decided by the odd goal in seven and won by a Joe Bemrose strike reminiscent of his heyday last month.  Terry Bertenshaw fired in yet another hat-trick – the ‘Audenshaw Aguero’ is on a hot streak that’s lasted for months !  Trevor Brereton replied for Blue with another hat-trick. No wonder we try to keep these two apart when selecting teams.

Coulon and Fielding share a half-time joke

With Mike Conroy buzzing like the Bee he is, and Keith ‘the Badge’ Burrows spraying quality passes around the pitch for fun this was a demanding game for Blues AND Yellows with some good football played.  The cultured footwork of White and Smith J, and the industry of Fielding & Foster opened up the pitch for Bertenshaw to  wreak havoc at times .

Peter Smith was steadfast for Blues but they struggled a little to make headway, Brereton proving the exception as he so often does.

The weather was kind today and we adjourned to the snack bar for a brew and a chinwag. Topics ranging from the groups ethnic make-up to female footballers and the Sampson saga at the F.A. At times you could have heard a pin drop.

Two more straightforward sessions next week then  a possible visit from Oldham C.T. on the 2nd.October before we are back at Heywood on Friday the 6th.

Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing this morning and as always to Mark Bradshaw and the club for facilitating.







  • September 18th…Monday, Monday….
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  • Can’t trust that day…not when Bertenshaw’s about….
  • BIBS 3  (Coulon, White, Bertenshaw) PLAINS 2 (Bemrose 2)
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  • Joe Bemrose fastening onto a good ball from Alan Richards to shoot home, he followed this up with another soon afterwards this time profitting from some Stephen Hampson spadework.
    Despite the guidance and experience of Partington and Pete Smith at the back for Plain’s the Yellow strike force of Coulon, White and Bertenshaw soon hit back. 2 – 2 at the break and those three players were all on target as the Bib’s ran out eventual three-two winners. They left it late though and for a while it seemed an unlikely ‘Desmond’ might be on the cards.
    Bertenshaw in particular was menacing in the extreme today and but for Garry Pearce’s reflexes and agility the Bibs may have been out of sight by the end.
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    A really good game well Refereed by Luke Davenport – thanks. Also to George for ball retrieval and to Luke again for the post match brews.
    Mark Bradshaw was absent today as his younger daughter has been admitted to hospital. We hope she gets well soon and thoughts are with them both.
  • The proposed Oldham friendly on the 2nd. October is in the balance. I await word from them and a contact number to finalise confirmation. We do NOT want to let a Monday session slip if there’s any doubt about this game. Thanks to all who turned out today. Peter – don’t worry about the money settle up on Friday….a few mixed pics below.
  • Colin and Michael pleased to see Phil (centre)
    Cheerful Keith – swinging on a bar
    Gaz and Dave – Rabbit, rabbit….
    Al and Dave
    Stephen Hampson and David Partington
    Barry, Stewart and David
    Two goal Joe


September 15th…2017

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8 v. 7 at the Nash as a yellow team spearheaded by Terry Bertenshaw galloped (not always literally) to a three nil lead before half time. The interval saw yours truly stop filming and take to officiating, whistle at the ready. The pocket battleship Bertenshaw two goals to the good himself was transferred to Blue – (Peter Jarvis got the other one) – no money changed hands but there would be some walking football clubs more than willing to part with cash to get our Terry onto their books.

However, the Blue’s fortunes did not somehow change with this new addition. Instead Mike Conroy shot them further behind and indeed they drew a blank all morning despite efforts from Smith and White. Mark Bradshaw answered all questions asked of him in the Yellow goal.

An unusual game then worthy of comment and further analysis – I’ll have the video ready later as it’s another Friday night in for me and as I hardly watch the telly I’ll get busy on here.

…but first to the treadmill in t’garage for a fitness test.  Didn’t the teams look colourful today? So much better when both are ‘bibbed’ up – I’ll be bringing Terry’s black ones (If I  can say that) to the sessions soon….thanks TB for the donation – it’s transformed the look.

We had tea and ‘Oat Nobbly’ biscuits afterwards too ! this group is going places……

pic: Alan Richards



September 11th. 2017

Blues 2  (Hampson, Smith P) Yellows 3 (White, Bradshaw, Bemrose)

Intermittent heavy showers were the main feature of this morning’s session at Curzon.
Some Monday regulars were clearly keeping not just their powder dry, ahead of tomorrow’s friendly game with Weston-Super-Mare (2-00pm. Kick off)

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    Referee’d by yours truly the teams were selected by Mark Bradshaw, who unusually elected to play outfield today. Some superb touches and distribution from the ex-professional as one might expect.
    He bolstered the yellow team who took the lead through Stewart White (I think) – a Referee has much to think about in this game, possibly too much for me….. anyway).
    The pace was brisk but mostly legal, a couple of Blue offenders and the aforementioned White tested the boundaries early on.
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Good to see Peter Smith back playing with us, and he had an excellent game. Stephen Hampson scored an equaliser from the edge of the ‘D’ and it as Smith P, who put blue noses in front with a well taken strike that left Pearce with no chance.
Smith B meanwhile pulled off some excellent saves as Yellow’s pressed , one in particular calling for near miraculous reflexes and agility.

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    Mark Bradshaw equalised for Blues with a crisp , low drive and another ‘Desmond’ looked on the cards. Garry Pearce injured a thumb after one of a succession of strikes from Conroy tested him , the latter also rattled the crossbar.
    It was a late, late winner for Joe Bemrose who gathered a pass from Bradshaw, I think and made ground towards goal before shooting past Barry Smith to claim a 3-2 victory for his Yellow team.
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    Thanks to all who attended. To Mark and the club for facilitating. Post match brew room chat turned to plans for a pre-Christmas social late afternoon/early evening. More news on that in the coming weeks.
    We are a seven strong squad to face Weston tomorrow. Hadge Cooper is a late withdrawal. Stewart White and myself will attend (with boots) in case Reserves are needed. Keith Burrows will start as a Substitute in this six-a-side match.
    To remind everyone the starting line up tomorrow is Barry Smith, Gordon Nixon, David Carter, Danny Tipping, Trevor Brereton and Terry Bertenshaw. Alan Graham is scheduled to Referee this twenty minute each way game. Weather permitting there will be video and of course still photography. Tea and a selection of biscuits after the match is over. £4 per home player please. This will cover costs for our touring guests. Stewart has offered to run one line, perhaps we’ll have another volunteer to do the other one.
    No photography today.




  • THE SMITH’S PLAY TAMESIDE STADIUM – Another big draw !
  • BLUES 1 (Bemrose) YELLOWS 1 (Bertenshaw)
  • Alan Richards reports…..
  • Once again  a good Friday  turn out of seventeen players (including a player Referee) at The Nash this morning – just two or three more and we might have gone to two games. As it was a closely contested nine-a-side affair ended in honours even and yet another draw. With the teams looking good in their coloured bibs in the bright sunshine – despite earlier downpours the sun shone on the righteous. And so it should, for once!
    John Smith’s Son Paul visiting from the Cayman Islands joined us in a guest capacity and it must be said he stuck to the rules admirably. Well played young man.

    The Smiths

    Joe Bemrose struck first for the Blues. Finding himself in yards of empty space he advanced on Mark Bradshaw before skilfully slotting the ball home.
    One nil it remained for quite some time. The second half was halfway through when the irrepressible Terry Bertenshaw shot home to deny Garry Pearce the clean sheet he so desires.
    One or two overly physical challenges from Jeremie Coulon did not go un-noticed or unpunished and free kicks were conceded.  The Frenchman agreed after the game he is sometimes too physical, and will try to modify his walking football  game going forward.

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  • The big pitch made for an open passing game but still got congested at times. Both flanks were exploited in a bid to play some free flowing walking fotball which at times was good to watch.
    With honours even at 1-1 the whistle went and most of us retired for a brew. Thanks all for another good morning. We reconvene on Monday at The Nash – then Tuesday afternoon for the Weston friendly. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing. Mark Bradshaw and the club for facilitating. Also Stewart White for his banner donation.
  • Our teams today….
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  • September 4th. 2017
  • Referee Mark Bradshaw  is man of the match…
  • Yellows 2  (White,2) Blues 2 (Bertenshaw 2)
  • A really good game with fewer than  a  trio of flagrant running violations and a minimum of physicality between players who know and respect (maybe even like each other ! ) Mark didn’t have an awful lot to do but the role he played meant we had a jolly good session of walking football this morning and we should thank him for it.
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Seven a side at The Nash for yet another Desmond two-two. The joke is getting a bit tired now but not half as tired as I was at game’s end. An absorbing, and exhausting affair between two evenly matched teams. Seems we almost always are  – evenly matched – these days. All square at the break. Stewart White had seized upon a defensive lapse to make no mistake with a goal for yellows giving them the lead early on. Terry Bertenshaw equalised in his inimitable style.

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    Solid defensive play from Nixon and Cooper meant Blues were limited to snatched chances. Richards shot on Pearce on three separate occasions but lacked real venom and the Goalkeeper gathered each time. Pearce’s handling was again excellent today. Mirrored by Barry Smith at the other end , another great shot-stopper.
  • With Stephen Hampson lively up front and linking up well with Bertenshaw and Carter Blues threatened to take the lead but the attacking qualities of the yellow team saw them ascendant. Some fine shooting on target from White, and White it was who put his team back in the lead capitalising o blue indecision on the edge of the ‘D’.
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    Lake and Partington knuckled down to some stout defensive resistance as Yellow’s threatened Barry Smith’s goal. The clock was ticking down when Bertenshaw – who had another fine game this morning – levelled the scores and Blues managed to see the game out until the final whistle, despite more probing from Wingrove, Bemrose and White.
    Mike Conroy went down with an injured knee but fortunately he was soon up on his feet.
    I repeat earlier thanks to Mark Bradshaw for Refereeing.
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    We adjourned to the canteen and some players related plusses and negatives from Heywood last Friday. Clearly this ‘journey’ we are on in terms of competitive walking football does have some pitfalls. Keep right on to the end of the road. We”ll review the subsequent way ahead in December. #together
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    Teams: Yellows – Pearce , White, Cooper, Nixon, Conroy, Bemrose,Wingrove
    Blues: Smith B, Partington , Carter, Lake, Hampson, Richards, Bertenshaw



Blues 1 (smith, pen)  Yellows 1 (Bertenshaw, pen)

With no volunteer Referee today we relied upon Alan Graham to do the job whilst playing. It can’t have been easy but he did well.
With three penalties awarded for running – two of them converted – there were NO goals in open play. First time that has happened in a while.
Beautifully laundered Bibs (thanks Mark) greeted the players, along with Luke Davenport providing the gear we got stuck in to the Partington warm-up, watched today by Brian Gledhill who is thinking of trying the game for himself. Thanks to Brian we got a team photo at the end. We may well see him at Denton sometime for the Over 65’s games. Hope so.

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    A quality game with good passes but obviously a share of misplaced ones too. The yellow team had the Lion’s share of chances as Garry ‘the cat’ Pearce held them at bay, plus a defence of Partington and Burrows.
    The first penalty came surprisingly quickly. John Smith converting for Blues.
  • Blues were leading but lacked a cutting edge. Approach play was useful though, and urged on by Nixon and Burrows. David Carter was superb at the back too, with timely interceptions and firm but fair challenges boosting his impressive repertoire today. John Smith stepped up for a second penalty but shot wide.
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    After the break Jeremie Coulon probed the Blues back line, aided by Bertenshaw and propelled forward by some good play from Tipping and Foster. Conroy was mobile too on the right flank as the pace of the game quickened slightly. The inevitable happened when a third Blue run presented Terry Bertenshaw with a chance of a spot kick. He placed the ball low, to Pearce’s right, the ‘keeper had chosen left and pounded the ground in frustration. No clean sheet today for Garry. In fact he was a little fortunate not to concede a second penalty later on when he set a foot down outside the ‘D’. We cannot blame Mr.Graham for not spotting that – he had enough on his plate trying to bag another goal, coming close on a couple of occasions – one particularly fearsome daisy-cutter went just wide. Pearce was busy all morning and made several superb saves.
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    A draw flattered the Blue team just a little but a draw it was. A superb morning of sweat soaked activity with a great, convivial atmosphere between men who know each others games well by now and derive satisfaction from each others company. Some familiar faces were missing – and missed,  but hopefully we shall see them soon. REMEMBER…NO GAME on BANK HOLIDAY Monday and NO GAME Friday 1st. September – we shall see you at Heywood. Meet at Curzon for 9-30 prompt please or make your own way to be there for about 10-00am. this first session because we all need to register again, get changed and WARM UP!
    DON’T FORGET YOUR I.D. Bus passes acceptable.

See you there, if not before.  Pics from today later this evening….thanks guys.


Yellows 2 (Bertenshaw 2,)
Blue 2 (Wingrove, White)
Yours truly Referee’d once more at The Nash – the penultimate game before Heywood’s GMWFL kicks off again.
Six v. Six on a tight pitch. Teams were divided along Ambler’s and Bee’s lines with a couple of additions. The blue bibbed Amblers were augmented with Hadge Cooper, in  a more advanced role following his double hat trick at Denton, and Stephen Hampson, always brisk. Yellow’s were happy to see Terry Bertenshaw up front (bad news that he won’t be in the Bee’s team next week but good news!!…as  I might be…every silver lining has a cloud ;-p.)
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Barry Smith – specialist ‘keeper boosted the Yellow’s and Blues rotated goalkeepers.  Garry the ‘cat’ missing today as he was careering around the countryside in a ‘Morgan’. Hopefully not giving anyone the Willy’s – (football pun, sorry).
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Steve Wingrove put the Blues ahead after a period of deadlock. The big man then conceded a penalty for three team runs (Wingrove/Hampson/Wingrove). Michael Conroy stepped up and put the spot-kick wide. If he’d scored it would not have stood anyway. See explanation at foot of report.
A curious anomaly then occurred when a fierce shot from Bemrose flew goalward, ‘Keeper Rob Lake parried the ball over his head and it crept behind to cross the line. NO GOAL. It took me a second to decide but  WFA rules are clear. Over head height balls off the keeper (or defender) are immediately ‘DEAD’.
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One nil to Blues at the break but Bertenshaw crafted a superb equaliser.
Burrows was solid for Yellow’s and White was buzzing for the Amblers, it was Stewart who put the Blues ahead in fine style, capitalising on an ‘assist’ from Partington. There was lots of borderline running but little contact to speak of as the game neared it’s conclusion. Could the men in Yellow produce something special?
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Rob Lake now playing in defence – and sometimes on the very cusp of running, was a rock for the Blue team but even he couldn’t prevent wee man Terry Bertenshaw popping up to equalise with another fine goal he carved out all by himself.
Another Archbishop Desmond two-two as we retired to the brew room. NO GAME NEXT MONDAY…See you this coming Friday for a final pre-Heywood tune-up. Lots of Bee’s on local television  news today so the choice of name was good for our extra team and we shall at least be topical. Amblers look strong but we know there are tough tests ahead.  Let’s go to enjoy it above all else and treat triumph and disaster as the imposters they are – I feel  a cake coming on.
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PENALTY ONE STEP RULE: The kicking foot must not touch the ground again after the whistle has blown and BEFORE the ball is struck. Michael’s foot took a micro-step with his right  and then kicked the ball with it. Missed, or saved  kicks that are technically flawed don’t get  a re-take. This,  for me anyway is the simplest way of explaining the rule. If anyone has a better idea please get in touch.
Today’s teams: Pic:Mark Bradshaw…
tHE nASH rEPORT – welcome Garry Pearce to the growing band of WF writers…
Garry Pearce, seen here at work.
‘August’ performances at Curzon. A resounding 5-0 win for the plains against the Yellows, today at the Tameside Stadium complex. Moved up to the top quadrant, to accommodate the Summer Soccer schools, the six a side teams picked by Mark Bradshaw were ready to get cracking. First ten minutes or so were fairly uneventful, until a Joe Bemrose screamer hit the corner of the net. Five minutes later, our French ‘international’ forward Jeremie Coulon duly doubled the lead. Half time 2-0 to the Plains. Possession was fairly level but the Yellows just could not make a break through past the Plains defence, organized superbly for the most part by Dave Partington  and new Dave (normally plays for VC). One more goal each again in this half for Joe and Jeremie, with a final hurrah from Terry Bertenshaw. Rotating goalkeepers for the Yellows possibly didn’t help and John Smith tried valiantly to pull one back but the defence held firm. Pearce happy at the end with a clean sheet.
The Nash Amblers internal game Monday 14th.August 2017
Reds 3 (Bertenshaw, 2 Wingrove)  Yellows 2 (Smith B, 2)
Alan Richards reports
A bright and breezy morning at The Nash and a  slightly different warm up than usual, taken today by David Partington.  Due thanks to David.
With eleven players available Mark Bradshaw evened up the numbers and kept goal for those who had been handed red bibs.
Richards should have scored at the start, when having robbed Gordon Nixon of the ball he shot tamely wide with his right foot.
It soon became  a rather one sided first half with the Reds more potent in attack but lots of shots were mis-directed. The ones that weren’t found Garry Pearce in his customary defiant mood. Not until the stroke of half time when Terry Bertenshaw stroked the ball home was the deadlock broken.
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Peter Smith was proving once again what an asset he is to this group. Playing a pivotal role in a yellow bib. Keith Hulley was on the touchline unable to take part today with what looked like a painfully swollen thumb. Get well soon Keith.
It’s always good to see people spectating on the touchline. Today’s game whilst not exactly a visual feast was described as ‘good standard’ by another onlooker. Both sets of players were certainly working hard. None more so than Barry Smith in Yellow. Creating space up front was his mission today and he grasped it with both feet. Nipping in to fire home from the very edge of the ‘D’ . He managed it again a minute or two later when a good team move from Partington, Richards, and Conroy set him up nicely and he finished expertly.
Yellows must have been euphoric, as their lack of focus immediately led to a fine Wingrove equaliser.
This was topped off towards the end when a Bertenshaw clincher proved decisive for Reds. A deserved win.
Thanks to Colin Fielding for Refereeing the game. There was very little blatant running, with only one offence penalised. No stoppages for more than minimal contact that I can recall.
Several of us will be returning to Tameside Stadium tonight to watch Curzon take on Telford.
More thanks to Mike Murphy for the customary post match photo. Puzzlingly a couple of other shots I took, appear to have gone astray – a bit like the first half.   Anyway, Mike is thinking of joining us on Friday’s. I understand we may well have another new man at The Nash next time too who some of us will know – watch this space.
Pic: Mike Murphy
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Amblers internal August 11th. 2017

GOOD DAY FOR THE ‘BEES’ – Brereton, Bemrose and Bertenshaw all on the mark

Yours truly Refereed the game today ( Alan Richards for those who don’t know me). Before the game I consulted with Mark Bradshaw about introducing two minute sin-bin sending off’s for those who have been penalised three times for running. This in addition to three team runs incurring a penalty. Mark was not in agreement but a less than emphatic show of hands from the players suggested it was worth a try – just about.
Fourteen turned up to play, Garry Pearce with the trophy the Amblers had won at Denton a few days ago.

The game was a good one. It was a small pitch for seven a side. Terry Bertenshaw , in Blue had a penalty saved (3 team runs) before Joe Bemrose put his Yellow’s ahead. Moments earlier he has stung Bradshaw’s be-gloved hands with a rasping shot.
There were several infractions of the running rule but at least nobody was sprinting !
Blue bibbed Colin Cuthbert went close to scoring as did John Smith, only the outstretched fingertips of goalkeeper Pearce denied him.

The game was not overtly physical and there was only a few instances of contact beyond absolutely minimal. Terry Bertenshaw went on a mazy walk with the ball before firing past Pearce to put the Blues level. As the first half’s final seconds ticked away Michael Conroy was sin-binned for a third run and missed the first two minutes of the second half. He took it in good spirit as one would expect from one of our group.

Trevor Brereton restored Yellow’s lead with a spectacular looking goal of high calibre – the ball took a ricochet off the far post to then evade Mark Bradshaw. Blue’s refused to stop pressing forward and as the game wore on the pace increased a little. Blue’s were encouraged when Keith Burrows mis-kicked a penalty chance (three runs) Running was spread throughout the ranks and was not always pulled up, but the more blatant were penalised.

Another noteworthy incident was a fine , powerful shot from whom I’m unsure Pearce diving full length and low  to his right held on cleanly  to the ball with a superb catch

A third Yellow run gave Blues a chance to salvage a draw and Michael Conroy volunteered with confidence. A classic unstoppable penalty into the top corner followed. Pearce had no chance. Pete Smith went close near the end, and that was after Joe Bemrose had hit the post with another drive.

We were left with a ‘Desmond’ to borrow a Breretonism. A 2 – 2 draw.
Unusually, many players expressed satisfaction with the outcome (thank YOU) and the rather stricter regime and rather more rigid rule enforcement. One was not happy however, and has decided to stay away in the future. A decision I regret but I must stress there was nothing personal about the Refereeing decisions today.  To suggest otherwise is most unfair, in my opinion. We parted company on the car park with a handshake after another short conversation of what walking football is meant to be about. There is always an opportunity to re-consider decisions made in haste. An opportunity denied to Referee’s of course.

A good morning’s work but I’d rather play. Officiating this game is mentally demanding. It is extremely difficult and taxing. And of course you can’t please everyone all the time.
Quality goals today though , and that’s what I’ll remember the most. Thanks to Bob Derbyshire for his support and constant ball retrieval.  No photo’s today due to the post match inquests so I’m struggling to remember who made up the teams, but never mind. I had both video and a still camera in my bag – that’s why I’d turned up this morning…to film the game. The best laid plans of mice and men….

Gang aft a-agley.(Robbie Burns)

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August 7th. 2017  Goals to the FOUR in the August gloom….
Not so much a game at Curzon today as an extended training exercise. That said I think it was enjoyed by all.
Numbers were down just a tad – perhaps some were ‘saving themselves’ for #summerseventeen at Denton tomorrow. Summer ? Ha !
Miniature goals were introduced for this 5 v. 5 affair but not just one – TWO! at either side of the traditional goal nets. This method is used in pro and semi-pro training sessions and encourages increased lateral movement, I was told, and  it proved so to do.
We all had to think more for sure, as one or two rules were tweaked as we went along. Chief one being ONE TOUCH finishing only from anywhere in ones opponents half.
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This made for some spectacular goals and some spectacular misses too. I think everyone will have had individual moments to savour today. I know my own deftly taken finish (honest Guv) pleased me no end. With Stephen Hampson settling in brilliantly with a first half hat trick (before the one touch finish was introduced) he struck at least another couple of times in in the second half when it did apply. Stewart White’s first goal , on the turn when only instinct told him where the goals were. Hadge Cooper scored a terrific goal with a highly accurate shot from distance. There were some real heroics in defence too. Gordon Nixon a tower of timely interceptions and the ground covered by Rob Lake was prodigious at times !
Partington’s travels – he’s just landed in Lilliput !
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Interestingly there was hardly any physical contact today. No shoulder charging , and nobody  tempted to tackle. We all had to think more, move more and find space. With goalkeeping duties relieved we could concentrate on skills – and occasionally the lack of them but overall there some decent play on view.
We could draw a veil over some of the near misses of course. A comedy of errors some might call those.  Almost all of us had a go at goal , except Keith Burrows who committed himself to defensive duties and made it hard for Blues to fashion chances. Shooting shortcomings were cruelly exposed at times. Conroy and Wingrove’s normal conversion rate of goals to chances suffered a little with this new configuration but the goal tally was irrelevant in such circumstances. It must be said though, the yellow team scored more than the blues. When Mark Bradshaw declared ‘ LAST GOAL WINS IT ‘ justice triumphed when Steve Wingrove guided a shot home from some distance.
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In conclusion an enjoyable morning despite the intermittent rain – Oh Summer, why has thou deserted us?  I certainly put a fair bit of effort in the movement aspect as did most players and I was tired but satisfied at the end.
Thanks to Mark for this insight into Professional training – we can all derive  some benefit from this kind of thing now and again.
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Thanks  to Kayleigh Rowbottom for taking the team photo.
We re-convene early doors at Denton tomorrow. Just one or two finishing touches to see to later. Thanks to Stewart White for offering assistance but most of what we need is in place.
If #SummerSeventeen is a success tomorrow, we may do it all again at Curzon Ashton in November, increasing one of our Monday morning sessions to a couple of hours. Mark has offered the club’s facilities – thanks MB. Thanks also to Kayleigh Rowbottom for taking the team photograph for us – hope I’ve got your name right Kayleigh/Kayley  ? 🙂
Teams today: BLUE – Nixon, Lake, Richards , White , Cooper
YELLOW – Burrows, Hampson , Partington, Conroy , Wingrove
Referee: M.Bradshaw
AUGUST4th 2017
THE LEVELLER – Pearce provides the platform x 2
as Peter Smith Saves Yellow’s in peril.
The teams today
With several familiar faces missing at Curzon this morning, none more noticeable than Mark Bradshaw himself we set about a 6 v 5 encounter in Blue and Yellow bibs.
Steve Foster was on the touchline nursing a damaged hamstring – sustained in an everyday manoeuvre  as innocuous as hoisting himself out of his office chair. With Alan Richards also sidelined due to very tight calf muscles it fell to the Nash Co-ordinator (me)  to Referee the game when my intention had been to video it. The best laid plains of mice and men….etc.etc… Bob Lancashire joined us on the touch line in what had become warm sunshine as the game got underway.
New comer Peter Smith (another Smith!) joined his friend Keith Hulley – who has played with us once or twice before – in a yellow bib.
Teams: Yellows: Tipping / Bemrose /Conroy / P Smith / Hulley
Blues: Pearce / Partington / Smith J / White / Cuthbert / Seddon _______________________________________
Pearce kept goal for the Blues in the first half, at half time switching to yellow. The basic constituents of a classic  ‘game of two halves’ were sewn in the seeds of simple arithmetic and the efficiency of a highly competent goalkeeper.
Some excellent passing early on, following last week’s two minute masterclass. This time Hulley and Smith – the newcomers – were more than playing their part orchestrated by the excellent Tipping.  Bemrose went close on occasion with rising shots. Blues began to assert themselves through John Smith and David Partington.
Rod Seddon – a determined player,  and never slow off the mark struck first for the Blues. It wasn’t easy for the Yellow team with a makeshift goalkeeping arrangements allowing the nominated custodian freedom to come out of his ‘D’ and play ball. White was next to exploit this arrangement with two quick goals taken with relish and precision. Three nil now and the Yellow’s were up against it. Conroy and Tipping were penalised for running but the slate was wiped clean at half time when the score line reflected the size of Yellow’s task.
Half-time Blues 3 : 0 Yellows
With a man to the good and a determined attitude Yellows began the long comeback trail with just one step – but we’ll talk about that later. As the game hotted up as a contest the physicality followed and a couple of players were penalised for more than minimal contact.
Bemrose pulled one back – exploiting Pearce’s departure. David Partington had donned the gloves and was doing a sterling job both in and out of goal for Blues. At the other end Pearce was troubled just a couple of times and saved well.  Joe Bemrose again found room to shoot  and exploited Partington’s adventurous nature as the goal was slightly unguarded.
Peter Smith was growing into the game and if he has played walking football before it showed. With just one running offence his first touch and distribution suggest he’ll be an asset going forward, as will his friend Keith who was always a willing worker in defence and a springboard for Yellows going forward. Both played the game in a good spirit and did not challenge over physically for the ball – this is what we all need to remember going forward. And coming backwards!
PLUS running off the ball is still running. Those three or four accelerating steps as you shape up to shoot for goal is also RUNNING.
Speaking of which a THIRD offence led to a Yellow’s penalty. Mike Conroy stepped up to drive goalward but a superb dive from Partington saw him push it wide. Although he failed to hold on to the ball* this dramatic clearance summed up a remarkable game for David P.
With time running out in the very last moments – confusion! – or so it seemed. Conroy injured – an alleged kick to the shin. His hand goes up in the air, Referee sees nothing play continues, some Blues hesitate Peter Smith seized the opportunity and fired  through a gap for a debut goal and a deserved EQUALISER !

Keith Hulley gives his mate Peter Smith the thumbs up after his debut goal
A fitting end to a close game between two sets of decent players. One or two thrills and spills, tumbles to the ground with the resultant rubber crumb spraying everywhere (check your orifices). A smaller sided game which suits the genre and was almost a pleasure to Referee . I can confirm though, it really IS a thankless job.
Thanks to Garry Pearce for the loan of his whistle.
We re-convene on Monday. Hope all of those nursing injuries recover quickly.
* only joking David 🙂
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July 31st 2017
Metronomic Mesemerising maestro’s Early Doors.
Reds 1 (Brereton) Yellows 0
Alan Richards reports…
With my own brand of forgetfulness reaching new heights , I arrived at The Nash for a second time, as Reds v. Yellows were concluding their warm-up. Fifteen Amblers assembled, teams chosen and fully ‘bibbed up’ (thanks again Terry) with Mark Bradshaw doing his customary stint in goal whilst also trying to Referee the game. With a strengthening breeze and sunny intervals the morning promised much , and so it turned out with promises turning to fruition as the contest kicked off.
The first two or three minutes belonged to the Reds. I didn’t count the passes but there were well over twenty, I’d estimate. Ultra-slick movement at walking pace and some superb one touch, controlled walking football perhaps the best I’ve seen to date, anywhere. Stewart White was pivotal to this but the entire red team played a part. I wish it had been filmed, it was that good. Take a bow Reds, for a couple of minutes you hit professional standards of possession play in my humble opinion.
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Once the Yellow’s got going it was a slightly different tale. Thinking they may have been on a hammering they were marshalled by the insistent voice of Keith Burrows who imposed himself on matters. Despite going close through White, the Reds failed to capitalise until halfway through the first half, when Trevor Brereton finished another good move with a very well placed drive.
Trevor Brereton – opened the account in red.

The longer the game went on the more the pace increased. If we play like that at Heywood – now they have got their act together and the Referee’s are sharper – we’ll be heavily penalised.
With physical contact also clamped down upon at Heywood the brand of walking football we’re playing here at the moment might need more than the odd tweak.
There was nothing malicious about today’s game one or two people were caught a little late but when the pace of the game gets that bit quicker these ‘incidents’ look much worse. The consequences can also be more serious. We should all acknowledge that. This is not football, we’re not in our twenties.

Key men for Yellows Burrows, Wingrove and Smith

Yellow’s offered little in the way of goal threat. Their game became a little predictable with the bigger ‘hitters’ in the team tending to go for glory but their shots were mis-directed for the most part. Red’s goalkeeper – former professional – Mark Bradshaw always impresses with his great distribution and so it was today. His passes from goal were first class building blocks for Reds advances into Yellow territory.
Red’s tested Garry Pearce on just a couple of occasions, to which he rose with his customary agility and zeal. New man Stephen Hampson impressed with his quick feet.

Stephen Hampson – quick feet

Colin Cuthbert, ever mobile and lively  was also a thorn in the Yellow’s side for

Cuthbert sparkled in the sunshine

most of the morning.

Only stout resistance from Burrows, Partington and Richards prevented the Reds from increasing their lead and Reds own back line of Fielding , Cooper and the mobile Hampson limited Yellow’s chances to those speculative shots I mentioned.
Gordon Nixon back from an ankle injury
Alan Richards – seldom shirks defensive duties

Yellow approach play was poor this morning.
A fair result in the end when proceedings early doors looked like Yellow’s might take a mauling.

As expressed afterwards my own view is that these games need a Referee either on the pitch or studiously controlling from the touchline. Some , of course will think I’m preaching and will be more laissez-faire about matters.
Come September we’ll be scrutinised like never before. And Heywood Ref’s will do The Nash Amblers and Bees (or anyone else) few favours. I can promise you that much.

Curzon 27th July.

Another excellent turnout today, as the rain held off long enough for us to enjoy a game of high quality, and technical expertise. It was good to see strider Gordon Nixon, nursing an injury, but well enough to officiate today’s game. Bibs were off to a flyer, as defender Danny Tipping, just returned from Cyprus, showed no effects of too much “Amstel”, as his shot beat Pearce, off the inside of the post. Minutes later bibs doubled their lead, when Bertenshaw fired in his customary goal.

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It looked like plains already had a mountain to climb, though they were creating half chances, with Conroy and Smith testing Bradshaw in the bibs goal. One or two robust challenges followed, but nothing out of the ordinary. Peace was the busier of the two keepers, pulling off spectacular, but to Garry, routine saves. Bibs had the slicker passing game , White and Bertenshaw linking up well with Richards, to threaten an at times, flimsy plains defence.

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  • Plains were susceptible to counter attacks, as Bradshaw’s  distribution to White and Bertenshaw, gave Foster and Cuthbert a difficult morning. Stephen Hampson making his Curzon debut showed he was calm and comfortable with the ball, and a strong asset to the group. Stephen may have a passing resemblance to Jeremy Corbyn, but it was plains who were ‘labouring’ as bibs looked for the killer blow. White had been excellent all game, and though nursing an injury, made it 3-0, midway through the half. Plains did salvage some pride when Brereton, the reporter with a heavy heart , made it 3-1. Just to rub salt into the plains wounds, White who was finding more space now, scored to make it a resounding bibs victory. A touch flattering, but a deserved bibs win, due to better passing, and superior mobility.

Bibs 4 : White 2, Bertenshaw 1, Tipping 1, Bradshaw, Carter, Richards, Partington.

Plains 1 :Brereton 1, Smith, Pearce, Cuthbert, Bemrose, Conroy,Foster

A £40 donation to the Amblers sparse ‘kitty’ from Terry Bertenshaw saw some of us looking like a team today – coming soon…. black and yellow – no more ‘Plains’ but blacks, blues and yellerz – Ed. 🙂

Teams today – thanks to Terry Bertenshaw for those bibs – more on the way.

On the right , Gordon Nixon…thanks for Refereeing on a sore ankle when you had other things to do. #commitment

July 24th 2017
An extra game at King Street as we hosted The Nash Amblers due to ground closure at Curzon.
Twelve players gathered, including debutant Stephen Hampson a spritely Maccabi man trying pastures new. He had a good game but might need time to adjust to our pace and more stringent Refereeing than he could be used to. Stephen scored on his debut and commented that having looked at our ‘fantastic’ website he felt as though he knew everyone ! Good to hear.
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The game was close and finely balanced. Teams selected by Referee today, Alan Richards (yours truly). The Bibs took the lead in the first half through Robert Lake. It had to be something special to get past Barry Smith – seventy years old last week. Barry’s remarkable shot stopping abilities and reflexes were again on display today. Rob scored a cracker of  an opener, the net bulging behind Barry who had no chance of stopping it.
Stewart White had a goal disallowed after it was adjudged Lake had fouled Cooper, as the Denton man hit the deck and lay still for a second or two long enough to cause some concern. However, Hadge was soon back on his feet.
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As the second half began Smith made a superb double save from Stewart White after White had found himself advancing towards goal in acres of space. He went for power but Smith was his equal blocking first with body, then with his leg.
Hampson stepped up to double the Bibs lead. Several players were pulled up for running but the message began to sink in the longer the game went on. Steve Wingrove saw ots of the ball sometimes looking for an outlet, other times taking the chance to shoot at goal. Joe Bemrose too had a couple of chances but Plain’s offensive might was thwarted by Ambler’s Garry Pearce on his first visit to King Street- we know it’s not the last.
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The match – and it was a match in the truest sense of the word – finished 2 – 0 to Bibs, without goalkeepers in such fine form there would have been more goals. Partington and Conroy were very mobile in serving the team effort. Fielding and Cooper looked solid at the back for Plains but in the end the slightly better team emerged the winners.
Thanks to Barry Smith for the scrumptious after match birthday cake (see pics) and for giving me the opportunity to eat my own head !
Barry’s birthday ! Strider’s the icing on the cake…

Teams: Bibs – Pearce, Partington, Conroy, Lake, Hampson (1), White (1).
Plains: Smith B, Cooper, Fielding, Brereton, Bemrose, Wingrove

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 there’s a buzz about the place
July 21st. @ The Nash
as John Smith bags a brace 
Lewis Findlow – clean sheet

Mark Bradshaw reckoned today’s game was the fastest yet at The Nash. somehow it didn’t feel like that on the pitch although it certainly wasn’t slow. 15 players with numerical advantage going to Plains – who looked a slightly weaker team on paper. Another good turnout – Keith Burrows’s absence flagged up in a text message beforehand – get well soon Keith. We miss your Yorkshire grit and sense of humour !

With young Lewis Findlow in goal Plains built from the back on ‘rock solid’ Steve Foster’s foundations.
Alan Graham also contributed massively, adding much to the Plain’s cause with excellent distribution, and the Red Bibs certainly did not have things their own way. Chances arose for both teams in a first half of ebb and flow. Shots were raining in on both goalkeepers, the more experienced Pearce at one end sporting a gashed forehead after walking into his television aerial. For an explanation consult ‘the cat’ himself.

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    Partington and Adrian Jones were pivotal for Red Bibs as they built from defence. And of course any team with Stewart White and Trevor Brereton will have an efficient engine room and some finely tuned output. Mike ‘Con-rod’ Conroy filling that attack-defence linking role with great energy and verve for their opponents.
    With the ever combative Colin Cuthbert, and an unusually mobile Richards exploiting space up front John Smith and the aforementioned Conroy were providing some good passing opportunities but Plains could not quite capitalise, until Smith himself stole forward in space and shot past Pearce for a worthy Plain’s opener.
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    The brisk pace continued after the break. A breeze was building and the cool mid summer morning seemed more like October at times. Findlow made several good stops in the Plain’s goal. His distribution was first class and his confidence grew by the minute.
    Colin Fielding in a red bib, was urging his team forward and leading by example, playing his heart out no doubt with September in mind and the GMWF League. We are fortunate to have men like Fielding, Foster and Nixon – still out with an ankle injury – get back soon Gordon .
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    Terry Bertenshaw seemed just a little less mobile today, reasons explained afterwards when Terry told of a knee injury that’s been troubling him of late. Where Terry would usually dominate would be in the finishing department, but today the fortunate Plains had John Smith in fine form and the big man added another just as the whistle went. The ball struck fiercely and went in off a post – always looks good when that happens. John took the ‘man of the match’ award as can be seen below, and just managed to hold it together. No , he wasn’t overcome with emotion but he’d dropped it and it broke in two!
Mo.t.M John Smith holding it together

A discussion followed in the brew room about physicality and speed without too many conclusions being drawn. As Mark said, ‘ there were no complaints’ about the nature of today’s game. Yours truly reckoned that people now expect this kind of somewhat intense walking football at Curzon. I suggest it’s not unlike Heywood and the GMWF. the only difference is, because we know each other, most of us hold back a little on challenges realising this is an internal game the result of which doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. If Refereeing at Heywood was not as good as it became over the months, we could have had all manner of problems there.

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Thanks very much to Terry Bertenshaw for a generous donation to The Nash Amblers kitty. It means we now have one again ! In accordance with Terry’s wishes – who (generously offered the website some of the money too – declined but thanks anyway Terry – Ed.) and the approval of Mark Bradshaw we will soon be sporting at least a couple of new sets of Bibs. No more ‘plains’ eh?

Good to see Bob Derbyshire at the game. The ‘news’ page carries a link to his Fantasy Football League for those interested – Cheers Bob.

Today’s teams:

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July 17th @ The Nash
Red Bibs 5 (White 4, Graham)
Plains 2  (Findlow 2)
Lower numbers at the Nash this morning made for a more manageable game.
Mark Bradshaw Referee’d from a sidestand position in short shorts with a whistle,  and did a fine job.
Teams were 6v6 and the Bibs were revved up in red. Stewart White the prime mover twisting their throttle and twisting the dagger too, with a succession of quality strikes. Four in all to take the man of the match award at the end for his Matchless display.
The Plains score line had a Nort-on until teenage debutant Lewis Findlow (at Curzon on a work experience programme) slotted home to kick start Plains resistance. A quality move featuring Cuthbert, Richards and Brereton finished off by the youngster in blue. A double triumph for the boy as he caught Pearce out later with a shot at the other end.
 C.C. himself, Colin Cuthbert had his usual resilient game and although the Bibs were clear winners this was no cakewalk. The main Plains threat was Honda left hand side with Cooper feeding Findlow and Brereton.
Richards went down as he aggravated his ankle injury. He was off balance as Alan Graham innocently nudged him slighlty, the ball out of play at the time. The subsequent twist of his left foot brought a loud ‘Yam-a-haaagh’ squeal of pain and he collapsed in a heap – he had no idea who’d left it there. Richards the rover returned a changed man – he didn’t give the ball away any more. Always a bonus. A 5-2 win for Bibs – Alan Graham added another goal.
Plains huffed and puffed like a clapped out Kawasaki but their finishing was more Franny-Barnett than Franny Lee. Bibs were Brough Superior in that department.
Well done to all. It even looked and felt like summer out there today.
On days like these I miss my motor-cycle the most – can you tell?
Trevor shakes off the rubber crumb as Mark presents Stewart with his Man of the Matchless award.
Q: What’s a well dressed Bee team player wearing next season ?
A: Could bee one o’these  And maybe some socks from AFC Wasps !
The Pink Ladies v. The Nash Amblers 15/7/17
An unusual fixture and an enjoyable one. 2-1 winners in the end
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Bzzzzz busy Bee’s making progress – meanwhile at The Nash today 14/7/17
Plains 5  (Cuthbert, Partington, Bemrose Bertenshaw 2(?))  Bibs 1  (Brereton)
Some changes at ‘The Nash’ this morning – bigger goals to shoot at, much bigger ‘D’s and red bibs!
The former were needed to accommodate twenty players on one pitch – maybe we could have divided into two groups for a couple of five-a-side games but the decision was made. We were a little late getting going so maybe we acted hastily but what followed was enjoyable, at least from the writer’s perspective – how about yours ?
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The pace needed to cover the area involved was understandably ‘brisk’ and if you were looking for pure ‘WALKING’ football it wasn’t in evidence here with a few splendid exceptions – including one fine burst from Adrian Jones, another relative newcomer to Ashton who impressed us all. Physicality levels  were sensible, early doors and all should be applauded
However, the team in red were soon under the cosh – to use modern parlance. Good goals from Cuthbert, Bertenshaw and Partington saw Plains capitalising on good finishing. Richards volleyed just over and another shot was palmed round the angle by impressive new goalkeeper Gordon Griffiths.
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The main difference between the teams was Plains seemed to exploit their wider offensive areas a bit more than Bibs, and of course they took their chances.  With Partington , Foster and Nixon bossing matters at the back keeping ‘predator’ Peter Roberts fairly quiet. Garry Pearce had a relatively easy day until late on and Bibs own opportunities were few and far between. True, Pearce faced a penalty from Alan Graham in the first half (3 runs) but the ball went sailing over the bar from a hastily drawn penalty spot.
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White and Jarvis attempted to get things going along with the industrious Brereton their team mate in a Bib. Keith’s Hulley  (debut today) and Burrows did their best to stem the Plain tide.
Just after half time though the lead was increased as Bemrose found one of his shots hitting the target and evading Griffiths. Another from Bertenshaw (or was it Smith?) saw Plains go nap in what was becoming a very emphatic victory. A consolation goal for Brereton was his reward for hard work and Stewart White very nearly pulled another back near the end. For Plains Bemrose hit the post and Cuthbert went close again. Contact increased as the legs became tired. One or two rash challenges crept in but by and large there was a great spirit about the match.
A good game – if a little frenetic – maybe the time has come when numbers allow to split to two pitches and maybe even employ mini-goals (Mark has them ready) to liven things up a bit if we’re short of ‘keepers.
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the words of Trevor Brereton

July 10th at The Nash – Trevor Brereton reporting….

The great British summer of sport continued , in the seasonal July rain. In spite of the weather, a good turnout, the guys deciding not to sit through the Jeremy Kyle show. We’ll never know the results of Lauren ‘s DNA test, to determine if Liam is the father, does this face look bovvered. 😆. ?

More importantly who would be the daddy of the two evenly matched teams ?  Plains started well passing the ball around, and leaving the Bibs chasing/walking after shadows. Bertenshaw opened the scoring, with a classic strike in to the top corner, after a good passing move. Shots rained in at both ends, but keepers Pearce and Gordon, making only his second appearence, were equal to them. When Bibs were awarded a penalty (3 runs), Wingrove converted. Shortly after, another penalty, this time to plains. Nixon , sensing a rare goal, stepped up and beat Pearce. Bibs looked for an equaliser, with Cuthbert working hard, looking to put Wingrove and Brereton in.  Moments before half time Wingrove burst through to equalise (is there no beginning to this man’s talents )?  Into the second half, and Bibs were edging possession, Bemrose always looking to shoot, White’s clever use of the ball, and Partington always ready to support. Bibs took the lead again with another magnificent strike from Bertenshaw, the power and precision, too much for Pearce. For Bibs, Burrows and Fielding lead by example, giving 100% to the cause. Wingrove made a number of dribbles (good job he had a bib on then -Ed.), but to little effect. Midway through the second half Plains had a chance to seal victory when they were awarded a penalty ( yes, 3 runs). Bertenshaw on a hat trick, struck the ball with power, but panther like pensioner Pearce pounced and pushed the ball away. Bibs looked for an equaliser,and their passing improved but, Plains held on for a deserved victory. Thanks to Alan Graham  for refereeing this mornings game.

Plains 3 Nixon, Bertenshaw 2

Bibs 2    Wingrove 2-

(thanks Trevor – alliteration par excellence with the panther like pensioner Pearce pouncing and pushing and  dare I say  a great pre-AMBLE too – Ed.)


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7th July Curzon – Trevor Brereton reports….

Another excellent turnout this morning, for what proved to be a very tight game.Plains fielding Colin, new man Gordon, and a rare Friday appearance by Steve Wingrove.Not a lot to seperate the teams in the early stages, as both defences held firm. The deadlock was broken when Amblers Player of the Year Terry Bertenshaw, put the bibs ahead with a crisp finish.Plains had a few long range efforts by Bemrose, Wingrove, and Brereton, but nothing to trouble Carter. Plain’s were awarded a pen (3 runs), up stepped super confident Wingrove to equalise. Bibs attacked with the creative Conroy and Jarvis always a threat, but found new “ambler” Gordon hard to beat. Shortly before half time bibs were awarded a penalty (3 runs), this time Conroy stepped up and powerfully converted. On the stroke of half time, plains were awarded a penalty ( that’s right 3 runs). This time White took responsibility, but saw his toe-poke well saved by Carter. Early in in the second half, the usually clinical Jarvis, spurned a guilt edged chance, as he could only find the side netting, with the goal at his mercy. There was an injury scare, when after a “coming together”, Bertenshaw took a blow to his forearm, Partington ( due to have his sofa re-upholstered by Terry), covered his face in anguish, fortunately there appears to be no long term damage. Moments later Conroy made a fine interception with his “spuds”, luckily there was no need for “new balls”. Plains pushed forward looking for an equaliser, but found the bibs defenders  Partington, Foster, and Nixon  tough nuts to crack. With ten minutes left Plain’s persistence and tenacity paid off, when White beat Carter from close range.Both teams looked for a winner, plains defence led by Fielding and Tipping, gave Bertenshaw little room to work his magic. Carter made a fine save from Brereton, but plains were mainly limited to long range efforts. No joy either in injury time, as the game finished in a ” Desmond”, and on the balance of play, a fair result. After the game ref Alan Graham, gave the teams a challenge, of kicking from the halfway line, two at a time, who could get the ball, nearest the goal line. This challenge was won by plains 3-0, with Brereton having his attempt, stop on the goal line. Today’s crowd consisted of Bob Derbyshire, and Poppy the dog, who brought along her owner Pete Roberts.Mark Bradshaw presented new man Gordon with the MOTM trophy, following a string of fine saves.

Bibs 2, Bertenshaw, Conroy

Plains 2, Wingrove, White

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No role for yours truly at Curzon today aside from some ball retrieval.  Two sides of six went up against each other under the watchful eye of Alan Graham.  For penalties were conceded for ‘running’. Two were converted, one missed and one saved by  a barefoot Mark Bradshaw. By my reckoning  Stewart White scored a hat trick.
Conroy Penalty – Barefoot Bradshaw saves

It was White who opened Plain’s account. Next Terry Bertenshaw’s penalty struck a post.

Conroy pulled one back for Bib’s from the spot after three Plain team runs. Undaunted by this faux revival, White fired a magnificent second goal past Brereton from around the halfway line.

Nixon in  a number 3 bib found teammate Cooper on the edge of the ‘D’ but the shot went straight into Bradshaw’s midriff.

At the other end White put Bertenshaw through but he miscued his shot from close range. Then suddenly – Penalty!  Converted by Partington. 3- 1.

A two minute period put the game beyond doubt. A fine goal from Bertenshaw. Player of the Year quality to steer the ball past Conroy in goal. Thirty seconds later White grabbed his hat trick. Conroy beaten once more. Seconds later he parried a Bertenshaw  lightning bolt harmlessly away.

Brereton scored at the other end, with the ball taking a slight deflection off Rob Lake deceiving Bradshaw. Good passing and mobility followed from Nixon, fresh from  a trip to the Fjords. Fielding, sidestepping Carter sent Nixon on his way but the attack amounted to nothing.  Nixon’s strength apparent in a challenge with White as the latter ended up prostrate on the rubber crumb.

Fielding took the gloves next for Bibs, but flung them , with a certain air of nonchalance into the goal as if to declare ‘if Bradshaw can do without shoes, I don’t need gloves.’

Next yet another penalty! Saved by Bradshaw, Conroy foiled.

A Bertenshaw thunderbolt was palmed over by Fielding who felt the after effects for several minutes. In the end the score was a fair reflection of the play. The smaller sided game more suiting walking football. And a clear  ‘stop running’ message from the Referee was sinking in, slowly.

Teams Bibs: Conroy (1pen), Cuthbert, Brereton (1) ,Fielding, Cooper, Nixon

          Plains: Bradshaw, Lake, Partington(1 pen) White (3), Bertenshaw(1) ,Carter
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ATTENDANCE 4 (including Poppy – Peter’s cute Shi-tsu)
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The Player of the Year vote went to Terry Bertenshaw – full story on the new page
AMBLER OF THE YEAR from the menu above – thanks
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A very lively 8 v 8 on the 3g at Curzon this morning. A new face in the form of Adrian Jones was welcomed to the group. The game was tight and the first half went to the Bibs courtesy of a Trevor Brereton strike. With Garry Pearce again on fine form in the Bibs goal it was going to take something special to get the ball past him and on target. On the stroke of half time Terry Bertenshaw forced a great save from our speciality ‘keeper low down to his right , the ball squirming harmlessly wide off Pearce’s outstretched arm
As the teams turned around Bertenshaw looked likeliest to pull an equaliser from his bag of tricks. For Bibs, Brereton was finding his range well and testing a variety of stand-in goalkeepers. John Smith saving well and Steve Foster too. Mike Conroy blocked a shot with an outstretched leg.
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Bib’s ascendancy was put beyond doubt by Joe Bemrose who doubled their lead with a  stunning shot. Bertenshaw managed to finally bring the Plain’s back into it with a fine goal leaving Pearce with little chance.
Stewart White was always involved, as was Partington in the Bibs effort. I think a third goal went in near the end to make it 3 – 1 . It may have been a Bemrose brace but I cannot be 100% sure.
The second half seemed to go on for a long time and was becoming increasingly fractious at times with physicality levels beyond the norm. Running was rife. Consensus suggested these games need firmer handling , by a man in the middle with a whistle, even if it means an increased fee to play.
Despite my suggestion to increase game fees to £3.00 with 50p. per player going to provide a Referee (speaking for myself I would donate this sum towards a general Amblers ‘kitty’ to provide essentials) maybe we should leave things as they are for now. Nothing has been decided 100% in this regard. If we do ‘up’ the cash then perhaps it could start in August if Mark and the club are agreeable. In the meantime we can experiment with a three team runs and it’s a penalty policy.
Full-time Plains lost – Bibs won. Deservingly so.
No photo today: Teams from memory were
Plains: Foster,Smith J, Richards,Hibbert,Conroy, Roberts,Graham, Bertenshaw
Bibs: Pearce, Jones, Seddon, Partington, White, Brereton, Bemrose , Jarvis 
Final reminder for tomorrow (Saturday)  if you want to participate in a demo WALKING football match turn up at about 4-15pm. Shirts will be provided.Bar afterwards , and player of the year Trophy awarded.
Of necessity many team pics have had to be removed from this page as it was rapidly filling up with data.  All have been saved and some will be printed when Amblers funds allow. In the meantime I will upload some  to flickr a.s.a.p.
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Our team of  t.v. quiz challengers  travelled north and had a great time with the BBC. More news, a full account AND photo’s  in the autumn. Until then we are sworn to secrecy. Many thanks to all whom we encountered on the day. Professionals who put us at our ease for an experience which will long live in our collective memories
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Voting in our ‘Player of the Year’ 2016-2017 poll has now closed.  It was brisk – with 29 players taking part and the end result  is close.  A trophy is ordered  and it’s hoped we’ll announce the result on Saturday July 1st.
Please note today’s game will receive scant coverage on the site as yours truly is part of the team travelling north to Glasgow, and  BBC Scotland .  If anyone wishes to report on the game for the Striders and Amblers Facebook group I’ll make sure it’s uploaded here eventually
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The time for next Saturday’s exhibition game has been put back to 5-00pm. please assemble from 4-15pm….and can we remember this is a demonstration game to showcase WALKING football.


The Nash 26th. June 17   Trevor Brereton reports…

On what promised to be a memorable day for five regular “Amblers” and Tony Cravagan, there was the important question of who would take the honours at Curzon on the day. I refer of course to the participation of the guys on the tv quiz show Eggheads. After the warm up by Luke Davenport, and teams selected by ‘Breggsiteer‘ Alan Richards ,’battle’ commenced. Plains were out of the blocks the quickest, moving the ball well, but up against a strong bibs defence of Partington, Hibbert, and never one afraid to ruffle a few feathers Colin Cuthbert. Plains took a deserved lead through goal poacher Pete Roberts. At times when in sight of goal Pete’s head can get a bit scrambled , but not today, as he beat Carter with an eggs-quisite finish. Plains looked for a second, Brereton had a shot well saved by Richards, then Roberts hit a post. Plains went two nil up when after fowl play White stepped up to to beat Carter with a well taken penalty. Bibs looked shell shocked, but could they hatch a plan to get a foothold in the game. Three things are certain in life, death taxes and Terry Bertenshaw getting his name on the score sheet. Bertenshaw is never terri-fried (I’m here all week” ) when faced with the whites of the goalie’s eyes, and coolly slotted past a despairing Garry Pearce.

HT Plains 2

At the start of the second half, bibs piled on the pressure, Conroy , Bertenshaw, and Richards were carving out chances, but still had just one poultry  (sic.) goal to show for their efforts. Plains eased the pressure when a man who has recently lit up our game Joe Bemrose fired powerfully past Carter Against the run of play, an unmarked White made it four one to the plains. They where still soaking up a lot of pressure, and  conceding free kicks was not helping. Fortunately they had the Eggheads Captain as their last line of defence, pulling off a number of fine saves, nothing new there. But even Pearce couldn’t reach a shot by Bertenshaw, deflecting off the leg of Lake and agonisingly out of Garry’s reach. The result was put beyond doubt in the final moments, when Bemrose lashed a screamer in from close range, off the underside of the bar. So a 5 -2 win for plains, a very flattering result, and a “cracking” game of football. Many thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing today’s game.

FT Plains 5 ,White 2 Bemrose 2, Roberts

Bibs 2 Bertenshaw 2

(Thanks for a cracking report Trevor – will add a photo to the albumen soon – Ed.)

here you go:




June 23rd. 2017 – at ‘The Nash’

BIBS 3 (Graham, Bertenshaw, Smith J) : PLAINS 1 (White , pen)

Alan Graham – man of the match

We had nine v. eight on a narrow pitch at Curzon today.
The game seemed very brisk – which is something of a euphemism for ‘there was a lot of running’. Running off the ball , running to close people down.
That said , it was an end to end affair although one end saw the majority of the action.
The Bibs took the lead with a thunderous strike from Alan Graham – who later collected the man of the match award – which brought a valiant dive from Garry Pearce, who got a fingertip to the ball as it flew into the top left hand corner of the net.
Plains struggled to find much rhythm , and though they were ahead, the men in Bibs did not fare much better. The compression of space not helping either team.

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  • After the break with the score still one-nil the Plains were presented with a golden opportunity. Was it Eric Leach or Danny Tipping who entered their defensive ‘D’ I remember not. But Stewart White with just one step converted the spot kick past Bradshaw, who got half a hand onto the ball.
    Equal status did not last long. It was the irrepressible Terry Bertenshaw (pictured here with David Wilson, so nearly on the scoresheet

    Wilson & Bertenshaw
  • himself today)  who put his team back into the lead.   A fierce shot across Pearce. How these two have conducted their own personal duel all year long. And it’s not finished yet.
    With David Wilson busy up front and going close four times – twice hitting the post – it was clear that Bibs superiority was not just in numbers. Plain heads didn’t drop, not even when John Smith put the game beyond much doubt with another goal of high quality.
    Time ticked away with little further action to report. A few tumbles, maybe a physical encounter or two and again, some running. Some players, including myself were feeling the pace. A personal view is that we really need an assertive Referee in these games at Curzon, and I will be putting ideas to Mark on Monday about how we can manage to do that on a regular basis
  • The Nash Amblers June 23rd.2017 (Independence day for some)

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All regular Amblers should consider attending this event.  There is also a post on the GMWF League page which will interest those Over 60’s with  a competitive bent.

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Bibs 4 Plains 1 The Nash Amblers June 19th 2017….


…Far from wilting in the uncharacteristic heat at Curzon this morning sixteen Ambler’s staged a lively game of walking football which the men in Bibs eventually prevailed by four goals to one.
A game of three sessions punctuated with rest breaks and water to allow for the warm weather.
Jarvis – after a superb one-two with Brereton and White put the Bibs two-nil up and Fielding replied for Plains with a handled effort that almost fooled the Referee Mark Bradshaw. Steve Wingrove, on the cusp of a run, reduced the arrears with a great, low drive that evaded the diving Pearce.
A busy spell for Garry, as Peter Roberts, left unattended on the edge of the ‘D’ drew Pearce from his line and the confusing dual which followed saw the ‘keeper save with the back of his head !
Partington and Nixon – the latter in fine form of late formed the backbone of a Bib’s defence that looked tight today.
Going forward Jarvis and Leach were threatening for Bibs , along with Richards on the left who was seeing plenty of the ball and passing well to team mates along the attacking line. Barry Smith , in goal for Plains stopped a series of shots from the men in bibs one particularly brilliant save onto the bar from Stewart White (?)
Brereton was playing his part too, more provider than finsher today and he was always looking for Richards to his left and Leach to his right. Jarvis & White also latching on to Trevor’s balls.
Plains looked distinctly second best today, despite the efforts of Graham, Lake and Wingrove, Bibs were moving the ball very well and looked the more mobile outfit. Wingrove growing frustrated fired the ball high and wide after the Ref’s indistinct whistle went for an offence. “My professional instincts took over” said the big man, drawing a witty aside from yours truly. (I knew what he meant) .
White – dangerous all morning scored a remarkable third goal – latching onto a pass at an awkward heght he fashioned himself pefectly to drill the ball home. Richards had several more efforts denied by the stubborn Smith – so quick to get down low, so able to fingertip over the bar.
At the other end , Wingrove summoned up another great ‘hit’ which Pearce fisted over. Cooper, now on the right and seeking to get forward could not make much of an impression, however
as added time petered out Eric Leach found the net with a fine shot. And so it finished four one to Bibs – a fair result on the day, one felt.
Plains: Smith / Lake / Carter / Wingrove / Cooper /Roberts/ Fielding / Graham
Bibs: Pearce / Partington / Nixon /White / Brereton / Jarvis / Richards / Leach

Notes: Depending upon times of travel to Glasgow to record an edition of ‘EGGHEADS’ next Monday 26th. our session may be affected slightly. Regular Monday men who will be heading north will be Pearce, Fielding and Richards. Hadge Cooper is also in the party. John Smith & Tony Cravaan complete the line up. There should still be plenty of players on hand to stage a good game. If we travel later in the day we will be there anyway. Throw a few General Knowledge questions our way – we could do with the practice !  There are now twenty five votes in for the players of the year and it has emerged a two horse race with little to choose between the leaders.  Winner announced in the bar on July 1st.  (I just hope the winner is there!) if not we’ll do it another time another place.

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The Nash Amblers – internal

16/6/17 – Trevor Brereton reports….

An excellent turnout this morning on the 3G saw a tight game, and some quality play by both teams. Bibs started the better, and two quick fire Brereton strikes gave them a healthy lead. The early Bibs onslaught continued with Leach, Roberts and Smith going close. Only fine saves by a variety of plains keepers, kept them in the game. Plains with the quality of White, Bemrose and Partington , grew in confidence, and pulled a goal back, when the un-marked Pete Jarvis slotted home from close range.

HT Bibs 1
Plains 0

As the second half got underway the pace and intensity of the game increased.
For Bibs Smith’s energy and creativity allied with Leach ‘ s power, and Roberts unpredictability, kept the ever reliable Partington, Foster and Pearce now on defensive duties busy. Indeed it was Pearce the goalkeeping “clean sheet” specialist, who equalised for plains with an unerringly cool finish . Then getting a bit cocky, Garry shot narrowly wide soon after. Nixon with a damaged digit, was a colossus at the back for Bibs. So with the game all square, a frantic finish ensued, could either team find a winner?  The game ebbed and flowed, chances were created, and at times last ditch defending was needed. Tipping was giving nothing away for Bibs, Burrows aiding him at the back. For plains, Graham, and the Dennis Irwin like reliabily of Foster kept bibs at bay. As the seconds ticked away , first plains had a strong penalty claim waved away by ref Mark Bradshaw, followed by an equally strong Bibs claim for a pen when goalie Graham ventured out of the “D” to thwart Brereton. So a draw it was , definitely a fair result, after an excellent game of Walking Football . Following the game Mark Bradshaw presented Trevor Brereton with the Man of the match trophy.

(Well done Trevor – Ed.)

Full time Bibs 2 Brereton 2
Plains 2, Jarvis, Pearce

Bibs. Brereton, Roberts, Leach, Burrows, Nixon, Smith, Tipping

Plains, Partington, Foster,White, Pearce,Graham, Jarvis, Bemrose.


Monday June 12th.
Bibs 2 (Brereton, White) Plains 0
With several Monday regulars missing today it was quite a surprise to see enough Amblers gather for a seven-a-side game.
The first half was exceptionally close with both teams having chances. Constant ball retrieval by the willing George Fieldhouse kept delays to a minimum. Shooting was often high, wide and not so handsome at both ends.
The nil-nil scoreline at the break said it all really.
The second half began in similar fashion. Approach play from both teams was worthy of mention but no end result. The deadlock was broken by Trevor Brereton from 10 metres out, driving a powerful shot past Mark Bradshaw.
Special praise from team mates for Rob Lake , who had a very good game today.
Plains did their best to get back on terms but the final ball was lacking. Pearce was in top form again too, making several good saves.
Stewart White – mobile all morning – added a second goal and it was all over bar the shouting.
Good to see Peter Roberts (back strain) as a spectator, walking his dog ‘Poppy’ – get well soon Pete.

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    We are currently voting our ‘Player of the Year’ at The Nash Amblers internal sessions.
    Alan Richards has so far taken in eighteen votes spread over four  nominees.
    Two leading contenders are in the hunt, but we also have two other nominees should you wish to vote. Please see Alan before the end of next week. Your vote can be amended up until then should you wish. Votes cost £1 each and this money will be used for a suitable trophy to go to the winner, or winners in the event of a tie.
    Nominees in no order are :
    David Partington : Garry Pearce : Stewart White : Terry Bertenshaw
    Bibs: Pearce , Lake, White, Smith B, Fielding, Graham, Brereton
    Plains: Bradshaw, Cooper , Partington ,Leach, Richards , Conroy, Wingrove
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June 5th. 2017
Bibs 2 : 3 Plains
Another rain laden sky greeted fourteen of us at Curzon this Monday morning. One or two familiar faces missing due to holidays beginning, continuing or nearing their end.
Gordon Nixon took the warm-up and sides were selected.

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    David Partington back with us after  his holiday’s nursing a heavy chest cold, Phil Hibbert also  a returner. Colin Cuthbert too.
Phil Hibbert, left..
with Mike Conroy

Within the first ten seconds Terry Bertenshaw had hit the post with a curling shot, and within two minutes of that Colin Fielding did the same at the other end, much to the surprise of Goalkeeper Pearce.

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    The game was brisk. Referee Richards pulled up several players for running but allowed some jogging to go unchecked in the interests of player enjoyment. (Other Ref’s -especially in competitions – might not be so lenient.)
    There was some good play from both teams but Plains had the Bertenshaw factor and he had soon put them two ahead. It looked like more goals could be on the cards but gradually the Bibs got their defensive act together.
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    Barry Smith, lively all morning reduced the deficit before half-time.
    At the restart the rain was still drizzling down on the players, all of who seemed to be enjoying themselves. With Colin Cuthbert making a welcome return after a long absence. Colin is a combative player and figured in one or two close contact tussles with various opponents.


Colin Cuthbert

With so many useful players on show it was inevitable that the game might look  a lot like traditional football for older men.  Which at times, it did.

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    We used to be an inclusive group of mixed ability.  Sometimes when you stand back and watch from distance it dawns upon one that things have changed.  Anybody joining us now who couldn’t play at least more than  a little bit,  would have no chance of enjoying the experience. Food for thought ?  Or shut up and get on with it ?
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    Barry Smith bagged a brace for the Bibs , his second goal well deserved after a fine display of attacking play. He almost had a hat trick as a shot of his crept under the side netting.
    Bertenshaw , with  his hat trick in the goal bank already, stepped up to take a penalty after ‘keeper Davenport had stepped outside his area.  Terry shot wide to let Luke of the hook.
    Time ticked inexorably away and the whistle went.
  • Bibs 2: 3 Plains
    (Most stayed for a cup of tea afterwards.  Garry Pearce mentioned his plans for a walking football party in Stalybridge in celebration of his 65th. Birthday on July 15th.  More details to follow but all Amblers are invited. Watch this space, and others please – thanks Garry.)

  • Teams today Bibs: Davenport, Partington, Lake, Fielding, Nixon, White, Smith B (2).
    Plains: Pearce, Cuthbert, Bemrose, Bertenshaw(3) Burrows, Hibbert ,Conroy
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June 2nd. 2017 Bibs 5 : 2 Plains

The BBC forecast heavy rain all morning today – which never materialised.  I’m not complaining.  The threat did not deter fifteen Amblers from engaging in a very lively game of almost pure walking football. Well Referee’d by Luke Davenport who I recall only pulled one player for running.
It was necessarily an 8 v. 7 affair. With the 8 having the  added security of goalkeeper Garry Pearce as a last line of defence as well as numerical superiority.
Selections proved sound though as the 7 men in Bibs forged a two goal lead early doors. Bertenshaw hit the opener when Pearce was left exposed, and John Smith (I think or it may have been Michael Conroy) doubled the lead.  Pearce was clearly unhappy with his defence and things were tightened up  a bit. Although David Wilson went close with a shot after a good through ball from Smith.
The improvised flat markers proved a hit, with no untimely and unplanned deflections. (Thanks to Barry Smith for those). Plains began to find some form. With Seddon and White combining before the latter reduced the deficit. Bemrose and Burrows were busy for Plains as the early Bib onslaught was stifled. Wilson – in  a spell between the Bib’s  posts tipped over a fine rising shot .
Half-time Bibs 2 : 1 Plains
As the teams turned around the quality didn’t let up. Yes, some passes went astray but by and large the standard was pretty high and importantly,  competitive but fair and  played in the right spirit. One or two players hit the deck hard but these were a result of ‘coming togethers’ rather than foul play.
Terry Bertenshaw , after a jinking walk reminiscent  of Ricky Villa’s Wembley winner in 1981 took him around two defenders, slotted home past a diving Pearce. A minute later the overworked Pearce was beaten again, this time Danny  Tipping was on target with  a fierce drive. At 4-1 things looked bleak for Plains. White and Co. could not make much impression.  It fell to Gordon Nixon, powering himself forward with purpose to shoot home to pull one back. He’ll have enjoyed that one.
As if to slap down any hope of a Plains recovery though, their fate was soon sealed when  Bertenshaw , given too much space  cracked  a rasping shot into the back of the net for his hat-tick.  5 – 2 it became and 5 – 2 it remained. Although for a time Pearce was peppered with shots, John Smith particularly potent in that regard today, he resisted any further breach and the team around him though beaten, battled on valiantly. After the game Luke Davenport said the scoreline didn’t reflect the play, but to be fair I think Bibs dominance and firepower swung it in the end.
David Wilson left the field near the close, with an injured back. Alan Richards , back playing after three weeks stepped off the field briefly when fearing a return of foot problems but resumed soon afterwards. Only to leave the pitch again when David Wilson did, to even up the numbers.
Nobody seemed to know where the ‘man of the match’ trophy has got to, and anyway our adjudicator-in-Chief Mark Bradshaw is still away – I think it would have had to be another award for Terry  today. So, those who doubted the number imbalance, and the regular goalkeeper being on the side of ‘the eight’  it turned into a close game in some ways though the ultimate winners were beyond doubt.  I give you The Bibs !

NOTE:Next Friday’s session will suffer because of Heywood commitments AND a few players are on holiday. Watch the news page for an update when we can work out who is likely to be available to play an internal session.

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The Nash 26/5/17

Trevor Brereton reports…

Curzon Ashton was the setting for a full blooded, but fun game of Walking Football in the sweltering heat this morning. Some familiar faces were missing, but we still managed to get fourteen to “amble ” on down. The Plains started well with Brereton having three efforts well saved by Foster in the Bib’s goal. Against the run of play Bibs took the lead through “amblers” talisman Terry Bertenshaw. Plains replied soon after with a fine finish from Denton regular Steve Wingrove. Bibs where passing the ball well,  Gray , Smith, and Conroy linking up well. It was the ever dangerous Mike Conroy who gave Bibs the lead with a fine finish to the keepers left. As the sun shone, and Smith topped up his tan, Brereton fed Wingrove, who beat keeper Carter. For Bibs, the man they’re calling Stewart White gave them the lead after a goalkeeping error. Bibs fought back Pearce in an unfamiliar defensive role, along with the ever reliable Foster limited the Plains opportunities now. Bibs levelled through the. unstoppable Bertenshaw, after a defensive error. Indeed the “plains” defence was crumbling in the face of the Bibs attacking threat. Bertenshaw was starting to run riot, as Plains wilted in the spring heat. Smith was having a huge influence on the game, and probably scored, though the writer has temporary amnesia. In the end a deserved, if slightly flattering 6-3 win for the Bibs. Thank you to referee Alan Graham, Luke Davenport, for taking the session and providing post match brews.

Trevor Brereton standing in for Editor in Chief, Player, Facilitator, wearer of many caps, both metaphorically and literally, Alan Richards. (thanks Trevor – Ed.)

Bibs: Smith, Foster, Pearce, Carter, Bertenshaw, Gray, Conroy

Plains: White, Ward, Wingrove, Nixon,  Mallender,  , Brereton

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  • Bibs 2 Plains 1 – May 22nd.
  • Greeted at The Nash by Luke Davenport,  Academy man and Under 9’s coach Isaac Keast , and regular attender George Fieldhouse numbers were only made respectable by a trilogy of late arrivals.
    A 6 v. 6 ensued. George Fieldhouse had the first really clear cut chance but shot just wide.
    Pearce was immediately under siege in the Plain goal as Bibs launched wave after wave of attacking intent. Throwing himself around like a teenager Garry eventually injured his shoulder but carried on regardless.
    Running was kept to  a minimum but there were a few transgressions of this important rule.  Closing speeds can influence injury outcomes so it’s important we remember we’re not playing football. Isaac Keast – adapting well to walking pace –  looked very comfortable on the ball and of the older heads around him Gordon Nixon stood out for enthusiasm, mobility and passing skill. One particular combination move with Trevor Brereton was a joy to watch.
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    Gary Gray almost beat Pearce but after a rare fumble his shot was gathered at the second attempt. David Carter, in the Bibs goal was rarely troubled. Brereton going closest.
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  • Goals from  Bertenshaw (a superb assist from Gray) and another from  ( not sure, think it was Terry again)  a fair reflection of play.  George went walkabout at half-time as David Carter, liberated from Bibs goal took up an outfield position for Plains and had a cracking second half with some excellent distribution. A fearsome daisy-cutter , again from live-wire  Bertenshaw struck the base of a post and went harmlessly out of play.
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  • – mind the gap Isaac !
    Isaac Keast

    As the game went on Plains began to impose themselves and a busy Brereton had any number of shots saved, or went wide.  Eventually, despite a valiant effort from White in goal, Trevor halved the deficit with a typical Brereton goal and for a time it looked as though an equaliser was on the cards.  Fieldhouse , now in a bib impressed once or twice with tricky footwork, as did several others Bertenshaw in particular.
    Handshakes all round at the end. A narrow win but a win all the same. The game enjoyed by all with not a word of rancour from anyone. Thanks to Luke & Isaac for facilitating – almost all stayed on for a brew afterwards. When co-ordinator Richards reminded everyone there is NO GAME on Bank Holiday Monday (29th).

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    Plains – Pearce – Nixon – Partington – Brereton – Keast – Fieldhouse *
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May 19th 2017

Bibs 3  ( Conroy, Nixon og, Smith J) – Plains 0

Pic: Alan Richards
  • Few comedy moments to report today , just an earnest bunch of walking footballers going head to head, toe to toe. Seven  a side this morning with Mark Bradshaw in goal for Bibs.
    His opposite number Garry Pearce – far from Plain in his snazzy goalkeeping get up – was busier by far. A series of thrilling saves and parries keeping the Bibs at bay.
    Some really good football and passing from both sides this morning.  The Bibs opened the brighter, lively in attack with Bertenshaw and Smith well supported by  a very able Peter Ward, highly mobile, sometimes on the cusp of a run, as he looked increasingly dangerous in  a variety of attacking moves.
    Newcomer Joe Bemrose had the confidence to take a penalty after Partington wandered in to his own ‘D’. Missing the first attempt – which was ordered retaken because the Referee had not blown his whistle – he failed to convert the second. We saw enough of Joe this morning though to know he could  be an asset to the group going forward. Some quality distribution from the Royton man.
Joe Bemrose

Brereton went very close after  a smart , intuitive through ball from David Carter.
An outstretched foot from Pearce denied John Smith an opener. Next it was a routine save from a Partington effort. Pearce distributing very well with his feet seems to have added this to his game. Raking, ground level  passes through the midfield finding their man.
Bradshaw gathered from Bemrose and Bertenshaw shot wide at the other end.

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    Time after time Bibs attackers were thwarted. It was left to silver haired Mike Conroy to break the deadlock, with a shot as speculative as it was accurate. It found a way past Pearce and nestled in the net, causing some surprise.
    Several players were pulled up for running, and the pace quickened towards the middle period of the second half.  Matters degenerated almost enough to resemble a football match for old guys !
    Battling for an equaliser with White instrumental behind Brereton – shielding the ball in possession, twisting and turning hither and thither seeking an opening – but to little avail. An acrobatic save from Pearce again denied Smith at the other end. He doesn’t need fancy kit to ‘look the part’ but reckons ‘it helps’.  always ready to analyse his own mistakes – as rare as they are – Pearce kept the scoreline down to  respectable levels today.
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    Several players were handed their runners-up medals to mark  a good opening  GMWFL campaign. We will have a bit more pomp and circumstance when we win something.  Triple winning youth coach and walking football mentor Mark Bradshaw was presented with  a small token of our appreciation, for all of  his efforts and encouragement  during the 2016-27 season with The Nash Amblers.
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Curzon 15th. May 2017

5 V 5


Trevor Brereton reporting….

…As the rain poured down on the brave ‘Amblers’  who stubbornly refused to stay in and watch Jeremy Kyle, even Mystic Meg couldn’t have predicted what was about to unfold. Nine Amblers and the addition of Mark Bradshaw, made it a 5 v 5 affair. Mark decided we would only be able to score in the D, and have no fixed keeper. The teams looked well balanced, but rarely has one man made such a profound impact on a game of WF, as the imbalanced Peter Roberts. Pete, who plays in a marching band, is never one to blow his own trumpet, this morning gave a virtuoso performance that will long in the memory of those ‘privileged’ to witness it. No doubt this morning’s format suited Peters game, where he could ‘hover’  in or around the ‘D’, waiting to finish off his teammates approach play. Pete’s ‘plains’ took an early 3-0 lead, Roberts himself scoring two of those. Bibs had plenty of the ball, but last ditch defending by Fielding, Partington, and Brereton kept them at bay. The goals continued to flow for ‘plains’  Roberts and Brereton giving them a healthy lead.

Half Time: Plains 7 : 2 Bibs

For ‘bibs’ Bertenshaw was displaying his usual dazzling skills, along with Nixon, Leach and White, recovered after  Friday’s ‘gonadgate’.  Bradshaw was pulling the strings for ‘plains’  with long , accurate forward passes to feet. For ‘bibs’ Cooper was always a threat going forward, and solid in defence. Bertenshaw and White got on the score sheet for ‘bibs’, but it was the free scoring Roberts who was unplayable this morning.  As well as his goal scoring heroics Pete managed throw in a few of his Norman Wisdom falls, mis-timed tackles on both opponents and teammates, AND dribble around open goals. On one such occasion , with the goal at his mercy, Pete dribbled straight into the goal post, fortunately neither suffered long lasting damage!

In a game like this scores weren’t important, but for the record I think Pete notched about 10 goals this morning. After the game Pete said his performance was hindered by the fact that he didn’t wear his glasses, due to the rain. As Pete left “the Nash” with a bruised knee, and “rubber crumb” on his bald patch, it’s fair to say it was an “I was there” kind of a morning.

Full time: Plains.14 (Roberts 10, Brereton 4) : Bibs 4 (Bertenshaw 2, White 2)

Bibs: Bertenshaw, Leach, Nixon,White Cooper

Plains: Bradshaw, Brereton, Fielding, ROBERTS, Partington


Gordon Nixon  commenting on Pete.

Peter Roberts ‘incomparable’


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Trevor Brereton reporting…

Friday May 12th 2o17:

A good turn out at Curzon this morning, , in spite of the persistent drizzle. The bibs looked strong with the spine of, Pearce, Partington, White and Bertenshaw. While plains had Leach, Smith, Burrows, and a rare Friday appearance from Rob Lake. Bibs made the faster start, and it wasn’t long before there pint sized predator Stewart White gave them the lead, with a fine finish past Plains keeper Lake. Plains pushed for an equaliser with Gray, Leach and Brereton threatening the bibs goal. Bibs had more of a cutting edge in the final third however, so it was no surprise when Bertenshaw double their lead with a fine strike past Lake. Plains hand was strengthened with the late arrival of Mark Bradshaw, who took his place between the sticks for them

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Early in the second play was interrupted when what promised to be a fine raking pass, was well intercepted by Stewart Whites “gonads”. After a short rest, and a quick count play resumed. Plains looked to get back into the game, Foster striding forward with purpose, the skill and mobility of Smith, and Burrows never afraid to have a pop at goal. For bibs White was playing out of skin, and seemingly recovered from his earlier injury, when as luck would have it, he made a brave block at point blank range with his by now sizable “plums”. But tough as old boots Stew doesn’t need to “grow a pair” and was soon back on his feet. Plains were putting together intricate passing moves, bypassing the plains midfield, and where it not for for the heroics of Bradshaw, would have been well out of sight. Bertenshaw tested Bradshaw with a series of powerful efforts, but Mark saved superbly with his feet, and kept his hands warm catching and parrying the strikers efforts. But Mark was no match for White, and by now his unfeasibly large testicles, as Stewart found the “sack “with a superb drive. Plains had the consolation of a late goal when a goal bound Smith effort took a deflection off prospective ” Egghead” Fielding leaving the distinguished defender with “egg on his face”, wrong footing Pearce, as the ball hit the net. All in all, a very good game of WF, very little running, and I can hardly re – call a foul. A memorable game for Stewart White, two superbly struck balls, and two goals.

After the game Keith Burrows presented Mark Bradshaw with a glass tankard, as a reward for his remarkable achievements with the Curzon Ashton under 18 triple winning team.

Full Time

Bibs 3 White 2, Bertenshaw  : Plains 1 Smith

Bibs: White, Bertenshaw, Partington, Fielding,Pearce, Foster 1 half, Graham

Plains: Gray, Leach, Lake, Brereton, Bradshaw, Burrows, Foster 1 half, Smith

Bibs 3 Plains 1 – May 12th 2017
Those interested should also see the GMWF Over 60’s page
from the menu for more news of The Nash Amblers debut league campaign
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Monday May 8th. 2017 –  Bibs 3 Plains 1
Alan Graham increased the numbers to day, playing rather than Refereeing. Actually he kindly did a bit of both for us.  It was a seven a side game of end to end flowing (walking) football.
Good to see Hadge Cooper back at Curzon for the first time in  a while. Later we had a visit from Barry Thickett too, who has been absent for a while.
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With the pre-match chat around our runners-up spot last week and various topics around the traditional, professional game and Mark’s success with Curzon’s Under 18 side we kicked off a few minutes late.
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Team in Bibs :  Bradshaw , Cooper ,Fielding , Bertenshaw, Roberts,  White , Graham.
Plain shirts :  Pearce ,Conroy, Smith B, Burrows ,Nixon , Richards, Brereton.
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Peter Roberts almost immediately hit the deck for no apparent reason, but picked himself up and dusted the rubber crumb off his person. Peter is prone to the odd tumble – reminiscent of old  Subbutteo players which regularly toppled over –  but he always gets up with  a smile on his face and gets on with it. No need for running repairs just yet.  I recall deployment of Evo-Stik and Bostik on the broken ‘stars’ of my table football team – far removed from FIFA fifteen or whatever it is they play on their Playstations these days. I loved Subbuteo as a boy, and if nobody else was around, I  would often play with myself.
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The first deed for Garry Pearce to perform was to pick the ball out of the back of his net as Stewart White scored perhaps the quickest ever goal in our walking football history with  the help of a superb ‘assist’ from Terry Bertenshaw.

White on target
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Plains began the task of a fightback. Gordon Nixon urging his teams forward with Richards and Brereton the main attacking threat, assisted by Conroy on the right flank. Bradshaw, stockingless,  in the Bibs goal was his usual relaxed self but blocked any number of half chances. One particularly good stop from Brereton from which Conroy shot just over from the rebound.
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Keith Burrows, resplendent in a Tameside Strider-esque white with black trimmings  ‘VIGA’ shirt (£4 from ebay) was influential in defence. Often finding his man and trying to set up attacks, which were sometimes thwarted by Cooper, resolute but calm and Colin Fielding, fresh from Heywood heroics.  Keith later told me he had a ‘heat press’ and could number shirts.
If he tries it out on the one he has we might be able to get the rest of ours  done for a reasonable price – I’ll be in touch Keith. I was surprised we didn’t see Keith at Heywood last week and told him so. Seems he wasn’t in the ‘Vintage Celtic’ squad but  will certainly be a contender for ours if he nails his colours to the Ambler’s mast. WE may even enter two teams in September – we shall see. Could Keith become yet another ‘ex-Vintage Celtic’ Ambler ?
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Throughout the game Stewart White popped and fizzed. Effervescent in the extreme.  Following his dramatic opener, he must have had half a dozen shots, most narrowly off target but not  by much. Bertenshaw was playing second fiddle for a time in the shooting stakes but soon got in on the action. Garry Pearce with remarkable agility getting a fingertip to one here, a palm to one there, and the satisfying thud of a well struck ball colliding with his midriff and going no further.  Top, top walking football goalkeeper. As a group we are blessed to have him, and Barry Smith,  a  shot-stopper par excellence. Not to mention David Partington plus Mark Bradshaw all excellent between the posts.
Half time tactical chat – Trev’s heard it all before
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H-T 1-0 Bibs.
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With just one goal separating the sides at half-times the Plain’s had not so much a mountain to climb as negotiate a mere bump in the road.  The first half had seen equal amounts of possession but Bibs posed the greater goal threat. The road proved to be cruel, with dangers lurking at every twist and turn – usually it was Terry’s hips doing the twisting AND the turning with the ball at his feet. Sometimes you just feel like tripping him up ! But that wouldn’t be cricket.
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In the second half we decided to try the overhead allowance but NO heading rule we discussed a while back.  This made longer balls easier, and also highlighted good first touches, bringing a ball down off chest or trapping  with feet.
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Mike Conroy’s troublesome groin injury flared up again. Widening his gait suddenly to latch onto  a pass from  Richards he pulled up in some difficulty.  Ice was despatched and he played no further part.  Perhaps an extended rest might be in order but he’s always so keen to play. Take care Michael.
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Pearce’s goal  began to resemble a shooting gallery. He was not happy at his exposure at times and said so forcefully (for Garry) , his teammates  took note and tried to track back to mark those sharpshooters White, Bertenshaw & Roberts. No easy task. Bertenshaw especially is a highly mobile live wire that takes some taming. When we manage it we’ll let you know. White was no slouch either and threatened constantly,  taking  full advantage of good service from  the indomitable Fielding , Cooper, and Graham.

Three Amigo’s

Barry Smith – influential in the outfield and looking to exploit the head high relaxation distributed well, and both he and Burrows put a real shift in. The latter going close to an equaliser as the wind picked up across the moss.

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In truth , the experiment with ball height was so profound, so marked that not a soul mentioned it after the game.  I think we’ll leave it there and revert to normality most of the time, although it may be worth another try, on a  still, calm summer’s day. If they ever happen on Ashton Moss.  We shall see.
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When Conroy departed the field Alan Graham reverted to full time Refereeing duties to even things out. A Bertenshaw shot, deflected off Nixon and looked goalbound before an outstretched Pearce turned it around the post. Garry looks average height when he’s stood up – seven feet tall when prone – must be the outstretched arms of course.
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Bertenshaw doubled the lead, and then added a third within a minute, squeezing the ball between Pearce’s legs.  The Plains looked shell-shocked, the colour draining from their reddened faces. With a mountain resembling the North face of the Eiger to climb now.
Mountains aside, Bradshaw was a rock – his parents might well have Christened him Peter.  Defying Plains any hope of a comeback.  The best they could muster was a late consolation goal struck well by the lively Brereton in added time.
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Another good game, to be sure. Much enjoyment and  banter all round from this group of regular playmates. I hope this report reflects the mood. I came home happy. I must have been as I finally got around to sorting out my garage!
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Keep the good vibes going while yours truly is not around and I’ll catch up with you all soon. Remember Mark’s Under 18 team has a chance of a TREBLE on Wednesday night k.o.7-30pm v. Chorley on the stadium pitch.  A win will seal it. I hope to be there,  at least for some of the action.
Thanks to George Fieldhouse for retrieving so many wayward shots
George Fieldhouse
– AND to Barry Thickett for the team photo below.
Walking football eh? it’s a blast !
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Please note – sessions on Monday’s and Friday’s now run normally for the foreseeable future.
 Holidays and absences will  kick in but numbers are such now that there should always be a enough of us for an enjoyable game. Let’s hope so anyway.
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Photo’s from Heywood (thanks for those action shots Trevor)
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Colin Fielding has agreed to Captain the team into Friday’s round of fixtures at Heywood.
He has undoubted leadership skills and was the choice of both yours truly and Mark Bradshaw.
Colin Fielding – Captain
Of course we need several leaders out there on the pitch at any one time, and if Colin is not in the starting line up for any of the games then others will be required to drive the team forward.
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REMEMBER: NO SESSION NEXT FRIDAY due to over 60’s league commitments +
April 28th  Bibs 2 Plains 3  (on a BIG pitch with BIG goals)
The bright sunshine brought a record turnout of twenty to the Nash this morning.
As luck would have it the decision to try something completely different presented itself. A set of full size goals had been place on the training ground – one in a conventional position, the other just beyond the half way line facing so effectively cutting a large full size pitch to something more than in half.
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Mark Bradshaw, ever inventive and innovative thought this the ideal dimensions to experiment with.  So wit a very, very wide pitch and what looked like huge goals for the likes of Garry Pearce to defend we set about it.  I admit to some initial reluctance but once the game started – though a  little ‘harem-scarem’ it was an enjoyable exercise.
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Plains were denied when a Stewart White shot went in off the eight foot high cross bar – obviously overhead height.  The Six yard boxes served as ‘D”s.  White (I think) did get the ball in the back of the net but as the ball went over head height off the crossbar it was ruled out. Moments later the ball – hit by Bertenshaw -squirmed under the body of a prostrate Pearce opening up  a lead which John Smith doubled after some fine passing down the right hand side.
The ‘crowd’ of one assured me later that it was a good game to watch. It was certainly quite taxing with those wide parameters making for lots of ground to cover.
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Trevor Brereton pulled one back for Bibs early into the second half and Eric Leach went close with two similar shots from wide which just evaded the target.
Terry Bertenshaw, revelling in this format of the game hammered home a third goal and with the score at 3- 1 Plains looked assured. Mike Conroy had to leave the field with  a groin strain and David Partington later reported an aggravated injury which may render both doubtftul for next week’s league games. We shall see.
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David Wilson almost on the line of the six yard box wrongfooted Mark Bradshaw in Plain’s goal to reduce the arrears, but with time running  out as fast as our energy on that stamina sapping pitch, the game was over. Plains managed to keep their noses in front.
Perhaps next time we get these numbers we will revert to two games of five or six a side. Either way enjoyment is the key, and so long as innovation does not detract from that ingredient we should remain game for almost anything. Within reason.

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In the brew room later Garry Pearce announced he has obtained us an audition for ‘Eggheads’ the T.V. Quiz and volunteers are sought – watch this space. Curzon also have a Golf Day coming up so if that’s your bag contact Mark Bradshaw for details. In the meantime gather at the ground for 12-00 pm. tomorrow for our ‘High Noon at The Nash’ shootout ahead of Curzon’s final game of a long season. Ciao.
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April 24th Plains 1 Bibs 0

Good to see Stewart White back amongst thirteen other Ambler’s on  a chilly, but ultimately dry morning on the 3g at Tameside Stadium.

Stewart White

Yet another game decided by one goal.  Although there were plenty of shots at both ends of the pitch to test ‘keepers Pearce and Bradshaw.
Both held firm. But the fierce drive from Bertenshaw that eluded Pearce was something very special from  a tight angle.  It came towards the end of a first half closely contested and well Referee’d by Alan Graham – on duty for us once more.
Other players had their chances too. Steve Wingrove carving out various opportunites for himself. For Bibs, Stewart White and Trevor Brereton probably came closest to scoring.
We did assemble for  the customary team shot at the end but camera unfamiliarity meant it didn’t quite develop. Instead we have a few individual shots from which we can remember the day. There’s a link at the foot of this report.

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Over a cup of tea we pondered many things including a trial run for a ‘no heading but ball can exceed head height’ idea posted on Facebook recently. Although players were open to try this one out on experimental  ‘one-off’ basis in an internal session it must be said there was no great enthusiasm expressed for such  a departure.
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As the players headed for home Alan Richards and Mark Bradshaw discussed the squad for Heywood on 5th.May and this will be named on Wednesday, as stated on the website. Mark will manage the squad on the day.  Mike Conroy was a spectator today with a Bursitis flare up giving him  a painful heel. Hopefully this will be cleared up inside a few days and we hope he can make it on Friday to our next internal game. Hopefully, John Smith will be able to make it on Friday too.
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Players not involved at Heywood are invited to travel to cheer the Ambler’s on.  My guess is there will be plenty of car space from Curzon as many of us will meet there at 9-40am. as usual on Friday May 5th. Currently we are in second place in the overall standings but I have no idea which formula the organisers will use for deciding an outright winner, given the disparity of games some teams have played.
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ALL players are reminded they are invited on Saturday 29th. for a game from about half twelve followed by FREE entry into Curzon Ashton F.C. v. Boston United in the Nash’s final game of a long season. Also tomorrow night (Tuesday 25th)  please get down to stadium for a game on the pitch at half time in the clubs ‘Un-official Cup Final’ for their Under 17 & Under 18 Players. Be there for just before 7-00pm. Tracksuit or jogging bottoms or shorts if you prefer. The club will provide Bibs as required for this short demonstration and advertisement for walking football.
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Bibs 0 Plains 1
April 21st 2017
A seven-a-side game today firmly Referee’d by Alan Graham.
Some good passing on show and excellent work rates for walking football – I thought so anyway as a few looked exhausted  by the end of it.
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Garry Pearce , in goal for Plains kept out a marauding Bibs attack led by Terry Bertenshaw who popped and fizzed throughout. Unusually he could not get the ball in the back of the net, although he did have a goal disallowed for ‘running’ and was not alone in that.  Many of us were guilty of that fundamental  sin this morning.  Unlike last week, there were frequent stoppages but the game was better for it.
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It’s impossible to mention everyone  in any meaningful context as the game ebbed and flowed so much and it was difficult to keep track.  Danny Tipping was superb at the back for Plains. His vocal encouragement and demands were a key element in Garry’s clean sheet. Steve Foster, solid as ever and a catalyst to counter attacks involving a capable Conroy. With  Leach, so often instrumental, the hard working Brereton  and Richards  all pushed forward – only to draw a blank in the keenly contested first period.
Danny Tipping – last weeks man of the match and another great game today
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For Bib’s, Burrows marshalled defensive matters with David Partington and Phil Hibbert solid and thwarting Plains attacking intentions.  David Carter turned in  a highly competent display in goal although Plains chance creation ratio was way behind that of the Bibs, led in that regard by the effervescent Bertenshaw.
A Brereton breakthrough – or so we thought -, as Trevor, picking up  a fine ball from Richards found the back of the net but  his effort was ruled out for running .  No hint of any dissent , or argument from anyone. As you’d expect with this group of players.
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Burrows had a couple of openings to shoot on goal as the time ticked away but his efforts went high and wide. We all know Keith can be lethal from that distance so Plains counted that as something of a let off.

Gary Gray – back with us today

All players were busy and full of walking. David Wilson, ever the flanker on right and left using the ball well and always offering his team mates a pass. His energy levels did not drop one iota despite a few running offences. With Gary Gray good on the ball and finding team mates regularly, Plains knew they were up against it with this opposition.

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Richards left his first touch at home today but after  a pass from Tipping  he found Leach who in turn found Brereton and a fine, flowing move saw the ball end up in the back of Carter’s net for the only goal of the game.
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As we trooped off at the end with a red-faced  glow of satisfaction about many of us, we reflected on a really close affair between two well matched teams. A draw would have been  a fairer result, but we all know by now that life isn’t fair.
Eric Leach – instrumental
Neither it seems is walking football.
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On a personal note my  thanks to Gary Gray, Eric Leach and Brian Stafford – who drove to Curzon especially to donate – for their contributions to website renewal.  We have now raised 96% of the total and with  a pledge from John Smith of a fiver on his return from holiday we have exceeded the total renewal bill by 92 pence! We do not now need to dip into Strider’s funds.
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Thank you all.  Any ideas for increased or improved web site content are welcomed.  I will be preparing a few questionnaires for those players we have yet ‘to meet’ on our ‘Meet the Players’ page – I’m coming for you too, Mr.Bradshaw. 🙂
“Strong Refereeing today” Mark Bradshaw
“Goalkeeper made a difference” David Partington

“Well done Terry, you’re knocking on the door every week mate” – Alan Richards

“That Refereeing was Heywood standard ”  Alan Graham




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Random Amblers – Bob & Dave


With regular Heywood players returning from holidays and other commitments and the men who were such able replacements in winning four out of four the squad selection for May – the final round – will be so difficult.  We have only ever taken  a maximum of NINE players to Heywood.  This final round will merit a squad of TEN  –  the maximum allowed by the league.

With thirteen to choose from there will inevitably be difficult decisions to be made. Help me out? Please first indicate your 100% availability  or otherwise – SOON please.  The  12 names in the mix are as follows: those asterisked have already done so. If you’re in the Facebook group do it there please. If not by text to 07387 174934 or email to

Colin Fielding, Stephen Foster, Garry Pearce, John Smith ,  Barry Smith,  Gordon Nixon , Steve Wingrove, Rob Lake*, Alan Richards*, Michael Conroy, Stewart White,  David Partington

Thanks all.  The squad selected – on the day – will be managed by Mark Bradshaw.

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Bill Cunningham

Not the prettiest walking football (?)….too fast and too physical – turn the sound up – how many times does Mark say ‘be careful’ ? Let’s get back to basics….remember Bill Cunningham ? and could he have coped yesterday? Video links below…



  • Mark Bradshaw selected the sides today ,  and went for a goalkeeper-less affair where we could only score INSIDE the ‘D’.
    A sometimes fiesty five-a-side, played at more than walking pace resulted in a 9-5 win for the Bibs.  The teams were tied at 4 – 4 at half time but tired, Plain legs and increasingly large holes in their defences led to  a second half rout.
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    Credit the Bibs, they played the better football throughout.  Colin Fielding in great form of late, I think  struck with two goals in the first half.  Rod Seddon – a newcomer – scored a brace on his debut (I think it was two) the first a result of some deft footwork. When Rod adjusts to the pace of walking football and to the way we try to play the game he could be a real asset to the group if he chooses to become a regular.
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    With Group videographer Eve on the touchline with her trusty tripod and a trio of ever willing ball-girls to assist in proceedings this pre-Easter workout was just the preparation for a lazy Easter,  stuffing ourselves with hot X buns and chocolate eggs.
    Not that the writer will be doing much of that after his recent blood test !
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    Bibs were bossed by Partington driving them on from the back and Alan Graham , imposing in black tracksuit – an effort always enhanced by the ever mobile Terry Bertenshaw, tucking away more goals but sometimes on the cusp of a run. (?)
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    For Plains all their hard work came to nothing in a second half of pain – for Steve Foster.. hope the knee is OK Steve…and misery for the rest. Final balls just lacking, and an extra foot of ‘pace’ costing them dearly. I cannot remember all the goalscorers and have not yet listened back to my match recording so if I’ve missed you out I’m sorry. For Plains, Eric got at least one and Mike Conroy.  No doubt Trevor delivered too. Bibs? A bit of a free for all second half. Well done.
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    After the game we had a brief conversation about employing a Referee regularly for the Curzon sessions, but like the Plain’s second half efforts, we got nowhere. For me this is becoming a pressing issue, especially if we are failing to self-discipline. What we are really playing at Curzon is slower paced football with walking football rules. Mike Conroy suggested it might be called  ‘Senior Rules’ Football.  Good call Mike but I can’t see it catching on. 🙂
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    Personally, my ‘football days’ are over. It HAS to be the walking variety (with the odd forgivable jog) or nothing at all.  We need Ref’s plain and simple. This debate is merely an extension of what is being talked about nationwide around our game ,  documented on the Walking Football United website
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    A post match brew during which David Partington produced his 1966 World Cup Final programme in almost mint condition . (Going for between £120 & £150 on ebay at the moment David).
    David was at Wembley that day but even that notable trip and memory  was trumped by Mark Bradshaw – who, when prompted by Alan Richards (me) – modestly owned up to having played there ! In addition to 80+ football league grounds ! I knew you had been around a bit Mark but not that much 🙂
  • Total Respect to our Curzon coach.
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    The above paragraph is just one of the reasons why yours truly has asked Mark to come to Heywood on the 5th. May to manage the Nash Amblers  Over 60’s squad, which I will be sorting out soon, and seeking his approval. There will inevitably be changes and disappointment for some on the day. I might not be immune from that myself. We’ll just have to see but  tactical know-how and vocal encouragement from our mentor Mark, will be especially welcomed.
    I think we may have to announce a cancellation of the Friday session on May 5th. Although we will confirm that closer to the day itself, so please watch this space.
    Thanks to Eve for filming…to Kayleigh, Dee, and Chloe for their work this morning too.
    Video will be posted as and when I can get it up to our channel at

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April 10th 2017 at the nash…

  • …Sometimes you get games with inexplicable scorelines, that defy all logic, that have you so perplexed and flummoxed at the mystery of it all, that you question the very fair-play  fundamentals of football, of life itself !
    This morning’s affair  wasn’t one of those but it was a highly flattering victory for a  plains team that romped to an 8-1 win.
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  • Thanks largely to  a five goal salvo from Terry Bertenshaw, backed up by  a brace from Leach and a toe poked effort from Richards the result was never in doubt – apart from the first ten minutes!
  • Eric Leach – two good goals today

    During that time the Bibs played well. They had their chances but Garry Pearce was in his meanest mood.  Basically, when you have a settled, skilled goalkeeper it’s a huge fillip and makes a vital difference.  Barry Smith – also in that bracket – started off between the posts but spent most of the game as an outfield player. Although Barry played well, this may be the reason the scoreline looked lopsided.  Plains hit the frame of the goal three times in the first half! (Leach x 2 and Bertenshaw) and led comfortably at the break.

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    Both teams passed the ball very well and every player was on his game. Alan Graham back from surgery, instrumental and influential  in the Bibs effort.  With Partington peerless at the back for Plains, assisted by the mobility of his teammates who all worked hard for the win.
  • Phil Hibbert, in  a bib –  always industrious playing with his customary zeal and all action style.

    Midway through the second half Bradshaw took to goalkeeping for the Bibs to give them an extra man but this just was not their day. He blocked a few shots with his feet, Richards especially lacking the power, or precision  to trouble him much.

  • Bibs did muster a goal though when Trevor Brereton finished very well, to rob Pearce of his clean sheet. The goalkeeper lay dejected for a few seconds but he had work to do yet…..
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  • ….Smith , Conroy -who cannoned onto the crossbar, and Graham  all went close in the closing ten minutes but  a resolute Pearce defied them , and denied them, as he tends to do so often.
  • Bertenshaw and Hibbert – Curzon matchgoers and friends on and off the pitch

    This staunched the flow a little but Plains going forward were quite a strong force. Bertenshaw & Partington finding their men and Richards with  an eye for a through ball to Leach & Co.  meant another three goals were added as the minutes ticked away.

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    Everyone enjoyed the game I think, and most stayed for a cup of tea. Football chat and some timely, pre Easter banter. Grateful thanks to David Partington, Mike Conroy, Trevor Brereton and Garry Pearce for their donations to website upkeep.
  • On reflection  a 4-2 win might have been  a more accurate reflection of the days play but sometimes life just isn’t fair.
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The Nash Amblers had a good day at the GMWF LEAGUE on Friday 7/4/17

Video of our first game v. Maccabi is here…

<Amblers v Maccabi ‘Old Codgers’

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THE NASH AMBLERS at Curzon Ashton …Monday 3/4/17


from Trevor Brereton on the pitch and summing up the action….

Trevor Brereton



5 v 5 at The Nash


With our Chief football writer Alan Richards currently holidaying in Wales, it’s left to his understudy to report on this mornings encounter. A low turn turnout of 9 augmented by Mark Bradshaw was enough for a very well contested game of five a side. Not a lot to choose between the sides early doors, though Bradshaw in the bibs goal was the busier of the two keepers. Midway through the first half the incomparable Pete Roberts

Peter Roberts ‘incomparable’

picked the ball up just inside his opponents half, and though off balance (that’s a shocker) unleashed a half volley on the turn, with bend and dip that looped over Pearce’s head and into the plains goal. Of course the ball went over head height, but was described by Bradshaw as “the best goal ” he had seen from the WF lads. The score remained 0 -0 until just before half time, when plains won a throw in, midway inside the bibs half. Brereton played a short ball to Conroy who shot with such ferocity that Bradshaw could only parry the ball onto his near post, and over the line.

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Half Time
Plains 1   Bibs 0

Mike Conroy  ‘ferocious’


Bibs came back strongly in the second half with Stewart, Smith and particularly Leach having attempts on the plains goal, to varying degrees. For plains Partington was at the heart of all their attacking moves. Conroy on the right was relishing the space afforded by a 5 v 5 game. Indeed Conroy was plains main attacking threat with a series of powerful, accurate drives to test Bradshaw. Plains increased their lead, when after good work, Brereton set up Keith Burrows on the right hand edge of the ‘D’, and he beat Bradshaw, with a Bertenshaw-esque drive. Late on Pearce who had a relatively un – troubled game saved well from Leach. In the end a fairly comfortable 2 -0 win for the plains over a hard working bibs team.

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Plains 2 (Conroy, Burrows)

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March 31st 2017


…A tense seven  a side affair for The Amblers this morning. A game which saw the return of Curzon Ashton F.C.  Manager John Flanagan to the walking football fold.

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    The Bibs started tremendously well. Passing slickly around Plains who were played off the park for a few short minutes. Jeremie Coulon shot from an almost impossible angle and the ball caressed the crossbar as it deflected harmlessly wide
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    Bertenshaw hit the opener. A superb shot that left Pearce with no chance as it flew in off the underside of the crossbar.  John Smith added another within two minutes to rubber stamp Bibs superiority. Plains looked all at sea for a brief period.
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    Trevor Brereton reduced the arrears almost against the run of play.  With Leach and Flanagan exploring openings on the right to try to stem this Bibs tide.
    Richards , who seldom put a foot right in the opening period,  attempted to find Foster with a long distance pass, but  merely gave the ball to Bertenshaw, in space  ten metres out with predictable results. A third goal. Pearce cruelly exposed
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    Plains were in no way discouraged by  this faux-pas however and began to play better.  John Flanagan’s experienced cool head and the dynamism of Leach and Brereton began to make the difference.
    Bibs back line of Burrows, Tipping and Conroy – who sticks to his man like glue – were limiting their chances however.  Leach  struck,  on seventeen  minutes to restore some balance to the scoreline. He shot on the turn after receiving a deft, incisive pass from Partington.
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    The wind – already considerable seemed to stiffen a tad as the second half got underway. This time it was at the back of  those plain shirts as they pressed for an equaliser, beginning to dominate, but always vulnerable to  a counter attack from the likes of John Smith and the effervescent Bertenshaw, who shot just wide.
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    Richards robbed Burrows of the ball but then almost fell over it as both players looked confused. The danger was cleared.  Steve Foster , always involved looked to get passes out to both flanks but those Bibs defenders held very firm indeed.
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    Coulon the ‘Frenchmanc’ hit the frame of the goal  again later in the game, before ‘putting himself about’ with just  a little too much physically, pulled up several times today by our Referee Alan Graham. Time ticked away and the second half remained goal-less but who should pop up in just the right place once more but Trevor Brereton. His incredible goal scoring achievements rank second only behind Terry ‘hot-shot’ Bertenshaw and he saved his team the ignominy of defeat today.  Not that the ignominy  would have been too embarrassing – this IS walking football after all.  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that . I think.
    F:T   Bibs 3 (Bertenshaw 2 , Smith)
    Plains 3 (Brereton 2 , Leach)
    Man of the match: Danny Tipping nominated by Keith Burrows. Both pictured below.
Danny (right) collects his m.o.t.m. award from last weeks star man Burrows
Teams today 31/3/17
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Match report dateline March 27th 2017.   Bibs 1 : 1 Plains

Seven versus Seven in the bright sunshine led to  a strange game of few chances. A competitive  affair which needed the expert eye of Alan Graham to keep us all in check as the enthusiasm began to bubble . In fairness it never threatened to get out of hand but this was one of those mornings we needed a Referee.
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Both teams had their moments but goalkeepers were seldom threatened. Richards, after shooting hopelessly wide from a fine Conroy ball managed to find the target soon afterwards with a shot into Pearce’s midriff.  The  Stalybridge man brushed off the challenge as dismissively as  a Bombay tea wallah might swat  an intrusive  fly.
Keith Burrows, Wingrove and White linked up in a really fluent attacking move for Bib’s which was only foiled by an alert Bradshaw in goal for Plain’s. The Curzon man’s distribution from goal was faultless all morning, and in truth he did not look like being beaten by  a Bib’s forward line firing blanks.
Both defences seemed formidable today. Commanding performances from Leach and  Fielding in Bibs, assisted by the adventurous Wingrove and Burrows gave Plain’s little hope of a breakthrough. When the few chances did come there was Pearce, in his meanest Scrooge like mood although he was hardly tested today.
half time instructions as Wingrove  tries to earwig
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With resolute Foster, the elegant Lake and a canny Partington trying to prompt their Plain’s teammates the second half went the way of the first.  Mike Conroy was always involved in the attacking enterprise but the Bib’s back line held firm until  a cruel twist of fate.  Conroy on the right hit the ball goalward and a Wingrove leg thrust forward in resistance merely deflected the ball into his own goal, leaving an abject Pearce to rue the loss of the clean sheet he craves.
Wingrove’s woe as he retrieves the ball he’d put into his own net
Foster and Richards tried to threaten down Plain’s left flank but Bib’s defenders held firm. Trevor Brereton – not on the scoresheet for once, toiled hard in the centre of the Plain’s attack seeking half a chance.
Bodies were falling – over balancing or the result of contact which wasn’t always ‘minimal’ this morning.  No malice though – just  a gaggle of grey haired or bald blokes having the time of their later lives on  a football pitch. It looked like Wingrove’s own goal would settle the match until Keith Burrows controlled the ball in  a seemingly harmless area of the pitch. The CCTV operator zoomed in on goal with a fearsome drive that deviated in the cold Ashton air, found its way through  a ruck of players, and left Bradshaw bereft as it flew into the back of the Plain’s net. A marvellous strike that tipped the balance in the ‘man of the match’ stakes.
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A fair result in the end. Yet another ‘close encounter’ at The Nash. These are the days my friends let’s hope they never end.
Full- time:
Bibs 1 (Burrows)
Plains 1 (Wingrove og )
Man of the Match : Keith Burrows
Steve Foster hands the MotM trophy to Keith Burrows


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Your usual match reporter was indisposed today but the inimitable Trevor Brereton stepped up to the plate to render his own views on today’s proceedings at ‘The Nash’ 

Curzon 24/4/2017.

7 v 7

It was a seven a side game in the spring sunshine this morning at the Nash.
The plains looked to have slightly the stronger team, and did most of the early pressing. David Wilson re – gaining his fitness after his recent holiday gave plains the lead with a powerfull shot , which nearly broke the net.Bibs pushed forward looking for an equaliser and Pearce made a fine block from a close range Brereton effort. For plains White, Smith and Partington where seeing plenty of the ball
, and creating plenty of chances.For the bibs Gray,Conroy, and the blue trousered Coulon were the main threat.

David Wilson


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At the start of the second half bibs pushed forward, Coulon bringing a close range save from the formidable Pearce. Bibs encouraged by Tipping and Foster were sensing an equaliser, but too many times their shooting was tame. Plains, after twice hitting the woodwork increased their lead when the tricky White hit a fine angled drive above goalie Carters head. Plains, now with their tails up looked to kill the game off, but couldn’t land the killer blow, possibly missing a classic Richards toe poke finish. With the game in the bag for plains, it petered out in the last 10 mins.As the final whistle went, Mark Bradshaw presented the ever reliable Steve Foster with the Man of the match trophy. 🏆

we’ve been here before – well done Steve !

Bibs. Shots on target 9
Shots off target. 29.


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Monday March 20th 2017….
6 v. 6 with the inclusion of a lively George Fieldhouse as the rain came down again in this most miserable late March. Tonight’s game on the Stadium pitch has been postponed as it’s waterlogged.
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No such problem on the 3g and yet another well balanced game ensued. Good movement and passing by all. Of course the odd ball went astray but we’re all improving with the practice of two or three games a week for most of this hard core. Fitness levels continue to climb.
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Lots of shots to trouble our seemingly resident goalkeeper’s Pearce and Bradshaw but it was still nil-nil at the break despite the efforts of Bertenshaw, Brereton,White, Fielding,  Fieldhouse and Conroy  and co. all of whom whom had launched efforts of varying accuracy at the opposition goal. Fielding almost benefitted from  a trans ‘D’ pass from a Richards corner  but his shot was inches wide.   Great  positional awareness from the Stalybridge man. Another chance, when Partington powered a shot against the post.
H:T 0-0
In the second half the quality of play, and movement  continued to provide chance after chance but the goalkeepers were up to the challenges until a fiercely struck daisy cutter from Brereton beat Bradshaw down low to his right to put the Bibs in front.
It turned out to be the only goal of the game.  But almost immediately Bertenshaw almost cancelled it out at the other end.  Thwarted only by  the agility of a ‘cat-like’ Pearce. Urged on by Steve Foster, Gordon Nixon and Mike Conroy plus the footwork of Fieldhouse, the Plain’s toiled in the drizzle but produced little more in the way of threat.
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Try as they might both teams could not penetrate well marshalled defences and in  the end both ran out of imagination. Bertenshaw went closest forcing the best out of Garry Pearce yet again.  Bradshaw’s elbow yet again kept a shot out.At the other end Richards fluffed a chance when White set him up,   and  later fired a shot on target after Colin Fielding rolled the ball back  from  a free kick. White and Brereton also went close.  Partington burst forward for Bib’s but lost control  at the vital moment.


post match handshakes….collecting cones…and thoughts
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Thanks to Mark Bradshaw and the Curzon club for another great session.  And to Alan Graham for Refereeing – it makes such  a big difference – good to see Al recovering well from his recent bi-lateral knee surgery.
today’s teams. pic: Alan Graham
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Friday – March 17th 2017.  Honours Even.
Nine intrepid Amblers assembled under leaden skies but mercifully the rain held off for the hour in which we were playing.  Or if it didn’t most of us were too busy, and too content to notice.
For this was a wonderful game of five-a-side football. Mark Bradshaw evening up the numbers.  A game  in which every conceivable honour was shared.  There was no man of the match today (I actually forgot I had the award in my bag) but it didn’t matter as there were ten ‘men of the match’ today.
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None more appreciated than the two magnificent goalkeepers we were blessed with.  The incomparable Garry Pearce replete with his own specialist, de-luxe new gloves, and our mentor / manager Mark Bradshaw who blocked so many shots with feet, elbows and arms that the writer lost count.  The heroics of both kept the scoreline real,  because on another day both teams might have reach double figures.  So flowing was the football, so strong the work ethic that also played a part in this honourable draw.
Due to rare egress Pearce conceded a penalty. What followed was a little bizarre as David Partington rolled the ball forward slightly for Terry Bertenshaw to strike. It didn’t go in, but if it had it would not have counted. Every other player should be three metres away from the penatly taker the moment he strikes the ball.
Two minutes later Bibs took the lead when Richards prodded home a fine edge of the ‘D’ ball from Bertenshaw and for once Pearce could not get any of his body parts to it.
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This goal was all the separated the teams at the break.  We had seen  a succession of good shots from Brereton, Smith and White.  There was very little long distance ball retrieval this morning so most were on target –  a testimony to the Goalkeeper’s effectiveness.
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John Smith shot a foot wide at the Stadium end.  Trevor Brereton hit a post. Steve Foster and Richards were making use of the pitches width.  Good service from Partington and Bertenshaw enabling them to get forward often.
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For Plains, Danny Tipping was formidable in defence and always comfortable when emerging with the ball. He got forward too, and tested Bradshaw with  a shot.
Stewart White ,  twisting and turning on the ball looking for that incisive pass he can deliver so well.  Richards shot straight at Pearce when Bertenshaw was better placed to convert yet another chance.  Brereton hit  one on  the turn which  went inches wide, as the end to end shot-fest continued.
It was White who eventually equalised.  A sense of inevitably as the ball bounced off the post onto Bradhaw’s forearm and deflected downwards.

Stewart White – equaliser
The absence of  goal line technology – and the absence of a goal line – made judgement difficult but integrity and honesty ruled and the ‘Keeper conceded the ball had crossed the line.
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Almost in retaliation Bertenshaw fired into the side netting before putting the Bib’s back in front in fine style with a trademark drive.  The comitment of all the players was admirable as the minutes ticked away. More good saves from Pearce as Bib’s looked for a cushion, and a third goal.
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None came. At the other end it seemed Bradshaw would save the day – and the imaginary three points for Bib’s but up stepped John Smith in the penultimate minute of the game with the  leveller his team deserved.
John Smith – hit the leveller
Bertenshaw tested Pearce right at the end but ‘the cat’ pulled off another fine save to deny the ace goalscorer once again.
Both teams trooped off looking tired but satisfied. A brisk game, and some would ask ‘was that REALLY walking football?’ Difficult to knock it though if we all agree – surely a great way to spend a  morning.
goalmouth greetings
post-match analysis
good game
Full time: Bibs 2 (Richards, Bertenshaw)  Plains 2  (White, Smith J)
pic: Alan Richards
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March 13th – Amblers Bibs 0 – Ambler Plains 3
HOT SHOT SMITH FORGES THREE and breaks the Monday mould…..
We’ve never had a man of the match on  a Monday before but the hat-trick fired in by Barry Smith today left our  coach Mark Bradshaw with little option. The Bib team looked strong on paper but this was 3g, and Smith owned it today with  a first half goalkeeping performance of Peter Grummit proportions.
Barry Smith – keen to hang on to the ball
Add  a second half burst of potent finishing and Bradshaw was left with little choice but to recognise this stellar performance.   There was some mild controversy about team re-configuration after Peter Robert’s troublesome calf injury saw him take up goalkeeping duties.  A real game of two halves (0-0 at the break) Garry Pearce was rarely troubled  and kept his third clean sheet in four games.  Only the seven put past him last Friday have troubled him recently. Lots of photo’s today and there’s a link to our ‘Flickr’ feed on the ‘team shots’ page from the menu above.
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March 10th 2017
Rain was in the air this morning but it never materialised.
Unlike the customary  outbreak of bonhomie as thirteen of the Nash Amblers and our mentor Mark Bradshaw gathered at the ground.
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Good to see Alan Graham so soon after his bi-lateral knee surgery. We wish you well Alan and thanks for Refereeing from the touchline.  As good and friendly a group as we are we still need a Referee.
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Sides selected from the warm up  and off we went. It really was an even game for a while but the difference lay in the devastating finish of Terry Bertenshaw. The Plain defence was giving him too much room and he capitalised on the free space, time and time again.
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The classic  Bertenshaw technique of gather the ball shift it to the right, wide of the defender and fire a shot goalward paid off as his Bib’s team raced to  a three-nil lead by half time courtesy of his hat-trick. Perhaps a little flattering but Mark Bradshaw at the other end, was rarely troubled with few attempts landing on target.  The extra goal nets set up each side of that target area were a master-stroke and prevented  a lot of long distance ball retrieval.
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H;T Bibs 3-0 Plains
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After the break Bertenshaw added another in no time at all . He was ably assisted up front with some good service from  Foster and Hibbert on occasion,  but it was Mike Conroy – a player growing with every session now who caught the eye the most. His goal – the Bibs fifth – was a superb finish after a fine forward passing from that man Bertenshaw sent on his way by Richards.
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Plains were battling Barcelona-esque to get back into the game.  Heads just refused to  drop. What was noticeable was a complete absence of rancour  within their ranks.  No moans about team selection,  or anything else.  Just dogged pluck in the face of adversity.
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John Smith was a fine example, and influential in stopping the rot and trying to reverse the trend.  Partington, still plugging away  jinked forward trying to get more from his team.  Leach was always busy too but the Bib’s  defensive minded men Tipping and Foster, both excellent today had their measure.  With Mark Bradshaw on the touchline now after latecomer David Carter had replaced him between the posts, Bibs may have thought that their lead may be reduced. It was, but not for long and certainly  no fault of Carter, who had willingly donned the gloves to give an excellent rendition of goalkeeping agility and good handling.
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He could do nothing at all about the Plain’s opener though.  A fine low drive from Keith Burrows, which took  a slight deflection on its way into the net.
But the Bibs were unabashed, and Bertenshaw added a sixth goal (his fifth)  just seconds later , after fine work by Hibbert.   At the other end Carter got his foot to  a Brereton shot to divert it behind. Brereton struck again a moment later but the ball was always going wide at the Stadium End.
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Partington, persevering  in the face of the Bib’s pressure  allowed himself a foray forward , dropping one shoulder, then another taking him past defenders. Eric Leach profited from this adventure to reduce the arrears. Stewart White almost pulled another one back but Carter got a hand to his rising shot and it was diverted over the bar.
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This walking football fiesta, this fellowship of the free on  Friday’s drew to  a conclusion in appropriately gung-ho style as the Bibs added a seventh goal,  right on the whistle – (a hi-viz yellow number of Alan Graham’s) – Steve Foster got in an advanced position to chip Pearce with aplomb and  with the ball adjudged NOT over head height he made the scoreline 7-2 to Bibs. Mark Bradshaw praised all involved today for their quality passing and ‘good work ethic’.
An unlikely result when the teams were selected but there was no lack of effort on anyone’s part. Unusual to see Garry Pearce the king of the clean sheet beaten seven times but he was exposed too often and on balance perhaps the natural defenders in the Plain team chose more attacking roles today.
Full-time  Bibs 7  (Bertenshaw 5, Conroy, Foster) : Plains 2 (Burrows, Leach)
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The novelty of intermittent warmth from  an early March sun helped make this morning’s game at The Nash one to live in the memory  – at least until the next one !
Eight versus Eight with winning on their minds but not at all costs. Far from it.  Good natured humour the order of the day as bibs were dispensed and a goalless first half ensued.  Largely due to the efforts of Barry Smith and Mark Bradshaw the respective goalkeepers.
There were not an awful lot of chances in the opening 25 minutes but the football was fluent at times,  hectic and error strewn at others , but the sight of so many older guys playing this form of the game was one to gladden the heart of anyone with football , and sheer sportsmanship at their core.

As the teams turned around Richards fastened on to a through ball to burst through (after  a fashion) but his toe-bunged effort was fingertipped over by Smith. Not the first time Barry would deny the ageing ex-traffic reporter a road to some rare glory.

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Plains were passing the ball well now. Eric Leach and Trevor Brereton combining well with  a very mobile Gordon Nixon who was up and down the pitch.  For Bibs it was Bertenshaw, White and Wingrove who were the danger men, aided by  a busy Mike Conroy and the wily Gary Gray ever poised to strike.  Garry Pearce, with a rare game outfield was managing this threat well at right back . Always looking to get his winger away down the line. The same am from Colin Fielding – newly  returned from Spain and having topped up his tan – soon settled into the routine and was always looking to find his forwards with  an incisive through ball.

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    It was Eric Leach who opened the scoring for Plain’s in fine style – with  just  a hint of a sprint – but no protests at the time from Bibs. and Eric finished with true aplomb, leaving Smith, for once with no chance.
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    Steve Wingrove ever involved and posing a constant threat equalised for Bibs and, prompted forward by Bertenshaw and Partington they continued to test Mark Bradshaw’s reflexes with  a series of goal attempts. Phil Hibbert was very effective in defence for Plain’s, his mobility and commitment always top notch.  Keith Burrows, in  a bib was another whose valuable contribution almost tipped the balance for his team.
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    AS my voice recorder suffered a malfunction I can only partly recall what happened next!
    There was an edge of ‘D’ free for all with the ball pinging here and there , up it popped for Richards to chip it home with Barry Smith’s outstretched arm just inches away from another fine save.
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    Thanks especially today for donations from Phil Hibbert, an absent Rob Lake, Steve Wingrove and Barry Thickett – another just back from Spain.
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    I gave Natalie Atkinson £600 of our collected monies after the match to settle for the board. Our artwork is ready – as defined on the website – but that’s not required, quite yet.  With another £120 raised today we will have a healthy excess to divert to Mark’s ‘Crowdfund’ site in due course – hopefully by the end of this week. Details and full acknowledgement to follow. I’ve been asked to attend a planned business event at the club when they entertain F.C.United next month,  to represent the walking football side of things.  Maybe explaining to potential partners  just how much we appreciate the club’s efforts to nurture our games, and the effort we’ve all put in to develop this valuable  activity, which is so rewarding for all. I am hoping Garry Pearce will attend with me.


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Irrespective of any future commitments in the GMWF league at Heywood


And so it proved last week. Ambler’s were  a little thin on the ground and a one sided game by all accounts though. Not seen numbers as low as eight for a couple of months.  We now have at least FOUR successive weeks of Friday normality ahead of us in which to continue to build numbers.

Ban on studded boots. Common sense, RISK OF INJURY MINIMISING measure.


February 27th. 2017

Bibs 2 Plains 3

There was some minor confusion about the score but I hope I’ve got it right.

What  a refreshing antidote to weekend negativity. Another good turnout in miserable weather. Mark picked the teams and away we went.  Six v. Five we coped with that by swapping goalkeeper Garry over at half time. In the Plain’s goal he made a couple of spectacular saves.  Matched at the other end with  a fine display from Gordon Nixon who donned the newly donated gloves (thanks Cameron Mason) to look every inch the Joe Hart of his generation. An ability to get down quickly is what’s needed and some player’s agility never ceases to amaze me.  It was left to the usual suspects to open the scoring Messrs: Brereton and Bertenshaw . I think they got two each but I will check my ‘commentary’ later. What adjectives remain unused in describing the prodigious scoring feats of these two? Perhaps ‘sublime’ is one that had slipped away – until now.

That said there were several standout performances. David Partington – some quality passing, no surprise.  Gary Gray, so often in the right place to convert a chance but he didn’t have much luck today. Gary certainly made his presence felt.   Barry Smith a revelation between the posts for Plains in the second half. Gordon Nixon and Eric Leach worked tirelessly and were always involved.  I think it was Eric who got the winner, and he was delighted with it. Stewart White ever looking to be creative and not shy to have a pop on goal. Mike Conroy now getting ‘up to speed’ as it were and proving a big asset to our group. He was really very mobile today.

All in all a game to blow away the cobwebs and reinforce the positivity within our excellent group. . It was raining as we gathered but that did abate as the match went on. Afterwards I was almost pleased to hear that  a rare ‘rasper’ from yours truly had left Barry Smith with  a ‘sore nipple’ !   I hope it’s only temporary Barry,  you really did play  a blinder when you went in goals. We could not get it past you try as we might,  I am relieved I’ve still got that in me to be honest. I have to catch  a moving ball just right and it doesn’t happen often enough.

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We stayed for a brew and a chat about walking football physicality. We also agreed on  a ‘NO STUDS’ policy at Curzon for Walking Football sessions (thank you Mark) and friendly matches which takes effect immediately.

Thanks to those ‘pledgers’ who came up with donations today (see note on the ‘news page’ please Gary Gray)  –



TOP DRAW ! February 24th 2017

Bibs 1  (Brereton) Plains 1 (Bertenshaw)

Not much of a report from today.  I was on the touchline taking photo’s but everyone seemed to enjoy a close game.  With  a first half strike from Trevor  ‘hot-shot’ Brereton putting the Bib’s noses in front – the men in the green tabards were holding out resolutely until the last seconds when Terry ‘ the hitman’ Bertenshaw grabbed the equaliser….check out the faces….the commitment…the fun factor…this is walking football as it’s meant to be played.  We’ve become a group of friends and acquaintances who  look our for each other and don’t take things too seriously – but look again at the faces and you might think differently !

Determination writ large!!  Welcome Keith Burrows – a new player – and thanks to all who donated generously to the Curzon cause today. Eric, Steve F , Peter, Bob and John.  See the ‘Board Appeal’ page for an update.  Thanks to Mark for taking our live game to the world at large via Facebook – and  to Cameron Mason of Curzon Ashton F.C.  for the donation of a pair of goalkeeping gloves. Last but certainly not least, Mark wanted to acknowledge Stewart White’s additional contribution to his crowdfunding appeal for the new pitch.

Click the link below for more pics from today’s tight one-one.

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Amblers report Monday 20th February.
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The Curzon training ground was much busier than usual as we gathered for another brisk workout of walking football.  F.A. Level 2 coaching courses and School holiday clubs were taking place at the Nash.   Garry Pearce – still recovering from injury Referee’d the game on our usual pitch.
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Six a side with Bibs issued to Partington, Richards, Bertenshaw, Brereton, Graham and Lake who found themselves pitched against Wingrove, Barry Smith , White , Jarvis, Nixon and Mark Bradshaw himself, who started off in goals for Plains.
Trevor Brereton struck first in  a game of non-stop end to end attacking play. Frankly I was off the pace again and speaking purely personally,  I’m finding it harder to make a significant contribution to some of these games, such is the level of skill, quick movement (often bordering on running on and off the ball)  and the general mobility of those involved most of whom are all benefitting from playing long and often.
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 Of course we still make plenty of mistakes. ALL of us do that  but the standard, generally has risen.  So, it is no surprise that we tend to acquit ourselves quite well when playing externally.
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Peter Jarvis fired in a hat trick and his might not have been the only one.  It was hard to keep a tally.  Wingrove rattled in  a few shots and many were on target. Of those at least two evaded a variety of goalkeepers. Terry Bertenshaw, in  a bib must have had at least seven or eight shots on goal, some went narrowly wide but some found the net make no mistake about that. Brereton had added another by half time and at that stage I recall the Plains were comfortably ahead.
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The second half saw something of a Bibs rally.  Sparked by Bertenshaw and Berereton. Then, with hot shot Jarvis injuring himself in the act of scoring, and going in Plain’s goals Mark Bradshaw – a couple of levels above all of us (at least) – started to organise things and with quick feet and good distribution his team were again in the  ascendancy until Bibs began to fight back.  Alan Graham was instrumental  with good passing and David Partington prompting from the back, now he was relieved  from goalkeeping duty.
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Rob Lake took  a knock to his  knee after an accidental coming together with Bradshaw, let’s hope there  are no ill effects Rob. He went in between the posts for another spell and came out on top  after  a remarkable quickfire bombardment,  somehow keeping the ball out of his net.
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Quality finishing from Steve Wingrove today and indeed from all over the pitch . Bibbed Trevor Brereton forced a good save from Peter Jarvis and the irrepressible Stewart White smashed home a beauty after good approach work.
With so many goals going in at both ends any analysis or talk of tactics became academic. I think the final score saw just one goal separate the two teams.
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Full time:  Either 10-9 or 11-10.
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As I said – academic. The rain which started to come down in the first half never went away and to be honest it looked as though the heavens were about to open at any time. Despite ominous skies overhead, They didn’t quite, thankfully.
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All adjourned to ‘The Nash’ Snack Bar for a well earned cuppa. As some individuals contributed to our Advertising Board appeal fund today it’s got off to  a flying start.  More news to follow on that  elsewhere on this site. Look for a new page ‘BOARD APPEAL’ from the menu.
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I gave the camera a rest today for a change.  And await results of Jack Brierley’s (professional) lens craft when we finally get to see them.

A generous full page feature on our GMWF campaign in last Saturday’s ‘The Nash’ programme v. Alfreton Town  (5-0 win incidentally)- thanks to Aaron Flanagan and the club…


Friday February 17th…

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A few absentees, one sore bottom and some very tired limbs from yesterdays effort at Wigan affected the turnout at Curzon today.
Speaking personally I was way below par and lacking in vigour. Not so Stewart White.  After his ‘buffeting’ yesterday .  Stewart fired in  a superb hat trick and was lively throughout.  What a player he is, and what an asset to the group, he also put in an excellent shift in goal at one point a factor  which culminated in him rightfully taking today’s ‘man of the match’ award .
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There were other contenders. David Partington for instance.  Magnificent in midfield. Almost impudent from the second half restart, dropping a shoulder and jinking  past a couple of Bibs to shoot just wide. A superb spell of goalkeeping too from the man seen as our only real rival to Garry Pearce between the sticks.
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That said,  Trevor Brereton – having brought a fine save from Phil Hibbert earlier – himself went in goal to produce more acrobatics and rapid reflex saves. Trevor also threatened up front and his link play throughout the morning was excellent.
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There was skill and quality all over the pitch today, in fact.  Playing at about three quarter pace (for me)  I seemed to notice it more.  At times I felt out of place – put it down to tiredness. Alan Graham with  a fine goal for instance – what will he be like when he gets his knees sorted out? Eric Leach powerful and imposing – another goalscorer for Bibs. Several players hit the frame of the goal – Jeremie Coulon included.  The Frenchman also had two goals disallowed for ingress into the ‘d’ one particularly blatant. Peter Jarvis was also  a livewire the Plain shirts had to watch – constant movement across the attacking line. Danny Tipping relative newcomer has acclimatised to our type of walking football so well.
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Terry Bertenshaw deserved to scored the fourth for Plains because his work rate was immense. His team  were inspired by Foster’s distribution and by Partington cajoling us to get back and defend.
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Another good session. We may get some photographs from Jack Brierley – a professional photographer who joined us last week.  The best ones will be linked here. In the meantime here is Stewart receiving  his well deserved award from Mark Bradshaw.

Thanks to Garry Pearce for the excellent Refereeing. Gluteus Maximus notwithstanding.

Also to Mike Conroy and Jack Brierley for turning out whilst injured and to Peter Jarvis and Sam for undertstanding our newly implemented policy on children not taking part in our sessions.
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Before the game we told everyone what was required in the shape an advertising board on the perimeter fence when the 3G surface is replaced. We need to raise £600 between us by mid April.
Like several others – nameless for now but public on Facebook…(and if you’re not in our Facebook Group, please remedy that a.s.a.p. search Striders and Amblers?)  – I have pledged to contribute £30 personally. With others offering the same or even more the ultimate goal of £600 including VAT could be  within reach.  If you wish to pledge – whatever amount – please email me at alartic@googlemail. Those of you who have already intimated as much need not contact me – I’ve made a list of your names – thank you.  This is a relatively small sum when we think how much  the longevity of walking football will be extended way  into the future – for us and those who come after us.  The board will be an advert for the game of Walking Football locally and WILL feature contact details for both The Nash Amblers and Tameside Striders.
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Any comments or feedback below please – thank you.


WIGAN INDOOR WAS A BLAST!  Group stages were navigated very well and after four games we progressed to the semi-final.  Because this page is filling up  a bit see ‘WIGAN INDOOR’ from the menu for more details. 



MANY LARGE PHOTOGRAPHS HAVE HAD TO BE TAKEN DOWN FROM THIS PAGE DUE TO PRESSURE ON SPACE. MOSTLY TEAM GROUPS AND THE LIKE. text uses up much less data and the old match reports will remain for now. Thanks.

A stiff, cold wind blowing across the Moss as thirteen Nash Amblers (and young Sam who accompanied his Granddad Peter Jarvis)  were  warmed up by Mark Bradshaw.
Teams selected, the game was a story of few chances as the end product let down some good approach work and skilfull passing.
Bibs , with some under par performances went behind midway through the first half when Richards could only get an inadequate hand to  a low shot by Jarvis.  At the other end Garry Pearce, looking for another ‘clean sheet’ rose to the challenge of a somewhat inept Bibs attack.
Young Sam’s boot laces received attention from various sources. I noticed later (after he’d accidentally stood upon my foot) that Sam was wearing football boots! Not ideal for this game, in this company on this surface. But that’s just my opinion. I’m relieved he does not weigh twelve stone!  Astro trainers are the ideal footwear for walking football. Footwear issues notwithstanding he is a very good young footballer. Unlike Denton, there is some room on the pitch at Curzon for junior ‘guests’. Mark Bradshaw’s call ultimately – same on footwear.

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The second half was also  a tale of few chances although Pearce made a couple of good saves.
Some controversy around upper body contact yet again.  May we repeat time and time again that this game of walking football is all about minimal contact and that should always be the case.  Please be reminded that some driving forces within walking football  are trying to implement NO contact at all. Terry Bertenshaw added another for Plans in the second half and they emerged two-nil winners.

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    After the game it emerged that we are being encouraged as a group to raise enough money for an advertising hoarding on the perimeter of the proposed new surface,  £500+vat is the target for every team that plays on the 3g at Curzon, which is rapidly approaching the end of its useful life.
    Fund raising in the form of a  ‘marathon’  walking football match has already been mooted. We await creative ideas.  Personally, I might be more inclined to donate £30.00 individually – I think that would be money well spent if it covers the shortfall the club may face upon renewal.  20  players doing the same would cover the cost.  Over to you though – ideas welcome.


Friday February 10th. 2017 :  Plains 4 : 0 Bibs     (Bertenshaw 2, White, Cuthbert)
Alan Graham – awaiting knee surgery – elected to Referee this morning which kept the  teams even at nine a side.
Mark Bradshaw deciding that eighteen players was the maximum that could/should be accommodated. Alan Richards agreed and the feeling generally carried.
Mark Bradshaw – considering new options with rising numbers. Meanwhile, what’s Garry said to Jack?
The game today was quite brisk and sometimes bordered on physical. Alan Graham also let some running go due to the cold, and penalised only blatant cases – of which there were several. Jack Riley – another newcomer (we have seen several of late) was feeling his way into the game. Despite an early tumble, probably due to fairly smooth soled trainers.
David Quinn, tricky and confident was also playing at Ashton for the first time.
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Phil Hibbert, starting in goal for Bibs made  a couple of really good saves. Bertenshaw and White with two shots in quick succession brought the best out of Phillip. Plains had the better of early exchanges. Jeremie Coulon was impressing for Bibs with some masterly distribution  and an assured first touch the like of which we’ve not always seen from the Frenchman.
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Bertenshaw opened the scoring for Plain’s slotting a shot just inside the post leaving Hibbert with no chance. David  Carter,
David Carter
now in between the posts for the trailing team was proving hard to get past as White, Bertenshaw and Cuthbert sought a way through his last line of defence.
A sublime pass from Steve Foster led to  a chance for White but he shot just wide.  Foster was again having a very good game and caught the eye of Mark Bradshaw on the touchline.
A superb ball from Jack Riley found Stewart White on the very edge of the ‘D’ and he prodded the ball past Carter to double Plain’s lead.
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The game was becoming ever more ‘brisk’, and it was not  for the faint hearted out there. Sometimes we need to have a group think, slow down  a little. Impact injuries are far more likely when you’re moving faster than top walking pace – especially when the player you collide with is not expecting it.  Moving quickly and RUNNING will only exacerbate any damage caused.
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David Wilson, alternating on both wings in his new contact lenses hit the side netting with  a shot from  a tight angle.  For Bibs meanwhile Jarvis and Smith, in midfield were stifled a little by a well marshalled Plains side, and Trevor Brereton had a quieter game than usual.  His chances limited.
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“Back and Face” roared David Partington time and time again.  Most of the Plains line of attack was up the left wing where Richards, Riley and Wilson were seeing a fair bit of the ball but  providing little for the atttackers playing centrally. Bertenshaw finished the first half by bringing a fine save out of Dave Carter, who palmed this fierce drive into a post.
“I keep tellin’ ’em Back and Face!

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Plain’s stretched their lead further just after the restart with Bertenshaw having just too much power for Carter to get hold of. John Smith and Peter Roberts combining to get Bibs on the scoresheet but to no avail.  Garry Pearce was coming into his own now in Plain’s goal.  The territory they were yielding led to a number of shots which brought the best out of our Number One goalkeeper and he was equal to them all.  Another clean sheet looked likely. Something like Garry’s fourth in six games.  Great walking football statistics.

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Building out from the back with Tipping and Hibbert the Bibs didn’t look like a team that was three goals behind.  They weren’t for long, as matters got even worse.  The scoreline took an even more flattering air when Bertenshaw found Colin Cuthbert

Two of Plains goalscorer – Colin Cuthbert (minus hat) and Stewart White

with  an incisive, defence splitting pass and the man in the woollen hate made no  mistake with his sublime finish.  Someone behind  me said  “it’s just like watching Brazil! ”  I’d swap Curzon for the Copacabana but if we searched the whole world over we’d not find a happier, more satisfied group of older men as the whistle blew to draw the game to  a close.
A good performance from Plains – starting at the back.  Hard Luck Bib’s you were not four goals inferior today.

Pic. Alan Richards

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February 5th 2017  Bibs 4 Plains 3 —-

Another good Monday turnout saw a seven-a-side game on  a wide, but fairly short pitch.
Teams selected for a balanced game it was the Plains who took the lead through the ever potent  Trevor Brereton. Always ready to try his luck with  a shot.  He had already gone close with one on the turn but he capitalised on a good through ball and made no mistake with his finish.
At the other end Danny Tipping was having a an excellent game in goal for Plains, starting off in goal and  saving solidly from various attacking moves.
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When he was replaced by Richards the rot soon set in.  Beaten at his near post by  a thunderous drive from Bertenshaw, the ageing former Cinema Projectionist could only get  a despairing hand to  a Wingrove shot a minute later.
Damage limitation set in when Stewart White – nursing a sore rib (legacy from Heywood)went between the posts and despite his injury made rather a better job of it.
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Next up came a wonderful leveller from David Partington. Controlling the ball superbly and advancing on goal he let fly with  a knee high shot of great accuracy that bamboozled the Bibs goalkeeper.  2 – 2.  Just before half time Bertenshaw – lively all morning and newly  added another to give the Bibs the lead at half time.
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The second half continued to offer end to end excitement. Eric Leach shot over the bar for Plains and White went close. Chances were coming more often for the Bibs though. Wingrove went very wide with a snap shot after his  Hampton Court shuffle.
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Bertenshaw hit the outside of a post and then saw another effort go just high and wide but the bombardment continued and only a magnificent display of goalkeeping from Partington kept his Plain team in it.  Time and time again Partington dived, blocked, parried and caught a whole series of goal bound attempts.
Brereton with a brace & Partington who performed admirably at both ends of the pitch today.

Such is the nature of walking football though the  Plains equalised. A speculative long ranger from Brereton took  a nasty deflection off Mike Conroy and wrong footed the ‘keeper Bertenshaw.  That was not the end of it though.  Deep into the game with seconds ebbing away. Wingrove broke out of midfield . No mazy run this time. He made a bee line for goal shrugging off a desperate arm from Richards.  His strength and stride left him one on one with Partington who could do nothing to prevent a well struck, crisp and deadly accurate shot wrapping up the game for Bibs.  Wingrove’s second ‘winner’ in less that  a week.

So thrilled was he,  he was caught in the act  trying  to make off with his bib !
. I thought Danny Tipping and Mike Conroy  in only their third or fourth game played really well and deserve special mention today.
A good close game as so many are lately. Well done all. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw & CAFC for the brews and Colin Cuthbert for the biscuits!
Garry Pearce and Barry Thickett on the touchline + Luke Davenport – thanks for coming out.
Full-time Bibs 4 : 3 Plains
Attendance: at least 3


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Dateline DERBY DAY !  (Curzon v. Stalybridge Celtic at 7-45pm.)
Monday January 30th…..
A record turnout for a Monday morning at the Nash as sixteen Amblers assembled in a stiffish breeze under a bright blue sky.
Warm up exercises courtesy of Mark Bradshaw, and the teams were selected to provide an even game. So it proved to be.  New men Mike Conroy and Barry Smith  ( first time at Curzon) joined seasoned regulars in  a fairly brisk tussle under the supervision of Alan Graham, our Referee for the day.
Barry Smith – first time at The Nash

The early stages were dominated by Bibs.  Peter Roberts going close on two occasions.
With sixteen players on a pitch that had been widened -space was at  a premium. Mark Bradshaw saw the dimensions ideal to improve technical attributes and would encourage players to ‘make’ space for themselves.
Trevor Brereton and Stewart White – backed up by a mobile Colin Cuthbert were starting to impose Plain’s on the game.  Brereton was fortunate to capitalise on  a blocked Wingrove clearance and prodded home a goal to put Plain’s in front.

Stewart White with Garry Pearce

Philip Hibbert, back from  a long lay off due to shoulder  surgery was clearly enjoying his return. As were the rest of us. A double chance for Bertenshaw but having had a powerful shot blocked on the line by ‘keeper Leach he steeered the rebound wide.
Garry Pearce, playing outfield in  a right back position was seeing plenty of the ball and urging his teammates forward.  Barry Smith in the Bibs goal made a great blocking save from Brereton.  Taking a powerful shot in the guts, or in the nuts. Not sure which.
Terry Bertenshaw was again stifled by a strong defensive performance. It’s still a rare event if Terry doesn’t get on the scoresheet. He came close today but not close enough.
Indeed it was a game of relatively few chances. As the teams turned around for the second half the breeze was showing no signs of moderating.

Peter Roberts pre match
Sterling efforts from George Fieldhouse in retrieving wayward balls to keep the game flowing. Speaking of wayward balls, Steve Wingrove took several pot shots from distance and most of these kept George more than busy.  Wingrove did force a save from Pearce later in the game. Our regular custodian now in his accustomed position, which inspired confidence in his teammates.  Eric Leach linked up well with White – again the main man – and Brereton.  Behind them Rob Lake, surefooted in  a left hand midfield  role reminiscent of a young John Hollins, was influential alongside Partington for Plain’s.
Smith and Conroy new men both in Bibs  were acquitting themselves very well in this company. Mike had felt the effects from last Friday’s game but you’d not think it to see him playing. Barry Smith  always a willing worker with some good touches and a dogged persistence about him.
Rob Lake shows his true colours

Second half saw Bib’s have more possession.  Jarvis and Nixon combining, the latter in  a more advanced position than usual forcing a good save  from Pearce. Nixon was later penalised for incursion into the ‘D’ just before a Bertenshaw shot struck a post and Pete Roberts put the rebound well over the bar.
A series of Wingrove’s mazy runs finally brought a foul out of  Trevor Brereton but nothing came of the free kick. Soon afterwards Barry Smith intercepted an unusually misplaced  roll out from Pearce but still the Plain’s goalkeeper’s second clean sheet in seven days looked to be a distinct possibility.

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“Back and face, back and face” roared the insistent David Partington resplendent in short green sleeves and  determined to preserve his team’s lead. Every team needs a Partington, and a Cuthbert like combatant in the middle of the park. Colin has adapted his game to conform to the rules of walking football and always puts a valuable shift in.
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Rapid end to end movement as White curled one wide and high. Moments  later, in the dying minutes  Leach attacking on Plain’s right flank and responding to a loud shout , whipped a  quickfire ball across the ‘D’ finding Alan Richards poised on the edge but the man in black and white stripes could only hit a post when he might have scored.  That was perhaps Plain’s best chance of the second half. Richards, very mobile but  fairly anonymous in the second half until that moment.
The ebb and flow of a competitive game continued right until the end. When handshakes were exchanged and another very close encounter for the Nash Amblers drew to  a close. The narrowest of margins separated two willing teams, when perhaps a draw may have been a fairer result. Some consternation for yours truly at the very end when my fleece -with car keys – went walkabout with Wingrove.  No long term damage but I was getting a tad stressed at the prospect of Shanks’s pony !
BIBS 0 :  1 PLAINS (Brereton)

NOTE:Next up for the walking footballers of Curzon Ashton F.C.  is the GMWF League at Heywood on Friday next (3/2)  There is NO internal session next Friday.  but if numbers remain high then future Heywood dates (3/3: 7/4: 5/5) will NOT result in cancellation of the internal games on those Friday’s.  Keep in touch via this  website or the Facebook group.

Some new faces at ‘The Nash’ this morning. Mike Conroy, Danny Tipping and Malcolm Fyffe helped swell the above average numbers to  a new high of eighteen. Conroy recognised by stalwart David Wilson, for whom he played over forty years ago!
Unusually, Mark Bradshaw was not with us today, so Eric Leach orchestrated the warm-up.  We needed it too, as a bitingly cold January wind was blowing across  Ashton Moss.
Les Spencer with Malcolm Fyffe
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The pitch  was lengthened, then lengthened again two minutes into the game.  We should have made it at least two metres wider too, but we live and learn at  this game.
Danny Tipping

Another close match, keenly contested in good spirit.  Possession shared more or less equally.  Some neat one-two passes to feet (some of us are learning something, it seems) and the new men were showing signs they felt right at home and were contributing to the flow of the game, and settling in well.

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Mike Conroy

Steve Foster in goal for the White’s made a couple of impressive saves early doors. But he could do nothing when The ‘Orange’  took the lead after seven minutes. Stewart White firing in.  A fine shot from Stewart, who was lively in midfied all morning. Foster, out of goal now and setting a great example to his team mates hardly put a foot wrong the entire game. In fact if we’d had our usual man of the match award at the end, Steve would have laid a legitimate claim to it.

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H:T  Orange 1 White 0
Foster and Spencer lead their men out for the second half
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Within seconds of the restart Bertenshaw had equalised for White’s. A fine pass from Les Spencer set him up and Terry made no mistake.  Both teams now coming to terms with the reduced space and minimal time on the ball with these numbers.  Alan Graham, both playing and Refereeing did an excellent job in keeping running to  a minimum.
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With Trevor Brereton back after injury the Orange team pressed forward but did not threaten to go back into the lead.  Their final pass was lacking.
Bertenshaw unleased another shot at the  other end but Pearce gathered it well. Moments later the effervescent  Bertenshaw seemed to overstretch and hit the deck. Dragging himself to his feet with seemingly no ill effects from his fall.
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Goalkeeper rotation for White’s saw almost everyone take a turn ‘in net’.
Partington tried to get Richards away with  a cross field ball but it was intercepted.  So many of our long passes lack the power  to find the target, and with so many players on the pitch a forest of legs is always likely to intercept  or block.
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Breakthrough for Orange!  Who  won  a penalty when Eric Leach ventured into his own ‘D’.
“I’ll have it” exclaimed David Partington striding confidently forward. Richards had hold of the ball but realised there’s no denying David when he is in such confident mood. Fair play to the former tanker driver who discharged a load off teammates minds when he slotted  the ball home, low and accurately.  Not many goalkeepers would have saved that, and Malcom Fyffe was no exception.
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David Wilson insisted later that his White’s ‘dominated’ the second half but I saw things more  finely balanced.  True they had their moments.  And when White’s did quickly threaten again Spencer shot wide. You can never write off any team that fields Terry Bertenshaw but he was being shepherded well by  a defence marshalled by Colin Fielding and Partington. Good wing play by Wilson, in  customary advanced position led to nothing though and again Orange broke forward with  a sweet move. Brereton just failing to capitalise.
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Trevor Brereton – always involved – hit the post for Orange and Stewart White hit the rebound wide.  Listening back to the action on my headset it’s clear that Stewart White was the fulcrum for Orange.
Eric Leach shot just wide from  a tight angle as White’s went looking for the equaliser.  Gary Gray tried to get Wilson away on the wing, while at the other end Jarvis cottoned on to  a Richards pass and hit the post,  Jarvis immediately grabbing another bite of the cherry but Malcolm Fyffe was equal to him.
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Les Spencer blazed a shot high wide and not so handsome, in the dying seconds. White’s probably deserved an equaliser with  the solid, confident Pearce inspiring confidence in all around him the Orange defence shut them out very efficiently.
A good time had by all I think, and a close result. Not much to choose between the teams at all and next time we’ll remember to widen the playing area.  Thanks all. Come back soon Mr.Bradshaw – you were missed.
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Back with the boys again !

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Manchester ALFA Lifeline , led by Nick Roberts were the guests at Tameside Stadium this morning.
Respect – all down the line

Team photo’s taken and ‘Respect’ handshakes  exchanged before the game this latest of several Monday morning friendlies brings together walking footballers for a challenge against new faces and a change of scenery for the visitors.

A good natured ‘battle of the blues’ saw two closely matched teams locked in  a dual for supremacy with few clear cut chances at either end of the pitch.
The Nash Amblers scored the only goal of the game in the first half.  This win maintained their 100% home record.  Both teams made frequent substitutions in the chill January air.
Urged on by Manager Mark Bradshaw the Amblers were making a lot of unforced errors as ALFA pressed for an opener.
Stewart White had posed early threats for Amblers narrowly shooting wide.
After eleven minutes ‘The Nash’ took the lead when Bertenshaw sweetly cashed in on Partington’s astute free kick. Firing the ball home.  At the time nobody suspected that it  might prove to be  be the only goal of the game.

Garry Pearce got down low to his right to push  a superb ALFA snap shot around a post. Deservedly drawing applause from the numbers on the touchline. Swollen by recovering Ambler’s Barry Thickett and Phil Hibbert – thanks for coming out guys it’s much appreciated
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There were several stoppages for running, and one or two for ‘over enthusiasm’  but by and large the match was played in  a good spirit officiated by a top Walking Football Referee in Alan Graham.
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H:T 1-0
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After the turnaround it continued to be a nip and tuck affair. The team in lighter blue pressing but carving out few chances to test the ever adept Ambler’s keeper Pearce. ALFA forced several corners but to little avail.
The Nash skipper on the day, Nixon burst forward on  a rare excursion showing a touch of real skill before misfiring well wide of the mark.  The Amblers mounted something of a rearguard action towards the and as ALFA went looking for an equaliser. Marshalled by Partington the grafters in the royal blue rallied to the cause to keep the light blues at bay.
Chevrons going forward and working going backwards! >>>>>>> <<<<<<<
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Wilson may have increased the Amblers lead when he latched on to  a good ball from Roberts but was adjudged to be  just inside the ‘D’ as his shot evaded the ALFA keeper to hit the back of the net. Despite protestations Referee Alan Graham held firm and he was indeed totally correct.
A fine game ended as it had begun. With handshakes all round and a satisfied bunch of older men revelling in this kind of walking football experience.
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Ambler’s thanks, as ever go to Mark Bradshaw and Luke Davenport of our Curzon club. To Trevor Brereton for some photography, to Val White for making the butties – which went exceedingly well – and to our opponents for being appreciative of the day’s  events, and for providing us with  a stiff test ahead of our inaugural League competition.  On another day ALFA could easily have prevailed here.
Going forward I am sure the two groups will establish and maintain our links. There will be more pics on our Flickr feed later – look on our news page for a link late afternoon.
For the Amblers – some of us anyway,  the next time  we pull on that kit we’ll be in  a competitive environment, doing our best to keep those chevrons going the right way… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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January 20th..
Seven  a side including our mentor Mark in the sunshine this morning. Frenchman Jeremie Coulon returned after  an absence of seven or eight weeks.
Jeremie Coulon

Really close to begin with too.  Were those Bibs a newly laundered green, or yellow?
Little in terms of possession to separate the teams. Plains had Garry Pearce in goal which was a distinct advantage. Peter Roberts was well placed on a number of occasions in the  first half to finish but couldn’t quite find the right shot to get his team off the mark
Some neat play between Bradshaw, Richards and White led to the first goal for Plains. White put the excellent finishing touch to a  really good move.
Bibs were not backward in coming forward. Steve Foster has a series of meaty strikes on goal. Some just off target , some gathered by the confident Pearce.  Les Spencer too made his presence felt and something of a good natured midfield ‘battle’ with Colin Cuthbert ensued.

Les Spencer
Jeremie Coulon looked a little off his best, it will obviously take him  a while to get back into his stride.
Even Terry Bertenshaw seemed a little subdued today and had few opportunities. He started the game playing deeper than is usual.  He ventured further  forward later in the game but couldn’t really threaten,  largely thanks to  a defence well organised by  a vocal Partington always trying to get extra effort from those around him.
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With Plain’s one goal in front at the break Mark Bradshaw doubled the lead with  a fearsome daisy cutter hit hard and low after some incredibly nimble footwork . An ex-pro in our midst and it so often shows.
The game was speeding up  as they often do in the second half. One or two players ended up ‘on the deck’ after coming together’s and  balance issues but nobody suffered anything much worse than  shorts and legs  full of rubber ‘crumbs’.
today’s attendance… Bob & Phil
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There was a hint of a slow gallop about Colin Cuthbert’s goal to make it three nil but it was allowed to stand. Peter Roberts capped a good performance with  a fourth goal, evading the strong  David Carter, so often solid at the back for Bibs.
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At 0-4 down , the  margin seemed a bit flattering for the Plain’s because  Bibs continued to go forward and were not really looking like a well beaten side. Steve Foster was again pivotal at the back, showing what an asset he will be at Heywood. Despite efforts from David Wilson, Les Spencer and Bertenshaw in forcing corner after corner and throwing the kitchen sink at Garry Pearce he was not to be beaten on this day. His goal was the busier in the second half although a couple of shots from Richards went wide – one wildly so –  and Stewart White may have added a second to his account but  in the end it  remained a Four nil win for the Plain men
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David Partington was awarded ‘man of the match’ by Mark, and went home happy after  a series of good displays – he has rapidly become an Ambler’s stalwart.Coulon  went home with the match ball – we await the hat-trick,  Jeremie
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Full Time:  Plains 4 (White, Bradshaw, Cuthbert. Roberts)
Bibs     0    Attendance 2. REMEMBER NO FRIDAY SESSION ON 3/2/17.

The Nash Amblers 4  (Brereton 2, Bertenshaw 2)
Middleton Legends  3   (Lord 2, Burns)
 January 16th 2017
The Nash Amblers welcomed an experienced team from Middleton Legends this morning for a friendly game arranged before Christmas.
Mercifully the rain was holding off as the two teams took to the field for a warm up under the guidance of Curzon’s  Luke Davenport.
The Amblers were largely penned back in their own half for the first few minutes and some good interplay from the Legends threatened to make an early breakthrough. They suffered a set back when  a defender damaged his groin and had to be substituted after just ten minutes.
A penalty for the Legends due to  a technical transgression was finely saved by Partington.
A let off for the Amblers as they were showing early signs of struggling versus good opposition.
Against the run of play though, the Amblers went ahead after a slick move and a fine finish from Trevor Brereton. Any false sense of ascendency was soon shattered though, as the Legends hit back in no uncertain terms.
Three goals rattled in, in the space of five minutes .Two from Lord and one from Burns put ‘The Nash’ on the back foot . Defensive lapses and a lack of target men up front was their undoing. Terry Jepson was influential for the Legends and something of a handful for the men in blue. Half time would herald changes for the Ashton side.
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H:T The Nash Amblers 1  Middleton Legends  3
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Wilson was replaced by Richards and Stewart White had been sent on towards the end of the first half. Both began to make a difference.
Amblers pulled a goal back  after just three minutes when Betenshaw struck. There was much more fluency about their play now and Brereton equalised with another fine strike.
Smith was spraying some good passes  around and with  a new found conviction the team in blue brought some good saves out of  Legends goalkeeper Blakeley.
A great move from Smith and  Richards saw Bertenshaw receive a good ball on the left and he rifled the ball home.  The Amblers were in front for the second time in the game.
Legends continued to threaten though but the Amblers looked better marshalled at the back in the second period. Vocal goalkeeper Partington urging his men on. Along with an impressive crowd on the touch line – all two of ’em.
The Amblers ultras - got behind the team
The Amblers ultras – got behind the team
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Jepson was still lively and looked likeliest to threaten as the men in blue, perhaps a little fitter – it has to be said Amblers did had  fresh legs to deploy at the right time.
Referee Alan Graham – who had a fine match – awarded another penalty after Colin Cuthbert entered his ‘D’ but Partington was equal to Lord diving low to his left for another match saving save. With Manager Mark  Bradshaw urging Ambler’s on from the touchline they were growing in confidence and finished a well balanced match the better team. Truly a game of two halves.
Roberts came back on for skipper Gordon Nixon, and forced a superb save from Blakeley as we neared the end.
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The whistle went and both sets of players had left everything on the pitch. Handshakes all round and some chatter over a butty and a brew.  On balance a fair result but for the penalty heroics of Partington it could easily have gone the other way. Played in fine spirit and another great morning of walking football on the 3g at Tameside Stadium.
Thanks to Tony Cravagan for the photographs, Susan Richards for the butties, Janet Nixon for the scones, Linesmen Mark & George and above all everyone at Curzon Ashton for facilitating this splendid game. Ther will be more photos on our  flickr feed before too long. Look out on the ‘News’ page later.
The Nash Amblers – 4-3 winners on the day

PINGING IN THE RAIN…. January 9th 2017
I arrived at Tameside Stadium good bit earlier than usual  this drab Monday morning.  The scene was just one shade of grey. 49 fewer than the titillating novel I have managed to avoid. Parking up and surveying the gloomy outlook, I wondered how many others would want to play walking football in this dreary, outer Mancunian drizzle.  A runner, alone but for his faithful dog trotting beside him was doing laps of the stadium perimeter. Disappearing for several minutes at  a time before returning every so often, his large lurcher type hound trailing behind. His repetitions took him around the ground several times and I was still alone. Eventually he carried on up the long road to exit the stadium and with him went my thoughts of a good game. Nobody about. Could this be the day it all goes belly up I pondered momentarily?  Remarkably though at five minutes to eleven, eight Amblers appeared  within the space of three minutes. Game on!
And what  a game it turned out to be.  Although details are scant as my new voice recorder let me down. Updates were not noted , aside from inside my already full mind. Every time I take on new information I feel something else might drop out of my memory bank. Perhaps more important stuff than who scored the goals.
Stewart White (left) with MarkBradshaw
Stewart White (left) with MarkBradshaw
Consensus was it finished 6-4.  But I reckon Nixon, Graham, AND Jarvis (2)  Brereton (3) found the net  for the Bibs. (green today and numbered).  The replies from Plain’s ( waterproof jackets rather than shirts in the circumstances) came from Colin Cuthbert, David Partington and Stewart White, and a fine fourth from Mark Bradshaw.
Some fine goals were taken well . Some cheeky ones too as Mark Bradshaw introduced  revolutionary new rules to fit the numbers and the weather.  Mark’s motive was to keep goalkeepers involved and play without fixed guardians. Entry into the ‘D’ was permissible, or was it? I’m sat at home two hours later and still feel a bit flummoxed. Scoring from outside the ‘D’ only but you had to be in your opponents half.  The ‘half-way’ line itself was skewed 60-40 territorially and stretched  only halfway across the pitch! Anyone could  handle the ball within the defending ‘D’ but only one person could do that at  a time. Confused? You might be.
Anyway we all had a blast. Passes were pinged about the pitch with zest and vigour. Most finding their intended target, some not.
Shooting from both team’s  attackers was incredibly wayward at times ( personally guilty as charged). Everyone was mobile though  and seeing lots of the ball.  Posts were hit , defences were breached, as the smiles abounded.  Plain jackets led for most of the match but the final quarter of the game saw Bib’s assert themselves. With the help of some long range goals into an unguarded net it has to be said. David Partington in his new weather resistant attire was uneasy about this aspect, but presented with  a similar opportunity himself, he did of course grab it with both feet, though I can’t remember which one he put it away with.
We all had a very  enjoyable morning.  I sometimes think Mark would let play carry on for hours if I didn’t remind him of the time.  There are matches when none of us want it to end, and today may have been one of them. The team photo shows a happy band of walking footballers , soaked to the skin – waterproof jackets?  My own ‘Trespass’ brand cost £30 a couple of years ago but the shirt underneath was soaked right through. Useless in  a steady downpour it seems. Much like my shooting today.
Full-time Bibs 7 or was it 6? –  Plain Waterproofs 4.








Good to see Eric Leach back in the fold after  a long absence- Work and a knee injury have combined to keep him away for many weeks.

Eric Leach enjoys an after match brew

Terry Bertenshaw was unwell and forced to miss last Friday and we assume he’s not over the worst yet. Get well soon Terry. To all absent Amblers we wish you well and hope to see you back on the 3g very soon.


January  6th. 2017 A first gathering of 2017 for the Amblers saw twelve assemble as the skies overhead threatened a soaking that never quite materialised. At least if it did I don’t think any of us noticed.

What followed was an enthralling game between two fairly evenly balanced sides.
With two excellent  ‘keepers in situ it became clear that goals might be hard to come by.
Mark Bradshaw was the busier first half. In Bib’s goal he was challenged rather than tested by  a succession of shots. Some lacked power and some were off target until Trevor Brereton – resplendent in new hosiery – found the back of the net with a shot that seemed to wrongfoot the Curzon man. With their noses in front the Plain shirts were passing their way forward with some style.

Trevor - resplendent
Trevor – resplendent
Stewart White

Peter Roberts & David Wilson went closest for Bibs but Garry Pearce had his measure.
David Partington jinked his way goalward in his inimitable style passing three players in the process and finishing with such aplomb that I was reminded of Rick Villa’s classic cup-final finish at Wembley in 1981. I was there that night so I feel particularly qualified to make the analogy. An early contender for goal of the year David himself commented. I wished I’d filmed it.

happy trio

Two nil at half-time Mark Bradshaw exchanged places with Alan Graham who looked to be suffering from his knee problem. This changed the dynamic of the game only slightly, despite Bradshaw’s quality and superb first touch.  All the Plains put a shift in to try to stifle Bradshaw’s inventiveness. To  a degree it worked. When it failed Garry Pearce was on hand to fist away, turn balls around his posts and generally thwart Bibs.

‘Steady’ Steve Foster always looked assured and Stewart White whose artistry on the ball is impressive –  were doing their level best to open up the Plain back line and David Wilson was always lurking dangerously.  Peter Roberts took unselfishness to new heights when he twice passed the ball to team mates when the easier option would have been to go for goal himself. Our regular ‘predator’ put his hunting instincts to one side today – perhaps letting his opponents off the hook.

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  • Colin Cuthbert
    Colin Cuthbert

    Cuthbert, Brereton, Jarvis and Richards were passing the ball really well as the clock wore on. The latter in particular enjoying himself with some neat touches and quality distribution. This mobile quartet carved out several more opportunities for themselves but Alan Graham did well to get down to several goal bound attempts. Brereton added another goal and later had a penalty saved by Graham. At three nil the Plain’s underlined their dominance. The influential Partington increased his account with another quality finish. Four-nil game all but over.

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    Still the Bib’s refused to lie down –  relentlessly pressing forward with  the bit between their teeth. Pearce was  denied a rare clean sheet right at the end as Bradshaw rifled in  a fine drive – apt reward for Bib’s persistence.
  • Mark Bradshaw awarded Yours Truly

    man of the match? Moi?? - all a bit of a blur
    Man of the Match ? Moi ? – all a bit of a blur
  • the ‘man of the match’ trophy saying ‘we’ll give it the gaffer this week’ !  Probably the first time I’ve ever been called that.  I thought others might have edged it but the momentary look of incredulity upon my wife’s face when I pulled it out to show her, was a real picture.
  • I’ll dedicate that to my Dad Ken,  who would have been 95 today if only he hadn’t died at 56. If he knew I was still playing closing in on 66 with  such  a sterling group of men I’m sure he’d be chuffed.

Full-time:   Bib’s 1   (Bradshaw) Plain’s 4 (Brereton 2, Partington 2)

After match tea room banter turned to talk of a summer festival of Walking Football at Curzon – probably a Saturday in early June. We could invite several teams to take part – perhaps as many as eight, or even more. Mark has the template to organise such  an event plus the experience.  I’m sure with some help from myself and some of you guys The Nash could make this a highly enjoyable walking football event.  Watch this space.


Some Amblers stayed on for a game with the nippers after our session today, but I was bushed. Grabbing my balls I headed home for my post-match cup of tea. 
A hard game I thought….my recollections… December 30th..last game of the year at ‘The Nash’

Bright sunshine didn’t help. Hanging low in the sky, providing minimal warmth at this time of year but it was rather dazzling.  As was John Smith’s  superb first half hat trick.  The big centre forward (for that’s how I’d see a younger John in a ‘proper’ eleven-a-side game of traditional football) slotted home perfectly to the left of goalkeeper Garry, then squeezed one through his legs and finally outfoxed our number one at his near post.

John Smith - hat trick
John Smith – hat-trick
In fairness to Pearce he was left exposed time and time again as the mobility of the players in front of him was called into question early doors. Perhaps one too many mince pies over Christmas was slowing them down. Richards in particular looked laboured and hung over – even though last night’s solitary glass of Port was no excuse.
In contrast to the sun drenched sky,  some storm clouds were gathering for Bibs.  They’d need to rise to this challenge or be swamped.
The mixed weather metaphors aside,  it was not quite  one way traffic. Luke Davenport, a very assured young footballer with excellent vision scored with equal precision. To this point
Bob Derbyshire - Peak form
Bob Derbyshire – Peak form
Bibs few  attacks had been thwarted by  big man Bob Derbyshire, in Plain’s goal throughout the game today. Bob also demonstrated fine reflexes to fingertip a fearsome drive over the cross bar. He was beaten though, almost inevitably by Brereton – unluckily as he almost got a foot to the ball. A rare slice of luck for Bibs.
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It was good to see so many players assemble after the brief  Christmas break. Alan Graham and Steve Foster resplendent in new tracksuits. Foster had a very good game today and his distribution was almost faultless.  David Partington moving forward more and more and  got on the score sheet with yet another finely crafted goal. Finishing with aplomb into the only part of the goal Pearce could not reach. As the teams turned around for half time – a relief for those who had been kicking towards the sun I can’t recall the score line but it was closer than it might have been. Pearce, although beaten several times today saved his team from  a mauling as he so often does.
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Bertenshaw – in the wars of late – was busy, as ever  but his shooting chances were fewer than usual today. He took an early blow in the ‘orchestra stalls’ but soldiered on manfully. John Flanagan, enjoying his walking football sadly had to withdraw a little early leaving an
Bertenshaw – soldiered on
opportunity for his club colleague Mark Bradshaw to join his charges on the pitch. Making Bibs task even more of an uphill struggle.
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So many good players were facing them, it’s a credit to their team ethic that they weren’t completely swamped. Fosters Exports were canny and precise.
Canny Foster - faultless
Canny Foster – faultless
Cuthbert and Brereton picking up good passes from Davenport  too, and Richards but could they could not get many shots away. When Richards did they lacked power and were comfortably held by Derbyshire. A fine ball across the ‘D’ just evaded Cuthbert who played with much mobility today.
David Partington revelled in his usual playmaker role from deep for Plains. With his prime partner Flanagan now off the pitch he combined artfully with Bradshaw.  The latter scored a fine goal with  a flick over the head of an advancing Pearce. Pearce’s  protestations paid off and it was disallowed. The consensus afterwards was it should have stood. No matter. Smith, good in possession  went close , looking to add to his first-half tally. Pearce punched away firmly from a Bertenshaw volley but could not get his hands on Terry’s next effort. A shot struck with such venom, it might have carried Garry into the net with it if he had !
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Towards the end with the score at 6 – 4 , there was a transgression by the Plain’s keeper Derbyshire and rather unfortunately for Bob he conceded  a penalty.  Trevor Brereton – looking a little surprised –
Brereton : surprise spot kick
was given the job of converting to shave the Plains advantage to  a mere whisker.  He took to the task assuredly and beat  Bob to his left.  No sooner had the net rippled though, than the whistle went for full time.
A hard game indeed.  A sweat laden thermal vest the reward for my own effort, despite which  I handed my bib back a beaten man. Never mind.
Where’s that bottle?
Any Port in  a storm.
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January 16th. Monday. NO regular SESSION: Friendly v. Middleton ‘Legends’ at The Nash.         I will be contacting Terry Jepson early next week regarding this match. Players subs are £3 for this one with Middleton contributing £2 each. The game will kick off at 11-00am (please be there for 10-15am. latest which will give us time for a warm-up) and Alan Graham has offered to Referee. I will therefore ask  Middleton to expect a very competent, strict on running AND non-minimal contact official.  I will try to ask them agree to eight-a-side 30 minutes each way.  Richards will start as a substitute and lay in the second half only – maybe sharing the game with David Wilson. If the game is indeed 8-a-side (and we all turn up) I’ll ask Mark Bradshaw to select another substitute and their deployment (and any further ones will be at his discretion) Full squad as follows:

David Partington  Stewart White  Alan Richards  Terry Bertenshaw
Colin Cuthbert  John Smith  Gordon Nixon (Captain)
Peter Roberts  David Wilson Trevor Brereton

If the following weeks visitors Manchester ALFA  bring fewer than eight players then we may have to omit one or two of those named above for that game, unless you’re happy to spend a substantial part of it on the touchline. The priority is fairness and inclusion, as these are both friendly games. Thank you.

December 23rd. 2016….

Festive cheer at ‘The Nash’ today as some players donned all manner of Christmas garb for a fine game of rather brisk walking football.  Honours finished even before the rains came down. A strengthening wind made conditions difficult. We were again joined by Curzon Ashton Manager John Flanagan and this time by  Luke Davenport who scored an equaliser for Green Bibs.  John Smith had opened their account after they’d trailed to two Trevor Brereton goals in the first half.  A really good, close encounter. Some remarkable goalkeeping from Mark Bradshaw who deserved to emerge with  a clean sheet.  Thanks to the three ball boys who were very busy throughout – they did a sterling job.
Most of us adjourned to the Dog & Partridge in Ashton for a Carvery meal. Good value and a god atmosphere.  The writer is very grateful for all the kind words and the generous gifts of several bottles of wine that  players – and Mark – presented me with today.  The Chocolate boots were great – so THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH INDEED.  It’s great to know such a group of blokes and  in to assist taking things forward with Mark.
ON leaving the pub I managed to merge my van (of which I’m very fond) with a sturdy steel post in the car park.  A moment’s inattention. That’s life ! Up one minute and down the next.  It’s metal and it can mend but will cost me a fair few quid I expect.  Never mind….and Merry Christmas 🙂
More photos on the Flickr feed

Monday 19th December..

Terry tucks away five of the best….
Green Bibs 2 : Plain Shirts 6
A penultimate performance before a Christmas Break.  Eleven familiar faces and a younger, fresher one in the form of Sam – the Grandson of Peter Jarvis.
Sam picked up the gauntlet (rather than musket) of a challenge to play amongst many half a century and more older than himself. His play  was often  a delight to watch.
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Arguably the second best performance of the all came  from the young man, only Bertenshaw topped it. Five blistering goals from Terry today, it would have been more but my foot got in the way of one of his rifle shots – at a slightly different angle the power on the ball might have dislocated my hip !  His first came when  a chocolate wristed Richards got a feeble hand to another piledriver. The same ‘keeper (me) redeemed himself later by getting a palm to a Gordon Nixon rocket, turning it around a post.
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At the other end Trevor Brereton was equally busy going forward but alas he was off target today with a few more misfires than usual .
A damp day but a dry one mercifully. Both teams shared equal possession and played some good football.  But in the end (the start AND the middle too)  the Bertenshaw effect  made the difference and a sixth goal from Partington left the green bibs well beaten. The addition of lively George Fieldhouse for Plain’s did little for the Green’s chances.
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They did respond  though with  a cheeky goal from Cuthbert . Bertenshaw blotted his copybook slightly by giving away possession when his Goalkeeper was ill prepared. Young Sam notched their second from  a penalty conjured by  Mark Bradshaw.  The lad made no mistake with  a superbly placed spot kick as the seconds ticked away.
Full time.  Plains 6 : 2 Green Bibs






Walking football video – The Nash Amblers in training / internal game Dec 16th…

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December 16th  Bibs 5 Plains 2

Sunnier Skies as Green Bibs go nap – Wilson gets them underway and two  each for Brereton and Bradshaw.

A good game of 7-a-side on  a smallish pitch.  Tony Cravagan went off early with a calf injury.

Ho joined me on the touchline (I was a bit under the weather) Tony was replaced by Mark Bradshaw who tipped the balance in terms of quality. Often looking a class apart to be honest which is to be expected, of course.

Some match video is being sorted so this report is brief.

Christmas Jumpers next week ? (23rd.) Santa hats for those in bibs?  Get down the pound shop 🙂

If you’re going to the pub after the game you can get  a shower at Curzon should you require.


as John Flanagan finds his feet in walking football


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    Grey skies and persistent drizzle did not deter eight of The Nash Amblers  from enjoying a fine game of walking football today.  A record low scoreline resulted in  a very close – some might say enthralling,  one -one draw !
    We were overseen by our regular Curzon companion Mark Bradshaw and also delighted to have the ‘The Nash’ team Manager Mr.John Flanagan amongst our number for the first time.  John had been saying for a while he’d like to try the walking game.  He looked like  a seasoned regular, with some inventive passing and intuitive interceptions.
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    Pete Jarvis put the Gren Bibs in front.  While wise football heads of Flanagan &  David Partington, both reading the game so well gave the Bibs an edge.  Alan Richards shot narrowly wide and then hit a post as the game looked to be getting away from Plains.
    Alan Graham in Green  was also inspiring finding  his man time and time again with some fine passing, as did  goalscorer  Jarvis in his first Ashton appearance for some time.
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    For Plains,  Trevor Brereton went close, but not close enough. Colin Fielding and Gordon Nixon, in front of Bradshaw in goal managed to thwart Bibs attacking intent.  Their second half chances were few and far between. Gary Gray with some fine footwork as Plains went forward more and more  was  incredibly unlucky, as  the ball bounced of both posts and then a third without crossing the line.  It seemed geometrically impossible but it happened.
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    Optimistic calls for a penalty when Plains  ‘keeper Bradshaw stepped outside his ‘D’ area were overruled as it was Mark’s momentum that  caused the egress.
    Alan Graham, in goals now for Bibs looked unbeatable at times, with confident handling.  Getting a firm glove to many  a testing shot.  However, he could not quite reach  a low drive from – that man again – Trevor Brereton.  An equaliser had seemed inevitable.
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    Barry Thickett, still nursing his torn calf muscle on the touchline was playing his part in retrieving wayward balls. Thanks to Barry from turning out beneath his big umbrella and for taking the team photograph.
  • An hour well spent and an honourable draw. John Flanagan seemed to enjoy himself and we hope he joins us again soon.
    Wet Green Bibs 1 : Plain Damp Shirts 1
    Join us Monday’s and Friday’s at 11-00am.for mixed ability walking football.
  • It’s fun, whatever the weather.

December 9th  – Green’s outgun Plains in Curzon showdown…


The teams as selected by Mark Bradshaw looked a little out of balance but the addition of  late arrival David Carter gave Plains a numerical advantage.  The big bibbed trio of Foster, Graham and Smith played some good football aided by the ever mobile, ever aware Trevor Brereton.


Add David Partington to the mix and it’s little wonder the Plain men were rightly fearing the worst.  Bob Derbyshire solid, between the posts completed this formidable green line up.

For Plains it was left to Bertenshaw to orchestrate events and for Pearce to do all he could to thwart an attacking onslaught. David Carter was excellent in defence blocking and frustrating the green tide, Cravagan too, made some very timely interventions but Bibs eventually took a deserved  lead through Brereton. Not one to give up easily though Terry  Bertenshaw levelled before half time with  a typically powerful drive that left Derbyshire with little chance.

Richards’ shooting lacked power, Smith’s  lacked precision at the other end as a firmly hit drive was blown further  off target by  an ever  strengthening wind.


Peter Roberts and David Wilson tried to add more goals but not much came off for either of these front men today. Behind them, Richards in vivid yellow today was letting his team mates down on too many  occasions, the quality of his passing poor. Unusual after several games of quality distribution.(it says here ;-p) dscf7283


After the break Pearce saw even more of the action. Shot after shot testing our Number One. Time and time again he would throw himself to the ground, or punch and parry balls away. As manful as this resistance was Brereton struck again and Alan Graham,  effective throughout with quick feet for a big man put the game beyond doubt with  a well taken goal.dscf7284

Full:Time Green Bibs 3  No Bibs 1







We await response to the offer of January Monday friendly games from Middleton Legends AND Manchester ALFA .  The 16th and 23rd of next month are pencilled in for fixtures at ‘The Nash’ £2.00 per player – both teams.  Have offered hot drinks and (perhaps)  a sandwich or two, depending on availability. Max squad of NINE with up to 8-a-side. Fairest way is first to register interest will be given priority. Email/Use the panel below/ Facebook/Text please – 07387174934 –

After I told Mark Bradshaw the Heywood Friday league was just about viable from current player interest he has given it his nod of approval. All who registered interest will be kept in the loop on this. We shall need £30 divided between us ( per month). First payment  by mid-January  please.  Transport to be confirmed. Regular updates on our Friday sessions will be issued as and when they are affected. We have room for two more in the squad – Over 60’s this one of course.



There were no dark clouds over Curzon Ashton today. Seven Amblers assembled under the same bright sunlight that had illuminated one of football’s greatest disappointments. Well, that’s how I viewed yesterday anyway.  A total of EIGHT walking footballers were at that Wimbledon game –  a sign of growing commitment and affection for a club that treats us as ‘part of the fabric’.
There was a large party of Australian boys and their coaches playing and training  on the 3G today. Perhaps oblivious to what had gone on here a mere twenty four hours earlier.  They were on  a European tour and had flown in from Spain on Friday, and spent Saturday at ‘The Etihad’ Stadium. The cold weather must have been something of a shock for them all but they seemed to be enjoying themselves.



We walkers chose green bibs and had a lively game of four a side with flexible rules. A 3-2 victory saw some good passing, some erratic shooting and a big blow for all of us as Stewart White pulled a calf muscle.  Hope it’s easing Stewart . Stewart gamely took to goalkeeping for the rest of the game.
At 11-45am. we called it a day as a group of aforementioned Australian boys from Brisbane took up our challenge of a game of walking football.  All of  we Amblers donned green bibs and rose to the challenge really well – considering we’d almost given ‘our all’ in our own game.
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The boys from down under were very disciplined in their walking.  Displayed the modern tendency of very quick, tricky feet, passed the ball well  and seemed to enjoy the experience.
The Nash Ambler’s FIRST ‘International’ 🙂 ! We managed to shade the fifteen minute game one-nil with  a goal from Trevor Brereton.
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Handshakes all round at the end of what was a brief, but memorable experience for all of us. A real pleasure to meet the lads from Brisbane Youth Football Academy and their Coaches.
I got back  in my van to drive home feeling decidedly ‘UP’ , flicked the radio on just as Adrian Chiles on Five-live decided to re-run commentary of ALL Seven goals from yesterday! A wry smile replaced yesterdays crestfallen grimace. I’ve only been on the fringes of this Curzon club for a few short months,  nevertheless  that Wimbledon result really hurt.

But that was yesterday, today was better.



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Super recognition from the club for our group – Curzon v. AFC Wimbledon programme….


A.F.C.WIMBLEDON ARE COMING – you can get your tickets for the 2nd. Round F.A. Cup ties at The Tameside Stadium from tomorrow. Concessions (Curzon’s walking footballers) just £6



The television hardware was apparent as we assembled at ‘The Nash’ this morning.
Sunday’s F.A. Cup game  versus Wimbledon will be shown live on BT Sport 1. Noon kick-off.
Barry Thickett called by – complete with crutch.  His painful calf muscle tear will take six weeks or so to heal. We wish him well, and back playing soon.
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A six v. six game saw two teams evenly matched for all of ten minutes. Chances were hard to come by but any that did it fell to Goalkeepers Pearce and Bradshaw to do their stuff. Pearce the busier, he was eventually beaten after a great move between Gray, Bertenshaw & Richards that led to Alan Graham slotting home the opener.
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Graham again the man of the moment a couple of minutes later when he put the ball through Pearce’s legs.  Richards had a couple of shots saved – seeing Garry Pearce as his nemesis !  Another Gary, Gray this time (disappointingly a mere 59 years of age) who had been showing some excellent footwork added a third.
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Curzon first team Manager John Flanagan – on the touchline for a while had already expressed interest in joining us for a game sometime.  The invitation was re-iterated and we all hope he can try walking football sooner, rather than later.
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H:T Plains 3 Bibs 1
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Green bibs were driven by some good movement from Steve Foster  – always busy and looking for the ball – and Stewart White.  Both proving very skilful players. It’s great that Steve has expressed interest in the Heywood League. Stewart White,  with his low centre of gravity is very calm on the ball and seldom gives it away.
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Peter Roberts , also in Green shows real alacrity to receive the ball ,  often a fine  first touch and an innate ability to carve a quick chance out of almost nothing.  A great striker of the ball our ‘Predator Pete’ got little reward today but he never stopped battling.
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Bob Derbyshire is getting ever more mobile in midfield always ready to receive a pass and move the ball along and forward. Aiming for competitive walking football when he ‘feels he is ready’.
Plain shirted in trademark black tights, David Partington , still returning to full  fitness after illness exerted his calm influence on team mates. Often a  class apart his deeds on the ball match his words. Seldom giving the ball away and a player who can orchestrate many  a  flowing move and who is not slow to move forward himself when the opportunity arises.
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Tip-top target man  Terry Bertenshaw – the Nash Ambler’s  pocket battleship of a player  blasted a second half hat-trick in his usual fine style, and, not to be thwarted,  Alan Richards got in on the act with  a cheeky toe poke past Pearce. Arms raised aloft, his over reaction betrayed weeks of frustration at the hands of the man in green !
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With Plains threatening to dominate without reply, it was Trevor Brereton – a man on fire – who drove home  perhaps the best individual goal of the game. He also went close on  a day it took something special to get past Mark Bradshaw.
(Has anyone else noticed our passing is getting better ?  Everyone seems to have improved.)
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F:T  Plains 7 : 1 Green Bibs
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After the match  Curzon’s Manager John Flanagan faced  a photo call with us walking footballers. We posed for a snapshot on the edge of a pitch that will impress hundreds of thousands of people on television on Sunday.
…and here are today’s teams.
A HAT-TRICK – BY GEORGE     ~   November 28th
Nine Amblers were reduced to eight early on when Barry Thickett pulled up with  a calf injury.
Barry had to leave the field and was replaced by George Fieldhouse.
George certainly made a difference today scoring a fine hat-trick for the winning team.  I think he wanted to take the ball home but I wouldn’t let him. :-p
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Other notables were a fine opener from Bradshaw.  His strike for Green bibs was a touch of class. On the other side Brereton added to his mounting tally, and Peter  ‘ Predator’ Roberts, playing in classic ‘Oxford bags’  also got on the scoresheet. Richards hit the post with  a toe bunger.
He also  fouled Garry Pearce as the man in green was about to unleash a piledriver. No malice Garry, but Pearce was on the wrong end of a couple of unfair challenges today. He had a couple of attempts at goal too but couldn’t quite convert. Stewart White and his trademark  excellent distribution was put to good use by Plains.  Trevor Brereton and Colin Fielding also playing very well in the bright sunshine. A calm day too with none of the high winds of last week. Alan Graham and a busy Gordon Nixon completed the victorious line up.  4 – 2 being the final score.  A decent game of walking football.
Fourteen including Mark Bradshaw and his fast feet at Curzon today.
My first job was to buy two tickets for the Wimbledon F.A. Cup game on the 4th of December – the biggest game  in Curzon’s  history. Noon kick-off and it’s on BT Sport 1 LIVE, but why not get down and support the club that supports us?
Our game that followed was keenly contested. Another instance of great team selection – this time from Mark Bradshaw. Yellow bibs led 1-0 for much of the first half but an equaliser levelled it at the break.
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In the second half Plain shirts shifted up  a gear and raced to  a three-one lead.
The goals are something of a blur to be honest.  Visibility on the day was also impaired  by a bright, low Sun in the sky to the south. Bertenshaw must have scored twice for yellow bibs. One in particular was a real stunner from distance and an acute angle.
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John Smith and Stewart White were the Plain’s main threat but everyone acquitted themselves well all over the pitch.  I’m aware that goal scorers should be mentioned  – unless it’s another 14-13 affair like last  Monday.  I’ll have to find a better way of recording who does what in the future. Mark Bradshaw put at least one away and it may have been more, as he linked up well with Trevor Brereton and other stalwarts.
Full-time Yellow bibs 2 : Plain Shirts 3
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Good to see Bob Derbyshire back, Les Spencer too in his first Amble, and  Barry Thickett returning after a break, all swelled the numbers to respectable levels. The chilly bright weather put smiles on everyone’s faces  as you can see below.
The Kingsmaid Cup is set for February 22nd. 2017. At the Etihad Campus complex. £45 per team. I need names of those available and interested please. Email to  More details to follow.  This will be an Over 60’s tournament.  There is an Over 50’s category too – if anyone is thinking we can get enough players for that, and the Over 60’s let me know.
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Video footage (some unsteady) of our defeat at the hands of Wakefield.
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Bibs 14 – Plains 13  (Nov 21st. 2016)
Nine winterised Amblers showed up in the bitingly cold Easterly wind and rain on Monday last.
An intrepid bunch.  Indefatigable even.  bold adjectives that have blessed Royal Naval ships with their meanings  of defiance and strength.
However, we can only borrow those terms temporarily to feel better about ourselves as we battled the elements to enjoy (if that’s the right word) a game of Walking Football.
Plain shirts (jackets)  raced to  a five-nil lead thanks to a hat trick from Garry Pearce – released on licence from his usual goalkeeping role.  His hot streak continued as he surprised everyone with his finishing prowess – including perhaps, himself !
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Bibs were not deterred though Far from it. The fightback was on. While I cannot possibly remember who scored all of the 27 goals in  a 14 – 13 Bib’s victory they inexorably made up ground and closed the gap until they levelled around the 10-10 mark.
Wind strength was increasing and the ball was being blown away on occasions, often rolling hard and fast  towards the perimeter fence 70 yards away! Colin Cuthbert was all over the pitch in  a typically committed fashion.
Richards, having scored two then missed three sitters.  He didn’t bring his shooting boots today but might have done better in a pair of wellies !  He  could have put the result beyond doubt with some good balls launched into the ‘D’ from Bradshaw.
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Bertenshaw and Co. were not to be outdone though and beside the ‘usual suspect’  Alan Graham netted at least  a couple. Stewart White too got in on the act and his neat play was a factor in the comeback. Colin Fielding was pivotal at the back, pushing his team forward.
Mark Bradshaw’s tricky feet combined to register more goals for Plain’s with a total tally of four to Trevor Brereton.  Gordon Nixon’s last touch shaved a post,  but at the end of the day – well, midday actually – the whistle went and we adjourned – wet and dripping to the Snack Bar  for a well deserved brew.
Teams: Plains… Pearce  Brereton  Richards  Cuthbert  Bradshaw
Bibs …. Graham   Bertenshaw   Fielding   Nixon   White














Wigan Whites v. The Nash Amblers video


PENALTY SHOOT OUT.  The Nash Amblers v. Blackpool



Nine Amblers under the stewardship of Alan Graham finally arrived at Wigan Soccerdome to take part in their first ever tournament today.
Seven other teams – all Over 60’s – made up the programme and we were drawn in  a group of four with home team Wigan White’s , Fleetwood Flyers and Wakefield. The other group consisted of much fancied Rochdale, Blackpool, Alfa Lifeline M/c and Wigan Yellow’s.

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      Resplendent in our Curzon Ashton kit, which just fitted some of our bigger boys the first game was versus Wigan.  The official tournament board had marked us up as The Nash Ramblers but we soon sorted out a correction.  Graham selected a strong defensive line up for our opener. Thanks to goals from Colin Cuthbert and John Smith we never looked like losing to the White’s who had just  suffered  a heavy defeat at the hands of Wakefield.
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      We ourselves faced two back to back games (15 minutes one way) a little later.
      First  a lively Fleetwood team threatened to spoil our good start but we took the lead via a John Smith penalty, powered down the middle by our potent number nine.  Colin Cuthbert was proving quite a handful for our opponents too,  and played with considerable gusto. In this environment he was proving every inch the asset  I predicted and was probably our most effective outfield player on the day, despite several calls for ‘running’ in these opening two games. Fleetwood equalised towards the end and a draw was a fair result. Four points was a handsome haul from these two games.
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      The next up was Wakefield.  The Yorkshire men looked a different proposition and swept to  a commanding 3 – 0  lead.  We had no  answers really but at least damage limitation kicked in and we stopped the Orange shirted team running away with the game.
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      Our four point tally put us into the play off semi-final for ‘The Plate’ designed to keep all the teams on the day in the competition as long as possible. Fate saw us face Blackpool. The ‘Seasiders’ were valiant opponents.  We took the lead with  a Gordon Nixon penalty – which had to be retaken twice.   Blackpool’s  leveller came from  another spot kick after one of our defenders had encroached into his own goal area.
      As the game finished one goal each it needed a penalty shoot out to decide who would progress to the final.  Several spot kicks were saved – Garry Pearce living up to his reputation as a shot-stopper and the process went into ‘sudden death’. David Wilson stepped up after the nominated kickers had been exhausted and showed them how to do it with a fine strike down to the goalkeepers left. The follow up from Blackpool was saved brilliantly by Pearce. We were now through to ‘The Plate Final’ !
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      Alfa-Lifeline, a Manchester based outfit in sky blue were our opponents here. We took the lead early doors through Cuthbert and held it deep into the match. Ambler’s were, to  a man, mobile and wholly committed to the cause. Sadly for us a fierce strike from  an acute angle just evaded Pearce and another penalty shoot out loomed. We prepared to pick up the gauntlet.
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      Alfa’s first penalty was parried by Pearce, looking every bit the superb ‘keeper that stars regularly at our Curzon sessions. Alan Richards  – feeling confident – took the first one for ‘The Nash Amblers’ Coolly slotting the ball perfectly with his left foot into the corner of the goal down to the ‘keepers right, leaving him with no chance.
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Hero of the hour - Garry Pearce (right) with old friend Colin Fielding
Hero of the hour – Garry Pearce (right) with old friend Colin Fielding
  • Garry Pearce, in his element now got a hand to Alfa’s second effort.  Colin Fielding stepped up but had his spot kick saved.   Pearce was not to be beaten  as he somehow got to  a really well struck effort which left Alfa with no conversions  from three penalties, and ensured we went home with  a trophy!  Happy Amblers surrounded Pearce to congratulate him on his ‘cometh the hour cometh the man’ heroics.
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    We adjourned happily to the showers and later enjoyed the buffet and the chip barmcakes our hosts had provided. The Mayor of Wigan presented Alan Richards with the trophy we had ALL earned through sheer hard work, a little luck, some clinical finishing and a goalkeeper’s magnificence.
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    Teams comprised of:  Stewart White, Colin Cuthbert, Colin Fielding, David Wilson , Gordon Nixon, Steve Foster, John Smith,  Alan Richards and of course the hero of the hour…
    ..Garry ‘the cat’ Pearce.
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    To sum up: A fantastic first dip into the unchartered waters of walking football competition. Physicality was fine, in fact we were perhaps the most robust team I saw on the day. We competed with our peers at Wigan and came out with great credit to launch the Ambler’s maiden voyage.  Well done all, and we’re grateful to Alan Graham for his stewardship and selections.
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    Rochdale ran out overall winners. Thanks to the organisers for a well run competition. We hope to be back !
    Game1:  Wigan Whites 0 :  The Nash Amblers 2 (Smith, Cuthbert)
    Game 2: Fleetwood Flyers 1 :  The Nash Amblers 1 (Smith, 1 pen )
    Game 3: Wakefield 3 :  The Nash Amblers 0
    Play off: The Nash Amblers 1 : Blackpool 1 (Nixon, 1 pen) Penalty shoot out : decisive strike in the sudden death stage came from David Wilson.
    Plate Final: Alfa Lifeline M/cr 1 : The Nash Amblers 1 (Cuthbert)
    Penalty shoot out: Won  1 : 0 Alan Richards converted the decisive penalty.
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    penalty performers – Alan Richards & David Wilson


Alan Graham - our 'manager' today.
Alan Graham – our ‘manager’ today.







Video clips to follow in the coming days.


This piece written for ‘The Nash’ official programme v. Westfields F.C. and reproduced tonight, along with  a photo of the team that faced The Ancient Mariners – nice one Curzon!

Even better – the team won tonight and now face AFC Wimbledon or Bury in the 2nd. round of the FAtelevised live on BT Sport !

Curzon Ashton’s Walking Football team entertained Grimsby’s ‘Ancient Mariners’ at Tameside Stadium last Monday.  Our first friendly game against external opponents went well.
On  a bright, chilly morning ‘The Nash Amblers’ donned the familiar Curzon Blue, taking to the 3G surface with  an assured performance in an eight a side game . Each and every player was proud to wear the Curzon kit, and was keen to give a good account of himself.
A pre-match talk from Managager Mark Bradshaw  set the team up for an excellent three-nil  win, with  a hat-trick from regular ‘hot-shot’ Terry Bertenshaw.  Bradshaw commented later that some of the interplay and passing from ‘The Amblers’ was ‘good quality’.  Considering most of our players had been out of football for over thirty years before discovering this form of the game it’s a testimony to their enthusiasm and increasing fitness.
The game was played in  a tremendous spirit throughout and our visitors enjoyed the day. After the match we arranged a buffet and a brew in The Nash Snack Bar and exchanged mementoes to mark the significance of the day.
Next week we have our first  competitive tournament.  An Over 60’s competition in Wigan, where we will meet teams from Fleetwood, Blackpool, Wakefield and our hosts ‘Wigan Walkers’ amongst others.
‘The Nash Ambler’s are a mixed ability group and new players are always welcome to our sessions on Monday’s and Friday’s at 11-00am. Thanks from the group go to Curzon Ashton for their support in this venture and to Mark Bradshaw for his involvement with us.
Alan Richards – Walking Football Co-ordinator.


November 14th 2016

Another run out today playing together as a team for some of  those scheduled to play at Wigan. A slightly  better turnout than usual for a Monday too. A full game in goal for Garry Pearce – not that he needs the practice – as he pulled off some superb saves, especially in the second half.

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    Green team: Pearce, Graham , Nixon , Fielding, Richards.
    Plain team: McHale-Smith, White , Gray, Brereton, Cuthbert.
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    It took  a while for the first goal to come.  I think it was Trevor Brereton who put his team ahead. The lead was doubled when  a speculative shot from Stewart White moved in the air and deceived Pearce as it found the back of the net, although he may have got a hand to it.
    Gary Gray was influential for Plains and making his presence felt. As was Mike McHale-Smith who proved a very effective defender , opponents (such  as me, for instance)  found it  incredibly hard to shake him off. Cuthbert and Brereton were also formidable opponents at times.
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    For the Green’s Nixon and Fielding were solid at the back and mobile going forward and
    Alan Graham spotted Brereton’s (in goal now)  positioning on his goal line was a little awry and took full advantage from fifteen yards, he shot instinctively and accurately pulling a goal back in the process. It may have been Colin Cuthbert who restored the Plain’s two goal advantage  but at half-time it was they who were leading by three goals to one.
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    Second half saw the scores levelled with Alan Graham, on great form today  registering a fine hat-trick.
    At three apiece the score line seemed fair , although both teams threatened, Plains looked likelier to break the stalemate but Pearce pulled out a couple of show-stopping saves!  Stewart White clipped a post late on. Plain’s were not to be outdone though and kept going.  It must have been Trevor Brereton who popped up to clinch the game in the last minute or two.  If I have got the order of scorers wrong I can only apologise.
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  • A keenly fought contest. The levels of physicality (especially upper body contact)  and the incidence of running at Ashton have been creeping up in my opinion. My own composure was tested this morning and I failed. On reflection I apologise  (becoming a habit)  to both teammates and opponents alike. All of them.
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    Only a few others see this change in the nature of games as a problem, or presumably more would speak out.    I like to play walking football fairly, within the rules with like minded people.  It’s a minimal contact game, with moves afoot from those leading the game’s organisation  to steer it towards non-contact in the longer run. Not easy.
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    I have taken  the  ‘leisure pursuit’  of walking football to my heart really, especially in recent months.  Attempting to  ensure  both former AgeUK groups (Ashton & Denton) develop and grow.  We ALL need to think carefully about the way these sessions  are developing.
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  • I’m  looking forward to a vitally important game at the  Stadium tonight.  Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there.  Up the Nash !
    Full-Time  Plains 4:3 Green Bibs


Armistice Day 11/11/16 :  Two minutes silence was impeccably observed as The Nash Ambler’s gathered at Curzon today.  Lined up together, each man paying his respects to the fallen in so many conflicts. Conflicts which on reflection, perhaps many of our ages just missed. We were lucky. We ‘baby boomers’ are indeed a fortunate generation in many ways.

Onto the game itself. Green bibs were handed to all pencilled in for the Wigan tourney (with the exception of Alan Graham). An excellent idea from Colin Fielding. At least it seemed to be at the time. Wigan will be an Over 60’s affair, we didn’t reckon on the energy of our younger opponents today. With Bertenshaw’s firepower, Brereton’s legs, Partington’s guile and Hibbert’s mobility we were soon up against it.  (Phil won’t be with us for a month or so as he is having a shoulder operation next week – hope all goes well).  With big Alan Graham  and Mike McHale -Smith  also providing dogged, resolute opposition  the men in green were run fairly ragged as Plains piled up  a FIVE nil lead at half time. Goals from I can’t remember where but Bertenshaw was probably the prime suspect.

After the break Pearce donned his gloves and steadied the ship. Greens passing improved and they staunched the goal flow.  With new man Gary Gray in goal  conceding a penalty by wandering outside his ‘D’ John Smith stepped up to unerringly hammer the spot kick home.

And so it stayed 5-1 for a while and Green’s were now holding their own. Wilson went close and there were a couple of fierce shots on target but tipped just over. At the other end Garry Pearce – feline fantastic – saved low to his right and punched a Bertenshaw rocket shot to clear the danger. As the game neared its end Plains rammed home their undoubted superiority with another couple of goals from somewhere. 7- 1 it finished. Perhaps not quite a fair reflection of possession but the only stats that count are the scores.

Stewart Wilson made his Curzon debut and was impressive, finding his man often. Like wise Gary Gray,  who is clearly finding his touch is coming back. Thanks to Bob Derbyshire for again turning out to support us even though he is injured. Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Terry Bertenshaw – hot shot himself notches another one up . 🙂

A good turnout and a fine workout.  Most of us shared a brew after the game. We will re-convene on Monday where there will be some news. Also on Monday please remember that Curzon entertain Westfield F.C. in the first round F.A. Cup replay which is going to mean an awful lot to the club. Please Amblers , do your best to get down there.  As I said this morning ‘support the club that supports walking football’  We may get  a mention in the programme and over the tannoy too. It would be good to see some of you there.

Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for taking the session.

F:T  Amblers in Allsorts 7 – 1 Amblers in Green




This from Alan Rigby, of Wigan Walkers 9/11/16…

“Hello everybody an update on the above….
First off, if anyone can’t make it on the day, could you please let me know now. We have a couple of teams ready to step in, but as its a midweek tournament some notice will be required re work commitments. Anyway I hope you can still all make it.

  • I know some of you have been here before, but for those who haven’t it kicks off at 11am so please get here in time to get kits on etc.It’s 6 a side, indoors, 3g pitches with boards, money payable in cash on the day. The place has changing rooms and showers and there will be food on at the end. The address of the venue is The Soccerdome, Stadium Way, Wigan WN5 0UN. When you come please park in the car park to the right of the venue, it’s the first one you’ll come to. Don’t park in the gym car park
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    The teams entered are,
    Wigan Whites
    Wigan Yellows
    Manchester Alfa Lifeline
    Nash Amblers (Tameside)
    The format will be two initial groups of four. The top two in each group move onto a champions group, where the winners of each group play the runners up of the other group in the two semis and then the winners of these play each other in the champions final.
    3rd and 4th teams in each group move into a plate group, where the above format is repeated ie. 3rd in each group playing 4th in other group in the two semis and the winners of these meeting in the plate final.
    Basically, for those who were here for the recent over 50s one, it’s just like that!
    I attach details of the rules we intend playing to, which again is basically the ones we used for the over 50s, but refs will be playing particular attention to the running aspects and any physicality issues, as it’s the over 60’s. Refs will have a chat to you on the day, so if you’ve any questions can you leave it and ask them on the day. ”
    ..and there was an important addendum
    “Hi all,
    Just a few things I omitted from yesterdays e mail..
    Trophies will be provided for the winners of the champions final and winners of the plate final.
    When registering could all players show proof of age, i.e. drivers licence passport birth certificate etc.
    All games will be 15 minutes long, rolling subs, no halftime.
    Think that’s everything. Try and get there in time to start at 11. I shall assume you are all OK to get here, if anyone can’t could they let me know ASAP.

Players please note the id. requirements

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  • The Nash Amblers 3  Grimsby’s Ancient Mariner’s 0   ~~  Monday November 7th. 2016
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  • Two Ambler’s donned yellow to supplement the six Mariner’s who made it across the country, across the Pennines.
    David Partington distinguished himself, in defence first then in goal. In fact he and Gordon Nixon were possibly the Mariner’s most effective players.
    The Mariner’s started well and for a minute or two it looked as though the home team might have their work cut out on this bright, chilly morning.
    It took The Amblers a few minutes to settle down but once they started passing the ball and probing for openings it was they that  looked to have the edge.
    Despite the Mariner’s resistance they could muster little threat to Garry Pearce – nursing an injured hand – in the Ambler’s goal.
  • Terry Bertenshaw put the home team in front, and grabbed a second soon afterwards to put them in control.
    With more possession it came as something of a surprise when, twenty minutes into the first half it was noticed the Ambler’s  were a player short!  Trevor Brereton, back from  a back injury took the field and improved the balance of a machine that was running quite well already. He was like a shot of Reddex to a 1957 Hillman Minx. Things became smoother.

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  • H:T The Nash Amblers 2 : 0 Ancient Mariners
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  • Richards replaced Coulon upfront  after the break and set about enjoying the day he’d worked hard to organise. Seeing a lot of the ball although some of his passing was wayward, most of it wasn’t.
  • Roberts and Wilson combined to set up some offensive play but it was Bertenshaw bossing proceedings.  At the back McHale-Smith was controlling things with Colin Cuthbert putting in a trademark energetic display.
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    In the Mariner’s goal now, Partington excelled himself with save after save. Thwarting his charges – (he’d already buttered their barmcakes) – time and time again. The inevitable happened though and Bertenshaw sealed what really is a historic win with  a fine third goal to claim  a hat-trick.
  • Sorry Terry, I’m far too attached to my balls to let you take one home.
    The game ended with  a flourish at both ends. Mariner’s went close but at the other end a resurgent Coulon hit a post.
    At the end both sets of players congratulated each other with warm handshakes and mingled (a bit, anyway) for a photograph.
  • Thanks to Referee David Bridge, our Manager Mark Bradshaw, his colleague Luke Davenport and last but not least to Phill Hibbert, Bob Derbyshire and Tony Cravagan for coming out and supporting us from the touchline. Sterling effort and thanks for the pics Tony.
    Thanks also to David and Mrs. Partington, & Janet Nixon for the buffet contributions. Last but not least to the Ancient Mariners from Great Grimsby. Safe trip home fellas.
  • P.S. If anyone knows where the large lidded cake dish in which I brought about thirty sausage rolls is I’d love to know.(so would my better half) Got my ear chewed when I got home. Apparently it’s ‘important’ . Oh well, I had to forget summat !
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  • Full time:  The Nash Amblers 3 : 0 Ancient Mariners
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  • Brilliant session today at Curzon and the perfect reaction to the low numbers of Monday last.
    We played many of those who will face The Mariner’s in the same team. Bedecked in blue.
    The opposition in Green were anything  but as thanks to devastating firepower from big men Foster, Graham  & Smith raced to  a five nil lead ! A succession of goalkeepers from Coulon to Roberts & Richards  could not deny them.
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    Not that Blue’s were punch-less.  Man of the Match today was  Bradshaw, keeping goal for greens.  Carving out chance after chance but anything that wasn’t wide of the mark – wasn’t wide of THE Mark, if you get my drift.  Bradshaw blocked and caught and saved and punched and parried. A performance of Pearce-esque proportions.

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    John Smith – green giant
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    Speaking of our stalwart Garry, he played outfield for Blues for the first 25 minutes and was constructive going forward but his fellow defenders were brittle. A surplus of forward players , Monday might be different with other  familiar faces to bolster the back line.
    Bob Derbyshire had to retire early due to a groin injury and was a spectator for the rest of the game.
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    Come the turnaround Pearce donned his gloves & took up his customary, custodial role.  Blues began to get their act together. Wilson on the right wing was seeing a lot of the ball and had chances but it was Bertenshaw who was the architect for a mini-revival.
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    Terry fashioned yet another hat-trick and team mates Richards, Wilson and Roberts all had efforts on target but lacked precision and power. Beating Bradshaw required something special today.  No such shortcomings in Bertenshaw’s boots though – he fairly rifles them home.
    Green’s  kept coming forward. Alan Graham performing manfully despite his dodgy knee.   Smith & Foster vying for possession and linking up with the energetic Dave’s: Carter and Partington.
  • The latter, in  in particular overcame his troublesome back injury on the day with  a fine, measured performance of distribution and poise on the ball. Smith having to fend off  some repeated unwanted and excessive upper body contact .  Walking Football  remember please Jeremie. Minimal contact please.
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    Although Blues staunched the earlier onslaught, Pearce saved a couple of efforts,  bending back  a thumb in the process.  He had little chance with Green’s sixth. On another day the scoreline would have been closer but this was the day Bradshaw kept the Blues at bay along with his impressive  teammates whose clinical  first half salvo left too big a hill for their opponents to climb.
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    Garry will need to nurse that digit over the weekend. We need him if we’re going to be a match for the Mariner’s.  The snack bar was well attended post-match with everyone staying for a brew.  A first !  It’s a vital part of the session to linger and socialise just a little.
  • Lots of different conversations but Cup tie talk with Westfields tomorrow dominated.
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  • Another tiny turnout on  a Monday – but I was surprised to see glutton’s for punishment Mike, Hadge and Gordon there after giving their all yesterday.  I turned up intending not to play and resisted the temptation – until half time.  Pete Roberts was there and must have scored at least ten goals! The score was immaterial. But both teams were well into double figures at the end. Mark Bradshaw teamed up with young George, and Gordon. To face Mike, Hadge and Predator Pete. A little video footage later, if I can get around to it.
  • Colin Snelson (73)  turned up to ‘have a look’ – I had a chat with him on the touchline. At half time Gary Gray (59) joined the ranks so I evened up the numbers. Gary did enough to suggest he’ll be an asset to the group going forward. It was a perfect morning for walking football. A shame we were so few in number. The new faces were the silver lining around the clouds of a low turnout.   Next Monday promises to be a totally different occasion. REMEMBER THERE IS NO NORMAL SESSION NEXT WEEK. We play Grimsby’s Ancient Mariner’s at Curzon. K.O. 11-00am. If you’re in the squad you need to be there for 10-30am.  The Nash Amblers first external friendly. Names are on the news page plus Hadge Cooper.  The team will be managed, on the day by Mark Bradshaw and we will play in Curzon kit. Afterwards the Snack Bar’s  tea urn will be fired up and Dave P’s  muffins will no doubt be devoured.
  • £5 subs on the morning of the game please.
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  • October 28th…
  • Our lowest turnout in terms of numbers today – to be fair, some absences had been announced beforehand. The session ended in a kick-about with the kids. Onward and upward, I hope.
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  • IT’S A HAT-TRICK FOR THICKETT !  October 25th 2016
  • Greens 8  Plains 9
Another low turnout (use it or lose it chaps) today at Curzon.  Just six players, augmented by Mark Bradshaw and Luke Davenport who both added much to the proceedings.
Enjoyment wasn’t stifled though as a really good game followed.  I think it ended up 9-8 to the Plains with  a last second goal from Barry Thickett – his hat trick – clinched victory for the team that had led throughout until two minutes from time.
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hat trick hero
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With so few players the space was enjoyed by all and some real quality passing was evident.
We reverted to scoring within the ‘D’ once more, and as this suits my own personal game I was happy to bag four of Plain’s goals.  One particularly deft touch made me smile inside (like yer doo).  The rest were just tap-ins. With two more good team goals from Trevor Brereton completing the goal count. One or two others were disallowed, including one from Mark Bradshaw when he was adjudged to have ran !
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In green bibs Luke Davenport was a handful, popping up here, there and everywhere with his neat footwork and passing ability. Garry Pearce, released from his full time goalkeeping duties was enjoying himself alongside Luke, Peter Brammer, not so much ‘on fire’ but definitely smouldering , is regaining his touch over the weeks and added two goals to his game today.
A brace for Brammer
A brace for Brammer
Gordon Nixon completed the green line up with  a solid performance, as ever.
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More enjoyable than  a few games of late Trevor Brereton was passing superbly along with Bradshaw and it was a pleasure to be on the end of some of them. Pearce and Davenport, ably aided by Nixon kept up the threat as green arrears were reduced. When an equaliser went in it was little more than their hard work had deserved.
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The game on a knife edge as the close drew near – perhaps a draw would have been a fairer result.  But Thickett was having none of it. Some of his goal hanging tactics were frowned upon but legitimate, and were there to be dealt with. The Greens were looking for a winner and left him on his own up top.
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As it happened though the result didn’t matter.  Just the enjoyment factor. Which was high.
There was some talk of switch the Monday session to Wednesday after the game Perhaps some don’t like Monday’s and prefer a more gentle start to their week.  Nothing gentle about this game, aside from the gentlemanly spirit in the manner in which it was played. The full tally of Green goal scorers escapes me but all must have got in on the act with Brammer. If I’ve overlooked your contribution please forgive me.
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Normal session next week , and then the Grimsby ‘Ancient Mariners’ match on the 7th. of November when the usual internal session will not take place.
The squad for the friendly game is already selected.
Pearce – Cuthbert -McHaleSmith -Richards -Roberts -Wilson – Nixon -Brereton – Bertenshaw -Coulon. 
If for any reason you need to withdraw please let me know a.s.a.p. – the game will be 8 a side.
WE ALL NEED TO BE AT CURZON FOR TEN-THIRTY AM. at the latest on the 7th. – thanks
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October 21st. 2016

Blues 2 :  Greens  8

Shake it up, mix ’em up. Try to to be analytical,  to make the teams evenly matched.
I selected the sides at Ashton today and I succeeded. For a while anyway. It was  just 3-1 at half-time. Both teams in contention.  Where I went wrong was in not recognising the sustained mobility of fit men in their fifties.
We donned green and blue bibs (I do like those blue ones, we should have similar at Denton) .  Benign skies overhead for late October.  A new man. Bob Derbyshire, who came along to watch but gamely took up the offer of a match instead. More of Bob later.

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    Joe Mallinder took the warm up and refereed the game.  Very well, it has to be said.
    Personal position as the game kicked off was in the Blue bib goal.  An amount of trepidation as wave after wave of green bibs, led by Terry Bertenshaw attacked the goal I was protecting.
    Two fierce shots from the ace striker. One blocked one real stinger that I managed to parry.
    Third time lucky but luck didn’t really come into it as Bertenshaw fired his team ahead.
    It was close, for a while though.  Both teams had good players. On this day though, the greens had more of them. Bertenshaw or Brereton doubled the advantage before John Smith pulled one back in fine style. John is emerging as one of our leading lights – a very useful player to have alongside us in competitions.
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Debutant Bob Derbyshire
Debutant Bob Derbyshire

As the second half wore on Garry Pearce donned his gloves for blues, and he needed them  as a succession of good saves kept the green marauders at bay. A particularly fierce Bertenshaw shot left him looking ruefully at his battered digits.
John Smith bagged his brace to narrow the deficit for blues but that merely irritated Bertenshaw who smashed  in another goal  a minute later.
From then on it was green mayhem.  Debutant Derbyshire made it four in some style. A sweet, attacking move. Steve Foster got in on the act too – another football lesson for Blues who seemed to be chasing shadows as Brereton & Bertenshaw ran amok, aided by Foster, who was very assured.

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    Blues rallied somewhat, led by McHale-Smith and Smith but the surprise package was Peter Roberts in the green goal. Pete got down well to  a couple of shots and acquitted himself with aplomb.
    Coulon for blues and Thickett for greens were both instrumental in their teams performances. Both rediscovering their ‘touch’ and improving in fitness. (Wish I could say the same)
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    Pearce kept the scoreline down – aided by defiant defending from Carter. The ‘keeper did his level best keeping the stats to single figures but more strikes from Brereton left the 8-2 scoreline a testament of youth (well it’s all comparative).  In  a week when we’ve been talking about Over 60’s tournaments the evidence here was clear. Terry said later he’d “enjoyed playing with Trevor” but to pair them up was a fundamental mistake that only became evident the longer the game went on. NO harm done. Now and again everyone likes a rout – everyone has to take a heavy defeat.  Not important in the scheme of things.

Mallinder’s man of the match ? – Steve Foster…well deserved.
All enjoyed the game though. I’m fairly sure of that.  That’s what counts.  I mislaid my mobile ‘phone after the match so if you spied an HTC Desire lying forlorn on the ground anywhere, it’s probable mine.
Teams: Blues…   Pearce  –  Carter -Richards – McHale-Smith  – Coulon – Smith
Greens: Thickett – Derbyshire – Brereton – Roberts -Foster – Bertenshaw

(sorry it’s a bit blurred chaps)




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  • October 17th 2016
  • Seven Amblers struggled to get  a meaningful game out of the poor turnout .
  • A stiff Autumn breeze did little to enhance the mood as we warmed up.
    Mark Bradshaw , with  a heavy cold, and his charge George Fieldhouse augmented the numbers. Bradshaw stepping in as the tide had turned in Bibs favour.
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    Four men in Bibs – Cuthbert/Brereton/Thickett and Nixon versus
    McHale-Smith/Richards/Roberts and Fieldhouse in plain shirts.
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    IT was soon apparent that whatever it was, the Bibs had more of it.
    They raced to an EIGHT-nil lead at Half-time. Good attacking intent (and goals) from Cuthbert & Brereton, with Nixon combining well to assert their superiority. Thickett solid at the back.
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  • H:T  Plains :  0-8  :  Bibs
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  • Changes were on the cards. Roberts swapped places with Brereton and the Trevor effect began to reverse Plain’s fortune.  He, McHale-Smith  and Richards bagged six goals between them to make it eight-six before Bibs regained their composure through Roberts who thwarted Plains hopes of a comeback.
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    George Fieldhouse, after a busy morning complete with some remarkable ‘dancing’ footwork on the ball eventually  got on the score sheet for a tenth goal with  a deflection off Bradshaw’s leg.
    Two opposing players took objection to each others physical style – for my part in that I apologised to team mates later – although when faced with overt physicality some of us will feed the need to respond with similar.  We shouldn’t.

The game ended with handshakes all round, and amicable conversation.

  • The final score was Ten goals to seven to the Bibs. Not our greatest game of walking football it has to be said.
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  • Good to see Mark Bradshaw back in charge.  Curzon doesn’t seem the same without him, but many thanks to Joe Mallinder for doing such  a sterling job while Mark’s been away in the U.S.A. We are all systems go for the friendly with Grimsby ‘Ancient Mariners’ on the 7th November at 11-00am. NO REGULAR SESSION that day remember. Fantastic news today as we learn that Terry  Bertenshaw is available. I will now revert to substitute, perhaps playing a cameo role (whatever that means) at some point.  I am asking the Mariners if they want to play seven (or even eight)  a side instead of six  The full nine man squad for that fixture can now be named.

Garry Pearce / Mike McHale-Smith / Colin Cuthbert
David Wilson / Gordon Nixon / Alan Richards
Trevor Brereton / Terry Bertenshaw / Jeremie Coulon

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  • October 14th 2016


  • Chances and shots galore at Curzon today as twelve Amblers found their shooting boots.
    A game of goalkeepers ensued.  Two fine fingertip saves from Jeremie Coulon thwarted the green bibs early doors.  They had looked more likely to score but rapid fire goals from Trevor Brereton and John Smith put the plain’s in front.
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    Bradshaw replaced Coulon in goal after Bertenshaw had pulled one back for Bibs.
    An equaliser soon followed , that man Bertenshaw again, and the game flowed end to end with some good passing moves from both sides.
    Brereton drilled home elegantly just before the break to put the plain’s noses just in front.
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    H:T   Plains  3 :   Greens 2
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    Garry Pearce took up goalkeeping duties for the Bibs and the game continued in  a nip and tuck fashion with both teams having chances.
    At the other end Richards kept Bertenshaw at bay more than once with solid parries and  blocks, but his distribution caused his team problems at times. Garry Pearce meanwhile was being tested too.  Rising to the challenge to his agility he made a succession of diving saves to deny Smith and Brereton, the latter rattling the crossbar too.
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    Richards now playing outfield again volleyed with power but straight into Pearce’s grateful, and safe hands.  Jeremie Coulon was proving to be an asset to his team with unselfsh passing and an eye for a decisive through ball. Barry Thickett got in on the attacking act but could only find the side netting. Bradshaw caught comfortably as a shot from the Bib’s  rampant forwards tested him again.
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    Bib’s were giving it their all.Tomlisson was busy covering and advancing in equal measure, and similarly teammate Dave Carter was probing too. Peter Brammer was playing his part  in the collective effort with some instinctive short range passing.  It really was a keen contest.
    A beautiful sweeping move saw Steve Foster equalise for the Bibs with Bradshaw powerless to stop his shot.  A draw looked firmly on the cards.  But John Smith ripped them up with  a finely taken goal just before the end. He drove the ball past Pearce, leaving even him with no chance.
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  • Trevor, as well as setting up chances for others and himself, was magnificent in defence with any number of blocks and outstretched legs to take the ball of his opponents or thwart their intentions. He rightly collected his second man of the match award of the week ! Bravo Mr.Brereton !!
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  • F:T  Plains 4 :  3 Green Bibs
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Monday SEVENTH November 2016

the regular Monday session will be replaced by  a friendly game with “Grimsby Ancient Mariners” with an 11-00am. kick off. If you want to play in this game get your name in to as soon  as possible. The maximum squad number will be nine, for a six-a-side game. The £2 match ‘subs’ will be doubled for this encounter., plus a pound towards catering for our guests.. Thanks.

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  • dscf6344-2Trevor Brereton reports……  October 10th.2016
  • Green Team: McHale-Smith, Alvin, Nixon, Graham, Brereton, Pearce
    Blue Team Cravaghan, Cooper, Cuthbert, Braemar, Thickett, Roberts.
    Weather: “Sun is shining in the sky
    there ain’t a cloud in sight”
    An excellent turnout again as 12 Amblers assembled , punctual, and ready to do battle at ‘The Nash’. After an even first 10 minutes with chances missed at both ends, it was Brereton who fired the Green’s ahead. With the vertically challenged Roberts up front for the blues, the Green’s defence had to be on top of their game. Rober