Members of  the Nash Amblers Facebook group  should pay a visit there  soon, especially  if you take part in friendly matches for the Over 60’s team. If you are not a member  and wish to know why please send me an email. Ed.


Two of these WILSON balls will soon be winging their way to Denton from the good ship Amazon currently sailing full steam towards Christmas and loaded to the gunwales with goodies for all and sundry!

These balls come courtesy of regular benefactor Ian Wilson (get it? ). Remember the ‘Wilson’ ball in Castaway? well I couldn’t get exactly the same thing but these are close enough I hope Ian.

Ian was at our Christmas ‘doo’ last night  with brother David and has also agreed to buy us a set of double sided reversible Mitre bibs.

thanks again Ian – Ed.


Adrian Jones is the Tameside Striders D.W.F.G. Under 65 players of the year.  It was a knife edge ballot with three players on six votes. The committee unanimously decided the decision would be judged on appearances and length of time playing with us this year. Adrian has been regular throughout. We were joined in March and a little later David Fielding and Steve Foster respectively.  Each have clearly made an impression on  their colleagues in a relatively short time.

Adrian was not at the Nash last night, and given the difficulty we had in playing c.d.’s the likelihood of a video link to his holiday log cabin somewhere on the moors (I think) was never a realistic option! We’ll catch up with you soon if you’re reading this.

The Over 65 ‘player of the year’ award went to Terry Harrison, our taxi driving goalscorer. Happily, the Haughton Green cabbie parked up long enough to attend and collect his trophies in person.  Don’t forget Terry, you give one of ’em back next November!

The narrowest of margins – just one vote separating Terry from Tony Cravagan who won the Denton Thursday P.o.Y. last week ! Lots of players registered votes. Messrs:Lake, Fielding and Nixon for instance garnered three votes each. Well done to all, once again.

Bernard Roddy was a ‘Committee’ decision  for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ trophy and was a very popular choice. He was in attendance to receive the award from our most recent committee addition Colin Fielding.

As was Tony Berry, awarded a cut glass trophy for ‘Personal Achievement’ in turning around his lifestyle and using walking football as a springboard to more exercise and weight loss – well done.

Tony Berry – personal achiever

Referee Garry Pearce was presented with  a small memento in appreciation of his service to the group – good natured boo’s accompanied the handover but we all recognise the value competent Referee’s bring to walking football.

Referee Garry Pearce

So, those trophies which have not yet found their intended recipient will soon be handed over . and Tony Cravagan will be re-united with is Thursday P.o.Y pot !

Another year almost over and there will be a Secretaries report / summary of the year available around Christmas time wit some  photographs. No ‘end of year’ d.v.d. this time though as just January and February proved so time consuming to do, and  having been very busy with walking football lately  I just cannot summon up the will to spend multiple hours  over a keyboard staring at a screen. This years I might make a monthly episode as we go, simply combining them as 2020 approaches would make things much easier NEXT December, should the need arise.

Awards presentation video <look>

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Thanks to these two for providing an entertaining evening in the face of difficulties

Gordon and David

Not to mention the effort put in by their Wives Janet & Elaine  to create a festive atmosphere – thanks on behalf of the group.

just SOME of the guests enjoying last night’s Xmas ‘doo’

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  • There are now plans for regional England trials for Over 70’s. If you qualify, think you’re good enough (however ‘good’ that needs to be – and you’re interested in attending (Wigan, in mid-February) let me know soon. You need to be nominated by the group/club but after that the detail will be left for you to work out with the organisers.
  • Can’t help thinking aspect of walking football are getting some distance from what the game  was originally meant to be.
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Strider’s recent N.W. England  Over 50’s regional trialist David Lees has been selected from  a crop of forty to return with fifteen other players who have caught the eye of selectors.

Seen here on the right paying close attention to Gordon Nixon, David  is a versatile midfield player who scores goals and even turns his hands to keeping goal for the Nash Amblers in the F.P.L.

We wish David every success in his international aspirations.

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Walking football at Curzon could be unaffected if there is sufficient demand –

see the ‘Nash Amblers 2 ‘page for details of festive season sessions. Also there’s an important game on at the Nash on Boxing Day v. Ashton United.

Can we get  a few walking footballers down to Tameside Stadium to cheer on the first team ?


We don’t play a lot of friendly games but the number must be well into the teens by now. Remarkably neither the Nash Amblers nor Tameside Striders have yet lost a friendly game!

Catch up with the latest one here:

Coming soon, to a torso near you (length of association & number of recent appearances apply)






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New player Denton Thursday – John Boyle of Northenden and a pic of the P.O.Y. Trophy

John Boyle
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Improved fortunes for The Nash Amblers at Heywood –  a report on the Over 60’s  page (GMWFL)  <click>

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Meanwhile at Denton Thursday we had a ‘Player of the Year’ presentation

Tony Cravagan

<video link here>


UP THERE WITH THE BIG BOYS? Clearly yes, but who gives a monkey’s chuff?

As with traditional football I’m  sick and tired of hearing about ‘BIG clubs’. OH !they’re a big club or NO! you’re not a BIG club or worse still United are BIGGER than City or vice-versa. It’s ALL baloney and the stuff of the playground.  “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad”


YES! but in the words of  Rhett Butler “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”

That’s why I won’t be proposing we join this list and as your Secretary I’m glad we’re now OUT of the WFA – this is an extract from the last newsletter our group will receive as affiliated members.

We’re gone with the wind.


Terry Harrison’s latest sketch

who is this? Answers on a post card please




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Overs Unders & Thursday

Our trophies are all here, these and others. Each ‘player of the year’ keeps their engraved trophy shown above permanently, and retains the larger ones (not shown) for twelve months. Total cost was £94.00 from money donated by our Referees throughout the year primarily : Alan Graham, Garry Pearce, Keith Burrows,  and Alan Richards.

Very Pleased with the new custom centres for our trophies thanks to the staff at Paul Hett’s in Hyde. Gives them  the Tameside Striders stamp !

When viewing the graphic below it should be borne on mind that previous winners were ineligible this time….


Our affiliation to the Walking Football Association expires this month and there are no plans to renew it as decided at our August A.G.M. Their latest newsletter  is <here>

While your Editor is linked with sagacity in this issue I claim no such quality. In fact it made me laugh – not always easy. We will not be applying to go on the list of the ‘biggest walking football groups in the country’ although we do qualify in terms of numbers – I’m not wise enough  to see the point in that, to be honest.

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It’s not walking football but we all wish our mate Mark every success in his challenging new role at the club where many of us play twice a week and once a month in the F.P.L.

Mark has offered us nothing but encouragement for our sessions and we hope we can still take some of his time to keep us on our toes  –  and heels ! Best of luck Mark.

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It’s not all good news when you video games – personally  I have reservations about this one but I’m posting it anyway. Thanks to David Wenham for some steady tripod mounted camera work. We competitive Striders need a chat about this match. We now have a winter break in which to assess where we are and what we’re doing

*video temporarily unavailable*



29/11/18 and a great turnout for the Thursday crew despite the blustery conditions with a leaden sky threatening rain. Sharman Birtles  Deputy Lord  Lieutenant of Greater Manchester attended the session to present yours truly with a cheque for £500 which will go towards fifty hoodies – ideal for weather such as today!

Pic: John Boyle

Sharman enjoyed a cup of coffee with us and spoke to several  players about the benefits of our game. She is a football fan herself and husband Graham plays walking football himself  at nearby Droylsden.

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Most regular players will receive a hoodie. Your size will be guesstimated and as the garments will be personalised this is important.  I need to know by Tuesday next week if the size I have you down for is correct, or near as dammit. I’ve already asked several people directly.  A list will appear on the ‘about us – an introduction’ page later today. Please check your name and size <HERE> and if you wish to change it email me at a.s.a.p.

A good day at the Fair Play League with all four of our teams – checkout the news <here>

Short Colin Fielding interview < here >

A message from one of the F.P.L. organisers <click>

Get well soon Rob Lake, who has been forced to withdraw from the Striders FPL  squad with a dose of influenza ! The Nash Bees lose Trevor Brereton with a recurring back problem. In  surprise move Peter Smith has been loaned out by the Nash Amblers to assist the Striders efforts as Pete Dixon has withdrawn (groin). Laurie O’Toole comes back for Striders, and Alan Richards will ‘appen sit out tomorrow’s session at King Street and will  hope to get a game or two in on Wednesday. Tony Berry is welcomed back into the Ambler’s squad by Stewart White.  Peter Jarvis makes his bow in the competition , now fully fit. Another FPL debutant is Rod Seddon, who  lines up for  Denton Wednesday as does Tony Cravagan, drafted in to solidify the defence.


WASTE NOT WANT NOT – a broken and scrapped  tread mill can still  come in useful….

those markers we use cost over a pound apiece.. hence the Stanley knife..and I kept all my digits intact! #bonus

ever increasing circles…



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Called in at Paul Hett’s trophy shop in Hyde this morning to checkout all of our awards which have now been delivered. I carried the text for the engraving with me and the team of trophy technicians that beaver away at the back of the store will soon get to work on personalising most of the trophies.  I’m really pleased that they have come up with  a Denton Walking Football Group logo to go onto most of these trophies.  There will be awards for Players of the Year at Over 65, Under 65, Denton Thursday and all winners will receive a personalised engraved smaller trophy to go with the larger ones we have. The two additional awards ‘Sportsman of the Year’  and another  recognition award will also be personalised.

Past winners, Stewart White, Trevor Brereton and David Partington are still playing  as well as ever of course  but are not eligible this time around.

The ‘Clubman of the Year’ award has been discontinued.


Three touch desired  at Denton this Tuesday in preparation for the November FPL and to create a better game generally. Check out Tameside Striders Co-manager David Partington’s reaction to the Pete Dixon injury that will rule him out of four games this month. Dave is interviewed <here> oddly enough on the interview page.  It’s not all bad news though as Laurie O’Toole constitutes  the cavalry charge to reinforce the Striders squad for a tough day of four games, although to be honest I forgot to remind David of that before the interview went live. Sorry Laurie.

Laurie O’Toole
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  • Regarding the good news announcement below, enquiries are ongoing and quotes are  being assessed for a black hoodie with DWFG branding applied to be issued to each player with more than fifteen appearance at King Street this year. If you do not want a training/playing top of this type please let the Editor know a.s.a.p. and someone else can have it.
  • Lord Lieutenant of Gtr.Manchester crest
  • Duchy of Lancaster crest
  • It’s thought we can buy up to fifty garments with a little extra from our own funds and we have 61 registered players, most of whom have been regularly attending and of course some have joined us over the last couple of months. The Lord Lieutenant’s Representative Sharman Birtles will present the cheque to yours truly at  King Street at the Thursday session on the 29th. November. It’s estimated it will take a couple of weeks to have the garments produced when a supplier is finalised. Thanks to John Gaskin for bringing this opportunity to our attention and of course to the Duchy’s Trustees for their favourable consideration to our application.
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Tameside Reporter Mark Philip’s extended interview with Alan Richards and some nicely inserted footage from the Denton Thursday session that was taking place at the time

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The Secretary/Co-Treasurer has applied to the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund for a one off  grant to purchase warm winter training gear for as many regular players as possible. It’s a bit of a long shot but we fit the criteria and  provide weekly community activity like few other organisations around here – watch this space. I hope those who make the decision visit this website to see the extent of commitment , the smiling faces and the pleasure walking football brings to those who play the game at Denton. Expect some news on this soon.



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New photo hosting site <check it out>


There’s a summary of last weeks committee meeting <here>



A fairly extensive article on walking football on the back page of a special ‘Armistice’ edition of the Tameside Reporter today. Privileged to be a part of an historic edition.

I shall be buying my Poppy tomorrow and as some of you may have noticed there’s always one on the front of my van ! Thanks Sports Reporter  Mark Phillip for the coverage

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A couple of goals and about fifteen minutes of video from November 5th. @ The Nash


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  • Three years ago our Bernard got a new City shirt for his birthday.

    pic: Colin Fielding
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  • Some good reading here at the moment  – if a little long winded – I particularly like

‘FRUSTRATIONS OF A REFEREE’ I’ve met Mick Hill and we’ve often exchanged opinion – Ed.

if you fancy  a read there’s a link <here>

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  • THE DENTON THURSDAY LOGO (Hammer of Thor) now takes its rightful place on our site header logo. Affiliation to the W.F.A. will lapse soon and ‘the hammer’ has replaced the WFA logo.
  • If the outlook and management style of the W.F.A changes at some point in the future we will review the question of  affiliation.
  • Their latest newsletter shows signs of improvement and you can see it here
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Read John Smith’s feedback from this weeks Over 60’s league programme for the Amblers at Heywood + links to the organisers full run down of results , standings + their own report on the way things went on the day, including an interesting development at the top of Division One.

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there is an extensive preview <here>

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  • Due to Secretarial persistence and application an eight month old promise of funds from our local Tameside council has been paid into our bank account and we are now £150 better off.
  • Thanks especially to Denton South Councillor Mr. George Newton
  • and his team ‘Denton South’ colleagues.
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  • Strider Pete Dixon tests the Vintage Celtic Goalkeeper in the Fair Play League
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‘MEET’ JOE BEMROSE – his story in his own words <here>

A splendid time was had and lots of ‘glasses more than half full’  apparent here at The Viceroy in Hyde a restaurant specialising in Indian and Pakistani food.

No doubt there were many topics of conversation as the drinks flowed and the photo certainly conveys that impression. One or two absentees, including myself as I was out of the country 🙂


Curzon Wednesday Fair play league is working and is another good outlet for our walking footballers especially those who fancy a little bit of competitive structure and bonding with   regular teammates. Very few Fair Play points deducted so far. Take a look at our very own Nash Bee Adrian Jones – perhaps the best example of a walking footballer maximum movement  you will ever see. Both feet planted in full flight.

Adrian – poetry in motion . Photo credit : Kole of Curzon Academy

Read about our teams progress in the Fair Play League at Curzon today.

Nash Bees 0 Nash Amblers 3


Jim and Sid- with Bob.










Two spectators at King Street today – Jim Pelling (left) who has played twice on a Thursday and could be making his competitive walking football debut for Denton Wednesday at the FPL on Wednesday 24th. Good to  see you both Gentlemen.

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A new website  for the semi-competitive mixed ability league is here



Unusually at Curzon today  a penalty was awarded (and converted) following a foul adjudged to be ‘careless’.  For players information I publish a copy of the relevant rule under Law 13




This is a Manchester County F.A. rule that we assisted in drawing up at the turn of the year.  It has not been used much so hopefully  this clarifies it. The columns to the right denote a blue or red card scenario which definitely did NOT apply to this relatively innocuous incident


From now on , Tuesdays at eleven am.  stalwart Steve Foster will quickly canvas opinion amongst those later arrivals and decide the game they want. They have priority for how the pitch is used and formatted. This may mean disappointment for some who wish to stay for a second game. We can even that out over the weeks. It’s possible that one half of the pitch won’t be used for a formal game – anyone wishing to train on it for a while – one-step penalty kicks or shooting for instance  would be entirely free to do so. As a group we have lots of balls and could buy more.

Public thanks to Steve for stepping up as a spokesman and decision maker – further explanation below:


The Facebook vote on non v. minimal has overwhelmingly revealed a wish for non-contact walking football to be the maxim by which we maintain our current style of play both in internal sessions and at the GMWFL and the CURZON WEDNESDAY FAIR PLAY LEAGUE.

In other news a spontaneous friendly on Friday saw our hardy Amblers take on a team of youngsters from the Australian Youth Institute for Football. The lads took to walking very well, and Amblers conceded a penalty for three runs ! tut-tut 🙂 However we edged the game by the odd goal in five and by all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves.

Sticking with the ‘international scene’ the group have been asked to nominate four potential England trialists to the new WFA regional England scouting set up with  a view to attending trials.  We all have our own opinion on these kind of walking football matters but so far  three players names have come forward with  a wish to be considered.  These will be finalised this week and if we have more applicants than places  I will consult committee men and Mark Bradshaw at Curzon  before forwarding these candidates names to the WFA reps. In order that everyone who considers themselves good enough to represent England at walking football can all interested players contact me personally by the middle of this coming week please.(Ed.)



EDITORIAL -a personal view

The F.A. revision is rendered unsuitable by one word. Minimal.  I quote..“The ethos of Walking Football is one that expects a minimal contact match, with the players, match officials and other participants all understanding the spirit of the match.”

I personally think that’s far too woolly and is open to misinterpretation and wide divergence when it comes to inconsistency of match officials, not to mention the mindset of a minority of players of various ages who still think they are playing contact, regular football.  Some  of us have come across those.

Our own Manchester County F.A. rules will pertain for now in internal sessions and the Fair Play League but we are  consulting on Facebook, and on our own forum – click on the menu and cast your vote please. We all know contact occurs in  a non-contact format BUT one mans minimal is different from another mans minimal.  Whereas ‘non’ is pretty much unequivocal. The age of the players must be taken into account . We can never eliminate all risk of course –  but inviting risk is where the F.A. laws leave us until EVERY pitch in EVERY competition , tournament and internal game has the benefit of a skilled, assertive F.A. trained Referee with an expert eye and a level  of consistency we’ve not so far witnessed in any form of football, and quite simply, that’s NEVER going to happen.

Please feedback your own opinion on this important subject. The above view is inevitably  a personal one and until we can discuss this , or each have our own say the total adoption of F.A. law for our games remains on the table. – Ed.


We have waited a long time for these – see what you think.



NEWS IN BRIEF:  ***Keith Burrows has been added to the panel of Referees in the GMWFL Over 65’s****Joe Bemrose and Eric Thomas have joined Denton Wednesday*** Terry Harrison stands down** *£500 grant received for ‘winter training kit’ thanks to Woz Taylor’s employer more details on distribution to as many REGULAR  Amblers as possible soon*** Heywood Over 70 Cup comp takes place on November 8th – Barry Smith ‘unavailable’***Over 70’s league planned for next year *** Positive feedback for the  Curzon Wednesday F.P.L from all sides***October fixtures released*** Twenty new flat markers purchased – might we need even more?*** Heywood ‘physicality’ a cause for concern***Two (allegedly) leading walking football figures  suspended from walkingfootballdotcom forum  for constant  unseemly public squabbling***This site’s  Editor now  appointed ‘moderator’ for same forum***

Spent an hour and a half with Terry Bertenshaw watching ‘The Nash’ crash out of the F.A. Cup against Southport.  We’d have preferred a better result of course  but it wasn’t to be and it was good to chat with Terry, who  is hoping to be back with us in ‘two or three’ Friday’s time.

Terry Bertenshaw (right)seen here with David Wilson

But not before a trip to Budapest with Wife Sam . It will be good to see him back. Our pocket battleship striker has been missed at internal sessions in recent weeks, as his knee injury has kept him away.



The Nash Amblers played four and drew four at Heywood this month.  More <here>

Some short video clips from last weeks action at King Street

uploaded to Tamestriders T.V. our youtube platform … <click>



A THRILLING THREE-THREE DRAW  – CURTAIN RAISER FOR THE ‘BOARD MEETING’ WHICH FOLLOWED (See the website page ‘Board Appeal’ for a reminder of this idea)


The production crew at Tamestriders Telly has come up with an amateurish home made ten minute video to capture the flavour of the fair play league’s opening day and if  you want to watch it you  can see it <by clicking here>


Stewart White sent good wishes before this game today and as it turned out we had an excellent game against our visitors from ~Lincolnshire – report, pics and video soon enough please check the friendly fixtures page in due course – Ed.

Amblers scored 3 goals to 1 but walking football won today









Bernard’s back !

Pete Ward injured his foor yestersay and cannot play in the League’s opening fixture round. David Grimbaldeston has joined the Amblers squad as a one off.

John Gaskin will go on loan to Tameside Striders for one month as his Nash Bees team are good in terms of numbers. Grateful thanks to John for accepting this late change of plan – Pete Dixon WILL keep goal for Striders though he’s not fully fit.  meanwhile here’s a reminder.


  • David Moore has had to withdraw from the Striders squad in the FPL opening fixtures. The Denton outfit are now down to ‘bare bones’ with Pete Dixon still to confirm he can keep goal, Alan Richards only about 85% fit but prepared to make up the numbers so it could be a tough opening day for ‘The Badgers’.  The Nash Amblers are also awaiting word from Martyn Heath on his Achilles injury.
  • Peter Ward – livewire winger
  • Meanwhile Pete Ward was  accosted approached at the Nash today (Mon) to see if he could be persuaded to play – word is awaited from livewire winger Ward.
  • Problems can be sorted, snags ironed out but so long as everyone arrives in the right frame of mind this venture will succeed.
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  • The Curzon Wednesday Walking Football Fair Play League to be known here as the Curzon FPL is almost upon us.  Sadly, Keith Yardley is injured and has withdrawn from the Amblers September round.  Pete Dixon will decide in the next day or two if he can keep goal for Striders. Martyn Heath is in the same boat, also for Amblers. Some players are away. It could be a challenging day but if everyone turns up and enters into the spirit of the league then we’ll make it work.
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  • Referee of this parish – and Honorary Member of Denton Walking Football Group Mr.Garry Pearce has been appointed as Senior Referee for the Over 50’s
  • W.F.A.National Championship in Nottingham. A feather in his cap and in ours.
  • We are lucky to have him (and other badged  Referees) in our number,
  • even if he does tell some of us off sometimes !
  • Good Luck on the day Garry .
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  • Session photos from 18th September at Denton  <view on Flickr>
  • Fifty photographs from the Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy at Heywood on…
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  • With more and more injuries piling up the ‘Fair Play League’ starting on September 26th. could be in need of two or three reserve players. If you’re interested please get in touch. Terry Bertenshaw has had to withdraw from keeping goal for the Striders (Dave Partington unavailable in September) due to pressure of work and striker Peter Dixon has a muscle strain that’s stopping him from even  kicking a ball’ at the moment. Pete has offered to go in goal for the Tameside team and it may have to come to that on the day. Hopefully the interim will see his injury improve. In other news Curzon’s  new intake of Academy students  played with our Friday walking footballers today, and a good time was had by all. See the page – ‘Nash Amblers 2’ from the menu for Trevor Brereton’s report.
  • The video of the game with Bury Relics has been uploaded to youtube and there’s a link on the 65’s league page.
  • The defeat to Rochdale Strollers was also filmed and will be uploaded soon.
  • Fixtures for the CWFPWFL should be listed early next week.
  • Acronyms abound in walking football but that ones a beaut ! 🙂
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  • *BREAKING NEWS* David Wilson is confirmed with  a ‘broken rib bone’ after his fall at Denton yesterday – he is expected to be out for up to six weeks but will continue to manage Denton Wednesday.

    David Wilson
  • In  a ‘phone call this morning 14/9 he said ‘Breathing is painful and coughing even moreso’ – we all wish David well very soon
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  • Checkout Striders  Co-manager Colin Fielding’s report from Heywood today 13/9/18
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  • More photos from Denton Thursday session on their page (link at the foot of the match report)
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  • Watch this space for news of the ‘Badgers’ aka Tameside Striders league exploits tomorrow. One of our Captain’s is missing but we go into action under a new management team who will bring a more competitive outlook, assuming they remember to bring  it.
  • (  tweet triumph and disaster as the imposters they are – Ed.)
  • Martyn Heath has suffered a recurrence of the Achilles injury sustained in only his second game at Denton. He was on the touchline yesterday and hopes that
    Martyn Heath

    after more rest it will have healed sufficiently for him to line up with the Nash Amblers on the first day of the Fair Play League at Curzon Ashton.

  • The Amblers will also be without Peter Jarvis on the day. IN other news Terry Bertenshaw will keep goal for Tameside Striders on the opening day of the league. Terry answered the goal when Striders squad was depleted down to  a bare bones six! David Partington and Laurie O’Toole both unavailable for the launch day. Application forms are starting to come in now and the seven founding teams are looking forward to the commencement of this unique league.
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  • Two game Tuesday – link to photo’s (be warned the Ed. is on the cover – for once) 🙂
  • <Our friend Flickr>
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  • Not everything in black and white makes sense. 20th. century Striders
  • juxtaposed in front of Denton’s 16th. century church.
  • You may not have completely missed the bus for the fair play league

Having made a case for our defibrillator purchase we now have one  to keep it in.

A hard shell, waterproof and on wheels – a must for portability. The defibrillator  will be well cushioned within. Sorry about the colour Colin (Fielding) but there wasn’t an awful lot of choice and NO red ones.I’ll look for a red cross to go across the front of it 🙂

hard case

At least it will stand out and hopefully NEVER be forgotten and left on the touchline. So if you see it standing there looking lost please do something about it. Let’s hope we never need to go into action with this device. I’m awaiting a call from  a paramedic to arrange some training in its use.(Ed.)


All smiles in the drizzle as Denton Wednesday co-manager David Wilson  chats to forthcoming fair play adversaries Stewart White (left) and Peter Jarvis – both in the Nash Amblers camp for the new league, Stewart will co-Manage his team.

Mister Wilson gave a  short interview to Tamestriders t.v. ahead of the draw (link below) and must have been pleased with his pot one allocation of accomplished defender Steve Foster, and the lively Terry Harrison.

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and a new page ‘Four Play Fair Play‘ with graphic detail of our FOUR  selected sides with details of players managers and  colours


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*BREAKING* injury news and Steve Rourke has a knee problem that will keep him away from the game for a ‘number of weeks’. A blow for Over 65 co-Managers Colin Fielding and David Partington who mentioned only today that the consistently impressive Rourke – might figure in their Heywood plans if he wanted competitive walking football. Get well soon Steve.

Steve Rourke – impressive

The Stalybridge twosome, vaguely  reminiscent of Messrs: Clough and Taylor have been urged to get their squad named as soon as possible as the Over 65 League is  only ten days away !  Meanwhile in the younger camp, Stewart White now had a set of NUMBERED bibs to comply with the GMWF league’s regulations in the event of a colour clash. For news of Stewart’s squad for this weeks openers please see the Over 60’s league page from the menu.


Trevor Brereton is added to the names below – thank you Trevor. As is David Lees in  a goalkeeping capacity.


Committee man Colin Fielding looking mighty pleased with our latest piece of kit – let’s hope it’s only ever a precautionary measure. Thanks to Colin for his valued assistance in this matter.


Remember , if you think an additional league is too much of a walking football commitment you can always skip  a regular session in the week the league takes place.  Those established sessions are surely  big enough to stand a few absentees now and again. It’s thought that in kicking on from a regular session where you never quite know who you are playing with this team forming idea will bring another dimension to your play, and the bonding that often happens when teams face even mild competition together can benefit both the social side, and the playing element of our game. Talking points and friendly rivalry is the aim.   Remember too that all games will have a Referee AND an assistant. Running WILL be curtailed as will contact, which currently is less of a problem. As each league session draws near it’s hoped that the teams (mixed ability from within our group  and selected with a method similar to the festival Summer 18).  Vintage Celtic have declared participation and teams from Wigan and Bolton are currently ‘thinking about it’. We need five teams minimum, seven would be ideal but we could cope with up to nine ! Please , if you have not done so already consider taking part and get your name registered for  a venture that needs your support. We want to kick off in just over one months time.






We’ve cobbled together an overview.


check out the dedicated SUMMER 18 festival page for a link to our daily motion channel

In other news Tamestriders TV’s youtube channel <here> tops 3,500 views.

You’ll rarely see video posted from some clubs and tournaments .

We are open to be judged on our style of play and the way we approach the game


A pleasing email from our latest recruit David Lees  dropped into my inbox today…

Hi Al, it’s new recruit Dave Lees here!


It’s only a week or two since I’ve joined in with you lads & I’m loving it already…guess the decent weather has helped too, but more so the acceptance from everybody of another lad to kick around with.

I apologise for getting to Tuesday’s event later than anticipated, but thank you for squeezing me in – you had more than enough to sort out on the day…& what a cracking day it was too.

I’m quickly getting an idea of the rules, when to turn up & I’m obviously conscious I’m a lot younger than most of the players so there is a lot of caution in my game amongst the chaps. Something I find really attractive about your style of walking football, is the mutual respect quickly shown when somebody takes a knock, no rush getting them off the floor just to restart the game etc..

I have not paid a ‘signing-on fee’ if there is one, just subs to Mark when I’ve turned up, so please let me know if there is money/signing-on form expected from me?

My job is flexible enough to allow me to play every day actually, so if you are short anywhere please let me know.

Catch you soon Al.


(I’m hoping David will feature in our Meet the Players section soon – Ed)

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<HERE> On Tamestriders T.V.

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Festival photo album on our friend Flickr <here>


So, that’s the main box ticked. Others – non contact – smiles – laughter – enjoyment

pleasure – camaraderie – goals (well, about four !) – and dry weather ~(90%)

thanks to everyone involved – you are all winners. Here’s a pic of the team that took the Cup home and reports and a link to lots of photo’s will be on on the Summer 18 Festival page soon .



Important updates on the GMWFL Heywood Over 60’s and Over 65’s League can be found


The Martin Dawson Trophy is held on a Sunday in mid-September. We have little appetite for weekend walking football but if enough people are interested we can enter a team again this year. Get in touch with Alan a.s.a.p. with at least eight names please before the end of the month

 This is an Over 60’s competition.

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Festival news: David Lees boosts the Thursday squad and in  a move to better balance the Striders team Keith Oldham is being switched (subject to his agreement). Jeremie Coulon made an eleventh hour request to play and he will restore the Amblers squad to seven. Please be at the Nash for 10-00am for 10-30 kick off. Dressing rooms and showers available. Shirts only will be supplied, please make sure these are returned afterwards via your skipper.  It looks like a dry day and I know many of us are looking forward to this different kind of Tuesday. Team Captains bear in mind there will be NO drawn games. Any draws will be settled by penalty shoot outs best of three then sudden death. Nominate just three players per team and they will take ALL your kicks. THREE TEAM RUNS A PENALTY APPLIES TO ALL OF THESE FESTIVAL GAMES.

Captain reminders: Barry Smith: Striders/John Smith: Amblers/ Stewart White: Badgers / David Partington: Bees / Tony Cravagan or David Wilson : Thursday


*BREAKING NEWS* David Moore steps up to the plate for a festival debut with the Nash Amblers.

David Moore

The Amblers squad is restored to six and we’re grateful to David for answering the call

As player injuries continue to mount ahead of the festival, news of another notable absentee.


Preparations – is your name on the board – if not AND YOU WANT TO PLAY get in touch a.s.a.p.


Checkout the trophy and winners medals on the ‘Summer Eighteen’  FESTIVAL page



Good to see Eric Thomas (left)  back with the Denton Thursday crew today after being away for a few weeks. Another good game at King Street –

check out The Wilson Report on the Denton Thursday page . Three more players signed on today and they have been added to the list below just scroll down – it’s now probably easier to list those who have still to sign on – relax, all of August to do that !


The Nash Amblers entertained Mancom WF today at ‘the Nash’in  a friendly game and emerged victorious. Maintaining their 100% record in such matches. With most Heywood regulars missing the team acquitted itself very well and the game was played in  a very good spirit.







There’s a full report on the ‘friendly-fixtures’ page from the menu.


A.G.M. MINUTES : (DWFG) A good turnout for the A.G.M. today where the following key points emerged. We will not be renewing our affiliation to the ‘Walking Football Association’ as advised by the Secretary who has been disappointed with the conduct of the so called Chief Executive of late. Despite four figure expenditure in the last twelve months, finances remain buoyant and virtually the same as they were last year at this time.  News of next weeks festival was well received and the Wednesday fair play league at Curzon  was also mentioned. We need more players for this please or the venture might be threatened.  Attendees were asked if they wished to be considered for the competitive Over 65 squad at Heywood.

Arrivals at 11-00am (cannot call them ‘unders’ anymore) will call the tune as to what game they want  in future. Either play across up to 6 v. 6  OR an absolute MAXIMUM of sixteen players on the biggest pitch possible. THERE CAN BE NO GUARANTEE OF A SECOND GAME FOR ANYONE ARRIVING AT 10-00am. Although at times several  ‘lingerers’ will be needed to beef up the numbers. It may help your cause if you’re willing to play goalkeeper !

Defibrillators were mentioned under ‘any other business’ and the Secretary reported some money may be forthcoming from Tameside Council. All agreed that such  a device was desirable – although our venue has one we want one on the touchline AND when we travel away to friendly games and tournaments. Co-Treasurer Richards told the meeting he felt we  could not justify  a four figure sum in our bank account whilst someones life could be saved for want of a few hundred pounds for a defibrillator.  Colin Fielding – newly elected to the committee today was looking into  a scheme he has participated in and may be able to save us some cash in this regard. Enquiries are ongoing.

Following the festival next Tuesday yours truly will be absent for the next two weeks. Efforts have been made to ensure all that’s really needed is situated on site and Chairman Gordon Nixon will collect ‘subs’, any signing on fees you may wish to pay, and oversee the sessions alongside other committee members. Thank You.


A.G.M. – a message from ‘the board’….:-) – thanks to Keith Burrows for the DWFG header…

As a small token of our GREAT appreciation of Alan Graham and Garry Pearce we have decided to bestow ‘honorary membership’  of D.W.F.G. as a mark of their refereeing services over the last twelve months and more.





DAVID PARTINGTON has been elected Player of the Year 2018 by his peers.

Well deserved.  David’s all round versatility is becoming legend.

Well done David, as a friend and a playing colleague it could not have gone to  a nicer man. Ed.

More photo’s and David’s reaction coming soon on The Nash Amblers Two page


I finally caught up with Graham Brown today to present him with his World Cup winnings! Graham looks after us at Denton Youth F.C. battling litter droppers and making sure everything is pristine for our sessions – he’s a dab hand at pouring our post match brews too. When he drew France in the sweep it was obviously a good move on his part and the winnings-  a modest £32 will no doubt go to securing a cut price bargain  flight to some Spanish hot spot ! Graham is a seasoned traveller and an inveterate holiday maker when he gets the chance. Much of his time is spent travelling between Oxfordshire and  Tameside as he supports  his daughter who has not been well recently, and his Grandchildren.

Could not have gone to  a nicer man. Bravo !


We have another white board ! Thanks to Garry Pearce –

in other news GMWFL entry fees were paid today for Striders (Over 65’s) and the Amblers (Over 60’s) a total of £260 – in previous campaigns these have been paid by players up front meaning there was some obligation to share game time as evenly as possible. This Autumn league fees will be collected at £5 per month from players selected for the respective squads and whilst still conscious of fairness for all the emphasis will be on competing with good squads providing as strong teams as is possible.


Read my 2018 Secretary’s report <here> and if you can do better get your nomination in fast – deadline 31/7/18



The dates for the Autumn league at Heywood are now on the 65’s page from the menu. It’s important that names are gathered for the squad before the entry fee goes in. This time listing your name brings no guarantee of inclusion (also applies to  yours truly of course) if numbers exceed nine for the squad then selection will be on merit.

Amblers note: Autumn League over 60’s dates are on the relevant page from the menu.


News of two upcoming tournaments you may be interested in . An away day in Sheffield on (unusually for us) a Saturday. Tameside Striders might consider a minibus for this. Both  Sheffield  United and Wednesday community teams are involved and its said to be a friendly competition at Dore Walking Football – who strike me as a good bunch. Let me know if you might be interested as more details are to come – September 8th.

ALSO two days earlier on the 6th. at 11-00am. an OVER SEVENTIES competition at the familiar Wigan Soccerdome. Playing indoors in  an echo heavy arena off side boards.  Can be an intense experience. Every walking footballer with  a semi-competitive mindset should try it at least once. Colin Fielding is tasked with trying to raise a team from Tameside Striders to take part.  See Colin or myself if interested. Fees approximately £6 per player and there’s a brew afterwards and I daresay  a couple of chip muffins to fill rumbling tums and balance the blood sugar if required !

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Saturday July 21st….and a Nash Amblers team played ladies, in red.

We also played Real Sausage Ya Dad, Strolling F.C., Soccer School Coaches, Mighty Spartans and Inter Milager

Celtic Chicks – a good team with a great Goalkeeper.

Details here <here>


When new players turn up unheralded at our Tuesday & Thursday sessions they must first fill in a routine basic health screening form which is deposited with the Secretary. The form includes emergency contact details and a disclaimer to acknowledge the signee agrees they are playing the game at their own risk.

There can be no exceptions to the above. Copies of the form will be left  in the on-site locker at D.Y.F.C. for use when the Secretary is absent – thanks.


Last year we had two separate meetings and this wasn’t satisfactory. We can start the AGM when the Overs have finished their hour and as we will have a fairly brief agenda (or so it is thought) then the Unders game will not be unduly delayed. We had thought of an evening meeting but Chairman Gordon Nixon came up with this idea which for me works well. (Ed.)

Any issues please let us know a.s.a.p. along with agenda items to add to the following:

Election of committee / Financial report / Secretary’s report / Festival update/ WFA Affiliation

Fair Play League / Heywood competition news / Any other  business.


News of another  match reporter joining the staff (((it’s not for the money )))


This site is always worth  a look <walkingfootball> 

you could even  sign up for ‘in off the post’ the forum  (aptly  named I  thought) – sometimes combative but often interesting. You can ‘block’ those who continually irritate and connect with the vast majority who don’t. Choose an alias or better still use your real name – (as do I. Ed)





CHECKOUT THE NEW SUMMER FESTIVAL PAGE FROM THE MENU – all Summer 18 news appears there first and there’s good news on there  for the  Amblers !


The Nash Amblers have a friendly game scheduled for Wednesday August 8th at 11-00am. It’s essential that  anyone who plays regularly at Curzon gets their name to me a.s.a.p. for them to be considered for this fixture. Average age of the team needs to be 63 minimum so selection might come down to your age. We need a squad of nine please. email address on the header at the top of the page. – Thanks.


Phil Dawson writes in ‘In Off The Post’ an opinion forum on

“My club who play 3 touch football recently played another local club who play normal touch football. We agreed at the start of the game that we would play our rules v their rules. The passing & movement of my team despite the fact we have only been playing for about 4 months was brilliant & we played them off the park.

I think that there’s a lot more interaction with 3 touch and encourages players to pass & move….”

Hopefully, the Friday three touch trial will continue at King Street – the league based on that format is only a matter of nine weeks away!


There is news to bring you of the ‘Summer Eighteen’ Festival which will this year be held at Curzon Ashton F.C. after agreement with Mark Bradshaw at the club.

Exact date yet to be decided upon but it’s thought this move will introduce Denton players who don’t know Curzon to the club and the training ground as an eye opener before their proposed fair play league gets into gear. We are looking for four teams from within both  our group/s led by John Smith, Stewart White, Gordon Nixon plus David Partington & myself.  A Denton Thursday team is also keen to be represented  and there has been  a good response from regular Thursday players.

TEAMS COULD BE NAMED THUS: Nash Amblers – Nash Bees  – Denton Badgers – 

Tameside Striders  and Denton Thursday

Like last year we’ll be looking at five teams across two pitches. Six-a-side Cost will be £3 per player payable to Curzon Ashton F.C. Changing rooms and showers available.

Fifteen minute games with no  draws. Penalty shoot outs will break any deadlock. Teams 1  & 2 in the mini league format will play  a final to decide a winner. Teams will be allocated a ‘Captain’ Players will be allocated a team and every attempt will be made to pick and mix for a fairly level playing field.  This is a bit of fun and should be treated as such.

Note: No ‘Golden Boot’ to win this year.

A Wednesday – or even  a Tuesday will be considered and the final date will be announced very soon. The following players have signified their intention to play – surnames only:

Wilson /Cravagan / Berry / Thomas/ Matthews /Bemrose K/ Bemrose J/ Cooper D, /Martin/Oldham /Rourke/ Foster/ Brereton /Bertenshaw /Lake/ Taylor W/  Smith P/ Tipping / Yardley / Fielding C/ Fielding D/ Gaskin/ O’Toole/ Richards/ White /Dixon/ Cooper H/ Harrison/ Wenham/ Nixon/ Hampson/ Wingrove/ Partington

IF ANY OF YOU CANNOT MAKE AUGUST 14th. or 15th please let me know a.s.a.p. (Ed)

Contact details are on the header above.


Committee elections will take place in August as reported in the graphic below. Stewart White has decided to step down from the committee this time. We thank Stewart for his supportive work with the group and know he will stay involved. If you wish to nominate a candidate to replace Stewart this must be done in writing with  a proposer, and seconder. It would be of great help if any proposed candidate was familiar with email and the internet.

In other news it’s been decided that entry fees for Heywood’s GMWF league for both the Nash Amblers and Tameside Striders will again be paid up front £130 per team but this time group funds will cover the cost and this will be recouped from selected squad players at five pounds each per session they attend Heywood. This makes for easier team selection and reduces tough decisions when allocating game time to players who have paid  £20 for a whole season at the start of the campaign.  John Smith and Stewart White will lead the Amblers into the Autumn Over 60’s  competition.  Alan Richards and David Partington will take Striders Over 65’s.

There is also the Martin Dawson Trophy and another Over 70’s Cup competition this Autumn should we decide to enter Tameside  Striders squads for those.

Key elements of the New Fair Play League will be published next week.



some people were on the pitch – but it’s far from all over….

it’s only just beginning

Following a successful meeting at Curzon Ashton today the


FAIR PLAY LEAGUE came into being. Much agreement around the table from seven local walking football activists towards an innovative system of rewarding fair play and where winning games is not the be all and end all. A warm reception was given to some of Alan Richards ideas,  which were modified and shaped by good natured discussion with Curzon Ashton F.C.’s Mark Bradshaw and the other attendees all men with plenty of walking football experience with original ideas of their own. These key stakeholders agreed to share responsibility. Mark will organise fixtures and Alan Graham is to oversee the Refereeing aspect. Curzon Academy Students will act as Referee’s assistants and also help administer the monthly sessions. Richards has been charged with recruitment of teams. This will be a three-touch league as suggested by Keith Burrows.  It is envisaged that up to four or five of the competing teams will come from Denton Walking Football Group and The Nash Amblers.  This will compliment our involvement in competition elsewhere  to which we are committed, and will not  affect our internal sessions at either venue.

unanimous agreement for a ground breaking league

More news over the coming weeks on this exciting development which is due to start at the end of September and run on the final Wednesday of each month until March or April dependant on the number of teams entered. December will see a mid-winter break.



The video footage from Tuesday’s games will take a while to compile – I’m in deepest Wales for a while after tomorrow and wi-fi is slow.


The Walking Football Union – the definite article – is a new initiative meant to being together voices who have the games best interests at heart and want the F.A. certainly NOT the W.F.A.  to get heavily involved as soon as possible as the national governing body for the game.. Floated as an idea really by Alan Richards (Ed.) who has run it up the flagpole to see if anyone takes notice. It would be a loose affiliation of the interested to present something of a united front if the F.A. want feedback when their new rules and other plans are announced – sooner rather than later it’s to be hoped. With no fees, or benefits beyond a listening ear and a cohesive approach,  NO hierarchy and NO desire to lead or even figure in national relations with the F.A on the founders part, at the very least it gives those voices we seldom hear to have their say too – an alternative from the social media platforms some of us know so well.

It may fall flat – ideally others with more zeal and passion for a national effort may take the hint and a glimmer of inspiration, jettison the failures who have brought discredit on the game and take matters forward –  what such  a collective is called does not really matter.

An internet domain may follow but for now casual online messaging is all we have.

twitter: @walkingunion


If you thought the world of walking football was all sweetness and light…..

WALKING FOOTBALL UNITED ? – a sorry business <read>

players and organisers in Scotland will be laughing their socks off !


Opinion is being sought from groups who play three touch all the time. That form of the game is big in Scotland and any competitions up there employ the three touch rule. What do you think?

In praise of three touch <read>

The three touch trial at King Street’s Friday session of the Nash Amblers was judged a great success. So much so that we’re having a Facebook poll on extending it to every Friday for a month! You can also make your feelings known via’Contact Us’ from the Menu. It really did make for a more skilful passing game with the art of the pass very much to the forefront – hardly any running either – we were all to busy remembering to count our touches ! BIG thanks to Referee Garry Pearce for his guidance and firm handling.



The donation of £356(amended)    ‘On behalf of Tameside Striders Denton Walking Football Group’has been paid into Lottie’s ‘Just Giving’ page. We exceeded initial expectations by some 75% and that’s testimony to the generosity of our players some who went beyond ‘generous’ – you know who you are – Thank You.


<Pics from ‘Lottie’s Day’ are here>

The longest game on the longest day for Lottie’s little legs didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, the players wanted two separate games and shortly after 11-00am. the pitch was reconfigured to comply with their wishes. The day was a success with £209 collected for Lottie, added to other monies for DVD’s  and 50% of our ‘World Cup Sweep’ the total collected is £320.

Well done all – some remarkably generous people out there.  Thanks to Keith Fowler and Keith Burrows for sharing the Refereeing load.  And to the former for donating from sales of England World Cup merchandise. Thanks to Denton Youth F.C. for donating the pitch time and what a pleasure to meet some of Lottie’s family, her Grandad David plays with us and also Vickie, and Diane – Dave’s wife.

The donation will be paid into the ‘Just Giving’ page for Lottie as soon as I can deposit the cash into the DWFG account to cover it – once again thanks all for responding to the idea so generously. The match report from Trevor Brereton is on the Denton Internals page.

More photo’s & some game video will emerge in due course. Meanwhile her are just a few of the players who turned out today with Lottie and her sister, Mum  and Grandad.




Our ‘Senior Striders’ collected their Finalists medals today at King Street….

click below for a mini-album of presentation photo’s at the back of ‘Bob’.




We believe in tackling one job before anticipating the next but have a look at the photo below and if you remember Garry’s birthday party last year and fancy  a bit more of the same (not exactly the same but similar) please get your name down . We don’t do much at the weekends but maybe we can make an exception given Garry’s commitment to both of our groups.

This is open age and played on grass. So far we have just three interested players



INSURANCE SUMMARY – Recently renewed at  a cost of £195.00


Thanks to those who responded to our competitive walking football survey. So, where do we go from here? Well, we will be having  a discussion with Mark Bradshaw about possibilities going forward. We will soon have a state of the art facility adjacent to The Nash Amblers parent club Curzon Ashton.  It’s an opportunity to progress walking football.

It’s felt that  any other competition for our players (and others yet to be invited) needs to offer something different. We are happy at Heywood of that there is no doubt. Any alternative would be an addition – not an alternative. There would not be the conventional 3 points for a win, one for a draw  format – that’s been done everywhere already – but obviously winning teams would be awarded points.  We need a system that totally discourages regularrunning and undue physicality. Every current competition  I have seen nationwide  suffers from the former. Another innovation could be an ‘average age’ scenario.  Competing teams would be invited to take part and seven could be a minimum number to play each other four times over four months with twenty minute games. The £5 figure mentioned is high and it is envisaged that playing fees would be approximately £3 to £4 per player per month, for a six man team seven man squad possibly paying as little as  just £21.  We obviously need paid Referees, assistants too . There is a lot to talk about and  we  will keep you fully informed of developments , assuming there are any ! – in the meantime here’s the survey results….

(sorry about the typo)


We now have two more certified first aiders in the camp

Colin Fielding






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Laurie O’Toole has been forced to withdraw from the Striders squad for June 21st. Long Game for Lottie. If anyone wishes to take his place let me know a.s.a.p. Game fee £5.00 – (thanks Ed.)

If all goes to plan, next week will see two lots of medals presented at King Street – The Nash Amblers for their runners-up campaign in the Over 60’s and Tameside Senior Striders who were of course finalists in the Over 70’s seventies Cup competition.


After consulting committee colleagues the BLUEFIN Sport (F.A. approved)  accident insurance cover for D.W.F.G. has been renewed and increased to cover five walking football teams (up to thirty five players at any one time). I’ve taken the liberty of committing an extra ten pounds  to double the life cover should one of us expire on the pitch,  to £20,000. Total cost £195. Signing on fees due in August of £5.00 per player  will more than cover this purchase. A significant benefit for our players at King Street (and when travelling elsewhere) I’m sure you will agree, and this is the third year we have been covered.




Visit the ‘Denton Internals’ page to  checkout the squads for the Longest Day/Longest Game

Walking football for almost two hours for Little Lottie – Striders and Badgers mobilised once again to support a good cause.

Denton Youth F.C. have offered  our pitch time free of charge on the day  which is really appreciated. Thank you so much.


Colin Fielding reminded me just how close the title race for the Over 60 Spring League became in the end. The final table for Division One is reproduced below.  Much hinged on the game between the Amblers and Rochdale Strollers which they of course won by two goals to nil.  If memory serves me well the entire campaign saw The Nash Amblers lose just that one game and concede three goals across sixteen games.  I know all of the players – and several more besides are keen to do their best to go one better next time around. To that end , it has been unanimously decided that regular sessions – both playing and training – for the time being will be closed to players from other clubs  IN THE SAME DIVISION (from the Autumn)  this includes games at the Ambler’s temporary Denton home and applies immediately.



Read the organisers official report of the Over 70’s Cup competition at Heywood – you will find the link on the relevant page from the menu above


Read how Keith Yardley – the Amblers latest recruit  – got into walking football and found a friendly welcome with just  the kind of competitive spirit he was looking for.

<Keith’s Story>


Stewart White presents medals to his successful Badger’s team who carried off the Miller’s Day mini-league Trans-Pennine trophy last month – terrific gesture Stewart – Danny Tipping and Steve Rourke to follow



A guide for club Referee’s written by Mick Hill who Refereed the People’s Cup Final recently and puts a lot of effort into seeing the game is played the correct way. We are lucky to have our own regular, and excellent Referees, plus others who are equally committed but less experienced (including myself) who might find the insight within of value.

Worth  a look

Club Referee Guidance pdf ver 1.3




A couple of weeks ago, or was it more because time flies by so quickly these days. So much so the holiday season is upon us once again. Anyway the estimable Keith Burrows, goalkeeper, Referee and defender  of this parish recently approached the company that produces ‘Badger Beers’ to ask for sponsorship given our nickname ‘The Badgers’. The company, Hall & Woodhouse based in the beautiful county of Dorset declined the invitation but did send Keith FIVE £10 vouchers which can be used in any number of their pubs in the south and south-west of England . From outer London ( including Twickenham) down into Sussex-by-the-sea to Brighton and westward across the south coast towards the busy port of Southampton , Dorset itself and as far west as Exeter. Olde English inns and pubs like ‘The Lulworth Cove Inn’ and ‘The Jolly Sailor’ in Southampton.

So Keith has suggested a Raffle for these vouchers to raise a few pounds. Now we have the ‘Lottie’s Little Legs Appeal’ to think about how about offering them to any potential ‘staycationers’ who are taking their holidays ‘darn sarf’  first?  They may be more likely to be used in those circumstances. Treat yourself to a couple of  delicious Badger’s pub/restaurant  meals and a few pints of their real Ale or a bottle of wine  for a fraction of the retail cost.
Shall we say £20 gets the fifty quid’s worth of vouchers? First come first served !

Spread the word to friends and family  journeying towards Hampshire , Dorset and Devon especially. The New Forest area too of course. Any reasonable offer considered. The vouchers are not dated so grab yourself a bargain whilst putting a few more quid into the pot which will be boosted by the Miller’s Day DVD

and our ‘Longest game on the Longest Day’. More on that later. A full, extensive  list of the forty plus pubs you can use these vouchers will accompany them when purchased – thanks  – Ed.

(and well done Keith for your initiative)

Learn more about the Lottie’s Little Legs Appeal <here>


Check out the Over 60’s league page (see menu above) for the latest on The Nash Amblers final round of First Division fixtures this coming Thursday. A shortage of Smith’s and some seasoned recruits have answered the clarion call for Curzon’s walking football team.


Tameside Senior Striders were beaten finalists in the Over 70’s knockout at Heywood today. After winning two group games and drawing the other two we beat Rochdale Blues 1-0 in the semi-final to face the Rochdale Reds in the final. The game was locked at 0 – 0 and the resultant penalty shoot out saw the Rochdale side emerge as winners. Six very taxing games in the heat and humidity at Heywood. More later with pics and eventually video.

Tournament report from Striders point of view and a link to photo’s <are here>

VIDEO of our Birmingham and Bury Relics  games can now  be found linked on the tournament page from the menu at the top of the page.


9/20 copies remain


Our Senior Striders have been drawn in a group of five at GMWF’s Over 70’s tournament. Our games take place on Pitches one & two versus Birmingham, Bury Relics, Widnes and Huddersfield ‘Town’ games kick off at 11-00am. Be there for ten am. please and YOU MUST WEAR SHIN PADS and provide photo i.d. ~  NOT a bus pass

STOP PRESS:Best of luck to our ‘Senior Striders’ in the Over 70’s knockout Cup at Heywood.


The bus leaves Boots , Crown Point North (just Bob, really) at 9-15am.  and there’s two spare seats after David Wilson decided to travel in greater comfort with all that Jazz Cravagan ! Why not watch those Grandad’s go?….they are quietly fancied to do well in this competiton – support your Seniors week – the new shirts are here in the nick of time too …Hashtag #Badgersontheroad


COLIN FIELDING AND LES GILLAN are the latest Striders to be enrolled onto an F.A. Emergency First Aid course. June 14th 6-30pm at Cheetham Hill Cricket Club. Worthwhile use of our funds and this ensures that we will have a First Aider on hand most Thursday’s &  in Colin’s case assists the programme at Curzon going forward  – thanks Gentlemen


Wednesday May 23rd. 2018

A truly memorable morning at King Street as Rotherham’s ‘Mature Millers’ visited us for a mini-league of 5 teams programme of walking football. Within their ranks was none other than Tommy Charlton who is now the WFA’s Ambassador. Tommy’s team ‘Millers ‘A’ were not the most successful across the two pitches BUT they went home with the Sportsmanship Trophy. Adjudged by our Referee’s to be the team most likely to walk and refrain from contact. Here is Janet Nixon presenting the award to Colin Parry of the ‘The Millers’ flanked by Referees Garry and Alan.

More on the friendly pictures page including links to photos and videos soon – there are a lot to sort through.


Tuesday 22/5/18 ~ DAVID QUINN LOST £7.00 in change AT KING STREET THIS MORNING



In other news Alan Brodie has ‘crocked’ his knee and will miss out, although he will be attending to help out and film some of the action. Thanks ‘Chief’

Terry Harrison will slot into Gordon Nixon’s Bees team as a replacement


Colin Fielding does a John Motson for our recent game with Wakefield Wanderers

but be prepared for a one sided commentary job <link here>


Click the link for the  new ‘Flickr’ album <here>


Tameside Striders Over 65’s finished fifth in a field of seven in the Greater Manchester Spring League. A three-nil win over Wakefield Wanderers hoisted us off the bottom of the table. There is a full report on the Over 65’s league page.

Meanwhile here is a pic from today of Group chairman and Strider’s Captain Gordon Nixon with Ron, the Goalkeeper from the title winning team Rochdale Strollers – easily the best team in the competition. Meanwhile a novel session for Denton Thursday with Stewart White  – see details on the ‘Thursday’ page.

Gordon is recovering from eye surgery



Steve Rich is one of walking football’s pioneers and has commented recently upon the state of the competitive game.  Although it’s mostly negative I think there’s a thorny problem here that needs addressing…

“All Walking Football  fails. Forget romanticizing the notion that it doesn’t, or having a local session of good walking standard that you hope is replicated nationwide. Nobody walks and by and large most sessions are tolerant of familiar practice to keep numbers healthy, so go unpoliced. General standards of refereeing is p**s poor. Sessions that venture into competitive WF take common practice into arenas and then ramp it up with dreadful officials.
Its called walking football yet no-one walks. That in itself deems it a failing. Several hundred videos support this fact. Local sessions must also be accountable.
Wading in the shallows is not swimming, so why does Everyman and his dog think the game works when running is not walking ?  It fails miserably as a credible sport. Conceptually it shouldn’t, but in truth, not a chance.
The joys and health benefits, social and mental wellbeing associated aspects with the game of course don’t come into it as a failing – that is a given and all we have to cling onto when it is patently clear nobody does what they’re supposed to in the competitive game. It’s an absolute farce and burying heads in sand will make it better?
View the two latest vids from abroad. This is where we’ve come to and it won’t get a deal better too quick.
Negative? Wakey,  wakey”

Steve Rich

Some sweeping generalisations but there’s an essence of truth in what Mr.Rich says….



Today saw the short term move of The Nash Amblers to the King Street pitch in Denton.

A good turnout and a cracking game -Trevor Brereton’s report<is here>


Coming soon to King Street – and these men are no mugs…when the rest of us were enduring the ‘beast from the east’ they made their way to Portugal for some warmer walking football.

For more details check the friendly-fixtures page

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The Nash Amblers at Heywood for the penultimate GMWF session and did really well.

pic: Karen Bemrose


Still trying to find the ideal ball –  coming soon hopefully next week…

the Nike ‘Strike’



If you wonder what King Street looks like on Thursday morning take a look at our film

‘When Thursday Comes’

which is linked within the latest match report on the Denton Thursday page – in other news….

….. here’s a real boost  for the group




If you’ve registered on our new forum and you’re a player with us  – cast your vote

                                                                              <here please>







  • – – – – no stools, no clock, keyboard, drybox, fancy GK gloves , straight line markers, megaphone etc. ! (Yours truly may not always be there you see.) The Curzon bag of course has everything needed to put on a session including gloves, bibs, markers and balls and you’ll still be able to get  a brew afterwards.

Denton only players are welcome to attend but if numbers exceed the requirements of the Amblers players you might not get  a game.

These are Nash Amblers sessions and well worth a look, even as a spectator !


We don’t just rely on the internet for group  news – Alan ‘Chief’ Brodie checks the notice board..

You can read the latest copy of the Walking Football Associations newsletter at <this link>


All of our players are urged to sign up to our forum <here> and plenty have already. Thank You.

Facebook is having a bad time at the moment not everyone trusts it, and ultimately we need to look at alternatives for interactivity – this is a start.


Fleetwood Town Flyers won the F.A. Peoples Cup at St.George’s Park.  Footage on the BBC sport channel should be available but a very strict Referee (Mick Hill) ensureD there was NO running ! The players had to adapt quickly and drop the pace right down. This they did but neither Fleetwood nor opponents Beccles Town WF could score in open play.  The penalty shoot out went Fleetwood’s way 5-4 with Beccles’ final penalty disallowed for an illegal two step execution. Top marks to the Referee and to the winners, Fleetwood. This competition should be divided into age groups next year – Over 50 and Over 60 or 65.  If that happens we may reconsider our stance on entry. Especially if there are more Referee’s like Mick Hill.


The draw for the teams on May 23rd. went slightly awry (my fault ..Ed) but its’ now been finalised and each of our three teams will have eight players per squad which is similar to ideal numbers for a Heywood League day.


Six pairs of Goalkeeper’s gloves purchased at a cost of £145.00. Sizes 8 , 9 and 10 so something for almost everyone who is brave enough to go between the sticks at Denton. We were let down with our previous order for gloves and couldn’t wait until September! Dave Partington and Garry Pearce were both consulted on this purchase before we went ahead with it.

GK Saver brand – based in Reddish

Where possible these will be personalised ‘JT1’for obvious reasons. They have finger protection – designed primarily to lessen the effects of player contact, but this feature can also prevent fingers being bent backwards from  a powerful shot! The gloves HAVE to be better than of the rubbish we bought from Sports Direct last year – not lasted long some of ’em.


Two good games at Denton today – King Street video action is linked on the ‘internals’ page.

Terry Harrison – Steve Tomlinson

New man Steve Tomlinson (right) seen here with Terry Harrison, clearly pleased with his call up to the Strider’s squad for Heywood…


FOR ENGLAND AND ST.GEORGE – The Nash Amblers  numbered ten today….

lots of video of a seven goal thriller – watch the Amblers page  for links over the next few days…


We will be drawing the names for the three teams to ace Rotherham’s ‘Millers’ soon. The draw will be filmed and linked from the news page (*this one*). Teams of seven players for six a side matches – a minimum of four games per team fifteen minute matches. £2 per home player.

Buffet to follow and a trophy for the most sporting team. Details will emerge later

WEDNESDAY at KING STREET May 23rd. gather from  10-30am.


Some of you may remember the idea of a tour of Scotland via minibus and three or four games (maybe engineering an invitation to  a festival) was floated last year .  Sadly it’s emerged that the WFS has adopted three touch walking football and that seems to be almost universally adopted up there now.

<three touch>

So we might need a rethink or drop the idea all together.  (Personally, I seldom take more than three touches before moving the ball on Ed). Others like to hold the ball a little longer and as a Referee, or a player, counting the number of times they touch the ball is a job too much. The three touch game has been tried, and rejected. Back to the touring drawing board.


As players,  you may not have heard of Steve Rich,  but it’s a name  well known in the world of walking football, particularly in the south of England.  Steve  has taken Mike Conroy’s ‘Flamingo’ penalty taking technique to task on  a national forum. Doubting its legality, and writing thus  under the name ‘Carpe Diem’ and I quote…

Again another most helpful vid in educating the masses. I do though have to ask if in fact the ‘flamingo’ is a legal kicking process. As we know, the rules clearly state that in the process of a stride, one foot must remain on the ground at all times – the perfect example being heel toe movement, even at pace. With that in mind, no player may have two feet off the ground simultaneously – even in the process of shooting in open play, or from a dead ball. The flamingo kick (seen at approx. 1:17) clearly is a leap where both feet are off the ground before planting the stable foot and kicking with the other. As a referee I would disallow this without hesitation – even if more unnecessary velocity were resultant for the kicker and giving a slightly better chance of scoring.

I’ve responded to him but also started the debate on our new forum and would be very interested to hear your views. This is a good talking point which needs to be addressed. It would be especially helpful to hear from  those among us who recently qualified as Manchester County  F.A. Referees.Check the video – still on this page below at 1:17 to see if you could judge ‘one foot on the ground’ without a freeze  frame brain.

Responses on the ‘Contact Us’ option from the menu OR  here please <Striders Forum>


Great day at King Street <pics here>



A power packed penalty – but the shot was saved !

All action Conroy thwarted by Bradshaw – pic: Barry Thickett



don’t get caught out with  a micro-step


Apropos of the overwhelming show of hands at King Street last week the website hosting and domain name costs have been renewed using  the group’s general funds by utilising our debit card.



Film of our game with Rochdale Strollers is back from the Chemists and linked…



Cameragirl  Eve Richards did a good job yesterday keeping up with most of the action.

Eve Richards

There’s a link to a  light hearted 20 minute film focussing on our game with Rochdale Striders

on the Over 65’s page <here>

LINK TO SOME PICS FROM Heywood 12/4/18 <click>

Read the report on the Over 65’s league page from the menu


May 23rd. Wednesday we host Rotherham United’s ‘Mature Millers’ at King Street

and have just three or four places left for players – see the friendly fixtures page and interact via the new forum – linked below…thanks , Ed.


LANCASHIRE RIDES TO THE RESCUE…Bill Lancashire has answered the call to strengthen our numbers at Heywood tomorrow. News of the fixtures and provisional team selection is on the Over 65 League page from the menu.

Bill (left) always ready to help out in a crisis



match reports from today’s King Street action <here>


Some aspects of the report below have tonight (7/4/28) been proven to be inaccurate.

See the Over 65’s League  page  for further details.




The Nash Amblers at Heywood’s GMWF League today:

P4 W0 D4 L0 F1 A1 Pts. 4


Jim’s memorial clock is finished and King Street has a ‘Clock End’ when we play both pitches and a Clock Side when we don’t. It’s powder coated and suited for outdoors, although between games it will be safely stored indoors. I hope you agree it’s a respectful reminder, and a fitting memorial to our Goalkeeper Jim without being too formal. The Clock has had the seal of approval from Jackie, Jim’s Wife which is most important to us  as a group .


Look for the match report on the Denton Thursday page from the menu. It’s a decent read.

(if I do say so myself)


Three touch. Yay or Nay? Food for thought or not for us? Please comment on the news thread – new forum – lots of clubs and groups swear by it and in Scotland it’s the national rule

(which may affect tour considerations)


Aimed at current players both Ashton and Denton….get involved, keep informed – thanks




LOVING this photo from today: Bernard  arrives at King Street for his walking football session



A trio of ‘team shots’ from today courtesy of Alan Graham






In an effort to make this site more interactive please sign up to our forum which is linked here. It is hoped in time that this will replace the Facebook function of our group pages on the social media site, which has attracted a lot of negativity over the last couple of weeks.

If you’re one of those who doesn’t like Facebook, and all it stands for then please register with our new (free) forum online. Mostly aimed at our players this will hopefully be equally effective in aiding communication between us all. (tip: write your password down somewhere)



No photographs today (30th Friday) but it sounds like a dozen Amblers enjoyed a tight one at ‘The Nash’

Read Trevor Brereton’s match report <here>


We are pleased to announce the visit of Rotherham Uniteds ‘Mature Millers’  in May for a friendly

game at King Street – more details on our ‘friendly fixtures’ page


The Good Friday session at the Nash is on but Easter Monday is off. Normal service at King Street next week


28/3/18 and the meeting at St.George’s Park, near Burton-upon-Trent. Those who answered the F.A.’s call to discuss the shaping of walking football’s future from their standpoint as a governing body had a four hour chat about the laws of the game. Few details will emerge at the request of our hosts and the process of formulating this new code will take many weeks, and some months. Whilst nothing radical in the scheme of our groups way of thinking emerged the general thrust of the meeting was encouraging for the way we already play the game. Plenty of people had plenty of slightly differing opinions but the general mood was one of compromise and conciliation. Thanks to Bill Murney of the GMWFL for facilitating our representation at this meeting. Held at  a sumptuously splendid, recently built  venue nestling unobtrusively in agricultural country to the  south of Draycott-in-the-Clay.

An entrance drive of some three quarters of a mile passing pitch after pitch leads to  a large low rise complex complete with  a Hilton Hotel.  We met in the ‘Terry Venables Room’  and strolling through the plush (but not quite opulent) corridors it was clear that past heroes and achievements in the world of English football had been tastefully  honoured and remembered. It was worth remembering though that walking football IS a different game, which was one of my first contributions. Several others followed as part of a lively discussion,  and when the results emerge from F.A. lawmakers in the summer, it will be time to go into them in more detail here.


In the topsy-turvy world of walking football the W.F.U. website now appears to have swung behind the F.A. as the legitimate organisers and custodians of the game.  A recent fallout between the two men who got the ball rolling at the ‘Walking Football Association’ has seen much criticism of the WFA approach to their self-proclaimed status as ‘National Governing Body’  It’s appreciated that to most looking at this page, such fall outs are meaningless but as an affiliated WFA group we are  disappointed with their approach to the game. Their website is hardly ever updated, communication seems limited to a monthly newsletter.  There is an emphasis towards international scenarios, and their lack of consultation when issuing new rules.  Preferring to announce them via a third party website under a preposterous pseudonym instead of advising  affiliated clubs and groups first.

Our situation  regarding affiliation to the WFA  will be reviewed at the A.G.M. in August

WFU website <here>

WFA website <here>


CONGRATULATIONS TO GARRY PEARCE – who yesterday became an accredited W.F.A. Referee.

Garry achieved ‘tournament’ status … 

…attending a course in Solihull to achieve the rare distinction of accreditation with both that organisation, and Manchester County Football Association




A dozen friendly faces on the pitch  (see the Thursday page for details)and a few more gathered later for a photo, including Jim Thompson’s Wife Jackie  who came out to present the group with  a generous cheque in Jim’s name  –  grateful thanks to Jackie and the family we will be arranging for a permanent reminder of Jim at our home ground soon.

Photo: Alan Richards



Stewart White sustained ‘two broken ribs’ in the ‘friendly’ game at Burnley on Tuesday last and as a consequence  will be missing from games for the next few weeks, and will unfortunately miss his representative game for the GMWF League against Blackburn Rovers Walking Football at the weekend. He hopes to get down to some of  our internal sessions in the meantime.

Stewart White

Get well soon Stewart – who has been in touch with Sam, who organises Burnley WF

(as have I Ed.) Sam agrees aspects of the day were unsatisfactory.

It is indeed extremely regrettable that any walking football match  should involve this kind of injury to one of the players, it should be remembered this was  a friendly game.



Those of you with memories of old time Hyde and some of the pubs that have long since closed might like Bill Lancashire’s poem ‘THE BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE’

A saga of some length which describes how Hyde United supporters would trek on foot to see their heroes take on ‘the enemy’  their local rivals Stalybridge Celtic.

How many pubs do you recognise? – there used to be about five cinemas in Hyde I’m often told -probably five times as many boozers !



The Nash Amblers arrive at Burnley today (20/3/18)

A two-two draw report <here>


I don’t know about you but I’m utterly cheesed off with this weather. Just when we thought we’d seen the back of the ‘beast from the east’ he has popped back again to say a hostile hello! We can only hope that the sessions this week are unaffected.  Tomorrow (Monday) is obviously at some risk with temperatures climbing only modestly.  The strong winds may have cleared some of the pitch at Curzon though so all is not lost.  Speaking of Curzon Ashton their game at Blyth Spartans was postponed on Saturday and this stop start season has meant so many re-arranged fixtures for The Nash first team. On Tuesday The Nash Amblers travel to Burnley for an indoor friendly fixture  The game will  once again be filmed and we are told the opposition will be tougher this time. Garry Pearce will Referee the game watch the friendly fixtures page for a full report in due course.

It’s always good to see new faces at our walking football. Keith and Maurice tried the game on Friday at the Nash and they have been invited down to Denton Thursday which for now, may be a better experience until they get accustomed to the game.  Both played a lot in their younger days for ‘Ashtonians’ and enjoyed some success. I really hope they make it on Thursday.

Several players have been absent for quite a few weeks now, running into months.  Maybe the aforementioned weather has not helped, but injuries intervene at both venues and/or players just decide it’s no longer for them. We hope that’s not the case. Players we would like to welcome back at both venues include Gary Gray, Alan Gerlish, Peter Roberts, the Tomlisson brothers, David Grimbaldeston,  Mark Whittaker, Dave Bridge, Ivan Taylor, Roy Smith,

Peter Brammer – (you may enjoy Thursday’s too) – the list is not exhaustive.

New players  arrive regularly, especially at Denton and the Thursday session is picking up.  Once Spring finally arrives there will be no stopping the Thursday crew and a move to  a bigger pitch, and later two pitches is one we can clearly envisage. As we will be taking up the King Street pitches on four days a week over part of this year it means enough  walking football at Denton to keep everyone satisfied. I personally hope to make most Tuesday’s and Thursday’s – Strider’s league commitments aside. There is to be an Over 70’s knock-out Cup at Heywood in late May and we should be able to field a team there  under the leadership of David Partington.

We hope to follow 2017’s Summer Festival with  a 2018 version – venue to be decided. The warmer months should also see a mini-tournament at Burnley Community, a smaller festival of friendly games over the course of one day and perhaps even a trip across the Pennines for an evening game when the days are long. Lots going on – be part of it.





Eighteen players attended the funeral of Jim Thompson today (16th.March) at Dukinfield Crematorium. It was a humanist service and tribute was paid to Jim’s life as a loving husband, dad and granddad.  His Grandchildren spoke so lovingly about him. 

We presented Jackie, his Wife with a photobook of memories from his walking football with us and the collection we had which amounted to £157.00. Thanks to all of you who donated.
*Bill Lancashire* now featured on ‘Meet the Players’ <here>
Tuesday 20th.March – Alan Richards (for the first time in six months) and  Stewart White are Committee members who will be absent from this session.  They travel to Burnley with ‘The Nash Amblers’. David Partington and Gordon Nixon have all they need to take the games. The weather looks set to improve by then.
Numbers may be slightly down on the day but there should still be more than enough to sustain both hours of walking football. We will be back on Thursday to take part in the growing session that’s appears to be taking off despite the trials of winter weather which have not deterred players.
    GENERAL UNION FOR FOOTBALL AND WALKING (work it out) – it’s a joke, by the way.
Following our own moves locally to get the rules most of us wanted, the F.A. has now called a meeting at Saint George’s Park to discuss rule changes for the game. Stakeholders and league organisers  are invited to put their views forward and we will be involved in this process.
The Meeting is planned towards the end of March
A rundown of Tuesday’s  ( 13th.March ) events  at King Street where 30 players had a ball <here>
Anyone interested in playing in an OVER 70’s Cup Competition on Thursday 31/5/18 at Heywood please let Alan know over the next couple of weeks.
There is a meeting today (probably in London) between the F.A. , the W.F.A. and W.F.U. (a website) where moves towards unified rules will be mooted. The latter two organisations will put the case for non-contact walking football which if course we now have locally. In wishing one of the attendees – a man I don’t always agree with – good luck, I tried to summarise the approach  in our games using yesterday’s match as an example because there ARE people who think non-contact philosophy is nonsense:
“Good luck in your meeting today, I hope it’s productive”.

As an aside we regularly play closely contested games in a non-contact format internally. Little quarter is given by both teams , whatever the personnel,  both teams want to win. Any stranger watching would not know there were no points, or prizes at stake.

The Nash Amblers yesterday (12/3/18)
Often  a whole game can go without a single free kick for contact. Sometimes  a handful of offences – (like in yesterday’s one-nil 9 v.9 on an enlarged, though still tight pitch) are penalised with an indirect free kick.  Offences which were almost exclusively accidental at best, in  a couple of cases careless at worst.  The latter are  generally few and far between. We have not had a contact related injury for a long, long time <touchwood> . All games at our Curzon Ashton venue are now officiated by F.A. badged Referees who do a thorough, conscientious job for no more reward than a thank you from some of us at the end. “
When I get word of the outcome of today’s meeting I will report it here. It may take a while to emerge though so be warned.



In  a big step forward for a unified game we now have been given permission to include the Manchester County F.A. logo alongside our recently approved and locally sanctioned rules for Walking Football.  If anyone wants a copy, ask Alan at our next session he has a few spares. They  appear on this website just search the menu above.

These rules have met with approval from various quarters within and outwith Greater Manchester boundaries.  The code employed at Heywood in our league games is very similar in ethos and in substance. Non-contact is the key, and despite difficulties trying to persuade some national figures within the game our formula for deterring reckless play with penalty kicks is a common sense move.

This is a notable achievement and development as the process was engineered and initiated by us. Particular thanks to Garry Pearce who assisted me throughout.

Also to Tom Elliott & Sarah Venning of Manchester County F.A. without whom this would not have been possible.

Download, or simply read  a copy of the ‘Manchester F.A. Walking Football Rules’ <here>



In a  joint initiative driven by  ‘Action Together’ we, Vintage Celtic and other interested parties have been asked to put together a document describing the different levels of walking football.

We have come up with four of them, but have yet to agree on final wording.

We all agree though that Level 1 is ‘Slipper Football’ and now Level 2 (Beginners) has been highlighted  if you’re unsure what those are  we have two short films to demonstrate  and explain on our YouTube Channel – please search  at for ‘Tameside Striders’


Get down to Denton Thursday at ten am. for a good, light hearted game of mini-goals, score in the ‘D’ only walking football without Goalkeepers. Yes…Thursday’s !


I asked if they could start an obituary page for obvious reasons. Let’s face it as – someone said “at our age we are all in the departure lounge waiting for our flight to be called” I’ve never liked flying particularly but I got the point…anyway, the sites main man agreed and  here is our little tribute to Jim on  the country’s premier  national website for walking football <Jim>


Hats off to this man


Graham always has a smile on his face and gets King Street looking ship shape for us every Tuesday. Co-Treasurer and valued group mate. Dispenses a fine cup’o’tea too. Cheers Graham….


Claret Adrian Jones at the home of his heroes – Turf Moor


Tameside Striders played Burnley F.C. Community  Walking Football Group and came away with  a 10-1 win.  The Burnley Boys, and ladies are not fully used to playing normal walking football rules and this was a steep learning curve for them.

The result is far less important than the good game that was played in the right spirit.  More in the way of a report later on our ‘friendly-fixtures’ page. Today was special for me and I think for all of our players. Thanks to Denis Cudahy for Refereeing at fairly short notice. To  Sam and Naomi from the Burnley Community team – our paths will cross again I’m sure. To all players for ensuring this game was played in the right way for a walking football match.

   Video is linked from the ‘friendly-fixtures’ page (see menu)…many, many thanks to Tony Cravagan for filming the  game for us and enhancing the day for us with his company.


We keep striving to make our sessions as well planned as possible to benefit our players. This is the latest addition to the group:

what it says on the box….

A ‘DRYBOX’ to store jackets,  / small bags / car keys when playing  obviously you’ll only see it at Denton when there’s rain in the air.  Hope you think it a worthwhile addition. Remember these items are paid from the subs you pay when you play, and the fivers your Committee Referee’s channel back into funds. Money that means small improvements. Please don’t be tempted to sit on these boxes. We’ve been there before ! There’s a ‘KEEP OFF’ reminder printed on top. ‘ Thanks.



We have been asked to make three short films (though we may be able to adapt a current one) of the various levels of walking football. These levels were first mooted almost two years ago locally, so far as I’m aware they are the only ones that actually exist. They were recently approved by Bill Murney and Derek Drabble of Vintage Celtic after a meeting with Action Together.  This was most welcome.

Ruth Madden of the ‘Action Together’  organisation is behind the request for the practical filmed demo of level 1, 2 and 4. Vintage Celtic  will provide a demo film of level 3.

So – we are  looking for four volunteers to demonstrate ‘slipper walking football’ on film. if Mark is agreeable we can do it in the Snack Bar after a session. Four chairs two in each set – facing each other. Wear your slippers and just pass the ball between each other. This is thought suitable for the infirm, dementia sufferers and the really elderly. There will be a packet of biscuits for the tattiest auld slippers , which may well be mine. Ed.

Click the link below for our version of ‘levels’



Order your free Striders branded and Badger badged Beanie hat from 11-00am today – see the notice board at King Street later – there’s a deep , deep Siberian freeze on the way – *apparently*


OVER 65’s OFFICIAL Report on the GMWF league’s opening day <here now>


Approximately  twenty players , plus their Wives, partners and friends  attended the Viceroy in Hyde on Thursday 15th.February,  and a good time was had by all.

Many thanks to David Partington for organising the evening


Events at Heywood…15/2/18 —- Six games in 90 minutes ! In the majority we held our own but finishing let us down. Rochdale based Striders and Strollers  took  two of the  chances  they had (just one-nil defeats)  but we couldn’t convert ours. Three goalless draws in the mix and what turned out to be a heavy defeat – has to be described thus at three-nil in  a ten minute game with ‘Vintage Relics’. Former team mate Colin Cuthbert back to haunt us with a fine hat trick, was our undoing. We are bottom of the league tonight but I’m sure nobody will lose sleep over that ! (least of all me, Ed)There’s a month to go before we can try to put it right so forget it , keep calm and carry on. A few more details on the Over 65’s league page from the menu. The format wasn’t ideal today (nor was that bloody wind)  but there may be more teams added, or other changes going forward.


FANTASTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR CURZON ASHTON F.C. THE NASH AMBLERS AND ANY NUMBER OF YOUNGSTERS WHO USE THE TRAINING PITCHES AT THE TAMESIDE STADIUM – many thanks to all our group who contributed towards the massive sum of money required and of course to the FOOTBALL FOUNDATION for their valued support and not least Curzon Ashton F.C. Management for their


Making friends as we go…

“thanks Alan was a great game we all enjoyed learning how to play proper walking football and have discussed the idea of playing this game from now on so we are more used to playing that way hope all your guys enjoyed the day too will have to set up a return match at yours when the weather is a little warmer…”

Paul Ridgeway ~ Whaley Bridge Corinthians


  • News from Sam at Burnley F.C. the friendly with their community walking footballers next week will be covered by their media team and we will also be looking to film the game – a ‘media area’ is being set up by the side of the pitch.*

The Denton Internals page (see the menu above)  is  a quick run down of goings on at King Street on a weekly basis.  Today we had 24 players over the two hours – about 50% of our  total ‘membership’ at D.W.F.G. John Gaskin has become the latest walking footballer to ‘sign-up’ with us. John has been playing at the beginner’s session at Guide Bridge and does not look out of place in our games at all.

On Thursday ‘the Badgers’ Over 65 competitive players go to Heywood for the GMWFL league.

A couple of players were injured today. David Wenham pulled up with  a hamstring  injury and David Wilson  with  a muscle strain.  Joe Bemrose calf was causing him problems too.

We had a committee meeting after the games but nothing much to report. We will be looking to sign up with Action Together a Tameside related scheme which may bring some benefit going forward. We won’t be surrendering any autonomy going forward or linking up in any official way with any other club or group locally.  Our relationship with The Nash Amblers is of course integral to what we have been doing over the last 20 months or so anyway. Your Secretary will continue to signpost enquirers wishing to try the game to the most appropriate venue. The Denton Thursday sessions will remain at just £2.00. for the foreseeable future – probably reviewed in August at the A.G.M.  All players to pay from from 1st. March (put back  a week due to the postponement of this weeks session. The banners offering ‘free walking football’ have been taken down from their sites and we must view the experiment as a moderate success as we now have about eight players that we didn’t have before.

David Wilson and Graham Brown have shown interest in more First Aid training.  We need more with basic knowledge, especially on Thursday’s and with Graham being no site most weeks he would be an ideal candidate.

Keith Burrows and Alan Richards are looking into woolly black  hats with  our embroidered  Badger motif  for those who want to wear one.  If these can be purchased at a reasonable cost we will go for a job lot. It’s still cold out there. The latter has  ordered similar from Amazon  at his own expense and is kicking himself as it would have been cheaper to wait. (darn…Ed.)


News update 11th.February: Stewart White has a nasty dose of the ‘flu and so David Partington has agreed to take the Denton Thursday session (thanks David, and  get well soon Stewart). Yours truly will be at Heywood with the competitive Over 65’s squad where we face six ten minute games over a ninety minute period.

More news on those on the relevant page from the menu.

*IMPORTANT* The May session for the Over 60’s has been moved to May 10th. due to  a late change in circumstance.

*A report of our recent friendly v. Whaley Bridge is on the ‘friendly fixtures’ page. Next friendly  for the Striders is v. Burnley F.C. Community at Turf Moor no less.  – squad and  details  <here>

*There is a lively debate on several walking football topics in the ‘In off the Post’ forum at  – you maybe interested in reading or indeed taking part but you’d need to register with the site first. You’ll find a few pics from both of our groups on there too.

*There will be a meeting of your D.W.F.G.  Committee after Tuesday’s session (14th.) probably at nearby Morrison’s Café.

* Mr. Steve Rich whom many consider the leading light in national walking football development has resigned his position with the Walking Football Association. The reasons for his doing so are not the concern of this website, but we remain affiliated to the W.F.A.  Mr.Rich continues to host the Walking Football United website which you can find linked on this site.

This subject is also covered on the aforementioned forum <here>


when the going gets tough…



The Joy of Six: Monday’s goings on at The Nash <REPORT>




We now have an emergency pack of EVERYTHING we need to put on a session when regular organisers cannot attend .  It will be located somewhere handy for Denton. Being prepared for every eventuality is the name of the game & plans have  “Come Together” or ‘Something’ like that.


A highly readable report from the February fixtures in the GMWF League from

The Nash Amblers angle – Read JOHN SMITH’s VIEW <here> 



Denton Thursday! some people were on the pitch, they thought it was all over…it hadn’t even started!

find out more <click>

Plucky Performers



Pic: Tom Conrad

Match report <here>


After striking up dialogue around our recent F.A. Referee courses and the direction of walking football in general, we  have been invited to play two friendly games in February, and March at Burnley Football Club’s  Turf Moor’s Elite Training Centre.

We need to select balanced teams of walking footballers from across the two groups and this process will start soon. The dates clash with regular sessions at King Street but this is not an insurmountable problem. It was thought the chance to engage with near  Lancashire neighbours linked to a GREAT football club was too good to let pass by. – Ed.

Both Tameside Striders and The Nash Amblers will feature in name for these games. The squads may be mixed and matched depending on availability. My own view is that friendly games are every bit as enjoyable (moreso*) than the competitive element within our game and as fixtures are primarily my responsibility I will be looking  for more games of this nature going forward.

IF YOU CAN MAKE EITHER Thursday FEBRUARY 22nd. or Tuesday MARCH 20th let me know within the next seven days please . You need to travel to Burnley for 11-00am. kick off 11-45am. 25 minutes each way. FRIENDLY game. Each squad will number SEVEN including a substitute who will get equal game time. ( email, text, or Facebook) – Ed.

*the games are much  longer,  and played in  a slightly more relaxed manner. Often they  involve after game hospitality like a sandwich and a brew/pint.  Who needs points anyway?


It was a record turnout at King Street for ‘Denton Thursday’ today –

sweet sixteen finished all square in a high scoring draw welcomed by our competitive team’s mascot …..

….’The Badger’ (below) – only three ran away!  Game details here <more>


See how The Nash Amblers team fared on ‘Eggheads’ is their quizzing as good (or even  as bad)  as their walking football….inconclusive, we thought.  (tongue in cheek comment)

<BBC i player link>


Tireless Gordon Nixon. Saved a penalty today and provided brilliant distribution from his area in what’s becoming a regular stint in goal but not before he played his  part in a 6 – 2 Over 65 win on Pitch 2, even scoring a crafty goal with his back and taking home a bucketful of bibs to wash!

  ….Sportsman of the Year and we all know why.


Gordon of the Gloves









DENTON LAD…Jimmy Armfield C.B.E.  1936 – 2018  Rest in Peace…



Pic: George Fieldhouse


A quick rundown of some of the main changes to Manchester County F.A. Rules as agreed and taught to the recent candidates at Curzon Ashton F.C.

  1. Walking Football with Greater Manchester is  now a non-contact sport. Although some contact is inevitable not all contact will be judged a foul. Accordingly not ALL contact will be penalised but at the discretion of the Referee all contact MAY be penalised.
  2. For certain offences (guide to follow) in a players defending half of the field a Penalty may be incurred. Usually when recklessness or excessive force is applied. Blue and Red cards are also an option in that circumstance. Deliberate handball is included.
  3. ALL free kicks are indirect (a big departure from National F.A. Laws of the Game of WF)
  4. One Step penalty kicks. After the whistle has sounded the striking  foot must touch THE BALL next and NOT make contact with the ground again before it does so. NO ‘micro’ or mini-steps to shift weight or adjust balance. If this rule is breached and a goal is scored it is disallowed, and there is NO retake.
  5. THE GOAL CLEARANCE (or goal kick) as a way of restarting play the goalkeeper does not touch the ball  a second time before it has been played by another player.  (In effect – restart play with  a single kick or underarm throw from  a stationary point within the ‘D’.
  6. No scoring goals direct from the kick-off.
  7. Running in possession of the ball, to gain  a positional advantage  or to interfere with an opponent is punishable with an indirect free kick. The Referee will award an indirect free kick against any player seen to be moving in a way he judges to be not walking and who is  influencing the game by doing so    If the same player is penalised three times for running he will be shown  a blue card and side lined  (or sin-binned) for two minutes.
  8. Click the link for a table of severity and punishment for various foul play.
  9. Walking Football Manchester Rules – Fouls & Misconduct

These offences, and resultant cards and penalty kicks should be only rarely tested in internal sessions – at least that’s the hope. This week at Denton though we will trial the one touch goalkeeper clearance from  a stationary point within the ‘D’. Precision and care needed from ‘keepers more than ever now when restarting play. Given this change I propose we restart after goals have been scored with a kick off from the centre of the pitch. Any comments please feedback via ‘contact us’.


EXCITING news from ‘Sven’ at Manchester County F.A.

Sarah Venning announces plans for a Manchester County WALKING FOOTBALL Cup. Various age groups but be sure we WILL BE interested in this competition.

Sarah ‘Sven’ Venning

Let’s consider our options for THREE teams across both groups…Striders, Amblers and Bees. When  dates and venues  are fully  firmed up we’ll be recruiting for what should be a great competition – no shortage of Referees now remember. – Ed.




Our great initiative, only delivered  with tremendous support and full on commitment of Manchester County F.A. has produced a dozen officials for our local game. It was a pleasure to be in the company of such serious, attentive and committed  people both in the classroom and out on the Curzon 3g on two bitterly cold , gloomy afternoons.  People from several walking football groups across Manchester. The instruction  and insight of Tom Elliott (Manchester County F.A. R.D.O.) was invaluable and without the help ,awareness and co-operation of Sarah Venning  – (Recreational Football in the community Officer) this would not have happened. Thanks All.


“Many thanks for the game yesterday . What a friendly and welcoming group, I would love to play with you guys regularly”….Peter Dixon , Marple.

“Glad you enjoyed it Peter.  We as organisers try to ensure the game is played in the right spirit and Refereed as firmly as possible. You’re welcome to ‘sign on’ next week if you wish. You’ll be our last new Tuesday  player  for now, as numbers are getting high. 11am. on Tuesdays please.  I can also recommend our partner group The Nash Amblers if it’s not too far for you. Same ethos.

Ex-pro in attendance, competitive but friendly and a decent standard with MORE SPACE ! £2.00 Mondays and Fridays at. Check the website for details and pics / report from yesterday (Tues).” Alan


For the record – two teams entered



January 15th..Following today’s regular internal session at The Nash – details <here> the first stage of our Referee course took place at Tameside Stadium.

Setting up the consultation on rules with Manchester County F.A. was the initiative of Alan Richards and Garry Pearce. Having arranged a meeting with Tom Elliott

Sarah ‘Sven’ Venning

and Sarah Venning, we were both  absolutely delighted with their receptive approach and their  offer of an ‘on-site’ Referee Course for Walking Football. 

Tom Elliott

The word went out and Representatives from Tameside Striders, The Nash Amblers, The Nash Bees, Vintage Celtic, Middleton Legends, Etihad WF, Third Space Bolton and Wigan Walkers took part in the absorbing first session during which we ALL learned a lot.


This involved classroom discussion and input from candidates as Tom Elliott explained some of the finer points of Refereeing. with generous provision of notebooks and whistles we took to the 3g for some practical tuition in correct signalling, mobility on the pitch and ‘in-game’ Refereeing which lasted well over an hour.

Thankfully the rain held off for us.

Tom and Stuart go over the ‘overhead height deflection’ rule.

The afternoon concluded with a classroom review of what we had learned today. There is every chance that the stock of F.A. accredited Waking Football Referees will be greatly increased this week. The newly developed non-contact ‘Manchester’ rules will be digested by candidates over the course of this week with particular reference to foul play, which these rules are designed to deter and to penalise heavily in its most reckless instances. The course concludes on Friday.


Many thanks to Tom Elliott for his enthusiasm and his knowledge. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw at Curzon Ashton for facilitating the venue and to all the candidates for turning up on time and paying the modest venue fee promptly.
See you on Friday.




Note: 13/1/18 almost all the money is in and the Heywood entries have been posted…thanks for your early co-operation.  Some changes to the Heywood rules and set up are on the GMWF Over 6o page which is available from the site menu above.


TUESDAYS – IF YOU REGULARLY played with the UNDER 65’s last year please do not turn up until 11-00am. That way you will get the game you prefer.  Your committee stress that nobody can be guaranteed two games on  a Tuesday.  We are doing our best to accommodate fluctuating numbers whilst the sessions are seemingly ever more popular – apart from when it rains a lot.


Plenty going on at the moment – our F.A. Referee course starts on Monday 15th. Two sessions the concluding session on Friday.  Manchester County F.A. Referee DEvelopment Officer Tom Elliott will school 12 candidates in newly agreed rules which recognise local walking football is  A NON CONTACT GAME  – with provision for game time deterrents against reckless, excessively forceful play.  We thank Tom and Sarah Venning  for their receptive attitude…thanks from me also go  to Garry Pearce for his invaluable contributions, his insight & his enthusiasm for walking football.


DENTON THURSDAY play …wait for it…ON THURSDAY’S  King Street at 10-00am. Miniature goal game, score in the ‘D’ no goalkeepers.  Join us – it’s fun…and FREE for now !

We are actively trying to attract more women players to these mixed gender recreational sessions


January 23rd. 6-00pm. BBC 2 – read the story of our Television trip on our Editorials page from the menu.

The Nash Amblers – on Eggheads !


Checkout our t.v. story up until the filming starts on the ‘Editorial’ page from the menu above.


Quiz team Captain Garry Pearce was interviewed on local radio recently….

<listen to Garry here>

Dateline: Jan 6th. 2018, and the best possible advert for our game

Garry has been busy co-driving forward the new rules agenda with Manchester County F.A. and nobody is better placed to try to ‘sell’ the non-contact format and the social benefits we already know so much about.

Pearce knows the walking game

So good to see the station covering one of the borough’s fastest growing games. Now semi-retired, Pearce is perfectly placed to promote the game as we can hear. Unfortunately unable to play recently due to  a shoulder injury, he has been nothing short of  a Refereeing revelation in recent games…Ed.



Keith Burrows spot-kick equaliser 5/1/18


Garry Pearce and Alan Richards   attended a meeting with  Tom Elliott and Sarah Venning at Manchester County F.A. (Wednesday 3rd.Jan) and  discussed proposed rule amendments for our local game. We presented a good case for a non-contact game & other changes which were largely accepted by two helpful and receptive F.A. staff members and these changes will be the basis for the Referee course at Curzon later in January.

Thanks to Tom & Sarah

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With turnout at King Street today in the low to mid twenties we enjoyed two close games which both ended in draws. A report of the proceedings will soon be on the ‘Denton Internals’ page from the menu – thanks



As affiliates, we now receive a copy of the WFA ‘monthly’ Newsletter.

As this is ‘copyrighted’ I’m reluctant to reproduce it here.  If you are one of our players or committee members and want a copy forwarded by email please let me know your address. Thanks, Ed.



An indoor game at Reddish today (Friday)…defying the snow !

Pic. Mike Conroy


Defiant Bradshaw . Made the difference today

A quite splendiferous turnout for the Reds v. Blues game at the Nash. This must surely now become an annual event at years end.
Reds started off at full throttle on a crowded pitch and it was the reflexes of Bradshaw that stopped them going ahead. The Blue custodian complete with bobble hat was in defiant mode, as usual.

Red Alert


Blue Movers

Superbly marshalled by Garry Pearce , resplendent in yellow Referee’s top, our man in the middle was at the top of his game. Such a one sided first half left Barry Smith in the Red’s goal with little to do for large tracts of play.

Referee Pearce

Huff and puff as the reds did though, they didn’t really come close to threatening and neither side had too many shooting opportunities.
Some contact on a crowded pitch was inevitable but the game was fairly contested with old enmities cast aside as Blues began to assert themselves slowly upon proceedings.
The balance was finally shifted by the presence of Bradshaw now liberated from between the sticks by Keith Burrows who managed to maintain the clean sheet he inherited.  Well done that man!
Bradshaw lashed in the opening goal which left Barry Smith with no chance, and the Curzon Coach then doubled Blue’s lead three minutes later. No doubting the difference he made as a former Professional footballer and a draw might have been a fairer result. If only the Reds had capitalised in that early pressure it  may have been a different story.
However, the game was shaded by Blues and the handshakes after showed we were all winners today. The symbolic trophy (thanks Colin Fielding) was but a mere bauble of a faux supremacy, not taken seriously by anyone, not least by myself to whom it was handed.

Thanks all for yet another memorable occasion at ‘The Nash’ the home of walking football in these parts of Tameside.
Teams: BLUES: Bradshaw (2), Burrows, Cooper, Leach, Lake, Nixon, Bemrose, Richards, Smith P, White,
REDS: Smith B, Partington, Coulon, Foster, Hampson, Brereton, Bertenshaw,  Hibbert,  Cravagan, Fielding

Attendance:2 (thanks to Barry for his wardrobe of Utd. shirts) and to Mike Conroy for the pics.

More photo’s from the game <here>

your photographer today Mike Conroy


Joe says his prayers as the rest look happy enough


News of our second *FREE* ‘Persimmon’ session <here>





David Wilson has become a walking advertisement for Denton Walking Football Group and  he has already been accosted by older men wanting information. Tell them ‘Google Tameside Striders’ David….we’ll soon get you some printed leaflets sorted out. (no cost) and it’s better than this…


Apart from the novelty game noted below John Smith is trying to organise an indoor session at Houldsworth Sports Village in Reddish at 11-00am- details on the Facebook Group or see John on Friday, failing that ring me and I’ll pass your name on to John – Not sure of cost but if similar to last year about three quid each will cover it.  (I’m opting out of this as I want a short break..Ed).


Badger meets Bradshaw


A tremendous night in The Nash Bar was enjoyed by all I think. Sterling work from our extraordinary comperes David Partington and Gordon Nixon, who were assisted brilliantly by Keith Burrows and his Wife Dee who kept the music going throughout the quizzes and later.

Dee and Keith Burrows
A class act







The awards (sponsored by Ian Wilson of EEC Kazakhstan) were presented and worked out as follows. Under Sixty Five players of the year Stewart White. Over 65 Player of the Year David Partington. Full story <here>

David Partington Over 65 Player of the Year
Richards’ ‘Oscar’ for Push ’em up !
Stewart White Under 65 Player of the Year 2018. Award sponsor Ian Wilson on the right.

Gordon Nixon took ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and Alan Richards (yours truly- Ed.) ‘Clubman’ of the Year’ . The Nash Amblers present were presented with their Runners up medals from the Group to mark their gallant efforts at Heywood in the GMWF League’s First Division. The Nash Bees received consolation photographs from their Division Three campaign which so nearly ended in triumph. That’s walking football.

Steve Wingrove – Amblers spearhead – collects his runner-up medal and photo pack.
Gordon Nixon Sportsman of the Year

The smile count on Friday night was incredibly high, the laughter too.
It was great to be a part of it.

The recent dvd ‘Push ’em Up’ brought me an ‘Oscar’- thanks Mr & Mrs. Burrows (maybe a Mr & Mrs Quiz might be an idea for future events?) …thanks also for the generous bottle of Malbec and to all  who expressed appreciation to myself, personally on the night. We are a good group and the part I play within  it brings me a lot of pleasure, stimulation & few headaches.

If we had an award for wacky character of the year I know who’d be sett to win it

Going forward from here  we can go from further  strength to strength and not just in a playing sense. The camaraderie count is high, equally important and shouldn’t be underestimated. Well done all and serious thanks to those who were primarily responsible for putting it all together. Messrs Nixon , Partington and Burrows plus Dee of course.  For the venue thanks to Mark Bradshaw  and Curzon Ashton F.C. to whom we remain grateful for continued  support.

Mark in the middle

The first team play Stockport County at Tameside Stadium on Saturday next at 3-00pm. One of THE biggest games of the season,and it would be great to  see a few walking footballers there.  Don’t forget the Reds v. The Rest fixture on the 27th. December either. The only walking football on offer during Christmas week. Once again – thanks all. – Ed.



More  photo’s from the Christmas bash at The Nash are <here>


TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT – THE NASH BAR from 7-30pm. Christmas get-together…some of our runners up at Heywood can’t make it tonight so they were given their medals and team photo’s by Mark Bradshaw after the session at Curzon this morning (full report of today’s game on the Nash Ambler’s page)…

Striders Players of the Year, Sportsman and Clubman awards ready and waiting…..
Steve Foster
Garry Pearce
Amblers player manager John Smith













Our first Thursday session mixed gender walking football saw eight players have a good game at King Street. Excellent passing on display. The only lady present scored four goals – all well worked. Back again next Thursday for a mini goal passing game ideally with a few more new and regular faces but all present had a good time and declared it well worth the effort.

Free of charge of course…many thanks to Jane for opening up DYFC and providing the brews afterwards.


RESUME – January 2nd. AND 4th.



Tuesday’s committee meeting covered a lot of ground – the most important decisions are reported <here> and affect everyone who plays at King Street regularly.


Didn’t last 24 hours…victim of vandalism




About twelve players turned up today (12/12/17)  but the King Street pitch WAS unplayable today. Frozen snow lying on the surface left Chris Kelly of DYFC no option but to tell us it was unfit. Many stayed on for a brew and chat for half an hour or so. Some Over 65’s said they’d come on Thursday to the new session,  but I had to remind them it might be a very different game to what they are used to on Tuesday’s…the Committee retired to Stewart’s White house for a pre-planned meeting earlier than we’d thought. News of that will come later but in the meantime many thanks to Stewart and his Wife Val for their hospitality and our very nice lunch.


Bear in mind that with snow lying on the ground and temperatures hovering around or below zero, there is just a chance that the King Street pitches MAY be unplayable on Tuesday


One of our top players got a bit giddy & turned up in fancy dress today ! Chasing Barry Smith across the pitch, before hoisting him aloft for a lap of honour.

Amazing strength from the wee man!



Lots of walking footballer’s  (EIGHT and counting)  from within the ranks of Striders and Amblers want to pursue a Refereeing qualification. With some enrolled with the F.A. for January it’s hope the W.F.A can and will offer training somewhere in the region , which is a veritable hot bed of walking football.  The more  accredited Referees we have from either organisation the better…..


Hardy Amblers !



From Steve Rich. A man clearly frustrated with the way WALKING Football is going – he is NOT alone  ( ‘to call some of this WALKING football is tantamount to FRAUD’ !!  I agree, I am glad it’s not just me,  but I call regular and consistent runners what they are – CHEATS  – Ed.)

…how very timely…please digest this article.



The January F.A. Refereeing course for walking football should have representatives from Third Space Bolton, Wigan Walkers, Vintage Celtic, Middleton Legends, The Nash Amblers, Tameside Striders, FC United of Manchester and ‘Man’ City Etihad.



It’s good news week in the local sports press. THE TAMESIDE REPORTER carries news of Walking Football on the back page. Big splash for The Nash Amblers, mention of Tameside Striders  and an interview with yours truly and David Partington.

Many thanks to Mark Philip for the coverage – Ed.


We are getting lots of exposure lately – <here> is Bill Lancashire’s ‘Community Matters ‘website’


As the keen eyed may have spotted from our header photograph we are now finally affiliated to the Walking Football Association. 

They are currently running a vote on some rule changes. Players opinions have been sought on Facebook but if you are not a user please email me directly with your reactions. It’s a typical 1 to 10 spectrum format for strongly agree/strongly disagree.   This is your game so why not try and shape some part of its future. Thanks – Ed.

YOU CAN CHECK THE OPTIONS & figure out your individual response <here>…we will work out an average reaction and submit it accordingly so everyone’s opinion counts .



BIG NEWS IN TAMESIDE..but it all goes belly up if we don’t WALK !! Worth remembering…

THERE IS A D.W.F.G. COMMITTEE MEETING NEXT TUESDAY WHEN SEVERAL ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED. ONE WILL BE MANAGING NUMBERS  AND DEALING WITH OUR SUCCESS MORE EFFECTIVELY.  One idea on the table is for the ‘Over 65’s’ to play at King Street between 10-00am. & 11.00am on Tuesdays…followed by the ‘Under’s’ (or anyone who prefers their more competitive kind of game) to play for the hour between 11-00 and Noon – with  a prompt start. 

Under’s could get things underway more quickly by arriving a few minutes early , and starting their own warm up outside the pitch/fenced area. Importantly this would also negate having to close membership as we could cope with up to 48 players on two pitches over two hours. ‘Overs’ who wished to linger may have that option with the agreement of ‘Unders’ . Please leave feedback on the ‘Contact Us’ facility. 


Further to conversations earlier today and a general consensus among the people I was able to speak to, there will be changes to our competitive agenda in February. These changes have been agreed by the GMWF Organiser, Bill Murney.
There have been developments within the structure of the GMWF League to which it was felt advantageous and convenient to respond to, following recent developments and increased walking football commitments.
The Nash Amblers will remain in Division One for the Spring League, playing games on the first Thursday’s of February ,March, April and May 2018.

The Nash Bees will withdraw from Division Three.
Tameside Striders will enter a team into the GMWF Over 65’s League playing on more or less the middle Thursday’s of each month. There are logistical advantages to this given our planned Thursday sessions. Amblers players and no doubt some Bees who played in the Autumn League are  eligible and entitled to turn out for the Amblers (max. squad size 10, but 8 is ideal) John Smith will hopefully continue to player manage with customary full support from Stewart White who is willing assist in organisation and does not yet qualify for the Over 65’s himself.
It may help to explain this decision if we list list the players (among others) who would qualify for an Over 65’s competition. Gordon Nixon , Colin Fielding , Alan Richards , Barry Smith, Rod Seddon ,Joe Bemrose, Garry Pearce , David Partington (?) Mike Conroy, even John Smith himself now he’s just celebrated a birthday , although he may wish to Amble on for some time yet.
The separation of Thursday duties means that the new Over 65 sessions at Denton – should they take off – should always have committee members available. This also gives Strider’s a regular place on the radar of local competition, not before time.
For those fond of ‘The Bee’s’ – (and I include myself) – the concept, the kit, and the name will not sink into history, rather they will resurface from time to time in friendlies, and knock-out tournaments. Any comments via Contact us from the menu please or raise them in person. Many of us will see each other tomorrow.




….the smile factor was high < have a look >


Well done to The Nash Amblers who finished runners-up in the GMWF Autumn League and congratulations to Rochdale Strollers, Blackpool Senior Seasiders and Wakefield Wanderers who won their respective divisions – The Nash Bees missed out on the Third Division title by a very narrow margin….that’s walking football…perhaps we will go one better next time. Who knows?


PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WALKING FOOTBALL AT KING STREET BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. TUESDAY AND THURSDAY SESSIONS  CANCELLED. START  BACK ON THE 2nd. JANUARY and 5th.January.  See the Nash Amblers page for a novelty game on the 27th. December if you want to get involved – United fans v. The Rest £2 per player








 – – – Michael Conroy steps up – – –


You can read about the latest exploits of Amblers and Bees at the GMWF League at <this> link.


The banner has gone up at King Street – counting down to ‘Denton Thursday’


Who’d wanna Ref? At this timely point when (DWFG) have just affiliated AND a few of us are considering courses with the F.A. AND the WFA this article has appeared, written by the man who launched WFU and also (with others) the WFA – Steve Rich. It’s thought provoking and he raises many good points around non-contact and the attitude of players towards Referees. If and when I get accredited I’ll mainly want to Referee our own sessions, festival games  and friendlies (perhaps competitions too) with added authority…and what he says about THE FIRST MINUTE dictating the pace is absolutely spot on. Also some talk on proposed rule changes here too…scroll down a bit at the link <WFU>

Never forget ‘our FRIEND FLICKR’…

we have well over a thousand photographs <here>


We have been asked to engage with substantial  groups of  local people on the subject of walking football and the benefits that can follow participation. This initiative has come from   local organisation ‘action together’ and will involve giving short talks to people male and female in our area  who want to get more active. Not exactly in my comfort zone but I’ll have a go (Ed.)

Stewart White, Gordon Nixon, David Partington and Colin Fielding  have not been slow to offer  help in this which will be invaluable. Thanks all.

<Action Together>

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Video of our Thursday night friendly with Roach Dynamo is linked <here>


We are pleased to announce that after a superb gesture from Curzon Ashton Football Club we WILL be taking part in a Football Association Referee’s course (working to re-shaped rules) in January in ‘The Nash Bar’ on a Monday, and a Friday afternoon – exact dates coming soon . Further community involvement and encouragement from the club, consistently the most welcoming of hosts for walking football. Watch this space for details on cost. There will be a modest charge for individuals  to cover the facility & perhaps a brew or two. If you want a place for your club or group or want to be a part of the consultation process beforehand please get in touch. Contact details are on the header photograph towards the top of every page on this website.



THE WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION are now talking of staging  a Referees course around this area. This after they were  again reminded   of the need and the abundant number of likely candidates.  We could almost fill  a course with our own aspirants.  This represents progress and I am pleased they are listening. Whilst it in no way affects our relationship with the F.A. and we are currently striving to find a venue for their promised course locally.  The WFA want our applicants to re-send application forms – I know some of you have already sent them online.  I will arrange to have some hard copies printed and we can mail them to the right man within the WFA Organisation.  Progress is at last being made on both of these vital fronts on a very important issue it appears.

Affiliation to the WFA has gone ahead and a cheque has been forwarded.


‘Badgers’ out after dark !…Striders take on Dynamo on their home (asro)turf <report>






Many thanks to Sarah Venning and Tom Elliott of Manchester County F.A. for their time today and their listening response, which was very encouraging around walking football rules, and the training of Referee’s locally.   They met with Garry Pearce and myself and were open to our suggestions and our views on  the game, and some of the difficulties we have with the F.A. Rules. More details as and when we can talk about arrangements but rest assured if you have ambitions to Referee locally, under the rules we prefer on  a certified, accredited basis  then a route to that status may soon be available. Please watch this space…and hopefully others too.



Another good news day…David Partington and yours truly interviewed by  Mark Philip, of the local ‘Tameside Reporter’ (link below) and a productive meeting at Manchester County F.A. – more later on that….




Striders make  the home page of Walking Football United shoot-out screenshot <here>

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Out and about in Denton?  Well, if you go to Morrisons I hope you spot this on your way out – because that’s the general idea 🙂

Thanks to Paul, at Haughton Supplies for allowing us to display this banner for a while.

And to Matt Bonilla of

Bonilla Enterprise for sponsoring our Denton town centre banner December/January.

For more info on Thursday sessions  <click>



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Survey results: Twelve responses only.  For closing Denton to new members – 100%

For dividing 10-00 to 11-00am to ‘Overs (65)’ 11-00am – midday – 60%

For introducing an ‘Unders’ (65) only session Wednesdays Overs only Tuesdays 50%

the ’65’ is notional. There are some aged 65+ who could still, and do  play with those younger at a slightly increased tempo. There would be no question of rigid enforcement of age separation.

There are other options. None of which will please everybody unfortunately.



Most of the video from the Over 65 Cup is now online – linked here <Heywood>



Almost the whole of Striders penalty shoot out with Blackpool Senior Seasiders is  <here>

Judge which of the penalties were taken in the correct way.  Feedback welcomed.

Footage of games with Hartshill Strollers & Vintage Celtic coming soon.


STRIDERS  Over 65’s COMPETED AT HEYWOOD RECENTLY :  to catch up with what happened  in more detail find  the ‘Rochdale Over 65’s knockout Cup’ page from the menu.  Congratulations to Rochdale Strollers who triumphed on the day, runners-up Chadderton WFC , and to Vintage Celtic to whom we lost in the ‘Plate PLAY-OFF Final’ by the odd goal.

Striders at Heywood – the ‘Badgers’ are back !


We have two of these banners to place locally. The extra one hour  ‘Persimmon’ Thursday sessions  will hopefully begin in mid December. Current players Over 65 are also welcome of course. The first four sessions will be free of charge for each attendee, whenever they take part. It is envisaged that this will rise to £2 after that, for the one hour games which in practice are about 45 minutes after a warm up. The emphasis here is on offering a welcoming, lower intensity  environment to new, more senior players and beginners.  To reduce the ‘power’ element we will initially play a mini-goal game with modified rules and NO goalkeepers. When numbers increase we can go to two pitches and develop the style of the session to suit us all.

Hopefully we can slowly build numbers over winter and attract even more as weather  (hopefully) improves. We can run them until April and see how it’s working out.  This will mean real alternatives are available on almost every day of the week locally. Stewart White has committed his expertise to the new session and Alan Richards will be in attendance too, as will David Wilson.Hopefully other committee men and importantly PLAYERS too. We will soon be organising a publicity campaign on social media and will have some promotional  material printed.  Thank to Persimmon Community Champions scheme for assisting us with extra funds to launch this initiative. Stewart and Alan will be attending a coffee morning at the H.Q. of the house builder in Urmston on Monday next and will convey news of the plans.




Committee members and others will attend a consultation evening at the Football Association’s local H.Q.  in Fallowfield later in the month.  News of a developing strategy for walking football has been announced and such evenings will take place around the country , hopefully seeing an adjustment in the F.A. outlook for the future of the game and the way it is played.

“I WASN’T RUNNING REF”   an interesting article on ‘the heel plant’ from Steve Rich of the WFU.

Click the link and scroll down the page –  <WFU>


A  video from the ‘metropolis’ – what walking football is all about click London…


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Keep visiting the site over the next few days we have considerable video of Amblers v. Rochdale Striders and Strollers…a little of Amblers v. Vintage Celtic and lots of Bees versus Bolton ‘B’ and Wakefield Wanderers.  Takes time to sort even with minimal edits. Bear with us. All clips will be linked on the GMWF Over 60’s page to our daily motion video hosting site.



Bees – just drawn with Wakefield Wanderers…brief interview



We are conducting a survey of Striders on the website as we try to establish the best way forward. All players signed on with Denton Walking Football Group are invited to take part.






Halloween Striders….


In a very respectful way we have  have tried to urge the Walking Football Association to provide a Referee’s course in our neck of the woods.  We cannot be alone in having several players wishing to be ‘trained up’ and accredited – all of whom would be credit to the W.F.A. and its ethos going forward.  Walking football needs this provision of trained Referee’s more than anything else at the moment…a  view shared by most of us and expressed on  a weekly basis!

As the old year draws to  a close lets hope the new one will yield news of developments in this important  direction. We still see the sense in affiliating to the W.F.A. but have been awaiting an alternative subscription method  (to annual  auto-renewal) since our A.G.M. in August.

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Coming Soon to King Street  –  Ballot papers .  Over & Under 65’s Players of the Year :

Sportsman of the Year   :  Clubman of the Year — David Wilson is  in charge of the process.

These awards will be presented at our pre Christmas bash at The Nash.  David Partington has the details….just part of the fun planned for December 15th.  Gordon Nixon is working on a trivia and musical quiz we can all enjoy, and Badger Burrows is also involved in the mix.












Some photo’s of The Nash Bar…a flexible & welcoming venue which should suit our needs well.





The ‘Lingerers’



Our Senior Strider is interviewed on  walkingfootballdotcom> click the link and read how much he enjoys playing on a Tuesday morning – why not register with the site and leave a comment?

It’s one of the leading Walking Football information and promotion websites in Britain and it’s spreading worldwide – the potential for this game is boundless. Bernard’s answers reveal why._________________________________________________

A few changes to the website you may not have noticed.  The ‘match report’ page has been archived and its place a new page ‘Denton internals’ has been introduced.  Sounds vaguely medical though it’s anything but.  Going forward the coverage will concentrate on photos. Stats like scorers and results may figure but mentioning too many individual performances and imposing my version of events on readers will be avoided to  a greater extent .  The reports have done their job of building group camaraderie but it was thought the format was getting a little tired and it’s not easy to come up with fresh words on a weekly basis after eighteen months of doing so. If anyone else wants to pick up the gauntlet and send their reports OR mention personal performance, their own or those of others by email I’ll do my best to publish them here. No criticisms though , keep it positive.







serves as a reminder to all of us to just back off a bit and don’t be tempted to try to win the ball from the back of a man, or from the side.  Head-on blocks are okay but the ethos of non to minimal contact should be uppermost in our minds at all times  in internal games. And of course the more we reduce our speed  it becomes less likely injuries will occur. If a man has the ball shepherd him , shadow him but if he dwells on that ball for a few seconds to express himself or get his head up let it happen.  What does it matter?

It’s what this game should be all about.










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Richards writes -on the miniature goal game  <pass for goal>

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A link to the newly formed Walking Football Association’s website, should anyone wish to check it out <WFA>

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GOALKEEPING IS A SPECIALISED POSITION !…IT’S NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA…we are fortunate to have some players who love guarding the goal and even more fortunate they are very good indeed. BUT…if they aren’t around we all know it’s a question of rotating and putting people outside of their comfort zone.  With Brian recently injured by  a powerful shot, constant cannonball shooting testing even the best of our keeper’s what can be done to alleviate risk of more injuries and perhaps encouraging skill over power?


the guinea pigs and their goal


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  • NEW WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION WEBSITE – heading towards a ‘non-contact game’
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WE EACH PLAY “AT OUR OWN RISK” – as certified on your signing-on form


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and a good video explaining the ideas behind a ‘non-contact’ games – are they workable?


Having seen it  myself and commented thus – it would be good to get more views… please sign up to the forum at and have your say….

“Good video, and much food for thought among people who, unlike some of us here, seldom think about the wider ramifications of walking football participation.

I personally think ‘minimal’ contact under the watchful eye of a good referee is preferable to total ‘non-contact’ because that concept is almost impossible to achieve within the confines of a competitive (even mildly competitive) game. Some of the foul play shown, and some we have actually experienced quite recently  is totally at odds with the spirit of the game of walking football and the guilty parties should be ashamed of themselves. The illustrative passages were very good, especially when talking about upper bodies coming into the equation when players are both honing in on  a loose ball. That is perhaps the biggest bone of contention on pitches without side boards. Outlawing tackles from the side and behind whilst  allowing legitimate blocks from the front in  a ‘head-on’ scenario works for us. Some of the foul play we have seen – on video and elsewhere –  would result in red cards in traditional football, let alone the walking variety.

In conclusion, and to answer the question,  if players cannot control themselves to play within a ‘minimal contact’ framework they shouldn’t be playing the game, and if Referees are not skilled enough or assertive enough to tell the difference between ‘minimal and excessive’ then a blanket non-contact formula as indicated in the video  is preferable to  a free for all , which will just put a lot of people off playing the game many of them have come to love.”

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Courtesy of ‘Walking Football United’ compare and contrast the two sets of rules for Walking Football.  Last week, the F.A. finally issued their rule ‘book’ whilst WFU have had theirs for some time and they are what we currently adhere to with one or two exceptions.  If you have ten minutes to spare, take a look and make your own mind up



 Conventional football boots with studs of any depth are now prohibited at our internal games both at Denton and Ashton

A common sense measure which met with unanimous agreement and is introduced to minimise the risk of injury to wearer and opponent alike. Fortunately the mind set within our groups are such that none of the current players wear them anyway. Prospective players, new recruits etc. please take heed. We will only agree to friendly games if potential opponents are in agreement.

Astro Trainers with  a  dimpled sole are best for walking football
























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