2017 Awards



From the voting statistics the Under 65 player of the year award was closely contested. Rob Lake and last year’s winner (when there was no age separation) Trevor Brereton went close but there was no doubting Stewart White was the winner. Stewart plays the game in the right way and has a great outlook on the game . He sees the bigger picture, both on the field and off it for the future of the game. Combining great vision for a pass, with ball skills, control and enviably nimble with a strike rate to be proud of,  he is a very worthy winner and it’s a pleasure to see his efforts rewarded by his peers in this process.

Stewart, in action at Heywood

Fully deserved Stewart !


David Partington. A football man for most of his life , like Stewart and committed to the cause in no less a way. His style is almost unique within our group and his outlook is measured, restrained and dignified.

David Partington – right

He loves to win of course and his skill in reading the games and getting the best from those around him – whatever their abilities – means he wins more than he loses. but for David winning is not what it’s about. He is an inclusive player with a genuine concern for others. His application and dedication justly recognised in this voting process.


Congratulations David


Gordon Nixon Sportsman of the Year. Rightly recognised in the Clubman vote too, Gordon has tremendous commitment to this group and brings some fine qualities to both venues. He is almost always cheerful, cracking jokes and vocal in encouraging others. A regular Captain of the competitive teams he plays in he is valiant for the cause, and will play beyond pain ! A popular man with many friends within the group he is certain to be a popular choice for this award.

Nixon in action

Well done Gordon !


As for my own showing it’s a delight to be recognised with a trophy which I shall treasure and I thank all who voted for me. The ‘Oscar’ was a complete surprise and if I’d known I’d have prepared a moist eyed luvvy style acceptance speech complete with gushing tears and recognition for everyone from Primary School teachers, to my Parents….. 


…whilst managing to mention mentioning the starving in Africa and the homeless of Hollinwood. So well done on keeping it quiet guys 🙂 (Ed.)

WE ARE ALL WINNERS!to be playing a game that’s an approximation to football at our stage in life is a triumph for all of us – never forget that…

..Major thanks to Ian Wilson..

Ian Wilson

…for sponsoring the trophies which bear your name and your families name. Much appreciated.



pre-Christmas get-together….see you there we hope. FIFTY-THREE WILL be there ! but who will be awarded the ‘Over 65’s Player of the Year 2017 – the  ‘Under 65’s Player of the Year 2017.’ 

‘Sportsman of the Year’ and ‘Clubman  of the year’



with only six of our signed on Striders absent on 31/10/17 (Halloween) and all present were made aware of the voting slips we must assume that when Colin, Stewart and two or three other absentees are handed their ballot forms too, that EVERYONE who wishes to take part has had an opportunity to cast their votes.

We will close the voting process on Tuesday 21st.November.

David Wilson aka ‘Pogba’ is handling this process for the Committee. It’s a bit of fun but has a serious side in that some of those in our group deserve recognition.  This is your chance to spread some of that recognition around…..

Please take a moment or two to read this before you vote in November…a hard copy was attached to your voting paper.
Take a look at the ballot papers you’ve been given. You have a maximum of four votes. Your name is on there too. Therefore we are ALL nominees. You can even vote for yourself if you like. BUT, If you don’t feel qualified to vote in any particular category please leave it blank. DO NOT put your name on the sheets as voting is anonymous. This posting is merely intended as a guide.
For instance if you never play with the Over 65’s and don’t know who would qualify as their Player of the Year’ just IGNORE the category. Same goes for Under 65’s if the boot is on the other foot, as it were. Many of us will ‘linger’ from time to time and have a fair idea which players impress us the most. Of course this game not just about skill, or power. For instance, who NEVER gets pulled for running? Who is always keen to pass the ball quickly ? Goes out of their way to AVOID contact. Who tends to go for goal when passing the ball could be a better option? Who turns up in all weathers? For our purposes as an inclusive group, all of these factors are as important as who can stick the ball in the back of the net the most often.
Regarding the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ this man may well never get close to being elected ‘Player of the Year’ He will be concerned for the welfare of others and be an engaging character on the pitch and in the brew room. Passionate about walking football, he will stick to the rules of the game most of the time, and not challenge Refereeing decisions. He may well offer vocal encouragement on the pitch but will never be quick to criticise others. He may even volunteer to Referee sometimes. Maybe he is almost always on hand to help clear up and pack the gear away. He might offer additional services, like the warm up to help the group. Printing our literature, or doing laundry – even offering to cut sandwiches when we have friendly games. There are a few candidates for this award so please give it careful thought.
‘Clubman of the Year’ Will probably hold one of the comittee posts. He will go the extra mile for the group. Organising things and generally seeing that we progress in the medium and long term. Efforts on game days and behind the scenes in various areas of development and innovation which you may feel deserve recognition from time to time. Again please think carefully before you choose from the list.

And finally, last years winners are eligible once again.