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LEGS ELEVEN – pot-A-pen Tuesday…..the greatest hits

Tenth March 2020…pot-a-pen day and the rain arrived  on queue ! [sic/.]

Almost fifty photographs ! <shoot>

Grey, onimous skies overhead as 28 players in total showed up for two games on the King Street pitch. Yours truly played an enjoyable first half for the ‘baggy greens’  who led one nil at the break thanks to Joe Bemrose penalty. I’m not sure what happened next to be honest as I was otherwise engaged.
The days main event was “Pot-A-Pen” for Sport Relief. Thirty four kicks attempted – some by proxy for absentees and the injured – and eleven conversions. Well done all and thanks to those who bought into this  sense of fun fund  raising .   Money for a good cause for people less fortunate than ourselves.  We will know exactly how much cash was raised after Thursday’s session. We’re already on £45.00 ( includes £11 from the group funds)  although the custom made locker style money box they sent us has not yet been checked.
Following the penalty kicks – most of which were captured on one of three cameras as the rain started coming down heavier – an Under’s game in which Denis Cudahy , having Refereed our first hours ‘Overs’  bagged  a brace  of fine goals on his Denton debut. Cheers to Garry Pearce for Refereeing this one (and incidentally  good to see him getting a game  as a player second half ‘Overs’ when he replaced me in  a green bib. )
There were a couple of penalty kicks ‘for real’ and I have film or still of the action which I’ll get around to posting later.  A fine burst sequence detailing a Nixon save.
If anyone wants  to add  anything with use the feedback box below or email I’ll get it processed later as I am quite busy at the moment.
Special thanks to our Referees, four of whom received WFA certification from Garry Pearce today (photo’s to follow) Great to see David Fielding on the touchline following surgery recently and I was delighted to score his ‘penalty by proxy’ even if my own struck the post.
Grateful thanks to Denis Cudahy for Refereeing the Overs and for donating a new pair of Goalkeepr’s gloves to the group. Much appreciated.  Denis took  a registration form home and will be a welcome addition to Denton Walking Football Group, with the whistle or playing with the Unders.
I met Steve Birtwistle 67, from Denton  on the touch line – who is interested in playing.  I have directed him towards Thursday’s for now and although he played five-a-side until he was fifty plus  I explained this is a different game.  I hope he comes back.
Also thanks to Tony Cravagan for handling  last weeks money for two sessions.
Steve Rourke wants a DWFG jacket but I’m only ordering these two at a time now.  So if you want one please see me…they are roughly £32.00 each now and we’ require the money up front please. They are smart,  very well liked by the  players and offer some warmth as well as being shower proof.
David Partington said his apologies for dashing off but has an electrical emergency  at home – hope you got it sorted David.  Cheers all – Ed.

Photo’s and video links over the next 36 hours. Other reports will follow this one.



Following on from an entertaining penalty session at King street in aid of Sports Relief, an 8 v 8m, greens v blues game followed. The rain had stopped and unlike  recently, the game wasn’t hampered by inclement weather.

Green’s lined up with Kieran in goal and reliable defenders Foster and Sullivan . In midfield there was Wingrove, Brereton and Cudahy. Livesey as usual was lively in a  box to box role, supplementing the attack and then dropping back to help out the defence, when required. Up front was goalscorer extraordinaire Mike Caldwell famed for his toe-bungers.

A decent looking team certainly on paper. For the blues, it was Nixon in goal with Gaskin and Cooper at the back. Graham, Harrison and Bemrose were in midfield with Theobald playing an advanced role behind striker Yardley.

It was soon evident the more balanced team were Greens, and not just on paper. Plenty of good passing movements with the ball being spread across the pitch, forcing good saves from keeper Nixon who was having a fine game.

Wingrove , Brereton and surprise package Cudahy very prominent.

Blues were struggling to get into the game despite the hard work of the midfield and any attacking threat came from Theo.

Referee Pearce was working overtime with warnings not to run. With both teams on two runs apiece, it was greens who fell foul of the three runs and a penalty was awarded to the blues. Up stepped Theo, fresh from his recent disallowed penalty for a micro step. A big test but he passed with flying colours and a fierce shot nestled in Kieran’s net.

1-0 to the blues against the run of play. Minutes later Theobald  burst through from the left and let fly with a rocket that hit the greens bar.Greens weren’t out of it for long though as a cracking shot from Cudahy finally beat Nixon

Half time:  Greens 1 Blues 1

The second half started in the same pattern as the first, greens dominant and peppering Nixon’s goal with shots from all angles. Nixon, however was having a great game and was saving everything.

Blues were still toiling , giving Keiron only the odd save to make.

As the greens pushed forward more and more it was that man Cudahy who scored again with a low shot to Nixon’s left .  Soon afterwards a Sullivan piledriver was deflected by Nixon again onto the bar and over. Running was not quite as prevalent as in the first half but as blues chalked up their third run, up stepped Caldwell to take it. Nixon again saved to his left.Amazingly, blues were still in it at 2-1. That was until Caldwell was put through one on one with the keeper and finished with aplomb .

No way back for the blues as referee Pearce blew for full time and a thoroughly deserved win for greens

Final score

Greens 3 (Cudahy 2, Caldwell)

Blues 1      (Theo)

The discussion in the blues dressing room afterwards was about how greens got away with playing a ‘ringer’

Expecting Cudahy to referee or play in goal, he played in midfield and put in a man of the match display !


It was Tuesday the third of March, and Keith Yardley recalls…’THE UNDERS !’

…At King Street, where conditions were cold and wet (as usual) initially, 7 yellows took on 7 plains.

Playing on the big pitch, which allowed more space than usual, an entertaining game ensued as the rain subsided.

Yellows began in with a 3-3 formation which quickly moved to either 0-6 or 6-0 when required.
Plains seemed unable to deal with this in the first half as yellows enjoyed the more fluid start, with the midfield of Muir and Wingrove, supplemented by Livesey and Burrows
enjoying some good passing movements.
Wing backs Brodie and Sullivan joining at every opportunity.

Plains toiled up front with Caldwell and Yardley having little joy against the yellows robust defence. And when they got a sight on goal , guest keeper Barry Smith proved more than capable.
With plains playing ‘down the hill’ , many passes were over-hit and ran away off the rain affected surface.

As the yellows pushed forward, the ball seemed glued to Wingrove’s foot, as his mazy dribbles carried his team into the plains half.  The inevitable happened eventually as the ball ended up in a shooting position for Livesey.
A swing of his left foot sent the ball goalwards and then a wicked deflection took the ball past the plains keeper for 1-0 to the yellows.

This seemed particularly cruel on plains defender Cooper who had been keeping yellows at bay almost single handed.

Half time Yellows 1 Plains 0

Plains pushed  forward more from the off in the second half and were more threatening with shots both on-target and off. Those on-target were comfortably dealt with by keeper Smith.
Bemrose in particular was raining shots on the yellows goal, often prompted by Aidy Jones, without much luck.

Against they run of play , another decent yellows move ended with the adventurous Darren Sullivan hitting a blockbuster past plains keeper Gaskin.
2-0 to the yellows.

Plains continued to press and the pressure eventually told and as Yardley squared, rather fortunately I’m afraid, to Heath who was powering forward and let fly with a shot  which nestled in the back of Smiths net.
Yellows 2 Plains 1

Referee Gary Pearce warned the teams they were both on 2 runs and when the yellows were penalised for a third it looked like an equaliser was on the cards.
Up stepped Yardley to face Smith.
Using the ‘flamingo’ technique, he looked to put the ball in the corner but sliced it a good foot wide of the post.
A poor penalty indeed.

As the whistle blew for full time, the plains were left to rue a missed penalty, as yellows earned a deserved win.

Yellows 2 (Livesey, Sullivan)
Plains.    1 (Heath)

Thanks to Gary Pearce for his usual efficient refereeing performance and to Barry Smith for stepping in after playing in the overs game, to enable equals sides at 7 v 7



STOP PRESS:Keith Yardley’s recollections from last Tuesday’s…

25th February…On a cold Tuesday at King street, 11 brave men and a referee braved the weather which varied from one five minute spell to the next. Rain or hail with the occasional short spell of sun challenged the guys but they all played in the normal spirit which makes our walking football such a pleasure.
So it was 6 yellows that began against 5 plains.
It was fairly end to end, punctuated with a few runs but very little contact.  My recollection of the goals scored and their order may be a bit off.
So if anyone wants to correct me, please let me know on the Facebook post that Alan will use to broadcast this going onto the website.
The normally prolific yellows Mike Caldwell was in the thick of the action in his usual position next to the plains keeper Mike Keiron. Unfortunately Mike had a couple of first half goals disallowed for running by referee Richards.
Plains on the other hand whilst breaching the yellows defence with Phil and Theo prominent, shots were either high or wide and little was troubling yellows keeper Andy or defenders Gaskin and Cooper.
At the other end plains Dave Wenham was fighting a lone rearguard battle with Bemrose and ex-referee Pearce (gamekeeper turned poacher) who were using the space well to feed Caldwell.
However, it was plains who took the lead as Phil’s deflected shot flew past Andy in the yellows goal.
A fine goal from Pearce equalised for yellows and another before half time from Andy (or was it Caldwell ?) made it 2-1 to yellows.
Hadge Cooper switched sides to give plains the 6 to 5 man advantage in the second half.
This allowed the plains to push forward more but still the shots were high or wide or both.
Plains were at last rewarded with an equaliser via Hadge Cooper,  2-2 !
The industrious Cooper then doubled his goal tally when he cut in from the right and with a flick of his Kinkladze like left foot, curled the goal of the game past keeper Gaskin off the post and into the net.
They think it’s all over I’m sure I heard someone say, but Bemrose wasn’t listening and produced a trademark hammer from his trusty left foot to draw the game at 3-3.
At least that’s how I remember it, but feel free to correct me if you know different.
Our thanks to a fine refereeing performance from Alan Richards and he was probably colder than the rest of us.

A final thank you to our brave keeper Mike Keiron who as usual threw himself all over his area to keep the yellows at bay, and incurred a couple of injuries in the process.
One such save resulted in a blow to the face which broke his glasses and gave him a nasty shiner to his eye.
He’s a tough guy but as I write this, I can report he still turned out on Wednesday for Vintage Celtic in the FPL.
What a trooper !
Final score
Yellows 3 (Pearce, Andy or Mike Caldwell, Bemrose)
Plains    3 (Phil, Cooper 2 )

Editor’s note: It’s always difficult to remember events on the pitch especially a couple of days later.  Keith’s comments vary a little to what I recall but it doesn’t really matter in the slightest.  I do remember the biting wind and feeling frozen to the marrow though, perfectly encapsulated within Keith’s descriptive report.

February 25th. 2020…

A cheerless morning as we gathered before ten o’ clock today.  The sky was slate grey and the rain was coming down quite heavily.

Still undeterred sixteen players showed up for ‘Overs Hour’ and a game of 8v8 Refereed in the first half by David Partington, who was being assessed by Garry Pearce for the W.F.A.
Not sure how the scoring went but I seem to think it ended up two nil to the Kazakh Blues.  Brian Stafford was on target with a penalty, I seem to recall but the other scorer’s name escapes me. Fill me in below please .

Later on a six v. five became a 5 v.5 when Mike Kieran was injured. First his foot struck the base of a post leaving him limping , then later  a shot bounced back off a post and hit him in the face , breaking his glasses which left a nasty mark below his right eye.  First aid from Mike Caldwell reduced the likely swelling.

The game was a good one enjoyed by most. Goals from the lively Andy Muir (2) and energetic Garry Pearce put Yellows ahead but the non-bibs kept pace with them thanks to Phil Livesey after a very good Keith Yardley assist and two fine efforts from Hadge Cooper but Joe Bemrose settled matters for Yellows two minutes from the end. Camera malfunction has now been sorted.  Mike Kieran will be in our  thoughts – hope you’re okay and can make the F.P.L. with Celtic tomorrow.

(I’ll be absent next week – sessions will be taken by one or all  of your committee men Messrs: Nixon, Cravagan, Partington or Wilson.  I’ll be back for pot-a-pen hopefully on the 10th. March. Ed) Our Chairman Gordon is feeling  ‘under the weather’ at the moment and we all wish him well.~ see you soon.

Grateful thanks to David Wilson for his donation to group funds this morning.

Steve Amison has been in touch to help set the record straight….

The first goal resulted from the keeper parrying a powerful shot by Dave Partington straight to Brian Stafford who slotted it home. The second one was a penalty for 3 yellow misdemeanours. A “tactical switch of keepers failed to defy Steve Rourke who confidently stroked it in for 2-0 to the blues.

Brian Stafford also emailed to say it was Steve Rourke’s penalty kick after he himself had opened the account for the Kazakh Blues.  Thanks to  both. – Ed.


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February 18th. 2020 …

ROARING INTO THE FORTIES…unchartered territory in terms of numbers but we coped !

The weather God’s stayed onside today as half the country counts the cost of storm Dennis we got away with it,  and not for the first time.  Yes, it stayed dry and the lack of precipitation swelled the numbers in  attendance  to  a new record of FORTY cross two hours. A stripped down sessions  due to logistics problems for the transport man (garage access blocked)

blocked !

but we had all we really needed.
Alan Richards refereed on pitch one for the Overs 6 v. 6 whilst his counterpart Tony Cravagan took  a game at the Church End which was 7 v. 7 there should be more on that later.
The three touch format saw the entire first half pass without a single case of contact.  True a few players lost count and went to four or five touches  but this was mostly a good, safe game with some fine walking football on view especially from the Blues.  They took the lead through Keith Oldham but a third Blue run gave Orange a chance to hit back. Joe Bemrose took the spot kick but it was  very well saved by Mike Kieran who was in imperious form all morning.

Keith Oldham opened Blue’s account

In the second half David Moore doubled the Blues lead with  a well taken goal following a sweet move. John Williams put the game beyond Orange’s  reach with a third near the end.
Three – nil, and so the zest of Orange’s driven on by Smith R, and Joe Bemrose was pipped by the  better team, but to their undoubted credit they only served up one run between them the entire game. Well done.

Blue movers won it – Keeper Kieran was having a wee !

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Tony Cravagan Referee reports from pitch two….

7 Yellows v 7 Blues – 3 touch format.

Goalies from Glossop between the sticks with Wingrove for the Yellows and Lake for the Blues.
On an overcrowded pitch it was hard to find spaces but Wilson on the left was the first threat for the Blue’s with a near miss.
The Yellow’s worked hard but the Blues defence held firm with Gibbons and Quinn holding their line. Partington , ever busy in midfield , began to make inroads stretching the Yellow’s and taking advantage of this Barry Smith  opened the scoring for the games first goal.
A more confident Blues kept Wingrove busy but he was unable to keep a cracking long range drive from Gibbons giving the Blues a two goal lead at half time.

Barry Smith – bagged a brace today !

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The yellows started the second half with more purpose with good inter passing emanating from Nixon through to Rourke, Roddy and Johnson.
Not deterred the Blues found Wilson free only to have his goal disallowed as the ball was deemed to be in the D when struck. More attacks from the Blues resulted in Dean joining in the Yellows defence which was eventually breeched with a second goal from Barry Smith   to finish the match.

Final score – Yellows 0 , Blues 3 (Smith 2, Gibbons)
Recorded – Runs 1, Contacts 6


As eleven o’clock went by the lack of the clock and a bench or two saw people milling around waiting for ‘Unders hour’ to get underway.  We had no Garry Pearce this morning – otherwise engaged at the Heywood A.G.M.  Alan Richards took control of the 9 v. 9 (too many) three touch see KY’s comments below please.
Great numbers today and a few photographs will be linked later plus Tony’s report from pitch two.

send them victorious – if a little blurred

Keith Yardley reports on the Under’s game:  Kazakh Blues 0 – Yellows 2 (Dixon 2)

Keith Yardley

On a blustery Tuesday morning at King Street, it was 9 yellows v 9 light blues.
The weather wasn’t perfect but was certainly an upgrade on last weeks driving hailstones and slippery conditions.
With the numbers available there was no option but to play 3 touch on a crowded pitch.
The first half was a messy affair with neither team really settling, most of the football being played in midfield and the two defences dealing with what was thrown at them.
However, whilst the yellows keeper Gordon Nixon was virtually untroubled, blues Mike Kieran as usual, made a couple of decent saves.
Halt time came and it was goalless.
As with the first half, players came up against a similar lack of space in the second.  However, yellow’s seemed to have the more expansive game in midfield with Jones  and  Brereton along with anchor man Phil Livesey  , spreading the ball impressively.  Blues in contrast were a little more direct through Dave Lees and  Steve Wingrove, along with Theobald but were hitting a yellow’s defensive brick wall with Lake particularly outstanding in front of Nixon.
Blues ‘keeper Kieran remained the busier between the sticks with some fine saves, ably supported by Steve Foster, Graham Oakley  and  Hadge Cooper at the back.
With goals hard to come by, yellows were awarded a penalty for three Blue runs. Was this to be the breakthrough ?
Unfortunately not, as Arian Jones’s low shot dribbled agonisingly past Kieran’s left hand post.
Joe Bemrose substituted in the second half for yellow’s striker Caldwell, who had to leave?
The game seemed to have a 0-0 written all over it until yellows Dixon made the breakthrough with a neat finish.
Blues stepped up a gear but still struggled to get a clear strike on goal, but were then also awarded a penalty for three runs.
Up stepped Heath, looking to score his first goal in while.
Confidently shooting towards the corner of the goal, it looked like an equaliser until keeper Nixon dived low to his right to make a wonder save, tipping it round the post.
Shortly afterwards, Theobald finished a nice run by firing past Nixon in the yellows goal. Even with no VAR available, referee Richards rightly disallowed the effort for a run.
As the game seemed to be edging for a 1-0 win  to the yellows, Pete Dixon showed his class with another fine finish past Kieran to cement a deserved win for his team.

Final score
Yellows 2 (Dixon 2)
Blues 0

Many thanks to Alan Richards for a fine refereeing performance. (too kind Keith but thank you-Ed)



February 11th…Hailstones can’t stop us, nor wind deflect us from our course….

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The elements threw quite a lot at us this morning but Strider’s still saw a healthy turnout of twenty eight players plus Alan Graham, Keith Burrows and Alan Graham on Refereeing and assessment duties.
Yours truly took part in an enjoyable sweeper / keeper game at the Crown Point End. Some good movement and hardly any running as Alan Graham supervised Blue v. Orange. Bill Lancashire and Tony Cravagan make for canny, skilful  defenders and both  know all about this game and making chances for a precision finish so  hard to create.

Partington in the hood

Nil-nil at half time when David Partington teamed up with Bemrose and Richards for Orange. Playing with their  heads up and an awareness of each others positioning  Orange began to assert  themselves. Partington opened the scoring well after  a Richards assist. He repaid the compliment twice allowing the Denton man to notch up a brace finding a way past Roy Smith who was the guardian at the back for Blues.  His team kept plugging away and pulled a goal back through  more advanced  Lancashire (?) with Jim Stewart always eager to receive on the right and Steve Amison a persistent danger Orange’s Cravagan  weathered the storm though and Bemrose sealed the result with  a fourth goal near the end. Some  good , fluent play on display from both teams here today.

Blues 1 (Lancashire(?) Orange 4 (Partington, Richards 2, Bemrose)
I’ll let others take up the story from different pitches.

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After the first games we had a meeting of players, very well attended and repeated at 12-15pm. for the ‘Unders’. Brief details of what was said on the ‘Sec’s Report’ page later today (oooer missus)   We have some photo’s too, and a little video which be linked from here sometime this evening all being well.

A really quite foul day today,  well done to everyone who showed up to test their mettle.
Thanks to Keith Burrows, David Partington and our regular Referee’s.  Let’s hope for some better conditions next week.

Keith Yardley’s very honest assessment of the Under’s  game follows…

Sleet sixteen  braved the elements !  (pardon the pun Keith – Ed )
8 reds v 8 blues, in the second hour at King Street this morning.
Driving wind and painful hailstones caused a few slips , over-hit passes and mis-controls but couldn’t dampen the effort on show from both teams.
Despite plenty of good passing moves all over the pitch  from the reds, blues back three of Foster, Sullivan and Gaskin were holding firm. Keeper Partington was looking decidedly cold with little to do.
Blues were being pushed forward at every opportunity by Theobald and Brereton but long range efforts were off target or ably defended by Cooper, Heath and Alan Graham.
Alan was having a fine game with some searching passes out of defence.
Blues Caldwell was toiling up front, often alone as strike partner Yardley was largely a peripheral figure.
As the game approached half time, there was  a breakthrough and it came for the reds.
Alan Brodie who was continuing his recent good form, crashed a fierce shot against the woodwork. As it bounced out onto the edge of the area, Chris Turner was first to react and hit a well controlled shot past a freezing Party in the blues goal.

Chris Turner

Half time Reds 1 Blues 0

Goalkeeping changes at the start of the second half saw Gaskin replace Partington for the blues and Hadge Cooper for Phil Livesey for the reds.

Phil Livesey

Garry Pearce, the first half referee switched roles with Alan Graham, donning an orange bib  shirt whilst Alan turned to refereeing.
Reds attacking intent was more obvious now, with Garry prominent down the right, linking well with Burrows, Bemrose and Phil  Livesey in a fluid midfield.
Blues continued to push forward without end product, in a continuation of the first half.
As the game hung in the balance at 1-0, blues gave away a penalty for a third run.
The offender, whose name I won’t mention for fear of embarrassment, had a game to forget and had more slips than a celebrity on Dancing on Ice.
To make things worse, he’d been advised to slow down by the experienced Foster just prior to this.
Cool as anything with perfect technique, Keith Burrows slotted home the penalty for a 2 nil lead.
Blues continued to huff and puff in front of goal with the  hard working Caldwell without luck all game.
Blues were finally rewarded when Theobald moved through midfield to score a cracking goal.
It was too little too late and reds comfortably saw out last few minutes out for a well deserved win.
Final score
Reds 2 (Turner, Burrows)
Blues 1 (Theobald)

Thanks for that Keith…have a team photo:



February 4th…

Garry Pearce shares his thoughts…

Personally a mixed bag for me this morning. Carried out Pete Quinn’s second refereeing assessment for the first half and then stepped in to officiate  the second half as the teams changed over.

An entertaining 22 or so minutes it proved with four goals from the Reds proving a comprehensive clean sheet victory. Unfortunately I misplaced my score sheet for this game, so cannot say at all who scored, save that Alan Brodie got the first and most contentious. From a blocked tackle the ball struck Alan and just skimmed the top of his head before dropping to him to poke it home past goalie Terry. Although the ball was over Alan’s head, it most definitely wasn’t over ‘head height’, which is defined as 6’6″. Goal stood! Blues huffed and puffed a lot and eventually did get a penalty for three runs by Reds. Joe struck it well enough but Mike K got his body down quickly for a good save.

Second hour was an eight v seven, then a seven v eight with Hadge changing sides at half time. Plenty of speed in this game and towards half time Reds were awarded a penalty, for three Blue runs, capably dispatched past Mike K by Theo (see video). This was an very even game, and blues tried ever so hard in the second half but were not able to get the equaliser. With just over a minute to go, Reds broke away and with Blues struggling to get back, Theo produced a neat pass to put in Mike Caldwell who slotted his effort into the bottom corner. A good even match with plenty of quality walking  football.

Final score: Blues 0 v 2 Reds. (Theobald pen. Caldwell)

Alan Richards lends his perspective across the piece:
18 players early doors and we continued to see Referee’s assessed by Garry Pearce.

I played in  a sweeper / keeper game that was enjoyable and close. Drizzle and greyness didn’t dampen the mood in a good , enjoyable game. It ended in a 2 – 2 draw thanks to Gordon Nixon who kept the Blue  rearguard solid for most of the  match.  Rob Lake did the same for the Reds. Not much running in this one and thanks to Lawrie O’Toole for Refereeing – good job.  The ever improving David Moore placed a penalty just wide. Nixon released near the end to explore up field laid on the equaliser for Bemrose. Brain fog has set in and other goalscorers are stuck in the mist but Alan Brodie and Steve Amison are deciphered from Lawrie’s notes and an o.g. (it sez ‘ere) from Ivan Taylor.

Mr and Mrs Bemrose

The second sweeper/keeper game was Refereed by myself. Some Jim Stewart slid into the opposition ‘D’ trying to score and conceded a penalty. Tucked away by Dave Partington who later put a second spot kick wide after three yellow runs. Partington had an eventful morning and  appeared to steer the ball with his upper arm to shouts of ‘Handball Ref!’ That’s what it looked like and up stepped Bill Lancashire to put his penalty into the net. The game – which was well contested by all finished one – one. The second draw of the day.
A photography free session  for the Overs.
Events on the other pitch escaped me, obviously.
From 11.15am  with some welcome  sunshine now prevalent, eleven  Under’s and lingerers saw a two nil win for the Red goals from Theobald (pen) and Caldwell.
I have a little video footage  and will link it later. from the website.



JANUARY 27th.  –

Janus the God of Doors the God of transition…from whom January takes its name…we sometimes learn from the past but can still carry mistakes forward in to the future – at least we remembered to mark the pitch dividing line today 🙂

Terry Hayden – signed on

Glancing out of a kitchen  window just before I hitched up the trailer I saw snow falling. Minutes later though it had turned to rain.  But add winter chill to the mix, and a’Fair Play League’ round the following day and it looked like numbers could be affected, and so it proved.
However we still had eighteen for the first hour or so Over 67’s a tribute to  the  indomitable spirit that beats in the hearts of most of us.
I played in  a sweeper/keeper game  along with seven others on pitch one to begin with.  Refereed by David Fielding. His namesake Colin on my team in the defensive role, plus Jim Stewart and Steve Amison.  We knocked it around well but the presence of Lancashire almost rooted to the edge of his ‘D’  meant chances were few. Tony Cravagan, David’s Moore and Gibbons combined well – both on the mark I think – and they won the game two goals to one. Amison replied for our team. Moore had a chance to score from  a penalty – defender encroachment before the ball but steered his kick wide.
All change after the break and we went on the other pitch for a conventional game.  This was a tight match. I gave way to John Gaskin half way through to greet the Under’s as they arrived. (o.k. collect their cash !).  I think the Orange took this one by the odd goal in the end. Bill Lancashire on target unless I’m mistaken. Playing for the first time with Hayden in goal it’s plain to see he is an accomplished custodian.

Brodie Quinn O’Toole Wenham Bemrose Partington Cooper Fielding C Nixon Harrison Photo: Alan Richards
Cravagan Wilson Hayden Kieran and Stewart (kneeling) Amison Gibbons Lancashire Moore Gaskin Fieding D Photo: Alan Richards

With a committee meeting* to attend several of us disappeared for a while leaving  Hadge Cooper and Garry Pearce to get things moving on pitch two where nine Under’s were boosted by  a handful of lingerers.
Timing it well the meeting coincided with the end of the first half and it was three-two to the Orange.  Garry had to get away so I assumed the Referee’s part. A lively second half it proved to be.  Paul Theobald in fine  form – good to see him back after eye surgery. Best wishes to Laurie O’Toole who limped off with  a recurring  knee injury.

Alan Graham and Garry Pearce

He scored  to put Orange further ahead. With three Orange runs notched up Mike Caldwell capitalised from the spot despite a valiant dive from Kieran who got a hand to the ball.  ‘Theo’ added a couple more for Orange and I think it was 6 – 4 in the end according to my scribbled notes.

In other news goalkeeper Terry Hayden ‘signed-on’ today.  Thanks to all who Refereed  ( David’s Fielding and Wilson, and Colin Fielding) and who were assessed by the W.F.A. representative.  Also to David Wilson for the F.P.L. print work.

Garry Pearce ‘ assessed more Referee’s ( hence the clipboard) and the essential detail   from the committee meeting will appear on ‘ The Sec’s report’ page later.

Unders plus lingerers Jones Caldwell Brodie Yardley Cooper Sullivan Fielding D Gaskin kneeling: Theobald Kieran Livesey- photo: Alan Richards



DAVID WILSON’S recollections from last Tuesday’s game – OVERS pitch One….

Sorry it is late Tuesday the 22/1/2020
6 v 6 Blues v Yellows todays game, first half was refed by John Gaskin second half was refed by David Fielding both were being assessed by Garry Pearce due to doing the referees course, the game was good from both sides some great passing end to end both sides would not give up at all. Blues Tony Cravagan received the ball from David Fielding he found David Partington he then passed the ball to Joe Bemrose he turned and shoot first blood to the Blues 1-nil the Yellows pushing forward Dave Gibbons had one or two shoots he got very close and Alan Brodie also had some great shoots at goal they were very unlucky  then once again the ball come from David Fielding to Brian Stafford he put a great ball through to David Wilson he scored number two for the Blues 2-nil the Blues had most of the ball in first half thanks to David Partington controlling the midfield for the Blues but the Yellows would not give up some great passing the ball was retrieved  by Tony Cravagan found that man David Partington yet again he passed to Brian Stafford he turned and scored making it 3-nil to Blues haft time  second half David Fielding refed the game the Yellows pushed forward they got an opening and Alan Brodie scored a great goal for the Yellows 3-1 to Blues still some great football from both sides Blues got the ball from a rebound off David Gibbons and up pots full back Tony Cravagan to score a brilliant goal we did not see that coming at all 4-1 to the Blues full time great game I don’t know if there was any runs or contacts both referees have got to be proud of themselves I bet they said what a great game of walking football.


January 21st. THE DAY OF THE KEEPERS….as Alan Richards writes…

Another magnificent morning at King Street with thirty six players in total walking through the gate to the hallowed turf that isn’t.
The synthetic surface offers so many advantages – a completely level playing field like the one  that we team selectors do our utmost to provide when choosing who plays with whom. We usually do okay…with close games and tight score lines.

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On pitch one today Garry Pearce was assessing match officials in the making John Gaskin and David Fielding, who each Ref’d a chunk of a Kazak Blues v. Striders Orange and we may have more on that later from David Wilson or even someone else.

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Yours truly took charge of the game on Pitch 2. Oranges versus Whites. A slightly odd game if I may use that word.  With Orange playing some fine walking football and occasional flashes of fancy footwork from White’s – Steve Rourke in particular the final score should have been much closer.
Amison – looking  at least six inches taller in his magnificent new, initialled Strider’s jacket, opened the scoring  for Orange as early as the second minute. Rourke equalised soon after that but John Williams restored the Orange lead with a  well taken goal. Then  a bizarre sequence of penalty kicks. Three in three minutes ! Two for ingress into their own ‘D’ first Jim Stewart then Ivan Taylor.
Mike ‘the Kat’ Kieran saved both efforts from Colin Fielding low down with razor sharp reflex dives.
Then a third run from Taylor again saw Kieran saving well , this time Amison had tried his luck but there was to be no beating ‘the Kat’ this morning – not  from the spot anyway.
Despite some prowess going forward from White’s without their ‘keeper it could have been all over after twenty minutes.

Amison, Hayden,Williams,Fielding,Quinn

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Half time and the score was four one to Orange with Colin Fielding, commanding  all morning despite his spot kick woes. Ably assisted by Amison – an exemplary  player of the walking  game – and a switched on  John Williams who had a fine game.  For White’s it was  Rourke’s drifts forward that  looked the most  promising but yielded little, albeit the Referee thought the score flattered the Orange a little.
Running abated a bit in the second half  as Amison stretched the lead and claimed a fine hat trick. Orange defence was firm, marshalled by an enthusiastic  Peter Quinn. White’s pressed and David Wenham had several shots on  target but alas with little power (I know all about the lack of that  myself, may I suggest you try a toe-bung next time).  Hayden gathered cleanly  time after time.    Although the pace had dropped Orange still notched up  a third run. Steve Rourke claimed the kick but Terry Hayden – reliable all day and getting down quickly for a tall man denied him, a micro step would have denied White’s a goal anyway. Hayden is a valuable addition to our group and it’s to be hoped he signs on officially soon.  Good, specialist ‘keepers are very hard to find and   I think we have found another one.
Garry Pearce Refereed the closing minute or three as I was needed elsewhere.  It finished five-one to Orange but both teams deserved much credit for  the way they played.

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In the Unders hours  another nine v. nine (too many). We need to review what we do at this point because numbers for the second hour are impressively high. Even Goalkeepers cannot be guaranteed a second hour the way we are going.

Garry Pearce

I Refereed the first half – under the watchful eye of W.F.A. ‘Assessor’ Garry Pearce.

I think it went quite well but it was noticeably harder and more demanding  – partly because of the bigger pitch – but also because of the increased mobility of some of the younger players.
We may have more on that match later. Garry took control of the second half and the game finished nil -nil.

Good to see Keith Burrows back amongst us on the bench after  a recent bout of illness.
We have some photos of the day and few of the better ones will appear on Flickr later.

For now here’s a couple from Under’s hour:

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…and Trevor Brereton reports on the game…

Denton 21st January

Reds 0 Blues 0.
The second hour was a 9 v 9, with plenty of incident, but no goals. An early penalty for Reds taken by  Adrian Jones and  well saved by  keeper Hayden.  Blues were edging the midfield battle, mainly thanks to the ever influential David Lees.  Reds  ‘keeper Mike Kieran was in tremendous form, keeping out efforts from Caldwell and Brereton. When Blues  were awarded a penalty midway through the first half, Kieran pulled off a great save to deny Caldwell.  Kieran again came to Reds rescue to keep out a goal bound effort from Keith Yardley. 

Blues were better in possession than  the Reds , but Martyn Heath and John Gaskin to name but two, defended resolutely.  Kieran kept out a scorcher from Lees, as the Blues applied more pressure. In what could have been a dramatic twist to the game, Reds were awarded a second pen . Though the pen was scored, the kicker was adjudged to have taken a micro step. In the final minutes Blues threw the kitchen sink at  Reds but couldn’t find a way past Man of the Match  Mike Kieran. Thanks to referees Alan Richards (first half), and Garry Pearce ( second half).
Yellows – 0
Maroons -0




January 14th. 2020…

Three dozen up !

It was a typical January day with rain in the air and a significant wind circulating around the pitch at King Street,  but still the first hour plus saw 22 ‘Overs’ arrive which tripped the groups two game mechanism and that’s the way we went.
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A 6 v. 6 with two regular goalkeepers  at the Church End Refereed by Alan Richards who was being assessed by Walking Football Association’s Referee Mentor Garry Pearce.
Custodians Hayden and Kieran were both kept busy.
A lively first half for the Referee too with plenty to do.
Three Orange runs gifted a penalty to Partington and the seasoned campaigner in his yellow bib made no mistake. A toe poke into the top corner left Mike Kieran with no chance.
Too much contact was apparent  in this game, with over enthusiasm getting the better of certain players. Exuberance rather than malice of course but we must remember what this walking football game is all about.
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Peter Jarvis equalised for the Orange early in the second half with a fine strike following a fluent move. Effervescent and energetic Roy Smith hit a post for Yellow’s.
A trio of Yellow  runs saw Jarvis bag a second with a perfect ‘flamingo’ technique (hope all is well Mike Conroy should you be reading this, we are all aware you’ve been absent for a while now).
Hayden got down low –  impressively for a tall goalkeeper to save  a couple of times as Orange pressed forward.
Another flurry of runs this time from Orange gave a chance to level the game from the spot but this time Partington placed his shot wide and Kieran could breathe easy.
The game finished 2 – 1 to the Orange.
O’s Jarvis 2: 1 pen.  Y’s Partington pen.
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John Gaskin Refereed at the Crown Point End  and his second half performance was also assessed by Mr.Pearce.   Sketchy details of this match but I managed to glean word of  a  tremendous comeback from the Yellows.
Three nil down at the break I was told and Laurie O’Toole led the recovery charge scoring two goals.  If anyone can add more please email:
Under’s hour was also well attended with fourteen players raring to go. Keeper Kieran remained vigilant but Terry Hayden had headed for home by now meaning the  position was rotated. The game finished goalless. Thanks again to Garry for his officiating in this one.
Trevor Brereton sums the game up: The second hour was an 8 v 8 multi touch game, with the sides sharing the spoils . Oranges were the dominant force in the first, half bringing a Bradshawes-esque save with his foot from Dave Fielding. Shortly after O’s David Lees was through on goal, but again Fielding foiled the forward. When Maroons advanced Mike Caldwell was their danger man. Caldwell went close from the edge of the “D”, with M’s best chance of the first half. M’s changed keepers for the second half , Darren Sullivan taking the gloves. M’s came more into the game in an attacking sense.
M’s Adrian Jones always brings something different to the table, and he was key to his teams improved performance. O’s had a glorious chance to take the lead, but Lees was out of luck, as his low shot came off the outside of the post. Maroons Yardley and Caldwell went close, but there wasn’t to be a victor. Based on a much improved second half performance M’s had earned a draw. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce
Oranges – 0
Maroons – 0


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Plenty of goals early on the second pitch today. Scoring opened for Yellows with a sweet strike from Gordon, giving Rob no chance. Barry, Jim and Dave Wenham all added to The Yellows total before half time, with just a single reply from Pete Jarvis for Maroons. Steve Wingrove in the Yellows goal was doing his best Michael Flatley impression, with flying feet stopping almost every shot and there were plenty!
Second half was not quite as frantic but Ivan Taylor  was overjoyed to score his first ever goal for Maroons before a quick riposte from Steve Johnson completed the scoring for the morning

Final score: Maroons 5 v 2 Yellows.

MAROONS 1 (Smith R) YELLOWS 2 ( Brodie, Gibbons)
A very lively 7 v 7 (two too many) on the smaller pitch at the Crown Point End.
Yours truly Refereed and there was too much contact and too many players needlessly doing their utmost to get at the ball when someone else had it in their possession. A reminder is posted on the gate ‘NO CONTACT’.
Moving on, after a defender encroached the ‘D’ (just) Bill Lancashire put his spot kick wide but his maroon team took the lead soon afterwards  through Roy Smith ,  a challenging player to Referee due to his levels of fitness and enthusiasm. In fact his second run was the  Maroon teams third but once again the spot kick opportunity was spurned , this time Steve Amison in yellow.
Nevertheless Yellows levelled the score when Alan Brodie pounced.
The play was brisk and the pitch too congested, people were falling over and stray feet were stuck in where they weren’t needed.
David Gibbons won it for yellows,  barnstorming forwards at just legal pace he drove the ball home leaving John Gaskin  a late draft for ‘keeper (thanks John)  with no chance.
Two one to Yellows.

overs mega-mingle pic: Alan Richards

Unders game now, and Trevor fills us in…

Denton January 7th
The second hour was a 9 v 9 three touch encounter. It was a game of very few chances, but some neat passing moves from both teams. Yellows dominated possession from early on , which set the tone for much of the game. Yellows defence of Gaskin, Foster, and Lake, were dealing comfortably with what little maroons could muster up front. The only goalmouth action in the first half, was a top save from Mike Kieran, getting down well to his right, to turn away an Adrian Jones effort.
In the second half Y’s continued to move the ball well, as maroons came under pressure. When Y’s lost Andy Muir due to injury, maroons sacrificed the steadying influence of Gordon Nixon Very much against the walk of play maroons took a shock lead.

Keith Yardley – ‘shock’

Keith Yardleys opportunistic effort was rifled into the left hand corner of David Partingtons goal. Only a fine save from Partington to deny Brereton, prevented maroons doubling their lead. Y’s were undeterred by the narrow deficit and continued to press. Steve Wingrove and Terry Harrison were looking increasingly dangerous, as maroons defence of Sullivan, Heath, and Cooper defended with their lives. In the dying moments of the game Jones breached the maroons defence, only to have the ball nicked of his toe by a last ditch challenge from Brereton. Similarly to the last Tuesday session, the dominant side came unstuck to a clinical strike. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce
Maroons – 1 – Yardley
Yellows – 0

Maroon’s – today’s winners in the Under’s game

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First, here’s Trevor’s report on the Under’s hour…

The second hour was a 9 v 9 three touch affair, as the maroons took on the yellows. Maroons looked formidable early on, playing some excellent 3 touch, pinging the ball around like a pinball machine. The wizardry of David Lees and Adrian Jones was a potent weapon in maroons armoury. Yellows were nearly “delta” early blow when Tracey Vulcan Bomber, fired in from close range, unfortunately her shot was straight at Mike Keiron. Y’s struggled to create anything upfront, as Rob Lake justified his Player of the Year status, in a strong Maroons defence. Yellows had some thinking to do as the half time whistle blew. Maroons maintained the lions share of possession as the second half got underway. They controlled the midfield, with Lees and Blanchard, looking to find the nippy Yardley and the ever dangerous Caldwell.
Against the run of play yellows had a great chance, after seeing his first attempt saved by the foot of Lake, Fosters second bite of the cherry sailed over the bar. At the other end maroons were being kept at bay by birthday boy Colin Fielding, and a certain degree of bad luck. After earlier grazing the post, Keith Yardleys close range effort, came back off the foot of the post. From Keirons throw out , yellows made one last foray forward. There seemed little danger when Steve Wingrove picked the ball up midway inside maroons territory, however his speculative shot deceived his pal Rob Lake, nestling inside Robs right hand post.. Not for the first time has the better team , come undone in this manor. Two runs each, and a number of mis- timed challenges today. Many thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 – Wingrove
Maroons – 0
The second hour was a 9 v 9 three touch affair, as the maroons took on the yellows. Maroons looked formidable early on, playing some excellent 3 touch, pinging the ball around like a pinball machine. The wizardry of David Lees and Adrian Jones was a potent weapon in maroons armoury. Yellows were nearly “delta” early blow when Tracey Vulcan Bomber, fired in from close range, unfortunately her shot was straight at Mike Kieran.

Rob Lake – player of the year 2019

Y’s struggled to create anything upfront, as Rob Lake justified his Player of the Year status, in a strong Maroons defence. Yellows had some thinking to do as the half time whistle blew. Maroon’s maintained the lions share of possession as the second half got underway. They controlled the midfield, with Lees and Blanchard, looking to find the nippy Yardley and the ever dangerous Caldwell.
Against the run of play yellows had a great chance, after seeing his first attempt saved by the foot of Lake, Fosters second bite of the cherry sailed over the bar. At the other end maroons were being kept at bay by birthday boy Colin Fielding, and a certain degree of bad luck.

After earlier grazing the post, Keith Yardley’s close range effort, came back off the foot of the post. From Kieran’s throw out , yellows made one last foray forward. There seemed little danger when Steve Wingrove picked the ball up midway inside maroons territory, however his speculative shot deceived his pal Rob Lake, nestling inside Lake’s right hand post.. Not for the first time has the better team , come undone in this manner. Two runs each, and a number of mis- timed challenges today. Many thanks to referee’s Alan Graham and Garry Pearce, who shared the game.
Yellows – 1 – Wingrove
Maroons – 0

We had two games prior to this 5 v. 5’s conventional walking football.  I wonder if we’d been better having a pure 6v.6 and a sweeper keeper on the  other pitch.  No sooner had I wondered that I realised this would not have suited our Referee’s assessments today. Thanks to Garry Pearce for arranging this and supervising it, also to the candidates for stepping up to the plate.

The next theory course will take place on January 15th. Several names are in the frame , more in the new year.

On a monetary note after such  a good turnout once the £50 pitch rental has been paid a little more than that is directed into club funds.  Steve Rourke has signed on for 2019 – 2020.

Of what we have now in reserve now  it must be remembered that £1,000 is earmarked for extra pitch rent next year thanks to Ambition for Ageing. The proposed extended hour on Thursdays is already arousing some interest amongst beginners and returners. Remember from 11-30am. it’s just one pound.

Unders today:

Unders gathering plus sundry spectators


December 10th. King Street…

Some video footage from today’s ‘Unders’ game  <here>

With our Platt Lane refuge a mere memory now and  heavy rain forecast, it was with some trepidation I hauled ‘Bob’ the short mile to King Street , gave Lee the usual litre of milk for our brews plus a bonus of Bovril and Oxo cubes today to stave off the winter chill.

With £50 required to cover the ‘rent’ these days a healthy turnout is a bare minimum. We’ve spent a few quid of late as a group and this is not the time to be falling short. We didn’t.

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Garry Pearce arrived soon afterwards, unusually early with things to do in connection with his W.F.A. Referees course tomorrow. Five attending Denton for the theory element. Good luck to all the candidates the course looks deep and involved.  Nothing worthwhile comes easy. I’ll be following in your footsteps come mid January.
Soon there was a trickle of walking footballers – need I have doubted this group(?) – we had thirteen in the first hour. Volunteer goakeeper Keith Burrows and regular custodian Mike Kieran guarding the regular sized goals in   7 (Maroons) versus 6 (Yellows).

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YELLOW 3 (Richards , Bemrose, Fielding C)  MAROON 2 (Smith, 2)
A fine game. Good passing and movement from both teams. Yellows looking particularly assured with Partington and Bemrose playing the ball out to the flanks where Richards was finding space and testing Kieran several times.  Bemrose hit a post and  Maroons were hanging on for a while on but it wasn’t long before their star was ascendant in the shape of Barry Smith.  Twinkling feet, powerful legs and  two rapid fire goals from the Denton man who was profiting from good work by Stewart and Wenham, with David Moore linking in midfield with John Williams.  Thing as the back taken care of by an astute Bill Lancashire, and ‘keeper Kieran working wonders to keep Yellows at bay.  He even got down low to save a Partington penalty (three runs) .
In the second half things changed a little, then a lot.  Richards switched wings and cutting in from the right beat Kieran at his near post from  a fairly tight angle.  Quinn was defiant in defence and playing the passing game  well.  Partington was seeing a lot of the ball coming up against one, then two defenders and trying to wriggle his way through.  He found a good pass to set up Joe Bemrose for the equaliser , a fine shot too hot for Kieran.  It was left to the man from ‘Farcelona’ to put Yellows into the lead.  Good interplay from Partington and Bemrose saw Colin Fielding ghosting into  a threatening position ala Martin Peters to thrust the ball home.
Barry Smith was out of luck in the second half and his accompanying cast could not prise the initiative from Yellow’s grasp, with shots going wide or taken care of by  a solid Keith Burrows.   A fine game of walking football well Refereed by the estimable Garry Pearce – thank you.

Over to Trevor Brereton who reports on the ‘Unders’ hour….

The unders  game was a seven goal thriller , with yellows emerging as the victors. They took an early lead through a splendid low drive from Theobald. Maroons were quickly level, Pete Dixon’s effort coming back off the inside of the post, to Pete Dixon, with Pete Dixon crashing the ball high into the net. In a pulsating first half Yellows were soon in front again. A long ball out of defence found Mike Caldwell totally unmarked, he advanced on goal, and fired past David Partington. It was end  to end, but it was Yellows  who had the ball in the net yet again. Keith Yardley this time with a Cruyff turn , and a Neeskens finish. Maroons remained optimistic going into the second half .


They started well with Kieran having to be at his best to keep out Joe Bemrose. Yellow’s back three of Burrows, Sullivan, and the vastly experienced Colin Fielding, kept their discipline and shape as Maroons looked to get back in the game. For Yellows.  tricky Tracey Blanchard  had been an integral part of their attacking play , and brought a great save from David Partington, with a fine effort. Moments later Blanchard  scored a richly deserved goal , with a powerful low shot, putting the game to bed, tucking it in , and putting the light out on Maroons hopes.
There was just enough time for two late Brereton goals for maroons, but it was a case of too little, too late. Two runs each, and only minor contact today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 4 – Theobald, Yardley, Caldwell, Blanchard
Maroons – 3 – Dixon, Brereton (2)

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Footnote: Good to see Steve Johnson and Keith Burrows back with us after a few weeks absence. Several more shirts were handed out today. Please wear them next week for an individual and team photo’s.  We missed committee men messrs: Wilson and Nixon once again today we hope you’re soon back.  Plus  Tony Cravagan flying  home  from Lapland. Check our friend ‘Flickr’ later for more photos.
Video link of 10 minutes of the Unders game later tonight ‘ appen.
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December 3rd. 2019
Alan Richards writes...
For the first time in our lengthening  history the second hour outperformed the first in terms of attendance today!
In total 35 players showed up in the chilly sunshine .  Winter bibs – double layered – were  deployed ,  the reds and blues.  We  had eight games, so I’m not going to pretend to know much detail about any of them.
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Overs Sweeper/ keeper games were under the supervision of Alan Graham. I saw a fine strike from distance into the goal from one David Partington,  one of the more accomplished  exponents of this type of game.  I also believe Brian Stafford was on target once again.
Garry Pearce Refereed two games of Overs at the Church End on pitch 2. Thanks. Also Alan Graham took over in the second hour grateful to you as well Alan. All three Referees donated their modest ‘fee’ back into the group funds as usual.
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Yours truly  Refereed  in the second hour.  5 v. 5 conventional walking football. The team in Red won both of their matches. A good goal from Colin Fielding after an assist from Darren Sullivan. A good performance form Adrian jones finding a lot of space and scoring at least  a couple, including a penalty (3 runs).  I think Darren Sullivan was on the mark from the spot in the first game. Two really good games but the Reds played some impressive walking football especially in the second match and won four-nil. Livesey, Jones, Fielding and Gibbons plus a mobile Sullivan combined well to good effect.
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This idea of Colin Fielding’s for the winners on one pitch to play the winners on the other pitch is fine if all are agreeable and the same kind of game is being played simultaneously. Obviously it would not work if we play ‘sweeper/keeper’ some weeks as seems likely going forward.  John Gaskin sustained an injury.  Get well soon John hope to see you at Platt Lane.
Keith Yardley played with Striders for the first time at Denton – we hope to see you again.
Approximately thirty three shirts were distributed to those who qualified and those who we can fit ! Once again these are an early Christmas gift to the group following a good year of steadiy growing numbers and prudent cash management and  the giveway is in no way connected  with our recent grant , which is for a totally new venture on an expanded Thursday.
Please Note: There is NO walking football at King Street on December 24th OR December 31st.   Curzon will be open on both Mondays Mark Bradshaw has confirmed this with me  today.
There will soon be  news on the Facebook groups and Nash WF website of invitations to club functions.
November 26th…Alan Richards writes on two GAMES AT KING STREET…
Ominous grey skies and an impending F.P.L. threatened to reduce the turnout today but as it happened both of our hours were reasonably well supported.
A seven v. seven in the ‘Overs’ hour saw Yellow’s outshine the Maroons largely due to  a passing masterclass from David Partington who combined well with team mates to dominate Maroon’s who in comparison were weaker in the distribution stakes this morning. I think Joe Bemrose scored two goals to see the opposition home. I played on the maroon team (allegedly) and my impression of the game was too few bodies on too large a pitch.  Stamina sapping when the passing is just not working.  Sadly we can no longer move the goalposts. The only option would have been to have smaller goals at one end and no keeper. Just a thought. Another thought to players – heads up when you get the ball. That’s the only coaching contribution you’ll hear from me this year. Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing this one.
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As eleven o’clock approached numbers of ‘Unders’ began to swell and it started to look healthy.
We should have had a six v. six playing across but once again  a big sided game ensued. Too much contact in  a multi touch first half.  This didn’t really resemble walking football for older people if I’m honest.  We accommodated lingerers when there was really no need.  After speaking with David Partington things are going to have to change. NO SECOND GAME GUARANTEES.

The game was won by Yellows.  Two good second half goals from David Fielding and a third from Tracey Blanchard after some good yellow passing swung it there way . All of the goals  evaded the camera !  There will be a link to some shots soon. One I did capture was Tracey’s miss from the penalty spot – sorry. If that had been on target ‘Party’ himself told me he wouldn’t have got anywhere near it, it was hit with venom.
flashed wide

This was a physical game , especially first half.  Alan Graham (thanks for Refereeing) introduced three touch in the second half to try to calm things down  a bit.  I think it worked.
We are paying for the pitch until twelve thirty and need to play up until about 12.20 to make this worthwhile.  If we have Referees kind enough to extend the ‘Unders game by ten minutes or so when it kicks off at 11.15am.  that’s  one way of extending play.  Or have a full five minute half-time break. The other answer is do  a proper warm up and kick off at 11.25. It galled me today to see other players  on the pitch in our playing time.
Maybe I’m just  a miserable git but if we’re shelling out hard cash we need to optimize its use. Please give this some thought or we may go back to just two hours rental.

Good to see Ken Dean back amongst twenty seven others at King Street today.
The first hour and a bit saw a five v. five conventional game at the Church End with Alan Graham in charge.  What  a welcome sight once again to have him back. Brian Stafford scored a hat trick in this match with David Partington striking twice. Ken Dean  replied for the opposition.
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Meanwhile at the Crown Point End it was a 4 v. 4 sweeper keeper (naming rights nod to Colin Fielding) affair. Yellows were served so well by Barry Smith in the title role. He was excellent . Deflections and blocks as well as some great distribution. In front of him Wilson, Partington and Richards. Wilson on the right was receiving some excellent passes but his first touch couldn’t quite find his scoring boots today. The three of them were combining well and opening up angles and channel to goal.  Richards went closest early doors, nutmegging  Fielding C but his goalward pass went inches wide. Minutes later he steered the ball in from  a left wing position after good sterling work from Partington. Richards’  second goal was the product of a slick Smith, Wilson, Partington link up and was struck on the move to make it two nil.
With Maroon’s Stewart, Roddy and Dean  being urged forward  by  the imposing presence of Fielding , Barry Smith came into his own  as a sweeper keeper.  Despite Maroon persistence The game was settled  when a penalty was awarded for ingress before the ball.  Up stepped Richards to complete his hat-trick with side footed precision from the half way line. A really good game .
Yellows 3 (Richards 3 – 1 pen) – Maroons 0
Next up Richards took the whistle as Garry Pearce played on the right for Yellows. It was Pearce, revelling on the right ,  who opened the scoring from  a tight angle after a glorious ball from Keith Oldham.  Garry should play more often.
Lawrie O’Toole (get well soon)  had to retire with  a groin injury  and John Gaskin was ready on the bench to deputise.  He did it in fine style scoring an equaliser almost immediately. This was an even game but Yellows put their feet on the gas in  a passing sense.  Pearce was having a splendid time on the right wing. Wilson was very busy on the left and was going close to goal but not quite close enough.  Lancashire  – solid at the back – was unlucky not to add another for Yellows whilst  probing forward. but up popped Keith Oldham in his usual understated manner  to tuck  away  a fine brace in rapid order to take the game away from Maroon’s.  Urged on by perennial battler Tony Cravagan at the back,  they were not done as Steve Amison hit the post after another  good move.
Maroons 1 (Gaskin)  Yellows 3  (Pearce, Oldham 2)
Both of these games were brilliant with hardly any running to speak of and minimal contact cases.  This sweeper/keeper game looks to be enjoyed by everyone. Another King Street D.W.F.G. innovation born out of our Summer 19 festival.  Brings the best out of peoples passing and movement. No goalkeepers required in this precision based technical treat.
Pearce, Richards and Stafford – all among the goals today.
Garry Pearce went on to Referee the ‘unders’….his report…

A seven a side game that had lots of incident and action for the second match-up this morning. Way too quick early on and the runs started to mount up. The scoring was opened for the Maroons by Paul Theobald who thundered a shot past Andy Muir, in goal for the Yellows. Shortly afterwards Maroons gave away the almost inevitable penalty for three runs. Pete Dixon stepped up but his spot kick was straight at ‘keeper Barry Smith, who saved well. It was Yellows turn to give away a penalty shortly afterwards, a goal scoring opportunity was denied and Mike Caldwell, who had previously struck a post when well clear, took the kick, although struck well it was straight at Andy who made the save. ‘Theo’ then added another to make the score 2-0 to the Maroons at half-time.

Second half saw more pressure from the Maroons and when ‘keeper Phil Livesey stepped outside his area another penalty was awarded. ‘Theo’ took this one but dragged his shot wide. It was then Yellows turn to give away a penalty for running. Martyn Heath, who had a good game in defence, took this one and despite a mini-wobble, hammered the ball into the roof of the net, giving Phil no chance. The scoring was ended when ‘Theo’ finished his excellent morning by breaking away and making no mistake.

Too much running, not much contact and loads of banter.

Final score: Maroons 4 v 0 Yellows.


November 12th. 2019…


…emerged 30 players across two hours.

First game a fine example of Over 67’s walking football. On  a personal note good to get  a game in again. I think it finished 2-1 to Yellow’s.  Not everyone was happy when they went two nil up in the first half. Team selection called into question. Matters were redressed at half time although this will not happen regularly just because a team is getting beat by two goals.  The Pearce-Richards method fell foul of itself this morning when we couldn’t spot a particular player.

Good performances from Peter Jarvis and David Partington in particular but all of the players worked hard. Bill Lancashire a key figure in Yellow defence. Lawrie O’Toole putting a shift in as ever to stabilise his team after they conceded  two goals. I might be imagining it but everyone’s first touch seemed spot on today.

Maroons ‘keeper was a little unfortunate  as a close range  shot from David Wenham spun quite wickedly and he couldn’t  quite latch on to it. Ken Thomas, looking at home on Tuesday’s  bagged a second goal for Yellow  on his debut with the Over 67’s. (Colin Fielding take note).

A pleased looking Ken Thomas

The error was corrected at half time and the balance of the game did change slightly. Maroon’s pulled a goal back courtesy of a Partington penalty kick. David Wenham limped off near the end with a pulled hamstring. Get well soon David and we hope to see you back soon even if you can’t play for a while.  The extra time we now have allowed this game to roll on beyond 11-00am and wrap up about ten past. The Under’s got their game going at about 11.20. We are paying half an hour more rental than we were before but only using about fifteen minutes worth of it. Not a problem as finances stand but let’s make more of the time and have a short warm up before the Unders game. It would make sense.  Room for only one ‘lingerer’ today.  The division of the hours earlier in the year  has been superbly reflected in  a much better attended second hour.

Trveor Brereton reports on today’s game…

Today’s second hour was an 8 v 8, with a three touch first half, and a multi touch second half. Maroons adapted better to the three touch, and made most of the early walking. Steve Foster in the yellows goal , made a number of routine saves. Against the walk of play , yellows took the lead, Mike Caldwell scoring from close range. Maroons were moving the ball well, Livesey and Jones excelling for them. However it was yellows who doubled their lead, this time Terry Harrison with a decisive finish past Keiron. The multi touch second saw some well constructed moves made by both teams. Caldwell went close with an effort, that came back of the bar, and shot very well saved by Keiron. Maroons were given a lifeline when Jones tucked away a penalty (3 runs) past Sullivan. Maroons pushed forward looking for an equaliser, but yellows defence of Cooper, Foster, Sullivan and Brereton stood firm. The game was put to bed, when Harrison scored a well taken third for yellows. It was an end to end affair, with the scoreline slightly flattering the yellows. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce
Yellows – 3 – Harrison 2, Caldwell
Maroons – 1 – Jones ( pen

Maroons minus Mike Kieran
Cheerful Yellows



November 5th. 2019

First half ‘Overs’video now online  <here>

First half Unders  youtube link <click>

FIRST OFF…Garry Pearce..a Ref’s recollections…

Over’s  game Was a 2-2 draw. For the maroons goals from Jim Stewart  and Brian Stafford, both past Bernard Roddy . For the Yellows, Bill Lancashire (Screamer top corner) and Joe Bemrose, whose shot just squirmed past ‘keeper Mike Kieran.
Second game was 1-0 to the Maroons as you report below. In that game Phil Livesey  had a penalty saved by Mike.  (it’s on film – Ed) Two really good games. (Still prefer the three touch as discussed…..) – Garry Pearce

(me too Garry – Ed.)


Not really but….Twenty  seven  players at King Street today to enjoy two games and a convivial atmosphere under the strictures and supervision of Garry Pearce our most regular Referee.
The first game was close and much of it as captured on video – links later.  I’m afraid I’m unsure of the outcome.

pleased with himself, pleased for everyone

Ruth Madden from Ambition for Ageing called to see me to confirm the success of our very recent bid for some funding. Thursday sessions will benefit most but the training gear we buy will be made available on Tuesday too for those early eleven ‘o’clockers to make use of if they wish.

Speaking of the Under’s they were joined today by Tracey Blanchard (left of the pic) of recent Thursday fame.  To the manor born she fitted in well, and emerged with a good performance to her credit ,  with a unique walking style some of us can learn from.

Joe Bemrose – windswept & interested

An unfortunate ‘own goal’ from Colin Fielding tipped the balance towards Maroons.  Adrian Jones shot taking a cruel deflection past ‘Party’

the winners today – we keeping you up Mike?

Good to see Gordon Nixon in attendance with Janet,  after his recent  surgery.   A few weeks  more before he’s back to playing  but back he will be.
David Wilson has been unwell overnight and was absent today. We wish him back to good health soon.
We had another new man (Thursday’s) fill in  a form Ken Thomas from F.C. United and this rounded off another good day at King Street as the wind picked up and the temperature dropped a bit. I’ll close with  John Gaskin looking pleased with his sketch – a genuine ‘Harrison’ 🙂




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October 29th. 2019

A day when neither Garry Pearce or Alan Richards were at King Street to Referee, and  when Alan Graham is still not back with us thanks to Keith Burrows and the writer for taking up the task.


Over 67’s.

16 players Maroons v Yellows.

Maroons – Darren Sullivan (goalkeeper),  Tony Cravagan , Bill Lancashire, David Partington,  Alan Brodie ,  Peter Jarvis ,  Barry Smith, David Wenham.

Yellows – Rob Lake/John Gaskin (goalkeepers 1 half each), Gordon Nixon,  Keith Burrows , Jim Stewart, Joe Bemrose, John Williams, Bernard Roddy.

Referee- Dave Fielding.

Dave Fielding – Referee today

A great game played in the warm Autumn sunshine. Just a quick thank you to all of you – for making this an easy game to referee. Final score 4- 0 to the maroons. A brace each for Dave Wenham and Pete Jarvis. Really excellent football with only one run and one contact recorded.

I probably let too much go, but thanks to Gordon, Party and Keith’s contributions everyone behaved. I thought there was some excellent pass and move football played, with everyone trying their hardest and contributing. Well done All.


October 22nd…


Two conventional 6 v. 6 match ups on the Southern pitch No.2 Refereed by Garry Pearce who takes up the story…

First up was a five a side, Maroons v Yellows. Couple of early runs but the Maroons soon established themselves, goals from Laurie O’Toole and Roy Smith saw the game finish 2-0.

Laurie O’Toole

Goalkeepers Mike Kieran and Rob Lake stayed in position and the second game commenced. Much more even and finally settled in the last minute when a (hotly disputed) penalty for area ingress was awarded. Up stepped Joe Bemrose  for the Yellows and despite Mike getting a hand to the shot, it struck the post and rolled in.

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The third game was a six a side and a six goal thriller. Mike Caldwell opened the scoring in the second minute, firing in a crisp angled drive for the Yellows. Pete Dixon soon equalised and the teams went in level at half time. Phil Livesey put the Maroons ahead, before Mike Caldwell got his second to bring the score back to level. Pete Dixon then got this second, squeezing a shot past Mike Kieran. With just seconds to go, Darren Sullivan  found himself clear and slotted coolly past the despairing Joe Bemrose.


A really good game and I think the right result!

Final score: Maroons 3 v 3 Yellows….

On the adjacent pitch Alan Richards officiated the first small goal technical game , then Colin Fielding took over. He will be reimbursed his playing fee.

The mini goal games  ended 3 – 2 and 3 – 1  respectively. Stand out highlights a Partington Strike in the second game from distance.  Alan Brodie struck  a fine brace in the first. An unfortunate own goal from Peter Quinn (did L. O’Toole  mean it to come off Pete or was it a fluke? )  Joe Bemrose led the fightback for yellow with two goals and they won three two in the end.  Enjoyable games these., as I’m sure were the others.

The Unders saw a 6 v. 6 with only Joe Bemrose able to ‘linger’ although Gordon Nixon got a second game later on. I saw some of the game including a fine strike from Peter Dixon that Mike Kieran couldn’t hold.  New ‘signing’ Darren Sullivan grabbed a late equaliser for Yellows. It ended three-three I believe.

(I am not at King Street next Tuesday. Ed.)


October 15th…A rather murky morning in Denton and a new arrangement to sort out. We are always at the mercy of numbers and today they were merciful indeed with twenty two players roped in for the first ‘over 67’ hour with  one or two exceptions.
I Refereed two highly contrasting games with the mini-goals – a technically superior form of walking football in my opinion without need for blasting of the ball  – at least for most of us, most of the time.
Fist it was a six- nil win for Yellow. With Colin Fielding’s early penalty going well wide, he redeemed himself moments later to open the scoring. He added another and saw Barry Smith beginning to find his range with four more, including a more accurate last gasp penalty kick for three maroon runs. Maroons came close to opening their account when a Bemrose shot cum pass hit the aluminium post and bounced harmlessly wide.
With new personnel a much tighter, tactical game emerged with equally matched teams failing to register  a single goal. Bill Lancashire missed a penalty after Tony Cravagan beat the ball into his ‘D’ . At the other end Brian Stafford hit the framework from some distance.
All players in the northern end  pitch had a good workout today and this is a really good format to play when numbers are below twelve. With no need for goalkeepers everyone gets to kick start their mobility and it’s extremely involving for everyone on the pitch.
We have enough ‘Tuesday’ names for now for Platt Lane indoor.  I will canvas Thursday opinion this week.  Remember we go there for ten am. finish no later than 12.30 then back to the Fletchers Arms Denton for a few beers if you are feeling sociable.
A photography free day today.
the ‘proper’ Christmas ‘doo’ looks like a Thursday Dec. 12th. at Denton Golf Club see Dave Partington or Gordon Nixon to register your interest….looking like a tenner per head or thereabouts. Hot buffet with a Chicken curry option or Steak Pie alternative .  Wives/Partners welcome.  As are players who only play at Ashton.




Bernard Roddy – spectator today

There were twelve players on each of our two pitches this fine morning’s first hour.
I took part in a vigorous six v. six on pitch 2 Refereed by Mr.Pearce of Stalybridge.
Very early doors ingress into ‘D’ gave maroons a penalty.  Peter Jarvis despatched a very pretty ‘flamingo’ leaving Dave Fielding with no chance.
For Yellows. Brodie, Stafford B, Richards and O’Toole combined well going forward but the end product was erratic. When it wasn’t, Mike Kieran stood in their way in defiant mood

Tony Cravagan was the mainspring for Yellows always competent at the back and distributing the ball forward.

Peter Jarvis, fluid and mobile struck the ball well and  added another, and Maroon forwards Oldham and Wilson were switching ‘wings’ to good effect. Ken Dean in the middle was always involved as was Bill Lancashire from the back.  Jarvis in luminous light green socks was the architect of much maroon invention.

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The teams turned around.

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    Richards struck a low drive goalward which Kieran collected. Stafford and Brodie also had shots on and off target and the diminutive ‘keeper was equal to all.
    Jarvis found Wilson at the other end and the Hyde man was in space. Advancing fast but legally he launched a shot that hit the post, rebounded onto ‘keeper Dave Fielding’s leg and bounced back into the net ! Own goal. (Sorry Dave’s)
  • The scoreline was as flattering as it was surprising  given the amount of Yellow possession, but the clinical maroons were not done yet.  The splendid Keith Oldham, having one of his quieter games hammered one home that snuck through a hole in the side netting and it took touchline judges Conroy and Heath to confirm it had gone in. GOAL !
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    Moments later  Bill Lancashire bursting forward,  hit a shot on the volley that deserved another but it ricoched off the right hand post bouncing harmlessly away.
    A jagged , Jarvis led little pill for Yellows  this heavy nil-four defeat,  but they swallowed it whole maroons deserved their win.  (a nod their to Alanis Morrisette – isn’t it ironic?) Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing two games this morning.

  • The bumper turnout  today saw a six v. six on the other pitch Refereed by Alan Graham, and Committee man Colin Fielding will report on that one.  The Under’s turned out in force today too – a record turnout total in fact with 37 players at King Street.  Garry Pearce will fill us all in on that game in due course.
    David Gibbons was injured (calf) and came off.  A rare chance to chat with David on the bench with Gordon Nixon. As a youngster coming over from Ireland DG spent four years at Manchester City with 50+ central League appearances under his belt.  As a teenager too those times at Maine Road even  as a mere supporter (borderline fanatic) it was great to chat about those times and I’m sure David has many more great stories to tell. Hope your calf injury heals soon especially as you have a holiday coming up.

    David Gibbons

    In concluding my little bit here thanks to DAvid wilson for some impressive artwork for the white board. To Keith Burrows for even more AND to Proud Devonian David Fielding posing here with extra storage space he has sponsored.  ‘The Torquay Trunk’ – one or two jokers suggested it was his lunchbox !  Northern humour Dave, I’m sure it’s water off a Devon ducks back :-)….

  • We also  had a rummage bag with some free used kit on offer courtesy of Mike Caldwell – almost all of it went to good homes – thanks Mike…pictured below left with  a rare shot of Graham Oakley in goalkeeper gloves ! – thanks for signing – on today Graham. Feel free to feedback – below.



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  • Colin Fielding reports from pitch one, where Alan Graham Refereed:thanks and good to see you back whistle in hand….
  • …First session on a lovely day at Denton started with two six-a-side games. Reds v Yellows on the northern pitch – number  one.  Yellows looked  favourites with gloved  Steve Wingrove commanding his goal area , Gordon( the magician) Nixon strong in defence and Joe Bemrose and Barry Smith always likely to score. However as we all know it never goes according to the script with Dave Partington for Reds finishing off a good pass from John (the composer) Williams to make it 1-0 to Reds. Other goals came quickly with a further 2 excellent goals from Dave Wenham and another from

    Steve Aimeson
  • Steve Aimeson to give the reds a 4-0 lead at half time. It has to be said that Rob Lake in the reds goal was outstanding.Yellows fought back in the second half with an early goal from Joe Bemrose winning the ball and smashing it past Rob. Then following good work from Pete(the mighty) Quinn and Jimmy Stewart (Shenandoah? Ed) led to Barry Smith scoring his trademark goal from a fine angle to pull it back to 4-2. Reds then regrouped and Colin Fielding and Dave Partington defended well giving yellows no chances. Result 4-2 to Reds. Excellent game of walking football.

From Referee Garry on the second (Unders) hour…

Eight a side on the full pitch today for the second hour.

The Maroons took the lead when Pete Dixon gave Dave Fielding in the Yellows goal no chance. Overall the play was a bit quick today, for me not helped by the big pitch and multi touch.

Early into the second half both teams were soon on two runs each and it wasn’t that much longer when the Yellows reached three runs. Up stepped Mike Conroy with the now famous ‘Flamingo’ technique and dispatched the penalty into the roof of the net, virtually unsaveable.

The Maroons soon also reached the three run threshold and Yellows were awarded their penalty. A bit of reluctance for a taker at first, then up stepped Dave Fielding, who struck the spot kick well enough but it was well saved by Graham.

Some more quickish play and bits of contact but overall a good game, enjoyed by all I hope.

Final score: Maroons 2 v 0 Yellows

GARRY makes a good point.  I shall be urging my committee colleague to steer the group to THREE TOUCH always when there are sixteen or more players on the bigger pitch.  We must learn from our mistakes. We are considering booking an extra half hours pitch time on Tuesdays to give is more ‘thinking’ time and scope for a more comprehensive warm up.

Longer term the optimum may be two games of six v. six so prepare to be flexible in the second hour – thanks. Of course more Referees will be required on  a regular basis.

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October dawns…and the rain stayed away 1/10/19

I had misgivings about turnout today with such  a gloomy run of wet days recently.
The sky didn’t look very promising as I pulled on to the King Street car park.

Setting out the gear though and the usual suspects arrived early, followed by  a steady stream of keen walking footballers, undeterred by the threat of a little precipitation.
We formed a line for the warm up and yours truly did his best to get people moving.
Teams selected with Garry Pearce, with maroon and yellow bibs deployed.  A really good 8 v.8 followed. Good passing in a multi touch format Refereed admirably, of course  by Garry .
Alan Brodie put Maroons ahead the ball just deflecting of ‘keeper Kieran.  This was an evenly balanced game with tried and trusted selection methods keeping the teams abilities matched man for man.  This comes unstuck only occasionally and today wasn’t one of those.  Terry Harrison, playing now with the Overs more often and looking  comfortably at home was dangerous for Yellows. Richards in maroon ,  fired off a couple of toe enders that skimmed just wide.

Alan’s shots? – this wide!


Bemrose , O’Toole and Jarvis added flair and resilience to the maroon team stiffened at the back by Bill Lancashire.
Yellow’s were led well by Gordon Nixon, who became more adventurous in the second half pushing up to a right wing position and getting into threatening positions only for the final product to elude him today.  The more youthful David Fielding lent his support to Gordon’s  cause too, but  the star of Yellow’s show today was Steve Aimeson  (pictured having a drink) from Bredbury. An exemplary walker who found the equaliser after breaking clear and leaving  Steve Wingrove with little chance.
Full time  Maroons 1 (Brodie)   Yellow 1 ( Aimeson)

PL – Phil Livesey

– – – – -Unders hour followed
An impressive array of unders buoyed by evergreen Hadge Cooper in yet another Manchester City shirt (God bless King Colin No.8 red and black  iconic garb) Mike Caldwell brought a bag full of kit and donated it to the group – thanks Mike I’ll sort it out soon and find Terry H.  a shirt as requested) Phil Livesey picked up his personalised rain jacket and if anyone else wants to buy one they are just short of £27 each including all the printing.
On to the game. I missed much of it but with slightly imbalanced teams it was one-nil to maroons at half-time.  Peter Dixon the man on the mark.  Richards came on in the second  half to make the numbers even, playing at the back for Yellow  to try to contain the Marple menace.
Adrian Jones scored a fine equaliser after a great ball from Oakley. Maroons would not roll over though, and bit back quickly this time Mike Conroy shooting powerfully.
Dixon made it three one to maroons. He’s a determined character – (I thought  as I was  hauling myself back  to my feet after getting in his way… no harm done and nothing intentional I must add).

I’m over here !

Chris Turner, making a welcome return to Denton after featuring in the F.P.L. for Vintage Celtic scored a good second goal for Yellow’s and for a time there looked to be hope of an equaliser.

‘Septober’ photo’s two days across two venues < view >


September 24th….and the rain came down…

Photo’s from today < click >

23 players in the rain today  – poor weather and the re-start of the FPL tomorrow may account for that- plus one staunch and stoical Referee to whom  we are most grateful – take a bow Garry Pearce. This was still  a good turnout in the circumstances.

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Garry officiated a really good 6 v. 6 for the Over 67’s on pitch 2 .
Maroons v. Yellows. Maroons played some delightful walking  football throughout this game and walked out three one winners. Excellent interplay between Stafford, O’Toole, Cravagan, Richards and Moore with David Fielding – who declared the game a ‘joy to watch’ almost keeping a clean sheet in goal.
For Yellows it was Wenham, Lancashire, Gillan, Harrison T, Brodie and Aimeson.  The latter particularly impressing (an exemplary walker)  and Lancashire resilient in defence.  Terry Harrison jinked and swerved around the pitch but  Cravagan had his measure.  Richards tested three separate goalkeepers with shots on target but all were equal to the task in hand. Moore opened the Maroon account with  a terrific goal from the right. O’Toole, strong and combative grabbed a second.  Their scoring was completed when Stafford got just reward for his persistence.  All were quality finishes.

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Bill Lancashire struck near the end to score a consolation goal for Yellows.
Full marks to all players today – a really enjoyable game. Two runs, two contacts.
Full time Maroons 3  (Moore, O’Toole, Stafford )Yellows 1. (Lancashire)

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Pitch 2  again the setting for the Under’s hour.  Turnout looked poor but then people arrived all at  once and a six v. six with the addition of Jim Stewart (who was too late for the Overs and stood waiting patiently for almost 45 minutes) . I know little of what went on in the match itself, but the laughter resounded around the ground and Garry – Refereeing again – assured me this was one hell of a game played in wonderful spirit.  Smaller sided games are the way to go in future when at all possible.
Conclusions: The rain did nothing to dampen spirits and these were the kind of matches that restore ones faith in  a walking game played in  a friendly, competitive spirit.
Link to small photo album  coming soon.

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September 17th…”build it, they will come” Field of Dreams at Denton Walking Football…

and come in increasing numbers it seems…

teams pitch 1
Pitch 2

BLUES 0  ORANGE 3 (Stewart, Partington, Stafford)

Bright sunshine and a perfect day for a game of walking football.  Pitch One saw Garry Pearce take control of a six v. six  Kazakh Blues v. Orange.
Deadlock in the first half.  Some wayward shots from both teams. John Williams went closest for Orange.  John Gaskin doing well in the Blues goal throughout this game Steve Wingrove at the other end  and at half time both ‘keepers maintained  clean sheets.
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Some good passing was matched with  a few that went astray but the second half saw the Orange move up a gear.  Jimmy Stewart – Tuesday debutant – finished clinically after a good through ball found him lurking centrally in space.  Moments later David Partington’s twinkling feet danced around two challenges and shot high into the  net leaving Gaskin groping fresh air.
Blues were up against it now and Bemrose and Lake urged them forward with Ken Dean in a pivotal role and Les Gillan providing the out ball on the right. . Alan Richards at last found the power and the direction only for  the ball to spin off Steve Wingrove’s hand and hit him in the eye ! No lasting damage but that was probably as close as the Blues came.
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Brian Stafford iced the Orange cake with  a fine goal.  Three- nil it finished and on the basis of the second half it was a well deserved Orange win.
Thanks to Garry Pearce and Keith Burrows for Refereeing today.
Some photo’s will be linked later.  David Wilson shot 275 not out today and the best will go onto Flickr !
Major thanks to both of our Referees today
Keith Burrows reports from Pitch 2…

Oranges 0 Whites 2

An even game on pitch 2, four of the over 70’s squad played together, Mike Kieran, Barry Smith, Pete Jarvis and Bill Lancaster + David Wenham, Oranges, Bernard Roddy , Tony Cravagan, Lawrie  O’Toole, Steve Aimeson and guest keeper Alan Butler.

Alan Butler
Some good flowing walking football played by both teams, both keepers had to make some excellent saves, in a game of 42 minutes there was only 3 free kicks awarded 2 against whites 1 against orange. Only a couple of free kicks for contact, one accidental collision ended up with a bloody nose. A good game played in excellent spirit unfortunately Orange missed out on a striker. 
Orange 0
Whites David Welham
              Barry Smith?
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Trevor Brereton sums up the Under’s hour…Purple versus Black
The second hour was a 10 v 10  three touch game, with the best chances falling to the Purple’s .  Martyn Heath saw his deflected shot hit the post. Black’s  keeper  Alan Butler was very impressive .   Mike Kieran for Purple’s  had the more routine saves to make. Blues racked up three runs early in the second half,  the resulting Wingrove spot kick was well saved by Butler who made another impressive save , pushing Purple’s  Brereton effort onto the post.  Given the format, and the number of players,  it certainly was a different kind of game than we’re used to in the second hour . Referee Garry Pearce did a fine job , aided  by linesman Alan Richards in the second half.
Purples- 0
Blacks – 0


September 10th. 2019 and another good turnout….

photo link <here>

Twenty nine players arrived across two hours and we played two games today.
(one had forgotten his money – no problem).
The first match up was a splendid example of older players three touch and my only regret was I wasn’t a part of it.  Having played yesterday it would not have been wise but this makes me realise that over 65 or 67  walking football is the way ahead for me personally. (The Fair Play League with average ages of 63 is also tailored for the slightly older player. )
Blacks v. Yellow on the bigger pitch saw a very tight game with well balanced teams.

Brian Stafford

I didn’t witness the late winner, but I’m told it was Brian Stafford once again on target, for the Yellows. Some photo’s will follow look out for the link. New man Steve Amison  settled in well , is a good passer of the ball & plays the game the right way. We hope he comes back !

Amison and Gillan challenge for the ball

Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing both of our games this morning. Good to see David Wilson back in the fold and looking well (nice hat).
Trevor Brereton will report on the ‘Unders Hour’ and fourteen eleven o’clock specials showed up for multi touch Kazakh Blues v. Orange. I understand this one finished 2 – 1 but we await Trevor.  Again some photo’s- including a well struck penalty  – will be linked soon.
Gordon Nixon dropped by with some forms for Heywood – thanks Mr.Chairman.

Photo links later…..

Brereton’s bulletin takes on a liquid look….

The Unders hour, was an eight v eight,  and proved yet again that possession doesn’t necessarily lead to a victory.  Light blues piled the pressure on  the Oranges early on , however they couldn’t find a decent final ball,  or a clinical finish to show for their dominance.  O’s went close when Caldwell was denied by his mate Hadge Cooper. Blues  had great mobility,  but over stepped the mark , with a third run, leading to an O’s penalty.  Mike Conroy took it, and fired past Cooper.

At this point O’s Rob Lake was relieved of goalkeeping duties,  to add stability to  their shaky defence. The second half continued where the first left off , with Blues moving the ball well , without testing keeper Gaskin.  Blues Jones, Wingrove and Dixon , fired in shots, but couldn’t find an  equaliser.

Andy Muir
It was left to Andy Muir  to restore parity, with a low toe poke past Gaskin.  Blues tails were up as they searched for a winner,  but with Lake who covers the 30% of the earth that isn’t covered by water,  they had a stiff task.   O’s rarely troubled blues keeper Joe Bemrose,  until the man they’re calling Mike Caldwell nipped in to coolly slot the ball past Bemrose.
O’s comfortably saw the game out, to take a smash’ n grab victory.  Little physicality today, and though the game was a little too quick at times,  referee  Garry Pearce let it flow, let it flow,  which was of benefit. to us all.
Oranges – 2 – Conroy  (pen), Caldwell
Blues – 1- Muir


September 3rd.

Overs hour first half both games < view >

Eve – focussed.

Second half here <take a look>

Another good turnout and it was nice to see Barry Smith again , it’s been  a while.  Barry also signed on for 2019-2020 season. We had two overs games and video of both matches will soon emerge and be more of a reminder than any words I can conjure up here.  My wi-fi has been down for 24 hours. The briefest of detail is our game on Pitch two was Refereed by Garry Pearce and ended in a 3 – 3  draw. Goals from Peter Jarvis, Alan Brodie  and Joe Bemrose were memorable and need mention. Beyond that let the film do the talking. On Pitch One thanks to John Gaskin for Refereeing for what I believe is the first time with our group.

That game ended 6 – 5  and featured Les Gillan’s first goal with us. Happily captured on the video – well done Eve Richards, to whom we owe a vote of thanks for her focussed efforts with the cameras. I was told David Wenham scored a hat trick in this game and David Moore also found the back of the net. Well done all.

Here is Trevor Brereton’s report from the ‘Under’s’ hour which I am reliably informed , and Mr.B confirms was a big improvement on last weeks effort in terms of player behaviour .

The unders was an 8 v 7, blues against whites and with blue’s boasting an array of attacking talent,  there were long spells of attack against defence. Blues applied early pressure,  but fell behind to a sucker punch , when Cooper found Foster, who slid the ball in from a tight angle.  Mike Conroy had a golden opportunity to equalise,  but fired wide with “just” Partington to beat. As the second half got underway,  blues continued to press, and despite playing some “lights out” walking football,  failed to shine in front of goal. Blues Dixon hit a post , and Jones the outside of the post. White’s “rope a dope” tactics paid off, when a speculative Brereton effort trickled over line , past an unfortunate Nixon.  White’s Bemrose fired narrowly wide , as they looked to kill the game off. Blues utilised the extra man to great effect,  but a combination of  whites resolute defending, Party’s keeping, and shoddy finishing. meant a comfortable win for whites.  Only two runs each , minor contact,  and zero dissent today.
Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
White’s – 2, Foster, Brereton
Blues – 0
Editor’s note.  This game was also filmed and the first half is <here>

August 27th – Trevor Brereton details the second hour & adds  a little ‘Pillow’ talk…

The second hour was 7 v 7 , with maroons taking on oranges.  To use the old cliché,  it was a game of 2 distinct 20 minute segments. Maroons were quick out of the blocks,  and took the lead through an excellent finish from Martyn Heath. Oranges fought back well , and brought two wonderful saves from David Partington.  Early in the second half maroons doubled their lead , Joe Bemrose as cool as the other side of the pillow  (great analogy – Ed.) , steering the ball home. Moments later O’s  David Lees skipped past Gaskin,  and beat Partington with a low drive. Pete Dixon star of “Granada Reports” drew O’s level, in acres of space , he blasted the ball into the net. Maroons were very much on the back foot,  and fell behind with an almost identical Dixon strike. They thought it was all over,  it was when Dixon completed his hat trick to make it 4 -2. Not an easy game to referee,  but Gordon Nixon did a fine job.
Oranges – 4 – Lees,  Dixon (3)
Maroons – 2 – Heath, Bemrose
Thanks Trevor…
WE NEED GAMES IN THE SECOND HOUR THAT ARE ‘EASIER TO REFEREE’ even though it’s never EASY.  Remember this is a WALKING Football group.
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A few words from Chairman Gordon…

25 over the 2 hours today,  first game my team were on the end of a 5-1 bashing ! It may well  have been more l just stopped counting at 5 !  Pete Jarvis and Joe Bemrose doing the damage.

No Garry Pearce today so Peter Quinn refereed the game.

Our second game was 7 v. 7 and kicked off with no referee as l was sorting out the money.  It soon became  was clear that  a Referee was required so l stepped in. This one ended 4-2 to the Yellows with Pete Dixon bagging 3. We had a new chap sign the registration form today.  Stephen Stafford  from Hyde aged 63.

*edited:   Thank you Gordon both for administering the session AND for  Refereeing that second hour.

Some of you will know that David Wilson has been admitted into hospital overnight and was absent today.  We are making enquiries with family at an appropriate level and will pass on any information when and if appropriate. We all wish David well very soon, I’m sure.


AUGUST 20th – see ‘Summer Nineteen’ page.


August 13th…King Street…

I’m pretty sure there was a record turnout at Denton today.
THIRTY FIVE PLAYERS in total across the Overs and Under hours.
Four more players ‘signed on’ for 2019/20  -Andy Muir, Steve Johnson, Phil Livesey and Roy Smith.
There were a couple of announcements made.  Don’t forget EVERYBODY starts at 10.00am next Tuesday so please turn up early – ish for a prompt start or our ‘Summer 19’ Festival.
F.P.L. Players were urged to bond with their Plsyer/Managers and vice-versa. Get contact details and keep people informed as the leagues kick off date approaches.

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    Then for the business of the day.  Yours truly Refereed a 6 v. 6 on pitch two. Navy Blue’s versus Virginal White’s.  I’m not sure how many have served at sea but I’m fairly confident we’ve no virgins on board.
    Bernard Roddy set the standard  this morning with  a great display of walking football. Bernard retains a good first touch and great awareness.  He put the Blues in front with a well taken goal but Whites soon hit back via Brian Stafford.
    Keith Oldham then put White’s ahead and three runs saw a penalty double their lead. Brian Stafford tucking his shot away nicely.
    Roy Smith reduced Blue arrears just before half time and White’s led by the odd goal in five at the break.
    Blue were the much faster team all morning but Colin Fielding was moving at reasonable walking pace when he broke forward to score the equaliser before the second half was very old.
    Bernard Roddy then had a shot which struck  a post. A sixth run of the day from Blues gave Whites a chance to reclaim the lead but Brian Stafford kick was saved.
    Reading my match notes is like dechiphering Egyptian heiroglyphics today so forgive me if I’ve got anything wrong like 🙂
    Colin Fielding clinched it for Blues with  a goal at the Eastern end.  A good game wiht little contact. Whites can claim  a victory of sorts as they did not register a single run today.
    BLUES :  4 (Roddy , Smith R, Fielding C 2)  WHITES : 3 (Stafford 2, 1pen : Oldham)

Photo link later …and others will probably fill in the detail from the other two games.

Trevor’s report from the Unders hour…

The second hour was a 9 v 9, playing the 3 touch format. White’s started the better of the two teams , keeping the ball well, but not troubling blue’s keeper Joe Bemrose. As the first half drew on,  Blue’s began to get the upper hand. Their  breakthrough came in the shape of  Adrian Jones. who’s  effort found the bottom right hand corner.  Early in the second half they  doubled their lead, Paul Theobald on hand to slot past Gordon Nixon. Blue’s were moving the ball to good effect , were well organised, and more mobile.  However, they  gave away a number of free kicks, but White’s were unable to capitalise. White’s keeper Nixon had to be at his best to keep the score down. A late Brereton effort was well saved by Bemrose, as Blue’s took a well deserved win. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 2 – Jones, Theobald
Whites – 0


thanks Trevor. Photo’s later – here.


Colin Fielding’s view  from  a Referee’s perspective…Under 67’s+Lingerer’s  hour 6.8.19

Colin Fielding

A great game of walking football in the Tuesday morning sunshine at Denton in a 9 v 9 game of 3 touch walking football. Maroons v Yellows with only 2 runs and 2 fouls in an intriguing game. Good play by Trevor Brereton and Mike Conroy resulting in a great save by Mike Kieran.

Dave Gibbons playing out from defence found Hadge Cooper who split the opposition with an excellent pass finding Mike Caldwell in oceans of space.  Mike   made no mistake in giving the yellows a 1-0 half time lead.

Second half continued in the same vein, with maroons playing well.  New man Phil Livesey and Aide Jones were pulling all the strings. However,  another good passing move involving Rob Lake and  that man Hadge Cooper which saw a pin point pass to Caldwell*  who again finished clinically  to make the final score 2-0 to yellows.
Great game guys, successful 3 touch football.
Thanks for that Colin – Ed.
(*at odds with Trev’s report but Mike claimed the goal this morning 8/8/19)

THIRTY THREE AND A THIRD (game) …L.P. speed Colin Fielding will remember !

New man Terry Clarke <<<<

With thirty three players across two hours here is the first report from Alan Richards…

A five a side game on pitch two Yellows v. Maroons and yours truly Refereed.
We played with  a size four ball donated to D.W.F.G. by David Lees – (thanks).

Colin Fielding thought he had scored for Maroons in the early stages but it was ruled out for running.
Colin was playing well and registered Maroons first goal ten minutes later with a speculative shot.
New man Terry Clarke soon decided to keep goal for the rest of the morning and pulled off a string of fine saves, riding his luck  a little in the process.  However his luck ran out when Keith Oldham drew him out of his goal and delicately dinked the ball over him. Two-nil, and  it stayed that way until half time.

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At the other end Mike Kieran had been busy too.  There was no gulf between these sides but not every game can be contested on  a knife edge. That’s walking football. Some you win some you lose – sometimes heavily even when we have team selection down to  a fine art. All part of the experience.
Into the second half now and Joe Bemrose beat Kieran with  a good shot in the first minute. Moments later Keith Oldham restored Maroon’s two goal advantage, and after  a third run from the over exuberant Yellow’s Peter Jarvis – himself no slow coach today – drilled home a fine penalty kick.
Keith Oldham made it five  one with a nutmeg on the goalkeeper – a bit cruel after  a heroic save from the same man. Fielding added a sixth (I think) by now it was all  a little academic. Bemrose had a penalty saved by the agile Kieran but the regular ‘keeper could do nothing about a fine strike from O’Toole to make it six-two. A good game with three or four runs per team and only minor contact.

Trevor Brereton’s impression of the Under’s hour today…

The unders game was a 9 v 9 , played in the 3 touch format. Yellows started brightly,  with Maroon’s keeper Mike Kieran pushing  Brereton’s effort onto the post. Though you don’t have to be Pythagaros, the 3 touch turned into 4 and 5 occasionally.  Yellows took the lead when a long ball from defence was turned home by predator Mike Caldwell.

Maroon’s put together some nice passing moves but only a powerfully struck Joe Bemrose shot tested David Partington in the first half. Yellows looked dangerous early in the second half,  as only a fine Kieran save denied Mike Conroy.  Kieran was the busier of the two keeper’s as he made a fine save from another Caldwell effort. However he could do little about Conroy’s emphatic finish,  as Yellows took a stranglehold on the game.

Conroy – ’emphatic finish’ -we need at least ELEVEN markers on D’s.

Maroon’s Adrian Jones brought a fine save from Partington,  as time was running out  In the end a comfortable win for yellows,  in what was an enjoyable game game. Only a couple of runs, but more tumbles than the Russian women’s gymnastics team, though most were innocuous. Thanks to referee Mr Colin Fielding. (thanks for the report Trevor – Ed.)

Yellows – 2- (Caldwell,  Conroy )
Maroons – 0
sample the atmosphere with a little video <here>
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David Wilson has filed his Referee’s report on the game he officiated on pitch one in his own words…
Tuesday 6/8/2019 10 players A brilliant days game of Walking Football in the bright sun shine at Denton today 5 Marrons V 5 Yellows great Football from both sides  end to end Refereed by David Wilson Yellows took the lead through Roy Smith making it 1-nil to the Yellows but the Marrons would not give up some great passing from the Marrons then the Yellows got anther goal this time from Brian Stafford making it 2-nil to Yellows some brilliant defending from the Yellows (Ken Dean had to go of due to the warm weather) the Marrons only had 4 players but kept pushing forward they could not brake the defence of the Yellows at all but still the Marrons played some great football some very near misses then Gordon Nixon broke the Yellow defence and scored a great goal making it 2-1 to the Yellows some great football from both sides Yellows got a break through Roy Smith scored is second goal 3-1 to Yellows (Ken Dean came back on the pitch)  half time 3-1 to the yellows they all need the break due to the warm weather second half great game of football from both sides the Marrons got a second goal from Ken Dean that had not long been back on the pitch long it was a great goal making it 3-2 to Yellows what can I say the football from both side was fantastic the Yellow got anther goal from Bernard Roddy making it 4-2 to Yellows full time the score stayed the same 4-2 to Yellows it was a brilliant game to ref.
the pitch one line up
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Dateline Denton 30th.July…Garry Pearce reports on another well attended ‘overs hour’ …

Mathematical mix-up at 10.00 o’clock, we thought we had a 9 v 9 but in reality it was pointed out to me by ‘Party’ that we in fact had a 10 v 9! Half time saw that put right though and it didn’t detract from the game.

Scoring was opened for the Light Blues when a 20 yard screamer from Pete Jarvis caught ‘keeper Dave Fielding unawares and flew into the top corner of the net. Oranges were struggling manfully and although ‘keeper Mike had to make one or two good stops, Blues were definitely playing the better football.

Second half saw much of the same, with the blues just putting together the better moves. Some five minutes in, Pete Jarvis stole a march on the Oranges defence and despite Graham’s late surge, he couldn’t stop Pete poking the ball past the Orange’s second half ‘keeper, Rob Lake.

Not much running or contact to speak of, played three touch in the first half (much better in my opinion) and normal rules in the second.

Final score: Blues 2 v 0 Oranges.


and Trevor Brereton fills us in on a 9 v. 9 Unders game in the second hour :

Denton,  30th July

Just a quick report on the second hour this morning.  It was an nine v nine encounter between the maroons and the yellows.  Y’s started well, and had a few efforts that Dave Partington dealt with.  However maroons took the lead, correct me if I’m wrong,  but I think  it was Pete Dixon from close range, beating Mike Kieran.  Nearing half time Yellow’s Steve Foster  (thigh ), was replaced by Gordon Nixon.  The second half was dominated by maroons,  who went two nil ahead thanks to a fine finish from Joe Bemrose.  Maroon’s Dave Lees was pulling the strings, as they went close again, this time hitting the bar. For all  Y’s hard work they didn’t test Party in the second half.  Approximately four penalised runs, and little contact today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Maroons  – 2 – (Dixon, Bemrose)
Yellows – 0

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Garry Pearce reports on  an ‘unders Desmond’…23/7/19 Photo link to Flickr < here >

Video from the first hour is online at Tamestriders TV – hope you’ve bookmarked the channel by now. – – – – – –

Eight v Eight on the full pitch under a sweltering sun. Have to admit that I cut down my running around today and had to even change shirts in one break, it was that hot. Playing three 15 minute periods, rather than the usual two, to give everyone chance for extra fluids.
The light blues took an early-ish lead, when the totally unmarked Dave Fielding slotted coolly past Mike Kieran. Mike had a great game overall, making a couple of super  stops to keep the score down to just 1-0 at the break. The light blues were dominating the play and doubled their lead when another Dave Fielding  strike was deflected past the despairing Mike, off an unfortunate Steve Wingrove.

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It seemed unlikely that the dark blues could get back into the match but the aforementioned Wingrove  struck a thunderbolt of a swerving, dipping shot that Gordon just waved at as it flew in.  With Wingrove  on fire now it wasn’t many more minutes before he hammered a glorious low drive into the bottom corner of Gordon’s net.  (holidays clearly  good for you Steve – Ed.)
A superb game in the heat, only two runs and few fouls, discounting a mini running feud between Mr Cooper and Mr Fielding the younger!
Final score: Dark Blues 2 v 2 Light Blues.

What went before – Richards reports on the first  hour –

The first hour this morning was an over 67 three touch small ball affair,  which brought smiles to faces, saw running restricted and we even had a goal !
Yes , Joe Bemrose cliched it, connecting with an Alan Richards pass in the second third of the game to win in it for the Kazakhstan Blues.
The three touch element was, I think enjoyed by most and responsible for bringing the best out of our passing game. We had Eve Richards filming and the footage will be up as soon as possible.
David Wenham left the field injured – hope you’re okay David.

Dave Partington and Gordon Nixon drove the Orange forward but there was stubborn resistance from the elegant Colin Fielding. With several players rolling stockings down in the heat, a few more wearing bandanas as headgear the game definitely took on ‘dogdays of summer’ look. There won’t be many of those – there never are. Referee Garry agreed with a ‘game of thirds’ to allow re-hydration. We toiled in the heat and the satisfaction of a close game was apparent on everyone’s face. There will be a link to photographs soon and as mentioned the video will be linked when possible. I’m off to slower wi-fi speeds, so might be up late tonight.

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A warmish morning greeted us at King Street and frankly  far too many of us were lying down on the job !

Put through their paces by RSM ‘Party’ the over 67’s with one or two new additions – newly 67 (Mike Conroy for instance in  an Argentine ‘River Plate’ shirt)  got stuck into a new routine before taking up the old one on two adjacent pitches.
A one-nil win and a one-one draw from memory.  I Refereed on pitch one, a five versus five- always hard work in my view…..
…Walking football for the most part with some minor contact collisions that saw three players hit the deck but  fortunately no further damage. With a vocal Keith Burrows in goal for Orange and urging his players on throughout the game White’s had the edge in passing play. Old pals double  act between ‘Party and Nixon’ saw the joking duo enjoy the lions share of possession Peter Quinn was in support and  John Williams threatened to break through on the right. With John Gaskin in goal the Orange’s strongest suit was Graham Oakley, but he was pulled up for running twice early doors. Wenham and Gillan were his compadres with steely Bill Lancashire at the back battening down hatches. Gillan almost connected neatly at the end of a flowing move that could have brought a goal of the season contender. If only.

David Fielding on the bench ! – one of two new additions to the King Street scene

Goalless at the break and two runs per team.  It wasn’t long before get up and go G.O. sinned for a third time.  A new penalty technique involving  a small flat disc was trialled.  Partington’s heel was planted. The tension increased as everyone gathered behind the ball. At the whistle Partington despatched a one foot kick wide of the right hand post.
He made up for it moments later though when he opened the scoring.
Both teams went close,  but White’s found Burrows in resilient mood and he was Goalkeeping well.  O’s were not testing Gaskin to the same degree  With Graham Oakley penalised a fourth time for running (blue card already and three points deducted in the FPL) the O’s were frustrated in their attempts to find a leveller. .
White’s  were looking good , driven on by Partington often on the cusp of a run but staying just about  legal, and a game Gordon Nixon. Quinn and Williams kept up the effort and put in  a good shift.   Orange’s laboured a little more,  without bearing fruit, and they were eventually beaten by the clock and the sightly better team on the day.  One nil then, and a one one draw on the Pitch Two where Garry Pearce was in charge of an Orange v. Purple clash.

Fourteen under’s contested another one-one draw on the full size pitch.  Thanks to Referee GArry for officiating that one too.


16th.July 2019

Garry Pearce reviews Under’s action….

Eight v eight on the second game today. A noticeably faster pace, as you might expect which fortunately soon settled down. Following a good Whites move, Dave Fielding found himself one on one against ‘keeper Dave Partington.

Dave Fielding – opening goal

Party attempted to smother the shooting opportunity , going down almost at his feet, but the Devonian  cleverly chipped his effort over the prime Party into the net.

Paul ‘Theo’ Theobald  then scored a well worked equaliser, beating two or three players before striking a crisp left foot shot past Mike Kieran  into the back of the net. The excellent Mike Conroy (who been pulled a couple of times for running!) then restored the Oranges lead. The second leveller came when Adrian Jones was left clear just outside the ‘D’ and he slotted coolly into the net.

Mike Conroy

Only two runs all game, bits of contact but overall one of the best Tuesday games for some while.

Final score: Oranges 2 v 2 Whites

man in the middle took the photo – man in the middle didn’t play Pic:Garry Pearce



Badger Badged Whites  0  –   Branded & Numbered Orange 0…

Mike KierAn

Excellent turnout at Kings Street but the Overs hour didn’t quite see enough for two games.
Under’s stalwart Dave Fielding was there from the off but helpfully opted to watch from the sidelines so we had an eight v. eight. New man Mike Kieran – Vintage Celtic No.1 goalkeeper has signed for the Striders and is a very welcome addition to D.W.F.G.
Some good saves on his Denton debut. With Mike at one end and John Gaskin at the other the game kicked off. Branded & Numbered Oranges v. Badged Whites. Fluent play followed. Orange were driven by David Partington playing on bravely through what looked like a sore eye condition.
Colin Fielding powered Whites. Good link play with Richards, Wenham and Stafford with a busy Brodie always involved. The canny Cravagan too in the first half , reading the game well and looking to involve Gillan and Quinn with the a precision pass.
The potency of Orange drew heavily on Roddy, our most senior player and always involved up front. Bernard went down after an accidental coming together, we held our breath momentarily but up he got, dusted himself down and got on with it.
Keith Oldham was a little quieter today kept in check by the White defence,and last weeks hat-trick hero David Moore didn’t get all his own way either. Goalless as the teams changed ends and posed for the obligatory photograph.

More fine play in the second half. White’s especially moved the ball well. The midfield linked seamlessly  with the defence and Richards was spraying passes around with aplomb (honestly). Stafford and Wilson, now on the left were threatening and Brodie was up and down on the right. Colin Fielding , inspirational at the back and also getting forward. With Williams overcoming a dose of the flu to work hard in the middle of the park, Lancashire and Nixon ,

Bill Lancashire – evergreen in Orange

evergreen defenders in Orange today  bossed their  back line and chances were hard to come by. White’s toiled on to little avail.
Right at the end a third Orange run threw White’s their best chance of the game. Up stepped Richards with  a  one step routine that was heading for the top corner when Goalkeeper Gaskin’s outstretched fingertips turned it just wide of the goal. No time for more. A draw was an honourable result in the end and that would have been no way for Orange to lose a fine, close match. Well done all.

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Immense thanks to Garry Pearce for marshalling matters over two games on a muggy day, with his trusty whistle, and to our two assistants today – a half each. Tony Cravagan and David Wilson.
Les Gillan, Bill Lancashire, Colin Fielding and Brian Stafford from this game all signed on today for 2019/20. Plus David Lees who played in the second hour. More to come on that one from Garry Pearce

**NEW UNEDITED** Under’s first half <click>

Tuesday 2/7/2019.
David Wilson on the far left

David Wilson Refereed today’s game and his edited report is featured below….

“It was a game of two halve’s  today on pitch one.  There were 10 players 5 Blues V 5 Yellows.

Both sides started well with plenty of passing but I had to give a couple indirect free kicks due to some running and contact offences.
There was still some good football from both sides but  the Blues struck first with a great goal from Alan Brodie.

One nil then to Blues, but Yellows did not give up.  However the Blues scored next, to double their lead.  This time it was Laurie O’Toole on target.
Half-time 2-0 Blues…..
In the second half the game changed for the Yellow team and  David Wenham pulled one back with  a good effort.   Blues were awarded a penalty for an opposition  defender stepping in his own ‘D’.
Alan Brodie took the spot kick but John Gaskin made a brilliant save for the Yellows.
Steve Wingrove had a good game in goals for  Blues.  Still some good walking  football  was played.  Both teams doing well but suddenly  Keith Oldham received the ball in his own half , and found  Joe Bemrose in space. The Royton Rocket ‘took on’ three players making enough space to score a fine goal.
Two each and it looked like staying that way  when Blues got another penalty,  yet again for a Yellow player stepping into their own  ‘D’.   This time Lawrence  O’Toole took the kick  but  missed.   So it remained a draw.  All in all it was a great game to Referee.  The game ended two all.”
I can not give man of the match, as all the players on both sides did well and the game was played in good spirit.
(We don’t do ‘man of the match’ at Denton David).  Thanks for your report . There will be some video links in due course. – Ed.
Some first half footage pf both first halves pitch one &  pitch two. 4 goals <here>

June 25th and David Wilson sends this communique from King Street  – *edited

“Eighteen  players at Denton on a very wet Tuesday. 9 Blues versus 9 Yellows, David Partington took the warm up and Garry Pearce Refereed the game. The Blues  kicked off and we saw some good football from both sides.  Blues pushed forward with some great passing. Brian Stafford found Alan Brodie in space an d he advanced on goal to score!  Yellows  were unperturbed. They had lots of the ball but it was the Blues who doubled their lead.  Awarded  a penalty for three runs, David Partington  tucked it away eventually  after three attempts due to kicking before the whistle,  and  a subsequent  ingress after goalkeeper Gaskin had saved.
Blues yet again pushed forward, passing well,  and the indomitable  Bernard Roddy tried his luck with  a shot, saved by ‘keeper  Wingrove,  but he made an error.   Throwing the ball somewhat casually out to a player and  Keith Oldham pounced ,  seeing  an opportunity to strike. Oldham rarely makes mistakes from that range  and he made  it 3three  nil to Blues at half time.
Second half began and  David Partington had changed places with Alan Richards to assist  the Yellows cause.  A tough task but his new teammates would not give up, responding well to Partington’s prompting and pushing forward whenever they could.  There was a heavy ‘coming together’ which left O’Toole temporarily flattened outside the Blue ‘D’.  Referee Pearce  adjudged a  a penalty.  As Joe Bemrose, long hair already soaked,  walked up to convert emphatically   making it 3-1 to the Blues.  Yellows, sensing a comeback was very much on  pushed forward once again.  The ball found  Ken Dean he turned and scored with a fine finish making it 3-2 to the Blues.  The score remained  the  same for the rest of the match.  Some good walking football throughout, and Dean went close once more, hitting the base of post.
Most players did very well in the damp, miserable conditions and Les Gillan in particular  had a good game today.  A final score of 3-2 to the Blues was probably justified for their first half dominance. Played in a good sprit, and  refereed superbly once again by Garry Pearce”.
….and that man Garry Pearce fills in the detail from the second hour with our ‘unders’ and ‘lingerers’….
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Six for five!
Eleven players for the second game today, six soggy Blues v five saturated Yellows. The original plan was to swap a player at half time but as things turned out, that wasn’t necessary.  The match started in a bizarre fashion when after a few seconds, a strike by Dave Lees caught out an unaware Gordon Nixon in the blues goal. Dave added another and Lord Fielding a cheeky third, before Pete Dixon pulled one back for the blues. Joe Bemrose added a sweetly struck fourth to give the Yellows a comfortable half time advantage.

Bemrose with the writer and Referee in the background
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The five Yellows were more than holding their own and Dave Lees added another. It wasn’t all one way traffic however and Blues ‘keeper Dave Partington had to be at his athletic best to keep out a couple of efforts from Steve Wingrove.  Yellows scoring was completed when Pete Dixon,  defending desperately stepped into the goal area.  Dave Lees (I think) put the penalty away. Steve WIngrove finally got his goal, slotting past the over exposed Partington to round off the scoring.
A good game, played in lousy weather, bits of running and contact but a good morning all in all.
Final score: Blues 2 v 6 Yellows

June 18th. 2019 David Wilson  has kindly submitted a report from today’s first hour. Yours truly was absent today.  Gordon Nixon reported there were  22 players over the two hour session which continues the trend of slightly lower numbers. Something we can address but nothing to worry about I’m sure. Bernard Roddy  had told me he couldn’t attend and some players are still injured. 

Here’s David’s  words *edited*

Tuesday 18/6/2019 Sixteen turned up at 10-00am. and we played eight  Maroons  versus  eight Yellows
Steve Wingrove took the warm up and Gary Pearce refereed today.
There was some great football from both sides. the Maroons struck first with  a rocket shot from that man Joe Bemros which  Steve Wingrove did not  coming.   One nil to the Maroons.  The yellows played some great football.  In the defence was Tony Cravagan and Bill Lancashire with Colin Fielding in the middle.   Some brilliant passing:  it was like three touches.  Couple of runs in the first half  and stayed one nil to the Marrons.  Great first half from both sides great to watch, but would preferred  to have played.
Half-time Maroon 1 Yellow 0

Second half.  Still some good passing from both sides.  Rob Lake had a great game in goals for the Yellows. Maroons got another break.

Joe Bemrose – ‘the Royton Rocket’
Joe Bemrose got the ball in the middle of play, and found Alan Brodie on the right side.  Brodie took it forward and scored,  making it two nil to Maroons. Still  some great football from both sides.  Gordon Nixon had a brilliant game in the heart of defence for the Yellows.  Both sides would not give up at all .  Then, the Yellows got a penalty for three runs.  Brian Stafford took it and scored !  Two one now to the Maroons. Full time !  The winners were the Marrons winning 2-1 a great day of Walking Football at Denton today and Refereed superbly by Gay Pearce.  I learnt a lot watching Gary today for when I referee  on Thursday’s and some times on a Tuesday’s if there are two games.
Sounds like one hell of a game David Wilson . I almost  wish I’d been there – Ed.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN…Alan Richards writes…

Over 67’s Purples 0 Orange 3 ( Stafford 2, Bemrose)
A grey and chilly morning at King Street was partly to blame for the lower than usual turnout. But we do have a lot of people carrying injuries, and also there is a lot going on this week in terms of walking football.
The new surface was looking much better with a few white lines. We persisted with the lightweight plastic goal posts in the absence of an alternative. We may have to get used to these as time goes on. At least they are lightweight.
Over 67’s were boosted by three ‘youngsters’ and we numbered twelve for a rousing 6 v. 6 encounter. Refereed by myself and the trusty ‘British Railways’ c. 1957 ‘Acme Thunderer’ the teams were bibbed in the new printed Orange mesh, and a fetching shade of Purple.

Oranges , with their  lynchpin David Gibbons  – one of the unsung  heroes of Denton Walking Football Group – commanding,  were first to strike, with Brian Stafford once again on target after a good ball from Joe Bemrose.  Lancashire and Wenham were offering good support too.  Stafford pounced once more a few minutes later seizing upon a snap shot that just clipped Gordon Nixon’s heel on the way in to the Purple’s net.

Gordon Nixon’s heel

Nixon had a chance to reply from the penalty spot (three runs) but placed his kick wide.

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After the break the play ebbed and flowed as Purples tried to get into the game via Cravagan, Nixon and Quinn but a Bemrose goal rocked them a little and the game looked lost, although they kept plugging away. A lively Bernard Roddy inspiring his teammates.
The extra effort saw them catch up in the running stakes midway through the second half, but once again the penalty was steered wide of the mark with Stafford spurning the chance of his hat-trick.
A good match ended three-nil to the Orange.

A half dozen or so Unders turned up at 11-00am. Gordon Nixon took the whistle for this one and a throbbing five v. five match up included a few lingerers.
Although I missed much of the game it was a much freer scoring affair. Three one at half time I think with Purples ascendant. Steve’s Wingrove and Johnson on target, along with the nimble and enegetic Andy Muir.

Orange –

There was an array powerful shooting with ground hugging drives zipping along the new 3g from the likes of Conroy and Dixon in Orange, and Wingrove. With Adrian Jones on the mark the score was narrowed to three-two but Purples persevered to great effect with some excellent finishing.  Ivan Taylor,  a mainstay stopper at the back. Wingrove clinched his hat trick, and Joe Bemrose shot powerfully at the feet of John Gaskin, who could not quite stop the ball crossing the line as it squirmed away from him. Not to be outdone the Orange men replied through Dave Fielding and Mike Conroy added respectability to the scoreline although the result was never in doubt.
Well Refereed by Gordon Nixon. Some more photo’s will emerge later._

Purple prowess shone through today, unlike sun we could mention




STRIDERS AT THE NASH…reports from our temporary home at Curzon Ashton F.C.

June 4th. Two ‘Tremendous’ games….

as Alan Richards writes…

John Gaskin

With concerns about turnout and rain in the forecast it was doubly pleasing to see a total of eighteen Striders arriving at Curzon for possibly the final time in our enforced exile.
Major thanks to Mark Bradshaw and the club for hosting us during this time.
With thirteen on the pitch for the first hour we had three under 67’s who shared the goalkeeping duties.
Blacks v. Whites for a spirited game Refereed for the first time by John Gaskin who settled into the role very well. Thank you John.
A close encounter this despite numerical deficiency. It was decided by a David Wenham goal. David is really enjoying a purple patch of form and seems to suit a black bib.
In white it was perhaps a combative Laurie O’Toole who caught the eye.
Bernard Roddy had found his way to Curzon despite some difficulty and played well. White’s never quite got that lucky break in front of goal. Steve Wingrove also performed admirably in goal keeping a clean sheet for the Blacks who just about deserved the win, although it should be remembered they had the extra man.

Did we have a good time?

There was an imbalance in the second hour too. Before the game kicked off Rob Lake was concerned “they look strong” was the way he summed up the opposition. Rob’s fears were allayed a little as his yellow team dominated the first few minutes.
An injury early on to Roy Smith, who had lingered, interrupted matters. The plucky painter and decorator – about to go on holiday – decided to stay on the pitch and keep goal for his team in stockinged feet, later making some good saves and showing a willingness to dive to left and right to stem the advancing yellow tide.
Garry Pearce who left Lisbon only yesterday Refereed this one for us in Benfica red. The action pitted Kazakh Blues v. Numbered Yellows.
The Yellows had a man over in the first half. Joe Bemrose put them ahead with a penalty awarded for three Blue runs. Despatched wide of Smith, Joe has a good record lately of putting away penalty kicks. Andy Muir hit a post from a Richards free kick and went close minutes later via the same source.
Conroy and Heath beavered away for Blues and Steve Wingrove playing outfield now was all over the pitch for the Kazakh cause. David Fielding looked menacing at times in yellow.
Second half saw Richards change sides to redress the balance, and spent much of the second half glancing down at his bib to remind himself which team he was on !
Yellows still pressed and a fleet of foot Keith Yardley put them further ahead. So much for the extra man! However as time ticked by the Blue effort began to make its mark. Peter Dixon often looking to strike saw his shot rebound into the path of Mike Conroy who buried it high into the net. A rising trajectory leaving Gordon Nixon with no chance.
John Gaskin was solid for Blues and their forwards pressed safe in the knowledge that a couple of defenders were holding the defensive fort.
A third Yellow run, just seconds before the final whistle presented Blues with a chance to equalise right at the death. Up stepped a confident Conroy who employed his ‘flamingo’ technique to great effect, smashing the ball into the back of the net.
The whistle went, the honours were shared.
The games this morning were better than good for those who took part. A tremendous way to spend a Tuesday morning.

Thanks to our Referees and to Mark Bradshaw for the brews afterwards.
We now turn our attention to Wigan and look forward to hearing how our team fared in the ‘Soccerdome’.


May 27th…Alan Richards writes…

Striders at the Nash part two:

Our second weeks temporary exile in the pleasant surrounding of Curzon Ashton’s 3g was the first yours truly had attended, having been on holiday last week.
The first hour saw a black v. white multi touch game with twelve players. Underage goalkeepers Dave Fielding and Rob Lake between the sticks at either end of the far pitch – pitch 3 for FPL purposes.

Garry Pearce Refereed.
Colin Fielding drilled home an opener for the Blacks and Dave Partington slotted home a penalty after giving Lake ‘the eyes’. Some sweet passing moves in both games today. This one saw the Whites pull one back through returnee Bill Lancashire – at last presented with his rain jacket,(just two more to go, Ed.) – a fine finish. Bill looks to have returned to full fitness.
Highlight of the game was a marvellous Cryuff like demonstration of fine footwork from David Wenham, but he fluffed his lines in front of goal. However, minutes later the Marple man put the game beyond Whites . That was the end of the excitement although Colin Fielding almost launched a ball into orbit towards the end.

The second hour saw a 7 v. 7 once again bibbed in monochrome black and white. Goalkeeper Partington and Nixon now as the mostly Under 67 crew with a few lingerers played out a close game with some fine pass and move walking football. Whites attacked most in the first half with a fair few shots on target. Dixon in particular testing Partington’s handling. Muir also on target .

Steve Foster was commanding in White. Muir, Bemrose and Richards working the channels trying to get Dixon away again. For Blacks David Fielding was tireless, and the cultured Colin, his namesake found himself unmarked in a very forward position but Nixon saved well. In fact Nixon’s goalkeeping was exceptional today with several close range shots blocked.
Steve Johnson was a threat on the right and supported well by the mobile Mike Conroy and lingerer Wenham, looking ominously threatening in black.

David Wenham – Cryuff like

Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing both games. Resplendent in red. We have suspended paying Ref’s fivers while we’re at Curzon as we are just not taking enough money in. Garry and all the Ref’s generously donate their modest ‘fee’ back into the clubs coffers which helps us pay for little extras from time to time.
We may be back ‘home’ sooner than we may have thought. As a separate ‘news’ story will report in that vein  from King Street later.
Sorry some of the pics are out of focus – my fault, not the cameras. Thanks to Dave Wilson for shooting a few off too today I’ll sort them out soon and put the best on Flickr.


21/5/19 and Garry Pearce writes…”Quick reports from yesterday’s two games at the Nash.”

Two games at the Tameside Stadium today, transferred from Denton.

Once again with he assistance of Benito, the first game got underway. An eight a side affair. It seemed that some of the guys had been inspired by the 10k run on Sunday, as running was prevalent from the off. It was Brian Stafford who broke the deadlock however, slotting coolly past Steve Wingrove in the Oranges goal. The early running soon accumulated and a penalty was awarded to the Yellows, readily put away by Keith Burrows. The half was completed for Yellows, when Brian Stafford scored his second of the game.

Brian Stafford

In the second half, unfortunately Oranges had not learnt their lesson and a further penalty was awarded, this one taken by Laurie, was saved by Benito. No further goals in the second half but way too much running (eight in total and some borderline) on admittedly a big pitch. Dave Wilson had to retire due to a calf injury, hope you’re OK soon Dave.

Final score: Oranges 0 v 3 Yellows.

The second game was a six a side, with Benito in goal and changing teams at half time. Not quite as many runs in this one but still a bit fast at times. The first goal was netted following a crisp move by the Orange’s, when Theo shouted for the ball to be left to him and he made no mistake. Orange’s soon got to three runs and Keith Burrows stuck the ball firmly but Gordon, diving to his right made an absolute top class save. Would have been a good one for the video! Orange’s stroked the ball around sweetly in the second half and Pete Dixon doubled the score for them, being well set up by Theo. Not quite as many runs but dozens of shots ended up on the pitch behind!

Alan Graham – ‘on the mend’

All in all a good morning’s footy. Nice to see Alan Graham and his wife paying us a visit. Alan’s well on the mend and hopefully it wont be too long before he’s back with us.

Final score: Oranges 2 v 0 Yellows.


Garry Pearce wades in with words from Pitch One – 14/5/19

Sorry it’s late guys, report from yesterday’s game:

“Six v six, Maroons v Yellows. The usual bout of early running did settle down fairly quickly and a good game ensued. Roy Smith put the maroons ahead and the in-form Joe Bemrose equalised for the Yellows. A rocket of a shot from Barry Smith put the maroons back in front but hard work from Alan Brodie resulted in a second yellows equaliser.

Although the running had virtually dried up, a third misdemeanour  from the maroons resulted in a penalty, ably despatched by Joe Bemrose . A really good game, few contacts and plenty of laughs, notably at the expense of Dave Fielding, and the saves he made with his a**e the size of Botswana!

Final score: Maroons 2 v 3 Yellows.”

David Wilson comments on the first hour on his pitch 14/5/19…

Tuesday 14/5/2019..
Peter Jarvis in Striders white
 There were 22 players today two games two games today five v five and  six v six
I am reporting on the five v five game Maroons V Yellows great game brilliant atmosphere from both sides the Maroons took the lead through Keith Oldham from a pass from Gordon Nixon one nil to the Maroons, there was some great football from both sides no bad challenges just some good football another goal this time it was Peter Jarvis for the Yellows making it  one all still some great football ,the Yellow had plenty of the ball but could not score at all, then the Maroons got a penalty for three runs Gordon Nixon put it away very calmly with no problem at all, Maroons 2 Yellows 1 at half time second half the yellows put some pressure on the Maroons and scored a second goal from a cross from David Wilson which Peter Jarvis scored a great goal, Maroons 2 yellows 2 still some good football from both sides Gordon was brilliant in defence a long side Peter Quinn the Yellow scored anther goal this time it was Brian Stafford from Tony Cravagan making it 3 Yellows 2 Maroons both sides kept pushing forward then a great goal from Peter Jarvis making him a hattrick the score 4 Yellow 2 maroons the Maroons would not give up at all then they scored a great goal from Peter Quinn Making it 4 to Yellows and 3 to the Maroons both goalkeepers made some great saves, it was a great days football at Denton today  final score 4-3 to the Yellows.
Maroons 3:
John Gaskin {goalkeeper} Gordon Nixon {2} Peter Quinn Keith Oldham {1} Less Gillian
Yellows 4: Rob Lake {goalkeeper}Tony Cravagan Brian Stafford {1} Peter Jarvis {3}

May 14th…and the second hour sees silver service from Referee Pearce…

…as Trevor Brereton reports…

Denton 14th May

With such a large turnout,  and a few “overs” wishing to loiter,  it was decided that we would play a 9 v 9 THREE TOUCH, in the second hour. Yellows got off to a flyer as Theo swept the ball past Nixon,  following a good move. Apart from the goal,  Nixon  had a relatively quiet first half.
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Defences were generally on top, yellows  Heath,  Gaskin and Lake formed a solid unit,  as purples looked for an equaliser.  Purple’s Pete Dixon looked dangerous,  but couldn’t find a way past Barry Smith.  Purple’s  came more into the game in the second half,  the vociferous Foster urging his troops forward in numbers.  Purple’s scored a deserved equaliser as Wingrove fired a free kick well out of Smiths reach.
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When yellows Terry Harrison had to leave the pitch with a groin problem,  (OH NO! – ED.) the momentum was definitely with the purple people. Dixon had a good chance to put them ahead, but fired over from close range.  Yellow’s Smith also made a couple of smart saves to keep his team level. Against the run of play yellows restored their lead with five minutes remaining.   When Joe Bemrose picked the ball up midway inside the purple’s half,  their seemed little danger.  Bemrose strode forward unchallenged, and unleashed the hammer,  a ferocious shot bending away from Nixon,  and into the left hand side of the net. Yellows held on comfortably to seal a narrow win. Thanks to Garry Pearce for his sterling refereeing this morning.
Yellows – 2 – Theobald , Bemrose J.
Purples  – 1 – Wingrove                           (box for feedback provided below – Ed.)

May 7th. 2019 – Blacks 1  (Oldham) Whites 2 (B. Smith, 2)

Biting temperatures behind us now and with a gentle breeze wafting across the soon to be renewed surface at King Street the only blot on arrival was to see some mindless, morally bankrupt vandal had cut a large hole in one of the four goal nets.
As it happened we didn’t need both sets as one pitch sufficed.

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    Black and white bibs dispensed after Dave Partington’s warm up and away we went. 7 white bibbed troubadours v. 8 men in black.
    David Moore back to full fitness (we hope) played in black and was first to be penalised for a run. That was followed up swiftly by two more from his teammates. PENALTY !
    Joe Bemrose stepped up. One step technique mastered but his kick was saved relatively comfortably by David Fielding, at 63 one of our underage ‘keepers, this morning. John Gaskin being the other one.
    Barry Smith scored the opener, just after being pulled for a run. A fine goal. He added a second soon afterwards with a swift walk of very short steps before burying the ball in the back of the net.
  • underage ‘keepers

    With Blacks chasing the game perhaps their most effective threat Keith Oldham smashed a shot against the post. It was Oldham who pulled one back for Black’s just before the final whistle. Only four runs all morning. Refereed by yours truly.

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  • the teams today
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    With no other willing Ref’s on the horizon I also took charge of the second hour. With attendance now more balanced across the morning we had a dozen or more turn up at eleven am. Steve Foster took charge and enlisted three ‘lingerers’ for their second game.
    With almost twenty years spanning the ages on the pitch this game was a little more challenging to officiate. Kazakhstan Blues faced the Orangemen. The teams looked evely balanced, seected by Steve Foster and yours truly.
    Blues were penalised twice for running fairly early doors. Energy in spades from the fitter, slightly younger men.
    Orange took the lead through Peter Dixon wearing his FCUM  stockings. A deserved lead but Blues, driven on by the mobile David Lees, long legs often getting to the ball the merest moment before his opposite number, and invariably finding a team mate with a poked pass.
    As the second half wore on another Blue run and a PENALTY. Ivan Taylor in goal squared up to face Peter Dixon’s spot kick and gathered it safely into  his hands.
    Terry Harrison is   looking match sharp again  now,  and though pushing the boundaries for running was a thorn in Blues side.  Harrison  doubled the Orange lead with a well taken goal. At the other end Trevor Brereton in Blue hit the frame of the goal twice within about fifteen seconds.
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    Although Orange looked comfortable for lengthy periods Blues kept plugging and probing but it was a powerful shot from deep from Steve Wingrove that halved the deficit. Unfortunately time ran out before they could conjure up an equaliser.
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    Full time. Orange 2 (Dixon, Harrison) Blues 1 (Wingrove)
    Good to see Hadge Cooper on the touchline along with Mike Conroy, who’s ankle injury from yesterday shouldn’t keep him our of the Over 65’s effort at Heywood later this week.
    Thanks to those who heped pack up the gear. Especially John Gaskin.
    Financial note: Another £200 in cash was paid into our bank account today. The committee members are informed weekly of the financial details for our group.
  • Over to Trevor Brereton for his take  take on the second hour…

    Oranges prevailed in the second hour this morning, thanks to two clinical finishes from Dixon and Harrison. Oranges quickly had the upper hand, an incisive pass found Dixon unmarked, and he drilled the ball into the left hand corner of the net. Blues were unlucky not to equalise as Brereton’s effort hit the inside of the left hand post, and moments later, he clipped the outside of the right hand post. Blues had quickly racked up three runs, the resulting penalty from Dixon was hit straight at the keeper. Oranges passing game was sharper, more incisive and accurate, compared to the blues. Brodie, Lees and Bemrose kept the ball in the blues half ,as Rob Lake tried valiantly to organise his defence. Oranges doubled their lead taxi driver/ artist, brushed off his marker drew the keeper, and ‘easely’ tucked the ball away, to put the gloss on a fine performance. . With two minutes to go Wingrove fired in a consolation goal for the blues. Thanks to referee Alan Richards for taking today’s game.

Oranges – 2 – Dixon, Harrison
Blues – 1 Wingrove

todays second hour teams…



Dateline Denton 30th.April: …

A few photo’s from today – <Flickr feed>

Match reports are being written I’m sure but a quick synopsis from me of another splendid day at King Street. Much of it captured on film. <first half over 67’s>  <second half 8 mins>
Very good atmosphere and banter this morning.  Smiles abounded which is what we want.
Over 67’s between ten and eleven were augmented by a trio of underage players. This pushed the numbers up to a 10 v. 9 and frankly, as we all know by now, that’s too many.
As David Wenham said we could have had two games but for that we need a minimum of twenty, and an absolute maximum of twenty eight. Not to mention two Referees of course and they don’t grow on trees !
Maureen Gibbons was on the touchline ‘ bench’ with Granddaughter Lily aged about two and a half to three I’d guess – (a lovely name shared by my late mother – Ed.)  Lily asked some interesting questions like “why are some of them running Grandma” out of the mouths of babes eh !! I didn’t have time to explain the one foot on the ground principle.
Maureen is a keen football fan and a regular attendee at the Etihad. Let us know if you fancy agame on Thursday mornings Maureen !
Thanks as ever to Garry Pearce for Refereeing both of our games. With the movement Garry puts in, not easy under a warming sun.  A man who has been receiving high praise of late from some quarters, to offset some ludicrous criticism from some self appointed guardians of the game.
Video links and pics will appear soon.

P.S. Garry bought me chocolate  from America too so I am  a bit biased!! – but more of that later

Trevor Brereton’s Bulletin:

The second hour was a lively affair,  where ultimately the Purple’s prevailed. With the venerable Alan Richards  (VAR) , on camera duty , we got underway. <film of the first half>

Purple’s looked to have a solid spine, B Smith, Lake, Lees,  and Chelsea fan Wingrove a hazard up front. Chances were few and far between in the first half, Purples  hit the post from a free kick, and Brereton fired narrowly wide for Oranges. Wingrove tried his luck from distance a number of times, but didn’t trouble Steve Foster in the oranges goal. Defences were very much on top, Fielding Jnr,  Gibbons, Heath and Gaskin forming a tight oranges defence. The second half continued where the first half ended, with no quarter give.  As the tension mounted,  Oranges Pete Dixon looked dangerous,  and brought a good save from Smith. Just when the game looked to be heading for a  stalemate,  an error at the back from Orange’s allowed  Purple Andy Muir to score (almost poetical – Ed.)

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Oranges were mighty unlucky not to equalise,  when following a good move, Dixons effort hit a post, ran along the goal line, hit the other post and bounced out,  much to the relief of the Purple team. Only two runs from each team penalised,  and minimum of contact today. Thanks to Garry Pearce  for refereeing.

(thanks Trev: ‘VAR’ links and photo’s  later – Ed.)

Maroons – 1  (Muir)
Oranges – 0




Happy St.George’s Day 23.4.19 ~ Your Editor was not as King Street today but the session was taken by Group Chairman Gordon Nixon.  He wrote a little about the goings on, including an unusual variant of the game which proved highly enjoyable….

Gordon Nixon

 “A low turnout a Denton today only 16 over the two sessions, tomorrow’s F.P.L. may be part of the reason for this,  however it didn’t detract from the enjoyment.  First game was played with 3 touch we had six a side Dave Partington’s team ran out 4-1 winner’s !  The second game was 5 v. 5 and played with no fixed goalkeeper and you had to be in the ‘D’ to score l think it ended 5-4, Numbers may have been down but it was a really enjoyable morning’s football. Thanks to Garry Pearce  for reffing the 1st game and to Hadge Cooper who took over the whistle for the second game. “Gordon

Thanks Gordon. Really good to hear you played three touch ahead of the F.P.L. which is obviously affecting attendances.  The 5 v. 5 seems to have gone down well too so maybe the ideas for a Summer Festival of five-a-side teams without ‘keepers might be a runner – if you’ll pardon my language – Ed. 


16/4/19 Photo album <elevenses>

April 16th 2019 -A thoroughly enjoyable experience this morning at King Street. It was 8 v. 8 but unfortunately Lawrie O’Toole was forced to retire and DAvid Partington sportingly offered to leave the field to restore balance.
By this time Yellows were three – nil up. At half time Colin Fielding pulled out nursing his groin. John Gaskin replaced the stalwart but we must hope he can make the numbers for Thursday at Heywood’s over 70’s league. The squad is down to bare bones according to Dave Partington and in dire need of reinforcement. There is a thin line between fit and unfit, and I’m currently straddling  that line myself, with one or two others.  Best wishes to Colin. Your squad needs you.
Today’s game was a good one. Keith Oldham played a blinder. Scoring a hat-trick. The third from the penalty spot – ‘nutmegging’ ‘keeper Dave Fielding, who of course saw the funny side. Oldham’s yellow team was further buoyed by an Alan Brodie goal. Oldham’s fine performance has attracted the attention of Striders FPL management. We really need a boost especially after Lawrie’s injury. No reply from Maroons in terms of goals, but they were always in contention. Bernard Roddy had a truly excellent game in his maroon bib and I’ve seldom seen him on the ball so much. Really deft touches from our octogenarian. I think we’re all proud of Bernard and hold him in very high esteem.
Five runs for Maroon all morning – spread across the team. Yellow just had the two. I Refereed (thanks Alan) and I am pleased to report this was a walking football ‘match’.
Thanks all.

Gordon Nixon has kindly reported on the second hour on a our Facebook group. “played in good spirit , a 4 – 1 win the pick of the goals came from a rocket shot by David Gibbons”


I also remember a good goal from Steve Johnson in the first half. .Thanks to Hadge for volunteering to Referee.

I have some photo’s which I’ll get online when I can. I’m now in North Wales near Llandrillo – very rural but the wi-fi seems to be working very well.

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    Incidentally Hadge told me we’d had a good spread in the new ‘Denton Correspondent’ He’s picked up a copy in the Denton Doctor’s surgery. When I left King Street I called and picked up a couple of copies. Look our for it – it’s positive. I gave them an interview a couple of months back and had almost forgotten about it. There are photo’s too. We continue to keep a high-ish profile within our community. I’m hoping we can get  a regular column.
    Today was brilliant guys – cheers.


Spritely Bernard Roddy has pride of place in our latest photo album ‘Initial Success’ <here>

April 9th.  WIND JAMMERS…

Grateful thanks to Manchester Guardian Society Charitable trust for the grant which we put towards the rain jackets

A strengthening wind made ball control even more difficult for 27 Striders this morning as two games of three touch made for a pleasurable couple of hours for most.
Over 67’s bolstered by the presence of Dave Fielding, Rob Lake and Steve Wingrove played out a 1-1 draw. Kazakhstan Blues v. Greens. Colin Fielding strike just evading the goalkeeper – and the camera. But we caught his smiling face immediately afterwards. His opener for Greens was levelled by Joe Bemrose at the other end and it stayed a stalemate although both teams had chances. Thanks to Keith Burrows for Refereeing this one, and to Alan Graham for doing a ‘Johnny Cash’
Some notable absences and missing regulars in the second hour, but about eight arrived to collect their rain jackets. We’d handed out about fourteen beforehand so they are going like hot cakes – so the y should as they cost the recipients not a penny. Most people like the jackets and I thank all for co-operating with the demands of the camera this morning .
The ‘Unders’ recruited a handful of willing lingerers and a quick-ish game ensued. I think it ended up one -nil. A ‘nippy’ Steve Johnson shot home at the Southern End for Mitre Blues to open the scoring in the second half. As the game approached its closing seconds a penalty! (3 runs)  A chance for Reds to equalise. Up stepped Adrian Jones full of confidence but struck the ball wide of the post and the game was Blue.

Thanks to Alan Graham for Officiating in this one. Let’s not forget Ref’s donate their very modest match fee back into our funds and we’re lucky to have such experienced men in our camp.
I enjoyed the atmosphere this morning. Lots of smiles and a bit of banter. Thanks all.
Striders focus now shifts to Heywood and the Over 65’s on Thursday.

Feel free to add comments – either for printing here or a word in me ear……


April 2nd. – thanks to our Chairman Gordon Nixon for taking the session today along with Committee members Dave’s Wilson and Partington.  It looked a good turnout given the weather but I’ve nothing else to add. Cheers – Ed.

March 26th.


Richards writes about the first game and the day in general….

BLACKS 5  (Harrison 5) WHITES 0

Monochrome men…a photo album on our  Flickr ‘pro’ account  <Stridershots>

The cast assembles : Second hour

I was only partly at the races during game one today, watching and photographing, so we’d better let the pictures tell mst of the story. They will appear on Flickr’s ‘stridershots’ soon.The Black and White bibs seemed to suit a grey, chilly monochrome  morning but at least the heavens stayed firmly shut, and we completed all the proceedings without rain.
Lawrie O’Toole was a welcome visitor. His knee injury is proving troublesome, and has put him  out of the Striders FPL squad tomorrow.  He’s waiting for X-ray results.
I’m never sure if it’s Laurie or Lawrie.  However,  I especially asked for an apostrophe yesterday when I ordered the rain jackets.

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Mike Conroy and Hadge Cooper completed a trio of walking wounded to drop by today. We wish them all well a.s.a.p. My own problem has  returned this late afternoon after a bout of gardening. Painkillers as a side order with the ‘cottage pie’ tonight.

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    With just twelve players in attendance – FPL no doubt intervening -the format was obvious and the game was played across pitch one – the one with the patches. < Click for Clarence Carter >
    Goals soon came, Terry Harrison running rampant this morning . With an element of luck about a couple of them perhaps but his performance was stellar ! Gordon Nixon in goal for Whites  did what he could to resist but there was no stopping El Tel. It prompted one of our number to pull me to one side afterwards and  whisper the question “just how good Terry was today?
    No wonder he was player of the year” . I replied in complete  agreement and added a little embellishment , covering my mouth whilst doing so , as I’ve recently heard this is des rigueur in the football environment 🙂
  • Terry Harrison
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  • The game ended five nil to Blacks ! Keith Oldham, resplendent in new shirt and shorts (charity shop bargains by all accounts) his shirt reminded me of a certain Cup Final 1969. Keith played well but his team were well beaten today.
    There hadn’t looked too much between the sides at the start, Garry Pearce and I applied the usual scientific selection principles. The difference? ‘Something by Harrison’
  • All things must pass, and we moved on to the second hour. “That’s the way walking football SHOULD be played” claimed Adrian Jones, at half-time. His euphoria may have had something to do with his team being SIX-one up. I’ll let Garry Pearce take up the story later…. (Flickr link too)

Gaz’s Gazetta de la King Street:

A plethora of goals in the second game today. The game began with an opening score from Adie and five more first half goals for the Blacks soon followed, with two each for Party and Dave Gibbons, and one for Pete Dixon. Dave Fielding got one back for the whites, just on half time
Second half saw the blacks notch again through Party, before whites got into gear. Two more goals for Dave Fielding and a hat trick for Dave Lees, one of his shots was simply spectacular.

Dave Lees second hat trick in 24 hours

Blacks weren’t done however and another for Pete Dixon and a fourth for Party, finished superbly, rounded off the scoring.
Think that’s the highest scoring WF I’ve ever reffed in, played in a great spirit, lots of fun and some quality football too.

Final score: Blacks 9 v 6 Whites.

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March 19th. 2019

Trevor Brereton’s bulletin followed by the Editor’s view…

King St-March 19th

Two very equally matched teams this morning in the “unders”, with the yellows prevailing in the end . In a tight first half defences were on top, Foster and Dave Fielding for yellows had their  “big boy pants” on this morning , as they dealt comfortably with the blues attack. Similarly blues Cooper and Heath were resolute putting the shackles on a potent yellows attack. The real action took place in the second half,  as yellows took the lead when Steve Johnson fired in from close range. For blues Harrison went close,  Wingrove fired into the side netting and Brereton following a fine pass from Lees, clipped the outside of the post. The pivotal moment of the match came when Brereton unleashed a shot from distance that  keeper Nixon managed to deflect onto the underside of bar, then gratefully into his arms.  I think the phrase rhymes with “clucking bell”
Seconds later the ball was in the blues net, Pete Jarvis converting from the edge of the “d”. Quite a brisk game today , with only minor contact. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 2, Johnson , Jarvis
Blues -0
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Twenty nine players turned up today.
We had two games. The first hour saw eleven running offences and three penalties. No goals scored in open play, but clearly, a lot of running.

Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing the game. He has agreed to get tougher – three players were on Blue cards today with one more run. It’s sad that we might have to see more cards to slow people down and an early clamp down in these games.

The second hour saw an eight v. eight. Again there was much running. This makes life difficult for the Referee – thanks to Garry for doing it again, incidentally.
Talking to players privately afterwards some are not happy . They also say that others running encourages them to run too – in order to keep up ! This is understandable.
Talking to our two most regular Ref’s afterwards they both thought three touch on the big pitch would help them in their difficult task. So, I am proposing a two month trial of three touch whenever we play on the big pitch. Over the next eight weeks I will be absent for three of them but the committee – if they agree to this proposal will hopefully make sure it is implemented.
I think personally the second hour is worse than the first for running. Simply put, people are not playing the game as it should be played and we have to get a grip of this. Ask yourself – are you walking ? When attempting to win the ball are your first few steps too brisk? When lining up  a shot, what are your feet doing. We go around and around in circles talking about this.

Players tell me privately they are disillusioned.  We have a relatively thriving , sustainable,  well organised group which brings benefits to everyone.  Let’s all  try not to screw it up.

At the moment the best form of WALKING football at King Street is seen on a Thursday morning.
First game today ended one-one. Second hour Trevor Brereton will report later – thanks Trev.



Alan Richards, with  a very personal perspective…

Alan Graham

On a very good day for Denton Waking Football Group I’ll relate what I can remember of events on the pitch today.
First we had a 6 v. 7 of Over 67’s with the inclusion of Stewart White and Steve Wingrove in goals and David Fielding invited on board to swell the numbers.  Alan Graham Refereed and Garry Pearce played. He should do so more often in my opinion because he always makes an effective contribution.

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    Anyway,  the game ended one-nil to Purple’s. David Fielding scored the goal. Orange’s peppered the Purple goal with shots but those on target were very competently handled or deflected away by Stewart White. It was a close match between evenly balanced teams. Steve Wingrove emerged from goal near the end as Lawrie O’Toole aggravated his knee injury and changed places with the Glossop Londoner.
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    A few of these hardy souls  lingered to give the Under’s a better game. There were words from yours truly and Garry Pearce before the game regarding the second hour, and how we must stick to the rules of walking football. Last week’s game second  was unacceptable in terms of pace and contact and we must not forget what we’re about. The age difference on the pitch can be as much as twenty years at times. Nobody wants to see injuries or regular running. We don’t do football – we do walking football…..
    …That timely  message delivered,  two six a side teams commenced a game in the steady drizzle. Yours truly selected the sides and had the poor judgement to volunteer as goalkeeper against a team of big hitters. So please forgive a partly personal perspective here.
    Conroy, Wingrove, Bemrose and Taylor can certainly strike a powerful shot.
    A surprise effort from Taylor opened the scoring from some way out. I couldn’t get close to it by the time I could see it coming it was too late.  At the other end Gordon Nixon was proving himself once again, more agile. Diving to the ground to keep a clean first half sheet.  Mike Conroy added a second from the penalty spot, despite the ‘keeper (me) getting a trailing hand on it.  It was despatched with venom. If I’d gone the other way I might have got my body in the way of it. Conroy scored a third (I think) and Yellow led three nil at half time, despite a penalty award for Green’s for goalkeeper egress. I think the kick was saved with  another  Nixon dive, but would have been disallowed anyway. Adrian Jones with a micro step.
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    Second half is unclear to me too – sorry. Water on the brain perhaps . I recall two fierce shots,. One from Wingrove which I parried  and blocked but Conroy finished it off within seconds. Then Michael let fly from twenty yards and I managed to fingertip that one over. A mighty drive. When these shots are on target (and several weren’t) they take some stopping. Hands stinging by now I handed the rain sodden  gloves over to Dave Fielding.
  • Adrian Jones took another penalty (3 runs)  . He hadn’t waited for the whistle though and the subsequent kick went wide. I’m pretty sure he did atone with a couple of late goals to put a better gloss on the result which was 5 – 2 for the Yellows (?) Garry Pearce broke clear on the right near the end for the victors and his shot struck the post. I’m not sure who added Yellows fifth. If that was another for Conroy then it was a hat trick. By now, their superiority had been underlined and it’s all academic but Greens kept plugging away.
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    A decent turnout (costs covered with five pence to spare) on a grim day. Thanks very much to Alan Graham for Refereeing both matches. Thanks to those who attended. All in the frame for rain jackets as and when…more on that in due course.



March 5th….a new month of King Street capers….

Pic : Garry Pearce

Alan Richards writes…
PURPLES 0 ORANGE 1 (Partington pen)
Another very enjoyable game for the Over 67’s at King Street today. There was a definite nip in the air and the breeze was turning into wind as we gathered, seventeen men good and true for another walking football escapade.

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    This one was deadlocked. First half anyway. Despite some good passing in central areas Purple’s midfield machine of Dean , Richards and Williams struggled to make connections to a front two of Oldham and Wilson.
    Cravagan was shoring up their defence alongside  Rob Lake and both were masterful in thwarting the Orange attackers. Uncanny Cravagan, in his perception and interception.
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    Partington drove Orange on with Bemrose and Roy Smith looking likeliest to break the deadlock.
    Laurie O’Toole in Purple today was injured after a somewhat unnecessary and rash challenge. Game Laurie opted to go in goal for the rest of the game. When in doubt BACK OFF ! There are no cash prizes at stake here.
    In the second half both teams amassed two runs but it was David Wilson’s pace that pushed Purple’s over the edge when attempting to chase a through ball. No hesitation from Referee Pearce and David Partington despatched the penalty with aplomb for Orange and peeled away to be feted by grateful teammates.
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    Purples got the pip. Wilson dropped back into defence.
  • Martyn Heath substituted for Richards as the treasurer toddled off to greet arriving Under 67’s. The split is working both hours now much better balanced – (has anyone noticed?)
    Oranges held out despite Dean pushing further forward for Purples a goal just would not come.
    Well Played Everyone .
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  • Bill Lancashire get well soon, we miss you at these games. Hope the abductor muscle (hip area)  is not too sore. The Photo survey has been augmented with another question
    “Should the photographer almost fall arse over tit every week?” I’d expect a resounding YES ! given today’s reaction.
    Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing (Still pics on Flickr +++ Video soon on Tamestriders TV)

GAZ’z GAZETTA del a Ref…Under 67’s 5.3.19

Greens v Yellows on the big pitch. As is often the case the game started quickly, the Greens racking up two runs within the first three minutes. A third run followed shortly after and Steve Wingrove struck a fine penalty towards the top corner but a flying save from Party kept the game scoreless. A goal soon followed when Dave Lees tucked the ball away following a free kick awarded for overhead height. Andy soon swept in a second before Woz completed the first half scoring. It would be remiss not to mention a great left handed stop by Party that kept the Greens defence intact.
Second half saw the greens well on top with Dave Lees and Woz working really well together, often putting pressure on the Yellows defence, which at times was struggling to cope. Ivan, who twisted a knee in the first half, was now between the sticks for the Yellows but to be fair he had little chance with the next two Woz strikes. Woz completed his four-timer when he squeezed in a shot at Ivan’s near post, to finish today’s scoring.
Usual amounts of contact, some clumsy, all accidental. Despite a few falls, no serious injuries, thankfully. Too many runs (Seven in total) and plenty on the edge. Slow it down out there guys please!

Final score Greens 6 v 0 Yellows


February 26th. 2019

GAZetta de la sport from the Overs hour….

WHITES 2 (Brodie, Smith R pen) BLACKS 6 (Oldham 3, Harrison 2, Stafford)

It was all Black and White this morning, an opening total of 13 players saw six blacks taking on the seven whites, with Rob Lake agreeing to swap sides at half time. In the unseasonably warm weather, it was Terry Harrison who was first off the rank, with a tidy finish, following an assist from Keith Oldham . Whites were undaunted and David Wilson, seeing plenty of attacking possession as normal, struck a crisp shot that beat ‘keeper Nixon, before rebounding off the inside of the post, to a waiting Alan Brodie, who made no mistake.

The second half saw the supplementing of early arrival John Gaskin in goal for the whites, with Rob still in goal but now for the Blacks, so teams were seven v seven. Blacks really had their tails up now and Terry added a second early on. Whites were leaving space in their defence and Keith exploited the lack of a marker no less than three times, to score an excellent quick fire hat trick. There was a glimmer of hope for the Whites, when a penalty was awarded for three runs against them. Roy stepped up and struck a superb penalty past Rob. With a couple of minutes to go, blacks completed the scoring when an edge of the D scramble allowed Brian Stafford to fire home

Final Score: Blacks 6 v 2 Whites

(Editors note – no photography today)

Under 67’s

Newitt’s Blue Bibs 4   (Jones , Gaskin, Theobald, Cooper H)  Kazakhstan Blues 0

Alan Richards writes….Twenty one players in the sunshine this morning. King Street numbers down, perhaps because of the FPL taking place tomorrow. No doubt the Nash turnout will also drop a little when the Heywood leagues kick off next month.
The first game ended 6-2 and Garry Pearce, math Referee has said he’ll fill us in later.
‘Newitts’ dark Oxford blue bibs v. Cambridge Blue ‘Kazakh’s’
Yours truly Refereed this one. Just a word to Rob Lake he was correctwhen I gave a free kick after his goalkeeper (in the act of making a save) kicked the ball back into play over head height. The ball should have been returned to the ‘keeper. Difference comes when a goalkeeper distributes with his feet or hands over head height. I haven’t checked this in the rule book so if I’m wrong again someone correct me please.
Two weeks ago we voted by one that if the ‘keeper tips a ball over his head behond him and it crosses the line between the posts it’s a Goal ! That happened today. Adrian Jones powerful rising shot was about six feet off the ground when Gordon Nixon got his fingers to it but over his head it went and rolled into the goal.
In the second half John Gaskin in a rare foray forward scored a pearler for ‘Newitts’ . Paul Theobald was on target with a fine goal soon afterwards and it was Hadge Cooper who followed up very well to find himself in  space and  score another good goal to put the icing on ‘Newitts’ cake. The scoreline of four nil was became flattering now, as light blues had had more or less equal possession Two runs to Newitt’s team who then policed their pace very well. Only one run for the ‘Kazakh’s’ and when their team consisted of Oakley, Johnson and Brereton is considered that’s very good self-restraint.

Nevertheless it was a tiring game I’d imagine, and by the end of it there was real warmth in that sunshine. Good performances from all the players today I thought. Hopefully numbers will be a little higher next week.

Again – No photography today.

February 19th…Two two nils….

CornerCam with David Fielding- plus about twenty five minutes of the Over game is on Tamestriders T.V. if you don’t know where it is click this  <tune in and bookmark it>

Thirty players in total.  There was a nip in the air, appropriate as the news  they’re closing down Honda sinks in. Poor Swindon – the town’s not been the same since Mike Summerbee and British Rail  left. Nowt to do wi’Brexit, apparently but when you build cars that’ll last twenty odd years if you look after ’em then over capacity in production is always likely.  Gone are the days of the old rust buckets and Lord knows I’ve  had a few of those …

Any road…..given the aforementioned nip those hoodies were out in force and hopefully each one went home with it’s rightful owner !

Blues v. Whites game for the Over 67’s was filmed for the most part so  a link soon but not many words from yours truly.  David Wilson scored a goal in each half for the White’s. The veneer may be peeling off the Wilson ball but the Wilson touch was much in evidence as his forward positioning paid personal dividends and got his team over the line. Some very good through balls from Ken Dean & Co helped him on his way. Roy Smith played well too. Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing this game of three touch and for Keith Burrows for his assistance.

David Wilson

The second hour saw almost  a dozen arrivals with just  a couple of places for ‘lingerers’ today.

A fine performance from Mike Conroy with two goals saw the Purple team home. A little action was captured with the unmanned corner camera.  Purples were more purposeful with the livewire of Adrian Jones buzzing all over the pitch,  and went about their business in  a more efficient manner, although Oranges had a couple of chances David Gibbons and Rob Lake both starred for them in defence the forward players lacked a little pancake panache today.   Gordon Nixon was equal to their best efforts but  I think we all enjoyed it. Orange and purple together produced a  colourful fiesta under the grey Denton sky.


Next week in this hour three touch please in  preparation for the FPL the following day.








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February 12th. A MEETING OF MINDS….

King Street action <first half>

<second half footage>

Ominous skies featured overhead at King Street today. Two games on the big pitch.
Nine v. Eight Striders in crisp, newly laundered white bibs and numbered navy blue. Lots of video of this really good game. It ended up two one to White’s but further detail may have to wait until the cutting room department have worked their magic. Barry Smith was among the goals again. Much more than that I cannot recall. A similar number of later arrivals recruited a handful of ‘lingerers’ and they too played out a big pitch game of Reds v Blues. I did hear this was ‘Desmond’ 2 – 2 draw.

Impressions from what I did see this morning: Les Gillan continues to improve and had his best game yet. Such a shame then he had to limp off just before half time with hip pain. Get better soon Les.

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A good turnout in the second hour and the new age split is definitely working. Paul THeobald signed on today – welcome aboard. Stewart White took a powerfully struck ball where it can hurt the most. Hope you’re none the worse for that pummelling Stewart. Little sympathy in evidence as the banter went into overdrive.
The two meeting that followed todays games were well attended and there will be a report later. Garry Pearce will report on both of your games from his perspective, soon. Video links will also appear in due course from the first hour only today.
Thanks all for a good turnout.

Garry’s  Gazette…

Eight v Eight on the full pitch for the second game. Reds started off in control, with a fair deal of pressure. Woz in goal made an attempt at a save, but slid out of the area and made contact with the ball. Penalty awarded, calmly slotted away by the retuning Pete Dixon. The Reds score was then added to by a fine finish from Mike Conroy

The second half, with Blues playing down hill promised to turn the tide and so it proved, Woz now playing outfield went on a mazy dribble (just about legal) and slotted the ball in nicely. can’t remember who was in goal, sorry, rotation was in progress at both ends today. With about two minutes to go a tidy Blues move saw the ball fall to Joe Bemrose who hammered past Mike Conroy, now in goal.  Mike appeared to have the shot covered but the swerve on the ball deceived and the scores were levelled.
Only two runs all game, bits of contact but nothing too severe. the worst ‘contact’ was on Stewart, who copped one in the orchestra stalls that side-lined him for a good few minutes!

A good game played in the right spirit, draw probably a fair result.

Final score: Blues 2 v 2 Reds


February 5th. 2019

GAME OF TWO HALVES….on pitch 2 anyway…

Thirty one players at King Street. A thin cloud base heralded a dry session , chily in the February air.
Andy Muir has signed on until August.
Yours truly Refereed a game of two halves on Pitch 2 : Oranges v. Purples.
Oranges raced to a four goal lead with strikes from Davey Wenham (a fine Jarvis assist) An own goal from Peter Quinn . Alan Graham and Laurie O’Toole were also on the scoresheet in a first half of even possession but goalkeeping errors and the unfortunate own goal deflection  didn’t help the Purple team.

Steve Wingrove stayed in the same goal after the break and this meant Les Gillan donned an Orange bib. Purples began to chip away at Oranges advantage and Terry Harrison despatched a perfect penalty past Alan Graham. Barry smith reduced the deficit to two and Harrison, having a mesmeric game with some scintillating footwork – often on the edge of a run but just about walking – scored a third goal for Purples.
Orange replied through Peter Jarvis to take the wind out of Purples recovery but Dave Partington scored a fourth near the end. A really good game. With three touch it would have been better in my humble opinion, but fair play to Purples, they were only penalised twice for ‘not walking’.
I’m not sure how the other game ended. Blacks v. Whites it was 3-1 at half time, I think.
Second hour saw about ten new arrivals join a few early bird under 67’s. A very brisk game which again might have benefitted with a three touch formatwas fought out. I have no details but to make up for that there are lots of photo’s on the way. A couple of penalty kicks for Facebook.

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    I realise now  that a few players never look at the pics and online stuff. Shame because it’s all here waiting. Turning up, paying your money and playing is fine though if that’s all you want. No bother.  Next week there are meetings after each hours sessions. For those who are interested in the bigger picture….
    Tomorrow we have twelve games of three touch in the F.P.L.
  • See you there maybe.
  • Link to pics when I get around to it – cheers. <33 photos>

Garry Pearce fills in the blanks from  a goal fest on Pitch one…

Bemrose Bonanza! A slow start on Pitch one today gave no hint of the goal fest that was to follow. After nine minutes the game was still goalless. A shot from Tony Cravagan then struck defender  Colin Fielding , deflecting past ‘keeper Rob Lake. The game opened up and Tony quickly added another. Brian Stafford then added a third for the Blacks to give them a comfortable lead. On a rare foray forward, Colin Fielding pulled one back for the Whites just before half time, with some clever footwork on the edge of the box.

The second half was full of attacking football from the Blacks and Joe Bemrose’s hammer was in full effect, with four goals giving the score line a lop-sided look. David Fielding, in the Black’s goal, suffered an Achille’s pull midway through the half, being replaced by Martin Heath. Looks like Dave may be out a while. The second half scoring for the Blacks was added to by Bill Lancashire. Few runs and very little contact in a game played in the usual spirit.

Final score: Blacks 8 v 1 Whites


Team pics January 29th…


Richards writes from King Street….

Twenty three hardy Striders braved the elements at King Street today.
No doubt numbers were slightly down due to the FPL taking place tomorrow (hopefully).
Completely understandable.
Terry Harrison set the first hour ablaze with five goals in a six-one win for the Blues v. Reds.
Garry Pearce Refereed this match despite feeling a little below par – thanks Garry. It looked like a good game from the sidelines. Alan Brodie added the other goal and in reply for REds David Wenham was on target.
The troops were a bit slow to assemble for the second hour, with one or two notable exceptions. Rob Lake , early enough to be offered a goalkeeping role in the ‘Over 67’s’ match. Mike Conroy and Paul Theobald followed on but it was almost eleven before the ‘Glossop guard’ arrived and with Steve Foster sizing up the numbers it was quickly decided there was no room for lingerers this day. I believe that’s a first.
Good to see relatively new man Andy Muir back with us after falling off a ladder and sustaining an injured back.
That nobody could linger was perhaps a welcome decision for some as the weather turned wet and the rain and sleet came down for a time. The game was very quick ,but in the cold and wet it was not the time to be overly critical. All seemed to enjoy it. Many thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing – and for two donated footballs of colours suited to lying snow.

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A close match ended two one to the light blues, with Steve Johnson and Martyn Heath on target.

Having cheated Martyn out of a goal last week I’m more than keen to put the record straight.  The Stoke City supporting ‘Potter’ says he ‘doesn’t get many’. (he gets more than me these days Ed.) and is a welcome addition to the Striders Over 65 squad . Let’s hope he can get  a few at Heywood, because goal-scoring is the  chink in our armour, the fly in our ointment.

Martyn Heath – Heywood bound

I seem to recall Mike Conroy – highly visible in his yellow hat – putting one away  for the opposition dark blues.  I admit to paying only limited attention underneath my umbrella and nursing a cup of coffee.

Thanks to all for a good turnout in the circumstances.

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    The FPL tomorrow will depend on tonight’s weather. A dry forecast from 8-00pm. But it’s those few hours this evening that will dictate our fate. Fingers crossed. I’m off to buy 20 barmcakes and a tub of butter ! (Confident or foolish? time will tell)


22nd. January – Sleet, rain and snow…even some sunshine ! <Flickr Pics> 

Some video inked below:


Erratic weather in Tameside today saw numbers well down on recent weeks.
But the games went on, with early arrivals sweeping the snow aside and clearing the D’s. Heroic efforts from Barry Smith and Gordon Nixon in particular.
A seven v. seven on half of the playing area saw a three touch match on snowbound pitch 2. A five one win for the team in Orange bibs. Goals spread around the team with a brace for Stafford, and one each for Bemrose, Jarvs and Smith. Gordon Nixon was on target early doors for Purples but they couldn’t stem the Orange tide.
With just five players arriving for the eleven o’clock spot we needed lingerers. A big ask on a morning like this one but we were not disappointed. A great response. If the D.W.F.G. collective was a battleship it would be named H.M.S. Indefatigable !

A fine game of multi-touch ensued at six-a-side. The relatively youthful David Lees was on good form and scored a couple of goals for Yellows, added to by an unfortunate own goal from Peter Jarvis. Martyn Heath had another good game (and thanks for your Heywood entre fee Martyn).
In reply the ‘Kazakh’ Blues looked to stalwart Steve Foster and he did not let them down with a fine hat trick (his first?) . A terrific display from the crown green bowler.
Both of these games were part-filmed and the footage will emerge in time . I’m a bit behind with video and haven’t got around to sorting yesterday’s yet, let alone todays. Bear with me please. I’m holding off on camerwork now until the F.P.L. next week.  Let’s hope for better weather.

Forty four photo’s linked above this report.


January 15th. 2019…

Richards reports…

Thirty paying players today at King Street and three Referees.
It’s though the new age split is working well with two early attenders manning the goals for the over 67’s. Thanks to David Fielding and Steve Wingrove.

Appreciation also to Referees Keith, Garry and Alan Graham. Keith suffered a calf injury in the third game so we wish him a speedy recovery.
To the games themselves well, to be honest detail is scant from me I’m afraid. On pitch one Orange took on Purple and I understand it was a one-nil win to the Oranges.
Adjacent proceedings saw numbered yellows v. numbered blues and a win for Yellows by the odd goal in five. Brodie, Roddy and Lancashire on target for Yellows. A reply for Blue from David Wenham.  Good to see Tony Cravagan back after three weeks or so away.


As the first ‘shift’ clocked out a total of twelve materialised for the second hour. Four ‘lingerers’ were accommodated today. A three nil win for the Blues v. Reds ensued.
I have photo’s and some ‘netcam’ footage to look at and I’ll link it here soon, I hope.

  • – – – – – FOOTNOTES….
    Colin Fielding has paid the entry fee into the GMWFL (minus £6 Lancs F.A. affiliation) personally for his Over 70’s team. Players selected will need to reimburse Colin as the Spring season develops at the rate of £5 per session at Heywood. Colin himself will be absent for the March session. David Partington is ready to step in Manager/captain and Tony Cravagan has shown a willingness to assist.
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    Over 65 players interested in Heywood will need to find £20 upfront please. All players in this league be will see some time on the pitch. The league are insisting on full payment of £146 You will have until the 12th. February to pay – thanks.


PHOTOSHOOT – Buddies in hoodies 8/1/19  <shoot>

January 8th 2019 – Sunshine on our shoulders – Alan Richards writes…..

The first Tuesday session of 2019 saw thirty two  players turning up to King Street across the two hours we have booked.

Over 67’s with a ‘keeper in each goal of slightly  less mature years saw the first hour pass by quickly. A 5 v 5 and a 5 v 6 Refereed by messrs Pearce and Burrows (thank you both).

My personal knowledge of Keith’s game is scant as I was playing on the other pitch in the team of six. Thanks largely due to the holding up capabilities of player of the Year 2018 Terry Harrison, not to mention his scoring touch we were thrashed. Seven-nil in the end !

Terry scored four of those, with Laurie O’Toole bagging a brace and Gordon Nixon with  a crisp shot from some distance.  A reet drubbing as they say in Ramsbottom, and elsewhere.

I did hear Bernard Roddy scored on the other pitch.  After 11-00am  an 8 v. 8 which included some of the aforemention goalkeepers played out a ‘desmond’ 2 – 2 draw on the big pitch.

Chris Turner – Transfer from Thursday.

The attendance over the two hours was better balanced.  though it’s probably  safe to say we are FULL to capacity now, more or less. With another totally new player today – Andy Muir  (scoring on his debut today), Chris Turner now a Tuesday man,  we just don’t have room for many more when you consider Trevor, Stewart and Tony Cravagan were all absent today plus one or two other regulars.  Of course, the second hour could go to two pitches with the aid of four or five lingerers. We need to establish what those ‘Unders’ want and try to give it to them pronto . Decisions need to be made quickly, on the spot. Some may be unhappy (only one second game for a lingerer today, and I wasn’t the only one  unsure  of how that happened)  but you can’t get a quart into a pint pot. Steve Foster continues to be the key man at 11-00am, canvassing colleagues and gauging opinion.  Thanks to everyone today for your co-operation. Footnote: those silver ‘WILSON SPORTIVO’ balls were a success – they look good and catch the eye – thanks to Ian Wilson for those AND those reversible blue bibs today…both sides called into action to allay the bright sunshine. Orange future blighted as the players turned to blue.

Andy Muir – debut goal


Some photo’s today and a little video of the second game and the Overs warm up will be linked later. I also understand more details of those other games might emerge courtesy of Dave Wilson and A.N.Other.

Note: A list for Heywood went on the fence today. We may be looking to field three teams. Nash Amblers  Over 60’s  as usual and now an Over 70’s side led by Colin Fielding.

Also  a Tameside Striders Over 65 with myself and Gordon Nixon at the helm.

We need to know who is interested before we register in mid-February. The three  Spring League’s will cost each player £20 upfront PER LEAGUE. If you have been  a regular in the past but wish to stand down now please let me, or your team manager know as soon as possible. Likewise if you wish to play in more than one squad. I know Steve Foster fancies Over 60’s and Over 65’s.

The Fair Play League re-starts on 30th January: If you are unavaliable it’s very important you let your team manager/captain know soon, so he can arrange his squad accordingly.

AS promised, David Wilson adds his thoughts below…

Today’s on pitch one Blues V Yellows
 Teams Blues
Rob Lake (goal keeper)
Pete Jarvis
Bernard Roddy
Peter Quinn
David Wilson
Yellow Team
David Fielding (goal keeper)
David Partington
Bill Lancashire
Joe Bemrose
Ken Dean
Great first half by the Blues great passing of the ball visual bad due to the sun but still some great football from both sides Blues took an early lead through a great pass from Pete Jarvis to Peter Quinn then a fantastic ball to Bernard Roddy and he slotted it away brilliantly, but still some good football from both sides half time one nil to Blues second half the Yellow started to push forward some great football Blues did not give up great pass from David Partington through to Joe Bemrose he shoot and scored the Blue push forward once again David Wilson had at least three or four shoot on goal but David Fielding saved or went wide, Yellows push forward again Ken Dean shooting missed and the ball rebounded this time the ball went to Bill Lancashire he shoot from a distance and scored Blue tried to pull a goal back but missed Yellow pushing forward again some great football from the Yellows a pass from Bill Lancashire to David Partington he went round two players and scored the Blue still would not give up but still could not put the ball in the net Yellows pushed forward once again ball through to Joe Bemrose pass one player and scored his second of the match all in all a great friendly game today no running or bad tackles everybody enjoyed the game. – David Wilson



December 18th…and the wind blew…..not much match information I’m afraid….

Alan Richards writes….

Phew ! busy day at Denton and I ne’er kicked a ball.
Two games in the first hour Refereed by Messrs: Partington & Nixon. Thanks from all of us I’m sure.

Not sure of scores in either game  but I did catch a David Wenham goal on video I think, and witnessed a Wilson strike that flew into the top corner of the net for Purple’s on Pitch One.
I was busy sorting out hooded training tops. Thirty of which have now been distributed in time for Christmas . Awww.
I even delivered two to the doors of Messrs: Harrison and Roddy later. Party because I’d scoured the back of ‘Bob’ and somehow couldn’t spot them, but mostly because I didn’t want the guys – Bernard especially – feeling left out at Chrimbo. Awww once more ! Especially as he had brought chocolates, some of which ended up swimming in rainwater in their tin !

I can advise that the score in the first hour game Blues against Orange  on pitch 2 finished  6 – 2 to the Blues. Blues goals Dave Wenham (2) and Dave Fielding (4) -Orange goals Martin Heath (2). A good game played with loads of banter and excellently refereed by Dave Partington” – – – – David Fielding.

Sorry, some  pics are a bit blurred wasn’t bringing my best camera out on a day like today 😉

Quality from Bernard – up Tony’s street.
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Yes, it was that kind of day at King Street (ie. WET). The second hour was again sparsely populated – we are working  to fix this in the new year. First hour priority for OVER 67 year olds. Thanks for your co-operation.  Second hour is for all and sundry  but opportunities for a second game will be very much reduced.  (Unless those turning up at eleven only want half the space  and there’s a pitch going spare)

  • – – – – – – – Teams in red and white bibs battled it out until high noon. Cooper playing his part again (Not Gary) speaking of whom (another ‘r’) he was most unusually absent today , off  on  a trans-pennine jaunt to Huddersfield.
  • There were a  a couple of injuries. I offered David Fielding some relief from his cramp as he sat in pain on our plastic stool but stopped short of a full massage. He’ll be pleased at that!  Hope the calf is feeling more normal now.

At half-time we presented Adrian Jones with his ‘Ian Wilson’ Player of the Year trophy and a replica he keeps in perpetuity. The photo was rigged because Terry didn’t have his trophies with him (rumour has it they stand atop his mantlepiece) . We didn’t want him to miss out on a joint P.o.Y. shot. A final Awww.

Under and Over – our P.O.Y’s Ade and Terry

More hoodies were handed out at the end. Please wear them in the New Year. They are good quality and look a good fit on most. The rear text is undeniably too low down on the garment but I can’t help that now. I trusted ARCO judgement and they screwed up a bit allowing too much space for the drop of the hood. At least nobody moaned (give it time).
I hope it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of a warming winter training/playing top. From the front they look just great in my humble opinion. That embroidered Badger badge is ace !

I got some video – keep an eye on Tamestriders T.V. (youtube)

Three weeks off now (Aahhh) see you back at King Street  on January 8th.

WEAR YOUR HOODIES PLEASE (best camera will be on the job)


December 11th.

David Partington has penned a report for us from one of the first hour pitches…here’s hoping Garry Pearce will do the same from the other one.

Meanwhile here’s Party’s piece…

Business as usual at Denton today, while Alan Richards was having a nice break away it was left to committee men Gordon Nixon & David Partington to sort out the teams today with help from ref Garry Pearce, seven-a-side on one pitch and six a side on the other, Gordon sat the game out and I refereed the six a side game,it was a very good game between two evenly balanced sides ,Barry Smith went close a few times and brought some good saves from the Thursday player of the year Tony Cravagan, Tony came out of goals in the second half and David Wilson took the gloves, Ken Dean was always involved for yellow bibs with Martin Heath ,it was a goalkeeping error that broke the stalemate when David Wilson collected the ball outside the area, penalty given !… and that man Barry Smith made No mistake. 1-0 a very good game to ref with some good football played  Good reading David  – thanks Ed) –  Shame Gordon had to sit out the first hour but that’s happening more and more.  Our Chairman deserves our thanks for helping keep first hour numbers to sensible, safe levels but it’s happening too often. Action needed in the new year.


Garry Pearce sends a communique from Stalybridge…

The usual big turnout at King Street this morning, with 14 amblers assembled on Pitch Two. The normal even game, not much running (just three in the whole game), and some good one touch football being played. Scoring was opened for the Non-bibs by Joe Bemrose, having been set up for an easy chance by Peter Jarvis.Pete himself added a second a couple of minutes later, with a sharp finish. Dave Fielding hit a firm shot for the maroons but it hit both posts before rebounding to safety, leaving ‘keeper Rob Lake bemused. Dave Fielding then thought he’d scored but unfortunately the goal was disallowed as referee Pearce judged him to have just entered the penalty area.
Steve Johnson pulled one back for the maroons but to no avail and the Non-bibs took the game.

Final score: Maroons 1 v 2 Non-bibs – thanks Garry – Ed.

From the second hour it’s Trevor Brereton’s  turn to report what went  on….

The second hour was a fun filled five a side  between the maroons and the yellows. Maroons had Gordon Nixon to thank, as he displayed his agility between the sticks, saving from Wingrove and Brereton early on . The highlight of the first half was a tremendous save from yellows Barry Smith low down to his right, when a goal looked inevitable.  Maroons Adrian Jones was always in the thick of the action,  displaying footwork that is unique to him. His teammate Joe Bemrose was a constant threat, as maroons passed and moved as the best walking football teams do. Barry Smith was called into action again , making a smart save with his arm from a Jones rocket. With ten minutes remaining yellows took the lead when Brereton weaved his way through the maroons defence,  and was later adjudged to have had the final touch as the ball sneaked inside Nixons left hand post. As maroons pushed for an equaliser an excellent ball from Wingrove found Brereton,  who slotted past  Jones.  It was nearly three when a deflected Brereton effort hit a post. It was an enjoyable game in good weather,  that could have gone either way.  Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.

(Many thanks to you Trevor for reporting. Ed.)

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December 4th…

Striders in the mist….

26 players across two pitches for the first hour. Yours truly stepping out, and Gordon Nixon also, the latter Refereed this morning – thanks Gordon.

Again we wrestle with unpredictable numbers but people are not helping us to manage capacity.

Two years ago almost and because of rising numbers ,  we made the first hour Over 65’s territory. Two years later from January 8th.2019  the first hour needs to be over 67’s ONLY please. Entirely logical, and predictable if you think about it.

Gordon reports a one-one draw in Pitch two – with goals from Partington and Stafford (pictured).

Partington – centre
Stafford – right







On Pitch One Garry Pearce officiated.  His Son Elliot appearing as a guest goalkeeper. Not sure of the result here but Tony Harrison put his team in front by half time , I think.

The mist lifted by the time the second hour was underway. Time was lost and the agreed limit of eight v. eight was somehow exceeded. We need to tighten up the ship in the new year. No guarantees of a second game, let’s manage space and time in  a more orderly manner.  No doubt others will chip in with match reports. I’ll leave you with  a photo of our regular Referee Garry, and his son. Unfortunately my camera had slipped into manual focus mode unbeknown to me and the team pics are a bit blurred. Bib blushes spared you know who :-).

My post session trip to Arco on Ashton Mos industrial estate was a complete wasted of time as the person processing our hoodie order was not there – it was SHE who had arranged the bloody appointment. Frustrating ! to say the least.  Anyway, on  a lighter note  many thanks to Stewart, Tony  & Brian for replacing my lost hat. I now have a plethora of ’em 🙂 and Captain Blotchy’s healing nicely…


November 27th 2018…

numbers were down  a little today but that had more to do with explained absences and a league day tomorrow than the somewhat chilly wind and threatening skies over King Street.

Garry Pearce Refereed both of the games this morning (thank you) and in the first gour we had a nine- v. nine on the big pitch with numbered blues v. numbered yellows.  A couple of mis-cued penalty kicks which were not converted anyway but eventually Dave Partington did tuck  one away, placing the ball wide of Barry Smith.  Two penalty’s for running I suspect and one for goalkeeper egress.

Players were reminded of the date for the Christmas ‘doo’ (December 14th) and iof the £500 we have been given for cold weather training tops – enquiries well under way. Black with white text These should look smart and we will be topping the grant up a little bit to get them printed for a uniform, branded look. Not everyone can have one unfortunately , players who  are registered and signed on qualify but need to have about a dozen appearances under their belts across the year. About 90 per cent of Tuesday and Thursday players qualify.

In the second hour I think the white team led 4 – 0 at half time and that’s how it stayed. There was talk of imbalanced teams but the trusted Pearce-Richards method seldom comes unstuck. It might  have done for 22 minutes today 🙂

Incidentally almost all of  the committee members know the player of the year results (ring me DW please, unless you can wait until tomorrow)  and are keeping very tight lipped. We’ll be announcing the winners and presenting the awards at the aforementioned ‘doo’. Thank You.


November 20th match Referee Garry reports from Pitch 2…

Garry Pearce

A chill in the air Pitch Two this morning, soon taken away by some (over) brisk walking, when the usual fast start led to a few early whistles, to keep the guys in line! Oranges took an early lead when Steve Johnson finished tidily. That lead was doubled following a penalty awarded after three runs by the Blues, easily put past the despairing Steve Wingrove by Lord Fielding.

Bill Lancashire then reduced the arrears after being left in lots of space by the Blues defence.
The second half was level in terms of play and chances, the score was eventually levelled when Barry Smith tucked a well taken shot under Ivan’s body.
As appears often to be the norm, the runs subsided, contact was minimal, an enjoyable game played in a good spirit.
Final Score: Blues 2 v 2 Oranges

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November 20th. 2018
A game divided along PARTY lines…as Alan Richards writes from a pitch one perspective....
5 v. 6 with a pledge to redress the balance at half time.
So it was in this Purple v. Yellow fixture on Pitch One, where yours truly Refereed.
Yellow had the edge in numbers. Bemrose and Jarvis a constant threat. Partington prompting from midfield, pulling the strings. Playing the violin, or a finely tuned viola rather than plucking a fiddle. A Purple haze hung heavy in the air as they were somewhat rocked back on their heels.
They battled hard though, with Harrison and Dave Fielding  particularly resilient.

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    Still, Yellows raced to a four nil lead with striking duo  Jarvis and Bemrose claiming a brace apiece. Tony Berry went very close too  As Gordon Nixon was tested time and time again.
    Half time saw Yellow’s playmaker Partington don a Purple bib and the tide turned immediately after the restart. Terry Harrison pulled one back within a minute. Then, a third yellow run saw the wee taxi driver-cum-sketch artist convert a penalty kick with aplomb. Nixon emerged from goal to give a tenacious performance to drive the comeback forward.
    NO RUNS FROM PURPLE’S THE ENTIRE GAME although they went close on occasion. As Referee I don’t recall a single penalised contact offence from either side either. This was an exceptional game. of walking football. Some purists (there are a few) would criticise purple pace but nobody was moving quickly enough to have two feet in the air simultaneously. Yellow’s three runs were not sprints either, just exceeded the normal parameters we apply at Denton.
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    At 4-2 to Yellows could Purples draw level. With time running out David Fielding struck again to make it 4-3. Yellows held on though – by their fingertips to record a worthwhile win.
    Well done everyone.
    As I highlighted in a pre match ‘message’ we need to manage the two hours better in terms of numbers. We may have to review the age cut off for the first hour. On a wet, gloomy morning we still had 23 players turn up – with only four or five for the second hour. Watch this space.
    Three more players got their votes in for Player of the year and that proces is now closed. More in due course. Twelve ‘overs’ have attracted at least one vote, but the race to win it is extremely close. Full results will be published.
    I abandned my Acme Thunderer and lined up for Reds v. White in the third game. Those reversible red bibs are the way to go in winter, and also the Curzon rain jacket several of us wore looks and feels of a decent quality (thanks Proctor & Gamble and Woz).
    Wingrove blasted Whites ahead after 27 seconds catching Partington cold.
    It didn’t take long for Reds to fight back though, and playing the better walking football they levelled through Barry Smith, and then John Gaskin stuck one in from a narrow angle.It could have been more but some good goalkeeping from Tony Berry.
    In the second half Reds really began to assert themselves . Foster and Lake the launch pad from the back, with a legally nippy, and mobile Barry Smith up top and the energetic powerhouse of 50 year old Dave Lees carving out chances and getting in the way of opposition progress. Brodie on the right was also solid and assisting in the red surge. All Reds tended to move the ball quickly on to a team mate. A few passes went astray but they soon got the ball back.
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    Smith profited the most in completing his hat trick. Lees was on target himself too – twice, I think. White’s tried to respond but Fielding, Cooper and Co. plus Wingrove and Bemrose looked a little out of sorts in this one as shot after shot went wide or  high enough to almost clear the fence !  Dare I say three touch might have assisted the White’s efforts this morning.
    Some frustration crept in to the six-one score line as the game reached its end but the handshakes were cordial and nobody took the result to heart one would hope.
  • Thanks very much to Garry Pearce for Refereeing two games this morning.

don’t forget the date of the – Christmas ‘doo’ Friday December 14th The Nash Bar. 



Under’s hour – only two of ’em but this is what happened…as Referee Garry Pearce reports…

Eight v Eight on the big pitch for the second game today. Lots more good creative use of the space for the guys, this room was exploited by Joe Bemrose, when an early breakaway saw him place a swift shot past Dave Fielding in the whites goal. The reds were then joined by Terry Harrison and the tide began to turn. A sharp twist and a deflected shot by Steve Wingrove brought the scores level before half time.

The second half was a very even affair but the match was eventually settled when Pete Dixon in plenty of space put away a crisp shot. Not much running and very little contact, an enjoyable game for sure.

Final score: Reds 2 v 1 Whites


Pitch 2 Overs : Garry again…

Pete Jarvis – on target twice!

A major turnout this morning saw a maximum team game of seven a side on pitch two, blues against oranges. Teams looked level and so too, on the crowded pitch, was the play. Level pegging existed until midway through the half when Pete Jarvis put the blues ahead following a quick move. Pete added a second shortly afterwards, after being left alone on the edge of the box.


In the second half, play was again level, with the oranges putting together some of the best moves. Dave Moore  was injured and went in goal allowing Steve Wingrove to add his presence to the forward line. It all proved to no avail when Dave Fielding rifled home a third for the Whites.

Final score: Blues 3 v 0 Oranges.


Pitch 1 Overs 13/11/18

checkout the King Street kickers photo-link  <kick>

Purples 3  (Wenham, Heath 2) Greens 2 (Stafford 2)7 v. 6 in each half overall on Pitch 1 those patches looking incongruous and uneven but in truth you scarcely notice them as you glide across the pitch – or so it seemed.

David Partington Refereed the first half. Purple’s struck first with a fine goal from David Wenham who steered the ball past Tony Cravagan in the holey Green net.

Richards in green – a half in each colour today – brought the best out of David Gibbons, the big man reaching down to turn a low drive around a post. Richards also figured in the equaliser. A back heel from the goal line just saved the ball from totally rolling over it, instead it rolled to Brian Stafford (ok so it could have gone anywhere!)  and with minimum backlift he shot into the net. Stafford put Greens ahead minutes later after cottoning onto quick, fast Richards pass to leave Purple’s ‘keeper groping thin air.


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    Colin Fielding was prompting Green’s forwards and finding them in space. Some good mobility from Stafford
    After the break Richards took a Purple bib to make good their deficiency. He didn’t make much immediate impact and the Greens stubbornly resisted Purple’s attempts to claw their way back into the game. Gordon Nixon was Refereeing now but there was precious little running and precious little contact to speak of.  We play walking football at King Street after all.
    Steve Johnson was a livewire though for Green’s and it needed the guile of Gibbons, Tomlinson and Lancashire to keep on top of their attacking threat. Bernard Roddy was also a a leading Green light and had a couple of chances to get on the scoresheet. Repelled by a succession of Purple ‘keepers, one notable second half save from Keith Oldham kept them in the game.

  • It was left to Martyn Heath to hit the equaliser, and hit it he did ! I think Colin Fielding was the goalkeeper wrong footed and with little chance of stopping Martyn’s missile.
    Having volunteered for Heywood Over 65 duty today Heath laid down his credentials and repeated the feat a couple of minutes later, lashing a drive into the top corner. Could he be the goalscorer Strider 65’s desperately need.

    Martyn Heath – credentials

    So, Purples prevailed. Three-two. There will be some photo’s linked later. A really splendidly enjoyable match with David Gibbons pivotal for Purple and a fine all round effort that brought a just result at the final blow of Mr.Nixon’s whistle.
    Thanks to our two Ref’s and to David Wilson for the photography – hope your back playing with us soon.

Apologies to David Moore for leaving him off the contender list for Player of the Year 2018. (an oversight)  42 votes in today in total – not many more to come. Denton Thursday is  a separate process. It was brilliant today people, and a pleasure to be a part of.




Pitch 2 :  6/11/18

On Pitch 2 we had a splendid tussle of three touch walking football with hardly any runs penalised by our Referee Garry Pearce. (thanks Garry)

KZ BLUES 1 ( Fielding D. ) : ORANGE 3 (Oldham 2, Roddy)
Such an enjoyable game to play in. David Gibbons a rock in the Orange defence and dangerman Keith Oldham often going under the radar to attack the Blues soft underbelly (that’ll be mine).
For Blues we had Brian Stafford and David Wilson profiting from sterling midfield work from David Fielding, John Gaskin and the lively Steve Johnson. Bill Lancashire, starting in goal and later solid in defence for the latest Kazakhstani recruits. Facing an Orange team which included Colin Fielding and Tony Cravagan was always going to be a tall order. Martin Heath is also becoming a tough opponent with a decent first touch and eye for a pass.
Bernard Roddy in Orange , knee heavily strapped was often involved from the wing and other threats included Ivan Taylor – always good to see Ivan .
David Fielding opened the scoring with a superb strike. This was soon equalised when Keith Oldham launched a powerful shot into the top of the net. Blues searched for an answer, they kept calm and carried on. Stafford cottoning onto a pass from Richards went for goal, as did team mate Dave Fielding on several occasions but luck deserted them. Blue defence were threatened time and time again by Colin Fielding and Oldham.
Oldham it was who struck again early in the second half with another devastating drive.
The icing on the cake for Orange was the third goal from Roddy closing in on goal he fired low past ‘keeper Richards to make it three – one. A deserved win. Well done Orange. Both teams revelled in the three touch format – one of the most enjoyable games of recent weeks.

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Keith Burrows Refereed the Purples v. Yellows on pitch one where the former won 4 – 1 in  an emphatic victory. Goals from Joe Bemrose (2)  Laurie O’Toole and David Partington saw them home and Alan Brodie replied for Yellow. They also enjoyed the three touch format, half time reports were very satisfying with running curtailed. Thanks for Refereeing today Keith.

Trevor reports from the second hour….


November 6th…. Stewart’s White on target for Reds…against White’s…
…The second  hour saw the Reds take on the Whites,   a strong red team dominating early on but failing to turn possession into clear goalscoring opportunities. Reds White,  Dixon and Brereton stretched a strong White defence numerous times, but were wasteful in front of goal.  Whites were relying on long range efforts to beat reds keeper Tony Berry.
Joe Bemrose and Adrian Jones both pack a powerful shot,  but couldn’t find a way past Berry. Early in the second half reds took the lead with a clinical finish from White,  following good work from Dixon and Brereton.  Keith Burrows was now in goal for Whites,  and was kept busy as Reds looked to kill the game off. Burrows made a fine save from a Brereton  effort , to keep White  hopes alive.  To their credit Whites kept going to the very end, and were rewarded in a dramatic finale to the game. In the dying seconds Jones picked the ball up deep inside the Reds half, beat two men, before slotting coolly past Berry,  to earn his team a share of the spoils. Immediately after the goal referee Pearce blew for full time. Very little running or contact in this one, which was a credit to both teams.  Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.
Reds -1, White
Blues – 1, Jones
(Thanks Trevor – Ed)


< walking football faces- a small collection >


Garry Pearce takes up the story on Pitch 1:

Purples v Yellows this morning on pitch one. A bit of early running by the yellows but they soon settled and went ahead with sharp toe poke from the busy Dave Wenham. Dave Fielding then added two more before half time, the first of which was an absolute screamer, giving  Keith Burrows no chance. Purples then pulled one back when the excellent Joe Bemrose, who previously struck a post, placed a precise shot in the corner of the net, giving Gordon Nixon no hope.

Although the purples had an extra man, the yellows were still on top in the second half, they did concede a penalty however after three runs but this was missed by Dave. Yellows added their fourth, thanks to Pete Jarvis before Alan Brodie got a late consolation for the yellows. A bit too much quick stuff but to be fair, a lot of talking by yours truly was mostly heeded by the lads. An enjoyable game.

Final score: Purples 4 v 2 Yellows.

Later, Garry Refereed then later played in the second hour :

Quick note on the second game, Reds v Whites. Whites took a two nil lead into half time, following a well struck effort from  Trevor Brereton, beating  Gordon Nixon low down. Ten minutes later a poacher’s goal from Mike Conroy doubled the lead.

Second half produced little of note ( in my memory!) and although the excellent David Lees prodded and cajoled, reds couldn’t reduce the deficit. I enjoyed reffing and playing, so thanks guys.

Final score: Reds 0 v 2 Whites.

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  • – – – – – a survey of the day follows……

…Nearing October’s end and the year is flying by. Scant match detail today as there are a couple of more important matters to convey.

An impressive turn out at King Street today with  a near record 25 + 2 Referees and yours truly on the side lines. This was augmented by six arrivals at eleven o’clock so of course we featured three games today.

First on pitch 2 it was the Orange who took on the Kazakhstan Blues. The latter stole the game with the last kick of the game. Brian Stafford the hero of the hour. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing.

I’m unsure what happened on Pitch One where Garry Pearce was in charge. Yellows v. Purples and I’m told it was 3-1 at half time. More details may follow.

I’m lacking also in knowledge of the final game of 8 v. 8 on the bigger pitch. One or two regulars were absent today but this is unsurprising with Heywood’s GMWFL on the near horizon.

I think it ended in a two nil victory for the Whites, but in the sequences I managed to watch the Reds played some very good walking football.

I urged all during the morning to be careful about trying to win the ball from behind. Even clean dispossession is against the rules and our Ref’s will be even keener on penalising this. Speaking of our match officials we must surely recognise their commitment and be thankful for it.  Please refrain from disputing their decisions beyond a civil question. I’d hate to play in games of this nature  a regular basis without a Referee.  Ours are high calibre to boot.

Anyone who is unsure of the rules we play there is a download link on the Manchester-FA-Rules page from the menu above. There were negotiated with the local County F.A. by GArry Pearce and myself last December and form the basis of all of our games, both internally and in the Fair Play League. The rules used at Heywood by the GMWFL are also very similar,  following their amendments applied earlier in the year brought near alignment. For me, they are the best set of rules but I would say that….

No photo’s today as I’m currently awash with walking football stuff. Normal Service will soon be resumed.

Remember we are on Facebook – search  ‘Striders and  Amblers’ also there’s a new dedicated fair play league website in case you missed the link it’s already proving popular and can be seen at…

I heard to day that there are other players who may wish to join teams in the league and we’re trying to accommodate these with the guidelines of a maximum nine players per squad, which is ample – especially when   a team has only three games in the monthly round of fixtures. We will be in touch Messrs: Tipping and Seddon.


Eight months in coming and I had to chase it down in the end,  but worth waiting for , the committee will put it to good use for the benefit of all. Thanks to Denton South Councillor George Newton and colleagues.

After next Tuesday session there will  be a meeting of the committee and I urge anyone who wants something discussed to get in touch with me, as the Secretary. On the agenda will be matters relating to DENTON  ‘end of year’ awards and how we will go about it this time.  Categories etc.

For the record David Partington , Stewart White and Trevor Brereton can’t be included  for P.o.Y. this year, and I also do not wish to be considered for clubman of the year. We need to broaden the horizon and share the love.  I expect details  of a Christmas ‘social’ doo will be discussed following the ever increasing popularity of such an event

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David Partington has filed a report from Pitch One, where he refereed this morning:

Yellows had the right O’Toole to do the scoring job against the purple bibs this morning, Laurie O’Toole grabbed himself two nice goals this morning in a 2 – 1 win in a very close game today with both teams playing the way walking football should be everyone enjoying the game played in the right spirit, the purple team did pull a fine team goal back finished by hot Roddy Bernard.

Laurie O’Toole

Gordon Nixon put the icing on Purple’s cake with a well crafted goal finished in fine style.

I refereed the game and all the player made it an easy job by slowing down no silly challenges and accepting the refs decisions.

Great to hear, great to read – thanks David – Ed.

Richards and Gaskin

I myself played about 90% of a game on pitch two. First for the whites, for whom  I drilled one home. Yes, really.  Colin Fielding had already given us the lead but then Johnny Gaskin scored a ‘Messi-esque’ goal to make it three. Great skill from John controlling the ball, feigning one way then the other, beating a man and slotting the ball home. Fabtastic !

Second half I donned a red bib but unsurprisingly I couldn’t help stem the White tide of goals. Both Fielding’s  were in  their  elements going forward. I’m not sure who got the others and left the field with five minutes to go to greet the unders, but I think it ended six-nil to Whites’ Just one of those days, I guess.

Good to see Davey Moore back in action.

And our esteemed Ref. Garry Pearce embellishes the action on pitch 2:

Five versus six on Pitch two this morning, Alan Richards making up the floating player as he he changed ends at half time. The game started in a familiar fashion with runs from both teams early on. The scoring was opened by Colin ‘Lord’ Fielding for the Whites,and quickly added to by Alan Richards, poking home nicely past Tony, from the left wing. Then a quite superb solo effort by John Gaskin saw the Whites go in 3-0 up at half time, all this after a penalty miss by Dave ‘junior’ Fielding, following three runs by the reds.

The second half continued in the same vein, despite the reds now having the extra man. Dave Fielding then got his goal, followed by two more from Colin Fielding, giving him a hat trick in the match (and two runs!) A somewhat one sided affair but played in a great spirit and lots of laughs.

Final score: Reds 0 v 6 Whites (Fielding C. 3, Richards, Gaskin, Fielding D.)

Well done to all who contributed!

(pics added later – Ed.)



October 16th. King Street. Photographs <snap>

Good turnout once more…

Referee’s report from Pitch 1 as Garry Pearce paints a picture….

Purples v Whites on Pitch one this morning, the fairly common spurt of running early doors saw the two teams on a couple each. Thankfully this soon settled down and the overall run count remained at four for the rest of the game. The play was even and if anything the Whites saw more of the ball. The deadlock was broken when Dave Fielding, for the Purples, left unmarked on the right wing, crashed a shot past the hitherto immaculate Keith Burrows.
Second half continued in much the same vein with the Whites more than holding their own but they couldn’t find a way to beat the excellent  Barry Smith in the Purple goal. The game was settled late into the second half when a Rob Lake shot flew into the White’s net. To be fair there may have been a slight deflection and Keith was probably unsighted.
A bit of (accidental) contact during the game but a match played in the right spirit,

Final score: Purples 2 v 0 Whites


Alan Richards reports from Pitch 2:

I tried to make the numbers up on Pitch 2 today but itsoon became apparent I wasn’t fit enough. A hasty change and I refereed the game instead with Alan Graham joining up with 5 other Reds facing six Yellows.
Just five minutes play had elapsed but the Reds had already conceded a penalty via three runs. Joe Bemrose the culprit on two occasions. Kick despatched with aplomb by Bernard Roddy to put Yellows in the lead.
Reds soon equalised , again another penalty kick. Alan Graham demonstrating the one step technique well. Bemrose put the Reds ahead with a fine finish just before half time.
By this time the Yellows were down to five men. As Ernie Greenwood had been blue carded for constant running.
In the second half Bill Lancashire strayed into his defensive ‘D’ but the penalty was missed or disallowed – cannot remember who took it. Lancashire had taken another penalty for Reds in the meantime and scored but it was disallowed due to then merest of microsteps. Graham put the Reds further in the lead and it looked like game over for Yellows. In the dying seconds they were awarded yet another penalty after three more runs. The last kick of the game it was purely academic and I think it was Greenwood who had the chance to make it three two. Sorry to be so vague, but I gave my loaned notebook back to Alan Graham, and there’s a lot going on in my head on a Tuesday morning.
FAR TOO MUCH running in this game. We all need to take a look at ourselves and if we’re fit enough for older veterans s five-a-side that’s maybe where we need to channel our energies. We don’t provide that at D.W.F.G.
Alternatively slow down.

Trevor Brereton covers the second hour here:

The second hour saw a 9 v 9 contest,  where the Reds prevailed with a narrow win. Tempers were frayed on the White team early on, but they eventually settled, and tested Reds keeper Barry Smith. Midway through the first half Whites were awarded a penalty  (3 runs ), which was despatched by Brereton.  Close to half time Reds were awarded a penalty  (3 runs) , and Whites were down to 8 men as Wingrove was blue carded.  Keith Burrows emphatically beat Nixon from the spot. Reds were getting on top , with Lees and Harrison playing an integral part in their   forward play.  Reds took the lead with a fortuitous goal , as Caldwell’s effort was deflected, saved, hit the post,  and finally went in off a lampshade.  Reds third came with a fine strike from Terry Harrison. White’s pulled a goal back with a late penalty (3 runs) from Wingrove   Thanks to referees Alan Graham  (1st half), and Garry  Pearce (2nd half).
Maroons -3- Burrows, Caldwell,  Harrison
Whites- 2- Brereton,  Wingrove
All that talk of ‘White’s’ brought Stewart to mind. Absent this week with knee trouble, we hope he is soon back with us and in co-charge of the Amblers at the Fair Play League next week. – Ed.
PLUS it’s not often we hear report of frayed tempers at King Street. We can do without that please. I did hear a lot of critical comments on the pitch – players having a go at the performance of others. Bite your tongue and concentrate on your own game. People of mixed abilities congregate  to play  an enjoyable game. Not to get an ear bashing from others, who themselves are no world beaters. Thanks, Ed.  Photo link will follow.



October 9th..Trevor Brereton reports on a deadlocked second hour….

The second hour saw a healthy 8 v  8 encounter,  where defences were on top for the most part. To the uninitiated this may have looked a drab affair,  but in reality it had all the tactical “goings on” of Sunday’s Liverpool  v City game, really.  Maroons keeper  Barry Smith was the stand out performer, pulling off some terrific saves, especially in the first half. Yellows Wingrove,  Jones and Greenwood were a constant threat,  ably supported by Partington and Lake. Yellows keeper  Nixon made a fine save to deny Caldwell a goal  on his return to the game. Maroons  struggled to create much going forward as the yellows defence looked comfortable. Maroons were awarded a pen ( 3 runs),  Brereton put it in the corner, but it was deemed illegal. Yellows had more possession,  but  Maroons Foster and Cooper kept them at bay. Maroons Joe Bemrose after eight weeks out was  a threat as they looked to nick a late goal. The game ended with honours even, a fair result on the balance of play . Thanks to Garry Pearce, a Liverpool “giant” , of the refereeing community.
Maroons – 0
Yellows – 0

October 2nd. 2018

OKTOBERFEST ! some photos from today <ein bier bitte>

A good turnout of 28 players on this grey morning. Three games ensued and I’ve got photo’s and short video from each of them. Pitch 2 game ended 3-1 to Purple bibs.  I think pitch one was decided by the odd goal between reds and whites. My recollections are scant as I was otherwise engaged.

Eight arrivals for the 11-00am. game saw a 7 v.7 on the expanded pitch. Two Stewart White penalties swung it the way of the  Blues !  Lots of running in this one.

Links to the video and pics later.  Well done guys – winter is not far away now and we’ll soon need to get our woolly hats out again.  Sign-ons today included Adrian Jones and the redoubtable Bernard Roddy,  with Roy Smith part paying a £2 deposit. I hope to be back playing on Thursday and will see how it goes for me.

Some painful injuries today for Dave Fielding (head) and Garry Pearce (shoulder  -when playing), plus Martyn Heath suffered a (thigh?) strain.  Hope you’re soon okay guys. Thanks to our Referees Garry and Alan. Of todays monies collected a surplus of £40.05 is banked.  I tell you this in case you sometimes wonder what happens to it. Group funds are healthy and always  fully accounted for.  Thanks to all those who took away an Ambition for Ageing form to fill in.  Tony Cravagan is bringing some large envelopes so we can pop them into one and return ’em to those collating the information.



Good luck to the Amblers Over 60’s in Division One.



25th September 2018 and Keith Oldham’s first-half goal following a sweeping move and an assist from David Wenham proves to be the winner!

Garry Pearce from Pitch 2 and ‘unders’ hour….

Six a side and six goals on pitch two for the second game today. A game played in the best spirit, minimal contact and only one run penalised in the whole game. There were a few more that transgressed but common sense prevailed and advantage played in these instances.
The scoring was opened for the reds by Terry Harrison with a typical smooth finish. Keith Burrows equalised for the Whites with a crisp shot, taking a slight deflection to wrong foot Nixon in goal. Terry Harrison then went off on a mazy dribble and although he eventually ended up on the floor, he poked the ball home. Adrian Jones, after a few false starts, then netted just before half time to take the sides in level at the break.

Harrison scores !
Just the job from Jones as Lake closes in

The second half was played in much the same vein and the goal of the game was then scored by Adrian when he whipped a left foot screamer (he said he meant it!) into the top corner.

Barry Smith, playing in his customary outfield role, then scored a deserved equalizer.

Final Score: Reds 3 v 3 Whites, Well done to all who played and especially the guys who stayed behind after the first session, to make it an enjoyable second hour.

Thanks to Garry for Refereeing – Alan Graham too. -Ed.


Blowing hard at King Street – warm and blustery winds

session photo’s here <click>


PENALTY AT THE DEATH  –  as Alan Richards writes…

Fifteen players became sixteen with the enhancement of Hon. Member of Stalybridge Garry Pearce, Referee of this parish and soon to officiate in the WFA National Over 50’s Finals in Nottinghamshire, so far has his reputation spread in the game. He’s not a bad player either – those who remember Gaz’s goalkeeping exploits will remember his cat like reflexes and Lemur like agility. I’m a little more Lemming like lately but happily no suicidal slips today.
Pearce lined up in a yellow numbered bib – more signs of progress – with seven teammates.

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    A game of penalty incident. Closely contested and initially resembling good, honest walking football in contrast to last week a nip and tuck  affair and the first half was goalless. There were three yellow runs though and David Partington stepped up confidently to take the ensuing penalty kick. Duly slotting it past Barry Smith but the kick was disallowed by Alan Graham for Dave’s version of a soft-shoe shuffle. Highlights of that first half? Tony Cravagan’s interceptions – a masterful ‘reader’ of the game. Steve Wingrove’s  excellent distribution from goal, and a masterclass defensive display from Bill Lancashire.
    Drama for Wingrove though as he cut off a back pass just outside the area. Penalty!
    Laurie O’Toole – (twenty eight pounds lighter than when he took up walking football nine months ago) picked up the gauntlet and scuffed his shot wide. He moved both of his feet in the wrong way anyway, and a goal would have been disallowed.
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    The second half saw more decent passing as the game was changed to a three touch format – when we all remembered that was the initial plan.
    Barry Smith now playing outfield looked dangerous and duly shot Yellows into the lead , the ball going in off a post. Purples were perplexed.
    Solid Yellow performances had Purples on the back foot. Wenham, Dean and Richards assisted by Quinn could not make much impression and new ‘keeper Steve Johnson was having a relatively easy time of it. Ahead of him Stafford and Brodie were putting in one hell of a shift to stifle Purples.
    Trailing one nil as the game reached it’s dying seconds another penalty for Purples!
    Up stepped Alan Richards – confidence flowing through his aching body after a 4/6 strike rate in practice at Heywood last week. Like one of those plastic fairground table footballers with the hand operated shafts he stood erect to toe-bung a low shot that slammed off the post, rolled across the goal line and hit the other post before coming out. Great technique but no goal. Heartbreak for the editor, who quickly got over it.
    The whistle went immediately and that was that.

  • Later on, Five ‘unders’ were joined for a 5 v. 5. Officiated by Garry Pearce. Yours truly was otherwise engaged for most of it but got some good photo’s. The final score was a remarkable Seven Two to White’s. A first half hat trick from Harrison, and a brace apiece for Brereton and Foster. Red ‘s goals both came from Alan Graham escape me but Wingrove looked likely to score too but couldn’t make the breakthrough he  so desired.
  • Graham fires home !
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    A very windy day – no clock up. But at least the ‘dry-box’ wasn’t needed.
    Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing game One, Garry Pearce for game Two.
    Rob Lake and John Williams signed on today – John coming out especially to pay his fiver. Thank you. Good to see Rob back after a lay-off.
    More three touch next week as we prepare for the ‘Fair Play League’. Link to photo’s later.
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TWENTY THREE PLAYERS at King Street saw two games. The first minutes of the first hour were ridiculously fast. Players pulled up for running time and time again. In the Fair Play League this WILL cost your team points – here it just led to a disjointed opening.

Things settled down and Wison (Orange) and Stafford  scored first half goals in  a one-one draw. Ivan Taylor’s penalty kick was disallowed  for three steps. Lots of photo’s whuch can tell the full story of this one.

Following the Overs nine Unders featured in a lively 6 v. 6 with both regular Referees playing half a game each.  Yours truly was relegated to the role of ‘mascot’ this morning as I’m saving myself for ‘the rigours of Heywood’.  Sounds like a nineteenth century novel !

A welcome return for David Grimbaldeston as he grabbed two goals to put the reds in  a comfort zone they soon let slip.  David Lees reducing the deficit and then equalising with  a penalty of some quality that left David Partington with no chance. With all to play for the game was end to end before Trevor Brereton sealed victory for the reds with the last kick of the game.

More Photo’s <link>

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4th. September 2018…

photo’s here <photos>

Good to be back at Denton WFG this morning along with 22 players for the first hour.
We welcomed back Alan Graham after an enforced absence due to a bereavement , family commitments and a well deserved holiday. Alan played one and a half games today and Refereed the second half of the third match.
Yours truly officiated in the Overs on pitch 2. Greens v. Purples. A game that ebbed and flowed back and forth with Terry Harrison bagging three goals – his hat trick coming with the last kick of the match. He also managed to shoot a penalty wide so it was a busy morning for the Hackney Carriage controller.  In the middle of Terry’s goal rush Brian Stafford – putting in a shift here – added another for Green’s and Ken Dean volleyed just wide as the ball sat up nicely for him. Tony Cravagan was truly outstanding in the Purples net, especially as he has a knee injury. Purple bibbed Pete Jarvis made a welcome return, and his pulled hamstring seemed to stand up well to the test. In fact Pete added himself to the scoresheet with a well taken goal but missed a penatly – awarded for three Green runs. Purple’s other goal came from the hardworking Laurie O’Toole. Hadge Cooper and Bill Lancashire were the unsung heroes for their respective teams and enjoyed something of a personal tussle in the middle of the park. Running was not always penalised as all players were pushing the margins but for the most part this game was walking football. Peter Quinn, a newcomer was the best example of fine walking  – he has a calm way of making progress on the pitch and a good touch. A real  asset for the group, I feel.

Link to pics a.s.a.p.

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    Greens 4 (Harrison 3, Stafford ) : Purples 2 (Jarvis, O’Toole)
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Garry Pearce officiated on Pitch one where I believe there was a 4 -1 win for the triumphant team….

Graham Grabs a pair!   By Garry Pearce….

Twelve Striders on pitch one this morning for the 10.00 a.m. kick off. Alan Graham forsook  his normal referee’s mode to make up the numbers. His presence was soon felt for the Blues, when he fired a rasping shot past Gordon Nixon in the Orange’s goal. The effervescent David Partngton added a second before Alan Graham scored with an even better strike into the corner. The second half continued in much of the same vein with Steve Tomlinson (I think) adding a fourth. The Oranges pulled a goal back with a late penalty, conceded after three runs. The excellent Gordon Nixon, now freed from his goalkeeping duties, duly despatched the kick with gusto.
Final score Blues 4 v 1 Oranges

Alan Graham -shooting boots

(Good to see Alan Graham back playing and firing in the goals – Ed.)

As five ‘unders’ turned up another recent absentee Adrian Jones was given a warm welcome by his colleagues. Eye surgery which seems to have gone well for the jovial Burnley supporting midfielder cannit have been pleasant and it was good to see him back.
I was busy with the camera during this match but I did catch a good goal from GArry Pearce, a penalty kick from Mike Conroy which soared like a Flamingo with a tail wind, and a great goal a slick passing sequence from Pearce and Jones, which Foster finished superbly well. I think it finished 3-1 to the Purple team.
Lots of photo’s to sort from this game – some shot in ‘impressive art’ mode a mode which suited that Steve Foster moment remarkable well. If only I’d captured it. Sadly not.
Thanks to Referees Pearce and Graham. I will give myself a pat on the back too.
£15 redirected into our funds today as all Ref’s money is returned willingly to the group.
Alan later expressed his appreciation for Honorary membership status and I repeat we are glad to have him back with us. He has been appointed co-ordinator of Referees for the East Manchester Junior Football League which is a big job. Meanwhile Garry Pearce has been noticed nationally and he has a prestigious appointment coming up too but more of that later. I might treat myself to a new whistle.
Lots of extra names went up on the notice board for the fair play league, but disappointingly Tony Cravagan has had to withdraw. He will be a big miss.
Speaking of the new league , a new TEAM was born today – Denton Wednesday will compete in the upcoming league and will be co-managed by David Wilson with assistance from A.N. Other yet to be appointed. They will play in blue and yellow or green and black – a matter of choice and the first decision for the new management team.
(Any volunteers please message me before Friday. Ed.)

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Five a side for King Street  28/8/18 as Garry Pearce reports….

White is all right!

The second hour at Denton, saw just ten players ready for a five a side match up, Maroons versus Yellows. The game was fairly level, little running and plenty of shots at both ends. The stand out performer was without a doubt David Partington in goal. His shot stopping was bordering on the unbelievable and was as good as ever. Without him the scoreline would have taken on a much different look. The Yellows went ahead with a super strike by Stewart White, which he readily followed up with a second after a swift move. Steve Wingrove then struck a post for the Yellows but it just wasn’t his day.
After the break Alan Brodie pulled a goal back for the Maroons but Stewart completed his hat trick shortly afterwards with a fierce shot.
Full time: Maroons 3-1 Yellows. A good work out for all the guys. Thanks to Gordon Nixon for organising. (and to you for Refereeing Garry – Ed.)


28/8/18 and three touch was back ! Garry Pearce once again has the detail…

Three touch Tuesday!

18 Striders at King Street. After some discussion, it was decided to play a 9-a-side game on the big pitch and to incorporate the seldom used three touch rule. Unfortunately running was prevalent from the start and it wasn’t long before a penalty was awarded to the Maroons. The penalty was taken well by Steve Wingrove but brilliantly saved  Tony Cravagan in the Yellow’s goal. Half time: Maroons 0 v 0 Yellows.

Reds had been on two runs prior to the break and it wasn’t long before a third run saw a penalty for the Yellows, Taken by Terry Taxi, the shot nestled comfortably in the bottom corner, giving ‘keeper Nixon no chance. The game was still fairly level but put beyond the Maroons when Dave Fielding nipped in to take a clever chance, striking the ball again into the bottom corner. The Yellows were the better team on the day and a mention to Colin ‘Lord’ Fielding, who was superb in his midfield role, controlling the game. Final score: Maroons 0 v 2 Yellows .


21/8/18 and player/Referee Garry Pearce has the detail…

Pitch one, Tuesday.
Ten Striders, including player-ref Pearce. Joe Bemrose in goal for the yellows had a sterling first half, just keeping the Yellows in the game, despite an early goal. . An equaliser soon followed, Pearce slotting last Wingrove. An early second half toe-poke from Partington past the unlucky Dave Fielding, put the purples back in front. The Yellows were trying hard but the Purples had the upper hand. A tidy finish from Sergeant Nixon, restored the two goal cushion. The hard working Joe B pulled one back just before the end to give the scoreline perhaps a more balanced look. Probably fair to say that had most the Yellow’s chances not fallen to Pearce the result could have been different! A good game, little contact or running. Thanks guys for making it easy…..

and the the second hour…Main pitch Tuesday….

…A mixed bag of unders and overs gave us a six a side game, with Pearce reffing. The Yellows were on top pretty much most of the game and the excellent   Stewart White took his chances well , scoring a brace to put the team ahead. Yet again all players were perspiring heavily in the humid conditions, so fair play to all the guys who stayed behind for this second session.  The persistent hard work from Steve WIngrove enabled Purples to pull one back but with time running out the Purples just could not get themselves an equaliser. Two runs each but yet again, penalties were avoided. Yellows 2-1 Purples, probably a fair result.

All in all a good Tuesday’s sport.

Thanks Garry – Ed.


21st. August – Back at King Street….and Dave Wilson reports (*edited*)

Maroons 3 (Lancashire, Whelan, Wilson o.g.) Yellows 4 ( O’Toole, Stafford 3 )

This morning’s report on the over 65s  today 21/8/2018 5 v 5 Yellows v Maroons Colin Fielding Refereed and played for the Maroons some great football from both sides.  The Maroons took the lead through Bill Lancashire .  Yellow pushed forward in reply and had lots of shots on goal but could not get  past Bernard Roddy.  He  really played brilliant in goals for the Maroons.  Then David Whelan (?)  scored a great goal second goal making it 2 nil to the Maroons just before half time  Lorrie (sorry Alan I did not know is second name ( – it’s O’Toole -Ed.) scored for the Yellows  making it 2 -1 to Maroons, just as the whistle went  for half time.

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  • Second half some good football from the Yellows pushing forward a great ball from Tony Cravagan found Brian Stafford on his own, which he took forward and scored a great goal making it 2 each.  David Wilson scored an own goal making it 3-2 to the Maroons, still some good football from both sides but the Yellows had a lot of the ball good passing. David Gibbons controlled the midfield for the Yellows some great passing then David Wilson got the ball from Laurie and passed  to Brian Stafford on the left who  turned two players and scored a  fantastic goal ! making it 3 each Yellows still did not give up pushing  forward David Gibson found Laurie on the right he then passed to Brian Stafford who shot and  scored a fantastic goal making it 4- 3 to the Yellows.  Stafford’s first ever hat-trick Brian Stafford had scored at Denton.
  • Full time Yellows  4 –  Maroons 3
  • great game today at Denton for the over 65’s.
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7th. August 2018

Blue on blue but no doubt who emerged on top….

It doesn’t help when you lose your notes but here goes…a 5 v. 5 on pitch 2.
Kazakhstan Blues 5 Newitts Blues 2
A strong looking team which included Lake, Nixon and Partington plus the ever improving Dave Fielding in numbered Newitt’s bibs, soon fell behind to a Colin Fielding goal, followed by a stunner from the newly elected committee man which doubled that lead. John Williams in goal left with little chance. Partington and co. looked shellshocked. BUT…Newitt’s responded eventually though with some good walking football (only one penalised run all game) and David Partington shot wide on a couple of occasions, as did a tireless Gordon Nixon and for a time it looked a flattering scoreline for the lighter blue team.

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    I think it was three nil at half time.
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  • The Kazkh’s spearheaded by Heath and Harrison had  looked sharp.
    Good to see Keith Oldham back on a Tuesday and he added much to the Kazakh’s effort.
    In the second half Partington pulled one back for Newitt’s , but had a penalty saved by Fielding (good day for him) . Was it Harrison or Fielding with another (?) who made it 4-1. Hadge Cooper – on for the injured Heath (get well soon Martyn) slotted home a beauty from ten yards out as the Kazakh’s went nap.
    Partington added a little respectability to the score with a second goal late doors but his team were second best today. Good game to Referee – thanks Gentlemen. Garry Pearce reports below from the two games he Refereed….
  • Pic: Alan Richards

The Colour Purple – unbeaten bibs…

From Garry Plenty of action in the first game on pitch one today. The blacks hit the floor running, literally, it seemed like no time at all until three runs led to a  penalty for the purple team, which was duly despatched as calm as you like by Bill Lancashire. An equaliser followed again coolly put away by Ken Dean. The purple pressure continued and Tony Cravagan tucked away a good chance after a smart move. To be fair, the blacks hit the post twice and the bar but couldn’t find the elusive leveller.  Final score: Blacks 1 -2 Purples.

Second game was just three Unders supplemented by nine Overs.? The blue and orange teams were looking equal on paper but the blues were off the blocks in good style, racing to a half-time three-nil lead with two goals from the in form Steve Wingrove, separated by a crisp Rob Lake finish. It has to be said that the second Wingrove goal was an unstoppable top-corner rocket that left Nixon with no chance at all. Things were much more level in the second half but the Oranges couldn’t find a way past the excellent Partington. A really competitive, enjoyable game. Final score: Blues 3-0 Oranges.


We’re gonna have to stop calling them ‘Unders’ as three  out of the four today were ‘overs’ 🙂 Ed.

Pic: Alan Richards


Thanks Garry…pics later.



31st. of the seventh and it’s BYE BYE JULY !  No goals but scores of photographs  <here>  NO words but lots of photo’s. See if you can spot yourself…there only one bloke not on any of them….every picture tells a story (who recorded THAT album in the seventies?…answers on a postcard. (Colin Fielding will know).

24th. July…

With a turnout of nineteen overs plus Steve Wingrove in now familiar goalkeeping mode the first hour was divided onto two pitched.  Yours truly played in  a black bibbed team with David Partington prompting us to  a one nil lead via a Graham Oakley own goal. To add to his woes he put a penalty wide. I have already forgotten what happened after that (it’s been  a hectic day) but the blacks walked out two-one winners I’m told.  Garry Pearce Refereed- thanks. On the other pitch  Colin Fielding reported a four-two result.  New Referee Rob Lake took control although his watch seemed to malfunction.  Gratitude to Rob for stepping up to the plate when he would rather have played.

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  • The Unders numbered eight, I think. But at this point I had to dash to Hyde and upon  my return a nil-nil draw was concluding. Again Garry Pearce officiated.
  • Thanks to Gordon Nixon for taking some  bibs home to launder and also to Tony Cravagan and David Wilson for taking this Thursday’s session, as I am having a few days away.
  • Laurie O’Toole, Alan Brodie and Terry Harrison signed on for 2018/2019 today. Thanks.

No pics today. See you next week.



17th July 2018 – Alan Richards reports…

Black and White bibs for the Overs game and with Referee David Partington in control for the first half it was well marshalled with little penalised running but a couple of contact issues nipped in the bud. Joe ‘Gunter’ Bemrose fired a two goal salvo to put whites in control. At half time Gordon Nixon took up the whistle and Partington did what he does best. Settled the Blacks at the back and proceeded to organise them going forward with  a selection of good passes. Rourke and Richards linked well when each passed to feet instead of into space, and Blacks were playing the better football now. Oakley was influencing play too. David Wenham reduced the arrears after  a clever system of decoys – whether this was a lucky fluke or not Wenham found himself with  a great opportunity and finished clinically. Black momentum was building and soon afterward came the equaliser from David Fielding’s fine finish.  White’s main attacking threat aside from Bemrose was Wilson, often lurking well upfield waiting in vane for a quick long ball.  A fair result in the end and well done all. Terry Harrison tried to weave some magic  with his dribbling but blacks were quick to stifle his attacking intentions today.

some under some over – all fresh to go at eleven o’clock

Five (of seven) eleven o’clock unders formed the basis of the yellow bibs team in the second hour. On  a large (wide) pitch which encouraged running there were few instances penalised by Referee Richards who did not want to unduly spoil the fun of the participants.  After  a penalty was awarded for ingress David Partington saved superbly well and at the other end there were many good stops from Barry ‘strong arm’ Smith. This game ended nil-nil but not for want of trying. Dixon had a fine effort saved brilliantly by Partington (a good day at the office David). A moral victory for the Plains who were 5/7th. lingerers.  Team selection a little awry today. Don’t blame the Ref !

Trevor Brereton’s thoughts on the game: “A stalemate in the unders as  five overs stayed , to bring the number to twelve players. Yellows came close to scoring early on when Brereton hit both posts in the first five minutes.  When yellows were awarded a penalty,  Dixons kick was well saved by David Partington. Plains were better in the second half, going close to scoring with a rocket from Joe Bemrose, that was met with a terrific save from Barry Smith. Plains were awarded a penalty which Adrian Jones fired it in but Barry Smith pulled off a tremendous save low down to his left.Yellows best chances  fell to Pete Dixon, but  he couldn’t find a way past Partington.”

Thanks Trev – Ed.

Yellows-0 Blues-0

Referee’s note:  I will only Referee Over 65 walking football and Thursday sessions from this point forward.  Other sessions are too fast and to be honest often don’t look like walking football at all much of the time.  This problem is evident right across the country not just within our group/s. If I blew every time someone ran then it would be a ludicrous level of interruptions. And as  I cannot continue to turn  a blind eye to runners it’s best I stick to Refereeing less frenetic sessions..


Dateline Denton July 10th 2018…and Trevor Brereton reports from King Street…

Denton “unders”, July 10th

A classic game of two half’s this morning as the yellows took on the maroons, in what would have been compelling to watch,  had there been  any spectators. Maroons started well,  taking an early lead, when a deft touch from Colin Fielding put Brereton  through on goal, and he finished  well.. Maroons were creating a lot of chances,  with White and Brereton going close to adding a second. After a period of domination maroons went two up, when Brereton made an intercepton, and fired past Burrows. For much of the first half there was only one team in this game, as Brereton hit a post and White the crossbar.
Yellows came out with renewed  vigour in the second half, with Wingrove and Bemrose combining effectively,  as negativity set into the maroons play.. Wingrove fired yellows back into the game with a clinical finish from close range. Stewart White was struggling with a calf strain, when he took a blow to his ribs, to add to his woes. Maroons Colin Fielding left the pitch midway through the second half suffering from back spasms. Sportingly yellows Gordon Nixon, (who also refereed) , also left the pitch in order to even the teams out. (SOTY trophy beckons) .Yellows were dominant now ,  with Wingrove and maroons keeper having a personal duel. Partington denied Wingrove a number of times, in what was a man of the match performance. . Maroons did carve out some late chances,  but brave blocks, dodgy finishing  and good goalkeeping from Keith Burrows denied them a third goal. As the final whistle went, it was time to reflect on a cracking game where both teams can be proud of their performances. Next to no running, and minimal contact this morning. Thanks to Gordon and Dave P.
Maroons- 2- (Brereton 2)
Yellows-1- (Wingrove)
Editor’s  note. I hope I made adequate provision for your needs and both hours you had all that was required for what sounds like an enjoyable game. + you’re scoring a lot of goals lately Trevor – well done!  I have spoken to Dave Wilson  this afternoon and he tells me an 8 v. 9 on the big pitch was Refereed by Keith Burrows in the first hour – thank you sir.



Denton July 3rd.

David Gibbons – was there today along with others….

A total of twenty eight players today – most of them in the first hour.

Here’s how Trevor Brereton saw the Under’s game…

There was little to choose between the 2 teams of 6 in the “unders ” this morning,  as they played out a pulsating game of high quality. Greens Brereton nearly gave his team the lead straight from the kick off , Barry Smith dived low to his right to make the save.  One of yellows key players Stewart White, El mago (the magician), produced something out of nothing,  that brought the best out of greens  keeper David Partington.  After another Brereton effort was well saved by Smith,  it was third time lucky for the wee fella. Brereton’s  effort from distance deceived Smith , and gave his team a deserved lead. Only good defending by yellow’s Lake , Fielding and Cooper,   prevented greens going further ahead. Early in the second half yellows were enjoying more possession, with Bemrose and White menacing in greens final third. Greens were moving the ball well, with Steve Wingrove having a great game, and going close to extending  greens lead. Greens were defending well with Foster, Nixon,  and Gaskin looking an impenetrable unit. It took a large slice of luck for yellows to claw their way back into the game. With Colin Fielding lurking in an advanced position , a Nixon clearance hit him and rebounded back towards  the green’s goal, high into the net past Partington.  There where  no further goals in what was a great game, played in a terrific spirit,  with little running. Thanks to Garry Pearce once again for refereeing this morning.
Greens-1  (Brereton)
Yellows-1, (Fielding C)
Meanwhile a little earlier on Pitch 1 David Wilson Referee’d eleven Overs. Here is his report…
Hi Alan, todays game at Denton 6 Yellows v 5 Orange I refereed the game first half yellows went 1 up goal by Laurie, then Roy Smith scored a second making it 2- 0 to yellows just before half time Terry Harrison scored to make it 2 -1 to yellows, the Yellows were awarded a penalty but Joe Bemrose missed it, second half the Orange were given the extra man Yellows still pushed forward and scored anther goal scored by Joe making it 3 -1 to Yellows then the orange scored anther goal scored by that man Terry making it 3 -2 to  Yellows were awarded anther penalty Roy walked up to take it but was saved by Barry then change of goal keepers for the Orange Yellows pushed forward once again and Roy Smith scored a fine goal  making it 4- 2 to the Yellows but the Orange were not giving up they to pushed forward that man again supper hero Terry scored again making him having a hattrick making the scores 4- 3 to Yellows a great game all round right near the end of the game Terry the man could have brought the scores level a great game all round.
Thanks David, clearly an exciting encounter !


Denton June 26th. 2018

A sizzler sees red hot Cravagan score the goal of the summer so far !

N-n-n-nineteen was the early number so yours truly sat out to start but the call of the mild proved irrestible. I donned a yellow bib and joined a team who were on the backfoot.

Early exchanges proved a purple patch for purple’s driven by the adventurous Colin Fielding, revelling in the warm weather he loves so much.
Yes, Purple’s reigned supreme and the Prince of them all was that man Cravagan. Not only did he don the gloves to start he saved something rather special for the second half.
With a numerical boost steadying yellow’s ship, the play became more even. David Wilson having a couple of shots on goal for the mellow Yellows, Ken Dean working hard to get things going. Lake proving dependable as ever at the back.

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To counter this Gaskin, Jarvis and Partington toiled under a merciless sun. Nil-nil at half time we went three touch in the second half. Most seemed keen to try it.

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    Cravagan latched onto a ball from Jarvis, took three strides  and lashed the ball into the net for Blues – a superb strike worthy of more opulent surroundings.  It looked liked the winner until David Fielding popped up from nowhere to level matters. A fair result and the three touch got almost universal approval.
  • Referee Pearce – we’re lucky to have him, and others. Many WF groups would pay lots for this quality of official.
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    Six Unders arrived at 11-00am and were consulted on what game they wanted most, in the heat. A 6 v. 6 across pitch 2 allowed for six lingerers.

  • A feast of a contest followed. Hardly any running with some contact but this multi touch version was enjoyed by all. Players came off sweat soaked at the end of this determined ‘Desmond’.  I thought  Terry Harrison was melting !  Two goals from Adrian ‘Gusto’ Jones shown above  getting his runners-up medal were cancelled out by Trevor Brereton, I saw his second fly into the net, moving in the air to deceive Barry Smith but the had very little chance.

  • Interesting to see both sets of players went for the lighter ‘Nike Strike’ball,  which require a bit more control and skill, but if you get struck with one in the goolies, or elsewhere,  the pain is diminished.
    On a more serious note two of our purple bibs are missing in action. I await word from the front. Someone must know something. If they’ve been taken prisoner bring ’em back next week !
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Denton June 21st….

some game video <here>

There was a carnival atmosphere at King St this morning,  in this special charity game for little Lottie. Due to the large squads a few players started on the bench , as six “badgers” took on half a dozen Striders. After feeling each other out, (ooh matron), Striders imposed themselves, battering ram Taylor ably supported by Mike Conroy carving the badgers defence open. Taylor fired the striders ahead, with a clinical finish past guest keeper Dennis Cudahy Striders defenders  Tomlinson, Yardley and Brodie were coping admirably.  Supersub  David Wenham increased the striders lead nutmegging Cudahy.  Striders keeper  Smith comfortably dealt with everything the badgers forwards threw at him. A third goal for striders followed, as Conroy got in on the act,  with a terrific finish. When Taylor hit a post for striders, an end to end badgers move saw Pete Dixon slot a consolation goal for the badgers. As badgers finished strongly, Partington made a tremendous save from close range to deny Dixon a brace.
Striders-3-(Taylor 2,) Conroy
Badgers- 1- (Dixon)
Second hour.
It was decided the second hour would be played on the big pitch in order to get everyone on the pitch at the same time. Joe Bemrose joined the striders to add more firepower. Taylor was walking the badgers defence ragged early on, as the striders started well .Space was at a premium with so many bodies on the pitch, though both teams were passing the ball well. For badgers  White was the midfield playmaker , holding the ball up well, and bringing his teammate’s into the game. Wingrove was a constant thorn in the striders sides, with his strength and energy, though Partington and Lake handled him well. Brereton brought a terrific save from Cudahy,  as Denis showed himself to be a top quality keeper.  Considering most of the players had played for nearly two hours, the pace hardly flagged as both teams looked for that elusive goal.  Defences were as tight as Nixon’s shirt , each playing the ball out well from the back.  Cudahy the busiest of the two keepers, pulled off another tremendous save from a Brereton effort late on , to ensure it was a case of honours even,  and a fitting result for this occasion. Many thanks to guest referee’s Keith Fowler and, Keith Burrows.
Badgers- 0
(Great Reports – thanks Trevor – Ed.)


These are the squads for ‘the longest game on the longest day for Lottie’s Little Legs’ on June 21st. as selected by David Partington. Remember this is a fun event for a good cause.  Treat it like a Professional Footballer might treat a testimonial match. Light hearted and only mildly competitive. Let’s make it a day to remember. Take it easy over the extended period,almost two hours ! especially if the weather is hot,     Bring extra water and let your Captain know if you want to be substituted at any time. Denton Youth F.C. have donated the use of the pitch for the morning free of charge – Denton Thursday players £2’s  will go towards the Lottie fund – thanks.

Keith’s Fowler and Burrows will share Refereeing duties  across the one hundred minutes.

Bill Murney of the GMWFL has announced that the proceeds of the post tournament raffle after the ‘Martin Dawson Trophy’ competition in September will be donated to the ‘Lotties Little Legs Appeal” Bravo Bill ! Thank you.

 DON’T  OVERDO  IT we all want to go home the same way we came. Arrive 9-50am.please.

STOP PRESS – O’TOOLE is out WENHAM is in ! – RICHARDS to film and photograph.



June 19th. at King Street…

After last weeks enforced lay off thirty plus Striders descended on Denton’s 3g under bright skies on  a morning that promised much.

Yours truly Refereed the game on pitch 2. A lively affair, especially in the first half with Yellow bibs ascendant. Terry Harrison with a fine first half hat trick looked every inch Denton’s answer to Cristiano Ronaldo (Terry smiles much more than the Portugese dandy,  to boot). Rob Lake was firmly in charge at the back for bibs. Colin Fielding added another, and to add to Plains woes Joe Bemrose had a penalty saved (three yellow runs) – it wouldn’t have counted if he’d scored though. Remember – NO micro stepping.

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    At half time David Eaves, making good progress but still finding his feet in walking football switched places with Colin Fielding. Plain’s looked a little more resilient at the back with the addition of ‘the Denton Rock’ from Stalybridge and he, and an equally experienced Gordon Nixon began to claw back at Bibs supremacy.
    But Bibs were still lively with Wenham walking well, and a frisky looking Oakley nibbling away at the walking envelope. A canny Cravagan also threatened with his positional influence but Steve Tomlinson continues to improve, John Gaskin too did their best to keep them at bay and in the second half stopped them from adding to their tally.
    Joe Bemrose managed to pull one back midway through the half for plains and just before the final whistle Colin Fielding further reduced the arrears. Laurie O’Toole put a shift in for Plains and was solidly involved in the comeback that made for a good game and a fairer result.
  • Garry Pearce will report soon on the Pitch One game.
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  • Garry’s update from Pitch One:
  • Greens v Purples today in the first game on pitch one. Greens with the extra player, soon taking control with two fine finishes from the rampant David Wilson. Dave did have the ball in the net in at least one other occasion, but the whistle had gone. Greens well on top and deservedly leading. Half time 2-0.-  – Some re-arranging after half time, Bernard going in goal for the greens and Steve Wingrove coming out. The depleted and somewhat under par purples also made some changes, with Ivan going into the goal and the effervescent Barry Smith adding his guile to the attack. Purples were further boosted by the arrival, for the second game, of Mike Conroy, who kindly evened up the teams. Early in the second period, Bernard over reached in collecting a rebounded shot, his hand clearly outside the area to claw the ball back, conceding a penalty. Up stepped Mike Conroy with his ‘stork’ technique, dispatching the penalty past Bernard. Greens did continue with several attacks and had it not been for the strong arms of Ivan, the scoreline could have been much different. Purples then got the equaliser with a well struck, albeit deflected shot from Barry Smith. Almost immediately after that, the ball fell neatly into the path of the advancing Pete Ward, who made no mistake, left one on one with Ivan. Barry Smith did score from a free kick but disallowed as it was not passed to a team mate, but struck directly into the goal. Only two runs all game. A great second half, played in a really good spirit.


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  • A few players lingered with nine arrivals to make the Unders game a 9 v. 9 on the bigger pitch. Mike Conroy tasked with team selection. Yours truly put Mike on the spot. It’s not easy to select evenly balanced sides and Mike showed just how difficult it can be. His ‘Greens’ raced to a three goal lead  a cracker of an opener from hit-man Wingrove.  Potent Trevor Brereton added two more to underline superiority. Peter Dixon scored a fine fourth  and on reflection Greens looked much stronger and more mobile. Richards took to the field and shored up the Purple bibs just a little.  The extra man proved to lessen Greens superiority as the second half was actually ‘won’ by the Purple’s with goals from Barry Smith and Alan Brodie.
  • Inspired by Adrian Jones, gushing with gusto  and zeal , Purple’s  plugged away. The addition of Partington in goals with his constant cajoling and encouragement improved their defending no end.
    Green’s were seldom less than  dangerous and peppered Partington with shots at one point with Brereton and Dixon going closest. Foster always solid at the back for Greens looking every inch the quality walking footballer. Keith Burrows on the other side of the Greens defence was a bulwark against the raiding Barry Smith, Hadge Cooper and Alan Brodie.


June 5th at King Street

GOAL POVERTY AFFLICTS THE STRIDERS….a ‘busy’ Alan Richards reports…

Garry Pearce volunteered to multi-task today. Squaring up the numbers on Pitch 2 AND Refereeing the game – until Roy Smith relieved him at half-time.

The game on two was settled by a solitary goal and there was an element of good fortune about THAT  for John Williams, who’s shot took a slight deflection of the unfortunate David Gibbons’s leg. David himself had had a fine, swerving  shot blocked by goalkeeper Richards foot in the first half , and subsequently  drew Croatia in the World Cup sweepstake. Not David’s day today.

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    Goals were in very short supply this morning , perhaps even a record breaking dearth, the paucity of which was prominent on Pitch 1 where more Overs toiled to break a deadlock that simply wasn’t having any of it. Nil-nil it finished there with , according to Gordon Nixon “very little of note to report”. That bad eh Gord ?
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    A short hiatus while   world cup sweep tickets were drawn (is it really four years since England’s last poor showing ?) and a few photo’s were taken. Partington and Pearce, and a visiting Hadge Cooper  might be most pleased with their selections while the rest of us looked as glum as Grimsby on a wet weekend. Saudi Arabia for me so no Sunni delight in that ,  and Adrian Jones drew largely shi’ite Iran.
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  • So the Unders arrived and with a few lingerers proceded to play out their own drama on the enlarged pitch. Purple v. Yellow (one of our purple’s is missing incidentally) but with another nil-nil result perhaps the most exciting action came at half-time when Stewart White’s ‘Badgers’ were presented with medals he had generously provided for his players. Steve Rourke and Danny Tipping were absent  but we’ll catch up with them at a later date. Well done all – especially Stewart – a nice gesture.
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    Tameside Seniors Striders will also  receive medals for their excellent Cup run at Heywood last week. There will be no mention of  age on the engraving of ‘Senior Cup Finalists’
    A very busy day for your truly with three collections on the go simultaneously but happily, everything seems to balance. With almost £70 already collected for our chosen cause of ‘Lottie’s Little Legs’. (remember half of the sweepstake pot is needed for the prize winner)

  • A reminder that this Saturday evening there is a benefit event for Lottie at Denton Labour Club – tickets are £10 , there is food laid on and former City winger Peter Barnes is putting in an appearance. Some of us might be more familiar with his dad ! Allegedly the best uncapped wing-half in England…then came Alan Oakes !
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May 29th. 2018

Trevor Brereton reports from King Street…

Unders, Denton, 29th May.

A tight encounter in the Unders game  this morning , as eight plains took on a strong seven bibbed team in glorious sunshine. Bibs potent strike force of Mike Conroy, and in form Royton rocket Joe Bemrose troubled the plains defence a number of times in the first half. Conroy found himself one on one with keeper Barry Smith,  but was unlucky as his shot cannoned back off the crossbar. Bibs were defending well with Nixon, Partington, and Lake limiting Plains to long range efforts.
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The second half saw a better organised plains assert themselves more on the game, utilising their man advantage more effectively. Adrian Jones distribution in midfield was improving, and led to an effort from Ward that was well saved by Bibs ‘keeper John Gaskin.

Gaskin on he left here…with Rob Lake
With five minutes remaining, and the game heading for a stalemate plains made the crucial breakthrough  and ended Bibs brave resistance. Brereton who earlier in the half had skied a similar chance this time got over a bouncing ball, and lashed his shot out of Gaskin’s reach,  high into the net. Plains kept the ball well, and saw the game out to claim a narrow win.
Thanks go to Gordon Nixon for his organisational skills, and Keith Burrows for his refereeing excellence.
Plains- 1, Brereton
Bibs- 0
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Garry Pearce Refereed on pitch one today and sends us his thoughts…
Pete Jarvis – best game ever?


One heck of a game on pitch one today! Pete Jarvis had surely his best game at King Street, scoring all the goals for the plains in a four-nil victory over the reds. The score line doesn’t do the match justice, as the reds team, admirably led by Lord Fielding, dominated the early exchanges. Colin was thwarted by a terrific save from  Nixon and later by two superb stops from Dave Partington.  Jarvis scored his first shortly after to make the half time score 1-0

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Virtually straight from the  second half kick-off,  Jarvis got a second, following a clinical pass from Nixon. Two more strikes soon followed. A joy to watch. In between goals, the reds had periods of real pressure, hitting the post twice and Terry ‘Taxi’  Harrison having a shot touched onto the crossbar by the excellent Dave Partington.

No, the score line did not tell the story at all. A really good game. Handful of fouls both running and contact, but nothing to worry the ref!  Well played guys.

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  • Last but not least it’s Keith Burrows reporting from Pitch 2 (Overs)
  • Keith Burrows
  • Just a brief report of game on pitch 2 this was a close encounter with bibs eventually winners 2-1, this was a flowing game with both sides playing good passing football. At half time the bibs led two – nil with a Laurie O’Toole strike and another from David Fielding. In the second half of the game after a good spell in goal,

    Bernard Roddy – net bulged
  • Bernard after a couple of misses final bulged the back of the net, Rob Lake scored an excellent goal but it was disallowed for running, John Williams had a good game passing well, played in excellent spirit only two runs one each side and little contact only one accidental change which ended with Bernard on the floor but he got up fine and resumed a tussle with defending Rob Lake



May 22nd. 2018


Alan Richards reports hot foot from King Street…..

Numbers were down a little at Denton this morning , maybe it’s the impending visit of the mighty Mature Millers from Rotherham that caused some of  the absences.  We had  fourteen over 65’s lining up,  half bibbed  in sunshine yellow and  half in a variety of coloured shirts of their own choosing. Referee Garry Pearce took control of a good game of walking football. Two fairly evenly matched teams. There is audio commentary of the first half from yours truly. Let’s face it John Motson is history and nobody else would do it. If anyone is interested – link later.
A new man David Eaves, made his debut and looked comfortable enough – maybe some different footwear if you stick with us David. Astro trainers are ideal. Garry viewed his footwear with  a little disdain – calling them hiking boots – whereas I was a tad more circumspect. They were far from clodhoppers.

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    Plains were playing the better approach game. Bemrose in particular along with David Fielding and  tricky  Terry  Harrison to the fore with Laurie O’Toole always available on the right wing. David Gibbons was solid at the back for Plains too but Bibs had their moments with Wilson threatening and John Williams going close. Bernard Roddy in goal denied each of them reaching low to claim or divert with fingertips when a goal looked on. Remarkable reflexes Bernie.
  • Three bibbed runs led to a goal for Plains. O’Toole full of confidence and cool as cucumber,  stepping up and slotting home neatly. This was soon followed by a second goal just after the break when David Fielding lashed home an unstoppable shot past Barry Smith. This man is improving week on week and his shot provoked conversation in the brew room later.
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    David Partington pegged back the Plains with another penalty – was it ingress, or running I’m not sure – the commentary had ceased by this point and my attention was diverted. Terry Harrison gave the Plains a cushion with a well taken goal and from that point the result was not in doubt. Well played all. Don’t forget the engrossing commentary track later.
  • Pic : Alan Richards
  • Only four Unders turned up! The ‘Frenchmanc’  Jeremie Coulon , John Gaskin, Peter Dixon recovering from ‘a knock’ and David Quinn. Mike Conroy, looking dapper for a Denton man,  and Steve Rourke turned up in ‘civvies’ to watch for a while as did David Moore and Hadge Cooper both recovering from injuries.

A strange game with yours truly – who had come to Referee this morning in view of tomorrow’s events starting in goal for Plains.  Five-a-side. Jeremie Coulon scored almost straight from the kick off with a splendid shot. He added another soon afterwards and Bibs looked to be struggling. Soon though , after several wayward efforts they pulled one back via David Quinn a well struck shot Richards got a hand to but could not keep out – Quinn walked well throughout this morning after last weeks blue card for running. He has reported losing seven quid on the pitch somewhere so if anyone finds it….

Peter Dixon put the Plains further ahead and it was 3-1 at the break.
A shot from Quinn was tipped around a post by a diving Richards who spoiled his copybook minutes later when a soft shot from Fielding crept under his outstretched, gloved hand. Referee Pearce later said it bobbled (I’ll take that, mate), Gaskin shot wide and Fielding again just missed the target this time. Richards outfield now as Dixon went in goal for Plains some decent movement from both teams but it was Bibs who found the goal again via that man Quinn.
An honourable three-three draw. Thanks to Garry Pearce for his very, very good Refereeing this morning.

Pic: Garry Pearce

With tales from near and far of walking football descending into chaos , abandoned games, Female Referees in tears , foul language and team mates in slanging matches, let’s celebrate what we do at Denton and Ashton.  Hopefully we can continue to do that tomorrow.

Much wind and hot air – Audio description <here>

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May 15th 2018

Two contrasting hours at the home of Denton Walking Football Group today.
From 10-00am. we had (mostly) walking football played on two pitches – yes, there was the occasional run on Pitch 1 but I don’t remember Garry Pearce penalising many players.
The game itself was quite evenly matched. Pete Jarvis struck for the Green team but I think it was Alan Brodie who equalised for Blues. The lighter ball we experimented with was largely well received. Tony Cravagan said it was “better for Goalkeepers – safer.” Some shots were ballooned but that happens anyway. Pete Jarvis had no problem shooting low several times. I think we shall try the Nike ball again. Easier on  65+ joints and also easier to get across the pitch for a longish ball. Might put a bit more pressure into it the next time (we have two of them).

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    On Pitch 1 two players were Blue carded. Terry Harrison for excessively  forceful contact denying a goalscoring chance,  and David Wilson for three individual runs. Most unusual for our sessions. The game there finished in a 4-1 win for Green’s but Referee Alan Graham could not recall the goalscorers. I’m not tempted to guess.
  • first hour group
  • The second hour was given over to seven ‘unders’ and the balance who lingered.  A markedly quicker game. In fact some players seemed to forget all about walking football in the first half.
    Two penalties to Blues (for Orange running) were converted by Adrian Jones and Steve Wingrove. The pace of this game in the first half was a joke, to be honest.
  • Jones on the spot

    After the break Blues lead was reduced by David Quinn, returning after a long absence. Blues themselves were then penalised three times for running and Peter Dixon scored the resultant penalty. Quinn was blue carded near the end for persistent running. It’s a long time since he has played walking football to be fair, but hopefully he will now remember what the game is meant to be. ie Not regular Football.

  • walking football
  • Not the best day we’ve had. From time to time issues crop up – most revolve around the old bugbear. We all need to remember we are a group of WALKING footballers. It’s not just at Denton where this problem recurs. The game nationwide as it gets more exposure,and scrutiny is becoming the butt of scorn and ridicule, because players are running cheating too often. Most of us get ‘done’ for it now and again – when enthusiasm, and exuberance  gets the better of us or a pass is played just too far in front – it’s worth remembering though when you do hear the dreaded whistle it’s best to just accept the fact and get on with the game. Grateful thanks to  Referee’s Alan Graham and Garry Pearce.
  • Gordon (recovering from eye surgery) and Janet Nixon – our supporters today.
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May 8th.

KING STREET IS YELLOW – see photo’s <here>

Richards writes….

Pitch 2 Overs Greens 1 (Wilson) – Yellows 0

David Wilson struck in the first minute on pitch 2 to give Greens the lead. That solitary goal was enough to see his team home, although he had moved to another pitch as injuries necessitated the call. Keith Burrows Refereed a close encounter – thanks Keith.

We had three spectators massed on the touchline today from the start. Most of them left early to beat the traffic but it was heartening so see some Thursday regulars coming out to offer encouragement.

Overs Pitch 1

Greens 1 (Fielding D)  Yellows 2 (Gibbons pen, Dean)

On pitch 1 I think it was one-one at half time. With David Fielding again scoring for Greens with a  reply from the spot by David Gibbons. Ken Dean’s winner got the Yellow’s across the line first. Alan Graham officiated here and the final Unders game – thanks for both Alan.
Both Referees once again donated their £5 match fee to clubs buffer fund ‘kitty’.

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    The Unders match was a 9 v.9 Green v. Yellow affair. Some commented on the ‘crowded pitch’. A few weeks ago we all agreed (after a vote) that 8 v. 8 is ideal 9 v.9 is just about  acceptabe but NO more. In future some would be lingerers may have to be disappointed but this is all weather dependant to an extent. There’s no doubt blue sky affects numbers. We have to deal with matters lik this on  an ad hoc basis as we have no idea of numbers before the event.

  • A nil-nil tussle , all could have hinged on a first half penalty kick – but I missed it (hangs head in shame – Ed) . Opting for a one step toe bung for power, the ball was a foot wide of the left hand post. The best chance of the game. Half time withdrawal for the errant kicker saw Gordon Nixon take my place. Neither Barry Smith nor David Partington were beaten today in this one and it was a case of honours even.
    Thanks all. David Moore was injured very early on and refunded his £3 – least we could do. Get better soon David.
    Good luck to all involved at Heywood in the next couple of weeks.
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MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Save our Striders….CRAVAGAN led the way !

Referee  on Pitch 2 Garry Pearce

All the overs turned up nice and promptly today and we soon got two games going on the adjacent pitches. Garry Pearce will report on a 5-2 win on Pitch 2 later – a 5 v.5 affair. I was the extra man on Pitch 1 playing half a game for Greens and almost half a game for Yellows.
It was an end to end game. Keith Oldham scored two good goals and was in the action all the time looking for a hat trick which would not quite come.

Tony Cravagan agile and quick to get down low –  made a couple of spectacular saves in the Yellow goal to deny him before he looped a shot across the Marple man, to open Green’s account.

With Rob Lake and Steve Rourke in Yellow it was going to be a tough lead to hang on to, but a cushion came when Oldham doubled the lead with aplomb.
Three runs for Yellow meant a second half penalty for Greens, and up stepped John Williams – almost a slow-mo technique but he made no mistake and his team were out of sight.
Cravagan playing out field now was combining well with Richards and Rourke , the former had several shots , some on target but comfortably dealt with by the indomitable figure of Wingrove in Green goal. Rourke and Brodie persevered too, crafting opportunities but the only other goal was a superb strike from Partington at the other end – our ‘Overs’  P.o.Y.   had a very industrious, and influential game. His toe bunged effort simply flew into the Yellow net. Sometimes it’s the best way. By this time the teams were back to 5 v. 5.

Alan Graham kept a firm eye on proceedings and made his presence felt – thanks for Refereeing  – and of course Garry too on the other pitch – complete with WFA Ref’s jersey – very smart !

The Under’s arrived. Eight in number they soon got stuck into their game, once again Refereed by Garry Pearce. I didn’t see too much of this match as I was otherwise engaged but I did get a few photos. More of those later. I think the goals came from Peter Dixon and A.N. Other but more from Garry hopefully.
Once again a pleasure to be at King Street under more promising skies. Thanks Guys.
You’re a special bunch ! Good to see Steve Foster back and testing his calf muscle. Hadge Cooper – close now to a comeback, and with Colby, his Grandson. Brian Stafford also called by and Gordon Nixon playing today rather unexpectedly – his eye surgery cancelled yesterday at the last minute !! – hope you get it sorted soon Gordon.
The new ‘keepers gloves seemed popular.





GARRY’s addendum:

Overs, pitch 2

A mostly bright and breezy morning saw ten striders take to pitch two for a mid morning jaunt. The scoring was opened by the Yellows, when Ken ? finished well from a good Laurie O’Toole pass. The equalizer wasn’t long in coming, when a slide rule pass from Dave Wilson found Bernard and he slotted coolly past the despairing Gordon Nixon in net. Ken Dean then restored Yellow’s lead. This was swiftly followed by a penalty for the greens when Bill Lancashire, so steady at the back, put a foot inside the penalty, making a clearance. The penalty was taken (illegally) by Dave Wilson, but he missed.

The second half saw some keeper changes, most notably for the greens, with Barry Smith now marauding upfield, soon finishing with aplomb when put clean through. Smith got his second with an absolute screamer some three minutes later. Barry even found time to have a penalty well saved by Laurie. The scoring was completed for the greens with a neat Dave Wilson brace. Final score: Greens 5-2 Yellows.


The second game was a fairly even affair, sixteen striders on the full pitch, greens’ were in control when Steve Wingrove opened the scoring with a crisp drive. Peter Dixon added a second before the scoring was completed by another Wingrove strike, steaming into the net past a bewildered Alan Graham, goalkeeping today to give Pearce a chance to ref on the main pitch. Very little running (of any consequence) and few instances of  contact. The Yellows worked hard, with lots of shots, mostly blocked by Rob Lake, defensive stalwart as ever.  Couple of great strikes also from Stewart White. Partington in the Greens’ goal was on form and kept a well deserved clean sheet. Enjoyable game, played as almost always, in a great spirit.















Let the moving pictures tell the story of today – April 24th 2018.  Here is the first instalment , just click the link <link>

More <here>

Still pics – eleven on our Flickr feed <look>

Banter on the touchline and a Barry Smith cracker <here>  

The ‘Unders’ kick off – here <link>    and continues <here>   and   concludes here  <finish>



Rob also scored a good goal today…


April 17th 2018

THREE GAMES – three stories….

Richards writes…

We should have done it tomorrow – the weather will be better !
At least it was dry as thirty players in total turned out. I’d left the field of play early to greet those nine or so Unders (numbers up a little today) upon their arrival and of course take the subs. But it’s important that the guys who play in the second hour do not get short changed when it comes to time – and a sense of inclusion. Their full hour of warm up and play  is a priority for the committee.

Richards has either sh*t himself or is sagging !

The first two games went well for the Overs.

BLUES 1 (Richards) GREENS 3 (Harrison, Dean 2)

On pitch one Richards put the Blues ahead after an assist from Wilson, placing the ball wide of Partington from the ‘D’s  edge. There were three penalties in this game. One for ingress which Keith Oldham failed to convert. Oldham’s other contributions were valuable though, Keith is an effective player on the right hand side in particular. Players must retreat three metres from the ball. Colin Fielding scored from the spot but it was disallowed. Goalkeeper Nixon claimed confusion and you could see his point.

….Colin missed the retake. (or had it saved – at this distance I’m not sure which). David Partington also had a penalty saved later in the game. Rob Lake was very influential for the Blues and Laurie O’Toole also made his presence felt in the right way.

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    At half time Richards switched to Greens and his pass led to Terry Harrisons equaliser. Gordon Nixon, nursing a groin injury in goals for Blue pulled off some good reflex saves, from a variety of attacking Greens.  When the teams were even steven on numbers (Richards had left the field to meet the under’s at the back of Bob) Ken Dean stepped up to score two good goals to give Greens the game. “Ken’s touch is so much improved of late and he’s looking a very useful player these days” – said one who knows on the touchline later.
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    Alan Graham Refereed this game very well. Thanks Al. Let’s not forget that both our Referees today donated their £5 per game fee into our ‘Buffer fund’ (not Buffet) but which will ensure we get some very nice barms, pies and treats the next time we cater, schedules for May 23rd. I think we can run to a pack of biscuits for next week too, and maybe a big jar of Coffee for Graham’s ‘Cafe’. These same Ref’s are paid quite well for their Heywood time on the GMWF and we’re lucky to have them, and the other qualified officials in our ranks.
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    Pitch 2: Garry Pearce Referee’d and reports…
    Yellows 4 ( Cravagan,Roddy , Jarvis 2 ) – Plains (Fielding, Rourk) 2
    A slow and quiet start was soon ended when Tony Cravagan made most of a good through ball to slot home past Steve Wingrove. The equalizer wasn’t long in coming and Dave Fielding stroked home a tidy shot, to take us in level 1-1 at half time.
    The Yellows appeared revitalised in the second half and goals started to flow. Pete Jarvis put in a ball across the ‘D’, Wingrove tried to block it with his foot and diverted the spinning ball into his own net !
    Jarvis then latched onto a through ball and scored an absolute screamer into the top corner, the goal of the game no doubt. To be fair, the plains had plenty of shots, mostly on target but not hard enough or placed well enough to trouble the rotating ‘keepers. I’m fairly sure that Bernard got the last yellows goal before Steve Rourk added a consolation for the plains just before the end.
    A game played in a good spirit, only two runs (some borderline) and just a couple of contacts to report. Well done guys a pleasure to referee (Good to read, and good to hear – Ed.)
    Those aforementioned Unders played out a tight game on the big pitch. 8 v. 8. Good performances from a returning Stewart White in yellow, and the Greens pressed hard through Dixon and Rourk.
  • Pete Ward – penalised twice for running in this one – popped up to score what turned out to be the winning goal for Yellow – and was promptly rewarded with the Goalkeepers gloves and a spell between ‘the sticks’. Trevor Brereton played some really good passes from a deeper position than normal and his distribution was easy on the eye. Dean left the field at half time and was replaced by Partington who went into the Green goal, pulling off a fine save deep into the game. Garry Pearce minus his whistle now – was almost inspirational at right attacking full back for Yellows, and they deserved their win. Just.
    Johnson shadows Ward

    After a coming together Mike Conroy went down from an accidental blow to the back of the neck from John Gaskin’s shoulder. Motionless for a few moments Mike set off the alarm bells but he slowly got to his feet surrounded by concerned first aiders and team mates. He spent some time sat on a touchline stool. It was clear Mike was shaken and we really hope there are no ill effects. Even in non contact games accidents will happen so be prepared to just stand off your opponent a little to try to avoid this kind of injury.

The photo’s later will reveal the cast of players in all of these games and it would be foolish to try to mention everyone in the report. Adrian Jones with those knees heavily strapped always looks like a real trooper though and is forever trying to influence the game. Thanks to all for such a good turnout and a trouble free, ego free atmosphere once again. Helped in no small measure by our Referee’s on the day and everyone who pitches in to shift the goalposts, marke the pitches, clear up the kit and play good walking football in between. Bravo from Broc the new stuffed Badger mascot, who was impressive on his home debut. Pic later. The new ‘keyboard’ was well received as a boon. Every hook was occupied and I allowed myself an inward smile for a good idea. Even though David Party ‘lost’ his keys in the most unusual manner, finding them in an unlikely place. Resting on Bob’s towbar. ..well spotted Dave, as we could have been looking for hours and still not found them. Dave Wilson you left your hat on the keyboard. You’ll be re-United on Thursday.


April 10th. 2018 Lots of video <here>

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS ALL OVERS… (But Wingrove, Lake and Burrow bucked the trend)
Greens 0
Yellows 3 (Fielding, Harrison,Rourk)
Alan Richards writes…
A chill wind was blowing across King Street as the dismal waether returned to haunt us once more. But at least it was dry. A 9v.9 on the big pitch and teams selected for balance but left the Greens a bit short of attacking flair.
Lawrence O’Toole made his Tuesday debut, with an industrious performance on the right defensive flank. With Rourk just in front the defensive pairing of Nixon and Lancashire had their work cut out.
Early passing was hit and miss – but mostly miss, with the ball constantly given away.
The game was partly filmed and video will appear in due course. Terry Harrison in Yellow was often dangerous going forward, supported by Colin Fielding who opened the Yellow account. Harrison himself added a second and at half time Y’s were coasting.

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    Brodie and Wilson toiled up front for Greens but there was too little invention and the Yellow’s defensive dynamo Partington was splendid in marshalling his cohort of resistors.
    The second half saw Y’s go further in front when Rourk’s drift to the inside right channel went unnoticed, and he drove firmly at Wingrove’s feet, the big ‘keeper could only direct the ball into his own goal but Rourk’s performance deserves the credit. So. Greens were outgunned but at three-nil this was a creditable effort from them and never looked like becoming a rout.
    Thanks to Referee Garry Pearce. Some video in due course. Look here for links.

Yellow’s 0
Orange 0
With the big new ‘Jim Thompson’ Clock just turning eleven Alan’s Graham & Richards selected the sides. Not many unders had clocked in for duty so a healthy proportion of lingerer’s from the first hour salvaged the game for an 8 v 8. Orange v. Yellow bibbed up and ready to roll. Game 1 Referee Pearce donned  yellow . Keith Burrows liberated from goal played a key role for Yellow’s in the middle of the park. Mike Conroy was often the target man but shot wide on a couple of occasions, going much closer later in the game. Wingrove in Orange was a commanding presence and worked David Wilson into the game on the right wing. Trevor Brereton couldn’t carve out many openings today .

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    Deep into the second half and with both teams on two runs and fearing a penalty against, the speed of the game settled down a little.
    This even match was deadlocked and a draw was a fair result. Thanks to Alan Graham for officiating. Limited video should emerge soon.
    Notable absences today were Peter Dixon, Stewart White (still injured) amongst other. Hadge Cooper put in an appearance on the touchline, and reports his troublesome groin injury is not going away just yet. Painful, and not just when walking.
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Let’s hope the lack of goals in the second game is not an omen for Thursday when our barren looking league line up returns to Heywood for a demanding schedule. No reinforcements were found this morning so we go with eight, with Mike Caldwell nursing a hamstring injury.
On a monetary note the players were asked if this years website renewal costs (£120) should be borne from group funds and the unanimous answer was positive. It’s hoped that with fifty five plus players re-signing in August the money will be recouped, as well as the premium for our modest insurance personal accident cover. However your truly will be looking at free of charge alternatives to see if they offer as much as we cram into It’s unlikely we can retain as much content with a free facility. If ANYONE has ideas for the site get in touch please, and I’m still looking for more input for ‘MEET the PLIERS'(perhaps Mr.O’Toole might oblige – couldn’t resist – sorry Lawrie ).

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April 3rd. 2018…

THREE FOR ALL AT KING STREET – three games eleven goals and rain – lots of rain….

With seventeen Over 65’s chomping at the bit this morning a suplement of underage walking footballer’s in Steve Wingrove and Rob Lake was added to the mix to make for two five a side games on our pair of pitches, Refereed by Messrs: Graham and Pearce. The latter turning in a splendid example of multi-tasking as he also played for the Yellow bibs on Pitch 2 .

Yellow 3 (Richards,2 Pearce)  Orange 2 (Partington pen, Wilson)

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    This was a demanding encounter. Orange bibbed Partington stood up to the plate to take a penalty two minutes in (a case of Cravagan ingress) powering the ball past Steve Rourk in the Yellow’s goal.
    The yellow team countered with several promising attacks led by Pearce , and Rourk (newly liberated) who could not find the vital finish to get Y’s back in the match. Cravagan and Gaskin were adding to some really good football but Greens were unyielding, with Nixon in net his customary defiant self.
    At the start of the second half David Wilson shot the Orange to a two goal lead in superb style, a flash of his neon trainer and the ball flew past Cravagan.
    Y’s were shell shocked but did their best to hit back. Richards went close and then from a fine Rourk ball toe bunged a shot past Nixon and it went in off the near post.

    Rourk – another good game today
  • Pearce got the goal his efforts deserved with a powerful strike to get Y’s level. With Wenham and Brodie foraging and Partington’s prompting it was nip and tuck throughout the second half until Richards seized onto a good ball and advanced towards his some times nemesis Nixon and (surprisingly) struck a half decent shot nut-megging the Glossop goalie to win the match for Y’s.
    On Pitch 1, I understand the nucleus of the Over 70’s squad bedecked in yellow were thrust into action, but beaten five nil after a goalless first half. Terry Harrison unusually for him, drew a blank and the details are scant, but Green bibs clearly took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half and squeezed the older group until the pips squeaked ! David Fielding on the scoresheet for the second time in recent weeks.
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    The drizzle continued.
    Many Overs lingered. Yellow and Greens commenced the eleventh hour kick off, and it was plain to see this was an even contest. Mr.Pearce with the whistle once more.   A lively Peter Dixon and

    Dixon – lively

    Alan Brodie the launch pad for Yellows, but Green’s, ever mobile with Conroy and ‘whippet’ like Ward pushing the envelope for running just a tad. Good to see the amiable Ivan Taylor back in his customary holding midfieder role alongside a vocal Colin Fielding, who’s defensive ally Nixon was keeping the Green threat at bay.

    Gaskin and Lake – both lingered

    Nil-nil at half time . A Stalemate. This didn’t maintain for long after the break though as Trevor Brereton, never shot shy, saw the law of averages go his way and a crisp drive beat the Yellow ‘keeper Smith (I think) to open Green’s account.
    Yellow’s did not baulk at the challenge but created few gilt edged chances.
    Then, drama. Three runs! Conroy in green, on a breakaway the rest of us could  only gawp as he opened his legs up.

  • David Partington, three days unshaven and looking  like an extra from a Clint Eastwood movie and  defiant in goal. Up stepped Wingrove, neither bad nor ugly, but actually quite good this morning had a great technique but Partington was equal to it, hitting the deck like one of Clint’s victims to not quite smother, but deflect the kick to safety.
    Unforgiven perhaps, and they may have wanted to ‘hang him high’ but Wingrove’s team mates kept schtum !
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  • The game petered out in the end. There were more chances of course but they amounted to nowt. An excellent morning of bon hommie and very little criticism of decisions, only one wee mutual moan about the rain (Garry & yours truly) and a few photo’s were rattled off , once the camera started working again. Well done all. Team pics from Al Graham to follow.
    To absent – injured – friends Stewart, Hadge, et al we say get back soon. And in conclusion we all wish Good luck to The Amblers on Thursday at Heywood.


BRING ME SUNSHINE…March 27th 2018…

After two pleasant early Spring days it was back to normal service for the weather God at King Street today. DRIZZLING and dreary.
The only sunshine was in the hearts and minds of the assembled throng which grew and grew as the clock ticked past ten, leaving pitch configurators, led by the redoubtable Gordon Nixon in a bit of a spin.

Two games – and two very different scorelines. I’ll need Garry Pearce to fill us in with events on pitch one but on pitch two a flattering win for the Bibs, led by Terry ‘taxi’ Harrison who internal meter was working overtime as he fired in a hat trick in the first half. Alan Brodie has added another but to be fair the Plain team squandered chance after chance at the other end. Oakley, Lancashire and Dean all had gilt edged opportunities to open the account but it just wasn’t to be. Four nil at half time the change round saw Plains on the comeback trail. For all of three minutes ! Oakley picked up a simply magnificent first time ball from Richards  (honest) and this time he buried it in the back of the net. Richards then had a penalty saved by John Williams – this really wasn’t Plains’ day.
Tricky Terry Harrison – front of the rank in terms of goalscorers and tapped up for ‘The Badgers’ today , shot for goal and the ball clipped the unfortunate Lancashire to deflect it past Oakley. To add to Plains misery a sixth goal came via John Williams (I think) .

From Garry Pearce – on pitch 1…

Something of a dour start to the game, matching the weather. A couple of early runs were penalised and it seemed to settle everyone down. The first one by the red streak, David Wilson, had really to be seen!  Lots of pressure from the yellows, all repelled by the frame of Steve Wingrove, ensured a goalless first half. Second half was a lot better from both sides and the deadlock eventually broken with a crisp strike from Steve Rourk, beating Wingrove at his near post. A goal worthy of winning the match, and so it turned out, despite Partington’s best promptings, blues couldn’t find the net. Final score Yellows 1-0 Blues


Once again a worrying lack of Unders turned up (6). Stewart White is of course injured but good to see so many Overs lingering to boost the numbers to acceptable levels. An 8 v 8 ensued Refereed by Garry Pearce who seems to be powered by Duracell, so much ground does he cover, and still muster enough breath to make his whistle heard.


Dry Blue and Orange bibs appeared as if by magic, and were distributed, the Blues took an early lead via the enthusiastic Jones. Spring heeled Blue Mike Conroy added a second – injuring himself in the process – before Steve Wingrove grabbed one back for the Orange. That gave Blues the pip and they began to assert themselves with Rourk

Steve Rourk

and Brodie up front ably assisted by Conroy, who carried on regardless, and Jones . Brereton especially was influential today. Richards (with his most telling contribution to this game) suggested he dropped back so Trevor could get further forward and it turned out to be a master stroke with four goals coming in the second half Brereton cashing in to peel away at Orange resistance. 7-1 was a somewhat flattering score. Peter Dixon, presumably with a ‘full english’ inside him admitted later he felt hampered by his breakfast. Steve Wingrove seemed frustrated at times by the lack of zest in his Oranges. They were up against it with defenders like Barry Smith and Co. determined to repel boarders. The man from Del Monte would have done his fruit.


Thanks to our superb Referees,  and to everyone really on this grey old day. A recent post on a national forum posed the question ‘what’s good about the game in one sentence?’
My Reply: The satisfaction of re-engaging with a football and knowing that same satisfaction is shared by those around you. I’ll leave you to ponder on that.
We have a very good group at D.W.F.G. I’m off to the F.A.’s St. George’s Park tomorrow courtesy of our GMWF League, to consult with the leading lights in walking football. The agenda? : RULES.
I’d be prepared to bet there are few groups nationwide as inclusive as we are, as temperate as we are, and as much fun to Referee…as we are. I only wish I’d remembered me camera !


Cravagan comments, on  another good day in Denton….

Date ‘- Tuesday 20 March 2018
Venue – King St Stadium
Match – Unders Session

Bibs – Jones, Bemrose, Wingrove, Nixon, Wilson, Johnson, Cravagan.
Plains –
Dixon P, Partington, Lake, Brodie, Taylor, Dean, Jarvis.

(Referee – Alan Graham)

The Beast from the East was tamed by 14 Pests from the West following the Overs 10 v 10 game which finished 1 – 1. A well balanced first half was broken by a powerful shot from Dixon cutting in from the left and beating keeper Cravagan at the near post.
HT – Bibs 0 Plains 1.
The Bibs pressurised in the second half but were kept at bay by a solid defence and goal keeping from Taylor. Committing to attackss resulted in gaps at the back with Jarvis finding space and finishing an excellent move with a fine goal for the Plains.
FT – Plains 2 Bibs 0

A well balanced game with thanks to Alan Graham his usual fairness and authority.

(Thanks Tony , Ed.)



Alan Richards writes……….

30 players in total on an overcast but dry morning at King Street.
The Overs split to two pitches delineated with our new straight line markers, used for the first time. More improvements, including a new laundry basket with holes- this group’s going places!

Moore Wingrove – up to two hours almost!

The game I played in was lively. David Wenham was on target twice smartly for us, the team in Plain shirts. One in each half. Gordon Nixon -star turn between the sticks once more  – saved my penalty ( aagh) and several other on target shots from the writer, who struck one shot so firmly and well from a Partington pass, that it took him back to teenage years, only to see the ball cannon off a post.


Bibs tried as they might but could not get past Steve Wingrove, guesting in the Overs goal.
Ken Dean and David Wilson were the spearhead for Bibs offensive . New signing Steve Rourk was a tricky opponent and highly mobile. Wilson -resplendent in all red. Reminiscent of Rhubarb and Custard with his yellow bib, lashed the ball against a post in the first half , then switched wings to good effect. Always an exuberant  winger, Wilson  disputed a few decisions, but Referee Graham stood firm.

David ‘passmaster’ Partington, ever the architect for Plains with a mobile Brian Stafford walking well into space on the left and inviting good passes from his teammates.

Steve Rourk – signed on today

Wenham busy in the middle looking to find an opening. Second half saw a liberated Barry Smith doing his utmost to get the Bibs on the scoresheet but to no avail. Some really good football played once more on Pitch 2. Rourk is an asset to the group. Full time 2-0 Plains.

Meanwhile GARRY PEARCE our correspondent, and Referee ( still a little unfamiliar with names) reports from  Pitch 1:
Under leaden, threatening skies, ten striders assembled on pitch one , to give it their best. An extremely subdued start by both sides for a good ten minutes before the deadlock was broken by a Joe Bemrose strike. An even sweeter effort from Joe made it two shortly afterwards for the plains. The Yellows were raining shots in, striking the post and bar but just couldn’t get a breakthrough. A third for the plains followed when Bill Lancashire finished off, poking the ball past Bernard ?

Bernard Roddy – poked !

In goal. Yellows got one back just before half time when Keith ? Rolled a shot along the dead ball line, it struck the post, spun and some how found it’s way past Pete ? in goal. Second half was a more open affair, plenty of shots from both sides. Pete ? made it 4-1 and then Bemrose completing his hat trick made it five. Alan Brodie netted a fine consolation to make the final score 5-2. After a quiet start, a thoroughly entertaining game played in a good spirit. Joe Bemrose was outstanding. Full time 5:2 Plains  (hope Joe can bring that form to Heywood on Thursday – Ed.)


Afterwards, the understrength Unders needed a significant input of Overs ‘Lingerers’ to get an 8 v. 8. game going on the bigger pitch.

John Gaskin – confirmed Strider

Their game was expansive and space was more readily available. It ended in a 2-2 draw. Bibs goals from a confident Conroy and an impressive Dixon in the first half. Replying for the Plains were Adrian Jones sporting his Burnley kit, clawing one back in claret and reducing the arrears before the break.

A second half equaliser came from Trevor Brereton. Another good game and the Plain shirts may have deserved more than a Desmond. (two-two)  Full -time 2-2.

Desmond – seen here requesting a Badger hat

Thanks too to our two splendid Referees who donated their modest fee to the Groups funds. We are lucky to have these guys working on our behalf. Let’s accept what they say, if not without question – at least without raised voices.

Refereeing: you can tell they enjoy it

From next week three individual runs will result in a Blue card on all pitches and a two minute ‘sin-bin’ or time -out. There will still be penalty awards after three ‘team’ runs. Contact was more evident today too. So consider backing of from 51%-49% balls sometimes, let your opponent get to it first, stand off him. Relax.

If you are at a loose end on Thursday please get down to King Street to support Stewart’s session. It’s a great workout and a game with a distinct difference at 10-00am.

Next Tuesday I am at Burnley with The Nash Amblers so Dave Partington and Gordon Nixon are taking the session – Tuxedo’s optional 🙂

Dominic Ainsworth in his new hat – suits you sir !
David Fielding – who could not play today but wanted to contribute to Jim – although he’s never met him

To turn finally, to more poignant matters we have raised £157 in memory of Jim Thompson. Thanks to all who contributed I’m sure the family will see this as a sign of how highly we regarded Jim both as a teammate and as a man.

You’re all invited to his funeral at Dukinfield Crematorium on Friday 16th. at Noon – later at Old Aldwinians Rugby Club in Audenshaw.
Rest in Peace Jim.



March 6th. 2018

Today we were thirty strong in total and meetings were held after the games at 11-05am. and 12-05pm.
Beforehand we held a minutes silence for our friend Jim Thompson, followed by applause. The meeting touched on Jim and how we can honour his memory long term going forward, and in the short term in a commemorative sense.
The games today were of secondary importance but keenly contested. Yours truly Refereed Pitch One ‘Overs’ a 3-2 to Blues after yellows led two nil at half-time. DavidPartington was switched at to even matters out. The scoreling was not emphatic but there was a gulf in attacking intent and possession.  Brodie had opened Yellow’s account brilliantly, and David Moore struck well to double their lead.   Ken Dean, on a poignant day of his own – six years since his Wife passed away – was in particularly fine form and struck two goals in the Blues comeback.  David Fielding got the Blue’s winner, his first in walking football. Chatting to David after the game he is deriving a lot of benefits from playing with us and it’s a pleasure to have him on board.
On the other Pitch 2, Garry Pearce Refereed for DWFG and is now hopefully, a regular attender on a Tuesday. He reports a five one win with Terry Harrison (missing from the team pic as he was attending the lavatory)  doing much of the damage with a hat trick. The game was closer than the scoreline suggests.

three goal hero Terry ‘the taxi’ Harrison was missing…

The Unders again needed a substantial presence of ‘Overs’ to make their numbers up and an 9 v 9. was played on the big pitch. The game hinged on a Keith Burrows spot kick and he won the game for his Blue bibbed team. He followed that up with another one which was saved by Barry Smith – again in fine form today.The game kicked off a little late. I was otherwise engaged in the first meeting of the day, but about seven or eight minutes of play were lost. It would help if the Unders (many of them do to be fair) arrive a little early & got the warm up done quickly. The meeting decided that sixteen is the maximum number for one game on the big pitch. Any number over that and players who have just finished cannot join in. If there are twenty four or more wishing to play on, the Unders will have the choice to go to two pitches…which will of course require two Referees. The onus is on the Unders to decide QUICKLY the format they want on the day.

I am glad this was discussed today , and thank Adrian Jones for raising his concerns. Basically he misses playing two games , and that’s shared by others, but we are trying to juggle unpredictable numbers with limited time and limited space.

Adrian Jones – new Burnley bargain socks today

_________________________________Alan Graham on  the right of the pic and  helpfully lowering his head to show it off,  is wearing one of many Striders ‘Badger’ hats which we gave out free of charge  today.  If you want one be quick, we still have a few left…ALL THREE REFEREES TODAY donated their £5 fee to the clubs ‘buffer’ fund, ensuring the money stays in house.  Grateful thanks.  WE ARE LUCKY to have such good Referees, willing to forego playing on so many occasions.


FEB 20th 2018

WINGROVE WALKING BACK TO FITNESS – as Dean scores a pearler !

(DIXON and DEAN both found the net today…..)

With nineteen Striders ‘Overs’ plus a restrained walking back to fitness Steve Wingrove, we decided to go with the big pitch and all was fine. Yours truly Refereed.


10 v. 9 with the Light Blue Kazakhstan kickers v. Yellow Yompers . A Ken Dean shot went close for the latter before Partington was presented with a penalty for ingress. A perfect one step toe bung technique but Gordon ‘the gloves’ Nixon was equal to it.

Dean got the winner

No goals at Half-time , Bernie ‘the bolt’ Roddy doing well with another shot going just wide.
Just two running offences per team that continued to the end. Dean with a real  pearler put Yellows in front then hit the side netting with another good strike. Roddy found himself in a one on one with  ‘keeper Cooper (now in goals) but could not capitalise. It finished 1:0 to Yellows.


Our most recent signing – John Gaskin

A few lingered to boost a sub normal turnout of unders. 7 v. 6 Dark Blue v. Orange. Peter Dixon a constant threat for the men in Orange. In Blue , Adrian Jones had his shooting boots on but the radar guidance was playing up a bit. Peter Jarvis fired Orange in front before Dixon doubled their lead. After the break the Referee  joined the Blue cause but some of his passing was wasteful. Nevertheless Blues had more of the ball now the numbers were even and Jones shot on the turn very well for a goal even Partington could not prevent.
With the margin between the teams tight the tension was palpable (not really) as Steve Johnson broke away to settle matters for his Orange team. Match finished 3-1 Orange. No running penalties. Bravo everyone.

Caption? You tell me – Ed.

Note: When Referee’s decide for whatever reason to multi-task & join the play then they can still penalise running but NO penalty toting up will ensue. Hope you can all see the sense in that.

Best wishes to our injured and our ill – missed you today and hope you’re back soon.




February 13th at King Street…

I felt I had to do some justice to the badge I was wearing today. My new black waterpoof Nike Manchester County F.A. Referee’s jacket worn with a mix of surprise, and pride. Even if I was soon asked to cover it with a Green Referee’s bib by Cooper, after some rare errant distribution from ‘keeper Cravagan.
So, badge covered but still keen, I did my utmost to keep up with play. The result? Knackered after fifty minutes. Much harder than it looks chaps.

Another Smith and Jones

In traditional gloom and with a damp air to the morning we kicked off with an eight v. seven affair on the big pitch. Numbers were soon scaled back as David Wenham retired early (remind us and you’ll get a free one next time but don’t rush that hamstring) Barry Smith custodian for the Blue Bibs switched sides to provide equilibrium. Just two instances of running in the first half – I’d tried to get hold of it early to some avail.
There was a penalty though! Bill Lancaster between the sticks was guilty of clear egress and furthermore he had gained an advantage to take the ball. Up stepped Rob Lake to despatch a fine penalty past the man but with a micro shuffle the ‘goal’ was disallowed.
Several instances of contact with arms the main culprit (in both games) . Little running. Terry Harrison went close to scoring. Both teams were finding openings but nobody made the vital breakthrough . Three blasts on the Acme Thunderer with a flourish on the final note and that was that. A rare nil-nil.


Second game same Ref. Some younger men, including Ainsworth and Johnson who were thorns in the side of Blues. Some Overs lingered. 7 v.7 ideal numbers on the big pitch Teams picked by Burrows and Nixon, Green bibs dispensed. Green’s raced to a two goal lead. Barry Smith (was he running?) not in the Ref’s opinion…then Adrian Jones found the onion bag. Two nil at half time and David Wilson, the Green’s would-be tormentor on the left , could not carry on. Whistles exchanged, a new man officiating but the Blue’s sub felt buggered ! No further scoring followed in the second half. A brisker pace and impressive attacking play from Conroy, and Brodie for Blues linking well with the ex-Ref.

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  • Dixon in Green (desperately trying to work a Police gag in here – Ed) was dangerous. Brereton, Green bib slipping off the shoulder  was busy blocking and prompting , Cooper moving forward looking for openings. Few came. Prompted by Partington the Blues driving force had a chance to pull one back from the spot with a faultless one step action. But he hammered the ball wide to leave Badger Burrows grinning like a Cheshire cat, to mix my animal metaphors. A calf injury to Joe Bemrose caused consternation – will he be fit for Thursday? – frankly unlikely. (A fiver refund if you have to bow out Joe – don’t chance it if it’s sore)

No photo’s today – always feels like something is missing on the handful of occasions we don’t even have a team pic…….but I was busy.  Other cameras always welcome.

See you next week.

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February 6th. 2018 ‘snow problem….

The snow began to fall during our Over’s game but thankfully it was light and absence of any strong wind made conditions bearable, the King Street pitch playable.  Eighteen players were involved in a remarkably good game of Walking Football with lots of skill on display. Graham Oakley struck the first blow for Plains and was creating consternation in the left wing berth, combining with new man Steve Rourke.

Graham Oakley – delighted with his brace
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    Oakley added a second soon afterwards and was well and truly in his pomp, making the most of good service from his fellow forwards. David Gibbons prompting from the back.  Both Bibs and Plains transgressed the running rule and the deficit was reduced via a Terry ‘Taxi’ Harrison penalty which Keith Burrows could do little about. At the other end Peter Jarvis struck in similar fashion from the spot to restore a two goal advantage. There was no further scoring in the match. The second half devoid of goals but not injury as David Fielding limped off.
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    The snowing intensified as the Under’s took centre stage. Numbers slightly down a 6 v.6 saw more good football and a first goal for John Gaskin.
  • He and his blue bibbed team played some neat passing approach play. At half-time David Wenham succumbed to a muscle injury and was replaced by Alan Richards. Blue ascendancy continued and Partington and Jarvis added to the account for a three-nil win.
  • Despite the best efforts of Bemrose, Brereton and Dixon the Yellow team couldn’t penetrate Blue defences with a couple of good stops in goal from Richards.
  • Bill and Al Brodie checkout the notice board
  • The groups Secretary/Co.Treasurer later attended a meeting with ‘Action Together’ in Ashton-under-Lyne, where a strategy for somehow uniting all the walking football groups in Tameside was mooted. He steered DWFG clear of such an arrangement, although he will attend again in perhaps in an advisory capacity. We will not dilute our autonomy. Everyone else at the meeting was in paid employment. We are volunteers who are making a very good job of it as attendances show. Our DWFG is different in nature to other groups, and is currently the most successful in the area in terms of numbers, but none of us are ‘on  a mission’ to attract as many walking footballers as possible. We will remain independent, and inclusive  I’m sure, confident that other Committee members agree.
    Curzon Ashton Walking Football was seen as an appropriate venue for expansion but the Professionals in the room seem to think there is a vast reservoir of untapped walking footballers in Tameside. In my view, there isn’t. I told them growth had been steady but slow. There are no doubt many men who might like to try the game who have not done much exercise. Most could not cope with our energy and play  in the short term.  This was recognised by  Sean Higgins –  who described what Social Prescribing* is all about. Thursday’s are there for them if they are Over 65. We already direct people to beginners sessions at Guide Bridge, and to Curzon when appropriate. We are doing our bit to encourage newcomers with Denton Thursday. Unlike some of those present at the meeting we have limited time to devote to recruitment, and deciding where individuals will fit in best etc. Not to mention  a lack of space.
    There was no mention of funding opportunities at this meeting. Although some may arise in the future.




  • *Social Prescribing*…G.P. Referrals pointing people towards activity and companionship.


January 30th 2018:  Sunny sky all the way….

but a few injuries and explained absences kept the numbers down just a little at King Street this morning. 24 Striders in total.
Before we got underway Chris from ‘Action Together’ introduced himself and we spoke about the groups progress and any publicity or funding requirements we may have going forwards. There is a meeting planned soon with Ruth Madden to discuss walking football development in the borough.

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An 8v8 Overs game got the proceedings started. Senior man Bernard Roddy  put the Plains in front,  and within a few minutes Graham Oakley had doubled the lead.

Ken Dean – threat

Ken Dean was the main Bib’s threat but the Plains defence, marshalled ably by David Partington and an in form Bill Lancashire held firm. As goalkeeper for the second half of the first half I was rarely troubled.(just as well…Ed.)

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After the break Roy Smith became the latest casualty and limped off with a troublesome hamstring, followed by yours truly to maintain numerical balance. A shame really, as I was enjoying the game….
….Partington added another goal for Plains to cement a three nil victory. Many thanks go to Stewart White for Refereeing today.

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Adrian Jones and Peter Dixon
The overs – a nice little gurner
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      The Unders took to the field with a new man John Gascoigne featuring. Teams in Yellow once more, and a delicate shade of Kazakhstan blue. Nip and tuck for much of it. Yellows playing the better football but blues stubborn, and in no mood to capitulate.


      Bemrose put the yellows in front and they seemed determined to stay there
      A penalty from Stewart White saved ! and then another, in the closing minutes as Adrian Jones failed to convert.

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      the blues

      I’d taken myself off at this point to chat some ‘Overs’ who had stayed for a brew. All seemed happy at the groups direction and the way things are going. We spoke about the ‘Denton Thursday’ sessions which are of course open to EXISTING players as well as newcomers. These sessions will remain free for your first four games until February 22nd.
      Returning to the pitch as the game was ending, it was clear all had a good time and Heywood players were reminded of the need for shin pads which are now compulsory in the GMWF League. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing.

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January 23rd… EGGS is eggs….

Have we created a monster?
That question was asked of me today when someone who knows our group was told of the numbers.
It’s certainly encouraging that numbers have more than held up over a miserable winter. Today was balmy compared to some Tuesday’s we’ve endured and 75% of our signed on players arrived for their walking football fix. We must be doing something right. Although I’ll always hear the odd gripe.
Thirty two players and three games.
Yours Truly Refereed the first. Over 65’s. A 6-2 win for Plains led by Barry Smith with a fine hat trick – it may even have been four. He struck a fine penalty amongst that goal glut. An art that evaded others on the day – including me!
With more goals from Nixon, and Bill Lancashire the Bibs were outgunned, although Terry Harrison scored from the corner quadrant and then added another. Some running , which I tried to keep a grip on but very little contact to speak of.

On Pitch One Alan Graham officiated another Overs match. Tony Cravagan reported back that this was a spendid ghame of walking football. He was full of praise for the players. Tony knows his walking football onions so that’s praise indeed. A four one win for Plains with goals from Jarvis, Wingrove (under 65 guest) Partington and a ‘roddy’ belter from Bernard!
Keith Oldham replied for plains but all enjoyed the game and that’s the main thing. Always remember that and we won’t go far wrong.

The Under’s game was again Refereed by Alan Graham. Barry Smith – smouldering if not quite catching light pulled two more goals out of the bag for Plains after Brereton had hit the opener for Bibs. Some good football here, once we established equal numbers it was a classic 9 v. 9. Rob Lake had a fine game for Bibs and along with Adrian Jones he kept them striving for an equaliser. Richards grabbed an opportunity near the end from the spot. Hs kick (like Jones earlier) was adjudged illegal but was saved by Burrows anyway. Back to the naughty step for me and I shall be practising penalties this week. Egg on my face I guess.
Let’s see what happens in half an hour !




IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER – Alan Richards reports on Jan 16th 2018……

Brian Stafford admires David Wenham’s headgear

We don’t often baulk in the face of grim weather at King Street but today’s session was a particularly stiff test. A hailstone shower of almost blizzard proportions and a sudden drop in temperature couldn’t put us off playing.  We almost needed floodlights at one point as the gathering gloom threatened to turn eleven am. into five pm.
The first hour saw two games. Yours truly doing his best to Referee ( no fee) AND play on pitch one with players like David Fielding and Hadge Cooper, whilst on Pitch Two Keith Burrows officiated (and donated his fee to club funds)…thanks Badger.
Both games were goalless at half-time. On pitch one goals from Cooper, myself and Bill Lancashire saw the Plain men home but far from dry. Wingrove and Lake both enjoying their goalkeeping stints one hopes.
Pitch 2 saw David ‘Pogba’ Wilson doing some kind of justice to those flourescent trainers with a hat-trick. At one point the plaintive plea ‘can I take the ball home?’

echoed across the King Street pitch – of course Dave, so long as you bring it back next week 🙂

Brian Stafford added a fourth for a 4 – 0 victory for Plains. Neither of the first two games saw any penalties awarded for three runs, and there was very little contact.

Winning Greens – plus man Dixon third from left.
Blues : out of luck today

The Unders game – reinforced with a few from the first hour (is it okay that we all pay the same? Please consider this ahead of Feb’s players meeting – date to be announced) was a nine versus nine Light Blue v. Greens extravaganza. Good to see Ivan Taylor back with us for the first team in  a while and Marple man Peter Dixon making a  debut appearance.

Main talking points were thus: Steve Wingrove with a penalty conversion disallowed (a micro, foot shuffling step). New man Peter Dixon scoring on his aforementioned debut with Barry Smith slotting home in reply. Adrian Jones was the blue ‘action-man’ doing his level best to get his team going.

Deep into the second half after the hail had battered us, a brief glimpse of winter sunshine! Three running offences resulted in a penalty to Green’s and up stepped a confident Keith Burrows. The Yorkshireman made no mistake, with a no nonsense one step approach and despatched the ball low past Gordon Nixon, who with his committee colleague Partington at the other end had excelled between the sticks.

Referee and penalty taker Keith Burrows

Get well soon Tony Cravagan – you were missed…see you next week we hope. In other news, David Fielding has ‘signed-on’.






Well that was a lesson learned.

Greens 0 Yellow 0

Alan Richards reports…

Far more players turned up for the first hour today than anticipated.
With a 10 v. 10 even the bigger pitch was crowded which leads to more running and can also mean more accidental contact as the play get frenetic. Alan Graham had his hands more than full and there were about SIX penalties awarded for running. Some were taken wrongly – this is NOT rocket science guys check out the link on yesterday’s  Nash Amblers report. Others were saved or missed. The game ended up an unlikely nil-nil. There was more unpleasantness on show today than for a long, long time – clearly the motivational banner with key words to celebrate our normally  pleasant atmosphere wasn’t working very well.

New arrival David Fielding (Welcome, by the way) should note it’s not always like this.

Game 2: Greens 1 (Richards)  Yellow 4 (Bemrose 4)

A better game followed. A 7 v. 7 between Green and Yellow. Richards in green bib and new yellow boots (yes, really) opened the scoring neatly after a good ball from Pete Ward. There were more penalties in this game too with David Partington stepping in to replace a struggling Colin Fielding between the sticks for the spot kicks. He saved brilliantly although this didn’t please everybody. None of this really matters so let’s not too serious about it please.
Some good stops from Barry Smith in the other goal including a penalty from Richards which he gathered safely.  Joe Bemrose got into gear to notch four goals. His Yellow team walking out four one winners.

New man David Fielding

Next week I need someone to arrive with me at 9-35am. to get two pitches set up and ready for TWO Overs games. We shall need another Referee (I’ll do it the first time). *Sod’s law* it will rain and we’ll get half the numbers we got today.  This unpredictability is at the heart of our problem.
At a time when some groups are struggling for numbers it’s a good problem to have and one we will get on top of sooner, rather than later.




Two games and two honourable draws confirm King Street is up and walking towards a promising new year.
With the predicted rain largely holding off we saw a 1-1 deadlock for the first game. Guest goalkeepers underage Rob Lake and Steve Wingrove did sterling work,
Terry Harrison struck first for yellow with a penalty !

Joe Bemrose equalised as the game neared its end. Splendid efforts from everyone. Thanks to Referee’s Stewart White (first half) and Gordon Nixon after the break. Fourteen players on the big pitch made for more room, time and space for players to think just a little about what they were doing.
David Wilson – in yellow bib – was seeing lots of the ball in advanced positions but couldn’t quite make it count. His teammate Bernard Roddy was revelling in his role and showed some really good touches.

Honours even then in Game 1. The Under’s were beginning to gather on the touchline and some put themselves through their own warm-up paces in preparation for tussle number two.

Yours truly Refereed this 7 v.7 again on the big pitch. Nash Ambler Steve Foster was a welcome guest and brought his cultured style of defending to the match. Brisk at times, the three runs a penalty rule was employed. First though Mike Caldwell, our relative newcomer and acclaimed  acute angle specialist, scored a fine goal for yellow when it looked unlikely.

Joe Bemrose always involved today equalised with an impressive strike, and then put Green noses in front with another. Caldwell stepped up to convert a penalty kick  given for Tony Cravagan’s unfortunate  ‘D’ egress, the Marple man planting both hands down firmly outside the marked area.

Sadly though it  was the same  Joe Bemrose – often in jogging mode –  who conceded a run once too often.  Just seconds after  a warning.  A little spurt of acceleration off the ball could have cost his team the game but David Partington – a newly installed goalkeeper dived to his left to deny Caldwell his hat-trick. Steve Johnson performed heroics in the other goal too with some tremendous diving saves. Well done that man! (some impressive walking today, too Steve).

Keith Burrows in Green bib was in  immaculate formvtoday, one particular passage of his play reminded me very much of  his fellow Yorkshireman and long serving ‘Blade’, Len Badger.


New W.F.A. rules were employed. Over head height deflections off keeper’s and defenders resulted in opposition corner kicks. A good start to the new format. Everyone one who wanted to play DID play – including press ganged  Linesman Tony Cravagan,  who accepted a late invitation by virtue of unequal numbers.

Obviously if the sun ever shines in Denton again, we may need to manage the numbers in a different way to maximise safety and enjoyment. We play with our feet, we think on our feet.

Your committee members know you’ll be understanding as players, because that’s the nature of this group.
No photography today as time had to be managed more tightly, they will be back before very long. See some of you overs on Thursday for another *FREE* miniature goal game.

Thanks Chaps.



The final session of a memorable year…

and there were more manageable  numbers at dear old King Street today. 21 players.

On the Overs pitch yours truly Refereed a close game and a narrow victory for Greens with two goals from Graham Oakley. Roy Smith replied for Yellows.  TWO disallowed penalties for micro-stepping.  When the whistle goes the kicking foot can only strike the ball – not weight shift or balance the body by taking a tiny step backwards. It’s not complicated but clearly it confuses some. David Partington had a remarkable game today both in goals and out.


From the Under’s pitch Trevor Brereton reports a 6 – 3  victory for his Yellow team. Seen home by four goals from Brereton himself and a couple more from Adrian Jones. Greens hit back via a hat-trick from Stewart White. Fine goalkeeping from Steve Johnson and a game played in good spirit with little running, or contact. Refereed by Alan Graham.

Eight lingered, hungry for more,  boosted by our two Referee’s of the day  and played out a 4 – 2 win for Yellow bibs over Green . A good passing game with Trevor  Brereton again amongst the goals. So , for now the Lingerer’s chapter closes and we move to  a different format. It’s had a good walk, and will no doubt be missed by some.  Unfortunately , there is little alternative.

Next time all change. 10-00am. the Overs, all who are Over 65 qualify, plus those recovering from injury or who are more suited to  a slightly more relaxed game.  BE A LITTLE EARLY TO GET WARMED UP AND KICK OFF BY 10.10am. At 11-00 am the Under’s take over…confused? You might be.  Those playing in the first game can take part in the second if numbers suit – ie. are EVEN., and with the agreement of the Under’s players.  No guarantees folks. All we can guarantee is that everyone who turns up at the right times will get one game.

If you prefer, or suit  a rather more intense game and have been playing with the Under 65’s (whatever YOUR age)  on Pitch 2 please turn up at 11-00am. to be SURE of a game.  If you aim to be a little early you can warm up for a PROMPT START. We aim to deploy the bigger pitch for both games – full length (or edge of box to edge of box) to give extra width and encourage more passing. Please co-operate and aim to b just that bit early – otherwise the games may have to be curtailed and nobody wants that.

Today’s ‘Unders’……..Pic: Alan Richards





Committee meeting December 12th. 2017

(with thanks to Stewart and Val for their hosting and hospitality)

 Chairman Gordon Nixon opened this meeting of the committee at 10.45am.

The Christmas Party was top of the agenda and David Partington , and Gordon reported everything was on track for a good night and settled a final ‘running’ order for the things they mean  – as organisers – to cover on the night. Quiz, raffle, award presentation etc.


A long discussion on managing numbers at Denton was next on the agenda.  It was decided to split the sessions into two separate hours. We realise that this will not please everybody but the status quo cannot continue for much longer.

From 10-00am. to 11-00am. The Over 65’s, or anyone more comfortable with the games that have been played almost all year on Pitch 2 will play. The games must get off to  a prompt start so players will be urged to arrive EARLY, warm up quickly and get underway for 10-15 at the latest. The aim will be to use one large pitch.


When the ‘Overs’ finish their game the Under’s will take over the playing area for the second hour until noon. This game is also open to those Over 65’s who have been playing on the Under’s pitch and wish to continue by turning up at the later time. 

If Under’s want to get off to  a flying start they can arrive a little early and warm up outside the pitch perimeter fence If the whole of the playing area is in use.

The format of both games will be decided by numbers present on the day. One pitch or two. If only one small pitch is used any early arrivals for the second game can use it for a kickabout/training/warm up.

 If any Overs who have played in the first match want to join in the second ‘Unders’ games this should not be taken for granted and will purely  depend upon numbers and the goodwill of ‘Unders’ in allowing this to happen.

This strategy means we do not have to close our list to new Tuesday members.  It also frees Committee members to Referee both Under and Overs. More on that later.

 The changes will apply from January 2nd. 2018. Players costs will remain at £3.00.  The above decisions were unanimous that this represents good value with  a cup of tea thrown in.


The Committee were also unanimously agreed that a less forceful  style of play at Denton  must be encouraged wherever possible. To try to foster a culture within our group where a flowing, passing game can be cemented in our ethos. There were a couple of ways of doing this which are being investigated. More than anything players need to remind themselves what walking football is. Whatever conclusion they arrive at we all KNOW it is NOT traditional football.

Passing, moving into space and a game of finesse rather than raw power is what we are aiming for,  and loosing shots off at every opportunity is detracting from the games enjoyment for most players.  It’s a percentage game and most of them are wildly off target anyway.  The thud of a ball striking against thigh, buttock or bollock  at speed is not an appealing one.

Running has to be kept to a  minimum  too, and widespread running makes a mockery of the name this group thrives under – Denton Walking Football Group.

The committee looked at responses to proposed WFA Rule change proposals and formulated a group response. This followed the wider consultation in four cases out of five. The one exception – ‘poaching’  a ball from the rear from  between an opponents legs was deemed too inviting of possible contact to give it group backing.


The financial report from the Co-Treasurer was well received by the committee.  Group funds are in  a very healthy state.


The Players meeting for February (we meet every six months remember, with an A.G.M. in August) will take place at Denton at  a date to be announced.  The Secretary will look to book the DYFC Portakabin for a further hour from 12 noon to One pm. Any concerns players may have can be raised at that meeting, by which time we should have an idea of how the new times are working out.

The Committee was informed of the voting results for the  Denton awards and it was agreed these would be announced on the night of the Christmas Party and not before  – 15th. December. (Unders p.o.y.  Overs p.o.y. Sportsman and Clubman f the year 2017.) 

Voter turnout was just over 70%.


Changes to F.A. Rules were also discussed.  We realise we need to include other groups in these discussions before the Refereeing course in mid-January.  A new definition of Running will be sought – the Referee to be  the SOLE arbiter.  “If in the OPINION of the Referee a players is running with the ball, running to seek and advantage or running to interfere with an opponent” an indirect free kick will be awarded against that player.

A non-contact ethos of ‘Some contact will occur but not ALL contact will be judged a foul. Some contact will NOT be penalised but ALL contact MAY be penalised.’ will be put to Manchester County F.A. and hopefully gain agreement.


 Cases of heavy contact, denying a goal scoring opportunity, cynical fouling and deliberate handball will, at the Referee’s discretion result in a clearly signalled DIRECT free kick. A ONE kick rule (like Penalty kicks) will apply and defenders must stand at least one metre apart and three metres away when the kick is take