Denton internals

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 :-).

Pair of Pearce’s

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.

Oakley and Moore




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)


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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.

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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.

Mammoth turnout for the first hour

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.

pic. Alan Richards

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 taken.

It was thought that the F.A. Rule of allowing goal scoring straight from the kick off sets the incorrect tone for the game and we will urge Manchester County F.A. to dispense with it.

The F.A. Rule of scoring directly from  a corner kick however  IS acceptable when the ball is placed within the quadrant (not moved back down the pitch as in internal games). Corners have proved of  little advantage and it was deemed a useful alternative that the kicker could go for goal via a Goalkeeper error or a wonderful curling strike below crossbar height! 

We still await the outcome of the recent W.F.A. / F.A. meeting where rules were discussed and we hope to put our proposals to the F.A.’s  local man Tom Elliott after discussing the subject with other local groups ahead of the Refereeing course at Curzon  in mid January. 

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MATCH REPORTS ARE BEING CURTAILED FOR THE MOMENT beyond the briefest detail.  I think On the Over’s pitch  it  was a 2-1 win to Yellow with goals from Lancashire and Wenham.  Graham Oakley replied for Greens .  On the other pitch it was a similar scoreline with  Green’s  in the ascendancy beating Yellows 2-1….Goals from Brereton and Conroy with  a Wingrove reply.

I didn’t play in the initial games because the numbers were already too high for safety

I  played  later in the Lingerer’s game and cannot even remember the result – I was in  a yellow bib and I think we won, but other issues were occupying my mind today. The second half three touch experiment was welcomed by some but derided by another. Ironically enough I think I was the only one penalised for taking four touches!…and for running!  Such is life 🙂

Next week we will have linesmen picking up runners and looking for contact. Those committee men who do this for you will no doubt  enjoy a game with the Lingerer’s afterwards.

We all signed up to play with  a WALKING FOOTBALL group – let’s ensure we respect the game for what it should be –  I include myself of course. Numbers are going to have to be managed going forward.   Your committee will do its utmost to provide sensible solutions, and there is a meeting planned for Tuesday 12th. December .


November 28th…

ELEVEN GOAL THRILLER  FOR THE OVERS -twenty eight players at King Street !

AN OLDHAM BATTERY POWERS the ORANGES …..Alan Richards reporting

Tameside Striders 28/11/17
The ‘Overs’ Report….Blues 5 (Richards 2, Brodie,Stafford,Williams)
Orange 6 (Oldham 3, Grimbaldeston 2,Wenham)

What a thriller at King Street this morning. Blues took two nil lead but the Orangemen hit back in fine style.
Brodie put the Kazakhstan kickers ahead early doors, and Richards nutmegged the Orange ‘keeper with a cheeky toe-poke. Oldham volleyed a fine goal in reply and Grimbaldeston rifled in an equaliser. I think it was David Wenham who put Orange noses in front at the break . A tremendous half of walking football with the bright, low hanging sun often making visibility a challenge.

Orange surged ahead in the second half. Beware the the quiet man! Unassuming Gentleman Keith Oldham adding two more goals to make this his first hat-trick in walking football. Well done!
A goalkeeping calamity led to a further goal for Orange, but Grimbaldeston’s fine shot had nothing of the ‘fluke’ about it. Trailing badly now, Blues were not giving up without something of a fightback.

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    An alert Alan Richards turned opportunist, and poached a second for Blues from the edge of the ‘D’ as his team rallied briefly and a disputed goal from John Williams & well taken effort from Brian Stafford  put Blues on level terms urged on by key defenders Partington and Cravagan but the winner came from ‘I told ’em’ Oldham (I think) how fitting that the Hyde man should have the final say in this , perhaps his best game ever. Last week Keith was stung by a running offence – also his first ever – this week he was the star of the show.
    Full marks also to Hadge Cooper, and to David Moore for good performances. Some good touches too from Bernard Roddy. We ended with what was probably a fair result but Blues were sometimes the architects of their own downfall.
    Thanks to Gordon Nixon for a fine Refereeing performance.
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Barry Smith – about to score for Green Lingerers

The Lingerers game ended three-nil to the team in Green. Details are scant in my mind as I was busy packing up, but memories of Barry Smith firing home will live long, I think he got a couple of goals and he’s almost too good a striker of the ball to be playing in goal at all. Still lots of power in those short and stocky legs of his. Thanks to Alan Graham for officiating the two games on pitch one today.

He was the life and soul of the Green Party today with a policy of shoot on sight his main manifesto pledge. Next weeks Lingerers will see a second half experiment of three touch walking football at King Street – a useful training exercise if nothing else.

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  • Steve Wingrove and Rob Lake have confirmed for the Whaley Bridge friendly game on December 13th. We will be having a photoshot (weather permitting) on Monday morning 4th. December at King Street – just a half hour from ten am.before travelling over to Curzon. This will be a mock mixed gender ‘game’ with Karen Bemrose, my Wife Sue and Daughter Gina and hopefully Tony Cravagan’s friend Jaqui taking part. We might need a couple more men to make it look like a proper game. Stewart White is up for it, Joe will be there too. Lots going on of late – today we have sent off the Affiliation fee to the walking football association. Keep up with other news via this site.


Here are the Unders (well, some of them are – you can judge for yourselves which ones !

details of their game will follow on Facebook… Reproduced here at some point’

The Unders November 28th 2017

King Street 28th Nov
Under’s  – and a sprinkling of ‘Overs’ – Trevor Brereton reports….

Two equally matched teams on pitch 1, as the “Greens” took on the “Yellows”.  Early on there wasn’t much to choose between the sides, as defences were in control. Yellows began to create more chances, but found Greens keeper Keith Burrows in good form.  Greens, despite a strong line up, looked sluggish, as passes went astray and chances were spurned.

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  • Yellows had a chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty, but Burrows saved Mike Conroy’s penalty.  Early in the second half took Yellows took  the lead with a fine effort from Bemrose .  Moments later yellows took a stranglehold on the game, with a goal from Bemrose . Greens looked for a way back, but neither  White, Brereton or  Barry Smith, could get the decisive breakthrough. The more fluent yellows moved into an unassailable lead when Harrison scored their third. Greens morning was summed up when  Brereton’s late penalty hit the bar. An emphatic win for Yellows as they took their chances, and played the better football. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing.
    GREENS  –   0




November 21st.2017 – STRIDERS REPORT


A good game for ‘the overs’ this morning, another grey day with rain in the air, but mercifully it held off.
We were twenty four strong in total. David Wilson Refereed our game which was highlighted by a hat-trick from David Wenham. In the first half he hit the opener for Greens before Bernard Roddy levelled matters for the Yellow team.
David Moore made a fine penalty save for Yellows and then Richards hit the post, and I think it was 1 – 1 at the break.

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    In the second half the Greens began to assert themselves, aided by some fine passing by Hadge Cooper, in a rich vein of form. Partington put a penalty away for Greens past Bernard Roddy. Wenham added his second. A rare own goal followed when goalkeeper Graham Oakley kicked into his own net from a powerfully struck Partington corner. Cooper added another goal and Wenham claimed his hat trick. At the other end John Williams had reduced the arrears but there was only one winner today despite a good looking line up in Yellow where Lancashire and Brodie were the main threat, Graham Oakley having a good first half too. Thanks to David Wilson for officiating.
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    The Lingerers game was interrupted when veteran goalkeeper Jim Thompson suffered cuts to his nose after a shot hit him in the face. His spectacles did the damage. Jim took no further part and thanks to Tony Cravagan for escorting him home.
    The teams, in Yellow and the Blues wearing wore those new E.E.C. light blue Kazakhstan bibs , (thanks Ian Wilson) after singing a light hearted Denton version of the Kazakhstan national anthem prompted by perennial joker Partington.
    Stewart White drilled home in spectacular style, a fine shot for Blues and then scored another. I think it was a Joe Bemrose goal that made it three but I could be wrong. Sorry to be scant on detail but it was an evenly contested game and the score line may have flattered the blues just tad.
    Voting for our Denton awards closed today. Results will be announced NEXT week and then the trophies will be presented at the Christmas Gathering at the Nash Bar on December 15th.

I will post some pics either later, or tomorrow – thank you.

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  • Trevor Brereton reports on ‘the Unders’
  • KING ST DENTON 21st November 2017
    6 v 6
    Yellows took on Greens this morning in a hard fought, but fair encounter. Greens had Curzon man Mike Conroy, and  Gordon Nixon returning from  in goal. Greens had the better of the early play, and were unlucky not to take the lead, when a low Brereton drive, came back off the post. For Yellows,  dangermouse  Wingrove was looking for an opening, but White, playing in a deeper role, was getting the better of him.  Greens luck seemed to be out when a curling effort from Brereton cannoned off the crossbar. Yellows were creating half chances, but Nixon seemed to be relishing his role as last line of even the Bemrose “hammer” was kept out.  As we reached a surprising half time stalemate, there was still everything to play for. Early in the second half Greens were awarded a penalty, (3 runs). Brereton stepped up and lashed the ball past ‘keeper Fielding. Shortly afterwards Greens took a commanding lead, when a Brereton drive nestled low in the corner of the net. Yellows weren’t finished though, as Greens had to defend well to keep their lead.  Greens  talisman, and City fan De White, was displaying his customary vision and trickery.  Yellows were given a chance to reduce the deficit, when they were awarded a pen (3 runs) Wingrove’s effort was brilliantly kept out by Nixon’s reflex save.  Greens  looked to increase their lead with efforts from Conroy and Jarvis, and were awarded their second penalty of the game. As Brereton eyed his hat trick, taxi driver Terry Harrison was just around the corner, and sidled up to the mark. Harrison’s well taken spot kick came back off the foot of the post. And so it finished 2-0 to Greens, a deserved victory, on the balance of play. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing.

    BLUES – 2, Brereton 2, White , Nixon, Jarvis, Conroy, Harrison
    YELLOWS -0 – Wingrove Jones, Gibbons, Fielding, Johnson, Bemrose



Threatening skies didn’t deliver any kind of deluge but King Street numbers were affected this morning. Actually the numbers were almost perfect but If you stayed away because you thought you’d get wet, you wouldn’t have…and we missed you. A bit.
Michael Conroy is now a Strider – we have made an exception to the ‘closed membership’ for this established player who will formally ‘sign on’ next time – make sure you fill in a form Mike please
Yours truly Refereed the Overs game and was quick to penalise runners. The Green team had an injection of youth as Trevor Brereton, recovering from injury played on Pitch 2 by special request. He brought his ‘unders’ game with him .
Brereton scored the opener for Greens , then added another. Partington reduced the arrears before Alan ‘Chief’ Brodie notched another.
A Yellow spot kick (3 runs David Moore and ‘Chief’ Brodie x2) was missed by Partington but soon after an excellent ball from him fell to John Williams whose shot rebounded off a post.
The turnaround ( at 3-1 to Greens) brought a change of personnel. Brereton exchanged bibs with Williams and  began to pepper veteran ‘keeper Jim Thompson with any number of powerfully struck shots. Jim stood tall, and was bravely defiant standing his ground admirably, pulling off several fine saves and blocks.

David Partington scored to reduce Yellow’s arrears, then Roy Smith hit the bar with a shot.
Contact was penalised several times – perhaps moreso than any game recently. Let’s not forget we play WFA rules which means NON CONTACT. So ONLY sub-minimal contact will be tolerated when Richards Referees.
Brereton added another to make the scores 3-3. Partington then got his third from a very tight angle – an excellent finish. John Williams missed a penalty (taken illegally anyway) for Greens (three runs Smith, Partington and Grimbaldeston) and Brereton wrapped up the scoring to make his tally several and the game went Yellow by five goals to three.
Teams: Green.. Thompson Moore Wenham Brereton (1st.half *) Brodie Oldham
Yellow: Cravagan Partington Smith R Williams (1st.half *) Grimbaldeston
The Lingerers played a splendid game of 7 v.6. Barry Smith liberated from goal scored one for each team after being swapped at half-time. Other scorers escape me. Brereton with at least one I can only guess the other – usual suspects Stewart White or Stephen Wingrove perhaps? Once again Jim Thompson was outstanding saving a powerful shot from Richards and several other goal attempts, even ending up on his back entangled in the net at one stage.The game was notable for some really quick , accurate passing, particularly from the team in yellow. Greens dribblers tending to hold the ball longer and shaping up for shots. Burrows in goal for Yellow had a good game.

At 2-2 the last kick of the game was a penalty (three green runs) and the ball was claimed by David Partington. In an act of folly or a moment of pure sportsmanship he rolled the ball to ‘keeper Thompson with barely enough strength to make it, saying “a draw is a fair result”. In hindsight he was right although his largesse, seemingly at odds with his well known winning mentality,  puzzled me, at least  a few seconds. But it didn’t matter.

The Unders shared nine goals as I understood it later,  but I rely upon others for the details.

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    Next week some of the DVD’s will be ready so if you’ve ordered one have your £3 donation to hand please.  PLUS we are producing a flyer for the mixed gender trial….
    We are looking for ladies (wives/partners)  to take part in a photoshoot at a time to be arranged. This will involve them getting their kit on (just leggings and maybe a loose football type top/bib etc) for a few shots of them kicking the ball with a few men. This will NOT impact on the session and will be done when it’s quiet at King Street. The aim is to produce a mixed gender flyer/leaflet. My Wife has volunteered and Karen Bemrose is said to be up for it – we only need at least one more. (No drag artists please).
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    I am attempting to source another (more sturdy) pair of mini goals and they won’t be cheap. This for the new Thursday session for OVER 65 men Over 50 women (we have already had one female enquiry) FREE to all comers for the first four sessions – this includes regular OVER 65 players. THURSDAY’S WILL MEAN PURE WALKING FOOTBALL STRICTLY REFEREED.
    Lingerers: Green : Thompson, Wingrove, Smith B (1st.Half), Williams, Brodie, Brereton, Nixon.
    Yellow: Burrows, Cooper, Richards, Bemrose, Partington, White, Smith B (2nd.half)


7th.November 2017


…Alan Richards writes..

Each week brings a different challenge. Today with nineteen players (later 20 as David Wilson joined in with the Lingerers) we were torn on what to do for the best.


In the end , once the warm up was done we went for game of 10 v. 9 on one pitch. (I actually thought it was 9 v.9 at the time.
Blacks played Whites.
A quick start but the pace was lowered a little after Referee Richards and one or two of the players appealed for more calm. There was some good play on display. Bernard Roddy had a remarkable game with deft touched and uncommon zeal for a man into his eighties. Bernard shared the dubious distinction of being pulled up for running in common with several of his team mates in white.
Goal chances were hard to come by. It was perhaps predicatable that the Black’s lead came from a spot kick (3 runs) Stewart White despatching the ball past Jim Thompson.

With no further goals in the second half – another penalty (3 runs) from White was this time saved by Thompson. Barry Smith first time goalkeeper for Blacks kept a clean sheet , passing on the gloves to Messrs: Gibbons and Lancaster respectively. A special thanks to our goalkeepers today for sticking it out in the drizzle. In the end White’s pressed for an equaliser, none more industrious than Steve Wingrove but that vital chance eluded them on the day.
Twelve lingered. Teams were selected and some donned soaking wet bibs for another black v. white skirmish. Steve Wingrove found the target in this match and the White’s led by the odd goal at half time. Nip and tuck it was for much of the match – the smaller numbers producing a more technical contest rather than the harem scarem of the main match. Goalkeepers Nixon and Smith again mentioned in Despatches for their weather proof commitment to the art. David Wilson scored a superb equaliser for Whites with just a few minutes left. As the seconds ebbed away Referee Richards penalised David Partington for running and this was Black’s third transgression. Could White’s win it ‘the death’. The very last kick of the morning saw Wingrove shoot wide, and that was that.

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  • A magnificent effort from the players over the two hours and thank for making the job of standing in the rain with a whistle for all that time almost exclusively enjoyable. Good to see Stewart White and Colin Fielding back amongst us. Roy Smith now completes the list of fully paid up and signed on players (38 of them) until next August. We may have to consider closing Denton Tuesday’s to new players and steering the more able towards the Nash.


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    The lower turnout this morning shows  the difficult imponderables your committee face in getting future plans right. Bear with us. Turnout is clearly weather related – understandable as not everyone has a die hard approach towards walking football. To get twenty one people turning out on a day like is noteworthy.

Right …duty done it’s back to slaving over a temperamental   dvd writer and keyboard in an attempt to get this darned d.v.d. boxed off.






Alan Richards writes…

A new record turnout for All Hallows Eve saw the committee men a little flummoxed as to what to do with such high numbers. The weather may have had something to do with it but there is no denying we now require a plan ‘B’ to cope with popularity of our sessions.
It’s a good problem to have, but for now I think we, as a first step will have to CLOSE Denton Tuesday’s to new members. Other changes will be considered and you’ll be kept informed but a BIG THANK YOU for your continued enthusiasm for Denton Walking Football Group. Clearly, we all enjoy this great group and we need to carefully ensure all have adequate access whilst maintaining a sensible number on each pitch.

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  • I played in the Over’s game today. My team was losing when I left the field to film and photograph.. Gordon Nixon replaced David Partington and David Wilson Refereed. so ALL the committee men spent less time playing today and their priorities are worthy of note.
  • I can hardly remember the goals but I think Bibs were walking away with it thanks to strikes from Partington – who also had a Geoff Hurst moment when a fierce shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced off the goal line. Brian Stafford hit one as did Ken Dean and maybe A.N.Other I have forgotten. Forgive me please.
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    The Lingerer’s game was filmed and the new bibs looked good. Not everything in black and white makes sense it was once said but Trevor Brereton’s strikes were perfectly understandable – an emphatic statement ahead of the player of the year vote. He will be keen to hang on to that trophy but others are staking claims in the Unders AND Overs category this year. Please remember to vote – if you haven’t got a ballot paper yet there’s always next week. Voting closes on 21st. November.
    Some may feel a valid contender in the Over’s group is Joe ‘the Hammer’ Bemrose, who added another for the Blacks again today to maintain his consistent strike rate. It’s not all about goalscoring though as you’ll know. We have good defenders and some excellent passers of the ball too.
  • These awards are just a bit of fun and there are other categories available if you want to give someone your personal accolade.
    Black Lingerers were , I think Four nil winners as  the White team missed two penalties with Wingrove firing wide and Nixon’s spot kick saved by ‘Badger’ Burrows.
  • Bits and bobs of the filming will appear on Facebook soon. Thanks to Dominic and Keith Burrows today for their dvd donations – the disc should be ready by the end of November barring any disasters like a lap top failure or software seizure. One or two more are still available.
  • Thanks to all who attended today, including Jim Thompson, our lone spectator – who maybe deserves an award just for that ! 🙂
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HALLOWEEN UNDERS Trevor Brereton reports….


It was the first time that Adrian Jones had selected the sides, and it appeared that he had done a fine job, in this “chilling encounter”. Yellows were quick out of the blocks, with some crisp passing, and a couple of half chances. They got their reward when they were awarded a penalty, “witch” was  despatched at the second attempt by Brereton. Blues defence was looking a little “creaky “, and was breached again when Brereton fizzed a shot out of keeper Burrows reach. Brereton just missed out on a third when his low shot came back off the foot of the post. Blues were having good “spells” of possession, and were awarded a pen (3 runs).


The dependable Wingrove stepped up, but saw his powerful shot well saved by Barry Smith. Blues started well in the second half, with Jarvis shooting narrowly wide. Yellows defence was strong however, with Gibbons and Lake a “frightening ” partnership. Midway through the half , the game was effectively over when Bemrose “ghosted” in and finished well. This was turning into a “horror” show for blues, when yellows were awarded a pen ( 3 runs).


This time Brereton’s fierce drive was well saved by Burrows. Brereton immediately made amends when from the resulting goal kick, the “Jeckyl and Hyde” character, controlled the ball and finished well on the half volley. There was still time for a chance of a consolation goal for blues, as they were awarded another penalty. Again Wingrove took responsibility, but saw his low shot well saved by Smith , who kept his clean sheet. The game was hardly a “thriller”, but everyone had a “scream”, well done to the hardworking blues, and the ” fang-tastic” yellows.

Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing today’s game.

YELLOWS 4- Brereton 3, Bemrose 1, Smith, Cooper, Jones, Lake, Gibbons.

BLUES 0- Wingrove, Ainsworth, Burrows, Johnson, Ward, Harrison, Jarvis


Tuesday October 24th…

Twenty players at King Street this day , divided into four five a side teams , Over and Under 65 (with some exceptions).

5 v 5

As the game kicked off late this morning, both teams looked good going forward. White and Brereton tested plains Barry Smith early on, likewise Bemrose and Ward brought fine saves out of bibs goalie Tony Cravagan. Bibs took the lead with a low shot into the corner from Brereton. This was soon followed with a second for bibs from Hadge Cooper. Bibs were playing the ball around well, with Nixon being the creator of some of their finest moves. Cravagan playing in a rare game for the “unders”, and nursing a sore back pulled off a string of magnificent saves when goals looked nailed on. Bibs looked to kill the game off before half-time, and were unlucky when a Brereton shot came back off the post, then from the same move White’s effort also hit a post. Moments later White got the goal he richly deserved, with a fine finish. In an attempt to even things up in the second half Pete Ward joined the bibs, while Brereton signed on for plains.

Early in the half Brereton had a chance, but was thwarted by his first half team mate Cravagan. When White found himself in space on the right, he made no mistake with a stunning effort past Smith. For bibs Burrows and Fielding tried to rally their troops, which resulted in a late consolation goal for Brereton. A good game with no penalties, no “dirty dirty dirty” challenges, and a stand out performance from gentleman Tony Cravagan. Thanks to our Referee,  Alan Graham.



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OVERS : Bibs 4 (Wilson 2, Harrison, Richards) : Plains 7 (Harrison 4, Partington 2, Stafford)
The ‘Overs’ played an entertaining game of miniature goal walking football. Plains storming to a six-nil lead with some excellent precision passes into goal. Four from Harrison, one from Partington and Brian Stafford also got in on  the act. Early doors their finishing was lethal. Half time adjustment saw Terry ‘the taxi’ Harrison switched for Bernard Roddy to try to level things up. Bibs were taken aback when from the restart Partington struck again to make it Seven-nil ! With veritable mountain to climb David Wilson established base camp with his opener. Slowly Bibs began to assert themselves and Harrison – his meter clearly still ticking –    added another before Alan Richards made it 3 – 7 with his left foot – marginally better than his right today ! David Wilson claimed a second goal after another fine move and Richards and Harrison went within a whisker, as did David Wenham at the other end.

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  • All seemed to enjoy the game and when there are low numbers (or few volunteer goalkeepers) this format is especially useful as a training exercise. It’s hoped the mini goals will be a feature of a possible new session aimed at Over 65’s and beginners – coming soon, subject to committee discussion. DYFC have been approached regarding pitch hire for one hour on a Thursday morning.
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    The lively  Lingerer’s game was a high scoring affair by all accounts. although I was occupied elsewhere I understand Trevor Brereton and  ‘Smoking’ Joe Bemrose hit four goals each and Stewart White chipped in with a hat-trick as the men in yellow Bibs beat their plain opponents by eight goals to five. More detail of this morning’s ‘Unders’ game on Pitch 1 may follow.

Either next week or the week after  (depends on weather) the games at King Street will be filmed and brief highlights edited for the ‘end of the year’ dvd. All teams will be ‘bibbed-up’. At that point the dvd of 2017 will be finished , otherwise it will begin to resemble Gone with the Wind and need an intermission for ice-creams !

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    After last weeks game Jeremie Coulon was locked inside the building. Graham did not know he was still inside taking a shower when he locked up. The Police were eventually called and Jeremie was freed ! Let others know if you’re showering please . I’ve been trying to imagine the call handler on one end of the line and a frustrated Frenchman on the other trying to explain his predicament. Hopefully Jeremie saw the funny side sooner, rather than later.
  • Here are today’s teams Overs and Unders – pic: Alan Graham


King Street Denton 17th October.
Pitch 1 “unders”

A report from Trevor Brereton….

After a warm up by Steve Wingrove, teams were selected by ref Alan Graham .Yellow bibs looked the stronger of the two teams, though the plains team boasted the ever reliable Rob Lake and Gordon Nixon. Bibs started well with Wingrove going close on a couple of occasions. When plains were awarded a pen (3runs), they had the chance to take a shock lead. Jeremie “Eric” Coulon ” twice taken penalty was saved the second time by bibs Barry Smith. Bibs took the lead when Brereton found Wingrove in space, and the Glossop man scored with a well struck shot. Bibs increased their lead with a well taken goal by Brereton. Plains immediately struck back with a goal by Coulon. Bibs took control of the first half with further goals from Wingrove and Brereton. Plains had a chance to reduce the deficit when they were awarded a second pen (3runs), this time Coulons attempt struck the foot of the post. In light of the first half 4-1 scoreline ref Graham tinkered with the teams, Jarvis going on the bibs team, and Brereton on the plains for an undisclosed fee. The change had an immediate impact as Brereton reduced the deficit to 2-4. Moments later Coulon finished well, now plains were breathing down bibs necks though not literally except maybe for Jeremie. Jones had a chance to equalise for plains, but shot narrowly wide. Plains were certainly in the ascendency now, and brought the game level through Brereton. Plains momentum continued as they took the lead for the first time in the match as Brereton completed his hat trick. Bibs must have been rued the decision to take Smith out of the goals in the second half. As the plains superiority continued there was time for plains to seal a dramatic turnaround , as diminutive Droylsden man Brereton scored with the last kick of the game. A classic game of two half’s, and a great comeback by plains, in a game that will be remembered for a good half an hr. Thanks to ref AG for and Stewart White for coordinating this mornings games.

Plains 6 Brereton 4, Coulon 2

Bibs 4 Brereton 2, Wingrove 2

Fourteen lingers stayed for game that was won 4-2 by bibs. The game featured a few unsavoury challenges, much to the displeasure of referee Gordon Nixon, and two goals for Coulon for bibs.



October 17th.  A report from Stewart White….

King Street,Denton
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Pitch 2 “Overs”
Orange Team: Jim (GK), Alan Brodie (1),David Wenham,Ken (1 pen), Bernard Roddy,John (Roy’s mate), David Wilson.
Blue Team: David Partington (2),David Grimbaldeston (1),Brian,
Keith Oldham,Roy Smith (1),Graham Oakley (2).
Referee: Stewart White.
Half Time: Oranges 1 Blues 4
Full Time: Oranges 2 Blues 6
The game started as a 6 v 6 contest but latecomer David Wenham bolstered the Orange ranks as they were already trailing at this early stage.
The Blues were more organised as a unit and had players willing to shoot at every opportunity as exemplified by David Partington’s superb strike midway through the 2nd Half.
It was by no means one-sided and the Oranges carved out some good chances with one strike from Alan Brodie hitting the post.
All in all a pleasant morning at King Street with some good football, some wayward shooting (possibly not helped by the strong wind sweeping across the pitch) but lots of enjoyment.



OVER 65’s….10th October 2017

White Bibs 2 (Oakley, Roddy) :  Plain Shirts 5 (Harrison 4, Richards)
Another bumper turnout with 29 men at King Street on a breezy Autumn morn but nothing mournful about the atmosphere. News of the £500 ‘Community Champions’ grant was greeted with applause.
The Over 65’s played a good first half of 8 v.7 under the supervision of Referee Stewart White.
A hat-trick from non-bibs front man Terry ‘the taxi’ Harrison and another from Alan Richards put their seven man team firmly in the driving seat, belted up with a full tank of gas. Brian Stafford put the icing on Plain’s first-half cake with  a superb strike, that left the ‘keeper groping at fresh air. Reminiscent of his goal  a couple of weeks ago which escaped this reporter’s attention.

Despite Graham Oakley (good to see you again)pulling one back – which probably curtailed the need for half time changes the white Bibs knew they were up against it. But walking football is a funny old game. This one was a classic ‘game of two halves’.

For despite the efforts of former petrol tanker driver David Partington the Bibs found their way back into the game and shared possession. Another goal had to come and it was Bernard Roddy – Strider of the week who got it ! In fact that was the only goal of the second half so it’s fair to say Bibs won it one-nil.

Energetic performances from Alan Brodie and David’s Wilson and Wenham got them on the right track. David Moore also excelled with yet another , Gribaldeston always looking for the incisive pass on the counter attack for Plains. Good goalkeeping by Jim Thompson saw Bibs thwarted on more than one occasion, and in the midfiels Brian Stafford worked hard to try to get his team going again.
I understand the Under’s (with some senior exceptions, including Bill Lancashire) fought out a 3 – 3 draw.

The Lingerer’s game attracted fourteen players on a pitch that was just a little too small. Played in great spirit though it finished 4 – 2. I saw two goals from Trevor Brereton, including a penalty. Barry Smith opened the account for White Bibs and I think Stewart White must have got in on the act. David Wilson scored but I’m not sure who got the other one. I did get a few pics of variable quality some will appear on flickr or Facebook.
The writer is taking a break and will see you towards the end of the month. Stewart White, Gordon Nixon and David’s Wilson and Partington have the gear you need and will answer any questions. Co-Treasurer Graham (in the DYFC Office) will take your subs and keep  a record – thank you.


Denton 3rd October Trevor Brereton reporting…. on the “Unders”

BIBS 3 (Brereton 2, Lancashire) :: PLAINS, 3 (Cooper Lake, Jones)

It was 6 v 6 this morning at King Street, with teams expertly selected by referee Alan Graham. With the few of the regular goalscorers missing, and with defences looking strong on both teams, one would have thought goals could be scarce. That certainly wasn’t the case in the first half as Bill Lancashire fired the bibs ahead with a fine finish from an acute angle. Plains were soon level, after a neat finish from Jones. Midway through the half Plains were awarded a penalty, which was stuck away with aplomb by Rob Lake.

Back came the bibs, who levelled with a fine strike for Brereton. Moments later bibs were ahead, when a Brereton effort took a slight deflection- and beat plains goalkeeper Barry Smith. Into the second half, and defences, were on top, as Fielding and Lake for Plains nullified the threat from Johnson and Brereton. For Bibs, Nixon was steady, Burrows was solid, and Gibbons wasn’t going ape. Chances were minimal, until a rare defensive Bibs lapse let in Cooper to bring the sides level again. In the closing minutes neither team could muster a clear cut chance, so it ended a draw, a fair result. Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing.


The ‘Under’s’ – September 26th 2017

King St 26th September – Trevor Brereton reporting:

Twelve “Unders” played out a tight game this morning , in the warm September air. Greens looked a strong team team, with Chelsea fans Wingrove and Lake, specialist ‘keeper Barry Smith, and the highly technical Stewart White. Plains were soon under the cosh, when after 3 runs in the first five minutes, they went behind to a Wingrove penalty.

Plains steadied the ship, as Gibbons and Fielding limited the greens to long range efforts . Plains had a chance to equalise, with a pen, but Brereton blazed over. Plains were also limited to shots from distance, most of which came from Brereton, those on target produced some fine saves from Smith, leaving the plains striker feeling ‘Heaven knows I’m miserable now’. Green’s were given the opportunity to increase their lead from the penalty spot, but Wingrove had his shot well saved. Into the second half , and clear cut chances were scarce, plains man Johnson, and greens White going closest. With just four minutes remaining Plains scored a deserved equaliser, when a long range effort from Brereton, took a slight deflection off Lake, and found the corner of the net. With 3 minutes remaining,  Plains ‘keeper Ward vacated his “D”, Wingrove buried the resulting spot-kick. On balance maybe a draw would have been a fair result, but congratulations to the Greens. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing today’s game.

Greens 2 : (Wingrove 2 pens) Plains 1 : Brereton


September 26th. 2017

Twenty four Striders assembled under promising skies. Peter Ward returned to the fold and paid his signing on fee cheerfully. He also retrieved another fiver I’d droped on the pitch – cheers Pete.

Overs: Bibs 0 Plains 7 (Harrison 4, Lancashire, Cravagan, Williams)
Over’s Bibs had one of those days. Conceding seven goals including four from Terry Harrison in a blistering performance from the Haughton Green cabbie. With additions from Bill Lancashire, Tony Cravagan from distance and a belter from John Williams the Bibs were well beaten but if they’d converted one of FOUR penalties awarded for opposition running it would he been a more close run affair. To be fair two were saved by Bernard Roddy – on a hot streak and displaying a lovely touch. Bernard is in the frame to do an interview for walkingfootballdotcom very soon. It finished seven nil despite half time re-configurations when Hadge Cooper changed sides.
The Unders , half resplendent in new, badged green bibs seemed to having a high old time on Pitch 1 but I rely on others for the details. Meanwhile this was the personnel..Steve  goes for an off the shoulder look as those new green bibs look nicely badged up…. (thanks Keith – need to talk about another order soon)

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    Lingerer’s Bibs 3 (Fielding, Brodie, White) Lingerer’s Plains 1 (Brereton)
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    Fourteen ‘Lingerer’s’ played out a spirited game under a warming sun. Shots rained in, especially from Plains but many were wayward. Yellows, approaching with perhaps a little more finesse carved out an impressive lead. With goals from Colin Fielding bursting through at walking pace, Alan Brodie well positioned on the edge of the ‘D’ and Stewart White with a spectacular finish from ten yards out it looked like game over . Three nil it stayed for a while but Trevor Brereton fashioned out a chance for himself and finished well near the end to claw back some Plain pride.
    Tireless performances from Wingrove and David Wilson out on the flank who chased (legally)down everything that went his way , but luck just eluded him today.
    Well Referee’d by Alan Graham just one or two ‘accidents’ in contact with Hadge Cooper and John Williams feeling the effects of challenges that really shouldn’t be made. Let’s be a little more careful out there.
    The best result of the day came when I got home but more of that later as we are driving out to North Wales for a few days.

More pics and good news when I get a glass in my hand and  my feet under t’table in our rural retreat.

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Trevor Brereton reporting on the ‘Unders’ September 19th 2017

Denton 19th September


Good game this morning with plenty of goals, shared between two equally matched teams. Plains started well, and we’re unlucky when a twice taken penalty by Partington struck the post. The same post was hit again soon after with a curling shot from Brereton . Capitalising on plains bad luck, bibs took the lead with a fine effort from Bemrose. Plains soon replied with a well taken goal by Alan (Prime of Miss Jean) Brodie. Chances were created at both ends, but it was the bibs was the who took control of the game with two Steve Wingrove goals- one a penalty. Early in the second half Wingrove struck again , with the goal of the game, a sweet strike from distance, into the top corner. Plains had a mountain to climb to get anything out of this game. Midway through the half they were awarded a penalty, Brereton went for power, and beat Smith. For plains the effervescent White was sensing a comeback, and fed Brereton , who narrowed the deficit to one. With time running out plains were given a chance for a most unlikely equaliser, when they were awarded a spot kick. Again Brereton opted for power rather than precision, and fired past Smith. In a game were chances and possession were shared, a draw seemed a fair result. As always thanks to Alan Graham for reffing this game.

Bibs 4, Wingrove 3, Bemrose

Plains 4 Brereton 3, Brodie.

Meanwhile on the Overs pitch , Referee’d by David Wilson – the team selection was a little optimistic and it soon became clear that the Thompson -Cravagan – Lancaster -Richards – Roddy – Axis was going to struggle against the allies superior in number with Grimbaldeston – Smith R – Oldham – Wenham – Williams -Stafford combining to rack up  a three-nil lead by half time…two goals from David Grim including a penalty, and an earlier finish from Wenham meant it was 3-0 at half time.  Despite switching Brian Stafford to plains from  Bibs the second half saw little better from the plain men. Stafford went down heavily and seemed to hurt his heavily strapped wrist ( broken at Hyde, remember – hope all is okay Brian)…Roy Smith increased the Bibs lead. Despite Lancaster netting a consolation effort , and an energetic display from Cravagan, the Plains were well beaten. Richards was slow off the mark all morning and couldn’t even beat his  camera’s  self-timer for the end of game photo…..he’s not sure what the others excuses were as several seemed ill prepared for a photographic capture.

The Lingerer’s game was a low key affair but there were plenty of goals. I really think the Bibs won by the odd goal in eleven.Jim Thompson retired early with a stiffening knee – hope all is well Jim. On the pitch  Wingrove, Bemrose & Jarvis did much of the damage for Bibs.

In response David ‘Pogba’ Wilson. fresh from  a delightful Turkish holiday had chances to fill those new boots with goals….I think he got one but a couple of one on one duals with yours truly as the United man advanced on goal went ‘My Way’ , to be Frank.

Brereton rifled home a penalty leaving the ‘keeper  with no chance.

Shortbread biscuits in the brew room were a  highlight of the morning, and enjoyed by several.





“The ‘match report’ page has been archived and the site will now carry more concise reports and occasional photographs from  internal games at King Street.  After almost eighteen months, I just felt the current format was getting a little tired. We’ll still carry photographs from time to time and news of goalscoring feats but comment less on individual performances. If anyone wants to submit reports going forward or even just highlight your own, or others personal achievements in these games just email them to me if you want them published here.  The situation will be kept under review….. cheers…Ed

New nets ! I think most of us were delighted to run up on Tuesday and find that DYFC had replaced those ‘holey’ nets with new ones. £50 each I’m told. Graham told me within hours of them going up some younger kids were climbing on them – I hope they last, they are a huge improvement. Incidentally the new welded frames are easier to move single handed.  I took one set about forty yards yesterday, admittedly, I was blowing a bit.

Tuesday’s turn out….12th.September 2017