Rochdale OVER 65’s Knockout Cup

ORGANISER’S REPORT – Bill Murney sums up the competition: <link>

Our shoot out makes the home page of Walking Football United !

 

Opening game v. Hartshill Strollers. Just six minutes of it before the rain came down…..

….Commentary subjective and possibly partisan <click>

First few minutes of our Vintage Celtic group game is here <now> Commentary not impartial !

It’s early doors in the plate play off final 10/11/17 – <video>

Later doors in the 5th. 6th,. place play-off &Vintage  Celtic take the lead near the end <video>

 

GOAL FAMINE FOR STRIDERS AS STROLLERS TAKE THE CUP !

…over sixty-five’s Knockout…

Cold wind and frequent November rain marred the morning at Heywood for the Striders squad of eight Over 65’s. We played some decent football in patches but nowhere near enough of it. Too many passes went astray. Especially in the first match. We opened with a nil-nil draw against a fairly physical Hartshill Strollers from the West Midlands. They never really troubled Barry Smith but Joe Bemrose had a great ‘on target’  effort saved.

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Goals were as hard to come by as ever and the next game with Vintage Celtic went the same way. Equal possession, improved passing and a pleasant game to play in. Looked a bit like Derby County v. Sheffield Wednesday teams of old (I must STOP dreaming – Ed.) with Celtic in their new striped kit.  The rain came down and the wind whipped up. Credit to our supporters on the touchline for sticking with it.  Karen Bemrose is now officially a die-hard fan !

 

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  • The third game saw Rochdale Striders take their only chance of an even game to beat us one -nil. With  a bulky striker permanently goal hanging the Striders defence had to stay focussed, but a Rochdale breakaway was finished with aplomb by one of their more mobile men. Perversely this was one game we might have expected to win. Walking football eh? Bloody Hell.
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  • We awaited our fate and it emerged that the next game might be our last of the day.
  • The Plate play off saw another nil-nil draw with Blackpool Senior Seasiders, the force from the Fylde. Quite nippy on their feet and moving the ball well at times.  They came closest to scoring but Strider’s passing was by now greatly improved.  One or two non-intentional clashes left their players on the ground but there was nothing that overstepped the fair play mark. The resulting penalty shoot out resulted in a marathon NINE spot kicks each. Most on target but saved. It went round the six players then some stood up to the plate again in sequence. Peter Jarvis scored both of his. I had one saved superbly, then planted my second into the midriff of a decent ‘keeper. Barry Smith acquitted himself well in our goal, saving several. Gordon Nixon clinched it in the end. Click the link below.
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  • This led to another meeting with Vintage Celtic in the ‘Plate Final’. Colin Fielding brought a fine save from their ‘keeper but once again they took their only clear cut chance to win the game (and the plate)  so credit them for that. We finished sixth out of eight, but enjoyed ourselves.  We competed well, stroked the ball about on occasion and nobody let themselves or their teammates down. A goal in open play would have been nice. We need shooting practice. All of us. Most games were played in good spirit with no overt nastiness to speak of.  Given the ages of the players this makes perfect sense. Plenty of people stayed behind for the presentations and enjoyed the generous buffet. Thanks to David Wilson and Tony Cravagan for logistical support.
  • Credit the organisers and those who travelled from far and wide to play.
  • Striders today

    Well done Rochdale Strollers – again!

 

 

 

WE ARE NOW ENTERED INTO THE NOVEMBER 10th. COMPETITION AT HEYWOOD.

TWO GROUPS OF FOUR. EACH TEAM  IN GROUP PLAYS EACH OTHER (3 GAMES) THEN there will be one further game to see which teams progress to the Cup Final or the ‘Plate’ final.

GROUP A: Hartshill Strollers – Rochdale Striders – Vintage Celtic – Tameside Striders

GROUP B: AFC Blackpool Snr. Seasiders -Chadderton WFC – Rochdale Strollers – Wakefield

Out fixtures: 11-00am. Hartshill Strollers  Pitch 1

11-20am. Vintage Celtic  Pitch 4

11-40am. Rochdale Striders Pitch 2

THREE TOUGH GAMES ON THE BOUNCE. BRING NUTRITION AND WATER. HOW WE PROCEED WILL DEPEND UPON THE RESULTS OF THESE GAMES.

Squad as it stands: BARRY SMITH / BILL LANCASHIRE / GORDON NIXON /  COLIN FIELDING / PETER JARVIS /   ALAN BRODIE / ALAN RICHARDS / JOE BEMROSE /

ROY SMITH has had to withdraw under sad circumstances

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Harking back to June…A slightly disappointing day for the Strider’s but were we dejected ?  Only a little bit.

Widnes beat us 1 – 0  <video>

Chadderton WFC 0 – 0  <video>

Rochdale Strollers 0-1 <video>

Blackpool Senior Seasiders  1-0   <video>

The Final  ROCHDALE STROLLERS v. WIDNES (incomplete)  –  <TheFinal>

password required for the Final footage ‘worthywinners’

email: alan@tamestriderswalkingfootball.org.uk   for the password please.

 

NOTE: COMMENTARIES ARE NOT IMPARTIAL – except in the case of the Final.

STRIDER’S DAY : P.4 W.1 D.1 L.2  F.1 A.2

Organisers account: <read>

I started the day deflated.  As the radio alarm kicked in I learnt that what  was a relatively secure and stable country a few weeks ago had been plunged into a political maelstrom by May.

It’s June though, I thought and the day of our long awaited entry into the Over 65’s Rochdale Knockout Cup. Things can only  get better.
Tameside Striders

They didn’t really.  Although I was more disheartened by the politics than the walking football we never really got going at Heywood today.  True, we looked magnificent in our retro black and white but the team photo was perhaps the most successfully structured part of our day.

Widnes – eventual finalists with a threadbare squad
We kicked off against a  Widnes side who have played quite a lot of competitive walking football.  We never looked overawed and we were holding our own well, yet not really striking any fear into the hearts of our opponents. I won’t go into in depth analysis because I’m not qualified, and hopefully, in due course the video’s of all of our games will tell the story far better than I can.
Widnes got their noses in front, and as we barely summoned a threat to their goal we have to admit they deserved the win.
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Team: Pearce (Capt.)  / Cooper / Fielding / Partington / Smith / Jarvis
Next up was Chadderton. We did a little better but were still a bit toothless up front. The defence was containing what little threat came from the men in red. Again the video will tell  a better story when it materialises. This one ended nil-nil.
Team:  Pearce  (Capt.) / Nixon / Richards / Lancashire / Smith */ Jarvis   Sub. Partington*
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In the third match we found ourselves up against Rochdale Strollers once more. A good passing team but they certainly did not shame us. Edging us out one-nil in the end.  The addition of David Wilson up front didn’t improve our goal threat.

Rochdale Strollers – eventual winners
Bill Lancashire was substituted for Partington mid way through the game but try as we  might we made no impression on the Strollers, and they walked out worthy winners by the odd goal.
Team:  Pearce (Capt.) / Fielding / Cooper / Lancashire* /  Wilson / Jarvis
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Only Blackpool Senior Seasiders to come now and  they had looked the weakest team in our group. We were better. Much better in this match.  either the quality of the opposition or the make up of the team altered the dynamic.  Possibly a mixture of both.  Barry Smith came on a substitute just in time to take penalty – awarded for defender encroachment. Barry blazed his spot kick over the bar, but made up for it in fine style within minutes when he opened our account with  a well taken goal. Our whole  passing game and approach play was snappier and more accurate and we had more chances to increase the lead. With just  a couple of minutes to Partington (I think)  replaced Richards.  Our interest ended with the final whistle, and we were eliminated
Team: Pearce (Capt.) Nixon / Fielding / Jarvis  / Wilson */ Richards */  Smith / Partington
Disappointed ? No doubt.  But not dejected I hope. Lessons are being learned.  Our brotherly brand of inclusivity means we don’t always have our best players on the field at the same time. We rotate. There were no stand out peformances today – but most of us did OK in our own way.
If you think this is  the right way to go about matters make your feelings known. Likewise, if you don’t then please state your case, by email or in person.  Maybe even raise the matter at the A.G.M. in August. Bear in mind though that if we get  a good turnout, the majority will not be interested anyway.  they just play for fun and exercise.  We should remember that, because it’s what this walking football is really all about……..
Did any of us ever think we’d be playing a game resembling football on pristine pitches in the autumn of our lives when we turned sixty five?  Did we ‘eck  as like.  It’s a surprising bonus – nothing more, nothing less. Think on that if you’re down in the dumps tonight.
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Thanks to Tony Cravagan for his sterling filming  ( I’m looking forward to the commentaries)and to Mike Conroy for coming out to support and taking some photographs. Great work Mike.

Camera crew
Likewise to right hand man Stewart White who took over team selection and tactics as the day wore on. We may have been better with tictacs because let’s own up , despite the humbug effect of our hosiery the performances today were less than mint.

Perhaps we will be back next year – we may have a stable Government by then but don’t bank on it.
The semi-finals featured Vintage Celtic, who lost three-nil to Rochdale Strollers and Widnes, who beat Blackpool VERY Senior Seasiders by two goals to nil.  It must be remembered that some of these teams had wafer thin squads of just six or seven.  We had the luxury of having ten players, but of course that brings its own dilemmas, it’s own problems with the nature of our group.
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The final was decided on penalties when Williams and Charlton converted both their spot kicks for Rochdale Strollers with Widnes missing twice.

The Penalty kick that won it (shirts MUST be numbered ?) :-p
So, appropriately the inaugural Rochdale Knockout Cup was won by the home side.  Well done.  I have some photo’s and video to sort over the coming days.  Keep visiting this site for links on our ‘NEWS’ page.
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FRIDAY JUNE 9th….REMEMBER YOU NEED PHOTO I.D PROVING YOUR DATE OF BIRTH

AND  UNLIKE WIGAN – A BUS PASS WILL NOT  DO.

no i.d.  YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PLAY  

 

THE ORGANISERS HAVE BEEN HANDED A CHEQUE AND A COMPLETED OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM FOR THIS COMPETITION.  £3 per player  payable on the day (may vary according to turnout)

TAMESIDE STRIDERS Provisional squad – maximum TEN.

Barry Smith  *   David Partington  *  Colin Fielding * Gordon Nixon * Alan Richards *

David Wilson *  Garry Pearce (guest ‘underage’  goalkeeper 64yrs.335 days- ish) *

Peter Jarvis  *  Bill Lancashire  *  Hadge Cooper  *

If more want to take part we could field two teams with another three or four names.

MEET AT KING STREET DENTON 9.6.17 9-30am. OR be at Heywood Sports Village for 10-15am. please.

 

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TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE JUNE 9TH

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