Tex gets England call up

Following a successful trial at Redditch United’s ground on 19th February, Relics player Tex O’Rourke has capped off a fantastic 12 months with a call up to the England Walking Football Community (EWFC) over 70’s squad.

In the past 12 months Tex has captained the Relics over 70’s team to back-to-back league titles, winning the Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) over 70’s title in both the spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to December). Tex also captained the Relics over 70’s to the Walking Football League Alliance (WFLA) Champions Cup win on 11th June, and was voted Bury Relics Player of the year for 2022.

Chris Christian, the England (EWFC) over 70’s manager commented on Tex’s performance in the trial game, “From my point of view I saw many positive aspects of the game you carried out to a very high standard and I would love to work with you at our future sessions and know you will be a real asset to the squad.

Tex said
“Being a Farnworthian l would like to mention how proud I am to follow the foot steps of Tommy Banks, and Alan Ball.” “Also, I would like to thank everybody at the Relics for their support, encouragement, and friendship”

Tex becomes the second player from the Relics to be selected for England following Keith Bibby’s selection for the England Parkinson’s Walking Football squad in July 2022