GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 70’s September

The over 70’s started their GMWFL Autumn 2021 season with solid performances throughout the three games, but once again some strange refereeing decisions and lady luck went against the Relics.

The day started with a 0 – 0 draw against Blackpool. The Relics started well with a great shot from Keiran forcing the Blackpool keeper into a equally great save. Shortly followed by a typical Tex shot which flew wide of the post. The game was evenly match but the foul count was ticking over, and is wasn’t long before Blackpool had a penalty due to the four offence rule. The Blackpool spot kick was well struck into the bottom corner, but Eddie was equal to it getting down low to his right hand side to keep the ball out, great save. A few chances fell to both sides, but no goals and the game finished 0 – 0

Next up was a tough encounter with Rochdale where the Relics were on top from the start with Jerry’s shot getting turned for a corner by the keeper. The decisions of the match official were going against the Relics with Keiran getting frustrated and eventually receiving a Blue card sending off. While Keiran was side-lined and with the Relics a man down, Rochdale took the lead with a fine goal that gave Eddie no chance. Keiran came back on and just as the Relics were rewarded with a four offence penalty. Tex stepped up and put a shot into the bottom right hand corner sending the keeper the wrong way. Another Tex thunderbolt shortly after hit the post with the Dale keeper beaten. Rochdale sealed the game with a four offence penalty which Eddie had no chance. Final score Rochdale 2 Relics 1

The last game was a close encounter against Preston with the Relics on top for most of the game but Preston took the lead to go one up and held on until the very last minute when a four offence penalty was awarded to the Relics. Up stepped Tex again to strike a great shot down into the keepers bottom left hand corner, but somehow he dived full length and stretched his left arm to keep the ball out. The game didnt have time to restart and the Relics had gone down 0 – 1

Well done to the Relics lads who surely deserved more out of the day … Eddie (gk), Pete A, Jerry, Pat, Tex, Keiran and Tony P. Also to manager Ken.

Thanks to Kodak Keith for the photos.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 65’s September

The Relics over 65’s made a good start to their Autumn 2021 season with 2 – 0 win against Salcom, followed by a 0 – 0 draw against Rochdale Strollers. The third game against Manchester Senor Citizens also ended 0 – 0 but an admin error from the Citizens resulted in them having to forfeit the game 1 – 0 to The Relics. The final game against Manchester Corinthians ended up with a tough 1 – 0 win for The Relics. The 10 points on the day saw Relics end the day top of the league.

Well done to the players on the day – Gaz (gk), Bob D, Graham W, Pete Shev, Tex, John W, JoMo. and Manager Ken B.

Thanks to Dr John for providing the detailed match reports below.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

Game 1; Bury Relics vs. Salcom

The day was warm with some sunshine and after a pre-game meeting by the league, where all teams were warned about filling in forms correctly, the games got underway with the mighty Bury Relics first playing Salcom. After a good team talk by Ken, the Relics got off to a good start by stringing multiple passes together around all of the team, with the first chance going to Tex, who hit a shot just wide of the post after a six pass move. Then further pressure from the Relics led to another chance, a daisy cutter from Graham that just whistled past the post. The Relics really had the wind in their sails and were pressing for a first goal which came from absolute screamer by Tex. He received the ball left hand side of the box, some distance away, and let fly with a howitzer into the top left hand corner of the net. The support went into a frenzy of appreciative applause; it would be a goal of the month contender if on match of the day. Salcom had some passing moves but were not really threatening the Relics goal, while for the Relics, Jomo shot just wide of the right hand post. The constant Relics pressure lead to 4 foul offences by Salcom and Graham stepped up to take the penalty and confidently put away to make it 2.0. A John W shot brought a good save from the keeper, who tipped it onto a post. However, there was a bit of controversy about another John W shot that the keeper palmed into his own net but the Ref disallowed the goal because there was a 2nd ball on the pitch. Salcom did get 2 chances to score later in the game, one from the penalty spot after the 4 foul rule which was shot wide, and then another chance when on a clean break away, this time Gaz made a very good save by tipping the shot onto the post and away to safety. This was a very strong Bury Relics performance and a 2.0 win to start with.
Result = Relics win 2.0

Game 2; Bury Relics vs. Rochdale Strollers

This game was a lot closer, where both teams were playing good passing football and also marking well. Bob was shadowing their striker around the pitch. John W had a good shot to the top left but just missed. The Strollers managed to create a chance and the shot was well saved by Gaz. This was turning out to be a stale mate but towards the end of the game, The Relics had a free kick and the subsequent play led to several shots by the Relics and a corner. The players from both sides had to be content with a goalless draw and a shake of the hands at full time.
Result = Relics draw 0.0

Game 3; Bury Relics vs. Manchester Senior Citizens

This game, not long after kick off, seemed a little aggressive, with John W angrily pulling their number 11 out of the way. After this things calmed down and good play was done by both teams. Graham manufactured a good opportunity by performing a precise tight turn when receiving the ball back to goal and taking a shot, which was close to the top left hand corner but was just wide. Another Relics move and Graham was fouled; from the resulting free kick, Jomo made a run and hit a great shot, but the Ref blew for running. Citizens were having trouble coping with the intricate and precise passing of the Relics and this led to a 4 foul penalty to the Relics. Although Graham hit a good low penalty to the left of the keeper, the keeper managed to get down to it. In subsequent play, John W had a good long shot that just missed, then on the counter Citizens brought out a great save from Gaz. Pete had a good game defending, and Jomo hit the crossbar toward the end of the game but it was not to be..
Result = Relics draw 0.0, but upgraded to a Relics 1.0 win due to an admin error by The Citizens

Game 4; Bury Relics vs. Manchester Corinthians.

The final game of the day was a challenging one against the Corinthians. This game had a lot of good passing moves from both teams but also was littered with interceptions, where players from opposing teams will anticipate a pass and make a short run to intercept. Notably Bob played a very good ball through to Graham and put him in the clear but could not test the keeper on this occasion. Both teams moving the ball around and Corinthians shooting wide. Gaz tried to play a one two with a Relics defender but an interception was made and Gaz pulled off a great save to deny a goal for the Corinthians. Graham’s marker had been trying to nip in front of Graham all game to get the ball, but Graham was now wise to it now and fashioned a long range shot from slightly left of the goal. It travelled a long way, low and bobbling, onto the right hand post, where the ball rebounded towards the keeper, who had dived, and then into the net off the keepers back; great goal and well deserved for the battling performance. There were chances for both teams towards the end of the game, most notably was the triple save Gaz had to make after Corinthians had intercepted several of his throw-outs. Two of those saves were very good and preserved the Relics lead, and that’s how it finished, 1.0.
Result = Relics win 1.0


GMWFL – 2021 Martin Dawson Trophy – Relics take the Plate.

The draw for the 2021 GMWFL Martin Dawson memorial tournament put The Relics into Group C that some might call ‘the group of death’ with GMWFL local rivals Club Kingsmaid, Manchester Corinthians, and Rochdale strollers.
The top team from each of the four groups qualified for the Trophy semi-finals, while the second place in each group qualified for the Plate semi-finals.

Group draw is below, for all the detail results etc see the Match Centre page here

Group AGroup B
Blackpool FC Senior SeasidersRochdale Striders
Carlisle SOAMoston Brook FC
Halifax WFCRoach Dynamos
Sheffield WFCWakefield Wanderers
Group CGroup D
Bury RelicsBlackburn Rovers WFC
Club KingsmaidBolton Wanderers Walkers
Manchester CorinthiansFleetwood Town Flyers
Rochdale AFC StrollersGrimsby Corinthians


First up in Group C for the Relics was Club Kingsmaid who went ahead with a controversial first goal following a pass that, to everyone other than the ref, was overhead height. The Relics went 0 – 2 down when a mistake in midfield was punished by Kingsmaid. The Relics came out for the second half and dominated the game, getting a goal back from Graham W and looking threatening with every attack. However, Kingsmaid held on, the final score Kingsmaid 2 Relics 1

In the second game The Relics faced Manchester Corinthians and went a goal down 0 – 1 but pulled it back to 1 – 1 with a goal from Graham W, only to go down 2 – 1 shortly after. Once again the Relics dominated and got the deserved equaliser from a four-offence penalty scored by Graham. Things looked bad for the Relics late on when Corinthians were awarded a penalty but Eddie pulled off a great save. Final score 2 – 2

The third and final Group C league game for the Relics was against Rochdale who were on the same points as the Relics, so both teams needed a win to progress depending on the result of the other Group C game between Corinthians and Kingsmaid.
The game started well for the Relics when the Rochdale keeper strayed out of his area resulting in a penalty for the Relics which Graham W calmly slotted into the bottom corner. 1 – 0 Relics. Rochdale pulled it back to 1 – 1 with a penalty that Eddie nearly kept out. The Relics were on top throughout the game and a really well worked move from Stewart, JoMo and Graham W resulted in the Relics 2nd goal. Final score Relics 2 – Rochdale 1. which meant that he Relics qualified for the Plate semi-final coming second in the Group.

Plate Semi-Final: Relics v Bolton
The Relics continued the superb football from the previous two games and really left Bolton chasing shadows, hitting the woodwork at least twice before a superb passing move resulted in JoMo scoring the first with a shot that squirmed under the keeper. Graham W put the Relics 2 up following another flowing move from Stewart and JoMo. Bolton pulled a goal back to make things a little nervous for the Relics before Stewart scored the Relics third with a well deserved goal following a poor throw out from the Bolton keeper. Final score Relics 3 Bolton 1.

Plate final: Relics v Blackpool Senior Seasiders
The Relics started the game full of confidence after the previous performances and dominated the game, spending most of the game in the Blackpool half Graham W putting the Relics 1 – 0 up with a good turn and shot. The Relics were on top for the rest of the game and looked the more likely to score but couldn’t put the finishing touch to a number of chances. Final Score Relics 1 Blackpool 0
The Relics had made it out of the Group C group of death to win the Plate Final.
And just to prove how strong that initial Group C was, Club Kingsmaid (Group C winners) won the main Trophy tournament.
A massive well done and congratulations to all the squad Eddy (gk), Keith S, Tony G, Tex, Pete Shev, JoMo, Stewart, and Graham W who scored 7 of the Relics 9 goals on the day. Not forgetting Keiran (Mgr)

John W commented on WhatsApp …. Well done today lads one of the best Relics displays 👍, after going down in the first game the team started to believe in itself, great performance all round ⚽⚽ I went out for 1hr and stopped for 4 we were that good as a team , pleasure to watch 👍👍

Boss Keiran congratulated the team on WhatsApp
Well done to everyone at Heywood today a fantastic Relics display all round.
Great team effort supporting each other as it should be and making my job as manager a little easier.
Thanks to Tex for stepping in for Andy Richardson at the last minute.
Really proud to be a Relic today you’ve grown our reputation all round again today
👍⚽UTR



GMWFL Autumn 2021 – Fixtures

The GMWFL has published the fixture schedule for the Autumn 2021 season.
Here are the dates for your diaries …
All fixtures are at Heywood Sports Village from 11:00 to 13:00

9th SeptemberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 4
16th SeptemberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 2
23rd SeptemberOver 65s Division 3 & Over 70s Divisions 1 & 2
7th OctoberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 2
14th OctoberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 4
21st OctoberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 2
28th OctoberOver 65s Division 3 & Over 70s Divisions 1 & 2
4th NovemberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 2
11th NovemberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 4
18th NovemberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 2
25th NovemberOver 65s Division 3 & Over 70s Divisions 1 & 2
2nd DecemberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 2
9th DecemberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 4
16th DecemberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 2
23rd DecemberOver 65s Division 3 & Over 70s Divisions 1 & 2

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 60’s September

The Over 60’s had a tough start to their GMWFL Autumn 2021 season. Starting with a 0-0 draw with Bolton followed by a 0-1 defeat to Wakefield, then another 0-0 draw this time with Rochdale and finally a 0-3 defeat to Corinthians. The Relics played some good football in all the games and were unlucky on the day.

It was a really tough day for the Relics who where down to a bare minimum of 6 players whereas all the opposition teams used all their subs.

Well done to all concerned, Eddy (gk), Pete Shev, Tony G, Andy Rich Stewart, Keith S, not forgetting Pat who was standing by in case of emergency.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

On this day in history – 1st September 2017

On this day in history, on 1st September 2017, the Bury Relics made their debut in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League. The Relics entered an Over 60’s team which started in Division 3.

The Relics had a good start with a 2 – 1 win against Bolton Wanderers in their first game. The Relics second game was a 0 – 0 draw against eventual league winners Wakefield Wanderers. The final game of the day for the Relics was a 2 – 0 win against Nash Bees.

Overall a great start to league life for the Bury Relics, unbeaten on the day and only conceding one goal.

At the end of that first season the Relics finished second in Division 3, just one point behind Wakefield Wanderers. A Great achievement, and a sign of things to come …

Tri-Team Tournament – Match Day 5

Going into the final day The Relics were guaranteed the top two positions in the league, but which way round would they finish? The Blues were in a really strong position four points ahead of the Whites. With only two games to play and six point on offer it would take a disaster for the Blues not to finish top.
The Blues started brightly in their first game going 3 – 0 up with goals from Graham W (2) and John W then let the game slip from their grasp, coming away with a nervous 3 – 3 finish.
The Whites had a tough first game against Salcom B going 0 – 1 down but came back strongly to finish 2 – 1 winners with both goals coming from captain Andy Rich.
So all to play for going into the last games of the tournament, the Blues lead cut to just 2 points.
The Whites second game of the day was another tough game this time against Salcom A, but goals from Andy Rich and Stewart W secured a 2 – 1 win.
The Blues, needing a win to secure the title, were on top for most of their second game of the day against Maccabi B, but on-loan Relics keeper young Chris F was in stunning form denying his Relics team mates time and time again, however he couldn’t stop the Blues finally winning the game and the title. Two goals from John W and a penalty from Graham W secured a 3 -1 win.

Congratulations to all the Relics players on the day
Blues: Pat (gk), Bob D, Tony G, Keith S, John W, Graham W (c), JoMo
Whites: Eddy F (gk), Dave Mo, Pete Shev, John C, Stewart W, Andy Rich(c), Jerry

Massive thanks also to the other Relics players that turned out for Maccabi B: Dr John, Brian, Peter A and young Chris F(gk), Brian getting on the scoresheet with 2 goals in their final game, one direct from a corner.
Also many thanks to the two refs from the Relics Keiran and Ken.

For all results and league table see the Match Centre page here

Kevin Longbottom from Salcom and Mike Dickson from Maccabi receive footballs from Keiran

John C accepts the runners up trophy from Keiran on behalf of the Relics Whites

Relics Blues captain Graham W receives the Winners trophy from Keiran

GMWFL – Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy 2021

The Relics have entered a team into the annual Greater Manchester Walking Football League Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy. This will be only the second time that the Relics have entered the competition, the last time being in 2019.

This years competition sees the Relics drawn in Group C with Club Kingsmaid, Manchester Corinthians, and Rochdale AFC Strollers which many may consider to be the group of death.

The games will be played at the Heywood Sports Village on Sunday 5th September. The full draw is below –

Kick off is at 12:00, followed by the trophy and plate presentation and buffet at 16:30.

Group AGroup B
Blackpool FC Senior SeasidersLeeds Titans
Carlisle SOAMoston Brook FC
Halifax WFCRoach Dynamos
Sheffield WFCWakefield Wanderers
Group CGroup D
Bury RelicsBlackburn Rovers WFC
Club KingsmaidBolton Wanderers Walkers
Manchester CorinthiansFleetwood Town Flyers
Rochdale AFC StrollersGrimsby Corinthians

Tri-Team Tournament – Final Match Day confirmed.

Tri-Team Tournament
The date for the final games in the Tri-Team Tournament between The Relics, Maccabi, and Salcom has been set for Thursday 26th August 2021 at Maccabi Sports Club.

The tournament has been a great success and has created a unique bond between opposing teams and players.

Relics boss Keiran comments …
“Can I just say from my point of view (and the Relics ) how pleased I am that the whole tournament has been played in a great spirit from all the lads and at a time when Covid shut everything down I think it has helped keep us all sane and as clubs kept us going strong. 
We really appreciate our friendships together and I hope that will keep going long after things return to something like normal.
I particularly like the way we all try to help each other out when problems arise and long may that continue as it is so much in the spirit of Walking Football. Great to be associated with you guys and your teams.”


Mike Dickson from Maccabi …
“Not only are the games played in the right spirit but the competition has forged many friendships on the pitch. We at Maccabi really appreciate the support we get from your clubs as we have long struggled to have sufficient players for two teams. In fact we have just withdrawn our 65 teams from the league and will only be entering a 60’s at Heywood.

I hope that we can continue to compete against each other in the future perhaps filling in when there is no Heywood comp.”


Kevin Longbottom from Salcom agrees …
“I echo your sentiments completely and all my lads have really enjoyed the matches.”

Tri-Team Tournament – Match Day 4

The Relics teams started the day in the top two positions in the table, with the Relics Blues just one point ahead of the Relics Whites.

In sweltering heat the teams faced each other in the opening game of the day, which resulted in the Relics Blues extending their lead at the top of the table with a 1 – 0 win in a really entertaining game in which both teams missed penalties, Graham W firing wide for the Blues, and Gaz making a fine save from Andy Rich with the Whites penalty.
The winning goal for the Blues coming from Graham W with a fine finish.

Both the Relics teams went on to win their second games on the day, the Blues beating Salcom A 2 – 0 with goals from Graham W and JoMo.
The Whites beat Maccabi A 3 – 0 in their second game with the partnership of Andy Rich and Stewart W proving very fruitful with two goals from Stewart and one goal from Andy.

Congratulations to all the Relics players on the day
Blues: Gaz (gk), Tony G, Bob D, Keith S, John W, Graham W (c), JoMo
Whites: Eddy F (gk), Tex, Pete Shev, John C, Stewart W, Andy Rich(c), Jerry
and the other Relics players that turned out for Maccabi B: Dr John, Pat, and Brian.
Dr John getting on the scoresheet for them in the first game draw.

Also many thanks to the two refs from the Relics Keiran and Ken.

Sorry guys no photos from the day due to Kodak Keith being on holiday.

For all results and league table see the Match Centre page here