29th March 2020
As the current situation of no league games and no training sessions means we can neither train or play walking football together the Boss (Keiran) has been thinking (not always a good thing) of what we could do to keep the team spirit going until everything returns to normal again (hopefully).
Keiran says “The banter on the WhatsApp group is brilliant with quite a few of you enjoying the Quiz items so I have decided to do a weekly RELICS quiz.”
The quiz is open to all Relics and also honorary Relics.
The first set of questions are shown on the left, you have until next Saturday 4th April to send in your answers.
19th March 2020
Greater Manchester Walking Football League – Spring 2020 season suspended
On Tuesday 17th March the GMWFL published the statement below (which they received Monday 16th March 2020 18:33) from Simon Gerrard the Chief Executive Officer of the Lancashire FA
“Following the Government’s announcement today (16.03.20), for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in Lancashire is postponed for the foreseeable future. Throughout this period, we have taken Government and FA advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. We are in regular communication with the FA/Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review.”
GMWFL further added … “The GMWFL which takes place at the Heywood Sports Village is affiliated to the Lancashire FA and we must follow guidance given by the FA to protect the health and well being of all participants taking part in the league.
It is with regret that for this reason the GMWFL will be postponed until advice is received from the Lancashire FA that it is safe to resume.“
26th Jan 2020
Relics one – two in Leeds Tournament
The Relics finished in first and second places in the mini tournament organised by Leeds Titans.
Two Relics teams travelled to Leeds to take part in the mini tournament with Leeds Titans and Halifax. Both Relics teams were unbeaten on the day, the Relics Blues (Ken, Keith S, Keith B, John H, Tony, Stewart, and guest Ray) topped the league with 2 wins and a draw. The Relics Whites (Keiran, Gaz, Tex, Bob, John W, John M, Graham) finished runners up with one win and two draws.
20th January 2020
Dave Seel (8th July 1950 – 19th January 2020)
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Dave Seel. Dave was one of the founder members of the Bury Relics. He played in the first Relics games in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League in September 2017 and helped the Relics achieve the over 60’s Division 3 runners up spot that season in what was the Relics first season in the league. Dave has been a regular in the squad ever since then including being a member of the over 65’s squad that won the League Title in the Spring 2019 season.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Relics President Keiran Tilley said, “I’ve known Dave for a number of years, since before the Relics were formed, I recruited him into the Relics. He was a great guy, good player, solid and reliable. He will be missed by all of us at the club”
Fellow players had their own memories of Dave …
“I have had the pleasure of playing with Dave right from the start at Bury Leisure Centre he was one of the first to wear a Bury Relics shirt. A very quiet man but also very funny, its so sad” … Andy Quayle
“A very quiet unassuming man, he will be missed by all who played with him” … Gary Lomax
“Sad and shocked, He was a lovely man with a down to earth outlook and a sharp sense of humour. Like a few others I had the pleasure of playing with him in the early days, a tough opponent and a solid teammate” … Charlie Nangle
“I also had the pleasure of playing with Dave in the early days. A solid, honest and sporting player and a nice bloke as well, very sad and shocked” … Tony Marsden
17th Jan 2020
Over 50 people including players, family, and friends, attended the first ever Relics presentation night at Radcliffe Borough Football Club.
A wonderful evening of laughter, entertainment, and good food culminated in the award of four trophies, over 60’s player of the year went to Graham Walton, over 65’s player of the year was awarded to John Morris, and the over 70’s player of the year was won by Bob Daniels. The Players player of the year went to John Wardle.
Two other, comic awards, were presented to Mr Chatty Man – Graham Walton and our resident male chauvinist – John Wardle.
The entertainment was provided by Relics players JoMo (Guitar and vocals) and Dr John (drums) and even photographer Keith Hayes got in on the act.
9th Jan 2020
The Great Escape
Going into the last game day of the season (3 games) the Relics over 70’s were written off as certainties for relegation. Five points adrift at the foot of Division 1 the task to avoid relegation did seem impossible. However the Relics defied everyone with a remarkable display on the day. Following the first two round of games the Relics found themselves just two points behind Tameside, their opponents for the final game, knowing that a win for the Relics would keep the Relics in Division 1 and send Tameside into Division 2. The Relics were on top in a tense game that seemed to be heading for a 0 – 0 scoreline until the Relics were awarded a penalty in the last minute. John Wardle stepped up and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to secure Division 1 football for the Relics over 70’s next season.
19th Dec 2019
Relics reign supreme in 2019
Back-to-back title wins for over 65’s
What a year 2019 has been for the Relics over 65’s team. Following on from winning the 2019 Spring Season League Title, The Relics over 65’s team has now added the Autumn Season Division 1 title to their silverware, making it back-to-back league title wins in 2019.
The Relics started the last round of four games eight points clear of Man City at the top. The Relics played City in the first game knowing that a win would secure the title. A superb chip over the sprawling City goalkeeper by Ken Buggie gave the Relics a 1 – 0 win and secured the title.
5th Dec 2019
Over 60’s Division 1 Runners Up
In their first season in Division 1 of the Greater Manchester Walking Football League, the Relics over 60’s have finished as runners up. After a really strong season the Relics went into the last day of 4 games just two points behind the leaders, but on a difficult day the Relics couldn’t overcome the leaders and finished in 2nd place.
28th October 2019
Double top for Relics
Half way through the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn 2019 season, that’s 2 game days, 8 games played, and both the over 60’s and over 65’s are top of their respective Leagues. In the over 60’s league The Relics top the table by 2 points, In the over 65’s league The Relics are in a strong position 8 points clear.
18th October 2019
Bury Sports Awards 2019
Relics coach Ken Buggie has won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Bury Sports Awards 2019. Ken was nominated for his work with the community walking football sessions and for coaching The Relics. In addition to Ken’s success Paul Massey from our sponsors Tower Family Healthcare was nominated for the Workforce Advocate Award.
1st October 2019
Relics launch new kit
The Relics organised a press day at Radcliffe Borough FC to launch the new kit. Paul Massey, Partner and Executive Director of our main sponsors, Tower Family Healthcare, along with senior doctors from the Practice were in attendance.
15 September 2019
Martin Dawson Trophy
Bury Relics made their debut in the GMWFL Martin Dawson trophy. Relics finished fourth in Group B to qualify for the Plate semi final which they lost on penalties.
3rd September 2019
Battle of the sexes
The Relics enjoyed an evening with Bury FC Women Vets for some soccercise and walking football friendlies at Holcombe Brook Primary School. Fun, fitness, and football for all, strengthening the community bond and getting the word out about walking football.
13 June 2019
Over 65’s League Champions.
The over 65’s team clinched the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Division 1 title just a week after the over 60’s success. click here for more
6th June 2019
Over 60’s win promotion
The over 60’s team clinched the Division 2 title to win promotion to Division 1 next season. Click here for more.
19th October 2018
Bury Sports Awards
We are delighted to announce that Keiran Tilley has been nominated for The Unsung Hero Award at the 2018 Bury Sports awards.
7th Sept 2017
Walking Football is a runaway success in Bury
Bury Relics walking football team prove there is life in them yet as they join Manchester Walking Football League. – Prestwich and Whitefield Guide
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