GMWFL Autumn 2022 – Exciting last day for Relics over 60’s whites

1st December 2022. The final day of the Greater Manchester Walking Football League over 60’s (Division 1 and 2) Autumn season came to a dramatic end today.
In Division 2 The Relics started the day in second place on goal difference behind Bolton

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Top of Division 2 at the start of today’s fixtures

11:00am – First game of the day, and possible title decider, was Relics v Bolton. A tough game with both teams having chances and Relics goalkeeper Gaz making some great saves. Best chance came to the Relics 10 minutes into the game and the Relics are awarded a four-foul penalty, could this be the moment that the Relics go three points clear at the top? Relics hadn’t scored against Bolton all season, could this be the deciding moment?
Graham steps forward to take the spot kick. His shot is hit hard into the Bolton keepers top right-hand corner, the keeper had guessed right but dived low to his right, with the keeper beaten, the cheers had started to form in the Relics supporter’s throat’s but the ball thudded the crossbar and went out over the top and the cheers turned to groans of dis-belief. Final score 0 – 0 and no change at the top of the table.

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No change at the top

11:20am – Bury v Preston, who started the day bottom of the table, and Bolton v Blackpool
Three minutes in and Graham, surrounded by Preston players, receives a ball on the edge of the area, he turns and fires a left-foot shot that beats the diving keeper to put the Relics 1 – 0 up, and that’s how it finished.
Meanwhile … Bolton v Blackpool was taking place at the same time and the news from the other pitch is that Bolton have lost 1 – 0. Relics are now top of the table with a three point advantage over Bolton.

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Relics move into top spot

12:00noon – Relics v Carlisle and Bolton v Preston. Relics need a win against a good Carlisle side who were having a good day so far. Gaz kept the Relics in the game with some great saves, then 12 minutes into the game and the Relics were awarded their second penalty of the day.
Graham steps up with confidence to take the kick. This time his shot is hard and low to the keepers right, but the keeper has guessed right and gets down well to his right and parries the ball which rolls slowly out of the area to Gordon who tries to keep the momentum going, but he is blocked by the Carlisle defence and the move breaks down.
Final score 0 – 0, and only one-point for the Relics.
Now … how have Bolton got on? A shock for the Relics, Bolton has beaten Preston 4 – 0 a massive win for them and a four-goal advantage. Relics lead in the table is cut to 1 point with only one game left to play.

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Relics lead down to one point

12:20pm Relics play Blackpool (who had beaten Bolton earlier in the day), knowing that a win will clinch the title. Pressure is on for the Relics, with the Bolton players, management, and supporters watching from the touchline ahead of their last game at 12:40pm. Relics were on top and had a few good chances, Graham hit the woodwork, and Ian had a shot just wide. With a few minutes to go the Relics are awarded their third penalty of the day. Surely this is the moment that the Relics clinch the title, third time lucky and all that.
Bravely Graham steps up again, his penalty is well struck to the keepers right, but the keeper has guessed right and saves, pushing the ball out for a corner. Groans from the Relics contingent on the touchline. The final whistle goes as the game ends 0 – 0.
The Bolton contingent are happy, they know a win against Carlisle in their last game will snatch the trophy from the Relics grasp.

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Relics 2 points in front, Bolton need a win

12:40 Bolton v Carlisle and within a few minutes Bolton have scored, cheers from the Bolton crowd and groans from the Relics crowd. 1 – 0 to Bolton. Bolton are on top for the next few minutes, and all looks lost for the Relics.
Out of nowhere Carlisle get an equaliser, Bolton 1 Carlisle 1. Relics are back on top, Relics fans have become Carlisle fans for one game.
A long ball out from the Carlisle defence to the striker alone up front, he turns his marker and scores!!!! Bolton 1 Carlisle 2, Surely that’s it, surely Bolton can’t come back from this. Bolton keep pressing and get the equaliser 2 – 2. Can they do it will they snatch top spot from the Relics. Bolton are trying hard to get the winner, but they run out of time, the game ends 2 – 2 and the Relics are Division 2 Champions. Wow, that was a tense day.

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Relics finish as Div 2 champs, what a day.

So, the Relics bounce back to Division 1 at the first attempt following relegation at the end of last season.
Congratulation to all the Relics involved on the day,: Gaz (GK), Keith S, Wayne, Gordon (Dog), Ian, Graham, Alan, Tony G

For all the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here …

GMWFL Autumn 2022 – Pain in the rain for over 65s; now playing for runners up

The penultimate set of fixtures for the over 65’s top division in the GMWFL had arrived and Bury Relics were currently in 2nd place, seven points behind leaders Kingsmaid. Only a perfect set of results for Bury and a freak series of losses for Kingsmaid, will enable Bury to take top spot. Due to injury and a funeral, several key players were absent and a makeshift team had been assembled. Two players were making their debut, Ken B and David L, and Steady Teddy Eddy had had his goalkeeper gloves surgically removed before kick-off, so that he could be a stand-in striker. Ian from the over 60’s had also been drafted in. The ever-ready Pat the cat assured me that he had his superman cape and Bury Relics kit under his tracksuit, just in case he was needed. To set the scene, Heywood was under a deluge of rain. Despite that, plenty of Bury supporters had turned up, sporting umbrellas. One lady had a particularly smooth brolly, which had brightly coloured pictures of Giraffes printed on it. To the football; Bury had a rest for the first game and watched Ray’s Preston play Rochdale, in an entertaining game, where 2 goals were scored in the first minutes of play and two players were blue carded not long after. The first fixture for Bury was against Manchester Corinthians.

Bury Relics vs. Manchester Corinthians
The initial line up for the Relics: Gaz in goal, Dave L and captain Tex in defence, Alan and Ian in midfield with Fast Ken B in attack. The best of the action in this game was 2 very good saves by Gaz in goal. One was from a well-constructed move by Corinthians, who got a shot away and Gaz had to get down sharply to save. And the other save, came from a Bury Relics interception by Ian, but the ball was diverted to the opposite side of the goal to where Gaz was covering, and it was going in. Gaz had to readjust very quickly and produce a cat like dive, to tip the ball around the post and out for a corner. The Corinthians had more possession and were passing the ball with discipline around the team. But Bury were standing firm, with Tex and Dave making interceptions and getting the ball up front. Ken was playing well in attack, having a battle with their centre back, who kept trying to get in front of Ken to intercept passes. On one occasion, Ken gets it perfectly timed and plays a good ball back to an onrushing Alan, but he’s well marked and there’s no opportunity to shoot. Another good move involved Dave, Tex and Alan, who found Ken free on the lefthand side, but his shot was saved. Ian was also presented with a chance late on, being set up by Ken, but the resulting shot was just wide. Corinthians had a bit more possession, passes and shots than Bury but the Relics stood firm and could have scored themselves. A hard-fought draw.
Bury Relics 0 – 0 Manchester Corinthians

Bury Relics vs. Preston
Steady Teddy Eddy was brought into the team to act as target man against Preston, and early on Bury found him, but Eddy was a bit off balance and could not fire his shot effectively. Then followed a series of 8 shots by Preston, who kept Gaz alert in goal; one shot was from a long way out but Gaz made a good save, with Ian clearing up the rebound from the save. Then there was a good move with Ian combing with Eddy for a one-two, with Ian getting a shot fired off but just a whisker wide. That brought a few ooohs from the Bury supporters. Then Steady Teddy Eddy is put through on goal and manages to get good power on his shot, low but unfortunately it went just wide of the post. Then Preston replied with an attack of their own, which produced some good play from Dave L, who was nearly turned inside-out by a Preston players trickery, but he held firm and got the ball safely passed to Tex. Bury then won a free-kick, which was played to the right and Tex, who was advancing towards goal; he hit a thunder-bolt of a shot towards goal but again it was just wide of the post. The result was another drawn game, which Bury came more into, attacking wise, in the latter stages.
Bury Relics 0 – 0 Preston

Bury Relics vs. Kingsmaid
Just prior to kick-off, the rumour was that Kingsmaid had won all their fixtures on the day, and a win against the Relics would hand them the championship. And it was a dreadful start for the Relics, as their #77 striker bulldozed his way through 2 Relics players, to toe-bung the ball past a stranded Gaz. One-nill to Kingsmaid. In the next passage of play, there was an absolute tremendous save by Gaz in goal. Bury were attacking the Kingsmaid goal but a stray pass was intercepted and a Kingsmaid player, and he played to another player for a free shot. He hit it powerfully, but it either took a bobble or a last-ditch tackle/foot from a Relics player, so that the ball was diverted upwards. Gaz, who had already dived, had to quickly throw a hand up to divert the powerful drive over the bar. The crowd purred at the save as it was awesome. Then Bury had a chance of their own as Alan was played clear down the right-hand side but his shot just went wide. In the next passage of play, Bury managed to lose the ball at the back, and a single pass was made to their #77 striker, who turned and scored again, with a rocket to Gaz’s lefthand side. 2-0 to Kingsmaid. Despite that, Bury didn’t give up, and good passing around the team eventually finds Ian on the edge of the Kingsmaid area. He turned sharply and shot, but it was just wide. Then it was Tex’s turn for a shot on Bury’s next attack, this time it was on target and with power, but the keeper makes a really good save to keep Tex and Bury out. The game ended in a 2–0 loss and handed Kingsmaid the title, who celebrated with a team photo in one of the goals. Bury were now playing for runners up.
Bury Relics 0 – 2 Kingsmaid

Bury Relics vs. Rochdale Strollers
An early interception by Dave and a good pass by Tex to Ian, provides Ian with a chance but the Rochdale keeper makes a save with his feet. On the next Bury attack, Tex passes it forward, down the lefthand side to Eddy. He anticipates a run from Ian and plays a perfect pass into his path; Ian meets the ball on the edge of the area and toe-bungs the ball, back across the Rochdale keeper, to score and make it 1-0 to Bury Relics. Ian is soon to have another shot from the subsequent play, but this time the keeper saves. A good passing move around the team and a long ball forward towards Eddy, is nearly delicious but the ball is just too far out of Eddy’s reach. It was a great move, just the weight on the final pass prevented a goal scoring chance. Alan has a good shot just over late on, after Ian had played the ball off to him but it was just over the bar. The rain was hammering it down by now but Bury were in complete control of this game. Rochdale hardly had a touch in the last few minutes, as Bury controlled the play comfortably, to manage the game out and hold on to a deserved 1-0 victory.  
Bury Relics 1 – 0 Rochdale Strollers

Summary; To play 4 games in such atrocious and wet conditions took some doing, and the Bury Relics makeshift team did really well. To only lose to the champions and win points from all other fixtures is great; Well done! Hopefully, being now 5 points clear of third place in the table, the Relics can cement their place as runners up next time around. The team consisted of Gaz (GK), Tex (captain), Dave L, Alan B, Ian M, Fast Ken B and Steady Teddy Eddy. Management: Ken 1 and Keith S did a sterling job, organizing and guiding the team. Thanks to the wet supporters, including Keiren, Pat the cat, Nikon Nev and Giraffe Umbrella lady. Report and pics by Dr. John.

GMWFL Autumn 2022 – Solid performance for the over 60’s stripes

Match day 3 for the over 60’s stripes saw the league debuts for Iain Dawson and Mike Bartram. The Relics were aiming to move off the foot of the table.

The first game was against Wakefield Wanderers who where just two points ahead of the Relics going into todays game. The game was tough with both sides having chances but none getting taken. Into the second half and with the Relics pressing a Wakefield defender strayed into the area, penalty to the Relics. Up stepped skipper Andy Richardson, He anticipated the keeper diving and hit it straight down the middle, but the keeper stayed put and saved the shot with his feet. Two minutes later and Andy got his revenge, he turned the defender on the edge of the box and rifled in a superb strike which had the keeper on his knees picking the ball out of the net. 1 – 0 to the Relics, and that’s how the game finished which meant that the Relics leapfrogged over Wakefield in the table, for the time being anyway.

Next up were Bolton who started the day in second place and were pushing for top spot and promotion.
Bolton had the better of the play, but Gaz in the Relics goal continued his great form from the first game and kept them at bay.
Late in the first half the Relics went ahead when Mark Thomas had space down the right and strode forward from the right back position all the way to the Bolton area and as the keeper dived to his right, Mark hit his shot high to the keepers left to give the Relics the lead. A great goal from Mark. The ref blows for half time and Andy Richardson is ecstatic, thinking we had won 1 – 0, but sadly it was only half-time.
Bolton equalised early in the second half with a shot that gave Gaz no chance. Bolton got the winner through a shot that Gaz had covered down to his left, but the shot was deflected into the other corner of the goal. A valiant effort from the Relics but unlucky with the deflection. final score Relics 1 – 2 Bolton.

Final game of the day was against Ribble Valley. A tough game with both sides having chances and Gaz again in superb form. The Relics were stunned when Ribble were awarded a penalty, but the shot was well wide of Gaz’s right hand post. The Relics played better football in the second half but nobody could break the deadlock.
Final score 0 – 0

Four point on the day was a good haul for the Relics. Positives on the day were the two new boys Iain Dawson and Mark Bartram playing well, and Gaz in great form, Mark scored a great goal from right back and Andy Richardson scored a blinder. John Howson was struggling with his stamina but was solid as usual. Sub Keith B played his part along with un-used super sub Pat.

Well done to all the players on the day, Gaz, Mark T, John H, Iain Daws, Mike Bart, Andy Rich, Pat, Keith B. Plus Manager Ken Buggie. Thanks to all the touch line support too.

For all the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here …

GMWFL Over 60’s Div 2 – Relics unbeaten on the day

3rd November 2022.
GMWFL match day 3, another 4 tough fixtures faced the Relics over 60’s whites who were two points behind leaders Bolton at the start of the day. At the close of play the Relics were unbeaten on the day and had made up the two points to sit in second place on goal difference. Everything left to play for on the final day of the season next month.

The first two games were frustrating for the Relics with a lot of possession and shots but not being able to turn that into goals.
Relics 0 – 0 Bolton Wanderers Blues
Preston North End 0 – 0 Relics

Next up for the Relics were Carlisle, who were still tough opponents even though they had started the day at the foot of the table. The game could have gone either way with Eddie in the Relics net pulling off some great saves.
There was controversy when, following a good passing move, Dog’s shot was parried out by the keeper back to Dog who calmly chipped over the keeper into the net, only for the ‘goal’ to be disallowed by the ref saying that Dog had been in the goal area. Decide for yourself, inside or outside the area? watch the video here and study the VAR photo below.
The Relics got the win through a penalty from Graham following a clumsy foul on Dog as he was bearing down on the Carlisle goal
Final score Carlisle 0 -1 Relics

The Relics were on top right from the start in the final game of the day against Blackpool and went 1 – 0 up early on in the game, but Blackpool kept pressing and eventually got the equaliser.
Relics got the winner from Dog following a good spell of possession and passing from the Relics.
Final score Relics 2 – 1 Blackpool

All the games were played at a really fast pace. Well done to the whole squad for solid performances in all games.
Edd (gk), Wayne, Keith S, Graham W, Ian McC, Gordon ‘Dog’, Alan Blackley, and manager Ken Buggie.

For all the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here …

A mixed bag for the over 70s league fixtures

For once, there was no rain to greet us at HeyFlood but a cool 12 Celcius temperature and a medium speed wind. The Bury Relics over 70s squad were ready for action and out in force, with a grand total of 8 players in today’s squad. Following the leagues ritual of going through safety features, Pat had to remove his diamond encrusted ring, as even the bright yellow insulation tape that was encasing it was not deemed safe enough to play with. Minus the Bling, the games commenced.

Bury Relics vs. Blackpool FC SS
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 0-0 draw.
Goal: no goals in this game.
Result, Bury Relics 0 – 0 Blackpool FC SS

Bury Relics vs. Tameside Striders Blues
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 1-0 win to Bury Relics.
Goal: Bury’s goal was scored by John W, click-here.
Result, Bury Relics 1 – 0 Tameside Striders Blues

Bury Relics vs. Rochdale AFC Strollers
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 1-0 loss to Rochdale.
Goal: a penalty goal for Rochdale, click-here.
Result, Bury Relics 0 – 1 Rochdale AFC Strollers

In summary; a mixed bag of results and play. At times there were flowing passing moves, and the goal against Tameside was excellently worked. But at other times, the play was disjointed. The feeling around the lads, was that the penalty was very harsh, with even Rochdale players agreeing. However, the ref was adamant an infringement had taken place and it was a penalty. On reflection, two inches would have given Relics three further points today, as John W hit the cross bar against Blackpool, and Tony P nearly pulled off a dramatic equalizer by hitting the upright against Rochdale. One inch lower or to the left and results would have changed from a draw and a loss to a win and a draw. That’s football as they say.

On a very positive note, it was terrific to see Jerry S turn up for the after-game brews; great to see you, Jerry. And that Stewart W is back on the road to recovery, as he watched Relics play after a training session. The players and staff did a phenomenal job on the day, as per usual, with the squad consisting of: Steady Teddy Eddy (GK), Keiren, Tex, John W, Keith B, Tony P, Pat the Cat and Wayne D. Management/staff: Ken B and Keith S.
Report, pics and videos by Dr. John.


Over 65s team looked balanced and performed well in the league

There was no need to check a weather App before this game; as I approached HeyFlood, it was raining. It was nice to see several Bury supporters had turned up in the rain, to follow and support their team. Following a safety announcement from the league officials, the games got underway. Bury Relics did not play and had some time to prepare and visualize their game plans, as the other 4 teams were playing each other. The first fixture up for the Relics was a tough one, against Corinthians.

Bury Relics vs. Manchester Corinthians
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 1-0 win to Bury Relics.
Goal: Bury’s goal was scored by Graham, click-here.
Result, Bury Relics 1 – 0 Manchester Corinthians

Bury Relics vs. Preston North End
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 0-0 draw.
Goal: no goals.
Result, Bury Relics 0 – 0 Preston North End

Bury Relics vs. Club Kingsmaid
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 2-1 loss to Kingsmaid.
Goal: Kingsmaid take the lead, click-here.
Goal: Bury equalize through John W, click-here.
Goal: Kingsmaids winning goal, click-here.
Result, Bury Relics 1 – 2 Club Kingsmaid

Bury Relics vs. Rochdale AFC Strollers
To watch extended highlights of this game, click-here.
The final result was a 3-0 win for Bury.
Goal: Graham scores for Bury, click-here.
Goal: Graham gets another for Bury, click-here.
Goal: It’s a hat trick for Graham, click-here.
Result, Bury Relics 3 – 0 Rochdale AFC Strollers

In summary; from my perspective, it was an excellent performance from the Bury over 65s side. The team looked balanced, and players complemented each other to produce several good goals and quality play throughout. The only slight downside was that both goals were conceded following freekicks. The staff and supporters did a sterling job organizing and encouraging the team in the rain, and thanks to Kodak Keith for his photos. Manager and staff: Ken B, Keith S and Keiren. Team players: Teddy Eddy (GK), Alan, Peter S, Jomo, John W and Graham. Top secret subs were Keith H and Pat the Cat, who were ready to go on if needed. Report and Videos by Dr. John.

For all the GMWFL fixtures, results and tables see the Match Centre page here …


GMWFL Autumn 2022 – Tough day for Relics over 60 Stripes

A shorter match day report than usual due to the roving reporter being in the playing squad.

A tough day for the Relics with one win and two loses leaving them at the foot of the table two points behind Wakefield. The Relics were without a few established players and had to draft Tex in as keeper at the last minute.

Relics 1 – 0 Wakefield. Relics goal scorer John Howson
Relics 0 – 2 Bolton
Ribble Valley 3 – 0 Relics

Squad: – Tex (gk), Kodak Keith (C), Pete Shev, Mark T, Watford Mark, John H, Pat , Keith B.
Manager Ken B,

Thanks to all the supporters that turned up to encourage the Relics.

For all the GMWFL Autumn fixtures, results and tables see the Match Centre page here …

Presentation Night 2023

Tickets now available – £10 each
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Presentation Night

27th January 2023 7:00pm

The date is set for the 3rd Relics Presentation Night, save the date … Friday 27th January 2023 at Radcliffe Borough, 7pm until 11:00pm.

You can expect a great night of fabulous entertainment from our resident Relics trio Hat Trick (Dr John, JoMo and Iain D), good food and good company so don’t miss out.

The event is open to all Relics players, partners, family and friends. Tickets prices and availability will be announced in due course

A concrete and resolute performance for the over 60s whites October fixtures

The night before; there was a quick tap on the smart phone and a weather app checked; it predicted only a 7% chance of precipitation and potential 50KmH wind gusts at Heywood tomorrow. On the day and on arrival, there was no rain nor was there too much wind; it was good conditions for the over 60s whites to continue their bid for promotion back to the first division. Plenty of Bury Relics supporters had turned up to support the whites and it was nice to see some players who have been missing recently while recovering from injuries.

Bury Relics vs. Bolton
The first game was against Bolton, who looked to be sporting a new bright kit that probably can be seen all the way from Mars. The starting formation was as follows: Graham up-front, Gordon and Ian in the middle, Keith S (The Wall) and Wayne at the back, and Steady Eddy in goal. Duracell Alan as a sub. The no-nonsense Ref gets the first fixture of Bolton underway, and quickly there is an attack from Bolton down the left-hand side, which results in a shot across Eddy’s goal, but wide. Then it’s a good bit of skill by Keith S, on Bury’s left, to skip past his marker and play the ball inside to Graham. Good play but the pass was just too high, and a free-kick. Then, as time elapses, Bolton turn up the heat and start to pressure the Relics but without making any clear shooting chances. This was because the Relics were stout and resolute, not giving Bolton players any opportunity to shoot or space. This culminates in a good block from Wayne, and a head-high free-kick. Bolton play the ball forward to their #10, who for the first time, makes a good turn and gains half a yard; the shot is fortunately wide. Then the Relics have a spell of possession, and a trip on Graham brings a free-kick. The free-kick is played to Graham, who wastes no time in turning and shooting. The ball is heading towards goal, bouncing several times on the way, but it is just millimetres wide past the post. Their keeper was nowhere near covering that, it would have been a great goal. Then, good play again by the Relics, The Wall makes a good interception, and plays the ball to Ian, who then plays a one-two with Graham. However, the return pass to Ian is just too far out of his reach and the ball evades Ian and out for a kick-in. Bolton go back on the attack, and that produces some great defensive work by Wayne, who sticks to their #10 as if he is his shadow. He tries to get away from Wayne, by traversing across the area but Wayne sticks with him, and there is no chance of a shot because of Wayne’s determination. Then, SOLID by the Wall again, blocking a powerful Bolton shot. The ball is played back in to their #10, who Wayne is marshalling again, and #10 tries to back Wayne into the area. Luckily, the Ref is alert to it and gives Relics possession. Then it’s the Relics turn to attack, with passes from Ian to Gordon, then to Graham, and then a shot. On this occasion, the shot is deflected for a kick-in. From the kick-in, Ian receives the ball with his back to goal, on the left, and swivels at pace to quickly shoot. The keeper reacts quickly enough to make a save but it was quick thinking and a good effort by Ian. Bolton reply by getting the ball forward to their #10, who gets a shot away but Eddy is there to save it. Their #10 is a good outlet for Bolton, and he’s having a good battle with Wayne, who again makes a block on a #10 shot. The game concludes with a 0 – 0 draw. This was the first game, so both teams were fresh and cancelled each other out a bit. Both had some half chances but nobody had an absolute clear-cut chance to score. Bolton are a fit and skilled team, so this was a good result for the Relics, who played well themselves.
Result, Bury Relics 0 – 0 Bolton

Bury Relics vs. Preston
Just prior to the beginning of the game, there is a negotiation and discussion as to who should put Bibs on to counter the white colour clash between teams. It is suggested that Preston play in skins, but after brief consideration of this, Preston decided to put on green bibs. Early in the game, a free-kick is awarded to Bury and the ball is played to Ian, who hits a very hard toe-bunger, that was traveling fast, towards to the top right-hand corner but it’s just over. Preston then attack via a skilful midfielder who tries to turn this way and that, to fool the Relics defence. But Bury intercept and attack, to win a corner. From the corner, the ball is worked back to Graham, who is now just passed the halfway line. He, surprisingly, takes a speculative shot from distance, and it turns out a good effort, just whistling past a post. Preston’s keeper might have struggled to save that if it was on target; it was well struck. There is a substitution by Preston; their Talisman Ray appears to have pulled a muscle and is replaced. The next passage of play nearly produces a goal for Preston. They make a good multi-pass move that ends up with a shot that Eddy well saves. However, his distribution out from the save is promptly intercepted and Preston get another shot away. Luckily, the 2nd shot by Preston is wide. Then, Preston’s silky midfielder gains possession and goes on a mazy run, passed 2 Relics players. It’s a great move, and he does well to take on the Relics defence. However, relief, as Eddy is quickly down to save the shot. On the subsequent Relics possession, a great ball from Ian is played to Graham, who is up-front. He takes a good shot and the keeper saves it, with the ball rebounding out of the area. In the Preston panic, a defender puts a toe into the area, which is spotted by the Ref; it’s a penalty to Bury. Our midfielder steps up and hits a low penalty, to the keepers right. On this occasion, the keeper is alert and gets down quickly to make the save. From the save, the ball is heading out of the area but the Relics player is too eager and encroaches into the area himself, trying to score the follow up. The game remained goalless. Then there is almost a delicious move by the Relics, starting with Graham playing a forward pass to Ian, who is advanced but marked. Ian holds the ball up well, delaying until he sees movement by Gordon, who had got into a shooting position. However, a Preston defender is alert enough to anticipate the pass, and intercepts. It was a nice build up by the Relics. Preston lose the ball again, and it’s another well-worked effort by the Relics. After several passes, the ball eventually arrives with Graham, who lays off to Wayne. He takes a good side-foot shot, on target, but the Preston keeper gets down to make the save. Preston responded by working the ball forward and creating a half chance for their striker to shoot; Eddy is behind it to make a comfortable save. Then comes a great goal by the Relics; Gordon receives a pass from Ian on the right side, but he has to use sublime control to skip past an opponent. He then spots Wayne free on the other side of the pitch. The pass is perfect and Wayne hits a magnificent first time shot, that arrows, low, across to the opposite side of the goal at speed. The keeper was nowhere near it, what a marvellous strike that was! The Bury supporters make a noise. Play continues and Alan makes a good move down the right-hand side and crosses the ball; good play but nobody there to make a shot. Preston go in search of an equalizer and on 3 different attacks, their possession ends up at Ray’s feet. On each occasion, he takes on a defender and tries to shoot. Luckily for the Relics, none were on target but Wayne was doing a good job of marking him, making the shots difficult. This game was more open than the previous and the Relics scored a blinding goal to win it.
Result, Bury Relics 1 – 0 Preston

Bury Relics vs. Carlisle
Carlisle kick-off and start brightly, with incisive passing giving their #2 a shooting opportunity on the left-hand side. He shoots hard and low across the goal, with Eddy scrawling to make the save. Eddy had it covered as the ball went out for a goal-kick but that was dangerous though. Duracell Alan is in the thick of the action immediately and decides to give an opponent a high-jump lesson. There was minimal contact but the Carlisle player went for an artistic dive. Everyone were laughing when someone suggested he should be called Tom Daly for his elegant dive. But it is a serious business and a free-kick to Carlisle. This comes to nothing, and Keith S plays a good ball to Gordon on the left. He changes up a gear and moves forward past a defender, to give himself space for a shot. However, the Ref is not happy at the speed of the move and it’s a running free-kick. Then great play by “The Wall” that is Keith S! Their #5 receives the ball, with Keith in close attendance, and tries to turn and shoot. Keith is stuck to him like glue, and makes a great crunching block, for the ball to go out for a corner. The acoustics of that crunch tells you the reason why Keith is called the Wall. Bury deal with the corner well, and the ball ends up at Ian’s feet in midfield. He controls the ball, and in his mind, he is thinking about keeping the ball away from his marker, whilst looking for forward passing options. He “Eagle” eyes Graham, in a bit of space up-front, and threads a magnificent ball through to him, with sublime precision. A great ball! Graham responds to that, with a sharp turn and shot. It’s close but the keeper is quickly down to make a save. Then, Carlisle attack and The Wall makes another important tackle to regain possession. This time the Relics get It forward to Ian, who shoots but it’s not accurate enough to score. Ian again is in the action, as Carlisle perform a good passing move, that leaves their #2 on the left in 3 yards of space. They get the ball to him, but Ian is alert to the danger and tries to close the shooting space down. This was probably enough to put the shooter in 2 minds, and the ball sails way over the bar. But Bury lose possession quickly and Carlisle play a good one-two, getting their #7 up-front in space, who turns on a sixpence and puts in a good shot that just misses wide. That was close and dangerous. A free-kick to Bury and the ball is played to Graham, who hits a tremendous shot, that their keeper just manages to save. On the subsequent Carlisle attack, they score but it’s a scruffy and horrible goal to concede from a Relics perspective. Initially, a needless foul is given away by the Relics in midfield, which incidentally put the Relics on 3 fouls. Then, from the freekick, it was ping-pong between the Relics defenders and the Carlisle players. Eventually, the ball reaches their #7, who rifles a shot from distance, through a crowd of players and past Eddy into the goal. Eddy did not have the time to respond, as there were lots of players obstructing his view. Their #7 hit it sweetly but the build-up was a scramble and the Relics should have cleared; 1-0 to Carlisle. Carlisle attack again after the restart, and it’s their #2 who is in acres of space on the Relics left. He’s shouting for the ball and he gets the pass, but the Wall gets close enough to him, to put him off his shot. Eddy passes out to Graham, who plays the ball off to Gordon on the left, with space in front of him. However, like earlier, the Ref adjudges Gordon to have run to reach the ball. On the line, there is now a bit of nervous panic, as we had counted 4 fouls, but alas, all was good as one of the earlier offence must not have been counted. A touch of fortune there, we got away with one. And the good fortune continues as in the next passage of play, one of the Carlisle players steps into the penalty area, by a good foot. Well spotted Ref, and Graham steps up to take the penalty. It’s an excellent penalty, low, to the keepers right. The keeper had gambled and gone the opposite way. And that concludes the action from that game. Carlisle had more shots than Bury that I would term dangerous but Bury kept on going and eventually that paid off.
Result, Bury 1 – 1 Carlisle

Bury Relics vs. Blackpool
From the kick-off, Bury are quickly on the attack and create a chance to shoot, but it’s ricochets out for a corner. “Oh, I Say! What a great goal!” Ian runs over to take the corner and quickly spots Graham in space on the edge of the area, unmarked. He then swiftly delivers an astute, low and hard corner across the area that is hit first time by Graham. It arrows into the net, past a hapless Blackpool goalkeeper, who had not yet set himself for the corner. Blackpool were completely unprepared for that corner, and Ian and Graham’s quick thinking and execution gave the Relics a 1-0 lead. Blackpool try to immediately reply that starts with an interception by their #7. This gives them an opportunity on the right-hand side and the shot is made, but Eddie’s gets down to save with his feet. It’s a good save, and it looks like he has super and sublime brain capacity as the ball is catapulted at pace, perfectly, to Graham’s feet, as if he had played that on purpose. In any case, it looked great. Then there is a good passage of play that includes passing between Ian, Graham and finally Duracell Alan, who has the space to shoot; he does so and it looks to be heading into the top corner, but it just goes too high and wide. Not a goal but a good effort nonetheless from the industrious Duracell. Head-height freekick and on Blackpool’s next attack, Graham manages to intercept but he is surrounded by Blackpool men, so he passes it back to Eddy but the pace on the pass takes it out for a corner. Bury now show their resilience by not giving a Blackpool 1 inch of room or clear path to goal. However, a Blackpool midfielder works a yard of space, just past the halfway line, and hits a low and powerful shot on the outside of his right foot. The ball whistles past the post at high velocity and it is questionable whether Eddy could have saved that if it was on target; that was a good effort from a long way out. As the Relics regain possession and attack, a shot is deflected and trickles through to their goalkeeper. However, the keeper is not careful enough with his subsequent distribution and only finds Graham with his throw-out. Graham is clean through, one on one with the keeper and tries one of his typical finishes. This involves bamboozling the keeper with a faint, which makes the keeper go to ground, and either dink the ball over the top, or side step the keeper to score into an empty net. On this occasion the dink finish was selected, but unfortunately it was just too close to the keeper. That was close and a good effort by Graham, who’s bright alertness gave him the chance to begin with. And the keeper plays another risky ball out for Blackpool, and Graham uses intricate skill to bring a difficult interception under control; he then passes to Gordon, who expertly lays the ball into the path of an onrushing Wayne, but his first-time shot is sliced out for a kick-in. The subsequent passage of play results in a sucker punch to the Relics. Their big #24 comes on as a sub, and from the kick-in, a ball is played to his feet up-front, with one Relics defender behind him. He’s a big strong lad and uses his strength and long reach to turn wide of his marker and gain half a yard, and to hit a low and powerful shot across Eddy and into the goal. The turn and shot happened in a split second of time and, to be fair, it was a terrific goal for Blackpool. Eddy had no chance. That evened the score at 1-1. Then striker #24 is at it again, but this time Wayne is fully plugged in and switched on, to make a vital block on the strikers shot. Great defending! Bury now pour forward, looking for a winner but it’s Blackpool who turn possession over, and are on the attack with 3 attackers vs. 2 Bury defenders. The Blackpool midfielder selects to play a square ball, to #24 striker in space, who hits a powerful effort, high over Eddy and makes the goal posts look like a tuning fork, from impact reverberation. The Refs gives head height but if a bit lower, it was 2-1 to Blackpool. We were now under the Cosh a bit as this time the #24 striker turns provider and lays it off to a midfielder, who hits a good shot that Eddy is equal to, and makes a good save. Bury lose possession again, and it’s their #24 again, who receives the ball and is faced by Ian. He does not give an inch of space, and blocks the strikers shot; more stern and good defending by the Relics. The final moments see the Relics on the attack, searching for an elusive winner. It begins with a shot from Graham, and Bury winning a head-height free-kick, which sets up a pattern of play. I can picture an alarm clock and Bill Murray waking up; Bury were awarded 4 free-kicks in succession, all for head-height, where the free-kick was laid off and someone would hit a shot, which would be blocked for another head high free-kick and so on. The Ground Hog day ends with a final free-kick that nearly produces a goal. The ball is played back to Graham, who rifles a shot that deflects off a defender again, but this time the direction is low to the keepers right. It’s going in but the Blackpool keeper redeems himself from earlier with an excellent save to his right, palming the ball wide of the post, following an agile dive. Bury were very close to scoring then but for a fantastic save. That was the last action of the day, a good game and probably a fair result of 1-1.
Result, Bury Relics 1 – 1 Blackpool

The team for the day was: Eddy in goal, Keith S (The Wall), Graham, Wayne, Ian, Gordon and Alan B. The management: Ken and Keiren. Thank you to Kodak Keith for the pictures. Report by Dr. John.


Over 70s win two and lose one to go three points clear at the top

Due to other commitments, both intrepid Bury Relic news reporters were not present, so others kindly provided the information on what was a very good day for the Bury Relics over 70s team.

The results and scorers were as follows:

Bury Relics 2 – 0 Blackpool (Goal scorers were John W and John M).

Bury Relics 4 – 0 Tameside (Goal scorers were John W x2, John M and Keiren T).

Bury Relics 0 – 2 Rochdale

Dave M’s concise summary of the day’s events (Thank you, Dave);
Will add some dialect. Under grey skies and persistent drizzle, the Relics brought some sunshine to proceedings with a victory over Blackpool more emphatic than the score line of 2 – 0 suggests, thanks to goals from the midfield dynamos Jomo and Woggy. This good performance transferred to the second game against Tameside, with a complete performance throughout the team to register a 4 – 0 win. Woggy and Jomo were again amongst the scorers with Kieran also getting on the scoresheet.  With legs getting heavy in the third game against a good Rochdale side, a third win proved a step too far, resulting in a 2 -0 defeat. Overall, some good football was played, with all players making a contribution.

Team on the day was as follows: Eddy in goal, Keiren T, John W, Dave M, John M, Tex, Pete A and Tony P. Team management came from Ken and Keith S. Thank you to Kodak Keith for the great photos and video.  


Video of Bury play and Keiren T’s goal click-here