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6th October 2020

Tri-Team Tournament Kicks Off

The first day of the monthly mini tournament between The Relics, Maccabi and Salcom took place today (6th October 2020) with each club fielding two teams. The games took place in a good spirit but in atrocious weather with heavy rain throughout the day.

Relics Whites8 – 0 Maccabi B
Relics Blues2 – 1 Relics Whites
Maccabi A2 – 1 Maccabi B
Maccabi A0 – 0 Salcom A
Relics Blues2 – 0 Salcom B
Salcom A2 – 1 Salcom B
  PWDLFAGDPTS
1Relics Blues22004136
2Maccabi A21102114
3Salcom A21102114
4Relics Whites21019273
5Salcom B200214-30
6Maccabi B2002110-90

1st October 2020

More friendly fixtures

With regards to the league there will be NO further competition until at least March next year (2021) due to CoronaVirus.
With this in mind we have agreed with Maccabi and Salcom teams that we will play our own friendly competition (between the three of us ) once a month all games played at Goshen starting next Tuesday 6th October kick off at our normal time 12:30pm.
We will run it as a sort of league with all the results ongoing being accumulated  and produce a league table at the end.
Also we are looking to book in a small number of other friendly games starting with Manchester Corinthians on Tuesday October 20th played at Goshen again at our normal time 12:30pm.


28th September 2020

2020 Autumn League Cancelled

On 25th September 2020 the GMWFL finally cancelled the 2020 Autumn League fixtures. The decision came after a couple of months of will we – won’t we speculation and means that there has been no competitive league games in 2020.
The GMWFL stated … “With the latest lockdown news from the government we have to be realistic and reluctantly accept that there will be no league fixtures this year. Hopefully the situation will change and we can go ahead with the 2021 Spring league in all age categories. We have all lost a years participation in a sport we have come to love and for some of us that’s a disaster.”


24th September 2020

Double top for the Relics in Maccabi mini tournament

The Relics entered two teams into the Maccabi mini tournament which also included two teams from Maccabi and two teams from Salcom. The Relics finished first and second in the league, both teams were unbeaten, and both teams didn’t concede a goal.
Well done to all the Relics players who took part.
Relics Blues – Won 4, Drew 1 – Gaz, Tony G, Tex, Keiran, Dave M, John W, Graham, Jerry.
Relics Whites – Won 3, Drew 2 – Eddy, Bob, Pete S, Keith S, JoMo, Andy Rich, Keith B, Keith H.
And a special mention to the Relics that helped out Maccabi – Andy D, Pete A, Pat, And refs Keiran & Ken.
Photos Copyright Keith Hayes


8th September 2020

GMWFL Update. 2020 Autumn Season.

The GMWFL has issued the following information.

Following discussions with the public health team at Rochdale Borough Council and the continued addition local measures in place in the Rochdale Borough a decision has been made to cancel all October fixtures in the GMWFL. The safety and wellbeing of all players being key at this time. We will review the position in October for a shortened season in November and December but it now looks highly unlikely that this will happen. Let’s hope that things improve in time for the Spring season in 2021. We will update you further in October.


4th September 2020

Training returns at Radcliffe

The Relics enjoyed a long awaited return to training at Radcliffe Boro’s Neuven Stadium training pitches. It was traditional Friday training weather … rain! but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Relics players who really enjoyed the return and the banter in the tea room afterwards even without Jaffa cakes.


5th August 2020

Friendlies Arranged

The first games at our new home at Goshen have been arranged, The Relics will play hosts to Maccabi Old Codgers on two dates later this month. The first games will be played on Tuesday 11th August 2020 with the re-match on Tuesday 25th August. Kick Off is 11am on both dates.


4th August 2020

GMWFL Restart Update. 2020 Autumn Season in jeopardy.

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) has sent an email to all clubs regarding the restart of the league for the 2020 Autumn season which is due to start in September. The text of the email is below.

The Heywood Sports Village are running a phased return programme of all activities and at the moment the 3G facility still isn’t open for competitive walking football. We feel that any form of a league restart in September is now highly unlikely and hopefully we will have more news in the next few weeks. The current restrictions in the Greater Manchester and East Lancashire areas haven’t helped matters either.

There is a meeting of League Officers on 9th September and we are still hopeful of running some sort of league competitions for all age categories starting in October.


14th July 2020

The Boys are back in town …

A great turnout by the Relics players (including a welcome return from Charlie Nangle) greeted the return of training (temperature checked and socially distanced of course) at our new home at Goshen after a four month lock down due to COVID-19. Everyone was impressed with the 3G pitch and facilities and it was great to get together again and have a kick around.


13th June 2020

It’s nearly a Go for Goshen …

Bury FC The Trust will manage the new 3G all weather pitch at Goshen sports field, and as they have now been handed the keys they invited us down to view the facilities.

As you can see from the video below, it looks great, and boss Keiran, and coach Ken look very pleased with it, the lads gave it a thumps up too.

The FA will be attending on 1st July to oversee a trial day and check for health and safety issues and processes and procedures for coming out of the COVID 19 lock down, we are then hoping to get approval to start using the facility in mid July.

We have booked our training slot for Tuesdays 11am to 12 noon (replacing the sessions at Castle Leisure Centre), and we will also be using it for friendlies and competitions.


10th May 2020

Quiz 6 – Answers
Here are the answers to the week 6 quiz. Its the last one for a while, we hope you have enjoyed taking part.
Thanks to everyone that took part, the overall winner was Tony G.


3rd May 2020

Quiz 6 – Final Quiz.
Here is this weeks quiz, the last one, its a hard one so get your thinking caps on and no googling! Answers by Saturday 9th May 2020.

Last weeks Quiz 5 Answers. 23 – Newcastle and Plymouth; 24 – Gianluigi Buffon; 25 – Cesar Azpilicueta; 26 – Duncan Ferguson; 27 – Linfield and Glentoran; 28 – Eric Cantona; 29 – Derby County; 30 – Stoke City; 31 – Hearts of Midlothian; 32 – John Terry; 33 – West Ham United; 34 – West Germany; 35 – Kevin Philips (Sunderland – 1999-2000); 36 – Roots Hall (Southend United); 37 – San Siro; 38 – Peter Shilton; 39 – Colombia; 40 – Norman Whiteside; 41 – (a) Crewe Alexandra (b) Bury FC (c) Bristol Rovers (d) West Bromwich Albion; 42 – Yellow Submarine (their nickname is El Submarino Amarillo, The Yellow Submarine); 43 – Neville Southall; 44 – David Beckham (in 2009); 45 – Santos


1st May 2020

Announcement from GMWFL on Twitter


1st May 2020

Proud to be a Relic (written by John Morris)

Written by John Morris

26th April 2020

Quiz – Week 5

Here are this weeks brain teasers, answers to be submitted by Saturday 2nd May.

Week 4 Answers.
Pictures:- 1 – Lady Penelope; 2 – Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli; 3 – Madonna; 4 – Julia Roberts & Nicolas Cage; 5 – Kenny Everett; 6 – Violin; 7 – Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeplin; 8 – Kelly’s Heroes; 9 – 1929; 10 – Number 11; 11 – Age Before Beauty.
Questions:- 12 – Dandelion; 13 – Hat; 14 – Middle of the Road; 15 – Sweden; 16 – Cambodia; 17 – Fly; 18 – Austria; 19 – A Moron; 20 – Wear it (Its a hat); 21 – I Love You; 22 – Marlon Brando; 23 – Water; 24 – Denmark; 25 – True; 26 – Clowder; 27 – Loofah


25th April 2020

A message from the GMWFL.

“A seventy plus strong group meeting for five hours every single week stopped dead in its tracks. Leagues shut down, Venues mothballed. Walking footballers who discovered this new game just a few short years ago will feel the sense of ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ time keener than most. All footballing is finite but when you’re into your sixth, seventh and eighth decade you know that you’re in extra time already. Clock ticking. Nobody wants to be on hold for very long. Two weeks away on holiday can be keenly felt by some.

The cause? A pernicious killer that’s escaped out of a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan (a city of ten million people I’d never heard of before) to threaten not just our game – trivial in comparison, I guess – but to disrupt (or worse) the lives of those that had been playing it to keep healthy, to stave off the ageing process.

Lockdown means locked out. Of a world you’d come to quite like. A world of familiar faces, of some jovial banter and light hearted associations. Pounds piling on. Sure some try to keep up a modicum of exercise and mobility, but how many get truly breathless like they do when playing a strenuous walking game?

We adapt. Paint the fence, or a door, dig the garden and make our period of ‘house arrest’ as productive as possible but without the structure of an organised walking football week we find the thought ‘what day is it?’ entering our heads more often. Weekends come and go. Not quite as quickly as they once did.

No Saturday and Sunday diversion from the ‘proper’ game to occupy our thoughts. The trainers start to gather dust, the plans you’d made go further and further onto the back burner, no end in sight yet and who knows when? The creative thinkers try to find ways of engaging, now the ball isn’t doing the talking. Old photographs to jog the memory, words from yesterday and many days before when the cares we have today didn’t remotely feature anywhere in our collective consciousness.

You might start to see the efforts of teammates trying to make you laugh with videos and jokes online. Sometimes they succeed, other times Tumbleweed appears in a mental image and blows down a deserted main street in my mind. But thank goodness for ‘online’. Where would we be without it?

We say ‘keep well’ and ‘stay well’ when such sentiments went unspoken in the very recent past. Most are genuinely concerned about their contemporaries, some of whom, maybe most, have underlying conditions which make them more vulnerable to Covid-19. Because that’s what this is all about. We should be nervous, even afraid.

One day we’ll be back in our groups all over these islands, until then we’ll grin and bear the lack of a game. I feel much more sorry for housebound children missing THEIR friends and their education. Parents who will be worrying about wages, mortgages and paying that big bill that’s just arrived. And of course, the catastrophic loss of life. Lost to this pernicious killer disease that came out of a bloody ‘wet’ market in a place I’d never heard of.

Let’s count our blessings eh? Walking football won’t be going anywhere apart from coming back. One day. We can wait, a little while at least.”


19th April 2020

Quiz – Week 4
A mixture of picture and general knowledge items to get the grey matter moving this week.
Answers by Saturday 25th April 2020

Quiz 3 answers: – 1 – Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson, Roy Hodgson, Neil Warnock; 2 – Brighton & Crystal Palace; 3 – Bournemouth, Burnley, Watford; 4 – Dundee United; 5 – Gary Lineker; 6 – World Cup Willie; 7 – Wolverhampton Wanderers; 8 – Charlton (1998/99), Bolton (2011/12), Hull City (2016/17); 9 – Kevin Campbell; 10 – Denis Law (1964), Bobby Charlton (1966), George Best (1968), Cristiano Ronaldo (2008); 11 – Dugouts; 12 – Bayern Munich; 13 – The figures are female; 14 – 3, in 1974, 1978, & 1994; 15 – Benfica; 16 – Roy Evans (in 1987); 17 – Rugby League; 18 – Lev Yashin; 19 – Evo-Stik; 20 – Gordon Strachan; 21 – Mike Ashley; 22 – Lee Bowyer & Kieron Dyer


12th April 2020

Quiz – Week 3

Here is this weeks Boredom Buster

1 – As of December 2018, name the four football managers to manage in the Premier League at the age of over 70?
2 – Which two clubs play in the M23 derby?
3 – In the 2018/19 Premier League, starting with the lowest, which three clubs had the smallest stadium capacities?
4 – Which British team defeated Barcelona both home and away in a 1966/67 European Cup competition and also reached the semi-final of the 1984 European Cup?
5 – Who once said: “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win”?
6 – If it was Naranjito in 1982, and Juanito in 1970, what was it in 1966?
7 – Billy Wright, the first footballer in the world to earn 100 international caps, spent his whole career at which club?
8 – Three teams have sat at the top of the Premier League only to be relegated in the same season; can you name them?
9 – Name the top Premier League goalscorer to never have been capped for his country? (Hint: he now has a son named Tyrese playing for Stoke City)
10 – Four Manchester United players have won the European Footballer of the Year award; can you name them?
11 – What was introduced for the first time by trainer Donald Colman in the 1920’s at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen?
12 – As of 2017, which European football club has supplied a player in the starting line-up of every World Cup final since 1982?
13 – What’s different about the recently launched limited edition Subbuteo table football set featuring Arsenal and Chelsea teams?
14 – England first entered the Football World Cup in 1950; how many tournaments have they failed to qualify for since then?
15 – Name the football club with which Jose Mourinho first became a top-tier manager?
16 – Jamie Carragher made his first team debut for Liverpool under which manager?
17 – Ryan Giggs is the new Wales football manager, but in which sport was his father Danny Wilson a Welsh international?
18 – Which Russian footballer, nicknamed the “Black Panther”, is widely regarded as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the sport?
19 – Which adhesive manufacturer sponsors two English association football leagues at levels 7-8 of the English football league system?
20 – Can you name the only footballer born before 1960 to score a Premier League hat-trick (Hint: The Premier League was founded in 1992)?
21 – Which retail billionaire became the owner of Newcastle United in 2007?
22 – in 2005, which two Newcastle United team-mates were sent off for fighting against each other in United’s Premiership match with Aston Villa?

Answers to be submitted by Saturday 18th April

Quiz 2 Answers:- A – Aguero; B – Darren Bent; C – Andy Cole; D – Defoe; E – Euell; F – Fowler; G – Gerrard; H – Henry; I – Ince; J – Andy Johnson; K – Kane; L – Lampard; M – Mane; N – Nolan; O – Owen; P – Phillips; Q – Quinn; R – Rooney; S – Shearer; T – Torres; U – Unsworth; V – Van Persie; W – Wright; X – Xhaka; Y – Yorke; Z – Zola.


5th April 2020

Quiz 2 Time

Time to get those brain cells working again with this weeks quiz …

If Shearer is ‘S’ can you name the top Premier League goal scorers for each letter of the alphabet?
Answers by Saturday 11th April

Last weeks Quiz 1 Answers:-
1 – Anton Griezmann; 2 – Neymar; 3 – Andres Iniesta; 4 – Christiano Ronaldo; 5 – Toni Kroos; 6 – Lionel Messi; 7 – Harry Kane; 8 – Paul Pogba; 9 – Mohamed Salah; 10 – Luka Modric; 11 – David Sivla; 12 – Eden Hazard; 13 – Sadio Mane; 14 – Christian Ericsson; 15 – Keisuke Honda; 16 – Ricardo Quaresma; 17 – Mesut Ozil; 18 – Robert Lewandowski; 19 – Tim Cahill; 20 – Angel Di Maria; 21 – Thibaut Courtois; 22 – Luis Suarez; 23 – Gylfi Sigurdsson; 24 – Ilkay Gundogan … and we still don’t know what the pink splodge was!


29th March 2020

Quiz Time

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

Coronavirus update.
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

Presentation Night

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.

Over 60’s Player of the year – Graham Walton
Players Player of the year – John Wardle
Over 65’s Player of the year – John Morris
JoMo and Dr John
Over 70’s Player of the year – Bob Daniels
… and Keith Hayes playing …er … something

The Relics over 70’s team that staged the great escape.
John Wardle scores the last minute penalty that keeps the Relics in Division 1

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.


7th February 2019

Walking Football Update from Bury FC

The new year has seen continued growth in numbers at our walking football sessions, run in partnership with Bury SAPAS. The walking football sessions are headed up on the SAPAS side by former Bury FC player Lee Buggie, who has worked tirelessly to continue to grow and develop the session along with his army of volunteers.

More details on the Bury FC website.

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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.


15th Feb 2018

Walking football Relics score with new sponsorship deal.

Walking Football sessions for Bury’s over-50s are leading to success both on and off the pitch.
Open to all, the sessions take place at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury every Tuesday from 11.15am to noon and are proving a big hit with residents.
A number of the regular players formed a team called Bury Relics to compete in Greater Manchester’s walking football league. They have now received a boost from Rock Healthcare, who have sponsored a full kit that both the 60-plus and 65-plus sides will wear.

Full story here … My News Desk

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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

Take up walking football, you could be top of the league – My News Desk also Your Local Bury

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