Fixtures and Training update

Three bits of good news for a change,

We can now confirm the dates for the restart of training, the next round of the tri-team tournament, and the 2021 Spring / Summer Manchester League.

> Training restarts at Goshen on Tuesday 30th March at 12:30pm until 13:30pm
> Training restarts at Radcliffe on Thursday 1st April 10:00am until 11:00am.
Note Thursday is a one-off due to Friday 2nd being a bank holiday, training at Radcliffe reverts back to Fridays from 9th April

Tri-team tournament
> The next round of the Tri-team tournament is confirmed for Thursday 8th April 11:00am to 12:30pm at Maccabi. More information on the Tri-team Tournament can be found on the Match Centre page here

Manchester League
> Due to issues with FA registration and Insurance the proposed home and away format of the league has been changed to all games being played at Heywood Sports Village.
The League will run from Thursday 15th April to Thursday 8th July. Fixtures will be issued in due course.
More information, teams, fixtures, results and tables can be found on the Match Centre page here

Manchester League Progress

The GMWFL is making progress with Manchester League and expect to issue the first fixtures within a week or so.

10 teams have entered the over 60s, 10 in the over 65s and 4 in the over 70s, which are ideal numbers at this present time.

The 60s and 65s categories will play in two groups of 5, the draw to allocate teams to groups will be completed shortly.

In the over 60s and over 65s groups the group winners will play a Cup Final and the group runners up will play a Plate Final.

The over 70s will be just league winners and runners up.

The Relics has entered 1 team into each of the over 60’s, over 65’s and over 70’s age groups and are really excited about getting started again after a long lay off.

GMWFL 2021 Spring season cancelled

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) has cancelled the Spring 2021 season due to the COVID situation. In an email to all clubs the GMWFL stated …

The GMWF Spring League 2021 will not go ahead due the pandemic and the uptake of vaccinations eventually going into May and possibly June. We are very optimistic about the future and the plans are to run the Autumn League starting in September, when hopefully all players will have received the vaccination and the situation is more under control.

We look forward to welcoming back the teams from further afield who last played in the Spring Over 60s 2020 league and the older 65s and 70s age categories from the Autumn 2019 League.

A local Manchester League is planned starting in mid April on a home and away basis. We have 23 Manchester based teams from 9 separate clubs in the three age categories who have committed to this temporary league.

Manchester League Taking Shape

Due to COVID restrictions and the number of players / officials / spectators that will be on site at Heywood on each game day it’s not possible to run the normal league fixtures at the moment.

The proposal from the GMWFL is to organise a Spring / early Summer league for Manchester based teams only playing games on a home and away basis.

GMWFL has enrolled 10 teams for the over 60’s, 9 teams for the over 65’s, and 4 teams for the over 70’s. The Relics has entered one team in each age group.

Discussions on league formats, game duration times, and frequency are still ongoing. Fixtures are anticipated to start in April.

Updates will be posted when available.

Restart Update

Training, Tri-Team Tournament, and GMWFL restart update …

As you will know by now the government announcements allow us to restart our training sessions, we have had confirmation that Goshen will be available to us from Tuesday 30th March for our normal time of 12:30.
We are hoping that Radcliffe Borough will be available on Friday 2nd April (despite this being good Friday) normal time 10:00am. This is to be confirmed.

Tri-Team Tournament:
Maccabi and Salcom have been contacted about the restart of our tri-team tournament on Thursday 8th April at Maccabi, but again this will be confirmed to everyone when this has been agreed.

Just to give you all a heads up, the Greater Manchester Walking Football League are trying to organise a competition between all the local teams (Manchester only ) in various age groups i.e. Over 60’s, Over 65’s, and Over 70’s, these will be played on a home and away basis and again we will keep everyone informed as soon as I get more information.

Fingers crossed all this will come to fruition as we are all missing our gatherings a lot.

GMWFL AGM and 2021 Spring Season Update

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) has issued the following email to all clubs.

The GMWFL AGM which was due to be held next month is obviously not going to be possible due to the current restrictions. With the outlook still uncertain, we will delay the AGM until possibly the Spring/early Summer when hopefully the restrictions cease. If not, we will hold a virtual AGM in 2021 and the normal physical AGM in early 2022.

Regarding the 2021 Spring leagues, it looks almost certain that there will be no lifting of restrictions in March, possibly April and even May. We are constantly monitoring future dates for a resumption of the various leagues and with the vaccinations now being administered, we are optimistic that in a few months time we will be able to resume at least some league action.

The problem at the Heywood Sports Village is in the numbers attending each league session. normally with ten teams at each weekly session, with players, referees and spectators this can be up to one hundred people and when the maximum number restriction will be lifted is anybody’s guess.

We will keep you advised as and when we have any further news.

50th Anniversary Congratulations.

They did it!, well done and massive congratulations to Relics player Dave Morris and his wife Denise who celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on 23rd January.
Back in 1971, the wedding reception was at Swinton, where they probably danced to Grandad by Clive Dunn which was number 1, and maybe T Rex – Ride a White Swan and Dave Edmonds – I Hear You Knocking before honeymooning in York.
Dave may have been keeping an eye on the football scores where Man City beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 4th round of the FA Cup.
They have 3 children Dominic, Helen, and Sally and 6 grandchildren Polly, Rosa, George, Jude, Lara and Daniel.
Congratulations from all at The Relics.

GMWFL 2020 Review & 2021 Preview

The Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) has published a review of the 2020 seasons and a look forward to 2021.

The review covers the disappointment of having to cancel both 2020 seasons (Spring and Autumn). It also remembers players that have sadly passed away during 2020 including Bury Relic’s Dave Seel who died on 19th January 2020.

The 2021 preview covers the expectations of the 2021 restart once again being frustrated by coronavirus and the uncertainty of when league games will resume.
The full report can be found here … GMWFL 2020 / 2021 Review

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