Dave Seel

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

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 Great Escape

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.