Manchester League: Over 60’s draw, Over 65’s win

The Relics Over 60’s and Over 65’s had their first games in the Manchester League on 15th April 2021. The match reports are below.
for all the Manchester League details see the Match Centre page here…

Relics Over 60’s 2 – Club Kingsmaid 2
A terrific game saw a very strong Club Kingsmaid team come back twice to snatch a draw against the Relics.
The Relics took the lead mid-way through the first half with a penalty from Graham W who’s shot just squeezed under the keeper. Club Kingsmaid equalised early in the second half but The Relics went ahead again with another goal from Graham W. Club Kingsmaid scored their second equaliser with a low shot into the bottom right corner. Gaz S had a great game pulling off a string of great saves, and The Relics could have snatched it at the death with a great through ball from Pete Shev that found Andy R free but his shot went the wrong side of the post.
Relics: Gaz S, Tony G, Andy R, Andy Q, Keith S, Pete Shev, Graham W. Manager: Keiran

Relics Over 65’s 1 – Bolton Arena 0
The Relics over 65’s started their Manchester League campaign with a win against Bolton Arena. The Relics were the better team throughout and the winning margin should have been more.
The Relics took an early lead with a fantastic strike from John W from the left hand side of the area into the top right corner of the Bolton goal, the keeper had no chance, great goal. However the game didn’t go entirely the Relics way as it took a brilliant diving penalty save from Gaz S to keep the Relics clean sheet, while a penalty miss from Graham W at the other end with the Bolton keeper pulling off another fine penalty save kept the Relics down to a one goal margin.
Relics: Gaz S, Tex, John C, Keith H, Bob D, John W, John M. Manager: Dave M

Over 60’s and 65’s Kick Off in Manchester League

The Relics over 60’s and over 65’s start their Manchester League campaigns on Thursday 15th April at Heywood Sports Village.

The over 60’s kick off at 11:00am against Club Kingsmaid, the over 65’s kick off at 12:00 noon against Bolton Arena.

Games will be 20 minutes each way, with a half time break.

Relics squads for the opening games
Over 60’s
Gaz S (GK)
Tony G
Keith S
Pete Shev
Andy Q
Andy Rich (C)
Graham W


Over 65’s
Gas S (GK)
Tex
Bob D
John C
John W
John M
Graham W (C)
Keith H

Apologies to everyone that was hoping to attend to support The Relics, but please note that the latest FA COVID guidance states that no spectators are allowed on private land. The GMWFL has checked with Heywood Sports Village and has confirmed that fact.

Note that The Relics over 70’s start their season on 29th April.

For more on the Manchester League see the Match Centre page here

Good Luck Relics #UTR

Tri-Team Tournament – Match Day 3

Another good day for the Relics teams in the Tri-Team Tournament.

At the start of the day the Relics Blues were top of the table, 3 points ahead of the Relics Whites.
The games were played in a good spirit as usual, but this was spoiled in the Maccabi A v Salcom A game where two players were sent off (one from each team) for aggressive behaviour. This sort of behaviour is not welcome at any level of football, and certainly not something that this tournament is about.
Both the Relics teams Blues and Whites were unbeaten in their two games on the day.
The Whites won both their games and the Blues won one and drew one, which means that the Blues still top the table, with the Whites now snapping at their heals only one point behind and with a superior goal difference. All is still to play for.
Stewart W scored the winner for the Whites in the opening game and added another in the second game. Andy R scoring the other goal for the Whites in the second game.
Keith S, Andy Q, and John W scored for the Blues in their win over Maccabi B, with Bob D getting a rare goal in the 1 – 1 draw against Salcom B.
Well done to all the Relics players,
Whites:- Eddie, Pete Shev, John C, Tex, Stewart W, Keith H, And R
Blues:- Gaz, Tony G, Keith S, Bob D, John W, Graham W, Andy Q
Special mention for player of the day again, – Pat – who played in goal for Maccabi B and was outstanding, making some great saves in both their games.
Also special mention to John H, who played for Maccabi A and to referee Keiran.

For all results and league table click here

Manchester League – Fixtures Announced

The fixtures for the GMWFL Spring / Summer 2021 Local Manchester League have been released.

The Relics over 60’s open their campaign on 15th April at 11:00am against Club Kingsmaid.
The Over 65’s kick off on the same day at 12:00 against Bolton Arena, and the over 70’s start on 29th April at 11:00am against Manchester Senior Citizens.
All matches are to be played at Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood. OL10 4TW

All The Relics fixtures and more information can be found on the Match Centre page.
The complete Manchester League fixture list is here

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
> 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.