Training and Friendlies to resume.

Following the latest Government announcements  regarding grassroots sports we are now in the happy position of resuming our walking football activities from the 3rd December.

Training will resume at Radcliffe Borough on Friday 4th December 2020 at 10am – 11am and at Goshen on Tuesday 8th December 2020 12:30 – 13:30
The 2nd round of games in the Tri-Team Tournament with Maccabi and Salcom will commence again on Thursday 10th December at 11am at Maccabi.

GMWFL Announcement. COVID 19 Update

The GMWFL has issued the following email regarding resumption of league games in 2021

With the governments new tier system in force until AT LEAST 31st March 2021 there will be no full league programme that month, unless the restrictions are lifted. If not, hopefully we can start in April but even that is by no means certain. However, with vaccines available shortly the long term future outlook is now more positive.
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 in the present regulations this isn’t allowed.
It could be that for the Spring 2021 season, we run a local league, in the three age categories 60+, 65+ and 70+, for teams in the Greater Manchester tier, i.e. Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. This would need to be run on a team home and away basis in order to reduce the numbers at each fixture to an acceptable level.
However we will monitor the situation and obviously keep all clubs informed. Thank you for your support and in the absence of our normal presentations in December have  a good Christmas and New Year.

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.

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.”

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

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.

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.

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.

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.