GMWFL – COVID and Defibrillator update.

The GMWFL has issued the following statements regarding COVID and Defibrillators.

Following guidance from Rochdale Public Health, due to rising cases of the new Delta variant in the region, all players, officials and spectators attending  the GMWFL sessions at Heywood Sports Village must bring with them a negative lateral flow test result taken within a period of 24hrs prior to the session starting (Void results will not be accepted).  

You can either show your test result on your mobile phone or bring the test kit showing a negative result. These free lateral flow tests can be done on home kits which are now available at a wide range of outlets/pharmacies or at a local lateral flow test centre.

On match days please let Paul Gardner have your team sheet and he will then tick off each person attending as they present their negative test result. Anyone not producing a test kit result will not be allowed in the fenced area be it players, managers, referees or officials. This will continue for all sessions in the league.

In light of the recent cardiac emergency with Christian Eriksen, a discussion has taken place regarding defibrillators.

Important Message From The GMWFL Chairman Paul Gardner:

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the first aid procedures in place at Heywood sports village. Bill is correct in pointing out that Heywood sports village  have a defibrillator in the building and the staff are first aid trained. I also have a defibrillator which I take to all the league sessions, this is either on the pitch with me or if bad weather in the boot of my car (which I can access very quickly if required). 

I am fully first aid trained which also includes the use of the defibrillator (I also carry a  face shield that I can use if CPR is required). 
Before the start of every session I collect  a two way radio from the office in the main building, so if required I can contact the staff in the main building instantly for assistance or emergency support.

I hope that this reassures everyone attending that we put the safety of all of users as our highest priority.

Thank you, Paul

The Walking Football Association – Pharmacy2U National Cup First Round

The Relics have entered an over 65’s team into The WFA National Cup. The is a first for the Relics and an exciting prospect for the Relics players.

Since its inception in 2014, the tournament has grown each year and 2021 will see 235 teams and almost 3500 players, in the 3 age groups, enjoy the competitive side of this unique sport. That represents a 30% increase from last time. The current over 65’s cup holders are Birmingham.

The first round is split regionally, there are 11 teams in the North West / North East section The Relics have been drawn away against Winstanley Walkers (near Wigan). The game is to be played on Sunday 11th July 2021, kick off 2:30pm.

The full North West / North East draw is …


Manchester League – over 65’s 10th June – Relics go top

The Relics over 65’s faced Manchester Senior Citizens in a top of the table clash. At the start of the day The Citizens were ahead of the Relics on goal difference and with a game in hand.
In warm overcast conditions Gaz in the Relics net made some great saves but was pipped to the man of the match award by Pete Shev who made some timely tackles at the back and set up the attack up with some pin point passes out of defence.
The Relics were too strong for the Citizens and came out 2 – 0 winners. A win that lifts the Relics into a strong position at the top of the Group B table.
Thanks to Keith H for the photos.

Relics 2 – Manchester Senior Citizens 0
The game started very tight with both teams testing each other out. The game burst into life about half way through the first half when a superb through ball from Graham W found John W with time to pick his spot past the keeper. Relics 1 Citizens 0
Relics were soon on top again with shots from Pete Shev from distance, Graham W, and John W forcing the Citizens keeper into making good diving saves. However the keeper could not hold onto a shot from John W, and Graham W pounced to slot the ball past the keeper to make it 2 – 0 to the Relics.
This sparked the Citizens into action forcing Gaz in the Relics net to make two or three superb saves to keep the Relics clean sheet. Half Time Relics 2 – Citizens 0
The Relics were on top for majority of the second half the highlights being two great shots from John W forcing the Citizens keeper into making spectacular saves clawing the ball out of the air. At the other end Gaz in the Relics net didn’t have an on target shot to save.
Full time Relics 2 Citizens 0
The Relics were well organised and disciplined and deserved the win against a really strong Citizens team.
Relics:- Gaz (gk), Pete Shev, Bob D, Tex, John W, Graham W, Keith H, Mgr:- Keiran

For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…

Manchester League over 70’s 3rd June 2021

The Over 70’s went into their final game of the season knowing that a win by two clear goals over Rochdale Strollers would secure the title. However, things didn’t go the Relics way not helped by some controversial refereeing decisions.
Thanks to Doctor John for the match report below.

For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…

Relics 1 – Rochdale Strollers 2
Conditions were overcast, and plenty of fans from both teams turned up and watched from the side lines. Even the fence maintenance men paused work to watch the mighty Relics play!
Kick-off and Rochdale started brightly with a move involving several passes around the halfway line, while the Relics did a good job of marking each of their attackers. However, a small opening was seen and a pass threaded through to their #8, who turned and shot well wide.
Relics started passing the ball better and won a free kick in a good position; John W and Tex combined for John to shoot which was closed down/blocked. The game then started it’s familiar pattern where both teams would string several good passes together but when they approached the opponents penalty areas, the ball was either lost or the pass was not quite right. During these exchanges, the referee was awarding fee-kicks for running and the odd foul, and the counts were accumulating for both teams. For instance Jerry was completely cleared out by a miss timed tackle, and a free kick to Relics. I think that put the foul count to 3 each to both teams. With that, following a good move by Relics, a slightly short pass made Jerry challenge 50-50 with a Rochdale player, who made an impressive jump and dive that any Dolphin would be proud of. However, the referee did not see that way, and it was a penalty to Rochdale. Rochdale’s penalty taker had obviously seen Grahams Kung Fu Praying Mantis style penalty from last week and performed a similar technique himself to score. It was a good penalty, hit hard, giving Gaz little chance; 1 – 0 Rochdale.

Rochdale then conceded a penalty to the Relics. Come on! Dave Morris was the man to step forward to take the penalty. As cool as a refrigerated cucumber, Dave stood with hands on his hips waiting for the referee’s whistle, whilst sizing up the goalkeepers plans for a save. Realizing the keeper was going to gamble by diving early, Dave hit a superb shot down the middle, which the keeper, in despair, tried to claw it away, but no chance, Relics 1 – Rochdale 1 now the score.

In the second half the Relics that started brightly, with a good move that ended up with Tony nearly having a clear shot on goal, but the ball just got away from him. From the resulting keeper throw-out by Rochdale, Tex made perfect anticipation of their next pass and intercepted and put a hard shot that arrowed towards the top of the net, but the keeper was equal to it and tipped it over (Good Chance). On Rochdale’s next move tragedy struck; one of Rochdale players gambled and bamboozled the Relics marking at the halfway line with Rochdale in possession, this was seen and a quick pass put their striker clear. Tragedy struck when the player took a decently powerful shot that was almost equalled by a sensational dive from Gaz in goal, but the momentum of the ball plus the velocity of the dive, meant Gaz could not hold onto the ball and it bounced into the net; 2 – 1 Rochdale.

The problem now for the Relics was that they had to push forward to find an equalizer, and that presented Rochdale with further chances, but to be fair, the Relics defence were alive to it and got back to make any shots difficult, with Gaz making a memorable high dive to save one of them heading for the top corner. Then another chance for the Relics was created; the build-up was patient, with passes between Dave, John W, Tex and Gary the goalkeeper. Eventually, John W received a pass from Dave in a decent goal scoring position but a great save kept it out. Passing moves then proceeded from both teams but none resulting with clear any cut chances. The whistle blew for a Relics free kick with 20 seconds remaining. Dave played to Jerry who promptly returned the ball and Dave took a last chance shot that was blocked by Rochdale. Sadly that was the last action of the game, with the final score Rochdale 2 – Relics 1.

Manchester League – Over 60’s 27th May

In bright sunshine (for a change), the Relics over 60’s shone with an upbeat performance against Salcom. A hat-trick for man of the match JoMo, and additional goals from Graham W and Tex (a right footer this time) contributed to the Relics 5 -2 win.
Thanks to Doctor John for the photos and videos

For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…

Relic 5 – Salcom 2
The game started quite tight with no side getting on top although Salcom did have the first shot of the game which went safely wide. The Relics had some good attempts from Graham and Tex before Graham scored the Relics first goal of the game after about 15 mins. Salcom conceded a four-offence penalty which Graham converted (once he had got his one-foot balance sorted out). Half Time Relics 1, Salcom 0
The Relics substituted Graham at half time due to Graham picking up two offences in the first half. That may have upset the Relics rhythm initially as Sacom scored an equaliser from a free kick that Eddie got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
The setback didn’t stop the Relics dominating the second half. The Relics replied within a couple of minutes with a goal from JoMo after a wonderful precise pass from Keith S down the right, and a one touch turn and shot from JoMo gave the Salcom keeper no chance. Relics 2 -1
Shortly after, Tex picked up a loose ball from the Salcom keeper and hit a fabulous right foot drive hard and low into the Salcom goal. Relics 3 -1
Salcom were giving away a lot of free kicks for running and conceded a second four-offence penalty, this time converted firmly by JoMo.
Again the Relics ill-discipline gave Salcom a glimmer of hope as a four-offence penalty was put away by Salcom with Eddie having no chance. Relics 4 Salcom 2
The Relics sealed the game following a superb cross filed pass from the back from Pete S found JoMo on the edge of the Salcom box and his left foot shot beat the stranded keeper. Relics 5 Salocm 2.
A great performance from the Relics with Pete S pushing JoMo close for the man of the match award.
Relics:- Eddy (gk), Keith S, Tex, JoMo, Graham W, Tony G, Peter Shev. Mgr: Keiran.

Manchester League – Over 70’s 20th May

The Relics over 70’s played Salcom in their second game of the league. The pressure was on for both teams, having lost their first games there was a lot at stake to get that elusive first win.
In atrocious conditions the Relics proved too strong for Salcom with two stunning goals from Keiran, and first ever Relics goals for Tex (a left footer too!) and Jerry gave The Relics a comfortable 4 – 1 win.
Massive thanks to Doctor John for his contribution to the match report below.

For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…

Relics 4 – Salcom 1
The Relics looked the much stronger team from the start, having the majority of the ball and putting a lot of pressure on the Salcom goal which led to Keiran’s opening goal with a great shot that the keeper didn’t even seem to see.
The Relics second goal came after a great passing move from the Relics found Tex free and a thunderous left-footed shot gave the keeper no chance for Tex’s first ever Relics goal, certainly one to remember.
Keiran’s second goal was arguably goal of the game, with a fluid and quick passing sequence involving at least 4 players, ending up with Keiran’s killer strike passed a stranded keeper.
The Relics ill-discipline resulted in a penalty for Salcom under the four offences rule which Stewart got a hand to but no keeper would save that.
The Relics kept the pressure on, and a left footed shot from distance from Jerry gave the Salcom keeper no chance again to put the Relics 4 -1 up.
Keiran and Bob were both very close to man of the match. Keiran scored twice (both were great goals) and tried really hard for his hat trick but was thwarted by the Salcom keeper on a number of occasions.
Bob made numerous important interceptions and came off concussed with blood on his shorts from a cut; a Terry Butcher like performance from Bob. Stewart had little to do for most of the game, but made important saves from a corner and also from a shot from a tight angle early on.
Relics: Stewart W (Gk), Bob D, Tex, Dave M, Peter A, Keiran (c), Jerry S, Tony P. Mgr: Keith S

Manchester League 13th May 2021 – 60’s lose, 65’s win

The Relics over 60’s and over 65’s were in action at Heywood. The Relics over 60’s suffered a 0 – 1 loss to Rochdale AFC Strollers. The over 65’s came from 0 – 1 down to beat Manchester Corinthians Whites 3 – 1.

For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…

Relics Over 60’s 0 – Rochdale AFC Strollers 1
The Relics were on top for most of the game with Rochdale relying on a very effective breakaway game. Rochdale soaked up the pressure well and kept Gaz the Relics keeper very busy with their breakaway efforts.
Gaz had a superb game in the Bury net and was certainly the main candidate for any man of the match award that might have been on offer although he had no chance with the Rochdale goal.
The Relics had a number of chances and had a penalty ruled out when the referee disallowed Graham’s spot kick for taking two steps.
The Relics deserved a draw at least but came away empty handed.
Relics:- Gaz, Keith S, Tony G, Andy Q, Stewart W, Andy Rich, Graham W. Manager Keiran.

Relics Over 65’s 3 – Manchester Corinthians Whites 1
A hat trick from Graham after the Relics went 0 – 1 down ensured victory in a thrilling game.
The Relics fell 1 – 0 down after just three minutes when a Corinthians shot was deflected past Eddie in the Relics net.
The Relics bounced back just a few minutes later with a great turn and shot from Graham for his first of the game. Graham got his second from the spot following a four-offence penalty against Corinthians. Graham’s third came when he was one on one with the Corinthians keeper, a great dummy sent the keeper sprawling and Graham calming stepping to the side to make it three for himself and for the Relics. Graham could have have had a fourth with another spot kick, but the shot hit the post.
At the other end, Eddie made a brilliant save from a Corinthian’s penalty diving low to his left to keep the ball out.
A good win for the Relics in a very competitive game.
Relics:- Eddie, Keith H, Bob, John W, John C, Andy Q, Graham W.

Manchester League – 13th May 2021

The Relics over 60’s and over 65’s continue their Manchester League campaigns today.

The over 60’s face Rochdale AFC Strollers, The over 65’s, who are down to just six players due to injuries and other absences, have a tough game against Manchester Corinthians Whites.

Relics squads
Over 60’s
Gaz S
Keith S
Tony G
Andy Q
Stewart W
Andy Rich (c)
Graham W

Over 65’s
Eddy F
John W
John C
Bob D
Keith H
Graham W (c)

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

Manchester League 29th April 2021 – Bad day at the office for The Relics

The Relics over 70’s and over 65’s were in action in the Manchester League. It was the first game for the over 70’s and the over 65’s were looking to maintain their winning start to the league. Match reports are below.
For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…

Relics Over 70’s 1 Manchester Senior Citizens 2
The Relics over 70’s started their season with an undeserved defeat.
The Relics were on top for most of the first half with the Citizens keeper making some good saves to keep Keiran and the Relics at bay. The Relics started the second half well, but a fourth offence against the Relics meant a penalty for the Citizens. The penalty hit one post, wet across the goal and hit the other post and came out, but the referee controversially gave the goal.
The Relics were awarded a penalty for four offences from the Citizens, but the Citizens keeper just managed to get a hand to John W’s spot kick and as the ball spun back towards the goal the keeper managed to turn and grab the ball before it had chance to get over the line.
The Relics went 0 – 2 down shortly after when a mistake in midfield led to a Citizen player breaking clear and hitting a strong shot that Stewart in the Relics goal had no chance with.
The Relics pushed hard to get back and in the game and pulled a goal back with a superb strike and a well deserved goal from Keiran into the bottom corner. The Relics were on top trying for the equaliser but ran out of time.
Another blow to The Relics was an injury to Pat who had to come off midway through the second half.
Relics: Stewart, Jerry, Peter A, Keiran, John W, Pat, Tony P, Dave M, Bob D. Manager: Keith S

Relics over 65’s 2 – Rochdale Striders 4
The Relics over 65’s were looking to continue their winning start to the league and started brightly with a superb early goal from a difficult tight angle from JoMo to put Relics 1 – 0 up.
JoMo had a hand in the second goal too adding an assist to Ken who’s shot low into the corner beat the Striders keeper.
The Relics could have been 3 – 0 before half time when Graham dummied the keeper to going down early, took the ball to the side and almost chipped the keeper but the keeper recovered to stretch a hand to Grahams goal bound effort keeping it out.
Half time Relics 2 – Rochdale 0.
The game went to pieces for the Relics in the second half, after looking comfortable for most of the game they let the two goal advantage slip. The Striders upped their game and at times it seemed like they had an extra man. The Relics had their chances but the Striders keeper kept everything out.
Relics: Gaz, Bob D, Tex, JoMo, Graham W, Keith H, John C, John W, Ken. Manager: Dave M