GMWFL Spring 2022 – Bury Relics over 70’s Blues remain unbeaten

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Blackpool.
Just like the previous round of fixtures, angry clouds, cold wind and incessant rain turned up in Heywood, to provide atrocious conditions for both footballers and supporters alike. However, the Relics started the game well and smoothly, like a Mercedes engine where all moving parts gave precise movement and the passing crisp, so much so even Crisp and Dry cooking oil would be proud. This led to a brilliant piece of action; John W made an important interception 8 yards out from Blackpools goal, slightly to the left, the touch was heavy but all players were motionless, as if Captain Kirk had ordered, “phasers on stun Mr. Sulu”, and John strode to the ball and hit a great first time shot, low to the keepers left. His foot must have felt like a golf driver, when you sweetly hit the ball perfectly; Bang! 1 – 0 to the Relics. Blackpool responded and started to knit more passes together, which led to an important block from John W and then Peter A. Now it was Tex’s turn to make a good tackle on the edge of the Relics box, but the ball had so much spin on it, that it went into the Relics box but then came out at another location for the Blackpool player to have a shot, which was blocked brilliantly by Dave M and out for a corner. This corner pinged about like pinball, until it reached Blackpools #9, who hit a perfect toe bung, which came through a crowd of players at speed, like the millennium falcon negotiating an asteroid field; Eddy did not see it and it was Blackpools equalizer, 1 – 1. The next passage of play saw another toe bung, from about the halfway line, which turned out to be a good one, as Eddy had to make a save. The Relics were making attacks of their own, and it was evident that Jerry was working hard up front, to make space for the Relics attacking midfield or receiving the ball and laying it off. Now, the game was getting more competitive, and one of the most spectacular things about this match was the free-fall jumping/diving coming from the Black Pool players. The Relics may have been making the odd foul here and there, but the Salmon like leap reactions to the tackles defied the laws of physics, which states something like “each reaction has an equal and opposite reaction”. Unless the relics were wearing Taser football boots with 240-volt toe caps, this law of physics is wrong. For their own safety, Pool players should wear helmets and parachutes because they reached high altitude when tackled. Unfortunately, this was influencing the Ref, and soon the Relics were looking down a precipice of a 4 foul penalty, so Keith “Ten “ S cleverly made an all important change, that saw the all action hero John W come off, who had unluckily collected 2 fouls, for Pat the Cat at the Back to come on. And Pat was quickly into the action, that saw him make a good play. He had the ball at the back but was coming under pressure from the Blackpool attack, but Pat took his time and made a great and pin-point pass to Tex on the right, who controlled the ball, and hit a great shot across the Blackpool goal, just inches wide. Great effort. Then almost disaster in the last minutes, as Blackpool had a breakaway and took a good shot that was low and across goal. Lucky for the Relics, it hit the post and went wide. The game finished 1 -1.
Bury Relics over 70’s 1 – 1 Blackpool.

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Rochdale Strollers.
This game was a good and even one, with chances for both teams. In the early stages, Tex had a long-range shot, which was blocked, and up the other end, the Rochdale #9 made a nice turn and shot to the righthand side of goal, but Eddy was equal to it. John W was in the thick of the action again, with good tackles in midfield and a shot that was just wide. Then, from a Relics free-kick, John W received the ball and gave it a whack, but it was an “Av It!” shot, which left a football shaped hole in an overhead cloud. Rochdale were countering every Relics attack, and it took a great tackle from Dave M to prevent a goal scoring chance for Rochdale. Tex too was making good blocks to repel the Rochdale attack. Then there was a Blackpool moment for the Relics; I thought Tex had taken tips from Blackpool acrobatics and took a high tumble from a Rochdale tackle; however, he assured me after the game that it was a genuine fall. From the resulting free-kick, Pete played the ball to Tex in space, who hit a powerful shot that was deflected by a defender and then saved by the Rochdale keeper. Then Rochdale went up the other end, for their #9 to shoot wide of goal. More pressure on the Relics goal, led to a fall/slide tackle by Tex that was penalized by the Ref; from the free-kick, came a long range shot that was saved by Eddy. Then came a big chance for the Relics. Dave must have some Klingon friends, who lent him a cloaking device; he was in light years of space up-front, just outside the Rochdale box. Dave received the ball, and hit a looping and curling shot that was going into the far corner, but their keeper parried the shot out to Jerry. The follow up by Jerry was good but not enough to beat their keeper. This was an excellent game, with big chances for both teams to score. Only good individual defending and goal keeping kept the honours even at 0 – 0.
Bury Relics over 70’s 0 – 0 Rochdale Strollers.

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Manchester Senior Citizens.
Strictly come dancing has come to Heywood! The game starts with City’s talented quarterback carrying the ball with great control up to the Relics area. Confronted by Tex, the city player starts to dance, dipping each shoulder in time to imaginary Fox Trot music. Tex liked this, and started to dance with him, dipping his shoulders in time to the City player. It looked hilarious from the touchline, and I am sure Tex just wanted to slide tackle him but such things are not allowed. Eventually Tex got a foot in and it was all over, the dance that is. Pat then made a good tackle and played the ball quickly to Keith B, who then passed it on to Jerry, who had a shot that was saved by their keeper. From the subsequent City play, Keith B made a great interception and immediately hit a powerful shot that hit the RH post of the city goal. A close one and good effort by Keith B. Then it was John W’s turn to fire a shot, who made a good one but it was saved; a corner to the Relics. Pinball ensued, and then a shot from John W again, and it was saved. The Relics were enjoying the majority of play and making more chances to score. This was partly down to the good and clever play of Keith B, who was marking the City quarterback like a shadow; this meant City’s possession was limited. In the last minutes of this game, John W and Jerry both had shots that went wide, which was sandwiched by a City attack and shot by their #7, which was also wide. If this was a boxing match, the result would be a unanimous win for the Relics, but it is not boxing, ergo honours shared with a goalless draw.
Bury Relics over 70’s 0 – 0 Manchester Senior Citizens.

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Preston.
An early Preston attack resulted in a toe bung shot that was saved well by Eddy. Then the Relics worked a chance for themselves, for Keith B, who shot just wide. Then it was the turn of the fastest hat in the north west, who had a shot that Eddy got down to and saved; a good save. Then good interchanges of play at the back from Bury Relics, with Peter A, Dave and eventually Tex working the ball out to John W, who’s shot was just too high and wide of the goal. Then, another attack by the Relics, using free flowing football, led to a Keith shot, which was well saved by their keeper. In the trench warfare midfield battle that had developed, John W was unlucky to be penalized when a Preston player turned into him and John won the ball fairly. However, from the free-kick, the Relics regained possession quickly and a pinpoint pass from Jerry to John W led to a shot that was saved. Tex was having an imperious game at the back for the Relics against Preston, winning multiple tackles to keep the Bury goal safe. One particular one was right on the edge of the area, where nothing else but precision would save the Relics, and Tex obliged; he intercepted fairly and made no mistake, like standing in the box. The last chance of the day went to the Relics and John W, but his first-time shot was not good enough to score. Both teams were soaked and a bit tired from their previous games but it was still a good and entertaining draw, which Bury probably just edged on points.
Bury Relics over 70’s 0 – 0 Preston.

A massive round of applause for the players, who in atrocious conditions produced some good quality football. Also well done to the management and the supporters, that included Ken, Stewart, Kodak keith and Dr. John. The squad consisted: Pat the cat at the back, John W, Keith B, Jerry S, Dave M, Tex, Peter A and Eddie the keeper. Also, thanks to Keith “Ten” S, Ken and Kodak Keith for supplying expert football coaching and the fabulous photos. Match report by Dr. John.

For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Spring 2022 – Anpther tough day for the over 60’s Whites

A biting cold wind and icy rain greeted the players for the second round of games in the GMWFL over 60’s division 1 spring 2022 season. The Relics, who were short on numbers with players absent due to holidays and injuries, had to draft in a couple of over 70’s players. This is a tough league with quality teams and players and the Relics had some hard games ahead of them.

The Relics first test was against Kingsmaid who started the day as league leaders. From the kick off Kingsmaid showed why they were top of the league forcing Gaz in the Relics goal into at least three excellent saves early on, with the Relics only reply was a shot wide from Jerry.
Late in the first half Kingsmaid went ahead when a cross field pass from the left found a Kingsmaid player free on the right, his fierce shot gave Gaz no chance.
Relics 0 – Kingsmaid 1
However the Relics came back strong in the second half. With the strong icy wind acting as an seventh man. Within a few minutes the Relics were level when the Kingsmaid keeper couldn’t hold a shot from Graham that he got his hands to but the shot spun up and over the his body into the net. Relics 1 -Kingsmaid 1
The Relics were boosted by the goal and were on top now with Graham testing the nervous keeper with another couple of attempt’s and Keith S having a shot turned for a corner.
Despite the pressure the Relics couldn’t fine the winner and it ended 1 – 1

The second game for the Relics was just as tough. Corinthians started well forcing Gaz into a good save. Relics were denied a potential goal when a pass from Jerry found Graham in space, he charged forward (walking of course) but was fouled by a Corinthians player. Surely a penalty for denial of a goal scoring opportunity, but no, the ref had already blown for running by the Corinthians player before the foul so only a free kick.
Corinthians went ahead from a move down their right hand side resulted in a sot from a very tight angle that was too powerful for Gaz as it went past him into the far corner of the Relics goal.
Fina score Relics 0 – Corinthians 1
After the game the Relics were praised by the ref for not having any offences against them for the entire game. A good show of discipline from the Relics, but 3 points would have been better.

Next up was Rochdale. The Relics started brightly despite struggling to keep warm in between games. Graham put Terry through but his shot was wide. Rochdale replied and went ahead when a pass across the Relics goal area found a man free on the far post who slotted the ball home.
Relics 0 – Rochdale 1
Rochdale continued to press and forced Gaz into a couple of good saves.
The Relics drew level when a fantastic long cross-field ball from the Relics left full back position from Keith S found Terry free on the right hand side of the Rochdale area, his screamer gave the Rochdale keeper no chance.
Relics 1 – Rochdale 1.
And that’s how it finished. Final Score Relics 1 – Rochdale 1.

The final game of the day after another cold wait for the Relics was Wakefield. The Relics had the first attempt with a shot from Keith S going just over. Wakefield had the better of the game from then on. Playing fast pass and move football they put pressure on the Relics goal a few shots high and wide but others testing Gaz.
The Relics replied with a shot from Graham from distance which tested the keeper. A good display from the Relics who defended well.
Final score Relics 0 – Wakefield 0

So, a tough day on and off the pitch, but the Relics gave as good as they got but just couldn’t turn the effort into more points.

Well done to all the Relics: Gaz (gk), Pete Shev, Jerry S, Terry H, Graham W, Keith S. Super sub Pat, Manager Ken B.

For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here

National Cup – Over 60’s into round 2

After a relatively easy one hour drive The Relics over 60’s arrived at a sunny but cold and breezy Neston Nomads for the first round tie in the Pharmacy2U WFA National Cup.

The Relics started brightly with some good pass and move possession unfortunately the move fizzled out with the ball running through to the Neston keeper. Poor control from the keepers throw out saw the ball going out for a corner. Some great movement from Stewart saw him free on the edge of the Neston box. Stewarts movement was well spotted by Graham taking the corner and his pinpoint pass was put away with power and precision by Stewart leaving the Neston keeper rooted to the spot. Only a couple of minutes had gone and the Relics were 1 – 0 up

The Relics continued in the pass, move, possession mode and a few minutes later were rewarded with a slice of good fortune when Wayne’s shot was deflected into the Neston nett to put the Relics 2 – 0 up.
The Relics dominate the first half but couldn’t add to the score line, Half time Neston 0 Relics 2

Neston were a different team at the start of the second half, they marked a lot tighter and pressed the ball quicker. A quick attack from the Neston defence saw Gaz pull off a great save diving to his left to parry the ball out, as it rolled to the edge of the area it was knocked back to Gaz, but wait the ref has controversially decided the the Relics defender was in the area, penalty to Neston.
The new penalty kick rule of multiple steps from one yard was soon to be tested, and the Neston striker gave Gaz no chance. Neston 1 Relics 2.
The Relics were rattled by the penalty and were playing a bit nervously now, not as smooth and slick as the first half. Eventually they settle down and started to control the game. Stewart hit the bar with a thunderous shot, Wayne had an effort that went wide, before Stewart had another shot saved. With a minute to go Graham found Stewart free on the edge of the box but his shot was too high.
Final score Neston 1 – Relics 2

Stewart’s strike
Wayne’s goal
Penalty? surely not!

Congratulations and well played to all the Relics today, Gaz, Wayne, Keith S, Terry, Pete Shev, Stewart and Graham W (Player/Manager).
Also thanks to Dr John for the great videos and the car parks brews after the game.

WFA National Cup 2022 – 1st Round

Over 60’s

This season the Relics have entered two team into the Pharmacy2U Walking Football Association National Cup, over 60’s and over 65’s

Over 60’s
There are 90 clubs in the over 60’s category with the Relics being drawn away to Neston in the first round. The game is to be played on Sunday 3rd April at Neston High School, Raby Park Road, Neston, Wirral, CH64 9NH. Kick off 11:00am. Spectators are welcome.

Over 65’s
Due to the lower number of entries in the over 65’s category (still an impressive 57 clubs) there is only one game in round one that is Bournemouth v Argyle. All the other teams have a bye into Round 2

Over 65’s

GMWFL Spring 2022 – a good start for the new Over 60’s Stripes team

Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes versus Ribble Valley WFC.
What a glorious and sun-shining day that greeted the inaugural over 60’s Stripes first ever set of fixtures. In the bright light, the team looked like it had walked out of a Persil advert, with their new brilliant white and blue striped gleaming kits. The Relics tigers roared as the starting whistle blew; the first game was against the Ribble. Relics started brightly, with a couple of passes and then a shot from Andy, that whistled just past the right-hand post. Then, from a subsequent interception by John H, it was Keith H’s turn to have a shot, that was low to the left but the keeper got down to save it. Then there was an exquisite piece of skill by Andy who managed to push the ball to the side, and with the other foot, push the ball beyond the defender, simultaneously gliding past him. Unfortunately, the subsequent pass was intercepted. The Relics were now doing the better, executing some good passing and moving, with Alan being the hub of a lot of the play. This led to a nice turn and shot from Nev, but the shot was not powerful enough to beat their keeper. Both John H and Alan were playing well at the back, starting off moves following Ribble attacks. There was one good attack, when their number seven did a nice dribble from the Ribble, and had a good shot but the accuracy was lacking as it went wide. A foray forward by the Relics led to an Alan shot, which was heading straight into the top corner but alas, the keeper managed to get to it. Beep! Half time. At the break, John H had to come off as he was without his bobble hat, like Samson; to be fair, he had been working so hard, he needed a well-earned breather. Mark came on and this led to a team restructuring, which moved Nev to the back and Mark on the left. Despite the hasty changes, the Relics were still playing well, and Nev had a shot that went high. However, on the subsequent Ribble attack, Nev, while making a good challenge, mistakenly pressed his hyperspace button (does anyone remember the arcade game Defender?) and transported himself into the penalty area. Obviously, he was so concentrated on getting a good challenge in, that he forgot where he was and it was a penalty to the Ribble. The penalty was well taken, low to the keepers left; Eddie had little chance of saving it. 1 – 0 to the Ribble. The deficit made the Relics press the Ribble, and gave the Relics lots of possession, which led to repeated fouls by Ribble. Soon enough, it was 4 fouls and a penalty to the Relics. Andy stepped up and hit a good penalty, high to the keepers right to make it a 1 – 1 score line. Two more events of note in this game were: Watford Mark made a good interception and took a quick shot but was wide, and then was a great tracking back and tackle by Keith H, who made an important interception, probably saving a goal. This was a tough game that ended in a draw but the Stripy Relics had played well.
Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes 1 – 1 Ribble Valley WFC.

Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes versus Wakefield Wanderers Whites.
This game started with a bit of trench warfare, where both teams were pushing forward but without making any incisive or clear-cut chances. However, Wakefield began finding little pockets of space and started to test Eddie in goal. However, he was equal to it on three occasions. Then, the Relics burst into life, and a good one two between Andy and John H, produced a good shot, but the defender just managed to get a block in. Then came the first moment of tragedy; Nev was working hard to find space, and found it four yards outside the box. As the ball was crossed to him, he took a shot and kind of turned at the same time. He missed the ball but Bang, it was like a sniper had taken a shot at him, as he immediately went down in pain; it looked a worrying injury as it could be the Achilles. The Ref sportingly immediately stopped the game and everyone went to Nev’s aid. The organizers, with the help from others including Chris, organized a wheel chair, an ice pack and advice on what Nev should do. It was a downer for everyone as Nev was having a great game, and the Relics were benefiting from his movement. We all wish him a swift and full recovery. The game restarted and then, not too long afterwards, a second moment of tragedy happened, Alan pulled a hamstring and also had to come off. A tough blow for Alan and the team, as like Nev, he was also playing a blinder of a game. For a moment, there was despair among the Relics management and supporters, as there were no more subs. But, drum roll please, Brbrbrbrbrrbbrrbrbrbrbr, super Keith B, stepped out of his reporter outfit, like Clark Kent, and put on Nev’s shirt. Keith B was on for the injured Alan, and that helped save the game for the Relics. Eddie was in form today, and he had to be, as Wakefield were getting shots in but he was saving all of them. In contrast, interchanges between Keith B, Andy and John at the other end, led to a shot that was just wide. In response, Wakefield went on the attack and hit a cracking shot, a daisy cutter, which had to be saved by quick improvisation from Eddie, a save with his legs. A magnificent save to keep it goalless, and that’s how it finished.
Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes 0 – 0 Wakefield Wanderers Whites.

Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes versus Winstanley Walkers.
Right from the kick off, Winstanley were the more alert and made a quick attack that startled the Relics defence; the attacker ran between two defenders and let fly with a shot. On its way towards the goal, the ball managed to take a deflection off a Relics defenders’ foot, hit Eddies foot, which projected the ball upwards onto Eddies hand, and then onto the post and over the head of Eddie and into the net. An unlucky and very Pinball like goal, and a sucker punch to the Relics, but in truth they were not ready at the KO. Winstanley were the sprightlier team and were putting the Relics goal under pressure, and this led to a corner. This culminated in a good shot but Eddie was equal to it and saved. Then there was a spell of 5 minutes or so, where the Relics were under constant pressure, with Eddie making 3 good saves. The problem was, the Relics team were tired and could not make space for any fluent passing to happen. So, it would often end up with Winstanley regaining possession and fashioning more chances but Eddie was playing superb in goal; without his good goal-keeping, on another day it could have been 5 – 0 by now. However, after half time, the Relics started to make good moves again, while the Keiths and John were defending well. This created a good chance for Watford Mark, who hit the shot sweetly but it just went wide of the far post. Another Relics move led to an Andy shot, but this time the shot did not beat their keeper. In between these Relics chances, Eddie made a further 3 saves, one which was superb, with his feet. To sum up, there was little difference in skill factors between the teams but the Winstanley side was fitter, having more energy for the final fixture of the day. Final score was 1 – 0 to Winstanley.
Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes 0 – 1 Winstanley Walkers.

A big thank you for a hard-working effort by the team, they went all in, which was shown by the loss of 2 personnel due to injury. And to Keith S who did a great job of organizing everything and leading the team. Today’s squad consisted: Andy R, John “the bobble hat” H, Alan, Nev, Keith H, Watford Mark, Keith B (who was called into duty after 2 players were injured) and Eddie the keeper. Thanks to Keith B and Dr. John for the photos. Also thank you to Chris, Iain and others who turned up to cheer on the Relics. Everyone wishes Nev and Alan a quick and full recovery. Match report by Dr. John.

For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Spring 2022 – Unbeaten start for Over 65’s

Heywood looked bright and sunny from the car as I drove in, but the biting cold wind outside made it a cold start for the over 65’s Spring 2022 campaign.

First off was a tough game against last season’s league champions Manchester Corinthians. The Relics started brightly with a few minutes of impressive keep-ball possession. The first attempt saw JoMo and Gerry L linking up well from the right hand side which resulted in a JoMo shot being turned for a corner.
Shortly after John W received a pass from Gerry, he laid the ball off nicely to Tex whose shot fizzed wide.
This was a tight game now with both teams testing one another but not creating any chances. Following a breakdown of a Relics attack Corinthians broke down the left and a cross-field ball found a player in space who smashed the ball past Gaz to put Corinthians 0 – 1 up against the run of play.
The Relics continued to press for the equaliser and a good passing move down the right found JoMo in the middle but his shot was wide. Shortly after JoMo was cutting in from the left and was brought down. There was confusion for a minute or so, was it denial of a goal scoring opportunity and therefore a penalty or was it four offences and therefore a penalty, it didn’t really matter, it was a penalty and the Corinthians protests fell on deaf ears.
JoMo “one-stepped” up and calmly slotted the penalty into the Corinthian net 1 – 1. With time running out the Relics nearly got the winner when JoMo intercepted a Corinthians keeper throw out only to see his shot go just wide of the post.
Final score Relics 1 – 1 Corin

Game 2 was against Manchester Senior Citizens. The Relics were first to hit the target when a right foot shot from Gerry L from the left hand side was destined for the bottom left hander corner of the Citizens goal but somehow the keeper managed to get his hand to it to send it for a corner.
Next chance fell to Alan, making his Relics debut today, but his shot was over the bar. Minutes later Gerry fizzed one that hit the bar.
General Gaz was organising his defence well but the Citizens managed to get through and a great shot which was heading into Gaz’s top right hand corner was brilliantly tipped round the post by the General. Citizens were trying to get through but the next shot was from distance and went wide.
Relics were pressing now and were playing good passing football in the City half playing from one side of the pitch to the other resulting in a cross field ball to JoMo but his shot was wide. Relics continued to press and pass well and another good 5-pass move in the Citizens half from Tony G – Gerry – John W – Tony G – JoMo saw JoMo’s shot blocked. and Gerry shot wide.
Final Score Relics 0 – 0 Citizens

 A difficult fixture against Rochdale was up next, although all games in this top division are always difficult.
Relics dominated this game without making making their dominance tell where it matters on the score sheet.
General Gaz organised the defence well again and Pete Shev was distributing the ball out from defence with precision ensuring that Rochdale didn’t really trouble Gaz.
While at the other end the Relics were keeping the Rochdale defence very busy. Early on in the game John W hit the post, followed by a JoMo shot being saved. Another move from Alan (who was settling a bit more now) to John W saw his shot saved. Relics were on top now, playing the game in the Rochdale half.
Late on the Relics were still pressing and a great turn and shot from John W was heading for the top left hand corner of the goal but the keeper pulled off an equally great save.
Final Score Relics 0 – 0 Rochdale

The Final game of the day was against Preston. Again the Relics dominated the play restricting Preston to just a few chances, one early in the game which Gaz saved comfortably. For the Relics Tony G broke free but couldn’t get his shot away, then a long pass from Gaz to JoMo up front which JoMo slotted past the keeper but the ‘goal was disallowed, which brought groans of disbelief from the Relics officials and supporters on the touchline. Preston replied with a shot that was way high. Relics continued to press with a three man move JoMo to Gerry -to Tex whose shot was saved. This was followed by shots from John W, Gerry and Tex all being saved by the Preston keeper.
In the dying minutes there was confusion when there was, what looked like a free kick awarded to the Relics on the edge of the Preston area. The Ref said no it’s a four-offence penalty to Preston. As the players walked down the pitch to the Relics end for the penalty to be taken there was mas confusion and objections the Ref then changed his mind and said it was a Relics penalty, off went the players to the other end amid more confusion and chaos as the Ref then changed his mind again and decided it was a Preston penalty.
The penalty was taken and scored as objections continued from the Relics touchline.
It looked like it was all over, too late for the Relics to reply, but no, hold the headlines, John W was free, his shot to the keeper’s bottom left hand corner was partially saved by the outstretched left leg of the keeper, but the ball spun up over the leg of the keeper and spun into the net. What a goal.
Final score Relics 1 – 1 Preston

The Relics ended up unbeaten on the day, and with a little bit of luck it could have been all wins.

Well done to all the Relics: Gaz (gk), Tex, Tony G, Alan B, Pete Shev, Gerry L, John W, JoMo, Manager Keiran.

Thanks to Kodak Keith for the photo’s

For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here

Relic’s Keith B helps Stockport Northern Lights lift the Sport Parkinson, Cure Parkinson’s Cup

Relics player Keith Bibby helped walking football team Stockport Northern Lights lift the Sport Parkinson’s, Cure Parkinson’s Cup.

The competition is comprised of teams made up of players who all have Parkinson’s disease. Keith was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January 2014.

This year the event was held at St Georges’ Park National Football Centre, on Saturday 12th March. The centre is the base for all coaching and development work undertaken by the FA, and is the training and preparation ground for all 28 of the England national football teams, including disability.

The event attracted 10 teams from all over the UK and players from further afield, one player coming from Florida to participate. The teams were organised into two groups of five teams with the top two teams in each group progress to the semi finals, the winners of each semi progress to the final.

Stockport Norther Lights (white) & Northern Lights Liverpool (Red)

Stockport Northern Lights finished second in group B behind partner team, Northern Lights Liverpool, and reached the final by beating Parkysaurous FC (managed by England Walking Football manager Stuart Langworthy) 2-0 in the semi final. In the other semi Northern Lights Liverpool beat Pennine Parkies on penalties after a 1-1 tie at full time.

In the final, Stockport Northern Lights beat Northern Lights Liverpool on penalties after a 0-0 draw at full time.

Keith promoted the Relics, and our sponsor, Tower Family Healthcare, by wearing the Relics kit for the warm up, and did a, not so quick, costume change for the competition proper.

Follow the links below for more information. Note the pages will open in new tabs
Sport Parkinson’s Northern Lights Parkinson’s Cure Parkinson’s Walking Football Association (WFA) Parkinson’s UK

GMWFL Spring 2022 – Tough start for Over 60’s Whites

In the drizzle and cold of Heywood Sports Village the Relics over 60’s Whites had a tough start on the opening day of the Spring 2022 season.

The Relics started well in their first game of the day against Kingsmaid within a few minutes an early attack from the Relics saw a turn and shot from Graham going just wide. Kingsmaid replied with a few long range efforts that didn’t trouble Gaz in the Relics net. Following a flowing passing move down the left hand side from the Relics Graham had another shot just wide.
The best chance for the Relics was from a long ball out from Gaz direct to Graham, who’s shot was goal bound but turned for a corner by the Kingsmaid keeper.
Kingsmaid replied with a swift break down their left hand side, the shot fizzed off the wet surface and passed Gaz, Kingsmaid 1 up.
Gaz kept the Relics in it a few minutes later with a super save from a deflected shot that he somehow managed to turn over the bar. Relics had the final attack of the game but Grahams shot was saved by the keeper. The game was played at a really impressive fast pace throughout.
Final Score Relics 0 – 1 Kingsmaid

Next up for the Relics was another tough game against last seasons league champions Corinthians.
Corinthians started brightly with a shot which went wide left. Relics replied with a couple of shots from Graham both going wide. Some great work from Tony G and Stewart resulted in a shot from Graham that the keeper managed to keep out. An intercepted pass from Relics defence resulted in a shot from Corinthians saved by Gaz. A brilliant pass from Graham from the left was just missed by an outstretched leg from Terry who had made a fabulous fast walk out from defence. Right at the death Gaz made a fabulous save in the top left hand corner to keep the score 0 – 0
Final Score Relics 0 – 0 Corinthians

The Relics were the better team in their third game against Rochdale but just couldn’t couldn’t convert their chances into goals, hitting both posts and the crossbar in the process.
The Relics started well with a shot from Graham that was just wide. Shortly afterwards Stewart had a great shot that beat the keeper but hit the post. Another chance was created from great work between Stewart and Graham that resulted in a shot from Graham just wide. Another chance followed a through ball from Pete Shev but Grahams shot hit the post. Stewart had another effort that went just wide and Graham had a shot saved. Rochdale finally called Gaz into action late on but their shot was comfortable for the Relics keeper. The final effort from the Relics saw Graham hit the bar following a nice passing move.
Final Score Relics 0 – 0 Rochdale

The final game of the day for the Relics was against last seasons runners up Wakefield Wanderers. Another fast paced game with Wakefield having most of the ball in the early stages. Wakefield made their early dominance pay off, and the Relics went 0 – 1 down when a fierce shot from the left hand side beat Gaz. Wakefield were passing the ball around well and another couple of shots went thigh and wide before Gaz somehow managed to turn a low goal bound shot round his right hand post for a corner. The Relics brought the game level following a great pass from Terry down the right found Stewart who’s turn and shot was a cracker giving the keeper no chance. 1 – 1 Relics were unlucky to go 1 – 2 down when a Wakefield shot ricocheted past Gaz.
Final Score Relics 1 -2 Wakefield

The Relics deserved more from the day as the team played well and were always in the games but this is a top division and games will be won on fine margins.
There will be little between any of these teams and league positions will probably change each session in a really strong league with every team of the highest standard.

Well done to all the Relics: Gaz (gk), Tony G, Pete Shev, Terry H, Stewart, Graham W, Keith S. Manager Ken B.

For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Spring 2022 – A good and steady start for the Over 70’s Blues

A new season starts with a difference, Europe is closer to war than it has ever been in the recent past; I think I speak for most/all Relics, especially those who have pro-actively contributed to the humanitarian effort by donations to the Polish club in Bury, we wish Peace to Ukraine.

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Blackpool.
The brightest thing about this day was Blackpool’s tangerine kit, as cold and wet inclement weather welcomed the Relics to the stadium in Heywood. Blackpool started the brightest with 2 quick fire shots, the second of which was sent into orbit, and gave a head height free-kick to the Relics. Play continued with quick changes in possession, where Field marshal John W was playing the role of lion tamer in a midfield battle, to try and domesticate the Blackpool midfield. However, this was not consistent with the non-contact rules. John had quickly clocked up two fouls, the second of which was when he completely cleared out their tricky number 11, just a like a bullet of a 10-pin bowling ball, blowing all the pins away for a strike. That put the Relics on a total of 3 fouls, and they were now playing the rest of the game on a knife edge. But this did not dampen the combative attitude of the Relics, with Tex, Pete and Tony all making some good and well-timed tackles, intercepting the ball and quelling any momentum of Blackpool. The Relics were now more composed and making some good passes where Tex came close with a shot, that was saved, and then in a subsequent attack saw John W hit a post. So close but no cigar. It was not all one-way traffic though, as Blackpool had opportunities and it took a good save from Eddie to turn the ball around for a corner. A nice move was then executed by the Relics, which started with Tex collecting a ball at speed, then dragging the ball back to behind his standing leg, and then Cruyff turn like, passing the ball to John W, who laid it off to Jerry who shot but was just wide, but a good chance nonetheless. Now it was Tex’s turn to have a shot, who hit it powerfully but the keeper was right behind it to make the save, to give the Relics a corner. From this, a nice and first time shot from John W but this just whistled wide. The Relics were now on top and their pinpoint passing was making opportunities to shoot: John W had a good shot saved, and then Jerry hit a pile driver but this bullet banged against the post, which was so hard the post started shaking like a tuning fork. Then, as the game was starting to get more interesting with Relics dominating, the final whistle went, and the result was a goalless draw.
Bury Relics over 70’s 0 – 0 Blackpool.

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Rochdale Strollers.
Under the great guidance of Keith S and Ken, the team was re-shuffled to now include an outfield Pat the Cat (without his gloves) and Keith B. I hope there were ready as this was a game against last seasons champions. The answer was that they were ready and started the game the better team, with Tex having a shot blocked, following accurate passing between all Relics players. There was a precise interception by Pat the Cat at the back, and the ball played to Keith B, who via a John W pass, managed to get the ball to Jerry in a bit of space, who hit an enormously powerful shot that shook the cross-bar. That was close for Relics taking the lead. John W, Tex and Jerry had further shots blocked but Rochdale were countering with chances of their own, one of which had to be saved by a good, Olympic gold medal worthy, dive by Eddy. While Relics pressed down the other end, the ball was lost and the Rochdale striker was left on a one on one with Eddie. It was like the final gun fight of good, the bad and the ugly western, both striker and keeper were waiting for the other to make the first move. Eddie held his nerve, which put the Rochdale striker off and he shot wide. Relief as that was a really good chance for them. Down the other end, Jerry had a shot saved, and almost immediately, at the Relics end, there was a free-kick to Rochdale. Their move was intricate, which bamboozled the Relics defence, and made a good shooting chance that was saved by Eddie. It was end to end stuff, with further shots from both sides; John W and Keith B both had good shots, which were saved, and Rochdale had a shot just wide right at the other end. This was a good result for the Relics, against the reigning champions, a 0 – 0 draw.
Bury Relics over 70’s 0 – 0 Rochdale Strollers.

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Manchester Senior Citizens.
This match was physical and competitive from the off, with lots of tackles going in from both sides, trying to gain some dominance in the game. Both John W and Tex were making tackles against the City team who were having more of the possession. This led to a City corner and shot, that Eddie did well to get down to and save. The Relics were now putting some multiple passing moves together, which led to a lay off by Jerry to John W, who hit a good shot but which was saved. Then after another regain in possession by the Relics, John W produced a nice turn and shot but again this was saved by the City keeper. The tide had turned and the Relics were putting pressure on City’s goal. One nice moment was when John W on the right-hand side of the area, hit a hard shot/cross across the area to Jerry, who hit a nice first time shot but which was saved. It was a good chance and the crowd were saying, wow, great move and that was close. The Relics were defending well and a few niggles were creeping into the game; nothing explosive but the tackles were firm, to let them know they were there. Jerry got the ball in an advanced position, and did a stepover/shuffle, and then hit a good shot that was wide. A final chance was created by John W, who, when receiving the ball with his back to goal, span and shot first time. Unfortunately, it was not on target. A good battle of a game, that was very close but with the Relics shading it on chances.
Bury Relics over 70’s 0 – 0 Manchester Senior Citizens

Bury Relics over 70’s versus Preston
The game started tit for tat, where each team was stringing a few passes together but both sides were not testing the goalies. But then John W found Jerry in a modicum of space, who turned quickly and put a low and powerful shot just wide. Then it was the turn of John W himself to have a shot, this time it was on target but the keeper made the save. The fastest thing seen all day was a yellow hatted player, who had the ability to move at speed around the pitch, while been undetected for running by the officials; luckily for the Relics, this did not lead to a goal. Following a failed Preston attack, Eddie, from the pre-goal division (similar to Tom Cruise in the pre-crime division- Minority Report), envisaged the goal that was about to happen. He visualized that Tex was in a bit of space at the back and quickly threw the ball to his feet. Tex then simultaneously looked up and played a first-time ball to the feet of Jerry, who was in an advanced position in space. The pass from Tex was like a laser guided cruise missile, that just had enough pace on the ball for Jerry to caress the ball with his instep, to bring it under sublime control, then to move it just ahead of him, which was in a perfect position to be hit. Jerry pulled his shooting leg back, like cocking a Magnum 44 hand gun, and let the hammer go, which catapulted the bullet ball into the roof of Preston’s goal. A magnificent move and tremendous finish into the roof of the net. This jolted Preston into life and they started pro-actively making chances and shots against the Relics goal. This led to an outstanding save by Eddie, who had to react quickly, to scoop the ball over his own cross-bar. A great save to keep it at one nil to the Relics. More Preston pressure ensued from the corner and some good last ditch defending by the Relics kept the score at 1 – 0. A tremendous result and well deserved from all the hard work the team had done today.
Bury Relics over 70’s 1 – 0 Preston

A big thank you and well done for a great team effort; the squad consisted: Pat the cat, John W, Keith B, Tony P, Jerry S, Tex, Peter A and Eddie the keeper. Also thanks to Keith S, Ken and Kodak Keith for supplying expert football coaching and the fabulous photos. And thanks to all the supporters who turned up despite the rain. Match report by Dr. John.

For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here