GMWFL Spring 2022 – Great effort from the depleted over 60’s

Another weather summary to start, and what a difference a day makes, today was sunny skies and moderate temperatures, great weather for playing walking football.
The Relics over 60’s whites needed a good day having started the day at the foot of Division 1.

It was a tough start for the Relics in a top v bottom clash against a very talented, quick, and tough Kingsmaid who started the day top of the league.
Kingsmaid were on the offensive right from the start testing Gaz in the Relics goal from the kick off, forcing Gaz into a number of good saves one of which left looking round for the ball but he managed to get his bearings and stop the ball from spinning over the line.
The Relics task was a tough one and it became even tougher when Terry was hit by a hard tackle and had to come off. That was the end of Terry’s playing time for the day as he took no further part in any games.
The Relics gave as good as they got with JoMo, Dog, and Graham W combining well and testing the Kingsmaid keeper. Eventually the Kingsmaid pressure paid off when a low hard shot beat Gaz to put them 1 – 0 up.
Kingsmaid were now playing keep ball stopping the Relics from getting possession. The Relics kept the pressure on with a great sharp turn and left foot shot from Graham went just wide. Other attempts on the Kingsmaid goal from JoMo, Dog, and Graham were all close.
In the final moments the Relics committed a foul just outside the Relics box, the ref deemed it a goal scoring opportunty and therefore a penalty to Kingsmaid. The penalty was well place and hit too strong for Gaz. The final whistle went as soon as the penalty went in.
Final score Relics 0 – Kingmaid 2
It was a good performance from the Relics that wasn’t reflected in the scoreline.

A tough day continued with the next game against second in the table Corinthians.
Both teams started well. Corinthians tested Gaz who was called into action with a great couple of saves. Relics responded with some great passing moves forcing the Corinthians keeper into some good saves.
Relics went ahead from a fantastic flowing move from the back. Gaz to Graham who passed to Dog, he found JoMo with a great through ball, JoMo kept his composure and slotted a great ball past the keeper. Relics 1 – 0 up.
Relics were now on top with shots from Keith S and Graham saved by the keeper, and Dog shooting just wide. Relics where playing keep-ball themselves now but it didn’t stop Corinthians from getting forward and creating chances, one shot hit the corner of the crossbar and the post, another forced Gaz into a great save down low to his left hand side. The Relics held on to achieve a memorable win, with a great all round performance.

Next up was another tough game, this time against Rochdale.
The Relics continued where they left off against Corinthians playing fast paced, pass and move, football with new signing Gordon, (Dog) impressive in midfield.
The Relics created some great chance from flowing passing moves. Dog > JoMo > Graham, turn and shot just wide. Dog > Graham > Jo<o shot blocked.
Rochdale replied with a long range shot from the right hand side nearly caught Gaz out but he pulled off a save to tip the ball over for a corner. Then from a Rochdale breakaway Gaz made another save.
The action concluded with more Relics flowing passing moves, Graham, > JoMo > Graham whose shot was saved.
A super performance from the Relics who were a little unlucky to only finish with a 0 – 0 draw.

Final game of the day for The Relics was Wakefield. This was another close game.
Wakefield started well with a strong shot that Gaz saved, pushing it over for a corner. Then a quick turn and shot through a Relics defenders legs was well saved by Gaz.
The Relics continued to play good flowing, passing football. Keith S had a great chance. Following an interchange of passes between Keith S > Dog > JoMo > Dog, Keith S made a good overlap down the left and got the ball from Dog his left foot shot was just wide, but what a great move.
At the back Wayne and Keith S were restricting were restricting the Wakefield chances, and when they did get through Gaz was there to make key saves. Another competitive performance from the Relics, but no goals and a final score of Relics 0 – Wakefield 0

Another tough day at Heywood for the Relics summed up very nicely by coach Ken on the WhatsApp group … “Well what a tremendous effort from the 60s today with only 6 outfield players fit and then Terry gets injured in our first game and Pat subbing for us plus a player I borrowed, we played some great stuff and won 1-nil v Corinthians drew nil nil with both Rochdale and Wakefield and lost to Kingsmaid, but give them a tough game. Really proud of the effort and some cracking we’ve found a gem in the dog.”

Well done to all the Relics: Gaz (gk), Tony G, Wayne, Keith S, Terry H, JoMo, Graham W. Gordon (Dog), Super sub Pat, Manager Ken B.

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

GMWFL Spring 2022 – 10 point day for the Relics over 70’s

Typical Heywood weather of cloudy skies, heavy rain, and freezing breeze greeted the players as they arrived at Heywood for game day three for the over 70’s. Thankfully the Relics play was in total contrast with bright football that brought a ten point haul from the day’s four games.

First game of the day for the Relics was Blackpool.
The Relics started well, keeping possession, and working the ball forward which resulted in a shot from Keiran going wide. Blackpool replied with a shot that was also wide. Another passing move from the back for the Relics resulted in a shot from Keiran well saved by the Blackpool keeper. Tex was running the play now and seemed to be everywhere, he found some space on the left, cut in and shot but was just wide. The Relics struck when a pass from defence found Keiran free in the inside right position, his shot cannoned in of the far post to put the Relics 1 – 0 up.
The Relics lost their rhythm after the goal and Blackpool took advantage with a shot wide following a free kick, then a misdirected pass from the Relics defence was intercepted but the resultant shot from Blackpool was over head height.
The Relics finally regained their composure with shots from Keiran going wide, a rare shot from Tony P went narrowly wide, Tex capped the action off with a carry from the halfway line and low grass cutter shot that was inches wide.
Final score Relics 1 – Blackpool 0

Next up was Rochdale. Last season’s champions started the day top of the league. A tough game was in prospect.
Rochdale started with a long spell of possession but it wasn’t long before the Relics started working their magic with John W and Tex working well together down the left hand side with Tex feeding John W who shot wide, then Tex shot high and wide, John W had another shot just wide. John W then pounced on a mis-control from a Rochdale defender, set himself up and blasted a shot passed the Rochdale keeper. Relics 1 – 0 up.
Jerry could have doubled the Relics lead but his shot was saved, and John W worked himself into a great position but shot just wide. A great performance from the Relics.
Final score Relics 1 Rochdale 0

Another tough game followed this time against Manchester Senior Citizens, which are always tough games. However the Relics were full of confidence after the opening two wins. The Relics started well with John W shooting wide following a free kick. The Citizens then played a period of possession with neither side really testing the others keeper.
The game was a tough midfield battle with both teams struggling to gain control. Then a pass from Dave Mo from the back found John W free on the edge of the box, who took his time and blasted his shot past the keeper. Relics 1 – 0 up
The last half-chance of the game came when a great turn and pass from John W found Jerry whose powerful shot was saved by the keeper.
Final score Relics 1 – Citizens 0

So into the last game of the day. The Relics had gone three wins from three games; could they make it a full house against Preston?
Not quite! The Relics were on top for most of this game and started with a turn and shot from Keiran that was saved. Tex ha a hard low shot that just went outside the far post before John W set him up again but the shot was well saved by the keeper.
Preston replied with a well worked shot that was saved by Eddie.
Keiran worked himself a good opening but his shot from a tight angle was saved. John W then ha a fantastic effort from the left hand side, following a free kick Johns shot was heading into the bottom right hand corner, but the keeper made a fantastic save to tip it round the post.
Preston had a couple of good chances that Eddie was equal to. Keiran then set up Tex but the shot was again brilliantly tipped round the post by the Preston keeper. John W ad the final piece of action when he worked himself a good opening on the right hand side but his powerful left foot shot was just wide. Preston had held on for a draw.
Final Score Relics 0 – Preston 0

A good day at the office for John W, and his ‘Wizard of Oz’ red boots getting two of the three Relics goals, which resulted in 10 points from a possible 12 for the Relics and saw them leapfrog from third position in the league to top of the table with one match day (4 games) left to play.

Well done to all the players Eddie (GK), Bob D, Tony P. Dave Mo, Pete A, Jerry S, John W, Tex, and Keiran, and Manager Keith S. Thanks for all the supporters that braved the weather.

Thanks as usual to Kodak Keith for the photo’s

… and finally the sun came out.

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

National Cup Round 2 – Fixture dates confirmed.

Dates have been confirmed for the Relics fixtures in Round 2 of the Pharmacy2U WFA National Cup. The dates, times, and venues are below …

Over 60’s –
Bury Relics v Fleetwood Town Flyers, Sat 7th May, kick off 11am,
Goshen Sports Centre, Tennyson Avenue, Bury BL9 9RG

Over 65’s –
Winstanley Walkers v Bury Relics, Sun 15th May, kick off 2pm
Little Lane, Goose Green, Wigan, WN3 6PZ

Spectators are welcome at both games, so come along and support The Relics.

GMWFL Spring 2022 – Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes’ valiant efforts

The sun has got his hat on, hip-hip-hooray! I drive up and am welcomed into Heywood by the sun wearing Ray-ban sun glasses and 2 trees in full pink blossom glory. These were good conditions for the Bury Relics stripes to produce high quality walking football, to build on their solid start they made last time out. More importantly, hopefully there was to be no injuries this time.

Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes versus Ribble Valley WFC.
The Bury stripes started well, with good passing and moving, just like in training. A chance was constructed for John M to have a shot at the Ribble goal but it was too high. The subsequent Ribble free-kick did not produce a meaningful attack, and in the following Relics attack, big Andy “van” R up-front, received the ball and was challenged by a Ribble defender. You could audibly hear the crunch of the tackle, but Andy’s feet were quick enough to glide the ball into a goal scoring position whilst remaining on his feet, with only the keeper to beat. Now, it was like the clock had stopped, as when Andy was about to shoot, the Ref belatedly decided to blow his whistle for a free-kick. In truth, the advantage should have been played as it was a goal scoring chance. Now, all the Ribble defence could get back into position to deal with the free-kick. From the following Relics move, Ribble quickly intercepted and passed promptly to their striker up-front, who let fly with a ferocious shot; Eddy was equal to it, to make a terrific save, and soon after Eddy had to make another save. Relics were playing reasonably well but had now given the ball away twice, to present chances to the Ribble. Eddy was keeping the sheet clean. Before half time, there was an improvement by Relics, where they built a chance for John M, who had a decent shot but was just too high. Half time, and Marshal Mont Ken decided to give Keith H a rest as he had worked his socks off up-front, trying to support the Relics midfield. Watford Mark was on in his place. The first shot on goal in the second period went to Ribble, who hit a hard one, low but wide of the goal; Eddy still had to make a dive to be sure. Tony G and Andy were battling well in the middle, trying to wrestle the ball away from the Ribble. From the resulting play, came the moment of the game for the Relics; they had battled hard to release Andy through the middle, with support from John M to his right. Andy “van” R was through on goal, about 6 yards out, and closing in on goal. I could imagine Andy’s brain minions making calculations on the best course of action. Should I shoot high? Low? Pass to John? The minions had their rulers, protractors and theodolites out, and precisely measured the final shot, that was a low and powerful side-foot, to the left of the diving goal-keeper. Goal! It was a great goal by Andy, and a good decoy by John, who had put the defence in 2 minds. The Relics continued to make good chances and John M made a good shot that was saved by their keeper. Then, in the dying moments of the game, one of the Ribble players almost produced a bit of magic, where he received the ball with his back to goal, span, and then hit a good shot that was saved by Eddy. Relief, as that was close. A great first game for the Relics, in terms of the result, but the Ribble had several chances of their own. 1 – 0 to the Stripes.
Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes 1 – 0 Ribble Valley WFC.

Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes versus Wakefield Wanderers Whites.
Wakefield began the game on the front foot, attacking the Relics goal, and only good defending by Wayne prevented a clear shot by the Wakefield attacker. The counter attack by the Relics, involved Andy getting a pass off to John M, who’s shot was blocked. Then, again, possession was regained by the Relics, which led to an Andy dribble and shot, which was also blocked. Wakefield then went down the other end, and produced an “Av It!” shot, to give Relics a free-kick. Then it was the Relics turn for an attack, where Tony G made a nice pass to John M, who made a quick turn and shot, but was unlucky as the keeper got to it. Keith H, not to be outdone by the earlier “Av It”, decided to try one himself, and his reached higher altitude. Then came a great multiple passing move by the Relics, involving Wayne, Keith, Andy and finally to John M, who was clean through on goal, only to be thwarted by the referees whistle for running. Watford Mark was now back on, and he was creating a lot of space for himself on the right, waiting to get a pass. Once he got the ball, he made good use of the possession to find John M in space, who shot was just wide. A good move. Then, after a Wakefield move and shot, Eddy got the ball to Tony G, who made a foray forward down the right side, and had a shot blocked and out for a corner to the Relics. The corner came to nothing but the subsequent Relics attack saw Jomo fire a pass to Mark, who shot wide. Then Wayne turned creator to find Keith H up-front, who fired a decent shot but just whistled wide, grazing the post on the way. Bury looked the better passing team but the foul count had accumulated to 3, and John M was on 2 himself. So, the team played cautiously until the final whistle went, for a 0-0 draw result.
Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes 0 – 0 Wakefield Wanderers Whites.

Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes versus Winstanley Walkers.
The first half was absolutely terrific for the Relics, with the theme of, all hands on deck. Winstanley are a very fit and mobile team and the Relics were marking them well defensively, which was a lot. The Winstanley striker had good ability, with a sharp turn that he employed often, and Eddy was called into action twice from his turn and shots. Great saves by Eddy, and the striker will be disappointed not to have scored at least one of them. Then Eddy was called into action a third time, as Winstanley fashioned another chance, but again Eddy made a good save. Big Andy R was battling away, and he won a free-kick, when their defender put his turbos on, and came from behind to get in front of him to intercept Wayne’s pass. However, the Ref spotted the dragster like pace and awarded the Relics a free-kick for running. The subsequent move came to nothing but what was now evident in the game, Andy was battling hard in midfield and was getting upset by some of the Winstanley tackles. Unfortunately, this led to a brain minion blowing a fuse, and quickly instructing Andy to commit a professional foul on one of their midfielders, who was getting away from him with the ball. The Ref was not happy and it was a free-kick to Winstanley. Then, half time came; The Relics had worked very hard in the first half and did well to come in at 0 – 0. For the second half, Ken re-shuffled the team and early on came the moment that may haunt Wayne and Eddy for a while, as it was severe top-spin that produced the only goal of the game. Winstanley attacked the Relics goal, and a ball was played up to their striker, hard along the turf, but the ball was not precisely passed and Wayne could see the opportunity to intercept by making a challenge. However, at the same time, their striker pictured in his mind, being carried around like a hero, if he could get there first and score to give the win for his team. Well, that did not exactly transpire, but it did lead to the goal. Two feet, one from Wayne and one from their attacker, reached the ball at the same time, but the attacker had more chalk on his toe-caps as the impact put a lot of top-spin on the ball, that Ronnie O’Sullivan will be proud of, and that enabled the ball to bounce like a bouncing bomb, and crucially, bounce over the despairing arms of Eddy the keeper and into the net. It was 1 – 0 to Winstanley. The last 5 minutes of the game showed that Winstanley know how to manage out a game, by not going all out attacking but just keeping possession. This was aided by their fitness as they were able to move around the pitch freely and find space to receive the passes. It should be noted though, one player was a reader of the Beano, and his favourite character must have been Billy Whizz, enough said. Winstanley were the stronger team but Relics were unlucky as Eddy had made several great saves in this game, only to end up being beaten by a top-spin ricochet. Result, 1 – 0 to Winstanley.
Bury Relics over 60’s Stripes 0 – 1 Winstanley Walkers.

The labour and efforts put in by all the team were appreciated. Ken and Keith S did a good job of guiding and organizing the team. Today’s squad consisted: Andy “van” R, John M “jomo”, Keith H, Watford Mark, Tony G, Wayne and Eddie the keeper. Thanks to Keith B for the photos, and a massive thank you to the injured Nev who turned up in his storm trooper boot to cheer on the Relics. Match report by Dr. John.

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

GMWFL Spring 2022 – 65’s unbeaten after match day 2

Match Day 2 for the over 65’s started with the Relics unbeaten from Match Day 1, but still in 2nd from bottom spot in the league on a total of four points, one point from each of the Match Day one games. The Relics needed to turn the draws into wins to keep in touch with the league leaders.

The first game was against league leaders Corinthians. The game started well for the Relics with a good period of possession that fizzled out on the edge of the Corinthians area. Corinthians replied with their own period of possession which ended with a shot that went wide.
The Relics started to play some great football and created half a chance for Graham W but the ball just ran away from him. Shortly after Graham was away on a break from the Relics half, one on one with the keeper but the keeper saved Grahams effort, the rebound broke to John W who’s shot was also saved by the keeper. The Relics were really well on top now, playing really good football. Tex had another effort that went just wide, then Graham had another long carry from the half way line and with Corinthians defenders bearing down on him from all angles he shot just wide.
Corinthians had one effort from the left hand side which Gaz got down well to save, then shortly after had a weak shot that went wide.
The Corinthian foul count was mounting up now, and inevitably the four-offence penalty came to the Relics. Graham W stepped up calmly and slotted the ball into the net with power and precision. Relics 1 – 0 up, and thoroughly deserved.
The Relics were soon on 3 foul themselves and in the last couple of minutes, following a nervous spell, committed another which resulted in a penalty for Corinthians which was put away confidently giving Gaz no chance. 1 – 1. Corinthians had snatched a draw at the death and the Relics had drawn again!
Final score Relics 1 – Corinthians 1

The Relics couldn’t carry the great form from the first game into second game against Manchester Senior Citizens. The game was a tight midfield game with the Citizens having the most of the shots, the most notable hitting Gaz’s post. Following a breakaway The Citizens squandered another chance by shooting wide.
The Relics responded with a great shot from JoMo, but that was just wide. The final whistle blew and the Relics had drawn again!
Final score Relics 0 – Citizens 0

The next game was Rochdale, who started the day bottom of the table, but on the same number of points as The Relics. Could the Relics stop the run of draws and get a win?
The Relics were on top for all the game, Graham showed off his footwork skills on the edge of the box but the Rochdale defender managed to get a toe in. The Relics continued to press, and a shot from a tight angle on the right hand side from John W, was initially stopped by the keeper, but JW’s bright new red boots put so much spin on the ball that it rolled back over the keeper into the net. Relics 1 – 0 up.

It wasn’t long before the Relics doubled the lead when a through ball from JoMo found John W free and the new red boots did the trick again. Relics 2 – 0 up, surely they weren’t going to let this lead slip away?

The Relics continued to press with a shot from Pete Shev following a free kick getting blocked. The continual pressure forced an error from Rochdale when a defender running across the box was spotted by the ref, and all of Heywood, resulting in a penalty for the Relics. There were shouts of ‘give it to John’, ‘let john take it’ but John pointed out the Graham W was the penalty taker and left it to him. Graham duly slotted the ball home, but amid all the cheers from the touchline the fans initially missed that the ref had disallowed the goal saying that Graham had taken more than one step. At last the Relics had got a win.
Final score Relics 2 – Rochdale 0

Final game of the day was Preston, and it was Preston who had the first attempt when a man was free on the left, his shot was saved by Gaz. This shook the Relics into action and they started to play with the same confidence, passing and movement, as the previous game. A nice tight turn and shot from Graham went wide. There was a mix up in the Preston defence following the throw out and JoMo pounced on the ball, his shot was too good for the keeper. Relics 1 – Preston 0.
Preston replied with a shot following a free kick that was saved by Gaz. Gaz was called into action again shortly after with another fine save.
The Relics were on top and were awarded a penalty following four fouls from Preston. This time John W stepped up and produced a hat trick for the day leaving the Preston keeper mesmerised by his red boots and rooted to the spot. The Relics could have had a third goal late on when JoMo was free on the left hand side, his shot beat the keeper but thundered against the post and out.
Final score Relics 2 – Preston 0

The Relics ended up unbeaten on the day with a respectable points haul of 8 points which deserved more from the really excellent play. It was a pleasure to watch and if you missed it, well, … make sure you turn up for the next games.

Well done to all the Relics: Gaz (gk), Tex, Tony G, Pete Shev, Graham W, John W, JoMo, Manager Ken

Sorry no photo’s today.

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

National Cup – Round 2 draw

The draw has been made for the Pharmacy2u WFA National Cup second round.

In the over 60’s category, the Relics have been drawn at home against Fleetwood Town Flyers. Fleetwood currently sit second in Division 2 of the Greater Manchester Walking Football League.

The over 65’s have an away tie at Winstanley Walkers, a repeat of last years Round one tie when Winstanley knocked the Relics over 65’s out of the competition 2 – 1 after extra time.

Matches are to be played between 7th to 15th May 2022.

The full Round 2 draw is here
Round 1 Results are here …

Another year of record entries in all age groups, with a total of 246 teams entered. The sport’s only national knock-out tournament started in April and will conclude with the Grand Finals in September, this year to be held at the famous Lilleshall National Sport Centre.

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