GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 65’s November

The Relics over 65’s started Match Day 3 top of the league, four points clear of Manchester Corinthians. On a tough day, with all games played in horrible cold drizzle, the Relics continued their unbeaten season but couldn’t maintain their league leading position over Corinthians who have got stronger every month.

The Relics dominated their first game of the day against Salcom, but couldn’t turn the domination into goals. The Relics went 1 – 0 up early on with a fantastic ball from Gaz in the Relics goal found Graham W on the edge of the Salcom area his quick turn and left footed shot across the Salcom keeper into the far corner put the Relics in front. Despite maintaining the pressure with numerous shots from Graham W, John W, and Tex the Relics were kept out until a stinging shot from Graham was parried out by the Salcom keeper straight into the path of Tex who smashed a ferocious shot passed the keeper to make it 2 – 0 to the Relics. A lapse in concentration late in the game let Salcom in to make it 2 – 1.
Final Score Relics 2 – Salcom 1

The second game of the day against Rochdale was a close game with not many chances to either side Gaz made a great save early on tipping the ball around the post before the Relics put the Rochdale goalkeeper under pressure with a trio of shots from Graham W, and John W that were kept out.
Final Score Relics 0 – Rochdale 0

Next up for the Relics were Manchester Senior Citizens which was another cagey encounter where the Relics were on top for most of the game with shots early on from Bob D and Graham W saved by the Citizen’s keeper. Tex and John W both had shots that fizzed past the post and, following a superb pass out from Gaz, John W had a shot saved by the Citizen’s keeper. Despite the pressure the Relics couldn’t break the deadlock.
Final Score Relics 0 – Citizens 0

The final game of the day was a top of the table clash against Manchester Corinthians who had won their earlier three games on the day and were pressing the Relics for top spot in the table. Both teams seemed to cancel each other out with not many chances falling to either side although the Relics had a couple of great chances with shots that were just wide of the Corinthian’s goal. Corinthians themselves had a chance late on in the game but Gaz pulled off a superb left handed finger tip save to push the ball onto the bar. The last few minutes saw Corinthians playing keep-ball, seemingly playing for the draw.
Final Score Relics 0 – Corinthians 0

The Relics played well in all the games and maintained their unbeaten record for the season. The discipline was excellent with not many free kicks, and no penalties conceded. Well done to all the players:– Gaz (gk), Graham W, Pete Shev, Bob D, Tex, John W, Keith H, and Manager Keiran. Also to Dr John for the post match brews in the rain. Thanks as usual to Kodak Keith for the photos.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 60’s November

On a beautiful sunny November day there was not a cloud in the sky as the Relics over 60’s started Match Day 3 of the GMWFL Autumn 2021 season. Four difficult games lay ahead, Relics need a good day to get off the bottom of the table, but this league is extremely tough this year.

The first game was a scrappy game against Bolton, inconsistent decisions and lack of control from the ref meant more stoppages than action, with the ref seeming to lose count of the number of Bolton offences. Not many chances were made by either team, but Gaz in the Relics goal made a couple of great saves before the Relics were finally awarded a penalty due to the Bolton foul count. Jo Mo stepped his well placed shot was well saved by the Bolton keeper. In the last few minutes the Relics were hit by the four offence rule, but the Bolton penalty was superbly saved by Gaz.
Final Score Relics 0 – Bolton 0

Next up was Wakefield, this was a much better game with flowing football. The Relics had the better of this game with shots from Stewart and Graham W saved by the Wakefield keeper before the Relics were awarded a penalty on the four offence rule. Graham stepped up his shot left the keeper stranded but thundered against the post. The Relics defence was like a fortress restricting Wakefield to only three shoys, all off target.
Final Score Relics 0 – Wakefield 0

The third game was another tough one against Rochdale, there are no easy games in this league. This game was the most open game of the day. Relics were on top in the early minutes with JoMo shooting over the bar. Soon after that Andy Rich from himself free on gaol, but his thunderbolt shot cannoned off the bar. More shots from JoMo, Graham W, and Stewart were saved by the Rochdale keeper. Rochdale then started a period of pressure resulting in four shots which were off target. The pressure paid off for Rochdale when a Bury foul on the edge of the box was deemed by the Ref to be stopping a goal scoring opportunity, the resultant penalty gave Gaz no chance and Rochdale went 1 – 0 up with just a few minutes left to play. The Relics when straight on the offences to try to get the equaliser with a shot from Stewart being turned for a corner. In the last minute a great ball from Graham W found JoMo on the edge of the box with his back to goal, a superb turn and left footed shot beat the keeper. a well deserved equaliser for the Relics.
Final score Relics 1 – Rochdale 1

The last game of the day was against league leaders Corinthians. Corinthians took the lead in the second minute with a close range shot that gave Gaz no chance, Graham W shot wide for the Relics shortly after but the game was mainly a midfield battle until Corinthians scored a second in the last minute.
Final score Relics 0 – Corinthians 2

Well done to all the players:– Gaz (gk), Graham W, Pete Shev, JoMo, Andy Rich, Keith S, Tony G and Manager Keiran, also to Kodak Keith H for the photos.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 70’s October

Another round of fixtures for the Bury Relics over 70s, on an October day that was a little overcast with a slight breeze but without rain. Travel conditions were hampered by road works but for the enthusiastic players, this was no obstacle as all were on time. This enthusiasm extended into the matches that saw the Relics dominate in all 3 games. The stats for possession, number of passes and number of shots were well in the Relics favour.

Bury Relics vs. Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders. First up were Blackpool in their traditional Orange strip. Early into the game, the Relics were passing well and Tex had a long range effort saved, when shortly after John W burst through from midfield that almost had him one on one with the keeper but for the ball just to run too far. Two close efforts for the Relics followed. Both sides were exchanging possession but Blackpool kept picking up fouls which led to a Relics penalty. John W confidently chose to take it and set himself. He stood motionless, one step back from the ball, and then confidently dispatched a side foot to the right hand of the keeper, who had no chance; 1 – 0 to the Relics. The Relics continued to dominate but were being penalised for tackles and the odd run. Jerry then made a good chance for Pete but his shot just went wide of the post. Blackpool were now having a few passes themselves and from one move, had a shot from the edge of Eddy’s area, but he was quickly down to make a save. The following passage of play saw the Relics concede a fourth foul and a penalty; the Blackpool striker hit it well but it went wide of the left hand post. A sigh of relief. The next Relics move nearly produced a second goal, where John W was in space to the left hand of the area, and his low shot across the goal hit the opposite post. A final Blackpool attack saw one of their players running clean through, and it was a one on one with Eddy, who kept his nerve and made the save. Final score was 1 – 0 to the Relics.

Relics vs. Rochdale AFC Strollers. The Relics went Eco friendly in their green bibs, and the start of this game saw both teams making multiple passing moves. This game seemed to flow as there were fewer penalty infringements than in the previous game. The Relics were moving the ball around well and it was exemplified by an 8 pass move that culminated in a fierce shot from Tex that just crept wide. Then John W tried his luck from long range but missed. Bob was having an influence on the game with his sharp intercepting and terrier like tackles, which was breaking up any Strollers rhythm. This was evident again when he made a goal saving tackle that did put the striker on the ground but no harm done from the fair tackle. Both Jerry and Keiren had shots go wide and saved respectively, but despite the Relics dominance, the Strollers defence stood firm and the final score was a 0 – 0 draw.

Bury Relics vs. Preston North End SW. The final game of the day was Preston and early on John W had a shot but surprisingly a free kick was given for an unknown infringement. Preston’s tall no. 9 was looking dangerous and tricky in attack, and Bob was using all his experience and guile to keep him at bay. However, as in previous games, the Relics started to dominate with their incisive passing and moving, leading to a Keiren shot which was saved. Another chance was made by the quick feet of John W; with a swivel to the side, he hit a shot just high and wide. The game adjacent to this pitch were having shooting accuracy issues as balls kept invading the pitch. However, soon after this the breakthrough was made. A defensive error gave possession away to the Relics and Keiren took full advantage by firing a low shot into the net, to the left hand side. 1 – 0 to the Relics! Eddy was then called into action twice as Preston tried to get back into the game. Relics made several more chances from Tex and Keiren but no more goals were made. This was a good performance, with the Relics winning 1 – 0.

Congratulations, a thank you and well done to all the Relics players/staff on the day An almost full squad of 8 Bury Relic players were available for manager Keith Swain to choose from; the all-star squad consisted of Eddy (GK), John W, Tex, Bob, Tony P,  Peter A, Jerry and Keiren.

As special thank you to Kodak Keith for the great pictures and to Dr. John for brews and giving the team diabetes (with all the chocolate). And to all the supporters that turned out.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 65’s October

The Relics over 65’s continued their unbeaten run on the second match day of the Autumn 2021 season of the GMWFL. Exciting games, a disallowed penalty, 3 late goals and three goals in three separate games for JoMo, read on …

The first game saw the Relics dominate Salcom without having anything to show for it until the very last minute when JoMo scored from long range into the bottom left hand corner of the net. The Relics thought they had gone 1 – 0 up from a penalty midway through the game, but John W’s ‘goal’ was controversially disallowed for 2 steps.
The Relics dominated so much that Gaz in the Relics goal had nothing to do apart from organising the Relics defence like a general organising the troops, maybe getting himself a new nickname in the process ‘General Gaz’ 🙂
Final score Relics 1 Salcom 0

The Relics dominated the second game too, this time against Rochdale where JoMo scored his second goal of the day with a beauty of a shot. General Gaz again did not have a shot to save but spent his time organizing his defence. The game got a bit nervous for the Relics when the Ref shouted ‘You’re on 3 Bury’ meaning one more offence would result in a penalty to Rochdale, however the Relics dominance continued and culminated in a game of ‘keep-ball’ for the last 3 minutes ensuring the 1 – 0 victory for the Relics
Final score Relics 1 Rochdale 0

The third game was a tough encounter against Manchester Senior Citizens who started the game well with a shot that fizzed past the post, Relics started to get on top, but a Citizens breakaway found a player free who rifled one past General Gaz who got his left hand to the shot but the shot was too strong. Citizens 1 – Relics 0
The game was then all Bury but seemed to be slipping away. As the clock ticked down JoMo stepped up in the last minute with a cracking shot for his third goal of the day and an equaliser for The Relics.
Final Score Relics 1 Citizens 1

Final game of the day another tough one, this time against Corinthians. This game was played at a much faster pace, most of it played in midfield with neither keeper having much to do. Midway through the game the Relics went 1 – 0 down when a Corinthians player was free on the right hand side of the box, the shot giving General Gaz no chance. The Relics fought back well with shots from John W and Graham W testing the keeper but it looked like it would be in vain until a great turn and pass from John W on the edge of the Corinthians box found Graham W who’s powerful shot gave the Corinthians keeper no chance. Corinthians pressed for the winner and a deflected shot hit the woodwork and went for a corner. From the corner the ball ricocheted around the Bury goal with General Gaz pulling off a great save to keep the score 1 – 1
Final score Relics 1 Corinthians 1

Well done for four great performances on the day from all the players:– Gaz (gk), Graham W, Pete Shev, Tex, John W, JoMo, Keith H, Manager Keiran, and thanks to super sub Kodak Keith H for the photos

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

Relics loan players shine for Maccabi

The Relics loaned three players to Maccabi for their Greater Manchester Walking Football Over 60’s League 3 games on 14th October 2021.
Relics players Pat Fitz, Andy Rich and Mark T were drafted in to help the depleted Maccabi squad. They all came out with glowing accolades. Thanks to young Chris F for the Report below.

Well done today to the Relics who played.
You really made the difference for Maccabi today, and ultimately some good results including the dominant 4-0 victory.
Andy was the go to man throughout, all the play went through him and a goal there for his efforts. Mark was solid and composed at the back and played the ball out well when he actually got time on the pitch (which wasn’t enough in my opinion). And Pat the cat had a penalty save, and definitely kept the side in for the draw in the final match with some fantastic keeping.

Mike Dickson from Maccabi sent the following email appreciating our loanees …

Dear Keiran
I would like to thank you and the boys who played for us today.
All the our guys really appreciated the efforts of Pat, who kept us in all the games and Andy and Mark for their contributions.
It made a fantastic difference to our lads to go into every game thinking we had a chance of winning and to leave Heywood with heads held high.
Please pass on our thanks to everyone.

Kind regards,



GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 60’s October

What a fantastic day of skilled and competitive football in the sunshine; the Relics over 60’s heroes were back in action but were unfortunate not to get the rub of the green.

The action started with a 0 – 0 draw against Bolton where Gaz had to make some sensational saves early on but the Relics then settled down in a rhythm with plenty of shots. Pete was great at marking the opposing attacker and kept him quiet. Graham had a couple of shots that were just wide of the mark, and Stewart had a few shots saved by the Bolton keeper. Then suddenly the Relics had a clever breakaway, where Keith S had a great shot saved by their keeper. The deadlock could not be broken by either team and it ended all square.

Next up were Wakefield who pressed the Relics high and marked well and this restricted the Relics just to a few shots. Following a great shot by Andy on the turn, which just clipped the outside of the post, the game was pretty even. Wakefield were making chances and taking shots but Gaz was equal to them and made at least 3 good saves. However, unfortunately, Wakefield latched onto a throw out and managed to score, giving Gaz no chance this time. The final score was 1 – 0 to Wakefield.

The third game was against Rochdale and this was another close affair. Relics started well and had shots from Andy and Stewart but Rochdale also had shots which forced Gaz into some good saves. Midway through the game Rochdale had a really powerful shot that Gaz initially saved but the power was too strong and carried the ball over the line. Relics pressed hard for an equalizer but did not have enough time to do it. Final score was 1 – 0 to Rochdale.

The final game of the day was against the top of the league Corinthians but the Relics looked the better team. The Relics were on top for most of the game but without having many shots. Corinthians were playing hard and making too many runs and fouls, which led to a penalty to the Relics based on the 4 foul rule. Graham stepped up and took a powerful penalty to the stranded keepers left, which hit the post and rebounded clear. The Corinthians pushed for a winner late on but Tony G battled hard to prevent them. The final results of the day was 0 – 0.

A well done to all the Relics players on the day: Gaz (GK), Pete Shev, Tony G, Graham W, Keith S, Stewart W and Andy R. Also a thank you to the manager Keiren.

As usual a thank you to Kodak Keith for super photos and Dr. John for brews. All support appreciated.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

Presentation Night 2022

The date is set for the 2nd Relics Presentation Night, save the date … Friday 28th January 2022 at Radcliffe Borough, 7pm until 11:00pm.

The last (and first) Presentation Night on 17th January 2020 was a great night of good food, good entertainment, and good company so don’t miss out.

The event is open to all Relics players, partners, family and friends. Tickets prices and availability will be announced in due course.

We are looking forward to being entertained by the sensational musical trio of Jomo, Norman Moot and Dr. John

Community Sessions Resume

Walking Football Returns to Castle Leisure Centre

A fantastic way to keep healthy and have fun!
Sessions open to people of all ages and abilities.
Come along, have fun, meet new friends and keep fit.

Community Walking Football returns to Castle Leisure Centre in Bury following the lifting of COVID restrictions. The Sessions will re-start on Tuesday 5th October 2021 and will run every Tuesday at 11:15am until 12:00 noon.
The sessions will be hosted by Bury Relics players and are open to people of all ages and abilities, men and women.

📆When? Every Tuesday 11.15am

💷How much? £3.50 per session (free to members)

🤝Join us:

Advance bookings and walk-ins welcome!

🥾 walk-ins – check in at reception

To book a session go to:


GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 70’s September

The over 70’s started their GMWFL Autumn 2021 season with solid performances throughout the three games, but once again some strange refereeing decisions and lady luck went against the Relics.

The day started with a 0 – 0 draw against Blackpool. The Relics started well with a great shot from Keiran forcing the Blackpool keeper into a equally great save. Shortly followed by a typical Tex shot which flew wide of the post. The game was evenly match but the foul count was ticking over, and is wasn’t long before Blackpool had a penalty due to the four offence rule. The Blackpool spot kick was well struck into the bottom corner, but Eddie was equal to it getting down low to his right hand side to keep the ball out, great save. A few chances fell to both sides, but no goals and the game finished 0 – 0

Next up was a tough encounter with Rochdale where the Relics were on top from the start with Jerry’s shot getting turned for a corner by the keeper. The decisions of the match official were going against the Relics with Keiran getting frustrated and eventually receiving a Blue card sending off. While Keiran was side-lined and with the Relics a man down, Rochdale took the lead with a fine goal that gave Eddie no chance. Keiran came back on and just as the Relics were rewarded with a four offence penalty. Tex stepped up and put a shot into the bottom right hand corner sending the keeper the wrong way. Another Tex thunderbolt shortly after hit the post with the Dale keeper beaten. Rochdale sealed the game with a four offence penalty which Eddie had no chance. Final score Rochdale 2 Relics 1

The last game was a close encounter against Preston with the Relics on top for most of the game but Preston took the lead to go one up and held on until the very last minute when a four offence penalty was awarded to the Relics. Up stepped Tex again to strike a great shot down into the keepers bottom left hand corner, but somehow he dived full length and stretched his left arm to keep the ball out. The game didnt have time to restart and the Relics had gone down 0 – 1

Well done to the Relics lads who surely deserved more out of the day … Eddie (gk), Pete A, Jerry, Pat, Tex, Keiran and Tony P. Also to manager Ken.

Thanks to Kodak Keith for the photos.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 65’s September

The Relics over 65’s made a good start to their Autumn 2021 season with 2 – 0 win against Salcom, followed by a 0 – 0 draw against Rochdale Strollers. The third game against Manchester Senor Citizens also ended 0 – 0 but an admin error from the Citizens resulted in them having to forfeit the game 1 – 0 to The Relics. The final game against Manchester Corinthians ended up with a tough 1 – 0 win for The Relics. The 10 points on the day saw Relics end the day top of the league.

Well done to the players on the day – Gaz (gk), Bob D, Graham W, Pete Shev, Tex, John W, JoMo. and Manager Ken B.

Thanks to Dr John for providing the detailed match reports below.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

Game 1; Bury Relics vs. Salcom

The day was warm with some sunshine and after a pre-game meeting by the league, where all teams were warned about filling in forms correctly, the games got underway with the mighty Bury Relics first playing Salcom. After a good team talk by Ken, the Relics got off to a good start by stringing multiple passes together around all of the team, with the first chance going to Tex, who hit a shot just wide of the post after a six pass move. Then further pressure from the Relics led to another chance, a daisy cutter from Graham that just whistled past the post. The Relics really had the wind in their sails and were pressing for a first goal which came from absolute screamer by Tex. He received the ball left hand side of the box, some distance away, and let fly with a howitzer into the top left hand corner of the net. The support went into a frenzy of appreciative applause; it would be a goal of the month contender if on match of the day. Salcom had some passing moves but were not really threatening the Relics goal, while for the Relics, Jomo shot just wide of the right hand post. The constant Relics pressure lead to 4 foul offences by Salcom and Graham stepped up to take the penalty and confidently put away to make it 2.0. A John W shot brought a good save from the keeper, who tipped it onto a post. However, there was a bit of controversy about another John W shot that the keeper palmed into his own net but the Ref disallowed the goal because there was a 2nd ball on the pitch. Salcom did get 2 chances to score later in the game, one from the penalty spot after the 4 foul rule which was shot wide, and then another chance when on a clean break away, this time Gaz made a very good save by tipping the shot onto the post and away to safety. This was a very strong Bury Relics performance and a 2.0 win to start with.
Result = Relics win 2.0

Game 2; Bury Relics vs. Rochdale Strollers

This game was a lot closer, where both teams were playing good passing football and also marking well. Bob was shadowing their striker around the pitch. John W had a good shot to the top left but just missed. The Strollers managed to create a chance and the shot was well saved by Gaz. This was turning out to be a stale mate but towards the end of the game, The Relics had a free kick and the subsequent play led to several shots by the Relics and a corner. The players from both sides had to be content with a goalless draw and a shake of the hands at full time.
Result = Relics draw 0.0

Game 3; Bury Relics vs. Manchester Senior Citizens

This game, not long after kick off, seemed a little aggressive, with John W angrily pulling their number 11 out of the way. After this things calmed down and good play was done by both teams. Graham manufactured a good opportunity by performing a precise tight turn when receiving the ball back to goal and taking a shot, which was close to the top left hand corner but was just wide. Another Relics move and Graham was fouled; from the resulting free kick, Jomo made a run and hit a great shot, but the Ref blew for running. Citizens were having trouble coping with the intricate and precise passing of the Relics and this led to a 4 foul penalty to the Relics. Although Graham hit a good low penalty to the left of the keeper, the keeper managed to get down to it. In subsequent play, John W had a good long shot that just missed, then on the counter Citizens brought out a great save from Gaz. Pete had a good game defending, and Jomo hit the crossbar toward the end of the game but it was not to be..
Result = Relics draw 0.0, but upgraded to a Relics 1.0 win due to an admin error by The Citizens

Game 4; Bury Relics vs. Manchester Corinthians.

The final game of the day was a challenging one against the Corinthians. This game had a lot of good passing moves from both teams but also was littered with interceptions, where players from opposing teams will anticipate a pass and make a short run to intercept. Notably Bob played a very good ball through to Graham and put him in the clear but could not test the keeper on this occasion. Both teams moving the ball around and Corinthians shooting wide. Gaz tried to play a one two with a Relics defender but an interception was made and Gaz pulled off a great save to deny a goal for the Corinthians. Graham’s marker had been trying to nip in front of Graham all game to get the ball, but Graham was now wise to it now and fashioned a long range shot from slightly left of the goal. It travelled a long way, low and bobbling, onto the right hand post, where the ball rebounded towards the keeper, who had dived, and then into the net off the keepers back; great goal and well deserved for the battling performance. There were chances for both teams towards the end of the game, most notably was the triple save Gaz had to make after Corinthians had intercepted several of his throw-outs. Two of those saves were very good and preserved the Relics lead, and that’s how it finished, 1.0.
Result = Relics win 1.0