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

Relics Whites and Relics Orange share top spot at Maccabi

The Relics Whites and the Relics Orange teams shared the ‘trophy’ at the Maccabi Mini Tournament. The tournament consisted of six teams, three Relics teams, two Salocm teams and Maccabi, split into two divisions of three teams.
The Relics Whites topped group A, and the Relics Orange topped group B to meet in the final which ended 1 – 1.
As the competition had exceeded the pitch hire time there wasn’t any time for extra time or penalties, so the ‘trophy’ was declared shared.

All the results are on the 2022 Fixtures and Results page.
Final table positions are below.
Apologies for no photos, Kodak Keith was on holiday.

Relics Whites2200406
Salcom Blue2101213
Relics Orange2110214
Salcom Yellow2101223
Relics Blues2011231

Well done to all the Relics players involved :-
Whites – Eddie (GK), Tony G, Graham W, Gerry L, Keith B, Alan B, John H
Blues – Gaz (GK), JoMo, Tex, Ayaz, Jerry S, Tony P, Peter A, Watford Mark.
Relics Orange, Chris F (GK), Terry H, Pete Shev, Iain D, Mark T, Nev K, Andy Rich

Special thanks and well done to the two refs, Pat and Ken, who had to put up with a lot of complaining and disputes but handled the games extremely well.

Team News and Fixtures Update

Please note the team news and fixtures information below.
The information included in this update covers:-

  • Relics additional team in the GMWFL.
  • 60’s and 65’s enter National Cup.
  • 65’s qualify for the League Champions Cup.
  • Dates for the GMWFL Spring 2022 season.

Additional Team in the GMWFL
The Relics have entered an additional team into the Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) for the Spring 2022 season. The Relics will now have two teams in the over 60’s age group and one team in each of the over 65’s and over 70’s age groups. The new team will start in Division 5 of the over 60’s league.

Walking Football League National Cup.
This season The Relics will be venturing into the Walking Football League National Cup with two teams, an over 60’s team and an over 65’s team. the first round games will be in April, dates to be confirmed.

Champions League
The Relics over 65’s have qualified for the League Champions Cup which involves first and second place teams in various walking football leagues coming together in a finals day.
This will be held on one day in April or May (date to be confirmed) at Leek Town FC on astroturf
More information to follow when available.

GMWFL Spring 2022 Fixture dates
The full list of fixtures dates is below, the dates that the Relics will be involved are in Bold. Note that the new over 60’s team in Division 5, and the over 70’s game days are Wednesdays.
The over 60’s in Division 1 and the over 65’s game days are Thursdays.

Fixture Dates
Wed 2nd March Over 70s Division 1
Thur 3rd March Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2
Wed 9th March Over 70s Division 2
Thur 10th March Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 16th March Over 60s Division 5
Thur 17th March Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2
Thur 24th March Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 6th April Over 70s Division 1
Thur 7th April Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2

Wed 13th April Over 70s Division 2
Thur 14th April Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 20th April Over 60s Division 5
Thur 21st April Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2

Thur 28th April Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4

Wed 4th May Over 70s Division 1
Thur 5th May Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2
Wed 11th May Over 70s Division 2
Thur 12th May Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 18th May Over 60s Division 5
Thur 19th May Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2

Thur 26th May Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 1st June Over 70s Division 1
Thur 2nd June Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2

Wed 8th June Over 70s Division 2
Thur 9th June Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 15th June Over 60s Division 5
Thur 16th June Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2

Thur 23rd June Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4

Presentation Night 2022

After a tough but successful 2021 on and off the pitch, the Relics players, family and friends celebrated in style at the Presentation Night at Radcliffe Borough Football Club on Friday 28th January 2022.

Over 50 people attended a wonderful evening of laughter, entertainment, and good food culminating in the award of five trophies, over 60’s player of the year went to Tony Greenall, over 65’s player of the year was awarded to John Morris, and the over 70’s player of the year was won by Tex O’Rourke. The Players player of the year went to goalkeeping superstar ‘General’ Gaz Sweeney.

A special award for Clubman of the Year was presented to the inspirational Ken Buggie. There was also a special award for John Herbert and Pat Fitzgerald, ‘The Trolley Dollies’, for their services to tea and coffee making.

The entertainment was provided by Relics players newly formed trio ‘Hat Trick’ featuring JoMo (Guitar and vocals), Dr John (drums) and Iain D (aka Norman Moot) on bass guitar.

Once again, many thanks to our resident photographer ‘Kodak’ Keith Hayes for the photos.

Read the 2021 Relics review of the year here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 70’s December

Heywood was covered in grey skies and freezing drizzle for the last games of the autumn 2021 season, but that didn’t affect the performance of the Relics. A day of drama, pride, and perseverance, started with Keiran only available for two games due to attending a funeral. Then goalkeeper Eddie was injured in the first game, Pat was drafted in and did a fantastic job in the remaining two games. Bob got injured in the first game and couldn’t carry on, but got kitted up and played the last game carrying the injury due to lack of available players. And it turned out a good day in the end.

Relics v Blackpool. Blackpool started brightly and had the first chance, a through ball found a Blackpool player free on the edge of he box but Eddie was out of the blocks quicker that a greyhound to smoother the shot. The Relics replied with a shot from Tex going just wide. Jerry went close with another effort shortly after. The Relics came close late on in the game with a cross field pass from Jerry on the left found Tex on the right who fired a thunderbolt that brought a groan from the Relics followers on the touch line as it went just wide of the Blackpool keepers right hand post.
Final score Blackpool 0 Relics 0

Relics v Rochdale. Following Eddie getting injured in the Blackpool game Pat was drafted in as keeper and was in immediate action saving a powerful shot from Rochdale. The Relics replied with some flowing passing moves which ended with Jerry free on the left finding Keiran in the middle but his shot was saved. Pat was called into action again shortly after with another great save. The deadlock was broken with a superbly worked goal from the Relics, a pass from Tony P from the left back position found Keiran in midfield with his back to goal, Keiran produced a tremendous one-touch lay off to Jerry on the left wing, he rounded his marker, took a couple of steps forward, and with the cries of shoooot from the touchline, did just that and rifled a right foot shot into the top left hand corner of the goal. A truly great goal.
Rochdale were fighting back trying to maintain their unbeaten season, a shot was superbly saved by Pat diving down to his right hand side pushing it out for a corner. Pat was busy now, saving another shot for a corner. Time was ticking by, and in the dying seconds Rochdale snatched an equaliser with a low hard shot from the right hand side of the area just squeezing past Pat at the near post. The final whistle sounded as the Relics restarted the game. So near for the Relics, 30 seconds away from a memorable victory.
Final score Relics 1 – Rochdale 1

Relics v Preston. The final game of the season and the Relics were down to five and a half fit players with Bob called in playing with an injury. The game was played mainly in midfield with the Relics having the majority of the ball but not creating many chances. Preston had a couple of shots early on that went well wide of Pats goal. At the other end Jerry cut in from the left and produced a great save from the Preston keeper. Pat kept the Relics in the game, and unbeaten on the day, with a great left handed save from the Preston striker who was through on goal.
Final score Relics 0 v Preston 0

All the games on the day were drawn which meant that the Relics finished Runners Up in the league, a fantastic achievement from the Relics adding to the Runners Up spot achieved by the over 65’s the previous week and adding another trophy to the trophy cabinet at Castle Leisure Centre.

Well played to all the Relics, Eddie (GK), Bob, Keiran, Pete A, Jerry, Tony P, Tex, Pat and Manager Keith S. Also to all the supporters that turned out.

As special thank you to Dr John for the great pictures and post games brews.

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

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 65’s December

It’s amazing, the road to Heywood sports centre was clear for a change, with shiny new tarmac. As I approached, I could hear the faint sounds of the Eye of the Tiger Rocky Theme being played in someone’s car. That about summed up the mood of the Bury Relic players and supporters, for the final set of fixture had come around that could bring glory once again to the mighty Relics. Like last week with the over 60s, a single goal was the difference, but this time it was not about relegation but winning the division 1 title. The Relics were in 2nd place behind Manchester Corinthians. The Relics players, management and supporters all knew that only a perfect set of results and a high quality performance could deliver them the title. This was no easy task and first up were Salcom 65’s.

Bury Relics vs. Salcom 65’s. The opening fixture started off very well for the Relics, with John W quickly intercepted a flaky Salcom pass and tried his luck from several yards outside the area; the hard shot just whistled wide. Similarly, another interception, this time from Graham, also produced another good shot, but again was just wide of the target. From the resulting throw out by the keeper came the Relics first goal. It was a throw out far too close to Jomo, who quickly intercepted and rifled a shot back across the helpless keeper and into the net for 1 – 0 to the Relics. That certainly calmed the nerves; the Relics were playing good football, solid at the back with Tex and Bob. The next trigonometry set of passing by the Relics led to a Graham opportunity but his shot was saved by the keeper. The subsequent Salcom possession led to several passes, culminating in a shot that was wide of the target and nothing for Gaz to worry about. The Relics were in a passing rhythm now, like a metronome, and this created a chance for John W to have a shot but it was not accurate or powerful enough to really trouble the Salcom keeper. Following yet another Relics move, Bob was played in to be one on one, with only the keeper to beat; his low and hard shot shook the right hand post and catapulted the ball right across to the other side of the pitch. Although the ball was retrieved by Bob to keep the move alive, a goal did not materialize. Salcom tried again to make inroads to the Relics defence, but this was rebuffed by a stout and exquisite interception by Tex. Then, after several passes from John W and Jomo, the ball reached the feet of Graham, who held it up and waited to play a good ball to Jomo’s feet, who was now in an advanced position. A very tight turn and sidestep took Jomo away for the Salcom defender, where he thrashed the ball past the keeper to make it 2 – 0 to the Relics; it was a phenomenal all round team goal. Further play from both sides did not lead to any other significant action.
Final Score, Relics 2 – Salcom 0.

Bury Relics vs. Rochdale AFC Strollers. There were a few twists and turns in this game and the game started tense, with both sides trying to get some passing moves going. The first chance fell to Graham, who did a sharp turn but his shot was saved by the pink keeper. Rochdale fought back and had a half chance of their own but it was good clearing up at the back from Pete. Both teams were picking up the odd offence for running and contact, but not up to 4 fouls as yet. The Relics were starting to make a good footballing picture by fitting good passing moves together, this was evident by the cute back heel from Graham that put Jomo in a shooting position, but their keeper again made a save. The next chance fell to a hard working John W but the shot just rose over the bar. In the following passage of play, Rochdale committed another foul and it was a 4-foul penalty to the Relics. After Jomo’s successful spot kick last week, he decided to take the responsibility again. This time he did a perfect one step penalty, only to be denied by a save that defied the laws of physics. It was a good penalty but equally a good save, and it was still a nervous 0 – 0 score-line. Rochdale then went on the attack and won a free-kick just outside the area. This led to a decent shot and good save by Gaz, to keep the Relics hopes alive. The next Relics move saw good play from John W, setting up Jomo with a shot that clipped the right hand post (very close). The subsequent Relics attack saw Graham set up a Tex for a shot, but no joy again. Rochdale were now trying to assert themselves, pressing the Relics high up the pitch and trying to make openings to score, but a terrific interception and long pass put Graham clean through. He had a lot of distance to make up to the ball; he glided across the AstroTurf at high walking speed to get to the ball and fire a great finish passed a stunned Rochdale keeper. What a glorious goal to keep the Relics in the championship hunt! Not long after, the final whistle went to confirm the Relics victory.
Final Score, Relics 1 – Rochdale 0.

Bury Relics vs. Manchester Senior Citizens 65s. Bury played an excellent game here with precise and crisp passing and some great goals. The first started from a Bob tackle, where the ball was passed around to John W, who found Jomo in space, who then fed the ball to Graham. He took a composed, hard shot past the city keeper, to make it 1 – 0 to the Relics. City were doing some good passing moves now but were not putting pressure on the Relics goal. An interception by the Relics led to a multiple pass move that ended with John W in space to the left of the goal; he fired a cracking shot over the keepers shoulder and into the net for 2 – 0 to the Relics. Great stuff. In the next Relics attacks, Graham got into his groove by twice receiving the ball, with his back to goal, swivelling and shooting. Neither led to a goal but the second was hard, high and over, which smashed the fence so hard, it scared the birds away. A bit of a tussle was developing in midfield and as the ball was hit to the left, Bob was favourite to gain possession. However, Bob was completely cleaned out by a sliding tackle that started 10 yards away. The ref was quick to hand out a Blue card, seeing the City player leave the pitch. Relics made the extra man count by passing around the team, which put Jomo through, only to see his shot saved. Again, Relics created another chance, this time for John W, who shot just wide while through on goal. The game was in its last ebbs, when a chance was created for Bob, who took a left foot shot, that looked like he stubbed his toe, and unfortunately did not trouble City’s keeper. It caused Bob more trouble as he was now in a bit of discomfort. The game ended 2 – 0 to the Relics and the dream of glory was still alive.  
Final Score, Relics 2 – Senior Citizens 0.

Bury Relics vs. Manchester Corinthians 65’s. Well it came down to the final game to decide this seasons division 1 champions; it was a game of winner takes all. It almost started with complete disaster for the Relics, as a stray pass across the back was intercepted by a Corinthians player and he took a good shot that was equalled by Gaz in goal. Following the next passage of play, the ball went out of play and Bob was injured and replaced by Pete Shev. As you will expect from 2 good teams, both were passing around well and good play from Tex led to a Relics corner. The ball was then passed to Graham, who steadied himself, and performed an intricate turn to find space and shoot just wide of the target; you could hear the crowd saying “that was a close one”. Both sides were passing well but not finding the killer pass for end product. John W was playing well managing the game by keeping the ball off the Corinthians midfield, as at this point, a draw was good enough to be champions. Possession was still changing hands, until Graham again received the ball up front; with almost a carbon copy of the turn he did earlier, he tried again and as before, it was very close but keeper just saved it to make a corner. Then came the moment of glory for the Corinthians; a ball was passed from the Corinthian defence up to the Corinthians attacker, that bounced just in front of him with his back to goal. As the ball reached him, he swivelled and took a first time speculative hard shot that shocked everyone! It arrowed onto the left hand post, then across to the right hand post, before bouncing into the net; I could almost hear a commentator shouting “aaa-Ray-oooooooo!”. It was the Corinthians Man City Agüero moment, as that goal had sealed the league for them. The Relics toiled hard to get an equalizer but ran out of time and it was not to be.    
Final Score, Relics 0 – Corinthians 1.

Thank you to a committed and brave team performance by all the players, which was backed up by the staff and expertly led by Ken the manager. Proud to be a Relic supporter, was a great effort. The match day squad: Gaz S (GK), Bob, Tex, Graham W, Pete Shev, John W, John M (Jomo) and Keith H.

A special thank you to the great pictures from Kodak Keith and brews by McJonalds, and to all the enthusiastic supporters that turned out to witness a valiant Bury Relics effort.  For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here