Pharmacy2U National Cup – Relics dominate but go out after extra time.

The Relics over 65’s travelled to Winstanley for their first ever game in the Walking Football League National Cup.

The Relics dominated the game with about 30 shots compared to about 4 from Winstanley, but went out of the cup losing 1 – 2 after extra time.

The Relics domination of the game at Little Lane the home of Winstanley Walkers started early with a shot from Tex virtually straight from kick off which was saved by the Winstanley keeper (which was going to be a familiar theme for the game). Further attacks from the Relics kept the Winstanley keeper busy with shots from Graham W, JoMo and another from Tex all being saved.
A rare Winstanley attack resulted in a shot going wide.
Relics continued to press with more shots from Graham W (5), JoMo (2) and Stewart (2), however the Winstanley keeper was in brilliant form.
A further attempt from Winstanley saved by Gaz brought the first half to and end 0 – 0

The second half started as the first ended with Winstanley getting forward forcing Gaz into another save. Gaz set up the next Relics attack which saw a shot from JoMo going just over the bar.

The next attack from Winstanley found a man free who blasted a shot passed Gaz.
Relics 0 – Winstanley 1 against the run of play.

The Relics came back strong with a shot from Graham that hit the post, then the back of the goalkeeper, who turned and grabbed the ball before it went over the line. The pressure from the Relics was relentless with shot after shot after shot either saved by the keeper or being denied by the woodwork. Eventually the equaliser came, a pass from JoMo found Graham who smashed the equaliser passed the Winstanley keeper.
Full Time Relics 1 – Winstanley 1

Extra time started with a Winstanley attack and shot that Gaz got his hands to but was too strong to hold and fell behind Gaz into the net.
Relics 1 – Winstanley 2

The rest of extra time followed the familiar pattern with the Winstanley keeper pulling off save after save denying the Relics any further goals.
Game ends Relics 1 – Winstanley 2

Relics:- Gaz (gk), Bob D, Tex, JoMo, Stewart W, Graham W, Pete Shev, Keith H. Mgr:- Dave Mo

Many thanks to ‘Kodak’ Keith H for the photos.

Manchester League – Relics 65’s lose final.

Finals day of the GMWFL Manchester League (Thursday 9th July 2021) saw the Relics over 65’s lose to a very strong Manchester Corinthians team in the over 65’s Cup Final.

In the early minutes of the game both teams cancelled each other out with no team getting an early advantage, however about half way through the first half the Corinthians opened the scoring with a fine tight turn and terrific shot gave Gaz no chance.
Relics 0 – Corinthians 1

The Relics continued to press and were awarded a four-offence penalty. Graham W hit a strong spot kick that just went outside of the keepers right hand post.

Graham nearly made amends immediately afterwards with a great shot that beat the keeper, but hit the bar, crashed down on to the goal line and somehow spun back into the keepers grateful arms.

Play moved to the other end, and the Relics went 2 down when a cross field ball found the Corinthian player on the right wing unmarked and with time to hit a tremendous shot low and hard into the corner.
Relics 0 – Corinthians 2

The Relics continued to play good football and unsettle the Corinthians defence which led to another four-offence penalty being awarded to the Relics. This time John W stepped up to hit a fine penalty but the keeper just managed to claw the ball out.

Half time Relics 0 – Corinthians 2

Early second half exchanges saw Corinthians awarded a four-offence penalty. The spot kick was struck hard and low but cannoned off Gaz’s right hand post. Corinthians continued to put pressure on the Relics forcing Gaz into a couple of fine saves to keep the Relics in the game. The Corinthians pressure paid off with a third goal with another turn and shot that Gaz had no chance with.
Relics 0 – Corinthians 3

The Relics don’t know how to give up and continued to press, forcing three free kick in succession, the third one resulting in a great goal from John W following a pin point, defence splitting pass from Graham W.
Relics 1 – Corinthians 3

More Relics pressure and the Relics thought they pulled another goal back, but Bobs goal was disallowed for running. Another superb pass from Graham W to John W saw Johns shot send the keeper the wrong way, but somehow managing to save with his foot. As time was running out the Relics pressure forced the Corinthians defence into conceding another four-offence penalty. This time Graham scored, but the goal was disallowed for two steps. The game didn’t have time to restart as the ref blew for full time.
Full time – Relics 1 – Corinthians 3

So, it wasn’t to be, the Relics played well but were beaten by the better side on the day.

Relics:- Gaz, Pete Shev, John C, Tex, John W, Graham W, Bob D. Manager: Dave Mo

For all the Relics Manchester League results, goalscorers, and league tables see the Match Centre page here

Thanks to ‘Kodak’ Keith H for the photos

Manchester League – Relics over 65’s in the Cup Final

The 2021 league fixtures in the local Manchester League organised by the Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) have now been completed with the Relics over 65’s reaching the Cup Final.

The Relics over 60’s and over 70’s were not disgraced in their leagues with some great performances. Unfortunately both age groups just missing out on a Cup Final or Trophy Final place due to results on the last day not going their way.

The Relics over 65’s topped Group B pipping Manchester Senior Citizens by 1 goal, will play the winners of Group A, Manchester Corinthians Reds, in the over 65’s Cup Final to be played on July 8th at Heywood Sports Village, kick off at 12:00 noon

Congratulations, and a massive WELL DONE to all the Relics players, officials and supporters of all age groups.

For all the Relics Manchester League results, goalscorers, and league tables see the Match Centre page here

Relics over 65’s squad for the final is …
Gaz (gk), Pete Shev, Tex, John W, Graham W (c), Bob D, John C, Keith H. Manager:- DaveMo

Don’t forget, if you are playing, or planning to attend the final, you will need to bring a negative COVID lateral flow test (performed in the previous 24hours) to gain entry into the caged area at Heywood.

Club update – a couple of items.

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.

Captain Ken starts his treatment.

Everyone at the club sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery to Captain Ken on the start of his cancer treatment.

Ken is a big influence at the club, and we look forward to the date when he is back to full fitness working the players hard at training and enjoying the jokes and banter.

Good luck and best wishes Ken from us all.

Manchester League – Over 60’s 24th June 2021

The Relics over 60’s went into their last group game in second place in the Group B table on 4 points with Corinthians Whites (4 points) and Rochdale AFC Strollers (3 points) hot on their tails. Second spot in the table, and a place in the over 60’s Plate Final, was up for grabs for all 3 teams. The Relics faced Corinthians in a tough game while Rochdale have the easier game (on paper) against bottom of the table Salcom next week (1st July).
A tough close game saw the Relics narrowly beaten 2 – 1 by a strong Corinthians team.

Relics 1 – Manchester Corinthians Whites 2.
The game started slowly with both teams failing to gain any advantage. Midway through the first half Corinthians converted one of the rare chances. A really strong shot into the top corner gave Gaz no chance.
Relics 0 Corinthians 1

The Relics responded by playing some great football which was frustrating Corinthians bringing four fouls and a penalty to Relics.
Graham W’s spot kick was hard and low but just wide of the keepers left hand post.
Minutes later Graham made amends for his penalty miss when he intercepted a Corinthians cross field pass just outside the edge of the area and hit a first time shot into the net. Relics 1 Corinthians 1

Corinthians went ahead again when they took advantage of a Relics midfield mis-controlled pass to ‘run’ free and just beat Gaz with another thunderbolt shot.
Relics 1 Corinthians 2.

Shortly afterwards the game was spoiled by a confrontation between a Corinthians player and Andy Rich, when the situation had calmed down both players received a 4 minute sin-bin punishment.

The Relics conceded a four-foul penalty, but Gaz in the Relics goal out witted the Corinthians striker and made a fine save from the spot kick.

Gaz made a few of his customary great saves and the Relics had a few chances at the other end. The Relics deserved at least a draw, but but the game ended 2 – 1 to Corinthians

Relics:- Gaz (gk), Pete Shev, Tony G, Keith S, Andy R (c) JoMo, Graham W. Mgr:- Keiran

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

GMWFL – COVID and Defibrillator update.

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

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

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

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

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

Important Message From The GMWFL Chairman Paul Gardner:

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

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

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

Thank you, Paul

The Walking Football Association – Pharmacy2U National Cup First Round

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

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

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

The full North West / North East draw is …


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

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

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

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

Manchester League over 70’s 3rd June 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manchester League – Over 60’s 27th May

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

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

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