The Relics have entered a team into the annual Greater Manchester Walking Football League Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy. This will be only the second time that the Relics have entered the competition, the last time being in 2019.
This years competition sees the Relics drawn in Group C with Club Kingsmaid, Manchester Corinthians, and Rochdale AFC Strollers which many may consider to be the group of death.
The games will be played at the Heywood Sports Village on Sunday 5th September. The full draw is below –
Kick off is at 12:00, followed by the trophy and plate presentation and buffet at 16:30.
Tri-Team Tournament The date for the final games in the Tri-Team Tournament between The Relics, Maccabi, and Salcom has been set for Thursday 26th August 2021 at Maccabi Sports Club.
The tournament has been a great success and has created a unique bond between opposing teams and players.
Relics boss Keiran comments … “Can I just say from my point of view (and the Relics ) how pleased I am that the whole tournament has been played in a great spirit from all the lads and at a time when Covid shut everything down I think it has helped keep us all sane and as clubs kept us going strong. We really appreciate our friendships together and I hope that will keep going long after things return to something like normal. I particularly like the way we all try to help each other out when problems arise and long may that continue as it is so much in the spirit of Walking Football. Great to be associated with you guys and your teams.”
Mike Dickson from Maccabi … “Not only are the games played in the right spirit but the competition has forged many friendships on the pitch. We at Maccabi really appreciate the support we get from your clubs as we have long struggled to have sufficient players for two teams. In fact we have just withdrawn our 65 teams from the league and will only be entering a 60’s at Heywood.
I hope that we can continue to compete against each other in the future perhaps filling in when there is no Heywood comp.”
Kevin Longbottom from Salcom agrees … “I echo your sentiments completely and all my lads have really enjoyed the matches.”
The Relics teams started the day in the top two positions in the table, with the Relics Blues just one point ahead of the Relics Whites.
In sweltering heat the teams faced each other in the opening game of the day, which resulted in the Relics Blues extending their lead at the top of the table with a 1 – 0 win in a really entertaining game in which both teams missed penalties, Graham W firing wide for the Blues, and Gaz making a fine save from Andy Rich with the Whites penalty. The winning goal for the Blues coming from Graham W with a fine finish.
Both the Relics teams went on to win their second games on the day, the Blues beating Salcom A 2 – 0 with goals from Graham W and JoMo. The Whites beat Maccabi A 3 – 0 in their second game with the partnership of Andy Rich and Stewart W proving very fruitful with two goals from Stewart and one goal from Andy.
Congratulations to all the Relics players on the day Blues: Gaz (gk), Tony G, Bob D, Keith S, John W, Graham W (c), JoMo Whites: Eddy F (gk), Tex, Pete Shev, John C, Stewart W, Andy Rich(c), Jerry and the other Relics players that turned out for Maccabi B: Dr John, Pat, and Brian. Dr John getting on the scoresheet for them in the first game draw.
Also many thanks to the two refs from the Relics Keiran and Ken.
Sorry guys no photos from the day due to Kodak Keith being on holiday.
For all results and league table see the Match Centre page here
Eleven intrepid explorers ventured out into the wilderness of Bury Golf Club on a fine and beautifully sunny day to try to manoeuvre a small white ball into a hole many yards away in as few hits as possible.
Split into three teams they set off, The best three first, to keep the time down, the middle four next, and the final four bringing up the rear. Which is exactly as it finished.
The winning trio of Tony P, Andy Rich and Graham W taking first prize and a mystery envelope each. Tony also won the accolade of nearest the pin, winning a prestige new box of not quite so new balls.
The middle quartet who were spared from claiming any ‘prizes’ were Andy Q, John W, Jerry, and Dave Mo.
The final team, who only had six good knees between them, were spotted far away on the horizon as the sun was going down and just before the search party were sent out, were Dr John, Iain D, Mark P and Keith B. Dr John picking up the best prize of the night on behalf of the team.
Massive thanks to John W for organising the day and thanks also to Bury Golf Club for the hospitality and for the food before and after the game.
A great day was had by all with a vow to do it again soon.
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
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
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.
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…