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GMWFL December 2021

The December fourth and final session of the GMWFL Autumn season started on the 2nd, the report is HERE.

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Manchester Corinthians Reds Champions GMWF Over 60s League Autumn 2021

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Club Kingsmaid Winners GMWF Over 60s Autumn League Division 2 2021

Official England WF Teams – FA Clarification

This article will clarify the current situation – Read HERE.

GMWFL November 2021

The November session of the GMWFL Autumn season started on the 4th, the report is HERE.

GMWFL Representative Teams

The GMWFL will be entering representative teams in the Walking Football Leagues Alliance Inter League Cup next year. Our teams age categories will be over 60s, over 65s and over 70s. Clubs have been asked to nominate any players they feel meet the required standard, the deadline for nominations is Sunday 31st October.

GMWFL October 2021

The October session of the GMWFL Autumn season started on the 7th, the report is HERE.

GMWFL September 2021

After almost a two year enforced break, the full GMWFL restarted on 2nd September. The report is HERE.

Martin Dawson Trophy 2021

Sixteen teams from all over the North of England competed in the annual Martin Dawson Trophy at the Heywood Sports Village on Sunday 5th September. The full report is HERE.

Keith Burrows

More sad news, one of the GMWFL referees, Keith Burrows has passed away. Condolences to Keith’s family and friends from us all at the GMWFL.

Calendar 2021

2nd DecemberGMWF Autumn League Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2 & Presentation & Buffet11:00-14:30
9th DecemberGMWF Autumn League Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4 & Presentation & Buffet11:00-14:30
16th DecemberGMWF Autumn League Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2 & Presentation & Buffet11:00-14:30
23rd DecemberGMWF Autumn League Over 65s Division 3 & Over 70s Divisions 1 & 2 & Presentation & Buffet11:00-14:30

All Played At The Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10 4TW

Return Of The Greater Manchester Walking Football League

The last full session of the GMWFL was played in December 2019. Due to the Covid pandemic the two sessions of the 60s Spring league in March 2020 were declared void. After almost two years the full league recommences on 2nd September. We are also holding the annual Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy on Sunday 5th September. This will be contested by teams from all over the North of England.

Northern Premier Over 60s League

Congratulations to Wakefield Wanderers who won this years over 60s NPL. Also to Club Kingsmaid who finished runners up. It’s good to see two clubs from the GMWFL doing so well.

Mick Wilde With The Winners Trophy

Alan Richards

Alan, who was the organiser and driving force for Tameside Striders and the Denton Walking Football Group, died today 17th August while playing walking football. It was his dedication that grew Tameside Striders (one of the original teams in the GMWFL) and the DWFG where he will be sorely missed.

I have passed on our condolences to his family from all at the GMWFL and Manchester Corinthians via my old friend and their committee man Dave Partington.

Niall O’Donnell

Niall O’Donnell, the organiser of Wakefield Wanderers, features in an article in the Daily Mail. Read it HERE.

Local Manchester League

The temporary Local Manchester League commenced on Thursday 15th April. The report is HERE.

Garry Pearce

One of our top GMWFL referees, Garry Pearce, is interviewed on Tameside Radio HERE. Although the interview is from 2018 it’s well worth listening to Garry talk about his experiences in walking football. Garry was also a good goalkeeper before a shoulder injury forced him to turn to refereeing.

Bob Ingham

Bob Ingham, one of our referees has received a long service award and framed letter from the FA for his 50 years service to football. Congratulations Bob from all at the GMWFL, referees, clubs and players.

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Bob Ingham With His Long Service Award & Framed Letter From The FA

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The Framed Letter From The FA



This is an old one from 2018 but in these bleak, depressing days it brings back memories of what we can look forward to when this pandemic is under control. It features Derek Spence, former Blackpool FC and Northern Ireland International who plays for Fleetwood Town Flyers, as well as a few familiar characters at Heywood.

Adam Waterhouse, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University needed to create an audio documentary as part of his course. His subject was walking football and how it had changed the lives of the older generation. Adam recently visited Heywood Sports Village to interview players, the results can be heard below.

Click For The GMWFL Year By Year History

GMWFL Update 28.01.21

The GMWFL AGM which was due to be held in February is obviously not going to be possible due to the current restrictions. With the outlook still uncertain, we will delay the AGM until possibly the Spring/early Summer when hopefully the restrictions cease. If not, we will hold a virtual AGM in 2021 and the normal physical AGM in early 2022.

Ian Mackie, of the Lancashire FA recently attended and interviewed players and officials at a Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn session.


The Greater Manchester Walking Football League are pleased to announce that they are now members of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. We felt the timing was right for the birth of this organisation in order to develop, support and unify the many walking football leagues across England. Hopefully it will eventually become accepted and approved by the FA for the benefit of all who play competitive walking football. Click HERE for the WFLA website.

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Greater Manchester Walking Football League

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The Greater Manchester Walking Football League was launched initially in November 2016 to provide regular competitive football for the many over 60’s walking footballers. The full history of the league 2016-2020 can be read HERE.

Steve Colesby is now the Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary and Garry Pearce is now the Referees Appointments and Disciplinary Secretary.

We were the first FA affiliated over 60s league in the country and have attracted teams from across the Greater Manchester area, Cheshire, Cumbria, Fylde Coast, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

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The Greater Manchester Walking Football League runs in seasons, Spring and Autumn, with each season consisting of 4 monthly fixture dates. All fixture dates take place on the new 3G facility at Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10 4TW.

Further innovation came in the form of an over 65’s League, which was introduced in February 2018, where seven teams entered the inaugural division. In the same year two over 70’s Cup Tournaments were introduced, probably the first in the country. We started an over 70’s League in March 2019, with seven teams competing, the first over 70’s league in the country.

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The league has a growing reputation as one of the best in the country, with many teams saying it’s the best organised league they have played in, with excellent referees, a great modern venue and it’s close distance to the motorway network.

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If your team would like to join us then please use the Contact Us page.