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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, 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.
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.
GMWFL Update 28.01.21:
The GMWFL AGM which was due to be held next month 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.
Regarding the 2021 Spring leagues, it looks almost certain that there will be no lifting of restrictions in March, possibly April and even May. We are constantly monitoring future dates for a resumption of the various leagues and with the vaccinations now being administered, we are optimistic that in a few months time we will be able to resume at least some league action.
The problem at the Heywood Sports Village is in the numbers attending each league session. Normally with ten teams at each weekly session, with players, referees and spectators this can be up to one hundred people and when the maximum number restriction will be lifted is anybodies guess.
We will keep you advised as and when we have any further news.
In a year that we all want to forget, we have some more sad news. Blackpool Senior Seasiders player Jim Morgan, who played for the Seasiders 65s and 70s, has passed away. I am sure all teams and officials in the GMWFL pass on their condolences to Jim’s family and friends.
Message From Paul Gardner League Chairman
On the back of Bill’s message that went out I just wanted to say that next year I am positive that we will re-start the league as part of the new normal, and again offer all the players the opportunity to compete and enjoy the great game of walking football. This league means so much to us all who have helped to create, build and improve it over the years.
In a year that many of us want to forget, let me again thank you for your support and wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and New Year full of promise!
Stay safe, Paul.
GMWFL Covid Update 26.11.20
With the governments new tier system in force until AT LEAST 31st March 2021 there will be no full league programme that month, unless the restrictions are lifted. If not, hopefully we can start in April but even that is by no means certain. However, with vaccines available shortly the long term outlook is now more positive.
The problem at the Heywood Sports Village is in the numbers attending each league session, normally with ten teams at each weekly session, with players, referees and spectators this can be up to one hundred people and in the present regulations this isn’t allowed.
It could be that for the Spring 2021 season, we run a local league, in the three age categories 60+, 65+ and 70+, for teams in the Greater Manchester tier, i.e. Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. This would need to be run on a team home and away basis in order to reduce the numbers at each fixture to an acceptable level.
However we will monitor the situation and obviously keep all clubs informed. Thank you for your support and in the absence of our normal presentations in December have a good Christmas and New Year.
Ian Mackie, of the Lancashire FA recently attended and interviewed players and officials at a Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn session.
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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.
Greater Manchester Walking Football League
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.
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.
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.
If your team would like to join us then please use the Contact Us page.