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

Goalkeeper Required

Owing to two of their goalkeepers having to quit through injury, Manchester Corinthians require a goalkeeper. Must be 60+ and be able to play in a high standard of competitive walking football.

Please email your details using the Contact Us form on this link.

David Dean

Dave Dean who plays for Moston Brook FC Over 70’s had a cardiac arrest at one of their training sessions. He is currently OK in the the Royal Oldham Hospital, awaiting transfer to Wythenshawe Hospital for a heart bypass.

Dave and the Club wish to thank the staff at the Oldham Leisure Centre and the paramedics for their prompt action which saved his life.

He’s hoping to make a full recovery and be back for the latter stages of the Over 70’s Spring Session.

All the organisers of the GMWFL, the referees and I am sure all the teams in the league wish Dave a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action.

Just to reassure all GMWFL players, the Heywood Sports Village have a defibrillator on site, let’s hope we never need it.

David Seel

Manchester Walking Football

It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Bury Relics player Dave Seel who died on Sunday afternoon (19th Jan 2020).

Dave was a founder member of the Relics back in 2017 and played in the Relics first games in the GMWFL in September 2017 where he helped the Relics over 60’s to runners up spot in Division 3 in their first season in the league.

Dave has been a regular in the Relics teams since then and was a integral squad member when the Relics won the over 65’s Spring 2019 Division 1 title.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.

More information can be found on the Bury Relics website

Do You Play Or Are Involved In Trials For The England WF Team?

This article will clarify the current situation – Read HERE.

WFLA

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.
 

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

Calendar 2020

MarchEventTime
5th60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
12th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
19th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
26th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
AprilEventTime
2nd60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
9th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
16th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
23rd65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
MayEventTime
7th60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
14th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
21st65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
28th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
JuneEventTime
4th60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
11th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
18th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
25th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
JulyEventTime
5thOver 70s Cup Invitation Tournament13:00-17:00
SeptemberEventTime
3rd60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
10th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
13thMartin Dawson Trophy13:00-17:00
17th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
24th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
OctoberEventTime
1st60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
8th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
15th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
22nd65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
NovemberEventTime
5th60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
12th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
19th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
26th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
DecemberEventTime
3rd60s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
10th60s League Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
17th65s League Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
January 2021EventTime
14th65s League Division 3 & 70s league Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00

Manchester Walking Football

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. Players in their 60’s and 70’s are often giving away 10 years or more to younger players in normal over 50’s competitions and this doesn’t create a level playing field.

Generally the younger players are fitter, more energetic, have better balance, are less likely to have replacement hips and knees, don’t suffer as many injuries and recover quicker when they are injured.

With Greater Manchester having the most walking football clubs in any area of the UK, and the sport being the fastest growing activity for the older generation, setting up a league in the area was a natural progression.

Seeing the demand for this category of walking football, I decided to enquire if teams were interested in playing in an over 60’s league format. The response was encouraging and the first to embrace the idea was Paul Gardner of Rochdale Link4Life.

Paul is now the co-administrator of the league and his colleague Barry Woodburn is responsible for team registration on tournament and league fixture dates. Steve Colesby is now the Fixtures Secretary and Garry Pearce is now the Referees Appointments and Disciplinary Secretary.

Andrew Whitaker, the Football Development Officer – Disability and Inclusion, from the Lancashire FA has also been a great help in getting the Greater Manchester Walking Football League affiliated and sanctioned to that organisation. Thanks Andrew.

The league, the first over 60s in the country, has been developed to provide a regular opportunity for teams across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and its bordering counties to compete in sporting competition and enjoy great social inter action.

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. Next up will be an over 75’s Cup Tournament, as the present teams move up the age category.

A big vote of thanks is given to all the teams who entered the initial league season started in February 2017, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, AFC Blackpool Very Senior Seasiders, Bolton Wanderers, Chadderton FC WF, Fleetwood Town Flyers, Maccabi Old Codgers, Nash Amblers, Rochdale Striders, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Vintage Celtic. We hope you are all convinced you made the right decision in being inaugural members of the league, have enjoyed the competition, and of course, will return for future seasons.

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 from the motorway network.

If your team would like to join us then please either use the Contact Us page or phone 07443 900290. If you have no particular team of your own to play for and would like to be involved, sometimes our current teams are short of players. If you would like to go on the spare players register then please use the contact details above.

 

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