Autumn League 2019 Preview
There are a few changes in this Autumn League 2019 Preview.
Heywood Sports Village
We have had complaints from the Heywood Sports Village that our league sessions are constantly running over our allotted time. This should be 11:00-13:00 and on most occasions we haven’t finished until almost 14:00. Rochdale Football Club have a block booking and although we have impeded on their session they have been most accommodating and never complained.
We have had to alter the format of which age categories and divisions play on which Thursday of the month. In the over 60’s league Divisions 1 & 2 will play on the 1st Thursday of the month. Divisions 3 & 4 will play on the 2nd Thursday.
Divisions 1 & 2 of the over 65’s league will play on the 3rd Thursday. Division 3 of the over 65’s and Divisions 1 & 2 of the over 70’s will play on the 4th Thursday.
A total of 44 teams will contest the three different age categories. The league is now at full capacity and any new team wishing to join will have to wait until a team withdraws.
The full calendar is on the website Home page.
It is essential that teams are ready and on the correct pitch in order to play their fixtures on time. Your cooperation is needed to ensure we complete all fixtures by 13:00.
Over 60s League
Dropping out of the over 60s league are Division 1 bottom two clubs Chadderton FC and Nash Amblers. This means that two clubs from Division 2 are promoted, Bury Relics and Bolton Wanderers Walkers. Together with Wakefield Wanderers, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Chorley FC Magpies, these five will form Division 1.
In Division 2, Fleetwood Town Flyers, Man City, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders (who escape relegation) are joined by Manchester Corinthians Reds and Northgate Strollers.
Division 3 will consist of Maccabi Old Codgers, Rochdale Striders, Roach Dynamos (who escape relegation), Preston North End Senior Whites and Manchester Corinthians Whites.
The teams forming Division 4 will be Rochdale Wanderers, Chorley FC Yellows, Salcom (formerly Mancom) and new teams Northgate Rovers, Moston Brook FC and Uppermill FC. The Man City ‘B’ team have withdrawn from the league due to lack of players.
Over 65s League
Third Space Seniors failed to register on time despite emails and texts reminders, so will no longer be involved in the over 65s league.
Division 1 teams are Bury Relics, Rochdale AFC Strollers, Salcom, Tameside Striders and Man City.
Division 2 teams are relegated Chorley FC, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Preston North End Senior Whites, Rochdale Striders (who escape relegation) and Manchester Corinthians.
Division 3 will consist of Wakefield Wanderers, Maccabi Old Codgers, Rochdale Wanderers and new teams Fleetwood Town Flyers and Moston Brook.
Over 70s League
There will now be two divisions for the over 70s. Teams in Division 1 will be Preston North End Senior Whites, Rochdale AFC Strollers, Tameside Striders and Bury Relics.
Division 2 teams will be Blackpool AFC Strollers, Man City, Salcom and new team Moston Brook.
Martin Dawson Trophy
Twelve teams will compete for the 2019 Martin Dawson Trophy on Sunday 15th September. Two groups of six will be made up as follows.
AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Bolton Arena, Chorley FC WF, Halifax WFC, Manchester Corinthians, Rochdale AFC Strollers.
Blackburn WF, Bury Relics, Leeds Titans, Purple Panthers WF, Sheffield WF, Wakefield Wanderers.
There are some very strong sides in this tournament including last years winners Sheffield.
Back Pass To Keeper
In line with most other leagues and tournaments the new rule will mean that a ball passed to an outfield player cannot be passed back to the keeper unless another player has touched the ball first.
Teams & Players
Within each age category, no player can play for more than one team in any given month.
All shirts must be numbered differently. Shinpads must be worn. No peaked caps allowed. No watches or jewellery to be worn.
We also have a new referee, Bob Ingham. Welcome to Bob, who although he officiated in the Conference and Central Leagues, is fairly new to walking football. From what I have seen of Bob, he is going to be a great addition to our referees squad.
Scoresheet & Referee Assessment Forms
It is vitally important that every team manager completes the Score Sheet & Referee Assessment Form after each league session, copies of which will be handed to you at the registration desk. For the month of September please hand these to the fixtures secretary Steve Colesby, as I will be on holiday that month.
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