Manchester Walking Football 70s March 2019
Manchester Walking Football 70s March 2019 was almost certainly the first over 70’s league in the country, unless anyone claims differently.
Seven teams competed on this great occasion for the septuagenarian walking footballers. The teams were, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Bury Relics, Man City, Mancom, Preston NE SW, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Tameside Striders.
The day seemed to go well by all accounts, although I didn’t see any action, with managing Manchester Corinthians in the 60’s league.
Due to the amount of fixtures in both leagues, the 70’s were limited to 10 minutes games, which at that age and playing six fixtures each was probably enough and it still meant an hours football for all teams. Due to the time limit on games, we expected to see a few scoreless draws. This proved to be the case, with fourteen 0-0 draws from the twenty one fixtures. The seven other games produced nine goals.
After this first session of the Spring league, Tameside Striders top the table on ten points from two wins and four draws. They look to be a strong side and after losing out on penalties in the June 2018 70’s Cup Tournament final, they must feel confident of maintaining their position at the top in this league, time will tell.
Two points behind the Striders are old rivals Rochdale AFC Strollers, managed by Steve Colesby. The Strollers won one and drew five of their fixtures and are a team never to be discounted when the trophies are handed out at the seasons end.
The Striders and the Strollers both had the highest scores on the day, 2-0 victories for both teams over Preston NE SW. The Preston side, despite two losses, also had two wins and two draws and are in third spot on eight points, the same as the Strollers but with an inferior goal difference.
Fourth spot goes to AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, on seven points with one win, four draws and one loss. Joint fourth, with the same results, points and goal difference to the Seasiders are Man City.
Bury Relics are sixth on six points, a point behind the Seasiders and Man City. The Relics recorded six scoreless draws today.
Mancom didn’t have a good day results wise with three draws and three losses and prop up the table on three points.
How did you think the day went, was it a good start to the 70’s league? Next up in the future, an over 75’s league?
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