Manchester Walking Football Autumn Season 2018
The Manchester Walking Football Autumn Season 2018 is fast approaching and after another successful Spring season, we have a few changes to announce. One is that next years Spring season starting month will now be March instead of February. Hopefully by then we will have seen the worst of the Winter weather.
Shirt numbering is now compulsory, this is simply to aid the referees when blue or red carding players after running or contact offences, which we hope will once again be kept to an absolute minimum.
We had hoped to adjust our rules to be more inline with the FA’s new rules for this Manchester Walking Football Autumn Season 2018 but these won’t be published until late August or early September. This won’t allow us sufficient time to consider and alter our present rules so they will remain as they are for the current Autumn season.
Over 60’s League
Inaugural members and Spring season 2017 winners Vintage Celtic have now withdrawn from the league, preferring to be involved in friendlies and ‘social’ tournaments. How my former club, with a once excellent trophy winning squad, has been destroyed from within gives me no pleasure whatsoever, very sad indeed. A parting of the ways was inevitable and this is not the only club where community projects have taken over the original ethos of a serious competitive walking football team.
Also withdrawing are Middleton Legends, who found it difficult to field a full squad in the Spring season. Third Space Seniors have decided to move into the over 65’s league owing to the average age of their players.
The good news is that in this Manchester Walking Football Autumn Season 2018 we have three new teams to replace Celtic, the Legends and Third Space. They are Man City 60’s, Northgate Strollers, who were three times champions of the Cheshire Walking Football League, and Manchester Corinthians. The Corinthians team consists of former players from the three team that have withdrawn plus a few others.
Preston North End Senior Whites, Spring winners of Division 3, have transferred their membership base to their new venue at Chorley and will now be known as Chorley FC CT.
Division 1 will consist of AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Chadderton FC WF, Nash Amblers, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Wakefield Wanderers.
Teams in Division 2 are Bolton Wanderers Walkers, Bury Relics, Chorley FC CT, Fleetwood Town Flyers and Roach Dynamos.
Division 3 teams are Maccabi Old Codgers, Manchester Corinthians, Man City 60’s, Northgate Strollers and Rochdale Striders.
Over 65’s League
Withdrawing from the over 65’s league are Wakefield Wanderers, who are unable to field enough over 65’s players at present. Hopefully they will rejoin us in the future.
As previously mentioned, Third Space Seniors join us in the over 65’s league along with Man City 65’s and
Mancom WF (Manchester Community, formerly Alfa Lifeline) to now make the league two divisions. Division 1 will have five teams and Division 2 four teams.
Vintage Relics will now be known as Bury Relics in this league. Old friends, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Preston North end Senior Whites now renamed Chorley FC CT, Rochdale Striders, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Tameside Striders make up the rest of the contestants.
Division 1 will consist of AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Bury Relics, Chorley FC CT, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Tameside Striders.
Teams in Division 2 are Mancom, Man City 65’s, Rochdale Striders and Third Space Seniors.
Also in the Manchester Walking Football Autumn Season 2018 we have the annual Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy. This will be played on Sunday 16th September at Heywood and there are a few teams in the league who haven’t yet entered. If you want to enter what promises to be another great days walking football email me on this Link and I will send a Team Registration Form. The deadline for entries is Friday 7th September.
Additionally we have the GMWF Over 70’s Cup Tournament on the 8th November 2018, an event that was well supported in May this year.
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