Manchester Walking Football Over 65 September 2018
Manchester Walking Football Over 65 September 2018 was the first session of the Autumn league. A dry day saw two divisions of five teams competing.
The days proceedings in this Manchester Walking Football Over 65 September 2018 session were marred by an accidental fall by the Blackpool player Les Turner who suffered concussion after hitting his head on the playing surface. A big thanks to the Chadderton player John Bee, who was spectating. John immediately put Les in the recovery position and an ambulance was called.
The paramedics sensibly decided to take Les to hospital for observation and a scan. You can never be too careful with head injuries. Thankfully Les was OK and discharged the same day. All in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League wish Les a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back playing in the October session.
Incidents such as this reinforce the need for a non contact game, especially with players in their late 60’s and 70’s. Nobody wants to see anyone suffer a serious injury at this stage in their lives, in a sport designed to improve the health of us older players.
Division 1 consisted of AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Bury Relics, Chorley FC CT, the Spring league winners Rochdale AFC Strollers and Tameside Striders.
In Division 2 were newcomers Man City and Mancom, Preston North End Senior Whites, Rochdale Striders and Third Space Seniors.
In Division 1 Rochdale AFC Strollers already lead the table on ten points, with three wins and a draw, five points ahead of Bury Relics on five points from a win, two draws and a loss.
In third spot are AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders with four points from four draws. Tameside Striders hold fourth spot on three points with three draws and a loss. Chorley FC CT prop up the table on two points from two draws and two losses.
With the Blackpool team understandably deciding to withdraw from any further play on the day, the only sensible decision was to declare their remaining games 0-0 draws. Not an ideal solution but it was felt the only fair one. Their game with Rochdale AFC Strollers, in which the accident happened and was only minutes in, was also adjudged a 0-0 draw.
Division 2 sees an impressive Mancon leading the table on ten points from three wins and a draw, two points ahead of second placed and a revived Rochdale Striders. The Striders are on eight points from two wins and two draws.
Man City are third on three points from three draws and a loss. Preston North End Senior Whites and Third Space Seniors are both on two points with two draws and two losses apiece. Preston just above the bottom placed Seniors on a goal difference of one.
The rest of this Over 65’s Autumn season looks to be interesting. Rochdale AFC Strollers already look favourites to retain their title in Division 1. Can Mancom be challenged in Division 2? It’s still very early days and of course anything can happen in football. With three sessions to go we will have to see how it all unrolls.
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