Manchester Walking Football Over 70s Cup Tournament
Report From Paul Gardner
The second Manchester Walking Football Over 70s Cup Tournament was played at the Heywood Sports Village on Thursday 8th November 2018. It was played with the usual Autumn mixture of rain and a cold wind to test the players involved.
Some very skilful ageing footballers were on show. With the younger generation showing less and less interest in traditional amateur league football, these guys cannot get enough of bringing back their youth in a sport they still love. Long may it and themselves last.
Six teams took part in this Manchester Walking Football Over 70s Cup Tournament, AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, Bury Relics, Preston North End Senior Whites, Rochdale AFC Strollers, Wakefield Wanderers, and Wigan Walkers.
In the fifteen matches played, only six goals were scored. Only AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders, who grabbed three, Preston North End Senior Whites and Rochdale AFC Strollers managed to score in this Manchester Walking Football Over 70s Cup Tournament
After a round robin series of matches which saw all the teams play each other it was congratulations to AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders the Manchester Walking Football Over 70s Cup Tournament winners. Rochdale AFC Strollers were runners up. Congratulations to all the teams who took part in what was a very successful day of walking football for the older players. As expected, physicality was at a minimum and running was generally limited to a few offences. It seems the older the competitor, the more sensible they become.
The referees choice for the fair play award went to Pat Fitzgerald from Bury Relics, well done to Pat who is pictured receiving a bottle of wine from Paul Gardner.
As usual many thanks to our excellent referees, Alan Graham, Garry Pearce and Mike Willmore for making this tournament a success. One factor destined to make any tournament a failure is poor refereeing and I think most would agree we have some top class officials in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League.
A special thanks to Steve Colesby for arranging the fixtures and score sheet for the event and to Bill Murney for all his hard work communicating with teams before the day’s event. He was missed on the day but we look forward to his return next week. Thanks also to Matt Howells, who stepped into the shoes of Barry Woodburn to sort registration and collect the scores on the day. Without the input of people like these we couldn’t hope to make the day a success.
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