Read the 2022 review and 2023 preview HERE.

Calendar 2023

1st March
Over 70s Division 111:00-13:00
2nd MarchOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
8th March
Over 70s Division 211:00-13:00
9th MarchOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
15th MarchOver 70s Division 311:00-13:00
16th MarchOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
22nd MarchOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
23rd MarchOver 65s Divisions 3 & 4 11:00-13:00
5th AprilOver 70s Division 111:00-13:00
6th AprilOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
12th AprilOver 70s Division 211:00-13:00
13th AprilOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
19th AprilOver 70s Division 311:00-13:00
20th AprilOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
26th AprilOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
27th AprilOver 65s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
3rd MayOver 70s Division 111:00-13:00
4th MayOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
10th MayOver 70s Division 211:00-13:00
11th MayOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
17th MayOver 70s Division 311:00-13:00
18th MayOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
24th MayOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
25th MayOver 65s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
1st JuneOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
7th JuneOver 70s Division 111:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
8th JuneOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
14th JuneOver 70s Division 211:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
15th JuneOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
21st JuneOver 70s Division 311:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
22nd JuneOver 65s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
28th JuneOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00

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GMWFL End Of Season Charity Fund Raising

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Normally we raise money for the Stroke Association with our end of season raffles and donations. Following the incident with Ian Thomasson in the Isle Of Man in November, it’s been decided that this season we will donate to the British Heart Foundation.

Ian attended the over 65s session today, 12th January, and looked really well considering what he has been through. He expects to play again in the Spring season.

The total raised in the GMWFL Autumn season is now £890 and Chairman Paul Gardner will present the donations to the BHF next week. The Isle of Man teams have donated £110 to bring the final total to £1000.

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Team Registration Spring Season 2023

The Team Registration Forms for the over 60s, 65s & 70s have been emailed to all clubs. They are also available to download HERE. The deadline for registration is Saturday 21st January and payment by Tuesday 31st January.

WFLA National Cup 2023

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Registration forms have been emailed to all GMWFL clubs for entry into the Walking Football Leagues Alliance National Cup in 2023. As clubs affiliated to the FA, GMWFL members are eligible for this competition involving teams from all across England and Wales. The deadline for entry is 15th January 2023 and the Registration form and Tournament Guidelines can be found on the WFLA website.

Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders, Bolton Arena, Bury Relics, Carlisle SOA, Club Kingsmaid, Fleetwood Town Flyers, Garstang, Manchester Corinthians, Preston North End Senior Whites, Ribble Valley WFC, Salcom and Wakefield Waderers have already registered. There are six age categories, mixed gender over 50s, 60s, 65s and 70s plus ladies over 40s and over 50s. If your club has teams in any of these age catories that doesn’t currently play in the GMWFL, they can still enter those teams.

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Ian Thomasson

During the GMWFL trip to play the Isle Of Man 65s, one of our players, Ian Thomasson, suffered a cardiac arrest. The incident shows the need for all teams and venues to have a defibrillator. All at the GMWFL, teams and officials wish Ian a full and speedy recovery. The full account is HERE.

Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

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We now have 52 teams involved in three age categories, 24 teams in the over 60s league, 16 teams in the over 65s league and 12 teams in the over 70s league. See Calendar below for your fixture dates in the 2022 Autumn season. The divisions and tables are on the dropdown menu ‘Fixtures, Results & Tables’.

All Fixtures Played At The Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10 4TW.

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Podcast On The GMWFL & The Health Benefits Of Walking Football

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League Chairman Paul Gardner, League Secretary Bill Murney & League Referees Appointment & Disciplinary Secretary Garry Pearce Talk About The GMWFL & The Health Benefits Of Walking Football
Click On Image To Listen To The Podcast

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Ukraine Appeal

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FA Message On The Revised LOTG April 2022

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Ukraine Emergency Fund

With donations from Manchester Corinthians WFC and Rochdale WFC who each donated £260, plus a donation of his match fees by GMWFL referee Mike Willmore, the total raised is £2046. A presentation was held before the league session on Thursday 21st April.

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Salcom Walking Football Article

Chris Vickers of Salcom has written an article mentioning the GMWFL, it can be read HERE.

Official England WF Teams – FA Clarification

This article will clarify the current situation – Read HERE.


The Greater Manchester Walking Football League are pleased to announce that they are now members of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. We felt the timing was right for the birth of this organisation in order to develop, support and unify the many walking football leagues across England. Hopefully it will eventually become accepted and approved by the FA for the benefit of all who play competitive walking football. Click HERE for the WFLA website.

Greater Manchester Walking Football League

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The Greater Manchester Walking Football League was launched initially in November 2016 to provide regular competitive football for the many over 60’s walking footballers. The full history of the league 2016-2020 can be read HERE.

Steve Colesby is now the Treasurer and Fixtures Secretary and Garry Pearce is now the Referees Appointments and Disciplinary Secretary.

We were the first FA affiliated over 60s league in the country and have attracted teams from across the Greater Manchester area, Cheshire, Cumbria, Fylde Coast, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

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The Greater Manchester Walking Football League runs in seasons, Spring and Autumn, with each season consisting of 4 monthly fixture dates. All fixture dates take place on the new 3G facility at Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10 4TW.

Further innovation came in the form of an over 65’s League, which was introduced in February 2018, where seven teams entered the inaugural division. In the same year two over 70’s Cup Tournaments were introduced, probably the first in the country. We started an over 70’s League in March 2019, with seven teams competing, the first over 70’s league in the country.

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The league has a growing reputation as one of the best in the country, with many teams saying it’s the best organised league they have played in, with excellent referees, a great modern venue and it’s close distance to the motorway network.

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If your team would like to join us then please use the Contact Us page.