Local Manchester League

The temporary Local Manchester League commenced on Thursday 15th April. The ongoing report is HERE.

Another Sad Announcement

Uppermill FC player Peter Rhodes, known as Kelly, passed away recently. Peter was a founder member of the Uppermill Walking Football team and will be missed by his colleagues. Peter is in the foreground of the photograph. All at the GMWFL offer condolences to Peter’s family and friends.
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Latest FA Announcement

For the latest FA announcement on the return of grassroots football click HERE.

GMWF Spring League 2021

The GMWF Spring League 2021 will not go ahead due the pandemic and the uptake of vaccinations eventually going into May and possibly June. We are very optimistic about the future and the plans are to run the Autumn League starting in September, when hopefully all players will have received the vaccination and the situation is more under control.

We look forward to welcoming back the teams from further afield who last played in the Spring Over 60s 2020 league and the older 65s and 70s age categories from the Autumn 2019 League.

A local Manchester League will start in mid April running to early July. We have 24 Manchester based teams from 10 separate clubs in the three age categories who have committed to this temporary league.

Calendar 2021

13th MayLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
20th MayLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
27th MayLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
3rd JuneLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
10th JuneLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
17th JuneLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
24th JuneLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
1st JulyLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00
8th JulyLocal Manchester League11:00-13:00

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

Garry Pearce

One of our top GMWFL referees, Garry Pearce, is interviewed on Tameside Radio HERE. Although the interview is from 2018 it’s well worth listening to Garry talk about his experiences in walking football. Garry was also a good goalkeeper before a shoulder injury forced him to turn to refereeing.

Bob Ingham

Bob Ingham, one of our referees has received a long service award and framed letter from the FA for his 50 years service to football. Congratulations Bob from all at the GMWFL, referees, clubs and players.

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Bob Ingham With His Long Service Award & Framed Letter From The FA

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The Framed Letter From The FA



This is an old one from 2018 but in these bleak, depressing days it brings back memories of what we can look forward to when this pandemic is under control. It features Derek Spence, former Blackpool FC and Northern Ireland International who plays for Fleetwood Town Flyers, as well as a few familiar characters at Heywood.

Adam Waterhouse, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University needed to create an audio documentary as part of his course. His subject was walking football and how it had changed the lives of the older generation. Adam recently visited Heywood Sports Village to interview players, the results can be heard below.

Click For The GMWFL Year By Year History

GMWFL Update 28.01.21

The GMWFL AGM which was due to be held in February is obviously not going to be possible due to the current restrictions. With the outlook still uncertain, we will delay the AGM until possibly the Spring/early Summer when hopefully the restrictions cease. If not, we will hold a virtual AGM in 2021 and the normal physical AGM in early 2022.

Ian Mackie, of the Lancashire FA recently attended and interviewed players and officials at a Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn session.

Do You Play Or Are Involved In Trials For Any of The England WF Teams?

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.

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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.