GMWFL End Of Season Charity Fund Raising

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 earlier this month, it’s been decided that this season we will donate to the British Heart Foundation.

Our first league session of eight raised £50 today, 30th November with Division 3 of the over 70s. Moston Brook donating £25 of that total. Updates will appear on here after each league session. Ian is currently in hospital awaiting bypass surgery, we all wish him well and hope to see him back at Heywood in the new year.

UPDATE 01.12.22: The total raised from two sessions of the GMWFL Autumn season is now £250.

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The report on the November sessions is HERE.

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.

Mick Tarpey

Manchester Corinthians player Mick Tarpey, who has had a recent health problem, attended the games today, 9th November, between the Corinthians and the GMWFL representative team who are travelling to the Isle of Man this weekend to play the IOM National team.

We all give Mick our best wishes and wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him soon bagging goals again at Heywood.

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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’.

Calendar 2022

4th SeptemberOver 60s Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy12:00-16:00
Presentation & Food 16:30-17:30
7th September
Over 70s Division 111:00-13:00
8th SeptemberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
14th September
Over 70s Division 211:00-13:00
15th SeptemberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
21st SeptemberOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
22nd SeptemberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
28th SeptemberOver 70s Division 311:00-13:00
29th SeptemberOver 65s Division 3 11:00-13:00
5th OctoberOver 70s Division 111:00-13:00
6th OctoberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
12th OctoberOver 70s Division 211:00-13:00
13th OctoberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
19th OctoberOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
20th OctoberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
26th OctoberOver 70s Division 311:00-13:00
27th OctoberOver 65s Division 311:00-13:00
2nd NovemberOver 70s Division 111:00-13:00
3rd NovemberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
9th NovemberOver 70s Division 211:00-13:00
10th NovemberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
16th NovemberOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
17th NovemberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
23rd November Over 70s Division 311:00-13:00
24th NovemberOver 65s Division 311:00-13:00
30th November Over 70s Division 311:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
1st DecemberOver 60s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
7th DecemberOver 70s Division 111:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
8th DecemberOver 60s Divisions 3 & 411:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
14th DecemberOver 70s Division 211:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
15th DecemberOver 65s Divisions 1 & 211:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
21st DecemberOver 60s Division 511:00-13:00
Presentation 13:00
22nd DecemberOver 65s Division 311:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30

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.