Two of our referees have announced their retirement from officiating because of health issues. All at the GMWFL wish Bob Ingham and Les Lomax all the very best for the future and thank them for their service to the league.
Message from Les: Due to medical issues, it is with great regret and sadness that I have taken the very difficult decision to retire from refereeing at Heywood.
Next month I will be 73 and feel that I cannot guarantee giving my best, and you will agree that this is unfair to teams/players and most importantly you guys. I would like to thank each and everyone of the league for giving me the opportunity to be part of the greatest league in walking football.
I will look forward to meeting you on occasions that I visit too watch and have a cuppa with you. Give my regards to all the teams and wish them all the best. I am planning on coming up on 22nd June.
GMWFL Ladies Over 50s Team
The GMWFL Ladies Over 50s team is taking shape thanks to manager Lesley Wright. The team are entered in the WFLA National Cup and the WFLA Inter League Cup both played at the Redditch Utd ground on 9th September and 21st May respectively.
GMWFL March Report
The ongoing report for the GMWFL March fixtures is HERE.
Bury Relics player Jerry Shuttleworth passed away last week. Jerry was a respected member of the Relics squad and was a key member of the Relics over 70’s team that won the GMWFL over 70’s title on 2nd June 2022 and the over 70s WFLA League Champions Cup on 11 June 2022. His last appearance for the Relics was in the over 74’s tournament on 18th July 2022.
Jerry was not only a good footballer but a thoroughly decent guy and will be sadly missed by all connected to Bury Relics. Our sincere condolences go to Jerry’s wife Margaret, his family and friends. Also from everyone connected with the GMWFL.
Official England WF Teams – FA Clarification
This article will clarify the current situation – Read HERE.
WFLA Cup Competitions 2023
Registration forms for the WFLA League Champions Cup and WFLA Inter League Cup, both played at the Redditch United FC ground on 20th and 21st May respectively, are available for downlead HERE.
Bury Relics, Club Kingsmaid, Rochdale AFC Strollers and Wakefield Wanderers all qualify for the League Champions Cup. The GMWFL will enter four age category teams in the Inter League Cup, over 60s, over 65s, over 70s and Ladies over 50s.
GMWFL Chairman, Paul Gardner, hands over the cheque for donations made by GMWFL teams and individuals. The Isle of Man Walking Football Association also donated £110 to bring the total to £1000.
Lancashire FA Funding For Clubs
The Lancashire FA can offer funding and support to walking football clubs. See their page HERE.
We now have 54 teams involved in three age categories, 23 teams in the over 60s league, 17 teams in the over 65s league and 14 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’.
|1st March||Over 70s Division 1||11:00-13:00|
|2nd March||Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00|
|8th March||Over 70s Division 2||11:00-13:00|
|9th March||Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4|
|15th March||Over 70s Division 3||11:00-13:00|
|16th March||Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00|
|22nd March||Over 60s Division 5||11:00-13:00|
|23rd March||Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00|
|5th April||Over 70s Division 1||11:00-13:00|
|6th April||Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00|
|12th April||Over 70s Division 2||11:00-13:00|
|13th April||Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00|
|19th April||Over 70s Division 3||11:00-13:00|
|20th April||Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00|
|26th April||Over 60s Division 5||11:00-13:00|
|27th April||Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00|
|3rd May||Over 70s Division 1||11:00-13:00|
|4th May||Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00|
|10th May||Over 70s Division 2||11:00-13:00|
|11th May||Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00|
|17th May||Over 70s Division 3||11:00-13:00|
|18th May||Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00|
|24th May||Over 60s Division 5||11:00-13:00|
|25th May||Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00|
|1st June||Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
|7th June||Over 70s Division 1||11:00-13:00
|8th June||Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00
|14th June||Over 70s Division 2||11:00-13:00
|15th June||Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2||11:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
|21st June||Over 70s Division 3||11:00-13:00
|22nd June||Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00
Presentation & Food 13:30-14:30
|28th June||Over 60s Division 5||11:00-13:00
|29th June||Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4||11:00-13:00
Presentation & Food
WFLA National Cup 2023
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.
Podcast On The GMWFL & The Health Benefits Of Walking Football
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FA Message On The Revised LOTG April 2022
Salcom Walking Football Article
Chris Vickers of Salcom has written an article mentioning the GMWFL, it can be read HERE.
Greater Manchester Walking Football League
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.
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.
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.
If your team would like to join us then please use the Contact Us page.