GMWFL Representative Teams Formed 2022

With the increasing popularity of walking football and many new leagues being formed across the country, it was inevitable that there would eventually be a demand for leagues to form representative sides in the various age categories.

The WFLA (Walking Football Leagues Alliance) was established in 2019 for FA affiliated leagues to join forces for their various planned tournaments. Along with other competitions, there would be a WFLA Inter League Cup. Due to the Covid pandemic no tournaments were permissible until 2022, when the first WFLA Inter League Cup will be held on 28th May.

The GMWFL started the process of forming league representative teams for the over 60s, 65s, 70s and 75s early in 2022. Member clubs were invited to recommend players they thought were up to the required standard to represent the league. Originally over 70 players were nominated for the various age categories. This obviously needed trimming down with squads of around a dozen being more realistic. Trials were held at the Heywood Sports Village and were well attended.

Competitive games were required in order that these teams could test themselves against decent opposition and also of course to get used to playing together. The first of these games were arranged against Leeds Titans, a strong competitive Yorkshire club. The 60s and 65s played on 1st May at the Goals Leeds venue.


Report GMWFL 60s v Leeds Titans 60s

60s squad was – Nick Carter (Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders), Vincent Dugdale (Moston Brook FC), Bob Hartley (Rochdale WFC), Ken Hitchell (Club Kingsmaid), Dave Hunter (Manchester Corinthians), Wai Hong Tsang (Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders), Clint Walker (Fleetwood Town Flyers) and Kevin Williams (Rochdale WFC).

Leeds were dominant the first 10 minutes and took a 2 goal lead. We gradually got into the game and Nick grabbed a goal turning the defender. Wai added another to make it 2-2. Leeds scored again before Nick made it 3-3 with a well taken penalty which was awarded for a Leeds player entering the ‘D’ area.

Leeds scored again to make the score 4-3 and we were very unlucky not to equalise with their keeper deflecting shots twice off his foot. The refereeing was poor with running rampant and too much physical contact. These caged pitches are designed for traditional 5-a-side football. If this had been played at Heywood with tougher refereeing, we would certainly have won this game.

Report GMWFL 65s v Leeds Titans 65s

With quite a few players unavailable today, through injury or family commitments, plus one player not even showing, the 65s were virtually down to the bare bones.

65s – Simon Atherfold (Club Kingsmaid), Steve Hyde (Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders), Tom Jaques (Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders), John McNally (Manchester Senior Citizens), Steve Walton (Bolton Arena) and Stewart White (Manchester Corinthians).

In the first five minutes I knew we were going to dominate this game. Surprisingly Leeds took the lead but it was only a matter of time before we equalised with a well taken goal from Stewart. Wai added a second with a well struck shot from distance followed by Tom who did similar.

John added two within a few minutes, followed by Steve which made it 5-1. From here we absolutely took control with passing that Leeds couldn’t cope with. Stewart got his second of the day and Steve added his second to make the final score 7-1 and a very comfortable victory.

Both teams played well today and with players unavailable for both teams, it shows the strength in depth that we have. Well done everyone.

Any comments are welcome below, these are your teams so let’s have your input.


GMWFL Representative Teams — 3 Comments

  1. Unfortunately short on subs with so many guys missing, however having a birds eye view of the match, it shows how good our Heywood refs are when you see the amount of blatant running on and off the ball that takes place without properly trained officials.

  2. The 60’s game against Leeds was probably typical of the strength of opposition we can expect to face at Leek; my sincere hope is that we are playing walking football not what we played at Leeds. I have absolutely no problem playing the ‘real’ stuff, I just wish we’d known beforehand what was coming – we certainly wouldn’t have been two down in the opening 10 minutes if we had. Give Leeds some credit though, they are a very good side and have the benefit of being a unit that has played together many times. Overall I thought we did OK. Congratulations to the 65’s, the cream always rises to the top!

  3. Great to be involved with a grand set of guys on Sunday.

    The 65’s were dominant and so easy to play behind, but I expect a more taxing day out at Leek against strong League Representative teams at the end of May. Well played chaps. Very enjoyable.

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