FEBRUARY 27TH…round five of fixtures…
Alan Richards reports…
The only thing we didn’t expect was ‘wall to wall’ sunshine. What a day of weather. More like late May than the end of February. We were a little concerned as ten o’clock ticked by and Burnley and Bolton had not arrived, However, Bolton knew they were on a later start, and Burnley’s bus took a wrong turn but soon got back on track. Nice to meet Naomi Green, standing in for Sam Wilcock who had important business down in London today. Hope it went well Sam.
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The Nash Bees declining fortunes seemed to be halted when they opened up with a win, ‘away’ at Tameside Striders.
David Partington had kept the Striders in it with a string of saves and Adrian Jones went incredibly close – the ball bouncing off the inside of a post with ‘Party’ beaten but somehow stayed out. Referee Keith Burrows had a good view of it.
A rare defensive mistake led to Trevor Brereton’s goal which was enough to give ‘Bees’ the points.
Denton Wednesday, perhaps surprisingly held the Nash Amblers to a goalless draw on Pitch One.
The first of three nil-nil draws for Wilson & Stafford’s men. Looking colourful in the bright sunlight. Rod Seddon’s arrival has made a big difference to this team and Ken Dean and Eric Thomas will have boosted the ranks.
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Vintage Celtic and Burnley contested another goalless match on Mark BRadshaw’s pitch three. The Referee deducted a fair play point from Celtic for constant backchat from one player in particular. This could have easily been a Blue card and lost three points. Bear this in mind when challenging the Ref’s decisions in an impolite, constant way.
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Burnley WF met Bolton Arena in the dark blues first match of the day. ‘Good as Gold’ was Referee Pearce’s summation after what might have been expected to be a combative Lancashire ‘derby’ .
Both teams picked up a Fair Play point, making a total of four combined for Bolton Arena who went away with a two-nil win. Andy Clarke and David Mort on target.
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Vintage Celtic and Denton Wednesday cancelled each other out in their game which was both teams second goalless result of the day.
Tameside Striders, keen to lift themselves off the bottom could not find the net either against Nash Amblers. The Royal Blue chevron clad men won by the odd goal. A launch pad for what was to prove a memorable day that saw them surge up the table.
Pitch One saw Striders and Celtic toil underneath what was becoming a warm sun as the morning wore on. A somewhat physical game but with nobody overstepping the mark of fair play point deductions by the Referee Garry Pearce.
The ‘Clash of the Nash’ saw the Amblers ascendant. A narrow ‘away’ win under the watchful eye of Keith Burrows.
These teams know and respect each other and though Amblers took the spoils each was awarded a discretionary fair play point. Stewart White with the vital goal for the second time this morning.
Pitch Three was the scene of Denton Wednesday versus the fancied Bolton side but the Tameside team away with honours even. It may have been a keen contest however, as there were no discretionary FP awards from Referee Bradshaw.
In fact FP awards were down by almost fifty per cent today, Thresholds have been raised a little and exemplary performances are needed. This league is determined to be different and suit those players who are not ultra competitive and for whom winning is desirable but NOT everything.
Denton Wednesday retired early to polish of a few of the free barmcakes and the final fixtures saw Bolton beat the Bees two-nil on Pitch one. Goals from Andy Clarke (?). Perhaps the keenest contest of the morning this one. A few raised voices wafted over to Pitch Two where Tameside Striders were managing to get ahead of Burnley, courtesy of a Stephen Hampson goal, assisted by Alan Brodie. In the closing stages a powerful Burnley shot ricoched off Richards’ knee and was heading for the top corner when an outstretched hand from Partington spared my blushes, and he fingertipped it around the post. Striders were forced to defend for much of the second half but did not resort to running down the clock. Lessons learned. Fair doo’s. Fair play.
The icing on the Nash Amblers cake came from John Smith in the form of a winning goal against Vintage Celtic. With ten points won and three discretionary awards they have leapfrogged Bolton Arena.
Our photographer friend Reality Osuaha has taken 435 photo’s which need some sorting.
We had two video cameras on duty – thanks to Callum the cameraman – and over the next week or so footage will emerge.
Thanks also to Roy Smith and Alan Graham for photography. There’s even a couple of me ! Cheers Al.
More thanks to Peter Quinn, who arrived very early to help us set up the pitches. The three Referees Garry, Keith and Mark. To Alan Graham – get well soon. Also Pat in the Curzon snack bar for all the chip dollops and lashings of gravy, and the brews. Not forgetting Keith Yardley, this months ‘muffin man’.
The league table will appear tomorrow after a triple check, but I can already confirm Nash Amblers, with seven games to go are leading after today’s games. It’s all getting rather interesting – in a fair play kind of way.
FEBRUARY THE FIRST – THERE’S A SECOND ONE IN THREE WEEKS!
Delayed from January due to the inclement weather last week, the Curzon Wednesday Fair Play Walking Football league resumed today, 6th. February.
First up on Pitch One league leaders Nash Bees were up against the skilful passing team Bolton Arena.
Without David Fielding with an Achiles tendon injury, and down to a squad of seven, the Bees never got going and Bolton won by the odd goal. Both teams were awarded FP points which restored Bolton to the 100 they began with.
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Burnley , having travelled furthest today drew a blank in their first game as did opponents Tameside Striders who find it very difficult to score goals at all. A point apiece for a goalless draw then, at least Burnley emerged with fair play point.
- Nash Amblers managed a two-nil win over Vintage Celtic with both teams impressing Referee Mark Bradshaw with their sportsmanship. FP point each.
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Denton Wednesday had a late start and came up against Tameside Striders. A close game and a deserved draw but no goals. Striders alone were awarded an FP point by Referee Garry Pearce.
No goals either on Referee Alan Graham’s pitch 2 with Amblers and Bolton Arena deadlocked. A contest in which both teams earned a discretionary point.
Burnley played Bees with Mark Bradshaw the man in the middle. Something of a goal blitz from their striker Whitehead who hit a hat-trick as they romped home. Bees were rocking after two successive defeats but were glad to receive a FP point as did the Lancashire team.
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The halfway point saw three more games kick off more or less bang on time at 11-30am.
Burnley may have been buoyant after their win but Nash Amblers burst the Clarets bubble with a one-nil win. Bolton became the second team to score three goals and Vintage Celtic could only manage one in reply. In the biggest surprise of the day bottom team Denton Wednesday edged a one-nil over victory over Nash Bees – who must have wished the snow was still on the ground by now – co-Manager Brian Stafford on target for Wednesday.
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Of these 11-30am. games only Bolton didn’t achieve a FP point. Nineteen were awarded in total today. The Referees were pleased with the attitude of the vast majority of players, and there’s no doubt that running is less prevalent within a three touch format , contact too.
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The final round of games saw the Amblers excused and they will have trooped off happy with their seven point haul of match won point performance on the day. Ten in total.
Nash Bees salvaged something from their disappointing day with a two-nil win over Vintage Celtic, who struggled to make their mark today. Losing all three of their games at least the Stalybridge men managed to score a goal today. Unlike Tameside Striders who finished with a one-nil defeat at the hands of Bolton Arena on Pitch 3.
- This was the only game where neither team impressed the Referee, there was sufficient rancour on pitch three to see neither team rewarded.
A goal from Rod Seddon put the icing on the cake of Denton Wednesday’s day, co-manager David Wilson cock-a-hoop with a seven point return plus a couple of FP points which might just lift them off the bottom of the table.
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No cards of any colour today – we’ve now only seen a single Blue one in FORTY EIGHT games. Impressive by any standards.
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The snack bar was almost as packed as it can be on a Curzon match-day after the games and the tasty Chip barms were flying over the counter. Thanks to Nash Ambler’s John Smith for sponsoring the
We do it all again in three weeks time and suddenly some of these fixtures will be taking on a tasty look themselves with climbers and fallers giving the table (released tomorrow) an interesting look with more than half of the games now completed. Every team is now in positive Fair Play territory over the 100 mark. Well done everyone on the fair play front. To be honest I thought we’d see far more deductions than we’ve seen so far.
The rain held off for us again today despite moisture laden air and an iffy forecast. It was quite mild too but the wind did pick up noticeably as the proceedings progressed.
Thanks everyone for co-operating with the video check-in procedure. I might put some of those on the website but remember next time just your YEAR of birth please not the actual date. Everyone looked to be within the right age grouping today (sorry fellers) but most of us are knocking on a bit. All the more reason to CELEBRATE just what we got up to this morning in the November round of the Curzon Wednesday F.P.L. (fair play league).
I actually played in a couple of games myself today. First up against Bolton Arena on pitch 3. Tameside Striders had no penetration but set up for a draw and we got one. Tactics were employed for once, and the Bolton danger men were not given the space they can make so much profit from. They went close on occasion but ‘keeper Dave Partington was equal to them.
Denton Wednesday enjoyed their first win. A 2-0 defeat of Burnley with two Joe Bemrose goals to get them up and walking, Nash Bees and Vintage Celtic saw out a nil – nil draw with each team earning a fair play point from Referee Garry Pearce.
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The Nash Amblers were in action at 11-00am or thereabouts , held to a draw by Denton Wednesday much to the delight of Wednesday co-manager David Wilson. Striders and Bees toiled to a goalless draw in their game, (NO fair play points) Nil-nil the favourite score of the day also the result of Vintage Celtic’s latest match up against Burnley Walking Football with a similar absence of Ref’s discretionary points for fair play. None deducted.
Such a colourful scene even on a dull day all the teams in their vivid, colourful kits. What a great sight. Can you imagine many of our Father’s doing this in their sixties and seventies? It just was not an option for many men back then who, if still alive could have inhabited bodies buckled, broken or bent by years in heavy industry and manual jobs. We are a lucky generation.
Burnley and Bolton clashed on pitch one. A fiesty game I heard later. Is it central Lancashire rivalry? No fair play points awarded here but at least NONE were deducted. (IN ANY OF THE GAMES). John Walton scored the vital goal for the clarets and made sure I knew it ! Why not, goals are hard to come by as he said himself.
Referees reported that running was kept in control for much of the morning across all pitches. There were some contact offences – as I noticed directly myself ! No harm done.
Celtic and Wednesday were firing blanks on Pitch Two and no change on Pitch Three as Referee Mark Bradshaw officiated another goalless draw as neither Striders nor Amblers could make the vital breakthrough.
Burnley were bidding us goodbye as the fourth time slot beckoned three more games and six teams, ready for the final fray. The wind had become hostile by now but still, it kept dry somehow.
Something of a goal glut on Bradshaw’s pitch as Bolton Arena put three past the youthful (50) Wednesday ‘keeper. The most emphatic win of the day for the Arena side – let us know your goalscorers please. They can be added later.
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The latest ‘clash of the Nash’ ended goalless. Alan Graham’s high threshold for awarding fair play points was not breached and the Curzon component of our league’s local make-up gained just a single point apiece from the stalemate.
On Garry Pearce’s pitch one, the wind was causing problems neither Celtic nor Striders could solve. The latter lost Laurie O’Toole with a hamstring injury. Striders took the lead through yours truly. A fine ball from Wingrove found me in space. Twenty five yards out three touches can be challenging but pushing the ball forward twice I found the bottom corner as Celtic’s Mike Kieron dived low. Thinking I’d got the winner , the smile was soon wiped from my face when Strider’s were penalised for time-wasting with four back passes to the goalkeeper. Being aware of our rules, and having seen this coming I personally had no problem with the Referee’s decision. The ball simply stroked to his feet Celtic stalwart Derek Drabble let fly with a fearsome equaliser that left our ‘keeper Dave Partington with no chance. Both teams collected a fair play point despite the back pass debacle for which we paid the penalty.
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And that was that. What a great morning of walking football – eventually video might show the odd spurt of unpunished pace but this was tremendously enjoyable. I received loots of comment afterwards – and not just about the free barmcakes on offer. There was a a hubbub in the snack bar , all tables were full as the players enjoyed each others company.
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If there is a God, then may he bless our dear old Dad’s and let’s thank him for this lease of OUR later lives which so many of us are enjoying to the hilt.
Thanks to Mark and the Curzon club, to our Referee’s and not least to Pat, and her colleague in the snack-bar. And all players for helping to make this league a little different, and very enjoyable so far. The league table will be online tomorrow latest.
See y’all in January..in the meantime there will be photo and video uploads. In between time (whisper it) have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
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Everybody turned up in a cheerful frame of mind today for the second monthly round of fair play fixtures in this fledgling league. Seems most had been ‘looking forward to it’ which was good to hear.
Not really fit to play myself due to recurring hip trouble I decided to play a co-ordinator role figuring that was something we didn’t have last month.
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Two still cameras and a camcorder were handed out to Academy students and I’ll check the results over the next few days. Some were also handed linesmans flags but after an hour or so they lay abandoned on the ground. Thanks to the lads for their efforts though, they may well have been called back into their classroom. Thanks to Jack, Kole and Sean for helping with the coverage while they could.
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On the pitch the ‘Clash of the Nash’ brought an emphatic three-nil win for the Amblers. A John Smith hat-trick undoing those Bees. Some good natured banter here as the Bees took defeat in their stride gaining a rare fair play point from Alan Graham.
The goals continued to flow in the first set of fixtures as Vintage Celtic despatched Tameside Striders three nil ! Another hat trick, this time from Stuart Greaves (hope I’ve got the spelling right).
Bolton Arena capitalised on a brace from David Mort as they beat Denton Wednesday but were deducted a fair play point after five running offences (one more that would have been two points less).
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At eleven am. or thereabouts Burnley W.F. got in on the action and beat Striders by the odd goal in three. Bowden and Stobbs with the goals for the ‘Clarets’. No info on the Striders striker.
Bees put their earlier defeat behind them to beat Bolton Arena by three goals to one. Brereton , Fielding and Jones on target With Mulvaney replying for Bolton. Bees lost a FP point in this one. The Arena organiser Marcus Brown accompanied his squad this time and it was a pleasure to meet him.
- Nash Amblers and Vintage Celtic contested a nil-nil draw (by no means the first between these two teams).
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- Striders met Wednesday at 11-00am on pitch one where the black and white stripe bedecked ‘Badgers’ scored in the last minute to steal three points. Steve Hampson on target for the Tameside team.
Nash Amblers scoring touch had deserted them and another nil-nil saw them holding Bolton Arena to a goalless draw.
On pitch 3 with Mark Bradshaw in charge Burnley WF and the Nash Bees enjoyed a very civilised one-one draw with both teams awarded a fair play point. Stobbs (Burnley) Lloyd (Bees) the scorers.
- It was good to see coach Sam Wilcock with his Burnley team. They have been practising their three touch technique and it’s clearly paying off as they have climbed the table. We’ll bring you an interview with Sam over the next few days.
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High noon saw Burnley take on the Nash Amblers and the Turf Moor team again picked up a fair play point – as did Amblers – following a goalless draw played in good cheer.
Bolton Arena and Vintage Celtic also drew on pitch 2 with Alan Graham in charge. They managed to bag two points apiece as it was one-one. Not too sure of the goalscorers in this one. You can always update us with an email, tweet or text if you wish. firstname.lastname@example.org – @FplCurzon – 07387 174934.
Nash Bees and Denton Wednesday ended their mornings efforts with a cordial, well paced goalless draw , each earning a FP point from Mark Bradshaw. Wednesday players included a player very new to the game and others who are not yet fully fit. They all worked hard, none moreso than skipper Steve Foster who was instrumental in getting the best out of his players. Good to see Joe Bemrose back in action too.
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The action wrapped up and handshakes and good vibes with the tea and coffee in the Curzon snack bar (no sandwiches today – sorry).
Lessons learned. The co-ordinator needs t be at a central point s the Referees can approach him with the game stats and facts after the final whistle. Not too sure if the big white board is of use. Did you look at it? All of this will be harder when it rains but Mark informs me more shelters/dugouts are on the way so we will have plenty of shelter
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Well done all. We’ve got off to a good start, I think. Keep watching these web pages for reminders of the day we all celebrated the game of walking football by playing it in the right manner – for the most part. No Blue cards, certainly NO Red cards and only three fair play points deducted. See you in late November.
- Alan Richards – Mark Bradshaw – Garry Pearce – Alan Graham
Alan Richards writes – the inaugural month….
I expect there’s always some mild apprehension at the start of a completely new venture but when players from different teams started to show up in numbers any notion of complete failure evaporated. An enterprise on this scale was completely new to me after all. I’ve given it a period of 24 hours reflection before venturing into print, so to speak with an attempted overview of the day.
With lots of others on hand in the form of Curzon’s academy students, the leadership and experience of Mark Bradshaw and the presence of established and respected walking football Referee’s Garry and Alan most things were in place. The rest was up to us – walking footballers who love the game and who have taken on board the philosophy that winning simply is NOT everything
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What followed was an enjoyable morning for me – you too I hope, but everyone will have had their own experience. I’ve heard nothing in the way of complaints so far, only positivity. Long may that continue – at least until next month
Having compiled the results and fair play points awards with Alan & Garry in Mark’s office afterwards the first league table has emerged. Of necessity some teams have played fewer games than others at this stage but that will even out over the next few months.
First lesson I’ve learned is… there’s no rush ! Get the table triple checked. I’ve had to make two amendments already and add a caveat to the table graphic which is below this report. Teething troubles.
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First impressions of the opening day?
Nash Bees combined playing prowess with a good attitude. From close quarters I watched them stroking the ball around the pitch in a precise manner.
Vintage Celtic came through four games and now have a slight lead in the fair play points column. Good to see a cheerful delegation from the experienced Bower Fold set-up embracing the challenge.
Bolton Arena looked a very good side who know each other well. Highly mobile and moving the ball very smoothly. Unbeaten, and their three nil victory over Burnley W.F. was the most emphatic of the day.
Burnley themselves were another team with a taxing programme of four games. Good to see coach and organiser Sam, plus Goalkeeper Steve again plus a couple of other familiar faces in the famed claret and blue.
Nash Amblers, competing here with a much changed line up from their GMWF team opened well, but faltered slightly as the morning progressed. With two additional fp points under their belts already though they are poised to make progress under their experienced leadership. This squad will win more than they lose.
Tameside Striders struggled to create clear cut chances and with an already depleted squad of similar varied abilities it was no surprise when they fell to two one-nil defeats in succession. Turning that around in the final game with the Nash Amblers offers hope for future months.
Denton Wednesday unfortunately lost three fp points due to a blue card. They managed to salvage two back from their games with the Amblers, and Celtic. These are very early days and a depleted squad playing four matches, with a key forward leaving the scene before they had finished their programme, placing heavy demands on the remaining six. Not all of whom were fully fit. Manager David Wilson is looking for reinforcements who can commit fully to the cause.
October fixtures will be released very soon. I have lots of video. Brief, early inspection shows some of it is not really of sufficient quality to be useful. It will take several days to go through it and the bits that are worth watching will emerge over the next couple of weeks. Perhaps as a montage of brief clips to illustrate the flavour of the days action.
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Thanks to all involved for making this a successful start. See you on October 24th.
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September scorers: For Bolton Arena: Chris Kershaw was on target v. Tameside Striders – two goal David Mort helped to beat Burnley , a third goal came from Sean Mulvaney.
For Nash Bees a brace from Trevor Brereton got their campaign off to a great start. An Adrian Jones strike beat Vintage Celtic. Eric Lloyd clinched the Striders game for Bees.
Steve Foster registered the only goal for Denton Wednesday v. Bees. Likewise Steve Hampson for Striders v. Amblers.
Amblers only goal of the morning came from David Grimbaldeston (to be confirmed) If you want your scorers listed here (V.C. and Burnley) please get in touch.