Brereton’s Bulletins

Trevor’s reports will appear here. Well written and often entertainingly funny , these witty accounts of internal games have grown in popularity. Trev loves a pun ! – Ed.

January 24th
Another terrific small sided game this morning, with only great goalkeeping and defending preventing a glut of goals. Oranges edged possession in the first half, their slick passing and movement troubling a blues team brimming with talent. Stephen Hampson’s energy was something to behold, as he cut a swathe through the blues defence. B’s keeper Mark Bradshaw saved well from Brereton and Pete Smith, as O’s couldn’t convert chances into goals. B’s defensive duo Danny Tipping and Dave Fielding didn’t panic though, as O’s were mainly limited to long range efforts.
There was little to choose between the teams in the second half , with both teams working their socks off , in the hope of getting a vital goal ahead. Pete Smith flashed a shot narrowly wide of’ b’s  ‘keeper Bradshaw’s goal. A Brereton effort was deflected just wide of the post. At the other end Dave Fielding’s close range effort was brilliantly kept out by the legs of David Partington. The in form keeper again came to O’s rescue again , getting a strong hand to John Smiths powerful strike. No goals today, but no shortage of excellent play from both teams. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce
Blues – 0
Oranges – 0



Curzon, Jan 20th. 2020
Another small sided game was welcomed by the fourteen players on pitch 2 this morning. There was little sign that today is officially the most depressing day of the year. Certainly referee Garry Pearce was buzzing in his baby pink top. The way blues moved the ball early on, looked ominous for the attack minded reds. When’s reds got into their stride, they looked increasingly dangerous, as blues defensive duo Foster and Lake came under pressure. . Martyn Heath on the right, was a constant threat, with John Smith and Brereton, looking to exploit any defensive lapses. Blues keeper Mike Kieran was kept busy, keeping out efforts from Smith, Adams and Brereton. Blues counter attacked well , but came up against a brick wall, otherwise known as Darren Sullivan . Early in the second half , a superb low Sullivan drive cannoned off Kieran’s s post. At the other end Steve Foster found himself one on one with keeper Mark Bradshaw, Steve’s point blank effort being brilliantly kept out by Mark. Reds stepped up their attacking intent, and were rewarded with the vital breakthrough goal. Mick Adams scorer of vital goals in recent weeks, finished off a fine move, by finding the top bin of Kieran’s goal. Blues fought valiantly, with Steve Wingrove and Pete Smith leading their charge. It wasn’t to be and  the men in blue just came up short , in a most enjoyable game. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Reds – 1 (Adams)
Blues – 0



Trevor’s Friday Bulletin this week incorporates Keith’s comments….

Curzon, January 17th
Pitch one was a 6 v 6 game , with both side’s displaying an abundance of quality walking football. Yellows started well, keeping the ball with some pin point passing, and looking to find danger man Terry Bertenshaw. .However it was reds who against the walk of play took the lead. Following a one two with Brereton, Stephen Hampson coolly slotted the ball past Keirnon with his left peg. Y’s were dominating possession , and creating chance after chance. Reds keeper David Partington was in his element though, thwarting the Y’s time after time. Bertenshaw could have had a first half hat trick, had it not been for Partington’s heroics. Also Y’s were unlucky when they clipped the post, , how much longer could the reds hold out ?. Into the second half and reds were gaining more possession, and looking more dangerous going forward. Kieran made fine saves from Pete Smith, Joe Bemrose and Pete Jarvis, as reds looked to take a stranglehold on the game. At the other end Partington continued to frustrate Y’s with his agility and safe hand’s. Fielding saw an effort trickle past the post, as reds worked like trojans to hold onto their slender lead. With Steve Foster and Danny Tipping joining the Y’s attack Y’s looked increasingly dangerous. With two minutes remaining Y’s scored a deserved equaliser. Tipping found Fielding in space, his shot from the side of the ‘D’ was parried by Partington, the ball fell to the feet of Mick Adams, who found the corner of the net. Phew!! All the players gave a good account of themselves, and enjoyed the small sided game. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 – Adams
Reds – 1 – Hampson
Keith Yardley from pitch 2….
In the other game this morning it was a lopsided 5 v 6, yellows v blues.
Although the score might suggest it, the first half was never a one sided affair play wise and the yellows used their 5 men well against the 6 blues. However, it ended 3-1 to the blues, who also missed some good chances, at half time. A blue switched to yellows at half time and they used the extra man with fine passing moves, eventually taking the score to 3-3.
Blues were still in it and took a 4-3 lead through Mike Caldwell’s second goal. The game continued to ebb and flow and yellows equalised again at 4-4.
The pick of the blue goals was a stormer from Gordon which flew through the keepers legs, just as he intended it to, 5-4 to the blues.
They thought it was all over but it wasn’t as blues got a deserved 5th goal to end the game all square.
Played in great spirit as usual without contact, running or a referee.
Well done all.
Not sure of all the goalscorers names so if someone wants to let me know then I’ll edit this report later.
Keith Yardley (pictured below)


Curzon, January 13th. 2020
Another late kick off today, as the 19 amblers tried in their various ways to keep warm. In the first half Yellows had the extra man , as blue’s did well to match them in terms of possession. The three touch format was keeping running to a minimum, but neither team was setting the world alight with their approach work. After little goalmouth activity Y’s took the lead shortly before half time. After having a good cough, Mike Caldwell found space on the right hand side of the “D” , and with a deadly toe poke, the ball was despatched past Kevin. The second half saw blue’s with the extra man dominate possession, as Y’s defence came under mounting pressure. David Partington in the Y’s goal made a flying save to his left to keep out a Steve Wingrove effort, and Brereton shot narrowly wide after capitalising on a defensive error. Blue’s continued to apply the pressure with senior statesman John Smith urging his team on for one last effort. Too often blue’s approach was too pedestrian, and Y’s solid defence was in no mood to relinquish their lead. So another very tight game decided by the odd goal. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 -Caldwell
Blues – 0
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Curzon, January 10th. 2020
A mammoth twenty two this morning, including long time absentee Phil Hibbert, and Curzon Player of the Year no less, Dave Fielding. As in recent games, chances were at a premium. Though we played multi touch with no ref, running was kept to a minimum, as were clumsy challenges. Possession throughout the game was 50/50, along with scoring chances. Both teams excelled in their build up play, but congestion around the “D” meant clear cut chances were non existent. For Black’s , David Lees was influential , along with Mick Adams. For yellows, Phil Hibbert hardly put a foot wrong, with defensive duo Tipping and Foster excelling. What chances there were came in the second half. Mark Bradshaw moved sharply to his right to keep out blacks goal bound Brereton effort. Mark also saved well from Mick Adams. A late flourish from Y’s saw David Partington get down well to keep out a fine strike from Terry Bertenshaw. Partington made an even better save to keep out a powerful drive from Pete Smith. No goals, but still a game enjoyed by most. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Yellows – 0
Black’s – 0

Curzon , January 6th
It was a 9 v 9 three touch this morning, with the chilling wind leading to some cold extremities. Black’s made a positive start, moving the ball well, and testing Mike Kieran. Yellows looked to John Smith for inspiration in their attack. Also with Colin Cuthbert and Steve Foster creeping up from the back, blacks defence couldn’t afford any lapses of concentration. Kieran was the busier of the keeper’s, saving well from Mick Adams and Trevor Brereton in a goalless first half.

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  • Early in the second half Bradshaw had to be at his sharpest , turning away a deflected shot with his foot. Although the game was congested both team’s were playing some quality 3 touch. Y’s Heath and John Smith provided the flair in their competent attack. Black’s peppered the Y’s goal before finally breaking through with a quality strike from Mick. Black’s sharp shooters Bemrose and Brereton looked for a decisive second , but Kieran wouldn’t be beaten again. All in all it was good game played in an excellent spirit. Once again well refereed by Garry Pearce. Also a healthy attendance, with Alan Richards, Barry Thickett, Alan Graham and Karen Bemrose (sec half only), perusing proceedings.
    Black’s – 1 – Adams
    Yellows – 0


Curzon, January 3rd (unedited*)
After what seemed for many like an eternity we returned to the 3g, in dazzling sunshine, for what proved to be a tight game. Black’s had the extra man (9) in the first half , as they looked to gain an early advantage. Yellows defence of Heath, Taylor, Partington and Truett defended manfully, as they came under pressure. Black’s Brereton shot narrowly wide, also Yardley and Bemrose tested keeper Keiron. For Y’s David Lees was the puppet master, as the singer looked to get a tune out of his resolute team. With Mike Caldwell at the helm, blacks keeper Bradshaw had to be vigilant, of the clear and present danger. The second half saw the dangerous Joe Bemrose join the Y’s. After soaking up early pressure blacks got their noses in front. After a relatively quiet first half, the returning Terry Bertenshaw struck with a goal of true quality. Beating two men , his strike from his unfavoured right foot left keeper Keiron with little chance. New decade , same old Bertenshaw, but could Y’s respond. They had been stretching the blacks defence with some excellent passing. When Joe Bemrose picked the ball up on the left hand side of the “D” , there was only going to be one result, a bulging blacks net. Moments later blacks came close to re-taking the lead , a buoyant Bertenshaw seeng his effort tipped onto the post by Keiron. Both teams looked for a winner, which would have been an injustice , as this game was as equal as they come. Two runs each, and minor contact today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce who had an excellent game.
Black’s – 1 -Bertenshaw
Yellows -1- Bemrose


Curzon , December  23rd….


Given the pre -match heavy rain, and the big day looming, we had a tree-endous turnout of fourteen, with the prestigious Darren Sullivan trophy going to the winner’s. Plains boasted a strong line up, with the silver assassin Stewart White returning leading their line. The first half was fairly equal, as the two scrooge like defences held firm. Though plains had a flurry of shots at goal, Kevin in Y’s goal, performed well. White had a present of a chance to put plains ahead, but miscued from close range. Y’s counter attacked well with Chris and Joe Bemrose a threat upfront. Early in the second half plains took the lead. A quickly taken free kick, saw White’s angled drive, beat Andy Truett in the Y’s goal. Y’s looked like they could be in for a stuffing, as plains eyed up the silverware. However the goal only stirred the Y’s into a gutsy fightback, as they looked to level. Pete Smith, Bemrose and Brereton brought the best out of Bradshaw , as the Y’s battled
At the other end , the post was struck, and Truett pulled off an excellent save to deny White. Y’s were given ample Bradshaw time by which  to find an equaliser, but just came up short. So it was White who proved to be the Grinch who stole the win for plains
Thanks to ref/goalie Mark Bradshaw.
Plains – 1 – White
Yellows – 0


December 20th. Curzon….
The penultimate domestic session, before the festive break, was a 7 v 7, multi touch game. Yellows looked strong from the off, creating a number of early chances. With Mike “Harrier” Caldwell hovering around the “d” , it was only a matter of time before a game came. In fact two came for Mike in quick succession, off his £10m toe. Y’s Keith Yardley went close to adding a third midway through the half , firing narrowly wide . Mark Bradshaw refereeing from the Y’s goal, had only one difficult save to make in the first half. Plains looked good going forward, with Lees, Cuthbert and Pete Smith catching the eye, but had to rely on long range efforts. In plains goal Mike Keiron had to be at his best to deny further efforts from Sullivan and Brereton. Y’s David Partington was relishing his midfield role , doing his usual Fred Astaire magic feet moves, through the plains defence. On a hat trick the luckless Caldwell hit the post twice. In truth Y’s missed a sackful of chances to stretch their lead. Plains had a number of good efforts on goal, but Bradshaw was equal to them. To their credit plains fought till the end, but couldn’t find a way through a strong Y’s defence. Thanks to player/ref Mark Bradshaw.
Yellows – 2 – Caldwell
Plains – 0


Curzon, December  16 th. 2019  (time is flying – Ed)
With a few late arrivals, we had a total of twenty one player’s this morning, many eager to make up for Friday’s cancelled game at the Nash. Playing to the three touch format, plains had the man advantage, in an already strong looking team. Though both teams looked good going forward, chances were scarce, as defences held the upper hand. Mark Bradshaw in the yellows goal was the busier of the two keepers in an even first half. Going forward Ys lacked the killer final ball, to trouble a solid plains back line. After a tackle re-shuffle, and the utilisation of the latest in depth scientific analysis of their first half short comings, yellows flew out of the blocks. In their first foray forward, Partington played a cute ball into Brereton . The ball bonced up nicely for the striker, who unleashed a sweet left foot strike that was out of Mike Keirons reach, going in off the post, thus justifying his choice of pink footwear. Plains with John Smith, Wingrove, Bemrose , Caldwell and Adams pushed Y’s back for long periods of the second half. But Y’s defence of Foster, Sullivan and Pete Smith restricted them to long range efforts , which rarely troubled Bradshaw. The congested final thirds ensured there would be no further goals. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce, and the enthusiastic crowd of Alan Richards and Barry Thickett.
Yellows – 1 – Brereton
Plains – 0

Thanks Trevor. Glad to act as ball boy once again. Shame both sides were not in bibs – feel that’s going backwards in an organisational sense. Too many on the one pitch in my view but well done to Garry for keeping order and to all for accepting three touch the way to go in those circumstances. Ed.




Curzon December 6th. 2019…

For the most part we got off lightly weather wise, for today’s 8 v 8
With no ref it was left to Mark Bradshaw to oversee proceedings from the blues goal. In an equal first period chances were few and far between. Yellows best chance came when Keith Yardley received the ball on the edge of the “d”, but failed to make a firm contact on the ball. Blues took the lead with their first real chance. Mick Adams firing a low shot into the bottom right hand corner of Dave Fielding’s goal. Yellows attempts were either wide , or comfortably saved by the feet of Bradshaw. The second half saw yellows edge possession and chances. Blues used their share of possession well though, moving the ball quickly with David Lees in fine form. Blues scored a second, Alan Brodie breaching the yellows defence, and scoring a disputed goal. Yellows fought back well , with Sullivan, and Bemrose a threat. Yardley went close , only to see his close range effort drift narrowly wide of the post. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Blues – 2 – Adams, Brodie
Yellows – 0

Curzon December 2nd. 2019….

It was an 8 v 8 today, with yellows edging it by the odd goal. Playing the multi touch format, the game was end to end for much of the time. Blues went close early on , when John Smith’s close range effort hit the post, before being stopped on the line by David Partington. Yellow’s had the better of the first half , as Blues had Mike Kieran to thank for keeping out fine efforts from Mike Caldwell and Darren Sullivan. Into the second half , in a game where it appeared that the first goal would be vital. Yellow’s defence held firm as Steve Wingrove and Martyn Heath looked for any weaknesses.  Caldwell was the focal point of the Yellow’s attack, and after spurning a number of scoring opportunities, he tried to kick himself and missed. ( 🙂 – Ed.)

However, when Foster put Mike through late in game, he took his chance. His miscued effort from the edge of the ” D” sneaked inside Kieran’s near post.  Once again tight angle Mike proving to be the match winner. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 – Caldwell
Blues – 0


Curzon, Nov 25th
The rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the assembled nineteen players, playing three touch . Blues utilised their numerical advantage, gaining more possession, and keeping the O’s on the back foot, for large periods of the game. Despite creating a number of decent chances in the first half, blues couldn’t press home their advantage. The closest they came , was a low Mike Caldwell effort, that Mike Keiron did well to turn away. The second half saw blue’s continue to see more of the ball, and eventually take the lead. Brereton cleverly playing the ball off the defender’s leg, and finding the corner of the net. O’s came back strongly, with Keith Yardley showing some nice touches, Steve Wingrove looking threatening, and Darren Sullivan creative in their midfield. Blues defence held their shape, Foster commanding, and “Long Lost Family’s ” Fielding brothers making a lethal defensive pairing. Mike Caldwell went close to doubling blue’s lead, as did John Smith and Joe Bemrose. Blues went into a commanding lead , when Brereton found the bottom corner from close range. O’s had been on two runs for a large part of game, before a third lead to an inevitable penalty. This was converted by Brereton, whose effort Keiron got a hand to , but couldn’t keep out. Commiserations to the Os, who made it an enjoyable game. Thanks to Garry Pearce, who had a good game ,given the number of player’s, and the three touch format.
Blues – 3 – Brereton (3)
Oranges – 0

Thanks Trevor…your second goal today was superbly taken – Ed.


Curzon , Nov 22nd…
It was an 8 v 8 today , as oranges took on the blues. O’s carried a threat from the start, moving the ball well, and using their greater mobility to press the blues. Mark Bradshaw in the blues goal , was busy, but not truly tested. Going forward blues came up against a strong O’s defence, marshalled by Steve Foster.  O’s David Partington was key to his team’s attacking options, which came to fruition , midway through the half.

The dangerous Keith Yardley, giving his team a deserved lead, with an emphatic finish from the edge of the box.  O’s ‘keeper Mike Kieran going through the half largely untroubled.  The second half saw blue’s up their game, gaining more possession, and looking more threatening in the final third. Straight from the kick off Kieran saved well from Brereton’s long range effort.  Blues Mick, Kevin, and Alan Brodie were having more effect as their team looked for an equaliser. Blues Tipping was getting in on the act, beating two men , before firing wide.

O’s were displaying some slick passing moves, but Mike Taylor was on top of his game, and Dave Fielding was an anchor at the back. With five minutes remaining Kieran produced a fine save low down to his right from Brereton.

With the seconds ticking away, Foster and Partington urged their team to keep possession, and play the game out. However a defensive lapse saw the ball fall to Brereton, who fired the ball high into the net , with the last kick of the game.

Goals were at a premium again, with on the balance of play , a draw being a fair result. Thanks to player/referee Keith Burrows

Oranges – 1- Yardley
Blues – 1 – Brereton


Curzon,  Nov 1st.

Reds emerged victorious this morning , having withstood a tidal wave of blues attacks.  Blues started with ten men to reds  nine in a three touch first half,  refereed by blues keeper Mark Bradshaw.  Blues were camped in the reds half,  having shot after shot , at keeper Mike Kieron.  Blues could, and should have been out of sight by half time.  Terry Bertenshaw was blues main threat,  and but for the brilliance of Keiron,  and Terry not being his usual clinical self,  the game remained goalless at half time.  In the second  blues predator Mike Caldwell gave reds a man advantage in a multi touch format..  This made the game a little more even in terms of possession and chances.  Reds Conroy and Bemrose had more space,  and were able to test Bradshaw . Blue’s still looked very dangerous,  with the energy of Yardley and Hampson,  and target man Bertenshaw,  ensuring reds defence of Taylor, Gaskin Heath and Brereton,  had to be on their metal at all times.  The save of the game came  when a Bertenshaw rocket heading for the top corner,  was turned away brilliantly by Keiron.  Having soaked up so much pressure,  reds struck at the other end through Caldwell.  Picking the ball up on the right hand edge of the “d”, Caldwell toe bunged the low to Bradshaw’s left , to give his team the lead against the run of play.  Blues continued to press with Pete Smith going close,  as the reds goal lead a charmed life.  Reds were relieved to hear the final whistle,  and take the win , having been on the backfoot for the majority of the game.  Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Reds – 1 – Caldwell
Blue’s – 0

Curzon, August 9th 2019

After all the hype and the passing of transfer deadline day, it was finally time for the blues to face the yellows in a 7 v  7.  Y’s made a lot of the early walking,  and took the lead , with a fine Joe Bemrose strike, that flashed past goalkeeper Steve Foster.  Blues looked to Pete Smith and Dave Fielding for attacking inspiration.  Y’s Colin Cuthbert worked tirelessly in midfield,  as they looked comfortable with half time approaching. The second half saw Bradshaw take the gloves for blues,  and Gordon Nixon taking up position in the Y’s goal. Colin Fielding bolstered the blues attack, displaying the full gamut of his talents. With Foster also pushing forward blues enjoyed the lions share of possession. With Y’s Mike Caldwell going off injured,  blues looked to take advantage of having the extra man. When Y’s were awarded a penalty (3 runs), the reliable Conroy flamingoed forward, but struck his kick wide. Y’s were once again at full strength when they were joined by a youngster in goal.  Blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs which was taken by Dave Fielding.  I for one would have bet Dave’s house on him finding the back of the net. However his strike was too close to said youngster ?, who gratefully held on to his shot. The game was put to bed when Conroy evaded the blues defence, and fired past Bradshaw  A few runs today, and too many clumsy challenges.  Not that that bothered Devonian Dave,  “ee’s as ‘ard as a ‘duge eed”.Many thanks to referee Alan Richards.
Yellows – 2 – Bemrose,  Conroy
Blues – 0
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Curzon,  July 26th

An excellent turnout today,  meant an eleven v  eleven,   with the larger goals. Yellows forward line included Player of the Year Dave Fielding,  and judging by all the good wishes he received,  the award couldn’t have gone to a nicer gay. Blues started well, and went close, as a Mike Conroy effort hit the post. Y’s had an equal share of possession,  and midway through the first half , took the lead.  Brereton’s ground hugging effort,  beating Mark Bradshaw.  Blues were unlucky not to equalise,  when another Conroy strike hit the post. Only the brilliance of Mike Kieran denied blues a deserved equaliser  Y’s could count themselves lucky to have a slender lead at half time.
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The second half saw blues dominate the game,  with wave after wave of attacks where Bertenshaw,  Wingrove  and White,  we’re ably supported by Partington and Conroy,  as they took the game to  yellows.  Danny Tipping and David Lees were steadfast in there defending, as blues looked for an equaliser. Blues went mighty close with another effort that hit the post, and when Kieran spilled the ball onto the crossbar. Y’s  struggled to get out of their own half, leaving Joe Bemrose,  and  Dave Fielding , who was sweating like Fred West watching  ” Ground Force”, isolated up front.  Somehow Yellows survived  till the final whistle,  to take a
workmanlike, and fortuitous win. Well done to referee Garry Pearce , who with twenty two players to control, did so admirably.
Yellows – 1 – (Brereton)
Blues  – 0


Curzon , July 22nd…

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With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in the news,  there are remarkable parallels to be drawn,  between that event and todays game. The “atmosphere ” was electric as the game kicked off. Blues were on a “mission ” from the start, displaying tremendous “craft ” in oranges final third.  When blues were awarded a penalty  (ingress ), Mike Conroy  took “one small step”, and unleashed a “rocket “, that even Dave Partington couldn’t  keep out. Blues were finding plenty of “space” on the flanks , as they took ” control “of the game.  Oranges relied heavily on the “heavenly body” of Brereton,  and their very own ‘Buzz Lightyear’  Dave Fielding,  to test the blues defence.  As half time approached, blues were good value for their narrow lead. Early in the second half Joe Bemrose decided to ‘launch’ one that soared like an ‘eagle’,  but went narrowly wide. Blues edged possession,  and Partington had to be at his brilliant best to deny Woz Taylor. The message for O’s was clear “Houston we have a problem “.

 The ‘gravity’ of the situation wasn’t lost on O’s Nixon and Colin Fielding  who worked hard to  get their team back on level terms. Blues were nearly brought back down to ‘earth’ when Brereton fired narrowly wide. Blues were in full ‘flight’ , and had it not been for their ‘star’ player Partington,  who denied further efforts from Yardley,  Taylor and Conroy,  O’s would have suffered a ‘crater’ defeat As it was blues were over the ‘moon’ with their win.  To en’capsulate’ the game,  blues deserved the win, for their  superior goal threat. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce. ‘Roger’ and out.
Blues – 1 – Conroy  (pen)
Oranges – 0

Sheer lunar-cy – Ed…:-)

(Personally thought the O’s were in yellow but I’m colour blind so would never have made an Astronaut! – Ed.)   I can take colour photo’s though and there will be a link later. 🙂 


Curzon July 19th…

A very enjoyable game was had , as six oranges, took on a team of five plains. With the rain persisting it down, conditions were tricky,  but both teams played some excellent  walking football. After squandering a few early chances plains took the lead through Brereton. Oranges replied,  before plains re-gained the lead. O’s were utilising the extra man to great effect,  and drew level shortly before half time. O’s Colin Fielding and his lad big Dave, supported the in form Keith Yardley, and the prolific Woz Taylor.  Plains Bertenshaw and Brereton combined well,  as they took a 4 – 2 lead. They had further chances , Alan Brodie cutting in from the right and testing Mark Bradshaw, and Brereton hitting the bar. Oranges roared back with two goals,  as the game hung in the balance.  For plains Danny Tipping chose his moments to push forward, as plains  moved up a gear.  Bertenshaw put them ahead for the fourth  time . Then the upholsterer covered himself in glory, dribbling the ball from inside his own half, beating four men and calmly finishing past Bradshaw,  to make it 6 -4. Oranges were not done though,  as Andy Truett strode forward,  and fired a great shot past Mike Kieran.  A late effort from Oranges brought a flying save from Kieran, to deny them an equaliser. No referee this morning,  and not surprising given the elements,  the game was played at a quicker pace than usual,  without getting silly.
Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for taking today’s session.
Plains – 6- Bertenshaw  (3), Brereton  (3)
Oranges – 5- Taylor (2),  D Fielding  (2), Truett

Curzon , July 15th

HAD TO HAPPEN ONE DAY – ELEVEN V. ELEVEN !  – Trevor’s latest bulleting from the  Nash!

Following yesterday’s thrilling day of sport,  the  excitement continued in this morning’s eleven v eleven at the Nash with larger goals than normal.  Blues got off to the best possible start , through Keith Yardley.  His confident strike from distance nestled in Kieran’s top right hand corner inside thirty seconds. Worse was to follow for Oranges,  as Brereton doubled the blues lead, and Yardley converted from the spot , following an ingress into the “D”. O’s were shell shocked,  and struggled to gain any momentum. With  the solidity of Dave Partington,  Dave Fielding and  Andy Truett at the back, blues were seldom troubled in the first half. To make matters worse,  Bradshaw continued to show promise,  as he fired a low drive past Kieran to make it four for blues. Blues Brodie was heavily involved,  as was Richards rocking a bandana,  and putting in a swashbuckling performance. 
As for O’s  they had to batten down the hatches,  waiting for the half time whistle.
In light of the scoreline,  a few transfers were made at half time, most notably Bradshaw moving to the Oranges. It didn’t take Bradshaw long to make an impact,  as he fired a missile past keeper Partington.  As blues defence came under pressure,  Bradshaw got his brace,  with another unstoppable effort.  Bemrose,  Hampson and Conroy pushed forward, testing an increasingly busy Partington a number of times.  Bradshaw sensed Blues were uneasy and he was proven right when their lead was reduced to a solitary goal when he completed his hat trick.
Blues were rocking now , and had few opportunities to create anything of their own, as the O’s onslaught continued.   Much to their relief blues were awarded a penalty ( 3 runs), and a chance to cement the win. Young Sean stepped forward and slotted past Kieran.
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What a game, a great advert for walking football , just a few runs and contacts today.  Good to see Keith Burrows, Alan Graham  and Barry Thicket in attendance.  Plus usual spectator George Fieldhouse. Thanks to  referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 5 – Yardley  (2), Brereton,  Bradshaw,  Sean (pen)
Oranges 3 – Bradshaw  (3)
Today’s teams
Thanks Trevor – and welcome to Denton WFG to Keith Yardley who ‘signed on for the King Street outfit today despite never having played in  a D.W.F.G. session ! His Nash loyalties are beyond doubt though, as today he agreed to player/manage the Ambler’s team in the August 20th. novelty games Festival in the absence of John Smith. No doubt drawing on the experience of Dan Tipping (if available)and others in the small squad – can they win it three years on the er….trot (?) 🙂
~( welcome aboard Keith – Ed.)
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Curzon,  July 12th.

There was no shortage of quality in this mornings game, with a cornucopia of talent on both sides. Early on blues looked the more dangerous,  their greater mobility ensuring oranges defence had to be at their best. Sean in the O’s goal saved from Taylor,  Brereton and Conroy,  as blues looked for a breakthrough. On the stroke of half time blues took the lead,  Taylor received the ball on the edge of the “D” , swivelled,  and rifled the ball into the net. For O’s Bertenshaw and White were linking up well, but it was Alan Brodie who was having goal attempts.  Taylor increased blues lead,  just managing to stay out of the ‘D’, and whipping the ball past Sean. Blues were moving the ball well and carving open the O’s defence,  only typical resilience from Tipping and Dave Fielding holding blues at bay . The game was effectively over when Conroy swept the ball high into net from close range.
O’s kept their composure, and we’re rewarded with a consolation goal.  Stewart White wrote the final chapter, with an excellent solo effort firing a low shot into Bradshaw’s right hand corner. A few runs and minor contacts today,  but a game played in a good spirit. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.
Blues – 3 – Taylor (2), Conroy
Oranges – 1 – White


Curzon , July 8th….

A dramatic climax in today’s game saw oranges grab a draw,  leaving blues feeling hard done by.  Blues had dominated the first half, both in terms of possession and chances.  However oranges had Sean the work experience teenager (14)  in goal. Blues Woz Taylor and Mike Conroy were left frustrated as Sean pulled off a number of tremendous saves, in a very impressive performance.  Following a fine diagonal ball from Cooper,  Oranges Wingrove found the side netting.  The O’s defence was better in the second half with Andy Truett the pick of their defenders. O’s  huffed and puffed,  but struggled to truly test Mike Keiran. Taylor went mighty close for blues,  his shot hitting the outside of the post. After knocking on the door for so long , blues finally broke through,  as an un-marked Alan Brodie fired high into the net.  Orange’s Sean pulled off another flying save from Woz , to keep his team in the game .These games are never over till the “fat lady sings”.
Dave Fielding was excellent at the back for blues,  along with Dave Partington.  With two mins remaining  following  a sloppy ball from Blues,  Wingrove strode forward and fired a powerful low drive past Keiron.  Oranges got out of jail,  but blues handed them the keys.
Little running or contact today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 1 – Brodie
Oranges – 1 – Wingrove
Nice concise report Trevor – (I missed it today- yes really !  Good to  see Mike Kieron at the Nash. Please bring your extra £1’s next time for the player of the year vote if you wish to see someone you really rate win this years award. – Ed. )

Curzon,  July 5th

A bumper twenty one players took to the big pitch this morning,  including new man “Pete”. Blues started with the extra man, and it showed as they enjoyed much of the early possession.  After a period of sustained pressure blues took the lead , Brereton firing past Mike Keirnon. Blues Caldwells attempt from an acute angle,  could only find the side netting. Yardley for the blues was having a fine game , energetic and creative. Oranges had the ever dangerous Bertenshaw,  who struggled to find a clear opening,  largely due to fine defending by the blues.  In the second half oranges had the extra man , Alan Brodie. Oranges were enjoying more possession,  but we’re relying on long range attempts.  Mike Conroy  tested Bradshaw,  and a ripper from Bemrose went narrowly wide. Blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs ), Wingrove converted emphatically  from the spot. The pick of blues attackers Yardley,  capped a fine performance with an excellent third goal.. Oranges displayed great fortitude as blues were firmly in control. Oranges were awarded a penalty  (foul), which was brilliantly despatched by Conroy,  sending Bradshaw the wrong way. From there on it was a case of ” that’s all she wrote”, as blues saw the game out. A few runs,  and a couple of robust challenges today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 3 – Brereton,  Yardley,  Wingrove (pen)
Oranges – 1 – Conroy  (pen)

Curzon, July 1st
Another bumper attendance this morning, as blues took on an orange team boasting a wealth of defensive talent. With their first real chance , oranges went ahead, a low cross from Foster was turned in by Brereton. Oranges were moving the ball slightly better than blues, and went close again, Brereton crossing for Foster, who’s shot went narrowly wide. The pace of the game was too quick for referee Pearce, with both teams on two runs as half time approached. Blues looked to the midfield engine of Hampson and Bemrose,

Referee Garry Pearce

and dual threat of Wingrove and John Smith up front. As the second half got underway, regular defenders Partington, Nixon and Colin Fielding bolstered oranges attack. Young Tyler in the oranges goal , was putting in a nerveless performance, to maintain his teams lead. Midway through the second half , oranges were awarded a penalty, (3 runs). Brereton stepped up, and beat Bradshaw low to his left. Blues Burrows and Richards were among the pick of their team , as they looked for a way back. Oranges were awarded a second penalty (foul judged careless/reckless ), but this was missed as Brereton shot straight at Bradshaw. Oranges Nixon had a golden opportunity, but seeing the possible headline in “Brereton’s bulletin “, shot tamely wide. Late in the game blues were awarded a pen (again for a careless reckless foul) , which was neatly slotted away by the reliable Mike Conroy. There were to be no more goals, as oranges held on for the win. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.

Oranges – 2 – Brereton (2), (1 pen)
Blues – 1 – Conroy (pen)

(Alopogies for the photographic failure – Ed.)


Curzon , June 28th….

There was little to choose between the sides this morning,  as the nine Orange men , faced a strong team of eight Blues.  Terry Bertenshaw celebrated his return with a precise finish for Blues early in the game.  Soon after that they  doubled their lead,  as the ever dangerous poacher/goal hanger Mike Caldwell slotted past Ben Bemrose. Oranges went close,  as David Partington saw his well struck shot cannon back off Bradshaw’s post.  Back to full fitness, Keith Yardley reduced the deficit for Oranges shortly before half time. His super left foot strike flew into Bradshaw’s right hand corner,  a memorable goal.
The game was end to end, with chances for both teams. Blues Woz Taylor,  brought the best out of Ben Bemrose,  who was in inspired form.  Blues Wingrove was influential,  as was his team mate Dave Fielding,  back from his holidays.  Orange’s Partington looked to get forward at every opportunity,  and had a terrific effort from distance, but again was unfortunate to see his shot hit the post.   Despite their best efforts, Oranges couldn’t find the killer ball to unlock a tight Blues defence. Young Bemrose thwarted the Blues late on , to cap a fine performance  between the sticks. Blues edged it , though Oranges more than played their part,  in an even enjoyable game.
There was  no  referee today,  but no drama to report either.
Thanks to Mark Bradshaw. .
Blues – 2 – Bertenshaw,  Caldwell
Oranges – 1 – Yardley


Curzon June 24th….NUMBERS UP !

It was heartening to see a much improved attendance,  for this mornings clash, between the blues and oranges, under grey skies. Mutterings of a possible three touch encounter were quickly dispelled.  This 9 v 9 saw the welcome return of Alan Richards,  after a long lay off , and an introduction to the game for John Horton .

New man : John Horton
Like many of our large numbered games,  chances were few,  and defences reigned for much of the game. The Blues made a fast start, a little too fast, conceding a penalty midway through the first  half (3 runs).  The resulting penalty was neatly tucked away by Brereton,  past a static Bradshaw.  Just before half time , Orange’s conceded a penalty  (3 runs). Joe Bemrose stepped forward,  his shot hitting the inside of the post, and going in off keeper Partington’s shoulder.
Half-time- Blues 1, Oranges 1
Oranges showed more attacking prowess as the second half got underway,  though they were limited to long range efforts.  Partington was tested a number of times,  efforts from Wingrove,  Bemrose and Brodie were well held by the veteran keeper. Blues Richards was a menace,  finding space on the left, and never afraid to “shoot from the hip” ☺. Orange’s Lake and Truett were unflappable  , as Blue’s looked the more likely to find a breakthrough. Orange’s Nixon was solid in defence,  creative in midfield,  and dangerous upfront,  the only role he didn’t take was that of referee.  Neither team could find a winner, which would have been unfair anyway.  There were a few runs,  and a few robust challenges,  but that has to be expected,  given the large number of players.  Referee Garry Pearce was firm but fair,  for which we thank him.
Blues – 1 – Bemrose  (pen)

Oranges – Brereton  (pen)

Curzon , June 21st
Another enjoyable game today at the Nash today,  as numerically advantaged purples (8), took on the yellows (7). There was little to choose between the sides in the first half, as clear cut chances were few. Purple’s kept the ball well, but yellow’s defence coped admirably with purple’s dynamic Heywood duo of John Smith and Steve Wingrove.  What yellows lacked in numbers, they made up for in mobility,  Hampson’s heat map was hotter than the summer sky. The returning Stewart White for yellows played to his strengths, holding the ball up , and looking to play in Brereton.  The only goal of a close first half saw White find Brereton,  who’s shot squeezed in Ben Bemrose’s near post.
Half time : Yellows – 1 : Purples – 0
Early in the second half Andy Truett’s effort hit the bar,  however the ball had descended from a great height before doing so. Purples defensive duo of Tipping and Foster worked hard to limit the space for yellows to penetrate. A tremendous effort from Tipping,  stung the hands of Bradshaw,  as his team pressed for an equaliser.  Yellows Rob Lake and Colin Fielding were solid at the back, along with Hampson,  a man who’s recently made the “who’s that ” list of walking footballers.  As the game ebbed and flowed,  yellow’s scored a second through Brereton.  Despite a valiant effort from purple’s,  it wasn’t their day, as yellows edged an excellent game. Good to see David Partington, in the unfamiliar role of spectator,  though he tried to gatecrash the match. Thanks to Garry Pearce for his sterling refereeing.
Yellows – 2 – Brereton  (2)
Purples – 0


Curzon, June 17th

Two equally matched teams played out a five goal thriller this morning.  In the first half in the absence of Dave Partington ,  George Fieldhouse took the gloves for blues.  Yellows  edged the half, taking a 1-0 lead into half time, courtesy of a fine strike from Stephen Hampson    Yellows had a chance to increase their lead early in the second half,  when they were awarded a penalty. Bill Murney stepped forward,  but fired wide of blues second half keeper Bradshaw’s goal.
Blues soon capitalised when Andy Truett fired past Fieldhouse from distance. Blues took the lead with a scorcher from Foster then  added a third through the trusty left peg of Joe (the hammer) Bemrose. There was just time for Brereton to reduce the deficit for yellows,  as he scored when one on one with Bradshaw.  Thanks to Referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 3- Truett,  Foster,  Bemrose
Yellows – 2- Hampson,  Brereton
(Get well soon ‘Party’  Ed. and all)


Curzon , June 14th

Fortunately the  rain abated , by the time nine Ambler’s and Mark Bradshaw took to the  pitch this morning.  The team’s metaphorically traded blows early on, until Brereton fired oranges ahead , following a through ball from Pete Smith. Midway through the first half , due to an injury concern, Woz Taylor changed  from being  blues striker,  to oranges keeper,  and Bradshaw replaced him for the blues. Highlights of the first half included Joe Bemrose bringing a full length diving save from Taylor. Also Partington making a one handed save from Brereton . The second half saw Bradshaw take the gloves for blue’s,  and twinkle toes Partington take an outfield role for his team.  Oranges Mike Caldwell had gone close from a tight angle,  before beating Bradshaw from a central position.  Blues Tipping,  and the recoverd from injury Yardley kept the orange men busy, in search of a much needed goal. Partington un-shackled from keeper duties,  curled one narrowly wide, on one of his many mazy walks. Oranges scored a third , a goal made and scored by the impressive Hampson.  A fourth goal for oranges,  came from a neat finish from Pete Smith.  No referee today,  but no problems to report. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Oranges – 4 – Brereton, Caldwell, Hampson,  P Smith
Blues -0

Friendly V. North West England June 12th. 2019

A strongish looking Amblers squad faced what was on paper our stiffest ever  task, against the W.F.A.’s North West England regional team, and so it proved. A sizeable crowd watched on as referee Garry Pearce got proceedings underway.

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It was evident early on that N.W. had spent many hours on the training pitch, fine tuning their pass and move game. N.W. were guilty of running on numerous occasions early on, something that referee Pearce strongly discouraged. N.W. were in the ascendancy, and Partington’s hands were warmed, after a powerful shot from distance. Amblers main danger came from Bradshaw, who tested the visitors keeper with a couple of left foot drives.

Strikeforce duo – Taylor (left) and Brereton

N.W. made the breakthrough, with a long range effort that went in the bottom right hand corner of Partington’s  net. Amblers struggled to find space, as N.W. England’s tight marking and organisation limited their attacking intentions. As half time approached N.W. scored a second, to leave Amblers with a mountain to climb.

Half-time 0 : 2

We started the second half well, and quickly reduced the deficit. Woz Taylor picking up the ball on the right, and with seemingly nothing on , whipped in a tremendous shot from a tight angle, beating the keeper in his top right hand corner. However Ambler’s joy was short lived,as N.W. quickly re-gained a two goal advantage. John Smith was putting in a hell of a shift, along with controlling substitutions , as Amblers looked for a way back.

A trademark Bradshaw effort, that looked all over a goal, brought a stunning save from the N.W. keeper. As we applied more pressure, Taylor again gave us  a lifeline, with another powerful strike.
Amblers had the momentum, and England  were plainly rattled . Bradshaw put Brereton through, and he beat the keeper to his right. We were level ! Just moments later Mark Bradshaw again brought the best out of the England keeper, who was magnificent on the day.
Amblers contained the remaining England threat, Tipping marshalling his defence , as our opponents tired. Partington made a great save at one end, but at the other Amblers had a late chance to win the game, when Foster was one on one with keeper, who made yet another fine save. As Referee Pearce blew the final whistle Amblers could count themselves a little unlucky not to have won the game.

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  • With our “friendlies” well into double figures now , the invincibles  unbeaten run continues, with encouraging signs for the future.  This one was played in a good spirit, by two equally matched teams. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce, who had a fine game.

Amblers – 3 – Taylor (2), Brereton
N.W England – 3

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Curzon Ashton June 10th


With numbers increasing as the eleventh hour approached, so a 7 v 7 clash ensued. Both oranges and blues created decent opportunities in a evenly balanced first half. Oranges Wingrove brought a fine save from Mark Bradshaw at one end, while Brereton tested Benito Lowe at the other.

Taylor , right. ‘Constant threat’

Orange’s Bemrose went close, as his team edged possession and chances. Blues Taylor was a constant threat, but even as half time approached it appeared that only one goal would be enough to settle this game.

Second half…

In order to hone Bradshaw’s outfield skills, for the Nash’s imminent N.W. England friendly fixture , both keepers were replaced in the second half. Blues were quick to benefit from this change as Brereton fed Taylor, who kept his calm to slot the ball past a diving Nixon from close range.

off camera Taylor opens the scoring

Blues second was a carbon copy of their first, again Taylor on the left of the “d” with a cool finish past Nixon. Blues third, and the goal of the game , was classic Bradshaw. Picking the ball up in oranges final third, he casually unleashed a rocket, curling away from Nixon and nestling in the corner of the net. Hopefully happy snapper Alan Richards shutter speed was correctly set to pick that one up.

Goal of the game from distance

In a  half littered with great goals, oranges Benito pulled one back , firing in a terrific low shot from an acute angle. When oranges looked to be finding a way back in the game, blues added a fourth. Taylors low cross from the left found Bradshaw who had made a strong walk from the halfway line, and made no mistake from close range. Oranges replied with another great finish, this time Wingrove finding the corner of the net with a perfect strike. As oranges looked to set up a grandstand finish, blues keeper Dave Fielding pulled off a string of vital saves, with his hands and feet, and using the benefit of his fuller figure to deny oranges. When oranges were awarded a penalty (3 runs) , Fielding denied Wingrove with a fine save to his right.

Penalty saved !

It was certainly a breath-taking second, where Walking football  was the winner. Only minor contact and a few runs in a game that was played in a good spirit. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.

Blues – 4 – Taylor (2), Bradshaw (2)
Oranges – 2 – Lowe, Wingrove

All photo’s: Alan Richards

Curzon May 10th.


A close game this morning,  which could have gone either way,  however the draw was a fair result . In this 6 v 6  blues struck first,  as Hampson skipped past two defender’s,  before his unorthodox scoop nestled in the top bin. The sign’s weren’t good for oranges as blues Seddon and Duracell bunny Hampson’s pace , unsettled the orange defence.  Midway through the first half blues had accumulated three runs. Oranges go to penalty king Mike Conroy,  who  left Bradshaw with no chance,  as his inch perfect kick levelled the scores.. (presume a ‘pretty flamingo’? -Ed.)

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‘Duracell bunny’ – Steve Hampson

Orange’s Caldwell held the ball up well, and went close from tight angles,  as Bradshaw saved with his feet. Blues edged possession,  as defender’s  Foster,  and the Van Dijk  (Dick) of his team Dave Fielding supported their attack.. Only good organisation , tight marking,  and the ever reliable Partington,  prevented blues from finding a way through.

‘Chief’ Brodie – tireless
Orange’s Brodie and Conroy worked tirelessly  , as blues superior mobility threatened what was a deserved draw for Orange’s. It was an enjoyable game, played in a good spirit, well refereed by Garry Pearce.
Blues – 1 – Hampson
Oranges – 1 – Conroy  (pen)
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Curzon May 3rd

Just nine amblers this morning, along with Mark Bradshaw, but still enough for a decent game as we avoided the worst of the rain. Blues came out on top, mainly due to Bradshaw’s agility between the sticks.  Blues went closest early on , hitting the post. Soon after, they  took the lead. Brereton in acres of space found the back of the net. Hampson in black shorts, socks and trainers, like a less scary Mike Tyson, doubled the Blue lead with a well taken goal. Oranges replied with a cracker from David Lees but Blues restored their two goal cushion through Hampson as he notched a brace.

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  • Shortly after half time with wife Karen looking on, Joe Bemrose scored from an acute angle. (Tight Angle Joe? -Ed) …Oranges had plenty of possession and attempts on goal, but Bradshaw, a man for the big occasion, saved well from Lees, Cuthbert, and Caldwell.
  • Brereton added blues fourth and fifth goals, with Brodie scoring their sixth. All in all it was a good game, played in a great spirit, with good football played by both teams. No referee today, thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
  • (thanks for that Trevor, and well done on your hat trick – Ed).

Blues – 6 – Hampson 2, Brereton 3, Brodie
Oranges – 2 – Lees, Bemrose


Curzon 26th April. 2019

A lower turnout than usual today, not helped by Wednesday’s F.P.L. The teams selected by Mark Bradshaw looked pretty equal, and so it proved. There was little to choose between the teams in the first half, Brereton rattled the bar for yellows, while Caldwell was a constant threat for blues. Yellows Pete Smith was influential for his team, as was Brodie, with his dangerous walks on the left. Blues Mr.Consistency  Stephen Hampson was a handful, along with Dave Fielding solid defending, ball winning, energetic, in fact a bit of a “Kante”. The game was truly end to end , and it looked inevitable that one goal would be enough to win it. Pete Smith hit a superb strike that was bound for the top corner, but Bradshaw was across in a flash, to palm it away. Brereton hit a low drive that cannoned off the post, as yellows went closer. The vital breakthrough came from blues Foster midway through the second half. A defence splitting pass put Steve through, and he calmly finished from a tight angle. Yellows pushed for an equaliser, but came up against a tight, compact blues defence. Late on Brereton had a chance, but fired narrowly wide. Well done to the blues, in what was a most enjoyable game, as we avoided the worst of the rain. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.

Blues – 1 – Foster
Yellows- 0


Trevor paints pictures for us with his words, here’s one of the man himself !

A portrait penned by Terry Harrison…