“Great set of guys, and a great club, always a pleasure to be on the same pitch “
Mick Wilde – Wakefield Wanderers – facebook
We at the Nash Amblers felt a more expansive word on our departure from the Over 60’s G.M.W.F. league is necessary, after the matter of us leaving the Over 60’s league was reported in the official preview…
…The Nash Amblers were founder members of this league and managed to finish in second place in their first three seasons. No mean achievement. We have enjoyed playing most of the teams we have been up against and many of our players will miss the monthly involvement at Over 60’s level. Unfortunately time has moved on for too many of our players who now qualify for the Over 65’s league, and the Over 70’s set up. These will be playing with our closely associated partner group, Denton’s Tameside Striders in the upcoming season.
Nash Amblers and Denton Walking Football only select Heywood players for the G.M.W.F.league from our own groups who play weekly with us at Denton, or Curzon Ashton. We do not look beyond our own regulars nor seek, or invite players from other ‘clubs’ or groups to join us. If we are short of numbers or talent then we resign ourselves to the ‘it’s the taking part that counts’ ethos.
However, though we have grown slowly in numbers over the years , the simple truth is that players aged 60-65 have become quite scarce in our set up. This is the only reason we have decided to withdraw from the Over 60’s league.
We wish old opponents, those who are taking our place, league administrators and Referees a successful, enjoyable season of walking football at Heywood.
Amblers in the F.P.L. once again from late September….a walking football feature this year is pen-pics of our players…take a look. Just for fun, a subjective glance at the squad…
Denis Cudahy (Goalkeeper) who hails from Horwich and had a successful season with the Bees last time out. Also an F.A. accredited Referee . Denis is an imposing figure between the sticks and is quick to get down to those low shots and drives that come his way.
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John Smith (player/manager) A Liverpudlian and former Egghead teammate who knows his football and the walking variant. Has managed teams at Heywood. At six foot plus he’s a big game player and scored a hat trick in one of the Amblers matches last season. Never afraid to try a shot.
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Steve Foster. John’s right hand man, trusted lieutenant and pre-draw pick. A quality defender who demands high standards on the pitch. Helped hold the Denton Wednesday team together last season but will look upon this move to Amblers as a very positive one.
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Trevor Brereton. The first of two prolific marksmen in the Amblers squad. A high energy player in his mid fifties now , Trevor is an excellent ball winner and distributor. Always willing to lash a shot goalward. If they are on target the power is usually there to trouble goalkeepers.
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Steve Wingrove. Another big presence in this interesting looking line-up. Steve is happiest when holding the ball and three touch presents a challenge but he responded to it last time out. A scorer of goals with a fierce shot that once again, if on target , usually ends up in the back of the net. A Strider last season, he could benefit from this move where he lines up with former Heywood team mates.
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Alan Brodie. A real worker willing to play in all areas. Will walk all day for the cause. Scores goals now and again too, and his versatility will be a boon for the squad management. Alan lined up for the struggling Striders last season but will should flourish in a better team.
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Peter Jarvis. If he can stay injury free Peter will prove a thorn in the side of opponents. A mobile player who is equally at home in the middle of the defence or moving forward where he scores some fine goals in internal sessions. An Ambler last season too, his team narowly missing out on the league title in their final game.
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Steve Johnson. Something of an unknown quantity to the squad management. Steve, from Glossop is a regular at Denton in the Under 67 hour. Pace is his strongpoint but he will have to rein that in a little in this Fair Play League. A combative man who likes to win and win well. Often found on the right flank but moves inside to good effect. A tenacious ball winner.
- _______________Bees soon – Striders next !
Well , early reports from Heywood tell us the Amblers had another day of mixed fortunes with a couple of defeats offset by a win, and a draw. A report will be online soon. The Spring League has now ended…and NOW you can read John Smith’s report <here>
Last days results…
GMWFL organisers links
Final round of fixtures June 6th….
Squad for Heywood, Thursday 6th June.
Gordon Nixon Rob Lake Steve Foster Danny Tipping
Dave Fielding Steve Wingrove Aidy Jones John Smith
Meet at 10:00am. Please bring photo i.d. and shin pads. This is the final round of fixtures for the Spring session. There will be a buffet provided after the last games have finished.
See link below for fixtures.
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Colin Fielding (left) , drafted in at the last minute to the Amblers Over 60’s squad at Heywood reports on their day in the third round of the Spring league. A better day all round than previous showings this year, with two wins under their belts. Let Colin himself take up the story….
Great day at Heywood for the Nash Amblers over 60s. Drafting in Gordon Nixon from the over 65’s with Colin Fielding and Dave Partington from the over 70s, to join regulars Steve Wingrove, Steve Foster, Adrian Jones and Danny Tipping.
First game against bottom of the League Chadderton. We dominated the game creating lots of chances but couldn’t score, ending in a 0-0 draw.
— – -Second game against top of the league Wakefield. We played well, nullified their strikers to no shots at goal and Jones created a chance for Wingrove, who comfortably put it past their ‘keeper. We played well keeping possession and ended their unbeaten record with a 1-0 win.
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Our third match up was against second in the league Chorley ,who had only lost one game this season. We again dominated the game, restricting them to one shot at goal. Late on in the game Nixon threaded a pass to Wingrove who promptly slotted the ball past the keeper to win the game 1-0.
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Finally, our last fixture of the day against Rochdale Strollers saw another one sided game, with the Amblers completely dominating. Unfortunately though, we allowed Rochdale one chance of a shot with which they scored and then held out for a 1-0 win.– – – –
However 7 points from 4 games was satisfactory and will move us up the League table. Congratulations and well done to all the players who all performed very well today.
(Well done all – Ed…thanks for the photo’s Colin.)
FPL climax !! Just eight seconds remained on the Referee Garry Pearce’s watch when Andy Clarke of Bolton Arena scored the winning goal which denied the Amblers the Fair Play League title on 24th April.
The 3g at Curzon was witness to the late drama that left our players down but not out. What a great campaign over seven months and twenty four fixtures. We only lost one other game !
So, this time it was not to be but the Amblers remarkable defensive capabilities mean we are hard to beat and it took probably the best ‘footballing’ team in the competition in terms of passing ability and movement to ease past us in the dying moments. We were also runners up in the Fair Play element to our good friends the Nash Bees.
At least the team went home with some ‘silverware’, perhaps the fifth or sixth trophy the Amblers have collected in their three year history. Well done everyone !
Ones we prepared earlier….