Manchester Over 65 League February 2018
The Manchester Over 65 League February 2018 was the first session of this new venture. Vintage Celtic with only five players regularly available decided to combine with Bury Relics, who were in a similar situation and we subsequently titled ourselves Vintage Relics.
We started the day with five Celtic players and four Bury players. Seven teams in one division kicked off this February session of the Greater Manchester Walking Football Over 65’s Spring League. It meant a reduced game time of ten minutes, which didn’t bode well for goal scoring opportunities.
First up for the Vintage Relics were Rochdale Striders and how we didn’t collect three points is a mystery. With the better of play and despite hitting the post twice it finished in a 0-0 draw. The same result in the next game against Rochdale AFC Strollers wasn’t a surpise as both teams cancelled each other out.
Again in the third match we were well on top of the opposition, Preston North End Senior Whites, who had one player putting himself about. Despite being on top we just couldn’t put the ball in the net, so 0-0 it finished for the third game in a row.
Fortunes changed in the fourth match against Tameside Striders, when we finally found the net. This was a strange situation as the Striders were fielding two of our former players, Pete Jarvis and Keith Burrows. We also had a former Striders player in our ranks in Colin Cuthbert. Who would have put money on Colin, who isn’t a prolific goal scorer, grabbing a hat trick against the Striders, who had Keith in goal. Strange things happen in football.
Our fifth match was versus Wakefield Wanderers and to be honest this was a game we could have lost. Without Eric Williams in defence we looked very vulnerable and with some dreadful marking we were lucky not to concede. The game ended in another 0-0 draw.
The sixth and final encounter was against AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders. In this game we dominated the play despite some dubious attention from one of the Seasiders defenders. A great passing move involving four of our players saw Barry Whitmore alone on the wing in the opposition’s half and a lovely strike finished in Blackpool’s bottom corner of the net.
So it was two wins and four draws with no goals conceded and a joint second place in the table after this Manchester Over 65 League February 2018 session. With only two points separating us from the leaders, it is all to play for in the final three sessions.
Looking to the future, I feel that we could very well be a force in this Autumn league, time will tell. In the Autumn season of this over 65’s league, we have Paul O’Neil and Mike Taylor available as they reach the required age, plus another addition who will be revealed later in the year. With a squad of eight or nine, we will enter as Vintage Celtic. Bury Relics also find themselves in a similar position, so it suits both clubs to enter under their own banner. We will still combine in the Over 70’s Cup Tournaments as once again neither club have enough players to qualify on their own.
Thanks to the Celtic lads who turned out, Colin Cuthbert, Gordon Fenton, Mike Kieran, Barry Whitmore and Eric Williams. Also to the four Bury lads, Bob Daniels, Pat Fitzgerald, Tony Marsden and Tony Pope.
Feel free to leave a comment below.