Vintage Celtic midfielder Derek Drabble is considering a move to Spanish club San Miguel Strollers, yes they are a walking football club. Derek says despite his loyalty and long service to Vintage Celtic, the prospect of training and playing in the sun and a gallon of San Miguel a day may be too hard to turn down. We wish him well.
When asked to comment, the Lord Stamford management in Stalybridge said they were dismayed at the prospect.
Derek’s comment at the bottom of this page is repeated here –
“Whilst I gave serious consideration to the opportunity of playing in Spain and having an even more regular supply of San Miguel than I enjoy at the moment, I decided to finish my Walking Football career where I am”
Breaking News: Since this announcement the London stock exchange have confirmed that shares in the Lord Stamford have risen to an all time high. Investors are said to be delighted by the news.
The new Vintage Celtic kit, sponsored by Bohle Ltd has arrived and a photo session was arranged last Friday, 4th August, at their UK HQ in Dukinfield. Thanks to the lads who attended.
The Vintage Celtic lads had a great day out yesterday, 7th August, at the inaugural Rochdale FootGolf Open. We will be back.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the Rochdale Footgolf Open today at Springfield Park, Rochdale.
Vintage Celtic player Lee Shedwick (Shedders) has been nominated for the England Walking Football Team. Great news and good luck in the trials Shedders. We are all behind you.
Welcome to Deb and Darryl, 2 newcomers to walking football at our Copley session last night, both said they enjoyed it and will be back.
The video from our successful day at the Life Leisure Stockport Tournament is now online. it includes two excellent interviews with Derek Drabble and Keith Fowler.
Vintage Celtic have been invited to enter the Rochdale Footgolf Open on Monday 7th August. Teams of 4 will compete, hopefully we can field 2 teams.
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Vintage Celtic made it 3 trophy wins in 5 weeks with the Life Leisure Stockport Tournament success. Read about it here.
Celtic entered 2 teams today in the Life Leisure Stockport Walking Football Tournament, Vintage Celtic and Blue Vints. Vintage Celtic were the well deserved winners, with an average age of 66 playing against much younger teams. Some great passing and movement today, this is how walking football should be played. Report to follow.
Vintage Celtic won Division A in the league round robin stage of the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Rochdale Over 65’s Cup but were beaten in the semi-finals.
Vintage Celtic are competing in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League’s Rochdale Over 65’s Cup Tournament on Friday 9th June at the Heywood Sports Village. It’s going to be a difficult task as we are down to the bare bones with a squad of 7, due to 5 of our normal over 60’s squad being ineligible due to the age criteria and a few other regulars unavailable.
There is no training on Monday, 29th May due to New Charter Academy being closed for the Bank Holiday. Training as usual at Active Copley on Wednesday 31st May.
Vintage Celtic start a new walking football session tonight and every Wednesday at Active Copley, Demesne Drive Entrance, Stalybridge, 18:00-19:00.
Vintage Celtic now have another weekly walking football session, every Wednesday, 18:00-19:00 starting 24th May at Active Copley, Demesne Drive Entrance, Stalybridge.
We had an interesting visitor to our walking football session last night, read about it here.
Vintage Celtic made it 2 winners trophies in 6 days by winning the Cheshire Walking Football Spring 2017 League Championship Division, well done lads, you are the pride of Tameside Walking Football. Read all about it here.
Vintage Celtic won the Greater Manchester Walking Football Over 60’s Spring League last Thursday, 5th May. To read all about their success click here.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football League on Friday 5th May. Without the leagues leading scorer, Paul O’Neil, and play maker Brian Coll, it’s going to be a difficult task to maintain their 4 points advantage at the top of the table in this final session of the Spring league.
22 Vintage Celtic images are now on the Gallery at the Walking Football Forum.
There is no training on Monday, 1st May due to New Charter Academy being closed for the Bank Holiday.
Vintage Celtic played in a Tameside walking football friendly game yesterday, 25th April, against our friends from down the road, Priory Tennis Club. Read the report.
Vintage Celtic are playing Priory Tennis Club in a walking football friendly tonight, 25th April, at Bower Fold before the Stalybridge Celtic FC versus Harrogate Town game.
The friendly on Saturday at Bower Fold against Burnley FCWF has been cancelled. They are unable to field a team.
The Vintage Celtic website has had over 17,500 page hits since the counter was installed 4 weeks ago.
There is no training on Monday, 17th April due to New Charter Academy being closed for the Bank Holiday.
Vintage Celtic competed in the 3rd session of the Cheshire Walking Football Spring League on Thursday 13th April. Read all about it here.
Tomorrow, 13th April, Vintage Celtic are competing in the Cheshire Walking Football League. We currently lead the Championship Division by 3 points, let’s hope we can increase the lead.
Vintage Celtic competed in the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football Spring League on Thursday last. Read all about how we fared.
This statement has appeared on the Walking Football United website, at last people are beginning to realise the difference between Over 50’s and Over 60’s walking football. Although this was a late April Fool’s joke, there is many a true word spoken in jest.
Tomorrow, Friday 7th April, sees Vintage Celtic competing in the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football Spring League at the Heywood Sports Village. Paul O’Neil currently leads the Golden Boot Award for the top scorer by 3 goals.
Last nights 11-a-side training session was abandoned just after half time because of a serious injury to new lad Hughie Ives. No other player was involved and Hughie was taken to hospital by ambulance. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.
5 of our members played in the exhibition match at the National Football Museum in Manchester yesterday. Lost count of the score but both teams were cheered on by an appreciative crowd. An interesting tour of the museum followed.
Vintage Celtic are playing in an exhibition match tomorrow, 30th March, at the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Another tight game last night with only one goal scored. Thanks to Brian Coll for an excellent example of refereeing. Welcome to the 2 new lads, Paul Whalley and Clive Newton.
The Stalybridge Walking Football Festival planned for Sunday, 9th April is cancelled. The pitch at Bower Fold is waterlogged. With a massive backlog of fixtures for Stalybridge Celtic FC in the National League North, there is no way we will be able to fit the tournament into the calendar before preparations are made by the groundsman to maintain the pitch in the close season.
Physical contact in walking football is still a controversial point. The new FA rules allow it and the WFU/WFA rules say it should be non-contact. Have a look at this excellent video by Dave Brooks of Rochdale AFC Strollers. Dave refereed us in the March session of the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football League. Also featured is my co-administrator Paul Gardner of Link4Life.
Vintage Celtic remain top of the Cheshire Walking Football Spring League despite dropping a few points yesterday, 16th March. Read the report here.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the second session of the Cheshire Walking Football League tomorrow, 16th March at the Cheshire FA Headquarters, Northwich.
Great evenings training last night, 13th March. Two teams played out a well fought 2-2 draw, with some excellent refereeing by Brian Coll. What a difference that made, running pulled up immediately and very little physical contact.
Stalybridge Celtic FC are holding a Sportsman’s Dinner on Friday 21st April at the Premier Lounge, Audenshaw. John Hartson is the guest speaker. Tickets are £35, let’s support the club that supports us.
Vintage Celtic have a brand new kit coming soon sponsored by Brohl Ltd of Dukinfield.
Thanks to all who attended last night’s Vintage Celtic’s members meeting. It proved to be very productive in how we go forward in the walking football world. An overview of the presentation is here.
Saturday’s friendly with Burnley FC WFC is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. We will try to rearrange this fixture for another date.
A big welcome to the two new lads at last night’s training session, Gary Hall and George Maitlend. Both showed that they have played to a decent level, with some fine touches, passing and awareness of the game. Also a belated welcome to the two Chris’s, Hardman and Trueman who joined us a few weeks ago.
Vintage Celtic are competing in the second session of the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football League tomorrow at the Heywood Sports Village, 11:00-14:00.
Could be good news for Vintage Celtic as a possible new ground move, with a state of the art 4G pitch, has been announced for Stalybridge Celtic FC. Read the Tameside Reporter article here.
UPDATE: The proposed meeting for Vintage Celtic members at Bower Fold has been postponed until Tuesday 7th March at the same time 18:30.
Vintage Celtic are holding a members meeting at Bower Fold on Tuesday, 28th February at 18:30 prompt. Meat and potato pie will be served and attendees are invited to watch the Celtic versus AFC Telford game afterwards.
Vintage Celtic had a mixed day in a not so well run FA People’s Cup in Manchester yesterday, 25th February. Read the report here.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the FA People’s Cup this Saturday 25th February, at the Powerleague Manchester, kick off 14:00.
Some of the lads enjoyed a break in the sun a couple of weeks ago. Check out the singing, tongue in cheek report here.
Vintage Celtic had a decent start representing Tameside Walking Football in the Cheshire Walking Football Spring League. Read all about it here.
The Cheshire Walking Football League Spring season starts tomorrow, 16th February. Vintage Celtic Over 60’s are playing in the Championship Division.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football League this Friday, 3rd February.
We now have a Vintage Celtic Forum, especially for our members, although other interested parties can register and comment as long as the comments are not spam. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve what we do, any complaints or any thing you wish to discuss, this the place to do it.
The general opinion among our members is that our Wednesday training session at New Charter Academy is too late in the evening, so is now cancelled. We are trying to obtain an earlier slot for the Wednesday session which will probably be in 3 months time. Until then we will see you at our Monday session, same place 18:00-19:00.
In the meantime we are hoping to arrange some midweek friendlies to compensate and keep the regulars who look forward to the Wednesday session still involved in Tameside walking football with Vintage Celtic. Also see the new Vintage Celtic Forum.
The Vintage Celtic quiz team are improving. From coming bottom for many weeks, we have slowly risen to 3rd out of 7 at the Lord Nelson quiz night. Come and join us for a beer after training on Wednesday evenings.
A year end report for Walking Football In Tameside and Vintage Celtic. Read here.
Happy New Year to all our members, let’s make it a good one. Don’t forget training restarts on Wednesday 4th January.
More from the Walking Football United website on the introduction of the non-contact rule for the National Tournament in 2017. This is highly likely to become the rule for all competitive games and rightly so. Read here.
An article from the Walking Football United website that we should all pay attention to. Read here.
Not a fan of Christmas but to all our members – have a good one and all the best for 2017. Let’s have a trophy or two to add to our list. A big thanks to committee members Mike Smith, Brian Coll and Derek Drabble for moving the club forward and all their hard work in 2016.
Vintage Celtic have been relegated from the Premier Division of the Cheshire Walking Football League, see report.
Just seen this tongue in cheek article about 5-a-side football but it equally applies to walking football. Relevant are points numbers 1,2 and especially point 8!
The last training session before Christmas at New Charter Academy will be on Monday 19th December, 18:00-19:00. We recommence at the same venue on Wednesday 4th January, 20:00-21:00.
It was curry night at the Amanni restaurant on Monday 5th December for Vintage Celtic. After training we had 20 players turning out for an excellent meal. Thanks to Brian Coll for organising the event.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the final session of the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League, this Thursday 8th December, at The Cheshire FA Headquarters in Northwich.
A new Walking Football Association has been launched to promote and develop the sport and develop standardised rules. For further details click the link.
2 recent articles on the controversial subject of running and physical contact, published on the Walking Football United website, are reproduced here. Well worth a read if these rule breaking offences are ruining your walking football experience.
Vintage Celtic are having a Curry Night on Monday 5th December. After training at New Charter Academy we are going to the nearby Amaani Restaurant. All present and past players are invited, meet there at 20:00. To book your place email Brian Coll (click the link), or give him a call on 07785 735573.
Vintage Celtic will be playing in the new Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football League in 2017. See Tournaments page for details and dates.
Interesting video on the Walking Football Home International Championship between teams representing England, Scotland and Wales. The winners, Herne Bay are all ex semi-professionals, which highlights the standard to which the sport has grown.
A great session of walking football last night at New Charter Academy. The Celtic All Stars beat the Bluevints 2-1
in a very competitive and tight 8-a-side game. Welcome to 2 more new lads Eric and Tom, who both impressed.
Vintage Celtic had a bad day in the November session of the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League on Thurday 10th November. Click here for the report.
Marcia scored a hat trick in last night’s training session and a big welcome to another 2 new lads, Paul and Richard, who played last night. Vintage Celtic are competing in the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League on Thursday 10th November.
Welcome to the 2 new lads, Andy and Brian at last night’s excellent 9-a-side training session. With a few regulars missing, we are shortly going to need a bigger pitch.
Tameside Walking Football will be represented by Vintage Celtic in the Algarve Walking Football Festival next May. It is a competition we won in May this year with the help of Clitheroe Walking Football Club and hopefully we can be successful next year. More information here.
Vintage Celtic are propping up the Premier Division table of the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League – What went wrong? Click here for the report.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League on 13th October. After fears of not being able to field a team due to injuries, unavailability and work commitments we now have a squad of 7.
Great session of small sided football on the new surface at Copley Academy, Stalybridge today, Saturday 24th September. If only some of these guys would play walking football we would be almost unbeatable.
Tameside Walking Football – Vintage Celtic’s ‘Shedders’ Gets a Mention. Good to see our own ‘Shedders’ being nominated for a place in the hypothetical England Walking Football Team. It won’t happen of course as the Leggy Mambo team will no doubt represent England but good to know we have been recognised. Cronus by the way is Eddie Gibson, manager of Leeds Titans.
Tameside walking football was represented by Vintage Celtic in the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League September 2016 session played at the Cheshire FA Headquarters in Northwich on 15th of the month. For the full report click here.
The friendly this Saturday, 24th September, with Tameside Striders/Nash Amblers at Curzon Ashton has been cancelled. The reason given is that their team object to us changing the side at half time and leaving early in order to play at our Copley session.
Some good news – after a 2 month layoff the surfaces at Copley have now been relaid and as from this Saturday, 24th September, the traditional small sided football sessions will recommence at 15:00-16:00.
Vintage Celtic were runners up in the Martin Dawson Memorial Trophy played at Heywood Sports Village yesterday, Sunday 11th September. Well done lads, read all about it here. Training tonight and Wednesday at New Charter Academy, usual times.
Tameside Walking Football was represented by Vintage Celtic today at Victoria Park Denton. Unfortunately not a lot of people were about.
This Sunday, 11th September, Vintage Celtic will be taking part in the Martin Dawson Over 60’s Memorial Walking Football Tournament at Heywood Sports Village. 10 teams from Lancashire and Yorkshire are taking part. Good luck to the lads and bring back another trophy for the cabinet.
Some of the lads will be missing from training for a week due to holidaying in Benidorm, where visits to museums, churches, architectural delights and taking in the local culture will be on the agenda.
A great turnout for the first Wednesday evening training session last night. Cannot remember the score but think the bibs just edged it by a goal or two. Great to see Marcia on the score sheet. A big welcome also to new member Keith Burrows who has now joined the tournament squad.
This Saturday Vintage Celtic are taking part in the Older Persons Fun Day at Victoria Park in Denton 10:00-14:00. We will be showing people what walking football is all about and how it can transform their health and well-being.
It’s our first Wednesday evening training session at New Charter Academy tomorrow night at 20:00-21:00. No doubt we will be discussing the outcome at our HQ, the Lord Stamford, Stalybridge, afterwards.
Great game last night, 5th September at New Charter Academy. The Celtic All Stars went down 1-2 to the Bluevints. 2 very dubious goals by Stuart Greaves sealed the victory for the Vints in a tightly fought contest. Remember to always be magnanimous in defeat.
After the bank holiday break, we are back training at New Charter Academy tomorrow night, 5th September, 18:00-19:00
As from Wednesday 7th September, the morning training session at Medlock Leisure Centre, Droylsden is cancelled.
The session is moving permanently to a Wednesday evening session at New Charter Academy, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, 20:00-21:00. The Monday training session at NCA remains unchanged. See Training Venues for directions.
Some excellent news – the FA are to standardise the rules for competitive walking football. Click here for further details.
Walking football in Tameside is growing and Stalybridge Celtic’s walking football club, Vintage Celtic, are now approaching 2 years of age. Read the full story.
Excellent training session last night, Monday 22nd August, with a good turnout and a very tight game. The Celtic All Stars drew 1-1 with the Bluevints. Ian Molyneaux hit the goal for the All Stars early in the game and Mick Adams scored a well deserved equaliser for the Vints late in the game.
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Read all about Vintage Celtic’s successful failure in the Cheshire Walking Football Cup Festival 06.08.16.
Vintage Celtic are playing in the Cheshire Walking Football Summer Cup Festival tomorrow, Saturday 6th August at the Cheshire FA Headquarters in Northwich.
Many thanks to our shirt sponsors R&M’s Discount Warehouse Denton for the donation of a brand new set of shirts.
Read all about Vintage Celtic’s appearance in the Jules Rimet 50th Anniversary Leeds Walking Football Tournament.
Great game tonight at New Charter Academy. The Celtic All Stars beat the Bluevints 5-4 in a very competitive game.
Paul O’Neil scored 4 great goals for the All Stars with a last minute winner thanks to a splendid through ball from veteran Bill Murney, the rock in the All Stars defence.
Vintage Celtic failed to reach the knockout stages in Saturday’s Leeds Walking Football Tournament. A win in the last game would have seen us top the league but unfortunately we went down 1-2 to a strong Leeds Titans team – report to follow. Training as usual tonight, 1st August at New Charter Academy, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, 18:00-19:00.
The Bluevints beat the Celtic All Stars 4-1 in tonight’s training session. Paul O’Neil grabbed 3 lucky goals and a miss hit by Mick Adams saw the vints victorious against a depleted All Stars side. Always remember to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.
Next Saturday, 30th July, the Vintage Celtic squad are off to Leeds for the Jules Rimet 50th Anniversary Walking Football Tournament.
Hot day today playing walking football in the sun but we got through it OK thanks to breaking up play with some skill sessions and penalty shootouts. Nice to see Fiona from Tameside Age UK there taking an interest in what we do.
Great turnout at tonight’s training session at New Charter Academy. 9-a-side with some great skills on show. Celtic All Stars drew with the Bluevints 2-2. Paul O’Neil grabbed 2 for the vints and Pete Smith and Derek Drabble scored 2 excellent goals for the All Stars. A fabulous game played in the right spirit. A very warm welcome to Bill Harrison, another new recruit. After a warm training session we rehydrated afterwards in our HQ, the Lord Stamford, Stalybridge.
Another great, skills based training session run by Brian Coll today at Medlock Leisure Centre, Droylsden. Derek Drabble won the latest scratchcard prize – that’s 3 out of 5 he has won. Have we an optometrist in the club as Derek must wear x-ray glasses. On the plus side he did say he would fund the drinks at the Lord Stamford after Monday’s training session.
Today’s meeting with Tameside Age UK regarding the future of walking football in Tameside proved to be quite positive. More details to follow. Tameside Striders, another session provider in our area were also there. Run by Alan Richards they provide walking football in Denton on Tuesdays and Ashton-under-Lyne on Fridays.
There is a meeting at the Tameside Age UK offices on Tuesday 12th July at 10:00 to discuss the ongoing role of walking football in Tameside. Everyone welcome.
Fantastic training session last night at New Charter Academy. Some fine skills on show in a tight game where the Celtic All Stars beat the Bluevints 2-1. A big welcome to the 2 new lads Bob and Derek. Golden Gordon struck again with a strike for the Bluevints but a goal from Derek Drabble sealed the win for the All Stars in the last few minutes.
Vintage Celtic failed in their bid to retain the Frodsham Walking Football Festival trophy being beaten 1-0 in the semi final by a very good Barnsley Leggy Mambo’s side, the walking football national champions for 2014 & 2015. Despite giving away a 10-12 year age gap the blue vints did themselves proud and were unfortunate not to take the tie to penalties. A great performance lads, you all did yourselves proud. The Mambo’s said we were the best side they faced. The Mambo’s beat Frodsham 3-1 in the final. See report
Vintage Celtic are playing in the Frodsham Walking Football Summer Festival on Sunday 10th July. We are defending the trophy we won last year and have a decent squad so good luck lads on the day.