Walking Football

Walking Football – The Older Generation Are Still Playing The Beautiful Game

Walking Football Tameside Glossop have older people still playing the beautiful game even in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s. Sponsored by local football club Stalybridge Celtic FC, we run 3 sessions, one or more of which is suitable for anyone wishing to get some exercise, play competitively or even just make new friends.

Although this blog is dedicated to hiking, there are still many people to whom this post may be of interest.

Our most basic Walking Football session is on a Wednesday at Medlock Leisure Centre, Droylsden, where we run a gentler game suitable for those with disabilities or who are looking to get out of the house and get some much needed exercise. The next step up in our Walking Football sessions is on a Monday evening at Astley Sports Village, Dukinfield where the game is more competitive although some people who attend the Wednesday session also take part. The final and most serious session is on a Saturday at Copley Academy, Stalybridge which is a full blown game of small sided traditional football.

Walking Football

Vintage Celtic Players At The 2015 Stalybridge Festival

Vintage Celtic play in tournaments, leagues and even festivals abroad. The squad is picked from the Saturday and Monday sessions and we have been reasonably successful in our first year by winning 2 tournaments and coming runners up in 3 others.

Many new friendships have been forged over the past year and we often end the sessions by enjoying a beer or three in a local hostelry aka our headquarters. We also have nights out together from time to time and support our sponsors Stalybridge Celtic FC whenever we can.

If you would like to start taking some exercise, why not join us and make new friends. Give us a call on either of the numbers below.

Bill Murney 07443 900290
Brian Coll 07785 735573


Walking Football — 6 Comments

  1. Ohmygosh, they tackle without pads or helmets in rugby? Um…you’re not playing rugby, right? Soccer’s tough enough on your knees. By the way, I hope that your knees are feeling better and that you will be taking long walks and having great adventures again with your friends real soon.

  2. Soccer is becoming very popular in the United States. Four of my children played soccer and the twins still do.
    Now, Bill, I think your rugby is minus all the shoulder pads and helmet protection of the American football. Do you tackle the other players in rugby?
    It’s always a pleasure to talk with you here on your blog. Hope all is going well.

  3. Bill, look at you with your medal! Congratulations! This is a wonderful idea to keep everyone young and active. A perfect compliment to the walking/hiking adventures you and your friends have. Now help this American out. Is English football a variation of soccer/rugby? I don’t believe it’s the American football with shoulder pads, tackling and an oval[ish] brown ball to pass and run for touchdowns. I hope all is going well with your knee recovery.

    • Football is the same as your soccer Victoria Marie, a game that has had great difficulty taking off in the states but now seems to be increasing in popularity. It’s certainly not like American football which is more like our rugby.

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