The Walking Football Northern Premier League are pleased to announce that we are now members of the Walking Football Leagues Alliance. The Alliance provides a great opportunity to learn from and, if needed, to assist our fellow leagues up and down the country.

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In view of the recent directive from the Football Association regarding the Coronavirus and grassroots football, regretfully I have now cancelled all games in both the Walking Football Northern Premier League in its current format, including the 50+ Yorkshire Cup, and the Farrah Rose 2020 tournament for this year. Nor will I be available to referee in the IWFF Euros in July if they were to take place.

If the situation were to improve by the Autumn I may re-instate the NPL in a reduced format to be played in September and October but it is highly unlikely that the Inter-League Championships in December will be held.

Hopefully, everything might be back to normal next year. Stay safe, everybody.

Regards, Eddie Gibson, Organiser, WF Northern Premier League and Farrah Rose Memorial Trophy

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Northern Premier 60s League Cancelled 15th March.

Thank you for all your responses and, as more teams and some referees have now dropped out this morning, tomorrow’s games are now OFFICIALLY CANCELLED. I have just telephoned the Goals centre with confirmation.

The are a number of teams who were still willing to come but, no matter how disappointing it is, there are bigger issues at hand.

We all represent the “at risk” group and with the likelihood around 150 players in their sixties congregating in a relatively small area tomorrow we would all be endangering not only our own health but also that of our colleagues and anybody else at the centre at the same time.

Please make sure that all your players are aware of this cancellation and that they are not to travel to Leeds.

The same could happen to the April games for both age groups but I will make final decisions a bit nearer the time and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the year.

Regarding the match fees already paid, Goals are holding the money on account until next time.

Would all teams and referees please acknowledge receipt of this cancellation notice.

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Farrah Rose Memorial Trophy

Hello all

I now have the honour of organising the Farrah Rose Memorial Trophy each year and I cordially invite your team to take part in this year’s tournament.

For those who don’t know about the circumstances surrounding Farrah Rose, the grand-daughter of Grangetown WFC player/manager Rob Scott, it is a tragic story. Farrah Rose French was a happy and healthy little girl from Grangetown in Middlesbrough. She had an older sister and mother Megan was expecting her third child but tragedy struck the family in February 2016. The two little girls had been visiting their grandmother Margaret and went to bed for their normal afternoon nap. Farrah Rose had been a little bit poorly the day before but when Margaret went to check on her she could see that the child wasn’t breathing. An ambulance was called and Margaret tried to resuscitate her but Farrah Rose was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after arriving at hospital – she was just 18 months old.

This year’s tournament in Farrah Rose’s memory, which will also be raising funds for a number of charities, will be 6-a-side for players over 50 years of age and played at Goals Leeds on Sunday 21 June. We will be using the Football Association Laws of the Game for Walking Football (issued June 2019) with adjustments pertinent to this competition. 24 teams from all over England and Wales took part in 2019 and I’m hoping for at least that many this year.

I should be grateful if you would indicate your interest in taking part as soon as possible. The number of entrants will be governed by the number of referees available so entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. This will also determine the cost of the entry fee.

Do you know any other team who may be interested? Please feel free to share this invitation.

Regards

Eddie Gibson, Organiser, WF Northern Premier League and Farrah Rose Memorial Trophy

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Happy New Year to everybody and as we look forward to a new NPL season there are a few changes in the league to tell you about.

Last year’s 50+ Second Division Champions Chesterton Crusaders have withdrawn from the league but who will take up their place in the First Division has yet to be decided. Normally, the bottom club, Sheffield, wouldn’t have been relegated but they have withdrawn from the 50+ section to concentrate only on their 60+ team. Second Division runners-up Wakefield Wanderers have also done the same so they can’t be promoted either.

On the other hand, two clubs in the 60+ section will be fielding their 50+ teams in the NPL as well, and both will be playing under new names. Following a merger, Sleaford Academicals are now Sleaford & Ruston Academicals and Manchester Community are now, more appropriately, Salford Community. Established club Barons Scarborough are new entrants into both the 50+ and 60+ sections and the 50+ is completed by a brand new team, Nomads who come from the Stamford, Wisbech, Peterborough area and will be replacing Middlesbrough FFIT.

The 60+ section has been re-formed into two divisions of eight teams each with newcomers Stocksbridge replacing the Manchester Corinthians B team in the new Second Division but there is a vacancy yet to be filled following the withdrawal of Burton Albion.

Regards
Eddie Gibson
Organiser, WF Northern Premier League

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Do you run a 60+ Walking Football team in the North of England or the North Midlands and want to play in one of the country’s major WF regional leagues? You do? Then please read on ….

A vacancy has arisen in the 60+ Second Division of the WF Northern Premier League and we are looking for an ambitious club to join us for the 2020 season. That club must uphold the ethos of walking football and sportsmanship and have a firm commitment to the League – if that’s your club then please email to the Organiser, Eddie Gibson grandad-trains@hotmail.com to register your interest.

All NPL games are played on the enclosed 5-a-side pitches at Goals Leeds on Sunday afternoons. The planned dates are 15th March, 5th April, 14th June and 19th July. You’ll be glad that you joined.

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The 2019 Walking Football Northern Premier League season comes to a close in early December when the top four teams in both the 50+ and 60+ Sections play in the Inter-League Championship at Goals Leicester.

The Inter-League was inaugurated in 2018 as a 50+ challenge between the NPL and Terry Rice’s TRA National League South and is a Ryder Cup style competition in which teams earn points for their respective leagues rather than just for themselves. The league whose teams have gained the most points are the overall winners.

This year sees the introduction of the 60+ tournament as well as the two leagues being joined in the 50+ by our friends from the Wales Walking Football Premier League.

On Sunday 1st December the NPL will be represented in the 50+ by reigning champions Leggy Mambos, Manchester City, Yorkshire Cup and Farrah Rose winners Grangetown, and Blackburn Rovers to try and retain the Rice Gibson Cup. Representing the TRA will be their champions Colchester Phoenix, Romford White, Norwich City and Bexley. For Wales will be their champions Llandarcy Swansea, Blues Brothers, Neath Dragons and Welsh National Cup holders Amlwch Town.

A week later, 8th December, teams will be playing for the new Sixties Cup. All season in the NPL 60+ two teams had dominated proceedings with Grimsby Corinthians eventually claiming the inaugural league title by just one point from Redcar Strollers. Joining them for the NPL in Leicester will be Sheffield and the WFA 60+ National Champions Blackburn Rovers. For the TRA will be Norwich City (champions), Bexley, Watford and Cheshunt (to be confirmed). Kick off time will be 2pm on both dates.

The planned dates for the 2020 NPL season are:

Sunday 15th March 2020: NPL 60+ Round 1
Sunday 5th April 2020: NPL 60+ Round 2
Sunday 26th April 2020: NPL 50+ Round 1
Sunday 17th May 2020: NPL 50+ Round 2
Sunday 7th June 2020: NPL 50+ Round 3
Sunday 14th June 2020: NPL 60+ Round 3
Sunday 19th July 2020: NPL 60+ Round 4
Sunday 6th September 2020: NPL 50+ Round 4
Sunday 4th October 2020: NPL 50+ Round 5
Sunday 25th October 2020: NPL 50+ Cup Final Day

All NPL games are played at Goals Leeds starting at 1pm as will be the Farrah Rose Memorial tournament (50+) which is planned for Sunday 21st June.

Whilst there are some member clubs still to confirm their NPL membership for 2020 there will definitely be a vacancy in the 60+ Section. If your club wish to apply for that vacancy or to be added to the waiting list for either age group then please contact the Organiser Eddie Gibson email grandad-trains@hotmail.com

With 24 teams competing in Farrah Rose 2019 the tournament has now become a significant event in the North of England. More details about Farrah Rose 2020 will be announced when invitations are sent out early in the new year. If your team are interested in taking part in Farrah Rose 2020 then please contact the Event Co-ordinator Eddie Gibson email grandad-trains@hotmail.com

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