Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stiggy Cup proves a crowd puller

The 2011 Stiggy Cup pulled in the crowds to Silsden today.
The tournament is named after Steve ‘Stiggy’ Allen, who died aged 23 in 2007 in an industrial accident.
His mother Judith has since raised money through sponsored walks, raffles and quizzes at Steve’s local, the Royal, in Keighley.<
This year’s event had 28 entries and will support the HCPT, a trust which takes disabled children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes; the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal British Legion.

      David S Brett was there to capture all the action.

See his pictures, here.

Steeton win easy-Lee!

Steeton avoided confusion with a fine 2-1 victory over Barnoldswick Town Reserves yesterday.
The home team included Sam Lee, Stevie Lee, Will Lee and Lee Reilly and two of them found the target.
Will Lee gave Steeton a first-half lead and the advantage was doubled when Reilly slotted home a penalty.
Barlick grabbed a late consolation, taking advantage of a home side reduced to ten men due to an injury to goalkeeper Sam Lee. Jamie Longley was the stand-in keeper.

Top award for Long Lee secretary Kath

Long Lee might have finished mid-table in the West Riding County Amateur League last season but off the pitch they were top of the pile. Secretary Kath Rickaby was presented with the league’s Secretary of the Year award at the league’s AGM, despite it being the club’s first season in the competition.
The award is given to who the league’s committee feels has displayed the highest degree of efficiency and competency and Kath told the Keighley News: “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out at the meeting.
“I’ve been secretary at Long Lee for 13 years. It’s lovely to get it but we don’t do these roles for awards, we do it for the players.
“I guess I’m the sort of person who if they’re going to do something, they want to do it right.”
Club chairman Charlie Wysocki was full of praise for her dedication and said: ““We are proud to have Kath as our secretary and look forward to continuing our success on and off the field.”

Six of the best for Oxenhope

Oxenhope continued their pre-season fixtures away to Crosshills, on a pitch that was in top condition.
Oxenhope secured a 6-0 win with three goals in each half.

Scorers were Dave Nelson, Oly Metcalfe, Liam Houldsworth Dan Moriarty, Martin Packer & Scott Nelson. 

Some great football was played again and the highlight was a 20-pass move ending with Oxenhope’s third goal.
Oxenhope have been contacted about another game next week but with manager Paul O’Neill now on holiday, the team might just wait until a game arranged for August 10 when both Oxenhope teams play both Bronte teams at Marley.

Steeton in search of revenge

Revenge will be in the air at Summerhill Lane this afternoon.
Steeton take on Barnoldswick Town Reserves, 3pm, just a fortnight after losing 7-0 to Barlick first team in their opening friendly.
Silsden will be buoyant after their fine midweek win at Brighouse as they head west to take on Evo-Stik League team Clitheroe, 3pm.
Closer to home, there is a local derby at Sutton Playing Fields where Crosshills welcome Oxenhope Recreation, 2pm.
  • If you are going to any of the games, feel free to email a brief report – just the result and scorers is enough – to or text 0777 1461360.

Norwegian visitors and Stiggy Cup action on Sunday

Following Silsden Juniors’ European double earlier this week when teams visited from Finland and New Zealand, it is the turn of Oakworth Juniors to offer hospitality to overseas visitors.
The club’s u14s are in continental action on Sunday when Norwegian visitors Krokelvdalen travel to Bronte Playing Fields, 10.30am.

There is also more football action at Silsden where the Stiggy Cup is taking place from 11am.
It is the summer’s third memorial competition to be played at The Asda Foundation Stadium in tribute to lcoal sportsmen who have died at a young age.
The tournament is named after Steve ‘Stiggy’ Allen, who died aged 23 in 2007 in an industrial accident.
His mother Judith has since raised money through sponsored walks, raffles and quizzes at Steve’s coal, the Royal, in Keighley.
Funds have been raised for Steve’s old school, Our Lady of Victories; the HCPT, a trust which takes disabled children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes; and to a charity which provides emotional support to parents whose children have Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Syndrome, a congenital condition and associated conditions.
This year’s event has had 28 entries and will support the HCPT, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal British Legion.
Read more about the Stiggy Cup, here, and on Facebook, here.

Silsden quick out of blocks for away success

Silsden picked up a fine 4-2 win at Northern Counties East League side Brighouse Town last night.
Darren Stephenson put The Cobbydalers ahead after only two minutes and Ben Lamb bundled in another after 14 minutes.
Chris Simpson added the third midway through the first half and it was 4-0 after only 35 minutes when Bradford City loan signing Stephenson netted his second.

Chris Wdowcczk pulled one back before half-time but the hosts could only manage one more, a second-half strike from Wayne Crossley.

Oxenhope leave Campion feeling jaded

Oxenhope Recreation continued their pre-season fixtures at West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division side Campion, who finished third in their division last season. 
Oxenhope had three first-team regulars returning and started the game with six changes from Saturday’s starting line-up when they beat Wyke 3-2.
Two goals in each half gave Oxenhope a 4-0 win. First-half goals from Dave Nelson and Graham Robinson were doubled after the break by Dan Moriarty and Craig Morris.  
Oxenhope’s defensive line was rarely penetrated in a game played at a frantic pace. 

Six of the best for Bronte

Bronte Wanderers rattled up an impressive 6-3 victory over Steeton Reserves at Greenhead this evening.
An own goal from the visitors’ goalkeeper Sam Lee opened the scoring for Bronte and five more came from Armstrong, Greenaway 2, Amin and Johnstone.

Steeton’s scorers were Chris Smith, Greig Hudson and Dean Mitchell.

Pre-season campaign gathers pace

There is a hectic night of local football tonight as the pre-season campaign gathers pace.
Silsden face their first away match of the new season with a trip to Northern Counties East League side Brighouse Town, 7.45pm. After an impressive opening to their build-up with a 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic, the Cobbydalers have drawn one and lost three of their friendlies since then.
Their hosts are under new management with Mick Couzens at the helm and have so far impressed in their warm-up for the season with victories over Farsley and AFC Emley.
There’s another local derby on the 3G pitch at Greenhead where Bronte Wanderers will be looking to improve on Saturday’s defeat against Silsden Reserves when Steeton Reserves come visiting, 6.15pm.
Oxenhope Rec are also in action with a trip to the Northcliffe Playing Fields to take on West Riding County Amateur League side Campion, 6.45pm.
There is also international junior action with Silsden U14s welcoming Finland u14 Schoolboys to The Asda Foundation Stadium, 2pm.
  • If you are going to any of the games, feel free to email a brief report – just the result and scorers is enough – to or text 0777 1461360.

Management duo return to Long Lee

There are familiar faces at the helm of Long Lee Juniors u13s for the new season.
Paul Brearey and Ben Furness are back in charge after a two-year absence due to work commitments.
They take over from Charlie Wysocki, who has moved to become head coach at Keighley Minors.
Brearey and Furness are well known around the local scene, having played for Oxenhope, Crosshills, Haworth, Silsden and Keighley Phoenix between them. Brearey has also managed Oxenhope and Bronte Wanders.
The pair are looking to build on Wysocki’s work and will start the new season in Division One of the u13 section of the Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League.
Brearey said: “Both our sons play at Long Lee and we have coached them since they were six years old. We have now returned and it would be nice to raise the kids’ profiles.”

Vintage Clarets prepare for Steeton date

Action from last season’s Steeton v Vintage Clarets clash. Picture: David S Brett.

The countdown has begun to Steeton’s biggest pre-season date of the year.
The Vintage Clarets are the visitors to Summerhill Lane on Sunday, August 14, 3pm, and the former Burnley players’ team is expected to contain a host of fans’ favourites.
Admission will be £3 for adults, £1 kids.
Manager Roy Mason is looking forward not only to pitting his team’s skills against the ex-pros but also helping to boost funds for the West Riding County Amateur League club.
He said: “Steeton are offering potential sponsors advertising space for this game and the rest of the season at some real value for money rates.
“As long as a company can provide the club with a suitable pitch side banner, then we will display it for the Burnley game and the whole of the season for a donation that they feel appropriate.”
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Worth Valley women dig deep for YFC five-a-side success

Worth Valley Young Farmers women’s football team enjoyed a fantastic day at the national ladies five-a-side tournament in Warwick.
Two wins, two draws and just a single defeat were enough to earn the local side an overall third place finish.
A last-minute goal condemned Worth Valley to defeat in their opening match against Worcestershire but they recovered to draw 0-0 in their next match.
A goal from one of the Ogdens earned a 1-0 win over Cornwall and the Keighley side built on that to end Devon’s 100 per cent record with a 1-1 draw thanks to a stunning strike from Laura Moore.
The final match brought another single-goal victory, this time over Cumbria, thanks to a penalty from Moore.
The Worth Valley team was Sarah Shires (captain), Laura Moore, Vicky Hardy, Daisy Hammond, Sophie Ogden and Hollie Ogden.