Monthly Archives: December 2011

So far so good? West Riding County Amateur League

Most of the area’s teams are near the halfway stage in their league seasons. Keighley Kicks has a look at how things are panning out…
this time, the West Riding County Amateur League.

Frustration has been the name of the game for our four teams in the West Riding County Amateur League.
With Wibsey and Littletown well adrift at the foot of the Premier Division table, Steeton should have no worries about being drawn into any relegation scrap.
Instead, Roy Mason’s team, currently looking solid in midtable, can relax and see if they can put together a decent run to rattle a few cages at the opposite end of the table.
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So far so good? West Yorkshire League

Most of the area’s teams are near the halfway stage in their league seasons. Keighley Kicks has a look at how things are panning out…
First up, the West Yorkshire League. Other local leagues will follow over the next few days

The demise of Sandy Lane three seasons ago leaves Oxenhope Recreation as the Keighley area’s sole representatives in the West Yorkshire League.
But at least this season the club has two teams doing their bit for the far west of the county.
The first team gained promotion to the Premier Division with a last-day drama to pip Wetherby Athletic to the Division One title and have made a reasonable start to their first season at the highest level.
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Paper Talk: Keighley football in the local media (Keighley News)

Blink and you’ll miss the local football in today’s Keighley News.
That is no surprise, considering the dearth of action recently.
Avoiding a complete famine, there is a report from Silsden’s Boxing Day defeat by Colne, with a picture of visiting goalkeeper Chris Thompson, plus the latest table and the rest of the day’s results.

  • The Keighley News is available throughout the area and costs 65p. Some football stories are available on its website, here.

Spencer spanks Skipton

Defender Sarah Spencer scored a hat-trick

Keighley Oaks 16
Skipton Ladies 1
Keighley Oaks handed out a footballing lesson to Skipton, playing their first 90-minute game.
Eight players got on the home scoresheet with Jodie Elliott getting the ball rolling with two early strikes.
Melissa Houldsworth blasted home No 3 and newcomer Bethany Nixon made it 4-0 with a 25-yard drive.
Sophie Gaines and Houldsworth, again, brought up the half-dozen before half-time.
Superb strikes from Lauren Adams (2) and Houldsworth (2) brought the score to double figures and excellent finishing from the player of the match, defender Hannah Spencer, brought her a hat-trick and Kirsty Delaney got in on the act with two.
Captain Rebecca Granger netted with a clever shot before Skipton capitalised on a slip by Spencer to score a consolation.
Read the full report on the Keighley Oaks website, here.

Sleep easy… chase hard for Silsden Fun Run

Picture from Wharfedale Harriers shows action from the 2009 race.

Stand by to shed some of those excess pounds you’ve added over the festive period at the annual Silsden New Year’s Day Fun Run.
If you’d rather stay in bed, fear not, you can do the run in your night attire!
Silsden supporters Paul and Jean Buckley organise the annual event, with money raised going to the Cobbydalers and Bramley Buffaloes RLCC. This is the 27th year it has been held.
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Silsden fire another blank

Silsden 0 Colne 2
Silsden’s goal drought continued this afternoon.
Two second-half goals condemned the Cobbydalers to a North West Counties League derby defeat at The Asda Foundation Stadium.
More worryingly, it means that Joe Gaughan’s 27th-minute strike in a 1-1 draw at St Helens on November 26 is the only time Silsden have found the net in almost eight-and-a-quarter hours of football.
Silsden held the upper hand in the first half but former Cobbydalers goalkeeper Chris Thompson was in top form and kept out efforts from Gaughan and Andy Lee.
Mark Coyne opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half and the visitors secured the points when Mark Threlfall headed in the second in the closing stages.
Read the full report on the Silsden forum, here.

Match ‘on’

The Asda Foundation Stadium pitch has passed an inspection and this afternoon’s North West Counties League match between Silsden and Colne is on. Kick off is 3pm.
As a festive bonus, beer prices have been reduced in the clubhouse.

Derby day for Silsden

It’s derby day this afternoon with Colne making the 12-mile journey over the border to the Asda Foundation Stadium, 3pm.
It is the week’s only match involving Keighley-area teams and is sure to attract a bumper crowd with fans eager to to end their action drought.
After a three-match winning run at the start of November, Silsden have failed to pick up maximum points since, with two draws and three defeats, scoring just one goal in their last four outings.
The visitors, meanwhile, have been kicking their heels due to postponements since a 3-1 win at Congleton on December 10.
They are in the midst of a run of away games, not having played at Holt House in the league since a 3-2 win over Flixton on Bonfire Night, seven weeks ago.
Last season the teams drew 0-0 in Colne with the return coming in a week to forget for Silsden. They crashed 7-1 at Glossop on the Saturday before meeting Colne four days later and losing 4-0.
* Pitch inspection 11am.
Read the T&A preview, here.

A grand effort thanks to you all

Keighley Kicks logoDespite recent washouts and a lack of local football action to cover, Keighley Kicks followers remain loyal.
This week saw the 1,000th post added to the site – not bad considering the site was only set up in June as a blog. Since then it has evolved into a full website with more features.
During that time, more then 50,000 people have visited to catch up on all the local football news, views, reports and pictures from Keighley and surrounding district.
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Sutton lead the way

Sutton u10s continue to impress with victories over the past two weeks to stay top of their division.
The first was a 5-2 win against Bradford Tigers.
Ben Darkins scored four goals with Oliver Grundy completing the nap-hand.
Darkins was man of the match and the parents’ choice was Ciaran.
Oakworth A were then beaten 6-0 with Stanley Carr grabbing a treble.
Sam Thornton, Ciaran and an opponent added the other three.
Jonno was man of the match and the parents’ choice was Sam.
Read the full reports on the Sutton website.

Paper Talk: Keighley football in the local media (Keighley News)

Two weekends of wet weather have brought a lack of local action so today’s Keighley News offers only slim pickings from the local sporting scene.
Even so, despite only four pages of sport in total, there are reports from Silsden, Oxenhope Reserves and Bronte Wanderers.
The action picture focuses on Bronte’s Ross Greenaway surging clear of the AFC Emley cover.

  • The Keighley News is available throughout the area and costs 65p. Some football stories are available on its website, here.

Silsden aim to make it third time lucky for sponsors

Silsden will be hoping it is third time lucky on March 10.
The club’s sponsors and ex-players match day, which was moved from the match against AFC Blackpool on January 14 to Stone Dominoes two weeks later, has been moved again.
It will now take place away from (hopefully!) the worst of the winter’s weather when Ashton Athletic are due to be the visitors to the Asda Foundation Stadium.
Former players wishing to attend should contact the club for a free pass, email –

Grillo’s Ground: Christmas fixtures for Keighley Town

The festive period has not always been a quiet one for local football. Rob Grillo puts on his white beard and red suit to raid his festive present sack for some seasonal nuggets.

Christmas day fixtures in the professional game were popular in the early and mid 1900s, attracting huge attendances for Football League clubs.
Amateur and semi-professional teams were also required to play fixtures during the Christmas period.
The earliest-known Christmas Day soccer game (as opposed to rugby) involving a Keighley team was a friendly fixture when an early Keighley AFC spoiled Shipley AFC’s festive celebrations with a 6-1 victory in 1896.
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Steeton issue quiz challenge

It’s the best-known antidote to Christmas dinner and the excesses of the season…
Pie and peas – Steeton style.
The Chevrons are putting on a quiz night at the Old Star next Tuesday, 8.30pm, and have thrown down the gauntlet to other local teams to enter.
The weather has put paid to on-field action but Steeton manager Roy Mason is hoping rivalry can be maintained in a warmer and drier atmosphere.
Pie and peas are being put on by The Star with the good chance for a few quiet beers as well.
Quizmaster Roy said: “The event is open to everyone – so if any other local sides fancy putting a team in then they are more than welcome.”