Monthly Archives: March 2012

Silsden White Star skate to Slope success

Oxenhope Rec III 2 Silsden White Star Reserves 4
Jamie Cunningham, Tom Clark and Ryan Kidney (2) earned Whitestars victory on the Oxenhope Slope in Division Three of the Craven League.
The visitors had led 2-0 at half-time. Whitestars’ man of the match was Andrew Waite.
Shorn of several players called up for first-team and reserve team duties, Oxenhope struggled to field a team.
The visitors dominated the first half and took the lead midway through the first period and this was doubled when they converted a penalty.
After the break Shaun Humphries reduced the arrears, only for Silsden to quickly regain their two-goal advantage.
Nigel Smith scored with a long range effort but as Oxenhope pressed for the equaliser, they were caught on the break late on.

Bingley pull side out of Craven League

Bingley Town have withdrawn a side from the Craven League.
The Marley-based club had wanted to pull their first team out of Division One but the league have told then it needs to be the Reserve side, in Division Three who must go.
Club chairman Andy Ryan said: “We wanted to take a step back to go forward and keep a side in Division Three and build up again.
“However, the league said we had to keep the team in Division One, so we are faced with a tough battle to get results as we have a lot of second teamers stepping up.”
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Old Trafford date for Oakworth juniors

Oakworth are holding a three-day football camp next week.
The Easter Camp runs from Monday to Wednesday with the first two days at The University Academy, Greenhead Lane, 10am-3pm.
On the final day there is a ground tour of Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.
Cost is £10 per day for Monday and Tuesday, £20 for the ground tour where transport is by mini bus. A packed lunch and plenty to drink will be required for each day.
To book your child’s place, contact Richard, 0784 3560119, or John, 0774 8074086.
Read more on the Oakworth Juniors website, here.

Team Talk: Steeton 2001/2

The Keighley area has a rich history of local football. 
There might have been a lack of ‘big’ teams in relation to regional competition in the past but there have been plenty of successful (and not so successful!) teams who have made their mark over the years.
We come more up to date this week with a picture from little over a decade ago.

Pictured are Jez Fay’s all-conquering Steeton team of the turn of this century.
He spent three seasons in charge from 1999 and won silverware each year, including the West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy.
Who can you identify and what do you remember of those glory, glory days?

  • This picture and many more will appear in Rob Grillo’s forthcoming ‘Keighley’s Soccer History’ book. It is due to be published in June and will include details of the town’s footballing heritage from the very earliest days right up to the current season. Read more about it, here.
  • Add your comments below or send an email to Keighley Kicks

Last week’s mystery star hidden in the Greenhead team was Peter Jackson, as correctly identified by Yorkshire Post football writer Richard Sutcliffe.
He is pictured third from right on the front row. What memories do you have of playing alongside him or watching him?
Peter was back in the area twice earlier this season, bringing his Bradford City team to Silsden and Steeton, before parting company with the Valley Parade club only weeks later.
Peter was brought up in Keighley and went on to enjoy a near-700 game career with Bradford City, Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town, Chester City and Halifax Town. He then managed Huddersfield, Lincoln City and Bradford City.
Read more about his career, here.

Keighley hosts Bradford Fire Disaster memorial tournament

Keighley will host the 27th annual Valley Parade Memorial Tournament next weekend.
The international event will see youngsters representing Bradford City and Lincoln CIty take on teams from Germany and Ireland to honour those who lost their lives in the Bradford City fire disaster in May 1985.
It is taking place at Marley on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8.
More than 10,000 players have taken part since the tournament was launched in 1986, a year after the disaster, which saw 56 people die and more than 250 injured.
Carl Dalton, manager of Bradford City Council’s community play and activities development unit, told the T&A: “The tournament helps preserve the memory of those who died and provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what happened.
“While the tournament was born out of a tragedy, it also gives us the chance to look forward. It shows how sport can unite people.”
Read the full report on the T&A website, here.

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

A sports story makes the front page of today’s Keighley News with details of the forthcoming closure of Willis Walker’s sports shop.
At the back of the paper, there are live action pictures from Steeton v Lower Hopton and Oxenhope Res v Fields. Players featured include Matt Kershaw, Sam Rooke, Graham Holmes, Dale Hawker, Ryan Sollitt, Liam Dyson and Anthony Cooper.
There are also reports and stock pictures of Silsden’s defeats at Runcorn Town and AFC Blackpool with images of Michael Garrod, Steve Palfrey plus a picture of Thanbani Songo to go with Cowling’s 5-1 win at Clitheroe.
Elsewhere are details of matches involving Bronte Wanderers, Oxenhope, Cullingworth and both Keighley and Silsden Ladies teams, as well as youth reports from Steeton, Oakworth, Sutton and Keighley Shamrocks.
The usual array of results, fixtures and tables completes the local football round-up.

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

Final whistle for Keighley sports shop

A Keighley institution, well-known to generations of football fans is closing.
Sports good retailer Willis Walker is shutting its doors for the final time, almost a century after being opened by the former Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers, Leeds City, South Shields, Bradford Park Avenue and Stockport County goalkeeper.

Willis Walker in his Leeds City days

The Cavendish Street shop, a treasure trove of sports clothes, shoes and miscellaneous equipment, is currently run by Willis’ grandsons Andrew and Tony.
The Internet, sports superstores and the economic downturn have been blamed for the decision.
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Sutton double up for next season

Sutton Juniors’ decision to move into senior football has proved a resounding success.
So much so that the Craven League club have decided to enter a second team in the league next season.
After a slow start, during which the Division Four team suffered five defeats in their opening six games and managed just two wins in the first 12, they have found their feet.
They have now enjoyed an unbeaten six-match run to leap up the table to within a point of fourth place.
Anyone wishing to join the go-ahead club for next season should contact manager David Walker, 07867 627279, or email him at

Littlewood and Wademan on target to defeat leaders

Thackley 1 Silsden 2
Silsden bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat at Liversedge with a superb win over the Northern u19 Alliance West Division leaders.
Jack Barker made his debut in goal, despite only just having turned 16 and he was in inspired form with a brave, composed display.
Silsden went ahead when Liam Littlewood scored from the spot after Fleetwood was tripped just inside the area.
Banks’ wayward shot brought a second goal. With the ball looking to be heading out of play, Feather raced to collect it and delivered a fine pass across the face of goal for Chris Wademan to score.
Thackley grabbed a consolation two minutes into stoppage time.
Read the full report on the Silsden forum, here.

Revamped Bingley earn first point of year

Bingley Town 2 Wilsden Athletic 2
Following the decision to fold a team and merge their resources into one side, Bingley had an experimental side for the second match running.
But it was stronger than Saturday’s and earned a valuable point in their Craven League Division One Marley derby.
Wilsden benefitted from the makeshift nature of the hosts with an early scruffy goal from Dave McCarten.
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Crosshills close in on leaders

Skipton LMS Res 2 Crosshills 4
Crosshills closed in on the Craven League’s First Division front-runners with victory at bottom club LMS this evening.
Shaun Greene netted a double with Andy North and Will Storrie also on target.
The win pushes Crosshills up into fifth place, four points behind second-placed Chatburn but with five games in hand.

When we were young…

There are plenty of local footballers mentioned in an archived Telegraph & Argus report which has just shown up on a Google search.
The 14-year old report includes details of youth football reports from throughout the Keighley area.
Dozens of the youngsters mentioned have gone into senior football and feature regularly on Keighley Kicks.
Long Lee u12 striker Graham Holmes was man of the match, while goalkeeper Scott Nelson also scored in a 7-3 win over Stansfield.
Adam Whiteoak scored a hat-trick in Silsden u15s 5-0 win over Sandy Lane, completing 100 goals for the club in just over two seasons.
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Entertaining game but still no points for Silsden

AFC Blackpool 2 Silsden 1
Home players scored three goals for the third successive match of Silsden’s run of away games.
But at least this time one was in the right net for the Cobbydalers.
Grant Dell opened the scoring on the hour-mark but the visitors were level within six minutes when James Walker stuck the ball in his own net.
The winner came four minutes from the end with Niall Cummins on target for the Seasiders.
An exciting first half saw both teams impress on a fine surface but it was James Mann who was the busiest goalkeeper, pulling off several excellent saves.
Joe Gaughan went close for Silsden early in the second half but the hosts went ahead when Dell beat Mann, despite claims of handball by the away defence.
Justice looked to have been done when Silsden levelled in a scramble, only for Blackpool to grab the winner from a free-kick to cap an entertaining and tight match.

No luck about Steeton’s 13-goal demolition job

Treble: Oli Coulson

Steeton 13
Bradford Park Avenue 0

Steeton took full advantage of title rivals Horsforth St Margaret’s absence on cup duty to regain top spot in the Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League with a crushing demolition of Avenue.
Eight players hit the scoresheet with Euan Sessford leading the way with four goals and Oli Coulson with a hat-trick.
Pat Lee, Joe Mason, Tom Barraclough, Lewis Robinson, Josh Jordan and Harry Muir completed the baker’s dozen.