After missing out on promotion from Division Two of the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League by just four goals last season, Keighley Athletic have had further frustration thrown their way.
Athletic finished level on points with second-placed Menston Town but had an inferior goal difference and were left hoping a reshuffle of teams would possibly lead to an extra place in Division One.
It has, but it is fourth-placed Salts Sunday (who finished eight points adrift of Athletic) who have got it.
Sam Maude and Andy Briggs were on target as South Craven beat Immanuel College 2-0 to lift the Bradford Schools FA Under-14s Cup.
South Craven had home advantage, playing on the Cross Hills astroturf and thought they had taken a first-half lead when Briggs rounded the goalkeeper and shot for goal. But fellow striker Morgan Galbraith helped it into the net from an offside position.
Immanuel hit a post and missed a glorious chance in the closing stages as they fought in vain for a way back.
Oakworth u18 Juniors Sunday team will be enjoying a promotion party on Saturday, July 14.
The successful Bradford Sunday Alliance club will be celebrating their step up in class at their player of the year night presentation evening at AJ’s club in Parkwood Street from 7pm.
Anyone is welcome to join in the tribute to a fantastic season and AJs will be putting on some food for the free entry event.
Silsden first-team goalkeeper James Mann is set to leave the club.
Mann has told manager Chris Reape he plans to finish playing and Reape told the Keighley News: “He says he is going to retire but we’ll see. I think he might be back.
“But if he doesn’t, we have a young keeper, Chris Paulett-Briggs, who got some games in the first team towards the end of last season when Manny was doing the London Marathon.”
Reape also pays tribute in the Keighley News to the youngsters at the club who are coming through into the first-team. As well as Paulett-Briggs, there are also mentions for Joe Gaughan and Matty Moses.
A new six-a-side league starts at Oakbank School next week.
Soccer Sixes Thursday League kicks-off on Thursday, July 5, with games from 7-9pm. Games are £28 each and last for 40 minutes. Squads can include up to nine players.
Entry is free. For more details, visit www.soccersixes.net or text Chris on 07969182580
Today’s Keighley News has four pieces of local football news.
As well as details of Silsden’s opening league fixtures, pre-season warm-up matches details and team news, there is also a report on Steeton’s signing of Oxenhope midfielder Dave Nelson.
There is a preview of Silsden Under-16s trip to Barcelona to defend the Copa Catalunya Trophy, as well as brief details of last week’s postponed Tom Storton Memorial Trophy Tournament.
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Steeton are celebrating belated championship success.
The West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division side have this week been named as winners of the 2011/12 season programme of the year award.
First-team manager Roy Mason said: “Many congratulations to Martin Crangle and his team for a job well done. We will look to make next season’s publication even better.”
Silsden Under 16A are preparing to fly to Barcelona on Sunday to defend the Copa Catalunya Trophy, won last summer by the previous U16 side.
They are the only English team in a tournament with 13 other teams from all over Europe.
Silsden have been placed in the u17A section of the competition where their opponents will be Italians Real Genoa and I Falchi; Danes Horning IF; US Carqueiranne La Crau, from France; Dutch side EVV Eindhoven AV; and Ulks Mazowsze Mietne, from Poland.
Bronte Wanderers Reserves have been moved up from Division Three of the West Riding County Amateur League, despite finishing bottom last season.
But it is purely down to a redistribution of teams with the competition losing a full division and now having only 43 members.
All seven of last season’s Division Three teams have been elevated to a new 15-strong Division Two, which also includes Steeton Reserves. No new teams have been admitted to the league.
Bronte’s first team stay in Division One, while Steeton are the area’s only representatives in the Premier Division. The top two divisions stay with 14 teams in each.
Pictured at the cheque handover are: (from left) Jayne Hart, Simon Todd, Ian Gardner, Iain Wilson,
David Keslinke, Gareth Nutter and Matthew Binns of Manorlands.
Manorlands hospice is £115 better off thanks to the generosity of Keighley FA Referees’ Association and Applegarth.
The Sue Ryder charity’s Oxenhope hospice received the donation at Applegarth (Riddlesden & Morton United Services Club), where the referees hold their monthly meetings.
Refs’ secretary Simon Todd said: “The association hold their meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the club. In exchange for the use of the club’s facilities we make an annual donation to Manorlands.”
If you are interested in joining the association or attending the meetings, contact Simon on 07866 089661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last season’s Stiggy Cup winners celebrate their success.
Keighley Royals received the first Stiggy Cup from Judith Allen, Steve’s mother, in 2007. Pictures: David S Brett.
The line-up for this year’s Stiggy Cup competition has been revealed.
Twenty-four teams will be in action in pursuit of the popular annual memorial trophy at Silsden on Sunday, August 19.
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 for charities through sponsored walks, raffles and quizzes at Steve’s local, the Royal, in Keighley.
The first Oakworth sportsman’s dinner proved a huge success.
Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wales footballer Dean Saunders, the current Doncaster Rovers manager was guest speaker and gave a superb speech about his career.
Keighley Shamrocks are holding their annual festival of football on July 7 and 8.
The popular six-a-side tournament is held on Marley’s Tip Top pitches are there are still a few vacancies in all age groups from Under 7s to U14s.
The Under 7s, 8s, 9s and 10s play on Saturday and the U11s, 12s, 13s and 14s on Sunday.
Shamrocks secretary Donna Palmer said: “This weekend’s Shipley tournament was cancelled due to the weather and maybe some teams would like to take part in our tournament as an alternative.
Keighley Kicks is one year old today.
And what a year it has been. Since that first post on June 25, 2011, about the delay in Silsden receiving news of their North West Counties League fixtures, was posted on Blogger, things have come on leaps and bounds.
Since then the site, which developed into keighleykicks.co.uk last October, has had more than 155,000 visits from 100-plus countries.
New content has been added every day and the archive now totals more than 2,500 items of news, reports, features and pictures – an average of more than five stories every single day of the year – truly the best in-depth coverage of the Keighley area’s local football world you will find.
Silsden know who they will be playing in their first two fixtures of the new North West Counties League season.
The opening matches were due to be released tomorrow but have slipped out this evening.
The Cobbydalers open with a Premier Division trip to AFC Liverpool on Saturday, August 4, and follow up with a home match against Bacup Borough on Wednesday, August 8.
See all the opening week’s fixtures, here.
Due to the early start to FA competitions, other fixtures will not be released until draws are known.
A club stalwart who was at Oakworth from their very beginning will be remembered in perpetuity.
The first annual Sue Hewitt remembrance match will take place on Sunday, September 2, between two teams connected to the ambitious village club.
Sue was well known and fondly remembered by all at the club, which now boasts almost 400 playing members in its 27 teams.
Talent spotting scouts were out in abundance at the annual Silsden Juniors Six-a-Side Tournament at Keighley Road.
More than 500 young players were in action, playing for 84 teams, and impressing scouts from Manchester United, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Leeds United and Bradford City.
New Oakworth manager James Gill has been busy preparing his pre-season programme.
Training for the Craven League club starts on Tuesday, July 3, at Bronte Playing Fields, 7pm. Old and new players are welcome.
Two warm-up matches have been arranged. The first sees the visit of North West Counties League side Silsden Reserves on July 24, followed by another home match against reigning Craven League Division One champions Crosshills on Saturday, August 4.