Monthly Archives: June 2012

Steeton warm up for season with new signing

Steeton start their countdown to a new campaign in the West Riding County Amateur League in just 10 days.
Pre-season training starts at Marley on Tuesday, July 3, 7pm, and continues every Thursday and Tuesday until the season starts for real.
Manager Roy Mason has already made one major signing with Dave Nelson joining from West Yorkshire Premier League side Oxenhope Rec.
A decent pre-season schedule of warm-up matches has been arranged and will be published in full once it is finalised. So far, there is a home match against Barnoldswick Town Reserves at Summerhill Lane on Saturday, July 21, and a week later Springhead, from the Manchester Premier League are the visitors.

Tom Storton Tournament called off

Sunday’s Tom Storton Memorial Tournament has been postponed due to the awful weather.
Organiser Andy Gaughan said: “The pitches at Silsden are practically under water and, with the forecast for more rain to come, I contacted Tom’s parents, asked their thoughts and they agreed with me to postpone it.”
The tournament has been re-scheduled for Sunday, July 15, at the same venue.

Physio and groundstaff needed at Silsden

Silsden are seeking volunteer groundstaff to help with pitch maintenance, sit-on mowing, marking out the pitch, renovation and day to day pitch maintenance.
Full training will be provided.
A club spokesman said: “Although it is not backbreaking work, it is time consuming and, as we are all volunteers, it is hours we don’t have spare at the moment.”
Email the club if you can spare a few hours a week.
An opportunity has also arisen for a first-team physio at the North West Counties League club.
This would be an ideal position for an improver or someone who wants to specialise in sports injuries.
Anyone interested should send their details by email and the application will be forwarded to the management team.

Bronte welcome new and old to first session

A new season starts for Bronte Wanderers on Wednesday, July 4, when pre-season training starts at Marley, 7pm.
Old and new players are welcome and the West Riding County Amateur League club’s press officer Steve Bainbridge said: “It’s important that we get people there to start off right, and also that people do their best to get others down.”

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

Today’s Keighley News has plenty of local football news with Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley taking pride of place with a report and picture on the back page of the opening of Oxenhope Rec’s new pitch last week.
Inside, there is photographic coverage of the Silsden Six-a-side competition as well as a report and picture from South Craven School’s Bradford Schools u14 cup win.
Members of Haworth-based Three Sisters five-a-side teams are pictured with details of the recent national Voyage Care tournament at Marley and there are also details of Sunday’s Tom Storton charity event at Silsden.

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Turkington joins Chevrons

Steeton have appointed former Oakworth caretaker-manager Scott Turkington to their reserve team backroom staff.
Turkington helped steer Oakworth away from relegation last season in Division One of the Craven League.
He will team up with Chevrons reserve team manager Clark O’Dwyer and Gareth Turbitt at Summerhill Lane, ahead of their West Riding County Amateur League Division Two season.

Leagues get chance to bring in rolling substitutions

Adult leagues in the county are being given the chance to follow the example of childrens’ football and bring in rolling substitutes.
A pilot project by the Football Association is seeking to see if more flexibility in the use of substitutes will retain and grow the number of players in the sport.
An amended law has been brought in, allowing clubs to use up to five substitutes and, when substituted, that player then becomes a substitute himself, allowed to return to the match later under the normal rules.
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Oakworth book Crosshills opener

New Oakworth manager James Gill gets his first chance to see his team in action on Saturday, August 4.
They play host to newly-promoted Craven League Premier Division side Crosshills in a pre-season fixture.
The club hopes to play the match at Bronte Playing Fields but it will depend if pitch work is completed in time.

Steeton and Bronte lose status

Steeton and Bronte Wanderers have both been demoted in non-League football’s structure.
The Football Association has decided the West Riding County Amateur League does not meet the minimum criteria for official feeder league status and has withdrawn its Step 7 provisional ranking.
Steeton are one of fewer than 40 per cent of Premier Division clubs with the necessary grade.
It is good news for Oxenhope Rec though, the West Yorkshire League has been marked up to full Step Seven status and, with the Central Midlands League, Humber Premier League and Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League also feeding into the Northern Counties East League, it means Yorkshire finally has a fully integrated system of promotion and relegation.
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Silsden Sixes are back

After almost a quarter of a century away, the Silsden Six-a-Side Tournament is returning.
The competition for senior clubs always proved popular and is back at the Keighley Road ground of the North West Counties League club on Sunday, August 26.
As well as a competition for adult sides, there will also be veterans and ladies competitions.
A Silsden spokesman said “Arrangements are already well under way and we look forward to welcoming teams from across the area to what we believe was once one of the largest tournaments in the six-a-side calendar.”
The day will include a barbecue with drinks on sale at sensible family-friendly prices. The clubhouse will also be open from noon.
The cost of entry is £30 per team and application forms are available by emailing the club at
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The last competition was held in 1989 but there are no records of who won the shield. Was it your team? Let the organisers know if you’ve still got the trophy!

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Busy start for Oxenhope’s new pitch

Oxenhope Rec have announced their provisional list of pre-season warm-up fixtures.
Three of them will be at home as the new Centenary Pitch is bedded in ahead of the West Yorkshire League season rolling into the village for the first time.
First up for the pitch’s inaugural match are North West Counties League neighbours Silsden, on Saturday, July 14, 2.30pm.
A trip to West Riding County Amateur side Campion has been provisionally arranged for Wednesday, July 25, with a game still to be set for Saturday, July 21.
Blackburn village side Langho are the visitors on July 28 and Craven League champions Skipton LMS will be calling on a date to be finalised in early August.
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Oxenhope confirm Silsden date

The European Championships have delayed the start of Oxenhope Rec’s season.
The West Yorkshire League side were due to start their pre-season training on Tuesday but it will now start the following week, due to England’s match against Ukraine.
Old and new players are welcome at the Recreation Ground on June 26, 6.45pm.
The first action of the club’s centenary season will be on Saturday, July 14, 2.30pm, when Silsden are the visitors for the official new-pitch opening match.
Other friendlies have been arranged at home to Lancashire Amateur Cup holders Langho and Craven League champions Skipton LMS.

Silsden get Stockport date and away cup draw

Silsden’s 2012/13 opponents have been confirmed with the newly-named Stockport Sports dropping down from the Northern Premier (Evostik) League (where they played as Woodley Sports).
Premier Division Flixton have resigned from the league so it means a reprieve from relegation for St Helens Town.
Promoted from Division One are Wigan Robin Park and Norton United with only Atherton LR now moving in the opposite direction.
New to the league are West Didsbury & Chorlton, who join Division One from the Manchester League.
Also decided at yesterday’s league AGM in Blackpool was the draw for the League Challenge Cup.
Silsden do not enter until the second round, when they face a trip to First Division Cheadle Town or Ashton Town on Saturday, October 27.
The third round will be on February 16, 2013.

Sun-kissed Oxenhope are star attraction

The sun shone for Oxenhope as they beat the weather this afternoon to celebrate the opening of their new pitch in the village.
Manchester United and England u21 midfielder Tom Cleverley did the honours, cutting the ribbon to mark the start of the village side’s centenary celebrations.
Oxenhope secretary Ray Broadbent said the event had been a huge success with hundreds of people attending.
It marked the completion of a £35,000 re-development of the lower pitch to West Yorkshire League standards so that the first team and their reserves can return to the village after a four-year exile at Marley.
The GB Olympic squad hopeful Cleverley stayed for more than an hour, signing autographs and having his picture taken with old and young alike.
As well as the official pitch opening, there was a kids’ bouncy castle, fun events and a junior football tournament with a barbecue and ice cream van.
See 30 pictures on David S Brett’s website, here.

New Keighley trio for Craven League

Change of day. FC Sporting have moved from the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League to the Craven League

Three new Keighley-area teams have been elected to the Craven League.
Sutton FC have formed a second team, while Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League side FC Sporting have switched to the Saturday competition and will be known as FC Sporting Keighley.
The third team is called Manningham All Stars but will be based at Marley.
Padiham Town have also been added to the league but applications from Bracken FC and AFC Barnoldwick were not accepted.
The make-up of divisions is still to be decided but the season kicks-off on September 1 with a series of evening fixtures.