Monthly Archives: December 2012

Former Silsden boss forecasts a top 10 finish

Top 10: Chris Reape

Former Silsden manager Chris Reape has told the Keighley News he accepts things weren’t going right on the field, after agreeing with chairman Sean McNulty to leave the club after a string of seven defeats.
He told the weekly newspaper: “Results have not been going our way. I can accept that.
“But the lads are good lads and I think they will finish in the top 10.”
He insisted the club was in a lot stronger position than when he moved there three years ago and told the Keighley News: “I have left the team a lot stronger than when I first went there. The club was on its knees.”
But he also said the Cobbydalers needed to put more money into the first-team squad if they wanted to progress, telling the paper: “The club has to be realistic in where it wants to be as, without finance, it’s never going to challenge.”

  • Read the full interview in this week’s print edition of the Keighley News from your newsagent or online in the T&A, here.
  • Today’s fixtures: Saturday, December 29

    North West Counties League
    Premier Division: Barnoldswick Town v Silsden (postponed).
    West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy,
    3rd round:
    Silsden White Star v Oxenhope Rec Res (postponed).
    West Yorkshire League
    Premier Division: Carlton Athletic v Oxenhope Rec (postponed).
    Alliance 1: Old Headingley Res v Oxenhope Rec Res (postponed, county cup tie).
    West Riding County Amateur League
    Premier Division: Steeton v Bay Athletic (postponed).
    Division 2: Tingley Ath Res v Steeton Res (postponed).
    Craven League
    No local games scheduled
    Halifax League
    Division 1: Denholme Utd v Hebden Royd RS (postponed).
    Division 3: Salem Res v Denholme Utd Res (postponed).

    Steeton face top-of-table clash

    The biggest game locally tomorrow is at Summerhill Lane where the West Riding County Amateur League’s top two go head to head.
    Hosts Steeton currently hold pole position, leading their Huddersfield opponents by a point, albeit from two games more.
    And the Chevrons also have the upper hand, having won the reverse fixture 2-1 in September.
    But Bay do have one advantage, they have won all nine of their away games so far this season, including four in cups. In contrast, Steeton have won just one home league match, drawing three and losing one.
    But the biggest threat for Steeton is the weather with the Doris Wells Memorial Field again very wet.
    Manager Roy Mason said there would be a pitch inspection at 8.30am and was hopeful it would go ahead.
    “It’s very wet at the moment and more rain will mean it’s off but if it stays dry we should be okay.”
    Steeton are without long-term injury victim Graham Holmes and are also missing captain Jimmy Christian, who is away.
    “We’ve got cover in the squad so we’ll be fine and the lads put in a good training session at Aire Valley Martial Arts Gym this week so are raring to go.”
    Steeton have not played since a 4-0 win at Lepton Highlanders five weeks ago but have won their last five games.
    Kick-off is at 2pm and the usual matchday programme will be available. Read the T&A preview, here.
    Meanwhile, Silsden’s new management team of Andy Geary and Paul Schofield will be hoping to make to make it second time lucky as they start their temporary stint in charge at the Cobbydalers.
    The Boxing Day derby with Colne was postponed but there’s a second chance of derby glory today when Silsden make the short trip to the only other Yorkshire club in the North West Counties, Barnoldswick Town, 3pm. Read the T&A preview, here.
    The day’s third big game is in the West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy with Silsden White Star and Oxenhope Rec Reserves hoping to make it fourth time lucky to see who will make the fourth round trip to Campion Reserves next week.

    Wide awake for New Year run

    One of the 2012 runners, suitably attired.
    See more pictures on David S Brett’s website by clicking on the picture.

    Up to 100 hardy souls are expected to make a running start to the new year and boost Silsden AFC’s funds.
    The Silsden New Year’s Day Fun Run takes place on Tuesday, January 1, the 29th staging of the event.
    Organisers are encouraging participants to turn out in their sleepwear and proceeds from the event will be split equally between Silsden and Bramley Buffaloes Rugby League club.
    The run starts at The Green in Silsden before going up Bradley Road and Hole Lane, a climb of 500 feet. Runners then cruise along Heights Lane before descending down Horn Lane and back into Bradley Road.
    Each runner will receive a timed certificate, a mystery prize from the ever eclectic cornucopia and, donations permitting, a surprise from Santa’s sack.
    Competitors have traditionally given small wrapped donations.
    There will also be a £1 per second cash prize for anyone who manages to beat Dave Throup’s 22 year old record of 15 minutes 25 seconds.
    A similar deal is on offer for any lady who can challenge Carol Greenwood’s 20 year old record of 18 minutes 18 seconds.
    The event starts at 11.15am with entry costing £2.50 available from 10.30am.
    Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome at this friendly family event.
    For more details or to offer assistance, contact Paul or Jean, 01535 655766.
    The prize giving will take place in the Sunnybank Social Club after the run.

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

    Silsden’s former manager Chris Reape makes it big in the Keighley News today.
    The back page features an interview with him, as he explains the reasons behind his decision and what he thinks about the club.
    Inside, there are slim pickings after yet another wet weekend washed out much of the scheduled action.
    A brief round-up of matches involving Sutton, Cowling Reserves, Ingrow & Worth Valley and Sandy Lane is illustrated with a picture of a waterlogged Marley pitch.
    The only youth report features the 15-goal u11/12 encounter between Silsden Dragons and Keighley Shamrocks.
    An in-depth list of tables covers most of the local leagues, with a smattering of results and fixtures.

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

    Cullingworth ejected from cup

    Cullingworth Youth have been thrown out of the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League Cup.
    The village side fielded an ineligible player in one of their victories over Premier Division opponents Yeadon Westfield and Idle United.
    Despite reaching the quarter-finals, the administrative error means they are out.

    Cobbydalers hope to turn back clock

    Winning pair: Andy Geary and Paul Schofield with the 2004 county cup
    Picture: David S Brett

    Silsden have gone back in time in an effort to turn around their sinking fortunes for this afternoon’s North West Counties League derby against Colne at the Angel Telecom Stadium, 3pm.
    The temporary management team of Andy Geary and Paul Schofield are no strangers to the Cobbydalers and will be keen to end a run of seven consecutive defeats, which has seen the team tumble down the Premier Division standings and drop out of the League and county cups.
    Chris Reape left the club at the weekend and Silsden were quick to bring in the familiar pair ahead of the crucial derby date.
    Geary guided Silsden from the third tier of Craven League football to their current level and played for Keighley Town and Crag Road United.
    Schofield, a scout for Blackburn Rovers, was his assistant and then successor. He played for Silsden, Crosshills and Colne Dynamoes during their heyday.

    Youth football results: w/e December 23

    Click on links for all the week’s latest results, tables and fixtures

    West Riding CFA cups

    Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League

    Keybury Youth League

    West Riding Girls League

    To have your team’s report included on Keighley Kicks, please email your team’s reports to

    Please remember to include your contact details (not for publication, just for any queries), details of the score, your opponents’ name, the competition and first and last names of the players you mention, no nicknames please.

    Oakworth old boy Lee plays Santa

    Former Oakworth Juniors player Tommy Lee has been busy handing out presents.
    The Chesterfield goalkeeper is more used to concentrating on not giving away gifts to opposition strikers but he was happy to oblige this time.
    The Spireites Community Trust organised a trip to Chesterfield Royal Hospital for players to hand over club merchandise and gifts from Tesco to youngsters there.
    Lee said he was proud to take part and told the Chesterfield Post: “It’s always nice to come down because it can be a difficult time for a child if they are in hospital over the Christmas period.
    “I’m sure if I was their age then I would have loved to see my heroes hand out gifts, so if we can do this, then we are more than happy.”
    Read the full story on the Chesterfield Post website, here.

    The week ahead: December 24-30

    Wednesday, December 26
    North West Counties League, 3pm
    Premier Division: Silsden v Colne.

    Saturday, December 29
    North West Counties League, 3pm
    Premier Division: Barnoldswick Town v Silsden.

    West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy, 1pm
    3rd round:
    Silsden White Star v Oxenhope Rec Res.

    West Yorkshire League, 2pm
    Premier Division: Carlton Athletic v Oxenhope Rec.
    Alliance 1: Old Headingley Res v Oxenhope Rec Res (postponed, county cup tie).

    West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
    Premier Division: Steeton v Bay Athletic.
    Division 2: Tingley Ath Res v Steeton Res.

    Craven League
    No local games scheduled

    Halifax League, 2.15pm
    Division 1: Denholme Utd v Hebden Royd RS.
    Division 3: Salem Res v Denholme Utd Res.

    Sunday, December 30
    No games scheduled.

    Reape leaves Silsden

    Gone: Chris Reape

    Silsden have parted company with manager Chris Reape.
    The North West Counties League club have this evening released a statement to say changes were being made to the management of the footballing side of the club following a review of the future direction of the club.
    “Chris Reape is to leave the club by mutual agreement,” said the statement.
    “Silsden AFC would like to put on record that we thank Chris for his commitment and hard work while first team manager and we wish him well in the future.
    “An interim management team of Andy Geary and Paul Schofield will take up immediate responsibility for the first team commencing with the Boxing Day derby game against Colne.
    “Further announcements will follow in due course.”
    Silsden have lost their last seven matches after making a promising start to the season.
    In a post on the Silsden forum, club general secretary Pete Hanson said: “I’m sad to see Chris go, as I thought he put in a tremendous amount of work over the past three years and also thought he was a great footballing coach.
    “I am sure he will go on to bigger and better things.”

    Steamers suffer cup defeat

    Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves 2 Grindleton Reserves 4
    Ingrow suffered a disappointing end to the year as they slipped out of the Craven League Division Three Cup on the only grass pitch to be playable after the week’s deluge – on the Tip Top at Marley.
    After being 2-0 down to goals from Paul Parkington and Khurram Zulfi, the Steampigs got back into the game and made it 2-2 with Dave Harman and Stu McLellan on target.
    Ingrow missed a few earlier chances, which is again be the story of the season so far.
    Simon Ryan regained the lead for the visitors after 69 minutes before Zulfi added his second in the last 10 minutes.
    Player manager Harman said: “All we have to do now is to start grinding out some results out when the season starts again as its a case of survival now.
    “I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”