Monthly Archives: January 2013

Games on!

All Marley’s pitches passed an inspection this morning.
It means, that at the moment, they are all fit for action on Saturday and Sunday – good news for teams with games scheduled there, including FC Sporting Keighley, Manningham All Stars, Bingley FC Young Boys and Bingley Midland Athletic.

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

Despite a second weekend of no local football, the Keighley News still manages to fill more than a page of its four-page sport offering today with news from the round ball game.
Leading the way is an interview with Silsden assistant manager Paul Schofield, who reveals which players are leaving the club and who has joined.
News that new funding for Wilsden Cricket Club means Wilsden Juniors will be able to play back in the village, with supporting picture, leads another page.
The Keighley FA Cup draws are listed, as well as the weekend’s fixtures and there’s also a picture of the result of the only action taking place at Marley last weekend – a snowman…
An appeal for new clubs for the West Riding County Amateur League completes things.

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

Paper talk: Getting to the Hub of matters

Read all about it! Keighley Kicks is in print – well at least for readers in the Bingley area.
A review of the season so far for all six of the area’s clubs appears on page 32 of this month’s edition, which is out now.
We have teamed up with the Bingley-based My Community Hub to offer an all-round package to Keighley Kicks supporters and the community magazine readers.
My Community Hub is aimed at encouraging more use of independent shops and businesses and offers a range of offers and discount vouchers for the best in the town and surrounding area.
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Pushing for more girls football in schools

A big push is being organised to get more support for girls’ football in Keighley and Bingley area schools.
And Marley will be hosting a CPD event to encourage teachers who are responsible for delivering sporting activities to recognise the benefits of football.
The event runs from noon until 3pm on Friday, March 22.
It is being run by the West Riding County FA in conjunction with Bradford Council to support the growth and retention of female football within the county.

Support for teachers: Caroline Hulme.

Research carried out by the national FA suggested that one of the reasons behind female football not being delivered in some schools, on a regular bases, is due a lack of training for teachers.
The West Riding CFA women and girls’ football development officer Caroline Hulme said: “As a County FA, we would like to address this, and support teachers to learn new fun, exciting football activities that they can deliver within their school and to their female students.
“Although everything you will learn will be football related, it will be based around multi-skills and activities that can be transferable to any sport.
“For example movement skills, football games to music etc.”
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Marley pitch swaps could lead to huge expense for clubs

A typical recent scene at Marley

The last two weekends have seen a complete whiteout of the pitches at Marley.
But recent months have seen some teams swapping to an alternative pitch when their own has been deemed unfit to play.
This could cause major problems for clubs, with the danger of them falling foul of invalidating their insurance and facing potentially huge claims should there be a serious injury or incident.
At Marley, clubs have a contract with Bradford Council and are allocated a pitch, which is theirs for the season.
They can only change pitches with the permission of the Parks Department and the staff at Marley cannot give permission for a change at short notice.

Simon Todd (Picture: David S Brett)

Keighley & District Referees Association Secretary Simon Todd said: “We are aware of instances where clubs found that their allocated pitch was unfit and had swapped their fixture to an adjoining pitch, which was fit, and not in use on that day.
“It would appear this happened when clubs had not been prepared for bad weather and the opposition and referee had arrived at the ground.
“The club have then ‘persuaded’ the referee to play on another pitch that was fit.
“But we live in a society where people are encouraged to make claims for injuries that are sustained in various areas of their lives – ‘If there is blame there is a claim,’ etc.”
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The week ahead: January 28-February 3

Thursday, January 31
Northern u19 Alliance
, 7.45pm
West Division: Silsden v Liversedge.

Saturday, February 2
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Glossop NE.
Reserve Division: Glossop NE v Silsden.

West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy, 1pm
4th round: Campion Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Boroughbridge.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Marsden v Steeton.
Division 2 Cup: Steeton Res v Dudley Hill Rgrs (1.45pm).

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Today’s fixtures and postponements: Sunday, January 27

Bradford Sunday Alliance,
Premier Division: Dudley Hill Rgrs v Sandy Ln (postponed).
Division 1A: Bradford Phoenix v Undercliffe (postponed).
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League11am
League Cup: Bingley FC Young Boys v Menston Tn (postponed).
Premier Division: Keighley Tn v Yeadon Ath (postponed), Bingley Midland Ath v Crossflatts Vill (postponed).
Division 1: Aire Valley v AFC Bramley (postponed), Keighley Ath v Rawdon OB (postponed).
Division 2: Salts III v Cullingworth Youth (postponed).
North East Region Women’s League
Southern Division: Ossett Albion v Keighley Oaks (postponed).
West Riding County Women’s League, 1pm
Division 1: Wortley v Silsden.
Division 3: Silsden Res v Skipton.

Youth football (click for fixtures)
Craven, Aire and Wharfe League
Keybury Youth League
West Riding Girls League

Today’s postponements: Saturday, January 26

All today’s games have been called off.
North West Counties League
Premier Division: Ashton Ath v Silsden (postponed).
Reserve Division: Silsden v Irlam (postponed).
West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy
4th round: Campion Res v Oxenhope Rec Res (postponed, now February 2).
West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: East End Park v Oxenhope Rec (postponed).
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division Cup: Steeton v Marsden (postponed).
Division 2: West Horton v Steeton Res (postponed).
Craven League
Northern Plant Hire Trophy: Grassington Utd v Cowling (postponed).
Division 1 Cup: Silsden White Star v Gargrave (postponed).
Division 2 Cup: Bingley Tn v Ingrow & Worth Valley (postponed).
Division 3 Cup: Cononley Sports Res v Oakworth Res (postponed), Cowling Res v Oxenhope Rec III (postponed), Crosshills Res v Grassington Utd Res (postponed).
Division 4 Cup: FC Sporting Keighley v Horton (postponed), Padiham Tn v Sutton Res (postponed), Skipton Tn Res v Manningham All Stars (postponed).
Division 1: Oakworth v Cononley Sports (postponed).
Division 2: Silsden White Star Res v Skipton Tn (postponed).
Division 3: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Grindleton Res (postponed), Sutton v Settle Utd Res (postponed).
Division 4: Bradley Res v Carleton Res (postponed).
Halifax League
Division 1: Elland Allstars v Denholme Utd (postponed).
Division 3: Denholme Utd Res v West Central (postponed).

Silsden matches off

Both Silsden’s North West Counties League matches tomorrow have been postponed.
Snowbound pitches for the first team’s trip to Ashton Athletic and at the Angel Telecom Stadium for the reserves’ match against Irlam have added another pair of matches to the re-arranged list.

Bradford Sunday Alliance programme and Oxenhope county cup tie off

All the weekend’s matches in the Bradford Sunday Alliance have been postponed.
Bradford Phoenix’s match at Marley was called off yesterday but news of the postponement of Sandy Lane’s trip to Dudley Hill Rangers brings to 17 the number of Keighley area games already notified as postponed for the weekend.
Also off is tomorrow’s West Riding County FA Trophy tie between Oxenhope Rec Reserves and Campion Reserves. It will now be played next Saturday.
Oxenhope Rec first team’s West Yorkshire League match at East End Park is rated as ‘doubtful’ but there will be a pitch inspection in the morning.

Giants clash in Keighley FA Cup last four

An underdog will be in the final of the Keighley FA Cup after the semi-final draw paired the big guns together.
Silsden White Star and Manningham All Stars will play off for the right to play Silsden Reserves, Oxenhope Rec or Steeton in the final.
Silsden and holders Oxenhope still have an outstanding quarter-final to complete, with the winners at Steeton.
In the Supplementary Cup, Oxenhope are guaranteed a place in the final. Their Craven League third team have been drawn at home to the club’s Reserves, who play in the West Yorkshire League.
The other semi-final sees holders Steeton Reserves travelling to Cowling Reserves.
In the Sunday Cup last-four draw, Keighley Town are at home to Cullingworth Youth and Bradford Sunday Alliance side Sandy Lane will be at home to the winner of the outstanding quarter-final tie between Bingley FC Young Boys and Bingley Midland Athletic.

Full draw
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Crosshills get ready to welcome TV stars

The Emmerdale stars line up for a recent charity match at York City.

Life at local football clubs can often be described as like a soap opera.
But for Crosshills FC that is about to become reality.
The Craven League club are getting ready to welcome a team of TV celebrities to Sutton Playing Fields.
The Emmerdale XI will be playing a team of Crosshills Veterans later this year.
Club spokesman Samantha Newton said: “I’m in the process of organising the match and they want to play us in September or October.
“The team would include people like Sam Dingle, Karl King and Adam Burton.”

First victims of weekend weather

All matches on Bradford Council-owned and managed pitches have been called off for the second weekend running. This includes eight at Marley.
The Halifax League has also made an early decision to postpone all of its scheduled fixtures.
Also off is Steeton’s West Riding County Amateur League cup tie at home to Marsden and Steeton Reserves’ league match at West Horton.
Keighley Oaks’ North East Region Women’s League trip to Ossett Albion on Sunday has also fallen foul of the weather.
The continued snow-covering and poor weekend forecast means the following games are already off:

North West Counties League: Ashton Ath v Silsden, Silsden Res v Irlam.
West Riding County FA Trophy: Campion Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.
West Riding County Amateur League: Steeton v Marsden, West Horton v Steeton Res.
Craven League: Bingley Tn v Ingrow & Worth Valley, Cowling Res v Oxenhope Rec III, Crosshills Res v Grassington Utd Res, FC Sporting Keighley v Horton, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Grindleton Res.
Halifax League: Elland Allstars v Denholme Utd, Denholme Utd Res v West Central.

Bradford Alliance:
Dudley Hill Rgrs v Sandy Ln, Bradford Phoenix v Undercliffe.
Wharfedale Triangle: Bingley FC Young Boys v Menston Tn, Bingley Midland Ath v Crossflatts Vill, Aire Valley v AFC Bramley, Keighley Ath v Rawdon OB, Salts III v Cullingworth Yth.
North East Region Women’s League: Ossett Albion v Keighley Oaks.

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

Blink and you’ll miss the football coverage in today’s Keighley News.
Last weekend’s wintry weather brought a complete white-out and only two bits of football news manage to earn space on the three sports pages.
There is a short list of the weekend’s fixtures and a small piece saying Silsden’s derby against Colne on Wednesday was called off and the chances of action this weekend are doubtful.

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

New league ready for kick-off

A new six-a-side league is getting ready to take to the recently completed 3G all-weather pitch at University Academy Keighley.
Hat Trick Football already runs a league in Skipton and is expanding to a new Thursday, 6-8pm. competition at the former Greenhead School venue.
Matt Smart from Hat Trick Football said: “Over the last year the Skipton league has been a great success and we are now starting a brand new Keighley league.
“New teams are always welcome, whether a works team, groups of friends, or an existing team.
“We will have divisions to suit all standards.
“The playing facilities at UAK really are second to none and a great place to play.”
The leagues are open to teams of all standards, but players must be aged 16 or over
The leagues are affiliated to the West Riding FA and use FA-qualified referees.
Hat Trick Football provide good-quality Mitre match balls, bibs (if needed) and online fixtures, results and league tables.
There will be an end of league presentation with trophies for the league winners.
See the Hat Trick Football website for more details.
The Skipton league runs at Sandylands on Sundays. 5-7pm
For a full information pack and registration form, contact Matt on 01423 881064 or text ‘KEIGH’ or ‘SKIP’ with your email address or postal address to 07952 952291 or email

Feather falls with final flourish

Almost: Dale Feather just missed out on a pro contract, this time.

Dale Feather’s hopes of securing a professional contract ended in disappointment.
But the Silsden u19s star still returned from his League Two trials having impressed managers Paulo Di Canio and Russell Slade.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t get in,” said Feather. “Obviously I wasn’t what they were looking for, but I met Di Canio and Slade and they just told us that were all very good players.
“They said the standard was very high, and there is a future in football for us all, as long as we keep playing and keep working hard.
“To try again next year was the message really.”
Dale, 19, from Denholme, successfully got through several qualifying rounds to reach the final trials stages of the Samsung’ Win a Pro Contract competition, reaching the last 22 of more than 5,000 entries.
The three lucky players reaching the final selection were Kayden Jackson, of Bradford club Albion Sports, who Feather played with for Bradford City u16s and the West RIding representative side last season; Claudio Hoban and Jack Sherratt.