Monthly Archives: December 2013

Keighley FA Cup semi-final draws

Keighley FA logoThe cup favourites have been kept apart in the draw for the semi-finals of the Keighley FA Challenge Cup.
Oxenhope Rec have been drawn at home to Craven League underdogs FC Sporting Keighley on Saturday, January 18, while Silsden Reserves are at home to Manningham All Stars on Saturday, February 15.
It is the same in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup, where holders Oxenhope Rec Reserves are away to Halifax League side Denholme United Reserves on January 18 and Steeton Reserves welcome Crosshills Reserves to Summerhill Lane on February 15.
In the Keighley FA Sunday Cup, Bradford Sunday Alliance side Bradford Phoenix take on Keighley Athletic at Marley on Sunday, January 19, and Keighley Town are at home to Crossflatts Village on Sunday, February 16.

Semi-final draw details in full:
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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, December 21

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: AFC Liverpool v Silsden.
Reserve Division: Silsden v Glossop North End.
West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Horbury Tn.
Alliance 1: Field Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Tyersal v Steeton.
Division 1: Steeton Res v Campion Res.
Craven FA Morrison Cup, 1.30pm
2nd rnd: Cononley Sports v Pendle Renegades (postponed).
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Cowling v Trawden Celtic, Wilsden Ath v Crosshills.
Division 1: Gargrave v Silsden White Star.
Division 2: Bradley v Skipton Tn, Crosshills Res v Bingley Tn.
Division 3: FC Sporting Keighley v Ilkley, Oxenhope Rec III v Grassington Utd Res, Salts v Broomhill.
Division 4: Barnoldswick Barons v Bradley Res, Pendle Renegades Res v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res.
Halifax League, 2.15pm
Division 1: Halifax Irish Centre v Denholme Utd.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v AFC Crossleys.

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Wheelchair hasn’t stopped Keighley coach’s dream

Wheels in motion: Sohail with his letter from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wheels in motion: Sohail with his letter from Sir Alex Ferguson.

A football coach from Keighley has been mixing with some of the game’s stars.
Sohail Rehman received a letter from Sir Alex Ferguson in April when he passed his coaching badges.
And last weekend the wheelchair-bound 20-year-old was working with Leeds United duo Ross McCormack and Noel Hunt when he ran his first football tournament, at Soccer City Leeds.
He told the T&A: “This was my first big event. It’s based on getting all the local communities together from different parts of Yorkshire.
“It’s such a great feeling knowing you are organising it and that no-one is looking at me thinking. ‘he’s never played the game, can he actually coach or organise the tournament?’.”
Class on Grass logoThe chief coach of Class on Grass was born with spinal muscular atrophy has been using a wheelchair since he was 13 but has not allowed it to stop his dream of becoming a top-class manager, after starting coaching learning support children in Keighley.
He told the Yorkshire Post: “I was doing A Level IT at Leeds City College when I got talking to one of the sports teachers about football.
“They asked if I knew so much, why wasn’t taking one of their courses? After what I’d experienced at school I told him I wasn’t allowed, he was incredulous. He said he was running a six-week course and I should give it a go.”
Five years later Sohail is heading towards his dream.
Read the full story in the T&A, here
and more about Sohail, here
here in the Yorkshire Post and here, from the launch of Leo Messi’s book.
Learn more about Class on Grass, here.

Cash in for Christmas with new funding scheme

Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 11.12.49A new partnership is allowing grassroots football clubs to raise revenue and Keighley area clubs are being urged to sign up.
The Football Foundation and Club Website have teamed up to help clubs raise much-needed funds by shopping on Club Cashback.
Members can generate a cashback reward for their club every time they buy something online from almost 3,000 selected retailers – including Currys, Asda, Matalan, Boots, Tesco, Debenhams, Argos, M&S, Damart, and various major mobile phone and travel companies. Club Cashback gives between one and 15 per cent of the value of the purchase.
Examples of what can be bought with the funds include £30 for an FA Level Three coach to coach or train your team for an hour, £50 for 10 new matchballs, £100 for a new pair of nets or a referee for three games.
For £250 you could buy four pairs of portable goals for junior football and £500 pays for a full kit for a squad of 15, including kit bag.
Raise £1,000 and you can start your club on the way to securing Football Foundation partnership funding.

I do like that: Football Foundation ambassador Graham Taylor.

I do like that: Football Foundation ambassador Graham Taylor.

Former England manager and Football Foundation ambassador Graham Taylor OBE, said: “The Football Foundation’s Club Cashback is the perfect opportunity to turn some of your festive and New Year purchases into a cashback reward for your club.
“All you need to do is sign up and encourage your players, volunteers and their families, to shop through your Cashback portal.
“All the best initiatives are simple ones, and Club Cashback is just that – an easy-to-use scheme which helps secure the sustainability of grassroots clubs.”
Clubs need to register first. Complete the form here.
Players, coaches, family members or supporters should visit and use the ‘Club Search’ to find their team. If they are not there, get them to register.
Browse the Club Cashback section for the retailer and click on their website link.
Then shop online and complete the transaction as normal.

Tommy is Lee-sily the best

Tommy Lee StarA former Keighley goalkeeper is setting the standard in the Football League, showing the benefits of hard training.
Chesterfield No.1 Tommy Lee, who started his career with Oakworth Juniors, has been hitting the headlines in League Two with a string of superb displays for the Spireites and has been hailed as one of the best keepers in the League.
Lee has been man of the match for Chesterfield in their last two matches, saving two penalties in a Johnstone Paint Trophy northern semi-final shoot-out victory over Oldham Athletic.
He was then in inspired form against Plymouth as his club stayed in the title race on Saturday, thanks to his 11th clean sheet of the league season, with another penalty save.

Fine example: Tommy Lee

Fine example: Tommy Lee

The club’s assistant manager Leam Richardson paid tribute to the 27-year-old custodian, and said he was setting a superb example for youngsters to follow.
He told the Sheffield Star: “The training he puts in through the week is phenomenal. I think when you work hard you do get your rewards and Tommy Lee has got that.
“He’s dedicated and if to argue he’s the best keeper in the league, I think you could argue in a couple of leagues. He’s a good all round keeper.”
2012 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners Chesterfield face Fleetwood Town over two legs in February for a place in the final at Wembley. Peterborough United and Swindon Town are the southern finalists.
Read the full story on the Star website, here.

Bethel Rhodes and Silsden back Keighley Kicks

KK Kicking PaypalSupporters continue to offer their backing to Keighley Kicks.
Their sponsorship is helping meet the running costs of the site, which continues to pull in hundreds of unique users every day, catching up with the latest football news from in and around the Keighley district.
The latest has come from the area’s highest-ranked club, with Silsden AFC pledging their support.
The North West Counties League side have been joined by a local business with Bethel Rhodes & Sons also paying for their slot on the website’s front page.
The wire goods manufacturer is based at Lawkholme Mills in Keighley and also sponsors Oxenhope Rec.
BethelRhodesgrabGrateful thanks go to both.

Silsden, Oxenhope, Steeton and FC Sporting Keighley are Keighley Kicks Supporters, if all other clubs in the area offered the minimum £10 donation it would pay for the running costs of the site for two years.

Please keep you support coming to keep Keighley Kicks kicking.
SilsdenAFC grabTo pledge your support, you can pay by PayPal from the link on the front page of the site, or email
for details of how to send a cheque or arrange a bank transfer.

Advertising opportunities are also available. Email the address above, or call 0777 1461360, for details of how Keighley Kicks can help your business be seen by more than 1,500 unique users every week from just £25 per month.

The ups and downs of football in Oakworth – part 3

Grillo's GroundOne familiar name missing from this season’s local senior football line-up is Oakworth. Football historian Rob Grillo concludes his three-part story of the village’s footballing history.
Post War Years: The Keighley League recommenced after another war in 1946, but it was another 12 months before local football returned to Oakworth.
Even then, the Albion team played sporadically, missing the 1950-51 and 1952-53 season, yet winning their only ever top division league title in between.
Oakworth cutting 3In fact, a league and cup double was done in the 1951-52 season as Oxenhope were defeated 3-1 in the Victory Shield final and five other clubs defeated in a Keighley League that was played in two halves.
The idea was that the winners of each half season would play off for the title but as Albion were winners each time, they couldn’t play off against themselves!
When Albion returned in 1953-54 a decision was made to put a side in the Keighley League, and one in the second division of the Bradford Amateur League. The latter proved a little bit unsuccessful as the final table indicates that the locals lost all 20 of their games, although it is likely that they withdrew midway through the season. The Keighley League side did complete the season, albeit in mid-table.
1955-56 was Oakworth Albion’s last season for three years, although they did reach the final of the Keighley League’s Jubilee Cup, going down 6-0 to Central Youth Club (a young Stan Storton scored five times in that game).
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The week ahead: December 16-23

Monday, December 16
West Riding County FA Veterans, 8pm
Western Division: Crosshills v Salts.

Wednesday, December 18
Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
West Division: Silsden v Field (postponed).

Saturday, December 21
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: AFC Liverpool v Silsden.
Reserve Division:Silsden v Glossop North End.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Horbury Tn.
Alliance 1: Field Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Tyersal v Steeton.
Division 1: Steeton Res v Campion Res.

Craven FA Morrison Cup, 1.30pm
2nd rnd: Cononley Sports v Pendle Renegades.

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Today’s results: Sunday, December 15

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Dudley Hill Rgrs 3 Sandy Ln 6.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League,
Premier Division: Bingley FC Young Boys 2 Idle Utd 3, Keighley Tn 6 Shipley Tn 2, Salts 3 Keighley Ath 4.
Division 1: Cookridge Hall 1 Aire Valley 5, Keighley Alb 0 Milford 3.

West Riding County Women’s League,
Premier Division: Harrogate Railway 2 Keighley Oaks 0.

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Whiteoak marks debut with last-gasp winner

Memorable start: Damien Whiteoak scored the winner in his first appearance for Keighley Athletic

Memorable start: Damien Whiteoak scored the winner in his first appearance for Keighley Athletic

Salts 3 Keighley Athletic 4
The Athletes extended their unbeaten run to five games with a thrilling Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League Premier Division victory in Saltaire.
It looked like being a frustrating morning’s work for the visitors. Chance after chance went begging and with only Paul Goodwin’s solitary strike to show, Athletic found themselves 3-1 down entering the final quarter of the game.
It was the excellent Joe Brady who made the difference, showing his teammates how to finish with a spectacular volley. Then, entering the final five minutes, he nodded home the equaliser following a flowing move.
Scenting blood, Athletic threw bodies forward and with the game entering the final minute, new signing Damien Whiteoak capped a superb debut with a far-post winner.

Today’s results: Saturday. December 14

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Silsden 1 St Helens Town 0.
Reserve Division Trophy: Barnoldswick Town 3 Silsden 2.
West Yorkshire League
League Cup, 2nd rnd: Oxenhope Rec 0 Beeston St Anthony’s 1.
League Trophy, 2nd rnd: Old Headingley Res 1 Oxenhope Rec Res 3.
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Storthes Hall v Steeton, postponed.
Craven League
Premier Division: Carleton 1 Cononley Sports 8, Crosshills 3 Embsay 0, Rolls 3 Wilsden Ath 2.
Division 1: Silsden White Star 3 Hellifield Sports 5.
Division 2: AFC Colne 3 Ingrow & Worth Valley 1, Bingley Tn 8 Rolls Res 2, Cononley Sports Res 3 Earby Tn Res 3, Skipton LMS Res v Bradley postponed, Skipton Tn 5 Crosshills Res 1.
Division 3: Grassington Utd Res 3 Broomhill 2, Grindleton Res v FC Sporting Keighley postponed, Salts III 3 Cowling Res 2, Sutton 3 Oxenhope Rec III 5.
Division 4: Bradley Res 4 Sutton Res 0, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Carleton Res postponed.
Division 4 Cup: Pendle Renegades 2 Polonia Patson 0.
West Riding County FA, Minor Cup
Group B: Keighley FA 3 Huddersfield FA 5.

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Grandstand finish but Oxenhope suffer cup knockout

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 0
Beeston St Anthony’s 1

Oxenhope bowed out of the West Yorkshre League Cup in an entertaining tie that produced a much improved performance than in recent games, even without leading scorer Michael Garnett, unavailable through injury.
Oxenhope started brightly and had several half chances, the best of which was when defender Jason Walton, returning to first team duties after injury, got on the end of Dan Moriarty’s corner but his firm header flashed agonisingly wide of the target.
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