Monthly Archives: May 2014

Steeton throw net open to coaches from all sports

Come and join us: Steeton manager Roy Mason is looking to expand the club's on and off field personnel.

Come and join us: Steeton manager Roy Mason is looking to expand the club’s on and off field personnel.

Steeton are looking to strengthen their off-field team as well as on the field side for next season.
With reserve team assistant manager Scott Turkington stepping down, the West Riding County Amateur League club are not only looking to replace him but also to generally strengthen the coaching staff to bring in new ideas.
Manager Roy Mason said: “I am looking to freshen the coaching staff up as the players also need some fresh voices and fresh ideas going forward.
Steeton logo“We are not just looking at people with football coaching qualifications, I am also interested in speaking to people who coach in other sports, to bring some new fitness ideas to the table.
“There are great opportunities for people to get involved and maybe there are people out there with coaching qualifications and no club to put these into practice.
“We are also looking for a goalkeeper coach as this is an area that needs expertise.
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Big day for BHF charity fund-raiser

FivesThe annual Noel Gilmartin Memorial Day takes place today in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
A five-a-side tournament kicks-off the day at Marley at noon with a full afternoon and evening of events at the Great Northern, Ingrow, from 3pm.
Spectators are welcome at the football with an open invite to everyone for the afternoon’s festivities.
As well as entertainment for all the family with a bouncy castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, a sweetie table, buffet and barbecue, there will also be a grand raffle and auction of world-class memorabilia – including signed shirts and boots, rare programmes, vouchers, food and much more.

Sporting day ahead at Marley

PosterTeams from across the north of England will be descending on Marley next month.
FC Sporting Keighley are hosting their annual seven-a-side tournament on Sunday, June 22, 10-30am-4.30pm, and have already had entries from Keighley, Skipton, Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Oldham, Rochdale, Liverpool and Manchester.
Games are played on the astroturf, using half pitches and big nets.
The tournament is run jointly with the Bangladeshi Community Association (Keighley) and is sponsored by Aire Valley Frozen Foods.
Entry is £60 per team and is open age (minimum age 16) with West Riding CFA qualified referees officiating.
FC Sporting Keighley logoThere will be trophies for winners, runners-up, best player, best goalkeeper, fair play and referees.
For more details or to enter, contact Faz Ali, 0744 6856969 or email
FC Sporting hold their AGM and presentation tomorrow at Habeebs Restaurant in Bradford.

Oxenhope seek reserve team manager

Handing over: Rick Cummins has stepped down as Oxenhope Reserves manager

Handing over: Rick Cummins has stepped down as Oxenhope Reserves manager

With the season now over, Oxenhope Recreation are officially inviting applicants for their reserve team manager role.
Rick Cummins stepped down from the role at the end of the season and, with some interest already known, the club are reminding people of this opportunity and encourage interested parties to get in touch.
Oxenhope are a well run football club at the heart of the local community.
They have had lots of success at various levels through the years and next season will be running three open age teams and an U18 team, all based back in the village.
The reserves had a good season finishing third in the West Yorkshire League Alliance One Division, reaching the quarter-final of the West Riding County FA Trophy and West Yorkshire League Trophy as well as the final of the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup.
The majority of the squad has committed again to next season, leaving any prospective manager with a good base on which to build/mould their own team alongside the other managers.
Oxenhope Rec logoThe new manager will also have a committed background support team that will assist in preparations for match-days (organising kit, putting up, nets, etc) leaving the successful applicant to select, organise and manage their team.
The club are on the look out for a committed and enthusiastic manager who, ideally has previous managerial experience or experience of playing at a county wide level (though all applicants will be carefully considered).
Any applicant must be willing to attend and take an active role within training sessions (alongside the other coaches), must communicate well with players and fellow managers, attend the football club’s committee meetings and be willing to work with and integrate into the team some of the promising youth players at the club.
If you are interested in the role, contact either club secretary Ray Broadbent on 07951 246008 or Tony Trowers 07502 457845.

Review 2013/14: Steeton Reserves

Cup glory: Steeton Reserves celebrate their Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final success. Pictures: David S Brett.

Cup glory: Steeton Reserves celebrate their Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final success.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Proud manager: Clark O'Dwyer

Proud manager: Clark O’Dwyer

Youth was to the fore for Steeton during the 2013/14 West Riding County Amateur League season and the reserve team played an integral part in that, capped by victory in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup, as manager Clark O’Dwyer reports.

This season was to become a turning point in the way Steeton were going to develop their juniors into the Reserve team and look to give them every opportunity where possible
Having a number of the ‘old guard’ deciding to hang up their boots, it was an ideal opportunity for the young lads to be blooded into West Riding County Amateur Division One football, which had nine first teams competing so the main task and aim was to stay up after gaining promotion the previous season and learn as their season unfolded

Veteran: Goalkeeper Paul Linyard was one of few players in the squad over the age of 20.

Veteran: Goalkeeper Paul Linyard was one of few players in the squad over the age of 20.

With only Paul Linyard and Anthony Cope over the age of 30 and nearing the end of their  careers, it was inevitable that the young squad had a real tough challenge ahead
Along with the u16s now being eligible to play open age, Joe Meegan and Casey Dowthwaite also came to Steeton from Oakworth and all acquitted themselves well during pre-season.
They won the opening game at Overthorpe, who had just been relegated from the Premier Division to make a positive start.
Tough games followed but Steeton continued to play with the young team with Joe Mason, Meegan, Josh Ferguson, Dowthwaite and Dom Mortimer all getting regular game time as the weeks progressed, indeed Ferguson established himself in the first team as the New Year unfolded
Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 08.45.13Added to this, Martin Bland came in and brought his experience and support to assist a young line of defence, which gave the lads a real added bonus.
The team were always fighting to stay in the league but, for me, the turning point & and belief came after the Christmas break when back-to-back wins at Ventus Yeadon and West Horton gave us the additional points that were ultimately going to be the points to keep us in the division
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Lee joins Suarez as fans’ favourite

Awards Tommy Lee has plenty to celebrate this season.

Awards Tommy Lee has plenty to celebrate this season.

The awards continue to pile up for Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee.
The former Oakworth player has been named FTBpro PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for League Two to add to his remarkable trophy haul this season.
As well as helping the Spireites to the League Two title and a Wembley appearance in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, Lee was also named in both the PFA Division Two Team of the Year and was voted into the division’s top 10 players of the season in the Football League Awards.
No.1: Luis Suarez matched Tommy Lee's honour in the Premier League.

No.1: Luis Suarez matched Tommy Lee’s honour in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez won the FTBpro PFA Fans’ Player of the Year in the Premier League, ahead of Aaron Ramsey, Steven Gerrard, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Adam Lallana.
The other two winners were both from our region with Burnley’s Danny Ings earning the Championship vote and Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire triumphant in League One.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is quickly running out of superlatives to describe Lee’s contribution to the team’s successes this season.
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A Red Devil of a night is in store

Rob_WhiteTwo footballing legends are heading for Keighley in September.
Manchester United heroes Bryan Robson and Norman Whiteside will be at the Central Hall on Friday, September 5, for An Evening With… put on by Bingley-based MJK Sports promotions.
As well as a host of stories from behind closed doors at Old Trafford, the pair also have a glut of stories of international football with England and Northern Ireland to reveal, as well as how they are coping with life away from the spotlight.
Promoter Mick Speight said: “Hear previously untold stories from Bryan and Norman. Hear what it was like at United before and after Fergie arrived.
“How did Fergie react to the culture at United when he first arrived and what was it like for the players who fell foul of Fergie?”
Robson cupFormer Bradford City boss Robson will also talk about his 90-cap England career, his constant battle with injuries and also his special relationships with Gazza, Sir Bobby Robson and, of course, Fergie.
Robson played more than 700 professional games with West Brom and Middlesbrough as well as Manchester United and England, scoring 142 times.
He also managed Middlesbrough, West Brom, Sheffield United and Thailand, as well as his season in charge at Valley Parade.
And Whiteside will reveal all about his outstanding career at the Red Devils and with Northern Ireland before it was tragically cut short due to injuries.
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Diary date is unmissable

Keighley FA logoKeighley FA hold their annual general meeting next Tuesday, June 3, at Keighley Cricket Club, Hard Ings Road, 7.30pm.
All affiliated clubs MUST attend – open age, junior and women’s.
The agenda comprises of eight items – minutes, matters arising, balance sheet, president’s report, Keighley Minors review, election of officers and secretary, alterations to rules and cup fees rule.

Looking back at your team’s fortunes

Steeton Reserves’ season review on Friday will be the ninth to be featured but, with just Silsden first team promised, the cupboard will then be bare.
What have you got to tell about your 2013/14 season?
Let everyone know about your successes, and failures, the highlights and low days…

Send your season reviews to Keighley Kicks so we can all relive the agony and ecstasy.
Email or send a message via the Keighley Kicks Facebook page.
All reports and pictures welcome, adults, youth and women’s teams. Send a review, whether you’re a club official, player or supporter – just bullet points will be fine if you’re not a confident writer, we can knock it into shape.
Read what others have written about their seasons:
Bradley 1sts and 2nds
Ingrow & Worth Valley
Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves
Keighley Athletic
Oxenhope Rec Reserves
Silsden Reserves
Wilsden Athletic

Review 2013/14: Ingrow & Worth Valley

It has been a nomadic season for Ingrow & Worth Valley.

It has been a nomadic season for Ingrow & Worth Valley.

Busy season: Ingrow player-secretary Sean Kelly.

Busy season: Ingrow player-secretary Sean Kelly.

Steampigs secretary Sean Kelly has had a hectic time with the Craven League Division Two team this season, as he reveals…

The season started with a bang for me.
From the last day of the season before I had been run off my feet, organising things for the new campaign.
We’d begun by introducing a new first team management duo.
Kev Marsh took over the reins, assisted by former Bronte Wanderers player Rye Bailey.
With both being very involved in the club previously, this was seen as the obvious choice for everyone at the club, especially myself.
As a player and a secretary I gave my full support and backing.
Kev has family ties with the club, being the father of club founder Liam Marsh and current player Jordan, often spending his Saturday afternoons standing on the touchline supporting the team.
Rye had spent a season at Ingrow as a player and had become well respected with the other players.
Ordering everyone back for pre-season training in June (!) Kev and Rye wanted to get a good look at the squad and get the togetherness back that had dwindled during the previous season.
The set-up was really good with another ex-Bronte player, the seasoned Kelly Anderton, taking over training duties as he had officially retired from playing.
Everyone was excited about the up coming season.
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Team full of trophy winners for Oxenhope

Top team: Oxenhope celebrate regaining the Keighley FA Challenge Cup. Pictures: David S Brett.

Top team: Oxenhope celebrate regaining the Keighley FA Challenge Cup.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Slope bound: Oxenhope will be joining the KFA Cup back at their village home next season.

Slope bound: Oxenhope will be joining the KFA Cup back at their village home next season.

More than 60 players and supporters turned up to celebrate Oxenhope Recreation’s season at the club’s presentation evening.
Eleven players collected silverware, with Scott Nelson, Tom Marshall, McKenzie Dawson and Leon Smith picking up two each.
Pride of place went to the Keighley and District FA Cup, which Oxenhope’s first team won for the second time in three years.
The team also finished a creditable sixth in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League.
The reserves, in only their second season in the top flight of the West Yorkshire Alliance Divisions, finished third and had a chance of the title right up to the final few games.
To complete a fine showing, Oxenhope third team gained promotion to Division Two of the Craven League.
The managers’ awards went to Scott Nelson, Liam Blacka and Tony Cooper.
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Review 2013/14: Crosshills

On the spot: Eddie Jenkins helps Crosshills towards a 3-0 lead at Wilsden. The hosts hit back to 3-3. The story of Crosshills' frustrating season.

On the spot: Eddie Jenkins helps Crosshills towards a 3-0 lead at Wilsden. The hosts hit back to 3-3. The story of Crosshills’ frustrating season.

Crosshills logoCrosshills’ Scott Newton takes a look at the Craven League Premier Division side’s campaign.

To say least, it has been another roller-coaster ride of a season at Crosshills.
With a slow start to the season, things weren’t looking good for the boys in red.
But when players started to come back from injuries and suspensions, things started to pick up, with cup runs, especially, seeing a shedload of goals – at both ends of the field, with 80 hitting the net in just 13 games.
The highlight of this season for me, was when we went on our county cup run, reaching the last 16 before losing to eventual winners Field.
Our stand-out game from that run was beating Ossett Albion Reserves away.
We were written off as soon as the tie was drawn, but we went there and proved our critics wrongs with a 5-3 win.
Our league form wasn’t the best with the match at Cononley nicely summarising our failings.
We were 3-0 up within 20 minutes but threw the game away and lost 4-3. That was the lowest point of the season because we never seemed to recover from that and our league form suffered because of it.
But the club is looking strong for next season with the youth we have at the club and the ambition they’re showing.
Next season will hopeful end in silverware.
We’d all like to thank Gary Green, who has left his position as manager.
He took on a job, that nobody wanted when Crosshills dropped back into the Craven League from the higher-level West Lancashire League.
In his four seasons at the club we had back-to-back league titles (Division Two and One) and also won the league cup.
We give our best wishes to Mick Tilly, who will become the new first team manager next season.

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The summer ahead

Local league football might be over for another season but there is still plenty of action to look forward to during the summer months, including the new West Riding County FA Summer Veterans League at Marley.
Tell us if you know of any other tournaments taking place in the Keighley area and send in your summer reports and pictures, a well as details of your pre-season friendly fixtures.

May 31 – Noel Gilmartin Memorial Day Five-a-side Tournament, Marley, in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
June 7 and 8 – Silsden Juniors Tournament, Silsden AFC.
June 22 – FC Sporting Keighley Seven-a-side BCA Tournament, Marley.
June 28 – Bingley Juniors, u7s five-a-side, Beckfoot & Hazelbeck School, Bingley.
June 29 – Tom Storton Tournament, Silsden AFC.
July 26 and 27 – Keighley Shamrocks Juniors Tournament, Marley Tip Top.
August 17 – Stiggy Cup, Silsden AFC.

Thursday 10:
Silsden 4 Harrogate Town XI 2.
Saturday 12: Oxenhope Rec 5 Barnoldswick Town 4, Silsden 0 Daisy Hill 1.
Thursday 17: Silsden 1 Albion Sports 2.
Saturday 19: Daisy Hill 8 Steeton 1, Oxenhope Rec 4 Settle Utd 1.
Thursday 24: Silsden 1 Field 1.
Saturday 26: Broomhill 3 Sutton 3, Oxenhope III 6 Ingrow & Worth Valley XI 1, Ingrow & Worth Valley XI 0 Baildon Trinity Athletic 1, Rolls 4 Silsden Dev 1, Thackley 0 Steeton 0.
Sunday 27: Barnoldswick Town Res 2 Oxenhope Rec XI 2.
Monday 28: Silsden u19 3 Knaresborough Town 6.
Tuesday 29: Grassington Utd 1 Bradley 1, Harrogate Railway Athletic 2 Silsden 2.
Wednesday 30: Crosshills 2 Steeton Res 1.
Thursday 31: Crosshills 3 Silsden White Star 7, Oxenhope Rec Res 8 Broomhill 1, Silsden Dev 0 Thackley 1.

Saturday 2:
Bingley Town 2 Polonia Patson 2, Broomhill 0 Halifax Volunter Arms 5, Grassington Utd 6 Ingrow & Worth Valley 2, Oxenhope Res/III 3 Beeston St Anthony’s III 1, Steeton 3 Rimington 2.
Sunday 3: Grassington Utd Res v Polonia Patson, Ingrow & Worth Valley 1 Muldoons 4, Sandy Lane 4 Barnoldswick XI 0.
Tuesday 5: Gargrave 0 Broomhill 4.
Wednesday 6: Silsden Dev 0 Oxenhope Rec 6, Steeton Res 1 Bradley 1.
Thursday 7: Silsden u19s 5 Silsden White Star 1.
Saturday 9: Bingley Town 1 Wilsden Athletic 4, Broomhill 2 Ingrow & Worth Valley XI 2, Crosshills Res 4 Sutton 1, FC Sporting Keighley 2 Gargrave 1, Hellifield 5 Aire Valley 1, Ilkley Tn 0 Steeton 6, Oxenhope Rec XI 4 Garforth Rangers 1, Salts 1 Oxenhope Rec 5, Steeton Res v Crosshills (cancelled).
Sunday 10: Crosshills Veterans 1 Colne 7, Helpersey 2 Sandy Lane 9, Oxenhope Rec III 3 Oxenhope Rec u18 5.
Monday 11: Crosshills Res 2 Ingrow & Worth Valley XI 5.
Tuesday 12: Cuedos Rgrs 2 Bingley FC 4, Silsden White Star 0 Bradley 1 (abandoned 80 mins).
Wednesday 13: Bingley Town 1 FC Sporting Keighley 2, Cowling 3 Ingrow & Worth Valley XI 3, Hellifield Sports 2 Cononley Sports 8, Oxenhope Rec III 6 Keighley Tn 5, Steeton 1 Settle Utd 6.
Thursday 14: Shipley Town Reserves 1 Aire Valley 2, Crosshills 5 Waddington 4.
Friday 15: Grassington Utd 1 Cononley Sports 5, Steeton 0 Skipton LMS 4.
Saturday 16: Bingley Town v Cowling (cancelled), FC Sporting Keighley 3 AFC Colne 3, Salts 1 Wibsey 3, Salts Reserves 2 Dudley Hill 5, Skipton 2 Sutton 6.
Sunday 17: Keighley Athletic 4 Salts 1, Shoulder of Mutton 3 Denholme Utd 1.
Wednesday 19: Bingley Town A v Bingley Town B (6.30pm).
Thursday 21: Cartwright Lister v Bingley FC (7pm).
Sunday 24: Bingley FC v Bramley (11am).

Wednesday 3:
Bingley FC v Cottingley WMC (7pm).

League start dates:
August 2: North West Counties League
August 9: Lancashire League
August 16: West Yorkshire League
August 17: Bradford Sunday Alliance
w/c Aug 18: Craven League
August 20: West Riding County Amateur League
August 27: Halifax League
September 14: West Riding County Women’s League

Review 2013/14: Bradley

Bradley celebrate their season at Skipton's Rendezvous Hotel last night.

Bradley celebrate their season at Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel last night.

Satisfied: Bradley manager Tony Piotrowicz.

Satisfied: Bradley manager Tony Piotrowicz.

Robert Watson had much to celebrate as Bradley marked the end of their season in style at The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton last night.
Watson was named top scorer and player of the season for the Craven League Division Two club, who won the divisional cup. First team manager Tony Piotrowicz looks back on an eventful season at Ings Lane.

Firstly I’ll thank all the players who contributed to a very satisfying season for both teams.
The first team had a good start then went through a bad spell of injuries, which made things tough when we had to play catch up later on.
But we only lost three of our last 15 league and cup matches to finish fourth in the table and win the Division Two Cup to end with some silverware to cap a fine season.
New man in charge: Reserves manager James Ayrton.

New man in charge: Reserves manager James Ayrton.

The second team had a new manager this season, James Ayrton, who brought in some good young players.
He managed to blend them with the more experienced players and they also had a good cup run and finished fourth in Division Four.
I hope the club can build on this next season and keep moving forward with youth and experience and player commitment week in week out.
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Steeton sign off at Goat’s Head

Spot on: Steeton Reserevs celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup. Picture: David S Brett.

Spot on: Steeton Reserevs celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup.
Picture: David S Brett.

Steeton will have much to talk about and celebrate at their end-season do on Friday, June 6.
The first team reached the final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup for the first time, while their reserves lifted the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup for the fourth time in seven seasons.
The event will be held at the Goat’s Head and everybody is welcome.

Review 2013/14: Wilsden Athletic

Wilsden defend in depth during their 3-3 December draw with Crosshills.

Wilsden defend in depth during their 3-3 December draw with Crosshills.

Tough season: Wilsden boss Brad Domanski.

Tough season: Wilsden boss Brad Domanski.

Manager Brad Domanski takes a brief look at Wilsden Athletic’s fortunes this season in the Premier Division of the Craven League.
What has been a tough season was really made even more difficult by a struggle to get a team together most weeks.
Many players had to play out of position to fill in and many played through injury due to us having no substitutes most weeks.
We were fortunate to survive in the top division but we will be back next year with a number of new players added to the squad.

Screen shot 2014-05-24 at 20.02.53Wilsden in brief:
Home league record:

P 8, W 2, D 2, L 4, F 11, A 23
Away league record:
P 8, W 2, D 0, L 6, F 13, A 36
Cup record:
P 5, W 3, D 0, L 2, F 15, A 13
Biggest win: 5-2 at Silsden White Star, Northern Plant Hire Trophy, April 9.
Heaviest defeat: 0-8 at Grindleton, March 1.
Players used: 25.
Most appearances: 21 Jordan Woosley, 19 Jack Lancaster, Ben Molloy, 17 Alex Lancaster.
Most goals: 10 Ryan Gill, 5 David McCarten.
Most opponents’ player of match awards: 6 Ryan Gill, 2 David McCarten.

Read Keighley Kicks’ Wilsden archive, here.
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Wademan tops the tables

Chris Wademan is top of two tables for Riverside Olympic in Tasmania.
The goals continued to flow for the Silsden striker with another this morning to keep him on top of the Northern Premier League’s top scorers list with 11 goals.
But he also leads the way on the yellow cards total, with three.
Launceston-based Olympic made it seven wins out of seven with a 3-1 victory over Prospect in Tasmania after galloping into a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes and that proved enough for victory with the visitors pulling one back in the second half.