Steeton line up ahead of the history-making 2013/14 season.
Picture; David S Brett
Manager Roy Mason looks back at a memorable season for Steeton in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division.
Manager Roy Mason receives his runners-up medal at Elland Road.
Action pictures: Alex Daniel
After a second place finish in 2012/13, hopes were high that Steeton could go one step further and win the Premier Division for the first time in their history but it was in the county cup that they reached the record books.
Pre-season saw the majority of the squad retained, however Chris Simpson left to go back to Skipton LMS and Joe Park also decided not to continue playing. Danny McNulty was the only new face in the squad that lined up against Salts on the opening day of the season.
The game ended in a 3-2 defeat and, despite a win on the Saturday against Kirkburton, a defeat a Campion the following Wednesday meant the Chevrons had lost two of their opening three games after losing only three games in the whole of the previous season.
Top scorer: Lee Reilly missed the start of the season but still netted 20 times.
Leading scorer Lee Reilly had reported back to pre-season late after an illness throughout the summer had led to him losing a lot of weight and his loss also proved to be costly.
Jamie Longley was injured in the Campion game and this was something that was to set the tone for the season.
Steeton did make a key signing in September when Tim Hird joined the club and he made his debut in a 3-2 defeat at Bay Athletic when a stoppage time winner saw the reigning champions steal the points.
The County Cup run at this stage was in its infancy following a 7-0 win in the first round over Denholme. Sandwiched in between this, Steeton lost their grip of the Keighley Cup, when Oxenhope beat them at Summerhill Lane in a crazy game that saw the visitors triumph 5-4.
Revenge: Steeton beat Oxenhope in the county cup to avenge their Keighley Cup defeat.
The following week was another high scoring affair as Alwoodley were despatched 6-4 as Steeton reached the third round of the County Cup for the first time in many a year.
The following week saw them bow out of the League Cup as Campion sneaked a 2-1 win.
The focus was now on the league and the County Cup.
Momentum started to gather with a 2-1 win at Beeston St Anthony’s and Steeton started to believe that a cup run was on the cards, the win also set up a local derby with Oxenhope and a chance to avenge the Keighley Cup defeat.
The game finally went ahead on February 8 following a series of postponements as the weather wrecked the local football scene for almost two months.