Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tom Storton Tournament groups revealed

Full-blooded action from last season's tournament. Pictures: David S Brett.

Full-blooded action from last season’s tournament.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 17.02.21Almost 200 footballers from across the district will be in action at Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium next Sunday, June 29, when the 10th annual Tom Storton Memorial Trophy tournament takes place.
The six-a-side tournament is run in memory of Paul ‘Tom’ Storton, a popular player with Keighley Lifts, Keighley Juniors and Keighley Shamrocks.
Defending champions All Stars are in Group C, along with Jacky’s Hotshots, Steeton, The Mis-Fits and Keighley Town.
Last season's winning All Stars line-up

Last season’s winning All Stars line-up

All Stars were also victors in 2011, with Earle’s Eagles triumphant in 2012.
That is one of four groups of five in the Elite part of the competition with a further two groups of four going head to head in the Veterans section.
Organiser Andy Gaughan reminded all managers that they must have their teams ready for action promptly at 9.30am ahead of the 10am kick-off.
Entry for spectators is £3 with all money going to local charities nominated by Tom Storton’s family.
There will also be a raffle.
Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 07.10.28In the Elite competition the top two from each group go through to the quarter-finals and so on.
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Silsden season was about gaining experience

Silsden Player of the Year Danny Gleave with manager Andy Geary.

Silsden Player of the Year Danny Gleave with manager Andy Geary.

Outstanding fixtures meant Silsden had to delay their annual presentation evening.
With the Reserve team in Keighley FA Challenge Cup final action and both the u18 and u19 league seasons overrunning, it meant their prestigious event was put back a few weeks.
First team manager Andy Geary spoke of the rebuilding of the team with a large group of keen and talented youngsters with few experienced players.
The season started well with seven points from the first three games but reality soon set in and the Cobbydalers came up against stronger teams.
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Sponsored ride is Steeton players’ pleasure

Towering effort: The Steeton players will be riding home from Blackpool next Saturday.

Towering effort: The Steeton players will be riding home from Blackpool next Saturday.

Steeton club captain Damien Whiteoak is going more than the extra mile to raise funds for the club.
Forget the Tour de France, as far as the Chevrons are concerned, this is THE cycle event of the year.
Whiteoak is organising a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the West Riding County Amateur League side and, along with a team of players, will be pedalling from Blackpool Pleasure Beach to the Goat’s Head pub in the village next Saturday, June 28.
Chevrons manager Roy Mason said: “With costs of running the club increasing every year, it’s great that the players themselves have decided to try to raise extra funds.”
To sponsor the cyclists, contacting the club either via their Facebook page or manager Roy Mason by email.

What’s on Keighley Kicks tomorrow?

  • Steeton pedaller pushing hard to bring in funds
  • Silsden presentation evening report and pictures

COMING SOON:

  • Tom Storton Trophy line-up
  • Chance to win tickets to see Bryan Robson and Norman Whiteside in Keighley

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Windle enjoying academy life

Proud dad: Lee Windle with his son Thomas at Elland Road five years ago. Will Thomas be gracing grounds like this on a regular basis in another five years?

Proud dad: Lee Windle with his son Thomas at Elland Road five years ago. Will Thomas be gracing grounds like this on a regular basis in another five years?

How does it feel to see your son making progress towards a possible professional football career, despite still being still at school?
It’s a question Crosshills Veterans player Lee Windle is often asked about his son Thomas.
It has been a remarkable journey so far for the 15 year old Settle school boy who was spotted playing in the annual Silsden Sixes four years ago.
He was taken on by Bradford City and has since played for Bradford Boys against the Republic of Ireland and for the young Bantams against Manchester United at their remarkable Carrington training facility.
Lee is behind his son all the way, despite the many hours and miles spent on the road ferrying him to matches.
Windle senior’s own footballing ambitions also included a spell with Bradford Boys, helping them to a memorable victory against Glasgow at Hampden Park.
Bantam Boy: Thomas Windle is at Bradford City's Academy.

Bantam Boy: Thomas Windle is at Bradford City’s Academy.

After captaining a successful South Craven School team and playing junior football for Eastburn, Lee’s career saw him serve Embsay for many years after making his senior debut for Crosshills at just 13.
“You could in those days, although I don’t think many would have played at that age,” said Lee, who’s appearances back in the Crosshills kit at veteran level this year completes a remarkable circle.
But now Lee is devoted to making sure his son makes the best use of his opportunity to shine at a far higher level than he ever did.
“He really enjoys the whole experience at Bradford City,” said Lee.
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Challenging pre-season for Steeton

Steeton logoSteeton have announced a varied pre-season programme ahead of their 2014/15 West Riding County Amateur League season.
The County Challenge Cup finalists start with a trip to North West Counties League Premier Division side Barnoldswick Town on Wednesday, July 23, before an equally tough test at Northern Counties East Premier Division outfit Thackley.
Their first home match is against Rimington on Saturday, August 2, with the warm-up schedule completed at Ilkley Town on Saturday, August 9 and at home to Settle United (August 13) and Craven League champions Skipton LMS (August 16).

Colne date for Cobbydalers

North West Counties League logoSilsden have been handed a tough draw in the North West Counties League Cup.
The Cobbydalers have been paired at home to Lancashire rivals and near neighbours Colne in the second round on Saturday, October 25. Both teams have a bye in the first round.
The draw was made at the weekend’s AGM, during which it was confirmed champions Norton United have been promoted to the Northern Premier League and newcomers to Division One will be Barnton (from the Cheshire League), Litherland REMYCA (Liverpool Premier League) and new club Cammell Lairds 1907.
The Reserve Division has been disbanded, hence Silsden’s decision to field a team in the Lancashire League for the new season.

Call for new referees

Referee graphicAnyone in the Keighley area interested in helping keep the game running is invited to a West Riding County FA refereeing course at Oakworth.
The FA Basic Referee Course involves theory and practical and is being run at the Goosecote Lane home of Oakworth Juniors in August.
The minimum age for anyone wishing to take up refereeing is 14 and the course runs for a minimum of 21 guided learning hours
The course is open to anyone who is interested in officiating 11-a-side or nine-versus-nine football and will provide participants with an insight into the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play.
It also looks at the skills required to be a referee and leads to Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth or Level 7 Junior County Referee)
The first tuition session of the course is on Sunday, August 10 (9.30am-5pm) with another tuition sessions followed by an examination a week later at the same time.
The middle session is a safeguarding children workshop and is on Tuesday, August 13 (6.30-9.30pm).
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Review 2013/14: Steeton

Steeton line up ahead of the history-making 2013/14 season. Picture; David S Brett

Steeton line up ahead of the history-making 2013/14 season.
Picture; David S Brett

Manager Roy Mason receives his runners-up medal at Elland Road. Action pictures: Alex Daniel

Manager Roy Mason receives his runners-up medal at Elland Road.
Action pictures: Alex Daniel

Manager Roy Mason looks back at a memorable season for Steeton in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division.

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.

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.

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.
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Review 2013/14: FC Sporting Keighley

Action from FC Sporting's awarded win over Sutton in October. The hosts were 3-0 ahead when the match was abandoned.

Action from FC Sporting’s awarded win over Sutton in October. The hosts were 3-0 ahead when the match was abandoned.

FC Sporting Keighley club secretary Ghufran Hussain reflects on their season in Division Three of the Craven League.

We had a very positive season in Division Three of the Craven Mastab League, having won Division Four and the League Cup in 2012/13.
Despite finishing outside the top two, we will be in Division Two next season after the league was re-organised.
We started the season quite slowly due to having a late pre-season because of Ramadhan (religious event) and then losing lost our first game of the season away to Grassington Reserves 1-0.
We soon managed to pick up and got a few wins under our belt and built on the confidence from last season.
We played Cowling from the Premier Division in the Keighley Cup quarter-final at Marley and beat them 2-0 for one of the highlights of the season.

Gr-eight result: Aaran Abbas scored eight times in the 12-1 win over Addingham.

Gr-eight result: Aaran Abbas scored eight times in the 12-1 win over Addingham.

We moved on to play Cononley Sports first team in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy and only lost 3-2 in extra time. It was a close game that showed the level we are capable at playing.
Remarkably, just five cup matches brought an aggregate of 40 goals – an average of eight goals a match. That was mainly due to a 12-1 victory over Addingham in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy and a 13-2 defeat against Oxenhope in the Keighley FA Cup.
Manager: Joynal Ali

Manager: Joynal Ali

This season has seen a true and positive effort from all involved with the club, including the players, management and coaching staff and a special thank you to Joynal Ali (manager) and Faruk Ali for all their kind efforts and hard work.
With 30 goals, Aaran Abbas was not only club top scorer but also the division’s. He received an award from the league to mark his achievement.
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Early return for Oakworth old boy Lee

Back to work: Tommy Lee

Back to work: Tommy Lee

The new season has begun early for Oakworth Juniors old boy Tommy Lee.
Despite a string of awards and after helping his team to the League Two title and a Wembley place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, the Chesterfield goalkeeper is already back at work.
Spireites coach Eric Nixon has got Lee and Aaron Chapman in for two days a week ahead of the rest of the Derbyshire club’s outfield players.
Nixon told the Derbyshire Times: “You can never practice too much, so it seemed obvious to get the lads in to do some early work to improve their techniques and build up early confidence.”
Chapman looks to be heading out on loan again to build up his experience with veteran Ian Dunbavin likely to serve as cover for Lee on an extended loan spell from Accrington.
Read the full story on the Derbyshire Times website, here.

Wademan helps Olympic coast to victory

Coasting: Chris Wademan took his total to 12 for the season.

Coasting: Chris Wademan took his total to 12 for the season.

Chris Wademan enjoyed a good day out at the seaside this morning with his 12th goal of the season for Riverside Olympic.
The Silsden striker struck in the second half in Olympic’s 3-2 win at coastal side Burnie to extend their winning start to Tasmania’s Northern Premier League season to nine matches.
It brings Wademan’s tally against Burnie to five goals, having scored four times in the season’s opener at home to them in the reverse fixture.
Wademan’s former Silsden striker partner Joe Gaughan was without a game today. His New Zealand Stop Out SC team are not in action until next week, when they travel to Capital Premier League leaders Miramar Rangers.

Red rose switch for Silsden

SilsdenSilsden are changing county for the 2014/15 season.
The team will be running a development team in the Lancashire League next season.
But they will be among a virtual White Rose take over of the cross-Pennine league with opponents expected to include AFC Emley, Brighouse Town, Garforth Town, Ossett Albion, Ossett Town, Thackley, Liversedge and Eccleshill United. Indeed, last season’s East Division included only three teams from the county the league is named after – FC United of Manchester, Hyde and Nelson.
The Cobbydalers start their training next Tuesday, June 17, at the Angel Telecom Stadium, 7pm.
New and old players are welcome and a club spokesman said: “Have you got what it takes to play Step 5 football in the North West Counties League? If so, come along and show us what you have to offer.”

League award for Abbas

Top scorer: Aaran Abbas

Top scorer: Aaran Abbas

FC Sporting Keighley’s Aaran Abbas was the only local player to pick up an award at the Craven League’s AGM.
He received his honour as Division Three’s top scorer at the event at Skipton Rugby Club.
The new four-division plan for 2014/15 was revealed and Tina Hirst received the Bill Hick Memorial Trophy to mark her retirement after 10 years as league secretary.
New secretary is Jan Elder with the rest of the management team unchanged.
Read a full report of the evening on the Keighley News website, here.

Review 2013/14: Keighley FA u17s

Class of 2014: Keighley FA u17s 2013/14.

Class of 2014: Keighley FA u17s 2013/14.


Keighley celebrate Euan Sessford's cup final goal against Wharfedale.  West Riding County FA Minor Cup final action pictures: Alex Daniel.

Keighley celebrate Euan Sessford’s cup final goal against Wharfedale.
West Riding County FA Minor Cup final action pictures: Alex Daniel.

Keighley FA Minors coach Charlie Wysocki reflects on a successful season for the district’s u17s team.

Keighley have had another successful season, reaching the final of the West Riding County FA Minor Cup as we continued to progress at youth level.
The prestige of representing your home town can only be surpassed by either playing at county or professional level for players that are U16 and U17, and is one of the main reasons the Keighley FA appoints a team that is full of experience and knowledge of the game.
The coaches, who bring various qualities, Eugene Gaughan, who has successfully managed teams through the junior ranks and at senior level and is currently involved with Eccleshill United, Dave Heaney, who comes with vast experience as he has managed teams at junior and senior levels; and myself, who has completed my Pre-UEFA A and UEFA B, together with Youth Module 1 and 2 and awith playing career at every standard, including spells at Halifax Town and Farsley Celtic. All of us have also been involved at U19 Youth Alliance level in the past.
Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 11.44.22This mix provides the players with the correct coaching techniques, together with the correct approach, attitude and respect that are demanded by the management team.
The whole aspect of representing your town cannot be emphasised enough and we are striving to get the running of the team back to where it should be – enjoyment, respect, and achievement is a major part of our philosophy.
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Veteran vacancy for Storton Tournament

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 17.02.21One more veterans team is needed to complete the line-up for this season’s Tom Storton Memorial Tournament at Silsden on Sunday, June 29, 9.30am.
The competition will be run in a league format but, with only seven teams entered in the old boys section, it makes the compilation of fixtures awkward.
Any team wishing to even out the numbers – veterans players must be over 35 – contact organiser Andy Gaugham.

Teams entered so far are: Borussia Teeth, Phoenix Vets, The Old Bellies, Keighley Lifts Vets, Celtic Vets, AJs Vets and Keighley Albion Vets.

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 17.01.51Entry has already closed for the main section of the competition.
This season is the 10th anniversary of the six-a-side competition, run to remember Paul ‘Tom’ Storton, a popular player with Keighley Lifts, Keighley Juniors and Keighley Shamrocks, and all money raised goes to charities chosen by his family.
To mark the occasion, special T-shirts have been produced. They are £10 and available in white, black, green and grey.
Contact Andy Gaughan, 07989 523585, to order T-shirts or enter a veterans team.