Monthly Archives: October 2014

Shamrocks seek Saturday morning coach

Keighley ShamrocksKeighley Shamrocks Juniors are looking for a volunteer to take over the coaching of their Soccer Tots on a Saturday morning.
Sessions are held indoors at Marley 10-11am.
Applicants must be at least Level 1 qualified and possess a current CRB for youth football.
For more details or to offer your services, contact either Andy Gaughan, 07989 523585, or Donna Palmer, 07533 216427.

Read all about it – 100 years on

Come on you blues: Silsden will swap their usual all red kit for the colours of their 1914 predecessors next Saturday. Picture: David S Brett.

Come on you blues: Silsden will swap their usual all red kit for the colours of their 1914 predecessors next Saturday. Picture: David S Brett.

Front cover: The Silsden Herald pays tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

Front cover: The Silsden Herald pays tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

Silsden are stepping back in time to commemorate the Cobbydalers who lost their lives in the First World War.
The club have produced a 16-page newspaper to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War and copies are on sale for £3.
All proceeds will got to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and copies will been sale during next Saturday’s memorial match day when the club will be paying tribute to the fallen at a special service before their North West Counties League match against 1874 Northwich.
The Cobbydalers will also be playing in the blue and white striped kit worn by their predecessors of 1914.
The newspaper includes features on Dr John Purcell, the man who was responsible for the formation of the club, the Silsden footballers who died at the front and also the skipper.
There are letters sent from The Front by soldiers who later died, or from their comrades.
On August 4, Great Britain declared war on Germany and more than 600 Silsden lads took the King’s Shilling.
While at the Front on R and R, they started playing football and the Silsden lads wrote home for some football shirts.
Lest we forget: The Cobbydalers will pay tribute next Saturday.

Lest we forget: The Cobbydalers will pay tribute next Saturday.

The people of Silsden rallied round and produced some blue and white striped shirts, which were duly sent to the Front and the Silsden lads proudly played in their new strip.
The Silsden lads, mainly in the 9th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, went on to play in a cup competition, eventually going on to win a prestigious cup.
They were presented with the cup and silver medals by the Brigadier General.
The skipper of the team, Clarkson Baldwin, survived the war and his daughter Elizabeth, who still lives in Silsden will be bringing his medal to the Angel Telecom Stadium on Saturday.
Read more »

Five into two will eventually go for Denholme

Denholme United logoDenholme United’s route to the quarter-finals of the Halifax League’s Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup is a complicated affair.
Despite the draw having been made, there are still five teams involved in United’s tie.
Their match at Elland All Stars on Saturday was postponed due to travellers on the pitch, while the West Riding County FA are still to make a decision on the abandoned first round tie between Northowram and Elland United, with AFC Crossleys awaiting the winners to decide the eventual quarter-finalists.

Silsden aim to travel in force for Vase tie

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 15.53.17Silsden will be hoping to have a decent-sized following when they attempt to reach the second round of the FA Vase for only the second time in their history.
The Cobbydalers travel to Northern League side Consett on Saturday and are running a supporters coach.
FA VaseAnd the fans will be well looked after with the club serving breakfast tea and coffee in the Angel Telecom Stadium clubhouse before departure.
It will be served from 9.45am in the sports bar with the coach leaving at 10.45am and returning at 9.30pm from the near-200 mile round trip.
Coach tickets are £10. To book, call James 0793 9151829 or email

Steeton seek new coach

Steeton logoSteeton’s continuing push towards an improved youth policy has created a coaching vacancy at the West Riding County Amateur League club.
They are keen to beef up their coaching staff and are looking for someone to come in and work with the reserve team.
First team manager Roy Mason said: “The ideal person will be someone with a knowledge of coaching and improving players.
“We have changed our policy on reserve team football of late with the emphasis on bringing young players through.
“So we are looking for somebody to not only help develop the young players but ideally help attract more young talent to the club.”
For further information of this and other opportunities at Steeton, email

Substitution turns tables in Silsden’s favour

How they lined up

How they lined up

Silsden 6 Brighouse Town 2
by Jim Rosser at the Angel Telecom Stadium

A five-goal second-half blast helped Silsden pull off a stunning giant-killing act to book a place in the West Riding County Cup quarter-finals.
They saw off Evo-Stik League side Brighouse in style to earn a trip to Armthorpe Welfare or Garforth Town in the last eight in December after an inspired substitution turned the tables.
Manager Andy Geary threw Zack Dale into the action after 64 minutes and within eight minutes he had scored twice to put the Cobbydalers clear. Fellow substitute Chris Wademan also found the net in the closing stages as Silsden romped clear.
Zack Dale: Two goals from the bench.

Zack Dale: Two goals from the bench.

Brighouse had looked in complete control before Shaquille Clarke-Adams was sent-off on the stroke of half time.
Geary had been in charge the last time the teams met when the pair were the top teams in the West Riding County Amateur League. Since those days Town have become established in the Evo-Stik North Division, while Geary has embarked on another team-building exercise after returning to the Angel Telecom Stadium.
Dale had been rested after a long run in the team and, with eyes on Saturday’s FA Vase game at Consett, Tom Henderson replaced Chris Wademan.
Read more »

Armitage celebrates debut with a hat-trick

SilsdenSilsden Dragons u10 7
Long Lee 1

A strong wind made no difference to Silsden as they chalked up a convincing win over their Keighley opponents.
Silsden kicked into the wind in the first half and after an exciting but even first 15 minutes, made a breakthough with a fine shot, which was parried to Jaylan Camsey, who finished it sweetly.
This seemed to fire up the Dragons and Harry Whitaker played a great through ball to Camsey who made no mistake.
Another of Silsden’s attacks saw Joe Armitage fire a great shot into the top right corner to finish the first half 3-0 ahead.
The second half saw the Dragons play some of their best football of the season and it wasn’t long before they were four up.
Long Lee Juniors logoSam Ayik played in Armitage and a sweet strike into the bottom corner was followed by more great play by Ayik and Ermitage from a short corner set up Lewis Gartland, who calmly lifted the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 5-0.
Long Lee eventually got the better of the outstanding Silsden back four of Lola Cunningham, Josh Elliot, Harry Whitaker and Sam Brockbank when the impressive Sohale hit a lovely shot into the bottom corner to reduce the gap to four goals.
The Dragons were far from done though, Gartland swung the ball in directly from a corner to add another and then Daniel Barnes laid the ball off to Armitage who hit a great strike into the top corner to complete his hat-trick in his debut game.

The week ahead: Oct 27-Nov 2

Monday, October 27
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
West Division: Bingley Juniors v Settle Utd (at UAK).
Central Division: Harrogate Tn v Salts (Middleton, 7.40pm).

Tuesday, October 28
West Riding County FA County Cup, 7.45pm
2nd rnd: Silsden v Brighouse Tn.

Saturday, November 1
FA Vase, 3pm
1st rnd: Consett v Silsden.

West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 1pm
2nd rnd: Cononley Sports v Oxenhope Rec, Crosshills v Rolls, Salts v Thornhill, Steeton v Rawdon Old Boys.

West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy, 1pm
2nd rnd: Bay Ath Res v FC Sporting Keighley, Old Centralians v Silsden White Star, Robin Hood Ath v Oxenhope Rec Res, Salts Res v Pool Res, Sutton v Farsley Celtic Juns.

Read more »

Dodds in seventh heaven for Oaks

Keighley Oaks logoKeighley Oaks 13
Amaranth 0

Oaks made light work of their scant numbers and romped through to the next round of the West Riding County Womens League Cup with a resounding victory over a team from three divisions below them.
Manager Steve Brett was down to the bare bones with a minimum of 11 players to choose from but his team went ahead within minutes of the start with a superb strike from Luka Dodds.
Oaks went two up in the eighth minute when the Amaranth keeper mishandled and captain Sophie Gaines was quick to pounce.
Amaranth fought back bravely but with little to show for their efforts only to concede yet again in the 18th and 19th minutes – a superb run down the right flank from Leah Gilmore was finishing with a powerful shot then Gaines headed the ball beyond the keeper’s reach.
Read more »

Today’s results: Sunday, October 26

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Sandy Ln 0 Stanningley Albion 2.
Div 1: Bradford Phoenix 4 Cuedos Rgrs 3.
Div 3A: Salts 2 Oddfellows Celtic Res 2.
Div 3B: Albion Sports Juns 1 Salts Res 8.

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Ilkley Dyn 3 Keighley Tn 4, Keighley Ath 2 Yeadon Vets 6, Menston Tn 2 Cullingworth Yth 4.
Division 1: Aire Valley 1 Cookridge Hall 8, Keighley Albion 3 Armley Rgrs 4.

West Riding County Women’s League
League Cup: Keighley Oaks 13 (thirteen) Amaranth 0, Middleton Pk 0 Silsden 3.

Text your scorers to 0777 1461360 and send reports by email to

Today’s fixtures: Sunday, October 26


Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Prem Div: Sandy Ln v Stanningley Albion.
Div 1: Bradford Phoenix v Cuedos Rgrs.
Div 3A: Salts v Oddfellows Celtic Res.
Div 3B: Albion Sports Juns v Salts Res.

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Ilkley Dyn v Bingley FC, Keighley Ath v Yeadon Vets, Keighley Tn v Horsforth St Marg’s, Menston Tn v Cullingworth Yth.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Cookridge Hall.

West Riding County Women’s League, 2pm
League Cup: Keighley Oaks v Amaranth, Middleton Pk v Silsden.

Text your results and scorers to 0777 1461360 and send reports by email to

One slip proves costly for Silsden

How they lined up

How they lined up

Silsden 0
Colne 1
by Jim Rosser at the Angel Telecom Stadium

The second round of The Men United Cup pitted the Cobbydalers against in-form Colne.
Colne had dominated the earlier league fixture at the Angel Telecom Stadium but Silsden defended stoutly to win the game by the only goal. And just one goal decided things this time too, albeit in favour of the visitors.
In their last two games, Colne’s star striker Danny Boyle had notched consecutive hat-tricks against Barlick and AFC Liverpool.
The Cobbydalers form had dipped recently with defeats against Nelson and Bootle but a share of the points at Ashton Athletic had lifted the spirits.
Andy Geary had Joe Mitchell back from injury and Chris Wademan made his first start of the campaign. James Nettleton came into the back four, allowing Kevin Ryan to move into midfield.
SilsdenIt was clear from the opening exchanges that this was going to be a game of some quality with Colne’s neat pass and move football creating half chances while the pace and guile of Craig Nicholls always threatened to make openings for the Cobbydalers.
When an early Silsden attack broke down in the opening minutes, right back Owen Deakin-Pickard was caught out of position and Chris Bailey broke down the left but shot across the face of goal.
Chris Thompson, the former Cobbydalers keeper, was swiftly out of his area to prevent Wademan from latching on to Nicholls’ through ball.
Twice Nicholls created half chances for Mitchell and Wademan but on both occasions the defenders came out on top.
Boyle’s first threat came after 10 minutes when he timed his run to perfection to latch on to a through ball. Thorpe managed to close the striker down and block his effort. Danny Fagan was able to clear the ball.
Colne logoImmediately Silsden counter attacked. Nicholls reached the by-line and drove in a fierce cross, which Thompson managed to deflect wide.
Ben Crabtree, supporting the attack, managed to get on the end of a cross from Dale but Thompson saved easily and then the Silsden full back managed to deny Boyle with a superb tackle.
Silsden’s best chance came as a result of another great run and cross from Nicholls but Dale couldn’t get enough on his shot. The ball was only partially cleared and Crabtree drove it in hard and low. Read more »

Oranges hit purple patch for victory

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 6
Hunslet Club 3

In a high-scoring West Yorkshire League game, Oxenhope had to come from behind twice to gain three more valuable Premier Division points from a hard-fought game against a very physical Hunslet side.
The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when a through ball found a Hunslet forward. He rounded keeper Sam Lee and slotted home.
On the quarter, Oxenhope levelled when Michael Garnett latched on to a weighted pass, beat the offside trap and hit the target.
But Hunslet soon regained their advantage. On a counter attack, their striker found himself one-on-one with Lee and lobbed him as he came rushing from his line.
After the break, Oxenhope hit a purple patch, scoring three goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Read more »