Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 2000-01: You Couldn't Write the Script.

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HFFC 2000-01. 
Back - Simon Lee, Arran, Matthew Leech, Mark Duce, James Hunt, Pete Guzdek, Phil Ridsdale, Andy Jackson, Steve Sedgwick, Kelvin Tapley, David Pitchforth.
Front - Richard Lord, Dave Ridsdale, Nobby Rhodes, Simon Parker, John Newsome, John Steenson, Andy Bowler, Nick George, Lee Monaghan, Woody.
The occasion of John Steenson's 400th game for the club, against Shipley Town at Esholt, 1st October 2000.

Back: Simon Lee, Arran, Matthew Leech, Mark Duce, James Hunt, Pete Guzdek, Phil Ridsdale, Andy Jackson, Steve Sedgwick, Kelvin Tapley, David Pitchforth. Front: Richard Lord, Dave Ridsdale, Nobby Rhodes, Simon Parker, John Newsome, John Steenson, Andy Bowler, Nick George, Lee Monaghan, Woody.

  Promoted to the Premier Division of the Wharfedale Triangle, Horsforth were able to field more or less an unchanged squad in the quest to lift the title at the first attempt. Sandy Lay was unable to continue due to health reasons, and early injury to Nobby Rhodes also hit us hard. James Hunt continued in goal, with David Pitchforth a more than capable understudy. Kelvin Tapley made many appearances in the back four, alongside Phil Ridsdale, John Steenson and Steve Sedgwick. Lee Monaghan and Mark Duce again held the midfield together, with Simon Lee challenging harder for a regular spot. Dave Ridsdale and Pete Guzdek operated in midfield or defence as the situation required; likewise Andy Bowler and Richard Lord switched between midfield and attack. Simon Parker played up front more often, and was by some distance top scorer, while Andy Jackson was rather more hit-and-miss due to injury but still led the line splendidly for much of the campaign. John Newsome once more did sterling service all season, with another new striker, Nick Perchard, brought the complement of proven forwards back up to four. Another new signing to offer much promise for the future was midfield dynamo Mike Romagnoli, though, like rather too many of the squad, he was out injured for the crucial last few games of the season.

  The long league season turned into a dogfight with Yeadon club Park Rangers, the defending champions. The opening day of the campaign saw the clubs share the spoils at 1-1 on our Bedquilts ground, and from then on we would not meet until the last week. Park were long distracted by their County commitments, and, though Horsforth capitalised on their rivals' absence to amass what looked a winning lead over the winter, the Yeadon side always had it in their power to close the gap. On the final day of the season, the clubs met in a showdown at Kirk Lane, in front of a large crowd, with Park needing to win to retain their title and Horsforth requiring only a draw. The rest, as they say, is history ... Horsforth went two goals down, had Steve Sedgwick sent off, scored two goals in the last 5 minutes to square the game, and let it go in injury time, Park ending up 3-2 winners - and champions by one goal. A great day, and a hugely memorable game, though unfortunately the wrong result.

League Cup winning team 2000-01.
Back - Matthew Ridsdale, James Hunt, David Pitchforth, Nick Perchard, Andy Jackson, Pete Guzdek, Mark Duce, Simon Lee,
Andy Bowler, I think that's Nobby behind AB, Steve Sedgwick, John Steenson, Martin Woods. 
Front - Mike Romagnoli, Lee Monaghan, various other Monaghans, Simon Parker, Richard Lord, Phil Ridsdale,
Dave Ridsdale, Nathan, John Newsome and family.
Crag Road FC, 13th May 2001.

League Cup winning team 13/5/2001. Back: Matthew Ridsdale, James Hunt, David Pitchforth, Nick Perchard, Andy Jackson, Pete Guzdek, Mark Duce, Simon Lee, Andy Bowler, I think that's Nobby behind AB, Steve Sedgwick, John Steenson, Martin Woods. Front: Mike Romagnoli, Lee Monaghan, various other Monaghans, Simon Parker, Richard Lord, Phil Ridsdale, Dave Ridsdale, Nathan, John Newsome and family.

  Once again, though, Horsforth won the League Cup. This year the triumph, though of course not as unexpected as the previous year's, came in a 3-1 win against Yeadon club Station Wanderers in a Final at Crag Road United's Apperley Bridge ground. Simon Lee, Andy Jackson and Lee Monaghan were the Horsforth scorers. The cup run also featured a high-scoring Quarter-Final against Thackley Commercial, and a penalty shoot-out win against Shipley Town in the Semi-Final, James Hunt's penalty save and Paul Rhodes's late winner the highlights. In fact, there were many matches that went to last-minute deciders in this season of drama and great emotion, though none can compare to the Park Rangers game.

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League Table.

Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division, 2000-01.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Park Rangers 18 14 3 1 69 26 45
Horsforth Fairweather 18 14 3 1 66 24 45
Horsforth Rangers 18 11 3 4 64 35 36
Keighley Athletic 18 8 1 9 55 60 25
Rawdon 18 8 1 9 37 50 25
Thackley Commercial 18 8 0 10 71 60 24
Station Wanderers 18 6 5 7 28 26 23
Westfield 18 5 4 10 44 62 19
Crown Celtic 18 3 1 14 34 77 10
Shipley Town 18 2 1 15 33 81 7

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Results 2000-01.

September 3rd

Park Rangers (H)

League

1-1

Parker.

September 5th

Westfield (A)

League

4-3

Own Goal, Parker 2, Monaghan.

September 10th

Rawdon (H)

League

1-1

Parker.

September 24th

Wheatley (A)

League Cup Prelim Round

2-1

Own Goal, Parker.

October 1st

Shipley Town (A)

League

4-1

Bowler, Parker 2, Newsome.

October 8th

Horsforth Rangers (A)

League

2-1

Bowler, Monaghan.

October 22nd

Station Wanderers (H)

League

2-1

Jackson, Monaghan (pen).

October 29th

Crown Celtic (A)

League

3-1

Parker, Newsome, Hillier.

November 19th

Hanover Arms (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 2

1-2

Parker.

November 26th

Horsforth Rangers (H)

League

2-2

Lord, P.Ridsdale.

December 3rd

Thackley Commercial (H)

League

4-1

Guzdek, Monaghan 2, Bowler.

December 10th

Westfield (H)

League

6-3

Parker 2, Bowler 2, Monaghan 2 (1 pen).

December 17th

Otley Wharfeside (H)

League Cup Round 1

11-0

Newsome 2, Lord, Parker 4, Monaghan 2, Perchard, Lee.

January 7th

Shipley Town

League

5-2

Parker 2, Monaghan, Bowler, Duce.

January 28th

Keighley Athletic (A)

League

9-0

Monaghan 2 (1 pen), Parker 5, Duce 2.

February 11th

Thackley Commercial (H)

League Cup Quarter-Final

8-6

Monaghan 3, Parker 3, Newsome, Duce.

February 18th

Keighley Athletic (H)

League

4-2

Own Goal, Sedgwick, Perchard, Constable.

March 11th

Station Wanderers (A)

League

2-0

Monaghan, Parker.

March 18th

Thackley Commercial (A)

League

3-1

Parker, Jackson 2.

March 25th

Rawdon (A)

League

7-0

Parker 5, Jackson 2.

April 15th

Shipley Town (H)

League Cup Semi-Final

2-2
AET

Jackson, Duce.Horsforth won 4-3 on penalties.

April 29th

Crown Celtic (H)

League

5-1

Jackson 3, Parker 2.

May 13th

Station Wanderers

League Cup Final

3-1

Lee, Jackson, Monaghan.

May 20th

Park Rangers (A)

League

2-3

Newsome, Parker.

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Appearances 2000-01.

Name

Games Sub Goals

Bowler, Andy

16

1

6

Constable, Andy

1

5

1

Duce, Mark

20

 

5

George, Nick

1

1

 

Guzdek, Pete

10

6

1

Hillier, Colin

 

1

1

Hunt, James

20

 

 

Jackson, Andy

11

4

10

Lee, Simon

11

6

2

Lord, Richard

7

6

2

Monaghan, Lee

24

 

17

Newsome, John

13

10

6

Orange, Lee

 

1

 

Parker, Simon

20

4

35

Perchard, Nick

1

5

2

Pitchforth, David

4

 

 

Rhodes, Andy

5

 

 

Rhodes, Paul

 

1

 

Ridsdale, Dave

18

2

 

Ridsdale, Phil

24

 

1

Romagnoli, Mike

 

3

 

Sedgwick, Steve

23

 

1

Steenson, John

19

 

 

Tapley, Kelvin

15

1

 

Woods, Lee

1

3

 

Woods, Martin

 

1

 

Own Goals

 

 

3

Also signed - Steve Burns, Craig Carter, Martin Coulson, Richard Harper, Matthew Leech, Adam Rawnsley.

Games as captain - P.Ridsdale 23, Steenson 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Hunt 20, Pitchforth 4.

Cautions - Jackson, P.Ridsdale 1 each. Sent off - Sedgwick 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Simon Parker.

Goal of the Season - Andy Jackson (v. Station Wanderers, League Cup Final).

Top Goal Scorer - Simon Parker (35).




Club Colours.

First choice - Green and black hooped shirts, black shorts, green socks .

Change - Not worn. Registered as All white.




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