Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 2002-03: Crisis, What Crisis?

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HFFC 2002-03. 
Back: Lee Mon, Karen, Simon Coen, Dave Rids, Liam, Rodders, Matty, James, AJ, Riggsy, Ducey, Si Lee, John Steenson, Noob, Davey Pitch, Chris, Kev, Sedge. 
Front: Daryl, Guz, Parker, Mr Orange, Lee W, John Newsome, Mike, Ara, Woody.
University Playing Fields (some pre-season game), 6th August 2002.

Back: Lee Monaghan, Karen, Simon Coen, Dave Ridsdale, Liam Fenteman, Paul Rhodes, Matthew Ridsdale, James Hunt, AJ Jackson, Phil Ridsdale, Mark Duce, Simon Lee, John Steenson, Simon Banoub, David Pitchforth, Chris Bennett, Kev, Steve Sedgwick. Front: Daryl, Pete Guzdek, Simon Parker, Lee Orange, Lee Woods, John Newsome, Mike Romagnoli, Ara Boyrazian, Woody.

  Another season of inconsistent performances and variable results. Horsforth reached the Quarter-Finals of the League Cup and (for once) the District Cup, but both runs ended in disappointment. In the league, a poor start meant we were never in contention, but a run of decent form at the end of the campaign brought us back up to a respectable third place.

  Recent arrivals Simon Banoub and Liam Fenteman figured strongly in the defence, as the more experienced players such as Phil Ridsdale, Steve Sedgwick and John Steenson found injury and unavailability restricted their appearances. New signing Matt Hazel also impressed towards the end of the season. In goal, James Hunt was again a rock, adding a string of notable penalty saves to his repertoire, with David Pitchforth also getting in a run of fine displays. Alongside Lee Monaghan and Mark Duce, the central midfield was augmented by the return of Simon Coen, plus new arrival Scott Lyons. Simon Lee, Dave Ridsdale and Pete Guzdek were all in action in the midfield or defence as required. Lee Woods and Michael Romagnoli also played in midfield during the early days of the season, with Matty Ridsdale another dependable squad player. Up front, Simon Parker was again in goalscoring form, but injuries to John Newsome and AJ Jackson meant more call-ups for younger attackers such as Nick Perchard, Steve Lane, and, latterly, Rich Torley.

  The league results in the autumn months had been disappointing, but by Christmas the side were becoming noticably more focused. The District Cup run featured a string of rousing wins, but reached a controversial climax when the tie against local rivals New Rover was abandoned due to the weather with Horsforth a goal and a player up. Losing the rearranged game a month later might have ended the affair for some clubs. After a handful of indifferent games, the team improved dramatically for a couple of weeks, then faded away rapdily and unexpectedly to lose a League Cup Quarter-Final tie at Keighley. Again though, we bounced back, and ended with a string of fine results against the league's best teams. That these were achieved with a side lacking many regulars could only further enhance the belief in the club's future.

  For the first time since 1984, Horsforth ditched the familiar green strips this season, and began playing in a series of blue kits. This year's model, a rather splendid striped Nike outfit generously provided by Brimak Joinery, sadly came to grief in a washing machine before we'd worn it in anger, sort of symptomatic of a club that was losing its way a bit. Not exactly a crisis as yet, but it was plain we had some rebuilding to do.

  Highlight of the season? The Easter weekend - starting in third place, we overcame Shipley Town to go above them into second spot, then beat champions-elect Rawdon to go top of the table. We knew it would only be for a few days, but at least it reminded everyone else we still meant business.

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League Table.

Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division, 2002-03.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Rawdon 18 14 0 4 66 22 42
Yeadon Westfield 18 10 4 4 52 43 34
Horsforth Fairweather 18 9 5 4 58 38 32
Shipley Town 18 8 7 3 49 37 31
Park Rangers 18 8 5 5 45 38 29
Horsforth Rangers 18 8 3 7 42 50 27
New Rover 18 6 3 9 31 39 21
Thackley Sports 18 4 3 11 36 53 15
Keighley Athletic 18 3 4 11 44 68 13
Olicanian Acads. 18 2 2 14 28 63 8

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Results 2002-03.

September 1st

Thackley Sports (H)

League

1-2

Sedgwick.

September 8th

Olicanian Academicals (A)

League

5-2

Parker 2, Monaghan (pen), Jackson 2.

September 15th

Upper Armley Sunday (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 1

7-2

Romagnoli, Parker 3, Monaghan 2, Newsome.

September 22nd

Rawdon (H)

League

1-3

Jackson.

September 29th

Hawkhill (H)

League Cup Round 1

6-0

Monaghan 3, Duce 2, Jackson.

October 6th

Park Rangers (A)

League

2-4

Monaghan 2 (1 pen).

October 20th

Vita United (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 2

6-0

Perchard 3, Jackson, Duce, P.Ridsdale.

October 27th

Shipley Town (A)

League

2-2

Monaghan, Lane.

November 10th

Shipley Town (H)

League Cup Round 2

3-1

Jackson, Parker 2.

November 17th

Armley Squash Club

Sunday District Cup Round 3

4-0

Parker, Monaghan 2 (1 pen), Jackson.

November 24th

Keighley Athletic (A)

League

12-1

Banoub, Lane, Perchard 4, Duce, Jackson 2, Monaghan 2, Lee.

December 1st

New Rover (H)

League

2-1

Monaghan (pen), Parker.

December 8th

Horsforth Rangers (H)

League

5-1

Parker 2, Jackson, Monaghan (pen), Perchard.

December 15th

New Rover (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 4

1-0

Monaghan (pen).

Above game abandoned 45 mins, pitch waterlogged.

January 19th

New Rover (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 4

0-2

 

January 26th

Olicanian Academicals (H)

League

4-1

Coen, Lane 2, Monaghan.

February 2nd

Horsforth Rangers (A)

League

2-2

Parker, Monaghan.

February 16th

Yeadon Westfield (H)

League

1-4

Jackson.

February 23rd

Thackley Sports (A)

League

3-1

Monaghan, Parker 2.

March 2nd

New Rover (A)

League

4-3

Parker 2, Monaghan, Duce.

March 9th

Keighley Athletic (H)

League

3-3

Parker, Hazel, Jackson.

March 23rd

Keighley Athletic (A)

League Cup Quarter-Final

0-3

 

April 6th

Yeadon Westfield (A)

League

3-3

Newsome 2, Lane.

April 20th

Shipley Town (H)

League

4-2

Parker 3, Newsome.

April 22nd

Rawdon (A)

League

2-1

Monaghan (pen), Newsome.

May 4th

Park Rangers (H)

League

2-2

Parker, Monaghan (pen).

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Appearances 2002-03.

Name

Games Sub Goals

Banoub, Simon

20

1

1

Bowler, Andy

 

1

 

Boyrazian, Ara

 

2

 

Coen, Simon

5

3

1

Constable, Andy

 

1

 

Duce, Mark

19

 

5

Fenteman, Liam

12

6

 

Guzdek, Pete

9

6

 

Hazel, Matt

6

 

1

Hunt, James

20

 

 

Jackson, Andy

18

1

12

Lane, Steve

10

8

5

Lee, Simon

10

5

1

Lyons, Scott

12

4

 

Monaghan, Lee

24

 

21

Newsome, John

5

2

5

Orange, Lee

 

1

 

Parker, Simon

18

2

21

Perchard, Nick

5

4

8

Pitchforth, David

5

 

 

Rhodes, Paul

1

1

 

Ridsdale, Dave

8

2

 

Ridsdale, Matthew

3

3

 

Ridsdale, Phil

19

 

1

Romagnoli, Mike

2

3

1

Sedgwick, Steve

19

1

1

Steenson, John

16

3

 

Tamagni, Andy

 

1

 

Torley, Richard

3

4

 

Woods, Lee

6

5

 

Own Goals

 

 

 

Also signed - Ben Avison, Chris Bennett, Steve Burns, Rob Child, Seb Perrier, Kelvin Tapley.

Games as captain - P.Ridsdale 19, Monaghan 6.

Games as goalkeeper - Hunt 20, Pitchforth 5.

Cautions - Banoub 3; P.Ridsdale 2; Guzdek, Lane, Lee, Lyons, Monaghan, Parker, Sedgwick 1 each.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Simon Parker.

Goal of the Season - Simon Parker (v. New Rover away).

Top Goal Scorer - Lee Monaghan, Simon Parker (21 each).




Club Colours.

First choice - Blue and white striped shirts, blue shorts, blue socks .

Change - Green shirts, black shorts and socks, worn in the away matches with Olicanians, Vita United, Shipley Town, and home match with Park Rangers .

Also Yellow shirts, green shorts and socks, worn in the away match with Rawdon.




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