Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 2003-04: Stand Up and Be Counted.

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HFFC 2003-04.
Back - Shannon, Daryl, Liam Fenteman, Mark Duce, Mark Merritt, Matt Hazel, Phil Ridsdale, Leroy Watson, Andy Jackson, Matty Ridsdale, Simon Banoub, Simon Coen, Scott Lyons, John Newsome, Richard Harper. 
Front - Nathan, Darren Bickersteth, Dave Ridsdale, James Hunt, Simon Parker (the camera's over here), Pete Guzdek, Lee Monaghan and LK, Woody.
St Mary's School, Menston, 7th September 2003.

Back: Shannon, Daryl, Liam Fenteman, Mark Duce, Mark Merritt, Matt Hazel, Phil Ridsdale, Leroy Watson, Andy Jackson, Matty Ridsdale, Simon Banoub, Simon Coen, Scott Lyons, John Newsome, Richard Harper. Front: Nathan, Darren Bickersteth, Dave Ridsdale, James Hunt, Simon Parker (the camera's over here), Pete Guzdek, Lee Monaghan and LK, Woody.

  A continuation of the decline which had set in over the previous two seasons, though as ever the campaign was not without interest. There were several splendid results in isolation, a couple of impressive bursts of form, but the league's pacemakers were scarcely troubled by HFFC's fading challange. Rawdon did have some competition this season, but that was from other clubs, and the gap between ourselves and the high-flyers was becoming ever wider. We did reach the Semi-Final of the League Cup, losing narrowly, and had another decent run in the Sunday District Cup, but we were consigned to mid-table obscurity in the league, simply not good enough for a team of our pedigree.

  It was time to stand up and be counted.

  James Hunt was afforded many opportunities to enhance his reputation in goal, with a defence based on Liam Fenteman, Phil Ridsdale, Steve Sedgwick and Simon Banoub. Although John Steenson was out injured for most of the season, Matt Hazel had developed to become a regular in the back line. The midfield varied quite wildly at times. As well as usual supects Lee Monaghan and Mark Duce, aided and abetted by the likes of Simon Lee, Simon Coen and Dave Ridsdale, we were able to call on the services of new midfielders of distinction, such as Mark Merritt, Ben Avison and Leroy Watson, while Andy Bowler had his best season for some while. Regrettably, however, injury would keep Scott Lyons out for almost the whole campaign. The attack was of course based on the phenomenon that is Simon Parker, with John Newsome out for the first half of the season and Andy Jackson missing the latter. Darren Bickersteth and Mark Wani were added to the pool of strikers.

  The most severe problem we faced was a chronic inconsistency, that derived from the endless team changes. These in turn were forced on us by the unavailability of players, which meant the club had little chance to develop anything like a settled side, nor any notion of what our best team might actually be. Hard to envisage any club challenging the likes of Rawdon and Shipley Town in such circumstances, and the blue and white hooped kit was less well remembered than its short-lived predecessor.

  Highlight of the season would have to be the 6-0 derby win over Horsforth Rangers, who were blown away by a huge margin even though they didn't play at all badly themselves. Just one of those days, and in 2003-04 there weren't many of them.

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League Table.

Wharfedale Triangle League Premier Division, 2003-04.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Rawdon 18 16 0 2 80 21 48
Shipley Town 18 13 4 1 79 33 43
Crown Celtic 18 12 1 5 68 42 37
Park Rangers 18 9 4 5 50 41 31
Horsforth Fairweather 18 8 3 7 45 48 27
Horsforth Rangers 18 6 2 10 49 64 20
Yeadon Westfield 18 6 1 11 48 55 19
Yeadon Town 18 4 4 10 38 61 16
Thackley Sports 18 3 1 14 28 65 10
Hawkhill 18 3 0 15 21 76 9

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Results 2003-04.

August 31st

Hawkhill (H)

League

7-0

Parker 4, Jackson 2, Own Goal.

September 7th

Park Rangers (A)

League

0-4

 

September 21st

Amaranth '93 (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 1

4-1

Merritt 2, Parker (pen), Newsome.

September 28th

Otley Wharfeside (H)

League Cup Round 1

2-1

Watson, Parker.

October 5th

Crown Celtic (H)

League

2-4

Parker (pen), Merritt.

October 12th

Rawdon (H)

League

0-4

 

October 19th

New Rover (H)

Sunday District Cup Round 2

3-2

Fenteman, Banoub, Merritt.

October 26th

Thackley Sports (H)

League

3-2

Parker 2, Bickersteth.

November 9th

Yeadon Town (H)

League

2-0

Parker, Lee.

November 16th

AFC Woodcock (A)

Sunday District Cup Round 3

1-2

Parker.

November 23rd

Horsforth Rangers 'A' (H)

League Cup Round 2

9-0

Duce, Monaghan, Banoub, Parker 3, Merritt, Watson 2.

November 30th

Horsforth Rangers (A)

League

6-0

Duce, Bickersteth, Parker 3, Watson.

December 21st

Park Rangers (H)

League

5-3

Parker 4, Monaghan (pen).

January 11th

Yeadon Town (A)

League

3-3

Bowler, Bickersteth, Watson.

January 25th

New Rover (A)

League Cup Quarter-Final

1-0

Parker.

February 8th

Yeadon Westfield (A)

League

3-2

Parker, Wani 2.

February 15th

Rawdon (A)

League

1-9

Parker.

February 22nd

Yeadon Westfield (H)

League

3-3

Wani, Monaghan, Parker.

March 7th

Crown Celtic (A)

League

1-5

Monaghan (pen).

March 14th

Thackley Sports (A)

League

4-0

Bickersteth, Monaghan 2, Parker,

March 21st

Park Rangers

League Cup Semi-Final

1-2

Monaghan.

March 28th

Hawkhill (A)

League

0-1

 

April 4th

Horsforth Rangers (H)

League

4-2

Newsome, Parker, Monaghan (pen), Banoub.

April 20th

Shipley Town (A)

League

1-1

Parker.

May 2nd

Shipley Town (H)

League

0-5

 

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Appearances 2003-04.

Name

Games Sub Goals

Akuany, Kacuol

 

1

 

Ali, Shahab

 

2

 

Avison, Ben

5

4

 

Banoub, Simon

22

1

3

Bickersteth, Darren

13

3

4

Bowler, Andy

9

2

1

Burns, Steve

 

1

 

Coen, Simon

9

1

 

Duce, Mark

16

 

2

Fenteman, Liam

15

1

1

Guzdek, Pete

1

4

 

Harris, Matt

 

1

 

Hazel, Matt

12

3

 

Hunt, James

22

 

 

Jackson, Andy

9

3

2

Johnson, Darren

 

1

 

Lee, Simon

16

 

1

Lyons, Scott

1

3

 

Merritt, Mark

12

4

5

Monaghan, Lee

18

 

8

Newsome, John

3

7

2

Parker, Simon

23

 

28

Pitchforth, David

1

 

 

Ridsdale, Dave

11

4

 

Ridsdale, Matthew

 

1

 

Ridsdale, Phil

21

 

 

Rumsey, Jamie

 

1

 

Sedgwick, Steve

17

 

 

Steenson, John

3

 

 

Wani, Mark

8

4

3

Watson, Leroy

8

10

5

Own Goals

 

 

1

Also signed - Wes Conlon, Andy Constable, Dave Fawcett, Steve Mason, Paul Rhodes, Andy Tamagni.

Games as captain - P.Ridsdale 21, Duce 3, Banoub 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Hunt 22, P.Ridsdale 2, Pitchforth 1.

Cautions - P.Ridsdale 3; Parker, Sedgwick 2 each; Fenteman, Hazel, Jackson, Lee, D.Ridsdale, Watson 1 each. Sent Off - Fenteman, Lee 1 each.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Mark Duce.

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

Top Goal Scorer - Simon Parker (28).




Club Colours.

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

Change - Yellow shirts, green shorts and socks, worn in the away matches with Yeadon Town, Yeadon Westfield, Rawdon, Crown Celtic, Shipley Town.




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