Horsforth Fairweather FC

Summary: a Quick Introduction to Horsforth Fairweather FC.

  Horsforth Fairweather FC were formed in the late 1970s, and started playing competitive football in 1980, spending six years in the lower reaches of the Leeds Sunday League, followed by thirteen years in the Combination League. In 1999, we moved to the Wharfedale Triangle League, and in 2010 returned to the Combination. In 2018, we switched to Wharfedale again.

  Our time in the Leeds Sunday League was notoriously unsuccessful, but the years in the Combination League saw us make steady improvement. The main honours which we've won include the championship of Division Six of the Combination in 1991-92, and the Luty Cup (the Combination's domestic league cup for clubs in the middle ranking divisions) in 1997-98. We also won the Weetwood Easter League in 1993. We were runners-up in the Mawson Trophy (the Combination's domestic league cup for clubs in the lower divisions) in 1993-94, and also in the Champions Trophy (a 6-a-side tournament for previous season's trophy winners) in 1992 and 1998.

  In 1999-2000, we won the championship of the Wharfedale Triangle Division One, plus the PC Sports League Cup, and in 2000-01 we very narrowly failed to win the Premier Division title, but retained the League Cup. For the following seasons, we usually finished in a creditable place towards the higher end of the table, but still harboured ambitions about doing even better. In 2007, we again reached the League Cup Final, and in 2008 for the first time reached the Final of the Leeds FA's Sunday District Cup, though sadly we were runners-up on both occasions.

  At the end of the 2009-10 season, it was decided to return to the Combination League, and the following season we were champions of Division One. Due to a couple of reorganisations of the league, we somehow ended up back in in Division One without being relegated, but in 2013-14 we won the league title again, and were promoted to the Premier Division for 2014-15. Finishing runners-up by one point, we were promoted to the top tier of Sunday football, the Jubilee Premier Division, but after two interesting and not entirely unsuccessful years at that level were back in the second tier in 2017.

  Although we did enough to earn promotion again at the end of the 2017-18 season, it was decided to change leagues once more, and return to the Wharfedale Triangle, where we were runners-up in the Premier Division in our first season. Both the following seasons were curtailed due to the pandemic, with our side in the top three at the time of abandonment, and in what was salvaged from the 2020-21 campaign we reached the final of the replacement Champions League tournament.

  For more details of the club's colourful history, please see the History Pages.

  We play our home games on pitch 4 at Bedquilts Recreation Ground, off Adel Lane, Leeds 16 - at the junction with St Helens Lane. Click here for Map. For details of forthcoming fixtures, and other news, please see the News Pages.

  Over the summer, we will train every Tuesday evening at 6.30 and Sunday morning at 10.30. (except on Sundays when friendlies are arranged) at Tinshill Rec, Otley Old Road, Leeds 16. Click here for Map. All potential new players welcome - but please note we have to charge a signing fee of £25 to cover costs.

  During the winter, we will be training on all-weather pitches at Leeds YMCA - details to be announced.

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  Next season (2021-22) we will again be playing in the Premier Division of the Wharfedale Triangle League. Our league games kick-off at 11.00 on Sunday mornings.

  Why “Fairweather”? Well, in the days before we joined a league and only played friendlies, we once called a game off because it was raining. John Field's Dad called us “fairweather footballers”, and the name kind of stuck.

  In addition to our commitments in the league, we also compete in the Wharfedale Triangle's League Cup, the Leeds & District FA's Sunday Senior Cup and the West Riding County FA's County Sunday Cup.

  The Team Manager, now entering his 27th year in the job, is former club captain Martin Woods. Woody also doubles as the Treasurer. This web site is brought to you by the club Secretary, Steve Burns.

  HFFC's traditional colours are green and black shirts with black shorts and socks. Change strip for the last few seasons has been yellow and green.

  We are of course always interested in any potential new players who might want to come and play for us. Obviously, a certain amount of ability would be an advantage (the days of playing in Division Seven are long behind us), but we also place a lot of emphasis on people with the right attitude. Team spirit and commitment are vital if you want to wear the HFFC shirt, and we are justly proud of the fact that our exemplary disciplinary record has never stood in the way of success. Also, anyone in this area who wants a team to support on Sunday mornings, you'd be most welcome.

  Although we have no formal connection with any outside organisation, we can almost invariably be found in the Bridge Inn public house (at the junction of Low Lane and Hawksworth Road, the bottom of Butcher Hill) after games and training. We also tend to meet at the Bridge for away games.
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The Bridge