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HFFC 1981-82: Everything to Play For.

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HFFC 1981-82 in yellow change kit. 
Back - Mark Sweeney, Martin Riley, Ray Child, Bernie Gilmore, Rob Phillis, Dave Vernon, Mark Bickerdike, Steve Watson.
Front - Tim Vickerman, Simon Hockney, Bruce Tremlett, Chris Fitzgerald, Andy Lewis.
Judging from the poor quality of the picture, it's probably one of mine.
As a guess I'd say the venue is Suttons, the home of Shoulder.

Back: Mark Sweeney, Martin Riley, Ray Child, Bernie Gilmore, Rob Phillis, Dave Vernon, Mark Bickerdike, Steve Watson. Front: Tim Vickerman, Simon Hockney, Bruce Tremlett, Chris Fitzgerald, Andy Lewis.

  A few subtle but not insignificant changes had been made over the summer of 1981. The club's home ground was now the wildly sloping but quaint and lovable pitch 5 at Roundhay Park, destined to be our habitat for the next 14 years; we trained regularly on the astroturf at Fearnville Sports Centre; and the use of the word "Manager" was creeping in, Steve Burns having hitherto, "had the last word on team selection", whatever that meant. There was even a proper change kit, the new yellow shirts meaning the old "Court Jesters" could finally be put out of their misery. The arrival of several new players had been an added boost: Tim Vickerman and Simon Hockney came from our old friends at Thackley, Dave Vernon from the Biochemistry team.

  After early setbacks, the side hit what might be called a vein of form, and by Christmas was in a fairly respectable position in the league, mainly due to hard-earned but by no means undeserved wins against HA Spartans and Shoulder of Mutton; there had also been a stunning 6-2 Jubilee Cup win against Northern Star at East End Park to savour.

Supporters, 1981-82, with famous HFFC/Leeds Utd flag. Chris Fitz, Ian James, Cath Helliwell, Big Ian, Hirsty, Mal, front - Andy Lewis.   The line-up these days was relatively stable - Kenny (or Bernie) in goals; Tim Vickerman and Ray Child at full-backs; Rob Phillis and Martin Riley centre-backs; Steve Watson, Mark Bickerdike and Simon Hockney in midfield; and an all-new combination of Bruce Tremlett, Mark Sweeney (of Knife Edge, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and Soul Shoes fame) and Dave Vernon up front. Even Chris Fitz and Andy Lewis on the bench seemed like permanent fixtures. Bruce's goalscoring exploits illuminated many a dull Sunday, but soon attracted the attention of other clubs: at the end of this season, St Annes Villa poached him and he was to be a long time in returning. Mark Sweeney was elevated to the captaincy during the course of the season, as he was switched to midfield. Others who took the field in those far-off days included midfield contender Simon Holmes and utility player Howard Churchill.

  In the New Year, the lack of depth to the squad was beginning to be rather shown up, and the results trailed off dramatically. In spite of two important new recruits, striker Mark Burrows and the versatile Craig Oddy, the team slipped to bottom place in the table, and stayed there. But there had been glimpses of what we might do if we got it together, and much tangible progress had undoubtedly been made. Highlight - possibly the performance away to Whitkirk at Templenewsam, with Mark Bick's first ever goal, even though we ended up losing the game 3-2.

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League Table.

Leeds Sunday League Division 5, 1981-82.

 

P W D L Pts
Bingley Arms 22 21 1 0 43
Britannia 22 16 3 3 35
St Annes Villa 22 15 4 3 34
Becketts Arms 22 12 5 5 29
New Wortley Liberals 22 10 1 11 21
HA Spartans 22 6 7 9 19
Whitkirk 22 9 1 12 19
Shoulder of Mutton 22 6 6 10 18
Group 4 Securitas 22 7 1 14 15
Regent CA 22 6 2 14 14
Eastgate 22 3 3 16 9
Horsforth Fairweather 22 3 2 17 8

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Results 1981-82.

September 13th Becketts Arms (A) League 3-4 Vernon, Riley, Sweeney.
September 20th Northern Star (A) Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 1 6-2 Vernon 2, Riley, Tremlett, Sweeney, Watson.
September 27th Roundhay Albion (H) Jack Shaw Trophy Round 1 0-7  
October 4th Whitkirk (H) League 4-8 Vernon, Tremlett 3.
October 11th Bingley Arms (A) League 1-9 Vernon.
October 18th Roundhay Albion (H) Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2 1-6 Sweeney.
October 25th HA Spartans (H) League 4-2 Tremlett 3, Fitzgerald.
November 1st Whitkirk (A) League 2-3 Bickerdike, Riley.
November 8th Shoulder of Mutton (A) League 3-2 Vernon 2, Tremlett.
November 15th HA Spartans (A) League 2-2 Tremlett, Vernon.
November 22nd St Annes Villa (A) League 2-5 Own Goal, Sweeney.
November 29th Shoulder of Mutton (H) League 1-1 Phillis.
December 6th Britannia (A) League 1-3 Bickerdike.
January 24th Britannia (H) League 0-4  
January 31st Group 4 (A) League 1-2 Churchill.
February 7th Bingley Arms (H) League 1-5 Vernon.
February 14th Regent CA (A) League 1-3 Tremlett.
February 21st St Annes Villa (H) League 2-11 Vernon, Phillis.
February 28th Group 4 (H) League 1-6 Tremlett.
March 7th New Wortley Liberals (H) League 2-6 Tremlett 2.
March 21st Eastgate (H) League 0-3  
March 28th Eastgate (A) League 1-2 Child.
April 4th Regent CA (H) League 2-1 Tremlett, Phillis.
April 11th Becketts Arms (H) League 3-5 Hirst, Tremlett, Oddy.
April 25th New Wortley Liberals (A) League 2-8 Vernon, Tremlett.

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Appearances 1981-82.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

25

 

2

Burns, Steve

2

4

 

Burrows, Mark

6

3

 

Child, Ray

24

 

1

Churchill, Howard

5

3

1

Clements, Mal

1

 

 

Cole, Tony

3

 

 

Field, John

 

1

 

Fitzgerald, Chris

8

6

1

Gilmore, Bernie

11

2

 

Hirst, Tim

7

2

1

Hockney, Simon

15

 

 

Holmes, Simon

7

3

 

James, Ian

 

1

 

Kenyon, Paul

13

1

 

Lewis, Andy

4

4

 

Oddy, Craig

4

1

1

Phillis, Rob

20

1

3

Pratt, Eddie

 

1

 

Riley, Martin

11

 

3

Stone, Alan

4

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

24

1

4

Thackray, Graham

3

 

 

Tremlett, Bruce

25

 

16

Vernon, Dave

23

1

11

Vickerman, Tim

17

 

 

Watson, Steve

12

 

1

Own Goals    

1

Also signed - Bob Boulby, Ken Brown, Glen Cheney, Ian Clayden, John Galley, Ian McGregor, Chris Shenton.

Games as captain - Child 19, Fitzgerald 1, Sweeney 5.

Games as goalkeeper - Clements 1, Kenyon 10, Fitzgerald 1, Gilmore 9, Churchill 1, Stone 3.

Cautions - Hirst 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Mark Bickerdike.

Goal of the Season - Mark Sweeney (v. St Annes away).

Top Goal Scorer - Bruce Tremlett (16).




Club Colours.

First choice - Red and white striped shirts, white shorts, red socks.

Change - Yellow shirts, white shorts, blue socks
(worn in the away matches with Northern Star, Whitkirk, Shoulder of Mutton, St Annes Villa, Britannia).




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