Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1982-83: Over the Moon.

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HFFC 1982-83. 
Back - Martin Riley, Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, Mark Bickerdike, Bernie Gilmore, Simon Holmes, Mark Burrows, Rob Phillis, Andy Lewis.
Front - Steve Burns, Simon Hockney, Ian James, Ray Child, Craig Oddy.
Photographer was probably Helen Ashcroft, hard to guess the venue though.

Back: Martin Riley, Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, Mark Bickerdike, Bernie Gilmore, Simon Holmes, Mark Burrows, Rob Phillis, Andy Lewis. Front: Steve Burns, Simon Hockney, Ian James, Ray Child, Craig Oddy.

  The turning point, in many ways. Horsforth appointed Ray Child to the post of Player/Manager for this season, and finally gained some measure of relative success.

  With Bernie Gilmore now a regular in goals, the defence was based around Tim Vickerman, Martin Riley, Rob Phillis, Ray himself, Mark Burrows and Steve Burns. In midfield, Simon Hockney, Craig Oddy and Mark Bickerdike were joined by former Biochemist Steve Palmer, who soon became the club captain, with Simon Holmes and (especially) ex-Thackley Thumpers player Marten Gadd adding greatly to the available options. In attack, paradoxically, the departed Bruce Tremlett was scarcely missed, as his erstwhile foils Mark Sweeney and Dave Vernon formed a more lethal partnership at the edge of a 4-4-2 formation, reinforced by Ian James from time to time.

  There were many occasions during this eye-opener of a season on which we surprised even ourselves. The 4-0 win away to Hawksworth YMCA in the mud at Lawnswood was an early bonus, featuring as it did a first-ever clean sheet for Bern. But the 6-1 and 4-1 home wins against fairly decent mid-table sides Shoulder of Mutton and Crossgates LUSC respectively were performances and results that would have been unimaginable in previous seasons. Though it would be wrong to deny there were problems, and a few heavy defeats along the way to keep the euphoria under control, the team had far more resilience than hitherto, and a run of six games unbeaten towards the end of the season, including an astonishing 10-1 win against Stanmore Springs, led to our ending with more than a point a game - maybe not something to get too excited about these days, but a real achievement for the club that had done so badly two short years before. Highlight - for your author, anyway, the 3-1 win against Abbey Wanderers in the snow at Roundhay.

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League Table.

Leeds Sunday League Division 5, 1982-83.

 

P W D L Pts
Heights 22 20 1 1 41
Whitkirk 22 18 1 3 37
Group 4 Securitas 22 14 2 6 30
Regent CA 22 13 1 8 27
Horsforth Fairweather 22 10 3 9 23
Cox & Co 22 10 2 10 22
Crossgates LUSC 22 8 4 10 20
Eastgate 22 9 2 11 20
Shoulder of Mutton 22 8 1 13 17
Abbey Wanderers 22 6 3 13 15
Hawksworth YMCA 22 5 2 15 12
Stanmore Springs 22 0 0 22 0

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Results 1982-83.

September 5th

Shoulder of Mutton (A)

League

2-3

Bickerdike, Vernon.

September 12th

Cox & Co (H)

League

2-2

Bickerdike, Hockney.

September 19th

Gatecroft (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

0-9

 

October 3rd

Hawksworth YMCA (A)

League

5-1

Palmer, Vernon 2, C.Oddy, James.

October 10th

Regent CA (A)

League

3-6

Sweeney 2, Phillis.

October 24th

Britannia (A)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 2

2-5

Vernon 2.

October 31st

Cox & Co (A)

League

3-3

Vernon, Bickerdike, Sweeney.

November 14th

Regent CA (H)

League

1-3

Palmer.

November 21st

Hawksworth YMCA (A)

League

4-0

Sweeney 2, Bickerdike, Vernon.

November 28th

Whitkirk (A)

League

1-4

Sweeney.

December 5th

Shoulder of Mutton (H)

League

6-1

Vernon 2, Sweeney 3, Bickerdike.

December 12th

Abbey Wanderers (A)

League

2-6

Riley, Sweeney.

December 19th

Crossgates LUSC (H)

League

4-1

Vernon 2, Sweeney, Hockney.

January 2nd

Group 4 (A)

League

2-5

Vernon, Palmer.

January 9th

Whitkirk (H)

League

3-4

Sweeney, Vernon, Palmer (pen).

January 16th

Eastgate (A)

League

3-2

C.Oddy, Bickerdike, Sweeney.

January 23rd

Heights (H)

League

0-6

 

January 30th

Abbey Wanderers (H)

League

3-1

Gadd 2, Sweeney.

February 6th

Eastgate (H)

League

2-1

Sweeney, Hockney.

February 20th

Stanmore Springs (A)

League

3-1

Burrows, Sweeney, Vernon.

February 27th

Stanmore Springs (H)

League

10-1

Holmes, Bickerdike 3 (1 pen), Sweeney, Hockney 3, Vernon, Vickerman.

March 6th

Crossgates LUSC (A)

League

0-0

 

March 13th

Group 4 (H)

League

6-4

Hockney, Bickerdike, Gadd, Vernon 3.

March 27th

Heights (A)

League

0-6

 

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Appearances 1982-83.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

21

1

10

Burns, Steve

10

4

 

Burrows, Mark

16

1

1

Child, Ray

24

 

 

Churchill, Howard

 

1

 

Gadd, Marten

5

3

3

Gilmore, Bernie

23

 

 

Hockney, Simon

20

2

7

Holmes, Simon

13

2

1

James, Ian

3

3

1

Kenyon, Paul

2

1

 

Oddy, Craig

21

1

2

Oddy, Neil

1

 

 

Palmer, Steve

18

2

4

Phillis, Rob

8

 

1

Riley, Martin

10

1

1

Slack, Rick

 

1

 

Stone, Alan

3

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

22

 

17

Vernon, Dave

22

 

18

Vickerman, Tim

22

 

1

Wilkinson, Ian

 

3

 

Own Goals

   

 

Also signed - Ian Clayden, Andy Lewis.

Games as captain - Sweeney 5, Bickerdike 3, Vickerman 6, Palmer 10.

Games as goalkeeper - Gilmore 23, N.Oddy 1.

Cautions - Gadd 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Dave Vernon.

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

Top Goal Scorer - Dave Vernon (18).




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 Shoulder of Mutton, Britannia, Cox & Co, Heights).




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