Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1983-84: It's Goals That Win Matches.

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HFFC 1983-84. 
Back - Simon Holmes, Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, Mark Burrows, Bernie Gilmore, Martin Riley, Rick Slack, Ray Child, Neil Oddy.
Front - Dave Vernon, Tim Hirst, Steve Burns, Steve Palmer, Simon Hockney, Craig Oddy.
Photo taken by Jim Muddiman of Roundhay Albion before a pre-season friendly at Gledhow School.

Back: Simon Holmes, Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, Mark Burrows, Bernie Gilmore, Martin Riley, Rick Slack, Ray Child, Neil Oddy. Front: Dave Vernon, Tim Hirst, Steve Burns, Steve Palmer, Simon Hockney, Craig Oddy.

  This season saw a couple of important changes, Craig Oddy's brother Neil taking over as Manager, and the introduction of the short-lived but fondly remembered red and blue striped shirts. Promoted two divisions, Horsforth began the new season promisingly, beating Blenheim Albion by the remarkable scoreline of 6-5 at home and overcoming Hainsworths twice, suggesting we had the ability to acquit ourselves well enough at this higher standard. We even got as high as third in the table after beating Peggy Tub 2-0 at Middleton in November with a severely weakened team. But that was as good as it ever got for HFFC in the Sunday League, and the tide was soon to turn against us. The following week, we lost 1-0 at home to the Merry Monk, a side who couldn't even muster a team to play us on the opening day of the campaign, the away side's winner being scored from a breakaway while our players were celebrating a "goal" that we had put in the net straight from an indirect free-kick. From that point, everything seemed to go wrong. The team managed only one point from the last 13 league games, and we ended up rather fortunate to avoid relegation. All in all, a huge disappointment after the events of the previous season.

  Bernie Gilmore continued in goals, while Steve Burns and Ray Child were the most usual choices as at full-backs. But long-time central defensive anchormen Martin Riley and Rob Phillis were gone, and we were to struggle badly in this vital area for some years, with the dependable if somewhat unwilling Tim Vickerman being partnered by Mark Burrows, Craig Oddy or Mark Bickerdike as required.

Ray Child, Martin Riley, Ian Clayden, Dave Vernon, Bernie Gilmore, Tim Hirst, Steve Palmer, Mark Sweeney,
Mark Bickerdike, Craig Oddy, Steve Burns, front - Neil Oddy.
Taken at Bedquilts on the day we should have played Merry Monk. No idea who took this one.

Ray Child, Martin Riley, Ian Clayden, Dave Vernon, Bernie Gilmore, Tim Hirst, Steve Palmer, Mark Sweeney, Mark Bickerdike, Craig Oddy, Steve Burns, (front) Neil Oddy.

  This in turn left a rather inconsistent midfield, especially so after Steve Palmer left the club. New signing John Steenson was a huge plus in this area, however, and the returning Tim Hirst and Marten Gadd also contributed in this part of the field. The problem area all season was the number of goals scored, the midfield being particularly barren in this department. Dave Vernon and Mark Sweeney were again the preferred striking partnership, but only the Sweeney came anywhere near to repeating the exploits of the year before, and the latter stages of the season were marked by what could only be called a goal drought. In retrospect, 1983-84 is probably best remembered as John Steenson's first year with the club. Greatest moment - the Peggy Tub game mentioned above.

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League Table.

Leeds Sunday League Division 4, 1983-84.

 

P W D L Pts
Cockbeck 22 18 2 2 38
Kippax Band 22 15 3 4 33
Adel B 22 13 5 4 29
Slip Inn 22 13 3 6 29
The Star 22 9 7 6 25
Regent CA 22 10 3 9 23
Peggy Tub 22 9 4 9 22
Cox & Co 22 8 1 13 17
Blenheim Albion 22 7 3 12 17
Horsforth Fairweather 22 5 1 16 11
Merry Monk 22 3 5 14 11
Hainsworths 22 3 1 18 7

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Results 1983-84.

September 4th

Merry Monk (A)

League

 

Not played - points awarded to Horsforth.

September 11th

Cox & Co (H)

League

0-2

 

September 18th

Blenheim Albion (H)

League

6-5

Sweeney 4, Bickerdike (pen), C.Oddy.

September 25th

Blenheim Albion (A)

League

1-2

Sweeney.

October 2nd

Regent CA (A)

League

1-4

Palmer.

October 9th

Regent CA (H)

League

0-3

 

October 16th

Switchgear (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

1-7

Hirst.

October 23rd

Brookfield (A)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 2

1-2

C.Oddy.

October 30th

Hainsworths (A)

League

4-2

Vickerman, Hirst, Sweeney 2.

November 6th

Hainsworths (H)

League

2-1

Sweeney, Gadd.

November 13th

Peggy Tub (A)

League

2-0

Hockney, Gadd (pen).

November 20th

Merry Monk (H)

League

0-1

 

December 4th

Adel (A)

League

2-4

Sweeney, Vernon.

December 18th

Adel (H)

League

2-5

Hirst, Bickerdike (pen).

January 1st
(Yes, really!)

Slip Inn (A)

League

2-6

Hirst, Own Goal.

January 8th

Kippax Band (A)

League

1-4

Bickerdike.

February 5th

Kippax Band (H)

League

1-4

Sweeney.

February 12th

Peggy Tub (H)

League

1-2

Hirst.

February 19th

The Star (A)

League

2-2

Vernon, Bickerdike.

February 26th

The Star (H)

League

0-2

 

March 4th

Cockbeck (A)

League

1-4

Hockney.

March 11th

Slip Inn (H)

League

1-2

Sweeney.

April 1st

Cox & Co (A)

League

2-5

Bickerdike (pen), Sweeney.

April 8th

Cockbeck (H)

League

1-4

Bickerdike.

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Appearances 1983-84.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

21

 

6

Burns, Steve

16

 

 

Burrows, Mark

8

4

 

Child, Ray

23

 

 

Gadd, Marten

17

3

2

Gilmore, Bernie

23

 

 

Hirst, Tim

21

1

5

Hockney, Simon

5

7

2

Holmes, Simon

3

 

 

Jagger, Ian

2

 

 

Lemmon, Glen

1

1

 

Oddy, Craig

19

 

2

Oddy, Neil

1

1

 

Palmer, Steve

9

 

1

Phillis, Rob

1

 

 

Riley, Martin

2

1

 

Slack, Rick

1

 

 

Steenson, John

15

4

 

Sweeney, Mark

23

 

12

Vernon, Dave

21

 

2

Vickerman, Tim

21

1

1

Own Goals

   

1

Also signed - Sheldon Bonner, Graham Bower, Howard Churchill, Ian Clayden, John Henderson, Pete Grimshaw, Sean O'Loan, Ian Wilkinson.

Games as captain - Palmer 7, Bickerdike 15, Hirst 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Gilmore 23.

Cautions - Lemmon 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - John Steenson.

Goal of the Season - Mark Bickerdike (v. Kippax Band at home).

Top Goal Scorer - Mark Sweeney (12).




Club Colours.

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

Change - Yellow shirts, white shorts, blue socks
(worn in the away matches with Switchgear, Brookfield, Hainsworths, Peggy Tub, The Star).




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