Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1984-85: Sick as a Parrot.

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HFFC 1984-85. 
Back - Neil Oddy, Mark Bickerdike, Tim Vickerman, Mark Burrows, Colin Brown, Andy Mountain, Dave Vernon, John Steenson, Ray Child.
Front - Ian Jagger, Tim Hirst, Steve Burns, Craig Oddy, Howard Churchill.
Picture looks like Fearnville Sports Centre, so probably a pre-season friendly. Photographer unknown.

Back: Neil Oddy, Mark Bickerdike, Tim Vickerman, Mark Burrows, Colin Brown, Andy Mountain, Dave Vernon, John Steenson, Ray Child. Front: Ian Jagger, Tim Hirst, Steve Burns, Craig Oddy, Howard Churchill.

  And, just when it appeared things could only get better, they got considerably worse. A couple of perhaps illusory wins in the league cup notwithstanding, Horsforth began this season so badly in the league that by November the side had not a single point to its name, and had gone an entire calendar year since the last league victory. With the club more or less on the brink of anarchy, Neil Oddy resigned as manger, and was replaced by Mark Bickerdike. As is traditional at HFFC, Neil, a colourful and committed character who had perhaps been the right Manager at the wrong time, was to continue to serve the club, as Treasurer and occasional goalkeeper, for several more years.

  Under Mark Bick's regime, the side picked up a few points here and there, Brookfield and the Irish Centre being soundly beaten at Roundhay, but we never looked like doing enough to avoid relegation for the first (and, so far, only) time in the club's history.

  Bernie Gilmore was present and correct again in goals, Steve Burns, Ray Child, Mark Burrows and Tim Vickerman the regulars in defence. John Steenson switched between defence and midfield, where he was joined by Craig Oddy, new team jester Chris Fardon, Tim Hirst, Simon Hockney, Andy Peat and of course Mark Bick. In the forward line, Dave Vernon and Mark Sweeney were aided and abetted by Ian Jagger and Billy Potter from time to time. Craig began the season as captain, but eventually the job passed to Mark Bick, and then back to Mark Sweeney. It really was that sort of year!

HFFC 1984-85. 
Back - Mark Bickerdike, Bernie Gilmore, Chris Fardon, Ray Child, Mark Burrows, Mark Sweeney, Simon Hockney.
Front - Dave Vernon, Tim Vickerman, Tim Hirst, Craig Oddy, Steve Burns, Neil Oddy.
Venue is our home ground, pitch 5 at Roundhay. Photographer Mrs Hirst?

Back: Mark Bickerdike, Bernie Gilmore, Chris Fardon, Ray Child, Mark Burrows, Mark Sweeney, Simon Hockney. Front: Dave Vernon, Tim Vickerman, Tim Hirst, Craig Oddy, Steve Burns, Neil Oddy.

  The 1984-85 season might be remembered with affection in some quarters, however, as it was the year that the club moved to playing in green, the original all-green "pinstripe" kit and the silver change strip both being introduced at this time. Highlight - the three-game Jack Shaw Trophy run, a bafflingly easy romp against Negas, the hard-won Canada Dry game at Bramley and a narrow defeat in the third round. The last 16 of the league cup - it didn't take much to get us excited in those days.

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League Table.
Leeds Sunday League Division 4, 1984-85.

 

P W D L Pts
Queenswood Athletic 22 18 4 0 40
Hall Road WMC 22 17 4 1 38
Cox & Co 22 12 6 4 30
Regent CA 22 12 3 7 27
Abbey Wanderers 22 11 4 7 26
Mustard Pot 22 11 2 9 24
Peggy Tub 22 8 5 9 21
Blenheim Albion 22 8 2 12 18
Brookfield 22 7 2 13 16
Cookridge Rangers 22 5 4 13 14
Horsforth Fairweather 22 2 3 17 7
Irish Centre 22 0 3 19 3

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Results 1984-85.

September 9th

Cookridge Rangers (H)

League

0-5

 

September 16th

Brookfield (A)

League

2-5

Sweeney 2.

September 23rd

Negas RO (H)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 1

6-0

Bickerdike (pen), 2 Own Goals, C.Oddy, Sweeney, Hirst.

September 30th

Blenheim Albion (A)

League

1-4

Vernon.

October 7th

Mustard Pot (A)

League

0-2

 

October 14th

Abbey Wanderers (A)

League

0-1

 

October 21st

Leeds Gas (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

2-3

Vernon, Sweeney.

October 28th

Canada Dry (A)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 2

3-2

Sweeney 2, Vernon.

November 4th

Hall Road WMC (A)

League

1-7

Vernon.

November 11th

Peggy Tub (H)

League

3-4

Peat, Jagger, Vernon.

November 18th

Abbey Wanderers (H)

League

0-1

 

November 25th

Beefeater (A)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 3

1-3

Hirst.

December 2nd

Brookfield (H)

League

5-1

Bickerdike, Own Goal, Peat, Fardon, Sweeney.

December 9th

Queenswood Athletic (A)

League

1-2

Hirst.

December 16th

Cox & Co (H)

League

0-4

 

December 30th

Irish Centre (H)

League

3-1

Vernon 2, Sweeney.

January 6th

Mustard Pot (A)

League

1-4

Fardon.

February 3rd

Cox & Co (A)

League

1-4

Bickerdike.

February 10th

Irish Centre (A)

League

3-3

Bickerdike, Hockney 2.

February 17th

Regent CA (H)

League

2-4

Vickerman, Vernon.

February 24th

Hall Road WMC (A)

League

0-4

 

March 3rd

Cookridge Rangers (A)

League

4-4

Vernon 2, Hockney 2.

March 17th

Peggy Tub (A)

League

1-1

Hockney.

March 31st

Blenheim Albion (H)

League

3-6

Burrows, Hockney, Vernon.

April 9th

Queenswood Athletic (H)

League

1-5

Vernon.

April 28th

Regent CA (A)

League

0-3

 

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Appearances 1984-85.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

23

 

4

Brown, Colin

2

 

 

Burns, Steve

23

 

 

Burrows, Mark

9

1

1

Child, Ray

26

 

 

Churchill, Howard

 

1

 

Fardon, Chris

14

6

2

Gilmore, Bernie

20

3

 

Hirst, Tim

15

4

3

Hockney, Simon

13

2

6

Jagger, Ian

4

3

1

Mountain, Andy

 

1

 

Oddy, Craig

25

1

1

Oddy, Neil

2

2

 

Peat, Andy

9

4

2

Potter, Billy

11

5

 

Steenson, John

23

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

22

3

8

Vernon, Dave

24

1

12

Vickerman, Tim

21

1

1

Own Goals

   

3

Also signed - Pete Grimshaw, Trevor Welch.

Games as captain - C.Oddy 16, Bickerdike 5, Sweeney 5.

Games as goalkeeper - Brown 2, Gilmore 20, C.Oddy 2, N.Oddy 2.

Cautions - Burrows, Hockney 1 each.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Craig Oddy.

Goal of the Season - Tim Hirst (v. Queenswood away).

Top Goal Scorer - Dave Vernon (12).




Club Colours.

First choice - All green.

Change - Silver (not grey!) shirts, green shorts and socks
(worn in the away matches with Brookfield, Blenheim Albion, Canada Dry).




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