Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1985-86: Not Over Till the Final Whistle.

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HFFC 1985-86. 
Back - Dave Vernon (and Michael), Mark Bickerdike, Mark Burrows, John Steenson, Ray Child, Neil Oddy, Mark Sweeney (and Adam).
Front - Billy Potter, Chris Fardon, Tim Vickerman, Simon Vickers, Simon Hockney, Steve Burns, Craig Oddy.
Roundhay is the venue, I suspect the photographer was Heather.

Back: Dave Vernon (and Michael), Mark Bickerdike, Mark Burrows, John Steenson, Ray Child, Neil Oddy, Mark Sweeney (and Adam). Front: Billy Potter, Chris Fardon, Tim Vickerman, Simon Vickers, Simon Hockney, Steve Burns, Craig Oddy.

  Running on empty. Horsforth's final season in the Sunday League was not an unhappy one, as most of the bickering of the previous years was put behind us, but by now the cumulative effects of successive seasons' disappointments meant that the club's ambition level was lower than ever. We took root in the bottom half of what was now the Sunday League's lowest division, and at this point it looked as if we'd stay there a long time.

  Simon Vickers replaced the long-serving (and long-suffering) Bernie Gilmore in goals. The defence was generally chosen from Steve Burns, Ray Child, Tim Vickerman, Si Holmes and Mark Burrows (who also had an impressive run as a striker). Chris Fardon and Simon Hockney also helped out on occasion. In midfield, Mark Bick again held sway, making himself captain initially, with Craig Oddy and John Steenson around him. Mark Sweeney was called upon to play in midfield, and ended the campaign as club captain again. Up front, Dave Vernon was out almost all season with a broken leg, which left rather an unprolific attack, with Simon Hockney, Billy Potter, Chris and Ray fighting for the three places - but, for the first, and by no means the last, time, midfield maestro Mark Bick was to be the side's top goalscorer. Dedicated long-time club servants Neil Oddy and Howard Churchill were also asked to deputise in a variety of positions during the course of this trying campaign.

  Following a dreadful October, when we went four matches without even scoring a goal, there was a brief spell in mid-season when points began to accumulate, from games against Kirkstall Liberals, Woodhouse Wanderers, Victoria RR and HPB Hibernian, but this soon gave way to another run of less than indifferent form in the spring. To compound the club's problems, our discipline, hitherto one of our greatest strngths, was deserting us: in the home game with Kirkstall Libs, Mark Burrows became the first HFFC player to be sent off, for fighting, and, a few weeks later, Tim Vickerman joined him on the banned list, for foul and abusive language. I guess, in retrospect, we'd reached the point in our life-cycle where most clubs tend to give up the ghost, and fold. But this is HFFC, so we didn't.

  A highspot from this irredeemably dire season would be hard to choose, but maybe, looking back, the final game was the most significant: a therapeutic 4-2 win away to Plantation at Middleton Clearings, when the fit-again Dave Vernon scored a hat-trick, and another new striker, Andy Davison, also got on the scoresheet. It was just one of those days that, even at the time, seemed to suggest a corner had been turned.

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League Table.

Leeds Sunday League Division 4A, 1985-86.

 

P W D L Pts
Switchgear 20 17 2 1 53
Blands Arms 20 15 2 3 47
Victoria RR 20 11 7 2 40
Negas RO 20 9 6 5 33
Hawksworth YMCA 20 10 3 7 33
HPB Hibernian 20 9 4 7 31
Irish Centre 20 7 2 11 23
Kirkstall Liberals 20 4 4 12 16
Horsforth Fairweather 20 4 3 13 15
Woodhouse Wanderers 20 4 2 14 14
Plantation 20 2 1 17 7

NB - Three points for a win this season.

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Results 1985-86.

September 8th

Plantation (H)

League

4-2

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

September 15th

White Rose (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 1

1-9

Bickerdike (pen).

September 22nd

Woodhouse Wanderers (H)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 1

6-3

Sweeney, Potter, Burrows 4.

September 29th

Blands Arms (H)

League

1-4

Potter.

October 6th

Switchgear (A)

League

3-8

Bickerdike (pen), Burrows 2.

October 13th

Negas RO (H)

League

0-4

 

October 20th

Negas RO (A)

League

0-3

 

October 27th

Bulls Head (A)

Jack Shaw Trophy Round 2

0-4

 

November 3rd

Irish Centre (H)

League

0-4

 

November 10th

Kirkstall Liberals (H)

League

2-2

Bickerdike, C.Oddy.

November 17th

Kirkstall Liberals (A)

League

3-2

Fardon 2, Bickerdike (pen).

November 24th

Woodhouse Wanderers (H)

League

3-2

Own Goal, Bickerdike 2 (1 pen).

December 1st

Victoria RR (A)

League

2-2

Sweeney, Bickerdike.

December 8th

Victoria RR (H)

League

2-3

Hockney, Fardon.

December 15th

HPB Hibernian (A)

League

1-4

Fardon.

December 22nd

Hawksworth YMCA (A)

League

1-2

Child.

January 19th

HPB Hibernian (H)

League

2-2

Child, Bickerdike.

February 2nd

Irish Centre (A)

League

4-6

Vernon 2, C.Oddy, Sweeney.

March 9th

Woodhouse Wanderers (A)

League

1-4

Bickerdike.

March 23rd

Switchgear (H)

League

1-8

Vernon.

April 6th

Blands Arms (A)

League

0-7

 

April 13th

Hawksworth YMCA (H)

League

2-6

Vernon, Bickerdike.

April 20th

Plantation (A)

League

4-2

Vernon 3, Davison.

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Appearances 1985-86.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

23

 

11

Burns, Steve

18

4

 

Burrows, Mark

17

 

6

Child, Ray

15

8

2

Churchill, Howard

7

4

 

Davison, Andy

1

2

1

Fardon, Chris

21

 

4

Hockney, Simon

14

2

2

Holmes, Simon

10

4

 

Kenyon, Paul

2

1

 

Oddy, Craig

22

 

3

Oddy, Neil

6

5

 

Palmer, Steve

 

1

 

Phillis, Rob

1

 

 

Potter, Billy

11

7

2

Steenson, John

23

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

20

2

4

Vernon, Dave

6

 

7

Vickerman, Tim

19

1

 

Vickers Simon

17

 

 

Own Goals

   

1

Also signed - Tim Hirst, Ian Jagger.

Games as captain - Bickerdike 7, Burrows 1, Vickerman 1, Sweeney 14.

Games as goalkeeper - Kenyon 2, Vickers 17, N.Oddy 2, Churchill 2.

Cautions - none.

Sent off - Burrows, Vickerman 1 each.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Simon Vickers.

Goal of the Season - Simon Hockney (v. Plantation at home).

Top Goal Scorer - Mark Bickerdike (11).




Club Colours.

First choice - All green.

Change - Silver shirts, green shorts, white socks
(worn in the away match with Switchgear).




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