Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1986-87: In the Driving Seat.

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HFFC 1986-87. 
Back - Ray Child, Dave Vernon, Iain Davison, Mark Sweeney, Simon Vickers, Tim Vickerman, Andy Davison, Neil Oddy, Tim Hirst.
Front - Craig Oddy, Steve Burns, Mark Bickerdike, Phil Troughton, Chris Fardon, John Steenson, Mrs Hirst.
Picture was taken at Roundhay Park after the Deer Park game on 7th September 1986, by Joan I think.

Back: Ray Child, Dave Vernon, Iain Davison, Mark Sweeney, Simon Vickers, Tim Vickerman, Andy Davison, Neil Oddy, Tim Hirst. Front: Craig Oddy, Steve Burns, Mark Bickerdike, Phil Troughton, Chris Fardon, John Steenson, Mrs Hirst.

  In 1986, Horsforth left the Sunday League to join the rival Combination League, starting out in the newly-formed Division Seven, while Dave Vernon took over the reins as Manager. In many respects, this was the start of a long, steady upward path for the club's fortunes, and the beginning of a process that would climax with the great events of 1991-92.

  With Dave's more rigorous (if not exactly universally popular!) training methods, and a few new players, mainly Biochemists, we started out like a house on fire, winning the first game against the Deer Park at Roundhay 11-0, then a record, and setting the early pace in the division. New strikers Andy and Iain Davison played up front with Dave, while Mark Sweeney, Mark Bick, now the club captain full-time, Craig Oddy, Tim Hirst and new boy Phil Troughton contested the midfield spots. The defence usually included Chris Fardon and Ray Child at full-backs, John Steenson and another of this year's crop, John Hryszko (pronounced "Risko"), in the centre, and Simon Vickers in goals. Reserves Steve Burns, Howard Churchill and new striker Gary Watson made up what was a particularly strong squad.

Back - Iain Davison, Dave Vernon, Craig Oddy, Simon Vickers, Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, Phil Troughton, Chris Fardon.
Front - John Steenson, Steve Burns, Mark Bickerdike, Ray Child (and Leon), Andy Davison, John Hryszko.
Roundhay pitch 5 was the location; I suspect Neil was the photographer.

Back: Iain Davison, Dave Vernon, Craig Oddy, Simon Vickers, Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, Phil Troughton, Chris Fardon. Front: John Steenson, Steve Burns, Mark Bickerdike, Ray Child (and Leon), Andy Davison, John Hryszko

  But, as the season wore on, some of the impetus was lost, and a run of bad results in November and December coincided with a spate of team selection problems. Neither of the Davison brothers could complete what they had started, with Andy dropping out injured and Iain leaving the area, and the flow of goals all but dried up. As the season unfolded, the team changes were rung again. Mark Sweeney switched to central defence, in which capacity he was to serve the club with distinction for many more years. Hirsty often joined the forwards in the latter part of the campaign, while Chris moved up to midfield. By the spring, although any thoughts about actually winning anything had long since evaporated, the side recovered its poise and consistency, and finished comfortably mid-table.

  The most memorable moment of the season was Mark Bick's last-minute mazy dribble from inside his own half which won the tempestuous home game with Swarcliffe - those who were there generally reckon this to be the greatest HFFC goal ever.

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 7, 1986-87.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Melbourne 22 20 1 1 123 22 41
Leeds PBS 22 17 3 2 113 35 37
Smyths Arms 22 18 1 3 93 24 37
Unicorn 22 11 3 8 58 61 25
Thurstons 22 10 3 9 61 68 23
Horsforth Fairweather 22 10 1 11 65 60 21
Cross Flatts 22 9 3 10 50 55 21
East Leeds CC 22 6 5 11 41 57 17
Swarcliffe WMC 22 7 2 13 53 71 16
FC Haigh 22 5 4 13 46 67 14
Deer Park 22 5 1 16 41 131 11
LUSC Fullerton Park 22 0 1 21 29 125 1

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Results 1986-87.

September 7th

Deer Park (A)

League

11-0

Troughton, Sweeney 3, I.Davison 2, A.Davison 3, Fardon, Own Goal.

September 14th

Cross Flatts (H)

League

4-1

Vernon, A.Davison, Bickerdike, Own Goal.

September 21st

Melbourne (A)

League

4-6

Vernon, Bickerdike, A.Davison 2.

September 28th

East Leeds CC (H)

League

3-1

Bickerdike, A.Davison, I.Davison.

October 5th

Unicorn (A)

League

1-1

Troughton.

October 12th

Leeds PBS (A)

League

1-6

Vernon.

October 19th

Deer Park (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

2-1

Sweeney, Watson.

October 26th

LUSC Fullerton Park (H)

League

4-1

Bickerdike 2 (1 pen), Hirst, A.Davison (pen).

November 2nd

FC Haigh (A)

League

1-2

Vernon.

November 9th

Leeds PBS (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 2

3-4

A.Davison, Vernon, Bickerdike.

November 16th

Sheepscar WMC (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 3

1-4

Troughton.

November 23rd

Thurstons (A)

League

3-4

Sweeney, Bickerdike (pen), Vernon.

November 30th

Smyths Arms (A)

League

2-3

Watson, Bickerdike (pen).

December 7th

Leeds PBS (H)

League

2-6

Vernon, Bickerdike (pen).

December 14th

Swarcliffe (A)

League

2-3

Bickerdike, Sweeney.

December 21st

Unicorn (H)

League

3-2

Watson, Hirst, Vernon.

December 28th

Thurstons (A)

League

2-4

Hirst, Vernon.

January 4th

Swarcliffe WMC (H)

League

3-2

Vernon, Bickerdike 2.

January 25th

LUSC Fullerton Park (H)

League

4-0

Bickerdike, Hirst 2, Sweeney.

February 8th

FC Haigh (H)

League

3-2

Vernon, Bickerdike 2.

February 15th

Smyths Arms (H)

League

2-3

Hryszko, Own Goal.

Februrary 22nd

Deer Park (A)

League

6-3

Child, Bickerdike 2, Own Goal, Sweeney, Watson.

March 1st

East Leeds CC (A)

League

3-2

Vernon, Bickerdike, Hirst.

April 2nd

Melbourne (H)

League

1-6

Vernon.

April 5th

Cross Flatts (A)

League

0-2

 

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Appearances 1986-87.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

25

 

18

Burns, Steve

6

7

 

Child, Ray

23

1

1

Churchill, Howard

 

4

 

Davison, Andy

7

 

9

Davison, Iain

4

2

3

Fardon, Chris

22

2

1

Hirst, Tim

15

2

6

Hryszko, John

15

1

1

Oddy, Craig

17

1

 

Oddy, Neil

2

 

 

Steenson, John

24

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

25

 

8

Troughton, Phil

25

 

3

Vernon, Dave

24

1

13

Vickerman, Tim

10

2

 

Vickers, Simon

21

 

 

Watson, Gary

8

7

4

Widdowson, Dave

2

 

 

Own Goals

   

4

Also signed - Simon Holmes, Rob Phillis, Billy Potter.

Games as captain - Bickerdike 25.

Games as goalkeeper - Vickers 21, N.Oddy 2, Widdowson 2.

Cautions - none.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Mark Bickerdike.

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

Top Goal Scorer - Mark Bickerdike (18).




Club Colours.

First choice - All green.

Change - Not worn. Registered as Silver shirts, green shorts, white socks.




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