Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1987-88: A Funny Old Game.

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HFFC 1987-88. 
Back - Phil Troughton, Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Dave Postle, Ray Child, John Steenson, Mark Sweeney.
Front - Chris Fardon, Simon Hockney, Dave Vernon, Mark Bickerdike, Andy Davison, Tim Hirst.
Photo taken at Temple Newsam 25th October 1987 by Yours Truly.

Back: Phil Troughton, Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Dave Postle, Ray Child, John Steenson, Mark Sweeney. Front: Chris Fardon, Simon Hockney, Dave Vernon, Mark Bickerdike, Andy Davison, Tim Hirst.

  A puzzling season in many ways, with many unexpected results both good and adverse, and overall perhaps a year of marking time for the club.

  The 5-0 home triumph against Thurstons, for example, was immediately offset by losing 6-0 at home to the Old Ball in the Jubilee Cup. Nor should anyone forget the way we came from behind to end Stables Rangers' unbeaten record in one of several "home" games we were forced to play on alternative pitches at Roundhay after our own home ground was badly damaged as a result of the Council's infuriating decision to use it as a car park on bonfire night. But we would all try hard to forget the club's first "televised" game, a wretched home defeat at the hands of Jonas Woodhead. Gary Watson's camera work captured for posterity the passing Tetleys dray-horses, the welcome arrival of Gaynor at the ground, Mark Bick's unflattering comments about the referee at half time, and lots of shots of Ray's posterior, but mercifully little of the football.

  Dave Postle had arrived to replace the emigrated goalkeeper Simon Vickers, but otherwise it was very much as you were team-wise. The defence was generally based around Tim Vickerman, Mark Sweeney, John Hryszko and Ray Child; John Steenson, Mark Bickerdike and Phil Troughton were the regular choices in a three-man midfield, augmented perdiodically by Craig Oddy. Andy Davison, Simon Hockney (back after a year playing in Bradford), Dave Vernon and Tim Hirst vied for the places in attack. And the efforts of squad members Chris Fardon, Steve Burns and Simon Jenkins should not pass unnoticed. It was this season that the plainer all-green kit supplanted the pinstripes of the previous three years.

  Highlights - the two very different wins against our old adversaries Blenheim Albion, a 7-0 romp on their ground (Bedquilts 6, which would later play a key role in the club's fortunes), and a dour and spiteful 2-0 on ours.

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 7, 1987-88.

P W D L F A Pts
Cross Flatts 22 16 3 3 69 35 35
Old Red Lion 22 15 4 3 70 35 34
Swarcliffe WMC 22 16 2 4 65 31 34
Smithy Rangers 22 13 3 6 67 52 29
Blenheim Albion 22 11 3 8 63 62 25
Thurstons 22 10 3 9 49 51 23
Stables Rangers 22 10 1 11 62 65 21
East Leeds CC 22 8 3 11 43 54 19
Horsforth Fairweather 22 6 3 13 48 56 15
Unicorn 22 4 3 15 47 65 11
Jonas Woodhead 22 3 3 16 28 66 9
FC Haigh 22 4 1 17 40 79 9

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Results 1987-88.

September 6th

Unicorn (A)

League

2-4

Bickerdike 2.

September 13th

Thurstons (H)

League

5-0

Burrows 2, Hockney 3.

September 20th

Horsforth Old Ball (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

0-6

 

September 27th

Cross Flatts (H)

League

4-8

Davison, Bickerdike, Steenson, Vernon.

October 4th

FC Haigh (A)

League

1-0

Hirst.

October 11th

Oddys Builders (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 1

3-4

Hirst 2, Bickerdike.

October 25th

East Leeds CC (A)

League

3-5

Hockney, Davison 2.

November 1st

Jonas Woodhead (A)

League

0-0

 

November 8th

Smithy Rangers (H)

League

1-1

Steenson.

(Above game abandoned due to serious injury.)

November 15th

FC Haigh (H)

League

3-2

Bickerdike 2 (1 pen), Vernon.

November 22nd

Stables Rangers (H)

League

3-2

Hirst, Davison, Bickerdike.

November 29th

Old Red Lion (H)

League

2-4

Own Goal, Troughton.

December 6th

Smithy Rangers (A)

League

2-4

Vernon, Bickerdike.

December 13th

Blenheim Albion (A)

League

7-0

Troughton 2, Hockney, Bickerdike 2, Hirst 2.

December 20th

Stables Rangers (A)

League

2-4

Hockney, Hirst.

January 3rd

Swarcliffe WMC (H)

League

2-4

Hirst, Vernon.

January 10th

East Leeds CC (H)

League

3-3

Vernon, Bickerdike, Davison.

January 17th

Unicorn (H)

League

3-5

Troughton, Hockney, Vernon.

January 31st

Jonas Woodhead (H)

League

1-2

Steenson.

February 21st

Blenheim Albion (H)

League

2-0

Hockney, Vernon.

February 28th

Cross Flatts (A)

League

1-2

Hryszko.

March 6th

Smithy Rangers (H)

League

1-2

Bickerdike.

March 13th

Old Red Lion (A)

League

1-2

Vernon.

March 27th

Thurstons (A)

League

0-0

 

April 10th

Swarcliffe WMC (A)

League

0-3

 

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Appearances 1987-88.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

23

 

12

Burns, Steve

5

5

 

Burrows, Mark

3

 

2

Child, Ray

14

4

 

Davison, Andy

10

 

5

Fardon, Chris

8

2

 

Glancy, Nick

 

2

 

Hirst, Tim

19

2

8

Hockney, Simon

16

7

8

Hryszko, John

23

 

1

Jenkins, Simon

1

2

 

Oddy, Craig

15

2

 

Postle, Dave

22

 

 

Steenson, John

22

 

2

Sweeney, Mark

24

 

 

Troughton, Phil

22

 

4

Vernon, Dave

17

2

8

Vickerman, Tim

17

1

 

Watson, Gary

1

1

 

Widdowson, Dave

2

 

 

Own Goals

   

1

Also signed - Gary Cooke, Dave Handforth, Phil Needham, Islam Ratyal, Howard Smith.

Games as captain - Bickerdike 20, Sweeney 2, Hryszko 1, Hirst 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Postle 22, Widdowson 2.

Cautions - none.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Phil Troughton.

Goal of the Season - Phil Troughton (v. Blenheim away).

Top Goal Scorer - Mark Bickerdike (12).




Club Colours.

First choice - All green.

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




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