Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1988-89: The Boy Done Great.

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HFFC 1988-89. 
Back - Gary Watson, Mark Bickerdike, Mark Sweeney, Dave Postle, Craig Oddy, Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Dave Vernon, Martin Woods.
Front - John Steenson, Tim Hirst, Steve Burns, Phil Troughton, Simon Hockney, Chris Fardon, Jason Green.
The picture was taken at East End Park, 18th September 1988, by persons unknown.

Back: Gary Watson, Mark Bickerdike, Mark Sweeney, Dave Postle, Craig Oddy, Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Dave Vernon, Martin Woods. Front: John Steenson, Tim Hirst, Steve Burns, Phil Troughton, Simon Hockney, Chris Fardon, Jason Green.

  Horsforth's first genuinely successful season arrived just when it was least expected. Having changed Manager twice over the summer, few could have looked forward to the new campaign with confidence. It fell to injury victim John Hryszko to lick the team into shape, and this he did remarkably well.

  The key was Mark Bickerdike, who had moved to centre-forward during the experimental phase between managerial regimes during the summer, and the unprecedented 43 goals he bagged, if not on their own the key to the reversal of fortune, were, to say the least, something of a catalyst. In what was arguably the best and most stable team the club had ever had, Dave Postle continued in goals, with Tim Vickerman and Steve Burns full-backs and John Steenson and Mark Sweeney centre-backs. A vital new signing, Martin Woods, was added to Phil Troughton and Craig Oddy in midfield, to make a particularly daunting combination, while Mark Bick was flanked by Simon Hockney and Dave Vernon up front. Other dependable squad players included Ray Child, Islam Ratyal and (of course) Gary Watson. Phil was captain this season.

  This line-up started September promisingly (the Jubilee Cup win against Northern Star at East End Park being one of several early season highlights, just as it had in 1981), wobbled a bit in October, and then exploded into a run of astonishing form in November. Beginning with Dave's late winner against previously-unbeaten Harvester, we managed eleven games without defeat around the end of 1988, the 2-1 home win over close rivals FC Haigh the climax. The re-emergence of Marten Gadd and Tim Hirst as the season progressed enhanced the side's quality still further. Competition for places was fiercer than it had ever been, especially in midfield, and Craig was moved to left-back while the run of success continued unabated. By February, for the first time, I think it's fair to say we had emerged as genuine title contenders.

  Sadly, we were not at this stage quite ready for that challenge, as our main rivals Unicorn, Harvester and Drysalters saw us off in successive weeks. Inevitably, the season ended as a bit of an anti-climax, but it also culminated in our first promotion since joining the Combination, from Division Seven to Division Six, and the general feeling that the club was on its way at long last.

  Mark Bick's sensational goalscoring exploits in 1988-89 will probably never be bettered in the life of this club, though I'm sure he would insist on the rest of the team being given credit for their role in his achievements - and John Hryszko can hardly be praised enough for the part he played in his own understated way. All of us who wore the team's colours remain proud of the status the club had attained this season, not least because of how long and arduous had been the road that took us there, yet the 1988-89 campaign will always be remembered above all as Mark Bick's season, and rightly so. The best game of the season was probably the hard-fought 3-0 win away to the Unicorn at Lofthouse in September (Bickerdike 3 of course).

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 7, 1988-89.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Drysalters 26 21 2 3 130 37 44
Unicorn 26 18 4 4 95 40 40
Oddys Builders 26 17 2 7 100 38 36
Horsforth Fairweather 26 17 2 7 78 52 36
Harvester 26 14 6 6 85 53 34
FC Haigh 26 13 7 6 71 51 33
Newmarket 26 11 4 11 71 57 26
East Leeds CC 26 12 2 12 69 77 26
The Weasel 26 10 5 11 58 75 25
Mitchell Walker 26 8 5 13 49 76 21
Fullerton Park 26 6 2 18 40 84 14
Jonas Woodhead 26 5 3 18 25 91 13
Main Line Bearings 26 4 3 19 35 98 11
The George 26 1 3 22 22 99 5

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Results 1988-89.

September 11th

Fullerton Park (A)

League

3-1

Oddy, Hockney 2.

September 18th

Northern Star (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

6-4

Troughton, Sweeney, Bickerdike 2, Hockney, Vernon.

September 25th

Unicorn (A)

League

3-0

Bickerdike 3.

October 2nd

Drysalters (H)

League

2-9

Watson, Hockney.

October 9th

Holbeck LUSC (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 1

3-6
AET

Bickerdike 2, Sweeney.

October 16th

Fellmonger (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 3

4-5
AET

Bickerdike 2, Hockney 2.

October 23rd

Newmarket (A)

League

3-1

Bickerdike 3.

October 30th

The Weasel (A)

League

3-6

Watson, Hockney 2.

November 6th

Harvester (H)

League

4-3

Hockney, Bickerdike 2, Vernon.

November 13th

Jonas Woodhead (H)

League

3-1

Bickerdike 2, Sweeney.

November 20th

The George (H)

League

7-1

Hockney 2, Vernon, Bickerdike 3 (1 pen), Watson.

December 4th

East Leeds CC (A)

League

4-2

Bickerdike 4.

December 11th

Fullerton Park (H)

League

3-2

Bickerdike, Hirst, Oddy.

December 18th

The George (A)

League

6-0

Bickerdike 3, Own Goal, Troughton, Hockney.

January 8th

FC Haigh (H)

League

2-1

Bickerdike 2 (1 pen).

January 15th

Mitchell Walker (A)

League

2-1

Hockney 2.

January 22nd

Main Line Bearings (H)

League

5-0

Sweeney, Hockney 2, Bickerdike 2.

January 29th

The Weasel (H)

League

0-0

 

February 5th

Main Line Bearings (A)

League

3-2

Troughton, Bickerdike, Gadd.

February 12th

Unicorn (H)

League

1-4

Bickerdike.

February 19th

Harvester (A)

League

3-5

Woods, Hockney, Vernon.

February 26th

Drysalters (A)

League

0-3

 

March 5th

Mitchell Walker (H)

League

3-2

Bickerdike 3 (1 pen).

March 12th

FC Haigh (A)

League

3-3

Vernon, Bickerdike 2.

March 19th

Jonas Woodhead (A)

League

8-0

Bickerdike 4, Vernon 2, Hockney, Gadd.

March 26th

Newmarket (H)

League

3-1

Vernon, Gadd, Hockney.

April 9th

Oddys Builders (A)

League

0-1

 

April 16th

East Leeds CC (H)

League

2-3

Gadd, Bickerdike (pen).

April 18th

Oddys Builders (H)

League

2-0

Hockney, Vernon.

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Appearances 1988-89.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

28

 

43

Burns, Steve

13

3

 

Child, Ray

4

4

 

Fardon, Chris

1

1

 

Gadd, Marten

11

5

4

Glancy, Nick

 

1

 

Hirst, Tim

18

3

1

Hockney, Simon

29

 

20

Oddy, Craig

19

2

2

Postle, Dave

29

 

 

Ratyal, Islam

3

2

 

Steenson, John

27

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

29

 

4

Troughton, Phil

29

 

3

Vernon, Dave

26

2

9

Vickerman, Tim

25

 

 

Watson, Gary

5

11

3

Woods, Martin

23

2

1

Own Goals

   

1

Also signed - Simon Holmes, John Hryszko, John Laughlin, Simon Jenkins, John Walker, Dave Widdowson.

Games as captain - Troughton 29.

Games as goalkeeper - Postle 29.

Cautions - none.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - John Steenson.

Goal of the Season - Tim Hirst (v. Fullerton Park at home).

Top Goal Scorer - Mark Bickerdike (43).




Club Colours.

First choice - All green.

Change - All silver
(worn in the away match with Oddys Builders).




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