Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1989-90: A Game of Two Halves.

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HFFC 1989-90. 
Back - Dave Postle, Mark Bickerdike, Simon Vickers, Mark Sweeney, The Inflatable Sub(!), Tim Vickerman, Sooty (Assistant Manager!!), Sheldon Bonner, John Hryszko.
Front - Chris Fardon, Steve Burns, Bob Matthew, Martin Woods, Gary Watson, Dave Vernon.
Roundhay Park is the venue, date and photographer unknown.

Back: Dave Postle, Mark Bickerdike, Simon Vickers, Mark Sweeney, The Inflatable Sub(!), Tim Vickerman, Sooty (Assistant Manager!!), Sheldon Bonner, John Hryszko. Front: Chris Fardon, Steve Burns, Bob Matthew, Martin Woods, Gary Watson, Dave Vernon.

  Another sideways step. With Simon Vickers returned to challenge Dave Postle for the No 1 jersey, and a couple of other important signings in midfield player Bob Matthew and striker or midfielder Sheldon Bonner ("Boz"), a higher standard of football should have held no terrors for Horsforth, but the effects of an early injury to Mark Bickerdike were to be felt all season. The opening months were characterised mainly by drawn games, the mid-season by something of a collapse, and the spring months saw us finish the campaign off with yet another new manager.

  The back line was usually made up from Tim Vickerman, Steve Burns, John Steenson, Mark Sweeney and Tim Hirst - and Dave Postle put in a few respectable performances in the back four. In midfield, new skipper Martin Woods was at first paired with Bob and Phil Troughton, with Tim Hirst, Marten Gadd and Boz coming into the frame later on. The attack, initially last year's fun boy three Simon Hockney, Mark Bick and Dave Vernon, was infiltrated by Gary Watson, Boz and Hirsty in the later months.

  This season saw a respectable league cup run, featuring wins over Omnibus and Dragon Hotel, ending in a replayed quarter-final with Swarcliffe, but the side's league form was bordering on relegation material at times, and John Hryszko was succeeded as Manager by Hirsty towards the end of the campaign. The new incumbent masterminded a rather grim but ultimately successful struggle to stay in Division Six. That the fight turned out to be immaterial due to a major league restructure should in no way detract from the splendid efforts the side put in at the back end of this season.

  Highlight - the first Swarcliffe game from a footballing point of view without doubt, although the first Old Codgers Match, on the 28th of April 1990, would for many reasons be the season's defining moment.

Old Codgers 1990.
Back - Dave Vernon, Mark Sweeney, John Hryszko, Simon Vickers, John Steenson, Bob Matthew, John Field, Tim Hirst, Mark Bickerdike, Ian McGregor, Martin Riley, Chris Fitzgerald, Dave Murphy, Rob Phillis, Tony Cole, Paul Kenyon.
Front - Craig Oddy, Gary Watson, Chris Fardon, Simon Hockney, Phil Troughton, Steve Burns, Andy Lewis, Howard Churchill.
Taken at Roundhay 28th April 1990, by Michele if memory serves.

Back: Dave Vernon, Mark Sweeney, John Hryszko, Simon Vickers, John Steenson, Bob Matthew, John Field, Tim Hirst, Mark Bickerdike, Ian McGregor, Martin Riley, Chris Fitzgerald, Dave Murphy, Rob Phillis, Tony Cole, Paul Kenyon. Front: Craig Oddy, Gary Watson, Chris Fardon, Simon Hockney, Phil Troughton, Steve Burns, Andy Lewis, Howard Churchill.



Mark Bick (from EP)   The club's tenth anniversary celebrations, held in April 1990, were marred by the tragic death three days later of Mark Bickerdike at the age of 29. His loss was felt deeply by all the players at the club, who counted ourselves as his friends as well as his team-mates. Now, more than 15 years on, it's a sadness we still all feel, and no history of the club would be complete without a tribute to his huge role, on the field and off it, in making the club what it was and what it is. To say he served the club as a player with unsurpassed distinction in defence, midfield and attack over ten years, had been the most popular Manager ever, and at the time of his death held the record number both of appearances and of goals scored, does scant justice to the contribution he made to HFFC.

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 6, 1989-90.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Swillington Hotel 22 17 3 2 88 35 37
Oddys Builders 22 16 4 2 80 38 36
Phoenix Park 22 13 5 4 51 27 31
Smithy Rangers 22 11 5 6 68 40 27
Iveson 22 11 3 8 56 55 25
Tetleys Brewery 22 10 3 9 65 60 23
Kippax Band 22 9 2 11 52 48 20
Horsforth Fairweather 22 5 8 9 45 54 18
Harvester 22 7 4 11 42 53 18
Blenheim Albion 22 4 4 14 46 95 12
Unicorn 22 2 6 16 27 54 10
Nat West 22 2 3 17 27 88 7

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Results 1989-90.

September 3rd

Nat West (A)

League

4-2

Hockney 2, Bickerdike, Vernon.

September 10th

Oddys Builders (H)

League

2-4

Bickerdike, Vernon.

September 17th

Unicorn (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

2-4

Hirst, Own Goal.

September 24th

Kippax Band (H)

League

2-2

Watson, Matthew.

October 1st

Unicorn (A)

League

1-1

Hockney.

October 8th

Iveson (H)

League

2-2

Vernon, Hockney.

October 15th

Nat West (H)

League

2-3

Woods (pen), Bonner.

October 22nd

Blenheim Albion (A)

League

3-3

Bonner, Hirst, Vickerman.

October 29th

Smithy Rangers (H)

League

1-4

Matthew.

November 5th

Harvester (A)

League

5-0

Woods, Vernon 3, Bonner.

November 12th

Omnibus (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 2

2-1

Vernon, Woods (pen).

November 19th

Iveson (A)

League

3-5

Hockney, Woods (pen), Own Goal.

November 26th

Swillington Hotel (A)

League

1-3

Bonner.

December 3rd

Tetleys Brewery (H)

League

3-2

Hockney 2, Bickerdike.

December 10th

Dragon Hotel (H)

Mawson Trophy Round 3

1-0

Vickerman.

December 17th

Kippax Band (A)

League

1-6

Gadd.

December 31st

Phoenix Park (A)

League

1-2

Gadd.

January 7th

Swillington Hotel (H)

League

1-4

Matthew.

January 14th

Swarcliffe WMC (H)

Mawson Trophy Round 4

1-1
AET

Own Goal.

January 21st

Tetleys Brewery (A)

League

2-4

Woods (pen), Troughton.

February 4th

Harvester (H)

League

1-1

Hockney.

February 11th

Swarcliffe WMC (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 4 Replay

1-4

Woods (pen).

February 18th

Blenheim Albion (H)

League

3-1

Bickerdike 2, Hirst.

February 25th

Oddys Builders (A)

League

2-2

Hockney, Bickerdike.

March 4th

Phoenix Park (H)

League

0-0

 

March 18th

Smithy Rangers (A)

League

2-2

Sweeney, Hirst.

March 25th

Unicorn (H)

League

3-1

Gadd, Woods (pen), Sweeney.

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Appearances 1989-90.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bickerdike, Mark

18

1

6

Bonner, Sheldon

16

2

4

Burns, Steve

8

3

 

Fardon, Chris

 

1

 

Gadd, Marten

15

2

3

Hirst, Tim

16

5

4

Hockney, Simon

22

2

9

Hryszko, John

1

3

 

Matthew, Bob

20

 

3

Oddy, Craig

2

 

 

Postle, Dave

18

2

 

Steenson, John

21

 

 

Sweeney, Mark

27

 

2

Troughton, Phil

24

1

1

Vernon, Dave

17

 

7

Vickerman, Tim

25

 

2

Vickers, Simon

13

 

 

Watson, Gary

8

11

1

Woods, Martin

26

 

7

Own Goals

   

3

Also signed - John Laughlin.

Games as captain - Woods 26, Troughton 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Postle 12, Vickers 13, Oddy 1, Gadd 1.

Cautions - Bonner 2, Vickerman, Woods 1 each.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - John Steenson.

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

Top Goal Scorer - Simon Hockney (9).




Club Colours.

First choice - All green.

Change - Not worn. Registered as All silver.



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