Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1990-91: You'll Never Walk Alone.

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HFFC 1990-91. 
Back - Dave Postle, Dave Vernon, Bob Matthew, Tim Vickerman, Simon Vickers, John Steenson, Kelvin Tapley.
Front - Tim Hirst, Simon Hockney, Martin Woods, Phil Troughton, Lee Monaghan.
Not sure of the date but the pic was taken at Roundhay Park, most probably by me.

Back: Dave Postle, Dave Vernon, Bob Matthew, Tim Vickerman, Simon Vickers, John Steenson, Kelvin Tapley. Front: Tim Hirst, Simon Hockney, Martin Woods, Phil Troughton, Lee Monaghan.

  The calm before the storm? Fate had another cruel blow in store for the club in the summer of 1990, the injury to Mark Sweeney in pre-season training abruptly ending his career after a record 122 consecutive games in the starting line-up. Horsforth had some fortune, however, in acquiring the services of two players who were to prove of great importance over the next few years, namely midfielder Lee Monaghan and central defender Kelvin Tapley. The strip was changed to green and black stripes at this juncture, democratically elected as our chosen colours, with orange and blue as the change kit.

  With the emotions of the last few months being channeled into a reaffirmation of the club's self-belief, this season started very promisingly, the astonishing 6-0 win against Merlins at Middleton on the opening day being the prime example, but things soon went off the rails, due largely to an astonishing spate of injuries - more or less every member of the squad was be significantly incapacitated at some stage of the proceedings.

Back - Andy Davison, Simon Vickers, John Steenson, Dave Vernon, Dave Postle, Kelvin Tapley, Craig Oddy.
Front - Phil Troughton, Simon Hockney, Tim Vickerman, Martin Woods, Tim Hirst, Lee Monaghan.
Not sure of the date but the pic was taken at Roundhay Park, probably by me again.

Back: Andy Davison, Simon Vickers, John Steenson, Dave Vernon, Dave Postle, Kelvin Tapley, Craig Oddy. Front: Phil Troughton, Simon Hockney, Tim Vickerman, Martin Woods, Tim Hirst, Lee Monaghan.

  Dave Postle (broken jaw against West Hunslet) and Simon Vickers (back injury) were among the first casualties, and, when Manager Tim Hirst called up the long-departed Bernie Gilmore to plug the gap, he only got half an hour's worth out of him before Bernie too joined the sick list. Gary Watson ended up doing the honours between the sticks for most of the season, a long way from the worst player ever to grace the No 1 jersey. Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Kelvin, John Steenson and Steve Burns were in the frame for the defence, with Martin Woods, Lee Mon, Phil Troughton, Tim Hirst and Marten Gadd in midfield. Up front, Bob Matthew took up the mantle at centre-forward, leading the line with increasing effectiveness, with able support from Simon Hockney, Dave Vernon, Andy Davison and the ubiquitous Hirsty. It was also a season for a certain amount of nostalgia as, due to the contining injury crisis, several HFFC stars of yesteryear were persuaded to turn out for the club again.

  Although having to dig deep into the pool of available talent, the side finished in a respectable position in the top half of the table. The best game of this season was probably the first, a 6-0 win against Merlins at Middleton.

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 6, 1990-91.
  P W D L F A Pts
Kippax Band 26 22 1 3 125 21 45
West Hunslet Cons 26 21 2 3 118 38 44
Lord Nelson 26 18 4 4 109 47 40
Thurstons 26 17 4 5 74 45 38
Unicorn 26 16 3 7 75 37 35
Horsforth Fairweather 26 11 5 10 68 59 27
East Leeds CC 26 10 7 9 57 48 27
South Leeds Merlins 26 11 5 10 65 63 27
Cross Flatts 26 9 6 11 48 64 24
Jonas Woodhead 26 7 2 17 57 96 16
Nat West 26 3 7 16 33 87 13
Mulberry 26 5 3 18 47 96 13
The George 26 4 4 18 57 113 12
Barnleigh 26 1 1 24 25 151 3

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Results 1990-91.

September 2nd

South Leeds Merlins (A)

League

6-0

Troughton, Hirst, Matthew 3, Hockney.

September 9th

Lord Nelson (H)

League

1-1

Troughton.

September 16th

Leeds Waldens (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 1

1-1
AET

Woods.

September 23rd

West Hunslet Cons (H)

League

1-4

Vernon.

September 30th

Thurstons (H)

League

2-2

Matthew, Vernon.

October 7th

Unicorn (A)

League

2-2

Woods, Steenson.

October 14th

Mulberry (H)

League

3-1

Vernon, Woods (pen), Hirst.

October 21st

Leeds Waldens (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 1 Replay

0-1

 

October 28th

Nat West (H)

League

6-1

Hirst, Woods, Vickerman, Hryszko, Hockney, Davison.

November 4th

Kippax Band (A)

League

0-3

 

November 11th

Horsforth Town (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 2

2-1
AET

Hirst, Fitzgerald.

November 18th

Barnleigh (A)

League

4-1

Hockney, Woods 2 (1 pen), Davison.

November 25th

Jonas Woodhead (H)

League

5-1

Tapley 2, Woods, Vernon, Davison.

December 2nd

South Leeds Merlins (H)

League

0-5

 

December 16th

Barnleigh (H)

League

7-0

Vernon, Davison 2, Matthew, Gadd, Woods, Monaghan.

December 23rd

Cross Flatts (A)

League

1-2

Gadd (pen).

December 30th

The George (A)

League

5-2

Matthew 2, Woods (pen), Reilly, Gadd.

January 6th

East Leeds CC (H)

League

2-2

Vernon, Matthew.

January 20th

Nat West (A)

League

4-2

2 Own Goals, Vernon, Troughton.

January 27th

Unicorn (H)

Mawson Trophy Round 3

2-5

Matthew, Davison.

February 3rd

Kippax Band (H)

League

0-6

 

March 3rd

Cross Flatts (H)

League

1-1

Matthew.

March 10th

East Leeds CC (A)

League

2-3

Davison 2.

March 17th

Unicorn (H)

League

2-5

Vernon, Matthew.

March 24th

Lord Nelson (A)

League

3-6

Matthew, Vernon 2.

March 31st

The George (H)

League

2-0

Woods (pen), Matthew.

April 7th

West Hunslet Cons (A)

League

1-3

Matthew.

April 14th

Mulberry (A)

League

3-2

Tapley, Matthew 2.

April 21st

Jonas Woodhead (A)

League

3-1

Woods (pen), Matthew 2.

April 28th

Thurstons (A)

League

2-3

Matthew 2.

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Appearances 1990-91.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Burns, Steve

16

5

 

Davison, Andy

13

4

8

Denman, John

1

 

 

Fardon, Chris

 

9

 

Fitzgerald, Chris

3

3

1

Gadd, Marten

11

1

3

Gilmore, Bernie

7

2

 

Green, Jason

 

1

 

Hirst, Tim

17

4

4

Hockney, Simon

21

1

3

Hryszko, John

10

 

1

Matthew, Bob

27

1

20

Monaghan, Lee

22

2

1

Oddy, Craig

3

 

 

Patterson, John

 

1

 

Postle, Dave

7

1

 

Reilly, Alan

1

 

1

Steenson, John

21

3

1

Tapley, Kelvin

22

 

3

Troughton, Phil

27

1

3

Vernon, Dave

22

5

10

Vickerman, Tim

25

 

1

Vickers, Simon

5

 

 

Watson, Gary

22

3

 

Wilson, Colin

2

1

 

Woods, Martin

25

 

11

Own Goals

   

2

Also signed - Sheldon Bonner, Kevin Thompson.

Games as captain - Woods 25, Troughton 3, Steenson 2.

Games as goalkeeper - Vickers 5, Postle 1, Gilmore 7, Watson 17.

Cautions - none.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Bob Matthew.

Goal of the Season - John Steenson (v. Unicorn away).

Top Goal Scorer - Bob Matthew (20).




Club Colours.

First choice - Green and black striped shirts, black shorts and socks
(green socks in certain away matches).

Change - Orange shirts, navy shorts, orange socks.
(worn in the away matches with South Leeds Merlins and East Leeds CC).



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