Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1991-92: It Still Hasn't Sunk In Yet.

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HFFC 1991-92. 
Back - John Steenson, Tony Marcinkowski, Tim Vickerman, Bernie Gilmore, Dave Vernon, Kelvin Tapley, Sean Taylor, Phil Troughton.
Front - Stuart Parmenter, Simon Hockney, Tony Reilly, Martin Woods, Craig Oddy, Simon Cockill.
Picture was taken at Roundhay Park, 22nd September 1991, probably by me.

Back: John Steenson, Tony Marcinkowski, Tim Vickerman, Bernie Gilmore, Dave Vernon, Kelvin Tapley, Sean Taylor, Phil Troughton. Front: Stuart Parmenter, Simon Hockney, Tony Reilly, Martin Woods, Craig Oddy, Simon Cockill.

  After eleven years of striving, Horsforth finally won their first trophy, the championship of the Combination League Division Six, in a hugely memorable season. Opinions were divided right down the middle as to whether this dramatic improvement in the club's fortunes was due to Steve Burns's management or to the fact that he was no longer in the team himself: he claimed it was the former, everyone else the latter.

  Bernie Gilmore did the honours in goals, while the defence was permed from Tim Vickerman, new star centre-back Sean Taylor, Kelvin Tapley, Simon Cockill (another new face), John Steenson and Tim Hirst, the last of whom enjoyed an extraordinary Indian summer to his career at left-back and assistant Manager, the two roles being not entirely unrelated. The midfield, now by design a foursome again, generally involved Simon Hockney, Craig Oddy, Lee Monaghan, Martin Woods, Phil Troughton and Marten Gadd, and up front the most usual suspects were Bob Matthew, Tony Reilly and Mark Bramfitt.

Back - Bob Matthew, Phil Troughton, John Steenson, Bernie Gilmore, Dave Vernon, Sean Taylor, Kelvin Tapley.
Front - Stuart Parmenter, Steve Burns, Tim Hirst, Gary Watson, Simon Hockney, Craig Oddy.
Picture was taken at South Leeds Sports Centre, 22nd March 1992, by Michele I think?

Back: Bob Matthew, Phil Troughton, John Steenson, Bernie Gilmore, Dave Vernon, Sean Taylor, Kelvin Tapley. Front: Stuart Parmenter, Steve Burns, Tim Hirst, Gary Watson, Simon Hockney, Craig Oddy.

  Bob opened and closed the season in great form, Tony bagged seven goals in one game, the 11-1 thrashing of Mulberry at Cross Flatts Park, but didn't play again after November, while Mark, though by no means injury-free himself, rattled in a phenomenal tally over the course of the campaign. Dave Vernon served the club in several capacities over the season, and credit should also be given to all the squad members: Gary Watson, Colin Wilson, Stuart Parmenter, Chris Fardon, Jason Green, Nick Brophy, reserve goalie Tony Marcinkowski and Steve Burns. It was in essence the squad system which won the title for the club. Such was the depth of the squad, and so interchangeable was the personnel, that Bernie and Craig were the only ever-presents, and few would have speculated as to what exactly was the first choice team.

Woody Receiving Division Six Championship Trophy from Combination League Secretary Peter Jackson.
Yours truly captured the moment.   We actually lost the first game of the season, at home to FC Haigh, but then embarked on a lengthy run of success. As winter set in, there followed a further defeat at the hands of the side who were to be our closest rivals, and a couple of cup exits which perhaps cleared the decks for the real action in the league during the spring. We went top of the table after beating Nat West on a frozen pitch in February, and thereafter never looked like losing pole position. An away win over Wheatsheaf at Wortley, coupled with the indifferent form of our competitors, meant we needed only one point from the last two games to secure the title. Although we lost at Cross Flatts, the highest of many high points of this great season was probably the last game, an 8-1 triumph over Mulberry at home, that finally clinched the championship, and with it a double promotion to Division Four. And, no, even more than fifteen years on, this one still hasn't sunk in yet!

Back - Stuart Parmenter, Kelvin Tapley, John Steenson, Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Bernie Gilmore, Sean Taylor, Chris Fardon, Dave Vernon, Mark Sweeney, Phil Troughton, Iain Davison, Marten Gadd.
Front - Tony Marcinkowski, Simon Hockney, Martin Woods, Gary Watson, Mark Bramfitt, Craig Oddy, Bob Matthew, Steve Burns.
Taken at Roundhay 5th April 1992, probably by Amanda.

Back: Stuart Parmenter, Kelvin Tapley, John Steenson, Tim Vickerman, John Hryszko, Bernie Gilmore, Sean Taylor, Chris Fardon, Dave Vernon, Mark Sweeney, Phil Troughton, Iain Davison, Marten Gadd. Front: Tony Marcinkowski, Simon Hockney, Martin Woods, Gary Watson, Mark Bramfitt, Craig Oddy, Bob Matthew, Steve Burns.

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 6, 1991-92.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Horsforth Fairweather 22 17 0 5 81 34 34
FC Haigh 22 16 0 6 79 48 32
Bridgefield EL 22 13 3 6 65 42 29
Cross Flatts 22 12 2 8 59 42 26
Wheatsheaf 22 10 5 7 58 50 25
Crusader 22 9 5 8 54 58 23
Merlins 22 9 3 10 49 61 21
Nat West 22 8 3 11 39 50 19
The George 22 6 6 10 48 54 18
Barnleigh United 22 5 4 13 47 61 14
Unicorn 22 5 4 13 48 64 14
Mulberry 22 3 3 16 46 109 9

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Results 1991-92.

September 8th

FC Haigh (H)

League

1-3

Own Goal.

September 15th

Cockbeck (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 1

7-3
AET

Woods 3 (3 pens), Bramfitt 3, Own Goal.

September 22nd

Unicorn (H)

League

5-1

Hockney 3, Woods (pen), Taylor.

September 29th

Mulberry (A)

League

11-1

Woods, Reilly 7, Vernon 2, Oddy.

October 6th

Bridgefield EL (H)

League

3-1

Hockney, Woods (pen), Reilly.

October 13th

Burmantofts Sports (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 1

4-2

Bramfitt 3 (1 pen), Hockney.

October 20th

St James's (H)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 2

1-0

Woods (pen).

October 27th

The George (A)

League

3-1

Vernon 2, Bramfitt.

November 3rd

Wheatsheaf (H)

League

4-2

Woods, Bramfitt 2, Oddy.

November 10th

Phoenix Park (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 2

1-2

Bramfitt.

November 17th

Commercial (Armley) (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 3

0-0

 

(Above game abandoned 80 mins - fog.)

November 24th

Nat West (A)

League

7-0

Bramfitt 4 (1 pen), Oddy 2, Woods.

December 1st

Cross Flatts (H)

League

2-1

Bramfitt 2.

December 8th

FC Haigh (A)

League

3-5

Bramfitt 3.

December 15th

Commercial (Armley) (A)

Sunday Jubilee Cup Round 3

0-2

 

December 22nd

Bridgefield EL (A)

League

2-4

Hockney, Bramfitt.

December 29th

Crusader (H)

League

7-3

Bramfitt 5, Oddy, Monaghan.

January 5th

Barnleigh United (A)

League

2-1

Hockney, Bramfitt.

January 12th

Unicorn (A)

League

3-0

Bramfitt, Troughton, Gadd.

January 19th

Merlins (A)

League

1-2

Gadd.

January 26th

Nat West (H)

League

2-0

Own Goal, Hockney.

February 2nd

Wheatsheaf (A)

League

2-1

Bramfitt, Vernon.

February 9th

The George (H)

League

4-1

Matthew, Bramfitt, Woods 2 (2 pens).

February 16th

Crusader (A)

League

5-2

Matthew, Oddy, Bramfitt 2, Woods.

February 23rd

Merlins (H)

League

3-0

Hockney, Own Goal, Tapley.

March 1st

Barnleigh United (H)

League

3-1

Matthew, Woods (pen), Oddy.

March 22nd

Cross Flatts (A)

League

0-3

 

April 5th

Mulberry (H)

League

8-1

Bramfitt 5, Matthew 2, Taylor.

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Appearances 1991-92.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Bramfitt, Mark

20

3

36

Burns, Steve

 

1

 

Cockill, Simon

7

1

 

Fardon, Chris

 

1

 

Gadd, Marten

4

3

2

Gilmore, Bernie

27

 

 

Green, Jason

 

1

 

Hirst, Tim

7

 

 

Hockney, Simon

19

5

9

Matthew, Bob

7

 

5

Monaghan, Lee

13

1

1

Oddy, Craig

24

3

7

Parmenter, Stuart

1

8

 

Reilly, Tony

10

2

8

Steenson, John

16

4

 

Tapley, Kelvin

21

3

1

Taylor, Sean

24

 

2

Troughton, Phil

23

 

1

Vernon, Dave

25

 

5

Vickerman, Tim

21

 

 

Watson, Gary

1

4

 

Wilson, Colin

2

2

 

Woods, Martin

25

1

13

Own Goals

   

4

Also signed - Nick Brophy, John Convery, Chris Fitzgerald, Tony Marcinkowski, Des Nicholls, Dave Postle, Simon Vickers.

Games as captain - Wilson 1, Woods 25, Vernon 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Gilmore 27.

Cautions - Woods 1.

Sent off - Gadd 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Sean Taylor.

Goal of the Season - Kelvin Tapley (v. Merlins at home).

Top Goal Scorer - Mark Bramfitt (36).




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 Mulberry and Barnleigh Utd).



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