Horsforth Fairweather FC

HFFC 1992-93: A Whole New Ball Game.

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HFFC 1992-93. 
Back - Nick Brophy, Scott Wilkinson, John Steenson, Minny, Dave Vernon, Bernie Gilmore, Sean Taylor, Phil Troughton, Kelvin Tapley.
Front - Jason Green, Tim Vickerman, Martin Woods, Craig Carter, Lee Monaghan.
Picture taken at Roundhay, 13th September 1992, most likely by me.

Back: Nick Brophy, Scott Wilkinson, John Steenson, Minny, Dave Vernon, Bernie Gilmore, Sean Taylor, Phil Troughton, Kelvin Tapley. Front: Jason Green, Tim Vickerman, Martin Woods, Craig Carter, Lee Monaghan.

  In August 1992, Horsforth Fairweather's star shone even brighter, when the club entered the LDRA Champions Trophy, a prestigious six-a-side tournament at Elland Road for all clubs who have won honours during the previous season. A team consisting of Bernie Gilmore, Craig Oddy, John Steenson, Sean Taylor, Lee Monaghan and Kelvin Tapley saw off the Ringway, Rothwell Athletic and Cross Green Dodgers, some of the biggest names in Sunday football, to reach the Final, and only lost that to Jubilee Premier Division winners Oldfield Hotel on a penalty shoot-out.

  In the league, two divisions higher than hitherto, the side had to come to terms with losing many of the previous season's heroes, largely through retirement. After long and distinguished careers, Tim Hirst, Simon Hockney and Marten Gadd would not play for the club again; nor would any of the preceding campaign's main three strikers, Mark Bramfitt, Tony Reilly and Bob Matthew; and Tim Vickerman and Phil Troughton would this year sadly fade away from contention due to injuries. To describe these departures as leaving something of a hole would be a huge understatement.

  There were, however, some more great new arrivals. Up front, Andrew Minnock and Howard Spence ("Minny" and "Toastie" respectively to their friends) took up the mantle; Craig Carter came in to the left of the midfield; and Scott Wilkinson held down the right-back spot. With Bernie Gilmore in goals, Scott, Kelvin Tapley, Sean Taylor and Simon Cockill in defence, Martin Woods, Lee Monaghan, John Steenson and Craig C in midfield, and Craig Oddy more or less everywhere, the side gradually learnt to cope with the demands of a division that was two rungs up the ladder from what we'd known before. New faces were added to the squad as the season progressed, among them defender Andy Constable, midfielders Bob Croft and Nick Brophy, and striker Richard Kelly, while Tim Vickerman's stepson Jason Green, who had trained with the club since his early teens, had begun the season promisingly in midfield but dropped out of contention. In the end, we weren't that far from getting promoted again. The highlight was undoubtedly the 7-0 win over the previously unbeaten AFC Rock at Roundhay in February.

Bernie Receiving Easter League Trophy   In another memorable episode in the club's history, we entered the Easter League, a midweek end-of-season competition on the astroturf at Weetwood. Reinforced by Pete Reilly, the team advanced gloriously to win our group from British Gas, KC Sports and (most creditably) Yorkshire Rider, and in a tense final play-off defeated the Queens Arms 2-1 to clinch our second trophy in two years. The team on this great night was Bernie (captain in the absence of Woody); Scott, Sean, Kelvin and Simon; John, Pete, Lee Mon and Craig Carter; Minny and Toastie; Craig Oddy and Bob Croft were subs; and credit should also be given to squad members Woody, Andy Constable, Gary Watson and Chris Fitzgerald. The dark green shirts (it says "Prairie Green" in the Umbro catalogue) made their first appearance in this tournament, and were to be the club's first choice for the next two years, with yellow as the change strip.

Easter League Winning Team.
Back - Dave Vernon, Kelvin Tapley, Bob Croft, Simon Cockill, Sean Taylor, Minny, Tim Hirst, Lee Monaghan, Phil Troughton, no idea (sorry) and Mark Bramfitt.
Front - John Steenson, Scott Wilkinson, Toast, Craig Carter, Bernie Gilmore, Craig Oddy, Pete Reilly.
Taken at Weetwood April 21st 1993. I took the pic but had a lot of advice from Craig O.

Back: Dave Vernon, Kelvin Tapley, Bob Croft, Simon Cockill, Sean Taylor, Minny, Tim Hirst, Lee Monaghan, Phil Troughton, no idea (sorry) and Mark Bramfitt. Front: John Steenson, Scott Wilkinson, Toast, Craig Carter, Bernie Gilmore, Craig Oddy, Pete Reilly.

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League Table.

Leeds Combination AFL Division 4, 1992-93.

 

P W D L F A Pts
Bulls Head 20 13 5 2 60 34 31
AFC Rock 20 13 3 4 59 41 29
Black Lion 20 12 1 7 74 55 25
Horsforth Fairweather 20 9 4 7 60 38 22
Lord Nelson 20 8 4 8 53 48 20
Beech Celtic 20 8 4 8 41 45 20
FC Haigh 20 8 3 9 64 61 19
Omnibus 20 7 3 10 57 62 17
Phoenix Park 20 5 5 10 33 62 15
City Lights 20 5 3 12 63 81 13
Thurstons 20 3 3 14 35 56 9

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Results 1992-93.

September 6th

Black Lion (A)

League

1-2

Steenson.

September 13th

West Hunslet Cons (H)

League

3-1

Tapley 2, Minnock.

(Above game null and void - West Hunslet resigned from league.)

September 20th

Osmondthorpe Rangers (A)

Sunday Cup Round 1

2-3

Minnock, Own Goal.

September 27th

Beech Celtic (H)

League

1-2

Carter.

October 4th

City Lights (A)

League

8-4

Tapley 2, Carter, Minnock 3, Monaghan, Woods.

October 11th

Omnibus (H)

League

2-2

Oddy, Minnock.

October 18th

Lord Nelson (A)

League

0-2

 

October 25th

City Lights (H)

League

5-1

Minnock 5.

November 1st

Bulls Head (A)

League

2-3

Taylor, Steenson.

November 8th

Nat West (A)

Mawson Trophy Round 2

2-4

Minnock, Steenson.

November 15th

FC Haigh (A)

League

2-1

Minnock, Woods.

November 22nd

Thurstons (H)

League

5-0

Carter, Troughton, Minnock, Woods, Spence.

November 29th

AFC Rock (A)

League

3-4

Minnock, Tapley, Taylor.

December 13th

Black Lion (H)

League

7-2

Spence 2, Minnock 2, Carter 2, Woods.

January 10th

Thurstons (A)

League

3-2

Oddy, Tapley, Carter.

January 24th

Phoenix Park (A)

League

3-3

Spence 2, Minnock.

January 31st

FC Haigh (H)

League

4-3

Minnock 2, Monaghan, Woods.

February 7th

Lord Nelson (H)

League

1-1

Spence.

February 21st

Omnibus (A)

League

3-0

Spence, Carter, Minnock.

February 28th

Bulls Head (H)

League

1-3

Woods (pen).

March 14th

AFC Rock (H)

League

7-0

Minnock 5, Woods 2 (1 pen).

March 21st

Phoenix Park (H)

League

1-2

Monaghan.

April 1st

British Gas

Easter League

6-1

Woods, Minnock 2, Spence 2, Reilly.

April 4th

Beech Celtic (A)

League

1-1

Carter.

April 8th

KC Sports

Easter League

7-3

Minnock 4, Cockill, Taylor, Own Goal.

April 15th

Yorkshire Rider

Easter League

4-1

Carter 2, Minnock 2.

April 21st

Queens Arms

Easter League Play-Off

2-1

Minnock 2.

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Appearances 1992-93.

Name

Games

Sub

Goals

Brophy, Nick

3

1

 

Burns, Steve

 

2

 

Carter, Craig

23

 

10

Cockill, Simon

17

3

1

Constable, Andy

2

2

 

Croft, Bob

3

2

 

Fitzgerald, Chris

 

1

 

Gilmore, Bernie

25

 

 

Green, Jason

5

1

 

Heywood, Lee

1

 

 

Kelly, Richard

1

5

 

Minnock, Andrew

23

1

36

Monaghan, Lee

18

1

3

Oddy, Craig

12

5

2

Reilly, Pete

3

1

1

Spence, Howard

13

3

9

Steenson, John

21

2

3

Tapley, Kelvin

22

 

6

Taylor, Sean

27

 

3

Troughton, Phil

12

 

1

Vernon, Dave

4

5

 

Vickerman, Tim

10

3

 

Vickers, Simon

1

 

 

Watson, Gary

1

2

 

Wilkinson, Scott

26

 

 

Woods, Martin

24

 

9

Own Goals

   

2

Also signed - Paul Bottomley, Martyn Chapman, Richard Dalton, Chris Fardon, Marten Gadd, Tim Hirst, Tony Marcinkowski, Steve Mason, Dave Mirfield, Stuart Parmenter.

Games as captain - Woods 24, Troughton 1, Vernon 1, Gilmore 1.

Games as goalkeeper - Gilmore 25, Vickers 1, Watson 1.

Cautions - Taylor 1.

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Awards.

Player of the Year - Lee Monaghan.

Goal of the Season - Minny (v. AFC Rock at home).

Most Improved Player - Scott Wilkinson.

Top Goal Scorer - Minny (36).




Club Colours.

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

Dark green shirts, black shorts and socks
in Easter League matches.

Change - Orange shirts, navy shorts, orange socks.
(worn in the away matches with Black Lion, Osmondthorpe and Omnibus).



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