Gargrave AFC

Fixtures: 25th Oct-8th November

October 16, 2008

Grassington Utd were unable to raise a side to play Gargrave in the first round of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy on the 27th September, therefore the Craven League have awarded the tie to Gargrave. The second round of the competition takes place on the 25th October.

Saturday 25th October. Northern Plant Hire Trophy. PLEASE NOTE EARLY KICK OFF 1.30.P.M.

Gargrave FC  Vs  Rolls Royce FC.                       Referee: W.Hawthorne.

Saturday 1st November.

No first team game scheduled.

Saturday 8th November. Kick Off 2.p.m.

Oxenhope FC  Vs  Gargrave FC.                                 Referee:W.Naylor.

Craven FA Centenary Celebrations.

October 15, 2008

The Craven FA are hosting a number of events which will culminate in them celebrating their centenary next year.

A football forum has been arranged for Monday 27th October 2008 at Settle Social Club, commencing at 7.30.p.m. The forum will be chaired by Mr.David Allison who is a former football league Referee. Mr. Allison will be bringing along a Premier league Referee and to complete the panel there will be two footballing personalities The tickets are priced at £10.00 each which will include a supper. Everyone welcome.

For further enquiries or to order a ticket please contact the Craven FA Secretary, Mr. David Town on 01756 749730 or email

The president of the Craven FA, Mr. Allan Cawood is collecting club memorabilia for the Centenary exhibition which will be held next year at Christ Church Hall, Skipton from Saturday 25th July to 1st August and at The Folly, Settle from the 8th August to October 2009. Please contact Mr.Cawood on 01756 794077 if you have any items of interest you would consider lending or copying for the  exhibition.

Gargrave AFC Reserves 0 – 0 Trawden Celtic

October 13, 2008

Goal keeper Adam Hudson was the hero of the hour for Gargrave Reserves when they faced Trawden Celtic. His penalty save kept Gargrave in the game and a draw against a youthful Trawden side left manager Jimmy McLachlan well satisfied. Captain Adrian Eyles led his team well both through play and verbal encouragement. Lee Barrett was as always solid in defence and his early long range shot was the first to test the Trawden keeper. Gargrave had the best of the early play but Trawden soon turned up the heat, though their young eagerness saw many shots blasted either wide or over target.

Adam Hudsons penalty restored the home sides confidence in the second half of play. Excellent work by the consistent Matthew Simpson almost created the winner for Gargrave moments from time. His pin point cross to the feet of Tom Varey looked like there was an un-missable shot on the cards but it became a stoppable one with the Trawden keeper fortunate to be perfectly placed to block the shot. Hard working mid fielder Richard Scott was named as man of the match.

There was disappointment from some of the Trawden players when they found their teacher Richard Orme was playing for the Gargrave first team at Skipton town, they were looking forward to some pay back!

Skipton Town 2 – 5 Gargrave AFC

October 13, 2008

Gargrave produced a solid display to gain their first win in three league games. With three of the regular first team players absconding for a drunken scramble up a alrge hill which can be viewed on the internet (I’m not bitter about them all going at all) Al Tudhope was recalled to the starting eleven despite only rating himself as 60-70% fit to play. Simon Boatwright was also called up to warm the bench, also he provided tips on the best way to use a sunbed and why sideburns are not an essential tool – his metrosexual comments were enlightening if not a little disturbing. Most agreed that it won’t belong until Simon is to be seen on the big screen – Supermarket Sweep is looking for a new host.

Anyway back to the game…..

Gargrave started off with guile and self-belief but lacking any composure and when the Town striker broke past the ostrich-like Dan Thompson and fired the ball home the omens did not look good. However, this early goal seemed to spark Gargrave into action – it was a catalyst if you will. On the twenty minute mark, Christian Moon was set free and whilst the keeper proved to be a match for Moon’s shot, the four defenders on the line were not a match for Ben Brown’s fierce rebound. Brown got his second moments later, jinking passed two defenders with consumate ease and slotting the ball into the corner of the net.

Gargrave still did not look defensively settled, however, and were it not for Stewart Wilson’s excellence between the sticks, Skipton could have been in a very commanding position. Three successive sensual saves (maybe not the best description but syllabance works for emphasis!) made sure that Skipton did not get an equaliser. In fact, it was Gargrave who added to their goal tally before the break, Ben Brown skimming the ball into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

Half time team talk was simple – tighten up defensively and keep going forward as we had been doing.


Skipton came out the sharper of the two sides and an error meant that the Skitpon player had time to pick his corner, Wilson was left with no chance. Yet, once again this proved to stoke the fires smouldering within the bellies of the Gargrave side. Each player upped their game and a superb piece of interchange found Ben Brown, who’s irresistible form continued, when he dinked the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper. Gargrave were in the ascendancy, some of the football was superb….it was total and indeed beautiful football. Simon Boatwright’s introduction added a perma-tan to the proceedings but it did not affect the quality, if anything it improved it. It was in fact Simon Boatwright – moments after two fresh-air shots - who found Ben Brown for Brown’s fifth, a delightful shot which found the bottom left corner of the net.

This sealed the points, although Nick Kendall beleived there was still much to play for….30 seconds from the end earning himself a yellow card for what I think can be labelled an over-zealous challenge. The fact that he got the ball is unquestionable – his intent…..retribution???


A good performance….more of the same needed

Sam Ashby

October 10, 2008

Sam AshbyName: Sam Ashby

Position: Striker

Enjoys: Chinese food (As long as it’s been cooked in a slow cooker.)

Matthew Simpson

October 10, 2008

Matthew SimpsonName: Matthew Simpson

Position: Striker

Enjoys: Moving on up, and moving on out

Personal Accident Insurance

October 7, 2008

We had a visit on the 27th September from Tim Lawson, a representative from Combined Insurance. Unfortunately quite a few players missed seeing him as the scheduled game against Grassington was cancelled. We strongly recommend that players should take out their own insurance cover, the club has a policy which covers all players but the weekly benefits are very basic.( Will all players please note if an injury occurs on the football field that stops them from working they must notify Caroline within two weeks of the injury or the current club claim is invalid).

The advantage of Tim`s Combined Accident Hospital Benefit plan is that it will cover you for any accident occuring through work,rest or play. All benefits are payable from day one and are much more realistic financially.Should you be hospitalised you would receive £140.00 per overnight stay. Minor fractures £200.00. Major fractures £1000.00. All the latter at a cover of less than £5.00 per week. Please contact Caroline if you wish to know more about the policy and what it covers and she will give you Tims  details. There is no pressure selling from him whatsoever just sound advice.

Embsay 1 – 0 Gargrave AFC Reserves

October 6, 2008

The weather was the prominent factor at Embsay with strong gusts of wind hampering much of the play. Both teams had their chances but failed to convert them and a share of points would have been a fair result on the day. However luck was on the side of Embsay when a strong gust of wind drew the ball away from the Gargrave keepers reach and landed at the feet of one of their men who tapped in the winner.

There were good performances from Geoff Rotherham,Jonathan Chapman and Lee Barrett, the latter earning the man of the match award for Gargrave whilst David Greenwood took the award for Embsay.

It was good to see Pete Thomas playing again after receiving a bad break to his leg in one of the last league games last season.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 2 Skipton LMS

October 6, 2008

There was little to choose between the two sides with much of the play taking place in mdfield. Poor weather conditions hampered long ball control and the slippy surface saw most of the players up-ended at some stage through the game. Chances on goal were few and far between for both teams, though the best shots of the day came from Gargrave, the first from Ben Brown but the LMS keeper parried his shot over the bar.

Five minutes into the second half a simple close range shot from LMS saw them take the lead. Gargrave almost levelled through Joel Timmins and LMS were unlucky when they hit the bar. Gargrave pushed forward in earnest and Paul Wilkin came close but luck was on the side of LMS when a simple tap in sealed their win. Dan Thompson was impressive in the heart of defence whilst the lively Christian Moon took the man oif the match award.

Draw for Craven FA Games.

October 2, 2008

Craven Challenge Cup. Second Round Draw.

Gargrave AFC  Vs  Pendle Renegades or Bentham.

Norman Pratt Trophy. First Round Draw.

Settle Utd  Vs  Gargrave AFC Reserves.

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