Gargrave AFC

The New Season 2008/2009

July 28, 2008

Well let’s start with a review -

The first team last year somewhat underachieved. After a flying start to the season, in which some great displays were produced, they failed to maintain their form. Absentees and injuries didn’t help and the struggle for a regular goalkeeper also posed numerous problems. Towards the end of the season morale seemed low but also the lack of an imminent threat was somewhat apparent with no chance of a high finish but no chance of relegation, the last few games were almost like going through the motions. The major plus point was another sterling Morrison Cup run which was cruelly ended on penalties. It was a game which Gargrave completely dominated and a game of oh-so-nearlys. On three occasions the usually calm and collected finishing of Kevin Newhouse seemed wild and nervy, with moments to go at the end of the game he also failed to make contact with a ball dropping over his head, a difficult finish but one he knew he should have done better with. The major plus point is that Settle did go on to win the competition and when you outplay the subsequent Champions you have something to be proud of, especially when Settle ran riot over Grassington (reigning Premier League Champs and completely useless) in the final – genuinely it could’ve been 10-1.

The Second Team – “my precious” – at the beginning of the season I was told to expect a much harder task, I dismissed that as completely unfounded, we were undefeated Division Two Champs, we were invincible, first game of the new season – Loss! I was worried. I really didn’t know what to do with myself. Second game – draw (with Carleton) – I was panicking. I needn’t have worried but when you’re third to bottom at Christmas, with Oxenhope away in the league cup quarter and Barnoldswick Town in the Norman Pratt trophy – what’s your aim? Just put a brave face on it and hope that we don’t get embarrassed. Suddenly, however, came a performance, a great display at Grindleton followed by an amazing display at Oakworth, a cuple of cup victories and we were flying. We won 12 out of 13 games, we produced the goods and we ended up as League and League Cup winners, Double Winners – coming from nothing! We also managed to reach the Norman Pratt trophy final and after a replay, it was penalties which cost us an amazing treble.

This year – my thoughts & expectations;

Contrasting fortunes for the two sides but now we are finally united. Now this separation may be my fault, from years of keeping the teams separate – that’s water under the bridge now. All talk of disbanded group of lads, of ‘first teamers’ & ’second teamers’ ends here. We are Gargrave whichever side you play for, you play with commitment and passion. If you don’t want to play for Gargrave, don’t sign the form, you are more than welcome to leave. If you don’t like the way I coach then you are more than welcome to leave. I cannot make you stay. Know that I cannot guarantee anybody first team football but if you train hard and play hard you will be considered at every turn. You must also be willing to accept your limitations, I am not here to teach you how to control a ball or how to kick a ball, those are basics you should already know. As such, it is possible that you simply aren’t good enough to play for the first team, this does not mean you are not an asset to Gargrave, you can be but know that there are limitations that I have to implicate, that is that if you can’t make the grade then you cannot play.

This job has cost me numerous friends, it’s had me threatened and insulted and yet I will not change. I believe in my style of football. I have on occasion got this wrong, people are fallible, however, I am a winner, my teams are winners. I hate losing, I feel like I have let down myself and alll those around me, it grates me until I have chance to rectify it. For me, my week is not complete without football, it’s a release from a working week which bores me into submission. For most of us this could be a crowning glory, all these seasons with Gargrave and we’ve never lifted that Premiership Trophy, we’ve won it all but never have any of the current crop lifted that trophy for Gargrave – that is our holy grail. That is our dream. It’s not impossible but it’ll be hard work.

I can see that I have got the makings of a great side. A side more than capable of lifting that Premiership Trophy. That’s evidently our aim, to create a team strong enough of challenging for that title. We need winners, we need believers but most of all we need a team. It’s not going to be a walk in the park, teams are not going to hand us the title. We are not a liked side, especially not with me in charge. So we need to be a strong, united side. A group (as the kids in the hood that I live in say, “a posse” or “a crew”) which plays for one another and group which believes in one another – a group united in the belief that we can be champions.

Now for the Stats in the Premiership -

Last Season -

Winners – Grassington (useless) 47 points
2nd Place – LMS (threw away the league) 45 points

With 12 sides in the league -

Win every home game = 11 x 3 = 33 points
Draw every way game = 11 x 1 = 11 points

We would end up in the top three.

This would be a good league finish. However, we need more. Four points more. So we need 16 wins out of 22 games, this is the simplest way to succeed.

Teams in the Premier League -

Gargrave AFC
Grassington FC (useless)
Oxenhope (former reserve team)
Pendle Athletic
Long Lee (thugs)
Skipton LMS
Skipton Town
Waddington (great shorts)
Cononley Sports
Clitheroe Lions
WFC Clitheroe

Pre-Season Friendlies -

Howden Clough 2 – 3 Gargrave – Watson, Tudhope & Jameson

Gargrave v Keighley Shamrocks Thurs 31st July 6.30pm Kick Off

Gargrave v Skipton Town Sat 2nd August 2pm Kick Off

Gargrave v Pendle Forest Tues 5th August 6.30pm Kick Off

Settle United v Gargrave Thurs 7th August 6.30pm Kick Off


2 Responses to “The New Season 2008/2009”

  1. admin on July 28th, 2008 8:42 am

    If you hadn’t already guessed, the above post was written by Luke Boatwright. All views expressed in the post are those of Luke Boatwright and not necessarily Gargrave AFC ;-)

  2. joel "billy joel"crazy legs tevez timmins on September 7th, 2008 11:03 am

    what a load of bollocks . if it was not for my confidence in the team ( i predicted would win the league when even god thought we were shit ) and my general guidence of luke through the second half of the season with all my text messages we would have won nothing. arise sir timmins ! thankyou an god speed xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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