Gargrave AFC


September 23, 2013

A big thank you to our new Kit Sponsor, John Whitelock of Whitelocks Plant Hire Ltd.  01756 748624

Fixtures Updated…..

August 19, 2013

Please check the new list of fixtures as the league have altered some dates and also brought a game forward from the original ones they gave us.

First game now will be on Saturday 31st August away vs Earby Town.

The Reserve team has now been officially withdrawn from both the League and the Craven FA due to insufficient players.

Very disappointed that we had no support with clearing the showfield on Saturday night. Therefore we have decided that the donation from the show committee will now be given to a charity rather than the football club. The charity chosen will probably be Manorlands Hospice.

Reserve team withdrawal…..

August 10, 2013

Sadly due to a lack of players we are having to notify both the Craven League and Craven FA that we have no option but to withdraw our Reserve Squad from both the League and FA cup games.

We have plenty of players to comfortably run a first team but are short of at least eight to ten regular reliable players who can turn up each week to fulfill Reserve team games.

The First team have a friendly match on Tuesday evening on the football field ( August 13th ).

Don`t forget clearing of the showfield from 6.p.m on Saturday 18th August. The show committee give a good donation to the club for this work and without that sum last year the club would have run at a loss. Plenty of people there and it is soon done.

Last Call…..

August 3, 2013

We need to know if there is more player interest to continue with a Reserve squad at the club. There are sufficient players ( with enough to cover injuries and unavailability ) for one team at the moment but not quite enough players for two squads. We would also need a Manager and Assistant who would be committed to getting a full squad together every week and sending in all the online match details. Players may not be aware of the restrictions which are levied by the Craven League committee. If we cancel a game because of lack of players we are imposed with a fine of £25 per game with points awarded to the opposition. Incorrect details from a match incurr a fine of £5 for each incorrect or late item. Consistent offending of these rules can be costly and also mean a request to attend a League disciplinary meeting. It is with all this in mind that we need to know if we can comfortably field two sides this year.

The Reserves first game is scheduled for Saturday 31st August, at home to LMS.  Training is each Tuesday night from 6.p.m on the bottom Green ( end of East Street and South Street ) Gargrave. Registration forms available.

Please, we would like all players to help with the one fund raising event which we request them to help with – the clearing of Gargrave show field on the evening of the 17th August from 6.p.m – an easy job if there are enough people – not if there are three of us like last year! The show committee donate £200 to the club and without that amount we would this year have been working at a loss.

2013/14 season ……

July 16, 2013

The  2013/14 season will commence on the 31st August with night matches from the 2nd September.

Training sessions are currently held on the Village Green at Gargrave on Tuesday evenings from 6.p.m. ( the bottom green by the river, first left after what was the garage ). Last years players need to sign rolling registration forms for both the league and the Craven FA, these need to be completed by mid August at the latest. New players to the club need to sign the old style forms. Please contact either Chappie or Dan if you can`t make the training sessions but want to sign on for the club.


News from the AGM…..

June 19, 2013

There was a poor attendance of players at the AGM when a decision was needed to be made regarding the future of a Reserve Squad.

It was decided to hold the first training session of the season on Tuesday evening 9th July on Gargrave Village Green ( bottom of East and South street ) from 6.p.m when it could be established if there were enough players to form a Reserve Squad. A Manager and assistant would also be needed. Hopefully some new young players will come along to bolster the squad and keep a Reserve team going. Please pass the message around.

Chappie and Co would appreciate help on Saturday morning 13th July when they intend to make some improvements to the pitch, filling goal mouths with soil, sand and seed. (If anyone has a strimmer there is grass which needs cutting by the pitch railings and around the edges of the stand)

Chappie and Aidie will continue as Manager and Assistant of the First team.

John continues as chairman and Caroline as secretary/treasurer ( Dennis unfortunately had to give up with the treasurers position mid season due to poor health )

We are pleased to say that Dennis has accepted the position of President of Gargrave Football Club. He deserves this honour for everything he has done for the club over the past seventy plus years.


June 13, 2013

Please try to come along to the Annual General Meeting which will be held in the Cricket Pavilion on Tuesday 18th June at 7.30.p.m.

This is an important meeting as we need to discuss whether we can run two teams in the forthcoming season. Two teams are already entered into the Craven Leagues constitution, the first team in Division One and the Reserves in Division Two ( the Reserves have not been relegated as some new teams have been brought into the League ). To pull a team out now would incurr a hefty fine from the league but if we struggle to raise a Reserve side each week this is costly in itself, a cancelled fixture would incurr a £25.00 fine each time it happened with points awarded to the opposition. Are we better running just the one side with a good pool of players to choose from ? Can players commit themselves to playing each week or are some happier to fill in for the one team when needed?

Simon , last years Reserves Manager has unfortunately had to hand his notice in due to increased work commitments. He has done a marvellous job over the past season, stepping in last year at short notice. He had problems on occasions last year raising a full side. Have we any new players coming in?

Please come along and discuss the situation and give your views.

Old and new players always welcome at the club, please contact Chappie or Dan for Registration forms if you are a new player or advise them that you would like to continue playing for the club by arranging to sign the Rolling Registration form if you played last year.

Help always required in the form of volunteers to carry out maintanence on the ground, repairs, and general help at the game, again please come along to the meeting and volunteer.

The final countdown….

May 8, 2013

Gargrave keep up their winning streak with a narrow victory over Silsden Whitestar on Saturday ( 3 – 4 ) and a comprehensive win over Pendle FC  mid week ( 5-0 ). The latter played in good spirit with excellent sportsmanship and respect from both sides.

Everything now rests on Gargrave`s last game away at Earby FC   and Cononleys game against the bottom placed team Rolls FC. If both Gargrave and Cononley win their game then Cononley will take the runners up place in Division One. If Cononley loose and Gargrave win then Gargrave get the runners up spot.

Northern Plant Hire Trophy

April 29, 2013

The final of the Nothern Plant Hire Trophy will be held at Gargrave on Thursday 2nd May. Kick off 6.30.p.m.

Pendle FC  Vs  Cowling FC

Entrance £2.00

Any help with the putting up and taking down of nets would be appreciated.

Second chance for the Reserves….

April 17, 2013

Gargrave Reserves were re-instated in the semi final stages of the Division Two league cup when their opponents in the quarter finals Barnoldswick Barons fell foul of the Craven league rules. Despite Barons winning the encounter ( 3-1 ) they were penalised by the league for using three players who had not played the required minimum of six games before the 31st March. The Barnoldswick club were fined £60.00 and eliminated from the competition with Gargrave Reserves re-instated and now facing a home encounter  vs Ingrow and Worth Valley on Saturday 20th April. Kick Off 1.30.p.m

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