Gargrave AFC

An Easter report……much improved but could be better

March 25, 2009

Just before Christmas I sat and contemplated my position and the capabilities of our team. Then as we began in January something had changed, we had become a “team”, we were no longer a group of individuals, we have had performances of differing standards but mostly we have achieved success.

Now for some reason this season our ability to play football has stopped when we have met Grassington, they have torn us apart twice, something they will be incredibly happy about because apparently beating me is the most important thing in their lives! As their striker exclaimed to me “Now we’ll see the headline in the Craven Herald” – quick note to the vastly intelligent striker, I don’t write those reports but you know when you’re misinformed and uneducated about a situation just shout anything and people will probably laugh! I have no quarms that Grassington have been vastly superior to us each time we have played them but we still have the same amount of points as them and they are reigning champions where we are technically a newly promoted club. Only goal difference separates us….so as much as they want to brag about their 9-0 aggregate victory over us, bottom line is we are still up there challenging at the top, we are now a force to be reckoned within this division and we are an ever improving side.

We have 4 games to go…we want maximum points – last year the Reserve team won the league with 46 points, Grassington won the Premiership with 47 points, if we can pick up 10 points or more we will have improved on last season’s tally and more than doubled last season’s first team points tally. We have already made Gargrave a stronger club, the second team is solid in their league and the first team will finish in the top four at least this year. However, this season is not over yet…I expect the team to really perform from now on…there is no pressure, we go out and we play with all the confidence our training suggests we should have!

We have at least 5 games left….let’s up that number…up our league position and go for that Cup…

Your adoring First Team Manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Mid-season Rant

January 5, 2009

First of all I just want to say that I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Now all of the frivolities are out of the way it is time for us to get back to business.

Now I, like most of my team I hope, want to win something this year. The Craven Cup was an ideal opportunity for Gargrave to raise its profile, however, because of the level of team i was able to field this was not possible. Barnoldswick were a good side but they weren’t that good, with a full strength team we wouldve been in with a shout. Since then I’ve considered my options, I don’t see why I should have to turn up to each and every training session and never miss a Saturday if half my team can’t be bothered to do the same. I work alot and having those days off would be greatly appreciated. Yet, I have made a commitment to this team and my commitment should be echoed by my players’ commitment. If we simply want to go through the motions, turn up and play, not really mind if we win, lose or draw, we can…..in fact stirke that you can because I don’t accept playing for mediocrity. I want to win, i hate to lose, it nags at me for weeks if I believe there is something that I could’ve done differently. The Barnoldswick game brought a different feeling, I felt let down…..the lads on the pitch gave all they could but we were not a match for Barnoldswick’s quality…..with all my players available we would have been.

I am committed to taking Gargrave forward. I want to challenge on all fronts with regards to the competitions that we are still competing in and as such I am going to start implementing certain rules:

1) If you want to be considered for the first team you must attend training – if you cannot for a legitimate  (nativity plays not included) then you must inform me of your reason. If you do not attend and do not inform me of your reason for why you will be dropped from the first team.

2) If every first team hopeful attends training then the team will be picked on performance and training level – this is at my discretion.

3) The level of your match performance will also be considered (I will discuss with Jimmy).

4) Due to the number of teams that I run, i sned messages regarding football on Friday night, any reasoning for not being able to attend should be sent on Friday night or before 10am on Saturday to give me chance to replace you. If this does not occur you will be dropped from the first team for the following week.

5) Nobody’s place is guaranteed, so this means that you must accept that on occasion you may have to be a substitute. I expect my substitutes to understand their position and help to encourage and support their team-mates, we are a team after all!

Training starts at 7pm – we meet down there at 6.30pm for a warm up depending on the weather – don’t be late, we pay for an hour so lets play for an hour.

 

Now I know this is a long rant but it gives an equitable and rational explanation of what is to occur throughout the rest of the season. I cannot go on rewarding first team places to people who simply have not earned them……

However, if you are for some reason omitted from the first team squad, make sure that you are available for Jimmy and the 2nds:

To paraphrase Bill Shankly ‘there are two good sides in the Craven League, Gargrave and Gargrave Reserves’

Your adoring first team manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

Seen as though everybody keeps reading this…..they must have nothing else to do!

November 7, 2008

At the beginning of the season I wrote on this website, as per usual, stating my opinions on what I expected and what I thought of the opposition. After a mixed bag of results, I haven’t changed my mind in any way shape or form, I refuse to change my mind. What I have discovered is that on our day Gargrave AFC is a force to be reckoned with….you don;t beat Ingleton 4-2 at their spot if you’re a bad side. However, when we are not on it, we can lose to anybody….no matter how poor quality they are and how much it is apparent they are a one man team. This upsets me, largely because bragging rights can be lost by inept performances! However, from the responses we’ve had over the last few weeks I am confident we can cause some significant waves within the Premier Division and continue to cause some Cup upsets. Technically, we are a newly promoted team, yet we have so far equipped ourselves well…..bring on the rest of the season and more drunken people telling me to apologise for my comments! (that’s just not going to happen…..if you don’t want to get upset then don’t read the website…it’s not rocket science!!!)

Your adoring first team manager,

Lukey B

The Marmite of the Craven League

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

Adrian Eyles

August 3, 2008

Adrian EylesName: Adrian Eyles

Position: Defence

Enjoys: Writing and composing his own Jazz music. Was once in a band called “Eyles be waiting for you”

Tom Varey

August 3, 2008

Tom VareyName: Tom Varey

Position: Striker

Enjoys: Wearing other peoples football boots.

Kristian Hodgson

August 3, 2008

Kristian HodgsonName: Kristian Hodgson

Position: Defence

Life Goals: To meet Phillip Schofield and then write a book about the experience.

GEOFF

August 3, 2008

GEOFFName: GEOFF

Position: Midfield

Favourite Name Variations: Geoff and Jeff

Stuart Wilson

August 3, 2008

Stuart WilsonName: Stuart Wilson

Position: Goalkeeper

Dislikes: CSI, Bones and other US created crime dramas. When asked, Stuart said “None of them are a patch on Midsomer Murders”.

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