Saturday afternoon local football league. Who did you play for?

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Saturday afternoon local football league. Who did you play for?

Post by Mala591 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:24 pm

Keighley Green was my team (1978-1985 then serious knee injury) the A team were in div 1 and the B team in div 2. Pitch 3 (upper Towneley) was my favourite, never seemed to have a good game on pitch 8. If the ball went in the river Alan Ludlam (referee legend who would cycle everywhere) would wade in whilst the rest of us were fannying about trying to keep our feet dry.

Brian Bennett was our most excellent manager.

The annual club trip was in the general direction of Blackpool was usually hilarious (surprisingly similar to when Del Boy and Rodney went on coach trip to Brighton 🙂) and we had some extremely dubious coach drivers (most of whom liked a few pints themselves!).

If anyone is reading this who was there (squad members and opponents) then a big thank you for some of the best years of my life.

Which team did you play for?
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Post by jdrobbo » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:43 pm

Didn’t play Saturday football.

Played on a Sunday for Barrowford Celtic from Under 8s to 16s, before moving to Nelson, where I played for youth team.

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Post by Pommieclaret » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:03 pm

Yes played for Keighley Green round about that time. Dad was steward. Then played and managed Stanley Athletic

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Post by CaptainKirk » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:30 pm

Played for several Saturday and Sunday teams for donkey's years including Worsthorne, Belvedere, Generals and Redrose.
So long in fact you might have expected me to get good at it but that never seemed to happen!
I did score a hat trick once and then was subbed off in the very next game by a fellow poster on here - but I'm not bitter. :(

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Post by levraiclaret » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:33 pm

Brunshaw Utd in the sixties, BGSOB in the seventies, Peugeot Talbot* in the eighties.

* local to Coventry.

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Post by Guitargeorge » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:37 pm

Played in the Nelson & Colne League for Nelson Amateurs. It was always between Dynamos, Colne Legion or ourselves for the title.

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Post by Cajun » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:17 pm

Got me thinking a bit – played for lots of junior teams and through school, but as regards adult league teams, quite a lot:
Keele Univ. in a regional Staffs Sunday league;
The Gauntlet, Fleetwood CC FC, and Clifton Casuals in Blackpool and district leagues;
BFC London Supporters (ABPSCIL League), and Cranford Legion down in the Smoke;
Bell Sports FC in Southend, Outwood Common FC from Billericay in the Mid-Essex League;
The Woolpack FC in a Carlisle Sunday league;
Then finished off with playing for the newspaper I worked for in media football tournaments and regular “friendlies” for a few years.
Might have missed a couple but can’t remember at moment.

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Post by vancouverclaret » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:45 pm

Ashton United for a season. and a team I can't remember name of in Stockport league

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Post by Sproggy » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:52 pm

Played for the Morris Dancers on a Sunday for a couple of seasons after I moved back up here. Left the house at 0930 and sometimes made it home for tea - though always after the pub (we got a donation from the pub for every pint the footy team bought to be used at the end of season party). For some reason the wife insisted that I pack it in when we had our 2nd child.

The football was industrial but we had one or two cracking players that would make the difference if they were sober enough to play.

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Post by California Colner » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:25 am

Trawden Celtic
Colne Legion
Amstelveen Holland
LA Wanderers
Retired from playing at 42 years old
Now play Golf 🏌️
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Post by California Colner » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:27 am

Sproggy wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:52 pm
Played for the Morris Dancers on a Sunday for a couple of seasons after I moved back up here. Left the house at 0930 and sometimes made it home for tea - though always after the pub (we got a donation from the pub for every pint the footy team bought to be used at the end of season party). For some reason the wife insisted that I pack it in when we had our 2nd child.

The football was industrial but we had one or two cracking players that would make the difference if they were sober enough to play.
Played against Morris Dancers in the Hospital Cup at the Turf
I scored the winner 1-0 in extra time for Colne Legion
Les Latchum was our manager
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Post by CharlieinNewMexico » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:57 am

Sproggy wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:52 pm
Played for the Morris Dancers on a Sunday for a couple of seasons after I moved back up here. Left the house at 0930 and sometimes made it home for tea - though always after the pub (we got a donation from the pub for every pint the footy team bought to be used at the end of season party). For some reason the wife insisted that I pack it in when we had our 2nd child.

The football was industrial but we had one or two cracking players that would make the difference if they were sober enough to play.
I played in goal for the Dancers in the mid 80s

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Post by RammyClaret61 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:09 am

Gave up playing before I was old enough to play Saturday afternoons. I was never good enough anyway.
Junior football Saturday mornings for Ramsbottom Crusaders. Between 72 & 75.

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Post by troubleatmexico » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:51 am

Brierfield Celtic in th'eighties

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Post by Woodleyclaret » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:58 am

When we lived in Scotland I played for our local team Bunillidh Thistle in the Highland Reserve league.We had Claret and Blue shirts and were a kicking team with decent wingers in the fine tradition of Scottish football

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Post by ClaretMov » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:29 am

Burnley
Man utd
Real Madrid
Barcelona
Juventus









Then back to Burnley when my alarm woke me up :lol: :lol:
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Post by ŽižkovClaret » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:34 am

California Colner wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:25 am
Trawden Celtic
Colne Legion
Amstelveen Holland
LA Wanderers
Retired from playing at 42 years old
Now play Golf 🏌️
Reads like a Pro Evo career! ;)

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Post by Herts Clarets » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:38 am

California Colner wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:25 am
Trawden Celtic
Colne Legion
Amstelveen Holland
LA Wanderers
Retired from playing at 42 years old
Now play Golf 🏌️
If you played for Colne Legion and Trawden Celtic then you would probably know my step father Terry Spedding. Played in goal for both those sides 80s and 90s. Hard to miss him at 6 foot 6!

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Post by Untinted Glasses » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:58 am

Herts Clarets wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:38 am
If you played for Colne Legion and Trawden Celtic then you would probably know my step father Terry Spedding. Played in goal for both those sides 80s and 90s. Hard to miss him at 6 foot 6!
As a kid I watched the legion a few times, Bill Alexander used to help out and upfront I remember a guy called Mark Halliday for some reason

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Post by ClaretTony » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:01 am

I won't offer anything to this thread - those I lined up alongside will definitely claim I didn't (and couldn't) play.

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Post by MT03ALG » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:07 am

Park J.E.I F.C.
Winewall Rangers F.C.
Sport Verein Hausach (1971-1974)
Trawden Celtic F.C. (1974 onwards)
Barrowford F.C. Reserves (end of career)

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Post by Claretforever » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:11 am

Rosegrove Railway (British Rail initially) and a season or so at Burnley United (reserves mainly). 1990’s and very early 00’s.

Injury put paid to a promising career at the top. As well as not being good enough. :lol:

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Post by Untinted Glasses » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:25 am

MT03ALG wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:07 am
Park J.E.I F.C.
Winewall Rangers F.C.
Sport Verein Hausach (1971-1974)
Trawden Celtic F.C. (1974 onwards)
Barrowford F.C. Reserves (end of career)
Don't forget town team manager
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Post by Steve1956 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:26 am

Anyone remember Paak United,we had some right old dingdongs with them.not a bad team if i remember righty,in fact coming over the hill from Rossendale we had dingdongs with every team from Burnley & Nelson,happy days.

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Post by Mala591 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:44 am

You’re right Steve, Paak Utd from Brierfield were an excellent team with some very skilful players BUT they had the advantage that they hadn’t been out on the Friday night before the match supping copious amounts of 🍺 🍺 🍺
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Post by Untinted Glasses » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:54 am

Mala591 wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:44 am
You’re right Steve, Paak Utd from Brierfield were an excellent team with some very skilful players BUT they had the advantage that they hadn’t been out on the Friday night before the match supping copious amounts of 🍺 🍺 🍺
& 400 supporters on the line making threats.

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Post by Steve1956 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:05 pm

Untinted Glasses wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:54 am
& 400 supporters on the line making threats.
It was quite intimidating playing them wasn't it? :)

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Post by Mala591 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:05 pm

I think it was ‘Crazy horse’ who played for Keighley Green first team who had to have two pints and a large portion of pie and peas before every match to ‘give him energy’ :o

I wonder if Sean Dyche has ever tried that with any off-form players as a last resort :lol:

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Post by Untinted Glasses » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:13 pm

Steve1956 wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:05 pm
It was quite intimidating playing them wasn't it? :)
Yea I got a red card against them with the reason being "for my own safety" I still haven't worked that one out.

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Post by Steve1956 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:16 pm

Untinted Glasses wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:13 pm
Yea I got a red card against them with the reason being "for my own safety" I still haven't worked that one out.

Walking off after that must have been fun? :roll:
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Post by California Colner » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:41 pm

Herts Clarets wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:38 am
If you played for Colne Legion and Trawden Celtic then you would probably know my step father Terry Spedding. Played in goal for both those sides 80s and 90s. Hard to miss him at 6 foot 6!
Yes
Terry Spedding played in goal
Didn’t he work for the Gas company?
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Post by Covclaret » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:57 pm

Levrai- I also played for Peugeot in Coventry, probably around 1992 I think, for just one season. Started off as a 16 year old playing for Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s in the Accy Combination, then went off to collage and played for Leicester Poly 1st’s, North Kilworth in the Leicester Senior League, then Alvis on Saturday’s and Unipart then Keresley Jaguar on Sunday’s in the Coventry leagues. Happy days.

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Post by Quicknick » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:07 pm

Embsay: Craven League div 3 - 1976/77
Skipton Bulldogs reserves: Craven League div 2 - 1977/9

Then I retired to go off to study as a 25-year-old. Wish I'd played longer.

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Post by Haverigg Claret » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:29 pm

Played in the Nelson and Colne League in the early 1970's for Howorths FC when Richard Pickering was the manager. Great times!

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Post by NickBFC » Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:36 pm

Never been local to Burnley, but played most of my Saturdays in the Sussex County League (Combination now) and sometime in the Southern League where a certain Jimmy Mullen was manager of a side in our league. Played quite a bit of Sunday football, and Vets football too until fairly recently - might start again next season if we're allowed!

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Post by Lord_Bob » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:15 pm

Early 70s played for Nelson and Colne College Saturday morning, Colne Morrigans Saturday afternoon. Vaguely remember Paak United - seemed to be a somewhat controversial game!

Played in college for Hatfield Poly - Wednesday vs other Polys, Saturdays - London Commercial League Div 1, Sundays - St Albans Sunday league.

Played some Sunday games for The Emmott on my trips home from College.

Played for the Madison (WI) Chargers when I first moved Stateside. Finished out playing for Newport Beach with a bunch of ex pats here in So Cal.

Did try and play a couple of games in an over 50 league a couple of seasons ago - a pulled hammy ended that short career. Still think I could play though....

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Post by Herts Clarets » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:44 pm

Quicknick wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:07 pm
Embsay: Craven League div 3 - 1976/77
I played for Pendle Forest Under 15s in an away game at Embsay and played a blinder in a 3-0 win. Made my day when I got the Nelson Leader on the Friday, looked in the Pendle Villages section and in the short write up, my "series of excellent saves" were mentioned before the 3 goal scorers :D
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Post by TopCat » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:55 pm

Mansfield
Colne Legion

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Post by jrgbfc » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:31 pm

Paak are still around in the Pendle charity Sunday league. Not playing myself anymore but i believe there's a couple of Polish teams now as well which give the league a more international flavour :D

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Post by basil6345789 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:47 pm

Saturdays; Rosegrove United, Burnley Olympic, BBCOB, Worsthone
Sunday's, Pike Hill Bombers, Crown Athletic, Ventura (once)

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Post by HB Claret » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:48 am

Tankerton Royals and Swalecliffe Supremes - not that I think anyone will have heard of them !

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Post by Burypaddy » Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:00 pm

Radcliffe borough packed in when we had a midweek game at penrith, got home for 2am and had to get up for work in manchester for 6am!!!!

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Post by Chobulous » Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:49 pm

Mala591 wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:24 pm
Keighley Green was my team (1978-1985 then serious knee injury) the A team were in div 1 and the B team in div 2. Pitch 3 (upper Towneley) was my favourite, never seemed to have a good game on pitch 8. If the ball went in the river Alan Ludlam (referee legend who would cycle everywhere) would wade in whilst the rest of us were fannying about trying to keep our feet dry.

Brian Bennett was our most excellent manager.

The annual club trip was in the general direction of Blackpool was usually hilarious (surprisingly similar to when Del Boy and Rodney went on coach trip to Brighton 🙂) and we had some extremely dubious coach drivers (most of whom liked a few pints themselves!).

If anyone is reading this who was there (squad members and opponents) then a big thank you for some of the best years of my life.

Which team did you play for?
I didn’t know Brian Bennett very well but was good mates with his brother Johnny Bennett.
I was useless at footy so didn’t play for any pub teams but I did play snooker for the Keighley Green. Best club in Burnley.

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Post by CaptJohn » Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:20 pm

Sunday league: Chester & District
Robin Hood, Helsby for many years.
Rose & Crown, Wallasey for a year.
Good memories. Used to play in the centre of the Racecourse at Chester and used the jockeys changing rooms when playing a few of the Chester teams such as the Police and the Watergate Pub which was next to the Racecourse. The "quick and the dead league" if you weren't quick you were dead :lol:

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Post by Volvoclaret » Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:38 pm

Royal Celtic; Dexters; Mission.....all Nelson & Colne Sat league.

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Post by Leyland Claret » Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:51 pm

Played the whole of my Saturday career at BBCOB from the late 80’s till around the mid 00’s
Sunday’s I started in the Burnley Sunday League for The Carlton :shock: moved on to The Turf and then played out my twilight years for TSB in the Pendle Charity League.
Miss those days :(

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Post by conyoviejo » Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:03 pm

California Colner wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:41 pm
Yes
Terry Spedding played in goal
Didn’t he work for the Gas company?
Yes he did,think he worked with Alan Beecroft a massive Burnley fan who recently passed away and has a trophy named after him on here.

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Post by charlyt » Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:54 pm

St Cuthbert's on Saturday afternoons
Played a lot of games on Cherry (The Swamp) Fold in the 50's
When we played, I was the Goalie and spent much of the time eating mud!

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Post by Kiwiclaret » Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:50 pm

I don't often post (but read UTC daily) but this one I felt worth listing - I played in and around Pendle from 1974-1979 before going overseas.

Colne Youth Centre (1 runners up trophy)
Morris Dancers (Div 2 winners and Div 1 unbeaten winners - Pendle Sunday League - once beating Sunspot 17-0)
Commercial FC (quite a few trophies with this team)
Intake FC (1 Amos Nelson Cup final win)
Nelson Stanley Reserves (unbeaten for 2.5 years in 1976/77 Nelson & Colne League - 4th Div and Cup winners, 3rd Div and Cup winners)
Edge End FC (Nelson & Colne League - League Cup winners and runners up in Amos Nelson Trophy)
Nelson (Blues) FC (George Watson Trophy Winners 1979 - beating Colne Dynamos over 2 legs)

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Post by dougcollins » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:42 pm

It was local for me at the time, I played in the LOW.

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