KES Soccer 1953-4

Football [KES Mags Winter 53-54 and Spring 54]

[KES Mag Winter 53-54] THE season, so far, has been a bad one for the School football teams. The Under 15, Under 14, and Under 13 sides have done reasonably well, but the senior sides, especially the First XI, have had their worst season for many years. It is to be hoped that the results improve during the Spring term.

FIRST XI

As stated above, the First XI is doing badly; only four matches have been won and three drawn of the twenty played. Without searching for excuses, it must be said that we have been rather unlucky in the way of injuries. Rowbotham, the captain, has missed nearly half the matches, and otherwise regular members. Staniforth, Grantham and Heritage have been absent for varying periods. Injuries in schoolboy football are very popular these days; twenty years ago there were no such things. The main factors towards the lack of success have been lack of speed and lack of stamina. After leading 3-1, the match against Manchester should never have been lost. Nevertheless, there has been a marked dislike to any lapping the Close during training. If boys are not fit at 17, then they will never be fit.

 

KES Soccer 1st XI 1953-4

P. Wray, G. R. Heritage, C. B. Laycock, D. Grantham, J. G. Kaye, P. Swain, L. J. Youle, D. M. Parfitt;
J. B. Staniforth, Mr. N. L. Clapton, M. B. Rowbotham, Mr. C. H. Harper, T. G. Cook.

Photo + Names courtesy of Terry Cook

The side, of course, has often been changed in order to find the best blend, and some boys have played in two or three positions. Others have had a chance in the team, but have been unable to command a regular place. By now, the side is more or less settled.

Rowbotham was the only Colour remaining from last year. He has not been fully fit, as is only to be expected; but his ball control has deteriorated from last season's high standard. His heading and shooting are good, and he gives plenty of vocal urge to his side. Two points of criticism; his elbows are still prominent, and his retirements to the wing are getting too frequent.

Bruce has kept goal well, except for one horrible spell in November. His bringing down of a high ball is excellent, and his goal-kicking has brought much favourable comment.

Cook is Vice-captain and Rowbotham's deputy. He plays hard but becomes ruffled when things are not going well. Parfitt has figured at outside right and full-back; the latter is his better position. Swain came into the side at left back; he is now centre-half and is improving with every game; his heading, like that of Wray, is very good. Wray is now at wing-half along with Youle. Wray is for attack at all times, but his final passes often go astray. Youle works the ball well, but often wants to beat one man too many.

Grantham started at left-back and then moved up to left-half and was doing much better there, when his knee was badly injured. He will be needed again. Staniforth is at centre-forward; he heads and distributes the ball well, but, as he well knows, is just a yard too slow. Heritage has been rather a disappointment at inside-forward. He shoots hard but does not seem inclined to do any grafting, or chase a ball a few yards away from him.

Parfitt, Laycock and Scholey have played at outside-right. This position is still open for someone to make his own, although outside-left is the sore spot. The dearth of good left-footers continues; Tebbet has been the most successful, mainly because he never gives up. His example could be well followed by other players. Perret, Bradshaw, Kaye and Wells have also played on occasions.

So now to the second half of the season. A little more team spirit and will to win (as was shown against City Grammar School, when several reserves played) and we should be much better.

RESULTS

Sept. 12 v. Old Edwardians 1st XI. Home. Lost 5-1.
Sept. 19 v. Barnsley G.S. Away. Lost 6-0.
Sept. 23 v. Keighley's XI. Home. Lost 4-2.
Sept. 26 v. Huddersfield Amateurs. Away. Draw 2 2.
Sept. 30 v. J. B. Brown's XI. Home. Won 5-2.
Oct. 3 v.:Maltby G.S. Home. Lost 2-1.
Oct. 7 v. Chesterfield G.S. Away. Lost 4-2.
Oct. 10 v. Sheffield Falcons. Home. Won 7-1.
Oct. 14 v. High Storrs G.S. Away. Draw 0-0.
Oct. 17 v. Mansfield G.S. Away. Lost 3-2.
Oct. 24 v. Bootham School. Home. Won 5 0.
Nov. 7 v. Maltby G.S. Away. Draw 1-1.
Nov. 11 v. Woodhouse G.S. Away. Lost 6-1.
Nov. 14 v. Manchester G.S. Home. Lost 4-3.
Nov. 21 v. University. Home. Lost 5-3.
Nov. 25 v. Old Edwardians 1st XI. Home. Lost 5-1.
Nov. 28 v. Firth Park G.S. Home. Lost 3-0.
Dec. 2 v. Training College. Home. Lost 6-3.
Dec. 5 v. Carnegie College. Away. Lost 4-1.
Dec. 12 v. City G.S. Away. Won 4-0.

Played 20, Won 4, Drawn 3, Lost 13, Goals for 44, Against 63.

Scorers: Rowbotham 10, Staniforth 10, Heritage 5, Tebbet 4, Wells 3, May 3, Parfitt 3, Laycock 2, Perret 1, Youle 1, Spir 1, own goal 1.

C.H.H

SECOND XI

The team started the season disastrously, losing four of their first five games. Unfortunately the composition of the team has been very inconsistent and this has made games much more difficult than they need have been. The best summary one can make of the season so far is that it has been very happy but somewhat unsuccessful. The team has played good, but slow football. We congratulate Scholey, Wells, and Bradshaw, who have played well and won promotion on some occasions to the School 1st XI. Here are brief summaries of the outstanding games

Barnsley: lost 2-9. The team was completely out-classed and out-played by a fast, small, side. No spirit of resistance developed in the School XI.

High Storrs: won 3-2. An inconsistent game in which a half-time lead of 2-0 was nearly reversed during the second half. The team was a cohesive force.

Trojans: draw 2-2. A hectic game in which a 2-0 deficit was deservedly overcome. School XI played good attacking football against a fast big side.

Maltby: draw 4-4. Here one saw a three-goal lead gradually narrowed until finally an easily earned point was won. Once the team developed that link between defence and attack, the whole nature of the game altered.

Manchester: won 4-3. What a close victory this proved to be! Losing 3-1, and that now instinctive recovery began, successfully in this case, to snatch victory in the last few minutes. Manchester's forwards need only blame their own poor shooting for this result.

Bootham: won 2-1. The heading to the day went-a good time was had by everyone! After our hosts had plied us so well with everything, what could we do but win? An excellent hard-fought game in which School just held their midfield lead, and just carried home the shooting honours. Jackson scored both goals from the left wing position.

Training College: lost 2-3. An unfortunate ending to a very fine match, for the School proved the better footballing side. Haddock's bullet-like volley shot, to bring the score to 2-2, was well worthy of mention.

City Grammar: won 11-2. It was obvious from the start that this was a match which School would win. Consequently there was a tendency to take matters easily; an attitude remedied during the second half when seven goals were scored.

Scorers: May 9, Frost 5, Scholey 4, Wells 4.

Team: Parsons, Watkinson, Bradshaw, Ward, Spir, Cliffe, Frost, Nuttall, Wells, Anderson, Laycock, May, Haddock, Jackson, Scholey.

RESULTS

Played 16, Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 8.                                                                                                                                                     

v. Old Edwardian

 Home

 Lost

0-5

v. Barnsley G.S.

Home

 Lost

2-9

v. High Storrs

 Away

Won

3-2

v. Maltby G.S.

Away

Lost

0-4

v. Chesterfield G.S.

Away

Lost

4-6

v. Trojans

Home

Drawn

2-2

v. Mansfield G.S.

Away

Won

4-1

v. Bootham School

Away

Won

2-1

v. Maltby G.S.

Home

Draw

4-4

v. School 3rd XI

Home

Won

5-1

v. Manchester G.S.

Home

Won

4-3

v. The Staff

Home

Lost

0-1

v. Firth Park G.S.

Away

Lost

0-6

v. Training College 2nd XI

Away

Lost

2-3

v. Nether Edge G.S. 1st XI

Home

Lost

0-1

v. City G.S.

Home

Won

11-2

J. B. S.

THIRD XI

This term's disappointing results are due largely to the fact that fixtures have been against older and heavier sides. There has been no lack of keenness in training and practice, and the eleven has been ably captained by N. Birks.

At the beginning of the season, after losing by one goal to the Central Technical College, there were two matches against a strong Training College XI in which the team played well, although losing on both occasions. In the Staff match, the vigour and guile of the older side resulted in another loss, but against Owler Lane 1st XI, on the following Saturday, the first win was recorded. After losing to a stronger Staveley 1st XI, the team travelled to Eckington, where they lost by a narrow margin in a well contested game. Another loss, this time to an Old Edwardian XI, brought us to the last Saturday of term, when the XI played their best game of the season in mud-bath conditions to beat Crosspool.

Players this term have been selected from Birks, Cooper, Foster, Newsum, Shires, Preston, Allen, Frost, Howarth, Anderson, Sharpe, Crowson, Beynon, Ward and Vague.

RESULTS

Played 9, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 7.

v. Central Tech. Institute  

Home

Lost

1-0

v. Training College

Home

Lost

8-4

v. Training College

Away

Lost

6-2

v. Staff

Home

Lost

5-0

v. Owler Lane 1st XI

 Away

Won

3-1

v. Staveley 1st XI

Away

Lost

7-1

v. .Eckington

Away

Lost

2-1

v. Old Edwardians

Home

Lost

7-0

v. Crosspool

Home

Won

2-0

B. G. H. G.

UNDER 15 XI

Under the captaincy of Longden the team has so far enjoyed a successful season. The setting of Tuesday afternoon games has proved an enormous boon and the team has achieved a combination sadly lacking in previous years.

The defence is generally sound and has revealed good positional sense, but all its members are guilty of hesitation and loitering in the penalty area, and this has cost goals. I want to see no more dribbling or passing across the face of the goal.

The attack is small but keen and both Winfield and Powell have scored goals because of a sheer refusal to give up when beaten in the tackle or the air. More incisive play is required from the left flank.

It is hoped that the visit of the F.A. coach will have revealed the passing weaknesses of the halves and inside forwards and inspired the whole team to use the open space to greater advantage.

RESULTS

Played 10, Won 4, Lost 4, Drawn 2, For 26, Against 25, Goal average 1.04

Scorers: Winfield 11, Powell 4, Farnell 3, Hodgson 3, Booth 2, Hague 2, Rutledge 1.

v. Barnsley G.S.

Away

Won

4--2

v. High Storrs G.S.

Away

Won

4-1

v. Maltby G.S.

 Home

Lost

0-2

v. City Boys

Home

Lost

0-2

v. Carfield

 Away

Lost

2-3

v. Southey Green..

Home

Draw

4-4

v. Maltby

Away

Won

2-1

v. Manchester G.S.

Home

Won

5-2

v. Carfield  

Home

Draw

2-2

v. Firth Park G.S.

 Away

Lost

3-6

D. J. W.

UNDER 14 XI

The team has had a successful term, losing only two of the nine matches played. We have been fortunate in having a number of good reserves available when needed and this has led to keen competition to obtain a place in the team, and to an improvement in the general standard of play. Coached games with the Under 15 XI on games afternoons during the term have brought about a considerable improvement in speed, covering and positioning, which are now very good and have been largely responsible for the team's success.

Evison has captained the team well. He is an able and enthusiastic footballer who has communicated his enthusiasm to the team and done much of the scheming in the forward line. I should, however, like to see him doing more foraging.

Pike, at centre-forward, has scored nineteen goals, which is a tribute both to his marksmanship and to the service he has received from the remainder of the forward line.

Bailey, Challenger and Jones have formed the half back line in every game, with Ollerenshaw, Hancock and McAteer playing keenly to establish themselves as full-backs, and Hill has been a very reliable goalkeeper. The whole team may be pleased with the standard it has reached.

Scorers: Pike 19, Evison 5, Challenger 3, Newsom 2, White 2, Clark 2, Manterfield, Hill.

 RESULTS

Played 9, Won 5, Drawn 2, Lost 2, For 35, Against 17.

v. Barnsley G.S.

Home

Lost

0-2

v. High Storrs G.S.

 Home

Won

3-1

v. Maltby G.S.

 Away

Won

6-0

v. Carfield S.S.

Home

Draw

4-4

v. Owler Lane S.S.

 Away

Won

7-1

v. Maltby G.S.

Home

Won

1-0

v. Eckington G.S.

Away

Lost

2-5

v. Carfield S.S.

Away

Won

11-3

v. Firth Park G.S.

Home

Draw

1-1

J. C. H.

UNDER 13 XI

After a lapse of a year or two, this team has been revived, and has made a promising start with comfortable victories over High Storrs and De La Salle College. In their third match, however, they were well beaten by Firth Park, whose experience of football on muddy pitches appears to be more extensive than that of our side. Consistent form combined with talent has been shown by Andrew, the captain, Davis, and Crowson; the others have done their best.

Scorers: Andrew 3, Dalton 2, Dakin 2, Findlay, Needham, Crowson.

RESULTS

v. High Storrs

Won

5-1

v. De La Salle

Won

4-2

v. Firth Park

Lost

1-3

J. D. S.

[KES Mag Spring 54 - missing so far]