Back, left to right – William Cook secretary, Jack Van Gelovan, W Dockray, E Hawthorne, P North, Harold Hurford, L Moseley president, J Kilvington treasurer.
Front, left to right – Ron Claughton, Jim Claughton, A Simpson, W Fawcett, C Dawson. Harold Hurford played for Guiseley a AFC for 21 years, 15 as captain. He also represented the West Riding county in 1947, 1948, 1950 and 1952.
Names from the Aireborough Historical Society Website
Gargrave FC 1st Team
Back row (l-r): Gerry Aldersley (Coach), Jimmy Curry, Donald Cox (GK), Harry Tomlinson, Kenny Stowell, Alec Hodgson, George ‘Billy’ Reynoldson (centre-half), Tossie Aldersley (Coach)
Front row (l-r): Tommy Aldersley, George Preston, Ronnie Thwaites, Wilf Harling, Wilf Tennant.
Yorkshire Post 13th Nov 1948
For as long as anyone can recall most of the young men from the Washburn Valley have spent their Saturday afternoons visiting shops and cinemas in Harrogate and Otley. Tomorrow eleven of them will come together to play in a football match – probably the first ever staged in this valley of the reservoirs.
They will wear black and white jerseys because some of the team thought they were the colour of Arsenal. After the match they will drink tea made on a stove in the Parochial Hall with water carried two hundred yards from the Post Office.
There are 24 men and boys in the football club but there were fewer than 24 names on the list that were sent to the selectors. That was because there is a ploughing match at Kettlesing tomorrow. Some of those hoping to play football will be ploughing instead. The ploughing match will go on for five Saturdays. The football team wonder how long they will be able to carry on if ploughing continues to attract players away.
This is the team for the first match against Pool Reserves:
B Newbould (joiner) A Armitage (joiner) L Spence (farmer) C Lancaster (reservoir worker) J H Noble (head forester & captain) F Beecroft (farmer) R M—? (ex German POW & farm worker) E Spence (mason’s labourer) W Ellison (schoolboy) J Marsland (driver) K Boyce (electrician).
Wilson Ellison is the youngest player – 15 and Jock Noble is the eldest – “into his thirties.” Mr Armitage, husband of the Postmistress, said “I played rugby for 10 years when I lived at Horsforth but the last time I played football was two years ago in Burma.” Twenty five year old Eric Spence said, “Apart from the war, I have always in the valley. I was 18 when I went into the Army. Up to then I had never played in a football match and never seen one. I had heard a few broadcasts.” The Vicar of Fewston, Rev. H Clegg, started the club, has received a letter from P.C. John W Heley of Halifax Borough Police who was formerly Fewston’s policeman, he sent them this message: “It is an amazing achievement. Aston Villa were formed under a street lamp, anything can happen.”
No one can estimate what size the crowd will be. If everyone in Fewston, Timble, Blubberhouses and Norwood (which covers 43 sq miles) came along the re could only be 470 spectators.
1st Eleven Football Team, on the back row, left to right are : E Gannly W Hanson C Wood E Chapman G E Exley W R C Cowling
Seated left to right: J Lawson N Wray D Butterfield J Lees C Green In front on the left is V Grimshaw with R Finch on the right.
From the Aireborough Historical Society collection