Our review of the Calder Valley’s sporting year 2011

Todmorden Borough's cup winning squad
Todmorden Borough's cup winning squad

HERE is our review of the Calder Valley’s sporting year 2011.


THE New Year’s Revolution bike race took place at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, getting 2011 off to a good start.

Most footballers began the year hoping to resume play after a weather-enforced month-long lay-off. Where some football had been played a game started wasn’t always finished - Royal George’s Colin Gibson, acting as a stand-in referee, had to abandon their match with Chadderton Youth when a Chadderton player he had dismissed refused to leave the pitch.

Hebden Royd Red Star returned to cup action and suffered only their first defeat of the season when they came up against West Riding league side Ovenden in the Halifax FA Saturday Cup. It was a good month for goal machine Andy Gregory, who hit a fifth hat-trick in a row.

Hollins Holme were involved in a humdinger of a game, coming back from four goals down in the Halifax Senior Cup quarter final to win through to the semi on penalties.

The area’s runners competed in Todmorden Harriers’ Mini Mountain Marathon, an orienteering score event which took place at Sowerby Bridge.

Although freezing weather turned cold and windy by mid-month, fell runners are put off by little and members of Todmorden Harriers and Calder Valley Fell Runners continued to compete.

Todmorden’s 14-year-old Frank Wilson, boxing for the Halifax Police Boxing Club, won through to the Royal Navy Schoolboys’ Championship finals.


CALDER Valley Fell Runners and Todmorden Harriers were among a good turnout in the popular Pennine Bridleway Relay Race on the final weekend of January, our first edition of February reporting a win for the Calder Valley ladies but with Todmorden’s Ali Richards and Sarah Warburton turning in a new ladies’ course record on leg three. Calder’s men came second in their race.

Todmorden football side Woodhouse United were left facing the prospect of playing all their Rochdale Sunday League games away from home after thieves stole their goal posts.

While Todmorden Borough players were still unable to play due to postponements, local sides Jack’s House, who went top of the Rochdale Online Alliance League first division.

When Borough did return to action they were delighted to win through to the semi-finals of the WLFL Challenge Cup quarter final.

Halifax Sunday League side Royd Club hit a new club scoring record when they demolished Halifax Rangers Reserves 21-1.

Amid poor weather both Midgley and Calder 76 pulled off wins in a reduced Halifax premier programme while Wadsworth were making strides towards the third division title.

Todmorden Badminton Club swept to their first title of the season when their mixed team won the Nelson and District Badminton League first division.

Todmorden born veteran ski jumper James Lambert took part in a major European televised competition.

Golfers were in action at home (Todmorden) or away (Hebden Bridge, some of whose members managed to take a winter break in the sun in Spain.


A THRILLING game between table-topping Jack’s House and bottom club Rochdale Sacred House kicked off March in Rochdale One, as Jacks came from behind to draw 4-4.

Elsewhere, Hebden Royd Red Star kept their double hopes alive with a 4-0 away victory over Sowerby United to make it through to the semi-finals of the Halifax AFL Challenge Cup

Jacks bounced back the following week with a dominating 7-0 victory over Peels Arms while Hebden Royd Red Star revisited Sowerby United, this time leaving with a 5-1 victory under their belt. Midgeley United’s Reserves hit nine past Salem Reserves with no reply.

Todmorden Harriers’ Ladies Team took victory in the opening round in the English Fell Running Championships.

The British Crown Green Championships took place at Centre Vale Park, with 12 different counties represented, the Greater Manchester team taking victory.

Todmorden Borough got a 4-0 win over Walney Island but Hollins Holme were knocked out of the Halifax Senior Cup at the semi-final stage, beaten by Royal Hotel 5-1.

Shaun Godsman was the victor in the “Stand Bradshaw Memorial Fell Race”.

Borough went down 4-1 at the hands of Kendal, although their reserves emerged 8-0 winners against Ladybridge. A complacent Red Star were beaten 4-3 at home by Stump Cross.

Karl Gray took a four-second victory in the Midgley Moor Fell Race, while Charles Bamford took home the Sheamus Russell Trophy in Mount Skip Golf Club’s winter contest.

Red Star recorded a 5-2 mauling of Ryburn United, and Jack’s House took a 6-1 victory away at Hargreaves - although neither side could get on the scoresheet between GSK Ulverton Rangers and Todmorden Borough.


HEBDEN Royd Red Star romped to the Ziggy’s Spice House League premier division championship with five games to spare - while in division three Wadsworth United sealed promotion.

But at the bottom of the premier division with Midgley United relegated.

Todmorden Borough made history when they won the first major trophy in the club’s 10-year existence, beating Lytham Town 2-1 to take the West Lancashire Challenge Cup Final in Blackpool.

Woodhouse United just failed in their bid to lift the Rochdale Sunday League’s Butterworth Cup.

Todmorden rower Jess Leyden was selected for the Great Britain squad competing in Munich in May.

Jonathan Sutcliffe won Hebden Bridge Golf Club’s first board competition of the year, the Great Mount Trophy. At Todmorden Golf Club, one of the best ever scores was recorded in the Rive Rocks centenary competition, where David Hollows carded a gross 69, net 57 off a 12 handicap.

More than 300 people were attracted to the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association Championships, one of several national competitions to be held at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.

Polished Knob won the Todmorden Quiz League title. Hebden Bridge Chess Club B avoided relegation.

Jack Hook and B. Maguire won the Todmorden Darts League pairs title, Brian Speight the A Division knockout title and S. Van the B Division title.

Walsden CC had to face beginning their season without professional Duminda Perera while some passport problems were ironed out. They got off to a flier nevertheless.

Meanwhile Todmorden first teamer Andrew Sutcliffe had secured sponsorship for every first and second team member, from a variety of sources. The club also received Club Mark accreditation from the ECB.

Both Todmorden Harriers and Calder Valley Fell Runners had representatives at the Mourne Peaks race in Northern Ireland.


TODMORDEN CC lost their first game in nine with an away defeat to Accrington, while Jack’s House were celebrating promotion to Rochdale’s Premier League after a 3-0 victory over Castleton seconds.

Despite a knock of 75 from opener Matt Dawson Walsden were felled by Royton, but in football Andy Gregory bagged a 105th minute winner to hand Hebden Royd Red Star the Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup.

Calder Valley’s “A” team took their maiden win in the Calderdale Way Relay and Mytholmroyd progressed to the second round of the Parish Cup, seeing off Southowram by 66 runs.

Todmorden CC’s captain, Simon Newbitt, stepped down to be replaced by spinner Andrew Sutcliffe.

Jack’s House rounded off their season, beating Waggon Athletic 1-0 and ensuring they went the whole season unbeaten at home.

Walsden crashed to a six-wicket home loss at the hands of Milnrow.

Hebden Bridge Golf Club’s junior section eased to an 8-0 victory at Bradley Hall, capping off a great week in which the seniors also secured dominating wins.

Alasdair Pedley won the under-12 British Orieentering Championship to add to the Yorkshire and Northern titles he already owned.

Booth had a 15 run success over Blackley in what proved a closely-contested cricket match, Matthew Brown impressing with a boundary-laden 83.

Todmorden also had a good weekend, first visiting Colne and comfortably dispatching them before travelling to Accrington and extracting their revenge for the loss earlier in the month.


A DRAMATIC victory for Walsden kick-started June as they ran out one-run winners against Monton and Weaste despite scoring only 115.

Todmorden defeated Colne in the Lancashire League Twenty/20 competition with 65 from Ben Sutcliffe before James Morgan took five wickets.

Hebden Royd Red Star’s Andy Gregory was presented with the Craig Varley Award after notching the most goals (52) throughout all divisions.

Todmorden dispatched Rishton in the quarter-final of the Worsley Cup with a ten-wicket victory.

Todmorden Harriers Ladies strengthened their position at the top of the English Fell Championship by winning at the Duddon Valley Fell Race while Booth scored 10 runs off the final over to reach the quarter-final of the Parish Cup.

Ben Mounsey and Jo Buckley were selected to represent England at the International Snowdon Race.

Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas appeared for Walsden, after an injury to Duminda Perera. He helped them to victory with 41 runs and three wickets. Todmorden beat Burnley by seven wickets, Abbas again impressing with 66.

Walsden travelled to Oldham in both Round Two of the Wood Cup and the league - and put the home team to the sword on both occasions. A 109 from Matt awson on Saturday proved to be the vital ingredient for Walsden, whereas Jake Hooson and Kris Halstead scored 44 and 35 respectively to secure victory in the cup. Hebden Bridge Old Boys competed in the Euro-Fives Soccer tournament, making it to the quarter finals before being knocked out 2-0.

Despite being defeated by means of a bowl out against Nelson in Group C of the Twenty/20 competition, Todmorden progressed to the semi-final stage whilst Walsden defeated Crompton by 59 runs. Todmorden Harrier Lauren Jeska took gold in the English Fell Championships for the second year running and Booth squeezed through to the semi-finals of the Parish Cup.


SEAN Frewin won the Mount Skip Open Fourball Better Ball, he and his partner recording a nett score of 60.

Todmorden CC suffered defeat on both Saturday and Sunday - being knocked out of the Worsley Cup in the process. Walsden fared no better, losing out in the semi-finals of the Wood Cup.

The clash between Booth and Mytholmroyd resulted in a dominating victory for the former, Ian Sharkey scoring 92.

Boxer Peter Newbury won the CFK North East Area cruiserweight title in only his third bout and said he wanted his next fight, hopefully for the Central Area title, to be held in Todmorden.

Junior runner Max Wharton was second in the senior Stoodley Pike Fell Race, in which five of the top ten runners were under 18.

A narrow defeat against Heywood saw Walsden slip to third in the Central Lancashire League while Simon Newbitt scored a magnificent ton in Todmorden’s five wicket victory over Burnley.

A rain-hit weekend saw Walsden lose over 25 overs against Littleborough despite an unbeaten 38 from Kris Halstead.Todmorden were unable to play and lost ground in the league title battle.

Jess Leyden was selected for the Great Britain junior quad sculling crew and would participate in the World Rowing Junior Championships after representing England in an Anglo/French clash.

A partnership of 74 between Booth’s Laycock brothers Robert and Richard was enough to see off Sowerby St Peters in the Parish Cup semi-final.


MYTHOLMROYD lost again in their bid to avoid relegation from the Towergate Halifax League Premier Division, while Todmorden snatched second place in the Lancashire League after Simon Newbitt and Qaiser Abbas struck a third wicket stand of 150.

However, it was defeat for the seconds in the Lancashire Telegraph Cup Final, losing to 11-time winners Ramsbottom.

Todmorden Angling Society’s Ramsden Wood Fishery was reopened with a free taster day to celebrate.

Booth narrowly lost in the last over to Copley in the Parish Cup Final.

Todmorden Borough kicked off the football season with a 7-0 demolition of Walney Island.

Mytholmroyd were left wondering what they had to do to get a result after seeing their total of 304 knocked off with six overs to spare by Triangle.

Max Wharton earned a call-up to the England fell running set up. Todmorden CC’s second successive defeat left their title hopes dented.

Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre won the team jumping competition at Mottram Agricultural Show.


HEBDEN Royd Red Star started their campaign with a thrilling contest, a 5-4 loss against derby rivals Calder ‘76.

Hollins Holme bounced back from a dismal opening day performance to thrash Thornhill Briggs 6-1.

Tod Borough were 3-0 victors over Prestwich in the Lancashire Amateur Shield to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, whilst Todmorden CC lost to champions Lowerhouse at Centre Vale.

Mytholmroyd were relegated from the Towergate Halifax Cricket League Premier Division, while, Booth collected 10 points at home to Jer Lane to keep themselves in with a mathematical chance of winning the league.

Todmorden professional Qaiser Abbas took seven wickets in his team’s final game, taking his season’s tally to 108 and securing the league prize, while Simon Newbitt finished as the highest amateur run scorer in the division.

In football, Woodhouse United retained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 5-0 win over Roca Juniors and Todmorden Harriers ladies team added a bronze in the British Fell Championships to their gold in the English Championships.

Holders Red Star were knocked out of the Challenge Cup, the score 7-0 to last year’s finalists Elland United.

Calder Valley’s Max Wharton ran for England in the Home Internationals fell race, the team finishing first.

Tod Borough lost 4-0 in the Lancashire Amateur Shield to Blackpool Wren Rovers after suffering with injuries and unavailabilty.


THERE was no stopping Woodhouse United striker Callum Hallinan, who hit his fourth hat-trick of the season. Todmorden’s sides generally had begun their seasons strongly, with Todmorden Borough beginning an unbeaten run.

Wadsworth kept up a 100 per cent start to the season when they knocked Volunteer Arms out of the Halifax FA Saturday Cup. Calder 76 and Midgley United began the season strongly. Saturday premier champions Red Star, who had struggled, chalked up their first league win before the month was out.

There were end of season winners galore at Todmorden Golf Club with Rod Hunt clinching the summer league title. Neil Chrimes won the Gold Medal Final and Christian Godfrey the Open Stroke supporting competition. The Midweek Pairs Final was won by Steve Shone and John Stobbs.

Rower Jess Leyden was a member of the Great Britain Squad competing in the World Junior Rowing Championships.

Professional Qaiser Abbas topped Todmorden CC’s averages with Simon Newbitt, Ben Sutcliffe and Nick Barker all made good first team runs.

All five Todmorden Harriers competing in the Race You To The Summit fell race came back with prizes. Calder Valley fell runner Alistair Morris won the Male Pairs Adventure Race in the Lake District. The national fell relays saw Calder Valley ladies pick up a bronze.

More than 30 archers took part in the White Rose Archers’ hosted Longbow “Western” shoot and life member Derek Eastwood retired as club treasurer.

Trevor and Richard Hargreaves won the Hollins Floodlit Pairs bowls competition. At Old Town, Richard Helliwell, Ray Priestley and Paul Turner won the floodlit Triples competition.

Todmorden Tennis Club completed another successful season with the Mixed A and B teams runners-up in the Slazenger Calderdale League Coyle Cup and President’s Trophy respectively, and the Mixed C and Men’s B team champions in their respective third divisions.

Greg Dyson and Daniel Davey won the Men’s Handicap doubles. Olivia and Eve Marshall were finalists in the league’s ladies’ handicap doubles tournament. Olivia was runner-up in the open ladies singles.


CALDER Valley Fell runners ladies (British) and Todmorden Harriers’ ladies (English) collected their team gold medals at a presentation dinner.

There was also an individual English trophy and gold medal for Tod’s Lauren Jeska, and a British team bronze, while Calder Valley’s Helen Fines received a British award for second lady. Calder’s Vet 40 men’s team won a bronze and Steve Oldfield a V50s individual silver.

Ben Mounsey having won Calder Valley’s men’s championship, Joanna Stevens secured the ladies’ title at Pendle. Robin Tuddenham moved top of Todmorden Harriers’ road championship.

Calder 76, were in good football premier league form as were Midgley United in division one, and made it into the Halifax AFL Challenge Cup quarter finals. In Sunday football, Hollins Holmes welcomed back Liam Barrett, out for 14 months through injury.

Hebden Royd Red Star beat Wadsworth 4-1 to go into to the quarter finals of the Albert Crabtree Cup.

Todmorden Borough were still right in the mix at the top of the West Lancashire League second division. Woodhouse got back to winning ways mid-month and Royal George had gone six unbeaten.

Rower Jess Leyden received an OCS Young Sports Person Award worth £1,500.

Savile Bowling Club members rounded off their centenary celebrations when Martin Greenwood and Terry Ness won the floodlit pairs title.

Paul Richardson was Hebden Bridge Golf Club’s golfer of the year for 2011. At Todmorden, Gary Fisher was appointed the new captain.


DECEMBER weather played havoc with the football fixtures.

Todmorden Borough managed to get a game in and their 4-0 win meant they saw out the old year in style. Midgley United were pushing for promotion in the Halifax league division one. Wadsworth also looked in unstoppable form in division two. Red Star exited the Halifax FA Albert Crabtree Cup in a humdinger of a match with Brighouse Town.

Wet weather provided the worst possible conditions for Todmorden anglers in the Christmas match, but there were good catches. Pete Mottram was club champion.

Walsden CC signed up Sri Lankan all-rounder Ranil Dhammika as professional for 2012. Both Todmorden and Walsden Cricket Clubs held their presentation nights. Booth CC’s Neil Thomas received the Towergate Halifax League’s sportsman’s award.

Others holding presentation nights included Todmorden Harriers, celebrating their most successful year yet. The mild if wet weather meant more than 300 ended the year by taking part in the traditional Hot Toddy race.

Todmorden Karate Club bolstered their black belt ranks after taking part in an international weekend.

In boxing, the newly formed Hebden Bridge Amateur Boxing Club’s fighters were enjoying an excellent season.

Todmorden darts league team Shannon A celebrated a remarkable record in 2011, winning the league’s A Division for the 11th year on the trot.

More than 100 children took part in Todmorden Swimming Club’s junior and senior galas.