A group of boys started playing football in 2004 for Horsforth St Margaret's Football Club. They played as the Dribblers. The original squad had Joseph, Jordan (my son), James, Jake, Jack, Oliver and Patrick.
The boys tried hard and lots of individual achievements happened but unfortunately little was won in terms of football leagues and championship titles.
The years rolled on and the boys and squad grew. Then they were little 5 year olds who crowded around the ball and cried when it was cold and snowy. Now they are bigger than me and look awful if there has been a party the Saturday before a match.
The squad is much bigger now 17 players - Jordan Joseph James Jack and Oliver have been joined by Michael, Jack R, Jack S, Charlie, Pierce, Ben, Joe, Tom, James B, Harry, Will and Oliver D.The haircuts have changed but the boys are still great friends and now more than ever play fair but hard to win.
This year success came, we were Division 3 Champions in the Garforth League and achieved promotion to Division 2.
So here we are starting the season again and we are desperately in need of a new kit.
The parents are so very supportive and they have followed the kids through thick and thin. They have delivered them to training on time, bought new boots, carried injured ones of the pitch, shouted and screamed and been there at every match.
I remember the time when we took hot water bottles, stuffed down our jeans, to the match in Oakworth Keighley - Sue do you remember that, the time I needed a wee and got stung on the bottom - Viv do you remember that, the coach sweeping water out of the goal in Buttershaw as it poured down with rain and made absolutely no difference at all - Simon do you remember how you laughed and the times when we have been unable to watch, heads in hands because it was a penalty shoot out or we needed that one goal to make the difference.
The number of times we got lost, wet, cold and frozen to the bone, the times we tried to make coffee, raffle wine and sell cakes to raise funds, so please help us now to raise the money for a new kit.
Anyone can be rewarded by coming along to watch - its better than Man U v Chelsea on most Sundays and if the football is not enough watch the families cheering and shouting.
Please donate just 50p to help us raise the money - every little will help.