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Boroughbridge AFC
24 Jul - Lost 2-0
@ Knaresborough Town
Sadie Rose Clifford Cup

Boroughbridge AFC
2 Aug - 13.00
vs. Headingley AFC

2 Aug - 15.00
Reserve Squad
vs. Headingley AFC Res

9 Aug - 14.00
Reserve Squad
vs. Stanley United

12 Aug - 18.45
'Bridge XI
vs. Ouseburn United
Boroughbridge AFC

West Yorks Premier
Opening Table

Team Pts
1 Bardsey 0
2 Beeston St. Anthony's 0
3 Boroughbridge AFC 0
4 Brighouse Old Boys 0
5 East End Park 0
6 Field 0
7 Horbury Town 0
8 Hunslet Club 0
9 Knaresborough Town 0
10 Leeds City 0
11 Otley Town 0
12 Oxenhope Recreation 0
13 Ripon City 0
14 Robin Hood Athletic 0
15 Shelley 0
16 Wetherby Athletic 0
Boroughbridge AFC

West Yorks Alliance One
Opening Table

Team Pts
1 Aberford Albion Res 0
2 Beeston S.A. Res 0
3 B'bridge AFC Res 0
4 Brighouse O.B. Res 0
5 East End Park Res 0
6 Field Res 0
7 Hunslet Club Res 0
8 Ilkley Town Res 0
9 Leeds City Res 0
10 Headingley AFC Res 0
11 Oxenhope Rec. Res 0
12 Robin Hood A'tic Res 0
13 Wetherby A'tic Res 0
14 Whitkirk W'erers Res 0
28 Jul - Pre-Season Training

With the start of the season fast approaching, a reminder that pre-season training continues throughout late-July and early-August on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start at Aldborough Road. With Pre-Season 2014 is now well underway, meaning that it is essential for players to attend in order to cement their places in the starting line-ups. As always new players are welcome with the Club looking to strengthen all of its squads heading into the new term. If you would like to join the Club then please email team@boroughbridgeafc.com for more information and one of our management team will get back to you.
24 Jul - Pre-Season: Town Triumph By Two

Knaresborough Town retained the Sadie Rose Charity Cup earlier this evening at Manse Lane as Pre-Season 2014 officially kicked-off for 'Bridge. Daz Ekin's men lost by five goals to two in last season's inaugural encounter in aid of NCCA UK and memory of Sadie Rose Clifford, but things were much tighter this time out. Town notched both onto their tally with strikes from outside the box, whilst 'Bridge saw a shot from 30 yards ricochet off the cross bar and were denied in a one-on-one situation. The pre-season schedule continues next Saturday with a double-header against Headingley AFC at Aldborough Road.

Pre-Season 2014 - Sadie Rose Charity Cup
Knaresborough Town 2-0 Boroughbridge AFC
23 Jul - Pre-Season El Clasico Supports NCCA

Pre-Season 2014 will officially kick-off tomorrow evening, with perhaps one of the mostly hotly anticipated matches of the year as Daz Ekin's men travel to Manse Lane to take on local rivals Knaresborough Town in the El Clasico fixture. As previously reported, the now annual pre-season fixture will once again be contested for the Sadie Rose Charity Cup and in memory of Sadie Rose Clifford. All money raised on the evening will go to support NCCA UK, a charity committed to helping families affected by the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. You can find out more about the NCCA by visiting their website, or donate online by clicking here. Kick-off tomorrow will be 7.30 p.m. at Manse Lane.
21 Jul - Headingley Double-Header To Headline

A double-header of matches against Headingley AFC will form the headline fixtures of Pre-Season 2014 as 'Bridge get set to launch into their preparations for the 14/15 West Yorkshire League campaign. Daz Ekin and Richard Donohoe will lead their troops into battle against former Reserve team gaffer Elliott Sheeran's new club on Saturday 2nd August, with a match between the two clubs' first teams supplementing the previously announced Reserve clash. Headingley AFC, formerly Old Headingley, will line-up as one of sixteen teams in West Yorkshire Division One this season after a seventh place finish last term, whilst Headingley AFC Reserves will be a direct league rival of 'Bridge Reserves this season following Donohoe's men's promotion back to the West Yorkshire Alliance Division One, masterminded by Sheeran, last season.

Sat 2 Aug - Pre-Season 2014 - 13.00 & 15.00
Boroughbridge AFC vs. Headingley AFC
Boroughbridge AFC Reserves vs. Headingley AFC Reserves
19 Jul - Coles 'Masters' Degree

Boroughbridge AFC would like to send their congratulations to Ben Coles who this week graduated with a Masters degree in Physics from Canterbury University. Son of club stalwart Tony, Ben was a regular player at Aldborough Road in both the 'A' and Reserve teams before heading off to University four years ago. In his four years in Canterbury he has played an active role in football on campus, and still continues to pull on a 'Bridge shirt when he is able to. Ben, congratulations from all at the Club and all the very best as you plan your next move!
18 Jul - Pre-Season Training

With the start of the season fast approaching, a reminder that pre-season training continues throughout July and early-August on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start at Aldborough Road. The opening game of Pre-Season 2014 is now less than a week away with the start of the 14/15 campaign less than a month away, meaning that it is essential for players to attend in order to cement their places in the starting line-ups. As always new players are welcome with the Club looking to strengthen all of its squads heading into the new term. If you would like to join the Club then please email team@boroughbridgeafc.com for more information and one of our management team will get back to you.
16 Jul - Pre-Season 2014: Reserve Schedule
[Updated - 17 Jul]

Following on from yesterday's opening announcement of Pre-Season 2014 of the date and venue for the Sadie Rose Charity Cup, the Club can today reveal the Reserve team's provisional warm-up schedule. The action is due to kick-off a week on Sunday as Richard Donohoe's side welcome Harrogate Town's Under-19 side in a 3 p.m. kick-off, before a match against former Reserve gaffer Elliott Sheeran's new club Headingley AFC's Reserve side the following Saturday. The schedule then continues with a game against Stanley United on Saturday 9th August, 2 p.m. kick-off, before concluding on Tuesday 12th August, just days before the kick-off of the new West Yorkshire Alliance Division One season, with a Reserves-'A' team joint-squad 6.45 p.m. kick-off against Ouseburn United.

Pre-Season 2014
Sun 27 Jul - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves vs. Harrogate Town Under-19s - 15.00
Sat 2 Aug - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves vs. Headingley AFC Reserves - TBC
Sat 9 Aug - Boroughbridge AFC Reserves vs. Stanley United - 14.00
Tues 12 Aug - Boroughbridge AFC XI vs. Ouseburn United - 18.45
15 Jul - Pre-Season 2014: Sadie Rose Cup

Boroughbridge AFC can today announce that the opening fixture of Pre-Season 2014 will be an El Clasico showdown with local rivals Knaresborough Town. The match will once again be held in memory of Sadie Rose Clifford, with the two sides playing for the Sadie Rose Charity Cup to raise money for the Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance (NCCA), a charity dedicated to helping families affected by neuroblastoma access treatment, education and research. The match will be held under the lights at Town's Manse Lane ground next Thursday, 24th July, with 7.30 p.m. the slated kick-off. The encounter is the second edition of what is now a regular pre-season fixture, with Town running out five two winners during the inaugural match during Pre-Season 2013.
14 Jul - WCLS: Bramley Crowned Champion

Boroughbridge AFCDave Bramley has been crowned champion of the 2014 World Cup Lucky Seven after all seven competitors drew blanks on the Final to give no change in positions from Day Twenty Four. All seven had predicted Germany to lift the trophy, but with scores taken at 90 minutes a nil nil draw was of good to none of them. With 102 entrants, Bramley takes home prize money of £30.60 for his victory, whilst second placed Giles Coombes receives £15.30 with third placed Tom Ekin getting £5.10. A big thank you from the Club to all those who entered, with £51 raised for Club funds from the competition, and congratulations to Bramley, Coombes and Ekin. The final standings can be viewed by clicking here.
13 Jul - WCLS Day Twenty Four: This Is It

Boroughbridge AFCThe Match for Third Place may not count for much in the eyes of many, but it may well have decided the podium places in the World Cup Lucky Seven. An Argentinian victory saw David Ekin drop out of the top three places, replaced by Tom Ekin who joins Dave Bramley and Giles Coombes in the top three. Bramley may only have a seven point lead over Coombes with up to ten points available from the Final, but with all having predicted a German victory can now not be caught. All of Coombes, Ekin, Ekin, and Pauline Chubb could finish in the remaining podium positions and take home prize money with all having predicted different scorelines. The standings after Day Twenty Four's action can be viewed by clicking here.
12 Jul - WCLS Predictions: Last Chance Saloon

Boroughbridge AFCThe Lucky Seven have now made their final predictions of the World Cup Lucky Seven competition and in around 48 hours the identity of the champion and podium position holders will be known. Predictions have been made for not just the Final but also the Match for Third Place, with the majority verdict that Netherlands will condemn hosts Brazil to a second straight defeat. Just two disagree with that opinion, with joint-second placed David Ekin joining Alan Howe in predicting a one all draw. The seven are unified in their views on the Final, however, with all thinking it will be Germany who are crowned World Champions, meaning that it will take a correct scoreline for someone to make a late move. The final predictions of the competition can be viewed by clicking here.
11 Jul - Pre-Season Training

With the start of the season fast approaching, a reminder that pre-season training continues throughout July on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start at Aldborough Road. The opening games of Pre-Season 2014 are now only a matter of weeks away with the start of the 14/15 campaign a little over a month away, meaning that it is essential for players to attend in order to cement their places in the starting line-ups. As always new players are welcome with the Club looking to strengthen all of its squads heading into the new term. If you would like to join the Club then please email team@boroughbridgeafc.com for more information and one of our management team will get back to you.
10 Jul - WCLS Day Twenty Three: Lead Cut

Boroughbridge AFCAs the points awarded have increasing throughout the World Cup Lucky Seven, the ability of competitors to make big moves has also increased, and the second Semi-Final once more saw this in effect with big gains made by some. Three of the seven predicted a draw between the Netherlands and Argentina, with Giles Coombes the biggest mover thanks to six points for correctly predicting the nil nil scoreline. Coupled with his four points from the first Semi-Final he climbs into a tie for second with David Ekin, who added four points to his tally yesterday, and more importantly just seven points off the top of the table. Tom Ekin was the third to gain points yesterday, with another four points added to his tally boosting him up to fourth. The standings after Day Twenty Three's action can be viewed by clicking here.

The Lucky Seven now conclude the competition by predicting the scores of both the World Cup Final and the Match for Third Place, with the points awarded for the latter sticking at six and four whilst climbing for the former to five for a correct outcome and a potentially decisive ten for a correct scoreline. Predictions should be submitted by 8 p.m. on Saturday (12th July) and can be returned by the usual means - either by email or phone/text to 07747496501.
9 Jul - WCLS Day Twenty Two: Race Hots Up

Boroughbridge AFCThe race for the prize money-paying podium positions hotted up on Day Twenty Two of the World Cup Lucky Seven as Germany's "Müller-ing" of hosts Brazil handed points to all those from third on back. Unsurprisingly, all of the seven expected the final scoreline to be "Klose" than seven one meaning no full points, but with top two Dave Bramley and Pauline Chubb both predicting a draw the four points for the chasing five was enough to close the gap between second and sixth to just three points with three matches left. The standings after Day Twenty Two's action can be viewed by clicking here.
8 Jul - WCLS Predictions: Brazil Heading Out?

Boroughbridge AFCIf the Lucky Seven are to be trusted, then hosts Brazil could well be heading out of their World Cup tonight against Germany, with five of the seven competitors predicting victory in 90 minutes for Joachim Loew's side. Just two, the two at the top of the table, have predicted a draw at full time whilst none have picked Brazil to win it in 90 minutes. In tomorrow's second Semi-Final, meanwhile, there's a slightly more mixed bag with three opting for a draw, three for a victory for Argentina and just Pauline Chubb putting faith in the Netherlands. The predictions for the Semi-Finals can be viewed by clicking here.
7 Jul - Greer Joins Management Staff

Boroughbridge AFCIt is with great pleasure that Boroughbridge AFC can today announce that Neil Greer has joined the management staff in the role of Manager of the Club's 'A' team. Greer replaces Richard Donohoe who last year led the team to promotion to the Harrogate & District Division One and the Final of the Hulme Cup before moving up to take the helm of the Club's Reserve side last month. Having started his career with British Sugar AFC in the York League before spending time at Middleton Celtic, Civil Service and most recently Pannal, Neil brings a wealth of experience in local football to the Club.
6 Jul - WCLS Day Twenty One: Lead Steady

Boroughbridge AFCThe Quarter Finals again proved to be tough to predict on Day Twenty One of the World Cup Lucky Seven, with three of the seven drawing a blank overall on the day and none of the seven scoring point on the Netherlands versus Costa Rica match. The lead, however, is steady at eleven after Dave Bramley matched his closest chaser Pauline Chubb in scoring three points on the day's first match. Chubb now leads David Ekin in third by four points, whilst further down the table both Giles Coombes and Alan Howe were on the move in adding five points to their tallies. The standings after Day Twenty One's action can be viewed by clicking here.

The Lucky Seven now progress to predict the Semi Finals, and with the points awarded increasing once again to six for a correct scoreline and four for a correct outcome there's still all to play for. Predictions should be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday (8th July) and can be returned by the usual means - either by email or phone/text to 07747496501.
5 Jul - WCLS Day Twenty: Bramley Makes Gains

Boroughbridge AFCDave Bramley tightened his grip atop the World Cup Lucky Seven table on Day Twenty has he added eight points to his total whilst challengers directly behind drew blanks. David Ekin, Giles Coombes and Harvey Green tumbled down the leaderboard after scoring no points from the day's two matches, whilst Pauline Chubb climbed to second and eleven points off Bramley after also adding eight to her total. The standings after Day Twenty's action can be viewed by clicking here, and the prediction for Day Twenty One can be viewed here. Whilst the seven are undecided between a draw and an Argentinian victory in today's first match, all predict a Netherlands win in the day's second match against Costa Rica.
4 Jul - WCLS Predictions: Mixed Bag

Boroughbridge AFCThe Lucky Seven have identified no clear favourite to lift the World Cup in their predictions for the first two Quarter-Finals this evening in Brazil, with a mixed bag of scores submitted. None of the seven have France down as progressing to the Semi-Finals, but those with faith in Germany are in a minority with four of the seven predicting a draw after 90 minutes. There is likewise no majority verdict from the day's second Quarter-Final, with three of the seven predicting hosts Brazil to progress, three predicting a draw after 90 minutes and just Harvey Green predicting a Colombian victory. The predictions for Day Twenty's matches can be viewed by clicking here.
3 Jul - Dargavel Appointed Assistant Manager

Boroughbridge AFCIt is with great pleasure that Boroughbridge AFC can today announce the appointment of Paul Dargavel as Assistant Manager of the Club's flagship West Yorkshire Premier Division side. Dargavel brings a wealth of experience to the role, and knows the Club well having worked as a coach to the side last season. He will continue to play an active role in coaching the Club's players, and will lead pre-season training sessions, in addition to his new role working alongside 'Bridge Manager Daz Ekin, who will be entering his 24th season in the role when the new Premier Division campaign kicks off on 16th August.
2 Jul - WCLS Day Nineteen: Nil Points For Most

Boroughbridge AFCNil goals and nil points was the story of the day for the majority on Day Nineteen of the World Cup Lucky Seven. Argentina's goalless draw with Switzerland after 90 minutes in the day's opening match saw no points dished out with all having predicted an Argentinian victory, whilst the day's second clash between Belgium and USA was a similar story with five having opted for Belgium and none for the USA. The only two to score points were Pauline Chubb and leader Dave Bramley, both of whom added two points to their tallies after predicting one all draws. The points move Chubb up into a tie for third, whilst Bramley extends his lead atop the table to four points over David Ekin. The table following the conclusion of the Round of Sixteen can be viewed by clicking here.

The Lucky Seven now progress to predict the Quarter Finals, and with a points awarded increasing to five for a correct scoreline and three for a correct outcome there's still all to play for. Predictions should be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday (4th July) and can be returned either by email or phone/text to 07747496501.
1 Jul - WCLS Day Eighteen: No Dramas

Boroughbridge AFCAfter days of action and big movement Day Eighteen brought relative calm to the World Cup Lucky Seven with only one change in position lower down the table the equal points for many. Six predicted France's win over Nigeria with Tom Ekin the only competitor to gain four points for foreseeing the two nil scoreline, whilst all seven thought Germany would beat Algeria in 90 minutes leading to no points from the day's second game. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here and the predictions for Day Nineteen's action can be viewed here. All seven have predicted an Argentinian victory in the penultimate Round of Sixteen match, whilst five think Belgium will get the better of the USA with two predicting extra time.
30 Jun - Pre-Season Training

A reminder that pre-season training ahead of the 14/15 campaign commences this coming Wednesday evening, 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start at Aldborough Road. Sessions will then run every Monday and Wednesday evening until the start of the season, and new players are welcome with the Club looking to strengthen all of its squads heading into the new term. If you would like to join the Club then please email team@boroughbridgeafc.com for more information and one of our management team will get back to you.
30 Jun - WCLS Day Seventeen: Lead Slashed

Boroughbridge AFCDavid Ekin's surge in the World Cup Lucky Seven continued on Day Sixteen as the lead atop the table was slashed from eight points down to just two points. The Netherlands' late penalty denied leader Dave Bramley four points and instead gave them to the man in second, whilst Greece's late equaliser meant Ekin was the only competitor to score points on the day's second game. Behind the leading duo there's a three-way tie for third with Giles Coombes, Harvey Green and Pauline Chubb all tied on 42 points. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here and the predictions for Day Eighteen's action can be viewed here. All but Pauline Chubb have predicted a French victory in the day's first game, whilst all seven foresee a German win over Algeria.
29 Jun - WCLS Day Sixteen: Ekin Gains Ground

Boroughbridge AFCDavid Ekin continued his run of form in the World Cup Lucky Seven as the knockout stages of the tournament kicked off yesterday, moving up into second and closing his gap to Dave Bramley atop the leaderboard to eight points. With the points awarded for correct scorelines and outcomes increasing to four and two for the Round of Sixteen, Ekin's score of six was the highest on the day, followed by Bramley with four. The table after the opening two knockout stages games can be viewed by clicking here and the predictions for Day Seventeen's action can be viewed here.
28 Jun - 'Bridge Boys Back From Brazil

Boroughbridge AFCBoroughbridge AFC's representatives at this year's FIFA World Cup are now back on English soil after two weeks in Brazil. Daz Ekin, Tony Coles and David Ekin landed back at London Heathrow yesterday after their South American adventure which has seen them visit two of England's three group matches. The morning after our last gallery of pictures from them the trio embarked on a tour of one of Rio's favela's, before making the six and a half hour bus journey to Sao Paulo for the match against Uruguay. An eight hour trip to Belo Horizonte followed soon afterwards with the rest of their time spend in and around Copacabana soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying time with fellow fans.

'Bridge gaffer Daz Ekin was also busy strengthening his squad ahead of the coming West Yorkshire League season, signing a quartet of internationals. Having already added Brazilian, Honduran and Ecuadorian stars to his roster Ekin next swooped for Japanese prospect Kensai Abe before opening negotiations with Russian star Pavel Mouseev, known simply as 'the Iron Curtain' by many for his defensive talents. Kevin Peron Ruiz joined the ranks as South American football advisor and on the final evening one of Daz's two chief scouts, David Ekin, opened negotiations with the Iranian superstar Big Mo. You can view pictures of the ceremonial pin badge presentations for all of Ekin's new stars as well as a host of other images from the trio's past ten days in Brazil by clicking here.
27 Jun - WCLS Day Fifteen: The Lucky Seven

Boroughbridge AFCThere were points-a-plenty of the final day of the group stages of the World Cup Lucky Seven, with big changes across the leaderboard, not least at the business end. Dave Bramley, Harvey Green, David Ekin and Tom Ekin all booked their places in the knockout stages of the competition based on points, whilst Pauline Chubb, Giles Coombes and Alan Howe all required goal difference to separate themselves from Steven Green and Dixon on 36 points. Outside the top seven, Tracey Harrod notched the highest daily score of the tournament so far with a haul of ten points from the four games. Portgual's clash with Ghana yielded the most points with 115 collectively scored by the 102, closely followed by USA versus Germany with 99 and Korea Republic against Belgium with 96 points. The day's lowest scoring encounter still managed to make it over the half century marker, with Algeria versus Russia giving 56 points collectively. The final group stages table can be viewed by clicking here.

The "Lucky Seven" now progress to predict the scores of the knockout stages in order to determine the winners and prize money recipients. Predictions for the Round of Sixteen should be submitted by 4 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday 28 June) and can be returned either by email or phone/text to 07747496501.
26 Jun - WCLS Day Fourteen: Last Chance

Boroughbridge AFCNow really is last chance saloon time for the competitors in the top half of the World Cup Lucky Seven table, with just seven places available in the knockout stages of the competition and just twelve points left on offer from Day Fifteen's action. Day Fourteen saw steady scoring for most and no change in the overall leadership, with Dave Bramley still out front by five points. Harvey Green remains in second, but no holds outright control of the position, with Steve Green a point behind and Alan Howe and Pauline Chubb tied in fourth seven points off the lead. On the pitch there were good points to be had from three of the day's four games, with Nigeria versus Argentina yielding the day's highest collective tally of 84 points, followed by Honduras' clash with Switzerland on 69 points and Bosnia-Herzegovina against Iran on 68 points collectively. The day's final game was harder to predict, however, with just 16 points scored collectively from Ecuador versus France. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
25 Jun - WCLS Day Thirteen: Lead Out To Five

Boroughbridge AFCFollowing the high scoring on Day Twelve of the World Cup Lucky Seven competition, points hauls came rocketing back to the ground on Day Thirteen with points hard to come by for the most part. The exception to the rule was overnight leader Dave Bramley who added four points to his tally to open out the biggest lead of the competition so far at five points. Leading the chase of Bramley is Harvey Green and Pauline Chubb tied in second with Andrew Barker and Steven Green a further point back and still all to play for as regard qualifying for the knockout stages. England's nil nil draw with Costa Rica, meanwhile, did nobody any favours with just seven predicting the correct outcome and none the correct scoreline. Thing's weren't much better elsewhere in Group D with Italy against Uruguay yielding just 34 point collectively whilst in Group C Japan's clash with Colombia led the days scoring with 54 point collectively followed by 38 gained from Greece versus Cote d'Ivoire. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
24 Jun - Pre-Season Training

It may be less than a month since the Club honoured the stars of the 13/14 season at its annual Presentation Evening, but the 14/15 season is already fast approaching and pre-season training will commence next Wednesday 2nd July. The session runs from 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start with subsequent sessions every Monday and Wednesday evening until the start of the season. Team Managers are still putting the finishing touches to their pre-season friendlies schedule, which will be announced in due course.

Boroughbridge AFC is looking to strengthen all of its squads heading into the new term and as such are on the look out for players keen to join our dynamic community club. With the first team playing in the West Yorkshire Premier Division and representation in the Harrogate & District, Claro Sunday and York Corinthians leagues the Club offers something for all abilities with a chance to move through the ranks. For more information please email team@boroughbridgeafc.com and one of our management team will get back to you.
24 Jun - WCLS Day Twelve: Points Galore

Boroughbridge AFCAfter a slow points scoring day on Day Eleven, the start of the final round of group matches kicked off the big scoring in the World Cup Lucky Seven competition, with three points from the four matches the score needed just to maintain position in most cases on Day Twelve. Four points from the day sees Dave Bramley stay atop the table and keep his two point advantage, but its now Harvey Green in second after he added eight points to his tally to leap up the table. Daz Ekin and Pauline Chubb, meanwhile, are tied on 30 points back in joint third with another two tied a further point back. On the pitch it was only Mexico's win over Croatia that the 102 entrants had trouble predicting with a cumulative score of just 29 points, but elsewhere matters were much easier with 94 points collectively added from the Netherlands' win over Chile and both Cameroon versus Brazil and Australia versus Spain returning more than a point per competitor on average with 107 and 145 points collectively respectively. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
23 Jun - Group Finale At Aldborough Road

Boroughbridge AFCIt may not be the climax to Group D that had been hoped for, but there's still plenty to play for in England's final group game against Costa Rica tomorrow evening with Roy Hodgson's men looking to get some points on the board before their trip home, and don't forget that the match will be shown live at Aldborough Road. The bar will be open from 4.30 p.m. ahead of the 5 p.m. kick-off and all are welcome to come down and share in the atmosphere.

Wherever you're watching the match, a reminder also to keep an eye out for the 'Bridge England flag that will be flying in the stands. David Ekin and Tony Coles have sent back the below pictures of the flag both inside the Arena Corinthians during England versus Uruguay last Thursday and outside the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend. David, Tony and Daz will be making the roughly eight hour bus trip from Rio to Belo Horizonte for the game so let us know if you spot the flag tomorrow evening!

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23 Jun - WCLS Day Eleven: Slim Pickings

Boroughbridge AFCDay Eleven of the World Cup Lucky Seven brought slim pickings for many, including overnight leaders Hannah Bosomworth and Pauline Chubb, as the group stages enter their final third. The exception to the rule, however, was Dave Bramley who added five points to his tally over the course of the day's three matches to leap from a tie for fourth into a two point lead atop the table. Chubb is in second, with Bosomworth a further point back followed by Daz Ekin and Ian Briggs tied in fourth. All 102 remain in contention to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament though, and with four matches on each of the next four days there are still 48 points on offer to anyone with that midas touch. On the pitch on Day Eleven the most profitable match was the day's opener between Belgium and Russia which benefitted the 102 competitors to the tune of 71 points collectively. Things became tougher as the day progressed though with Korea Republic versus Algeria yielding 21 points collectively and Portugal's late draw against the USA adding just 20 points to the collective tallies. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
22 Jun - Ekin Adds International Flair To Squad

Boroughbridge AFC'Bridge Manager Daz Ekin has been hard at work over the last week preparing for the new season, adding some international flair to his roster under the guise of following England's successes at the World Cup. Working alongside his chief scouts Tony Coles and David Ekin, Daz has been touring the establishments of Rio de Janeiro looking for potential stars to add to his team ahead of the forthcoming West Yorkshire Premier Division campaign. Amongst the highlights of his new contacts has been the young Brazilian prospect Marcos Luiz, widely regarded as the next Oscar. Whilst Luiz won't be able to line up for 'Bridge next season, Ekin has also built relations with players with a potential to make an immediate impact, with meetings conducted with Juan Sanchez of Honduras as well as a number of Ecuadorian stars. In lieu of signing official contracts, all players were presented with a Club pin badge to help cement their new found allegiance to Boroughbridge AFC. Ekin will continue his hard work this coming week and whilst he doesn't expect to find any potential players of interest on the long trip to Belo Horizonte will be hoping to add more international contacts during the remainder of his time in Rio.

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22 Jun - WCLS Day Ten: Messi Helps Majority

Boroughbridge AFCLionel Messi's 91st minute winner against Iran led to sighs of relief for 97 of our 102 World Cup Lucky Seven competitors but gave heartache to the remaining five who had predicted a draw from yesterday's opening group match. The late winner added 105 points to the collective totals, but only four entrants correctly predicted the one nil scoreline. At the top of the table, the lead is shared once again as four points from the day helped Hannah Bosomworth into a tie with Pauline Chubb on 26 points. Daz Ekin is in sole control of third just a point back with three a further point back in joint fourth. In the day's other two matches, Nigeria versus Bosnia-Herzegovina brought points for many, with 62 collectively added to the totals, whilst just three competitors benefitted from Miroslav Klose's strike with seven points scored collectively during Germany against Ghana. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
21 Jun - WCLS Day Nine: All To Play For

Boroughbridge AFCAs the half-way point comes and goes in the group stages of the World Cup Lucky Seven there's still everything to play for with all 102 competitors still in the running to book their place as one of the "Lucky Seven". After 26 of 48 group matches the margin between first and last is 18 points, with new leader Pauline Chubb now sitting atop the table on 24 points after adding four points to her total during yesterday's action. Behind Chubb, Dave Bramley, Daz Ekin and Tom Ekin are all tied in second with a further two back in joint fifth. On the pitch, the day's opening match between Italy and Costa Rica brought joy for just two entrants, with Giles Coombes and Jack Day the only ones to add to their tallies. The later games brought more points, however, with 66 predicting Switzerland's defeat to France, none of which foreseeing a five two scoreline, and Honduras versus Ecuador adding 68 point collectively to the tallies. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
20 Jun - WCLS Day Eight: Witham's Perfect 9

Boroughbridge AFCSam Witham notched the first perfect day of the competition so far on Day Eight of the World Cup Lucky Seven, correctly predicting the scorelines of all three of the day's matches to catapult up the leaderboard from a tie for 54th to a tie for third with a maximum nine points. Up at the top of the table there's a new set of joint leaders after yesterday's leading trio added just two points between them to their overnight tallies, with Dave Bramley and Tom Ekin now leaders of the pack tied on 21 points. Behind the leaders Witham is one of four tied just a point back of the lead in joint third with a further three an additional point back. It was a day of high scores for some, with Andy Hutchinson joining Witham in scoring multiple threes and adding six points to his total, whilst there were slim pickings for many. The evening's final match between Japan and Greece was the most profitable overall, with 66 points collectively added to the totals, whilst the day's opener between Colombia and Cote d'Ivoire added 46 collectively and Uruguay versus England let many down in more ways than one with just 37 points in total. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
19 Jun - WCLS Day Seven: Easy For Tricky

Boroughbridge AFCAfter being the only competitor to score a point in the Netherlands' victory over Spain on Day Two, Richard "Tricky" Donohoe once more made predicting Spain's demise look easy on Day Seven as he added three points to his tally from their game against Chile, compared to zero added collectively by all other 101 entrants. At the top of the table, meanwhile, Joshua Price remains in the lead but he is joined by Alan Howe and Daz Ekin who both added two points on the day as compared to Price's one to move from a tie for second into a tie for first. Andrew Barker, Dave Bramley and Ian Briggs are then tied in fourth just a point back of the lead with another six a further point back. Despite the day's second match providing slim pickings for almost all, the opening match delivered points to many with 95 scored collectively from Australia versus the Netherlands, with a large minority also benefitting from Croatia's victory over Cameroon as 49 points collectively were added to the totals. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
18 Jun - 'Bridge Boys' Brazil Adventure

Boroughbridge AFCBoroughbridge AFC are represented on the world stage this summer with three Club members currently in Brazil at the World Cup. 'Bridge Manager Daz Ekin, his former Assistant Tony Coles and former Reserve team gaffer David Ekin are all in South America to to follow the Three Lions' progress through their final two group games. After arriving on Saturday the trio have been staying in Rio de Janeiro and soaking up the atmosphere around Copacabana, watching the first England game in the fan zone on the beach and others in and around Rio before yesterday climbing to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, returning to the Copa to find a street party in full flow. After a tour of a favela today, Daz, Tony and David will embark on the six and a half hour bus journey to Sao Paulo for England's second group game against Uruguay tomorrow before returning to Rio ahead of doing it all over again to get to Belo Horizonte next Tuesday for the group finale against Costa Rica.

The trio have a specially made 'Bridge flag with them that they will be flying in the stands during both the Uruguay and Costa Rica games, so keep an eye out for it whilst watching the games and let us know if you spot them! Both David and Tony have sent back some pictures from their adventures so far, which can be viewed by clicking here. The Club send their best wishes to the trio for safe, and hopefully fruitful, trips to Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.

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18 Jun - WCLS Day Six: Price Is Right

Boroughbridge AFCAll four Day Five leaders matched each other point-for-point on the sixth day of the World Cup Lucky Seven competition, but they were all demoted into a share of second place by Joshua Price whose three points from Belgium versus Algeria was enough to hand him sole control of first place. Things remain tight at the top though, with the top ten separated by just three points meaning just one match can change everything. Whilst there were good points for many from the day's opening match between Belgium and Algeria, with 114 collectively scored, Mexico's holding hosts Brazil to a nil nil draw caught out most, with just ten points scored collectively and no correct scorelines from the 102 entrants. Russia versus Korea Republic, meanwhile, brought points for some, with the one all result boosting Jade L'Anson to the day's top score of six points, but caught out many with 54 points collectively added to the tallies of just 26 competitors. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
17 Jun - England-Uruguay Live This Thursday

Boroughbridge AFCA reminder that this Thursday's Group D match between England and Uruguay will be shown live in our Aldborough Road clubhouse with all welcome. The bar will be open from 7.30 p.m. ahead of the 8 p.m. kick-off encounter as Roy Hodgson's men face a do-or-die clash with a South American side in a similar situation, both knowing that defeat sees them likely exiting the World Cup at the group stages.
17 Jun - WCLS Day Five: All Square Up Top

Boroughbridge AFCAfter three days of sole leadership, the lead of this year's World Cup Lucky Seven competition is shared once again after Day Five with a four-way tie atop the table. Day Four leader Ian Briggs failed to add any points to his overnight tally on Day Five, allowing Alan Howe, Dave Bramley and Daz Ekin all to pull alongside him on 16 points a piece. Three then hold a share of fifth just a point further back of the leading quartet with a further three tied for eighth on 14 points. There were slim pickings for some on the day, but good points for a few with both Stephen Kirby and Jamie Grubb enjoying the day's highest scores in adding six to their overall tallies. It was Ghana versus the USA that proved the most valuable overall, meanwhile, with 82 points collectively gained from the day's final fixture, with Germany against Portugal contributing 51 to the scores and Iran versus Nigeria adding just 42, a marked reduction on the points hauls given by action on prior days. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
16 Jun - 'A' Team Managerial Vacancy

Boroughbridge AFCFollowing the promotion of Richard Donohoe to Manager of the Club's Reserve side, there exists a vacancy for a motivated individual to join the Club's managerial team at the 'A' team level. The side will be playing their football in the Harrogate & District Division One next season after promotion last season, where they will face a tougher challenge as they come up against a majority of teams who are established Club first teams. As 'Bridge's third string side the 'A' team is the basis for the Club's young talent, and the Club are looking for something with enthusiasm who can help to nurture and develop the stars of the future. The closing day for applications is the 21st July. If you are up for an interesting new challenge then please contact Richard Donohoe on 07825 234355 or Dale Binns on 01423 322491.
16 Jun - WCLS Day Four: Rotation Continues

Boroughbridge AFCThe rotation at the top of the World Cup Lucky Seven continued on Day Four of the competition with Ian Briggs replacing Elaine Richardson at the head of the table, becoming the first leader to hold a lead of more than one point. Briggs enjoyed a near-perfect seven points from the day's three matches to open up a two point lead over Alex Siniowski and Tom Ekin who in turn are two points clear of a group of five in joint fourth. The day was a strong scoring one for many with Briggs joined on seven points by Michael Windross, Ekin adding six to his tally and many scoring points in all three of the day's games. An almost full house of 97 of the 102 competitors predicted a French win over Honduras with the same number also favouring Argentina over Bosnia-Herezegovina, but it was the former that delivered the most collective points with 119 to 107 respectively. Switzerland's late winner against Ecuador earlier in the day, meanwhile, swelled the overall tallies by 53 points. The latest table can be viewed by clicking here.
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