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Boroughbridge AFC - History
"A pleasant game was played at the Boroughbridge ground between the above teams on Saturday last in fine, though boisterous conditions."

This is not an exerpt from last Sautrday's match report, rather the report given in the Harrogate Advertiser dated 22nd December 1900, one of the first mentions of Boroughbridge AFC in the history books. It is known that in November and December of 1900 the Club played two matches against Haywra AFC, losing six nil and one nil, but little more is known of the early days of the Club. Indeed, this could be said of much of the last 100 years of the Club. It is for this reason that BAFC Online has decided to embark upon its most ambitious project yet, an exhaustive documenting of the Club's history gathering as much information as we can find surrounding the past 112 years of the Club.

Some work on this project has already been undertaken and some gaps have already been filled, but equally more have been opened up and we need your help. We are interested in anything from old photographs, programmes and newspaper clippings that can be copied, to simply results and memories. If you think you can help us to fill in the story that is Boroughbridge AFC then please get in touch with us by e-mailing or contacting Jamie Grubb on 07747496501. Any help you can give would be very much appreciated. A selection of photographs from the past 112 years are below, along with some information put togther by the Club's Secretary Dale Binns a few years ago.

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Boroughbridge AFC - A Potted History by Dale Binns
There is little information from the early years with the Club enjoying its first trophy success in 1921/22 when they were Champions of Division Two of the Harrogate Amateur League and following their promotion the Reserves took their place. The Club's first entry into the Harrogate FA prestigious Whitworth Cup trophy was 08/10/1912 – needless to say we got knocked out in the 1st round and is was not until 1970/71 that Dave Kitching picked up the trophy. In the next 10 years we had success on two further occasions and then between 1984/85 and 1992/93 we laid claim to the trophy as holders for eight out of the 9 years. The Junior of the Harrogate FA trophies (the Hulme Cup) was first won in 1929/30 and retained the following year with the Charity Cup first coming our way 1952/53.

This reflects just part of the Club’s achievements over the years – at the end of the second World War 1946/47 season 'Bridge were Ripon League Champions and the following season they entered two teams into the Harrogate and District League. The Club enjoyed success both at 1st and Reserve team level during this era but the side of the 50's was the Club’s Junior side of 1958/59, who went through the season undefeated and collected the League Championship, Junior League Cup, Supplementary and Maddison Cup along the way. Lean times followed with only intermittent success in local Cup competitions until the 1980's/90's when the Club built what the local press described as a 'Football Dynasty'. In the 20 years from 1981 'Bridge won the Harrogate Premier League title on 8 occasions, they won the York Premier League Championship three time and enjoyed League success at both Reserves and 'A' team levels. It is a similar story in the Claro Sunday League with their most remarkable achievement being in the 1987/88 season when the first, Reserve and 'A' teams won the first, third and fifth divisions respectfully, with the Club winning a total of thirteen trophies in that season. It was becoming more and more a fairytale and two years later the Club reached the final of the West Riding County Challenge Cup final for the first time in their history. Unfortunately their progress in this competition meant a backlog of fixtures and their programme of fixtures for the week were Tuesday (Aberford), Thursday (Ripon), Friday (Wakefield – County Cup Final) and Saturday (Knaresborough). The Club managed to win the league by the tightest of margins but they failed 1-0 in the County Cup final and the following year they went down 2-1 to Horsforth St. Margarets in extra time. The next season they were knocked out in the semi–final stages as this little known club from out in the sticks was building a reputation for itself. A couple of years went by unnoticed but in season 1994/95 Bridge reached the final again and this time with goals from Rob Timmins and Steve Balcombe they beat Storthes Hall at Pontefract Collieries ground 2-1 to get their hand on the magnificent County Challenge Cup.

They retained the Cup the following season with goals from Neil Horner and Paul Green and even though they failed and were beaten in extra time the next season, they had the major compensation, as representatives of the West Riding County FA, of winning the Northern Counties Senior Cup Competition. Paul Stephenson was the scorer in a 1-0 victory and it was the first time in over 30 years that the trophy had been held by the West Riding. On a high seems a good place to end this story and long may it continue, but remember success is only achieved through hard work and dedication from everyone within the Club – each have their own importance.
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