Bradford & District cup

Thackley U14 Storm reach Bradford & District FA cup final

Well done to our U14 Storm team who have reached the Bradford & District FA cup final.  They have done it despite the competition being for U15 teams, so have done really well in their achievement.

This means a Thackley team has reached the final for 5 consecutive years since being eligible to enter the competition, winning 3 out of the first 4 that they competed in.  Hopefully, the U14 Storm team can keep the success going.

They will face Fairbank Juniors U15’s in the final, the details of which is yet to be announced.


Thackley U16’s reach County Cup Final

Congratulations to our U16 Thunder squad who have reached the West Riding County Cup final.

They managed the feat by beating a spirited Pannal Sports U16 Predators in the semi final held at WRCFA HQ at Woodlesford.  The game finished 2-2 after Thackley had shown some clinical finishing to race into a 2 goal lead by the break.  Two superb goals put them in the driving seat with the first, a volley by Josh Debenham from the edge of the area into the top corner, with the second by Joe Storey who produced some deft skill to dance around 3 defenders and then showed great composure to steer the ball past the advancing keeper.

The second half saw Pannal Sports battle back, and although Thackley could have had a couple more Pannal completed the comeback near the end of the game to take the game to penalties.  A serious injury to Harris Thompson marred the second half but the Thackley boys rallied together for the shoot out.

After both sides confidently scored their first 2 penalties, Thackley missed their third but when Pannal missed theirs to put Thackley back in contention they didn’t look back with goalkeeper Will Morrell saving the final penalty (see video below) to spark scenes of jubilation by the Thackley players and spectators.

It means that a Thackley team have reached the County Cup for the first time in our club’s history, and it will be a proud day when Stuart Greaves and Steve Thompson lead the team out in the final.

The final will be played on Sunday 17 April, 1.30pm kick off at WRCFA Woodlesford (LS26 8NX) against Harrogate Railway.

It will be great to have as many Thackley supporters at the final as we can to cheer the boys on.


Junior Football Leaders Award 7th April

Venue; Thackley AFC

Date; Thursday 7th April 9:00-3pm

Who will take the course? The content will be delivered by coaches from the West Riding County FA

This course provides a basic introduction to leadership skills required when involved in football.

We will also provide each candidate with ongoing opportunities to assist our qualified coaches in sessions with our younger age groups u6-u9’sDSC_3181


The course will primarily introduce 4 areas:

  • Assisting football activity sessions
  • Introduction to refereeing
  • Helping with a team
  • Different Football Events


In addition to these areas, Respect, promoting the game and developing the game will be embedded during the guided learning hours.


Who should apply?
This qualification is aimed at young people aged at least 12 who are looking for an introduction to leadership skills that may be used within the game and beyond.


What will I learn?
The course will cover:

  • How to get involved in football
  • Getting involved and helping those involved to ‘get better’
  • Creating a safe learning environment
  • Organising games
  • Introduction to the basics of ‘FUNdamentals’
  • Preparing to referee
  • Whistle techniques and and introduction to ‘Ball In, Ball Out’
  • Safety of the players and re-starts to the game
  • Preparing for the game
  • Warm-up prior to the game
  • Organising and managing player’s expectations
  • An introduction to three different formats of competition
  • Using these in a practical setting


How long will it take?
The course will last 6 hours and then there is a requirement for 4 hours of additional voluntary work.


If interested please contact Mat Everett  –

You must be on the register and have filled in a medical form prior to the day.