Introducing Yorkshire… Doncaster RL

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Doncaster Rugby League are a semi-professional Rugby League club in South Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Kingstone Press Championship.

A DONS GUIDE:
Club: Doncaster Rugby League Club
Founded: 1951
Chairman: Carl Hall
Player-Coach: Paul Cooke
Ground: Keepmoat Stadium (Capacity: 15,231)
Division: Kingstone Press Championship

A DONS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The club was founded in the build up to the 1951-52 season.
. The club’s first fixture was 10-3 at home to Wakefield Trinity.
. From 1956-61, the side finished bottom of the NRFU every season.
. The club then only finished outside the bottom three twice between 1970 & 1985.
. The fortunes of the club were then televised for ITV documentary, ‘Another Bloody Sunday’.
. The televised season of 1980-81 saw the club only winning one game, 6-3 at home to Huyton.
. John Sheridan then built up a squad with no money, winning 30 of their 44 games.
. Sheridan was replaced by his assistant, only to be reinstated due to a player revolt.
. Sheridan was then voted the most influential figure in the clubs history.
. The club were placed in the newly formed Division Three ahead of the 1991-92 season.
. The opening fixture of that campaign saw the club record their record victory, 88-6 against Nottingham City.
. In 1994, a victory away at Batley saw the club earn promotion to the First Division.
. The club then defeated Widnes 21-6 in their first televised game on Sky.
. The club was then put into administration and eventually relegated.
. A 3k signed petition then saw the club avoid being merged with the Sheffield Eagles.
. The club have since survived administration on a further two occassions, being saved and put in by John Wright.
. The clubs other big televised fixture saw 6.5k attend the keepmoat as Castleford ran out 66-4 victors.
. Ellery Hanley guided the club to the second tier but they were relegated following his resignation.
. Under the stewardship of Tony Benson, the club won promotion to the Championship before making the play offs in the second tier.
. In late 2013, the club was purchased by Doncaster Rovers Football Club.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE DONS?
With Super League now decided, the club are aiming to achieve the goal of where they will be plying their trade in 2015, but will it be the Championship North or the clubs real aim of Super League Two?

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INTRODUCING YORKSHIRE… HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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Huddersfield Town are a professional football club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Sky Bet Championship.

A TERRIERS GUIDE:
Club: Huddersfield Town Association Football Club
Founded: 1908
Chairman: Dean Hoyle
Manager: Mark Robins
Ground: John Smith’s Stadium (Capacity: 24,500)
Division: Sky Bet Championship

A TERRIERS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The club were founded was founded on the 15th August 1908
. The clubs first game was a 2-1 home victory over Bradford Park Avenue
. In 1910, the club entered the Football League for the first time
. In 1912, the clubs building off Leeds Road plunged them into liqudation
. In 1919, the club was nearly moved to Leeds to merge with Leeds City
. However, citizens of Huddersfield paid £1 each for club shares to prevent the move
. In 1920, the club lost to Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final but achieved promotion to Division One
. The clubs success took a turn for the better following the appointment of Herbert Chapman in March 1921
. They won the 1922 FA Cup Final following a victory over Preston North End
. In 1926, the club became the first of four sides in history to win three successive English League Titles
. On the 27th February 1932, the clubs record attendence of 67,307 attended Leeds Road for a FA Cup Quarter Final against Arsenal
. The club began a gradual decline following the Second World War and appeared in the top flight for the last time to date in 1972
. The club were defeated by Swansea City in the 1994 Football League Trophy, losing 3-1 on penalities following a 1-1 draw
. In 1994, the club departed it’s Leeds Road home to move into the Alfred McAlpine (Now, John Smith’s) Stadium
. In 1998, local businessman Barry Rubery took over the club and promised to deliver Premier League football
. However, the club fell two divisions and entered administration in 2003
. To celebrate the clubs centenary in 2008, the lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the inaugral Herbert Chapman trophy game
. The club set the Football League record of longest undefeated run following a 2-1 victory against Notts County, however they lost the following game away at Charlton Athletic
. That season however, the club secured promotion to the Championship following a penalty shootout victory over Sheffield United at Wembley in the League One Play Off Final
. In the 2014 January transfer window, the club broke it’s transfer record following signing Nahki Wells from Bradford City for £1.3 million plus add ons

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE FOR HUDDERSFIELD?
The men from Huddersfield are looking to maintain their current status of second tier football this season, however chairman Dean Hoyle is looking to take the club into the Barclays Premier League in the near future.

Introducing Yorkshire… Guiseley

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Guiseley are a semi-professional football club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games sixth tier, the Skrill Conference North.

A LIONS GUIDE:
Club: Guiseley Association Football Club
Founded: 1909
Chairman: Phil Rogerson
Player-Manager: Mark Bower
Ground: Nethermoor (Capacity: 3,000 (500 Seated))
Division: Skrill Conference North

A LIONS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. Guiseley were founded in 1909 by a local group of football enthuasists.
. The clubs first success came in 1913 when they won the Wharfedale League.
. Following the first world war the clubs switched to the Leeds League before joining the West Riding County Amateur League.
. In the 1930’s the club won a treble of League Championships.
. Following another two league titles, the club switched to West Yorkshire League.
. In the 1960’s the club won the Wharfedale Challenge Cup on Nine of the possible Ten occassions.
. In 1968, the club was on the move again, this time joining the Yorkshire League in which time they clinched both the Divsion Two Championship and the League Cup.
. In 1982, the Non-League Pyramid was established and Guiseley found themselves placed in the NCEL.
. In 1991, the club won the FA Vase following a 3-1 replay win over Gresley Rovers at Bramall Lane following a 4-4 draw at Wembley three days earlier.
. Later that season the club made it a League and Cup double to clinch promotion to the Northern League.
. In 1991, the club reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for the first time, going down 1-0 away at Chester City.
. Another trip to Wembley that season saw the club lose the FA Vase following a 5-3 defeat to Wimborne Town.
. In 1994 the club clinched promotion to the Northern League Premier Division.
. During a record breaking first season in the NLPD, the club reached the FA Cup proper once again, this time losing to Carlisle United in front of 6,548 at Valley Parade.
. Following a relegation in 1999, the club clinched promotion once again four years later during which time they lost to Luton Town in the FA Cup Proper.
. Following becoming a FA Community Club in 2005, the clubs forturnes took a turn for the better and clinched promotion to the Conference North in their centenary year.
. Their first season in the Conference North saw the club reach the Play Off Final only to lose away at AFC Telford United.
. Guiseley lost to Crawley Town in the FA Cup as well as losing to Luton Town in the FA Trophy the following season but defeated Thackley to lift the West Riding County Cup.
. After finishing runners up, the club lost in the Play Offs once again, this time to Nuneaton Town.
. The club retained the West Riding County Cup however before losing in the Play Offs yet again last season, this time to rivals FC Halifax Town.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GUISELEY?
Well, despite not playing a League Fixture since Boxing Day, the Lions still have a very good chance of reaching the Play Offs once again this season and are hoping to achieve their dream of reaching Non League’s top tier in the very near future.

INTRODUCING YORKSHIRE… BRADFORD CITY

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Bradford City are a Football Club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games third tier, Sky Bet League One.

A BANTAMS GUIDE:
Club: Bradford City Association Football Club
Founded: 1903
Joint Chariman: Julian Rhodes & Mark Lawn
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Ground: Coral Windows Stadium (Capacity: 25,136)
Division: Sky Bet League One

A BANTAMS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The Bantams were formed in 1903 following the FA’s decision to promote Football in a Rugby League dominated area.
. The decision came following Manningham FC’s decision to switch codes from Rugby to Football.
. Peter O’Rourke guided the club to the top flight for the first time in 1908 after leading the club to the Second Divison Championship.
. In 1911, the club won the FA Cup when Jimmy Spiers goal secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Final Replay at Old Trafford.
. The Clubs record victory was an 11-1 demolition of Rotherham United on the 25th August 1928.
. Following a poor run following the First World War, O’Rourke returned as manager and guided the club to promotion from the Third Division (North) with a record goals haul of 128.
. In 1958, the Bantams were placed in the new Third Division but were relegated after just three seasons.
. In the League Cup’s inaugral season of 1960/61, the club stunned Manchester United.
. On the 30th December 1961, the club suffered their record loss of 9-1 away at Colchester United.
. Following years of Yo-Yoing between the bottom three tiers of the Football League, Stafford Heginbotham & Jack Tordoff saved the club from recievership.
. Then in 1984/85, the club secured promotion as Champions of the Third Division.
. However, on the day the club were presented with the trophy, tragedy struck against Lincoln City when 56 fans tragically lost their lives when a fire engulfed the main stand at Valley Parade.
. In 1994, Geoffrey Richmond bought the club and promised Premier League football in five years.
. In 1996, Chris Kamara lead the club to promotion from Division Two as they defeated Notts County 2-0 at Wembley in the Play Off Final.
. In 1999, Paul Jewell guided the club to promotion into the Premier League following a final day victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
. Twelve Months Later, the team branded ‘Dad’s Army’ defeated Liverpool 1-0 with a David Wetherall header to secure Premier League Survival.
. The club then took part in their only European journey as they defeated FK Atlantas & RRC Waalwijk before being losing out to Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
. Two spells in administration following relegation from the Premier League saw the club drop to the games fourth tier with two further relegations coming within six years of dropping from the top flight.
. In 2013, Phil Parkinson guided City to the League Cup Final where they were defeated 5-0 to Swansea. They saw off Notts County, Watford, Burton, Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to reach Wembley.
. The Bantams returned to Wembley three months later, defeating Northampton Town 3-0 to secure promotion from League Two.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE BANTAMS?
For now, the Bantams main aim is to sell star striker Nahki Wells for a tidy sum whilst replacing him with an equally as goal use striker. Depsite a run of one victory in the past sixteen games, Phil Parkinson will still hope he can guide the club to another promotion push as he shares the ambitions of Championship football with Chairman Mark Lawn.

Introducing Yorkshire… Keighley Cougars

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The Keighley Cougars are a Rugby League Club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Kingstone Press Championship.

A COUGARS GUIDE:
Club: Keighley Cougars Rugby League Football Club
Founded: 1900
Chairman: Gary Fawcett
Head Coach: Paul March
Ground: Cougar Park (Capacity: 7800)
Division: Kingstone Press Championship

A COUGARS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The Cougars were formed in 1900 after the team’s Rugby Union side switched codes.
. In 1903, the club were crowned Champions of the Second Division.
. In 1906, tragedy stuck the club when star player Harry Myers was fatally injured against Dewsbury.
. This tragedy galvanised the club to it’s highest ever finish of fourth in the First Division.
. In 1936, Welshman Hal Jones became the clubs first Great Britain international.
. In 1937, the club lost 18-5 to Widnes at Wembley in their only Challenge Cup Final.
. In 1951, the clubs record attendance of 14,500 witnessed a 7-6 defeat to Halifax.
. In 1991, Cougarmania began as the club was rebranded the Keighley Cougars.
. In 1992, the club rebranded Lawkholme Lane, Cougar Park.
. In 1993, the club secured promotion from the Second Division with 21 victories from 24 games.
. In 1995, the club hosted a Rugby League World Cup tie between South Africa and Fiji.
. Also in 1995, the club secured promotion from the First Division with a victory over Huddersfield Giants.
. However in 1996, Cougars were denied their rightful place in the new Super League, plunging them into financial ruin.
. In 2000, the club came second in the Northern Ford Premiership but missed out on promotion during the play offs.
. Also in 2000, Italy defeated Canada in the Emerging Nations World Cup at Cougar Park.
. In 2001, former directors Neil Spencer and Colin Farrerr reformed the club following liqudation.
. In 2003, the club secured promotion to the Championship for a first time afater a victory over Sheffield Eagles.
. In 2009, the club secured promotion to the Championship for a second time after a victory over Oldham Roughyeds.
. In 2010, a season in administration saw the Cougars relegated after just one season in the Championship.
. In 2011, The club secured promotion to the Championship for a third time after a victory over Workington Town.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE COUGARS?
With Super League restructuring still in discussion, the club are still in limbo whether they will be plying their trade in 2015, but will it be the Championship, Championship One North or the clubs real aim of Super League Two? Off the pitch, chairman Gary Fawcett is planning a £5 million redevelopment off Cougar Park to make it ready for the game’s top tier.