NEWS | Club Statement

Silsden AFC withdraw from the Yorkshire Trophy

Following on from the Prime Minister’s address on Monday as well as the latest guidelines from the DCMS and the FA we have withdrawn from the Yorkshire Trophy.

Whilst we are keen to return to playing football as soon as possible, we have to take on board advice and guidance from the government, the DCMS and the FA. We have always said our participation would be dependent on the return of fans and the ability to provide sales of food & drink.

We would like to thank Vill Powell, Brighouse Town and the other 10 clubs for their efforts in getting a tournament organised.

Ultimately the guidance, coupled with our plans for pitch maintenance work and the possibility of the Yorkshire Trophy running into pre-season has left us with no alternative but to withdraw.

We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Cobbydale Construction Stadium in the near future.

NEWS | Post Season Tournament

We are delighted to announce that we will be taking part in a post season tournament against our Yorkshire neighbours. (subject to fans being allowed to attend)

The tournament will run from 13th April to the end of May and the teams taking part are Silsden AFC, Brighouse Town, Golcar United, Emley AFC, Ossett United, Penistone Church, Thackley AFC, Steeton, Liversedge, Garforth Town, Campion and Eccleshill United.

The tournament’s name will be decided by the fans via three online Twitter polls so please check out Silsden AFC Twitter page over the next few days to vote for the tournament name.

If you have any questions regarding the tournament, please message any of our social media platforms. We will post further details in due course.


MATCH REPORT | AFC Mansfield 2-2 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division 2020-2021

Saturday 26th December 2020


AFC Mansfield Goalscorers: Josh Wilde 9 & Ross Duggan 15

Silsden AFC Goalscorers: Liam Hudson 10 & 63

Attendance: 150



Danny Forrest made two changes to the starting line up, Shaun Airey replacing Josh Kaine who was unavailable and Craig Billington replacing Mark Simpson who dropped to the bench.

AFC Mansfield boss Matt Chatfield made a few changes after the Bulls recent defeat to Hemsworth MWFC. The Bulls top scorer Ross Duggan lead the line once again, already with an impressive 16 goals in all competitions.

The opening minutes of the game belonged to the Bulls who dominated in the early minutes, the first chance of the game feel too Duggan but thanks to great defending by Airey and Barnes the chance ultimately came to nothing.

In the 9th minute AFC Mansfield opened the scoring, skipper Josh Wilde with a great strike from a tight angle leaving Kyle Welsh with little chance in the goal.

Silsden responded emphatically just a minute later, after a corner broke in the box for Liam Hudson the Sils man smashed the ball passed Warhust to bring the game level. 

The Sils kept pushing for the lead, Craig Billington striking just over the bar. AFC Mansfield were quick to attack and in the 15th minute the Bulls lead once again. Ross Duggan with a low finish into the bottom corner.

Both teams continued to exchange attacks, but there would be no further goals in the first half. 

Just before the break Forrest was forced into a change as Illingworth was unable to continue with Foley coming on to replace him.

Into the second half and Silsden started brightly with Hudson testing the keeper once again. Moments later Harry Parsons produced a great run down the left before cutting in, his shot was just about crowded out by the Bulls back line.

Mansfield threatened once again as they attacked down the wing, the ball in somehow evaded everyone in the middle and Silsden were able to clear the danger.

In the 60th minute Mark Simpson replaced Wademan upfront to partner Craig Billington.

Carlton Pownall proved a constant menace down the right side, a strong, mazy run winning the Sils a corner. From the resulting corner Billington and Simpson both had attemps blocked in a goal mouth scramble.

Simpson continued to threaten Warhurst’s goal, in the 63rd minute the keeper did well to save a low strike from the Sils substitute but could only parry into the path of Hudson who once again brought the Sils level.

Danny Forrest’s men continued to push forward with Billington and Simpson causing lots of problems for the hosts defence, Simpson broke and looked to be going through on goal before being clipped by the Bulls defender. The referee produced the first yellow card of the game.

AFC Mansfield came forward again but Duggan could only shoot over from a tight angle.

Craig Billington and Ross Killock were both booked after a clash in the box whilst the Sils defended a corner.

Silsden kept pushing for the winner, Billington seeing a shot saved from a tight angle before Mitchell almost dispossessed the keeper after a poor back pass. 

In the 80th minute Simpson did well to beat his man in the box and deliver towards the near post, Billington challenged with the keeper and defender but somehow the ball stayed out.

Harry Thompson picked up another booking as he stopped a Bulls counter attack as the hosts threated Welsh’s goal.

Pownall with another driving run down the right this time his deep delivery to the back post just proved too strong for the on rushing Billington.

A great point on the road for the Sils against a strong AFC Mansfield team, lots of positives to take forward into the upcoming games. Silsden are back at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium next Saturday as we welcome Grimsby Borough.


AFC MANSFIELD: Warhurst, Marsden, Wilde, D’Laryea, Annabie, Killock, Karkach, Harrison, Duggan, James, Algar.

Subs not used: Walker, Wallis, Sykes, Wilson, Slone.


SILSDEN AFC: Welsh, Pownall, Barnes, Airey, Illingworth (Foley 38), Parsons, Thompson, Hudson, Mitchell, Wademan  (Simpson 60), Billington.

Subs not used: Maltby, Russon, Bentham.


Referee: Mr.L.Smith

Assistants: Mr.T.Machin and Mr.S.Clarkson

MATCH PREVIEW | Silsden AFC vs Eccleshill United

The Cobbydalers are back in action this evening as we welcome Eccleshill United to the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. The game will see Danny Forrest’s men take on another local team following games with Albion Sports and Thackley AFC in the last week.

The Eagles will be in high spirits following an impressive 3-1 victory over Maltby Main. Despite falling behind early on in the game goals from Luke Aldrich, Alex Laird and Jonny Irving in the second half secured a comeback victory for tonight’s visitors.

Silsden AFC are also coming in to tonight’s game on the back of a victory following Christopher Wademan’s late strike to secure the win vs Thackley AFC.

Jonathan Irving is currently the Eagles top scorer with 4 goals in 8 games so far in league and cup.

Eccleshill United find themselves in 11th place with 10 points from their 9 games, Silsden AFC sit in 14th place with 9 points from 7 games.

Following the FA statement released earlier today this will be the last match action for the Sils till December at the earliest.

Please come down and show you support, tickets are £6 for adults. £3 for concessions, free entry for under 10’s when accompanied by an adult. We are also offering a 50% discount on match day prices for season ticket holders of all Premier League, EFL and National League clubs.

Those unable to attend can follow the match on our Twitter page.

FA STATEMENT | “Non-elite” football

The FA have confirmed that the Toolstation NCEL, along with the rest of “non-elite” football in England, will be suspended from this Thursday (5th) as part of the UK Government’s announcement on new national COVID-19 restrictions.

The new restrictions are set to last four weeks until Wednesday 2nd December, 2020.

A statement from the FA released on Tuesday morning said:

As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

• All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
• All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Our aim is to ensure that the 2020-21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and we would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions. However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions during this period.

We remain in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow.

To read the full statement click the link below.

MATCH REPORT | Thackley AFC 0-1 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division 2020-2021

Saturday 31st October 2020


Thackley AFC Goalscorers: N/A

Silsden AFC Goalscorers: Wademan 86

Attendance: 202



After a period of heavy rain the Dennyboys’ pitch was deemed fit to play on.  In fact the strong wind that was forecast never materialised and the play flowed from end to end. Both teams were in the lower half of the table, with Thackley having won only one in eight of their league games and Silsden only winning two out of six.

The big surprise in the Cobbydalers’ team was the inclusion of left-back Carlton Parnell, who had had to be carried off towards the end of the midweek game against Albion sports. Harry Thompson came in for Chris Wademan.

The Dennyboys had the better of the opening exchanges with Luke Robinson looking sharp. Their first real chance came from their second corner but Chris Lever headed wide. Four minutes later a superb tackle by Parnell denied them the opener.

Thackley keeper Luke Wilson managed to punch a free-kick clear before Leon Hurles-Brooks appeared to have been pulled back in the Dennyboy’s area. The whistle never blew. A high foot on Mark Simpson resulted in a caution and a free-kick. Simpson took it but it was tipped for a corner by Wilson.

Silsden began to take control with some patient passing but there was little penetration until Barnes slid a ball through to the back post where Whiteley cleared for a corner. Thomson made a good contact with the ball but his effort just cleared the bar.

The best spell from the home side came midway through the half, with Lewis Waddington curling in three crosses from the left. The Thackley forwards failed to capitalise with Luke Robinson going the closest to opening the score.

Hurles-Brook then produced some magic. His through-ball to Simpson ended with the striker hitting the side-netting. Interplay with Khurram Shazad came to nought, with a right-foot curler whizzing past the far post. Shazad then threaded a ball through to Hurles-Brook but he couldn’t quite get a touch on it.

With Mitchell patrolling the midfield the Cobbydalers continued to force Thackley onto the back foot. Barnes hit a ball over to the left where Pownall had made a strong run. He reached the edge of the penalty area but his shot cleared the bar.  Two dips of the shoulder by Liam Hudson and a shimmy to the left ended with another effort missing the target.

Five minutes before the break the Dennyboys claimed a penalty. Lewis Waddington hit at low ball which struck Barnes’s hand. Ball to hand! No pen! Shazad managed to weave himself into the opposition’s packed penalty area but he was crowded out.

Silsden continued on the front foot at the start of the second half. Hurles-Brookes broke ahead of three chasing defenders but ran out of steam on the heavy pitch. Another effort was saved by Wilson, who also denied Thompson.

Thackley’s Grech-Brooksbank set up a counter-attack which was cleared by Airey. The Silsden forwards were linking up well but the killer touch was missing.

After being on the back foot for much of the game, Thackley might well have taken the lead when Chris Lever headed down to Luke Robinson but he sliced his effort wide. The home side kept up the pressure and, after Kaine had broken down one attack, Robinson headed wide.

As the players tired, chances came at both ends. Thomson became more involved setting up Pownall. Nut-megging one defender, the full-back was halted in the act of shooting. Kaine was on hand at the other end, as the Silsden defence was stretched.

Simpson was replaced by Wademan with fifteen minutes left and Ollie Russon came on for Thompson. However Silsden were indebted to Darke, who denied Robinson the opener, with his feet when the forward was in the clear. Robbie Fox came on for Shazad.

Finally, five minutes from time, the stalemate was broken.  Silsden broke down the right, catching out a stretched Thackley defence. The ball was crossed in to the Thackley box.  Initially blocked, the ball reached Fox who missed it, but there was WADEMAN at the back post to rifle it home.

Silsden substitute, Russon fired high over the Thackley bar. The Dennyboys still had time to equalise but Kaine blocked Grech-Brooksbank’s low shot in the final minute to deny them a share of the spoils.       

Danny Forrest and his team were delighted with the result moving the Cobbydalers up the table. “It was a hard-fought game in energy-sapping conditions. We certainly created several good chances but one-nil was enough to give the lads and fans a lift”

On Tuesday the Cobbydalers entertain Eccleshill United. It may be the last game for a while!


THACKLEY AFC: Wilson, Whiteley, Hargreaves, McGuire, Haigh, Jones (Kasongo 56), McCuster-Butcher (Dimuka 63),  Lever (Broadbent 84), Robinson, Grech-Brooksbank, Waddington.

Subs not used: Muller, Marsh.


SILSDEN AFC: Darke, Barnes, Pownall, Kaine, Airey, Hudson, Hurles-Brook, Mitchell, Simpson (Wademan 75), Shazad (Fox 84), Thomson (Russon 75).

Subs not used: Maltby, Parsons.


Referee: Mr.S.Clayton

Assistants: Mr.K.Haycock and Mr.M.Leadbeater

NEWS | Kick it out – Equality Chartered Club

We are delighted to announce we are now officially a Kick It Out Equality Chartered Club!

Kick It Out is English football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

Working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change, Kick It Out is at the heart of the fight against discrimination for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.

A small independent charity, the ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign was established in 1993 in response to widespread calls from clubs, players and fans to tackle racist attitudes existing within the game. Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of discrimination, inequality and exclusion.


MATCH REPORT | Albion Sports 2-1 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division 2020-2021

Wednesday 28th October 2020


Albion Sports Goalscorers: Donovan 31 & Facey 42.

Silsden AFC Goalscorers: Simpson 50.

Attendance: 131



The Cobbydalers travelled to Throstles Nest for their first game in ten days. Silsden welcomed new signing Mark Simpson from Liversedge. Simpson was once described as “one of the best forwards in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division” and is Garforth’s record goal-scorer. The Lions welcomed back former skipper Aran Basi.

The kick off was delayed for fifteen minutes for the white lines to be remarked after a heavy downpour. Silsden were soon on the attack and Chris Wademan was unlucky not to open the scoring on four minutes when he was sent through by Simpson, but his low shot hit the post.

The home side then took control, pushing Silsden back. Sam Bradley headed a corner wide before Harry Parsons mistimed a tackle. Fortunately Sean Airey thwarted the following attack. Simpson then sent over a dangerous cross but Declan Lambton gathered comfortably.

Joe Mitchell was booked for pulling back an opponent and, following the free-kick, Andrew Cooper rattled the Silsden bar. The pressure continued and twice Kaine was called upon the clear the danger. When the ball was cleared, it was worked up to Jake Maltby. Maltby had two half chances but failed to pull the trigger.

Darke then denied Finn Donovan, who had chased down a through ball. Maltby became the second Silsden player to be booked! Midway through the half, Khurram Shazad almost levelled the score. With a dip of the shoulder and a shimmy to the left, he curled in a low ball which evaded Lambton’s dive only to hit the far post.

The Lions countered but, after a crafty dummy by Kieran Suddards, the full back’s final ball was off target. Albion kept up the pressure and Cooper slid a ball through to DONOVAN to open the scoring. The goal was followed by full-on attacking from the Lions. Cooper set up Facey but Darke’s strong hand denied him at the expense of a corner. The keeper punched the incoming ball away before again saving from Facey.

The Lions worked even harder to open up the Cobbydalers. Darke made an even better save, diving low to left. A brief break forwards by the Cobbydalers relieved the pressure but Shazad’s free-kick was blocked by the defensive wall. The ball was launched forward and Kaine was beaten by FACEY four minutes before the break.

On the stroke of half-time, Mitchell stole the ball from Spencer Gordon and hit a through ball to Wademan. Left-back Kieran Suddards’ perfect tackle ensured the home side kept their two-goal cushion at the break.

Danny Forrest replaced the young full-back Parsons at half-time with Carlton Pownall, who was unfortunate not to start after impressing at Maltby Main. Harry Thompson came on for Jake Maltby. Silsden looked more balanced and, after Kaine blocked a shot from Flaherty, the Cobbydalers began to attack. Shazad won a corner on the left and curled it to the far post where SIMPSON headed it home.

Mitchell then slipped a through ball to Thompson but his shot was charged down and the Lions countered. Kaine denied Peters at the expense of a corner. The ball was curled in. Darke gathered, only to be challenged illegally by Aran Basi who was cautioned.

Thompson became more influential in the middle of the park, setting up Shazad, who hit a low shot wide of the far post. Shazad then created a half chance for Hurles-Brook, who cut inside, but his shot was blocked. Thompson almost broke through the Lions’ defence but was closed down. Robbie Fox, who came on for Wademan, worked hard to create some openings but the experienced defenders held firm. With Silsden striving hard, throwing men forward, they were always susceptible to the counter attack.

Four minutes from time Albion broke clear and only a superb tackle from Pownall to retrieve the ball denied them a third. But in doing so he sustained a serious leg injury which necessitated him being carried off. Silsden finished with ten men. A tough encounter against a strong outfit.  Silsden were indebted to Darke for keeping them in the game.

The Cobbydalers travel to Thackley on Saturday before entertaining Eccleshill on the following Tuesday.


ALBION SPORTS: Lambton, Suddards, Heaton, Gordon, A.Basi, Bradley, Peters (Ross 68) Cooper, Facey, Flaherty (K.Basi, 57),Donovan.

Subs not used; Jopp, Schofield, Doyle.


SILSDEN AFC: Darke, Barnes, Parsons (Pownall 45), Kaine, Airey, Maltby (Thompson 45), Simpson, Mitchell, Wademan (Fox 68), Shazad, Hurles-Brook.

Subs not used: Hudson, Foley.


Referee: Mr.M.Findlay

Assistants: Mr.J.Whelan and Mr.C.Pepper

VACANCY | Club Photographer

We are on the lookout for a talented photographer to join our Media Team here at Silsden AFC. The role will see you attend home and away matches throughout the season, whilst there may also be some club/community events that need to be covered during the course of the campaign.

As we understand people will have other commitments we will also be flexible and adaptable to help accommodate the successful individual.

Roles would include but not limited too:

  • Match Day Photos
  • Staff/Player Photos
  • Stadium Shots
  • Club/Community Events

Photos would be used across the clubs social media platforms, match day programmes, website, etc.

The successful individual would need access to their own equipment, please note this is a voluntary position.

To apply please email us at:

SIGNING | Mark Simpson

Simpson signs for the Sils


Silsden AFC manager Danny Forrest has further strengthened his squad with the signing of Mark Simpson. Simpson joins the Sils from fellow NCEL side Liversedge.

Between 2014 and 2017, Simpson’s goal record for Garforth Town was incredible and he was one of the best forwards in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. Simpson is the record goalscorer for Garforth and if he can score as frequently for the Cobbydalers he will prove to be a very popular player amongst the fans.

On joining the club Mark had this to say –  “I’m really excited to join Silsden. After speaking to the manager it was quite clear this was the best place for me to get back to my best and get regular playing time, he knows how I play and told me exactly how I’d fit into his system.”

“I’ve spoken to a couple of friends about the club and manager and they’ve only had good things to say so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

“I’ve trained once and straight away you can there is real quality in the team so there’s no reason we shouldn’t be pushing into the top 8 in the league. Personally I’ve hit the 30 goal mark twice before in this league so I’d like to get as close to that as possible.”

Silsden AFC manager Danny Forrest was equally delighted with the signing and gave us his thoughts – “I’m obviously delighted that Mark has chosen to join the club. He’s a proven player at this level and I’m proud we’ve been able to attract someone of his calibre.”

“There’ll be a settling in period but I’m sure he’ll hit the ground running and once he becomes more and more familiar with the environment and his teammates we’ll see his confidence grow and I’m sure we can help to get the best from him.”

Thank you to Liversedge for their professionalism and handling of the transfer.

Great to have you on board Mark, welcome to Silsden AFC.