CASTLEFORD & DISTRICT
It is with deep sadness the I have to report the passing of our Chairman Barry Bennett.
Funeral arrangements, Friday 26th June 10.15am at Ledsham Church.
To read more of his career in football please scroll down.
Ferrybridge Progressive beat Whitwood Metrostars 3-0 in the Sunday Cup Final
Featherstone Colliery beat Pontefract Town 1-0 in the Challenge Cup Final
JIM RECEIVES AWARD
FA Representative Barry Chaplin presenting the award to Jim Murray
Jim Murray received the Football Association's 50 year service, at the Castleford and District FA annual dinner. Jim Joined Featherstone Colliery in 1964, known then as Ackton Hall. He was Chairman from 1964 to 2004, standing down and becoming a committee member. He was elected as President in 2006 and retained that position until 2010. His willingness to work of the club was invaluable and in 2010 he became Chairman again and still holds that position today.
From 1967 to 1985 he managed the Saturday team, 1972 to 1985 he was also manager of the Sunday side. When the team was short of players Jim turned out and played 8 games for the club. He was also the transport manager in the early days when he was one of the few that had cars. The team has played in the Pontefract League, Bentley League, Wakefield League and the West Yorkshire League. The Sunday team have played in the Castleford Sunday League and the Wakefield League.
In 1992 Featherstone started a junior section, Jim being Chairman of that section from 1992 to 2000, the team played in the Charles Rice League. He has seen many of those players progress to open age football not just with Featherstone but with many local clubs.
Jim worked tirelessly for the District before becoming a Council member in 1994 and still holds that position today. Jim received a medal, lapel badge and a letter of congratulations from Barry Bright Leader of the Council of the Football Association.
Life Membership Awards
David Redman receives his award from President Colin Sanderson
Ian Griffith receives his award from the President
David Redman and Ian Griffith were presented with Clocks in recognition of becoming life members of the Castleford Football Association. Both have served for 10 years and given outstanding service.
CHAIRMAN BARRY BENNETT RECEIVES FA AWARD
The Chairman of the Castleford and District Football Association has been honoured by the Football Association for completing 50 years loyal service to local football. Barry received a medallion and a lapel badge in recognition of his outstanding service. Making the presentation is Barry Chaplin the WRCFA representative to the Football Association.
Barry started in 1955 when he started playing age 14 with Fairburn in the Pontefract & District League. After leaving school he attended Castleford Youth club and as player / secretary formed a team to play in the Pontefract League. After a couple of seasons he joined works outfit Pollard & Philidas playing in the West Yorkshire League, later taking over as Secretary.A change in career took Barry to Hickson & Welsh Chemical company and following a short playing career took over the role as secretary in the Castleford Sunday League. He was approached by the late Joby Merrick and in 1971 became a member of the Castleford & District FA, serving as assistant manager to the District U17s for a number of seasons. In 1997 he was elected as Chirman of the Association and still holds that position today.
In 1974 Barry joined the committee of Fryston Colliery Welfare who played in the West Yorkshire League at the time and took over as Secretary a couple of seasons later, when the entered the Yorkshire League. Following the demise of Fryston Welfare in 1992 he moved to near neighbours Pontefract Collieries, spending a number of seasons as match secretary before joining Glasshoughton Welfare in the North Counties East League. He remains with Glasshoughton Welfare to this day where he is currently the match day secretary.
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