Cup winners remembered in new book

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An amateur football team, made up of former miners, will be profiled in a new book which launches later this month.

Coal, Goals and Ashes tells the story of Fryston Colliery Welfare victory in the 1963 West Riding County FA Challenge Cup victory against Thackley AFC.

It also contains a century of history on the team, who all worked at the colliery.

Author David Waddington, whose father Pete captained the side in 1963, said: “The book is an account of a group of working men from one small village, whose endeavours in pursuit of the ultimate prize are revealed to be just as extraordinary as those in the professional game.

“It is an account of bread and butter contests, where the slope of the pitch and the strength of the wind were important factors in results.”

Mr Waddington, who is a professor of communications at Sheffield Hallam University, was born in Castleford but now lives in Sheffield.

He added: “The majority of the players regarded themselves as playing on behalf of the village.”

The book will be published on May 22, which is the 50th anniversary of the team’s cup final victory.