It was a proud moment for Fryston AFC when they hosted a special 50th anniversary reunion as part of their Heritage Lottery Funded project, ‘A Commemorative History of Fryston Colliery Welfare’.
In conjunction with the launch of David P Waddington’s book, ‘Coal, Goals and Ashes: Fryston Colliery’s Pursuit of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup’, available now from Route Publishing, the club brought together as many members of the two sides, Fryston and Thackley AFC, as they could to mark the occasion when Fryston Colliery Welfare won the county cup for the only time.
Fryston were then just a West Yorkshire League second division side when they triumphed on May 22, 1963. A year later, in a repeat final, Thackley gained their revenge.
Special guest Anne Field, widow of Harold ‘Archie’ Ward, the Fryston goalkeeper of that time, flew in from Australia for the event and also in attendance were Alison Drake, of the Castleford Heritage Trust, author and local historian Ian Clayton who wrote the foreword for the book, Ian and Isabel Daley, of Route Publishing, Friends of Fryston Wood’s Jacqui and Steve Yates, another local group that has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and Dave Penney, ex-Fryston player and Football League player and manager.
The day was a fantastic success and brought back many memories for those in attendance, paying off all the hard work put in by the current Fryston AFC committee, chairman Tony Burrow, secretary Neil Senior, treasurer Stuey Leach, sports pavilion representative Kim Davison and team manager Trevor Adamson.