There is a revolution taking place at fourth division outfit Cartworth Moor.
To set the stage for this, the club’s history needs investigating.
The first time the club claimed silverware was in the 1963 when they won the Division III title – the highest the club has achieved.
They had to wait for another 17 years before any more came their way and a little like buses, not two but three came at once.
The first team won Division IV and the reserves won both Division IX and the Gee Cup, but this was followed by relegation for the first team.
They bounced straight back by winning the Division IV title for the second time in three years and more success came the following season when in 1993 they won a cup for the last time, the Groom Cup.
But in recent years the chances of winning trophies has been in the distant past and survival has been their main goal.
So much so that the Committee at the club deserve a lot of credit for purely keeping the club alive.
It must be difficult to attract players to a ground which to be kind can be described as “remote” but the Committee has soldiered on.
In the last couple of years, it would have been easier to call it a day, but there is tradition and the Committee obviously didn’t want to waste it – the tradition is borne out by the club colours of tangerine and black which hasn’t changed for decades.
Two seasons ago, the first team won five of their 24 games, but last season was even worse with just a solitary win.
To make it even worse, their second team failed to fulfil a few fixtures and the Committee had no choice but to withdraw the reserves.
But they don’t give in easily at Cartworth Moor and they have entered two teams this season, but the biggest change has been the appointment of a new player coach in Darrell Short.
Short has had spells playing with Huddersfield Town juniors and his senior clubs include Emley, Stalybridge Celtic and District League club Holmbridge.
He has as his assistant and captain, attacking midfielder Chris Mattimoe who already has 14 goals to his credit from five games.
Mattimoe has previously been with Meltham and Holmbridge.
These two have put together a team with a mix of youth and experience – with the emphasis on youth.
The experience comes in the form of defenders Adam Brooksbank and Andy Powers, both of whom have been with the club for some while.
The younger element of the club have only joined in the last couple of seasons.
Two seasons ago, Karl Marshall – who was on Blackpool’s books until he was released with an injury – keeper Matthew Holiday and 19-year-old Matthew Wonga all joined last season.
But this season has seen a bigger influx of very young talent at the club. Seventeen year old ex-Storthes Hall player Jordan Wimpenny is the defensive midfielder and he is joined by 19-year-old Callum McLachlan, who played in a pre-season friendly for Ossett when they beat Emley, and Joe Muxworthy, who has spent time with both Huddersfield Town and Emley. Two more teenagers have come from Meltham – Jak Arimtage and Charlie Shore – but the youngest addition is Shaun Burrows, who at 16 is in his first year in open age football having played at Hepworth as a junior.
Unfortunately for Short, he was without several players for the first two Wednesday evening kick-offs and they started with defeats at the hands of Brow United and Almondbury Woolpack, but since then they have scored 13 goals on two occasions before beating 3D Dynamos 6-2 last week.
As their opponents went into the game unbeaten, this was certainly the best performance of the season so far. Playing up the slope in the first half, the Moor trailed by 2-1 but five unanswered goals in the second half gave them a comfortable victory.
This influx of new signings has also strengthened their reserves with stalwarts Mick Helm and Paul Barraclough being two of those that have been willing to step down from the firsts.
The club have a new shirt sponsor in JM Glendinning an insurance broker based in Guiseley whose MD is Mark Browne, who played for the club for many years.
It is hoped that all the new arrivals appreciate that they would not be playing at the Moor if it wasn’t for the efforts of the Committee to keep the ship afloat over the last few difficult years.
The Committee is based on players Helm, Barraclough and Brooksbank and serving with them is Secretary and groundsman Paul Broadbent.
Surely, no District League neutral would grudge them some silverware for the first time in 21 years.