What a season for Bradford Sunday Alliance League club Buttershaw White Star

Buttershaw White Star celebrate their League Cup final win over West Bowling. Picture: Alex Daniel Photography

Buttershaw White Star celebrate their League Cup final win over West Bowling. Picture: Alex Daniel Photography

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There really is only one place to start when reviewing the past Bradford Sunday Alliance League season, and that is the Premier Division with new champions Buttershaw White Star.

Club secretary Dave Keegan will have his hands full polishing all the trophies that his team have won this season.

What a season for manager James Bicknell's men, apart from becoming champions for the fourth time in their relatively short existence.

The club were only formed in 1999 by James, but the club have gone on to emulate their previous success in season 2011-2012 by doing the double, also winning the League Cup by beating arch- rivals West Bowling 3-1.

In all league and cup matches, White Star have not been beaten by a club from Bradford.

Buttershaw have also reached the semi-finals of the West Riding County Sunday Cup, only going out in a five-goal thriller to a goal near the end of the match.

White Star also reached the Bradford & District FA Sunday Cup final but it proved one match too many for the defending champions as Bowling won 2-1 to regain the trophy they last won in 2011-2012.

The Buttershaw club also reached the third round of the FA Sunday Cup, but that run included a famous victory over past winners Nicosia FC from Liverpool.

West Bowling ran White Star close in all competitions and finished the season as runners-up in the league to them as well as losing the League Cup final to the same team.

Bowling gained revenge by beating White Star in the Bradford & District FA Senior Cup final at Thackley, and also had a good run in the West Riding County Sunday Cup, reaching the quarter- finals.

Formed in 1967, Bowling have had tremendous success since getting promoted to the Premier Division in 2004-2005.

From that season onwards, the club have won the league three times and contested the County Cup final on three occasions, winning the trophy twice, and have also won the Bradford & District FA Sunday Senior Cup three times in the last four seasons.

Stanningley Albion, in their first season in the top flight, also showed promise and ran the big two close until the end of the season when their young team fell away in league and cup.

This is the first season since joining the league that Stanningley have not won a trophy but that could be altered when they face HT Sports in the final of the Leeds & District FA Sunday Cup final at Elland Road.

Stanningley Albion and Sandy Lane are two clubs that will be challenging for trophies in the coming years in the Premier Division.

Both, alongside Wyke Wanderers, are already Charter Standard clubs, and this is one avenue that the league will be pursuing in the coming season for the majority of clubs under their auspices.

In Division One, Napoleons Casino won the title with a four-point margin over long-time leaders Buttershaw Celtic, who will both be playing in the Premier Division for the first time in the coming season.

Division 1A winners Bolton Woods Social will play in Division One, while Swaine Green and Red Lion had a season-long tussle for the Division 1B championship, won by Green on the last day of the season.

Swaine also reached the semi-finals of the Bradford & District FA Senior Cup but were beaten by Buttershaw White Star after giving the Premier Division club a four-goal start in the first half at Eccleshill United.

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9:13pm Mon 19 May 14

bignozer says...

In all league and cup matches, White Star have not been beaten by a club from Bradford.

White Star also reached the Bradford & District FA Sunday Cup final but it proved one match too many for the defending champions as Bowling won 2-1 to regain the trophy they last won in 2011-2012.

Just to put the record straight, West Bowling are from Bradford.
In all league and cup matches, White Star have not been beaten by a club from Bradford. White Star also reached the Bradford & District FA Sunday Cup final but it proved one match too many for the defending champions as Bowling won 2-1 to regain the trophy they last won in 2011-2012. Just to put the record straight, West Bowling are from Bradford. bignozer
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