Skirlaugh AFC Lights Up at Bishop Burton

The East Riding County Football League and Skirlaugh AFC have today officially agreed to Bishop Burton United’s request to bring forward United’s home league match against Skirlaugh to Monday 25th January with an 8pm kick off. With several postponements over the winter period already looking likely to cause fixture congestion at the end of the season United manager Mark Falconer made the suggestion to Skirlaugh (who having played only 8 league games this season have suffered the most from postponements) that they play the game on a week night under the Bishop Burton College floodlights. The league have kindly agreed to this arrangement and Skirlaugh were more than happy to take up the invitation as they look to get back in action and catch up with fixtures as much as possible.

Skirlaugh Fixtures Released 09-10

Skirlaugh AFC kick off the New season in the East Riding County League at home against an East Riding Rangers Reserves side in division 3, while the Skirlaugh Reserves travel to Eastrington Village to get their campaign in Division 5 underway. September fixtures are as follows...

Skirlaugh AFC
12/09/09 14:00 Skirlaugh v East Riding Rangers Res Mill House Way, Skirlaugh Division 3
19/09/09 14:00 Skirlaugh v Hutton Cranswick Res Mill House Way, Skirlaugh Division 3
26/09/09 14:00 Hornsea Town Res v Skirlaugh Hollis Recreation Ground, Hornsea Division 3

Skirlaugh Reserves
12/09/09 14:00 Eastrington Village Res v Skirlaugh Res High Street, Eastrington Division 5
19/09/09 14:00 Haltemprice Res v Skirlaugh Res Cottingham High School, Cottingham Division 5
26/09/09 14:00 Skirlaugh Res v Goole Goods Office Res Mill House Way, Skirlaugh Division 5

Skirlaugh AFC Look Forward To New Season

The start of the new football season is upon us once more. After a successful season for all the teams last campaign there is a renewed hope that this year the club can finally achieve some silverware for the first time in its history

Bulls Re-Arranged Fixtures

Fixtures to conclude the National Conference where released on the 24th February, Skirlaugh Bulls have the following ties to be played, subject to change.

6th March - Skirlaugh v West Hull - KO 14:30
13th March - Skirlaugh v Siddal - KO 14:30
20th March - Wath Brow Hornets v Skirlaugh - KO 14:30
27th March - Skirlaugh v Leigh Miners Rangers - KO 14:30
6th April - East Hull v Skirlaugh - KO 18:30
10th April - Wigan St. Patricks v Skirlaugh - KO 14:30

1st May - Elimination Play Offs

8th May - Qualifying Play Off
8th May - Elimination Pla Off

15th May - Final Qualifying Play Off

22 May - Grand Final at Stobart Stadium, Widness

Skirlaugh Back In Title Race

East Hull coach Lee Radford pointed the finger at his side's lack of discipline as they went down to a 22-18 home defeat by Skirlaugh.

Shaun Hill's try for Skirlaugh, two minutes from the end, put daylight between the two sides. Lee Brown and Martin Johnson, along with Skirlaugh's Dave Wilson, were all given 10 minutes in the white-hot atmosphere of Rosmead Street. The result blows the Premier Division title race wide open as Skirlaugh are back in the mix. East Hull are top, just a point above Leigh Miners Rangers with Skirlaugh in third. Radford said: "It was a typical derby game but, rightly or wrongly, too many sin bins.
"There were a lot of mistakes as well, but the discipline needs fixing up after this performance.
"If we want to go on to try and be champions we have to be better than we were out there today."

East Hull got off to a dream start with a Johnson try after two minutes when Scott Yeaman cut through. He found the centre in support and he dived under the posts as Gary Blanchard converted. It took Skirlaugh 15 minutes to mount a sustained attack. When it came, Jordan Precious converted a penalty for a high tackle on the full back. It was a first half with too many penalties, but well refereed by Chris Dean who sent Brown to the bin on 16 minutes.

Skirlaugh continued to press through Steve Cochran, Carl Puckering and Brendan Lewis. The latter was denied a try by substitute Paul Jordan who bundled the winger into touch, and he repeated the feat five minutes later. Skirlaugh found a way through on the half hour when Puckering's cross field kick was taken by Lewis for a try. Precious landed the touchline conversion for 6-6. Wilson was the next player to be given an enforced rest when he went high on Johnson. Easts made Skirlaugh pay by retaking the lead through Dave Page.

Skirlaugh conceded another penalty with Sean Wildbore going high on Shaun Painter. The ball was moved left between Brown and Blanchard before Stuart Coates put in the centre, but Blanchard failed to goal. On half-time Blanchard landed a penalty for Skirlaugh not being square and they held a 12-6 lead until the 49th minute. A move down the right saw Chris Brown race through for Kirk Abel to send Precious under the posts. Precious added the conversion and a penalty when Jason Abdul was guilty of ball stealing.

Easts drew level at 14 each when Trevor Penrose was hauled out for a high shot on Painter. Johnson went in the bin on 74 minutes as East Hull ended the game with 12 men. Precious added the penalty to edge Skirlaugh in front 16-14 before a Puckering kick to the line was spilled by Abdul. Hill powered his way over as Precious kicked the goal, but a late Tommy Brett try failed to inspire his side to victory.

Skirlaugh skipper Wildbore said: "We haven't played well recently but we seem to come into our best form in the New Year.
"We are the champions and everyone wants to beat us so we have to be ready for them."

Christmas rush for priest with seven flocks

For most of us, the run-up to Christmas is fraught with stress and worry as we try to balance a busy schedule.

But as you rush around the supermarket and stay up late wrapping presents, spare a thought for the Rev Andy Simpson, who tomorrow will preside over a total of seven parishes.

Mr Simpson, from Skirlaugh near Hull, is gearing up for his second Christmas in his role and knows he will be rushed off his feet. “It’s crazy,” he said, “but it’s wonderful. Once Christmas is over my immune system will give up and I’ll rest up for a week, but for now I’m raring to go and every day is full of events and appointments.”

Since his appointment in September 2012, he has looked after seven parishes, which include the eight churches of Bewholme, Catwick, Ellerby, Long Riston, Rise, Sigglesthorne, Skirlaugh and Swine.

A typical Advent Sunday for Mr Simpson starts at 9.30am with Holy Communion; this week it is at Old Ellerby, a small brick-built church. The service takes about an hour, then he packs up his robes into a blue suitcase and rushes to Long Riston for another communion service at 11am.

He said: “I really enjoy the communion services; they’re the most serious and sacred ones I preside over.”

Following this he goes home for some lunch before venturing out again at 2.30pm in a reindeer hoodie for a toy and carol service at Catwick church.

“This was a special service where people could bring along presents, which will be donated to needy children.”

A quick dash to Sigglesthorne church sees Mr Simpson pick up his guitar and join the music group to perform at a family Christingle service at 4.30pm.

He said: “I put out an advert for people to start a music group and got a fantastic response. Now we have a group that plays at Christmas time as well as Easter and I love joining in on my guitar.”

By now most vicars would have finished for the day, but Mr Simpson has introduced a new addition to the Christmas programme with Beer and Carols in one of his benefice pubs.

“I started this last year, in my first Christmas here and it proved very popular,” he said. “Many of the carols we sing nowadays were originally written not for the church but to be sung in pub and at gatherings. I choose carols that reflect this, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and The Holly and The Ivy, both of which tell the Nativity story in a very straightforward, simple way.

“I ask the church wardens from each of the churches to tell me which services they would like over the Christmas period and I do my very best to accommodate them. The hardest one to sort out is always the midnight service on Christmas Eve as I have three churches both wanting this and as it is a Holy Communion it has to be done by someone who is ordained.”

Mr Simpson has managed to get a colleague to conduct one of the services, which just leaves the problem of the other two. “I decided to do what other churches do and hold a ‘Bethlehem Midnight Service’ as when it is midnight in Bethlehem it is only 10pm here. That means I can do that service at Sigglesthorne then get to Skirlaugh to do another one at 11.30pm.

“When the clock ticks over to midnight, and you realise that this is the time Jesus was born, and what that means for the presence of God on Earth, it is awe inspiring.”

St. Augustines Welcomes New Reverend

A new vicar will be installed at St Augustine's Church on Monday night.
Reverend Chris Simmons, 59, will be licensed by the Bishop of Hull, the Right Reverend Richard Frith, and installed by the Archdeacon of the East Riding, the Venerable David Butterfield. A congregation of more than 200 is expected to welcome Rev Simmons, who will become the priest in charge of Skirlaugh with Long Riston, Rise and Swine.
Originally from Berkshire, Rev Simmons has worked in Yorkshire for 26 years and comes to the parish from All Saints Church, Pocklington.
He succeeds Rev David Perry, who retired 14 months ago.

Website Update

Finally after several years we will now be updating the Skirlaugh website. If anyone would like to help in running the skirlaugh website please get in touch with Richard on 01964 562918 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..