End of Year May 1985

So close and yet so far for Harwood

FOR GREAT HARWOOD TOWN, it was a case of “so close yet so far” in 1984/85, as they looked a good bet at one stage for a promotion spot and a place in the final of the Dairy Crest Lancashire Floodlit Cup.
In the end, though, Town, rescued from having to quit the NW Counties League football during the summer by Blackburn businessman Tom Edwardson, ended up with nothing, although after narrowly missing relegation in 1983/84, the term just ended saw them make plenty of progress.
There is certainly plenty for Town manager Rick Grogan to build on next term as Harwood look again to achieve a place in the North west Counties First Division and the team and manager will certainly have learned from the setbacks which afflicted them during 1984/85.
A series of embarrassing home defeats-including a 7-0 drubbing by Warrington Town-just when it mattered cost them promotion and Horwich RMI came from way down the Dairy Crest table to beat Harwood in the match at the Showground that really mattered and pip them for a spot in the final at Deepdale.
But after, at this stage last year, looking set to quit NW Counties football, Harwood can look back with pride on the progress they have made during the past season.
They kept the promotion interest going for more than three-quarters of the season, kept a long interest in the Floodlit Cup, ended up finishing in the top half of the league table and made considerable progress towards the purchase of the soccer facilities at the Showground, a deal which should be completed during the summer.
With the talent that Harwood have at their disposal, their chance of promotion will come again and with Rick Grogan confirmed as manager again for next season, he will no doubt already be planning the bid for a Division One place at the end of next term.
Harwood played some delightful football at times, although the majority of it was away from home, but can certainly look back with satisfaction on a very eventful season.
Striker Phil Greenhalgh was again in great form, with a total of 20 goals in league and cup. Defender Harold Martin was named player of the year.
Goalscorers: Greenhalgh 20, Bowman 10, Marren 8, McGee 7, Moran 6, Burton 5, Lally 4, Foy 3, Walker 2, Own Goals 2, Procter, Martin, Haworth, Opacic all 1.

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