ON June 4 this year Grassington United celebrated their centenary year after being founded in 1922.

Fifty years later, 1972, they won what was then the Craven Challenge Cup, with a hattrick from John Longstaff. Who would have thought, May 10, yet another 50 years forward they were to regain this elusive cup.

Perhaps a few scattered wins and many other titles amidst these dates, but very significant timings. It was indeed meant to be; the winning team of '22.

A memorable event to all who follow 'The Beautiful Game' with over 150 spectators seeing Grassington take the lead and hold on to win 1-0 against a strong Rolls Royce squad. Man of the match went to Grassington boy and goal scorer Freddie Binns.

The club's President, Paul Baxter, commented: "It was a delight to see old faces from the 1972 squad watch the match - happy memories I am sure.

" There was team support from beyond the touchline from many. A team who have a fully committed junior section, a full committee - some have been members for 40 years - has remained in local football because of its organisation, so thanks to all committee members who support this fine club giving up their time and sharing their passion for local football beyond the perimeters of the pitch.

"We cannot forget to mention the organisers behind the scenes of this event. David Town, consistently at the helm and other stalwarts from their committee who keep grassroots football as a priority in our communities."

Baxter added: "Making the win even more memorable was its change in name. The late Peter Marsden, legend within the arena of grassroots football. It was an honour to have his wife present our trophies. "