Trophy Blog #91 – A few months ago, the local Selby facebook group made front page news, some progress has now been made to the future of the ‘SOS Save our Selby. It is a very useful forum for business owners such as myself and I hope we all stay on the right track of promoting Selby businesses, it’s attractions and 99.9% of the great people that live and work in the area. Up until a few weeks ago I was an administrator for the group, I was one of seven people who had the very basic task of adding and welcoming people to the group, general housekeeping and keeping an eye out for spam adverts. We also checked on member’s comments and made sure no one was being abused or insulted by other members of the group. Issues had been resolved by the required person replying with ideas or information in answer to the question. Many stories in the Selby Times and Post have come from the comments and postings made from the 700+ members involved. We even got into communication with somebody at North Yorkshire County Council about the state of the poor repairs on the bypass. Sadly a few weekends ago, a political issue was posted and various heated opinions and tangents started off from it. Everyone is entitled to free speech, but sadly the topic went away from the whole idea of ‘promoting Selby’. At the time of writing this column, the group is now seeking new administrators, Sadly, I’m not going to reapply for the role, I’m self-employed and have wages and bills to pay, I can’t afford to get caught up in any negative or political agendas. I’m just going to sit back and watch from now on.
  Everyone at LRB Trophies would like to send a Massive Good Luck to Mia & Emily from Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club Display Team, they are beginning the countdown to Helsinki in July 2015 for the World Gymnaestrada where the squad will represent Great Britain. We look forward to following your news over the next 14 months.
    Trophy Blog #89 ~ Here are a few facts about the Premiership Trophy. It is made by royal jewellers Asprey of London and contains different types of Silver. The trophy weighs 25kg and measures a 76cm high. The base is made up of a type of African stone called malachite and it has a list of all the League winners from its first season in 1992 to the present day. The green colour of malachite represents the colour of the field. On the trophy itself, there is very little lettering or writing. At the moment all it says is: ‘Barclays Premier League’ The Trophy tours various parts of the world every year. It has travelled to Mumbai, Delhi in India, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Seoul.
Trophy Blog #88 – A few weeks ago I attended a workshop set up by Business Support York & North Yorkshire (BSYNY) and Selby district council. They are working together in the Selby area to help businesses and owners. I have been asked to attend many groups and meetings in the past, but they have all been either at the wrong time, or took up too much of the working day. This one was nice and easy, two hours in the morning and straight back to work. This workshop focused on the online business directory LinkedIn. This is used by professionals trying to reach out to other professionals. Before the workshop, I knew I had an account set up which had a few connections, but I didn’t really do much with it. I have heard stories in the past of corporations offering big money to take control of a LinkedIn group. The hard work has already been done for them, so they pass it on to their marketing departments and they advertise their services and products to the exact people who will use them. Around 30 people attended the workshop held in the chamber room at the council. We started by going straight back to basics. We had Questions answered such as: How do you build an effective profile that LinkedIn will approve and people will be able to find easily? Information on editing your profile to get best search results, and What are LinkedIn groups and how can you benefit? Straight after the workshop I spent an hour or so changing my own account and it has quickly been spotted by a few people, so it was worthwhile attending. Look out for future workshops on other useful subjects. 
14153178026_222d620634 Cliffe FC, sponsored by LRB Trophies, are crowned York Minster Engineering Football League Junior Cup Trophy winners. Cliffe FC complete a superb trophy treble by retaining the York League Junior Trophy, beating South Milford 7-4 in an 11-goal thriller. Malcolm Bryce writes…
“Our last 13 games saw us win 11, draw 1 and lose 1 in 45 amazing days, a fantastic run that landed us 3 cups and clinched promotion to Division 1. I’m really very proud of the whole club.”
~ Keith Tiplady, 13th May 2014. Cliffe FC 7 - 4 South Milford 12May14 A cold and wet first half, the rain soaking both player and brave spectators, began with Cliffe opening scoring within the first 60-seconds, Kevin Taylor crossing to Si Houlder who controlled the ball and put it past the ‘keeper to make it 1-0. Andy Addison doubled Cliffe’s lead, pouncing on a loose ball to finish left-footed past the ‘keeper, 2-0. Cliffe further extended their lead, Chris Jackson being dragged down in the area – Jackson scored the spot-kick to make it 3-0 near the half-hour mark. Milford grabbed a goal to make it 3-1 before Cliffe restored their 3-goal cushion, Jackson breaking the offside trap and lobbing the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper, 4-1. Milford scored another goal to make it 4-2 as the goal-fest of the first half continued, Tom Hogg forced a defensive error and smashed the ball past the ‘keeper to make it 5-2. Hogg then assisted Houlder, Houlder tapping in his second of the game for 6-2. South Milford made it 6-3 at the break, pouncing on a Wes Pears slip and neatly lobbing the ball over Dave Laverack, 6-3 HT. The second period didn’t match the goal-fest of the first-half but South Milford attempted to make a game of it and scored the first goal of the half, to make the score 6-4. Taylor saw a cross/shot from a tight angle tipped onto the bar and Ryan Sedman was called into action at the other end, clearing the ball off the line before Jackson completed his hat-trick, an emphatic right-footed finish to make it 7-4 – Jackson’s 40th goal in all competitions for Cliffe FC this season. 7-4 it remained until the final whistle and Cliffe FC retain the York League Junior Cup to go along side their York FA Cup and East Riding County Cup trophies, not forgetting promotion to Division One.
14075610525_79189da2cb Cliffe FC, sponsored by LRB Trophies, are crowned East Riding County FA Qualifying Cup Trophy winners with a 3-2 win over Drum Athletic. Malcolm Bryce writes. Cliffe FC travelled to the home of Pocklington Town FC on Tuesday evening to face Drum Athletic from the East Riding Amateur League. Manager Keith Tiplady making four changes from Saturday’s FA Cup triumph, saw his side take the lead within the first 10 minutes – Andy Addison pealing away from his marker to loop a great header past the ‘keeper into the net, 0-1. Si Houlder broke the offside trap but saw his shot placed just wide of the post. The referee set a standard from the first minute and let a lot go, in what seemed an attempt to let the game flow and 10 minutes before the half-time interval Drum drew level, Tony Cardwell breaking through and sliding the ball under Dave Laverack to make it 1-1 at the break, 1-1 HT. Cliffe began the better of the two sides at the beginning of the second-half, Tom Robinson beginning to get some joy down the left wing and man-of-the-match Lee Carter dominating in the air. Houlder came close once more but with around 20 minutes remaining Drum took a 2-1 lead, a loose ball in the six yard box pounced on by a Drum player to put the East Riding Amateur side ahead. Tiplady threw on an extra striker in the shape of Chris Jackson in an attempt to get his side back into the tie, and with no more than 12 minutes remaining a Jackson shot took a big deflection and looped over the ‘keeper to make it 2-2. Momentum was with the York League side now and with only 5 minutes remaining in normal time, Robinson and Houlder broke down the left squared it to Jackson who hammered home to send the travelling Cliffe contingent into raptures putting his side 3-2 ahead. Drum resorted to an ineffective long ball for the final minutes, Robinson and Addison protecting the ball in the corner for the final moments – 2-3 the final score, Cliffe FC – East Riding County Cup Winners 2013/14.  
008 (2) Trophy Facts #20 – Cliffe FC, sponsored by LRB Trophies, are crowned York FA Junior Cup Trophy winners with a 2-0 win against Fulford.   Cliffe FC 2 - 0 Fulford | Cliffe FC - York FA Cup Winners 2013/14   Malcolm Bryce writes: A less than smooth FA Cup campaign that started way back in September with a 9-0 win against Crayke. The first half of the final was an even affair, Fulford having the ball in Cliffe’s half for a good portion of the 45 whilst Cliffe drew saves from Fulford’s ‘keeper at the other end, Tom Hogg and Chris Jackson both having close range shots saved. Whilst the score remained goal-less at the break, Cliffe knew they had more to give in the second half. Cliffe FC began bright in the second-half and looked most likely to score but they had to remain patient, numerous shots blocked, a breakaway saw Ian Beckram flash a shot over the bar and Ryan Sedman see a cross that floated over the ‘keeper and crashed off the bar. A quick thinking set-piece with around quarter hour remaining saw Andy Addison slide a ball across the box that found it’s way onto the right foot of Adam Durnin that managed to squeeze his shot through a crowd of players and into the net, a cup final winning goal a perfect way to celebrate his birthday, 1-0 to Cliffe. Fulford had to chase the game in an attempt to grab and equaliser in an attempt to send the tie to penalties and committed more men forward but Cliffe sealed the win in the final minutes, Reuben Pearse – who celebrates his birthday the day after Durnin – played the through ball for Si Houlder to slot under the ‘keeper and into the net to put the tie beyond Fulford and make the final score 2-0. Cliffe FC – York FA Cup Winners 2013/14.  
Trophy Blog #84 – On the 16th of April we celebrated our 3rd birthday of trading in the trophy & engraving world. Three years ago we changed the name of our eBay account to LRB Trophies, and off we went. Since that day we have served over 2500 customers, with all sorts of trophies and engraving services, from all over the world. After our first four months of online trading we moved to our current Market Lane office and showroom. 2013 was a very busy year of trading, with many new customers and products sent to new territory. It was also very successful year for us both in progression and recognition. We won three social media awards and gained praise from a multi-millionaire retailer. Theo Paphitis has one of our trophies in his office. Our prize package from Theo Paphitis is still ongoing and we might have some exciting news to come soon. As soon as I know the full details I promise to let the ‘Trading Up’ readers know first. So watch this space! During the last three years, Selby and the surrounding area has slowly changed for the better for the shopper and trader. The economy is bit by bit gathering pace again and I’ve got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that this continues. I still think that Selby could follow in Tadcaster’s footsteps and offer free parking, even if it is just a Tuesday morning or Saturday afternoon, if the powers that be can get the people into the town centre, it is up to the traders and businesses to do the rest. Sadly another two long established shops on Gowthorpe are closing down for good, both for different reasons. Hopefully they will not be empty for long and some of the staff can work in the new businesses.