Baris Northern Counties East League
Published 13th March 2012
.....Division One title, Presidents Cup, Barkston Ash Cup and reaching the Fourth Round of the FA Vase. However, this season has proved shaky for the club with poor results in the Premier Division and with three managerial changes sees the club sitting in bottom place in the table.
Recently appointed manager Graham Hodder has brought in new players hoping to “wake a sleeping giant” in reviving the team and turning round the results to halt the slide to relegation.
The latest signing, to help decrease the goals against column, is 17-year-old 6`3” goalkeeper Ciaran Gibson.
Gibson started playing in the NCEL last season, debuting as a 16-year-two-month-old with the thriving Yorkshire Amateur side who finished third in Division One behind Barton Town Old Boys and Staveley Miners Welfare.
The then Yorkshire Amateurs` manager Paul Lines confirmed: “During his time with us Ciaran grown in stature and produced some mature performances for such a tender age. He’s one of the future.”
Gibson’s goalkeeping commenced with Greetland Goldstars youth team. Then as a 15-year-old he started two valuable seasons of development at Yorkshire Amateur juniors, achieving frequent medals and early recognition under the successful and experienced coaching of Wayne Noteman and Kingsley Needham.
These past months Gibson has been playing his Saturday football at Farsley AFC reserves, managed by the capable Glenn Walton and Harvey Dean.
Gibson’s aspiration was to impress the first team boss at Throstle Nest but Selby came in search of his services first.
And Gibson comes highly-rated by both football coaches and fans and with much experience considering his young age. “Ciaran is physically and physiologically mature for his young age”, commented Tim Dittmer, the Manchester City and ex Liverpool and Bradford City goalkeeper coach. “And he’s a naturally agile kid and makes some really athletic saves. He’s got all the tools there and in time will definitely improve even more.”
This season Gibson has also been playing midweek with FC Halifax Town under-19 Academy in the Conference Youth Alliance League and has made the bench of the Blue Square Bet North side`s first-team on a couple of occasions at The Shay earlier in the season.
And following on from his selection in 2010 for the Northern Ireland under-17 national squad, he is currently standby keeper for the England Schools under-18 national team who are competing in the Sky Sports broadcasted Centenary Shield home nations tournament.
A student at Roundhay School in Leeds where he preferred to complete his A level studies instead of taking on an apprenticeship last season with the successful Sheffield United youth team.