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Yorkshire Black Rose
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Who has the hardest job in football?

It’s a question which could have countless different answers; some may say Rafa Benitez where only silverware will do at Real Madrid.

Some may vouch for Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler and all that comes with the role, or even Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho after his Premier League Champions suffered their worst start to a season in years.

How about Daniel Dinsdale-Green?

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Here’s the case of the founder, chairman, treasurer, manager, player, kit man, kit designer, organiser, media manager, photographer, videographer, video editor and, in his words, ‘Dogsbody’, of Yorkshire Black Rose Football Club.

“I decided to form the club almost four years ago,” explains the busy young man. “When I was 22, the aim was just to engage and improve the lives of as many people as possible – that was my raison d’etre.

“Between then and September 2014, we only organised casual futsal and five-a-side sessions for men and women of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, which we continue to do.

“But, due to popular demand, we launched our first futsal league team, the Yorkshire Black Rose Rebels, who had their first game in September last year.”

Thirty-one games and 373 goals later – including a remarkable 28-0 win – the club’s first foray into competitive action proved to be a resounding success, pulling off a clean sweep of silverware as they took home all four available titles with an almost-perfect record.

“By February 14, 2015, we were running three futsal league teams and they were all massively successful,” he adds.

Popular demand, once again, then paved the way for the foundation of their first 11-a-side team, which launched ahead of this season.

“Some of the players have been asking me to start an 11-sided team for years,” said Dinsdale-Green.

After preparing themselves for league action with no fewer than eight pre-season friendlies, the goals have continued – 42 in just four games in fact.

After kicking off their campaign with an entertaining 5-4 win at FC West Leeds Guiseley Reserves, a 6-0 reverse against title-chasers Moortown Albion on the road brought them back down to earth.

But they bounced back in outstanding style a week later, stealing the fifth-tier show by demolishing Millshaw Park Rangers Reserves 14-0, Daniel Smith thrashing home five goals to help them move up to sixth in the table.

And their momentum continued last weekend with a 7-6 League Cup triumph at AFC Travellers.

“The team contains players who have played at a high level in Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, Australia, Switzerland and Portugal and some have played friendlies against National League teams,” explains Dinsdale-Green, who is also manager of the club’s futsal outfit.

“Over the last four years we’ve had players turn out for us from over 50 countries, such as Colombia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan and many others.

“We have over 100 regular players throughout the club and over 600 players who have played for us in our short history.

“A couple of months ago, we were running 14 different activities every week.

“I haven’t had a holiday since the club was founded and there have been some tough times, but the success of Yorkshire Black Rose, not just in terms of results, makes it all worth it.

“We have had to part ways with people for a number of disappointing and frustrating reasons over the years, but we’ve managed to engage and enrich so many people from so many different backgrounds.

“It gives me a lot of pride to say we’ve brought people together who would have never met otherwise, while managing to win the odd title along the way.

“We tend to do things differently – alternatively, progressively, creatively,” adds the considered 26-year-old on the philosophy of the club. “The traditional emblem of Yorkshire is the white rose.

“Our black rose represents, not a disrespect or rejection of tradition, but an acknowledgement that tradition is not simply by definition always correct.

“For me, progress is made through creativity and innovation.

“Some traditionalists will object to the fact we are called Yorkshire but our home colour is red, but that’s just the way we do things here, we’re a little bit different from a normal football club and we’re proud of our identity.”

Going forward, the ambition from the top is clear: “The ultimate aim of the club is to contribute to society as much as possible, which means making our players and fans happy,” Dinsdale-Green affirms.

“We have been told by the FA that we are very likely to be accepted into the national futsal league next season, if we can find a sponsor.”

Meanwhile, despite the embryonic age of their 11-a-side team, Dinsdale-Green has big plans: “If we can build our reputation and profile, we’d hope to get some sponsorship and funding for all our teams, something we’ve never had during our time as a club.

“On the back of that, I would like to open a sports centre and maybe run futsal, five-a-side and our own 11-sided leagues, but we know there is plenty of progress still to be made before we can get to that stage.

“Our first aim is to climb the football pyramid. Growth will not necessarily be easy and we know we’re not favourites for the title, but we could certainly shock some people this year.”

In the digital age, YBR are already making huge strides and can boast well over 32,000 Twitter followers, more followers than Notts County, who have 153 more years of history to call upon.

Alongside over 3,000 Facebook ‘likes,’ the boss admits their presence online is something he takes pride in and is crucial to their recruitment drive, but he remains keen to grow even further.

“We’re always on the look-out for more and more players, volunteers and coaches to come and join our team,” he said.

“Anyone interested should not hesitate to contact us.

“I think we’re a unique football club and we’re all looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”


Formed: 2015 (2011 futsal)

Division: Leeds Combination League Division Three

Ground: Elida Gibbs

Secretary: Ash Elliot

Chairman: Daniel Dinsdale-Green

Manager: Daniel Dinsdale-Green

Head Coaches: Alan Pilkington and Dave McGuire

Captain: Alan Pilkington

Sponsors: N/A

Twitter: @LeedsFooty

Facebook: /LeedsFootball

YouTube: /OXsport

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