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 Post subject: Season 43 report
PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 12:01 pm 
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First draft report. Appreciate any inaccuracies being pointed out so I can change the master copy that will be made into an announcement.

The thread disappeared when I was late publishing last year, so I will try and reinstate that with my archive copies and try to keep it more promptly updated each season.

This season, John Ghent has offered to supplement with some extra divisional reporting which will be great - so we hope you enjoy. If you want to add any personal quotes into your team's report, feel free to add them and I'll compile.

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1st – Partizan NSA39 – Wow. There is something special in the water and Simeon’s got the whole squad drinking it. 3 titles in a row (Athlone 3, Isleworth 4, Belton 4 - are the only others who have managed this). Can they do it again? Runner’s up in the cup was a small disappointment to the fans, now their expectations are so high. The Stanford duo (Hill and Valient) both get into the top 10.

2nd (were 11th) - St Agnes Aces NSA13 – This really is the performance of the season (or a few seasons). 11 seasons ago they were T64. What a turnaround! This team have been runner’s up 8 times now, including 5 in a row. They are back.

3rd (were 2nd) – Belton Raiders NSA25 – This year, Chris has two top 10 goal scorers. who scored half of the team’s goals. They also had a much tighter defence (best in over 20 seasons). 13 seasons in a row with a positive goal difference. 4th consecutive top 6 finish and many will expect them to challenge for the title this coming season.

4th (were 7th) – Cork City FC NSA43 – now eight seasons as a top half team, improving on last year. Joint tightest defence for 11 seasons and joint fewest games lost in the same time frame. A few more goals and they could push on. The fans are hoping that a top two place is around the corner.

5th (were 4th) – Kirkdale Rovers NSA53 – 14 consecutive top 6 finishes is joint second best in NSA history behind Athlone (15) with Isleworth (14). Very similar record to last season. Not the highest scoring team, but so hard to beat. Now have over 1000 points at Kirkdale in their 20 seasons averaging 51 points per season.

6th (were 6th) - Torpedo Belper NSA17 – fourth top 6 finish in a row, but the season didn’t feel like that at all. Awful start with relegation looking really likely. Then Paul waved a bit of magic and ended up winning more games than he did last season!

7th (were 13th) - Madchester Utd NSA20 – A club record highest finish in the NSA, but this may feel like a season that ran out of steam. A great early start but then horrific form helped them slump. Yes, the defence was tightened, as it needed to (best for 17 seasons), but the goals dried up, too. Only 22 - the lowest in the Premiership. What team will come out of the starting blocks next season - the Madchester who started this season or the one that finished it?

8th (were 3rd) – Athlone FC NSA59 – Disappointing after last season. Always hard to score against, but didn’t have the usual sparkle in front of goal. Lavine got another 8 though (4th time as a top 10 scorer). Joint fewest games won in over 20 seasons (to before Athlone merged in). Hard to predict for next season, but probably top 6 just.

9th (were 12th) – Allestree Allstars NSA35 – It felt like a long hard season, but actually got a club record highest finish. Scored a few more goals (but not enough - 27); harder to beat (but still too many - 11); better GD (but still negative). Despite this, there is a feeling that we can push to the top half of the table. 8th is the target.

10th (were 5th) – Korova Milk NSA24 – Not a great season, but 8 points clear of relegation. Luis Costa’s goals (11) were probably a key difference turning some of those tight games into wins. It seemed all or nothing and the supporters didn’t know which team would turn up. If Costa doesn’t fire this season, they could be in trouble.

11th (were 8th) - Poole Town Panthers NSA23 – After gradually improving finishing positions for the last 9 seasons, this was a little disappointing for Dave L. Vaguely involved in relegation nerves, but no one really expected that. Actually more goals and fewer conceded than last season, but just didn’t turn enough draws into wins. Won the youth league with 87points scoring 245 goals!

12th (were 9th) - Dark Alliance NSA10 – All the goals have dried up and the team performed like relegation candidates for most of the season. A bad start slightly recovered somehow ended up 6 points clear of relegation.

13th (were promoted 1st) – FC Roquetas NSA29 – Ooh, that was a nervous end, but they survived. Only 23 goals scored (joint worst for over 30 seasons) and nothing like the performances of last season. They’ve only ever finished in the top half of the Premiership once before, and I’m not convinced it will be next season. Credit due: they were the only promoted side to survive.

14th (were promoted 3rd) – Greylees FC NSA56 – Oh dear, here we go again. Since they won the Premiership 5 seasons ago, they’ve been promoted and relegated 3 times. Awful goal scoring (by their standards) and the worst for 15 seasons. Leigh has it all to do again - and they will be one of the big two to beat next season. EDIT: Leigh has left SS and this giant team is now unmanaged,

15th (were 10th) – Zakreze Rangers NSA28 – After 3 really solid seasons, I said: “I predict they will win exactly 9 games next season and score 30 goals.” I was close, but I didn’t mention the huge number of goals they let in (joint worst for over 20 seasons) and the loss of 16 games. You have to remember that this team was a regular in the 3rd division not so long ago and they’ve come so far. Next year will be test to see if they’ve got the fighting spirit to get back. Last time they were relegated, it took 3 seasons to recover.

16th (were promoted 2nd) - Olympic NSA3– Last year I said: “Need to take goal scoring into the Prem (highest in Prem is 46 with an average of 30; division 1 highest is 68 with average of 56)”. Well, they scored 28 goals, won a club (low) record of 5 games and let me 42 goals (the most for 20 seasons). Not a good season, but will probably be favourites to return like they normally do.

Division One

1st (were relegated 14th) - Shawood FC NSA6 – An immediate return to the Premiership for Chris’s team and they certainly took on Div. 1 in style. Only 5 teams in NSA history have scored more points (71). Club records smashed: most wins (22), fewest loses (3), most goals (61) and obviously most points. 3 top 10 scorers (not a record – they had 4 in s7) but it is rare for this low scoring team. Only Cenk Tosun has been in the top 10 list in the last 20 seasons, so good to see him there again, along with John Spriggs and Marko van W. Predicted finish of 11th (so the history books say).

2nd (were relegated 15th) – The Rising Sun NSA51 – Fourth season of yoyo. A fabulous season though, helped by Sammut’s love of division 1 and his new strike partner, Buhari. They both MUST perform in the premiership though and save Ben from the ups and downs. It was only 5 seasons ago that they came 6th in the Premiership though… which is a much more positive target.

3rd (were 11th) – Moles Rangers NSA30 – Similar goals scored, but the difference this season was the tight defence – and with it, a whole load more wins. It is back to the Premiership! They have only had one season there before, coming 15th. Survival is the first hurdle and if that happens the fans will go wild. 48.83 points per season is the best for NSA30.5 seasons ago, this team was winning the 3rd division – a rapid journey upwards.

4th (were 4th) - Isleworth NSA8 – Not again? 4th place and 2 points off promotion. A new top scorer has been discovered in Raymond Clark (17).

5th (were 6th) – Northern Utd NSA31 – another one place improvement (6 successive seasons of this), although a very similar record as last season. Look like a top 6 team just biding their time to strengthen the squad for Premiership. Santana Ray (13) has given them a talisman to get behind. Paul celebrates over 500 games with the team.

6th (were 9th) – Zebrahead NSA40 – Another club record highest finish and Chris inches them towards the Premiership dream. Not a scintillating season but managed to convert many of those draws into wins which made all the difference. Same again next year, I would imagine.

7th (were promoted 2nd) – Otters NSA63 – Second highest finish of all time for this lowly club. Unbelievably tight at the back – 22 goals was the joint best in the division. So why not finish higher? They could only manage to score 24! This is normal for NSA63 though who average 0.7 goals per game.

8th (were promoted 3rd) – Staffordshire Rovers NSA44 – At last a season is stability. The yo-yo team takes a breather. Andy McKinney has them playing a nice effective style of football that made them hard to beat (only two teams lost fewer in the division). This team have only ever been known as Pilchard City and then Staffs Rovers after the merger.

9th (were 16th) - FC Donny Toros NSA9– Blonski gets another top 10 for scoring 10 goals, but that’s the only highlight. A stable mid-table finish. But something different happened in the cup. Unbeaten and become the first non-premiership team to win for a number of seasons. Everyone thought Partizan would be claiming the double – great underdog work, Chris.

10th (were 7th) - Locomotiv Leigh NSA18 – As predicted, safe Mid table position. Actually one more point than last season despite dropping 3 places. 27th season as Locomotiv Leigh and have averaged nearly 41 points a season. Their record is neither good nor bad: they have won 294 games and lost 293; scored 944 and conceded 949.

11th (were promoted 1st) = Fetteresso Utd NSA57 – A steady season but so frustrating for the fans.10 wins, 14 losses, they didn’t know which team would turn up. Certainly not the great performance of last season, but survival is the first target. They are targeting 6th place next season for a club record highest finish.

12th (were 10th) - Sinjuns NSA12 – Simon has steadied the ship and has clung onto division 1 status (by just one point) but it was a long hard season. Need a few more goals from somewhere or it might be another very hard season.

13th (were 13th) - Rockwell Rangers NSA16 – Carl has moved on, but Dave C has taken them on. They survived on goal difference, and with a bit of culling, it might be hard to survive for a third season. Will be called Albion FC.

14th (were 5th) – Eastcote FC NSA36 – Wayne takes on a good team, but the inevitable culling was too much and they drop back to Division 2. They will be called Shed City next year. Wayne has many tools at his disposal though and the squad is already looking quite different. 63 goals conceded was by far the worst in the division, but not in their club’s history. The fans will never forget s24 when they let 81 in!

15th (were 12th) – Ruislip FC NSA54 – Always hard taking on a new culled team, so this was almost inevitable for Simon. This was the worst performance the club has seen since those record breaking 5 seasons as T64 when they were Foggy’s Fighters. Shudder.

16th (were 8th) - Victoria Park NSA5 – The dream of reaching the Premiership is now on ice. Club record for fewest goals scored and joint fewest wins. Four seasons in Div.1 is still good after over 20 seasons outside of it!

Division Two

1st (were relegated 16th) – Dynamo Saints NSA45 – And they are back – immediately. Brian surprised us all last year with the shock relegation, but they turn in a season the fans will remember for a long while. Two new top 10 scorers (Stewart and Carter) helping the team to a club record 62 goals. If they can carry this form over, they might surprise division 1.

2nd (were 6th) - FC Tayside NSA11 – Best finish for 27 seasons and back to Division 1! Club record for most goals (48). Ryan Gilbert helps with 11.

3rd (were promoted 2nd) – Ropery Rovers NSA55 – Lightning strikes twice – Steven, division 1 here you come! Just like last season but with more goals at both ends. Hard to beat (best in the division – 5 losses) and a new top 10 goal scorer (Waldstadt) meant they were able to hold off the challenges from a very tough top 5. Steven shows that he isn’t just skilled in the Polaris! 15th in division 1 is the club record, so even if you get relegated, please finish 14th lol

4th (were promoted 3rd) – Lakeland Jags NSA38 – Giles Garrety gets in the top 10 again (3 seasons running), but double promotion was just out of Mike’s grasp – left 2 points adrift of Ropery. I would imagine that Mike will be hoping that next season gives them that top 3 place to continue the last 5 seasons of improvement.

5th (were 12th) - Riverside Athletic NSA1 – Good improvement this season. Kris Boyd is back on target after 5 quiet seasons and comes joint second top scorer for the club (15 goals). Only Dvorak has had more (20). Lots of promise in the youth team who didn’t lose a game all season and came 2nd with 83 pts.

6th (were 5th) – PSV Santos NSA60 – Much tighter at the back, but the goals dried up at the other end too. Otherwise, a similar record to last season and the team are looking like a safe mid-table team for next season.

7th (were 10th) - Bury St Peter NSA22 – A safe mid-table position for Peter McKinney’s team. 6 seasons of safe Division 2. Shocking to not see Paul Lowrie in the top 10 after being there for the last 7 seasons - instead, it’s Paul Ludkin with an impressive 13. Bury’s 20 seasons in the NSA has given them 7 promotions/relegations - this is the most stable they have been.

8th (were promoted 1st) – Glenfield Colts NSA58 – All three promoted teams did well this season finishing in the top half of the table. The Colts were the lowest of these, but John G will be happy enough with his first full season as it’s their highest finish for a number of years.

9th (were 7th) - Fetteresso Rovers NSA15 – slipped a bit further back this season, but actually a very similar record to last year. Solid midtable and with a fair wind, might challenge next season.

10th (were 4th) – Frog FC NSA46 – A shame for Craig, that the team just didn’t get going this year. The goals of last year vanished and they were too easy to beat. Never any fear of relegation – they are too good for that – but the division is hard. Might need another season of development before they will push higher.

11th (were relegated 15th) – Fettercairn Utd NSA33 – Rebranding didn’t stop them recording their lowest ever finish. Dave will change them back to PSV Caley next season, but he’s got a lot of work to do for them to go up and not down.

12th (were 8th) - Anfield NSA19 – Disappointing this season. Yes, they got more goals (the most for 19 seasons), but they let in more. Ron Francis has rediscovered his scoring boots, having first hit the top 10 list 11 seasons ago. They could have a nervous season, if they picked up injuries or drops in form.

13th (were relegated 14th) – Real Academy NSA62 – Simon does it! He saves RA from triple relegation. Huge tightening up at the back and more gaols than the last two seasons put together. McEvan is the highlight with 11 goals. Still lots of work to do though.

14th (were 13th) - Caratonions NSA7 – Another record low for the ex-Premiership champions (Longfield) as they reach Div. 3 for the first time in their history; however, good news, Marc has re-joined them! The Longfield Rangers name is being resurrected. Just a shame he didn’t find them a few weeks earlier. I’ve set him the challenge to get the Premiership in 10 seasons. He won’t know that until he reads this though.

15th (were 11th) - Everton Utd NSA14 – After surviving last season, they could recreate it – much to the frustration of manager, Chris. They had plenty of goals from Marcus Greenwood (11) but the rest of the team struggled to help him out. Most goals conceded for 11 seasons.

16th (were 9th) – Park Vale F.C. NSA42 – Were going to be Inter Dynamo but a last-minute takeover changed them to Park Vale. Basically, the chaos off the pitch was replicated on the pitch. What is even more sad though: their awful performances aren’t the worst that NSA42 have seen. Hard to predict what they will do in division 3.

Division Three

1st (were 12th) – Pickering Town NSA32 – Wayne has picked up his old team from the depths of division 3 and turned them into a machine. Many stay stuck in this division for a number of seasons, so no one predicted this. Club records for goals (56), fewest conceded (26), points (64) and fewest lost (4). Awesome.

2nd (were relegated 15th) - The Vale NSA2 – Instant recovery from their first EVER season in the bottom tier. The new management of Andy McKinney is working well. Yves Gamin top scores with 14 goals (after 5 quiet seasons as they plummeted from Prem to Div. 3). Only Mister Bo has scored more for the club (15). New record for most club goals (53). Club record for fewest conceded (24). Most points scored (63). Most wins (20). Fewest draws (3). Joint fewest loses (7). Really, could only have been better if they hadn’t got beaten by Pickering to top spot!

3rd (were 13th) – AFC Liverpool NSA64 – Last season I said: “ the squad is looking strong and Steve is looking for promotion! That will be impressive just six seasons after being Team64. Personally, I think a top 6 finish would be an impressive start.” Steve was right to be confident! This club is on the up after 15 seasons in the bottom tier, including twice being T64. Club record of fewest losses (4) and fewest conceded (17), Actually, with Inter Academy, 17 was the lowest in the whole NSA this season.

4th (were 8th) – Inter Academy NSA49 – Dorrie brings some refinement to the club and hopefully some long-term stability. Last season was tight at the back, but even tighter this season (17, the best in the NSA). There will be more to come from the strikers, I’m sure, but 4th place will probably make them favourites for promotion. Cabrelli gets 11, but needs his colleagues to chip in more.

5th (were 10th) – Stonehaven NSA61 – Everything was better than last year: more/less goals at the appropriate ends of the pitch, more wins, two top 10 goal scorers and now a fine 5th place finish. Dave C is being coy about any promotion chances, but this must be his best chance?

6th (were 6th) – Forest Row NSA27 – Some thought this team would push for promotion; the signs were there: more goals, fewer conceded – but too many games fizzled out into draws leaving them to maintain their (excellent) 6th place. I think they could be in the top 3 next season.

7th (were 9th) – Cove Utd NSA41 – Never likely to challenge at the top but pleasing progress. Stuck in the ‘safe Mid table’ zone for 7 seasons now. Knight and Bell score plenty again and I think this is the best chance of promotion – score a hat full and pray the defenders keep enough out at the other end. This team has a history of goals at either end!

8th (were 5th) – Castlebay NSA34 – John Ghent had a mixed bag of a season. Perhaps unfairly tipped to do better, by unrealistic reporters (me!), but actually with lots of positives. Fewest goals conceded (22) for nearly 30 seasons and extremely hard to beat, losing only 6 games. If just 1 of those 13 draws had gone his way, John would be looking at 4th place. The fans have high expectations for the next couple of seasons.

9th (were 4th) – Mearns Utd NSA50 – After the heartbreak of missing promotion on GD, twice, the players collapsed. The worst finish for 18 seasons and not what Dave or the supporters were expecting. That said, the division was so tight that just 3 points separated them from matching their 4th place finishes of the previous seasons. It is a hard division to escape from.

10th (were relegated 16th) - Vale Veterans NSA21 – Chris McKinney has steadied the ship. Most points since they were in the Premiership 5 seasons ago (!) partly due to the fact that were hard to beat… something that hasn’t been easy to say recently.

11th (were 14th) – Brora Rangers NSA26 – 10 seasons since they did better than this, so maybe it’s time this team is going up? More goals than for a long while and a positive GD too. Quite hard to beat but loads of draws (the most in the division with Castlebay – 13)

12th (were relegated 14th) – Park Juniors NSA52 – Not a great season for Dave’s Park Juniors. The only glimmer of light was Peter Wright with 9 goals.

13th (were 7th) – Furneaux Spurs NSA47 – A new name didn’t work. Club lowest finish for this ex-premiership team, club record for fewest goals scored (16). Awful. Will be known as FC Scotia next season.

14th (were 11th) – Johnshaven NSA4 – Temporarily called El Locko FC but quickly became Johnshaven Athletic (harking back to s10 and 11) but it wasn’t enough to stop them posting a joint lowest position for the club. Hopefully a new kit and the Red Rovers FC branding will lead to a loftier finish? Lowest scoring for 24 seasons with 26 goals - bizarrely Bernie Camara scored 12 of them to continue the club’s habit of producing great goalscorers (e.g. Hardy, Halahan, Curtiso over the years)

15th (were 16th Team 64) – Angus United NSA48 – One place improvement, but it’ll be harder to go much higher than this. Still managed to lose 20 games, the same as last year. Almost certainly will be bottom 3 again.

16th (were 15th) – Blackburn Olympic NSA37 – Back to being the control team and normal service has resumed. 100 goals conceded and only 9 scored – neither of those were club records! 0 wins, again, like they did 4 seasons ago. Not sure if any team has done that twice… will be bottom again – surely?

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Excellent stuff and well appreciated.

Some very interesting facts John.

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Very well put together John - a very enjoyable read - thanks for going to the trouble of writing it all.

St Agnes certainly exceeded expectations this year. Hoping they can go one better next season - I see on the Hall of Fame that 2 teams have gone from T64 to Premier League champions - how long did it take them?

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PREMIER DIVISION SEASON REVIEW

With some big wage bills and huge fan support for the top sides, it was expected that the title race could well be very tight this season. It was however, one of the promoted sides that set the back pages on fire in Week 1, with Greylees sending their fans wild with a 3-0 victory. Recent form should always be carefully considered and it seemed ominous for the rest of the division as the league champions of the the last 2 season, Partizan, recorded a 2-0 win away from home against Dark Alliance, in front of 37,000. The poster boys of the Premier, Belton Raiders, kicked off in front of 51,000, with a drab 0-0 draw against a resolute Poole Town Panthers.

As we headed towards the Cup week, with nearly a third of the season gone, the top two had opened up a massive gap of 8 and 7 points respectively, huge after just 9 games. The "money-men" at Madchester had dropped just 3 points in the first 9 games, and unbeaten Partizan and had only been held twice. Madchester's resolute defence had them with just 3 goals conceded after 9 games, but would the lack of goals come to bite them. Free scoring Partizan on the other hand were averaging 2 goals a game, helped on Week 9 with a back and forth 4-3 win at Poole Town Panthers. The reigning Champions had goals all over the park with 4 x Top 10 scorers by Week 9, Simone Larraisimo their top man in front of goal with 4 strikes.

At the other end of the table, Week 9 gave Torpedo Belper their first win of the season, a decisive moment, a comfortable 2-0 win away from home against fellow strugglers Zakreze. It was incredibly tight at the bottom with just 2 points splitting Olympic Sheffield in 10th place, from Zakreze in 15th. with Torpedo seemingly adrift despite the win this week.

By the halfway turn of the season, the league appeared to be a formality as Partizan had put their foot down, having secured 39 points from a possible 45!
Madchester's low scoring side had turned into a "no-scoring side" and had gone into free fall, now finding themselves in 4th place. Partizan's closest rivals were some 12 points back, and it was a shock.....St Agnes Aces found themselves in the lofty heights of 2nd place, but were closely followed by Cork City, Madchester, Kirkdale and Belton. Toprpedo Belper had a mini-revival and had dragged themselves up to 14th place, putting Zakreze down to the bottom of the division, with Korova in 15th place. The tightness at the bottom of the table meant just 8 points separated 7th place from 16th! Nobody was safe in this division yet and there was still 15 games to go.

The race for the Golden Boot and the elusive 20 goals in a season was headed up by Larraisimo from Partizan and Warren Woodward from Olympic Sheffield, both with 7 goals. Joahannes Walmark had 6 and a glut of players sat on 5, including Pavkov and Sigporsson from Kirkdale, who had nothced 10 between them in just 15 games.

As we approached the business end of the season, with 5 games to go, Partizan had all but secured the title, being 11 points clear. St Agnes had matched them stride for stride in the last 10 games but the gap was just too big. Even the goals of Franck Ribary, 13 for the season after 25 games, couldn't get them any closer to Partizan. An incredible turnaround from Torpedo Belper, who had 0 wins in 8 games, they now found themselves in 6th place with 5 games to go, ahead of Madchester who had their stunning start to thank for not being involved in a relegation battle. With 5 games to go, it looked like being 3 from 7 for the drop with the league shaped up as below;

10th Poole Town - 29 points
11th Korova - 28 points, a great push had got them 4 clear of the drop
12th Dark Alliance - 26 points
13th FC Roquetas - 26 points
14th Greylees - 24 points, who had dropped like a stone after looking good for a Mid table finish just 10 games earlier
15th Zakreze - 24 points, they had spent most of the season in a relegation battle
16th Olympic Sheffield - 23 points, a leaky defence was costing them dear

As we went into the final week of the season it was pretty much as you were at both ends of the table. Partizan had the title in the bag, despite a strong push from St Agnes, with Belton getting themselves clear into 3rd place. Torpedo were the story of the season, 4 points after 9 games, they now had 46 points, a minus goal difference, and were sat in 5th, quite incredible!!

Olympic Sheffield appeared to have given up hope with just a sole point gained in the previous 4 games, they were down, as were Zakreze who had just left themselves too much to do, and averaging about a point a game across the season just wasn't good enough. And despite going into the final game with a slim chance of staying up on goal difference, it wasn't to be, as Greylees "freefall" from mid-table, despite a gallant effort towards the end, left them 3 points adrift going into the final week.

So....a procession from Partizan, a shock 2nd place for St Agnes, a resurgence from Torpedo, a fall from grace for Madchester, and a limp season for several towards the bottom end.

Ribary took the golden boot with 14 goals, followed by Alan Taylor of Belton with 12. Ramon Azeez fired Torpedo clear of relegation trouble with 11 goals, alongside Luis Costa of Korova. Partizan's league title was wrapped up with goals from all across the team, with Valiant and Hill both grabbing 9 each.

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Or in other words Loco are bang average :roll:

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afcbdave wrote:
Very well put together John - a very enjoyable read - thanks for going to the trouble of writing it all.

St Agnes certainly exceeded expectations this year. Hoping they can go one better next season - I see on the Hall of Fame that 2 teams have gone from T64 to Premier League champions - how long did it take them?

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Ah, I'm afraid to say that is going the other way, Dave. So Jacko's XI (now Tayside FC) are the only team to have been Prem champs to have ended up as T64. No one has EVER gone the other way. It could YOU.

Vale Vets were looking the most likely a few seasons ago, but that didn't work out. You are the best hope.

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Or in other words Loco are bang average :roll:

Yep. :lol: Could be a lot worse though!

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PREMIER DIVISION SEASON REVIEW

With some big wage bills and huge fan support for the top sides, it was expected that the title race could well be very tight this season. It was however, one of the promoted sides that set the back pages on fire in Week 1, with Greylees sending their fans wild with a 3-0 victory. Recent form should always be carefully considered and it seemed ominous for the rest of the division as the league champions of the the last 2 season, Partizan, recorded a 2-0 win away from home against Dark Alliance, in front of 37,000. The poster boys of the Premier, Belton Raiders, kicked off in front of 51,000, with a drab 0-0 draw against a resolute Poole Town Panthers.

As we headed towards the Cup week, with nearly a third of the season gone, the top two had opened up a massive gap of 8 and 7 points respectively, huge after just 9 games. The "money-men" at Madchester had dropped just 3 points in the first 9 games, and unbeaten Partizan and had only been held twice. Madchester's resolute defence had them with just 3 goals conceded after 9 games, but would the lack of goals come to bite them. Free scoring Partizan on the other hand were averaging 2 goals a game, helped on Week 9 with a back and forth 4-3 win at Poole Town Panthers. The reigning Champions had goals all over the park with 4 x Top 10 scorers by Week 9, Simone Larraisimo their top man in front of goal with 4 strikes.

At the other end of the table, Week 9 gave Torpedo Belper their first win of the season, a decisive moment, a comfortable 2-0 win away from home against fellow strugglers Zakreze. It was incredibly tight at the bottom with just 2 points splitting Olympic Sheffield in 10th place, from Zakreze in 15th. with Torpedo seemingly adrift despite the win this week.

By the halfway turn of the season, the league appeared to be a formality as Partizan had put their foot down, having secured 39 points from a possible 45!
Madchester's low scoring side had turned into a "no-scoring side" and had gone into free fall, now finding themselves in 4th place. Partizan's closest rivals were some 12 points back, and it was a shock.....St Agnes Aces found themselves in the lofty heights of 2nd place, but were closely followed by Cork City, Madchester, Kirkdale and Belton. Toprpedo Belper had a mini-revival and had dragged themselves up to 14th place, putting Zakreze down to the bottom of the division, with Korova in 15th place. The tightness at the bottom of the table meant just 8 points separated 7th place from 16th! Nobody was safe in this division yet and there was still 15 games to go.

The race for the Golden Boot and the elusive 20 goals in a season was headed up by Larraisimo from Partizan and Warren Woodward from Olympic Sheffield, both with 7 goals. Joahannes Walmark had 6 and a glut of players sat on 5, including Pavkov and Sigporsson from Kirkdale, who had nothced 10 between them in just 15 games.

As we approached the business end of the season, with 5 games to go, Partizan had all but secured the title, being 11 points clear. St Agnes had matched them stride for stride in the last 10 games but the gap was just too big. Even the goals of Franck Ribary, 13 for the season after 25 games, couldn't get them any closer to Partizan. An incredible turnaround from Torpedo Belper, who had 0 wins in 8 games, they now found themselves in 6th place with 5 games to go, ahead of Madchester who had their stunning start to thank for not being involved in a relegation battle. With 5 games to go, it looked like being 3 from 7 for the drop with the league shaped up as below;

10th Poole Town - 29 points
11th Korova - 28 points, a great push had got them 4 clear of the drop
12th Dark Alliance - 26 points
13th FC Roquetas - 26 points
14th Greylees - 24 points, who had dropped like a stone after looking good for a Mid table finish just 10 games earlier
15th Zakreze - 24 points, they had spent most of the season in a relegation battle
16th Olympic Sheffield - 23 points, a leaky defence was costing them dear

As we went into the final week of the season it was pretty much as you were at both ends of the table. Partizan had the title in the bag, despite a strong push from St Agnes, with Belton getting themselves clear into 3rd place. Torpedo were the story of the season, 4 points after 9 games, they now had 46 points, a minus goal difference, and were sat in 5th, quite incredible!!

Olympic Sheffield appeared to have given up hope with just a sole point gained in the previous 4 games, they were down, as were Zakreze who had just left themselves too much to do, and averaging about a point a game across the season just wasn't good enough. And despite going into the final game with a slim chance of staying up on goal difference, it wasn't to be, as Greylees "freefall" from mid-table, despite a gallant effort towards the end, left them 3 points adrift going into the final week.

So....a procession from Partizan, a shock 2nd place for St Agnes, a resurgence from Torpedo, a fall from grace for Madchester, and a limp season for several towards the bottom end.

Ribary took the golden boot with 14 goals, followed by Alan Taylor of Belton with 12. Ramon Azeez fired Torpedo clear of relegation trouble with 11 goals, alongside Luis Costa of Korova. Partizan's league title was wrapped up with goals from all across the team, with Valiant and Hill both grabbing 9 each.


Nice work, John! :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Season 43 report
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Great read thanks guys
Nice end to the season:
Toros with the surprise Cup win

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Great read thanks guys
Nice end to the season:
Toros with the surprise Cup win


I confess I just assumed Partizan would win again. Great job. It's been 12 seasons since a non premiership team won the cup... The Rising Sun from division 2 beating FC Roq!

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Great read John & some amazing facts about my side, thanks again & hopefully we’ll continue to have a much better start to the season this time round :lol:

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5th (were 6th) – Northern Utd NSA31 – another one place improvement (6 successive seasons of this), although a very similar record as last season. Look like a top 6 team just biding their time to strengthen the squad for Premiership. Santana Ray (13) has given them a talisman to get behind. Paul celebrates over 500 games with the team.



Wow really? You'd think I'd be better at this by now :lol:

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Seems like a long time, doesn't it? I remember the yoyo years, where you kept winning divisions convincingly and then would get relegated.

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Really enjoyable read that. Thanks for making the effort :D

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