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Season 35

Week 31 – End of Term Report.

Premier League

The top two spots in the Premier League was dominated by Bentley Vikings Old Boys and Whitby Town, with one or both being there all season.

Five of the top six were in the top 6 last season - the only change was Whitby Town replaced Mexicana Wave.

Duffield Dynamos relegated after 3 seasons; Doncaster Town relegated after 5 seasons and Scrubs relegated after 1 season.

The three promoted clubs finished 12th, 13th and 14th.


1. Bentley Vikings Old Boys (last season 3rd) – CJ took his 10th title with Bentley in a good battle with Whitby for the top spot. They had a strong start with 5 wins and a draw; had a sticky spell away from home in the first half of the season but their home form compensated for this and when their away form kicked in they hit the top at the half way point and stayed there until the end. CJ remained unbeaten at home all season with 12 wins and 3 draws. In the last 20 seasons Bentley have never been lower than 6th with 18 top 3 finishes.

2. Whitby Town (last season 13th) – after two tough seasons back in the Premier League nobody expected the fantastic season that SteveR has had. They started the season in tremendous form and were undefeated in their first 13 games and topped the League for 6 weeks. Three away defeats in a row threatened to undermine their season and they dropped to 2nd, but this was a minor blip and they remained 2nd for the rest of the season. Their home form was excellent with just 1 defeat. Dave Carson had an ezcellent season with 14 goals.

3. Aberdeen Terrors (last season 2nd) - another fantastic season for Rich Dimambro. After losing their first game Aberdeen than went 12 games without defeat and were 3rd in the table. Three losses in a row was followed by 3 wins in a row to leave them still in 3rd place and that is where they finished. It was a very consistent season for Rich with the lowest position they occupied being 5th.

4. Chaddesden Celtic (last season 4th) – Paul (Razor) started off unbeaten in 5 but there were 4 draws so they were Mid table. Chadd were a difficult side to beat with only Bentley having a better record but they were the draw kings with 12. They were never in doubt of a top 6 finish but if only Paul could have turned some of those draws into wins. Adrian Gonzales top scored again with 9 (he turns 35 next season) and Brendan Shanahan weighed in with 8.

5. Loyal Rangers (last season 6th) – it was a cracking start for Andy (Steve Davis) with six wins and 2 draws and they topped the table for 5 weeks but it all went wrong with just 2 points from the next 5 and they dropped to 4th and 9 points off the pace. Title hopes had already gone so Andy's target was a top 6 place and they secured that to make it 5 top 6 finishes in a row. Loyal reached a second consecutive Cup Final and after last season's loss beat Dell Diamonds 2-0 - for a 6th Cup win. Mikel Kitess was their top scorer with 10 and Gaudinio hit 9.

6. Jedi Knights (last season 1st) – after 3 consecutive top three finishes ChrisC could not manage another but it was still an excellent season. Strangely it was the home form that deserted Chris - after going unbeaten last season he lost 7 this season with only 5 wins - good job their away form was good. Their attack did well again with Alan Thomas scoring 10 and Eunan O'kane 8.

7. Mighty Chucks (last season 9th) – Stu made it 14 consecutive seasons in the Premier League but he had to battle after a first half of the season that saw them drop into the bottom three. The second half of the season saw them climb away from the relegation battle and with 5 games to go they were 9th and safe......Denver Boss had a good season with 12 goals.

8. FC Abertawe (last season 7th) – it was a disappointing season for MikeT as FC Abertawe never got going. The first half of the season saw them pick up just 15 points and a possible relegation battle was on the cards. The second half of the season saw them rally based on some good home results - a run of 5 wins in 6 games. The highlight of the season was the continued progression of young striker Wayne Ruffer, who followed up last season's 11 goals with another 11 this season.

9. Mexicana Wave (last season 5th) – it was a Jekyll and Hyde season for Wes as Mexicana were without an away win until week 30 so it was a good job their home form was good to give them a Mid table finish. It was another season with goals at both end - they scored 49 with only Bentley in the Premier League higher but their 44 goals conceded was the 2nd worst in the Premier League. A total of 93 goals featured in their games, which was was the most in the Opal. Jon Dadi Boverson was their top scorer with 12.

10. Kamikaze Vipers (last season 11th) – an 9th consecutive season in the Premier for Gary (Smiffy) but it didn't look that way early in the season as they lost 6 of their opening 7 games and were rock bottom. Gary had an emergency meeting with the players to thrash out the problems and hey presto they had 5 wins in 7 games to move them up to 9th. The second half of the season was fairly constant and they managed to improve on last season's finish. Top goal scorer was Dominico Brini with 8.

11. Cusco (last season 8th) - a 4th season for Matt (smelly) with Cusco back in the Premier League and after 3 Mid table finishes this season was a disappointment as they slipped 3 places. Yet another poor start threatened their stay in the top flight - bottom at the half way point with 13 points. Four wins in a row helped Matt turn it around but just 2 wins in the next 10 saw Matt keeping an eye on the results of the tams below them.

12. Istra Pula (promoted) – it was a first season for MikeT back in the Premier League after an absence of 10 seasons and it was tough one. The first half of the season saw excellent home form with just 1 defeat and sitting comfortably in Mid table with 20 points. It all then went to pot and they failed to win another home game collecting just 4 points - their away form was slightly better with 6 points so with one game to go they had 30 points and it all came down to the last game and they saved their bacon with a goal 4 minutes from time!

13. East Riding Enterprise (promoted) - it was a first time in 21 seasons for Ben in the Premier League and it was a mighty, difficult season with goal difference keeping them up in the end. Talk about Polar opposites but check out the difference in home and away form - no wins in their first 14 home games with just 5 points; away from home 23 points and better than the champions Bentley. The trouble was their last 2 games were at home - strangely the first one was against Mexicana who had not won away but is was a defeat. This set up the last game as gigantic battle at home to Doncaster - would you believe it a 1-0 win and their only home of the season.

14. Doncaster Town (last season 12th) – CJ has struggled against relegation for the last 2 seasons but this time there was no escape. With 4 wins in the first half of the season Doncaster were just above the bottom three. The next 9 games saw them pick up just 3 points and with 6 games to go they were bottom,8 points from safety and surely doomed. CJ suddenly found the missing ingredient and with 4 wins in the next 5 games they were out of the bottom three and with a game at East Riding, who were below a win would ensure their safety - sadly they lost to an early goal and they are down after 5 seasons.

14. Scrubs (last season promoted) – after two consecutive promotions Ben was back in the Premier League after a gap of 25 seasons but it was a short stay.It started disastrously with 5 defeats and it was always going to be an uphill struggle but they battled back to 9th after 13 games. The recovery didn't last long and they were soon back into the bottom three where they remained and with 3 games to go they look doomed but a great win at relegation threatened Istra gave them hope and it all was down to the last game at Jedi. A great performance gave them a win but with other results not going their way they were down.

16. Duffield Dynamos (last season 10th) – 3rd season for John (jelly) but it wasn't third time lucky as they are relegated. The only highlight of the season was the first 5 games when they were 4th - it was all downhill from there. Duffield hit the bottom three after 13 games and stayed there for the rest if the season. It was a season John will be pleased to see the back of!!

Division 1

Abysmal Aftermath are promoted as champions, Chester Town are promoted and Sylvan Lake are promoted. In a strange occurrence all three were relegated together 2 seasons ago!

There was only 3 points between 3rd and 8th

Inter Southampton relegated after 1 season, Lokomotiv Dinamo relegated after 3 seasons and Southampton Sity relegated after 7 seasons.

The three relegated clubs finished 4th, 7th and 11th.

The three promoted cubs finished 12th, 13th and 14th.

1. Abysmal Aftermath (last season 7th) – MikeT is promoted back to the Premier League after 2 season as Champions. A strong first half of the season with 30 points set them up nicely and even though they had a spell of 6 home games without a win, their away form was excellent. They topped the table for 18 weeks of the campaign and were in the top three for all but the first 3 games. Sunday Eboh excelled with 14 goals.

2. Chester Town (last season 8th) – PaulW takes Chester back after 2 seasons but it all went down to the last game of the season. They started well with just 1 defeat in the first 10 game and were 2nd in the table; after that it was an odd season as they picked up 25 points from the next 10 home games but only 7 points from the next 9 games so it came down to the last game of the season which they lost but other results went for them. Kain Reed topped their scoring with 9.

3. Sylvan Lake (last season 4th) – it was a 2nd season for Dave (Shep) in Division 1 and after last season's heartbreak it was their turn to break other team's hearts. With only 1 defeat in their first 12 games they could have been setting the pace but with 6 draws it meant they were in 3rd spot. Two defeats in a row and they were down to 5th; Shep went on another unbeaten run of 7 and back to 3rd. With just 2 wins in their last 8 Sylvan needed to win and hope the other results went for them and would you believe it that is exactly what happened. The 12 draws was the most this season - equal with 2 other teams. Luis Melo topped their scoring with 10.

4. Xbana FC (last season relegated) – Baz will be kicking himself that he has not made a quick return to the Premier League. After a sluggish start they hit the top three after 8 weeks; a couple of defeats in a row and the alarm bells started to ring but Baz proceeded to pick up 25 points from the next 10 games, topped the table for 5 weeks and looked certain for promotion!! Then the slump hit and 7 games without a win left Xbana in the top three but only on goals scored entering the last weekend and a defeat at home to Cunnack saw them miss out; Xbana only picked up 3 points in the last 8 games!! David Laccroix scored 14 and Camuso Viscosi 12.

5. Kesgrave Vespas (last season 10th) – a 5th season for Kesgrave in Division 1 for Gary and it turned out to be his best season yet and almost perfect but a defeat in their last game saw them miss out on promotion. For most of the season they were not regarded as serious promotion hopefuls - 7th after 5 games, 5th after 10 games, 6th after 15 games, 8th after 20 games and 7 points off the pace but 21 points from the next 10 games and they were 4th with only goals scored keeping them out of the top three. So it was all down to the last game at home to Armthorpe - nerves played their part as they lost 3-0. Rodrigo Rotundo was again their star player with 12 goals...

6. Armthorpe Rovers (last season 11th) – after just avoiding relegation last season CJ was looking for a big improvement and a possible promotion push but it wasn't to be as they could not find any consitency and made it 3 seasons in Division 1. A poor start left them bottom after 8 games but then 7 wins in 9 games and they were up to 5th and promotion was on CJ's mind. A poor spell was followed but a good spell and with 3 games to go they were still in with a chance but they couldn't take it and in the end were only 2 points off the pace.

7. The Survivors (last season relegated) – Stu was looking for a quick return to the Premier League but they eventually fell just short by 3 points. Their away form was good enough take them up with 8 wins and 27 points but their home form let them down with just 4 wins and 18 points - Stu knows this could easily have been a promotion season.

8. Northern Soul (last season 5th) – Wes (chunky) was looking for a more consistent season than last season but after their dreadful start they were lucky not to be relegating. With just 2 wins in the first 12 games they were bottom with 9 points and the situation looked hopeless but their form suddenly returned and with just 1 defeat in the next 10 games chunky climbed to 7th. They were still 5 points off the promotion places but they kept picking points up in the remaining games and only finished up 3 points off the pace. How chunky wished they could have won one of their opening games.

9. York Rovers (last season 9th) – a 6th season back in Division 1 for SteveR and another 9th placed finish. The season can be split into 3 distinct performance levels They started off in excellent form and only losing 1 of their opening 12 games were 4th and maybe a promotion push. All of the high expectations were dashed in the next 6 games as York lost 5 of these and they plummeted to 13th and 3 points off the drop zone; just as quickly as they lost the form it was back and 1 defeat in the next 8 with 5 consecutive wins York were up to 7th and only 4 points from a promotion place. The season then petered away and a Mid table finish. Will Neviani excelled with 10 goals.

10. Askham Bryan United (last season 12th) – a 4th season for SteveR in Division 1 and they never really got going. At Mid season they were 11th with 18 points, after 20 games they were 7th, after 25 games they were 14th with 32 points and a few worries but a win in the next game and they were safe. The player of the season was d**k Stowell again, who scored 15 goals and was the joint Golden Boot winner.

11. Hundon Harriers (last season relegated) – a first full season for Gary and he will be very pleased with the finishing position after the poor start to the season. With 11 games played they were bottom and looking at a 2nd consecutive relegation but with 7 wins in the next 9 games Hundon had rocketed up to 6th. That was as good as it got and Gary can plan for a better start next season. He found a good striker in Robert Cumber with 12

12. Cunnack Allstars (last season promoted) – a first season for ChrisC and Cunnack in Division 1 for 19 seasons and he will be pleased to keep them up. It started like a dream for Chris with 3 wins but that was the high for the season as they could not find any away form and picked up just 3 more wins on their travels. Their home form balanced this out but consistency was a problem and this will be one area that ChrisC will need to concentrate on. Alisdair Northridge was their top scorer with 10.

13. Riverplate (last season promoted) – MikeT just managed to keep Riverplate in Division 1 after a poor start to the campaign - bottom after 6 games and without a win. Four wins in the next 5 and they looked to be on the up but 4 defeats left Riverplate back in the bottom three at the half way point. The second half of the season was much better for Riverplate as they picked up 23 points and avoide relegation by 1 point. Carlos Matheus Nunes was a major help with 12 goals

14. Inter Southampton (last season promoted) – after two successive promotions for Shep this season turned out to be a major disappointment, but Dave can count himself unlucky as they had 37 points and the highest ever in Division 1 - dating back to October 2005 . It was a strange season with just 3 wins in the first 13 games, then 4 wins on the trot and then back to just 2 wins in the next 12 so you would have to say on balance that the vast majority of the season their form was not good enough. One plus was that the Youth team won the Youth League so Dave should have some good prospects for the future.

15. Lokomotiv Dinamo (last season promoted) – briefly taken on by DaveC and the later in the season taken into Dave's (shep) portfolio. Plenty of culling so rebuilding in process.

16. Southamton Sity (last season 6th) – due to circumstances Dave(shep) had to leave Sity and towards the end of the season they were taken on by Wayne - good to see him back. Rebuilding in process.

Division 2

The three relegated clubs are all promoted as Dell Diamonds are champions and joining them La Donny Luz and Bayern FC.

Arduthie are relegated after 7 seasons, Cowie Thistle are relegated after 2 seasons and Queens Cross United relegated after 2 seasons.

The three relegated teams finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The three promoted teams finished 6th, 9th and 13th.


1. Dell Diamonds (last season relegated) – a quick return for MikeT and a fantastic season for Dell, who also reached the Cup Final but lost to Loyal. It was a very consistent performance by Dell, who only lost 3 games all season - one at home in week 24 and two away - weeks 1 and 31! Dominic Daybrook with 11 and David Davis with 10 spearheaded the attack and with only 16 goals conceded they had the best defensive record in the Opal. It was a 4th Cup Final appearance and a 4th loss!

2. La Donny Luz (last season relegated) – a quick return for CJ in a very consistent season. CJ hit the top three in week 8 and remained there with only 5 defeats. They were not prolific goal scorers but with just 19 conceded only Dell bettered them in the Opal.

3. Bayern FC (last season relegated) – a surprisingly, quick return for MikeT and one that he did not expect. With 7 games to go they looked on for an easy return but 5 defeats in 6 left them with only a point to play with and a trip to La Donny - a tough ask but they played brilliantly and returned with a 1-0 win. It was a good season for Dwight Yorkes (Bayern FC) who scored 10.

4. South Ruislip (last season 5th) – a 3rd season for Richard (St Albans) and a 3rd top 5 finish; must be one of the favourites to go up next season. A good first half of the season saw them in 5th place but 6 defeats in the next 8 games left them 10th and 14 points behind a top three place - the bookies were offering 1000-1 for them to go up. What happened next is nothing short of a miracle as they won 5 and drew 1 of the next 6 games to leave them just a point behind Bayern going into the last game - they had brief thoughts of promotion when they took the lead against Moles but with Bayern winning it wasn't to be.

5. Wigan Wildcats (last season 13th) – it was a 4th season for Dave (woody) after they survived with a goal in the final minutes last year. I don't think Dave was expecting the season to be as good but in the end so heartbreaking.
The first 14 games seemed to be the usual hit and miss Wigan as they were 11th with 17 points and skirting with relegation again. Suddenly Dave had them playing like 'world beaters' as they reeled off 9 wins in the next 10 games to be 4th and only a point off a promotion place. Could Dave get them to Division 1 for the first time in their history - well the answer is NO and Dave will be kicking himself, as they failed to win in the last 6 games and . Caer Caveral was again their star man with 11 goals.

6. Ripley Knights (last season promoted) – an excellent season for Paul (razor) after gaining promotion. Four wins in the first 6 games and 13 points set a solid foundation for the season - their home performances and away performances were very similar and with 22 points at home and 25 points away. Paul is still improving the team and he will fancy his chances at a promotion push next season. They had a potent attack with Edison Arantes do Nascime and Stan Fazackerley both netting 9 goals.

7. Death Valley Wanderers (last season 9th) - a 3rd season for MikeT in Division 2 and another improvement. A cracking start with 5 wins in 6 and brief spell at the top held at high hopes for the season - their home form continued to be excellent with 30 out of their 46 points. MikeT knows if he can get the awy form going he can improve even more. Jiri Hrdina hit 12 goals.

8. Par Athletic (last season 12th) – SteveR made it 16 consecutive season in Division 2 but it could easily have been a promotion season. Similar to last season their home was brilliant with 32 points including winning their opening 7 home games. They started off ok away with 3 wins in the first 5 games and topped the table for 4 weeks. The away losses started to pile up but they managed to hang onto a top three until week 17; nine away defeats in a row saw them slowly slip to Mid table. With only 2 draws it was the lowest in the Opal.

9. Tamriel FC (last season promoted) - a very good finish considering they are the control team!!!!

10. Stainsacre United (last season 7th) – a 4th season in Division 2 for SteveR but earlier in the season Steve would have been hoping for promotion to Division 1. After 11 games and only 2 defeats they were 4th with 23 points but the rest of the season was a disappointment as they only recorded 3 more wins but plenty of draws - 11 in total the most in Division 2!

11. Huntley Fairways (last season 4th) – after last season's great season Carl started off as one of the favourites to go up but a horrendous start to the season put paid to those aspirations. Just 2 win in the first 14 games and they were 3rd from bottom with 10 points. Suddenly it all clicked into place and they were unbeaten in 7 and 5 consecutive wins to rocket them onto 38 points and safety. Four defeat to end the season left Carl with plenty to ponder about for next season, although he will start as one of the favourites. Victor Ezeji was again a star player with 12 goals.

12. Southern Vipers (last season 8th) – a difficult season as Shep had to give up management due to unseen circumstances. Luckily for the supporters he was able to return near the end of the season to ensure they stayed in Division 1.

13. Molesley Shoals (last season promoted) – it was a tough season for Dave (Lloydy) after last season's promotion. They could not find any consistency with only the first 2 weeks of the season where they recorded two consecutive wins. They did have some good results and now Dave just has to strengthen for next season as there are three good teams coming up from Division 3. Paul Pitman did plenty to keep them in the Division with 10 goals.

14. Arduthie (last season 11th) – taken over for a short while by Dave Curtis and the later in the season by Rob Page. Plenty of work to do, although they showed their promise with 4 wins and 2 draws in the last 6 games.

15. Cowie Thistle (last season 10th) – taken over for a short while by Dave Curtis and the later in the season by Andy - the manager of Loyal Rangers. Andy is one of the most successful managers in the Opal and will be hoping to weave his magic on Cowie- to be Emu's BPW 2020 next season. Andy has had Loyal for 43 seasons and this is the first time he has taken on a 2nd team - why has it taken him so long?

16. Queens Cross United (last season relegated) – taken over for a short while by Dave Curtis and the later in the season by Rob Page. Plenty of work to do.

Division 3

Promotion was a 4 horse race and Tadcaster Albion were unlucky to fall at the last hurdle.

Norfolk promoted after 1 season, Mann City promoted after 13 seasons and Boscombe Athletic promoted after 2 seasons.

Fishburn Park are T64.

The tree relegated clubs finished 1st, 13th and 14th.


1. Norfolk FC (last season relegated) – two consecutive promotions, followed by 2 consecutive relegations and now another promotion. Norfolk started well and topped the league 4 times in the first 8 weeks. An 'iffy' spell away from home threatened to de-rail the promotion hopes but they overcame this and didn't lose in their remaining 12 games. With 62 goals scored they were the top scorers in the Opal - helped by Jamie Lennon and Benoit De Vreese, both with 12 goals.

2. Mann City (last season 8th) – Brian takes Mann City up after 14 seasons in Division 2. Last season they only lost 6 but 14 draws stopped them being higher; this season Brian rectifies that with only 4 defeats and 16 wins. They focussed their promotion on a strong defence and only conceded 18 - the 2nd best in the Opal. Their home was fantastic after losing the first one and they finished up unbeaten in the remainder and won 7 in a row near the end of the season. Alfie Plum hit 10.

3. Boscombe Athletic (last season 14th) – a brilliant first season for Dave Legg and promotion. They were consistent in the first, two thirds of the season, topped the table for 7 weeks and at one time had an 8 point lead over 4th place. Their problems started as their away form disappeared and they failed to win 6 in a row; going into the last game they had a one point lead over Tadcaser but had a tough match at promoted, Mann City. The game finished 2-2 and as Taddy failed to win they were up. In attack they had two excellent strikers - Youri Tielemans hit 11 and Leo Schatzberger hit 10.

4. Tadcaster Albion (last season 10th) – SteveR spent his 2nd season with Taddy (the first 2 in their history) and promotion looked to be on the cards for most of the season and they topped the league on 8 occasions - the last being after 24 games. The trouble was the other three teams in the promotion race were all playing well so when they hit a bad patch and picked up only 6 points from 5 games they headed into the last game two points behind Boscombe. With Boscombe drawing a win would have taken them up but they couldn't break down The Islanders defence and Steve has it all to do again next season. Pete Jackson topped their scoring with 11 goals.

5. Yorkshire’s Finest (last season 6th) – after Ben achieved his best position last season they were strongly tipped to be battling for a promotion place. It turned out to be frustrating season for Ben with them hovering around Mid table for most of the time - a surge took them to 5th after 22 games and only 3 points off a top three place but one point from the next 4 games saw the hopes dashed. Ben won his last 2 games to take a creditable 5th spot and another improvement - he must be there or thereabouts next season.

6. Kiloparsec Villa (last season 12th) – it was a 24th consecutive season in Division 2 for Kiloparsec and good progress from Gary (smiffy) after finishing 12th in the last 2 seasons. Last season their home form was a problem and they soon started to rectify this by winning their first 4 - the only trouble was that they only won two more all season. Similar to last season their away form was impressive with 8 wins, so some more work on the home form required. Elvis Erde was the joint Golden Boot winner with15. He looked to be on for more goals as he had netted 13 after 20 games but it was a barren spell for him in the last 10 games.

7. Worksop Tigers (last season 5th) – a second full season with CJ at the helm and Chris will be disappointed. An average first half of the season saw them in 9th place and promotion looking miles away. CJ cracked the whip and a run of 8 games without defeat took them up to 5th and 5 points off the pace. They couldn't maintain this form but should be a team to watch next season.

8. Phantom Lords (last season 13th) – a first full season for ChrisC and will be happy with the Mid table finish. 23 points at home and 19 points away so decent performances all round. It is all about strengthening the team for Chris.

9. Wealdstone FC (last season 9th) – a similar finish for Richard Woolford (St Albans) with goals at both ends continuing to be a feature. The last three seasons saw the goals for and against as 46-41, 48,39 and 45-43; this season was no difference with a 36-41 split. (So in total it has been 87,87,88 and this season 77). If you are after goals bext season this is the place to be!

10. Manics (last season 15th) – a big improvement for Matt (smelly) although he will feel a very disappointed after their first half of the season. They were sitting 4th and only 2 points behind a promotion place - that was the best it got as they failed to win in their last 14 games. If Matt can continue improving his squad they should be knocking on the door next season.

11. Chapel North (last season 4th) - taken on by Dave (Shep) near the end of the season to try and take them back to their former glories.

12. Whitewell Town (last season 7th) – the season was over for Chris (CJ) before it even got going - without a win in 10 and just 5 points!! They had a purple patch with 6 wins in 9 games but ended the season as they began without a win in the last 9 games. CJ knows he should do better.

13. Wight Wanderers (last season relegated) – Dave (Lloydy) stepped in when Shep had to leave and he is now looking to strengthen the team.

14. The Islanders (last season relegated) - the supporters when very sad to hear that Shep had announced his departure due to un-forseen circumstances. Wayne stepped in near the end of the season to start the re-build.

15. Radford Semele (last season 11th) – Craig found goals hard to come by this season so wins were not as forthcoming as the previous season. It wasn't all doom and gloom as they did draw 11 games and if a few of these had been wins they would have been much higher in the table.

16. Fishburn Park (last season 16th) - a massive challenge taken on by SteveR and last season they didn't score a goal and only managed 2 points. They are still bottom but have made progress with 15 points and 15 goals scored.

All of the teams are managed and each year the Divisions get stronger – Division 3 is very competitive so if you finish lower than you wanted it doesn’t mean you are a bad side it just emphasises the quality of most teams.

Vacant Teams

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Long Eaton Archers WPL 7 Shaolin WPL 39
Istra Pula Opal 46 Abysmal Aftermath Opal 50
FC Abertawe Opal 1 Riverplate Opal 36
Dell Diamonds Opal 54 Norfolk FC Opal 37
Death Valley Wanderers Opal 35 Bayern FC Opal 45
Moles Rangers NSA30 Lakeland Jags NSA38
Celyn Coyotes WS 35 White Zombies WS4 FC Storm Chasers WS54
Romford Dogs MOA25 Lochar Thistle MOA 32

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Week 31 – End of Term Report. October 2020

Premier League

The top spot in the Premier League was dominated by Bentley Vikings Old Boys who held the top spot for the last 26 weeks.

Five of the top six were in the top 6 last season - the only changes Whitby Town replaced by Sylvan Lake

East Riding relegated after 2 seasons; Istra Pula relegated after 2 seasons and Whitby Towns relegated after 4 seasons.

The three promoted clubs finished 6th, 9th and 12th.


1. Bentley Vikings Old Boys (last season 1st) – CJ took his 11th title with Bentley and it was a one horse race. They won their first 13 games, held a 10 point lead and never looked back - their form only faltered towards the end of the season when it didn't matter. They beatd the most number of wins in the Premier League - 23, which they achieved in Season 25. Only 1 draw as well. The goals came from Marvin Matip - 13 and Kevin Stevens - 11. In the last 21 seasons Bentley have never been lower than 6th with 19 top 3 finishes.

2. Aberdeen Terrors (last season 3rd) - another fantastic season for Rich Dimambro; a 4th time they have been runners up. Their home form was excellent with just 2 defeats all season, away from home they had a couple of poor spells but they were never really in a chance of catching Bentley. Yaris Gamin was their top goal scorer with 10.

3. Loyal Rangers (last season 5th) – in contrast to last season it was a slow start for Andy (Steve Davis), with just 1 win in the first 5 games. Their form improved but at the half way point Loyal were 7th with 21 points; their form continued to be patchy and with 22 games played they were languishing in Mid table. Suddenly Andy found his mojo and they reeled off 5 straight wins and a 17th top 3 finish. Loyals's hopes of a 3rd consecutive cup final were halted by a quarter final defeat at Mexicana Wave. Greg Debakers was their top scorer with 14 and Archie Cloughton weighed in with 12.

4. Jedi Knights (last season 6th) – a steady start saw ChrisC in 4th place after 11 games but just 2 points in the next 6 and Jedi had slipped to 10th and only 4 points clear of the relegation zone. It was all uphill from then with just 1 defeat in the next 14 and an excellent 4th place. Their attack was not as potent as usual however the supporter's favourite Eunan O'Kane didn'yt disappoint with 10 - a 10th consecutive season that he is been amongst the top goal scorers.

5. Chaddesden Celtic (last season 4th) – in the first 5 weeks it looked as though it would be a 2 horse race between Paul (Razor) and CJ with Bentley Vikings as they both reeled off five wins. However 2 points from the next 4 matches and it set the trend for the season with them winning a few then losing a few - they went the last 21 games without a draw. The season ended in terrible fashion with Chadd losing 7 in 8 games.It was also to say goodbye to Adrian Gonzalez, who has been their top goal scorer for the last 7 seasons who has been magnificent with 93 goals in 226 appearances - Paul will miss him dearly.

6. Sylvan Lake (last season promoted) – an excellent performance by Dave (Shep) in Sylvan's first season back in the big time. They were consistent all season - without any big unbeaten runs or defeats so hovered around Mid table all season. Their success was based on a strong defence with only 30 conceded - only the top two bettered this.

7. FC Abertawe (last season 8th) – it turned out to be a decent season for MikeT with FC Abertawe but it could have been far worse as they only one once in the first 9 games and were 3rd from bottom!!! Suddenly they hit form and picked up 20 points from the next 8 games and were unbeaten at home for the last 13 games. At home they collected 31 points in contrast away only yielded 14!! They found goal scoring easy with 52 but also conceded easily with 44, so a total of 96 goals in their games. Top goal scorer was Wayne Ruffer with 10.

8. Mighty Chucks (last season 7th) – Stu made it 15 consecutive seasons in the Premier League and a 3rd consecutive Mid table finish. Mid table most of the season without any major, highs or lows so you would say steady. The Chucks had an interesting run at the end of the season with 5 consecutive home wins and 4 consecutive away draws. Denver Boss hit 9 goals and Harry Van Stack weighed in with 8.

9. Chester Town (last season promoted) – PaulW will be very pleased with his first season back in the Premier League. The first 9 games only yielded 9 points and it looked as though it could be a tough season but 4 wins in a row looked to have taken away the worries. However just 5 points from the next 9 games and they had slipped to 10th with 26 points - there were never really any relegation worries as the bottom three never got started. PaulW ended to season with a flourish for a very respectable finish. Goal scoring was a problem with only 33 goals.

10. Cusco (last season 11th) - a 5th season for Matt (smelly) with Cusco in the Premier League and a similar finish to last season. It looked as though they were in for a good season with 13 points from the first 7 games and sitting nicely in 3rd spot. The rest of the season was a major disappointment with the one highlight being 4 wins in 5 games which secured their safety. Ended the season with 1 win on 8. An area that Matt is trying to improve is to find a player that can score - only 5 goals for the top scorer!

11. Mexicana Wave (last season 9th) – it was another below par finish for Wes (chunkymunky) as their cavalier approach saw them fail to get any consistency. Away form over the last few seasons has been a real problem with only 4 wins in the last 33 games! Three defeats in a row left Mexicana only 2 points from safety with 2 games to go but an away win secured their safety. One thing you do get at Mexicana's games is goals with 50 for and 42 against - leading marksmen were and Jon Dadi Boversson with 12 and Ivan Cavalerio with 11.

12. Abysmal Aftermath (last season promoted) – MikeT kept his place in the Premier League but it was a real struggle. The season was plotted out after only 5 games as they were 3rd from bottom and they hovered around the relegation zone all season. Their home form mimicked their team name abysmal with only 15 points - luckily away their away form was decent and kept them up. A bonus for MikeT was a first Cup Final appearance and victory over The Survivors from Division 1.

13. Kamikaze Vipers (last season 10th) – an 10th consecutive season in the Premier for Gary (Smiffy), but only just and a second successive struggle against relegation. The Vipers could not put any unbeaten runs together and it all came down to the last game where they were away to Cusco and just 1 points clear of the drop zone - a hero was needed and up stepped Adonai Fuentes with the winner.Only 28 goals scored and Dominico Brini hit 10 of these.

14. East Riding Enterprise (13th) - a second season for Ben in the Premier League - after staying up on the last day of last season this time a repeat but it ended in tears. Talking about repeats this was almost identical with the home form being as terrible as last season - two wins this time against one last season, but again their away form was the saviour. With 10 games to do they looked certain to go down - bottom and 9 points adrift! A rare home win and 13 points from 5 away games saw them almost do the impossible and it all came down to the last game at home to Chester. They pulled off a home win but with the Vipers also winning they were down. Amazingly with only 24 goals score Alan Readman-Walsh helped himself to 11.

15. Istra Pula (12th) – a second season for MikeT back in the Premier League but after surviving last season with a goal 4 minutes from time there was no escape this season. Poor from start to finish - nothing more to be said.

16. Whitby Town (last season 2nd) – a major shock as SteveR is relegated after finishing as runners up last season, so back to Division 1 after 4 seasons. They didn't win any of their first 9 games and that set the tone for the season with only 5 wins all season!

Division 1

The Survivors are promoted as champions, Bayern FC are promoted after 16 seasons and Askham Bryan United are promoted after 8 seasons

Hundon Harriers are relegated after 9 seasons, Scrubs are relegated after 1 season and Duffield Dynamos are relegated after 1 season.

Two consecutive relegations for Scrubs and Duffield Dynamos.

The three relegated clubs finished 8th, 15th and 16th.

The three promoted cubs finished 2nd, 7th and 11th.


1. The Survivors (last season 7th) – Stu is back after two seasons and after missing out by 3 points last season he made no mistakes as they go up as Champions. A terrific start with 6 straight wins was followed by great form all season - they hit the top in week 2 and never let it go. Roberto Dagwanne hit 10 and they were a favourite for the tv with 15 appearances. To cap off a great performance they also reached their first cup final but lost to Abysmal Aftermath.

2. Bayern FC (last season promoted) – a major surprise as MikeT gets a second successive promotion and takes Bayern back to the Premier League after an absence of 16 seasons. Their success was based on a fantastic home record with no defeats but their away form was threatening to spoil the party. With 7 games to go they were still 4 points off the pace but 5 wins in a row and promotion was secured. Top scorer Romelu Lukaku with 11 goals.

3. Askham Bryan United (last season 10th) – a 5th season for SteveR in Division 1 and what a season it turned out to be with promotion after 8 seasons away. A good first half of the season saw them in 4th place and then a run of 6 home wins and Askham were 2nd and looking certain for promotion. The nerves kicked in with just 4 points from the next 4 games but Steve steadied the ship and promotion was in the bag. d**k Stowell was again the star player, with a second successive Golden Boot with 15 goals.

4. Xbana FC (last season 4th) – Baz will be kicking himself for the second year running that he has not made a return to the Premier League. With just 1 defeat in the first half of the season they were 2nd and in hot pursuit of the top spot. Xbana's form dropped off on the second half of the season but they were still hanging on to 3rd place with 7 games to go but without a win in 4 they dropped out of the top three and never made it back. With 48 goals they were the top scorers in the Division with contributions from Geoff Wright (Xbana FC) - 11, Siebe Schrijvers (Xbana FC) - 11, Davis Laccroix (Xbana FC) - 9

5. Armthorpe Rovers (last season 6th) – CJ just misses out on promotion and has to settle for a top 6 place again - it is now 4 seasons in Division 1. They were battling out for a promotion spot for most of the season but their form dipped just at the wrong time with one just win the last 8. An area that CJ struggled as a target man with only 8 being the top by Mario Guseppi.

6. La Donny Luz (last season promoted) – it was a poor start for CJ with one win in the first 9 games and a quick return to Division 2 looking more likely than promotion. However, a run of 10 games without defeat and La Donny were up to 5th; 4 games later only goal difference was keeping them out of the top three but that was as good as it got. Noel Borrington hit 11 goals.

7. Northern Soul (last season 8th) – Wes (chunky) was looking for a good start for a change and his wish was granted as they only lost 1 of the first 7 games and in 2nd place. How things can change so quickly as they failed to win in the next 6 and dropped to 9th! The remainder of the season they played well and only lost 3 in the last 18 games but with 9 draws it was another Mid table finish.

8. Doncaster Town (last season relegated) – it looked for a long time that CJ would suffer consecutive relegations with them in the bottom three with 8 games to go and without a win on their travels. Suddenly the team seemed to realise the predicament they were in and picked up 17 points from the next 7 games and they were safe. Magnus Graham topped with 8 goals.

9. York Rovers (last season 9th) – a 7th season back in Division 1 for SteveR and with 4 9th placed fishes in the last 5 seasons it was no surprise to see them 9th again.They struggled in the first 10 games with only gd keeping them out of the bottom three; by the half way point they had climbed to 11th and were just keeping their heads above water. With 5 games to go only a point was keeping them safe but two wins on the bounce and they were safe for another season. Goal scoring was again a problem with only 25.

10. Riverplate (last season 13th) – after just staying in Division 1 last season MikeT will be pleased with the gradual improvement, although for the first half of the season it looked as they would be heavily involved in the promotion race. They were sitting in 3rd place but then lost the last 8 away games!!!!!!!! Carlos Matheus Nunes was again the top scorer - this time with 11 goals.

11. Cunnack Allstars (last season 12th) – a second season for ChrisC and it almost ended in disaster. There was not any evidence of any problems in the first 14 games as they were well placed in 4th - the rest of the season was downhill with just 1 win in 14 and with 2 games to go they still had problems but a fantastic 4-1 away win secured their safety. Dan Wye hit 8.

12. Dell Diamonds (last season promoted) – almost a quick return to Division 2 for MikeT but they just managed to hang on. They looked comfortable when they hit the top three after 12 games but it was all downhill from then and with just 5 points from the next 11 games they plummeted to 13th. Two home wins and they were safe. The veteran Silo Sawe top scored with 8.

13. Kesgrave Vespas (last season 5th) – a 6th season for Kesgrave in Division 1 for Gary and after last season's highest ever finish big things were expected. However, with 6 defeats in the first 8 games it was always going to be an uphill fight and after 18 games they looked to be heading down. Four wins in a row and it looked as though Gary could relax but 4 points from the next 7 games left it all down to the last game - a draw and they were safe. Rodrigo Rotundo was not at his best and could only manage 7.

14. Scrubs (last season relegated) – Ben must be scratching his head as two consecutive promotions have been followed by two consecutive relegations and they find themselves back in Division 2. Goals were the biggest problem with only 24 - the lowest in the Division. Ben will be looking for a quick return.

15. Duffield Dynamos (last season relegated) – similar to Ben, John (jelly) must wonder what has happened as it is a second consecutive relegation for Duffield and Division 2 looks as though it will be very strong next season. They lost their first 6 games and their first 10 away games. When you look a little deeper their home form was reasonable with 20 points but their tally away was only 9, with 6 of these coming in their last 2 games.

16. Hundon Harriers (last season 11th) – a tough season for Gary with Hundon and they are back in Division 2 after 9 seasons. The season started well at home but poor away form, kept them hovering around the relegation zone. A purple patch of 6 games looked to have rescued the season but just 5 points from the next 11 games and they were down. Even the scoring prowess of Jamie Pritchard who hit 12 goals could not save them.

Division 2

Inter Southampton are promoted as Champions after just 1 season, Boscombe Athletic are promoted after 1 season and Molesley Shoals are promoted after 26 seasons.

Ripley Knights are relegated after 2 seasons, Wroxham Town are relegated after 1 seasons and Tamriel FC relegated after 2 seasons.

The three relegated teams finished 1st, 8th and 15th.

The three promoted teams finished 2nd, 8th and 10th.


1. Inter Southampton (last season relegated) – it turned out to be a walk in the park for Dave (Shep) as they topped the table for 28 weeks out of the 30. So the last 4 seasons have seen two promotions, 1 relegation and now another promotion. They were unbeaten in the first 13 games and had 21 wins. Seth Shipperley was the main man with 12 goals. Their youth team again performed well and after winning last season this time 2nd so the crop of young prospects continues at Le Tissier Lane.

2. Boscombe Athletic (last season promoted) –Dave Legg follows up last season excellent promotion with another and and they are back in Division 1 after 4 seasons. Their away form was excellent with 31 points and the home form was good with 26 points so a very consistent season. They had a purple patch in the middle of the season with 8 straight wins. The goals flowed all season and with 50 they were 3rd highest in the Opal. Nastro Azzurro shared the Golden Boot with 15 and Luke Montebello weighed in with 12. All eyes will be on Dave to see if he can continue his seemingly magic touch in Division 1.

3. Molesley Shoals (last season 13th) – what a season for Dave (Lloydy) with Moles and to be truthful very unexpected. Promoted after 26 long 26 seasons and only 2 seasons ever in Division 1!! After flirting with relegation last season Dave was looking for Mid table and it looked that way as a steady start saw them sitting 11th after 18 games. What happened next is remarkable as the Moles hit form and won 10 and drew 2 - picking up 32 points from 12 games and hit the top three with 2 weeks to go. It all came down to the last game though and they sealed promotion in style at in form Ruislip. Dave and his team have not been since - let's hope they all sober up before the first game.

4. Par Athletic (last season 8th) – SteveR made it 16 consecutive season in Division 2 but he knows it should have been a promotion season. Unbeaten in their first 8 home games and playing decent away from home Par were 3rd with 8 games to go but the they folded. Without a win in the next 7 games and finishing just 3 points off the pace shows you how annoyed Steve is. Kieron Durrant was their top scorer with 8.

5. Southern Vipers (last season 12th) – the supporters were ecstatic as Shep made a quick return as manager and an excellent season it was. A run of 5 wins took the Vipers into the top three after 20 games but their home form suddenly evaporated and they lost 4 on the bounce. They were still in with a shout of promotion going into the last game but a draw left them 3 points adrift. Dave had them scoring goals for fun thanks to Del Dyer - 14 and Jonathan Kodjia -12

6. Barnstoneworth United (last season relegated) – rebuilding has been in process for Dave and he will be very pleased with a top 6 finish for Barnstoneworth. It started badly with 9 defeats in the first 12 games and next to bottom; the rest of the season was a total contrast with just 1 defeat in the last 18 games, meaning 41 points from 18 games and unbelievable form. Dave will be hoping he can carry this form forward to next season.

7. Huntley Fairways (last season 11th) – after last season's horror show Carl was determined to make amends. However, a poor start again looked to have scuppered his plans but the confidence returned and they climbed to 2nd. Huntley's form after that was erratic and they had slipped to 8th with 8 games to go and 10 points off the pace. The season looked over but Carl managed 4 wins in a row and they were 4th and only a point off the promotion places - surely he would keep it going but no - 2 away defeats and the season looked over - 2 wins and with a game to go they were still in with a chance but a defeat in the last game saw them 6 points behind the top three. Huntley still have not made it out of the bottom two divisions - maybe next season. Victor Ezeji was again their top scorer with 11.

8. Norfolk FC (last season promoted) – a steady season for MikeT after promotion without any major highs or lows. It made a change after either promoting or relegating in the previous 5 seasons. Janie Lennon was again their player of the season with 12 goals - the same as last season.

9. Wigan Wildcats (last season 5th) – it was a 5th season for Dave (woody) and after narrowly missing out on promotion last season he was hoping for more of the same. It looked promising with a good first half of the season and 3rd spot but it was all downhill then with just 4 points from the next 9 games and the season was over. Dieter Sparwasser had an excellent season with 14 and the highest return of a Wigan player for 4 seasons.

10. Mann City (last season promoted) – Brian will be very pleased with City's first taste of Division 2 football in 14 seasons. They started off like an express train and had a run of 5 wins which saw them in 2nd place. They couldn't keep up this form but at the half way point they were 6th with 25 points; with relegation not a worry the rest of the season saw them coast along. Charlie Godbeer topped their the scoring with 12.

11. Stainsacre United (last season 10th) – a 5th season in Division 2 for SteveR and he will be happy to still be there after just 1 point from the first 5 games. A sudden return to form gave them 14 points from the next 6 pushed them into Mid table. The rest of the season saw more losses than wins and 11th spot. Considering they were not big scorers the two forwards performed admirably with Rob Towlerton on 10 and Paul Greatorex on 9.

12. Death Valley Wanderers (last season 7th) - a 4th season for MikeT in Division 2 and a backward step in performances. The first 2/3 of the season were good - 8th after 10 games and 7th after 20 games but 7 defeats in the last 10 games saw them drop down the table. Goals were in short supply with their top scorer being Thomas Lam on 6!

13. South Ruislip (last season 4th) – Richard left after a few good seasons with Ruislip and Dave(shep) took them on near the end of the season with them in the bottom three. He pulled off a fantastic away win at promoted Boscombe to move out of the bottom three and then beat Ripley to stay up.

14. Ripley Knights (last season 6th) – taken on by John Ghent and with a rebuilding task in process it was always going to be a tough season. They were looking safe until Ruislip found a manager and the game between them and Ruislip in the penultimate game was like a cup final. Unfortunately Ripley lost and were relegated'

15. Wroxham Town (last season relegated) – a second successive relegation with Wayne departing late in the season.

16. Tamriel FC (last season promoted) - a this season's control team were the whipping boys and manage to break a few of the worst records - lowest points, least goals and 0 wins!!!!! They are now available to take on and will be a major challenge

Division 3

For the second season running in promotion was a 4 horse race and Emu's BPW 2020 were unlucky to fall at the last hurdle.

Tadcaster Albion are promoted after 3 seasons, Yorkshire's Finest are promoted after 9 seasons and Radford Semele are promoted after 5 seasons.

Fishburn Park are T64.

The three relegated clubs finished 4th, 5th and 12th.


1. Tadcaster Albion (last season 4th) – SteveR was devastated last season as Taddy missed out despite being in the hunt for most of the season. This season had a similar feel to last season but this year it was tears of joy as they are promoted after 3 seasons. They were top for 19 weeks, unbeaten away from home and only had 2 defeats all season - a record they now share with 5 others. The promotion was based on a tight defence as they only scored 36 goals to win the title - a record they now share with Molesley Shoals (as Blue Stars) from Season 19. The 19 goals they conceded was the lowest in the Opal. Even with only losing 2 they had 14 draws so their points tally of 56 points beat the 57 points achieved by Wealdstone FC (as The Destroyers) in Season 10. Steve will be looking for his defence to perform again next season.

2. Yorkshire’s Finest (last season 5th) – after Ben achieved his best position last season they were strongly tipped to be battling for a promotion place this year and they did not disappoint. The season started well with 3 wins but they had slipped to 8th after 11 games. The run then started and they were unbeaten in the last 19 games - they would have been well clear of 4th spot but had drawn 9 of these so that kept them in the pack of 4. A great win over rivals Emu's secured their promotion after 9 seasons. Similar to Taddy their success was based on a tight defence with only 22 conceded and just 38 scored. They only had 5 defeats - the best in their history.

3. Radford Semele (last season 15th) – what a season for Craig and a position nobody would have predicted after last season's finish. Last season's problems were goals with only 12 goals scored - yes I said 12 - this season the goals flowed and so did the wins with 14. Their away form was great with 29 points and just 2 defeats. and they topped the league for 5 weeks. In the end it came down to the last game with them holding a 2 point cushion - home to already promoted Finest, where they came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 and promotion after 5 seasons. Will Wayman had a great season up front and scored 12 goals.

4. Emu's BPW 2020 (last season relegated) – a first full season for Andy and a fantastic season it was. At the start it was all about stabilising and strengthening the squad and it was panning out that way with Emu's 11th after 18 games. If you had said that by the end of the season they would be involved in a titanic battle for promotion Andy would have laughed. Eight wins in the next nine games changed all of that and they went from 8 points off the pace to a chance of promotion. In the end it came down to the last game of the season at home to Belmont but with the squad depleted they lost and will already be looking forward to next season. Andy was pleased with their goal scoring prowess - the 55 was the most in the Opal spearheaded by Leroy Fer with 12 and Chibuzor Okonkwo with 9.

5. Dinamo Parkside (last season relegated) – a first full season for Rob Page and an excellent finish. The pleasing thing for Rob was that the away form was just as good as the home - could be one to watch next season. Rob is not on the forum.

6. Pangolin United (last season 13th) – a first full season for Dave (Lloydy) and he will be delighted with the way they have performed. They were steady and were still in with an outside chance of promotion with 6 games to go but slipped away at the end. Another one to watch and a new name in Phoenix Vikings.

7. Wealdstone FC (last season 9th) – Richard departed and Dave (Lloydy) took them into his portfolio late into the season. They have had 5 seasons in Division 2 and it is difficult to know what how they will perform next season - depends on how many players Dave can bring in. A new name as well in Queensdown FC.

8. Phantom Lords (last season 8th) – a second season for ChrisC and a 2nd Mid table finish, although with 7 games to go they were 4th and looking good for a possible promotion. The next 6 games only yielded 3 points and curtailed their hopes. Interestingly the stats for last season are almost identical - 43 points (23 at home and 20 away; goals scored 38 (38 last season); goals conceded 26 (29 last season).

9. Whitewell Town (last season 12th) – CJ departed and they are now T64 so the only way is down for the time being.

10. Worksop Tigers (last season 7th) – CJ departed and taken over by Steve Murphy, who is not on the forum. Obviously rebuilding needed but not sure you can do it without transfers!!

11. Belmont Buccaneers (last season relegated) – a first full season for Rob Page and re-building in process. Not on the forum.

12. Kiloparsec Villa (last season 6th) – it was a 25th consecutive season in Division 2 for Kiloparsec and Gary (smiffy) and they never really got going. On their day they should be challenging for promotion but a safe Mid table team, who are difficult to beat. Scott Thompson (Kiloparsec Villa) - 8 was their top scorer and they missed the goals from last season's Golden Boot winner Elvis Erde, who only managed 3 this season.

13. Mill Lane (last season 14th) - another change in manager as Wayne left and Dave Curtis has stepped in at the end of the season.

14. Chapel North (last season 11th) - a first full season for Dave (Shep) as he hopes to take them back to their former glories. Rebuilding in process. They had their lowest number of wins in their history with 6 but beat their most draws with 13. Dave's task is turn these draws in to victories. It was their 4th consecutive season in Division 3.

15. Manics (last season 10th) – difficult to know what to say about the performance of the Manics. Matt (smelly) started off the season with 3 wins and most of us thought they would be in a promotion place by the end of the season. It is difficult to believe they only won 4 more and none at home. Matt has decided to go for a younger team next season and remove the prima donnas! The last we heard from Matt is that only one player has remained.

16. Fishburn Park (last season 16th) - SteveR continues with the massive challenge he took on and slowly he is starting to turn things around. It was a 5th consecutive bottom finish - the plus it was the least number of goals (49) that they have conceded in bottom place.

All but one of the teams are managed and each year the Divisions get stronger – Division 2 looks to be the most competitive with some very strong teams.

Vacant Teams

Tamriel FC - Division 3

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Long Eaton Archers WPL 7 Shaolin WPL 39
Istra Pula Opal 46 Abysmal Aftermath Opal 50
FC Abertawe Opal 1 Riverplate Opal 36
Dell Diamonds Opal 54 Norfolk FC Opal 37
Death Valley Wanderers Opal 35 Bayern FC Opal 45
Moles Rangers NSA30 Lakeland Jags NSA38
Celyn Coyotes WS 35 White Zombies WS4 FC Storm Chasers WS54
Romford Dogs MOA25 Lochar Thistle MOA 32

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