Thousands of amateur London football clubs compete in hundreds of leagues all across London. Some pitches are top class and some are bottom of the pit muddy. Our home pitches at regents park were amazing most of the season.
The season was history in the making. Gradual but certain. Purely based on determination, team work and a spirit of wanting to be the best we could be. Everyone competed against his own quality and making our collective games better. Our club won our first trophy eight years after we were established.
We started our season slowly. The guys nearly won every game and yet we kept losing. We lost the first home game 2 – 3 to the team that ended up 1 place below us on goal difference. We drew the next game to the team that ranked last come end of the season. Third home game we still lost 3 – 4 to the team that ranked second come end of the season.
Our away performance was dreadful. The boys lost the first 6 away games. And then, as if by magic, we won our first away game, beating Beaujolais Fun Boys 6 – 0. We won the next away game 4 – 1 against Clapham Southgate – who eventually ranked 10th in a league with 11 teams.
It was a season of two halves. In the first part of the season we only managed to win 2 games and draw 1. After January, we won cup matches and league matches back to back. We returned a favour to the team who beat us 5 – 0 on our first game, by thrashing them 7 – 1. They finally ranked 5 in the league, whilst we ranked 7.
There was one particular cup game we lost in the last 3 minutes conceding 3 goals and extending the match into penalties. The game continued for another 30 minutes and we finally lost in penalties. The match was an emotional drench, and the day was wet and miserable too.
We turned the tide
We continued to perform well beating teams in both league and cup matches. Nonetheless, it was too late for us to have a chance to win the league. We were still with a chance of winning silverware – and make a success of our season. Our midfield kept growing strong, bossing games, winning the midfield battles and scoring a great number of goals. Pascal, one of our new players scored 17 goals over 9 games. He is our best goalscorer.
Strengthening the squad
He was not the only to join the team during the season. Peter, Scott, Oscar, George, Ruairi, the Dutch duo Josh and Mick came in to strengthen the club. They helped strengthen our defense and the midfield. Their arrival helped free our play-maker Guille, freeing him to focus on his creativity to unleash killer passes. Guille went on to be named Player of the Year as voted by his team mates. The club became a fortress. Nobody accepted losing until the last whistle.
Our existing players Alex, Andras, Mate(s), Karan, Flo, Norbert(s), Sandor, Valon, Szilard, Roland(s) continued to push and press and wins continued to come. In fact at the Xmas party, Karan was named most dedicated player. He was present every game. However during the penultimate league game, while the scores were 1 – 1, he was clattered by the opposition keeper and he broke his leg. The penalty was not taken – we expect him to take it. Eventually, our captain Gergo returned to playing regularly adding further strength and motivation to the team. We finally won our first trophy – offered by the Central London Super Sunday league.
The Future is bright
We will be part of the Southern Sunday Football League. The team will compete in division 3 of 9 playing against 12 other teams. The league provides us with opportunity to play cup matches against team across divisions.
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