The season 54 league competition has now ended and 1855 have their first piece of silverware. Only 18 days following the formation of the club 1855 have been crowned Champions of England’s VI.834.
VI.834 Season 54 Final Standings
Granted much of the season’s donkey-work was done by the previous manager in the club’s former guise as Tollerton Wanderers. The new management team took over with only three league games remaining but still the squad, made up of lads found playing in the local park, had to really knuckle down to get the victories they needed to bring the title back to Grains Moss.
1855’s journey as a new hattrick club began the day after the club’s establishment with a practice (single) match on 13th March against mother club Wincobank Ironopolis. Winger Subhro Bhagwat had the honour of scoring 1855’s first ever goal as the lads romped to a 4-2 victory. Though it must be said that the coaching staff of Ironopolis were good enough to play every player out of position and in a unfamiliar 4-3-3 formation!
The first league game came on 16th March against a bot team rooted to the foot of the table and the lads were in bullish mood. However reality bit them on the arse and they went a goal down. The equaliser came before half-time, Noel Pye with the honour of scoring the club’s first ever competitive goal, and the teams went into the break level but after 55 minutes 1855 fell behind again. Fortunately they rallied with four goals in a twenty minute spell to run out 5-2 winners. Phew!
Two days later saw our first ever official game at Grains Moss with a friendly against FC Droitwich. We won this game 2-0 with reserve striker Alan Norrision cementing his place in the club’s history as the scorer of the first official goal on home soil.
The next fixture was the club’s first ever home competitive game and a crowd of nearly 6500 turned out to cheer the team on. In a carnival atmosphere the lads did themselves proud as they ran out 6-0 winners with playmaking prodigy Herbert Wan scoring the first competitive goal at Grains Moss. This win confirmed 1855 as the VI. 834 champions and in the ensuing celebrations many Gallons of Magnet were consumed.
The next game was our first away friendly and also the first game against opposition from a higher division. We visited London’s FC Bebelush who ply their trade in IV.57. Amazingly even though the hosts had an 82 hatstats advantage and given the the weekend’s excess 1855 went 2-0 up! However the woodbines, snuff and greasy chip butties took their toll and the lads tired allowing the home team to get t it back to two each. Still a 2-2 draw was a great result.
The final league game of the season on 30th March soon came round and a win was needed to make sure of automatic promotion. A 5-0 away win meant the club finished the season with a perfect 14-0-0 league record and meant that in less than three weeks since the clubs establishment they were celebrating promotion up into V.
The only blot on the season 54 record to date was a thumping 10-0 defeat in a tournament game to White-Blue Doha of Qatar. Though it’s expected that we’ll be experiencing a few more big defeats next season up in V as everyone at the club knows we were fortunate to gain promotion. It’s likely we’ll be outclassed next season and fully expect to be back in VI for season 56 but by then the lads will have received some top notch training and will be ready to mount another challenge for the title.