What a season it turned out to be for the lads from Belfry Football Club. In a disastrous end to the previous season, when the manager suffered some health problems and the team lost several players, they were forced to reassess their whole outlook.
They got in touch with the league and after assessing all the evidence, and with some compassion, allowed them to take a step back to allow them a chance to rebuild. They did that with some style during the summer, recruiting well and having a proper management structure put into place to help Barry through some tough times.
But don’t underestimate the commitment of the players that stayed and helped integrate the new guys into the fold and create a new era for Belfry.
By season end, the strides they made saw them claim the Division One title amongst some very strong opposition, being tested every week. They made it to the semi-final of the Premier Cup, losing a thriller at eventual champions Global. Those two teams met in the final of the Ernie George Trophy, and even though they were once again the better team, found themselves unable to get it over the line. In county competition they chose the one day in the season to have a nightmare. An unexplained blip saw them exit in the Semi Final when expectations were high.
And finally to the final of the West Essex Charity Cup and a narrow defeat after a tense & tough season, losing to the Corinthian Premier Division champs, Repton Park.
All in all, this was an exceptional season and I know the guys are hurting from not getting a trophy or two into the cabinet to join the league title but that’s what makes a successful outfit……..never being satisfied and always wanting more.
Well done to Belfry. On to the Senior Division and every chance to make more memories in 2019-2020.
DEBDEN SPORTS FC
What else can be said about this remarkable group of players? Coming into season 2018-19 they had secured a double of promotion and cup success in defeating higher league opposition in the McDougall final.
Now they took on Division Two and met the challenges thrown at them, emerging defiant and going on a run which the best sides in the land can only be envious of. A run of about 15 successive wins to finish off the season helped them claim the title at a canter, land the J Lizzimore Cup and then finally, to complete a tremendous treble by scooping the Bellamy Cup at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Martin Brazier, “The Real Gaffer”, has built a side which commands respect and that’s exactly what he instils in his boys as they go out to play a brand of football that means they never give up. Success is built from the bottom up and each person is ranked most importantly.
Special mention must also go to the Joint Gaffer & Captain Callum Brazier, whose love of the game, inspired by Dad, means that there is at least another generation of that footballing blood spreading good news and helping others to achieve something too.
It has earned another promotion and they will be eager to test their resolve against the next level. It’s going to be an interesting season ahead and they will be doing their utmost to keep that impressive run going.