Dial Square – Season Review 2013/14

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2013/14 Season Review

Last season we walked the league and also performed very well on the way to winning the FA Trophy. This season  the aim was to again win the double, even if it isn’t done as emphatically as last season! Tactically we remained unchanged – if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!

Blue Square Premier (stats)

With our young squad developing at the rate that they are and the talent they have, nothing less than automatic promotion would do. What I didn’t expect, is how easy it would be. By matchday seven, we were top – a position we wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the season. We set a new record for points, breaking Crawley’s record, with 115. We also broke the BSP record for goals scored, our 115 goals considerably more than the next highest this season, York’s 79. 

FA Trophy (stats)

If last season’s run seemed relatively easy, this season it was an absolute joke. We could even rest players when we needed to without worrying about the consequences. The first leg of the semi-final may contradict that somewhat, but we were denied by every part of the woodwork, and the referee was an Alfreton fan, I’m sure, granting them the most dubious penalty I’ve seen given in a while. We faced last season’s semi-finalists in the final, and battered them just as comprehensively as last time.

My Player of the Season

A one horse race. Benik Afobe scored 60 goals in all competitions, including a record 54 in the league. He quite literally fired us to glory.

Transfers

We utilised our links with Arsenal to bring in Rees and Ansah on loan to add depth to the squad, while also loaning Turgott and Hoskins from West Ham and Brighton respectively for the same purpose. Kuga-Kuga is a young prospect DM from Bromley who could be a ‘leading Championship player’. Dummett was a deadline day signing to become first choice Left Back.

Youth Intake

Again, nothing.

Next Season

Mid table minimum aim, but for me, a playoff place is expected.

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