2015/16 – League One – End of Season Review
Last season we won promotion to League One as champions. This season… Consolidation!?
Sky Bet League One (stats)
Consolidation was the board’s minimum target, and to be honest I was looking for the same. Relegation wasn’t an option for me, and I knew we had a decent squad. We spent the first half of the season in the bottom half of the table with mediocre form, but a 1-0 win versus arch-rivals Franchise FC (MK Dons) was the catalyst to propel us into a decent mid-table position. What I didn’t expect is, with a handful of games to go, we had got into a position to have a shot at the playoffs! We started out well, closing the gap down to three points with three straight wins, but then we drew three and lost one of the last four games, the gap opened back up and the chance was gone. But considering we wasn’t even looking to reach mid-table, to get that close was a huge achievement!
FA Cup (stats)
Finally! The third round! And we draw a Premier League side! But it was Hull, so not exactly a massive money-spinner. Despite the Tigers being on top for much of the game, it took a late winner to end our hopes of a replay.
Capital One Cup (stats)
The League cup is the one we seem to struggle most with, though it’s fair to say that the luck of the draw has always been against us. Maybe next yeah, eh?
Johnstones Paint Trophy (stats)
After reaching the final last season, we knew that if we gave it a good go, and maybe got a bit of luck with the draws, we may be able to avenge last seasons loss. We did give it a good go, and even though luck was against us with the draws, pitting us against three sides which were only recently in the world’s best second division, we again made the final, only to lose again, though Derby were the better side and even then, we made them work for their narrow win.
IN: McGregor was our fans player of the year, and he was immense as our midfield playmaker. Eisfeld was a more than capable backup for him, and would probably be starting in any other League One squad. The other three were backup LB, GK and AML respectively.
OUT: Again, we made a profit on sales, selling injury prone left-back Kennedy and backup ‘keeper. We only got their value in price, but that was good enough for me to get their wage off the books.
The best of a bad bunch, Ally Kean was signed as a third-choice keeper. I don’t expect much of him, especially as our assistant only rates him as having ‘decent League One’ potential.
This time around the minimum aim for me is promotion via the playoffs, but I’d prefer to avoid that lottery and gain automatic promotion. We have poached a very exciting striker from Crewe’s academy: Kieran Lamb. He has ‘leading Premier League’ potential, and we got him for £100k compensation, which is a club-record fee, and he will join in time for pre-season. We will also move into our new 11,000 capacity ‘New Plough Lane’ stadium, so we’re finally going back home to Wimbledon!