Having reached the dizzy heights of Division 1 following last season’s promotion, coupled with victory in the Alan Mainwaring Shield, History FC set their sights on similar success for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Returning back from a relaxed summer involving no exercise, the 3 remaining players – Scott Doherty, Nick Jeyarajah and Ollie Brown (Social Sec) – soon faced the reality of a severely depleted squad.
Cue the highly regarded History FC trials; looking to recruit 11 new players, the stakes were high for all involved. Having narrowed down a highly competitive first trial to 20, a second trial ensued with players giving their all to be in such a prestigious team; rumour of last season’s accomplishments had clearly travelled nationwide. Having secured 11 highly skilled athletes in a range of positions, it was time to get under way. Hoping to replicate last season’s exceptional triumphs, the squad looked to defeat recently relegated Geography FC in their first game. Alas, it was not to be, their Premiership experience proved too much for the Historians who suffered a crushing 5-1 defeat.
The team were distraught but as Historians, we looked beyond the result, instead focussing on the causes and the lessons to be learnt from such a historic occasion. With a slight change in formation, the team have gone unbeaten in the last 4 games and sit 4th in the league. One notable victory came against the Germans; defeating the society 10-0 on the battlefield of Wythenshawe will certainly be something to talk about 40 years from now. The team look strong and we are pushing for promotion once again into the highly sought Premiership, no doubt an achievable task in what will be a competitive season for the men in blue.