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Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby The Guvnor » Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:21 am

Looking at all our previous championship wins that I've witnessed this has been the most unexpected for many reasons. Prior to this one, all the others either saw us knocking on the door the seasons before and we certainly would have been well funded. You can probably add the amateur cup and fa trophy to honours where substantial investment had taken place.

This time last year, we had just changed manager, retained just 5 players and the playing budget cut by a decent amount by all accounts.

Allied to that were 5 seasons in the NLS where we'd hardly set the world alight apart from sneaking into the play offs last year on the final day.

Off the field the club were just starting to stabilise after a few years of reckless spending and boardroom fallouts.

So none of the usual ingredients were present to suggest a crack at the title.

Indeed early recruitment of players last Summer didn't exactly set the pulse racing and that continued through most of the pre season preparations.

However the week or two before the season started saw the emergence of our championship team, good players on paper but for whatever reason had lost their way a bit.

These were the first signs of DB flexing his muscles and starting to work his magic. We hit the ground running and before anyone knew what had hit them had opened up a substantial lead at the top of the league which we never relinquished.

We weren't fancied by anyone, with sneaking into the play offs being the most optimistic shout.

For the above reasons I think this is the clubs biggest achievement by far, so unexpected but at the same time so rewarding. Its the reason why people are addicted to football, it mostly follows a straight line but every now and again it throws a little curve ball and on this occasion we are the beneficiaries.
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby Royal Blue » Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:28 am

Don't know about the biggest, not qualified to say. But It's a massive achievement at the first time of asking.

DB's now 25-1 to be the next Bolton Wanderers manager.
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby charlie » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:16 pm

Speaking to Peter Marsden after the night of the long Knives, He still came to support Bobby Wilkinson and the team.

He said "The club are broke there is no money left." . Will PM ever return ?

So moving on from that as all have stated it may well be the Biggest Achievement in light of the position the club found itself in.

Winning trophies is the name of the game. Winning the Amateur Cup before nearly 50 thousand fans was a big deal . The attendances in the late 60s

remain the best ever since those days. Winning the Double was no mean feat. The early 1980s apart from that one season winning matches all the way.!

Yes I will go with the Guvnor.. This is our Biggest achievement.
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby attic » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:49 pm

We took a punt on a few players and virtually all of them came off. Inspired management and probably a bit of good old fashioned luck. As shrewd as some of our signings were am sure DB would have been crossing his fingers with one or two of them. The polar opposite of what happened with the previous regime. Established players with a history of delivering just never got going for a number of reasons. However the present management got the absolute best out of the players and applied their football ethics to near perfection. Never losing belief in the philosophy of fast, attacking football. When the team was being questioned somewhat in mid January, the management answered the critics not just with results but by carefully explaining where they thought things were going wrong. No dramas or trying to take people on, no avoiding questions or trying to turn it back onto the audience as we'd seen in the past.

As for greatest achievement....I'd say given the context of events....most certainly.
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby Blue Stone » Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:59 pm

It certainly is massive achievement and as ahs been alluded to also very unexpected given where we were at the start of the season.

Thinking about the Nationla League announcements yesterday. At the start of teh season how many people would have predicted Barrow would win the National League, Kings Lynn would win the NL North and we would win the NL South. All surprising outcomes. If you had bet on that as an accumulator you could be a very rich man.
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby HammeredWasp » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:42 am

i think yes.
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby timfparks » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:15 am

Once again I have to agree with you Guv. The double year was a fantastic achievement but there were only a few occasions that I came away from a match feeling proud of the team. Brian Hall’s side was effective first and entertaining second and, to be honest, pretty ugly much of the time as they played by rote. I was covering Enfield that season and their manager Eddie McCluskey was genuinely mystified at our success as every time they played us they won (apart from the glorious 2-0 Trophy semi final win). There was grudging respect from other supporters at our take-no-prisoners approach but I can’t ever remember hearing the praise that Dean Brennan’s side attracted from opposing fans. Guv, you’ll remember 1974-75 when we went to places like Kettering and Yeovil and Chelmsford and played teams off the park - and 1982-83 when we got back into the Conference under Allen Batsford and played a similar expansive style - and it brings back to mind that great Danny Blanchflower quote: "The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom."
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Re: Is this our biggest achievement ?

Postby Waltons Left Boot » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:05 am

In 1987/88 we played against these clubs that no longer exist


This team has emulated Leicester in doing what nobody realistically thought we'd do, and it's the best team achievement without a doubt, incredible when you look at how DB created this team so recently without a huge budget.

As a club, we survive. That's our greatest achievement.

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