Season 2019/2020: Season Review
A Review Of Oxford City Football Club In Season 2019/2020
Ryan Ferguson: We produced a marvelous second season under my reign. Another trophy double, another promotion, and we had become professional. With another stadium expansion underway, we were heading into the EFL with our heads held high. Let's have a look at how the season went.
Oxford City Signed A Number Of Players In A Busy Year Of Transfers
After a whole season of my management, we had built up a strong financial base to really start working in the transfer market with. We signed many players and cleared out a lot of the deadwood from the football club.
The major signings were Charlie Clough (DC), Kgosi Ntlhe (DL), Nathan Ferguson (MC) and Ryan Longman (AML/ST). They all performed very well over the season and will certainly be a key part of the club in the future. Other signings included young goalkeeper Ryan Dickerson, striker Adam Coombes, winger Jordan Wright and plenty of midfielders, such as Ben Rowthorn, Ben Chapman and Jacob Pemberton.
The departures didn't offer much in terms of interest. Ben Rowthorn left for quite a bit of money in the same season he joined. He was toxic. He didn't play well and he trained worse. I was happy to make a significant profit on his departure.
Oxford City Remained Unbeaten Until February
We were magnificent for most of the season. We were relentless in our preparation and I demanded the highest level of performance from my players at all times, while rewarding them when they performed well. It was a bit of using both the carrot and the stick to motivate them, which worked excellently.
The results began to dwindle in February, which was no coincidence. The players had become extremely tired from a long and tough season and it became a matter of surviving the remaining fixtures, which we did quite well.
Oxford City Topped The Table By 14 Points
The title race was actually quite close until the final few months. We weren't the only team to suffer a major blowout but we survived it the best. We recorded the best goal scoring record and the second best defensive recorded as we blitzed our way to another league title. Bromley would join us in EFL League Two next season.
Oxford City Won The National League
Oxford City Reached The Fifth Round Of The FA Cup
Our success in the league and FA Trophy may be overlooked by our run in the FA Cup. We defeated a number of high profile teams to reach the fifth round of the competition, where it took the mighty Liverpool to overcome us.
Our FA Cup campaign began with a qualifying round victory over Bognor Regis Town. We followed this up with a narrow win over Wycombe Wanderers in the First Round. The Second Round brought with it a tie against Oxford United, our cross-city rivals. A thrilling 5-5 draw was played out before we won the replay in a narrow penalty shootout.
Up next came Championship side Wigan but we dominated the game against them to claim a shock win. Defeating Colchester in the Fourth Round pitted us against Liverpool in the Fifth. They pumped us, in truth, as they scored five goals to send us packing.
Arsenal Won The FA Cup
Oxford City Won A Second Consecutive FA Trophy
We did the double when we lifted the FA Trophy. We were made to battle in some games, requiring extra time against Maidstone United and a replay against Woking, to reach the final where Dover then made us work some more. An extra time victory sealed the trophy win.
Oxford City Won The FA Trophy
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