Season 2018/2019: Season Review
A Review Of Oxford City Football Club In Season 2018/2019
Ryan Ferguson: My first season in senior football management was a fruitful one. At the helm of Oxford City, I got my hands on both the National League South and FA Trophy titles. A memorable season was a great way to begin my career. Let's sum up how it went.
Oxford City Signed A Number Of Players In A Busy Year Of Transfers
Upon my arrival I discovered the senior squad to be very short of numbers. There were very few defenders and just one wide midfielder available, and so a series of mass-signings had to occur. Very few players left the club as we looked to build a squad with the numbers required to be a force.
The major signings were Nosa Iyamu (winger), Kris Owens (full back), Regan Upton (central defender) and Brad McGowan (central defender). They all slotted into the starting lineup and performed well throughout the season. Iyamu and Owens, in particular, were star performers for the team in wide areas.
In terms of departures, there were a few which brought regrets. Adebambo Akinjogbin joined in the summer but was out the door in January. He was signed on a non-contract, meaning he was free to move when he pleased, and a move to Partick Thistle followed. He was a player with great promise so I was disappointed to see him leave. Matthew Paterson also left the club. The striker had a very good goals-to-game ratio for us but was second fiddle to the amazing Kabongo Tshimanga, and so I had great respect for him when he asked for a move to a club where he could be first choice. He moved to a team in our same division, and ended up scoring more goals than games played for them.
National League South
Oxford City Lost Just Five Times In An Impressive League Campaign
Four wins and a draw in the opening five games set the tone for what would be a very successful season. Just five defeats put blots on an otherwise impressive year of league football for Oxford City, as we pushed teams aside.
Beating Dulwich Hamlet both home and away, particularly 4-1 at home, definitely highlighted our ability, with home and away victories over Billericay Town and Torquay United exemplifying our ability to perform in the big games.
The obvious disappointments were the defeats. Weston-super-Mare did the double over us, while we also suffered at the hands of Concord Rangers, Woking and Eastbourne Borough.
Oxford City's 109 Goals Scored Helped Them On Their Way To First Place
In the end, we were champions by a five point margin. 109 goals scored exemplified our attacking prowess, which was a league best (84 goals scored the next best). We conceded 53 which was by no means the bets record in the league but wasn't terrible for a division notorious for lacking defensive discipline. We will look to improve on that record but it wasn't a completely awful tally.
Oxford City Won The National League South
Oxford City Reached The Third 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 third round of the competition, where Birmingham City brought us to our knees.
Victories over Thatcham Town, Staines Town and Maidstone United in the qualifying rounds brought a great deal of pride to the football club, particularly the victory against a Maidstone United side a tier above us. We were up against it when we faced EFL League One side Walsall but we brought them back to our place on a replay, where we defeated them in extra time. A dramatic victory over EFL League Two side Swindon Town followed, sending us to the third round.
We knew we would be facing a real quality team in the form of Birmingham City in the third round. We were away from home, and they were in the EFL Championship. They demolished us on the scoreline, but we created chances of our own in an exciting game. Nevertheless, we lost, but gained great experience and a big fat amount of prize money for reaching that stage.
Chelsea Won The FA Cup
Oxford City Won Every Game En Route To FA Trophy Glory
We did the double when we lifted the FA Trophy. A strong run of form, including a 6-3 demolition of FC United of Manchester, saw us soar all the way to the semi finals. It took a dramatic stoppage time winner for us to sink Stockport County in the first leg of the semi finals, and we did enough to see them off in the second leg. Chesterfield, a tier above us, awaited us in the final, but we were leading 3-0 with less than ten minutes remaining. The players collapsed from exhaustion but we held on to deny them a complete comeback, earning us a second trophy for the season.
Oxford City Won The FA Trophy
Oxford City Finances
Oxford City Were In A Strong Financial Position At The End Of The Season
Our success in cup competitions brought in a great amount of money to the football club. We were in a position where we could significantly increase our wage spend by bringing in a higher caliber of player. Our stadium, Court Place Farm, is also under works to increase the capacity to 4,500. Not bad at all!
, thank you, I'm glad you're enjoying how I write this story!
Jack & mgriffin2012
, he's magical! I've had some incredible LLM strikers over the years but Tshimanga has been in insane form. I think part of it is down to how I set up my tactics in an attacking sense; looking to exploit the spaces and moving the ball around quickly. He's missed plenty of chances this season but he's made up for it with his phenomenal goal scoring tally. I doubt he'll have another season quite like that but you never know
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