Back the Bridge - A Trip Down Memory Lane - 20-04-2019
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Author: Michael Brierley - Sat 20 Apr 19

Stalybridge Celtic FC and Back The Bridge take a trip down memory lane to significant matches from the best remembered seasons in history.


1991/1992


The first game of the 1991/1992 season saw a 0-0 draw with Bishop Auckland, yet it was clear from the outset that this team was a force to be reckoned with.


Thanks to the goalscoring exploits of Camden, netting forty eight times in all competitions, points continued to be racked up. It was December before a first league defeat was tasted, yet even that reverse could not stop the march to a seemingly imperious end result.


The biggest win came with a 7-0 thrashing of Goole Town, Camden scoring four. In the cups, the final qualifying round of the FA Cup was reached, perhaps surprisingly seeing a reversal to Gretna, whilst a fine run in the FA Trophy saw defeat in the last sixteen to Witton Albion and although the final of the Presidents Cup was reached, Morecambe prevailed with an aggregate victory.


The only other loss came in a reverse to Hyde United (Hughes, Bennett, Blackman, Dixon, Aspinall, Bauress, Brown, Edwards, Booth, Leicester) and whilst this is never normally cause for celebration, it was to be a joyous affair as results elsewhere meant the title was clinched with a mere two games to go.


This, in itself, was a surprising statistic as from the outset it had been a total domination of the league, one that never looked like being headed. Although the presence of the big man was missed on that occasion then thanks to him and indeed the contribution of each and every member of the squad, it was a season to remember.


Promotion to the Football Conference secured, meant just one step away from that dream of a return to the Football League.


2007/2008


The desire to provide on field success, which was perhaps now greater than ever, to compliment a fine surrounding infrastructure and highly regarded facilities behind the scenes, saw Steve Burr appointed as manager ahead of the 2007/2008 season, only highlighting just what a well run operation this now was.


A final third place finish saw a coveted place in the play offs achieved, in which Southport were beaten in a two legged affair, following an epic penalty shoot out. Although Barrow prevailed in the final, played at Burton Albion (Pearson, Woolliscroft, Garner, Payne, Barwick, Sykes, Torpey, Winn, Hall, Ellington, Meechan) it had been a great year on the pitch and surely represented the closest and best times since the historic treble achievement.


Success and sustainability, on and off the pitch, at all times.

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