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Southern league's best ever teams

By almost average 210/4 06:10Fri Apr 10 06:10:26 2020

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https://www.betvictorsouthern.co.uk/News/124105/-The-Southern-League%60s-Outstanding-Teams-and8211;-Nuneaton-Borough-199899-

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By 70s stalwart10/4 11:33Fri Apr 10 11:33:38 2020In response to Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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I am ashamed to admit that the team of the late 90s was lost to me. As an exile (living down south in those days) my only news of the Boro’ came from the results tucked away in the small print in the Sunday papers. I remember Phillips as a player, but the rest of that team were just names. Now I know how good they were!

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By VS Town (VS Boro)10/4 11:52Fri Apr 10 11:52:24 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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You have missed out - The performances/players were akin to great Carr team.

They were solid at the back, but with defenders who could play and would not have been out of place in midfield (as Simpson showed).

Muir did bugger all running. He was a magnet to the ball, and just stroked it around.
You had grafters like Crowley. Just did his job and let other play.
The all round athlete in Williams.
four strikers always available.

Basically, class players who played in a team that wanted to attack and had a plan they played to

1 - Nuneaton" 90 points; 91 goals
2 - Boston: 67 points; 69 goals.
20(r) - Cambridge: 45 points.

So, Boston 23 points off Boro and Cambridge (who were saved) just 22 off Boston..... AMAZING stat.


1 Nuneaton Borough 42 27 9 6 91 33 +58 90 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Boston United 42 17 16 9 69 51 +18 67
3 Ilkeston Town 42 18 13 11 72 59 +13 67
4 Bath City 42 18 11 13 70 44 +26 65
5 Hastings Town 42 18 11 13 57 49 +8 65 Demoted to the Eastern Division
6 Gloucester City 42 18 11 13 57 52 +5 65
7 Worcester City 42 18 9 15 58 54 +4 63
8 Halesowen Town 42 17 11 14 72 60 +12 62
9 Tamworth 42 19 5 18 60 67 −7 62
10 King's Lynn 42 17 10 15 53 46 +7 61
11 Crawley Town 42 17 10 15 57 58 −1 61
12 Salisbury City 42 16 12 14 56 61 −5 60
13 Burton Albion 42 17 7 18 58 52 +6 58
14 Weymouth 42 14 14 14 56 53 +3 56
15 Merthyr Tydfil 42 15 8 19 52 62 −10 53
16 Atherstone United 42 12 14 16 47 52 −5 50
17 Grantham Town 42 14 8 20 51 58 −7 50
18 Dorchester Town 42 11 15 16 49 63 −14 48
19 Rothwell Town 42 13 9 20 47 67 −20 48
20 Cambridge City 42 11 12 19 47 68 −21 45
21 Gresley Rovers 42 12 8 22 49 73 −24 44 Relegated to the Western Division
22 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 8 7 27 38 84 −46 30[a]

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By VS Town (VS Boro)10/4 10:40Fri Apr 10 10:40:26 2020In response to Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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I didn't think Shaun Wray played in the SL side.

Statistically that had to be one of (if not) the best SL sides. Boston (2nd) were closer to relegation than they were being champions.

What I really liked about that side was there were always 4 strikers capable of playing in the start XI.

At least 80% of that side were playing in a league below what they should have been playing.

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By nil desperandum10/4 11:48Fri Apr 10 11:48:47 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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Was Rob Straw still with us that season?

Seem to remember that was the season he hardly played due to his knee injury. And made a brief comeback the following season in the Conference in a 3-2 home defeat against Forest Green in the snow?

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By MJNB10/4 20:25Fri Apr 10 20:25:04 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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He came on as sub in the famous 4-3 late win v Halesowen. Set up one if not two goals.

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By nil desperandum10/4 20:32Fri Apr 10 20:32:18 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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For some reason I can't remember that game. I hope it's because I missed it! Was it a cup game?

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By MJNB10/4 20:53Fri Apr 10 20:53:20 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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League game

Around November time

3-2 down going into injury time

Equalised, Muir possibly from a Straw cross.

Then Wray slammed home a late late winner.

Couldn’t tell you who scored at Bromsgrove last year though!

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Re: Southern league's best ever teams

By nil desperandum10/4 21:03Fri Apr 10 21:03:11 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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So that must have been in 1998 then. The game I referred to above was the following season I think, and was perhaps another comeback attempt for Straw? I think Tony Daley played for Forest Green that day.

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By MJNB10/4 21:53Fri Apr 10 21:53:39 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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That’s right yeah.

I think he may have scored v Forest Green?

3-0 down and we got it back to 3-2?

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By nil desperandum11/4 10:44Sat Apr 11 10:44:25 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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That's my recollection.

Where did those 21 years go....

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By Vernon Slain10/4 20:44Fri Apr 10 20:44:49 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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I remember it well. I left with a couple of minutes left and missed both late goals !

From Saint Jimmies's Park.

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Re: Southern league's best ever teams

By VS Town (VS Boro)10/4 11:53Fri Apr 10 11:53:04 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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I think you are right.

From the excellent Heritage project.

Borough super striker Rob Straw has admitted that his career may well be over as he virtually concedes defeat in his battle to avoid retirement. The much-loved hitman is fighting against arthritis but is clinging to the remote hope that he can kick-start his career in the summer



Having skipped through, he did make a return the following season.

Edited by VS Boro at 11:58:58 on 10th April 2020
Edited by VS Boro at 11:59:30 on 10th April 2020

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By nil desperandum10/4 12:03Fri Apr 10 12:03:53 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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Cheers. There's hope for me yet!

Shame his career was cut short. I think he was only in his early 30's when forced to retire. I'm sure he could have handled the step up if he'd been fully fit.

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By nil desperandum10/4 10:57Fri Apr 10 10:57:05 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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Strangely no mention of Anton Thomas who must have scored 15-20 goals. Where did he go after leaving Boro'?

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By stone ragma10/4 11:06Fri Apr 10 11:06:50 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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Burton then Worcester I think

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By nil desperandum10/4 11:15Fri Apr 10 11:15:57 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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Thanks. I know we moved up but I was disappointed we didn't keep him, even as a squad player.

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By VS Town (VS Boro)10/4 11:43Fri Apr 10 11:43:04 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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He was a hell of a foil for Christie.

People mention Vincent/Turpie; Culpin/anyone but I do believe
Thomas/Christie was a brilliant pairing. I suppose its overlooked as they didnt play that long together and Thomas didnt score* many (I have a memory that (initially at least) many did not rate Thomas.

* below indicates differently to my memory, but that season there were lots of scorers so he could have been top scorer with very few goals.



https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/7620192.31300-striker-thomas-back-with-city/

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By joetowny (Joe)11/4 14:46Sat Apr 11 14:46:38 2020In response to Re: Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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think TomCrawley / Tony Richards still take a lot of beating as a pairing
the one thing that they did not have on their side alas was youth
Tom should have been with us years before he arrived
remember him playing for Hinckley and Corby against us. just oozed quality
great header of the ball had perfect timing lacked real pace for higher
Tony was a master class striker at lower league levels ie Div 3/4 for Walsall
though he did play Div 2 ( championship ) with walsall, pretty sure
saw him a few times remember him at Notts County in a big promotion game 2-2
cant remember his strike partner though
County had Tony Hately up front and dont crucify me here his strike partner might have been
a certain Jeff Astle

off topic non Boro ; a striker for pure footballing class in his heyday Peter Osgood Chelsea

Edited by Joe at 15:28:28 on 11th April 2020

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Re: Southern league's best ever teams

By Vernon Slain10/4 09:43Fri Apr 10 09:43:47 2020In response to Southern league's best ever teams Top of thread

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As Mary Hopkin once said,those were the days !

From Saint Jimmies's Park.

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