This year I thought I would change the end of year review a little. Listed below are all the games I went to and a link to the blog associated with that game (with the exception of 1 game where I didn't write a blog). Why not look for your favourite team and take a look?
There is one aspect of 2021 I would like to mention, however. The Cricklade Supreme Trophy & Shield (#CSTP21). This was a tournament organised by Cricklade Town (mainly their chairman Richard Austen and their then 1st team manager Craig Kent) to give 32 teams the opportunity to play some football. It was organised on a World Cup style group and knockout basis with the top two in each group going into the Trophy, the bottom two into the Shield, giving as much game time to each team as possible. I was lucky to get involved in a small way, providing a web site to keep track of scores and tables. I also managed to get to a number of games, meeting a number of people along the way and getting acquainted with some fantastic clubs. In addition to Richard and Craig, some special mentions for Jovial Monk, who I now follow on a weekly basis and write am ongoing season-long blog about (see below), Minety FC for my mug, Swindon AFC (who won the Shield) and Chesterton FC (who won the Trophy). Also, many thanks to "The only ref in Swindon" (I know he isn't), Andrew Lincoln, who always seemed to be around to supply team sheets before games. Top bloke and top referee. The #CSTP21 gave me a great opportunity to explore some real grassroots football and was an absolute saviour after months of sitting at home. I'm sure I speak on behalf of everyone who participated, officiated, or watched #CSTP21 games, when I say a massive thank you to Cricklade Town, Richard and Craig.
Of the 48 games, 22 ended in home wins, 18 away wins and 8 draws (4 cup games decided on penalties). Not including penalties, 122 goals were scored by home teams and 105 by away teams. A total of 227 goals, 4.7 per game. The biggest home win was Stratton United's 8-0 victory over Kingswood Reserves in #CSTP21. Biggest away win, and highest aggregate score, was Wroxton Sports' 8-3 victory at Hardwick Sports in the Banbury District & Lord Jersey Premier League. The team I have seen play the most often is Swindon AFC, a total of four times, two wins and two defeats.
On the back of #CSTP21 I also got to know Swindon Sunday League side Jovial Monk. Just before the season began I suggested to their manager, Shaun Smith, that we should chronicle a season in Sunday League. This sparked a regular blog piece called A Sunday In Swindon. A list of episodes and links so far is also included at the bottom of this article.
2021 Games and Blog Links
A Sunday In Swindon - The Story So Far