Farnborough Youth FC U’10 Dragons have the honour of being the first side representing the club to win silverware. An astonishing first season has seen them secure the Division Five title in the North East Hampshire Football League.
The Dragons were formed in Summer 2007 by Stuart Povey and his son Henry and of the initial nine man squad, only two players had played football before. Expectations were low and September brought along an opening cup defeat and two losses in three league games to leave the Dragons with just one point and a third bottom position in the league. October was a crucial month as the Dragons played three matches against the two sides below them. A first ever victory was achieved against Ropley and followed shortly after with a win against Fleet. With confidence running high the boys sprung a major surprise with a 3-2 away win at fancied Woking and topped the month off with another win against Fleet.
Three new signings at the end of October/early November helped the Dragons push on from a pleasing mid-table position as the unbeaten run continued. Coming from behind four times in a thrilling 5-5 draw at Manor Colts announced the Dragons as serious contenders and they reached the new year tied in fourth place and nine points behind then leaders Woking.
The new year started with the Dragons coming from behind twice to register a last minute win against then bottom side Crookham but it started a nine game winning streak including a crucial home wins against Liphook and Manor Colts when a 2-1 deficit was turned into a 4-2 win. In between, the Dragons had demolished leaders Woking again, with a seven goal thumping.
The beginning of March saw a championship decider as the Dragons travelled to new leaders Hook, looking to avenge an opening day 5-1 loss. A superb 2-0 win sent the Dragons to the top of the table and there they stayed, as there final two opponents decided that they would not be prepared to play for fear of being beaten. The points were rightly awarded and although a disappointing way to secure a title, it completed an unbeaten six month and seventeen game run.
The Dragons would like to take this opportunity thank their sponsor Ryan-Jayberg Ltd for their support, which saw the company supply the boys with both home and away kits for the title winning 2007-08 season.
The Dragons still have a long way to travel but have gone from supposed no-hopers to title winners in one season and the boys should take immense credit for the hard work and dedication they have shown, whilst achieving the clubs first piece of silverware.
|1.||Farnborough Youth Dragons||20||13||3||2||82||30||52||48|
|2.||Hook United Panthers||20||15||1||4||46||12||34||46|
|3.||Manor Colts Spitfires||20||14||2||4||100||27||73||44|
|4.||Woking Boys Wanderers||20||14||1||5||58||37||21||43|
|5.||Farnborough Athletic Eagles||20||9||5||5||43||28||15||32|
|6.||Liphook United Tigers||20||8||5||7||32||34||-2||29|
|8.||Curley Park Rangers Rockets||20||4||3||13||23||74||-51||15|
|9.||Fleet Spurs Magpies||20||4||1||15||17||75||-58||13|
|10.||Crookham Rovers Blades||20||3||3||14||27||56||-29||12|
|11.||Rushmoor Saints Athletic||20||3||2||14||26||61||-35||11|
Rushmoor Community v Eldon Celtic - match awarded to Eldon Celtic
|Sep 2007||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 08||H||Manor Colts Spitfires||Cup||0||3||Lost||0||Report|
|Sat 15||H||Hook United Panthers||League||1||5||Lost||0||Report|
|Sat 22||A||Crookham Rovers Blades||League||1||1||Draw||0||Report|
|Sat 29||H||Farnborough Athletic Eagles||League||1||2||Lost||0||Report|
|Oct 2007||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 06||A||Ropley Warriors||League||4||2||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 13||H||Fleet Spurs Magpies||League||5||0||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 20||A||Woking Boys Wanderers||League||3||2||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 27||A||Fleet Spurs Magpies||League||5||1||Won||0||Report|
|Nov 2007||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 10||A||Liphook United Tigers||League||4||2||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 17||H||Curley Park Rangers Rockets||League||8||1||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 24||A||Manor Colts Spitfires||League||5||5||Draw||0||Report|
|Dec 2007||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 01||H||Ropley Warriors||League||3||3||Draw||0||Report|
|Jan 2008||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 05||H||Crookham Rovers Blades||League||3||2||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 26||H||Manor Colts Spitfires||League||4||2||Won||0||Report|
|Feb 2008||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 02||H||Woking Boys Wanderers||League||7||0||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 09||H||Liphook United Tigers||League||3||0||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 16||A||Rushmoor Saints Athletic||League||15||1||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 23||A||Curley Park Rangers Rockets||League||8||1||Won||0||Report|
|Mar 2008||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 01||A||Hook United Panthers||League||2||0||Won||0||Report|
|Sat 15||H||Rushmoor Saints Athletic||League||0||0||Draw||0||Report|
|Apr 2008||Kick Off||Opposition||Type||F||A||Outcome||Attendance||Report|
|Sat 05||A||Farnborough Athletic Eagles||League||0||0||Draw||0||Report|
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