Thirty Memorable Years: 1981-82

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Season 2 1981-82

At the start of my second season we acquired a new set of black and white striped shirts and numbered black shorts; the previous season had seen the introduction of red socks for the first time. A squad of 14 was selected after the trials, one less than the previous season in view of the fact we were only allowed three substitutes in league and cup matches. Once again, the touring Deeside team put the squad to the sword when we entertained them in October at the old Didcot Town ground, the visitors running out 7-1 winners; Vale’s goal coming from Shawn Cox. We finished mid-table in the County League, winning four of our nine matches and were awarded another victory when the opposition conceded their match against us. Once again we reached the semi-final stage of the Southern Counties Cup, a run which included a magnificent 2-0 victory against Oxford City, with goals from Stephen Woodley and Daren Ford. In our Easter tour to Chester and Deeside we held the Deeside team to 4-1, Vale’s goal coming from Paul Hogg. Paul was a Year 5 pupil who joined the squad just prior to the tour, replacing a player who had withdrawn himself from the squad in November,

The squad was as follows, Glyn Brooks, Shawn Cox, Daren Ford, Paul Hogg, David Humphreys, Mark Kelly, Chris Lang, Nicky O’Hanlon, Kevin Smith, Clive Stringer, Andrew Tombs, Nick Ward, Stephen Weeks and Stephen Woodley. The Captain was Stephen Weeks, Stephen Woodley was the top scorer with eight goals and Glyn Brooks was awarded the President’s Trophy.

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