“What a season!” - Skegness United look back on record-equalling league success

The successful managers and skippers with the trophy.
The successful managers and skippers with the trophy.

Now that the dust has settled on their phenomenal campaign an ecstatic Skegness United have been reflecting on their record-equalling season.

The team, which only reformed in 20122, smashed the opposition on the way to a record-equalling winning margin of 15 points over their nearest rival - a feat not achieved since Brigg Town in the 1975/76 season.

The championship winning squad.

The championship winning squad.

The club lost just twice in the league, where they rattled home a mind-boggling 111 goals - an average of well over three-and-a-half per game.

A large majority of the players are local, and the average age of the squad is just 22, which club bosses believe bodes very well for the future.

Other achievements from the season were that the club had the top two goal scorers in the league. Golden Boot winner Kurt Crossley scoring a staggering 32 goals in just 22 games, while 20-year-old Ryan O’Loughlin scored 31 goals in 30 games whilst also being named the Lincolnshire League’s Player of the Year.

Chairman Geoff Farrar said: “We are so thankful to the people of Skegness for embracing this football club in the way that they have and we are so proud of the management team of Mark and Jason along with all the players in winning the championship in the manner that they have in only our 2nd season.”

United have received incredible backing from local businesses such as: BSP Holdings, Churchills Sports and Wine bar, New Era Gym, Allcars, Edmundson’s Electrical, Skegness Water Leisure Park, Hallgate Lincs Ltd and Bateman’s Brewery. Farrar continued: “We could not have achieved any of this without the generous support of our sponsors who believed in our vision for the club.”

The United have high ambitions to climb the football pyramid, but said that acquiring their own ground was the only thing that had prevented them from being promoted to a higher league this season and they will have to spend another season defending their Lincolnshire League title until that issue is resolved.

Farrar continued: “We want to take this club forward as the people of Skegness deserve to have a team with ambition that provides a platform for local players to play at the highest level possible.”

If you would like to get involved with the Champions or are interested in sponsoring the club then please contact us at info@skegnessunitedfc.co.uk or contact club secretary Dave Middlebrook on 07923 768 722.

United will be holding their annual awards presentation on Saturday, June 15 at Bateman’s Brewery, Wainfleet. Any supporters that wish to attend should use the contact methods above to purchase tickets at only £5 each.