THE TEAM OF THE SEASON
FAIRLOP FC lived up to their pre-season hype by winning the title with a game to spare.
Manager Aaron Dias made some bold acquisitions when setting up the east London team, with former Player of the Year Ryan Cole dropping into Division Two, and Redbridge Jewish Care A marksman Daniel Garfinkle joining him for the second half of the season.
Captain Brad Gayer was a model of consistency, with his wonder strike against North London Raiders A winning the JC Goal of the Season.
Young defender Max Freedman was outstanding in the cup win against Lions Vets. Daniel Bean and Matthew Berkley also showed their class on a regular basis. Fairlop finished a memorable campaign with the best defensive record across the MGBSFL, conceding just eight goals in 20 matches.
A jubilant Dias commented: “We are delighted to have secured the title. It’s been a great first season for us and we are all thrilled it has finished with silverware.
“We will certainly enjoy ourselves over the coming weeks but attention will soon turn to next year, where we will on the hunt for more silverware.”
The goals of Golden Boot winner Adam Ellis ensured long-time leaders Bayern Mincha — another new team — finished in second place.
Goalkeeper Joe Nyman earned the nickname of Neuer as he made a habit of making wonder saves.
Gav Nussbaum received plaudits
Mitch Young (right) scored 25 goals for FC Team in league and cup competitions