It’s time for part two of our end-of-year look back at the 2015/16 season. Part one looked back at the teams who won each and every one of their league games last season, but for every winner who dominates the league there is a loser who fails just as spectacularly.
The purpose of this article isn’t to make fun of these teams, or to kick people while they are down, its intention is to acknowledge these teams with respect and affection, while recording their notable seasons for posterity.
The eight teams below all play at county league level, so are all represented by ordinary people who play for the love of the game, and who deserve huge respect for playing on even when the results are clearly not going their way.
Playing in the Nottinghamshire women’s league, Bingham played each of the other five teams in their division three times. Unfortunately for them, Bingham’s fifteen matches ended in fifteen defeats, with a total of 84 goals conceded and nine scored.
Consett Belles finished the 2015/16 season at the foot of Division One of the Durham County FA Women’s League. They scored seven goals and conceded 77 in their fourteen league matches. A whole string of new players joining over the summer has turned their fortunes around however – they’ve already won ten games so far this season.
The record of fewest games lost of any of the teams on this list belongs to HBW United. With just five clubs taking part in the Lincolnshire County Women’s League last season, each team only played eight games. HBW conceded 82 goals and scored five in their eight defeats .
Lying at the foot of the Suffolk Women’s Football League back in the summer were Ipswich Phoenix. Their zero points and -138 goal difference left them 15 points adrift of Leiston St Margarets.
The town of Keswick lies in the heart of the lake district, but the picturesque surroundings couldn’t help the football team to success on the pitch. They finished the 2015/16 season propping up the Cumbria Women’s League with eleven defeats from eleven games (plus one game against second-from-bottom Carlisle United Development apparently unplayed).
Shaldon Villa’s 2015/16 season in the Devon Women’s Football League Division One saw them finish with ten defeats from ten games and a goal difference of -88. Their 2016/17 season has seen a huge turnaround in fortunes however: they currently sit top of the division, having already scored more than three times as many goals as they managed in the whole of the previous campaign.
Thatcham Town managed to score just three goals last season, while conceding exactly 100. They lost sixteen out of sixteen in Division Two South of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League, finishing ten points adrift of second-from-bottom Wargrave Reserves.
The last of the losing teams of 2015/16 is Whitchurch, who finished seventh out of the seven teams in Division One of the Staffordshire County Women’s League. Their goal difference of -61 compares favourably with the other teams mentioned above, but it wasn’t enough to trouble the points scores column of the league table.
To all the teams mentioned here, and all of their players and officials: thank you. The world of football is all the better for having you around.