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2008/09 Season Review

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Mon 1 May 2017
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The 2008/09 season marked the inception of FC Halifax Town, with Halifax Town AFC disbanding after almost 100 years of existence. For their first season, the club was placed in the Northern Premier League Division One North, the eighth tier of English football.

August saw the new season begin, and a first ever league win for the club came about away to Trafford in the second game. The club only managed to score once in the next three games however, registering a mere solitary point.

The Shaymen’s fortunes quickly turned though, and they got their home campaign going with a 1-0 win against Warrington Town. This was the start of an impressive ten match unbeaten run in the league, whereby the club recorded nine wins including an spectacular 7-1 victory at home to Salford City, with Gedman and Stott both netting braces.

The good form came to a halt at the end of November though, with Town losing home and away to relegated Rossendale United, either side of an exciting 3-3 draw at home to Newcastle Blue Star.

The second of the two losses to Rossendale kicked off an inconsistent December that saw the club collect only four of the available nine points for the month, in a win and draw against Radcliffe Borough and Ossett Albion respectively.

With the New Year came another loss, this time to Harrogate Railway Athletic. Despite this, the club won four of the remaining five games of January to end the month in good form, scoring fourteen goals across the six games.

Going into February, the club was full of confidence after three wins on the bounce, but the fans soon had a reality check with a winless month. This was drilled home with back to back negative results against promotion rivals Colwyn Bay.

March saw the Shaymen play six games in three weeks, and the team stuttered through an unremarkable month that only saw five goals and two wins for the fans to celebrate. Town failed to beat the opposition keeper in three of the games, ending the month with a bore draw at home to Lancaster City.

The playoff dream was still on, though, going into the home straight of the season. The club had five games in the final month to try and go up at the first time of asking. Ultimately, the season petered out in disappointing fashion, finishing the year with successive underwhelming draws against bottom half sides Chorley and Trafford.

Over the course of the nine month period, too many draws scuppered the clubs promotion campaign; the team shared the spoils a total of twelve times in the forty game season, the joint most. The season fizzled out after the disappointing last month and the club finished the campaign in 8th place in their first season since being reformed.

Players: Lincoln Adams, Jon Kennedy, Cavell Coo, Ashley Stott, Junior Brown, Tom Baker, Danny Meadowcroft, Damien Allen, Ritchie Sutton, Tony Barras, Nigel Jemson, Paul Gedman, Scott Phelan, David Brown, Paul Evans, Kris King, Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, Jonathan Smith, Justin Walker, Mark Peers, Paul Collins, Steve Payne, Daniel Ellis, Peter Moore, Luke Hinsley, Mark Hotte, Nathan Joynes, Neil Ross, Colin Daniel, Phil Senior, Tom Harban, Craig Smith, Ross Clegg, Craig Ellison, Adam Morning, Ajay Leitch-Smith, Craig Mawson, Dorryl Proffitt, James Riley

All the 2008/09 Results:

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