One of the most astonishing league seasons in the history of domestic football in the Dispatch district is now up in lights.
BULWELL, crowned champions of the Notts Senior League’s (NSL) Senior Division several weeks earlier, completed a flawless campaign without dropping a single point.
Their final match last Saturday went the same way as the previous 27 as the unstoppable Bulls beat Bilborough Town 4-2.
It’s a record of perfection never seen before in the NSL, rarely seen at this level of football anywhere in the country and unlikely to be repeated.
“We now have a proud record of played 28, won 28,” beamed Bulwell secretary Andy Radford.
“The relief on the faces of the players and management said it all. It’s been a long, hard season but the quality shone through when required.”
The record is another feather in the caps of the inspirational management duo of Terry Witts and Steve ‘Ozzie’ Osborne, who have been joined this term by Ian Lowe.
Witts and Osborne will be forever remembered for their achievement in guiding another Bulwell outfit, Scots Grey, to victory in the FA Sunday Cup final at Anfield four years ago.
Since taking over The Bulls, they have landed back-to-back NSL titles, and they will be aiming for another double in the final of the league’s Senior Cup next Tuesday night when they tackle underdogs Keyworth United at Arnold Town’s Eagle Valley Stadium.
They were also within a whisker this season of springing a major upset in the Notts FA Senior County Cup, losing only to the eventual winners Carlton Town in a close quarter-final.
Assuming they beat Keyworth, Bulwell’s overall return will be 35 wins from 36 games.
Against Bilborough, they were lumbered with a depleted squad that again included Neil Wilkinson in goal. And they found themselves behind after only three minutes when Liam Webster coolly lobbed the stand-in ‘keeper.
Even though Scott Litchfield levelled, Webster struck again and it took a tap-in by Jay Knight to rescue a poor first-half display.
Thankfully, The Bulls, driven by superb man-of-the-match Dwayne Soar, pulled the match out of the bag when Jamie Walker smashed home and Litchfield netted his 40th goal of the season.
BULWELL LINE-UP: Wilkinson/ Murdock, McCaughey, Knight, Soar D., Marley, Perkins, Niblett J., Jeffries, Litchfield, Walker. Sub: Moore (for Marley 45)