STOCK UNITED F.C.
Founded 1908. Mid Essex League division one
End of Season Report May 2007
Sponsored by the Ship public house, Stock Ground: Mill Lane, Stock
The manager of U.C.C. summed it up after his team had soundly beaten us 7-1 towards the end of the season. "you go through cycles" he said. Stock have been riding the wheel of fortune to its crest last year when the club finished midway in division one of the Mid Essex League, having climbed in successive years from the bottom division five, winning the division two title en route and reaching the area final of the Essex Junior Trophy. Yet the wheel keeps turning and one season on Stock Utd have been relegated back to division two having finished bottom of division one.
The decline was due mainly to the loss of a number of regular players. Before the season started the first choice goalkeeper left and when he returned to the club in March only played four games before a leg injury ruled him out for the rest of the season. Following this early departure another seven players left the club by Christmas. On top of this two players then suffered long term injuries. Trying to put out a side each week became the priority, winning matches would be a bonus.
There were only three victories in the league all season, the last way back on 28 October 2006 when Stock beat Southminster 5-2 at home. In the Dave Strachan Cup after beating Manford Way 4-2 on 30 September, Stock crashed out 3-1 to old rivals Gidea Park Rangers 3-1. In the league cup Stock failed to proceed past the first round, losing 2-1 to Springfield Rouge. Two games were drawn in the league, both against Boreham, but with a pitiful 11 points relegation was assured.
There were positives from the season though. The club signed a number of youngsters and although two of them are off to university in October this year the club hopes they will return to play regularly in three years time. Also, midfield dynamo Steve Gotobe returned to the side in April after being out for a year with a cruciate ligament injury. Off the field a hugely successful quiz night was held last September which raised over £500 for club funds.
At the end of season presentation evening held at the Ship pub on 12 May Freddie Tully was named clubman of the year whilst the manager's and player's player of the season went to Marc Howell.
The club's under 9's boys team had it's first season of competitive football and although they have yet to register their first victory everyone is confident this is not far away. Next season they will be joined by an under 13's team playing at Mill Lane in the Blackwater league on Sunday mornings.
Once again a big thank you is due to Kelly Shulver at the Ship pub for Sponsorship, to the Parish Council for assisting with the cost of pitch cutting & Ann Tully and her family for their help and support.
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