After a wait of 23 years, since his last meaningful SFP title, Jermy Senior secured a record 4th SFP Championship during an epic season.
It will go down as one of the most open title races ever, with five of the final top six managers all having a stint at the top. It remained fairly open until the final couple of months, when 14 Men and a Fantasy and Atletico Magicmen pulled away from the chasing pack. With 4 weeks to go there were only 5 points between them.
It came down to the best attacking force in the league versus the best defence. Peggs had the likes of Sanchez, Vardy, Defoe and Pedro banging in the goals for him, while Jermy Senior had spent over Â£27m at the auction on a water-tight defence.
As they entered the final week, Peggsie's forwards were edging 14 Men closer game by game. On the final Thursday the gap between the two was just 19 points, as Leicester played host to Tottenham, which meant it was Vardy (Peggs) vs Alderwiereld and Davies (Matt). If Vardy scored, it would cancel out Jermyâ€™s double clean sheet. Leicester, but not Vardy, did score early on, but Alderweireld and Davies chipped in with 3 assists, to give Atletico a healthy 28 point lead on the final day.
Those two defenders went one better at the weekend, with a goal each, plus another from Arsenal's Bellerin helping seal the title. The squad was built around a solid defence, but nobody expected them to score the goals that would clinch it. Jermy was left beaming:
"Privileged to have been part of an epic title race, and pleased it featured bouts with my brother, Baynes's Butt Kickers and the boy Peggs. A touch of nostalgia thrown in, and much more satisfying than running away with it."
"After years of under-achieving, we needed to evolve to compete in this era. Four seasons of work has gone into this plan, which was executed to perfection. It has been a true team, infact squad effort, designed to compete. Thankfully it has worked."
Runner Up Peggs said:
"[My] Best season ever, butâ€¦ Matt's defenders! When they concede, they score or assist! Three goals today, three assists in the week! All about the pots - top management."
In the cup competitions, Lawrence Baynes finally ended a 21 year wait for his second SFP Cup honour, after a golden goal 2:1 replay win over Scott Pritchard. That made it a season cup double for Baynes who also won the Super Cup at the beginning of the season. Also grabbing a cup double was Adam Walters, who got his hands on both the 5ASide Cup and the FFACup.