Castillo C.F 2015/16 End of Season Review
Second Division B1
The "so close yet so far away" Edition
Predicted Finish: 13th (up from 16th)
Squad - The heroic performers
Finances - we are financially sound these days.
Transfers - Merola, Thiam and Angel Luis were the pick of the bunch.
Season Ticket Holders - 45 (2 more than last year)
Estimated Value - £925k (up by £300k)
An unexpected season that so nearly culminated in promotion. I'd expected a year in which we'd close the gap towards playoffs again but this was beyond our dreams. Credit must go to the goalscoring abilities of Alberto Merola and an airtight defence. We were so good this year that I am actually left feeling disgruntled that we didn't quite achieve promotion through the playoffs.
Alberto Merola was cast off by the Inter Milan management and recommended by my scouts. He did far better than I expected and was scoring a goal a game til he hit his rough patch. I'm convinced we would have been promoted were it not for this. . Picked up the signing of the season accolade.
Jeffrey Vlug would still like to leave the club and is still listed by request. Despite this he put in his best ever season for us. A great player despite his obvious deficiencies in his stats, I hope I can convince him to stay.
Ravel Morrison was an inspiration this year. Following another tactical switch he now plays behind Merola in a two with Vlug and has been devastating. Another one to get injured for the playoffs though.
Enric Maureta has been at the club since day 1 now and is still club captain. This year was by far his best, contributing a significant number of goals from CM.
Johan Abels and Carlo Amodio pretty much played every possible game this year at CB together. They are by far and away the most solid partnership in the league and I desparately need to keep them at the club if we're going to go up this coming year. Amodio was voted fans player of the year.
In goal Fran was superb this year. He makes saves that I don't see other keepers make in the match engine. He played every game for us this year and will be vital next season too. Bit of a cult hero.
Average Attendance: 754(last year 649)
Fans Player of the Year: Carlo Amodio
My Player of the Year: Alberto Merola
The League Campaign...
So near yet so far should be the tagline. We had a very indifferent start to the year as shown by the graph but gradually our form picked up. Without being too smug I altered the tactics to make the AML and AMR - AMC's and its worked wonders. We play narrower but have an Arsenal-like style about us around the box! Obviously the key was realising the potential of Alberto Merola and once he started over Big Dom we were always in with a chance in every game.
The highlight of the year was going 15 unbeaten in the league. Our defence conceded just 29 goals and we scored the 3rd most in the league with 72! As mentioned before, we should have wrapped up the league on the last day but those scrappy ******** at Palencia prevented us by shutting up shop at our home. So we lost the league and then ever so unluckily lost in the playoffs to Alconcon. Still we have the experience of that now and I hope it will spur us on to lift the league title next year.
The Federation Cup...
No idea why we were entered in this cup but we did well enough, beating Leganes 3-0 on aggregate in the first round, Talavera 4-1 on aggregate in the second round before losing 3-2 on aggregate to eventually promoted Rayo Vallecano. It was enjoyable and I'm pleased to say we'll be competing in it again this year!
Overall Best XI
There have been no improvements to facilities or stadia at the club.
The U19s came 14th out of 16 and are still useless. Not had a single player through yet that is even close to becoming a consideration for the first team.
We have another new sponsor pushing us up another 10k worth of revenue.
We have to keep up the pressure at the top and achieve a playoff position again. Unfortunately we have a horror show set of fixtures to start the campaign. Away to Burgos (3rd last year) to open it up, followed by a trip to Barakaldo (12th) before newly relegated Ferrol visit us. We then have Palencia (7th) at home followed by last years champions Vecindario away! Awful start to the campaign .
I think our squad is strong enough, I'll obviously keep looking for improvements and I'd say an AMC is about the only position I'd look for at the moment. Merola must stay fit!!
Progress so far...
Season Division Position Achievements
2010/11 2nd Division B1 15th N/A
2011/12 2nd Division B1 12th N/A
2012/13 2nd Division B1 8th N/A
2013/14 2nd Division B1 13th N/A
2014/15 2nd Division B1 10th N/A
2015/16 2nd Division B1 2nd Lost in 2nd Round of Playoff Phase, Quarters of Federation Cup