FC Halifax - Blue Square Premier - 2012/13 Season Review
Blue Square Premier: 1st (Predicted 24th)
FA Cup: 3rd Round
FA Trophy: 3rd Round
Financial Balance: £84,839
A truly incredible season. At the start of the season, we brought in goalkeeper Mitch Walker on a free transfer and also signed Aaron Spear permanently after his contract at Newcastle expired although he wasn’t the same player as he was overshadowed by a new Croatian striker, Nikola Saric who slotted home the goals for us, scoring a total of 27 goals in the league, while Spear only made 9. Made a few other signings bringing in cover at right back with Henley who played very well over the course of the season with an average rating of 7.2 in 22 matches, while Richardson averaged 7.04 in 23 matches. Steven Smith was a gem of a player and played more matches for Ireland U19 than McGinty and Yadolahi even though he only made 23 starts in the league over the season, although did play in another 15 coming off the bench with an average rating of 7.16. Alan O’Brien was also brought in as cover for Knott but spent a lot of time out with injury and only played 14 matches but had an average rating of 7.05. Our defence was incredible as we only conceded 34 goals in the league, 12 less than Grimsby who had the next best. It helped that every player in our backline averaged over 7 per match and we have incredible depth, Richardson and Henley at right back, McGinty, Yadolahi, Smith and even Bower at centre back and Muggeridge and Smith on the left. So we had some great runs during the season with some 8-10 games unbeaten runs and a run which we won 9 games in a row. Our FA Cup run was very impressive as well as we managed to beat Plymouth to get through to the 3rd round before we were hammered 4-0 by the Wolves in the 4th Rnd. Our FA Trophy campaign was pretty abysmal as we crashed out to Grimsby in the 3rd Rnd but I was more focusing on the league anyway. The club now have 3 favoured personnel, Sean McGinty who was so impressive yet again with 7 goals and 7 MOTMs over the season with an AR of 7.36, and Nikola Saric who was the best striker in the league. The last of course was myself who the board now love for winning promotion two years in a row.
Key Player Profiles:
Sean McGinty was our first favoured personnel in club history. This season was more successful than last season as he had no injuries for the whole season, playing in 42 league matches. He was great with an average match rating of 7.36 and he will hopefully be looking to make an impact in League 2.
Neil Yadolahi captained the side again to success in what was a great season, with an average rating of 7.25, not as great as McGinty but he was a reliable centre half and the Irish pair will be looking for yet another great season next year.
Billy Knott was very impressive last season, and this season was no different as he starred on the wing with 17 assists and 5 goals, before missing the last 6 games through injury. The 20 year old has a very bright future in front of him but faces tough competition with Alan O’Brien for the spot on the left wing.
Nathan Koranteng was our transfer target at the start of the season to replace Watts but we only managed to get him on a season loan from Peterborough but he shined in the right wing role. He was our second highest goalscorer with 11 goals as our strikers went in and out of form, Yussuf 10 goals, Spear 9 and Koroma 8 while Koranteng played in all but one match up until the last 5 matches when he was ruled out with injury. 11 goals, 12 assists, 4 MOTM awards with an average rating of 7.16, it was an impressive stat. Whether we will aim to make the deal permanent is another thing as we won’t want him to end up like Aaron Spear. We still need to get a right wing player in though.
Nikola Saric, was our only new signing up front, as we signed him on a free as his contract with Liverpool had expired and he impressed with 27 goals and 11 assists with 6 MOTM awards and an average rating of 7.34 over the course of the season, playing in 45 of the 46 games. The 22 year old striker has a big future ahead of him and I’ll be hoping for much more of the same from him next season.
Season Team Country League League Finish Achievements
2011/12 FC Halifax England Blue Square Bet North 1st Promoted - Champions
2012/13 FC Halifax England Blue Square Bet Premier 1st Promoted – Champions
Well next season, I’ll be looking for League 2 promotion. If we can win the two leagues below without any difficulty, I don’t see why we can’t push for promotion again. Transfer wise, I’ll be looking to get in a right winger on a permanent deal, and hopefully pick up a central midfielder as well. Might try and get a couple of good English players in for the 4 players trained in England starting XI rule for League 2.