Albion Season Review 2009/2010

The Interview

Jindy Mann: In a nutshell, how would you summarise the 2009/10 season?

Jade Barker: I’d describe it as a very successful & rewarding for the future of the club & the players. Initially the goal was to acquire the quality needed to make the step, consolidate the current core strengths of the club & team ethic whilst ensuring that everyone was focused on what they could deliver individually with added quality in the team.

I’ve seen older players become liberated in their play & not just this season but over the last few years as we have had new players settle & compliment the play. I’ve really enjoyed watching us play this season.

JM: Is there a game during the season that you thought was particularly memorable?

JB: Beating Nolan’s in the cup confirmed what I already knew about our quality, FFL game was a beautiful number, Kobs showed what we could achieve if everybody is attuned to their individual objective for the sake of the team. However Tooting away came at a time where we could have gone one way or the other & we started off particularly badly & we had our desire & belief questioned, but we responded with a tremendous resilience that was probably borne from the Kobs result, but 2-0 down & to finish 4-2 after the result we had earlier in the week, was a distinct test of our mentality & our desire, we passed & the defence have been a particular influential platform for our consistency.

JM: If you could have done anything differently this season, what would it be?

JB: Probably steal Nick Milne’s passport. Seriously, it’s difficult to say because every player had key moments in the season that delivered our winning run. Some of the teams I have picked have probably not been to the strengths of 1 or 2 players but they delivered & responded in a way I knew would be for the strength of the team, if not the individual. Naturally I’m a thinker & given the success we have had & the way we’ve evolved both in spirit & our football shows that we don’t need to tinker too much. It’s a democracy with every body giving feedback/opinion, ultimately my voice will be the loudest.

JM: How does this team compare with the Golden Generation of 2005 (the so called Dirty Spice Boys)? Is this the best squad of players you’ve worked with at Albion?

JB: Oooh. Tough one, actually it isn’t, this team for me is positively more dangerous offensively & defensively all over the pitch, particularly during the first half of the season.

We still have a forward who struggles to pass, but he scores more than he passes so I’ll let him off.

We have found a belief which we started to gain from the first game, & this was instilled via Kobs & FFL, but in terms of football played & the ascendancy of the technical level of our play, I’d say this was the best team I’ve been involved with.

JM: As an Arsenal fan, you no doubt have views on the stylish brand of football espoused by Arsene Wenger. How would you describe your footballing philosophy?

JB: I love British football I still think it’s the best physically & getting there technically. My philosophy of football is much like a language but articulated with different accents & punctuation, much like Croatia in the late 90’s early century. Often underestimated for their appearance & lack of exotic identity, they had a collective strength & power that united their ability to mesmerise opponents by skill, power & a resilience that swept aside many teams by their rope a dope playing signature. Each player articulates through the football a different dialect that was different to what was around (Boban, Prosinecki, Boksic). Albion while not in the class of the aforementioned are often under estimated & on occasion we have been guilty of under estimating ourselves, but we have a technical style of play that suits the collective on the ground & not the individual.

JM: And how would you describe your management style? Is there a manager you model yourself on or particularly admire?

JB: I’m disciplined, democratic but I’m a winner. I admire managers like the late Keith Alexander & lower league gaffers, but to be honest when you have a team of born winners who are eager to improve it is easier.

I’m lucky in that we have a strong camaraderie at the club, with no ego or bias & the lads trust my judgement. I like to get the feedback from everyone so every player participates, but also need to ensure that everyone identifies the individual challenge & that they will be dropped if their behaviour is unbecoming of the Albion.

JM: Your other job is in the film industry. What do you think is the best film about the beautiful game?

JB: As a film its probably “Fever Pitch”. As a gooner its something I was very lucky to experience on a football level, obviously the Hillsborough tragedy will have tragic memories for Liverpool fans in comparison to the result & we should never forget this. Despite the result the period showed the sporting world success, love & tragedy & how people are brought together by this beautiful game. That sounds pretty gay, but I love football & hate egg chasing. Pimms drinking badgers.

JM: Over the last couple of years, you’ve limited your playing time. Are you ever planning to ever don the boots (and shinpad) again, or have you hung them up for good?

JB: Well it would be very difficult for me to get into this side even if I was 100% fit. I know if required I can execute a job & give 100%, I’ve reduced my playing because of my ability & most recently because of injury &

I still think I may play again but how significant that would be is dependant upon which player is not listening to team instructions.

JM: You seem to have picked up a lot of Henri Le Conte awards this season. Why do you think that is?

JB: It’s like a “Carry on” gag, same thing every week, I even stayed mute one week & still got it. It does not bother me, it’s the lads way of amusingly getting one over on me. However I know they pray the remainder of the week that I have a sense of humour as they eagerly await the Squad email on Thursday PM.

JM: What is your vision for the club and plan for next season?

JB: The vision is to ensure that the club is maintained for another 30 odd years at least with the same spirit & ethos as it has now. It is very much different to when Dan & I first joined & the younger lads should embrace this as they may not find another football team or club like this again. My plan for next season is to consolidate what we have, take the players that are looking to improve to the next level hopefully with some additions to challenge us & to put right what went wrong in 3 games this season.

League Results

2010 League Table

Cup Results

Surrey Cup – Runners Up (Lost to Addlestone Wanderers)

Marcus Lipton Cup – 1st Round (Lost to Whitehorse Wanderers)

Mark Blunstone Cup – Semi Final (Lost to Whitehorse Wanderers)

2010  Stats

End of Season Stats 2010

End of Season Stats2 2010

2010 Albion Facts

All 5 goals S. Abbott scored were vs Nolans, while playing right midfield.
J. Mann scored same amount of goals as W. Slater, however, W. Slater didn’t shoot any squirrels.
Albion didn’t have a single red card, well done DR.
6 out of 11 goals scored by V. Palac were from penalties.
Albion conceded the least league goals out of all teams.
R. Pemberton scored most goals in his debut season since R. Stanley’s goals.
How D. McPhee finished the season with only one yellow card is not known.
W. Slater scored more goals in the season than S. Abbott (exc Nolan’s games).
Barker, Desenberg, Williams, Day, Lauder and Blaney didn’t score a goal this season
J. Roberts didn’t score this century.
N. Evans is the only Albion player to have a fag during a game.
Despite having no shots on the target, Mann scored one goal.
3 foreign players featured for Albion in this season (do not tell McPhee senior)
Albion hasn’t lost a game when Simon played as a centre back (excluding cup games, double headers and when Bill wasn’t in goal)
  • All 5 goals S. Abbott scored were vs Nolans, while playing right midfield.
  • J. Mann scored same amount of goals as W. Slater, however, W. Slater didn’t shoot any squirrels.
  • Albion didn’t have a single red card, well done DR.
  • 6 out of 11 goals scored by V. Palac were from penalties.
  • Albion conceded the least league goals out of all teams.
  • R. Pemberton scored most goals in his debut season since R. Stanley’s goals.
  • How D. McPhee finished the season with only one yellow card is not known.
  • W. Slater scored more goals in the season than S. Abbott (exc Nolan’s games).
  • Barker, Desenberg, Williams, Day, Lauder and Blaney didn’t score a goal this season
  • J. Roberts didn’t score this century.
  • N. Evans is the only Albion player to have a fag during a game.
  • Despite having no shots on the target, Mann scored one goal. (JM: This is palpable nonsense. The goal was on target for a start, not to mention the fact that it was the perfect free-kick)
  • 3 foreign players featured for Albion in this season (do not tell McPhee senior)
  • Albion hasn’t lost a game when Simon played as a centre back (excluding cup games, double headers and when Bill wasn’t in goal)

2009/2010 Albion Stat Breakdown

G – Goals, Y – Yellows, R – Reds, M – Minutes Played, GP/M – Games played/Minutes Played, Bold and Underlined for MotM

Albion Stats 2009.1

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Updated 27 Sept 2010

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