Slough Town faced an uphill struggle
following their relegation from the Ryman Premier Division the previous
season, and it was our early season results that cost us as the club
only began preparing for the new season one week before our opening game.
The Rebels started preparing for their first season in
the lowest level of the non-league pyramid in their history with the
signings of Barry Rake from Maidenhead, Veli Hakki
(pictured right) from Dulwich Hamlet and
Slough began the season with an away defeat at Walton
& Hersham marked which the beginning of the first six games, from which they
could only earn four points. There was disappointment in the FA Cup, the
Rebels slumped 3-0 away to Ryman 2nd Division Lewes at the Dripping Pan.
Results gradually began to turn in the Rebels favour,
only 2 defeats in their next 10 games. Slough were knocked out of the FA
Trophy by rivals Aylesbury before manager Steve Browne managed to secure the
signings of prolific goalscorer Simon Ullathorne from Welling United, Gary
Fitzgerald from Hendon, Michael Bartley from
Burnham and Gary McCann on loan from Hendon.
Then came another good run which saw only one defeat
in nine games and put us just hovering outside the top six.
The Rebels lost 1-0 to Hitchin Town in the Ryman
League Cup but progress was made in the Berks & Bucks Cup, Slough winning
4-1 at home to Abingdon Town.
Defender Anthony Howard went in goal for the visit of
struggling Whyteleafe, in a game where Slough had the chances but failed to
convert in a 0-0 draw. A dip in form followed in the following games, and
our season was effectively over when the Rebels lost 3-0 away at Thame
United. Slough also lost the chance to play in the Berks & Bucks Cup final
when they came from 3-0 down at half-time to lose 3-2 to Maidenhead after Slough had a
late equaliser disallowed when an in-direct free-kick went straight in.
The high point of the remaining games was the Slough fans
ran a sponsored walk of 27.1 miles to the final away game of the season at
Staines Town, raising nearly £2000 to be split between the club and a local
charity. Slough's Neville Roach scored the only goal of the game in our 1-0