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2001/02 season review

Season Review 2001/02
by Nathan on 09/06/2004

A season review of our 2001/02 season, our first in the Ryman 1st Division, an ordinary season which saw few highs or lows.

Season Review 2001/02
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 Peter Holsgrove.

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 win.

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