Treble-winning United target more trophies
After winning the Premier Division title, the Islington Gazette Cup and the Invitation Cup, Islington Admiral United have big ambitions for new season in the Islington Midweek League
31 August, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Islington Admiral United are set to kick off their new campaign against Magical Vegas at Market Road on Thursday
TREBLE winners Islington Admiral United are looking to go one better this season in the Islington Midweek League by winning all four trophies that are up for grabs – and with an international star in their ranks there’s no reason they can’t hit their target.
Anthony Clark enjoyed unprecedented success in his first season as manager as he led the club to the first treble in their history, winning the Premier Division title, the Islington Gazette Cup and the Invitation Cup.
Admiral kick off their campaign against Magical Vegas at Market Road on Thursday, and club secretary Steve O’Neill sees no reason why they can’t score a clean-sweep of the silverware.
“Our goals for this season are to maintain the high standards that we have already set ourselves,” he said.
Chris Bourne team-mate Dave Bryan
“As secretary, I always tell the players and the manager that the sign of a decent season is still to be competitive in as many cups as possible come April.
“Up until last season, we had never won the treble, but we had been close and we’d done a couple of doubles. There are four trophies to win, so, of course, the ultimate target is to win all four in one season.”
Admiral showed tremendous team spirit last term as they overhauled Islington 49ers to win the league. Their secret weapon was Guyanese international Chris Bourne, who was the league’s top scorer with 26 goals across all competitions.
“Chris is pure class, an absolute winner,” said boss Clark, who lives in Kentish Town. “We have known each other since we were 18, when we were at Southend United together.
“He’s relentless and shows so much desire to get forward and score goals and make things happen. He scores two or three goals a game. He’s always running at defenders and causing them problems. He’s simply unplayable.”