Wednesday, 11 July 2012

21st Century Hampshire Top Twenties: 2010/2011

AFC Totton celebrate winning promotion at Gosport Borough in 2011.
The debut season for Hopping Around Hampshire - the season I got my football mojo back after becoming terminally fed up with the money-grabbing, preening, posing Premiership primadonnas that had represented Pompey over the previous few years. Steve Cotterill managed to spend what little money he had on "quality" rather than "quantity" - quality that no-one else is now willing to buy as their wages threaten the club's existence. They finished 16th in the second level.

Saints, funded by Swiss bankers, finished runners-up behind Brighton in the old third division. Lower down, Aldershot Town bumbled about in mid-table fourth division. Nearby Farnborough just missed out on promotion from Conference South after leading the division going into the last few weeks.

Hampshire's most successful club this season were AFC Totton, who won away at Gosport on the final day to win the Southern League South & West trophy. Cross-city rivals Sholing (formerly VT FC) were beaten in the play-off final by Frome Town.

The top twenty clubs for 2010/2011 were as follows (numbers after a club's name indicate the level their league was at in the pyramid, followed by their position within that league):

1. (1) Portsmouth 2/16
2. (2) Southampton 3/2
3. (3) Aldershot Town 4/14
4. (7) Farnborough 6/2
5. (5) Eastleigh 6/8
6. (4) Havant & Waterlooville 6/9
7. (6) Basingstoke Town 6/13
8. (8) Bashley 7/11
9. (9) AFC Totton 8/1
10. (10) Sholing 8/2
11=. (11) Fleet Town 8/13
11=. (12) Gosport Borough 8/13
13. (13) Andover 8/21
14. (18) Winchester City 9/3
15. (19) Moneyfields 9/7
16. (14) Fareham Town 9/8
17. (19) Cove 9/9
18. (NE) Lymington Town 9/11
19. (NE) Hamble ASSC 9/12
20. (NE) Alton Town 9/13

The three new entries (who replaced Romsey Town, Totton & Eling and Blackfield & Langley) had all featured in the top twenty before. Andover were liquidated after the season finished and thus featured for the final time.

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