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Tales from the River End - THE Dover Athletic fanzine.

TALES FROM THE RIVER END
The Conference Cloggers League.
Introduction: Way back in 1994, at the start of our second season in the Conference, it was decided to fill up a couple of pages with a survey of all bookings and sendings-off in the Conference. The information was taken from the results and statistics section of Match magazine, and club and individual standings were compiled. More recently, the information has come from the www.sports.com website, and obviously this survey is only as accurate as the information given therein.
Points Scored:
Straight sending off: 5 points Sending off for two bookings: 4 points
Booking: 2 points





CONFERENCE CLOGGERS LEAGUE  -  STATISTICS
 
Past Champions:  
Season   Club   Booked Sent off Points
1994-95   Dagenham & R.   78 12 209  
1995-96   Kettering Town   82 10 208
1996-97   Altrincham   85 12 227
1997-98   Welling Untidy   77 9 196
1998-99   Doncaster Rovers   88 8 214
1999-2000 Doncaster Rovers   89 9 216
2000-01   Boston United   104 4 227
 
Runners-up:  
Season   Club   Booked Sent off Points
1994-95   Bath City   81 5 185
1995-96   Dagenham & R.   60 10 165
1996-97   Halifax Town   87 10 220
1997-98   Gateshead   88 4 192
1998-99   Barrow   88 8 212
1999-2000 Forest Green Yokels   79 6 194
2000-01   Southport   83 6 191
 
Honourable mentions: (Sendings off in double figures)
Northwich Victoria 1994-95   10  
Stevenage Borough 1996-97   11  
Morecambe 1998-99   10  
Nuneaton Borough 1999-2000   10  
 
At the foot of the table:  
1994-95   Kidderminster Harriers   30 2 69
1995-96   Kidderminster Harriers   29 1 62
1996-97   Morecambe   35 2 79
1997-98   Hereford United   53 2 114
1998-99   Leek Town   50 4 118
1999-2000 Morecambe   49 1 102
2000-01   Hereford United   51 2 111
 
Highest Individual scores:  
1994-95   Green (Altrincham)   32  
1995-96   Pope (Kettering Town)   28  
1996-97   Walters (Northwich Victoria)   31  
1997-98   Dolby (Welling Untidy)   30  
1998-99   Honor (Forest Green Yokels)   29  
1999-2000 McIntyre (Doncaster Rovers)   37  
2000-01   Norbury (Hednesford Town)   34  
 
 

Much of the following article was contained in Tales number 52. The statistics were taken from the website www.sports.com and obviously this survey can only be as accurate as their information allows.

CONFERENCE CLOGGERS LEAGUE
FINAL TABLE 2000-2001
  Players booked Sent off (5) Sent off (4) Bookings Total points
Boston United 29 3 1 104 227
Southport 18 1 5 83 191
Hednesford Town 20 5 2 78 189
Kingstonian 21 6 1 72 178
Woking 22 1 2 80 173
Scarborough 23 2 2 77 172
Stevenage Borough 26 3 4 70 171
Dover Athletic 18 2 1 75 164
Ru$hden & Dickheads 16 4 4 62 160
Kettering Town 21 3 0 71 157
Hayes 20 3 1 68 155
Northwich Victoria 23 4 3 59 150
Doncaster Rovers 21 2 1 67 148
Chester City 17 1 3 64 145
Telford United 18 3 0 65 145
Nuneaton Borough 20 2 1 64 142
Forest Green Yokels 23 1 0 67 139
Morecambe 22 2 3 58 138
Dagenham & R. 20 1 1 62 133
Leigh Trainspotters 18 1 4 46 113
Yokel Town 15 2 1 49 112
Hereford United 15 1 1 51 111

Well, there you have it. There is little change from the Cloggers League table that appeared in the last issue of Tales, at the end of last season. Boston United have not only held on to their top spot, they actually increased their lead with a flurry of bookings in the last week of last season. They fully deserved their title, as those of you who saw them last season will testify. They equalled the record score of 227 points in a season, which was set by Altrincham in 1996-97. Perhaps they'll beat it next season! Dagenham were surprisingly well-behaved last season, with only Hereford, Yeovil, and Leigh having amassed fewer points. Morecambe were once again down near the bottom, but Forest Green? The six clubs following behind Boston are just the ones you would expect to have bad disciplinary records, but then comes Dover! Were we really that dirty last season? With almost two bookings per match, perhaps we were. Ru$hden have had the most sent off (8), with Stevenage, Kingstonian, andHednesford not far behind.Surprisingly, Forest Green have had the least - just one! We have had three sent off, but an awful lot of bookings, and we are eighth - which is around our usual spot in the table.
The individual placings for last season were:

34 points Norbury(Hednesford)
32 P.Beesley(Chester)
30 Bolland(Southport)
29 Munday(Dover)
28 Patterson(Kingstonian)
26 Ellender(Scarborough), Dick(Boston)
25 Roddis(Woking)
24 Strouts(Dover), Howarth(Boston)
23 Norman(Kettering)
22 McGorry(Telford), Robertson(Northwich), A.Foster(Forest Green)
21 Crowley(Nuneaton), Colkin(Hednesford)
20 Gouck(Southport), McKimm(Hayes)

Well, there you are! Norbury's score is the second-best ever in the Cloggers League; only Mr.McIntyre's 37 last season bettered it. McIntyre notched only 15 points last season, which includes the booking for that wild lunge on Stuart Munday at Crabble. Norbury's temperament has finally paid dividends for him, with this well-deserved recognition, but Mr.Elbows of Chester was close behind. Not far behind him was a certain Mr.Munday. Always likely to pick up a booking for a mis-timed tackle, he can now ply his trade at Kingstonian, who are certainly no angels themselves! Many of the other names here are familiar ones - will they feature again this season?
The first set of statistics from this season will be featured in the next issue of Tales, which could well be out in a couple of months. Will Boston retain their title, or will a dark horse come through to surprise us all? Margate, perhaps?