Third season reports
971001 : Daily Birkenhead writes:
"THIRD SEASON ROUND-UP"
One season after FC Birkenhead demoted to Fourth division, they're back
again in the Third division. The team begun their previous season with
a five week long streak of not being defeated. Generally, Birkenhead
stayed in the upper half of the bottom division through the season, and
managed to end on the fourth place, which ensured promotion.
Among the players, both last-season rookies David Koulenz and Richard
Spinbone have turned into important players for the team, and Spinbone
actually won the scoring competition of the division. Current rookie
Victor Nievale, marking midfielder, has during the off-season changed
his particular skill to be a team player instead.
Birkenhead's cup run in the third season was slightly better than the
previous two, as they went to second round, knocked out by Indy Miners.
However, there was no World Cup this year (although the challenge held
after the second season saw Team Sweden reaching the fourth place).
Tomorrow is the kick-off for fourth season, with FC Birkenhead back in
the Third division. Manager Carlsson is quite nervous about whether the
team will perform good enough to avoid relegation yet again, but will
look forward for another exciting season.
Fourth season reports
980602 : GOD-FCB (playoff to Second Division), Daily Birkenhead writes:
"FC BIRKENHEAD PROMOTE TO SECOND DIVISION!"
Eight months since the last report, FC Birkenhead have finished another
season, this time with a brilliant play-off game vs Gods of Death. With
a nice attendanace of 60590 fans, FCB produced a number of excellent
chances, e.g. by the two rookies this season, Felix Martinez and Andrew
At the Gods ninth scoring opportunity, a direct free kick which Koulenz
almost saved, they took the 1-0 lead. This was the 35th minute, but it
only took another nine minutes for Tom Hitteral to equalize, assisted
by Victor Nievale. Prior to that, the referee had awarded Kalle Granath
and an GOD defender a yellow card each.
Second half started off with the GOD goalkeeper, Finnish Kalma, being
sent off after cynically bringing Birkenhead sweeper Cordinal down. The
Gods now had to shuffle their lineup and bring an old keeper with only
seven played games and a rating of 45%. Even more amazingly, the backup
goalkeeper nine minutes later got a yellow card.
By now, Birkenhead had full control of the game, and Martinez scored on
a long-range shot in the 65th minute, assisted by Gloscage. The Gods
went ball controlling and rough for ten minutes before pressing forward
for that last equalizer. Richard Spinbone took a mediocre free kick in
the 78th minute, but got his revenge five minutes later by scoring the
third FCB goal, which was the last goal of the game.
FC Birkenhead was, after a long season and failing to secure one of the
automatic promoval spots, promoted again. The shot count 13-11 to FCB
might look tighter than the final score, but the disciplinary count of
4-26 pretty much tells why Birkenhead won the play-off.
Final score: Gods of Death - FC Birkenhead 1-3 (1-1)
Stars awarded: *** Richard Spinbone, FC Birkenhead (FW)
** Victor Nievale, FC Birkenhead (MF)
* Felix Martinez, FC Birkenhead (MF)
980623 : Daily Birkenhead writes:
"WORLD CUP II HAS BEGUN!"
Parallel to the France'98 championship, the WEFS World Cup II is played
with twenty-five participating countries. Follow the competition at the
FC Birkenhead site.
Like any other paper, the Daily Birkenhead picks the final bracket:
(A1) (B2) (C1) (D2) (B1) (A2) (D1) (C2)
SWE - IRL FRA - ENG USA - FIN GER - HOL
5 - 3 4 - 2 6 - 3 3 - 1
\ / \ /
SWE - FRA USA - GER
3 - 2 3 - 1
Bronze: FRA - GER 4-2
Final : USA - SWE 5-3
Some comments: Sweden will likely win group A, and face the runner-up
from group B, Ireland. Likewise will France win their group C and face
a reducted English squad compared to last time. Finland will be cannon
fodder for U.S.A. and Germany will do what is expected of them. In the
semis, Sweden will get their revenge for the 1-3 loss in World Cup I,
and U.S.A. should this time get themselves together and go to the final
and eventually win the whole thing. Remember where you heard it first!