Last season Milton 2002s underwent their first campaign as an 11-a-side team, and they begin it in style, achieving a double as they won both the FVFDA 13s League title, and the FVFDA League Cup.
Youth Football Scotland spoke exclusively to Milton manager, Terry Ferguson, regarding last season, and the one ahead: “It was a fantastic beginning to our debut season at 11-a-side football. In our first year we completed the double by winning the FVFDA U13s League Title along with FVFDA League Cup, whilst being defeated finalists in the divisional trophy.”, he said.
Narrowly missing out on a unique treble, Ferguson has his eyes set on similar fortunes: “Our aim is to continue and progress from last season’s success, whilst ensuring the players continue their development and education within the game”, the manager of the Stirling outfit said.
“Also, to build on our achievements and enhance the enjoyment within the club.”
One key factor in Milton achieving their champions’ status, was without doubt, an 11 game unbeaten streak which saw them climb to the summit of the league table.
The manager of the club, who play their home games at Wallace High School, told us of the teams he sees posing a threat to Milton’s title next season. “Boness pushed us to the last few games of the season, whilst Dunblane have always proved to be difficult opposition”
“Two new teams have joined in, Bonnybridge and Central Academy, and they provide the unknown factor in the league, with consistency being the key to a long season.”
A solid and active pre-season schedule is a vital factor in any team’s upcoming season, and Ferguson’s men are no different. “We started on the 28th of July, on the basis of four hard sessions based on stamina work, and then onto match sharpness, with a programme of four friendlies over a ten day period.”, he said.
“Hopefully the friendlies against other league opposition will provide us with the stamina and sharpness required to begin the new season on a good footing.”
Ferguson has his eye on a few potential recruitments before the campaign gets underway: “Our season’s success has provided interest from other players within the leagues and has allowed us to view various players during pre-season.”, he said.
“We are hopeful that some will become long term signings and commit to our ideas and development within the club whilst enhancing our playing squad through the new season.”
All the best to Milton 2002s in the 2015/16 FVFDA league!