Glory for the Galacticos
Triumphant NEG defy the odds at Moor Park
When Tony Davies returned to the hallowed turf of Moor Park in September 2014, he was a graduated ex-captain of the North End Galacticos. He led the team to the brink of glory, narrowly missing out on the league title in 2013.
However, June arrived, leading to the majority of the Galacticos graduating, leaving University to head off into the real world, leaving
Tony Davies could have accepted that this was the end of a great journey with his closest friends, but put simply, he wouldn’t.
Constant social media messages followed to youngsters who were about to enrol at UCLan, Facebook posts upon Facebook posts were sent urging students from UCLan to save the longest serving team in UCLan SU history.
After a respectable 6th place finish in their first season, the ‘New Breed’ were no longer ‘new’. They were no longer an unknown group of lads who didn’t know eachother’s names. They were a team, and going into the 2015/16 season, they were the team to beat.
They convincingly brushed past every team that stood in front of them in 2015, leading to a showdown with long standing rivals, Moor Lane FC.
The Galacticos had never beaten Moor Lane and had always been inferior to them, however, this wasn’t the same team that walked onto Moor Park a year previous.
A 3–1 win saw the Galacticos sit 8 points clear at the top of the table. That result all but confirmed their status as champions.
They continued their winning ways until 2016 arrived, bringing with it the reverse fixture against Moor Lane, who seeked revenge.
The rain fell at the UCLan Sports Arena as the North End Galacticos unbeaten streak was ended. Moor Lane had won 1–0, leaving the title-race well and truly wide open.
The most dramatic of finishes to a truly great season ended at Moor Park on the final day. The GetIn2 Premier League title was there for the taking. All the Galacticos had to do was win.
A brace from newly recruited striker, Anthony O’Brien and goals from Ben Ward and top-scorer Callum Sale sealed a 4–0 win and also sealed the title.
The North End Galacticos, 2nd from bottom in 2011, were GetIn2 Premier League Champions.
It seemed fitting that their first League title was won on the same grass that brought them all together, back in 2014. It also seemed fitting that this was captain Tom Rowlands and vice-captain Joe Bull’s final year, many thing
However, the most ironic twist in this fairytale story, is that the North End Galacticos could well be a distant etch on the UCLan SU History books, but instead, they are champions, they are the famous NEG and their story continues.