The year started off with a trip to Villa Park to see Villa beat Ipswich in the FA Cup, which was probably the highlight of the month. Ely also provided a highlight by beating Histon on penalties in the quarter final of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup. Unfortunately, the impressive FA vase run also came to an end when the Robins went down to Spalding once the game eventually went ahead.
We saw King's Lynn defeat Rainworth Miners Welfare at the Walks and Ely continued their run in the Invitation Cup. They booked themselves a place in the final after beating Cambridge University Press 2-0 in the semifinal. The other game we saw in February was when the Robins lost at home to Wisbech in freezing conditions.
Ely had a well balanced month in the games I attended winning one, losing one and drawing one. Elsewhere goals were flooding in as we saw Leyton Orient win 4-1 against Carlisle and King's Lynn beat Mickleover Sports 7-0 on their way to winning promotion.
April was a mental month with 9 games popping up after the hard winter saw a lot of rescheduled games being played around now. The highlight was definitely Ely winning the Invitation Cup for the second year in a row when they won 3-0 against Cambridge City in what was a shock result. One of the more bizarre incidents came in Ely's defeat against champions elect Dereham where a punch up led to the referee taking the players off. He should have technically abandoned the game, but he finally brought the players back on. The biggest win of the month was Ely's 4-1 win over Thetford.
May saw me go to two Ely reserves games. They were on their way to relegation and went down 3-2 againsy Lakenheath and 6-0 against Fulbourn Institute.
There was no football in June
The pre-season started off with Peterborough beating QPR 1-0 on the hottest day of the year. The real highlight though was a trip to Lowestoft to a beer festival where we also saw Lowestoft beat Kirkley & Pakefield 4-1.
The month started with a trip back to the Emirates where we saw Galatasary beat Porto and Arsenal draw with Napoli. In between these games and going to Ukraine we saw St.Ives beat Ely 2-0 in a match which underlined the shortcomings Ely have been fighting against for most of this season. Over in Ukraine we saw Dynamo beat Tavriya and lose to Chornomorets in the new look Olympiskiy. We were also there in a thunderstorm to see Ukraine beat Israel. Elsewhere we saw the recently formed Obolon Brovary win 4-2 against Kremin. We also had a laugh at Dynamo Stadium when Dynamo Under 21s beat Tavriya's young side 2-0 in a fairly one sided match. I even got to show the kids my old seat that I had a season ticket for! My one regret was missing out on going to Arsenal Kyiv, especially as since then they have gone bankrupt. Unfortunately, I was back in England in time to see Ely lose to Midenhall and Diss.
In September I went to King's Lynn twice, we saw them beat Droylsden and lose 3-2 to Marine in a very entertaining game. Ely also lost to Clacton in a fairly forgettable game.
As usual Sean's birthday game didn't go as planned with Villa losing 2-0 to Everton and Benteke missing a penalty when it was 0-0. Ely flattered to deceive after beating Haverhill Borough 5-1 in the League Cup we hoped they may have turned the corner. They then followed it up by losing 4-1 to lowly Foxton in the Invitation Cup meaning there was to be 3 in a row.
The month started with a trip with a load of kids to Thetford where Ely beat the home team 3-2 in a much improved performance. The month ended with Ely losing 1-0 to lowly Wivenhoe, so things hadn't improved. In between this Swansea won at Fulham with Shelvey scoring a spectacular winner to round off the Happy Mondays weekend.
After missing games because of IELTS I had a double headed weekend where Ely reserved drew 0-0 with Great Paxton and then Swansea reared their heads again in a 1-1 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road. People in the press seem to admire Swansea's passing game, but I find it a tad bit boring. Then the year ended with Burton beating Northampton in one of the most one sided 1-0 wins of all time.