The Liverpool Business Houses is back.
Last season saw record followers and interested parties, enough to see the league expand.
The Campy ran out winners pipping the Oyster by six points, but as the delayed league finished, the new one is now upon us with 14 teams all very much capable of beating one another.
“Our first season back in the Prem took a few twist and turns but we came out of the other end of it having learnt a lot. We are hoping we can take that with us to improve this season. It’s a tough league and tough games every week, but we have got a great set of lads & manager who will hopefully help us to play well and get us competing at the right end again.”
The National Cup and Business Houses Premier come into the league with new management and a slight change in personnel with talisman Elliott Nevitt making the move to Tranmere Rovers.
A late surge after the restart saw the Campy flung into the title race which they ultimately came out on top of. A unbelievable volley from James Barrigan, also voted MOTJ Goal of the Season, the deciding goal against the Bull in the decider.
“Good season for us last year after only coming up the season before. Look to be trying to build on that and stay amongst them top teams right till the end. Gonna be tough though as I expect this season to be harder than last.”
FC Dovecot FC
The Dovey finished in mid table last season and will be looking to build on a full season in the division.
It’s Kensington Fields on the opening weekend for them before they face last season’s Championship winners The Brow.
Home Bargains FC
Home Bargains narrowly missed on the top three falling two points short after their impressive season, last year.
It’s a tough start for Bargain against the Mayfair on the opening day before hosting the Bull.
Huyton Cons FC
“We put some really good results together in the second half of last season after a really poor start, so we’re hoping we can carry that form into this season. With the teams that have been promoted it looks like the league is going to be even tougher this year, but if we put the performances in I know we’re capable of, I think we’ll do well.”
Kensington Fields FC
Kenny Fields come into the season on the back of three successive wins to finish last season. They finished level on points with Mayfair and Home Bargains.
They face the Dovey on the opening day before a trip to Bosco to face the Lobster.
“Our hopes are like every team to win everything we play in, but unfortunately the lads talk a good one and always missing someone. Just hoping for a good start wasn’t nice being near bottom for a long time last season.”
“We are looking to stay in the league, that’s our expectations for the season. The lads done well getting promoted in our first season. We will just take it game by game and I am confident that we will be able to compete in this league.”
“Another big one us all great advert for Sunday football for the city some of the best sides in the country of a Sunday going at it we can’t wait to get going again. Been a frustrating pre season for us with niggling injuries and holidays leaving us without a full squad as of yet but it seems to be coming back together now.
“The best Sunday league in the land so going to be expecting twists and turns all season we are again hoping to be challenging for top spot, we just need to be a bit more consistent and I am sure we won’t be far away.”
Melling Victoria FC
“Looking forward to getting started and seeing how the new recruits fit in and hopefully compete in a league which will be the strongest in the country. We should have a decent mix of youth and experience this season and I’m sure the first four fixtures will show us what we have.
“Our first game is at home on Windy Arbour against one of the title contenders the Oyster. Some teams will be stronger than last season and some weaker but one thing will be the same and that’s if you’re not on your game then any team can turn you over in this league on any given Sunday.”
Oyster Martyrs FC
One of the most successful teams in the city, the Oyster will be eyeing one thing and one thing only, that is the Business Houses trophy. They will be hoping to hit the ground running and improve on last season’s disappointing end.
They face Melling Vics before they play Huyton Cons.
“After a disappointing season last year, we feel we owe it to ourselves to be in amongst the top teams still competing for trophies at the end of the season.
“The quality of the league is there for everyone to see and we have quality all over the pitch. We let ourselves down with togetherness last season, something that’s a given in all the teams in this league.
“We don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers in the league. Last year we were probably the best team in the league if the games were 60 minute matches, last half hour we died off conceding a high proportion of our goals an losing games late on, we know to be up there we need to keep going for 90+ minutes in every games.
“A big plus will be the fact this year there is something other than just league to play for, with cups being reintroduced to the season, which will hopefully keep everyone interested with something to play for till May.”
The Brow FC
“Looking forward to it tough games week in week out is what we’re in it for we know we’re good enough for the Prem, we just want to be competitive in every single game give it are all and finish as high as in the table as possible.”