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Best Start For Almost 20 Years!

Kirky takes us back to the 2001/02 season

2 September 2019

Town currently sit 4th in League 2, with 11 points from the first 6 matches and the largest positive goal difference in the Division.

But when was the last time that Town had a start like this?

We have to go all the way back to the start of the 2001-02 season! 

That season started off with an opener versus Crewe at Blundell Park, which was won by the only goal, scored by substitute Wayne Burnett in the 50th minute.  Next up was a difficult-looking game at the Hawthorns, and this time Alan Pouton scored the game's only goal 13 minutes from time.  A League Cup game with Lincoln (not counted is these figures) saw another Town win, whilst on the Saturday, the first points of the season were dropped against Preston NE in a 2-2 draw, despite another Alan Pouton goal to add to Jonny Rowan's effort.

The first defeat of the season followed at Fratton Park where all the decisive action came in 6 second half minutes.  First Town pulled the scores back to 2-2 through Michael Jeffrey on 73 minutes after Peter Crouch had eased Portsmouth ahead in front of our fans.  A minute later, Menno Willems was sent off, rapidly followed by two Portsmouth goals in 60 seconds, including a second from future England man Crouch.

Phil Jevons celebrates the winner.JPG

Town got back to winning ways against old foes Barnsley when Jevons scored the only goal of the game - a feat and scoreline repeated in the sixth league game of the season at Coventry.

Later in the season came Town's magnificent win at Anfield, courtesy of the legendary Jevons winner in the final minute of extra time, bizarrely the only win for the Mariners in the next 11 games!  Let's hope that that bit of history doesn't repeat itself this season.

Wild scenes behind the goal after Phil Jevons' winner.jpg

For the record, Town's points total for each season's first six games, starting in the 2002-3 season, are ….. 2, 8, 7, 10, 5, 4, 2, 3, 10, 4, 9, 10, 9, 9, 7, 6, and 5.

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