I am very surprised by this. Watching your match videos, the teams you BEAT in the Junior Cup this season did not seem to have the same quality as other sides you played in the Intermediate Cup in previous seasons. e.g. I find it hard to imagine the reserve teams of Dees and LML, or Lord Morpeth being able to compete with your previous Intermediate cup opponents like Charlton Utd, Yavruvatan, Nacional de Londres, Eureka or Albion Manor. Of those teams most got to the latter rounds, won it (Eureka), got to the final (Yavruvatan), or were knocked out by teams that made it to the end (Albion Manor).
e.g. from the videos of your matches BEFORE you played MSS, I did not see a single player who I thought was good enough to play for any of your Intermediate Cup opponents.
Here are our results from the 7 seasons (not 8) that we played in the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup: 2005/2006
Won 13-1 v. A Small World
A Small World were the worst team we have ever played in our 36-year history ! ...and they were actually doing well in their League (the West End AFA).
Lost 3-4 (AET) to North West Neasden 'A'
They were the top team in the Maccabi League Premier Division at the time but I would say only marginally better than London Maccabi Lions 'B'. 2006/2007
Lost 2-4 to Frenford Sunday
They went on to win the competition...and the Essex FA Sunday Premier Cup ! 2007/2008
Won on pens (3-3 AET) v. South West Soldiers
They were a decent side from the Sportsmans Sunday League, but no better or worse than the 5 teams we have played in the Junior Cup this season.
Lost 0-4 to Eureka
...which you know all about ! 2008/2009
Lost 2-3 to Olympia
They were a very ordinary side and we were dreadful on the day. They were worse than all five teams in the Junior Cup. 2009/2010
Won 5-1 v. Russellers
Another poor side from the lower divisions of the Kent Suburban League who were in the wrong Cup.
Won 6-5 (AET) v. Nacional De Londres
Very good side going forward, but defensively they were shocking...and worse than all five teams in the Junior Cup.
Lost 2-4 to Yavruvatan
Again, like N.D.L., very good going forward, but suspect defensively. Again, I would say that all five Junior Cup teams were marginally better than them at the back. 2010/2011
Won 7-0 v. Kensington Athletic
Like A Small World and Russellers, they were in the wrong Cup...as we know.
Lost 2-3 (AET) v. Charlton United
Charlton United and Eureka are the two best sides we played in the Intermediate. Both were better than Frenford Sunday. 2011-2012
Lost 0-1 to Albion Manor
I still maintain that there was no difference whatsoever between Albion Manor and any of the five teams we have played in the Junior this season. Obviously if we had played them the season before, then there would
have been a difference.
So...North-West Neasden 'A', Frenford Sunday, Eureka & Charlton United
...yes, all definitely better than the 5 Junior teams. South-West Soldiers, Nacional De Londres, Yavruvan & Albion Manor
...all roughly about the same, better in some areas, worse in others. A Small World, Olympia, Russellers & Kensington Athletic
...all definitely worse than the 5 Junior teams.
Our opponents in the Junior Cup this season: Lord Morpeth
Won 2-0. They are currently top of their division (or near enough) and had strengthened their side with ex Semi-Pros and ex-Hackney & Leyton Sunday League Premier Division players for this season. Bromley Knights
Won 1-0. I know they were missing a few key players, but they were still unbeaten in their division at the time. They might even be in the Sunday Challenge Cup next season ! (as an Orpington & Bromley Sunday League top division side when they get promoted). Dees Reserves
Won 2-1. We were supposed to be playing Dees Reserves, but they clearly put half their First Team in. Their Reserves also play in the Surrey Intermediate
Cup, not the Junior, so as far as I am concerned, they were Intermediate standard. London Maccabi Lions 'B'
Won 1-0. Top of their division and better than their 'A' Team...who enter the FA National Sunday Cup ! Middlesbrough Supporters
Lost 8-1...because our keeper had a mare and we played the wrong tactics !
I assure you that the You Tube highlights really don't portray the games as a whole. Good defending is never included and things like 20-pass one-touch moves (as Dees Reserves did on at least one occasion) are never included when they don't lead to a shot at goal. You really cannot guage the standard wholly from those highlights. http://www.hughesvideoservices.co.uk http://www.edmontonrovers.co.uk http://www.youtube.com/user/hughesvideo