Over 1,000 players were registered to play in the NCEL for both Premier Division and Division One during the 2018/19 season, with nearly 1,700 of them been used throughout the season – our question is, how does the amount of players used correlate to your league position.
Quite a few teams, throughout the season changed managers, meaning new players will have been brought in to bolster their squads but lets look at the correlation.
From the two graphs you can clearly see the corrolation in both divisions between the amount of players used and the final league position.
The three real anomalies in the NCEL Premier Division are Worksop Town, Thackley and Handsworth Parramore.
Worksop built a title winning team using 34 players, 7 more than the least but manager Craig Denton has used a similar team since the start of their 21 game unbeaten run. Thackley have a young manager who has been at the club a while and has his side playing for him and the club – a real local lad. Whilst at the other end Handsworth made a big change in management after a few months of the season and saw a real change in direction.
In the NCEL Division One, Dronfield’s side have had the core of their squad playing together under Chris Millington for a number of years and without a playing budget, but doing well in the league, players will run through brick walls for their side and management team.
NCEL Premier Division
|Pos||Team||No. Players Used||Changed Managers?|
|4||Hemsworth Miners Welfare||27|
|7||Staveley Miners Welfare||29|
|19||Harrogate Railway Athletic||49||Yes|
|20||Hall Road Rangers||53|
NCEL Division One
|Pos||Team||No. Players Used|
|5||Nostell Miners Welfare||38|
|13||East Yorkshire Carnegie||44|
|7||Worsbrough Bridge Athletic||45|