Sliema Ponderers

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Sliema Ponderers (59908)
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Country: England Template:Flag/ENG
Prize shelf: Division VI.PNGDivision V.PNGDivision V.PNGDivision IV.PNG
Arena: Contemplation Park

Sliema Ponderers was established towards the end of season 25, founded in April 2005. Starting in a challenging English VI, Sliema steadily improved season on season before eventually securing the title and automatic promotion to division V in their fifth full season. In their first season in the league, they were crowned champions. Their second season they recovered to second place after a poor start, but falling short of retaining their trophy. The third season saw them claim the title for a second time and promote to IV.

In addition to their league performance, Sliema has a strong cup pedigree, reaching the fourth round in season 28, eliminating an IV side and narrowly losing to a III side. A strong run in season 31, eliminating one III side, was brought to an end in round five at the hands of a second. Their best cup performance is season 32, where they reached the ninth round, eliminating two sides from III and a side from II before eventually falling to a second II side.

Club History

Season League Season Record Cup Record
Position P W D L F A Pts
34 IV.49 4 12 6 2 4 36 27 20 Round 3
33 V.2 1 14 12 1 1 65 16 37 Round 5
32 V.2 2 14 10 1 3 47 24 31 Round 9
31 V.2 1 14 10 1 3 32 20 31 Round 5
30 VI.476 1 14 13 0 1 80 6 39 Round 2
29 VI.476 2 14 11 1 2 58 9 34 Round 3
28 VI.476 3 14 10 2 2 57 18 32 Round 4
27 VI.476 3 14 10 1 3 34 12 31 Round 2
26 VI.476 4 14 7 2 5 37 26 23 Round 1
25 VI.476 4 5 2 3 0 15 9 9 -

Ground

Sliema have been based at Contemplation Park since their formation. The small ground became immediately unsuitable for the club's growing ambitions. An immediate expansion of 3,000 seats was made to take the ground to a 15,000 capacity. A further 5,000 seats were added for the start of season 29, and the ground was expanded again to 35,000 capacity at the start of season 30.

While suitable for VI, it soon became clear that this was no longer adequate for their new league, and modernisation work was undertaken at the start of season 33, which would bring the ground up to 45,000 capacity. Club officials have further plans to complete the second phase of this reconstruction of Contemplation Park by the end of season 34, when it is expected to have a 60,000 capacity.

Current Squad

Number Position Nationality Name Acquired
1 GK Template:Flag/ENG Amos Kavanagh Signed for £831,330 at the end of season 31
2 DEF Template:Flag/ESP Iker Giménez Signed for £9,334 late in season 25
3 DEF Template:Flag/SWE Per Börjesson Signed for £1,334 late in season 26
4 MID Template:Flag/ENG Phil Cresswell Signed for £61,330 in mid-season 28
5 DEF Template:Flag/ENG Jonathan Taylor Signed for £866,670 in mid-season 33
6 MID Template:Flag/BUL Angel Georgiev Signed for £204,000 in mid-season 28
7 WNG Template:Flag/POL Konrad Galiński Signed for £666,667 in mid-season 28
8 MID Template:Flag/ENG Gregg Donnelly Signed for £1,214,670 at the end of season 33
9 FOR Template:Flag/ENG Jon Ansell One of Sliema's original players.
10 FOR Template:Flag/ENG Jimmy Connolly Signed for £694,000 early in season 32
11 WNG Template:Flag/MEX Agustin Zúñiga Signed for £496,000 in mid-season 28
12 MID Slovenia.gif Ivica Pavlin Signed for £167,330 in mid-season 28
13 GK Template:Flag/EST Valdeku Laidroo Signed for £310,000 in mid-season 28
14 WNG Template:Flag/ISR Eli Gabay Signed for £45,000 in mid-season 28
15 DEF Template:Flag/URU Manuel Llosa Signed for £12,334 late in season 25
16 MID Template:Flag/ENG Michael Stubington Signed for £918,670 at the end of season 31
17 FOR Template:Flag/ENG Scott Thomas Signed for £520,670 late in season 32
18 FOR Template:Flag/ENG Andrew Jarvis Signed for £393,330 early in season 33
19 Coach Template:Flag/ARG Julio Monserrat Appointed internally beginning of season 30
20 FOR Template:Flag/ENG Andy Patterson Signed for £407,330 early in season 33

Club Records

Record Occurance Holder Notes
Most Competitive Appearances Jon Ansell 104
Most Competitive Goals Jon Ansell 107 including a record 7 hattricks
Most Goals in a Game 27/08/2006 Jon Ansell 5 vs Buckinghamshire United
Most Goals in a Season Julio Monserrat 18 league goals in season 28
Most Clean Sheets Valdeku Laidroo 33 including a record 789 consecutive minutes without conceding
Highest Transfer Paid 11/03/2007 Gregg Donnelly £1,214,670 from Zaidia
Highest Transfer Recieved 05/02/2006 Grigore Ştefan £1,088,000 to Tropicaliente F
Record Victory 10/09/2006 10-0 vs TFalcons Equalled on 27/03/2007 vs Bedfordshire Athletic FC
Record Defeat 22/05/2007 6-0 vs Cobra Elites

Youth Academy

Sliema Ponderers founded their youth academy at the beginning of season 31 and soon started to discover several talented players. Among the most promising was 16 year old striker Danny Mullan who showed a composure and ability beyond his years.

Upon promotion to the senior side no place could be found for him in Sliema's immediate plans, but he was sold for a decent fee. Other youngsters who have followed in his footsteps include Desmond Williams, Andrew Sheridan and Neil Wilmer.