Loughborough's men first team managed to add yet another piece of silverwear to the trophy cabinet a week ago after winning the BUCS Premier League North with a game to spare. The University of Nottingham had resisted almost for the whole game, but ended up losing 1-0 with 28 seconds to go, thus preserving Loughborough's so far flawless league record of 9/9 wins.
Only one thing was left to decide for the last game of the League against The University of Edinburgh. Were Loughborough to beat the Scottish representative in the BUCS Premier League North, Loughborough would become the first ever team to win every League game since the introduction of the new BUCS Premier League format, and only the second ever perfect league campaign, since they won the inaugural BUCS Premier League 2011/12 league with a flawless 8/8 wins record in the Midlands group.
Despite Loughborough's successes in the BUCS Championship, where the boys in purple have reached 5 of the last 6 finals and are the only institution to have conquered the precious BUCS Gold four times, this is only the third League title for Loughborough. In 2015, after an almost flawless league campaign in which Loughborough only lost, away, against The University of Lincoln, Loughborough won the title a second time. The permanent clashes with National League futsal and international duty have traditionally hampered Loughborough's league chances, making this season's league title even more remarkable.
Loughborough will now be fighting history: no team has ever won the BUCS Championship two seasons in a row, and Loughborough have never managed to conquer the big title in the same season they won the league.
Joao Almeida Head Coach
This is only one step for the big final goal and all of us are aware of it, but it's a step that we achieved with competence, humility and a lot of respect for the other teams, always focused in our development and work. We are a group aware of the difficulties and now it's time to focus in the next step and fight with respect and hard work for what always should be ours, the BUCS Championship.
Alex Turfrey First Team Coach
It has been an amazing year for all involved at the club, players and staff. To win the league unbeaten with games remaining is fantastic and it shows what a great set of lads we have, who put the time and effort in at training and games to work together to get the results. I’m massively proud of everyone involved with the club this year and it’s been a privilege to be a part of it. It’s definitely a sign of big things to come for the club in future
Sam Mattocks Club Chairman
To win the league. There is no better feeling. To win the league undefeated. History is made. For the first time in the current BUCS Prem format, a team has won with an undefeated record. As chairman of the club I feel exceptionally proud of what all the members of the club have done. To be able to stand where we stand the backroom staff and other squad players play as much of a role as any and without them non of this would be possible. The infrastructure of the development pathway that was brought in by myself and previous chairman Mathew Lawson has been displayed throughout the year. With players such as Josh Burrows and Dan Cole beginning their development from the freshers team all the way up to now being regular assets to the 1s team. It makes me proud as a chairman and member of the club that we have such a depth of talent within the club, whether it be from alumni to current freshers, with the future only looking brighter for the Loughborough Futsal family. Walk On Water.
Idafe Perez Jimenez Loughborough Futsal Director
As a programme, we are extremely proud to yet again produce a new generation of players that keeps us fighting for silverwear every season. Throughout the years, we have seen different institutions stepping up to try lead University futsal in Britain: Teeside, Hartpury, Bristol, Northumbria, Brunel, Cardiff... The rivals have changed, but for many seasons now we have consolidated a structure that has proven reliable to develop players and coaches that not only win us things, but then go on to achieve great things after they leave the bubble. Loughborough WOW