IT HAS been a great season for all involved with Portslade Athletic Football Club.
The first team were crowned Mid Sussex League Championship winners after finishing the season unbeaten.
Portslade are also in with a chance of the double when they face Premier Division side Smallfield in the Montgomery Cup final at Burgess Hill’s Leylands Park on Saturday, May 2.
The club’s second team also enjoyed a excellent season and finished runners-up in Division 7.
Portslade chairman Cliff Emberlin is delighted with how the campaign has gone and said: “It’s been an astonishing season for both of our sides.
“I have been the chairman at this club for 12 seasons and been associated with the side for 30 years.
“In my time here, I have never seen a campaign as successful as this one.
“The first team have wrapped up the league title and could complete a double with victory in the Montgomery Cup final, while the second team finished runners-up in Division 7.
“It’s been a great season and, hopefully, we can have more success in the future.”
Portslade’s title triumph was all the more impressive as they ended the season without a defeat in their 18 league matches as they recorded 12 victories and six draws.
A cup final now awaits them and they will be looking to cause another upset against division-higher Smallfield. Portslade have already beaten three Premier Division sides in earlier rounds and success in the Montgomery Cup final will make it four in this year’s competition.
Emberlin has been particularly impressed with the first team’s efforts and said: “To go unbeaten in any league is never an easy feat.
“You do not see many teams complete a season without losing.
“I have been so impressed with the first team and it’s been a great year for the club.
“It is now the 67th season that Portslade Athletic have been in operation and I’m not sure there has been more success in any of the previous 66.
“We have been going through the history books looking at previous campaigns and we have not found a better year.
“It’s not just the first team but the second side have been excellent as well.
“The most pleasing aspect of our success this season is that it has been achieved with an excellent disciplinary record, which is something this club has encouraged over many years.”