The New Saints of Oswestry Town ended the 2014/2015 domestic campaign by celebrating a famous domestic treble.
A record ninth WPL title, a Word Cup triumph and the successful defence of their FAW Welsh Cup trophy ensured that the 2014/2015 season was a season to remember.
With the Welsh League Cup won in January after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bala Town, TNS then set about retaining the WPL title for a fourth consecutive season and managed to clinch it against their beaten League Cup opponents, Bala.
The winning margin was once again 3-0 over the Lakesiders who ended up playing second fiddle to the marching Saints for the whole of the 2014/2015 season.
Craig Harrison’s Super Saints also nearly managed to go throughout the Welsh Premier League unbeaten but unfortunately came unstuck against Airbus UK in the penultimate game of the season after they had already clinched the League title back in March.
In The Saints’ final game of the season, TNS took on Newtown in the FAW Welsh Cup Final at Newtown’s Latham Park. A brilliant display resulted in a comfortable two nil victory over The Robins thanks to a Matty Williams brace.
The result clinched a famous treble and a season to remember for all involved with TNS.
The Saints who have now won nine Welsh Premier titles had completed a double but never scooped all three titles in the same season. The achievement was one that Harrison admits that he set out at the start of the season, ‘We always set our targets high and at the start of the season we targeted all three trophies available to us. Everybody has worked so hard throughout the season to ensure that we met our targets and I am very proud of my team.’
The Oswestry based side are also unbeaten at their Park Hall home since the 24th of November, 2012 and managed to go a second consecutive season unbeaten at home, a run that delights Harrison, ‘I am once again delighted with our home performances. Since I joined the club we have made this place a fortress and to go two full seasons without tasting defeat is a real achievement by both the staff and players.’
In the last league game of the season against Bala marked Scott Ruscoe’s 300th and final start for The Saints. The TNS legend captained his side and announced his retirement from the game after the full time whistle. The midfielder retired from professional football after a glittering 20 year career and will now turn his focus to coaching.
The Saints will now turn their attention towards the UEFA Champions League with the draw scheduled for the 22nd of June.
Harrison, who was speaking at the TNS Annual Awards Night which was held at The Venue, Park Hall highlighted that the focus is now going as far as possible in the UEFA Champions League, ‘The focus is now on preparing ourselves for the Champions League. We are always hoping to go as far as possible and I really believe that next year we will be better than ever. The European games are a great experience and I am really looking forward to the draw in June.’
In February, the club received news of the sad loss of Club President, Michael ‘Spider’ Hughes. Affectionately known to all in football circles in Wales and throughout Europe as ‘Spider’, he brought a smile to many faces with his undoubted passion for his beloved club and the game in Wales.
The New Saints President was a great ambassador for the club and enjoyed many memorable trips around Wales and further afield in Europe following the club he supported for many years.
Gone but not forgotten, The New Saints would like to dedicate the treble to Spider!