Robinson: my pride at captaining champions
Cecoy Robinson said he considered it an honour to captain PHC Zebras in their most successful season in more than a decade.
Robinson was a member of the previous PHC team to win the league in 2007-08, a side that also contained Marquel Waldron and Casey Castle from the present team. That season there were just eight teams in the top division, with PHC edging North Village by a point to land a first title since the 1999-2000 season.
This season PHC have been the league’s most consistent team, starting the campaign by winning the Charity Cup and then adding the Friendship and Dudley Eve Trophy titles.
“We have had a good season,” said Robinson, the son of former PHC stalwart Cecil Robinson who was at the match at Police Field to see the Zebras wrap up a record-tying tenth league title.
“He was in my ear, ‘we’ve got to win it, we’ve got to win it,’ so it was good to bring it home for them,” Robinson said. “We didn’t make it to the FA Cup final but all in all we worked hard.”
As they were last season, PHC were unbeaten going into the second half of the campaign, but after losing back-to-back matches to Dandy Town Hornets and North Village and then drawing the next match with Robin Hood, PHC recovered to go unbeaten in their last five matches in the league. Their only blemish was losing to Robin Hood in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
“We made it a little difficult for ourselves on the back stretch when we lost two games in a row,” Robinson said. “Mind you, the games we lost we didn’t think we should have lost. We missed a few chances but in the end we knew that we just had to stick to what we do and it would come for us.”
PHC have set the mark and will be looking to carry on and win more trophies next season, the number currently standing at 49 in all competitions.
“It’s not a bad thing, the target is on our back and we just have to recognise that we still have to play and stick to our game,” said the captain. “We just have to maintain and stay focused.
“I won it when I was 20, ten years ago, one of three of us who was in that team. But this is the first time winning it as the skipper so it is definitely a very proud moment. This is my boyhood club.”
Scott Morton, who replaced Mark Wade, now the BFA president, as coach of the Zebras in 2016, praised the players for their commitment this season. More than titles, he talks often about delivering an exciting brand of football.
“It is important that we entertain the fans who pay to come and watch us play,” Morton said after the season-ending 7-0 win over Young Men’s Social Club on Sunday.
PHC finished with a season-high 71 goals in the league in winning 13 of their 18 matches. Their biggest win came on the opening day of the league campaign when they hammered Flanagan’s Onions 9-0.
• Dandy Town, who are already assured of a third-place finish, will close out their season when they meet relegated Flanagan’s Onions tomorrow night at Goose Gosling Field in a rescheduled from the weekend. In the opening match Hamilton Parish will play Wolves.
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