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The Worst Team in the World?

madron fcCornish Mining League’s Madron FC’s start to the season has been pretty tough, to put it lightly.

The village team are yet pick up any points this season and have lost 11 games on the trot. Oh and they have conceded 227 goals. Oh dear.

They have managed to hit the net themselves only twice, probably to the embarrassment of those who have conceded against them and did I mention they managed to lose 55-0 in one outing?

Stand-in manager, Alan Davenport, admitted Madron FC are “probably the worst team in Britain” after an “embarrassing” string of results though credit to the bloke he at least praised his players for at turning up.

The village club is not far from Penzance and unbelievably achieved promotion to reach division two of the Mining League last season. But the loss of many of their best players and the exit of their manager has left them in dire straits. Unfortunately, their depleted squad, made up largely of people from a local pub and local students; struggle to get 11 players together.

Last Saturday’s team photograph also turned into a disaster when only eight of the eleven players would be involved as the rest were too embarrassed to be associated with the club.

Last weekend saw the village team fall down 22-0 at the hands of St Buryan despite having a full team. That may be considered an improvement as only seven players and no recognised goalkeeper turned up against Illogan RBL Reserves, the game in which they lost 55-0.

Stand in coach, Davenport said: “It’s a struggle when you only have seven players and no goalkeeper. One of the lads went in goal and did his best. I know everybody is probably laughing at us but we will battle on.

“We will definitely keep playing every week and fulfil our fixtures until the end of the season. We have no plans to stop. Some of the players aren’t that brilliant so they are just happy to play. They can’t get games with anyone else. Fair play to them for turning up really. It would be easy to just give in and let their heads drop but we’ll fight on.”

Unbelievably they are not bottom of the league. Another team had a points deduction for not turning up to one of their matches this season.

Some managers may revel in notching up such phenomenal score lines. However Illogan manager, Mark Waters, struggled to enjoy the thrashing delivered to Madron. “We certainly didn’t enjoy it. I have nothing but admiration for the seven Madron players, but it does make a mockery of the league.”


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