As western European leagues begin to settle into their mostly familiar patterns, leagues elsewhere around the world have already been decided or are entering ‘squeaky-bum time.’ Here’s how it has all affected the Lost Boyos around the globe.
Celtic returned to the Champions League group stages for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Their first match in the competition’s Group G ended in a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park. The game also represented a Champions League debut for Adam Matthews, who joined a select group of Welshmen to have appeared at that stage of the competition. Matthews played the whole 90 minutes of the solid start against last year’s quarter-finalists.
Richard Dorman bookended his month with goals in the first and last matches of a busy month. Dorman put his team ahead against FC Hämeenlinna, with SJK going on to win 2-0. They lost their next two matches 1-0 and 3-2, but Dorman got the second in an impressive 4-2 against RoPS – who were unbeaten entering September, but lost their of their four league games. With a huge points cushion, however, RoPS still sealed an immediate return to the top flight Veikkausliiga. Dorman’s SJK are in second place with one game left to play.
Rhys Weston hasn’t played at KR since August, and his team- the 2011 Champions- have slipped to fourth after losing three of their five league matches in September.
Further down the Icelandic pyramid, Lost Boyo Liam Killa‘s Magni Grenivík missed out in the promotion play-offs. Killa played in both legs of a 7-6 aggregate play-off win against Kári. He also played both legs at the semi-final stage, but sadly that’s where Magni’s season ended; Ægir won both legs to advance 6-3 on aggregate.
Robert Earnshaw, the newest addition to the Lost Boyo footballing diaspora, made the first appearance of his season-long loan at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Earnshaw played 18 minutes as a substitute in an impressive 4-0 win over 2012 champions Ironi Kiryat Shmona. We at Lost Boyos wish Robert the best and will be following his time at the club with great interest.
Matthew Tipton made a single substitute appearance in a 4-0 win against Lisburn Distillery. His team, 2012 Champions Linfield, have lost three of their first nine league games to sit fifth.
Celtic’s predicted stroll to the title in the Rangers-less SPL has not been going wholly to plan. Celtic won their last two SPL matches of the month, but September began with a draw against Hibernian and a defeat at St. Johnstone. The Hoops also defeated Raith Rovers in a 4-1 League Cup win. Adam Matthews featured just twice (against Hibernian and Dundee), while Joe Ledley made a single substitute appearance in a 2-0 win over Motherwell.
The trio of SPL-based Lost Boyo-goalkeepers continue to have mixed fortunes. Potential Wales no.1 Jason Brown is still struggling for playing time at Aberdeen. Kyle Letheren continues to be the man in possession of the gloves at Kilmarnock, playing in four leagues matches in September and losing just once and ending the month with two wins. Teenager Calum Antell continues his development on the bench at Hibernian.
Finally, Owain Tudur-Jones played two games for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in September. He was a starter in both the 4-1 defeat at Motherwell and 1-1 home draw against Aberdeen. Tudur-Jones did not complete the 90 minutes, however, after receiving a second half red card that his manager Terry Butcher felt was harsh.
A poor month for Michael Byrne‘s Chainat FC has left the club in danger of relegation to the Thai First Division. Chainat lost three times, including a 4-2 defeat at BEC Tero Sassana in the first game after the appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson as the club’s Technical Director. Chainat are just three points from safety with five games left to play.
In the Thai First Division, Mika Chunuonsee‘s Bangkok’s struggles also continued. September brought two wins and three defeats for the Bulligans and they sit just one point above the relegation places, also with five matches remaining.
Vancouver Whitecaps, whose assistant manager is Welshman Carl Robinson, continue to remain in the play-off hunt despite a poor September and a winless streak going back to mid-August.
Gareth Evans was the only Lost Boyo in action in the USL Pro last month. His Wilmington Hammerheads got an excellent 4-3 play-off semi-final win over Orlando City, despite a strong fightback from the regular season winners. In the Championship final, Charleston Battery made use of home-field advantage to win 1-0, leaving Evans and his teammates to end an strong season on a low note.