2021/22 Season | How The Players Performed

Promotion to the North West Counties Premier League was always going to be a test for Chris Bass’ FC Isle of Man squad. A total of 7 new faces were brought in throughout the season, most notably James Sunderland who was released from FC Halifax.

GOALKEEPER | Jordan Davidson

Jordan has lived on the island since he was a child and previously played in the Isle of Man amateur leagues for St.Georges. Joined FC Isle of Man for it’s inaugural season. Made his Ravens debut on 4th November 2020 against Stockport Town. Won the North West Counties League Division 1 South in 2020/21. Kept the most clean sheets in the entire North West Counties League Division 1 South in 2020/21.

Firmly Chris Bass’s no.1. Was busier than he would have liked this season but still saved the team more often than not. Ever-present in the side.

RIGHT BACK | Isaac Currie

Isaac began his career in the Burton Albion academy but was released in 2015. Moved to the United States in 2017 and enjoyed spells with SC United Bantams, Reading United and Philadelphia Fury. He returned to England in 2019 and signed for Grantham Town in the Northern Premier League. After a loan spell with Ilkeston Town signed for Guiseley of the Vanarama North in 2020/21, making 15 appearances. Signed for FC Isle of Man whilst a free agent on 31st January 2022. Made his Ravens debut on 5th February 2022 in the 4-3 win over Vauxhall Motors in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

Brought in to add quality to the defence, looks an upgrade on Sven Bennsman and quickly formed a telepathic partnership with winger Alex Davies down the right flank.

CENTRE BACK | Matt Furness

Matt has lived on the Isle of Man since he was a child and previously played in the Isle of Man amateur league for Douglas Royal. Joined FC Isle of Man for it’s inaugural season. Made his debut on 4th August 2021 in the club’s first ever game against AFC Wythenshawe Amateurs in the North West Counties League Division 1 South. Scored the club’s 1st ever goal in competitive football after just 3 minutes in the opening game of the season against AFC Wyhtenshawe Amateurs. Won the North West Counties League Division 1 South in 2020/21.

Once again, the tall defender reached double figures in goals, always a threat at set pieces. Another solid season.

CENTRE BACK | Alex Morris

Began his career in the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy but was released in 2010 having not being able to break into the 1st team. Signed for Hednesford Town in the Northern Premier League where he remained for 5 seasons. Moved to nearby Chasetown before having spells at Romulus, Hinckley and Mickleover Sports. Most recently at Quorn in 2018/19 before being released. Signed for FC Isle of Man on 24th October 2020. Made his Ravens debut later that day in the 3-3 draw with St.Martins in the North West Counties League Division 1 South, becoming the first non-islander to play for the club. Scored his 1st Ravens goal on 9th January 2021 in the 4-3 defeat at Golcar United in the North West Counties League 1st Division Challenge Cup. Won the North West Counties League Division 1 South in 2020/21.

Promoted to vice-captain at the start of the season due to his vocal presence on the pitch. Another solid showing from the dependable centre-back.

LEFT BACK | Lee McNeil

A native islander who previously played in the Isle of Man amateur leagues for Corinthians. Joined FC Isle of Man for it’s inaugural season. Made his debut on 4th August 2021 in the club’s first ever game against AFC Wythenshawe Amateurs in the North West Counties League Division 1 South.

Despite doing so well last season, the young Scotsman found the jump up to the NWCL Premier a big one and lost his confidence as well as his no.3 shirt along the way to Kane Bartholomew who joined the club in March 2022.

RIGHT MIDFIELD | Alex Davies

Alex began his career with Marine in the Northern Premier League in 2015/16. He moved to Skelmersdale in 2016/17 and remained at the club until leaving the club at the end of the 2020/21 season. Signed for FC Isle of Man on 18th January 2022. Made his Ravens debut on 22nd January 2022 against Burscough in the North West Counties League Premier Division. Scored his 1st Ravens goal on 5th February 2022 in the 4-3 win at Vauxhall Motors.

Fast winger with a skill set suited the position. Hit the ground running after his arrival and created a few goals towards the end of the season.

CENTRE MIDFIELD | Ollie Patrick

A native islander who previously played in the Isle of Man amateur leagues for Douglas Athletic. Joined FC Isle of Man for it’s inaugural season. Made his Ravens debut on 3rd October 2020 against New Mills in the North West Counties League Division 1 South. Scored his 1st Ravens goal on 27th October 2020 against Vauxhall Motors. Won the North West Counties League Division 1 South in 2020/21.

Chief set piece taker and proved to be deadly in dead ball situations. Playing to the strengths of the team, he created 24 goals this season and was one of the first names of Chris Bass’s teamsheet week-in-week-out.

CENTRE MIDFIELD | Francis Gerrard

A native islander who previously played in the Isle of Man amateur leagues for St.Marys. Joined FC Isle of Man for it’s inaugural season. Made his debut on 4th August 2021 in the club’s first ever game against AFC Wythenshawe Amateurs in the North West Counties League Division 1 South. Scored his 1st Ravens goal on 12th September 2020 against Ellesmere Rangers. His goal against Vauxhall Motors on 27th October 2020, where he dribbled from his own half before unleashing an unstoppable drive from 27 metres, was voted goal of the 2020/21 season by the supporters. Left the club on 8th May 2022 joining Albrighton of the West Midlands (Regional) League.

Once again a steady performer but Chris Bass wanted more and signed the experienced Jason White in January 2022 as a supposed upgrade. Feeling upset by the lack of faith by his boss, decided a move away from the club was right for him.

LEFT MIDFIELD | Alimamy Kalie Freeman

A native islander who joined the FC Isle of Man youth team during the 2020/21 season. Made his Ravens debut on 28th September 2021 in the 10-0 win over Litherland REMYCA in the North West Counties League Challenge Cup 1st Round. He scored his 1st Ravens goal on his debut, an impressive left footed volley from just inside the penalty box.

The young bright spark of the season. Youth teamer Alimamy scored some spectacular goals but being so young could not be consistent enough to hold down a regular starting spot.

STRIKER | Brian Esperance

Brian moved to the Isle of Man as a child and previously played in the Isle of Man amateur leagues for Rushen United. Joined FC Isle of Man for it’s inaugural season. Made his debut on 4th August 2021 in the club’s first ever game against AFC Wythenshawe Amateurs in the North West Counties League Division 1 South. Scored his first Ravens goal on 19th August 2020 in the 4-2 win against Alsager. Voted FC Isle of Man’s Supporters’ Player of the Year for 2020/21. Top goalscorer in 2020/21 with 37 goals in all competitions. His goal against AFC Blackpool on, where he dribbled from his own half and unleashed a screamer was voted 2021/22 goal of the season.

Absolute fan favourite down at The Bowl, his name gets sung every week. Another majestic season, beating his record of 37 goals from last season.

STRIKER | James Sunderland

James Began his career in the FC Halifax academy but was unable to break into the 1st team and was released at the end of the 2018/19 season. After a couple of years away from football, signed for FC Isle of Man on 16th July 2021. Made his Ravens debut against Congleton Town in the North West Counties League Premier Division on 7th August 2021. Scored his 1st Ravens goal on his debut in a 2-2 draw. Finished the 2021/22 season as FC Isle of Man’s top scorer with 42 goals. Voted FC Isle of Man’s Supporters’ Young Player of the Season for 2021/22.

Young striker brought in to replace the departed Akeem Smith. Without doubt the find of the season, 42 goals speaks for itself. Formed an outstanding partnership with Brian Esperance. Ever-present all season long.

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