The amazing Honiton Town achievements
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In these dark days without local football, it is perhaps worth looking back on great achievements to help us look forward to a brighter future.
For Honiton Town, one of the finest chapters in the club’s history saw the Hippos rise from Division Two in the Devon and Exeter League to champions of the Premier Division in the space of just four seasons.
Travelling all the way back to the summer of 2013, Honiton opened their Division Two campaign with a battling 1-1 draw at Topsham Town.
Nine months later, Town had scored an incredible 111 goals, conceded just 44 and they had won 22 of their 32 matches in league and cup.
It all added up to a runner-up spot behind Dolphin, a side the Hippos actually beat home and away in the league.
Marching into the 2014-15 season as underdogs, Honiton produced one of the greatest campaigns ever seen at Mountbatten Park.
The Hippos would lose just three games all season, as they dominated Division One to win the title and also added a Seaton Cup victory into the pot of success.
Manager Kev Blackwell had assembled a special side and Honiton entered the Premier Division with dreams of more silverware.
Despite now playing in the top tier of Devon and Exeter football, the Hippos quickly established their credentials as an outstanding team, finishing that first season in an impressive third place.
It would get even better in 2016-17.
Ironically, the season began with another 1-1 draw against Topsham but the Hippos swiftly stamped their authority on the division.
It wasn’t just winning football matches, it was winning them with a swagger and playing some of the best football Mountbatten Park has ever witnessed.
Over the course of four seasons, Honiton had risen from Division Two to become champions of the Premier League and a spot in South-West Peninsula football beckoned.
Over the course of 124 games in league and cup, Honiton won 87, drew 18 and lost just 18.
They also scored an amazing 411 goals. It was a truly fantastic team and great memories for the Hippos.