The finale of the IFA 2022/23 Season was the British Cup Final in June, between England’s Preston North End and Scotland’s Livingston GS. It was always going to be tough to call with these two sides involved and there was only one goal in it.
Phil Sumner scored for Preston North End, however it wasn’t going to be enough for the Englishmen after goals from Ross Young and Paul Miller of Livingston GS gave the Scots the win and the IFA British Cup 2022/23. Congratulations, Livingston GS!
The 2023/24 IFA Supporters Football League competitions officially started in July, with games in the English League, Scottish League and newly reformatted British Cup to look forward to, in what should be an exciting season of football.
Saturday 8th July
The first game of the IFA Season saw the Internet Mariners (Grimsby Town Supporters) host local rivals Donny R’sonists (Doncaster Rovers Supporters) in an English League fixture. Despite goals from Donny R’sonists’ Matt Harriman and Harry Swaine, the hosts took the 3 points thanks to goals from Oli Hodson Rowan Woodward, Si Munday and a brace from Luke O’Hara, sealing a 5-2 win for the Internet Mariners.
Saturday 15th July
The following weekend, Saddlers FC (Walsall FC Supporters) played last season’s English League Winners, Manchester United Supporters FC, in an entertaining English League fixture. A Tez Armstrong double and a Mark Butterworth goal wasn’t enough for Manchester United Supporters FC, after goals from Jason Payne, Jordan Winkle, Ben Styles and Brad Constable helped Saddlers FC edge the seven-goal thriller with a 4-3 win.
Saturday 22nd July
The Scottish League got underway with last season’s British Cup Winners, Livingston GS, hosting Glasgow Piraten. The home side showed signs of their cup winning form to get the new season off to an amazing start with a 7-2 victory. Livingston GS’ goals consisted of braces from Joni Agini and Chris Love, plus goals from Stuart Millar, Connor Lynch and Thomas Frow. Glasgow Piraten’s scorers were Emma Porteous and Aidan Cannon.
Saturday 29th July
Although there was an English League fixture, this weekend was dominated with Scottish League fixtures with three games taking place.
After beating Glasgow Piraten a week prior, Livingston GS were looking to get back-to-back Scottish League wins when they travelled to Jags For Good (Partick Thistle Supporters). A Chris Love hat-trick inspired Livingston GS to get the back-to-back wins, with further goals from Connor Lynch and Michael Dosser helping them to a 5-1 win. Mason A scored a consolation for Jags for Good.
Glasgow Piraten were looking to get their first points of the season in the Scottish League after losing out to Livingston GS last week. The Glaswegians travelled to Edinburgh to face Real Maroon (Hearts Supporters). Aidan Cannon scored two for Glasgow Piraten, however goals from Real Maroon’s Ryan Hoy and Louis Norris ensured that the spoils were shared after a 2-2 stalemate.
Last season’s Scottish League Champions, KaisAyr (Ayr United Supporters), started their title defence with a home fixture against Alloa Athletic. The 2022/23 Champions got their season off to a flying start with a 7-1 win, with a hat-trick from Jordan Barclay, a double from Calum Roseblade, as well as goals from Craig Agnew and Mark Pettigrew. Liam Black scored what turned out to be a consolation for Alloa Athletic.
The sole English League fixture was a derby between local rivals Rochdale Supporters and Bury FC Supporters, who were both playing their first game of the 2023/24 season. On average, there was a goal every 6 minutes as there was an incredible 15 goals in 90 minutes! Bury FC Supporters’ Chris Duckworth and Dominic Abraham got a goal each and Greame Tobin scored a hat-trick, however the 5 goals weren’t enough, with Rochdale scoring 10 of their own! Paul Hudson, Ryan Lockett and Daniel Webster all scored 2 each, whilst individual goals from Jonny Hall, Kyle Davies, Brett Hardman and Sam Wright completed the scoring for Rochdale.
Saturday 5th August
The month of August began with an English League & British Cup Group A game with Rochdale Supporters hosting Boing FC (West Brom Supporters). It was a tightly contested affair with the away side winning the five-goal thriller in a 2-3 victory. Rochdale’s Kyle Davies and Daniel Webster got a goal each for the home side, however it wasn’t enough to match the efforts of Boing FC’s Richard Thomas Robinson, Cian Dunn and Chris Hunter.
In the Scottish League, Livingston GS were in action for the third consecutive week, with the ambition of making it 3 wins out of 3 to continue their perfect start to the 2023/24 campaign. They hosted last season’s Scottish League winners, KaisAyr (Ayr United Supporters), and won 3-0 with goals from Joni Agini, Connor Lynch and Michael Dosser giving the home side a huge 3 points that maintained their 100% record for the season.
The Scottish League also saw the first Edinburgh derby of the season with Hibernifan (Hibernian Supporters) taking on their local rivals, Real Maroon (Hearts Supporters). Bragging rights went to Hibernifan after winning the tightly contested affair 3-2, with goals from Cain Dow, Jack Fyffe and Kai McCrudden snatching the 3 points, despite a brace from Grant Aitchson of Real Maroon.
Saturday 12th August
FC Livingston were in action yet again for the fourth week running, however this time out they were playing their first British Cup game since winning the Cup last season. They travelled to Queen’s Park Supporters hoping to continue their fine league form and make it 4 wins out of 4 for the season. With goals from Chris Love, Michael Dosser and Angus McGregor, the away side won 3-0 and got their title defence off to a perfect start.
In the Scottish League, Internazioswally Airdrie (Airdrieonians Supporters) hosted Jags For Good (Partick Thistle Supporters) and emerged 4-2 winners, thanks to doubles from Greg Fernie and Gregg McPake. Richard Brown and Arinze Okafor were on the scoresheet for the visitors.
There was one game in the English League, with Burton Albion playing Wolves Supporters and winning the game 1-0.
Thursday 17th August
Jags For Good had enough time to wash and dry their kit from Saturday to be back in Scottish League action, as they hosted Fir Park Corner (Motherwell Supporters), who were playing their first game of the new season. The hosts were hoping to bounce back after losing 4-2 to Internazioswally Airdrie (Airdrieonians Supporters) at the weekend, but couldn’t manage it as they lost 2-5. Despite the efforts of Mason Efosa and Jack Carson, Fir Park Corner took the 3 points after a five-star performance. David Grier scored a brace, with further goals from Jack Wedlock, Scott Lewis and Gary Smith.
Saturday 19th August
It was a busy weekend with two games in the British Cup and two games in the Scottish League.
In the British Cup Group A, last season’s finalists, Preston North End Supporters, made the short journey to Rochdale. A Ryan Lockett double and a Kyle Davies goal just weren’t enough for Rochdale, as the away side won 3-6. Preston’s James McMahon, Ian McGrail, Jack Sumner, Ollie, Maccy and Badam all scored a goal each.
There was also action in the British Cup Group B, with Watford IFC travelling to the Claret Shoemakers (Northampton Town Supporters). Walsh and Sanders got a goal each for the Claret Shoemakers, but Alfie Cooke, Christian Frater and Connan Brittain ensured that it was the away side who got their British Cup campaign off to a perfect start, in a 2-4 win.
Fir Park Corner (Motherwell Supporters) were back in Scottish League action just 2 days after their win at Jags For Good (Partick Thistle Supporters). They were the home side on this occasion, hosting Queen’s Park Supporters, who were hoping to get their first win of the season. Fir Park Corner emerged victorious with a 3-1 triumph, thanks to goals from David Grier, Craig Keatings and Jake Clancy. Josh Montgomery was on the scoresheet for Queen’s Park.
In the other Scottish League fixture, there were an incredible 16 (sixteen) goals in total, when Hibernifan (Hibernian Supporters) took on Glasgow Piraten. Hibernifan won the game 14-2 with Ryan Church-Michael scoring 4, plus hat-tricks from David Robertson and Kai McCrudden. Blair Campbell, Jack Fyffe, James McFaul and Shaun Lawrie completed the scoring for Hibs. Scott Blackwood and Kieran Manchip were Glasgow Piraten’s scorers.
Saturday 26th August
The August Bank Holiday weekend featured 2 Scottish League games.
After an outstanding 14-2 victory last time out, Hibernifan (Hibernian Supporters) were hoping to replicate that performance against a Livingston GS side that had a 100% record going into the game. Unfortunately for the neutral, there were only 6 goals in comparison to the 16 in the last Hiberifan game, with the game finishing Hibernifan 2-4 Livingston GS. Eck M and Ewan Love scored for Hibernifan, however goals from Joni Agini, Chris Love, Paul Miller and Tom Cheeseman helped Livingston GS make it 5 wins out of 5 for the season.
In the other Scottish League fixture, Queen’s Park travelled to Jags For Good (Partick Thistle Supporters) with both sides aiming to pick up their first win of the season. Despite the efforts of Arinze Okafor and Jean-Marie Prince of Jags For Good, it was the away side who were triumphant in a 2-3 victory, thanks to a goal from Greg McArthur and a brace from Dylan Roberts.