In August 1994 the second ever super fantasy premiership season was about to begin.
That year the auction took place during Scout Summer Camp in Wolferton, Norfolk, and was split over two days. If memory serves me right, goalkeepers and defenders were sold during a rainy afternoon, and the rest were done a day later.
Below is a video clip from the archives, capturing the moment Ian Brown and Colin ‘ Chubby’ Brown bid for then record sfp signing Eric Cantona. At £5.9m, Ian claims he can’t go any higher as he already has two Manchester United players – something I’m sure we wouldn’t let go nowadays!
Four of the current managers remained from the previous season, and they were joined by five new additions, taking the league up to nine teams. Four of the five were Ross Peggs, Adam Pritchard, Stuart Wigby and David Hadingham. The fifth, and the eventual 1994/95 champion was Lawrence Baynes, who again if memory serves me correct, only joined the league hours before the pre-planned auction. The video also shows excited onlookers, and future sfp managers Paul Cooper and Craig Hunting, plus Ben Sprake. Nick has also just been stung by a wasp on the cheek.
Three of those managers have now been involved for over 20 years. Lawrence, who has competed in 18 of the 20 seasons, would go on to dominate for the next three years, winning three titles in a row plus one SFP Cup, one Inter-League Shield and one FFA Cup. He had to wait a further 17 years before picking up 7th trophy, in the form of a 2nd FFA Cup in 2013, and remains the most decorated manager in sfp history to date.
Ross Peggs joined the league on the back of a 1994 Fantasy World Cup win. He has now managed in 16 seasons, with his first title arriving in 1997/98. He would have to wait 11 years before claiming his second SFP Championship, and added a 2004 and last years 2014 SFP Cup to his honours list. Ross also hold the record for the most expensive player in sfp history, after he signed Anelka for £55.2m in 2004.
Last but not least, Adam Pritchard has gone on to compete in 14 seasons, but strangely enough he has never finished above the bottom of the top half of the table. His best finishes have been 6th/12 in 1995/96 and 5th/10 in 2006/07. He continued that form last season by finishing exactly in the middle (7th) of 13 teams. So maybe, just maybe, if any one is due a good season it is Pritchard Senior.