Jubilation for John

By Danny Caro, week beginning 1 January 1970

Manager name: Scott Smith
Team: Brixton Old Boys

No-one gave Brixton a chance against the Lions after the start they had, but, if anything, manager John Nitka used that to his advantage as he masterminded a stunning victory against the title hopefuls.

Nitka had clearly done his homework on the star-studded Lions team. His back-line was well-drilled and the midfield played with great flair in what was a real team effort.

Ever the professional, Nitka is keen to ensure his players don't celebrate the win as though they've won a cup. He wants that level of performance to be par for the course.

A match-winning tactical change saw Nitka make a switch at the start of the game by starting his midfield general Rob Blackman up front with Dan Sherman - a move he said "worked very well".

Reflecting on a job well done, Nitka told JC Sport: "It was an absolutely outstanding performance by the team, but there is a long way to go yet."