In the 2015/6 season the Jockeys’ first team received a total of 56 yellow cards plus 6 red cards in all matches. Over last summer the Club Committee resolved to take decisive action to curb bad behaviour on the pitch – particularly relating to dissent directed towards match officials. The players were told in no uncertain terms that such matters would not be tolerated and that things had to improve. Figures just released by the Thurlow Nunn League (copy attached) show that this policy is having a dramatic effect. The Jockeys ended 2016 with the best discipline record in all Thurlow Nunn league games so far this season with just 14 yellow cards and no red cards. This comes at a time when the League as a whole has seen a 48% increase in yellow cards and a shocking 78% increase in red cards.
Club Secretary, Graham Edwards commented:
“Whilst the League’s statistics do not show the full picture – they do not include Cup games – they do indicate that we have made huge steps in improving our player discipline. As a Club we are extremely proud to now boast the best disciplinary record in the Thurlow Nunn League. Despite this we are not complacent and we will continue to stress to the players that they must, in particular, respect the decisions made by referees.”