Temple Fortune's First Team created a new Club record during the 1999/00 season for unbeaten league matches, surpassing the best sequence of 12 achieved fifteen years previously.
The Firsts broke the record by beating The Veras 3-1 at Regents Park on 27th February 2000. The run was ended on 12th March following the 3-0 defeat against Sporting Hendon. This excellent achievement was witnessed by Chairman Nigel Kyte, who withdrew from a Maccabi Masters League fixture to officiate The Veras match because the M(S)FL were so short of referees that morning.
Said Nigel: "I was absolutely delighted to see the Firsts break this particular record, although for obvious reasons I was unable to show any signs of jubilation after the game had finished. I don’t think the sight of the referee openly congratulating the Temple Fortune team and shaking all the players’ hands would have gone down too well with the opposition!"
"Seriously though, the First Team has had a great season," he continued, "and even if promotion isn’t accomplished come the end of the season, this particular side will be remembered in the Club’s record books for setting the new unbeaten league record."
What did he think of the performance against The Veras? "Apart from the early season inter-club games, this was the first opportunity I’ve had of seeing the First XI play competitively this season. I thought it was a very workmanlike and spirited display, especially after going behind to an early penalty. In particular I thought that the two Simpsons were excellent in midfield whilst overall the defence looked comfortably sturdy. Steve Feiger’s finishing and all-round contribution was sheer quality. But I think the whole team pulled together and played well."
"The commitment was commendable and I can see why the team has done well this season. There’s the sort of all-for-one-and-one-for-all spirit present which successful teams seem to have and I was very pleased with the result, even though, as the "neutral" referee, I couldn’t show so much as a hint of a smile of contentment!" The Club’s Chairman concluded by adding: "I would like to congratulate every 1st teamer for this splendid achievement"