So we come to the second update of the second season. After a disappointing start to the season, things haven't got much better for our 'fan' managers. As we know two of them are currently out of a job, indeed Charlie Zhang
hasn't had a job for nearly 4 months! He is obviously enjoying his 'free time' a little too much!!
So to the tables:-
Blue Square Premier
Blue Square North
Blue Square South
The Blue Square Premier
is very very close at the bottom, only 2 points separate 17th from 22nd. Jake Nash's AFC Telford
are out of the relegation zone in 18th, but only by 1 point! Cristobal Blanco's Welling
and Charlie Crabs AFC Wimbledon
are only one point behind AFC Telford
, in 21st and 22nd respectively. It's going to be very close come the end of the season, will they all survive, or will there be a return trip to the lower leagues for our 'fan' managers?
The Blue Square North
is the only league where our managers are finding any kind of success. Patton Cooper
has mustered his troops and has guided Workington
to 2nd place in the table, a fantastic achievement. Tom Hamilton's Southport
are currently in 4th place, but if they win their game in hand they can go top. Will we see another 'fan' manager top of the BSN again come May? At the other end of the table Robert Blowcrapup's Blyth
and Ben Cee's Vauxhall
look like they are safe from relegation but must still be disappointed with being 14th and 16th respectively. They don't seem to have built on last season at all.
More mediocre management can be found in the Blue Square South
. Edward Nelson's Braintree
are the highest placed team, they are currently sitting in 8th place. However, they are 5 points off the play-offs and so will need a good run in if they are to finish anywhere of significance this season. Stew Ferguson's Chelmsford
were tipped for big things and surely cannot be happy with 12th place? Finally Bognor
will be content, if not thrilled, with their 15th place, away from relegation. As a side note, as Josy Joseph
was only sacked a few days before the update, we should note Bromley's
position in the relegation zone, tut tut.
I forgot the job security screenie, so I have no idea on the managers' job status, if I remember, I will put it up tonight.
Only the one award of note in the Blue Square Premier
and that was Juan Blanco
coming third in the January young player of the month
. The young Welling
player has been in great form this season.
In the Blue Square North
manager of the month awards, one of our managers has been involved in them all (there wasn't one for November due to only a handful of games being played).
has been doing an excellent job and won the October
manager of the month awards, whilst also finishing second in December
. Well done, and perhaps some of the other managers should take note. Indeed, as a little side note perhaps Charlie Zhang
should take note of the December manager of the month and his team!!!
In the Blue Square South
everybody has been rubbish and as a result nobody has won any awards. Boo Hiss.
Blue Square Premier - Team Stats
Recent form would suggest that Welling
and AFC Wimbledon
are on the march, Blanco's
team currently have the best away form, and Crab's
team are 7th in the form book. Can this improvement see them both escape relegation? Also AFC Wimbledon
and AFC Telford
continue to draw decent crowds.
Blue Square Premier - Player Stats
is joint third in the man of match stats with 6, joint second top scorer with 16 goals, but even better he is the top rated player in the league, with an average rating of 7.42. Does Blanco
hold the key to Welling
staying up? We think he does.
Blue Square North - Team Stats
dominate the team stats, but Blyth
have also snuck in and seem to be picking up their form. Both Workington
have won their last 5 home games, whilst Blyth
haven't lost in their last 5 away games. Unfortunately, there is no mention of Ben Cee's Vauxhall
Blue Square North - Player Stats
The mighty mighty Luke Blowcrapup
flies the flag for our BSN players, he has the most assists with 12 and has a very healthy 5 man of the matches. Blyth
could do with 11 Luke Blowcrapups
Blue Square South - Team Stats
actually have the best defence in the league, shame they have crap strikers. Bognor
have the opposite problem, they are the 6th top scorers in the league but have rubbish defenders! Braintree
have also scored a lot of goals, the 3rd highest amount in the league, but again their defence is letting them down.
Blue Square South - Player Stats
It's that man again, Miles Johnson
. A good scoring record with 12 goals and the second best rating in the league with 7.37, where would Bognor
be without him? Relegated we expect.
Cup Update -
It's been an ok season in the cups for our managers, especially in the FA Trophy
In the Conference League Cup AFC Wimbledon
were knocked out in the Southern fourth round
by Salisbury, along with Welling
who were trounced 4-0 by Woking. Southport
faired better in the Northern fourth round
and recorded an impressive 3-2 extra time win over BSP Northwich. However, there was no fairy tale ending, as they were beaten 3-1 by Gateshead in the Quarter Final
A few of our teams did well in the FA Cup
FA Cup Third Round Qualifying
FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying
FA Cup First Round
FA Cup Second Round
Four of our teams made the 1st round proper, but three were knocked out. Workington
lost 2-0 to League 2 Lincoln, AFC Telford
were unlucky to draw Leeds and were soundly beaten 5-0, and AFC Wimbledon
were unlucky to lose 2-1 against League 2's Grimsby. However Chelmsford
made up for their poor league form by beating Kettering 2-1. However in the second round they faced a tough game against League 1's Hartlepool and were beaten 4-0.
The only cup which any of our managers are left in is the FA Trophy
FA Trophy First Round
FA Trophy Second Round
FA Trophy Third Round
Four of our teams reached the Third round (excluding Bromley
). AFC Wimbledon
were knocked out by the same team that knocked them out of the CLC, Salisbury, whilst Welling
lost 4-2 to York. However, Southport
continued their good cup run and reached the Quarter finals by beating Grays 2-1. Blyth
drew 2-2 with Stafford and so now must have a replay
Staff Members -
is having a torrid time with the AFC Telford Reserves
who find themselves joint bottom
of reserves group three, with only one win!
is once again proving she is better than Ben Cee
and has guided Vauxhall Reserves
to 4th in the reserves group 9
has added to his Australia under 21 caps, but has been in dreadful form for Workington
. Because of his 5.99 average rating he has only started 12 games. Must do better.
has been doing ok with Bromley
, he has made 28 starts and has an average rating of 6.48, but how will the sacking of his dad effect him? On a brighter note, he is the first 'fan' manager player to be capped at full international level. He made his debut for India against Malaysia
and was named man of the match.
, as already mentioned, has been in fantastic form for Welling
. If he can add to his 20 goals then Welling
may well stay in the BSP, at least for 1 more season.
Junior Khanye Jr
still isn't getting many games for AFC Wimbledon
. However he does now have 6 Slovenian under 21 caps and when he has played for AFC Wimbledon
he has done well, especially in the cups.
has been in good form for Tamworth
, he's started most of their games and has a respectable average rating of 6.86. This good form has led to TNS showing interest
in our young player, could a move to Wales be on the cards?
has been in good form for Blyth
. 10 goals, 15 assists and 5 man of the matches in 32 games is a good return for a midfielder.
continues toiling away at Bognor
. With 14 goals and an average rating of 7.45 many wonder why he is still at Bognor
. It can't be the nightlife can it?
seems to have suffered since the loss of his father to the managerial wilderness, an average rating of 6.15 just isn't very good.
is very much like the the team he plays for, Braintree
, he plays well and is solid, but he's just not quite there yet. 11 goals and an average rating of 6.72 provides a solid base, can he help Braintree
push for the play-offs?
Tom Hamilton Jr
, played a few games, scored a few goals, got injured, meh.
AFC Telford Results
AFC Wimbledon Results
Chelmsford Results 1
Chelmsford Results 2
Southport Results 1
Southport Results 2
And so conlcudes the second update of the second season.
find a club, will any body make a move. Who will go up, who will go down? And most importantly, who will be top of the head to head table? Find out in the final update of the season!