Tonbridge Angles - League 1 - 2014/2015
After stabilizing ourselves last year in League 1, our aims this year were to challenge for a play-off place. Like last season, we brought in a lot of loans to try and help us meet our aims and we were fantastic for most of the season. The first few games were a little shaky but from then on, we dominated the league, apart from the last quarter of the season when we had a very bad injury crisis and we could have won the league by a much bigger margin.
League Positions Graph
After about ten games we started to really show that we were in business to claim promotion and we had a couple of runs where we went 10 games unbeaten or so. We stayed at the top of the table most of the season with Charlton being our biggest challengers.
We made a very tidy profit this season and this was because of the amount we brought in from selling players. I was very pleased with the £2.4m we got for Huyghebaert as I brought in a loan LB from Brazil who was just as good as him by my scout report. Also the £1.4m we received for Lippi was a good deal as we never really used him much because he didn't fit into my formation.
I did not want to let Hoiland go, but I guess we got decent money for him and we had a couple of strikers that were better so I would have rather let him go to get first-team even though this angered the fans.
We had built a squad that was not only good enough to gain promotion but to dominate the league with ease. But we had a lot of injury crisis in the second half of the season, and I mean a lot, especially in midfield which meant a lot of changes with our formation and which in return meant we lost quite a few games in the second half we probably wouldn't have if we didn't have the injury crisis. Our defense I thought was the strongest part of the team.
As you can see, we have a tidy balance at the moment, mainly because of the amount of transfer money we have brought in, but this will probably shoot down over pre-season until we get some home friendlies under way against higher reputation teams to get in some money that way.
We strolled through to the second round only to struggle against Port Vale at home which took the tie to a replay where we were disappointingly defeated 2-1, we just don't have any luck in any of the cups so far.
Torric - Fantastic in the centre of midfield with Gavrilov, was surprised he gained a work permit when he signed, but he was one of our best signings
Badr Saykouk - Started the season brilliantly but wasn't as good in the second half of the season, although the injury crisis wouldn't have helped him
Alexandr Gavrilov - One of our loan signings and a great one of that he was, I'm sure he will proceed to be a great player in the future
Elia Galliani - I love this guy, on loan last season, we got him again this season and both seasons he has been excellent, if this guy doesn't get a chance in the Inter team after a few more year, then I will be surprised
Xabier Sanchez - For a 17 year-old defender he coped very well even though he was effected from the media at times, he was brilliant for his age, with even interest from Liverpool and Tottenham in January, he should be a star in the future
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Promoted via playoffs 2012/13 League 2 1st Champions 2013/14 League 1 9th N/A 2014/15 League 1 1st Champions
Our aims next season are roughly a 12th-20th place. I would be very happy with this, but I actually think depending on who we sign then I think we could have another good top half finish and I may push for this if I think we are capable of doing this.
We will have to bring in a lot of defenders in pre-season, we will do this with mainly loans probably, as it seems to work really well at this type of level.
Striker wise. We have 2 young players coming in pre-season who look great so that should be sufficient enough for that position.