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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Quite a hammering you took against Bordeaux and Madrid in Champions League. Got a nice healthy bank balance to show for it now

    Now to get the stadium up to a 4 figure capacity!
    Ha! I can tell you it hasn't been much different with the teams I got in this years CL group. Although we did provide probably the biggest upset of the tournament so far in our very first group match.

    In terms of the stadium, it's been incredibly frustrating but purely down to lack of crowds. Which is strange considering other teams lower in the league get more supporters showing up. Thankfully over the past year or so we've started filling out the small 600 capacity stadium so it shouldn't be too long before we can expand it.

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    Fair play for beating Panathinaikos at home though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Fair play for beating Panathinaikos at home though.
    Did one better this season Nobby, albeit, a complete fluke as the match stats will show you when I post it up.

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    Shall post up the result in question in a minute (or 10 minutes - given how long it seems to take to upload highlights )...

    Just finished the next season also so I'll pop that up straight after.

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    Even though we continued the tradition of getting hammered in the CL for most of the group stages, in our first match, away from home - we made a significant upset:

    FC Bayern 1 - 2 Newcastle




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    Newcastle FC - Northern Irish Premiership - 2024/25

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Season Summary:

    After last season's unbeaten run I felt we could take it to the next level. I was a bit too ambitious. I don't know whether the league (due to it constantly getting a higher rating season after season) is staying competitive in spite of our progress or because of something I'm doing wrong. Our league form wasn't bad or anything but just should have been better in my book. Again we very much disappointed in the cup competitions, especially the Irish Cup and the All-Ireland Cup.

    Co.Antrim Shield - Quarter-Final

    Irish League Cup - Winners!

    Irish FA Cup - 5th Round

    All-Ireland Cup - Semi-Final

    Champions League - Group Stage

    League Table/Season Position Graph - Finished 1st

    Key Players

    Andre Pollock - Our new hero at the back, very young and a class act for our league.

    Arnaud Poiret - Been with us for four seasons now and he's become more and more important each season. A great servant and comes up with important goals.

    Will Keane - Costing a few bob more than most with wages but he's a good striker and without the 4-5 months he missed with a broken leg, he would have really been great.
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    Next season:

    Despite constantly being told I wouldn't get an expansion or a new stadium, they have decided to expand it regardless. We will play our matches in Newry's 4000 seater stadium next season and we also will have our training and youth facilities upgraded again for a whopping £8million.

    Still no good youngsters coming through.

    We are now ranked 72th in Europe on Coefficients and Premiership itself is now classed as 2.5 stars (1 star when I began.)
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    England

    Premier League - Man Utd
    Relegated: Leicester, Middlesbrough, Preston
    Championship - Cardiff (Winners), Norwich (Promoted), Sunderland (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Burnley, Peterborough, Notts Co.
    League One - Crewe (Winners), Millwall (Promoted), Coventry (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Scunthorpe, Northampton, Bradford, Chesterfield
    League Two - Barnet (Winners), Hartlepool (Promoted), Gateshead (Promoted), Kettering (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Carlisle, Alfreton
    Conference National - Welling (Winners), Cambridge (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Farnborough, Tamworth, Worcester, Altrincham
    Conference North - Bradford PA (Winners), Nuneaton (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Boston Utd, Workington, Eastwood
    Conference South - Cheltenham (Winners), Havant & W (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Hereford, Hastings Utd, St. Albans

    FA Cup - Chelsea
    League Cup - Southampton
    Community Shield - Arsenal
    Football League Trophy - Millwall
    FA Trophy - Tranmere

    Scotland

    SPL - Rangers
    Relegated: Hamilton
    First Division - Falkirk
    Relegated: Arbroath
    Second Division - East Fife
    Relegated: Montrose, East Stirlingshire
    Third Division - Forfar (Winners), Elgin (Play-Off Winners)

    FA Cup - Rangers
    League Cup - Rangers
    Challenge Cup - Dumbarton

    Ireland

    Premier League - Galway Utd
    Relegated: Longford, Wexford
    First Division - Cork City Foras, Mervue Utd


    FA Cup - Shamrock Rovers
    League Cup - Galway Utd
    Munster Senior Cup - Waterford Utd

    Wales

    Premier League - Llanelli
    Relegated: Port Talbot

    FA Cup - Llanelli
    League Cup - Llanelli

    Northern Ireland

    Premier League - Newcastle FC
    Relegated: Coleraine, Carrick
    Championship One - Dungannon (Winners), Larne (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Newington, Annagh Utd
    Championship Two - Ballyclare (Winners), Lower Maze (Promotion)
    Relegated: Lurgan Celtic, Ballymoney Utd

    FA Cup - Crusaders
    League Cup - Newcastle FC
    Co.Antrim Shield - Ballymena Utd
    Steel Cup - Ballyclare
    Intermediate Cup - Newry
    Mid-Ulster Cup - Armagh

    All-Ireland Cup* - Galway Utd

    Will be less detail for these as they are just read-only so I'll just tell you the winners..

    France

    Ligue 1 - Lyon
    Coupe de France - FC Sete 34
    Coupe de la Ligue - Lyon
    Trophee de Champions - Lyon

    Germany

    Bundesliga - FC Bayern
    DFB-Pokal - FC Bayern

    Netherlands

    Eredivisie - Heerenveen
    KNVB-Beker - Heerenveen
    Johan Cruijff Schaal - Ajax

    Italy

    Seria A - Genoa
    Coppa Italia - Fiorentina
    Supercoppa - Genoa

    Spain

    La Liga - Barcelona
    Copa del Ray - Racing
    Supercopa - Real Madrid

    European Trophies & World Club Cup

    World Club - Man Utd
    Supercup - Man Utd
    Europa League - Inter
    Champions League - Lyon
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    Bet you were feeling pretty bullish after 2 wins from 2 in the first couple of CL group stage games! Shame about the rest, eh

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    Well done on getting the league rep up. That's a big improvement

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Bet you were feeling pretty bullish after 2 wins from 2 in the first couple of CL group stage games! Shame about the rest, eh
    Ha! Exactly my friend. Kind of thought, "well sod it! we've done better than expected already, just keeping roaming forward." - whoops!

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Well done on getting the league rep up. That's a big improvement
    Cheers buddy, it's coming along nicely.

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    You've progressed amazingly since I last posted here.

    Beating Bayern is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    You've progressed amazingly since I last posted here.

    Beating Bayern is
    Thanks buddy!

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    You did a Norwich!

    It went a bit pear shaped in the second half of the group though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    You did a Norwich!

    It went a bit pear shaped in the second half of the group though.
    Indeed. It's something I wanted to put right this season ..and we did. (to be continued)

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    Awesome, new stadium and a win against Bayern Enjoying this very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prayer View Post
    Awesome, new stadium and a win against Bayern Enjoying this very much!
    Unfortunately it's not a new stadium, just shared it. We're now back a Shimna College which is now 1000+. Hopefully we can keep expanding it because this season has taught me that with success comes higher wages etc and now I'm not really making much profit anymore.

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    Newcastle FC - Northern Irish Premiership - 2025/26

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Season Summary:

    Going to change the format of the write-up slightly.

    The league was pretty put on the back-burner for the entire season. I pretty much skimmed through every match and the lead we established tended to make that the only sensible thing to do since it appeared nobody could challenge us. Not unbeaten but pretty much unstoppable.

    League Table/Season Position Graph - Finished 1st

    Co.Antrim Shield - Winners! - An easy tournament this season, although we normally don't even try for this trophy.

    Irish League Cup - Runners-up - Disappointing to make the final only to not perform and not even get a goal.

    Irish FA Cup - 5th Round - Again, it's beginning to feel like a cursed/boggy cup for us. We never perform it seems.

    All-Ireland Cup - Winners! - One of the three trophies I always set out to win and after a great run with a lot of goals to get us to the final, we enjoyed the experience of a 50,000 stadium full to the rafters witnessing us crush the opposition.

    Europa League - 1st Knockout Round - After the great achievement of not finishing bottom of the group, we got the hardest draw for this tournament stage and to be fair, I think the players played out of their skins to only go down by one goal to the mighty Madrid.

    Champions League - Group Stage - A real fun experience and we went well beyond any expectations.

    Key Players

    Andre Pollock - Rising in reputation and thankfully I have him under contract until 2030 so shouldn't be forced for a while to sell him.

    Craig Janes - One of few buys to be over £100k but he's a good player and strengthened the squad.

    Daniele Noviello - Quite of chunky wage for our club but he's a superstar for our level and as you can see, not only a great defender but scored a silly amount of goals from headers. I await the accusation I've found some sort of corner exploit! (Been using the same corner routine for the last three/four seasons so it can only be him that's changed anything.) He also picked up this award.

    Leon Birch - Coming to the end of his career but I'm glad he's stopped off at Shimna College to delight our fans before he hangs up his boots.

    Marcos Antonio - Bought for peanuts (literally £2k or something) and now won't sign a new contract. Pretty sure I'll have to sell him in the January window next season at the latest to avoid losing him for nothing.

    Mathis Miniconi - A free transfer a season or two ago that has really developed nicely. A great future ahead I feel.

    Miroslav Hanus - Another player bought for peanuts and has grown immensely for us. He picked this up at the end of the season.

    Sergio Pujol - Another midfielder brought in on a free who has proven he should have been given a chance.

    Will Keane - Another solid season for the veteran.
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    Next season:

    I'm happy with the progress of the club at the minute. The problem I'm pretty sure that is around the corner is holding on to the better players. That will be a testing period when I decide to move them on and for what sort of deal.

    In terms of the club as a whole, our facilities have had investment over the last few seasons so no complaints there but we do need to keep expanding the stadium.

    It would also be nice if we could get the odd youngster coming through who has the potential to make the first team (considering the standard isn't exactly world class or anything) so that I could get to the stage where I could rely on the youngsters forming the back-up of the squad.

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    Champions League match of the season for us personally:

    Celtic 2 - 3 Newcastle


    Some goal to win it eh?

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    England

    Premier League - Man City
    Relegated: Cardiff, Norwich, Leeds
    Championship - Preston (Winners), Leicester (Promoted), Middlesbrough (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Hull, Reading, Crewe
    League One - Burnley (Winners), Ipswich (Promoted), Peterborough (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Swindon, Kettering, Gateshead, Hartlepool
    League Two - Dag & Red (Winners), Southend (Promoted), Oxford (Promoted), Luton (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Brentford, Port Vale
    Conference National - Oldham (Winners), Fleetwood (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Hyde, Dorchester, Accrington, Billericay
    Conference North - Stockport (Winners), Stalybridge (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Nantwich, Hednesford, Worksop
    Conference South - Braintree (Winners), Woking (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Chelmsford, Wealdstone, Gloucester.

    FA Cup - Liverpool
    League Cup - Liverpool
    Community Shield - Chelsea
    Football League Trophy - Birmingham
    FA Trophy - Ebbsfleet

    Scotland

    SPL - Celtic
    Relegated: Ross County
    First Division - Hamilton
    Relegated: Queen of the South
    Second Division - Forfar
    Relegated: Alloa, Stenhousemuir
    Third Division - Dunfermline (Winners), Livingston (Play-Off Winners)

    FA Cup - Celtic
    League Cup - Dundee Utd
    Challenge Cup - Hamilton Utd

    Ireland

    Premier League - Galway Utd
    Relegated: Cork City Foras
    First Division - Wexford
    Relegated: Carlow


    FA Cup - St.Pats Athletic
    League Cup - Derry City
    Munster Senior Cup - Waterford Utd

    Wales

    Premier League - Llanelli
    Relegated: TNS

    FA Cup - Newtown
    League Cup - Haverfordwest

    Northern Ireland

    Premier League - Newcastle FC
    Relegated: Ballymena
    Championship One - Coleraine
    Relegated: Ballyclare, Loughgall
    Championship Two - Armagh (Winners), Newington (Promotion)
    Relegated: Knockbreda, Dromara

    FA Cup - Balliamallard Utd
    League Cup - Crusaders
    Co.Antrim Shield - Newcastle FC
    Steel Cup - Crusaders Reserves
    Intermediate Cup - Newry
    Mid-Ulster Cup - Newry

    All-Ireland Cup* - Newcastle FC

    Will be less detail for these as they are just read-only so I'll just tell you the winners..

    France

    Ligue 1 - Lyon
    Coupe de France - Nevers Football
    Coupe de la Ligue - Toulouse
    Trophee de Champions - Lyon

    Germany

    Bundesliga - Schalke
    DFB-Pokal - Schalke

    Netherlands

    Eredivisie - Feyenoord
    KNVB-Beker - Heerenveen
    Johan Cruijff Schaal - Ajax

    Italy

    Seria A - Palermo
    Coppa Italia - Inter
    Supercoppa - Fiorentina

    Spain

    La Liga - Barcelona
    Copa del Ray - Real Madrid
    Supercopa - Barcelona

    European Trophies & World Club Cup

    World Club - Internacional
    Supercup - Lyon
    Europa League - Aston Villa
    Champions League - Barcelona
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    World Cup 2026

    Hosts: Mexico

    Quarter-Finals:

    Poland 0 - 3 Brazil
    Germany 3 - 2 Italy
    France 0 - 3 Spain (after extra-time)
    Ghana 0 - 6 Portugal

    Semi-Finals:

    Brazil 2 - 1 Portugal
    Germany 0 - 2 Spain

    3rd/4th:

    Portugal 1 - 3 Germany

    Final:

    Brazil 2 - 1 Spain
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    Fabulous season Jonny, great performance in the Champions League and briefly the Europa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Fabulous season Jonny, great performance in the Champions League and briefly the Europa!
    Appreciate it man! Another update soon to come.

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    Some great European results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Some great European results.
    Indeed. Thanks Nobby!

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    Newcastle FC - Northern Irish Premiership - 2026/27

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Season Summary:

    Again we didn't really pay much attention to the league unless we felt the points difference wasn't as comfortable as we'd like. A lot of rotating, a lot of inconsistency. Wasn't as good as last season in the league but still finished well ahead of the Crues in 2nd place.

    The other major thing I had to do this season was sell some of our best players. Some who became too hard to handle regarding a move to a bigger club and some who's contracts ran out in 6 months and wouldn't even consider staying.

    League Table/Season Position Graph - Finished 1st

    Co.Antrim Shield - Quarter-Final - Extra-time loss to the Crues. No biggie.

    Irish League Cup - Winners! - A final to bore you to tears but the opposition never had a chance despite only the one goal advantage.

    Irish FA Cup - Winners! - Finally won this after many disappointments in the last few seasons. Final against Queens Uni isn't exactly intimidating stuff but we made it hard enough before claiming the victory.

    All-Ireland Cup - Winners! - Our third time winning this trophy and the first time we've retained it. A difficult final but ultimately a joyous occasion after extra-time.

    Europa League - 1st Knockout Round - I'm pretty sure we were ravaged by injuries when the first leg (away) came around and without even an away goal to boot, we tried but ultimately fell short.

    Champions League - Group Stage - Well we got grouped with Spurs, Monaco and the current holders, Barcelona. Even better than last year without question and if we'd been able to hold on for a draw against Monaco at home (conceded late) we'd have progressed from the group. Still, the away win in Monaco and the double over Spurs is something to be proud of.

    Key Players

    Andre Pollock - Wants to go. Hopefully I can keep him satisfied and then sell him before his contract runs out.

    Adrian McCready - Bought from Grimsby for £250k a couple of seasons ago. Now has Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham snooping around him (although the latter might just fancy him as he scored twice against them.) Doesn't look like much to be fair. Picked up the league young player of the year award.

    Daniele Noviello - Bad injury kept him out for a good lot of the season but still a class act in the games he could play.

    Leon Birch - A great player to lead the club. Decent amount of goals and assists coming in off the left wing mostly (after Antonio's departure.)

    Elliot Beckford - Very physically impressive forward and probably deserves a mention for simply putting two past Tottenham. Picked up the league player of the year award.

    Mathis Miniconi - Another great season for the French midfielder. His reputation is rising and due to the amount of solid midfielders I may cash in on him to be honest if I get a tempting offer.

    Miroslav Hanus - Never lets the team down whether up front or filling in on the left wing. Plenty of assists.

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    Next season:

    Pretty much the same as usual. Still haven't had any players come through the youth setup that will be good enough to even play in the league so that's a major disappointment I'd like to put right.

    Maybe with a bit of luck we might just sneak through whatever CL group we're in this time after coming so close this year.

    I think it's also safe to say that some players will have to move on.
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    Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 2 Newcastle FC

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    England

    Premier League - Man City
    Relegated: Bristol City, Blackburn, Middlesbrough
    Championship - Charlton (Winners), Norwich (Promoted), Cardiff (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Stoke, Doncaster, Ipswich
    League One - Crewe (Winners), Hull (Promoted), Rotherham (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Derby, Dag & Red, Luton, Oxford
    League Two - Grimsby (Winners), York (Promoted), Swindon (Promoted), Northampton (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Scunthorpe, Cambridge
    Conference National - Port Vale (Winners), Alfreton (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Forest Green, Nuneaton, Carlisle, Braintree
    Conference North - Rushden (Winners), Accrington (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Harrogate, Guiseley, Stafford
    Conference South - Salisbury (Winners), Hampton & Richmond (Play-off Winners)
    Relegated: Eastbourne Boro, Tooting & Mitcham, Eastleigh

    FA Cup - Southampton
    League Cup - Bolton
    Community Shield - Man City
    Football League Trophy - Derby
    FA Trophy - Bath

    Scotland

    SPL - Celtic
    Relegated: Aberdeen
    First Division - Inverness CT
    Relegated: Dundee
    Second Division - Airdrie Utd
    Relegated: Arbroath, Dunfermline
    Third Division - Stenhousemuir (Winners), Berwick (Play-Off Winners)

    FA Cup - Hibs
    League Cup - Hearts
    Challenge Cup - Inverness CT

    Ireland

    Premier League - Galway Utd
    Relegated: Shamrock Rovers
    First Division - Bray Wanderers

    FA Cup - Galway Utd
    League Cup - Galway Utd
    Munster Senior Cup - Waterford Utd

    Wales

    Premier League - Havertfordwest
    Relegated: Carmarthen

    FA Cup - Newtown
    League Cup - Carmarthen

    Northern Ireland

    Premier League - Newcastle FC
    Relegated: Cliftonville, Larne
    Championship One - Lower Maze (winners), Glenavon (play-off winner)
    Relegated: Coagh Utd, H & W Welders
    Championship Two - Warrenpoint (Winners), P.S.N.I. (Promotion)
    Relegated: Dergview, Ballyclare

    FA Cup - Newcastle FC
    League Cup - Newcastle FC
    Co.Antrim Shield - Distillery
    Steel Cup - Distillery II
    Intermediate Cup - Newry
    Mid-Ulster Cup - Dungannon

    All-Ireland Cup* - Newcastle FC

    Will be less detail for these as they are just read-only so I'll just tell you the winners..

    France

    Ligue 1 - Lyon
    Coupe de France - AS Aixoise
    Coupe de la Ligue - Monaco FC
    Trophee de Champions - Lyon

    Germany

    Bundesliga - Schalke
    DFB-Pokal - Rostock

    Netherlands

    Eredivisie - Ajax
    KNVB-Beker - Heerenveen
    Johan Cruijff Schaal - Feyenoord

    Italy

    Seria A - Roma
    Coppa Italia - Roma
    Supercoppa - Inter

    Spain

    La Liga - At.Madrid
    Copa del Ray - Barcelona
    Supercopa - R.Madrid

    European Trophies & World Club Cup

    World Club - Barcelona
    Supercup - Barcelona
    Europa League - R.Madrid
    Champions League - Man City
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    Groundhog day in Europe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Groundhog day in Europe!
    Pretty much. Although I was more impressed than last year I have to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyCurrie View Post
    Pretty much. Although I was more impressed than last year I have to say.
    Yeah definitely, not far at all from making the CL knockout rounds! Although I think you should definitely go on a bit of a Europa League run first

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Yeah definitely, not far at all from making the CL knockout rounds! Although I think you should definitely go on a bit of a Europa League run first
    Only logical.

    Don't want people to think I'm skipping ahead or something.

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    Good luck making progress in Europe.

    I got completely battered in my season in the Champions League so know how you feel!

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    Newcastle FC - Northern Irish Premiership - 2027/28

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Season Summary:

    The season wasn't that memorable but a league and cup double isn't to be played down at the same time. I had to sell two very good midfielders during the season and overall we lacked a bit of spark that we had in the last couple of seasons. Crusaders are constantly competing with us (through a very wealthy financial backer - who they've had for a while now but they've been slow in recruiting until now), not only with transfers but also now, really putting points on the board that on any other season, in seasons before we began to dominate would have been a record.

    Our form towards the end of the season wasn't good though and I think I possibly need to learn not to rotate as much and possibly begin giving players rest days instead.

    Overall, borderline satisfactory I would say.


    League Table/Season Position Graph - Finished 1st

    Co.Antrim Shield - Runners up - Disappointing performance in the final.

    Irish League Cup - 2nd Round - Poor effort but usually a lot of rotation going on at this stage.

    Irish FA Cup - Winners! - Defended the trophy well.

    All-Ireland Cup - Runners-up - Lost in extra-time. Good effort but just not our day.

    Champions League - Group Stage - Worst performance in the CL for a while now. Not that we should be too hard on ourselves but we can do better.

    Key Players

    Andre Pollock - Rock at the back as always.

    Adrian McCready - Starting to really bed down as our star striker.

    Glenn Taylor - Not a spring chicken but worked fantastically with Pollock at the heart of our defence.

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    Next season:

    Small bit of progress as now we enter the CL at the group stage next season. Another bit of progress is the new reputation of the league.

    The best news heading into the new season is that our youth setup finally spat out a kid that looks like he could potentially be a star in this league (albeit probably not much more than that) - Say hello to my new plaything, 16 year old, Mark McKay.

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    Post Reserved for ElsewhereThisSeason#

    (Actually screw it! I'm going to stop this part of the updates as it's too tedious typing it out, making it a chore)
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    European Championship 2028

    Hosts: Portugal

    Quarter-Finals:

    England 0 - 1 France
    Netherlands 4 - 0 Bulgaria
    France 1 - 0 Russia
    Ukraine 0 - 1 Germany

    Semi-Finals:

    Spain 2 - 0 Germany
    Netherlands 0 - 0 France (France progress on penalties)

    Final:

    Spain 1 - 2 France
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    Getting in the group stages automatically is awesome stuff for you and for the league despite your dominance.

    I think you're being to modest about Mark McKay, if it were my save he'd be a starter as supporting striker (he looks that good)!

    In fact you should post in this thread about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Getting in the group stages automatically is awesome stuff for you and for the league despite your dominance.

    I think you're being to modest about Mark McKay, if it were my save he'd be a starter as supporting striker (he looks that good)!

    In fact you should post in this thread about him.
    Cheers buddy!

    Yeah I may well do post him up in that thread. Been ages (due to the level I've been playing at) from when I've had a good player come through. Although I have a sneaky suspicion he won't be much better than English Championship standard at best once he's developed, ha.

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    What does your assistant give him as star ratings?

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    1.5 star currently (described as a good player for our division) and potentially 4.5 stars. (My assistant has the necessary attributes for accuracy by the way.)

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    Just read through this, really good. I do enjoy reading these but never have the patience myself. Thought I'd give myself an easy one as TNS but got bored of FM in general for a while.
    Great progress though, and interesting to see you now qualify automatically for the group stages, relieves a bit of pressure

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    19th in the competition rankings... that's some progress... have any AI teams been helping out much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braundjoh View Post
    Just read through this, really good. I do enjoy reading these but never have the patience myself. Thought I'd give myself an easy one as TNS but got bored of FM in general for a while.
    Great progress though, and interesting to see you now qualify automatically for the group stages, relieves a bit of pressure
    Appreciate it man!

    Didn't really change much, pressure wise, aside from a few less games at the start as it turns out.

    Although we're now third seeds for the group draw which is nice to see.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    19th in the competition rankings... that's some progress... have any AI teams been helping out much?
    I don't really think so.

    Crusaders really should be doing better in Europe considering how close they are to me domestically and considering they very well might be the first team to beat us to the title for 9 years this season. (Looking quite likely I'm afraid to say.)

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    Good job keeping the standards up. Bit of patience required before you can make the next step I'd wager!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Good job keeping the standards up. Bit of patience required before you can make the next step I'd wager!
    Thinking the same. Part of me is tempted to leave sometime soon but I'd feel rubbish walking away. Might let my contract run down though and see if clubs come calling (as despite being the only 'world class' manager in the game currently, I haven't been approached once!)

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    Newcastle FC - Northern Irish Premiership - 2028/29

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Season Summary:

    Quite a fun season overall to be honest. We really, really came close to surrendering our title to Crusaders but somehow (although we did still have a good points total - in fact, a RECORD points total for the league) managed to pull it off on the last day of the season.

    League Table/Season Position Graph - Finished 1st

    Co.Antrim Shield - Runners up - Same as last year, met Crusaders in the final and lost it.

    Irish League Cup - Winners! - A nice easy run and another trophy in the cabinet.

    Irish FA Cup - Winners! - Third time in a row and we had to work hard to put out Crusaders after a replay.

    All-Ireland Cup - Winners! - No idea where the Crusaders side went that had pushed me so hard in the league, we battered them in the final.

    Champions League - Group Stage - Two draws and one win allowed us to avoid finishing bottom but again a bit tough to see how we're getting any further.

    Europa League - 1st Round Knockout - Got drawn with Milan, who have some very good players. We did our best and avoided a big defeat at home but couldn't stop the onslaught at the San Siro. (the days of beating Inter in the San Siro are long gone! )

    Key Players

    Andre Pollock - Mr.Dependable.

    Adrian McCready - Not much more I can ask from him when he's in this form. Bagged the league top goalscorer gong, the player of the year award and even remarkably (although perhaps it was a low scoring year elsewhere) the European Golden Boot.

    Glenn Taylor - Age definitely not on his side but still putting in key performances.

    Martin Webb - Really put in the effort this season and deserves a mention.

    Peter Noon - Wanted to sign him but couldn't justify the fee so a loan it was. A great season and firmly in the hearts of the fans no matter if he ever does return.
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    Next season:

    Ranking for the league now sitting at 14th. Hopefully Crusaders can maybe start making the group stage of the CL now and again. Although this wasn't good news apparently. Still another team has turned professional so that's now five or six in the league.

    Hopefully we can do better in the CL and also retain the big three domestically.

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    Crusaders get 96 points and don't win the league.

    Others turning pro is a result of your success bringing more money into the league.

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    Have you noticed any increase in your TV revenue from the league over the seasons? Just wondering whether that moves dynamically with the league rep as well.

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    Good to see the league rankings improvement.

    That title race was close! But its good to have a bit of competition to stop any complacency creeping in.

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    The league has really turned into a duopoly now but you're still a powerhouse.

    Also good to see more clubs taking the step to professional football, can only make the league more competitive and hopefully help in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Have you noticed any increase in your TV revenue from the league over the seasons? Just wondering whether that moves dynamically with the league rep as well.
    Definitely. Still nothing to write home about but it's nearly a total of £1million in prize money for winning the league now compared to £100,000+ when I first got up to this division.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Good to see the league rankings improvement.

    That title race was close! But its good to have a bit of competition to stop any complacency creeping in.
    Definitely, it will push us on to put even more points on the board which can only be a good thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    The league has really turned into a duopoly now but you're still a powerhouse.

    Also good to see more clubs taking the step to professional football, can only make the league more competitive and hopefully help in Europe.
    Ha, thanks bud. Yeah hopefully the others teams will start to challenge, not only Crusaders (who again haven't made the group stage for either CL or EL )

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    Champions League group stage match at home provided four goals for ourselves and a pretty special first time volley for number four...


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    That goal is . I presume you won then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    That goal is . I presume you won then?
    Aye, 4-1.

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    Newcastle FC - Northern Irish Premiership - 2029/30

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Season Summary:

    No-where near the level of competitiveness in the league as last season. Finished well ahead of Crusaders (who in fairness, did sell their best striker during the winter transfer window - after losing another of their better strikers to Celtic on a free, pre-season.)

    I was disappointed that our chairman went over my head and sold my no.1 goalkeeper for a fee (which despite not being a bad one in context) that really should still be within my territory to decide if it's good enough.

    League Table/Season Position Graph - Finished 1st

    Co.Antrim Shield - Winners! - Won this mini-tournament for a change after successive final defeats.

    Irish League Cup - Winners! - A solid retention of this trophy. I think this is actually ranked higher than the All-Ireland Cup ironically enough.

    Irish FA Cup - Winners! - Fourth year on the bounce.

    All-Ireland Cup - Quarter-Final - Disappointing.

    Champions League - Group Stage - Not alot of joy in the CL despite never really being battered by anyone.

    Europa League - 1st Round Knockout - Porto are a side I felt we could have possibly pulled of a shock. After the games themselves, I'm convinced we could well have but a few key performances just weren't up to scratch.

    Key Players

    Andre Pollock - As always.

    Adrian McCready - Got injured for a decent amount of time which spoiled his season but still our main man up front.

    Glenn Taylor - Experience at the back really shows alongside the more youthful Pollock.

    Nathan Wells - Probably our best attacking player overall. I've made him captain following this season. Picked the player of the year award and top goalscorer gong.

    Elliot Beckford - Always a physical threat up front and had a good season for us.
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    Next season:

    Our league's ranking has slipped unfortunately but not by much.

    Dungannon have turned professional now for next season also.

    Can't complain anymore about the board not at least, trying to get us moving in the right direction, stadium wise. Hopefully this is a regular thing every season, with the expansions increasing. Although ultimately I imagine, a new stadium will be on the cards sooner rather than later.

    In terms of trophies, once again, the league and main cup is all I'm particularly worried about. The CL progression I'm convinced will come in time. I've no issue being patient whilst the club is still being built up.

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    World Cup 2030

    Hosts: Germany

    Quarter-Finals:

    Germany 1 - 1 England (England through on penalties) WOOOOT?!
    Brazil 1 - 2 Argentina (AET)
    Denmark 0 - 1 France
    Spain 3 - 0 Portugal

    Semi-Finals:

    England 1 - 0 Spain (AET)
    Argentina 2 - 2 France (Argentina through on penalties)

    3rd/4th:

    France 0 - 1 Spain (AET)

    Final:

    England 2 - 1 Argentina
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    Back to a dominant position in the league, which is good. Winning cup treble alongside it isn't bad either.

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    Too many cups in Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Too many cups in Ireland.
    Haha, I know brah. Come at me. [/trollface.jpg]

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    Galway made it to the group stages too? A great year for the 'Emerald Isle'!

    Bad luck against Porto too.

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    Looks like you're getting closer to a breakthrough in Europe. My prediction is Quarter Finals of Europa League next season

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    Pretty much neglected this game for a while but I do have two (very short & sweet I must admit) season updates to do..

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    Isn't nice to admit but I've lost interest in continuing this career. I feel like I'm stalling majorly in terms of progress in Europe. Probably my lack of ability to get the better players but regardless, the experience is something to take with me.

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