Season 12 - 2021/22 Berwick Rangers
After being the bridesmaids in every domestic competition last season, I was expecting some improvement and at least 1 trophy to be won. The board expectations
were similar to previous years, challenge for the title and semi-finals for domestic cups. They also wanted to reach the Champions League playoff. The media predicted us to finish 2nd and this was confirmed with title odds
of 5-2. Season tickets continued to improve up to 2414 (+104) . The board takeover finally happened too. You'll be pleased to know that they will NOT be investing in the club at this time!
- Aside from the training facilities, everything else is simply not good enough for the stature the club is at now. Investment and expansion required- URGENTLY!
- Still really healthy. Decent transfer budget for this year too- £10m!
- Having to pay more in wages to keep my best players now
(£4.2m) - Signed from Chelsea for a club record fee. At 20 years old, this ST should become a key player for the team.
(£2m) - This Uruguayan ML was signed from FC Vaslui. Should provide some quality crosses.
(£1.5m) - Another MC. This Austrian international (half-Brazilian) will add more depth to the squad.
(£2.2m) - Only 18 and can play anywhere across the back. Likes a tackle or two!
After a miraculous comeback against Benfica in the 3rd Qualifying Round
(where all of my four strikers got carried off injured!), we were unlucky to draw to Valencia in the Playoff. A 1-0 defeat
in the Mestalla was enough to beat us on aggregate and send us into Europa League.
- 1st Knockout Round
We found ourselves as 2nd seeds in the draw, so I was confident we would reach the knockout stages. We did well in our group
and finished a close 2nd to HSV. Once again, though, the draw
was unfavourable to us and Man City beat us 5-3 on aggregate
to put us back in our box for another year.
For the second season in a row it was a two-horse between us and Rangers. We would take it in turns to top the table but come the end of the season we lost out by 1 point on the final game. We broke the SPL goalscoring record
, scoring 94 goals with a goal difference of +60, which was pretty impressive, so were the 5-2 win over Rangers
and the 7-0 win over Celtic
(note their downfall, they finished 6th and didn't qualify for Europe!). Our downfall was our dodgy away record where we dropped 25 points, something we will need to improve on next season.
Co-op Insurance Cup
We won this trophy for the first time in my career with a satisfying 2-0 win over Celtic
in the final. It was a great performance by us, one where we really stepped up to the occasion (for once!).
We reached the final for the 6th time in my career and it went all the way to penalties. In a nervy shootout, we missed 4 penalties to lose 2-1
- 30 goals in his first season was a great return and proved his worth of the £4.2m I paid for him. Fans POTY
- In an injury-ravaged season, he still chipped in with 18 goals and is now the Berwick league goals record holder
- This youngster did well in the first team with 13 goals while covering for injuries.
- Another consistent season, 12 assists. Contract expires next summer and now wants an absurd wage to stay!
- 20 assists this season. Great delivery from set-pieces. SPL TOTY
. Scottish Football Writers Player of the Year
- This beast at the back only missed 2 league games when he was suspended. Good average rating of 7.30. SPL TOTY.
- Average rating of 7.32 for the other DC. SPL TOTY
- 14 assists and a good average rating. Clubs sniffing around.
Cristian Di Biase
- 13 goals and 15 assists from the centre of midfield. His best season so far! SPL TOTY.
Team of the Year
Overall Best 11
Champions League: Playoff (0-1 vs Valencia)
Europa League: 1st Knockout Round (3-5 vs Man City)
SPL: 2nd (26-7-5 +60 85)
Co-op Insurance Cup: Winner (2-0 vs Celtic)
Scottish Cup: Runner-Up (2-2 AET 1-2 Pens vs Rangers)
At times this season our play was fantastic, creating lots of chances and scoring loads of goals. We had 17 home sell-outs (av att 8215) and the board have agreed to expand the stadium and the youth recruitment. Unfortunately, this turned out to be another terrace-to-seats conversion
! Our club standing is still increasing, the club ranking has improved to 41st best team in Europe
. Next season, I really want to make some inrodes into latter stages of Europe. Hopefully some of the other Scottish clubs can do the same and help improve the league reputation into the top 10 of Europe. On the homefront, we should be in contention for all competitions again, so it will just be a case of whether we can topple Rangers or not.