Vikeologist’s 2033/34 End of Season Ejea Report
Season League Pos Cups Europe Award Notes
2012/13 Sc Div 3 1st No comment n/a Manager of the Year
2013/14 Sc Div 2 1st Challenge Cup Finalists n/a Manager of the Year
2014/15 Sc Div 1 3rd CC Winners & SC Final qual None
2015/16 Sc Div 1 2nd CC & SC Winners, LC R/U EC 3Q Manager of the Year
2016/17 Sc Div 1 1st Challenge Cup Winners EC 4Q Manager of the Year
2017/18 Sc Prem 5th LC Final qual None
2018/19 Sc Prem 7th LC Winners EC R2 Manager of the Year
2019/20 Sc Prem 1st SC Winners, LC R/U n/a Manager of the Year
2020/21 Sc Prem 1st SC & LC Winners EC Winners Manager of the Year
2021/22 Sc Prem 1st SC Winners cc Q/F Manager of the Year
2022/23 Sc Prem 1st LC R/U CC R1 Manager of the Year
2023/24 Sc Prem 1st LC R/U, SC Winners CC R1 Manager of the Year
2024/25 Sc Prem 1st SC R/U CC Q/F Manager of the Year
2025/26 Sc Prem 1st SC, LC CC Q/F None
2026/27 Sc Prem 1st SC, LC CC Q/F Manager of the Year
2027/28 Sc Prem 1st LC CC Q/F None
2028/29 Sc Prem 1st LC CC Q/F Manager of the Year
2029/30 Sc Prem 1st LC, SC CC Final Manager of the Year
2030/31 Sc Prem 1st LC, SC Winners Manager of the Year
2031/32 Sc Prem 1st ESC, WCC, LC, sc Winners (Unbelievably) Nothing
2032/33 Spanish 2B 12th None n/a None
2033/34 Spanish 2B 1st Spanish Confederation Cup n/a None Lost in Playoffs
We won the league, (Second Division B2), and the Confederation Cup for 2B2 teams and below, but unfortunately finishing top just gives you a better chance in the playoffs. We were drawn in the playoff semifinal against Villarreal B, who had won a strong 2B division 3 very comfortably). I was fairly confident though. After all, we had won the Cup, not them. We had almost no injuries. Perhaps that was the problem. I picked the wrong team. We drew the first leg at home 1-1, and then lost 3-1 away. Getting to the final would have given us promotion.
Forgot to screenprint the squad at the end of the season
But never mind. We would just have to do it the hard way. Losers get another chance in the Second Phase playoffs, where we played Vecindario. The beat us 3-0 in the first leg away. Back at home, we dominated the match, but could only manage a 2-0 victory, and we were out.
Most players are on one year contracts, so I’ve had a clear out and this season we should completely dominate. The trouble is that you’re limited to a squad of 22 senior players, and a few injuries can really mess up your season. In any case the squad is a bit thin. However, it should still be a wee bit of a cakewalk, (famous last words).
I’m also the manager of Scotland, and that was full of drama, but I’ll keep it brief as it doesn’t pertain to the challenge. In fact, maybe I shouldn’t be managing a national team while doing the challenge for the second time, but I have a huge reputation advantage from my time with East Stirlingshire anyway.
Anyway, we got off to a terrible start in the qualification for the World Cup. 8 points from the first 6 games, and that includes 2 wins against the two whipping boys of the group. We were behind our competitors for second place; northern Ireland and Finland! In the middle of that we lost all three games in the Four Association Tournament. It was not going well. It all started to turn around when we beat Spain in a friendly. We won 3 of the 4 remaining games, only losing as expected to Portugal. Even so we needed about 6 separate results to all go our way, including Spain losing at home to Ukraine in another group, to ensure not only second place, but also that we didn’t finish bottom of the Second Place teams table.
Then we drew by far the easiest draw of the playoffs against Serbia. We won 3-0 at home and then scored an early away goal in the second leg, which made us fairly safe, as they would have to score 5.
So Serbia scored 5 goals, but luckily for us, and indeed the computer screen, we then scored another goal, and went through on away goals.
For the World Cup, the top seeds in our group were the hosts; Australia. Colombia and Congo were the other teams, but with a win, loss and draw we failed to progress on goal difference. We’re really not very good, but hey. There’s some good young players coming through because of the whole dynamic league reputation and East Stirlingshire’s youth development. I just need to not get sacked in the meantime.