This is my team. Its strange as i started watching Rushden Town in 1988 as a six year old and then in 1992 a merger with Irthlingborough Diamonds brought around Rushden and Diamonds. After years of success and going from non league to what is now League One the club hit on money troubles. Quick relegations back to the Blue Square Bet Premier left us trying to start over but the wheels came off dramactically last season and in the summer the club was denied a place at non-leagues top table for the current season. Basically RDFC is dead. But as with clubs at this level a new side was created and away we go again.
For people that dont know AFC Rushden and Diamonds for this current season are running with just an u-18's side and doing well. For the 2012/13 we hope for a place in the United Counties Premier Division and a ground share with Wellingborough Town. We have a fantastic support base already and have 418 (at last count) paid up members and our games attract between 200 and 500 fans, just for u-18 games on weekday evenings.
So onto my career. I have opened up the lower leagues down to English County Leagues. I have taken out Blackstones from the United Counties League and replaced them with the extinct Rushden and Diamonds base within the editor. Given the fan base the club has currently i have changed all the Rushden stats to match fellow UCL side King's Lynn. They like us has good support and have been forced to drop many leagues to start again. I have copied Wellingborough for youth and training facilities as we are going to be ground sharing. I have given the club the same budget as King's Lynn which is one of the bigger in the league but that will be backed by the fans coming in.
Season 2011/2012Now i have already completed a season and a half before i decided to start a career thread so the first season will be brief.
Being in the lowest division the way i manage is totally different to a top side. I make a signing a week almost and brought in 44 players last season. Many were on £15 pw contracts and it was trial and error as i had no players when i started the game. After going through many players in the first four games i settled on a squad i was happy ish and off we went, trying to move through the non-league levels. I have managed in UCL before with both Irchester and Wellingborough and won the league with ease so i was hoping for the much the same this season.
Everything seemed to click and after the 42 games we were comfortably the winners of the league.
That leads us into the Southern League First Divison Central Divsion for next season, one step closer to the top. My aim is to get the club back into the BSBP before i think about leaving.
I have noticed already in my career that many clubs have had take overs and mine was no different. During the summer of 2012 Neil Crace comes in as chairman and tells me he has no interest in chucking money into the club. I thought that was fair enough but moaned and moaned about youth hoping to improve what we have.
Season 2012/2013I have made no changes to my squad ahead of the new season and have kept on the players from last year. We are spending £100,000 per year on wages which is third highest in the league and given the success of last season we are getting 1000 fans to our home games. I am a little down about this as im thinking i may have edited the club a little too good but looking at King's Lynn they have an average attendance of 908 so maybe i haven't. I don't to careers when i have given one club a huge advantage but i do feel this is becoming a little too good to be me! Opinions please?
Im thinking this because my side continue to win games and after 31 games the table looks like this:
Its looking likely that promotion is coming our way so from next season will to better and more regular updates but would like some feedback on what i have done in terms of adding the club? I feel i have put the club at the level they will come in at, facilities and support but i have a bit of a downer on it as its been easy so far? Hmm....