FC United of Manchester - Season 6 - 2017/18
Having so nearly won the title last year, I had high hopes going into this season and we started well enough. Soon we completely lost the ability to score though as we crashed through the table. A lot of tactical tweaks and experiments followed until I felt things turn around. For the first time in six years my tactic felt good and from the Harrogate game things went in the up. A great run in, almost thrown away on the Oldham game, but we managed to grab a play off spot and this time entering on a high.
We beat Chester 5-2 on agg. giving us an away Play off final against Stalybridge. They were the better team in the first half where we failed to even have an attempt on goal. In the second half Gethyn Porter - YP2 broke the deadlock though before Ángel Arévalo - YP7 fired us to the Blue Square Premier!!
I missed to take a screen of the youth intake because I got very, very excited about this lad. Meet Kirk Monaghan - YP11, he has already made his England-U19 debut (missing the play off final doing it) and have Championship clubs bidding already. I will try to hang on to him as long as possible, but will probably fail...
I think i've been kind of fuzzy about my youth tagging, so here's a run down on the players...
Callum Myler - YP1 - Finally signed a new contract, and do get the odd game..
Gethyn Porter - YP2 - Gave him the role of AMC and am retraining him. That made him explode and together with Ángel and Brett, they perform small miracles.
Tom Broadhead - YP3 - A nightmare of a year for Tom. Torn a calf muscle twice and has declined. Hope to have him firing next season again.
Brett Harper - YP4 - Good together with Getyn and Ángel, useless without them...
Mick Huntington - YP5 - Lost his starting position to another youth, Mick Field.
Sean Strong - YP6 - My number one choice in defense as well as club captain last year, now number three. Will get games.
Ángel Arévalo - YP7 - Fantastic season. By far my best player this year. Was injured for three months, and boy did we struggle at the time.
Kristian Gilks - YP8 - Good defensive midfielder and again a very consistent performer.
Clive Groves - YP9 - Good season from the youngster earning a regular place in the process.
Andrew Tyson - YP10- Decent season, mostly as a sub.
Junior coaching upgraded again and training facilities in the making. Facilities
Our finances are listed as insecure but in the black Might have a little something to do with this though...
Player of the year
Ángel Arévalo - YP7 again. Absolutely brilliant and the one who brought us to BSP.
Youth player of the year
Clive Groves - YP9 - A great first season.
FA Cup - Absolutely useless...
FA Trophy - Useless...
We finally broke through but next year will be tough. Hoping we can stay up, nothing more, nothing less...