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On 02/12/2023 at 16:32, AlfieLucas said:

Amazing work thus far. Maidenhead are my hometown, so was good to see Slough stinking up the league in your first season :lol: not surprised Maidenhead done it in the second season either :rolleyes:

Thanks mate! Great to see your hometown club doing well on my save too! Hopefully we can both progress up the leagues together! :D

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Season Review 2025/2026

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We are going up say we are going up!

Sky Bet League Two

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League Two is so tough! The higher we rise the tougher it gets but thankfully, we managed to go up again by finishing among the automatic promotion places! The standards of the teams are so close and we only managed to win less than half of our games (and drew a grand total of 16!). Thankfully, we got over the line and it's going to be a big ask next year as I feel we are meeting our threshold as we progress up the ladder!

FA Cup

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We weren't too successful in the cup competitions as the boys were knocked out early in the second round of the FA Cup by League One outfit Bolton after two closely fought ties. We managed to get a windfall though! ;)

Carabao Cup

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It was the same story in the Carabao Cup as we went down to another League One outfit in a 1-2 away defeat :(

Bristol Street Motors Trophy

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We completed the clean sweep of early cup exits as we were knocked out in the group stages of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy as we focused our efforts fully on league football. We go again next year!

The Finances

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Our underperformance in the cup competitions meant our competition prize money dropped by a fair amount. However, I do not understand why our match day commercial and retail fell despite us turning professional and playing in the tier above. Anyone experienced something similar?

How You Lined Up

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Our third consecutive promotion-winning eleven \o/

Player of the Season

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Our player of the season by a distance is our first choice pressing forward who came in on loan from Yeovil. Kenny Coker managed 26 goals and 2 assists in just 33 starts in a very productive campaign, and we will be no where near the promotion places without his goal contributions. Jansen will take his time to ponder if we should bring him back for League One \o/

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League One here we come! It's not going to be easy but it definitely will be a fun ride..

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New Spine

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Uriah Djedje came in on a free from Norwich to form the top of our spine. The Ivorian has no real weaknesses in his game and he will go straight into our starting 11 as our first-choice ball-playing center back behind..

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..Isaac Mabaya, who will hold our midfield together in the Regista role. Liverpool chose not to renew the Zimbabwean's contract and their loss is certainly our gain as we picked up a highly versatile midfield player with decent quality. He will attempt to supply bullets to..

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..Freddie Draper, who will lead the line after coming in on a free from Lincoln. Freddie is one of the strongest players in the league and is aggressive, brave and hardworking off the ball. With no better strikers available on the free and loan markets, we are hoping that he can score enough goals to help us finish as high up the League One Table as possible :brock:

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Season Review 2026/2027

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Not sure if this is a new thing on this version of the game but I absolutely love it \o/

Sky Bet League One

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The boys have done it again! We have strengthened better than last summer with a bigger budget and better reputation which helped us lure better quality players who were released by the Prem clubs. Jansen will definitely need to go a step further if we want to compete again in a very competitive Championship next campaign!

FA Cup

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Our second string managed to progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup but the run came to a disappointing end against Southend United in an eventful 2-4 away defeat.

Carabao Cup

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Our Carabao Cup campaign was short-lived after a penalty shootout defeat against fellow League One side Fleetwood Town. To be very honest, we weren't too bothered as we had to cope with three domestic cup competitions in addition to a very busy League One campaign. 

Bristol Street Motors Trophy

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We completed the trio of cup exits after a brutal group stage exit where our second and third-choice players failed to compete at a high enough level against our group rivals. This was perhaps the most disappointing cup exit as this is the last time we will be in this (provided we don't get relegated next year *touchwood*), and there are also no Championship teams in this. Notwithstanding, we are glad to move further up the football ladder and hopefully, we are on to bigger and better things!

The Finances

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While there have been rumours of a takeover in the last two years, Jansen is focused on progressing the club financially as we continue to climb as high up as we can \o/

How You Lined Up

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The League One Champions!

Player of the Season

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The boss and fans are aligned this time round as Damon Park bagged our Player of the Season award! If you remember, the Englishman joined us on a free while we started in the Vanarama National League and he has been in the 1st eleven since in our journey all the way to League One. While being our defensive anchor on the left of our central defence, he managed 5 goals at the other end in a very productive campaign. Unfortunately, his contract is up this summer and he is asking for way too much money to stay with us in the upcoming Championship campaign. Barring a miracle, we may have very well seen his last appearance in an Angels shirt :(

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Onwards and upwards the Angels go!

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On 21/12/2023 at 03:58, Hootieleece said:

You beat Preston for the title.......and they had probably been relegated recently!

Great Job!

 

Preston was relegated three seasons ago! Notwithstanding, it was nice to go up with them :)

On 21/12/2023 at 02:35, Rikulec said:

Easy. :D

Cheers mate! But it wasn't easy ;)  We lost ten league games!

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Key Signings for Sky Bet Championship

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We needed upgrades in the full-back positions to cope with the higher quality wide players and Kallum Cesay offers exactly that. The Sierra Leonean has great recovery pace and will be crucial in our defensive transitions as we seek to adapt to the higher level of football.

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There is also an urgent need to strengthen our central defence and we brought in TJ Eyoma on a free from Lincoln to hopefully instil some much needed solidity against the stronger and quicker center forwards in the Championship. 

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Jansen always prioritises strengthening the central defence and striking positions during the transfer windows and we were so thankful that Everton allowed us to have a player of George Morgan's quality for a season. The Englishman is one of the better finishers in this league and coupled with his unbelievable determination to succeed in football, we are hopeful that he can bag us the goals to push us up the league \o/

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Season Review 2027/28

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I think we may have reached the peak of our progression considering our budget and club reputation..

Sky Bet Championship

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With a weekly wage budget of just 60 thousand pounds and our inability to attract higher quality players on loan, we only managed a 9th place finish in our first season in the Championship. Looking at the brighter side, we felt we have achieved the maximum of our potential and Jansen will need to work his magic in the transfer market to push us further up the table at the second time of asking.

FA Cup

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We progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after beating fellow Championship outfit Watford in the Third Round, but eventually fell to a strong Boro side in the Cup Replay in the subsequent round. 

Carabao Cup

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Our second stringers fell at the third hurdle of the Carabao Cup, losing narrowly to League One side Oxford United after we chose to rest the first-teamers for league football.

The Finances

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It's interesting to know that sponsors favour the stronger teams in League One than mid-table ones in the Championship, and the competition prize money are lower here :(

How You Lined Up

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They are not quite good enough to compete at the higher end of the table, but the boys are still heroes in my eyes :**)

Player of the Season

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When a midfielder playing in the no. 8 position manages 12 goal contributions in 32 starts, he will be in a strong position to bag our Player of the Season award and that was exactly what Regan Booty did. Regan is a typical left-footed midfielder who is creative and hits the ball sweetly but we were so disappointed to find out that he wants to leave for a bigger club in the summer :mad:

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Key Signings for our second go at Sky Bet Championship

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Jansen always prefers to play with a left-footed midfielder in the left-sided no. 8 position and quality ones are hard to come by. Thankfully, Harvey White was available on a free and we jumped at the chance to bring him in. The Englishman is so all-rounded with a sweet left foot and set-piece delivery, and he will be crucial in our attempt to climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

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Kallum Cesay requested for wages which were five times our average wages for a player and we had no choice but to move him on. Our scouting team managed to find a capable replacement in Joshua Williams, who is another all-rounded player with attributes well-suited for the right-back role. He has bagged our no. 2 jersey and will go straight into our starting 11!

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We have a new number 9! Everton refused to let us have George Morgan on loan for a second campaign and we had to dig deep in the market to bring in his replacement. William Osula is tailor-made for our pressing forward role and we have high hopes that he can replace his predecessor's goals in our second ever Championship campaign \o/

 

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End of 2028 Update

Sky Bet Championship

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We couldn't quite believe how well things went in 2028 and the boys did brilliantly to reach the peak and stay there at the end of the year. However, we are not getting complacent as we all know there will be a dip in form every season and we haven't had that yet. Hopefully we can at least stay in the top two positions come the end of the year :D

Carabao Cup

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We were however knocked out at the first hurdle in the Carabao Cup after an away 0-1 defeat against fellow Championship outfit Leeds United. Jansen wasn't too bothered though as we were able to focus our resources fully on the league games and we haven't done too bad thus far ;)

Player of the Update

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Our new Box To Box Midfielder has maintained such a high level of performances since joining us in the summer. Playing in the number 8 position, Harvey White managed an impressive 9 goal contributions in just 16 starts on top of covering lots of ground in our pressing game. Long may it continue! 

 

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What a rise this has been! Great job! Just had a binge read now. Honestly don’t know how you get Vertical Tiki-Taka to work so well. Whenever I try I do ok for a couple of games but then start getting pumped and can’t find the back of the net. 

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18 hours ago, TheGoodRebel said:

What a rise this has been! Great job! Just had a binge read now. Honestly don’t know how you get Vertical Tiki-Taka to work so well. Whenever I try I do ok for a couple of games but then start getting pumped and can’t find the back of the net. 

Cheers mate! That’s surprising to me as Vertical Tiki-Taka has been the most consistent tactic for me in the last couple of years! Maybe you need to give the tactic some time to cook! I always use attacking mentality at home and balanced away! I will also go attacking in the last ten minutes if I’m down and park the bus in the last ten if I’m up by a single goal away from home! This approach should yield you solid results! 

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Season Review 2028/2029

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So near yet so far..

Sky Bet Championship

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We started hot and ended the season cold as we fell out of the automatic promotion places by goal difference. Jansen simply couldn't keep up with the relegated Premier League sides with the lowest budgets by a distance in the league, and Leeds basically sealed the title when they splashed 33.5 million pounds to add Adam Idah in January. Incredible timely injuries to our entire left flank right before the play-off semis didn't help things as we failed to reach the promised land. Notwithstanding, it has been a season of considerable progress and we go again next year! 

FA Cup

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We were so unlucky with the FA Cup draws and faced two Prem clubs at the first two hurdles. Our second string managed once-in-a-lifetime performances as we caused a big upset in the Third Round against Brighton. It was business as usual as we fell to a 1-2 home defeat against a decent Bournemouth outfit.

Carabao Cup

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It's bloody Leeds again as they knocked us out right away as we entered the competition in the first round :mad:

Goal of the Season

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Our best goal of the year was scored by our new right-back after a pacy run and a smashing finishing at the end of an opposition's goal kick \o/

The Finances

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We keep growing! :brock:

How You Lined Up

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The heroes who got us so near to the promised land :(

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3 Key Signings for our 3rd Try

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Mikael Bongili Cleevely (MBC) is an incredible find by our scouting team and it was a pleasant surprise that we were able to work out a loan deal with Southampton for the speedy winger. Jansen brought him in to provide more thrust and quality down our right flank. Will MBC turn out to be our Salah or Anthony? We shall see ;)

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We focused our efforts on raising the quality of our wide players and Alan Virginius is a definite upgrade on our options down the left wing. The Frenchman has decent technique and pace, and fits our inverted winger position to a tee. However, he will need to get the better of..  

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..Shola Shoretire, whose career hasn't quite turned out many has expected it to be. The Man United academy graduate has had opportunities at Wrexham, Fulham, Barnsley and Blackpool but didn't quite find a home to show his qualities. Everyone at the club has high hopes that this can be the move that finally propels his career into the limelight :D

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Season Review 2025/2026

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The boys have done it!! :**)

Sky Bet Championship

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We finished 2nd in our promotion-winning season behind Norwich who was relegated from the Prem last campaign, but is still far too good for this league. It is an amazing feat by the players as Norwich's wage budget is 13 times ours and we sit rock bottom in the league in terms of wage budget. We are going up say we are going up!  

FA Cup

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We played our third string in the FA Cup as the tie was right after the busiest period of our season. To no one's surprise, we were knocked out convincingly at the first hurdle. Not that we care though! ;) 

Carabao Cup

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We went a bit further in the Carabao Cup as our second string finally fell to a Premier League opposition in a narrow 0-1 home defeat.

The Finances

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I really don't understand how finances work sometimes. How can there be red arrows everywhere when this is by far our best performing season? Surely green arrows await us next campaign? :rolleyes:

How You Lined Up

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The best 11 Jansen ever had \o/

Player of the Year

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12 goals and 3 assists from the no. 8 position in just 30 starts. Need I say more? Harvey White is without a shadow of a doubt our player of the season!!

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With budgets like these, the upcoming summer is exciting yet scary to say the least :brock:

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Signings for Survival

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We did not have a keeper who is good enough for the Prem and thankfully, a player of Coniah Boyce-Clarke's quality was available on a free. The Englishman is competent aerially in the box and has decent shot-stopping ability. In our maiden campaign in English's top flight, we will definitely need a big season from the big goalie if we want to maintain our Premier League status.

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Unfortunately, the center-backs who helped us to promotion last campaign lacked Premier League quality. We had to splash the cash on Jarell Quansah, who was the best right-sided central defender who was willing to join us in our desperate attempt for Prem survival. The Liverpool academy graduate is fantastic in the air and he will be vital in both boxes at set-pieces for us. He will be partnered by..

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..Luizão, who doesn't look impressive in any area of his game but our scouts strongly recommended him for his consistency and knack for shining in big games. 

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Like Luizao, Billal Brahimi has no game-changing attribute but Jansen signed him based on our scout's assessment that he can put in 6-7s in most games. The Algerian will go straight into our staring 11 as our budget Salah/Saka. Last but not certainly least..

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We have signed Bellingham! It's Jobe Bellingham though as there is absolutely no way his brother will be willing to trade Santiago Bernabéu for the Tonbridge Stadium. The younger brother is too good for the Championship and we are hoping that he can make the step up to do a job for us in the Premier League :brock:

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Where we belong?

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The lads have been absolutely brilliant in their maiden season in Europe's richest league \o/

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Despite having to deal with the lowest wage budget by a mile, Jansen managed to assemble a squad with 30 million pounds and loads of loan signings to compete competently at the highest level. The Angels are flying in 7th and we are loving life in the limelight! 

Player of Mid-Season

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Our best performer by a distance is Lukáš Ambros, who cost us just 56k pounds from Czech First Division's Bohemians 1905. Despite having no world-beating skill, his all-rounded game and consistency has yielded us 7 goals and 5 assists from midfield, and we would be nowhere near where we are without the Czech magician. Long may it continue! 

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