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  1. Am playing as Bradford PA in league 2 in 2017. Noticed the club history graph used to have a 40 year gap, between the 60s and 00's. Now however, graph shows that Bradford PA were in L2 as recently as 01/02.
  2. I always seem to find that my squad does a lot better than expected when I don't strengthen as much as I would like to, and vice versa. Don't know if its coincidence, gelling or players improving through game time.
  3. END OF THE SEASON Bradford Park Avenue – Blue Square Premier – 2015/16 - 5th League Wow, what a season. Having had my wage budget slashed at the start of the year, I had to let many of my players go, including some first teamers who were up for renewal. However my team started amazingly well, going straight up to the top of the tree, until the start of that dreaded winter period really started to affect my depleted squad yet again. With my annual trip to the 3rd round of the FA Cup and some surprising progress in the FA Trophy not helping. However we got through to February in 2nd, within touching distance of recently relegated Forest Green. They too were deep in the FA Trophy, and there squad had more injuries than mine, and we soon caught them up whilst having 2 games in hand. We were sat at the top of the table with 2 games in hand and in the semis of the FA Trophy v BSN topping Colwyn Bay. A surprising 1-1 draw at home ended with star striker Kristian James suffering what appeared to be a season ending injury. A heartbreaking 121st minute winner in the second leg saw us crash out, and deny us our first trophy. But we bounced back in the league and had 73 points from 37 games. Unfortunately we picked up just 3 in the remaining 9, (3 draws) and finished 4 points from the title, and only 3 points away from missing out on the playoffs. We drew Darlington in the semi's, and a returning James scored a 60th minute equalizer that sent our fans wild. The away leg saw us with our backs against the wall for almost all the game, before Marko Mitrovic scored an 84th minute penalty to take us to Old Trafford v Southend. James scored in the 16th second, and we again rode our luck to make it to the football league, for the first time in almost 50 years. However the boards budget isnt as big as I' hoped, a mere 300k for the year, compared to 500k for the next smallest team. I'm expecting it to be a struggle, much more so than the BSP, and some transfer magic is required, hopefully the fact that there are only 2 danger spots will allow me to stay up! Career Overview Season Team League League Finish Cups Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [url=""]2012/13[/url] Bradford PA BSN 3rd FA 2nd Qual Round/ FAT 3rd Q Round Promoted via playoffs [url=""]2013/14 [/url] Bradford PA BSP 13th FA 3rd Round/ FAT 2nd Round None [url=""]2014/15 [/url] Bradford PA BSP 8th FAC 3rd Round / FAT 3rd Round None 2015/16 Bradford PA BSP 5th FAC 3rd Round/ FAT Semi Finals Promoted via playoffs
  4. Wont be making too many friends in Manchester making those kind of mistakes!
  5. END OF THE SEASON Bradford Park Avenue – Blue Square Premier – 2014/15 - 8th League - Not bad, though only 6 more points than last season. Miles away from automatic promotion, but the playoffs would be nice. Finances - Oh dear, even though we made it straight back to the 3rd round of the FA Cup, a home draw to Hull didnt give us the money we needed. The wage budget has been cut by 20% or 1k. Going to be tough to improve the squad and lower the wage. Squad Player of the season - Kristian James Has had a resurgence this year, topping the league charts with 31 goals, and 7 in the cups. However I am hoping I can secure a big money for him to help his progression and my finances. Career Overview Season Team League League Finish Cups Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [url=""]2012/13[/url] Bradford PA BSN 3rd FA 2nd Qual Round/ FAT 3rd Q Round Promoted via playoffs [url=""]2013/14 [/url] Bradford PA BSP 13th FA 3rd Round/ FAT 2nd Round None 2014/15 Bradford PA BSP 8th FAC 3rd Round / FAT 3rd Round None Transfers: Christiansen went straight into the starting XI as a RW, but is one of my top players in DC,DR,DM,CM aswell. None of the others broke into the starting lineup, but Pelosi looks a top player League Graph: Great start, up until the dreaded winter period (again!) Then we never really went on the spring run of form needed to get back into contention. Aims for next year: Get in the playoffs while keeping wage budget reasonable Try get an away draw against one of the big boys in the 3rd or someone like Birmingham in the 1st or 2nd
  6. END OF THE SEASON Bradford Park Avenue – Blue Square Premier – 2013/14 - 13th A season of runs, after the first 10 games of the season the home team had won 100% of our games, shortly following that we went on a run of 5 draws in 5 league games, and then the xmas period hit us again, losing 7 consecutively and 8 out of 10 from boxing day to the end of january in all competitions. This left us in 18th, and had me worried so I brought in quite a few fresh faces, which seemed to work wonders, well that and the fixture list easing up, allowed us to win 12 and draw 2 of our last 16 games. If it was a decent season in the league, then it was an amazing year in the FA Cup, managing to avoid any league teams until the 3rd round, we hit the jackpot with Arsenal away, We left the emirates with a 5-1 thrashing and 1 million pounds richer! I immediately went to the board to upgrade the training facilities and the junior coaching. Then got a nice surprise at the end of the season when the board announced another upgrade to training, though I wonder if this is a bug. I then requested an update to the youth facilities too, so now were broke again! League - Finances – Squad – Key Player Profiles Hard to pick any key players, but if I had to it would be the unfortunately named trio of Dick - Had a good season, scoring some key goals, became a squad player after January however. Inman - Has the PPM gets forward, and was an attacking force, Barnet are rumoured to be interested. Borring - A revelation, and my new first choice CB. Career Overview Season Team League League Finish Cups Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 Bradford PA BSN 3rd FA 2nd Qual Round/ FAT 3rd Q Round Promoted via playoffs 2013/14 Bradford PA BSP 13th FA 3rd Round/ FAT 2nd Round None Next Season: Push for promotion Repeat FA Cup run! Transfers: Fixtures:, League Progress:
  7. Think the bug is the ground share part!
  8. END OF THE SEASON Bradford Park Avenue – Blue Square Bet North – 2012/13 - 3rd - Promotion via Playoffs An amazing first season, that saw us blow away the opposition in many games, and seemingly score at will. A rough winter schedule of 2 games a week took its toll on a team that had a great 11 but no real depth, before a horrific run of injuries saw them blow the league in the last few games. Managing to throw away a 3 goal lead in the first leg of the play-offs set the alarm bells ringing, but in the end we coasted through to the Blue Square Premier via a win over fierce rivals Guiseley! League - Finances – Oh dear! Squad – Key Player Profiles Kristian James - Undoubtedly the star man of the team and the division, netting 29 times in 38 games, with 9 assists and 9 MOM's. Probably wont be here for too long, though not had any interest yet. Francois Kompany - Had the most assists in the league with a whopping 18, and scored some vital goals. Gordon Dick - Was a rock at the back, and sorely missed during the closing weeks of the season, was back for the playoffs though. Also managed to bang in 10 from corners and free-kicks. Medi Abalimba - Played the deep lying playmaker role in my 4-1-3-2, and had 12 assists as well as helping break up attacks. Career Overview Season Team Country League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 Bradford PA England Blue Square North 3rd Promoted via playoffs Next Season Strengthen squad Avoid relegation Transfers: Fixtures:, League Progress:
  9. June - August 11 Round up 24/06/11. The day Bradford Park Avenue made the best decision in their history and shockingly replaced the man who brought them up with former sunday league flop John Thornton. Looking at the squad, the media had quite understandably tipped PA for a short stay in the league, expecting a 22nd place finish. There was one gem in the squad, Medi Abalimba proving to be an inspired signing from the previous regime. Thornton's scouts pointed him in the direction of what appeared to be a great brazillian defender, but one who had no chance of obtaining a work permit. This angered him, and the scout was told he needed to find someone special to keep his job, much to Thornton's chagrin he pulled it out of the bag, 17 year old Kristian James looking like a star already, with L1 potential, and star Man City defender ('s brother) Francois Kompany. Other signings have included, among others, the unfortunately named young scottish centre back Gordon Dick, and yet another Man City defender's brother Aaron Lescott. Thornton believed his squad was complete, decided to get straight to the season, leaving the assistant to deal with the friendlies. Unfortunately there was one massive oversight, come match day Thornton realised he had no left backs at the club. He quickly panic bought two young left backs, including an Andy Carroll esque transfer fee for unproven Michele Picano. The season didnt start well, a makeshift 3-3-2-2 formation to offset the lack of a left back ended with a flattering 1-3 defeat to Halifax, then came the biggest game of the season the home derby v the much fancied Guiseley, before an ill tempered 2-3 defeat to Hinckley. Up came a home game against Lowestoft to end the month, the first game to showcase the new 4-1-3-2 PA are using now, and with 9 out of 11 first choice players available. A much needed performance to fill the players with optimism. Next on the agenda, is to sort out the away form and keep the discipline, as the 2 defeats have seen 5 yellows and 1 red in each game, the bank balance cant afford 23 fines either. Transfers A decent start to the season, no shame in consolidation this year, but still early days.
  10. Going to attempt this for the first time in a few years. Picking the closest team to me, Bradford PA