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  1. DCK Maidenbower 2040/41 Season (Premier League) October-November The strong form continued through October and November, DCK only losing in the League to Arsenal and last season's champions Man City. It saw them rise to 8th in the table. Although DCK have no aspirations of qualifying for the Europa League, the improvement on last season is very welcome and should prevent them from being dragged into another relegation scrap. Man City also knocked them out of the League Cup, but DCK got far enough to meet the board's expectation of reaching the fouth round. New striker Mario Carlon drew a blank in his first eight games for DCK, and it was starting to affect his confidence. Against Watford though, he bagged a hat trick in a 5-2 win that will surely do wonders for his confidence. Andy Pritchard was in particularly excellent form in November, which saw him scoop both Player and Young Player of the Month. England After a mediocre opening two performances under new manager Tabb, England really kicked into gear in the October and November international breaks, dismantling first Switzerland at Wembley in October and then doing the same away in November, before avenging their defeat in Portugal with a fantastic 3-0 win that sees them top their International League group. Next year England have World Cup qualifiers to contend with, although the group they have been drawn in looks very manageable.
  2. DCK Maidenbower 2040/41 Season (Premier League) August-September A strong start to the season saw DCK pick up valuable early points and progress in the League Cup against Championship side Swansea. Three draws in the opening six matches wasn't ideal, but last season DCK may well have lost one or more of those matches. The results see DCK in 11th place, a position they occupied at times last season as well. The surprise package of this season, buiding on a fantastic previous campaign, is Huddersfield who sit top of the table, albeit at a very early stage with most of the season still to be played. England Tabb's England career kicked off with a friendly against Austria, where they conceded an early goal but came back to win 2-1. The second game, England's International League opener, was more dramatic still - against Portugal, ranked second in the world, England again conceded first, roared back and took the lead, were pegged back, took the lead again and went 4-2 up before collapsing and losing 5-4. Conceding five goals, even away from home against the second best team in the world, underlines the dearth of quality defenders available to Tabb. He will be hoping that new DCK signing Craig Dean can be a long term solution for England as well as his club side.
  3. DCK Maidenbower 2040/41 Season (Premier League) Summer Transfer Window, DCK Squad and First England Squad Summer Window GK - Cedric Moreno/Harri Webb Cedric Moreno was expected to be DCK's first choice goalkeeper for the next decade. Alas, this summer he was unsettled by Real Madrid. Madrid put in a series of derisory bids, refusing to meet Moreno's very reasonable £20m release clause. Tabb knew however that it was only a matter of time before the transfer went through, which it eventually did on deadline day when Madrid blinked and paid the clause, and so he moved to sign Newcastle's 33 year old goalkeeper Harri Webb. Webb has spent most of his career as first choice, until a couple of seasons ago when a new signing forced him onto the Newcastle bench. Only really a stopgap measure at 33, and an expensive £10m one at that, he fills DCK's short term needs and gives Tabb time to find a longer term option between the sticks. CB - Gabriel Marcu, Kevin Graham/Craig Dean, Matthew Keen Although the plan had always been to sell Marcu this summer, it was Ted Boddey who was lined up to depart alongside him, not Kevin Graham. In the end though, Tabb simply couldn't bring himself to sell Boddey, a club stalwart who has been with the team since the Conference South. Instead, Watford's bid for Graham was accepted. In their place, Tabb moved for two centre backs at opposite ends of their respective careers. 18 year old Dean is a player that DCK attempted to sign when he spawned at 15, but he wouldn't discuss terms with the club at the time. Several years later, he joins for a princely £12.5m having broken into the first team last season and made 39 appearances in the Championship. Keen meanwhile is 33 and was released at the end of last season by Southampton. Like Webb, he brings a wealth of Premier League experience to an otherwise extremely young backline. LB - Mohamed Yahi/Daniele Leonetti Yahi was signed on a free transfer last season to compete with club captain Florian Audibert. He never really succeeded in displacing the Frenchman however, and was sold to Crystal Palace to make room for Daniele Leonetti. Leonetti is not actually a new signing this summer, but he has recently returned from a season on loan in League One with Bury and is seen as the club's long term option at left back so it makes sense to give him gametime as soon as possible. CM - Rino Andre Simensen, John Javier Tapia, Fernando Bengoetxea/Ryan Davis, Fitzroy Joinville, Tomasz Wozniak Rino Andre Simensen was, like Graham, not a player that DCK had anticipated selling this summer. Norwich's bid however was enough to change Tabb's mind. Otherwise, with Tapia and Bengoetxea, the plan had always been to let the go if the price was right, and indeed DCK made a significant profit on the pair. In their place, Tabb signed three extremely talented young midfielders. The best of the bunch may be the cheapest, 20 year old Frenchman Joinville, who joined from Ligue 2 side Lens. All three though are extremely good young players. Davis, signed from Championship side Everton, carries a small English player tax, but DCK had relatively few English players in the team and Tabb wanted to begin to correct that in this window. LW/RW - Emiljano Dhrami, Milivoj Tucakovic Not exactly a straight swap. Another example where Tabb's plans were changed when he received a strong bid, Reading's bid for Dhrami, which could rise to £25m, was too good to refuse, and helped to fund the signing of another winger, Croatian right winger Tucakovic. He is DCK's new record signing, a deal which could rise to £21m, and they had to fight off some strong competition to sign him. Both Liverpool and Real Madrid were interested, but DCK gazumped both of them before they had the chance to make a bid and agreed a deal for one of the finest young prospects around. His signing led to Ivar Hopmark departing on loan, and he will compete with Ntuthuko Makhoere for the right wing spot. Dhrami's departure meanwhile opens the door for 18 year old Lazar Kovac, signed last season, to get some minutes. ST - Gjergji Hoxha/Mario Carlon One factor that caused DCK to struggle last season was undoubtedly a lack of goals. Hoxha rotated with Mfiki Molefe last term, before the latter established himself as the first choice no. 9 by scoring the goals that kept DCK in the division. With more goals required this season, Tabb signed Mario Carlon from newly relegated Leicester. A big money signing for DCK, and a relatively old one at the geriatric age of 26, he has been given the task of making this year a little easier for the fans by scoring a bucketload of goals. No pressure! Hoxha meanwhile is still an excellent prospect so has been sent on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach rather than being sold. Major Loans - Ivar Hopmark, Gjergji Hoxha, Jasmin Hasanovic, Dean Dasaolu, Stanislav Knoblach Hopmark, Hoxha, and Knoblach all departed for a year to gain experience, with the aim of them being competitive options in their positions upon their returns. Hasanovic however left primarily due to a tactical switch, with DCK moving back to the 4231 that had served them so well before they abandoned it in their second and successful Championship season, and thus Hasanovic's DM position became redundant. Upon his return he will be assessed to see if he can be a viable option either in midfield or at centre back. Striker Dasaolu, meanwhile, is still a little further from being ready for Premier League action, and again will be assessed upon his return in 12 months. DCK Squad Those are the main moves both in and out, and this is how the squad is shaping up. As per the Assman ratings, 2* is decent Championship and below, 2.5* is good to leading Championship, 3* is leading Championship to decent Prem, 3.5* is decent to good Prem and 4* is firmly good Prem. The squad is definitely still weak in goal, with the club's next best option after Webb being 17 year old Francesco Varlet. Left wing is also an issue after Dhrami's departure. Although Kovac is an excellent prospect, he is not good enough to entirely make up for the shortfall in the long term. On the positive side, central midfield looks very strong and is full of players with lots of room to grow even further, as does the right flank. Overall the squad is probably a little stronger than last term, even if Tabb is praying that Webb stays healthy in goal. Tactically, this is next season's 4231. DCK are still focusing on counter attacking, but will at least be a little more adventurous than last season. More team instructions are likely to be added as the season progresses. First England Squad England fans were waiting for Jamie Tabb's first squad, to see if he would be as religiously wedded to youth with the national side as he is with DCK. In the end the squad left them unsure what direction Tabb would take, with several uncapped young players called up as expected, but Tabb also tempting 37 year old Arsenal centre back Danny Duncan out of international retirement. Duncan will be retiring at the end of the season, but England are light on quality centre backs and Tabb wanted his experience and quality for his first year in charge as he attempts to qualify for the 2042 World Cup. Tactically, England will line up slightly differently to DCK, with the no.10 more withdrawn and more of an emphasis on possession. Again, instructions are likely to change a little.
  4. DCK Maidenbower 2040/41 Season Preview - Premier League & Major News After just barely escaping last season, DCK are hoping for greater success this year. Of course, greater success would mean lower mid table rather than silverware, but progress is progress. After predicting them to finish rock bottom last year, the media have been slightly kinder to DCK this year - they reckon a 16th place finish is achievable. Tabb is hoping for slightly higher, roughly 10th-15th, but as with last year the number one goal is survival. To aid with having a more successful season than last, there have once again been major moves made in the transfer window, which will be detailed in the next post. In the cups, the board expectations are slightly higher than last year; for the FA Cup they want the fifth round rather than the fourth, and in the League Cup they are looking for the fourth round - last season DCK were unable to progress past the third. However, the big news doesn't involve DCK at all. A terrible showing at the 2040 Euros, culminating in a first knockout round exit to Serbia, led Leonardo Jardim to resign from his role as England manager. The FA, upon sitting down and discussing potential replacements, came up with one outstanding candidate - Jamie Tabb, the man who had led DCK Maidenbower from nowhere into the Premier League. Negotiations hit a stumbling block when Tabb declined to leave DCK; he felt that his work there was unfinished. The FA however agreed that he could remain as DCK manager while taking on his new post, and so Tabb signed a contract (on wages that far eclipse the £6.25k p/w he makes at DCK) to take over as boss of his home country. He is the first English manager they have had in six years, since Alex Smithies (a former FM wonderkid goalkeeper when he was at Huddersfield) lasted just under two years. Note: It was a tough decision for me to make to decide if it was the right path to take in the career of Jamie Tabb. In the end I decided that there's no way he would turn it down. Plus, it will at least make the international breaks more interesting.
  5. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season (Premier League) April-May DCK needed to build upon their four points they managed at the end of March, and although it looked at first like they would do that and pull themselves away from danger, they quickly faltered once again and were pulled back into the mix. Come the final game of the season, they were far from safe and knew that failure to win, coupled with a win for either Leicester or Bournemouth, would send them down, although with the superior goal difference of the three they would stay up if they finished level on points. Mindful of retaining their goal difference, DCK focused on remaining tight at the back, and managed a creditable 0-0 with Arsenal. Unaware of precisely what was going on in the other games, when the news broke that Leicester had drawn and Bournemouth lost, several DCK players were seen to collapse onto the pitch in relief. Tabb was seen hugging his captain Florian Audibert and club stalwart Ted Boddey rather tighter than either seemed entirely comfortable with, and the residents of Crawley were so happy that they forgot for a few hours that, unfortunately, they lived in Crawley. DCK manager Jamie Tabb is already hard at work figuring a way to escape relegation by more of a margin, or perhaps even reach midtable next season. For now though, the players depart for their holidays, having kept DCK up against the odds. Season Summary League Predicted to finish rock bottom, and given 2-5 odds of relegation, to stay up is yet another in a long line of achievements for manager Jamie Tabb and his side. 34 points is still a sobering number however, and the same total next season could very well see them go down. Improvement is therefore needed next season. Encouragingly, Tabb's sides have never finished lower than the previous season, so fans will be expecting safety to come slighly easier next year. Cups Not really much to talk about here, the cups were a bit of a damp squib as DCK focused on staying up above all else. Perhaps the main thing of interest regarding the ups was that last season's Championship winners Sunderland, who just about pipped DCK to the title, won the League Cup and thus qualified for Europe. Man City won the FA Cup to complete a domestic double. Top Performers Not too many DCK players covered themselves in glory this season. LW Emiljano Dhrami was perhaps the pick of the bunch; the 20 year old's performances were enough to interest PSG though so Tabb could lose him this summer. Mfiki Molefe was the side's top scorer with 13 goals, a respectable return given how heavily he was rotated up front with Gjergji Hoxha. In particular, his purple patch towards the end of the season undoubtedly kept DCK up. Finally, althought his performances weren't all that special, Jasmin Hasanovic made considerably more appearances than initially expected and forced Fernando Bengoetxea out of the side. Other Points of Interest Further improvements to the club's youth facilities are another tiny step towards the club becoming the English Barcelona. There's still some way to go yet, though. The massive Premier League TV deal, combined with DCK operating on a Championship budget still, has led to the club's directors effectively becoming Smaug sitting on a massive pile of gold. It was enough to see the club hit with their first ever tax bill. Paying off the club's roughly £12m stadium debt, therefore, was chicken feed. Finally, with the season over and safety secure, Tabb took the time to attend the Champions League final. Held at Old Trafford this year, it was an easy journey and a particularly tasty looking showdown - an El Clásico between Barca and Real. In the end Barca triumphed 2-1 in an enthralling match. However, Tabb's attendance itself became a story, with dimwits in the media (presumably Mail 'journalists') bemused by a Premier League manager attending a European final held in his home country. The idea of attending a football match for pleasure clearly has never crossed the tiny minds of these absolute imbeciles.
  6. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season (Premier League) February-March DCK's shocking run continued through February, and by mid March they found themselves ahead of the relegation zone by just a point and in the worst form in the League. The two games against Leicester and Spurs, identified in the last update as games where the side hoped to pick up four points, ended up yielding zilch. With things looking grim, Tabb tweaked his formation slightly and was rewarded with DCK's first win in 14 games, against Reading. A further point against Southampton followed before the end of the month. The gap over the drop is now four points, although with six games still to play things continue to look highly precarious. DCK have to turn this tiny amount of momentum into some decent form over the rest of the season, or they will be spending next year in the Championship. Squeaky bum time indeed.
  7. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season (Premier League) December-January & Winter Transfer Window A surprise 4-2 win against Man Utd in early December was not enough to halt DCK's woeful run. They have now not won in nine games, and their position is starting to look slightly precarious. DCK also suffered a measure of karma - after absurdly beating Leicester 7-0 in October, they were beaten by Arsenal in December by the same scoreline, and bid adios to their positive goal difference. The two matches coming up against Leicester and Spurs will be crucial to the season - with them in 19th and 18th place respectively, four points are needed at a minimum against clear rivals in the relegation scrap. (on a side note, the main joy of the season, as an Arsenal fan, has been to see Spurs in the relegation zone. Long may it continue!) Winter Window In the transfer window there was little in the way of significant business. Philip Stadlbauer had failed to impress when given the opportunity to make his mark in the Prem, so the intention from long before the window opened was to sell him to the Championship where he had proved already he was able to thrive. In the end Barnsley came in with an offer of £3m and he was allowed to depart with best wishes. In his place, Tabb once again raided Scandanavia for an expiring contract, bringing in Ivar Hopmark from Molde. He is most naturally a Complete Forward, but is competent on the right wing and should improve further in that role with training and game time. Otherwise the only incomings were youth players, and the only other outgoings were loans for young prospects to get match experience. Tabb considered moving for a big player to help the club arrest their form and survive, perhaps a commanding new Centre Back, but was unable to find anyone good enough at a price he was willing to pay. He will need to find at least one more CB in the summer though, with both Gabriel Marcu and the club's longest serving player Ted Boddey both likely to depart (assuming DCK stay up).
  8. I wish I could tell you that things get interesting at semi-pro, but I doubt you'll fail to win the league easily until you've at least reached the Conference. Kinda makes the challenge a bit pointless when you can play down to the Conference on FM vanilla with no mods - only real reason I'd ever do it again is if I wanted to manage a specific team that started below the Conference N/S. Good luck!
  9. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season (Premier League) October-November DCK are refusing to be drawn into a relegation fight, and despite their form fluctuating they continue to find themselves in lower midtable. They managed a barely believable 7-0 away win against Leicester at the start of October, and followed it with another smash and grab 1-0 against Spurs, before their form faltered slightly. Sitting in 11th, they would undoubtedly take that position at the end of the season. For now they have plenty of games to go until then, and another window in January to come where they may be able to further improve their squad. Meanwhile Southampton and especially Huddersfield are the suprise packages this season. Huddersfield were in the Championship with DCK back in the 2037/38 season, so for them to be potential title challengers two years later is an incredible achievement and perhaps something to emulate?
  10. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season (Premier League) August-September DCK started the season fairly strongly, not scoring a huge number of goals but also not conceding too many either. The highlight so far is undoubtedly the 1-0 smash and grab win against Man City - DCK faced wave after wave of City attacks but held firm to keep the clean sheet and the three points. The results are enough to see DCK sit in 13th place. It is still early days but to be above the relegation zone is never a bad thing.
  11. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season (Premier League) Summer Transfer Window Fire Sale Although the squad of last season managed to get DCK to the Premier League, a large proportion was deemed not cut out for the higher standard required. Several former prospects who had worked their way into first team contention departed, as did a number of players who had only signed for the club last season. Former Prospects Lee Stevens (LB, £450k-550k), Shane Scott (ST, £195k), Ryan Pratezina (RW/LW, £1m), Martin Milne-Brunskill (RB, £950k), David Webb (CM, £900k), Andrew Banks (LW, £1.2m), Thomas Boekh (CB, £1.4m), Ibrahima Keita (RB, £7.5m), Total - £13.695m All but Keita were sadly not good enough for the Prem and were sold at the earliest available opportunity, some for well below their market value to get them off the books. The saddest departure was Shane Scott, who had been a fixture in the team since promotion to the Football League and went for a paltry £195k. Sadly with little interest in purchasing him Tabb was forced to accept a nominal sum to afford him the regular playing time that his fantastic service to the club had earned him. Keita on the other hand was a transfer made against Tabb's wishes - after several years of other clubs attempting to pry him away from DCK it was the lure of AC Milan that led Keita to hand in a formal transfer request. Rather than keep an unhappy player, Tabb allowed him the move and acted swiftly to replace him. Didn't Stay Long, aka the CM Purge Mamute (CM, £1.5m), Mikel Calderon (CM, £6.75m) Erdi Dag (CM, £10m), Conor Steele (ST, Loan), Total - £18.25m Three CMs who were important cogs in last season's side were sold to raise a considerable sum to reinvest. Tabb actually had no interest in selling Dag, but the massive bid from Wolves was enough to change his mind. Meanwhile Conor Steele wanted out after only six months; DCK were happy to oblige after he never really hit the goals in the Championship they were hoping for, and Atalanta were willing to cover 100% of his wages. In total the sales raised £32m this window, of which 70% or £22.36m minus agent and other fees went towards the incoming budget. Purchases Youth System Danny Heywood (CM, £74k), Dean Dasaolu (ST, £145k), Colin Sayer (AM, £450k), Francesco Varlet (GK, £450k), Marco Theissen (AM/LW, £0), Daniele Leonetti (LB, £700k-1m), Total - £2.12m Tabb and the board recently agreed to add a focus on young signings and on developing the club's youth system to the clubs philosophies at a recent meeting. With the youth facilities & recruitment roughly in line with a League One side, although improvements have now started arriving, the onus for now is on signing the best young prospects possible. Of those poached, the best may well be Milwall's Dean Dasaolu, who has a fantastic personality and what looks to be extremely high potential. First Team Andy Pritchard (CM, £6.75m), Cristian Aynol (CB, £42k), Alex Neves (RB, £250k), Mohamed Yahi (LB, £0), Nicolas Carpentier (CM, £3.6m), Ilir Ramadani (RB, £1.2m), John Javier Tapia (CM, £3.2m), Total - £15.04m A total of seven incomings for the first team, with Tabb especially excited about the cheapest of the lot (bar free signing Yahi), Cristian Aynol. The transfer had been pending for two years, as it had to wait for Aynol to turn 18 before he could leave Argentina. Although he starts the season as the club's fourth best CB, with fast progress he could end up first choice by the end of the season alongside Scottish international Kevin Graham. Similarly, Andy Pritchard is an extremely exciting prospect. DCK's new record signing, like Dasaolu he comes from what looks like a very impressive Milwall academy, and will likely be in the DCK midfield for years to come. At 17, his physical stats already look obscene. LANS (Like a New Signing) Mfiki Molefe After an impressive loan spell with Eibar in La Liga last season, Molefe signed a new contract in the summer. With Tabb expecting to loan him out again this season, to his pleasant surprise the young South African was granted a work permit when he signed the deal. The decision allowed DCK to OK the departure of Conor Steele, and he will compete with Hoxha up front this season. He is, as the late (in game, presumably, as he would be over 90 by this point) and great Arsene Wenger would say, 'like a new signing'. The full list of signings. All in all Tabb ended up happy with his squad - they are unlikely to pull up any trees but should be good enough to have a shot at staying up and like every year are an extremely young bunch with the potential to grow considerably. Here is the squad for the season (or at least until January). Jasmin Hasanovic and Dean Dasaolu will mostly be playing with the youth teams this season but have been included as they may get a few minutes here and there. In terms of Assman CA ratings, 2* is League 1 all the way down to Conference Level, 2.5*-3* is Championship, 3.5* is leading Championship/decent Premier League and 4* is firmly Premier League quality. Assman Sonny Watch has JPA 16, JPP 14, so there may be some innacuracy in the ratings, especially in potential. And finally, after selling 11 players and only keeping 70% of the proceeds, right at the end of the transfer window the board announced that the transfer revenue retained would rise to 100%, far too late to help with the reinvesting money from sales in one of the most important windows in the club's history. Thanks a bunch.
  12. DCK Maidenbower 2039/40 Season Preview - Premier League DCK have finally made it to the Premier League, and are expecting a baptism of fire. These are the kind of messages that manager Jamie Tabb lives for. These, on the other hand, are definitely not. The media think that DCK will finish rock bottom, and the board agree. Tabb however has been doing significant surgery to his squad, selling players and focusing where possible on free transfers and transfer listed signings. The summer business will be vital in deciding if DCK will stay up or not so like last year it will get its own post. Cup wise the expectations haven't changed since last season, which is a small blessing at least. Even if DCK don't manage to stay up, the parachute payments should help them quickly regain Prem status. Tabb is quietly confident however that they can beat the drop.
  13. Think I've figured out the puzzle re. the stadium expansion numbers not adding up - I think it's because the stadium was 3,000 seated and 3,000 standing, so the 9,500 seats added also has to take into account losing the 3,000 standing that are lost due to Prem all seater rules. Still not quite sure though how the board have managed to expand the stadium at all given that it was already at its maximum expansion level - perhaps they're knocking down a stand to build a much bigger one in its place?
  14. DCK Maidenbower 2038/39 Season (Championship) April-May With a healthy six point gap over second place Sunderland with 7 matches remaining, all DCK had to do was to hold their nerve and continue their fine form to be crowned champions. Unfortunately they chose the worst possible moment to come apart, and despite winning the six-pointer at the Stadium of Light it wasn't enough. On the final day of the season, with DCK ahead on goal difference, Ipswich prevailed 1-0 to hand Sunderland the title. A second place finish still means that DCK secured promotion to the Premier League, and the task next season is not to cock it up and get relegated. Season Summary League DCK never truly had any serious aspirations to win the League at the start of the season; the only goal was promotion and they didn't care how it arrived. As such the season is an unqualified success; despite coming so close to the title and then falling short it doesn't really matter in the end when both of the top two get the same amount of lovely TV money next season (depending on league position next year). 90 points would have been enough to win the Championship on six occasions since the start of the career (2016/17) and a number of the young players grew significantly this season. The influx of slightly more experienced players also seemed decisive, with DM Fernando Bengoetxea and CB Gabriel Marcu (both 24) helping DCK to record the best defensive record in the League. In the playoffs, AFC Wimbledon defeated Brentford 4-3 after extra time to join Sunderland and DCK in the Premier League. Cups The Cup highlight of the season was undoubtedly the run to the 5th round of the FA Cup, beating Prem side Huddersfield along the way before Southampton defeated them in a replay on penalties. In both cups, DCK managed to reach one round further than the board expectations before meeting their match. Incredibly, both the FA Cup and League cup were won by Middlesbrough, completing an unlikely demestic cup double. Top Performers Although he lost his place on the team sheet to the more talented South African Ntuthuko Makhoere, Philip Stadlbauer kept his head down and produced some excellent performances when given a chance. Despite DCK's Assman only rating his potential as Championship level, he has earned himself a shot in the Premier League on the back of his performances. Gjerji Hoxha, DCK's record signing, put in some solid performances after being brought in to replace some Australian geezer. Speaking of McKenzie, after his £10m move to fellow Championship side Sunderland he struggled to get in the team, only being a bit-part player this season as the Black Cats preferred more experienced options up front. HE LITERALLY STARTED MORE INTERNATIONAL GAMES THAN CLUB GAMES FFS Other Points of Interest With their stadium at it's maximum capacity of 6,000, and the club still servicing debt two from previous loans to first build and then expand the stadium, DCK were caught between a rock and a hard place of needing a new ground but not wanting new debt. The board's solution was to pay off the old debt in one go and then take out a new £12.8m loan to expand the unexpandable stadium. The maths of the expansion also makes no sense - The previous capacity was 6,000 so a 9,500 expansion should mean a capacity of 15,500 rather than 12,500? Finally, as almost all of the squad are rated as Championship level players, there will need to be a major squad overhaul in before the start of the new season. Hopefully the board will provide the necessary funds, but previous experience with their Scrooge-like tendencies suggests that this isn't likely.
  15. DCK Maidenbower 2038/39 Season (Championship) February-March With DCK on a strong run of form going into February, and sitting top of the League, the goal was to keep it up and to put some distance between themselves and the playoffs, so that the end to the season would mainly be about if they could secure the title, without worrying about dropping down and facing the lottery of the playoffs. That is exactly what they achieved, only dropping four points in nine games (23/27 points). It was enough to see them open a commanding 13 point lead over third-placed Stoke with 7 games to go, as well as seeing them 6 points clear of second place Sunderland. DCK's reputation has also increased to the point where they are now able to start poaching other English side's top youth prospects before they are tied down to contracts, although sides in the Premier League and most in the Championship are still safe for now. Tabb is pleading with the board for youth system upgrades at every opportunity, but progress is slow so poaching is the only way to get a crop of young English players coming through. The poaching used up a significant portion of Tabb's remaining transfer budget for the season, but as long as promotion is achieved the club will be awash with money from next season.
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