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  1. Unfortunately for me, we didn't leave admin until the 21st of August so most of the players had left! The players I did manage to get in however: Mark Yates - Loan - Watford Emile Mpenza - Free Robin Shroot - £0 - Stevenage Peter Brezonvan - £0 - Brighton Steven Gregory - £0 - Bournemouth Ferrie Bodde - Free Harry Bunn - Loan - Man City Mark Stewart - £0 - Dundee Eric Addo - Free Herita Ilunga - Free Those players saw me through until Jan. In November I was given an £8m budget boost. The January window shall be fun!
  2. Hi all. I fancied a challenge so took over Pompey for my latest save. Didn't expect much but hoped to come out of admin fairly soon to add to my squad. After a week a 'consortium' made a bid. I waited two weeks and nothing happened before I saw the news item 'Tycoon Eyes Pompey Takeover'! So I was taken over by Spanish businessman 'Alberto Garcia'. Oddly, despite putting 30m in the accounts, he's not changed my transfer or wage budget! Hee has however ploughed 11m into training and youth facilities. So i'm still building on a budget! Mid-October and we sit 15th overall in L1. Any ideas who to sign on a budget?
  3. I'm doing disappointingly average. Started off with a solid win at home vs Utrecht (3-1) before a loss away to Heracles (0-2) and a emphatic 4-1 victory at home to Feyenoord put me in a good position before a slip. We drew with Heerenveen (1-1), lost to Ajax (0-2) and Den Haag (2-4). We then won our Dutch Cup game 3-0 vs SC Joure and off the back of that beat Twente 3-1 away from home. After that we drew with PSV and RKC (both 0-0). So after 9 game we sit 10th with 12 points, 11 off Ajax who are top on 23. Goals have come from everywhere, we've had 11 different goal scorers this season in the 9 games. Wilfried, Vossen, Jenner and Hofs all have 2, the rest on 1. Our run of games is good from now until the turn of the year and I'll be very disappointed not to be in the top 5 at the turn of the year.
  4. Started a Vitesse save after seeing this thread. Interesting story and I always like a challenge. Started off by sorting my staff out. Released all my youth coaches and installed a crack youth coach team of Geert Meijer, Wim Kwakman, Wim Jonk and Fred Grim from Ajax. I added Jan-Willem van Ede as a GK coach, Markus Zidek as a Fitness coach and Hans Dieter Hermann, Gaard Xhofleer, Jos van Dijk and Hans Jorritsma as my coaching squad. I also asked the board from improved Junior Coaching, Improved Youth facilities and A parent club. They granted all three and I now have links with Juventus! Looking at the squad, I sent 4 onloan to AGOVV (van de Streek, Meerits, van Ginkel & van der Heijden) and let Drost and Yasuda go out on loan for fees while van der Struijk was sold for 375k. I wanted some experience in my squad so in came Arnar Vidarsson (33, 350k), Mario Melchiot (34, Free), Birger Maertens (31, Free), & Ivan Leko (33, 1m). I added Luigi Bruins (Free), Anthony Venden Borre (375K), Alain Rochat (1.3m), Jelle Jossen (1.8m) & Ahmed Soukouna (Free). I'm looking forward to this save!
  5. Is there a default start date or can we choose whatever we want? I'm not sure which date to start as I'm not sure which nation I'd like to start in.
  6. I know I'm rather late to the party, but... Welcome to the official Northampton Town FC thread Overview In the beginning... Northampton Town Football Club joined the Northants League (U.C.L.), and spent just two seasons there during which time they recouped their first transfer fee, £50 from Derby County for Frank (Wall) Howard, who was club's first professional player, and later became a gateman at the County Ground! The Cobblers won the Championship in only their second season. This was followed by a further two seasons in the Midland League, before joining the Southern League in the 1901-02 which saw the clubs heaviest defeat was recorded, 11-0 to Southampton, on a brighter note the F.A. Cup Proper was reached for the first time, a game which was lost 2-0 to League side Sheffield United in front of a lock-out crowd of 15,000, the gate receipts totalling £399. National headlines were made in October 1902, when a 1-0 win was recorded over Portsmouth at Fratton Park, this was Portsmouth first ever defeat at Fratton Park, after an incredible 66 matches. The going was tough to start off with in the Southern League and the Cobblers twice finished bottom, mainly due to players being snapped up by league clubs, who were able to pay better wages. During the 1904-05 season, Northampton used their first substitute in a friendly game against Port Vale. Len Benbow was injured, and permission was granted for him to be replaced by Herbert Chapman, who became the first ever Manager at the club, although on a Player/Manager basis. His appointment was certainly a wise one, with the contact had built up he was able to persuade many ex-professionals to join the club and was responsible for the club paying their first transfer fee, £400 to Stoke City for Welsh International Edwin Lloyd Davies who still has the record number of International caps won (12) and was the oldest player to play for the club (42). The transformation was incredible, within two years Northampton were champions of the Southern League (1908-09) and met Newcastle United in the Charity Shield, losing 2-0 at the Oval. 1909-10 saw the Cobblers achieve their two biggest wins in the Southern League, 11-1 against Southend United and 10-0 against Croydon Common, they went onto to finish 4th that season and followed that up by finishing Runners-up to Swindon Town in 1910-11. October 1911 saw the Cobblers sign their first black player, Walter Tull from Tottenham Hotspur who incidentally was the leagues first black outfield player. During his first season he played as a forward and scored 9 goals from just 12 games, including 4 in a 5-0 win over Bristol Rovers. He went on to play 110 games for the club, mainly as a wing half, before he died in the second battle of the Somme in the first World War where he was Britain's first black army officer. On July 11th 1999, over eighty years after his death, an 8 foot high marble memorial was unveiled at Sixfields Stadium, the centrepiece for the Garden of Rest at Northampton Town Football Club. By the start of the 1912-13 season Herbert Chapman had left Northampton for Leeds, he then went onto to Huddersfield Town, winning two league championships and setting them up for a third before joining Arsenal, where he again won two league championships before he died in 1934. After the war and the resumption of Southern League football in 1919-20, the Cobblers conceded 103 goals which is the only season to date that the club have conceded over 100 goals, however re-election was avoided by three points and were ready to start life as a Football League club, joining Division Three (South). On Christmas day 1920 The Cobblers won 5-2 at Gillingham, the next away league win was not achieved until September 6th 1922, a 3-0 win at Gillingham (again!) a run of 33 away matches without a win. 1922-3 saw the club become a public company and 8,000 shares at £1 were released, a then record crowd of 18,123 was recorded for the Plymouth match on Boxing day and gate receipts for the first time exceeded £1,000. 1923-24 started with the club raising £5,000 to build a stand with players tunnel underneath and also improved terracing was installed in the Hotel End. In 1924-25 and incredible an unenviable record was set when 9 penalties were missed during the course of the season, which also saw the formation of the Supporter Club. The following 1925-26 season witnessed the clubs first foreign transfer, ex-Scarborough player William Shaw was signed from Spanish side Barcelona, having scored 31 goals from 38 games the previous season. 1927/28 saw a record Division Three (South) victory, 10-0 against Walsall) which helped ensure that 102 league goals were scored that season finishing 2nd, behind Millwall. On Boxing day, there the club entertained Luton Town at the County Ground, and at half time were trailing 5-1, however the second half proved to be more successful for the home side who put five past their visitors to win the match 6-5. Spare a thought for Luton's Jimmy Reid, who despite scoring 4 goals still finished on the losing side. A new ground record was set for the F.A. Cup Third round replay with Sunderland, 21,148 turned up to see the Cobblers lose 3-0 Disaster occurred at the County Ground during December 1929, when a fire destroyed stands A, B and C, of which the damage was estimated at £5,000, only stand D was saved although this was charred. The source of the fire was thought to be in the away dressing room, the Cobblers had earlier entertained AFC Bournemouth reserves. The stand had been re-built by February 1930. 1932-33 created history when brothers Fred and Albert Dawes both scored in an 8-0 win over Newport County. The latter finished the season scoring 32 league goals, 5 FA Cup goals, and even scored all 4 in a 4-0 win over the Dutch National side whilst the club was on tour. In 1933-34 the free scoring Albert Dawes was sold to Crystal Palace for a then club record fee of £1,650, and the FA Cup Fifth round was reached for the first time courtesy of a Fourth round win away to Huddersfield Town who at the time were top of Division One, not bad for a mid table Division Three (South) side. The Cobblers finally bowed out to Preston North End 4-0 at Deepdale, setting a new ground record of 40,180. New manager, Ex-England International Syd Puddefoot joined prior to the end of the 1934-35 season and helped the club win nine out of their remaining twelve fixtures. The following 1935-36 season, the club broke their record transfer fee when they bought James Bartram from Falkirk for £1,000. However, this was later offset by another record transfer fee received again from Crystal Palace, this time £3,000 for Fred Dawes, the brother of Albert who was transferred two seasons earlier. In the three seasons prior to the breakout of World War II, the Cobblers finished 7th, 9th and 17th respectively in Division Three (South), in 1938 signed John Parris from Luton Town who was the first ever black player to play for Wales. In the final match prior to the War, the Cobblers travelled to Deans Court and lost 10-0, the clubs record League defeat. During the war the Cobblers had the record for the first transfer fee received during the hostilities when Bobby King was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a substantial four-figure fee. After the War, the club finished 13th in Division Three (South) with Archie Garrett scoring 26 league goals before joining Birmingham City for a then club record of £10,000 during the early part if the following 1947-48 season. A player who would go onto become the clubs all time leading scorer joined the club, his name was Jack English, the son of Jack English, former manager between 1931-35, as did a certain Mr Dave Bowen, who would go onto have a very long association with the Cobblers and also become the Manager of Wales. In 1948-49, the club thankfully avoided re-election on goal difference, but the following 1949-50 season, the clubs fortunes had changed dramatically for the better and runners-up spot was achieved behind Notts County. The Cobblers also reached the 5th round of the FA Cup, creating new attendance records, firstly at the County Ground, when 23,209 were present in the Third round tie with Southampton and secondly 38,063 turned up at the Baseball Ground in Derby, where the home side ran out 4-2 winners. Cup success continued the following season when the Cobblers reached the 4th round, this time losing 3-2 away to Arsenal in front of a mammoth crowd of 72,408, the highest crowd that any Cobblers team has played in front of. 1952-53 Northampton Town Football Club finished 3rd in Division Three (South), just two points behind the winners, Bristol Rovers. The Cobblers scored 109 goals in the process. 1957-58 was The Cobblers last season in Division Three South, which also saw an amazing FA Cup third round 3-1 win at home to Arsenal, and then losing by the same scoreline to Liverpool at Anfield. The Cobblers finished the season 13th, just one place below the cut off point and were elected to Division Four. The 60's - The rapid rise and fall... However, the clubs stay in the Fourth Division only lasted for three seasons, the £7,000 re-arrival of Dave Bowen from Arsenal, in 1959 as Player Manager was to be the start of a truly remarkable decade. The Cobblers finished 3rd in Division Four in 1960-61 and were promoted to Division Three, incidentally, this was the season that club first had floodlights installed and also saw the first league encounters with local rivals Peterborough United. 1961-62 saw Laurie Brown transferred to Arsenal for £35,000 and the Cobblers finish 8th in Division Three with Cliff Holton scoring a club record of 36 league goals. Tommy Fowler played the last of his record breaking 552 games for the club in the 2-2 home draw with Lincoln City. In 1962-63 The Cobblers were crowned champions of the Third Division scoring 109 goals. Five players reached double figures, the top scorer was Alec Ashworth with 25 league goals in just 30 matches, he was then transferred to Preston North End in the close season for an estimated £20,000. Frank Large joined the club in the March from QPR, beginning the first of three spells with club in which he scored 96 goals in just over 250 appearances. 1963-64, the Cobblers signed Bobby Hunt from Colchester United for £25,000 and finished 11th in Division Two. The following season saw Northampton Town Football Club finished Division two runners-up in 1964-65 by just one point from Champions, Newcastle United, Cobblers goalkeeper, Bryan Harvey saved seven penalties during the season, including two in one match against Southampton, which were taken by Terry Paine, England's penalty taker at the time. 1965-66 is the only season that the Cobblers have ever spent in the top flight of English football. A County Ground record of 24,523 supporters witnessed the penultimate home Division One fixture with Fulham which was lost 4-2 and relegation followed shortly to Division Two, which prompted Manchester City Manager Joe Mercer to state "The miracle of 1966 was not England winning the World Cup, but Northampton reaching Division One". Barry Lines made history by becoming first player to play and score in all four divisions for the same club. A new transfer record was set, when the club paid £27,000 to take Joe Broadfoot from Ipswich Town. Incidentally, the Cobblers only double that season was against Aston Villa, and therefore as our paths have never crossed since then in the league, they are the only club that we have a 100% record against, Played 2, Won 2! 1966-67 was another season to end in relegation, this time to Division Three. It was hard to fathom out why the club was relegated, perhaps the twelve cartlidge operations played a large part. In 1967-68 the club just managed to avoid relegation to the Fourth Division, finishing 18th. By 1968-69 the cycle was complete and the Cobblers finished 21st, despite having an outside chance of promotion with 10 games to go, and were relegated to the basement division. Rising from top to bottom and back down again, just as quickly, all in the space of a decade. The 70's & 80's In 1969-70 the Cobblers played a staggering nine matches in the F.A. Cup, which culminated in a Fifth Round 8-2 home thrashing by Manchester United. The genius George Best scored a double hat-trick, coming off the back of a six week suspension! For the first time since becoming a League side the club had to apply for re-election in 1971-72, thankfully they finished the most favoured club with 49 votes, closely followed by Crewe Alexandra and Stockport County with 46 votes. However, re-election had to be applied for again the following season when this time 43 votes were gained. A strange occurrence of the season saw the biggest gate of the season recorded for a match which did not involve the Cobblers, 11,451 turned up to Birmingham's Trevor Francis score the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Luton Town in the League Cup second round second replay! 1974-75, a star of the future is sold, after 200 games in the claret colours of the Cobblers, Liverpool buy Phil Neal for a then club record of £65,000, whilst playing in the same side of another future England International, a certain John Gregory. 1975-76, the Cobblers finished 2nd in Division Four without losing a home game, and were promoted to Division Three behind Champions Lincoln City, who were also undefeated at home. Every regular player scored during the season, including the goalkeeper, Alan Starling, who netted from a penalty in the penultimate home game against Hartlepool United. On the downside Gary Mabee was forced to retire from football through injury at just 20 years old, he had scored 13 goals the previous season. 1976-77 brought relegation back to Division Four, the season started with ex-Manchester United Assistant Manager, Pat Crerand in charge, however his resignation was accepted following a 2-0 defeat at Brighton just into the new year. No new manager was appointed, instead a Committee was formed consisting of the Chairman, the coach and three senior players. Both the incoming and outgoing transfer records were broken during the 1979-80 season, prior to the start of the season George Reilly was sold to Cambridge United for a then record of £165,000, he had been the clubs top scorer for the previous two seasons whilst winger Mark Heeley was bought from Arsenal for £33,000. New floodlights were installed in time for the 1980-81 season, but they failed during the first match against Southend United and the game had to be abandoned. There was also little success on the pitch, the club finished 10th, and the following season matters worsened when the club finished 22nd and again had to apply for re-election, which was successful. 1982-83 brought a little improvement, 15th position was achieved, with Bristol City being the unlucky opponents when the club put 7 goals past them on a Sunday afternoon. The reward for beating Wimbledon and Gillingham in the FA Cup was a lucrative home tie with Aston Villa, which a full house of just under 15,000 witnessed a superb volleyed goal by Mark Walters, who later went on to play for England, to give Aston Villa a 1-0 victory. The club seemed anchored to bottom section of the Fourth Division, finishing 18th in 1983-84, where 16 year old Aidy Mann became the clubs youngest player and 23rd in 1984-85, which included the lowest ever league attendance at the County Ground. A mere 942 diehard supporters turn up to watch the Cobblers lose 2-0 at home to Chester City, the only ever league attendance under 1,000. The club appointed Graham Carr an ex-player to manage the club for the final seven games of the 1984-85 season which produced six wins and a draw. Graham Carr was relishing his first Football League management position and prior to the start of the 1985-86 season he bought in several players from the non-league in addition to a number of quality league players which was the tonic that the club needed and 8th position was gained. The club won a cash prize for being the first in the Country to score 50 league goals, which was achieved before Christmas. The County Ground lost the main stand, which had been condemned following the fire at Bradford City, a small stand was erected which was nicknamed the "Meccano Stand" due to the amount of scaffolding that surrounded it. The Cobblers picked up where they had left off the previous season and the 1986-87 Fourth Division Championship was emphatically won, gaining a club record total of 99 points and scoring 103 goals, 29 of them to Richard Hill, who was transferred in the Summer to Watford for a club record fee of £265,000. The club adjust to life in Division Three quickly and just miss out on a play-off place despite finishing 6th. The then record signing Tony Adcock was signed from Manchester City as part of an exchange deal for Trevor Morley, Tony Adcock's part of the fee is £85,000. The 1988-89 season saw the Cobblers struggle, mainly as a direct result of selling the best players in the previous season and letting Eddie McGoldrick join Crystal Palace for £200,000. The following season the club were relegated to Division Four, but did manage a FA Cup upset by beating Coventry City in the third round, 1-0 with then record gate receipts of £47,292. The club looked on course to return to the Third Division at the first attempt, they were top of the table in February, but with only 3 wins coming in the final 18 games, the club finished a disappointing 10th. Worrying Times Things worsened for the club financially, and went into administration in April 1992, with debts of around £1,600,000, ten of the clubs players were sacked and youth players were drafted in to make up the numbers, needless to say the results did not improve. These unhappy events sparked the formation of the Northampton Town Supporters Trust, which has a share holding in the club and a representative on the Board of Directors. History was made at the County Ground in the match with Hereford United, they finished the match with only seven players, four had been sent off, despite this obvious disadvantage the match ended 1-1. It was a sign of things to come and the club needed to win the final game of the season to avoid being relegated to the Conference. Over 2,500 made the trip to Shrewsbury Town and were distraught at half-time with home club leading 2-0. What happened after the interval was nothing short of a miracle, the game finished 3-2 in favour of the Cobblers, the winner being a fortuitous goal which came off of the incoming Pat Gavin and rolled into the net following an attempted clearance from the goalkeeper. Despite the warning bells from the previous season, the Cobblers finished bottom of the Football League in 1993-94, the only time in the club's history that the have finished bottom of any division since joining the Football League. Relegation was only escaped due the Conference Champions, Kidderminster Harriers not meeting the necessary ground criteria. The Sixfields era Tuesday 12th October 1994 was the last ever match at the County Ground, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town. This was the start of a new era, Northampton Town Football Club moved to Sixfields Stadium and a capacity crowd on Saturday 15th October 1994 witnessed the first match at the new Stadium, a 1-1 draw with Barnet. The first player to score at the new stadium was Martin Aldridge. The change of ground did not change the clubs fortunes, and by Christmas the club were in danger of finishing bottom again. In a desperate attempt to climb away from the foot of the table the Manager John Barnwell was replaced by Ian Atkins, he set about his task quickly and had guided the club to 17th by the end of the season. In his first full season in charge improvement was made and 11th position was achieved, with only 44 goals conceded from 46 games. Jason White was acquired for £35,000 from Scarborough and finished the season as top scorer with 16 goals. The League Cup 1st round, 2nd leg at home to West Bromwich Albion produced record gate receipts of £52,373. Promotion parties for both Preston and Gillingham were put on hold as the Cobblers won at Deepdale and held Gillingham to a draw, in addition to beating Wigan at Springfield Park in the final match of the season to deny them a play-off place. 1996-97 saw the Cobblers appear at Wembley for the first time in 100 years, beating Swansea City 1-0 in the play-off final in front of 46,804 (32,000 Northampton supporters!) with John Frain scoring the winning goal from a free kick deep into injury time, which added to the clubs centenary celebrations. Again, only 44 goals were conceded from 46 games which resulted in Town finishing 4th. Record gate receipts of £59,464 were recorded for the Play-off semi-final with Cardiff. Neil Grayson top scored with 12 goals which included the fastest ever hatrick from a Cobblers player, in just five minutes against Hartlepool United. 1997-98 again saw a Wembley appearance, this time in the Division Two play-off final which was lost 1-0 to third placed Grimsby Town in front of a then record 62,998 crowd, over 40,000 Northampton supporters, which is a record, the most supporters taken to Wembley by one team). Just 37 goals were conceded from 46 league games, the lowest total since joining the Football League. David Seal was bought from Bristol City for a club record £90,000 in at the start of the season and finished top scorer with 14 league and cup goals, in addition he was also the leading goalscorer for the reserves with 12 goals from 10 games which helped win the Reserve League. The clubs average attendance of 6,392 was the highest since the 1975/76 season. 1998-99 was a season littered with injury problems, no fewer than 16 players suffered from long term injuries, which completely decimated the squad from start to finish. On the final day of the season the "Cobblers" were unfortunately relegated to Division Three, despite being undefeated in the last 9 games of the season. On the positive side a memorable 2-1 aggregate win was recorded over West Ham United in the Worthington Cup before bowing out to eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur 3-1, after taking the lead. The match produced then record receipts of £102,979, a figure that was overtaken by the January 2004 FA Cup 4th round tie with Manchester United. The club was awarded the enterprise award from the Avon Insurance Combination Reserve League, for efforts in promoting reserve team football locally and nationally. The clubs transfer record was broken for the second successive season, £90,000 was paid to Hartlepool United for Steven Howard, with up to another £45,000 due on appearances and goals. 1999-2000 season saw the club bounce back to Division Two, finishing third and holding the third automatic spot for promotion, a run of 6 consecutive wins in the final 6 matches made outright promotion possible. Ian Atkins parted company with the club in October following an indifferent start to the season, his assistant, Kevin Wilson and coach, Kevan Broadhurst , took joint charge for the remainder of the month. Kevin Wilson was appointed manager at the start of November and recorded four wins and a draw in his first month in charge, earning him the Division Three manager of the month award, he followed that up in April with his second manager of the month award. Personal success was achieved by Ian Hendon, who was voted in the PFA team of the season for Division Three. Promotion to the higher division allowed the club to make changes to the playing staff over the summer, something it hadn't done during the season. Carlo Corazzin, Sean Parrish and Simon Sturridge were allowed to leave on free transfers and Marco Gabbiadini (Bosman), Christian Hargreaves (Bosman) and Jamie Forrester (a then club record signing at £150,000 from FC Utrecht) were brought in as replacements. The Cobblers made a good start to life in Division Two and flirted with the play off's during the early part of the campaign before slipping away to finish a disappointing 18th. A series of injuries after Christmas depriving the club of a number of the senior players and stretching the already paper thin squad. The club bought in Gerard Lavin, Daryl Burgress, Paul McGregor, Derek Asamoah and loan players Sam Parkin, Rob Wolleaston and Ian Evatt at the beginning of the campaign but a crippling injury crisis saw the Cobblers make a disappointing start to the new season. Kevin Wilson was relieved of his duties at the end of September 2001 following a 3-1 home defeat against Blackpool. Shortly afterwards Kevan Broadhurst was appointed as Caretaker Manger and following an upturn in the club's fortunes he was confirmed as full time manager in October 2001. His task was immediately made harder by news of a transfer embargo, one that would run for the course of the season, preventing him from strengthening what was already one of the smallest squad in the entire Football League. Mixed fortunes were experienced in the remainder of the year but things were to improve greatly in 2002. Despite finding themselves nine points adrift of safety in mid-January a remarkable run of promotion form, with only one defeat at Sixfields, saw the Cobblers secure their safety with a game to spare. Mission impossible had been accomplished and Northampton Town finished a remarkable five points above the relegation zone. Over the summer Kevan Broadhurst managed to strengthen the squad with eight new faces. He managed to compliment experienced players like Lee Harper, Paul Rickers, Nathan Abbey, Paul Trollope and Jerry Gill with promising youngsters Darryn Stamp, Greg Lincoln and Paul Harsley. The season was little over a month old when the club was forced to launch a 'Save our Season' campaign in a bid to see out the remainder of the year. The SOS appeal was required after the collapse of ITV Digital and much publicized takeover attempts by John Fashanu and Giovanni Di Stefano had failed and left the club with a big deficit to make up in the budgets. Supporters rallied and managed to raise over £230,000 to keep the club afloat with a string of fundraising events, the total was still some way short of the target of half a million pounds which was required by the end of January. In December 2002 a consortium headed by Andrew Ellis took a majority shareholding in the club and Chairman Barry Stonhill stood down. On the pitch the side had made a reasonable start to the season but suffered from a lack of consistency. In November 2002 Kevan had been pipped to the Manager of the Month award by Wigan's Paul Jewell, a disastrous run of results followed which ultimately cost him his job in January 2003. He was replaced by former England, Spurs and QPR defender Terry Fenwick, who had previously managed Portsmouth. Terry's spell in charge of the side proved to be the eighth shortest managerial reign in English football history, after a winless spell of seven games he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Martin Wilkinson as Caretaker Manager for the remainder of the season. The change could not keep the Cobblers in Division 2, but Martin was appointed permanent Manager in April 2003. Colin Calderwood replaced Martin in October 2003 and the Cobblers are looking to bounce back to League 1 (Division 2) as soon as possible. May 2004 saw the club suffer play off heartbreak with a penalty shoot out semi final defeat, and 12 months later similar heartbreak followed with a 1-0 play off semi final at Southend (again a penalty) but with Chairman David Cardoza at the helm, the club can look forward with excitement and optimism. The claret and white juggernaut began to move in 2005/2006, with the club securing automatic promotion to League One. A 1-0 victory over Chester at Sixfields on April 29 2006 saw wild celebrations begin. A squad with a backbone of strength and experience in the shape of Sean Dyche, Ian Taylor, Eoin Jess and Scott McGleish had steered the Cobblers away from the clutches of League Two. However, just as the celebrations died down, Calderwood decided to accept the position of Nottingham Forest's new manager, meaning John Gorman would lead Northampton Town in to League One. Gorman resigned for personal reasons in December 2006, with Stuart Gray his replacement. In his first full season (2007/2008), Gray led the Cobblers to a top half finish in League One, a final placing only bettered twice in the previous 41 years. Sadly that success was not sustained the following season, with a last day defeat at Leeds condemning the club to relegation back to League 2. The 2009/10 season started with the team struggling to find consistency, and Gray left his post in early September 2009. His successor was club legend Ian Sampson, the club's second highest appearance maker of all time, who was appointed after a spell in caretaker charge. In September 2010 he oversaw one of the biggest results in the club's history, beating Liverpool at Anfield in the Carling Cup. Sampson left the club in March 2011 after 17 years service as player, coach and manager. He was replaced by the former Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Peterborough United boss Gary Johnson on a two and a half year contract. A win over Stevenage in the penultimate game of the season secured the club's Football League status. Johnson left the club by mutual consent in November 2011. Aidy Boothroyd was named as Johnson's replacement, and he arrived at the club with assistant Andy King. In a busy week at the end of November 2011, the club also announced that they would launch a Rugby League team, to play in Championship One in 2013. (via NTFC.co.uk) Club Info Nation - England Founded - 1897 Status - Professional Reputation - Regional Nickname - The Cobblers Chairman Status - Enjoying life at the club Legends - Ian Sampson, Frank Large Icons - Ray Warburton, Graham Carr, Dave Bowen, Chirs Hargreaves Favoured Personel - Neil Grayson, Chris Doig, Bayo Akinfenwa, Scott McGleish Fierce Rivals - Peterborough (spit) Other Rivals - MK Dons (spit) Kettering Finances - Insecure Average Ticket Price - £16.00 Average Season Ticket Price - £320 Season Ticket holders - 2,400 Estimated Value - £800k (loan debt £6.75 million) Media Prediction - 13th Squad Personality - Mixed Captain - John Johnson Vice Captain - Andy Holt Club Facilities and Ground Name - Sixfields Stadium Capacity - 7653 Built - 1994 Owned By - Northampton Town (via 100-year lease from Northampton Borough Council) Stadium Condition - Average Corporate Facilities - Average Training Facilities - Adequate Youth Facilities - Basic Junior Coaching - Adequate Youth Recruitment - Fairly Basic Finances At the start you have 460k in the bank and it all looks rosy. There are no existing monthly payments as the loan of 6.75m is repayable to Mr. Cardoza if/when he leaves. Your finances will be depleted when terminating contracts (see below) and if you do pay wages on budget but don't draw crowds you will loose a chunk of money a month. By all means, this isn't the end of the world. You do have a budget of 30k which is enough to sign a few players on the transfer list, albeit at low, low fees. SQUAD First Team Goalkeepers Shane Higgs* Freddy Hall Neal Kitson Fullbacks Right Jason Crowe Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi John Johnson* Left Andy Holt Centre Backs Clarke Carlisle (Loan)* Kelvin Langmead Byron Webster Ben Tozer Wingers Michael Jacobs* Ryan Gilligan Lewis Young Central Midfielders Luke Guttridge* Arron Davies Ben Harding Paul Turnbull Nat Wedderburn Strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa Jake Robinson In Depth Thank god for Aidy Boothroyd. As you can see, the squad is unbalanced and lacks the real quality to challenge for anything above mid-table mediocrity. It's hard to believe, but before AB signed Higgs, Guttridge, Harding and Carlisle the squad was much, much worse. Your first task will be filtering through who is and isn't good enough. Despite the overall lack of depth and quality, you do have a good platform to build off. Higgs, Carlisle, Guttridge and Akinfenwa offer a good spine, while Johnson, Jacobs and Langmead offer real quality in other positions. Apart from those mentions, you might be better off shipping out the rest. It'll be a mix of sales and contract terminations, but you'll feel better for it. There are many players on free transfers who can add more for even less of a wage. Couple that with a few decent loan signings and you could have a squad capable of challenging for the top spots. OP's view As a Northampton fan, this is a good challenge. I reluctantly say it, but we're a medium sized fish and a relatively small pond. With a decent catchment area, it is possible to see the crowds swell at Sixfields given a few promotions and redevelopments. With a 7000k+ seater stadium and a decent reputation, pulling in good players for L2, or even L1, isn't out of the question. This is the first time i'll have played as the Cobblers since the 12.2 patch so it should be fun to see what Boothroyd's changes have done. So, who else is in?!
  7. Their loss eh? Hope their new stadium falls down I'm going to restart this tomorrow. I don't fancy creating a new manager and watching my team do well in the BSN! Tomorrow i'll start again. Not sure who i'll be but I might try and start from the very very bottom and work slowly. FC United seemed in a hurry!
  8. FC United of Manchester: Season 4 - 2015/2016 The 'Relegation' Season Seasons: 1 | 2 | 3 Season round-up: League: BSP League Position: 24th Points: 29 FA Cup: 3rd Rnd Q FA Trophy: 3rd Rnd Q Top Goalscorer: Fowler (8) Top Assists: Dunwell (4) Star Man: Ray Pearce Not a long update, just a small one. Relegated from BSP in my first season there. Despite a promising start we are well out of our depth as our results above show. Massive rebuild in the summer with many of the original players leaving to free up the wage budget. YP04's: Stevie McStay AND there is the sack. Lets start again !
  9. 20 games into my first season in the BSP and all i''ll say is this: [video=youtube;MbsuAbTTsV8]
  10. Yep, i'd rather it was called something else!
  11. FC United of Manchester: Season 3 - 2014/2015 The 'Surprise Package' Season Seasons: 1 | 2 Season round-up: League: BSN League Position: 5th (Play-Offs Winner) Points: 66 FA Cup: 3rd Rnd Q FA Trophy: 3rd Rnd Q Top Goalscorer: Fowler (19) Top Assists: Fowler (13) Star Man: Fowler Transferes Fixtures: P1 P2 Squad Wow. We got promotion! Over the summer the main focus was staff. I employed two new staff members to help my players develop. I appointed Alan Connell and Chris Cleaver due to their coaching Att/Def stats. The main ambition for the season was to push towards the top half. I was very disappointed that we only just beat our first season total of 50 points. A win on the opening day vindicated my decision to stick with the 4-3-3 formation. Although its only a game, you could really see the squad maturing. We lost one game in August and we sat mid table. I switched between the 4-3-3 and a very attacking 4-5-1 where I played a very high line and a very high tempo. It worked and the players responded to it. September was like August, and we kept picking up points and wins, gone was the inconstancy of Season 1 and 2. Despite the embarrassing defeat to Kendal in the FA Cup, after 14 games we sat in 5th and very much in the mix. In November we were knocked out of the FA Trophy, another season without a cup run. To coincide with this slipped down the table and we started to flirt with mid-table obscurity. We sat in the top 10 at the turn of the year and a few tweaks to tactics saw a fantastic run. We were undefeated in January and despite a small blip at the start of February we climbed the table. Undefeated in March we looked ahead. I knew if we got one or two regens in March that could make an impact we could certainly make a surge towards the play-offs. March saw us fall and it looked like the young squad would falter. A 4-1 victory over Lowestoft and a draw vs Harrogate saw us going into the final day of the season with a chance of a play off sport. Solihull Moors were a point ahead of us and a point off the final play off spot. A 3-2 victory, and a little bit of luck, saw us clinch the final play-off spot. Halifax finished 2nd in the table and I wasn't hopeful of a win. We got quite lucky. We equalized in the 92nd minute in the home leg and managed to scrape a 1-1 draw at The Shay, again with a late draw. We entreated extra time and scored in the 108th minute. The two late goal scores in both kegs were players who had regen'd only two months earlier. The final was just like the semi's. Smash it and grab it. Barrow are a team I hate playing. However, we somehow managed to take them to extra time and in the final minute of extra time Mal Neale scored to take FC United into the Blue Square Prem. Youth Intake I seem to be getting some really good youth players. Three of the last crop has PA's apparently good enough to grace L2. It was my first season after updating Junior Coaching to 'Good' YP03's Frank Smith | Report Mal Neale | Report Ray Pearce | Report Jordan Dunwell | Report Phil Wilson | Report Sean Pemberton | Report YP's: Martin Fowler: Record Wayne Cope | Record Lee Jarivs Next Season: Lets stay up! EDIT: New stadium to be built and finished by 2017. Stadium will cost £5.25m and have 5500 seats.
  12. FC United of Manchester: Season 2 - 2013/20134 The 'Consolidation, Consolidation, Consolidation' Season Season round-up (previous season in brackets): League: BSN League Position: 15th (19th) Points: 51 (50) FA Cup: 2nd Rnd Q (3rd Rnd Q) FA Trophy: 3rd Rnd Q (3rd Rnd Q) Top Goalscorer: Fowler (17) (Wolfenden (13)) Top Assists: Walcott (11) (Grimshaw (18)) Star Man: Nicky Platt (Dean Stott) I'm not a crook Fixtures: P1 P2 Squad Season two over! Another infuriating and frustrating season. We started well, just like the previous season, but we didn't have a points total like last season. I switched from the 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 and it worked to begin with. August, September, October, November were very good months and entering December I was hanging around the play offs. December was average, as was January, but late February to late April we didn't win in 9 games and we plunged down the table. The midfield was tight, we moved from 17th to 12th in one result and back down again. I did look likely that we would drop towards the end, but yet again another late surge and we somehow finished 15th. I always wanted to improve from season one, and that we did. Just. Youth Intake This years YP: Lee Jarvis YP's: Martin Fowler 12/13 Martin Fowler 13/14 - Knew he'd be key this season. Top goalscorer and still only 16! Wayne Cope 12/13 Wayne Cope 12/13 Next Season: I want top half. Very disappointed with S2 and I can't see much changing for S3, but we'll try!
  13. FC United of Manchester: Season 1 - 2012/2013 The 'Just Survive' Season Saw this thread a few days ago and thought I had to get in on the act. You may know the starting stats of FC United already so I wont bother posting all that. So, a quick season round-up: League: BSN League Position: 19th Points: 50 FA Cup: 3rd Round Qual FA Trophy: 3rd Round Qual Top Goalscorer: Wolfenden (13) Top Assists: Grimshaw (18) Star Man: Dean Stott I'm not a crook: Transferes Fixtures Pt1 (sorry for the Steam chat!) Pt2 Squad that ended the season What a great idea. Love this challenge so far, despite its frustrating nature. I picked FC United just because I liked the idea of taking them to the Prem. Squad was OK, facilities also, and the Stadium is good. So, off we went. I thought this challenge was so easy at first. Started the season like a house on fire! In our first ten games we had amassed six wins, three draws and only one defeat, and we sat proudly on top of the Blue Square North table. Not bad, or so I thought. My start was so good, I finished runner-up in the September MotM! I started with a simple 4-4-2 and it was effective. Then we started our cup campaign. I wanted a decent cup run and when we were drawn against Chester I thought it was very doable. We drew the first game and then won the replay to progress. From here it was all downhill. Our first game of October was a draw with Histon that left us joint top. It would be the start of a twelve game winless streak in the league, fifteen if you count cup comps. In October we fell out of the FA Cup to Bradford PA, and in November we were pushed out of the FA Trophy by Droylsden. We slid down the table picking up the odd point here and there. To be honest, I never thought we'd be relegated. We had a big total of points and all we needed to do was go on a mini-run and we'd be fine. The mini-run never happened. We started 2013 with a good win away at Darlington, but followed this with a loss to Hyde. Then another win, followed by a five game winless run. A win vs. Droylsden, a loss vs Histon and a win against Hinckley at the start of March left is around seven points cleat of the drop zone with 40 points. But then another five game winless run caused panic as we slipped back towards the relegation zone. April was a huge month. We started it only four points clear of the relegation zone. A draw vs. high flying Lowestoft was a good start, but yet again we followed it up with a defeat. However, we finished the season strongly with two wins - vs Altrincham & Harrogate - and a draw vs Chester left us six points clear with a game to play. Safe. Youth Intake Martin Fowler : I like the look of this fella. He was the highest rated regen and stats look 'OK'. He was one of four that I instantly made part of my first team squad and he didn't do to badly at all! Wayne Cope : Another promising player. He also went into the first team and played quite well in his few apparences. Warren Pollard: Didn't play a huge part, but my assistant rates him. One to watch. Next Season: I now have four decent strikers and four decent central midfielders. With this in mind, I'm thinking of using 4-3-3 next season. As you can see, we didn't lose many goals last season, but I think we need to score more. A cup run and a told half finish would suit me...