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  1. Not a bad group there. Great win over BATE too.
  2. Pacome Abile during the 2015/2016 season has been nothing but superb. Here are some of his stats for the season: 50 games - 80 goals 31 league games - 63 goals 28 man of the matches 26 assists average rating in the league: 8.76 Abile's overview Europe's top marksman Abile's contract was due to expire at the end of next season, and with his performances over the past 3 years, he had attracted interest from all across Europe. He had begun to angle for a move to a big club, and was not interesting in discussing a new contract. Therefore, he was offered out at the end of the season, as Neath had reluctantly agreed to let him leave this summer, instead of next summer on a free transfer. 23 offers came in for the front man. Tom was expecting the chairman to intervene, but oddly, he did not. Therefore, he decided that the offer of £6 million up front would be the best offer for the club. He soon agreed terms, and left Wales for Italy. In the end, he played 127 games for Neath, scoing 163 goals. He was clearly too good for this league, and it will take some doing to beat his 63 goals in one season. A true great. (Here he is now, and he did a decent goal for Udinese, scoring 12 goals in 24 games. You never know, he may return one day!)
  3. So another league title for Neath, where we scored a quite remarkable 125 goals. I'll do an update of the goalscoring sensation Abile shortly.
  4. Season 2015/2016 Neath were looking to win the league for the 5th season in a row, and to carry on last season's success of winning the treble. Llanelli on the other hand were hoping to close the gap at the top, and put up more of a fight. Also winning a trophy would please AJW, after going without silverware last season. No other side in the league really stood much of a chance of winning the league, even though a number of sides had made a number of signings over the last few months. TNS were hoping that former Neath players, Wabara and N'Diaye would help them as the season progressed. Neath were known to start the season with a bang, and this season was no exception, scoring an incredible 24 goals in their first 4 league games. The 6-1 thrashing away to Aberystwyth was quickly followed by a master class by Abile in the 7-0 hammering of Bangor. Llanelli on the other hand, generally start the season slowly. A 3-0 win over Bala on the opening day looked promising, before a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Carmarthen followed. They looked to have found their form, winning their next 4 league games, until a horror show away at Aberystwyth, losing 4-1. A few weeks later, AJW's men crashed out of the Loosemores League Cup, losing to TNS on penalties in their quarter final encounter. Neath's winning run was ended by TNS after a poor showing infront of their home fans. Neath were made to work hard for a 2-2 draw in a game where not much seemed to go their way. Despite this slight hiccup, Tom continued this charge to another league title with some great attacking football. Goals were flowing very easily for Abile and Pons, with both looking to break the league record. Neath booked their place in the final of the Loosemores League Cup with a 7-1 aggregate win over Airbus, Pons doing the damage in the first leg with 3 goals. Llanelli dropped more points away to Haverfordwest at the start of December, before the first meeting of the season with Neath. AJW already knew that the league title was looking unlikely, with Neath looking far too strong. Neath proved their strength at The Gnoll, winning 1-0, despite playing the entire second half with 10 men. AJW knew he had to improve his squad, and soon, or his side was going to continue to struggle against Tom's Neath. Llanelli got back to winning ways straight after the Neath match, beating this season's whipping boys, Bridgend 6-0. However, just 10 days later, they somehow lost 2-1 to Bangor, despite dominating for most of the match. Neath had no such troubles, winning all their games, until they faced Llanelli again in the final game before the split. An early goal from Llanelli's Dafydd Rees handed Neath their first defeat of the season, and yet again, left AJW wondering why his players could not perform like that against the other sides in the league. Neath put that disappointment behind them, and in their next league game scored 10 goals for the first time. Abile also became the second player to score 6 goals in a game, following in the footsteps of Lee Trundle. Neath carried on their form, easily progressing to the final of the Welsh Cup, where they would face TNS. Llanelli lost in the quarter finals to Division 1 side, Afan Lido, to leave AJW without a trophy for the second season running. Neath and Llanelli did battle twice more this season, with Neath scoring 5 goals in each game. At the Gnoll, it finished 5-2, whilst at Stebonheath Park, Abile scored 4 more goals in a 5-3 thriller. Neath, for the second year running, won the treble. TNS awaited in the final of both cups, but Tom's players were far too strong, winning 5-1 in the League Cup, then 3-0 in the Welsh Cup. League Table 2015/2016
  5. I honestly enjoy trying to qualify for the Champions League more than getting hammered by Bayern Munich every season.
  6. Season 2015/2016 Neath vs Inter Milan (A) - Neath's chances of getting a result in Italy were hampered when they were reduced to 10 men after just 26 minutes. Thiago scored straight after, giving Inter a 1-0 victory. Neath vs Bayern Munich (A) - Another match against Bayern where Neath did not turn up. A very easy 4-0 win for the Germans. Neath vs Celtic (H) - Yet another early red card ruined any chance Neath had against Celtic. Another 4-0 defeat, and a very disappointing end to their Champions League campaign. Champions League Group G Table Despite the group being tough, I was hoping to at least put up more of a fight in some of the matches. I may have to rethink my tactics against the top clubs when playing away from home. (Barcelona beat Valencia in the final. Celtic progressed the furthest from my group, getting knocked out in the QF by AC Milan. Inter got smashed by Liverpool 7-2 over the two legs in the second round. As for Bayern, they dropped into the EURO Cup first knockout round, where they suffered a shock defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow.)
  7. Congrats on promotion! I think you made the right call sticking with them too. More impressed with Wolves running away with the league. I'll take that next season thanks!
  8. Season 2015/2016 I must have really annoyed someone to be drawn into the group of certain painful death. I wanted a win this season in the Champions League, but that may have to wait another year. Instead, getting just one point would be a great result considering who we would have to face. Neath vs Bayern Munich (H) - In what was actually an even match apart from the scoreline, Neath somehow lost 5-1. Tom was left wondering what quite happened to his defence, as they all decided to have an offday against their german opponents. Neath vs Celtic (A) - Celtic were far too strong for Neath, cruising to a 3-1 victory. Neath vs Inter Milan (H)- A much improved defensive display, as well as a man of the match display from goalkeeper Cirillo, helped Neath hold on for a 0-0 draw. Neath were much better defensively, but did not offer much going forward.
  9. Season 2015/2016 Llanelli vs Zeljeznicar (H) - A poor performance at home resulted in a 1-0 to their Bosnian opponents. Llanelli vs Malaga (A) - A spirited performance in Spain. Llanelli took the lead, and looked to be heading for a point until Malaga scored a penalty in the 93rd minute. 2-1 the final score. Llanelli vs Ajax (H) - Llanelli ended their European campaign in disappointing fashion, losing 3-1 to Ajax, Rees with the only goal for the Welsh side. EURO Cup Group K Table Despite the opening display against Malaga, Llanelli put in some decent performances in Europe. Fans will be hoping they can qualify again in seasons to come, and carry on trying to topple the bigger clubs in Europe.
  10. Season 2015/2016 Llanelli vs Malaga (H) - A very harsh welcome to the group stages of the EURO Cup, as Malaga dominated Llanelli right from the first whistle. Llanelli missed their talisman, Rees but surely he could not have helped. Had it not been for a man of the match performance from goalkeeper Danny Ward, the scoreline could have been even worse. 4-1 the final scoreline. Llanelli vs Ajax (A) - Another top display from Ward helped keep the scoreline respectable, but Llanelli can take heart in a decent outing in Holland. A 1-0 defeat in a game where they did have chances. Llanelli vs Zeljeznicar (A) - AJW's men put in a torrid performance in the first half, going in at half time 3-0 down. A much better performance in the second half saw them score 3 goals themselves, with Rees getting a brace. A decent draw considering the postion they were in at one point, but a match Llanelli maybe thought they could have won. 3-3 the final result.
  11. On the 16th October 2015, Wales sacked their current manager. This alerted both myself and AJW, and we both applied for the post. Current under-21 manager Brian Flynn was the most likely candidate for the post, but Tom was hoping to get the nod. Maybe not then. They could have just said that we have decided to go for another option, instead of just laughing at us both. The England manager job came up a few months later, and it was the same story. Sam Allardyce got the nod. Sure the fans love that.
  12. He either came through the Llanelli youth setup, or he was created in a lab. The Welsh FA are currently checking this rumour out.
  13. They have just won the league in real life too. Anyways, another good season Toby. Keep it up.
  14. That would tempt me. Not a huge club, so you could build up your reputation even more if you managed to get them into the top half/Europe.
  15. Season 2015/2016 Neath vs Shkendija (H) (Champions League Qual. 2) - Pons was on the scoresheet in a 3-1 in a game that we dominated. Neath vs Sjkendija (A) (Champions League Qual. 2) - Another game that we dominated, winning 4-0. We went through 7-1 on aggregate. Neath vs Linfield (A) (Champions League Qual. 3) - It was not long ago that we were playing these in the playoffs. In what was an action packed first leg, that included a red card, a missed penalty, and numerous yellow cards, Neath won 3-2 in what was a very even contest. Neath vs Linfield (H) (Champions League Qual. 3) - In what was a much more one sided affair, Neath won 2-0 thanks to two early goals from Abile and Sciannamea. Neath progressed to the playoffs to make sure that it was 3 years on the bounce that they had been involved in European football. Neath vs Zestaponi (A) (Champions League Playoff) - Abile was on the scoresheet in an even goal, with Neath just edging it 2-1 on the night. Neath vs Zestaponi (H) (Champions League Playoff) - In a topsy turvy game, Neath won 5-3 to go through. That does not tell the whole tale, as at one point, they were hanging on after Zestaponi scored 2 goals in a minute to give themselves hope. Neath held on though, and were through to the Champions League yet again. For the third year in a row, Neath were into the group stages of the Champions League. After some decent draws last year, they were hoping to build on and get their first win of the group stages. However, to do that this year, they would have to beat Bayern Munich, Inter Milan or Celtic. Tom was left wondering how those three sides could be in the same group as each other. Celtic were the current EURO Cup Champions whilst Neath had met Bayern Munich two years ago at the same stage.