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  1. Scottish League 1 Promotion Play-Offs - Leg 1 vs East Fife It all starts with East Fife, who have the advantage over Fort William with the win last week and unbeaten in 4 games. But, that's the past and its winner take all over the two legs and both teams have the quality to win this. Can The Fort somehow get to the play-off Final where Edinburgh City or Livingston await? Leg 1 - Well, it was not a a classic and one, on paper that Fort William should have got something from the game. A rash challenge from Wing-back Liam Caddis in the box gave East Fife their best opportunity from the spot which was easily put away. Fort William had chances to get level but nothing was going right and in the end, in front of the biggest crowd of the season (915) Fort William could not get level and every advantage now went to East Fife on the away trip second leg. Leg 2 - Well, that was a turn out for the book. After a pretty stale first half with neither team really looking like scoring, a bold move from William Murray turned out to be a game changer when Club Legend Anthony Higgins came on and made an instant impact when he scored a brace on the 48th and 56th minute. With the game swung in Fort William favor, the game opened up and left room for The Fort to exploit as East Fife pushed for the goal to send it to extra time. On the 82nd minute, Anthony Higgins turned provider as he crossed in from the left and found Andrew Macrae to all but seal the game. A foul in injury time allowed Jack Murray to step up and secure the huge 4-0 away win and 4-1 win on aggregate. Fort William are off to the Play-Off Final! This set's up a mouth watering tie vs Championship Side Livingston who beat Edinburgh City 5-1 in the other semi-final.
  2. The dream is over for winning the league after taking the lead, but letting it slip and that was it. Onwards and upwards to the playoffs, hopefully gain some more cash if we cannot win out.
  3. Oh, had to update this. Massive match for promotion chances to the Championship and we managed 6!!!! Away fans, wow! That's just depressing.
  4. Seasonal Update After inconsistencies in the first part of the season, it looked like mid-table was going to be the best Fort William would hope for. With 11 games left, just when he was really coming into his own, Chris Duggan went down with a broken ankle for the rest of the season after 15 league goals in 25 games. But The Fort pushed on, and grew with confidence and somehow with 4 games to go, play-offs were a minimum and with no stand-out team, there was a shot at winning the league if results went the right way. All to play for and nothing to lose for William Murray and his team. Game 1 - April 9th The best result for Murray as top of the table Edinburgh City lost to 2nd place Ayr with Fort William earning a victory over bottom of the league Elgin. This put the top 3 teams all within touching distance and really no clear favorite at this stage. Fort William were staying in the mix. Game 2 - April 16th In a cruel twist of fate, it looked like Fort William would be leading the league with 2 games to go. Despite allowing Alloa back into the game at 2-2, an 80th minute strike saw them take the game and with Edinburgh City losing, The Fort were top. As the final whistle rang out, news came in of 2 late goals in the Ayr game meant dropping down to second, and setting up an almost winner takes all match next week when Claggan Park welcomes Ayr. WIth a run of 4 wins on the trot, hopes are high and Murray hopes for a big crowd to witness what could be the biggest game of the season. Ayr finish off with relegated Elgin, so this is a must win game!
  5. Season 5 Preview - Ladbrokes League 1 - Predicted 9th Season Preview / Transfers A well deserved promotion saw us move to League 1 and only 2 leagues away from the main aim, to get to the Scottish Premiership. We still couldn't be further away from getting there with an attendance of only 200 "fans" and facilities that would be best off left in the 1940's. With the struggle being real to attract big players to the team despite our new elevated position, it would be old faces that will have to steer the club clear of a relegation battle. The board had other idea's, thinking we should be finishing mid-table right from the go. Let's see if they are right.... Squad Can beloved striker Anthony Higgins defy logic and continue to score goals? After being a good Highland League player, still banging them in in League 2, will the jump up again be too much? William Murray has faith in his record scorer and will be given every chance to excel and add to his tally. Australian by birth, Scottish by choice Chris Duggan will partner Higgins up top. His last spell in League 1 was not successful, with only 6 goals in 36 games for Forfar. He was once at Premiership club Partick Thistle so was highly rated as a youngster. Another couple of strikers joined the club, Andrew Macrae and Scott Cameron on loan from Dundee will be looking to make an impact. Not a huge sum of money but defender Lewis Dunbar became the record signing as he cost £1,400 from Forfar. Despite this, he will look to be the 3rd in line for the back 3 but that is a vital role in Murray's 3-5-2 formation and the defense will be called upon often this year. The free signing of defender Jamie Walker may overshadow Dunbar, but those two forming a partnership is key for the team this year. Once again, Jack Murray will be given the keys to drive the midfield and the 21 year old will need to be at his best for the team this year. Scott Costello will continue his spell at the clubs #1 but will be tested often this year.
  6. Fort William Season 4 Review - Ladbrokes League 2 - 1st League Table / Fixture 1 / Fixture 2 / Cup Fixtures / Best 11 / Overall Best 11 / Season Awards Well, it started off as a fight with Albion Rovers as we stood toe to toe for weeks. Each team kept winning and swapping places. Funnily enough, it was them beating us that set them on a run of 1 win from the next 6 and after that we powered away to seal the title with several games left to play. Mission accomplished and the gamble to break our wage structure for a couple of players seemed to work out well. New Contract Wanted to get a longer term deal and they have been worried for a while about me leaving for a bigger club and not wanting me to progress my coaching. New deal, everyone is happy, well I will be if thay can start to improve facilities and we can get more than 1 man and his dog to the games. Squad As expected, the loan signing of Connor McBride turned out to be perfect business as he scored 24 goals in 41 games along with 13 assists. Club hero Anthony Higgins saw his time split with Max Anderson, but he came out ahead and added another 19 goals. Can he step up one more level, or will this be his ceiling? Jack Murray may have the biggest wages, but he put in a shift every game and ended up with 11 goals and 6 assists and looks to be one who can move up to League 1 without much drama. Sam Lidington once again had a good season at LWB, but heads into the record book for the wrong reason, namely 14 yellow and 2 red cards. Scott Costello cemented his place as the starter in goal and hopefully can move up to League 1 football. Cammy Eadie finally started to produce displays that have been needed in that back 3. Finances No cup run to help these build, but still in an OK place!
  7. Season 4 Preview - Labrokes League 2 - Predicted Finish 7th Transfers / Season Preview / Jack Murray Profile / Connor McBride Profile The dust has settled on Fort William's best ever season as they finished 3rd in League 2, narrowly missing out on promotion via the play-offs. A shock Irn-Bru cup victory added silverware to the trophy cabinet with some famous wins along the way. With start striker Peter Anderson heading back to Aberdeen and not wanting to extend his stay (Offered to buy, didn't want to move. Offered to loan again and now we are not good enough). What does this season bring for The Fort? Squad Goalkeepers Scott Costello has come in after being released by Brechin without playing a game. He looks like he has the current and potential ability to start and secure his spot at the teams #1. Morrison and Simpson are fighting to back him up and maybe play in Cup games, both may stay as they are on low wages. Defenders Probably the most congested part of the team but the need for 3 center backs and 2 wing backs, who in this team are expected to cover a lot of ground, having cover is vital. Can Eadie finally look like the player that he should be and lead that back line? Lidington is an exciting player at LWB, but can he keep his head and stay on the field to be effective? If he can''t, Hornby could look to step in and cement his place in the team. Overall, not a bad group, it will all be how they gel and if the back 3 can be an effective unit. Midfield Breaking the wage structure was a huge gamble but Jack Murray looked like a player we could not turn down. After being released by Ross County and needing to sure up the middle of the park, it was a no brainier to bring him in. Mark Gallagher also comes in with high expectations also from Ross County, and we all hope that previous playing with each other will help come day one. Scott Guest continues his loan and everyone else looks to be fighting it out to gain minutes from the bench. Strikers Anthony Higgins stepped up and proved he still had the eye for goal at this level, but couldn't match Peter Anderson. With other strikers leaving the club, 2 loan signings from Falkirk will help to lead the line. Connor McBride looks to be a great get for the club and expect to see goals flying in from him all season. A small group, but hopefully will be enough to see us through the season.
  8. theBlackPrince

    [FM18] San Marino Challenge

    Never expected to check and see you guys top of the league!!! And then the last few games coming crashing back down to earth, still all to play for and plenty of opportunity to try and grab a spot in Europe. Very nice intake, San Marino players are on the up, well if they don't decide to play for Italy!
  9. theBlackPrince

    [FM18] From University to Champions League

    Definitely cannot fault you for the move, might not come up again for a while!
  10. Scottish Update Well....I say Scottish, I mean Celtic update. They are still dominating and have won the League and Cup Double for the past 3 years since the start of the game. Rangers and Hibs seem to be in the top 3 year on year, but can any of them stop Celtic anytime soon? Euro Update Well its been English dominance for a couple of seasons before an all Spanish final last Year. Celtic also almost had some Euro glory as they fell to Arsenal in the Euro Cup in 2018/19 with a 2-0 defeat. Can Celtic claim some more European silverware anytime soon?
  11. The Cup run was unreal, didn't expect that. Just kept expecting to lose! Play-off final was really poor, just got played off the park! Still, I'll take that for where the team is for now. Oh our travelling support is un-rivaled! 11 might be a new record for such a big game! Can see gaining supporters being a challenge with Fort William!
  12. Fort Williams - End of Season 3 Review - Ladbrokes League 2 - 3rd Position League Table / Transfers / Fixture 1 / Fixture 2 / Cup Fixtures / Best 11 / Overall Best 11 / Team Awards / Attendance / Wages Performing above all expectations to get to the playoff Final only to be beaten by Cowdenbeath to miss out on a promotion that no-one expected. Winning the Irn-Bru Cup was the high point of the year and one that could take some beating as any silverware for a club this size is a massive achievement. With a small and young squad, it was great to see everyone performing and sets Fort William up for a real shot at promotion next season. Finances With a big Cup run this have helped us out, despite out League 2 worst attendance which does not help us out the rest of the season. In the best financial position ever, but the club is still not in a position where the board want to spend money on facilities. Sqaud Goalkeepers - Simpson held out from the slightly better rated Morrison who will probably take over next season as his up-side is just much more. Simpson will be kept around for as long as we can as he is a solid back-up. Defenders - Brown has cemeted his place but Eadie has struggled all season in the back 3. He might be more effective in a back 2 but at the minute, the formation is working so he will need to have a big season next year. Forest was brought in late on and looks like he could be pushing to be part of that starting 3 across the back next season. The wing-back position take a lot of work and Mitchell was always one who covered the most distance. Davidson and Lidington have potential to improve and will be fighting with Hornby, who could be the best of the bunch but spends too long on the sidelines each season. Thoirs is a fan favorite and played all over this season, but unlikely to improve for next year. Midfielders - Well, we have a few more guys that can play central midfield and with Guest being the best player we had there all season, it's thankful we have managed to secure him for another season on loan. We will need to improve here as Chisholm and Carse may struggle to stay here for many more years. Strikers - Anthony Higgins had his doubters for the year but with a solid 28 goals and 16 assists, he could still lead this line for another season or two. Loanee Peter Anderson was a player who just got better and better as the year went on and lead the team with 33 goals and 11 assists, that will be hard to replace next year and to challenge for promotion, we need to make that #1 priority. With no youth system in place (or so to speak off) there has been 0 players come though the ranks that have the ability to play for us, which is a huge shame as I like to promote from within when I can. I have a feeling it could be a while before we see our first youth player in the starting lineup. Moment of the Season - Irn-Bru Cup Winners
  13. Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 - Play-Off Semi Final Leg 1 - We start with the first leg at home where we looked to press the advantage! Fan favorite Striker Anthony Higgins popped up with 2 goals to set the first leg up nicely. A quick reply from Forfar saw the lead shrink to just 1 goal at 2-1 and that's how the game would end. Fort Williams had done what they needed to do, get the win and although a couple of goal advantage would have been nice, taking any lead to the second leg is a big plus. Leg 2 - What a second leg, it really had it all. Fort William took the lead with Alex Thoirs in the 3rd minute and continued to dominate the game and should have had 2 or 3 goals. But, something changed and all of a sudden and Forfar had won and put away the penalty. Still, 1-1 is good for the win. 2 minutes later Forfar were now running wild and with the last kick of the first half, they stunned the away side with a third goal, and that victory seemed to be slipping away. Forfar winning 4-3 with 45 minutes to go. It went from bad to worse as with almost the first attack of the second half Forfar were 4-1 up on the night and 5-3 on aggregate and Fort William had no answer. It would take a monumental effort to get back into the game with 15 minutes to go and 2 goals needed. This was crunch time, and in this time star loan signing Peter Anderson added to his tally for the season. The boys looked to be re-energised and struck back another blow the next minute when Dean Carse carved up the defense and slotted home. 3-4 on the night but 5-5 and if no-one else scored, it was off to overtime. With most players pretty dead on their feet, 30 minutes of overtime would be a battle of the fittest. Fort William came out strongest and with a push in the box, Dean Carse had the chance to be the hero. But, the drama was not finished as the keeper saved it, massive opportunity gone. Luckily for Dean, Sam Pugh stepped up from the corner and unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner, and from 4-1 down The Fort were now 4-4 and 17 minutes away from the play-off final. Going to an ultra Conservative formation, the game was seen out and the Fort William players had come back to win from an unlikely place, and now waited to see who they would play for a chance of promotion. Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 - Play-Off Final Leg 1 - Well, what an absolute let down at this stage of the season. A game which looked to be good for the taking, and the young Fort William team cracked under pressure as Cowdenbeath took a huge 3-0 advantage to the second leg. It would take a performance of epic proportion to turn this around. But, get an early goal or two and who knows where we will be at the final whistle. Leg 2 - Much like leg 1, this was not the team we had seen all season and mybe the pressure had got to the team. With no goals in the first half and then going down 1-0, it was all down to pride and thankful Dean Carse tapped in from 2 yards out to get the draw and at least not end with a loss. Cowdenbeath outplayed us for 2 legs and deserved to go up.
  14. Delighted after turning down Dundee United, the board rewarded me with a new contract. The regular season came to and end, and performing much better than advertised, Fort William finished a respectable 3rd & Set up a Play-off game vs Forfar. In the other game, 9th placed League 1 team Clyde will face League 2 Cowdenbeath who finished 4th. Only a couple of weeks have passed since Forfar were drubbed by Fort William, will that play on their mind or will revenge help them win the play-off?
  15. On the back of the Cup Win I had my first serious job offer...... This was turned down! We are also in a great spot thanks to the cup run, money from the ticket sales and prize money for winning. And finally, with 2 games to go, we got confirmation what most had expected for a few weeks, we would be finishing in the top 4 and would be in the play-offs. Finishing Position to be determined, could be 2nd to 4th right now.