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  1. 2022/23 Player Overview I found a little more time to look over the players from last season. Nothing too out of the ordinary and shows the large rotation of players to really only have Jake Bayram (L) (excluding the keeper) play a large percentage of the minutes available. Looking at the below it does show I have a glut of players who are "Surplus to Requirements" and will need replacing for the new season, which I knew already. Ryan Oliver (L) at +4.95 xG was surprising and looks to be one who will stay on despite is advancing years.
  2. Unfortunately it is not. It's just the nickname for Lincolnshire people and there is a beer named after it (Yella belly, I guess to avoid naming rights)
  3. Season 1 - End of Season Review League Position - 2nd - (Knocked out Semi-Final Playoffs) Well, we choked at the time it mattered and had 2 chances to win automatic promotion and then a 2nd seed for the play-offs but we would lose 2 games and draw another to see the season end early. It would still be a season of massive overachieving with a 20th place prediction at the start of the season so we have to take a great FA Cup run, improvement in facilities and money still in the bank. We will be able to get our under 18's up and running next year along with more players to bring along for our under 21's. Overall, so close but so far! Jake Bayram (L) would not only lead the higher ratings and assists, but would come good with 20 goals from the spot or free-kicks. He would take home the fans player of the season also! Goalkeeper Jake Frestle (L) would play the most games as he had little competition at the spots and Ryan Oliver (L) lead all with 21 goals for the season.
  4. 2022/23 Youth Intake Well, it could be a golden generation but the scouting at the club is not the best. We signed everyone to at least their youth deal so we can evaluate them over the next 12-18 months to see who may sign for us in the long term. As expected, 11 from the 16 are from Skegness but we do have 5 players with other nationalities amongst the intake. If any of the players look to break into the first team next year we will look at them in more detail!
  5. February & March 2022/23 Update 2 steps forward, 1 step back and then a 0-4 defeat at home to local rivals Lincoln United to end the month. We were scoring for fun at the start of the season and now we struggle to score a goal a game. But with 4 games to go we have a 3 point lead on Tadcaster Albion who are currently in 6th and just outside the play-off spots. 12 points from 24 available in the 2 months and if we get 6 from the last 12 available, we should be in the hunt for the play-offs. Outside of that, been a frustrating time and little going on in the transfer market looking ahead. We are starting to offer contracts out for some players for next season but most we can leave until nearer the end of the year. The first youth intake has happened and will update separately. 4 games to go, automatic promotion is off the cards (mathematically possible, but highly unlikely) so play-offs is all to play for!
  6. December & January 2022/23 Review After 3 straight defeats and facing top of the League Brighouse Town, a change in tactics was required from 4-4-2 to a 4-3-2W-1 to try and win the battle in the middle of the pitch. This limited their possession and attempts on goal to just 5 for the game and he Yellowbellies managed to get the only goal of the game from the spot from Jake Bayram (L) much needed 1-0 win. The team needed a few new faces in as it was becoming apparent that the squad was still behind where it needed to be. We managed to secure a few loan signings to hopefully give us the push to finish in the play-offs this season! Semir Karic (CU) is a player we would like to sign on a long term deal and Lynton Karkach (L) was someone we missed out on earlier on in the season. We will see if the additional firepower was needed. After some record profit months, with few games we see a decrease each month of around £10,000 despite our frugal-ness. We should still be well in profit at the end of the season. In the League we cannot shake those below and cannot gain on those above, in that limbo last play-off spot. Ryan Oliver (L) has saved the month with 6 goals in 3 games for January and right now, who knows if we will stay in the hunt to go up!
  7. November 2022/23 Review The magical FA Cup run continued into a replay at Dulwich Hamlet after a late Max Baker (L) goal shocked the Vanarama National South team. They had taken a 0-2 lead by the 11th minute but Lincolnshire FC would fight back to stay in the game, 2-3 down at the half. The 2,525 fans, a new record were delighted with the equaliser and the chance to move to the second round. The away leg was totally different with Lincolnshire FC taking the early lead and would be 2-0 all the way up until the 79th minute when Dulwich Hamlet scored. They would gain a penalty in the 92nd minute and crushed the travelling fans, extra time the cards. The Yellowbellies would keep up the pressure and a superb Haydn Havard (L) shot from outsie the box helped restore the lead. The game was put to bed with a Jake Bayram (L) penalty with just 3 minutes to go. What a performance over the 2 games and a welcome £41,000 prize money to go along with the record gate money in the home tie. The FA Cup second round would see League One Fleetwood Town come to the Yellowbelly Stadium. Despite a strong effort in front of a near capacity 3,683 which brought in another £40,810 in gate money, the League One team were jus two strong and ran out comfortable 0-2 winners. Not a bad result all things considering and the mammoth cup run certainly will set the club up for a while to upgrade facilities. We managed to get the much needed training facilities upgraded, which was a must for 8 of the players I had promised that to. The increase in Academy Coaching is a welcome boost, but no increase to Youth Recruitment unfortunately. Outside the FA Cup run, the league was 2 wins, 1 draw and a loss to Grimsby Boro, which moved them out of the bottom 3. Sticking to that 2nd spot in the table, Brighouse Town sit just 2 points ahead with 6 teams all on 30 or more points, keeping the top 5 places up for grabs at the half way stage of the season. With the cup games now done, can really focus on putting out the strongest 11 each week, not resting too many and challenging for Promotion this season.
  8. October Review - 2022/23 7 games in the League, 7 Away Games!! Talk about a tough slog away from the Yellowbelly Stadium. 3 Wins, 1 Draw and 3 Losses to give 10 points from 21 which is probably a few behind where we would like to be, but we end the month in 2nd place still and 2 points behind Brighouse Town. The fixture list looks much kinder in November and 3 from 4 league games are at home! We would lose our on loan keeper due to lack of matches, which was fair. We did sign Luke Baxter (L) on £20 a week just to make sure we have a spare keeper on the roster, he wont be challenging Jake Frestle (L) for the #1 Jersey but injuries/illness can happen. The FA Cup Third Qualifying Round game saw Lincolnshire FC take the 165 mile trip across country to Warrington and would come away with the victory and the performance of the season from Jake Bayram (L) who would score all 5 of the goals (3 penalties) to take the 5-1 victory. He had a perfect game with a 10.0 player rating and 5 goals may never be beaten. The draw for the 4th Qualifying Round was huge, with the chance to qualify for the Main Draw on the first attempt. The 3rd ball out was Lincolnshire FC, a home game at least!! The next ball out, Thame United! Wow, wow, wow!! A game against a team at the same level and at home, this was perfect! It would be a great game with both teams having spell's on top. It would be Callum Robinson (L), the Skegness born player with both goals, including a stunning 30 yard effort to put Lincolnshire FC up 2-0. Thame United would score in the 89th minute to set up a nervous last 5 minutes. But the 1,690 fans (1 away) erupted when the final whistle rang out, into the FA Cup draw proper for the First round. League One teams get added at this point but for now, just bring in the hat for the next round is more than ever imaged. And the draw came out, and the Lincolnshire FC players and fans were made to wait until the last 2 teams in the round. It would be Dulwich Hamlet of the Vanarama Nation League South in the next round but would it be home or away. It would be another game at the Yellowbelly Stadium and the the club attendance record is probably going to be smashed in this game.
  9. September Review - 2022/23 Well it seemed a long month with more cup games then league games, but the cup games bring money from increased attendances and match day sales. Despite the few League fixtures we remain at the top of the table and have a couple games in hand as there are only two unbeaten teams left, Worksop Town and us! An absolutely bumper month with £71,430 income (£29k gate receipts, £30k match day income) against only £24,964 expenditure, thanks in part to the low wages and no match day bonuses so far. The FA Cup qualifying rounds would see 1,722 fans witness the 6-3 win over Harefield United (Hilllingdon) before 1,843 saw Welwyn Garden City at the Yellowbelly Stadium for a 3-1 Victory. This sets up a mouthwatering away at Warrington Rylands in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round. A third successive home game was too much to ask for but we avoided the larger teams from the Vanarama National League North/South which was a huge bonus. Can the run continue or will the long travel in a few days time be too much? We would also lose the other two cup games we played in, including a heartbreaker to Tilbury who we battered but they scored 2 from 3 shots to win. On the transfer front we made 2 additions, and boy, one was good one. Lewis Norvock (L) initially wanted around £300 per week and he has still got more than anyone on the team, but he has graded out as the start player so was worth the 1 year deal with us having the option to extend. If he can improve over the next few years he may be able to still factor for us if we get to the Vanarama North. Oliver Ryan (L) may still have some sub appearances in him, but the journeyman striker is set to take on the scout role for us which we had not been able to fill with a Lincolshire born staff member up to now.
  10. Love these type of saves, adds a little more to the youth only style by adding extremely limited transfers/loans available! Having another few clubs in Enfield will help in the future, if you can help them improve also!
  11. August Review -2022/23 A flying start to the League season and the board granted an improvement to the clubs Youth Facilities. I'll be honest, I meant to do Youth Recruitment and did not expect the club to say yes when pressed on the matter! Nevermind, we need to increase these and the training facilities (which some players wanted and probably should have been done first). On the field we managed to stay unbeaten in all the cup games including an impressive victory away in Kent against Chatham FC with 2,000 fans in attendance in the FA Cup Preliminary Round! Currently in the top few spots in the League, a 90th minute goal from Cleethorpes in the Lincolnshire Derby cost the victory which would have put Lincolnshire FC on top of the table. A red card in the match by Brandon Buckley (L) and playing a weakened team with an FA Cup First Qualifying Round Game coming up at the weekend didn't help the cause. Overall, a spectacular start to the season and a board that may back the manager to make the upgrades needed to the club, when the money is there!
  12. Step 2 - Assemble the Team It would be a difficult task putting the team together but for the first game of the season, we have 22 players with 5 of them coming in on loan, mostly from Grimsby Boro. Setting out a strict wage control from the start put many players out of reach but with financial stability required, going into large debt in the first few season's is not where we want to be. The top player signed so far looks to be DC Oliver Kemp (SU) who was released by Scunthorpe United. After some time away, he is back to prove them wrong. With the final loan signing of (DL) Max Baker from Grimsby Boro, we now have cover at every position as games do come thick and fast, especially if we have any cup runs. We will be continuing to reach out to players who may not be interested yet or demanding over £250 per week, which is just too much at this level. We have room for a 25 man squad so that is where we will aim to get to. 2022/23 - Lincolnshire FC Squad We have Boston born Jake Frestle (L) as the #1 on the season. At just 19 years old, he was released by Boston United and bounced around a few teams. He has loan signing Liam Highton (L) for squad depth and brining in on loan takes away any wages we would be spending so makes good business sense. The center of defense looks to be set as James Blunden (LU) and Oliver Kemp (SU) look to be two of the best players at the team. Sisa Tuntulwana (L) looks to be a star in the making on the right side but competition on the left is there to find the starter. Jack Barlow (L) looks to be the best midfielder in the team but competition will be there for all places as everyone is of a similar quality. We really struggled for strikers and it was looking a position of worry for most of the pre-season, but we managed to sign a pair of 30+ journeymen in Ryan Oliver (L) and Marc Cooper (L), who has scored goals at the level below this. We will see if they have the ability to bag the goals or do we need to keep out on the hunt for other options?
  13. Step 1- Hire the Assistant Manager - Stuart Ruddington Luckily there was some choice of staff which meant we could get an offer on the table on day 1. A few wanted wages too high for me so we ended up with 44 year old Stuart Reddington from Lincoln. He was once on the books at Chelsea after starting at Lincoln United before making 54 appearances for Mansfield Town. After this it was down to Lincolnshire non-league clubs to finish his career. At £55 per week for the season, it will give us ample time to see if he is the right man for the job long term.
  14. [FM23] Lincolnshire FC - Flying the flag for Lincolnshire from Step 8 to Premier League When you think of football and Lincolnshire you will probably know, there are no Premier League Titles or trophies won in Europe. Lincoln City are currently in League One after a spell in the Vanarama Nation League from 2011 - 2017. They now seem to be stable as the top team in the county, followed by Grimsby Town in League Two, Scunthorpe United in the Vanarama National League and Boston United in Vanarama National League North. Not exactly all pushing on towards top flight football. And then we move to footballers, the current top player born in Lincolnshire (Grantham) is Leeds United Striker, Patrick Bamford. So.... taking a team with only Lincolnshire born players or those who went through a Lincolnshire Academy first shouldn't be a problem? Can it be completed or will there not be enough players without raising the profile of at least another Lincolnshire based club? Up The Yellowbellies!!! The aim for the save is to take the team from level 8 to the Premier League, playing as realistically as possible and sticking to the rules. All players must be born in Lincolnshire or their first club was a Lincolnshire based club. All players born in Lincolnshire will have a (L) as their name. All players who went to an academy in Lincolnshire will have the team abbreviation in brackets (LC), (GT), (SU), (BU). All Staff must be born in Lincolnshire. If there is no-one for that role, we go without. We will start at Step 8, 2 promotions to the Vanarama Nation League North. This starting point is the Northern Premier League Division One East. The team was created and all players were released to build the squad from the ground up.
  15. I haven't seen any on here so thought might be a good one, although managing in England with all the money may not be so satisfying in the ling term but we shall see. Time to get some more games done as we haven't really played any of the big 6 yet which will see our good start tested!
  16. Pre-Season 2022 Pre-Season saw plenty of goals and the team trying to build together and gain rapport with each other for the upcoming season. The only loss came against Belgian side Club Brugge. A final win over LaLiga side Cadiz was the highlight of the games before heading to the Premier League Season.
  17. Nottingham Forest Overview The World Famous City Ground has been jumping in real life this year and made it an experience every game. The 30,332 seater stadium is now probably 20,000 seats short of where it needs to be for current demand. Raising the funds for the stadium will be vital in the next few years to be able to increase revenue. The real worrying part of this is the "Adequate" Academy coaching and "Above Average" Youth Recruitment which puts Forest on the back foot for talent in the local area and further afield. This needs addressing as soon as possible if we are to bring the Nigel Doughty Academy back to the level that it needs to be. Starting Finances Starting Balance - £1,324,000 Transfer Budget - £8,649,000 Wage Budget - £1,494,500 Wage Spend - £1,390,900 - Committed Spend £1,484,500 Aims and Objectives Secure the club financially Increase Academy facilties as a matter of urgency. Look to upgrade/build a larger stadium to meet Premier League Demand Build the clubs DNA to focus recruitment and player development. Stay in the Premier League The DNA of the club will take time to build with the way the squad was put together this season. Players were generally 22-28 years old with a few older players brought in for experience. The big wage difference between the top earners and the rest may cause some friction down the line, but both big earners may just be a 1 season and gone which will enable us to get a structure in place moving forward. At this point, the buzz around the club is at an all time high which also brings the expectations of the supporters up another level or two.
  18. 2023 Squad Review - Part 2 Central Midfielders With 6 players all able to play the DM, MC position, playing time will belong to those who earn it. Swiss international Remo Freuler is the pick of the players and will look to anchor the midfield, he may find himself extremely busy over the season. Nottingham born and Forest man Ryan Yates is a fan favorite with a motor that doesn't stop as he goes box to box all game long. He may not be the most talented player or the most highly rated, but he loves the club and will always, always put 110% in every game. Orel Mangala makes the move from Stuttgart and will be wanting to force is way into the starting 11. Lewis O'Brien makes the move from beaten Play-Off finalists Huddersfield and shows a large upside, but may struggle to force into the starting 11. Cafu and Harry Arter will struggle to feature. Attacking Midfielders / Wingers / Forwards There was much noise/buzz when Jesse Lingard picked Forest over West Ham and he comes in with a large wage but a £0 transfer spend. There is an option to extend this for a second season which give flexibility if Forest stay up or go back down. Will he provide those magic moments or will it be more hype then substance? Welsh international Brennan Johnson is the golden child and a gem from the Forest academy over the past few seasons. He can be breath-taking and frustrating all at the same time, often going missing in games but will pop up with that one key moment. Can he carry on his threat in the top flight and chip in with goals and assists? Morgan Gibb-White was a must buy by Steve Cooper who splashed £25,000,000 plus add-on's for him. Can he live up to the hype and the price tag pressure? Up front might be the weakest part of the team with just 2 out-and-out strikers in the team, with Hwang Ui-Jo out on loan. Taiwo Awoniyi is the main threat after his £17,750,000 move from Union Berlin and his 15 goals last season in the Bundesliga. He will need to score the goals or Forest will need to bring in options in the next transfer windows. Sam Surridge is a natural finisher but may not have the performance to last in the Premier League, which is a great shame as personally a fan of his.
  19. August 2022 Game 1 - Girona We opened the season with a drubbing of Girona with 4 goals in the first half and a hat-trick from Inaki Williams. Iker Muniain had a game high 7 key passes and 2 of the assist cam from down the left hand side. We controlled the game and really limited their attempts on target but despite scoring 5 goals, our shots on target could be improved. POM - Inaki Williams Game 2 - Atletico Madrid A shock victory against a team who will be fighting for a top 3 spot at the end of the season. Raul Garcia would add to his tally from last week to score a hat-trick to now sit at 5 goals on the season despite his advancing years of 36. It would be Ander Herrera pulling the strings in midfield, his 4 key passes set up 3 clear chances and his second assist of the season. Iker Muniain would chip in with 2 more assists as he controlled the left side of the pitch all game. 2 games, 10 goals, 0 conceded, what a start to the season. POM - Raul Garcia Game 3 - Espanyol Another game, another hat-trick, a second of the season for Inaki Williams who in truth, could have had 6. Unai Vencedor popped up with a dominant performance and 2 assists and it was a first goal of the season for Alex Berenguer, cutting in from the right to slot home nicely. Espanyol didn't offer much in front of goal and it turned into a very one sided game. POM - Inaki Williams Game 4 - Real Madrid It would be a tense game with little quality in-front of goal the whole game and the difference in the end was a bad mix-up which gifted the ball to Marco Asensio to slot into the empty net. A first loss, a first goal conceded and the first without scoring on the season. Graphics issues, need to update later....
  20. Pre-Season 2022/23 It was a quiet pre-season with no deals in the transfer market and most players who could be out on loan already. It doesn't mean we were not busy as the scouts have been tasked to look at every Basque player who could play for us either now or in the future. We were looking at strikers mainly at this point. This left contract talks with a few key players in Nico Williams and Dani Vivian which included much higher minimum release clauses. Onto the pitch we saw wins in all our games apart from a 3-3 draw against Olympiakos when 22 players saw action. Not one clean sheet may be the only negative to come from the games but scoring up the other end seems to be the easier task. Tactics would usually look like a 4-3-3 Wide, but also looking at a 4-4-2 just to change it up.
  21. 2022/23 Athletic Club Squad Strikers Perhaps the weakest area of the team with 36 year old Raul Garcia the best option. He is in the final year of his £140,000 per week deal and may be the last deal he gets. Asier Villalibre is the second option and will likely come in off the bench. A low wage but an expiring contract, he will be worth securing for several more years and other options are limited at this stage. We have several youngsters who may, or may not reach the grade, but they are all several years from the first team. Will will look to secure their contracts and look to develop but in the short to medium term, we may need to look to the transfer market for a proven goal scorer.
  22. 2022/23 Athletic Club Squad Wide Midfielders A group lead by the ultra talented Inaki Williams who also swallows up nearly 20% of the total wage bill. He has over 300 appearances with the club and a long term deal until 2028 and is a star to build the team around. He can play anywhere but may attract attention from Europe's top clubs. His brother, Nico Williams may just be the best prospect in the game and at just 20, is one we need to make sure we increase that release fee and try to add several more years to the deal. These two will be hard to dislodge from the squad and could lead the lines for years to come. Alex Berenguer makes an interesting option on the left as he can play anywhere along that side and will offer valuable cover. Nico Serrano is another player for the future to watch, on loan at Mirandes in the league below.
  23. 2022/23 Athletic Club Squad Central Midfielders A strong group lead by club legend Iker Muniain who can play anywhere across the middle and is the first name on the team-sheet. Interestingly Ander Herrera is back on loan from PSG and has a future buy option for just £220,000. At 33 and on a large wage, will he be one to keep or one to cancel the loan and reduce the wage bill and look to give playing time to a younger player? He may still have a role with the team so we shall wait to find out. Unai Vencedor is the star of the future but has competition from Dani Garci and Mikel Vesga for playing time currently. Both are good core players who have years left in the team and do not carry huge wages. We may see one of them leave the team in the near future unless we can keep everyone happy. Oihan Sancet is another young player who is pushing for playing time and could be the long term central partner for Vencedor, which is a terrific place to be with them both still not even close to 25 years old. The future is very bright here We have lots of young players with great potential in these positions with many of them still only 17 or 18 years old. With 5 players with great potential we will focus on their development to see who we can bring through the ranks over the next 3 or 4 years. With solid options ahead of them, we may see these players out on loan for several years before they can step up. Aimar Vicandi is already commanding a higher wage and is out on loan with Eldense.
  24. 2022/23 Athletic Club Squad Defenders This group has 5 players in their 30's and 2 of them on huge wages in Inigo Martinez and Yuri. In Inigo Martinez his contract runs out at the end of the season so we have a decision to make to if we extend or look to cash in whilst we can, but he is currently the highest rated player and should have 3 or 4 more good years left. On the left side we have Mikel Balenziaga and Yuri, the former comes in on a much cheaper wage, but his contract is also out shortly and is 34 years of age. We may need to look at the transfer market shortly for here. On the right hand side we have Ander Capa and Inigo Lekue who are rated very similar at this point. They both have low wages but both are starting to hit early 30's and we need to start developing the next players for the first team. We only have 3 players at center back which is a worry but Dani Vivian is just 23 years old and has the most upside for development and is on a long term contract. He has great pace and no major weakness and will be a key cog in the machine for the next 5 to 10 years. Yeray is also on a long term deal and will be fighting with Inigo Martinez for playing time. We have 5 players out on loan with the pick of the bunch being Unai Nunez who may get the chance to jump into the team next year, especially if we lose a couple of high earners. Benat Prados has the most potential but will need another few season's to be ready for La Liga football. All have at least 2 years on their contracts so no need to worry just yet. Imanol may be a key player for next year as a left sided defender, his loan spell at Eibar will be watched with interest. We have 26 players in the academy with these showing the most potential. It is far to early to see who may develop into first team players but we will keep the top 3 at least for development and there may be space for others to make sure we can put competitive teams out at all levels. No superstars here it seems currently.
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