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  1. 2031-32 Championship Season - March to May Update Well, what a run that was to end the season with just a loss to Stoke followed by 5 good wins, both at home and on the road. What looked unlikely earlier on in the season has turned into what dreams are made of as Boston United will face Bristol City in the Play-off Semi-Final. Almost catching Sheffield United up, who collapsed only picking up 4 points in 9 games to go from top of the pile to 3rd. Huddersfield, Luton Town and Stoke all ended on 79 points for the final play-off spot. The drama on the final day of the season was when Stoke City lost 0-7 to Coventry and would miss out when they only needed a point. Luton won but Huddersfield had the best goal difference and played relegated Barnsley, winning 2-0 and into the play-offs. Poor Stoke fans, they have had a nightmare.
  2. I was worried for a while that the season was going to be a really poor one, but we have certainly picked up and fighting on!!
  3. Under 18 Professional Development League Victory For the 3rd time in 4 seasons, Boston United Under 18's secured the title, getting revenge on Millwall who beat them in last years final. It has been 3 Boston bs Millwall finals for the last 3 years and this new rivalry, at least at this age group, looks set to continue into the future.
  4. Youth Intake 2032 A Boston born player heads up the list this year which is great to see and hopefully he can move into the first team ranks over the next 2 or 3 seasons. In Ian Barton B32a, he has a chance as we always need centre backs. There are 3 or 4 plyers who currently look like the have the ability to play for the club in the long term but all will be signed and see how they develop in the next few years. The other Boston born player is keeper Oli Highers B32k.
  5. 2031/32 - Championship - Season Update Jan & Feb 2032 We have moved just below the play-off spots thanks to a good run of games, mainly against those at the bottom of the table. The win against Preston was pleasing as that helped to close the gap on them from 7 points to just 3. Sheffield United, Wolves and Sunderland are miles away from the rest and we are fighting with teams from 4th to 9th, separated by just 3 points for the remaining 3 play-off spots. It will be a great end to the season, every game at this stage really counts.
  6. 2031/32 - Championship Season Update On the 1st November we lost to Luton Town 0-2 and were sitting in 19th place. We started our rise back up and find ourselves now in 13th place, 6 points behind the play-off spots (1 game more played) and 21 above the drop spots. I am confident we won't be heading for the drop but will we make it much higher than we are now? I genuinely don't know. We look great in some games, terrible in others, so I don't think the pre-season aim of play-offs will be achieved at this point. Back into the Transfer window and I can see players becoming unsettled again so we may see form in January dip once more.
  7. 2031/32 - August and September Update I'll be honest, I was expecting to be nearer the top of the table and challenging but we would go 6 games without a win and were looking much closer to the bottom 3. Paul Tomlinson B28a would be out for several weeks and missing him seemed to have a big negative affect on the team and we just really struggled, even against the teams fighting at the bottom. We maintain our position in the Cup competitions but right now, it looks like another season of mid-table is what the Boston fans can hope for.
  8. 2024/25 Season Update - September to November What a busy few months this was with cup game after cup game, which has impacted the League form a little. Having to play 2 replays added more fixtures than we wanted, but we were able to bring- them back back to the Abbey Lawns and win, so we get the win and the additional revenue from winning. United Counties League Premier Division North - Sitting in 5th, not too far from the top. When the fixture's slow down I hope we can move up again and challenge for the top spot. FA Cup - An extra time goal in a replay in the 3rd qualifying round set up a huge payday. 3,000 fans would see Scunthorpe United travel to the Abbey Lawns for the 4th Qualifying Round in an All-Lincolnshire game which saw the Vanarama National League side win 0-3. A great result for us and with the 3,000 fans which saw us take on a bumper day of revenue! This set a new gate receipt record of £28,300. FA Vase - Into he 4th round where we will face high flying Hallam, who currently top the Norther Counties East League Premier League. This is a home tie United Counties League Cup - Into the 3rd round to face Nuneaton Griff, on the road. If we win, we head to the Quarter Finals.
  9. FA Cup - Preliminary Rounds Was not planning on doing an update for these, but these might be the difference in improving things and not, especially as the fans are coming out in droves for the games! We have won 3 games now, 2 of the the game reports are below including the huge win over Grantham Town!! 1,394 fans at the ground and we were hoping for a 4th home game, but this is not meant to be and we face an away tie, but it is winnable which is the main thing at this stage! That bank balance from the cup run is looking really, really good!! Unbeaten to start the season and cannot ask for more than that! It looks like the players that Bourne Town have in real, with a few additions might be good enough for another title bid?!
  10. Season 2 - United Counties League Premier Division North We move into season 2 of the Bourne Town FC League 10 save, looking to continue moving up the Leagues to get to the Vanarama National League North/South initially. I thought about making this a youth only but the non-contract for another few levels has put me off and the real life Bourne Town seem to recruit from the south Lincolnshire and Peterborough (North Cambridgeshire area) mostly so I am going to follow that model. Players need to be born or playing for a team within that 50 miles/1 hour commute which is about the maximum for this level. I hope this will keep it realistic (which I always try to do) and stop the easy promotions which can be had from this level with signing free agents from all over the country who would not move to Bourne for £50 appearance fee. Onwards to season 2, lets see how we do at this level! I will be instant resulting all League Games (unless its a key game) and playing the Cup games as those are key to finances and gives me something to enjoy!
  11. Bourne Town FC - End of Season 1 - United Counties Division 1 Champions We would run out League Champions by 15 points but our FA Vase Semi-Final would end in defeat over 2 legs as we conceded 2 early goals at home and would lose by 1 goal overall. A cup final in the first season would have been amazing for Bourne Town but not meant to be, but the job was done in the League. The Cup run really helped the finances on the season and as we head into the United Counties Premier Division North, we need a few players to solidify the team to make sure we continue the winning feeling at Bourne Town.
  12. Season 9 - Championship Season 5 Our5th season in the championship and the strongest team we have had for the last few seasons, but we have some players wanting a move and fear the Chairman selling them for way under value! Let's hope we can keep the money coming in so we don't have to. I am personally aiming for a play-off spot this season but anything in the top half will be a winning season with this young squad!
  13. More trophies in the bag, fantastic work as always!! Champions League was a bit of a gut punch!
  14. End of Season 8 - 2030-31 - Championship A 7th place finish, above all expectations and our form at the end of the season was sensational. Our Boston born players played a huge part in the season as the top 4 players by minute were all from this group. We really are in a position now to keep pushing on but keeping players will get harder as the vultures keep putting crap bids in and unsettle them. Really glad they are mostly on long term deals with some extensions to activate if needed. I can't see many players in the transfer market and I don't want to waste money just buying when I need to keep as much as I can in the bank as we will need a new stadium at some point as we are almost at expansion capacity!
  15. Youth Academy Intake #1 - 2024 We could not afford a head of youth development, so player/assistant manager/head of youth development (our only staff member) Dan Flack has played a blinder with the youth intake with several players who may be able to contribute now! We really won't know how good any of the players are as we have no scouting (cost saving) so we can only wait and see. We will sign all and bolster the ranks, ready for if we lose all our players and decide to go youth only.
  16. Season One 2023/24 - FA Vase - The story so far I'll be totally honest, as soon as the FA Vase started to give money for winning and the United Counties League Cup didn't, all the effort went into the Vase. Our dip in League form, aka playing a bunch of 16 year olds matches with FA Vase games and I'll be honest, it has proved successful both on the pitch and in the bank account. But at this level, that is what it is about right? So where do we start? Well lets start with the crappy draw that saw us play 5 of the 6 games so far on the road, talk about losing out on match-day income but least we have picked up around £7,500 in prize money! The 5th Round against a fairly local side in Lincoln United, playing in the League above us. And we would control the game, take a 4-0 lead into half time and never look back. We would finally get a home draw in the next round. What a game this was, nerve-wracking to lose a 2-0 lead and have to win on penalties! An even game in stats and the draw probably was fair. We looked like we would win the game on the 5th penalty but James Hill-Seekings saw his shot cannon off the post, cross the goal and not go in. Herbie Panting would score his penalty to make it 7-6 before keeper Dan Swan would be the hero, both scoring and saving two penalties to seal the victory and a remarkable semi-final appearance to look forward to. Another few ££££ in the bank and that is looking much healthier than the projections at the start of the season! Only 279 fans, I think in real life would be well over 500!
  17. Let's not mess about... Promotion secured with 7 games to go I had already played a good part of the season before deciding to post and at this level, I'm not messing about with monthly updates. It's get the games played, win some games and look to the future! With 7 games left we have secured promotion, not happy with just the promotion as the only option is Champions, which we should achieve. We are still playing in a cup, which will be the main focus of the first season reporting as we have been on fire, despite plenty of away days. Newark Town can catch us, we will need to rest players as Cup games are mid-week but we should get over the line and still challenge in the cup games, I hope!
  18. Meet the (Real Life) Team - Bourne Town 2023/24 It is great to see that the database has some real life players even down to Level 10! I really will be aiming to keep them as long as possible as I feel it adds to the story, we will see if it is possible. I won't be signing any players in the first season as the team is too good for this level as it is. As we can see most the players are locally born from the South Lincs/Peterborough/Cambridgeshire area, which would relate to the travel players would make at this level. I have not decided which way I will go yet, is it youth only or just a realistic save where I only sign local players or those playing in teams within an hour of Bourne? I will see how the first season goes and make a call from there. But as far as the team goes, this is good enough to play at least 1 level above I feel.
  19. [FM24] We were once World Champions - Level 10 Bourne Town Challenge It was not in football that is for sure. But for a few historic years, in the sleepy market town of Bourne in Lincolnshire, it was home to the Formula One World Champions that were BRM. Hard to believe it now since 60 years have gone since the 1962 Championship. So, the challenge is to once again be World Champions (Or at least Champions of Europe) starting from the depth of Level 10 of the English Football Pyramid. Bourne Town Football Club play in the United Counties League Division One at the JJ Mac Stadium on the picturesque Abbey Lawns. Sharing the Abbey Lawns is the Cricket, Tennis and Bowls club along with the outdoor swimming pool. Established in 1883, Bourne Town is a football club waiting for the trophy cabinet to be filled. With a team in real life top of the League and with a talented squad for the level, can we rise up the ranks?
  20. Love a good Gibraltar save, Hounds Dogs all the way for me (Not that I think they are playable anymore)! Will be following along!
  21. We almost made the play-offs I had counted the play-offs out and then we went on a run and just fell short at the final hurdle, 2 points from a play-off spot. It was not on the cards so we have performed above all expectations and if we can keep the team together, we have to be aiming for a play-off birth next season. What an last few games we had, scoring goals for fun and literally a goal or two away from play-off football. More pleasing was how some of the Boston born players performed and them becoming the back-bone of the team!
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