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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. More trophies in the bag, fantastic work as always!! Champions League was a bit of a gut punch!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. [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?
  10. Love a good Gibraltar save, Hounds Dogs all the way for me (Not that I think they are playable anymore)! Will be following along!
  11. 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!
  12. Didn't think I would have a wonderkid.... Well this was a shock, but that makes me even more angry of the low-ball £5,000,000 offers from the vultures. I have him signed until 2033 with a 3 year extension so unless the chairman is an idiot, he will be staying for the long term! Jamie-Luke Forsdick 28f, let's see how your career progresses now you are in the top 10 Wonderkid's list 2031!
  13. I'll be honest, the transfer window was a PAIN IN THE ARSE!! Several of my top players were a constant target of bids and not even close to anything I would consider, think less than £5,000,000 plus add-ons. This did un-settle the players and many were unhappy but with them all tied to long term deals and money in the bank still, we do not need to sell. This really impacted our performances in February as we lost 5 from 6 and we drop down to 11th, the chances of any play-off football are slim to non now. But that is ok, we wanted to avoid a battle at the bottom and help improve out players, both we will achieve. The hard part now is keeping the gang together after this season. As we can see, there are very few Lincolnshire born or Lincolnshire Academy players to pick from with the only two who would make an instant impact are way out of our range! We need either Grimsby or Scunthorpe to make some moves up the leagues and keep trying to buy Lincoln City players to see if they will improve their youth recruitment!
  14. Not so far my friend on the moving up Thank you, the graphics I am still enjoying putting together and using to tell the story! Not even close to anything manager wise, not major trophies or anything and that many years away! Maybe in another 8 years we may have a decent trophy!
  15. I had to change the previous post, it wasn't the 3rd year in the Championship, it is the 4th! One of the best comeback games I have ever had came against Huddersfield, 0-2 down in the 80th minute to 3-2 winners by the end of the game, what a come-back!! We find ourselves performing above all expectations, October was perfect! We have worked hard to get the best coaches in and spend a good chunk of money not only on the upkeep of the youth academy but keeping the coaching standard up!
  16. Thank you for checking in. It was going to be too easy if I didn't swerve the story and try something different with the youth focus! Last 2 seasons have been some of the toughest I have had in years which is refreshing!
  17. Back to back Some of them wages for League One are eye-watering! Looks like you should be able to cope at this level and be pushing on up the table once more!
  18. Season 8 - 4th Season in the Championship A 4th season in the Championship and we hope for a season not fighting at the bottom. I don't think we can challenge for the top spots, but I think we can finish comfortably in the middle of the pack and look to continue to develop our younger players over the next few seasons. We still have the smallest ground in the Championship so making money will always be a worry and the big boys are coming in to unsettle our top players, so it will be playing unhappy players most weeks. Most are on long term deals so I am not too worried at this point!
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