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  1. Warriors Intake 2019 I'm too far ahead to post the intakes of the first two seasons (will post a squad review at the end of the current season) but this is our latest crop. Each year we've been given a 'golden generation' though that's all relative. Certainly some great prospects here though. A excellent striker without clear weaknesses in a key attribute, a rarity in this part of the world. He looks like he could be leading the line for club and country for years to come! Goalkeeper is an area that the country is struggling with so it is fantastic to see a cracking prospect come through. I like his pace and rushing out as well Pace and finishing ability are the marks of a striker who will score bags of goals in this league. With the right development he could become a leading player, but a poor personality and lack of tutors may hold him back.
  2. Cheers @mark1985 and best of luck with Liechtenstein. I'm a little bit ahead of the updates above, here's how our rankings have developed:
  3. National Team 2018 Not much to see here but a bunch of friendlies. Believe it or not, both Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan are superior sides to us so those wins are good. We're still struggling against NZ and a disappointing loss to PNG put a downer on the year however.
  4. Solomon Warriors 2018 S-League A 100% record with no clubs really giving us any problems. Contenders last season Marist lost their Brazilian Manager and best Brazilian player to his native top flight and were no longer competitive, particularly as we picked off their best Bonitos. O-League A wonderful surprise aggregate victory over Auckland in the final, the countries dominant side, saw us become the first Solomon side to lift the trophy (all previous have been from Australia or New Zealand with the exception of Hekari Utd of Papua New Guinea in 2009). Auckland battered us with attacks just like the first leg but we hit them hard on the counter and took our chances. Club World Championship By winning the O-League we gained a place in the CWC Play-Off and remarkably made our way past UAE champions Al-Ain. From the match stats above, it just goes to show quality of chances over quantity. We gave it a good go in the Quarter finals against the far superior Guangzhou losing 2-1 and failed to take our chances against Sundowns to deny us a 5th place finish. We were due to receive £760k prize money, but this never happened . Best 11
  5. National Team 2017 Despite a good start beating Fiji 4-2, we ended up finishing bottom of our World Cup qualifying group despite a narrow loss against NZ but a very disappointing 2-0 loss against Fiji. A 5-0 loss to NZ before my control gave us next to no chance of getting through the group. New Zealand went out to Colombia in the World Cup play-off. We did however manage to win the Pacific Mini Games which features the 'best of the rest' of Oceania, thus excluding NZ.
  6. Solomon Warriors 2017 S-League A comfortable title win in the end despite holders chasing us down with their Brazilians. A solitary draw against KOSSA towards the end of the season was the only result stopping a 100% record. Best 11 Yes I'm using a 5-2-3, shoot me . As expected, the front 3 provided the goods!
  7. Pretty Warriors...Could you be more pacific? So here I am again, after a few weeks away I'm back with the FM bug. I can't help myself. This time I find myself venturing into the unknown; the Solomon Islands. This will be your typical club & country save with the ultimate aim to win the Club World Championship with the club side and qualify (and attempt to win) the World Cup with the national team. So first let's introduce my chosen club side: Solomon Warriors The club started in 1981 as a 7-a-side team but has since grown into one of the best supported sides in the country. They are also one of the most successful, winning the league in 2012, 2014 and 2017 (although the latter is after I started my management in 2017) as well as winning the Melanesian cup in 2014 and 2015 (for those not in the know it's a competition between the best 2 Solomon Islands and Vanuatu teams). In terms of performance in the Oceanic Champions League, the Warriors have never made it past the group stages. Solomon Islands National Team Shamelessly taken from wikipedia, the NT have a history of doing pretty well to start with, then losing out in the latter stages: "During the 2004 Oceania World Cup qualification/Oceania Cup the team drew 2–2 with Australia and qualified for the second leg. However, in the second leg the Solomon Islands national men's team was humiliated by Australia 5–1 and 6–0 in the two matches, with Australia qualifying for the 2005 Confederations Cup. The Solomons got a second chance against the Socceroos in a two-legged series in September 2005, this time with the winner advancing to a two-legged series against CONMEBOL's fifth-place finisher for a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the team was thrashed by Australia 7–0 on the first leg and 2–1 in the second played at home. The Solomons were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – having got off to a good start winning every game in their qualifying group and comfortably progressing to the knockout rounds, defeats to New Caledonia and then to Vanuatu saw them knocked out of the competition. In 2012, the Solomon Islands held the 2012 OFC Nations Cup which was also the second round of World Cup qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place after qualifying through to the knockout stage by defeating Papua New Guinea and having draws against Fiji and New Zealand. They lost in the semi-final after they lost to the champions Tahiti after Jonathan Tehau scored the only goal. They later lost to New Zealand in the third-place playoff. The third round of World Cup qualifying saw the team finish bottom of the group after only taking one win against Tahiti." They've never won an international competition but have finished runners up in the Pacific Games (1991, 1995 and 2011) and the Oceanic Nations Cup (2004). Behold the Lawson Tama Stadium, home of the National Team and every single club in the Solomon Islands. There is very little in the way of seating, but this stadium can gather up to 30,000 clambering fans. oh and those Bonitos are passionate:
  8. How about this as a way to follow up the FA Cup result Rennie's on fire! (No heartburn here)
  9. January 2026 Update FA Cup We started the new year with a bang by beating League One high fliers Southend 5-3 with 2,000 fans making their way to Essex. It wasn't all good news though. We lost our talisman Oztumer to a long term injury . The FA Cup acted as a bookend for January and it's a fairy tale that's for sure. An incredible 8,000 fans saw us hit 7 at Villa Park, including 4 goals and 3 assists from Richardson Rennie who achieved the perfect 10. Just sublime - we even missed a pen so it should have been 8! We now face PL opposition at the Valley. Results In between the goals galore excitement of the FA Cup we put together a run of clean sheets to continue our unbeaten run. We're still in the FA Trophy as well . League Table 14 points clear with 15 games to go. Let's just keep this up! Transfers He's been a star for us but you can't turn down that kind of money in our financial state. We've got him for a few more games but unfortunately he'll be gone before the Watford game. A combination of loans and permanent signings bolstered our squad in January, mainly to help us cope with our injuries! Lapslie, Sarpong-Wiredu, Aribo and Doughty are all HG at the club, while Crowther is a Londoner and Dom Samuel is born-and-bred in Southwark and silenced his critics after 2 goals on his debut after signing on loan from noisy neighbours. Tactics With Stanley and Turgott (£5k to Carlisle) leaving and a host of injuries we've had to change our formation, but the principles are the same. I like it. Player Stats Our 5 goalscorers have been disrupted with Stanley leaving and injuries to Oztumer, Rowe and Bond, so Rennie looks as though he'll pip them all to the club golden boot. Great average ratings as you'd expect with our form.
  10. Not really that I've noticed, I tend to pick up a few bookings across the backline and midfield due to our aggressive, high pressing system. I will check out the video, but I doubt I will be changing my D R/L from attack to support, it's in our DNA
  11. Fingers crossed, but the only way that would happen at another club other than Charlton is if I am sacked. Sticking this one through!
  12. December 2025 Update A 100% record this month and we're through to the FA Cup Third Round. A winnable tie, but Southend are high-flying in League One!
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