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    looking forward too our clan starting and hopefully winning a trophy or 10

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  1. PGC - Back to our Roots

    LINCOLN CITY FC After the scandal of Scotland here we are, A new tactic, a new team and a fresh start. Lincoln have a good history and the team has a solid starting 11. Ive added a few loan signings, well more than a few if I'm honest but hopefully I can send some of them packing in the next window. I was initially going to try a 4 4 2 this year but after losing to Mikes diddy team in the first game I punted that idea and resorted to the 4 3 3 that served me so well last year. The season has went well so far with a good cup run and sitting 3rd in the league. Wins over Burton Leeds and Bristol Rovers in the caribou cup has left the team with a home tie against Southampton. The cup run has helped encourage the team onto league success with good wins over Sean's Stevenage side and Stu's Notts county team. Star players so far are Eddie Nketiaha loanee from Arsenal and DaSilva also from Arsenal, Bostwick also has started well playing at the back or in midfield.
  2. PGC: Jumpers for Goalposts (FM 2018)

    BERWICK NEARLY PROMOTED Well its been a tremendous season from my team, despite the odds being against them and an expected relegation fight the team dug in and not only produced a magnificent cup run but also a third place finish and a play off place in the post season. Unfortunately moneybags Stu broke my star strikers knee 2 weeks out from the playoffs and the team really struggled against Stirling failing to make it through the play offs. Notable mentions goes too star defender Ollie Fleming and striker Aaron Murrel they had outstanding seaons as did new signings Robbie Bruce and Connor Mcglinchey they have all signed on for next year. THE REST OF THEM Almost everyone seemed to struggle with the reality off the Scottish league its a tough nut too crack with no money poor players hardly any staff and no room to manoeuvre with your scouts. Everyone except Mike who obviously was a cub scout when he was younger cause he came prepared this year. The lad could survive 7 nights in the Sahara never mind 2 years at Edinburgh, hes got lists a plenty bringing in players that no mere mortal could scout. Obviously hes scouted every corner of the globe by hand and obviously theres nothing wrong with that I'm thinking as my new role as the manager of the "Wee Huns" I'm just getting bitter and twisted in my old age, next il be asking for his tax returns and filing for administration. Speaking of tax returns........... Stu doesn't seem to be having any problems hes got cash hidden in the sofa in the attic he could have a daytime tv show on channel 4 and we wouldn't even know about it. Lads spent a fortune on some right dodgy sorts and its not really improved his team too much with a mid table finish never troubling the play off spaces. Stu will defo be hoping for more this season after spending another tidy sum on players but his bank balance doesn't seem to have taken a hit yet so mayby he will make like Man City and just buy the league. My old pal sean has had a tough season its really not like him to be struggling down the league even less like him to be sacked but in honestly he went in blind and totally unprepared ( unlike mike) I don't think they have boy scouts where sean is from or they do but they just call them gangs. It was always gonna be an uphill struggle his star striker had crabs his defense was non exsistant and he had no money and his scouts were crap....... what the lad needed was a list I tried to tell him but u know how stubborn these Glaswegians can be. Out of the rest of the lads Pedro gave up half way through all that dodgy preparation still meant he was facing the sack and instead of facing the music like a man he decided to go dancing like a girl. Jonas worked hard all seaon but eventually faced relegation and Dan got sacked half way through the season.
  3. PGC: Jumpers for Goalposts (FM 2018)

    BERWICK RANGERS JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS A SCOTTISH ADVENTURE This year our mighty clan will be visiting Scotland. after years mincing about in England and mainland Europe we feel we are ready for a true test a real league without the advantages of foreign money or huge television deals ,were gonna get down and dirty in the mud.....literally. The draw took place while I was at work this year so after my first second and third picks all got snaffled up I decided to let my head chef pick my team for me. obviously me being a proud Scotsman and a huge celtic fan she decided to pick me a team that's actually from England and has the nickname " The Wee Gers". talk about a massive stitch up, The team is crap the stadium is crap and were skint. I have a hun for a goalkeeper and my best player isn't old enough to drink buckfast.
  4. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    Barca have done it again, another league title in the bag this one going down to head to head record. Sabadell pushed the title winners all the way and even though the team had the title wrapped up with two games to spare Seans team clawed and fought right to the end. Barca added a Spanish cup too this years trophy haul and narrowly lost on penalties to Recreativo in the champs league final. It was a hugely succesfull season with Barca stayin undefeated well into February in the league. The stand out player this year was Victor Prado who really is startin too show his true class scoring important goals in big games and controlling the midfield.
  5. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    BARCA SPLASH THE CASH Barca have spent a whopping 95 million on what the manager hopes will be the next superstar in his star studded midfield. Alao was always on the teams radar and after it was mader clear by the player he wanted to join the champions league wineers the manager told the board he is my one and only target this summer.
  6. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    BARCA BACK WITH A BANG.... The faith the Barca board should in Akinbiyi was unlikely as much as it was risky, but wow did he return on it. A record breaking season where the team was pushed all the way by a young Sabadell team and trophy hungry Recreativo resulted in a four trophy haul. The highlight of the season was returning the league trophy back where it belonged in the Barca trophy cabinet. Closely followed was the Champions League success over a top Sabadell side who had won the league the two years previous. A record league points total for our clan off 103 points says it all and the reality of the situation just now is that its going to take points totals like that too win the league every year the standard is so high. I have to give a special mention to Ali and Sean who pushed Barca all the way this year and I fully expect the same next year too.
  7. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    AKINBIYI SURVIVES DESPITE ABSCENCE Barcelona have decided to keep faith with manager Akinbiyi despite him missing the entire season. The manager had to serve 10 months of an 18 month conviction for transporting frogs illegally over the Spanish border too France. Animal rights campaigners had expected a tougher sentence saying the manager knew full well the frogs were going to end up cooked in breadcrumbs with a little lemon juice but Akinbiyis defence team claimed the manager thought they were going too a frog sanctuary of some kind to live out there days in a luxury setting. The managers team did an excellent job without him and played out the tactics left by Akinbiyi to an extremely high standard. They only lost out on the league title on the last day of the season and after putting out the mighty Sabadell they then beat underperforming recreativo in the final to win the champions league. Akinbiyi has vowed to steer clear of any more trouble and hopes to be in place in the dug out for all of the coming season.
  8. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    MAJOR OVERHAUL AT THE NOU CAMP..... After last seasons disappointment the manager wasted no time in moving out the players he felt were not performing..... over 200 million pounds of talent was moved out of the club including top goal scorer Andre and midfield superstar Ticinovic. Victo prado arguably the best Spanish player in the national team at the moment signed on at the considerable cost of 75 million pounds and 400k a week. The player once of Real madrid admitted it was a dream come true too sign for Barca and he was here too win trophys. Loric Enkangemene signed on from Spanish champions Sabadell, the player was a major part of the teams title push and really filled a problem position for Barca. As an attacking midfielder who can play behind the strikers he will give barca an extra option in attack when marquez is injuried or struggling for form but to be honest if he plays like he did last season he will find himself first choice soon enough. With the team now looking more solid as a unit and the players all complementing each other better than last year hopefully the team can perform too the high levels it has in the past and push on too claim another title for Akinbiyi
  9. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    A SEASON OF STRUGGLE FOR BARCA It was a tough season for Akinbiyi and Barca, the barca manager found him self on the wrong end of a bogus drug charge and spent 6 months on remand instead of in the dugout where he was sorely missed. The newspapers have had there say but it seems a rival manager had made up a rumour about the barca manager and then planted a criminal amount of ketamine in his office after an unruly party got out of hand. The barca manager however refused to hide behind his absence and blamed a lack of team cohesion and effort in big games behind his teams predicament. The league table didn't lie and barca fell short of there previous seasons accomplishments. the team failed in the league lost in the cup final and went out too man u in the champions league semi finals to be honest Akinbiyi is lucky to still be In a job. The manager can look on his past achievements as probably what saved him and this will be a huge season ahead for the team the staff and Akinbiyi....................
  10. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    BARCA CONTINUE TO DOMINATE A good season for Barca with 5 trophys heading to the cabinet. The league was always the most important and the hardest to win, Lagostera provided stiff opposition in the first half of the season and Recreativo in the second half. Barca held firm though and kept up a narrow lead throughout the season eventually pushing on in the final weeks. The cup was won with relative ease as was the club world cup, and the 2 supercups. the champions league was somewhat of a disappointment and the fact that It was PSG who won the semi final will leave a bitterness in Barcas mouth as they had stole away there star striker for 116 million after activating his release clause. The Barca first team wasn't the only team to cover itself in Glory this year, The B team and the under 19s also won there respective leagues which is an amazing achievement in itself considering the quality in these leagues. the under 19s had the league wrapped up by Christmas and many of these players have been promoted into the b team with star strikers popovic and knoester scoring over 70 goals between them they will be hoping to make the step up to the first team soon. STAR PERFORMERS Barca has many stars and the team prides itself on being able too attract world class talent but this seasons star performers have too be world class centre back Manuel Rescaldini and Cristiano Viega. Rescaldini is a rock who makes few mistakes he improves every year and I would say he is probably the best all round centre backing in the world at this point in time. Viega too falls into that world class bracket, one of the first signings Akinbiyi brought into Barca the player has settled well and despite his huge fee he has played well enough too merit it. he scores great goals provides assists and tackle's hard, everything u want in a midfielder.
  11. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    BARCA MAKE THERE MARK IN EUROPE A tough European campaign was finished in relative ease by Spanish champions Barca. The final was everything the fans had hoped for but barca ran out deserved winners and took the trophy back too the Nou Camp where many believe it belongs. The outstanding player has to have been powerful Barca forward Jonas Pederson who has scored goals for fun at home and abroad but special mention goes too Alfonso Marquez who pummelled Recreativo into submission in an earlier round. The final itself was no let down..... both teams attacked from first too last and the fans received a great spectacle and definatly got there moneys worth from the fortunes they paid for tickets.
  12. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    BARCELONA ARE THE TEAM TOO BEAT what a season for Barcelona... A near perfect campaign ended up with a famous treble, including the super cup, the league title and the Champions league trophy. The team made the final of the Spanish cup also but were edged out in a tight game by Sabadell who really did deserve something from a season that promised so much. The team is finally starting to look like the dominant barca team of years gone bye, The team is finding the net on a regular basis while keeping it tight at the back it is an attacking team built too soak up pressure then punish there opponents with a mixture of pace and power up front. BARCA SPEND BIG BUT THEY SPEND WELL Success has come at a cost with some huge investment taking place in the playing squad however Akinbiyi has balanced the books by removing the dead wood and working the transfer market as best as he can selling for profit and trusting in young hungry players too come in and prove there worth. the stars of this season are too many too mention but here are a few standouts - JONAS PEDERSON CRISTAINO VIEGA MANUEL RESCALDINI The team is expected to win the league every year now that's the way it is and the difference when you are at a big club.... it has its own pressures and the vast resources available cant counter the fact things need to be won every season or the axe will fall.
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  14. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    BARCELONA ARE BACK ON TOP A tough season has ended with Barca finally claiming back there crown as the best team in Spain.... serious investment in the summer allowed Akinbiyi the room to manoeuvre with his team selection and tactics. Barca started the season well and almost led from the front the entire season Sabadell ended up pushing hard in the final months of the season but the league was won with 3 games too spare and quite comfortably in the end. The new arrivals at the club really made the difference it has taken 2 years but the manager has reshaped the club from top too bottom. he has moved on all the 30+ players bringing in exciting hungry youngsters. This is also the case in the youth teams with major investment being made in the under 19s squad and the Barca B team and the efforts have reaped immediate rewards, with the under 19s running away with there league racking up over 90 points. Special mention goes to player of the year winner Manu Portoles who played very well all season especially during the run in where his goals took Barca on to the title while the strikers were struggling to find the net.
  15. PGC: The Spanish Inquisition for FM17

    STRONG START FROM AKINBIYI This was always going to be a season of transition for Barca and there new manager Akinbiyi, however the manager has set his stall out early and with the team finishing second in his first season Akinbiyi has shown he isn't going to be wasting anytime in his chase for the title. The team performed well considering all the changes and Barca pushed Albacete all the way , it was always going to be tough though especially with Albacete's superior head to head record thanks too a lucky crash. Barca did not however perform well in the cups and this is something the manager will have too look at going forwards. its going to be another big summer with the manager looking to make the team his own now that he has removed the big wages from his wage bill. a reported transfer budget of 46 million will be supplemented with a lot of free wages too work with.