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  1. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 End of Season Scottish Premier League 10th and a very disappointing effort that saw us on the cusp of a relegation battle right up until the league split. Fortunately we found form to stretch away and guarantee safety with 2 games to play. Scottish Cup 4th Round; battered by Partick Thistle 2-4 Scottish League Cup Semi Finals; Another appearance in the last 4, but this time its overshadowed by how we performed as eventual Winners and perenial finalists St Mirren put 10 past us for complete humiliation. Finances I actually spent a fair bit of money this pre-season, it didnt help too much but we did make big cuts into our wage bill. Overall its stable, Chairman investment remained low at just £70,000, but we still need to find a way of bringing in bigger crowds as our new stadium was under used. Squad Weaker than I thought and a rebuild is required if we are to go into next season with bigger ambitions. We still have a few players from the Football League days who should really move on, whilst a couple of my foreign investments went awry. We have 9 players signed up on 'Bosman' deals for next season, so our wage bracket will take a battering, but our squad should benefit from the improvement. Honour Roll Scottish Premier League Champions - Celtic Champions League Qualifier - St Mirren Relegated - Motherwell Scottish Championship Champions - St Johnstone Relegated - Airdrie & Raith Rovers Scottish League One Champions - Ayr United Promoted - Dumbarton Relegated - Arbroath & Stranraer Scottish League Two Champions - Berwick Rangers Promoted - Peterhead Scottish Cup Rangers 4 - 0 Kilmarnock Scottish League Cup St Mirren 5 -3 Dundee United Challenge Cup Ross County 5 - 3 St Johnstone |Season | Club | Division | Position | Scottish Cup | League Cup | Other | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |2013/14 | Edinburgh United | League Two | 1st | 4th Rd | 1st Round | Challenge Cup 2nd Rd | |2014/15 | Edinburgh United | League One | 1st | 3rd Rd | Semis | Challenge Cup Semis | |2015/16 | Edinburgh United | C'Ship | 1st | 4th Rd | 3rd Round | Challenge Cup Winners | |2016/17 | Edinburgh United | SPL | 6th | Semis | 3rd Round | | |2017/18 | Edinburgh United | SPL | 10th | 4th Rd | Semis | |
  2. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 April/May The inevitable defeat to Rangers left us going into the final 5 games with just a 3pt cushion on the bottom 2 places as somehow Dundee have found a bit of form and have leaped over Motherwell out of the automatic relegation spot. Fortunately for us the fixture computer played in our favor, as we hosted Dundee straight away and although we took a scare, a 4-3 win gave us control of our own destiny in the remaining fixtures. With a bit of morale back in the squad, a late Ross Perry header gave us a point at Aberdeen, which we then followed up by hammering Hamilton 4-1 to ensure safety was confirmed with 2 games remaining. All of our previous frustrations seemed to be coming out as we then came back to beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park 4-3, before confirming the surprise relegation of Motherwell, as we came from 0-3 down to snatch a point and send Motherwell into the SFL.
  3. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 March 4 games, 4 points collected and the status quo remains as we are heading straight into a dogfight in the SPL relegation group, as with 1 game remaining theres no way up. We lost at Aberdeen before 3 home games saw us draw against Killie, run riot with 4 first half goals to beat Inverness, before losing to Dundee United as the Terrors keep up their European hopes. We go to Ibrox to finish of the regular season fixtures and then face the split and potentially crucial head to head games with Motherwell and Dundee to come.
  4. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 February Pride can go a long way at times, but not for us as although we have a man sent off in the League Cup Semi Final against St Mirren, there can be no excuse for losing 1-10 (Ten) at Hampden Park in a major competition. The humiliation was agonising to be a part of and we have probably reached the bottom of what is turning into a cesspit of a season. Celtic are the worst team to come up against after that sort of result and true to form, the 6-time defending Champions go nap with a 0-5 win at our expense. To finish the month off we faced 'easier' on paper games at home to Hamliton and bottom side Dundee. We needed at least 1 win from the 2, we got 1 point. Hamilton beat us 2-3 and then another goal fest saw us share 6 with Dundee, but its not enough as they now close the gap to us to 5pts, whilst Motherwell in the playoff position are just 3 behind, albeit sitting on a ropey GD.
  5. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 January Its turgid stuff from us this month as we open up with consecutive clobberings, 2-5 at home to Rangers and then 3-7 at Dundee United as our defence fails to turn up in either game. Dutch Midfielder Joey Sleegers then saves us from further defeats as he scores late equaliser's at both Partick and Motherwell as we salvage a couple of points away from home. We then revert to type in our last game of the month as title chasing St Mirren arrive to Edinburgh Stadium and waltz away with the points thanks to a 1-4 win. Our next fixture is the League Cup Semi Final against St Mirren, so our expectations are low and another Cup collapse at the last hurdle on the cards.
  6. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 December Another mixed bag for us this month as we start horrendously, crashing out of the Scottish Cup 2-4 against Partick, before a crushing blow coming in a 2-3 defeat at Dens Park against bottom side Dundee. We made it 3 straight defeats this month by losing at home to Celtic, before a Keatings hat trick helped us turn it around by beating Aberdeen 4-1. We then split 2 games on the road as a loss to Kilmarnock was compensated for by a good win at 3rd place Inverness. Our position is still perilous as we head into the new year, but with Dundee drifting away it looks like the only issue could be Motherwell chasing us into 11th place.
  7. Not sure in all honesty as we didnt make drastic changes, however we have lost some experience and have replaced those outgoings with our 3 younger signings in pre-season. I think again Dundee will be this year's Raith as teams struggle to adjust to the higher level, but if we dont pick it up we could well be dragged into the playoff situation come the end of it all. Thanks for the feedback, appreciate you reading and hope I can continue to entertain. Cheers lads,
  8. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 November A much better month for us all round as we kick things off by cruising past Aberdeen to reach the League Cup Semi Finals once again and as before we will face St Mirren for a chance to make our first major Cup Final. In the league we finally collected back to back wins, first up was a shock 4-1 beating of St Mirren at their patch. This result dents their title hopes whilst it gave us the confidence to go on and edge Motherwell 3-2 and move out of the bottom 2 positions. Unfortunately we couldnt carry that form into our final game of November as Hamilton beat us 1-2 with 10-men, however we are fighting fit once more.
  9. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 October 3 games this month, all at home and a chance for us to get a foothold on the table. A late equaliser by Inverness stopped us claiming all 3pts in the opening game of October. We then do the same as we steal a point at home to Dundee United with both teams scoring in injury time to end a thrilling 2-2 draw. Then as if things couldnt get much worse, they do, as Partick take home the victory as we seem off the pace and are now firmly ensconced in the bottom 2 of the table.
  10. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 September A draw at home to cellar dwellers Dundee leaves me less than impressed as grumblings around the 'Edinburgh' project are now comparing the lack of success to what both Hibs and Hearts already had. Add that to murmurs of the American owner being less enthusiastic about funding the losses, we needed a quick turnaround to refocus on the positives. Finally things started to look up as although we lost at Aberdeen, we beat Kilmarnock at home 2-0 and then progressed in the League Cup with a 4-2 at Raith to setup a home tie in the last 8 against Aberdeen. Our final game in September was a trip to Ibrox, it used to be intimidating, but now we go there and come back disappointed with a 3-3 draw. Things are moving on a bit, but theres more to come if a relegation fight is to be avoided.
  11. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 July/August A rotten start to the new campaign, a pair of draws to open up seemed to be good enough given we traveled to Partick and then played St Mirren at home. However 3 straight defeats including conceding 6 to Celtic and then losing at home to newly promoted Hamilton, has left us at the foot of the table with the need to take a good long look at ourselves. Our only win came in the League Cup as we progressed to the 3rd Round as we beat Stranraer 4-2, leading to a 3rd Round tie at Raith as we look to progress to the Quarter Finals.
  12. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2017/18 Pre-Season Expectations Scottish Premier League - Avoid Relegation Scottish Cup - 5th Round Scottish League Cup - 3rd Round Season Budgets Transfer - £4,000,000 Wages - £80,000p/w Transfers An interesting summer for us began with the Chairman announcing that he was slashing our wage bill by a third, im not too fussed with this move as the club is just leaking cash everywhere we look. However on the flip side he also put up all our 'balance' for Transfers, so a budget of £4,000,000 was offered to me. I was in a situation, id been dealt 12 at the Blackjack table, with the dealer showing 6.... the gamble was taken, whether I drew a 9 or a Ten we will not know until the end of the season, but just shy of £5m was spent on 3 players in an attempt to bridge the gap to the top clubs in the SPL. On a positive note, we have kept the wages under control with the release of various big earners including Fletcher, who refused to negotiate a new deal with us. Results Standard fare for us, the excitement coming from home games against Sunderland and Bolton in our new stadium drew a few more faces in than usual, giving me hope that a brighter future lay ahead for us in Edinburgh. New Stadium As promised as part of the merger of the Edinburgh clubs, a new stadium was to be built in time for the 2017/18 season. It has now been completed at the 15,000 all seater 'Edinburgh Stadium' is now open and ready for business. Lets hope an increase from last seasons 2700 average crowd will follow, although the feeling of emptiness wont be as noticeable in such a smaller venue for our fixtures. Sunderland took to the field for our first game at the new stadium, although St Mirren is classed as our official opening fixture in the SPL.
  13. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2016/17 End of Season Scottish Premier League 6th; in reality its the best I could have hoped for. At no point where we in real danger of the drop, however our early season form looked like we could have done better but with only 4 wins in our last 17 games theres little room for complaint. Scottish Cup Semi Finals; another cup run ended at the last hurdle. Once again the might of Celtic prove too much for us to overcome. Scottish League Cup 3rd Round; this time its penalties that put paid to our Cup hopes as Dundee United triumph infront of a sparse Murrayfield stadium. Finances A huge expected increase in income was vastly outweighed by an enormous wage bill that was double what we bought in. Fortunately the Chairman put money in via Sponsorship deals to help us bridge the gap, but there are grumblings that the wage bill is out of control and cutbacks need to be made. Squad Our signings impressed and as a whole helped improve the squad enough to make us competitive in the top flight. However the caveat to that is we now have a bunch of players out of contract and little room to waggle in our budget with regards to signing them on again. Notably Darren Fletcher will have to cut his demands in order to earn another year at the club. Honour Roll Scottish Premier League Champions - Celtic Relegated - St. Johnstone & Raith Rovers Scottish Championship Champions - Dundee Promoted - Hamilton Academical Relegated - Dumbarton Scottish League One Champions - Dunfermline Relegated - Berwick Rangers Scottish League Two Champions - Annan Athletic Scottish Cup Celtic 3 -1 Partick Thistle Scottish League Cup Celtic 3 - 2 St Mirren Challenge Cup Ross County 2 -1 Dundee |Season | Club | Division | Position | Scottish Cup | League Cup | Other | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |2013/14 | Edinburgh United | League Two | 1st | 4th Rd | 1st Round | Challenge Cup 2nd Rd | |2014/15 | Edinburgh United | League One | 1st | 3rd Rd | Semis | Challenge Cup Semis | |2015/16 | Edinburgh United | C'Ship | 1st | 4th Rd | 3rd Round | Challenge Cup Winners | |2016/17 | Edinburgh United | SPL | 6th | Semis | 3rd Round | |
  14. Edinburgh United Football Club Scottish Premier League 2016/17 April/May The end of season feeling was creeping in as we secured our top 6 finish thanks to a 2-2 draw at Celtic in the final game before the split. However we then failed to take that positive note into our next meeting with Celtic as the Champions-elect finished our Scottish Cup run in the Semi Finals, with a emphatic 1-3 win. This left us in limbo and playing 5 more games in the 'Championship Group'. We had no Championship to play for and it showed as we lost 4 of the 5 games, with only a 4-2 win at Pittodrie to show for our efforts. In the end our points total would have left us in 9th place, rather than the 6th we had earned 5 games earlier.
  15. Thanks mate, I didnt think we would ever be in too much danger as Raith are just miles away from being a side capable of getting results. But its nice to be a solid mid table team. Cheers for following. Agreed, I pretty much expected to bounce through.. although the Chairman has tightened the strings a little, I need to now be more proficient I think in developing and re-selling players to raise the bigger sums to attract better players. Funds in the main cover wages and the recent facility upgrades. The SPL is quite interesting, Celtic the obvious big-gun, but St Mirren are just flush with cash and I wouldnt put it past them spending another 20m this summer to try and break the Celtic dominance. Thanks for following and the feedback, much appreciated
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