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  1. So, been playing another long term game and it got quite addictive, especially when the success came. So after 900 matches, thought it time to share. Season Team Country League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 York City England League Two 6th 2016/17 York City England League Two 14th 2017/18 York City England League Two 17th Sacked in January, club finished 16th 2017/18 Port Vale England League Two 23rd Relegated, but had no time to save them 2018/19 Port Vale England Vanarama National League 1st League winners 2019/20 Port Vale England League Two 1st League winners 2020/21 Port Vale England League One 2nd Automatic promotion 2021/22 Port Vale England Championship 12th 2022/23 Port Vale England Championship 9th Left in October to move to Watford 2022/23 Watford England Premiership 16th Port Vale ended up getting promoted to Premiership 2023/24 Watford England Premiership 16th Sacked in February 2023/24 Port Vale England Premiership 18th Relegated on final day in place of Watford 2024/25 Port Vale England Sky Bet Championship 2nd Promoted back to Premiership 2025/26 Port Vale England Premiership 11th Solid finish, no major happenings 2025/27 Switzerland - - - Achieved nothing with these, poor national pool 2026/27 Port Vale England Premiership 10th Capital One Cup winners 2027/28 Port Vale England Premiership 7th Capital One Cup winners, Euro Cup winners 2028/29 Port Vale England Premiership 1st Premiership winners, Euro Super Cup winners, FA Cup winners 2028/30 Belgium - - - Another international failure 2029/30 Port Vale England Premiership 1st Premiership winners, Community Shield winners 2030/31 Port Vale England Premiership 6th FA Cup winners, Community Shield winners 2031/32 Port Vale England Premiership 5th Capital One Cup winners, Euro Cup winners, Community Shield winners 2031/- United States - - - Third time lucky, aiming for World Cup 2032/33 Port Vale England Premiership - New season
  2. Euro 2016 Group Stage Draw [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]England[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Iceland[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Sweden[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center]Switzerland[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Albania[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Austria[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]France[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center]Portugal[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Belgium[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Hungary[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Romania[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center]Scotland[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Holland[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Italy[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Slovenia[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center]Wales[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Denmark[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Germany[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Greece[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center]Russia[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Norway[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Spain[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Turkey[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center]Ukraine[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  3. Squad for Armenia and Israel friendlies; [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Name[/TH] [TH]Position[/TH] [TH]Club[/TH] [TH]Caps[/TH] [TH]Goals[/TH] [TH]Value[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Tom Heaton[/TD] [TD=align: center]GK[/TD] [TD=align: center]Burnley[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£5.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Joe Hart[/TD] [TD=align: center]GK[/TD] [TD=align: center]Man City[/TD] [TD=align: center]52[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£18.25M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Jack Butland[/TD] [TD=align: center]GK[/TD] [TD=align: center]Stoke[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]John Stones[/TD] [TD=align: center]D (RC)[/TD] [TD=align: center]Everton[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]£23.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Chris Smalling[/TD] [TD=align: center]D (RC)[/TD] [TD=align: center]Man Utd[/TD] [TD=align: center]21[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£24M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Eric Dier[/TD] [TD=align: center]D (RC), DM[/TD] [TD=align: center]Tottenham[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£19M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Kortney Hause[/TD] [TD=align: center]D (LC)[/TD] [TD=align: center]Wolves[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£4M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Gary Cahill[/TD] [TD=align: center]D ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Chelsea[/TD] [TD=align: center]37[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]£8.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Nathaniel Clyne[/TD] [TD=align: center]D/WB ®[/TD] [TD=align: center]Liverpool[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£16.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Aaron Cresswell[/TD] [TD=align: center]D/WB (L)[/TD] [TD=align: center]West Ham[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£13.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Danny Rose[/TD] [TD=align: center]D/WB/M (L)[/TD] [TD=align: center]Tottenham[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]£8.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Lewis Cook[/TD] [TD=align: center]DM, M ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Leeds[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£6.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Dele Alli[/TD] [TD=align: center]DM, M/AM ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Tottenham[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£15.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Adam Lallana[/TD] [TD=align: center]M (RL), AM (RLC)[/TD] [TD=align: center]Liverpool[/TD] [TD=align: center]19[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]£26M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Nathan Redmond[/TD] [TD=align: center]M (RL), AM (RLC)[/TD] [TD=align: center]Norwich[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]£11M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Raheem Sterling[/TD] [TD=align: center]M (L), AM (RLC), ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Man City[/TD] [TD=align: center]19[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]£32M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Danny Drinkwater[/TD] [TD=align: center]M ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Leicester[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£22.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Theo Walcott[/TD] [TD=align: center]M/AM ®, ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Arsenal[/TD] [TD=align: center]41[/TD] [TD=align: center]5[/TD] [TD=align: center]£27M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Wayne Rooney[/TD] [TD=align: center]AM ©, ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Man Utd[/TD] [TD=align: center]105[/TD] [TD=align: center]48[/TD] [TD=align: center]£25.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Jermain Defoe[/TD] [TD=align: center]ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Sunderland[/TD] [TD=align: center]57[/TD] [TD=align: center]21[/TD] [TD=align: center]£975K[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Harry Kane[/TD] [TD=align: center]ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Tottenham[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]£28M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Stephy Mavididi[/TD] [TD=align: center]ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Arsenal[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]£115K[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]Jamie Vardy[/TD] [TD=align: center]ST ©[/TD] [TD=align: center]Leicester[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]£22M[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] 13th November 2015 England vs. Armenia Wembley International Friendly Tom Heaton; Aaron Creswell, Kortney Hause, John Stones, Eric Dier; Dele Alli, Lewis Cook, Adam Lallana, Nathan Redmond, Wayne Rooney; Stephy Mavididi We started brightly, with Redmond and Creswell combining well to blitz the left, the winger seeing an early shot saved well. Rooney took the resulting corner, and who else but debutant Stephy Mavididi was there to lash home from the edge of the box, bagging a goal on his first ever appearance and start. Despite their lower status, Armenia still had a verifiable goal threat in Mkhitaryan, the Dortmund striker firing over much to Heaton’s pleasure after he came out. Redmond was having a great game down the left once more, and he hit the bar with his next effort, no England player on hand to convert the rebound. Our second corner of the game provided our second goal, Rooney once again picking out a sublime pass to the head of Stones, who gleefully glanced a header past a stranded Armenia keeper. Half time arrived and two changes were forced by manager requests, Redmond and Dier only allocated 45 mins each. Sterling and Clyne were their replacements. Poghosjan hit the post for Armenia early in the second period, his shot was a tight angle but he did the best he could in all honesty. Kane replaced Mavididi on the hour mark, his introduction over for the moment, and Drinkwater replaced Cook. Armenia dug in deep though and controlled the game at the back, preventing any attacks from mounting multiple times. Alli and Stones picked up late bookings, and a couple of Kane offside decisions was about the extent of what happened, sealing a solid if not unspectacular victory for us. It had been a great game for those involved though, earning caps and beginning to forge relationships at international level. England 2 – 0 Armenia (Stephy Mavididi 4, John Stones 38) ***** 17th November 2015 England vs. Israel Wembley International Friendly Jack Butland; Nathaniel Clyne, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose; Dele Alli, Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane An experiment in formation sees Rooney slip into a midfield role just behind Kane, with another flat four for midfield and for the defence. I now need to keep a keen eye on those who are likely to feature at the Euro’s in the summer. The game started slowly with both sides struggling to find a tempo to be happy with. Lallana was caught offside a couple of times trying to get forward, while Kayal had a chance with a half shot that he dragged wide for the visitors. Munas Dabbur picked up the first yellow for lunging into Cahill, with no damage thankfully done. Beram Kayal also got booked, and to be honest, likely didn’t deserve it. Half time was a welcome break from the dreary as fans were beginning to question why they paid money for this. Our passing was extremely poor, Sterling and Rose guilty of gifting the ball away too many times. We went behind when Dabbur crossed the path of Cahill and lashed home a Refaelov cross, putting us into quite a quandary. And when Ben Sahar headed in from six yards having not been marked, I was severely debating in my head whether some of these players really cared for the shirt. Five changes came about, notably with Walcott coming on and Kane making way. The changes, in truth, were not intended to inspire a comeback of the grand sort, it was more a warning that nobody would be going to Euro 2016 if they weren’t a right fit. Sterling epitomised everything that was wrong when he was through on goal, a cross for Mavididi would have been perfect, and he instead shot into the side netting. Buchris bagged a third late on, cementing the worst result and performance I have seen England involved in for too long. Half this squad would not be going to France. England 0 – 3 Israel (Munas Dabbur 48, Ben Sahar 56, Nir Buchris 91)
  4. I tried to shift a great many of them on but simply couldn't find buyers. Maybe the relegation put them off... Some will be on their way out, as for the rest of the season, you'll have to see! **** (BPL) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United (CH) White Hart Lane Capital One Cup Quarter Final Karl Darlow; Massadio Haidara, Fabricio Coloccini, Kevin Mbabu, Jamaal Lascelles; Henri Saivet, Georginio Wijnaldum, Johann Guomundsson, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandr Mitrovic We were billed as underdogs in this one, with no clear chance given to us of actually winning. Pochettino was clearly taking us very seriously though, naming a full strength squad. He must really want the trophy. Changes had to be made for two suspensions and a cup-tied Thorne. Mitrovic was tasked with leading our charge, though he hadn’t exactly done much this season. Sadly we went a goal down with the first Spurs move of the game, Eriksen putting in a very good corner exactly on the forehead of Alderweireld, whose header found the top corner superbly. Other than the goal in the opening five, there wasn’t really much else to shout about as both teams dug in for trench warfare. I couldn’t force any changes tactically, though Spurs had a great chance for a second in which I saw Darlow pull off the save of the century. Gabriel crossed in from the left for Kane who leathered a first time volley from four yards. Darlow was going down to his left and had to adjust to his right to make a sublime one handed stop. We were still in the game at half time thanks to that. The second half began with Son causing some trouble down the left, his running causing serious problems for Mbabu. Our first shot on target came 50 minutes in, Mitrovic holding the ball up well to allow a pot shot for Perez from twenty yards, Lloris easily getting down to smother it. The impetus was with us as the half went on, Townsend seeing a shot blocked on the line while we had a penalty claim turned down wrongly. Son put over the bar from a yard when it was far easier to score. Mitrovic almost equalised when Lloris saved finely, but Verthongen almost put through his own net as he ran into the rebound from the save, a frantic Lloris grateful to see it pass the post. We went two down when Son Min scored from an overhead kick, an unreal goal to be honest, one I’ll not likely see again. Gabriel Barbosa bagged a third, a very nice long range shot that Darlow was never getting to. Kevin Wimmer bagged us a penalty late on for hauling down Mitrovic, and Guomundsson gratefully dispatched it with ease for his seventh of the season. We gave a great account of ourselves, and are very much still a work in progress as a team. Reaching the quarters surpassed club expectations anyway. Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Newcastle United (Toby Alderweireld 6, Son Heung-Min 63, Gabriel Barbosa 80; Johann Guomundsson pen87) (1st) Newcastle United vs. Brentford (3rd) St James Park Sky Bet Championship [20/46] Rob Elliot; Paul Dummett, Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles; Henri Saivet, Georginio Wijnaldum, George Thorne, Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Andros Townsend Changed formation slightly so a couple of players switched positions and some came in and out of the squad. A very much in form Brentford arrived at St James Park gunning for our lead and they definitely came out blazing. Elliott saved well from Judge before we cleared a couple of corners. Button was the next to make the saves, a fantastic double from a too hot to handle Perez, the corner resulting to nothing. Vibe tried to chip Elliot effort, but he knew better and the Irishman stood his ground and prevented any disaster on this occasion. An agonisingly dull first half came to an end with there being a ten minute gap between the whistle and the last chance. Coloccini picked up a yellow early in the second half, Perez also came off for Toney. I don’t regularly praise myself for inspired changes, but Toney was definitely one of those. The forward sprayed a great ball out for Mbemba, and the defender whipped in a cross that Toney only just missed, but Harlee Dean converted past his own keeper to put us ahead. Brentford lost Vibe, their main threat, late on to injury, and while little else more happened, we ground out a vital win against tough opponents. The final whistle was very welcome, though Thorne had been instrumental in keeping the midfield ticking and it was a hard performance but great result. Sheffield Wednesday sacked Carlos Carvahal as their season threatens to derail itself after heavy investment. Newcastle United 1 – 0 Brentford (Harlee Dean OG 68)
  5. Struggling to hold solid form down, but at least they aren't defeats I suppose. ***** (5th) Norwich City vs. Newcastle United (1st) Carrow Road Sky Bet Championship [19/46] Karl Darlow; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Kevin Mbabu, Jamaal Lascelles; George Thorne, Georginio Wijnaldum, Cheick Tiote, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez, Cheikhou Kouyate The build up to this game was marred by a massive club fallout between myself, Papiss Cisse and Siem de Jong, both of who I told to pretty much get out of the club afterwards. Their demands were becoming daft and in the end, I want neither here anymore. Rooney drops out for Kouyate in a slight reshuffle, and we also signed Oguchi Onyewu on a short team deal until July as a back-up centre back. This would be a tough game away to an inform Norwich side, but we took a great and deserved lead after six minutes when Mbabu picked out Wijnaldum with a superb cross that he headed down past Ruddy. Five minutes later and this time Townsend does the honours, finding Wijnaldum in the same place and he scored an exact copy of his first effort to put us two ahead. It was then Perez’s turn to provide, Townsend hit the bar with his first time shot, and then Wijnaldum hit the bar with his follow up, it was unbelievable. Mulumbu had Norwich’s best chance, but he also hit the bar, a floating effort catching out Darlow. We started the second half sloppy, and two yellow cards in quick succession for Kouyate saw us reduced to ten with forty minutes remaining. The pressure now began to mount, Redmond firing wide and Brady sending a freekick just over the bar. We were being overrun and could only play on the counter. Mbokani was next to hit the bar, a looping header going over Darlow. We had a rare chance up top, Townsend whipping in a decent cross but Perez couldn’t get anything on it. Finally the pressure proved too much and Alexander Tettey squeezed in from just outside the box, Darlow should definitely have done better. He did however make a fantastic point blank save from Martin, but we held on and broke on the counter. Saivet had a wonderful freekick saved but Townsend was on hand to mop up and seal the win for us. Bassong got booked late on for trying to kill Perez, but we ground the game out and secured a massive win over important opponents. Norwich City 1 – 3 Newcastle United (Alex Tettey 77; Georginio Wijnaldum 6, 12, Andros Townsend 87) [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]P[/TH] [TH]W[/TH] [TH]D[/TH] [TH]L[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]1st[/TD] [TD]Newcastle[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]22[/TD] [TD]41[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]2nd[/TD] [TD]Aston Villa[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]15[/TD] [TD]39[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]3rd[/TD] [TD]Brentford[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]37[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]4th[/TD] [TD]Huddersfield[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]35[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]5th[/TD] [TD]Reading[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD]34[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]6th[/TD] [TD]Fulham[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]3[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD]33[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]7th[/TD] [TD]Norwich[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]3[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]33[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]8th[/TD] [TD]Wolves[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]32[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]9th[/TD] [TD]Ipswich[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]32[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]10th[/TD] [TD]Brighton[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]26[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]11th[/TD] [TD]Birmingham[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]25[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]12th[/TD] [TD]Q.P.R.[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]-5[/TD] [TD]25[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]13th[/TD] [TD]Cardiff[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]-11[/TD] [TD]23[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]14th[/TD] [TD]Derby[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]22[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]15th[/TD] [TD]Blackburn[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]-1[/TD] [TD]21[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]16th[/TD] [TD]Rotherham[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]-5[/TD] [TD]21[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]17th[/TD] [TD]Bristol City[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]8[/TD] [TD]-10[/TD] [TD]21[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]18th[/TD] [TD]Nottm Forest[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]-6[/TD] [TD]20[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]19th[/TD] [TD]Sheff Wed[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]-7[/TD] [TD]20[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]20th[/TD] [TD]Wigan[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]9[/TD] [TD]-10[/TD] [TD]18[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]21st[/TD] [TD]Preston[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]17[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]22nd[/TD] [TD]Burton[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]-12[/TD] [TD]17[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]23rd[/TD] [TD]Barnsley[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]13[/TD] [TD]-20[/TD] [TD]14[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]24th[/TD] [TD]Leeds[/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]7[/TD] [TD]10[/TD] [TD]-17[/TD] [TD]13[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  6. Definitely form based, most players speak for themselves at club level, players like Kane and Stones, but others do the same in different clubs and divisions and don't benefit, so I keep an eye on all four top divisions. I will love the day I call up a League Two player, just haven't encountered any yet that match the requirements. ****** 13th October 2015 Lithuania vs. England LFF Stadionas Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E [10/10] Tom Heaton; Danny Rose, John Stones, Gary Cahill, Eric Dier; Danny Drinkwater, Lewis Cook, Adam Lallana, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling; Saido Berahino A much changed side saw first starts for Berahino, Cook and Dier. The team still looked great on paper so I had no fear they’d give their all. Plus, the result matters little so the foot was off the gas in that aspect. Sadly it was a slow start and especially for Sterling, who picked up a dead leg and had to come off. I replaced him with Alli but kept the same shape. Berahino was trying hard in the beginning, struggling though with his positioning and being caught offside four times. The game was rather dead, and though we weren’t giving much away, we just couldn’t break. Alli had a rare shot for us, but it was weak and trickled wide. The commentary summed it up, “Alli did so well until the finish…” and they weren’t far wrong. It was our only attempt on goal in the first half. We had a great chance from a free kick, Lallana whipping in for Redmond but he wasn’t expecting it to get past Dier, and the winger made a poor connection and the keeper smothered. Kane came on for Berahino after fifty minutes. We finally broke the deadlock after his introduction, Dier beating down the right and whipping in a great cross for the big man to head in with power past Karcemarskas. Savenas hit the crossbar with a shot from a corner, but we cleared it thankfully. Lallana was looking knackered by the end of the game so Walcott came on for him. Kane was scintillating up front, his hold up allowing Dier to drag a shot just wide, but the impetus was with is late on. Walcott was phenomenal as well, showing signs of the old Theo with a bursting run down the right, his cross meeting the boot of Kane who stuck it in for his second. A late Walcott corner found Stones who hit the crossbar, but there were no more goals to be found as the whistle went. It was interesting game, and the midfield played great, we just lacked up front until the introduction of Walcott and Kane. Lithuania 0 – 2 England (Harry Kane 57, 81) Final Standings; [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Inf[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]Pld[/TH] [TH]Won[/TH] [TH]Drn[/TH] [TH]Lst[/TH] [TH]For[/TH] [TH]Ag[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Q[/TD] [TD=align: center]England[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]9[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]21[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]19[/TD] [TD=align: center]27[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Q[/TD] [TD=align: center]Slovenia[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]18[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]11[/TD] [TD=align: center]22[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center]Pl[/TD] [TD=align: center]Switzerland[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]5[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]15[/TD] [TD=align: center]5[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]17[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Lithuania[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]11[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]13[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]5th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Estonia[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]15[/TD] [TD=align: center]-8[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]6th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]San Marino[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]33[/TD] [TD=align: center]-33[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  7. (20th) Wigan Athletic vs. Newcastle United (1st) DW Stadium Sky Bet Championship [17/46] Tim Krul; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Kevin Mbabu, Jamaal Lascelles; Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum, Henri Saivet, Johann Guomundsson; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse There was only one change as the suspended Coloccini dropped out of the team and Mbabu returned. We are very short on central defenders meaning a youngster made the bench, though there was good news in that we had agreed to sign Bakary Kone from Lyon in January for £2.2m. Cisse returns to the squad for the unfit Rooney. A long ball over the top five minutes in allowed Cisse a scoring chance but he sent a lame effort wide. We looked far better in the start of this game than previous ones, and opened the scoring when Perez and Mbabu combined well down the right to open space for Saivet to hit a great effort into the top right corner, leaving the keeper no chance. Cisse played well up front, showing glimpses of what he used to do regularly, and held it up well twice for Colback to force saves from Jaaskelainen. Defensive frailties just before half time resulted in the equaliser, Mbabu and Lascelles failing to cover for Krul, who was also at fault for a weak save, leaving David Perkins free to sneak in and stab home through a gap. The second half brought no changes, though I refused to allow the defence to continue as it was so swapped Mbemba back into the centre to give us some steel. We went back in front when Saivet came up for us from midfield, picked out Guomundsson, who lashed across the face of the Wigan goal to give us our second. Haidara and Mbabu picked up yellow cards for useless challenges, Cisse bagging his third of the season inbetween when a sliding challenge poked the ball back into the Wigan box and he was on hand to tap home past a stranded Jaaskelainen. Will Grigg scored an absolute pearler late on, a 30 yard laces effort that came from absolutely nowhere and flew past Krul. Karim Faina had me screwing in the final minute, he popped up at the back to level the game but he was ruled offside much to my pleasure, and it was good for the team really, as I’d have killed all of them. It was a win, but it was a poor one. Wigan Athletic 2 – 3 Newcastle United (David Perkins 44, Will Grigg 87; Henri Saivet 21, Johann Guomundsson 60, Papiss Cisse 87) **** (1st) Newcastle United vs. Blackburn Rovers (14th) St James Park Sky Bet Championship [18/46] Karl Darlow; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Jamaal Lascelles; George Thorne, Georginio Wijnaldum, Henri Saivet, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez, Adam Rooney Rooney is back in the squad, while Darlow replaces Krul for his poor performances, and Townsend comes in for the unfit Guomundsson. Colback also drops out through suspension for Thorne. The game was extremely unexciting in the opening half, and for half an hour, neither side had a shot. The first shot on goal was from Onomah, but it was thirty yards out and almost went out for a throw in. The drab first half came to an end and Rooney came off, Toney his replacement. The second half was equally as poor as the first, our first shot on target of the game coming from Townsend, forcing a decent save from Steele, and Wijnaldum’s corner was easily smothered. Wijnaldum came off late on for youngster Barlaser to make his debut, but even he couldn’t even get the ball, making just two touches. It was a poor game for the fans in attendance and it ended without a goal, with Tommy Spurr named man of the match for his defensive work. Newcastle United 0 – 0 Blackburn Rovers
  8. Squad for upcoming fixtures; [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Tom Heaton[/TD] [TD]GK[/TD] [TD]Burnley[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£5.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Joe Hart[/TD] [TD]GK[/TD] [TD]Man City[/TD] [TD]52[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£18.25M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Jack Butland[/TD] [TD]GK[/TD] [TD]Stoke[/TD] [TD]3[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£4.9M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]John Stones[/TD] [TD]D (RC)[/TD] [TD]Everton[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]£23.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Chris Smalling[/TD] [TD]D (RC)[/TD] [TD]Man Utd[/TD] [TD]20[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£23.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Eric Dier[/TD] [TD]D (RC), DM[/TD] [TD]Tottenham[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£19.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Gary Cahill[/TD] [TD]D ©[/TD] [TD]Chelsea[/TD] [TD]36[/TD] [TD]3[/TD] [TD]£8.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Nathaniel Clyne[/TD] [TD]D/WB ®[/TD] [TD]Liverpool[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£16.75M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Luke Shaw[/TD] [TD]D/WB (L)[/TD] [TD]Man Utd[/TD] [TD]6[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£19M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Danny Rose[/TD] [TD]D/WB/M (L)[/TD] [TD]Tottenham[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]£8.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Lewis Cook[/TD] [TD]DM, M ©[/TD] [TD]Leeds[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£6.25M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Dele Alli[/TD] [TD]DM, M/AM ©[/TD] [TD]Tottenham[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£14M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Saido Berahino[/TD] [TD]M ®, AM (RC), ST ©[/TD] [TD]West Brom[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£24M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Adam Lallana[/TD] [TD]M (RL), AM (RLC)[/TD] [TD]Liverpool[/TD] [TD]17[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]£26M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Nathan Redmond[/TD] [TD]M (RL), AM (RLC)[/TD] [TD]Norwich[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£10.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Raheem Sterling[/TD] [TD]M (L), AM (RLC), ST ©[/TD] [TD]Man City[/TD] [TD]18[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]£31.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Danny Drinkwater[/TD] [TD]M ©[/TD] [TD]Leicester[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£22.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Ross Barkley[/TD] [TD]M ©, AM (RLC)[/TD] [TD]Everton[/TD] [TD]14[/TD] [TD]0[/TD] [TD]£27M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Theo Walcott[/TD] [TD]M/AM ®, ST ©[/TD] [TD]Arsenal[/TD] [TD]40[/TD] [TD]5[/TD] [TD]£27M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain[/TD] [TD]M/AM (RLC)[/TD] [TD]Arsenal[/TD] [TD]20[/TD] [TD]4[/TD] [TD]£23M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Jermain Defoe[/TD] [TD]ST ©[/TD] [TD]Sunderland[/TD] [TD]56[/TD] [TD]21[/TD] [TD]£1M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Harry Kane[/TD] [TD]ST ©[/TD] [TD]Tottenham[/TD] [TD]3[/TD] [TD]2[/TD] [TD]£27.5M[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD]Jamie Vardy[/TD] [TD]ST ©[/TD] [TD]Leicester[/TD] [TD]3[/TD] [TD]1[/TD] [TD]£22.5M[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] 10th October 2015 England vs. Switzerland Wembley Euro 2016 Qualification Group E [9/10] Tom Heaton; Danny Rose, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Nathaniel Clyne; Danny Drinkwater, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Nathan Redmond, Ross Barkley; Jamie Vardy I had to ignore a couple of players for the current squad, simply because their morale is low and that wouldn’t benefit us currently. Danny Rose is given a start for his great cameo in the previous match, while Vardy starts. We started well, some crisp passing allowing Drinkwater to dominate the midfield on his debut, but Rose got booked early on for a poorly timed tackle. We bagged the opener when Rose and Redmond combined wonderfully down the left to allow the Norwich man to sneak in and cross for Vardy, the Leicester man making no mistake from three yards to slide it home. I had been very impressed with Redmond in the first half, he had taken to international football wonderfully so far. Granit Xhaka got booked before half time, a feisty challenge on Vardy. Not wanting to run the risk of a red card Rose came off at half time for Shaw. It was the day of Leicester to be honest, and when Drinkwater shot from inside the box, I thought it was going in. It hit Barkley in the back, and who else but Redmond lashed it in for two nil. Defoe came on after seventy for Vardy in a tactical change. We were undone at the back just before he came on though, Lichtsteiner crossing deep and over the head of Heaton for Drmic to tape into an empty goal. Quite a poor goal to concede really, defence and keeper should have done better. Drinkwater was the next to see yellow, a shove on Drmic from behind the reason. Defoe turned provider for Redmond, a great ball across the ground for the winger to run on to, but Sommer made a good save from his end result. Berahino came on for Barkley, Stones just nodding wide from the resultant corner. Defoe suffered a gashed head late on, so I took him off, no changes left. Stones headed over late on but we held out to a 2-1 scoreline. Redmond had excelled on the wing today and Drinkwater had performed solidly. With results going our way, we finished top, so in the final game I could experiment slightly. England 2 – 1 Switzerland (Jamie Vardy 13, Nathan Redmond 62; Josip Drmic 68)
  9. 8th September 2015 Estonia vs. England Lillekula Stadium Euro 2016 Qualification Group E [8/10] Jack Butland; Luke Shaw, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Nathaniel Clyne; Tom Huddlestone, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Nathan Redmond, Ross Barkley; Harry Kane Kane, Clyne and Barkley came into the squad in the only three changes I made, with Smalling passing a late fitness test. Estonia started well and pushed us back early on, Huddlestone suffering slightly when he went under from a tackle by Lindpere. There just wasn’t anything in the way of action, Kane being flagged offside three times in five minutes. I couldn’t quite figure whether the passing was wrong or he was just in the wrong place. Tsegodajev in the Estonia goal made a great save from Kane, at point blank range, the rebound falling unkindly. The keeper then made another great save from Kane, a cross from Shaw on the left finding the Spurs man unmarked, but we just couldn’t convert. Sterling came on at half time for Huddlestone, and Rose came on Redmond. Twenty minutes had passed in the second half before we mounted some form of attack, and finally we found the breakthrough, Sterling crossing for Kane to lash it home and put us in front. It was a great finish from close range. Estonia themselves had played rubbish in all honesty, not even daring to move forward, but their keeper continued his good performance by saving from Kane again. Sterling was a force to be reckoned with and he played a lovely ball in for Rose to run on to, and he found the bottom corner to bag his first for England. Vardy came on for Kane just after that. He didn’t really have time to make an impact, and we finished the game with a clean sheet. The result never seemed in doubt, it was an effective team performance, it just lacked a little in terms of creativity. The win saw us qualify for the tournament next year, with two games remaining. Now we just needed to finish top of the group. Estonia 0 – 2 England (Harry Kane 71, Danny Rose 85) [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Inf[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]Pld[/TH] [TH]Won[/TH] [TH]Drn[/TH] [TH]Lst[/TH] [TH]For[/TH] [TH]Ag[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center]Q[/TD] [TD=align: center]England[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]17[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]16[/TD] [TD=align: center]21[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Slovenia[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]13[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]18[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Switzerland[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]9[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]14[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Lithuania[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]9[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]12[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]5th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Estonia[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]12[/TD] [TD=align: center]-8[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]6th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]San Marino[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]27[/TD] [TD=align: center]-27[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  10. (1st) Newcastle United vs. Preston North End (23rd) St James Park Sky Bet Championship [15/46] Tim Krul; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Jamaal Lascelles; Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum, Cheick Tiote, Johann Guomundsson; Ayoze Perez, Adam Rooney We had to rest some players after that draining experience down in Leicester. Tiote returns, Rooney starts and Saivet comes in for Colback. I have changed formation aswell, moving to a 4-4-2 I have designed myself. The start for Saivet was a reward for his contribution in beating Leicester, and he ran the midfield for the early parts, beating Preston across the park. We had many chances moving down the left, Rooney and Haidara both forcing good saves from Lindegaard. Joe Garner had the best Preston chance, shooting over from just inside the box. The thing was we just couldn’t get going and most of the other players still looked tired. Tiote and Saivet continued to dominate but Perez and Rooney were absent, prompting me to bring on the fresh Toney and Mitrovic. We were knocking on the door so much, Guomundsson hit the post, and Mbemba kept finding himself in great positions but without any idea as to what he was doing there. Saivet and Haidara were booked late on, but neither side had a clue how to open the game up. Hungover? 20 shots, 2 on target. Definitely hungover. Newcastle United 0 – 0 Preston North End **** (1st) Newcastle United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (13th) St James Park Sky Bet Championship [16/46] Tim Krul; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Jamaal Lascelles; Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum, Cheick Tiote, Johann Guomundsson; Ayoze Perez, Adam Rooney There was just the one change for the squad, Tiote coming out to make way for Colback. We started poorly and Baldock hit the post with the first effort of the game, prompting causes for concern early on. Perez broke away and forced a save from Stockdale, he also saved the resulting corner. Colback continued his fine form for fouling, but continually escaped a booking as the half wore on. We finally got the break we needed when Gordon Greer played a very poor back pass to Stockdale, and it simply didn’t reach him. Rooney snuck in and calmly tapped it away for the lead. Perez kept showing constant skill and composure, bringing stability to a team that was struggling to show much. His cross for Haidara saw the full back break into the area, being brought down to earn a penalty. Rooney wanted it, got it, and dispatched it for our second. Baldock volleyed home just before half time, our defence absent for the millionth time this season. We got a third from Wijnaldum, firing home after two saves from Stockdale, but it was still frustrating me how much we cannot defend. Lafferty then made our centre backs look embarrassing when he barged in to bag a second Brighton goal. The second half started brightly, Kazenga Lua Lua fouling to give us another penalty, Rooney wanting it again, and making no mistake to bag his first hat trick for the club. I had to bring Perez off late on, he picked up a yellow and looked like a potential candidate for a red card, and Toney came on for him. Rooney and Coloccini came off late aswell for Mbabu and Mitrovic, but even that couldn’t prevent us from leaking goals left right and centre. Baldock bagged Brighton a third goal eighty minutes in, finding ample space for a Lua Lua cross to tap home. We held on to win, but after I told them the performance was poor, they seemed confused. Brighton had four shots on target and scored from three. It simply isn’t good enough and I know what I’ll be shopping for come January. Newcastle United 4 – 3 Brighton & Hove Albion (Adam Rooney 24, pen38, pen51, Georginio Wijnaldum 41; Sam Baldock 39, 81, Kyle Lafferty 44)
  11. What are your main aims for the season then Mark?
  12. (11th) Nottingham Forest vs. Newcastle United (2nd) The City Ground Sky Bet Championship [14/46] Tim Krul; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Jamaal Lascelles; George Thorne, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Johann Guomundsson; Ayoze Perez, Ivan Toney We are still very light up front, though Cisse is returning to fitness and made the bench, while Rooney drops out for similar reasons. Thorne returns, while Haidara comes in for the suspended Sallahi. The decision to keep Toney on rather than swap for the returning Cisse instantly paid off when he crossed in early for Wijnaldum to tap home and the kid was making a name for himself pretty quickly. Haidara looked solid on his return, prompting questions for his full return. We bagged a second very quickly, Wijnaldum again showing pleasing play after returning to his usual AMC position, nabbing in and stealing from Thorne after the midfielder missed the first chance and putting us two up. Thorne was pulling all the strings in midfield, and his pass almost gave Toney a goal, but for a decent stop by De Vries in the goal. The first half had been pleasing but we had to ensure we maintained it, something we are always guilty of not doing when away from home. Matt Mills stuck a loose ball away from a Oliveira shot in the early period, but he was offside and we got lucky. Toney had put in another decent shift so I made the call to take him off for Cisse, but the kid wouldn’t give up a loose ball, and after playing it out to Mbemba and running into the centre, he got an inch perfect cross and he tucked it home. Wijnaldum came off late looking worn out, Saivet coming on, and the only notable thing he managed was getting tackled twice. It was a great win away from home, and a nice return for Lascelles to his old club. Nottingham Forest 0 – 3 Newcastle United (Georginio Wijnaldum 5, 15, Ivan Toney 66) ****** (BPL) Leicester City vs. Newcastle United (CHA) King Power Stadium Capital One Cup 4th Round Tim Krul; Massadio Haidara, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Jamaal Lascelles; Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Johann Guomundsson; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse Leicester surprised everyone when they won the Premiership. And now, we got to go visit them in the cup. Toney drops to the bench for the returning Cisse while Thorne is cup tied, so Colback returns. The pace of Mahrez and Vardy instantly had us on the ropes and we looked incapable of handling them, Ulloa causing damage when he hit the bar from two yards. We were getting overrun badly. Townsend presented our best chance of an output, and when he played Cisse in I thought we were going ahead, but the Senegal man saw Schmeichel save his effort. He then put the ball in the back of the net but was marginally offside from the Haidara pass. Drinkwater was dominating in midfield, but Coloccini had a hold of him most of the time, eventually winding up with a yellow card as well for his efforts. The second half was a quiet one in all honesty, and we were giving as well as we got, and Lascelles really was doing well in keeping tabs on the super quick Vardy. We fell asleep, Vardy hit the post, and we found ourselves under immense pressure, Okazaki slipping wide a real humdinger of a chance. Rooney and Saivet came on for Townsend (injury) and Cisse (tactical). The pressure became too much though and Vardy finally found his way in, one shot saved before he slid home the rebound. The pressure continued through the remainder of the half, but somehow, from somewhere, Adam Rooney stole in behind Fuchs and leathered across goal to beat Schmeichel and bring us level, and somehow, just about, we made it to extra time. Krul made a double save from Mahrez and Vardy, and then the world’s slowest race between Morgan and Rooney culminated in Perez shooting over from our best position yet. And then Saivet went from zero to hero, his first shot deceiving Schmeichel, who dove, but it hit Morgan and came back to Saivet, who now had an empty goal to shoot into. All of a sudden we were ahead, Wijnaldum finished the game for us when he found the top corner with a splendid curled finish, and then Rooney found the other corner as we just somehow became rampant. Andy King pulled one back from Leicester as the game went crazy, and then Vardy bagged another. The game had one for the neutral all over it, and when the final whistle went, everyone blew in relief. Unreal scenes at the King Power, and I don’t think I’ll ever see a game like this ever again. Leicester City 3 – 4 Newcastle United (Jamie Vardy 69, 120, Andy King 117; Adam Rooney 90, 113, Henri Saivet 97, Georginio Wijnaldum 111)
  13. Thanks gibbo. Only Lewis Cook really got mentioned in game, but talent should always win out! Just so everyone knows, the league table is not a screen shot, it is just a different coding using HTML print screen rather than word file ones. The word file ones don't work on my computer for some reason, the coding goes haywire. ***** [TABLE=width: 90%, align: center] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TH]Pos[/TH] [TH]Inf[/TH] [TH]Team[/TH] [TH]Pld[/TH] [TH]Won[/TH] [TH]Drn[/TH] [TH]Lst[/TH] [TH]For[/TH] [TH]Ag[/TH] [TH]GD[/TH] [TH]Pts[/TH] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]1st[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]England[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]5[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]10[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]9[/TD] [TD=align: center]15[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]2nd[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Switzerland[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]9[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]13[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]3rd[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Slovenia[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]9[/TD] [TD=align: center]3[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]12[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]4th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Lithuania[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]2[/TD] [TD=align: center]7[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]5th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]Estonia[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]1[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [TD=align: center]8[/TD] [TD=align: center]-4[/TD] [TD=align: center]4[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #EEEEEE] [TD=align: center]6th[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: center]San Marino[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]6[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [TD=align: center]19[/TD] [TD=align: center]-19[/TD] [TD=align: center]0[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] 5th September 2015 England vs. San Marino Wembley Euro 2016 Qualification Group E [7/10] Jack Butland; Luke Shaw, John Stones, Chris Smalling, Joel Ward; Tom Huddlestone, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling; Jermaine Defoe I had to call up Ross Barkley as a last minute replacement for Rooney who got injured. I named Rooney as captain and Cahill as vice-captain, but with neither set to play in this fixture, it fell to Lallana to lead. Harry Kane failed a late fitness test so Defoe got the nod to add to his 19 goals. It took just seven minutes for us to begin to mount some pressure, and when we did, we saw John Stones head us in front, the header hitting the bar before bouncing down and over the line. Lallana and Huddlestone had chances to bag another, both seeing chances saved. The Sammarinese defence tried its best to keep us out, Alli finding the back of the net but he was also offside. Their keeper was far more suspect, and he came rushing out, missing the ball, and it allowed Lallana to bag his first goal for England into an open goal. Defoe was next, beating an offside trap attempt (a very poor one) to race away and slide it past Benedettini for his 20th in England colours. He then did it again, this time a John Stones long ball, and he completely copied his previous goal to bag his second of the game. He could have had a hat-trick but he missed two more great chances, and as half time came, I decided to bring him off and give someone else some time, that person being Vardy. Sterling also comes off for Ward-Prowse. Vardy missed a great chance straight away, but made up for it, rising to meet a Luke Shaw cross to make it five. Redmond and Vardy continued to threaten, and both were giving great accounts of themselves. With such a lead on the board, Huddlestone came off in my final change, Lewis Cook coming on for international debut. Palazzi got sent off for the visitors late on, for picking up a second yellow, but there was little else to see, Vardy dragging just wide in our final attempt. It had been an encouraging game and the new introductions had done well. England 5 – 0 San Marino (John Stones 8, Adam Lallana 25, Jermaine Defoe 26, 28, Jamie Vardy 52)
  14. So, I found myself as manager of England. I have never managed England since FM07, so this will be a true test of anything I have ever learned on recent FMs. Playing on FM16, no mods or edited files. ***** My first game is in 66 days, an easy start with a hosting of San Marino. I will not just pick players who are big names, those who deserve to be there will get the chance to be included and to start. Here is the table at current for Group E in the Euro 2016 qualification. Remaining fixtures: 5th September 2015 - (h) San Marino 8th September 2015 – (a) Estonia 10th October 2015 – (h) Switzerland 13th October 2015 – (a) Lithuania 26th August 2015 - Squad Selection: People did question a couple of my call-ups, but all the players picked had started their respective seasons very well, so I couldn't exactly deny them a hard earned place. | Position Selected | Inf | Name | Club | Team | Caps | Goals | Value | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Joe Hart | Man City | Main | 52 | 0 | £18.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Alex Smithies | Q.P.R. | Main | 0 | 0 | £3.4M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | Wnt | Jack Butland | Stoke | Main | 1 | 0 | £4.8M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Joel Ward | Crystal Palace | Main | 0 | 0 | £8M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | Wnt | John Stones | Everton | Main | 4 | 0 | £23.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Chris Smalling | Man Utd | Main | 18 | 0 | £23.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Gary Cahill | Chelsea | Main | 36 | 3 | £8.25M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Nathaniel Clyne | Liverpool | Main | 5 | 0 | £16.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Luke Shaw | Man Utd | Main | 4 | 0 | £18.75M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Danny Rose | Tottenham | Main | 0 | 0 | £7.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | Wnt | Tom Huddlestone | Hull | Main | 4 | 0 | £4.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Lewis Cook | Leeds | Main | 0 | 0 | £6M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Dele Alli | Tottenham | Main | 0 | 0 | £11.75M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Adam Lallana | Liverpool | Main | 15 | 0 | £26.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Nathan Redmond | Norwich | Main | 0 | 0 | £8.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Raheem Sterling | Man City | Main | 16 | 1 | £31.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Theo Walcott | Arsenal | Main | 40 | 5 | £27M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | Arsenal | Main | 20 | 4 | £25.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | Wnt | James Ward-Prowse | Southampton | Main | 0 | 0 | £9M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Wayne Rooney | Man Utd | Main | 105 | 48 | £27M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Jermain Defoe | Sunderland | Main | 55 | 19 | £2.3M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Harry Kane | Tottenham | Main | 2 | 1 | £27.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | - | | Jamie Vardy | Leicester | Main | 1 | 0 | £23.5M | | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  15. Describing me on a night out that pal!