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  1. I've been reading this thread for a while and so I thought I would join in. I've narrowed down my search for a team to two - Fiorentina and Cagliari. Fiorentina interest me as they're a historic club that has seen a lot of transition over the course of the past twelve months or so. They need a rebuild almost else they look like falling into mid-table obscurity. Cagliari interest me as they're a typical mid-table side that maybe overlook on this game. They aren't a fashionable side because of this, yet have a lot of talent and would be a fresh team to manage as I don't recount seeing many saves with them. I've also heard that a club from their region of Italy have never won Serie A, so this would be another factor to consider. Thanks for any help!
  2. Brilliant suggestions and I appreciate the reasoning behind them. Perfect example of what to follow .
  3. Thanks! I think it makes sense. This forum is getting cluttered with very similar threads, so this should help reduce the issue.'s That's pretty understandable!
  4. Preferred league(s): League One/Two (England), Serie A (Italy), Bundesliga (Germany) Expectations: Any. Finances: Depends on the status of team, not too bothered (unless the club are in a large amount of debt.) Youth/Training Facilities: Same as above.
  5. Do forgive me I'm wrong, but I haven't managed to locate a thread such as this that will allow people to ask for save suggestions. Many have been creating individual threads and creating this space should provide as a hub for suggestions and reducing clutter. Below is a small template I have created to help others find the most suitable team for you: Preferred league(s): Expectations: Finances: Youth/Training Facilities:
  6. I've promised to get a save going on here before and that failed, however this time I'm determined to change that. Obviously as an Accrington fan I loved League Two and so want to start a save there. A couple of clubs take my fancy but I'm just interested to who people would recommend? I tend to like to avoid teams that are popular (Coventry, Forest Green, Lincoln.)
  7. Loving the activity in this thread at the minute, obviously as an Accrington fan I love the EFL. I think you lot have tempted me round to contribute myself, the team I will start a save with... personally I'm not too sure yet. Feel free to give me a couple of names in L1/L2. Keep it up lads.
  8. Plymouth Argyle - 2021/22 Review Going into the season, I was confident we could look for the playoffs at least. This was also the expectation of the board, who had backed me in the Summer with a rather healthy pot of money to spend in the window. With just two league defeats to our name in the middle of October, just outside the top three due to playing a game less, things looked bright at Home Park. However, a 1-0 loss to Doncaster, who scored late on in that game, seemed to be the start of an endless downfall of form. It was a similar story to last season, when things seemed to be going so well, one loss and lapse of form seemed to result in mass devastation as we never regained any good run of form and slipped right down the table as a result. Morale is something vital, of course, as an unhappy playing squad means that results will 99.9% of the time suffer. I still don't know why there was such an issue with the morale of the players at times, but even in times when we were on huge winning runs, a fair chunk of the team was still not content. When you have certain players like this, one loss often means that it spreads and continues to do so like a disease. As the losses kept coming and coming, no matter what I did to try and resolve the issues on and off the pitch, it was never good enough. I accepted that there was going to be teething problems at some point in the season due to the mass activity in the window once again - but I expected this towards the start of the season, not towards the end of the first half of it. In January, after a 1-0 loss to Forest Green Rovers, in a game where we dominated but couldn't score - I lost it. I lost it because every game we seemed to look the better side but never had the passion or effort to put the ball in the net. Harry Smith, who absolutely ripped it up for Stu at Hartlepool, looked a great signing and proved to be so near the start of the campaign. But like the majority of the squad, soon shown his true colours and began to put in poor performances that weren't up to the standard I expected. I resigned after that game because it looked like we were destined for yet another year in League 2. I do hold my hands up and take the blame because perhaps I could have done more to sort things out, but the players thoroughly let me down. Resigning meant I was forced to sit out the rest of the season, something I was content on doing after the shambolic tenure at Plymouth in recent sessions. I came back after the season had concluded and was allowed to choose any side who had finished below 12th in Sky Bet League One that season. This was due to the lowest human rule implemented in the clan. To be honest, I was heavily considered AFC Fylde who had gained promotion from League Two for next season. However, I narrowed it down to two options - Blackburn Rovers or Blackpool. Blackburn were the side I was leaning towards, however I was put off by the insecure finances at the club as I would be gambling. I wouldn't know if I would be able to bring in some of my own players for example. So it was Blackpool who I chose, now free from the terror of the Oyston family. The Seasiders finished 15th last season, a disappointing finish considering the 7th and 4th placed finishes the previous two seasons after relegation from the Championship. There was a huge turnover of players in the Summer pre-my arrival. I wasn't too keen on this, however I was ready to assemble a squad just to meet the boards expectations of a mid-table finish at least. With just 16 players left at the club, it shows the challenge I have at my disposal to bring in capable players to do well this season. I have, as I write this towards the back end of July, brought in three players. Unfortunately, Ramarni Medford-Smith who I brought in on loan from Reading, will be out for four months already which is a huge disappointment already. There will be a lot more activity in this window, I feel a lot more prepared with a large shortlist of players in a range of positions than I did at Plymouth. I'm hoping to get a few more faces in at least before the start of the season, which begins on 6th August against Millwall at The Den which can be a very difficult place to go due to the usually hostile atmosphere created by the home fans. At this moment in time I don't really want to speak about the upcoming season as I just want to get faces in, as at the moment we are lacking in certain areas on the pitch. Once I address this, I'll start making predictions and aims about the season but as I say, I'm just focusing on the window at the present time. Hopefully I'll be enjoying a more successful time at Bloomfield Road, beside the sea.
  9. Plymouth Argyle - Season Update 2020/21 I came into the season looking to consolidate after what proved to be a tough season. I managed to steady the ship, just about, to remain in League 2 and the board gave me a little bit of money to spend in order to rebuild a poor squad. I do think that some people expected too much of me, it's easy to look at the league and notice I'm the only human left, but this was my first full season at the club and at a club where it was a completely new squad with lots of upheaval, it was of course going to take time to adjust. My aim was for a top half finish, like the board wanted, I'm one for a cautious approach - similar to the great Claudio Ranieri and so this was, for us, a season where we looked to build for the future. I feel we did that, just missing out on the playoffs on the final day after a collapse at the end of the season following a brilliant unbeaten run which had us in the automatic playoffs at one point. To lose out on the playoffs in this way did hurt, I can't lie, but the lack of depth and a goalscorer did cost us in the end and that's something I have ensured won't be the case this season. One issue for us is that despite the very good finances we have, the geographical location and reputation can put a lot of players off. For example, I have been chasing players such as Harry Cardwell (Grimsby) amongst others that are put off due to these reasons. It is frustrating because we could realistically be one of the strongest teams in this division, but we are left with a low pool of players to approach and it can really affect us. Hopefully if we gain promotion we'll be able to address this situation and be able to widen our selection of players to attract to Home Park. Again, there has been a few ins and outs at the club - there needed to be as a lot of players just simply didn't cut it compared to what we had available to us. I always try to avoid spending too much money, especially at this level, but sometimes it's unavoidable when you have such limited resources. Another approach I had was to look towards the lower leagues for players and see if we could tempt them into the Football League. This is what caused us to bring Hepburn-Murphy in on loan from Aston Villa, as he ripped up the National League last season. This can obviously pay off or flop, I did the same last season when we brought in Sam Smith after he was released from Yeovil after an impressive season. He failed to really settle in the end, however I have hopes for him this season as he did impress in the latter games of the season when given an opportunity. Injuries were a common problem last season. Key players seemed to go missing for lengthy spells when we needed them the most, perhaps this was due to the demanding schedule or something else, but I'm hoping that we'll be able to deal with injuries more officiantly this campaign. Sarcevic and Whitmore are just two examples of players that spent time on the sidelines and seemed to really impact our results. This is where the depth became an issue - I underestimated it completely and this is why there has been such activity in the window again . Will Smallbone has been brought back on loan after spending the past two seasons here at Home Park from Southampton. The midfielder has become a huge part of the first team and has been comfortable sitting just behind the striker, however is also comfortable as a central-midfielder where he will more than likely be getting his game time this season. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as previously mentioned managed to rip defences to shreds last campaign in the National League for Ebbsfleet and I'm hoping he can do the same this season. He fills the void left by Keith Kendall who returned to his parent club Reading this Summer. Scoring 26 goals in 46 games last season, I have high hopes for the young Englishman. Aaron Phillips was transfer listed by Northampton after their disappointing finish in Sky Bet League Two last season. I was close to putting in a bid for the full-back, however opted against it and placed a loan offer instead. The reason for this was to preserve some cash, in which we still have over £100k to spend. He will be competing with Joshua Webb for the right-back spot this season, a position which lacked quality and depth last season, beside Webb who joined from Scottish Championship side Raith Rovers. Harry Darling is the final loan signing made this Summer, joining from Ali's Cambridge United side. He has been a constant presence in the Cambridge squad for the past few seasons, however made just ten appearances in the Championship for the U's last season, however made a good impression with an average rating of 7.13. The signing was needed as Rob Atkinson, who was released by Fulham in the Summer, left to a League One club. Harry Smith is one of several free signings made in this window. After being released by Stu's Hartlepool side, he was chased by both myself and Mike, who placed a trial offer for the forward but ultimately joined us. He is a proven goalscorer at this level, scoring 30 goals in his two campaigns in League 2 and he managed to score five from eleven starts last season for Pool season, showing he still has quality in his locker. Manny Monthe has been a familiar face in the Forest Green squad for the past five years playing 167 times, however was granted his release this Summer. The Cameroonian central-defender displays the strength and ariel presence we perhaps lacked last year and will be a great rotation player to have. Now 26, he still has many years to go yet. Joe Maguire will provide competition at full back to Mal Benning, who has been getting too comfortable in his role at left-back. The ex-Fleetwood player made 28 appearances for Bristol Rovers in League One last season and so has the potential to become a real star at the club this season as we look to push on. The 25-year-old is the perfect candidate for us, with plenty of pace to attack down the flank, but also having the ability to defend also. Anthony Grant and Harry Pell have both been added to the squad to provide depth to the centre of midfield. We lacked a real tough tackler in the middle and these two, 34 and 29 respectively, have the experience and know how to become the player we need to sit inbetween the gap of the defence and midfield. Grant is definitely ageing however is only here on a one-season deal and so will do the job until we find a suitable player, as David Atkinson rejected us to join Portsmouth in League One. Michael Harriman is the first player to be brought in for a fee, The full-back joins for just over £31,000 after impressing at Wycombe and adds to the depth of Joshua Webb, Aaron Phillips and ex-Manchester United academy star, Joe Riley. The marquee signing of the Summer is that of Siriki Dembele from fellow League Two outfit Grimsby. The Scottish winger terrorised defences last season, scoring 14 goals from 32 games and assisting ten times for the Mariners. He has been a key figure to Jason Goodliffe's side for the previous four season since joining on a free after leaving Scottish side Ayr and will be a real star if he lives up to the hype that surrounds his arrival to the club. £160,000 certainly isn't a cheap fee, however a large majority of that will be paid over 12 months and won't provide many issues due to our stable financial position at this moment in time. On the other hand, we lost youngster Tom Purrington to Leicester after he was tempted away by the Premier League club. He certainly had the potential to be a very good player for us but there was nothing we could do to stop him from achieving his move to the top flight. Swiss midfielder Yang Ming-Yang also departed, leaving to join Spanish club Recreativo de Huevla for a good fee of £165,000. I was gutted to see him leave, but the new rules put into place due to Brexit meant he didn't qualify for a work permit and there was no way for him to get accepted so we were forced to let him go. Finally, Matt Dolan left to Blackpool this Summer. He struggled to fit into the squad after joining from Newport County and has been moved on for a decent amount of money. With that said, here's to next season! GREEN ARMY!
  10. Following from now, just caught up... things have been going incredibly well for you. Keep that up!
  11. Well done on promotion, really great work there.
  12. From last season to now... It's been a really interesting past season and a half for myself. Last season was one where I wanted to push for the playoffs and in the end, managed to finish in the top half after falling away at the end of the season. It was frustrating for me because I always felt like I could have done it, however we dropped points in the situations where a win would have got us there. That isn't good enough in this division and inconsistency cost us. A top half finish was still a remarkable season and I don't think some understand that I'm working miracles at the end of the day. We have no budget to get players in, even Stu at Hartlepool has some budget available to him to get in players - he put this to good use in the Summer. I am limited to free signings and loanees. At the start of the current season I only played a few games due to having a virus (man flu) and so I missed a session or two which ultimately saw the assistant manage the side for me. I was never confident in him, he's definitely not up to manager standard to lead the team like I had been doing. I was right to do so, we found ourselves just outside the bottom two and really struggling at the wrong end of the table. I was also sacked. So, all my hard work at Accrington was over just like that. I was frustrated to say the least, I had assembled a good squad and was hoping to enjoy a successful season and finally managing to get into the playoffs, however this wasn't going to happen. Where does that leave me now? It leaves me at Plymouth Argyle. Argyle were relegated from League One in the first season of this save and massively underperformed finishing in the lower half of the table last season. They were doing so again this season, 22nd in the table after 25 games so I was given a big opportunity to turn around a top team with good facilities and the ability to spend - something completely different to what I was used to at Accrington. I'm quite a distance off the playoff places so realistically this season is about just winning as many as we can. Next season is when we can set out the aims and look to join the others in League One. I am blessed with a very talented squad and a decent budget to be able to improve in January and the Summer window, I will definitely be doing so as the defence seems to be the main issue at the club. There's a good balance of experience and youth here in South Devon and hopefully we'll be able to kick on and really make something out of this top club, a club who definitely have the basics to become a good side in League One in the near future. The image shows the clubs position as I was appointed as manager. Since, I have collected 13 points from a total of 18, losing one and drawing one whilst winning my other four League Two games. The job here is going to be a good one I feel, there's plenty of expectation but nothing that definitely can't be obtained with a relatively talented pool of players that I have available. More to come here at Plymouth soon.
  13. THE CLUB THAT WOULDN'T DIE ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2017/18 SEASON REVIEW What a season. The season proved to be an exciting rollercoaster ride throughout and that's perhaps an understatement as over half the teams in the league seemed to be in the hunt for the League 2 playoff places going into the final stretch of games. Overall I am very pleased with my efforts, despite finishing below my own ambitions but that's only due to the teams around us rather than because of ourselves, we just burnt out eventually which can perhaps be expected considering the gulf between our facilities and finances to the other clubs in the league, especially to the likes of Johannes' Chesterfield and Andy's promoted Lincoln side. I was very worried after the opening games, everything seemed to be going against me and we sat inside the bottom two with just three points from the opening six games. I was making slight tweaks to the system in an attempt to get results, however after the 4-1 loss to Carlisle I said to myself '**** it, something needs to change here' and a massive overhaul to the system was made. I got immediate results, thank ****ing god I thought! The football was miles better to watch and although it wasn't pretty, as we became one of the dirtiest outfits in the league - it was getting the results needed. In this spell came a win against a pre-Johannes Chesterfield and Jonas' Port Vale side. Following this we did slip up a bit with losses to three of the top sides in the league (Luton, Coventry and Sean's Stevenage side, who were under their own little resurgence.) We closed out the year just outside the playoff places, despite being in them several times. Victories against Mike's Wycombe side, Exeter and Swindon were really pleasing however one result that sticks in my mind prominently is the draw to Crawley, where we conceded a 93rd minute equaliser as an injury saw us go down to ten men. This also saw us go to a replay against Morecambe just a few weeks before in the FA Cup 2nd round, where we lost 2-0 at the Globe Arena and missed out on a home tie to Everton. In the end we just proved to be too inconsistent for the playoffs. However it was a terrific effort from all the players and I can't fault them at all. Standout performers for the season were Billy Kee (18 goals in 42 appearances), Jordan Clark (11 assists and an average rating of 7.01 from 46 games) and finally Liam Nolan (an average rating of 6.88 from 44 games, although this is definitely much more in my opinion). All the players who exited the club were for development purposes and should be kept an eye on for the future, especially Zehn Mohammed. However, Kayden Jackson will most likely be leaving soon as he is unhappy at not being given first team opportunities and after a good spell at York in the Vanarama National North, will attract interest I'm sure. Connor Hallisey has also left this season after his arrival proved to be a huge mistake on my part, the American was unable to secure a work permit and so was unable to make any impact on the team and went back to his home country to play for Indy Eleven. Tafari Moore was definitely the signing of the Summer coming on loan from Arsenal. He enjoyed a fantastic season with us and has now just been loaned out to League 2 champions Lincoln. Oscar Gobern was also a key deal and was a vital part of the midfield three last season, perhaps more of a rotational option for the upcoming season but he will be key once again. Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Nathan Doyle were brought in for squad depth and the previous has been loaned out to York for the season. Conor Masterson was brought in to replace Andy Hughes who was injured for the majority of the second half of the season and had a mixed spell whereas Andy Cook was brought in to give competition to Billy Kee but failed to really make a start, yet his presence is definitely still welcomed. We oversaw an early exit to Championship side Sheffield United which was very much expected. We made a good account of ourselves but it wasn't enough against a side with too much quality. The Checkatrade Trophy was a competition I really didn't care about and fielded a lot of rotated teams (to semi-boycott it, as I don't agree with the format.) We went out without a single point, good? I guess so. Finally I briefly mentioned the FA Cup earlier, however I will go into more depth about it. We comfortably beat National League side FC Halifax Town in the first round to set up a tie against Morecambe, one of the overachievers in the league last season. It seemed as though we were going to progress as we led 1-0 with fifteen minutes to go. Seamus Conneely then had to come off the pitch with injury and having made three changes already, we were forced to play with ten men in which the Shrimps capitalised on and managed to force a replay. At this team they were unbeatable at home and my point was proved with a 2-0 loss. With my season review wrapped up... how did I rate the other lads? Andy (Lincoln): Congratulations to Andy on winning League 2, he and his side had it wrapped up for the whole season it seemed as nobody could really match the likes of dangerous forward Eddie Nketiah. His transfer dealings were absolutely fantastic and he made use of the financial advantage he had on most of the league given the run his team had in the FA Cup last season as well as the excessive use of the loan market, where he found Nketiah. I would be very surprised if Andy struggles in League 1 next season, he seems to have a well balanced squad and is a very good manager to boot. Sean (Stevenage): Again, congratulations to Sean on promotion. He started slowly and was nervous about losing his job early on but managed to steady the ship and pushed on up the league over the course of the season, sitting comfortably in the playoffs for the majority. Managing to keep the services of Ben Kennedy will be his biggest triumph too I feel, he was a key part to his season and will be next also. Again, somebody who used the loan market a lot, he did so well and the free signing of Matty Fryatt can't be overlooked too as when fit, Fryatt was a dangerous player and found the net frequently last campaign. Good luck to him next season, I fully expect a mid-table finish at least for him. Johannes (Chesterfield): Johannes came in halfway through the season and single-handedly turned the fortunes of a struggling Chesterfield side with his arrival. Using the free and loan market to his advantage, he managed to mould the squad to his liking and pushed on through the table, to many people's surprise I feel. I definitely didn't see him making the playoffs, however he proved me wrong and narrowly missed out on promotion in the final which was disappointing for him considering he had a successful season and like Lincoln, he and his side looked unbeatable. Definitely the favourite for promotion next season, he has the title in my book. Mike (Mansfield): Mike had a rather up and down season. He was doing steadily well with Wycombe and a few losses and missed games saw him and his team slide down the table and ultimately saw him lose his job. Luckily for him, Mansfield were doing very poorly and he took the job on and began getting some very credible results, as well as (I believe) the biggest loss the clan has seen. Expectations are high at the club and he will need to have a good season next season or could face his second sacking of the save, I am confident, from the limited things I have seen from him, that he can have a good season and aim for the playoffs. Stu (Hartlepool): Did ****. Just kidding, myself and Stu have had a bit of a laugh this upcoming season as I have nicked a few of his target in which has caused him to call me a 'sniper' although I think he's just a bit bitter at the moment. His time at Notts County was similar to me at Accrington really, he was getting some good results and then couldn't really keep the consistency needed to do well. In what proved to be a tough week for the man, first he was in hospital for a short time and then saw himself sacked. They say things come in three's but luckily for him that saying was wrong. Now at promoted Hartlepool, the pressure is off his shoulders a little and he'll be able to relax and just try and keep the club in the division, for Jeff's sake. Some good Summer signings will definitely help his cause and I can see him causing a few surprises and landing a top-half finish. Ali (Cambridge): Making his return to the clan, Ali has decided to take Cambridge this season. He has set the bar low for himself, saying he'll be happy on an improvement to the clubs poor finish last season, however Cambridge have definitely got some quality in the ranks and with, a good manager (so I have been informed, as much as others will try and deny it), I can see a good season for the U's, at least grabbing a top-half spot. Jonas (N/A): Under-performed at Port Vale, however it's a very tough job to take, as proven in real life pre-Aspin era. Since his sacking, Jonas hasn't picked a team for the season so there's not very much to say for him just yet. Accrington Stanley 2018/19 Summer Transfers Ben Richards-Everton was unhappy all of last season and never stood a chance of breaking into the first team and so left to Scottish Championship side Livingston. Ross Sykes and Zehn Mohammed went back out on loan to National North and National League opposition respectively, joined by Mekhi McLeod and Reuben Noble-Lazarus to National League sides also. Connor Hallisey as mentioned made a return to the US. Finally Janoi Donacien made the switch to Cheltenham, who were promoted via the playoffs last season for a fee rising to 60k after failing to nail down any regular first team football at the Wham Stadium. Tommy Lee joins the club as first-team goalkeeper after being released from Chesterfield in the Summer, the 32 year old made 21 appearances for the club last year after spending the last ten years at the Proact. Another experienced arrival is full-back Joe Jacobson who arrives from Wycombe Wanderers, now 31 the Welshman is making a return to the club after spending two loan spells here in the 2010/11 season and will be looking to add to his 371 Football League appearances over his career. 27-year-old Jermaine Grandison will be looking for more regular football after making just five starts for Oldham Athletic last season, able to play at both full-back and center-back, he will be a key option for us this campaign. Doug Loft also joins on a free following his release from Colchester United. The 31-year-old will provide another option in midfield for us this season. Another former Wycombe man is Sido Jombati, the Portuguese defender will be instrumental on the right-hand side after moving here on a free and has the experience at this level with three and four year spells at Cheltenham and Wycombe. The final free signing of the Summer was central-defender Tom Dallison who spent the season with us on loan from Brighton last season. The defender was released in the Summer and will be welcomed back to the club with open arms after impressing both myself and the fans. Wingers Will Annan and Conor McKendry from Championship side Hull and Premier League Ipswich will be ones to watch this season. The youngsters have the attributes to do well and will be contesting with fan-favourites Sean McConville and Jordan Clark for the roles. Andre Burley and Bassala Sambou have been brought in as rotation and depth options to the squad. Burley is a versatile player, able to play in left-back as well as a defensive-midfielder whereas Sambou, who joined Everton from Coventry for 250k two seasons ago will be competing with both Billy Kee and Andy Cook for the focal striker role. Targets & Aims Last season proved to be a really tight season in which many teams could have easily been in the playoff-places, the top half and so on. This definitely could be expected again with a lot of quality in which division, especially with the relegation of Bradford City for example. The aim for this season is pretty simple: impress. I don't really want to aim for a position in the league, instead I want to do what I did last season and just look to take it a game at a time and see where it takes us. As soon as we do as well as we did last season or even better, which would be fantastic, I will be happy. The board want us to avoid relegation once again, something I am 100% confident of doing and hopefully we can push for a top-half spot this season, who knows.
  14. THE CLUB THAT WOULDN'T DIE ACCRINGTON STANLEY Best known for being that team off the advert from the 80's. Accrington Stanley? Who are they? Exactly! I'm the new lad in the PGC ranks and once I saw we were starting in League 2 it was too difficult a challenge for me to reject the chance to manage the club I love, so here I am. I'm in at the deep end I suppose you could say, I don't exactly know what to expect from the other lads but at the same time it works both ways, suppose you could I'm the wildcard, I'll take that. Now, Stanley are doing fantastically well in the real world under (super) John Coleman, however it's highly unlikely that'll be replicated by myself as realistically, it shouldn't even be happening in reality and this is reflected in game where we are predicted to finish in 20th. The squad is fairly mixed however there are a lot of loans so I was fairly limited in the market, alongside the fact the club have the lowest budget in the league and even most of the National League, just to give you some perspective. Anyway, here's a little bit of a background to the club. History Founded just 49 years ago in 1968, we are one of the youngest clubs within the Football League after the reformation of the old club. The journey really began for the club when Stanley were promoted from the Northern Premier League in 2003 to gain promotion to the Football Conference, where the club opened the season on TV against another reformed club in Aldershot. The season was one to behold as they finished 10th and also reached the 3rd round of the FA Cup, before losing to Colchester United in a replay. The following season saw the club turn professional and again, finish in 10th place before the surprise promotion to League 2 in the 2005/06 season, which was helped largely by the 19 game unbeaten run the club sustained from October to March, leaving Stanley with 91 points at the end of the season. Since then, it's been a real journey for the club who have somehow, despite all the odds, have remained in the fourth tier for the past 12 seasons. During those years fans have witnessed the near collapse of the club in 2009 before it was rescued by Ilyas Khan - who's son supported the club, before leaving the club after stabilising it three years later. On the pitch, Stanley have gone from surviving on the last day on three occasions, to many people's surprise, to making it to the playoff semi-finals just two seasons ago which shows that sometimes money isn't everything. A news article documents the real struggle the club has maintaining the budgets here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4744704/Accrington-owner-Andy-Holt-life-football-s-basement.html The Ground Now called the Wham Stadium, the Crown Ground has been the home of our club since their formation and has seen the up's and down's of the club. It has been the heart of the real community club and although it is the second smallest ground within the Football League (5,057), only beaten by Forest Green Rovers (5,032) has become a part of the much loved image of Accrington. Seating just 2,000, it has standing areas at each end of the ground, in which one is used for housing travelling supporters, however it is famously known for having no roof. You can't hate it, if I'm honest with you. Targets & Aims It's a real uphill battle with our lads. With the smallest budget, one of the smallest grounds and a below-average squad (though I hate to admit,) it's difficult to really have any proper aspirations. However, with players such as Billy Kee (above), Jordan Clark, Sean McConville and Seamus Conneely, we can see some real quality that shows that we can aim for a solid season. The board have set the expectations low and have told me that they only expect us to battle to avoid relegation, however I am setting the bar a little higher and can't see, despite what I have just said, why we can't aim for a mid-table place (15th-18th) this season. With that said, MON THE STANLEY.
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