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  1. Things are not going to be easy for us...
  2. Thanks! Yeah, I were quite happy with it! Going to be interesting to see how we fare i League Two...
  3. Young Ansong 24g had a much more prolific season this time scoring 10 times pushing his total to 19 so far. Still a bit of Paul White and his 44 goals, but closing in.
  4. XaW - Kettering Town - 2026/27 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances A good last season and I had hopes we could continue to improve this season. Before the season we suddenly found out we were one of the favourites to get promoted all of a sudden. I guess our youngsters were getting old enough to be accounted for, or something, because the board had the same demands. We started the season alright, winning a few, but also losing a couple of close games. Then in late September we hit a run of 12 matches unbeaten while only drawing two of them. This rocketed us up towards the top of the table. As the season progressed we were battling for the top spot with Port Vale and Luton Town. All three of us picking up a lot of points. In February Port Vale had a bad run, but we couldn't shake them enough and in March we hit a bad run of our own. This gave Luton gap and they kept it for the rest of the season, bar a couple of bad games towards the end. Port Vale had a very strong finish and almost toppled Luton in the final match, but lost to finish 2nd. We were partially out of gas in Match and the start of April, but had a strong finish after a couple of injuries had hampered us a bit. In the end we finished in a strong 3rd place qualifying for the playoffs. Since we finished 3rd we got a bye in the first round and entered in the semi-final. We got drawn against Stockport who had knocked out Shrewsbury 3-1. We controlled the tie and won it 3-1 without letting them into the game at all, though allowing them to score on their only shot of the game. In the playoff final we faced Darlington who knocked out Port Vale in the other semi. I have to feel a bit sorry for Port Vale who picked up over 100 points but failed to get promoted. Before that Darlington had also dispatched Tranmere in an 8-2 whooping in the first playoff round. The final was a much closer affair, but we got of to a great start with a goal within a minute and followed it up with another after 13 minutes. Darlington hit one back half way into the second half, but things got worse when we had a red card after a very poor tackle. Still, we held on and claimed the victory and our promotion to the Football League! After the promotion were secured we also turned professional! In the FA Cup we got to the 3rd round for the 3rd year running, this time losing narrowly to Southampton. In the FA Trophy we had a rather easy way until we knocked out Luton in the semi final. In the final we met VNN side Harrogate. We showed out class by being up 3-0 at half time and adding two more after the break. We slumped a bit towards the end and and allowed them two goals, but the victory were never in danger. Our first cup success! We had a decent youth intake where Paddy Gowshall 27c is the most promising one. Season | League | Position | FA Cup | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | National League North | 9th | 1st round | N/A | Just of playoffs 2020/21 | National League North | 1st | 4th qual | N/A | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | National League | 16th | 1st round | N/A | Survived 2022/23 | National League | 14th | 4th round | N/A | Mid-table, good cup run 2023/24 | National League | 20th | 1st round | N/A | Almost relegated 2024/25 | National League | 20th | 3rd round | N/A | Almost relegated 2025/26 | National League | 13th | 3rd round | N/A | Mid-table 2026/27 | National League | 3rd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted by playoffs, won FA Trophy
  5. XaW - Kettering Town - 2026/27 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances A good last season and I had hopes we could continue to improve this season. Before the season we suddenly found out we were one of the favourites to get promoted all of a sudden. I guess our youngsters were getting old enough to be accounted for, or something, because the board had the same demands. We started the season alright, winning a few, but also losing a couple of close games. Then in late September we hit a run of 12 matches unbeaten while only drawing two of them. This rocketed us up towards the top of the table. As the season progressed we were battling for the top spot with Port Vale and Luton Town. All three of us picking up a lot of points. In February Port Vale had a bad run, but we couldn't shake them enough and in March we hit a bad run of our own. This gave Luton gap and they kept it for the rest of the season, bar a couple of bad games towards the end. Port Vale had a very strong finish and almost toppled Luton in the final match, but lost to finish 2nd. We were partially out of gas in Match and the start of April, but had a strong finish after a couple of injuries had hampered us a bit. In the end we finished in a strong 3rd place qualifying for the playoffs. Since we finished 3rd we got a bye in the first round and entered in the semi-final. We got drawn against Stockport who had knocked out Shrewsbury 3-1. We controlled the tie and won it 3-1 without letting them into the game at all, though allowing them to score on their only shot of the game. In the playoff final we faced Darlington who knocked out Port Vale in the other semi. I have to feel a bit sorry for Port Vale who picked up over 100 points but failed to get promoted. Before that Darlington had also dispatched Tranmere in an 8-2 whooping in the first playoff round. The final was a much closer affair, but we got of to a great start with a goal within a minute and followed it up with another after 13 minutes. Darlington hit one back half way into the second half, but things got worse when we had a red card after a very poor tackle. Still, we held on and claimed the victory and our promotion to the Football League! After the promotion were secured we also turned professional! In the FA Cup we got to the 3rd round for the 3rd year running, this time losing narrowly to Southampton. In the FA Trophy we had a rather easy way until we knocked out Luton in the semi final. In the final we met VNN side Harrogate. We showed out class by being up 3-0 at half time and adding two more after the break. We slumped a bit towards the end and and allowed them two goals, but the victory were never in danger. Our first cup success! We had a decent youth intake where Paddy Gowshall 27c is the most promising one. Season | League | Position | FA Cup | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | National League North | 9th | 1st round | N/A | Just of playoffs 2020/21 | National League North | 1st | 4th qual | N/A | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | National League | 16th | 1st round | N/A | Survived 2022/23 | National League | 14th | 4th round | N/A | Mid-table, good cup run 2023/24 | National League | 20th | 1st round | N/A | Almost relegated 2024/25 | National League | 20th | 3rd round | N/A | Almost relegated 2025/26 | National League | 13th | 3rd round | N/A | Mid-table 2026/27 | National League | 3rd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted by playoffs, won FA Trophy
  6. At a game with my pub team we met a way better team than us and lost 17-0, our goalkeeper were still the best on our side, and without him we would've lost by the double. The players from the other team came up to him after the game asking if he would like to join their side (slightly joking...).
  7. XaW

    Greatest FM myths

    It's proven! I have this quote now, no need for context!
  8. Imagine how poor the other players were. Losing 5-0 don't mean the keeper played badly.
  9. Maybe your projection in the European cups? Other nations don't close as early as England, so might be there? Otherwise, I'm stumped.
  10. XaW

    Transfers issues

    Also note that the amount they counter with are not the only fee they will accept. They are just stating it would take a lot of money to let him go. Maybe if you unsettle the player they will lower it. Talk about him in the media and see if he kicks up a fuzz, this along with some future fees could solve things.
  11. Could it be that the other teams in the league have bought players and you no longer are projected to win the league because of it? I'm just guessing here, but I know that the season preview changes as players are bought and sold, so maybe you are predicted to finish in a spot lower than before and thereby are missing some prize money?
  12. What are the rules for the league and cup? It's usually stated there somewhere. Also in the season summary (after the league resets) it will show all teams qualified for continental play and the reason for it (if I'm not mistaken).
  13. Youth intake 2027 Another intake. A good one, but not as good as certain others I've had. We do have a Model Citizen though, so it's something. The best of the bunch seems to be Paddy Gowshall 27c.
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