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  1. Enjoyed catching up with this one. It does seem that Slavia are starting to develop a monopoly and it will be a tricky one to break. Clever recruitment with these young players will hopefully pay dividends in the end.
  2. Best of luck! Love the kits, very tidy.
  3. Looking forward to what is in store with Zaragoza. It has been a while since they played in the top-flight. Hopefully you can change that.
  4. Quite the confusing league structure but alas, pleasing to see you get the job done again. The financial situation will be one to keep an eye on. Looking forward to the next post.
  5. Are you taking on new members? I would be interested in joining.
  6. Stellar work going on here. Incredible result against Bilbao and very unfortunate not to follow it up against Vallecano.
  7. A pretty decent start. There is some stiff competition in this division with the likes of Malaga and Cordoba, who have wasted little time in getting off the mark too. They’ll be the ones to beat.
  8. Fantastic post. I’m really looking forward to following this one, as I am with all of your threads. Hopefully we see a lot of Branco van den Boomen! I know I am one of a few admirers of his on this forum.
  9. A thoroughly enjoyable opening couple of posts. I have to give you credit first and foremost, your writing style is incredibly captivating and keeps me as the reader engaged at all times. The detail and nuances. I’m really looking forward to what you have in store and hope to be able to follow as closely as I ought to.
  10. Very frustrating. I think the chaos in January probably played a key role in you, firstly, missing out on automatic promotion and, secondly, not quite having enough to squeak past Luzern. Another season in the second-tier could prove to be fruitful though as it will enable you more time to shape the squad into one that fits you.
  11. FC Thun are on my list for a potential save this year so I’m glad to see someone is giving them a go on the forum. Quite the dramatic start to this thread, I have to say! Nonetheless, hopefully you can continue on the great start you have enjoyed. I’ll be following from this point.
  12. Echoing the words of others, it’s a shame that you had to cut your time in Belgium short. Nancy is a great starting-point though, one of many good sides now in the third-tier. You can’t begrudge that start to the campaign either. Nice work!
  13. One of very few clubs who have nailed a modern logo to perfection. I didn’t know Scott Wagstaff was playing for Tonbridge these days. That’s some real experience and quality in your midfield with him. Best of luck!
  14. Can’t sniff at that league finish. Excellent work. Harry Cardwell is someone who has served me well on previous instalments of the game, I’m glad he’s proving the goods for you.
  15. I always enjoyed my trips to Torquay when we (Barrow) played them in the National League, albeit we had a poor record against them when I turned up! They’re a club who have the facilities to push for the Football League again, so to see them going in the opposite direction was a shame. Hopefully you can be the man to end the rot in Non-League!
  16. For some reason, I can’t comment on the quote but I’m just immaturely laughing at that name.
  17. Love the challenge like many others here. An interesting starting point to boot. I’ll be following!
  18. Ah! I'm glad someone has given Nancy a go on these forums after my brief and abandoned effort at the beginning of the year. Looking very promising this season. I'll be following from here on in.
  19. Pre-Season 2022/23 As you would probably imagine at this level, finances are tight. We were blessed with £700 p/w to spend on improving our squad which, truthfully, I thought was well-balanced on the most part. Of course, there was room for improvement but the budget afforded to us seemed enough to pursue the targets I needed. I identified two positions where I thought we could do with either a) further depth and/or b) an upgrade on what we already had. The first of these was on the left-side of midfield. We had a few players capable of playing in that position but I had plans to use two of the three in other areas (Euan O'Reilly as an AMR and Matt Yates as our Advanced Forward) and with only Niyah Joseph left, we needed further depth. First and foremost however, we also needed to improve our backroom team. Michael McLaughlan (Physio), Michael Meechan (Scout), Kitty Forrest (Head Physio) and Jonathan Henderson (Head of Youth Development) joined the existing staff. After plenty of scouting and numerous trials in our bid to improve the squad as discussed, I settled on Callum Hambrook from Hearts, who will be joining us until the end of the season. The attributes I look for in a player in his position at this level are very basic. I look for 'Crossing,' 'Dribbling' and 'Pace,' as a very basic measure. If they have other attributes I tend to like in a player such as a decent work-rate, that's an added-bonus, but you simply aren't going to find the finished article at this level. You have to be a lot less expectant as to what you can bring in. I feel he ticks the boxes pretty well. The bonus with his signature is that it comes at a relatively low-cost as we negotiated his wage percentage down to 20% (£60 p/w). The second and final signing we have made to date is one that I think some readers may recognise. We completed the signing of former Dundee United, Watford and Hearts midfielder Prince Buaban on a free transfer. There is a lot to like about Prince, he's very versatile in the roles he can play, he's experienced and I truly think he is a coup for this level. His attributes are very well-rounded on the whole, again, something that drew my attention to him. I'm pleased we didn't have to break the bank either as he's agreed a deal until the end of the season on £180 p/w although part of that contract includes a £35 appearance bonus. There has been one ongoing in the form of Scott Walker who has departed to Vale of Leithen on loan to gain further experience. ... Friendlies Pre-Season is a little different for clubs outside of European competition in Scotland. The majority of pre-season is spent playing competitive football given the Scottish League Cup takes place throughout July. As a result, we participated in two friendlies prior to the kick-off of the competition before playing a third in the midst of it. We began with a 7-2 demolition job of East Kilbride, a side playing at the level below us, before succumbing to a disappointing loss to Jeanfield Swifts who play a further level down to East Kilbride. A 2-0 victory against another lower-league outfit, Clydebank, concluded our business. Scottish League Cup The Scottish League Cup begins with a group-stage format of eight groups of five. The groups contain Scottish Premiership clubs who aren't participating in European competition, Championship, League One, League Two and two clubs from outside the League. The team who tops the group progresses alongside three of the best-placed second-placed teams. The draw is also seeded. We were drawn alongside Hibernian (Premiership), Greenock Morton (Championship), Queen of the South (League One) and Albion Rovers (League Two). Expectations were minimal from both myself, the board and the supporters. It was a free-hit for us as a League Two side, but I saw the game against Albion Rovers as an opportunity to test ourselves prior to the league-opener which, ironically, is against Albion. The pressure was off us from the start of every game and I think that was what helped us. Our campaign began as we played host to Hibs, a side who will have been disappointed they're even having to participate in the group stages given their recent years of qualification for the Europa League. An early goal for the Premiership side quickly deterred any hope of a cupset but our performance across the ninety minutes was never to be sniffed at. I was very impressed with how we kept our heads up throughout and this is highlighted in the number of efforts we had on goal. Although they weren't high-quality chances, we weren't afraid to get forward and we certainly didn't bow down to the top-flight excellence of our visitors. A 3-0 defeat was probably an unjust reflection of the game, truthfully. Our next two games were trips to League One outfit Queen of the South, recently relegated from the second-tier and Championship side Greenock Morton. The Queen of the South game particularly demonstrates the type of game we played. We sought to frustrate our opponents and remain tidy at the back and we managed that in both ties. As a result, we took them both to penalties where we would prevail. Conor Brennan saved Ciaran McKenna's effort after five conversions from us against Queen of the South to win 5-4, whilst he would save three efforts from Morton to win 3-2. Substitute Nat Wedderburn missed our only penalty of the four taken. Brennan would deservedly claim Man of the Match awards in both ties. The final game of the competition would earn our first outright victory with a 2-1 win against Albion Rovers. The xG paints a bit of a false picture of the game with Albion challenging us throughout until we managed to bag a second with Matt Yates, who hasn't impressed as much as I would have hoped so far, nine minutes from time. There was a fairly nervy ending once Blair Malcolm netted but we managed to see it out to claim all three points. We performed well-above expectations and I couldn't be happier of our efforts. It is a fantastic way to mark our start here at Stenhousemuir and hopefully this can give us a boost heading into the new season. ... Upcoming Fixtures
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