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  1. Yeah, I thought maybe Bury had suffered a few relegations... but then that still wouldn't put them low enough to play in the 1st qualifying round lol
  2. September 2019 Another decent month saw us maintain our first place position in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, opening up a 3 point lead although Guildford City (not a city) do have a game in hand and are only 3 goals worse off in goal difference. With the departure of Jon Taylor (see below), Ashley Fuller got a run out on the left in the first couple of games and although his appearance fee of £50 really makes me weep he did put in some good performances. He provided an assist in the first game against Walton & Hersham, as we comfortably beat the media's 2nd favourites for the title 3-1 with goals from Richard Young, Jay Bird and Ryan Cromie (scoring for the 7th game in a row). In the F.A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round tie against Bury Town we disappointingly threw away a 2-0 lead after 17 minutes with goals from Kieran Rhule and Callum Minkley to go on and lose the game 3-2. Bury Town were relentless in the second half and it started to look inevitable after they eventually equalised in the 64th minute. On the plus side we had a bumper home crowd of 636 and smashed our gate receipt record again- Against Windsor we were maybe suffering from a bit of fixture congestion and on a downer from the cup exit, but we were pretty poor all game and really couldn't have complained had they taken all 3 points. Ryan Cromie did get a goal early on against the run of play but after that it was all Windsor. They equalised just before half time and the second half was them pushing and us defending, no matter what we did to try and go onto the attack a bit more. Luckily we held on to claim a lucky point and stay top of the league. We had Ryan Cromie to thank once again for giving us the lead against Camberley Town and although I feared we had thrown away another win when they scored a penalty in the 77th minute, from the kickoff the ball was worked forward and a through ball from Richard Young was latched onto by Jay Bird who calmly slotted past the keeper to restore the lead less than 60 seconds later. The game that I thought might be one the hardest of the season, against last year's runners-up Whyteleafe actually turned out to be pretty straightforward, as we eventually overpowered them to win 4-2 thanks to a brace from Matt Osborne (see 'Players IN') and a goal apiece off the bench from Kyran Lofthouse and Shaquille Howell. Whyteleafe have struggled this year compared to last, languishing in 17th place at the time of this fixture, so there is obviously something of a hangover from them narrowly missing out on promotion out of the league last season. A disappointing result against Horley Town followed, for the second time this month we went 2-0 up only to eventually lose 3-2 after losing control of the match. Callum Minkley did all he could to get us the points with a brace of goals, but sadly it wasn't enough. Ashley Fuller scored an own goal (and to think I paid him £50 for being on the pitch to do that....) which let the opposition back into the game and a quick fire double in 2 minutes sealed our fate. We got back to winning ways in the last match of the month against Horndean in the F.A. Vase 2nd Qualifying Round, but it came at a heavy price. I finally let Jay Bird and Kyran Lofthouse play up front together, giving Ryan Cromie a rest on the bench and both players delivered, Bird with 1 goal and Lofthouse with 2 all inside 30 minutes to put the game beyond doubt. However, Jay Bird then went on to suffer a damaged kneecap which will put him out of action for between 6-8 weeks. It looks like I won't be able to rotate between my three main strikers for a bit after all. For the win we were awarded £815 prize money and drew Hebburn Town of the Northern League Division One in the first round proper. Players OUT Jon Taylor (ML, 17)- FREE TRANSFER Lancing (Southern Combination League Premier Division) 16 Appearances, 0 Goals, 2 Assists- 6.76 Rating (Chertsey Town Career) Kieran Rhule (DM/MC, 20)- FREE TRANSFER County Hall (North Leicestershire League Premier Division) 23(19) Appearances, 2 Goals, 3 Assists (Chertsey Town Career) Eddie Salmon (MC/ST, 21)- FREE TRANSFER Coventry United (Midlands League Premier Division) 21(4) Appearances, 13 Goals, 2 Assists (Chertsey Town Career) We lost our starting left winger and our vice-captain this month, along with a striker that had seen himself fall down the pecking order to the extent that he was now being played occasionally in midfield from the bench. Taylor's departure meant I had no choice but to play Ashley Fuller to fill the gap until a replacement was signed (see 'Players IN' below) and Shaquille Howell (Leadership 12, Teamwork 7) aka 'He Who Does Not Jump For Corners' was named the new vice-captain. With the form of Ryan Cromie and the signings of Jay Bird, Kyran Lofthouse and Kyle Clamp (see below) Eddie Salmon wasn't going to get many more starts up front so it was the right decision for him to depart to get some game time. Players IN Matt Osborne (ML, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Dulwich Hamlet (Vanarama National League North) Kyle Clamp (ST, 18)- FREE AGENT SIGNING Matt Osborne was signed as my replacement for Jon Taylor, allowing me to push Ashley Fuller once more onto the bench/out of the matchday squad. Kyle Clamp was a product of Burton Albion's youth academy, although his career had nearly been cut short by 7 months out with a bad cruciate ligament injury. Released by Burton, I offered him a chance to get his career back on track once he had recovered with a £35 appearance fee and £4 goal bonus non-contract deal. It will take some time for him to get match fit but I am hoping he will repay my faith in him by keeping us near the top of the table for the remainder of the season. I was runner up in the Combined Counties League Premier Division Manager of the Month Award, being only a few points short of winner 39-year old Tony Hall of Knaphill. Richard Young was rewarded for a good month with the Young Player of the Month Award, with Callum Minkley in third place. Lastly the draw for the second round of the Combined Counties League Premier Challenge Cup was made and we drew Eversley & California of the division below
  3. August 2019 Excellent first month of the new season as we surge to the top of the table. Knaphill didn't have a single shot on target as we comfortably dispatched them 2-0 thanks to goals from Ryan Cromie and Kyran Lofthouse. Bedfont Sports put up a bit more resistance despite being reduced to 10-men after 30 minutes with Matt Ruddy (MC, 17) seeing red for a two-footed tackle. There was a strange incident in the game where Chertsey's Kyran Lofthouse and Bedfont's Chris Gosling (AMC, 20) both got injured at the exact same moment in different parts of the pitch seemingly without being touched. Lofthouse strained his groin and is out for 2-4 weeks and it seems Gosling twisted his ankle and is out for 4-6 weeks. We won the game 2-1 with another goal from Ryan Cromie and a strike from player of the match Richard Young. I gave Jay Bird his first start up front to replace the injured Kyran Lofthouse against CB Hounslow United and he played an absolute blinder, being awarded player of the match with 2 goals and an assist for Ryan Cromie's third goal of the month. The game against Sutton Common Rovers was a bit bonkers, we absolutely hammered them, limiting them to just three chances.....and of course they somehow scored four goals. Ryan Cromie opened the scoring in the 20th minute as Sutton's goalkeeper made a complete hash of a headed backpass, missing it completely and letting Cromie run past him to tap into an empty net. The equaliser came in the 34th minute when a cross into the box was this time totally misjudged by Chertsey's keeper Jason Baker allowing a similar tap in. Sutton Common Rovers then went ahead just after half time when a hopeful ball over the top caught out Baker for his second major error, as he was stranded in no man's land, rounded easily and left on his backside to watch the third calamitous goal of the game. We fought back though and in 8 mad second half minutes we scored four goals... but only three were for us. Eddie Salmon ended a goal drought of nearly 13 hours to make it 2-2, before straight from kick off the ball was pumped into our box, Pete Still fancied a bit of acrobatics and did a jumping scissor kick clearance straight into the back of Joel Evans' head and it ricocheted into our net. It is without doubt the best own goal I have ever seen on Football Manager ever. We again tied it up with a penalty a few minutes later that was put away by Jay Bird before gaining the lead through Salmon's second of the match, latching onto a back pass that was poorly judged and rounding the keeper. With a few minutes left though we conceded again, this time from a corner, the man on the far post Shaquille Howell just sort of idly watched it as it went in over his head, not bothering to jump or really even do anything to try and stop it. 4-4 was the full time score and it was one of my favourite matches on Football Manager ever. The last league game of the month was a bit more sedate, although we had to come from behind to beat Thatcham Town, eventually overpowering them as they tired in the final 15 minutes. Braces from Ryan Cromie and Jay Bird sent Chertsey Town to the top of the Combined Counties League Premier Division. Extra Preliminary Round A very close game against Newcastle Benfield with both teams seemingly at similar levels of ability. The tie was settled with 15 minutes left as two loanees combined for the match winner. A Richard Young corner was met with a bullet header by centre-back Kieron Mullan for the goal that sent us through to the next round. For winning in the Extra Preliminary Round we were awarded £1,560 in prize money. Preliminary Round We were a bit more comfortable in this match, limiting Baffins Milton Rovers to only one shot on target in the 90 minutes. Ryan Cromie scored early then added a second a few minutes before half time which killed off the challenge from the opposition. We controlled the game well in the second half, not allowing any moments of concern and ran out well deserved winners 2-0. For the victory in this round we were awarded £2,000 in prize money. We broke the gate receipt record for Chertsey Town in this match too- I got very excited before realising it was not THE Football League Bury we were going to play, but rather Bury Town of the Bostik League Division One North. Ryan Cromie was the standout player for us this month, scoring 8 goals in 7 appearances in all competitions. His league form was enough for him to be awarded the Combined Counties League Premier Division Young Player of the Month Award. I also managed to achieve my first Manager of the Month Award for our unbeaten start to the season.
  4. Most Expensive Transfers 2018/2019 Pre-Season Paulo Dybala (AMC/ST, 25)- Juventus to Paris Saint-Germain- £108 Million Eden Hazard (AML/C, 28)- Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain- £83 Million Mauro Icardi (ST, 26)- Inter Milan to Manchester City- £76 Million (£105 Million) Youri Tielemans (MC, 22)- AS Monaco to Manchester United- £55 Million (£81 Million) Keita Balde (AML/ST, 24)- AS Monaco to Manchester United- £52 Million (£59 Million) Andrea Belotti (ST, 25)- Torino to Manchester United- £50 Million (£74 Million) Benjamin Henrichs (DR, 22)- Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham Hotspur- £45 Million (£61 Million) Juan Bernat (DL, 26)- Manchester United to Barcelona- £39.5 Million (£58 Million) Giovanni Simeone (ST, 24)- Fiorentina to Arsenal- £37.5 Million (£44.5 Million) Matija Nastasic (DC, 26)- FC Schalke 04 to Chelsea- £34.5 Million All-Time Most Expensive Transfers (Starting from 1st July 2017) Kylian Mbappe (AMR/ST, 19)- AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain- £160 Million (1/7/18) Paulo Dybala (AMC/ST, 25)- Juventus to Paris Saint-Germain- £108 Million (1/7/19) Eden Hazard (AML/C, 28)- Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain- £83 Million (7/8/19) Casemiro (DM, 26)- Real Madrid to Manchester City- £78 Million (17/6/18) Mauro Icardi (ST, 26)- Inter Milan to Manchester City- £76 Million (£105 Million) (22/6/19) Fabinho (DM/MC, 24)- AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain- £74 Million (23/7/18) Leon Bailey (AML/R, 22)- Bayer Leverkusen to Real Madrid- £65 Million (7/1/19) Naby Keita (MC, 23)- RB Leipzig to Liverpool- £62 Million (1/7/18) Nacho (DC, 28)- Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain- £62 Million (28/7/18) Julian Brandt (AML/R, 22)- Bayer Leverkusen to FC Bayern Munich- £57 Million (£64 Million) (10/7/18)
  5. Pre-Season 2019/2020 Not the best pre-season, as several high profile games backfired a bit and we had demoralising draws against lower opposition. We got off to a good start beating parent affiliate club Hampton & Richmond Borough u23's 3-1 but after that it was a couple of frustrating 1-1 draws and poor performances against Claygate Royals (Surrey South Eastern Combination Junior Division One) and Royal Holloway Old Boys (Kent County Football League Division One Central and East). I arranged a glamour friendly against West Ham United u23's in which we got beaten heavily 4-0 BUT we had a capacity crowd of 3,000 in to watch, bringing in a bit of money to the club. The last friendly was against Eastbourne Borough (Vanarama National League South) and again the gulf in class showed as they easily dispatched us 3-0. The only positive was that there were no major injuries suffered in pre-season, so the squad entered the new season with a clean bill of health. Squad for the 2019/2020 Season Players OUT Nathan Cleal (ML, 21)- FREE TRANSFER New Romney (Kent County Football League Premier Division) 12 Appearances, 0 Goals, 1 Assist- 6.86 Rating (2018/2019 Season) Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa (ST, 21)- FREE TRANSFER Colney Heath (Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division) 45 Appearances, 30 Goals, 5 Assists- 7.16 Rating (2018/2019 Season) Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa was the big loss in pre-season, as he took a surprising sideways move to the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, in the same tier of the English Football Pyramid as us but oddly he moved for an amateur contract and gave up the appearance fee he was on at Chertsey Town. His 30-goal season will be hard to replace but I did at least sign a couple of strikers to try (see below). Nathan Cleal was now the third choice on the left wing behind Jon Taylor and Ashley Fuller so he departed for the promise of some first team football. The loan deals ended for- Alexander Winters (DL), Kevin Fell (DC), Jonny Gill (MC), Danny Walters (MC) and Imran Uche (DR) and they all returned to their parent clubs. With the departure of Uche a new Vice-Captain was needed, with Kieran Rhule appointed to the position. Players IN Callum Mason (DC, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Farnborough (Evo-Stik League South Premier Division) Richard Young (MC, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Salisbury FC (Evo-Stik League South Division One West) Kieron Mullan (DC, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Welling United (Vanarama National League South) Joel Evans (DR, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Maldon & Tiptree (Bostik League Premier Division) Shaquille Howell (MR, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Gosport Borough (Evo-Stik South Division One East) Jay Bird (ST, 18)- FREE AGENT SIGNING Kyran Lofthouse (ST, 19)- FREE AGENT SIGNING Callum Minkley (MC, 18)- FREE AGENT SIGNING I largely continued the policy of fishing for cheap £5 per week loanees from leagues above or around our level in order to keep the expenses down, while making sure the players were at least decent enough to try and fulfill our season expectations. I'm excited by the signings of Jay Bird and Kyran Lofthouse, both having 12 finishing and 12 pace, with Bird having acceleration of 12, Lofthouse 13. Both players were signed on non-contract terms, with appearance fees of £35 and £20 respectively. Callum Minkley was the only other 'permanent' signing, on an appearance fee of £20. I'm not sure how long any of those three will be with us, but ideally long enough for us to mount a title challenge. STAFF CHANGES Assitant Manager John Casey achieved his Continental C Licence and then promptly left the club after refusing to sign a new contract. He was replaced by new Assistant Manager Chris Hutton (Man Management 10, JPA 7, JPP 6) who we poached from Mountsorrel Amateurs Reserves of the North Leicestershire League Premier Division. Hutton signed for the same £50 a week deal as his predecessor. u23's Manager Bill Urwin left to become Manager of Billinghurst in the Southern Combination League Division One on £110 a week. u18's Manager Chris Thewlis left to become Manager of Ilkeston Town in the Midland League Premier Division on £170 a week. Season Expectations To round off pre-season the club signed a new £700 kit sponsorship, I've decided it's with local Chertsey business KONE plc. Having looked at their business website I am still none the wiser on what they actually DO, but they will suffice for our shirt sponsors this season. I managed to obtain my National B Licence at the first time of asking, although rather than ask for the next level up immediately I instead pestered the chairman to increase the Junior Coaching budget, which he agreed to. 32-year old winger Ashley Fuller announced that he would be retiring at the end of this season, clearly deciding that his time as a starter is likely behind him so it was best to hang up the boots after one last hurrah. He set his retirement date as 26/05/20. The media made us 5-1 favourites for the Combined Counties League Premier Division title, with second favourites being Walton & Hersham at 6-1. FC Deportivo Galicia and Sheerwater F.C. were deemed most likely to get relegated with odds on the title being 1000-1. In what will be my first taste of the F.A. Cup we drew Newcastle Benfield of the Northern League Division One for the Extra Preliminary Round. I have no idea how strong our squad is compared to teams at the same level of the football pyramid as us so it will be an interesting match for sure.
  6. 2018/2019 League/Competition Winners La Liga- Barcelona Premier League- Manchester City Bundesliga- Borussia Dortmund Serie A- Juventus Ligue 1- Paris Saint-Germain FIFA Club World Cup- Tottenham Hotspur (England) UEFA Champions League- Barcelona (Spain) UEFA Europa League- Liverpool (England) CAF Champions League- Bidvest Wits (South Africa) CAF Confederations Cup- Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) AFC Champions League- Shanghai SIPG (China) AFC Cup- Bengaluru (India) CONCACAF Champions League- Pumas de la Unam (Mexico) OFC Champions League- Canterbury United (New Zealand) Copa Libertadores- Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras (Brazil) Copa Sudamericana- San Lorenzo de Almagro (Argentina)
  7. Thanks, it was better than I was expecting, it looks like a tough league to get out of though so a lot of improvement is needed.
  8. Last update concerning England for the 2018/2019 season, taking a look at how Hersham FC did in their second season once I left the club. They went on to overtake Chessington K.C 'A' to win the Surrey South Eastern Combination Junior Division Four with both clubs gaining promotion to Division Three next year. They dominated the league stats for the 2018/2019 season- Jordaan Robinson finished as the top scorer with 11 goals in 14(3) appearances in the league (18 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions). Max Paterson was third on the list with 6 league goals in 16(1) appearances. Joe Sowden and Darnell Joynes finished in a 3-way tie for most assists with 4 each. The top three places in the average rating category were all filled by Hersham FC players with Jordaan Robinson (7.21), Darnell Joynes (7.02) and Joe Sowden (6.99) Will Puddy lead the league in Clean Sheets (8) and least goals conceded (16). A successful second season for the club and hopefully they can continue to climb the English Football Pyramid. If/When they start to climb a bit higher I might start removing the leagues below them to speed the game up going forward.
  9. England 2018/2019 Review Part Three Kenny Jackett's Bolton Wanderers returned to the Championship after just one season in League One, finishing as champions and 7 points clear from second placed Southend United. 6th place Portsmouth beat 5th place AFC Wimbledon in the playoffs to become the third team going up. Yet again two newly promoted clubs went straight back down in Yeovil Town and Mansfield Town, with Bury and Rotherham United joining them in League Two next season. Long(ish) serving manager Keith Hill saw his Rochdale side promoted to League One as champions, 3 points ahead of Swindon Town, managed by long-time Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale who had joined the club in March 2018. Cheltenham Town went up in the last automatic promotion spot and 5th place Gillingham beat 4th place Exeter City in the playoff final. Gianfranco Zola didn't enjoy a very good half-year in charge of Newport County as the Welsh side lost their football league status, getting relegated to the Vanarama National League. Accrington Stanley finished bottom of the table, sacking manager John Coleman in February and replacing him with Spaniard Carlos Corberan, but he couldn't change the clubs fortunes.
  10. England 2018/2019 Review Part Two Sunderland, managed by Slaven Bilic made it back to the Premier League at the second time of asking as winners of the Championship. They were joined by David Adams' Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were spearheaded by the evergreen 35-year old striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (14 goals in 45 Appearances). Nathan Jones' Leeds United overcame Aitor Karanka's Stoke City and Jaap Stam's Preston North End in the playoffs to end Leeds United's 15 year exodus from the English top flight. At the other end of the table, it was misery for two newly promoted teams as Wigan Athletic and Oxford United went down to League One. Relegation cost Wigan's Darrell Clarke his job but it seems Oxford are sticking by their manager Phil Brown for now. Sheffield Wednesday went from mid-table mediocrity to relegation this season, as Lincoln City legend Danny Cowley had a bit of a nightmare at the club, eventually getting the boot when relegation was confirmed, getting replaced by Scotsman Robbie Neilson. Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah (ST, 20) had a good season for 15th placed Hull City, scoring 19 goals in 41(3) league games for the club to earn him the Championship Golden Boot ahead of Ipswich Town's Martyn Waghorn (17 Goals, 6 Assists in 43 games) and Millwall's Steve Morison (17 Goals, 3 Assists in 43 games). Player of the season went to Sunderland's Papa Souare (28, DL) who managed an average rating of 7.10 in 39 appearances, with 4 goals and 4 assists for the league winners.
  11. England 2018/2019 Review Part One Pep Guardiola's Manchester City made it back-to-back Premier League titles, finishing 9 points ahead of local rivals Manchester United, still managed by Jose Mourinho. Arsene Wenger left Arsenal at the end of last season to manage France, with former Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus taking over and leading the Gunners to 3rd place. The top four was completed by Tottenham Hotspur, with star striker Harry Kane being awarded the Premier League Golden Boot with 20 goals, ahead of Swansea City's Wilfried Bony (18). Chelsea manager Zinedine Zidane paid for his club's lowly 6th place finish by getting the boot, ending up with a 55% winning percentage (36 Wins, 16 Draws, 14 Losses). Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were the other team in the 'Big 6' to miss out on the top 4 places, however they still managed to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Brentford and Middlesbrough, managed by Alex Neil and Mark Hughes respectively went straight back down to the Championship after one season. Newcastle United went from finishing 8th under Rafa Benitez in the 2017/2018 season to suffering relegation this year, with first former PSV manager Phillip Cocu and then, following his sacking in January, Lee Johnson being the men in charge for the calamity. Benitez meanwhile was quite content with life, having moved on to manage the Spanish National Team to top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group and with a Nations League Semi-Final against Italy coming up.
  12. April/May 2019 There was only one game played in May so I decided to combine the last two months of the season into one update. It began with an eventual blowout win over Sheerwater, despite the game being finely balanced at 1-1 after 63 minutes. Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa and Ryan Cromie (off the bench) added four goals in the final twenty minutes to leave the oppositon shellshocked. We were then subsequently outclassed by eventual league winners North Greenford United 4-2. Their strike force has been lethal all season with Silvano Obeng (23) scoring 36 goals in the league (41 in all competitions) and his partner Eddie Hart (30) finding the back of the net 27 times. Both players scored a brace in this match to condemn us to defeat. In the third match against Epsom & Ewell I gave full debuts to youth products Jason Baker (GK), Ryan Cromie (ST) and Pete Still (DL). Sadly none of the players looked up for it and we were heavily beaten 3-0, cue an aggressive rant at full time with drinks bottles going flying in the changing rooms.... to no discernible effect on the players ('Looked to switch off'). We got back to winning ways against Worcester Park, thanks to an own goal and Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa's 29th goal of the season. We were helped by Worcester Park having right-back Lawson Poku (17) sent off just before half time. The final game of the season was a thumping win over Spelthorne Sports, with Ryan Cromie getting a hat-trick, Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa making it a nice even 30 goals for the season and Woking loanee Danny Walters scoring in what will likely be his last game for Chertsey Town before rejoining his parent club. All in all it was a decent enough season, although Chertsey Town did finish in the exact same league position as last year, albeit with 4 more points. They were 13th in the league when I took over although there were plenty of fixtures left to turn it around so I'm hesitant to class it as a 'rescue job' of any kind. PLAYERS OUT Alex Malins (DC, 24)- FREE TRANSFER Eynesbury Rovers (United Counties League Premier Division) 35 Appearances, 9 Goals, 0 Assists- 6.91 Rating (Chertsey Town Career) One of our starting centre backs departed just after the Sheerwater game, with youth prospect Chris Woozley filling his spot and doing a decent enough job. Malins was also on a £50 per appearance contract that I'm glad to see the back of. I signed a new 1-year contract at the club, keeping the weekly wage the same but now with a 15% wage increase should I get the club promoted and a 35% wage deduction should I have a nightmare and get the club relegated next season.
  13. March 2019 The month started off with a decent 2-2 draw against league leaders Whyteleafe, but it could have been better had Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa not missed a 3rd minute penalty. He did make up for it by scoring our second goal in the 70th minute, with Adrian Burditt, who was only starting due to Alex Malins' suspension, scoring the other. I gave some debuts to the youth intake players in the second game against Westfield, with Chris Woozley and Jon Taylor starting and Ross Chandler coming on for the second half. Unfortunately this backfired somewhat with Woozley going off injured after 20 minutes with a fractured toe (out 3-5 weeks) and Ross Chandler twisting his knee (out for 3-8 days). We did at least win the game 2-1 thanks to a brace from Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa. We were unlucky in the 2-2 draw against Banstead Athletic, with another missed penalty (Alex Malins this time) and playing against 10-men for the last 22 minutes. Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa scored both of the goals in this game and then promptly repeated the feat with another brace in a comfortable 3-0 win over Camberley Town. In the last game against Farnham Town we were dreadful, managing only one shot on target and deservedly losing the game. Rodrigues-Barbosa was the worst player on the pitch with a 5.9 rating but, come on, the man scored 7 goals in 5 games this month, I can't criticise the 'superstar'. It was enough to earn him the Combined Counties League Premier Division Player of the Month Award but oddly only enough for the runner-up in the Young Player of the Month Award. Lastly I implored the chairman to increase the level of youth recruitment and eventually got him to see the light.
  14. February 2019 Another decent month in the league, although we lost our mini unbeaten streak in the last game. This was very much a month of the loanees really pulling their weight, with Kevin Fell and Jonny Gill finding the net in the win over Balham and Danny Walters scoring two against CB Hounslow United. Alexander Winters also got an assist in that game. Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa continued his hot form with another three goals this month and Eddie Salmon, who seems to have dropped away slightly in the goalscoring chart got one goal that was deemed good enough for runner-up in the Goal of the Month award- We came up against former player Liam Blakeman this month (I think this makes him the first former player we have faced so far in this journey?) who turned out for his new club Godalming Town. Happily for us, he missed a penalty just after half time by smashing it against the post although he did get an assist for one of their goals. YOUTH INTAKE Some decent players for our level, Pete Still, Ryan Cromie, Jon Taylor and Jason Baker are probably already good enough to either start for the club or make appearances from the bench right away.
  15. January 2019 Good month for Chertsey Town F.C. as we rise up to 9th in the table. Bedfont Sports had Left-Back Brian Fowler (16) sent off after just 38 minutes when already 1-0 down and couldn't really recover from that, as Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa scored a hat-trick for a 3-0 win. He rescued the club in the second game against Windsor with an injury time equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw and then scored his 5th goal of the month with the winner against Cove F.C. in a game where the lead changed hands three times. For his efforts Rodrigues-Barbosa was awarded the Combined Counties League Premier Division Young Player of the Month award and was runner up in the Player of the Month Award PLAYERS OUT Liam Blakeman (MC, 36)- FREE TRANSFER Godalming Town (Combined Counties League Premier Division) 29 Appearances for Chertsey Town F.C., 2 Goals, 11 Assists- 6.88 Rating (2018/2019 Season) Liam Blakeman was on an appearance fee of £50 per game and with his age of 36 I wasn't overly disappointed to be letting him go to Godalming Town even if they were division rivals. He did have a decent average rating though in his time at the club PLAYERS IN Jonny Gill (MC, 17)- SEASON-LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Woking F.C. (Vanarama National League South) Kevin Fell (DC, 17)- SEASON- LONG LOAN (£5 per Week) Bognor Regis Town F.C. (Vanarama National League South) Another couple of loan signings from clubs higher up in the English Football Pyramid, both on £5 a week deals. The starting lineup appearance fees are starting to go down, from around £450 a game to currently £230. The quality of the loanees isn't spectacular but they should be enough to keep us floating around midtable for the time being. The club are 19 points clear of relegation and 13 points away from top spot so we have the luxury of being able to bring these players in without worrying too much about league position. Lastly for January I achieved my National C Licence, immediately asking the chairman to send me on a National B Licence course, which was accepted. The Assistant Manager Jon Casey (Man Management 6, JPA 5, JPP 5- £50 per week) also embarked on a Continental C Licence course at the cost of £960 to the club.
  16. December 2018 (Part Two) A very hectic month of fixtures for Chertsey Town F.C. With the squad being so small it was tough just to field 11 fit players in each game, let alone worrying about best formations and tactics. A come from behind 3-2 win over Epsom & Ewell was a good start to my reign as manager, with Eddie Salmon scoring a brace, however central defender Ross Chandler got himself sent off in injury time to place further strain on the wafer thin squad. In the second match Guildford City (Is Guildford a city? I thought it was just a big town with a cathedral?) we gave up the lead in the 90+2nd" minute and had to settle for a draw, with our second red card in as many games. This time it was midfielder Kieran Rhule given his marching orders. Against Spelthorne Sports we really cut loose and hammered them 5-2, with Eddie Salmon scoring four to set a new club record for goals in a match. Salmon scored another two goals this month, in the 3-2 loss against Knaphill and a comfortable 2-0 win over my hometown club, Walton & Hersham in which we also unfortunately lost central defender Alex Malins for 4 weeks with a concussion. There were a couple of disappointing results to end the month, with an entertaining if frustrating 3-3 draw against Farnham Town and a 3-1 loss to Horley Town where we were just awful. For his excellent form Eddie Salmon was awarded the Combined Counties League Premier Division Player of the Month award for December 2018. He scored 8 goals and managed 1 assist in 7 appearances with a rating of 7.50. His striker partner Matt Rodrigues-Barbosa was also in excellent form with 5 goals. PLAYERS IN Danny Walters (MC, 17)- SEASON LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Woking F.C. (Vanarama National League South) Alexander Winters (DL, 17)- SEASON LONG LOAN (£5 per week) Lewes F.C. (Bostik League Premier Division) A couple of young players brought in on loan, primarily to bolster the size of the squad, but also to cut down a bit on the appearance fees currently being paid to some of the players. If I can get a couple more players in on £5 a week loan deals I can start to bring down the average of about £400-£450 being paid out in appearance fees and bonuses per game. Especially in a league that seems to have so many fixtures packed together, non-contract appearance fee based deals are going to prove to be more expensive than weekly wages unless I'm very careful with playing time.
  17. Chertsey Town F.C. Alwyns Lane, Home Ground (Capacity: 3000) Alwyns Lane, Home Ground Main Stand Club Honours Surrey Senior League- 1958-59, 1960-61, 1961-62 Surrey Senior League Challenge Cup- 1960-61, 1961-62 Surrey Junior Cup- 1896-97 Southern Combination Cup- 1998-99 Aerial photo of Chertsey Chertsey is a town in the Runnymede borough of Surrey, England on the right bank of the River Thames where it is met by a corollary, the Abbey River and a tributary, the River Bourne or Chertsey Bourne. It is within a narrow projection of the Greater London Urban Area, aside from the Thames bordered by Thorpe Park, junction 11 of the M25 London orbital motorway, the town of Addlestone and south-western semi-rural villages that were formerly within Chertsey (Lyne, Longcross and Ottershaw). Chertsey is centred 29 kilometres (18 mi) southwest of central London, has a branch line railway station and less than 1 mile (1.6 km) north of its developed centre is the M3 (motorway). Chertsey's built environment has the medieval tower and chancel roof of its Anglican church and 18th-century listed buildings, including the stone Chertsey Bridge, Botleys Mansion within a public-access park, and many of the buildings along its two right-angled streets forming a church/museum/café/hotel/private housing and general high street respectively. A curfew bell is run at 8pm on weekdays from Michaelmas to Lady Day and is associated with the romantic local legend of Blanche Heriot, celebrated by a statue of the heroine (and the bell) at Chertsey Bridge. Its green spaces include sports fields, the Thames Path National Trail, Chertsey Meads and a round knoll (St Ann's Hill) with remains of a prehistoric hill fort known as Eldebury Hill. The area has much expensive domestic property such as Pyrcroft House from the 18th century and the replacement of 'Tara' from the late 20th century. Adjoining are the main areas of woodland and a few remaining agricultural and equestrian fields to the south-west and north. Population- 15,967 Chertsey Bridge Botleys Mansion The Curfew Bell & Blanche Heriot Chertsey Meads -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Decision made, I figured it wouldn't be much of a journeyman save if I didn't, you know.....journey a bit. So the short hop has been made to Chertsey Town F.C. As mentioned previously the club plays in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, Level 9 of the English Football Pyramid. The squad was somewhat bare bones when I took over, I had to give non-contract offers to 10 greyed out players just to have enough warm bodies on the pitch. Our best player is Right Back Imran Uche who is currently on loan from Hampton & Richmond Borough FC of the Vanarama National League South. He's also the only member of the squad on wages, being paid £100 a week. The finances are ok, although currently spending £29 a week over the wage budget (which my contract may have had something to do with?). It's unlikely I'll be able to offer anyone a real contract any time soon and I'll have to be careful what bonuses I give to players.
  18. December 2018 (Part One?) You'll notice the fixtures for December haven't been completed yet, there's a reason for that. In terms of the games that were played, there was a disappointing shootout loss to Sporting Kitz in the Junior Cup with Max Paterson missing a penalty inside the 90 minutes and a further two missed penalties in the shootout by Jed Akrigg and Dennis Carroll. We rebounded in the league for the next game, beating Wandgas Vets 2-1 thanks to an injury time winner from Joe Sowden following a goal in the first minute from Jordaan Robinson. PLAYERS OUT Michael Wilson (DC, 23)- FREE TRANSFER Bishop's Cleve (Evo-Stik League South Division One West) 15 Appearances for Hersham FC, 1 Goal, 3 Assists- 6.93 Rating A big players to lose for the club, although I didn't think we'd be hanging on to him for too long. He's taken a big step up the football pyramid and left a big hole in the heart of our defence that for the moment will be left to club captain Jason High and backup Marc Harris to fill. PLAYERS IN Nathan Webb (MC, 26)- FREE AGENT Another signing to strengthen the centre of our midfield, yet another lower league journeyman that should prove to be a good player for this particular level. Had spells at Hayes & Yeading, Farnborough, Wealdstone, Burnham Ramblers, Beaconsfield Town and Slough Town before joining us. Then an interesting thing happened...... I've rejected quite a lot of job offers so far as they have mostly been for amateur or semi-pro teams that are many miles away from where I am currently managing and none of them really made sense to move to. However, Chertsey is just down the road from Hersham AND it's the town where I was born, giving me a connection to the club in question and a reason to go there. I attended the interview out of curiosity and they offered me a job- Chertsey Town play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, level 9 of the English Football Pyramid so it would be a jump of 8 tiers should I take the job. On the negative side, I was originally hoping to stay at Hersham FC a few more years to at least get them out of the Junior divisions of the Surrey South Eastern Combination leagues. The team currently sit 13th in the table, 12 points clear of the relegation zone with 24 games left to play in the season. It's only one team that goes up automatically and there are no playoffs, so it looks like a tough league to get out of. So what do you guys think, in the words of The Clash, should I stay or should I go now?
  19. November 2018 Another decent month with just the hammering away at league leaders Chessington K.C 'A' as the main negative, along with losing Angus Hillier to a broken ankle in the same game. He's expected to be out of action for 4-5 months. Progress in both the cups, thanks to some late Jordaan Robinson heroics against Dover House Lions in the rearranged Junior Cup tie and a Man of the Match performance off the bench by Conor Butcher with two goals against Warlingham in the Intermediate Cup. Jordaan Robinson was again the standout performer with 7 goals and 2 assists in 6 games this month. The lack of depth in the squad is starting to show a little, with Ben Gill and Jed Akrigg both getting suspended at the same time in the second game of the month. Against Dover House Lions they both picked up their 5th yellow cards of the season and in the last game against Beckenham, Gill and Darnell Joynes got sent off in the last 5 minutes. I put a couple of bids in for free agents in November but by the 30th only one had been confirmed as a signing (see below). PLAYERS OUT Charles Barnett (DC, 17)- FREE TRANSFER Michelmersh & Timsbury (Hampshire Premier League Senior Division) 0 Appearances for The Senior Team 4 (6) Appearances for u18's, 1 Goal, 0 Assists- 6.76 Rating Winston Freeman (MC, 20)- FREE TRANSFER AFC Hurst (Mid Sussex Football League Division Five) 26 (2) Appearances for Hersham FC, 3 Goals, 4 Assists (Career) Winston Freeman had been a regular starter in the first season, but had since been frozen out by the arrival of Ben Gill and the form of Jed Akrigg, but his departure did leave central midfield options a bit short in the squad that had to be filled. PLAYERS IN Anton Brown (MC, 31)- FREE AGENT A good player for this level, another journeyman of the lower reaches of English football with spells at Mansfield Town, Greenwood Meadows, Alfreton Town, Harrogate Town, Nuneaton Town, Corby Town, Ilkeston, Coalville Town and Wingate & Finchley. Should be good enough to slot straight into central midfield, although I don't want to upset the chemistry of Ben Gill and Jed Akrigg too much, as they have been excellent together (when they aren't getting suspended) for Hersham FC so far this season.
  20. Ha! Definitely need to fit in some tanning bed sessions in training I think, must be an option for that somewhere.....
  21. October 2018 Another unbeaten month, but yet another draw that might hurt us at the end of the season. Jason High was sent off after 41 minutes against Old Plymouthians Reserves after which we struggled so a draw was a decent result really I suppose. Jordaan Robinson scored another 3 goals this month, one against Woodmansterne Hyde Reserves in the league and another two against Woodmansterne Hyde senior team in the Intermediate Cup to take his tally to 10 in all competitions. There was a cup game arranged against Dover House Lions this month in the Junior Cup, but the game was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch so it will now be played in November. PLAYERS OUT Ged Wells (MC, 19)- FREE TRANSFER Horsham Baptists and Ambassadors (West Sussex Football League Division Two North) 4 (14) Appearances for Hersham FC, 0 Goals, 0 Assists- 6.50 Rating (Career) Only the one player out of the club this month, Ged Wells was a regular player off the bench in the 1 1/2 seasons he spent with the club but never really made much of an impact as a player. Lastly, I finally remembered to ask to go on a coaching course, which was subsequently granted by the Chairman so I am now studying for my National C Licence.
  22. September 2018 An unbeaten month to start the season but it could have been even better. Jordaan Robinson has picked up where he left off last year with 7 goals in 6 games, including a hat-trick in the opener against Beckenham. I decided to play Joe Sowden as an inverted winger on the left to get him and Darnell Joynes into the same starting XI. Sowden had an impressive debut with an assist and a 7.5 rating, but he then twisted his ankle in the second game against AFC Ewell Reserves and was ruled out for 6-7 weeks. We were lucky to scrape past Tooting Bec 'B' in the 1st round of the Intermediate Cup, thanks to a 92nd minute own goal equaliser by Keith Jebb and then a missed penalty by Roman Hinds after Angus Hillier had given us the lead in extra time. The last game of the month was a disappointment, being 3-0 up against Old Boys Clapham only for them to fight back and level it up 3-3 with all three goals coming in the last 15 minutes. We are already 4 points behind Chessington K.C 'A' at the top of the table and 2 points off the second automatic promotion spot currently occupied by Parkside United Reserves.
  23. The squad for the 2018/2019 season. Four of the new signings go straight into the starting XI, while the fifth, Joe Sowden (MR) will probably take Darnell Joynes' place at some point, but given how well he performed for us last year I wanted him to at least start the new season. For that same reason I felt I couldn't really replace strikers Max Paterson and Jordaan Robinson yet, with the pair scoring 35 goals between them in all competitions. Jason High was retained as club captain, with Jed Akrigg once again vice-captain. New signing Joe Sowden was made 3rd choice because of his 14 Leadership and will most likely be promoted to captain next season unless someone better comes along.
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