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    I'd go and watch Clyde play. Really, I would. But I've just put my ticket money in the fire.

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    Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Queen's Park

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    Buckie Thistle

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  1. Thank you. I was surprised we actually got top spot, I thought Albion Rovers or Stirling Albion were the most likely, but Albion Rovers threw it away on the 2nd last game of the season. If they had won that, they would have taken the title - and automatic promotion - from us on the final day. The new season will be interesting. I had a team meeting to discuss my vision for the season ahead, saying we could probably get a bottom half finish and avoid relegation. My players seemed to think otherwise - may be time for some of them to move on.
  2. Thanks. It was close run to the end of the season. I was half wanting not to go up, because I like a bit of a challenge. Hopefully League 1 will provide that.
  3. Nice start. I know your concerns about depth, can be a nightmare - especially when there players your scouts find are just not up to the job.
  4. Elsewhere in Europe Scotland SPL Winners: Celtic (x11). SPL Runner Up: Rangers. ECC Qualifiers: Celtic, Rangers (due to being awarded extra slot at end of last season). Europa Qualifiers: Aberdeen (3rd), Hearts (4th), Hibernian (5th). Relegated: Ross County. Scottish Cup Winners: Rangers (x2). BetFred Cup Winners: Celtic. IrnBru Cup Winners: Motherwell. England EPL Winners: Manchester City (x5) EPL Runner Up: Manchester United. ECC Qualifiers: Manchester City, Manchester Utd, Arsenal (3rd), Chelsea (4th). Europa Qualifiers: Liverpool (5th), Tottenham Hotspur (6th), West Brom (FA Cup winners). Relegated: Brighton, Preston NE, Cardiff City. FA Cup Winners: West Brom. Carabao Cup Winners: Chelsea. Check-A-Trade Winners: Southend United. France Ligue 1 Winners: PSG (x5) Ligue 1 Runner Up: O. Lyonnais. ECC Qualifiers: PSG, Olympique Lyonnais (2nd), AS Monaco (3rd), Toulouse FC (4th). Europa Qualifiers: Rennes (5th), O. Marseille (6th), OGC Nice (Coupe BKT winners). Relegated: Amiens SC, AC Ajaccio. French Cup Winners: PSG (x3). Coupe de la Ligue BKT Winner: OGC Nice. Belgium Pro-League A Winners: Anderlecht (x2). Pro-League A Runner Up: AA Gent EEC Qualifiers: AA Gent, Anderlecht. Europa Qualifiers: Club Brugge, Standard Liege. Relegated: Union SG. Belgian Cup Winners: Anderlecht Germany Bundesliga Winners: Bayern Munich (x10). Bundersliga Runner Up: Borussia Dortmund. ECC Qualifiers: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig (3rd), VfL Wolfsburg (Europa Lg Winners). Europa Qualifiers: Schalke 04 (4th), Mainz 05 (5th), FC Koln (German Cup winners). Relegated: SC Freiburg, FC Augsburg. German Cup Winners: FC Koln. Holland Eredivisie Winners: Ajax. Eredivisie Runner Up: PSV. ECC Qualifiers: PSV, Ajax. Europa Qualifiers: Feyenoord (Dutch Cup Winners), AZ Alkmaar (EC playoff winner). Relegated: Willem II, Fortuna Sittard. Dutch Cup Winners: Feyenoord. Italy Serie A Winners: Juventus. Serie A Runner Up: Napoli. ECC Qualifiers: Juventus, Napoli, A.C. Milan (3rd), AS Roma (4th). Europa Qualifiers: Inter Milan (5th), Fiorentina (6th), Lazio (7th). Relegated: Brescia, Frosinone, Cosezna. Italian Cup Winners: Juventus. Spain La Liga Winners: Barcelona. La Liga Runner Up: Athletico Madrid. EEC Qualifiers: Barcelona, Athletico Madrid, Real Madrid (3rd), Valencia (4th). Europa Qualifiers: Sevilla (5th), Getafe (6th), Real Sociedad (7th). Relegated: Alaves, Huesca, Valladolid. Spanish Cup Winners: Athletico Madrid.
  5. Next Season Same as this season. We're going to try really hard to avoid the drop. At a Team Meeting, the lads were dismissive about the chances of doing anything other than trying to avoid relegation. They could be right, the squad certainly needs a lot of strengthening - especially as I've been advised not to renew a large number of contracts. Out with the old, and in with the new. We'll give it a good shot though.
  6. 2021-2022 - Buckie Thistle F.C. - Ladbrokes League 2 - Awards A very good year for the team and for the players. Firstly, we had our own awards night. Following on from that, we were delighted to learn about this: And the hard work put in through the year brought this honour to the team. Not one, not two, but SEVEN of our players featured: In addition to that there were the following awards in the League: Player of the Month: Ryan Strachan (September); Steven Ross (February). Young Player of the Month: Niyah Joseph (August).
  7. 2021-2022 - Buckie Thistle F.C. - End of Season My Career So, as the last stragglers left the promotion party and I helped clear discarded paper plates into black bin bags, I thought about the season that had just finished, and what my team had achieved. Personally, I'd hit a new milestone in my career: There were murmurings about me joining Brechin City, who were bottom of League 1, but nothing came of that after I told the press I was not in the slightest bit interested in the job. This year was a good year for winning awards - not as many as last year, but I received the Manager of the Month award for October, January, February and April. The Squad Described as committed and aggressive (definitely the latter, given the 726 fouls in the league!). We had a 77% passing success rate (highest in the division) and a shooting accuracy of 48% (2nd in the division). We scored 77 goals in the league, but also conceded 40 goals (2nd highest in the division). The squad worked generally well, and confidence was at an all time high throughout the season. We used the highest number of individual players in the division, but I tried as best I could to stick to a regular starting eleven. Stats & Top 10 Players The Board In their eyes, I can't put a foot wrong. Let's see if they're singing the same tune this time next season Club Finances Vastly improved, thanks to the Aberdeen match in the Betfred Cup and increased attendances in general.
  8. Final Day of the Season - 2021-2022 It has all come to this. All the weeks since August, all the games we've won, drawn or lost. One final match to go, which sees us playing at home. What better setting for a party if things go our way at 4.45pm? There's the usual probing questions from the press, wanting to know team, tactics, whether I'm feeling nervous, and what I think our chances are. I'm very cagey, although inside, I already know the answer to the most important question. I sent the team out for the first half, telling them to get the party started. But the next 90 minutes didn't quite go to plan, and proved to be quite a fiery affair. My players must have thought the match ended after 3 minutes, because they just wouldn't step up a gear. The referee was giving out cards like it was Christmas. I'm not too worried though, as our style of play is to get stuck in. Maybe we overdid the getting stuck in because we committed a total of 726 fouls - the highest amount in the league campaign. East Kilbride were just behind us with 540 fouls. With our match over, it was only a matter of waiting for results from elsewhere to filter in, the Stirling Albion v Albion Rovers clash especially. Then we heard: Albion Rovers had won - but they would have needed another 18 goals to snatch our crown! LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED! The Chairman, Fraser Smith, comes running out onto the pitch to celebrate! Final Table Anyone who a bet on us being promoted, at pre-season odds of 250-1, enjoy your winnings. WE'RE GOING UP!
  9. Cheers. It's going better than I'd thought. Although I did have to see Queen's Park (well, someone has to support them) relegated to the Lowland League by us. The database I'm using is from here:
  10. 2021-2022 - Buckie Thistle F.C. - Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 - End of Season Report Going into the second half of the season, we're sitting in a good place. But I need to address weaknesses in the squad. A couple of my summer signings just haven't worked out as well as I wanted and I have to send my scouts out to look for new additions to the squad. Transfer Activity Players In When I noticed Igor Spuryk unhappy and transfer-listed by Morton, I just had to make an offer. Spuryk had been part of my squad when I first joined Buckie Thistle. He left to play at a higher level, but it didn't quite work out, however, he was delighted to be playing League 2 football instead of Highland League. With the advice of my scouts and Director of Football, I also brought in new additions who are in the under-25 age range and hopefully an investment for the future. Players Out Two players released, and two loaned. Not much to say really. Staff When I found out Craig MacMillan had retired from football, I also heard he was keen to stay in the game as a Director of Football. Looking at his credentials compared to my existing DoF, I knew that I would have to make the difficult decision to sack our current DoF. With that done, MacMillan took up his post quickly and got to work. We still have a great relationship, thanks to us working together at Maryhill F.C. Competitions Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 When this season started, I thought if we avoid relegation/finishing 10th, I'd be happy and use it as a foundation to build on next season. By the start of 2022, we were 4th, and I was hopeful of a top half finish, possibly even a playoff spot. With Albion Rovers, Stirling Albion, Stenhousemuir and Arbroath seeming to be the main contenders for promotion, I considered anything above 5th to be a miracle. We got off to a good start in January, not staggering wins, but taking all 3 points from Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers certainly helped out aspirations of a playoff place. February, and beating Stirling Albion meant we'd made a significant step towards a top 4 finish. March started disappointingly with a draw against our rivals, Elgin City, but we picked up form with 2 wins. After another victory against East Kilbride, followed by wins against Stenhousemuir and Arbroath, set up an end of season finish to remember. We were almost there. Remaining Fixtures So this was it. The time for legends to be made and dreams to be broken! 4 Matches to Play A nervy win against The Wee Rovers, which was just as well because Stirling Albion would have gone above us after their 3-1 win. 3 Matches to Play More heart-stopping stuff. I thought we'd blown the title chase when Stirling scored first, but I rallied my lads and we came back home with 3 points. Again, a crucial win with Albion Rovers and Arbroath grabbing a win. 2 Matches to Play I honestly thought we'd thrown it all away. An extremely disappointing draw with bottom of the table Montrose. I don't know if my squad had thought a draw was enough, and I made sure they knew how unhappy I was. However, Albion Rovers had lost. We were on 66 points, they were on 63. Goal difference could turn out to be crucial on the final day...
  11. I'd like to, but not sure Celtic would agree to it. I can always make an enquiry though.
  12. Good luck with this save. Going to be interesting to see how you handle the 2019-20 transfer embargo.
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