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  1. JUN 2043 - Off Season Things Internationals A stack of players on duty over the month, including two debuts, as Mendes and Eriksson become our 33rd and 34th Internationals. It's been a while since any job speculation came towards me, but the media linked me with Inter, and they even came with an offer. Transfers We have already sent two players on their way. Crisostomo had fallen down the pecking order, and wanted to chase more first team football, while McNerney was unlikely to make it to our first team. I hit the Board up for this improvement a few months ago and they knocked me back, believing we were already at a high enough level, but they have now decided to do this on their own. The finances are in an excellent position to begin the season. Season Preview Boro, Leicester, and Norwich will join us next season. We will travel to newly promoted Norwich to start the season, before hosting Fulham. The Bookies have us listed dead centre of the League. Friendly season kicks off, as we head to New York for our pre-season training camp.
  2. It's going to be an exciting challenge for us, on many fronts.
  3. 2042-2043 Season Review - Attributes The favourite time of season where we get to review how the players have progressed, or not. Goalkeepers Redmond will be coming under serious consideration for the number 1 shirt this season, while we have several quality back up options. Defenders I would like to see more growth in this area, although Gudmundsson looks like he is going to be a superstar in years to come, after establishing himself as a regular in the later half of this season. Midfielders An area where we have plenty of quality options available, with plenty more coming through. We should be well served in the centre for some time to come. Forwards Again, plenty of quality options, with plenty of support acts coming through. Interesting that while Finnegan is our best scorer, he has never been our best rated forward, however, he continues to show gentle improvement. Best Squad The squad age, and the attribute average increase ever so slightly, as we continue to show steady improvement. The squad continues to come along nicely, and we continue to have plenty of options available. A big rotation might be needed next season as we throw in the challenges of European Football in the schedule as well.
  4. 2042-2043 Season Review - Stats Goalkeepers With Hamilton spending plenty of time on International duty, Redmond got a lot of game time this season. Hamilton may find himself becoming a victim of his own success though, as he now has a genuine challenger for the number 1 keeper spot, as there is a push from our back room staff to promote Redmond to the number 1 spot. Defenders Midfielders Forwards Finnegan was still clearly our leading scorer, but he received a lot more support this year, as we had 5 players reach double figures, and a second reach 20 for the first time in quite a while. Finnegan is 22 League games away from breaking Docherty's all time appearances record, but still over 100 goals away from Allen's record. All stays the same in the Premier League records though, as Hamilton and Finnegan extend their respective records. Finnegan is now only 1 game behind Hamilton, so that could see a change next season as well.
  5. 2042-2043 Season Review An impressive season where we mark our highest ever League finish, getting inside the top 10, and we lift our first trophy of the Premier League era, by winning the League Cup. We also had impressive crowd numbers in our first season back in the expanded Guernsey Stadium, selling out 16 of our 19 home games.
  6. Board is expecting to reach the latter stages, at least the Quarter Final, and although it's only preferred, nothing like putting a bit of pressure on ourselves in our European debut.
  7. Our third loss in the Final overall as well. Yes, going to add another dynamic to our schedule and fatigue management as well.
  8. JUN 2043 - FA Cup Final - Vs West Ham United Our second straight trip to Wembley for the FA Cup Final, where we made a horrible start, and could not recover. For the second year in a row, keeper Adam Hamilton was forced to miss the Final due to international duty, and his replacement Redmond, could only watch as the Hammers took the lead in the first minute with a stunningly struck volley from the edge of the area. On 18 minutes, it was almost a carbon copy, even by the same player, as we found ourselves two goals down early. West Ham dominated for most of the match, but we did create a few chances, although we were not able to find the net. Our push for a comeback finally came back to bite us, getting caught on the counter, which killed off the game, although we did get a very late conciliation. It just wasn't our day, as the newly crowned League Champions managed to complete their double, and we were again forced to watch as our opponent lifted the trophy. We also collected a further £4 million for our share of the gate and TV revenue, making it a very good day for the bank balance. Bridesmaids again as we are beaten in the Final for the second straight season, and third time overall. Up next...time to review the season that was.
  9. JUN 2043 - FA Cup Final Preview Our second straight FA Cup Final, and third overall, as we face West Ham. We have a terrible record against them, and it will again need to be our best ever performance if we want to lift another trophy this season. We will be without our first choice keeper, for the second straight season, as he is on international duty with Australia.
  10. MAY 2043 We round out the season in decent form as we win one and draw two. I added a friendly at the end of the month to keeps the legs turning over as we build up to the FA Cup Final next month. A massive award as O'Connor is named the Young Player of the Year. We won something this year, being the most profitable transfer team in the League. Being as we only sell players, not buy, we should always be in the green, but we were a long way ahead this season. We have the lowest wage turn over in the League, but as we have the lowest wages, save only for Peterborough, that one is not really a surprise either. A higher place up the table leads to more prize money, which will help the bank balance keep ticking along. We have another friendly before the FA Cup Final. I thought it appropriate to take on LA FC, seeing as though I am using their stadium as my background for the new Guernsey Stadium
  11. MAY 2043 - Match Day 38 - Vs Manchester City A cracking game at Guernsey Stadium as we hold the Citizens to a draw in our final game of the season. Both sides played attacking football, so it was surprising that there was only four goals in the game. We did, however, give up the lead twice, including a late goal in the shadows of full time to concede points. It was all happening on the last day, but in the end, not a lot changed. The top half of the all won, meaning West Ham hung on to claim the title, while Liverpool will have to wait until the result of the FA Cup is in, to see where they and we fall in the European competitions. The relegation battle sides all lost, so Bournemouth's late season revival was all for nought, as they slide back to the Championship. As for us, we complete our best ever finish, first time in the top 10, and save for the Champions, we had the best attacking record in the League, but we also had the worst defensive record in the top half. We continue to show great improvement, but we also show that we have a long way to go. Up Next...nearly a months break before we get another crack at the FA Cup Final.
  12. MAY 2043 - Match Day 37 - At Blackburn Rovers A completely dominant performance as we put three past Rovers, although it should have been five or six, and it could have been seven or eight. The only downside to the day was giving up a goal, to the only shot they put on target. We remain in 8th place, and with one game remaining, we can finish no higher, but can only finish as low as 9th, which is still improvement on our 12th place finish last season. Arsenal and Man U have now qualified for Europe, with just the finishing order to be confirmed, while the last continental place, and the League title will come down to the final day. Amazingly, at the other end of the table, Bournemouth have put together three straight wins, and will go into the last day in a three way battle to avoid relegation. Up Next Our final match of the season, as we welcome the Citizens to the island. We will be keen to finish the season on a high, while they will be looking to confirm Champions League qualification.
  13. Thanks @Stuniverse! The improvement continues, and we still have our second Cup Final for the season to look forward to as well.
  14. MAY 2043 - Match Day 36 - Vs Southampton We came from two goals down to level by the break, took the lead after the break, only to give it up again, as we share the points in a six goal thriller. Two goals and an assist for O'Connor as he put together a brilliant game. Conceding too many goals, which has been our crux all season, hurts us again today. A few catch up games, we move up to 8th place. We will finish higher than the 12th place of last season, which also makes the Board happy. Up Next Our final away game of the season as we travel to 19th place Blackburn.
  15. APR 2043 A decent month as we win three and lose one of our League games, while we advance to our second straight FA Cup Final. Some month also from Finnegan, as he scores in every match. While we were on Cup duty Results while we were on Cup duty drop us a place back to 9th place. Our young Defender who has established himself in the first team recently, has won the Young Player of the Month award. Stats Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards We now have four players into double figures this season, and two more that are close, which shows that while Finnegan is still our main scorer, we are not relying on him as much to be our only scorer. We remain one of the most profitable clubs in the League. A profitable month sees the bank balance continue to rise. Three League games remain and we will be trying to secure our top 10 finish.
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