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  1. Tamworth F.C. Season Update 2024-2025 "Tamworth had been expected to struggle for much of the season and find themselves entrenched at the bottom of the standings but fared much better than many would have thought possible and secured an unlikely continental qualification spot. Tamworth were one of the competition's surprise package, consistently defying expectations and, owing largely to an impressive spell of form between December and January that saw them rise to 9th, were able to celebrate a successful campaign." Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3 The Story of the Season Premier League: Avoid a relegation Battle | Finished 7th The preseason odds had us marked for last place finish but with a pretty successful transfer window I was confident of not being any near the relegation spots and aimed for a mid-table finish. The opening month saw us face 3 title contender teams which we expected to lose but we got a real beating and the drop in morale meant we lost matches which we could have won. We won only one match in the first two months against Sheffield United with literally the last kick of the match from a quick counter neither did we do any better in October or November. December saw our form get much better as we registered 4 wins one of which was against Arsenal,1 draw and 1 loss including a highly entertaining 6-3 win against Reading FC. The second half of the season we fared much better as the good form in December saw us grow in confidence and morale as we were able to limit our losses to 4 matches and drawing 2 matches on our way to winning 10 matches. One such win came away from home at reigning European Champions Tottenham Hotspurs as we dominated them all match and outplayed them in all areas. We finished the match 3-5 winner thanks to a superb hat-trick by Josh Baker. Considering we were marked for Relegation and I myself had at best mid-table finish aim, considering we finished 7th above Arsenal and just 4 points more could have seen us finish in 5th. has to count for me one of the best seasons despite not winning anything like previous seasons and we rightly tagged Overachievers of the league. The Emirates FA Cup: Reach Fourth Round| Reached Semi-Final got knocked out by Chelsea We had a dream run in the FA Cup as we narrowly missed out on a visit to Wembley for the final. We struggled on our way to 1-0 win in the 3rd round, we needed a replay in the 4th round against Nottingham Forest and even then we could not get the job done as we needed extra time goal to get to the next round. The fifth round saw us line up against Premier League relegation candidate Brighton & Hove Albion and we were on our way to a one-goal win before getting pegged back in the last 15 minutes of the match requiring penalty shootout to progress to the next round rightly getting revenge on them for knocking us out of the Carabao Cup. The next round was at home against European Champions Tottenham Hotspurs and we finished the match 4-4 before winning it through penalty shootout. The Semi-Final match against Chelsea we were 2 up after 35 minutes going into half-time leading 2-1. They came out all cylinders firing in the second half as they sneak ahead before we pulled them back to finish the 90 minutes at 3-3. The extra-time saw my defence take leave from the match as we shipped 3 goals to lose the match 3-6. Carabao Cup: Reach Third Round| Reached Second Round got knocked out by Brighton & Hove Albion In one of the most disappointing EFL Cup campaign, we were knocked out in Second round by fellow Premier League relegation candidate Brighton & Hove Albion. We lost 4-1 away from home, however, it would have been a different result if the match had not come during our worst month and form as we were low on morale, considering how we did in the FA Cup the right draw could have seen us go all the way here as well. Player Performances We would have fared much better if we had not shipped as many goals as we scored in the league. Josh Baker and Jon Osman were without a doubt our two best players as without them we would have fared miserably this season with both of them leading the club scoring charts and Osman even topping the Assist list. Daniel Bentley struggled to give me any hope that he can stand like a rock even if my defensive wall failed and every time they failed he failed, which means we might need a better replacement. Facundo Cajón was brought in January with an eye on the future and performed admirably but did not really make the position his own. Neco Williams continued his form from last season as he came second in the assists list but did not find any consistency as he was rotated with James Robinson who while strong defensively did not quite offer the same sort of option. The central defence saw a new partnership form between Martin Kraus and Milan Nikitovic while both were equally competent in all areas however Kraus did not have the consistency in his performance and Nikitovic stood out almost all matches even where the defence disappeared. Club Captain Jordan Rossiter after serving admirably for 3 seasons lost his place to newcomers David Nicolas and Claudio Gomes. Every match that our midfield duo bossed saw us come up with a favourable result as they were all over the pitch helping defensively as well as slicing open oppositions. No player was able to make the attacking midfield position his own before Alejandro García was bought in January who immediately made a world of difference to our play and result in us having a much better second half. Josh Baker missed out on the Premier League Top Goalscorer Award by a whisker finishing second. Defensive Statistics Playmaking Statistics Goalscoring Statistics Academy Player Performances No other player apart from Jon Osman featured in the first-team squad. While his performance last season gave me hope I was going to use him as a rotational option on Left Wing, however, Osman successfully kept his place as he featured in 25(2) games scoring 12 goals and assisting 8. He was certainly one of my top contender for player of the season. Emmanuel Woodward and Samuel Mohammed are developing really well and getting close to jumping to the first team squad, next season might be too early for them but I can see one of them breaking into the team by year end if not on loan. Miscellaneous Updates Top Goalscorers: Josh Baker (23) | Jon Osman (13) Top Assists: Jon Osman (8) | Neco Williams (6) Retirements at the Club: None Yours truly won the Premier League Manager of the Year and also complete 300 games in my career. My career record at the end of the season is 327 games played with 208 wins, 57 draws and 62 lost giving an impressive 63% win record as we climbed the leagues. Next season the aim is to build on this year's performance and try to push for a Europa League qualification. In terms of squad building, I am looking at getting at least 1 world class striker preferably English as I have my eye on a young striker at Fulham. Since with continental qualification the aim I need to build a squad with sufficient Home Grown players. While at the same time I am hoping to add at least 1 quality player across the board in defence, central midfield and attacking midfield. We have made a cheeky offer to free transfer Eden Hazard and as of right now we are the only team trying to sign him, getting him would be a coup. Around the World Manager favourite Reading FC lost their manager just before the start of the season to Ajax and the new manager found the initial months difficult as they could manage only 2 wins in the first half of the season as they were rock bottom till early January. A much better second half of the season saw them slowly reel in fellow relegation candidates and finish the season a credible 15, dropping two places on the last day. Liverpool, Real Madrid, Olympique de Marseille, FC Internazionale Milano, FC Bayern München, FC Porto, AFC Ajax, RSC Anderlecht won their respective leagues. FC Bayern München won the UEFA Champions League and Arsenal winning the UEFA Europa League. India is ranked 89th in the world. @Warhawk
  2. Tamworth F.C. Season Update 2023-2024 "Tamworth had been expected to struggle for much of the season and find themselves entrenched at the bottom of the standings but defied all the odds by remarkably finishing top of the pile and claiming and unlikely title. It was a season of unlikely yet jubilant success for Tamworth, who consistently defied the odds from the outset, and were eventually crowned champions" Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3 The Story of the Season Championship: Avoid a relegation Battle | Champions The preseason odds had us marked for dead last and relegation, though considering I got almost all my targets bar two I was hopeful for nothing less than a Playoff spot. An opening day away draw against title challengers Queens Park Rangers where we more than gave a good account of ourselves and could have won by a big margin if the finishing was good gave a good indication that we had a good squad to compete for the season. The first half of the season was pretty good, as we kept good form despite losing 7 matches we still managed to hang in and kept yo-yo-ing around 2nd and 3rd place as we chased Fulham who had a strong hold over the top spot as the opened up a good lead. The match against Southend United was a memorable 6-0 win at home giving us our biggest win. The second half of the season saw us find another gear as we lost only once away from home at Middlesbrough, we finished the match with 9 men after getting an early red card and another just before half time. Despite being outnumbered we still controlled the match and could have earned a draw if not for a debatable penalty and the goals they scored from set-pieces ending the match 1-3. The home match against Fulham was one for the ages as both teams played with abandon scoring freely in a match that ended with us winning 5-4. By April, we had made the 2nd spot firmly ours as Queens Park Rangers had a horrendous month of March as they dropped off before recovering in April to get back into the title battle. Heading into the final weeks, we had a 6 point lead over Fulham who had a game in hand on us but had to face a resurgent Queens Park Rangers, who themselves had a tough run to the season end with both teams facing in the final match. With us being in imperious form having not lost since 1-3 loss at Riverside Stadium and an easier set of matches we would be crowned champions as long as we won them all which we did with ease. The Emirates FA Cup: Reach Fourth Round| Reached Fifth Round got knocked out by Manchester United Luck of the draw saw us line up against League two team title challengers Gillingham and League One title challengers Portsmouth winning both the games at home with ease. The fifth round saw us visit Premier League title challengers Manchester United we were expected to get beat by a huge margin and were on track to do so before ten minutes of crazy play at the end saw us score 2 goals in quick succession earning us a credible 4-2 loss. Carabao Cup: Reach Second Round| Reached Third Round got knocked out by Watford The Carabao Cup for us was a series of penalty shoot-outs as we finished all three matches 1-1 draws needing the lottery of Penalty to decide the winner. We beat League Two Crawley Town 3-2 on penalties in first round before facing Championship side Norwich City in the second round finishing the shoot-out as 5-4 winners. The third round match was away against Premier League team Watford and we were knocked out of the competition on 5-4 penalty shoot-out loss. Player Performances George Legg and Josh Vickers were a competent goalkeeping unit keeping 18 clean sheets in total giving us a much better upgrade over the previous unit. The arrival of Deen Pirbhai gave rise to a new defensive partnership with Jordan McGhee with both the pacey defenders allowing me to play a high defensive line. Neco Williams gave us an attacking full-back and while performing his defensive duties admirably managed to get 8 assists from the deep. Shane Burke as the left full-back was deployed more in a more defensive position and performed great as he had won more tackles than the next two highest combined. As the squad started taking shape according to the DNA I am trying to build, it was vital the midfield duo were able to open up play and allow us better possession as well recycled the ball quickly. Our inspirational captain Jordan Rossiter was a vital cog in the machine as a box to box midfielder he helped us get an upper hand in the matches in many matches. In the final third of the pitch, Josh Baker was an unstoppable machine as he scored 26 goals and probably would have crossed 30 if I had him set as my primary penalty-taker. No other player crossed double digits in goals or assists, yet we ended the season with a goal tally of 90 in the league, out of which about 40 were scored by the strikers so an astonishing 50 goals were scored by the rest of the squad. This season more than any other for me has been one where I can't identify one single player baring Baker and is an evidence that finally we are getting there where the squad as a whole is able to push rather than be dependent on one single player or maybe I misreading it and probably the rest all were average while we rode our luck! Josh Vickers and Josh Baker were selected in the Championship Team of the Year, with Josh Baker missing out on the Championship Top Goalscorer Award by a whisker finishing second. Defensive Statistics Playmaking Statistics Goalscoring Statistics Academy Player Performances No other player apart from Jon Osman featured in the first team squad. He was not yet ready for the level of football that the championship offers but our inability to get a strong Left-wing player turned out to be good for him as he got to play 22(1) games ending the season with 6 goals and 2 assists as he made great progress. However, a minor injury in November and then a few weeks out injured in January put the brakes on his progress as he did not feature much in the second half of the season. Miscellaneous Updates Top Goalscorers: Josh Baker (26) | Anthony McDonald (7) | Ben Kennedy (7) Top Assists: Anthony Elanga (9) | Anthony McDonald (8) | Ben Kennedy (8) | Neco Williams (8) Retirements at the Club: None Yours truly won the Championship Manager of the Year. Finally, the board has finalised the location of the new stadium and construction of the new Tamworth Stadium begins to be finished in two years. Disappointed they did not name it after me, their only legend rather going for a generic name. While the new stadium is being built we will move to the 30,000 seater Trillion Trophy Stadium which should bring us good matchday income. The club went through a few failed takeovers before we got a new owner and I am hopeful I will have a better relationship with the new owner. We also got a cash injection of 24.5 Million euros to cover for the stadium building cost I assume. Next season I am positive of being able to get in quality players which will help us stay far away from a relegation battle and hopefully secure a mid-table finish with ease. Around the World Manager favourite Reading FC had an indifferent first half which saw them lingering in mid-table spots earning their manager the sack in November. The hot favourite to take over them was yours truly but had to decline the interview. Their second-half form found them quickly climbing into the playoff spots before finishing the season in 6th place. They finally broke their playoff curse as they won the playoff final winning promotion to Premier League. Liverpool, Real Madrid, Paris SG, Napoli, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, PSV Eindhoven, KAA Gent won their respective leagues. Tottenham Hotspurs won the UEFA Champions League and Borussia Monchengladbach winning the UEFA Europa League. India is ranked 92nd in the world. @Warhawk
  3. Tamworth F.C. Season Update 2022-2023 "All of Tamworth's dreams came true this season as they defied expectations suggesting that they would be relegation certainties and instead mounted an almost unbelievable promotion-winning campaign. It was a season of unlikely yet jubilant success for Tamworth, who consistently defied the odds and enjoyed a strong spell of form around January that would ultimately carry them to a finishing position few would have predicted." Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3 The Story of the Season EFL League One: Fight bravely against relegation | Won Promotion The board did not have high expectations from us as we were expected to fight relegation, even the media did not place any confidence in us but I knew for sure that it was going to be a fight at the other end of the table as we had a very good transfer window. The season started on a high note as we ran riot winning the opening 5 games and continuing an unbeaten run of 16 games into October before we lost against title favourites Swansea City, ending the month with 2 defeats in the league. Our early run had us leading the table before a run of 5 straight draws August end and September pushed us down the table to 4th, where we remained till the second half of the season as we chased early leaders Bolton Wanderers, Southend United and AFC Wimbledon. We would be defeated only once in the run-up to the final month of the season, with that defeat changing the course of our season like no other match ever in our history. And our life was made difficult by an amazing disappearance of form from all our strikers where between 5 strikers we managed only 6 goals since January, such bad was the form of the strikers that last year academy graduate was also given a look in even being nowhere close to being a National League striker. The wingers and the attacking midfielders played a huge part in keeping us afloat by contributing ably with goals, but the strikers' bad form was going to bite us. Somehow with four games to go in the season, we were comfortably placed to win the league title, if we continued the form of our season. Swansea City and AFC Wimbledon had fallen off the chasing pack. Bolton Wanderers had the worst form in the last leg of the season as they did not win a single match in April, leaving Southend United as the only credible challenger. We could have made the task easier for us if we had won the home match against them giving us a big points cushion but we laboured to a 1-1 draw. The last match of the season away at Doncaster Rovers we still held a one-point lead in the table. Our opponents had won only 1 game against relegation fodder in their last 11 matches, and we needed to win the match to secure the title. Even a draw would have sufficed for us if Southend United did not win their last match. We were comfortably controlling the game and were leading 1-2 against a ten man opponent before the sides were levelled as well when we were down to ten men as well in the 87th minute. Going into injury time it seemed the players were already celebrating as we were winning with our title challengers drawing but in a crazy 4 minutes of injury time, we blew our title hopes to smithereens as the opponents scored two goals to hand us a 3-2 defeat. The final day results meant that we finished on level points with our title opponents but lost the title on goal difference, in what has been a crushing end to the season. The Emirates FA Cup: Reach First Round| Reached Third Round got knocked out by Newcastle United The FA Cup was nothing much to write about as we needed a penalty shootout against league two opponent Notts County at home. The second round saw us play Burton Albion at home where we were pretty much outplayed by the opponents but somehow survived to take the match into extra time before coming away with a 1-0 win. Round three Newcastle United visited us in what was a dirty and physical match with the opponents outplaying us till halftime leading 0-2. In a fantastic spell of 15mins after halftime where we outplayed and outclassed our fancied opponent, we had scored 2 goals in space of 5 mins to draw level. We lost too a silly goal as an indirect freekick saw the ball into the box where a shot took deflection falling at the feet of an opposition player who put the ball into an undefended goal as our goalkeeper could not recover from the dive to save the deflected shot ending the match with a 2-3 defeat knocking us out. Carabao Cup: Reach First Round| Reached Third Round got knocked out by Manchester City The Carabao cup had us a difficult draw throughout as in the first round we needed a penalty shootout to win at home against fellow league one team Burton Albion. The second round saw us visit championship side Aston Villa in one of the memorable matches of the season for me which saw us play a beautiful possession passing game as we completely outclassed them as we won 0-2. We visited Manchester City for the third round and gave a good account of ourselves as we matched them across the pitch only to be defeated 0-1 thanks to the brilliance of one individual who hit us on the counter to score a goal from the tightest of angles. Checkatrade Trophy: None| knocked out in Group Stages Our league trophy performance in the group was a bag of mixed performances as we got knocked out in the group stages finishing last. We scored the highest number of goals including a 6-1 mauling of Blackpool but our defence did the disappearing act against Manchester City U23s and the striker disappeared in the next match again eventual winners Bolton Wanderers. Player Performances Tamworth FC most capped player at 123 appearances and first choice goalkeeper Henrich Ravas is leaving us on a free transfer after refusing to sign a new contract but that did not stop him from putting his finest performance in 3 years with us as he set a new club record of 17 clean sheets. Slowly, the squad is growing into a team which conforms to a certain DNA and players are performing to the philosophy I would like them to achieve. Defensively the back four was able to play well at a higher defensive line yet getting back well in time to be able to handle the crosses. No single player was able to dominate the defensive stats which is not to say no one was good but rather every one of them performed at a very high level however special mention must be made for Jordan McGhee who still performed above the rest. Club captain Jordan Rossiter has been a fantastic performer as a box to box midfielder and along with Elliott Watt has enabled to play a more passing oriented play from the midfield. Elliott Watt, Reece Cole and Jordan Rossiter contributed 23 assists from the midfield as for the first time in our history our play developed more from the midfield rather than wing play. Despite that Nathan Holland was impressive on the wing as he plundered 13 goals and 13 assists while academy graduate Jon Osman made the left wing his own with 6 goals and 6 assists as last season first choice David Olaoye faded away. Our poor finishing by the strikers in the second half of the season contributed to some extent in our failure to win the league, because if they had performed to their ability and the first half season form we would have been far away from the chasing pack. Joe Quigley finished the season with 23 goals to his name, he could have easily breached the 40 goal mark if he did not lose form in the second half as he scored only 2 goals in early January and none for the remainder of the season after that. Kyle Taylor performed fantastically as a shadow striker contributing 15 goals and 8 assists, which along with midfield and wingers goal contribution helped us during the strikers' drought. Henrich Ravas, Jordan McGhee and Jordan Rossiter were selected in the League One Team of the Year. Defensive Statistics Playmaking Statistics Goalscoring Statistics Academy Player Performances Dave Gilchrist and Emmanuel Woodward both made only one appearance, each being taken off after 45 mins. Jon Osman was retrained as an Inside Forward on the left and is flourishing in the role as he made 30(2) appearances scoring 6 goals and 6 assists. Even though the coaches rate him as decent League two player he performed admirably in League One finishing the season with the 4th highest average rating in the squad. Miscellaneous Updates Top Goalscorers: Joe Quigley (23) | Kyle Taylor (15) | Nathan Holland (13) Top Assists: Nathan Holland (13) | Elliott Ward (11) | Kyle Taylor (8) Retirements at the Club: Mark Little | James Norwood Yours truly won the League One Manager of the Year as well reached 200 games in management during the course of the season. The board announced the club is planning to build a new stadium. With the club now also under a takeover bid, let's hope it sorts out before the transfer window and does not cripple me in the market next season. I have the core of my recruitment list ready and plan to launch on it right away before any curbs are placed on the club with the goalkeeper the highest priority as first choice and second choice are both leaving on a free transfer. The recruitment focus this season on is going to be more future-oriented as we start to compete with other clubs for higher potential players and start to build our core team to serve us for a long time rather than build a squad of journeymen. Next season I am hopeful of challenging for the playoff spot if all my transfer targets are successful. Around the World Manager favourite Reading FC never found any consistency in the league as they finished 4th in the league earning themselves a playoff spot. However, they could not beat the Play-off curse as they lost in the final, making it an interesting next season as we compete in the same league with them. Manchester City, Real Madrid, Paris SG, Juventus, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Ajax, Anderlecht won their respective leagues. Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League and Sevilla winning the UEFA Europa League. India is ranked 105th in the world. @Warhawk
  4. End of Winter transfer window and this comes up! Hope I get a better chairman than this guy who denied every request almost! :/
  5. I have had the same issue crop up on two different saves, including my current one where every season my squad feels there is a lack of midfield depth. And before the start of this season, the captain was unhappy and quite a few players supported him as well.
  6. Hi @alvaan you can find all the views that I use on the link below, https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1582366916 Hope it helps you!
  7. Tamworth F.C. Season Update 2021-2022 "All of Tamworth's dreams came true this season as they defied expectations suggesting that they would be relegation certainties and instead mounted an almost unbelievable title-winning campaign. It was a season of unlikely yet jubilant success for Tamworth, their early season form propelled them into title contention and provided them with the platform to go on and win the competition." Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3 The Story of the Season EFL League Two: Fight bravely against relegation | Won Title One of the best summer transfer windows I have yet had in this career, gave me the confidence of easily getting into the top half of the table despite our not so favourable pre-season odds which predicted a 22nd place finish. With a fantastic pre-season which included wins against championship teams, Norwich City and Millwall gave me confidence that maybe we could challenge for promotion even, however that idea was quickly decimated by the brutal mauling I received at the hand of promotion contenders Mansfield and Bury. An astute change of tactics in the next few matches (thank you @Rashidi's pressing lines guide } saw us blow away the opposition as we went on a rampage in the league till the second half of the season on our way to 24 matches in a row without defeat. The new year suddenly saw us lose form as we lost 3 games out of the 5 games in January. The next two months did not bring much relief as our form continued to be wobbly as we struggled and lost against relegation candidates and lower table teams. Our early season and first half run thankfully afforded us the cushion of points which started quickly getting eroded as Lincoln City started breathing down our necks which at one point of time had us dangerously hanging by the thread as we headed into the final month. With only 2 points separating us from Title contenders Lincoln City a loss could hand the momentum to them making the title a difficult proposition. The away match against them was a crucial tie which could have changed the course of our season had we lost it, We were on our way to a hard-fought win when they earned a penalty which was converted. I would have been happy to take the draw as it maintained the league status quo, but that goal gave them renewed confidence as they dominated us in the last 10 mins as we hang on desperately for the draw. 90+5 minutes saw them get a corner which was hastily cleared by Nathan Clements and picked up by James Norwood on the counter who with a brilliant run past two defenders on the right wing crossed from the byline into the box. Joe Quigley picked the ball on the volley and squared to Kyle Taylor in the box for a simple tap-in, giving us the win. In the end our league double over them played a crucial role as we secured the title with one match left in the season, in the end, finishing 7 points in front as we scored 101 goals matching Tamworth F.C. record. The Emirates FA Cup: Reach First Round| Reached Fifth Round got knocked out by Tottenham Spurs This squad is turning out to be the party poopers more often than not in cups, going on big cup runs every season as we were the overachievers of this season in The Emirates FA Cup. After easily dispatching Torquay United and Bolton Wanderers we faced Coventry City away from home, we struggled and were lucky to come away with a draw despite ending the match with ten men. The home replay against them had us turn all expectations on its head as we destroyed them 6-0 making it our biggest result of the season. Next round had us face Sunderland AFC and despite being a championship side did not really bother us much as we played a masterclass of possession football backed by some equally fantastic defending as we finished the match 2-1. Fifth round saw us visit Tottenham Spurs in a repeat of last season Fourth Round match which saw them win 5-1 and knocking us out. Carabao Cup: Reach First Round| Reached Fourth Round got knocked out by Brighton Hove & Albion In one of the toughest cup runs Tamworth F.C. faced as of yet, we came away with great results. The first round saw us visit League One team Scunthrope United, they were single-handedly dismantled by our free-kick specialist Reece Cole, as he scored a brace from a screamer from open play and direct free-kick helping us win 1-3. Next round against Stoke City was a dull affair as no team could break the deadlock in regulation time as we did not allow a single shot on target but at the same time failed to score from any of our 7 shots on target as we won the ensuing penalty shoot-out 2-4. The third round saw us visit Stamford Bridge as we lined up against Premier League team Chelsea in a match that defied expectations and shocked me. We came away with a brilliant 1-2 win against an opponent who completely dominated us but could not bring the end product. We were eventually knocked out in the 4th round by Brighton Hove & Albion with a humiliating 2-5 loss at home. Checkatrade Trophy: Reach Group Stage| Reached Second Round got knocked out by Bradford City This competition was one of the favourable competition where I hoped to make deep inroads and the exploits of the team in the league and Carabao cup against much better sides gave me big hopes. Big away wins against League One team Carlisle United and Bolton Wanderers in the group stages further encouraged me that we could make a run for the summit. The North 2nd Round against League One team Bradford City started crazily as we were down 1 goal after 4 minutes only peg them back with a goal the next minute. Going into half-time we were trailing 1-2 but our display gave me hope of turning it around, the second half brought some dirty play from my team as we self-imploded on our way to 1-3 defeat. Player Performances One of the most potent front-line in the league tore away the opposition as 6 players ended the season with double-digit scoring records. Club record signing James Norwood started the season ahead of longtime target Joe Quigley as he plundered to 18 goals before an injury around Christmas saw him lose his place and ended up scoring only 1 goal in second half of the season. Joe Quigley scored 15 goals out of his 22 of the season after finally get a good run in second half of the season ending the season as number one striker. Will Randall (12 goals and 11 assists) and David Olaoye (10 goals and 9 assists) continued in the same rich vein of form they left last season, however, it was Nathan Clements who defied expectations. Brought in at the last minute as a backup for the wingers due to his ability to play on either wing he flourished in his role often featuring on the left wing but equally potent on the right when needed. He smashed the club record on his way to 20 assists while scoring 9 goals during the campaign. While strikers and wingers get the most accolades due to their exploits it was the midfield duo of Reece Cole and club captain Jordan Rossiter who single-handedly won us many a match as they controlled the midfield. Cole our free-kick expert scored 13 goals as we finished the league with the highest number of goals from direct free-kicks. The mid-press system that I employed this season with a high line of defence needed a good defence and between Jarvis Edobor and Charlie Oliver ably supported by Adam Curry I had one of the best defensive pairings yet. Defensive Statistics Playmaking Statistics Goalscoring Statistics Academy Player Performances Previous year graduates Dave Gilchrist and Jon Osman both fish out of waters in the League Two as they did not have any sort of impact with their appearances limited to few matches. Tamworth class of '22 This year intake brought us the most unexpected joy as we got our potential "Golden Generation"! The class of '22 with 7 fantastic youth candidates could serve us for a long time, and can they repeat the famous '92 of Man Utd? Emmanuel Woodward, Samuel Mohammed, Harley Morris, Steve Joy, Mick Rioch, Adam Evangelinos, Jamie Broadhurst Miscellaneous Updates Top Goalscorers: Joe Quigley (22) | James Norwood (18) | Reece Cole (13) Top Assists: Nathan Clements (20) | Will Randall (11) | Reece Cole (10) Retirements at the Club: Scott Cuthbert The season saw me inundated with job offers including multiple premier league teams mistakenly I attended one of the interviews. The board got a whiff of it and immediately offered a new contract and in the discussions, I was able to get them to agree to a new affiliate club with great training facilities we could use, which they kept denying me all this while. Also, yours truly ended up winning the EFL League Two Manager of the Year. Around the World Manager favourite Reading FC fought bravely and while being under the threat of getting pulled into the relegation zone, kept out of it till managerial change around the turn of the year saw them self-explode as they finished 20th relegating them from Premier League. Manchester City, Barcelona, Paris SG, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon, Ajax, KAA Gent won their respective leagues. Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League and Paris SG winning the UEFA Europa League. India is ranked 106th in the world dropping from last further from last year ranking of 104. @Warhawk
  8. Chelsea 1-2 Tamworth League Cup 3rd Round I just can't believe what happened! How did we beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge! Yes, they did put out a 2nd string team but it still had enough high-quality players to play us off the park! For the first time, I am actually speechless and did not have to lie in the press conference when I replied I am speechless! In case, anyone wants to see the match Chelsea 1-2 Tamworth.pkm this has to be the highlight of my career as of now on FM19.
  9. Tamworth Early Season Quick Update 2021-22 After a credible pre-season performance including wins against championship teams Norwich and Millwall I was pretty happy with the squad and was hopeful of having a good season, but the first two matches of the season washed away any such delusions! Playing against side predicted to finish 4th and 3rd respectively I expected to lose or maybe draw if lucky I did not expect the beating that I took. Thankfully, as I licked my wound and surfed Youtube I ended up on @Rashidi channel and I looked at the Pressing Lines Guide, a quick fresher and I set up my tactic for a mid-press to get a fantastic turnaround including a Cup win against an L1 team as well as League two predicted 1st team, Charlton! Not to mention my fans are happy as well because of the exciting football on display! In fact, it even helped me shut out Stoke in the League Cup!! We restricted them to 0 shots on target before winning on penalties!
  10. Tamworth F.C. Season Update 2020-2021 "It was a memorable season for Tamworth as they tasted success in the Vanarama National League and The Buildbase FA Trophy. All of Tamworth's dreams came true this season as they defied expectations suggesting that they would be relegation certainties and instead mounted an almost unbelievable title-winning campaign. It was a season of unlikely yet jubilant success for Tamworth, their early season form propelled them into title contention and provided them with the platform to go on and win the competition." Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3 Tamworth F.C. do the Double! The Story of the Season Vanarama National League: Avoid Relegation | Won Title If I was offered mid-table finish at the start of the season I would have happily taken it, I was under no illusions of where my team stood in the league but turns out I underestimated my team as much as I overestimated the league. Pre-season odds had us pegged for a bottom of the table finish at 16th with an outside chance of promotion. The first match of the league was against pre-season favourites Leyton Orient, we came away with a 2-0 win which immediately had me sit up and take notice of my team's potential to cause a disruption. The first three months of the season saw us draw 5 matches and lose only one match that too against fellow promotion chasers and favourites Barnet while winning 11 matches including winning run of 7 matches through September. By December 1st we had lost two more matches and won 3 before we went on a long run of 12 wins and 1 draw right into the last two months of the season. The last two months of the season was quite a roller coaster ride as my team would go from playing the opposition off the park to disappearing off the park themselves. Thankfully, the early season form helped us as we did not drop down the table though it did make the season end an exciting one as we allowed Barnet and Hartlepool United to close the gap. Barnet had already done the league double on us and we had to play Hartlepool United in the run in. Going into the final few matches of the season we were in woeful form while Barnet was in ominous form. The match away at Hartlepool United was a virtual final because if won away we would be crowned champions but we completely choked as we lost the match 0-3 making them the second team to do the league double over us. Despite the wobbly form we still held the reins in our hands as a winning home against relegation battlers Telford United would be enough for us and considering we never lost against them in previous 4 matches it seemed like an easy match. We lost the match 0-3 against the only lower table team to beat us this season. Going into the last match of the season any of the three could have been crowned the winners provided other results played their way. For Barnet to win we had to lose and for Hartlepool United to be crowned champions the other two teams had to lose and they had to win for them to still have the possibility of being crowned champions on Goal difference. For Tamworth F.C. only a win would be helpful unless both Barnet also failed to win but that seemed an impossibility as they were home against Relegation candidates Bromley. Thankfully for me, the team did not make it a stressful last day as we played much better and eventually it was a case of breaching the castle which did not look doubtful as we ended 0-2 winners away from home which brought to close an exciting season to a jubilant end. We set a new Vanarama National League record as we ended the season with most points in history at 99 points. The Emirates FA Cup: Reach First Round| Reached Fourth Round got knocked out by Tottenham Spurs A good cup run is so very important for financial survival for a small team like ours the squad probably understands that because while we are doing great in the league the cup ties saw them bring an altogether another gear. After pushing aside National League North Team Chester with ease in the 4th qualifying round we faced three EFL League One teams in the next 3 rounds. First up was a televised match at home against AFC Wimbledon we dominated the possession and while our defence was not the greatest their defence was even more shambolic so it was a question of who took the advantage of the situation, the match ended us as 2-1 winners. The next match away at MK Dons had us in the early lead through David Olaoye, however, we went into halftime at 1-1, the team came into the second half firing all cylinders and put their nose ahead again before being pegged back right from the restart. The game was heading towards a draw before a brilliant piece of run from David Olaoye saw Gerry McDonagh tap in the winning goal in injury time. The 3rd round match against Burton Albion away was a match of clinical finishing and determined defending as despite having only 36% possession the opposition was ineffectual in the final third, their only goal coming because of a missed interception of Adam Curry as we finished 1-3 winners thanks to brilliant performance of midfielder Alex Perry who grabbed a brace. The fourth round had us line up away against Tottenham Spurs, we expected to lose the game and we defied no expectations as we were played off the field by the eventual semi-finalists. Despite having almost equal possession we could not make any inroads and every time they won the possession back it was a question of will they miss or will they score. The only player to come back with his head held high was the goalkeeper Henrich Ravas without whom we could have ended up losing by double-digit, as he single-handedly denied them 12 times despite conceding 4 goals. Though this was not a televised match the matchday income was a huge boost as we nearly got a million euros in the bank, helping us stay afloat and end the season in positive financially. The Buildbase FA Trophy: Reach Second Round| Winner The FA Trophy run was pretty much a breeze as we won with easy against Telford United (3-1), Stalybridge Celtic (1-2), Aldershot Town (2-1), FC United (1-2) before we faced Wrexham in the Semi Final. The first leg away was a dreary affair as none of the team could break the impasse and I was disappointed we did not come away with an away goal. The second leg at home was an open-ended game as both teams tested each other with Wrexham getting the opening goal before two quick goals before half-time saw us head into the break at 2-1. The restart was an end to end affair as both teams kept testing the goalkeepers with January signing Jerry Yates scored a poachers' goal to put us in a commanding position, however minutes later a stupid mistake by Charlie Oliver saw us concede a penalty. The last 25 minutes was the most nerve-racking moments I have had yet in this career as Wrexham threw the kitchen sink along with the kitchen at us while we defended for our dear lives eventually holding out for a 3-2 win. The final had us drawn against Hartlepool United one of the only two teams who successfully did the double on us in the league. The defence put on a defending masterclass in the final as we shut out the opposition players, Hartlepool United never had possession that threatened us and could never break the defence to get into the box. One goal each in each half was enough for us to win the match 2-0 and be crowned the FA Trophy Champions. Player Performances Of the last season squad, only 3 players made the step up and held their places in the first team with the rest all falling down the pecking order. Akwasi Asante started the season in the same form he ended it last season as he finished the season with 16 goals and would have scored many more had he not been dethroned by January signing Jerry Yates. Yates had a brilliant season as he scored 16 goals in 16 League matches and still finished the season in the top 20 goalscorers of the league with one goal coming every 87.50 minutes. The wingers were a potent force as the toyed and tore apart most defences, David Olaoye racked up 16 goals and 17 assists on his way to claiming the National League Player of the year as well as Club end of the season player of the year award. Will Randall gave him equal competition as both tried to outplay each other every week, he ended the season with 11 goals and 18 assists as he set a club record most assists in a season beating the record set the previous season by 1 assist. The defensive duo of Charlie Oliver and Adam Curry formed a rock solid partnership at the back with both of them winning about 9 headers per 90 minutes while leading the charts in interceptions per 90 as well. Behind them was the towering presence of Henrich Ravas who ended the season with 15 clean sheets and ahead of them was wrecking ball in the form of Adam Perry who flourished in the midfield as a Ball Winning Midfielder, winning a staggering 267 tackles which was more than combined total of the next 5 players with most tackles won in the squad. Dominic Bernard was an important cog in the wheel for me and had an impressive season and it says a lot for the squad that despite such an impressive performance he did not figure in the Fans' player of the season award. Bernard ended the season with an impressive 11 assists from the back as well as nearly topping the charts for his passing stats. Last season club captain Aaron Crabtree found it tough to crack in the national league as he had a disappointing season, the ever-present defender of last season barely made 3 appearances all season. Similarly, it was a disappointing season for the player of the season from previous season Jay Mingi. Only Mason Jones-Thomas and Joe Anderson made a convincing step up to the higher league. Anderson constantly gave competition to Bernard making a credible 21 appearances in the season. Meanwhile last year long shot hero Jones-Thomas continued with his exploits as he finished the season with 8 goals and 2 assists in only 18(6) appearances. Defensive Statistics Playmaking Statistics Goalscoring Statistics Academy Player Performances First-year graduate Dave Gilchrist found it difficult to step up to the National league as he featured only thrice doing well. Mentoring has been helpful in bringing a change in his personality as he lost his unambitious tag. The second-year youth intake was rubbish except for one player, Jon Osman who looked impressive from the very first day and was immediately brought into the first team squad after signing. Days later he made his debut becoming the youngest player for the club as well as in the league. He started in his second match a week later to score his first goal for Tamworth against Halifax Town. He also became the youngest player in the FA Trophy when he started against Wrexham in the semi-final first leg 4 days later. Miscellaneous Updates Top Goalscorers: Jerry Yates (19) | Akwasi Asante (16) | David Olaoye (16) Top Assists: Will Randall (18) | David Olaoye (17) | Aaron Smith (11) | Dominic Bernard (11) Retirements at the Club: None Next season will see us compete in the League 2 and accordingly, we have gained Professional status as well as an expansion of a stadium by 1,750 seats. While the stadium expansion goes on we are moving to the 10,989 seater Banks' Stadium. With the new chairman settling in, he is not as willing to grant me requests so except for a few staff increases all my requests got denied. We did quite well in terms of injuries with only 20 injuries in the entire season with only 3 long injury layoffs. Also, yours truly ended up winning the Vanarama National League Manager of the Year. During the course of the season, I also breached the 100 games in management as I finished the season with Continental C licence. Next Season The 2021-22 season will see us compete in the EFL League Two, hopefully, we can avoid relegation. With a lot of the current squad on a two-year part-time contract which will need to be upgraded to full time, I don't see a massive overhaul of the squad possible this season. We would do well to bring in few quality players in who can stick around longer even when we win promotion. Over last two season, the squad has had a lack of sufficient Influential players and absolutely no team leaders and I hope I can get in players to fill those gaps. Around the World Manager favourite Reading FC started the season brilliantly to claim the top spot early on in the season before mid-season slump having an effect on their final standing. However, they recovered well in the second half of the season to finish 2nd and winning promotion. Tottenham Spurs, Real Madrid, Paris SG, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Ajax, KAA Gent won their respective leagues. Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League and Tottenham Spurs winning the UEFA Europa League. France became the European Champions 2020. India is ranked 104th in the world dropping from last year high of 96. @Warhawk
  11. Made no such difference on either of my two saves, with Tamworth or Utrecht. Coincidence
  12. @grungeandgaze Mate you might want to mention the league you are in or at least leave that in the screenshots, took me to two readings to figure out you won promotion to National League. Good luck on your next season.
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