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  1. South Shields FC 2020-21 Season League Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Competitions | Records | Manager Profile Fixtures 1 | 2| 3 We were predicted to finish in the lower half of the table more closer to Relegation than top. I was myself aiming for top half finish but did not really have a great pre-season as though I got in tons of players in for trial lot of the first choice players got weaned away by other teams. The first two months we lost only 4 out of 18 matches as we romped to the top spots but then started our wobbly phase as my main strikers failed to hit goals on a consistent basis. Got in a loan striker Ewan Bange who sort of hit the ground running but till the year end we had a very up and down season. Though that was not even the worst as turn of the season all my strikers went missing as we went on a run of no wins in Jan and Feb. To make things worst, my chairman decided to accept a stupidly low priced transfer bid for my best potential U-18 striker who had a decent run in the first team and had scored 5 goals as well. I protested it successfully but last day of Winter transfer Window he accepted another offer which was the most ridiculous one! Dale Freeman-Hudson was market value as 36k and I had already rejected transfer of 80k+, my chairman accepted a 14k offer! To get out of my bad run which had us drop out of playoff spots and down in 10th, I started tinkering my tactics continually and somehow started cobbling wins as we went undefeated for the remaining season winning all our matches. We ended the season in 5th place getting us into playoffs which we sort of laboured our way through. The final against Darlington was a one I knew going to be one of most demanding matches as we could barely get going against them in 2 matches in leagues. Somehow we hung on for the entire matches and were the better side actually missing out on two clear chances before we won it on Penalties! In the cups made it to the first round of the FA Cup and 2nd round of the FA Trophy. The board has announced a stadium expansion of 1000 seats. Players Stats Next Season The aim is to stay way clear of any relegation battle and for that need to make sure I have a much better defence and hopefully get a good striker!
  2. Had got a supposedly good bunch coming through maybe the Golden Generation but electricity went off and the game was saved few days before that! Was really looking forward to the full-backs, mine have struggled bad this season! But now does not look like its going to be that great! :/
  3. Not a bad start to the season, struggling with the right tactics but last few matches we have seemed to hit a stride. 2nd in the league after 18 games.
  4. Hope you are streaming a few of these! - ITheMadHatter
  5. After much contemplating I have decided to take on South Shields to show them the glories of Europe!
  6. Thanks @Christopher Lewis! Hoping it turns out as close to as possible if not at least ISL should be within the game instead of I-League or have it run parallel as been happening the past few years!
  7. Already reported this in database sub forum
  8. First season with Reading FC, 29th Feb I get a news item about Reading enjoying life with my assistant manager. To get through the the season quickly I have holidayed nearly half of the matches in the season with my assistant taking control, though I would holiday only on before match and return before day end. Does not matter if assistant manager took control the news item should not appear as it is me who is managing it overall. That is why the same news item for my manager man came a lot later in the season as well.
  9. Going to do this for the 4th consecutive year and 8th overall!!! This time I am going to go for FC United though they have rep on the higher side, I cannot not play them as it will make an interesting story when they are in same league as Man Utd!! Will start on full release.
  10. The current set League structure is not the correct one and Indian Super League has no representation in game. The Roadmap proposal summary https://www.indiansuperleague.com/news/new-roadmap-for-indian-football-proposes-hero-isl-as-premier-league The Roadmap approved and applicable from 2019-20 Season https://sportstar.thehindu.com/football/afc-executive-committee-isl-top-league-i-league-indian-football/article29807101.ece Further explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMQ0Q32Svsw
  11. Ovie Ejaria contract with Reading FC on game is a loan. However IRL he joined on loan with transfer being made permanent at the end of the season which is missing. https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/359739-ovie-ejaria-liverpool-reading-move-confirmed
  12. Tamworth F.C. Season Update 2029-2030 Quick Update as of February 12th I finished the challenge. However, lack of time and workload I have not been able to post any update. I shall remedy that over the next few weeks but in the meantime, here is a small teaser!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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