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  1. 2 October, 2017

    We're the last team out of the hat for the Welsh Cup Third Round, and we're drawn away to Cymru Alliance side Rhayader. The board expect a run to the semifinal.

    Saturday, 7 October, 2017

    Bangor City 3-1 Newtown (Premier League)

    Surely a home match against a side hovering above the relegation zone is what the doctor ordered? Well, all our fireworks came in about a 10-minute span. Sion Edwards got us on the board in the 44th minute when he cut inside to the top corner (goalkeeper's right) of the 6-yard box with the ball before firing it inside the far post from a tough angle. We doubled our advantage in the 48th minute when Yora Enzam turned with the ball and saw Iwan Ainsworth streaking in between the center backs; Ainsworth saw the goalkeeper cheating the wrong way and beat him near post (ending a 10-hour goal drought). We then put the game away in the 52nd minute when the Newtown goalkeeper flapped at a cross and left it for Enzam to tap home. We were unable to hold the clean sheet though, as our defenders decided the job was finished; a horrific square ball from a free kick near midfield was intercepted by a Newtown attacker who left our team trailing in his wake all the way down the pitch before easily beating our goalkeeper one-on-one. Ended up having to make a double substitution with 15 minutes left to get the complacent ******* off the pitch, before having a quiet word with them in the changing room after the match.

    Friday, 13 October, 2017

    Aberystwyth 1-3 Bangor City (Premier League)

    Another tough ask against a team near the top of the table, and who have several players my scouts rate very highly (prompting me to take a closer look at them). They run a 4-3-3 narrow, so I tried to devise a 4-1-2-2-1 to counter it, though I had to call a 16-year-old out of the U19s because he's our only AMR. Anyway, things were looking good in the 13th minute when our right back Rhodri O'Toole got forward and whipped in a cross for Yora Enzam to beat two defenders and tap home. The game remained tight until the 74th minute when we got a second effort from a corner that Damien Allen headed in. Aberystwyth pulled one back in a lucky manner when they hit the bar in the 83rd minute, only for it to rebound straight to one of their players in an advanced position to shoot far post. But we sealed the deal in the 89th minute when Noah Edwards (who'd come off the bench in place of the 16-year-old AMR) received a lay-off at the top (goalkeeper's left) corner of the 6-yard box and cooly slotted it far post.

    Friday, 20 October, 2017

    Bangor City 3-0 Prestatyn (Premier League)

    Just as dominant as it looks. We took the 16th minute when Damien Allen caught up to the ball near the end line and crossed to Sion Edwards cutting inside for the goal. We doubled our advantage 3 minutes when left back Matty McGinn (signed to be cover but getting a run in the first team recently) expertly dispatch a free kick into the top corner; 2 inches higher and it would have smacked the crossbar. McGinn did get whistled for a penalty in the 68th minute, but it was missed wide right. We put the match to bed in the 87th minute with Iwan Ainsworth crossing to Allen for a placed shot from a tough angle.

    Saturday, 28 October, 2017

    Port Talbot 1-0 Bangor City (Premier League)

    Another match against a team at the wrong end of the table. We made a lovely bit of pass-and-move in the 9th minute, only to hit the post. That came back to bite us in the 29th minute when Port Talbot breached our center backs for a thundering effort from close-range. We huffed and puffed but couldn't find the equalizer, having an 80th minute goal disallowed for offside, and seeing another chance in the 82nd minute hit the crossbar.

    Tuesday, 31 October, 2017

    Connah's Quay 0-2 Bangor City (Premier League)

    Connah's Quay get an extra day off in the run-up to this match. A dire first half ensued from both sides, with us needing our goalkeeper to make a kick save (AND A BEAUTY!) to keep it scoreless shortly before halftime. I called out a couple of players and it got them fired up. We went ahead in the 62nd minute when Sion Edward's shot from the left side was parried, only for Damien Allen to come tearing in from the right to pounce on the rebound and punish the Connah's Quay goalkeeper. We got some insurance in the 73rd minute when we got a second crack at a corner, Iwan Ainsworth nestling his flying header into the upper 90.

    I end up 3rd in Manager of the Month voting, despite having a better win ratio (by virtue of having an extra match in the month over the Airbus and Llandudno managers)

    Our DCR Leon Clowes and Damien Allen are named to the Team of the Month.


    Well I would have liked to run the table, but 12 points from 15 is still a pretty good haul.

    No surprise to see TNS pulling away, but Airbus are giving them a good run at the moment. It's still pretty tight in midtable, but arguably our toughest fixtures (trips to TNS, Aberystwyth and Bala) are out of the way. Port Talbot as well, given that they were predicted to finish 4th.

    Cefn Druids are looking dead and buried, and they've already sacked their manager.

  2. Had to replay the first two matches (had won both of them) because of a crash. :mad:

    Saturday, 2 Sept. 2017

    Airbus UK 0-4 Bangor City (Premier League)

    A narrow game at halftime (0-1) turned into a rout as we extended the lead in the 46th, 77th and 87th minutes.

    Sunday, 10 Sept. 2017

    Bangor City 2-0 Pen-y-Bont (Premier League)

    Two goals in the first half and despite some wayward shooting on our part we were never really threatened.

    Saturday, 16 Sept. 2017

    Bangor City 1-3 Llandudno (Premier League)

    Never really in the races in this one. We were down 0-2 inside of 30 minutes, managed to pull one back straight away. But we couldn't find an equalizer and then gave up a bad goal late on as we were chasing the game.

    Saturday, 23 Sept. 2017

    TNS 2-0 Bangor City (Premier League)

    We've lost our last 5 meetings with TNS, but we're catching them having played a cup match in midweek. But we had no answer for their narrow 4-2-3-1 and we were chasing shadows all day long. Not helped by our forward Alex Darlington pulling up lame with shin splints. He's out 3 to 4 months.

    Friday, 29 Sept. 2017

    Bala 3-0 Bangor City (Premier League)

    Things don't get any easier, as we followed an away trip to the leader with an away trip to the 2nd placed side. We had a great opportunity early that we did nothing with and were duly punished a few minutes later. We got into halftime down only 1-0, I gave a good talk that motivated several players ... and then our defense got torn apart twice in the 51st and 54th minutes.


    So that was a bit ****. I can understand the losses to TNS and Bala, but our effort against Llandudno was lacking in any spark. Our 4-4-2 clearly doesn't work against the narrow 4-2-3-1 that TNS and Bala run, so I'll have to come up with something to counter that in the return leg.

    We'll need to step it up if we want to be in the top half (which the board expects, and the media has us down for 3rd) when the league splits.

  3. Thursday, 10 Aug. 2017

    Bangor City 0-1 Barry (theWord Cup, First Round)

    So our first "competitive" match is a tinpot cup the board says is not important. Against a team that smacked us in a friendly a week earlier. And sure enough we fall behind in the first minute and despite a bunch of huffing and puffing we're unable to get back onto level terms. So here we go again.

    Saturday, 19 Aug. 2017

    Bangor City 0-0 Connah's Quay (Premier League)

    So a new season and me still trying to achieve some kind of managerial competence. And neither one of us could hit the broadside of a barn with a howitzer: We took 8 shots and got 1 on target; Connah's Quay took 15 and got 3 on target.

    20 August, 2017

    Catch the excitement!


    23 August, 2017

    Young DM/MC Gavin Whitmore gets called up to the Wales U19s.

    Saturday, 26 Aug. 2017

    Cefn Druids 2-4 Bangor City (Premier League)

    Twice we took the lead. Twice we were pulled back. But new signing Alex Darlington came off the bench to grab the full 3 points for us through his brace.


    Still early days, but at least I've got a win already. Seeing the few first matches had me thinking I should give up and go back to FM 15.

  4. Third time lucky?




    So I did have clubs will to take a chance on me. I first chanced my arm with Queens University Belfast, just relegated to the bottom tier in Northern Ireland. They offered me the job, but I opted against it. About a month later, I had successful interviews with Stenhousemuir and Cove Rangers in Scotland. But when I saw the Bangor City job pop up, that was the one I wanted. Plus Stenhousemuir wanted me to win the division, and Cove Rangers wanted to avoid a relegation struggle their first season in the SPFL. Both offered more money, but I decided Bangor was the place to go.

    Now, to see if I can actually get this group of no-hopers to do anything. They finished 3rd last season after 9th and 10th placed finishes, and they're expecting a top-half finish. They're in a little bit of a barren spell at the moment, with their last trophy being the 2010-11 WPL title.

    Welsh football overall is in a pretty sorry state at the moment. All 3 Europa League sides (Bala, Connahs Quay, Port Talbot) crashed out at the first hurdle in embarrassing fashion. Connahs Quay lost 4-1 on aggregate to FK Jerv from Norway, Bala lost 5-0 to Vardar from Macedonia, and Port Talbot was humiliated 7-0 by Zrinjsi Mostar from Bosnia. TNS at least got through the first qualifying round for the Champions League, by beating a side from Gibraltar, but they're down 2-0 to Maribor in the second qualifying round heading into the away leg.

  5. Probably time for a change of scenario, no? Across to Europe? Or have you thought of trying different tactics?

    Probably. I thought about applying for some of the vacant jobs at various Scottish semi-pro clubs but didn't. Figured I'd wait until the seasons start winding down in Europe.

    Even though clubs in Singapore and Hong Kong have low reputations, they are fully professional. So I dunno if my combination of No Badges + Sunday League Player means they're not listening to me (I had a couple of players in Singapore where my assistant said they were having trouble motivating themselves for a manager of my stature, but I didn't have such messages in Hong Kong). So I'm strongly considering dropping down to a semi-pro club.

    If I do go, I'll probably adopt a bog standard 4-4-2 instead of my favored formations which tend to have only 1 up front, or as I did late in my Pegasus run using wingbacks to get forward to provide width.

  6. That depends if you think anybody going to hire a dude who's won 5 of 48 matches in charge, across two clubs. :D

    So this is me now:


    I still don't have any coaching badges, but here's what my on-the-job training has accomplished:

    Attacking	1	7 (+6)
    Defending	1	6 (+5)
    Fitness		5	5 (--)
    Goalkeepers	4	5 (+1)
    Tactical	1	4 (+3)
    Technique	1	6 (+4)
    Mental		1	7 (+6)
    Working w/Youth	1	1 (--)
    Adaptability	7	7 (--)
    Determination	3	5 (+2)
    Player Know.	1	3 (+2)
    Youngest Know.	1	4 (+3)
    Level of Dis.	3	3 (--)
    Man Management	3	6 (+3)
    Motivating	3	6 (+3)

  7. Saturday, 14 Jan., 2017

    Pegasus 1-1 Rangers (Premier League)

    Some injury issues meant I had to scratch together a squad. Our goal was an own goal, due to some calamity defending from Rangers: Our right wingback sent in a cross that two Rangers defenders went after; one of them made a sliding attempt that ended up with the ball trickling over their line. Thought we were going to get a win, only for a thumping header 6 minutes from time to pull us back to level terms.

    15 January, 2017

    Yay! We get 0.5% of a $53,000 transfer fee for a random Brazilian moving clubs.

    Wednesday, 18 Jan. 2017

    Southern District p0-0 Pegasus (League Cup 2nd Stage)

    Southern District win 5-4 on penalties

    With another match coming 3 days later, I called in a bunch of reserve players. We were on the back foot most of the night but the match went extra time and penalties. We briefly seized the advantage when Southern District's fourth kick was saved, but so was ours. And the fifth round went against us.

    Saturday, 21 Jan. 2017

    Pegasus 1-2 Eastern (Sapling Cup)

    I decided to bring up most of our few U18 players for this one. They actually performed pretty well, given that it looked like Eastern was playing quite a few first-teamers.

    Saturday, 28 January, 2017

    The transfer window is shut.

    I took a gamble on Shen Tianfeng, a 22-year-old AMC/ST from Renhe in the Chinese Super League. I don't think his attributes are particularly good, but our coaches rate him as 4 stars. Then we tried shoring up the back a bit with Sun Zheng'ao, also 22, a DC/DR from Super League side Hangzhou. He hasn't played a senior match for them, but does have 37 matches of Jia League experience from two loan stints. Both players are with us on loan through the end of the season.

    I wanted to bring back Sun Jiawei, but as I said he decided that we were too wee for him. He did end up signing a deal with Super League side Huaxia Xingfu. And is valued at $400K. So maybe it was too much to hope he'd make a permanent move to us.

    Sunday, 29 Jan. 2017

    Yuen Long 1-0 Pegasus (Premier League)

    First of back-to-back matches at Yuen Long, as we've been drawn against them in the FA Cup First Round. It's a mammoth game for us, as they beat Citizen a couple weeks ago to leave us 4 points adrift of safety (but with 2 games in hand over Citizen). So I go for attack, and a 4-2-3-1 since Yuen Long are going 4-5-1. They edge the first half, and we need to clear a shot off the line, but we get into halftime still 0-0. But then they score an uncontested header off a corner, and we're done.

    After the match, the board demand a meeting. I refuse to attend, so they sack me.

  8. So just as I've figured out a system, Sun Jiawei's loan ends and he returns to Shenhua. Contract expires the next day and Shenhua release him. I try to sign him to a contract and he says "Naw, this club is too wee." (or whatever the Chinese equivalent is). :thdn:

    How much you want to bet he doesn't sign with anyone, and retires in a few months at age 20?

  9. 3 November, 2016

    14 of our players are called up for international duty. Fong Pak Lun, Wong Wai and Leung Nok Hang are called into the senior side, 4 (including one player currently out on loan) are called into the U20s, and the remaining 7 get callups to the U19s.

    And another 2 get late invites into the India U20s.

    Saturday, 5 Nov., 2016

    Pegasus 0-1 Citizen (Premier League)

    This save is getting beyond ridiculous now. Spurned an excellent chance in the first half and went into halftime scoreless. Then I arsed up my teamtalk and in the 53rd minute Citizen got forward, sent in a low cross in front of our keeper that found a Citizen attacker who beat our left back and that was it. And we're dumped into the relegation zone.

    Sunday, 20 Nov., 2016

    Pegasus 1-2 Kitchee (League Cup)

    So maybe it's me. Maybe I've been asking too much of players at this level. And since the board doesn't care about this competition, I have room to experiment. So I decide to change things around and go with 2 up front in a 5-3-2. We fell behind, but got back on level terms when Sun Jiawei finally opened his scoring account for us, off a cross from our WBL. We look a bit disjointed at times, but other times we play some pretty football. And hell, it's not like the 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-2-2-1 have worked, so I'll stick with this for a while.

    Saturday, 3 Dec., 2016

    Hong Kong FC 0-2 Pegasus (League Cup)


    Our loaned-in WBL Yin Guangjun sets up goals in both halves, finding Wong Wai in the 29th minute for an uncontested half-volley from the top of the 6-yard box. And in the 77th minute, he sets up subbed-on forward Lau Cheuk Hin in similar fashion (though Lau's shot was more from the penalty spot). Interestingly, both moves started off of throw-ins. Hang your heads in shame, HKFC. You just lost to the worst manager on the planet.

    Tuesday, 6 Dec., 2016

    South China 1-1 Pegasus (Premier League)

    Oh. Yeah. Them. We're 10-1 underdogs to start the match (even the draw is 5-1). But instead I'm having thoughts of a winning streak when Wong Wai plays Sun Jiawei through in the 4th minute for a placed shot. South China get back on level terms in the 11th minute from a corner. And then it was all hands on deck, as South China fire 26 shots, 8 of them on target, to our 8-4. But we managed to hang on and come away with a credible draw.

    Tuesday, 13 Dec., 2016

    Hong Kong FC 2-1 Pegasus (Premier League)

    Unfriggingbelievable. We go up in the 5th minute When Wong Wai splits the HKFC defense and gets on the end of a cross from our WBR. But HKFC equalize in the 13th minute from a rocket from 30 yards out that hits the underside of the bar, bounces out, hits the plastic pitch at our goalkeeper's back and bounces in. They take the lead in the 74th minute off a cross their forward heads in at the near post despite having two of our defenders jump with him. We should have come away with a draw in the 85th minute when Chan Chun Lok (on for an injured Wong Wai) hits the post, goes in for the follow-up at the goalkeeper's feet, and ... RUNS RIGHT OVER THE BALL. What. The. ****.

    Turns out Wong Wai has torn his hamstring. Out 3 to 4 months.

    Saturday, 18 Dec., 2016

    South China 1-3 Pegasus (Sapling Cup)

    Yeah, it's a tinpot cup but we need wins from anywhere to help build up our confidence and morale. So to come from behind after going down in the 7th minute (with backup forward Lau Cheuk Hin scoring a brace) against a club like South China is a huge, huge boost to us (and to me)


    Well we're in the mire now, but for the first time in a long time in this save I actually have a bit of hope now. The switch to the 5-3-2 seems to have paid major dividends for us with Yin Guangjun especially seeming to really take to this new wingback role, bombing forward and launching crosses into the penalty area. We don't have all the personnel to play this, so I'll definitely have to keep my eyes open with the transfer window opening now.

    We just need to transfer some of these good performances to league action.

  10. Saturday, 1 Oct., 2016

    Southern District 2-2 Pegasus (Senior Challenge Shield Quarterfinal)

    Southern win 4-3 on penalties

    Looked like it was going to be our day when AML Lo Kong Wai put us in front in the 2nd minute. But Southern were able to run past our back line and hit us for goals in the 35th and 38th minutes. A couple tactical tweaks at halftime and through the second half managed to get us back onto level terms in the 72nd minute through Wong Wai's effort from the subs bench (it's also our first goal of the year from a striker). We tired in the extra time but were still able to keep Southern off the board and forced it to penalties. Unfortunately our first effort was saved, and our fifth rattled off the crossbar. Of particular note, our 21-year-old center back Leung Nok Hang made an incredible 17 interceptions.

    18 Oct. 2016

    Lost maybe my best coach. But the board thinks I have too many, so there's that.


    Thursday, 20 Oct., 2016

    Pegasus 1-3 Eastern (Premier League)

    Managed to get back onto level terms, but Eastern were just too good for us. Their third goal came late when we were pushing forward to find another equalizer.

    Wednesday, 26 Oct. 2016

    Pegasus 0-0 Metro Gallery (Sapling Cup, Group B)

    The board doesn't care about this competition, so I used the match as an opportunity to give some backup players a runout.

    Saturday, 29 Oct., 2016

    Metro Gallery 0-0 Pegasus (Premier League)

    Had chances but couldn't finish them. We had a goalmouth scramble late on but couldn't do anything with it.


    Still searching for a win.

  11. The transfer window has slammed shut.


    The window reopens in January, but I opted to try to solve our striker problem right now.



    Sun Jiawei is a product of the Shenhua youth system and has a handful of appearances with the senior team. They haven't been great though: He has a 6.03 rating in 3 appearences this season, and a 6.3 rating in his only senior team match in 2015. All of them have been off the bench though.

    It's a short-term loan, as his Shenhua contract expires at the end of the calendar year. Consider it an extended trial then.

  12. Saturday, 10 Sept., 2016

    Pegasus 1-1 Kitchee (Premier League)

    The season got off to a bad start before we even kicked a ball in anger when Lau Cheuk Hin (who I'd penciled into the AMC role) tore a groin muscle in training. We were second best through most of the first half, but managed to take the lead in the 40th minute. We were pulled back almost immediately though, and while the second half was more even we still needed a couple of good saves by our goalkeeper to come away with the draw. This was a "THE GAME IS RIGGED! SORT IT OUT SI!" match, only in our favor: Kitchee took 21 shots, 7 of them on target; we took 3 shots and got only the 1 on target.

    Saturday 17 Sept., 2016

    Rangers 1-1 Pegasus (Premier League)

    Should have come away with all the points today. Was all set to criticize our 17-year-old DMC Lee Tsz Ting for not getting the ball forward quick enough, only for him to fire into the back of the net from 35 yards on 20 minutes. But just as I thought I'd see my first win as a manager in quite a long time, Rangers equalized in the 90th minute.

    19 Sept., 2016

    We're drawn against either South China or Southern District in the Senior Challenge Shield Quarter Final.

    (Southern Shield win 0-3, so we get them)

    Friday, 23 Sept. 2016

    Pegasus 0-0 Yuen Long (Premier League)

    Made a few changes in the starting XI; two players who'd looked "complacent" in the Rangers match found themselves riding the pine, as did a forward who just wasn't doing very well. A dire first half was the result, with no highlights until the 38th minute. The second half was better, and we were denied by the post in the 75th minute, but we couldn't get the win.

    28, Sept. 2016

    We end up with 15 players called into international duty: 2 for the full Hong Kong team, 2 for the India U20s, and the remainder with the Hong Kong U20s or Hong Kong U19s


    So not the most exciting start, but at least we haven't lost. As near as I can tell, our biggest need is up front. We've scored only 2 goals, and both have come from midfielders.

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