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  1. Basingstoke Town Season Update 21/22 League One Position 3rd Squad - Table - Graph - Cups - Injuries - Transfers - Finances - Profile - Manager Stats - Confidence Review - Season Review - Sponsors - Basingstoke Awards A fine season with a very pleasing 3rd place. We were in the top all through the season, even had 1 week in first place! In the playoffs we started away vs Sheffield Utd and put ourselves in a great position with a 2-1 win. At home we followed through and won 1-0 placing us against Colchester, who we had struggled with in previous matches. In the final this was no different, and we lost 3-0. Worst part of this season was the chairman selling several of our key players. Granted it was a much needed income, which again led to investments in the facilities. Still frustrating to loose potential great players like: Aziz, Most interesting part was the boards decision to look for a potential place to build a new stadium. The cups were all in all pleasing. Went to the 5th rnd in the FA where Swansea beat us 2-1 (and we even missed a penalty). In the ELF Cup we lost in second rnd to Liverpool and finally managed to get to the semi finals in ELF Trophy, where we lost on penalties vs Southend, after 3-3 in ordinary time. This was the hardest one to swallow, as we had 2 penalties scored against us in ordinary time. Many players performed really well, but as always a few are worth mentioning: DR Tyler Parker (previously at Man Utd) looks promising and had a good season. DL Rhys Holt (another Man Utd reject) Have high hopes for this one. DC Glen Dyer (previously Arsenal) Was only meant to be a back up, but he proved to be a great signing. MC David Parkinson Would have loved to keep him, but some bigger teams were constantly trying to poach him, luckily I got the best out of it with a sale to Swansea and a loan back for the season. SC Rico Harte Had a good season and am currently retraining him to inside forward. His stats are interesting. Wouldn't mind, if someone bought him for his release clauses though! AML Kazaiah Sterling (previously Tottenham) was intended as SC, but has played well and scored quite a few goals from the inside forward position. AMR Drey Wright had another amazing season, but also had a few annoying injuries. The finances are looking good for now, unfortunately the L1 restrictions has limited a few interesting signings. such as Theo Walcott, whom was "only" 3k short on wages to sign. Did have quite a few injuries and some quite long. This is the only pleasing bit about constantly having a too large squad Season League Position FA EFL EFLT Euro Cups Achievements 21/22 L1 3rd 5th rnd 2nd rnd Semi Final NA Playoffs 20/21 L2 2nd 4th rnd 1st rnd Final NA Promoted 19/20 VNL 1st 1st rnd NA 3d rnd NA Promoted 18/19 NLS 1st 2nd rnd NA Semi Final NA Promoted 17/18 NLS 8th 4th Ql NA 1st rnd NA None
  2. Basingstoke Town Season Update 20/21 League Two Position 2nd Squad - Table - Graph - Cups - Transfers - Injuries - Finances - Profile - Manager Stats - Confidence Review - Season Review - Sponsors - Basingstoke Awards Wanted to try a different approach in terms of tactics this season. Started with a 4-4-2, but that didn't have the desired effect and a couple of months into the season I reverted to 4-2-3-1. That really improved the performance, and we slowly crawled towards the top of the table. Come end of the season we had the promotion with a game ahead, and on the last match day we were play Covenry away, who was in 3rd position. A 1-0 win saw us secure the position, as unfortunately AFC Wimbledon also managed to win their last game. Cups were a mixed joy with exiting in the first round in the EFL Cup. 4th round was the exit point in the FA Cup, where CH Ipswich beat us 3-2 away. The EFL Trophy was a joy. We went all the way to the finals, where Man Utd 23s beat us 2-0. Only a few players will be mentioned this time. GK Jonathan Flatt proved to be a beast in goal. 14 CLN in 46 games. AMR Alan Kilday a new signing from Rangers has great stats and I hope we can keep him for some time. AML Drey Wright was brilliant with 11 goals and 12 assists in 43 matches. SC Rico Harte was our top scorer with 19 goals in 31 matches. As per usual I ended up signing way more players than needed, which had an impact on finances, but still a few of them looks really promising. For next season the goal is to only sign players, whose CA is atleast the same as the position they could replace! Season League Position FA EFL EFLT Euro Cups Achievements 20/21 L2 2nd 4th rnd 1st rnd Final NA Promoted 19/20 VNL 1st 1st rnd NA 3d rnd NA Promoted 18/19 NLS 1st 2nd rnd NA Semi Final NA Promoted 17/18 NLS 8th 4th Ql NA 1st rnd NA None
  3. Basingstoke Town Season Update 2019-20 Vanarama National League Position 1st Squad - Table - Graph - Transfers - Injuries - Finances - Profile - Manager Stats - Confidence Review - Season Review - Basingstoke Awards A season which went much better than expected by winning the league on the very last match day, 1 point ahead of Boreham Wood. Going into the last game, we had to play number 17 Bishop's Stortford at home. Boreham Wood were also playing at home, vs number 24 Torquay whom had conceded 100 goals. We pulled our end of the bargain being up 1-0 at half time. Boreham was leading by 2-1 at halftime. Was expecting the dreaded playoffs, but with some magic fairy dust, Torquay started to play football and turned 2-1 to 2-3 with goals scored in the 82nd and 86th minute, putting us just above Boreham. Wasn't expecting to get promoted. A change of running 3 tactics and using assmans suggestions on vulnerability worked really well. The Cups could easily have gone better. In the FA we faced Coventry in the 1st round and lost 0-2 home. FAT was also a 0-2 loss to Dulwich Hamlet, making them get one back on us from last season. A few new signing turned out to be great. Aaron Martin was a great asset in the defense. John Robertson was played as DL and made a fair amount of assists, as well as goals from free kicks. Ethan Leek was doing wonders in the midfield, during a long injury it really showed he was missing. Hugo Pierce was amazing in the attack, not only did he score 36 goals and was league top scorer, he also won player of the year. Last seasons topscorer Aaron Redford never really got it going this season. Nile Ranger, a previous L1 attacker was also only decent at best. The finances were maintained only due to an unwanted sale. Keeper William Gregory was purchased by Bristol City on a min. fee release clause, but i have no idea why they would even pay so much for him - He went on to have 4 matches in the first season for them, and was only used in the cups. You always get happy, when seeing newsfeed about a stadium expansion planned - only to become frustrated, when it's only a seat enlargement.. Season League Position FA FAT Euro Cups Achievements 19/20 VNL 1st 1st rnd 3d rnd NA Promoted 18/19 NLS 1st 2nd rnd Semi Final NA Promoted 17/18 NLS 8th 4th Qual 1st rnd NA None
  4. Basingstoke Town Season 2018/19 Position 1st Squad - Table - Graph - Transfers - Finances - Profile - Man Stats - Confidence Review - Season Review - Basingstoke Awards Great overall season finishing 1st. Was in promotion race all throughout the season, and was comfortably ahead with some points at the end of the season. 2 draws in the last 2 games did make it pretty close though. There were so many injuries this season, luckily the long durations ones didn't affect the important players. Don't recall to have seen this many injuries in any seasons of FM before. The cups were great this time around. In the FA it was a 2nd rnd exit to Forest Green, and Semi Final exit in the FAT to York. Best game of the season was FA 1st round win away vs. Dulwich Hamlet, last seasons NLS winner, and the first time we beat them. Player of the season, and captain the time around goes to Aaron Redford. One of the few players from the original squad and a former Fulham youth. The finances were slightly improved, though still in the red. 2 TV matches in the FA Cup was the reason we didn't go further down in the red. The U18 manager should get a payrise for being able to win the U18 title with the sorry youth squad there is available Season League Position FA FAT Euro Cups Achievements 17/18 NLS 8th 4th Qual 1st rnd NA None 18/19 NLS 1st 2nd rnd Semi Final NA Promoted
  5. Basingstoke Town Season Update 2017/18 National League South Position 8th Squad - Table - Graph - Transfers - Finances - Profile - Man. stats - Conf. Review - Season Review - Basingstoke Awards Short update, as there really wasn't too much exciting things happening. The Cup runs were over before they really started, with exits in 4th qual and 1st rnd. The final league position of 8th was pleasing though. Only James Difford was really worth mentioning, did a great job scoring 16 goals in 26 matches. The injuries in this season was painful though - especially the length. At one point, even lost both keepers and had to panic sign a third. Ended up overspending the budget, but the board kept adding new finances 4 times! 1st 2nd 3d 4th Am pretty content with the squad, and with a few new signings should be a good season to come. Season League Position Dom. Cups Euro Cups Achievements 17/18 NLS 8th FA: 4th qual FAT: 1st rnd NA None
  6. New year, new challenge - This time around as Bastingstoke
  7. Grays Athletic Season Summary 25-26 Premier League Final Position 5th Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awards The League: We did really well this season. We were never challenging for metal, but at the same time, we were never close to the relegation zone. Last game of the season, was in my opinion the worst game of the ones we could loose. PLaying against Newcastlle, that were in 23rd position, we had a chance to secure 5th place. But in a game, where most players apparently had gone on vacation, we lost 2-1. Luckily, Everton also lost and thus our final position was 5th. Man Utd won the league, with their first major title in 7 years. During the season, we were really blessed with not having many or long injuries, which made it possible to focus around a "key setup", also changing tactics a little and using the previously used 4-1-4-1 counter against the more challenging teams and sticking to the more conservative 4-2-4 during the rest of the games proved successful. The Cups: In the FA Cup, we did what board expected, by getting to the 5th round. We beat Leicester 1-0 in the 3rd round. The 4th round had us play Chelsea at home, and in a 6 goal game, we drew 3-3. The return game, we suprisingly pulled off a 4-2 win, before loosing to Liverpool 4-3 at Anfield in the 5th round. Capital One Cup: With a few great performances, we lifted the trophy for the second time in Grays history! Entered in the 2nd round and beat Wigan 3-0 at home. Drew Man City in the 2nd round. Had seen us exit here, but we pulled off a great 2-1 win away. 3rd round we drew hardfighting minnows Preston and won 4-1 at home. In the Qtr Final, unlucky Chelsea saw us eliminating for the second time, when we won 3-2 at home. Fearing to play Tottenham in 2 games in the Semi, we drew Stoke instead. Having a really great record vs Stoke, I had a lot of confidence it would be an easy walkover, but I was mistaken. At home we only won 1-0 and a we underperformed away and were lucky to get 1-1. In the Final at Wembley, we nailed it and beat Tottenham 4-2. The Players: Have chosen to only sign cheap players so far, as I want the finances looking pretty in black, to minimize the risk of not geting a new stadium. The keeper is doing a great job, so not seeing a reason to use money here. The defenders are young, and sometimes making costly mistakes, but overall doing a solid job and definitely worth building on. In midfield I have a luxury problem of whom to choose. The wingers do what they are supposed to. One of the attackers is amazing and the rest are sufficient. Should I choose to spend money in any department it would be an experienced defender and another great striker. Michel Dupuis GK - Isn't really progressing anymore, but has some great games and is really good on penalties. 11 clean sheets this season. Moussa Kone DC - Signed for us in 2023, but didn't get a work permit until this season. He looks really promising. Arno Schuermans DC - Bought for 3.8 mill from Club Brugge. 17 years old and can play at highest level. Amazing talent!! Peter Jarvis WBR - Yet another Man Utd reject, bought for a mere 1.2 mill. Played amazingly as WBR after the first 10'ish games. George Rabiu AML - Bought for 1.1mill from Zamalek, due to a release clause. Crazy stats. Didn't play as well as I had hoped his stats would let him, but have huge expectations for him. 32 games 11 goals and 4 assists. Rabiu also won European Golden Boy. Andrew Cunningham MC - Good solid season, on this years list, due to breaking into national team. Jaime Larrondo MC - Bought for 4.5 mill from Universidad Catálica. Having luxury problem with him and Cunningham. He has all the right stats. Adnan Januzaj AMR/L Played for Man Utd from 2010-25 before being released and signing for us. 31 games 8 goals and 7 assists. Erik Lamela AMR - Signed for 1.4mill from Zenit. I just had to have him. In my opinion, the best AMR in the game. 14 games, 1 goal and 7 assists. Eirik Mjelde SC - Signed from Juventus for 7 mill. Amazing first season with 29 goals, 7 assists in 39 games. The Club: Things are starting to look better. We are finally getting that new stadium! It was in the planning, so a total of 3 years to get it. Board has also made consecutive improvements to facilities, and we have adequate facilities atm, with improvements coming. The finances are only in the black due to TV money, as our ****** 4170 current capacity really isn't making any impact. Board also put faith in their manager, but letting me take the coaching course to the highest level. In other news: I am a sucker for well known players, and Grays can proudly present this guy as new U18 assistant manager. In other news, Tottenham is the richest club in the world. Had a player use social media to complain (well played SI games) atleast he accepted his fine! Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up 20-21 L1 8th None 4th Rnd 2nd Rnd Semi-Final 21-22 L1 1st None Semi 2nd Rnd JPT Winner 22-23 CH 3rd None 4th Rnd 4th Rnd 23-24 CH 1st None 5th Rnd Winner 24-25 PRM 8th None 4th Rnd 4th Rnd 25-26 PRM 5th None 5th Rnd Winner
  8. Grays Athletic Season Summary 24-25 Premier League Final Position 8th Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awards The League: Considering our squad vs some of the bigger teams, we did really well finishing in 8th spot. We were really close to finishing within the magic 6 top spots. With 2 games left of the season, only 3 points were separating spots 5-11. We had every chance to secure a better result, but in game 37 we lost 3-0 at home to an Aston Villa team, that we should have won against. The Cups: Both cups were a disappointment this year, exiting both in the 4th round. Capital One: Entered in the 2nd round and beat Portsmouth 2-1 away. 3rd round we beat Ipswich 3-2 home. 4th round we played against Hull, who were up 2-0 by 10 mins, we managed to draw, but lost in the shootout. FA Cup: Entered in the 3rd round and played 2-2 away vs Swindon. In an exciting return game we won in 4-3 in a poor defensive effort from both teams. In the 4th rnd we met Arsenal away. Despite expecting a heavy loss, we were up 1-0 72nd minute. Things were looking great, until Arsenal scored 2 goals in the 78th and 84th min, and secured a narrow 2-1 win. The Players: Many things didn't go as well as I had hoped for, felt forced to change tactic and changed to a 4-2-4, instead of our 4-1-2-3. That helped us score more goals, but also had more scored against us. The players worth mentioning are: Michel Dupuis GK - Wasn't at his best in many games, also doesn't seem to progress that much anymore. Hoping he will get better next season, if not, that is one of the places I need to look at. No defenders are making the list this year, they just aren't good enough. Andrew Cunningham MC - Bargain buy from Man Utd for 350k, rated star potential and have high expectations for him in the following seasons. Kenneth Simonsen SC - Played him mostly as AMR and will keep training him there. 11 goals and 12 assists in 25 games. Mark Nagy SC - Our topscorer with 19 goals and 5 assists in 26 games. Walter Romanelli SC - Everton bought im 2 seasons ago for 7.5mill and a p/x, another bargain buy at 2.8 mill. Scored 16 goals and 2 assists in 28 games. Except the keeper, i switched players around a lot to find something that would work, so only our keeper played many games, but our midfield and attack, seems pretty set now, just need to find better defenders. The Extras: Without anything resembling a trophy, the highlights of the season was board finally deciding to use some money. They wouldn't hear any talks of a new stadium, but they did eventually agree to enlarge the stadium. First by 6008 capacity and then a whooping 150 seats + undersoil heating! They also agreed to invest in our crappy facilities. Hopefully, next season will bring even more investments to the mighty grays. We did beat a 21 year old record though - For lowest attendance in the PRM....... Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up 20-21 L1 8th None 4th Rnd 2nd Rnd Semi-Final 21-22 L1 1st None Semi 2nd Rnd JPT Winner 22-23 CH 3rd None 4th Rnd 4th Rnd 23-24 CH 1st None 5th Rnd Winner 25-25 PRM 8th None 4th Rnd 4th Rnd
  9. Grays Athletic Season Summary 23-24 Championship Final Position 1st Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awards The League: We continued the great path laid in previous season and won the Championship with a few matches ahead. We kept up our fortress form at home, and the main difference from last season, was our ability to keep opponents scoring away. We didn't start with a budget worth mentioning and had to rely on free transfers, some of them turned out great, whilst others looked great, but wasn't any improvements to the current players. The staff section is huge, and does cost a lot of money, but seems worth it, when comparing to the players increasing in stats at our mediocre facilities. The Cups: The FA Cup: We entered in the 3rd round and humiliated Charlton 6-2 at home. 4th round it didn't look great as we drew Hull away, but we managed a draw, followed by a 2-1 win at home. 5th round was were our journey ended, as Newcastle beat us 3-0 at St. James Park. Capital One Cup: We had extremely lucky draws in this cup, facing only CH teams until the quarter-final and went all the way to Wembley and lifted the trophy! In the first round we beat Wycombe 3-1 home. 2nd round Scunthorpe 1-0 home. 3rd round Stoke 2-1 at home. 4th round Rotherham 1-0 away. Qtr we yet again faced Hull and won 3-1 at home in extra time. Semi-final had us play Derby, that most of the season was in the relegation zone. A 2-0 win away and 4-1 win at home. In the final we met a broken Sheffield United team and played 1-1 in normal time. In extra time it was a goal bonanza that had us holding the longest straw, in a 4-3 win. Sheffield United was later relegated, while Derby finished 16th. The Players: We only had a couple of new players that made a difference. One of them was last seasons star WBR Vladimir Guzmicky, that Southampton decided they wanted, as they used his release clause and paid 5.5 mill for him, only to use him in 8 appearances.. The noteworthy players: Michel Dupuis GK - Except a few games, he played all seasons and had 23 clean sheets in 55 games. Chancel Bengala DC - Came from Belgium 3rd division team Oostende, and played well for us. Martyn le Fondre DMC - Keeps getting better. Consistent and with amazing fitness. David Dostal MC - (previously Bohemians Czech Club) Only started to use him regularly around mid season, but the stayed first choice after that. Graham Weller AML - Looks promising still and am keen to see how he progresses. Andreas Pereira AML (previously Stoke) was battling Weller for the spot on left wing, they are both great. Rory Donnelly AMR - Did really great in some games and really disappointing in others, making his 21 games looks great. Ollie Jones AMR - Favored this over Rory due to age, he is progressing really well. Kenneth Simonsen SC - was sharing games with Nagy, cannot decide who will be best, 14 goals in 27 games. Mark Nagy SC - 18 goals in 28 games, look in writing better than Simonsen, but 6 of his goals was from an amazing double hattrick. The Extras. Finally getting into the PRM, the part I have been looking most forward to, was getting a new stadium. But alas.. I am not sure, if the chairman understands how finances and increasing those works, as he was able to use some magick trick, to postpone meeting minimum requirements? I was so excited, when getting Brendan Rodgers as assistant manager. Swansea decided they wanted him as manager, and being able to offer 14k vs their 67k was a no go, Rodgers became their manager. Beating Rodgers later in the season, brought some joy back though! The aims for next season, will be to get more home grown players, as the foreign playerbase we are using is too large in comparison. Assuming it's a matter of finances for the stadium to be built, the few players I expect to sign, will have to be of a cheap, but worthwhile standard - unless a class player wants to join naturally We were quite injiry plagued during the season, but we (luckily) didn't share the "luck" Cardiff had. Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up 20-21 L1 8th None 4th Rnd 2nd Rnd Semi-Final 21-22 L1 1st None Semi 2nd Rnd JPT Winner 22-23 CH 3rd None 4th Rnd 4th Rnd 23-24 CH 1st None 5th Rnd Winner
  10. Grays Athletic Season Summary 22-23 Championship Final Position 3 Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awards The League: Finishing the Championship in 3rd position was better than hoped for. We managed to secure quite a few points and keeping a decent goal difference, but it never felt as if we finished 3rd. We had a great season home, but mostly played abysmal away. With 5 games to go, we were actually close to the automatic promotion spot, but only getting 6 points in the last 5 games, ripped that dream apart. In the Playoff Semi, we had to play Reading, lost 2-1 away, won 1-0 home, 0-0 in extra time and going to the penalties, we lost. It really was a sweet/bitter taste it left me with. The sweetness from our overall performance, but loosing to Reading on penalties was just harsh. The Cups: The only positives from this years cups, was managing to get past 2nd round in Capital One Cup. Capital One Cup: 1st round we beat Cambridge 1-0 home. 2nd round a 6-3 away win, 3-3 normal time vs Bristol City. 3rd round 2-0 home win vs Norwich. Then defeated in 4th round by 2-1 by Stoke. FA Cup: Entered in 3rd round and beat Not. Forest 3-1 away. Played 1-1 vs Arsenal at home in 4th round and lost the replay 3-0. The Players: With loosing 2 key defender and striker last season, it was hard to find good replacements, ended up signing too many mediocre players, hoping they would turn out great, but only managed to get a few good prospects, instead of key players. Worst part was the insane amounts of long injuries we faced this season. Did manage to sign one great defender, Tornike Chkhartishvili from Georgia, but read wrong on the appeal on work permit, so now own a useless player The noteworthy players of the season: Michael Dupuis GK - Had a good season, but doubt he will be good enough for PRM when that happens. Martyn le Fondre DM - (signed from Man City for 375k) Great prospect, tireless and consistent. Pitbull DM - (previously Tottenham) Didn't need this one, but a player named Pitbull as DM, just couldn't help myself. He is english/brazilian nationality and does seem like an interesting prospect though. Rory Donnely AMR - When he wasn't injured he had an amazing season, scoring 18 goals in 25 matches. Filip Valencic AML - Was only a shadow of the last seasons, but was also injured quite a lot. 5 goals in 23 matches. Graham Weller AML - (signed from Sunderland for 110k) Will be the replacement for Valencic, looks like a great prospect. Mark Nagy SC - (previously Podbrezova) 18 goals in 28 matches. Was the closest thing to a replacement striker I could find. Nagy also won young player of the year. The Extras: The hightlight of the season, was signing Brendan Rodgers as new assman! Finances are the main concern, with, still low attendances (around 5k) and our mediocre sponsorships. Board won't allow a feeder club of any sort, won't build stadium, won't upgrade facilities. Managed to pressure them to allow personal coach upgrades, by "bribing" them with willingness to sign a new contract, as the only positive in the financial area. Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up 20-21 L1 8th None 4th Rnd 2nd Rnd Semi-Final 21-22 L1 1st None Semi 2nd Rnd JPT Winner 22-23 CH 3rd None 4th Rnd 4th Rnd
  11. Grays Athletic Season Summary 21-22 League 1 Final Position 1 Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awards The League: Coming up is probably one of the best seasons ever played in this challenge. Season started with 6 straight wins, placing us at top of the table. A position we held throughout the season. We finished with 110 points, 18 points above our closest challenger. The high team morale and the occasional half time moaning from the manager, worked like a charm. This included the best league game of the season, down 0-1 at half time away to Leyton and winning 6-1. The only issue we were having in the league, was the silly low attendances, despite our dominance. The Cups: We had some really great performances! Capital One: A nice 4-1 1st round win away vs Oxford. Second round we were eliminated for the second time by Aston Villa, in a game they dominated and won 1-0. FA Cup: 1st round 5-1 win home vs Buxton, 2nd round a 3-1 win home vs Coventry, 3rd round 4-0 win home vs Bolton, 4th round we drew Fulham home and played 2-2. Had seen us gone in the return game, but we pulled off a 1-0 win. 5th round 4-3 home win vs Preston. Except Fulham, all teams had been same or lower divisions. In the 6th round we drew Man City away and I was fearing a big whooping. Despite City fielding a really strong team and completely dominating the game, we pulled an amazing 1-0 win, scored on one of the shots that managed to hit the frame. This also placed the last nail in City manager Staam. In the semi final, we played against Hull, who was 15th in the PRM and compared to City seemed an easy game, unfortunately in an even game, we lost 2-1 in extra time. JPT: We entered in the 2nd round an beat Stevenage 5-1 at home. 2nd round a 2-0 home win vs Colchester. In the semi final we were struggling against Luton, but advanced on penalties after 2-2 normal time. South Finals vs Bristol Rovers was a 2-0 home win and 1-0 away. In the Final we met Preston for the 4th time and beat them 4-0 and sang jolly songs all the way with our little trophy. The Players: Despite all the positives from the season, we lost 2 key players in the process and most likely a 3rd, as he won't sign a new contract. Cystal Palace kept bidding on Flemming Sørensen, until they offered his min. release fee of 2.1 mill. He was a key player for us as DM, now he is stuck in their reserves... The 2 other players will come in the player update. Michel Dupuis GK - young exciting goalie with amazing physical stats for his age. Granted he was surrounded by great defenders, yet still managed to have 29 clean sheets. David Jensen DC - was the rock of our defense and vice captain. Currently rated leading CH player, and unfortunately not interested in renewing his contract Danilo Pantic MC - kept up with his great form from last season and creates quite a few assists from free kicks. Martin Charrier MC (previous Calais) another great young french player, played really well with Pantic. Filip Valencic AML - still going strong, had a 6 week injury mid season, but still contributed with 17 goals in 42 matches. Rory Donnely AMR - found his form this season and scored 18 goals in 42 matches. Harry Cardwell SC (previously Stevenage) took him some time to adjust to our playstyle and perform well, notched up 18 goals in 30 matches. Victor Manuel Diez SC - our key player by far with 28 goals in 38 matches. He wouldn't sign a new contract, Villareal made an offer of combined 1.2 mill, and with an option to loan him back for the season, it was the better of two worse. The Extras. Our finances has significantly improved, both due to initial budget from getting promoted, but also due to cup runs naturally. Despite them looking great, the L1 wage restrictions rendered them useless. The new board is really cheap, only managed to get them to upgrade the training facilities at the end of the season, all other thingies I asked for was rejected. Loosing our best defender and striker will hurt, but hopefully playing in the CH, will open up for some other great players. We are still stuck at a rented stadium, so hoping board will eventually decide to build or purchase one. Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up 20-21 L1 8th None 4th Rnd 2nd Rnd Semi-Final 21-22 L1 1st None Semi 2nd Rnd JPT Winner
  12. Grays Athletic Season Summary 20-21 League 1 Final Position 8 Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awards The League: Season started of fantastic with 3 straight wins. Followed by a tons of injuries this season, it was really hard to get into a consistant phase with a regular squad. We were in the top 10 all season, and getting to the playoffs or even the 3rd place, was a real possibility. Unfortunately during the last 4 games, we only managed to secure 4 points - placing us in a final position of 8th. Overall for the first season in L1, following straight promotions, that has to be acceptable. The Cups: FA Cup: 1st round was against Cambridge City and was a small 1-0 win, despite us having soo many chances. 2nd round we got payback playing Blackburn (who beat us in the JPT final last season) and took a 4-2 win. In the 3rd round we had an amazing game and played 2-2 away to Stoke. The return game also ended 2-2 and we were fortunate to advance on penalties. 4th round was the exit point, as Tottenham came to visit and knocked us out with a 0-4. Capital One: 1st round saw a beat Leyton 4-2. In the 2nd round, Aston Villa got revenge and beat us 1-2 in extra time. JPT: 1st round we beat Barnet 4-0. 2nd round Cambridge 2-0. Quarter Final Birmingham came to visit and after 2-2 we won on penalties. Semi Final we played Charlton, this game also ended 2-2, but this time, Charlton won the shootout and went on to win the trophy. The Players: Christian Kjetil Haug GK - Was our main reason we faired so well. Unfortunately he did not wan't to sign a new contract and will be joining Vålerange in the next season David Jensen DC (previously FC Vestsjælland) was an amazing defender for us, doubt he will sign a new contract come next season. Flemming Sørensen DM (previusly FC Fredericia) another great danish prospect, am hoping i can keep him for some seasons, am sure he will turn out great. Danilo Pantic MC (previously Chealsea) 18 assists in 43 games and brilliant on the midfield. He did partly break our finances, as his 14k wage demand was the lowest he would accept. But worth it! Filip Valencic AML. Had another great season and banging in 17 goals in 45 games. Victor Manuel Diez SC (previously Zamora) Had a few injuuries, but banged in 21 goals in 36 games. Great prospect. The Extras: Highlight of this season was board suggesting scouting in Europe. A lot of great prospects waiting on shortlist for the club to find the finances! And speaking of those, those extremely low attendances, are really starting to hurt. Depending how the finances turn out, next season will be securing the current contracts and hopefully find the money to get a few new players, including a new keeper! News from Premier League. Man Utd has Michael Laudrup as manager! Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up 20-21 L1 8th None 4th Rnd 2nd Rnd Semi-Final
  13. Grays Athletic Season Summary Season 2019-20 League 2 Final Position 1st Squad - Table - Graph - Finances - Transfers - Profile - Injuries - Season Review - Board Review - Commercial Summary - End of Season Awareds The League: Much to my suprise, League 2 was a lot easier than expected. A few defensive players made all the difference. We never went below 5th and could secure the title on the second last match day. Board seems to allow quite a few more coaches, in comparison to previous games, and I like to think, that helps as well. Finances were struggling due to wages and only improved at the end of the season, when the solidarity payment was paid out. The Cups: Overall we did really well in the cups, with the best game of the season home vs Aston Villa, where we pulled off a 4-1 win, despite being completely dominated throughout the game. FA Cup: 1st rnd a 3-1 home win vs M'boro (does SI Games have somehing against them? They always seem to struggle around L1 or L2) 2nd rnd 2-1 away vs Rochdale. 3rd rnd. Thought this would be our exit, but we drew 2-2 home vs Birmingham and managed a 4-2 win away. 4th rnd 4-1 win at home vs Aston Villa. In the 5th rnd we had our exit at home vs Arsenal, that in a poorly played game only managed to win 2-0. League Cup: Prelim rnd we beat Ebbsfleet on penalties after 3-3. 1st rnd a great 5-2 win home vs MK Dons, followed by just a heavy trouncing loosing 5-2 away in the 2nd rnd to Shef Wed. JPT: We went all the way to the finals, where we lost 1-0 to Blackburn in a game we really should have won. The Players: Christian Kjetil Haug GK (previously Man City) was playing great for us, only letting 16 goals in, in 19 games. Unfortunately, he also had long injuries. Ash Kigbu DC (another Man City reject) Was our rock in the defense. Filip Valencic AML (in his second season for us, previous Colchester) topscorer with 22 goals in 55 games and 13 assists. MVP by far. Haven't found a quality striker yet, so far the wingers and midfield have been our reason to succes. Signing Tom Soares DMC seemed like a no brainer. Great age, and great stats. But with 20 yellow and 2 red cards in 32 games, he proved to be a costly investment. The Extras: Board is finding us poor, they won't allow upgrades to facilities. Aim for next seasons will have to be handling the finances, so these can be improved - And to find a quality striker! Season League Pos Europe FA Cup Cap One FAT/JPT 16-17 VNS 1st None 3d Qua None Final 17-18 VN 11th None 2nd Rnd None FAT Winners 18-19 VN 1st None 2nd Rnd None 2nd Rnd 19-20 L2 1st None 5th Rnd 2nd Rnd Runner Up