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  1. An impossible task. (Short story)

    13/4/13 Hartlepool v Yeovil Following our disappointment on Wednesday night at Brentford, we had to get something out of this game. Losing or drawing was certainly not an option. A couple of players who had missed the Brentford game were back from their injuries and we had pretty much a full squad of players to chose from. Apart from Neil Austin, who had picked up a knock at Griffin Park. This resulted in a number of changes to the starting XI: Flinders Rowbotham Collins Hartley Humphreys Poole Sweeney Walton Monkhouse Howard Franks Before the lads went out onto the Victoria Park pitch I told them that it was a must win game. It seemed to work, because we started the game brilliantly - playing some lovely football and we almost took the lead within the first 10 minutes when Jonathan Franks broke free but just shot wide. It took 24 minutes for the opening goal of the game and it was our goal! Steve Howard headed the ball home from a corner. Now things were looking up, winning 1-0 and in complete control. Our persistent attack on the Yeovil goal paid off with the reward of another goal. The impressive Jonathan Franks raced away and doubled our lead with a precise finish in the 40th minute. At half time, I told the lads to keep going and that the points weren't secure yet. I was right, Yeovil fired a warning shot just over, only a couple of minutes into the second half. Mid way through the second half and I could sense that a couple of the lads were tiring. This resulted in a couple of subs, Sweeney and Poole replaced by youngsters Rutherford and James. This immediately had an impact on the game and another goal followed. Substitute, Greg Rutherford secured the points with a well taken finish from inside the box with 74 minutes on the clock. We were then able to play out the final minutes of the game in a relaxed, passing style which was very pleasing on the eye. The fans showed their appreciation and although Bury had claimed 3 points in their game, Leyton Orient had only managed a point. We were still in it - for one more week at least! Points to safety: 5
  2. An impossible task. (Short story)

    Cheers! It's certainly been a while since I was last here. 10/4/13 Brentford v Hartlepool I knew this would be a tough match. It's simple to work out really. They are in fine form, pushing for promotion and we are in dire form, fighting to stay up. But this is football and anything can happen, right? I picked the team based on the players I thought (I'll stress the thought here) could do a good job for us at such a tough time of the season. So in came a couple of experienced heads but also a couple of the younger, local lads, who would be playing with pride. This was reflected in the starting line up: Flinders Austin Baldwin Buddle Horwood Poole Sweeney Humphreys Monkhouse Howard James And it was with those bunch of players the survival of Hartlepool United in League 1 rested upon. The game kicked off and immediately the hosts looked a threat. In fact, they were too much of a threat for us and we endured the worst possible start. Paul Hayes opened the scoring after just 90 seconds. "Too easy!" I shouted as I shout out of the dugout and I was right. Clayton Donaldson added another for the home side just a couple of minutes later. We hadn't even played 5 minutes and were already trailing by 2. I told thexperienced centre half Sam Collins to get ready as the inexperienced Nathan Buddle had already cost us both the opening goals. Nathan was obviously disappointed to be replaced just 5 minutes in but if I wanted to prevent a rugby score then I felt it necessary. 4 minutes after the reliable Collins came on and it was 3-0, Hayes doubling his tally after been given far too much space to fire the ball home. Donaldson looked in the mood and added to his tally in the 21st minute before getting his hat-trick in the 39th minute. As the lads trudged off at half time trailing 5-0, I was already waiting in the changing rooms contemplating what had been an utterly embarrassing first half display. I knew we wouldn't be able to get anything from the game now but I did want a much better performance. I took the highly rated striker Luke James off and replaced him with Charlie Wyke, a youngster on loan from Middlesbrough. He showed more desire to get on the ball than anyone did in the whole of the first half and almost scored 5 minutes into second half but his shot was well saved. We were at least attacking and having shots though, and this persistent attacking paid off, Sam Collins headed home from a corner on the hour mark. We then pulled another back when Anthony Sweeney struck home from the edge of the area in the 74th minute. Steve Howard could have pulled another back but his header rattled the cross bar. However, in the last minute of the game Lee Hodson added another for Brentford, after breaking away from the defence and slotting past Flinders. Brentford 6-2 Hartlepool My post match comments reflected the fact that I thought we did well in the second half but utterly diabolical in the first. If we could play like we did in the second period of this game, in the last 3 games of the season then there was a chance of survival but I think at the point, even I realised it was impossible. Points to safety: Still 7.
  3. An impossible task. (Short story)

    Initially this story will last just the 4 games left of the league season. However, it could be extended depending how things go. 9/4/13 Today I am announced by the press as the new manager of Hartlepool United. The North East based club are struggling in the league and have just sacked their manager following a disappointing Johnstone Paint Final defeat and a win less league run that lasts for over 2 months. Sitting 7 points away from safety with a mere 4 games to go it's a hell of a challenge for my first managerial position but I'm prepared to give it a damn good try. This is the current bottom six: 19th Leyton Orient - Played 43 - Points 47 - GD -9 20th Bury - 43 - 47 - -12 21st Hartlepool - 42 - 40 - -16 22nd Portsmouth - 43 - 39 - -30 23rd Shrewsbury - 43 - 38 - -25 24th Walsall - 43 - 36 - -34 (Relegated) My first game in charge is tomorrow, and is our game in hand against Brentford. It's away from home on a Wednesday night and the hosts sit just a place outside the play-offs. If it ends in defeat then it'll make the challenge a lot harder. We must get something from the game. Must.
  4. From Rags to riches.Sign up

    Wow, it's three years since this thread started.
  5. Started a new Barnsley save yesterday and I've had an amazing start. I managed to pick up convincing wins in my first three games, 5-1 at home to Doncaster, 3-0 at home to Hartlepool (Cup - fielded a weaker team) and 5-1 away at Ipswich. Unbelievable start really. Zoko has been the star of the show, I managed to sign him for £100,000 as he's got a clause that an offer of that value or above has to be accepted. Also brought in Danny Whittaker from Chesterfield for £40,000 - he's playing behind Zoko and looks really solid, scored 2 in his first 3 games. Made a couple of other signings but will post them up late in more detail. Sold Noble-Lazarus for £1 million to Sunderland (+25% of next transfer) and sold Andy Gray to Scunthorpe for £10,000 - released a few fringe/reserve players as well.
  6. A walk in the (Edgeley) Park.

    Couple of notes: First real save for a couple of months, first story for well, a good while. Holidayed through the first season initially in the hope of embarking on dafuges challenge - only to be tempted by the delights of Stockport (pronounced by locals I hear as, Stockpooooooort). ***** 23.6.12 Today I was announced as the new manager of Blue Square North side Stockport County. The club were relegated from the Blue Square Premier after several nightmare seasons which saw them drop from League One to the second tier of non-league football. I was given my budgets immediately and it didn't make for good reading. I was given £6,000 per week for wages despite the fact that the club was already spending over £7,000 per week and I was given just £11,000 for transfers. This was going to be harder than I thought, but hey, it's a job and a route back into the game I love. I shouldn't be at this stage of my footballing career just yet, I'm 32, and had to retire mid-way through the season just gone due to a knee injury which kept returning. In November I was joint top scorer in League 1 and by January I was studying for my coaching badges. That's football for you though. Anyway, my first task as manager was to arrange some friendlies. I planned to arrange 3 for the first week back into training, thus giving me the opportunity to see all my players and give some of the younger lads and trialists a game. I rang a couple of clubs and within the hour had arranged 3 matches. We would travel to Bacup, Glossop and also Barnoldswick over the first weeks of July. These were all local games against competitive non-league competition. I got the media chap to put the news on the website and my first task as manager of Stockport was complete. Tommorow I would meet the press and then my real managerial journey would begin. Signing players, swearing, drinking spirits and **** like that.*
  7. Help needed

    Okay cheers will do.
  8. Help needed

    Laptop fixed after a couple of months out of action. Booted up FM yesterday and about half an hour it crashed, kept doing it every so often, you can click the warning box for the crash away but then it goes a bit 'fuzzy' and you can't click in the right place. Playing on 12.2 original one, should I update to the newest one? And is there anything else I need to update?
  9. Going to have another attempt at a Barnsley save, will keep updating!
  10. After struggling to get into a save, I've decided to start with Everton. They are probably my favourite Premier League club so it was an easy choice. Made a couple of signings, will post them up later and keep updating on my progress. First season I'm looking for a solid mid-table finish, maybe sneaking into a European spot. A cup run would also be a bonus, although I'm going to give some of the younger lads a change in the League Cup.
  11. FM 2012: Aberdeen FC team guide - The Quest for Star Three

    Started a game with the Dons! Mixed start but got a good point at home to Celtic. Playing with an emphasis on the wings, signed Riga and Malbranque. Will keep updating.
  12. Had a break from my FC save but I have returned to it now. First game back and I'm currently 2-0 up at home against Portsmouth. This will see me go 7 points clear, but 2nd place will have a game in hand. Played 29 games so far. Come on the Championship! (hopefully)
  13. Anyone in here know anything about the Sad Red Bastards? The Manchester United supporters who to every reserve and youth game. Do they have a website or blog?
  14. That's dedication haha. I brought in 2 young Danish players, both from the Under-21's. Only found out about the best one because he was on trial at another club in the same division. Whilst he was there, I offered him a contract and snapped him up. One of our best centre kids and only 18, potential Championship/Premiership player!
  15. Yeah, and even if he didn't it would be very difficult not to pay him after all he has done for the club.