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  1. SEASON 19- Barclays Premier League- 27/28 League- After the success of last year we didn't want to make it a one-hit wonder. A great start meant we remained unbeaten until December, finally losing away to title rivals Everton. We proceeded to completely capitulate, failing to win for another 6 games, before sneaking a vital 1-0 at the new 26000 seater Chorley Stadium against Liverpool. Our form from then on was mainly solid if unspectacular, only conceding in one of our last eleven Premier League games. We narrowly seized the title on the final day, winning 2-0 at Marouane Fellaini's West Ham. Carling Cup- We looked to have a good prospect of winning, but our woeful Premier League form in January carried over and cost us, losing heavily to Tottenham FA Cup- We never really looked in danger of going out, and comfortably battled through to the final, beating Championship Middlesbrough 2-0. For reasons expressed later, this was a lucky break. Champions League- Last year was a real success, but I wanted to go one further this time. The group turned out to be fairly straight-forward, but we relied on a desperate penalty shoot-out win in the Bernabeu (winning penalty from the usually injured David Dootson) and extra-time to see off Liverpool in the semis. They may not be the Inter side of last year, but Sporting Lisbon had won the trophy back in 2023 and 2024. I had taken the calculated risk of resting players for the FA Cup final three days earlier, but captain Murat Yuksel had still managed to pick up a knock... Yuksel never appeared too troubled by a strong Sporting side who failed to control possession. Nick Pyle scored the opener before half-time, and after Joe Newton's volley the result never looked in doubt, avoiding the penalty spot and lifting the trophy. Chorley were European champions, and there goes the treble. Transfers- This year was mainly about keeping the squad together and improving the squad players. Philip Campbell proved a bargain at £5.5m for a top quality ball-winner, Jody Honey (great name) is one for the future, but Gary Welch was quite disappointing. The problems in January led me to Hakim El Brazi, who came in to take Dootson's place as he remained injured for much of the year. In our title run-in he scored some important goals, and broke the deadlock in the vital semi-final against Liverpool. The only notable player leaving was Mark Grainger, up to now my one talented youth product. After joining back in League 1, he got his £7.5m move to Ipswich. Squad- A great team, not much would need to be changed. KEY PLAYERS Murat Yuksel- Finally got his first cap for Turkey at the 2028 Euros, he's always brilliant. Joe Jones- The only one of my many Englishmen to go to the Euros, Jones was always dependable at right-back. Nick Pyle- 31 goals in 45 games, his performances stand above anyone else's. As the season ended.... I resigned my post with Brazil a day after the Champions League Final, hoping to get another job after the European Championships (ideally England.) As I watched on, England eased into the final, until a 1-0 win secured the Championship. John Terry (yeah, I know) resigned and within days I was appointed. By the start of July, I brought in three new players, breaking my record transfer fee by £6.25m (previously David Dootson) with a £16.5m capture of Lazio's Craig Mitchell. The reason I included this section is because I decided with the new game coming out soon and having achieved my aim of winning the Champions League, I thought it'd be a good time to end the story. I'll keep the save in case I get all nostalgic in a few months (not really nostalgia but you know..) but for now, its goodbye. thanks for reading. x forza chorley [font=Courier New]Season League [/font][font=Courier New] Pos. Achievements[/font] [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2022/23 Barclays Premier League 17th LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th FA Cup Finalists, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2024/25 Barclays Premier League 6th [/font] [font=Courier New]2025/26 Barclays Premier League 3rd LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2026/27 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, CL Finalists[/font] [font=Courier New]2027/28 Barclays Premier League 1st CS, PL, FA Cup, LCT and CL winners[/font]
  2. Copa América 2027- Brazil BRAZIL 1-1 BOLIVIA The game that sealed Allessandro Dornalles' sacking and my appointment. Unfit and matched by the Bolivians, this was clearly "unacceptable." BRAZIL 2-0 ECUADOR A game on my first day, I thought my 4-3-3 formation may upset things and I could be out of a job within a day. Fortunately, Ecuador didn't amount to much and Carioca was on top form, giving us a good chance to top the group. BRAZIL 2-0 PARAGUAY Qualification was sealed in style as we attacked throughout against a defensively-minded Paraguay. Carioca had another stormer, setting up a Quarter Final with the old enemy Argentina. Group stages BRAZIL 3-0 ARGENTINA A really strong performance. Our attacking outlook pays off as we restrict Argentina to just 4 shots, taking 22 ourselves and dominating the game. BRAZIL 2-0 URUGUAY After a shaky first-half in which both teams had chances, we make the essential breakthrough early in the 2nd half. As the game goes on, Uruguay look less and less like making a comeback and we make it to the final without too much trouble. BRAZIL 2-1 USA USA put up more of a fight than any team before them. This looked unlikely when we took the lead after 6 minutes, but we failed to add to that, with the US defending resolutely. They got their reward with just 4 minutes left, equalising with their only shot on target. We immediately went on the offensive and with extra-time looming attacking midfielder Juarez curled in a right-foot belter from 25 yards to seal the trophy for Brazil. My first international trophy. [left][font=Courier New]Year Nation Tournament Achievement[/font] [font=Courier New]--------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New][font=Courier New]2026 Nigeria FIFA World Cup Group Stage[/font][/font] [font=Courier New][font=Courier New]2027 Brazil Copa América Winners[/font][/font][/left]
  3. CRITCHLEY HEARS COPA CRISIS CALLS Basically, one game into their 2027 Copa America campaign, Brazil sacked their manager Allessandro Dornelles after a disgraceful 1-1 draw vs Bolivia. As Nigeria were virtually guaranteed their place in ACON 2028, I wasn't sure whether to apply or indeed to take it, but really it was a no-brainer. This was an opportunity to win a trophy I've never managed in before, with a strong group of players. Still, the board expect nothing but success, and as their 16th manager since Dunga, I wasn't full of confidence.
  4. SEASON 18- Barclays Premier League- 26/27 League- We were hoping to match our performance from last year, but after a strong start we were always looking to mount a title challenge in what was to be our last year at Victory Park. A fixture pile-up in March/April led to a blip, but important victories away to Newcastle and Liverpool made us odds on to take the trophy. Our "final" game at Victory Park sealed the win, beating Everton 4-0, only to later find out that we wouldn't be moving to the new Chorley Stadium until November. Still, champions... not bad . Carling Cup- Disappointing, but James Milner's Southend (3rd by the end of the season) took us apart. A bit of a bogey-team. FA Cup- After the reserves beat lower league opposition, we again came unstuck against Southend. By this stage, we didn't really have the squad to focus on three competitions. Champions League- As 3rd seeds facing Lyon and Benfica, I had expected a real battle to qualify, but victory in our first four games and we had already won the group. Our victory in the Nou Camp saw us into the Quarters, and PSG were no match, as we managed to win the home leg 4-0. Hamburg ran us close, but veteran striker Jacob Clitheroe sealed our place in the final. In our first year in the CL, we were to face 8-times winners and reigning champions for the last two years Inter. We more than matched Inter, and their opening goal came against the run of play. Nick Pyle scored a much-deserved equaliser on the stroke of half-time, with both teams having chances. The second half was essentially end-to-end, before an incredible 2 minutes where Alali raced into the box to give us a 2-1 lead, but Morais levelled within seconds. We battled hard to win it in extra time, as I knew our penalty takers wouldn't stand much of a chance. And erm... they proved me right. Gutted. Transfers- After last seasons expansive spending, the important thing this year was to keep the squad together, meaning I had to offer new contracts to players like Joe Jones, John Guest and Murat Yuksel. Only Josep was signed for the first-team squad, and he was nothing more than a back-up. Squad- The youngest in the league, it was a real surprise that we were able to win the league without sacrificing our European run. A few squad players will leave in the summer, but there's no need for major change. KEY PLAYERS Nick Pyle- Signed last season on my scouts authority and his label as "the new Alan Shearer" (the talented goalscorer not the terrible pundit), he had ended the previous season well as a backup. This season he really made the step up. 27 goals in 49 games in all competitions, he was our main outlet. Ollie Alali- Originally, he was only signed from Leeds as a back-up, but the 21 year-old quickly made his mark. 19 assists is a new Chorley record and his performances in Europe are especially impressive. John Guest- Consistently strong, he may be captain material in the future (as long as I can keep hold of him.) Murat Yuksel- Another year with a solid defensive record thanks to Yuksel. 21 clean sheets has made England finally take notice and selct him for a squad. Season League Pos. Achievements [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2022/23 Barclays Premier League 17th LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th FA Cup Finalists, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2024/25 Barclays Premier League 6th [/font] [font=Courier New]2025/26 Barclays Premier League 3rd LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2026/27 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, CL Finalists[/font]
  5. FIFA World Cup 2026- Nigeria After a comfortable friendly victory against South Africa in my first game in charge, I was optimistic about our chances in a difficult group, the main problem being a complete lack of depth in terms of quality. I was expecting things of Napoleon Daniel, the ageing Lukman Haruna and Kalu Uzoma, but not much from the rest. NIGERIA 0-1 ARGENTINA The first game of the tournament saw a valiant performance from the Nigerians control the majority of the match before a stoppage time piledriver meant we rued our poor finishing. NIGERIA 1-1 SWITZERLAND Christian Okpara's goal appeared to have started a battering early on as we controlled the first half, but it wasn't enough, as they held out and got stronger as the game went on. We needed to beat a strong Mexico side to qualify, and with injuries stacking up, things weren't looking good. NIGERIA 1-1 MEXICO "That bottler pr*ck Napoleon Dynamite or whatever the f**k he's called! He's worth £16M! £16M! I change my tactic to accommodate that lump of sh*te, with his 1 in f**king 50 free-kicks and this is how he- (tails off into screams)...." ....Frustrating at the time, we by no means deserved to win against an organised Mexico side, who then went on to reach the final. The truth is we again failed to take our chances again and whilst Mexico did their job, we failed to ours. All is calm, all is fine, all is forgiven. So, 3 games, 2 goals, 2 good performances and no wins, and the World Cup is over for us. The FA are quite happy, but I feel it should have been better. After being rejected by World Champions Scotland -- and Italy, I decided to stay on with Nigeria, as I've never really played in the African Nations Cup (and no-one else offered)
  6. SEASON 17- Barclays Premier League- 25/26 League- Our hopes of getting another European place were achieved with relative ease, with our only blip of the season coming around February/March, coinciding with the return of the Europa League. Our points tally may disagree, but unsurprisingly we never looked like mounting a title challenge. However, our Champions League spot had been all but secured by the final day, with David Moyes' QPR needing a 10-goal swing to displace us. Our victory on the final day gave us 3rd spot, and an invaluable place in the group stage. Europa League- After comfortably beating Slaven Belupo and Red Star Belgrade in the Qualifying Rounds, we didn't really get the rub of the green in the group stage draw, but wins in our final 3 games culminating in a 2-1 thriller at Victory Park against Valencia sent us through as group winners. Surprisingly, Shakhtar were dealt with without much trouble, but as the fixtures piled up, Tottenham proved too much for my young squad. Carling Cup- An impressive shoot-out win against Chelsea was followed by disappointment again, this time against Middlesborough. FA Cup- Championship Sheff Utd at home should've been a routine win. Ahh well... Transfers- A successful year, barring the signing of Frenchman Mathis Bernardi, who didn't get enough chances and only stayed until January when I got £2M more than I had paid. Jimmy Clarke is a class act worth much more than the £4.5M paid to take him from Villa. Pyle and Alali have been impressive and I expect much more next year. Squad- Young, but strong enough. I don't anticipate too many new signings. KEY PLAYERS Murat Yuksel- 24 clean sheets, still a class act. He's still not played for Turkey, and now is eligible for England.... George Donaghey- Only 19, he may not play every week, but he doesnt do bad games. John Guest- Still fighting teams off, my £40M asking price hasn't stopped the interest. David Dootson- Last year's 2nd worst signing of the season, my Deep Lying Forward proved himself this year. Especially good in Europe, scoring an invaluable 6 in 10. Season League Pos. Achievements [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2022/23 Barclays Premier League 17th LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th FA Cup Finalists, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2024/25 Barclays Premier League 6th [/font] [font=Courier New]2025/26 Barclays Premier League 3rd LCT Winners[/font]
  7. In ornithelogical news.... MAGPIE BECOMES SUPER EAGLE Just four months before World Cup 2026 USA, and after a disastrous African Nations Cup campaign, the Nigerian Football Federation have announced the appointment of Chorley manager Dave Critchley. With very few staff and a testing World Cup group, international rookie Critchley will have his work cut out, balancing his time between the small-town Lancashire club and the African giants. Critchley has announced also that he will be bringing Chorley's Nigerian scout and ex-player Chris Amadi as manager of the Nigeria's Under-21's. WORLD CUP 2026- GROUP A NIGERIA SWITZERLAND MEXICO ARGENTINA The FA expect qualification, but whilst it's a good squad, (Newcastle's Napoleon Daniel especially), the ACON perfomance and the tough group mean it's not going to be easy.
  8. SEASON 16- Barclays Premier League- 2024/25 League- A top-half finished was required if we were going to be satisfied with our season, having spent significantly in the summer. A good start meant this was never really in doubt and we spent the majority of the season hovering around the European places. By the final day, anywhere between 3rd and 8th was a possibility, but a difficult final game away at the Emirates meant it would be an uphill struggle to sneak a Champions League place. In the end, a 2-1 defeat put those hopes to bed, but enough to gain a Europa League place. FA Cup- We had looked good in earlier rounds, but we unable to repeat the success of last year, losing out to Arsenal in the Quarters. Carling Cup- Another disappointment, this time losing narrowly to Man City. Transfers- Improvements were needed to a side that had relied on a shaky defence and a 39 year-old forward for too long. Jacob Clitheroe's 4.5M switch from Aston Villa proved a real bargain, as he won "signing of the season" whilst Peter Sturrock was definitely a step forward in the holding role. David Dootson was a costly necessity, and whilst he hasn't lived up to his price-tag, he clearly puts in a lot of work for the players around him. The troublesome Dodo was gone, and the last remnants of the 4-4-2 such as winger Michel Boks were sold too. Squad- I can't help but think the leap mentioned last year has been made. Keeping hold of this squad willl be important in the summer, as well as strengthening ready for Europe. KEY PLAYERS Murat Yuksel- Only 35 goals conceded in 43 games, the best defensive record in the league, Yuksel was again top class, keeping an impressive 16 clean sheets in the process. John Guest- A starter since joining as an 18 year-old the previous January, the creative midfielder took on a starring role, forcing me to fend off interest from Real Madrid, Man Utd and Barcelona, and he's only going to get better. Jacob Clitheroe- Strong, quick and useful with both feet, the ex-Villa frontman was a real bargain at £4.5M, so much so that by January Villa wanted him back. His 22 goals in all competitions were imperative in our ascent into Europe. Giacomo Vezzosi- An improved season from the temperamental Italian, scoring important goals in important games, and consistently performing well. [font=Courier New]Season League Pos. Achievements[/font] [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2022/23 Barclays Premier League 17th LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th FA Cup Finalists, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2024/25 Barclays Premier League 6th [/font]
  9. :DThanks a lot , and yeah, I didn't really have the time or patience to do the match-by-match updates. May do the odd one in the future for big finals (a bit presumptious) or whatever.
  10. SEASON 15- Barclays Premier League- 2023/24 League- The aim this season was to consolidate, avoiding the relegation dogfight. We were never really in danger of going down, but I found that my 4-4-2 system was becoming redundant. A switch to 4-3-3 in January worked surprisingly quickly, and had it not been for a difficult end of season run, we could have got the mid-table finish we wanted. 15th was a slight disappointment, but with by far the worst training facilities in the league (I assume this matters a bit?) I was quite satisfied. Very promising for next year. Carling Cup- After edging past lowly Northampton, we were battered by Manuel Almunia's Q.P.R, who to their credit finished the season in 3rd. FA Cup- So close, yet so far. We started our FA Cup campaign slowly, edging past Reading and having to go to a replay against Championship strugglers Bury. However, we then beat Bolton with ease, before Giacomo Vezzosi dragged us through both Quarter Final legs against Villa, eventually winning from the spot. We again relied on penalties in the Wembley semi against Tottenham, Matt Marshall scoring the winner. The final itself was no contest. We never recovered from conceding an early penalty, and Man Utd ran out 4-1 winners. Transfers- "What? An inexperienced, temperamental, contraversial, sulky Italian at a club where no-one speaks Italian for £3M? Bargain!" Perhaps not as well thought out as I had anticipated, Giacomo Vezzosi started well, before fading mid-season, only to return to form around March, perfoming brilliantly in the Cup against Aston Villa. Elsewhere, we recouped £15M by selling Maria, Downes, Burge and Cook in January, planning for our change to 4-3-3. John Guest is particularly impressive, dubbed the new Roy Keane and already a mainstay in the side. Squad- Strong investment in the summer and we could start to make the leap up the table. KEY PLAYERS Murat Yuksel- 5 years of consistent brilliance. I just hope I keep him for as long as possible. Gary Beesley- The defensive rock in a midfield 3, Beesley is solid as ever. Edin Dzeko- Not too many goals, but again made an important contribution, despite his 38 years. Will take a back seat next season. Season League Pos. Achievements [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2022/23 Barclays Premier League 17th LCT Winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th FA Cup Finalists, LCT winners[/font]
  11. Yeah thanks, I was pretty lucky with the signings, managing to get good enough players quite cheaply (Dzeko was a real find) and we already had a quality keeper in Yuksel. Looking at your Hampton save, I'll be very lucky to get near that level
  12. Thanks and yeah, it was 13.5m for "avoid relegation," which I thought was quite generous, considering we had to expand the ground to get into the league
  13. SEASON 14- BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE- 2022/23 League- Survival is all that matters. The opening day is very positive, captain David Edgar snatching victory from Liverpool in front of 30000 at Ewood Park. However, our form dips from there, not tasting league victory until mid-October. From Christmas onward the situation becomes bleaker than ever, as we go 14 games without a win, before we return to Victory Park in March, miraculously reversing our fortunes, gaining 16 badly needed points from the next possible 18, culminating in a priceless 1-0 victory away to relegation rivals Huddersfield. The final two games end in defeat, but we had just done enough. Cups- I had hoped for something of a cup run this year, but the combination of a tough draw (Arsenal, wtf!) in the FA Cup and an awful performance against QPR in the Carling Cup 5th round did for any hopes. We won the Lancashire Challenge Trophy again, which is probably the least impressive sentence I've ever written. Transfers- As usual, we needed investment, but this time it was going to cost. 15 players cost a total of 7.75m in the summer, whilst the most important signings of Lewis May (loanee from Chelsea) and Gary Beesley come in January to paper over some very obvious cracks. Squad- Big enough, but with quality thin on the ground, improvements will be needed next year. It would also be helpful if Dodo didn't get depressed with life in Chorley every 5 minutes, but ahh well. KEY PLAYERS Edin Dzeko- 37, and nothing short of incredible. 10 important goals in 32 games lead to Dzeko being "hotly tipped" for the Footballer Of The Year award, despite our struggles. Murat Yuksel- For another season the Turkish goalkeeper regularly saved us, after I rejected a £10m bid in the summer from Arsenal. Lewis May- A player we could never sign on a full-time basis, the loanee from Chelsea scored important goals, none more so than the winner vs Huddersfield. Season League Pos. Achievements [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2022/23 Barclays Premier League 17th LCT Winners[/font]
  14. NEWSFLASH: Chorley will play the majority of their home games for the 2022/23 season away from the fortress that is Victory Park, allowing the ground to become suitable for Premier League games. The capacity will be increased (to around 9000), and the terraces replaced to create an all-seater stadium. In the meantime (til early March) Chorley will play their home games at Blackburn's EWOOD PARK. Its just not Victory Park...
  15. SEASON 13- COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP- 2021/22 League- We were seeking nothing less than a playoff place at the start of the season, and looked to be well in the mix, challenging for the automatic promotion spots by Christmas. The events of January (see transfers) had threatened to screw us over a barrel, but I was delighted with the subsequent performances of our young players, especially Bob Cook, the 20 year old from Truro becoming a fixture in the team by the end of the season. Our run of 10 league games unbeaten at the start of the year propelled us into the title race, and before long, it was ours to lose (which we didn't .) Game of the season came with a 5-0 way victory at Reading, young Cook boosing the midfield and scoring twice. WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE! Cups- (The FA Cup 5th round means the 3rd round on this save, its a bug) Our cup campaigns left something to be desired this season. Whilst Sunderland away was always going to be tough, the manner of the 3-0 defeat was disappointing. The Leaague Cup was left to the kids, who squeezed past League Two Carlton (who?) and Bury, before succumbing to Swansea, who had been promoted to the Premier League the season before. We won the Lancashire Challenge Trophy, again with the kids, beating the mighty Clitheroe in the final. Transfers- Probably the biggest coup of my time in charge, Turkish/German goalkeeper, 2 year loanee and general saviour Murat Yuksel accepted a drop in league and wage to join the club full time, whilst poacher Tom Downes was signed because of Saber Zouaghi's age and inconsistency at this level. We lost 3 first-team players in January, with Rodgers, Grant and most importantly Cleaver leaving the club. Without the money to replace them, I relied on the young players for cover, which luckily did not affect the title challenge. Squad- We have a degree of strength in depth with the young players, but the Premier League will be a massive step up. More quality players will be needed, especially at the back. KEY PLAYERS Murat Yuksel- Still only 22, Yuksel was incredible all season, keeping 19 clean sheets in 45 games. In fact I've just rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal. David Edgar- 34 and still playing 30 league games a sason, the Canadian was a rock at the back again, this year as captain. His average rating of 7.31 shows his consistency. Some classy s**t. James Larkin- Solid all year, he started as 2nd choice behind Gylfi Sigurdsson. However, an injury to Sigurdsson meant Larkin got an extended run in the team, and kept Sigurdsson on the bench. Tom Downes- After a slow start, the pacey forward got 18 goals in 30 league games, forming a strong partnership with on-loan forward Jonathan Jones. [font=Courier New]Season League Pos. Achievements[/font] [font=Courier New]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/font] [font=Courier New]2009/10 Unibond Division One North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2010/11 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Lost in Playoff semis[/font] [font=Courier New]2011/12 Unibond Premier Division 2nd Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2012/13 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs[/font] [font=Courier New]2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th [/font] [font=Courier New]2014/15 Blue Square Premier 8th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2015/16 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2016/17 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as Champions[/font] [font=Courier New]2017/18 Coca-Cola League 1 12th LCT winners[/font] [font=Courier New]2018/19 Coca-Cola League 1 15th[/font] [font=Courier New]2019/20 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promoted[/font] [font=Courier New]2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 8th [/font] [font=Courier New]2021/22 Coca-Cola Championship 1st Promoted as Champions, LCT winners[/font]