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  1. BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB SEASON 4 | 2020/2021 LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2 SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP FACILITIES | FINANCES | TRANSFERS Following last season's club takeover, fortunately the new owners have let me carry on as before. However, I think they are now getting bored with my frequent requests for upgrades to our facilities. None of these requests have come to fruition. Should I issue an ultimatum? Has this ever worked? I have also been attracting the attention of leading clubs again, with Greenock Morton, St Mirren (again) and Aberdeen offering me an interview. Obviously, both were declined, although the Aberdeen one was tempting, but the enjoyment of this challenge helped me see sense. The league was a mixed bag full of inconsistency, with early form indicating a good season ahead, with the club sitting in 4th for the first few month. However, the slump of all slumps over the winter months plummeted us into the bottom space of the table, and total out of form. However, a quick tactic alteration and a rather stern team meeting changed the clubs fortunes, and an 11 match unbeaten run at the end of the season got us so close to that play-off spot. An injury to star forward Lewis Small with three matches left, probably was the deciding factor in us not making it to the play-offs. Other star performers were once again Aaron Macrae, Iain Adams and Sam Stewart, who I think I will make club captain next season. His form in the centre of midfield had been excellent. The cup competitions were a major disappointment this season, with the Scottish Challenge Cup exit at the hands of non-league Keith FC. As usual, we had a new crop of youth players come through the ranks with the three highest rated players being Barry Miller, Willie Cunningham and Ally Allan. Personal Expectations for next season: My aim is to clinch that play-off spot, as well as feed a few more youth players into the starting eleven. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SEASON LEAGUE POSITION SCOTTISH CUP CHALLANGE CUP BETFRED CUP ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH THIRD ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND 2018-19 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH SECOND ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND 2019-20 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 5TH FOURTH ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND 2020-21 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 6TH THIRD ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND
  2. BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB SEASON 3 | 2019/2020 LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2 SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP FACILITIES | FINANCES | TRANSFERS A major development before the season had begun was the club takeover by businessman Andy Grant. Fortunately he was happy to let me carry on as before. I also got approached for interviews at St Mirren and Dunfermline Athletic during the season. As I said in the previous season update I wanted to create a formation this season to allow my two most promising youth players Aaron Macrae and Iain Adams (both Attacking Midfielders) into my first team, and as you can see from their profiles, they both had excellent seasons. I adopted a 4-3-2-1 formation with both players playing behind Lewis Small in attack, and the three of the were exceptional together. Lewis ending up with 29 goals. The BetFred Cup and Challenge Cup both saw early exits, but a brilliant run in the Scottish Cup saw us make the fourth round for the first time, and were unlucky in defeat to Hamilton Academicals after leading in the tie. It was the league that saw the best progress though, and we were in the around the mid-tables positions all season. It actually turned out that a positive result in the final match would have confirmed a play-off position, but a home hammering at the hands of Queens Park put an end to that dream this year. Plenty of reason for optimism though. As usual, we had a new crop of youth players come through the ranks with the three highest rated players being Colin Henry, Callum Mackay-Steven and Chris Cormack. Personal Expectations for next season: My aim is to clinch that play-off spot, as well as feed a few more youth players into the starting eleven. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SEASON LEAGUE POSITION SCOTTISH CUP CHALLANGE CUP BETFRED CUP ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH THIRD ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND 2018-19 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH SECOND ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND 2019-20 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 5TH FOURTH ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND
  3. FM17 YOUTH ACADEMY CHALLENGE BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB SEASON 2 | 2018/2019 LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2 SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP FACILITIES | FINANCES | TRANSFERS Unfortunately there was no real progression made in our second season, and another 9th place in the Scottish League Two was the outcome. So there was a positive that we avoided the relegation play-off for the second successive season, but it could have been much better. After a disastrous start to the campaign we rallied after Christmas with a string of successive positive results, and were closing in on the outskirts of a play-off place, however, and I'm not sure why, but the wheels completely fell off. Defeat after defeat happened, and a slide down the table occurred. It was on the final game of the season where we secured our safety. From the first batch of youth intakes, Sam Stewart continued to impress, holding down a starting position for most of the season as well as Kevin MacKay who also had a very impressive season, chipping in with some important goals. However, it is the emergence of one of this seasons intake that gives me confidence, and that's attacking midfielder - Iain Adams. I am looking to find a formation that suits him this season, as well as a few other bright prospects and see what occurs. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SEASON LEAGUE POSITION SCOTTISH CUP CHALLANGE CUP BETFRED CUP ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH THIRD ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND 2018-19 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH SECOND ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND
  4. FM17 YOUTH ACADEMY CHALLENGE BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB SEASON 1 | 2017/2018 I've now managed to upload some images, so I've edited this post. LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2 SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP FACILITIES | FINANCES It was a tough first season, but with a limited squad we managed to comfortably avoid relegation, finishing 9th. There was no real progress in with the Challenge Cup or the BetFred Cup, with first round exits in both. Right back Stephen Miller got most of the plaudits during the season, with some predicting him to become a good Championship defender. The youth intake looks promising, with Aaron Macrae the star of the new players. Goalkeeper Ian Campbell and midfielder Sam Stewart both also showing promise. The target for next season will be for a higher league position, and hopefully integrate some of the youth intake into the first team. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SEASON LEAGUE POSITION SCOTTISH CUP CHALLANGE CUP BETFRED CUP ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017-18 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO 9TH THIRD ROUND FIRST ROUND FIRST ROUND
  5. Thank you - I've just managed to upload to PostImage succesfully, so I'll use them.
  6. Please can someone advise, I'm having trouble uploading pictures onto Imgur. Is this the best image sharing site to use? If so, please can someone help me with how best to use it?
  7. I thought I'd give this challenge a go: I am the proud new manager of Scottish 'sleeping giants', Brora Rangers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FM17 YOUTH ACADEMY CHALLENGE BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB Brora Rangers Football Club are a senior part-time professional football club from the village of Brora, Sutherland, in the far North of Scotland. They played in the Highland Football League, of which they have twice been champions, having won their first title in 2013–14 and successfully defended it in the 2014–15 season. The following season the beat Edinburgh City in a play-off to secure their first venture into the Scottish League 2. I'm only just starting, so hopefully it wont be too long for any updates.....Images are currently uploading, so I'll add in due course. Wish me luck...!
  8. PRE SEASON 2018 With the exception of some youth signings, I have only brought in one player that will be on the fringes of first team action, and that is Graham Forbes on loan from Aberdeen. It is unlikely that he’ll start much though, just a back-up player for Trickett-Smith. The scouts aren't really finding anything better than what we've already got, and that wont improve until they can search beyond Wales. I’m very happy with our pre-season performance, especially the wins over Tranmere Rovers and Norwich Reserves. Most of the forward players got on the score sheet with Trickett-Smith fitting in nicely into a more advanced midfielder position. The final game was made up of entirely the second XI, and they all seemed as though they had something to prove with an execellent all-round display. It’s the league that really matters though, and since that difficult final day of the season two years ago, I really want to win it. TNS are getting stronger though, so it’s getting tougher, but we’ll see what happens. August Fixtures Bangor City (A) Newtown (H)
  9. CLOSE SEASON 2018 No new signings to shout out about I’m afraid. I have re-signed most of the first team squad from last season, with only Max Penk and Wayne Riley leaving during the summer. EUROPA LEAGUE 1st Qualifying Round Prestatyn Town 1-3 KS Skenderbeu Korce (Albania) The players have come back from their short summer break extremely tired, and I tried putting out as strong a side as possible. However, after Dan Taylor levelled the match before half, the second half proved too much in what was a very disappointing result again an average side. KS Skenderbeu Korce 1-2 Prestatyn Town We started slowly and soon went a goal behind, but a spirited fight back with goals from Kai Edwards and Arran Billington got us so close to extra time, but it wasn’t to be. This is the first time we’ve fallen at the first hurdle in Europe and it’s extremely disappointing.
  10. 2017/18 PRESTATYN TOWN SEASON REVIEW Welsh Premier League Winners - TNS (4) Welsh Cup Winners – TNS (2) League Cup Winners - TNS (2) (How many times won since 2013) Euro Qualifiers Champions League TNS Europa League Port Talbot, Prestatyn Town, Bala Town European Competition Rankings Welsh Premier League : 156th (down 17) Prestatyn Town : 418th (up 31) [b]Year Team WPL Welsh Cup League Cup Europa League[/b] 2012/13 Prestatyn Town 7th Winners 1st Round n/a 2013/14 Prestatyn Town 5th Runner Up Quarter Final 2nd Qualifying Round 2014/15 Prestatyn Town 2nd Quarter Final 1st Round n/a 2015/16 Prestatyn Town 5th 4th Round Winners 2nd Qualifying Round 2016/17 Prestatyn Town 2nd Winners 1st Round n/a 2017/18 Prestatyn Town 3rd Semi Finals 1st Round 2nd Qualifying Round I wasn't sure what else to add to this page, so if you'd like any other information, please let me know.
  11. Thanks both. That near miss could be the nearest I get for a while. I think I need to find a good run in Europe to generate some cash to upgrade facilities.
  12. APRIL/MAY 2018 Unfortunately we exited the Welsh Cup in the semi finals, but our league form towards the end of the season was excellent. It still wasn’t enough to overcome TNS or Port Talbot, who both were winning for fun, but our third placed finished made us top seeds for the end of season play-offs. Beating Llanelli and Bala Town at home we ended the play-offs victorious, meaning we’ve achieved a place in the Europa League, our minimum aim for the season. The end of season report will be put together tomorrow.
  13. MARCH 2018 Well, this was much better. If only we could have held on to our lead against Port Talbot to complete the perfect month. Sadly TNS keep winning, so nothing short of a miracle would be needed to catch them now. The aim is all about second place. We were excellent at Bala and Llanelli and hopefully that kind of form can carry on for a handful more fixtures. We also have the honour of drawing TNS in the Welsh Cup semi final. April/May Fixtures: Bangor City (A) TNS (N) (Welsh Cup) Llanelli (H) TNS (H)
  14. FEBRUARY 2018 At the beginning of this month I thought there was an outside chance a league title. It’s going to be tough to repeat my 2nd place finish of last season now. The most important thing really is somehow securing European football again, which now is essential every season if I’m going to close the gap on TNS. We scraped past our Welsh Cup opponents before good decent results in the next three league matches. The game versus TNS though was hugely disappointing. Our cup quarter final opponents are West End at home, so I am hopefully of reaching at least the semi’s. Clawing back a nine point deficit would be some going now, but it’s the hope that gets you. March Fixtures: West End (H) (Welsh Cup) Bala Town (A) Llanelli (A) Port Talbot (H)
  15. JANUARY 2018 Feeling confident going into the month, I thought that a few good results would see my Prestatyn team possibly take control of the league table. It didn’t take me many minutes to realise it was not going to happen. We were completely out-played at home versus Bangor and likewise against Llanelli. With injuries and poor form taking over, I brought in Daniel Trickett-Smith from TNS, and he immediately made an impact. We emphatically beat second placed Port Talbot on their pitch and followed it up with another good display against Bridgend. With ten matches remaining were are still in touching distance, and the way the fixtures have panned out we face TNS at home on the final game of the season. It would be excellent if that match meant something to us. February Fixtures: Aberdare (H) (Welsh Cup) Bala Town (H) Port Talbot (A) Bangor City (H)
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