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  1. There seems to have been a relative influx of young South Americans and Africans into the Premier League, most of whom would never be getting permits ordinarily. So in my save at least the other clubs seem to be embracing the relaxed rules!
  2. I have the same issue in my save. I've taken full advantage, and just assumed I had the softest Brexit imaginable
  3. Season One: Post Season Wrap Success in the league in season one and a promotion at the first time of asking. Here's a look at the players who got us there, by way of an in depth look at the club's team of the season GK: Zach Hemming (born in Bishop Auckland) The loan signing from Middlesbrough impressed, conceding 46 in 43 league games, keeping 13 clean sheets. Could be set for a return to Blyth next season with his contract up at Boro. RB: Rhys Evans (Newcastle) A solid season for the right back, with a 6.74 average rating from 44 league appearances, including
  4. Cheers, the National League is proving a different challenge altogether!
  5. Season One: May 2020 The Playoffs A season of success A 4th place finish for Blyth may have been slightly disappointing for some fans after their excellent early and mid-season form and unlikely title challenge. But the playoffs still gave the Green Army plenty to fight for. In the National League North, the team finishing 4th host the 7th placed team over one leg. That meant that Gateshead would make the short trip to Croft Park to face off once more against their neighbours. Unlike in the final game of the season, this one was comfortable for Blyth, showing their su
  6. Season One: April 2020 A contract extension for the man in charge... The league proper concludes in April, with four games left to decide the destiny of the Green Army. Two wins would guarantee a playoff place for Blyth, whilst Kidderminster would be crowned league winners barring only the most catastrophic collapse. In an inauspicious start to the month, struggling Guiseley made the trip to Croft Park and held Blyth to a 1-1 draw. Guiseley led for much of the game, but a second-half equaliser from Michael Sweet ensured that Blyth would at least escape with a point.
  7. Season One: March 2020 The financial position of the club continues to subvert expectations... Just the four league games in March, as Blyth looked to maintain the pressure on the leaders, and at least secure their position within the playoffs. In this league, the teams that finish in the top two playoff places receive a first round bye, so finishing position can prove very important. The Spartans kicked off the month with a trip to local rivals Darlington, and the first half started with promise as captain Robbie Dale put the visitors ahead. However, the game turned in th
  8. Season One: February 2020 The Blyth team is moulding into a tight-knit group of players The first of five games in February was a tough home match against Gloucester City, the team just one place and one point below the Spartans in the table. Already down a goal, Blyth were reduced to ten men when Lewis Hawkins picked up two quick yellow cards. Blyth succumbed to subsequent Gloucester pressure, and a Lewis McNall goal wasn't enough to prevent a third consecutive defeat. Desperate to end a terrible run of form, the Green Army travelled to Curzon Ashton. Blyth got the
  9. Season One: January 2020 The Board is happy, so that's nice. No transfer window this low down the pyramid, so no particular worries about strengthening the squad in January. Instead, attention is fully on the five league fixtures that the Spartans must tackle. King's Lynn were up first and travelled to Croft Park knowing that a win would significantly close the gap on Blyth. But the Green Army showed their strength in the second half - goals from Scott Fenwick, Michael Sweet and Adam Wrightson proved enough to dispatch the Linnets. Next up was a short trip sout
  10. Season One: December 2019 The club is making a profit every month... the benefits of good wage control! December is a strange month in the National League North. Only one game in the first three weeks of the season and then three games packed into the Christmas and New Year period. How would Blyth deal with the inevitable late month fatigue? First up was a fierce local derby as the the Green Army hosted Gateshead, themselves going strongly in the league. By far the biggest gate of the season saw almost 2,500 fans pack into Croft Park to witness Blyth steal the three points
  11. Season One: November 2019 A further four league games awaited in November, plus our first excursions in the FA Trophy. First up was a trip to struggling Guiseley. Blyth were dominant for the best part of the game, and goals from left-back Anthony Callaghan and Lewis Hawkins meant an immediate return to the summit of the National League North. Chester's league form marked them out as more capable opposition, as their early goal at Croft Park proved. But the Spartans came back strongly in the second half, and a brace from Michael Sweet - including a late and decisive penalty
  12. Season One: October 2019 A successful September brought personal award... After a non-stop schedule in August and September, October offered a welcome change of pace with only four league games scheduled, plus the next round of the FA Cup. First up this month, Blyth welcomed local rivals Darlington to Croft Park. Michael Sweet gave the Green Army an early lead, before centre back Tyler Brownsword leathered a free kick into the top corner to seal the three points. A late revival for the away side was not enough. A trip to Southern Premier Central outfit Stourbri
  13. Season One: September 2019 The financial situation at the club is seemingly well under control... September brought with it five league games, plus an FA Cup qualifier against minnow opposition. Blyth kicked off the month with a home tie against strugglers Bradford Park Avenue, who had only picked up one point in August and found themselves rooted to the foot of the table. The Green Army went behind very early in this one, before scoring three of their own: a first for the club for right back Rhys Evans and a brace from Scott Fenwick. Four days later and the Bly
  14. Season One: August 2019 The rules of this challenge require a somewhat tailored approach to player search filters... A packed early season league schedule saw seven National League North fixtures completed by the end of August. The Green Army kicked things off with a tricky away game at AFC Telford, and would have been devastated to throw a two-goal lead away against ten men, particularly given how late in the game the goals came. A goal on his debut for striker Scott Fenwick would be a sign of things to come, although he wouldn't score again until the end of August.
  15. A packed pre-season comes to an end, and the squad has taken shape with a number of new additions. All new signings - including the odd staff member - were born and bred within 100 miles of Blyth. The new boys include: Tyler Brownsword (born in South Shields) Lewis McNall (Gateshead) Fergus McAughtrie (unknown, came through Sunderland youth) Sonny Best (Sunderland) The team is learning two tactics for the season: a fairly basic 4-4-2 and a 4-1-3-2. We will be looking to play attacking football, hoping to score more than we concede. The
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