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  1. Kettering Town 2039/40 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI Season Review Much improved this time around in the Premier League. We were challenging for a Euro Cup spot for most of the season but a 13 game winless streak towards the end saw us plummet down the table. Finishing in 12th with 46 points (W11 D13 L14), another disappointing performance in the cups. Karl Nicholson 36c managed 10 league goals which is massive, given how we've struggled to get goals in recent seasons. Chris McGuire 35a is the standout performer and at just 20 should be a mainstay at the heart of defence for years to come. Youth Intake - Great intake this year, a number of positions covered. Really like the look of Michael Appiah an attacking left back. Nick Hendey is a right mid who could bring some much needed flair to the squad, seems to be something that I've found difficult to get from academy graduates, along with penalty taking. Jack Blake may become a useful player as he can play in a few positions. New stadium plans have been scrapped unfortunately, will persevere and hope for a change in fortunes in the future.
  2. Kettering Town 2038/39 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Season Review Overall Best XI In the end, last seasons relegation looks like it has done us good. We returned to the Premier League as champions (W25 D12 L9), 5 points clear of second place although it could and should have been more comfortable in truth. As can be seen from the Championship team of the year our defence and midfield were better than anyone else in the division. Kaine Harbottle 33c is a rock at the back and Rowan Storrie 34b is solid at LB. Lee Clark 30c was unsurprisingly the pick of the midfielders. Couple of strikers managed double figures goals so an improvement but still a slight concern for the Prem. Disappointing performances in the cups again. We will be playing in the King Power stadium next season as we still await an announcement on our new stadium. Youth Intake - Really like the look of Leigh Cooper-Richards, potential quality left mid. Martin Horgan a goalscoring AM is another quality looking prospect. Seem to be developing a bit more depth in the squad so fingers crossed we can give the PL a better go next season...
  3. Kettering Town 2037/38 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Season Awards Season Review It turns out not having someone capable of scoring goals makes it difficult to survive in the Premier League. Our top scoring striker scored 5 goals in all competitions. Only scored 24 goals all season, ended up in 18th but 9 points off safety. We were pretty good at the back considering, and even got decent back up options now. Kaine Harbottle 33c is genuine PL quality and hopeful of keeping hold of him to get us back in the big time, Chris McGuire 35a is his partner at the back and at 19, looks like he could be a top class player. Lost to Spurs in Carabao Cup R4 and Newcastle in FA Cup R3. Youth Intake - A couple of decent prospects upfront, Keith Bachelor has steady physical and mental stats, Nigel O'Leary could be an out and out goalscorer which is exactly what we've been lacking for a good few years. Think relegation could be a blessing as it's a chance to get someone firing upfront. PS Great work on completion @XaW
  4. Kettering Town 2036/37 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Awards Season Review Nail biting stuff throughout our fourth season in the Championship. We fluctuated around the top 4-5 throughout the season. All coming down to the final game and a showdown with mid-table Millwall, sitting in third, we had to better either Newcastle or Portsmouth's result to secure automatic promotion. We went 1-0 up in the first half, then early in the second half when Barnsley went 1-0 up over Portsmouth, it was looking rosy. An equaliser mid-way through the second half increased the nerves and we were forced to settle for a point but results elsewhere saw us promoted in second (W22D14L10) a win on the final day would have made us champions. Really struggling to find a striker that can cut it at this level, massively relying on goals from midfield. Lee Clark 30c was superb, 11 goals from the DLP including winning goals in crucial games at the end of the season. Chris McGuire 35a is a rock at the back, striking up a great partnership with Kaine Harbottle 33c. Joe Mason 31b came into his own this season and his pace is a real asset. Youth Intake - Some useful positions filled, particularly Alan Robbins in DM as we need a long term back up/replacement for Gaz Doy 23c. Steve Dibble adds to our plethora of talented right wingers. Luke Zand looks the best of the rest. Last but not least, Wesley Bearne 19a has decided to retire, I tried to convince him to carry on for one more season to hopefully play in the PL, but he decided against it. He amassed 752 apps and 231 goals in all competitions. Undoubtedly going down as the greatest player in club history. Also got given the choice to retire the number 9 shirt in his honour. Ultimately I decided against it as I'm hoping another iconic number 9 will be following closely behind.
  5. Kettering Town 2034/35 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Season Review A great season for us, pushing for the playoff places throughout the season, until 4 draws and 2 defeats in the last 6 dashed any hopes of promotion to the PL. Eventually ending up in 9th place with 67 points (W18 D13 L15). Mark Bennett was as reliable as ever, cleaning up at the club awards night. Jonathan Bird 30a was the key man going forward with 13 goals and 6 assists from the left wing. In his debut season, Kaine Harbottle 33c was outstanding in the heart of defence, just hoping we can hold onto him. Lee Clark 30c is developing into a reliable DLP and Luke Marvin 31e has made the RB position his own in his first season in the first team. Starting to develop a really good core of players. Youth Intake - Solid bunch this time around, Daniel Usman is a promising GK, seem to have a number of promising keepers coming through in recent years. Chris McGuire yet another solid CB, his starting stats look particularly good. Rohan Silvera is the pick of the rest and his decent mental stats should bode well.
  6. Kettering Town 2033/34 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI Our first season in the championship was much more comfortable than I was expecting, we started off pretty well and looked on course for a top half finish for much of the season. Unfortunately we had a terrible end to the season and slipped down to a 16th place finish (W14 D16 L16). 2nd and 3rd round exits in the Carabao and FA Cup respectively was a disappointment. Again, our defence were fairly solid but we only managed 45 goals in the 46 league games, our top scoring forward scored a measly 6 goals, fortunately enough goals came from the wings and midfield. Mark Bennett 28a has become Mr Reliable at LB, despite his average stats. Danny Tunnicliffe 26a is one of the best keepers in the league and Luke King 25e continues to be solid in the middle of the park. Youth Intake - Luke Rumens is the big one for this year as we need some potential fire power from somewhere, also nice to have a poacher/advanced forward rather than the usual pressing forwards I get. Adam Cooke is one of two good LB prospects, his base stats look very solid. The end of the season saw us taken over and the new owner seems willing to spend some money and he's also indicated his desire to improve the youth facilities which is promising. A very positive season overall, just need to find some goals from somewhere, got 3 or 4 players that look ready for next season so will chuck them in at the deep end and see how they get on.
  7. Kettering Town 2032/33 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI Season Review In our 4th season in League One, we turned the corner. Challenging for automatic promotion all the way through the season, unfortunately drew too many games during the run-in and slipped down to 5th place and a go at the playoffs. A 4-3 aggregate win over Wigan meant a Wembley visit to take on Doncaster in the final. After a 1-1 draw, an early goal in ET put us in control until a last minute equaliser. The class of Danny Tunnicliffe 26a showed through, saving two of the three penalties as we won the shootout 4-1. Wesley Bearne 19a was the star man and runner up in L1 golden boot, passing 600 appearances and 200 goals for the club this season to cement his place as the club's greatest ever player. Youth Intake - Our already impressive defence looks to be in safe hands with three promising CB's in Kaine Harbottle - 6 foot 3 with solid stats, John Ryan who can also slot in as a holding midfielder, Michael Hughes another useful option.
  8. Kettering Town 2030/31 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI Finances Season Review A similar season to our first in League One, a couple of places and four points better off. A long way off a promotion challenge as we lack the goals to push us up there, defence once again our strength despite lacking any real depth. Our first real FA cup run ended in a sixth round defeat to Man City. In terms of players, Mark Bennett 28a is turning into a quality LB, stats aren't the most impressive but performance wise he's a star and was voted fans player of the year. Luke King 25e is a solid performer in CM, mentally very good. Unfortunately we lost Bobby Garrick 27d but managed to receive £3.9m + a 50% sell on clause so it could be worse. Youth Intake - Happy with this one, Louis Prosser is a good prospect in net, George Cooke looks to have good starting stats to be a useful RB, Joe Mason is a welcome addition as he can play on either wing as well as centrally.
  9. Kettering Town 2029/30 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI First season in League One and we fared pretty well to say we lost three key players the previous season, ending up 16th with 57 points. We lack fire power upfront, Wesley Bearne 19a once again our top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions. Player of the year surprisingly was Luke King 25e who has come out of nowhere to become the main man in the middle of the park. Disappointing first round exits in both major cups. I was forced to protest the boards sale of Darren Jee 27a who has been the defensive linchpin. After they agreed to my pleas, I decided to offer him out to maximise the fee, so the bank balance is beginning to look a little healthier thanks to the £2.7m. Although it's a big blow ahead of next season. Youth Intake - Promising this year, Ian Cooper is of particular interest as I'm desperately in need of a striker. Jonathan Bird looks the pick of the lot and he'll get some game time as back up on left wing. Connor Wilkinson is a useful full back who can also slot in at CB.
  10. Kettering Town 2028/29 League Table Overall Best XI Despite the board forcing the sales of three key players, we managed to hang on to a promotion spot, against the odds and secure promotion to League One. Our focus on being tight at the back meant we only conceded 38 goals in the league. This was mainly down to Darren Jee 27a a hugely talented 17 year old who we might struggle to hold onto for much longer, Adrian Bradbury 24b a dependable CB and Alex Jones 23d who did a great job centrally or filling in for either full backs. Danny Tunnicliffe has done a great job replacing Paul White, and the League team of the year shows just how impressive we were at the back. We don't seem to have much success in the cups, mainly due to having to rest players for important league games etc. Youth Intake - Not the best we've had but could be worse, was hoping for a decent striker after seeing our two biggest prospects leave but Stephen Martin AMR and Caswain Burgin AM/CM look good additions. Burgins stats in particular look fairly decent across the board.
  11. Challenging for promotion in my first season in League Two, then the board do this to me on deadline day; Ethan Watson, Leigh Bee and Alistair Hill all sold. Two first choice strikers and our first choice DM, gone for a fraction of what they're worth.
  12. Kettering Town 2026/27 League Table Had no internet for a while so behind on my updates and seem to have had a few screenshots disappear. Another step forward and a fourth place finish and a run of decent form in the playoffs saw us unfortunate to lose out to Carlisle in the playoff final. Loric Nsingi bagged 29 goals during the season and was the standout performer. Youth Intake - Darren Jee a great prospect at the back, will slot into the team straight away. Darren Shaw looks to have a decent base of stats for a promising winger, potential to be the first to challenge Brad Deane for his place. Thandolwethu Tshabalala decent potential, great name. Kettering Town 2027/28 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI A similar season to the previous but we went one better in beating Aldershot 2-1 in the playoff final. Ethan Watson came of age this year, looks a huge prospect and two playoff final goals sealed us promotion. Wesley Bearne continued on his path to club legend status with 19 goals and 16 assists in another productive season from the club captain. Some big international call-ups including Alistair Hill for England U19's. Youth Intake - Left back Mark Bennett is the man I've been waiting for, first left back that looks like a potential first team mainstay. Grigoris Petropoulos a solid looking goalkeeper. League Two to come...
  13. Kettering Town 2025/26 League Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Turned a corner this season, got about two thirds of the way through the season and was hovering around the relegation zone and conceding far too many goals, a slight tweak in the tactics saw us win 9 and draw 5 of the last 18 games. Pushing us up to 17th, finishing a comfortable 15 points above relegation. The pick of the players was Tom Carpenter who chipped in with 9 goals and 5 assists but at times, ran games from midfield, unfortunately he refused to sign a new contract so I sold him to Doncaster for £130k with a decent sell on %. Jamaica under 20 star Gregory Green starred upfront with 22 goals and 9 assists. Youth Intake is promising, Samuel Walsh is a much needed prospect at right back. Also Leigh Bee looks yet another good potential striker and I'm crossing my fingers that Danny Tunnicliffe could finally be the keeper to replace Paul White.
  14. Kettering Town 2023/24 Table Squad Best XI Promotion! A free scoring season, scoring over a hundred goals after the playoffs, topping the season off with a 3-1 playoff final victory. A number of players really pushed on this season, in particular Wesley Bearne who played either upfront or on the left wing and Ben Thacker who had a very solid season at right back. Youth Intake - Decent intake, should improve the spine of the team with good potential at CB, CM and ST. Tom Carpenter - Two footed, creative attacking midfielder. Steady starting stats. Adrian Bradbury - CB which could be much needed as our current crops development seems to have stalled. Martin Williams - Yet another Pressing Forward, but looks like a handy prospect. Kettering Town 2024/25 Table Squad 1/Squad 2 A disappointing first season in the VNL but managed to stay up on goal difference thanks to our ability going forward, unfortunately our terrible defence left us up against it for most of the year. A last day defeat put us on the brink but Boredom Wood could only manage a draw to secure our safety. Youth Intake - Best intake to date, although the lack of variety of positions is slightly frustrating. Might be some retraining to do. 6 decent prospects are Ethan Watson ST, Brett Clark ST/AMLC, Ian Piction ST/M/AM C, Matthew Stokes AML/ML, Luke King MC/DM/MR, Leigh Sturgess CM. Another tough season ahead unless the defence can sort itself out, really struggling for full backs at the minute.
  15. Kettering Town 2022/23 Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Overall Best XI Slid down the table into 10th this season, couldn't really string a good run of results together. A really important season though with a lot of players coming on and starting to look capable of pushing us on. Another exit in the 4th round of qualifying for the FA cup. Youth Intake - A really good number of genuine prospects in a good range of positions, a couple of players that will move into the first team squad as back up to begin with. Loric Nsingi - A young striker with pace that can finish, excited about this one. Scored a great goal in a 1-0 away win at Southport. Sam Redmond - A defensive midfielder, really strong mental stats. Should get a fair amount of game time. Gaz Doy - Another DM, good stats as a ball winner. May possibly look at retraining him or Redmond as a CM. A year of developing the squad should bode well for a playoff push or more next season.
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