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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Kettering Town 2021/22 Table Squad 1/Squad 2 Best XI Just sneaked into the playoffs despite the squad being very thin in certain areas. Unfortunately lost 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs and that was that. Still been relying on a few of the original squad until this season so will look to ease them out and try and push a few players on. A lot of the brighter prospects don't seem to be improving overly quickly. Youth Intake Paul Russon - Brightest prospect for a while. We are very weak at the back so he slots straight in. Paul McGlinchey - Only other player that might get a look in soon due to weakness on the left wing.
  12. Kettering Town 2020/21 Table Squad Finances All Time XI Similar season as the previous, 14th place and one more point than before. Much better at the back and not as prolific going forward, mainly due to a change in tactic for large parts of the year. Other than Brad Deane, youngsters don't seem to be progressing too much so not overly optimistic about promotion chances for the upcoming season. Youth Intake gave a fair few prospects of 4.5 stars or more but not really anyone to make an impact instantly. Craig Edmondson - Back up to Toseland to begin with at left back but should get reasonable game time. Ryan Hawkins - Another decent prospect in net but tough to get them game time and still remain competitive, especially with White doing a steady job.
  13. Kettering Town 2019/20 Table Kettering have a decent base to start with, with a number of players more than ready for the step up. A Decent 14th place finish in the first season, just conceded far too many goals and and with not many prospects in defence, it could be an ongoing problem. Oliver Mehew was top goalscorer in the league with 33 in 42. Had a couple of young lads with potential at the start, Wesley Bearne scored a hat-trick on the opening day, and the penultimate day of the season, with just two goals in between. Right back Ben Thacker is the only other real prospect from the original regens. Youth Intake Brad Deane - great prospect at right wing who played a few towards the end of the season. Will start next season. Regan Scarber - centre back who will slot straight into the side for next season due to retirements.
  14. Just started again at Kettering after my computer crashed. My manager profile. Got a pretty decent squad to start with so hopefully get off to a solid start...
  15. Laptop’s packed up so looks like it’s back to square one....
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