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  1. Season 2028/29 Review - Burgess Hill Town in the Premier League League Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Season Review I guess I was overdue a humbling season. As good as we are at soaking pressure, a lot of these Premier League teams are just too much. Not that I'll complain at avoiding relegation! We're making silly money and should move into the new stadium soon enough, so it's all about staying steady right now. Squad-wise Eyoma and Dunleavy leave a bit to be desired against world-class attackers, and short-term signing Mawson isn't overcoming his lack of pace the way I had hoped. If I want to build on this season, I think we're in for a major defensive overhaul! The midfield is looking better with Antonsen and Holt performing admirably for their ages, financed by the sale of Ibrahimovic after I just couldn't keep him happy anymore. Hopefully I can build the squad around these guys without bigger teams coming in and unsettling them. Up front Cohen has been nothing short of inspirational, finishing 3rd in the league goal-scoring chart. Not bad for someone playing for relegation candidates! I think this is all about squad-building now. Aim for next season: Improve the squad. Season League Finish Achievements 2028/29 Premier League 14th - 2027/28 Sky Bet Championship 5th Promoted via Playoffs 2026/27 Sky Bet Championship 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2025/26 Sky Bet Championship 7th - 2024/25 Sky Bet League One 2nd Promoted 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 9th - 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st Winners 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st Winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st Winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  2. Season 2028/29 Mid-Season Review - Burgess Hill Town in the Premier Division League Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances This is tough, but we're surviving. I wasn't too impressed with my initial budgets - £7M on transfers and £275K on wages isn't a lot when players want £25K+/week to renew and even more to transfer in. I'd understand if we were cash-strapped, but the projections showed us ending the season with £61M in the bank. The board somehow still felt I had enough, so four carefully considered signings and only expiring contracts renewed had to be all. They have thankfully now given in after seeing the £28M we've amassed in the bank. I predict a busy January transfer window. Among the players already here, Cohen has been a revelation. I don't know what Watford was thinking transfer listing him. They're sitting below us in the league now, so maybe they're regretting that... I'm also excited about Leipold - too talented to renew with lowly FC Jena and apparently not scouted by any other German teams - as a hard-working winger/very attacking wing back. His technicals need work, but the scouts and coaches give me every reason to believe he can grow. We are - to my great amusement - still playing at tiny Leylands Park, except the Premier League doesn't allow standing room so we max out at our 2,004 seated capacity. Thank God for stupid TV money?
  3. Breaking them Premier League records.
  4. Season 2027/28 Review - Burgess Hill Town in the Sky Bet Championship League Table | Playoff Semi | Final | Final Goals | Cups | Season Review Football is funny sometimes. In many ways, this season was a step back. More goals conceded, fewer scored, a failed mid-season formation change, players making noise about moving on... And with one match to go, we were still 7th on poor form and relying on results elsewhere to make the playoffs. Thankfully holding up our end sufficed, and the ensuing matches... Well... Let's just say I wouldn't count on repeating them! The home game against Cardiff was no doubt our most convincing and I felt we deserved more than the draw, but we're set up to counter-attack and truthfully rarely do well when forced to be the ball-playing side. My heart sank when we conceded a penalty just 7min into the 2nd leg, but Cardiff blew it and never truly threatened from open play. Neither did we, but with free-kick takers like Diaz I guess you don't have to! This has never been a team to thump the opposition 5-0 - we work hard and grind our way through - so I suppose 2-1 on aggregate was in many ways characteristic. As for the final... We were largely outplayed. Rotherham played fantastically while we didn't manage a single clear-cut chance in 120 minutes. But finals are about concentration and mentality, so I'll take a bungled header back and a fortunate deflection if that's what's on offer! I'll have to credit the players for keeping morale and commitment to the end - we came out the more positive side after half-time despite trailing, and there's nothing quite like a stoppage time equalizer by your substitute in the most important match of your career! Rotherham seemed to completely lose their initiative in extra time, and after two incisive set-pieces we'd done what I thought impossible this season! In my eyes, there's some extra beauty in Çetinkaya being the one putting a bow on the proceedings with that cannonball of a shot. He's been a fantastic servant on our way up and this may just be his last competitive match for the club. In less exciting competitive news, the cup runs were fun but short. Arsenal and Man Utd are just not opponents I'm ready to take on... Squad | Transfers | Finances All heroes in my book: GK - Jakob Haugaard FB - Derek Docherty DC - Damien Dunleavy DC - TJ Eyoma WB - Callum Crane WP - Liam Smith CM - Luke Moran BBM - Ramiz Ibrahimovic WM - Efosa Ohen DF - Toni Martínez DF - Sean Haseldin It's worth noting that the new stadium won't be done for another year. Will we be playing Premier League football at 5000 capacity Leylands Park? Aim for next season: Stay up! Season League Finish Achievements 2027/28 Sky Bet Championship 5th Promoted through playoffs 2026/27 Sky Bet Championship 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2025/26 Sky Bet Championship 7th - 2024/25 Sky Bet League One 2nd Promoted 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 9th - 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st Winners 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st Winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st Winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  5. Season 2026/27 Review - Burgess Hill Town in the Sky Bet Championship League Table | Playoffs | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Season Review Close, but no cigar. Another rocky start with just the one win from our first seven games, but given time we eventually settled into 3rd with automatic promotion annoyingly close-but-always-out-of-reach. No matter; I had high hopes for the playoffs given our defensive stability - 30 conceded from 46 games speaks for itself - but Crystal Palace had other plans and narrowly booted us out 2-1. At least they went on to win the whole thing! I wasn't expecting it so soon, but Ibrahimovic was granted a work permit! I have high hopes for this guy. He's broken into the Bosnian national team, so maybe that did the trick. Of course, after just this one season with us, he now wants to move on to a bigger club! With two full years left on the contract, I have no intention of giving in to that just yet. Mike Ashley signaled early on that he wanted to sell the club, and after a failed bid in June another went through in October. No investments of note beyond clearing the small bank loans from old Leylands Park renovations. Apparently we're now a PLC, whatever the implications of that are. More excitingly, the new stadium is happening! 16K capacity will do us fine in the short term - I just hope it's expandable to something more Premier League worthy in the future! Also, that's one big loan for a club that would be bankrupt without the generous solidarity payment scheme. Really hoping the payments won't be sinking this ship before we even get to see the new place! Aim for next season: Keep pushing up the table! Season League Finish Achievements 2026/27 Sky Bet Championship 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2025/26 Sky Bet Championship 7th - 2024/25 Sky Bet League One 2nd Promoted 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 9th - 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st Winners 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st Winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st Winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  6. Going by those possession numbers, I'm guessing they're scoring on counter-attacks in behind your high defensive line? I think a lot of us have observed high conversion rates from those kinds of chances. I personally gave up on playing possession football while in the lower leagues.
  7. Season 2025/26 Review - Burgess Hill Town in the Sky Bet Championship League Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Season Review I feel like we've been sat in 7th for a small eternity by now; the worst kind of tease just outside the playoffs! I guess I can't really complain - whenever we went on a good run, the teams above kept pace. Besides, I'm really happy with our late-season form after a shaky 1-5-1 W-D-L start and an inconsistent Christmas period. I sure wouldn't have said no to just a couple more points from the very last few matches, but them's the breaks. We took a while to find our footing - now I have something to build from. And perhaps the loss of our old squad cohesion played a part here, given I more than doubled the club's wage expenditure replacing most of my preferred starting 11. Most notably Haseldin and Martínez form the new attacking duo - Sorry Çetinkaya, you served us well! - with Ohen and Doran manning the flanks and Henderson and Eyoma shoring up the defence. It's a stronger side, and I'm sure we wouldn't have managed this well any other way! When it comes to signings though... Despite our EU work permit woes, I couldn't pass up on Ibrahimovic. No, not that Ibrahimovic. My scouts were singing this guy's praises from well before he was willing to come, and after half a season on loan at RB Leipzig and another at Hamburg with their superb facilities he's now described as "well-suited to Premier Division football". My only five-star player. He's contracted to 2029 so my hope is that we'll somehow get a work permit within that time frame. Until then, development at foreign clubs will have to be the plan. Oh yeah, and it looks like Mike Ashley wants off this ride. Perhaps the threat of another Premier League venture has scared him off. Aim for next season: Small tweaks now. Season League Finish Achievements 2025/26 Sky Bet Championship 7th - 2024/25 Sky Bet League One 2nd Promoted 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 9th - 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st League winners 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st League winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  8. From scouting Europe this season I have learned the hard way that despite what the game will have me believe all European players do in fact require work permits. An annoying bug to say the least, but until I reach the continental part of this challenge I suppose it's the same for all my competitors!
  9. Season 2024/25 Review - Burgess Hill Town in Sky Bet League One League Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Season Review Isn't it amazing when everything just clicks? I couldn't tempt more than two players to sign on - and a backup solution on loan - but it turns out refined tactical instructions for a proven squad cohesive enough to "be willing to die for each other" from the get-go can make you a mighty tough nut to crack. We're not the most prolific, no, but restricting space and trusting the long ball has yet to disappoint. For a team predicted rock bottom I'd say it's served us well! (Though looking at that list in general makes me seriously question the in-game media!) We did have a brief go at 1st as Carlisle was a mere point ahead for the final round with a heavy loss to Rochdale behind them, but while they indeed only managed a draw we lost uncharacteristically 0-2 to Newport Co. Heads in the Championship already, lads? On the 50% exciting/50% scary front, plans for a new stadium are under way. We are filling 5000 capacity Leylands Park every week so it's certainly needed, but if this all works like in earlier FM's we'll be locked into this new place for the next 20 years and I'm not convinced the board has the finances for a big project. Fingers crossed planning takes forever? Promotion-Winning Starting 11 GK - Mark Smith DR - Derek Docherty DC - Kristopher Da Graca DC - Jack Winter DL - Jordan Cranston MR - Herson Alves MC - Luke Moran MC - Liam Smith ML - Mathias Coureur ST - David Mulhall ST - Koray Çetinkaya Aim for next season: Stay up! Season League Finish Achievements 2024/25 Sky Bet League One 2nd Promoted! 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 9th - 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st League winners 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st League winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  10. Season 2023/24 Review - Burgess Hill Town in Sky Bet League One League Table | Squad | Transfers | Season Review It all started so well - then we couldn't last the distance. I had a hard time convincing good players to sign so I'm not too displeased with what is essentially last season's team proving competitive at 9th, but we were lining ourselves up for the playoffs until mid-season when the form dipped hard. Without the squad depth to rotate out the underperformers and unmotivated, we never truly got back on track. While grinding out a whole lotta hard-earned draws proved there's still some backbone to this side, 3 wins from the last 11 matches wasn't going to be enough to avoid dropping places. Small tweaks now with a few strong signings and I'd feel good about this team. Given how Max Ryan - my only proper target man - spent most of the season out injured (again!), I may need to reconsider my attacking play. We can scout Europe now, so hopefully there are some hidden gems out there! Finances | Commercial Summary | Solidarity Payment I think we'll be fine. Aim for next season: Strengthen the squad. Season League Finish Achievements 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 9th - 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st League winners! 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st League winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  11. When the Team Meeting about poor form actually works.
  12. Season 2022/23 Review - Burgess Hill Town in Sky Bet League Two League Table | Cups | Squad | Transfers | Season Review Well that went wildly over expectation! Our counter-attacking seems just as effective up here, in fact a lot of the chances we create look better. I suspect this has a lot to do with teams playing extremely high and adventurous against us, effectively providing plenty of space to counter into behind them, while the more cautious sides give us trouble. Regardless, I was sure the step into professional football would be the hardest yet, but this sure went smoothly compared to the VNL! We did come close to losing 1st as Burton was sitting on equal points but worse GD going into the final round. A goalless draw was as much as I could hope for after a 37th minute red card, but thankfully Burton stumbled as well in their tie away to Rochdale, who also had a player sent off and gave away a penalty! There's some fight in us newly promoted. It was all for glory seeing how we were promoted either way, but it sure feels better at the top! Finances | Commercial Summary | Solidarity Payment The numerous cup games helped, but not enough to prevent the need for a couple of mid-season cash injections. We're also looking at another stadium expansion prompting the board to take out a third bank loan. Considering the rising gate receipts and that insane solidarity payment though, I'm feeling pretty comfortable! Notable Players Ed Harris - Fans' Player of the Season Koray Çetinkaya - Top Goalscorer (25) Liam Smith - Signing of the Season (I used to have this guy on loan!) David Mulhall - Crucial Max Ryan replacement during long-term injury Mark Smith - New Sky Bet League Two Most Clean Sheets record holder (22) Mathias Coureur - Free Transfer bargain Aim for next season: Stay up. Hoping for more would surely be hubris at this point. Season League Finish Achievements 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st League winners! 2021/22 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2020/21 Vanarama National 8th FA Trophy runner-ups 2019/20 Vanarama South 1st League winners 2018/19 Vanarama South 4th Playoff semi-finalists 2017/18 Vanarama South 6th -
  13. Bringing back memories from my first season.
  14. Huh. Serbia, Montenegro, and Albania have joined the EU. I didn't realize there was more than Brexit to this year's geopolitical features!