Wealdstone - Season 1: Blue Square South - 2010/2011
My first season of manager as the mighty Wealdstone. I didn't know what to expect, as I have never managed a team at this level before, so little did Wealdstone know what they getting! The board wanted me to avoid relegation at the start of the season, and I reassured them that I would be able to, although the media seemed not so sure, and predicted me to finish 19th!! After arranging a few friendlies against bigger teams all of which i lost, to generate a little bit of extra income, the real season began...
After a solid start to the season, which saw us unbeaten in the first 5, my hopes for possible promotion started to rise, but then a comprehensive 3-0 defeat against Staines brought them back down. Another 5 match unbeaten run though saw us maintain our position near the top of the table, and everybody was happy! But a 1-0 defeat away at Tiverton saw that run end, and the start of my inconsistant, annoying season start! To put the rest of the season into perspective, in the 1st 12 games we lost 2, won 5 and drew 5, which was respectable in my books. In the remaining 30 games we won 5, drew 8 and lost 17:( This was down to a number of reasons, such lack of goals being scored, and lack of opportunities taken. Whilst I can't blame my team, towards the end of the season I was getting sick of reading 'So close', 'He grazes the top of the bar' 'How did he miss that' or my favourite 'and that rattles of the woodwork' This, as well as mid table obscurity led to me holidaying most of the end of the season, which had quite alot of mixed results, but probably didnt help my final league position of 17th.
Fa Cup - Lost in the 2nd Qual. Rnd to St. Albans
Fa Trophy - Reachesd the 3rd Round but lost to Basingstoke. Beat Stevenage of BSP in the 2nd, is a possible highlight of my season.
After being given a transfer Budget of 7k, and a wage budget that was way more than i needed, I thought that this club may well have run within its means. But I soon realised that wasn't to be the case, as soon i was recording monthly losses, and a negative bank balance, even when i was with my wage budget for the season:( Will have to wait and see what next season holds...
Some highlights of my transfers were...
Andrea Zola - Signed on loan for the season, came into the team to strengthen my weak lb area, and was one of my players of the season.
Robert McCormick - Looked a good striker on screen, but never really got going for me, didn't help that a string of injuries mid season porevented him getting a decent run of games. Hopefully next season is his season.
Ben Greenhalgh - signed him on a free, but got stung by the 40k compensation. Another player who I had high expectations for, he showed glimpses but never really took off. Also he can add the title of worst signing of the season from the season summary:( Hopefully another for next season, to prove them all wrong!
Robbie Booth - Signed to balance out my attack minded midfield, he had a good season, chipping in with 8 goals and 6 assists.
The Dafuge Challenge Player of the Year Award
Jamie Brown - My signing of the season, he undoubtably was my best player, scoring some key goals, and was one of my top performers. Has attracted interest throughout the season, so hopefully will be able to hold onto him!
Fans Player of the Season - Jamie Brown also picked up my fans plaer of the season
Next Season Expectations
Hopefully we will build upon our survival, but due to our poor showing at the end of the season, I am not setting my hopes too high. A solid mid table finish, without the worry of relegation is my aim.
C'MON YOU STONES:D