brFM2011

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About brFM2011

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    Love football. Support Huddersfield Town FC. Traveling with the blue and white army is the best feeling in the world for me. Wish I could go back in time to be under the cowshed for one game.

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    Featherstone, W Yorks, UK

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    Football, fitness, gaming.

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    Huddersfield Town
  1. English Premier Division 2014-15 Preseason Starts of season expectations: Stay clear of relegation Transfer Budget: £28.5m Wage Budget: £625,000 p/w (currently spending £532,953 p/w) Sky Bet promotion odds: 2000-1 Media Prediction: 14th Season ticket holders: (11,446 last season) Summer Transfer Window Transfers, Ins(detail below) & Outs (quick view) In Tobias Figuieredo (DC, DM, MC), £180k from MK Dons. Frank Bean (AMC, ST), free transfer. Released by Arsenal. Chris Gadi (ST), £6.75m from Chelsea. Jack Cork (MC, AMC), £1.9m from Burnley. Jack Robinson (DL), £500k, season-long loan from Chelsea. £14m agreed fee. John Smith (MR, ML), £350k, season-long loan from Man City. £10.5m agreed fee. Federico Balzaretti (D/WB L), free transfer. Released by Real Madrid. Gabriel Fredes (GK), £300k, season-long loan from Lanus. Summary I think we've strengthened our squad while trimming down on it very well this year. We're spending less on wages which is great for the finances. In signing Gadi I was confident in letting the striker who did the business in the lower divisions leave. We have some great youngsters signed and with our academy recently producing a few decent players the future looks good.
  2. 2013-14 End of Season Review League Table League Graph Squad Well we survived, that's that for this season really. We haven't spend loads and our average wage is less than half of the Premier Division's average. Surviving again is the aim for next season in my mind, mainly as I want to try and rebuild the squad. We did alright in the cups, we had a good run in the LC. League Cup, FA Cup Town's stats/facts Town's Esteban Granero recieved 3 red cards, more than any other player in the league. Town's Frank Lampard was the 9th most successful passer in the league, with 86% of his attempts reaching their targets. Town only had 1 penalty all season, coming in the 36th game against Stoke. Top scorer- Alberto Paloschi, 14. Highest assists- Esteban Granero, 6. He had the joint most assists in the league with a few other players, however he missed a lot of games through suspension so I think he would have had more. Average attendance- 21,799 Finances- Overall the financial state of the club looks a lot better, surviving in the Premier Division will only boost these.
  3. March, April & May update The last 3 months were indifferent to say the least, we lost 6 straight before 2 fantastic wins. We were safe for a while so at least during the losing streak we weren't under massive pressure. In mid March Birmingham's chairman attempted to lure me to the West Midlands. 15 points safe in the end. The plan now is building for the next few years.
  4. January Transfer Window Heading into January the board offered me the chance to change our expectations. I told them we would avoid relegation. Transfer overview Ins Wayne Bridge (DL), £250k from Man City. Vito Mannone (GK), £200k, loan until the end of the season. Darnel Situ (DC), £3.4m from Bolton. Outs A couple of youngsters have moved on for free but with a sell-on. a few more have gone out on loan, notably Simon Fernandez to Crystal Palace and Dmitry Alexeev to Feyenoord. Summary Alex Smithies took a knock in training and missed the Man City game earlier on in the season. With Friedel looking very unlikely to perform at this level I wanted to bring in a goalkeeper for backup which I feel I have done. Our left back area had been a bit of a problem with Lee Naylor aging and performing inconsistently. Bridge is a short term option until the summer. I had a look at numerous centre halves and opted for Gary Cahill, however Bolton weren't happy with a £10m offer so I decided to go for his partner in Situ, who was a lot cheaper and is younger. Our central defence hasn't been too bad but I wanted somebody for the next few years as most of our DC's are 30+.
  5. December, January & February update December started off quite poor and ended very well. We got a crucial win against Stoke before letting Birmingham have a taste of revenge. They had beaten us every time we had played them in the season so to win was great, to win by 5 was even better. We went into January feeling confident and it showed in a thriller at Old Trafford in the cup. We were quite poor against Burnley but only one thing mattered and that was winning. The next 3 games were tough and we were well beaten in them all. We ended the month with a welcomed clean sheet. We continued to draw early on in February before 2 big wins against 20th placed Bristol and an indifferent Newcastle side. In the League cup we were unlucky against Birmingham. In the FA Cup we got a tough 3rd round draw, however we made the most of it and should of really won the game but for a last minute United equaliser. The replay was close but the United quality shone through and they ran out 2-1 winners. For a long time we were just 7 points safe, thankfully we have given ourselves a nice gap as we head into the last 10 fixtures, they are tough games but we are capable of winning 3-4 of them.
  6. October & November update October didn't go too bad, we came close to getting a point at West Ham. We went 1 down to Bristol and left it late before we won, Frank Lampard coming on from the bench to hit one from 25 yards. Newcastle hadn't won in 13 games but had drew a lot of them. Picking up a result was important which we just about managed. The following run was quite tough, we were unlucky against Spurs but the Liverpool & City scorelines could have been a lot worse. After beating Arsenal in the cup we have Birmingham away in the quarter final. We play Burnley, West Brom & Stoke in the next 2 months, 3 games we really need to win. With us being quite close to the drop I might have to get a player or 2 in to make sure we don't drop out of the league.
  7. Good luck with this save. Aside from the takeover taking an age it seems to be going well Great news with the cup ties too.
  8. August & September update We haven't done too bad at all. Against Birmingham we lined up 4-4-2 which lead to a very open, close game. The difference was the level of finishing. The Burnley game, which was a vital 3 points, was pretty similar only we won. We took a good point at Everton before coming close to nicking one from United. We should of done better at Fulham, they went down to 10 men but if anything it made them play better. We edged a close game against Wolves with 2 late strikes from new boy Paloschi. In the cup we've usually being the underdogs, this year so far has been different. Upsets were in the minds of Cheltenham and Oxford fans but they were left disappointed. The 4th round tie will see the Arsenal travel up north to West Yorkshire. Only the Fulham result looks bad when you see where the respective teams are in the league. We're well placed but with a trip to West Ham followed by a home game against Bristol City, we need to be on guard. transfer news: Sam Walker signed for Bolton, costing them 1.2m + add-ons. Lee Novak has left for Brighton on loan with a view to buy. Brad Friedel joins the Terriers for 30k from Aston Villa.
  9. Our warm-up for the Premier League. We play Burnley and Bristol in the first 8 games, both at home. Also 3 teams who finished in the bottom half last season. I think we need to start strong and our home record could be key, although it'll be tested by Everton and then Manchester United after the Burnley game. Anything above 1 point/game is probably going to be a boost, considering 39 points has been enough to survive in the last 3 seasons. Updates will be bi-monthly from now on.
  10. English Premier Division 2013-14 Preseason Start of season expectations: Attempt to avoid relegation Transfer Budget: £26.5m Wage Budget: £250,000 p/w (currently spending £444,997 p/w) Sky Bet promotion odds: 4000-1 Media Prediction: 20th Season ticket holders: 11,446 (10,857 last season) My first new deal, only a small £23,000 p/w rise.. Summer Transfer Window Transfers, Ins(detail below) & Outs (quick view) In Neil Wilson (M/AM LC), free transfer. Released by Tottenham. Dmitry Alexeev (DM, MC), £650k from Dnipro. Simon Fernandez (DR, DL), free transfer. Released by Marsielle. Rio Ferdinand (DC), free transfer. Released by Man United. Frank Lampard (MC, AMC), free transfer. Released by Chelsea. Alberto Paloschi (ST), free transfer. Released by AC Milan. Owen Hargreaves (DM, MC), free transfer. Released by Man United. Esteban Granero (AM/M RLC), free transfer. Released by Real Madrid. Henrique (DC), free transfer. Released by Barcelona. Benik Afobe (ST, AML), free transfer. Released by Arsenal. Kevin Foley (D/WB R, MR), £350k, season-long loan from Wolves. Summary Dean Hoyle(chairman) once again backed the club massively. It looks like a healthy profit with some great signings, but in truth we probably broke even due to player/agent fees. The 'big name' players have actually declined a fair bit, so they aren't as good as you maybe first think. They will still no doubt do a job for me considering I want to survive. A lot of good players were released this year, Mario Gomez, Ashley Cole & Yury Zhirkov all considered contracts from us, not surprisingly they chose elsewhere. We also missed out on 2-3 targets who were available for loan.
  11. Thanks. Thanks, Keogh had a great year. Izale Mcleod, his history. Kieran Trippier, his history.
  12. 2012-13 End of Season Review League Table League Graph Squad I couldn't ask for more after winning promotion. I thought our Jan onwards form last season was special but this season it was even better. Hopefully we won't be a yo-yo team and we can survive next year. Once again we did alright in both cup competitions. League Cup, FA Cup Town's Stats/Facts Town's 19 league matches unbeaten was second to Champions Burnley, who went 33 games unbeaten. Lee Naylor was Town's only ever-present player both in the league, and all competitions together. Albert was the first Town player to score 20 goals in the league since Pawel Abbott, in 2004-05 (League 1) and the first in the Championship since Marcus Stewart in 1998-99. Town scored 83 league goals this season(not incl play-offs), the most since 1979-80 when they scored 101. (League 2) Top scorer- Albert, 23. Highest assists- Scott Arfield, 17. Average Attendance- 18,090 Finances- We enter the red but once again, I'm not worried. What worries me more is that we are well under our wage budget and still have £5.4m left in our transfer budget.
  13. Play-Off review Play-Off Semi Final Leg 1 We deserved to lose after the way we started the game, the lads thought they just had to turn up. This game brought our side back down to earth and certainly made me think long and hard before the 2nd leg. Play-Off Semi Final Leg 2 I stuck to the same players who started in the 1st leg, hoping they'd prove that game was just a terrible day at the office. We took long enough to grab the 2nd goal in the game to take it to E.T. After Leicester grabbed a vital goal I thought we wouldn't get the luck we needed and deserved but an own goal proved me wrong. The game went to penalties and young Adam Matthews had a chance to send us to Wembley, but he hit the post. That took the shoot-out to sudden death and Leicester had the first penalty, thankfully Alex Smithies came to our rescue with a save to give us the advantage. Lee Naylor stepped up and he made the headlines with the winning kick. Play-Off Final We did our trick of old in gifting Forest a terrible goal, luckily for us Arfield equalised before half-time. We looked like the team who would go on to win in the 90 minutes but we couldn't find the net and had to go through extra-time, again. Forest ran out of steam at this point and we made it count with 2 goals to send us to the top flight.
  14. January Transfer Window In Nacer Barazite (AMC, M/AM), loan from Blackburn. Jonathan Grounds (DL, DC), loan from Wolves. Wes Morgan (DC), 1.1m from Notts Forest. Out James Spencer, free transfer to Grimsby. Graham Carey, 250k to West Ham. (activated release clause) Martin Lundberg, 3m to Lazio. Martin Angha, 500k to Newcastle. Mark Beevers, loaned to Rangers. End of season update Promotion aside, I want to mention the defensive record we can boast in the last 19 games of the league campaign. Just 8 goals conceded in that time played a big part in an unbeaten run which saw us eventually climb into a competitive top 6. We dropped out of the top 6 on the 13th of November and it took until the 1st of April to return, thankfully when we did we made it count. The table, full table here.
  15. Good job on surviving . The two youth prospects do indeed look decent, hope they turn out well.