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    Massive football fan. I'm lucky enough to watch football for a living, but if I'm not watching it, I'm playing FM.

About Me

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    In the manager's office

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    Football, FM, films, gigs, stand up comedy, GTA, a beer or two.

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Notts County

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle

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  1. Much better offer than my last one, but I'm not going anywhere.
  2. October SPL: Inverness 4-3 Falkirk The game of the season so far. Luke James was magnificent, and bagged three of the four goals. It took a late Liam Polworth header to ensure we took all three points though. Europa League Group I: Panathinaikos 0-1 Inverness Absolutely staggered with our European performances so far. This was a game in which *nothing* happened for 92 minutes, but Cillian Sheridan popped up in stoppage time to smash home. SPL: Motherwell 1-1 Inverness Luke James continued his great run of form with another goal here, but we should have secured the win. We conceded in the 87th minute from a corner, but a draw was probably a fair result. SPL: Inverness 1-0 St Mirren A tight game, but Conor Pepper's header on the hour secured all three points. Europa League Group I: Inverness 2-1 Legia Warsaw This is *unbelievable*. We ripped Legia to pieces despite falling behind early on, and in truth should have won this by three or four. Still, an OG and one from Conor Clifford put us on the brink of qualification. SPL: Celtic 2-1 Inverness It didn't help playing the champions just a couple of days after Legia, and unfortunately they took advantage of our tiredness. Shane Sutherland had put us in front, but we can't complain about the result in the end. Scottish league cup 3rd round: Dunfermline 1-2 Inverness I changed every player for this game, and although we fell behind again, Douglas and Pepper secured our place in the semi final. We did however lose Barry Douglas for three months to a knee injury.
  3. September SPL: Inverness 1-0 Dundee A pretty tame affair, not much happened after the sixth minute, when Shane Sutherland drilled us in front. Still, I'll take it. SPL: Kilmarnock 1-2 Inverness This could probably have finished 5-4 either way, but we got the points thanks to a Luke James double. Europa League Group I: Inverness 3-2 Dynamo Kyiv A long trip to Perth for our fans for a 'home' game, but the 5,690 who were there got to see a belter of a performance. Luke James slotted us in front from the penalty spot after just six minutes, and four minutes later Wotherspoon made it two. We were in dreamland just four minutes later when Sutherland made it three. The Ukrainians dragged themselves back into the game, but we held firm. SPL: Hibernian 2-3 Inverness The perfect start to the league season continues, but only just. Hibs opened the scoring on 25 minutes, but a bullet James header levelled straight after. We conceded a penalty after 37 minutes, only for James to grab his second right on half time. In the second half it was us who were given a penalty, and James stepped up to complete his hat-trick. Scottish league cup 3rd round: Raith Rovers 1-1p Inverness (aet) I put out a second string side here, and we rather got away with it in the end. Cillian Sheridan bagged his first for the club after 32 minutes, but we fell asleep in the second half and were punished from a corner. Not thrilled we had to rely on extra time and penalties to get the job done, but we're through to face Dunfermline in the quarter final.
  4. It's not too bad, but I don't think we have much chance of progression. Both of these clubs have budgets far and beyond ours (Raffael earns £20,000p/w more than my entire squad!) but maybe we can compete with Legia for 3rd.
  5. Cheers. And I'm not sure, but I'd suspect the kids will be unbelievably ugly...
  6. UEFA Europa League Play off 1st leg: Maribor 0-2 Inverness The perfect away performance. Defensively solid, and able to take the best of our opportunities when they came our way. Liam Polworth finished off a lightning quick counter after 31 minutes, slipping a curling effort under a despairing keeper, and Fraser Mullin's rocket of a free kick sealed a massive win for us. 2nd leg: Inverness 2-2 Maribor Second best here, but we progress comfortably in the end. Shane Sutherland put us in front on the hour after good work from strike partner Luke James, but we conceded twice from set pieces within the next 10 minutes. Conor Pepper's bullet header on 78 minutes secured the tie, but I'd wanted better on the night. Still... OK, no glamour ties, but it's great to be in the competition. Sadly we'll have to play our home games in Perth at McDiarmid Park, but hopefully I can convince the board to expand our ground in the not too-distant future. Also, Celtic secured a second European trophy in a little over three months, beating Spurs on penalties in the European Super Cup.
  7. August SPL: Inverness 2-0 Hearts A routine opening day in the league campaign, with Luke James putting us in front early on. It took us 80 minutes to get a second from Doran, but there was never any danger of Hearts getting anything from us here. SPL: Aberdeen 1-3 Inverness This was simply terrific, we tore Aberdeen to shreds. Conor Pepper slotted us in front after just three minutes, Ryan Gauld curled a peach of a free kick in 20 minutes later, and Sutherland made it three just on half time. We dropped off in the second half, but I did change things around ahead of our trip to Maribor. SPL: Inverness 2-0 Ross County An awkwardly timed derby, coming in between the two play off games, but the lads were excellent. Mullin's penalty on the half time whistle put us in control, and two minutes after the break it was two through Doran. Simple stuff.
  8. Cheers mate, I'm having fun too, even if I can't quite play as much as I used to. I'm still getting to it 3 or 4 times a week though, so I can't complain too much! Sadly for Hamilton, the tycoon took his money and ran. They're about to be taken over by a local businessman instead.
  9. One more bit of transfer news: This young keeper has joined us from Hamilton for £160,000, and has immediately been loaned out to our feeder club, Queen of the South. He'd only made 5 appearances in his career to date, but he has the makings of a monster between the sticks. Also, newly arrived Murray Wallace needs some first team action, so I've sent him out on loan to Ipswich after deciding against selling Michael Keane. I may aim to let Keane go next summer, but for now, he's an important player for us.
  10. UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg: Inverness 4-0 Vålerenga I fancied our chances against the Norwegians after the last round, but I didn't see *this* coming. We tore them to shreds again and again, although we had to wait until first half stoppage time for Ryan Gauld to put us in front. Conor Pepper made it two from a lightning-fast counter on 56 minutes, before Gauld curled in his second from a free kick with 15 to play. Shane Sutherland bundled home in the 86th minute to really add salt to the wound. 2nd leg: Vålerenga 0-3 Inverness A staggering performance over the two legs, and we deservedly take our place in the play off round for the second year in a row. Shane Sutherland grabbed his 4th of the season from distance after 22 minutes to end any doubt over the tie, and then set up Liam Polworth to double our lead soon after. Ryan Gauld drove home from distance with 20 to play, and the hardy bunch of fans who had travelled to the Norwegian capital had the night of the lives in the streets afterwards. The draw has been kinder to us this year than last, at least in the end. We'll meet Maribor in the play off round, a tie which I really fancy our chances in.
  11. It really was. Two very different displays, but I'm quietly confident we can qualify this year.
  12. UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1st leg: Inverness 1-0 Hamburger SV A brilliant defensive performance, with goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski deservedly taking the man of the match award. He made a string of fine saves when Hamburg got through our back four, but Shane Sutherland took one of our rare opportunities to give us a lead to take to Germany. Maybe, just maybe. 2nd leg: Hamburger SV 3-3 Inverness Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Shane Sutherland nodded us in front after 13 minutes from a Ryan Gauld cross, but just before half time, we fell asleep from two set pieces and were punished both times. Early in the second half it was HSV who made a defensive slip, and Luke James raced through to level at 2-2. 60 seconds later we were behind again but with 25 to play, Josh Meekings volleyed home from a corner, and we hung on for dear life. We'll meet Vålerenga in the 3rd qualifying round, with the first leg at our place.
  13. And here is Draper's replacement, the ex Chelsea academy player has been signed from Dundee United for £300,000.
  14. Draper has gone for a record £1.8m. On the very same day, I asked the board to upgrade our training facilities: Can't complain at that at all.
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