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Season 48:  (Y)ork City

 

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We should really have got promoted given the squad had just been relegated from League 1, but overall I was happy that I managed to win a trophy even if it was the JPT. If we were going to lose to anyone in the Playoffs, I'm glad it was Kabongo. 

 

Squad part 1pt 2

 

I'm not going to give full player reviews, mainly as most of the players weren't worth a review :D We did have a good CB in Wayne Forster, who formed a decent partnership alongside Tom Chamberlain. I wasn't too impressed by either full back or our goalkeeper though. We had a decent CAM in 19 year old Jamie Ledley, who was on loan from Cardiff and could also play upfront if needed. Our striker, Adriel Osho, was by far our best player and ended the season with 25 goals and 14 assists in 51 games. 

 

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Season     Club                Division          Position      Achievements
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2014/15    Arsenal             Premier League    2nd           League Cup winners 
2015/16    Arsenal             Premier League    1st           Premier League winners
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2016/17    Borussia Dortmund   Bundesliga        3rd           German Cup & Europa League winners
2017/18    Borussia Dortmund   Bundesliga        2nd           Euro Super Cup & German Super Cup winners
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2017       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           Confederations Cup runners up 
2018       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           N/A
2019       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           African Cup of Nations winners 
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2018/19    Dinamo Moscow       Russian PL        2nd           Russian Cup winners
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2019/20    Everton             Premier League    2nd           N/A
2020/21    Everton             Premier League    7th           League Cup winners & Champions League runners up
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2020       France              N/A               N/A           N/A
2021       France              N/A               N/A           European Nations League winner
2022       France              N/A               N/A           World Cup winner
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2021/22    Getafe              La Liga           5th           Qualified for Europa League
2022/23    Getafe              La Liga           9th           Europa League semi finalists 
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2022       Holland             N/A               N/A           N/A
2023       Holland             N/A               N/A           N/A
2024       Holland             N/A               N/A           European Championship runners up
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2023/24    Ipswich Town        Championship      1st           Promoted as Champions  
2024/25    Ipswich Town        Premier League    13th          N/A
2025/26    Ipswich Town        Premier League    4th           N/A
2026/27    Ipswich Town        Premier League    4th           N/A
2027/28    Ipswich Town        Premier League    1st           Premier League & FA Cup winners
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2028/29    Juventus            Serie A           1st           Serie A, Italian Cup & Super Cup winners 
2029/30    Juventus            Serie A           1st           Serie A, Champions League, Italian Cup & Super Cup winners
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2030/31    Kuban               Russian PL        6th           Qualified for Europa League
2031/32    Kuban               Russian PL        7th           Left in November
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2031/32    Liverpool           Premier League    6th           Joined in November. FA Cup winners.
2032/33    Liverpool           Premier League    2nd           Europa League & Community Shield winners
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2033/34    Man United          Premier League    1st           Premier League, League Cup & Community Shield winners
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2034/35    NAC Breda           Eredivisie        3rd           Qualified for Europa League
2035/36    NAC Breda           Eredivisie        7th           Left in December
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2035/36    Olympiakos          Greek SL          3rd           Joined in December. Greek Cup winners & Qualified for CL.
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2036/37    Porto               Portuguese PL     1st           Portuguese PL & League Cup
2037/38    Porto               Portuguese PL     1st           Portuguese PL, FA Cup & Super Cup
2038/39    Porto               Portuguese PL     4th           Super Cup winners. Left in April. 
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2038/39    Q.P.R.              Premier League    19th          Relegated
2039/40    Q.P.R.              Championship      2nd           Promoted 
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2040/41    Rangers             Scottish PL       3rd           Scottish Cup & League Cup winners
2041/42    Rangers             Scottish PL       1st           Scottish PL winners 
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2040       Spain               N/A               N/A           N/A 
2041       Spain               N/A               N/A           N/A
2042       Spain               N/A               N/A           World Cup quarter finalists. Sacked. 
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2042/43    Toulouse            Ligue 1           4th           Qualified for Champions League
2043/44    Toulouse            Ligue 1           5th           Europa League semi finalists 
2044/45    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           Europa League winners
2045/46    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           Champions League & European Super Cup winners
2046/47    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           World Club Cup, European Super Cup and Coupe de la Ligue winners
2047/48    Toulouse            Ligue 1           1st           Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
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2042       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           N/A
2043       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           Gold Cup runners up
2044       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           N/A 
2045       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           Gold Cup winners
2046       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           World Cup Group Stage
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2043       U.S.A. Under 23s    N/A               N/A           Copa America Group Stage
2044       U.S.A. Under 23s    N/A               N/A           Olympic Games runners-up
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2048/49    Villarreal          La Liga           6th           Spanish Cup runners-up
2049/50    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Europa League winners
2050/51    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Spanish Cup runners up
2051/52    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Spanish Super Cup winners
2052/53    Villarreal          La Liga           1st           La Liga winners
2053/54    Villarreal          La Liga           2nd           Spanish Cup winners
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2054/55    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        2nd           German Super Cup winners
2055/56    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & German Cup winners
2056/57    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & German Super Cup winners
2057/58    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & Champions League winners
2058/59    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga, Club World Cup, Euro Super Cup & GER Super Cup winners
2059/60    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        3rd           Champions League, German Cup & German Super Cup winners
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2060/61    Xanthi              Greek SL          1st           Greek Super League winners 
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2061/62    York City           League 2          7th           Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners
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Trophy Cabinet
World Cup                  x1 - 2022 (France)
Olympic Games Silver Medal x1 - 2044 (U.S.A. Under 23's)
African Cup of Nations     x1 - 2019 (Cameroon)
North American Gold Cup    x1 - 2045 (U.S.A.)
European Nations League    x1 - 2021 (France)

Champions League    x4 - 2029/30 (Juventus), 2045/46 (Toulouse), 2057/58, 2059/60 (Wolfsburg)
Europa League       x4 - 2016/17 (Borussia Dortmund), 2032/33 (Liverpool), 2044/45 (Toulouse), 2049/50 (Villarreal)
European Super Cup  x4 - 2017/18 (Borussia Dortmund), 2045/46, 2046/47 (Toulouse), 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)
World Club Cup      x2 - 2046/47 (Toulouse), 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)

Premier League           x3 - 2015/16 (Arsenal), 2027/28 (Ipswich), 2033/34 (Man United)
FA Cup                   x2 - 2027/28 (Ipswich), 2031/32 (Liverpool) 
League Cup               x3 - 2014/15 (Arsenal), 2020/21 (Everton), 2033/34 (Man United)
Community Shield         x2 - 2032/33 (Liverpool), 2033/34 (Man United)   
Championship             x1 - 2023/24 (Ipswich) 
Johnstone's Paint Trophy x1 - 2061/62 (York City)

La Liga            x1 - 2052/53 (Villarreal) 
Spanish Cup        x1 - 2053/54 (Villarreal)
Spanish Super Cup  x1 - 2051/52 (Villarreal)

Ligue 1           x1 - 2047/48 (Toulouse)
Coupe de la Ligue x2 - 2046/47, 2047/48 (Toulouse)

Bundesliga        x4 - 2055/56, 2056/57, 2057/58, 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)
German Cup        x3 - 2016/17 (Borussia Dortmund), 2055/56, 2059/60 (Wolfsburg)
German Super Cup  x5 - 2017/18 (Borussia Dortmund), 2054/55, 2056/57, 2058/59, 2059/60 (Wolfsburg) 

Greek Super League  x1 - 2060/61 (Xanthi)
Greek Cup           x1 - 2035/36 (Olympiakos)

Serie A           x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus)
Italian Cup       x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus)
Italian Super Cup x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus) 

Portuguese PL          x2 - 2036/37, 2037/38 (Porto)
Portuguese Cup         x1 - 2037/38 (Porto)
Portuguese League Cup  x1 - 3036/37 (Porto)
Portuguese Super Cup   x2 - 2037/38 (Porto), 2038/39 (Porto)

Russian Cup x1 - 2018/19 (Dinamo Moscow)

Scottish PL         x1 - 2041/42 (Rangers)
Scottish Cup        x1 - 2040/41 (Rangers)
Scottish League Cup x1 - 2040/41 (Rangers)

 

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Summer Transfers

 

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So we had 23 year old Spanish CB who a whole host of Spanish clubs were offering big money for, for me it was too much to turn down for a CB so I let him go to the highest bidder. Cartagena got their man for £28M. 

 

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We brought in 4 players this summer. I didn't spend an awful lot compared to how much we raked in, but we did have to pay quite a lot in agent and signing on fees, especially to Mironov. 

Denis Mironov is a pretty good striker who I'm hoping can score a lot of goals this season. Lokhanov is a left winger who should be able to put some nice crosses and such. Kuznetsov will be on the other wing. Artem Nikolaev is an experienced CB and DM to offer depth and experience to the squad. Also look at his amazing goatee: 

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Edited by PaulHartman71

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August

 

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A far from super start to the season with a 4-0 loss in the Super Cup. Not the end of the world though. 

 

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A pretty good start to the season proper though, save for a 4-2 loss away to Khimik. 

 

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We end the month top of the league. You'll also notice Yenisey were promoted this season, which means we'll get some matches with them, where I hope to inflict severe misery upon them. 

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September

 

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We got our Russian Cup campaign off to a winning start with a win against Metallurg. 

 

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We didn't do so well in the Champions League, with Celtic getting a point against us. As an ex Gers manager this was of course not a great result for me as I would have loved to get a win there.

 

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We've not got the best group really as Real Madrid are Real Madrid, with Marseille no pushovers. Thankfully Marseille and Madrid drew in the first game so we've not dropped any points just yet. 

 

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A poor month. We got some revenge with a 3-2 comeback victory on Rubin who beat us in the Super Cup, but we then suffered two poor away losses on the bounce to Gazovik and my old side Dinamo Moscow. 

 

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That puts us down to 5th in the table. In pretty funny scenes, Krasnodar are now top of the table. Perhaps the guy who left Zenit for them knew what he was doing, or maybe he's just that good. Only time will tell. 

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Oy! I bet for Zenit aswell! Where's me money??

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5 minutes ago, Maaka said:

Oy! I bet for Zenit aswell! Where's me money??

 

I banked it. I mean err... excellent point. The table has now been amended to include your winnings!

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October

 

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Two absolutely huge home wins in the Champions League after a disappointing draw at Celtic. 

 

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We're only top of the group aren't we?! I'm really not sure we can keep this up with the two away games against Marseille and Madrid, but we're certainly in a decent position to qualify from this group now. 

 

 

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A much better month in the league, which saw three 3-0 wins on the bounce. 

 

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This puts us up to 2nd place, but Krasnodar are still ahead of us in 1st place. 

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November

 

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A 2-0 win puts us through in the Russian Cup again. 

 

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A fantastic away point at Madrid and a resounding win at home to Celtic puts us through in the Champions League. 

 

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We might even top the group which would be a massive result. 

 

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A great month despite the 1 loss when you factor in we won a ding-dong battle with Krasnodar. We also beat Yenisey 3-0 which was a very sweet result for me. 

 

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We are still 3 points behind Krasnodar despite beating them, but we are coming for them!

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Haha yeah I did think of that when I saw it. I think Zenit would certainly be more interested if it was for £86M instead of the £6M or so that's been touted. Although if it was £6M for just a year that wouldn't be too bad. 

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December

 

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A point away in Marseille is not the worst result, but was it enough to top the group? 

 

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It was! We have somehow managed to win this group and done so unbeaten which is pretty great tbf. 

 

 

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A pretty crap couple of games before the big winter break. 

 

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Krasnodar haven't gained any points during us in this period, which is kind of annoying as we could be ahead of them if we'd won those games. I'm hoping we can come back with a vengeance in March after the winter break. Hopefully they'll give me some more money to spend on players after that massive sponsorship windfall they've had :D

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20 hours ago, PaulHartman71 said:

 

I banked it. I mean err... excellent point. The table has now been amended to include your winnings!

Rightfully so! :kriss:After all, I'm up to the grand total of £5!

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February

 

Not a very busy February as the Russian season doesn't really get back underway until March, but I did have a Champions League game with Lazio, as well as a new arrival. 

 

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I spent £50M of the £50M transfer budget I was given thanks to that windfall of money. I wouldn't usually have spent it all on one player, especially not a 29 year old CAM, but he was the best player available to me who would join and since this is probably my last season in the game I thought **** it. I'm treating myself - Sir Alex Ferguson style! He is a very good player and would possibly be worth the £50M if we were a massive club, but oh well. Go big or go home. 

 

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We unfortunately lost 2-0 away to Lazio, which actually saw a goal come from 34 year old Dylan Nifiore. Dylan's a man I have a long history with, having barely used him at Toulouse as a youngster and then he scored that winning penalty against me for Lazio when I was in the Champions League final with Villarreal. It seems he may well have contributed to me going out of the Champions League once more. I think we were really unlucky to draw Lazio despite winning our group, as Lazio are really good and won the thing last year. But oh well, there's always the home leg to try and do something. 

 

 

 

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March

 

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We lost 2-0 to Lazio which unfortunately means we're out and I have potentially played my last Champions League match. It would've been brilliant to have gone further but realistically we were never going to win the thing with this team. 

 

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A 2-0 win to see us through to the Semi Final. We play none other than Yenisey in the Semi Final, fingers crossed we can beat them as I would hate to lose to them. 

 

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Clodoaldo got his Zenit career off to a fine start with a brilliant brace in a 6-3 win over Khimik, whilst Roman Kuzmin was on fire with 6 goals in 3 games this month. 

 

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Krasnodar still lead us by 2 points. The match at their place will be extremely important in deciding who will be the champion. 

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April

 

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An important goal from the very expensive signing, Clodoaldo, gave us a win against Yenisey to reach the Russian Cup final. Fabulous scenes. 

 

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We kicked the month off with a high scoring game and 3 points at Rubin. We managed to win all of our other matches this month, but my word we left it late at Kuban ffs :D

 

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Our fine run of form has put us 1 point ahead of Krasnodar with 5 games left. We do still have them at their place, which is a game we can seldom afford to lose. Yenisey have slipped down the table which is great to see, we actually play them away from home on the last game of the season, so it would be amazing if we could win the title there and relegate them at the same time :cool:

 

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1 hour ago, deltablue said:

Will this be the end if you win the title?

 

It will be the end, yes. There's a fair few tough games left though, especially the away trip to Krasnodar, so there's definitely every chance of another season or so just yet. 

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Kabongo is back in a job as League 2 side Tranmere Rovers have taken a chance on him being the man to get them promoted. 

 

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They finished 14th this season which is apparently not good enough for them. Let's hope Kabongo can work his magic for them next season. 

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May

 

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Not the best month for a title run in, as we dropped points away at Tom in a highly competitive 3-3 draw. We went into the Krasnodar knowing we could not afford to lose and we at least managed to avoid defeat, with Andrey Kuznetsov's 72nd minute equaliser getting us a point. We very nearly failed to beat CSKA Moscow despite being 4-0 up at half-time, with the away side somehow launching a comeback in the second half and giving me an almighty scare! 

 

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This leaves the table like this though. Tom managed to get a draw with Krasnodar as well in their game in hand, which means all we need to do is beat Yenisey to not just win the title, but also relegated the 'Y' side who messed me around. 

 

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The Russian Cup final proved to be a far easier match than our game with Krasnodar just a few weeks earlier in the league. I think they're suffering from having such a good season, as in the space of a week they had their crucial game in hand with Tom, the Russian Cup final and then just a few days later they have a Europa League final to worry about. Either way, it was a very comfortable win which was a pleasant surprise. 

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June

 

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It was a very nerve racking match as we just couldn't seem to find a goal, that was until Roman Kuzmin's strike rattled into the net in the 66th minute. This ultimately won us the Russian Premier League, in what is ultimately my very last match in my career. 

 

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It also meant Yenisey finished rock bottom of the table and were relegated. 

 

I'd actually forgotten about the in-game Hall of Fame, but in an incredibly fitting coincidence, this popped up after we'd been confirmed as champions. 

 

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Season 49:  (Z)enit

 

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You can't really ask for much more than a double in your last season. Would've been cool to do more in Europe, but the team weren't amazing so that was never too realistic. 

 

Squad part 1pt 2

 

We had a host of good players this season. 20 year old striker, Roman Kuzmin, scored 20 goals in 20 games which was a fantastic achievement for him and helped us no end. We had a good right winger in Andrey Kuznetzov, who chipped in with 22 assists and 9 goals. We had a very good CM in Mustafa Shayesteh, who is a 32 year old from Afghanistan. Our star player was of course the £50M Brazilian man signed in the Winter transfer window, Clodoaldo, ended the season with 11 assists and 8 goals in 15 games that helped us on our way to the domestic double. 

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Season     Club                Division          Position      Achievements
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2014/15    Arsenal             Premier League    2nd           League Cup winners 
2015/16    Arsenal             Premier League    1st           Premier League winners
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2016/17    Borussia Dortmund   Bundesliga        3rd           German Cup & Europa League winners
2017/18    Borussia Dortmund   Bundesliga        2nd           Euro Super Cup & German Super Cup winners
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2017       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           Confederations Cup runners up 
2018       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           N/A
2019       Cameroon            N/A               N/A           African Cup of Nations winners 
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2018/19    Dinamo Moscow       Russian PL        2nd           Russian Cup winners
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2019/20    Everton             Premier League    2nd           N/A
2020/21    Everton             Premier League    7th           League Cup winners & Champions League runners up
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2020       France              N/A               N/A           N/A
2021       France              N/A               N/A           European Nations League winner
2022       France              N/A               N/A           World Cup winner
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2021/22    Getafe              La Liga           5th           Qualified for Europa League
2022/23    Getafe              La Liga           9th           Europa League semi finalists 
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2022       Holland             N/A               N/A           N/A
2023       Holland             N/A               N/A           N/A
2024       Holland             N/A               N/A           European Championship runners up
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2023/24    Ipswich Town        Championship      1st           Promoted as Champions  
2024/25    Ipswich Town        Premier League    13th          N/A
2025/26    Ipswich Town        Premier League    4th           N/A
2026/27    Ipswich Town        Premier League    4th           N/A
2027/28    Ipswich Town        Premier League    1st           Premier League & FA Cup winners
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2028/29    Juventus            Serie A           1st           Serie A, Italian Cup & Super Cup winners 
2029/30    Juventus            Serie A           1st           Serie A, Champions League, Italian Cup & Super Cup winners
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2030/31    Kuban               Russian PL        6th           Qualified for Europa League
2031/32    Kuban               Russian PL        7th           Left in November
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2031/32    Liverpool           Premier League    6th           Joined in November. FA Cup winners.
2032/33    Liverpool           Premier League    2nd           Europa League & Community Shield winners
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2033/34    Man United          Premier League    1st           Premier League, League Cup & Community Shield winners
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2034/35    NAC Breda           Eredivisie        3rd           Qualified for Europa League
2035/36    NAC Breda           Eredivisie        7th           Left in December
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2035/36    Olympiakos          Greek SL          3rd           Joined in December. Greek Cup winners & Qualified for CL.
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2036/37    Porto               Portuguese PL     1st           Portuguese PL & League Cup
2037/38    Porto               Portuguese PL     1st           Portuguese PL, FA Cup & Super Cup
2038/39    Porto               Portuguese PL     4th           Super Cup winners. Left in April. 
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2038/39    Q.P.R.              Premier League    19th          Relegated
2039/40    Q.P.R.              Championship      2nd           Promoted 
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2040/41    Rangers             Scottish PL       3rd           Scottish Cup & League Cup winners
2041/42    Rangers             Scottish PL       1st           Scottish PL winners 
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2040       Spain               N/A               N/A           N/A 
2041       Spain               N/A               N/A           N/A
2042       Spain               N/A               N/A           World Cup quarter finalists. Sacked. 
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2042/43    Toulouse            Ligue 1           4th           Qualified for Champions League
2043/44    Toulouse            Ligue 1           5th           Europa League semi finalists 
2044/45    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           Europa League winners
2045/46    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           Champions League & European Super Cup winners
2046/47    Toulouse            Ligue 1           3rd           World Club Cup, European Super Cup and Coupe de la Ligue winners
2047/48    Toulouse            Ligue 1           1st           Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners
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2042       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           N/A
2043       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           Gold Cup runners up
2044       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           N/A 
2045       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           Gold Cup winners
2046       U.S.A.              N/A               N/A           World Cup Group Stage
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2043       U.S.A. Under 23s    N/A               N/A           Copa America Group Stage
2044       U.S.A. Under 23s    N/A               N/A           Olympic Games runners-up
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2048/49    Villarreal          La Liga           6th           Spanish Cup runners-up
2049/50    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Europa League winners
2050/51    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Spanish Cup runners up
2051/52    Villarreal          La Liga           3rd           Spanish Super Cup winners
2052/53    Villarreal          La Liga           1st           La Liga winners
2053/54    Villarreal          La Liga           2nd           Spanish Cup winners
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2054/55    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        2nd           German Super Cup winners
2055/56    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & German Cup winners
2056/57    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & German Super Cup winners
2057/58    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga & Champions League winners
2058/59    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        1st           Bundesliga, Club World Cup, Euro Super Cup & GER Super Cup winners
2059/60    Wolfsburg           Bundesliga        3rd           Champions League, German Cup & German Super Cup winners
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2060/61    Xanthi              Greek SL          1st           Greek Super League winners 
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2061/62    York City           League 2          7th           Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners
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2062/63    Zenit               Russian PL        1st           Russian PL & Russian Cup winners 
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Trophy Cabinet
World Cup                  x1 - 2022 (France)
Olympic Games Silver Medal x1 - 2044 (U.S.A. Under 23's)
African Cup of Nations     x1 - 2019 (Cameroon)
North American Gold Cup    x1 - 2045 (U.S.A.)
European Nations League    x1 - 2021 (France)

Champions League    x4 - 2029/30 (Juventus), 2045/46 (Toulouse), 2057/58, 2059/60 (Wolfsburg)
Europa League       x4 - 2016/17 (Borussia Dortmund), 2032/33 (Liverpool), 2044/45 (Toulouse), 2049/50 (Villarreal)
European Super Cup  x4 - 2017/18 (Borussia Dortmund), 2045/46, 2046/47 (Toulouse), 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)
World Club Cup      x2 - 2046/47 (Toulouse), 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)

Premier League           x3 - 2015/16 (Arsenal), 2027/28 (Ipswich), 2033/34 (Man United)
FA Cup                   x2 - 2027/28 (Ipswich), 2031/32 (Liverpool) 
League Cup               x3 - 2014/15 (Arsenal), 2020/21 (Everton), 2033/34 (Man United)
Community Shield         x2 - 2032/33 (Liverpool), 2033/34 (Man United)   
Championship             x1 - 2023/24 (Ipswich) 
Johnstone's Paint Trophy x1 - 2061/62 (York City)

La Liga            x1 - 2052/53 (Villarreal) 
Spanish Cup        x1 - 2053/54 (Villarreal)
Spanish Super Cup  x1 - 2051/52 (Villarreal)

Ligue 1           x1 - 2047/48 (Toulouse)
Coupe de la Ligue x2 - 2046/47, 2047/48 (Toulouse)

Bundesliga        x4 - 2055/56, 2056/57, 2057/58, 2058/59 (Wolfsburg)
German Cup        x3 - 2016/17 (Borussia Dortmund), 2055/56, 2059/60 (Wolfsburg)
German Super Cup  x5 - 2017/18 (Borussia Dortmund), 2054/55, 2056/57, 2058/59, 2059/60 (Wolfsburg) 

Greek Super League  x1 - 2060/61 (Xanthi)
Greek Cup           x1 - 2035/36 (Olympiakos)

Serie A           x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus)
Italian Cup       x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus)
Italian Super Cup x2 - 2028/29, 2029/30 (Juventus) 

Portuguese PL          x2 - 2036/37, 2037/38 (Porto)
Portuguese Cup         x1 - 2037/38 (Porto)
Portuguese League Cup  x1 - 3036/37 (Porto)
Portuguese Super Cup   x2 - 2037/38 (Porto), 2038/39 (Porto)

Russian PL  x1 - 2062/63 (Zenit)
Russian Cup x2 - 2018/19 (Dinamo Moscow), 2062/63 (Zenit) 

Scottish PL         x1 - 2041/42 (Rangers)
Scottish Cup        x1 - 2040/41 (Rangers)
Scottish League Cup x1 - 2040/41 (Rangers)

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A special thanks to everyone who has followed or contributed to this thread in anyway: whether you've followed from the start, won or lost a load of imaginary money in BET-PH71 or simply just lurked in the background the entire time - thank you. I hoped to finish this save when I started it but I never could have imagined the incredible journey and save game it would go on to be. It's lasted 49 years in the save game and just over 14 months in real life, during which I've seen a load of incredible things that I never thought I'd get to have in a save game, such as getting (an admittedly quite poor) in-game son, as well as having a stadium named in my honour. There's been loads of other incredible things too, such as having Roy Keane following me around the world as an Assistant Manager, being able to manage world class players like Paterne Kabongo, Ivan Talajic and Wolf Bruneel, as well as being able to follow Kabongo's pitiful management career. That's not even mentioning some of the trophies I've won, as I've won everything from the World Cup and the Champions League to the Johnstone Paint's Trophy - and I even picked up an Olympic Medal!

 

Here's a nice little banner I made which shows every club/nation I've managed throughout the save, as well as showing some pictures of some of the save's more memorable moments. 

 

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What a career Paul, can't explain how much I have enjoyed following throughout this career even when real life has thrown up crappy times, cannot wait to see what your next career is, will that be FM17?

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:applause: 

Only came to this very recently, but what an effort.

:applause: 

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Great achievement to complete the alphabet and fitting end with the Hall of Fame as well.

Enjoy your retirement! :D

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Congratulations. An amazing achievement. I've loved following this story, has been one of my favourite threads of all time in the careers forum. Well done :applause:

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Thanks for all of the kind words guys. I do have a new save in the works but I'll be waiting until FM17 comes out to start that. 

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Brilliant career Paul with a very fitting hall of fame topping retirement.

Just wondering I am thinking of starting a new save and my computer is crap I want an exiting save in which I won't get bored straight away any ideas?

 

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Woah, that was a fitting end. Even if you basically bought your final success there with the obvious massive influence of Clodoaldo. Shame, shame. :D

Well done on this excellent career even if the path the alphabet took you is completely illogical. :D  The banner is brilliant. :D

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Thanks for keeping me entertained at work for the past year

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Excellent thread Paul. From one table topper to another. When will I receive my cheque?

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Dear [insert your name here],

Sir Paul Hart cordially invites you to his retirement dinner, on the 23rd of November, to be held at the Hart Arena  - Toulouse, France. The full address and directions for the chauffeured parking service can be found attached to this letter. 

The dinner will commence at 20.00 pm local time, with a wide array of after-dinner speeches scheduled to take place later in the night, including a special retirement speech from Sir Paul himself, during which he will announce 'The Hart XI' - a specially selected team of players which he felt were the greatest he ever managed. 

We hope to see you there...

 

 

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Nobby sat comfortably as he embarked on another adventure on Euro Truck Simulator. He was looking forward to a nice journey from the Southampton to Nice. Suddenly his phone rang - it was a withheld number. He sighed slightly, but picked it up nonetheless. 

"Hello?" 

"Nobby! It's me!" 

The Russian accent was instantly recognizable.

"Koetzer?"

"Yes Nobby. What are you doing right now?"

"Just travelling from Southampton to Nice"

"You're going to France?! That's great! I'm in France right now. Meet me in Toulouse tomorrow night" 

"You what? No. I'm playing Euro Truck Simulator. What are you doing in Toulouse?" 

"We're taking back what we are owed. Tomorrow night. Get on a plane as soon as possible."

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Paul Hart’s Retirement Dinner, Toulouse, France. 7.14pm.

 

Adam smiled as he walked towards his seat on the other side of the room. Everybody who was anybody was here.

There was Theo Walcott, who at 73 years old, had swapped his dazzling pace for a pacemaker. Also on the Arsenal table was Kieran Gibbs, who despite being on his 2nd hip replacement, was surely thankful he could still at least walk, which was more than could be said for the now wheelchair bound Jack Wilshere alongside him – who had Mesut Ozil to assist in pushing him around if necessary.

The Ipswich table were in a joyous mood as they looked back with fond memories at their double winning success, with the likes of David Deronjic, Richairo Zivkovic, Nathan Ake, Karlton Flitton and Chris Lester all still celebrated as cult heroes and legends back in Suffolk.

There was a very large table that combined both the French and Juventus sides that Adam’s father had managed, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Kingsley Coman and Jeremy Bertrand-Demanes having featured in both sides, with other big stars like Antoine Griezmann, Tinguinha, Allan Petit, Jan Michal, Stavros Aronis, Fabio Vinicius and Jeremy Michaud all there too.

The Everton table was in disarray as Saido Berahino, Dries Mertens and Grant Grant were all vehemently arguing with Wayne Rooney about which position at the table he should be sitting at. Pablo Sarabia and Kiko Casilla seemed very bemused watching over from the Getafe table.

Oriol Gomez sat at the head of the Manchester United table, which featured other United legends, like Lorenzo Fedele, Oliviera, Tim Hart, Mick Egan and Dean Charles.

The Toulouse table featured many local legends, with celebrated greats such as Stefen Maletic, Ettore Tonelli, Justin Nabab, Patrick Smirnov, Sergio Checa, Ludovico Mapelli and Kamal Celik all no doubt glad to be back at the stadium named after their former boss.

Ewen Bourhis spear fronted the Villarreal table, with other brilliant players, including big names like Francis Pierre, Pascual and Ross Scott also eagerly awaiting the after-dinner speeches and awards.

Finally, was the Wolfsburg table, which was filled with a fair few players that were arguably still in their prime and hosted former World Player of the Year winners like Wolf Bruneel, Ivan Talajic and Maurice Guitzeit – as well as other great players in their own right, such as Vincenzo Vardel, Ruud Kant, Julien Clement, Sam Lawrence and Paul Diallo.

Adam took his place at the grand table, which was exclusively for close friends and family.  He was pleasantly surprised to find himself sat next to a man he admired greatly – Paterne Kabongo, known to close friends just as “Pat”.

“Alright, Pat. How’s it going at Tranmere? League 2 life treating you well?”

“**** off Adam. You still getting paid to “scout” now your dad’s retired?”

“Nah, well… Zenit let me go after he left. I was sort of glad to be gone though it was a bit cold in Russia”

“Still gotta be better than ****ing Tranmere. You don’t fancy a job working for me do ya? Could do with a familiar face around to pass the time”

“I think I’ll pass. Dad offered me a job at York when he was down there, like I was gonna give up my cushy job scouting in Greece to go work for a lower league side!”

“You always were spoilt mate, especially for a player with absolutely no talent who only got to play for the best clubs because his dad was the manager. No offence of course”

“None taken. I just don’t know how you can bring yourself to do it”

“Do what?”

“You know. Manage all of these poverty clubs. You had it all. World Player of the Year. Champions League. Premier League. World Cup. Now you just waste away in the lower leagues. What’s the point?”

“You know what the point is, Adam? I want to prove everyone wrong. Every club that I get sacked at damages my legacy in football. Every time it’s just the club over-reacting and the media sticking their nose in. It’s not fair! I can’t let them win! I know that one of these days I will prove everyone wrong and work my way back up to the top flight”

“You really think you can do that?”

“Of course I can. I know I can. Come join me at Tranmere, Adam. I know you’ve never been given a coaching role before, nobody’s trusted you with it, but I trust you mate. I’ll teach you how to be a good coach and together we can rise up to the leagues, back to the top, on our own terms!”

“Well that’s quite the pitch Pat, but I don’t know I-

“Have a sleep on it mate. But trust me. We’ve got something real good going on down there, you should come and be part of it”

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8.27pm.

 

Adam looked on at the stage, which was now filled with ex-players that his father had deemed worthy of being in his “Hart XI”.

There was Timo Gottel, the German keeper from his run at Toulouse. Jeremy Bertrand-Demanes, a fine French right back who had played in the World Cup winning French side and the Serie A and Champions League winning Juventus side. Jan Michal and Fabio Vinicius, also from that famous Juventus side, had also been selected, whilst the other defensive position went to Sergio Checa, a Spanish central defender who had played for both the Villarreal and Wolfsburg sides.

Justin Nabab, a resilient Frenchman who his father had used at Toulouse, Villarreal and Wolfsburg was chosen as the defensive midfielder. There was a strong Wolfsburg presence as both Wolf Bruneel and Vincenzo Vardel had been chosen for midfield positions, with Lorenzo Fedele and Oriol Gomez, both from the Premier League winning Manchester United side, also already up on stage.

Adam noticed Pat was on the edge of his seat for his father’s final pick. He would name the greatest striker that he ever managed. He’d managed a whole host of fantastic strikers in his career, with great players like Daniel Sturridge, Richairo Zivkovic, Stefan Maletic, Erwin Roa and Patrick Smirnov all scoring vital goals to secure big trophies. But everyone knew that this pick basically boiled down to Paterne Kabongo or Ivan Talajic.

Kabongo or Talajic?

Adam wondered who his father would have chosen. He only managed Kabongo for one season, but it was a crazy season where Kabongo scored an amount of goals that had been unheard of in top flight football since Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had hung up their boots. Talajic had been fantastic for him at Wolfsburg though, and he’d won the World Player of the Year several times there too.

“The striker I’ve chosen is… IVAN TALAJIC!!”

Kabongo looked up knowingly. It looked like he’d expected Talajic to get the nod instead of him.

“Don’t suppose you fancy a fag, Adam?”  

Adam didn’t smoke, but looking by the expression on Pat’s face, it wasn’t just a cigarette that his friend wanted. He clearly hadn’t taken the snub well.

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8.39pm

 

It had been quite easy for them to sneak off, they’d got through the crowds of ex-players relatively unnoticed due to the commotion happening on stage. They reached one of the entrances on the back side of the stadium after a few minutes of walking. Adam recognized the man on the door, Francis, who had been one of his father’s loyal security guards throughout the latter stage of his career.

“You want to go outside and have cigarette?” he asked.

“Yes mate, we won’t be too long” Pat said.

They walked outside into the pitch black night.  

“I know I shouldn’t get annoyed by something so trivial Adam…and I know Ivan Talajic is up there with the best strikers of modern times, but I don’t know. I can’t help but think, you know…”

“What?”

“I can’t help but think my time as a manager has tarnished my legacy as a player. If I’d retired or was still managing top flight clubs, I think I’d still be regarded as one of the best ever”

“You still are-

“Look mate I know people still rate me, but getting sacked so many times has definitely damaged me. It’s not fair! People always said nobody would ever beat Rooney’s goal scoring records for England or United, but I smashed them! Now look at me!”

“I thought you said you were confident you could turn things around at Tranmere?”

“Oh I don’t know anymore. Sometimes I think I should just retire. Maybe I should just give up managing”

Adam didn’t know what to say to this so stood there silently. Kabongo pulled himself up to the nearest wall and sat on it. Adam lifted himself up and sat next to him. They looked away from the stadium, staring vacantly into the distance. Adam thought for a moment he could see some figures in the dark, but put it down to the alcohol. But then he saw movement again. There was definitely some people out there in the moonlight.

“Is it me or-

“No, Pat – I can see them too”

They carefully jumped down from the wall and moved further away from the stadium to get a closer look. It took them a while but eventually they managed to get within hearing distance of what appeared to be a large group of men…

“So we’re clear then lads? We all know what our roles tonight are, yeah?” said a man in an Essex accent.

“We go in and we FRY THAT ****ER!!!!”

“Nie Jem! Mate! What have I told you?! We’re not frying nobody. We’re going in, kidnapping that thief and getting the money that he owes all of us, especially me!” the first man shouted angrily.

“We’re not frying anybody? Damn it. I knew I should have just washed my hair tonight” said another man.

“Shut up Nobby. Now on a serious note are we all sure we know what we’re doing lads?”

“I’m clear Wavel, but maybe you should run through again, if most of the others can’t bet well, who knows if they can follow instructions well” asserted a man with a thick Russian accent.

“Good point, Koetzer. Okay so Chris, SJ, Mark, Jim and Murray – you will go to the east side of the building with Noikee and wait for the signal... Andy, Nobby, Carninho, Goktu – you will go with Dodgee to the west side of the – wait. Where the heck has Dodgee gone?! For god sake man. Fine. Lenzar, you lead the west side team. Make sure nobody gets out through that main exit – and I mean nobody! Me, Koetzer and Chivers will lead the initial attack. Nie Jem, Pilgrim, Sherwin and Maw will join us shortly afterwards through the adjacent entrance. The others will then burst in from the roof and BINGO – we got him. You remember why we’re doing this lads?”

“FOR MONEY! POWER! GLORY!” shouted an excited figure.

“That’s right Maw, that’s right. LET’S DO THIS!!!”

 

 

To be continued...

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16 hours ago, deltablue said:

Erm, what on earth have I just read? :D

 

You haven't seen anything yet. Believe me, the best is yet to come, including a starring cameo from yourself :D

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I don't think I have ever even ventured into this thread for some reason, (this is certainly my 1st post), but I just came in to say 92,000  views, (92,001 now), is absolutely ridiculous. 

I have some time off coming soon, and I might just have to read this. 37 pages and still going strong is some achievement. :applause:

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4 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I don't think I have ever even ventured into this thread for some reason, (this is certainly my 1st post), but I just came in to say 92,000  views, (92,001 now), is absolutely ridiculous. 

I have some time off coming soon, and I might just have to read this. 37 pages and still going strong is some achievement. :applause:

 

Thanks Jimbo. I think the new forum switch cut off/lost my first 1 or 2 seasons at Arsenal, but more or less everything else from Borussia Dortmund to Zenit and everywhere inbetween is thankfully still intact! 

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