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Very good performance at Merthyr. Respectable start at Wigan with work to do.

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15 hours ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

Very good performance at Merthyr. Respectable start at Wigan with work to do.

Cheers mate

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AUGUST

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After spending money on some fine additions I'm pretty confident.  Cue opening day defeat.

Results

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A solid start (in the league) as we swept all before us (except Bristol) in a stunning start to the season.  New signing Barnett is on fire, scoring in 5 consecutive games to endear himself to the Latics faithful.  We should have won by more in each game, which is somewhat worrying, as we smashed in numerous shots but just couldn't find the net often enough for my liking.  A red card for Panagiotis Vasileiou saw us dumped out of the League Cup by League 1 Barnsley and the draw with Bristol threatened to see us fall, but we smashed any lingering doubts by smashing Northampton, with Barnett bagging a magnificent double.  What a signing he looks like being.

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 4-1 Northampton Town

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Fantastic.

Player of the month

Max Dean

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In spite of Barnett's heroics its Dean who takes the award, the highest average rating in the league earns him this prize

League Table

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How aren't we top!  Oh yeah, Hartlepool

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SEPTEMBER

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An excellent start to the season which needs to continue

Results

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Another excellent month as we picked up 12 of the 15 points available.  A dodgy performance away at Dulwich was saved by a penalty and then righted by the 3-0 smashing of Telford.  Young Cyprus international Pangiotis Vasileiou played the role of super sub at home to Rotherham and then away at Burton to win us both of those games before a poor home performance against Stevenage ensured we wouldn't be going unbeaten this month.  Shame.

Game of the month

AFC Telford United 0-3 Wigan Athletic

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An excellent first half from us and a hilarious second half as Makiadi came on in the 62nd minute only to depart in the 64th

Player of the month

Pangiotis Vasileiou

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Super sub!

League Table

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A six point lead already at the end of September, exciting!

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OCTOBER

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We've been excellent so far, don't let up

Results

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A very good month in the league as we only lost one league game, with that coming at home to promotion rivals Fleetwood, other than that it was all good as we swept aside numerous sides including local rivals Preston.  A fantastic win punctured by two late Grimsby goals kicked off the month before back to back defeats in the nonsense cup and against Fleetwood threatened to derail us.  We bounced back by beating Maidenhead before a last minute equaliser by Welshman Lloyd Edwards grabbed us a point away at Chester.  Following this we smashed the club that shouldn't eixst and swatted aside Preston easily.

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 4-0 Milton Keynes Dons

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14 shots, 10 on target and 4 goals.  That'll do.

League Table

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11 points clear.  Wonderful.

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NOVEMBER

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On a roll, need the roll to continue

Results

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Just 2 league games as the FA Cup came into town.  Our reserves dispatched Barwell with centre back Driver bagging a brace.  Our poor form in the nonsense trophy continued and I'm not that bothered.  A local derby saw us disappoint against Oldham as we only managed a draw, we righted this poor form by beating Exeter before another disappointing draw.

League Table

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No game or player of the month, they don't deserve it.

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Posted (edited)

DECEMBER

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Its getting cold up here

Results

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Shocking.  We've been threatening to do this recently as form has become a little patchy but to win just 1 of 5 relatively simple league games is not good enough if we're to win the league this season.  We did magnificently to claw back from 2-0 down at Hartlepool only to throw it away with two goals in two minutes from the hosts just minutes after we equalised.  We went to Telford and stumbled to victory through a Lewys Phillips header before a disappointing home defeat to Stevenage.  A fine strike from Hogg won us the game early on at Port Vale before a poor Boxing Day performance saw Grimsby put us to the sword.  Barnett's efforts weren't enough to beat Chester

League Table

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Its getting dicey.

Other news

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Got a new contract

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JANUARY

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We made some signings to revitalise the squad and our season

Transfers

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First up, two departures.  How we managed to get £750,000 for Stuart Read, who isn't even a regular, is beyond me.  But we had bids from Birmingham, Sheffield United and even Newcastle for him so he must be decent.  Portmsouth really wanted youngster Dowling who departed after just 2 league appearances for his boyhood club.  Hefty sell ons for both!

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This is who came in to help us.  Thomas, Walker, Kennelly and Hickey were all deadline day loans organised by our director of football whilst Daryl Petty came in on day one from Connah's Quay for just £150,000.  I have high hopes.

Results

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A busy month with both league and cup action.  A win against Tranmere had me optimistic before we started firing blanks as we drew a blank in 5 of the next 7 games, starting away at promotion rivals Fleetwood.  A disappointing draw followed but we appeared to turn a corner in the next 3 games, smashing Maidenhead 4-0 before youngster Lakeland bagged his first goal for the club in a vitory over Tranmere.  We held League 1 Wrexham to a draw in the cup before we lost our shooting boots again, losing to Shrewsbury and drawing with Forest Green

League Table

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Are we bottling it?

Other news

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This explains the poor form.  Injuries.  Both left wingers Petty and Akpan out for a while with injuries, defensive midfield Boeve worked his way into the team only to be sidelined and finally is star striker Adrian Barnett who's out for the season with a broken ankle.

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FEBRUARY

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The injuries are piling up, we need to pick up points

Results

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A decent enough month to go us back on track.  We did more than enough to beat Wrexham at the DW as they scored their only shots on target to set up a tie with Chelsea in the next round.  We overcame this disappointment by beating both Northampton and FC United by a goal to nil before succumbing to defeat at home to Bristol Rovers in disappointing fashion.  We got over that disappointment though in style, smashing promotion chasing Hartlepool by 4 goals to nil, before another disappointing result against Scunthorpe.  We just can't get on a roll.

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 4-0 Hartlepool United

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A smashing win to get us back on track!  Unfortunately it didn't quit do that but it was still a win.  A penalty started us off before loanee Kennelly had a mad last 25 minutes, bagging a fantastic hat-trick to get us the win

Player of the month

Adrian Kennelly

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Mainly for the hat trick

League Table

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We're getting there

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MARCH

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We recovered some form last month, we need to continue that to ensure promotion

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Excellent month that was only slightly spoiled by a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Preston.  We produced a solid performance to beat MK Dons away before a Wessel Boeve red card sunk any hopes of a win against Preston in front of 24,000 at DW Stadium.  We righted that by beating another local-ish side 3-0 in Oldham with two second half goals ensuring the victory.  A brace from centre back Phillips got us past Exeter away before a fantastic second half performance sunk Stockport County

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 3-0 Oldham Athletic

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A solid performance to bounce back from a derby defeat

League Table

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7 clear of 2nd and 12 clear of 4th.  Its on.

Other news

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Had an intake, here's the best player

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APRIL

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Its in our hands.  Win our games and we're up.

Results

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4 wins out of 5 and we're in League 1!  A nervy game against Telford was sparked into life by an unlikely goal from right back Van Hoevelen before a last minute penalty was slotted home by youngster Vasileiou.  Dulwich was incredible.  A solid win away in Yorkshire saw Joe Murray finally score a goal (his first of the season), whilst loanee Kennelly continued to show he was too good for us in a win at Stevenage.  The reserves beat Port Vale.

Game of month

Wigan Ahtletic 0-1 Dulwich Hamlet

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The game that won us promotion and what a game to do it.  It looked like a standard win was on its way against lowly Dulwich until Farrell was sent off in the 68th minute.  Chaos ensued from the resulting free kick as substitute Holland-Wilkinson (who'd only come on in the 62nd minute) two footed a Dulwich player to see the 17 year old get a straight red, amazing.

Player of the month

Daryl Petty

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A revelation since coming in from Connah's Quay

League Table

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Champions!

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SEASON REVIEW 2038/39

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A huge season has come to an end as we sealed promotion to League 1 in my first full season in charge and it will be our first campaign in the third tier for 4 years.  I'm excited

Awards and stats

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Unsurprisingly, Max Dean won the Player of the Season award with a huge 77% of the vote, with centre back partners Phillips and Driver coming in 2nd and 3rd.  Dean also bagged Young Player of the Season, with Phillips getting signing of the season and an Adrian Kennelly strike against Stockport our best goal this campaign

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Look at how good Max Dean is.  Playing freely as either a mezzala or roaming playmaker, Dean was the best player in the league this season.  20 assists, 12 man of the match awards and an average rating of 7.56?  Incredible.  Its with our top scorer however we see a problem.  Barnett was unavailable through injury for half the campaign and was still our top scorer with just 13.  That's not good enough for an attacking side as his deputies failed to really replace him.  Edwards scored 7, Vasileiou scored 6 and Murray scored 1.  Lewys Phillips scored more than all of them.

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Pretty much.

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Manager of the Year!

Review

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Pretty much, look how long we were top.  Amazing.

Expectations

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The board want top half and I think we can get it, maybe.

Budgets

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A good budget for top half

League Table

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Merhyr Town

Finished 17th in the Vanarama National.  Not bad for a semi pro side

Around the leagues

Chelsea won the Premier League, with Bournemouth, Watford and Blackburn going down.  Leicester won the Championship with Coventry and Crystal Palace also going up as Colchester, Nottingham Forest and Charlton were relegated.  Luton, Oxford and Boston won promotion from League 1, with York, Leyton Orient, Fylde and AFC Wimbledon dropping into League 2.  Wigan won League 2 and went up with Grimsby, Chester and Fleetwood as Port Vale and Telford dropped into non league.  Harrogate and Cambridge won promotion from the National League, with Macclesfield, Darlington, Hemel Hempstead and Swindon Town dropping into the regionals.  Altrincham, Chorley, Yeovil and Farnborough won promotion to the National League whilst Gillingham were relegated to the 7th tier!  Manchester City won the FA Cup and Watford won the League Cup.

In Europe, Manchester City won the Champions League, Borussia Monchengladbach won the Europa League and Borussia Dortmund won the Europa Conference League.  St Johnstone won a second consecutive Scottish Premiership, Hertha Berlin won a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title, PSG won another Ligue 1 title and Real Madrid won La Liga

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SEASON PREVIEW 2039/40

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The first summer where I was actively turning down interviews, shows how happy I am here in Greater Manchester!  Its been pretty hectic here as I turned down Hull, Charlton and Wrexham, hopefully that doesn't come back to bite me!  We sold a lot of players for a lot of money as Premier League clubs seemed quite interested in some of our youngsters for some reason

Transfers

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We released A LOT of players as we said goodbye to most of our Under 23s and some key players from last season's promotion winning campaign.  You'll notice Downes and White who were both with me at Merthyr found their way to Wigan and then found their way out.  Leaving was Shane Driver who retired after one season with us, Ricky Foster also left after 66 games for Wigan, he's now kicking balls at Leyton Orient.  Harrington just couldn't find his way past Halliday and Cotton and now finds himself at MK Dons whilst Akpan suffered a similar fate, with him ending up at Fylde.  A lot of the youngsters released would probably have been in the squad this season had we not been promoted.

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The board are very happy.  Starting with the cheap sales.  Smithson wasn't good enough and kicked up a fuss, Kasimis and Price were sold by my DOF, Hopewell, Canavan and Hartley were also no longer good enough.  Lewis Cotton was a shame, he was club captain and an academy product, he made 242 league appearances for the club but forced my hand.  I wanted to keep Vasileiou, he had a remarkable scoring record of 7 goals from 4 starts, but was entering the final year of his contract and kicked up a fuss.  £800,000 ain't bad for a kid we bought for just £8,500 from Bromley.

I was happy to lose Edwards, he never really impressed here and when tycoon owned Queen of the South matched our asking price he was off, he scored 9 in 44 for us.  Adrian Barnett was another shame and very annoyingly Brighton and Swansea both came in on deadline day matching his release clause of £3.7m leaving us with just 2 proper strikers.

Now onto the magic trio.  Hoffmann, Vestad and Baumgartel were all brought in the same summer on free transfers and have now made us at least £14.3m!  Hoffmann was a surprise as Brighton swooped late on and I couldn't negotiate properly.  Vestad was to be part of our squad but when big clubs were sniffing I knew I had to cut my losses, £5m and 50% of next fee, perfect.  Baumgartel is the only one of the 3 who played last season and he's gone for almost £10m and 50% of next fee to Southampton.  The joy is that these aren't huge clubs and I expect them to be sold on.

The puzzling part is, none of these showed AMAZING potential according to my coaches, except Baumgartel.  They also displayed Championship potential, but these sizeable clubs want them for big money?  Someone's staff is wrong, and I'm guessing its mine.

Ins

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We didn't really re-invest that much.  I'll run you through the highlights.

Sean Rae

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Far too good for us

Brett Hollis

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See above

Mark Newell

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Relatively cheap with room to grow and a definite upgrade at right back

Ben Gough

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A very good centre back

Shaun Hickey

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With us last season and now here permanently for less than £100,000 from Blackburn.  Solid.

Steven Beale

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A lot of pressure on his shoulders now that every other striker is gone.

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Sold a lot of tickets

Thoughts

I'm not entirely confident going into the new season.  We have a lot of talent in the team, but not much beyond the first XI.  I was counting on Vestad as backup on the left wing and Baumgartel at right back.  I wasn't expecting Barnett and Vasileiou to go and couldn't find the right backups across the rest of the pitch.  However, Hughes is a good goalkeeper, our midfield three of Boeve, Dean and Hollis is the best in the division and Petty and Rae are fantastic.  We'll be relying a lot on the 5 midfielders to win us games as I don't have much faith in Beale and Murray up front.  Fingers crossed.

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AUGUST

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My first season at the third tier, how did it start?

Results

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A solid start to the season which should have been even better.  A 2-0 win kicked us off nicely before a hard fought win over Crewe.  We completely dominated Barnsley, 20 shots, 12 on target, 65% possession but just couldn't find the net.  We went north east for a similar story, 19 shots, 11 on target, more possession and we somehow lose 4-1.  We rallied to beat Charlton before destroying Blackpool at home.  We were 2-1 up with 7 minutes left against Walsall as another completely dominant performance was undone.  We squeezed past Chester before I continued my awful record in the nonsense trophy away to Preston

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 5-1 Blackpool

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A 5-1 victory and complete domination over local rivals?  Yes please.

Player of the month

Max Dean

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He's just fantastic

League Table

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I'd take 3rd at the end of the season

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SEPTEMBER

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Promotion push?

Results

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I'm undecided as to what to make of this month's fixtures.  Sure we were unbeaten, but 3 draws from 5 games is nothing to write home about, especially considering some of the opposition.  It took an own goal to find the net in a game where we had 23 shots and 14 on target.  A solid 2-0 against Doncaster was very much appreciate as it was wrapped up in the first half.  An early lead against Millwall was thrown away.  Another early lead against Mansfield was thrown away (twice) despite 24 shots and 11 on target.  I'm at wits end.  We almost threw it away against Fleetwood too.

Player of the month

Max Dean

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He's magnificent

Game of the month

Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Wigan Athletic

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There was very little to choose from

League Table

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Still looking good in third

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OCTOBER

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Life is looking good at the moment, too good...

Results

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Our worst month so far and possibly my worst in management as we pick just 2 wins from 7, losing 4.  A shocking performance in Derbyshire saw us humiliated by Chesterfield before my poor performance in the nonsense mickey mouse cup continued.  Another horror show against Colchester preceded a draw with Lincoln where striker Beale finally scored his first goal for the club.  Dean and Petty combined to overcome Plymouth before the smashing of Bolton.  How can we do that then lose to Rochdale?

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 6-1 Bolton Wanderers

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6 goals against a local rival in front of 25,000.  Joyous.

League Table

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Only slipped to 4th somehow

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Well done winning League Two and going well in League Two.

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NOVEMBER

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We need to get over our poor form last month

Results

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It looked like the poor form was continuing as we drew away to Gloucester in the FA Cup before losing to Mansfield in the nonsense cup, but then came Forest.  A huge win put paid to any doubts that may have been forming as we smashed 6 past them at the Brian Clough Arena.  We edged past Gloucester before smashing another club too big to be down here in Hull City.  A magnificent hat trick for Beale saw off Cambridge.

Game of the month

Nottingham Forest 0-6 Wigan Athletic

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Steven Beale and Daryl Petty, take a bow!  Two hat tricks saw off Forest, with Beale's coming after just 7 minutes!

Player of the month

Steven Beale

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Two hat tricks!  It looks like he's finally found his shooting boots as he bagged 7 goals this month

League Table

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Back up to 3rd!

Other news

Sheffield Wednesday had their manager poached by Newcastle United, meaning there was an opening and they were interviewing

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They liked my interview

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A huge wage rise and the chance to manage in the Championship?

No thanks.  Up the Tics.

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On 27/07/2020 at 22:03, Nobby_McDonald said:

Well done winning League Two and going well in League Two.

Cheers mate

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DECEMBER

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Was turning down Wednesday a good call?  Let's find out.

Results

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A very good start to the month as we won 2 from our first 3 of the festive season.  The wonderful individual that is Max Dean smuggled the ball over the line in the last minute to grab us three points away in Essex.  Beale continued his fine form by grabbing a goal against Peterborough before we went to North Wales ad comprehensively beat the league leaders.  This was followed by a poor performance as we succumbed to Chesterfield before a valiant effort against Spurs in the FA Cup

Game of the month

Wrexham 1-3 Wigan Athletic

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A brilliant performance as we went away to the league leaders and dominated them.  We went into the lead early through winger Petty before doubling it in the second half.  They got one back but seemingly couldn't be bothered attacking to grab a second.  Brett Hollis finished it with a late strike.

Player of the month

Steven Beale

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He's getting better

League Table

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Keeping touch with second

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JANUARY

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Players signed, players left

Transfers

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We said goodbye to some fringe players

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First time in my carer I've spent real money, here's the highlights

Darren Jennings

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A lot of goals internationally, brought in to provide backup for Steven Beale

Neil O'Driscoll

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A young Irish midfielder with potential?  He'll do.

Virmondes

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Brought in as backup for Petty

Results

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A very good month to kick off the 2040s!  A big win against high flying Wrexham was followed by a disappointing loss against Millwall.  We picked ourselves up though and flew into a fantastic winning streak, beating Lincoln, Crewe, Crawley and Barnsley.  A late equaliser made Plymouth feel like a win too!

Player of the month

Daryl Petty

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What a signing he's been

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 3-0 Wrexham

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Its that lot again!  Another huge win over Wrexham as our defensive players bagged unlikely goals

League Table

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Wrexham are slipping a little

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FEBRUARY

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16 games to grab our second promotion in two seasons

Results

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A very solid month as we hunt down Wrexham at the top of the league.  A hiccup in our first match against Walsall was righted by a comfortable 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic before another big win against local rivals Blackpool.  We stumbled at home to Southend, with golden boys Petty and Beale getting on the scoresheet yet again before an assisted win against Peterborough

Game of the month

Blackpool 0-4 Wigan Athletic

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We smashed them at home and smashed them away, with loanee Hollis bagging one, new signing Virmondes scoring a screamer, local lad Hogg scoring and striker Beale getting in on the act

Player of the month

Steven Beale

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Amongst the goals once again

League Table

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We're top!

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MARCH

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The run in starts here.

Results

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What a month!  4 wins from 5 and unbeaten as we reach the business end of the season.  Lots of goals as we begin our assault on promotion and a potential title.  A huge win against local rivals and promotion rivals Bolton with Petty bagging a double.  New signing Virmondes' goal was cancelled out by a last minute penalty for Rochdale but we picked ourselves up to beat Forest comfortably.  Another big away win as some of our reserves played and scored away at Hull before a penalty saw us past Chester with michael Hughes the hero saving their 92nd minute penalty.

Game of the month

Bolton Wanderers 1-4 Wigan Athletic

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We love smashing our rivals!

Player of the month

Daryl Petty

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He's amazing.

League Table

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Wrexham have overtaken us with 5 to go, but we should be ok for promotion.

Other news

Youth intake!

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Not great.

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APRIL

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Last month of the season.  Here we go.

Results

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4 aways in our last 5 and we did spectacularly!  Goals galore and 4 wins to seal our second consecutive promotion.  A huge win away to Grimsby set us on our way before Steven Beale put Mansfield to the sword.  We went bak to Wigan for our only home game this money and comfortably dispatched playoff chasing Doncaster.  A disappointing draw away to Fleetwood before a massive final day win in Essex as we bagged our 100th league goal of the season

Game of the month

Colchester United 1-5 Wigan Athletic

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What a way to end the season, the sun is shining on the south east coast as we smashed 5 past playoff chasing Colchester

League Table

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Champions!

Other news

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Gave me a new contract, I wonder why

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SEASON REVIEW 2039/40

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Another remarkable season as we managed to come out on top of a high quality League 1.  There were some bumps along the way and we do owe our title success to Wrexham's mini implosion, but we still garnered 96 points and 100 goals.

Overall, we deserved it.  We had the best attack by some distance, scoring 14 more than our nearest challengers and the 3rd best defence, with only Chesterfield (43) and Wrexham (42) conceding fewer than our 44.  So it all bodes well for the Championship, right?

Awards and stats

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Max Dean once again won the Player of the Year, winning by a huge margin once again as he garnered 72% of the vote.  This was somewhat unfair on top scorer Daryl Petty who only managed 11%.  Steven Beale won goal of the season, Mark Newell signing of the season and Max Dean won another award

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As stated, Daryl Petty was top scorer, banging in 24 goals with Beale in second with 20.  Dean got a fantastic rating of 7.56.  Petty topped the assist chart as well with Boeve being our best passer.  10 man of the match awards for Dean.  He's amazing.  Petty and Dean are our two most important players.

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Yep, pretty much.

League awards

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Manager of the year!

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Max Dean won ANOTHER award

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8 players in the Team of the Year!

Review

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We weren't top for so long, and then suddenly...

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Budgets and expectations

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No change, this is just the money from sales

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Top half?  Really!?!

Around the leagues

Manchester United won the Premier League, with Coventry, Leicester and Brighton going down.  Watford, Bristol City and Bournemouth won promotion from the Championship with QPR, Luton and Boston going down.  Wigan, Wrexham and Colchester won promotion from League 1 with Plymouth, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Chester going down.  Oldham, Preston, Rotherham and Tranmere won promotion from League 2 with Dulwich and Harrogate going down.  Ebbsfleet and Port Vale won promotion from the Vanarama National with Guiseley, Bromley, Chelmsford and Barnet going down.  Southport, Gateshead, Torquay and Sutton went up to the National League.  Tottenham won the FA Cup and the League Cup.

In Europe, PSG won the Champions League, Tottenham won the Europa League and Rangers won the Europa Conference League.  Hertha Berlin won their 11th consecutive Bundesliga, Real Madrid won La Liga, PSG won Ligue 1 and St Johnstone won their 3rd consecutive Scottish Premiership

Merthyr Town

Finished 15th in the Vanarama National

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2040/41 SEASON PREVIEW

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Another summer with no intentions of leaving the club.  I'm enjoying life in Wigan and look forward to our assault on the Championship.

Transfers

Out

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No real departures as we begin our assault on the second tier

In

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We spent some big money to try and stay in this league.  As wells keeping some familiar loanees.  Sean Rae, Rolando Corbyn and Brett Hollis all agreed to stay on

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Also coming in on loan were Neil Edwards, Omar Gaynor and Ben Francis

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Now onto the lads we spent money on

Adrian Boyle

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A solid utility player who can cover left back, midfield and left wing

Kilian Deans

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The backup to the excellent Wessel Boeve as we plundered the Irish leagues again

Ondrej Kotulek

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An experienced international for just £1m?  Yes please.

Wes Wiles

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Less than a £1m for this guy?  Yes please.

What we're up against

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Ah bollocks, we're screwed

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AUGUST

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There's some proper clubs in this division.  Aston Villa, Sunderland, Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham, Leicester, Sheffield United.  Even the "lesser lights" such as Stoke, Fulham, Birmingham, Coventry, Blackburn are scary.  I'm scared.

Results

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No reason to be scared!  Wow, what a start!  To begin our first campaign back at this level in 16 years away at a club like Villa was daunting, but what we did proved we deserve our place at this level.  4-0.  Amazing.  A bit strange to follow that up with 3 league draws, especially against a side like Oxford, but draws against the likes of Sunderland and Middlesbrough are welcome.  We ended our league fixtures against another giant in Leeds and picked up another 3 points!  As this was going on we secured solid progression in the League Cup, easily beating both Chester and Barnsley to reach the 4th Round

Game of the month

Aston Villa 0-4 Wigan Athletic

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I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing.  We went to Aston Villa and didn't just beat them, we destroyed them.  Villa, one of the favourites for promotion were roundly dismantled by a rag tag group of loanees, castoffs and teenagers.  Local hero Dean got the ball rolling before ex Welsh League player Petty bagged our second.  A Luton castoff grabbed our third before loanee Rae got in on the act.  Wonderful.

Player of the month

Sean Rae

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A very good month from the Manx man

League Table

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What a start

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SEPTEMBER

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Can we back up that fantastic start?

Results

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Indeed we can!  What a fantastic month as we record a 100% month, winning all 5 games quite easily.  A big 4-1 win at Colchester went with the big 5-1 win at Colchester at the end of last season, does that mean we're worse of they've gotten better?  We then went away to Stoke and needed an own goal to edge past them before eradicating any creeping doubts by hammering Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.  Penalties were needed to edge past Watford in the League Cup and another penalty was needed to beat Blackburn, are we slipping?

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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Another fantastic performance.  Look at the stats, crazy!

Player of the month

Ben Francis

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About time a defender won this award

League Table

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I don't understand what's happening

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OCTOBER

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I don't understand

Results

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Another pretty good month as we record league and cup wins.  A poor performance on the South coast saw us lose to promotion chasing Brighton.  This defeat seemed to inspire something incredible though as we smashed 7 past Coventry at the DW Stadium.  Strugglers Ipswich nicked a draw away in Suffolk before we hammered Fulham despite having a man sent off in the first half.  We were on the receiving end of a huge scoreline as we were batter 5-2 by Birmingham City before cup progression as we beat Norfolk's premier club 1-0 in the League Cup

Game of the month

Wigan Athletic 7-3 Coventry City

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What a display of goalscoring

Player of the month

Max Dean

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A wonderful human being

League Table

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Down in second

Other news

I've had some interviews and some big clubs are circling.  Blackburn, Newcastle and Stoke are all interested.  What do I do?

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NOVEMBER

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Some big decisions to make this month, as a lucrative job offer came in...

At the end of the month, Wigan are sitting pretty at the top of the league after winning 3 and drawing 1.  Beating Portsmouth, Newcastle and Sheffield United.  Drawing against West Ham.

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I was offered an interview at Stoke.  Went to the interview.  Was offered the job.

On the face of it, its no contest.  Wigan are top of the league and Stoke are 18th.  Wigan all day?  But Stoke offer something extra, actual facilities.

Stoke, apparently, have the best facilities in the world for some reason and are offering quite an easy path.  They just want to avoid relegation and are offering a sizeable budget to achieve this

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Wigan, at the moment, are just a team.  No real backup, no money, no decent facilities and a small stadium.  Stoke have facilities, money and a decent sized stadium.  And they're offering me a pay rise.

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Lets compare the finances

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I made the right choice.

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Some very solid facilities from their Premier League days with Stoke in the top flight just 3 years ago, and this is reflected in a decent squad

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Some very solid players all over the pitch makes this look like a promising job

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DECEMBER

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A first month in a new job, hopefully it goes well

Results

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A decent first month in Staffordshire as we pick up 12 points.  An ok start against Wednesday was followed by back to back away wins as we went to the North East and North West, picking up 6 points from slender 1 goal wins.  We hosted West Ham and youngster Flint grabbed his first goal for the club to grab a 95th minute equaliser.  The reverse happened away at Reading as they equalised in the 93rd minute to deny us victory.  Another disappointing result as we succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Wrexham before righting it away at Oxford, winning 2-1.

Game of the month

Stoke City 3-3 West Ham United

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Two late equalisers and a local boy grabbing his first for the club.  Fun times.

Player of the month

Ricky Brock

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5 goals from 5 games

League Table

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We're hunting Wigan

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2040... my 4 year old daughter's favourite player won't be playing for Stoke by then. :D

Win some things with Stoke. Like the Premier League and Champions League. Because that is never going to happen while I'm alive. :D

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17 hours ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

2040... my 4 year old daughter's favourite player won't be playing for Stoke by then. :D

Win some things with Stoke. Like the Premier League and Champions League. Because that is never going to happen while I'm alive. :D

That's the plan!

Edited by QuizzicalEly

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JANUARY

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A solid start to my reign at Stoke and a transfer window with a bit of money.  I like it.

Transfers

Out

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We got rid of the players I didn't want and brought in a far bit of cash.  Kwon Sang-Jun and Iker Aketxe didn't fit into the system.  Walsh, Todd, Rawlings and Lennon were either too old or not good enough while Jones was a prospect that everyone wanted and Norwich got.

Ins

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Let's meet some of them

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I wanted Warren when I was at Wigan so it made sense to bring him to Stoke to fill in a position where there was a dearth of players

David Llewelyn Hughes

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Cheap backup

Andrew Paterson

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We desperately needed midfielders, especially ones who fit into the system I wanted to play.  Paterson fits that

Kosta Zlatkovic

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Very cheap and good enough to challenge for the number 1 shirt

Aidan Buchan

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We raided Hearts' midfield.  It was a good midfield

Dario Simons

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His contract was expiring, we got him on a pre contract deal and then we were offered him for cheap.  Good times

Max Dean

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The prodigal son returns!

Results

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Two poor results kicked off the month as we lost 2-1 to Villa and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Premier League West Brom.  We went to London and returned with 3 points as our new players started to gel, battering Leeds just to show that off.  A solid win against Colchester finished the month

Game of the month

Stoke City 6-1 Leeds United

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The squad are gelling to the tactic and I'm loving it.

Player of the month

Aidan Buchan

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A very solid first month from part of our Hearts contingent

League Table

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Playoff hunt?

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FEBRUARY

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The squad is set, the assault on the playoffs begin now

Results

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A poor start to the month was saved by the final two games.  An ok draw away at Coventry was followed by last minute heartbreak as one of our rejects scored a 91st minute winner.  We went to Sheffield and came back from 2 goals down to salvage a draw before another 2-2 draw saw us lose a 2-0 lead ourselves to succumb to a draw.  We then went to London and put in our best performances of the month to overcome West Ham by 3 goals before rounding out the month with a 2-1 win against Portsmouth

Game of the month

West Ham United 0-3 Stoke City

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Another great performance against West Ham as we smash in 3 goals in our trip to London

Player of the month

Isaac Kabiru

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4 goals in a month for a defender is pretty special

League Table

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Just 8 points off the playoffs

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MARCH

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The playoff chase is very much on

Results

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What a month!  5 wins from 5 as the side properly start to gel with the tactic.  Ipswich put up more resistance than expected but Colgan managed to put the key chances away  before an excellent turnaround just before half-time against Wednesday before another through Warren put the cherry on the cake.   Sunderland were then absolutely battered by a wonderful Bah performance. We then went to my old flame Wigan and played them off the park, bringing Max Dean on late in the game to really rub the salt in the wound.  Lowly Fulham were then dispatched with ease.

Game of the month

Stoke City 4-0 Sunderland

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What an excellent performance from Bah who's usually only a benchwarmer

Player of the month

Patrick Colgan

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Another god month from Colgan

League Table

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6 games left and just 3 points off!

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END OF SEASON

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Can we sneak into the playoffs?

Results

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8 points from 5 isn't bad but it had to be better at this stage of the season, we snuck past Boro but fell to defeat against playoff rivals Birmingham.  We managed to batter Newcastle and came from 3-0 down to get a draw at Brighton before a very disappointing draw against Reading, so where does that leave us?

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If Coventry lose then a win will get us into the playoffs.  Problem is we're playing Leicester who need a draw to go up.  Can we do it?

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So close!  Middlesbrough managed to beat Coventry who went down to 10 men in the 20th minute, we lead Leicester and should have won by 2 or 3 but succumbed to a 96th minute equaliser after 4 minutes were added on

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So close

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2040/41 SEASON REVIEW

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A very good first campaign at Stoke City ended in one of the worst possible ways as a 96th minute Leicester goal saw us drop out of the playoffs in the final seconds of the season

We picked up 54 points from my 28 league games as manager, an average of 1.9 per game.  Had this been the case throughout the entire season, we would have finished on 87 points which would have seen us finish top of the division this season.  Need to repeat or even build on that next season.

Awards and stats

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A fairly tight result for Player of the Season with Patrick Colgan coming out on top with only 35% of the vote, just about beating centre backs Isaac Kabiru and Jason Mullin.  Aidan Buchan deservedly snagged signing of the season due to his strong performances after coming in from Hearts which also bagged him Young Player of the Season

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Colgan shows why he won Player of the Season, with him scoring the most (22), having the highest average rating (7.13) and securing the most man of the match awards (4).  Bah, Carabrisella and Buchan were tied for assists with a lowly 7

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Youngster Scott Flint muscled his way into Team of the Season

Review

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Look at that excellent rise through the league from December onwards

Expectations

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Should be doable

Edited by QuizzicalEly

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2040/41 AROUND THE LEAGUES

Manchester City won the Premier League with Derby County, Crystal Palace and Bristol City being relegated.  Sheffield United, Leicester and Brighton were promoted from the Championship with Ipswich, Fulham and Colchester going down.  Charlton, QPR and Hull won promotion from League One with Doncaster, Chesterfield, Walsall and Crawley suffering relegation.  Forest Green, AFC Wimbledon, Fylde and Burton Albion won promotion from League Two with Ebbsfleet and Chester dropping into non-league.  Warrington and Carlisle won promotion to the Football League with Havant, Bradford, Merthyr and Harrogate dropping into the regional divisions.  Guiseley, Hyde, Newport and Basingstoke won promotion to the National League.  Manchester City won the FA Cup and Tottenham won the League Cup.

In Europe, Real Madrid won their 17th Champions League, Lyon won the Europa League and Wolfsburg won the Europa Conference League.  Hertha won yet another Bundesliga, Real Madrid won La Liga, PSG won Ligue 1 and Celtic won their 66th Scottish title

Former clubs

Merthyr Town

Merthyr dropped back into the National League South after 4 seasons in the National League.  A late revival saw them grab 8 points from their last 4 but it wasn't enough as they went down by 5 points.  Some of my boys are still there like Joslin Yousef, Richard Smith, Kevin Mernagh and Gwyn Allen.  The fact that Allen still starts and has over 200 appearances for them probably contributed to their relegation

Wigan Athletic

Fell of a cliff after I left, eventually finishing 12th

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2041/42 SEASON PREVIEW

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We're looking to build on a very encouraging end to the season, we don't really need to spend big in my opinion, but we might as well...

Transfers Out

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Darren Murdoch was forced out of the side by Paterson, Buchan and Dean.  Knight isn't as good as Zlatkovic so it was good to get some money.  Hughes was getting on and out of contract soon so money was much appreciated

Transfers In

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We spent some money

Daryl Petty

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The prodigal son!  £10m up front and the rest is performance based may seem a lot, but he'll take us up

Graham O'Kane

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The replacement for Hughes but younger, I like him

David Hayes

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Brought in to contest the number 9 shirt with Colgan

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The rest are youth prospects

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AUGUST

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I'm expecting at least the playoffs from this season.  We should do it.

Results

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An action packed month to kick off the season with 8 games in just a month.  We started in the most boring way possible away in Yorkshire as we drew 0-0 at Huddersfield.  We made amends for this start by comfortably beating Reading at home before the reserves overcame Grimsby in the League Cup.  This lead to back to back draws, starting with a late equaliser at relegated Palace before another bore draw with Newcastle.  We squeaked past Villa before another boring draw at Huddersfield saw us out of the League Cup on penalties.  We stayed in Yorkshire and drew again!  Boring!

Player of the month

Dan Ford

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Well none of the attackers were going to win it were they?

League Table

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An ok start I guess

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SEPTEMBER

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An underwhelming but unbeaten month to kick off the season, can it improve?

Results

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That's better!  A perfect month as we put some mid table fodder to the sword.  A penalty was required to get past Portsmouth but things began to click soon after as we bagged 3 goals in consecutive away games.  An impressive performance in Hull as our front 3 all bagged a goal was bettered in Oxford as we kept a clean sheet as well as bagging in the goals

Game of the month

Oxford United 0-3 Stoke City

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An impressive performance overcame Oxford in their own backyard, they still haven't finished their last sand 40 years after the ground was built

Player of the month

Daryl Petty

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He's starting to come into his own

League Table

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Looking good in the promotion pack

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OCTOBER

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We're somehow still unbeaten, its fun

Results

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Still unbeaten!  A few too many draws for my liking though.  A late Petty strike saved us at QPR before a bore draw against promotion chasing Blackburn.  We couldn't hold on against Wednesday as they grabbed a late equaliser but we bounced back to beat Charlton with two goals in quick succession seeing off the Londoners.  We then embarrassed Birmingham on the tele

Game of the month

Stoke City 3-0 Birmingham City

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A very good performance all round as we completely dominated Birmingham in front of the cameras

Player of the month

Andrew Paterson

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A solid month from one of our resident Scots

League Table

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Sticking in there

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NOVEMBER

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We're on a roll

Results

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Another very solid month.  It was a disappointing to only draw against lowly Wigan with a late equaliser grabbing a point for my former club.  David Hayes put Bristol City to the sword in the second half to secure 3 points only for us to lose our first game of the season away at Derby, with a Martin Hompot screamer not enough to prevent defeat following 's red card.  We returned to winning ways soon after though with consecutive 2-0 wins over Coventry and Sunderland

Game of the month

Stoke City 2-0 Coventry City

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A solid performance under the lights

Player of the month

Anthony Carabrisella

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A solid month from out defensive midfielder

League Table

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Very much part of the promotion hunt

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Looking good so far.

Some pretty big clubs at the bottom there... 

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19 minutes ago, dllu said:

Looking good so far.

Some pretty big clubs at the bottom there... 

Cheers mate

Yeah, the seems the whole world's upside down at the moment!

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DECEMBER

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Festive cheer for all at Stoke?

Results

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We just keep on rolling!  Another good month as we continue our assault on the top of the table.  A disappointing start as we drew with Wrexham and succumbed to defeat in London but we soon bounced back, going unbeaten for the rest of the month as we easily dispatched Boro, struggled to a draw with Brentford before smashing their neighbours Chartlon.  We finished the month with a simple win in Greater Manchester

Game of the month

Stoke City 4-0 Charlton Athletic

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4 goals and a brace from a local lad, what's not to love?

Player of the month

Scott Flint

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He's so, so good

League Table

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Hanging in there

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JANUARY

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Not much spending from ourselves as we brought in a loanee and a prospect for about £1m

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We said goodbye to a few more though and shifted about £150,000 a week off the wage bill

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Results

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Shambolic.  Absolutely dreadful.  Rubbish.  A dreadful defeat to promotion rivals Blackburn at home followed by back to back 2-0 defeats in league and cup!  Losing in the 3rd Round to Peterborough is dreadful and to back that up with a 2-0 loss against Reading is even worse!  We regained some pride against Huddersfield only to lose it all again against Palace.  Shocking.

League Table

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We've not fallen that far despite an awful month

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