Promotion Push

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Alright guys,

Welcome back to the latest update of our journey with Tranmere. We are nearly coming up to Christmas and the half way point of the season where hopefully we can push on in the second half and maintain our aim of promotion.

 

Woking – Home – League – 3rd V 18th

Green opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a tidy finish from inside of the box. Woking equalized in the 32nd minute when from a corner. A quiet second half meant the game end a draw and a disappointing result for us when we should of came away with the 3 points.

 

*Loan Signings*

Frankie Kent:

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Frankie comes in on loan till the end of the season from Colchester as I felt we lacked depth and pace at the back which I feel he can solve that problem. He should be comfortable at this level and put in some solid performances for us.

Callum Evans:

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Another position we lacked depth in was the full back positions and Callum comes in on a season long loan from Barnsley to provide that option for us.

 

Dagenham & Redbridge – Away – League – 8th V 3rd

A slow start from us saw Dagenham score in the 1st minute. Maynard equalized on the 20th minute when he out jumped their goalkeeper from a corner. Campbell-Young gave us the leas with his first goal just after half hour. Gorman got our third in the 61st minute with a missile from the edge of the box. Mullin secured the points with a brace before Dagenham tried to get back in the game late on but it wasn’t enough.

 

Cup Draw

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We got drawn away to Bradford Park Avenue in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. A easier draw for us but a tough game at the same time.

Gateshead – Home – League – 3rd V 12th

We took the lead in the 3rd minute thanks to the main man Devarn Green. Kent doubled our lead on his debut then got injured later in the game. Evans got sent off in the second half with a second yellow. We got our third when Mullin took his chance in the 7th minute despite being down to 10 men.

 

Wrexham – Home – League – 2nd V 9th

Shaw got injured in the first couple of minutes which didn’t help our start to the game but we soon settled down when Green opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. Devarn got his second of the game on the 61st minute to wrap up the points. Jennings gets sent off with 5 minutes to go but that didn’t affect the result.

 

Bradford Park Avenue – Away – FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

A disappointing quiet first half with the only highlight of the game was our goal via Hughes from the edge of the box with 15 minutes to go. A boring game on the whole but happy to go through to the next round but felt we should of scored more.

 

Cup Draw

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A difficult draw but a potentially a win able game and a chance to progress in the cup. We also have home advantage which may help us.

Solihull Moors – Away – League – 23rd V 2nd

Bogle scored our first in the 34th minute when a nice header. Mullin scored late on to help secure the 3 points in what was a comfortable after we limited Solihull to 4 shots all game with only 1 on target.

 

North Ferriby – Home – League – 2nd V 24th

A shocking performance from us in a game where none of our players turned up saw North Ferriby leave with the 3 points. Their first goal came after our defence fell asleep they then secured the points with 5 minutes when they got through our defence again and slotted it past our keeper. Really angry with the lads with this performance.The stats show a fairly even game but North Ferriby deserved the win on our performance.

 

Dover – Away – League – 10th V 2nd

We scored in the 2nd minute thanks to Green taking an early chance from inside the box. Gorman got our second goal with a sweet finish from the edge of the box which went in the top corner. Dover got back in the game late on but it was not enough to get anything from the game. A deserved win and 3 points and a nice performance compared to last time out.

 

Results:

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A good run of results for us apart from the odd blip is pleasing and to see our strikers scoring as well as goals coming from other players helping ease the pressure on them. Devarn Green is still the main goal scorer but Paul Mullin has contributed more lately which is pleasing to see.

 

Table:

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A good run of form means we move up to second in the league 6 points behind Forest Green.There is a small gap forming between ourselves and Lincoln and Wrexham which is helpful for if we do go on a bad run of games. Still pushing for the top and going up as champions!

 

Fixtures:

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Upcoming fixtures see us go up against the teams around us as well as a couple of cup games which hopefully we can progress in and gain more income for the club. The game against Forest Green is of real importance and could potentially decide who wins the league.

 

Star Player

The star player of this update is Paul Mullin who has improved over the last few weeks and has contributed to the team more of late. Devarn Green was up there for star player again but I am hopefully going to pick someone different each week. Paul has impressed me scoring 10 in 15 games this season and hopefully we can persuade him to stay. This is currently his best season to date. I was going to leave him on the bench for Bogle but Bogle hasn’t impressed really as much so far.

 

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying this save!

Devarn Green’s on fire, your defence is terrified!

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Alright guys,

Welcome back to the latest update of our journey to the top with Tranmere. We are still in the first season and we are doing pretty well so far with the odd slip up which is expected at this level. Let’s see how we have got on in the last few games…

 

Southport – Away – League – 23rd V 4th

We started the game slowly which went from bad to worse when they scored in the 3rd minute. We seemed to get in to the game and once we was in our stride Southport had little answers. Cook conceded a penalty which our keeper saved but he redeemed himself with getting our equalizer. The boys did amazing to turn the game around but we thoroughly deserved the 3 points.

 

Guiseley – Home – League – 2nd V 18th

We started the game off fairly well but we conceded another penalty early in to the game which Guiseley dispatched. We got our equalizer a couple of minutes later thanks to a Jennings worldie from 30 yards and Green gave us the lead just before half time. Mullins put the game to bed in the 75th minute. A dominant performance form us this game.

 

Aldershot – Away – League – 3rd V 2nd

Another slow start form us and again another penalty we conceded but Turner saved it this time. A poor performance from start to finish and we was second best to everything all game. McNulty got himself sent off late on in the game with a stupid tackle ended our hopes of getting anything from the game.

 

*Signing*

Oliver Davies:

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Pleased to get this deal completed as I had been trying to get it done for a couple of months but Oliver wasn’t interested or wanted a silly amount of money but we finally agreed on a deal and I’m delighted he has joined as I feel he will add something to the team and will grow with us and help us move forward as he is only 21 and can only improve. Side note he got injured a couple of days after and is out for two months!!

 

Lincoln – Home – League – 3rd v 4th

A good hard fought performance from us seen us get the win against a play-off rival. Green opened the scoring with a nice finish from inside the box in the 10th minute. We conceded a sloppy goal just after the half hour mark which was disappointing. Green gave us the lead just after half time which turned out to be the winning goal.

 

*Signing*

Omar Bogle:

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Another deal I am pleased to have sealed. We have got Omar on loan until the end of the season. I was surprised he joined us as he usually goes to better teams in better leagues. I feel he adds that extra bit of quality in front of goal we miss every now and then. Solid signing who I hope can partner with Green and fire us up the league.

 

York – Away – League – 8th V 2nd

Shaw got himself sent off half way through the first half with a stupid tackle which he didn’t need to make which could of cost us getting anything from the game. Despite the stats saying we were the better team in reality York deserved more than what they got in this game. Cook got us back in to the game with around 20 minutes to go when we did look the much better team and we eventually got a point when Cook got his second and then Maynard scored from the edge of the box with minutes to go to get us a point from the game.

 

Sutton – Away – League – 13th V 3rd

Mullin got the opener with a tidy finish in the 26th minute but Sutton got back in the game with an equalizer minutes later after some sloppy defending from us. Green put is in the lead again not long after and we went in to half time in the lead. Sutton came out in the second half stronger than us and equalized in the 47th minute. We kicked on and re took the lead again when Mullin got his second of the game. Bogle came on for his debut with about 20 minutes to go and got a goal which wrapped up the win and Green secured the 3 points with his second goal in injury time.

 

Results:

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Our season so far is decent and we are on course to have a successful season. We have lost only 2 of our 11 games and if we can continue that kind of form and iron the silly mistakes out we will be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

Fixtures:

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We come up against some big teams in our next few games which will be difficult. We also have a cup game coming up so hopefully we get an easier team and potentially go on a run and get some money in for the club.

Table:

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We currently sit 3rd after our loss to Aldershot knocked us down a position and fall further behind leaders Forest Green. We have one of the best GD in the league which says a lot about us going forward but we are still making sloppy mistakes at the back which is costing us points.

 

Star Player

Something a bit different and something I think I might keep doing is a star player for the games in the blog update so the first star player of the blog is my favourite player in non league football – Devarn Green.

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I love him and scores for fun at this level. He could easily play in the football league and hopefully he will with us next season!? He has scored 6 in the last 6 games and 10 in 11 so far this season. This boy is good! (He is on fire in a non blog save which I will tweet a picture of after this blog is out) Despite some of his stats looking poor he can finish and he can out run almost any defender which is a big plus at non league levels. I can not recommend him highly enough to you guys if you are in the lower leagues he will score goals.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying it!

Start Of The Season

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Alright guys,

We shall be looking at the transfers I have made so far as well as looking at the pre-season results and playing the first few league games of the season. I am hoping we have a good start and can build on from that once the new boys have settled in.

 

Transfers

Frazer Shaw:

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Frazer comes in to challenge for the left back spot. He is a player that can improve and could become or first choice in a season or two.

Jordan Wynter:

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I have signed Jordan in personal saves and he does a good job at this level despite what the scouts say about him.

Jack Bainbridge: – Loan

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Jack comes in on a season long loan from Everton as a centre back or right back option. He is currently injured so I will bed him in slowly.

Dale Gorman: – Loan

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We have signed Dale on a season long loan from Stevenage as one of our centre midfielders. Another player with good base stats and he can only improve.

Devarn Green:

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Devarn is another player i have signed in personal saves and he smashes it at this level and can easily get 30-40 goals a season. He is rapid and with a bit of training can be even more deadly in front of goal.

Paul Mullin: – Loan

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He comes in on a season long loan from Morecambe to help our attacking options as I felt we lacked a little in that area.

Ollie Palmer: – Loan

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Ollie is another striker we have brought in and he comes on a season long loan from Leyton Orient. his finishing isn’t the best but other stats make up for that and at this level he is a a good standard of player.

Channing Campbell-Young:

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Channing can play at centre back or right back but he will mainly be used as our right back which is one of the positions we lacked in.

Lee Trundle:

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The veteran Lee comes in as a back up striker as he won’t play that many games but he has good stats and hopefully he can help the young players. I will maybe look at seeing if he will join the coaching staff when he retires.

Pre-season

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A pretty average pre-season from us as I felt we could of won a couple more games than what we did. Although pre-season for me is about getting the players match fit. Result of pre-season has got to smashing Scunthorpe 5-2!

Bromley – Away – League – 5th V 21st

The season begins and what a way to start it! A dominant performance from start to finish seen us score 6. Debut goals from Cook, Mullin and Green helped us on our way. Bromley scored with their only shot on target which was slightly disappointing.

 

Barrow – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A good performance from us but we didn’t take our chances and that cost us the win. Both of their goals came from two counter attacks which has highlighted a problem in our defence. We got the share of the points late on thanks to two goals from Mullin.

 

Eastleigh – Home – League – 4th V 18th

A poor performance from us meant we lost our first game of the season. Another game in which we didn’t take our chances and again it cost us points. Eastleigh looked the better team in the second half and killed the game off. Hughes got injured this game and will be out for 4-5 weeks.

 

Boreham Wood – Away – League – 21st V 4th

A slow start from us but we seemed to get going after we went behind. Gorman and Green helped turn the result around in the first half. A quiet second half seen us see out the win at get the 3 points after 2 poor results.

Loan Signing

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Wright comes in on loan from Sunderland to fill in just behind the strikers after Hughes got injured and will be out for a few weeks.

Maidstone – Home  – League – 4th V 18th

We went behind early on after Gorman gave away a penalty with a poor tackle in the 8th minute. The second half was much better and we came out a different team scoring 3 goals and giving us the win. Palmer got his first goal for the club and then got injured and is out for 3-4 weeks.

 

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A fairly slow start from us which is slightly annoying after such a dominating opening game despite us having won 3 out of our 5 games. We are still up at the top of the table and it is still early in the season so there are no concerns just yet. We will improve and I am hoping to bring in a couple more additions to help the defence out. It is going to be a long hard season and every game is going to be tough. The new boys have settled in superbly and have had a positive effect on the team and have contributed well so far.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying it.

Meet The Lads

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Hey guys,

This is just a quick update for my new journeyman save where we go through the team one by one so we can get to know them a bit more than just a name.

 

Goalkeepers

Iain Turner:

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First up is Iain Turner who will more than likely be my number 1 for this season. An experienced goalkeeper who has been around for what seems like forever although he hasn’t played that many games!. A solid keeper for this level.

Scott Davies:

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Scott will be our back up keeper and a very solid keeper for this level. He is another keeper who has played football league experience which hopefully will help him and us in this league.

Defenders

Liam Ridehalgh:

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Liam will be our first choice left back this season. A player who has stuck with the club while they have been on their downfall shows a lot about him imo. He is our only out and out left back so I will be looking to add competition for Liam.

 

Steve McNulty:

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The man mountain! If you have ever seen him in the past couple of years you will know how big he is for a footballer! Steve has been around the non league scene for a long time and hopefully he can pass on his advice to our defenders and help keep it tight in defence.

 

Michael Ihiekwe:

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Michael will partner ‘big Steve’ at the back and is very good at this level from my experience managing him. Having started out at Liverpool and joining Wolves without playing a game before signing for us. A player that can play at right back if needed.

 

Lee Vaughan:

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Lee is another of our players who has a tonne of experience playing in the lower leagues. He isn’t the best right back and we may look to bring in a better option but he will do a decent job for us.

 

Midfield

 

Jeff Hughes:

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Jeff is player who can play in a number of positions and that is a big asset for us. He will be used as winger/IF or in the middle of the park I feel. He is a solid player at this level.

 

Lois Maynard:

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Lois is a quality midfielder and player who I know can deliver at this level as I have managed him before. A midfielder who can score goals is always a nice bonus.

 

Steve Jennings:

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Steve is another player with loads of football league experience and has also played in the top flight in Scotland (not the best level of football though..) He has played for Tranmere on and off for a number of years.

 

Adam Mekki:

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Adam will be our winger on the right with decent pace for the level we are at. He is a player that can improve and hopefully he will perform for us this season and reach his potential.

 

Jake Kirby:

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Another player with decent potential that I hope he can fulfill here. Jake can play on either which gives us another option in games when coming off the bench.

 

Forwards

James Norwood:

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James will be one our first choice forwards and is a well rounded player although some of his stats could be better. He is another player with a lot of non league experience.

 

Andy Cook:

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Andy is our other forward that will play with or instead of James depending on the formation we play. Andy is a player that has a good record of scoring goals at this level.

 

Connor Jennings:

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Connor is our 3rd choice striker although he probably won’t play that much. I will give him his chance but he has strong competition to lead from the front line.

 

Youth Prospect

Ethan Devine:

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A player with high potential and the best player in our reserves and youth team. I will train him up and give him his chance when he is ready. I will probably leave him in the reserves/youth team this season where he will get more game time than what he would in the first team.

 

 

These are the boys that we have although we do have a couple more players in the team but they will see very little minutes on the pitch so I have left them off. As you can see we do have a lot of experience in this team which I hope will help us perform well in the league and help the younger players along the way.

 

A Journey To The Top?

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Hey guys,

Welcome to my blog and my first FM17 blog save. I enjoyed doing my blog on FM16 so I thought I would carry on blogging for the new game. If you didn’t read my blog from the last game in a quick summary I had a fairly successful 4/5 years winning trophies at Queen’s Park in Scotland and then gaining promotion with Crawley.

When it come to deciding on a team to be for my new blog I really was unsure on who to be and what kind of save to do. I enjoy journeyman saves and I also enjoy starting at a club and building them up and taking them to the top division and becoming the best team in the world, so I did a couple of polls. The first one I did was about the kind of save I should do and the second one was what league I should start in which was the most difficult when it came down to picking one. I have chosen to do a one man club (which was the most popular in the poll) with a team I feel we can build and put our own stamp on compared to other clubs I have looked at. Some teams I thought about doing this blog with were teams like Sheffield United, Fleetwood and Peterborough from League 1, I then had a look at teams in League 2 like Yeovil, Luton and Accrington (who are they!?) but I decided to go one step further down and start off in the National League. I do have a soft spot for Fleetwood and Yeovil and they are in the number of teams I follow along with my beloved Leicester City (Champions of England if you didn’t know!) who I have supported thanks to my dad!

Right so lets see who we are starting with. They have played in the football league not so long ago. They are a team who should get promotion from this league. They have been on a decline in the recent years and they have a little bit of money in the bank to allow us some movement in the transfer windows.

 

Any ideas..?

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Our club is Tranmere Rovers! A club who I have managed on previous FM games and have enjoyed taking them through the leagues so I thought why not do it again and blog it this time.

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Club Information

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I am excited to do this and I feel we are good enough and the lads we have are good enough to help us achieve promotion in our first season. The squad is lacking in positions which we will come to later on. As you can see the club has been falling down the leagues in the past few years. It is crazy to think that as little as 3/4 years ago they were in League 1 but have been playing non league football for the past couple of seasons. Obviously I see Tranmere as one of the bigger clubs in this league. In time I am hoping to be able to improve our facilities and eventually bring players through our youth system who can become world class and may move on for decent amounts to help the club going.

Backroom Staff

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The coaching staff are reasonably good in what they do for this level of football. We are seriously lacking in the scouting department but I have spoke to a couple of people and hopefully they will accept our offer and join us. I usually let the DoF bring in staff so as soon as we get one I will leave that to him. I have offered Hangeland a contract to be our assistant although we do have one I will replace him with Brede should he accept. I don’t know why but I have to have him as my assistant and I have always had Brede as my assistant in most of my saves, I know what he does and I can rely on his suggestions to help improve us.

Team

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The squad is fairly small and as I have mentioned earlier we are lacking depth in a couple of positions which I will look to hopefully sort out in the next few weeks. I will look to players like Turner, McNulty, Hughes and Norwood to help us get out of this league with their experience to hopefully help the younger players in the squad.

Tactics

 

These are the tactics I mainly use. The first one (a 4-2-3-1?) is one I have been using for the past couple of FM games. They all offer something a bit different and hopefully they can help make a difference in varied situations on our way to the Premier League! I will adjust the player roles to fit with the players we have at the club rather thank forcing players in to playing my system.

 

 

Table

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As much as I fancy us to gain promotion hopefully by winning the league rather than going through the playy-offs this is a really tough division with a big possibility there will be some upsets and drama along the way. The bookies have us as 3rd favourites to win the league which I feel is about right although I did think Dagenham would be higher than 8th favourites which goes to show how hard it will be considering they have only just been relegated.

 

Expectations

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These are the expectations I have set for us this season. I didn’t want to put much pressure on myself or the lads in my first season of management although I feel we can easily exceed at least 2 out of 3 of the targets if we have luck on our side.

Pre-season

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Our set of friendlies is a mixed lot as we play both teams above and below us. I do prefer to play smaller teams with the odd big team in pre-season. As I have said in my FM16 blogs I don’t worry about friendlies so much and just let the lads build up their match fitness and keep the morale of the squad high.

Thoughts/Plans

So I currently have a 3 year plan for us so far which will obviously change as we go on. Season 1 – get promoted. Season 2 – stay in League 2. Season 3 – aim for a top half finish. We may do it in the 3 seasons or we may do it in 6. As long as we can keep moving forward and improve season on season then we will get to where we want to be. I am looking to improve the squad and I am in talks with a couple of people who hopefully I can bring in along with scouting a few players with the chance of bringing them in if we can. I will stay at Tranmere unless the worse happens and I get the sack in which I would carry on the save and just join another club.

I will try  and start to get the blog updates out on a regular weekly basis if possible. I am also going to do a blog update of the squad just like I did when we was at Crawley before the next season update comes out.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it and any feedback would be appreciated.

The Finale

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Hey guys,

Welcome back to the final update for my FM16 journeyman save. We are at Crawley who are in the National League and we have 9 games to go and we sit top of the league with a strong chance of winning the league. We have done superbly this season and deserve to be where we are. Unless we don’t win any of our remaining games then the title is ours and I get my second title of my career and we get Crawley promoted to League 2. Can we keep our nerve? Lets find out…

 

 

Boreham Wood – Home – League 1st V 21st

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An early goal from Walters put us on our way to 3 points against Boreham Wood despite them equalizing we went on to get a second goal from Brown and saw out the game. A solid performance from the boys.

Wrexham – Home – League – 1st V 7th

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Another solid performance against a strong Wrexham side saw us get the 3 points. We deserved the win and Wrexham only really threatened in the last 20 minutes. Clayton got his first goal for the club with Walters and Brown also getting on the score sheet.

Signings

Kyle Copp:

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We brought in Kyle on the loan deadline day as we had a couple of injures in the attacking midfielder position. He comes in to fill the gap and depending on his performance will be a first choice for the rest of the season.

Ollie Bassett:

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Ollie is another play who comes in on the loan deadline day due to injuries in the team. He is a good player at this level and hopefully he can come in and do a job for the remainder of the season.

Newport County – Away – League 6th V 1st 

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A draw against Newport was a fair result as it was a fairly boring game with little action. Newport opened the scoring just before half time and we got the equalizer just before full time thanks to Olley.

Ebbsfleet – Away – League = 18th V 1st

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A mad opening 6 minutes which seen 3 goals with 2 being scored by us. We got the opener in the 3rd minute but Ebbsfleet replied instantly and we regained the lead in the 6th minute. Centeno got his first goal for the club and we got our 3rd just after half time.

Lincoln – Home – League – 1st V 9th

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A disappointing game result and performance wise. We took the lead in the 4th minute thanks to Walters but we looked poor after and Lincoln took advantage and scored twice in the second half. We really should of got something from this game.

Harrogate – Home – League – 1st V 4th

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Another poor result and game we should of got something more from. Harrogate got a late equalizer with only their second shot on target when we should of already wrapped up the points.

Win the next game and we win the league…

Northampton – Away – League – 24th V 1st

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A good performance from us against a struggling Northampton side. We went in at half time 2-0 up and looking good for the win. We got two more goals late which secured the points and the title!

We Have Done It!

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We have won the league with a couple of games to go! What an achievement.

Kidderminster – Home – League – 1st(c) V 3rd

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A tight game from start to finish and we just edged it in the 57th minute when Walters got the winning goal despite us going down to 10 men when Bradley got sent off in the 19th minute. Kidderminster missed a penalty late on which could of got them a point but we held on.

Morecambe – Away – League – 17th V 1st(c)

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The final game of the season saw us finish with a defeat with Morecambe comfortably beating us 3-1. We got a goal back when they was 3-0 up but that was all we could do. A fairly even game with Morecambe deserving the win with a lacklustre performance from us.

Results

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We win 5 of our last 9 which gave us the points we needed and the title we was chasing. As always we could of done better in some games but we done what we had to and we secured that title.

Final Standings

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And the final table looks good with us sitting top of the pile and C next to our name! A long hard season against some big teams but we thoroughly deserved the title and that is exactly what we got. It has been a close league all season with many ups and downs for teams not many downs for us may I add!

Awards & Season Review

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I am surprised to see Brindley get fan’s player of the season by quite a margin with people like Brown and Walters banging goals in. Also Centeno being signing of the season is a strange one as he only played a handful of games and didn’t join on loan till late on in the season.

Season Review:

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Goals:

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Walters and Brown with 47 goals between them is amazing. No one else got in to double figures which is slightly disappointing although we did have a number of players who contributed with goals.

My career

With this journeyman blog for FM16 finished now I thought I would add my career stats and history to see how I have done over the seasons I have been a manager. Personally I am satisfied with how I have done and with what I have achieved at the clubs I have been at. Queen’s Park was a good little club and one which was a challenge from the start as they are an amateur club with little to no budget every year meaning we had to rely on youth free signings and to get them promoted was a big achievement as we had prepared the club for a year or two previous of our title winning season. I felt that despite getting them promoted I wouldn’t be able to move in the direction I had wanted and felt a change of club would be needed and along came Crawley and we hit the ground running. We signed a load of players in the summer and I never thought we would be successful in our first season with them. I was having more of an eye on winning the league next season and building the team this season but they gelled quickly and performed amazingly and I can’t fault any of the boys.

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Thoughts

We done it! We won the league! I am delighted to win the league at the first time of asking and if we had more time before FM17 then I would of liked to see where we could of gone in the future. I still can’t believe how quickly the boys gelled together as that has never happened to me it usually takes my signings a few months to settle in and start playing well. To have two players to score over 20 goals is quite impressive and for one to only join around half way through the season I believe is outstanding especially when they are still quite young. On to FM17 and I will most probably do another journeyman and see where we can go, if I start early enough this time then we will get through more seasons and hopefully achieve more! The boys have been amazing and I really can’t fault them this season (I’m probably repeating myself) To win against bigger clubs is amazing. Anyway that is me done now for my FM16 blog. Does ‘champions of Non league we know what we are’ work!? LOL  If no then.. Champione, Champione, ole ole ole !

 

 

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One Hand On The Trophy?

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Hey guys,

Welcome back to part 1 of my blog for my final season as Crawley on FM16. We are in to the final half of the season and sit top of the league with a strong chance of winning the league. The boys have done fantastically this season and have stepped up and delivered for us. Can we win the league? will we bottle it? we have a slight gap to second place which helps us.

 

Transfer Roundup

Mick Brannan:

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DOF brought him in on loan for the rest of the season and he has been a good addition to the squad and has chipped in with a couple of goals and assists. His stats are decent and will only improve. Would love to see how we would turn out in a few more seasons!

 

Bradley Clayton:

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Another loan signing that the DOF has brought in. He has more quality than some of our strikers at the club so is more likely to get more minutes on the pitch. Again he has good stats.

 

Jonatas Centeno:

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The last arrival of the season is Centeno on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He comes in to fill the right back position as our first choice got injured and we don’t have a ready replacement at the club who is good enough.

Bromley – Home – League 1st V 8th

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A goal from either team within the first 25 minutes. We took the lead just before half time from an own goal. We came out looking more likely to get the win and we got our 3rd just after half time with us also getting two more from Walters and debut goal from Brannan.

Forest Green – Home – League – 1st V 17th

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A disappointing result against an average Forest Green side. We conceded early and never looked like getting a foot back in to the game. We did look better in the second half but not good enough to threaten their goal.

Sutton United – Away – League – 18th V 1st

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We conceded straight from kick off which turned out to be the only goal of the game which gave Sutton the 3 points. A poor performance overall but we did create a good amount of chances just not any serious enough to threaten the goal. How we didn’t come away with points I don’t know.

Woking – Away – League – 6th V 1st

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Another early goal in our game but from us this time thanks to Brindley in the 4th minute. Smith got our second goal and his first from the club with a 30 yard screamer! A quality performance from us which is much needed after losing 2 on the bounce.

Dartford – Home – FA Trophy 2nd Round

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Another game in which we dominated but couldn’t take our chances. Disappointed to get knocked out of the cup but we can now concentrate on winning the league. I don’t know how we didn’t score this game.

Nantwich – Home – League – 1st V 20th

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Back to winning ways after getting knocked out of the cup and a game we won comfortably. Pleasing to be able to bounce back and put in such a good performance. Brown who got the opener in the 7th minute has really settled in and has begun to score more regularly and show his class.

Macclesfield – Away – League – 13th V 1st

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A result in which felt like a defeat after we had come back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 till the last few minutes. A fairly even game in which a draw was a fair result.

Margate – Home – League – 1st V 3rd

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A good performance against a team who are chasing us down. A comfortable win and we looked the better team from start to finish. Brown getting 2 goals again and Brannan getting his second goal in the game also.

FC Halifax – Away – League – 23rd V 1st

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A shocking second half performance seen us lose this game after we took the lead in the first half from Walters. Sesay got a goal in the 80th minute from a header from a corner but it was not enough.

FC United – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

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A win in which we need to help keep our title chances alive. Could this be the game which means we win the league!? A quality performance from us against a poor FC United side who didn’t look up for the game with them only have 1 shot all game which wasn’t on target.

Results/Final Games

Results:

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Inconsistency springs to mind. I would of liked to of got more points in these games than what we did. Happy overall but felt we could of played better in some games. I’m glad we got wins against the two teams trying to catch us but felt we should of got more against the teams struggling down the bottom of the table.

 

Remaining Games:

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The remaining games of the season sees us play some of the bigger clubs in this league and we need to play our best every game to ensure we finish top of the pile come the end of the season.

 

Table

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The table as it stands going in to the final 9 games. We could still finish in a play-off place if we drop one too many points. The gap to 3rd place is still so little and even down to 5th could cause us some problems if we are not careful.

Thoughts

I feel we are good enough to see the season out as champions but with how inconsistent we have been of late I am slightly nervous going in to the final run of games. I will be disappointed beyond belief if we some how bottle the title after we have looked the team to win in for a good part of the season. I have enjoyed this season at Crawley and can always rely on the boys to get back to winning ways if we lose a couple of games. With the gap we have over second place currently we basically have a free defeat over them. As I said I am disappointed to get knocked out of the cup which could of meant more money for the club but we can now turn our attention to the league.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying it!