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Season one, 2017/2018: Season one has come to a conclusion, in all honesty, it ended up being one of my funnest seasons I think I've played on Football Manager for quite some years. I never managed my local side Yeovil Town as I've never been motivated to play it, but this year season one leaves me wanting more. The aim is to get them to the top eventually, but lets recap on season one, the board wanted a mid table finish, the media changed our prediction from 17th pre season to 9th when the season started. Could we go on to defy the odds in season one, we'd face three cup competitions too, the Checkatrade Trophy being our best bet of silverware this year.

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Pre Season News: Within the first couple days of me taking charge, the one thing I wanted to do was find us a suitable parent club who would help us a little financially as well as be able to send us some younger players on loan which we can help develop as well as push us towards the top end of the League Two table. Four clubs soon came back, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United, we want on to choose Chelsea, they offered us the most and I like their youth academies.

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Transfer Window Round Up: Our bank balance was always too tight to do much, our wages were tight, eventually I eased these up when I did contract renewals to give us the room on the wages. However I stuck with loan signings over the summer, bringing in five faces for the season. Jared Bird originally from Barnsley then raiding Chelsea Under 23s, our parent club at the time to bring midfielder Kyle Scott, defender Ruben Summet and attacking wingers Miro Muheim and Kylian Hazard, brother of Belgium star Eden!

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The Carabao Cup: The board wanted us to reach the First Round, easily achievable, we went one round better in the end then. We faced League One side Charlton first round and managed to come back from one down, to force extra time when loanee Olomola netted for us. It was penalty shootout success for us too as we won 5-4 from the spot. Second Round We were home against Championship side Aston Villa, they weren't brilliant, we fell just short though, perhaps a tactical error by me, losing 2-1.

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The Checkatrade Trophy: We had a very 'derby' feeling group with us facing Exeter and Plymouth, least the away day wasn't too bad. Our other team in the group was our parent clubs, youth side, Chelsea Under 23s. We won our first two groups games one nil before narrowly losing out four three to eventual Carabao Cup champions Chelsea Under 23s as we qualify with them. The Knockout stages saw us beat Barnet on penalties, Olomola netting both ours to bring us back from behind, the second in the 88th minute. Whilst the Third Round saw us lose a thriller to MK Dons, three all on the night but a penalty shootout defeat. The board pleased we got out the groups stages!

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The FA Cup: Once again, a superb run, beating the boards expectations for a third competition in a row. They wanted us to reach the Second Round, we went on to make it to the Fourth! Beating League One side Port Vale three nil away in the First Round got our FA Cup journey going. Home ties for the next three Rounds saw us beat fellow League Two side Port Vale in a five goal thriller, three two with loanee Hazard netting three minutes from time to send us through. Southport put up a fight, leading two one at one point, behind goin down to ten men and two goals in the final twelve minutes, seeing us advance. Championship side Fulham then sent us out the competition, we didn't give up though, losing five two.

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EFL League Two: What a season this turned out to be, we hit some fantastic form over the year which saw us hit a thirteen game unbeaten run and a seven game unbeaten run close to each other. Over the year we only lost twelve games which I felt was a brilliant effort for a club predicted to finish so low. We also played out just two nil nil draws over the whole season as well. We lost Omoloa in January as his loan deal from Southampton came to an end and we couldn't renew it which was annoying, he had provided us so many goals up to then. But over the season, out of thirty three wins none of them came any bigger than the victory over what was league leaders on the Final day of the season, where we won three two.

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EFL League Two Table: League Champions!! I didn't expect that, the board didn't expect that, the fans didn't expect that! We've been there or there abouts from about ten games into the league season and it went down to the very last day. We went into it second, two points behind league leaders Lincoln and we jumped them, before the game we could of finished down in sixth still! We went on to score eighty eight goals this season, the best in the league, whilst conceding sixty, not the best defensively, which is only the eighth lower to be fair. Close rivals Exeter come up with us as do Lincoln who defied the odds, Mansfield (who for some reason don't have a small badge) won their way to promotion via the playoffs.

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Player Stats: Krysiak was our number one for the majority of the season, Maddison was given a couple of games to try and keep him happy at the club. Very happy with our number ones performance over the season. As you can see, Sid Nelson was our main centre back, making fifty appearances as a loanee and he was paired with nathan Smith for the majority of it, six goals between this centre back partnership too. Connor Smith in midfield popped up with forty appearances with five goals and four assists. Moving towards the attacking phase, Hazard had six goals and seventeen assists in thirty eight games, superb supplied this year, whilst Zoko was our leading scorer, thirty three goals and fourteen assists in fifty one games.
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*My journeyman save will continue, but this save is going to take priority for the time being, I've already played through season one which was very enjoyable! Potentially the most fun I've had on a save in a while.
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Yeovil Town Football Club, a club on the down, back struggling in League Two following a couple of good seasons. Yeovil were promoted to the Championship for the first time in their history back in May 2013 following a Playoff win from League One. However the Championship season wasn't one to remember, picking up just eight wins from forty six league games, the club finished rock bottom of the English second tier table and were relegated to League One. It got worse a year later when they were sent for a second relegation on the bounce and were forced to play League Two football again. The last two seasons have seen The Glovers struggle in League Two as well, narrowly avoiding the drop finishing nineteenth in the 2015/16 season and then last year finishing twentieth. Something has to change at the club.

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As you can see, its not a glowing trophy cabinet, its not one of those you hear everyone talking about thats for sure. A Skybet League Two title is currently the clubs 'most prestigious award'. Eighteen other trophies currently sit in the trophy cabinet but nothing really significant to date. I aim to change that. As you can see on the League History graph, the club are on that sharp decline, its time to turn this small towns fortunes around and get them towards the top end of the English league structure.

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The facilities here at Yeovil aren't the greatest, for a small town they're okay, but for a club that were in the Championship three years ago, they're not what they'd like to be. This will be an on going process to improve them as and when we have the finances ready. A stadium with a capacity of just 9,565 and only 5,212 of those seats it a stadium now seventeen year olds but already looks out of date. All the facilities are quite poor here, Below average training facilities, Poor data analyst facilities, basic youth facilities. We'll work on these as we go though.

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For a change, I've given my manager 'Dan' full coaching qualifications and previous experience. I can't be bothered to go through requesting to go on courses constantly taking it out the budgets and I'd like the squad to respect me and be able to make an impact in the transfer windows and with staff. But I have my Yeovil Town green tie on and am ready to try and take this club towards the top. I've already played out one season, which will be the next update, I'll more than likely then run seasonal updates to give me more time to play and less time to worry about updating constantly.
Club History:
Yeovil Town - 29th May 2017 - Present

Competition History:
2017/18 -
Skybet League Two - 1st https://i.imgur.com/hXhRvuE.png?1, Carabao Cup - Second Round, FA Cup - Fourth Round, Checkatrade Trophy - Third Round.

Trophy Cabinet*:
Skybet League Two - 2017/18

*Trophy Cabinet only shows trophies won since I took control.

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Good opening @Retro262 good luck with the Orient!
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Lets hope you hold on to your job for the Final
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Good luck with this and welcome to the site! Great seeing someone try out somewhere new
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Not doing too badly with Rhyl, the previous month before the last was brilliant!
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So did I @r96Skinner absolutely shocker from us.

Thats one way to put it @Shedender
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The second season has quickly come around, I felt we done okay in the summer especially in the transfer window, bringing in a bunch of new faces and ones who have definitely strengthened the squad over the last couple of months. Following a torrid time in the Betfred cup we now move into league action and the Challenge Cup to see if we can get a run going. It'd be a tough season we already knew that.

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Our season is just getting worse and worse and we've not even got going in the league yet. No Scottish Challenge Cup run this year, we crash out in the Second Round, losing two nil against Airdrie.

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Well, the form is poor, someone spot the green dot, there isn't one! We've really struggled to get going in the league, too many draws. It would appear our defence isn't good enough, conceding too many but we are scoring goals still, only one game where we failed to score. We were unluckly against Forfar, conceding a ninety third minute equaliser to end up drawing four a piece. We need to get a couple wins under our belts soon if we are going to survive this season thats for sure.

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And so, obviously our league position is torrid. Bottom of the league, without a win in our opening nine games and the only team without a win this season. The gap is still small though at this stage and a couple wins in our next batch of games and we could soon begin moving up the league. Early signs suggest its a fourway battle at the bottom between us, Queens Park, Brechin and East Fife so we need to start making the most of those head to heads. Raith are flying at the top.

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And so the next update should include the next nine league games and that would be all, it'd take us up to the end of the 2018 calendar year. As I said, we need to be beating those teams around us, Two of which we face at home in this batch of fixtures so must make those count if we are to battle against relegation this year.

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First job I've been linked with since joining Clyde just over a year ago. I've no real desire to leave just yet though, although if our form doesn't begin to take a turn for the better then it won't be long until I start seeking my next post. Afterall I'm not getting any coaching badges here yet.

Next Post: 1/2 way Through the League Season - December 2018

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Relegation scrap is on! good luck!
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Thanks @Shedender I was thinking that, then I went into the cup and my thoughts have changed...
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So here we go, the Betfred Cup group stage, we done very well in this competition last year, finishing second in a group of clubs all in at least one league higher than us. Narrowly missing out on qualifying through the best place second finish. This year we go again, despite being a very tough group, I felt we could probably bag a minimum of four points, it'd be a little tough to get anymore than that. Heres how it unfolded.

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YELP! That was shocking! Like, really bad. Four games, four defeats and taking just one point thanks to a penalty defeat against lower league side Cover Rangers, What made it worse is the fact we only scored one goal and that was taking the lead against Cover Rangers. Kilmarnock and St Mirren dominated us as expected, we done well to keep the scoreline down against them. Should of done better against Dumbarton, a competition to forget and not take into the league season.

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So here are the fixtures that await us. The Scottish League One awaits us and we'll kick off the next update with our first nine league games, one against each side again. Only four of the ties at home, we'll need to try and make the most of those matches for sure. We will also play the Challenge Cup Second Round tie against Airdrie, a game we should really be winning. But after that cup experience this month I'm not sure what to expect.

Next Post: 1/4 way Through the League Season - October 2018
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Leaderboard updated 13/11/17
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Leaderboard updated
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Gutted you were dismissed man! that was harsh from the board!
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Its your title to blow now, almost there!
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Wow thats a shocker there @kinggazzaman lets hope you can turn it around.
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Like every game we've played then @Shedender! Thanks dude!

Haha I didn't even notice that @Suffolk Seasider
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Despite a brief travel down south for a short part of the winter, I was soon back in my office up in Scotland to get to work for the side, for my second year in management. We lost a fair few players in the summer as they left on free deals with contracts expiring not wanting to renew, my former star man David Goodwillie was one of those who sadly departed, mind you he was far too good for this league anyway.

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No one left on transfer terms, just contract expires early before the window opened, hence why it shows none on the right. On the left, the signs of a busy incoming revolving door as we had to improve Ten players joined Clyde in total, six on free transfers who also had no contracts previously whilst also taking four players on loan, One of those from our parent club Aberdeen.

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And so here are my group of lads that take on our first season in the Scottish League One, hopefully we can meet the boards objectives and survive in the league, they want us to battle against relegation. I'm not here to pick up defeats and damage my reputation too early on. Hopefully Osadolar can continue his scoring from last year, both loan strikers could really do the business whilst I'm hoping Dangana can fill Goodwillies boots.

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We were home all pre season, only real standout result was that at the beginning of the summer where we beat Cliftonville three one, a nice money making friendly. We certainly didn't embarass ourselves against the likes of Preston either. And you can see our Betfred cup, again another tough group, Cover Rangers should be our guranateed three point match, it'l be tough to pick up anymore than that this year around.

Next Post: Betfred Cup Group Stage 2018 - Round Up
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Well done on surviving dude!
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Thanks @tongey just trying something a little different story wise, keep people entertained, just hope its working!

Thanks @Sam Marshall
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What a year its been! Just under a year now I've been in football management and I've already lifted my first bit of silverware, I wasn't expecting it to happen so quickly, but it felt amazing, I could get use to this thats for sure. I'm so glad Darren Way pushed me towards management when I thought my footballing career and future was done and dusted. I've still got a part in the game and its been a brilliant start to it, long may it continue.

When Clyde approached me a year ago it felt a little surreal, felt like a dream come true and a big learning curve. And that it has been and whilst I have a long way to go and not taken on anymore coaching qualifications I've still got a long way to go until I reach the top, however I'm happy to be in this position now. With the first season done, just a quick round up of how things have gone over the year and the stats behind my first ever season.

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Obviously I can't take all the pludits for this seasons success, its come down to the work that these boys have put in over the last year and they've been brilliant throughout, from the players who played almost every week to the rotational squad players who stepped in when needed. We only had one keeper in the club and he played all 51 games this season keeping just twelve clean sheets. but he was incredible for us. Loanee Scot Rekkie was one of the most capped outfielders, he was solid at the back and really fit that centre back role well, even scored twice. Connolly was one of our best performing midfielders, pipping in with five goals and fourteen assists in forty nine starts. Whilst up top the partnership of Goodwillie and Osadolar was super, the first scoring thirty two and assisting fourteen in forty eight games whilst the latter scored twenty eight, assisting nineteen in forty four starts! Some partnership.

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And so, onto my stats from the past year, obviously my only job to date which I've been in charge of for three hundred and thirty five days, approaching the year mark. We played fifty one games across all competitions last season, winning twenty nine of them (56%) whilst drawing twelve and losing on just ten occassions. Goals weren't hard to come by either, scoring one hundred and three and conceding seventy three. 3 players brought, one sold, no money swapping hands in transfers though. Bring on many more years in management!

Next Post: A year in management
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Thanks @r96Skinner we may not of deserved it but our finances needed it, I was already gearing up for another year here.

Maybe it could @gfnx25 who knows what the future holds.

I hope we can convince him to stay @Suffolk Seasider but there are a few clubs waiting to pinch him for free!

Thanks @Johno
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This evening Darren Way has congratulated one of his former youth academy players after he pulled off promotion playoff success in his first ever season of management. Dan, a former Yeovil Town academy player and now manager of Scottish League Two side Clyde, has just won the promotion playoff final over two legs over Cowdenbeath to seal his first trophy in management in his first season.

Dan, aged 26 took the reigns of Clyde FC back in June 2017 after his footballling career was cut short eighteen months earlier when he badly damaged his knee and underwent surgery following a night out just a day before he was set to make his Yeovil Town debut under current manager Darren Way. It was Way who pushed Dan towards football management and he is now delighted to see his first season was a success.

Way has said "It wasn't easy initially convincing Dan to go into management, but now I'm so glad he has. It isn't easy moving to a different place and taking your first steps into management, but hes done brilliantly. The club have supported him and its paid off".

"I'd love to see him come down and manage in England soon, whilst I'm still managing, it'd be great to go head to head."

"Now I hope he carries on and the club and players support him throughout his time with Clyde, this is just the starting block, we'll be hearing his name for years to come."

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I'm not even sure how @Shedender its surpassed my expectations this season.
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Now two games away from success in my first ever season. No matter what happened, I'd see this year as a success anyway, we beat the board objectives in the league finishing third compared to their fifth that they had wanted. We also shone in all the cups and at least met their expectations there. So here we go, two games against Cowdenbeath, the 'blue Brazil' and with our sketchy head to head record, this could go either way.

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We had the first advantage! the away leg as well! We traveled to Cowdenbeath and struggled to take our chances in the first half which saw us trail one nil at half time as Buchanan scored after ten minutes! Second half, after an earful, the boys responded, that man David Goodwillie leveled for us just two minutes after the restart and scored his second to put us ahead seven minutes from time. Connolly applied the icing on the cake, giving us a three one advantage after leg one! We were halfway there.

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PROMOTED! Absolute scenes! My first year in management and already people would start talking! We've secured the Scottish League Two promotion playoff title. The Second leg saw Cowdenbeath try and bring the game to us but our counter attacking football held them off. Just before the break Connelly fired Cowdenbeath ahead and back within one goal of the aggregate score. But once again, we had a response from the boys in the second half, Osadolar netting in the sixty ninth minute proved the be the goal that took 'The Bully Wee' to promotion.

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Yes as the others said @VP. they played the side in the relegation playoff spot from League One, on this occassion it was

He is @DNZY but I can't get him to extend his deal

Thanks @HockeyBhoy
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Who ever thought I could be this nervous! It was only a couple more matches that I was going to be in charge of. But promotion playoffs! We were in the Semi Final and faced a two legged tie against Montrose, the side that beat us four one at our place only a couple months ago. We needed to be at our best now, we needed to press on and take the game to them in both legs, lets review how the two legs went.

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A seven goal thriller! We win the home leg four three in a back and forth game. We went ahead inside the first minute when Dillon converted a cross into his own net, not the start they wanted but perfect for us. We were two up in the twenty eight minute when Glen netted for us. Man of the match Scott Reynolds pulled the away side back in touching distance, making it two one before the break. Second half Paterson was dismissed for Montrose and that saw us score twice in four minutes with Osadolar netting a brace. Reynolds went on to net two for Montrose but we held on to a first leg victory.

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The second leg saw us run out two one winners, but again it could of been so much more convincing! We had the chance after just four minutes to go ahead when Goodwillie missed a penalty. Twenty first minute saw us finally take the lead as the ball fell to the centre back from a corner. Second half, Montrose came out fighting again leveling ten minutes into the second period. But it was our man Osadolar who once again fired us into the lead and a six four win on aggregate to send us to the Final!

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And it will be a second League Two side going up this season as Cowdenbeath beat Albion Rovers in the other playoff to doom them to relegation from League One and set up a Final with us. But whilst I fancy our chances against Cowdenbeath more than I would of against Albion Rovers however our record is very poor against them over the season. They've beat us two of the four times whilst we've won one and drawn one against them. It'll be a fun two legged Final for us.

Next Post:Promotion Playoff Final - May 2018
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Thanks @Suffolk Seasider its much closer than I imagined it would of been!
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A couple more months pass and we've now come to the end of my first ever league season in management! Its been one hell of a season, flying higher than expected and going into the last nine league games with a chance of taking the league title still. Nine games, including against title rivals Stirling and Montrose, both at home, we could do this!

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Well, its possibly the most inconsistent we've been in any batch of league games and not the time we wanted it to be. We picked up just five wins from our nine league games here with two defeats and two draws. Again it started okay with us unbeaten in the first three, beating Elgin City three nil, drawing three a piece with Stenhousemuir and then beating Annan two one. The two defeats were key to the title race though, losing to Montrose four one who completely outclassed us and then Stirling, where we led two nil inside ten minutes and lost four three. But we bounced back to beat Edinburgh City and Berwick to finish the season, how would that leave the standings though...

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Unfortunately there was no first ever league title in my first season in management here as Stirling were impeccable in the final nine league games and walked to the title, finishing two points clear of Montrose in second place. We take third finishing a further four points behind and will join Montrose in the playoffs. Somewhat eighteen points further behind Cowdenbeath take the final playoff spot in the league.

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And so now a two legged tie with Montrose await us in the Scottish Promotion League Two playoffs. Will we continue to outdo the expectations on us this year. We've still got a chance of promotion and silverware.

Next Post:Promotion Playoff Semi Finals - May 2018
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It sure has been @r96Skinner just need to keep doing what we're doing..
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Into the New Year we go and a year ago if you told me I would be managing a club in Scotland on my first managerial adventure and be in with a shot of the league title I'd probably of laughed it off. But we're sitting here, now in February and having gone through another good couple of months still sitting in with a chance of that league title and promotion out the bottom tier. Now it'd be some achievement that wouldn't it, first year in management, start as you mean to go on. Anyway heres how the last two months, nine games have unraveled.

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The third quarter of league fixtures looked to be going brilliantly as we started the New Year in fantastic fashion and early stages didn't think we were going to slow down for anyone, but it caught up with us near the end.  With us picking up five wins and a draw I thought we were on to something good and with the form David Goodwillie was showing everything looked alright thats for sure. But near the end of the month it switched. Berwick beat us four three in a seven goal thriller. Then at home we were leading Cowdenbeath one nil with ten minutes to go and went on to lose three one! Completely bottled it. Then the final game saw us travel to first place Stirling, take the lead twice through, yep that man David Goodwillie on both occassions and end up drawing two goals a piece. not the finest November for sure.

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And so now things are going to get interesting. Its a three horse race with just nine league games remaining, one against each team in the league so its all to play for. Stirling currently lead the way by a single point over us but should it come down to goal difference at the end of the year, theirs is far superior, not a good sign for us. We occupy second and only a further one point ahead of Montrose in third, also boasting a better goal difference than us. Then opens  up an eleven point gap to fourth place Cowdenbeath who aren't out the title race, but shouldn't be there as I'm sure all three of us won't bottle it that badly.

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The best products of the youth intake this year, my first ever bunch of youths to come in and hopefully climb through the ranks of the football club, plus a couple of the younger lads who were already part of the youth setup. I'm hoping some of these kids won't be far off first team football especially the likes of Jordan Conway who could become a leading centre back. Not a bad start for the youth for sure.

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With only a couple months left on my deal I'm pleased to announce I'll be staying put in Scotland for a little bit longer and even have a little bit more money to my name as I accept a one year extension to my current deal to keep me at the club now till May 2019. Along with that a seventy five pound payrise plus another 25% added on if we go on to win promotion, we're sure in the hunt for it.

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Here we go then, the last nine league fixtures that await us, plus potentially playoffs should it go down that route this season. But we focus on each one of these games as they come, the key ones being at home to both Stirling and Montose where we really need to make that home advantage count! Nine games away from a potential league title in my very first season here.

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A very good start! Definitely tight at the top early on
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Great to have you on board @gfnx25 hopefully I can keep you entertained here!

Always enjoy having you on board @tongey so thank you!
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Halfway through my first league season in management already! It was feeling a little surreal, almost a little easy one may suggest with how smoothly things had gone to date. We had met all the cup objectives throughout the early part of the season and had just one left to play for. We knew we weren't going to win any this year but wanted to show we weren't the laughing stock. And the league, well we were above expectations last time I fed back to you and only lost one, heres how the last couple months have panned out.

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The last cup we remained in was the Scottish Cup and unfortunately we couldn't get past the boards expectations and mearly met them. League One side Arbroath weren't that good on the day and we held them right the way up to the ninety third minute where we finally crumbled and lost out one nil. It allows us to solely focus on league football though.

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League football resumed on fire as we picked up four wins on the bounce throughout the end of October then into November, picking up manager of the month for the first time too. Gary Glen stepped in for the injured Goodwillie and provided well, netting five goals in four games. Montrose held us to a goalless draw at home, at the time it was first vs third, twenty three shots and just three on target. A good point for us. Peterhead held us again, this time taking all three points from us. We ended the 2017 calendar year extremely well though as we go unbeaten for three. Beating Cowdenbeath away from home two nil, Goodwillie back amongst the goals after his injury. We drew two all with Berwick, conceding in the eighty seventh minute which is frustrating. Finally ending this batch of games with a hard thought two one win over Edinburgh City, Osadolar netting twice.

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it sees us head into the New Year in second place! We were going into it top until montrose netted against Peterhead in the ninety third and ninety fourth minute to draw level then take the lead and go top on goal difference, by one goal! We then have a single point cushion over third place Stirling as it seems a three way tight battle for the top spot so far. Edinbugh City in fourth are only six points off the pace before they open a further six point gap on the remaining pack.

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And finally here are the next batch of fixtures. Obviously we're out of all other competitions now so mearly the focus is on league football and I'm now targeting a playoff spot come the end of the season. I wasn't originally but we're looking good. Five home games and four on the road, we've been far more successful at home this season so need to continue to make it count!

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Thanks for your comment @Sam Marshall plenty to come over the course of the year I'm sure!
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Following a successful enough Betfred cup group stage despite not qualifying we now headed into league action and of course through the other two cup competitions that we'd face, they'd both kick off in this update too. As it stands we're now a quarter of the way through the league season, nine games played so it seems a pretty good time to unveil how its been going to date.

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We'll start with the cup competitions. Previously we had beat Patrick Thistle u20s in the First Round of the Challenge Cup and were set to face Hibernian u20s. We trailed against them somehow despite dominating the stats, however two late goals from osadolar and Connolly spared our blushes to see us through. Staying at home we welcomed fellow League Two side Elgin City and beat them three two, the winner again coming in injury time. Goodwillie sent us two up with two penalties in three minutes. It was his strike partner Osadolar who scored the winner. Unfortunately our run came to a hault in the Fourth Round though. Current League One leaders Alloa beating us one nil.

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Well this nearly went wrong! The Scottish Cup Second Round saw us drawn at home against non league Fraserburgh and we struggled big time! We trailed at half time before Osadolar leveled with half hour to go. We couldn't find a winner though and they forced a replay where they never gave up and we saw a nine goal feast, thankfully coming out five four winners which saw Marc Dickenson score two own goals for the home side. We face Arbroath in the Third Round.

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And now look at our league form! We're predicted to finish fifth this season however nine games in we're flying with just one league defeat to our name so far! It started well with us going on a six game unbeaten run in the league which consisted of four wins and two draws but only two clean sheets in those matches. Cowdenbeath beat us despite a fairly even game on stats. Since then we've struggled to refind our feet with two more draws against Montrose and then Peterhead to finish off the first quarter of league action.

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That shows the league with us one place above our early league predictions so far and occupying an early playoff spot. Montrose are the league leaders with nineteen points with Stirling second, a point behind and a game in hand. Edinburgh City are then third, level on points with Stirling and two points ahead of us. However we have a game in hand and should we win it can go top depending on results.

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Come the end of the month we picked up a couple of injuries, the big one is David Goodwillie who is out for 5-6 weeks with a twisted ankle and with our top scorer missing it means we need to rely on our backups which won't be easy work fitting his shoes. Gormley is also out long term, looking at 2-3months until he returns.

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Finally, heres our next batch of matches until I bring you another update. It will work out nicely as it will finish off this calendar year with the last game being on the 30th December providing no game get moved and rearranged. The update should include nine league games and at least one Scottish Cup game as we prepare for a Third Round tie against League One side Arbroath.

Next Post: The 1/2 way stage of League football - October 2017
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I was about to ask whats happened to the once sucessful @DNZY manager, looks like last month you turned it around though!
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Big win against Hull unlucky with the expected defeat against Spurs
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Well not the greatest start in the league, it can only get better....right?
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Good luck fella!
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