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So basically Diego Forlan would've rather retired than play for you?
Yep it's been a solid start @bigmattb28 but then again, there's very little between the two divisions.

Indeed @Dan.

Bangor: October 2020



So a busy month kicked off with back to back defeats in two competitions - Dundela beat us 2-1 at Wilgar Park before Coleraine dumped us out of the League Cup as the Premiership outfit won 4-2 on their travels. We won our first league game as Queens University were beaten 4-3 before a 1-1 draw at Ferney Park against Ballinamallard United.

Just three days after drawing in Fermanagh, we faced Carrick Rangers at a neutral venue and they beat us 1-0 to end our Co. Antrim Shield hopes but four days later we then travelled to Carrick to take on Barn United in the Intermediate Cup first round and eased to a 5-1 victory. The game at Breda Park against Knockbreda ended 3-3 before the final game of the month saw us secure a single goal victory over basement club Loughgall but it should've been more as Bangor dominated at home.


With the month now concluded we remain in fourth place after thirteen league games and eight points behind leaders Ballinamallard - it's tight though because only five points separate seventh placed Distillery and second placed Institute. Loughgall continue to prop up the table, four points adrift of Queens University.


Just the four games are currently scheduled for November although I believe the second round Intermediate Cup tie will be played next month. Two journeys to Newry City and PSNI await us while we host both Warrenpoint Town and Limavady United.

Bangor: September 2020



September began with a sensational win at Seaview against Premiership outfit Crusaders as the Championship new boys won 3-2 in North Belfast and then four days later we progressed in the Steel & Sons Cup but needed penalties to see off fellow Championship side Knockbreda at Bangor Fuels Arena. A trip to Premier Intermediate League side Newington in the Co. Antrim Shield quarter final and we progressed to the semi finals after a 2-1 win.

The first league fixture of the month saw us slip to a disappointing 3-1 loss away to Limavady United but then three consecutive wins came in the Championship as Newry City and Distillery were beaten 3-0 and 4-2 respectively at home but then came an excellent 4-1 away win against Warrenpoint Town. Distillery dumped us out of the Steel & Sons Cup as the hosts eased to a 4-0 win at Ballyskeagh and then the month ended with Institute beating us 2-0 at The Brandywell.


It's been a decent start on Bangor's return to the second tier of local football as the club are currently fourth after the opening eight league games with four wins, one draw and three league defeats but a positive goal difference which I'm satisfied with. Ballinamallard no longer have a one hundred percent record as the Fermanagh side suffered two defeats throughout September. Loughgall prop up the table, two points behind Queens University and Warrenpoint Town as the South Down outfit have had a slow start to the campaign.


The third month of my second season at Bangor Football Club is another busy month as there's seven fixtures currently schudeled over three competitions. Five of the games are in the league as we travel to Dundela, Ballinamallard United and Knockbreda and host both Queens University and Loughgall. The League Cup third round tie see us host Premiership's Coleraine and in the Shield semi final we face Carrick Rangers.
@syemo remember, if you get sacked as Bangor manager then you're getting banned.
Cheers for the comment @r96Skinner.

Two trophies have been checked off this season @HawkAussie as we won the Steel & Sons Cup as well this season.

Bangor: August 2020



It's been a mixed start to life in the Championship as we've won one, lost one and drew one from our opening three league fixtures while the football club has also progressed in two cup competitions. The campaign began with a 3-2 defeat at home to Knockbreda but the first league win came at Lakeview Park a week later as Bangor secured a well deserved 3-0 success - we then progressed in the Steel & Sons Cup after a 6-1 win at Drumaness Mills.

Just three days later after Steel & Sons Cup progression a trip to The Oval to face Glentoran was up next and advancement happened after a 3-2 victory but that doesn't tell the entire story because we had led 3-0 at one stage before the Glens got two goals back. The opening month ended with a 1-1 draw at home to PSNI, we took the lead but the visitors levelled.


The opening month has been finished and after a mixed start to the season we find ourselves in fifth place and five points behind the unbeaten Ballinamallard who have a one hundred percent record after three games while both Loughgall and Queens University both have a point with the former propping up the table on goal difference.


September sees us play seven competitive fixtures with five of them being in the Championship while we have a Co. Antrim Shield tie away to Crusaders and a Steel & Sons Cup third round home fixture against Knockbreda. In the league we'll entertain Newry City, Limavady United, Distillery, Warrenpoint Town and Institute.
Oh no doubt @bigmattb28 but I'd rather we didn't win the title in a stressful 5-4 game. Hard work starts now but I've got some players who are more than capable of making the step up.

Two trophies down, only 30 something to go @Dan.

Cheers @syemo.

Bangor: Preseason round-up 2020



Promotion back to Northern Ireland's second tier was secured in an epic encounter at Portstewart and now the hard work begins to try and launch back-to-back promotion bids but the pressure is off us as the media predict us to struggle this season and finish at least third bottom but I feel that's insulting and I'm confident I can repeat my success at Dergview and overachieve. Five players arrived up until the end of preseason and one of them is guaranteed to be a starter as Kyle Woods arrived from PIL side Newington.

Central midfielder Sean Douglas and centre back Tarek Arafa arrived this summer as the duo arrived from fellow Championship side Dundela, Josh Lynch has arrived as a rotational option on the left wing and Dan Smith came in from "unattached", No players have departed the club this summer so we've got a big enough squad capable of fighting on all domestic fronts - which means, I'll play the same eleven each and every week depending on injuries/suspensions.


It was a busy preseason but an unbeaten preseason and it was almost perfect bar a scoreless draw at home to Premiership side Coleraine. Preparations for the new campaign began with a 2-0 win over Scottish side Edinburgh City and then three days later we beat Amateur League side Ballywalter Rec at home before back to back away wins at PIL side Newington and Amateur side Ards Rangers before the 0-0 at home to Coleraine. Holywood were defeated 5-1 and Kilrea United 6-2 both away from home. The side beat Sirocco Works 6-2 and then preseason ended with a 4-0 win at Knockramer Park against Lurgan Celtic.


The final piece of business in preseason is that the board are allowing me to go on my latest coaching course and should I be successful, well, I will secure my National A Licence which I'd be delighted with. Yet again it's going to take approx. 4 months worth of study to complete the course and again the board are covering the six hundred pound fee required for the course.
Although I don't think there's much between the PIL and Championship @syemo, next season is going to be a tough one nonetheless so expect more red circles.

If I bottle this @Dan then the game will be uninstalled immediately.

Portstewart have had a great season @bigmattb28 and the fixture is away from home so it's not going to be easy.

Bangor: April 2020



A superb season finishes at the end of this month and what a season it has been as Bangor won the Steel & Sons Cup for the first time since 2011 and now they've also bagged the Premier Intermediate League trophy after an epic nine goal thriller at Seahaven as the visitors won 5-4, club captain Andy Long bagged a brace but it was Mark Cooling that won us the title late on, a poor defensive display though as I believe we had actually led 3-0 at one stage. In our first game since being crowned champions, Newington were beaten 2-0 at Bangor Fuels Arena and then Queens University lost 3-2 again we were at home.

The final away game of the campaign took us to Glen Road Heights to take on Sport & Leisure Swifts who defeated us 3-1 and then in the final league game of the season against Moyola Park we edged a seven goal thriller, winning the game 4-3 to end an excellent season - the only downside is the last three league games we have been so poor defensively, I don't know whether it's been complacency since the title has been won or we've just been poor defensively and now it's coming out.

Season has been done and now the hard work starts for life in the Championship.



And that's all she wrote, Bangor's first season back in the confines of Irish League Football has come to an end and what a season it has been, crowned Premier Intermediate League winners after finishing a staggering 16 points clear of second placed Queens who'll go into the relegation/promotion playoff with whoever finished second bottom of the Championship and also securing the Steel & Sons Cup after a hard fought win over Championship side Knockbreda. Dollingston are relegated out of the Irish League after two season while it was a poor season for Harland & Wolff Welders who finished third bottom.
You're flying through India. KIU.
Cheers @syemo, if we could've done the treble (adding the Intermediate Cup) it would've been great but I suppose I can't be greedy.

Yep @Dan it's time to now concentrate on the league as we've reached the business end.

Bangor: February + March 2020



Due to having just the one game in March,I have decided to add the home fixture against the Welders in to this update. Anyway it has been a successful five Premier Intermediate League games as the side only suffered one league defeat - the month began with a hard fought single goal win at home to Newington before securing a superb 3-1 success at Planters Park against Dollingstown and then Tobermore were easily disposed off at home as Bangor won 3-0 to maintain our strong title hopes. The final game in February saw us lose 3-1 to the basement club Annagh United in a game that I want to forget.

Our one and only fixture in March saw us host struggling Harland & Wolff Welders and we bounced back to winning ways, securing a 3-1 win.


A playoff spot has been wrapped up after what has been a superb season at Bangor Fuels Arena and with the club being 13 points clear at the summit I believe the league can be wrapped up should be win our next league game, which I believe is away to Portstewart. Dollingstown are now bottom but it remains tight at the foot of the table with five games remaining as anyone in the bottom half can be relegated automatically to the Premier Intermediate League.


The potential title party at Seahaven will kick off the final month of the season as there's five more games to be played while we have three home games to conclude our first season back in the Irish League as the home fixtures will be against Newington, Queens University and Moyola Park while the two away games will be against Portstewart (as previously mentioned) and Sport & Leisure Swifts

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It's the first trophy done @bigmattb28 but hopefully not the last.

Bangor: January 2020



As we enter the new year the business end of the season is almost upon us and being top of the table and six points clear means the pressure is all on us to get over the line, failure and it'll be pure disappointment. The new year began with back to back away trips in which we picked up maximum points in both of those games, first up was a trip to Castledawson to entertain Moyola and we returned back to the Seaside with a 3-1 win, a 2-1 win against Queens University followed just three days later.

Progression though in the Irish Cup didn't happen as the club exited in the fifth round following a 4-1 home loss against the Premiership side Glentoran while a disappointing 0-0 home draw against Banbridge Town followed. The month ended with more cup disappointment as Championship side Carrick dumped us out of the Intermediate Cup following a 2-1 defeat at Bangor Fuels Arena.


The gap at the summit has now opened up to 9 points and it could've perhaps been a few more if it wasn't for that frustrating scoreless draw against Banbridge and the goal difference remains healthy as well. Annagh continue to prop up the table but it's also tight down there as just eight points separate the basement side and seventh placed Tobermore United.


There's just four games scheduled to be played next month but with just one game scheduled for March I may add that one in as well. We have two games at home and two games on our travels - the home games will be against Newington and Tobermore while we will travel to Mid Ulster sides Dollingstown and Annagh United. The only fixture in March which I might as well add, will be at home to Harland & Wolff Welders.


Final piece of news this month and the board are allowing me to go on a coaching course which will see me secure the National B Licence if I am successful, once again it's going to be approx. four months worth of study and the board will be covering the six hundred pounds for the course so I better be successful. Once that's completed I'll be trying to go for my National A Licence as soon as I can as I need to get my reputation up as soon as possible.
Oh of course there's still positives @bigmattb28 and I'm glad the Tobermore game seems to be meerly a blip.

Better than I expected @Dan and long may it continue.

Bangor: December 2019



A busy month for Bangor Football Club began with a trip to Premiership side Ballymena in the semi finals of the League Cup and a disappointing performance saw the Premier side easily win 4-0 to end our chances but just four days later and a 3-1 win at Parkway saw us progress to the next round of the Irish Cup as Comber Rec were dumped out. The first league fixture of the month saw us beat struggling Harland & Wolff Welders 2-1 at Tillysburn Park, the first home game saw a 3-1 win over Sport & Leisure Swifts at Bangor Fuels Arena.

Our third league game of the month took us to Seahaven to entertain high flying Portstewart in what's our final league fixture before the Steel & Sons Cup final and it ended with a 3-1 success for the visitors. It's now Christmas Eve and it's time for the Steel & Sons Cup final against Championship leaders Knockbreda and despite riding our luck at times I secured my first trophy in management and Bangor's first Steel & Sons Cup success since 2011 following a 1-0 win and then the month and year concluded with a 4-1 win at home to Armagh.



And this is what the league table looks like at the midway point of the season and we are sitting top of the table and six points clear of Queens University and with a superb goal difference as well of plus twenty two. Annagh United are propping up the table and currently six points adrift of second bottom Banbridge Town. There's a big four months of football coming up as we look to secure promotion back to the second tier for the first time since 2016 when they were self-relegated.


As we head into the new year there's going to be five games ahead of us with three of them being in the league and two in different cup competitions. The league fixtures will see us make the trip to Castledawson to face Moyola Park and Queens University while we welcome Banbridge Town to our Clandeboye Road home. We host Premiership's Glentoran in the Irish Cup fifth round and also host Carrick Rangers of the Championship in the third round of the Intermediate Cup.
You done a solid job with Melbourne Victory in Australia and now I'm sure you'll do an even better job at East Bengal and chalk India off in no time.

And you've already won a cup with EB? Good job fella. KIU.
It's been a better start than I expected @tongey and long may it continue.

We do look unstoppable indeed @bigmattb28 but I'm sure we are due a blip sooner rather than later. We've been lucky in some of the games.

Cheers @Dan.

I'm a little surprised at how well we've begun this season @syemo as I expected us to struggle a little.

Bangor: November 2019



Top of the table and without a single defeat in all competitions, it's been a tremendous start to Bangor's return to the Premier Intermediate League but the unbeaten start came to a halt in our first game in November as Tobermore United secured a 3-1 win at Fortwilliam Park and we deserved to loss as we were shocking throughout but just three days Coleraine were undeservedly beaten 2-1 in the League Cup quarter final despite the Premiership side being better throughout. Championship side Dundela were beaten 2-1 in the Steel & Sons Cup semi final but I believe we had to come from behind to beat the Belfast outfit.

Next up was a trip to Crewe United in the second round of the Intermediate Cup and a single goal saw us progress to the third round. The final game of the month saw us beat basement club Annagh United 4-2 at Bangor Fuels Arena - playing the basement club at home, a clean sheet would've been nice.


So despite losing for the first time this season against Tobermore United we still remain top of the table and four points clear of second placed Queens University and we've got the best goal difference in the PIL as well. It's continuing to be a tough start to the season for relegated (from the Championship) Harland & Wolff Welders as they're second bottom and only two points ahead of the basement club Annagh.


Next month is the final month of 2019 and it's going to be a busy month ahead as there is seven matches over four different competitions. In the Premier Intermediate League we have four games with two being at home and two being away - the home games will see us entertain Sport & Leisure Swifts and Armagh City while the club will travel to the second bottom Welders and high flying Portstewart. Bangor will also travel to Ballymena for the League Cup semi final, take on Comber Rec in the fourth round of the Irish Cup at Parkway and face Championship leaders Knockbreda in the Steel & Sons Cup final.

Bangor: October 2019



The superb start to the campaign continued in October even if we did drop our first points of the campaign as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Seaview against Newington, that draw came just three days after Bangor progressed to the Steel & Sons Cup quarter final stage after comfortably disposing of Strabane at Bangor Fuels Arena. Four days after the disappointing draw at Newington we played hosts to Premiership side Larne and in a ding dong battle an upset was caused as the hosts won 2-0 to progress to the next stage.

With the shock win against Larne behind us it was then back to league action and a home fixture against Dollingston who we defeated 4-1 and then four days later it was off to Newforge Lane to take on Championship side PSNI in the quarter final stage of the Steel & Sons Cup and we advanced to the semi final stages after a 4-2 success in a game that ended up going to extra time. The month concluded with a 4-1 win over Cliftonville Olympic in round one of the Intermediate Cup.


Still top but our one hundred percent record came to an end at Seaview but the football club still remain three points clear at the summit and still unbeaten in the process. I did state that the Welders wouldn't be bottom for much longer despite their horrific start to the campaign and two wins from this month has seen the Tillysburn Park outfit rise up to tenth with Portadown based club Annagh United rock bottom, below Armagh City on goal difference.


There is going to be a minimum of five games ahead of us in November but just two of them are going to be in the Premier Intermediate League and those games will be away to Tobermore United and home to Annagh United. We also have a trip to Coleraine in the League Cup quarter finals and Dundela will be looking for revenge after we dumped them out of the League Cup back in August as we meet in the semi finals of the Steel & Sons Cup and we've got home advantage even though the games in real life are usually played at Seaview. The second round of the Intermediate Cup will also be staged next month but the draw hasn't been made yet.
Good job @syemo.

How has Dale Patton done for you? Anytime I play him he didn't perform, turned into a bellend and I ended up releasing him. I've got Ben Arthurs as first choice and he's been solid so far.
I need to have all the graphics installed (player faces, logos, kits) but I don't really care for data updates apart from the official SI ones.
I'm sure you'll beat Melbourne City to secure the FFA Cup - if you do, would that be Australia completed or is still work to do?
They're all winnable games this month as well @bigmattb28 so there's no reason why I can't extend our lead at the summit.

Bangor: September 2019



It was a superb start for Bangor on their return to the Irish League after two seasons away and the excellent start to the campaign continued in September as we won all three league fixtures and progressed to the fourth round of the Steel & Sons Cup. A home tie against Tandragee kicked off the second competitive month and a 3-1 win saw us progress to the third round and in the third round that ended up being played just three days later we dumped out the Premier Intermediate League's basement side Harland & Wolff Welders, again 3-1 and again at home.

Back to league action and we welcomed Moyola Park to Bangor Fuels Arena and a 5-2 win saw us pick up our fourth league win from as many games, next up was a tricky trip to Banbridge Town and a late winner saw us record a 2-1 success at Crystal Park. The month concluded with another epic game as we beat Queens University in a "Jekyll and Hyde-esqe" performance - unless I'm mistaken we lead the students 4-0 at half time after an excellent first half performance but Queens then ended up winning the second half 3-0 but we somehow held on.


Six wins from six games as our remarkable start to life in the third tier continues as we still maintain momentum and the club is four points clear of Mid Ulster based club Dollingstown. Remember when I said I'd be surprised if the Welders remain bottom for much longer? Well, they've now played six league games and lost all six but I'm still sure their form will pick up. We may have a goal difference of +11 but we've still only been able to keep one clean sheet so far this campaign.


Five games minimum await us in October with the toughest test coming against Premiership newboys Larne who we welcome to the Seaside but we simply can't think about that game as we have two matches before the League Cup third round tie - Strabane Athletic at home in the Steel & Sons Cup third roune tie and a tough away trip to Crusaders' home ground of Seaview to face Newington. After the Larne game we host the current second placed side Dollingstown before an first round Intermediate Cup tie but the draw hasn't been made yet.

We could also face another Steel & Sons Cup tie if we are able to get past Strabane.

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I'm confident we can have a good season @bigmattb28, whether the clubs good enough to be promoted remains to be seen.

Oh course @Dan but I was always planning on taking over the club who had gotten promoted to the Premier Intermediate League and it just happened to be Bangor.

Bangor: August 2019



What can I say here? Just look at all that green as it's been a tremendous opening month to life at Bangor Fuels Arena. The season began with a 3-1 home success against Moyola Park in the League Cup first round and our reward was a short trip to East Belfast outfit Dundela in round two and the club advanced to the third round with a hard fought 2-1 win against the Championship side at Wilgar Park.

The league campaign though began with an epic encounter at Bangor Fuels Arena against Portstewart as we edged a seven goal thriller, winning 4-3 but it shouldn't have been as close as it was as my Bangor side played very well throughout the game, the second league game took us to Glen Road Heights in West Belfast and a comfortable 3-0 win followed on the road and then our third and final game this month was another epic as it was an eight goal thriller at Holm Park in Armagh as the visitors recorded a 5-3 success.

One thing to take from the opening month? You're going to potentially get your monies worth.


So it's three wins from the opening three games and progression to the third round of the League Cup, it's been a great opening month for the newly promoted Seasiders and I'm hoping that'll continue throughout the campaign. It's been however a tough start to the season for relegated Harland & Wolff Welders who are lying rock bottom without a single point from the opening three games but I'm sure they won't be win-less, pointless and bottom for much longer.


There's going to a minimum of four games to be scheduled through September with three of them being in the Premier Intermediate League with two of them being at home against Moyola Park and Queens University Belfast while we've got a tricky away trip to Banbridge Town in between the two home games. The football club have been drawn at home to Tandragee in the second round of the Steel & Sons Cup and that's a winnable tie to our home advantage - if we do indeed progress then I'm sure the third round tie will be scheduled for some date in September.
I came here expecting relegation in the first season, not promotion. Good job though @KEZ_7.

You seem to be a violent bunch second season though.
It's been a good season at Melbourne Victory @Dan. KIU buddy.
You're doing well @syemo and hope you can beat Knockbreda away from home.

Such a shame at those 6 draws though.
Only said it was a little predictable @bigmattb28 because it wouldn't be the first time I've managed them - I had a long term career with them here, plus I support them in real life.

I definitely overachieved with Dergview @syemo and now it's time to manage the club I love. I'm looking forward to trying to get them promoted.

Bangor: Preseason round-up 2019



*Please note the signings of both Seamus Shanahan and Adrian Jones were purchased before I became manager*

So I ended up bringing five players to the Bangor Fuels Arena throughout preseason including two from my former employers Dergview as both Marc McKenna and Matthew Buchanan joined - Jody McGovern was the only decent right back we could find throughout preseason and thus will be first choice unless I can find someone slightly better. Gerard McMullan returned to the club from Donegal Celtic and Brendan Bennett arrived from Championship side Knockbreda.


The preseason preparations went quite well as we only lost two games from the seven that ended up being scheduled and both losses came at home to Scottish opposition Cowdenbeath and Alloa Athletic but we did beat Rectory Rangers, Loughgall and Abbey Villa. I added two home games against local sides Holywood and Groomsport who we beat 6-0 and 3-0 respectively while the trip to Immaculata ended up being cancelled for some reason, I may have cancelled it but can't remember.
See, the problem I probably would've had with Dergview @bigmattb28 is that any quality player would've departed the club and I would've struggled to replace them with equal/better quality.

I'm sure I won't regret it @Dan, well I'm hoping I don't.

British Steel Challenge: Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside


Following my departure from Dergview I wanted to make a quick enough return to football management and whenever one vacancy came available from a newly promoted side in the Premier Intermediate League I had to apply and I was confident I was able to get the post. This football club was promoted from the Ballymena Premier at the second attempt but despite the club being promoted, manager Hugh Sinclair was offered/didn't agree a new deal.


Yep I'm quite aware this is probably predictable but they're a football club who have a lot more ability than my previous employers Dergview and that's why I applied for the job whenever it became available at the back end of June. I was offered and attended the interview at the Bangor Fuels Arena and seemed to "wow" the chairman as he's offered me the job. It's a one year deal and I'll be earning £210 quid per week and the clubs objective is to reach the playoffs in the Premier Intermediate League and I believe that's possible.


One preseason friendly has already been played and that was a single goal home defeat to the Scottish side Cowdenbeath but I'll still have a minimum of five games to get the current squad and potential new signings used to the style I want to play - those games will be away to Rectory Rangers, home to Scottish side Alloa Athletic, away to Championship outfit Loughgall and then there's back to back away games in August to conclude preseason against Amateur League outfits Immaculata and Abbey Villa.

I may add one or two other preseason games at home against local opposition but I haven't decided yet.


And finally this is the current squad that I have control over and I feel it's a good enough squad and one that can definitely reach the playoffs but only if the club can get off to a flying start in the Premier Intermediate League. Of course I am going to need to make a few signings for a bit of quality and also a bit of depth and I'm looking to get in a new right back as we don't have one, a centre back, another central midfielder and perhaps another striker as I plan to use Ben Roy behind the striker(s).

Whatever happens, it's a project and we're not expected to get promoted.
To be honest @Dan I have all but ruled out a playoff spot, it would've been nice but sure.

When you were predicted to finish rock bottom of the Championship @bigmattb28, I am just delighted that Dergview secured a top half finish.

Dergview: April 2019



It has turned out to be a dreadful end of season as the form nosedived. Last month the side had two league games in which both were defeats and the side didn't score in either game, a 3-0 home loss to Portadown meant it was three consecutive defeats in the league and three consecutive games in which we didn't score in, the side did score in the game against Ballyclare but it still ended in a 2-1 loss at Dixon Park.

Our penultimate Championship game was against Dundela at Darragh Park and it was a fifth consecutive defeat as the Wilgar Park outfit ran out 3-2 victors and then the league campaign ended with an unlikely 2-1 home success over champions Larne in Castlederg, we were second best and was expecting a sixth straight Championship defeat but it's always nice to upset the form book, even in a meaningless match.


And it's now the end of my first season in management and this is how the league table has ended up. Larne have gone up as Championship winners with Portadown and Ballinamallard fighting it out for the chance to face Dungannon Swifts in the relegation/promotion playoff for a place in next seasons Premiership, Newry City were relegated from the Premiership after just one season in the top flight while we finished fifth in the Championship which I'm pleased with.

Harland & Wolff Welders have been relegated to the Premier Intermediate League on goal difference while PSNI will go into a relegation/promotion playoff against whoever finished second in the PIL. Distillery got promoted from the third tier of local football. It was a season to forget for Carrick Rangers who finished third bottom of the Championship.


I've decided to end my reign at Dergview after just one season at Darragh Park and it wasn't a tough decision to make. I don't think there's much chance of progression at this football club and I feel our fifth place finish this season was a total fluke, I don't think the players are good enough to do a repeat, nor do I think I'll be able to find suitable replacements with a small pool of players available.
If you get sacked @syemo then I will perma ban you. No pressure!
One of them will win the league for sure @DNZY but it would be better if both of them could get promoted to the top tier.

Dergview: March 2019



Just two league games were played in the penultimate month of the season and they were both defeats and we didn't score in either game which was frustrating enough. It began with a two hour journey up to East Antrim to entertain the potential soon to be champions Larne and the home side eased to a 2-0 win at Inver Park while our second and final game was a 1-0 loss at Ferney Park against Ballinamallard United.


I don't want to say that our playoff hopes have ended but they're looking very slim with just one month and four league games remaining. It's a two horse race between Larne and Portadown to determine who is going to go up to the Premiership as champions but you can't rule out Ballinamallard who have an outside chance - The Welders remain bottom and three points from safety so it's between them, PSNI and Carrick who see who finishes bottom and automatically gets relegated - the second bottom side go into a relegation/promotion playoff.


So there's just the four Championship matches remaining of what has been a solid enough campaign at Darragh Park and there's still three games to be played at home and two of those three home is against the top two in Portadown and Larne while the other fixture is against Dundela. The single away game will be a long trip to Antrim to face Ballyclare.
I hope they don't @bigmattb28 but at least my aim has been sealed so it's all good...

Yep @Dan but we really need to cut out the inconsistency.

Dergview: February 2019



Another mixed month has been concluded but with just the one defeat I suppose it could be considered a good enough month. It began with a 3-1 home loss to Ballinamallard United which has made our aspirations for an unlikely playoff spot ended even though we then won our next two games away from home, both 1-0 against Portadown at Shamrock Park and Dundela at Wilgar Park. The month ended with a 1-1 draw at home to Ballyclare Comrades.


Back up to fourth mainly due to those back-to-back single goal victories as our chances of a playoff spot continues as the side is just two points behind both Portadown and Ballinamallard. PSNI, Harland & Wolff Welders and Carrick Rangers are embroiled in a relegation battle alongside perhaps Knockbreda as well. I'm still chuffed at how well we have exceeded expectations and remember, some players in preseason didn't think we were good enough to stay up and yet here we are.


There's just two fixtures to be played next month, which will be the penultimate month of my first season at the helm and they're both away from home. At the start of the month we travel to league favourites Larne and then at the end of the month we make the journey to Fermanagh to entertain Ballinamallard United.


But the final piece of news this month is potentially huge news for the future as the Dergview board is allowing me to go on my first ever coaching course which will see me receive the National C Licence if I am successful. The course will take approximately four months of hard graft and studying while the board is covering the £800 fee for the course.






MLS: 8th = 0 points
Supporters Shield: 15th = 5 points
US Open Cup: Last 16 = 0 points
Beat New York RB: x1 = 5 points
Beat Chicago: x2 = 10 points
Player of the Year: = 5 points
Top scorer: = 5 points

Total: 30 points.
Shame Newcastle Jets ruined your FFA Cup hopes but well done on getting the Melbourne Victory job.