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Career Concord Rangers: Champions on the Cheap?

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A shame this club decided to change their logo. The old one is a 100 times nicer which is why I couldn't resist managing them. 

Goodluck! 

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8 hours ago, Niall C said:

Hell of a challenge you set yourself but looking forward to seeing how it pans out. Great start KIU. :D

I'm looking forward to seeing how it pans out as well 😃😂

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Season 1 - End of Season Update

August: From the previous update, you know that we started in brilliant form, winning all of our first five league games, with Jordan Brown hitting the back of the net on nine occasions. We played two more games in this month, with Brown continuing his fine form with a double as we won 2-0 at St. Albans, which was followed by the joint highest scoring game for us in the whole season, a game with 8 shots on target between the teams ending up in a 6-3 victory for us at home to Chelmsford. Jordan Brown did not feature in this game!

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Safe to say then, that August was a good month for us! 7 games played, 7 games won, and 25 goals scored in the process.

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September: Could we maintain our early season form in September? The first test for this was an away game against Hungerford. Unfortunately for us we fell at the first hurdle, as a first minute strike followed up by goals either side of half time gave us far too much to do, and we couldn't manage to salvage anything from the game.

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What I wanted now from the team was a reaction, and I managed to get one in the next game vs Eastbourne Borough, where 4 goals from Jordan Brown helped us to a 5-0 win. We had four more games to play in this month, where we managed two wins, including a comfortable 6-1victory in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, and two more defeats, both in the league. The last of those two losses, a 2-0 defeat at Hampton and Richmond was notable for the fact it was the first time Concord Rangers had failed to score this season. In fact, before this game we had managed to hit the back of the net at least twice in every game. September then, wasn't a bad month, but still felt a bit disappointing after August.

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October: There were six games for us to get through in October, including the next round of the FA Cup qualifiers, where we got past Chorley, a 3-1 win seeing us progress to the FA Cup 1st round, where we were drawn against League Two opposition, Newport County. We'd soon have a chance to see if we could cope with a step up in class. We also played five more league games this month, continuing our high scoring start to the season, with scorelines including 4-1, 5-1 and 5-2. 

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November: The first game of November would likely be our hardest test yet, with the visit of a team two divisions above us for the FA Cup 1st round. Would we be able to get a result?

 

Spoiler

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Yes! A great result for us, and we are rewarded with another hard test in the next round, this time against League One side MK Dons.


Just two league games were played in November, with our good start being maintained by wins over Welling and Chippenham. Whitehawk were also our opponents at the end of the month, in the FA Trophy third qualifying round. We'd started the month of with a great cup result, could we end with one?

 

Spoiler

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Unfortunately not. A close game was decided by a 90th minute goal for the home team, and we were out.

A month of mixed emotions then. Unhappy to be knocked out of a cup competition so early, but at least we're still in the big one!

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December: Again, we start the month with a cup tie against higher level opposition. In the week between our FA Trophy defeat and our upcoming game against MK Dons, I decided I wanted another option for up top, and so in came Jacob Blyth.

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Would he be able to make an impact against The Dons? 


 

Spoiler

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Oh, yes he would! A dream debut double gives us another memorable FA Cup tie, and we advance to the third round. Could we get a glamour draw against Premier League opposition? No, but again our opponents came from the next division up from the previous, Derby County of the Championship being our next game in the competition.

This cup tie was followed by four league games, a 2-1 defeat to Hemel Hempstead being our only loss, as we won the other three games, including a 5-1 win against Wealdstone, as Blyth helped himself to a hatrick, and two assists to top it off. 

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So, we'd reached the end of the year in good shape, the loss in the FA Trophy still the only real disappointment in an excellent season so far. The league table at the end of 2017 showed that we were still the dominant team in the league, 9pts clear of  Welling after 23 games, and comfortably outscoring the teams around us.

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January: 2018 started how 2017 ended with game against East Thurrock in the league. This time however, we couldn't get the win, an 81st minute East Thurrock goal meant the game ended 2-2 and we had our first draw of the whole season. The next game was the biggest of our season so far, as we came up against Derby in the FA Cup. Could there be another cup upset on the cards? 

 

Spoiler

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A battling performance from us ultimately resulted in a defeat to a much superior Derby County. However, as we exit the competition, the players can definitely leave with their heads held high.

After the cup game, it was back to league business, where we had a mixed bag of results. Two wins, a draw and a 3-2 defeat away to Truro. 
There was a departure from the club this month, with Larnell Cole leaving to go to Wycombe. Cole had been a regular source of goals and assists, but the £170,000 offered was too much to refuse, and allowed us to get our wages back in budget, as well as hire a scout and a physio. Kundai Benyu, formerly of Ipswich and Celtic was also brought in, given a chance to see what he could do.

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February: Knocked out of both cups, we now just had the league as our sole focus. We started of well, with a 4-0 win over Oxford City, before an away game against Weston-super-Mare resulted in our biggest defeat of the season. 

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However, we got back on track with wins against Gloucester and Welling. 

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March: March was a good month for the team. An 89th minute penalty giving Whitehawk a 4-3 win against us at the end of the month was the only negative, as we matched our highest scoring game of the season, with a big win over Chippenham. The 6-3 scoreline meant that we'd hit over 100 league goals for the season so far.

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Every game in March was a high scoring affair, a 7-1 win against St. Albans, our biggest winning margin of the season, coming in the same month as 4-1 and 5-3 victories. 

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April: Into the last month of our season, and we were doing well. Our next game was away to second placed Chelmsford, and a win would all but guarantee the league trophy heading our way. We lost the game, however. A 4-2 defeat seemed a bit unfair in an as expected closely matched game.

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We were still clear favourites for the title though, and if we won the next game we would be crowned champions. Could we do it?

 

Spoiler

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Yes we could!!! A routine 2-0 win gives us the title! 

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We finished the season with three more league games, and after only two draws all season, we decided we wanted a few more, with high scoring draws in each game, including a 4-4 draw on the last day sure to keep the neutrals interested!

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So, the end of the season had arrived, and Concord Rangers, labelled relegation strugglers by their own board, had won the league, scoring 133 goals in the process!

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Unsuprisingly, players from our team dominated the leaderboards, with 8 of the 10 leading assisters being Concord Rangers players.

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And 3 of the top 5 goalscorers were also our players, with Jordan Brown scoring more than double his nearest challenger.

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As manager, I also did not too badly ;) Screenshot_2017-11-14-08-00-30.thumb.png.30d8c01de0878201fc32e0b25ca9722b.png

 

Overall, probably as good a season as I could have hoped for. Defending is something I want to try to sort out for next season, as I'm conceding a lot of goals. But really, as long as I'm winning, who cares? ;):P 

We've taken the first step on our journey, and now we have to see if we can keep it going next season, in a new division. Will we be able to? We'll just have to wait and see....
 

 

Edited by Aaron55

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3 minutes ago, Rocket said:

Quality update mate. Looking forward to next season already!

Thanks! And me too :D:laugh:

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7 minutes ago, FuddledFox said:

Excellent start. I think the national league needs to watch out!

Only played 3 league games, but I'd have to agree so far 👀

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Season 2 - End of Season Update

Promoted to the National League on the first attempt last season, how would Concord Rangers cope with the step up? 

July/August: Obviously, improvements to the squad would be required to help achieve a good season, so in came players such as Conor Randall, formerly of Liverpool, and another striker, Lewis Mansell, to give high scoring Jordan Brown some more competition. Two new goalkeepers were also bought in, along with additions to the defence and midfield. Some fringe players from last season were also let go.

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Not that Jordan Brown by the way!

So, we went in to pre-season in good shape, with four  games to be played against teams from around our level, resulting in three wins and a 3-3 draw. Decent preparation for the upcoming season. 

The opening league fixture would be against Torquay at home, giving us a chance to lay down a marker for the season. Could we get off to a good start?

Spoiler

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About as good a start as we could have dreamed of, really making  the rest of the league take notice of us! The question now, how  would we get on in our second game, with expectations now high? 

Spoiler

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An amazing start to the league season was followed by two more league fixtures in August, with wins by two goals achieved against Boreham Wood and Chorley. Four wins out of four to start the season, and we were early league leaders! 

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September:  Seven league games were to be played this month, including against Chester, where the scoring was opened in spectacular style, Kean Bryan scoring from his own half! 

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That game would finish 3-1 to us, and followed wins away to Ebbsfleet and at home to Hampton and Richmond. Three further victories followed, giving us a perfect six, and left our 100% record intact. One game remained, however, with the visit of Maidstone. Unfortunately, a 90th minute penalty for them was enough for them to take a point from the game. We still remained unbeaten after 11 league games. (Forgot to take a screenshot for these fixtures, sorry). 

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October: A brilliant season so far, and we are feeling good! What could possibly go wrong for us this month?! 

Spoiler

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The team could be forgiven for being distracted by the bad news, and what followed was our first defeat of the season, away to Leyton Orient, where a late own goal resulted in a 3-2 scoreline. As if to further evidence what we would miss, Brown got both our goals in the game. Screenshot_2017-11-16-18-24-55.thumb.png.d30ced649015221c10f07f5af03e34d3.png

We dropped more points in the next game, a 3-3 draw against Barrow. In the other league games this month, we managed two wins, and another defeat, 1-0 this time, as Newport County made the journey home with 3 points in the bag. Our first game in the FA Cup was also this month, a qualifier against Chester. Two late goals, including an injury time equaliser from none other than Jordan Brown, salvaged us a replay from a game where we had been 2-0 down. 

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We wouldn't want to leave it so late in the replay. How did we do? 

Spoiler

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Our worst month for results so far then, with only 3 wins from 7 games. We remain top of the league, a point above Tranmere. 

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November: We had our FA Cup game this month, and after our run to the third round last season, hopes were high we could do the same this year. Over 15,000 fans watched as we visited Bristol City. Was there going to be a cup upset?

Spoiler

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The team had started the month with a win over Macclesfield in the league, and three further league matches saw us claim seven points, a 1-1 draw vs Wrexham being the only dropped points this month. 

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December: We would be busy over the Christmas period, with seven games to be played, including the FA Trophy first round. We were knocked out in our first game of the competition last season. Would we do any better this time? 

Spoiler

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League results this month were good though, the only dropped points coming via a 1-1 draw, again. A thumping 5-0 win against second placed Tranmere would certainly do us no harm in the race for the title, as our second victory over them this season opened up a six point lead at the top. Screenshot_2017-11-18-19-17-17.thumb.png.f566785a796640ec2065e671896fd144.pngScreenshot_2017-11-18-19-17-10.thumb.png.50019137252696bbbf278cbcec70e4a9.png

January: Jordan Brown played 71 games for our club, scoring 82 times, and also laying on 19 goals for his team mates. An average rating of around 8.2 emphasises his importance to the team. But now he was gone. Lured up north by Hibernian, of the Scottish Premier League. A hero in his time at the club, he leaves with our best wishes. We managed to also bring in two more players to the squad, with Will Buckley and Rodney Kongolo adding their talents to the team. 

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We only played 4 games in January, recording three wins, and a narrow 1-0 defeat at home vs Hampton and Richmond. These results left us still at the top of the table, but Tranmere were closing in, now only 3 points behind. 

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February: Four more games were to be played, and not for the first time, a 1-1 draw would see us miss out on maximum points, despite picking up wins against AFC Fylde, Bromley, and Guiseley. Tranmere were now just two points off the pace, granted we had a game in hand. 

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March: With seven games this month, would we be able to secure the results to keep us at the top? Well, five wins and two draws, on top of Tranmere losing to a team that wasn't us for the first time in the league this season, saw us reach the 100 point mark, 13 clear at the top, though this time Tranmere had a game more still to play. Surely though, it was just a matter of time until the league title was ours? Screenshot_2017-11-19-16-04-09.thumb.png.52fb87dbb8628f032f9d5f29f9274e58.pngScreenshot_2017-11-19-15-04-04.thumb.png.1a2ae2e54705973727f5cae4de0c5ffe.png

April/May: Five games were to be played over these two months, and would finally decide who would win the league. Before any games were played, we got the news that the UK had left the EU, and work permits would now be required for EU players. 

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On to the games, and first up was the visit of Wrexham. We won the game 1-0, which was maybe an undeserved result, but this scoreline, on top of Tranmere drawing there game, saw us crowned champions! We would be playing League Two football next season! On a personal note, I also received my Gold coaching badge. Screenshot_2017-11-19-15-27-34.thumb.png.c201abd5cd1b40142533bfbb99316ecc.pngScreenshot_2017-11-19-15-27-47.thumb.png.069b96b5659bb1e90e488e30578b20d0.png

That left us four games to go, three of which ended up level, and one which we won 2-0 against Solihull Moors, meaning we finished the season with 109 points, clear at the top by 17! Only conceding 23 league goals was nice, as I said before, I wanted to try to be better defensively. 

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This season left my managerial record looking good! 

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My transfer acumen so far has been excellent according to this, and before I go, here's a sneak peek at my transfer business so far for my first season in League Two! Can our new players help us win the league for a third year running? Hopefully! Screenshot_2017-11-19-18-18-59.thumb.png.28dd20e4c23bee1ca8aca854233f42ea.pngScreenshot_2017-11-19-18-18-54.thumb.png.f68c657031a3a769fabac0b9b97c25b0.png

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Maaaaaaaaaaaate!!!

Thats some tasty end of season points tally...anyone come calling for you yet??

Great read love how its presented. 

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2 minutes ago, kylieboi88 said:

Maaaaaaaaaaaate!!!

Thats some tasty end of season points tally...anyone come calling for you yet??

Great read love how its presented. 

Yeah, had some teams come in for me. Raith Rovers, Tranmere and Morecambe were a few of them if I remember correctly.

And thanks, glad you liked it  :)

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21 hours ago, Ashez said:

Absolutely smashed it mate! Now the challenge begins though! 

Yeah, looking forward to it! :D

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What a great season! From my experience of last year's game anyway, there's not that much difference in quality between the Conference and League 2 so I expect another promotion ;)

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Outstanding stuff! Making it look easy there. The team seems more than ready for the next step. Can't wait to see how you fare a league up. :)

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9 hours ago, samhardy said:

What a great season! From my experience of last year's game anyway, there's not that much difference in quality between the Conference and League 2 so I expect another promotion ;)

No pressure then! :laugh:

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