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  1. The following matches in Vanarama North gave us some fine results. Our 21-year old Scottish forward Fraser Murdoch turned out to be a beast with 9 goals and 6 assists in the first 7 League matches and our 19-year old winger Armani Daly produced 3 goals and 5 assists in the first 10 League matches. Veteran forward Derek Asamoah was good in combination with the young players so it looked very fine in the offensive part of the game. Nevertheless, when I had the opportunity to sign 32-year old Irish forward Barry Corr on a free transfer in the end of August I couldn’t resist it. He didn’t disappoint us with 6 goals in his first 3 matches? After 10 rounds Spennymoor Town FC was ranked 7th in League after 27 goals and with 18 points - very satisfactory ?
  2. Pre-season 2018 We played four friendlies in the pre-season and all four were against higher ranking teams. We lost the first three matches against League Two teams (1-4 against Shrewsbury, 0-3 against Doncaster and 3-4 against Rochdale) but we gave up a good fight against them. Rochdale´s winning goal was scored in the injury time. Last friendly was home against Eastleigh from Vanarama National League and we grinede some self confidence through a fine 3-2 win. After the friendlies, Spennymoor Town FC was ready for debut in Vanarama National North League - a home match against Stockport. We played very effective and took home a fine 3-2 victory! However, we came down again after the next match losing 1-5 to FC United....?
  3. Transfer activities Contract extensions until 2020 were agreed with Matty Dixon, Bailey Prudhoe, Bradley Fewster and Jake Orrell so that those talented players could remain in Spennymoor for two extra seasons. Furthermore, the contract with Chris Chantler was extended to 2020. Transfers in: Billy O’Brien (GK, 21 yo, free transfer) Connor Hunt (GK, 21 yo, free transfer) Andy Nugent (DL, 19 yo, free transfer) Taron Hare (DRL, 20 yo, free transfer) Ryan Reilly (DRC, 22 yo, free transfer) Cal Templeton (DRC, 18 yo, free transfer) Spencer Forte (MC, 20 yo, free transfer) Henry Rollinson (MRC, 18 yo, free transfer) Armani Daly (MRL, 19 yo, free transfer) Marc Kelledy (AMRL, MC, 18 yo, free transfer) Derek Asamoah (AMRC, ST, 36 yo, free transfer) Transfers out Dan Lowson (GK, 29 yo, £2K transfer to Bromley) Kallum Griffiths (DR, 27 yo, £2K transfer to Maidenhead) James Curtis (DC, 35 yo, £1K transfer to Macclesfield) Bailey Prudhoe (ML, 16 yo, on loan to Poole to get some experience) Shane Henry (MC, 25 yo, £1K transfer to Macclesfield) Andrew Johnson (AMRL, 30 yo, £750 transfer to Leamington) Graeme Armstrong (ST, 34 yo, £1.5K transfer to St. Albans) Glen Taylor (ST, 27 yo, £1.5K transfer to Bradford PA) I was very happy with the transfers. The weak positions in the squad were strengthened and many young talents were added to the squad.
  4. Evaluation of present situation Staff: 71-year old Tommy Miller is our scout and has a Gold badge. The name of my coach is also Tommy Miller (however, only 38 years) with a Bronze badge and my physio, Andrew Oates also has a Bronze badge. Finances: The Board raised the budget after agreeing on a goal for the season to attain a safe mid-table league position in Vanarama North. The wage budget is £6,500 per week (current wage total £4,200 per week) and with a transfer budget on £26K Facilities: In general our facilities are below the level of Vanarama North. We play our home matches at Brewery Field with a capacity of 4,000 attendants and both our training facilities as well as our youth facilities are poor. Brewery Field Team Report: The profiles in the squad are Chris Chantler (MLC, DL, 26 years old) and ex-Middlesbrough academy player Bradley Fewster (ST, 21 years old) and with young talents in Matty Dixon (MRLC, 22 years old), Bailey Prudhoe (ML, 16 years old) and Jake Orrell (MRC, ST, 19 years). The weakest positions in our squad is in central defence, on the right back position and in goal. We definitely needed to strengthen our squad in these positions. Chris Chantler Bradley Fewster
  5. Spennymoor — with hope, no one shall fail “Spe Nemo Ruet” or “with hope, no one shall fail” is the Club motto from Spennymoor Town. Spennymoor Town are debutants in Vanarama National League North after winning the playoff final against Storbridge 1-0 with Rob Ramshaw as match-winner. Spennymoor is a small town in County Durham in North East England with a population of approximately 20,000. My ambition is to lead Spennymoor Town FC to more glory in the foreseeable future! PS: I’ve been away from this site for a couple of years. I hope you will take part in my journey with Spennymoor Town.
  6. Good luck. I hope you reach the top with your Club
  7. Congratulations with the 90 minutes goal target achieved I was afraid that the 38th minute goal never would come until he retired.... Good luck on the 1K challenge. It seems that it will be quite close, depending on how long you can be able to stop him from retiring !
  8. Thanks for the nice words I tried looking at the saves from 2017 and 2018. Filip Stevanovic can't be Ivanovic's regen as he is in FMH from 2017/18 and Ivanovic retires the season after. Actually three Serbian right backs retires in 2017/18 - Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Dusan Basta (Lazio) and Pavle Ninkov (Toulouse) - he must be the regen of one of them ! My best guess is that he is the regen of Dusan Basta: Btw. I believe Thomas Poole is the regen of Rory Fallon (many seasons in English and Scottish leagues (Swindon, Plymouth, Swansea, Aberdeen) and Wim Schaap is probably the regen of Benji de Ceulaer so it is definitely not the regens of superstars I'm dealing with
  9. Jason: the training regimes are inspired by Dec's recommendations http://fmhvibe.co.uk/community/topic/23287-intensive-training-2015-released-15122014/?hl=%20intensive%20%20training But with lower intensity due to worse training facilities. The intensity will become higher as the training facilities improves. The wingbacks are training "General" and the wingers are training "Attacking" I hope this could be useful for you - good luck
  10. Wealdstone FC - 2019/20 season update - part 2 The opening of the winter transfer window of 2020 meant signing a couple of new players. Most interesting transfer would be Vincent Diallo, a 19 year old French midfielder from Orléans in Ligue 2 (£30K transfer). A fast, creative midfielder with good prospects for the future. I was in doubt whether I should send him on loan for more experience or give him a chance in first team. I chose the latter and instead Bobby Dunk (19 years too) was sent on loan at Boston United. A young Montenegrin defender, Nemanja Radovic (19), joined Wealdstone from Celik Niksic, Montenegro (£3K transfer) and left back Martin Griffin was bought in Hereford in a £30K transfer. All three players were players for the future and Radovic and Griffin were sent on loan at Solihull Moors and Guiseley in Vanarama North. With these adjustments we were ready for our debut in Third Round of FA Cup at home against Middlesbrough, one of the best teams in this season in Championship - an almost impossible task for our side. Our expanded home stadium, Grosvenor Vale, was packed with almost 5,000 fans for the match. The "almost" impossible task became even harder for us due to a silly red card to attacker Wim Schaap after only a half hour. :angry: We spent the next 60 minutes defending like ever before, but due to a great match by our defence (central defender Sylvain Traoré was man of the match) we managed to hold Middlesbrough to a 0-0 draw and a replay match next week The replay match at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough became a just as thrilling match with us in the defending role and Middlesbrough in the attacking role (and this time 11 against 11). We managed to survive their attacks in 90 minutes but in the extra time Jake Reeves scored a decisive goal and we could not strike back against them but we had definitely put up a good battle against a far bigger club than Wealdstone. We could be proud of our cup results this season. After this we could concentrate fully on improving our position in League Two. In the middle of February we had moved up to second position in the league (Bradford was still leading - only one loss in 32 league matches!) but Chesterfield had lost pace after New Year and had dropped to 5th place. Our ambitions regarding promotion got a punch when Thomas Poole (who now was our captain) got injured and was away from the team in more than 2 months. Thomas Poole still scored frequently but also made many assists to his colleague in attack Wim Schaap so it was not good news ! Especially as this was just before the top match between our side (we had moved further up to second place) and Bradford who still was leading the league. A win in this match could give us a real boost regarding our promotion chances. In the beginning of the match Bradford proved that they belonged in the top. After 35 minutes we were behind 0-2 without doing much right in this period. Wim Schaap gave us new hope with a 1-2 goal before half time and in the start of second half a real game changer happened. Bradford's midfielder Billy Knott received the red card and we pushed on in the rest of the match. The pressure on Bradford paid off after 83 minutes when Luke Molyneux scored an equalizer - 2-2. And Fredrik Pettersson became our hero of the day with his 3-2 goal only two minutes before the final whistle A really important result for our side and we could begin thinking about promotion as more than a vague hope ! However, it did not seem as if this pressure was something the players could handle. We had big problems and only gained 5 points in the following 4 matches and it got even worse as we lost 0-3 away to Hartlepool and at home to Cambridge. The latter being a real humiliation at home - no shots at all in 90 minutes :mad: In the next match we got behind 0-1 in first half against Chesterfield and we were about to loose it all but Wim Schaap with two goals and Danny Elliott secured a very, very important 3-1 win and with two matches left in the season we were still 3 points ahead of Southend in 4th place. We still had the chance of getting promoted. We lost the following match 0-1 away to Wycombe on a penalty goal and before the final round the situation was like this: We needed to win our last match home against Oxford if we should not be depending on other results. A draw could still give us the promotion if only Chesterfield did not win their home match against Wycombe. If we lost the Oxford match our promotion would depend on both Chesterfield and Southend not winning their matches. But we failed our part of the plan. Oxford took an early lead and despite increasing the pressure on Oxford we did not score the equalizer. Thomas Poole had a goal canceled in first half and midfielder Mark Waddington received a red card with two minutes left and in the injury time Oxford pushed the knife deep and scored to 2-0. Now we had to wait for the other results. Chesterfield - Wycombe 3-3 Southend - Tranmere 1-3 meaning that: Wim Schaap became goal top scorer in his first season in England and was also best in the Average rankings rating (with two teammates in the following places ). Naturally Wim Schaap was honoured as Player of the Year in Sky Bet League Two The squad had changed a bit since last season. Wim Schaap had been our best attacker (great buy for only £10K), Emmanuel Oyeleke had been good in midfield and in defence young Filip Stevanovic had been great and looking good for the future . Sylvsin Traore moved from midfield back to defence after Josh Sampson left us before the season. Up to now central midfield had been og weak spot but it had worked fine this season with Oyeleke and Pettersson/Waddington. Instead central defence now was the part of team that needed to be strengthened before next season. Also Anthony Straker in left back (now 31) was not having as good a season as in previous seasons. Best goal scorer (40 goals) and best average rating (7.91): Wim Schaap Best assist maker (16 assists): Luke Molyneux Another good season with improvents had come to an end. Small Wealdstone FC had achieved promotion to Sky Bet League One despite a bad season ending. We needed improvements in defence but in the other parts of the team I believe we are capable enough to survive the coming season. Follow our efforts within short time Thanks for viewing Please leave a comment to keep my motivation up
  11. One goal remaining ? You're so close now ! If anyone can do it it is you/Carlos Fierro !
  12. Good luck Really looking forward to follow this career ! Any plans on doing the assist challenge with him ?
  13. Wealdstone FC - 2019/20 season update - part 1 The league 2 season started with a 0-1 defeat to Stevenage which was our 9th league game without a win Next match was away against Swindon from League One in Capital One Cup. We had never so far had any success in the cup tournaments and had never beaten a Club from a higher level but now we finally did it Despite being reduced to 10 due to an injury to Danny Elliott we scored to 1-0 (winger Luke Molyneaux scored for us) in extra time and managed to defend the lead in the final 15 minutes. The win made a difference to our side. We won the following two League Two matches before the next Capital One match. This time an even tougher opponent than last time - Wolverhampton from Championship on their ground - Molyneux Stadium ! But once again we made a fantastic performance and once again won 1-0 after a goal in first half by Thomas Poole The best cup result in the club's history! The two cup wins made the Board add £54K to the budget too Following the Wolves victory we won two of the following three league matches before our Third Round match in Capital One Cup - once again away and this time against Blackburn from Premier League - our first match ever against an English top level team. Once again we made a fantastic performance of which we could be very proud. We held Blackburn away from goals in 120 minutes before losing clearly in a penalty shootout. The players' nerves were not strong enough - or perhaps Jake Kean in the Blackburn goal was simply too strong for our players. Too bad but still a very promising cup rum against three far better teams (at least better on paper) Our performance in League Two was also going very well. The medias started getting interested whether we could keep this going. And yes - I believe we can As you can see we had started our participation in Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 3-1 win over the league rivals from Northampton (despite being down with a goal at half time) and we went on to beat another League Two side (Dagenham & Redbridge) 2-0 at home at Grosvenor Vale. Our opponent in the Semi final in JPT South was Swindon with whom we had good memories after beating them in Capital One Cup in August. However this time Swindon did not underestimate us and beat us 2-1 but still this had been another good cup run for Wealdstone FC. Before the Swindon defeat we had started our FA Cup participation with a home match against Rochdale from League One. And once again we managed to get a win against a better ranked team. We won the match 1-0 after a goal from Belgian striker Wim Schaap on our only shot on target in the match. The Board reacted by increased my budget with £12K.... After a difficult start Schaap had proven himself as being a top player and was actually scoring a lot more than last year's star striker Thomas Poole After these fine cup results it was disappointing that we couldn't beat Stalybridge from Vanarama North with our ex-keeper Jonathan Mitchell in goal at home - 0-0 in a quite boring match. A week later we got proof in the replay match that we had developed since our days in Vanarama South. Stalybridge - and Jonathan Mitchell - got humiliated 7-2 in a cracking match after 4 goals from Wim Schaap and 2 goals from Thomas Poole. We had qualified to third round in FA Cup - the best result in the club's history. We picked Middlesbrough from Championship as our opponents but more about this in the next update I was trying to get Jason Dawson and Justin Bradley to sign longer contracts. Both had become Northern Irish national players and had become ver valuable. I could not agree on a longer contract with Justin Bradley (present contract ends in June 2021) but I had more success with Jason Dawson. A very expensive contract compared to our total budget (£2,100 per week) but He was doing very well at Yeovil in League One and could be our first team keeper next season so it was important to get this signature ! The last player at Wealdstone FC from before I joined the club as manager was Carl Martin, now 33 years and no longer first choice as right back (young Filip Stevanovic had passed him) and in December he suffered a critical injury and was away for 3-4 months. As his contract was ending after this season this actually meant his farewell to first team as he played with the reserves in the last period of the season. Carl Martin achieved 280 first team matches for Wealdstone FC (only 4 goals) after his debut in 2006 and had been remarkable as right back in the 5-6 years he played for me At New Year we were ranked in 6th position in the league - like last season but this time I felt the team played better than last year. Chesterfield and Bradford had been magnificent by losing only one match each so far but we were only two points behind Tranmere in third position. I believe we could have a fair chance for promotion or playoff matches this season I will be back with second part of the season tomorrow. Until then - thanks for viewing :)
  14. Wealdstone FC - 2019/20 pre-season update Grosvenor Vale with a stadium capacity of 2,000 people had been our home stadium through many seasons but needed to be upgraded in my opinion. I sent the board a formal request regarding an upgrade and the board accepted my request and with an upgrade to 5,000 seats Grosvenor Vale was on the same level as a few other League 2 teams but still among the smallest. But a large improvement for our club and a way to improve future budgets For the present season the board offered me a £325K transfer budget and a weekly wage budget of £19K - a total budget of £1.3M for the year - a nice improvement compared to last year's £1.0M budget. The board did only expect a respectable league position in return. There was still quite some interest for our players. Central defender Josh Sampson left us in favour of Oxford in a £70K transfer deal due to his Big Club Release clause. Actually I didn't see this happen but suddenly we were short of a player and had £70K more in the bank Also young midfielder Samir Nadi (backup in central midfield last season) went to Birmingham in a £35K transfer and a talented left back to Fleetwood in a £20K transfer to Fleetwood due to identical clauses but these were transfers I could live with. Newspaper reports also suggested that Crawley would give an £800K offer for the young keeper Jason Dawson who had been away on loan for the season and aged 19 still seemed a bit too young for the first team but he is definitely a big talent. I was however keen to keep him in squad as our future man in goal. A £800K transfer sum would increase my budget with 60 % so it was interesting for Wealdstone FC. However, Crawley did not bid on him for this transfer window which I was happy about ^_^ Jason Dawson had a new loan spell in the season this time at Yeovil in League One The funds made it possible to sign good players for the team. In central midfield we were able to sign an experienced midfielder, Emmanuel Oyeleke, a 26 year old midfielder from Brentford on a Bosman transfer i also signed a qualified attacker from Holland, Wim Schaap, to form a good attackers duo with Thomas Poole and a young Serbian right back, Filip Stevanovic as perhaps a future replacement for Carl Martin in the right back position. Transfers in: Alex Whitmore (DC), 23 years, free transfer from Burnley Filip Stevanovic (D/DM R), 18 years, free transfer from Jagodina, Serbia Bobby Dunk (DMC), 19 years, returned from loan (£4K transfer from St. Albans in 2017) Emmanuel Oyeleke (MRC), 26 years, free transfer from Brentford Alban Bunjaku (AMLC), 25 years, free transfer from Oldham Wim Schaap (SC), 24 years, £10K transfer from Rupel Boom, Belgium (3rd Division) James Caton (SC), 25 years, free transfer from Shrewsbury Transfers out: Jonathan Mitchell (GK), 24 years, £16K transfer to Stalybridge Jonathan Miles (GK), 26 years, £2K transfer to Stalybridge Shaun Taylor (DL), 20 years, £20K transfer to Fleetwood Josh Sampson (DC), 22 years, £70K transfer to Oxford Daniel Pappoe (DC), 25 years, £2K transfer to Cambridge Nathan Luscombe (AMLC), 29 years, £2K transfer to Macclesfield Samir Nabi (MC), 21 years, £35K transfer to Birmingham Charlie Harris (MC), 24 years, £1K transfer to Farnborough Jadan Hall (AMR), 25 years, £1K transfer to Margate Adam Mekki (AMRL), 27 years, £1K transfer to Southport George Maris (SC), 23 years, sent on loan to Canvey Island The squad was diminished compared to last year and had a more normal size now. The weak spot is in central defence after Josh Sampson left the club. Alex Whitmore who was brought in from Burnley was a qualified player but I had hoped for Sampson to lead our defence this season. We were stronger in midfield and attack than last season. How far could this get Wealdstone FC this season ? Thanks for viewing :)