Chapter 1 – The Beginning
22nd June 2012:
“Ok, thanks the boys will be ecstatic!” I said, slamming down the phone. I was the manager of a college football team. Well I am a teaching assistant at the college; but football is a big passion of mine, so I decided to give coaching a little try, with football being in my blood.
This opportunity arose a couple of seasons ago, and well to be honest the squad was a complete and utter mess! No doubt the quality was there but the lads lacked hunger and desire and were quite lethargic. But now the players are mature athletes who could give any college team a good hiding, whether it was in the cup or the league.
With most of the lads in their final year of college, I jokingly told them to apply for the football league; with certain teams folding. That phone call was it. It was David Bernstein, from the FA, and he offered the team a place in the Blue Square South. Can you believe it, from college football to actually playing in the BSS! It’s no Premier League buts it’s a big step up for the lads. There was one problem though.
I looked at the picture on my desk. My smiling wife and children. They needed stability. I went from job to job supporting them but it was never enough. It was heart wrenching, the look on my son’s face when I told him I couldn’t get him a Christmas present this year. I would do anything for them.
Last week I got offered an amazing teaching job in Newcastle, paid accommodation and a decent pay check. As much as I love coaching, I had to take this job; for the sake of my family. I looked across at the other picture on my desk. My first picture of the team. Armitage pulling funny faces, Morgan standing uncomfortably. I call them by their last names out of a sign of respect. I held the picture in my hands and sighed.
Off to tell the lads, the good news and the bad news.
Hope you enjoy the story and leave comments! This will be a proper story with no screenshots. But I was wondering if I should post a screenshot of the team and player reports? Obviously, it won't be part of my actual writing it would just be there to give you a better understanding of the team. But I will develop the characters throughout anyway. Just let me know if you need to see them and I will post them up!