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Turning The World Upside Down, One Country At A Time

  1. Turning The World Upside Down, One Country At A Time

    The Background

    So I begin my first football manager story and while i feel this is an over ambitious challenge, We just have see how its goes. I have been a long time admirer of Football Manager Stories but never actually contributed any of my own.

    The Challenge

    The Two types of challenge that I enjoy the most are the Hexagon Challenges and the ones where small team took to the highest league. This lead to me think up my own challenge where i combine these two elements and take one team from each country from its lowest league to the highest.
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    Season 1

    I start my Journey in the bonny land of Scotland. The Manager of my choice Gordon McClure a young manager from one Falkirk's Sunday League. Although he lacks experience and Knowledge I think he could go far. The question is though where would rest our hat in Scotland.

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    The City and Team

    The small town of Annan in south Scotland is where we begin.

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    Annan Athletic Football Club is a Scottish association football club based in the town of Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. The club was founded in 1942 and competes in the Scottish League Two as a member of the Scottish Professional Football League.

    Annan's Track Record

    East of Scotland Premier League: Winners (4): 1989–90, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2006–07
    Runners up (3): 1992–93, 2002–03, 2004–05

    East of Scotland First Division: Winners: 1987–88

    East of Scotland League Cup: Winners: 1999–2000
    Runners up: 2006–07

    South of Scotland League: Winners (2): 1983–84, 1986–87
    Runners up (2): 1982–83, 1984–85

    South of Scotland League Cup: Winners (4): 1984–85, 1992–93, 2004–05, 2007–08

    Scottish Challenge Cup South: Winners: 2007–08

    Scottish Qualifying Cup South: Winners: 2006–07

    Facilities


    Our Stadium
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    Galabank is a football stadium in the town of Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland with capacity of 2,504(500 seated). It is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League club Annan Athletic, who have played there since 1953. From 2015 onwards, it is also being shared by Edusport Academy of the South of Scotland League. Another South League team, Mid-Annandale, shared Galabank between 2012 and 2014.

    Training, Youth and Corporate

    The Galabank also doubles up as our training pitch and clubhouse and is regarded as average. Our development and recruitment are also regarded as average.

    Time to take them to the top.....


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    Pre-Season Build Up


    Unfortunately I forgot to take a screenshot of the starting squad but as you can see below this was the team at my disposal.

    GK: Pierre Antonie Martini, Alex Mitchell
    RB: Josh Horne, Steven Black, Iain Chisolm
    LB: Peter Bradley
    CB: Peter Watson, Martin McNiff, Peter Weatherson (Also Coach), Steven Swinglehurst
    CM: Ryan McStay, Josh Todd, Steven Logan, Steven Sloan, Matt Flynn
    RM: Derek Carcary
    LM: Stuart McColm
    ST: David Hopkirk, Kenny Mackay, Scott Davidson, Kieran Brannan, Rabin Omar

    I did make two additions to the squad before the pre-season which i have highlighted in bold. The first addition to the squad was 26 year old French Keeper Pierre Antonie Martini. I picked him on a Free Transfer feeling that he has experience from playing in Scottish Championship with Livingston. He also had experience from Nice going through there youth System.
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    The second addition was 22 year old Josh Horne who also had experience in Scottish Championship with Dumbarton. I Intended to sort him in at the right back position.
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    Going into the Pre-Season I felt i had a fairly decent side capable of Promotion. After my transfer dealing i feel this would be my strongest side

    (4-2-2-2) with a AMR/L : Martini: Horne, Swinglehurst, McNiff, Bradley: Logan, Todd: Carcary, McColm: Hopkirk, Mackay

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    then using Black, Watson, McStay, Sloan and Davidson and as Rotational player and Chisolm, Weatherson, Flynn, Brannan and Omar as back-ups

    Pre-Season


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    The Pre-Season showed great promise i was allow to try out a number of tactics and shapes. It showed that the Attacker was doing the job with both Midfielders and Strikers pitching in. The player i was most impressed by Scott Davidson who i classed as 3rd Choice Striker was able make name for himself. I was a little disappointed by the Dunfermline but 2-0 lost to a team a league above isn't bad and we did win the other 4 games.

    Up next the real graft...
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    First Half of Season Review


    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    This is probably the competition was faired the best scoring plenty of goals and getting wins. we did however drop a few points to the bigger rivalries in the league Arbroath, East Fife and Berwick. David Hopkirk and Kenny Mackay were proving to be decent pair sharing the goals between them with Stuart McColm pulling the strings. Rabin Omar was also trying to make his claim in striking pecking order by grabbing a few late goals as a Sub.

    Challenge Cup(Petrofac Training Cup)

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    This wasn't to be our year in the challenge cup being handed a very tough draw of Rangers who at no surprise turned us over 2-0. This lead to a disappoint elimination in the First Round.

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    Scottish League Cup


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    We faired slightly better in the Scottish league Cup sneaking past Alloa in the First Round with 1-0 win courtesy of late Steven Swinglehurst goal. The Second Round we were elimination by a hugely stronger Ross County at a score of 3-0 yet another cup elimination.

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    Scottish Cup

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    Finally the Scottish Cup, We entered in 2nd Round of the cup drawing our Division Rivals Berwick who are main challenges for title. We cruised past them to 2-0 with CM combination of Josh Todd and Steven Logan doing the good and sending team to the next round. Unfortunately Round 3 would not fair so well we take a early lead against a high division team Livingston and control the game up until the 82 Min where they brought back to 1-1 then if that wasn't bad enough we then had a late own goal by Peter Bradley which would spell an end of all our cup competitions for this season.

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    The Title fight is On......
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  5. Ambitious project - if you're lucky, maybe you'll finish by the time FM17 comes out.

    Good luck!

  6. Quote Originally Posted by dllu View Post
    Ambitious project - if you're lucky, maybe you'll finish by the time FM17 comes out.

    Good luck!
    I do have a lot of this ready to post, its just posting it all together with screenshot that. funnily enough I wasn't actually planning on buying FM16 I tend to only buy them every other year get more use from them haha.

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    Sorry about the delay in posting have had internet problems which unable me to post but have played on

    Second Half of Season Review

    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    Scottish League 2

    As you can see we had an absolute blinder of a second half of season only losing one match to our competitive rivals Berwick Rangers. David Hopkirk and Kenny Mackay were becoming quite a force up front and fans were obvious loving it, neither of players broke into the Top 5 league scorers but their goals were plentlyful. Another Notable mention for Stuart McColm pulling the strings on left wing and picking a lot of assists. The standout player for this half of season had to Ryan McStay breaking into the first team set up and staying there for remainder of season and contributing a lot of goals. Where does that leave us those.......

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    CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!! - It took until the last day of season but a solid win and a slip draw from Berwick Rangers made sure we would playing in League 1 next season.

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    Awards

    Player of The Season

    I was unable to get screenshots for these but the player of the season was Kenny Mackay
    . He just pipped David Hopkirk and Steven Swinglehurst for the award by notching 19 goals in 32 games in all competitions.

    Team of The Season

    The Team was as follows

    Starting 11: Martini; Horne, Swinglehurst, McNiff, Bradley; Carcary, McStay, Todd, McColm; Mackay, Hopkirk
    Subs; Mitchell, Watson, Logan, Sloan, Brannan, Chisolm and Davidson

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    On to the next season and get some transfers in to sort that leaky defense....

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    The Pre-Season Build Up


    Transfer Out

    Shortly after the end of the first season we said goodbye too two of our players who both decided not to renew their contract. The first was 30 year old Scottish CM Steven Sloan who I considered as a rotation but wanted more first team football so was release after contract finished. The Second Player was our about 5/6th place ST Iain Chisolm who did fail to make during last season and joined Fraserburgh on a Free.
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    There was a 3rd Departure but it wasn't a long one which was Peter Weatherson who hung up his boots and became one of Annan's full time coaches

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    Transfer In


    When said I was going to bring players I meant it. During the summer break and run up to season start i managed to bring 7 players (5 permanent and 2 Loans). I should mention this season we managed to set up a link with Premiership side Dundee United.

    The First signing was 29 year old Scottish Right Winger Bobby Linn on 5.75K deal from Arbroath. He would sort right into the first team

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    The Second signing was 26 year old Scottish Left Back James Creaney who I picked up on Free Transfer from Stirling. He would sort right in the first team role.

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    The Third signing was 23 year old Scottish Left Winger Alan Cook joining from East Fife on a 11K deal breaking the clubs transfer record. Hopeful Alan Cook could take over the Left Winger and Bobby Linn would take Right giving us some experience from League 1

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    The Fourth arrival of the day was 28 year old Scottish Centre Back Stephen Tulloch on a 6.5K from my rivals Berwick Rangers. He should help out with that leaky defence.

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    After Having Players arrive on the same day (Linn, Creaney, Cook and Tulloch). A few weeks went by and decided i should make use of the link we have Dundee United. I went through list of player Dundee United and decided these two would bring the most to the table: (We Also had a link created with Carlisle United but none of the players were any good haha)

    The First Loanee was 19 year old Striker Matty Smith. Matty joins a list of a lot of Striker but i think we can breakthrough.

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    The Second Loanee was 18 year Centre Back Micheal Kelly who hope will form a combination was Stephen Tulloch.

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    The Final Signing came just before the start of the season which Grant Gallagher arriving from Stranraer on Free Transfer. Able to player in a number position will be a useful player.

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    The Team


    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: Pierre Antonie Martini, Alex Mitchell
    RB: Josh Horne, Steven Black,
    LB: Peter Bradley, James Creaney
    CB: Peter Watson, Martin McNiff, Steven Swinglehurst, Stephen Tulloch, Micheal Kelly
    CM: Ryan McStay, Josh Todd, Grant Gallagher, Steven Logan, Matt Flynn
    RM: Derek Carcary, Bobby Linn
    LM: Stuart McColm, Alan Cook
    ST: David Hopkirk, Kenny Mackay, Matty Smith, Scott Davidson, Kieran Brannan, Rabin Omar

    The Strongest Line-Up in my opinion

    4-2-2-2) with a AMR/L : Martini: Horne, Kelly, Tulloch, Creaney: Gallagher, Todd: Linn, McColm: Hopkirk, Mackay
    Subs : Mitchell, McNiff, Swinglehurst, McStay, Carcary, Cook and Smith

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    Pre-Season

    Probably the shortest pre-season ever but we played only one Pre-Season game due to clashes with Cup Fixtures and Transfer Tie ups. That one game was against Port Vale of Sky Bet League 1 which ended in a 2-2 draw with new boy Matty Smith and veteran Steven Logan getting on score sheet.

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    Back into that grind.....

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  9. You should sign Annan for Annan

  10. Quote Originally Posted by iamauser View Post
    You should sign Annan for Annan
    Which one Anthony Annan or Christian Annan? Haha

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Davestan94 View Post
    Which one Anthony Annan or Christian Annan? Haha
    Both haha

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    Annan Season 2 First Half Season


    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    The Scottish Challenge Cup


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    Our first competition of the year was a Challenge Cup fixture against Queens Park which we were very lucky to take due a late extra time goal by Josh Todd. Josh Todd also got the opener for us and new signing Bobby Linn pitched with the 2nd goal. Although the next round is where it would end for us with the team being at the wrong end of 3-1 loss to Gordon McClure's Local Team Falkirk.

    14/15 Season : First Round
    15/16 Season : Second Round

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    Scottish League Cup

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    The Scottish League Cup was a disaster for us this year after being drawn against Alloa Athletic again but this Alloa would get there revenge and eliminate us 2-0.

    14/15 Season : Second Round
    15/16 Season : First Round

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    Scottish Cup

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    The Scottish Cup is where we probably faired the best this season in the cup challenges. We entered in the 3rd Round drawn against Forfar who on paper should beat us due them being in higher division that was not the case. In the early it looked like Forfar game with them being 2-0 up after just 26 minutes. The hair dryer treatment at half time certainly did the job as Steven Swinglehurst grabbed us a header to bring back to 2-1. Forfar could of easily finished us off when they handed a penalty but it was fired wide. it looked bleak as it rolled into the 80ths minute then 87th minute came you couldn't write this our sub Derek Carcary produces a fine long range shot to find the top corner surely that would see in extra time 2-2. No that wasn't it we wanted the win and this it was the other wing Stuart McColm solo effort in 89 min gives us win and a giant killer elimination. It just not our luck in draws round 4 sees us pinned against Rangers who give us a harsh reality check beating us 2-0 very early in the game. Gutting...

    14/15 Round 3
    15/16 Round 4

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    Scottish League 1

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    With all the eliminations we could considerate on the League competition which we were performing well with only two loss to Alloa and Dunfermline. We were putting some big wins on the board like 5-1 wins against Cowdenbeath and Airdrie. There wasn't really any huge stand out players yet with goals coming right across the team. If i pick one it would be between either Stuart McColm and Bobby Linn.

    A Sad Farewell

    Just before the new year an offer was submit for my 2nd GK Alex Mitchell and became very interested. With the arrival of Martini, Mitchell had been demoted to bench after period in the 1st team for Annan. I felt with him being a very young keeper he still time to grow and he wasn't breaking into first team so I accepted the offer. He would join Hereford Fc in January on 1K deal

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    Annan Season 2 Second Half Season

    January Transfers

    Out

    As I previous said the only transfer was 2nd GK Alex Mitchell leaving to Hereford for 1.1K which means i need a replacement.

    In


    This transfer window would see me bring in 3 players (1 Ft 2 Cover) to strength the team in order to gain promotion. The First signing was 25 year old Scottish Winger/CM Phil Johnston on 6.25K from Stirling. My intention was use Phil Johnston as a cover for Bobby Linn.


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    The Second signing of the window was 25 year old Scottish GK Craig McDowall on 1K deal from Alloa. When I looked into the market i was looking for a 2nd Keeper when this deal was put the table it had to be done. This now means I now have 2 GKs fighting for the number 1 spot. Martini or McDowall?

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    The Final Signing was Jamie Bain a 24 year old Scottish Right Back who signed from Queens Park on a Free. Jamie had a clause in his contract which meant he couldn't leave to the end of the season which i didn't want because i just wanted him on a season deal. Will this come back to haunt me?

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    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: Pierre Antonie Martini, Craig McDowall
    RB: Josh Horne, Steven Black,
    LB: Peter Bradley, James Creaney
    CB: Peter Watson, Martin McNiff, Steven Swinglehurst, Stephen Tulloch, Micheal Kelly
    CM: Ryan McStay, Josh Todd, Grant Gallagher, Steven Logan, Matt Flynn
    RM: Derek Carcary, Bobby Linn, Phil Johnston
    LM: Stuart McColm, Alan Cook
    ST: David Hopkirk, Kenny Mackay, Matty Smith, Scott Davidson, Kieran Brannan, Rabin Omar

    *Jamie Bain not included as he is with Queens Park for rest of season

    Second Half of Season


    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    Scottish League 1

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    After the turn of new year my team out the gates absolutely flying undefeated in 9 games with Matty Smith leading the show producing plenty of goals. Stuart McColm and New boy Phil Johnston also contributed well with the assists and goals. We actually putting quite a few clean sheets on line aswell due the combination of Swinglehurst and Kelly. however the back end of season we had a few humps which could hurt our title chances. So where that leave us.....

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    CHAMPIONNNNNNSS ... BACK TO BACK PROMOTION........ We defined all odds despite the bookmakers putting us at 500/1 and like to relegated we will be playing in Second Tier next year HAHA

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    Awards

    Player of The Season


    After Kenny Mackay won the award last season there was a variety of different candidates that could of took the award. This year it had been more a team effort rather than a an individual but then the list award went to Stuart McColm just beating Matty Smith and Bobby Linn. His huge amount of appearances and assists were probably the contributor.

    14/15 - Kenny Mackay
    15/16- Stuart McColm

    Team of Season

    The Team was as follows

    Starting 11: Martini, Gallagher, Kelly, Swinglehurst, Creaney, Todd, Cook, Linn, McColm, Smith, Hopkirk
    Subs; McDowall, McNiff, Logan, Carcary, Mackay, Tulloch and Davidson

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    All Time: Martini, Gallagher, Swinglehurst, Kelly, Creaney, Todd, Cook, Linn, McColm, Hopkirk, Mackay
    Subs: McDowall, Horne, McNiff, Smith, Carcary, Logan and Tulloch

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    On To The Next Season,.....
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    Annan Season 3 Pre-Season


    Transfers

    Out

    This summer probably had the most activity of all the season will play constant going in and out the door. Straight off the bat 4 of my players contract ran that did not decide to renew Peter Watson, Steven Black, Peter Bradley and Matt Flynn. Watson has only made 1 start the whole last season so did feel it was worth taking him up a league. Black made only 3 starts all cup games and showed little chance breaking with the likes Horne and Gallagher in the squad. Bradley was rather phased out the team with the arrival of Creaney, My once first time left back was also dealt a hard blown when the Kelly and Swinglehurst could also double as left backs. Finally Matt Flynn was rather a ghost of the club there since the begin even failed to breakthrough.

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    An 1K offer for James Creaney from Cowdenbreath then popped which i feel was reasonable considering i got him on a free so accepted. Next I emptied out some the youth that i didn't need Greg Anderson and Danny Graham (not the premier league one) were given leave. A third youth player did leave the club Steven Currie (Not of the NBA) left on a free to Dalbeattie Star.

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    Finally I though mention this now rather in the next post I also decided to release a further 6 players from a few games into start of the season Rabin Omar, Derek Carcary, Kenny Mackay, Scott Davidson, Ryan McStay and Kieran Brannan were all released. I released all these for different reasons Omar, Davidson and Brannan were no where near Championship standard so it pointless keeping them on payroll. Carcary just wasn't making it into the team and was unable to get past the likes of Linn and Johnston. Kenny Mackay and Ryan McStay I did want to keep them in squad as back-up but they didn't want asked to leave. I would of liked to of sold them but nobody would buy them which hurt as they these i felt help birth this new Annan.

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    In

    With all these departures from my club there was some serious gaps to fill so lets see who i signed. I first signing was a loan deal which was 18 year old Scottish Striker Scott Wright from Celtic. Hopeful he could be as good as Matty Smith last year

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    The Second deal was also a loan deal but this one was with Dundee United to be reloan 19 year old Scottish centre back Michael Kelly who one of our stand out players last year

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    Our first full transfer was for 25 year old English Left back Aswad Thomas, who signed on a free deal from League 2 side Luton. I felt he would be a good replacement for James Creaney have had League experience with Charlton, Accrington, Braintree and Grimsby. (All managed to fight there way into League 2)

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    He was shortly followed by 22 year old English Right Back/Right Winger David Symington from Conference side Dagenham and Redbridge. I had previous tried to Loan this player from Carlisle United through our transfers and when I seen he was a on a free i snapped him up

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    I was allowed to loan a second player from Dundee United and first option was Matty Smith from the previous season however he was accepted to go another team in England. So I decided to loan 18 year old Scottish Centre Midfielder Scott Allardice as he was the most reasonable fit to the team

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    I picked up Cameron Park from the Scottish Trialist day on free transfer. The 23 year old Scottish Left wing had experience in the league with Livingston

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    I wanted depth in my team this season so I put a third loan player offer in for Carlisle United's 20 year old English Striker Kyle Dempsey as I thought he would provide goals

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    More players continued to walk through the door as I tied up another player from Luton on a free transfer. 24 year old English Andy Parry was next to join the ranks giving more depth at the back.

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    Next I signed 16 year old young prospect Jamie Bowman from Nuneaton on free deal. I seen him a promising player an immediately had go straight back out the door on loan to Chorley to gain experience

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    The Final transfer i made was 26 year old Italian Striker Emmanuele Bardelloni on free transfer from Real Vicenza. I wasn't going to make this signing but my scouts highly recommend him.

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    The Team


    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: Pierre Antonie Martini, Craig McDowall
    RB: Josh Horne, Jamie Bain, David Symington
    LB: Aswad Thomas
    CB: Martin McNiff, Steven Swinglehurst, Stephen Tulloch, Micheal Kelly, Andy Parry
    CM: Josh Todd, Grant Gallagher, Steven Logan, Scott Allardice
    RM: Bobby Linn, Phil Johnston
    LM: Stuart McColm, Alan Cook
    ST: David Hopkirk, Scott Wright, Kyle Dempsey, Emanuele Bardelloni

    *Jamie Bowman on loan

    Squad Numbers


    New this season our first year of Squad numbers they were as follows;

    1. Craig McDowall
    2. Jamie Bain
    3. Aswad Thomas
    4. Josh Todd
    5. Steven Swinglehurst
    6. Andy Parry
    7. David Symington
    8. Scott Allardice
    9. David Hopkirk
    10. Scott Wright
    11. Stuart McColm
    12. Josh Horne
    13. Pierre Antonie Martini
    14. Stephen Tulloch
    15. Michael Kelly
    16. Steven Logan
    17. Emmanele Bardelloni
    18. Bobby Linn
    19. Cameron Park
    20. Alan Cook
    22. Kyle Dempsey
    23. Grant Gallagher
    24. Martin McNiff
    25. Scott Davidson
    27. Phil Johnston
    29. Kieran Brannan
    33. Kenny Mackay
    40. Scott Wallace

    *Numbers as of the start of season

    The Strongest Line-Up in my opinion

    4-2-2-2) with a AMR/L : McDowalli: Bain, Kelly, Parry , Thomas: Gallagher, Allardice: Linn, Park: Wright, Bardelloni
    Subs : Martini, Swinglehurst, Symington, McColm, Todd and Dempsey

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    Have open this year could alter a lot with great competition in certain positions


    Pre-Season


    We did have a bigger Pre-Season this time it lasted 3 games. We were up against Dundee United, Workington Town and Chorley FC

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    We won 2 out the 3 games losing to Dundee United which was understandable. The stand out man of the Pre-Season was Stuart McColm scoring for fun. I did have concerns over Jamie Bain who didn't look up stand and didn't help himself by getting injured in first game against Dundee United. At the minute Symington was looking a better option at the back. I also had slight concern that my striker weren't firing.

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    Annan Season 3 First Half Season

    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    Scottish Challenge Cup

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    The First Round saw us take a tough fixture in the draw against division rivals Queen of The South. The game turn out to be uneventful with it ending 0-0 after 120 minutes meaning a penalty shootout was on the cards in the first round. We sneaked through 4-3 on penalties with 10 penalties McColm, Johnston, Logan and Thomas would all score and Scott Allardice missing.

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    Again we were unlucky in draw again being pitted against a division rival this time Livingston. This game differed to the first game firstly after only 26 minutes David Symington was send off for bad tackle despite this we took control early on with goals from Dempsey and Wright. Now down to ten men and 2-0 up we had sit back defend which did to us conceding a minute later but after we defend well to the end. This was even with having second player Aswad Thomas send off 20 minutes from the end.

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    Would you believe we were drawn against a third championship team in third round this time Motherwell. Again this game was like 1st was very uneventful for the first hour until Anthony Stokes up Motherwell ahead. The end looked near with 90 minute pasting it looked like we were out until one effort arise David Hopkirk breaks free from the halfway line takes it all the way to keeper, takes it round him and shots in a superb equaliser. We may aswell have not even played extra time as nothing happened. A second penalty shootout occurs and we absolute smash it 5-3 we win with Dempsey, Linn, Johnston, Thomas and Swinglehurst all converting. WERE IN THE SEMIIISSS!!!

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    Our Semi Final was actually a kind we were drew against League 1 side Elgin City so we felt confident. Elgin City gave a scare early on giving themselves an early 1-0 lead. We quickly countered back when were given a penalty right before the break which Phil Johnston took well 1-1. Elgin City did manage to hold us til the 89 minute where squared ball across the box was tapped in Kyle Dempsey to rocket through to our First cup final.

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    So it would be would Annan vs Dumbarton at Fir Park in Motherwell on Breezy 3pm kick off Yellow v White, Championship v League. My Team Sheet
    (4-2-2-2)
    Starting 11
    13 Pierre Antonie Martini
    7 David Symington
    6 Andy Parry
    15 Michael Kelly
    3 Aswad Thomas
    23 Grant Gallagher
    22 Kyle Dempsey
    19 Cameron Park
    17 Emanuelle Bardelloni
    10 Scott Wright
    9 David Hopkirk
    Subs
    1 Craig McDowall
    5 Steven Swinglehurst
    27 Phil Johnston
    18 Bobby Linn
    24 Martin McNiff
    16 Steven Logan
    20 Alan Cook

    The Game started very calm no team wanting to make a mistake because a mistake could be costly today. This remained for the whole first half nobody wanting to draw blood. At Half time I was into make a change with David Hopkirk being injured I brought on Winger Alan Cook and which roles slightly so Cook would play on the right and Park on the left also moving Bardelloni up front with Wright. This seemed to confuse Dumbarton as we hit the back of net just 9 minutes away break through Scott Wright. Dumbarton never came into game and show desperation which to two penalties in 7 mins which saw sub Alan Cook convert both. We ended up crushing Dumbarton 3-0 and you know what that means CHAMPIONNNNNNNNSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We lifted our first cup with myself in charge.

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    14/15- First Round
    15/16- Second Round
    16/17- Winner Yeah Boi!!! haha

    Scottish League Cup


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    Our First Round draw would see us face an old friend Alloa Athletic ....again, to be fair it was actually a decent match we took the lead early through Cameron Park and sustained that lead to second half. The second half was where Alloa actually turned up and turned game around bagging 2 goals. Going into the last few minute of the game we trailed 2-1 and our luck turned up once again in the form of David Hopkirk 2-2. This meant that extra time was on the cards and to be fair we stormed we were demanding kept possession and got shots off. Eventually we hit the back of the net with an absolute rocket from Stuart McColm giving us a 3-2 to win.

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    The Second Round game saw us pitted against Dundee and to be honest probably the worst I've seen from my team. We were absolutely battered 6-1 Steven Swinglehurst scoring the only. Like Jose Mourinho I 'refuse to talk about this game we move on'.

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    14/15 - Second Round
    15/16 - First Round
    16/17 - Second Round

    Scottish Cup

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    The embrassment carried on into the cup game where we pitted against League 2 Albion Rovers easy right? Nope we took an early lead through Kyle Dempsey only for them to equaliser and take us to a replay jeezzeee. We did however get the job done in the replay smashing them 3-0 in front of out home fans Dempsey, Swinglehurst and Wright with the goals.

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    The Fourth round saw us face East Stirlingshire which turned out to be the game of competition with us winner a massive 6-4. We were never really at risk of losing as we put up a bigger goal margin early. The goal were scored by David Symington (2), Scott Wright, Cameron Park, Andy Parry and Bobby Linn.

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    Continued in Second Half of Season

    Scottish Championship

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    We didn't look like we doing anything major the league this year we were getting the results we need but the bigger boys of the league were bullying us. We were floating around the playoff area constant moving up and down between 3rd and 6th. Teams like Rangers, Ross County, Dundee and Hibernian just seem to have more strength and depth in there squad.

    Loans


    In the run to the New Year I organised some Loans deal going both ways In and Out. The player that I decided to let leave the club on loan was Jamie Bain. The relationship between Me and Jamie Bain had turned sour, we was injured early in the season which meant that David Symington had play right back and Frankly he was better in the position. Upon Jamie return he was demoted to backup right back which didn't like so I sent him Berwick Rangers for the rest of the season Don't mess with me haha. The Second was incoming deal decided to strength my midfield by bring Leicester City's English Winger Jack Barmby. He was handed was the No 21 one shirt which actually matched his age.

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    Second Half of Season Review

    Transfers

    In

    I made two signing in the January transfer first of which was 21 year old Irish Midfield Mark Timlin. This was basically the as Jamie Bowman deal in summer I saw potential but he not quite ready. he arrives on a free from Derry City.

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    The Second deal was for 27 year old Congolese Midfielder Yohan M'Vila we arrives on free transfer from Belgian side Eupen. Experience midfielder played in the French league and be the squad more depth.

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    Out

    I did send as many players out as i did in first which was Mark Timlin. I know we only just arrived but there isn't first team place for him yet and he need experience he was in out the door in 6 days haha. The second loan deal was Steven Logan he leaves for Hemel Hempstead. He just need more playing time simple

    Season

    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    Scottish Cup

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    Cup draws aren't our thing as we drew Inverness CT in the Fifth Round. Not really a lot can see about this game we sat with 11 men behind the ball for 90% of game and in the last few seconds of game Scott Allardice nicked us a winner.

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    The business end of tournament the quarter finals say us drawn again Celtic and despite taking an early lead through David Hopkirk. They put us right back in our place as they netted 3 goals to give a final score of 3-1

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    14/15 Round 3
    15/16 Round 4
    16/17 Quarter Final

    Scottish Championship


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    It wasn't to be this year as we finished a reasonable 5th place in league just above mid table. I felt being a new team the teams we faced in first season in championship were a little too strong. We learned that it would be Patrick thistle and Falkirk joining next season so if we got some decent signing in i think we stand a chance.

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    Awards



    Player of Season

    I knew before it was even announced who would get the award this season. He was like a one-man team for most of the season banging in goals up front. The Award went to Emmanuele Bardelloni.

    14/15 Kenny Mackay
    15/16 Stuart McColm
    16/17 Emmanuele Bardelloni

    Team of Season

    The Team was as follows

    Starting 11: McDowall, Symington, Kelly, Parry, Thomas, Gallagher, Dempsey, Park, Bardelloni, Wright, Hopkirk
    Subs; Martini, Swinglehurst, Allardice, Todd, Linn, Bain and Mackay

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    Must state was shocked to see Jamie Bain on list considering he start only 16 games most cup games and Kenny Mackay was surprise to be included.

    How did in change the all time best line up well Symington and Thomas were two new addtions to starting line up replacing Creaney and Cook because Gallagher moving into CM. The player that loss there places form squad were Alan Cook, Steven Logan, James Creaney and Stephen Tulloch as Dempsey and Bardelloni joined Symington and Thomas as newcomers

    All Time: Martini, Symington , Swinglehurst, Kelly, Thomas, Todd, Gallagher, Linn, McColm, Hopkirk, Mackay
    Subs: McDowall, McNiff, Dempsey, Carcary, Smith, Horne and Bardelloni.

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    Annan Season 4 Pre-Season

    Transfers

    It was evident that I need to improve the squad even further if we were make premier league so another season of player in out the door was in order

    Out

    The start of transfer period seen me release 5 players Stephen Tulloch, Martin McNiff, Steven Logan, Josh Horne and Alan Cook. With new transfers coming and repeating dropping down the pecking order they had go. I was Sorry to see Steven Logan and Josh Horne like last season when I let Mackay and McStay i felt that these guys were part of the history of club. McNiff and Cook i considered players that were there as back-up and with team progressing there demand was less but wished them best. Tulloch was player i was happy to see go he began as decent but through the see he wanted more and more which he was just not good enough.

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    My hardest transfer so far was letting the our legendary goalkeeper Pierre Antoine Martini leave. He had became such a hit with the fans and this decision had with a lot backlash from fan. At first i did not want him to leave but the offer came from Dundee which was quite surprising they were a league above and Martini was not that standard. Once the offer came of 6.5K he was going and nobody would change that and didn't want keep unhappy players. Jamie Bain would be the next player to leave club going on 1K deak to Brechin another story completely the same as Stephen Tulloch bye haha. Jamie Bowman would never start his second year on loan going out to Hayes and Yeading this time.

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    I decided to free up a few more spaces to enable more bigger players to come and plus the squad was getting a lot bigger. The first to leave was Phil Johnston who with current and new arrival had found himself very far down the pecking order he joined Alloa. Josh Todd was another player I have had seen the start didn't really want to see him go but he wasn't going to get some game time as last season, he left on free to join Forfar. Again the same case here two players because of new better arrival had to leave Yohan M'Vila and Grant Gallagher both left and double deal to Arbroath.

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    In

    First transfer I got done was I renewed the loan deal of Jack Barmby, he would join my squad for another year. Micheal Kelly also renew his loan. Good luck always comes in threes as Kyle Dempsey announced he would stay.

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    I did sign a player on free before transfer period began I signed The Gambia's 25 year old Seejou King from Sporting Lisbon B. He would offer more options at left back.

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    The second full time signing i made was 28 year old Spanish Right Winger Garban on a free from Guijuelo. I didn't much about him replied on scout recommendations

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    We added another CM to the squad in the form of Ross Forbes, he joined form Dunfermline on free transfer.

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    Scott Wright who previously loaned last season became availiable on a free transfer so i thought give him a shot and let him join.

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    The Next deal I got done was too replace Martini so I signed 28 year old Scottish Goalkeeper John Gibson on free transfer from Dunfermline. he vast experience from playing in all 4 leagues

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    Sixth full time signing of the Window was for 22 year old French CM Ambroise Begue who arrives from Nancy. The only way is up for this guy got bags of potential and can be a big player here.

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    I still had the link from Dundee United which enable me to loan 2 players and this year there a whole bunch of new players. I decided 20 year old Scottish CM Scott Lochhead could he and Begue produce this year partnership.

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    Or could my next signing have something to say about I bought Ross Davidson on free transfer from Rangers. We will see...

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    I made another striker addition 25 year old Scottish Gary Oliver on free transfer from Hearts, we lacked goals last season ans surely one my striker can hit it big

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    I agreed a deal Reading Fc to break my transfer record by paying 70K for English Right back Tennai Watson. The 21 year old would right into the first team.

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    Transfer deadline day saw me add my 14th and 15th addition of season first was DR Congo 21 year Left Back/Striker (Work out that combo haha) Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo on free transfer. Wasn't going to sign him but it was a absolute steal couldn't resist. My second signing was a rather smash and grab deal don't know how it will go. I signed Faissel El Bakhtaoui from Hibernian. I signed the 24 year old for 5.25K.

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    I promise these were the last addtions to squad I made two free transfers after the deadline 25 year old Portuguese CB Miguel Lourenco from Vit Setubal and 30 year old German CB Steven Ruprecht from Rostock. These signing were made to strength that back two and give the option of player a back three aswell.

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    The Team

    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: Craig McDowall, John Gibson
    RB: David Symington, Tennai Watson
    LB: Aswad Thomas, Seejou King, Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo
    CB: Steven Swinglehurst, Micheal Kelly, Andy Parry, Miguel Lourenco, Steven Ruprecht
    CM: Ross Forbes, Ambroise Begue, Scott Lochhead, Ross Davidson
    RM: Bobby Linn, Garban,Faissel El Bakhtaoui
    LM: Stuart McColm,
    ST: David Hopkirk, Scott Wright, Kyle Dempsey, Emanuele Bardelloni, Gary Oliver

    Squad Numbers

    1 Craig McDowall
    2 David Symington
    3 Aswad Thomas
    4 Ross Forbes
    5 Steven Swinglehurst
    6 Andy Parry
    7 Garban
    8 Ambroise Begue
    9 David Hopkirk
    10 Scott Wright
    11 Stuart McColm
    12 Tennai Watson
    13 John Gibson
    15 Micheal Kelly
    16 Ross Davidson
    17 Emanuele Bardelloni
    18 Bobby Linn
    19 Cameron Park
    20 Diego De Girolamo
    21 Jack Barmby
    22 Kyle Dempsey
    23 Vacant ( Was Held by Grant Gallagher before departure)
    24 Scott Lochhead
    25 Miguel Lourenco (Was Held by Yohan M'Vila before departure )
    26 Gary Oliver
    28 Mark Timlin
    30 Steven Ruprecht
    33 Seejou King
    40 Scott Wallace (Youth Team)
    42 Lewis Murray (Youth Team)
    44 Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
    51 Faissel El Bakhtaoui


    The Strongest Line-Up in my opinion

    4-2-2-2) with a AMR/L : Gibson, Watson, Kelly, Loucenco, Boli-Bolingoli, Begue, Davidson, Garban, Barmby, Bardelloni, Wright
    Subs : McDowall, Parry, King, Dempsey, Oliver, De Girolamo, Park

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    I think this is my strongest line up but I have plenty of depth

    Pre-Season

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    Our Pre-Season saw us play 4 teams from all different league we would Cowdenbeath, Rotherham, Dundee United and Craigmark. To be honest it was one the worst pre-season we have ever had first getting a bleak draw against Cowdenbeath then getting smashed 4-1 and 3-1 by Rotherdam and Dundee United. The only thing that soften the blow was the 3-0 win against Craigmark who to be honest we should of beat 7 or 8-0. Hard to pick a best player from that but i'll say Kyle Dempsey. Lets hope were better in the season.

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    Annan Season 4 First Season Review

    This is the review of the first half of the season from

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    Scottish Challenge Cup

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    Our first round draw turned out to be a difficult one which seen us play division rivals Livingston. It was tough game end to e which eventually end 2-2 after 120 minutes goals from Bardelloni and Forbes. We would later win 5-3 on pens with Bardelloni, Oliver, De Girolamo, Forbes and Kelly all scoring.

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    The second round would see face a old rival Berwick Rangers. The game was another lock-out with the game ending 1-1 after 90 mins with David Symington getting our goal. We would later conquer after extra time with Kyle Dempsey hitting a early first half goal.

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    Our Third round clash saw us take on Arbroath where sold Gallagher and M'Vila to. This wouldn't stop us as we smashed them 4-1 with Oliver getting 3 and Park get 1. DONE DEAL

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    This form continued into our semi final clash where we were matched against Falkirk. Both teams went for a defensive approach for first half. The second half is where action was we brushed them aside 2-0 with Barmby and Parry getting the job done. Back to Fir Park but who we face ....

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    Queens Park was our final opponents at Fir Park in Motherwell the lineup was as follows..
    Starting 11
    13 John Gibson
    2 David Symington
    25 Miguel Lourenco
    15 Michael Kelly
    44 Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
    8 Ambroise Begue
    24 Scott Lochhead
    16 Ross Davidson
    17 Emanuelle Bardelloni
    26 Gary Oliver
    10 Scott Wright
    Subs
    1 Craig McDowall
    12 Tennai Watson
    21 Jack Barmby
    20 Diego De Girolamo
    30 Steven Ruprecht
    7 Garban
    51 Faissel El Bakhtaoui

    Queens Park would take the lead within 5 minutes but this wouldn't last long as we slowly edged back with Wright Scoring then Oliver then Barmby finish a easy final for us 3-1 to us.

    CHAMPIONNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    14/15- First Round
    15/16- Second Round
    16/17- Winner Yeah Boi!!! haha
    17/18- Winner Two time Baby!!!!!

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    Scottish League Cup

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    The first round of the competition would see us play Peterhead of League 2. The League 2 side would give us quite a game even taking the lead. We would eventually overturn this to win 2-1 goals form Michael Kelly and David Symington.

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    The second round would see face rivals Ross County in hard felt game at the Galabank. We would take an early lead through Kyle Dempsey. Ross County would later bring it back to 1-1. Just when it looked like a extra time game, Ross County snatched a late goal knocking us out the cup.

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    14/15 - Second Round
    15/16 - First Round
    16/17 - Second Round
    17/18- Second Round


    Scottish Cup

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    This cup should been named De ja vu as we were drawn against Peterhead once again and they once again gave us a very good game even taking the lead and we very nearly went out if wasn't a Cameron Park 89 minute goal.. The replay was abit more convincing as smashed 5 goals past them in a 5-2 win. Goals from Begue, Davidson, Parry and Oliver (2).

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    Our time in this competition was short was once against Ross County....hhmmmmm. We put up a good fight but Ross County were just the better team. They beat us 2-1 Kris Boyd being that annoyance and scored 2. Bardelloni was score our only goal
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    14/15- Round 3
    15/16- Round 4
    16/17- Quarter Final
    17/18- Round 4


    Scottish Championship


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    Compared to last season we are doing a hell of a lot better. The team is working more a unit, all strikers are pitching in not huge amounts but a equal share. The bigger teams Ross County and Hibernians had picked up points against us and we had few slips up Morton and Patrick Thristle. Other than that i think were playing well

    Transfers


    Two transfers went through in the November period, The first deal saw Centre Back Steven Swinglehurst join Chorley on loan until the end of season. The second deal was a incoming deal which saw Portuguese Centre Back Lima Perriera join us on free transfer. He would wear the number 23 shirt

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    Update

    I'm currently in the process of updating my previous posts with new graphics and images to make the posts less wordy and paragraphs.

    Please let me know what you think and if your enjoying the story

    new updates should be up soon.

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    Season 4 Second Half of Season


    Transfers


    In

    The made two confirmed signing in this period nothing really new there Lima Pereira that mentioned in last post, you can check his stats in screenshot as I forgot to put that up. The other signing was I offered Leicester City 32K to keep Jack Barmby full time which they accepted.

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    Out

    Nothing really major although I did complete two loan deals out the club. The first deal was Mark Timlin who would join Bohemians to gain more experience. The second deal was left back Aswad Thomas who i felt needed a few more 1st team as he limted with arrival Seejou King and Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo.
    But That Was Rather Quiet Transfer Period For Me.........

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    Season

    Well after being eliminated out the remaining cup ties we only had Scottish Championship this was going be our year we sat 2nd behind Ross County with Hibernian knocked on our backdoor.

    This is the review of the second half of the season from

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    Scottish Championship

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    As you can see its a good job we had blinder of a start of season because the second half was very average. A win rate of under 50% and lose rate touching nearly 40% for second half of season you can why I was not happy. I put this down to two reason : 1. Due to injuries and suspensions i was unable to establish a decent back two the combination switched Kelly, Lourenco, Ruprecht, Parry and Lima Periera on a regular for about 8 games. 2. My striker goal rate were terrible two half the season bar Bardelloni. Bardelloni managed to hit 7 goals, in same Wright, Oliver and De Girolamo could only score 6 goals between them not good. That being said we won the important games and Ross County would also slip up resulting us being CHAMPIOOOONNSSSSS!!!!!!!!!........

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    Side Note : Teams that play in yellow don't seem like winning the Scottish Championship so I had to pick Rangers SORRY HAHA...

    Awards

    Player of The Season
    Emanuelle Bardelloni wins for the second year straight, he has been a guy that I have came to just expect goals from bagging 24 goals this season he cant be stopped

    Team of The Season
    The Team was as follows

    Starting 11: Gibson, Watson, Kelly, Loucenco, Bolingoli-Mbombo, Begue, Davidson, Garban, Barmby, Bardelloni, Oliver
    Subs : McDowall, Parry, Lochhead, Wright, Dempsey, Thomas, De Girolamo

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    The All-time 11: Martini, Symington, Kelly, Swinglehurst, Thomas, Dempsey, Gallagher, Linn, McColm, Bardelloni, Hopkirk
    Subs: McDowall, Parry, Todd, McNiff, Mackay, Horne, Wright

    Two changes in the starting line up Dempsey replaces Todd and Bardelloni replaces Mackay both players drop to the bench. Derek Carcary and Matty Smith lose their places in the hall of fame as Andy Parry and Scott Wright enter.

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    The big boys are next Celtic.. Aberdeen...Dundee United....Inverness...Dundee...Hearts...St Mirren How would we cope you'll have wait and see....
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    Annan Season 5 Pre-Season

    Out

    Release
    This wasn't a major change of player just getting the ones out that i didn't need to make way for some higher quality players for premiership. The end of season saw me release no less than 7 players who weren't up to standard. Due to different contract dates the first three to go were Bobby Linn, Seejou King and Stuart McColm shortly followed by Faissel El Bakhtaoui. I was sad to see Linn and McColm go as they been great parts of the growth but this level they were just too old and were dropping down the pecking order. Seejou King and Faissel Bakhtaoui were just panic buys and gap fills i regard these two as some my worst signing and both just never really got going. Next to leave was one of my day one player Steven Swinglehurst didn't want to see him go but had to be done to bring in better standard player. The last two player leave were both young players Daniel Kavanagh and Craig Walker.
    [CENTER]
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    Full Time
    There were two full time deals went through during the transfer period GK Craig McDowall left to join Stirling on 2.5K deal and Aswad Thomas would join Braintree on a 4K deal. Both had been great servants to the club.
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    Loans

    This transfer period saw us loan out to two players both youth players. Lewis Murray and Scott Wallace would join Ayr to the end of season.
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    In

    Full Time

    The deal that when through was 30K bid for Scott Lochhead. The 22 year old arrived from Dundee United and can play in a lot of different position.

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    I need did a big shop of Free Transfer Market the first person I would bring in would Jack Leitch a 23 year old former of Rangers. This transfer will be a good signing with him being a player who played in Prem before.

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    With Craig McDowall leaving to join Stirling a gap opened in goalkeeper department. I blindly sign 25 year old goalkeeper Ederson on free transfer. On paper this would look be a great signing with Ederson being Rio Ave No 1 for many years

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    Another good on paper signing made was Right Back Ruben Aguilar. The French 26 year old had spent most of his career in his home country and at his high played with St Etienne.

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    I took another gamble with 21 year old Welsh/Somalian Winger Abdi Noor. Abdi Noor only had one start in his whole career but it was with premier league side Cardiff so its risk but will it pay off

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    I had would make one more further deal which was for 29 year old Spanish winger Javillio. I felt it was too much of risk just having Noor as my only winger so i signed him as a starter and I hoped to play Noor as a understudy to get experience. One problem is that don't want Javillio to end up like Garban who I couldn't get rid of.

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    Loans

    The Final deal that I made was resigning Michael Kelly back to the club on another loan deal.

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    The Team

    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: John Gibson, Ederson
    RB: David Symington, Tennai Watson, Ruben Aguilar
    LB: Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo
    CB: Micheal Kelly, Andy Parry, Miguel Lourenco, Steven Ruprecht
    CM: Ross Forbes, Ambroise Begue, Scott Lochhead, Ross Davidson, Jack Leitch
    RM: Garban, Abdi Noor, Javillio
    LM: Cameron Park
    ST: David Hopkirk, Scott Wright, Kyle Dempsey, Emanuele Bardelloni, Gary Oliver

    *Lewis Murray and Scott Wallace

    Note: it may seem like i have no LBs or LMs but a lot of the player play two positions

    Squad Numbers

    1 John Gibson
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    3 Boli Bolingoli Mbombo
    4 Ross Forbes
    5 Miguel Loucenco
    6 Andy Parry
    7 Javillio
    8 Ambroise Begue
    9 David Hopkirk
    10 Scott Wright
    11 Gary Oliver
    12 Tennai Watson
    13 Ederson
    14 Jack Leitch
    15 Steven Ruprecht
    16 Ross Davidson
    17 Emanuelle Bardelloni
    18 Abdi Noor
    19 Cameron Park
    20 Diego De Girolamo
    21 Jack Barmby
    22 Micheal Kelly
    23 Lima Perriera
    24 Scott Lochhead
    31 Garban (Moved to this number as i was trying sell but failed)
    32 David Symington(Moved to this number as i was trying sell but failed)
    40 Scott Wallace *on loan
    41 Dougie Macari
    42 Lewis Murray *on loan

    The Strongest Line-Up in my opinion

    ( 4-5-1 ) with a AMR/L : Ederson, Aguilar, Kelly, Loucenco, Boli Bolingoli Mbombo, Leitch, Begue, Davidson, Javillio, Park, Bardelloni
    Subs: Gibson, Perriera, Watson, Dempsey, Noor, Wright, Oliver
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    Pre-Season


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    We had another short pre-season of just 3 games against Bath City, Dunfermline and Institute all three games being away from home. We showed our strength by smashing Bath 4-0 Bardelloni, Park and Oliver all scoring. This continued into the 2nd game against Dunfermline as we won 5-2 goals from Javillo, Wright and Oliver. The Institute game could of been better only managing a 1-1 draw courtesy of Scott Wright.

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  22. Euro 2016

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    Forgot to make post should of been a few posts back but this the review of how Euro 2016 in France panned out. Unfortunately with me forgetting to post this it has rolled over to the Euro 2020 one so I cant get stadium data etc.

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    The 24 teams included in this tournament were in order of Fifa Ranking:

    England (2),Spain (3) ,Croatia (5),Germany (6.),Belgium (9), France (10),Italy (11),Russia (12),Holland (16),Portugal (17),Switzerland (18),Wales (20), Sweden (21) ,Ukraine (30),Romania (36), Slovakia (39),Austria (41)
    ,Serbia (44), Poland (45),Bosnia (46),Norway (57),Turkey (59),Greece (61),Scotland (62)

    As a English man I did find funny that England were highest ranking team and Scotland were the Lowest.

    Favourites: England or Spain (Can't Believe this)
    Underdogs: Croatia, Belgium
    Whipping Boys: Greece, Scotland
    Shock Non appearance: Czech Republic, R.O.Ireland and Denmark

    Groups

    Group A : France, Russia, Austria and Turkey
    Group B : Germany, Italy, Slovakia and Bosnia
    Group C : England, Spain, Wales and Norway
    Group D : Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Romania
    Group E : Croatia, Portugal, Greece and Scotland
    Group F: Switzerland, Ukraine, Serbia and Poland

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    Group A

    As you can from the screenshots there was a shock as Russia and Austria claimed the two automatic slots leaving group favourites France in the cold.

    Automatic Qualification : Russia and Austria


    Group B


    Germany absolute blow the competition away by winning all three games and there was a major shock as Bosnia who were ranked to be the whipping boys of group pipped Italy to gain qualification

    Automatic Qualification : Germany and Bosnia

    Group C
    England easily cruised into the group stage winning every game and there was yet another shock as Norway pipped Spain to gain the other spot

    Automatic Qualification : England and Norway

    Group D

    No shocks in Group C as Belgium and Holland take the two spots with Sweden just missing out on slot through goal difference.

    Automatic Qualification : Belgium and Holland

    Group E

    Another shock as Portugal didn't make automatic qualification as they were beaten by Croatia and Greece

    Automatic Qualification : Croatia and Greece

    Group F

    Switzerland easily claimed there place as they should but the shock as Poland the lowest ranked team in the group made it through

    Automatic Qualification : Switzerland and Poland

    Knockout Stages

    To cut to the chase here is the results of the knockout rounds

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    Some big teams were eliminated in the Second Round England, Portugal and France were all chucked out. The Quarter and Semi Final provided no shocks and lead to Holland v Germany Final. The final at the Stade de France ended 1-0 win to Germany with Michael Christ scoring the winner.

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    Final Thoughts


    Winners: Germany - Total Domination clear winners
    Overachievers: Russia - Managed to make it to the Semis and were not Embarrassed
    Overachievers: Belgium - Showing they are force for future by making the semis
    Underachievers: England - Dumped out in Second Round
    Underachievers: Spain- Sneaked Through then Dumped out in Second Round

    Dream Team
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    Germany win the European Cup but not one player makes the dream team FM logic haha.Alexandr Kerzhakov has the tournament top scorer and Wesley Sneijder was voted best player

  23. Final 2020 at Stade de France? Shouldn't it be Wembley?

  24. Quote Originally Posted by dllu View Post
    Final 2020 at Stade de France? Shouldn't it be Wembley?
    This is a review of France Euro 2016 so the final was at Stade De France but I forgot to review this so its rolled over to 2020 and is showing on search bar was too lazy to go back through my old saves haha but you are correct the 2020 final Is at Wembley somebody has s good eye haha. I am going to the 2018 world cup next so it's all update.
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  25. World Cup 2018

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    Before I get back into my Annan Career I thought I would do a review of World Cup 2018. Despite major debates about the host nation it has remained in same place..... Welcome to Russia.

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    There were 32 teams present at the finals but who?
    Africa(5): Algeria, Cameroon , Ivory Coast, South Africa and Zambia
    Asia(5): Australia, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
    Europe(14): Belgium, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.
    North America (3) : Honduras, Mexico, U.S.A
    South America (5): Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay

    Now FM is known for being wack but he is FIFA Ranking of those teams haha

    Mexico (1) England (2) Spain (3) Argentina (4) Croatia (5) Germany (6 ) Brazil (7) Colombia (8) Belgium (9) France (10) Italy (11) Russia (12) Cameroon (14) Paraguay (15) Holland (16) Portugal (17) Switzerland (18) Algeria (19) Sweden (21) Japan (25) South Korea (27) Ecuador (28) Ukraine (30) U.S.A (31) South Africa (34) Zambia (35) Australia (40) Saudi Arabia (42) Serbia (44) Ivory Coast (52) Qatar (53) Honduras (81)

    Favourites: on paper it should be Mexico or England but I think Spain or Argentina
    Underdogs : Belgium or Russia or possible Colombia cause a shock
    Whipping Boys : Zambia, Qatar, Honduras
    Shock Non Appearances : Nigeria, Wales, Ghana, Senegal and Czech Republic all highly risked but don't feature.

    Groups

    Group A: Spain, Russia, Japan, Ecuador
    Group B: Argentina, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Serbia
    Group C: Mexico, Belgium, Portugal, Paraguay
    Group D: Colombia, Switzerland, South Korea, Zambia
    Group E : England, Germany, Cameroon, Australia
    Group F: Italy, Algeria, Sweden, Honduras
    Group G: Croatia, Holland, Ivory Coast, Qatar
    Group H: Brazil, France, South Africa, U.S.A

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    Group A

    Spain were the out and out favourites which they did with flying colours. The second slot was given Japan who sneaked there way through by beat Russia and eliminating the host nation.

    Qualification: Spain and Japan

    Group B

    Group B had the same story Argentina absolute bossed the group but it was Saudi Arabia that cause shock with upset against Ukraine

    Qualification: Argentina and Saudi Arabia

    Group C

    The group of death is where the biggest shock was Portugal only managing to pick up 1 point which was probably have Ronaldo spitting his dummy out. Mexico for some reason the world's No 1 would take the first slot with 2 wins and draw to Portugal. Belgium would overcome Paraguay to get there

    Qualification: Mexico and Belgium
    Group D

    The weakest group competition had 3 teams going for 2 slot to be fair Zambia were lucky to be there. it came to down to last matches but South Korea and Colombia would pip Switzerland to get there

    Qualification: South Korea and Colombia
    Group E

    Group E provided no shock it was obvious that arguably two of the biggest nations in the cup were going through England and Germany swept the Australia and Cameroon away

    Qualification: England and Germany
    Group F

    Same as Group D don't really know Honduras managed to get the World cup. Italy would qualify 1st and Algeria got a shock win against Sweden to go through

    Qualification: Italy and Algeria
    Group G

    Croatia would qualify with ease in Group G but biggest scare was that Qatar nearly overturn Holland however Holland were able to just stop them.

    Qualification: Croatia and Holland
    Group H

    Closer Group of the all had to be this one with Brazil qualify top of the group and U.S.A and France would finish on same points and goal difference. U.S.A went through don't ask me how

    Qualification: U.S.A and France

    Knockout Stage

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    No major shocks in the second round all the better teams went through. Two major shocks in Quarter Final Croatia would overturn Euro Champions Germany and England would beat Brazil on Penalties (Your not seeing things). Another shock that England would overturn World No 1 Mexico to line up to Final against Spain. There would be heartbreak for England as Spain would be them 2-1 in the final on cold day in St Petersburg at New Zenit Stadium.
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    Final Thoughts


    Winners: Spain -Rough route but there a the Champions
    Overachievers: Croatia - Touted as Quarter Final material but Managed to make it to the Semis and were not Embarrassed
    Overachievers: Mexico- Would of liked to have been in the but they will happy with 3rd
    Underachievers: Portugal- A mess can only describe it
    Underachievers: Holland - How did they get the Second Round?

    Dream Team


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    Really Jordan Henderson in the Dream Team? few other eyebrow raiser feature. Diego Costa was Best Player and Romelu Lukuku was top goalscorer but still make team as Messi was chosen.
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    Annan Season 5 First Half Review 2018/2019

    With us now being the Scottish Premiership we have a few changes in cup challenges. We would end at a higher stage of the Scottish Cup but we wouldn't be able to compete in the Scottish Challenge Cup because were too good for that now. This is the review of the first half of the season:

    Scottish League Cup

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    The First round saw us get an easy draw of Stenhousemuir Fc of the Scottish League 2 and to be honest it was a total blowout with us crushing them 4-0. The goals coming Noor, an O.G. from Shields, Ruprecht and De Girolamo.

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    The Second round was a similar occurrence with us drawn against Scottish Championship side Falkirk. We also made this one look easy winning 3-0 the goals coming Ruprecht, Barmby and Wright.

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    The third round draw would be slightly harder pitting us against division rivals Hamilton. The game wasn't really one to remember Miguel Loucenco would net for us 5 minutes in and that would the game.

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    Unfortunately the Quarter Final would be where would jump off as we drawn against Celtic who absolutely battered us dumping us out 4-0. damn...

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    14/15 - Second Round
    15/16 - First Round
    16/17 - Second Round
    17/18- Second Round
    18/19- Quarter Final


    Scottish Cup


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    Not much to record in this compettion yet as we entered in round 4 against Rangers who sit in the Scottish Championship. A tall showing Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo who netted 2 before being injured. Jack Barmby would slot in a 3rd before Mark Beck got one back for Rangers. Abdi Noor would help finish the game 4-1.

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    Continued in Second Half of Season

    Scottish Premiership

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    My target this season is really to just help Annan stay up and fight a second year. The season was very yo-yo with us up and down between 6th-10th and 10th is where currently due to injures hopeful I can get them higher second half of season.

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    Annan Season 5 Second Half Review 2018/2019

    Transfers

    In

    Absolutely nobody joins the club in January, No one, Zilch, zip, Nada.
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    Out

    There were four outgoing deals arranged which Scott Wright leave on a loan deal to East Fife. The striker had been largely disappointing resulting in him dropping down the pecking order and was happy about it. East Fife also completed a 3K for Cameron Park who had appearances restricted with the arrival of Jack Barmby. Andy Parry would be next to leave on 1K deal to Chester City. The final departure would be Mark Timlin who hadn't had the best of careers at Annan and was released to join Arbroath to play along side past Annan players like M'Vila and Gallagher.

    Season

    This is the review of the second half of the season from

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    Despite being in 10th place at the half way point we managed to pick ourselves up and get a respectable 5th finish which means we have chance at entering the UEFA Cup this year. I can only say this was down to one man Emanuelle Bardelloni. He was killing it with 24 goals in 39 games some guy like.
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    Scottish Cup

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    We continued in this cup at the 5th Round where we met Scottish Championship Morton. We looked comfort in this game going to 2-0 up in 16 minutes through Javillio and Gary Oliver. We were able to hold this lead til 76 minute where Morton would bring it back to 2-1 and equalise in the 86 minute to take to a replay. The replay started the same way with us going 2-0 through Ruprecht and Begue but this time would 3-0 as Javillio would net again
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    The Quarter Final would see us face Championship side Ross County at the Galabank. The game was very boring game only few shots testing the keepers. The major talking point was goal just after halftime a header from CB Michael Kelly which would put in the Semi Final.
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    OH NO... The Semi draw wasn't kind we faced Celtic who had embarrassed us before but this was team we have to get revenge against. The game was made a whole lot easier when Celtic's Mensah was sent off after only 2 minutes ha. The deadlock would not be broken til the 72 minute by Emanuele Bardelloni and we thought that would win it nope. Celtic would bring back to 1-1 9 minutes from the end. Nothing happened in extra time forgot it like didn't haha. We would win the penalty shootout 13-12 yeah 13-12 - Oliver (2), Begue (2), Barmby, Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo,, Davidson, Javillio, Ruprecht, Loucenco, Kelly, Leitch and Gibson all converting OH YES.....
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    We had shocked everyone by making the Scottish Cup Final could we take it all the way and win the cup. Our Fonal opponents would Hearts at Hampden Park in Glasgow, 52,000 people were in attendance to see what was about to unfold. The team I fielded was as follows:

    Starting 11

    1 John Gibson
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    5 Miguel Loucenco
    15 Steven Ruprecht
    3 Boli- Bolingoli Mbombo
    18 Abdi Noor
    8 Ambroise Begue
    7 Javillio
    14 Jack Leitch
    21 Jack Barmby
    17 Emanuelle Bardelloni
    Subs

    45 Derek Campbell
    12 Tennai Watson
    20 Diego De Girolamo
    11 Gary Oliver
    46 Grahame Brown
    41 Scott Wallace
    40 Jamie Brown

    I had to name 4 youngsters among the bench some have never made an appearance but due to injury had got there bench seats. The first half of the game was all Hearts but our defensive approach stop them from scoring. A slip in concentration early in the second half lead to Hearts going 1-0 and shortly make it 2-0 through Osman Sow. I switched up the formation by bringing on Gary Oliver to play upfront with Bardelloni. This would be a changing moment as both Bardelloni and Oliver would score late to take it to extra time. This continued into extra time as Bardelloni would net his second to make 3-2 Annan. The second half would see Hearts pull back to 3-3 very late taking to penalties. Our success rate on penalties continued as beat Hearts 5-3 - Oliver, Begue, De Girolamo, Boli Bolingoli - Mbombo all scoring. That means WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.......

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    Awards

    Player of The Season

    Third year straight Emanuelle Bardelloni takes it he only gets better and better 22 goals then 24 goals this season he gets 26 unbeatable

    2014/2015- Kenny Mackay
    2015/2016- Stuart McColm
    2016/2017-Emanuelle Bardelloni
    2017/2018-Emanuelle Bardelloni
    2018/2019-Emanuelle Bardelloni

    Team of The Season

    The Team was as follows

    Starting 11: Ederson, Aguilar, Loucenco, Ruprecht, Boli Bolingoli, Begue, Lochhead, Noor, Barmby, Bardelloni, De Girolamo
    Subs : Gibson, Kelly, Leitch, Davidson, Oliver, Perriera, Wright

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    And all-time team stands like this :

    Standing 11 : Martini, Symington, Kelly, Swinglehurst, Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo, Dempsey, Begue, Linn, Barmby, Bardelloni, Hopkirk
    Subs : Gibson, Loucenco, McColm, Gallagher, Oliver, Thomas, Wright

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    Some changes in the line up Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo, Begue and Barmby all join the starting line up. Thomas, Gallagher and McColm all takes bench seats. Parry, Todd, McDowall and Mackay all leave the team and Gibson, Loucenco and Oliver join (This took longer than should to work than it should)
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    Annan Season 6 Pre-Season 2019/2020

    Upgrades

    I didn't mention but last season the club was bought by new owners I was going mention but couldn't remember when it was think January. Anyways they came in hard and told me that if didn't continue win I would be replaced by another manager cant remember who, he was a wasteman anyways and thought it was unfair seen as i got Anna to Prem from League 2. I won those matches therefore earning the chairman trust. The chairman seemed keen to spend money on the club and decide i would have team meeting to test this. This was the outcome:

    The first thing i asked for to expand the Galabank has we were getting attendance of 2,500 compare to Celtic 40,000+. This was granted and the Galabank would be expanded to 5,028 that is a increase of 2,514 costing 2 Million pounds.

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    The next thing I agreed with Chairman Brian Adams would be a 650K update to the Youth Facilities to bring them back to standard

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    The final update would be to the training facilities to bring them back up to standard. This would cost a further 650K mounting the costs up to 3.4 Million expensive meeting.

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    Transfers

    Out

    Release

    At the end of the season we would see 4 players not renew their contracts these players were Ross Forbes, David Symington, Garban and David Hopkirk. Ross Forbes was struggling to make first team appearance so went else where. Symington and Hopkirk had been fantastic servants to the club but just couldn't keep up to the pace and pressure of the prem. Garban was one of my weaker signings never really hit it off at Annan only came alive in cup games which for wages wasn't good enough. I also released 5 youth players that weren't up to standard Dougie Macari, Bobby Aitken, Lewis Murray, Ryan McGinn and Ben Bowden. Macari was the only one to make an appearance getting to 2 caps in goals when other choices were injured.

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    Loan

    The summer transfer period saw me finalise 4 loan deal out the club 1 Senior and 3 youth players. I decided to sent Diego De Girolamo on loan to Raith Rovers for a season to get some experience as he wasn't get game after game in Annan due to likes of Oliver, Wright and New arrivals. The other deals were Grahame Brown to Queen of The South, Jamie Brown to Cowdenbreath and Kevin Scott to Brora Rangers.

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    Full Time

    No Full time departures

    In

    The First deal was 23 year old Scottish CM James Jones from Inverness CT. He joins on a free deal and would slot right into Ross Forbes spot.

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    The Second deal was bring club favourite Michael Kelly back to the club but finally on full time basic as he was released by Dundee United

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    Next I would strike a huge deal with former Man City and Newcastle Right Winger Martin Samuelsen. The 22 year old Norwegian was valued at 3 Million but I got him on a free deal I see this a great signing.

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    I was very familiar with Caolan Lavery from football knowledge and previous signing him on past saves. I saw the Northern Irish striker was available on free so I signed as a cover to Bardelloni and Oliver.

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    Peterbrough was come into some difficulty after being relegated from the Championship so they were selling off players. I picked up former Chelsea man Stipe Perica on a free deal. The 23 year old striker may have only played for Chelsea at youth level but had played NAC Breda, Rotherham, Birmingham and Peterborough at first team level. one for the future.....

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    To strengthen my defence i brought in a player every football fan should know George Elokobi. The 33 year old Cameroonian powerhouse has played for variety of team and would hopeful break some legs in the Scottish Prem.

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    I signed in another huge signing Manuel Benson Hedilazio of Belgium. The 2.1M rated Winger was a big thing in the Belgian league and I very close to international call-ups so I don't why i was allowed to get him on free haha

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    With Annan making the UEFA cup qualifying stage I had have a certain number of home grown players and I was one player short. I finally came across Aaron Muirhead a former player of the club about 7 years ago. I negioate a deal with Hamilton for 49.5K to join the club.

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    If people didn't know who George Elokobi they surely know of my next signing. I managed to finalise a deal for former Manchester United and Newcastle United(In this game he joined them) Winger Ashley Young. Yes given this 2019 and Young is 34 I think he got another 2 seasons in him and surely it will get shirt sales.

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    The Team

    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: John Gibson, Ederson
    RB: Tennai Watson, Ruben Aguilar
    LB: Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo
    CB: Micheal Kelly, Miguel Lourenco, Steven Ruprecht, Aaron Muirhead, George Elokobi
    CM: Ambroise Begue, Scott Lochhead, Ross Davidson, Jack Leitch, James Jones
    RM: Abdi Noor, Javillio, Martin Samuelsen
    LM: Manuel Benson Hedilazio, Ashley Young
    ST: Scott Wright, Emanuele Bardelloni, Gary Oliver, Caolan Lavery, Stipe Perica

    *Diego De Girolamo is on loan at Raith

    Squad Numbers


    1 John Gibson
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    3 Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo
    4 James Jones
    5 Miguel Lourenco
    6 George Elokobi
    8 Ambroise Begue
    9 Caolan Lavery
    10 Scott Wright
    11 Gary Oliver
    12 Tennai Watson
    13 Ederson
    14 Jack Leitch
    15 Steven Ruprecht
    16 Ross Davidson
    17 Emanuele Bardelloni
    18 Abdi Noor
    19 Martin Samuelsen
    20 Manuel Benson Hedilazio
    21 Jack Barmby
    22 Michael Kelly
    23 Lima Perriera
    24 Scott Lochhead
    25 Aaron Muirhead
    26 Stipe Perica
    34 Ashley Young

    The Strongest Line-Up in my opinion

    ( 4-5-1 ) with a AMR/L : Ederson, Aguilar, Elokobi, Loucenco, Boli Bolingoli Mbombo, Leitch, Begue, Davidson, Samuelsen, Benson Hedilazio, Bardelloni
    Subs: Gibson,Kelly, Barmby, Young, Noor, Wright, Oliver

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    Pre-Season

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    Our looked very standard this year three games against French's Nice, English's Dagenham and Redbridge and Northern Irish's Crusaders. We won the first game 3-0 the newbies ran riot Caolan Lavery and Martin Samuelsen both on the scoresheet and Ambroise Begue would hit a late third

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    We wouldn't fair aswell in the second game losing to a early from Dagenham and Redbridge not much more to say....

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    The final game against Crusaders was great end too this three game stint with us winning 2-0 goals courtesy of Steven Ruprecht and Manuel Benson Hedilazio.

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    Annan Season 6 First Half of Season 2019/2020

    I finished in a respected 5th last season which showed we were here to play. I think we can push a little higher this year and go for Champions League spots. we would enter into the 3rd round of qualifying for Europa League because of out 5th place finish

    This is the review of the first half of season
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    Scottish Cup

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    Obviously because our improvement over the years we enter into this cup in the 4th Round against League 1 side Queen of South. We totally dominated this game bagging 5 goals in the first half one from Scott Wright and Emanuelle Bardelloni went nuts and scored 4. He must of forgot which goal he was shooting at in the second half as he give Queen of South a goal to finish the game 5-1.

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    This would be the only game we played this half of the season more in the next update

    Scottish League Cup

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    Our Scottish League Cup journey would begin in Glasgow at the Ibrox. We had showed Rangers we were the better this season and were confident of progression. The game was very even both teams pulling shots but rangers scored in late in the first half. This would continue late into the game until Gary Oliver was able to pull back a equaliser. We were treated to extra time first game of round and as you know we were one extra time and usually end up as penalties. This was not the case Oliver picks out a perfect 40 yard pass to Lochhead who tries to round the keeper but get tackled and knocks into the path of Caolan Lavery who slot into a open net Annan 2 Rangers...

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    We would stay in Glasgow for Quarter Final this time facing Celtic and this time came prepared. I set the tactics as a 5-4-1 formation and keep the team behind of the majority of the game. Both the goals came from set-pieces, Martin Samuelsen and Manuel Benson Hedilazio being the scorer. Boli Bolingoli Mbombo was a very useful player in this game as I was able use him in LB/ST which enable me to switch between 5-4-1 and 4-4-2.

    Continues Second Half of Season

    Scottish Premiership


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    The Scottish Premiership remained a three horse race between us, Celtic and Hearts few points separated. Celtic sat firm at the top with Us and Hearts exchange between 2nd and 3rd as when the chance to arises we weren't taking them. With the right results we had a decent chance

    Europa League

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    To make the Europa League would have go through the qualifying and playoffs rounds and there were some big teams in there. We entered in the final qualifying against Swedish Malmo FF the birthplace of the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Our stadium did not meet the criteria to the first leg was a at Raydale Park in Gretna. It was a very even we did take control abit which lead to take 1-0 win courtesy of Jack Barmby. The Second leg was better Malmo FF played a lot better even leading 1-0 but Michael Kelly would pull back to 1-1 and give us that cushion. Elias Westerlund had quickly went from Malmo hero to villain as after he netted for Malmo we would decide the game by scored for Annan aswell. We went through 3-1 on aggregate.

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    [/RIGHT]The playoff would see us face Dutch side PSV Eindhoven who had became a weaker side in this game unable to grab the top from Ajax and Feyenoord aswell as selling many of the better players including Memphis Depay who would join Liverpool not Man Utd in this game interesting and annoying as United fan myself. I played the exactly same tactic against PSV got a early goal through James Jones and parked the bus. the game finished 1-0 to us despite PSV take 27 shots 20 more than us. The second leg was a battle in Eindhoven I tried to deploy the same tactics again getting a early goal scored by Benson Hedilazio but this was instantly countered 1-1. PSV would threaten just before half time make it 2-1. Half time need some serious hairdrying treatment and tactic change. This would work sending us into the lead (on agg) 2-2. PSV weren't finished they brought back to 3-2 but we hold on by the skin of our teeth to go through on away goal.
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    Group Stage


    We entered into the group stage drawn into the Group L against Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, German side Hoffenheim and French side Bordeaux. On paper this seem like a good drawn .. wrong this is now 6 years down the like Kyiv are title challenge in Ukraine, Hoffenheim were making charges on Munich and Dortmund and Bordeaux were playing 3rd place football behind PSG and Monaco. To put it simply we were the new boys and the whipping boys of the group.
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    Well that was a .....experience haha. I'm not going waffle on about the games as to be honest we were well out of place in the competition didn't even look like winning a game and finished with 0 points DEAD. We did manage to score 4 goals Emanuelle Bardelloni (2), Boli Bolingoli Mbombo and Aaron Muirhead (Pen). To really challenge more in this competition i need more players for more squad depth and also better ones that go the distance. I'll leave to the screenshots so you can see the damage.

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    Despite our elimination from Europa League we remain in the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup and had chance at the title can we do it..........
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    Annan Season 6 Second Half of Season 2019/2020

    Transfers

    In

    No Transfer arrived at the club in this period

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    Out

    Full Time

    The only full time deal of the window wasn't even a first team player and wasn't considered to be near first team. Grahame Brown who you may remember I had sent on loan to Queen of the South to gain experience. The 17 year old was scouted to be a star Scottish Premiership i didn't see personally he failed make a single start for me. His new home would be Norwich City in the premiership signing on 400k deal breaking the club record. he certain one to watch.
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    Loans

    The first loan deal confirmed was right back Tennai Watson to Mansfield Town. Tennai had found it hard this season under Ruben Aguilar and this was the option due him making 0 appearances. Similar story for the second deal Steven Ruprecht who joined Berwick City for a 3 month deal. The defender was getting older but didn't want to sell him as seen him as safety net.

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    Release

    The dumped four youths out the squad that were really going go very far and felt were chewing up the wage budget Derek Campbell, Kevin Christie, Gordon Easton and Mark Finnie left with immediate.

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    Season


    This is the review of the second half of the season from

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    Scottish League Cup

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    So in the last post we had became the ultimate giant killers by knocking out Rangers and Celtic by using defensive tactics and parking the bus. So in the Semi Final it was obvious we would get another heavyweight in the league Dundee United. Due to injury was missing some major players (Emanuelle Bardelloni and Gary Oliver) so I had to opt for my usual 4-5-1 as oppose to the 5-3-2 and 5-4-1 i had used against Celtic and Rangers. The injury to my main two strikers ment that Stipe Perica was lone striker and prior to this game had only netted 3 times you can see why was concerned but were warriors

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    I'm not going to lie we were absolutely batter by Dundee United but somehow we came out on top with a goal from Scott Lochhead playing against his former club. You only have to look at the stats to see we shouldn't of won 34 shots from Dundee United. Anyways we march on to the final ....that's football...

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    I smiled when I looked to see who my final opponents would be Championship side Hamilton Academical. They were weaker opponents but not to be underestimated. We found ourselves at Hampden Park at Glasgow once again but only 11,500 in attend really shows the size of the teams involved RUDE. This the line-up I chose to play...

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    (4-2-2-2)
    Starting Line-Up
    13 Ederson
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    25 Aaron Muirhead
    6 George Elokobi
    3 Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
    8 Ambroise Begue
    16 Ross Davidson
    18 Abdi Noor
    21 Jack Barmby
    10 Scott Wright
    26 Stipe Perica

    Subs
    1 John Gibson
    22 Micheal Kelly
    19 Martin Samuelsen
    20 Manuel Benson Hedilazio
    5 Miguel Loucenco
    24 Scott Lochhead
    17 Emanuelle Bardelloni

    As you can see I fielded a weaker squad to rest players like Bardelloni, Benson Hedilazio, Loucenco and Samuelsen. I also spotted a former player in Hamilton lineup Scott Allardice who became a star player for so a few year ago for us and tried to renew the loan only him snake us and go to rivals Ross County so hard tackles on him haha

    As finals go this was an absolute bore with the game complete even most way through we did control the second half an eventually we scored 5 minutes from the end Ross Davidson. CHAMPIOOOOOONNNNNSSSSSS

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    Scottish Premiership

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    When I posted last time we were sitting in third position just behind Celtic and Hearts. Our new year didn't start off very well with us losing to Celtic and Inverness CT. After this found form in late January an only record 2 loses putting us into pole position going in the championship group. We dropped points in the first game against Hearts but were able to the next few games back even getting a win over Celtic on the way. All we had to do on the last day was win to confirm us to be a upset champions. We went 1-0 up early through Jack Leitch and had hold on for 50mins which only just managed to do crowning in us CHAMPIONS.......HAHAHA

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    Scottish Cup

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    Our 5th Round draw would see us travel to Station Park against League challengers Forfar a very kind draw. Forfar proved to be no match as right the outset as scored an own goal just 3 minutes in and then found themselves 2-0 down after the just 5 minutes through Scott Wright. The game would stay like this until 78 minute when Stipe Perica would make it three. 5 minutes later Manuel Benson Hedilazio would make it 4 and finally Ashley Young turn back years by making 5-0 Annan.

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    We would get a rare home draw against St Johnstone in the Quarter Final which thought it would help. It didn't really help on the day we got a early lead through Scott Wright again but could not find a 2nd goal whatever. St Johnstone would hit a late equaliser which meant a replay. The replay would cause us a shock as rolled over St Johnstone to be 3-0 on the hour mark (Emanuelle Bardelloni (2) and Caolan Lavery) . St Johnstone would bring it back to 3-2 to leave us all on the edge our seats. .... but we held on semi final bound.

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    The semi final brought us to East Fife who were absolute no match for us we rolled over them 2-0 goals from Stipe Perica and Scott Wright. East Fife didn't even get a shot on target....haha

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    We were back at Hampden Park once again this time we were thrown the top boys in the scene Celtic. We had upset against Celtic before in the League Cup and causing the upset of the century by taking the title off them by a point last day. I knew they would want revenge...

    This the line-up I chose to play...

    Starting Line Up
    4-5-1
    13 Ederson
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    25 Aaron Muirhead
    6 George Elokobi
    3 Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
    19 Martin Samuelsen
    14 Jack Leitch
    4 James Jones
    24 Scott Lochhead
    34 Ashley Young
    26 Stipe Perica
    Subs
    1 John Gibson
    22 Michael Kelly
    18 Abdi Noor
    9 Caolan Lavery
    5 Miguel Loucenco
    21 Jack Barmby
    20 Manuel Benson Hedilazio

    The absent of Emanuelle Bardelloni hurt us and other big players with knocks on the bench. Celtic totally bossed us on the first half going 2-0 and we were unable to get shots away especially Stipe Perica. Even with the swap early in the second half Lavery for Perica we got minimal shots away and picked up a lucky goal off corner from George Elokobi. In all fairness the better team won.

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    Awards


    Player of The Season

    Once again there was one clear winner for this award and this happens to now be his fourth time Emmanuele Bardelloni everybody haha

    14/15 Kenny Mackay
    15/16 Stuart Mccolm
    16/17 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    17/18 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    18/19 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    19/20 Emmanuele Bardelloni

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    Team of the Season

    The Team was as follows

    Starting 11: Ederson, Ruben Aguilar, George Elokobi, Michael Kelly, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, Ross Davidson, Ambroise Begue, Martin Samuelsen, Jack Barmby, Emmanuel Bardelloni, Stipe Perica
    Subs: John Gibson, Miguel Loucenco, Abdi Noor, Manuel Benson Hedilazio, Scott Lochhead, Aaron Muirhead and Scott Wright

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    This was the new all-time team

    Starting 11: Ederson, Ruben Aguilar, Micheal Kelly, Miguel Lourenco, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, Ambroise Begue, Josh Todd, Abdi Noor, Jack Barmby, Emmanuel Bardelloni, David Hopkirk
    Subs: Pierre Antonie Martini, Steven Swinglehurst, Ross Davidson, Scott Wright, Scott Lochhead, Grant Gallagher and Kyle Dempsey

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    Quite a lot changes this year Ederson goes straight into the team dropping Martini to the bench forcing Gibson out. Aguilar goes straight in with Symington dropping out. Lourenco moves up to the first team from Swinglehurst vice versa. This one confused me but Josh Todd returns somehow(wasn't even present in last two I don't know) to all time to replace Kyle Dempsey who drops to bench. The full first team swap Samuelsen replaces Linn. Other changes on the bench include the Gary Oliver, Aswad Thomas and Annan Legend Stuart McColm all leave the team. Ross Davidson and Scott Lochhead take the remaining places.

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  31. Euro 2020

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    So I finally remember to do international tournament post at the right time. This year the Euros has a different approach it will hosted right across Europe rather than one location. In the words of UEFA President Michel Platini the tournament being hosted in several nations is a "romantic" one-off event to celebrate the 60th "birthday" of the European Championship competition. Well.... Welcome to Europe

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    Stadiums

    So in real life the tournament stadiums have been announced and look like this
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    but football manager had other ideas and picked a load of other stadiums haha here they are :
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    Qualifers

    The 24 teams included in this tournament were in order of Fifa Ranking:

    England (2),Spain(3),Italy(4),Germany (7),Croatia(9),Belgium(13), Russia (14),Denmark(16),Portugal(17),France(23),Scotland( 24),Wales(25),Republic of Ireland (26),Serbia(27), Switzerland(28), Romania(31), Holland(38), Sweden(39), Ukraine (40), Czech Republic(41),Hungary(47), Armenia(49), Israel (59), Bosnia (60).

    Favourites: England or Spain (4 years on still favourites)
    Underdogs: Croatia or Belgium (4 years on Croatia and Belgium are both stronger teams might take it)
    Whipping Boys: Israel and Bosnia(Both ranked low lucky for an appearance)
    Shock Non appearance: Poland and Turkey (looking over the ranking no wonder Bosnia are present despite being 60th. There seems to be a group of European teams tucked at the top then all Africa, Asia and Americas all making huge leaps then the rest of Europe 50+ onwards)


    Groups


    Group A: England, Scotland, Ukraine, Israel
    Group B: Italy, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic
    Group C: Switzerland, Romania, Holland, Bosnia
    Group D:Croatia, France, Serbia, Hungary
    Group E:Belgium, Russia, Portugal, Republic of Ireland
    Group F: Spain, Wales, Sweden, Armenia

    Group Stage

    Group A
    England and Scotland that was a recipe for disaster but who came out on top? The shock was that i was Scotland taking the top with England finishing second
    Qualification: Scotland and England
    Group B
    Goal difference would be only difference between Italy, Germany and Denmark in Group B but it would Germany and Denmark that went through
    Qualification: Germany and Denmark
    Group C
    On paper Holland would go through in group easy but yet again they had a terrible tournament meaning Switzerland and Romania would go through.
    Qualification: Switzerland and Romania
    Group D
    Group Favourites Croatia would absolute smash up Group D leaving France to pick up the scraps to claim 2nd
    Qualification: Croatia and France
    Group E
    The group of the death caused some shocks when the Portugal and Republic of Ireland would eliminate the two group favourites Belgium and Russia
    Qualification: Portugal and Republic of Ireland
    Group F
    One of the tournament favourites Spain would qualify easy and Sweden would pip Wales to get through
    Qualification: Spain and Sweden

    The top 4 of the third place teams would go through to make up the numbers that was Ukraine, Italy, Serbia and Belgium

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    Knockout Stages


    To cut to the chase here is the results of the knockout rounds
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    Croatia were shocking eliminated in the Second Round, the rest carried on as normal. One of the favourites Spain were dumped out in the second round by Germany. The favourites England would meet Italy in the final on home ground. The game would be an intense fixture with Raheem Sterling slotting in a winner to win England there first ever European cup

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    Final Thoughts

    Winners: England - Were Favourites being the highest rank and had a tough start but came marvellously
    Overachievers: Denmark - The semi-finalist could very nearly met England in the final
    Overachievers: Italy- Did well to get to the final after their group stage
    Underachievers: Holland- On a downwards spiral hope they can come back
    Underachievers: Russia- Shock eliminated in the first round

    Awards


    This years Dream Team
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    That combination up front though Cristano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck haha Henderson in there again oh god haha Phil Jones even makes in this must of been poor euro cup like haha

    Raheem Sterling wins the best player in the tournament and Danny Welbeck somehow won the golden boot with 5 goals

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    The Year of the England.......

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    Annan Season 7 Pre-Season 2020/21

    You will be glad because of great season last season we went up majorly in the club ranked in Scotland. We now rank 2nd in the Scotland and because we finished 1st in the league we would have chance to be Champions League which gave us a shed load of money to spend on new players. We came a long way from being the worst rated team in the top four leagues.

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    Transfers


    That time again who is in and who is out?

    Out

    I will start with the outs and this year it was like a slaughterhouse

    Release

    There was a lot of releases this year but I started with the senior team which saw Ashley Young, Steven Ruprecht, Lima Perriera, Gary Oliver and Javillio leave. Young had been a good shirt sales bringer but he was age was showing his perform we would retire at 35. Ruprecht was also showing his age and was unable to break into the team and that loan deal didn't really help his chances after his release he would return to German third league with Elversberg. Lima Perriera really just arrived at the club at the wrong time was unable to break into the team and this effected his perform we would join Boavista. Gary Oliver was a brilliant player in the championship with 12 goals in 30 games but premiership he was not the same player only managing 7 goals in 33 games. Javillio was a player I was happy to see the back of he just never really looked right at the club always injured never played well and was replaced by younger players. It looked to me that there was a curse on the No 7 shirt as every player so far that wore would not fair well...apart from Symington he played well but not Garban and Javillio.

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    I don't what was going on at the youth academy but for some reason I had 61 players registered that was soon to change as I terminate 33 players contract and left the ones that I thought I could use. The players that got the chop were and where they went... Jamie Bowman (Southport Under 21s), Scott Murphy, Derek Campbell, Scott Wallace(Brora Rangers), Chris Gray, Jay Findlay(Stranraer), Ryan McLaughlin( Queen of the South),Gordon Paterson (Gala Fairydean Rovers), Willie McMillian (Ayr), Kevin Harvey (Dalbeattie Star), Martin Ross(East Stirlingshire), Kieran Naismith(Arbroath), Jamie Brown (Stirling),Andrew Maxwell, (Unattached),Ross Mackay, Andrew Black, Cammy Dillon, Marc Jackson, Scott Archibald, Steven Campbell, Andrew Muirhead, Shaw Harrop, David Bell, Neil Anderson, Grant Mckay, Craig Welsh, Chris Miller, Barry Ross, Gavin Murphy, George McDonald, Martyn Carter, Scott Horne, Lee Campbell(Retired)

    Congratulations if you read all that haha gold star for you. Was just to show that my players were moving to League 1 and 2 clubs so i may meet them in the cups.

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    Full Time

    Due to our huge improve the ratings making us a top club in Scotland many players had interest from clubs. The First to leave was Scott Lochhead who had enjoyed three great seasons at the galabank but with big names coming in and sold him for 40K to Ross County making 10K profit on him. He would be there new vice captain.
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    Second player to leave was Caolan Lavery who had only been the club for a year but that was wanted for a gap filled. So when Raith offered me 100K for 50k priced player I took it haha

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    I learned a valuable lesson about watching the release clause when my 5M rated right winger Martin Samuelsen had release clause triggered for 1.6M by Huddersfield(Now Premier League). At least I still got a profit.

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    Next to leave would Miguel Lourenco joining St Gallen of Switzerland when they offered 57K for him. He had peaked in his career and was on the way down.

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    Tennai Watson would rejoin the League 2 after spending the season with Mansfield. Barnet came in with 1K deal to secure the right back.

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    Nearing the end of the window out of nowhere Raith offered 300K for defensive mid Jack Leitch which I felt I just add to sign because the player was only just rated under 200K

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    The full time deal was one that myself and fans didn't want to see happen. During the last season Emanuele Bardelloni expressed that he wanted to leave the club and in this window tempted flared and he announced he wanted to leave. I had proposed this for 2 seasons but I felt this time i had to let him go so a deal was agreed by Qatar's Side Al Jaish for 800K. Ladies and gentleman the king had left the building......
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    Loans

    Two players would join clubs on the first being Diego De Girolamo who would start his third season on loan at Raith. I just felt he wasn't quite there maybe next season. The second was Scott Wright who had a poor season last season only make 3 appearances but yet would come into my office and demand I play him upfront from now on. Obviously his approach didn't go well as I kicked his ass down to East Fife again. Don't cross me
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    In

    Full Time

    The first deal that came was 27 year old French Left Back Rosario Latouchent from Raith Rovers. With Lavery, Leitch and De Girolamo all joining Raith in return they accepted a cheeky 100k for a player rated at 1.5M haha.

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    I was then rob Verona for a 850K double deal of Richmond Boakye and Giuseppe Bellusci. 28 year old Richmond Boakye would make 550K of the deal he had played up front for the like Juventus, Genoa( Stupidly good in this save) and Verona. The 300K was for Bellusci who had been a rock at the back for Verona.

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    I found my new No 7 and striker covered in Marco Sau. The 33 year old was high rated from playing upfront for Udinese and Cagliari. He arrived on a free deal.

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    I signed Dutch centre Sandy Walsh on a free deal from Genk. The 26 year old had played for Anderlecht aswell.

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    Deadline day seen me complete two deals Jonathan Rivierez and Abdul Osman. Rivierez was 31 year old French man who played in Ligue 1 all season. I signed Osman as a midfield cover the 34 year had experience in England and Scotland

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    The Team

    After all of the in and out the final team looked like this

    GK: John Gibson, Ederson
    RB: Ruben Aguilar, Jonathan Rivierez
    LB: Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo, Rosario Latouchent
    CB: Micheal Kelly, Aaron Muirhead, George Elokobi, Giuseppe Bellusci, Sandy Walsh
    CM: Ambroise Begue, Ross Davidson, James Jones, Abdul Osman
    RM: Abdi Noor,
    LM: Manuel Benson Hedilazio,
    ST: Stipe Perica, Richmond Boakye, Marco Sau

    *Diego De Girolamo is on loan at Raith
    *Scott Wright is on loan at East Fife

    Strongest Line Up
    ( 4-5-1 ) with a AMR/L : Ederson, Aguilar, Elokobi, Bellusci, Boli Bolingoli Mbombo, Jones, Begue, Davidson, Noor, Benson Hedilazio, Boakye
    Subs: Gibson, Latouchent, Kelly, Rivierez , Osman, Perica, Sau

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    Youth Prospects

    This year I had few players that I wanted to introduce into the first team a few times Jamie Sutherland, Jamie Boyle and Paul Shields

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    Squad Numbers

    1 John Gibson
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    3 Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo
    4 James Jones
    5 Giuseppe Bellusci
    6 George Elokobi
    7 Marco Sau
    8 Ambroise Begue
    9 Richmond Boakye
    10 Scott Wright
    11 Abdul Osman
    12 Jonathan Rivierez
    13 Ederson
    14 Sandy Walsh
    16 Ross Davidson
    18 Abdi Noor
    20 Manuel Benson Hedilazio
    21 Jack Barmby
    22 Michael Kelly
    24 Scott Lochhead
    25 Aaron Muirhead
    26 Stipe Perica
    27 Rosario Latouchent
    40 Jamie Sutherland
    45 Jamie Boyle
    46 Paul Shields
    51 Chris Forest
    69 Jimmy MacGregor
    82 Paul Wood
    84 Alan Brown

    Pre-Season

    Tour

    As the team was getting a better reputation for itself and a lot money came in this season I decided to take to the team on tour to Croatia. We would play fur games against GNK Dinamo, NK Zagreb, HNK Rjeka and NK Umag. The tour would start off slow with losing 5-2 then drawing 2-2 but would came back to win the last two games with Stipe Perica being the stand man.

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    Other Games

    The remaining three games would see us play Rio Ave, Juventus and Newcastle. Marco Sau would somehow helps get past Rio Ave. We held our own against Juventus and were unlucky against
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    Annan Season 7 First Half 2020/2021

    After our fairy tale finish last season its time to prove we are not one hit wonders and conquer Celtic again. We have a chance at Champions League football this season as we enter at the qualifying round.

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    I'll start with the easier trophy to write we start our journey in this cup against Queen's Park at Hampden Park. I did field a weaker team for this game even giving younger Jamie Sutherland a full game. Despite some the key players not playing we dominate only allowing Queens Park to have 1 shot. we cruised pass them with a 2-0 win courtesy of Stipe Perica and Richmond Boakye.

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    The Quarter Final pitted us against some familiar faces at Raith but only Caolan Lavery would feature with De Girolamo unable to play and Jack Leitch watching from the stands with an injury. The game almost went Raith way when they took a 1-0 lead but Marco Sau would sent it to pens 1-1. Pens would go like this

    Annan-Muirhead scores 1-0
    Raith- Wood miss 1-0
    Annan- Boakye scores 2-0
    Raith- Lavery scores 2-1
    Annan- Benson Hedilazio scores 3-1
    Raith- Carrick scores 3-2
    Annan- Noor scores 4-2
    Raith- Vinciguerra scores 4-3
    Annan- Sau misses 4-3
    Raith- McHattie scores 4-4
    Annan- Perica misses 4-4
    Raith- Morris misses 4-4
    Annan- Begue scores 5-4
    Raith-Hay scores 5-5
    Annan- Aguilar misses 5-5
    Raith- Moffat misses 5-5
    Annan- Davidson scores 6-5
    Raith - McNeil scores 6-6
    Annan- Latouchent scores 7-6
    Raith- Abraham scores 7-7
    Annan- Gibson scores 8-7
    Raith- McGovern scores 8-8
    Annan- Muirhead scores 9-8
    Raith- Wood misses 9-8

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    Scottish Cup
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    We started off in the 4th Round of the Scottish Cup against Dundee and to be honest it didn't go the way we expected. Dundee took a early lead through Cammy Smith but in the second half we were able to pull it back and hold on for a replay. The replay was the complete opposite with my Verona Bellusci and Boakye getting the job done. Boakye was quietly establishing himself with 10 goals already. Dundee would get one back but a 2-1 win.

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    Scottish Premiership

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    It was anybody game at this stage Celtic were sitting pretty at the top with Dundee United and us breathing down there neck. St Mirren did have a look in but it looks unlikely. Who will it be Celtic, Dundee United, Annan or possibly St Mirren.

    Champions League


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    Qualifers

    We would start our Champions League campaign in Qualifying Round 3 against Israeli Side Maccabi Haifa who are their league current champions.

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    The first leg was a very even match both teams trying to figure each other out but we came away with a crucial 1-0 win at home thanks to Boli-Bolingoli.

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    The second leg had everyone on the edge of there seats. Haifa took lead make 1-1 on aggregate. Richmond Boakye would quickly equal the scoring with a penalty 1-1(2-1 agg). The game would take a turn worst when Ederson scored an own goal and then Haifa's Tom Bain gave them a 3-1 lead meaning they were winning and going through. The final minute rolled by and got a free kick on the edge of the box. With every in the box out of nowhere at back up rises Giuseppe Bellusci to head us through to the next round

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    Our playoff draw saw us play Olympiakos who were Greek Superliga winner 9 years straight so no pressure.

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    The First leg started the same as the last round with Boli-Bolingoli gving us the lead but this time we would Olympiakos would hit an equaliser meaning it was 1-1. The shots difference showed the quality and accuracy of both teams

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    Olympiakos carried on their torture in the second but it would be us taking the early lead through Richmond Boakye but with 9 minutes to go Olympiakos scoring taking to extra time which was uneventful. Despite having 38 shots Olympiakos totally messed up the penalty shootout losing 4-1. results looked like this

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    Annan - Muirhead scores 2-0
    Olympiakos- Suarez scores 2-1
    Annan - Sau scores 3-1
    Olympiakos- Puel Misses 3-1
    Annan- Begue scores 4-1

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    Group Stages


    I was drew into Group D which was a difficult group it was clear we were the extreme underdogs in this group. It consists of Billionaires AS Monaco who had recently overturn PSG for the French Title, Liverpool who had finally cemented themselves as top four team again with major spending and Sparta Prague who were the current Czech champions.

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    We started off well and even got a win thanks to a late penalty against Sparta Prague. We would quickly be cut back down to size by AS Monaco and Liverpool brushing us aside easy. Luck would be on our side in second meeting with Monaco with them having missing we were able to get a late equaliser to steal a point. Sparta Prague would get revenge by beating us on the second meet 2-1. Our chances of qualifying for the knockouts were very slim but we still had chance at Europa League football if we could get 3rd position and results went our way. It was slight scare when Sparta Prague were winning but Monaco comeback sealed our place in the Europa.
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  34. Hi guys,
    Won't be posting for a couple days guys because I'm on holiday but this doesn't mean it is the end of the story I will post more when I'm back. In the mean time lets know what you think the story as I've broke 3,000 views I don't know you if are maybe one-off visitors or frequent readers let me know. Also I am decent way into save about 14 years (7-8 Years written on here) so the database has changed lots. If you want me to review any competitions, countries, players or maybe even your favourite team I'll be happy to let you know.
    Davestan94

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    Annan Season 7 Second Half 2020/2021

    The first half of the season left us with quite a rollercoaster seeing make through to the Semi Finals of the League Cup with massive penalty shootout, cruised through the Scottish Cup thanks to Boakye, eliminated from the champions league to then be pitted in Europa League and once again be put right in the middle of battle with Celtic and Dundee United. But Trophies are in sight and my warriors are ready.....

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    Transfers

    In

    There was two incoming deals in the January transfer window the first was 32 year old Striker Billy McKay who would become my new striker for reason to be explained. I signed the Northern Irish man on a 84K deal from Birmingham now a League 1 side. We would wear the No 19 shirt

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    The second deal will be quite a surprise we had George Elokobi and Ashley Young but the signing would be OH NACER NACER CHADLI. The 31 year old Belgian left Spurs for relegated Southampton 2 years prior to then help become a prem side again to reward with a release ha rude. Anyways he signs on a free to become our new No 22.

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    Out

    The deal going out would was Stipe Perica who I wanted to keep as my No 2 Striker but with only 3 goals so far i sent him out to Dinamo Zagreb in his homeland to try relight the fire which lead to the Mckay signing. hopeful next year when Wright, Perica and De Girolamo come back and deliver the goods

    Season


    Scottish League Cup

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    The Semi Final saw us once again travel to..... Hampden Park to face Rangers. We took the lead after 10 minutes through new signing Billy McKay only for Jordan White to score both sides of half time giving Rangers a 2-1 lead. Once again the big man at the back Giuseppe Bellusci would head in a equaliser to take it to extra time. The extra time would uneventful until the 118 minute where Luigi Falcone would give Rangers what looked to be a winner. This was not the case with the last touch of the ball the man opened to game kept it a live by taking it to pens. we ablosute rolled over them on pens winning 5-3 Jones, Sau, Mckay, Benson Hedilazio and Begue all looked unfazed

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    Hampden Park would be our final venue against our enemy Celtic once again. Unforunatly my team was absolutely riddled with injurys meaning I was missing Boakye, Begue, Davidson, Boli-Bolingoli Mbombo, Elokobi and Latouchment damn to make it worst i had to start Benson Hedilazio on the bench with a slight injury. This was the starting lineup:

    4-5-1 (Flat five)
    Starting Line up
    13 Ederson
    25 Aaron Muirhead
    5 Giuseppe Bellusci
    14 Sandy Walsh
    48 Jamie Robson (Debut)
    46 Paul Shields (Debut)
    4 James Jones
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    47 Kevin Scott (Debut)
    22 Nacer Chadli
    45 Jamie Boyle (Debut)
    Subs
    1 John Gibson
    40 Jamie Sutherland
    20 Manuel Benson Hedilazio
    10 Scott Wright
    41 Andrew Donelly (Debut)
    15 Micheal Kelly

    As you can see not the best line-up and to be honest i was expecting a runners up medal I took my place on the bench and watched the 15 minutes of play Celtic pressing on hard at this point we had only one shot from 50 yards. We got a luck corner it put in James Jones right onto the head of 18 year old Kevin Scott who gives us a shocking 1-0 lead. The reaction is of surely disbelief I jump knocking my tea everywhere celebrating. After game was just pure defence as we held back Celtic barrage of shots and injury to Giuseppe Bellusci didn't help but brought on Manuel Benson Hedilazio. Then 10 minutes from the end the unthinkable happens another youngest Matty Robson produces a peach of throwing to Manuel Benson Hedilazio who catches it on a volley to give a 2-0 win and gifting us another cup win. Who says you cant win anything with kids.

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    Europa League

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    We would enter the Europa League at the Knockout Stage where drew Belgian Championship Anderlecht who had the same path into the tournament as us fair game.
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    Fair game it was not Anderlecht leading early in the first half only for Billy Mckay to 5 minutes of madness scoring 2 to give us a first leg win Boom.
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    The second leg was a very boring we just sat back and defend to the 48 minute when Boli Bolingoli would score and we defended again 1-0 win 3-1 agg.
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    The next round would see us play Sampdoria who are back to back runners up in Serie A to Juventus. Some very notable lining for them as Andre Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Vito Mannone.
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    The First leg entered a bore draw with no team really looking like a getting a winner too much to lose. literally the highlights we two kickoffs, one shot and a tackle from Iniesta.
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    The second leg was much the same but with one difference a huge mistake by Billy McKay in 70 minute would end our tournament when his clearance off the line would smash against Ederson flying back into our own goal.
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    Scottish Premiership

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    After last years success we were determine to not be a one hit wonder and it took us to the last day to do it again beating Celtic by 1 point. The last few games in the Champions group were the game changer if they weren't play Celtic would be champions but that makes us back to back champions yesh...

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    Scottish Cup

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    We re-join this completion at the 5th Round stage where we play Falkirk and fielded a weaker team thinking this was easy game not the case. Falkirk had answer for everything we through even going 3-2 at one point we were saved by a late Abdul Osman goal.
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    Another Replay...... We battered Falkirk in the return fixture but it took 2 extra time goals from Richmond Boakye to cement it
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    Motherwell would be our Quarter Final opponents and the game would have really three talking points the early goal from Motherwell for them to then disappear. Boakye and Mckay would grab one each before the 30 minute mark. Before Motherwell would turn up to send it to a Replay.
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    The Replay would play out exactly the same as the first except Boakye grabbed both goals. The game ended up going to penalties which win eased over with 5-4 win with Boakye, Begue, Sau, Kelly and Elokobi all scoring.
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    This completion seems to have pattern here as our semi final with Hearts ended in yet another draw. Richmond Boakye showed that he was determined to fill Emanuelle Bardelloni when he converted he 24th goal early but Hearts would equal it up later. The game did get quite nasty times tackles flying in and extra time Calum Paterson was gave marching order for Hearts and we also went into the pens with 10 men due a James Jones injury. This round there was no replays straight to the pens

    Annan - Richmond Boakye scores 1-0
    Hearts- Paulo Hernan Hinostroza scores 1-1
    Annan - Abdi Noor scores 2-1
    Hearts- Jamie Walker scores 2-2
    Annan - Ambroise Begue scores 3-2
    Hearts- Gary Riley scores 3-3
    Annan - Manuel Benson Hedilazio scores 4-3
    Hearts- Miguel Pallardo scores 4-4
    Annan - Micheal Kelly scores 5-4
    Hearts- Mark Connelly scores 5-5
    Annan - Ross Davidson scores 6-5
    Hearts- Vojno Jesic scores 6-6
    Annan - Ruben Aguilar scores 7-6
    Hearts- Ivan Djordjevic scores 7-7
    Annan - Giuseppe Bellusci scores 8-7
    Hearts- Declan Johns scores 8-8
    Annan - Rosario Latouchent scores 9-8
    Hearts- James MacDonald scores 9-9
    Annan- Ederson scores 10-9
    Hearts- Soufan El Hassnaoui scores 10-10
    Annan- Richmond Boakye scores 11-10
    Hearts- Paulo Hernan Hinostroza scores 11-11
    Annan - Abdi Noor scores 12-11
    Hearts- Jamie Walker scores 12-12
    Annan - Ambroise Begue scores 13-12
    Hearts- Gary Riley scores 13-13
    Annan - Manuel Benson Hedilazio scores 14-13
    Hearts- Miguel Pallardo scores 14-14
    Annan - Micheal Kelly scores 15-14
    Hearts- Mark Connelly shot is saved 15-14

    It took 30 penalty would were there in the final once again haha

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    Hampden Park was becoming abit like a second home to us as this time we met Inverness in the final and should be a easy game for us. Inverness were in the relegation scrap this year and it showed as we were able to run circles round with simple plays Manuel Benson Hedilazio and Ambroise Begue would to give a comfortable tow goal cushion to sit on. Inverness would hit back but we were too comfortable

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    Awards

    Player of The Season

    For the first time in four years we have a new Player of the season Richmond Boakye who in his first season with Annan beat Emmanuel Bardelloni record of 26 goals in a season with a cool 29 well deserved. What a partnership it could of been but they did play two games together but its not enough.

    14/15 Kenny Mackay
    15/16 Stuart Mccolm
    16/17 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    17/18 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    18/19 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    19/20 Emmanuele Bardelloni
    20-21 Richmond Boakye

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    Team of Season


    The team of the season raised a few eyebrows as it stayed as 4-4-2 rather than the 5-4-1 and 4-5-1 I'd played more commonly.

    Starting 11: Ederson, Aguilar, Bellusci, Kelly, Bolingoli-Mbombo, Begue, Jones, Noor, Benson Hedilazio, Boakye, Perica
    Subs: Gibson, Elokobi, Davidson, Barmby, McKay, Muirhead and Sau

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    Was very surprising that Perica made the first squad and the likes of Elokobi and Davidson were on the bench

    All time:

    Starting 11: Ederson, Aguilar, Swinglehurst, Kelly, Bolingoli-Mbombo, Begue, Davidson, Noor, Barmby, Bardelloni, Hopkirk
    Subs: Martini, Loucenco, Todd, Wright, Lochhead, Muirhead and Benson Hedilazio

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    Steven Swinglehust and Miguel Loucenco switched places even though neither weren't at the club dunno! Davidson and Todd also switch places. On the bench Murihead and Benson Hedilazio replace Dempsey and Gallagher. No place for new boy Boakye tho!

    I was considering leaving Annan after this season and move on but two bombs were dropped that made me stay. Firstly we were ranked 2nd by Celtic even we had surpassed them two seasons in row. But the really game changer was that board announced a new 19,000 Stadium to be built and I'm to do all this work not to see.

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    The Concept of what the new stadium may look like even though this may be Botev Plovdiv's

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    Annan Season 8 Pre-Season 2021-2022

    I'm Back haha I continued into my 8th Season at Annan currently standing as the reigning Champions, Scottish and Scottish League holders. Now that I'm staying to see the new stadium i want to achieve two things before I leave. I had improved Annan hugely both Reputation and Financial. I wanted to finally take that top spot off Celtic and tp make us a more dominate focus in Europe. Lets do this.....

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    Also I forgot to mention at the end of last season The Tank of George Elokobi announced he would hang up his boots and look into management Cheers George.

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    Transfers

    Out

    Releases

    The transfer period didn't start off well as Scott Wright immediate arrived back and there was trouble he was unhappy and decided to renew his contract he left to join Livingston on a free transfer. This saga ended quite badly for player who touted to be huge in the league. The second player to leave was Abdul Osman who was really just a another gap filler and was a big loss to club. The final player leave on a free was John Gibson who had played a vital part in securing our place in the Premiership. The past few years seen him dropped to bench but still played a big part in tutoring the players. He joined Hamilton on free All the best Big John haha

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    Permanent

    Early into the window I was give a offer and left me thinking should I or shouldn't I. Dinamo Zagreb had took Stipe Perica on loan last season and they obvious liked him because they bounced in with an offer of 150K which was later pushed up to 155K to take him. I decided to cut my losses and let him leave because i couldn't see any consistency in him. The next to leave was Sandy Walsh who had a quick pass through only getting 7 appearances before leaving for Kilmarnock for 65K. The final permanent deal was Marco Sau leaving Krasnodar for 120K. He was obviously a good player in his time but he had peaked and was unable to break the No 7 Curse.

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    Loan

    Another loan deal for Kevin Scott heading to East Stirlingshire instead of Brora Rangers. The other deal saw Jamie Sutherland join Morton on loan. Sutherland was the player i was banking on to be big but he was 1 or 2 season away watch out for him.

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    In

    The first deal that was made final was Serbian 30 year old Marko Scepovic on a free transfer from Olympiakos. He actually played against us for them last year and very nearly dumped us out I think he'll do well.

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    Next secured a huge 910K double deal from St Mirren for Mark Durnan and Zander Clark. 725K for Mark Durnan who I signed to meet the homegrown requirements but a good fit for my defense. Zander Clark the 185K part of the deal just a expensive 2nd keeper buy as no other would sign.

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    We signed 26 year old Polish Winger Mariusz Stepinski on free from Standard Liege. The player also doubles up as striker that can get goals and looks like he can be a good No 10.

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    The next signing Aaron Doran was no stranger to the top division after in both England and Scotland for Blackburn, Inverness and Dundee United. For 245K deal seemed quite good for a experience midfielder.

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    The Final deal was a big one I handed out 1 Million exactly for Congolese Tristian Muyumba Nkita from Anderlecht. He played against before in the Europa League but he was going be the anchor in the midfielder and the one to break the No 7 curse.

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    The Final Squad


    GK: Ederson, Zander Clark
    RB: Ruben Aguilar, Jonathan Rivierez
    LB: Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo, Rosario Latouchent
    CB: Micheal Kelly, Aaron Muirhead, Giuseppe Bellusci, Mark Durnan
    CM: Ambroise Begue, Ross Davidson, James Jones, Tristian Muyumba Nkita, Aaron Doran
    RM: Abdi Noor, Mariusz Stepinski
    LM: Manuel Benson Hedilazio, Nacer Chadli
    ST: Richmond Boakye, Diego De Girolamo, Marko Scepovic, Billy McKay

    Squad Numbers

    1 Zander Clark
    2 Ruben Aguilar
    3 Boli Bolingoli -Mbombo
    4 James Jones
    5 Giuseppe Bellusci
    6 Mark Durnan
    7 Tristian Muyumba Nkita
    8 Ambroise Begue
    9 Richmond Boakye
    10 Mariusz Stepinski
    11 Aaron Doran
    12 Jonathan Rivierez
    13 Ederson
    15 Michael Kelly
    16 Ross Davidson
    18 Abdi Noor
    19 Billy McKay
    20 Manuel Benson Hedilazio
    21 Nacer Chadli
    25 Aaron Muirhead
    27 Rosario Latouchent
    44 Marko Scepovic
    45 Diego De Girolamo

    Tour

    This year we would take our tour of 4 games to Japan to play Kyoto Mantis, Mazda SC, Osaka AC and Riseisha FC. The first two games made the tour look like it shouldn't happened as we were awful resulting in 2 0-0 draws. The third game would end in 4-4 draw after we came from 3-0 down to be 4-3 up before a late goal. The final game was best by us by far winning 5-0. Boakye, Noor and Benson Hedilazio were the standout guys.

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    Friendies


    We played 3 friendlies against Belgian sides Tubize, Antwerp and Italian side Livorno. These friendies didn't end well ending with a 0-0 draw then 2-1 and 3-1 losses.

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    Hopeful the regular season will be better than Pre-Season.
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