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London City FC - A City On The Rise

  1. Great month.
    The finishing line is in sight.
    Do you have to play Chelmsford?
    Are the club prepared for permanent contracts?
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  2. We do indeed Tracz, weirdly its our final game of the season, not yet but hoping promotion this year the board may allow us to go professional.
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    London City FC - April 2020

    Here it goes then, capping off our best ever season to date. Its taken four years so far to see some real progress but we're on the verge of making that step now. The final month of the league season was here, April 2020 and we've got six league matches to play to end the season. Trailing league leaders Chelmsford by a single point, it could be decided on the final day when the two clubs go head to head. Our forms been up and down to date the last couple months, but here goes nothing...

    Is that title winning form just two wins from our final six league games along with three defeats and a draw on the final day of the season with our top of the table rivals and current league leaders Chelmsford. We kicked off the month with a one nil win against Bromley, Browne netting for us. But two defeats slipped into our run, losing two nil at home against Canvey Island and three two away at Tonbridge. We bounced back with a two nil win against Met. Police, Hassall and Cheema netting inside thirty five minutes. But ending the season with two home games and winning neither, a two nil defeat against Whitehawk before a two all draw against Chelmsford...

    CHAMPIONS!!!! on the final day of the season! Oh the scenes at Wembley when this result was confirmed. We welcomed Chelmsford leading them on goal difference, winner takes it all, i set up for a draw. Hassall got us off to the perfect start, netting after half an hour. With thirty minutes remaining, Chelmsford leveled before Hassall fired us in the lead against with seventeen minutes remaining. But Chelmsford made it a nervy ending as they struck four minutes from time, throwing everyone forward, but we held out.

    And so there it is, our first major step forward on this career as we are crowned Vanarama National South league champions fourth time of asking. We played forty two league games this season with us picking up twenty one wins, ten draws and eleven defeats over the season, massing up seventy three points, smashing our previous best points tally of fifty nine last season. We also finished on a solid plus twenty goal difference, that handing us the title.

    One man we owe our season to, not myself as manager, but this twenty one year old striker who has bettered himself in his second season in charge. He was the top scorer in the league last year and has been crowned top scorer again this year, upon that he was also named player of the season and broke the 'league goals per season' record for the competition, netting thirty five goals in forty two league games.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2020
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  3. Nice story and very quick updates,following for sure
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  4. That was close! But well done mate
    Good luck for next season.
    Do you think you'll be able to hold on to hassall? Any clubs interested?
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  5. Massive congratulations on getting London City promoted to the National League after a superb season.
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  6. Great read mate and well done ! Reading this has made me thinking about coming out of story mode retirement ! Keep up the great work
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  7. Thanks FMAddict

    It was close indeed Tracz, still don't know how it ended with first vs second to finish the season but it happened. No one is interested in Hassall yet luckily.

    Thanks Shedender

    Thanks SVB, hopefully you do come back to writing.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2020

    Following on from last seasons quite tremendous season, not quite sure where it came from, but we had finally got out of the bottom division in English football and are now just one step away from whats known as 'league football' as we sat in the Vanarama National League. A busy summer rebuilding a squad to be competitive in the league, again tipped for heavy relegation, it'll be tough for us, back to seeing more red dots than green ones this season I imagine.

    As always with the start of the summer, any relevant news that has come out of the summer letterbox. I was named manager of the year with a fifty percent win ratio for the season. It didn't come much as a surprise as I was named manager of the year. The board have upped their expectations of the cup competitions, expecting us to reach the FA Cup First Round and FA Trophy Second round. Despite us doing better in the league last year with the early exits. Talking about leagues, they want us to attempt to avoid relegation, I only hope we can! And finally, we have a parent club! Finally the board found me a senior affiliate club as we are linked with League One side Bradford City.

    Our financial situation at the club is bleak so we're now letting players go who are eating into our wage budget so a lot of free transfers this summer. We've also bought in a host of new faces mainly on free transfers, with two late loan additions from Bradford City now being our parent club we can make the use of league one players who are available to come to us.

    Squad ratings don't look great, we do have a fair bit of cover in each position as we do still have quite a large squad. I'm hoping its a squad we can rotate regularly and continue to pick up points on a regular basis. It'll be tough with this squad but we have picked up a strong keeper this year, his stats shown below.

    Our new number one that came in this summer, a great upgrade from Gooch who will still feature as I feel he has a bright future to at the club.

    And whilst we're looking at player profiles, here is the phenomenal young free scoring George Hassall. As you can see, his stats aren't great, as you'd imagine for a player in the basement tiers of English football, but he does the business up top.

    And finally, our pre season on the pitch, wasn't too pleasing but with the revolving door of the transfer market we've seen a lot of players come and go and expect them to take a little bit of time to get use to playing with each other and into my tactics.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2020
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  8. London City FC - August 2020

    Following a surprising season last year around and a busy summer building the squad back up this year, I felt it was harsh this pre season when we were placed at 750-1 to win the league this year around. Admittedly I don't think we'll win it or even earn promotion, but I feel we're better than what they're pricing us at.

    Well well well, what a start to our league season, four wins from our opening six games and two defeats which we could of got at least a point from in each as well. We began the season against York at home, beating them two one with centre midfielder Bradley Ede netting both goals. Annoyingly we lost against fellow promoted side this summer Welling one nil, the game could of gone either way. We returned to strong form with three wins on the bounce and two clean sheets as we beat Torquay two nil, Hassall brace, Dartford three nil with Ede netting his third of the season and a brace for summer signing Pooni. We then made it three wins on the bounce beating Morecambe five one a quite simply amazing result. Browne and Pooni netting one each Hassall netting his first hatrick of the year, two from the penalty spot. Finally we narrowly lost against AFC Telford one nil, a very even game.

    We're shocking the pack once again this season, flying high up in second place following four wins from our opening six games. We obviously won't stay up there but its good to have started the season so strongly. Also good to see Hassall netting five goals in his opening six games, the step up in the league hasn't changed his confidence or ability.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2020
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  9. What a start!!! Fingers crossed its a sign of things to come, but i think it will be tough.
    Mid table would be a huge achievement this season.
    Still part-time i guess?
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  10. Its a surprising start Tracz, long way to go though. Mid table would be a great achievement I just want to aim to beat the drop though. We are part time still, the board wouldn't go professional this year.
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    London City FC - September 2020

    What a start to the season we had made, a newly promoted side sitting second place after the opening six games. We've shocked everyone the way we've started this game but we won't get carried away, we're expected to fight against relegation this year and that'll be what I continue to aim for this season. Five more matches this month, including one against AFC Fylde, where we could really see how strong we are.

    Perfect, now a fully qualified manager having bagged by Continental Pro Licence, the last one in the ladder to becoming the best manager down in the depths of the English leagues. Now all I've got to do is pull London City FC up the ranks and into the top leagues. A long way to go though.

    Well our form isn't really slipping up just yet thats for sure, we picked up another three wins throughout September, losing twice. We beat Newport Co to kick off the month, thanks to our man in form Hassall netting in injury time. Then a top of the table clash saw us lose out three two against AFC Fylde, we conceded in the final few seconds after a brace from Hassall It was the same story against Brantree, a last minute goal saw them take the points. We ended September strong though as we returned home, winning two one against Dag and Redbridge before beating Halifax four one, Pooni netting all four of our goals.

    What is this all about, we're top of the Vanarama National League after eleven games in our first season in the division. Unreal stuff, we're only top on goal difference mind with Havant and Waterlooville and Barnet also on twenty one points with us. We're currently eleven points from the drop zone so its a good gap to have early on as we maintain to aim for safety this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2020
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  11. At first i wanted to wish you luck to stay up,but good luck to back to back promotions,i see this is a possibility!
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  12. I think its more of a lucky start than back to back promotions FMAddict, but thank you.
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    London City FC - October 2020

    Following our continued good start to the season, scrap that, great start to the season even, we sat top of the pile in the Vanarama National League after eleven league games after promotion last season it was very unlikely we'd stay there. But with a long way to go this season we'll just have to see what happens over the next couple of months, sure it'll be excisting again.

    Here comes the form I was expecting this season. Three defeats, two draws and two wins in a busy seven game month but it wasn't all that bad. Both Barnet and Notts Co are going to be knocking on the door for promotion this season so expectedly we lost out to them, three nil and one nil respectively. We bounce back against Kidderminster as we won three nil at home, Pooni, Hassall and Browne netting for us. We've advanced to the first round of the FA Cup as we beat Aveley four two in the Fourth Qualifying Round. Hassall netting a brace with Cheema and Pooni also on target. Two draws back to back in the league with a one all against Gateshead, after taking the lead from a Hassall spot kick seven minutes from time we conceded in injury time to let slip the three points. Then a goalless dull nil nil with Dover. Ending the month with a one nil defeat against Tranmere.

    We're starting to slip down the league table, as expected though I never thought we'd be this high. We're seventeen league games into the forty six game season and are currently up in seventh place with twenty six points on the board already and are level with Dag and Red ahead of us and York behind us. The table is still tight, another good month could see us rocket up the league or a bad month could see us slide right down the table.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2020
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  13. London City FC - November 2020

    The slip ups were beginning to show following last months performances on the pitch and unfortunately that was to be expected. Now things would get tougher for us as we fight for safety in the league despite being well above the drop zone yet. Our FA Cup journey was in progress too. Obviously our league form is the priority at this moment in time.

    A heavy but expected defeat in the FA Cup First Round as we traveled to League Two side Rochdale. We played well but it was unfortunate the scoreline was so heavy come the end, Hassall netted our goal. Back to league action we grabbed a point away at Aldershot, Lewis with our leveler before Pooni netted against Havant & Waterloovile to secure all three points. A fourth away game on the bounce saw us lose one nil against Nuneaton before surprising the league leaders Forest Green with a three nil win. Massey netting and two from Pooni to end the month in sensational style.

    And so we're back up among the playoff spots with us sitting in third place after twenty one league games. So far we've amassed thirty three points which sees us only eight points off the drop zone which is currently occupied by Dartford, Welling, Dover and Jermaine Defoes Torquay side struggling rock bottom. Safety is looking good, but it shows how tight the league table is early on.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2020
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  14. Well done mate! Great to see the progression, shouldn't be long before your second promotion.

    Keep it up.
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  15. Not abad first half of the season mate.
    Keep it up. Fingers crossed for play-off place.
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  16. Thanks again Tracz, its been a better season than I expected to date.
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    London City FC - December 2020

    We recovered somewhat last month to head into the final month of whats been a sensational calendar year up in the playoffs of the Vanarama National League. We've been superb over the last twelve months, obviously winning the Vanarama National League South last season and now up there in the mix this year some how. If results went our way this month, for a second season running we could be top at Christmas and top on New Years day, but lets see how it unfolds.

    Few draws slipping into our form, but an unbeaten month in the league so we can't grumble at that and we were dismissed from the FA Trophy, but first. We started the month at home against Wrexham where a Pooni goal was enough to earn us a point before traveling to Harrogate and taking all three, Hassall netting an eightieth minute penalty. Struggling league opponents Dartford knocked us out the FA Trophy first round, a round earlier than the board expected us to reach, but the competition isn't a priority for me, although I would like to win it before we move on at some stage. Two more draws came, firstly away to York coming from two nil down to draw two a piece with Pooni and Lewis netting second half goals then a dull nil nil draw with Welling before ending the month beating Jermain Defoes Torquay two nil away from home.

    Well, no more losses in the league this month has seen us rise up to second and head into the New Year with us chasing Notts Co at the top of the pile. We are six points behind them and they do have a game in hand, its certainly their league title to lose at this stage but we aren't really aiming for that this year. We're only three points inside the playoffs however are twelve points above the drop zone now.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2021
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  17. Not to bad a month mate.
    Those bottoms teams really dont wanna give up do they.
    Keep up the good work.
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  18. Cheers again Tracz, they're keeping it tight thats for sure.
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    London City FC - January 2021

    The new calendar year is upon us and as we role into 2021 we are once again overachieving much to the disbelief of not only me but everyone else reading and following along with the career to date. We go into the New Year sitting up in second in the league following our promotion last season. Would it be another season of promotion hopes.

    What a way to start the New Year, least we've continued our good form to date with three wins and a defeat ending the month. The season began at home with a two one home win against struggling Dartford, McGinn and Street netting within a minute of each other, conceding in the second half. Then we beat Morecambe with a one nil win over Hassall. On the road for the first time in 2021 we beat AFC Telford three one with three difference scorers as Street, Casey and Carroll all found the net. Finally ending the month with a narrow one nil defeat against Newport Co.

    Thirty league games played this season, sixteen league games remaining this season and we're still sat up in second place, now trailing league leaders Notts Co by ten points as they continue to run away with it. We now have a six point cushion over falling out the playoff spots and are nineteen points clear of the drop zone.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2021
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  19. Love your story mate. Can't wait to see you in the Premier League once.
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  20. Thanks Zorko7, A long way to go before we're anywhere near the Premier League.
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    London City FC - February 2021

    Still really enjoying this save and with our form at its best lately we've got plenty more to come from the tank I believe. Going into February we've only got four more matches to play throughout the month, meaning plenty of time between matches and plenty of time to get ready for each one. Could we close the gap to the run away league leaders.

    Two wins and two defeats throughout February and they were narrow defeats yet comfortable wins for us. We eat AF Fylde, at home three one as Casey, Hassall and Street netted. The narrow defeats on the road against Dag & Red two nil and FC Halifax one nil was just a minor setback. We bounced back as we returned to our home fortress though with a four one smashing over playoff chasing Braintree. Hassall, Browne (x2) and Carroll netting late on helped us thup Braintree four one.

    We've dropped to third in the league after thirty four league games as Barnet jump up to second place and Notts Co now lead them by eight points with us a further point behind. Its likely to get a little worse before it gets better yet as we face Barnet and Notts Co in our next two league games this season. We've also opened up a seven point gap from dropping out the playoffs this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2021
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    London City FC - March 2021

    Our penultimate month of the league season was upon us and what i believe is our penultimate month at Wembley Stadiu before we move to our new stadium for net season. We're still flying high in the Vanarama National League, up in third place but with a tough schedule to kickstart the month. We've also got our usual, poor youth intake for the season.

    Blah blah blah, the normal youth intake for us. Our standout player, not that he is that good, is Luke Chapman, another keeper on the rise. But everyone as always will be given a contract and a chance to show themselves.

    I knew the start of the month would be hard but we went four games without a win in March but thankfully ended the month strongly. We kicked March off by welcoming Notts Co, the strong league leaders beat us here three one despite us being level at the break thanks to Casey. Back to back nil nil draws came then both at home, welcoming Barnet then Gateshead before we returned to hitting the road where we stupidly lost to Kidderminster three two. We led two nil through Hassall after nineteen minutes but injuries after substitutions were made saw us finish with nine men and concede twice in the final ten minutes. We then struck two wins on the bounce by beating Dover away three one with Hassall netting another two and Street scoring. Before we finished March beating Aldershot four two, Massey, Hassall scoring twice again and Carroll ending the month on a high.

    Forty games played this season in the Vanarama National League and we're now just six games away from finishing our first season in this division and setting a new club record for league position. Notts Co still top the pile, six points clear of Barnet with us in third a further four points behind them. We still have a four point cushion over falling outside the playoffs but are confirmed safe this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2021
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  22. Great season so far mate.
    Gonna be tough to get the title but a playoff place is still an amazing achievement.
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  23. As always thanks for the support Tracz, its been a superb season and as you say, if we can hold on to the playoffs it'd wrap it up nicely.
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    London City FC - April 2021

    Here we go again, into what could be the final month of the season, unless we keep up our strong form to date and secure a playoff place, then there'll be another months update but obviously we'll just have to see what happens. Our form was a little ropey throughout March but we ended it strongly with back to back wins. Now I was hoping we could take that into the final month of normal league football and secure a playoff spot which we deserve this season, over achieving by a country mile on our rock bottom media prediction that was set pre season.

    Wheres it gone, our form, its disappeared right at the crucial moment, the last month of the season. We went five games without a win through March, that was every league game we played as we lost two one at home to Havant & Waterlooville, lost three one with Tranmere, Hassall netting our goal. It looked like things improved when we drew two a piece with Forest Green then two a piece with Nuneaton. However playoff chasing Wrexham beat us three one, after a Hassall penalty put us ahead. We ended the season on the first of May beating Harrogate one nil thanks to a late Josh Street goal, but what did it mean for our playoff hopes...

    CRUSHED! Absolutely crushed by this, we finish outside the playoffs by one point, one measly stupid point! All those games we've thrown away this season, that loss earlier in the season against Kidderminster after being two one up with ten minutes to play, its cost up. But we shouldn't be too worried, its been a superb first season in the Vanarama National League for us, finishing up in seventh is a huge achievement for the club and hopefully we continue to move forward. It was Wrexham who went on to win the playoff Final, beating Barnet.

    Any relevant news that came between the end of the season and any awards being announced. I signed a new deal again, obviously only a one year extension as thats all I can get at the moment until the club turn professional. I was also named manager of the year for the second year running just across two different leagues now, I wasn't expecting it this time though. Finally not an award, but George Hassall took to the Vanarama National League with great confidence and finished joint second in the goalscorers list, netting twenty three goals in forty four league games this season, a superb achievement yet again from our young front man.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2021

  24. So unlucky but sure you'll go again in the summer and next season will bring another promotion.
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  25. Disappointing to finish out of the playoffs but still great achievement.
    Another huge season for hassall. Im sure it wont be long till he is on his way sadly.
    Hopefully you can work some magic in the summer and get promoted.
    Always happy to support mate. Keep it up.
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  26. How did you mess that one up!? A shocker of an April.

    Hope you're still enjoying the challenge, mate.
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  27. We sure will go again neavie pops23, whether we are there again next season we'll see.

    We completely bottled it Tracz, we've tied Hassall down to a two year contract somehow so it should keep other clubs off him for a couple years, his stats still aren't great so I doubt many clubs will come in for him. It'll be another tough season for us.

    I don't know how we messed it up Tom26, we blew our own shots. I'm definitely still enjoying this!
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2021

    Its been a real tough summer here at London City FC as pre season came to us with our finances getting worse and worse which only worried me heading into the summer transfer window. But more on that in a little bit, we've got a summer of worrying finances, small transfers and a squad report, as well as all our football we played over the last month or ready below.

    We're in big trouble financially with the club nearing a million pounds in debt and a chairman who doesn't want to put any money into the club. He either needs to cough up and help us back towards the black or sale up and let a new chairman in. He is constantly reducing our wage budget to which is losing us more money a month now.

    As always the summer news articles that I felt are relevant for you to know. The exact same expectations for the season ahead as the season just gone and hopefully we can hit all of these. Other news, we have now parted ways with Bradford City as our parent club and instead linked up Burton, League One side, slightly better and paying us a little more money. Our new stadium is also built, we move into it midway into September so have a month and a half left at Wembley.

    So with our finances worsening everything was done on free transfers again this year, with us bringing in seven new faces this summer, four of those were on free transfers and three of them on loan deals, two of them from our newly formed parent club, League One side Burton Albion. We also so eight players depart the club this year with a few bigger names in Gooch, Ede and Okojie who didn't want to stay on non contract deals.

    Probably one of the smallest squads we've had since the opening season but we've still got plenty to rotate the squad regularly enough to keep strong throughout the season. As you can see the new players are a step up on the current squad, just hope we can push on from the disappointment we finished the season with last year around.

    Finally to wrap it up, a struggling summer on the pitch and I'm hoping that doesn't carry into the season with us, we've struggled in front of goal throughout all our pre season fixtures scoring just four goals in six games.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2021
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    London City FC - August 2021

    Following the tough summer and diminishing finances it was time to get back to competitive football and perhaps a good FA Trophy and FA Cup run could help those finances. However what was more important at this tage was another strong league finish. We're aiming to beat our seventh place Vanarama League finish we picked up last year, could we do it again. Six matches proved it to be a busy opening month of the season.

    That's how you do it! An unbeaten month to kickstart our season, admittedly it was against a bunch of teams we finished above last season as we picked up four wins and two draws. We welcomed Harrogate to kick off the season with a five goal thriller, winning three two with Pooni, Hassall and Lewis netting. A goalless draw against Newport Co was following by a second draw on the bounce, Hassall netting ten minutes from time to seal a point. We finished with three wins on the bounce to end the opening month, Beating Stockport three one, York two one and Kidderminster three one as Hassall and Pooni share the goals, scoring five and six goals respectively, a partnership is blossoming.

    Second in the league table to date with Newport Co the early league leaders, they're ahead of us on goal difference by just a single goal. We've also already played them picking up that goalless draw against them. A long way to go obviously, forty league matches but we'll continue to play our game this season and try and improve.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2021

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    London City FC - September 2021

    A strong start to the season was made, an unbeaten one infact as we kicked the season off very well again in August. Into September we faced another five matches as we looked to continue another strong league start and remain unbeaten if we could to keep up pressure on league leaders Newport Co. We also had some new come the end of the month which will interest you all.

    Well, we're no longer unbeaten this season, but its been another good month for us seeming we're predicted to be relegated remember. We kicked off at home drawing one a piece against Barnet who I expect to be there or thereabouts this year. Hassall netting an eleventh minute penalty. We were then beating three one against Aldershot, against Hassall converting our goal from the spot. A two all draw against Dartford is a game we should be winning, but we blew the lead twice which was given to us through McGinn then Hassall. And our man in form made it four goals in four games for September, scoring the only goal against Gateshead in a one nil win. Finally finishing the month beating Torquay two nil, a double from summer signing Carnat doing the business for us.

    Newport Co move two points clear at the top of the table as they continue their very good start to the season. We remain in second place having picked up twenty two points from our opening eleven games this season. In comparison, this time last season we were top after eleven games but with twenty one points, so perhaps a small step forward this time around. Perhaps that extra point this year will be enough for our future.

    Right at the end of the month it was confirmed we are moving to our new stadium 'London City Stadium' which we'll rent for £3.38k a year. Its only a 3000 capacity stadium however has potential to hod up to 6000 in the future. Not so sure on this move but we'll see what happens.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2021
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    London City FC - October 2021

    So it was confirmed, this month we'd move to our very own stadium, London City Stadium would be our new home. Unfotunately this means moving away from Wembley. But we've been good this far into the season, currently sitting on a single point more than we did this time last season, it'd be nice to keep that up. A busy month lay ahead with the FA Cup kicking off too.

    Wow, that certainly doesn't make for pretty reading, two wins, three defeats and two draws to wrap up December. There was a win for me on my birthday with Hassall netting twice and an own goal sealing a three one win over Crawley. Hassall netted a second brace in as many games, netting in the eighty fifth and eighty ninth minute to pull us from two down to earn a point against FC Halifax. Nuneaton beat us away from home two nil. We then crashed out the FA Cup in the Fourth Qualifying Round against Vanarama South side Wealdstone, beating us one nil, we did play some fringe players to hopefully return to the league in better form. A two all draw followed against FC United who are chasing back to back promotions like we were last year. Maidenhead comfortably beat us four two, Hassall with a third brace this season before we ended the month with a strong win over struggling AFC Fylde three nil, Everington, Pooni and Hassall all on target for us.

    Down to fourth place but we do have a game in hand over the remaining pack and thats against the bottom side of the league Tranmere where i'm fully expecting the side to pick up a comfortable win. A win would send us back to second place. Again for comparison, after seventeen games last season we had twenty six points as it proved to be another month we struggled with, so we're now four points ahead of ourselves last season.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2021
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  31. Making good progress and i'm sure things will look better after your game in hand. Are the finances looking any better? Will the move to a smaller stadium help out with the running costs of the stadium? Obviously less capacity but can't imagine you attracting 80,000 every week and 3,000 is more realistic.
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  32. We're still moving forward thats for sure neavie pops23, and hopefully that continues. The finances have began to level out, by that I mean we're not losing any money now, not exactly making it so the stadium move has probably helped. We're only getting 300-500 attendances per match so the stadium move makes sense.
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    London City FC - November 2021

    Following on from a poor October which saw us win just twice and a move to our new stadium. I was hoping November would be a better month for us. With us out the FA Cup in the early rounds, not even making Round One this year around it was a month where we only had league action to face. Could we return to some sort of form and continue hunting down the league leaders.

    Well, we've bounced back alright and with two stunning results at the end of the month, more on that in a bit. We kicked off November against struggling Tranmere where a Hassall brace secured a two one win before following that up with a three nil win away to Bromley, Pooni and Lewis twice securing that result. We couldn't break down Forest Green but held strong at the back for our second clean sheet in a row. But then came two stunning results, firstly we beat Braintree away six three, all six of our goals coming in the second half including four from Hassall in the last fifteen minutes and then we beat Bristol Rover six three, this time five of our goals before half time, Hassall with two and Browne with three. I'm not sure where either result came from but my word, more of that please!

    FC United are the new league leaders and following their promotion from the Vanarama North last season they're looking on course for back to back promotions which could see them move into League Two. We trail them by a single point whilst sitting three points ahead of previous league leaders Newport Co. We're currently eight points inside the playoffs so things are looking rosey as we move into December.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2021

  33. A cracking month! Assuming this is ahead of last seasons points tally?
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  34. Really love how your club has grown so far, impressive stuff! btw, how did you make your own logo? Thinking about making one for myself to make a save with a team based in my area in France and I'm not sure how to get started
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  35. Great first half mate. Hows hassall doing in the scoring charts?
    Glad the finances are leveling. Hopefully the budget wont get cut again in the summer.
    Keep it up mate
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  36. Yes we're marginally ahead at the moment to last season Neavie pops23.

    Thanks Linecoigne1998 its a work in progress at the moment but we're getting there. I found the badge on google search and then just made it the right size so it wasn't much of an issue for me.

    Thanks Tracz its been superb so far. Hassall again bossing the charts he leads the tally with 26 goals in 26 league games and 26 goals in 28 games in all competitions.
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    London City FC - December 2021

    The festive month of December was once again with us as the cold set in to the UK. It was our first christmas at London City Stadium and hopefully we can crown it with a couple wins, the star on top the tree. Following a sensational run of results we were currently on a strong unbeaten run including back to back six three wins, how would December hold up.

    We continued our good run for a little longer before ending December without a win in three. We started with an away trip against Dag & Red with a three one victory as Pooni netted a brace and Bennett found a rare goal. It was Pooni in extra time as we beat Billericay one nil in the FA Trophy First Round. A dull nil nil with Harrogate followed by a narrow one nil defeat against Newport on Boxing day. We finished the Calendar year with a two all draw against Havant & Waterlooville with Hassall netting twice.

    And so we go into 2022 with us sat in second place, still trailing FC United but now by four points as they are looking for those back to back promotions. This time last year we had forty two points from twenty six games. This year around we're on forty eight points from twenty six games, so very similar to last time around.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2022
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    London City FC - January 2022

    Happy New Year, another division in the Vanarama National League and another chance for us to try and push our way to the footballing league as we look strong playoff contenders again this year, as long as we don't blow it late on. We had six games in January to kick start the new calendar year including the Second Round of the FA Trophy, its the first time we've gone into January with cup football still on the agenda.

    A mixed month January proved to be with three wins and three defeats. The New Year began with a three one win at home against Stockport with Hassall netting a brace and Pooni netting one. We then lost two on the bounce, firstly two one against York away from home and then three two against Kidderminster with another Hassall brace. We continue our run in the FA Trophy with this being the furthest round we've ever reached, Street netting after six minutes dispatched South side Welling. A seven goal thriller with Barnet saw us win four three with Hassall, Bamford, Browne and Pooni all netting. Ending the month with a third defeat in five games.

    Thirty one games played and fifty four points picked up this season and once again in comparison to last season we had fifty one points so we're still narrowly ahead of where we were last season. We continue to trail FC United by two points and now we have the best goal difference in the league which could bode in our favor nearer the end of the season. We're only four points inside the playoffs with Gateshead, Dag & Red and Kidderminster all chasing us down.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2022
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    London City FC - February 2022

    Into February and once again I'm still really enjoying this save, its so challenging and the fact I've seen one promotion in five seasons shows just how hard this is or how rubbish I am at the game. But we're slowly improving at the years go by. We can tell this by our points picked up against last season. But onto February more league football and we've even got another FA Trophy game to play.

    Second vs third to kick off February saw us earn a point away at Gateshead with Hassall obviously netting our goal. Next a home tie against Corby in the FA Trophy Third Round and a comfortable win. Hassall powering through with a superb hatrick. A trip to Torquay saw us lose four one, not sure how we lost this one, Pooni originally giving us the lead. We bounced back as we returned home to remain unbeaten for our final three games of the month. Beating Dartford three one, Pooni with one and Hassall with the other two. Hassall also netted one against Crawley as well as Lewis in a two all draw before We drew one a piece with Dover in the FA Trophy Fourth Round, setting up a replay at home. Hassall obviously netting our goal.

    George Hassall breaking his record from two years ago when he netted thirty six league goals in a single season, that was in the Vanarama South in 2019. He currently has thirty nine goals in thirty nine appearances across all competitions this season. As well as that, he is just two goals off the record in the league to set a second league record in three seasons.

    We've slipped down to fourth in the league but still holding on to a playoff spot at the moment this season with eleven league games remaining. We also have a game in hand over all three games ahead of us and I win could see us jump to third and continue to apply the pressure. Gateshead are now the league leaders and a point clear of FC United at the top of the pile.

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2022
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    London City FC - March 2022

    The penultimate month of normal league football is here and we're trying not to bottle our chances of a run in the playoffs this season like we did last year around. We're still in the FA Trophy with at least one more game to so we're still potentially in for a double this season. But there is a lot of football to go yet and we're on the verge of better things with this club.

    Usual rubbish lot, i don't think any of these players will actually ever see first team football, All signed on non contract youth deals for the time being anyway.

    Talk about a busy month, nine matches over March and we've managed to out some sort of form here and there which included three games against Halifax. We beat Dover in the FA Trophy Fourth Round Replay with a comfortable three nil win. We were then hammered by FC United four nil before back to back draws with FC Halifax, first one a piece in the league with Pooni netting and then a nil nil in the FA Trophy Semi Final First Leg. Back to league action we lost three two to Nuneaton before returning to FC Halifax for a third game this month and in eleven days a third draw with them, this time it ended one all after ninety minutes, two all after one hundred and twenty minutes and we eventually triumphed in the shootout to set up the final with AFC Telford, a great chance of claiming the trophy. This improved our league form as we faced struggling Maidenhead at home beating them two nil and then beating Bromley three one. The month ended on a sour note, losing our heavily four two against AFC Fylde.

    We've slipped down to fifth in the table with five league matches to go this season and I'll be gutted if we miss out on the playoffs for a second season running. We're currently only in it by goal difference as Kidderminster, Newport Co and Nuneaton are all level with us on sixty six points this season. Not long to go now, five league matches and an FA Trophy Final.

    Record breaker.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2022
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    London City FC - April 2022

    The final month of routine league football is here and upon us and would it be our final month of football this year like it was last year. We blew our chances last time around in the final month, last month for us was quite bad seeing us slip down to fifth place. But with five league games left and an easier bunch of games on paper, could the quieter month on the pitch help us. The FA Trophy Final isn't until the end of May so we don't need to worry about that.

    There is the month we needed to finish on, four wins and one defeat from our final five league games was surely enough to secure a playoff spot, but a bit more on our league finish shortly. A trip to Tranmere saw us struggle in the first half and saw ourselves two behind, but goals from Lewis, Gascoigne and Hassall bought us ahead to win two minutes from time. We then bet Forest Green two one, mainly thanks to an own goal fifteen minutes from time after they pegged level from an early Hassall goal. Braintree were fighting against relegation and beat us at our home to see them secure their spot for the season ahead. We traveled to Bristol Rovers, who we beat six three earlier in the year and beat them four nil here. Lewis netting twice, Pooni with one and Hassall with his fortieth league goal this season. The season ended with fellow playoff contenders Dag & Red who we beat one nil through Pooni.

    FC United are confirmed champions and secure back to back league promotions after winning promotion via the playoffs last season, we remain in the playoffs and finished up in fourth place with seventy eight points this season which saw us win more games and earn more points this season than we have in any other season. So a big step forward for us. Dag & Red, Gateshead and Aldershot join us in the playoffs at the end of the season. We'll go head to head with Gateshead over two legs in the Semi Finals.

    Next Update: London City FC - May 2022
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  41. What a great season mate! Good luck in the playoffs.
    Superb achievement by hassall, hopefully he can keep scoring for the rest of the season!

  42. Thanks Tracz, its been back to back brilliant seasons in the Vanarama National League, glad we held on to the playoff spot this year, now for the icing on the cake hopefully....
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    London City FC - May 2022

    For the first time in now six seasons, I'm doing a May update, we actually have more than one competitive fixture for the month of May as we face at least three matches this month, it could even be four. We've got two games against Gateshead in the Vanarama National League Playoff Semi Finals and if we bypass them we'd have a Final against Dag & Red or Aldershot, whoever the winner is of the other Semi Final. We also have the Final of the FA Trophy where we go head to head with Vanarama National League North champions this season AFC Telford.

    Now that, that right there is how you kick off the Semi Finals, a superb five two victory over Gateshead at home. We were superb, fell behind after just six minutes as Haines scored for the traveling side. But then we turned on the back burners, Pooni and Cheema netting inside twenty one minutes to give us a two one lead, a Hassall penalty and second for him before the break saw us go in at half time four one up. Hassall completed his hatrick (of course he did) eight minutes after the restart. We conceded a second consolation goal, eight minutes from time, lets hope switching off late on won't cost us. We took a three goal advantage into the second leg at Gateshead...

    Heartbreak! Absolute heartbreak! A four nil defeat on the night cost us a spot in the Playoff Finals. Gateshead did exactly what we did first leg, took their chances. At half time we found ourselves just a goal behind and we continued to play our counter attacking football, the stats seemed even. But two quick goals eight minutes into the second half for the host saw them tie the score five a piece on aggregate. We managed to hold on but just couldn't find the net. Extra Time came on the night and it was the hosts who prevailed to the Final, Hooper netting ten minutes from the end sending us packing. It'll be a third season in the Vanarama National League for London City FC.

    Champions! My second ever trophy at London City FC! Well, what a way to bounce back from the heartbreak of losing the Playoff Semi Finals in dramatic fashion. The FA Trophy saw us face this years Vanarama National League North champions AFC Telford as we returned to Wembley for the first time since parting with it in September. The stats were heavily against us, we had the running share of possession. Browne fired us ahead on the twenty seventh minute which saw us go into half time one up. Second half Ryan Taylor's penalty for AFC Telford was saved by our Aghayere. And we made sure we got across the line this time, Pooni netting three minutes from time to give us a two nil lead and confirmed us winners of the FA Trophy! Named as an 'icon' of London City FC for the work I've done over six years, theres plenty more to come, highs and lows I'm sure.

    Was it ever really in doubt? What a man! What a season, George Hassall breaking records again. He broke our club record of most goals in a single season. He broke another club record of most apperances by any player ever for London City FC. He broke the league record for most goals in a season. George Hassall was named player of the season and the top goalscorer of the season with forty three goals in forty eight games this season. He played in every league game this year.

    Since joining us back in 2018 George Hassall has become a goalscoring machine, being our clubs top scorer all four seasons and been named the leagues top goalscorer for three out of four seasons. Whilst his stats don't scream out, he sure puts the ball in the net enough. This season saw him total forty eight goals in fifty six games in all competitions and assisted a further sixteen.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2022
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  43. another cruel twist in your hunt for promotion. 3rd time luck though and i've already got a few quid on you to go up next season!
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  44. Sure was neavie pops23, I felt we had enough in the first leg too! A few quid will get you a tasty return with the media still tipping us at 1000-1 to win the title.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2022

    Another summer is here and its another summer in which I was worrying about if we were going to improve the squad and our chances to get out of the Vanarama National league. We've been here two seasons already as we narrowly missed out on the playoffs first season, finishing sixth and then finished fourth last year with playoff misery. Here comes another busy summer though as we continue to struggle in financial ruins.

    All relevant news that come out the summer as always. And as always I've been offered a one year contract extension. Hopefully once we go professional I can put pen to paper on longer deals rather than twelve months. They've also decided to waste more money and expand our stadium already, with the capacity set to grow to 4000 which will be complete in seven months time. And to finish it off, the same expectations as every year, despite us finishing in the playoffs last season and winning the FA Trophy. The media still pen us at 1000-1 to win the title, how!?

    Our bank balance is edging back towards the black but its very slow. We're still over spending on our wages, I have a bit of transfer money which I'll convert into wages but it really won't help things too much.

    There were loads of players that left this summer as I let any players who were one star in our under eighteens and under twenty threes go so there were two many to screenshot. With that we've bought in five players on free transfers that all improve the squad and one loan deal from Burton who remain our parent club for another year.

    The squads starting to look stronger each year even without the money for us to spend. It may look like we're a little short upfront quality wise but we do have Hassall whos stats aren't great but has proved what he is capable of doing on the pitch over the last four seasons, he'll continue to start up top for us.

    We played some big sides this summer so the form was expected. Ended it with a couple easy games as I knew we would need to get some motivation back in the squad after our finance helping friendlies.

    Next Update: London City FC - August Round Up 2022
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    London City FC - August 2022

    Season seven has kicked off, at the start of this career there was no telling if I'd get this far, after three seasons stuck in the Vanarama National League South there was no telling I'd get here, but I have and we have a long way to go until I reach my overall goal of being the best team in England. August kicked us off with a busy six game schedule.

    A mixed start to the season, three wins, two draws and just the one defeat this far into it doesn't look too bad. A draw against fellow playoff Semi Finalists last season Dag & Red kicked things off, we came back from two down to draw two all as Noor and Browne scored. Next we welcomed Bristol Rover with us coming out on top, Hassall netting a spot kick to start his goalscoring for the season and Pooni also on target. It was Browne and two from Hassall as we beat Newport Co three nil, recording back to back clean sheets. Fazlic gave us the lead against recently relegated Hartlepool but we lost out four one. Pooni netted his second of the season as we beat Kidderminster and Hassall snatched us a point with his fourth in six games this seasons as we drew one a piece with Wrexham.

    That start has seen us notch up eleven points from six games, last seasons nearly relegated Tranmere have stormed out the blocks, unbeaten with sixteen points on the board so far. Hopefully this season we won't have a couple of dodgy months and really can put a promotion charge together for the football league!

    My next game in charge will mark my three hundredth not only in management but three hundred competitive games in charge of London City FC. And hopefully there are many more hundreds to pass by yet! Its been a fun building block this far and I'm sure there are many more highs and lows to come from this. Surely this pleased the fans...

    Well Daniel Dawson is a top bloke and I've forwarded him a season ticket and signed shirt from the squad. As for Ethan Tanner and Dean Joyce, I'm not sure if they've followed London City FC since the start or they're glory hunters, but yeah, they're banned from the stadium!

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2022
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  46. London City FC - September 2022

    Another strong start to the season was made, but then again we usually kick off okay, its the odd month here or there that cost us every year. I'm still hoping this year will be different though, this year will be our year. September, on paper was an easy month, against teams all struggling to get out the blocks this summer.

    Unbeaten in September and morale is on the rise as the club win four and draw one of the five matches faced. George Hassall isn't finding the net as regularly as he has the past couple of seasons, hopefully it'll improve though. For my three hundredth game in charge we traveled to Torquay and claimed a win on the milestone, beating them three two. A one all draw against struggling Braintree was followed by three more wins. Firstly beating Dover four two, Maidenhead two one and Barnet two one.

    Up to second place, three points over the chasing pack and just a point behind early league leaders Stockport. Tranmere's strong start has faded, seeing them pick up just three points from their last six games and slip down to mid table. Maidenhead at the bottom already having a minus seventeen goal difference won't help them early on.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2022
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    London City FC - October 2022

    Following a strong, unbeaten September we were looking really good for league progression this year and there is little progress above fourth place, we were looking for the title this time around, seventh season as a non league club it was surely time to progress to the bigger leagues. But we had a way to go yet. With a busy October on our hands our FA Cup journey was set to begin as well as plenty of league football.

    Again form wise, this month looked very good despite a small slip up near the start of the month we still went on to win three league games this month, lose two and draw one as well as face Canvey Island twice in the FA Cup Fourth Round. The month started with a three one win away at Morecambe before we lost back to back home games against Nuneaton four two and heavily against league leaders Stockport five two. A three a piece draw followed against lower league side Canvey Island in the FA Cup Fourth Round before we dumped them out the competition with a penalty victory in the replay following another three all draw. Hassall, who has been short of goals this season, fired a brace in against last seasons FA Trophy runners up AFC Telford as we won three two. A goalless draw against Harrogate at home before we beat York convincingly three nil at home to end the month.

    Top of the league after seventeen league games we can't grumble this far into the season. We're only top on goals scored as Kidderminster in second place are level with us on points and goal difference so far this season. Aldershot and Hartlepool are only a further point away from the top of the pile too. Last season we had thirty points after seventeen games and occupied fourth place, thirty four points at this stage last season would of also seen us top.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2022
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  48. Great start to the season mate. Hopefully you can keep it up!
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  49. Thanks Tracz, its been superb this far into the season!
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    London City FC - November 2022

    Into November and the penultimate month of the 2022 calendar year. Our FA Cup journey has now started, it was a stuttering start but we got off the line this year. The FA Trophy draw is made this month but we won't begin that until December. But plenty of league action with five games this month and a sixth as we kick it off with the FA Cup First Round, we've never got past the first round...

    We're into the FA Cup Second round for the first time ever as we beat Boston Unite two one in the First Round, Dymond and Street netting first half goals to seal our passage to the Second Round. Our month in the league kicked off away at Aldershot, which we lost out two nil in. We then had back to back home games, league wins and clean sheets. Beating Forest Green two nil and Maidstone one nil. A third win on the bounce away at FC Halifax with Browne netting twice before a shock five one defeat against AFC Fylde ended November on a sour note.

    We're still top of the pile, twenty two games now played and we're top by a single point over Stockport and third place Hartlepool. Their goal difference are better than ours too so it could be a struggle to hold on to the top spot. This time last season coincidentally we were second having played twenty two games and notching up forty three points.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2022
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    London City FC - December 2022

    The final month of the calendar year is once again here, the festivities of December upon us and the wintery scenes lay over London City Stadium. Our First ever shot in the FA Cup Second round was here this month and our journey in the FA Trophy began. We also had the usual bunch of league football, going into the month top of the pile, could we go through Christmas top and even end the year at the top of the pile!?

    The month began with the FA Cup tie against Maidstone, the Second Round and it was our first ever appearance here. But we'd be bypassing that and setting another new record. A one nil win thanks to Noor saw off Maidstone and set up our first ever FA Cup Third Round tie with a trip to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Back to league action saw us lose out two one against Tranmere before we traveled to Boreham Wood where Carnat knocked them out the FA Trophy First Round. Three league games to finish the calendar year, a two nil win away at struggling Bristol Rover before two home games, firstly losing one nil against Dag & Red before we ended 2022 with a two one win over Newport Co thanks to Pooni netting both.

    So the league table changes once again, we go into 2023 in third place and its Stockport who go into the New Year at the top of the pile. They lead Hartlepool in second place by a single points, we're also only a point off the league leaders but behind second place on goal difference alone. Theres then a three point gap over fourth place Aldershot and a further point to Tranmere. We're a point up on last year, we had forty eight at this point in second place.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2023
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