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London City FC - A City On The Rise

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    London City FC - January 2023

    Happy New Year, 2023 it is and we're starting the calendar year still in the 'non league' footballing tier. One promotion since 2016. We're looking good this year though, mind you, we've looked good the last couple of seasons and we're still here. Another busy January awaited us and another one where I didn't bring in any new players. We had FA Cup, FA Trophy and Vanarama National League football awaiting for us.

    A mixed month but in the league realistically it was a good month with two wins, a draw and just the one defeat from our four games. We kicked off New Years Day with a trip to Kidderminster where we won two nil. We crashed out the FA Cup in the Third Round, expectedly losing to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday five two, not embarrassing ourselves though. A goalless draw with Hartlepool in the league then saw us crash out the FA Trophy, no defending our crown as struggling Bristol Rovers beat us three one. Bounced back to league action with a late two one victory over Torquay, Fogg breaking his long wait for a goal netting in the ninety second minute before we lost to Wrexham to end January.

    Down to fourth in the league but we do have a game in hand over league leaders Stockport and third place Harrogate. A win could see us go up to second depending on how Hartlepool perform in their game in hand. Its still very tight at the top with Stockport leading Hartlepool by three points, Harrogate and us are a further single point behind with Tranmere in the fourth and final playoff spot a further three points down the road. Fifty six points after thirty matches, last season we had fifty four points after thirty one matches, so we're definitely on for a better season once again.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2023
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    London City FC - February 2023

    Into February and just three months left of competitive football this year. It would be one hard final push for us now over the next three months but hopefully this year we can remain strong over the course of the remainder of the season. With us going out of both cup competitions last month, it was full focus on league football now.

    An unbeaten month as we didn't play a single side inside the top ten at the time of the fixture but the slip is drawing three of the five matches this month. A Pooni hatrick and an own goal saw off Braintree in a four two victory before we were held by the leagues basement side Maidenhead. Browne made it three goals in two games as we beat Dover three one, Cheema the other goalscorer. Barnet were held to a nil nil draw as we welcomed them before a ten goal thriller against Nuneaton saw us draw five a piece. Hassall finally netting as he struck twice.

    This mans been a superb asset up top for us over the past four seasons and this year he has really struggled for some reason. He went eleven games without a goal probably for the first time in his career. Yet still he is our second top goal scorer this season with fourteen goals in thirty one games, only one behind Pooni.

    Top of the league after thirty five league games, we have eleven league games remaining this season and need to hold strong now over the next two months. We're one point clear of second place Stockport and infact that is our next league game so we could lose the top spot after a short period of time being here.

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2023
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  3. Great season so far mate.
    Hopefully hassall can get back to old form for the last 11games
    Good luck
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  4. Thanks Tracz, could do with him finding his boots for these final two months of football.
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    London City FC - March 2023

    The penultimate month of regular league football is here and it would be the quiet month before the storm I'm sure. March is always a quieter month with five of our remaining eleven league games this month, it sets up a busy April. We go into March at the top of the pile, however with our first game of the month against Stockport, I wasn't thinking it'd last that long.

    A five game month, two defeats, one draw, two wins. A trip to Stockport saw us lose out two nil and lose our top spot. We bounced back at home against Morecambe winning two one before we poorly lost against AFC Telford. Ending the month with four points from two games, a trip to Harrogate saw us draw nil nil before we welcomed Aldershot beating them five one, Hassall back on form? He struck a superb hatrick here in just fifteen minutes.

    Perhaps that defeat against struggling AFC Telford has cost us our chance at the league title once again as we move five points behind the new league leaders Hartlepool. Stockport are now in second place and just a point ahead of us. We do now have a good four point gap over fourth place Aldershot as it looks like another season in the playoffs is on the cards.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2023
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    London City FC - April 2023

    Here we go then, once again the final run in to the season and once again we are chasing the top of the pack as we've blown our chance of leading the table going into the final month. We have just six league games left and it'd look likely that we'd go down the playoff routes for the second season running, heres how things panned back.

    Up and down form for the final month, win one, lose one. A trip to York saw us win two one, Noor and an own goal gifting us a two goal lead. Following that a trip to Forest Green, losing out two nil. Back to back home games also saw Fogg net in back to back games as he firstly struck the only goal of FC Halifax and then losing two one against AFC Fylde after leading one after six minutes. We ended the season with away trips firstly to Maidstone who we beat three one, before losing an eight goal thriller against Tranmere with a slightly rotated squad for a simple reason.

    We are in the playoffs for another season. Obviously we've over achieved again this season but I was hoping we'd clinch a league title. Promotion isn't out of the question just yet though as we face Tranmere first in the two legged Semi Final. I know we just lost to them in the last game of the season, but we are capable of beating them. The other Semi Final will see Stockport take on Barnet.

    Next Update: London City FC - May 2023
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    London City FC - May 2023

    So I've stayed up just to get the Vanarama National League Playoffs played and updated before I spend a day or two away from Football Manage for the festivities. I didn't want to keep anyone reading this waiting on the playoffs. So for a second straight season we were to face the dreaded Semi Finals, two legs over Tranmere awaited us and if we won, a single game at Wembley against the winner of Semi Final two, Barnet or Stockport. But would we even be there...

    Wow! We were awful, the team didn't turn up and we barely challenged. It looked like it would be our game away at Tranmere as Pooni struck after six minutes to steer us into the lead. But we were denied three minutes later when Stockton netted after nine minutes for the host. Second half we completely crumbled as Mcginn netted an own goal before a Hughes brace in four minutes saw Tranmere four one up and safe. Could we turn this around like we got turned around last season...

    Absolute scenes in the second leg, seven goals, eleven yellow cards and three red cards, poor discipline from both sides. We started strongly when Hassall netted after just three minutes. And it got better, twelve minutes in Hassall had his second of the game. A poor tackle by Rigby saw Reilly convert a spot kick for Tranmere and at half time the score was two one, we still trailed on aggregate though. Aaron Hughes was sent off for a second bookable offence for Tranmere before Hassall sealed his hatrick and Noor netted just one minute later to take the score to four one on the day and five a piece on aggregate. Extra Time. Two minutes of madness in extra time saw two red cards, firstly Musendo was sent off for a second booking for us before Tranmere goalscorer Reilly was given his marching orders for a straight red. Ten men vs nine men and we went on to seal the win, Fogg netting with three minutes of extra time to go before Hassall sealed his fourth of the game. We were in the Playoff Finals.

    But we were denied promotion by a strong Barnet showing. At half time it was only one nil as Casey netted after just fifteen minutes for Barnet. Second half we went more attacking and eventually got caught on the break. A Reffell brace just three minutes apart, his second from the spot sent the League Two bound side three nil up. Pooni netted with seventeen minutes to go to try and bring us back in the game, but a second for Casey sent us packing and Barnet heading for promotion.

    Thanks to everyone who has read and commented on this career thus far, plenty of seasons to come but I will reach the top! I hope you all have a good Christmas, I'll be back updating in a day or two!

    2016/2017: Vanarama National League South - 19th (49pts), FA Trophy - 1st Round
    2017/2018: Vanarama National League South - 16th (49pts), FA Trophy - Third Qualifying Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2018/2019: Vanarama National League South - 14th (58pts), FA Trophy - 1st Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2019/2020: Vanarama National League South - 1st (73pts) , FA Trophy - 1st Round, FA Cup - Second Qualifying Round
    2020/2021: Vanarama National League - 7th (70pts), FA Trophy - 1st Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2021/2022: Vanarama National League - 4th (78pts), Playoffs - Semi Final, FA Trophy - Winners , FA Cup - Fourth Qualifying Round
    2022/2023: Vanarama National League - 2nd (81pts),Playoffs - Runners Up, FA Trophy - 2nd Round, FA Cup - 3rd Round

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2023
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  7. Tough luck on just missing out again, hopefully bit more luck next season.
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  8. I got respect for you man, missing out again but still going! It is a good read and I hope you keep it up!
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  9. Hey man, I made an account just so i could tell you how much im enjoying this story. I dont think it will be too much longer before we see you in the big leagues!

    I was also wondering if you would consider uploading the save? I would really enjoy giving this a go myself and seeing if I can reach the Premier League with Hassall and company. I appreciate this is your baby so you may be reluctant to give it up, but I would be very grateful.

  10. Just wasn't to be Tracz, we go again, as always!

    Thanks pipodeclown, I'll make it to the top eventually!

    Thanks a lot carterix, its good to see people signing up just because of something I'm writing and playing, we will eventually make our way to the bigger leagues when we're ready. As for the save, I'm happy to send you the original DB so you could have a go from the start if thats any good.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2023

    We put pen to paper on another new kit sponsor so I decided to change the kits up again this year, hopefully it'll boost our virtual kit sales! Anyway the summer has come and gone away, it took us four seasons to get out the Vanarama National South league, now this is our fourth season in the Vanarama National League so is it to be our season to leave the non league. All relevant news articles, transfers and pre season football below.

    I've slightly changed our expectations this year, the board expected the lowest of the low as of every season but to open up a bit of a bigger wage budget I've changed them to more reasonable and realistic for us. A couple of good cup runs and our usual league finish more than likely in the top half of the season. As always I've signed a one year contract extension.

    Plenty of transfers again this year and hopefully this year we've really strengthened the squad this year around. Two players leave on free transfers whilst we bring in six new faces on free deals. All these players are better than the ones we already had at the squad so should push us forward this year around.

    Annoyingly our strong number one is injured for the start of the league season but we do have a forever strengthening squad. Hassall is still one of our stronger strikers in the squad and despite his lower scoring season last year, he was our top scorer for a fifth season running. This year I'm hoping hes back to his best this year I feel we're much stronger at the back this year around.

    A summer on the pitch that started with three very hard friendlies to bring in some extra cash to the club and get us somewhat nearer the black than the re where we are at the moment. Summer signing Sam Hedges netted five goals in five friendlies towards the end of the summer, will he be our leading striker this year around.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2023
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    London City FC - August 2023

    We always seem to start the season quite strongly, pushing ourselves among the fellow playoff contenders as early as possible and make a name for ourselves each season and I expected this season to be no different. I wanted us to start as brightly as always and show the league what we're about this season. We had just four league games to open the season this year.

    But this year we're slow out the blocks with just seven points from a possible twelve on offer and losing our only home match of the month. We started well against Southport who were newly promoted this year, beating them three one late late on. Pooni netted our first, Hassall and Browne both netted in injury time. Tranmere beat us one nil at home before Dulwich returned to the league and we drew one a piece with them. Ending a slow August with a narrow three two win away at Dag & Red with Bennett netting and Hedge netting two.

    After the opening month of the season we find ourselves down in tenth place, probably the lowest we've found ourselves in any recent season after the opening month. Maybe things are taking a turn for the worse although I can't deal with too many seasons of non league football!

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2023
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  12. Would you be at all willing to share a recent version of your own game? I wouldn't publicise any of my progress, it would purely be for my own personal enjoyment. I like the history you've created with the team already and would really like to continue from the point you're at!
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  13. Okay I see your point. However the only 'recent' version I've got are where I'm up to now and a couple weeks/month behind the current date. Personally I'd rather only offer the original DB for now.
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    London City FC - September 2023

    Following our slowest start to the season in some years, its important we come back strong in September and not get thrown too far behind the league leaders. We had just four games in October but then when it comes to September its the complete opposite. It got busy, we had seven matches to play. All league games this month no cup action just yet.

    Form isn't really picking up just yet, but we're getting there, its better than last month thats for sure. The month started with a home game against Boston United and it'd be to games at home this season, two defeats a we lost out four three in the seven goal thriller. Finally back to back wins came when we beat AFC Fylde two nil and then Kidderminster away from home three one. Two title challengers then visited us in Wrexham and FC United, losing three one and drawing one all respectively. The month saw a better end to it though, a trip to Harrogate saw us win one nil and a trip to Maidstone saw us win three nil. Lets now build on it.

    We've began to move up the league and now sit in the playoff spots up in the fifth place. Four points off league leaders Wrexham but now we've played them we don't need to worry about them for a little bit. The table is tight and a long way to go, we need to establish some form on a more consistant basis. Bristol Rovers are back to the top end of the league.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2023
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  14. Not the best start youve had but things can only get better.
    Hopefully its fourth time lucky.
    Keep up the good work
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  15. We need promotion this time around Tracz, hoping it'll happen!
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    London City FC - October 2023

    Another busy month was on the cards for us throughout October as we went on to face another seven matches throughout the month. Our league form was on the rise, as was our league position and this would be the month where we begin our FA Cup journey, Another third round appearance would be ideal, but my aim is to reach the Second Round minimum, hopefully without any real hiccups.

    A home match kicked off what is a very strong month in the end with Aldershot visiting us. They are struggling to get going this year and we made things a little worse for them in a seven goal thriller. We came off the better side in the end with a four three victory, Heges netting a hatrick for us. A trip to Crawley saw our only defeat of the month. Back at home and back to back four three wins there as we beat off Newport Co by that scoreline, Cherry netting a penalty in injury time. We then had back to back games against Wingate & Finchley as we struggled to get past our lesser non league opponents drawing one all at home and beating them three two away from home to get into the FA Cup First Round. Two more away games to finish off October, first drawing two a piece with Bristol Rover where Ashby nette twice, he was again on the scoresheet against Nuneaton who we sawoff three goals to two, Cathline netting ten minutes from time.

    Up to third in the table and chasing the two bigger sides in the league. We're a single point off both FC Unite and Wrexham at the top of the pile but slowly clawing our way back towards the top. This season would be ideal if we could get promoted and it may push the board to go professional. We're only three points inside the playoff spots at the moment, it could turn very quickly.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2023
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  16. Thats much better form.

    Didnt realise there are a few big teams in your league atm so gonna be tough
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  17. Form is on the rise Tracz, just a long way to go yet though. There are some bigger sides down here which is seeing us struggle for promotion.
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    London City FC - November 2023

    Following our slow start to the season things are finally beginning to look rosey here at London City FC. The FA Cup is underway now as we have eased ourselves into the First Round whilst trying to get back to last seasons Third Round. With the FA Trophy due to start next month our calendar would get a lot busier, but we had to play it one month at a time. Five games throughout November, could our good form continue.

    Five games, three wins, one draw and one defeat this month and the defeat was in the FA Cup annoyingly. We began strongly in the league, beating FC Halifax three nil, our first of three clean sheets in five matches. Our only defeat of the month saw us lose to Forest Green two nil in the FA Cup First Round. Back to league action we drew two a piece with York, coming back from two down as Cheema netted two in two minutes. Our second trip to Forest Green this month saw us reverse the scoreline and beat them two nil this time before beating Gateshead at home to end November.

    We're top of the league and now a point clear of Tranmere who have jumped up the table over the last month with a couple good results. Still only five points inside the playoffs as it remains very close over the top half of the table. Just ten points separate the top nine teams and with twenty six games to go this season, theres plenty of highs and lows to go yet.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2023
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    London City FC - December 2023

    Another year is about to slip away into the past on this Football Manager journey as we play through December 2023. Following our somewhat poor and annoying defeat and exit in the FA Cup last month against fellow league side Forest Green it was time to begin our FA Trophy run for the year, I was hoping we could repeat the success of two years ago with a good draw or two. We also had to continue fighting hard in the league even though we have gone top of the pile.

    A huge month for us saw us face eight games in twenty eight days, busy indeed but we remained strong throughout these as we went on to win five of them, draw one and lost just twice. One of those defeats came on the first game of December when we lost one nil to Morecambe. Back to home we beat AFC Telford three one before beating Stockport at home two nil. The FA Trophy gave us a favorable draw against South side Folkestone who we drew to in the first game but at home dispatched them three one. Another league defeat, this time to Tranmere who really are becoming our bogey side. Ending the calendar year with back to back home games and wins, first beating Southport one nil and then Dulwich Hamlet two one.

    This now sees us move four points clear at the top of the table as we move into 2024 which could be a successful year for us. We obviously still have a lot of football to play, twenty matches in fact, but if we keep up the current form and run we're in then I don't see why we can't go on and win the title and promotion, fourth time of asking. I'm hunting for a second FA Trophy as well.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2024
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  19. Great month mate.
    Fingers crossed you can keep it up.
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  20. Its beginning to build Tracz, we're on a good run as it stands.
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    London City FC - January 2024

    Happy new Year! And I have a feeling this year is going to be a stronger year for us Our form was brilliant at the moment with us losing just three games in the last two months, one of those in the FA Cup too. We head into January top of the table and with twenty games to go still we had to try and keep our composure over the next couple of months.

    A good New Years day for us saw us travel to Boston United and bring back all three points in a strong three one win. Bridge netted a penalty before Cheema netted shortly after, Hedges added our third late on. A second away trip on the bounce as we went to AFC Fylde and lost out, our only defeat this month one nil. Three home games in a row, firstly beating Dag & Red two nil, then welcoming Kidderminster twice in a week, first one in the FA Trophy second round with us coming away three one winners before beating them two nil a week later in the cup.

    We've extended our lead at the top of the pile once again, we now move five points clear of the chasing pack and making a name for ourselves as real promotion contenders this year around. We're also eleven points inside the playoffs now so we should at least be in them for a third season running unless we mess it up real bad!

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2024
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    London City FC - February 2024

    Into February with our form looking better than its ever been in this division to date, we're top of the table and last two months we've opened a wider gap on the chasing pack. If we keep that up the season will be over soon and the title will be ours. We're also looking to reclaim the FA Trophy after winning it a couple years ago. Another six matches await us in February.

    A trip to Wrexham awaited us to kickstart the month but it wasn't to be three points for us, we came away with just a single point. Back at home we lost against Harrogate three one, probably one of our worst performances to date this season. A home game against Enfield Town in the FA Trophy saw us ease into the Fourth Round in a one nil win before we had a one all draw with Maidstone. The month ended four games unbeaten as we traveled to FC United and one three one, Hedges superbly netting a hatrick then beating ALdershot three nil, another brace for Hedges our man in form this year.

    And we've opened the gap up even more, now three months running where we've increased the gap on the chasing pack as we move seven points clear of second place side AFC Fylde. And its close in the remaining of the chasing pack as just five points seperate second place to tenth place Stockport who will believe they are still in the running for a playoff spot come the end of the season. Eleven league games to go this season, can we maintain our title hunt...

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2024
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    London City FC - March 2024

    We had now made it three months in a row where we have increased our points gap over the rest of the pack. This saw us go into March with a seven point gap There is stil two months of football to go though and as we continue our run in the FA Trophy trying to regain it for the second time in three years. Another eight games awaited us in March across the two competitions we remained in, we also had our youth intake.

    As normal I can't see any of these making the cut, once again they'll all sign a one year youth contract and after that I expect they'll all be released as I realise they all are completely rubbish.

    An eight game month and once again it featured more green dots than red and orange ones as we won five of our eight matches in March. It began with a trip to FC United in the FA Trophy fourth round and we comfortably beat them here, coming out four nil winners, Browne netting a brace. Back to league action saw us slip up at home against playoff chasers Crawley, losing three one before we welcomed Bristol Rovers four days later and beat the four two. The FA Trophy Semi Final drew us against Maidstone and saw us win one nil away from home, Bennett netting after seventy five minutes. But again as we returned to league football from the FA Trophy we lost, losing three one to Newport Co is a big blow for us. The Second Leg of the FA Trophy Semi Final saw us beat Maidstone three two at home as Brown netted another brace, this one three minutes apart to see us reach the Final. The month ended with four points from two games, as we only scored two, both from Ashby as we beat Nuneaton at home one nil and drew with York away one all.

    Our lead at the top of the table has been cut from seven points at the start of March to just a single point at the end of March but I'm not too concerned. Only nine points seperate the top seven teams now as it truly is a tight title race and I'm hoping we can come out on top simply because we have a good run of fixtures for the final month, seeing us play just one side in the top ten currently, our final fixtures see us face: Forest Green (21st), Gateshead (11th), FC Halifax (14th), AFC Teflrod (23rd), Morecambe (24th), Stockport (6th).

    And one more piece of news, that game against Forest Green to kick off April will be my four hundredth match as a football manager and in charge of London City FC. A little annoying I'm taking that milestone whilst still being in non league football, but its all part of the management game.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2024
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    London City FC - March 2024

    Here we go then, the final month of the 2023/2024 football season and we are top of the table, we've been there for four months now without letting it slip but going into the final six games of the season we had to remain strong, we had perhaps the easiest set of fixtures for the final month that we've had in a while so honestly can't see us blowing it this time around. We also had the FA Trophy Final to look forward to.

    And four wins along with two defeats would be how we end the season, ending it on a league defeat as well. It looked rosey to start with celebrating my four hundredth game in charge with a two one victory over Forest Green. Cathline and an own goal had us two up at the break, luckily we held on after conceding. A trip to Gateshead followed with Pooni netting eighteen minute from time to seal all three point. FC Halifax were the first team to beat us in April as they won three nil at home. A third away trip on the bounce aw AFC Telford welcome up, Hedges netting in the second half sealed a one nil win. Morecambe, struggling at the bottom this season, lost out heavily to u, we won five one as all five of our goals came in the opening seventeen minutes with five different scorers. The month ended away at Stockport, losing two nil, but was that enough for the title, fourth time around...

    Yes! It was! We have been crowned Vanarama National League champions upon our fourth time of asking as we clinched the league title by six points in the end. AFC Fylde finished second with Stockport climbing to third on the final day, Wrexham and Harrogate all secured playoff spots. And it proved to be Stockport who would win promotion via the playoffs, entering them on the final day after beating us they fought their way to promotion and will join us in League Two next season. Forest Green go down on goal difference and are also joined by Southport, Nuneaton and Morecambe in relegation this year.

    Sam Hedges, who joined us in the summer took over Hassall's role up front and fired us to glory, he went on to be named player of the season for the Vanarama National League. He supplied the most assists in the league this season and also finished second in the top scorers charts so had a very good season, netting thirty goals. I was also named manager of the year.

    And come the end of May things had got even better, we were crowned 'double champion' this season as we scooped for the FA Trophy for the second time in three seasons. We beat Tranmere one nil in the FA Trophy Final, they have seemed to be our bogey side over the years, beating them just three times in ten meetings but we secured this win here. Dominated the game and it was that man Sam Hedges with the only goal of the game after ten minutes to secure the trophy.

    Career History:
    2016/2017: Vanarama National League South - 19th (49pts), FA Trophy - 1st Round
    2017/2018: Vanarama National League South - 16th (49pts), FA Trophy - Third Qualifying Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2018/2019: Vanarama National League South - 14th (58pts), FA Trophy - 1st Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2019/2020: Vanarama National League South - 1st (73pts) , FA Trophy - 1st Round, FA Cup - Second Qualifying Round
    2020/2021: Vanarama National League - 7th (70pts), FA Trophy - 1st Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2021/2022: Vanarama National League - 4th (78pts), Playoffs - Semi Final, FA Trophy - Winners , FA Cup - Fourth Qualifying Round
    2022/2023: Vanarama National League - 2nd (81pts),Playoffs - Runners Up, FA Trophy - 2nd Round, FA Cup - 3rd Round
    2023/2024: Vanarama National League - 1st (88pts) , FA Trophy - Winners , FA Cup - 1st Round

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2024
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  24. Quality season, league winners and FA trophy winners
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  25. Great season mate! Good luck in league football. Hopefully the board will start to support you now.
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  26. Thanks NathanITFC, its good to go up with both trophies thats for sure.

    As always, thanks Tracz, the board are behind me now and we're finally entering league football.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2024

    Double winners in the end last season as we were crowned Vanarama National League Champions by six points in the end and went on to claim our second FA Trophy in three seasons. It proved to be a pretty good season and that finally meant we were heading to the footballing league, League Two awaited us. I knew this summer would be tricky, but not quite as tricky as it was. Three new kits once again to bring in some extra money.

    The biggest summer we've had news wise and its come at a good time. Firstly the board have decided to expand the stadium again, adding another one and a half thousand seats to the stadium which will now hold up to five thousand five hundred and full capacity. This has come at a cost though as the board have been forced to take out a bank loan to cover the cost. Secondly the board have finally agreed to go professional, the transition goes over a year but for contracts etc we're there now. Which saw me get offered my longest deal yet, I've signed a three year extension so all being well I'll be here until 2027 earliest.

    Due to everyone going onto permanent deals I've failed to sign anyone this summer as we're over spending on our wage budget by almost ten thousand pounds per week and I'm struggling to reduce that at the moment. So our first squad to face real 'league' football will be that of last season, I'm just hoping we have enough to do what it takes and stay up. The good thing is there are only two relegation spots.

    A strong summer on the pitch which shows we don't need to constantly swap and change the players, hopefully the team we've got already have that bond for us to be able to cope with the division and survive in League Two. Time will tell.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2024
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  27. Sounds like a great summer mate.
    Pitty about not being able to strengthen but was always going to be hard the first summer of being professional.
    Good luck with l2
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  28. The board have done their job this summer Tracz, its just important we do ours this season now and survive.
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    London City FC - August 2024

    Finally we enter the 'football league' and our journey in the Skybet leagues begin here. A tough summer for us not being able to strengthen the squad throughout the transfer window could prove to cost us, but I was willing to see if these lads could do it on the pitch again this year around. The board had done their job, pushing the club forward with us going professional and the stadium upgrade, it was time to kick off season nine.

    Well I suppose that sort of form was expecting to kick off our first professional season but it turned around come the end. Life in League Two began with a trip to Accrington and we didn't even put up a fight, losing out three nil. It was the same story against Championship side Brighton, who knocked us out in our first ever appearance in the EFL Cup, First Round. Back to league football and a third defeat on the bounce as Cambridge beat us at home two nil, this season was proving to be difficult, three games played, no goals score. A slight turning point came as we battled against Eastleigh, still losing out those as they won four two, Hedges and Hassall netting our goals. But then a couple wins came to end the month positively. First we welcomed Port Vale and beat them two one, our goals from Ashby and Cathline before we traveled to the then league leaders Barrow and beat them by the same scoreline and strangely Ashby netted in the same minute as the game before, Hedges with our second.

    So a slow yet progressive start in the league doesn't see us bottom after month one, nor does it see us in the relegation zone. Infact six points from our opening five games sees us sit up in seventeenth position early on and sees us clear of the two drop places by five and six points as Grimsby have started slowly and Blackpool haven't picked up a single point yet. A long way to go but a promising turn around come the end of the month.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2024
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  29. Wow, you weren't joking when you said you'll be smashing through the seasons
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  30. A solid start mate. Keep it up
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  31. Hey dani3w, I'm not usually a big fan of a create a club style story but this is excellent, by far the best I've seen. So good that it's taken a while and you are slowly progressing rather than the instant (dubious) success you see on other stories. Keep up the good work, its enthralling! Good luck!
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  32. Thanks George, its the only thing I can really do at the moment!

    Cheers Tracz, a little slow but we're moving now!

    Thanks a lot jamie2215, I'm with you on that, don't like many create a club/editor stories but this seems different in the fact I've not loads of money nor success and its taking time, yet staying fun! Thanks for the kind words, hope you stick around reading!
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    London City FC - September 2024

    Into September and following a good turn of form come the end of the month I was hopeful that we could begin to get a run together and move ourselves away from the relegation zone early on just incase we do get caught up later on in the season. Following our exit of the EFL Cup last month, we'd now start our Checkatrade run this month.

    September saw us win three games, lose one and draw one as things looked much better for us. A home win against League One side Coventry in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage saw us triumph two one. Staying at home we welcomed Fleetwood who we beat four one and more astonishing, Hedges netted all four for us. A trip to Carlisle saw us narrowly lose out three two. Returning home we welcomed fellow promoters from last season Stockport and beat them one nil before a trip to Barnet saw us draw two a piece, losing two points late on following a Browne brace.

    And that good month in League Two sees us move up to eleventh in the league and now move ten points clear of Northampton and Blackpool in the drop zone who both have just three points each this season. We're also now only four points outside the playoffs, whilst I'm not expecting that this season, its great to see we're close to them.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2024
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  33. London City FC - October 2024

    We move into October in fine form following a very strong September which saw us lose just once and that brought us up to within touching distance of the playoffs and I began to think we could be there this season if we maintain the form we showed then. But then again there is a lot of football to be played still, league and cup football as this month we faced six games, one in the Checkatrade Trophy and five League Two matches, could we continue our march up the table?

    No is the answer as our form turns horrible throughout the month. The team game me a birthday win with victory over Luton at home winning two one to kick off the month but that proved to be our only win of the month. We traveled to Rochdale and drew two a piece, Hassall netting from the spot and Musendo netting in injury time. But then we went four games without a win, first losing to Eastlight in the Checkatrade Trophy on penalties, drawing one all in normal time. Then three league defeats on the bounce, first welcoming Mansfield and losing three nil, losing three one away at Lincoln and then two one at home to Colchester, back to the form I expected from us.

    And so that leaves us in fifteenth in the Sky Bet League Two table after fourteen matches having accumulated seventeen points so far this season. We're currently six points above the drop zone and seven points off the playoffs as we're literally mid pack to date. Having a look back over the last few seasons it'll take around 50 points to keep us up this year, we're on target for that currently.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2024
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  34. Missed a few updates over the Christmas period but glad to see you secure the title and making positive strides in league 2!
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  35. I appreciate you catching up neavie pops23, its been a good start indeed in league 2.
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    London City FC - November 2024

    Following a slightly slow October it was important we tried to bounce back throughout December and pick up a couple wins to ensure we don't drop towards the relegation zone. So far this season we were performing much better than I had expected. This month saw us compete in the Skybet League Two, the Checkatrade Trophy and begin our FA Cup Journey.

    The month of December started with a trip to Northamampton which saw us come out with a two one win, kickstarting the month. A trip to Worcester in the FA Cup First Round saw us knock them out with a narrow three two win, it certainly didn't nee to be that close. Our Checkatrade Trophy adventure came to an end as we lost to Southampton U23's four two, this eliminating us from the group stage. Four league games to end the month, first beating Stevenage four one with four different scorers before we traveled to Wycombe and drew one all after an early Hedges goal gave us the lead. We welcomed Ebbsfleet and narrowly lost two one before ending November with an eight goal thriller, Southend losing five three t home to us as Ashby sstruck twice, Hedges, Cathline and Hassall al on the scoresheet too

    We're back up on the rise in the table as we move up to twelfth and this has also seen us move twelve points clear of the drop zone as each month is looking more and more likely that we'll stay here this season, its been a superb campaign to date, much better than I thought but still a lot of football to be played this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2024
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    London City FC - December 2024

    2024 is coming to a close as we enter the final month of the calendar year. Its been a great year for us, scooping the double last season and finally progressing into the footballing league as its known in England. We're still three promotions away from being in the top tier but we're making steady progress. December saw us face four league games and one FA Cup game as we seeked a spot in the Third Round of the competition for only the second time in our history.

    Another very good month on the pitch saw us kick it off with us welcoming fellow league two club Cambridge in the FA Cup Second Round. We came out with a spot in the third round as we won three two, Ashby netting a brace with his second being the winner ten minutes from time. Our only away game of December saw us lose two one against Hartlepool. We finished the month well though with six points from nine as we beat Accrington two nil, Grimsby three one and then lost to AFC Wimbleon to end 2024.

    At the end of the calendar year we're up to eleventh and now only two points outside the playoff spots again as our good form continues in our first ever season of professional league football. Now thirteen points clear of the drop zone things are looking up rather than down. Still twenty three games to go this season but we continue to target the fifty points for safety this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2025
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  37. Great results so far mate, even more so considering the team is the same as last year following the contract change and overpayment on the wages etc.

    How many has Hassall got so far this campaign?
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  38. Following the summer we had, we're performing brilliantly Neavie pops23 and it just excites me for the next couple of seasons! Hassall doesn't feature much this season, like last we have better quality in Hedges and Ashby, but he has 4 goals in 8 start.
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    London City FC - January 2025

    Another new year rolls in and if 2025 is anything like 2024 has been it could be another very busy year and successful one. We've had a very good season to date and are just outside the playoffs in League Two, I would of never thought that six months ago when we got promoted and couldn't strengthen the squad. But we're here and still fighting away in the League and FA Cup.

    A busy month for us saw us face seven games with six of those in the league and one FA Cup game as we were in the Third Round for the second time in our history. The New Year began on a winning note as we beat struggling Blackpool four two, Browne and Ashby both netting braces, Ashby's brace was in the final five minutes. A trip to Championship side Wolves saw us crash out the FA Cup Third Round, losing three nil but not embarrassing ourselves. Two more defeats followed as we lost three nil against Cambridge and four two at home against Eastleigh. We improved to beat struggling Port Vale one nil with Pooni netting before drawing one a piece at home against Barrow with Hedges scoring he was also on the scoresheet in our two one defeat against Fleetwood.

    Twelfth in the league now and just ten points away from my pre season total points of fifty. We're still just outside the playoffs now sitting four points outside but I fear our poor goal difference could go on to cost us a chance if we got close due to the amount of teams on the same amount of points. However there is still seventeen league games to go this season so we could still fly or slip in the table.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2025
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  39. Great story so far mate, Its amazing how far the team has come already.
    I read from start to end last night on my night shift and its what kept me awake
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  40. Fair to say its been a great first half to the season.
    Its apitty about hassall not featuring as much but i guess he's been a victim of the clubs success.
    Only four points from the playoffs is amazing. With 17games to go that is fairly possible to catch mate,
    Even though im unsure if the club is ready for league1. What are the finances like now? I know in some stories
    Ive read of people climbing through the leagues the finances dont build as quickly as the team. Eg. In prem/champ
    With a wage budget of a league 2 club.
    Keep up the great work. As you can tell youve got me hooked lol
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  41. Thanks BrizzleBelter, glad I kept you up for your shift! haha!

    Its good to have someone so hooked Tracz, as long as I have a couple readers and commenters I'll continue to play and post the career. Hassall has just simply slumped in quality as the clubs got better unfortunately. The finances sees us around £300k in the red still and we're over paying on wages but hopefully it'll even out a little better over the summer.
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    London City FC - February 2025

    Just four points outside the playoffs as we enter February, I'm not expecting us to reach them but its nice to be so close to them. However there was still a lot of football to play this season. Now we're only in the league we didn't have to worry about any cups or squad rotations as such. Only four games were on the cards throughout February, could we remain strong.

    We didn't perform too badly over the month, seven points from a possible twelve and annoyingly losing to fellow newly promoted side Stockport. But first we welcomed struggled Carlisle and beat them four one as we were superb, Ashby netting a first half brace, Browne also on target first half before Pooni netted late on. A three one defeat away at Stockport came but back at home we beat Barnet again seeingg us net four, winning four two as Hedges, Guppy (x2) and Bridge netted for us. Finally ending the month with a trip to Luton, ending one a piece.

    We've narrowed the points gap to the playoffs to just three points on the playoff places as we close in on the end of the season. We're now thirteen games away from the end of the season and survival, our main aim this season, seems all but secure as we're now fourteen points clear of the drop zone.

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2025
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    London City FC - March 2025

    Into March and now we're in the football league we've got three months of fixtures left as there are a couple games in May which will have its own update at the end of the season. Anyway back on track, our form had once again been looking okay, we seem to switch from strong months to slightly less appealing months. March saw us face seven league games and have our first 'professional' youth intake, could we uncover a gem...

    Ray Thompson could make something of himself in this league but its unlikely any of the others will. They all sign youth deals for now but I wouldn't count on seeing any of them in first team action.

    Again not a great looking month as results are beginning to tumble now. We welcomed Rochdale to kickstart March and picked up our first of only two wins, winning two one with Ashby and Guppy netting first half goals. A trip to Mansfield saw us lose heavily, four one before shocking second place Lincoln with a two one win, Pooni netting the winner seventeen minutes from time. Things then turned sour as a trip to Colchester saw us lose two nil drawing one all at home against struggling Northampton before two more defeats came with a trip to Stevenage and welcoming Wycombe.

    Well we're down to fifteenth and sliding towards the relegation zone. We're now fourteen points clear of the drop with six games to go, so we're almost safe, home and dry but not quite there yet. However we're also ten points away from the playoff spots now so it is unlikely we'll make a charge for them now. But as I've said many times, this season was about surviving in League Two this season and we're set to do that.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2025

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    London City FC - April 2025

    The penultimate month of the season, our first ever in League Two and our first ever as a professional club and I feel its been a very, very good first season up in this new league. We're fighting for a strong mid table finish, much better than I expected first season and now past my target of fifty points this season. Four of our remaining six league games awaited us in April.

    Four matches in April, three wins on the board for us as it proved to be a very good month. A trip to Ebbsfleet saw us win three one to start the month off well, Hedges netting in the first half before Browne and Ashby both struck in the second half to seal the win. Returning home we welcomed Blackpool who are having a very bad season and we struck four second half goals to come back and win this, Noor, Hedges, Bridge from the spot and Ashby all on target for us. The trip to AFC Wimbledon saw us let slip a one goal lead through Hedges and lose two one. The month ended at home by welcoming Southend, beating them three one which saw Ashby strike a superb hatrick.

    Twelfth in the league after forty four games, two games left this season and we can still climb in the league. We're just as likely to drop down a couple positions as well though with the table tight around us. My target this season was fifty points and we're now up to sixty three, much better than I expected. It'd be nice to be able to end the season with a positive or at least neutral goal difference, at the minute it stands at minus one.

    Next Update: London City FC - May 2025
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    London City FC - May 2025

    Two games to conclude our first ever season in the Skybet League Two, our first season as a professional club and safety was secured, now it was time to finish the season as strongly as we could as we had just two league games left to play in May. Whilst we had small dreams throughout the season of playoff hopes, our real aim all year was to beat the drop.

    We finished the season with a single point from our two games in May but it brings the season to a close. We drew with Girmsby, away from home after Hedges fired us into the lead on eleven minutes. And ended the season with a home game against Hartlepool where we lost one nil.

    So the season comes to an end with us smack bang in the middle of the table, picking up sixty four points along the way of this forty six games League Two season. We went on to win nineteen games, draw just seven and lose twenty whilst finishing with a minus two goal difference. We were 'only' twenty six points off the top spot Colchester this season which is remarkable for our first season in this division. Just thirteen points off automatic promotion and seven points outside the playoffs whilst beating the drop by eighteen points! I'd say this season had been a success!

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2025

  45. Good job you did here! i m following you re story,so keep up !
    You have the only good story on this forum!
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  46. A great first season in league 2 mate.
    Onwards and upwards next season i say!
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  47. Thanks FMAddict, still a long way to go. There are plenty of good stories on this site!

    A super season indeed Tracz, another season on the cards hopefully pushing forward.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2025

    I have been looking forward to this summer for some time, we had a load of players out of contract, that freeing up funds for me to be able to improve the squad and really build on last season where we finished twelfth. So here we go again, no club news this summer which is a first I think, but plenty of transfer, financial and pre season friendly news to bring you up to date with.

    The club are beginning to improve financially and if we could reach the FA Cup Third Round again this year and get a big away draw we could make it back in the black. The wages have completely freed up now and come the end of the summer we still have fourteen thousand pounds spare in the wage funds so plenty of space to improve the squad if we can. We've also got a one hundred thousand pound transfer budget.

    Over forty players left the club this summer between senior squad, under twenty threes and under eighteens, ones who had been given permanent deals last summer due to us going professional and this has allowed us to free up those funds seen above. We've gone on to bring in nine new faces this summer, eight of them on free transfers and one of them on loan as we picked up Guy Booth from Millwall to give him some first team football.

    We have a massive squad going into the 2025/2026 season but I'm hoping that'll prove to be a good sign if I can get myself rotating the squad regularly and ensure we can maintain a good season. Brad Gascoigne is our 'weakest' player in the squad, however he is the only original from the 2016/17 squad so I wanted to keep him here. Samual, Sutton and Green all adding plenty of talent to the squad this summer.

    A very good summer picking up plenty of wins, only two defeats and they were expected ones in our 'money making' friendlies as they're known as we played Tottentham and Celtic. If the summer is anything to go by then it could go on to be another very good season for us.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2025
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    London City FC - August 2025

    Into August we go, with the same kits from last season trying to emulate our brilliant first season in the Sky Bet League Two. It'd be a busy start of the season for us as we faced six games, five across the league and one in the EFL Cup as we aim to beat last seasons adventure of the first round. We also lost Burton as our parent club as they're now also in our league.

    Not a great start to the season, just like last season as we started poorly then. It began okay, a two one home with over Northampton, Bridge netting the winner five minutes from time. We then beat Championship side Cardiff, away from home on penalties in the EFL Cup First Round. We drew three a piece during ninety minutes, Hedges netting twice and an own goal ensuring the draw, we won three one on penalties. Back to league action and a trip to Barnet saw us lose out two nil. Welcoming Bradford City we got another win, winning three two with Pooni netting twice and Green striking one. It was a reverse result against our former parent club, Burton as we lost three two, Pooni had netted another brace though but ended August sourly with a heavy four one defeat against Accrington.

    Thirteenth to start with this season after five games, picking up six points. We need to improve and pick up a couple wins on the bounce soon just to move us up the table and open a gap on the relegation zone soon. Our negative goal difference is already on the board but I want to ensure that improves soon, I'm hoping its just the team gelling still.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2025
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    London City FC - September 2025

    Every season to date, the club have managed to progress league position wise. However the way we've started this season makes me doubt whether we are likely to be progressing again this season as its been a tough month again. EFL Cup, Checkatrade trophy and league action awaited us in September and we struggled in all competitions.

    Just one win from six games, four points on the board this month. An expected defeat against Championship side Crystal Palace at home in the EFL Cup Second Round saw our journey there come to an end, expectedly so though. We drew away from home against Yeovil, my followed club as they were relegated last season. A three all draw with Hedges netting a brace, his second in injury time to seal a point. Arsenal Under 23s had a big six one win against us in the Checkatrade Trophy. Our only league win this month came at home with us beating Grimsby two one, Hedges netted his fourth goal in three games, Pooni also on target. Two more defeats to end the month as Luton beat us four one away from home and then two one away at Hartlepool. We're in trouble!

    We're down in seventeenth after just nine league games with ten points on the board and the second worst goal difference this season to date. We're just four points outside the relegation zone which is currently occupied by Ebbsfleet and Stockport. It could be a big relegation battle for us this season and a step backwards for the first time in the clubs history.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2025
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    London City FC - October 2025

    Into October with our form possibly the worst its ever been, especially over the last five or so seasons as we've had it pretty much all our own way. Now we're finding it a struggle to pick up points here. Perhaps second season syndrome of the Sky Bet League Two. Either way we need to turn it around. We had six games again in October with five in the league and one in the Checkatrade Trophy.

    And once again it was just four points from our six matches as things don't appear to be improving here. A defeat to start October saw Cambridge visit us and beat us two nil. Our only win of the month came as we traveled to Stockport and beat them three two, three different scorers with Costa, Isaac and Pooni all netting for us. Brighton expectely beat us in the Checkatrade Trophy three one, Pooni netted our consolation goal. A point at home against Crawley saw us come back from two down to grab a point. And again ending the month with back to back defeats, firstly three two away at Boston United, before Southend beat us at home, four one.

    This is proving to be a big battle this season, not only for our form and the club, but my motivation, however I'm prepared to battle on, I knew it'd be a tough season and can't have it all our own way every year, that'd be boring! Down to nineteenth in the league, fourteen points from fourteen games and just six points above the drop zone in the league so far. We've got a bit of battling to do.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2025
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