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London City FC - A City On The Rise

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    London City FC - March 2028

    Two months of competitive football left as there is only one match in May I'll include it into the April update and then if we head to the playoffs that'll be a separate update. But lets focus on the here and now. With us crashing out both cup competitions last month we have only league football to focus on now and would face six of our eleven remaining league games this month and with us just focusing on this football we could have a superb chance of earning promotion if we could keep this form up.

    Six matches in the league in March, five wins and one defeat, a superb run for us once again. A nine goal thriller saw us narrowly beat Luton five four. A game which could of gone either way with us seeing five different scorers. Our only defeat this month came at home, losing three nil against Coventry. Four wins on the bounce followed but not a single clean sheet. We beat Portsmouth at home three two, Smith, Allen and McInnes netting. A trip to MK Dons saw us win two one, coming back form one down at the break, Tighe and Samuel on target for us. We beat Colchester at home, three one as Whiteman, Tighe and O'Loughlin netted. And O'Looughlin continued his fine season with a hatrick against Fleetwood, he even missed a spot kick.

    Forty one league games played now, just five games to go and we're back on top of the pile now. We sit just two points ahead of Boton in second place who are occupying the second automatic promotion spot. With five games remaining we still don't have a playoff spot secured at a minimum as ten points separate the top eight teams in the league.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2028
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    London City FC - April 2028

    Here we go then, the final month of the league season and just five league games were left to play. We had four of those games in April and one at the start of May so it'll all be included in just the one update. Going into April we we were just two points clear of second place Bolton and still had to play them in April. Could we go on and earn that surprise promotion and our first ever back to back promotion. Initially I just wanted to survive here in the Sky Bet league one but going into the final month I really wanted to earn promotion and the title would be nice as well.

    Five league games, three wins and two defeats, but would it prove to be enough. It started with a five goal game against Plymouth, which could of gone either way but goals from Borukov, O'Loughlin and Grivosti was enough to secure us a three two win. A trip to Wycombe went poor for us, losing three nil. At home we welcomed second place Bolton and beat them two nil, Smith and O'Loughlin on target, a huge win for us. But we couldn't nail our form, losing two one against Crewe, Wilkin with our goal. Finally finishing the month with a game in May, beating Walsall two nil as Borukov and Smith netted our last two league goals, but how would it end up.

    Champions! Back to back promotions! Its been a sensational season as we are crowned champions of the Sky Bet League One in our first ever season in the division, creating a new club high league position of 1st in the Sky bet League One. Amazingly Bolton fell away and even went on to miss out on promotion. Amazingly Lincoln are also heading to the Championship, they were in the Vanarama National League at the start of this career. And another big surprise, Mansfield, who won promotion via the playoffs last year, have won promotion via the playoffs again and will join us in the Championship.

    End of season awards and news to round up the season which has been amazing for us. Allen was named player of the year for the division, hes been brilliant this year for us in midfield and fully deserved it. O'Loughlin has also been another standout player for us this year. I was also named manager of the month with a fifty six percent win ratio, I thought I was going to win it with the league title being secured and surprising everyone. And lastly the board have really backed us next season, giving us a transfer budget of over two milion pounds as well as almost doubling our current wage budget.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2028
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  3. OMG I thought you'd spend 2 seasons in league 1, 2 in championship hen premier, but you've smashed this season!
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  4. Amazingly Lincoln? Best team in the world mate Seriously though, very nicely done this season!
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  5. Congratulations on promotion to League One. Good luck.
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  6. What a season!!! Well done mate.
    Only one step away now mate.
    Hopefully we will get to see some youth from the London city academy soon.
    Finances doing well?
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  7. I wasn't expecting it either neavie pops23 we smashed it indeed!

    By that I meant I was surprised they started in the VNN and are now heading up to the Championship Godfish93

    Thanks Stuartsays

    It proved to be a brilliant season for us Tracz we are indeed now just one step away from the top tier! Finances had boosted to about £2million in the black however we've spent it this summer on upgrades and transfers.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2028

    A short summer to prepare for Championship football, it still feels strange that we're now heading into our first ever season in the second tier of English football, just one step away from the big boys in the biggest league in the world. But I'm expecting it to take three to five seasons for us to make the top flight. Anyway, a run down on any news that I feel is important that come out the summer as well as any transfers whilst spending some money at last and then a squad report along with friendly results.

    I've signed another long term deal here at London City FC. This has extended my stay at the club now to June 2031 at the earliest as its a two year extension on my already lengthy deal. I've also demanded a bigger wage deal, taking one thousand eight hundred pounds home per week. The scouting range has been upgraded as well, we can now scout players all across Europe. I've also seen the youth facilities and youth funding increased, I forgot that screenshot.

    Well a busy summer indeed, we've actually sold a player!! We signed McInnes last summer from Mansfield, he cost us just £35k back this time last year. We've sold him on this summer for a big profit, seeing him go to Motherwell for £750k. This allowed us a bit more room in the transfer market and has seen me bring in no less than six new players all on permanent deals as well. Benkassou will be our new midfielder to replace the outgoing McInnes.

    Now we're beginning to sign 'better quality' players I feel its only fair to show you the player stats that join the club each transfer window. Per Olsen should be our new number one, the Danish keeper is a touch up from our previous goalkeepers at the club. Then I've strengthened every position, with a variety of 'quality' players joining the club this season hopefully helping us stay up this summer.

    I feel I've strengthened the squad well this summer, bringing in better players in each person and this now sees us have a strong first eleven at least. However our squad is a little thin on the ground this year, especially compared to how packed we've been over the previous years. However this could see us keep players happier and hopefully they can improve whilst they're here.

    A very mixed summer on the pitch, I'm just hoping its the squad taking time to gel. Surviving this season will be very hard, I thought there were some big teams in League One last season, there are huge teams in the Championship with us. We'll need to beat the teams around the bottom end this year and nick the odd point here and there against the bigger sides if we are to survive.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2028
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    London City FC - August 2028

    Here we go then, another 'first ever' as it is our first ever season in the Sky Bet Championship, meaning at the end of the season we will record another new best finish, just hope we can do it outside the relegation zone. This season will be one of the hardest we've faced to date but suvivial is our aim. Seven games to kick off the season.

    A lot of red dots on the board but I guess its to be expected this season. We narrowly lost our opening game in the Championship against Bristol City, we went one up through an own goal before falling two one down. The host had a man sent off, we pressed but couldn't find an equaliser. A trip to Ebbsfleet in the EFL Cup First Round saw us progress with a one nil win. And then came our first ever Championship win, a two one victory over Cardiff as Oliveira and Borukov both netted our goals. A run of red dots came though, narrowly losing out at home to Blackburn one nil before early league leaders Crystal Palace beat us four nil Premier League side Everton knocked us out the EFL Cup in the Second Round as they beat us three one at Goodison Park, Oliveira with out only goal. Then Hull beat us two one to end the month, Oliveira gave us the lead.

    We're down in twenty third after the opening month of Sky Bet Championship action. Five games into the league season we've picked up three points so far and sit second bottom of the league and only Rotherham have started the season worse than us with two points from their opening five games, it could will be a very long season indeed.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2028
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    London City FC - September 2028

    After seeing so many red dots in August I was hoping we could move into September and push on a bit, maybe build a few orange and green ones into our results list. We were out the EFL Cup so could focus solely on league football at this stage. Once again we have six games this month all in the league, could we start to build some points up.

    Well, a couple more wins this season but still more defeats slipping in, they're narrow league defeats though. We began the month very well with a two one win over Middlesbrough, for once racing into the lead, two nil through Smith and Borukov before conceding second half. Three defeats followed, a heavy home defeat against Huddersfield saw us lose four two. Two away games saw us lose one nil to Leeds and Bournemouth. We beat Lincoln at home one nil, through Oliveira, a much needed win over them before losing two nil at home against Millwall.

    Twenty second in the league, nine points on the board after eleven games, I thought I had strengthened the side well this summer, but clearly not well enough. We're embroiled into this relegation battle and will be for the whole season I feel. We need to make sure we're picking the points up against these teams around us in the league this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2028
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  10. Championship is always rough first season, especially after straight promotions. Confident you'll pull through though,
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  11. It sure is proving to be tough Godfish93 I expected it though after back to back promotions. Just hope we have what it takes, you're more confident than I am at this stage!
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    London City FC - October 2028

    Into October in what will be our most difficult season as a founded football club for sure. We're struggling to get going here, struggling to get points and that in turn is seeing us struggle to fight relegation. However we're not bottom, yet, and I hope we can keep fighting all the way this season and show some of that spirit we had for back to back promotions. A quiet October now due to the league suspending fixtures for International matches, we played just four games.

    Well, that looks a little better, but its just the one win this month and one defeat as we picked up back to back draws to kick off the month. A goalless draw against Fulham at home was a well earned point before we traveled to Derby and drew two all, Borukov and O'Loughlin netted each time we went a goal behind. We lost heavily to promotion chasing Mansfield, they're looking for a third straight promotion before shocking second place Doncaster and winning four two. Johnston, O'Loughlin, Smith and Oliveira netting our goals.

    Well, we have climbed a little bit that month and just as well as both Cardiff and Sheffield United move on to double figures as well as Preston. A big month down the bottom end of the table and the four of us are now separated by just four points. There is also only a three point gap to eighteenth place Norwich, we need to keep a reasonable gap behind these teams just ahead of us if we don't improve form it could be close come the end of the season.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2028
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  12. Always new this would be the most difficult season but sure you can work your magic and steer them to safety, lets be honest survival this year would be a huge achievement in itself!
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  13. Just finished catching up again - looks like it's going really well. Congrats on the promotion to the Championship, lets hope you can keep them but up but I think it will be a tough ask.
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  14. Indeed this year was always going to be difficult neavie pops23 we'll do whatever we can to survive, thats the main objective.

    Thanks for catching up again naterr thank you, its been good the past couple of seasons but surviving this year is going to be hard.
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    London City FC - November 2028

    The penultimate month of 2028 is here and we're still fighting this season. If we go down at the end of the season it'll be kicking and screaming thats for sure. The club could do without going down however unless we pull out a couple of strong results, we could see ourselves facing that drop. Just three games awaited us in November, a couple wins from those and things would look a little more rosey for us thats for sure.

    Two more defeats but one more victory on the board for us. Our only home game of the month saw us well beaten by Brentford, they ran out three nil winners come full time. A trip to fellow strugglers Ipswich saw us win two one. Smith gave us the lead before half time. Ipswich struck one back but we held strong and Borukov fired us to an important three points. Finally we blew the lead twice against Barnsley, Oliveira netting both goals to put us ahead but we succumbed to a three two defeat.

    We're twenty first, still fighting for our lives and survival this year as we're approaching the half way stage of the season. Good news is the win has brought the table closer now with three points separating us from twentieth place Ipswich whilst five points separate us from sixteenth place Middlesbrough. We have a big month next month, playing Preston and Sheffield United.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2028
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by dani3w View Post
    **The main reason I've come back to the careers section is because I'm undergoing an ACL (knee) operation Friday, will be off work and sat around doing nothing for the next 2 or 3 weeks, so will be smashing through the seasons.

    Well its been just over four weeks since my operation and about five weeks since starting this career. All that time off has amassed into over 12 enjoyable seasons here at London City FC. The story is obviously going to continue, however the updates may be at a slightly lesser rate, I still want to aim for a season or two completed a week. Thank you everyone for reading and commenting over the time of this career to date. You're helping motivation and helping the career become what it is.

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    London City FC - December 2028

    Another year is coming to a close as we head into the festive month of December, a bit of snow on the ground but hopefully the players and heated up ready to continue this fierce fight we're in trying to avoid relegation. A busier month than we've had of late as we face seven league games and some big six pointers as we face a lot of teams around us this month.

    A home game to kick the month off, a six pointer against Preston which we narrowly saw out and took all three points thanks to another Oliveira brace, hes really proving to be a big signing for us this season. We then traveled to fellow strugglers Sheffield United, beating them two nil for our first back to back wins this season, Ali and Benkassou netting. Three defeats followed losing heavily five one away at Norwich, three one at home to QPR and two one at home against Rotherham. Remaining at home we picked up a more than creditable draw against promotion chasing Bristol City after Smith gave us the lead. The month ended sensationally as we jumped Cardiff with a superb six two victory. Oliveira netted a brace within five minutes, Smith also had a brace as there was also a single goal for both O'Loughlin and Benkassou.

    We're out the dropzone! I doubt it'll last too long, we had an 'easier' month on paper this month as we faced so many teams around us and luckily we came up with some strong results. We're currently up in twentieth place, still only two points off the drop zone though which is occupied by Cardiff, Ipswich and in my eyes the relegation bound Sheffield United who just can't kickstart their season. Lincoln are up in sixteenth following their promotion last season and Mansfield are in thirteenth, both doing better than us at this stage.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2029

  16. Best of luck back in the office, hope it's not too tough for you!

    Glad to hear you'll be keeping this up, and pleased to see you've been smashing it the last few seasons.
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  17. Glad the recovery from the op has gone well mate.

    A good month fixture wise, all you can do is beat those around you and hope for "bonus" points from other games.
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  18. Im not to glad the ops gone well, could have done with you off for a couple more weeks to smash out the seasons LOL. On a serious note im glad your all good.

    Anyways looks like its gonna be a bit of a slog in the Championship but im sure you'll be fine mate.

    I wonder what them fans that didnt think you was right for the job are doing now? lol
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  19. Thanks Tom26 it wasn't too bad indeed. Plenty of season to go.

    Thanks Neavie pops23 indeed we just need to beat the teams around us and we'll survive this season.

    Haha thanks banger93 don't worry there will still be loads of updates being fired out for you to keep up with. Hopefully those doubters are now believers!
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    London City FC - January 2029

    Here we go, into the New Year once again as we head into January with us fighting against relegation this season. Its a close battle but we're going to continue all the way to the end. The FA Cup begins this season for us as we enter the third round of the competition whilst we also faced four league games over January, could we kick the calendar year off on the right foot.

    Another month that started very brightly and then slowly filtered out by the end. A trip to Blackburn saw us start with a win, Shaw netted eleven minutes after the break to secure a one nil win. We then welcomed League One side Sunderland in the FA Cup Third Round with O'Loughlin netting along with a brace from Borukov securing a three two victory. Three more home games followed on the bounce, losing two of those as Crystal Palace beat us two nil and Middlesbrough beat us one nil We drew with fellow Championship side Bristol City, coming back from two down to draw two all in the FA Cup Fourth Round, a replay is on the cards. We ended the month on another sour note, losing two nil against Hull.

    Still outside the relegation zone but only by the skins of our teeth. We sit above Ipswich, not even on goal difference but on goals scored. The drop zone is tight, bar Sheffield United who seem all but down this season. Above us is just as tight with only five points separating us from Leeds United in fourteenth place. A good month could really see us move forward in our survival fight.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2029
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    London City FC - February 2029

    Into the second month of the year and we're starting to press ourselves on this league, well, maybe not, we're starting to be pressed by this league, especially down this bottom end of the table. We had an FA Cup Fourth Round replay to play if we could go through, we could face a trip to Premier League side West Ham. Five more league games awaited us, a couple wins would set us right off.

    Not quite an FA Cup run like last year where we reached the Fifth Round, but it allows us to focus our last couples months on league football alone. Not that that was much better this month. A defeat on the road against Huddersfield saw us lose out two nil. Bristol City beat us in the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay, two one after Kigbu bought us back level at one all. Our only win this month dragged Leeds United into the relegation battle as we beat them two one. Ali and Allen netting our goals either side of Leeds equaliser. Lincoln narrowly beat us one nil away from home before Millwall beat us two one, our goal coming late in injury time. But we ended the month with a more than well earned point against high flying Bournemouth. Oliveira netted twice for us to seal a point in the two all draw.

    Another four points on the board, we're still twenty first and seeing the season go by. We've got twelve league games left now this season and still in and out of that drop zone each month. I feel our highest league finish this season is going to be twentieth realistically as the gap then opens up higher to Doncaster in nineteenth. Its tough for us to beat the drop, but with a couple months to go, we'll fight till the end!

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2029
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  21. Its gonna be close mate.
    Im hoping you can drag a few more teams in to the mix,
    As i dont want you or ipswich to go down.
    On a side note, how have ipswich been doing in your save?
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  22. Keep chipping away mate, it's very tense and can't wait to see how it pans out.

    The board would never sack you if you did go down would they??
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  23. It sure will be close Tracz we can just do all we can and hope thats enough come the end of the season. Time will tell. I've not go the game loaded right now, I think Ipswich have just been in the Championship all along, I'll double check next time and let you know.

    Thanks neavie pops23 we're doing all we can at this stage. I don't think they'd sack me, after all our season expectations were to try and 'attempt to avoid relegation' so the board know its a huge possibility.
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    London City FC - March 2029

    We're into the penultimate month of league action now, well full league action as we have the usual one match in May which will be put into Aprils update. Things are extremely tight down the bottom end still and I think there are still five or six teams that are involved in this relegation battle and we're obviously one of those. Five league games awaited us throughout March and there were plenty of 'lower end' clashes which we really need to take advantage from, but could we...

    We may now be a Championship club, in the second tier of English football but our regen intake and youth days remain rubbish. Our facilities are a long way behind our competitiors and non of these players and likely to make it at this club or ever in this tier.

    Well it wasn't a show stopping month, but nor was it one for the bin! We produced a couple good results to try and help our relegation fight this summer. The month kicked off in fantastic style as we shocked Derby County winning two nil at home, Oliveira and Vernon both netting for us. We then narrowly lost out against Fulham before holding Doncaster to a draw, we were reduced to ten men after just fifteen minutes here, still took the lead through Allen but conceded late on, had we held on to all three points we could of dragged them into the relegation battle and tightened things up. And then we blew an early lead against Mansfield, a club just one position above us in the table. O'Loughlin sent us ahead after three minutes but the traveling side hit back twice to take a two one win, easing their own relegation fears. Finally we ended the month by welcoming Ipswich, a game we simply had to get something from. The boys sure did deliver, a two one victory with goals from Oliveira and Allen secured victory for us.

    We're up to twentieth and are set to survive if it was to finish today. However its not, we've got another seven league games over the next five weeks and that'll bring a close to our first ever season in the Championship. As it stands we are three points clear of the drop zone, a good lead to have but not an unbreakable one, our goal difference is slightly worse off than Leeds too so we're by no means safe yet. Nor are the likes of Rotherham, Blackburn, and Doncaster.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2029

  24. Amazing story! Just caught up entirely during studying for my exams. Are there more former Premier League clubs dropped down a couple of leagues like Sunderland?
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  25. Made an account on this page just to reply to this Fantastic save, only just got the game myself but I'm really enjoying it! Started my first save with Stalybridge Celtic and it is tough in the Vanarama, any tips for playing with a team that is attempting to avoid relagation? As far as signings and tactics go? Thanks and keep this story up!
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  26. Tracz I just looked and Ipswich were relegated from the Championship in the 2019/2020 season and spent two years in League One finishing 8th then 7th before winning the league in 2022/23 to return to the Championship.

    Well I hope your exams go well bashuijsmans if not, blame me and the London City FC story! Not really, Wigan, Villa and Birmingham are also all in League One, Sunderland didn't even win the league this year either, but are in the playoffs.

    Thanks ChaosBanana its always great hearing new people are signing up just based on my story! Hopefully you have a successful stint with Stalybridge Celtic, I found the Vanarama leagues very tough. My tips are simply to ask the board for as many scouts as you can and get them out there finding players, thats the only way I've done it!
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    London City FC - April 2029

    Here we go then, the final month, the final seven league games of the season and boy, are they season defining games, we either stay up or go down with a fight this season. We've performed well following back to back promotions and proved to the rest of the pack we wouldn't go down without a fight. A month lay ahead where we had perhaps an easier fixture list on the cards. I gave a team meeting at the start of the month, told the boys to fight, show some passion, now it was time to see if they could deliver on the pitch and keep us in the second tier of English football.

    What a month, what a superb response from the boys after the team meeting!! Incredible. We showed some brilliant fighting spirit to lose just once in our last eight games this season. A trip to Brentford to kick off March saw us beat them one nil as Borukov scored. Another trip saw us go to Preston and beat them by the same scoreline, Oliveira was our goalscorer this time. Three home games followed, a nil nil against Barnsley first up, seven days later welcoming near relegated Sheffield United, who we smashed four nil and then beating Norwich who are only just outside the drop zone, Whiteman (pen) and a Borukov brace helped secure that victory. We finished the season with two away games, failing to win both, losing to QPR one nil then drawing with Rotherham, another side near the drop zone, this was surely enough...

    Not only did we survive, but we finished up in fourteenth! It seems all the other clubs around us 'collapsed' towards the end of the season and this saw us jump the pack and clear ourselves from the relegation threat. Sheffield United obviously went down, Doncaster picked up just one point in their last seven gamesand were relegated, whilst Ipswich also go down for the second time in four or seasons despite getting eleven points from their last seven matches. Amazingly all three of us that were promoted last season survive our first season in the Championship as Lincoln finish nineteenth, Mansfield finish fifteenth and we top them in fourteenth. At the other end of the table Bristol City win the league, QPR join them in promotion, finishing behind them by a one goal difference and Huddersfield, Brentford, Millwall and Middlesbrough all go head to head in the playoffs.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2029

  27. Knew you'd be fine mate, 14th is a great finish.
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  28. Quality end to the season, comfortable mid table finish in the end in your first year in the championship is some feat! Looking forward to seeing your summer transfers and how your second season goes. On a down note, gutted to see the tractor boys relegated
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  29. Just read all this story in work last few days. Just finished amazing story. great how far you have brought London city from Non-league to the Championship. Keep it going Premier league champions within 5 years surely.

    havnt bought FM 17 (hopefully next few weeks) yet still playing a save on 16 that i started in Ireland in lower league with Wexford Youths (my hometown team) moved club few times currently at Everton(my club) so enjoying it but im only in 2026 i think could be wrong 2027 but a question how are you getting through so many seasons so quick are you watching the match on 3D or are you using instant result. i know you were lying up with an injury (hope your recovered now) but where you playing 24 hours a day ha. i cant seem to get through seasons as quick as some people on here

    also this is making me want to write a story & started lower league. never wrote a story to be honest only playing since 2012 im a late developer to FM & always struggled with lower league games but this is truly a great story so im thinking i might try on FM 17.

    anyway Great story looking forward to more updates
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  30. Great finish to the season! Knowing this club I expect you'll be topping the table next season
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  31. Great end to the season mate. Well done on the big 3-1 win over the scumbags norwich.
    Hopefully you can kick on next season maybe push for playoffs.
    Sad news about ipswich, it seems like the way we are going in real life.
    Are teddy bishop and andre dozzel still there?
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  32. I was surprised just how well we did finish neavie pops23

    Thanks NathanITFC this'll be a big step forward for us and hopefully a summer the club can grow. Unfortunately this marks the second time Ipswich are relegated on this save.

    Wow thanks Wexfordtoffee I'm always thankful when new people read the story to catch up and find out whats going on, must of taken you a while though. Not expecting a Premier League crown any time soon thats for sure. Promotion to the top tier in the net four seasons is the aim. I play the games on 'only commentary' then just have goal replays on, I don't tend to watch the whole game and I did have a lot of time to play the last month lets be honest. Be good to see you develop a story.

    Thanks ChaosBanana I'm not so sure on that though, the media tip us to go down again

    Thanks again Tracz, it ended up being an important win and run of fixtures for us somehow. I'm not expecting a playoff push this season, think the ending to last season was some what lucky but we shall see, I'm targeting the top flight within the next four seasons with any luck. Teddy Bishop is now a 33yo free agent, he left Ipswich for Watford in 2020 then joined Burnley in 2026. Andre Dozzell has been all over the place at Everton, Walsall, Sheff United, Fulham, Bournemouth, Bradford City, Fulham again, Crystal Palace, Coventry and now Premier League side Bristol City.
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2029

    I have rather enjoyed this summer just gone, not really sure why as nothing really changed especially compared to last season. However I feel we have moved forward over the summer months both as a club and as players on the pitch as we look to try and top our fourteenth place finish last season. A busy summer transfer wise, news wise and on the pitch. I was just hoping we could start the season a little better this season around to bring a more enjoyable season than the relegation battle we went though over the last nine months of that season.

    It looks like we could be moving home again. Due to our crowd growing and the supporters now flocking in to see London City FC play week in week out the board have decided to begin searching on a new investor and a new site to build the stadium. Surely it has to be named after me. As long as it has plenty of capacity expansion available as we'll be big time one day!

    Even more good news to come out of the summer, the board have agreed to my constant nagging over the youth facilities and we're going to see some upgrades to it over the next few months. The youth facilities are finally getting a lick of paint, actually, I'm hoping its a little more than that, they're getting an upgrade thats for sure. Our Junior budget and youth recruitment process is also being improved. A busy few months ahead for the club.

    Our league finish last season saw the club earn £5.25million if I remember correctly, this took the club from almost two million pounds in the red back to two and a half million in the black or so. We've spent a bit now in the transfer window and the club upgrades above but its nice to be heading forward financially. Won't be long til we're back in the black though I'm sure.

    Onto the transfer window and once again we've made profit in it. Steve Webb, who was considered one of our better defenders by my scout but personally on stats I didn't think he was, has joined Doncaster for five hundred thousand pounds whilst three players leave on free transfers and Connor Cymond retires from football. Coming in this summer saw two loan deals, a free transfer and two transfers costing us money however Joshua Webb and Bert Schepens are definitely big gains for a club like us.

    Here are all the new men this summer. Joshua Webb isn't the youngest defender, at thirty four he does offer us plenty of experience at the back though. William Bolton, also in to strengthen the back line, will gain some much needed first team action from League One Sunderland and will be used as a rotational player. Victor is a good find in my eyes, a strong defensive midfield to sure things up in that hole and a bargain on a free deal. Schepens and McGregor's stats talk for themselves, they'll both be very strong additions to us going forward this season.

    Our squad is beginning to grow in size again this season which should give us plenty of capacity to rotate the side when we can although I doubt that'll be very often if its anything like last season. Our squad is much stronger this season than it was last season though so I'm hoping we are going to take small, pigeon steps forward this year, hopefully beating our fourteenth place finish last season.

    In my eyes this is a strong summer on the pitch for us. We won five out of six of our friendlies, most of them were easy games for us getting the team ready for the new season however the victory over Belenenses was a surpising one, although shouldn't be losing to Bury. Onto the new season, lets see how we can cope.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2029

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    London City FC - August 2029

    Following my enjoyable summer, seeing some money back in the club and seeing the chairman finally pave way to some new youth facilities it seems like its all systems go at the moment here at London City FC. We survived our first ever season in the Championship last season and now faced our second season here. August would throw us up six matches, four of those in the League with the remaining two in the EFL Cup, so you can already guess we've advanced through one round, but here is all you need to know from August.

    I'd say thats a more than adequate start to our second season in the Championship, two wins from four league games along with two wins in the EFL Cup to see us reach the Third Round. The season began at home against Mansfield who, like us, done well to survive last season, we beat them comfortably here though three nil. McGregor, Allen and Oliveira netting, a solid win and start to the season with a clean sheet. We knocked out League Two side Dartford from the EFL Cup First Round, but required an extra time goal from Johnston to seal the win, Bolton had given us the lead early on. Back to the league, promotion chasing Middlesbrough beat us two one before Millwall beat us at home one nil. A trip to Leeds saw us take our chances and beat them five nil! McGregor hit a brace whilst Johnston, Ali and Samuel also found the net. We finished the opening month of the season with a one nil win away at Brentford in the EFL Cup Second Round. Benkassou scoring to seal our spot in the Third Round where we'll face another Championship side in Norwich.

    Middlesbrough top the league early on, unbeaten with four wins from four on the board so far this season. We're flying high up in seventh place with six wins from our opening four matches. Its been a very strong start to the season, I'm obviously not expecting this to continue nor us to stay this high, but its a good start getting some serious early points on the table.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2029
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    London City FC - September 2029

    A strong start to the season was made in August as we hit a fifty percent win rate from our opening four league games and were in the Third Round of the EFL Cup where we'd play our fellow Championship side Norwich. A great chance for us to progress to the Fourth Round this month whilst we also faced five more league games. Could we continue the strong form we've shown off the blocks this season.

    The green dots continue to fly in over the season as we go through another month with four more wins and just the two defeats. Five league games saw three wins and two defeats whilst we've progressed through the EFL Cup again. We welcomed MK Dons saw us narrowly win the five goal thriller as Johnston struck twice and Smith also found the target. A trip to Fulham saw us lose two nil before returning home and beating Barnsley by a single goal to nil, that being an own goal. Our second and final draw over September saw us lose to newly promoted Aston Villa, Schepens had netted a penalty for us to level the scores. A trip to fellow Championship side Nrowich saw us require extra time again to progress. Borukov gave us the lead nineteen minutes from time, Norwich leveled buy Smith netted a penalty a minute into injury time. We'll face a trip to Arsenal in the EFL Cup Fourth Round. The month ended with a surprise come back win over Derby. We trailed early on before Allen leveled for us. We fell behind again before the break. Second half we came back through McGregor twelve minutes from time before Benkassou netted late on.

    I'm not quite sure how, but we're flying up in the playoffs this season so far. Nine league games in and we're up in fifth place with fifteen points alreaedy this season. We have a game in hand which is against Everton which could see us move up to fourth if we can win it. Again, I'm still not expecting us to remain up here, but we'll enjoy it whilst we are.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2029
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  35. London City FC - October 2029

    We're flying into October with our league position its highest its ever been, we were fifth in the Sky Bet Championship although it was only early days of course. Another busy month for us was October and I was expecting it to be a tough one for us looking at the fixture list heading into the month. We had five league games to face which included Everton and Hull, whilst also traveling to Arsenal in the EFL Cup near the end of the month.

    And a tricky month it was with us picking up just two wins from six matches through October. A trip to Goodison Park saw us lose out against Everton one nil. Back at home we beat Lincon three two, a game which saw McGregor strike twice and Schepens also find the net. But it was nothing consistant as Brentford beat us one nil when we traveled their fourteen days later. A draw then followed as we traveled to Hull before returning home and picking up a needed win as we beat Cardiff two nil with second half goals from Schepens and Benkassou. But the month ended sourly but as expected as we traveled to premier League giants Arsenal in the EFL Cup Fourth Round, they stuffed us five nil, with all five goals coming in the second half. Just now hope I

    We're on the decline now this season with us down to seventh in the league however it really isn't a big problem especially at this stage of the season, we just need to continue doing what we already are this season and we'll be fine, surviving is our main aim again as the media tip us to finish bottom anyway.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2029
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  36. I told you! London City ceases to surprise Poor Everton :/
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  37. Decent start to the season and some shrewd signings. I was looking at getting Connor Dyamond and Ben Whiteman for Kidderminster whilst in the conference and league 2, nice to see that they remained with you until the second year of the championship .
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  38. Long way to go yet ChaosBanana

    Thanks NathanITFC a couple of our signings look standouts for us this year around. Good to see we're considering some of the same players.
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    London City FC - November 2029

    With us doing well this season in the league but now out the EFL Cup it was time to turn full attention back to league action for the next two months. We finished the month of October with a heavy five nil defeat away at Arsenal. With just three league games in November it was time to see if it would of affected our confidence and form this season.

    A nightmare month, failing to win any of our three league matches we faced. A trip to Nottingham Forest saw us lose three nil before returning home to lose two nil against West Brom. And it didn't get any better, we lost to Norwich four one to end the month, Oliveira netted our only goal of the whole month.

    Another drop in our league position as we move down to thirteenth after seventeen league games. We have twenty two points on the board at the moment. We're only eight points outside the relegation zone so its still fairly tight down the bottom end of the table. We do have an easier month on paper coming up so with any luck can improve things a little through December.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2029
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  39. You have a few points on board already and more than last season. With a few tweaks and maybe a new face or two in Jan you can pick up again and go for another push. Strengthen your hold on mid table this season and the playoffs next season, after all this is your 3rd season of 5 to get into the premier for my bet and I don't lose bets on London City FC
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  40. Thanks again neavie pops23 this season has gone very well so far and it'd be very good if we can continue this sort form for the remainder of the season. It is indeed, not sure we'll make those playoffs next year, but if we can strengthen we've got a chance.
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    London City FC - December 2029

    Another calendar year is coming to an end and we're now waving goodbye to the '20s as December is our final month of 2029. December saw things get much busier too after the three game month that was November, we now faced seven games over the wintery month and all in the league as well.

    What a month for us, bouncing back from three straight defeats in November to win five of our seven matches throughout December along with two defeats. A win against struggling Blackburn saw Johnson net twice and Oliveira also on target as we won three one. Next up a trip to another struggling side, this time Preston who we beat two nil thanks to a second half Oliveira brace. Two sides above us next and both beating us, Rotherham come to us to win one nil whilst Crystal Palace welcomed us and romped us four nil. But we ended the calendar year with three straight wins which saw sixteen goals, us scoring eleven of those. A three two win came against Mansfield, Oliveira, McGregor and Smith netting for us, Smiths goal just three minutes from time to secure the win. Our final away trip of the year saw us beat Bournemouth four two, Oliveira netting first, Johnston and Allen both netting within a minute of each other before Schepens netted our fourth late on. Finally ending the year with a home game welcoming Wigan and scoring four for the second game running. Oliveira netted his sixth goal in seven games throughout December whilst Chris Smith netted two in five minutes of the second half, O'Loughlin finally scoring and breaking his long drought.

    Climbing back up the league table. We end the 2029 calendar year up in eighth place of the Sky Bet Championship. Admittedly we're only nineteen points off the top two but of course thats not something we're targetting especially this season. Four points outside the playoffs, perhaps again not a realistic aim but a strong midtable finish could be on the cards, twenty two league games remaining this season, aiming to stay in the division and with any luck, beat our previous best finish of fourteenth.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2030
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    London City FC - January 2030

    And we're into the thirties as we enter a new calendar year in 2030! Definitely over achieving to date this season as we go into the New Year up in eighth place so far. We aren't too far off the playoffs either but it'll be interesting to see how we cope this month with the FA Cup kicking off, we had a home tie against Premier League side Burnley so progression would be difficult this year around.

    All those green dots of December have almost disappeared as we struggle to get wins throughout January. We welcomed high flying Middlesbrough to start the New Year but slipped to two nil defeat at home. We then welcomed Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup Third Round, we were ahead after the first minute through O'Loughlin but slipped to a one all draw and a replay. Another draw followed as we drew two all with Middlesbrough, conceding twice after being in the lead twice, Schepens and O'loughlin netting for us. The FA Cup Third Round Replay saw us lose out, again takin the lead against Burnley through O'Loughlin but eventually crashing out three one. As we welcomed Leeds we grabbed a point, McGregor with our equaliser ten minutes into the second half but ended the month with our first win in six as we beat MK Dons two one, Oliveira and Allen both netting before half time.

    Another small drop in our league position, we now sit down in tenth place but anything above fourteenth this season will be seen as a huge success in my eyes. We're fifteen points away from the relegation zone now so getting safer and safer as the months go by. Still only six points outside the playoffs so another good swing of form and we could be near! Three months to go!

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2030
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  42. I just wanted to say thanks for writing this. I have squandered the whole afternoon living vicariously through your slow, patient rise to these heights. It's great fun to read, but it must be a huge amount of work! Thanks for doing it and keep it up!
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  43. Thank you for such kind words zoomtard its always nice having people read through the whole thing and catching up then leaving these sort of comments. Don't worry thereis a long way to go yet and I've no thought of giving up anytime soon.
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    London City FC - February 2030

    Three competitive months of football left for us this season, three months to try and consolidate a strong mid table finish, hopefully higher than fourteenth. We are now out the FA Cup as Burnley knocked us out in a Third Round Replay in January. Five matches to get through in February and we are currently on a three game unbeaten run in the league, could we extend it and pick up a couple more points through this month.

    We have extended our unbeaten run, but a few too many draws slipping in as we win twice and draw the remaining three games throughout February. We welcomed playoff occupants Fulham at the start of February, beating them three one which was a surprise result. Oliveira, McGregor and an Herd own goal sealing the win. A draw with Barnsley followed as we drew one all, Schepens netted for us after two minutes. Allen netted the only goal in a one nil win over Aston Villa before we drew two a piece with Derby and one a piece at home against Everton.

    We're now up in eighth after thirty three games having now picked up fifty one points which is very good for us this season to date with two months remaining. Last season we finished on fifty five points so we seem set to smash that total this year as we've got thirteen games to play yet this season. nineteen points away from the drop zone I'm feeling ever more confident that we're beating the drop at the end of the year and we're threatening for a playoff spot, just three points outside it now,

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2030
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    London City FC - March 2030

    Eight game unbeaten run, yep, somehow that is what we're on in the league and I'm not quite sure how. We've been sensational so far this season and a couple months left to try and put the icing on the cake of a superb season we've had to date. We had thirteen league games left this season and March would see us face five of those, could we continue to see our unbeaten run blossom whilst we also had the youth intake again this month.

    Despite the money we pumped into the youth facilities and recruitment phase last summer we still don't see any real talent coming through our youth intake this year around. Marriott, Forster and Andrews may make something out of their professional status over the next few years but highly unlikely with us.

    Our unbeaten run did infact continue to stretch we went on to a twelve game unbeaten run as we won our first four games of the month with the unbeaten run coming to an end at the end of it. A trip to bottom side Lincoln saw us win two nil, both goals coming in injury time as Schepens netted in first half injury time and Johnston in the second half of injury time. Two home games followed, we beat Brentford three one with Oliveira netting a brace and McGregor also netting. We beat Hull four two, Oliveira netting a five minute hatrick whilst all four of our goals came in the opening seventeen minutes of the game. Allen netted the only goal of the game in a one nil away win against Cardiff before we finished the month losing four nil at home to title chasing Nottm Forest.

    We're seventh now, outside the playoffs on goal difference. We're likely to miss out on them but will keep fighting right to the end this season. We are safe in the Championship for a second season in a row and can now begin to look forward to next year. Twelve points off the top whilst a win could see us really bring this pack back together.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2030
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    London City FC - April 2030

    With us facing two games in May, for once that'll be a separate update, however lets focus on this here and now. April was a month where we faced six of our final eight league games. A good couple of months could really see us hit those playoffs, an unlikely feat come the start of the season. This was a tougher month than last month on paper though but we've been pulling all the strings this year.

    A very mixed set of results throughout April saw us really struggle to get going at all but still managed to win twice, draw once and lost the other three games. We kicked off the month with a seven goal thriller as we beat West Brom four three. An own goal and two from Johnston in the opening seventeen minutes saw us race into a three goal lead, which we blew, but Schepens stole the show netting in injury time to seal the win. Back to back defeats came one nil against Norwich and then two nil against Blackburn. At home against Preston we beat them two one, coming back from one down with Oliveira and Shepens netting. We drew two a piece with Rotherham before losing three one at home to fellow playoff chasing Crystal Palace.

    Eighth place, two points outside the playoffs, two games to go this season, it'll be close. Its confirmed we have already beat our finish last season of fourteenth place and fifty seven points. Even if we lost both games to end the season we'd still finish in tenth place. However two wins and results going our way would see us finish as high as fifth. Unfortunately for Lincoln it was the dreaded second season syndrome as they finished rock bottom and are relegated.

    Next Update: London City FC - May 2030
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  46. Great season mate!
    Fingers crossed you can finish it off nicely.
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  47. Thanks tracz it sure would finish the season off on a high!
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    London City FC - May 2030

    Here we go then, the final month of the league season and the final two league games, which could turn into four games and could even turn into five should results go our way. We knew we would need to win at least one game to stand a chance of finishing in the playoffs, but really needed four to six points from Wigan and Bournemouth and results elsewhere to go our way, could we manage it...

    Well we sure did, another team meeting as the month began to tell the side to aim for that playoff spot and we picked up two wins and two clean sheets to end the season. Chris Smith netted the only goal of the game in a one nil win away at relegation battling Wigan whilst at home against Bournemouth we won three nil, all three goals coming in the opening forty one minutes as Ali struck the opener and Oliveira with a brace. But now its all on whether that was to be enough...

    We've done it and by the skin of our teeth we're in the Sky Bet Championship Playoffs in only our second ever season in the second tier of English football. What a season. We finish sixth and in the playoffs by just one point over Crystal Palace who picked up two draws in their final two games to slip from fifth down to seventh. Nottingham Forest are the league champions whilst Middlesbrough join them in promotion. We'll now face a two legged tie against Everton in the Semi Finals who we haven't beat in four head to heads whilst Derby and West Brom are in the other Semi Final.

    Everton came to us in the First Leg with two hundred and seventy five traveling fans and they battered our goal, having twenty one shots to our nine but it was us who held firm to hold on to a draw. Sunderland loanee defender William Bolton gave us a surprising lead three minutes after the break but it was canceled out just three minutes later when Cristian Andrade leveled for the former Premier League club. They kept coming but their lack of shots on target cost Everton here, first leg finished one each.

    What a result! We were into the Playoff Finals! Having never beaten Everton in five previous games I was worried that the trip to Goodison Park would end our promotion dreams. But somehow we were superb here, having more of the ball and almost matching them shot for shot with us hitting the target with thirteen of the sixteen we had, a much better strike rate. We raced into a five minute lead through McGregor before Oliveira made it two nil after seven minutes. We changed from 'attacking' to 'counter attacking' after ten minutes. Seven minutes before the break Everton pulled one back but that didn't hault us, Oliveira netted his second of the game in injury time of the first half. And Schepens sealed the deal, nodding home four minutes into the second half. We were in the Playoff Finals against Derby.

    Previous to the Playoff Final we had a strong head to head record against Derby County, in four games we had never lost to them, winning twice and drawing two a piece twice. This made me real excited for the Final and knowing we were just one more unbeaten result against them away from promotion to the big time, stats were in our favor here...

    So close but yet so far, perhaps we crumbled under all the pressure promotion would have bought, but its Derby who win the Playoff Final and in convincing fashion thats for sure. The stats tell the story as does the scoreline. We just failed to get going in the first half and it cost us here. One down in four minutes through McLaughlin, two down in seven minutes as Thornton netted for Derby. And they just kept coming, Shabalala netted after twenty one minutes and McLaughlin had his second from a spot kick in the thirty eighth minute. The goals then dried up but we couldn't get back into the tie.

    As the season came to a close we were paid out £5.25million for participating in the Sky Bet Championship this season and that money will hopefully go towards new players over the summer to strengthen the squad once again as well as hopefully add to our current training and youth facilities to continue to get the best out of the players we have at the club. The bank balance currently stands at just over £4.25million as the club finished the season around £1.5million in the red.

    Its unusual I finish the season with 'big news' but its happening this year around. Firstly the board have given us money to spend freely this summer, a transfer budget of over three million pounds could certainly help us push on next season although the aim will be the playoffs again from my point of view. I'll spend the summer evaluating the squad and whats about to be able to bring in. And we're moving stadiums again this time we're building a brand new stadium in London Colney with a 14,900 capacity. It'll take just over a year to build and has cost the club £18.75 million which has come out of a bank loan. Its a sign of the club moving forward thats for sure.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2030
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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2030

    With the club planning a new stadium move over the next year, building our own stadium will be a big step forward for this club, as was reaching the Championship Playoffs last season. But there was more I wanted the board to work on this summer whilst we actually had the money in the bank balance so I got requesting. I've also got the usual round up of transfer news and our squad, as well as all results on the pitch this summer.

    More facility work will be going on this summer as we upgrade our training and youth facilities. This should hopefully allow our players to reach a better level quality of football as well as being able to bring through some better younger players so we're not constantly having to worry about buying new players in etc. We've also had our scouting range upgraded and can now scout the whole of the world. A huge step forward.

    A busy summer for us both in and out of the club. We saw five players leave with defensive midfielder Victor heading to MK Dons for three hundred and twenty five thousand pounds and youth starlet Miles Dixon head to Cambridge on loan. The other three players were out of contract and left on a free transfer. Coming in, we spent just under one million pounds with one free transfer in that and one more youth project signed.

    Both William Bolton and McGregor were here with us last season on loan from Sunderland and Crystal Palace respectively, I have signed these on to permanent deals this summer and I feel they'll have a few brilliant seasons with us. McGregor was very good infront of goal last season for us. Maddison and Bothe both look like good additions to the midfield whilst Ashley Lewis looks good for a nineteen year old.

    A small squad again this year, we've still got money to spend in both transfers and wages so I will be continuing to look for new players even as the season begins. But hopefully this is a squad that can compete for the playoffs again this year and overachieve as once again we're predicted to finish bottom at 1000-1. Anyone fancy tipping us to win the league...

    A strong summer on the pitch. We remained unbeaten and even beat Spanish La Liga side Granada as we toured Spain. We toured Portugal last season it shows how far the club has come now being able to go on summer tours outside our own country. Four clean sheets too.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2030
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    London City FC - August 2030

    Into our fifteenth season here at London City FC and its been a wonderful stint that I've thoroughly enjoyed. Just one step to go to hit the Premier League, perhaps it'd happen this year. A busy August awaited us as we kicked off our third season in the Championship, the second tier of English football and also began another EFL Cup journey. Could we start the season strongly.

    A very good start to both competitions we've entered so far this season. We welcomed relegated side QPR to kick off this season and grabbed a one all draw as William Bolton, who signed a permanent deal netted our equaliser. Our EFL cup journey began at home against League Two side AFC Wimbledon and a strong four one win saw us easily through with Oliveira netting twice along with Johnston and an own goal. Our only defeat of August came with a trip to Bournemouth where McGregor put us ahead but we lost out. Back at home we beat West Brom four two, Oliveira netted another brace, Schepens and Allen also on target before we beat Birmingham three nil. EFL Cup progression came again as we beat League One side Colchester, O'Loughlin netting late on before we ended the month with a one all draw against Norwich.

    Eighth after the first month of the league season. A long way to go just hoping we can hold our own again this season. Burnley are top of the pile four points above us whilst holding a small lead over Fulham then a further point behind Barnsley, Everton and Rotherham. There are big teams in this division now so fighting for promotion will be hard for us.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2030
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    London City FC - September 2030

    One again we've started the season very, very strongly picking up just one defeat in the opening month of football. We now head into September with our main aim to continue our strong start to league football. We're also still in the EFL Cup with a tie against West Brom this month in the Third Round. It'd be good to go into October with us still in the EFL Cup as well as pressing the league leaders. Lets see what happened...

    Five matches, two competitions, four wins, progression in the EFL Cup and just one defeat. September proved to be another strong stepping stone for us indeed. We beat Leeds comfortably, four nil at home to start the month with a band, Maddison netted a brace whilst Allen and O'Loughlin also were on target. Our only defeat this month came against league leaders Burnley one nil. We returned home to beat Aston Villa one nil. Knocked West Brom out the EFL Cup Third Round, O'Loughlin and Schepens netting either side of the hosts equaliser to guide us to a win. Finally the month finished with newly promoted Sunderland, who we beat in a nine goal thriller. We came out winners six three as Bolton, McGregor, Boothe and Samuel netted one each and Allen struck a brace for us, his two goals coming in the space of three minutes.

    Sixth place after nine league games this season, we're currently showing that we are able to keep up with the bigger boys in the league at this early stage of the season and I know there is a long way to go yet. Burnley remain top on twenty one points, Everton second with twenty whilst Rotherham are behind on goal difference. Fulham and Bournemouth sit on eighteen points with us just a further point behind. And we're still in the EFL Cup which will see us face Premier League side Swansea.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2030
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