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London City FC - A City On The Rise

  1. Thanks John Warrington top four would be a real step forward for us.
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    London City FC - December 2034

    The final month of the 2034 calendar year sees it fall away as we've been very successful this calendar year, much better than expected. We not only secured Europa League football for the first time ever but lifted the FA Cup and the Community Shield. Now we need to see the year out on a high, a busy one though as we faced eight matches across the three different competitions.

    A very good final month of the year but it was epected to be with games against Brentford, Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday all struggling. Two defeats against United though. A five one win over Brentford started the month well with goals from Frik, Nowocien (x2), Webb and Johnston as we ran riot. We then blew the lead late on against Man City, Webb gave us the lead before the host netted three minutes from time. It was a late goal that cost us all three points in Germany too after Webb once again gave us the lead but we conceded five minutes from time. Back to league action we welcomed struggling Fulham and beat them two nil with Nowocien netting a fine brace. The hunt for our first ever EFL Cup will go on as Man United beat us four one in the Quarter Finals, MJRDB netted our goal. Basement side Sheffield Wednesday then welcomed us and I don't think they want to again, we put five past them without reply as MJRDB struck after four minutes, Nowocien netted a twenty five minute hatrick and Webb struck, all five goals before half time. There was a second win for Man United against us this month, beating us one nil in the league before we ended the month with another head to head with Arsenal...

    This is getting funny now! For a third time in a row we've beat Arsenal against the stats! Arsenal hit nineteen shots against us with eleven on target and fifty eight percent of the ball, however we won three one with six shots and four of those on target. Webb struck two for us with Frik also on target.

    And so we head into the 2035 calendar year with the club sat in fourth, occupying a Champions League spot halfway through the season is a sensational effort from the club to date. Chelsea continue to lead the way having lost just one game in nineteen matches to date this season. Both Manchester clubs sit infront of us, one and two points ahead so still catchable. Arsenal are also just a point behind us, it'd be great to even get Europa League football next year again.

    Finally to end the year with some Europa League news. We topped our Europa League group come the end and BMG go through in second with the draw at the end. CSKA-Sofia also end with a point as they drew with Dynamo Kyiv in their final group game of the competition. We'll now face Portuguese side Vit.Setubal in the First Knockout Round and I have every confidence of progressing again.

    Next Update: England - 2034 Round Up
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    England - 2034 Post World Cup Round Up

    And so the final five months of action this calendar year with England is to be wrapped up. We had already had a very, very good calendar year having finished third in the World Cup, much better than we were predicted and the FA expected. And since we've faced six more matches, two friendlies and four games in the European International League, could we better our Semi Final appearance from last year.

    Some pretty good form. We beat Colombia in a friendly two nil before starting my second ever European League and beating Belgium two nil. Portugal then beat us three nil before a friendly draw one a piece with Serbia, a side England haven't beat in head to heads in this game. Back to European League action and two superb wins followed as we beat Beligum away from England, two nil with Rigby netting btoh and then a sensational result against Portugal saw us beat them six two.

    The screenshot is a bit back to front, on the right you can see we won the group from the four matches we played which will see Portugal relegated to the next group. We topped Group 2 with nine points whilst Belgium and Portugal both finished on four points, the latters poor goal difference seeing them finish bottom. We'll face the holders of the competition, Spain, in the Semi Final, the round the board want us to get to anyway.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2035
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    London City FC - January 2035

    And as always, as of late, following the annual England round up we now head back to club football and head into 2035 and now we're hoping it'll be just as successful if not even more than 2034 was. Two new trophies added to the cabinet last calendar year and now there aren't too many avoiding us. We would face a busy start to the year with another seven matches, across two competitions as we began our FA Cup adventure and try to defend our title.

    Two more players depart the club, one on a loan deal and one on a permanent deal. Young Miles Dixon, now twenty three to be fair, has moved to Cambridge on loan, he had made five appearances for us in the Premier League this year. Adam McGregor has departed the club following six years of loyal service. He joined us back in the Championship, originally on loan from Peterborough but then signing a permanent deal for £625k. But unfortunately just a fringe player now, we got back £1.9 million.

    And another January transfer in for us, well, our first and only one this year but we made one last year as well, out of the ordinary for me but couldn't miss this chance. Centre back Nieto was transfer listed by Monaco for ten million and we snapped him up, a steal if you ask me.

    Seven games in January, five wins and two draws, its been a brilliant start to the 2035 calendar year indeed. We began with a very good four two win over Southampton with Webb, Nowocien both netting along with a brace from Torres. We then traveled to Wycombe in the FA Cup Third Round with a brace from Nowocien and Fofana striking to sink the club from League One with a three nil win. A draw against Swansea followed in the league, Dunn sending us ahead before we conceded. A five goal thriller followed against Watford, Webb and two from Briere secured a three two win. Everton are very much our bogey side and we just about snatched a draw against them when Webb struck three minutes from time. We ended the month well with two more home games, first beating league leaders Chelsea four one!! Torres had put us in front before Chelsea leveled. We left it late to win but Nowocien (x2) and Briere netted in the final eight minutes to secure the big win. Finally beating Leicester two one, our goals came at complete ends of the game, Frik in the first minute and Dunn in the ninety first.

    We would be title contenders had it not been for Chelsea having a superb season and sitting ten points clear with fourteen games to play. But astonishingly we are sitting second! Our fourth ever season here and we're playing like we belong here, like we've been here for ages! United trail us by a point and can jump us with their game in hand. A top five finish is looking likely as we're eleven points clear of West Ham who occupy sixth.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2035
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    London City FC - February 2035

    Into February we go and still pleasing everyone with our performances on the pitch, especially the board. Once again we'd face a busy month as we had three different competitions to deal with. It wasn't quite as busy as the last two months but we still faced six matches with just two of those in the Premier League, the other four in the FA Cup and the Europa League. Could we continue our run.

    It wasn't too bad again this month, one defeat, which saw us exit the FA Cup so we won't be defending our crown this year around, but four more points in the league and advancing in the Europa League. We beat Championship side Ipswich in the FA Cup Fourth Round with Arregui and Briere both netting inside the opening twelve minutes. A trip to West Ham saw us beat them very comfortably, four one as Briere netted along with Nowocien who struck a hatrick! Three more away games on the bounce followed, we snatched a late draw against Liverpool with a seventy eighth minute equaliser from Torres. A trip to Portugal in the Europa League First Round saw us grab a nil nil draw against Vit. Setubal. We played a rotated, yet still fairly strong side against West Ham in the FA Cup Fifth Round but crashed out, losing four two as Torres struck both our second half goals. And we started March which I included in this update so I can show you who we face in the next round of the Europa League as we beat Vit. Setubal three one. Two own goals helped us progress along with a late strike from Arregui to secure our spot in the next round, beating the boards expectations again.

    There were a handful of teams I wanted us to draw in the Europa League second round, Vigo, Roda JC, Dinamo or even CSKA Moscow whilst I knew it was important we avoided the likes of Man City, Sevila, Juventus and At Madrid. Much to my delight we did get Spanish side Vigo who I really think we can surpass over two legs. I would of preferred the second leg to be at home but hopefully we can cope.

    Manchester United jump us and move to second, they're now ten points behind league leaders Chelsea who have lost just twice all season, one of those to us last month. We're a further two points behind, now twelve points off the top but only two off second place. Fourth place Manchester City trail us by four points now with Arsenal now six points behind as we're beginning to open up a gap and have an 'easier couple of months' coming up too.

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2035
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    London City FC - March 2035

    Three months of competitive football left to play, three months to secure a top four spot in the league hopefully. Three months to try and continue our European run, our first ever European run at that. March handed us another seven matches across the Europa League and the Premier League. As we already know, we're into the Second Knockout Round in Europe and banging on the door for a top four finish in the league, we also hit a big milestone. I missed the screenshot for the youth intake, but you can guess how it went...

    Yep thats correct, 1000 games in management now, well, it will be by the time we face Vigo for the second time in March which you'll see very shortly. Its been mainly all played with London City FC but obviously the last two years have seen me take on the England role to which probably adds about twenty or thirty matches to my management tally, still a very good tally and won't be long till I hit 1000 at club level too.

    Another very good month at the club, obviously the top result I've already shown and reported on so lets get stuck in from the first league game. Us welcoming Middlesbrough and well, it was a hammering, we hit them for five with goals from Mojovic, Nowocien (x2) Arregui and Brieire. A one all draw away at Spurs followed, another side we struggle to beat regularly. Our first Europa League Second knockout round saw us beat Spanish side Vigo one nil thanks to Fofana. Back to league action, despite going one nil up throuh Torres at home to stoke, we lost four one, on the end of a pummeling there. A trip to Spain to face Vigo saw us narrowly advance on away goal, we came back from one down and two one down to lead three two as Webb hit a superb hatrick. But conceded two in the final ten minutes, luckily it was enough to advance. Finally ending the month with a comfortable three one win away at Reading. Coming back from one down with Fofana leveling before the break, Nowocien and Arregui leaving it late but securing the win inside the final twenty minutes.

    Thirty league games played, eight left to play and we're still third and the likelyhood of us playing Champions League football is looking brighter and brighter by the match. Chelsea have lost another game, but still sit top and eight points clear of second place Man United. They're only two points infront of us but do have a game in hand over us and Chelsea so could close the gap yet. Arsenal are now seven points behind us in fourth but do have a game in hand and can close it to four points whilst City in fifth are ten points behind us with a game in hand.

    Finally the Europa League Quarter Final draw sees us face another Spanish side, this time Sevilla who aren't having the best of seasons, currently sat seventh in La Liga. We'll play the first leg at home in the London City Stadium hopefully in front of a capacity crowd on the 19th April before we head to Spain a week late, could we make it to the Semi Finals...

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2035

  6. Just caught up after a busy weekend and congrats on 7th place, FA Cup, 3rd place in World Cup, Community Shield winner and a fantastic first 30 games of the new season. Defo a premier league title within the next few seasons!

  7. I appreciate you catching up neavie pops23 as I do understand I play through it quickly and it takes time to read it after. We had a great year last season and now looks like we're going one better this year currently.
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    London City FC - April 2035

    April is here! Two months of competitive football to go and it'd be two full months this year around due to our lengthy Europa League run we're still playing in two competitions and technically still in both competitions for the title, however it was very unlikely we'd catch Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League. We had two legs against Spanish side Sevilla awaiting us in the Europa League Quarter Final as we look to continue our run.

    Another sensational month continues our hunt for a first ever Premier League and Europa League title as we get past a second Spanish side this season. We welcomed Burnley at the start of April and beat them comfortably, three one. Torres with one, along with Arregui and Nowocien from the spot. Annoyingly Brentford held us. We then welcomed Spanish side Sevilla in the Europa League and what a performance! Three goals and a clean sheet as Arregui, Nieto and Vanfleteren secured the first leg win. The return to Premier League action didn't holt us as we beat Fulham three nil, all three goals in the second half with Frik, Torres and Arregui netting. A trip to Spain saw us lose the second leg in the Europa League Quarter Final to Sevilla but only to a single goal which saw us advance, three one on aggregate and into the Semi Finals! We ended the month beating Man City, one nil with centre back Nieto converting from a spot kick.

    Technically we're still in the Premier League title race with us sat in fourth and twelve points behind Chelsea with four games to go but its their title as far as I'm concerned. We've got a game in hand over Arsenal and Man united ahead of us in third and second and if we win we'll jump up to second which would be superb. We have secured Champions League football for next season which is a great effort by the club.

    What a draw for us! The Europa League Semi Final sees us face fellow English side Everton who are, at the time of the draw down in fifteenth in the Premier League but currently sit twelfth with us up in fourth. For years we struggled to get one over on Everton but the last two seasons we've finally started, I'm beginning to think about the Final! In the other Semi Final, Bayer Leverkusen will play Manchester City.

    Next Update: London City FC - May 2035
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    London City FC - May 2035

    Here we go then, the final month of another big season, we were still 'technically' in the title race however it was very, very unlikely we'd clinch it as Chelsea were one point off winning it. Our main vision was now on the Europa League. I didn't think I'd be saying that a year ago when it was announced we were heading into the competition. But here we sit in the Semi Finals against fellow Premier League side Everton. We had six matches left to play, potentially seven depending if we could get past Everton with four of those games in the league.

    We reached the Europa League Final as you can see! A superb effort as we narrowly edged past Everton and we'd face Manchester City in an all English Final. We kicked off the final month of the season with a three nil win over struggling Sheffield Wednesday. Nieto, the centre back put us ahead before Fofana doubled our lead before the break. Torres wrapped up the win twenty two minutes from time. The first leg of the Europa League Semi Final saw a goalless draw at Goodison Park with us finishing with ten men so we held on well, would of preferred an away goal though. We then welcomed Man United in the league and draw nil nil. Back to Europa League action we welcomed Everton and at half time trailed one nil, they had an away goal meaning we had to score twice. We went attacking and direct and it paid off! Webb struck after fifty eight minutes to level before Birere secured our spot in the Final eight minutes from time. We then faced Everton again, a third time in four games and just ten days and it was another draw. This time Mazurek gave us the lead before Everton stole a late point. The league season came to an end with a one nil defeat against Arsenal who finally beat us for the first time in four matches.

    Chelsea are the league champions, but that seemed likely from about October time as they have had a superb season, they lost just five games in total and finished eight points clear of runners up Arsenal. Manchester United pip third place a further point off the top spot whilst they finished four points clear of us in fourth place, but we do secure Champions League football next season which is brilliant news for the club. Manchester City took fifth with Liverpool sixth, both fifteen points behind us whilst Stoke are also set for Europa League football with the former too clubs this season. At the other end of the scale, Sheffield Wednesday are relegated, winning just three games all seasons and taking home nineteen points. Watford and Fulham join them in relegation as Brentford survive by two points.

    Close! So close to our first ever European adventure ending with success, the luck of the spot kick denied us. It was an 'all English' tie in the Final of the Europa League which was played at Stadie Pierre Mauroy in France. Plenty of chances for both sides to win it inside ninety minutes. Manchester City perhaps having the upper hand especially as we went into Extra time with ten men when Webb was dismissed. The game eventually went to a penalty shootout and on this occasion it went against us. Manchester City held their own winning three one after four penalties each.

    Next Update: London City FC - End of Season Review 2035
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  9. Well done on getting champions league football, real shame about the Euro Cup final!
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  10. Thanks naterr unfortunately just short in the Europa League but we done so well just getting there.
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    London City FC - May 2035

    My nineteenth season in management and London City FC nineteenth season in existence has come to an end and its been a sensational season whilst we may have only scooped the Community Shield title, we had a very pleasing season showing how far forward we've come over the years. A nineteenth straight season where we've finished in a better position than the year before and thats some stat! We ended up short in the cup competitions domestically, finishing the EFL Cup off in the Quarters following defeat to Man United and crashed out the FA Cup to West Ham in the Fifth Round, denying us the chance to retain our crown. But the big talking points were finishing fourth in the Premier League this season to secure our first ever entry to the Champions League along with reaching the Europa League Final, much better than anyone predicted come the start, missing out on the title to Manchester City on penalties!

    The player stats speak for themselves this season and everyone sure put in a shift to help secure Champions league football next year around. Goalkeeper Grabovac who if i remember correctly is only twenty one or twenty two, broke the clubs thirteen year record for most clean sheets in a season and he'll only grow at this club. Pouget was moved to a back up but still made seven appearances. On loan defender Frik was our highest scoring defender with five goals this season, January signing centre back Nieto netted three. Renato Sanchez made just one appearance but announced his retired, he is now our under eighteens manager. Fofanam bought from PSG had a superb season scoring eleven and assisting a further fifteen goals this season. Joey Torres made the most appearances this season, playing sixty games whilst scoring sixteen and assisting fifteen. Cliff Webb had another good season, scoring twenty one goals as did Nowocien who scored twenty two in twenty six starts for us.

    This was the boards idea and not mine, the youth category is going up again and we'll now have a Level 2 set up, I'm not sure what the highest is, but its good to see it going again. I will also seek to improve our training and youth facilities over the summer and see if we can continue to upgrade to get the very best out of every player at the club and our academy eventually.

    Since we've been in the Premier League we've not been in the red! Its been an astonishing turn around with good TV money and league positional money from the Premier League that has helped us. We now sit on another eighty million pounds in the balance and this sees the board trust us with over fifty million pounds once again this summer and space in the wages as well. We will spend it but spend it wisely to ensure we are improving the squad and make it one who can compete for the League title and Champions League success.

    Next Update: London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2035
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  11. out on pens! what a way to go!
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  12. What a great season mate,
    A bit of a sour note to finish on but still a great achievement to get to the final,
    Finishing 4 is also awesome, how much did you get for finishing 4?
    Any interest in your best performers?
    As your youth intake is so shocking every year have you thought about buying some youth in?
    Look forward to a serious titles challenge next season.
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  13. So unlucky with the final!!

    Looking forward to the champions league run now

    Same as Tracz really any big offers for star performers?
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  14. Just had a little read on the season just gone, well done on getting top four, and good luck in the champions league
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  15. Unfortunately so TheWanderer

    It was a superb season Tracz there was a little interest around Fofana but we managed to seal him down on a longer contract and hes happy now. No other big players wanted to leave, I have decided to look into youth next few seasons if we can't produce any yet.

    Thanks Banger93, a Champions League run is the aim now.

    Thanks for reading rryanwilliams

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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2035

    So we're about to start our twentieth league season and our fifth in the Premier League along with our first ever season in the Champions League, its fair to say this was set to be a pretty big season. I'd obviously love to be able to take the League title this season with it being our twentieth since our existence. Anyway moving on into the summer with all the transfer round up, news and the tactics and Champions League draw.

    Progress is progress. We have moved up forty six places, to forty fifth in the European rankings following our superb run to the Europa League Final last year around. And progress in the rich list as we moved up from twenty seventh to twenty fifth this year in the worlds richest clubs list. I'd love to break into the top twenty this year.

    And we'll continue our progress statements as this season our pre season previews sees the media tip us to finish eleventh this year. Its great to finally see them backing us and believing us and we're now just 45-1 to win the league title this season and if its anything like last year around we could run close. Our team rating jumped us up over a couple more teams this season.

    Not the busiest of transfer windows for us as I realised we needed to focus more on bringing in some English faces rather than just anybody as we needed to fill homegrown player quotas now. We still managed to spend forty eight and a half million pounds bringing in five players with three of those on permanent deals and two loan deals. On the other side of things, Sanchez has retired, hes now our under eighteen manager. Eggert joined leads for an initial three point eight million whilst Charmasson joins Plymouth for seven hundred thousand pounds.

    Here are the new faces and I'm hoping they're all going to pull their weight this season. Nigel Guest looks a very good striker whilst Bird will be more of a backup Englishman to add to our squad. Our other full time signing is Manuel Hoppe who I think will lead our back line for the next few years as the German signs for twenty three million pounds. Both Loanees look solid players and will get game time.

    A strong squad, I'm not sure if its a title winning side yet though as there are a few weaker areas in the squad still but we do have money left to spend in the transfer window and areas to strengthen if we can find the right players.

    The summer on the pitch as always busy but successful enough for us. It proved to be a slow start drawing to Grasshopers then losing to FC Red Bull Salzburg but we pulled it back by winning our next five games, four of those without conceding a goal. We beat Alloa four nil, Braintree just one nil and AEK three nil, all away from home. Smashing Dijon at home seven nil before ending the summer with a three one win over Stevenage.

    Our Champions League season will begin with a two legged tie with Portugal side Vit. Guimaraes. In my eyes we should be winning this tie and reaching the group stage. But we will need to guard against complacency and ensure we don't crash out before the groups.

    Here are the three tactics I'll be playing this season and the players who would be playing in the set places should they be fit. Grbovac obviously starts in goal for all three formations as he is by far our strongest player in the squad. The formation on the left is @VP. undefeated formation he has uploaded so I'll be giving it a go whilst sticking with my own 4-2-2-2 formation on the right and a more defensive 4-4-1-1 to counter bigger teams.

    Next Update: London City FC - August 2035
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  16. Really enjoyed this career so far. I thought of doing a similar thing with a created club from Edinburgh having a crack at the English league.

    One question if you can cast your mind back far enough. How did you manage to get the club to play at Wembley without it massively influencing the club value?

    I tried to put my club at Murrayfield in a similar scenario but it made the club worth millions.

    Anyway, good going so far and it'll be interesting to how much you can grow with that CL money on top of the enormous TV revenue.
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  17. Europa final and top 4,great season. Full on title challenge this year?
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  18. Thanks a lot MMcK its always to find out I've got new readers following this career. Good luck if you take on Edinburgh, hopefully you'll do a career on it? Umm I'm not sure on that one, I obviously set it all up on the editor and ensured the clubs reputation was set to the normal status of most of the clubs in the league.

    Thanks again neavie pops23 I'd love us to go on a title challenge this year, but could be a year or two early.
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    London City FC - August 2035

    Season twenty is kicking off and once again at the end of this season we'll do another yearly round up. But anyway we need to focus on this season and try to finish in the top four once again this year. We're looking to take another step forward for the twentieth season in a row and finish inside the top three. We started the season with plenty of Premier League action as well as beginning our first ever Champions League campaign.

    Not a bad way to start the season, annoying to lose our first match especially at home against a newly promoted Cardiff side, but things then improved to see us win our next four games straight. As I said, we began with a two nil defeat against Cardiff before traveling to West Ham and winning the London derby two one. An own goal and one for Torres to start his season secured the victory. The Champions League saw us start in the Best place playoff and we beat Vit.Guiaraes two one at home, newly signed Guest struck twice for us. Staying at home we welcomed Manchester United and beat them two one, another two goals for Torres as he secured the win for us. Finally the month ended with a fourth straight win, a second against Vit.Guimaraes with us beating them in the Second leg three one. We come from behind with Fofana netting a brace and Burkhard also on target as we reach the group stage.

    Ninth in the league after the opening four games, the opening day defeat to Cardiff definitely cost us a superb start and turning it into a good start. Hopefully we can knuckle down now and sort some constant form out, get ourselves in and around the Champions League places as early as possible to secure it and help us hold on to our better players.

    Oh ffs! Thanks then, what a group that is for us! Our group consists of us, French giants Paris Saint-Germain along with German giants Bayern. The fourth and final team in our group are another big side, Sporting from Portugal and it'll be very hard to meet the boards expectations of reaching the First Knockout Round.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2035
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    London City FC - September 2035

    Following a slow starting opener of the season we went on to win our next four matches across the league and cup competitions. Now we head into September, the second month of the twentieth season and we're beginning our EFL Cup run, along with beginning the group stage of the Europa League and hopefully continuing a strong start to life in the Premier League, lets see how it panned out. Also, some big club news on hand again.

    Well, we are improving the youth facilities again, hopefully getting close, or closer to state of the art facilities. We still can't improve the training facilities but least the youth ones are on the rise.

    Six matches throughout September and we managed to win four of those games and lose the remaining two and they were tough matches. A trip to Leicester saw us win our fifth straight league game as Guest netted the only goal of the match. And made it six wins on the bounce when we welcomed Wolves and won two nil, Nieto and Acuna both netting and keeping a second clean sheet on the bounce. A trip to France, against the capital Paris St Germain and we lost, heavily, four nil, perhaps showing the gulf in class but we were in the game, just couldn't take our chances. Back in England, a trip to Man City saw us narrowly lose out three two, Torres netting both our goals. Our EFL Cup journey began against Championship side Nottingham Forest, Torres gave us the lead but we conceded late on, going on to win on penalties, three one. Finally ending the month at home against Chelsea, winning two one with a late first half goal for Guest and a late second half goal from Fofana.

    Manchester United lead the way after seven league games with six wins and one defeat each, they've both started very strongly this season. United especially with a plus thirteen goal difference. Manchester City occupy third, with us fourth a further point behind again. Early days, of course but we are already there or there abouts to where we should be in my eyes and title challenging again. Liverpool are slow out the blocks this season.

    Next Update: London City FC - October 2035
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  20. wow that was a difficult Champions league group draw! would have been difficult to get any harder teams in your group!

  21. Its a horrible group naterr
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    London City FC - October 2035

    Into October, celebrating another birthday and it'd be another year older for the club too. We had been given a killer Champions League draw in the groups which started last month with defeat against PSG. We'd face both FC Bayern and Sporting this month to see how we sat halfway through this stage of the competition. We also had a handful of Premier League games and the Fourth Round of the EFL cup.

    A superb month! Once again we picked up just one defeat all month and that was a very disappointing one away at Middlesbrough. We kicked off October, on my birthday with possibly the biggest win of my career, beating German giants Bayern Munich two nil, goals from Guest and Fofana sealing the win. We returned to Premier League action with a four one away win against Huddersfield, a very good performance from us with Bird netting and brace along with goals from Guest and centre back Nieto. We got one over on Tottenham, which doesn't happen much, with a three one win at home with Natterman, Guest and Arregui netting, the latter of the three from the spot kick in the final minute. Staying at home for a second game running, we welcomed Portugal side Sporting and won three one to pick up our second win the group stage. Guest netted a brace to take him to five goals in four games this month, Alvir netted our third goal in the second half. Not sure what happened against Middlesbrough, we lost three nil despite dominating the game. Ending the month with a brillian bounce back win, at home against Manchester United, beating them two nil in the EFL Cup Fourth Round with Hoppe and Mazurek netting.

    Ten league games played and we're inside the top four meaning we're looking to play Champions League football again next year. But we don't wish to think too much about that just yet. We've got a long way to go this season, twenty eight games in fact and have also got our Champions League campaign this season still on the go to see if we can extend that.

    Perhaps I have really underestimated just how good of a footballing side we are. I mean, we are a top four English premier League side, why do we fear the likes of PSG, Bayern and Sporting, especially the latter. We're halfway through the group stage and as it stands, three games in we're set to qualify for the knockout Round. Three games to go in the groups.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2035
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    London City FC - November 2035

    With the team now seemingly settled in and familiarized with @VP. tactic we were beginning to hit some good form. October saw us go five wins out of six and we went into November with five more fixtures to play. Three in the Premier League and we'd also face two of the remaining three games from our Champions League group, which at the start I feared we wouldn't qualify from, after three games its looking likely that we could.

    I recently posted that I had now made it to 1000 games in football management, we've now hit that milestone with London City alone. 1000 competitive games in charge and boy its been an incredible journey to date.

    An unbeaten month at a superb time and more importantly four more points picked up in the Champions League. We welcomed Burnley and opened the month with a big win, four one with goals from Alvir, Torres, Mazurek and Fofana. A trip to Portugal saw us draw one all, Mazurek netting for a second game running. Back to Premier League action, we beat Liverpool two one as Fofana and Torres both gave us the lead, one nil and two one and that secured the points before we welcomed Reading and beat them comfortably three nil, Fofana netting a superb hatrick here. We ended the month with a European capital City clash, beating Paris Saint-Germain one nil as Guest struck for us.

    Second in the Premier league and approaching the halfway stage of the season. Manchester City sit top after thirteen league games and we trail them by just three points and have a game in hand. If we win it six nil we'll jump them. But thats not likely to happen. We're performing well at the moment, glad the Champions League pressure isn't getting to us and the extra demand on fixtures.

    We've not qualified yet, but almost! We top our group after five games and with one to go we can qualify with just a point when we face German giants Bayern Munich, who will be playing for their spot in the next round as they currently sit in third place. Sporting who face Paris on the final day of group football, have just a single point this group stage and that came from us.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2035
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    London City FC - December 2035

    Its December, 2035, the year is coming to an end, well calendar year that is, and now we're just seeing it out for thirty one days. A time for rest and family, well, not for us! December was going to be the busiest month i think we have ever faced. With us still in the EFL Cup and Champions League, Premier League games were rocking up to. Thankfully the FA Cup doesn't start till next month. We faced no fewer than nine matches across the three different competitions in December.

    So many matches, so few red notes, scrap that, no red dots as we go the whole of December, all nine games and in fact hit a fifteen match unbeaten run in all competitions. We faced two away ties to start the month against completely different opponents yet managed the same score, we beat Brentford three two with goals from Fofana who struck twice and Guest with one before beating Bayern Munich for the second time in the groups, this time in Germany three two with a brace from Torres and Guest netting again. A Single Arregui goal secured a one nil win on our return to Premier League action against Southampton before we secured a back to back clean sheet beating Arsenal two nil in the EFL Cup Quarter Finals. Arregui netting for a second game running and Guest on target. Three draws followed in the league. Drawing two a piece with Everton and then at home against Stoke before drawing three a piece against Cardiff. Against Cardiff we had given away two penalties, one was saved and conceded three all in the space of the opening fifteen minutes so I'll take a come back point. We rounded the year off with two more away games, beating Arsenal for the second time this month with the same two nil scoreline, Guest and Arredui again being the scorers before beating Swansea three one, Baldwin and Fofana with a brace.

    We head into the 2036 calendar year well and truly in the title race with us occupying second and just three points behind the league leaders Manchester United. Manchester City in third are level on points with us however trail us by goals scored this season whilst Reading are a surprise candidate who occupy fourth place. Its tight and will stay that way I'm sure, we're in the race though.

    At the start of the group stage if you told me we finished third and head into the Europa League spot I would of taken that, if you told me we'd top the group I wouldn't of believed you. But we do! With two victories over Bayern Munich, one over Sporting and one over PSG we have indeed secured not only our spot in the First Knockout Round, but taken the top spot with it.

    And what a draw we have in the First Knockout Round, every ounce of confidence that we'll be seen in the Quarter Finals as we are drawn away at AS Saint--Etienne for the first leg of the tie and will welcome them to London City stadium for the all important second leg. We've only ever played one game against the French side, a friendly back in 2031 which we drew 3-3. Looking to the right we can see some big draws in the round which will see some big sides exit. PSG vs Real Madrid and Juventus vs Barcelona the stick out ties.

    And so 2035 comes to an end for London City FC but we're beginning to make that name for ourselves now. We're still in all four competitions this season, the Premier League which we occupy second place, the Champions League with a winnable tie against Saint Etienne, the EFL Cup with a two legged Semi Final tie against Leicester and the FA Cup which we'll start in January against Barnsley. We're also on a 15 match unbeaten run using @VP.'s tactic.

    Next Update: England - 2035 Round Up
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    England - 2035 Round Up

    A usual quick round up of the calendar year and whats come and gone for England on the pitch. Obviously there was no major tournament this year after the World Cup last year where we finished a more than respectable third place. We're now sitting fourth in the World Rankings, twenty one places above where I took over three years ago now. Not sure how much longer I'll be here though.

    We weren't able to arrange a single friendly this year and didn't play one, instead it was competitive fixtures for all ten of our matches this time around. From the last update you may remember we had qualified from our International League group and so went on to play a Semi Final against Spain, we crashed out here last time but beat them four nil. Only to come runners up to Germany as they trounced us three nil in the Final. Our European Championship Qualifying group was straight forward and so were the results on the pitch. Hungary the only other team to beat us in the calendar year.

    Qualified with ease, twenty one points picked up from a possible twenty four as Hungary grabbed a victory against us. We finished eight points clear of Austria who will also join us at the Euros next year. Surprising to see Slovakia bottom of the group with FYR Macedonia above them. Hungary miss out on qualifying automatically by just two points.

    Bring on Euro 2036! It'll be my second major international in charge of England and could be my last, undecided yet.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2036
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  25. Sorry ive been a bit quiet lately.
    But ive come back and caught up with what is a fantastic season so far.
    Clearly a title contender this season, with that sort of form it im surprised there isnt more of a gap between you and third/fourth.
    Keep it up mate
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  26. I appreciate you catching up and dropping a comment in as always Tracz. It sure has been a fantastic season to date, the gap will begin to open I'm sure.
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    London City FC - January 2036

    So we finished December and the calendar year on a superb run, in fact, unbeaten in fifteen matches following a nine game month that was a brilliant effort from the boys. We now head into the New Year looking to extend that run. Much to my delight we're still in all four competitions which we started the season in and this month would throw us Premier League action and both legs of the EFL Cup Semi Final vs Leicester.

    Another very busy month saw us face eight games in three different competitions. Our unbeaten run has come to an end, we stretched to twenty one games in the end before City beat us. The year started with a narrow one nil win over West Ham with Nieto scoring. We welcomed Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup Third Round and beat them three nil with Fofana, Arregui and Guest all netting in the opening thirty five minutes. A trip to league leaders United saw us grab a well earned point, Fofana netting our goal in the one all draw. The EFL Cup Semi Final first leg drew us at home against Leicester. We lead twice here through Fofana and then Dunn but were held to a draw. Travelling to Wolves we hit our first win in three matches, let goals from Hoppe and Mazurek enough to secure the victory. Our second, of three ties against Leicester this month saw us beat them four one at home. One down at the break before Arregui, Guest (x2) and Mojovic secured a big victory. Twenty one games unbeaten in all competitions came to an end after Man City came from behind to beat us two one, Guest had netted from a penalty early on. Finally a busy January concluded with a huge away win at Leicester in the EFL Cup Semi Final Second Leg, with us winning seven two! That wasn't even on aggregate. Dunn, Arregui and Fofana all struck whilst Guest struck four.

    We're now third in the league but the top three are all separated by just two points as its definitely going to be an exciting run in if we can hold our form we've been showing of late with the extra fixtures we'll face this year. Manchester City now lead the way, they're a point clear of United after twenty five matches. We're in third, a further point behind with thirteen games to play this season. There is then an eleven point gap to fourth and fifth, surprisingly Middlesbrough and Reading.

    And so we're set for our first ever appearance in the EFL Cup Final despite being in the competition for probably ten years or so now. We'll face Chelsea in the Final, they're not having the greatest league campaign this year and haven't lifted this trophy during this save. The last time they won it was back in 2015.

    Next Update: London City FC - February 2036
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    London City FC - February 2036

    Our months aren't quieting down, not any time soon anyway as we remain in all four competitions heading into February 2036. The FA Cup was now underway. we had another Championship side to deal with in the Fourth Round whilst there was no EFL Cup action this month, the Final is in March, we did return to Champions League action with the first leg of the First Knockout Round against St Etienne where we'd hope to grab at least an away goal.

    We've seemed to have cut the draws out of our game since the middle of January however a couple more losses added to our season in February, good news in February is progression through two rounds of the FA Cup. We kicked off February against Championship side QPR and beat them easily in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Guest with a brace along with goals from Bernier and Dunn to seal our spot in the Fifth Round. A trip to Chelsea who we'll meet next month in the EFL Cup Final saw us lose six three! Not sure what happened here, a nine goal thriller for the neutrals. Guest with another brace and Arregui on target for us. We returned home to batter Huddersfield, winning four one, Guest with a hatrick this time around taking him to fourteen goals in just six matches! Nattermann also netting. The first leg of the Champions League First Round Knockout saw us away in France against St Etienne, losing out two one here. Dunn had brought us level before the break however the French side stole the win in the final ten minutes, we got an away goal though. We faced a third Championship side in a row in the FA Cup as the Fifth Round saw us host Nottingham Forest and beat them by the same score we beat QPR, four one. Arregui with a brace and Guest with two for himself, again! We ended the month with a two one victory of Spurs, meaning we've done the double over them this year with Guy and Guest netting.

    We're still in that Premier League race and pushing for our first ever top tier title. Man United lead the way and are a point clear of us whilst having a game in hand as well. Man City, a point behind us also have a game in hand and can jump us but with ten league games to go, we've got to be considered in with a shout of winning it this year. And with us thirteen points clear of Chelsea we're set for another record finish in third if we don't mess up late on.

    Next Update: London City FC - March 2036
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  28. Great to see you still challenging mate, should be a good end to the season!
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  29. Thanks Godfish93 it sure will be.
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    London City FC - March 2036

    Into March and this would see us finally end our run of being in all four competitions this season. We head into the month in the Premier League title race, along with us still featuring in the Champions League and FA Cup, whilst facing Chelsea in the EFL Cup Final this month. We also had the youth intake, could we finally get a gem through our youth ranks and onto bigger things...

    Not quite a gem, but it seems players are beginning to grow over the years. The top couple of players will be kept and sent out on loan for the next couple of years to see if they can grow over the year or two they are with us.

    EFL CUP CHAMPIONS!! We've added another 'new' trophy to our trophy cabinet as we have now secured the EFL Cup with a narrow three one victory over Chelsea in the Final to kick start March with a party. We started brilliantly and bossed play, Fofana netting after sixteen minutes before Guy made it two nil after twenty. Come the break we had a comfortably three goal lead, Fofana netting again. We went on to concede in the second half but held strong to lift the EFL Cup.

    And that went on to set the tone for the rest of the month, with the cup Final win we went on to win a further four matches out of five, just losing one to Liverpool. We welcomed Middlesbrough for our first league game of the month here two own goals in half an hour helped us on our way to a three nil win, Brier netting in between those two goals. As we welcomed AS Saint Etienne in the Champions League First Knockout Round Second Leg, we played superb to overturn the two one aggregate score, shocking them with a seven nil win! Arregui struck the only goal of the first half before Guest hit four second half goals, Dunn hit two and Nattermann rounded off the rout to put us in the Quarter Finals. Another home game in another cup, the FA Cup Sixth Round saw us welcome Man United and beat them on penalties three nil, we drew two a piece in the game. Guest gave us the lead before we fell two one down with half an hour to play. Dunn leveled things for us before we wrapped up the win in the shootout. Our only defeat of the month came against Liverpool, losing two one before we traveled to Burnley and won four two to end on a high. Fofana, Guest, an own goal and a Torres strike secured a win for our final game of March.

    I'd say we're set for a top three finish, we're close to the top but could fall just short come the end of the league campaign looking at things. United still lead the way, two points ahead of us and a game in hand. Manchester City in third are a point behind us and also have a game in hand over us so could jump us yet. West Ham are fourth and eleven points off City in third. Surprising to see Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs tenth and lower this season.

    Champions League Quarter Final will see us face Arsenal over two legs which I'm more than hoping we can pass through them again. The first leg is away from home which could be vital once again as we'll face fellow London side at home for the all important second leg.

    Next Update: London City FC - April 2036
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    London City FC - April 2036

    And so into April, the penultimate month of a very, very enjoyable campaign, possibly the most enjoyable one I've had on this career. Not only are we competing for a Premier League title but we're in the race for a Champions League crown. After reaching the Europa League final last year, we aimed for the Champions League Final this year. We've got both legs of the Quarter Final up this month against Arsenal as well as the FA Cup Semi Final against Stoke and of course plenty of Premier League action.

    A mixed month, no draws slipping in but five wins and three defeats, unfortunately the final defeat of the month a very costly one it'd seem. We beat Reading four two away from home to start the month with a bang, there were goals for Briere, Dunn, Guest and Nattermann. A trip across London to face Arsenal in the Champions League Quarter Finals saw us narrowly miss out but score three away goals in a narrow four three defeat. Guest, Briere and Torres on target for us. Torres then went on to net a brace at home against Brentford in a three one win, Dunn also netting, his goal came four minutes into injury time. The Second leg of the Champions League Quarter Final saw us welcome Arsenal and beat them this time, two nil which saw us through five four on aggregate as Guest scored both. There was a brace for Torres against Southampton, but we lost four two. Back at home for the final time this month, we beat Everton four two, Toress, Dunn with a brace and Guy securing that win. We're still on for the double this season to as a Torres brace secured our spot in the FA Cup Final as we beat Stoke two nil. Finally our Champions League hopes could be over as the side who beat us in the Europa League Final last year on penalties, has beat us in the Champions League Semi Final five one. Alvir initially put us ahead in the opening minute. We'll need to win by four goals to progress now.

    Whilst it would of been fitting to win the Premier League this season, our twentieth season as a club, its looking unlikely now as Manchester United lead the way with them having just two games remaining this season and top by a point over fierce rivals Man City. Like us, Man City have a game in hand and could jump United, alternatively we could jump City if results went our way and close the gap to three points to the league leaders but their strong goal difference is looking likely to hault our chances of the title. We've secured Champions League football next season though and another progressive record finish in third at least, West Ham need a single point to keep Chelsea out the Champions League next season.

    But the domestic brace could still be on this season as we will feature in the FA Cup Final this season and face relegation candidates Swansea. They're currently sitting down in eighteenth position this season with two games to go. They can still survive on their own results with a couple going their way but we have to be favorites to scoop both domestic top flight cup competitions this year.

    Next Update: London City FC - May 2036
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  31. What a season!!
    What ever happens over the last few games its been a huge success!
    Fa cup and league cup double would be a great 20th season celebration!
    Pitty about champions league, but hopefully the run has made players sit up and take notice,
    Wouldnt of done your finances any harm.
    2nd or 3rd would also be a great finish, but never give up, stranger things could happen!
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  32. Its been a very incredible and enjoyable journey thats for sure Tracz and this season has been just as fun. We've done well to get the EFL Cup this year and should beat Swansea in the FA Cup Final as well. Unfortunately our finances have taken a hit this year due to the increase in wages but we're okay still.
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    London City FC - May 2036

    And so we enter the final month of an enjoyable season which has seen plenty of highs and maybe just one or two lows all year. We've been exceptional and thats shown as we've reached the EFL Cup Final and lifted the trophy as well as reaching the FA Cup Final. We are outsiders for the Premier League but with three games left still stood half a chance whilst it seemed all but over against Manchester City in the Champions League after losing five one in the first leg.

    Our Premier League hopes were over by the final day when we lost to Arsenal, our Champions League hopes were ended by Manchester City in the first leg anyway. Our main focus was the FA Cup Final to try and seal a double this season. Our final away game this season kicked off the month with a three one win over Stoke. Joey Torres hitting all three of our goals. We grabbed a one all draw against Manchester City in the Champions League Semi Final Second Leg as it finished one all, Dunn fired us ahead but we were already out. We welcomed Swansea in the league, who we'll face in the FA Cup Final, and beat them three one with Guest netting a brace before getting injured and Torres netting our third goal. Arsenal beat us on the final day one nil.

    Third in the Premier League come the end of the season and its been a very good one for us, another step forward from our fourth place last year and not bad for our twentieth season as a club. Of course I wanted us to win the title this year around and it would of been fitting. But third will do. Manchester City jump Manchester United who picked up just two points from their final two games to blow the title. We finished just eight points off the top this year. West Ham also head to the Champions League this year whilst Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal head for the Europa League. At the other end of the scale Burnley and Cardiff are relegated and will be joined by FA Cup Finalist Swansea.

    CHAMPIONS! The Double secured! We have clinched our second ever FA Cup and it comes just two years after our first one. It was an easy Final for us where Swansea barley even turned up. Twenty six shots, twenty on target and winning four one. Briere fired us ahead on the ninth minute with Arregui and Mazurek making it three nil before half an hour was even played. We conceded one before the break but that didn't dampen our spirits as Dunn went on to make it four one, after Guy had been given his marching orders for two bookable offences.

    Next Update: London City FC - End Of Season Review 2035/2036
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  33. Congratulations great season!

  34. Fantastic! What an effort!

  35. Thanks Tracz

    Thanks Josh Warrington it was a superb season.
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    London City FC - End Of Season Review 2035/2036

    The curtain comes down on season twenty and what a season it has been for us. We scooped the domestic double, taking both the EFL Cup and FA Cup to our trophy cabinet for the season whilst also finishing third in the Premier League and crashing out the Champions League Semi Final. It sure has been a fun season and now just a quick recap at the end of the season before a twenty season round up later on.

    In goal once again Grabovac continued to impress and played all but nine matches as he got injured towards the end of the season. He ended up with a seven point zero two rating, the same as Pouget who played nine matches. Mojovic in defence amazingly assisted seventeen goals this season whilst our highest scoring defender was Nieto with three. Nigel Dunn made fifty three appearances this season and that saw him score fifteen and assist fifteen. However our man of the season played up front, started sixty two matches, scored forty six and assisted nineteen, picking up the highest average rating of seven point four eight was Nigel Guest.

    Our finance took a bit of a hit this year mainly because we are now spending more on wages, however we made a lot of money, thirty five million for our league finish and another six or so million for our Champions League finish which has seen our balance rise to eighty nine million again.

    And with that, the board decide to spend even more money which is good. We're becoming a spending club but mainly on facilities now. Our youth facilities and youth category ratings are on the rise once again and the board are going to expand the stadium once more. It'll cost us twelve million pounds to add 6,555 more seats and take our capacity up to 28,905 all together.

    Next Update: England - European Championships 2036
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    England - European Championship 2036

    The summer would wrap with the European Championships, my second ever international tournament. We had taken England from twenty fifth to third in the World Rankings and finished third in the World Cup. Now we head into the European Championships trying to go two better and winning the competition. I was in two minds as to whether to stay on with England or not.

    Well, not a great run of form in the group stage thats for sure, one win, one defeat and one draw. We kicked the tournament off in style with a four nil victory over our near rivals Wales. Twibey gave us the lead, Andrews netted a brace and our very own Guest also struck. Guest also netted a brace in a four two defeat that shocked us from Czech Republic. We finished the group stage with a one all draw against Holland. Bridge netting our equaliser.

    Luckily four points was enough to see us through our group, in fact, three points proved to be enough as well. Czech Republic are the surprise groups winners and not only that, they're unbeaten through the group stage with two wins and a draw. Holland also surprise us by finishing bottom, pointless and bottom of the group. Wales qualify under the best place third side with three points.

    The Second Round saw us face a strong Belgium side, the game was very even and could of gone either way, however it went our way with a two nil victory. Manchester Uniteds star striker Callum Rigby gave us the lead five minutes before the break before Bridge secured our spot in the Quarter Final spot.

    The Quarter Finals, us vs Italy and another narrow win with another clean sheet. We were much better this time around even if the score doesn't show it. Bridge netted for us five minutes into the second half and that was that. A spot in the Semi Finals awaited.

    What a game, what a performance! Germany were left stunned by our attacking display here as we smashed them five nil, in Dortmund which would of hurt them as well. We had twenty one shots, twelve on target whilst they managed just five shots the whole game. Matthew Bridge was perfect this game, netting four goals. He had a brace after thirteen minutes with the other two coming in the second half. McConnell netted our fifth in injury time.

    How fitting is this, the final of the European Championship and potentially my last ever game in charge would see me reach my fiftieth match in charge. Its been a very fun stint with the national team and we've had two superb runs in both big international competitions we've faced now, could we see the Euros end on a high...

    European Championship Champions! Switzerland couldn't handle us just like Germany couldn't in the Semi Finals. We were superb again, scoring five for a second game running to seal the title. We went ahead after twenty two minutes through Butler before Guest struck a brace before the break, his second from the spot kick. Fitzpatrick soon made it four nil after the break. We conceded an own goal before Rigby rounded off the tournament with our fifth goal.

    And so I've called time on my stint at England. I felt the last year it was time to step down. London City FC are really pressing on in the league now and we're competing for the league title and Champions League with the clubs reputation really growing and with my managers reputation risen over the last four years it was time to cal time on things. Fifty matches exactly saw us win thirty nine, draw four and lose just seven matches. Along the way we amazingly scored one hundred and thirty three games, almost three a game, conceding just twenty eight goals. We lifted one cup, the European Championships.

    Next Update: London City FC - Twenty Year Review 2036
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    London City FC - 20 Year Review July 2036

    Its that time again for a quick round up, twenty years have now gone by and its been a pretty memorable rise to where we are now. From Vanarama National League relegation candidates to Premier League title hopefuls. We've scooped a few new trophies since the fifteen year review. Its been a very fun journey with tough times, very tough ones, but also some amazing days, months, seasons which has seen us become the club we are now. Anyway, a quick recap on where we started and where we are now.

    Once again the club overview screen to see how its gone over the years, on the left, year one, on the right, year twenty. The club have of course gone from Semi Professional to Professional, that was the case for probably ten years now. Our reputation has moved to continental now which is superb with our finances at Rich, being estimated a value of five hundred and ninety one million! Of course we now play at London City Stadium which currently holds twenty thousand seven hundred and eighty six seats but will be increased this year. We have good youth and good training facilities which will continue to grow over the years.

    Twenty seasons and each and every season we have managed to finish at least one position higher than the year before. Now thats some stat! The last three seasons we've finished seventh, fourth and then third in the Premier League so we're targeting a top two finish this time around. Our trophy cabinet has grown massively, back at the start we had just the English Spartan South Midlands Premier Division as I couldn't remove it. Since we've added a Vanarama National North and National league title, two FA Trophies along with the Skybet League Two and League One titles. Narrowly missing out on a Championship crown. But we now have the Community Shield, the EFL Cup and two FA Cup crowns to add to our growing cabinet.

    The transfer window has been partly played and due to some deals this saw our transfer balance grow up to over one hundred million but we've since spent some. Back at the start of the career I think the club had two million pounds. About five seasons in we were in debt and as we went into the Championship I think we hit almost ten million pounds in the red at one point. Now we have a massive seventy one million pounds in the bank balance. We're a big club these days!

    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
    2024/2025: Sky Bet League Two - 12th (64pts), Checkatrade Trophy - Group Stage, EFL Cup - 1st Round, FA Cup - 3rd Round
    2025/2026: Sky Bet League Two - 6th (72pts),Playoffs - Runners Up, Checkatrade Trophy - Group Stage, EFL Cup - 2nd Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2026/2027: Sky Bet League Two - 1st (86pts) , Checkatrade Trophy - Group Stage, EFL Cup - 1st Round, FA Cup - 1st Round
    2027/2028: Sky Bet League One - 1st (85pts) , Checkatrade Trophy - South Quarter Final, EFL Cup - 1st Round, FA Cup - 5th Round
    2028/2029: Sky Bet Championship - 14th (55pts), EFL Cup - 2nd Round, FA Cup - 4th Round
    2029/2030: Sky Bet Championship - 6th (76pts), Playoffs - Runners Up, EFL Cup - 4th Round, FA Cup - 3rd Round
    2030/2031: Sky Bet Championship - 2nd (89pts), EFL Cup - 4th Round, FA Cup - 4th Round
    2031/2032: Barclays Premier League - 16th (38pts), EFL Cup - Semi Final, FA Cup - 4th Round
    2032/2033: Barclays Premier League - 14th (41pts), EFL Cup - 4th Round, FA Cup - 6th Round
    2033/2034: Barclays Premier League - 7th (62pts), EFL Cup - 4th Round, FA Cup - Winners , (England) World Cup - Third Place
    2034/2035: Barclays Premier League - 4th (76pts), EFL Cup - Quarter Finalist, FA Cup - Fifth Round, Europa League - Runners Up
    2035/2036: Barclays Premier League - 3rd (82pts), EFL Cup - Winners , FA Cup - Winners , Champions League - Semi Finalist, (England) European Championship - Winners

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    London City FC - Pre Season Round Up 2036

    Season twenty one is here and we're about to get going. The summer was a busy one for myself as I faced the European Championships with England, and won it, I'd just like to add again, before resigning allowing me to fully focus on the job in hand with London City FC. We've had plenty going on with club news, pre season title odds, transfers, and there were lots of those, as well as friendly results and the first competitive game of the season, the Community Shield.

    More progress and its good news for another year as we've moved up the European club rankings list following our Europa League final appearance two years again and then the Champions League Semi Final run last season, we now sit twenty ninth following a rise of sixteen places. We also moved up in the rich list, moving from twenty fifth to fifteenth in the World. As you can see, Spain also offered me a contract this summer, but its too early for a return to the international scene. One day I'll go back.

    Pre season title odds suggest we're really in with a shout of the title this year, just 25-1 and I'm enjoying watching this get lower and lower each year. We are predicted to finish sixth, behind West Ham, Chelsea, Arsenal, City and United but I'm aiming for a top two spot this yea around, preferably that top spot.

    A very, very busy transfer window once again as we looked to strengthen again and try to bring in some more English faces this year again but it didn't all go to plan there. Eight new faces joined this year with us spending sixty nine million. We broke our transfer fee record on Sen from Schalke whilst taking two faces from Southampton, one from Everton, two from Arsenal and then two free transfers. We got Landzaat on free as he had no contract attached! You may notice Frik joined us on a free, he had played for us on loan from Chelsea before and was let go, a good signing again. On the otherside of the door we saw Torres cry about something of nothing and then leave to join Chelsea for twenty seven million. Johnston the only other playing leaving on a permanent deal, one point six million. Four players have left on free deals again.

    A full round up of the summer signings and as you can see, we should of strengthened in all areas this year once again. Four of the new faces are English which certainly helps us for our homegrown player status in Champions League games etc. Most I spotted whilst managing the national side. This sees transfer listed Keith Andrews join for just twelve and a half million and hes valued at double that. Two English faces from Southampton, following keeper Pouget retiring this summer we needed a new keeper, Wall comes in and will be tough competition for Grabovac in goal. Frik rejoins us after a year on loan after a couple seasons with Chelsea he was released, a free deal and good value for us. Sen broke the transfer record for the club but he will live up to that price tag. Arsenal sold us Landzaat for free as he had no contract attached (perhaps a bug) whilst we scooped wonder kid, nineteen year old Tagoe who may go on loan still yet. The final deal of the summer to date saw a free transfer for young star Ben Burton, again he may go out on loan.

    The squad ratings are looking good and we can begin to trust these now we're in the top tier, signing top players and predicted to finish in the top six. Two quality keepers who will definitely fight it out for the number one shirt this year. Our defence also looks very good and competitive which I hope can see us keep even more clean sheets this year. Midfield is perhaps a bit slack but our attacking midfield and strike force should help us score plenty, Guest will be a key player for us again this year.

    Due to the European Championships I forgot to organise friendlies, well, extra friendlies. These were the ones set up by the assistance and thankfully we went through the three of them unbeaten. We drew one a piece with Zenit, beat feeder club Stevenage before we beat French side Stade Rennais five nil at home, Guest netting a hatrick to put him in good shape for the season ahead.

    Champions! Two out of two for the Community Shield. We won it against Arsenal against the odds a couple seasons ago, we've won it here against the stats against Manchester City, but perhaps deserved it for our comeback display. An own goal sent Manchester City ahead before Skorupan made it two after thirty six minutes. After the break Briere made it two one but any chance of a comeback seemed dead when Skorupan netted again with half an hour remaining. Our heads didn't drop though, Briere made it three two with fifteen minutes to go and four minutes later Arregui secured a draw to send the game to penalties. And thats were summer signing and debutant keeper Wall made his mark, saving three penalties as we won three two after five penalties each.

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  39. What a great season, 3 trophies and yet more progress in the league. EPL champions this year I reckon!
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  40. Thanks neavie pops23 it was a great season indeed, I'm really hoping we can get that title this year.
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    London City FC - August 2036

    The season was underway in the last update following a busy summer and then going on to lift the Community Shield on penalties against Manchester City. August threw us three more matches, these were obviously all Premier League games as this year we would enter the Champions League straight into the group stage and that draw is included come the end of the update.

    Following that Community Shield success we've taken that into the season with three Premier League games and three Premier League wins as we start as we mean to go on. We traveled to London rivals Arsenal to start the month and narrowly beat them one nil, Guest netting twelve minutes from time. We made it two wins from two and two clean sheets on the bounce when we beat Reading at home one nil, Natterman this time netting seventeen minutes from time. The month ended with a fourth win from four and three out of three in the league as we beat Leicester five two. Briere netting a brace, his first after just two minutes. Tragoe got his first ever goal for the club following his summer move whilst Arregui and Dunn were also on target.

    Top of the league after the opening month and thats how we need to carry on this season. Only us and London rivals West Ham have managed to win all their matches so far, three out of three and we sit top by a single goal over West Ham. City, Chelsea and United have all started well whilst Arsenal are really slow out the blocks this year with one point from the opening three games.

    Its another tough Champions League group draw for us as we'll face French side PSG for second year running along with Italian Serie A side Juventus and FC Red Bull Salzburg will round up the group. I'm confident we'll at least finish third in this group but id we can qualify again that'd be perfect. We already know we can beat PSG.

    Next Update: London City FC - September 2036
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    London City FC - September 2036

    We march into September unbeaten after four wins from four games and having scooped that Community Shield we were fully focused on Premier League action last month. However September would see us try and open the defence of our EFL Cup with a game against Championship side Derby whilst also kicking off our Champions League campaign against French giants PSG who we faced last year in the groups too.

    Still unbeaten in domestic football however our European campaign started with a defeat as PSG narrowly beat us. The month started with a league win against Everton, winning three nil with our third clean sheet in four games. Briere continues his great start to the season, netting after ten minutes with Arregui and Andrews also on target. We welcomed PSG and narrowly lost, an even game which ended one nil to the French giants. We traveled to Nottingham Forest in the league and won six three, a nine goal thriller. Briere netted in the opening minute with Guest netting after eleven minutes. Mojovic struck a brace whilst Dunn and Andrews were also on target for us. The EFL Cup began with us defending our title away at Derby in the Third Round, we won four three. I had a rotated side out originally when Andrews gaveus the lead. We found ourselves two one down then three two down with Fofana netting before Guest struck a brace off the bench to see us through. Finally we end the month welcoming Southampton and scoring six for the second time in three matches as we won six one here. Bernier and Landzaat netting their first goals of the season. Guest and Briere also had a goal each whilst Chris Bird netted a brace.

    Six wins out of six in the league and we're top and clear! We've racked up eighteen points and a plus sixteen goal difference already this season which is brilliant early on. We've already opened up a five point gap on the remaining pack with both Manchester clubs and Tottenham all on thirteen points. We're eight points clear of West Ham in fifth and Chelsea in sixth and we are the only unbeaten team to date. Arsenal sort out their miserable start and are now up to eighth.

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    London City FC - October 2036

    Unbeaten in the league after six games from the opening two months and our EFL Cup defence had began. We also kicked off the Champions League campaign for the second straight season. Into October, despite a long international break, we still managed to face six matches over three difference competitions, could we continue our strong start in all three competitions come the end.

    An unbeaten month and not only that, it proved to be six wins from six as we really showed the power of the club this month around. It started with a brilliant win in Italy as we beat Juventus in the Champions League two one. Guest put us ahead from the spot just before the half hour mark. Early in the second half it was one all before Landzaat secured the win. We returned to England and headed to Middlesbrough to beat them by the same scoreline, this time Arregui and Mojovic netting for us. Our first of two home games this month saw us welcome Watford and saw us win five nil. We thumped them with Landzaat, Arregui and Guest netting one each whilst Briere hit a superb brace for us. Another trip in the Champions League, this time to Austria as we beat Red Bull Salzburg and beat them three one. All three of our goals came in the first half with Guest, Landzaat and an own goal helping us across the line. West Ham welcomed us and saw a narrow win go our way in a five goal thriller, Guest hitting a hatrick before we ended the month welcoming Bretford in the EFL Cup Fourth Round with Guest netting the only goal of the game.

    Nine played, nine won in the Premier League and we look unstoppable at this stage of the season, could it be a season of the unbeatables, unlikely as the only 'top team' we've faced so far this season is Arsenal IIRC. We sit five points clear of second place Tottenham whilst both Manchester clubs sit seven points behind us in third and fourth whilst a further five point gap then follows.

    PSG hold the top spot halfway through the European Champions League group stage with three wins from three and a plus eight goal difference. We currently sit second with six points whilst Juventus are third with three points. We'll need to ensure we take maximum points at home against Juventus and especially Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg if we want to progress.

    Next Update: London City FC - November 2036
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    London City FC - November 2036

    Into November we go, still sitting in all three competitions we started the season in as well as scooping the Community Shield of course, lets not forget that. Our league form had been incredible so far this season, perfect you could say with nine wins from nine matches in the league, we had also won our last nine games on the bounce in all competitions. Could we extend this further into November...

    Six more matches, we've finally lost in the league and PSG have done the double over us in the group stage, but we picked up four wins away from the two defeats. We welcomed Derby to start the month and beat them two one, coming back from one down with two second half goals, Arregui and Landzaat securing the come back. Back to European football we welcomed Red Bull Salzburg and it was another dominant win with a three one victory. Hopewell, Mazurek and Andrews all on the scoresheet for us. A trip to White Hart Lane, across London saw us lose for the first time in the league with the fellow Londeners beating us two one, Guest with our goal. We beat Wolves one nil through Nattermann at home before taking a trip to France. We lost two nil against PSG as they secure the double over us this year in the group stage. Ending the month with a much better performance, beating Man United three two as Briere netted after five minutes to get us off to a flyer. Our other two goals came from our summer signing Keith Andrews.

    Still top of the league and now with a single league defeat to our tally following Spurs turning up the heat on us. We're eight points clear of our fellow Londeners though as we continue to lead the way 'comfortably' to date. Man United lose ground and slip to fifth as Arsenal jump up to fourth. Man City remain in third to date this season.

    Qualification hangs in the balance of the final group game. PSG are through and top the group without even needing to play their final game with five wins from five. We currently occupy second and as long as we dont lose by more than one goal at home against Italian giants Juventus we will go through. Anything more then we'll head to the Europa League.

    Next Update: London City FC - December 2036
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    London City FC - December 2036

    The final month of 2036 is here and with no England football to round up on after this month it'l speed us up into the New Year and onto the remainder of the season. We are in superb form so far in all competitions and are on the verge of Champions league qualification again if we can avoid more than a one goal defeat against Italian giants Juventus, if not we were heading to the Europa League. Lets see what happened as we faced seven games in three competitions.

    Almost an unbeaten month, just Chelsea held us and got points from us towards the end of the month. We traveled to Watford in the EFL Cup Quarter Final and beat them, netting five past them for the second time this season winning five two. Goals from Guest, Bird and Briere netting a hatrick helped secure the big win. We welcomed Liverpool and blew a three goal lead which we built up in thirty two minutes from Dunn and Briere double, but slipped to a single point. There was no complacency in the Champions League final group game, beating Juventus five one!! Andrews netted a hatrick in twenty eight minutes for us whilst Guest and Nowocien were all on target too. Back to league action we went to a wet and windy Stoke and narrowly beat them four three, another hatrick came, this time for Guest after Dun had opened the scoring. We hit five for a third time in December when we beat Huddersfield five one. Nattermann, Guest, Arregui, Bernier and Bertolotti netting for us. Chelsea came from behind twice after Andrews put us ahead each time and saw for London City FC player Joey Torres net the winner. We ended the month with a three one home win against Brentford.

    End of the calendar year, top of the league, seven points clear, a game in hand, still in the EFL Cup and Champions League. Things are looking just grand for us here at London City FC once again and we could be moving in to our first ever Premier League title it'd seem. Its currently Tottenham who occupy second place and seven points behind us despite playing a game more. Manchester City in fourth could reduce the gap though if they win their games in hand.

    PSG don't quite get the perfect Champions League group as they are held against Red Bull Salzburg in the final group game to drop two points. Our more than comprehensive win against Juventus at home, to see us complete the double over them saw us qualify in second place with twelve points. Juventus head into the Europa League.

    Perhaps finishing third would of been better and heading to the Europa League Knockout Rounds instead! To be the best you need to beat the best or at least get an easy run through the competition. We will face Barcelona in the First Knockout Round of the Champions League and the first leg will be in London, With us traveling to Spain for the all important second leg.

    Next Update: London City FC - January 2037
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  45. What a great start to the season mate.
    A tough draw in the champions league mate.
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  46. Nice cushion above second place! this is London's year!
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  47. Totally winning my bet again this year! LCFC for the title
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  48. Thanks Tracz we've been superb so far, just need to try and five our best against Barca.

    Its a good cushion, Man City is the worry naterr

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    looks like you've nailed it again.
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    London City FC - January 2037

    Into yet another New year and still enjoying the save and the journey we've gone through with London City FC. Come the end of 2036 it looked set to be our year with us leading the table by seven points and having a game in hand over the chasing pack, bar City. It would be a very busy month seeing us face ten matches across the league, FA Cup and the EFL Cup once again, could we continue our run in all competitions...

    Burkhard was the only transfer of the window, he leaves to join Swansea for an initial nine point two five million pounds which can rise to thirteen million with add ons. We initially signed him back in 2033 for seven and a half million pounds from Wolfsburg. A profitably deal again.

    Ten matches, six wins along with three draws and one defeat across what can only be described as a very, very busy month! It started at home with a goalless draw against Arsenal before we welcomed Preston in the FA Cup Third Round, three second half goals saw us ease through with Briere, Fofana and Sen netting for us. Manchester City beat us three two after going three nil up we tried to come back with Hope and Sen netting. A fourth home game of the week saw us welcome and beat Leicester two one. Guest and Dunn putting us ahead twice and finally we held on. The EFL Cup Semi Final first leg saw us ease past Chelsea, one nil away from home. We recorded a third straight win when we went to Everton and won three one. Bertolotti, Guest and Tagoe on target for us. We then drew nil nil with Europe chasing Reading. We bounced back to beat Nottingham Forest four two, braces from Arregui and Guest before welcoming Chelsea in the EFL Cup Semi Final Second Leg and grabbing a late draw to stop extra time as Landzaat netted in the final minute. We'll face Manchester City in the Final. The month was rounded off with our seventh game unbeaten in a row, beating League Two side Leyton Orient five nil. Hoppe, Guest, an own goal, Bird and Arregui on target for us in the convincing win.

    And so for the first time this season, we've been knocked off our perch as Manchester City play their catch up games and jump up. They now lead the way but only on goal difference. We've then both got a game in hand over the chasing pack and a six point gap. Tottenham currently occupy fourth with Reading fifth. Arsenal and Chelsea sit sixth and seventh whilst Liverpool are struggling in thirteenth.

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    London City FC - February 2037

    After blowing our lead at the top of the pile it was now time to turn our attention back to trying to steal that top spot in the league. We had a much quieter month this time around, January saw us play ten matches whilst in February we faced just five matches but still across three different competitions as the Champions League came back into town.

    We had this pop up after our first or second game of February and it has caused us all sorts of issues. This means seventeen year old John Parsons will be our shot stopped for the foreseeable future until one of these are back. His first game in goal, Barcelona!

    Just the one defeat again throughout February and annoyingly it came against a side like Watford. It started much brighter as we beat Southampton away from home five one. Landzaat, Bird and Dunn netting whilst Andrews hit a brace in three minutes in the final ten minutes of the game. We hit five for a second game running when we beat Middlesbrough at home. Briere, Nieto and Guest all scored first half goals whilst Landzaat netted late on. We welcomed Barcelona in the Champions League First Knockout Round and grabbed a draw, coming back from behind when Briere netted in the second half. Back to FA Cup action we welcomed Championship side Brighton in the Fifth Round and won four nil, another two for Briere whilst Fofana and Dunn also were on target. Ending the month with the woeful performance against Watford.

    The title is now fully in Manchester Citys hands now as they are top, level on points with us i second but have a game in hand where they can move three points clear of us now. United are eight points behind us in third place whilst Spurs are in the fourth and final Champions League spot at the end of February.

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    London City FC - March 2037

    We went into March with three months of competitive football to play and still in with a shot of taking home all five trophies on offer to us this season. Way back at the start of the year we lifted the Community Shield over Manchester City in a penalty shootout. We now face them in the EFL Cup Final this month whilst also facing FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League action this month. Six matches awaited us in all, along with another youth intake, surely it was time to get that star...

    No, no no no no. I think at the end of the season I'm going to have a staff overhaul and clear out anyone I feel no longer cuts it here and bring in people with the stats to back up there work, it may help.

    Back to back EFL Cup titles! We waited twenty years for our first ever EFL Cup title and now have scooped two in a row as we defend our crown against Manchester City. It was in fact a very even game which probably could of gone either way, had Man City kept all their players on the pitch. Mancabou put Man City ahead after fifteen minutes, only for Dunn to level things two minutes later. Just before the half hour mark it was the Manchester club ahead again and it was Mancabour again. But, we didn't stop fighting, Andrews leveled things for us five minutes before half time and then Soto saw red for the team in light blue, giving us the advantage. And it took a while, but we finally broke through the defensive wall when Dunn hit his second of the night, and the winner, ten minutes from time.

    That EFL Cup victory kicked off the month in the fashion we needed it to and saw us muster up five wins in a row from our six matches in March including a famous victory in Barcelona. But first we had Premier League action, welcoming West Ham and beating them Four two. It seems Keith Andrews is a man of goals as of late, a hatrick for himself and a goal for Fofana saw us ease past the London rivals. A trip to Spain was rewarded with a spot in the Champions League Quarter Finals as we beat Barcelona! A narrow win saw us come from behind twice with Guest then Andrews leveling before Landzaat secured the win and our spot in the next round. Back home we welcomed Tottenham just three days later in the FA Cup Sixth Round and kept our hopes of wrapping up every trophy alive when Sen netted the only goal of the game in the sixth minute. Reading await us in the Semi Finals. Our only real away trip this month, bar the EFL Cup Final, saw us travel to struggling Derby and put more pressure on them, running away with a six two victory. Briere hit a brace whilst that man Keith Andrews struck four! The month ended with a second meeting with Tottenham this month and this time they reversed the scoreline, beating us one nil.

    And despite that late defeat against Spurs, we've taken back control of the league this season and its all in our hands again. But only just, with two months remaining and eight matches, Manchester City are hot on our heels, trailing us by just four goals as it stands. Manchester United have closed things up too now with them just five points off the two of us at the top of the pile. Arsenal and Chelsea look set to miss out on Champions League football again whilst Reading look set for a Europa League spot. I think the top four are confirmed almost, just depending what order now.

    Not again! We may have already beat Manchester City in both the Community Shield and the EFL Cup this season but it has perhaps been down to luck, winning it on a penalty shootout and the fact they had a man sent off in the latter one. Manchester City have knocked us out of Europe both seasons we've been in it so far, beating us in the Europa League Final two seasons ago and then the Champions League Semi Final last year. Time for revenge? Or time to be sent out and packing again? The Second leg is at home infront our loyal supporters.

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