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PostA Footstep in the grand scheme of things

So here we go, i am trying to prove myself as a manager once and for all.

Where better to start than back in my roots one of my local clubs, Newport County



Here is the chance to take a team from the bottom to the top, or to make a name for myself and make the bigger clubs notice me.

12k to spend, not much really but i wasnt even thinking about this, loans and free transfers were in order for this club.

Sadly Newport County are only a Semi Pro team so i dont have alot of staff to help me. With only 9 members of staff which included only 1 Scout finding players was always going to be hard.

I managed to bring in three players on a free transfer and one player on a loan from Swansea City. Sadly so far i have lost out on all the defenders i went for so hopfully by the next update i will have some more signings. These are:



This is also the current squad.



First game of the season comes up against Gateshead, a chance to prove myself show that i have what it takes to take Newport County to promotion. Thankfully the players all done amazingly well for me, and we came out with a 3-0 win.



More to follow in the next few days....
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-07, 09:55 by the deeb
Good luck with this, nikos.  I've a particular interest in Newport as my sister-in-law lives there and we spend a lot of time there.They're doing well in real life, so you've got a job on improving on that.  Don't suppose you remember them in the Football League do you?
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-07, 12:45 by Pringers
Good start and I wish you all the best Smile

Keep it up!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-07, 14:30 by Posh
Excellent stuff, can Europe be far away for them ?
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-07, 20:03 by Niko
@the deeb wrote:
Good luck with this, nikos. I've a particular interest in Newport as my sister-in-law lives there and we spend a lot of time there.They're doing well in real life, so you've got a job on improving on that. Don't suppose you remember them in the Football League do you?

Nah i dont remmember them in the football league sadly, but i have seen them a few times with my Uncle as hes from Newport.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 00:07 by Niko
Newport County riding on a high and going well with a 3-0 win in there first game.

Kerry Morgan was going to be the front man this season the best player in the team by quite a distance.

another 3-0 win and a hat ric for Kerry Morgan. This was followed up by a 2-0 and another 3-0 victory. Things were going great and Newport looked unstopable.

Looking at the league Newport were now second only to Luton who were firing in goal for fun.

But sadly this didnt last after the next game ended in a 1-0 loss. This was quickly turned around by a 3-2 victory Kerry morgan back on form.

Next game we had Kerry Morgan out on international Duty which was a real problem. The game eneded in a 4-3 loss. This was followed up with a 0-0 draw.

Then a great run came along with one 4-0 win and three 4-1 wins but this was never going to last after and this would be Kerry Morgans last goal in a while. he had a good record though 15 goals in 7 games in the league.

Ever without his goals Cassey Thomas stepped up to the mark and gave us a 4-2 win which was followed up by a 1 - 0 victory.

But this is where it all turned wrong. A Hammering by Crawley 4-2, then a 0-0 draw with Southport, followed by another hammering at York 3-0. Fa cup came in to break this up thank god and an impressive 4-1 victory.

But back to the league and two draws in a row which put the pressure on us 13 points behind Luton and not looking like we were going to turn this around.

Along came the FA cup first round with a nice 2-0 win over Eastbourne. This kicked everything off again with three straight wins in the league.

Then Plymouth in the FA cup Second round this was hailed the biggest game in the clubs history for a very long time.

We were getting back to top Kerry Morgan had started to score again and him and Cassey Thomas were banging in the goals.

No one expected this result....




More to come soon....
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 14:01 by Jelly
Jeez! What a game there man! What a goddam result!!! Great stuff so far Nik!

GL & KIU!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 14:15 by Pringers
Great results, and an excellent update.

Good luck and keep it up!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 15:36 by Berry
WOW! What a start mate, bet you were loving that game against Plymouth! Did they play their juniors or something? Razz Very Happy

Keep it up mate, just had a read through and it's a great start.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 15:39 by Niko
Yeah they played 6 youngsters against me and two reserves the goalie was like 17 i think. I went overload from the off and they played out of there skins
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 20:11 by Niko
The final part of the season coming up.

The rest of the season was a giant rollercoaster.

After our amazing 13 -0 win at Plymouth, we went straight back to the league and had a boring 0-0 draw. This was the last game for Kerry Morgan sadly my best player was recalled by Swansea after an impressive 22 goals in 28 games.

With Morgan gone Thomas had to step up as my striker but in the next two victory it was Knighty who managed to get two hat rics in those games. after this we lost another game which hit us into top form with two 5-0 wins in a row.

The league was going really well we were top all the way up to the 42nd game.

This is where he got interesting we were top but if we lost one game we could be down to 6th. This was our worst run of results for a while with 2 losses and 2 draws with only 1 win, this still managed to leave us joint top with Rushden and Wimbledon.

The last game of the season was a real walk over against Atrincham with a 4-1 win thankfully Rushden and Wimbledon both messed up.

So at the end of the season we won the league and got promoted to League 2.

An amazing achievement with Newport into the football league.

Even though i won the league and this was a great achievement, my efforts in the FA cup was just as impressive to me, After the Plymouth match we faced Mansfield and beat them 3-2.

In the 4th round we were drawn against Hull and managed to overcome them in a 2-1 victory with a late goal.

The 5th round drew us against our first Premier League team no shame in going out at all now so all out attack we go in these matches and against Newcastle I was praying for alot of luck and when they went down to 9 men i thought this is our best chance ever and it was we ended up winning 3-0

In the quarter finals we were drawn against Tottenham at home could this giant killing run go on.. Sadly no we lost 3-2 to them But an amazing effort by the full team.

Even though we didnt win the FA cup to some surprise we did manage to get a trip to Wembely at the end of the season in the FA Trophy this resulted in a 2-0 win against Wimbledon which saw us finish the season Champions of the BSB and winners of the FA Trophey.

Other Season Highlights

Thomas - 52 goals all comps
Knightly - 25 goals all comps from midfield

12 missed penaltys and only 1 red card

Player of the season Darryl Knights

Final table.



Last edited by Niko on 2010-11-10, 22:23; edited 1 time in total
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 20:13 by Pringers
Great work, Nik.

Hope your first season back in the Football League is as successful as your first season in charge.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 20:14 by Niko
Me too Pringers alot of work is going to be needed for back to back promotions
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 20:15 by Pringers
Indeed it will, but keep the faith and I'm sure you'll do great Smile
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-09, 20:27 by Jelly
Great stuff so far here Nik! Good luck in the league Smile

KIU!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-10, 18:27 by Posh
Love the 13-0 scoreline !!!!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-10, 23:02 by Niko
So with our first season in League 2, i was given a massive 750k to spend which is alot for this league and alot for me to try and spend but a whole new team was in order to get promoted this season.

The board wanted me to fight relegation this season, but i think i can do better so here we go.



These are the transfers for the season spending a create 14k out of the 750k i was given.

These players were all 5 star ratings and could all play for a championship club according to my scout, alot of work was put into getting these players so the hope was there to get promoted.

First game of the season and we were off to a flyer, with a 5-1 over Crewe at home.

The league went from strength to strength with a 2 - 0 win and a 1 - 0 win other Macclesfield and Bradford. This point i thought i had created an amazing team and we could go on to win the title and gain back to back promotions.

My thoughts have not changed now as we are 11 games into the league and we have won all 11 games with some ease. Scoring 32 goals and only conceding 7 goals.



Ashley Hemmings is the main man for me at the momment with 13 goals in 9 games in the league


The League Cup

First year in this comp for me and Brentford away always going to be a hard game, but my team was strong and i knew we could over come them. So we did with a 2-0 win.

Second round and we were drawn against now championship side Wigan, they have lost alot of there players since being relagated and this was shown when we went out against them at home and walked all over them to come out with a 3-0 win.

Third round now and a harder team in Shef Utd this was a harder match, with a 2-1 victory well fought by my team and deserved winners.

Johnstone Paint Trophy

Round 1 drew us against Bournemouth which we managed to overcome quite easily with only a 1-0 win but not letting them see the ball.

Round 2 was against Aldershot with half of my team injured or travelling this was a harder match which saw us losing 4-2 on penaltys after a 1-1 draw in normal time.


More to come very soon...
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 17:46 by Niko
So here we go with one of the best seasons ive ever had in my life on any FM game.

The league

The league was really quite easy this season, walking past most clubs quite easily. Proving that i have built quite a remarkable squad through free transfers.

It took until the 15th of November to drop any points in the league at all, this meant we had an 11 game winning streak until our 1-1 draw with Rochdale.

After this the team did not lower there heads at all and carryed on the winning streak to another 4 games, in this time there was an amazing cup run going on.

we had a 16 game unbeaten run which put us quite far in front in the league. Our run came to an end against Stockport in a 1-0 loss away from home. The team didnt let there heads down drop though and carried on another unbeaten streak which lasted 8 games with one draw and 7 wins.

After this we lost 1-0 to Bradford and drew our next two games, this would have been worrying but at this time we were 15 points clear at the top of the league. We came out of this little rut with a 2-0 win over Aldershot. but this was followed up by another draw.

After this we went on a winning run of 5 games which came to an end when we lost 5-4 away at burton. In this match we were 4-1 down at half time so it was a really good team effort by the team.

After this we went on to win two more games, then drew 2-2 but after this 2-2 draw we were made champions of League 2 and there it was up to League 1 back to back promotions from Newport a brilliant achievement.

The league finished in with Newport on 113 points, won 35 games, drew 8 games and lost only 3. We scored 101 goals and only conceded 32 in the league.



Ashley Hemmings was the man of the of season with 24 goals and 9 assists in only 36 matches in the league.


FA Cup

In the first round we played Stevenage, we drew 2-2 in the first game, when the return leg came around we only just managed to get through with a win on penaltys 3-1.

The second round put us up against Darlington, which was a simple 3-2 win.
The third round was was against Man City, this match i was hopfull of getting through as i thought they would play a weak squad but they didnt, it was full strength but we only managed to lose 2-0. I was very proud of my squad after this match.


League Cup

This was my tournment for the year, the bigger clubs play weakened teams and the smaller teams could be a challenge but i had confidence in my team.


We pick up the game in the forth round, against Portsmouth. This was going to be a hard game because they needed the money, but thankfully in the 30th minute Frederic Gallard was sent off. in the 43rd minute we took the lead through Matt Fry. We then went defencive and tryed to hold onto this lead, which was working all the way until the 90 minutes where Portsmouth scored in the 90+4 minutes. This took the game into extra time, as soon as we kicked off Portsmouth took the lead, so i thought we had nothing to lose so went overload, and we ended up winning 3-2 with goals from Hemmings and Trundle



The quarter finals and finally something which would give me alot of Money, Manchester United at home. We went straight on the counter attack and defended our hearts out to try and get something from this game against a weakened Man Utd team, there only first team players were Valencia, Giggs, Park, Vidic and Vertonghem the rest were kids and soon tierd out as soon as this happened i new we could start to attack But as soon as we done this Park ran the full length of the pitch passing my players with ease and scored a wonderful goal. Again we went all out attack to try and get something and again Matt Fry came up big to make it 1-1, nothing else happened in this match so it went to Penalties. Which amazingly we won 3-1 again Smile The giant killing run goes on.



Semi Finals two legs and up against Chelsea. This was going to bring in alot of money for us. The first leg was away at Stanford Bridge. Chelsea played a very very young team against me so i thought they were underestimating my team, but it was the other way round i did not realise how good Chelseas youngsters were they ended up beating me 4-1 The first team players were Bosingwa, Mikel, Anelka, Pienaar and Zhirkov.

The second leg now, and Chelsea must have thought it was over as no first team players were there, the best players on show were Ferreira and hilario. We had nothing to lose at all so we went all out attack from the off, we soon went 1-0 up and i had some hope only 2 more goals to go to the final. but come half time we went down to 10 men with Adam Smith getting sent off on half time. This made me play 5 at the back with 3 in midfield and 2 up front, but still carried on all out attack. We managed to get more two more goals which put us at 4-4 and going through, they soon changed to a more attacive formation, but in the 90th minute we managed to get 2 more goals for an amazing victory of 5-0



With such an amazing run getting to the final quite unbeliveable really and the fact we could be in Europe, and also be in League 1, it goes to show you can beat anyone on your day, mainly when they play youngsters against you.

Man City in the final the big spenders, already knocking us out of the FA Cup and one team that take all comps seriously so no kids on show for them.

We started the game out in a defencive formation, just playing counter attacive football. we were containing them very well, keeping it 0-0 until the half hour mark, when we had a break away with hemmings through for a one on one chance, when Srna comes accross and takes him out around the D, he was soon dismissed Man City down to 10 men, then came the next miricle, Balotteli picks up a second yellow card and also gets sent off, which left them down to 9 men, we stayed in a counter attacking formation, i thought if we held on until the 80th minute we could then start attacking more, but Hemmings broke away again and won a corner, up came my goal scoring defender Fry, yet again he meets the ball and sends us 1-0 up. From this we carried on attacking, they were down to 9 men a goal just before half time, must have ruined there confidence as well. We managed to hold on to the final whistle. WE HAD WON THE CUP amazingly we would be in Europe next season.



Fans player of the year, Hemmings

So on to League 1 and Europe
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 18:03 by Posh
You won the League Cup, wow, well done Smile
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 18:07 by Narl
Niko, I love this article Very Happy

Brilliant piece of Football Manager journalism Smile
Your team had some pretty phenomenal performances against the big teams, and it gives me hope that Cadbury Athletic can one day reach the BSP Razz


Good luck in Europe and League 1, I'm sure you'll get to at LEAST the group stages of the Europa League Wink
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 20:52 by Pringers
Absolutely amazing work Niko. I'm looking forward to the next chapter now Smile

Well done and keep it up!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 20:55 by Niko
Thanks guys Smile

Narl, ive got past the 3rd round, and into 4th round of qualifying now, hopfully i can get through
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 22:03 by Narl
Niko, I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say " COME ON NEWPORT!" Very Happy


You'll get into the group stages with ease!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 22:11 by the deeb
sorry, Niko, I haven't really kept up with this. But just read the summary of your first league season.

Awesome stuff, sonny.

A points record too. Brilliant stuff
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 22:13 by Niko
Im very sad to say the European dream has ended in the fourh qualifying round


First leg is where we lost it, an over tired squad who were very nervous so sadly lost 3-0



Second leg was alot better with a 2-0 win very very unlucky to lose, hitting the post at least 4 times.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 22:13 by Pringers
Unlucky mate, was quite close in the end.

Better luck next time Wink
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-19, 22:14 by Niko
Think it might take me a few years to get back there to be honest
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-26, 20:05 by Niko
Right ive just got this game back, behind a few matches down to my computer crashing but not too many Smile

So this season we were in the Europa League for doing the impossible and winning the Europa League. Thats already been posted in this thread so i wont repost them.

We had to bring in some quality players for the Europa league, Sadly i failed with this Smile as i didnt want to spend any money.




We went into league one full of confidence and this showed with an amazing 4-1 win over Dag & Red, but we were soon brought down to earth by Rotherman away from home losing a cracking 3-2, which saw the lead of the match change three times.

Southend was right in the middle of the Europa league matches, a weakened team went out to play in this match and they came back with a 1-0 win Smile.

We then travelled to stockport where we drew 1-1, the next watch was home to Charlton where we won 3-0 quite easily against a team i was worried about. We then travelled to Carlisle and lost 2-1.

So far our away form is really letting us down with one 1 point from 3 games away thankfully our home form is 3 out of 3 so far Smile.

Next up was Luton at home an easy 4-0 win here. This was followed up by an amazing away win, we finally went out and won away from home in a 4-1 win, this good news could only backfire and it did with a 5-2 loss at home to Southampton, a really upsetting result with no one performing at all.

We then went up against Colchester away winning 2-1 and followed this up with a 3-0 win at home against league leaders Sheff Wed, Rochdale were our next victiems a 4-1 away win here, Huddersfield then came to us and they were defeated 4-0.

This run had to come to an end soon and it did with a 2-3 loss to Plymouth.

Hartlepool next and a chance for us to come back into winning ways, a very poor 1-0 win, he had the result but in truth we should never have one the game.

Johnstone Paint Trophy


Were doing better than last year already in this comp already by winning a game, against Southend 2-1 this has made for an interesting match against one of our rivals Cardiff City which is the next game.

League Cup

Back into this comp as holders, a chance to retain our trophy (not likely at all but we will give it a go)

Our 3rd round match was up against Tranmere, where we won 4-1 in quite an easy fasion really.

The 4th round match was a very thrilling one but i will show you this match instead.




More to come very soon



Thats where i am up to at the momment.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-26, 20:10 by Pringers
Excellent update, mate Smile

That's an amazing result at Palace as well Very Happy

Keep it up!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-26, 20:12 by Niko
I was happy with that one Smile mainly as my tactics worked out well knowing that late subs would help me in the game, and the fact that they were attacking me alot more and there full backs came up in attack so, exploting the wings on counter attack worked very very well got me 4 goals lol
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-26, 20:13 by I Vanquiish I
a great update there Niko
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-27, 01:08 by Narl
Pretty much sublime result against Palace Niko Very Happy Nice one mate Smile


You could well end up retaining your league cup you know! Wink
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-27, 10:18 by Jelly
Incredible work so far mate. class stuff!

KIU!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-27, 15:57 by Posh
Newport marching into Europe, I can see it now :0
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-27, 21:31 by Niko
@Narl wrote:
Pretty much sublime result against Palace Niko Very Happy Nice one mate Smile


You could well end up retaining your league cup you know! Wink

Spurs away and there unbeaten in the Prem League so far, hopfully i can pull off a miracle but im kind of hoping to go out as i have a tough battle to get promoted.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-11-28, 01:42 by Narl
Hmm, fair enough Razz

Promotion would definitely be higher on your priority list Smile

However, if you can manage to pull off a result against them, and if they put out a poor team, then a win against them would also keep up momentum for your league run Very Happy
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 20:06 by Niko
Well end of the season has come, taken me a very long time to get there but hey.

so we left this off at a trip to Spurs in the league cup, everything was going well in this match until Zuber got sent off after that Spurs completely dominated us and we ended up losing 2-1 and out of the league cup, sadly we could not defend it.

But onto the league where promotion was all we cared about.

The next two games against Gillingham and MK dons went down to plan with two easy wins. but up against brighton was a real hard game away from home.

We ended up losing 2-1 which was flattering in truth we should have lost by 8 or 9.

But we had to bounce back quickly as we had a game away at our local rivals Cardiff City.



A lovely 5-1 win and a great match to watch for my supporters.

We managed to follow that win up with another at home against Ipswich, but then a draw against Notts County our biggest rivals in the league so far and a loss to Dag and Red brought us back to earth showing this league is a lot harder than last years. but we came back from this and managed to beat Stockport at home 3-0.

Our up and down form continued with two draws in a row. We then picked things back up with a 4-1 win against Charlton away from home. we back this up with 7 more wins to put us right back up the league top spot ahead of Notts County and Cardiff by 2 points now.

This impressive run came to and end when we played sheff wed away from home was a narrow 3-2 loss. thankfully we came back and didnt let our heads drop with a 3-1 win at home against Rochdale. Then we draw another two games in a row against Huddersfield and Plymouth. This put us in third place behind Cardiff and Notts County.

We now had two games in hand but we were 5 points behind. Our next two games were both wins against Hartlepool and Swindon this took us within two points with one game in hand. The game in hand was against Wycombe but sadly we could not take advantage of this by drawing 1-1.

Next up was Bury which was a wonderful 2-0 win but then two draws against Brentford and MK dons were disappointing results but thankfully Notts County and Cardiff were in bad form both a number of games in a row. We were now top.

Brighton up next and this was an easy 3-1 win. Which put us in an amazing position in the league and a wonderful opportunity in our next game.

If we won the game we would become champions and the match was against our rivals Cardiff




Thats it we are champions Very Happy and onto the Championship we go.

The last two games of the season were against Ipswich and Notts county.

Ipswich ended 1-0 but Notts County were demolished by Newport in an amazing 5-0 win.

FA Cup

We were entered into the 2nd round of the FA cup this year and we were up against Gillingham away from home we only managed a draw here and had to take it to a reply this was a narrow 3-2 win after extra time. Gillingham were a really hard challenge but thankfully we got through.

The third round we were up against Milwall. We were at home for this match and after a very eventful game we managed to get a draw 3-3 at the final whitle. And we had another reply this time we made light work of Milwall with a 3-1 win. Underdogs move on.

In the 4th round we were up against Bury and as you would expect we walked past them in a 3-0 win.

Then in the 5th round we were put up against Spurs again, I wanted revenge after they knocked us out of the League cup but i knew it was a big ask...



So yet another reply this time to White Heart Lane to try and cause a major upset..



Sadly we were out but there is always next year....

Johnstone Paint Trophy

So the Trophy i actually wanted to win this season was the league cup but being out of that, this was our next best bet.

Second Round

Southend at home a 2-1 win

Quarter Final

Up against Rivals Cardiff yet again we beat them this time 2-0 (After this match Cardiff Sacked there manager Aidy Boothroyd)

Semi Finals

Brighton away and my team went out showing flair and 110% work effort and came home with a 6-0 win.

South Final

Up against Gillingham

Leg 1 - at home 1-0

Leg 2 - away 5-1


The Final

Up against Bury and a chance for glory





End of the season round up

Winners of the Johnstone Paint Trophey

Champions of League One


Ashley Hemmings top goal scorrer 48 goal all comps


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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 20:12 by Pringers
Wow great season! Excellent and keep it up!

Good luck in the Championship Razz
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 20:18 by Narl
Amazing season you've had Niko, I'm so proud of you, brings a tear to my eye Sad

But in all seriousness, well flippin' done mate! I can't wait for you to tear the Championship apart!


Brilliant! Very Happy
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 20:22 by Kwiebe
Wow Niko great job, can't wait for next season! I can see great things coming in the Championship! cheers
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 21:37 by Niko
Thanks for the comments guys Smile

I have reached the transfer market now but here is my big problem



As you can see i only have 10 players in my squad, this is due to gready players who would not sign a new deal at the club. They all wanted big wages or were not interested in signing so for the championship we have to rebuild. This is going to make another back to back promotion even more impossible
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 21:42 by Pringers
Ahhh that's harsh - still a rebuild though, could be quite fun Smile
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-14, 22:14 by Kwiebe
At least moving up may just bring up some interest in the transfer market, right? I have faith, you can do it Niko!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-15, 14:11 by Niko
So after only having 10 players i needed to rebuild and fast, but before this i had another two players leave down to recieving the right price for them. So down to 8 players we went.



Some amazing transfers have come in i feel and i think i can now get promotion or challenge for the play offs i am still favorites to go down though.

Some of the biggest names out of this i feel are:

Michael Carrick
Matthew Upson
Daniel Sturridge
Wayne Bridge
Oscar Ustari
Fabian Delph

The League

A big step up again this year another challenge and a new squad. The Opening day was against Norwich away from home, i was named underdogs like i proberly will be all season, but i have a lot of talent in my team and i think people underestimating us will be key this season.

This was the case against Norwich they came out all out attack but we easily stole the ball off them and got it up there end of the pitch time after time, the pace and passing were too much for Norwich as they had two men sent off by the 70th minute down to late tackles. Before this though we were already 2 - 0 up, once they went down to 9 men we went all out attack and managed to win the game 3 - 0 i left this game was only things to come.

Up against Burnley next and within the opening half an hour of the match we found ourselves 2-0 down i thought maybe we had under estimated them, but 5minutes before half time Fabian Delph came up with something truely amazing running from our box on the break away and smashing a 25 yard shot into the net we were back in it at half time Smile

In the second half we came out with a new found purpose, with Hemmings back from injury and after countless attacks being saved or chases being wasted we ended up breaking through with Livaja who was taken out by Vahirua who was already on a yellow yet the ref didnt send him off even with all the cries for him to go. But Livaja stepped up and smashed it home, sadly we couldnt break through again and drew 2-2.

We then had our first home game of the season against Barnsley. After 4 minutes we were 2-0 up with goals from Sturridge and Livaja. We were in complete control and never looked likely to lose this one, this was made even stronger with Livaja adding another on the half hour mark and then after half time adding his hatrick for 4-0. Sadly our defence let there heads down conceding a goal in the 89th minute but a 4-1 win at the end of the day.

To end the month in the league we welcomed Sheff Utd to our ground, a second string squad had to be played after a tough League cup match just before but my team were always looking the better team, with goals from Adam Edgar and Owian Tudor Jones to give us a 2-0 win and looking very strong in the championship so far.

League Cup

First Round

This year we were up against Barnet in the 1st round of the cup away from home we wanted a nice easy win to get us though to the next round, and after 3minutes Livaja scored to make it 1-0 i thought we were going to walk all over them from then. Barnet put up a big fight though and only because of heroics from Ustari we managed to scrape through 1-0.

Second Round

Up against Premiership side Middlesbrough at home. This was a real test of our side now see how far they have come, and at home we took the game to Boro who couldnt cope with our quick slick play and were stuck in there own half for the majority of the first half, Sadly we could not make a break through though. Late in the second half our break through finally came from Livaja who has really stepped up this season so far, Sturridge then smashed in a second to send us sailing through to the Third round where we will play Wigan.


Stay tuned for the September update...
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-15, 16:30 by Pringers
Awesome stuff and some cracking signings - well done mate Smile
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-15, 16:35 by Narl
Niko, you've done it again mate, brilliant update Very Happy

Your signings are fantastic, Carrick and Bridge on free transfers! Flip! Very Happy


Well done in the league so far mate, you're doing great, can't wait to see how you do!


The road to the big leagues is on course! Laughing
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-15, 16:37 by Jelly
Incredible stuff mate, transfers were cracking!

KIU!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-15, 19:32 by Kwiebe
Great job with the transfers! Carrick and Bridge especially!
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-19, 12:16 by Niko
September through December

We kicked off September against Derby away from home, we are still yet to win a league game away from home and sadly this was not going to change here after 15minutes we found our selves 3-0down, which was never good, so i made two changes then to make the defence stronger which seemed to be working until the hour mark where we conceded a forth 4-0 down. Then my team started playing but a little too late, we did get two back but ended up losing 4-2.

Rotherham at home next, an easy one for us i felt and a 4-0 win showed that my feelings were correct.

Next up another away game this time against QPR, and yet again my team feel under the pressure of being away losing 1-0

Leeds at home next and a 5-0 win showed me that it was just away from home we were struggling so a change was needed i felt.

A stronger defencive tactic was tryed out against Milwall away and this worked very will with a 3-0 win. So i tryed the same tactic out against Swansea away and we managed to pull off a 4-2 win from being 2-0 down at half time. Things were looking up for us away from home.

So when we had Preston pay us a visit i was in an upbeat mood and this was made even better by an early goal but sadly we sat back and in the 90th minute they got a goal to make it 1-1.

So up comes Nottm Forest for us to show the draw was a blip. At home in a very good game. we went 1-0 down after four minutes but got a goal back to make it 1-1 then we ended up conceding two quick goals to find ourselves 3-1 down, a quick goal from the restart made it 3-2 going into the break what a game so far. I thought we would come up all gun blazing the second half which we did but Nottingham Forest played the counter play very well to make it 4-2 to save abit of face we got a late goal to finish the match in a 3-4 loss.

Next up was an away trip to newcastle which would never be easy but we played out a bore 0-0 draw.

Three games without a win now so Peterborough at home was a welcoming site, an easish game which we dominated start to finish to make it 4-1. We backed this up with an away win at Hull.

Things were looking up a home game against Doncaster was won which should have carryed on our winning streak but a penalty cost us the game losing 1-0.

My team were obviously annoyed by the penalty as they came out full of mence against Watford winning 4-0 away from home, and backing this up with two 3-0 wins at home against Reading and Portsmouth.

An away game against Bristol and a home game against Blackpool both finishing in 2-1 wins and an away trip to Crystal palace ending in a 3-2 win but us back in a great positon in the league.

The final three games of the year were against Notts county at home which was a 1-0 win, Burnley at home which was a 2-1 win and Barnsley away from home which was a 3-0 win so a lovely run of 9 straight wins in the league carrys on into the new year.

This is how the table looks at the new year



The League Cup



So my worst run in the League cup todate. A bitter loss i must say but its allowed my team to play for promotion instead.
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Re: A Footstep in the grand scheme of things
Post on 2010-12-19, 12:24 by Pringers
Good stuff Niko, I can really see you in the Premiership now :/ - man, that's a scary thing to say - Newport County a Premiership team :/ lol!

Well done and keep up the awesome work Very Happy
 

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