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    No intentions by the board of directors to invest in our training ground (awful facilities) or the stadium (capacity of 6,000 | 1,336 seats). So I decided to go shopping on the transfer market. Still I didn't know if we were ready to take on an opponent of the league above us in the First Round of the League Cup. Sunderland came to visit us for Leg 1 and with goals in both halfs by first Francis Vaughan (MC) and then Koejoe (SC) we had a fair chance of reaching the next round: 2-0. In the return we created the most goal attempts, resulting in a lead at the stroke of half-time when Robert Claridge (D/SC, playing as a centre half) headed home his first goal for us. Eventually we lost the game, but with a margin that wasn't fatal: 2-1 (agg 2-3). The reward was a double confrontation with Middlesbrough, who were still in the Premier Division. At their ground first and in the 25th minute the pleasure of getting in front was ours, when Grieves (DMC) hit the target. We had to wait until the 85th minute to get the result that suited the run of play: 1-1. Back at The Lawn more men were on the scoresheet, with the goals evenly divided over both halfs. We had Andrew Henderson (AMLC) and Vaughan in the first and again Vaughan and Fortune-West in the second, where they had no one: 4-0 (agg 5-1)! Just the one game in the next round and we had to travel to Walsall to play one of the teams in our own league. Not much shots by either team and a very late winning goal by Fortune-West: 0-1! A visit to London in the Fourth Round and we even took the lead after thirty minutes or so, with Grieves as the scorer against a team from the top flight. From then on, Chelsea were by far the better and more dangerous team and in the 85th minute they got what they at least deserved. The period of extra time was fully ours, but no more goals were scored and it inevitably came down to penalties. Of the first five, we only missed our third, while the boys in blue scored all of them: 1-1 (pens 5-4)...

    Could we have an equal run in the FA Cup? The First Round got us to Conference side Gravesend. The first 45 minutes saw us take the lead twice through Henderson and Fortune-West, with that second one being enough to proceed: 1-2! A home tie against Third Division's Blackpool followed that win. Half an hour underway and Newby (AM/FRLC) brought us in front. Twenty minutes from the final whistle and it was all over when Fortune-West hit one home as well: 2-0! The third time we had to play Premier Division opposition and the fourth match in total. For the second time we were the home team and within half an hour Graham (AM/FR) equalised with our only shot on target. A Rebrov hat-trick afterwards was perfect proof of the dominance exposed by Everton: 1-4...

    What about the Autoglass Trophy then? No chance of facing top-flight teams, so who knows... In the First Round we played Leyton Orient (D3) at home and first-half goals by Jamie Harris (FLC), Bradley Thomas (DMRC) and an account-opening one for the club by Stephen Gavin (AMRC) made this light work: 3-0! We went to Plymouth (D3) and after ten minutes it was Vaughan who found the net. The same period played in the second half and the match was levelled. No more goals in the remaining minutes of both regular and extra time, so we were in a shoot-out once more. Again we scored four, but that were the only ones we took as well, because they missed two of the first five: 1-1 (pens 3-4)! A trip to Bristol, to meet their Rovers, playing in the same league as us, was our fixture in the quarterfinals. Fortune-West opened the scoring after a handful of minutes and another five minutes later this contest was levelled. Before the interval Grieves made his fifth of the season, to inspire Claridge to double our lead and even Ross O'Donoghue (DRLC) to score his first for Forest Green from the spot. In the second act we had to allow Bristol Rovers to come closer, but no further damage was done: 2-4! Our semifinal was played in Wycombe and the owners of this stadium were also playing in our league. We came in front twice in the first 45 by Fortune-West and Markey (SC). After the break Newby and the brace of Fortune-West made the second one scored by Wycombe not more than a consolation goal: 2-4!

    The First Leg of the Southern Section Final was played at our ground, against one of the teams that got promoted with us last season. Just after the halfway point of the first half, a Harris strike broke the deadlock. There wasn't much between these sides and in the second half that became clear: 1-1. In Wales both goalscorers from the First Leg did the very same within the first thirty minutes. Swansea were the only team to create more danger, but despite that we went into extra time. The perfect chance to win with a golden goal was presented in the 100th minute, when a penalty was given. Fully undeserved, Tony Capaldi (DL) made this one count: 1-2 (agg 2-3 aet)! And thus we were heading to Wembley for the Final where we met Coventry, from Division Two as well. Almost the same script as that previous Final, with a rather early goal to get behind and less than fifteen minutes for Newby to score his fifth of the season. Again nothing changed the scoreline after that and extra time it was. The supporters had to wait a little longer for the magic to arrive and in the 116th minute of the game, with his fifteenth of 2004/2005, Fortune-West became the hero of the day and the trophy was ours: 1-2 aet (golden goal)!!!

    Partly distracted by those cup runs and of course confronted with the level of play in this competition, we had a somewhat rusty start in the league. We were even flirting with the four relegation places, which we desperately wanted to avoid. Once we found our pace we rocketed towards the four playoff places behind the two spots for automatic promotion. That didn't last long when we fell back around midtable, maybe that's were we did belong. The second semester of the season saw us winning some games in hand and slowly but steady moving up the table. What was there to expect with our striker pair both finishing on seventeen goals for the season?

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    In a good way, I'm still confused by the progress we made in the past three seasons. This spell of successive championships and promotions can't last forever, but obviously I'm not complaining for now! I'm especially proud of the team spirit we have created together!!!


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    Another great season mate.

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    Again the club's infrastructure stayed unchanged. The team probably needed some other impulses anyway and new players came in, the most expensive one for 2,000,000. Not great news for our finances, certainly not in combination with the higher wages that were allowed. Carpe diem, those are tomorrow's 'problems'!

    League Cup, First Round, First Leg, it were Bury (D2) to play home. We were the dominant team and in the first half it was Martin Phillips (AMRL) who scored twice. After the break there was another boy who did so, sending us home with a nasty feeling: 2-2. At The Lawn we created the same amount of shots on target and they didn't. In the second half the only goal of the match was signed by Williams (AM/FC): 1-0 (agg 3-2). Crossing swords with Port Vale (D1) turned out to be a one-man show. We forced their goalkeeper to make twelve saves and the other way around it were only two attempts. With a Man of the Match on a perfect rating of ten out of ten, we were doomed: 0-1... In the reverse fixture the danger in front of goal was evenly divided, but everybody had to wait awfully long to see a single goal. In the 86th it was Liam Keogh's (SC) fifth of the season and we were into extra time, like we did a lot last season. Tony Warner (GK) picked up the Man-of-the-Match award this time and a penalty in the 120th minute avoided more spot kicks to come: 1-1 (agg 2-1 aet)...

    Because of our league status, we entered the FA Cup in the Second Round. Away at Lincoln (D2), who gave us a really hard time. A great volley by Henderson (AMLC) in the 55th minute saw us only halving the deficit and eventually we were slaughtered by them: 4-1...

    We began the league season with a divisional record. That of lowest attendance at a match... Later on we broke multiple club records: biggest win (6-0), biggest win and highest scoring game (7-1; even copied that scoreline in another match), highest attendance (6,000), most goals in one match (4, Markey) and highest average attendance (5,739). Despite an early sniff at the summit, we weren't able to add this title to our trophy cabinet. We did broke the club record of highest league position, but that could be anywhere on this table...

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    This meant we had a double confrontation with Millwall first, starting at home. A lightning start with Newby's (AM/FRLC) fifth goal of the season after three minutes and one more thirty minutes after that. With goals in the first and second half to follow, our morale dropped significantly. Twenty minutes to spare and Mark Williamson (DMC) made things a bit more brighter for us: 3-2! Both teams were nervous in the return and after a red card within the first half an hour, not much chances were created afterwards. We only had to make sure the ten men of the London team didn't do anything unexpected: 0-0 (agg 1-2)!

    For the second time in two years we were off to Wembley, were Grimsby awaited us. Again it was Newby who found the net in the 33th minute and the goal scored before that moment was number fifteen of the season for Phil Jevons (SC), the two-million man. The game got barely underway for the second half when our opponents were right back into it. The open door to the football heaven looked like smashing in front of us, but based on the amount of goal attempts we deserved to win...

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    In order to access the national championship, our ground had to get an upgrade. The season began with a total capacity of 14,664 (all seats), still awful training facilities and some debt. For us, the League Cup started in the Second Round and Sunderland (D2) were the opponents. At home the 0-0 from the kick-off lasted only five minutes, with Aaron Wilbraham (SC) the scorer. Fifty game minutes later an own goal doubled our lead and the match was over: 2-0! In Sunderland we only needed two minutes to score via Gary Brennan's (D/MRLC) first of the season. Twenty minutes after that Wilbraham scored again and he did the same in the second half: 0-3 (agg 0-5)! The Third Round saw us travelling to Newcastle for a meeting against another team from the Premier Division. Ross Oakes (MC) scored his first goal for Forest Green, but we never had a chance of winning this one: 2-1...

    We left the League Cup in the Third Round and our adventure in the FA Cup started in that round. A trip to Leeds (D1) brought us in front after twenty minutes, when Keogh (SC) found the net for the tenth time that season. Two minutes later we were back level and we even had to come back from behind in the second half. At 0-0 a Jevons (SC) goal was already ruled out, but he did manage to score the equaliser now. Unfortunately, this only meant a replay: 2-2. At The Lawn we did everything right, except scoring a goal. In the extra time a single goal went in and their goalkeeper became Man of the Match: 0-1...

    It wasn't easy to pick up the pace of the top flight and we had to wait until the sixth league match to record our first win. A special one it was, because we left Old Trafford victorious: 1-2! Throughout the season we played some other memorable away games at Stamford Bridge (1-4), Anfield (0-3) and Highbury (1-2). During the course of January there was a change of club owners, so the finances weren't a worry anymore. With Liverpool and Newcastle as two of the surprisingly relegated sides, I was very pleased to see us finish in the top half of the table!!!

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    Good to see you've hit the promise land now mate, and a stable first season, hopefully with more money in the bank this coming season you'll be out of debt and be able to strengthen your squad further.

    If Jevons is anything like he is on my save he should be an amazing striker for you, speaking of my save I'm at the halfway point, will give a brief update tomorrow night as we (as in England) had the Confederations Cup to play in the summer).

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    A personal victory by finally achieving the status of a club with top facilities plus youth academy. Thanks to last season's finish, we were entered into the Third Round of the Inter-Toto Cup. Hosting Vitesse from Holland gave Henderson (AMLC) and Sean O'Connor (AM/FRC) on his debut the chance to get us in front after ten and eighty minutes. The match was so even that the Dutch managed to get one back on both occasions: 2-2. In Arnhem the better chances were ours, but it remained 0-0 until late in the game, when Henderson was succesful again and Jevons (SC) scored as well: 0-2 (agg 2-4)! Minute 41 in Helsingborg and Keogh (SC) put us in front during this First Leg of the Semi Finals. In minute 89 the shots-on-target ratio reached the final level of 1-7 and they took theirs to equalise: 1-1. For some reason we weren't really up for the challenge at home after this and the Swedes were deadly again. From two versus three shots on target the match ended in 0-2 (agg 1-3)...

    After this rather false start to the season we only had the domestic competitions left. In the two-legged Second Round of the League Cup we went to Bournemouth (D3) first. The game had barely started and Oakes (MC) was already on the scoresheet. In the last five minutes before the break Wilbraham (SC) and Jevons with his fifth of the season also found the net. At the very beginning of the second half Valur Fannar Gislason (DC) bagged his first for the club and after that the home team were the only ones to score : 1-4! In the return game we woke up five minutes after getting behind in the 66th minute, with Henderson the scorer once more: 1-1 (agg 5-2). At home to Liverpool (D1) in the Third Round we produced thirteen(!) shots on target and they got none. Playing thirty minutes of extra time was our bonus... After Oakes scored his fifth of 2007/2008, they followed this example and we then needed Wilbraham to make it five for the season too: 2-1 (aet)! Another home tie against a Division One side when Nottingham Forest came to town in the Fourth Round. Fifteen minutes underway and Oakes broke the deadlock. On the hour mark a penalty was given and the match went back to an equal scoreline. Close to the final minute we saw Keogh getting his tenth of the season: 2-1! In the Quarter Finals for the first time and we visited Brentford (PD). With goals from Wilbraham, Markey (SC) and Oakes we had a good chance of winning it: 0-3! Back to the concept of a double confrontation and we played Fulham (PD) at home first. Markey did it again for us, but it wasn't enough yet: 1-1. In London we managed to score in both halfs through Jevons and his 50[SUB]thSUB] for Forest Green Rovers by Keogh. Shortly after those goals the home side equalised twice, so we had to play a little longer again. With his tenth of the season it was Oakes who eventually decided this match: 2-3 (agg 3-4 (aet))! I still can't believe we went all the way to Wembley to play a team from the Premier Division once more. All but one of our eleven shots on target against Tottenham were harmless, as Keogh managed to convert that one. They recorded two attempts between the posts and below the bar and Warner didn't capitulate once: 1-0!!!

    An opportunity to show our cupfighting skills again came in the Third Round of the FA Cup. We visited Walsall (D2) and a single second-half goal by Keogh was enough to go to the Fourth Round: 0-1! A trip to non-league Whitby Town where on his way to a brace, Keogh scored his fifteenth of the season. Between his first and second we had Jevons and Henderson (10th) to extend our lead even more: 0-4! Southampton (PD) visited us in the Fifth Round and they were the better team. We on the other hand had Henderson, Tom Youngs (AM/FRLC) with his first for the club and Williams (AM/FC) to give us the advantage: 3-1! This also went way better than every season before and in the Quarter Finals we played Middlesbrough (PD) at home. In an even match we had Gislason to score a very, very late goal, only to change the scoreline for the fourth time in this match: 1-3...

    Where did this all put us in the league? We kicked off with a home fixture against promoted Grimsby and gave them a proper 5-1 hammering to top the table on goal difference! Three days later at Arsenal the craziness continued by ending the game with a bonkers 4-6 win! And those were only the first two of an eleven-game winning streak in the league for FGR!!! After a rather early red card we then lost 2-5 at home to Everton. I thought it was all over when the next game only gave us a disappointing home draw against Tottenham. About twenty games later there were only seven more matches to play and we had a twenty-point gap. One or two points from those would seal the deal, but our morale dropped heavily by losing the first three... For the remaining four I fielded players with less or no minutes for the season so far, because our closest contenders had also dropped points on matchday 34! The lesser gods managed to pick up four more points and we just broke the record for most team goals in one Premier Division season. Amazing to see we never left that top spot for an entire season!!!

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    Okay, quick and dirty this time. Jevons (SC) wanted a new challenge and joined Chelsea on a Bosman. In a reaction to that we signed Leon Knight (SC) on a Bosman from Chelsea.

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    Just like last year, it was Everton versus Forest Green in the battle for the Charity Shield. Again there were plenty of goals and we had Henderson (AMLC) to score in the first half. Our part of the action was done as we went down 4-1...

    Third Round of the League Cup, away at Blackburn (PD). Goals in both halfs for us by Derek Delaney (AM/FRC) and Knight (SC). A penalty got them back into the game, but we were in the Fourth Round: 1-2! At home against Derby (PD) almost the same scenario took place. Knight scored before the break and Keogh (SC) afterwards: 2-0! Our Quarter Final was played in and against Watford (PD). An early equaliser by Mamadou Zongo (AM/FRC) unleashed a bunch of chances for us and only one other goal decided this tie: 2-1...

    West Ham (D1) were the hosts in the Third Round of the FA Cup. After fifty minutes Knight scored first and one minute later our advantage was gone: 1-1. No mistakes in the replay, when Marvin Brown (SC) with his first of the season and Keogh both found the net within the first 25 minutes of the game: 2-0! In the Fourth Round we played Southampton (PD) at the Lawn. Knight and Henderson were on the scoresheet on behalf of FGR: 2-3...

    We stayed unbeaten in the first five Champions League fixtures and that was enough to qualify for the Second Group Phase. In that group we became The Invicibles by picking up every available point! In the Quarter Finals we started at home against HSV (Ger) and Keogh scored his tenth of the season. Too bad all of their shots on target went in: 1-3... In Hamburg they were almost as effective again and we had Knight, scoring his 35th(!) goal of the season when he completed his hat-trick. Total madness when he even added a fourth, which eventually was ruled out: 2-3 (agg 5-4)...

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    Knight broke two Premier Division records as well as two club records. Most league goals in one season by a single player counted twice, most goals in one season by a single player in all competitions was a new one for the club and highest average rating was a national one. Despite his efforts, we often had trouble winning matches. The board asking for the title didn't do us any good either... On the final day we still had the chance to move up to second place, but we received two red cards and lost away at Blackburn...

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    Meanwhile I finally landed a national job. A country with qualification for the World Cup in the pocket. Not that bad! So I had about six months to get to know the players and think about the tournament selection. The FA hoped for a place in the Second Round. Thanks to a missed penalty, we had all the trouble in the world to come back from behind twice against Greece. In the end we even got the deserved victory: 3-2! The match versus France was a bit different, as both teams had a handful of attempts on target. One of my strikers scored his second of the WC and we already survived the group stage: 0-1! Senegal weren't able to do anything about that anymore, but they were really weak in general: 4-0! Then Israel awaited us and after eight minutes we had to go on with a man less... My most important attacker scored his fourth of the tournament - one in each game - and we came awfully close: 3-4...

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    Can't see the screenshots as blocked in work, but fantastic stuff as usual mate, Knight was a great replacement for Jevons.

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    Tragic...


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    Williams (AM/FC, 30) was part of the team that won the Third Division and played as the most central midfielder of the three ever since. The only real weapon in his kit is his passing ability and I thought a player with more all-round skills was what we needed on that position. So we bought Ryan Davies (AMC, 22) from Chelsea for 5,000,000 (plus 10,000,000 when he plays 50 international caps while at Forest Green). Williams will still be at the club, without getting much game time, however.

    Thanks to our final position last season, we entered the League Cup only in the Third Round. On the other hand, we immediately had to play an away game against one of the other Premier Division teams. At Elland Road a goal in each half was enough to let one of the teams win and the hosts from Leeds proved to be better in converting their chances: 2-0...

    Our FA Cup journey started with an away tie in the Third Round too. Thanks to a disallowed goal by O'Connor (AM/FRC) it were Barnet (D3) who were in front at the break. We had far more chances and in the first minute of the second half O'Connor scored again and this time it did count as his tenth of the season. Later on Brennan (D/MRLC) also found the net and we progressed, as was to be expected: 1-2! Much tougher opposition in the Fourth Round as we had to travel to London for a match against Fulham (PRM). Between the tenth and the twentieth minute they first scored and than had a man sent off. Past the hour mark we turned the game around with goals from Brennan, Knight (SC) and a first of the season for Christopher Conway (DRC) within a space of four minutes: 1-3! Back to London in the Fifth Round, with Crystal Palace (PRM) the home team this time. In exactly the same minute as in the previous round the first goal of the game was scored, with the name on the scoresheet being O'Connor. Around the last fifteen minutes of the match Keogh (SC) got his tenth of the season first and then completed his brace for the day: 0-3! Again a team from the Premier Division in the Quarter Final, but finally at home. After three minutes Davies gave us the lead and still in the first half Brennan doubled that with his fifth of 2010/2011. In the second half Youngs (AM/FRLC) was responsible for our third, before Middlesbrough got a goal from the spot. In the final minute Luca Della Vecchia (D/DMLC) did something he never managed to do in his life, namely putting in a goal for Forest Green Rovers: 4-1! The Semi Final was played on a neutral venue (Pride Park, Derby) and Bolton (PRM) were the team to beat. A proper hat-trick in the first forty minutes - with the second of those goals meant his fifteenth of the season - through Keogh and another first-half goal by Henderson (AMLC) had us already in the final at the interval. Next to that Warner (GK) lost his clean sheet and Knight restored our four-goal cushion: 1-5! At Wembley in the Final it was Davies who scored against his former employers in the first half, but they were the only ones to score in the second: 1-2...

    Finishing fourth last year made us entering the Champions League in the Third Qualifying Round. Lechia (Pol) were the opponents and we made the trip to Gdanks first. By dispatching a free kick around the fortieth minute, Davies scored on his debut. In the second half Knight bagged one home in the first fixture of the season as well: 0-2! At The Lawn only five minutes were needed to let Davies hit from a free kick. Less than twenty minutes later Claridge (D/SC) received a red card and within ten minutes after that the Polish goalie followed his example. O'Connor nestled the penalty in the back of the net and another first-half goal by Keogh had us into the group phase after one and a half match. In the second half Lechia scored their first goal against us and O'Connor finished his brace: 4-1 (agg 6-1)! The minimum of four games saw us qualifying from the First Group and we lost the two remaining fixtures. In the Second Group our away win at Arsenal (1-2) was vital to keep them behind us after they won the reverse fixture (0-1). And then we had to play Blackburn (Eng) in the Quarter Finals, at home first. A missed penalty by Capaldi (DL) was one of our five shots on target and they had one: 0-1... Except for the penalty, all the statistics in the return were exactly the same, with Alex Manninger picking up the award for Man of the Match once more: 1-0 (agg 2-0)...

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    The chairman keeps asking for a new league title. I'm not sure if I can cope with that kind of pressure, but I was happy to see our stadium expanding once more. On that matter, we're still far from being one of the big boys, with the total capacity now 16,114. Having said that, only one team had an amazing league campaign, wrapping up the championship with five games to spare and breaking the record for most points gained. If we hadn't drew the last game, Oldham would've been leapfrogged by us, but at least we gathered a couple of points more than last year.

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    Not because of any achievements I had with them, China were part of the Confederations Cup. In a group with Australia, Colombia and Senegal, only the South Americans were able to let us drop two points and only the Africans made us concede a single goal. European competition in the Semi Final, in the form of Poland, saw us taking the lead and despite two of their goals being ruled out, our tiring players couldn't do much more than giving away the match: 1-3... Even more fatigue in the battle for the bronze medal, but again we were the first to score. Then the Australians had two shots on target in the entire match and those were enough to end on the podium: 2-1...

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    Back in the days, Tony Warner (GK) was instrumental in winning the Conference title. He also won all the other league championships Forest Green had won so far, but at 37 I thought he wasn't all that agile anymore. Quite rigorously I took the decision to drop him from the first eleven and buy 20-year old David Neill (GK) for 250,000 to replace him and even be our new captain. Hopefully that would give us a better chance of not losing games in which our goalie only has one shot to properly deal with. Furthermore Davide Compagno (AM/FRLC) was signed on a Bosman (and a signing fee of 5,000,000) to play as our midfielder on the left most of the times, with Henderson (AMLC) as his backup now.

    Not the easiest draw ever to start the League Cup with in the Third Round, as Arsenal (PRM) came out of the hat. Neill picked up an injury during this game, but the visitors didn't even manage to shoot nor head a single ball on target in the entire match. Pretty remarkable, given the fact that it eventually lasted the full 120 minutes! We then missed our very first kick from the spot and the same happened with their second. Missing number nine for the team you represent, increases the chance of being decisive significantly: 0-0 (pens 7-8)...

    A similar development in the Third Round of the FA Cup, when we had to travel to Birmingham for a meeting with Aston Villa (PRM). In the first fifteen minutes Francis Jeffers (SC) had put two past Neill - the first being his fifth of the season - and only in the second half Knight (SC) was able to bring us back in the game. Despite our ten attempts on target, their sixth went in by the fifth of the season for Dan Thomansen (DC): 3-1...

    Thus the only chance of playing teams outside the Premier Division was the Champions League. To enter that tournament, we had to play opponents from Poland in the Third Qualifying Round yet again. At home against Myszkow it took Laurent Blanc (D/MR) less than fifteen minutes to score his first ever goal for FGR. Near the halfway point Knight found the net as well and close to the end of the game, Keogh (SC) hit one home too: 3-0! In the return we came behind after two minutes and exchanged shots on goal in the remaining time, without changing the scoreline: 1-0 (agg 1-3). We were rather lucky to win our First Group ahead of Barcelona, even though there was no danger of AIK and Bologna in the battle for the top-half places. Thanks to a Man-of-the-Match performance by Neill in the final match against Leverkusen, we managed to sneak through in the slipstream of Porto and (way) ahead of Varteks in the Second Group.

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    The First Leg of the CL QF was played at home, against Arsenal (Eng)... An evenly divided match saw Matthew Amoah (AM/FC) scoring in the first half and Ole Talberg (M/FRC) doing exactly the same in the second: 2-0! In London it was Dean Crowe (SC) who managed to score in the first five minutes of both halfs, to fully even the aggregate score. With our twelfth(!) shot on target and the stoppage time already running, justice was done by Keogh: 2-1 (agg 2-3). The fourth time of asking and at last we got past the quarter finals of this European cup! Down to the last four and a familiar Spanish city to visit once more. Brilliant game by Neill again to sort of control the damage, but the rest of the team was nowhere: 3-0... At The Lawn we managed to prevent Barcelona from celebrating more goals, although we never got the feeling we could reach the Final ourselves: 0-0 (agg 0-3).

    The eleventh game of our league campaign and Neill was injured. Shaun Eaton (GK) was excellent, though, and with only ten man on the pitch we lost our first Premier Division fixture of the season. With Neill back in goal in half of them, we even made it four defeats in a row... A bumpy ride next and in the last two games our final position couldn't be changed, no matter the results in those. So 38-year old Warner was handed a farewell match - extending the club record for most league appearances with one - and all kinds of second- and third-choice players featured in the closing stage of the year. We were beaten twice and didn't care at all. On a side note, Liam Keogh now owns the club record for most career league goals scored.

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    Well done on the league win mate, some tough draws in the domestic cups unfortunately, but a good run in the Champions League which should do the finances some good.

    I was going to say before that surely you could get a better keeper than Tony Warner being a Premiership side and his advancing age, good to see you've done that. I always like to give players who I know are leaving and have been with me a while a farewell game as well like you did with Warner, I usually make them captain as well and sub them off with 10 mins to go so they can get their own standing ovation

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Good to see you've hit the promise land now mate, and a stable first season, hopefully with more money in the bank this coming season you'll be out of debt and be able to strengthen your squad further.

    If Jevons is anything like he is on my save he should be an amazing striker for you, speaking of my save I'm at the halfway point, will give a brief update tomorrow night as we (as in England) had the Confederations Cup to play in the summer).
    Better late than never with the Confederations Cup update

    We were drawn into Group 2 along with hosts Italy, Asian Cup holders Japan and Canada, and it would be the Azzurri we would face first. We raced into a 3-0 lead after just 44 mins, Michael Owen bagging himself a hat-trick, but goals from Inacio Pia on 47 and Fernando Almeida on 86 set up a nervy finish but we held on for the win. Japan were up next and this was a lot more straight forward as yet another Owen hat-trick set up a 5-1 win with Captain Joe Cole and my alter ego's former Crystal Palace player Derek Howarth with the others. With qualification ensured already the last game against Canada saw my second XI start and they didn't let me down with a dominant 5-0 win over the Cannucks, with braces from Raheem Sterling and Mike Banks.

    So to the Semi Final stage, ourselves, Argentina, France and Italy had made the last four and it would be the defending Confederations Cup holders France we would play who only squeezed through in 2nd place in their group, losing 2-0 to Argentina, drawing 1-1 with the Ivory Coast before beating Australia in their final game 4-0. We were back to full strength for the game, and again we took an early lead this time through Daniel Sturridge on 13 and we doubled the lead minutes later, Joe Cole with a strike from the edge of the area. Back came France however and shortly after the break we were back honours even, but before I could worry about falling behind a magical 15 minute spell saw us score not once, not twice but three times to put the game to bed.




    It would be old foes Argentina who awaited us in the final after they overcame Italy 2-1 in their semi final tie, and we had a stoke of luck when Lionel Messi was stretchered off in the game and wouldn't be fit for the final. Once again we could send out a full strength side (seems that it's only the Euros and World Cup were there's fitness issues) and although Messi was out for Argentina they still had fantastic players in Saviola, Veron and Mario Alvarez, and it was some game!

    Early starts had been a feature for us this tournament so far and this continued with John Bostock scoring after 7 mins, before Real Madrid midfielder Gonzalo Schmildhalter levelled it up on the quarter of an hour mark. We fell behind for the first time in the tournament when Veron put Argentina ahead but we soon equalised through that man Michael Owen, but any dreams of being even at the break were quashed a minute later when Angel Di Maria curled in a free kick. Raheem Sterling had been having a quite game so far and so he was replaced with his fellow Rangers team mate Dale Taylor, with Sturridge moving to the right wing.

    The change worked as a Taylor corner was whipped into the box and centre back Gary Blake rose highest to tie things up, and soon we had regained the lead with Sturridge stealing in at the back post to fire home. Unfortunately in scoring the goal Sturridge picked up a knock, and so he was replaced with Jack Wilshere with Joe Cole becoming the third player to take the right wing spot in the game. The closing minutes seemed to last for hours and I made our final change on 83, the impressive but tired Bostock making way for the more defensive minded Steve Haslam, and just when it looked like the trophy was ours a wonder strike from Saviola in the 90th minute ensured we would go to Extra Time

    Both teams where running on near empty now apart from the substitutes and we were hoping some inspiration from them would make the difference before the lottery of penalties. Haslam and Wilshere combined well in midfield, and after the former spotted Owen peeling off his marker he slid a ball through to the Liverpool man, the pass was probably a touch heavy although a less tired Owen would have gathered it more easily but the striker managed to get a toe on it and the ball squeezed past the on rushing Argentina keeper, and that was that as we won on the Golden Goal rule!




    We were now European Championship and Confederations Cup winners and with a World Cup in Brazil next year we would have a chance of holding all three trophies, Michael Owen was the Player of the Tournament with 9 goals in just 4 games, while the team broke the scoring record for the most goals in the competition with 23. I think whatever happens at the World Cup I will resign from the National side, if I win the World Cup I'll have a clean sweep and I have no interest in trying to retain the trophies, while if I don't I can't be bothered waiting another 4 years for another stab at it.
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    After two years of absence we had a new chance of winning the Charity Shield. Ipswich (PRM) were the winners of the FA Cup and thus they played against us, the champions. A lightning start as it took Davies (AMC) only two minutes to fire in a free kick and less than five minutes later the equaliser went in. At the half hour mark the second shot on target meant we had to come back from behind. The Tractor Boys were harmless for the remainder of the match and in the second half we had Knight (SC) to stand up, twice: 2-3!

    Just like last year we had to face Premier Division opposition at home in Round 3 of the League Cup. We were clearly up for the challenge against promoted Sunderland as O'Connor (AM/FRC) scored in the first half and Keogh (SC) added two in the second: 3-0! Almost the same concept in Round 4, when Fulham (PRM) came to visit. Around thirty minutes played and Pieter Collen (DR) was sent off not long after Talberg (M/FRC) had put us in front. In the final ten minutes it was Amoah (AM/FC) who scored the decisive goal: 2-0! The Quarter Final saw us travel to Crewe, who were flying high in Divison One. They clearly outplayed us and five minutes from the end the more than deserved margin was reached: 1-0...

    In the Third Round of the FA Cup we also had a home game against a team from our own division. Brentford had a mountain to climb when Compagno (AM/FRLC) and Davies both scored their fifth of the season and the former got his brace before the break too. Afterwards they first did something back, before the latter scored with his second volley of the game: 4-1! The Fourth Round brought us to Leeds (PRM) and Keogh scored a very early penalty to make it fifteen for the season. After their equaliser it was Knight to score our second and in the 40th minute they lost a man because of a red card. With fifteen minutes to play Compagno was responsible for our third goal and Keogh saw a red one as well. Afterwards two other men received their marching orders, so the match surprisingly ended with eight against ten men: 1-3! At home to Tottenham (D1) in the Fifth Round and a red-carded goalkeeper after just two minutes sealed the deal in an early stage. Michael Moran (AM/FC) dispatched the penalty professionally before Barry Dawson (SW/DC) scored his very first goal for the club and Talberg reached double figures for 2012/2013 during the first 45 minutes. With ten minutes to play Davies set the final score: 4-0! A risky Quarter Final in Coventry (D2). It wasn't our day and Marcus Benson (SC) scored a brace: 2-0...

    No qualifying round this time to enter the Champions League. Getting things underway in the First Group Phase with a draw and a record high scoring loss (6-5) was harsh. By picking up the other twelve points, we won the group comfortably. In the Second Group Stage we started with the same results, but considerably less goals were scored. The third one was won to get us right back amongst the contenders to proceed. Winning none of the other three and in fact adding no points to our tally, gave us a finish at the bottom...

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    The first three league games equalled nine points, but the next four were only good for one more... Somewhere in the season we did set a club record of winning ten games (all competitions) in a row. By that point we never really looked back and with three games to spare, the second consecutive Premier Division title was a fact!!! The irregulars were used in the last three games and they managed to add one more point in the 38th league fixture of the season. Not all that important, of course.

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    China were hosting the Asian Cup, so maybe we had to live up to the expectations of the entire country. Vietnam were no match for us in the first group game, with Li (DC) and another Li (D/DMLC) scoring once, while Liu (D/ML) did so twice: 0-4! Saudi Arabia had us coming from behind twice, but a Wang (AM/FLC) hat-trick, a Yang (SC) brace and a Xu (MRL) goal too were more than making up for that: 6-2! Kuwait weren't able to produce any goal attempt and we had some troubling converting ours, but Liu (D/ML) succeeded in doing so: 0-1!

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    In the Quarter Finals Iran did the same as Kuwait did before and we reached a whopping 18(!) shots on target (28 in total). It was up to Yang and substitute Zhang (M/SC) to provide us some goals: 0-2! Getting close now and against Lebanon in the Semi Finals one Gao (DMRC) scored and the other Gao (AMRL) was sent off. In the second half Wang (DM/FRC), Wang (D/MLC) and Wu (AMLC) brought us to the final: 0-4! Japan made us concede for the third time this tournament. With Li (SC), Yang (2x) and Li (DC) on the scoresheet, we weren't in any danger of losing this Final: 4-1!

    When I came in, qualification for the 2010 World Cup was already achieved, so who knows what will happen when China shall feature in the 2014 edition. The First Qualifying Group had us play twice against the likes of Thailand, Mongolia and Qatar. Topping the table was needed to reach the next phase. With a goal difference of 16-3, the first five games delivered all fifteen points and proceeding to the second group as well. There was no reason at all to lose the last one, but the classic one-shot-one-kill principle was executed to perfection by Bumrung Boomprom (SC) in Thailand: 1-0...

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    The Confederations Cup was next and we had all sorts of trouble with Greece in the first group game. Yang (SC) and Wang (AM/FLC) scoring the goals helped us beat them anyway: 2-1! An early red card didn't do Venezuela any good, while we had Li (SC) and Yang (SC) finding the net: 0-2! Only about fifteen minutes to go and Adil Ramzi (AM/FRC) put Morocco in front. Big repairments made by both Zhang (M/SC) and Wang (DM/FRC): 1-2!

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    In the semis it was the same tie as two years ago, when we were playing Poland too. Even the amount of shots on target and the goal difference ended exactly the same way, only the number of goals scored was different this time: 2-0... Even in the hunt for a bronze medal we were up against the same opposition as in 2011. Through a rather early penalty it was Glenn Wilson (SW/D/DMC) to get Australia ahead and within the first thirty minutes of the game Yang (SC) made it 1-1. In the following sixty and eventually ninety minutes no more goals were scored. Six penalties each were necessary to get a winner and we missed three of those: 1-1 (pens 3-4)...

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    Nice read Can't play this DB keep crashing for me

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    Nice read Can't play this DB keep crashing for me
    That's a shame...

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    Nice read Can't play this DB keep crashing for me
    In what sense? Works fine for me.

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    In what sense? Works fine for me.
    not responding then I have to close the program, I simmed through two seasons and then it crashed in pre season.

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    A (small) improvement concerning our ground, now with 18,514 seats available. Keogh (SC) was searching for a new challenge, but nothing popped up. His replacement in the starting eleven was Marc Goodfellow (SC), who came in with an outstanding suspension. So, when we were playing Leicester (PRM) at Wembley in an attempt to win the Charity Shield, Keogh was on the pitch from the beginning and scored the early opener (4'). Then Jonathan Davies (SC) made a hat-trick out of four shots on target and eventually Knight (SC) pulled away one of our other eight between all three posts (68'): 2-3...

    At The Lawn we hosted Watford (D1) in the Third Round of the League Cup. The recently relegated visitors forced David Neill (GK) to be our best man and without scoring, the match went into extra time. After about five minutes of that, a strike from Goodfellow got us through: 1-0! A trip to Stoke (D2) in the Fourth Round, where we controlled the match, until a second-half goal by Chris Lewis (SC) went in. Fortunately for us it was ruled out and later on the net was found by Knight: 0-1! Down to the last eight and one of the better teams of Division One came to town. Port Vale had one shot less on target than us and an early one by Zongo (AM/FRC) plus a late one and his first for the club by Robert ten Brinke (AM/FRLC) handed us the win: 2-0! The First Leg of our Semi Final was played at Villa Park and with his 50th for the club, Gergin Yilmaz (SC) put Aston Villa (PRM) in front just after the break. We had enough time to search for a goal ourselves and with fifteen minutes to spare, Graham Lynch (MC) didn't disappoint us, whilst an equaliser by Eric Molloy (AM/FRC) was disallowed earlier on: 1-1. Almost a month later it took Knight not more than a minute to open the scoring and fifteen minutes later his fifteenth of the season was in the back of the net! In the first half Espen Minde (AML) clawed one back for The Villans, with his fifth of 2013/2014. Fully recharged after the interval, it was Knight who completed his hat-trick, Andrew Henderson (AMLC) to extend our lead once more and Yilmaz to score again as well: 4-2 (agg 5-3)! Back at Wembley, the Final was played against Chesterfield, struggling in the Second Division after being promoted the season before. Nevertheless, they took the lead in the first half, and doubled it! The twentieth of the season for Knight and a penalty - at the same time his fifth goal of the season - by Lee Henderson (DC) got us level. Two more goals went in prior to the change of halfs, with Knight again and Brennan (D/MRLC) putting their names on the scoresheet. In the second half Neill got injured, Goodfellow scored his fifteenth of the campaign and went on to make it a brace as well: 6-2!!! For me, it was the second time of winning this trophy with FGR!

    A whole other start to the FA Cup, as we went to The Sheepy Road to visit Ahterstone in the Third Round. Their non-league team held out until the last half an hour, when Lynch scored his first ever goal for us and Andrew Henderson opened his account for the season: 0-2! In the Fourth Round, freshly promoted York (D2) awaited us in their city. We were the better team, but didn't score, so we had to see them again: 0-0. A very early penalty in the replay was converted by Phil Hayward (FRLC), however, thirty minutes later, York came back. During the last fifteen minutes of that half, Hayward completed his hat-trick. That very same man was sent off with about fifteen minutes left to play and that gave Davies (AMC) the chance to have a go from the spot: 4-1! Fifth Round and Premier Division opposition for the first time. Blackburn came to town, were kind of outplayed and Dawson (SW/DC) was the only one to score: 1-0! A Quarter Final at home against West Ham (D1) saw one goal per half, signed for by Moran (AM/FC) and Keogh, in that order: 2-0! Both teams had to travel for the Semi Final, which was played in Bolton. After being promoted last year, Portsmouth were having a hard time in Division One. Two first-half goals from Davies and one by Goodfellow weren't helping them either. In the second half they went a man down too, managed to score a goal, though, which was sandwiched by Goodfellow's second and Knight's first of the game: 1-5! For the third time this season we went to Wembley and this time Aston Villa were the opponents. After the two-legged meeting in the League Cup, they saw a red card pretty early in the second half. Close to half time in both halfs, Knight (of course) and Mick Watson (SW/DC) - his first of the season - had already scored by then. There was no need to rub things in with an extra man on that holy ground, although goals from both Keogh and Molloy were ruled out, but we did win this famous cup for the second time in our third final: 2-0!!!

    Continentally, we were in the Champions League for the sixth year in succession, this time again without playing in any of the preliminary rounds. Despite one of those was a loss, we were able to survive the First Group after just four matches played. We even lost to the same team again, to definitely give up the top spot. Another two games without a win in the Second Group, but we won that anyway. Up against Bara (Spa) once more in the Quarter Final and in both games Neill was unavailable due to a broken toe. Eaton (GK) blinked his eyes a couple of times and Fbio Pinto (FLC) got himself a first-half hat-trick. At the stroke of halftime a Swedish player with a Spanish contract saw a red card and in the dying minutes of this tie, the last goal was scored by Rafael de Jess (AM/FRL): 0-4... In Barcelona, they took the lead in the first half once again, but thanks to a Davies free kick - his tenth goal of the season - and a Lee Henderson penalty we won this one: 1-2 (agg 5-2).

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    A horrible start to the league and I was getting mighty scared of dropping into the danger zone and never leave... We recorded more defeats than victories, which wasn't boosting our confidence at all. Somehow we managed to turn things around with a Premier Division record winning streak and a club record unbeaten run. With a game more and picking up a lot of points, Ipswich were the only ones to stay above us for several months. The last two fixtures were of no effect to the final table and that's why the 'other' players got a chance. All six points were gained, surprisingly!

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    The Second Qualifying Group for the World Cup brought China trips to Japan, Lebanon, Indonesia and U.A.E. Including a double record-breaking 8-1 victory (biggest win & highest scoring game) we reached the playoffs after six and qualified after seven matches played. You all know what was bound to happen next, even if those two draws would have been wins as well. Without me, they went out of the group stage with six points. I felt sorry for the lads...

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    Goodfellow scored 19 goals in 34 starts last season, but when I had the chance to get this guy - in his thirties - on a Bosman for a reasonable signing fee and dito salary, there was no doubt in the world about who would be the new striking partner of Knight (SC). He himself was suspended for the season opener at Wembley, where we played last season's number two, Ipswich, because we won both cups as well. In the end, they had one more shot on goal, where we had David Neill (GK)! Pretty early in the second half Gary Bates (SC) broke the deadlock and a debut goal was ruled out, preventing Zlatan Ibrahomivoc (SC) from immediately scoring a hat-trick: 3-0!

    Not an easy start to defend our League Cup title as we travelled to Craven Cottage to play a team out of our own league in the Third Round. Five minutes gone when Davies (AMC) struck a freekick and within a quarter of an hour later Compagno (AM/FRLC) doubled our lead. Before the tea was boiling, Fulham clawed one back and eventually it was Neill who was awarded as Man of the Match: 1-2! Nothing different in Round Four, when we went to Middlesbrough (PRM) and this time Knight scored after five minutes. Twenty minutes later Ibrahimovic reached double figures for the season, but the advantage was halved before the break. Afterwards the repairments were completed in the form of a lead for the hosts and only five minutes from time our Swedish hitman produced the equaliser. Nothing much between both sides in the extra time, but in the first half of it we were behind once more. Slightly more than ten minutes to go and he did it again, got his hat-trick and one minute later Davies gave us the lead once more: 4-5 (aet)! After this narrow escape, we played our QF at home against Nottingham Forrest, who were doing ever so well in the tier below us. About fifteen minutes underway and the man that was still with us in the season of his contract expiry, Keogh (SC), got us in front. Halfway through the second half, just minutes before a visitor was red-carded, a goal from a bicycle kick by Compagno was disallowed. After that, Molloy (AM/FRC) doubled our lead after all: 2-0! We went to Derby for the First Leg of our SF, created a lot of serious chances where they had none of any importance and a header within the first twenty minutes by Knight was enough to hand us the victory: 0-1! No problems were expexted at The Lawn, where first-half goals by Ibrahimovic, Brennan (D/MRLC), Lynch (MC) and Zlatan once again went in: 4-0 (agg 5-0)! Another good team from Division One, by the name of Swindon Town, made it to the Final as well. They didn't make things easy for themselves by scoring an own goal after seventeen minutes and close to the interval, Brennan doubled the damage for them. Two minutes later they came back and had all to play for in the second half. Past the hour mark Gary Bates made it ten for the season and Ibrahimovic put the game to bed. Close to the end a goal by Gary Bates didn't go through, we conceded for the second time and Gary Bates did double his tally in this game: 5-2!!! A hat-trick of League Cups for me at Forest Green Rovers!

    Exactly the same fixture in the Third Round of the FA Cup as we had at our start in that other cup. One of their defenders only needed four minutes to earn a red card and their goalkeeper was the Man of the Match. In the second half Garby Bates and Lee Henderson (DC) managed to find the net: 0-2! A visit from Gillingham (D1) in the Fourth Round should see us through. Less than twenty minutes played and the scoresheet showed the following names: Ibrahimovic, Knight and Brennan. In the second half we lost Compagno and Ryan Beresford (MC) to injuries in the same minutes and eventually the stoppage time was used to make it a brace for the first scorer of the lot: 4-0! Back to Premier Division opposition in the Fifth Round, when we hosted a tie against Sunderland. In the first half Beresford and Goodfellow - after his earlier 2-0 was chalked off - gave us a double lead and in the second half Ross Livermore (AM/FRL) bagged home his first for the club: 3-0! After twenty minutes of our QF at home versus Arsenal (PRM), they were behind thanks to Gary Bates. The last thirty minutes of the game were used to add two more goals to his personal record by Ibrahimovic: 3-0! The SF match played in Sunderland against Blackburn (PRM) was fired up after five minutes, when the scoring was opened by Knight. Over ten minutes later the equaliser went in and less than sixty seconds after that Ibrahimovic fired in his 25th of the season. After the Swede's second was cancelled, Alex Manninger (GK) got himself sent off in the 35th minute and Lee Henderson scored his fifth of the season from the spot. In the first half milestones were reached by Beresford (10th) and Brennan (5th) as well. After the break only Ibracadabra managed to complete a brace: 6-1! Did we get sick of Wembley already? For the second time this season Ipswich turned out to be our last hurdle towards a possible piece of silverware. Within the first ten minutes a rebound by Jason Quinn (AM/FLC) got the party started. It was continued by Davies right after the second 45 went underway. After sixty minutes or so his 30th of the season was a fact and Ibrahimovic went on to grab another double: 0-4!!! Also three-times winner of this trophy now!

    Such a great form to take with us into Europe. Undeservedly we soon were defeated in the First Group, but we bounced back perfectly and topped the group when it mattered by a rather big margin. Somehow we were held back from equalling that result in the Second Group, but the level of competition from the teams in the bottom-half of the table was extremely poor. The First Leg of the Quarter Finals was played in England and Krylja Sovetov Samara (Rus) made the travel. It took less than ten minutes for Knight to net our first, but we had to wait awfully long to celebrate his 35th of the season: 2-0! A good result for us with no goal(s) from them either. Thirty game minutes later during the return and they only needed one more. Compagno's goal was there to make our world shine a lot brighter, although the linesman had a different opinion. Almost directly from the kick-off after the restart, the aggregate score was levelled and we only had the chance to compensate for this huge disappointment in a penalty shootout. Our first two went in and the following three didn't. This is becoming a very frustrating hobby: 2-0 (agg 2-2; pens 3-2)...

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    Pairing up Knight and Ibrahimovic worked out even better then I could have ever dreamed of. They both played the best season of their careers so far and we, as a team, benefited from that like never before. Including some of last season's games we broke our own PD record of most wins in a row and later the equivalent club record was bettered too. Our first Premier Division defeat came in Round 19 and after 27(!) of those games the new PD record of team goals already belonged to us. This time around I choose to keep going for more records with my best players and so the highest number of total points won ever was reached and Knight now has Forest Green's most league goals. Because of an amazing result on the final day (see the spoiler below) the records for biggest win (PRM & FGR) and most goals by a single player in one match (PRM & FGR) were also set. Furthermore, Leon Knight obtained the records for most times Man of the Match within a season (FGR), most assists in one season (PRM & FGR) and most goals in a single season (PRM & FGR)! Without staying far behind, Ibrahimovic picked up the record for highest average rating in the season (PRM & FGR)!

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    Any reason why I can't get the game to work, dowloaded Cam link on the first page, game loads and then it crashes whilst loading, playing on Windows 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matgunners View Post
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    Any reason why I can't get the game to work, dowloaded Cam link on the first page, game loads and then it crashes whilst loading, playing on Windows 10.

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    Try setting the compatibility to windows 7

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    Winning the domestic quadruple last year, secured our place in the first match on Wembly this season. The runners-up of the Premier Division, Middlesbrough, were the other team who had the chance to go home with the Charity Shield. Five minutes played and the champions came in front, with the last touch coming from Davies (AMC). Another five minutes later and the scoreline was level, which was also how both teams went back to the dressing rooms. In the last quarter of the game, the game was decided by three more goals from the guys wearing red jerseys: 4-1...

    On our way to a possible third League Cup in a row, we first had to get past Everton, who continously have played in the Premier Division since I came in at Forest Green Rovers in 2000. It was an way game in the Third Round and his tenth of the season in all competitions was the first of this tie in the 12th minute, scored by Knight (SC). At half time, Emanuelsson (AM/FC) had brushed this advantage aside and about ten minutes from the final whistle, Muirhead (SC) was responsible for the winner: 2-1...

    The same sort of opposition as Leicester (PRM) came to town in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Around the half hour mark, it again was Knight to break the deadlock. A few minutes later their captain Hughes (SW/DLC) received a red card and before the break his teammate Donnelly (GK) joined him in the showers. The following penalty was missed by Henderson (DC), but we had no trouble at all defending this margin: 1-0! In the Fourth Round, Arsenal (PRM) had to make the travel and this time around it was Compagno (AM/FRLC) who put his name on the scoresheet, seconds ahead of the interval. Just before the hour mark, Saunders (DRC) saw a second yellow card and Henderson now took a spot kick in a succesful way. Both teams had one player each who also had to go off with a second yellow. Reed (DMC) the first and during the injury time - totally unnecessary - Knight the second: 2-0! The series of home games didn't come to an end in the Fifth Round, as Bolton (D1) visited us. Within ten minutes Gary Bates (SC) gave us the lead and twenty minutes later it was doubled by Ibrahimovic (SC). At the beginning of the second half, Jones (D/FRLC) got Bolton right back in the game. Soon after that, Davies restored our lead and in the end it was Gary Bates to make it a brace: 4-1! The first away game of this tournament came in the Quarter Final, when we went to Watford (D1). As usual, the home team took the lead in the first half, with Bajat (SC) the scorer. Over seventy minutes on the clock and Knight finally managed to draw things level in this game. Crazy scenes in the last five minutes, when Henderson got us ahead from the spot and Bajat got a double to enfore a replay. What a match that would turn out to be! Five minutes gone and just before Kevin Dunn (DR) picked up an injury, Peter De Boer (AM/FC) opened the scoring. Ten minutes later, Henderson made it ten for the season (all penalties!) and also scored his second of the game from a simular situation to set the half-time score. Afterwards Dearden (AMC) and Purcell (DRC) both got their second yellow to reduce the visitors to nine men on the pitch. This numeric advantage immediately worked out for us as Compagno scored first and Paul Green (AM/FRC) reached double figures for the season. Then Lyons (GK) got himself a straight red and Henderson made it a hat-trick of penalties. Compagno picked up a brace against eight men and when Rogers (GK) was sent off as well, Henderson was there to score a hatful of goals (from the spot), making it a FA Cup record win: 8-0! Maybe that made us the (clear) favourites for the Semi Final against Aston Villa (PRM), played in Sunderland. A period of five minutes in the first half saw Knight (26') and Ibrahimovic (28' & 31') giving us a comfortable lead. When Knol (DR) was given his marching orders by the referee early after the restart, it was all the more easy for Molloy (AM/FRC) and Knight to get us into the final: 0-5! At Wembley in the Final, we were given the chance to have our revenge on Middlesbrough. A rather even match stayed goalless in the first half. More then ten minutes played in the second half and Beresford (MC) got us in front, with David Collins (AM/FC) soon after that scoring the equaliser. Just one more regular minute to play and Gary Oliver (DMC) made it three consecutive FA Cups for us: 2-1!!!

    It was about time to make our mark in Europe. Reaching the semis of the Champions League was our best result so far and that happened only once. Without losing a single match, we won the First Group, ahead of OB (Den), IS (Swe) and Partizane Tirane (Alb). The same goes for the Second Group, with PSV (Hol), Estoril (Por) and last season's winners Iraklis (Gre) the opponents. In the Quarter Finals, we saw OB again, in Denmark for the First Leg. The first half an hour was characterised by goals from De Boer, Goodfellow (SC) and Green and early in the second half De Boer scored again: 0-4! We had to stay concentrated in the return, when Knight scored first and Mogens Tnder (SC) equalised before the twentieth minute was reached. In the second half, Morten Fredriksen (AM/FC) handed the Danes a second goal, after the first fifteen minutes of it were used by Compagno, Henderson (a penalty of course) and Ibrahimovic to extend our lead: 4-2 (agg 8-2)! Two more meetings with PSV then in the Semi Finals, visiting Eindhoven first. We had to come back from behind when Marcel van Vliet (SC) scored and Knight made it 25 for the season to do so after 25 minutes of gameplay. Before the break he grabbed his brace as well and Davies lifted the difference to two. Despite the number of chances created by us, no more goals were scored by both teams: 1-3! Two players from PSV receiving red cards in the first 35 minutes sandwiched the twentieth goal of the season for Ibrahimovic. In the second half that same man scored once more and his striking partner Knight handed us a third one: 3-0 (agg 6-1)! Convincing stats to take with us to Rome, where Barcelona (Spa) awaited us again. No easy assignment at all, as the first half clearly showed: not a single goal attempt by us and they had a total of seven, with three of those on target. Ten minutes into the second half, Javier Montero (GK) was sent off and Henderson took his eighteenth(!) penalty of the season. For the fourth time he managed to miss one... Around twenty minutes still to play and Ibrahimovic scored our first of the game. Within the last fifteen minutes he did so once more and even Brennan (D/MRLC) bagged one home: 0-3!!!

    Spoiler!

    My main target for the season was winning that European trophy. Deciding the Premier Division in an early stage, would help, because then the important players could be rested in the national league. Breaking the club records for most wins in a row and longest unbeaten run, helped us in clinching the fifth successive English championship!!! At that point, there were still six fixtures to complete and the mainly third- and fourth-choice players kept our unbeaten run going!

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    Huzzah! Finally that elusive Champions League is landed, all hail King Zlatan

    What's the plan now then mate? Stay with FGR or try your hand elsewhere?

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