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    Right to whomever actually reads this,

    Kind of an update on the plans. On the 10th season, regardless of what happens, there will be a special 'chapter'. And from the responses of the 10th season and the 'chapter', this will either end then and there. Or will go for another five seasons. Incase you haven't noticed there is a build up for something, which will come clear after this is over.

    Playing season 9 now, but just started so hopefully will be up sooner then the 8th was.

    Peace.

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    Will look forward to this. I'm still reading, although Lorenzo's form has been depressing and he seems more loyal than a blind dog ...


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    Still reading too, nice to see the boys back in a cup final, despite the result.

    BobMem has effectively disappeared off the footballing world map now, despite being captain of his country. How many caps is that?!

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    Right hasn't worked out as i would have hoped, but to say that season 8 was the end. I will write an ending soon to see out the story, but after nearly 3 years (on/off), the end is nigh. Stay tuned for the final write up, and thank you to those that have continued to have read, had at one point read, those who replied and especially those that participated.

    Onward to the next Zan story!

    Hopefully won't be as long to post though

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    The Long Shadow…




    14 years ago there was a project on the horizon of the footballing world.

    A mad Russian billionaire, with more money then sense and a questionable mysterious history, came to England with one goal: build a legacy of football. From the muddy pitches in near-abandoned stadiums on a rainy afternoon to the spotlight, fuelled by the cheers of the thousands strong chorus of fans dipped in red and white in the final minutes for the quest of glory.

    The clubs name etched into the plate of glory, the halls of fame hanging their proud faces for generations to look upon. For every generation their story to be shared, to inspire, to agitate, to be remembered.

    To make his ambitions become reality, he sought out an historic small town, similar ambitious people who would become associates and crafted what would be a stampede for success. The name would forever be known as Newark Athletic Football Club, aptly nicknamed 'The Fearless Warriors'.



    Back with the financial support of the Russian media mogul, with a brand new stadium, the club acquired a pool of young talented characters, each that had different experiences of football – if any – and different personalities. Under the guidance of young workaholic scout Zander Champman – whose real birth name is still unknown among numerous rumours – the backroom staff started to gather.

    Anton Relikovic, the party-boy son of the chairman, forced to be a coach in order to limit his partying exploits. Joel Power, the womanizing journeyman who had low European success but an untrustworthy nature, was the head first team coach as Riley Bartley, an aggressive former American international defender who had earned more disciplinary fines then wins as a manager, as the assistant manager.

    But there was one main man, the manager: Niko Bergstrom.

    A man who had perfection in his blood. No literally! He was a genetic experiment to be the best human being ever to rule over the word, as the heir of the tyrannical terroist/relgious cult named Phetrovolgy. But that wasn't what made Niko the right choice, it was his managerial expertise.

    Niko Bergrstrom:

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    After two years away from the game, Niko Bergstrom returned aged 26 to be the man of the ambitious project. Backed with his management staff, the 'Fearless Warriors' battled to champions four seasons in the row, with triumphant wins in the Vans Throphy, League Cup and FA Cup, Niko become an instant world great at the age of 30.

    But due to growing medical concerns, it was announced that Niko Bergstrom would be stepping down as manager at the end of his first season in the Premier League with Newark. Stating that he had 'accomplished' his job, he was openingly handing over the reigns to his second in charge, Riley Bartley.

    Recruiting former players that had left during the previous seasons, Niko wanted to go out with the team he started with. And although the team continued to succeed on the pitch, Niko's health started to decline more and more – though, never telling anyone about it.



    With success on the field, the more the health of the manager worsened. Failure in the League Cup Final edged the manager, who had know had possible criminal convictions on his head, for the final showdown that mattered most – the UEFA Cup Final.

    The European gold that the owner had dreamed about and the one that Niko seeked. As the game went on, Newark started to gain more control. Typically they were leading into the final minutes of the game, among the celebrations of Zbimg's sealer, Bergstrom was taking his final moments.

    As the whistle rung to see out the historic game, it echoed the end of a remarkable era that the footballing world would never forget. Niko had become one of the greats, and somewhat fittingly died in what were the highlight of his life and career. The 'perfect' human being succumbed to being 'perfect', and the long shadow that layed out on the touchline would be ever present.

    Aftermath

    In 8 years since the death of it's finest and only manager, Newark Athletic still couldn't find a suitable manager. The teams core started to disperse and the successful run that had become nature at the club had dried up.

    An Internationally known manager, a promising managers and somewhat ambitious hiring had tried to replicate only a small amount of success, but none could come close to the tenacity that was Niko.

    The club was becoming less and less of the identity he had built in five years at the club, the backroom staff went – Riley, his replacement, left due to grief – and soon went the players. Replacements never came in, and soon the results started to wander.

    Consistentcy was no longer there, and the identity crisis had started to emerge.



    Now



    The long shadow that had stayed a constant reminder would be solidified into bronze as the club celebrates it 15th anniversary this season. A statue of Niko Bergstrom will be unveiled outside the Boltsky Stadium entrance. Beside the newly-named Bergstrom Stand, it will be former captain The Eejit, topgoalscorer Lorenzo Zbimg, best friend Theodore Eejit and Newark manager Erland Johnsen who would be at the ceremony.

    As the legacy of Niko Bergstrom is to be celebrated with a statue, the forthcoming season will be a telling one for Newark.

    A third season with Erland Johnsen, the second longest manager now at the club, who has started to push the team towards higher positions in the Premier League and more presence within the cups, Newark seem to taking small steps to finding a new breathe of fresh air without Niko.

    As the ageing remnants of Niko's 'team' enter the twilight years of their career, the emergence of fresh young talent from the accomplished youth team – founded and somewhat achieved by former scout Zander Champman – into the first team, it is a passing of the torch to the next.

    Former players had struggled without the tutelage of the man they still call 'gaffer', though some have found a second home. After the hiring of Mark Hughes as the replacement or Niko's replacement, Zander Champman had fall-out with the manager's direction and left to become a coach at Burton Albion, which turned to be a caretaker role turned full-time manager.

    Since then Zander, whose only 40, has won 2 league titles and the Vans Trophy prompting similarities to his former boss. Though never a public speaker, Zander seems to shy away from comparisons and continues to dedicate improving himself as a manager.

    The Future



    As the possibilities start to build for both the club, it's players, it's 'Warriors' and even former employees: the question of the future remains. Would they replicate the success? Would the club ever find the same kind of success?

    It seems unlikely. But, no one will ever know and it doesn't matter.

    Fifteen years ago, a group of random players gathered and with time, grew to become a community. That community strived to push the successes that, through time some left, some came back. But, in the end, it is what they represented, achieved and pass on that matters.

    The future is up to them for themselves, but at Newark Athletic it is about a changing of the guard. Warriors of old alas of glorious victories, choose their battles as the recruits continue their former battle.

    It is always A Golden and Fearless Ambition that strives.

    “In every season I aim for Newark to reach the ambitions that I have for this club, I want to gain something to celebrate for every year, minor or major.” - Newark Athletic Owner, Yermolai Relikovic

    The End.

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    Wow, great read and nice to see you back here. Good work rounding up and closing the story, it's so easy to let them rot away, so respect for finishing
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    Thanks Bob and thanks guys.

    Hard-drive failed over summer, was able to reformat and thought nothing of it, but it happened again and it took the save file with plus the edited db etc. was able to Uni work off the hard-drive, but got a new one, and sending other one back (under warranty). Idea was to end at ten seasons, with this kind of ending (open ended and review kinda thing) but with a massive 'What If' with a save i continued on as Niko where i won the EPL, CL etc. and had players like Lewandoski at the club.

    But instead decided to detail Niko more (actual TEJ pics and prints there ! ).

    So thanks again, and for the first time ever i am able to end a story on my terms

    Won't be doing any Fearless Warriors anymore - Wato has the whole CM-into-players down, and plus Vipers - so nice to be able to end one finally. Have a few ideas for new stories, none as weird as this though, and would be more a long-term football challenge then anything.

    So wait and see

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    So i ended alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kowalinho View Post
    So i ended alone?
    Dunno, up to you

    From season 8 everything is possible

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    A very well done on creating an ending for this epic.

    Over 40,000 views says it all.


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    7 months later I have returned and there shall be more escapades in due time

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