View Full Version : [STORY] A Golden and Fearless Ambition

Pages : 1 2 [3]

29-11-14, 02:45 AM
Damn, expected a post from Eejit about the amazing form he has had recently :tsk:

Oh well!

Currently writing next chapter, but will write two in the space of time top post one mid-week, so that come next weekend should be the fourth chapter. Gonna try and end Niko's final season before xmas so then i can start doing the 'Riley Era' and then the 'hopeful' future i have envisioned (no spoilers). So either Sunday/Monday for next update, and then another one either Wednesday/Thursday and then another one NEXT sunday/Monday.

Might be a reoccuring theme, dunno yet. Depends on UnI!

Sorry to quote, but for those that voted for Riley at the choice made (long ago i might add) The future updates after Niko retires would have been how i would have wrriten them if he was the more chosen manager (hew was second hence why he got Ass. Man, role).

01-12-14, 01:41 PM
What about the amazing form that I am in. :cool:

25-12-14, 01:26 AM
Update forthcoming into mid January. Computer problems as elixir of delay.

18-01-15, 03:10 AM
Chapter Two:
Establishing the Enemy!


Shrek had taken his depression within the confines of alcohol. He was constantly searching for a way to block the image of his cheating partner with others, and the horrific killing that he had done in response of it.

Glass and glass of finest beer that ‘The Fiary’ had to offer vanished down his large throat, as it would take a large unit of alcohol to get this green giant to the land he wanted to visit. As the hours went by, so did the other customers as Shrek just sat on that same wooden bench waiting for that moment he could forget his whole ordeal.


As the bells rang for closing time, Shrek stumbled outside: his goal had been accomplished. His whole mind had succumbed by the dizziness and for the forgetful power of the alcoholic elixir wondered into the night towards his swamp.


The sun rose into the lair of the ogre named Shrek, and as the light hit his eyes, a huge head-ache awaited for him. The night after the bar was a blur. He was completely unfounded as to what he did, but did feel a shred of dead lingering in the back.

Donkey: Morning, you green stud you!


As the voice crept into his ears, memories flooded back that he went to Donkey’s cave and pleaded him to come back – the realisation then sat in as a canniving set of crows sat on the window ciel.

Shrek: Ah no! No no no no nooo!

Shrek roared as he emerged from the blanket, half-naked he grabbed the neck of his once-beloved as the amassing mischievous crows heckled to them in unison.

AMC: Guess they’re no happy ending in this tale!

They squaked before breaking out in laughter, the raging Shrek grabbed a frying pan and threw it at them, but missed.

AMC: Got to do better than that, Prince Charming!

The crows continued to heckle the angry ogre…..


Until each one was killed with a bullet!

Donkey: Oh my Gawd! Someone killed AMC!
Shrek: You b:censored:!

A few feet away stood the man responsible:


Archibald: Nice Kill Gregory!
Gregory: Same to you! Too bad they are animated – we can’t exactly or have sex with a computer code!
Archibald: How the hell did we get here, Gregory?
Gregory: By gosh! I don’t remember!

The two hunters laughed as they walked away from the still shocked glares of Donkey and Shrek, and away from the swamp they had mysteriously entered.


After the humble defeat against Newcastle, I really had to resemble myself that I needed to focus! In the near future we were facing Galatasaray, Man United and Arsenal – not the only foes we are facing – re-establishing that this league wasn’t just the top ‘six’ but a whole league of established top sides!

Maybe it was down to the amazing success we had last season that made me think we were already better than the opposition – a good attitude to have – but one that left us vulnerable to the ‘shock’ result, when in reality, any result in our favour was the ‘shocking’ result.

Travelling to one of the returning sides, a side we had beaten twice in three games, it seemed it could be both ways as our additional win was a 1-0 win in a friendly.


Coming to Stoke meant coming home for one man, Mark Henderson, who I hoped would continue his terrific form despite the ‘emotional’ connection he had with the home side.

Wednesday 5th October 2005
Barclays Premier League
Stoke v. Newark
(Guedioura ’53, Ness ’66)(Henderson ‘pen 20, Wato ’29 ’58, Kowalinho ’61 Zbimg ’63)
MoM – E. Wato

A terrific team performance that was eclipsed by Wato contributions showed how much dominance we could have in the 4-4-2 formation. Eejit did seem to struggle going into the central midfield role, but overall it was a brilliant attack display that hammered in the importance of rotation that might become prominent in he long haul of the season.

But the next couple of games are important, Manchester United, Galatasaray and Arsenal, it was the decisive games that the season was leading up to...


Saturday 15th October 2005
Barclays Premier League
Newark v. Man Utd
(Sorensen '23, Ronaldo '45)
MoM – C. Ronaldo

A demolishing job that was spear-headed by the insurgent Cristiano Ronaldo who has been on fire since rejoining the club last season. Sorensen came on after 21 minutes to replace the injured Patrice Evra and made his mark with a powerful header into the back of the net from a Nani corner. But it was the master-class of Ronaldo that everyone would remember, with a spectacular dribbling run and a solo goal from the edge of the box.

The result hampered my optimistic plans for our mid-week game against Galatasaray, with a change of tactic and midfield, we were going into the game with hopes on our minds with a home victory....


Thursday 20th October 2005
UEFA Cup 2nd Round First Leg.
Newark vs. Galatasaray
(Tokak '9)
Hoolihan sent off '7
MoM – K. Tokak

A game to rather forget, but hard to with the stupidity of Hoolihan hampering our odds to go through further after getting 2 yellow cards in the space of 2 minutes! The insult was further pushed in when the resulting free-kick allowed Man of the Match Tokak to header in.

A horrific team performance in which we had only 3 shots on goal, it duly wasn't our day, and mine was only to get worse after I was insisted to 'immediately' see Yermolai in his office in his game. After an hour of wandering about and speaking to random staff, I finally started to head for his office.


Niko: What a rare chance to see you!

I said jokingly as I entered the office as the veins looked as if they were about to burst on the fat Russian's forehead.

Yermolai: Do you not know what immediately means, Nikolavski? I should burst your balls for you being so late! But, after that display, I think neither you or the players have any!
Niko: Hey! It was a bad day at the office!
Yermolai: You have gotten your vacation, so now you think you are better then me? Than this club?
Niko: You know what!

I said, as finally the boiling point of his endless threats was finally made, gripping my hands into fists I made over to his mahogany desk and slammed them down onto the polished surface.

Niko: I have been here for FIVE FUCKING YEARS! I have dealt with a lot of shit in that time: and I am sick of this!

I screamed out as the fat Russian grab his white Russian and started to drink it casually.

Niko: Are you freaking kidding me?

Shocked, I smacked the glass out of his hand and watched as it smashed on the floor. Finally I got his attention.

Niko: You have had me out since day fucking one! You wanted to be in the Premier League? DONE! You wanted to be playing European Football? Fucking DONE! I did that! ME! BACK to FUCKING BACK! And all I get is an office that has a toilet? I have my life threaten for losing a fucking game? You might own this club; but I AM THIS CLUB! I made this club where it is! And all you had to do was sit on your fat ass, drink your stereotypical Vodka, and shut the fuck up!

As my spit flew over him, Yermolai sat there smirking.

Yermolai: Did you get it all out, Nikolavski?

Angered I marched towards the door, but stopped as I opened it.

Niko: The name is Niko Bergstrom, you fat Russian fuck! And you will be wanting that name again when Riley sends this club into the shitter!

Slamming the door, I smirked as I walked out of the stadium and back home. After five years: I didn't care what that Russian fuck thought, and it was all about the football.


Sunday 23rd October 2005
Barclays Premier League
Arsenal vs. Newark
(Luis Suarez '7, '83)(Zbimg '45)
MoM – Luis Suarez

But the football didn't improve as much as I wanted! Another master-class showing from another world-class player who was having a tremendous season, Luis Suarez made his presence known. After missing out in the Charity Shield, he was constantly being a thorn in our defence, and despite the effort of Zbimg, we couldn't take anything from Arsenal's mighty weapon of choice.

With 3rd Round of the League Cup next on the agenda, it was time to let some players start and rest others so that they could be fresh for the Everton and Galatasaray decider match. With only three members of the starting line-up against Blackburn who was also used against Arsenal, BobMem was given the captaincy.


Wednesday 26th October 2005
League Cup 3rd
Blackburn vs. Newark
(Fraser '59)
MoM – H. Van der Voom

Despite the scoreline and the inexperienced players on display, it was a dominant performance from the third string of players. Van der Voom, the man who helped majorly to win the competition last season, was again the man who took effect within the League Cup. Amassing the most clear cut chances and a constant thorn to the opposition, he was unlucky to have not scored a hat-trick! Instead the accolade of goalscorer was given to Ryan Fraser on his first start of the season on the left wing.

After the game came the draw:


Blackpool are the leaders of the First Division and look set to be back into the Premier League next season, so it would be an intense game so more first teamers would have to be used to ensure our role within defending our cup.

Monday 31st October 2005
Barclays Premier League
Newark v. Everton
(Zbimg '42 '90, Wato '63)(Bent '9)
MoM – L. Zbimg

Zbimg was on top form as we finally got another win in the league, and our top goalscorer made every single cross made by left-back Baz count. 2 goals for him, and 2 assists for Baz wasn't enough for the lads as O'Toibin came off the bench and assisted Wato. A terrific team performance as we needed the momentum with the decisive away game against Galatasaray next on the books.


As we arrived in Turkey, we had two pieces of news to celebrate: firstly, the resigning of Hannu Sulonen for £2.5 million from Portsmouth as an added option for the midfield as we still awaited for the departure of Tibor Cica. Secondly, we then celebrated Lorenzo Zbimg's award of Young Player of the Month for October, a sensational form throughout the month, but he was rested for the big game as Kowalinho was used in the European tie.

Thursday 3rd November 2005
UEFA Cup 2nd Round 2 Leg
Galatasaray vs. Newark
(1-0 on aggregate)

This was the moment that I was waiting for since the bust-up with Yermolai, the opportunity to make my legacy even further. He wanted a demonstration of my superiorty? This was it!

An it was an intensive affair! Both teams wanted to score goals, and go further into the UEFA Cup!

And straight from kick-off Galatasaray had the first chance, as the roaming Burak Yilmaz pounced on the loose ball but was fouled by BobMem. His partner was Roderick Miranda in defence since Hoolihan was suspended.

A free kick, Yilmaz aligned himself personally to take it that was deflected from the wall and off the post.


Yilmaz was constant threat, which was fortunately muffed out by some spectacular defensive displays from the lads, and soon it was Hemphill who had an equally oppertunistic free-kick!


Bolat was able to get a hand to it!

Back and forth was the attacking display with both set of eleven playing with a sense of urgency to score! But disaster soon came. Okan Aydin embarrassed Carvajal on the right wing and was free to cross. The lofting ball roamed within the box, and soon the charging Okay Yokuslu leapt into the air!

They had nipped in the goal thanks to his powerful header!

35 minutes been played...

They now had a 2 goal advantage, but the lads weren't out yet! Baz earned himself a nice free-kick on the left wing in the dyining minutes of the first half!

Lofting the ball forwards towards the centre stage, the Welshman found the free Scotsman Darren Boyle. It was the 19 year-old's first game in the competition, and be set himself for the volley, but surely it was too much of an audacious attempt?


No, it wasn't!

The Turkish defence was in shock as the ball curled in the air and into the top right corner, out of Bolat's reach! 1-1, 2-1!

With the end of the first half we had readily established ourselves back into the game, but something needed to be added. Something, or should I say: someone!


After a quick chat, super-sub Henrik Van der Voom marched onto the pitch for the second outing as Mark Henderson relaxed back on the bench. It was a straight swap, but it was the left-hand side we had more control on, and needed a clearer threat to really take the oppoertunity to!

The second-half started as the first half finished, back and forth once more, both sides had equal opportunity to get the next goal. Van der Voom had the best opportunity yet! After finding space he out-ran their right-back and soon was one-on-one with the keeper. Attempting a simple lob, Bolat out-stretched himself....


And was able to save it, parrying out towards the centre of the box, in which....

THE COLOMBIAN FRANK LAMAPARD WAS DOING HIS TYPICAL LATE-RUN! He sliced the ball with his right foot, and into the back of the net!


1-2, 2-2! We had now gotten the lead, and the subsitution was working, they couldn't handle Van der Voom! With just an hour gone, we still had enough time to pull another trick from out of the bag and ten minutes later it was the super-sub Van der Voom that was humiliating their right-back. After enough teasing, he looked up towards the box and the fox that was Kowalinho.

With a sublime cross, Kowalinho sensational controlled the ball past the last defender and then...


...slotted it past the keeper! 1-3, 2-3!

With 20 minutes to play we had done it! We had turned around the game on it's head, and were set to going through to the 3rd Round!

Playing it safe, we played on the counter as Galatasaray searched for a chance of hope, but nothing went their way, including the injury of their keeper Bolat.

And soon, the final whistle was blown!


The lads ran like wild dogs in celebration towards the small number of away supporters, with handshakes and tops being swapped, Darren Boyle was named Man of the Match, but duly: anyone could have been!

It was a terrific team performance, that deserved the win!


And soon I was contacted by a 'Board spokesman' who said how the board was 'delighted' with the result:


Smiling even more with the fact that I had proven Yermolai wrong, it was an exceptional night in my managerial career. And soon, we got better news as we were told of our next opponents:


Not a major thorn, I was hopeful that we could by-pass another dramatic build up, and solely rotate the squad to ensure we could earn a Champions League spot in the league alongside defending our League Cup.

After the drama of the European night, I arrived back in Newark-on-Trent with a sense of exhaustion. I entered my home with a sense of wanting relaxation, when I was suddenly confronted by a blood stain on the floor.


Upon further investigation, I inspected the stain which was only a start of streak. Following it with shock and confusion, it soon went into my kitchen. The kitchen was filled with blood and was in a massive state. I looked around, searching for the knives, only to see they had vanished.

Niko: What the hell has happened?

As I looked around, I felt a cold breeze coming from behind. The patio doors were open, and the bottoms of the curtain stained....blood. Rushing over I pulled open the curtains to see a shocking state....

Outside my patio was a whole, but no body. There was no more blood. I inspected it further, searching through the mud to find a note.

Congrats. On the Win!

But, I care more for Baseketball!

You better win more, or this hole won't be empty for long!

The Info0

PS. Yermolai sends his regards.

I dropped the note into the mud, as conveniently rain started to fall from the sky. I sat in the hole, and started to contemplate what was happening.

Niko: Yermolai. He did this because I spoke to him, like that! Now this, 'thing', has her?

As my thoughts started to collide with one another, all I could do was not to try and not think of confronting him again for fears of what could happen. Closing my eyes, I sallowed my pride and re-entered my house. I had to clean up the blood, and tidy the kitchen before going to bed.

21-01-15, 09:23 AM
Ossum v Galatasaray. Ossum with a capital O !

Not sure what you were doing moving me forward to central midfield. The nose bleed severely hampered my play that day.

I can't see both Yermoli and Nico surviving this season alive, so I'm looking forward to more blood being spilled

22-01-15, 10:17 PM
Chapter Three:
Fighting Friendly Foes?!

As the remaining hours seem concluded towards the next game, all I could do was twiddle my thumbs and concentrate on not demonstrating any irregularities within my behaviour. I needed to remain calm. I have too.

This isn't a scenario I have been in before, where I knew the enemy. Where I already knew the powers that he has. But most importantly, the connections. All I could do was put my head up high and win as many games as I could, hoping that each game would be closer to appease the judge.


Sunday 6th November 2005
Barclays Premier League
QPR v. Newark
(Edwards '45, Jenkins '64)(Hemphill '63, Van der Voom '71, Wato '75)
MoM – D. Edwards

But it seemed my nervous somehow was instilled towards the players as we were missing for the whole first half, and twenty minutes of the second. It was the introduction of Van der Voom in the second half that allowed us to finally get a foot-hold back into the game, and to kick-start what ultimately I hoped to be a series of wins to regain my girlfriend from the treacherous hands of Yermolai.


Wednesday 9th November 2005
League Cup 4th Round
Blackpool v. Newark
(Clarke '48)(Van der Voom '76, '89)
MoM – H. Van der Voom

Was it the fact I hadn't slept for the last three days with worry? Or, was it just genuine ignorance that nearly made us fail at the second hurdle!

It was only two changes from the QPR game, Artur Vasily on for Ed Wato and Darren Boyle for the cup-tied Hannu Sulonen. I had chosen Artur 'Chairman's Bastard Son' Vasily to get into Yermolai's good books, and when it had to happen the saviour Van der Voom was brought on for Doyle.

Henrik.... Thank you! And I acknowledge you for saving our skins again, and I know your name as you pointed towards his so insanely when you were celebrating your third goal in two games.

Retiring to a local bar when we finally arrived back in Newark, which was quite a lot of choice in a short road, hoping that by filling the void by alcohol would make it easier for myself. Drinking pint by pint, I was soon joined by a face I didn't want to see.


Niko: Great! What do you want?
Riley: I came here to tell you, what the f:censored: is happening to you? Van der Voom should have started! What's with playing Ryan Fraser for both games on the wing? Henrik should have been there!
Niko: Look, if you want to rant at me, you better buy me the next couple of drinks or just fuck off!
Riley: Fine!

Wiping out his wallet, Riley then started to buy me drinks...


Pint by pint he started to demolish every little mistake I had made in the last five years, though his words start to slurr as the shot glasses soon emerged onto the table.


Riley: So.... Yeah, that was my career! I am the most 'aggressive' American player of all time!
Niko: Good for you!
Riley: F:censored: yeah! The opposition was scared to even look at me! Made defending so much f:censored:ing easier!

The drunken Riley downed his next shot of straight Vodka.

Niko: There is one thing that I have wanted to know since you fucked up my office!
Riley: Now that was f:censored:ing epic!
Niko: You said something about Shrek? What the hell, man?
Riley: Ah, man! Well after retiring due to my f:censored:ed-up knee, I was having my divorce – tell you, sleeping with women with every woman of the States isn't worth it!
Niko: Right...
Riley: Anyway, I wanted to get into another sport – Brock Lesnar that shit! So I wanted to become a wrestler. But, due to my 'reputation' no-one wanted to train me except a guy named the 'Whreck'!
Niko: 'The Whreck?'
Riley: With a 'H'. Anyway, seemed he was related to the Hulk and it was a family thing to be known occupational with 'The' infront of his name. Anyway, it turned out it was 'Shrek'! So after a year of training, I got some media coverage by being in some minnow wrestling shows. Of course, I kinda revealed Shrek as Whrek – who was meant to be masked, like I should of f:censored:ing known! And then, right, he soon got some attention and was 'outed'.

Leaning back, I looked over to Riley who was dead serious.

Niko: Outed?
Riley: Yeah, seems he is a homosexual with that Donkey guy. Anyway, this ruined him. He was no longer allowed to wrestle, black-listed by Disnae and was disowned by his religious family. Accordingly, Hulk is a religious fanatic! So he had to go back to his swamp, and said he would get revenge for ruining his career.
Niko: Damn! Who knew!
Riley: Yeah!

Riley said, finishing another shot before trying to stand.

Riley: Anyway, we have ten days till our next match so f:censored:ing concentrate this time! Otherwise I have to deal with an angry Russian when you fuck off! Hey! I wasn't censored that time! Yippee motherf:censored:a!

As he was bleeped, Riley then burped before his next sentence.

Riley: Ah! Damnit!

He said as he drunkenly stumbled his way out of the pub, a little amused at his state, I turned back round to the bar and hit my head on the wood as I grudgingly thought of returning home.

Bar Tender: So another one then Niky?

Confused at the familiar voice, I lifted my head up to see a face I hadn't seen in a long while.


Niko: Ryan Reynolds?
Zan: No. Try again.
Niko: Ah, Zan! Damn it's been a long time man! How are you?

I said in my drunken happiness.

Zan: Could be better, but really I came here to talk to you about something.
Niko: Wow, really? Why?

I said as a sudden rumble emerged from my stomach towards my throat, coughing. I turned round to the bemused Zan.

Niko: Sorry bout that.
Zan: Well, it's something that is kind of ultra-important.... Maybe I should tell you when you are in a... clearer state.
Niko: Nah, now is perfect!

I said, tapping his hand as another rumble emerged. This time as I cough, a certain substance came flying out of my mouth and onto the floor.


My empty stomach contents was now all over the person at the closest table.

Vomit Victim: Ah fuck me nan!
Niko: Hahaha! That guy isn't censored!

I laughed as Zan, who had suddenly emerged behind me, lifted me over his shoulder.

Zan: That guy is AMC! A memorable customer!

As he slowly struggled to escort me out, the acid in my vomit started to dissolve AMC's clothes, then his skin tissue, then muscles and then his whole body.

Zan: Oh My Gawd! Niko's vomit killed AMC!
Niko: Thouest a b:censored:!


Niko: Crap ! Wrong character!


As my pounding head awoke, all I could remember was being escorted out of the pub. As the pounding got heavier, I emerged from my unclean bed sheets and dragged myself into the bathroom. Grabbing any pills within reach, I downed them before walking over to grab my phone. As I pressed it, I was shocked to see 149 miss calls, 533 text messages and 1,233,899 game invites on FaceBook.

Niko: Fuck me! Why am I so popular?

I was then when my eyes met the date: Saturday 19th November.

Niko: Oh shit!

It was the game against Watford! I had been asleep for 10 whole days! I quickly ran down stairs and rushed to my car, driving to the stadium – hoping that the team bus hadn't left yet! But... I was too late, the game had already finished.

Saturday 19th November 2005
Barclays Premier League
Watford v. Newark
(Wilson '72)(Zbimg '21 '73)
MoM – L. Zbimg

Going off the internet reports, Bartley took over the match after I informed the club that I was too unwell to be there. Thankfully, Zbimg was on top-form as we rounded out yet another impressive performance.

Retiring to my office, I also found out who we would face in the Quarter-Finals of the League Cup:


After a few days, I found out Zan had called in after a while to tell the club I was unwell and made sure I didn't die. Unfortunately, it seemed this only annoyed Yermolai even more. Determined, I decided that no matter what! Now I had to ultimately be committed to appease the fat Russian turd so that he would eventually become the jolly fat Russian turd.

For that we needed by winning all our games over the festive calendar!

Thursday 24th November 2005
UEFA Cup 3rd Rnd Leg .1
Newark v. Vitesse
(Zbimg '30 '63 '84)
Mom – L. Zbimg

The crowd was ecstatic with yet another brilliant performance from the club's leading goal scorer. He had now earned his 11th goal of the season, and many more look on the cards as Kowalinho is sut to the bench. BobMem, captain as the still injured The Eejit was watching from the stands with tissue still in his nose, was one of the playmakers to the hat-trick. Van der Voom (who started two in a row now)and Wato got the other two to cap an excellent performance heightened by a clinical finisher.

For each goal I turned round towards the box of the stadium to try and get a glimspe of Yermolai, but all I could see was his fat belly. Ignoring it, I could see not one fault with the amazing first leg display!

Sunday 27th November 2005
Barclays Premier League
Newark v. Blackburn
(Sulonen pen 35, Zbimg '79)(Michu '11)
MoM – H. Sulonen

Zbimg was at it again being the saviour after Kowalinho was given a chance and only earned a penalty in 75 minutes. It was a hotly contested match of attack versus defence, in which our attack was unable to break through until Zbimg was brought on!

Sulonen was a mastermind alongside Wato in the midfeild and pulled the strings throughout, earning his first goal and first Man of the Match since his return to the club. But he wouldn’t be an option for the next game against Sunderland as he was cup-tied once more.

Zbimg would start as I went head to head with the so-called 'World Class' Pep Guardiola, who was guiding Sunderland into the top half of the Premier League and was hoping for a League Cup Final as well.


Wednesday 30th November 2005
League Cup Quarter-Final
Sunderland v. Newark
(Osman '55)(Van der Voom '66, Hemphill '68)
MoM – BobMem

With another terrific performance from the back with vice-Captain BobMem, it was a touch and grab kind of win as both wingers stepped up to claim our ascension into the Semi-Final of our League Cup. It was both BobMem and Baz that assisted Van der Voom and Hemphill in a two minute salvo that was reminiscent of something Samba!

Baz had now earned his 4th assist of the season and BobMem's 2nd. It seemed that the back-line wanted to help to our attacking influx, I much inspired addition to the team as we ended November undefeated in all competitions.

A factor that was over-looked by the Premier League Awards as not a single Month Award was given to us, though it seemed Fan Favourite Zbimg was heralding the support of the players as they were happy by my public praise for the forwards:


And soon it was the festive holidays!


The month of spending time with loved ones and giving gifts to one another – both that haunted and invoked hope within me. I wanted to spend it with my precious, but it was down to one man, and one man only – Yermolai.

But every time I tried to even have a meeting with him I was diminished with the same response.

Receptionist: I am afraid he isn't in at the moment...

For a whole agonising month I had tried to comply towards the demands that was established within the note left in the symbolic hole in my patio. Left by the person who had taken her from his orders, 'the Info0'.

So instead of trying to fight, I decided instead to concentrate even more onto the football, once again hoping that I wouldn't have to do something I might regret later.....

But questions still arised within:
-Why was Zan back? What exactly did he have to tell me?
-Would Shrek Hulk really claim vengance on Riley?
-Why was The Eejit injured for so long?
-Will I be able to get Kesha back without violence?
-How will I be able to help Kowalinho's relationship? Will he find the one?
-And, who is 'the Info0'?

I guess December will be an important month in my final year at Newark Athletic!

22-01-15, 10:35 PM
-Why was Zan back? What exactly did he have to tell me? - He's good lad :)
-Would Shrek Hulk really claim vengance on Riley? - Yes, i dont like riley
-Why was The Eejit injured for so long? - Who is our physio?
-Will I be able to get Kesha back without violence? - That would be hard but you got your back
-How will I be able to help Kowalinho's relationship? Will he find the one? - I leave this one without answer ;)
-And, who is 'the Info0'? - Someone who wants to be first but still is 0

23-01-15, 10:57 AM
Injured ! Pah ! You should see the other guy

That must be the most disgusting death that AMC has ever faced. Put me right off my Corn Flakes.

Not that it is important, but some impressive results for Newark.

Baron Zbimg
26-01-15, 12:47 AM
This is my favorite story ever, guess why !!!! :) great run for Newark, it's good to see Yermolai happy !!

27-01-15, 12:02 AM
Hard-drive go blurt!

Dunno the extent of the damage yet, and it will be some time i am afraid :(

27-01-15, 12:03 AM
:( :( :(

Baron Zbimg
27-01-15, 12:41 AM
Sorry about that, this was really good.

27-01-15, 12:48 AM
If anything, i will have a new PC and restart. This time it won't last for over 2 years :/

27-01-15, 04:35 PM
Is "blurt" a technical term ?

Don't let this die

03-02-15, 04:07 AM

I have him on a support life atm, but hopefully means i can get some stuff done/off him, it's finally the time to get the files off and finish this story! I'll update ASAP and as much as possible, i know this isn't the most 'popular' format, isn't the most consistent, but damnnit!


:D :D :D

Any readers, please post a reply so I can thank each one of you for being deicated towards this over-long story, that will hopefully, see the end sooner then later.

Not to rule out another edition of Fearless Warriors ofc ;)

03-02-15, 03:18 PM
Will i get my happy ending ;)

03-02-15, 04:46 PM
Some stories are just not meant to follow standard narrative patterns. If this one had done, it would be a far lesser story, and not worthy of the title Fearless!!

Here til the bitter end, and then some!

06-02-15, 08:43 PM
Chapter Four:
Seasons Greetings!

As the month of December crawled into my life once again, it meant it was the month of celebration and materialistic exchange, the flutter of fake smiles to appease a one day tradition of putting up with hated family members.

It also meant that it was only five months away till the end of the season, and the end of my career as a manager. But. None of that mattered if I didn't save the woman I loved. That meant to appease the jolly fat man, not Santa, but Yermolai!

Saturday 3rd December 2005
Barclays Premier Division
West Brom v. Newark
(Clayton '32)
MoM – C. Woods

We were able to carry on our form into the new month, though despite a challenge to a defensively stubborn and high tacking West Brom! Both goalscorer Clayton and Kowalinho had to come off injured due to their physical tackles. But thankfully the result did mean one thing!


As the final whistle was blown, we sat within the top four of the table with only 4 defeats in 15 games. If that didn't meet Yermolai's dread requirements for this season, then I guess something had to be done more!

Even the media was backing us towards a 'successful season'!


Know that this pressure was amount on his shoulders to finally comply, with my continuous calls for a 'meeting', next it was time to continue on into the venture that Yermolai really cared about: UEFA Cup. With a 3-0 advantage from our home game, it was more just riding out the result then anything and meant it was time to give some youngsters a shot.


Thursday 8th December 2005
UEFA Cup 3rd Rnd Leg. 2
Vitesse v. Newark
(0-4 agg.)
(Wato '53)
Miranda sent off '75
MoM – J. Vukovic

It was an intense defensive display by the home side, that was playing more for pride then anything. The game didn't get to life till the second half, as Wato bagged the goal from his usual spot outside the box and Miranda got sent off. But, it also meant the inclusion of The Eejit who had returned from his successive amounts of nose bleeds (making me know for sure to never play him forward again!) and 16 year old James Mellor:


It was just a simple display from the young land, but his first outing was one I hoped would be many for the club as Riley took over. One of few I hope, that I either brought in or played that would be succesful under his tenure.

The next day was the draw of the 4th Round that would be a couple of months, allowing us to put our attention within other competitions.


Besiktas would be the second Turkish side we would be facing in the compeition, and after basing it from our last home display against Galatasaray, I was confident for another straight forward result.

Sunday 11th December 2005
Barclays Premier Division
Liverpool v. Newark
(Henderson pen 6, Van der Voom '45)
Miranda sent off '82
BobMem sent off '90
MoM - M. Henderson

A nice first half display was overshadowed by a brutal display from our centre-backs in the last ten minutes of the game. Miranda, for the second game running, was sent off for pushing Zaha (and yet, wonders why he isn't played more?) and CAPTAIN BobMem pulled Zaha to the ground with less then a minute left.

It was poor decision making that over-shadowed Henderson brilliant display with a goal and an assist, as both him and Henrik reached 5 goals for the season. Their accolades were both celebrated with a triumphant record for the club:


12 wins back-to-back broke the record set last year, though hoping to beat our record of 21 games without losing, also set from last year, would be a milestone out of reach. We still were sitting in the top four as the mid-way point of the season was fast approaching, with the knowledge of who we would face in the Semi-Finals of the League Cup:


And the FA Cup 3rd Round


It meant some quiet time for the players as we had a week break. For me, it meant some dreadful time as I still hadn't heard anything from Yermolai or this, 'the Info0', so I had to use my own contacts to try and get some information:


Niko: Zan, I need some help!
Zan: Niko! Finally you are free, I need to tell you something!
Niko: Okay, but first let me tell you what I need help with...

After explaining the scenario to Zan, he came to the conclusion why I was telling him.

Zan: You want me to discover who this 'the Info0' guy is?

I nodded as Zan scratched the back of his neck.

Zan: Well.... It makes what I have to say a little bit harder to say....
Niko: What is it?
Zan: Niko, i'm dying...
Niko: What?
Zan: Yeah. Have maybe a few months, days, minutes... It's kind of a random thing. I won't know till it happens.
Niko: How?
Zan: It's.... genetic. Something wrong with my DNA or something like that.
Niko: Dang! Guess that's why your here, huh?
Zan: Actually Niko, it isn't... Niko it means that-

Just before Zan could finish his conversation, my phone started to ring. A convenient moment as it seemed Zan had something really important to tell me: like REALLY REALLY important – something that would change my LIFE!

I grabbed my phone and answered the called.

Muffed Voice: Hahahahaha!
Niko: Hello?
Muffed Voice: Hey, Hey! This 'the Info0'!
Niko: Huh! What do you want?
The Info0: ha ha ha! Is your fridge running? That you better catch it!
Niko: What? You are actually just prank-calling me?
The Info0: No...

As he said that, a large noise came from my kitchen. Turning my head towards the hallway, suddenly I saw a large object run past my sight.

It threw a can over towards me, which landed on the sofa beside, as it ran through my front door and left my house.

Niko: What the hell? Did my fridge just run out of my house?
The Info0: Hey, hey!

I picked up the can, and read out the label out loud.

Niko: 'Albert in a can'?
The Info0: Then you should let him out then!

I opened the can, and suddenly I saw Albert's Murdered Corse in a Can-sized Coffin, which Zan reacted as he stood over my shoulder.

Zan: Oh My Gawd! They killed AMC!
Niko: What the Hell! Unknown B:censored:s!
The Info0: It's 'the Info0 b:censored:s!'
Niko: Is that really why you fucking called me?
The Info0: Nah...
Niko: What then?
The Info0: Meh, plot device!
Zan: Wait... there's a plot?
Niko: okay then....

And with that the moment was silent.

The Info0: Also, meant to add some tension too.
Niko: By?
The Info0: Oh right. “You shall be seeing us soon, Niko, very soon! Ha ha ha ha!”
Niko: What? What do you mean?

Another dread minute passed...

Niko: You are meant to hang up here?
The Info0: Oh, right! Sorry.... 'Hahahaha!

With that, the conversation was over. Zan and I both looked over at each other.

Zan: Guess I will have to do some 'research' about them... Oh shit! I mean 'him'....
Niko: yeah...

I said, before face-palming as Zan revealed a huge spoiler - conveniently.


After the usual non-football part was over, it was time to come back to the reason this so whole thing was about: the football. After winning against Liverpool, we were soon facing against the relegation battling Cardiff City, who were struggling for goals after Nicky Maynard left the club during the summer.

Saturday 17th December 2005
Barclays Premier Division
Cardiff v. Newark
(Sammon '7)(Henderson '16)
MoM – C. Clark

Despite the return of both The Eejit and Kowalinho to the starting eleven it was a dissappointing performance from the team as we were unable to add to their triumphant string of wins. Instead we suffered as Sammon found the net for the first time in a while, and despite the introduction of Zbimg at half-time, we shouldn't change much in the game and the score was still level after Henderson's 6th of the season.

Wednesday 21st Decmber 2005
Barclays Premier Division
Newark v. West Ham
(Henderson pen 4, Hemphill '45, Sulonen '55)
Mom – H. Sulonen

A nice turn around from Hemphill as in the second outing with The Eejit install as captain we were able to lead on with success! Henderson bagged in the penalty to continue his impressive run of goals, as Sulonen continued to control the strings with a goal and an assist.

Four days shy of Christmas, I finally marched into Yermolai's office no matter what!


There he was, sat behind his desk, cool and composed.

Yermolai: Nikolavski! How dare you barge into my office like a Russian bear! You haven't earned that honour!
Niko: I don't care. I have kept my head down for too long Yermolai, where is she?
Yermolai: Who are you taking about?
Niko: You know who! Kesha, where is she?
Yermolai: What?

Soon the fat man arose from his leather chair and stumbled his way across to the drink bar.

Yermolai: Nikolavski, let me tell you something. I am a 55 year old Russian businessman, and I do have indeed have connections – as you know – but, unlike what every Western country counts me and my fellow Russians like, a 'villian'!

He said as he grabbed a bottle of scotch and poured it into the glass.

Niko: What are you trying to tell me?

He added ice to the glass and then stumbled the way back into his chair.

Yermolai: I do not know what you are talking about. Yes, I was mad at you for disrespecting me, but that doesn't mean I will kill you! Maybe torture a little bit, but I have changed!
Niko: Wait...What?
Yermolai: For f:censored:sake, it has been five years! Now, what did you mean by 'Kesha'?

At a loss of words, I stood there confused.

Niko: I...

Confused that maybe I was wrong to aim it all at Yermolai.

Niko: Someone had taken her, or something, called 'the Info0. They dug a hole in my garden and left a note mentioning you.
Yermolai: Ah. Nikola- Niko, I am a public image of this town – as are you – a lot of people can google our names and toil with each other.
Niko: So, what you are saying is, that you have nothing to do with this?

He shook his head, as I sat down at the desk.

Yermolai: I am a man of business, with a reputation. I came into Boltsky from selling poorly-made stuffed cabbage bears, invested every profit and got big. I went from early hours selling at a stall to become apart of a major media company! And what do people assume? I killed, I cheated my way to the top because I am Russian!

He stood up as he downed the rest of his drink, walking over to the drinks bar he made another two drinks.

Yermolai: Niko, I have nothing to do with this. I assure you.

He said passing the drink over to me.

Yermolai: And yes I was mad, but you spoke truth. I am a human being, Niko, not a joke.
Niko: Guess so.

I drank a mouthful of whiskey with my boss as the night descended into the early hours of the next morning.


The next few days I spent the time alone, rethinking about what had happened and why would someone do this. Money?

I have been paid a lot of money for being a Premier League manager, and with every bonus of league and cup triumph. Knowing that Yermolai wasn't behind this, all I could do was wait for Zan to get back to me with his information.

Soon Boxing day arrived, and it was a 'taster' of the League Cup Semi-Final as we faced Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Monday 26th December 2005
Barclays Premier Division
Tottenham v. Newark
(Lennon '4, Adebayor Pen 78)
MoM – A. Lennon


An awful display of finishing let us down, as our defence let them to show how it is done, after yet another abysmal display with Kowalinho up-front. The Polish forward hasn't looked as deadly as he once was, since rejoining the club.

But on the tube on the way back, I felt like someone was following me. I quickly entered it as I caught the eye of someone looking someone what dressed weirdly. As I caught back my breath, I looked up to see an even weirder sight in front of me:


He was smirking as I was looked at him.

Weirdo: He hehehe!
Niko: What are you laughing at?

I got no response as he got up from his seat and left the train for the platform. He stopped as the door closed, and stared directly at me as a crowd of people walked past, and soon he was gone. I shook off the random instance and looked forward to our next game.

With Man City being the last team we are facing before the end of the year, I wanted to make sure we could finish better with the inclusion of Zbimg!

Saturday 31st December 2005
Barclays Premier Divison
Newark v. Man City
(Zbimg '69)(Aguero '77)
Van der Voom sent off '1
MoM – L. Zbimg

It was an intense affair, despite virtually playing the whole game with 10 men, and it was the man I hoped would step up that had! Lorenzo Zbimg stepped up and constantly tested Joe Hart with four shots on target, including one into the back of the net.

Ronnie Barnes got the assist as the young player, who signed from Nottingham Forest, marked his first real contribution to the team despite playing for the last five games on the trot:


As we dropped points once more, we also dropped a few places in the table. After a convincing position in the top four, we had now dropped 6th thanks to two draws and a loss:


Next month we would have to reclaim the form we had previous if we were destined to get the Champions League spots that I was signed to do five years ago!

But that wasn't all for my New Year's Eve as soon I got a text from Zan to meet him in my former residency, the apartment that never was.


As I entered, the same swinging singular light lit up the crepit room. The room I once thought I had called home, until it was revealed to be a ploy by my imagination. It was a cold night, hours shy of the time of celebration of bringing in the new, but still no sign of Zan.

Niko: What is taking him so long?

I thought, as I walked out to the small balcony that looked over the estates of outer Newark-on-Trent. The breeze chilled my anxious self, the minutes of excitement to find out who was behind the kidnapping of Kesha. As an hour passed, soon I hear a scuffle as the door flung open.


It was Zan, heavily breathing and sweat dripping from his forehead. It was clear he had just come from kicking some ass, as his clothes was blood-stained.

Niko: About time Zan! Been here for at least an hour!
Zan: Sorry... Niko....

He said, with hesitation as he caught his breath. Bending over and back up to stretch his chest out, Zan walked over to the balcony and leant across.

Niko: So, what have you learnt?
Zan: Want it all at once huh? Well, it isn't a 'he', it's a 'they'!
Niko: I knew that!
Zan: And 'they' aren't employed by Yermolai!
Niko: Yeah, I knew that!
Zan: And they have been following you for a while, one of them was in London recently on the Tube.
Niko: Noticed him! So, anymore information?
Zan: Well, about them, not really. Didn't have much time to-

As he said that I stormed into the room.

Niko: Really Zan? That was all the information you have got over 16 days? And this is meant to be your job! 'Didn't have much time'? God! What were you doing?

As I said that, I turned round.

Niko: Well?

I said before my eyes saw the sight, Zan was on his knees, body shaking violently. Coughing and coughing, he grab his throat struggling for air to pass through his air as blood came splatting onto the floor. I saw frozen, staring as my friend was dying infront of me. After five minutes, Zan slowly start to breathe normally, and got back yo his feet.

Zan: Sorry bout that. Been happening a lot recently, ever since I started having those hallcinations.
Niko: You had what?
Zan: Yeah, I started to think see things, and actually think they were real.
Niko: But...
Zan: That's when I started to notice. I got some documents from Phetrovology's cloning project, and it seemed every clone and every person created from the 'perfect' genes are destined to 'expire' quicker.

I remained quiet.

Zan: What I am trying to say Niko is that, you are-

Before he could finish his sentence, another fit of heavy coughing started to happen. Callopsing onto his knees, with blood spluttering from his throat, his breathing got slower and slower. It was now. This was Zan's final moments.

Slowly and slowly, his breathing got slower and slower between each breath until they were no more. As the fireworks illuminated the sky as midnight came, I sat in the shadows looking at the still-image of my deceased friend.

Niko: Since the hallucinations he said.... Since then....

I repeated those words as I stared at my hands.


I looked at the blood on my hands – Zan's blood – and started to dread awful things. Could what happened to Zan, happen to me?

06-02-15, 08:50 PM
Zan :(

07-02-15, 08:41 PM
Trouble with the genes! :(

(Zaha shouldn't have been standing there, what a wanker)

07-02-15, 08:44 PM
Is Niko a clone too or the perfect one?

09-02-15, 09:27 AM
Is Niko a clone too or the perfect one?

Don't worry.

Thinking of just ending this season and then starting under another style, team, approach and maybe time :) Working on ideas now for the possibilities ;)

13-02-15, 02:38 PM
That Yermoli dude has gone too far. The Eejit is going to have to eliminate him.

Ice with Scotch Whisky ! You might want to do that with the toilet cleaner they produce in Kentucky or Ireland, but a good malt whisky should be served at room temperature and warmed to body temperature by the heat from your hand to release the flavour oils. A small amount of water may be added relax the brew, however it should be pure spring water so as not to distort the flavour

If you are looking for an ending can I suggest 3 vital components

1. A bath of Nuttela
2. Pixie Lott
3. The Eejit

I think that these 3 put together would make the perfect ending.

16-02-15, 11:01 AM
"The Eejit that is Pixie Lott found drown in a bath of Nutella last night" :emptybath::violin::drum:

26-03-15, 12:35 PM
As things currently stand, the future is unknown on this story. But do want to end it sooner then later!

26-03-15, 04:16 PM

13-05-15, 09:46 PM
As things currently stand, the future is unknown on this story. But do want to end it sooner then later!
What there future says now?

Baron Zbimg
15-05-15, 12:27 PM
What's up here ?
I hope it won't end like this !

16-05-15, 03:40 PM
Started writing the ending months, but then Mum had her motorcycle accident, so been in and out of Uni, etc.

Haven't really had the time to finish it off just yet, but should be done by next weekend.

23-05-15, 09:05 AM
Chapter Five:
Start of An Unsettling End

It has been a difficult few months for me. After Zan's death, and the realisation that I will end up with the same fate, the end of the season seemed to get closer and closer. I was in a car, driving faster then I ever wanted and there wasn't any brakes.

After the New Year festivites, it was straight back into the action with a match against Chelsea, which was followed by the FA Cup 3rd match against Everton – nether performance being our best team efforts of the season.


The referee awarded us the win, and Zbimg did his routine job but it was an attacking team going all out but only coming back with crumbs.

Chalobah bossed the defence all game – the perfect replacement to the now departed John Terry.


The match against Everton was frustrating.

It all started off with the referee awarding the home side a penalty in dubious circumstances, which Lassogga took perfectly and gaining the lead 20 minutes in. Despite yet another attacking master-clutch of chances, it was another routine goal by Zbimg that earned a replay.

But it seemed it was the away days that hampered our form, as with two home games, we scored 4 goals in each game.


Though it could have been the reintroduction of captain The Eejit back into the starting eleven as he finally regained fitness for the first since his injury.

But it also be due to the fact we were playing at home as in the replay against Everton, the team that seemed to be able to contain the attacking flair, was demolished – you could have guessed – 4 goals to there 1.

So later the draw decided our next opponents:


Hull, a team hoping to get promoted next season to the Premier League, was the better option as it was only three days before our Semi Final First Leg against Tottenham. It was even more anxious as our form of the year – so far – away would indicate a hard fought match!

Which was evidence by the difficult 2-2 away draw against Sunderland, though there was some players that coming into the starting eleven for the first time in a while – including scorer Kowalinho who replaced the injured Van der Voom.


My substitutions was an angle the media started to berate before the actual altercation with Tottenham. As the PR guy of our club, Mr. Nemo (Latin for Nobody (it's was a hidden joke)) took charge of who asked the questions, I already uneasy as it was.

Scum 1: Scum from the Sun here, was just wondering what did you do to the body?
Niko: What body?
Scum 1: Oh, there is a body! I knew it! Is that body of your missing girlfriend – or should I say ex – that hasn't been seen in recent months?
Niko: What the hell! What kind of question is that!
Scum 1: Oh! Doesn't answer the question – therefore it means it's an obvious yes in sub-text!

As my rage started to build, Nemo (Come on, that's a joke itself if you cared to care) changed the 'journalist'.

Scum 2: Scum from the Daily Mail, is it true your mum is a sheep? And, additionally, is it true your father is a Welshman named Baz?
Niko: What! What kind of sceptical, stereotypical bestiality bullshit is this?
Scum 2: Hmm... Answer is another question, therefore the sub-text means he is being impartial – defensive – meaning his guility! Plus our fashion department of donkeys will be able to rip apart his generic choice of clothing.

Swallowing more rage as Nemo (C'mon, Nobody is choosing the questions? LAUGH GOD DAMMIT!) chosen the next question-asker. (Fuck Grammar, i'm Niko bitch!) It was an international one, as it seemed he was from America.

Scum 3: Scum from Fox News, is it true you masturbate over the devil while masturbating over the American flag?
Niko: What?
Scum 3: Is it also true, you had a loving friendship with North Korea's Kim whatsit?
Niko: He stalked and held me captive for a bit, I guess. It was never an actual 'relationship' or friendship or anything...
Scum 3: I knew it! Retiring prodigy has sex with communist dictactor over the devil and masturbates over the burning flag of democracy! The USA Flag!

Suddenly, the Scum 3 journalist stood upon his plastic chair and held his arm to his chest as the American anthem played. But soon it broke due to his OVERWEIGHT physique.

As everyone laughed at the over-confident and fatty American, the interview started to make actual progress.

Not Scum: Hi, Not Scum from Non-Murdoch-Owned-Publication, why is with your usage of substitutions? Surely, a sane manager would have rested plays before such a large game?
Niko: Well, I am here to perfect, to accomplish. My players are here to: perfect, to accomplish. If there is no tactical, fitness, performance or injury reason then I expect the same!
Not Scum: But, surey you would rest certain players when a big game is comig up?
Niko: But Tottham vs Newark is a big game. They are minnows compared to us!
Not Scum: What do you mean? What is Spurs relations to Newark?
Niko: We are heavyweights aiming for Champion's League and in the UEFA Cup without being in Premier league. They are aiming below to win competitions we have won, aiming for height we are succeeding too.
Not Scum: What do that mean?
Niko: Newark will end this with another accomplishment under my reign!

I walked out of the press conference, despite Nemo's (Nobody's) complaints, and soon it was time to turn words to action.


My egotism either meant two things: I could predict the future and our bad aways performances was down to shitty plays by certain player, or I was able to predict the future: as if the game was destined towards my words, or my words was spun to make myself more mystic.

Either way it was a great start for Newark against the minnows.

And, against Hull it was Premier League versus Championship.

Despite the efforts of former Fearless Warriors Tibor Cica, and Reuben Noble-Lazarus, it was the expected. An easy 3-0 home result meant a step further to retaining our Cup!

Which was continued not only the a perfect score with 3-0 over Hull in 3rd round, as expected with a side managed by the likes of me.

After the game, we were able to secure our thoughts of a possible threat as we were drawn with another promotion battling Championship side in Norwhich – though under David O'Learly they looked more like title challengers then promotion hunters – meaning that there would be no Premier League showdown.


It was more of the same into the start of Februaury, in which the main assists was the referee. In our 4-1 home win against Fulham, we were given two penalties in which was both scored by Mark Henderson.

1-3 away win over Birmingham (Zbimg '13 '90, Wato '16), though Henderson got sent off '28, maybe karma from the last game. Against Arsenal at home we retained another point as our captain stepped up and helped win a point, after assisting Zbimg with the equaliser after Toral gave the away side the lead with only 17 minutes on the clock.

But, despite another impressive run in the Premier League, it was the FA Cup that my attention turned too. If this was going to be last season as a manager, I at least wanted to see a run to the final!


But it wasn't going to be that way, thanks to a horrorific display in goal by John Wood.


Jay Simpson was the man of the moment for Norwich in the cup, after impressing last season by scoring 26 goals he was in double digits but scored vital goals for the club in the FA Cup, which he continued.

13 minutes, and he latched onto the lurking defender Gary Kenneth's ball, humiliating Woods with a floating header bouncing off the bar and then into the bar of the net.

Simpson then was the play-maker, as veteran Gareth Barry charged into the box and awaited the low cross and just plotted it into the back of the net. The headlines seemed to be written – 'Simps-on It!' - he was ripping apart the team! And only 20 minutes had been played.


But it wasn't till the near hour mark when he was a proper threat. After Lappin ripped past our captain The Eejit, he then dinked it forward for Simpson to score his 5th FA Cup goal in 7 games, and undoubtedly sent the canaries into the Quarter Final.

Zbimg scored a consolation a minute after kick-off, and Woods was taken off for Cornell, and despite O'Toibin trying to inspire a last minute comeback with an 86th minute goal.

It was over.

Simpson had ripped us apart. And O'Learly shook my hand as he celebrated his first win over me in my final season.

Too say that the defeat hadn't had an effect would be an understatement. I thought it would have been an easy result for us, another rout, another step to a final. And soon I found myself outside a place I didn't want to be.


It was Zan's resting place.

Due to the severity of his occupation, he had to be buried in a place where no-one would know.

I stood next to where my buried 'clone', my kind of brother, laid. If I was the so-called 'Perfect One', how could I have the same fate?

It didn't translate, it couldn't.

How would someone react if they knew they were going to die a horrible death and do nothing about?

As the wind started to perk up, blowing my massive trench coat into the air, away from the grave. I grabbed my pack of cigarettes, and lit it as I shielded my hand against the whooshes of the wind. As the nicotin entered my system, I clinched my eyes together and whispered to the wind.

Niko: Sorry...

All I could muster was a cowardly apology. One I couldn't say to his face. One I delayed for so long.

No longer did I care about the whole 'Info0' stuff. Was it ever real? Was my relationship with Kesha real? Did Him actually die?

I opened my eyes, and took another drag of my menthol cigarette. The minty taste turned bitter, iron started to rise from my throat. Then I started to cough. I collapsed down onto the grave, my cigarette burning into mud, dancing around onto the dug up ground with the rhythm of the wind.

I continued coughing, splurting out a large black liquid from my mouth. This wasn't blood. This was something else, it was a black thick sludge. Every fit of cough, more piled down onto my clone's grave.

Seconds seemed like hours, minutes like days. Time had started to be distant. But after a while, I crunched my eyes together and clawed into the now-damp mud into my fists. With every strength in my body, I pushed up and wiped the remants of the sludge from the side of my mouth. I nodded my head down to the grave and turned to exit whatever had just happened.


After the episode, I didn't mention it to anyone. I continued to what had been my solution till now: football.

My enemy wasn't this 'illness' right now, but Everton boss Chris Powell, and with a few changes, Kowalinho playing on the right wing and Andy Allan in midfield, it was the kind of response I needed.

1-3 was the final score. BobMem, Kowalinho and Zbimg had scored, but it was Kowalinho who got the applause. 1 goal and 2 assists, not a bad way to say “start me for Tottenham!”, and even BobMem decided to show his prowess by scoring two – at both ends of the pitch – but that didn't damper my mood, or concentration.


The second leg of the Semi-Final was at the Boltsky Stadium. Only one change, Wato on for Sulonen due to him being cup-tied.

The game? It was a boring game.

We were playing on the counter, hoping that with both Zbimg and Kowalinho up-front in attack it would cause an effective partnership, which it did.

4 chances in the whole of the match, 4 on-target. We were already through, a 4-1 win at the White Hart Lane basically guaranteed it. But now, there was another 2 goals added in.

Zbimg made it 9 goals in 8 games, Darren Boyle chipped it up and he volleyed it into the top corner on 28 minutes, and Hoolihan won a penalty from a corner. Willis sealed it by slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.

We were through to the Final!


Wembly was awaiting for us, and it was a night of celebration!

For most...

But for me, it was strange. I had won the Manager of the Month for February, guaranteed a Cup Final in my Final season but every instinct in my body was on edge.

I had a sense to leave England... soon. That something bad or odd was going to happen. Before the whole breakdown, I had learnt to trust my instinct's but now I was kind of wary.

I didn't know what to do, so I retired back to my home for the night, to drink some rum and relax.

But come midnight, I was awoken by a loud banging at my door.


That was five minutes ago, and now it's still happening. It was just rushed banging at first, now it is desperate. Echoing through my empty room, I start to make a new drink.

Niko: Vodka? No. Rum? Bland.

I hear it again, this time whimpers of my name are hitting my ears.

Niko: Whiskey.

Pouring out the drink, the knocking has stopped.

Niko: Peace and quiet at last.

I walk over to the table, sit in my glass chair. Lightly sipping, I get out my last cigarette.

Niko: God I smoke so much when drinking..

Suddenly, a noise hits my ears. I know where. The front room. My window was a little ajar, so they forced themselves in. I pull out my pistol onto the table, more for show then anything but hopefully they wouldn't know that.

Footsteps. They are getting closer. Closer.

They are nearly in the kitchen. Downing the rest of my whiskey, I stub out my cigarette half smoked and stand up. Aiming the gun to the entrance of the hallway, it's shaking now.

But as the shadow of the man started to emerge from the darkness, I had instinctly started to lower the gun. I can't believe this...


Am I seeing a ghost?


23-05-15, 01:05 PM
More fantastic randomness from Zan. Love it.

BobMem: I score when I like, I score whichever end I like!

27-05-15, 04:54 PM
I have no idea what was going on, but I loved evey word of it.

Congratulations on getting to the cup final, and (other than Norwich) ripping the league apart.

Baron Zbimg
28-05-15, 10:01 AM
As original as ever. Also I have to say that I'm in love with myself. Lorenzo is a f*** machine ! Please send me a screenshot of the legend in PM !

08-06-15, 04:28 AM
Chapter Six:
Getting Closer to Dawn

It was all so weird.

As my eyes readjusted to my surrounding, but images started to flash before my eyes. Images that could have been false, could have been true, I couldn't collect any signs to defer the two differences.

As this white fog started to entertain my eyes, another weird image started to emerge.

A man in a fancy suit, who was trapped in a box came into my sight.


The bottom and the top of the box had a phone number and a website information on it, as the scene was played out like a shitty advertisement. The man in the suit was the focus of the attention, not the circus accident that had occurred behind him.

Man in Suit: Have a work related injury?
Niko: Not one of these!
Man in Suit: Has the parallels of real and fiction been blurred? Are you on a philosophical journey that dwindles between a destined fate and free-will?

The man walked closer to me, as a small monkey with half a face attacked a merry couple, bashing their heads in with his small cymbal.

Niko: Oh My Gawd! That Half-faced killed AMC!
Man in Suit: Those bastards! Bastards who could be real or false?

My eyes aligned as the box came to touch my knees, his face came closer, out the reaches of the box.

Man in Suit: If all these things are concerning to you, then contact us on the number below.

He then smirked as the number and website started to dart around into a white mash, as I felt disorientated, I closed my eyes and took five seconds to breathe before swallowing down the dread. I reopened my eyes, there was nothing but..


An empty glass.

I threw the glass across the room, watching it smash on the wall.

My sanity... it was slowly eroding. But all I needed to do was hold on to one thing, and then I would be out of the spotlight to sort it all out!


After another impressive month, where we sealed another cup final but also carried on our search for Champions League football with Riley in charge.

As you looked upon the table, we were ahead of the champions and the runners-up with Arsenal and Chelsea at the back of our necks, but it would be the hopeful new Champions that the attentions were turned too....


Manchester United had scathed through to the finals, with a tense penalty win over Arsenal. It was a close affair as Man United led as they went into the game with a single goal, which Arsenal got back in the second leg hence the penalties.

But they were aiming for a completion of all the trophies as they had their hand into all the bowls at this moment. So we had turn around the defeat we had from them earlier in the season, and regain the same kind of performance that made us the current cup holders!

But the game was months away, and it was time for the UEFA Cup to restart after a little break.


Two changes for the home tie against Turkish side Besiktas, as Boyle was replaced for Sulonen and O'Toibin was rested for the returning Hemphill who had been sitting out after a poor run of form.

But it was a hard fought out result...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/UEFA%204th%20Rnd%20Match%20Leg%201%202.3_zpsxcw27h 9y.png

It was an attacking prowess with a lack of finishing prowess. 17 shots on goal with 10 on target, it was the European dιbutante Hannu Sulonen who pounced on a miskicked goal-kick with only half-an-hour on the clock.

But the away side's striker Garhan slotted in the equaliser four minutes later, basically all by himself!

The second half was tense, the atmosphere was high. The play was good as Kowalinho came closer and closer to give us the advantage for the second leg, which included a goal ruled offside on the 84th minute as Wato strayed off his duties.

But, upstepped the captain to ensure that Kowalinho could get the goal he deserved as after three minutes of the disallowed goal, Eejit lobbed the ball forward towards a space that destined a nice volley by Kowalinho into the back of the net.

8th goal of the season for him, and the 4th Man of the Match for Captain The Eejit.


We followed that up with a 1-0 home win against Newcastle, Sulonen was on the target once more as Hemphill added an assist. Though we had lost our captain after he collected his 10th yellow card of the season.


But it was back to Turkey we went with a 1-2 aggregate to our advantage, after a quick 'Do it for the Fans!' speech, I sent them out thinking it would be a quick 1-0 result or 0-0 draw.

But instead...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/UEFA%204th%20Rnd%20Match%20Leg%202%209.3_zpserymuy xt.png

Wato lead an on-slaught!

It was individual performance for the midfeilder as he scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season and earning his 4th Man of the Match award!

To be fair, we were lucky that Besiktas had such an off-day!

Though we lost Kowalinho, the injury wasn't as bad as we initially thought as it would be only 2 weeks we would miss him.

Though it was celebrations for the away side, it was the home side supporters who made their reactions public as rioting accord as soon as the final whistle was blown.


But there was something that caught my eyes, as throughout the rioting – that I had decided to go out myself after an 'urge' – I saw someone that looked mysterious.


It was a man walking a dog, both embalmed in flames. He didn't seem bothered by the rioting, not a single thought seemed to show across his face. My eyes followed him as my eyes started water, a gut punch rumbled into my stomach.

I started to follow him down the road, dodging any projectiles that came flying at me. Knocking out any person who identified me, I lost the man who was on fire to a strange door.


Though it looked like it was on top of it, I pushed on the door and soon it opened. After a cautious moment, I entered the dark void. As soon as my feet had planted onto the dark floor, the door closed automatically and the darkness engulfed me.

My chest started to hurt, my throat was sore and heavy. I tried to cough but nothing was coming out. It felt as if the darkness was shoving itself into my mouth and down into my stomach.

My body was being invaded, and all I could do was wait. Wait for the final minute. But as it felt lie every inch of my body had been taken over, I was suddenly released and dropped onto the floor.

As I dropped to my knees, I started to cough up the black slime once more. My eyes situated on to the floor, whena light started to hit the floor. I slowly lifted my head up to the light to see an awaiting man.


He sat drinking his Chardonnay, smirking to himself as I struggled to speak up

Niko: Who are you?
Man: Your worst nightmare!
Niko: Explains a lot...

He gorged back on his drink as I struggled to get my breath back once again.

Nightmare: Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock...

As he started to make the sound, it suddenly started to emerge in my ears, echoing throughout my mind. My face plummeted once more to see the black ground, which soon was ruined by a sudden cascade of colourful. Suddenly, as I raised my head, the image of the man 'Nightmare' had changed with a dark ambient music.


The manic maniac started to play random notes from the keyboard. But it wasn't till after a few minutes, that he really started playing as he said one word.

Nightmare: Jitterberg
Niko: Oh no....
Nightmare: A Jitterberg

As the curseful words was said, the ground started to rise and suddenly something from my history was reoccuring.


And soon it was sung...

Nightmare and Co.: You put the boom-boom into my heart
You send my soul sky high when your lovin' starts
Jitterbug into my brain
Goes a bang-bang-bang 'til my feet do the same
But something's bugging you
Something ain't right
My best friend told me what you did last night
Left me sleepin' in my bed
I was dreaming, but I should have been with you instead.

Niko: No! Not the chorus! Anything but the chorus!!!!

Nightmare and Co.: Wake me up before you go-go
Don't leave me hangi-

Gradually it seemed like my prays was answered as the rioters started to emerge from the dancing crowd and ripped away the set.


And soon my eyes started to flicker close. But as I opened them I was back in the rioting street, like nothing had happened. Except, around laid dead bodies. Holes in their chests due to blunt instruments that had been apart of the buildings around. No one had noticed yet, as I rose up. I looked around and ran from the scene, hoping that no one would notice that I had been there.


On a plane back to the UK, I was nervous. Was the bodies real? Was I at fault?

Nothing seemed to make sense. But the only option once more was to turn towards football. Towards what was happening.


Thankfully the Quarter Final draw was upon us, and would be our next game after some rearranging. But I was just thankful to have another game that would delay my proper decent into madness.

Rubin had beaten a giant in Inter to get here, so it would be a tougher task this time around. But after yet another great display in Turkey – minus my personal madness – I was hoping that we could use that momentum to get another result.

It was time to go to Yermolai's home country.


After 8 minutes, it seemed we would have to Put-in some hard work as BobMem was forced to go off with an injury. He was replaced by 19 year old Vicente Alba who was making his first appearance for us. The Spanish man was a great prospect and was brought in for only £500k.

It wouldn't be until the second half till the game came to life, and it was all down to Lorenzo!


Four minutes into the second half, Zbimg was pushed down in the air by Rubin defender Nahtko and won a penalty. Sulonen sealed the lead slotting it into the back of the net.

Zbimg then added the second on the 53rd minute with a brilliant solo goal, scoring his 32nd goal and 5th goal in Europe this incredible season!

Rubin thought they could try and earn a comeback for an equal playing ground as they scored via the hour mark from young Polish striker Wronski, but it was out Polish replacement and the returning Van der Voom who sealed in the sealer 73rd minute with Lorenzo's second assist on the game with a magnificent header from a low driven cross.


It was a warning to Manchester United for the League Cup Final, despite a sending off by the captian Hemphill, Van der Voom was the true leader.


Which was then added to a cruise to the UEFA Cup Semi-Finals!

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/UEFA%20Cup%20QF%20Second%20Leg%2023.3_zpstkyydkyq. png

Though we lost defender Willis for a month and a suspended Van der Voom, I was hoping that the reintroduction of BobMem and Kowalinho would be enough to make effect.

But we would be back in Russia sooner then later...


The 2004 Runners-Up were aiming for another final and demolished Lyon and Zenit to proceed into the Semi's. But before we were set to go onto the plane to Russia, it would be bus ride to Wembley, hoping to retain our League Cup from the hands of a team we had only just recently faced and beaten.


But this wasn't going to be the same team.

Kowalinho, Van der Voom, and Willis out with injury.

Hemphill and The Eejit out with suspension.

And, as usual, Sulonen was cup-tied.

Did it make an effect?


Fate was against. A singular goal and a great performance ruined what could be the last cup the team would have won after me, and for the first time ever, I lost at Wembley in my last appearance there.

It was time for a new month, and the next match against CSKA, in which we wouldn't be able to have another striker on the bench due to the fact both Van der Voom and Kowalinho was still injured.

My mind was racing already, but now it would be worse....

Baron Zbimg
08-06-15, 09:45 PM
You could lose your sanity while winning the glory ...

08-06-15, 10:01 PM
Chapter Seven:
Dawn of the Day

With only 2 Premier League matches in a congested March, in which we had made it into the Semi-Final of the UEFA Cup, it was another undefeated month, but that was changed straight away in April with the loss in the League Cup Final.

But with the return of Sulonen, The Eejit and Hemphill for our trip to Russia, it gave at least a mini boost of confidence.


In Russia, I was able to see Yermolai and his son Anton in their native land together.

http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Sacha+Baron+Cohen+Ken+Davitian+Premiere+Borat+XOsM GDiqvwel.jpg

They were chatting and reminiscenting of their early years, when I walked over to talk to my soon to be former boss.

Niko: Alright Yermolai!
Anton: Can't you see, Nikolavski we are talking of my childhood!
Yermolai: Nikolavski! What do you know of manners?
Niko: Please and thank you is probably all

I said jokingly

Yermolai: Well if you interrupt me when I am talking to my eldest son again, I will have you pubic hair be removed one by one with a nail!
Anton: He's done it before!
Yermolai: Ah! Good times, son!
Anton: Indeed, father.
Yermolai: Let's drink some Vodka and wrestle some Russian bears!
Anton: Like my 10th birthday all over again!

The Relikovic boys walked away chuckling as a devoided Artur Vasily slumped behind, carrying all their bags.

Vasily: I wished I wasn't his son...

He moaned as he struggled to carry them all, which looked more like it was a modelling pageant for toddlers with insecure mothers that usher their personal demons onto their young daughters, forcing them to wander down a life full of resentment and judgement that'll lead to an end at 18 years with a bunch of pills and a bathroom.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/UEFA%20Cup%20SF%20First%20Leg%206.4_zpsobzcjzhp.pn g

The partying duo had more to celebrate come the end of the night, as despite the fact it was a horrible performance by a lacklustre team, but thankfully captain The Eejit stepped up to the limelight and scored the only goal. Though half of me hated the fact it was such a close knitted game, it was more due to the performances, especially as the shots were in our favour!

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/UEFA%20Cup%20SF%20First%20Leg%20Shot%206.4_zpsjsfs gqwt.png

But, either way the owner and the son was happy – though that could have been the crates of beer and vodka – but, soon that happiness had turned to anger for the bear that had ripped off their clothes after he started to 'wrestle' dirty.


Yermolai: It's fine to kill Dimitri!
Anton: We shall eat his balls!
Yermolai: Seasoned with vodka!

As you would expect it was an unneeded attention, especially to some of the guests


Baritovic 'Barry' Beardic was a leading politician in Russia, and this public hate crime surge him into a frenzy.

Barry: Why can't I relax in the forests of the beautiful motherland without hate?
Niko: You a bear?
Barry: Wow! You can't say that! That's our word, brah!
Niko: Really?
Barry: I am going to make sure the people responsible get the punishment they deserve.
Niko: Good, I guess.
Barry: They'll be fish out of water after I finished with them!
Niko: Weird analogy...
Barry: or like a Salmon swimming upstream!
Niko: You really like fish don't you?
Barry: Do we shit in the woods?

He said that nodding disapprovingly, before turning his attention elsewhere.

And soon I followed suit as we had turned towards the Premier League for the first time in what seemed like forever...


Lorenzo continued his amazing goalscoring this season with 3 goals in 3 games, though it was the referee that stole our push to claim for the 2nd position, as we dropped 3 pivotal points and dropped back down to 3rd after a hopeful run as possible runners-ups.

Hopefully the FA saw the condemnation of the referee's performance and revoked the ban:


But, we also lost O'Toibin and Jose Hernandez with another two month long injuries. It seemed the Gods of football was against us, as he would be another casualty to what seemed to be an epidemic of the Fearless Warriors!

So the team looked like this against CSKA:


Carvajal and Henderson both had the chance to retain some kind of form for the game, as we sat in the home locker-room, I tried to say some-thing that would inspire them to get to the final!

I started off with showing a inspirational photo of Ryan Giggs.


They looked bemused at the large poster.

Hemphill: Gaffer, I don't get why you are showing us this?
Niko: Really? You can't? Can't you see?

The confused players glared at me with a crazed look, some bickered around with words of crazy, loon, and metaphor of someone coming out of the closet – they looked towards the closet player, but then turned back to me when he notcied the eyes that laid on him.

Niko: This is Ryan Giggs. Though it seems like he is getting fucked, he is the man who normally fucks. We all know his sexual accomplishments, but that's not why he's on this wall.

Niko: He is the most accomplished player to grace the game, to feel the glory, to earn the right to fuck around. But here, he is the one being fucked!

Niko: Long deep, and I mean deep. His team was penetrated and lost. So much that he is clutching that ball for support. But there’s no team support. Hence the fucking.

Niko: So, what I am trying to say is that come the end of this season, are you going to let us be the one who gets fucked? Or are we the fuckers! We've fucked a few times, FA Cup, League Cup Final: but we are the Ryan Giggs! We've earned the right to be the fuckers, so are we going to show the we are going to give it?

The lads jumped in the air, as the closeted player stayed down for a mini second before slowly rising onto his feet.

Niko: Now go out there, and fuck 'em!

The lads charged out with enthusiasm draining out of them, they wanted to fuck 'em up!

http://utdwestand.ms11.net/iframes/Players%20and%20officials%20come%20out%20for%20Bou rnemouth%20game.jpg

The enthusiasm was being shown from the get go as Hemphill lobbed through Zbimg who went one-on-one with Akinfeev who was able to unrelieve the pressure as he was to dive onto Lorenzo's attempt to pass by.

Wato had an attempt shortly after but was easily saved by Akinfeev, which started a counter for the away side which ended with Necid being denied due to the ever present BobMem.


Dzagoev then soon had a chance via a free-kick, but it went over the bar. Sulonen then fed through a ball which Zbimg mistimed a kick to go agonisingly close.

It was a continuous battle of chances, both sides were up for the tease, but no-one could penetrate just yet!

Not even Wato's free-kick which meant yet another amazing save from Akinfeev, but rebounded back out in which Zbimg 'attempted' a bicycle kick which was completely missed.


During the last minutes of the first half both teams had crucial opportunities, Doumbia looked set to have a clear chance on goal, if it wasn't for the hard-working Captain who back-tracked and did an amazing tackle from behind.

Sulonen thought he had unleashed the roaming Zbimg, but he was caught offside at the last second as the ball settled into the back of the net.


After the offside call, it was a sombre reminder of who are the really fuckers, and it was time for the second half to begin.

Straight off it was two chances for CSKA, firstly Necid which was blocked by his own man Lucho Gonzalez who then shot it towards goal in which Wood comfortably saved.

But then it started to build towards the Fearless Warriors ambition!

Woods through the ball forward to Sulonen who once again unleashed Zbimg who missed thanks to a save by Akinfeev.

Four minutes later, Zbimg dribbled past Dzagoev and nutmegged Schennikov, placing his shot towards the top corner, but was once again denied by CSKA's captain Igor Akinfeev!


Another chance happened once more, Carvajal picked up the ball....



Had enough with the foreplay, we went with the whole dick and balls!

Not it was time to reject the back lash.

As the game went on, the less chances a dejected CSKA had. Nothing seemed to have really add anymore to the game, as The Eejit lead his team into the last minutes with the sense of pride as we marched into our second Final of the season.

And as the whistle blew, records were broken!

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/Broken%20Record%20Zbimg%20Goals%2020.4_zpsdoodlbo0 .png

And then we knew who we would face in the Cup Final in Lisbon...


French Toulouse had been fighting in the competition for a long while, well in Europe at least. Going through the Champions League Qualifying Thrd Face and into the Group Stage, but ended up 3rd in Group B.


Toulouse then carried the misfortunes in the Champion's League into a impaccable run through French, German and Turkish teams to get to the final, in which they will face an English team in it's first ever European Competition!



It was a belated birthday party, and a celebration of being into the UEFA Cup final, and it was every single team member that turned up for what would be the final birthday party that would be arranged with me in charge of Newark Athletic.

With everything that occurred, I was certainly not in the partying mood, I was cowering in the corners having the odd conversation to the guests. It was easy, saying how well the team had played, happy belated birthday etc.

But as the night went on my mind started to dwindle...

It was when Kowalinho was introducing to who he had thought was no his one. As my eyes set on to her it all started.

Kowalinho: I dunno how to save this, gaffer, but this is the one!

He made a grad gesture towards her...


Kowalinho: Isn't she, I dunno, like the hottest woman ever!
Niko: Hmm...

Soon her image started to shift


Niko: Holy shit! She's a he?
Kowalinho: I say dis: How would you have known!


Kowalinho: Have you shagged her?
Niko: I don't know?


Kowalinho: Hmmm, it seems like you are hiding something?
Niko: I havent!
Kowalinho: Oh good!


Kowalinho: Check out dat boom boom!
Niko: I think everyone has?
Kowalinho: Huh?

But then all of a sudden...


Kanye: Kowalinho's chick, I'm really happy for you and i'mma let you finish. But Kimye has the best ass of ALL TIME!
Niko: What the fuck is going on?

Soon after this, Kanye West was gone, but there was one person who remained.


Kowalinho: I dunno how to say this, but.... are you fucking crazy?
Niko: No. Sorry little stressed out. Nice to meet you?
Dream Girl: Anna Doya
Niko: Really? Nice name!

They left and soon it was back to the usual


After that, the night just faded into nothingness, and soon it was time for the last two games of the month.


With another 4 goals Lorenzo was now on 42 goals in all competitions, 26 in the league, he had scored 158 goals in 195 games – 157 goals in 194 games for Newark – and seemed to be set to be aiming to be adding more to his goal tally with 4 games left.


And as we ended April, we were still fighting for third place:


But on the 1st of May I was relaxing on the sofa before training for the Reading game when I heard a large knocking on the front door. I initially hesitated due to experiences, but when it was larger and the introduction of a helicopter and flashing lights emerged I charged over to open the door....


Niko: Hello officers?
Police man: Niko Bergstrom!

One of the blokes grab me and push me against my door, pining my arm against my back. Instinctively, I over powered him and spun round. Breaking his arm, I now had him as a hostage, with his gun against his head.

Niko: What do you guys want?
Police man: Mr Bergstrom, we are here to arrest you as a suspicion on the murder of Simon Cowell, Phetrov, Kesha, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Nickelback, Michael Buble, and many more.
Niko: What?

As the names started to line up in my head, I dropped the gun and released the police officer as the English equivalent to the SWAT surrounding me. I followed their orders and didn't resist arrest. As I was escorted out of my house, outside laid an army of police and a mob of paparazzi.


Being locked into the van, all I could do was close my eyes and accept whatever was about to happen.

08-06-15, 11:37 PM
They left and soon it was back to the usual

Niko you Bastard :(

12-06-15, 03:35 PM
Niko you Bastard :(



One last Month of the Season...

20-06-15, 07:00 PM
Breaking News!: Newark Athletic Manager Released after Intense Questioning

Written By Monkey #123
Date Today

Newark Athletic's season seemed to have turned to the darker side after it was reported that out-going manager Niko Bergstrom, 31, was arrested in connection of series of murders that had occurred during his stint as manager of the East Midland club.

The retiring manager of six years, looked set to be celebrating year at the whelm after earning a League Cup Runners-Up medal and finalist in the UEFA Cup. However, his house was surrounded by armed police and photographers who had noticed the army of the white and blue.

Some neighbours was asked to vacate their home in case of another showdowns:


“I was getting ready for a picnic with my mister, when I heard a large knock on my door. It was the 5-0, so I quickly flushed my drugs and then answered.” Said a neighbour of Mr Bergstrom, “they warned me that the local freak next door was about to be raided and that there could be like Michael Bay levels of explosions!”

But that wasn't to be, as Bergstrom held hostage an office before handing himself in peacefully. Though no official word has been said about the investigation or any forthcoming charges, according to sources within the Police Force had hinted a possible answer.

Police Outside Bergstrom's House

“Well, accordingly it's a mixture of a medical issue and a favour owed by the Prime Minister for his release.” Our insider, Mitchell Hawkins from 26 Pleasant Avenue, Informer Road, Newark – behind the Co-Op shop.

“Though there are rumours that it was only a timed release, like a probation peroid – it seems some of the officers are actually Newark Athletic fans!” Added the 34 year old, 5'8”, blue eyed, bald with a scruffy medium beard, divorced but still wears his wedding ring as it mentally destroys him that he has ruined the best relationship that he ever had as tries to relive the past, through the false relic and the end of numerous bottles of whisky, to the point he is willing to sell out his closest and trusted friends for a single bottle to a Who-Knews Corporation that had promised to keep his anonymity in secret but because we sold our souls to the devil for a twinkie many years ago, we butt-fuck everyone BECAUSE WE ARE OUR OWN GODS!!!! And we get slightly turned on about it.


It is reported that chairman Yermolai Relikovic was also involved with negotiations with the Croatian Begstrom's release, and that Mr Bergstrom will refrain from any public speech on the issue but will be at Newark's next game.

20-06-15, 09:11 PM
The season should be ended by Tuesday.

Story will be done by mid-July, gonna try and do the story quickly with daily updates after the season is through.

So, this will be done and gone hopefully soon :P

21-06-15, 01:29 AM

Newark March on Despite Hectic Times


Written by Champman0102

It was a triumphant couple of days for the Fearless Warriors as they continued there impressive form despite the lack of the leadership of manager Niko Bergstrom from the managerial side lines.

As apart of his release, Mr Bergstrom isn't allowed to attend the last games in England on the sidelines or do any public speaking to the media. Though the Croatian was able to chose the line-ups and tactical decisions.

The two run-in games toward the UEFA Cup final was in jubilant times, as it was an impressive outing.

Firstly against Reading, it was an impressive attacking display – one that has impressed over the course of the season for neautrals and fans alike – that earned applauds for the side that was under the watchful eye of future manager Riley Bartley.


But it was the midfeild who fed the beast up-front, Lorenzo Zbimg. First it was Eddy Wato on the 29th minute with a nicely strucked free-kick which Zbimg headered in, and then Hannu Sulonen with a terrific 25 yard pass through the home side's defence in the last minute of the first half!


But in the end, it was a team effort that had stopped Reading having only one shot on goal, as BobMem and captain The Eejit bossed the defensive area. Of course, though, it was brace scorer Lorenzo Zbimg that had earned yet another Man of the Match.


The home game against Cardiff reintroduced Kowalinho into the starting eleven as Carvajal made room for Henderson who dropped to right back to ensure the Polish forward could get fit for the Final.

But what had transpired was the opposite then what the record attendees would have wanted at the Boltsky stadium.


As they came to see of the team to the final against French side Toulouse, they would have wanted a better result as the home side was undecided with their finishing skills as the game ended 0-0, despite having numerous oppertunites on goal.


With the score at the same result at the end of the first half, Bergstrom made the call for Van der Voom to come on twenty minutes into the second half, hoping the club's reknown super sub could collect vital point for the teams run for 2nd place in the Premier League.

But ultimately, it was unimpressive performance from the attackers and another impressive performance with vice-vice captain BobMem.


But with a draw and only one home game left – against currently 7th positioned Liverpool – the Fearless Warriors have made themselves in a hard position to overtake 2nd place Manchester City to gain the runners-up medal to Manchester United's title.

They have also made themselves vulnerable to Arsenal's two games in hand.


Relying on other teams for higher positions, either way, Newark are certainly guaranteed Champions League football.

Stay tuned for more about the ending season of the Fearless Warriors dιbut season in the Premier League and the last season in management of Niko Bergstrom!

22-06-15, 09:46 AM
Drop your captain and look what happens !

22-06-15, 12:10 PM
Drop your captain and look what happens !

You did play the Cardiff game :P

Just posted the wrong picture, fixed it now.

22-06-15, 12:49 PM
No wonder it was an average performance. The gaffer doesn't even know who he has selected

22-06-15, 03:35 PM
Good stuff, at least we won the 'Arsenal Cup', even if we do end up 4th behind, er, Arsenal...

22-06-15, 05:11 PM
Final Chapter:
Day of Judgement

After a turbulent couple of days, I had been excluded to the outside world. After a medical examination confirmed my ill health and some discussions with the United Nations about my work as a so-called 'Agent' of theirs, I was released on a probation under the rules that I would be watched by officers 24/7 and not allowed to partake within public goings.

Therefore that meant I was unable to 'manage' both the Reading and Cardiff games from the sidelines, and that Riley took all the applauds. It also meant that I wouldn't be able to attend the last game against Liverpool.

But fortunately, I found a loophole that meant I was allowed and encouraged to go to Lisbon for the UEFA Cup Final!


The plane ride into Portugal felt weird...

It was relieving to be out of the same four walls, that seemed to taunt me with their vaguely coloured walls, but it also felt like I was making a mistake. My heart beat rose, my chest started to ache.

But as soon as the golden elixir of Whiskey touched my lips, the pain started to fade away into the bottom of the glass.

Maybe it was because of the liquor or maybe because Arsenal had beaten Birmingham and now had one more game to claim our 3rd spot in the table, but something was going to go wrong...


Getting back to the hotel, the lads were out sight-seeing the capital as I remained into my room, watching replays of Toulouse's previous games, trying to find ways to exploit them.

Minute by minute, another bitter taste of alcohol pushed into my system as I glared at the television screen. But, it wasn't really about that. It was... my last game...

My last game on the sidelines, my last game to really be in charge. I hit the bottle for another drink.

This was my day of judgement. Failure or success hinted on this one game.

And if this was my last game, I was hell-bent on bowing out with applause!


I woke up with a drunken haze with only hours from the kick-off. The venue for the showdown was the Estadio da Luz, the Stadium of Light – or, also known by Benfica fans call it, The Cathedral – and it was the ultimate game for the Newark fans!

It was the European dream that they had wished and dream of when it was just a little hope just 6 years ago.


The strategy plan of the game was simple: attack, attack, attack!

Hemphill replaced the suspended Sulonen in midfield so that the wingers can be Van der Voom and Kowalinho to support Lorenzo Zbimg. Defence was the same throughout the season. And of course The Eejit was still in the defensive midfeilder role with the captain's arm band. As usual.

Before we walked out of the locker room, and into the tunnel, news arose that Arsenal had won against Stoke 2-0 and had now pushed us down to 3rd.

It was something that we would have to fix in the last game and hope for the best with the other teams.

But first it was time for the UEFA Cup Final!

And as the boys lined up with their mascot alongside them, I gripped my hands into a fist and waited to be escorted out to being the preparations.


After the song and dance, it was time for the game!



It was an intense half, to say the least. As Toulouse were going straight form the bat too, so that the game was a thrilling finale that most people had hoped!


Gradually the French side started to dig their feet into the ground, but we weren't going to be pushed over. Well, we weren't until...


As the ball nestled into the back of the net, the wind carrying the frays into the wind, the whole stadium was in unison with a mixture of jubilation and despair. My body shook with anger.

Niko: How could we let that fucking in!?

I screamed at my staff, all who couldn't answer my enquiries. As the Toulouse men celebrated I looked on with a glum dispassionate smirk. I had just wanted to wait for the end of the half.


When Ben Yedder was forced to come off, it gave us an advantage. He was bossing the midfield for the French side, and despite then putting on another attack onto the field, all I wanted was to make sure the team woke the fuck up!

Into the locker-room, I went into a barage to the players.

Niko: Does this game mean anything to you? Do you not want to win? Go out there and do SOMETHING! Just WAKE THE FUCK UP!

I walked down of the room, slamming the door behind. But, the real reason was the aching pain that had restarted throughout my body. It was tense, it was stiff, it felt like my body was giving me a warning. But...

I had to hold out for another 45 minutes....


The Toulouse men were stemming with confidence, from head to toe, and smelt of arrogance. As the players smirked walking past, I stuck up my middle finger and awated for the team to get out to play the second half.


Boom! Zbimg stepped up with his 45th of the season, and everything was back to square one. And now we were awake, it was time for the Fearless Warriors to show there Warrior spirirt!

When Zbimg got free, I was already celebrating, but the pain held me back from anything to movement. I shrugged it off.



Home town boy Hemphill!!!!

He had scored in the final, he had scored the goal that confirmed our come-back!

It was his destiny to score the goal that had earned possibly European glory to his small town!

I was once again pushed back by the tingling and sharp pains that had surged through my body, instead I clapped as Hemphill went all out with the celebration.


Toulouse attempted to charge back into the game:




Zbimg made it out of sight, and it was Hemphill who helped make it happen. And I decided that no matter the reciprocation of it, it was time for me to celebrate!


Despite what felt like a bullet wound, I pushed on and celebrated with Zbimg. I screamed out all the anguish that I had faced. I cheered into the Newark fans, and clapped for their support.

Throughout everything it all seemed to fall into place.... Until the moment came... In the faces of the thousands I could see him... His face was nodding at me.


Niko: Zan!

I was being ushered back to my tactical area, before I could take a second look. My body felt... feels like I am half dead. And despite Toulouse pushing on to try and make something, we were already there. Our name was being etched onto that trophy!


As I sat back, a couple of things happened.

Lorenzo Zbimg was named as Man of the Match for his two goals and assist.


The final whistle was being blown, confirming our victory.


The darkness had started to take over.


So I have been trying to fight it, but the lads was insistent on picking me up. Not wanting to ruin the atmosphere, I start to follow them over to the huddle – making sure not one person noticed my staggered walk – and started to follow their orders. Soon they lifted me onto their shoulders, in the distance the celebration ceremony is being built.


Songs had started then to become unclear and groggy. My vision started to blur. As I look out to the crowd, there was the one face that stood out.


Niko: I understand.

Finally I got it.

My last game... was over....


22-06-15, 07:40 PM
Great stuff (apart from the whole bit about you dying, that's probably not so great for you :)). UEFA Cup winners, fantastic season!

Amazing story as ever, congratulations on finishing!

:hail: Niko :hail: Zan :hail: Riley? :hail:

22-06-15, 09:51 PM
“A sudden and deeply unfortunate tragedy that has rocked this club to it's foundation!” - Newark Athletic Chairman Yermolai Relikovic said in a Statement

Niko Bergstrom, 31, passed away during celebrations over Newark Athletic's UEFA Cup Win
Was going to retire during Summer
Replacement has resigned after 'Traumatic' circumstances


By Restin Piece
Published mailone, Friday 19th May 2006

IN what should have been a time of celebration and jubilation for the small historic town of Newark-on-Trent, it quickly turned to one of grief and mourning.

In what was supposed to be the last Cup final with retiring manager Niko Bergstrom, Newark added another trophy to their ever-expanding trophy case with the 3-1 win over French side Toulouse.

But when it came to the final whistle, Niko already seemed reserved to the on-pitch celebrations of the players. He seemed distant and far away, before then being ushered into celebrating by being thrown into the air.

Guardiola being thrown in the air, a common act of celebration in football after a Cup win

“I dunno what to say: It seems so vague, so unreal. I don't know how to say it, but Niko seemed off all day!” Said Polish striker Kowalinho, aged 20, who played on the night in question. “We thought for a second he was messing around, or just fainted, but then...”

After a few moments of being unconscious, the players called to the physio of both Toulouse and Newark to try and revive the Croatian, which they were able to do for a few minutes but he was pronounced Dead on Arrival.

Flowers were laid out in front of Boltsky Stadium to honour the man that had brought the club to success

The ceremony was cancelled due to circumstances and will be done at the start of next season. During which, Newark Athletic have stated that they will pay for Mr Bergstrom's funeral that is going to take place a couple of weeks after the final game of the season.

The cause of death still remains a mystery at this moment of time, as doctors can only connect with details given at the moment that Mr Bergstrom was unconscious. It was a complete system break down, in which all the vital organs had started to stop working.

“It really was something that I hadn't seen before. Even before I was able to see him at the hospital, it was too late. The progression was so quick!” Said Doctor Some Thing, which is specialised in Radiation and Genetics. “It seems it was a genetic fault within his DNA, though that is not a full report on the condition of the patients death”.

Dr Some Thing: speculates that the cause of death might be something to do with genetics

“Either way it is a tragic and unfortunate circumstance that someone as specially talented as Mr Bergstrom. His brain, during autopsy, seemed to be an incredible size and shows great intelligence – so it was kinda of super-human.”

Another big outcome from this tragic situation was the shocking resignation of Mr Bergstrom's chosen replacement and assistant manager Riley Bartley, 43, after being the person to first try CPR on Mr Bergstrom.

“The club has reluctantly but understandingly accepted the resignation of Niko Bergstrom's number two Riland 'Riley' Bartley. The former United States player has been apart of the process of the club's years of success.” Said a statement from the Club's website, “In these tragic circumstances, Riley feels that he cannot possibly replace Mr Bergstrom and needs time away from football to re-evaluate his options.”

The club also stated they will continue with a review for both Bartley's and Bergstrom's replacement, and that they will continue with the last game of the season. It's reported that chairman's son, and coach, Anton Relikovic might be in charge in the final game.

22-06-15, 09:53 PM
Niko, nooooo :(

Baron Zbimg
24-06-15, 08:50 AM
Terrible news :( I hope he'll come back somehow ...

24-06-15, 09:34 AM
I take his death with a pinch of salt. How many times has Nico been killed before, and he always comes back (or is that AMC I'm thinking of ?)

Proud to have led the lads onto the pitch for the final
Proud to have had a hand in 2 of the goals
Proud to have lifted the cup.

24-06-15, 01:55 PM

Remembrance Day for Bergstrom


Black arms bands and a six minute silence was held throughout the last day of football in the Premier League for the remembrance of former Newark Athletic manager Nio Bergstrom and for his six years at the club.

The Fearless Warriors had shown they were just that as the team, headlined by the shock one-off management of former Assistant manager Riley Bartley, headed out onto the pitch to end what was another brilliant season, but on a depressive note.

Bartley's first team choice and tactics raised eye brows from the go as Bergstrom's familiar 4-3-3 formation was abandoned for Riley's defensive 3-4-3 formation. A mixture of first teamers and youth were used by the American as there fate of finishing 3rd was all but over.


The game itself was a sombre effort as either team struggled to amount enough effort on target to muster a single goal in the first half. Plus with the rain falling down onto the pitch, it made it increasingly harder to get in the game.

But coming into the second half, both teams started to attack more, with the youth players getting more involved in the game.

Dave Tait – 18 year old Scotsman who was signed by Bergstrom last summer for £100k – was in between the posts and did a good enough effort to ensure that the visiting Liverpool wouldn't gain that advantage.

But it was ultimately one of Bergstrom's closest friends and influential players that stepped up to the plate, as Polish striker Kowalinho scored on the 71st minute. He was assisted by the Player of the Season Lorenzo Zbimg, who both did an emotional tribute to their fallen comrade by celebrating the goal.


But unfortunately the young goalkeeper was only able to keep the ball out for so long, as just before the final whistle, former Chelsea player Josh McEachran got one back for the away side, ruining the impressive performance that was made in the last moment.


With a disappointing last minute it confirmed that the Fearless Warriors would be finished their debut season in the Premier League in 4th. Arsenal had drew against Newcastle therefore there was a 2 point difference between the 3rd and 4th positions.


24-06-15, 02:30 PM

Mark Hughes Hired as Newark Athletic Manager!!


Mark Hughes was announced as the replacement for deceased former manager Niko Bergstrom.

The former Welsh interntional striker was only sacked by former club Leeds United a couple of weeks after a turbulent and disappointing season in the Championship where they finished 16th.

After being sacked by Queens Park Rangers over five seasons ago, Hughes enjoyed three years at Goodison Park but was sacked after failing to retain a good run of form.

The 53 year old has signed a two year deal that would be reviewed after that time. Newark praised the former Barcelona and Manchester United forward's wealth of experience within the Premier League.

“We are impressed by Mark's experience and his attacking approach, which we feel that suits the style and image that Niko brought to the club and that Mark can help expand into his own.” Said the club's official website, “As the club continues it's future into more unknown territories, the club felt that it was best suited to have someone who is experienced in where we are working towards.”

With Hughes appointment, the club also announced the shocking releases of coaches Joel Power and Anton Relikovic, in favour of a new staff members to join Hughes back-room staff.

“We have given Mark full control of his staff and will choose the latest members of the Fearless Warriors ambition!”

25-06-15, 08:12 AM
* Has no confidence in the managers ability
* Wants to be transfer listed

26-06-15, 02:16 PM
Season 1


The first season under Mark Hughes started off poorly, as Newark found themselves in the bottom half of the table for the start of the season, though fortunately, Hughes was able to motivate the group of players to push on for an incredible twist of form and finished in the top 10.


Maybe the complete progress was down to the millions that Hughes decided to spend to bring in new players:


Who became integral parts of his team, though they couldn't make any mark during cup competitions, going to the Quarter Finals of the League Cup where they were beaten by First Diviison side West Ham, and then failed TWICE to beat rivals and also First Division side Nottingham Forest in a 4th Round Replay.


Their European dreams were also smashed to pieces as they lost the European Super Cup against Champions League winners Barcelona 0-2. And though they (barely) made it through Qaulification, they had to endured a humilating group with Celtic, FC Bayern and Celtic, finishing bottom of the group without a single win:


It was a poor season from every Fearless Warrior that had become the 'faces' of the club, and though none had left so far, two had pushed their ways. Jose Hernandez was able to secure a £1.1m move to Germany wit Hannover 96, and captain The Eejit was transfer listed by his request:


The Scotsman failed to become an integral part of Hughes side like he was under Bergstrom.Though it seems he might have had a change of heart after now wanting to stay at the club.


Top man was again Lorenzo Zbimg, though lower form from his usua; perfect seasons, scored 18 goals in all with 16 coming in the league.

Fraser Hemphill was the assist maker for the first time in three seasons.

And Henrik Van der Voom overtook The Eejit as club captain.

Not a brilliant debut season for Niko's replacement in which he didn't not win any accolades and finished lower then last season. He also released most of Niko's staff who have moved on:


Riley Bartley took his year out and was then hired as Paul Ince's number 2 at Stamford Bridge, though hired too late to help the club finish 3rd, he seems eager to help for the new forthcoming season.


Joel Power bit the bullet and decided against pushing to return as a manager somewhere and instead joined relegation battling First Division Wolves in the back-room. He seems to have been more controlled since he left Boltsky Stadium.


Anton Relikovic was furious with his father for accepting his termination and went back to Russia. After more of his usual fast cars, super models and crates of vodka, Anton soon signed for a Russian Second Division side, though only for the pay-checks as he tries to start a media company to compete against his Dads.

Fixture Results

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Wednesday 6th June 2007
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2006/7 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
18.7.06 Coventry A Friendly 4:2 -----
20.7.06 St. Pauli GER A Friendly 2:1 -----
24.7.06 Walsall A Friendly 3:0 -----
26.7.06 Leverkusen GER H Friendly 0:0 -----
9.8.06 Lokomotiv Moscow RUS A Champions Cup Qual.3 Leg 1 1:2 28789 Hemphill
19.8.06 Liverpool H Premier Division 2:1 23132 Zbimg, Kowalinho
23.8.06 Lokomotiv Moscow RUS H Champions Cup Qual.3 Leg 2 1:0 14360 Henderson
25.8.06 Barcelona ESP N Super Cup 0:2 2889
9.9.06 Stoke H Premier Division 1:1 23149 Zbimg
12.9.06 FC Bayern GER H Champions Cup Ph.1 Grp A 0:1 13777
16.9.06 Blackburn A Premier Division 0:2 27612
20.9.06 Celtic SCO A Champions Cup Ph.1 Grp A 0:2 58698
23.9.06 Chelsea H Premier Division 3:0 23149 Wato, Zbimg 2
27.9.06 Shakhtar Donetsk UKR H Champions Cup Ph.1 Grp A 1:1 13790 Sulonen
1.10.06 Newcastle A Premier Division 1:3 44476 Zbimg
4.10.06 Reading A Premier Division 0:0 21660
14.10.06 Cardiff H Premier Division 0:0 23120
17.10.06 Shakhtar Donetsk UKR A Champions Cup Ph.1 Grp A 0:1 52480
21.10.06 Man Utd A Premier Division 1:1 66157 Milner
25.10.06 FC Bayern GER A Champions Cup Ph.1 Grp A 1:2 72029 Zbimg
28.10.06 Sunderland H Premier Division 0:2 23122
1.11.06 Watford H League Cup 3rd Rnd 2:1 3616 Love, Mitchell
5.11.06 Tottenham A Premier Division 0:3 32131
7.11.06 Celtic SCO H Champions Cup Ph.1 Grp A 0:0 13771
12.11.06 Everton H Premier Division 3:0 23152 Milner, Van der Voom, Hemphill
18.11.06 Charlton A Premier Division 0:1 29063
22.11.06 Gillingham A League Cup 4th Rnd 2:1 9568 Trigg, Fraser
25.11.06 Ipswich H Premier Division 0:0 23123
29.11.06 West Ham A League Cup Qtr Final 1:2 24921 Fraser
2.12.06 Fulham H Premier Division 0:0 23123
9.12.06 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 1:1 15558 S.Walker
13.12.06 Birmingham H Premier Division 1:0 23165 Henderson
16.12.06 Sheff Wed A Premier Division 1:0 35109 Zbimg
20.12.06 Arsenal A Premier Division 1:1 52649 Van der Voom
23.12.06 Man City A Premier Division 2:0 38134 Zbimg, Smith
26.12.06 Liverpool A Premier Division 1:3 39590 Henderson
30.12.06 Reading H Premier Division 1:0 23150 Walker
1.1.07 Birmingham A Premier Division 1:2 26579 BobMem
6.1.07 Wolves H FA Cup 3rd Rnd 4:1 4845 Nkumu, Sagna, Zbimg, Sulonen
15.1.07 Arsenal H Premier Division 1:0 23158 Zbimg 2 (1 pen)
20.1.07 Stoke A Premier Division 1:0 26390 Zbimg
27.1.07 Nottm Forest H FA Cup 4th Rnd 1:1 8165 M.Henderson
3.2.07 Blackburn H Premier Division 2:0 23127 Zbimg, Van der Voom
7.2.07 Nottm Forest A FA Cup 4th Rnd Replay 3:4 22386 H.Sulonen, Zbimg, Enrique
11.2.07 Newcastle H Premier Division 0:2 23147
14.2.07 Chelsea A Premier Division 0:1 36990
25.2.07 Cardiff A Premier Division 0:2 23591
17.3.07 Everton A Premier Division 1:0 31967 Van der Voom
21.3.07 Man Utd H Premier Division 1:1 23157 Zbimg
31.3.07 Charlton H Premier Division 3:0 22500 Sulonen, Zbimg, Milner
7.4.07 Sunderland A Premier Division 0:2 41902
14.4.07 Tottenham H Premier Division 1:0 23143 Van der Voom
18.4.07 Ipswich A Premier Division 2:2 27214 Sulonen, Shackell og
21.4.07 Sheff Wed H Premier Division 4:1 23141 Van der Voom 2, Zbimg 2
29.4.07 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 2:0 21365 Hoolihan, Zbimg
5.5.07 Fulham A Premier Division 1:0 22648 Wato
20.5.07 Man City H Premier Division 2:0 23134 Zbimg, Kowalinho

That the end of the First Season without Niko Bergstrom, and the first under Mark Hughes.

Will the team win anything under the Welshman? Will The Eejit leave? Will anyone else follow Hernandez out of the door?

Let's wait and find out!

26-06-15, 07:31 PM
Half a season of games for me, but my heart's not in it after the loss of my mentor and occasional enemy.

26-06-15, 07:53 PM
*disappointed about how new manager runs clubs
*lacks of first team football
*miss Niko
*still looking for girl of life

26-06-15, 08:15 PM
* Is having an identity crisis
* Wants to be the girl in Kowalinho's life
* Wondering who Miss Niko is

Baron Zbimg
27-06-15, 05:06 PM
*wants Niko back
*ashamed of the new manager performance

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

27-06-15, 10:51 PM
Season 2


Mark Hughes second season in charge started off with another competition that come from the man that was in the hotseat before him – Niko Bergstrom – with the FIFA Club World Championship.

The once-lowly Nottinghamshire club was competing in a group wth Brazilian Santos, Japanese Verdy, and Salvadoran Isidro Metapan. Though not a significant amount of challenge, they were able to qualify runners-up of their group thanks to goal difference in which they could have finished top:


Pushing on through, Hughes and the Fearless Warriors did look impress on Barcelona that had cost them the Super Cup Final last season. Though it was certainly an entertaining match, the result was out of favour for English team.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/Fearless%20Warriors/Fearless%20Second%20season/World%20Championship%20Semi%20Final_zpsrpt6mzw2.pn g

In the end though, Newark were able to take an accolade away from the competition as they finally finished in 3rd.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/Fearless%20Warriors/Fearless%20Second%20season/Newark%20Word%20Championship%20finish_zpsnjz6nwgd. png

To help to achieve more to the glory days that was before his tenure, Mark Hughes once again dipped into the transfer market to fix what he thought needed to fixed.


With the World Championship, Hughes continued the form into the beginning of the season, starting off strong – better then last season – but the team started to be inconsistent in what should have been expected and finished only one place above then last season.


And even though they were out of Europe for the second season under Hughes, it seemed to favour the club when it came to the mid-week games of the League Cup and the FA Cup:


Though it was the same round as last season, there was defensive improvement and was a great performance to what was a solid team that had some international stars. But it was clear of the improvements that had happened in the FA Cup run.


It was an incredible run for a club that seemed devoid of something last season. Though a little hiccup against Barnsley, the Warriors went forward and demolished any team to get through to the ultimate cup showdown.


But it was the Cristiano Ronaldo final.

The striker scored a hat-trick and the 34-year old didn't show a single sign of age since rejoining Manchester United for £15.25 million. He ended both the last two seasons scoring 46 and 47 goals in each season, helping them win back-to-back Premier League Championships and the Domestic Double.

The Players!


Some of the Players look set for the heading out of the team while Hughes tries to de-Nikofy the team. Firstly it was the confirmed transfer of Niko's chosen captain, The Eejit:


The Captain would be leaving on a Bosman.


Next was Wato who seemed to play an integral part last season, but since James Morrison and Craig Gardner was moved in, Wato dropped down and the man Niko once called the Columbian Frank Lampard searches for a team that respects his talent.

What has Happened Afterwards...?


Hernandez played 19 games since joining Hannover 69, in which he seemed to be playing better then when he was at Newark. However it seems Jose Hernandez had other thoughts...


But it seemed he made an impression as a lot of clubs are interested in signing him to their club. Wolfsburg is the only so far to have actually made a bid for a start a bidding war it may seem.


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Sunday 1st June 2008
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2007/8 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
22.7.07 Norwich A Friendly 1:0 -----
30.7.07 Verdy JPN N World Championship Grp 2 3:0 22384 Van der Voom, Walker, Ekstrand
2.8.07 Isidro Metapαn SLV N World Championship Grp 2 1:0 46314 Kowalinho
5.8.07 Santos BRA N World Championship Grp 2 2:2 21999 Gardner, Hemphill
9.8.07 Barcelona ESP N World Championship Semi Final 2:3 41266 Van der Voom, Iniesta og
12.8.07 Santos BRA N World Championship 3rd Place P 1:1 21976 Zbimg
18.8.07 Reading A Premier Division 3:1 21688 Zbimg, Hemphill, Milner
22.8.07 Watford H Premier Division 3:1 25507 Gardner, Hemphill, Van der Voom
27.8.07 Liverpool A Premier Division 1:1 39438 Zbimg
10.9.07 Gillingham A Premier Division 1:1 11580 Sulonen
16.9.07 Chelsea H Premier Division 0:1 23368
19.9.07 Mansfield H League Cup 2nd Rnd 3:1 3075 Kowalinho, Leach, Morrison
22.9.07 Derby A Premier Division 2:2 29862 Van der Voom, Enrique
29.9.07 Birmingham H Premier Division 3:0 23372 Gardner, Sulonen, Hemphill
3.10.07 Blackburn H Premier Division 3:0 23357 Dyer 2 (1 pen), Zbimg
13.10.07 Tottenham A Premier Division 1:0 32140 Dyer pen
21.10.07 Stoke H Premier Division 3:1 23566 Dyer, Zbimg 2
27.10.07 Everton A Premier Division 0:3 28871
31.10.07 Portsmouth H League Cup 3rd Rnd 2:0 3905 Morrison, Sulonen pen
3.11.07 Man Utd H Premier Division 0:1 23346
10.11.07 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 0:2 14264
18.11.07 Newcastle A Premier Division 2:1 45445 Zbimg, Van der Voom
21.11.07 Sheff Wed A League Cup 4th Rnd 1:0 14120 J.Morrison
26.11.07 Cardiff H Premier Division 3:0 23384 Hemphill, Hoolihan, Zbimg
1.12.07 Sunderland H Premier Division 1:3 23374 Sagna
5.12.07 Newcastle A League Cup Qtr Final 0:1 45698
8.12.07 Fulham H Premier Division 3:1 23351 Dyer, BobMem, Hemphill
15.12.07 Liverpool H Premier Division 3:0 23377 Dyer 3
22.12.07 Man City H Premier Division 2:3 23360 Dyer, Mitchell
26.12.07 Arsenal A Premier Division 0:1 52623
29.12.07 Watford A Premier Division 0:1 22535
1.1.08 Gillingham H Premier Division 0:0 23709
12.1.08 Blackburn A Premier Division 1:0 27582 Hemphill
19.1.08 Reading H Premier Division 2:0 24261 Fletcher, Van der Voom
2.2.08 Birmingham A Premier Division 0:2 26605
6.2.08 Tottenham H Premier Division 1:1 23369 Zbimg
10.2.08 Chelsea A Premier Division 0:1 36739
16.2.08 Brighton A FA Cup 5th Rnd 1:0 26158 Kowalinho 2
23.2.08 Derby H Premier Division 1:0 23385 Kowalinho 2
1.3.08 Man Utd A Premier Division 2:1 66081 Van der Voom, Sulonen
8.3.08 Barnsley A FA Cup Qtr Final 0:0 22586
15.3.08 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 2:0 23876 Hemphill, Wato
19.3.08 Barnsley H FA Cup Qtr Final Replay 2:1 16356 Van der Voom 2
31.3.08 Stoke A Premier Division 2:1 27271 Dyer 2 (1 pen)
6.4.08 Newcastle N FA Cup Semi Final 1:0 39451 Di Martino og
9.4.08 Everton H Premier Division 1:0 23362 Morrison
12.4.08 Sunderland A Premier Division 0:2 42597
19.4.08 Newcastle H Premier Division 2:0 23370 BobMem, Van der Voom
26.4.08 Fulham A Premier Division 1:0 25218 Zbimg
30.4.08 Cardiff A Premier Division 1:3 23732 Van der Voom
4.5.08 Arsenal H Premier Division 1:1 23353 Dyer
10.5.08 Man Utd N FA Cup Final 2:3 79689 BobMem, Sulonen
18.5.08 Man City A Premier Division 0:1 34346

An improvement from last season to his second season, a finalist appearance and an improved league standing but the team is starting to crumble from underneath the feathers.

Who will join The Eejit and Wato in searching for greener pastures? Who will Wato be playing for? And, is there more improvements for Mark Hughes as Newark Athetic manager?

Let's Wait and Find Out!!

28-06-15, 06:51 PM
Delighted to score an FA Cup final goal! The team may have lost but I'm all about me now, not the rudderless ship this club has become, and now the captain is leaving too!

Top work Zan :ok:

28-06-15, 07:05 PM
* Has no idea why he is leaving a useless taff to join a bunch of useless taffs.
* Will settle for sheep if he can't have Kowalino
* Would have expected a Scotland call up by now

02-07-15, 04:05 PM
Season 3


It was now time for Sparky Mark Hughes to take full control of his team as he came into his third term as Newark Athletic boss.

And though in the last two seasons he was able to win some accolades to Newark's short history, it was still mostly connected to the Hughes is in the shadows of. An FA Cup final appearance last season was a welcome nod to the former Manchester City manager, and it was a qualification to the first round of the UEFA Cup.

But it seemed that last seasons good fortune had cursed his 3rd season, as there was no sign of improvement in any areas.


Once again inconsistency ruined what could have been another decent season, as they started off amazingly, but it was shortcomings as the months went by. And once again, Hughes struggled to get forwards Zbimg and Van der Voom into prolific form – another shortcoming considering Bergstrom was able to do both – and would result in further failure come the Euro and domestic cup campaigns.


It was horrible by last seasons FA Cup finalists, they had lost their momentum and failed to pass the 4th round. The League Cup they were out against an astonishing QPR, who had pushed there way up the table to claim a UEFA Cup spot.

But ultimately, once again Jurgen Klopp's men claimed another double and continued their overhaul on English football.


Only two players came in.

A defender and all round attack, both players added more to the depth of the team.



What Happened Afterwards...?


Hernandez pushed his second transfer in less than two years to Argentina, helping his team finish 5th in the league. He has also been called upon on occasion for Mexico as well, being there third/fourth choice depending on injury and suspension. He hopes to break through the first team and establish a good role as he appraoxhes his mid-twenties.


Despite hs own objections, The Eejit took a role within the Welsh capital with Cardiff on a Bosman move. However, the Scotsman was in and out of the team and soon wanted to move away. After winter hower, he started to find more games and helped the team to 7th in the Premier League and a Welsh Premier Cup.

He has now stated his intentions to see out the next year in Cardiff.


Wato was the latest player of the 'original' Fearless Warriors to head out of Boltsky Stadium, leaving for £1.9m to first division side Barnsley. The drop in leagues hampered his mark on the international scene, but he helped the side to get into the play-off places in 5th though narrowly beaten in the Semi-Finals by a single goal by Derby.

He hopes that Nigel Clough and company can push on for the Premier League next season.


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Wednesday 3rd June 2009
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2008/9 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
21.7.08 Osnabrόck GER A Friendly 0:0 -----
25.7.08 Lokeren BEL A Friendly 2:1 -----
31.7.08 Sporting POR A Friendly 0:1 -----
16.8.08 Cardiff H Premier Division 4:0 23363 Dyer pen, Whelan, Zbimg, Hoolihan
20.8.08 Sunderland A Premier Division 1:0 42579 Van der Voom
24.8.08 Norwich H Premier Division 1:0 25120 Zbimg
3.9.08 Birmingham A Premier Division 0:1 26586
6.9.08 Sheff Wed H Premier Division 0:0 25302
11.9.08 Zόrich SUI A UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 1 2:5 17083 Whelan, Kowalinho
14.9.08 Blackburn A Premier Division 1:3 27604 Dyer
22.9.08 Fulham H Premier Division 0:1 23347
25.9.08 Zόrich SUI H UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 2 0:0 7910
28.9.08 Man City A Premier Division 0:3 34329
11.10.08 Tottenham H Premier Division 0:2 23377
18.10.08 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 0:0 14340
25.10.08 Swansea H Premier Division 4:0 23373 Dyer, Hoolihan, Kowalinho 2
29.10.08 Q.P.R. A League Cup 3rd Rnd 0:0 7689
2.11.08 Liverpool A Premier Division 0:0 39378
8.11.08 Newcastle A Premier Division 1:2 45769 Gardner
15.11.08 Stoke H Premier Division 4:0 24330 Dyer, Kowalinho 2, Zbimg
22.11.08 Watford A Premier Division 2:0 24992 Zbimg, BobMem
29.11.08 Arsenal H Premier Division 1:1 23379 Zbimg
6.12.08 Man Utd A Premier Division 1:1 66075 Van der Voom
13.12.08 Chelsea H Premier Division 1:0 23354 Dyer pen
20.12.08 Everton A Premier Division 2:1 23635 Van der Voom, Dyer
27.12.08 Cardiff A Premier Division 0:1 23738
30.12.08 Sunderland H Premier Division 1:0 23362 Zbimg
3.1.09 Norwich H FA Cup 3rd Rnd 0:0 3248
7.1.09 Sheff Wed A Premier Division 0:1 35118
12.1.09 Blackburn H Premier Division 1:0 23370 Van der Voom
14.1.09 Norwich A FA Cup 3rd Rnd Replay 1:0 11152 Whelan
17.1.09 Norwich A Premier Division 4:1 23864 Griffiths, Van der Voom 2, Marcatti
24.1.09 Wolves H FA Cup 4th Rnd 0:0 5934
31.1.09 Birmingham H Premier Division 1:3 23345 Van der Voom
4.2.09 Wolves A FA Cup 4th Rnd Replay 1:2 26087 Whelan
7.2.09 Man City H Premier Division 2:0 23378 Zbimg, Sulonen
11.2.09 Tottenham A Premier Division 0:0 32001
22.2.09 Fulham A Premier Division 0:1 22620
28.2.09 Liverpool H Premier Division 1:3 23378 Ekstrand
14.3.09 Newcastle H Premier Division 3:2 23368 Van der Voom 2, Hemphill
28.3.09 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 1:0 23911 Zbimg
4.4.09 Swansea A Premier Division 0:0 14652
11.4.09 Stoke A Premier Division 1:0 25839 Zbimg
19.4.09 Chelsea A Premier Division 1:1 36566 Sulonen 2
25.4.09 Watford H Premier Division 0:1 25515
2.5.09 Arsenal A Premier Division 1:1 52570 Van der Voom
13.5.09 Man Utd H Premier Division 0:1 23377
17.5.09 Everton H Premier Division 3:2 23363 Ekstrand, Kowalinho, Dyer pen

Can Sparky win anything at the Boltsky Stadium? Will he ever be able to get out of Niko's shadow? Will any other players be leaving? How bad will the format change?

We'll have to wait and see – Next Time on A Golden and Fearless Ambition!

02-07-15, 04:12 PM
*Without Niko Newark is not the same club
*Want to leave

02-07-15, 04:24 PM
Nice to get some game time at Barnsley!

11-07-15, 11:37 PM
The Long Awaited!
Season 4!


It was a massive season for the fortunes for Newark Athletic, not for the good, but rather the bad.

After twenty games into the season, in which was yet another inconsistent start Mark Hughes was sent packing his bags back home. After securing 8th, 7th and 8th placed finished the ambitious chairman decided it was time for a change in order for the club to progress.


================================================== ==============================================
2009/0 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
19.7.09 Marseille FRA A Friendly 2:0 -----
24.7.09 Fluminense BRA H Friendly 2:1 -----
26.7.09 Portsmouth A Friendly 1:2 -----
29.7.09 Reading A Friendly 1:2 -----
29.8.09 Swansea A Premier Division 1:1 23993 Sulonen
12.9.09 Man Utd A Premier Division 0:3 66105
19.9.09 Chelsea H Premier Division 0:4 23340
23.9.09 Barnet A League Cup 2nd Rnd 1:0 5988 Zbimg 3
26.9.09 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 0:2 13834
4.10.09 Blackburn H Premier Division 2:0 23378 Hemphill, Van der Voom
7.10.09 Cardiff H Premier Division 0:1 23351
14.10.09 Arsenal A Premier Division 0:2 52568
24.10.09 Sunderland H Premier Division 1:0 23343 Zbimg
31.10.09 Middlesbrough A Premier Division 2:0 32537 Van der Voom, Zbimg
4.11.09 Arsenal A League Cup 3rd Rnd 2:1 51585 McGuire, Leach
7.11.09 Charlton H Premier Division 0:1 24093
11.11.09 Portsmouth A League Cup 4th Rnd 0:2 15979
15.11.09 Liverpool A Premier Division 0:1 39400
21.11.09 West Brom H Premier Division 2:0 24543 Zbimg, Sulonen
28.11.09 Newcastle A Premier Division 1:1 45754 Zbimg
2.12.09 Watford A Premier Division 2:0 25002 Zbimg, BobMem
5.12.09 Fulham H Premier Division 0:0 23354
13.12.09 Tottenham H Premier Division 5:1 23371 Sulonen pen, Zbimg, Henderson pen, Van der Voom 2
16.12.09 Man City H Premier Division 0:2 23362

Pressure had been building on the Welshman ever since the club was knocked out of the League Cup by struggling First Division side Portsmouth in November. It was added by questions of the manager's ambition to build his own team as he failed to sign an accomplished player since he joined.


With the influx amount of players leaving the club, the Welshman's replacement would have to make a mark quickly to establish a team that could appease the dissapointed chairman:


The Progress spoke for itself:


The manager who did replace Hughes was the same man who had replaced him at Everton, though he didn't say in the job for long as he failed to improve what was a failing side. It was twice-former Charlton boss Chris Powell who had brought recently brought the team back into the Premier League.



Powell had a nick of bringing teams into the Premier League, first time with Leeds and then the second time with Charlton. Arising suspicions maybe that the pragmatic Russian chairman was planning for the worse case scenario.


Though Powell's judgement would be based on his first full season as the boss, he had signed a two and half year deal, and half a season to show glimpses what the Fearless Warrior's fans would expect from his management.


It was an average performance within the league, but compared to Hughes season there was a level of consistency within the teams result. Though it wasn't a significant indication for the future, Powell allowed to ease some nerves of the fans.

His other team however failed to stay in the Premier League and would be relegated once more from the Premier League.

He was able to take the team further in the FA Cup then what Hughes achieved last season, with a Quater Final showdown with title chasing Second Divsion side Millwall, but was unluckily defeated by the under-dogs:


In the end the 10th position is the lowest the club has had in it's five years in the Premier League, but with the decline of Chelsea, it showed that within the Premier League a lot of things can change!


Where Are They Now...?!

(In order to make it different and easier to write up, the formation of the ways of showing players etc. will change so I don't needed to continously upload loads of images to my photobuck – adds 30 minutes to the post – but I will try to detail everything that is needed to be known!)

Dermot O'Toibin


After dissappointing in the last season of Niko's reign, the sadden winger decided to call it a day on professional football. Since retiring, Dermot got married and dedicated to updating an old favourite video game and became an addict to collecting Transformers figures.

He is currently in rehab for his addiction.

Riley Bartley


After Paul Ince's sacking, Riley continued in his role as assistant manager at Chelsea under Neil Lennon. It is said that they bought have confrontations and is one reason why of Chelsea's demise – though that could be due to Roman Abramovich's sale of the club after he lost a bet over how many Russian dolls there was in a Russian casino.

Joel Power


Joel is still coaching, at Wolves. He still has a bed full of women and has been arrested on DUI, speeding and cocaine possesion – but was found non-guilty on all charges after seducing the female judges.

Anton Relikovic


Still hates his dad, and is still in Russia coaching.

Terrance Zannit

Zannit has failed to peak into his potential since leaving the Boltsky Stadium, after being average at Sheffield United, he moved to Luton for £375k but his arrogance made it hard for him to earn a first team role and was released after 3 seasons.

He was signed by Bradford City, where initially he did well last season playing 60 games, scoring 9 and creating 14 goals but has failed to reignite his form this season, starting only 3 games and substited on for 3 more.

He has requested to leave for a bigger team.

Volkan Ediz


Still a bad name in Newark, Ediz returned to America and has established himself within the MLS. After 7 years at FC Dallas, 210 games, scoring 22 goals, creating 66 goals from the right wing he then joined New England on a Bosman, helping them lead the East Conference table at the moment.


Ediz hopes to add the success he has found since leaving Newark and has moved on from his first few years in Newark-on-Trent.



Former Newark number one has had a hit and miss career since being sold to Charlton. After one season as number one in the sticks in his debut season, he found himself on the bench for the following two seasons, where his contract ended and he was signed to Notts County.

After yet another impressive debut season at his new club, he was soon bought by Leicester to be there number two for £230k. He has made only 13 games since joining them.



Liam Hatch's career has been on the rise ever since he left the Fearless Warrior's. After being bought by Derby for £500k, he has impressed in every club he has joined earning a single cap for Ireland.

He impressed massively at Derby and signed for West Ham for £850k. After 136 games for the Hammers, Liam controversially left for Queens Park Rangers for £900k as he wanted a new challenge. He failed to break into the side and a season later was on the move.


He has once again impressed in Ukraine at Dinamo Kiev for £1.8m and reports are wondering if he deserves to be called up for the national side once more. At 24 years old his future is bright! Though reports from Ukrainian media has circulated about his involvement in an underground bookies, though he vently denys this.

He is also seen with tape on his mouth due to his swearing habits.

Javier Hernandez

Javier has established himself in both the Mexican natonal side and the Argentinos defence, though he would have preferred the years before he joined where they won the Premier Division then mid-table.

Artur Vasily

The chairman's illegitimate son has found himself a team that has consistent used him to show his ability, after failing in his return to Newark and being released.

After scoring17 goals in 129 games in three seasons for Brighton, he was bought by promotion challenging West Ham in the First Divison for £400k, and establish himself as a key member for the midfield, making 62 games in the last two seasons.

The Eejit

It has been really hard for the former Captain since his move to Wales, only finding 19 games in two season away from Newark. The determinant Scotsman has continued his career as a model, signing a significant contract to face Lynx's new line of diodrant 'Marmalade'.

Eddy Wato

Wato relished this season for an otherwise dissappointing Barnsley, and is in and out of the Colombian national team. Playing 50 games this season, Wato has shown no sign of fatigue as it is reported he has recently signed with a publisher to release a series of books.

Squad and Stats

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Saturday 5th June 2010
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
23 Alba, Vicente D LC ESP 13.6.86 23 - - £8.25K 5.6.10 £4K
29 Barnes, Ronnie D RC ENG 17.12.87 22 - - £8.75K 13.6.13 £1.8M
27 Baz D/M LC WAL 10.10.84 25 23 - £14.75K 28.6.11 £2.1M
26 Benn, Stephen F RC ENG 25.9.90 19 - - £2.5K 20.5.11 £1.1M
6 BobMem D C CYP 4.3.81 29 40 2 £16.25K 10.6.13 £4M
45 Burrows, James D C ENG 9.12.92 17 - - £900 18.5.11 £300K
33 Clayton, Mark DM C ENG 21.2.81 29 - - £19.75K 23.6.14 £1.6M
28 Clifford, Billy M C ENG 18.10.81 28 - - £15.75K 14.6.15 £1.8M
- Cole, Jon M R ENG 25.5.91 19 - - £450 24.5.11 £160K
12 Crouch, Matthew GK ENG 6.10.90 19 - - £600 17.5.11 £140K
34 Davey, Kevin AM/F LC ENG 1.7.92 17 - - £600 25.5.11 £325K
- Edwards, Joe AM C WAL 2.11.90 19 - - £625 4.5.11 £275K
15 Ekstrand, Joel D RC SWE 10.12.78 31 56 - £39K 3.6.13 £4.5M
3 Enrique, Josι D L ESP 23.1.75 35 9 - £55K 24.6.10 £9K
- Fagan, Paul AM C IRL 8.10.90 19 - - £925 7.5.11 £275K
- Graham, Phil M L ENG 11.1.92 18 - - £525 20.5.11 £190K
- Grant, Alvin D/M C ENG 19.5.90 20 - - £475 9.5.11 £150K
10 Hemphill, Fraser DM RLC ENG 15.4.83 27 8 - £48.5K 8.6.14 £6M
17 Henderson, Mark D/AM RL ENG 25.5.86 24 - - £9.5K 7.6.13 £3.6M
18 Hoolihan, Roddy D LC IRL 10.5.83 27 30 - £19.75K 19.6.13 £5M
32 Hudson, Ronnie M RC ENG 26.8.90 19 - - £1.1K 5.5.11 £325K
- Jarrett, Mick AM L ENG 24.2.91 19 - - £725 7.5.11 £325K
- Kane, David M RC IRL 16.9.92 17 - - £475 17.5.11 £140K
9 Kowalinho F RLC POL 25.9.85 24 33 11 £19.25K 11.6.13 £4M
- Lawson, Micky AM R ENG 7.8.93 16 - - £625 14.6.11 £350K
24 Leach, Max AM RL ENG 14.11.90 19 - - £6.75K 28.6.14 £1.7M
20 Marcatti, Stefano AM RLC ITA 4.10.85 24 - - £12.75K 14.6.13 £3.7M
11 Marsh, Chris S C ENG 1.7.93 16 - - £725 16.5.11 £350K
25 McGuire, Glen S C ENG 1.8.89 20 - - £1.8K 6.5.11 £1.3M
- McNally, James S C ENG 2.4.93 17 - - £500 23.5.11 £230K
22 Mellor, James AM RLC ENG 24.11.89 20 - - £8.75K 16.6.15 £2M
30 Oswell, Jason D RC ENG 7.10.81 28 - - £1.1K 20.6.12 £1M
42 Rees, Danny D C WAL 1.1.92 18 - - £925 2.6.11 £250K
- Reid, Josh AM LC ENG 4.11.90 19 - - £650 26.5.11 £275K
21 Robinson, Jack D L ENG 1.9.82 27 - - £15.25K 14.6.14 £2.4M
4 Rowe, Roy D C ENG 25.8.91 18 - - £950 12.5.11 £200K
31 Saunders, Sam F LC WAL 1.8.91 18 3 1 £1K 9.5.11 £625K
- Senior, Luke M LC ENG 15.5.92 18 - - £700 28.5.11 £300K
8 Stott, Matthew F C ENG 20.1.90 20 - - £800 17.5.11 £450K
37 Sulonen, Hannu M C FIN 6.3.82 28 14 2 £19.75K 18.6.12 £4.7M
14 Tait, Dave GK SCO 7.11.87 22 1 - £5.75K 15.6.13 £2.1M
13 Trigg, Nathan D/DM RLC ENG 10.6.87 22 - - £7.25K 21.6.12 £2.5M
16 Van der Voom, Henrik F RLC ENG 17.8.83 26 - - £20K 9.6.12 £6M
7 Whelan, Warren M RC ENG 12.3.90 20 - - £3.6K 16.6.12 £2.8M
1 Wood, John GK ENG 25.8.83 26 4 - £11K 20.6.13 £4.5M
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo S C ITA 31.12.84 25 - - £60K 11.5.15 £9.5M

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Saturday 5th June 2010
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2009/0 Senior Club Stats
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Apps Gls Con Pens Asts Yel Red MoM Av R
23 Alba, Vicente 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.25
29 Barnes, Ronnie 29 (7) 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 7.19
27 Baz 15 (4) 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 7.00
26 Benn, Stephen 7 (1) 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.75
6 BobMem 24 (6) 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 7.47
45 Burrows, James - - - - - - - - ----
33 Clayton, Mark 5 (6) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6.45
28 Clifford, Billy 5 (5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.30
- Cole, Jon - - - - - - - - ----
12 Crouch, Matthew - - - - - - - - ----
34 Davey, Kevin 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
- Edwards, Joe - - - - - - - - ----
15 Ekstrand, Joel 38 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 7.21
3 Enrique, Josι 10 (2) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.92
- Fagan, Paul - - - - - - - - ----
- Graham, Phil - - - - - - - - ----
- Grant, Alvin - - - - - - - - ----
10 Hemphill, Fraser 38 (1) 2 0 0 4 4 2 3 6.92
17 Henderson, Mark 37 (1) 3 0 1 (1) 6 1 0 0 6.92
18 Hoolihan, Roddy 38 0 0 0 1 9 0 5 7.71
32 Hudson, Ronnie 0 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.00
- Jarrett, Mick - - - - - - - - ----
- Kane, David - - - - - - - - ----
9 Kowalinho 8 (20) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.71
- Lawson, Micky - - - - - - - - ----
24 Leach, Max 17 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 6.59
20 Marcatti, Stefano 11 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.93
11 Marsh, Chris 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
25 McGuire, Glen 6 (7) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.69
- McNally, James - - - - - - - - ----
22 Mellor, James 10 (3) 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6.85
30 Oswell, Jason 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
42 Rees, Danny - - - - - - - - ----
- Reid, Josh - - - - - - - - ----
21 Robinson, Jack 15 (7) 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.95
4 Rowe, Roy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
31 Saunders, Sam 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
- Senior, Luke - - - - - - - - ----
8 Stott, Matthew 1 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
37 Sulonen, Hannu 42 (1) 5 0 2 (2) 10 3 1 3 7.30
14 Tait, Dave 7 (2) 0 8 0 0 1 0 0 7.44
13 Trigg, Nathan 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7.07
16 Van der Voom, Henrik 34 (1) 8 0 0 4 1 0 2 7.14
7 Whelan, Warren 23 (6) 4 0 0 4 5 0 2 7.14
1 Wood, John 40 0 36 0 0 0 2 0 7.28
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo 42 16 0 0 2 6 0 6 7.62

Full Fixtures

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Saturday 27th March 2010
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2009/0 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
19.7.09 Marseille FRA A Friendly 2:0 -----
24.7.09 Fluminense BRA H Friendly 2:1 -----
26.7.09 Portsmouth A Friendly 1:2 -----
29.7.09 Reading A Friendly 1:2 -----
29.8.09 Swansea A Premier Division 1:1 23993 Sulonen
12.9.09 Man Utd A Premier Division 0:3 66105
19.9.09 Chelsea H Premier Division 0:4 23340
23.9.09 Barnet A League Cup 2nd Rnd 1:0 5988 Zbimg 3
26.9.09 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 0:2 13834
4.10.09 Blackburn H Premier Division 2:0 23378 Hemphill, Van der Voom
7.10.09 Cardiff H Premier Division 0:1 23351
14.10.09 Arsenal A Premier Division 0:2 52568
24.10.09 Sunderland H Premier Division 1:0 23343 Zbimg
31.10.09 Middlesbrough A Premier Division 2:0 32537 Van der Voom, Zbimg
4.11.09 Arsenal A League Cup 3rd Rnd 2:1 51585 McGuire, Leach
7.11.09 Charlton H Premier Division 0:1 24093
11.11.09 Portsmouth A League Cup 4th Rnd 0:2 15979
15.11.09 Liverpool A Premier Division 0:1 39400
21.11.09 West Brom H Premier Division 2:0 24543 Zbimg, Sulonen
28.11.09 Newcastle A Premier Division 1:1 45754 Zbimg
2.12.09 Watford A Premier Division 2:0 25002 Zbimg, BobMem
5.12.09 Fulham H Premier Division 0:0 23354
13.12.09 Tottenham H Premier Division 5:1 23371 Sulonen pen, Zbimg, Henderson pen, Van der Voom 2
16.12.09 Man City H Premier Division 0:2 23362
19.12.09 Birmingham H Premier Division 2:1 23361 Zbimg, Van der Voom
26.12.09 Norwich A Premier Division 0:1 23893
28.12.09 Arsenal H Premier Division 0:0 23364
2.1.10 Man City A Premier Division 0:2 34365
5.1.10 Man Utd H Premier Division 0:1 23386
9.1.10 West Ham H FA Cup 3rd Rnd 1:0 4525 Whelan
16.1.10 Cardiff A Premier Division 1:0 23729 Zbimg
23.1.10 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 1:1 23942 Benn
30.1.10 Birmingham A FA Cup 4th Rnd 1:1 11097 Van der Voom
3.2.10 Chelsea A Premier Division 1:0 36716 Zbimg
6.2.10 Swansea H Premier Division 3:0 23387 Van der Voom 2, Sulonen pen, Zbimg
10.2.10 Birmingham H FA Cup 4th Rnd Replay 0:0 4330
15.2.10 Blackburn A Premier Division 1:0 24793 Kowalinho
20.2.10 Derby A FA Cup 5th Rnd 1:1 28908 Baz
27.2.10 Watford H Premier Division 0:1 25397
3.3.10 Derby H FA Cup 5th Rnd Replay 2:0 7924 Stott 2, Hudson
7.3.10 Sunderland A Premier Division 2:2 42458 Zbimg, Whelan
20.3.10 Newcastle H Premier Division 0:3 23368
24.3.10 Millwall H FA Cup Qtr Final 0:1 15201
3.4.10 Charlton A Premier Division --- -----
10.4.10 Middlesbrough H Premier Division --- -----
17.4.10 West Brom A Premier Division --- -----
21.4.10 Norwich H Premier Division --- -----
24.4.10 Fulham A Premier Division --- -----
1.5.10 Liverpool H Premier Division --- -----
8.5.10 Birmingham A Premier Division --- -----
23.5.10 Tottenham A Premier Division --- -----

So after three and a half years, Mark Hughes has failed to come close to the success that his predecessor had made. After inconsistent performances, lack of a team identity and investment it was a bitter end to his reign as manager – though he did get a good severance package.

Now it is time for Chris Powell to show his worth!

Will he be the one to replicate the success? Was he signed as a precaution of relegation with his success in promoting teams? Will he be able to be up for the challenge and succeed?

We'll have to wait and see, in the next – A Golden and Fearless Ambition!

13-07-15, 05:48 PM
Season 5!


It was judgement time for the new boss, Chris Powell, after taking over at the end of December from Mark Hughes – who had moved to West Brom just a month after his dismissal – and to test himself in the Premier League after years of bringing success from the Championship.

After salvaging the teams form to earn them decent finish and shot of playing in Europe, in which the Fearless Warriors and Powell pounced on:


From the Inter-Yoto Final to the UEFA Cup Seni Final, Newark battled through to continue there dream of once again lifting a trophy, which had seemed so hard for the fans after the changes of misfortune. But, with what could be said as an 'easy lead', Newark had failed in both chances against the better opposition with two losses against Italian Giants Inter.

Though a shadow of their former-selves, Inter had won the Uefa Cup in three occasions in the last 10 years and looked dedicated to make it four! But, instead they turned up as Runer-Ups after being demolished by Italian Champions Juvenetus 1-4.

The one area that Powell showed incredible promise was the clubs clutch run for domestic cup success in the FA Cup, and now he had two chances:


Which was once again eluded them.

After a promising run in the Inter-Toto and early rounds of the Uefa Cup, it seemed there was a European hangover on the team as they failed to pass the 4th Round in the League Cup after being beaten by last season's FA Cup winner QPR on penalties.

Powell did redeem himself by meeting and succeeding last season's FA Cup by getting all the way to the Semi-Final!

However they were once again shown up against a competent side, this time it was eventual winner Fulham.

But things werent as grand as one would think when it came down to it, with numerous players being linked to leaving, and/or doing so:


And with only one player coming in, it was all becoming too much for the fans, who started to raise questions, especially with the performance of the team in the Legaue:


The team had become jokes of themselves.

Players leaving, a incompetent manager who did well in cups but suffered in the league, and a lack of emergency in replacing players.

In the end, when the club sat just two places above the relegation zone, Yermolai finally pulled the trigger:


With only one game of the season, their was only one question that was people's lips: who is the next manager?

And soon a Mangerial Shortlist was created by fans!

Managerial Shortlist

David Moyes


Though his Swansea side was relegated, Moyes was seen for being a manager with experience that could help re-establish the team in the Premier League and build for the future with the club's impressive academy.

The club had already risked everything with an inexperience manager, and Moyes had a wealth of experience from Arsenal, West Brom, back to Everton, Birmingham and to Swanea, Moyes had all the best kind of experience that could help prove decisive.

Eddie Howe


The 44-year old Fulham manager had become the impressive man behind the sudden rise of Fulham, after winning the FA Cup and League Cup this season and establishing a top ten fininsh.

Howe was again experienced, with Burnley and Birmingham – thought a short stint – within the Premier League, he knew how to build a team and create a Cup winning side and with hi young age, he could be a long-term option for the side. Though, if the club could convince the happy man to leave Fulham would be another thing.

Andre Villas Boas


AVB was a more realistic option for the Fearless Warriors as he has been out of the management game since 2008 after resigning from Tottenham. But it was his job at Tottenham that made some of the Fearless Warriors wanting him to be the new face at Boltsy Stadium.

He had turned them into Premier League Winners and League Cup champions and established them as a top Four side. It was the work of AVB that had laid the foundation for the exceptional high places Spurs had finished since.

But the problem was, would AVB come to a club like Newark? And if the club could afford his wages.

Resurrect Niko Bergstrom


A couple of fans of the occult mentioned about possibly resurrecting the late-great manager Niko Bergstrom, based upon the success of bringing Michael Jackson zombie back to life, some actually took the option to heart.

They even mentioned how it would be cheaper to sacrifice people in the town to feed to the zombie Niko as a wage other then money, which wouldn't matter to the undead.

Zander Champman


A local hero in the building.

Zander Champman, born as Zander Hugo Champion-Maker, was the former Youth coach at the club under Niko. He was only 25 when he started at the club, and helped establish the impressive youth that had started to come through, and soon became Head of Youth at 28.

A rather quiet man, Zander did his work with discretion and hard-work, but left the club a year into Mark Hughes reign. Upset at how he saw the club ran, he left to become a coach at Burton Albion. Which after four years, and the club being bottom of the Conference was given the manager's job.

The now 35 year old turned the clubs efforts around, changing a 'Most Games Lost in a Row' of 8, into 'Most Games without Losing' of 29 games – the amount he had managed since his appointment – and helping the club finish 3rd with only 9 points off from matching the leaders Hereford.

The attacking display of the team – only the second team to match or better Newark's scoring record – and the fact he was able to turn the club's fortune around in a such a short while had people thought of him as Niko's true succesor.

But, he's only 8 months of experience, age of 35, managing in the Conference and the loyalty he has are just some of the problems pointed out.

In the end, it was a shock replacement – despite one of the people on the list's application for the job – in the shape of a former English international.


The announcement of his appointment shocked the fans massively due to his inexperience and the level he had come from.


Third Division?


Only his SECOND Job?

It all mounted for yet another failure of a manager!


In the end the club finished 16th, and had three Niko era players left, after Kowalinho's second exit from the club to Turkey


And the club's top goalscorer this season leaving for the Champions


And an inecperience manager. It all looked to be a sinking ship. There was one plus though


The all-time top scorer had stayed loyal, but he would need to find the form he had under Niko.

Squad and Stats

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 2nd June 2011
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
- Allen, Gavin M RC ENG 23.2.92 19 - - £825 19.5.12 £325K
29 Barnes, Ronnie D RC ENG 17.12.87 23 - - £8.75K 13.6.13 £1.5M
12 Benn, Stephen F RC ENG 25.9.90 20 - - £2.8K 4.5.12 £1.1M
6 BobMem D C CYP 4.3.81 30 47 2 £16.25K 10.6.13 £3.5M
11 Bryan, Kris S C ENG 22.7.93 17 - - £775 25.5.12 £425K
5 Burrows, James D C ENG 9.12.92 18 - - £2K 5.5.12 £625K
- Clark, Josh M R ENG 30.9.92 18 - - £500 4.5.12 £110K
33 Clayton, Mark DM C ENG 21.2.81 30 - - £19.75K 23.6.14 £1.6M
31 Clifford, Billy M C ENG 18.10.81 29 - - £15.75K 14.6.15 £2.3M
- Cohen, Sam D/DM L ENG 1.11.93 17 - - £425 14.5.12 £70K
- Cole, Jon M R ENG 25.5.91 20 - - £500 19.5.12 £190K
- Crouch, Matthew GK ENG 6.10.90 20 - - £600 Rolling Free
30 Davey, Kevin AM/F LC ENG 1.7.92 18 - - £750 11.5.12 £575K
- Edwards, Joe AM C WAL 2.11.90 20 - - £625 Rolling Free
15 Ekstrand, Joel D RC SWE 10.12.78 32 62 - £39K 3.6.13 £3.1M
26 Fagan, Paul AM C IRL 8.10.90 20 - - £1K 10.5.12 £375K
- Graham, Phil M L ENG 11.1.92 19 - - £600 23.5.12 £170K
- Grant, Alvin D/M C ENG 19.5.90 21 - - £475 Rolling Free
10 Hemphill, Fraser DM RLC ENG 15.4.83 28 14 - £48.5K 8.6.14 £4.8M
17 Henderson, Mark D/AM RL ENG 25.5.86 25 - - £9.5K 7.6.13 £4.3M
18 Hoolihan, Roddy D LC IRL 10.5.83 28 36 - £19.75K 19.6.13 £4.4M
22 Hudson, Ronnie M RC ENG 26.8.90 20 - - £1.2K 5.5.12 £350K
- Jarrett, Mick AM L ENG 24.2.91 20 - - £800 18.5.12 £350K
- Kane, David M RC IRL 16.9.92 18 - - £500 15.5.12 £120K
9 Kowalinho F RLC POL 25.9.85 25 37 12 £19.25K 11.6.13 £3.7M
28 Lawson, Micky AM R ENG 7.8.93 17 - - £700 10.5.12 £375K
24 Leach, Max AM RL ENG 14.11.90 20 - - £6.75K 28.6.14 £2.1M
20 Marcatti, Stefano AM RLC ITA 4.10.85 25 - - £12.75K 14.6.13 £2.1M
36 Marsh, Chris S C ENG 1.7.93 17 - - £775 15.5.12 £350K
- Marsh, Glen F LC ENG 15.10.94 16 - - £425 7.5.12 £250K
25 McGuire, Glen S C ENG 1.8.89 21 - - £2.7K 14.5.12 £1.8M
38 McNally, James S C ENG 2.4.93 18 - - £550 8.5.12 £210K
32 Mellor, James AM RLC ENG 24.11.89 21 - - £8.75K 16.6.15 £2.1M
2 Oswell, Jason D RC ENG 7.10.81 29 - - £1.1K 20.6.12 £775K
34 Pepper, Connor AM L ENG 28.2.92 19 - - £1K 3.5.12 £575K
41 Porter, Neil GK ENG 17.4.93 18 - - £625 24.5.12 £180K
4 Rees, Danny D C WAL 1.1.92 19 - - £1.2K 5.5.12 £500K
39 Reid, Josh AM LC ENG 4.11.90 20 - - £650 Rolling Free
37 Reznik, Radim D R CZE 20.1.78 33 24 1 £17.5K 25.5.12 £1.6M
21 Robinson, Jack D L ENG 1.9.82 28 - - £15.25K 14.6.14 £2.5M
23 Saunders, Sam F LC WAL 1.8.91 19 4 1 £1.2K 27.5.12 £675K
40 Senior, Luke M LC ENG 15.5.92 19 - - £775 7.5.12 £250K
8 Stott, Matthew F C ENG 20.1.90 21 - - £6.25K 19.5.16 £2.1M
14 Tait, Dave GK SCO 7.11.87 23 3 - £5.75K 15.6.13 £1.5M
13 Trigg, Nathan D/DM RLC ENG 10.6.87 23 - - £9.5K 28.5.15 £2.5M
16 Van der Voom, Henrik F RLC ENG 17.8.83 27 1 - £20K 9.6.12 £7M
35 Walsh, Gareth AM/F L IRL 15.3.94 17 - - £575 11.5.12 £275K
7 Whelan, Warren M RC ENG 12.3.90 21 - - £65K 21.5.16 £3.5M
1 Wood, John GK ENG 25.8.83 27 4 - £11K 20.6.13 £4.5M
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo S C ITA 31.12.84 26 1 - £60K 28.5.16 £9.75M

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 2nd June 2011
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2010/1 Senior Club Stats
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Apps Gls Con Pens Asts Yel Red MoM Av R
- Allen, Gavin - - - - - - - - ----
29 Barnes, Ronnie 19 (10) 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 6.97
12 Benn, Stephen 3 (2) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7.00
6 BobMem 25 (7) 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 7.38
11 Bryan, Kris - - - - - - - - ----
5 Burrows, James 8 (3) 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 6.82
- Clark, Josh - - - - - - - - ----
33 Clayton, Mark 5 (7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.58
31 Clifford, Billy 12 (2) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.07
- Cohen, Sam - - - - - - - - ----
- Cole, Jon - - - - - - - - ----
- Crouch, Matthew - - - - - - - - ----
30 Davey, Kevin 0 (7) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.71
- Edwards, Joe - - - - - - - - ----
15 Ekstrand, Joel 45 2 0 1 (1) 2 8 1 1 7.31
26 Fagan, Paul 2 (2) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.50
- Graham, Phil - - - - - - - - ----
- Grant, Alvin - - - - - - - - ----
10 Hemphill, Fraser 49 3 0 0 10 5 0 2 7.00
17 Henderson, Mark 38 (7) 5 0 2 (2) 2 4 0 1 7.02
18 Hoolihan, Roddy 46 (1) 2 0 0 0 12 1 4 7.23
22 Hudson, Ronnie 1 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.50
- Jarrett, Mick - - - - - - - - ----
- Kane, David - - - - - - - - ----
9 Kowalinho 11 (16) 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 6.93
28 Lawson, Micky 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
24 Leach, Max 26 (5) 2 0 0 5 0 0 1 7.06
20 Marcatti, Stefano 27 (7) 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 6.71
36 Marsh, Chris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
- Marsh, Glen - - - - - - - - ----
25 McGuire, Glen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
38 McNally, James - - - - - - - - ----
32 Mellor, James 7 (4) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.55
2 Oswell, Jason 9 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.91
34 Pepper, Connor 6 (7) 2 0 0 3 1 0 2 6.85
41 Porter, Neil - - - - - - - - ----
4 Rees, Danny 1 (7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
39 Reid, Josh 1 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 8.00
37 Reznik, Radim 23 1 0 1 (1) 2 2 0 1 7.22
21 Robinson, Jack 30 (4) 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 7.26
23 Saunders, Sam 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
40 Senior, Luke 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
8 Stott, Matthew 3 (7) 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 7.40
14 Tait, Dave 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
13 Trigg, Nathan 37 (2) 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 6.97
16 Van der Voom, Henrik 52 19 0 0 2 3 0 5 7.38
35 Walsh, Gareth - - - - - - - - ----
7 Whelan, Warren 35 (2) 5 0 0 9 2 0 3 7.11
1 Wood, John 63 0 67 0 1 1 0 2 7.00
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo 55 13 0 0 2 3 0 3 7.67


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 2nd June 2011
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2010/1 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
17.7.10 Waasland-Beveren BEL H Inter-Toto Cup 3rd Rnd Leg 1 1:1 -----
24.7.10 Waasland-Beveren BEL A Inter-Toto Cup 3rd Rnd Leg 2 3:0 -----
28.7.10 Karpaty UKR A Inter-Toto Cup Semi Final Leg 1:0 21823 Zbimg 2
4.8.10 Karpaty UKR H Inter-Toto Cup Semi Final Leg 2:0 16753 Kowalinho 2, Zbimg
10.8.10 Sibenik CRO H Inter-Toto Cup Final Leg 1 3:1 16764 Ekstrand, Sulonen, Van der Voom
21.8.10 Watford H Premier Division 1:1 25578 Marcatti
24.8.10 Sibenik CRO A Inter-Toto Cup Final Leg 2 1:2 10776 Leach
28.8.10 Derby H Premier Division 5:1 23341 Sulonen, Hemphill, Van der Voom 3
11.9.10 Bristol City H Premier Division 3:2 25761 Zbimg, Van der Voom, Whelan
16.9.10 Vardar MKD A UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 1 2:0 18167 Fagan, Kowalinho
19.9.10 Newcastle A Premier Division 0:1 45687
25.9.10 Man City H Premier Division 2:1 23363 Henderson 2 (1 pen)
30.9.10 Vardar MKD H UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 2 2:0 7947 Leach, Fagan
3.10.10 Cardiff A Premier Division 0:1 23752
6.10.10 West Brom A Premier Division 0:1 23059
16.10.10 Chelsea H Premier Division 1:1 23340 Van der Voom
21.10.10 Metalist Kharkiv UKR H UEFA Cup 2nd Rnd Leg 1 2:1 7931 Henderson 2 (1 pen)
24.10.10 Arsenal A Premier Division 0:1 52608
27.10.10 Leeds H League Cup 3rd Rnd 3:1 5477 Pepper 2, Hudson
30.10.10 Bolton H Premier Division 2:0 23346 Van der Voom 2
4.11.10 Metalist Kharkiv UKR A UEFA Cup 2nd Rnd Leg 2 1:1 17107 Sulonen
7.11.10 Norwich A Premier Division 2:1 23888 Zbimg 2
10.11.10 Q.P.R. H League Cup 4th Rnd 1:1 4762 McGuire
14.11.10 Liverpool A Premier Division 0:0 39559
20.11.10 Fulham H Premier Division 1:0 23386 Hoolihan
25.11.10 Rubin RUS A UEFA Cup 3rd Rnd Leg 1 1:0 19674 Kowalinho
28.11.10 Sunderland A Premier Division 3:4 42435 Van der Voom, Sulonen pen, Hemphill
5.12.10 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 2:2 23598 Hemphill, Hoolihan
9.12.10 Rubin RUS H UEFA Cup 3rd Rnd Leg 2 0:0 13974
12.12.10 Swansea A Premier Division 0:0 24980
20.12.10 Man Utd H Premier Division 1:1 23386 Zbimg
22.12.10 Tottenham A Premier Division 1:3 32042 Zbimg
26.12.10 Watford A Premier Division 2:2 24981 Robinson, Van der Voom
28.12.10 West Brom H Premier Division 0:0 24533
1.1.11 Bristol City A Premier Division 1:3 21620 Zbimg
5.1.11 Blackburn A Premier Division 1:1 24942 Zbimg
8.1.11 Millwall A FA Cup 3rd Rnd 2:1 7669 Whelan 2
15.1.11 Blackburn H Premier Division 2:2 23360 Van der Voom 2
22.1.11 Derby A Premier Division 0:2 29837
29.1.11 Wigan H FA Cup 4th Rnd 1:0 4502 Clifford
2.2.11 Cardiff H Premier Division 1:0 23364 Van der Voom
5.2.11 Chelsea A Premier Division 0:1 36729
12.2.11 Newcastle H Premier Division 0:2 23368
19.2.11 Leicester A FA Cup 5th Rnd 1:0 19439 Zbimg
26.2.11 Man City A Premier Division 2:5 28101 Zbimg, Henderson
3.3.11 Red Star SRB H UEFA Cup 4th Rnd Leg 1 3:1 16749 Stott 3
6.3.11 Norwich H Premier Division 2:2 26019 Whelan, Van der Voom
10.3.11 Red Star SRB A UEFA Cup 4th Rnd Leg 2 2:0 19157 Van der Voom 2
12.3.11 Chelsea H FA Cup Qtr Final 1:0 13970 Van der Voom
17.3.11 Q.P.R. A UEFA Cup Qtr Final Leg 1 1:0 9176 Zbimg
20.3.11 Bolton A Premier Division 0:1 25165
24.3.11 Q.P.R. H UEFA Cup Qtr Final Leg 2 0:0 14572
2.4.11 Arsenal H Premier Division 0:0 23341
7.4.11 Inter ITA H UEFA Cup Semi Final Leg 1 0:1 13999
10.4.11 Fulham N FA Cup Semi Final 1:2 42030 Kowalinho
13.4.11 Liverpool H Premier Division 2:3 23347 Clifford, Zbimg
16.4.11 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 1:1 9145 Reznik pen
21.4.11 Inter ITA A UEFA Cup Semi Final Leg 2 0:1 65614
24.4.11 Fulham A Premier Division 0:2 22976
30.4.11 Swansea H Premier Division 0:1 23368
4.5.11 Sunderland H Premier Division 1:0 23342 Van der Voom
7.5.11 Man Utd A Premier Division 1:1 66169 Clifford
22.5.11 Tottenham H Premier Division 1:3 23365 Benn


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 2nd June 2011
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2010/1 Transfers
================================================== ==============================================

Date Player In From Fee
21.12.10 Radim Reznik Everton £1M

Date Player Out To Fee
17.6.10 Vicente Alba Levante Bos
30.7.10 Roy Rowe Everton £130K
8.8.10 Josι Enrique Released Free
9.12.10 Glen McGuire Charlton Loan
15.12.10 Hannu Sulonen Roma £3.5M
9.3.11 Baz Wolves £230K

So would it all work out? Would Parker be the manager to turn around everything? Will the club lose anymore players?

We'll have to wait and see – in the next A Golden and Fearless Ambition!

23-07-15, 04:47 AM
Season 6!


It was time for the debut season of the 3rd manager in charge of Newark Athletic since long-term manager Niko Bergstrom left. It was former England international Scott Parker. A relatively new manager, after finding success in the Third Division with Oldham, was a shocked appointment to the Fearless Warriors fans.

And it was this lack of experience that haunted Parker from day one...


The season was what most fans would have thought, with the sale of Van der Voom, there was a lack of goals after yet another manager failed to get the best out of Lorenzo Zbimg and found themselves spending most of the season in the lower-half of the table.


And, despite the fact there was calls for him to continued to be sacked, Yermolai seemed confident in Parker's ability to turn the form around.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/Bogus_1_2008/FW%206/Parker%20vote%20of%20confidence%2018.2_zpskmnxw8ez .png

But unlike his predecessor, Parker failed to turn the club's league demise into a positive cup run, as neither in the League Cup or the FA Cup was able to pass to the final stages.


And once again, there was no importance of replacing the out-going players, with only two players coming in for the 4 that had lost this season, and not even the five players that left last season – 3 f which were once integral parts to the 'Glory' years.

================================================== ==============================================
2011/2 Transfers
================================================== ==============================================

Date Player In From Fee
1.7.11 Simon Fox Spartak Moscow £2.1M
11.10.11 Ross Short Derby £6M

Date Player Out To Fee
3.6.11 Kowalinho Trabzonspor £2.3M
6.6.11 Joe Edwards Released Free
11.6.11 Alvin Grant Released Free
19.6.11 Matthew Crouch Released Free
28.6.11 Josh Reid Released Free
1.7.11 Henrik Van der Voom Man Utd £4.2M
17.9.11 Stephen Benn West Ham £450K
5.11.11 Connor Pepper Notts Co Loan
15.12.11 Stefano Marcatti Verona £2.2M

In the end, and despite his best efforts with a run for a top ten finish, the inevitble finally happened.


His replacement was a manager that had a long break from football after a international job.


And with only one game to manage, Johnsen was able to make sure that the club finished in 10th and hoping that it would be a fourth time lucky in order to find success.


Where Are They Now...?!

Zander Champman


Former Head of Youth and a protege of Niko Bergstrom, Zander Champman's managerial career has leaped after an impressive debut half season. After successfully turning then-relegation fighting Burton Albion into the 3rd place finishers in six months, Zander then got even more successful by winning the Conference as well as the Trophy that eluded Niko – the FA Trophy – while also decrementing all the records that Newark had established, including scoring 120 goals throughout the season.

A new young rising manager, Newark fans have been keeping a close eye on what they call the 'Natural Niko Replacement', though Zander's defined 'loyalty' is one thing that might stop him from leaving.

The Eejit


Entering into his early thirties, The Eejit has had another dissapointing season in most sense but also good in other ways. Though he still is finding splinters in his bum in Wales and making 12 appearances off the bench all season, he is now a capped Scotsman, making odd games over the past two years – his first at the age of 29 against Lithuania – he has established himself as a media face. Modelling the highly successful ' Lynx Marmalade', he has started to persuade an acting career in an action-comedy film 'Mascot Massacre 4: Kingsley's Knights' in the role of 'Kingsley', with mixed critical reviews but with a large Mascot following, he has a new goal: Hollywood.

Terrance Zannit

'Oh dammit, Zannit!'

A famous headline from Southend's ex-manager Paul Cox after the 27 year old requested to leave after finding regular gaming time in his two seasons at Root's Hall. Though with an average of 6.73 and 6.83, not many buyers were about and he did a U-turn since Stuart Tilson was hired in April.

But rumours surround that Zander's Burton Albion have put a bid in for the controversial winger.

Hannu Sulonen

After making only a single appearance in his debut season for the Serie A side Roma, for a hefty price of £3.5m, Sulonen has established himself as an important part in the side. 26 games and 4 goals, the 30 year old looks set to say for the long haul in Italy.



After two and a half seasons as a player-bookie in Ukraine, after playing 68 games for Dinamo Kiev and with police reportedly sniffing around it was time for the Irish interantional to move away. Away to Germany to Hannover 96 for £2.3m, and the 26 year old struggled at first but as established himself in the German defence.

His next challenge: break into the Irish international team.

Eddy Wato


After 169 appearances and three season at Barnsley the Columbian star has called it quits. Instead, he has joined Premier League relegation side Bristol City for £1.5 million. The fan favourite had become acquanted to life at Oakwell, but after the success of his first book, wanted a bigger challenge.

He is the second most-capped player from the Niko era, with only BobMem beating him with 53 caps, though he is one year younger.



It seems that since his second tenure at Newark, Kowalinho has lost his finishing touch. The once megastar, with a supermodel agent, fell out of favour since Niko's death and his goals started to dry up. After moving to Turkey, it seemed to be the same for the Polish international (40 caps, 13 goals) after 22 games and scoring only 5 goals.


With his goal scoring record being most accounted to the lower leagues of English football, it seems the 26 year old might not meet the relishes of prolificness of Cristiano Ronaldo or a Lionel Messi, or even his former team-mate Lorenzo Zbimg. And to make matters worse, his latest 'one' was caught cheating with A Mini Chamelon, to which he stood on.

Prompting witness to say: 'Oh My Gawd! He killed AMC!' and his 'one' to respond: 'It's over, b:censored!'.

But he still loves being in Turkey, and is optimistic that his peak years are still in front of him.



Since joining up with former coach Joel Power at Wolves for a reasonable £230k halfway through the 2010/11 season, Baz has established himself as first choice the left-back. Making 56 appearances in a season and a half, he has continued to develop away from the Boltsky Stadium – despite Power dismissal – though Wolves have been struggling this season.

At 27 years old and 26 caps, maybe he is in line to replace the 33 year old Gareth Bale, only Chris Coleman will now.

Squad Stats!

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Wednesday 23rd May 2012
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
- Allen, Gavin M RC ENG 23.2.92 20 - - £925 7.6.13 £350K
26 Baines, Jason D C ENG 20.1.94 18 - - £525 21.6.13 £170K
29 Barnes, Ronnie D RC ENG 17.12.87 24 - - £8.75K 13.6.13 £1.8M
6 BobMem D C CYP 4.3.81 31 53 2 £16.25K 10.6.13 £2.2M
9 Bryan, Kris S C ENG 22.7.93 18 - - £1.3K 25.6.13 £725K
5 Burrows, James D C ENG 9.12.92 19 - - £7.25K 4.6.17 £1.4M
27 Buxton, Chris M/F L ENG 31.12.95 16 - - £950 23.6.13 £375K
- Clark, Josh M R ENG 30.9.92 19 - - £550 6.6.13 £130K
33 Clayton, Mark DM C ENG 21.2.81 31 - - £19.75K 23.6.14 £1.5M
31 Clifford, Billy M C ENG 18.10.81 30 - - £15.75K 14.6.15 £1.9M
- Cohen, Sam D/DM L ENG 1.11.93 18 - - £475 4.6.13 £70K
- Cole, Jon M R ENG 25.5.91 20 - - £500 Rolling Free
12 Davey, Kevin AM/F LC ENG 1.7.92 19 - - £2.3K 20.6.13 £925K
15 Ekstrand, Joel D RC SWE 10.12.78 33 68 - £39K 3.6.13 £1.4M
3 Evans, Robert D LC WAL 19.12.93 18 - - £925 14.6.13 £240K
20 Fagan, Paul AM C IRL 8.10.90 21 - - £1K Rolling Free
16 Fox, Simon M C ENG 30.3.85 27 - - £9.5K 6.5.16 £4.3M
- Gosling, Jeff S C ENG 19.10.94 17 - - £400 5.6.13 £180K
- Graham, Phil M L ENG 11.1.92 20 - - £600 Rolling £1K
10 Hemphill, Fraser DM RLC ENG 15.4.83 29 16 - £48.5K 8.6.14 £4.7M
17 Henderson, Mark D/AM RL ENG 25.5.86 25 - - £9.5K 7.6.13 £3.2M
18 Hoolihan, Roddy D LC IRL 10.5.83 29 43 - £36.5K 13.6.16 £4.8M
22 Hudson, Ronnie M RC ENG 26.8.90 21 - - £1.2K Rolling Free
- Jarrett, Mick AM L ENG 24.2.91 21 - - £800 Rolling Free
- Kane, David M RC IRL 16.9.92 19 - - £550 9.6.13 £140K
32 Lawson, Micky AM R ENG 7.8.93 18 - - £775 2.6.13 £350K
24 Leach, Max AM RL ENG 14.11.90 21 - - £6.75K 28.6.14 £2.7M
11 Marsh, Chris S C ENG 1.7.93 18 - - £850 4.6.13 £450K
34 Marsh, Glen F LC ENG 15.10.94 17 - - £525 9.6.13 £275K
25 McGuire, Glen S C ENG 1.8.89 22 - - £8.5K 14.6.16 £3.3M
38 McNally, James S C ENG 2.4.93 19 - - £600 28.6.13 £230K
28 Mellor, James AM RLC ENG 24.11.89 22 - - £8.75K 16.6.15 £2.4M
2 Oswell, Jason D RC ENG 7.10.81 30 - - £1.1K 20.6.12 £60K
35 Pepper, Connor AM L ENG 28.2.92 20 - - £1.8K 16.6.13 £1.1M
- Porter, Neil GK ENG 17.4.93 19 - - £675 15.6.13 £200K
4 Rees, Danny D C WAL 1.1.92 20 3 1 £8K 6.6.16 £2.8M
41 Roberts, Craig AM L WAL 26.6.93 18 - - £400 7.6.13 £120K
21 Robinson, Jack D L ENG 1.9.82 29 - - £15.25K 14.6.14 £2.5M
23 Saunders, Sam F LC WAL 1.8.91 20 6 1 £1.2K 27.5.12 £10K
- Senior, Luke M LC ENG 15.5.92 20 - - £850 27.6.13 £250K
30 Short, Ross GK ENG 8.9.89 22 - - £11.25K 15.6.16 £2.4M
8 Stott, Matthew F C ENG 20.1.90 22 - - £6.25K 19.5.16 £3.2M
14 Tait, Dave GK SCO 7.11.87 24 8 - £5.75K 15.6.13 £1M
13 Trigg, Nathan D/DM RLC ENG 10.6.87 24 - - £9.5K 28.5.15 £2.7M
- Walsh, Gareth AM/F L IRL 15.3.94 18 - - £650 27.6.13 £300K
7 Whelan, Warren M RC ENG 12.3.90 22 1 - £65K 21.5.16 £5.5M
1 Wood, John GK ENG 25.8.83 28 4 - £19.5K 28.6.16 £4.2M
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo S C ITA 31.12.84 27 3 - £60K 28.5.16 £9.25M

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Wednesday 23rd May 2012
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2011/2 Senior Club Stats
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Apps Gls Con Pens Asts Yel Red MoM Av R
- Allen, Gavin - - - - - - - - ----
26 Baines, Jason - - - - - - - - ----
29 Barnes, Ronnie 9 (5) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.86
6 BobMem 12 (3) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6.87
9 Bryan, Kris 1 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.50
5 Burrows, James 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6.60
27 Buxton, Chris 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
- Clark, Josh - - - - - - - - ----
33 Clayton, Mark 2 (7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.33
31 Clifford, Billy 12 (7) 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 6.89
- Cohen, Sam - - - - - - - - ----
- Cole, Jon - - - - - - - - ----
12 Davey, Kevin 4 (20) 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.71
15 Ekstrand, Joel 13 (6) 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 6.89
3 Evans, Robert 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
20 Fagan, Paul 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8.00
16 Fox, Simon 31 (3) 4 0 2 (2) 2 2 0 2 6.91
- Gosling, Jeff - - - - - - - - ----
- Graham, Phil - - - - - - - - ----
10 Hemphill, Fraser 35 1 0 0 7 4 0 2 7.00
17 Henderson, Mark 23 (5) 1 0 1 (1) 2 0 0 0 6.79
18 Hoolihan, Roddy 35 2 0 0 1 7 1 2 7.17
22 Hudson, Ronnie 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
- Jarrett, Mick - - - - - - - - ----
- Kane, David - - - - - - - - ----
32 Lawson, Micky 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
24 Leach, Max 27 (1) 1 0 0 4 1 0 1 6.57
11 Marsh, Chris 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
34 Marsh, Glen - - - - - - - - ----
25 McGuire, Glen 22 (3) 6 0 0 3 1 1 2 6.80
38 McNally, James - - - - - - - - ----
28 Mellor, James 4 (2) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7.00
2 Oswell, Jason 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.67
35 Pepper, Connor 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.50
- Porter, Neil - - - - - - - - ----
4 Rees, Danny 25 (1) 2 0 0 1 6 0 1 7.31
41 Roberts, Craig - - - - - - - - ----
21 Robinson, Jack 29 (1) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 7.13
23 Saunders, Sam 2 (1) 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 7.67
- Senior, Luke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
30 Short, Ross 31 0 25 0 0 0 1 1 7.29
8 Stott, Matthew 25 (10) 9 0 0 4 1 0 0 6.80
14 Tait, Dave 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
13 Trigg, Nathan 22 (5) 1 0 0 3 5 1 0 7.00
- Walsh, Gareth - - - - - - - - ----
7 Whelan, Warren 26 (1) 2 0 0 6 1 1 1 6.96
1 Wood, John 13 (1) 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 6.79
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo 38 14 0 0 5 3 1 6 7.45


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Wednesday 23rd May 2012
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2011/2 Transfers
================================================== ==============================================

Date Player In From Fee
1.7.11 Simon Fox Spartak Moscow £2.1M
11.10.11 Ross Short Derby £6M

Date Player Out To Fee
3.6.11 Kowalinho Trabzonspor £2.3M
6.6.11 Joe Edwards Released Free
11.6.11 Alvin Grant Released Free
19.6.11 Matthew Crouch Released Free
28.6.11 Josh Reid Released Free
1.7.11 Henrik Van der Voom Man Utd £4.2M
17.9.11 Stephen Benn West Ham £450K
5.11.11 Connor Pepper Notts Co Loan
15.12.11 Stefano Marcatti Verona £2.2M

With an internationally known manager in charge, can this be the end of the bad luck of Newark Athletics managerial merry-go round? Will Johnsen's lack of history in the last two years effect his day-to-day running? And if so, will there be a prodigal son returning home?

We'll have to wait and see – in the next A Golden and Fearless Ambition!

23-07-15, 04:50 AM
Sorry bout delay, family shit.

Hope to get Season 7 out when the other crap in my life is sort out.

23-07-15, 10:04 AM
Zan - Excellent work, loving the "Where are they now" sections...You going to make a fucking bet or what? ;)

23-07-15, 10:10 AM
Just read back at my first bio;

"Personality: A hard hitting centre back also contempt at right back, in the Branislav Ivanovic mold. Laid back attitude that agree's with gaffer for sake of the team!
Football History: Fulham youngster, before damaging cruciate ligaments
Back story: A former wonderkid in the world of football, before a serious injury set him back. Looking to proove his worth again that once won him numberous accolades as a youngster. "

That was done in January 2013, I then went and tore my knee ligaments in November 2013...Spooky

23-07-15, 10:40 AM
Zan - Excellent work, loving the "Where are they now" sections...You going to make a fucking bet or what? ;)

Done. :ok:

23-07-15, 06:19 PM

IS There an Alliance A-Brewing, Or just A Fearless Fascination Occuring?

Conference and FA Trophy Winners Burton Have signed SIX Ex-Newark Players
Some Came from Youth Department that Manager Zander Champman helped Develop
Champman is Being Heralded as the 'Prodigal Son'
Favourites to Join Newark Athletic if New Manager Fails


Written by Headi Goodely

Former Newark Athletic youth coach and Head of Youth Development turned football manager has been sitting his eyes on his former employers discarded youth players as his team, Burton Albion, are building a side that will try to establish themselves back in the Football League.

Zander Champman, 38, is starting only his second full season as manager but has already been compared to ex-boss and Newark legend, deceased Niko Bergstrom. With an intent on attacking, goals from both midfeild and attack, as well as the connections with the club itself.

BUT it seems that Champman is inviting the comparison with the controversial Croatian as he has added sign new players that had played for Newark and added former first team coach Joel Power, 52, as his assistant manager.

Former Swansea keeper David Cornell, Sunderland youth player Billy Knott, former Newark youth players: defender Gary Gleeson, striker Christian Dunn, defender Jordan Parsons, and midfeilder Paul Fagan have joined the side since their were given £1 MILLION for the television rights.

Power: Has become assitant manager on a Four Year Deal after being a coach at Newark and Wolves.

“When I was given the chance to come and work with someone like Zander [Champman], the Perfect One knew he couldn't turn down this opportunity!” Said Power on the club's website, “I saw him rise and work at Newark [Athletic, as Youth Coach and Head of Youth] and he assembled a cracking group of souts and coaches. And he has shown he can do the same with players.”

Power, a former journeyman manager in minor European leagues, also saw some traits of Niko within Champman: “They both like to attack with the ball, and pounce without. Both influences all the players to go forward, and for that the whole team works off one another.”

But personally, they are completely different people – according to Power: “Niko was a loud, cunning man. He wasn't afraid to shout his orders and didn't really care if he hurt your feelings. He has always been the center of attention. But Zander... He is reclusive. He gives the player's freedom, but will step in when he needs it. Tactically, he relys on one thing. Niko tried lots of variations, he took risks!”

Done Deals! Over SIX former Fearless Warriors have signed SO FAR.

Zander left the club after one season with Mark Hughes in charge, not agreeing with Hughes's methods he went out after six years at the club. Six months later he signed at Burton , then a Third Division side, as first team coach under Chris Timons, the man he would soon replace.

But Zander - who has never done a public interview – always felt a connection to Newark, as he does Burton.

There has been numerous bids that Zander has made in order to increase the number of Fearless Warrior in Burton. International players like The Eejit and BobMem – who was two of the group of players that Zander personally scouted for the club – who rejected due to the lack of money that was offered.

Loan bids were also made for current Newark youth player, which were accepted by the club but rejected by the players due to the clubs stature.

But the question remains, does Zander Champman deserve to be compared to the manager who brought 4 League Titles, 2 Domestic Cup, 1 Charity Shield and a European Cup – all in five years?

Well, no.

Zander doesn't have the managerial experience that Niko Bergstrom had, he won't League titles in Finland and Belgium before coming to England.

Though, the future does look bright for the reclusive manager. But Niko knew what he was:

“[...] you can call me a glory hunter, because I am a Winner!”

11-08-15, 05:38 AM
Season 7!



For the first time in what seemed like forever, Newark Athletic had a manager that had stayed for a full season!

Erland Johnsen looks set to be the stable ship that Newark had let leave the dock after the sacking of Mark Hughes, the club's second longest servant in the hot-seat after Niko Bergstrom. Though, once again the club was unable to keep more players of the Niko era at bay:

================================================== ==============================================
2012/3 Transfers
================================================== ==============================================

Date Player In From Fee
6.7.12 Joe Fox Norwich £825K
10.7.12 Kyle Brownhill Everton £2M
27.8.12 Michael Beresford West Ham £1.9M

Date Player Out To Fee
8.6.12 Ronnie Hudson Released Free
11.6.12 Paul Fagan Released Free
19.6.12 Mick Jarrett Released Free
20.6.12 Jon Cole Released Free
24.6.12 Phil Graham Released Free
28.6.12 Sam Saunders Released Free
1.7.12 Jason Oswell Bristol Rovers £725K
7.7.12 Ronnie Barnes Tottenham £1.4M
8.7.12 BobMem Newcastle £1.7M
26.8.12 James Mellor Released Free
9.11.12 Kevin Davey Walsall Loan
31.12.12 Robert Evans Q.P.R. £100K
3.1.13 John Wood West Ham £3M
27.1.13 Joel Ekstrand Cardiff £150K

With only four of the original players at the club, Johnsen had the task to stable the club back into the Premier League, and be able to build upon that for the future seasons. That was the plan that owner Yermolai Relikovic said when Johnsen signed the three year contract.

To the owner, it was all about trying to get back to the greener, or in this case the golden, pasture.

So with the hopeful backing of the owner, how did Johnsen do?


It was second worse finish that Newark had suffered since their promotion to the Premier League:


The reason for this? Was the erratic and inconsistent form, and the lack of goals that went flying in for the Fearless Warriors.


Through a hip-hop up nd down the table, their form wasn't much difference. Getting so far in the League Cup but failed to progress further then the 3rd Round against the Third Division side Accrington Stanley.


Where Are They Now...?!

The Eejit


The Eejit's film career took off after his release from Cardiff!

After successful sequels in the Kingsley spin-off series, The Eejit added a deep portrayal of a door phobic man stuck in a room that was slowly running out of air, the only way to escape being to beat his own weaknesses. The film, “En-door-able” was top of many critic's lists for the year, and he earned himself an Oscar nomination.

However, the Scotsman controversial method style of acting haunted him, as he was unable to escape his bathroom for three months, surviving only on his own waste – that had tasted at first like Nutella due to the high frequent amounts he ate – and his own piss. It was not until he opened the door, he remember about the tap water.

He has had to put his acting career on hold though in favour to a return for football in order for a table pay-check to pay off his huge bills. After spending money on marmalade, nutella and a beach view of inland America that he had to make himself, he looks set to be lower his options.

Third Division champions Burton Albion are still reportedly interested in signing the now-32 year old, and a reunion with Zander Champman might be on the cards.

John Wood


John Wood's first season away from the Boltsky Stadium started out well with First Division side West Ham, though they failed to secure promotion Wood looks set to be an integral for their fight for it next year.

Hannu Sulonen


Since moving to Roma, Hannu has found more success in his career. An important member to both the Italian and Finnish national side Sulonen has got a Champions League runners-up medal and the Seria A title in his achievements.

Individually, he was announced into the Serie A team of the year award last season, but this season was Sulonen's best season as he scored double digits and played in nearly every game of the season.

Volkan Ediz


Still a controversial figure at the Boltsy Stadium, Volkan Ediz has found success back in the States with both FC Dallas and New England Revolution that earned him a single call-up for the national team. However, ever since his start against Guatemala the revered attacking player has started to relax on his fitness.

From 2 years since his international shot, his appearances for the New England side has gone from 35 games to 22 games to only 3 games. With his contract running up, Ediz seems to want to run with the American stereotype of staying more time in McDonald's then in training.

Henrik Van der Voom


Henrik Van der Voom became the awaiting egg ready to hatch and it was at Manchester United where he had prevailed!

With five more achievements added to his career in less than two years, he added to the Manchester United dominance in the Premier League, and added this to the dominance of the England strike-force in 2013.

With 6 goals in 6 games, 4 starts and 2 substitutions, and a new contract with the English champions that tied him for another four years, it looks like Van der Voom is ready to put his Newark career behind him and winning glory with the 'Glory, Glory, Man United'.

Jose Hernandez

A legend is a word that is branded about too much now-a-days but that could be said about Jose Hernandez as he continues his career in South American with Argentinian side Argentinos Juniors with over 160 odd games to his name, but with the club's constantly falling reputation Hernandez has been dropped from the Mexican national team.

With 44 caps and 3 goals in his international career he has made his mark, and at only 28 years old he has lots of years left to reclaim his spot and add more to his Argentinos legacy.

Squad Stats!

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Monday 20th May 2013
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
32 Allen, Gavin M RC ENG 23.2.92 21 - - £1.3K 7.6.14 £400K
39 Baines, Jason D C ENG 20.1.94 19 - - £575 1.6.14 £180K
28 Barnard, Tom M/S C ENG 19.3.95 18 - - £1.1K 18.6.14 £875K
11 Beresford, Michael S C ENG 8.2.88 25 - - £33K 11.6.17 £4.2M
2 Brownhill, Kyle D RC ENG 20.2.83 30 - - £13.25K 11.6.15 £2.1M
9 Bryan, Kris S C ENG 22.7.93 19 - - £1.6K 18.6.14 £675K
5 Burrows, James D C ENG 9.12.92 20 - - £7.25K 4.6.17 £1.6M
27 Buxton, Chris M/F L ENG 31.12.95 17 - - £1K 12.6.14 £400K
- Clark, Josh M R ENG 30.9.92 20 - - £550 6.6.13 £7K
33 Clayton, Mark DM C ENG 21.2.81 32 - - £19.75K 23.6.14 £575K
12 Clifford, Billy M C ENG 18.10.81 31 - - £15.75K 14.6.15 £1M
38 Cohen, Sam D/DM L ENG 1.11.93 19 - - £525 15.6.14 £75K
3 Cole, Mickey D LC ENG 29.5.96 16 - - £6K 19.6.17 £1.1M
14 Davey, Kevin AM/F LC ENG 1.7.92 20 - - £2.3K 20.6.13 £85K
37 Flynn, Michael D C IRL 21.11.95 17 - - £575 15.6.14 £170K
- Flynn, Thomas DM C IRL 12.2.94 19 - - £525 22.6.14 £250K
6 Fox, Joe M C ENG 10.11.92 20 - - £8K 7.6.17 £2.1M
16 Fox, Simon M C ENG 30.3.85 28 - - £9.5K 6.5.16 £3.5M
23 George, Tommy AM RC ENG 22.5.95 17 - - £6.25K 17.6.17 £950K
- Gosling, Jeff S C ENG 19.10.94 18 - - £425 24.6.14 £190K
40 Harding, Anthony S C ENG 7.5.94 19 - - £525 3.6.14 £275K
10 Hemphill, Fraser DM RLC ENG 15.4.83 30 16 - £48.5K 2.6.16 £2.8M
17 Henderson, Mark D/AM RL ENG 25.5.86 26 - - £10.75K 24.6.17 £3.6M
18 Hoolihan, Roddy D LC IRL 10.5.83 30 50 - £36.5K 13.6.16 £4.8M
- Kane, David M RC IRL 16.9.92 20 - - £550 9.6.13 £8K
26 Lawson, Micky AM R ENG 7.8.93 19 - - £850 11.6.14 £400K
24 Leach, Max AM RL ENG 14.11.90 22 - - £9K 10.6.17 £2.8M
31 Marsh, Chris S C ENG 1.7.93 19 - - £1.1K 5.6.14 £475K
36 Marsh, Glen F LC ENG 15.10.94 18 - - £575 25.6.14 £275K
25 McGuire, Glen S C ENG 1.8.89 23 - - £8.5K 14.6.16 £2.6M
- McNally, James S C ENG 2.4.93 20 - - £650 10.6.14 £240K
- Norman, Mitchell GK ENG 20.6.95 17 - - £700 21.6.14 £190K
35 Pepper, Connor AM L ENG 28.2.92 21 - - £7K 27.6.17 £1.4M
- Porter, Neil GK ENG 17.4.93 20 - - £2.5K 23.6.17 £525K
4 Rees, Danny D C WAL 1.1.92 21 7 1 £8K 6.6.16 £3.8M
20 Rees, Darren D C WAL 3.10.95 17 - - £800 23.6.14 £210K
- Roberts, Craig AM L WAL 26.6.93 19 - - £425 16.6.14 £120K
21 Robinson, Jack D L ENG 1.9.82 30 - - £15.25K 14.6.14 £1.8M
- Senior, Luke M LC ENG 15.5.92 21 - - £850 27.6.13 £30K
30 Short, Ross GK ENG 8.9.89 23 - - £11.25K 15.6.16 £2.4M
8 Stott, Matthew F C ENG 20.1.90 23 - - £6.25K 19.5.16 £2.1M
34 Tait, Dave GK SCO 7.11.87 25 8 - £5.75K 15.6.13 £75K
13 Trigg, Nathan D/DM RLC ENG 10.6.87 25 - - £9.5K 28.5.15 £2.5M
- Walsh, Gareth AM/F L IRL 15.3.94 19 - - £700 11.6.14 £300K
29 Wharton, Tommy GK ENG 23.9.94 18 - - £975 22.6.14 £210K
7 Whelan, Warren M RC ENG 12.3.90 23 2 - £65K 21.5.16 £5.25M
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo S C ITA 31.12.84 28 4 - £60K 28.5.16 £7.75M

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Monday 20th May 2013
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2012/3 Senior Club Stats
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Apps Gls Con Pens Asts Yel Red MoM Av R
32 Allen, Gavin 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
39 Baines, Jason - - - - - - - - ----
28 Barnard, Tom 7 (7) 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.64
11 Beresford, Michael 25 (2) 5 0 3 (3) 4 1 0 1 6.89
2 Brownhill, Kyle 38 (2) 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 7.22
9 Bryan, Kris 4 (5) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 6.11
5 Burrows, James 14 (5) 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 6.79
27 Buxton, Chris 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
- Clark, Josh - - - - - - - - ----
33 Clayton, Mark 3 (6) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.00
12 Clifford, Billy 4 (3) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.86
38 Cohen, Sam 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
3 Cole, Mickey 16 (7) 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 6.91
14 Davey, Kevin 25 (4) 5 0 0 3 1 0 1 6.79
37 Flynn, Michael 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7.50
- Flynn, Thomas - - - - - - - - ----
6 Fox, Joe 32 (1) 3 0 0 2 2 0 2 6.79
16 Fox, Simon 24 (5) 3 0 0 3 2 0 2 6.86
23 George, Tommy 5 (1) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.83
- Gosling, Jeff - - - - - - - - ----
40 Harding, Anthony - - - - - - - - ----
10 Hemphill, Fraser 37 (1) 1 0 0 6 5 0 0 6.79
17 Henderson, Mark 29 (3) 9 0 4 (4) 4 1 1 2 6.97
18 Hoolihan, Roddy 34 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 7.59
- Kane, David - - - - - - - - ----
26 Lawson, Micky 3 (1) 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7.00
24 Leach, Max 15 (6) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.67
31 Marsh, Chris 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
36 Marsh, Glen - - - - - - - - ----
25 McGuire, Glen 8 (5) 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 6.46
- McNally, James - - - - - - - - ----
- Norman, Mitchell - - - - - - - - ----
35 Pepper, Connor 11 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.46
- Porter, Neil - - - - - - - - ----
4 Rees, Danny 28 (1) 0 0 0 1 6 1 4 7.24
20 Rees, Darren 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.33
- Roberts, Craig - - - - - - - - ----
21 Robinson, Jack 23 (8) 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6.65
- Senior, Luke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
30 Short, Ross 41 0 38 0 0 0 0 0 7.05
8 Stott, Matthew 10 (8) 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 6.39
34 Tait, Dave 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
13 Trigg, Nathan 14 (4) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.89
- Walsh, Gareth - - - - - - - - ----
29 Wharton, Tommy - - - - - - - - ----
7 Whelan, Warren 25 (7) 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 6.88
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo 40 14 0 0 2 4 1 3 7.17


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Monday 20th May 2013
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2012/3 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
22.7.12 Charlton A Friendly 2:1 -----
26.7.12 Leicester A Friendly 0:0 -----
31.7.12 Leverkusen GER H Friendly 1:0 -----
18.8.12 Fulham H Premier Division 0:1 23341
22.8.12 Man Utd A Premier Division 0:1 66188
25.8.12 Liverpool H Premier Division 1:0 23367 J.Fox
8.9.12 Man City H Premier Division 2:1 23384 Bryan, Brownhill
17.9.12 Swansea A Premier Division 1:2 22779 S.Fox
19.9.12 MK Dons H League Cup 2nd Rnd 2:1 3582 Barnard, Stott
22.9.12 Tottenham H Premier Division 0:1 23354
29.9.12 Arsenal A Premier Division 0:0 52653
3.10.12 Everton A Premier Division 3:0 33672 Zbimg 2, Henderson
13.10.12 West Brom H Premier Division 0:0 24665
20.10.12 Watford A Premier Division 0:1 23506
27.10.12 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 0:0 23685
31.10.12 Stoke H League Cup 3rd Rnd 4:0 3367 George 2, Zbimg 2
3.11.12 Ipswich A Premier Division 1:0 30937 Zbimg
10.11.12 Leeds H Premier Division 0:0 23383
17.11.12 Newcastle A Premier Division 0:2 45631
21.11.12 Bristol Rovers H League Cup 4th Rnd 1:1 4524 Henderson
24.11.12 Sunderland H Premier Division 2:1 23386 J.Fox, S.Fox
1.12.12 Bolton A Premier Division 1:1 25130 Barnard
5.12.12 Portsmouth A League Cup Qtr Final 2:0 18699 Ekstrand, Zbimg
8.12.12 Blackburn H Premier Division 0:1 23388
16.12.12 Gillingham A Premier Division 2:1 13448 J.Fox, Zbimg
22.12.12 Chelsea A Premier Division 3:0 36963 Zbimg, Henderson 2 (1 pen)
26.12.12 Fulham A Premier Division 1:1 25101 Hemphill
29.12.12 Man Utd H Premier Division 0:1 23360
1.1.13 Liverpool A Premier Division 1:0 39532 Stott
5.1.13 Accrington H FA Cup 3rd Rnd 2:2 3186 Henderson 2 (1 pen)
13.1.13 Everton H Premier Division 2:1 23359 Beresford 2 (1 pen)
19.1.13 Man City A Premier Division 0:1 20911
23.1.13 Accrington A FA Cup 3rd Rnd Replay 0:1 3205
30.1.13 Leeds A League Cup Semi Final Leg 1 1:1 35007 McGuire
2.2.13 Tottenham A Premier Division 1:0 32048 Henderson pen
9.2.13 Arsenal H Premier Division 0:2 23356
20.2.13 Leeds H League Cup Semi Final Leg 2 0:2 13997
23.2.13 West Brom A Premier Division 1:1 23740 Beresford
27.2.13 Swansea H Premier Division 2:1 23373 Zbimg 2
2.3.13 Watford H Premier Division 2:0 24163 S.Fox, Zbimg
16.3.13 Leeds A Premier Division 0:2 34674
30.3.13 Newcastle H Premier Division 1:2 23377 Henderson pen
7.4.13 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 0:2 8237
13.4.13 Ipswich H Premier Division 1:1 25713 Zbimg
17.4.13 Blackburn A Premier Division 0:2 25282
20.4.13 Gillingham H Premier Division 2:0 23077 Zbimg, Beresford pen
27.4.13 Sunderland A Premier Division 1:1 42574 Zbimg
5.5.13 Bolton H Premier Division 1:1 23371 Beresford pen
19.5.13 Chelsea H Premier Division 1:3 23379 Henderson

So, after having a manager for a full season for the first time in three seasons, will Erland Johnsen last for another season? Will Zander Champman sign The Eejit? Will the next update be posted sooner?

Stay tuned and find out on the next A Golden and Fearless Ambition!

18-08-15, 10:13 AM
Season 8!


There is a time when people thought about what has fate got in store for them. For Newark Athletic fans, it was: would there ever be a man that could fill the void that has been left behind?

Though it had been nearly ten years since the death of Niko Bergstrom, and though he was only there for six years, Bergstrom became a cornerstone for the club as it built a sense of identity.

Mark Hughes, Chris Powell and Scott Parker had tried to live up to the high hope that was on their shoulders from the deceased hero.

Hughes earned accolades but they were saw as the last reaches a legacy, which Hughes couldn't build upon but he was the closest. Both Powell and Parker were surprise appointments. Both lacking in experience - Parker with nothing then a season in the Third Division – and was quickly shown the door as the club fell further down to the table.

Then came a light of hope....

Erland Johnsen.

A talented experienced manager, Johnsen started a promising start but it was the same erratic series of performances that had been a problem for both Parker, Powell and Hughes' final season. But after backing from the chairman, Johnsen had a chance to improve and make his mark on the team he now knew more about.

With no transfers coming in, Johnsen looked set to make a challenge by keeping the same team except for the sale of a few players:


Despite Burton's Zander Champman adding more ex-Newark players to his collection, the club had earned a solid amount of profit on the players that had failed to earn a spot in the plans of the Norwegian boss.

It was ambitious for the then-57 year old, but it seemed to pay off in the long run as Johnsen found success with 8 player who became key in the 4-4-2 formation coming from the ever-growing successful youth academy.

That prescence added to the league performance as the club reached levels that shocked even the most hardcore and optimistic Fearless Warrior fans:


Though the goals and the defence still didn't improve to the standards of the better years, it was easily dealt enough to stabilise the results that mattered. With just a 3 goal difference, the progress over the season faulted and risen:


There was a major question towards the way that the career of Johnsen as Newark manager would be. Powell failed in the league but was impressive in the cup competitions, whereas Hughes started off stable in the league but wasn't able to push much in the cups.

Johnsen had showed a desire for competition, in both the League Cup and the FA Cup, but it wasn't the FA Cup that got people's attention.


Numerous of dubious results and performances against lower-leagued sides did nothing to gain any eyes on the team or Johnsen as a manager in the competition. Twice having to go to a Replay and losing the last one to a First Division side, they had progressed further then last season as they were defeated in the 3rd Round.

But in the League Cup...


The first time since Mark Hughes's second season in charge, the club reached a cup final. Though they were humiliated by Sunderland as the team didn't seem to turn up as much as Johnsen had hoped.

But still, the fans was given an opportunity to look forward to the future with Erland Johnsen. The thoughts rattled throughout their minds, echoing out like a single call in a dark empty cave. This was no longer a dread of waiting for the next big thing, but maybe a sign of possible bright future ahead?

Without a single signing, with only the players that he had last season at his disposal, Johnsen had improved massively. And maybe, that was all they needed. With the summer approaching, and the window opening once more, they hoped that this season could be the season to finally push away from the void and into the light once more.

Where Are They Now....??!!

Terrance Zannit & The Eejit


Two former-Fearless Warriors had chosen the Pirelli Stadium as their new battleground. Both players had their prime behind them, with the new Hollywood star accepting that he needed to go back to his roots and the bad-boy troublemaker having to re-earn his reputation as once promising player, it was down to Zander Champman to resurrect their careers.

And in which, he did seemingly do so.

A triumphant year for both Terrance and Eejit as they earned the Second Division title and the Vans Trophy to their catalogue and being ever-present within the team as they rolled to success once again.

Under Champman's guidance The Eejit played over 50 games for the Brewers despite a challenge from also former Newark player Mark Clayton. Though the Scotsman anchored the team, it seems unlikely he would have the same effect as the team will most likely want to add youth into the team:


But with 11 Winners medals to his name throughout his career (8 with Newark Athletic, 1 with Cardiff City and 2 with Burton Albion), and another 2 years on his contract, it seems The Eejit's career may have a bit more life to his already illustrious achievements.


After gaining valuable experience at the level, Zannit added an important experience to the winger position which resulted in him having the best season of his career. With Champman's leinent man management style, he was in and out of the team at parts of the season due to off-field elements – though less scandals then his previous years – he had only one sex scandal for the whole year!

Zannit celebrated his good season by crashing his expensive sportsman in an orphanage while intoxicated, with traces of marijuana-like drug manideela in his car, fought a police officer and pissed on a nationally treausred cat.

Which then was added with a sex scandal with a goat.

Eddy Wato & BobMem

Zannit and Eejit wasn't the only former-Newark players that were at the same club after they left as Wato and BobMem found themselves at Newcastle.

Wato joined the club after his move from Barnsley to Bristol City broke down due to the lack funds that City had available.


This allowed Newcastle to swoop in and sign the attacking minded midfeilder for £1.3m, who was soon reunited by Cyrus captain BobMem as his games started to dry up at Newark and left for £1.7m. But neither man was given the kind of move that they hoped, after two seasons at St James ended with two transfer requests.

BobMem was the first one allowed to leave for a measly £400k to Mexican club Necaxa.


Unlike his yet-again former colleague, Wato soon lost hope of any further transfer away from the Northern club and soon rescinded his transfer request. And so it seems that the Columbian might be spending a third season there, unless a bid comes over from summer for him – but considering his form in the last couple of years, it doesn't seem likely to go to a Premier League side.



Neil Barry or more commonly known as Baz has improved massively on the international scene for Wales as he is now the recognised first team choice left-back, playing just behind Arsenal's Gareth Bale.


The 29 year old celebrated his return to the Premier League with a disappointing average after becoming a first team player for The Foxes after signing for £825k from Wolves last season, but couldn't help them as they failed to secure safety, and after just a season return to the highest league in English football.

Despite the failure of Premier League relegation, the Welshman hopes that the East Midland club can bounce back straight to the Premier League next season.

Artur Vasily

After a disappointing two season run at Brentford, Artur is the latest former Newark Athletic player to join Burton Albion as a squad player. After last season's struggles with central midfielder, Champman looks set to use the experienced midfielder as an option to rest players.

With 423 games, 52 goals and 75 assists he is one of the more experienced members of Champman's growing squad.

Squad Stats!

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 5th June 2014
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Position(s) Nat Born Age Caps Gls Wages Expires Value
33 Allen, Gavin M RC ENG 23.2.92 22 - - £1.7K 17.6.15 £425K
32 Baines, Jason D C ENG 20.1.94 20 - - £575 Rolling Free
14 Barnard, Tom M/S C ENG 19.3.95 19 - - £1.5K 18.6.15 £1.1M
11 Beresford, Michael S C ENG 8.2.88 26 - - £33K 11.6.17 £3.5M
2 Brownhill, Kyle D RC ENG 20.2.83 31 - - £13.25K 11.6.15 £1.6M
9 Bryan, Kris S C ENG 22.7.93 20 - - £2.3K 28.6.15 £1.1M
5 Burrows, James D C ENG 9.12.92 21 - - £7.25K 4.6.17 £1.9M
27 Buxton, Chris M/F L ENG 31.12.95 18 - - £1.1K 12.6.15 £400K
12 Clifford, Billy M C ENG 18.10.81 32 - - £15.75K 14.6.15 £525K
- Cohen, Sam D/DM L ENG 1.11.93 20 - - £525 15.6.14 £2K
3 Cole, Mickey D LC ENG 29.5.96 18 - - £6K 19.6.17 £1.4M
28 Day, David M RC ENG 10.6.95 18 - - £1.1K 4.6.15 £350K
26 Flynn, Michael D C IRL 21.11.95 18 - - £625 11.6.15 £180K
- Flynn, Thomas DM C IRL 12.2.94 20 - - £525 22.6.14 £14K
6 Fox, Joe M C ENG 10.11.92 21 - - £8K 7.6.17 £2.5M
16 Fox, Simon M C ENG 30.3.85 29 - - £9.5K 6.5.16 £3.6M
23 George, Tommy AM RC ENG 22.5.95 19 - - £6.25K 17.6.17 £2.2M
- Gosling, Jeff S C ENG 19.10.94 19 - - £475 9.6.15 £190K
- Harding, Anthony S C ENG 7.5.94 20 - - £575 13.6.15 £300K
10 Hemphill, Fraser DM RLC ENG 15.4.83 31 16 - £48.5K 2.6.16 £2.1M
17 Henderson, Mark D/AM RL ENG 25.5.86 28 - - £10.75K 24.6.17 £2.7M
18 Hoolihan, Roddy D LC IRL 10.5.83 31 57 1 £36.5K 13.6.16 £4.5M
43 Humphreys, Mike M R ENG 31.1.96 18 - - £5.5K 25.6.18 £575K
22 Lawson, Micky AM R ENG 7.8.93 20 - - £925 15.6.15 £425K
24 Leach, Max AM RL ENG 14.11.90 23 - - £9K 10.6.17 £3.1M
- Lloyd, Steve S C ENG 8.8.96 17 - - £500 5.6.15 £250K
- MacDonald, Andrew M C ENG 19.4.97 17 - - £575 22.6.15 £220K
- Marsh, Chris S C ENG 1.7.93 20 - - £1.1K Rolling Free
34 Marsh, Glen F LC ENG 15.10.94 19 - - £650 4.6.15 £275K
25 McGuire, Glen S C ENG 1.8.89 24 - - £8.5K 14.6.16 £2.1M
- McNally, James S C ENG 2.4.93 21 - - £650 10.6.14 £4K
31 Norman, Mitchell GK ENG 20.6.95 18 - - £775 17.6.15 £190K
35 Pepper, Connor AM L ENG 28.2.92 22 - - £7K 27.6.17 £1.8M
1 Porter, Neil GK ENG 17.4.93 21 - - £2.5K 23.6.17 £675K
4 Rees, Danny D C WAL 1.1.92 22 13 2 £8K 6.6.16 £4.3M
15 Rees, Darren D C WAL 3.10.95 18 - - £875 5.6.15 £275K
- Richardson, Leigh M LC ENG 15.10.95 18 - - £425 11.6.15 £200K
- Roberts, Craig AM L WAL 26.6.93 20 - - £425 16.6.14 £4K
21 Robinson, Jack D L ENG 1.9.82 31 - - £16.75K 17.6.15 £1.4M
- Scott, Andy GK ENG 25.11.96 17 - - £475 13.6.15 £120K
30 Short, Ross GK ENG 8.9.89 24 - - £11.25K 15.6.16 £2.6M
20 Sinnott, Ashley S C ENG 16.6.97 16 - - £925 26.6.15 £500K
29 Spencer, Stewart D/M C ENG 21.4.97 17 - - £775 4.6.15 £200K
8 Stott, Matthew F C ENG 20.1.90 24 - - £6.25K 19.5.16 £1.4M
13 Trigg, Nathan D/DM RLC ENG 10.6.87 26 - - £9.5K 28.5.15 £2.3M
- Walsh, Gareth AM/F L IRL 15.3.94 20 - - £775 19.6.15 £325K
36 Wharton, Tommy GK ENG 23.9.94 19 - - £1.1K 5.6.15 £210K
7 Whelan, Warren M RC ENG 12.3.90 24 2 - £65K 21.5.16 £5M
49 Woods, Anthony F RLC ENG 3.9.97 16 - - £800 21.6.15 £300K
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo S C ITA 31.12.84 29 5 - £60K 2.6.18 £8.75M

************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 5th June 2014
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2013/4 Senior Club Stats
================================================== ==============================================

No Name Apps Gls Con Pens Asts Yel Red MoM Av R
33 Allen, Gavin 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
32 Baines, Jason - - - - - - - - ----
14 Barnard, Tom 5 (7) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6.75
11 Beresford, Michael 32 (3) 3 0 1 (1) 3 2 0 2 6.83
2 Brownhill, Kyle 34 (1) 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 7.00
9 Bryan, Kris 5 (7) 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.92
5 Burrows, James 10 (4) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6.79
27 Buxton, Chris 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.33
12 Clifford, Billy 6 (3) 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 6.78
- Cohen, Sam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
3 Cole, Mickey 14 (1) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7.07
28 Day, David 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.50
26 Flynn, Michael 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.00
- Flynn, Thomas - - - - - - - - ----
6 Fox, Joe 24 (8) 1 0 0 3 6 0 1 6.59
16 Fox, Simon 26 (1) 2 0 0 1 4 1 0 6.67
23 George, Tommy 18 (5) 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 6.87
- Gosling, Jeff - - - - - - - - ----
- Harding, Anthony - - - - - - - - ----
10 Hemphill, Fraser 26 (4) 4 0 0 6 1 0 1 6.87
17 Henderson, Mark 19 (6) 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 6.40
18 Hoolihan, Roddy 40 0 0 0 1 6 0 7 7.45
43 Humphreys, Mike 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
22 Lawson, Micky 2 (1) 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 7.33
24 Leach, Max 35 0 0 0 8 2 0 2 6.63
- Lloyd, Steve - - - - - - - - ----
- MacDonald, Andrew - - - - - - - - ----
- Marsh, Chris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----
34 Marsh, Glen - - - - - - - - ----
25 McGuire, Glen 12 (8) 6 0 1 (1) 2 1 1 1 6.75
- McNally, James - - - - - - - - ----
31 Norman, Mitchell - - - - - - - - ----
35 Pepper, Connor 11 (3) 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 6.57
1 Porter, Neil 6 (2) 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 6.75
4 Rees, Danny 34 2 0 0 1 9 1 1 7.24
15 Rees, Darren 7 (1) 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 8.13
- Richardson, Leigh - - - - - - - - ----
- Roberts, Craig - - - - - - - - ----
21 Robinson, Jack 17 (5) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6.77
- Scott, Andy - - - - - - - - ----
30 Short, Ross 44 0 38 0 0 0 0 2 7.11
20 Sinnott, Ashley 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 6.67
29 Spencer, Stewart 2 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.60
8 Stott, Matthew 0 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.00
13 Trigg, Nathan 35 (4) 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 7.00
- Walsh, Gareth - - - - - - - - ----
36 Wharton, Tommy - - - - - - - - ----
7 Whelan, Warren 32 (3) 5 0 0 4 2 2 2 6.89
49 Woods, Anthony 2 (3) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.20
19 Zbimg, Lorenzo 43 15 0 0 2 3 0 5 7.47


************************************************** **********************************************
Newark Athletic FC - Thursday 5th June 2014
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
2013/4 Fixtures
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
19.7.13 Shakhtar Donetsk UKR N Friendly Cup Semi Final 1:0 -----
20.7.13 Vestsjaelland DEN A Friendly Cup Final 1:1 -----
29.7.13 Bournemouth A Friendly 3:1 -----
31.7.13 Stoke A Friendly 1:0 -----
17.8.13 Arsenal A Premier Division 0:0 52668
21.8.13 Middlesbrough H Premier Division 2:1 24497 Zbimg, Clifford
25.8.13 Reading A Premier Division 2:3 21405 Jantschke og, McGuire
7.9.13 Watford A Premier Division 0:0 25087
16.9.13 Everton H Premier Division 1:2 23380 Whelan
18.9.13 Bournemouth A League Cup 2nd Rnd 2:1 5251 Clifford, Bryan
21.9.13 West Brom A Premier Division 0:0 23725
28.9.13 Sunderland H Premier Division 3:0 23367 McGuire 2 (1 pen), D.Rees
2.10.13 Swansea H Premier Division 3:2 23608 McGuire, Whelan, Zbimg
12.10.13 Chelsea A Premier Division 1:1 36969 Zbimg
20.10.13 Newcastle H Premier Division 0:1 23352
26.10.13 Tottenham A Premier Division 0:2 32062
30.10.13 Bradford H League Cup 3rd Rnd 2:1 5229 Zbimg, Woods
3.11.13 Man City H Premier Division 2:1 23355 Zbimg, Beresford
9.11.13 Blackburn A Premier Division 1:3 29108 S.Fox
16.11.13 Ipswich H Premier Division 1:0 23408 George 2 (1 pen)
20.11.13 Swansea A League Cup 4th Rnd 1:0 6119 George
23.11.13 Leicester H Premier Division 1:0 23380 Zbimg
30.11.13 Fulham A Premier Division 0:0 26520
4.12.13 Liverpool H League Cup Qtr Final 2:1 14006 George, J.Fox
9.12.13 Liverpool H Premier Division 1:1 23349 Hemphill
14.12.13 Q.P.R. A Premier Division 1:0 8270 Bryan
21.12.13 Man Utd H Premier Division 1:1 23354 Zbimg
26.12.13 Arsenal H Premier Division 1:0 23385 Hemphill
28.12.13 Swansea A Premier Division 1:3 22916 Beresford
1.1.14 Reading H Premier Division 1:0 23247 Hemphill
4.1.14 Cheltenham A FA Cup 3rd Rnd 3:1 5045 Zbimg 2, Bryan
11.1.14 Sunderland A Premier Division 1:1 42582 Beresford pen
18.1.14 Watford H Premier Division 1:1 24154 Hemphill
25.1.14 Middlesbrough A FA Cup 4th Rnd 1:1 12049 Zbimg
29.1.14 Scunthorpe A League Cup Semi Final Leg 1 2:2 9175 McGuire, Stott
1.2.14 Middlesbrough A Premier Division 0:3 30766
5.2.14 Middlesbrough H FA Cup 4th Rnd Replay 2:1 4375 Sinnott, Lawson
9.2.14 Everton A Premier Division 0:1 33532
12.2.14 West Brom H Premier Division 2:0 23355 Pepper, Whelan
15.2.14 Cardiff A FA Cup 5th Rnd 1:1 11695 Zbimg
19.2.14 Scunthorpe H League Cup Semi Final Leg 2 2:1 16277 D.Rees, Henderson
23.2.14 Chelsea H Premier Division 0:0 23342
26.2.14 Cardiff H FA Cup 5th Rnd Replay 0:2 5090
1.3.14 Newcastle A Premier Division 2:0 45517 D.Rees, McGuire
15.3.14 Tottenham H Premier Division 2:0 23378 S.Fox, Zbimg 2
30.3.14 Sunderland N League Cup Final 0:3 79678
2.4.14 Man City A Premier Division 2:0 24413 Zbimg, Whelan
5.4.14 Blackburn H Premier Division 0:1 23360
12.4.14 Fulham H Premier Division 1:0 23371 Whelan
16.4.14 Leicester A Premier Division 0:1 26054
19.4.14 Ipswich A Premier Division 0:2 30967
27.4.14 Liverpool A Premier Division 0:2 39351
4.5.14 Q.P.R. H Premier Division 1:0 23417 Zbimg
18.5.14 Man Utd A Premier Division 1:0 66074 Zbimg

After a massive improvement within the year, it seems everything looks up for both prodigal son Zander Champman and Newark Athletic as look to continually build a long-term future.

But, will third season syndrome kick in for Erland Johnsen? Will he truly be able to improve from this season? And will Zander Champman win a 3rd back-to-back promotion to the Premier League? Will Newark sign a player?

Stay tuned and find out – in the next A Golden and Fearless Ambition!

18-08-15, 04:49 PM
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.


Baron Zbimg
18-08-15, 07:33 PM
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 ...

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

21-08-15, 02:20 PM
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?!


19-10-15, 11:39 PM
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 ;)

20-10-15, 06:12 AM
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:

Even at 18, the Croatian started his career at Finnish side HyPS, who had low ambitions for success, but with a positive personality, a pragmatic approach to life and a random personal life it went from:


And the fans being miserable every weekend, to singing the praises of the young manager that had taken over and shown, in only his second season in charge, that this young ambitious and talented man was the person to herald the club to the echelons of the Finnish Premier League :


But, fans are fickle and easily swayed.

As tension grew between Niko and chairman 'Jules', plus the unwanted attention towards the young managers personal life, sitting in 6th in the table in their debut season in the Premier League, the fans turned against there once celebrated manager.


It didn't take long for the progressive manager to move on to another club, the 20 year old had taken over Belgian Third Division relegation battler THES Sport. After a resurgence in transfers, and again a weird altercation with the chairman, Niko was able to turn the club's fortunes around to save the club from relegation.

And building a squad with both experience and youth, he got the team that was once certain for relegation to be within the top division within 2 years with back to back titles.

Finish Second Division, Belgian Third and Second division to his name, the then 23rd year old had earned unwanted media pressure. The pressure amounted to his third season in charge with extreme allegations based upon his rumoured bizarre personal life:


Finishing 3rd in the league earned the manager his first shot at European glory with UEFA Cup, but soon the unwanted attention caused more harm then good.

************************************************** **********************************************
Belgian First Division
************************************************** **********************************************

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

Pos Team Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag Won Drn Lst For Ag Pts
1st C AA Gent 34 11 2 4 35 20 10 3 4 38 25 68
2nd Anderlecht 34 13 2 2 39 17 8 3 6 31 30 68
3rd THES Sport 34 9 4 4 33 22 9 4 4 38 26 62

With also a Semi-Final display in the Belgian Cup it was also the best showing that Niko had in his career at that point. Cruely beaten by an away goal, it would be the last time Niko would appear in the Belgian Cup.

Type: Belgian Cup Semi Final Leg 1
Date: Wednesday 1st April
Teams: THES Sport vs Mouscron
Scoreline: 2-1
Scorers:(Ulivi pen 32, Van Rompay '39)(Lepoint '40)
MoM: T. Spotbeen

Type: Belgian Cup Semi Final Leg 2
Date: Wednesday 8th April
Teams: Mouscron vs THES Sport
Scoreline: 1-0 Agg. 2-2 - Mouscron Win on Away Goal
Scorers:(Vaeyens '15)
MoM: O. Werner

With the media spotlight on him, a perfectionist who wants only the best and dismayed by the dissapointments of last season, Niko called that his second season in the Belgian First Division would be his last. This was further encouraged after revelations of an attack on a base of 'Phetrovology', resulting in the death of the owner of the club – a personal friend of Niko Bergstrom – and the new ownership wanting a more, 'relaxed' and 'proper' manager at the whelm.

Niko agreed to retire and pursue a career in music, but continued to put his manager career once again in the forefront one last time. He signed two new Brazilians, Vladmir Diaz for £275k and Jelson de Oliviera for £250k plus many more from a scout trip he did over summer.

Hoping that a mixture of the Brazilian attacking skills would add more depth, especially striker Diaz, he recruited fromer HyPS starlet Mika Savolainen in what he would help be a rotated and contested striker position – Niko would only see Diaz and star striker Van Mieghem succeed.

After only two months of the new season, which had seen THES Sport demonstrate impressive result, the club sacked Niko Bergstrom among an investigation of corruption by FIFA.

================================================== ==============================================
================================================== ==============================================

Date Opposition Ven Competition Res Attend Scorers
15.7.15 FCN Sint-Niklaas A Friendly 4:1 922 McDonald, De Ridder, Dias 2
23.7.15 Sιrιsien A Friendly 4:4 425 Verhelst 2, de Oliviera, Habarugira
13.8.15 Dudelange LUX A UEFA Cup Qual. Rnd Leg 1 5:0 3819 Dias 3 (2 pens), Kanu, de Oliviera
16.8.15 Lierse H First Division 4:1 2991 Eikrem, Dias 3
22.8.15 Mouscron A First Division 3:2 6048 Verhelst 2, de Oliviera
27.8.15 Dudelange LUX H UEFA Cup Qual. Rnd Leg 2 1:1 2960 Verhelst
30.8.15 RC Genk H First Division 4:1 2998 Verhelst 2, Dias, Swinkels
9.9.15 Zulte-Waregem A First Division 5:0 6519 Dias 2, Verhelst, Van Mieghem, Euvrard pen
12.9.15 Anderlecht H First Division 3:1 2963 Dias, McGrath 2
17.9.15 Larisa GRE A UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 1 2:0 5230 Euvrard pen, Verdure
20.9.15 KV Kortrijk A First Division 1:1 6087 Van Mieghem
26.9.15 Virton H First Division 5:2 2966 Van Mieghem 2, de Oliviera 2, Kanu

Despite his protests, Niko reluctantly agreed to retire 7 months sooner, as the club was heavily-fined, kicked out of the UEFA Cup and was forcibly relegated to Third Division for the next season – which resulted in a play-off for a team replacing them in the First Division as they were suspended for the season.

Without football, the club started to frail and fall apart under the ownership – which turned out used the club for laundering and did 'dodgy' dealings in the negotiations for Diaz and de Oliveira. Players left for better pastures, and the owners jailed. The club was once again forced to be relegation fodder as the once manager focused on a career he would never succeed at.

Before his 'retirement', Niko had achieved:

Finish Second Division Championship
Belgian Third Division Championship
Belgian Second Division Championship
Belgian First Division 3rd Place

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.


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.



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.

20-10-15, 06:39 AM
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 :ok:

21-10-15, 01:16 PM
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 :P

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 ;)

21-10-15, 02:13 PM
So i ended alone? :(

23-10-15, 07:57 PM
So i ended alone? :(

Dunno, up to you :P

From season 8 everything is possible :P

30-10-15, 11:38 PM
A very well done on creating an ending for this epic.

Over 40,000 views says it all.


07-05-16, 12:39 AM
7 months later I have returned and there shall be more escapades in due time :)