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    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.
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    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.


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    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!”

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    * Has no confidence in the managers ability
    * Wants to be transfer listed
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    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.

    Spoiler!


    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:

    Spoiler!


    Fixture Results

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    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!

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    Half a season of games for me, but my heart's not in it after the loss of my mentor and occasional enemy.

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    *disappointed about how new manager runs clubs
    *lacks of first team football
    *miss Niko
    *still looking for girl of life

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    * Is having an identity crisis
    * Wants to be the girl in Kowalinho's life
    * Wondering who Miss Niko is
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    *wants Niko back
    *ashamed of the new manager performance


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    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.



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



    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!

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    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.

    Fixtures

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    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!!

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    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

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    * 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
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    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.

    Players!

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    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.

    Fixtures

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    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!

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    *Without Niko Newark is not the same club
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    Nice to get some game time at Barnsley!

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    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.



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    Date      Opposition                 Ven  Competition                     Res    Attend  Scorers
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    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!)

    Spoiler!


    Squad and Stats

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    Full Fixtures

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    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!

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    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

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    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

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    Fixtures

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    Transfers

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    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!

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    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.



    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.

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    1.7.11    Simon Fox                  Spartak Moscow             £2.1M     
    11.10.11  Ross Short                 Derby                      £6M       
    
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    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...?!

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    Squad Stats!

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    Fixtures!

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    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!

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    Sorry bout delay, family shit.

    Hope to get Season 7 out when the other crap in my life is sort out.

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    Zan - Excellent work, loving the "Where are they now" sections...You going to make a fucking bet or what?

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Zan - Excellent work, loving the "Where are they now" sections...You going to make a fucking bet or what?
    Done.

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    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!”

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    Season 7!



    Spoilers!

    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:

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     2012/3 Transfers
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    Date      Player In                  From                       Fee
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    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...?!

    Spoiler!


    Squad Stats!

    Spoiler!


    Fixtures!

    Spoiler!


    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!

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    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....??!!

    Spoiler!


    Squad Stats!

    Spoiler!


    Fixtures!

    Spoiler!


    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!

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