Season Review 2016/17
Another season completed with the Red Rebels, and the teams’ collective desire to catch up to the Glazer’s mob is unabating. We continue the chase through this season in League One with the aim of promotion to the Championship, and with the budgets so generously afforded to us, nothing less, in my eyes, is satisfactory.
npower League One (stats)
Another successive title win and promotion! With Mercer our rock at the back, Evans up top and Telford in between, the core which was installed last season only needed minor additions in order to make the step up, and step up is exactly what we did. We didn’t make the top spot our own until matchday 37, but only because of the many rescheduled games due to our cup runs.
FA Cup (stats)
We made the fourth round mainly because of the easy run we had, up until we met Fulham. We battled hard at Craven Cottage to earn a replay, and we gave everything at home too, but in the end, a 2-1 loss is still a respectable scoreline versus a Premier League side.
Capital One Cup (stats)
A win against Birmingham was a good indicator of what we can expect when we reach the Championship, but a win versus fierce rivals Liverpool sent both myself and the fans into raptures! It wasn’t a very weak Liverpool side either, all but one of the side were first teamers, even if they weren’t considered first names on the team-sheet. Sunderland were a different animal, maybe because they aren’t rivals, maybe the players weren’t as up for it? Who knows. But a 0-1 defeat is still a respectable scoreline.
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (stats)
I’ve finally won the JPT on FM13! It was my fourth attempt (2 with ETFC, 2 with FCUM) and this time we clinched it, though it took extra time in the final to do it! We had a relatively easy run, with all of our opposition coming from the league below.
Noel Mercer was again a star, winning the League One Player of the Year award, as well as being the club and league’s highest average rated player with 7.93 (& 7.96 in all comps). He racked up an awesome 27 man of the match awards in all competitions, too.
Stuart Evans was League One Top Goalscorer with 29 goals, and scored 36 in all competitions, with 13 assists.
Adams, Edwards and Hall came in to strengthen us at LB, CB and AMR respectively. Carruthers was bought as a utility AM. McDonagh is a young AMC/ST who will rotate for now, but will hopefully grow into a more permanent fixture in the team. Roxburgh is a hot prospect from Celtic who I feel will make a better DM thanks to his lack of jumping and heading ability, and is currently being retrained, as is Gray, who is supposedly a DR/WBL, but looks to me to be more suited to a CB role.
Promotion to the
money Premier League, please!