Dial Square – Season Review 2015/16

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2015/16 Season Review

Four seasons in, and I have more enthusiasm at this point for the save than I have had for any other, and that includes Enfield Town! I’ve had to do very little in terms of managing – this team just wants to win every time they step onto the pitch. The continuity of playing the same core squad with the same tactic has proved a luxury not afforded to most lower league managers, though it is more unique than most other LLM saves. 😉

npower League One (stats)

I knew we had a good chance of securing a playoff place as a bare minimum. Even winning it wouldn’t surprise me. I didn’t expect to totally walk the league however! We scored many more than the nearest team and we conceded considerably less too. We had a few draws, but our low loss rate ensured we won convincingly.

FA Cup (stats)

The first two rounds went as expected. I was happy with the draw away to Hull, and was even happier with a win to take us into the fourth round. The home draw versus Chelsea was a game I knew we couldn’t expect to win, and we gave it our all, with only a narrow loss. Much more important for the club was the £850k in gate receipts earned from the record 31,533 bums on seats!

Capital One Cup (stats)

Pathetic. Abysmal. And I don’t really care. There’s no real money in this cup, and we had no chance of going far anyway.

Johnstones Paint Trophy (stats)

I was very surprised to win this for a second consecutive season, as I used it as an opportunity to give a run-out to the backups and players moaning about lack of games.

My Player of the Season

Benik Afobe returns to win this accolade for the third time in four seasons. Top scorer, lots of assists too. A real team player, despite his not-so-great teamwork attribute.

Transfers

IN: Lee Foley is a decent potential CB picked up for a low compensation fee for what he could be worth in future. Larnell Cole on a free was too good to refuse, though he’d only play backup to Gnabry.

OUT: A few remaining reserves and u18’s generated when the club was started, released on frees.

Youth Intake

At last, someone worth signing! And he wouldn’t look out of place in a top club’s youth intake, either! Straight into the starting eleven, scoring on his third appearance and becoming both youngest player and goalscorer in club history. Jeff Woodward looks like he could be useful in the future, too.

Next Season

I think we should do rather well in the Championship, better than the media and odds will suggest, anyway. Stake your house on a top 10 finish!

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