The Premier League era
After a meteoric rise from the Blue Square South, racking up back-to-back promotions, we found ourselves in the Premier League. Our first season in the ‘promised land’ saw us finish a very respectable ninth, especially as much of the season was spent in the bottom half of the table. In 2020/21 we improved again to finish sixth, and qualify for the Europa League, while also reaching the FA Cup 6th round. In the league in 2021/22 we finished fifth, but we won the Europa League at the first attempt! It was a statement of intent, because we went into 2022/23 on a high – a high that saw us finish second in the league while also reaching a second Europa League final, only to lose to Porto.
My first choice starting eleven at the end of 2022/23 season, 4-2-3-1 Deep formation:
Evans – Coyle – Sílvio – Robinson
Martínez – Yerastov
Cantarero – – – Nijhuis – – – Fiorillo
Cremaschi Continue reading Enfield Town 2013-2047: The Career to Date – Part Two
Formed on 23rd June 2001, Enfield Town was the first wholly supporter owned and run club in the country. Assisted by Supporters Direct, the club have laid a lot of the groundwork for clubs like AFC Wimbledon and FC United as well as advising those setting up Supporters Trusts at other non league clubs.
The original Enfield FC were one of the most feared Non League teams around. They won the Conference in 1983 and 1986 as well as the Trophy in 1982 and 1988. Today they would be promoted into the Football League (in fact in 1987 they would have been promoted if the system we have today was brought in), but back in the 1980′s it was up to the League clubs to determine if a non league club could and would be voted in. Consequently, teams like Enfield, Altrincham and Wealdstone never got the chance. The story then turn an all too predictable turn. The club was sold, ambitions were unrealistic, financial meltdown ensued. In Enfield’s case they actually split into two, with Enfield 1893 and Enfield Town going their separate ways.
The Supporters Trust tried to assist the then Board in securing a return of Enfield FC to the Borough of Enfield. After failing to achieve that, the Trust voted to set up a new club within their home borough. A place was secured in the Essex Senior League for the fledgling club, and a groundshare agreement was made with Brimsdown Rovers for the use of their Goldsdown Road ground. Following a good deal of work, the ground met the standard for the Ryman League and this led to the successful promotion, at that time into the Southern League.
The 2011/12 season proved to be an important one for the club. Having celebrated it’s 10th birthday over the summer, Enfield Town completed the move to its new home at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Enfield. A long held dream, the club worked closely with Enfield Council to see the old athletics stadium restored and upgraded to be able to host Ryman League football. This has finally provided the club with a home of its own a short distance from the former stadium in Southbury Road, and also achieving promotion to the Ryman Premier League. Promotion was via the Play-offs, beating Grays Athletic in the Semi and Needham Market in the final.
In 2012-13, the club was promoted again, to play in the Blue Square South for the 2013/14 season. But despite this success, manager Steve Newing decided to quit while he was ahead, believing that the successive promotions left the club with insufficient ability and structure to stay up, let alone be competitive.
And that’s where I come in. Continue reading Enfield Town 2013-2047: The Career to Date – Part One
This isn’t a definitive guide, but it’s a place to start. Always watch as much of the match as possible to see what is working and what is not. When changing things, do it one thing at a time so that you can see its effect – too many changes and you won’t see what has worked and what hasn’t…
Also, pay particular attention to the mid-lower table team instructions when in lower leagues – mid table instructions if you’re in a lower league but a decent team within that league, bottom half instructions if you’re in a lower league and predicted/expect mid-table or lower. Continue reading How-To: Make Your First Tactic
After spending the past six years on various forums for both Championship Manager and Football Manager, I’ve finally taken the step of starting my own Football Manager blog!
It seems that the interest in forums is waning, with interaction and meaningful discussion being replaced with generic one-line answers proving that people are just viewing in-depth posting as TL;DR. The current trend for blogging as the preferred medium has led me here, to create this blog.
I’ll be posting my new and existing ‘How-To’ series of Football Manager guides here – which cover topics such as creating a tactic, finances and staff searching amongst others – as well as my existing and work-in-progress tactics. Also, my career updates will be found here first!
Hopefully you will find my guides informative, and my careers interesting!