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Hackney Wick FC – 2030/31 Season Review

We’re home! We’re finally back in Hackney after nine years of ground-sharing around London with our own home, Kasanga Park, named after our founder, captain and now Director of Football Bobby Kasanga. We had an amazing first season in the Premier League last season and also in Europe. Can we improve on our 10th position? Will we be able to make a mark in the domestic cups without the distraction of Europe?

Expectations

  • Avoid Relegation
  • Reach the FA  Cup fifth round
  • Reach the EFL Cup fourth round

Budgets: £70m/£350k

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Hackney Wick FC – 2028/29 Season Review

This season we’re widely predicted to fail again and be relegated by the media despite making it to the playoff final last season. To be honest I’m targeting to be there-or-thereabouts regarding the playoffs this time around,  whether we get there will be determined by how much we can strengthen the team, and how much more our promising young squad can develop during the season.

ExpectationsexpectationsThe expectations are realistic for the cups but as I’ve already said I’m really aiming higher for the league. We started with an £11m budget but this is what remains after our initial transfers.
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Hackney Wick FC – 2024/25 Season Review

We’re in the National League, which is the highest division in the semi-professional game. If we can go up from here, we’ll be a professional Football League outfit! But before we get carried away with that idea, we have to face a division filled with a good few professional sides that have been relegated over the years and the very best of the non-league…

Expectations

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These were the agreed expectations with the board, which I feel are very achievable. I didn’t bother taking higher as we are already way under our wage budget and it didn’t alter our transfer budget either.

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Hackney Wick FC – 2022/23 Season Review

As we failed to win promotion last season by finishing second and losing the playoff final to Harlow, we have another bite at the Ryman Premier. We definitely had the potential last season to win the division, and with it automatic promotion, but we didn’t show it at times, letting good leads slip to draws and draws slip away to losses. This season we’ll do it. We’ll go up to the National League South. Won’t we?

We’ll be moving from Mabley Green to groundshare with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road which is a pre-planned move I made before starting the career because Mabley Green in reality isn’t a stadium, it’s a caged astroturf pitch in a park. I could have set it to force a new stadium build once we outgrew Mabley but it wouldn’t have the expansion capacity to fulfil our future dream of Champions League football, and would cripple our already delicate finances. Brisbane Road is the closest stadium to Hackney Marshes (as close as London Stadium, but 60,000 capacity is a bit much for us!) so we’ll share with Orient until we have the finances to build our own home.

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Hackney Wick FC – The Story So Far: 2016-2021

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve had numerous restarts with this career, but the last one, the one I was blogging, I believed to be the last. I thought I’d chased all the bugs out and that it was as stable and as good as it was going to get. Alas, it was not. I’d noticed our ticket prices – match and season – were increasing exponentially year on year, far more than teams around us, to the point we were charging Arsenal prices (commonly known to be the most expensive in England) whilst in the seventh tier. There were also contract type issues again, which was the main cause of my original attempts failing, as well as some niggling database issues which were more irritating for me than game-breaking. An in-game editor couldn’t fix any of the issues so the last option became the only option – attempt to fix it all in the pre-game editor and start again. To allow myself time to catch up to where I was I decided not to blog until we’d reached the Ryman Premier again, and that I’d quickly sum up the seasons taken to get there in a single blog post. This one. So here goes…

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Hackney Wick FC – The Club in FM17

Following on from my earlier post introducing the real-life club, here’s how it translates into the game.

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Just as in the real world, the virtual club begin life at level 12 of the football pyramid, in the Middlesex Football League Division One (Central & East). Home is Mabley Green, an all-weather artificial pitch in Hackney Wick, which in reality has no proper capacity but for the purposes of the game is set at 1000, all standing, with the ability to expand up to 5000 – the required capacity for entry into the Football League. Facilities for youth players and training are terrible. The club in the real world are Amateur, but due to database issues, we will start as semi-pro.

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Enfield Town – Season Review 2016/17

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2016/17 End of Season Review

Season three in charge of the Towners for this young and inexperienced manager, and this is where it gets really serious. We turned professional, and we got lumbered with debt to finance a new stadium. If it wasn’t for an invasion of the Irish, I have no idea how we’d  have fared during this past season…

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Sky Bet League Two (stats)

This was a very surprising season, as for the best part of it we sat around the top end of mid-table (as this graph shows), going on extended runs where we couldn’t buy a win. Where we got lucky is in the fact we didn’t lose many at all, managing to grab a point in games where we probably deserved nothing. In most games we were outplayed, but still managed to come away with something. We don’t have a great squad, but they do show great resilience, which, with two games to go got us into…

The playoffs:

First up were Yeovil, who finished fourth in the league. We drew with them away and lost at home in the league, but at the time of the playoffs we were coming in off the back of a fourteen game unbeaten run, coincidentally beginning after the defeat to Yeovil, which included our best run of wins this season of five in six games. We stole the win in the first leg courtesy of a late winner from Jack Cameron, which I was delighted with, especially as we were second best on the day. The second leg we knew we had the upper hand with Yeovil needing a comprehensive result to win the tie, and we put in a professional shift, doing enough to keep us in control to see us through to face York in the final, who beat Plymouth in their semi.

Both our league games against York ended in score draws, though we did beat them well in the FA Cup (see next section). In what was statistically an even game, we were 2-0 up by the hour, and York scored with eight minutes to play, but it was merely  a consolation. We were, against all odds, going up!

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