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Hackney Wick FC – 2026/27 Season Review

This is our tenth season, and we’ve come much further than I anticipated in that time. From the twelfth tier to the third. It’s been an incredible journey, and one that has still really only just begun.

Expectations

  • Avoid Relegation from League One
  • Reach the FA Cup Third Round
  • Reach EFL Cup First Round
  • Qualify from EFL Trophy Group Stage

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2016/17

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2016/17 – League One – End of Season Review

We managed a strong top half finish last season, and this season we needed to push on for a minimum of a play-off position if we were to convince the players and the fans that this is a club looking to reach the Premier League in this decade…

Sky Bet League One (stats)

The board were looking at a minimum of a mid-table finish, but I had greater aims – to at least finish in the play-offs. We started slowly, and after the first six games or so we looked like we weren’t going to do much better than last season. A change of tactic, from the trusty old rigid, counter-attacking system that got us this far, to a more possession based, fluid and short passing tactic. Still based on the 4-1DM-2-2-1 formation, the main changes to the roles were the use of an inside forward on the left wing, supporting full-backs rather than defensive, and the use of a Half-Back to step back into the defensive line when the full-backs went forward. It was a formation I had already set up, so the familiarity with it was pretty high already when it was implemented, and therefore it had much more of an instantaneous effect. Though we still hadn’t lost at that point,  we started winning games instead of drawing, and went on a run of six games won in a row, and ended up going 21 games unbeaten in the league. Towards the end of the season, due to us picking up injuries like an Essex girl picks up STD’s, we dropped off a bit, but we still managed to take the title relatively comfortably in the end.

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2015/16

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2015/16 – League One – End of Season Review

Last season we won promotion to League One as champions. This season… Consolidation!?

Sky Bet League One (stats)

Consolidation was the board’s minimum target, and to be honest I was looking for the same. Relegation wasn’t an option for me, and I knew we had a decent squad. We spent the first half of the season in the bottom half of the table with mediocre form, but a 1-0 win versus arch-rivals Franchise FC (MK Dons) was the catalyst to propel us into a decent mid-table position. What I didn’t expect is, with a handful of games to go, we had got into a position to have a shot at the playoffs! We started out well, closing the gap down to three points with three straight wins, but then we drew three and lost one of the last four games, the gap opened back up and the chance was gone. But considering we wasn’t even looking to reach mid-table, to get that close was a huge achievement!

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Enfield Town – Season Review 2017/18

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2017/18 End of Season Review

Here we are at the end of another season, a season where we were expected to finish rock bottom, a season where we again came up smelling of roses. The manager has been head-hunted by almost every club in League One and the Championship where the manager has been sacked, and every one was rejected. Our reputation is still far behind our league standing which made recruitment difficult, but not impossible.

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Sky Bet League One (stats)

What a season! For the past couple of seasons we’ve been pretty average, then stolen a playoff place in the last couple of games. This season was different as we were into the play-off places by matchday five, and we never dropped out of them. By matchday 31 we were top, and we never relinquished it.

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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.

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FC United – Season Review 2016/17

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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. Continue reading FC United – Season Review 2016/17