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Hackney Wick FC – 2025/26 Season Review

We’ve turned professional now that we’re in the Football League so most of the players will be moved onto new full-time contracts so that we can train them more efficiently. Unfortunately we’ve now reached a point where many of the original Hackney Wick players just won’t cut it any more, and so there’ll be a fair amount of transfer activity this season to rebuild the squad for our new life as a pro club. To be honest we reached that point a long while ago with some of them but my attachment to them got in the way of making sound footballing decisions. Not any more…

Expectations

I forgot to screenshot the email message with the expectations but they were:

  • Avoid relegation from League Two
  • Reach the FA Cup 1st Round
  • Reach the EFL Cup 1st Round
  • Reach the EFL Trophy Group Stage

These expectations are realistic. I’m not expecting to get anywhere in the EFL Cup/Trophy but I’m hopeful of a better finish in the League, and a Third Round appearance in the FA Cup would be good for the finances.

 

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2014/15

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2014/15 – League Two – End of Season Review

Another season in League Two, but one we can be optimistic about. Last season we only just missed out on the playoffs, but this time we can do it!

Sky Bet League Two (stats)

This time around we told the board to expect a top half finish, but I was personally hoping to clinch a playoff place. We got some good players in, and spent most of the season in the top three. Even with our good form for most of the season, I was still pleasantly surprised that we won the league. Something we need to work on is scoring goals though, as we scored quite a few goals less than the opposition, though we also conceded much less too.

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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2013/14

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2013/14 – League Two – End of Season Review

Sky Bet League Two (stats)

We were ‘supposed’ to finish mid-table according to what I told the board, although we spent much of our season in and around the top-half. It took a long time to get the strikers firing, with Midson going 28 games without scoring at one point. We rallied late in the season to take the play-off push to the last game, including a 6-0 win at Southend, followed by a 5-1 home win versus rock-bottom Newport County, but even if we’d have won that match (we lost 1-0 to a 92′ goal vs Accrington) we would have missed out on goal difference anyway. To be honest, we wouldn’t have really deserved to be in the play-offs, and I’m sure we’d have not got past the semi-final, anyway.

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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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FC United – Season Review 2015/16

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Season Review 2015/16

My third season in charge saw FC United playing in the fourth tier of the English league system following promotion from non-league last season. It again proved a successful season, with the club massively exceeding expectations in both league and cup competition. Our exploits saw me headhunted by Shrewsbury, and a couple of our players being tracked by Premier League and Championship clubs, culminating in a bid for our striker…

npower League Two (stats)

The expectation was to avoid relegation. But then I’ve never been one to do what is expected. We moved into first place after only 15 games, and we never relinquished it, despite periods where we struggled to get wins and racked up many draws. Towards the end of the season we started to throw away a good lead, and we went into the final game needing a draw if York won. It turned out that we didn’t need to as York lost, but we won anyway, making the gap between us look bigger than it was going into the game.

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