Pub Team to Manager’s Dream – Your Stories

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Recently I’ve heard of a few other people doing a similar challenge to this one, and everyone’s story has been so different, with different players, different tactics, different choices etc.

So this got me thinking, I’d like to hear your stories and journey from similar challenges, maybe with the exact same team or with a different one. So if you are doing a similar challenge, please feel free to use this post to comment and update me and everyone else on your progress and let us know your story.

I look forward to hearing about your triumphs, toils, key players and the history you’re making for your club…

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Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 35 – Season 5

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So we arrive at the beginning of yet another new season in yet another new league. Although as every new league has been one higher up the structure, there will be no complaints on that front.

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Even though the friendly fixture performances fizzled out just as we came to the start of the competitive matches, we still managed to get of to a very good start to The Mid Sussex Football League Division 6 with five consecutive wins. And all in all the first half of the season has gone more or less to plan. There were few matches that turned out to be closer than I would’ve liked in the early rounds of the cups but the final scores are all that matters in the cups, and as we’re still in the hat for each of the cups, everything is still very much okay.

Some matches in focus

vs. East Grinstead Meads (Smmerville Cup): Great performance for the first competitive match this campaign. We were massively dominant with 60% – 40& possession and 18 shots to their 2 shots stats. Strikers Harvey Bradbury and Jacob Bell got off to scoring starts to the season with 1 and 2 goals respectively and right midfielder Jack Ball completed the scoring.

vs. Maresfield Village: Scoring opened apparently by an own goal from their goalkeeper but it was really more of a deflection from some 6 yard box mayhem. Their equaliser came as a bit of a shock in the 55th minute as we were firmly in control. And there was some great late drama as Jayden Antwi-Nyame won it for us in the 87th minute with a fantastic long range goal from nearly 40 yards out.

So also another strong start to another season and only one real spanner in the works which comes again in the form of players on amateur contracts being tempted away from the club. Just in case you couldn’t guess what the spanner in the works would be by now. As you have seen, it hasn’t knocked the team off their stride but nevertheless, next time I will reveal which players have had their heads turned and are off to pastures new…

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 34 – End of Season 4 Transfer Update

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Last season we actually managed to hold on to the majority of our players during the transfer period for the first time, and we didn’t really lose a key player at all until further into the season. But can that particular feat repeat itself this season… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 34 – End of Season 4 Transfer Update

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 33 – Season 4 Awards and Some Interesting News

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So after another successful season here at Keymer and Hassocks F.C, we arrive at the well earned end of season awards night. Some players will get awards, others will just get drunk, but let’s find out… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 33 – Season 4 Awards and Some Interesting News

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 32 – Season 4 Cups

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It’s becoming a given each year that we reach all of the cup finals, and I certainly hope that this continues for many years to come. So without further ado, let’s get into the matter of this years cup finals and their outcomes… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 32 – Season 4 Cups

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 31 – An Odd Transfer

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Now, losing players to bigger, more reputable clubs has been a recurring and slightly annoying feature of our time at this club. But it is at least understandable why a player would leave given the opportunity to play at a higher level and maybe even earn some wages. One of our long serving players, however, had a different attitude towards his career direction it seems… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 31 – An Odd Transfer

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 30 – Season 4 Conclusion

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After another great start to a league season, we found ourselves sitting top of the table once again, with only one loss in ten matches. Although we had some breathing room after this first half of the season, we still had to continue to perform in order to gain promotion by winning the league like the board expects of us… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 30 – Season 4 Conclusion

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 29 – Season 4 Kicks Off

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After managing to retain all of our best players and most of our players generally for the first time, we were in a great position going into the fourth season and were ready to take the Mid Sussex League Division 7 by storm. But first we had to make a good job of the preseason in order to perfect the preparations… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 29 – Season 4 Kicks Off

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 28 – Start of Season 4 Transfer Update & Expectations

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Last time out I showed you that so far our squad hadn’t been decimated by bigger clubs snapping up our players from their amateur contracts, for once. And actually, compared to previous seasons it has carried on that way and although we have lost a few players which I am about to show, we have managed to keep a very decent squad together mostly… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 28 – Start of Season 4 Transfer Update & Expectations

Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 27 – Season 3 Awards & Transfers Update

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After another successful season, we reach the last club event before the players and some of the staff go away for their annual holiday period. That event is of course the players awards evening for the season… Continue reading Pub Team to Manager’s Dream Part 27 – Season 3 Awards & Transfers Update