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Ryan Ferguson: The Unorthodox Approach

For most, the battles stay on the pitch. For Ryan Ferguson, his battles are off it.
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mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-07-18 20:33
00 2165 posts 316 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
Some good looking signings and a great result in the cup! Onwarda and upwards (until the end of the season)
Justice's avatar Group Justice 2017-07-19 08:58
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Whitehawk Draw In Manchester.... AGAIN

Manchester City Held Whitehawk To Draw In Relatively Boring Encounter


The first leg of the EFL Cup semi final tie between Manchester City and Whitehawk ended in a 0-0 draw in Manchester. Neither side were able to find the back of the net, with the deciding leg to be played in Brighton.

0-0 Draw vs Manchester City - EFL Cup Semi Final

Jason Coffey Had Whitehawk's Best Chance Of The Game Saved

Deputy goalkeeper Daniel Bentley retained his place in the side for the EFL Cup as Whitehawk fielded an otherwise full-strength side.

The first chance of the game fell to Jason Coffey after just one minute. Whitehawk moved on a quick counter attack down the left, and Kingsley Osagie's lofted ball set the Irishman through on goal. However, his shot went straight in to the welcoming arms of City goalkeeper Abdulla Ali.

Kylian Mbappé was next to test the young City goalkeeper, two minutes later, as the Frenchman stormed away from his marker in midfield. The Ballon d'Or winner skipped away from a number of challenges before unleashing a long range effort, but Ali comfortably caught the ball.

Manchester City very nearly took the lead after ten minutes through Damir Sipus. John Stones skipped away from Facundo Foti's challenge before playing in a deep cross. Sipus connected with a powerful header but his effort clattered off the underside of the bar and bounced away to safety.

Damir Sipus and Jason Coffey both saw long shots whiz just wide of the post for their teams in the second half, as neither side could break the other down. Daniel Bentley produced a smart save to deny Damir Sipus late on in the game as the fixture ended in a 0-0 draw.

Stephen Lacy (Whitehawk) - 7.7/10

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"It isn't an ideal result but it was a very difficult game. Both teams played well to cancel each other out and it will leave an exciting tie for the return leg. We're disappointed not to be leaving here with a positive result but we are happy with our chances of progressing to the final."

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, yeah I'm delighted with the signings! I didn't need any real improvement on the starting eleven, so the best I could do was improve the bench and prepare the club for future seasons, even if I won't be there!

Previous Update: #81 - Whitehawk Progress In FA Cup
Next Update: #83 - Whitehawk Through To EFL Cup Final
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Whitehawk Through To EFL Cup Final

Whitehawk Stormed Past Manchester City To Book EFL Cup Final Place


Whitehawk scored three first half goals to defeat Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi finals. The first leg in Manchester had finished 0-0, but a 3-1 victory in Brighton put Whitehawk through to the final.

3-1 Win vs Manchester City - EFL Cup Semi Final

Whitehawk Scored Three Times In The First Half

Whitehawk faced a selection concern just hours before the game as both Daniel Bentley and Jason Coffey were reported to have viruses. Predrag Rajkovic started in goals, as a result, while Miroslav Novakovic moved from the right wing to a central striker position, with Martin Ødegaard lining up on the right.

The first goal of the game came in the twentieth minute, for Whitehawk. Martin Ødegaard picked out a clever run made by Erkan Aktaş, and the Turkish full back's low cross was converted by Miroslav Novakovic.

Whitehawk doubled their lead thirteen minutes later. Kingsley Osagie retrieved the ball deep in midfield, but left two defenders on their heels as he stormed towards Manchester City's penalty area. From twenty yards out, he let a shot fly, and the ball landed in the top corner of the net.

Whitehawk scored their third in the fortieth minute. Facundo Foti's cross was headed at goal by Kingsley Osagie, but Ali did enough to parry it away. The ball fell kindly for Kylian Mbappé to convert, leaving Whitehawk with a three goal advantage heading in to half time.

Manchester City found a way back in to the game through Gustavo Martínez deep in to the second half, but it was too little too late as Whitehawk booked their place in the EFL Cup final.

Kingsley Osagie (Whitehawk) - 8.5/10

EFL Cup Final Draw

Whitehawk Would Face Manchester United In The Final Next Month

Manchester United had also progressed to the final following victory over Swansea City in the semi finals. It was set to be a thrilling fixture between Manchester United and Whitehawk, between José Mourinho and Sir Ryan Ferguson.

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"We were superb. Our attacking performance in the second half was unbelievable and we deserve to progress to the final after that. We took the foot off the gas a little in the second half but we did the job required of us and we can now look forward to the final at the end of next month."

Previous Update: #82 - Whitehawk Draw In Manchester.... AGAIN
Next Update: #84 - Whitehawk Seal Fifth Round Place
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Whitehawk Seal Fifth Round Place

Whitehawk Defeated Aston Villa To Secure FA Cup Progress


Whitehawk continued their run of form in the FA Cup with victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Goal from Tomas Mrva and Gradimir Lucic sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory as Sir Ryan Ferguson's side progressed to the fifth round of the competition.

2-0 Win vs Aston Villa - FA Cup 4th Round

Tomas Mrva Produced A Moment Of Magic To Break The Deadlock

Ryan Ferguson fielded a second string outfit against Aston Villa, with Daniel Bentley tending the goals. Radek Podzemsky, Jérôme Onguéné (captain for the day), Danny Wickenden and Pipoca made up a back four, with Sergi Samper and Lewis Cook marshaling midfield. Martin Ødegaard, Ricardo Barbosa and Gradimir Lucic lined up behind lone striker Tomas Mrva.

The first chance of the game came after just one minute, as Aston Villa's Riley Nottage did well to break free of Whitehawk's defence. The striker surged forwards but his effort struck the inside of the post and was cleared away before Jóbson could convert the rebound.

Five minutes later, and Whitehawk had hit the woodwork too. Radek Podzemsky had stormed down the right wing and his high-paced cross nearly found its way in to the back of the net, but struck the bar and bounced clear of the penalty area.

The deadlock was broken in the final minute of the first half. Aston Villa had sent men forward for a corner, but Whitehawk broke in emphatic style. Ricardo Barbosa's attempted through ball only found Villa defender Yannick Moungouaka, but the Congolese defender could only deflect the ball in to the path of Tomas Mrva, who neatly nutmegged the onrushing goalkeeper Harry Lewis before rolling the ball in to an empty net.

The woodwork was once again rattled on the hour mark. Radek Podzemsky surged down the right wing, and this time he fired a driven low cross which clipped the frame of the goal before being cleared away from the six yard box where Tomas Mrva was ready to pounce.

With eleven minutes remaining, Podzemsky's wide deliveries did eventually cause what they had been threatening to do. The Czech full back took the ball just over the halfway line before curling the most perfect of deep crosses beyond the entire Villa defence and in to the path of Gradimir Lucic. The Serbian wide attacker took the ball on the half volley, and his shot whistled in to the roof of the net to double Whitehawk's lead, ending any chance Villa had of a comeback.

Gradimir Lucic (Whitehawk) - 8.2/10

FA Cup 5th Round Draw

Whitehawk Would Face Millwall In The Next Round Of The FA Cup

The fifth round draw brought Whitehawk and Millwall together for a clash which would take place in mid-February. The fixture would be played at Whitehawk Stadium in Brighton, with the winner to progress to the sixth round of the competition.

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"I'm happy with the win. We played okay and did enough to get the goals which mattered. We can look forward to the next round of the competition now and I hope we can continue this amazing set of cup runs which we have going on."

Previous Update: #83 - Whitehawk Through To EFL Cup Final
Next Update: #85 - Season 2027/2028: January Review
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Justice's avatar Group Justice 2017-07-20 19:34
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Season 2027/2028: January Review

An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In January 2028

Ryan Ferguson: The turn of the year brought the opening of the January transfer window, and the ability to add some reinforcements.


Whitehawk Spent An Incredible £53,800,000 On New Arrivals In January

Two youth players were brought in to the club in the form of Hayati and Miller, with the former being loaned out to Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims for the remainder of the season. Miller would play some role in the senior squad. Radek Podzemsky was brought in to play as a backup DR, following the long term injury sustained by Rasmus Nissen Kristensen.

One full departure occurred, with Australian international Jordan Turner moving to Sporting CP in a low-fee move. The attacking midfielder made his debut for the club in a FIFA Club World Cup fixture last December, but was deemed surplus to requirements.


Whitehawk Didn't Score In Consecutive Games For First Time Since 2026

1-0 Win vs Bournemouth (A), Premier League - 01/01/2028
Attendance: 20,827
It was a tough fixture for Whitehawk, in truth, as Bournemouth looked resilient in defence. It took a Jason Coffey scorcher early in the second half to win the game for the visitors, opening the new year with three points.
Jason Coffey (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

4-0 Win vs Tottenham (H), Premier League - 04/01/2028
Attendance: 26,786
Whitehawk were back to their goal scoring best, and Jason Coffey was once again the man to provide all the answers. A first half hat trick for the Irish international had put the game beyond any sort of reasonable doubt, and Emanuel Mammana finished the job with a headed goal in the second.
Jason Coffey (Whitehawk) - 9.6/10

4-0 Win vs Barnsley (A), FA Cup 3rd Rnd - 08/01/2028
Attendance: 23,287
A second string Whitehawk side proved too much for Barnsley, as four different players got on the score sheet. Three of the goals came in the final twelve minutes, while Jason Coffey got his fifth goal of 2028 in just his third appearance.
Sergi Samper (Whitehawk) - 9.2/10

0-0 Draw vs Manchester €ity (A), EFL Cup Semi Final 1st Leg - 11/01/2028
Attendance: 61,000
Another draw for Whitehawk in Manchester this season, as neither side proved able to score.
Stephen Lacy (Whitehawk) - 7.7/10

0-0 Draw vs Arsenal (A), Premier League - 15/01/2028
Attendance: 60,432
*Yawn* this game was a boring stalemate, in truth. Absolutely nothing exciting happened.
Facundo Foti (Whitehawk) - 7.6/10

4-0 Win vs Watford (H), Premier League - 18/01/2028
Attendance: 36,786
Whitehawk were back to winning ways, and in some style, against Watford. Martin Ødegaard scored twice before Emanuel Mammana added to Whitehawk's lead in the first half. Chavez Miller made his Whitehawk debut off the bench, and scored with just his second touch of the ball in a Whitehawk shirt.
Martin Ødegaard (Whitehawk) - 9.3/10

1-0 Win vs Manchester City (H), Premier Leaguee - 22/02/2028
Attendance: 26,786
Just days before a crucial second leg of the EFL Cup semi final between the two sides, Whitehawk came out on top in the Premier League. Sergi Samper scored a humdinger of a half volley in the second half to win all three points.
Sergi Samper (Whitehawk) - 8.0/10

3-1 Win vs Manchester City (H), EFL Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg - 25/01/2028
Attendance: 26,786
Whitehawk played a storming first half to go 3-0 up at the interval in the second leg Gustavo Martínez got one back for Manchester City, but to no avail as Whitehawk booked their place in the final.
Kingsley Osagie (Whitehawk) - 8.5/10

2-0 Win vs Aston Villa (A), FA Cup 4th Rnd - 29/01/2028
Attendance: 53,026
Whitehawk rounded off the month with a comfortable win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Goals from Tomas Mrva and Gradimir Lucic proved enough to secure progress to the next round.
Gradimir Lucic (Whitehawk) - 8.2/10

Overall: Overall, a solid month. We dropped points against Arsenal, but drawing that game is better than losing it. We can be happy with continued progression in both cups, with us securing another EFL Cup final.

Premier League

Whitehawk Were Nine Points Clear At The Top Of The Table

We moved nine points clear at the top of the table, having played through most of the mid-season grind. Manchester United had struggled for consistency, and slipped away from us in the title race.

Player of the Month

Emanuel Mammana Was Whitehawk's Star Performer of January 2028

Emanuel Mammana showed his experience in a tough month for Whitehawk. The Argentine defender twice got on the score sheet in a strong run of form.

Player's Season Stats:

Appearances: 33
Goals: 2 (1,401 minutes per goal)
Assists: 1 (2,802 minutes per assist)
MotM Awards: 0

Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 33.33% (4/12)
Dribbles Completed: 66 (2.00 per game)
Key Passes: 2 (0.06 per game)
Cross Completion Ratio: 8.00% (2/25)

Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 11
Tackles Won Ratio: 75.68% (56/74)
Interceptions: 372 (11.27 per game)
Mistakes: 38 (1.15 per game)
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 37 (1.12 per game)
Fouls Against: 6 (0.18 per game)
Yellow Cards: 3
Red Cards: 0

General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 77,64% (1,104/1,422)
Headers Won: 212 (6.42 per game)
Distance Covered: 9.67km per game
Key Moments: 15 (0.45 per game)
Matches Won Ratio: 84.85% (28/33)
Average Rating: 7.33

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Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"It was a great month for us and I am very happy with how we started the year. We have some new faces in the dressing room, which is nice, and we have played some great football. We are progressing well in the FA Cup and the Premier League, and we now have an EFL Cup final to look forward to."

February Fixtures

Whitehawk Would Compete In The EFL Cup Final In February

Our first task was to play against our only real title rivals, Manchester United, on the first day of the month. League games against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and QPR would follow, before a trip to Atlético Madrid in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League knockout round tie against them. We would then play Millwall in the FA Cup and Swansea in the Premier League before a much-anticipated EFL Cup final against our arch enemies, Manchester United.

Previous Update: #84 - Whitehawk Seal Fifth Round Place
Next Update: #86 - Whitehawk Destroy Mourinho Title Hopes
This post was edited by Justice (2017-07-21 11:03, 2 days ago)
mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-07-21 07:31
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You are blowing away anyone that stands before you! Incredible! I didn't know it was possible to play that many games in January though, even for English football that looks an awful lot!
Justice's avatar Group Justice 2017-07-21 11:02
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Whitehawk Destroy Mourinho Title Hopes

Whitehawk Defeated Manchester United In Crucial Fixture In League Race


The disgruntled figure of a frustrated José Mourinho captured the headlines as his Manchester United side were on the wrong side of a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Premier League leaders Whitehawk. Mourinho's side were completely annihilated by the home side, but he may be the first to point towards refereeing decisions which influenced the result.

3-0 Win vs Manchester United - Premier League

Manchester United Were Powerless To Resist Whitehawk's Attacking Ferocity

With Jason Coffey still absent with illness, Miroslav Novakovic was once again tasked with leading the Whitehawk attack. This presented Martin Ødegaard with another opportunity to impress on the right hand side.

The 4-4 thriller between the two sides back in August had given the perfect demonstration of the attacking ability of both sides, and both sets of supporters were expecting another fiery fixture.

Indeed it took just little over two minutes for the drama to ensue and just as in the reverse fixture, it was from a Whitehawk attack where the drama had begun. Kylian Mbappé's floated corner was met by the hand of a sorry Luken Díez, and Whitehawk were awarded a spot kick. There was never any doubt when Kylian Mbappé stepped up to take it, and the Ballon d'Or winner saw his effort go well out of reach of the ageing David De Gea and nestle in the bottom corner, giving Whitehawk a precious early lead.

Manchester United, as expected, looked to respond and were applying relentless pressure. However, Whitehawk were a side who had not conceded in league action since the beginning of December, and their defensive composure was on show against The Red Devils.

The next piece of drama occurred just after the half-hour mark. Whitehawk were soaking up all of Manchester United's pressure and when the ball broke for Kingsley Osagie in midfield, the visitor's defence was split. A lofted ball for Miroslav Novakovic to run on to had left José Mourinho's side under an extreme amount of pressure and, instead of risking concession of yet another goal, United defender Allen Guerin took down the Serbian attacker. Guerin saw red, and United were down to ten men with just under an hour remaining.

Guerin's cynical foul proved to be in vain, as Whitehawk would score their second goal from the resulting free kick. A well worked short free-kick had presented Martin Ødegaard with the opportunity to shoot from the edge of the box, and his low strike took a massive deflection off of Luke Shaw, sending the ball in to the top corner of the United goal. The visitors will have felt very hard done by, with all the luck appearing to go Whitehawk's way.

Whitehawk would get a third before half time, with much of the credit to go to Erkan Aktaş for his contribution. The Turkish full back made a timely interception in his own half and surged forward in a high-paced run. He cleverly evaded the desperate lunges of Tiago Djaló and Rhys Hughes before cutting back to present Miroslav Novakovic with an open goal, and the Serb showed no carelessness with a calculated finish.

Whitehawk looked to retain possession in the second half, and kept Manchester United's chances to a minimum. At the end, it was very much a huge win for Whitehawk, although the scoreline may have been flattering. Mourinho will be gutted with the result, but under no illusion that luck was against his side. There were no errors made by the officials, but sometimes the football gods just have it out for you.

Erkan Aktaş (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"We have to be very proud of our performance. We had some luck on the way but we deserved the goals we scored and we can take great encouragement from defeating our major title rivals. It opens up the gap between us a little bit more and hopefully we can continue our form for the rest of the season. We have some very important fixtures to play this month and we will be under no illusion of how difficult these games will be."

Comment Section

mgriffion2012, yeah it was a very hectic schedule! It was a result of having to play the EFL Cup semi finals, and the rescheduled league games from December due to our appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup. The rest of the season should prove a little less hectic, but we can take great pride in holding strong in such a busy month!

Previous Update: #85 - Season 2027/2028: January Review
Next Update: #87 - Mourinho: Whitehawk Were Lucky
This post was edited by Justice (2017-07-23 12:41, 4 hours ago)
mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-07-22 08:05
00 2165 posts 316 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
You are delivering on your promise from earlier in the season! Mourinho must be trembling with fear!
Justice's avatar Group Justice 2017-07-23 12:40
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Mourinho: Whitehawk Were Lucky

Mourinho Claimed Poor Refereeing Decisions Gifted Whitehawk Victory


José, a disappointing defeat yesterday. What are your thoughts on the result?

José Mourinho: "My thoughts are clear. We played very good football and had a strong performance to make us deserve three points. But, unfortunately for us, the referee decided we were not to win. Whitehawk had all the luck. The penalty decision for the first goal was very soft and the own goal was extremely fortunate for Whitehawk that it came about as it did. The red card was never a red card."

The result leaves your side twelve points adrift of Whitehawk. Is there still some glimmer of hope for United to win the league?

José Mourinho: "Whitehawk have been very lucky. They are swimming with a current of luck on their side and that is why they are top of the league. But the current will turn against them and we will be waiting for this, like a predatory shark, and we will pounce when the time is right. We do not know when we will overtake them at the top but we know that we will win the league title this season."

You have a chance for revenge at the end of the month at Wembley, when you face Whitehawk in the EFL Cup final for a second consecutive year. Who do you think will come out on top?

José Mourinho: "We will. We are Manchester United, do not forget that. We are the best football club in the world with the most fans and the best players. We have the best manager in the world too. It is a trophy we want to win to stake a claim for our credentials as a world class team once more, and we will lift the EFL Cup."

Your rivals Whitehawk face an interesting tie against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League. Will they progress?

José Mourinho: "No, I don't think so. It would be silly to say that Whitehawk has no talent, because they do. But they lack experience. The players are very young and do not know how to play against the true veterans of the game. Atlético have Lukaku. Lukaku knows how to win and he will lead Atlético to the next round."

Your side will also be facing a team from Madrid. Can you overcome Real Madrid to reach the next round?

José Mourinho: "Yes, yes, of course. We are very prepared for our fixtures against Real Madrid and I am confident we can progress, and go on to win the competition."

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, Mourinho trembles with something, but not with fear! He may be arrogance personified, but credit has to go to him for his charisma and never-wavering will to succeed.

Previous Update: #86 - Whitehawk Destroy Mourinho Title Hopes
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