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The Royal Redemption

A tale of drama, hypocrisy and controversy, but most importantly; the journey of a football manager
Started on 18 October 2014 by Justice
Latest Reply on 31 October 2015 by Live For FM
If you can win three of those next six games you've done magnificently. Fantastic to see your out of the red for now!
Not a bad run of games at all. A tough few matches played and I'd say you've done well to come out with four points. Well done against Everton, that was a solid win! Good luck for next month, all winnable games with the exception of United, but who knows? You might just conjure something up knowing you ;)
Tallery, I don't know, all of our opponents are very good :/

Walter, yeah a good amount of points on the board will be fantastic for us :P

AaronHJFT96, hope for the best and prepare for the worst! It will be a tough ask but we won't like down easy :P
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9 yearsEdited

Legend Calls Time On Whitehawk Career

Captain & Legend Danny Mills To Leave At End Of Season

It is a sad day when a legend decides to leave your club. When the news broke out that Whitehawk's captain Danny Mills would be departing the club at the end of the season, Hawks fans were left with tears in their eyes. Danny Mills himself found it difficult to make the decision but he believes that it is the best move for his own career.

Danny Mills: "It was a very hard decision for me to make. I've been at the club for over eight years now, since 2012, and it has been an important part of my life ever since. But it was a decision that I had to make to continue my footballing career as best as I can. I'm not currently of a high enough ability to play week-in, week-out in the Premier League, as much as I would want to be. I've been working hard in training but I know that I'm not able for this level of football. This is why I'll be leaving at the end of the season.

I guess that's a testament to how far this club has progressed in the last few years. In 2012, we were in the Ryman League Premier Division. Steve King was our manager at the time and he did a fantastic job to get us to the Vanarama Conference South. Then Prince William came in during 2014 and he has been a true hero for us ever since. Five promotions in six seasons proves this. We have stepped up our level so much in such a short space of time. It has been great for me to play in so many different leagues with the one club but at the same time, it has become difficult for me to adjust to a higher level year-after-year. I still scored 14 goals in the Championship last season from a right-wing position but I was scoring over twenty goals per season in the lower leagues before that. I would like to go back and play there again."

Despite not being a part of Whitehawk's future, Danny Mills will remain a supporter of Prince William's army and believes that they will eventually become the best team in the world.

Danny Mills: "Under Prince William, anything is possible. He is a tactical mastermind and he has this team playing fantastic exciting football. The players he has brought in have been great for the club and if he gets a big budget next season, he will transform this team in to a true force in English football. He knows how to develop a squad well and I can see this team becoming one of the best teams in the world in the future, if not the best. We just need to keep hold of Prince William, he is our most important person."

Previous Update: Season Seven: November
Next Update: Season Seven: December
Sad day for Whitehawk fans. Another outstanding update, hopefully you can keep increasing Whitehawk's stature ;)
There's only one Danny Mills :'(
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9 yearsEdited

Season Seven: December


League Match vs Crystal Palace (H) 07/12/2020: We were on live television once more as we hosted Crystal Palace and we gave our viewers from around the world something to savour as we ran out as comfortable winners. Junior Stanislas was in the thick of the action once more and his early goal put us on the front foot from the off. We pushed for a second but couldn't find it until late on as Matt Lowton was fouled inside the box and Scott Tanser coolly tucked away the resulting penalty. Our defensive player was outstanding in this game as a side which contained Iliev and Mahrez struggled to break us down. It was an all-round great performance.
Man Of The Match: Junior Stanislas (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Charlton (H) 12/12/2020: This game was a true tale of two halves. We struggled to cope with Charlton's pressing game in the first half and they deservedly took the lead through Jorge Delgado just before half-time. However, after an aggressive team talk at half-time, the Hawks found themselves playing with more purpose and direction and midfielder Martin Remacle netted a stunning volley from inside the box to level the game. Unfortunately the game remained tied as we could not force home a winner.
Man Of The Match: Martin Remacle (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Aston Villa (H) 19/12/2020: This was the single most frustrating result of the season so far for me. We played them off the park, yet we couldn't find the back of the net early on. It took an hour for substitute James McClean to score for us, with a thunderous strike from inside the six yard box before Dabney doubled our advantage with just thirty minutes to go. Then, our players decided it was game over and they shut up shop against my protests. This encouraged Aston Villa to press for a way back in to the game and they got it through Christian Benteke with just five minutes remaining. Panic time for Whitehawk? You'd think so. However, my players continued to play without a care and we conceded an equaliser by regen wonderkid Stefan Gyselinck in the 93rd minute. A sickening blow for us and my players deserved the bollocking which they received after.
Man Of The Match: Dabney dos Santos Souza (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Reading (A) 22/12/2020: Believe it or not, Reading are now a team comfortably challenging for European places each year. We were always going to be in for a tough game against them. However, we did take the lead with a little over fifteen minutes remaining as Zach Clough pounced on a through ball to fire home a wonderful first-time effort. Surely we could hold on to this lead so late on. But no, late goals are a curse to us this season and surely enough, Reading equalised with eight minutes remaining as Stuart Bannigan had too much space in our box and slotted home a cool finish. My reaction was of pure frustration as I gave my players another deserved bollocking.
Man Of The Match: Stuart Bannigan (Reading)

League Match vs West Ham (A) 26/12/2020: Boxing Day saw us travel to the Olympic Stadium to face a West Ham side surprisingly in the bottom half of the table. Yet, as before, we took the lead through Junior Stanislas in the second half. With ten minutes remaining, we looked all good until Marco Antonio Bueno struck. The Mexican striker scored two in the space of five minutes to hand West Ham all three points and leave us on our asses and once again, my team got a shouting at for letting another lead slip late on. You can begin to see a pattern in our performances here.
Man Of The Match: Marco Antonio Bueno (West Ham)

League Match vs Man Utd (A) 30/12/2020: Our last match of 2020 would be at Old Trafford against Manchester United and we knew we'd be up against it. They dominated the game from beginning to end. Gerard Deulofeu scored early on for the home side after some fantastic football and they should have had three or four more before half-time. Junior Stanislas was having a great month for us and scored, yet again, to level the game with our only shot of the game. But United would not let this game slip and Kevin Strootman and Luka Jovic both came off the bench to score and secure all three points for the Red Devils.
Man Of The Match: Gerard Deulofeu (Man Utd)

Overall: I should be happy with this month but I am not. Apart from the game against Man Utd, we should have won each and every single game. We were the better team against everybody else and had better chances but never capitalised. Dropping points late on like we did against Aston Villa, Reading and West Ham has left me sickened as we could have, and should have been, seven points better off than we are now. My players need to be focused until the final whistle. We concede late goals way too often.

Player Of The Month

No shock as Junior Stanislas grabs the award for a second month in a row. The English attacker has been in sensational form this month and scored no less than three goals. An impressive tally for a very impressive player!

Junior Stanislas' Season Stats
Appearances: 18
Goals: 6
Assists: 3
MotM Awards: 2

Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0

Pass Completion Ratio: 72%
Dribbles Per Game: 2.26
Fouls Committed: 6
Fouls Against: 30

Average Rating: 6.96

Barclays Premier League

Our stuttering form has seen us drop back in to the drop zone, but only just. We're not in a position where we have to worry too much as we can easily climb out again if we can put some good results together. Hopefully we don't leave it too late to fight our way out though.

January Fixtures

We have a very difficult month ahead of us with a lot of big opponents to play. We start 2021 with a home FA Cup match against West Ham before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. A midweek trip to White Hart Lane to play Spurs follows before we host Liverpool to end a run of four very big matches. We then host Hull and travel to Newcastle to end the month. It is going to be an extremely tough month for us but I hope we can pick up some amount of points.

Previous Update: Legend Calls Time On Whitehawk Career
Next Update: World Player Awards 2020
Unlucky to slip into the relegation zone, but I'm confident you'll beat the drop ;) Great update as usual
The Villa game was probably the toughest to take and I think you maybe could've got one win more in there, but honestly, I think you did well nonetheless. Hopefully in coming months once you've got used to the BPL quality you can turn some draws in to wins :D
LFC, yeah hopefully we will avoid the drop :P

Walter, yeah it's important that we stop dropping points as we are missing out on valuable points. While drawing is better than losing, it is certainly demoralising when you lose a winning position for a tied game. :/
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9 yearsEdited

World Player Awards 2020

With the Christmas festivities well and truly over and the turn of the year eclipsing, the year of 2021 stands before us with many more great challenges and excitements. However, before we can move forwards, we must look back at the star performers of 2020. Last year's Ballon d'Or award was won by none other than the Barcelona and Argentina legend Lionel Messi, with arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo finishing in just third place as Ronaldo's team-mate Gareth Bale snatched the runners-up position. This year, Lionel Messi is now 33 and Cristiano Ronaldo is now 35 and are both coming to the end of their footballing careers. Who would come out on top this year?

Lionel Messi: Won nine times (2009-2012, 2014-2017 & 2019)
Cristiano Ronaldo: Won two times (2008 & 2013)

Third Place: This year's third place position goes to Chelsea's Belgian winger Eden Hazard. The twenty-nine year old played 55 times for club and country in 2020, scoring 17 and assisting 16. His most famous goal of the year came in extra-time in the Champions League final against Real Madrid to take the game to penalties. Unfortunately for Chelsea and Hazard, Real Madrid won the shoot-out. It was a trophy-less year for Hazard as Chelsea finished second place in the Premier League too, with Man City taking top spot. However, Hazard did claim the award for Best Player In Europe in the 2019/2020 season. It was a special year for Hazard internationally as he became Belgium's all-time leading goalscorer, scoring his 35th and record-breaking goal in a friendly against Iran. Unfortunately his country did not have a good Euro Championship, after being knocked out in the quarter finals by Germany. A great year for Hazard saw him take 161 of the voting points.

Second Place: It was not to be Cristiano Ronaldo's year as he came runners-up once again. The Real Madrid and Portugal captain turns 36 in just over a month and while his prolific goalscoring has slowed down, he is still one of the best players in the world today. Fitness issues saw Ronaldo make no more than 41 appearances for club and country this year, but he did score 19 goals and assist 13, scoring an impressive 231 voting points. Ronaldo captained Real Madrid to their 12th ever UEFA Champions League win after a dramatic victory in the final over Chelsea. He also lifted the FIFA Club World Cup but came runner-up in the UEFA Super Cup. Domestically, Real Madrid had a poor season and finished just second in the league. It was an exciting year for Portuguese football as they reached the knock-out stages of the Euro Championships but lost to Belgium. All-in-all, another trophy-laden year for the Portuguese superstar.

First Place: Guess who, it's Lionel Messi! The thirty-three year old Argentine has had to take a step back from the scoring department as he now plays in wide midfield under Barcelona manager Roberto Mancini but he has still had a sensational year. Making 49 appearances for club and country, Messi has contributed 20 goals and 7 assists, earning him 414 voting points. With the aid of Messi, Barcelona did the double as they won Liga BBVA and Copa del Ray this year. They also lifted the Spanish Super Cup too! In terms of international honours, Lionel Messi captained Argentina's Olympic squad to a runners-up spot, losing out to Mexico in the final. An all-round great year for the little magician who may have just won his last ever Ballon d'Or!

Previous Update: Season Seven: December
Next Update: Whitehawk Reinforce Defensive Options
As you said 7 points better off would have left you in 11th/12th place but you still have a lot of time to turn it around and I think they have the right man for the job! Keep up the great story! Been loving your posts since you've joined! Can't wait for next post! :)
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9 yearsEdited

Whitehawk Reinforce Defensive Options

Tommie Hoban Becomes Whitehawk's Most Expensive Ever Signing

With the first half of the season over, Whitehawk's defensive frailties have come to the forefront of Prince William's concern after a string of late goal concessions have seen Whitehawk drop points and slip in to the relegation zone. The club gave manager Prince William £600k to strengthen the squad in January and he made good use of it by bringing in Tommie Hoban (£450k) from Watford and Conor Townsend (£120k) from Fulham. Tommie Hoban's transfer was Whitehawk's most expensive ever signing while Townsend's ranks third, with Stanislas' £125k summer move coming second.

26. Tommie Hoban - DC

Fee: £450,000
Signed From: Watford (ENG)
Nationality: Irish
Squad Role: Key Player
International Caps: 1

Tommie Hoban has become my most expensive ever signing for a reason. He was the best central defender available on the market at the time and he brings a lot of experience to the squad, while still only being 26. His positioning and awareness are particular strong points of his game and he is a good tackler of the ball. Aerially, he can provide a threat for us and he is good physically too. For the price we paid for the Irish international, I am delighted with what we got. He adds a lot to our team and while he isn't top class, he is a very good defender for our level, and indeed for the Premier League.

Value For Money:

27. Conor Townsend - DL

Fee: £120,000
Signed From: Fulham (ENG)
Nationality: English
Squad Role: Rotation
International Caps: 0

While Scott Tanser is more than good enough at left back for us, he was our only natural one and I did want to bring in a player who would challenge for the starting spot with him. Conor Townsend has experience at Premier League level with Fulham and is a very capable wing back. He has everything I want in a left back and will provide stiff competition for Tanser. The fee was very low for his value, which I am delighted about, and I believe that we have gotten a bargain in him. Hopefully he will prove his fee this season.

Value For Money:

Previous Update: World Player Awards 2020
Next Update: Season Seven: January
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9 yearsEdited

Season Seven: January


FA Cup Match vs West Ham (H) 02/01/2021: We had gone five games without a win previous to this fixture and we were lacking on confidence. Having lost last month to West Ham courtesy of a brace from Marco Antonio Bueno in the final ten minutes of the game, we knew we'd have it tough and we did. Marnick Vermijl picked up a red card for us just after half-time, leaving us in a position where we attempted to hold out for a replay. Unfortunately, as was the norm at this time, we conceded a late goal as Diego Rolan send West Ham through with three minutes remaining.
Man Of The Match: Elliot Parish (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Chelsea (A) 09/01/2021: This was by far the most exciting game I have ever witnessed on FM, despite us losing. We saw the best attacking football from both sides in this game and the score was 3-3 at half-time. I had told my team to forget about their current form and to go out and prove why they deserve to be in the Premier League. Normally scoring four goals at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea would be an extraordinary accomplishment, but we were out-scored as Chelsea won with an incredible 6-4 scoreline. Kevin Griffiths had his best ever game for us, scoring one and assisting the other three. What a game, and what a competition!
Man Of The Match: Youri Tielemans (Chelsea)

League Match vs Tottenham (A) 13/01/2021: We faced a midweek trip to New White Hart Lane, which is never easy. This was proven as Tottenham opened the scoring just 47 seconds in to the game. Zach Clough, buoyed by his goal at Chelsea, scored a brilliant equaliser for us as he powered home a cracking finish from the edge of the box. However, late goals came back to haunt us as Havard Nielsen snatched all three points for Tottenham with a powerful headed finish with just five minutes remaining on the clock. Probably a deserved victory for Tottenham, but we had improved dramatically on previous performances.
Man Of The Match: Joao Mario (Tottenham)

League Match vs Liverpool (H) 16/01/2021: Next, Liverpool came knocking. We decided to take the game to them and they did the same to us. It was a brilliant free-flowing attacking game and Rafinha opened the scoring for Liverpool with just 15 minutes on the clock. However, Zach Clough had rekindled his goalscoring touch to score his third in as many games just moments after Liverpool opened the scoring. The remainder of the game brought great attacking football from both sides, as we matched every move Liverpool threw at us. A well-deserved point for us and a huge confidence boost heading out of the winter period.
Man Of The Match: Scott Tanser (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Hull (H) 26/01/2021: Next we welcomed Hull and we finally got our first win in ten games as we battled right to the end for all three points. Junior Stanislas was the star of the show as he scored and then crossed for Tommie Hoban's goal. We continued to attack and came close a few times. Robert Snodgrass scored a stunning free-kick with 15 minutes to go but it was no more than consolation as we took all three points quite deservedly.
Man Of The Match: Junior Stanislas (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Newcastle (A) 30/01/2021: Newcastle were sitting pretty in third place when we travelled to St. James' Park but we took the game to them, buoyed by our recent results. It was another sensational Premier League classic as the score finished 4-4 on the night. Newcastle thought they had the game won when Louis Kay bagged a brace. However, Zach Clough had another idea as he potted home two to level the score with 25 minutes remaining. It was end-to-end stuff as Harry Chapman gave Newcastle the lead once more but a goal from Kevin Griffiths tied the game with five minutes remaining before Zach Clough completed his hat-trick just minutes later to make it 4-3 to us. Unfortunately, we couldn't hold on to this slender lead as Louis Kay also completed his hat-trick with just a minute left on the clock. What a game!
Man Of The Match: Zach Clough (Whitehawk)

Overall: I am delighted with this month. Despite being knocked out of the FA Cup by West Ham, we showed great character to go to Stamford Bridge and score four, before almost snatching a point at Tottenham. We stunned Liverpool at home and then finally got our much-deserved win against Hull. We continued our great scoring form at St. James' Park too! We have improved a lot and proven that even if our opponents play well, we can still score goals.

Player Of The Month

Stanislas was fantastic once again this month but the award has to go to Zach Clough. The English striker had been struggling earlier on in the season but he really picked himself up this month and scored an incredible six goals! Hopefully he can continue this form and hit newer heights.

Zach Clough's Season Stats
Appearances: 24
Goals: 10
Assists: 4
MotM Awards: 2

Yellow Cards: 1
Red Cards: 0

Shots On Target Ratio: 46%
Pass Completion Ratio: 74%
Fouls Committed: 5
Fouls Against: 62

Average Rating: 6.80

Barclays Premier League

Our end-of-the-month flurry of goals wasn't enough to see us get out of the relegation zone but we are still in with a good chance of survival. We remain in the hunt for safety and anything is possible still.

February Fixtures

A tough trip to St. Mary's to play Southampton is followed by home games against Norwich and Swansea. After that, we travel to Manchester City. It will be a tough month but with some luck, we can gather enough points to climb a place or two.

Previous Update: Whitehawk Reinforce Defensive Options
Next Update: Whitehawk Striker Has Found Golden Touch
Some very difficult fixtures there, unlucky to get such a hard run of games but you can do it ;)

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