Took charge of a team called Thorpe Hesley
of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior Div One. 9 clubs compete to win the league and get themselves up a level to the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior level of football.
Playing on local council fields and no training facilities to speak of, with £105 in the club coffers and no wages to pay, the club is expected to lose around £4,580 this season.
My club is 3rd favorites to go up locals tell me 26 year old Gareth Garlick
will occupy my central attacking midfield spot or one of the two centre forward spots, a decent player for this level.
26 year old Alex Blackmore
is another to watch and will play in one of the two striking spots, another decent player at this level.
With no history to speak of, whatever I do with this club will be record breaking.
Aim for this season
Fill the squad with as many players of the next level of football as possible and hope for some type of investment in the club.
£373 in the kitty now, and 3 new players into the club, pre-season was all over and done and the season was upon us.
Levi Freeman was the first into the club, central midfield player and at 20 years of age I am hoping he will be someone I can build the midfield round. One of the best players at the club, he has the ability to play at the next level and a youth product of Vanarama National League club Kettering.
35 year old Dave Whittaker can play at either central midfield, attacking central midfield and striker. Dave has played for quite a few clubs during his time and spent the early part of his career at Crewe. An old head that the young ones can turn to and listen to, Dave is good enough to play at the next level.
Final player in last month was left back and 33 year old Alfie Carter, Alfie has played in the top flight of Welsh football and has plenty of league experience in English football. The third player to tick the box of players who can play at a higher level of football, Alfie is by far and away the best left back at the club.
7 players in through the doors last month and a 100% start to the season with a couple of wins.
All the new arrivals at the club are good enough for the next level, so my aim of filling the squad is working out well. The main attraction according to the fans is Jacob Turner, an 18 year old central midfield player, Jacob came through the ranks at Huddersfield but was released and a player I was sure would be key to our promotion push.
On the field my lads opened the season up at home with a 2-1 win over AFC Dronfield, which would have been more but for the sending off for 2 yellow cards of Lee Burgess, Ashley Sutton was also booked in the game. Alex Blackmore hit both goals, 1 being an individual effort and the other set up by Ben Patterson.
This was followed by a 2-0 away win over Ecclesfield Red Rose, Alex Blackmore scored his 3rd goal of the season and fellow striker and on his debut, Nabil Guédioura hit his first for the club. Keeper Kevin Martin set Nabil's goal up whilst Alex scored his 2nd individual goal of the season.
I had noticed we had a little bit of a nasty streak to our play, with another 3 bookings - this time Alfie Carter, Chris Price and Ryan Ford all got yellow's for bad tackles that saw 2 of the home sides players taken off due to injuries.
Alex Blackome in our first game and Adam Burley picked up the man of the match awards.
On the financial front the club now was in debt by the tune of £8 due to a payment to work on the pitch and surrounding area as I wanted the profile of the club increasing, I wanted to attract paying customers and not just 1 man and his dog.
following this.. interested to see how you develop it
cheers smithy079, I just need to remember to save the bloody thing!
Another 100% month to make it 5 wins from 5 in the league and stay top of the pile, we also had the head spinning amount of £42 in the bank!
The month started off with a 2-1 home win against High Green Villa, Alex Blackmore and Adam Burley scoring the goals. Burley also managed to get himself sent off in the 71st minute with a straight red following a shocking challenge. Daniel Pollitt was also booked whilst Daniel Pollitt picked up the man of the match award and Gareth Garlick set one of the goals up, the other one again was a solo effort by that man Blackmore.
Silkstone United were then beaten 3-1 away from home, Nabil Guédioura picked up the man of the match award after setting up 2 and scoring 1 goal, Ben Patterson also set 1 of the goals up. The remaining 2 goals were scored by Dave Whittaker and Alex Blackmore.
A tough 1-0 home win over South Kirby Colliery finished the month off, Alex Blackmore scored the winner and his 6th goal of the season and has scored in every game this season. We really had to dig in deep during this game, Jacob Turner picked up the man of the match award and also set the goal up. Yellow cards went to Chris Price, Ryan Ford and Alex Blackmore.
In regards recruitment 3 more players were brought to the club this month, again all good enough for the next level.
Only 1 game due to be played during October, that being an away game at 2nd placed Davy, a win and we could be 5 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Only 1 game last month, a 1-1 draw against my rivals for the top spot and the first time the team had to come from behind. The draw against Davy saw Dave Whittaker score a cracking goal with Mark Hudson setting him up, John Pritchard saw yellow in a very even game.
More players of the next leauge level came to the club, this time 4 more joined the club - I believe the number of quality players coming to the club has made us a slightly attractive offer at the moment. A 2 year main kit sponsorship deal was signed worth £3.5k per year.
Our kitty stood at £3,604 and 2 games were to be played this month, a home tie against 6th place and then an away game against the team in 7th place. I expected nothing but 6 points from these games.
Just the 2 players came to the club this last month, the number slowing down as most positions have a couple of players good enough to play at the next level, so it's a case of ticking over and trying to win the league as soon as possible.
Not been happy with the side in the 2 games that have been played, firstly a 2-2 home draw against Millmoor Junior Reserves. Nabil Guédioura and Dave Whittaker saved our blushes after coming back from 2 down. Jacob Turner picked up the man of the match award and also set 1 of the goals up. Daniel Pollitt and Ashley Wolliscroft picked up yellow cards.
Then a 4-3 away win at Sheffield Bankers, coming back from behind 3 times and then to steal a winner. Our goals came from Dave Whittaker, Alex Blackmore and 2 from Nabil Guédioura.
The assists were from Chris Price, Dave Whittaker and Nabil Guédioura, Blackmore also picked up a yellow card.
Just 1 game in December as we go into the 2nd half of the season and its an away game against AFC Dronfield.
£4,061 in the bank.....
What a crap way to finish the year off with the only game in December being a 2-1 defeat to AFC Dronfield, I have had a feeling for around 4 or 5 games now that my squad of players who are better than this division are getting a little too big for their boots and hopefully this defeat will wake them up.
Nabil Guédioura scored our only goal after great work by Ben Matthews, 4 yellow cards and a red also did not help matters, Aaron Pride, Jacob Turner and a couple of yellows and then a red for Joe Camozzi, who's 2nd yellow was for diving.
Still 5 points clear at the top with 7 games to go, just 1 game to be played this month which is a home tie to the team bottom of the table....we must win it.
£4,136 in the bank.
4 players came into the club and a couple left, the makings of a really good squad is built and they should get us out of this division.
What a crap way to start the season off, losing 3-2 at home to the team bottom of the table Ecceslfield Red Rose! We went 3-0 down before we woke up and hit 2 late goals through Alifie Carter. Chris Price and Ashley Woolliscroft set the goals up and Jake Gregory got a yellow card.
The only bright point was the man of the match award for Alfie, still top of the table with 6 games to go but only a 2 point lead now. The team really need to get a grip and not think the league has already been won.
2 players were shown the door last month, moaning about not playing, so they were gone.
High Green Villa away who are now bottom of the league this month, we need to get back to winning ways.
£3,705 in the bank.
The wheels have well and truly fallen off my promotion bus, with another poor defeat. 3rd on the bounce and the first time all season we have not scored. I have no idea what the answer is, but we need to sort ourselves out as we are now in 2nd place and only the top slot goes up.
High Green Villa did what was needed to beat us, and I am worried that the morale within the team will start to drop. The lads are all better than this level, but they don't seem to have the fight so I may have to change tact and look at players good at this level who want to win and want to go up rather than expect to do so.
£6,439 quid in the bank as we continue to grow financially, however on the field 2 of our best players have jumped ship, Levi Freeman and top goalscorer Alex Blackmore have both moved on.
Gutted the season is starting to go wrong.
An interesting month with mixed results, but something that I think the side needed and I as the gaffer needed to answer a few questions.
The youth players were announced and everyone of them were signed on, no-one stood out, but you never know, one might do well for me sometime.
First match was a home game against Silkstone United and a 2-0 defeat, we were shocking and I needed to rip the rule book up. A missed penalty and ill-discapline meant we didn't go back to the top, yellow cards were dished out to Daniel Pollitt, Phil Cavener and Angus Langton.
I decided to change formation to an out of the box standard 4-3-3 and the result was great, a 4-0 away win South Kirby Colliery, Nabil Guédioura smashed in a hat-trick and the other goal was knocked in by Mark Jones (YP13). Ryan Ford, Joe Halsall, Mark Jones (YP13) and Nabil Guédioura set up the goals. Nabil Guédioura picked up the man of the match award.
The win keeps us in second place, 1 point behind the leaders with a game in hand. One home game next month for the team....we were back.
£8,532 in the kitty, the club was growing slowly, and hopefully the players back on song.
Still in 2nd with the game in hand after scraping through with a 1-0 home win against Davy, Ryan Gormley hit the only goal of the game. Alfie Carter set the goal up to cap off a man of the match award winning performance.
Millmoor Juniors Reserves is up next away from home before a final home game against Sheffield Bankers and hopefully the championship.
The clubs finances continue to grow with £12,219 in the bank.
Get in! Champions, the change in formation did us well, that and the performances from a couple of our youth players!
2-1 away win at Millmoor Junior Reserves clinched the title, goals from Dave Whittaker and Mark Jones (YP13). Dave Whittaker and Gareth Garlick set the goals up. Joe Camozzi picked a yellow card up and Daniel Pollitt was man of the match.
The final game of the season was a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield Bankers, Charley Baker scored the goal after great work by Gareth Garlick Charley also picked up the man of the match award. Daniel Pollitt picked a yellow card up.
Another kit sponsor was awarded after the match, 2 year sponsorship deal worth £3.7k per year. Talk of a new stadium was shelved as the club had no where near enough cash and I was also told nothing would be done to improve our youth set up.
So next season would be Level 11 football and Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior league, we had done it, we had gone up when we were expected to finish in 3rd place.
One step closer to European football!
£20,956 in the bank...whooooooo rich we are.
Time to start and build another promotion winning side, as we were 1-5 on favorites to win the league!
I have decided to flood my squad (if possible) of players good enough at this level, I am not going to try and bring in players with the mindset of 'being better' as it didn't work last season and only a mix of 'good for this level' and youth players got me up - that and a new formation.
However, I was going to go back to the initial formation and hope another pre-season leaning it will do the trick.
Funds were growing, we now had £20,986 and I was a few days off having a real good look at the squad and cutting the fat.
I was shocked at the odds on which had been placed upon our team, but with English County League Division One to play for.....bring it on was the message from the players.
5 players in and 5 out in a pre-season of slight change, I have decided to go for a core squad of 10 players with 20 odd as back up - these players are young and have come through the youth squad.
3 league games this coming month should tell us where we stand in terms of quality against the rest of the league, the club are still coming to terms with being told we are the best in the league and really hope this does not put too much pressure on the team.
7 more days to go before the start of our 2nd season together, 9 teams have been turned down in regards terms of moving to them as manager.
Regional First Div team Burscough is the highest profile team after me.
Money in the kitty has dropped slightly to 20,083 but with the season to start I expect this to climb again.
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