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Trent Rovers: A Fictional Tale

A story of the fictional team Trent Rovers who have gone from nowhere to the Championship and back again in a short period of time
Started on 15 December 2016 by samclaret
Latest Reply on 10 January 2017 by samclaret
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Welcome To Nottinghamshire, the Home of Robin Hood, the Goose Fair, Brian Clough's European magic and Trent Rovers Football Club.

After the relegation of Worksop Town from the Conference North during the 2006-07 season, with the club in dire financial trouble, and losing ownership of their ground Sandy Lane, the club were close to folding. However, seeing potential in the areas lack of football club's and ability to move up the league's with the right investment, a group of Nottinghamshire businessmen bought the club, and moved it a short distance down the A1 to Newark-on-Trent, building a new stadium and training complex showing their desire for the club to succeed.

In an interview at the time, the Club's newly appointed CEO Fred Hunt expressed his remorse that the move was similar to that of the deeply unpopular decision to move Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes in 2002. He stated “not only is the move a much shorter distance, it will help grow the club's fan base – there is significant investment planned for the project and the local area should be very excited”. The aim was to turn the club into only the fourth Nottinghamshire side in the football league, adding an extra badge that the county could be proud of. With this in mind the club used the imagery and history of local legend Robin Hood to put together a striking brand for the club.

With a new location came a new name - Trent Rovers, a new stadium – Major Oak, a 10,000 seater stadium with potential to expand to 25,000 capacity, named after Robin Hood's supposed hideout, and a new state of the art training facility Barrel Hill Road, including a reserve team stadium with a capacity of 3,500.

The Outlaws found their first season in the Northern Premier tough, finishing 13th and with the new owners unhappy, the club replaced Ian Bowling as manager with a highly rated young local manager named Sam Thompson.

Under Thompson's tenure the club quickly rose up the Tiers with no less than five back-to-back promotions helping the Club reach the Championship in 2012-13. Sam Thompson left the club in May 2012, to pursue a career in the top tier of English Football with West Bromwich Albion, replacing Roy Hodgson who had left to take up the England National team hot seat.

The departure of Thompson who had made the club very much his own, caused discontent amongst the fans who were upset to see the manager who had changed the club's fortunes around, allowed to leave so easily. CEO Fred Hunt decided to put together plans to expand the stadium to a capacity of 20,000 to allow them to start competing with the bigger teams in the league as well as calming some of the discontent among the fans.

29th July 2012, disaster struck Trent Rovers when the steelwork in the Castle Stand at Major Oak collapsed under the weight of the additional tier being built. The accident killed 5 people and left 3 paralysed.

The club moved to Lincoln City's Sincil Bank for the 2012-13 season, but the cost of the disaster including enquiries into why the stadium collapsed, legal costs amongst other expenditures meant the Outlaws were unable to pay wages for 2 months between January and March 2013. Performances started to slip as a result and on 4th May 2013, Trent Rovers were relegated back to League One.

As quickly as the team climbed up the Leagues, the club slid back down them, eventually being relegated to the Conference North during the 2015-16 season. However, having finally stabilised the clubs finances by selling the land Major Oak stood for £2 million, the club are now in a good financial shape to make a comeback and learn from the mistakes of their past.

Manager-less Trent Rovers announced today that they will be making a major announcement tomorrow evening.

To be continued....
BREAKING NEWS: The Outlaws will Live on

Trent Rovers are excited to announce that the sale of the Major Oak has made sure the club will live on for years to come.

With that out of the way we can now make a few exciting announcements: -

1. We have a new home, our reserve stadium at Barrel Hill Road training complex will now play host to our first team matches for the foreseeable. To make sure it meets requirements for several tier's above our current league work has commenced on building a small stand named the G. W. Rice stand named after the contractors who lost 5 of their employees in the stand disaster in 2013.

The stand will seat 3,000 spectators, we will arrect a temporary stand which will hold 1,000 more spectators on the other side of the pitch. These improvements will bring the overall capacity of the stadium to 6,000.

2. This is by far our biggest news...we are DELIGHTED to announce the return of Sam Thompson who will take charge of the club affective immediately. The club's backers will give the Outlaws' legendary manager a more than competitive playing budget to put a squad together capable of promotion straight back into the Conference National.

3. With the news of Thompson's appointment comes the news that the after many discussions and thoughtful consideration, the club will be buying out the contracts of all player's within the three squads within the Trent Rovers senior set-up; First Team, Under-21's and Under-18's, meaning that they will all be allowed to leave the Outlaw's to find new clubs.

This decision has not been made lightly, however the unsatisfactory performances of recent seasons in addition to the club now being in a stable financial state and the club moving to Barrel Hill Road, has given the club a new lease of life and would like that to take place on the field in addition to off it.

The club will not be making any more statements at this time. Newly appointed Manager Sam Thompson will be giving a brief overview of his plans for the club and the direction he sees it going in within the next day or so.

The Journey Begins

Welcome to my first ever FM Story, hopefully it's not too bad! Having read the last previous posts you should have got a vibe for where I am going with this story, it's a tale of tragedy and second chances.

Trent Rovers are a fictional team I have been making in the game since 2007, and in one game I got them all the way to Champions League winners and would love to be able to do that again, but this time, with you all coming along for the ride.

As a quick recap, the Outlaws were bought out in 2007 and moved to Newark-on-Trent from Worksop where they went under the name of Worksop Town and were renamed Trent Rovers by the new owners.

Under Sam Thompson's management the club went from the Northern Premier to the Championship in 5 years with large investment put into the club, however a tragedy when building a new stand and the departure of Thompson meant the club fell straight back down to where they came from – Conference North.

Thompson has returned to the club, has been given a competitive wage budget, but has come into the club when all players on the books have been released to give the club a clean slate.

With no players Thompson has been given a wage budget of £43,460 and a transfer budget of £226,940 to put together a squad capable of winning promotion back to the Vanarama Conference on the first time of asking.

As just alluded to, the board expect Thompson to win the Vanarama North and nothing else will do, with the money made available they expect this to be more than achievable.

The club have extremely good training facilities for this level, but will be playing in what once was their reserve stadium which is an adequate size for now, holding 6,150 fans (5,150 seated), but will have to be improved if the club are to progress to where the board want to take them.

What do you think so far, is this a story you will be interested in?

I'll get the game started now, and do a recap of each month of the game as and when i can, but will be quite regular.
17 New Staff Arrive and 1 Player

Newark-On-Trent will now have no less than 17 more footballing staff visiting the town with the announcement Manager Sam Thompson has signed a backroom staff on mass.

The Newark born Outlaws legend who this afternoon rejoined the club where he made his name, has not messed around in getting everything in place for their upcoming pre-season games against the likes of Dusseldorf, Leeds and Barnet by bringing in 17 members of staff.

The biggest announcement is the arrival of 34 year old Neil George as Assistant Manager, Thompson has stated "he can't wait to work with Neil". However, why he is bringing in a number two that has no history in the professional game is mystery to the Trent fans.

The rest of the coaching staff look like this: -

The scouting team looks like this: -

Last but not least, the medical team – who are rated the best in the league – look like this: -

Player Announcement

In addition to the large scale appointments in Sam Thompson's backroom staff, Trent Rovers' new manager has snapped up left footed winger Max Harrop on a free transfer. The 23 year old has played for large number of no-league clubs over recent seasons, but trained at Burnley and Bury as a youngster.

Max will be seen as a backup player to the first team squad, that currently has no other players contracted, although a large scale recruitment drive is underway according to Club CEO Fred Hunt.
The Outlaws Sign 14

Trent Rovers manager Sam Thompson has obviously had little sleep over the past couple of weeks, he has already signed up 14 players for his Outlaws squad.

The Newark born Trent Rovers coach returned to the club on the 1st July, when he took over a club with no staff and no players.

He pinpointed the lack of Staff as the more urgent problem and quickly corrected that by bringing in 17 new members of staff, and has now set his sights on getting a team together that can win the Vanarama Conference North.

Thompson has brought in 14 new players, the players are a mix between hot prospects to key players in the first team set-up.

The players Thompson has pinpointed as his key players are as follows:-

In the next week or so, the club are expected to sign more players, with the season quickly approaching.
Pre-Season Recap

It has been a mixed pre-season for Trent Rovers who have Won 2, Drawn 2 and Lost 2.

The 2-0 win against Barnet has got to be seen as the best win of pre-season and will have given the Outlaws hope that their sharp decline is now over and they can start getting back on track again.

However, the 4-0 defeat to Isthmian League First Division South side Chipstead was a very disappointing result for Trent especially as the last game of their preparation for a promotion chasing season.

The Outlaws manager Sam Thompson has now almost completed his squad, having now signed no less than 28 players. Here are the 14 new players they have signed.

These are the players Thompson sees as being key players: -

Lukas Lidakevicius

Arran Pugh

Luke Oliver

Al Bangura

The Outlaws will now start the season with a tough set of fixtures to kick off their promotion push: -

Do you like the story so far? How would you improve it? Would love to hear what you all think. Feel like i'm posting to no one at the moment.
August Review

It was a tough first month for Trent Rovers, but with a completely new squad who have not had enough time to gel together yet, W:1 D:4 L:1 is a pretty decent return, but they will need to start winning more if they want to gain promotion at the end of the season.

Manager Sam Thompson is using this tactic for Trent Rover's first 6 games, only really tweeking the striker and central midfielder roles depending on each players strengths.

Kidderminster 1-1 Trent Rovers

Fans comments: “I was hoping for a win today because of all the pre-season talk of 'only promotion will do' but these are a good side. We'll get the job done on Tuesday night against Alfreton.”

Managers comments: “Kiddy will be up there at the end of the season, so they will have wanted to start the season with a win today, but we've played superbly to stop that happening and bagged a point as well. Job done in my eyes.”

Trent Rovers 2-2 Alfreton

Fans comments: “Bad time management today, we went all defensive after we scored on the 84th minute, they used that to their advantage and scored two minutes later. We need to get better.”

Managers comments:“It's like throwing a kid who can swim into the deep end for the first time, they'll drown for a few seconds, but then that survival instinct will kick in and they are soon swimming, because they knew how to do it all along... We are that kid who has just been thrown in, we know what we are doing, we just need to get to know each other better.”

Brackley 0 – 2 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “It's a start, but we can't get carried away. Brackley were poor today, against better opposition we'll be caught out and that needs fixing.”

Fans comments: “We did everything right today, we'll start jumping up the table now.”

Trent Rovers 1 – 1 AFC Telford

Sam Thompson's comments: “We were lucky to get anything out of today, the players need to buck their ideas up and quick!”

Fans comments: “We were lucky, but they didn't deserve to get anything so we'll take the point.”

FC United of Manchester 2 – 1 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “These are a good side but we were nowhere near good enough today, I'll be looking to mix things up and maybe bring a new player in before the game against Bradford, because something needs changing.”

Fans comments: “What a load of shit, travelled 2 hours to watch that pile of crap. Thompson needs to go!”

New Signing

Trent have signed Danny Denholm from Forfar for £4.9k after the injury to Josh Dawkin and deciding Max Harrop isn't ready for first team football yet. He will go straight into the first team for their game against Bradford PA.

Trent Rovers 1 – 1 Bradford Park Avenue

Sam Thompson's comments: “We need to buck our ideas up and quick! One win in six is nowhere near good enough with this squad, we need to start creating more chances and we will work on that during training next week.”

Fans comments: “Looks like we'll be going down again at this rate.”

After the Outlaws results in August the team sit 12th in the Vanarama North table, but with plenty of time to turn things around the Trent board are putting there trust in manager Sam Thompson.

September's fixtures look like this: -

Thanks for reading, will hopefully have September finished by the weekend, but I am working a lot over the Christmas period so might not have much time.
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September Review

After a relatively poor August, Trent Rovers seemed to be showing signs of improvement throughout September; W:3, D:2 and L:1.

The Outlaws also made two new signings throughout the month including experienced Vanarama North striker Nathan Jarman and young winger Taylor Tombides.

New Signing

Trent Rovers confirmed the signing of Defensive Forward Nathan Jarman from Gainsborough Trinity ahead of there first game in September away at Salford City.

The 28 year old is no newby to the Vanarama North having joined from League competitors Gainsborough Trinity, having already played for North Ferriby, Chester, Alfreton, Corby and Trent's previous incarnation Worksop Town in the League throughout his career.

Jarman became the 8th Striker to join this summer with Thompson trying hard to send three of his backup strikers out on loan, to no avail.

Salford City 4 – 0 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “I have to apologise to the fans, I'm embarrassed by that performance, the players are embarrassed by that performance, but all we can do now is make up for it with a win over AFC Fylde.”

Fans comments: “You want me to comment on that? I can't! I'm too embarrassed!”

New Signing

Australian winger Taylor Tombides has signed for Trent Rovers on a free transfer.

The 20 year old started his career at West Ham as a youngster before moving to Hull City for less than a season, he couldn't break into the first team plans at either club and left the Tigers to play for Canvey Island where he made 11 appearances last season before being released.

Thompson believes that this signing will help improve attacking options with neither current right winger's Lewis Wilson or John McReady making “a big enough impact”.

Trent Rovers 2 – 0 AFC Fylde

Sam Thompson's comments: “Everything came together today, they were the most in-form team going into the match sitting first, but we showed we can beat those teams when we are having a good day. Maybe I should buy them all better cereal so they can have more good days?”

Fans comments: “If we keep playing like that... promotion here we come! But that's a big IF right now.”

Worcester City 2 – 2 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “Fight, that's what we showed today! We went behind twice, but got a point... we are going in the right direction.”

Fans comments: “We maybe should have won, but we are slowly showing signs of improvement since the 4-0 defeat.”

Trent Rovers 3 – 2 Darlington - FA Cup Third Rd Q

Sam Thompson's comments: “The FA Cup; football at it's best, so I knew we had to stay in it, the board want me to get to at least the second round proper... so that's the plan.”

Fan's comment: “I love scoring a winner in the dying seconds, gonna be buzzing all week now.”

Trent Rovers 0 – 0 Tamworth

Sam Thompson's comments: “I'm disappointed we couldn't get the winner, but credit to Tamworth today, they were defensively solid.”

Fan's comments: “I'm not sure they want to win anymore, maybe Thompson's plan is to draw every game?”

Gloucester City 2- 4 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “We still have a long season ahead of us but I'm quietly optimistic, we didn't let a 4-0 win bring us down we got up, dusted ourselves off and haven't lost since. A step in the right direction.”

Fan's comments: “Could this be a step in the right direction like the manager is saying? Positive me says yes definitely we were great up front, negative me says no we still suck at the back!”

After two wins, two draws and one defeat in the League throughout September, the Outlaws sit 12th in the Vanarama North. They are also through to the 3rd round of the FA Cup Qualifiers after a 3-2 win over Darlington.

Here are October's fixtures:

Thanks for reading, I've finished October in the game just need to write it up, so should be posting it VERY soon.
Just a quick question: -

Would twitter updates for this story as I go enhance the story for you or ruin it?

Let me know, Sam.
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October Review

Well... that was a tough month!! Trent Rovers had a dismal month in October, the Outlaws W:2, D:1 and L:5.

After an okay September, although nothing special, Trent self destructed in October struggling to get any sort of rhythm going, however a number of new signings and tweaking of tactics helped the Outlaws grab three points at the very end of the month.

Trent Rover 3 – 0 Northwich Victoria – FA Cup 3rd Round Qualifier

Sam Thompson's comments: “That was a professional display from the lads today, no complacency was shown as we dominated from beginning to end... now just have to start performing like that in the league.”

Fans comments: “I'm happy with that, great start to the month and we are moving closer to finally returning to the FA Cup proper after last season horrid display in the competition.”

Trent Rovers 1 – 4 Gainsborough Trinity

Sam Thompson's comments: “They were on fire today and we just couldn't stop them! We weren't great, but we seemed to switch off after getting a goal back instead of going for it like I asked them too!”

Fans comments: “Something needs to change and quick, we will fall down the league quickly if we don't”

Trent Rovers 1 – 3 Harrogate Town

Sam Thompson's comments: “It's starting to feel like i'm running out of options here, none of these players are putting their all into this time.”

Fans comments: “I honestly have nothing to say after that utter shambles.”

Stalybridge Celtic 3 – 1 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson refused press interviews for this game and sent assistant Neil George who said “Everyone has faith in Sam, we all know what he has done for this club in the past and he will get the team winning again.”

Fans comments: “Sack Thompson NOW Ken!”

Manager Sam Thompson changed his tactics to a more defensive approach (see below screenshots) after the defeat to Stalybridge Celtic in the FA Cup, in hope it will stop the rot at the back which saw the team concede 10 goals in only three matches.

Trent Rovers 2 – 3 Boston United

Sam Thompson's comments: “If only we'd showed that last minute fight a bit earlier and we would have at least drawn the game. I'm optimistic in a way because we looked a lot better today.”

Fans comments: “Have we sacked him yet?”

Nuneaton 3 – 3 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “That's what i've wanted from this team since the start of the season, it might not be three points but just to overcome that run of defeats was massive at this point in the season.”

Fans comments: “Whoopie a draw... now sack him Ken!”

Chorley 2 – 0 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments:

Fans comments: “Does Ken just not care, or do they just go 'too far back'? We need a new manager”

Thompson Panic Buys

Trent Rovers manager Sam Thompson has signed three defensive players to try and stop there current terrible run of form.

Ben Herd, Alfie Young and Andrew Burns have signed from St. Albans, Dagenham and Redbridge and Tamworth respectively, for undisclosed fees thought to be around £100k for all three players.

Ben Herd

Alfie Young

Andrew Burns

Trent Rovers 4 – 3 Altrincham

Sam Thompson's comments: “The three new players really made a massive impact on the game and Ben Herd quite rightly was made Man of the Match. The footballing intelligence these three players possess will really rub off on the rest of the squad.”

Fans comments: “I'll be honest we actually showed real attacking threat during that game, maybe throwing money at the issue is the solution?”

After an awful month the outlaws were 14th in the Vanarama North, but with a lot of the teams below having at least a game in hand, Trent are expected to fall even further in the coming days.

Novembers fixtures look like this: -

Thanks for reading, been off work today ill so had plenty of time to get November's three games finished as well, that post should be up tomorrow night!
November Review

Another pretty terrible month for Trent Rovers, problem is as soon as you start losing, it's hard to change it around!!

The board are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the way the season is going, Thompson's popularity at the club is now starting to wane, and the Outlaws media team are now starting to ban supporters from the team's social outlets. Things aren't looking good for the Nottinghamshire side.

Friendly: Trent Rovers 1 - 1 Corby

Due to a lengthy stint of 14 days between matches, Trent Rovers manager Sam Thompson organised a friendly with Northern Premier Premier side Corby Town.

This decision was made to keep the momentum going after their 4-3 win over Altrincham. The match ended 1-0 to Trent Rovers.

Stockport County 2 – 0 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “I can't really make excuses any more, this is not acceptable by any standards. I've tried to fix it but nothing is working!

No Trent fans made the trip to Stockport...

Trent Rovers 1 – 4 Stalybridge Celtic

Sam Thompson refused to speak to the media and also banned any of his players or backroom staff talking to them.

Fans comments: “The protests against Thompson went really well, over 1,000 fans turned up! He'll be gone soon.”

Trent Rovers 3 – 0 Bedworth – FA Trophy 3rd Qual. Rd

Sam Thompson's comments: “We played really well today, but I'm not kidding myself, there is still a long way to go.”

Fans comments: “Yeah we played okay, but they aren't exactly high class opposition, so... who knows.”

After two defeats in the Vanarama North, Trent Rovers sit 19th in the League, just outside the relegation places.

December's fixtures look like this:-

Thanks for reading, if Sam Thompson's reign doesn't continue, don't worry the story will continue with whoever is hired as his replacement.
December Review

A very eventful month.... W:1, D:1 and L:4. I'm not giving any more away...

FC Halifax 1 – 0 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “We were so close today, I can't really begrudge the players today they played their hearts out, but couldn't get the ball in the back of the net.”

Fans comments: “Don't know how they didn't get a player sent off to be honest.”

Emergency Board Meeting

Under pressure Trent Rovers manager Sam Thompson was called into an emergency meeting to discuss his future after yet another defeat this time at the hands of AFC Halifax.

After a reported three hours of discussions and negotiation, the board have given Thompson one month to turn the Outlaws fortunes around or they will have no choice but to relieve the 38 year old of his duties within the club.

Trent Rovers 1 – 3 Lincoln City – FA Trophy 1st Round

Sam Thompson's comments: “We have to dust ourselves off and travel to Darlington looking for a win.”

Fans comments: “I didn't really expect us to get anything out of the game but... I thought we'd at least give it a good go.”

Darlington 1883 0 – 0 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “That was a tactical battle today, every change I made they changed to counteract it, and visa versa. We deserved more than a point though.”

No Trent Rovers fans made the trip to Darlington.

Trent Rovers 0 – 2 Kidderminster

Sam Thompson refused to talk to the press.

Fans comments: “Thompson, do the right thing and resign”

Alfreton 1 – 0 Trent Rovers

Sam Thompson's comments: “I heart to heart is in order, I need to have a real sit down with my family and friends I think. I don't know if I can take disappointing the excellent fans here anymore.”

Fans comments: “Me and my son were the only Trent fans there today, we had a meal with the Outlaws board, was a good day.”

As Queen and David Bowie once said...

This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure

It seems that December saw the end of Sam Thompson's reign and the beginning of a very nervy time for Trent Rovers while they go on a search for a new manager.

Sam Thompson decided to jump the Outlaws' ship before he was pushed out according to reports within the club. It is also believed that he will be retiring from management, looking to go into another role within football.

Trent's Assistant Manager, Neil George, will take temporary control of first team duties while the board look for a suitable replacement.

Trent Rovers 3 – 1 Brackley

Neil George's comments: “I have a lot of respect for Sam, but I think the time was right for a change and I can't wait to start climbing the table with the excellent set of players we have at our disposal.”

Fans comment: “Look how easy that was... Thompson leaves and we win! Is there a connection maybe?”

King Looking to Make History

Trent Rovers could be the first English football team to appoint a female coach, with England Lionesses legend Megan King publicly confirming her interest in the job. She is currently manager of Manchester City's ladies team.

The 38 year old is known as a great motivator within the women's game, having captained both Club and Country for several years before moving into coaching and then management, which could make her the perfect appointment for the struggling Vanarama North side.

Trent Rovers are sitting 20th in the Vanarama North table after December's results:-

January's fixtures look like this: -

Thanks for reading, should have January finished soon, just depends if Megan King gets the job, because I wanted it to be more realistic, so I have added her as unemployed...
January Review

George Neil's fantastic tenure as Caretaker Manager, overseeing three wins out of three, helped ease the pressure on Trent Rovers' new Manager Megan King, the first female to make the switch from Women's football to the Men's game.

It was a very good month for the Outlaws with W:2, D:2 and L:1.

AFC Telford 0 – 1 Trent Rovers

George Neil's comments: “Really proud of the lads today, we have taken it back to basics – just letting them play, and it's working.”

Fans comments: “What a win! Not sure about the news we are appointing a female manager, but apparently Leeds United interviewed her, so she must have something.”

Trent Rovers 1 – 0 FC United of Manchester

George Neil's comments: “If this is my last game in charge, I will hand over the baton with pride! I will be giving 110% to whoever comes in.”

Fans comments: “Great win, we should give George Neil the job full time.”

Trent Hire Megan King

After a successful interview, Trent Rovers have hired Megan King who will become the first professional female manager in the English men's game.

She has fantastic reputation in the Women's game and she is expected to stamp her mark on the squad straight. It is expected that she will be putting them through a few days of team cohesion training to get the squad playing as a team again, which she has pinpointed as their biggest weakness.

Some in the wider media have commented on the fact she might find it hard to get the respect from a changing room filled with strong male characters, however only time will tell.

Bradford Park Avenue 3 – 3 Trent Rovers

Megan King's comments: “Really disappointed that we gave away a two goal lead, although there was no way Lukas was stopping their equaliser from 31 yards out.”

Fans comments: “How did we not win that? That goal was a blinder though.”

Trent Rovers 0 – 0 Salford City

Megan King's comments: “We kept top of the league opposition at bay, I'm more than happy with that.”

Fans comments: “Shouldn't really complain about getting a draw against Salford who are 1st in the League but...”

AFC Fylde 6 – 3 Trent Rovers

Megan King's comments: “How many times can you say 'We scored three goals and lost'. They were on fire today, and the team will pick themselves up from here.”

Fans comments: “Our defence wasn't good enough today, they are a very good side though.”

Forgot to screenshot the table and results before I went into February so here's the first game of February as a Christmas treat...

Trent Rovers 4 – 2 Worcester City

Megan King's comments: “Our defending could have been a bit better, but our offensive play was brilliant today.”

Fans comments: “That is how we should have been playing ALL season!”

So after 3 wins, 2 draws and a defeat, Trent rovers have climbed up the table to 17th.

The rest of February's fixtures look like this:-

Thanks for reading, hope you all had a great Christmas.
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February Review

Has Megan King managed to do the impossible and turn Sam Thompson's rabble of players into a team?

It looks like she's done just that, having navigated the Outlaws to their first unbeaten month this season! W:3, D:1 and L:0.

Trent Rovers 4 – 2 Worcester City

Megan King's comments: “Our defending could have been a bit better, but our offensive play was brilliant today.”

Fans comments: “That is how we should have been playing ALL season!”

Tamworth 1 – 4 Trent Rovers

Megan King's Comments: “This set of player's are phenomenal, I really can't say that enough. Apparently this was an almost impossible job... but I think you were talking about another club!”

Fans Comments: “Another great win, maybe more female managers should be in the men's game? If there's more like Meg that is.”

Trent Rovers 1 – 0 Gloucester City

Megan King's Comments: “Three wins out of three against our relegation rivals, a few more wins and we'll be in the Vanarama North for another season and then we can push on.”

Fans Comments: “I don't want to talk too soon, but I think we are safe!”

Liam Marsden Moves on Loan to Canvey Island

Trent Rovers' third choice right-back Liam Marsden has been sent out on loan to Canvey Island for the rest of the season.

Harrogate Town 2 - 2 Trent Rovers

Megan King's Comments: “There's something special about getting an equaliser with a penalty, the nerves and then the jubilation. Great result today.”

Fans Comments: “Is this even the same team that Sam Thompson had? They actually want to play for Megan and George now!”

After a truly remarkable turnaround under Megan King, the Outlaws now sit 14th in the League, with fans and the board expecting them to move up the table if they carry on this fine form.

Also Trent won their first Manager of the Month award in February and Louis Theophanous came second in the Player of the Month award....

March fixtures look like this:-

Thanks for reading Ladies and gents. Really enjoying writing this for you all!
March Review

The Outlaw's had another fantastic month under Megan King, going unbeaten for the whole month for a second time running. They are now also eight games unbeaten, which shows how much the team have come on under King's stewardship.

Trent Rovers also secured their place in the division right at the end of the month, meaning that Megan can finally start making plans for next season.

W:3, D:1 and L:0

Gainsborough Trinity 4 – 4 Trent Rovers

Megan King's Comments: “I can't say I'm happy with that, they are a side who are pushing for promotion and they showed the fight they need to do that, but we definitely helped them out.”

Fans Comments: “Gutted! It had to be them lot that stole points off us, we are so much better than them!”

Trent Rovers 3 – 0 Chorley


Megan King's Comments: “Magnificent win, can't say much else than that - we did everything right today and I'm proud.”

Fans Comments: “What a win that was, we'll be up there next season if we add to the core of this squad.”

Boston United 0 – 1 Trent Rovers

Megan King's Comments: “The players were excellent today, I can't fault their effort at all. They players are giving everything, and i can't help but starting dreaming about next season."

Fans Comments: “Another good win, just wish we'd have brought Megan in earlier."

Trent Rovers 4 – 1 Nuneaton Town


Megan King's Comments: “Rees Wedderburn is really starting to come into his own now! I think we have a player on our hands there."

Fans Comments: “A perfect performance in my eyes, would have been better with a clean-sheet, but can't complain really."

Two Awards for Trent

Megan King and Alfie Young have won March's Manager of the Month and Player of the Month respectively.

After another fantastic month, the Outlaws sit 10th in the Vanarama North, as well as ensuring they are safe from relegation. Trent fans can finally start to look up after the Outlaws' run of successive relegations, which started in the Championship, has finally stopped.

The last 5 fixtures of the Season are as follows:-

Thanks for reading, we're safe for another season!! I'm proud that I managed to stop the free fall, even though the aim was promotion.

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