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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.
Started on 7 May 2017 by Justice
Latest Reply on 21 October 2017 by Aaron
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3 yearsEdited

Dele Alli To Join Whitehawk

Dele Alli Will Join Whitehawk From Tottenham Hotspur This Summer


More transfer news from Whitehawk as the club have confirmed an agreement to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season. The thirty-one year old will move from New White Hart Lane to Whitehawk Stadium for a fee of £10,000,000 once the transfer window opens on 9th June. Alli will begin a three year contract worth an estimated £180,000 per week.

Dele Alli - MC

Dele Alli Has Made 130 Appearances For England

Full Name: Bamidele "Dele" Jermain Alli
Age: 31 (11/04/1996)
Nationality: English
Place of Birth: Milton Keynes (England)
Position: MC
Fee: £10,000,000
To Be Signed From: Tottenham Hotspur (England)
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Dele Alli, 31, is currently enjoying his thirteenth season as a Tottenham Hotspur player. Alli was a product of MK Dons' academy, having joined the club as a youngster in 2007. He made his senior debut for the club at the age of sixteen in an FA Cup game against Cambridge City on 02/11/2012. He went on to make 88 appearances in total for MK Dons, scoring an incredible 24 goals, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2015, having rejected an approach from Liverpool.

Alli's first season at Tottenham, and in the Premier League, did not seem to phase him as he continued to stun supporters. His goal scoring ability was apparent from the very get go, as he scored an outstanding 10 goals in his first Premier League season. Alli has since made over 400 Premier League appearances for Tottenham, and over 550 appearances in all competitions.

Alli's most prolific season in a Tottenham shirt came in 2022/2023, as the midfield dynamo scored 19 goals and assisted 18 more in all competitions. He has scored a phenomenal 143 goals in a Tottenham shirt, and has been regarded as one of the greatest players to have worn the shirt.

Dele Alli Will Join Whitehawk For Just £10,000,000

The Milton Keynes-born midfielder made his England debut against France in 2015, and scored in the same fixture. He has made a total of 130 appearances for his country, having scored an incredible 34 goals in the process.

Dele has won a number of major trophies in his time. He was crucial for Spurs as they marched to UEFA Champions League success in 2017, winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in the same year. The majority of his success has come with England, though. He was part of the team that won the 2020 UEFA European Championship, and was victorious in the FIFA Confederations Cup the following year. His biggest success, however, came in 2026 when he, with Ryan Ferguson as manager, lifted the FIFA World Cup.

With Paul Pogba also set to join Whitehawk this summer, there will be plenty of competition for places in midfield. Anton Nyman, Franco Díaz, Sergi Samper and Lewis Cook currently battle for starting positions, and one or more may have to leave to accommodate the incoming Pogba & Alli.

Danny Baxter's Reaction

Danny Baxter (Whitehawk Chairman):
"Well, being the fat potato that I am, I brought Dele Alli to the club. He's English, very experienced, a title winner, and he scores goals. What more could you want? Would Ryan Ferguson sanction this transfer, if he were to be manager next year? Probably not, but he won't be here so this is my call."

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mgriffin2012, Leverkusen have developed in to a very formidable attacking team. We will have to be at our best to beat them!
ScottT, *dabs*

Previous Update: #101 - Paul Pogba To Join Whitehawk
Next Update: #103 - Season 2027/2028: March Review
Find it hard to think of Dele Alli ever being a 31 year old!
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3 yearsEdited

Season 2027/2028: March Review

An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In March 2028

Ryan Ferguson: The season was building up in to something special. We had played some memorable fixtures, and more were to follow.


Whitehawk Played Just Four Very Important Games In March

3-1 Win vs Newcastle (A), Premier League - 04/03/2028
Attendance: 52,354
A simple win, in truth. Goals from Chavez Miller and Martin Ødegaard gave us a comfortable half time lead. Unfortunately Ricardo Barbosa was sent off before half time, meaning we would play the second half with ten men. Newcastle got one back but Gradimir Lucic sealed the win for us late on.
Berkay Özcan (Newcastle) - 8.3/10

2-1 Win vs Atlético Madrid (H), UCL Last 16, Leg 2 - 16/02/2028
Attendance: 26,786
A comfortable victory for us to go through 5-3 on aggregate. Kylian Mbappé and Kingsley Osagie scored the goals for us on the night.
Kingsley Osagie (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

4-3 Win AET vs Manchester United (A), FA Cup 6th Rnd - 12/03/2028
Attendance: 90,602
An incredible Kylian Mbappé hat trick looked to have won the game for us, but Manchester United struck back in the dying seconds to bring the game to extra time. An injury-stricken squad meant teenager Chavez Miller had to start, and he scored the winner in a frantic extra time period.
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.5/10

2-0 Win vs Leicester (A), Premier League - 18/03/2028
Attendance: 32,312
Comfortable 2-0 win. Mbappé and Cook on the score sheet.
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

Overall: Strong month, four wins from four. Can't ask for much more.

Premier League

Whitehawk Had Effectively Wrapped Up The Title Race

Nineteen points clear with eight games remaining, surely we were uncatchable. Manchester United and Chelsea were the nearest contenders, but they were a long long way off us.

UEFA Champions League

Whitehawk Had Reached The Quarter Finals

As previously confirmed, we would play Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Arsenal was the only other English side to make it to this stage.

Player of the Month

Kylian Mbappé Was Whitehawk's Star Performer of March 2028

What can I say, Kylian Mbappé is just a class apart. He certainly fits in to the Ronaldo/Messi category, judging by his performances this season, if not by ability.

Kylian Mbappé's Season Stats:

Appearances: 44
Goals: 30 (119 minutes per goal)
Assists: 25 (143 minutes per assist)
MotM Awards: 13

Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 43.57% (78/179)
Dribbles Completed: 180 (4.09 per game)
Key Passes: 41 (0.93 per game)
Cross Completion Ratio: 14.65% (80/546)

Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0
Tackles Won Ratio: 38.71% (12/31)
Interceptions: 64 (1.45 per game)
Mistakes: 34 (0.77 per game)
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 26 (0.59 per game)
Fouls Against: 95 (2.16 per game)
Yellow Cards: 1
Red Cards: 0

General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 76.62% (1,370/1,788)
Headers Won: 85 (1.93 per game)
Distance Covered: 12.14km per game
Key Moments: 71 (1.61 per game)
Matches Won Ratio: 86.36% (38/44)
Average Rating: 7.85

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Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"Great month with a fantastic memory of the FA Cup to hold on to! We don't have much left this season and we need to keep fighting for what we want to achieve!"

April Fixtures

Whitehawk Had A Busy Month Ahead

We would have a very busy month in April. The highlights would be Champions League quarter final fixtures against Bayer Leverkusen, an FA Cup semi final against Arsenal and potentially the first leg of a Champions League semi final, should we progress to that stage.

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mgriffin2012, he'll be retiring in a few years, crazy how old everybody is now!

Previous Update: #102 - Dele Alli To Join Whitehawk
Next Update: #104 - Emeka Akinade To Join Whitehawk
April is going to be a crazy busy month but I have no fears you'll no doubt cruise through! The title looks all but wrapped up seeing you lift the trophy in your final season will no doubt make the fans happier than any of the others have
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Emeka Akinade To Join Whitehawk

Emeka Akinade Will Join Whitehawk From Olympique Lyonnais This Summer


Whitehawk chairman Danny Baxter had secured yet another future signing for the club, with Portuguese international Emeka Akinade to join from Olympique Lyonnais this summer. The 25 year old striker will join in July for a £34,000,000 as Danny Baxter continues to prepare the club for life after Ryan Ferguson.

Emeka Akinade - ST

Akinade Has Won The Last Three Ligue 1 Top Goal Scorer Awards

Full Name: Emeka Akinade
Age: 25 (08/08/2002)
Nationality: Portuguese
Place of Birth: Aba (Nigeria)
Position: ST
Fee: £34,000,000
To Be Signed From: Olympique Lyonnais (France)
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Emeka Akinade, 25, is currently enjoying his fourth season at Olympique Lyonnais. He was a graduate of Académica Coimbra's academy in Portugal, and made his senior debut for the side in the 2019/2020 season. He made 15 appearances that season, scoring twice. He made a further 51 appearances in the next one and a half seasons for the club, scoring 18 goals, before making the switch to CS Marítimo in a £10,250,000 deal in January 2022.

Akinade impressed in his first half-season for the club, scoring 6 times in 15 appearances. His one and only full season for Marítimo brought to him many admirers, as he scored 15 goals in 35 games, being named as the club's player of the season. Such was his impact that German giants FC Schalke 04 came knocking in the summer of 2023, and he made the move to the Bundesliga for £15,500,000.

Emeka Akinade Will Join Whitehawk For £34,000,000

It was at FC Schalke where Akinade really began to impress, scoring 21 goals in 40 appearances in a season where FC Shalke 04 won the DFB-Pokal. However, it would be his only season in German football, as Olympique Lyonnais secured his services for £42,000,000 in 2024.

Akinade arrived in France as a highly rated striker, and his first season ended with 26 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions, as he won the Ligue 1 Top Goal Scorer award on the way. The following two seasons brought similar success, with the striker retaining the award in each season he played. His current season may be considered underwhelming in goals, in comparison, but he had developed in to an all-round striker who creates as much as he scores.

Akinade made his Portugal debut against Iceland in 2023, and scored his first international goal against Russia the following year. He has since represented his country on 46 occasions, scoring an incredible 34 goals in the process.

Current Whitehawk first choice striker Jason Coffey is out with an achilles injury which may keep him out beyond the start of next season, and Akinade will be considered a strong competitor for the role full-time. Whoever replaces Ferguson as Whitehawk manager will have a selection dilemma like no other when both strikers are fit and firing.

Danny Baxter's Reaction

Danny Baxter (Whitehawk Chairman):
"More fire power never hurt. We will be without Jason Coffey for some time so I felt it important for whoever replaces Ferguson to have a world class striker available to him from the very start. Akinade scores goals and will be a big hit here in the Premier League."

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mgriffin2012, yeah it will be a crazy crazy month and we will have to fight in every game, for sure!

Previous Update: #103 - Season 2027/2028: March Review
Next Update: #105 - Mbappé Brace Seals First Leg Win
Akinade looks brilliant, wow. Definitely worth that fee, hopefully he can enjoy a spell like he has had in France in England.
How much influence are you having on these incoming transfers? :P You are definitely doing your good deeds for the day by bringing in a lot of quality if these incoming transfers are your doing :D
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Mbappé Brace Seals First Leg Win

Kylian Mbappé Scored Twice As Whitehawk Sealed Victory At BayArena


Whitehawk will take home a two goal advantage in to the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter final tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, following a 2-0 victory at BayArena. The visitors had Kylian Mbappé to thank, as the Frenchman scored twice to sink the German side.

2-0 Win vs Bayer Leverkusen - UCL Qtr Final Leg 1

Kylian Mbappé Scored Twice In The First Half To Secure Victory

An injury-riddled Whitehawk side took to the field against Bayer Leverkusen without a number of key players. Left back Facundo Foti was absent, meaning Pipoca would start, while Martin Ødegaard and Gradimir Lucic started in place of long term absentees Miroslav Novakovic and Jason Coffey, as Kylian Mbappé started up front.

It was a tense opening affair, with Whitehawk's makeshift attack requiring time to gel together. They did, however, find a way to break the deadlock in the 18th minute. Erkan Aktaş played a one-two with Martin Ødegaard on the right wing before firing a driven front post cross in to the area. Mbappé peeled away from his marker to connect with a glancing header which proved enough to beat the goalkeeper and find the back of the net.

Mbappé nearly scored a second just minutes later. Gradimir Lucic won the ball high up the pitch on the left, and his low cross was side-footed at goal by Mbappé, only for goalkeeper Dirk Wolf to produce a fine low save to keep the ball out.

Mbappé would score a second goal in the first half, with Gradimir Lucic proving to be the provider. Osagie set Lucic on his way down the left wing with a superb lobbed pass, and the Serbian's cross was driven in to the top corner by a vicious Mbappé half-volley.

The French striker nearly added a third before the hour mark as he weaved his way through Leverkusen's defence, only to see his low curling effort parried away by Dirk Wolf. It would prove to be the final chance of the match, as Whitehawk ground out the second half.

Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"A very pleasing result for us. We came up against the strongest team in Germany and came away with two goals scored and none conceded, so we have to be happy with that. We had to use a makeshift strike force today but the attackers played well and that showed with the two goals we scored."

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ScottT, yes I'm hoping he can prove to be quite the striker for Whitehawk, even if I won't be there!

mgriffin2012, for the purposes of the story, we'll say I had no influence at all on these kind of transfers! :P

Previous Update: #104 - Emeka Akinade To Join Whitehawk
Next Update: #106 - Whitehawk Progress Despite Defeat
Good solid victory that puts you right on track for the Semi Finals, especially with the two goals being away goals!
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Whitehawk Progress Despite Defeat

Whitehawk Progressed Beyond Bayer Leverkusen Despite Second Leg Loss


Whitehawk continued their progression in the UEFA Champions League by moving on in to the semi finals of the competition following a 3-2 aggregate victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The reigning champions suffered defeat in the second leg, but progressed due to a better aggregate score. The second leg defeat ended a sequence of 89 unbeaten games for Whitehawk in all competitions, a run which began on 16th January 2027.

1-2 Loss vs Bayer Leverkusen - UCL Qtr Final Leg 2

Bayer Leverkusen's Emmanuel Sekyere Scored Twice In The Second Leg

Whitehawk made one change from the team that started in the first leg, as captain Stephen Lacy was sidelined with injury. Jérôme Onguéné started in his place, while Facundo Foti, Miroslav Novakovic and Jason Coffey all remained absent.

The game started very brightly for Whitehawk, and Kylian Mbappé got himself on the score sheet in just the third minute of the game. The Frenchman got on the end of a Gradimir Lucic cross to power a header beyond the helpless Dirk Wolf.

Kingsley Osagie looked lively for Whitehawk and very nearly added a second goal for the hosts. The Englishman was twice denied by excellent saves from Dirk Wolf following some good dribbling and long range shooting.

Dirk Wolf once again came to Leverkusen's rescue eighteen minutes in to the game. Lucic's low cross picked out Mbappé in the six yard box, but Dirk Wolf made an incredible reflex dive to deny the Frenchman the opportunity to put the tie to bed.

Leverkusen had it all to do in the second half, and they threw every man forward with every single attack. The required at least three goals to progress, and they were willing to risk it all.

Emmanuel Sekyere lead the comeback for the visitors, as he rose highest in the sixty-seventh minute to smash a header in to the back of the net from a Ruben Neves corner.

With just over five minutes remaining in the fixture, Seykere scored again. he connected with Marchenko's well executed cross to beat Rajkovic in the Whitehawk goal, meaning the visitors required just one more goal to progress.

Whitehawk were beginning to feel the nerves, but reacted the only way they knew how. Some quick moving counter attacks ended with Mbappé and Mammana just firing wide, as Whitehawk held on to a very narrow aggregate victory.

Emmanuel Seykere (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) - 8.8/10

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"It wasn't easy, but I never expected it to be. We're playing in the elite club competition of football and every game is a difficult game. Bayer Leverkusen showed their worth today and pushed us all the way. We can be happy with how we played over the two games and now we can look forward to the semi finals."

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mgriffin2012, yeah the two away goals saved us in the end!

Previous Update: #105 - Mbappé Brace Seals First Leg Win
Next Update: #107 - Whitehawk To Face Paris Saint-Germain
Looking at those match stats, if you won that game 4 goals to nothing Bayern couldn't complain at all!
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3 yearsEdited

Whitehawk To Face Paris Saint-Germain

Whitehawk Were Drawn Against Paris Saint-Germain In Semi Finals


Whitehawk today found out who they would face in the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League. Quarter final aggregate victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen had handed them a semi final clash with French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Whitehawk defeated Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals to reach this stage of the competition, as Paris Saint-Germain thumped Juventus 7-0 on aggregate to progress. Whitehawk and Paris Saint-Germain last faced each other in this exact same stage of the competition last season, with Whitehawk progressing to the final on away goals.

Paris Saint-Germain Have Won The Ligue 1 Fifteen Times In A Row

Whitehawk will know just how much of a threat Paris Saint-Germain pose, with the French side having been crowned league champions in each of the last fifteen seasons, and look set to win the title again. The French capital club lifted the UEFA Champions League for the very first time in 2023, but have not won it since. They last reached the final in 2026, where Whitehawk ran out 3-0 winners.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has been enjoying his second stint as Paris Saint-Germain manager since 2024, and his wealth of experience and ability has proven to be ever-so-frightening for opposition. With the likes of Nikola Maksic and Ousmane Dembélé at his disposal, Whitehawk will have to be very wary of the attacking threat they pose.

PSG Have Enjoyed Strong Recent Form Despite Cup Final Loss

Paris Saint-Germain have won all but one of their last seventeen games, with their only blip in this run being a penalty shootout defeat to AS Monaco in Coupe de la Ligue Final. They will be expected to pose a serious threat to Whitehawk and cannot be underestimated in any way, shape or form.

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"We probably got the trickiest tie of them all in the semi finals but one I look forward to. We know just how good they are, and we always want to play against the best. We have to show them respect but we will not sacrifice how we play to stop how they play. We will keep our identity as a football team on the pitch."

Comment Section

De Magere, yeah I suppose we had quite a few shots, and more clear cut chances than the scoreline would expect, but we lacked quality in finishing for one of the first times this season! Luckily we scraped through thanks to Mbappé's heroics in the first leg!

Previous Update: #106 - Whitehawk Progress Despite Defeat
Next Update: #108 - Ferguson: No Future Plans Yet
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Ferguson: No Future Plans Yet

Ryan Ferguson Is Focused On Finishing Season Before Making Plans


Ryan, big game tomorrow in the FA Cup semi final. Is your team ready?

Ryan Ferguson: "As ready as we can be. Stephen Lacy and Facundo Foti look sharp in training, which is a big boost for us. We still have a few injuries but there is nothing we can do about that now. We can only use what we have but I believe in the players who can compete tomorrow and I know they'll prove they deserve to be on the pitch."

Any chance of Miroslav Novakovic playing some part tomorrow?

Ryan Ferguson: "No. He's just back training with the rest of the team after a big lay off with a broken toe but we don't feel he is yet ready to play any competitive fixtures. He's very fit right now but we need to make sure he reacts well in training situations before he is ready to play in match situations. He might play some part against Tottenham next week, but no chance tomorrow."

You've been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the semi finals of the Champions League for a second year in a row. Tough draw or a favourable one?

Ryan Ferguson: "Every game at this level is a tough game, regardless of who you play against. Sometimes you can play very well but if the opponent plays a superb game, you might not win. To give us the best chance of winning, we have to perform as well as we can, and not worry about how they play. It is all about our performance."

Your chairman Danny Baxter has been hard at work securing the signatures of Paul Pogba, Dele Alli and Emeka Akinade. Have you had much input in this?

Ryan Ferguson: "No, that is none of my business. I will not be here next season so it would be inappropriate for me to make future plans for the club. They are his signings, not mine."

Any plans for life after Whitehawk?

Ryan Ferguson: "No. There are no plans set in stone yet. My focus is purely on finishing this season as strongly as possible and looking to bring more silverware to the club, nothing else. When the season is over and my time here is up, then I will make plans."

Previous Update: #107 - Whitehawk To Face Paris Saint-Germain
Next Update: #109 - Whitehawk Triumphant In FA Cup Semi Final
PSG won't be easy, far from it, but you're arguably the dominant side in Europe atm and I have faith in you to make it past P$G, even with the off the pitch stuff going on regarding your future ;)
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Whitehawk Triumphant In FA Cup Semi Final

Whitehawk Defeated Arsenal In An FA Cup Semi Final At Wembley


Whitehawk fans can begin to look forward to a cup final at the end of May as Ryan Ferguson's men booked their place in the showpiece event following a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the semi final. An injury-ridden Whitehawk side outperformed their opposition, but there were some worried faces on the bench as Kylian Mbappé was taken off at half time with a potential calf injury

2-1 Win vs Arsenal - FA Cup Semi Final

Franco Díaz Scored An Incredible Long Range Effort In The Second Half

Daniel Bentley continued to be Whitehawk's cup goalkeeper, and he would be complimented by a full strength back four. Whitehawk's only absentees were Miroslav Novakovic, who was back in training following a broken toe, and Jason Coffey and Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, who were long term injuries.

It was a game of few chances, as both sides defended their goal areas well. The first real excitement of the game was the opening goal, and it went in Whitehawk's favour in the twenty-sixth minute. Martin Ødegaard had moved centrally from a wide right position and picked out Kingsley Osagie in the area. The Englishman took one touch to control the ball and then powered a low effort in to the bottom corner, far away from Alex Meret's reach.

Arsenal struck back just before the second, in the shape of Antony Martial. Amund Gyøsdal-Sandberg charged down the right wing and his low cross evaded Stephen Lacy, as Martial was on hand to sweep the ball in to the back of Whitehawk's net. It was all square heading in to half time.

The final bit of excitement came early in the second half, but what a moment it was! Martin Ødegaard played a short free kick to Franco Díaz on the edge of the area, and the Argentinian only needed one touch as his first-time effort swerved and dipped in to the far corner, well out of Meret's reach. In a dull game, it was worthy to be a game winner!

Martin Ødegaard (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"We're in the final again! I couldn't be more proud of my players for overcoming the challenges we have faced to reach the final yet again. We had a very tough game today and we struggled to create many scoring chances, but we should our ability to take what we can and we did so well.

The Mbappé calf injury does look like a minor one, but he will miss a few weeks for sure. This means he won't be able to compete in the Champions League semi final games against Paris Saint-Germain, which is disappointing for us, but we will just have to manage without it. We won't know the full extent of his injury until tomorrow, unfortunately."

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mgriffin2012, yeah I'm hoping we can hit the ground running in the first leg of the semi final! The off-field stuff hasn't been an issue yet, but the constant additions to the injury list (with Mbappé just being added to it) will upset our chances enormously, unfortunately!

Previous Update: #108 - Ferguson: No Future Plans Yet
Next Update: #110 - Two More Added To Whitehawk Injury List

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