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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
Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be will be, we're going to Wembley!!
At this rate Ryan is going to leave a very, very full trophy cabinet.
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3 yearsEdited

Two More Added To Whitehawk Injury List

Kylian Mbappé And Stephen Lacy Were Subject To Injuries


Whitehawk faced a major injury crisis ahead of a crucial UEFA Champions League semi final game against Paris Saint-Germain as key players Kylian Mbappé and Stephen Lacy were ruled out with short term injuries. Mbappé, who won the Ballon d'Or, picked up a calf strain in Whitehawk's FA Cup semi final fixture against Arsenal while captain Stephen Lacy suffered a severely bruised head in training.

Kylian Mbappé Will Be Sorely Missed In The Champions League Fixtures

Kylian Mbappé picked up a calf strain in the first half of Whitehawk's FA Cup semi final game against Arsenal two days ago. It was an unfortunate injury which occurred as he tried to chase down a ball, and he will now miss at least two weeks of football as a result.

The French attacker joined Whitehawk for £50,000,000 last summer from AS Monaco, and he has been an inspired signing. He picked up the Ballon d'Or award at the end of December, and has been Whitehawk's key player in attack throughout the year, having scored 34 goals and assisting 25 more in 51 appearances this season.

Mbappé's ability on the ball, both creating chances for himself and for his team mates, makes him the most formidable attacker on the planet. His pace and his appetite to get the ball when he doesn't have it makes him dangerous, and his set piece skills have added new dimensions to Whitehawk's team this year.

Captain Stephen Lacy Will Be Sidelined For One Week

Stephen Lacy's injury was very unfortunate. An accidental collision in training left him with a severely bruised head, but other head injury, which will keep him out for approximately one week. The Whitehawk captain will be missed when his team takes to the field at Parc des Princes without him.

Lacy joined Whitehawk in 2024 in a £26,500,000 move from Arsenal. He had previously failed to truly break in to the Arsenal senior squad, but immediately came a key player for Whitehawk. He is close to playing his 200th game for Whitehawk, and was made the club captain in 2026.

Lacy's ability in the air has made him a strong defensive presence. He possesses an incredible amount of strength, which has helped break down opposition attacks with ease.

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"There is no chance of Kylian (Mbappé) or Stephen (Lacy) playing against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg. Both have minor injuries and will be sidelined for now. It is difficult for us to cope without them, as they are both world class players, but we don't have a choice but to keep going and fight with what we have. We can't look back with if's and but's, we just have to keep going."

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, yes we are! :D
De Magere, the more the merrier :P

Previous Update: #109 - Whitehawk Triumphan In FA Cup Semi Final
Next Update: #111 - Injury-Riddled Whitehawk Win In Paris
Very tough news especially with the side competing in so many competitions!

I also meant to add mate, congratulations on Story of the Month! More than deserved, a brilliant story continues to get better and better!
Gutted to see that the two of them will miss out with injury, however at least they're only minor knocks and they'll be back soon enough. Nevertheless, I think you have the quality to still get the result you need. Come on Whitehawk! :P
Though lose! But this is also a chance for other players to step out of the shadows!
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3 yearsEdited

Injury-Riddled Whitehawk Win In Paris

Whitehawk Won Their First Leg Against Paris Saint-Germain In The CL


Whitehawk secured a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi final tie with Paris Saint-Germain. The game was played at Parc des Princes in Paris, as Whitehawk competed without a number of their key players. They will now take this advantage in to the second leg in Brighton, England, next week.

1-0 Win vs PSG - UCL Semi Final 1st Leg

Martin Ødegaard Penalty Goal Was Enough To Seal The Win

Predrag Rajkovic was Whitehawk's stand-in captain, in the absence of the injured Stephen Lacy and Rasmus Nissen Kristensen. Miroslav Novakovic, Kylian Mbappé and Jason Coffey were also missing, as Whitehawk were reduced to bare bones for this game.

The home side very nearly took the lead after ten minutes, with Whitehawk having goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic to thank for denying the opportunity. Ousmane Dembélé had broken one-on-one, but his cross-goal curler was tipped away for a corner by the onrushing Rajkovic.

Gradimir Lucic was reveling in the absence of Kylian Mbappé, and fashioned himself a half-chance to test PSG's Thibaut Courtois. The Serbian winger weaves his way in and out of PSG's defenders but saw his long range curling effort palmed away by the PSG stopper.

Ousmane Dembélé was determined to score for the home side, and came close midway through the first half. The French attacker turned Facundo Foti inside out with a feint and a turn, before watching his rasping drive from the edge of the area whistle just over the crossbar.

But it would be Whitehawk who would take the lead in the first half. Gradimir Lucic was barged down in the box by Jorge Meré, and Whitehawk were awarded a penalty. Martin Ødegaard stepped up and coolly slotted the ball in to the bottom right corner.

The second half was a stalemate with neither side proving capable of creating a goal scoring opportunity. There was worry for Whitehawk, however, as Anton Nyman was brought off with a potential knee injury.

Facundo Foti (Whitehawk) - 7.5/10

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"We had a few difficulties with players unavailable for today's game which I felt we dealt with well. The players who have come in have done well and we leave here with an away goal and the lead in the tie. Anton has a slight kneecap issue which will keep him out for a few weeks. We won't know more until tomorrow, but hopefully it isn't too bad."

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, thank you! Although I do feel there was a much more worthy contender!
ScottT, as you can see, the other players put in a big performance in Paris!
De Magere, yes it is a great chance for them and they will have plenty of opportunities now to show their worth!

Previous Update: #110 - Two More Added To Whitehawk Injury List
Next Update: #112 - Nyman Set For Three Weeks On Sidelines
Fantastic win over PSG, I told you that you'd still get the job done. shame to hear of another injury but hopefully it isn't for too long. Albeit a narrow lead going into the second leg, I believe you'll come out on top once again.
You might not have been able to field your strongest XI but it is a win nevertheless which bodes very well!
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3 yearsEdited

Nyman Set For Three Weeks On Sidelines

Anton Nyman Suffered A Knee Cap Injury In The Game Against PSG


Whitehawk have had another injury to worry about as Anton Nyman was taken off in their Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain with a knee injury. The midfielder suffered a damaged knee cap following a rough tackle from Hans Jacobs, and will be sidelined for three weeks. Nyman will miss the second leg of Whitehawk's UEFA Champions League semi final against Paris Saint-Germain, as well as a number of Premier League fixtures.

Anton Nyman Has Been A Key Part Of Whitehawk's Midfield For Years

Nyman picked up a damaged knee cap in the final few minutes of Whitehawk's game against Paris Saint-Germain, after being on the wrong side of a mistimed Hans Jacobs tackle. There was no malice in the tackle, however.

The Swedish midfielder joined Whitehawk in the summer of 2021 for a fee of £4,000,000 from Swedish side IFK Norrköping at just eighteen years of age. He made 12 appearances in his first season in England, and soon became a key component of Whitehawk's midfield. He has since notched up nearly 300 appearances in the years since joining, while still just 25 years old.

Nyman is very much a deep-lying playmaker for Whitehawk. He has great control of the ball and very rarely loses it while in possession. His intelligence on the pitch has been compared to that of Xavi Hernández', the former Barcelona star. Nyman's ability to score somewhat spectacular efforts has also been well accounted for.

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"Its disappointing news for us to lose another player to injury. Luckily, it is only a relatively short term injury and he'll be back for the end of the season. He'll fit straight back in to the starting line up when fit. But, for now, we just have to keep fighting with what we have."

Comment Section

ScottT, yeah its a win which will breed a lot of confidence now! An away goal and a first leg clean sheet has set us up very nicely!

mgriffin2012, unfortunately the injuries just keep coming and coming! We won't be able to field our strongest eleven for the rest of the season, but we'll fight with what we have!

Previous Update: #111 - Injury-Riddled Whitehawk Win In Paris
Next Update: #113 - Season 2027/2028: April Review
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3 yearsEdited

Season 2027/2028: April Review

An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In April 2028

Ryan Ferguson: With the injury pile building, our squad was becoming more and more stretched as the season went on. We had our backs against the wall, but we would not back down easy.


Whitehawk Continued To Progress In Every Competition

3-0 Win vs Bristol City (H), Premier League - 01/04/2028
Attendance: 26,786
It was a comfortable result to start the month. Goals from Kylian Mbappé, Chavez Miller and Stephen Lacy secured a very positive result.
Stephen Lacy (Whitehawk) - 8.4/10

2-0 Win vs Leverkusen (A), UCL Qtr Final Leg 1 - 05/04/2028
Attendance: 29,184
It was the Kylian Mbappé show. In the absence of a number of other players, Mbappé showed his quality with two well executed goals as our makeshift striker. The two away goals would prove priceless in the second leg.
Kylian Mbappé (Whitehawk) - 9.0/10

0-0 Draw vs Stoke (A), Premier League - 08/04/2028
Attendance: 31,866
We had to rotate heavily to save the fitness of a very jaded squad. Our cohesion on the pitch suffered, as a result, and we couldn't break down a disciplined Stoke side.
Christopher Nkunk (Stoke) - 7.9/10

1-2 Loss vs Leverkusen (H), UCL Qtr Final Leg 2 - 11/04/2028
Attendance: 26.786
Kylian Mbappé scored very early on for us, but Leverkusen rallied back in the second half. Two Emmanuel Sekyere goals brought nerves, but we held on to win 3-2 on aggregate.
Emmanuel Seykere (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) - 8.8/10

3-0 Win vs Everton (H), Premier League - 15/04/2028
Attendance: 26,786
It was back to basics for us, and we got everything right in a comfortable three goal win. Kingsley Osagie ran the show and marked the game with a superb long range goal of his own, as Tomas Mrva and Chavez Miller also got on the score sheet.
Kingsley Osagie (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

2-2 Draw vs Chelsea (A), Premier League - 19/04/2028
Attendance: 41,629
We showed a strong first half performance with goals from Gradimir Lucic and Martin Ødegaard. However, Chelsea rallied back and a late Walter Ronzitti brace meant we would share the points.
Walter Ronzitti (Chelsea) - 8.8/10

2-1 Win vs Arsenal (N), FA Cup Semi Final - 22/04/2028
Attendance: 90,000
We were back at Wembley again and this time Arsenal would be our opponents. We took the lead through Kingsley Osagie midway through the first half, but Arsenal's Antony Martial scored just before the half time whistle. Franco Díaz scored a sensational winner early in the second half to send us through to the final.
Martin Ødegaard (Whitehawk) - 8.3/10

1-0 Win vs PSG (A), UCL Semi Final Leg 1 - 26/04/2028
Attendance: 54,453
We were down to bare bones for this game and it showed by our performance. We held on for our dear lives and a Martin Ødegaard penalty goal was enough to see us walk away with the win, an away goal and a clean sheet.
Facundo Foti (Whitehawk) - 7.5/10

1-0 Win vs Tottenham (A), Premier League - 29/04/2028
Attendance: 38,247
We rotated heavily for this fixture, and the performance showed. We struggled to find rhythm, but Gradimir Lucic popped up with the winner in the second half to bring all three points home for us.
Gradimir Lucic (Whitehawk) - 7.5/10

Overall: I think we have to be happy with our month of football. We were missing a number of key players, with the injury list consistently getting worse, and we did well when you take that in to account. A few negative results, but progression in every competition was still attained.

Premier League

Whitehawk Had Easily Secured The League Title

I won't even bother talking about the top end of the table, the outcome hadn't been in doubt for months. What was more interesting was the relegation scrap. Huddersfield Town, Newcastle and Crystal Palace were all fighting to avoid two relegation spots.

UEFA Champions League

Whitehawk And Arsenal Both Had One Foot In The Final

The away win in the first leg set us up very well to fight for a place in the final. Arsenal had also produced a strong first leg performance, against FC Porto. Would it be an all-English final?

Player of the Month

Martin Ødegaard Was Whitehawk's Star Performer of April 2028

In a difficult month, Martin Ødegaard stepped up and showed his worth. The experienced attacker was clinical when required and helped keep us fighting on all fronts.

Martin Ødegaard's Season Stats:

Appearances: 47
Goals: 11 (274 minutes per goal)
Assists: 13 (232 minutes per assist)
MotM Awards: 5

Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 44.12% (45/102)
Dribbles Completed: 114 (2.43 per game)
Key Passes: 39 (0.83 per game)
Cross Completion Ratio: 15.59% (29/186)

Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 1
Tackles Won Ratio: 66.04% (35/53)
Interceptions: 75 (1.60 per game)
Mistakes: 36 (0.77 per game)
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 16 (0.34 per game)
Fouls Against: 79 (1.68 per game)
Yellow Cards: 1
Red Cards: 0

General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 81.33% (1,647/2,025)
Headers Won: 62 (1.32 per game)
Distance Covered: 9.49km per game
Key Moments: 51 (1.09 per game)
Matches Won Ratio: 89.36% (42/47)
Average Rating: 7.19

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Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"I think we can be quite proud of how we played this month. We had plenty of players out injured, with some still out of action, but we came through in the end. Our performances were a little inconsistent at times but sometimes you just have to grind out the results, and we did exactly that. Now e have just one month of football left this season to give absolutely everything we can to bring home more trophies."

May Fixtures

A Thrilling Finale Awaited Whitehawk In May

We would begin May with a thrilling second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League semi finals before playing our final three league games of the season. An FA Cup final would then await us, as well as a potential UEFA Champions League final. What a month this could be!

Previous Update: #112 - Nyman Set For Three Weeks On Sidelines
Next Update: #114 - Whitehawk Dig In To Earn Final Passage
another incredible season, and yet still tension at the end of the season with some important players out injured, and some very important games ahead of you!
Another league title all wrapped up, but was it ever in any doubt? Injury hit but still more than strong enough to go and wrap up both the Champions League and the FA Cup!
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3 yearsEdited

Whitehawk Dig In To Earn Final Passage

Whitehawk Defeated PSG In Champions League Semi Final On Aggregate


Whitehawk had their backs to the wall as they contested the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi final against Paris Saint-Germain, but did enough to secure progression to the final. The French side had taken the lead early in the second half, but Emmanuel Mammana scored to send Whitehawk through 2-1 on aggregate, with the score 1-1 on the night.

1-1 Draw vs PSG - UCL Semi Final 2nd Leg

Emmanuel Mammana's Goal Sent Whitehawk Through To The Final

Captain Stephen Lacy returned to Whitehawk's lineup for this game, but they were still without a number of key players. Anton Nyman, Kylian Mbappé and Jason Coffey were all still absent, meaning Sergi Samper, Martin Ødegaard and Gradimir Lucic were all involved in the starting lineup.

Despite what the match stats may have suggested, Whitehawk had their backs against the wall in the first half. Paris Saint-Germain pushed and pressed and squeezed, but could not find a way through a determined Whitehawk back line.

But it took less than three minutes for Paris Saint-Germain to find the back of the net in the second half, and put the pressure on Whitehawk. Adalberto Peñaranda struck a superb first-time effort from outside the box which whistled in to the top corner, to level the aggregate score of the tie.

The goal seemed to bring Whitehawk back to life, and substitute Tomas Mrva very nearly found the back of the net. Gradimir Lucic rolled the ball in to the path of Mrva on the edge of the box, and the teenage striker fired a first-time shot which cannoned off the crossbar and away from danger.

Mrva caused more trouble on the hour mark, as he pounced on a loose pass by Thibaut Courtois but lost his footing as he attempted to shoot, with the ball ending up in the side netting.

Whitehawk did get their goal just minutes later, and from a very unlikely source. From a short Franco Díaz free kick, the ball was worked to Lewis Cook, who gave possession to Emmanuel Mammana on the edge of the area. The Argentine placed a low shot out of Courtois' reach and in to the bottom corner to send Whitehawk through to the final.

Adalberto Peñaranda (Paris Saint-Germain) - 8.3/10

UEFA Champions League Semi Final Results

Whitehawk Will Face Arsenal In An All-English Champions League Final

Arsenal smashed FC Porto in the other semi final, and Whitehawk will face them in the final. It will be Ryan Ferguson's last game as Whitehawk manager, and what a game it could be!

Ryan Ferguson's Reaction

Ryan Ferguson:
"Well, we did it! We can now look forward to playing in another final for this competition. We had to dig in and fight for this result but sometimes you just have to do that. You can't always play the best kind of football that you want to, and we showed that we can grind out games. I couldn't be more proud of my players."

Comment Section

InfraRed, plenty of tension there for sure, but this is the kind of scenario which makes or breaks a manager! We have our backs to the wall, but we're still in the position to win what we want!

mgriffin2012, I suppose once Manchester United dropped off in December/January, there was no doubt at all in the league. Luckily we'll have almost all of our key players back for the two finals, so we should be in good shape for then.

Previous Update: #113 - Season 2027/2028: April Review
Next Update: #115 - Whitehawk Stadium Says Goodbye To Fergie
Great month and still in it for the triple!

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