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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
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Club Overview: Whitehawk 2016


An Overview Of Whitehawk Football Club In July 2016

Basic Info

Name: Whitehawk Football Club
Location: Brighton, England
Nickname: N/A
Founded: 1945
Estimated Value: £325K (Loan Debt: £24K)
League: National League South (6th tier), England

Chairman: Jim Collins
Manager: Ryan Ferguson
Assistant Manager: N/A
Captain: Sergio Torres
Vice Captain: Ramón Marimón

Facilities

Stadium: The Enclosed Ground
Location: Brighton, England
Capacity: 3,004 (1,003 seated)
Under Soil Heating: No
Roof: No
Surface: Grass (Good Condition)

Corporate Facilities: Basic
Training Facilities: Basic
Youth Facilities: Basic
Junior Coaching: Basic
Youth Recruitment: Limited

History

Trophies Won: 6
Isthmian Premier Division (7th tier) x1 (2013)
Isthmian Division One South (8th tier) x1 (2012)
Sussex County Football League (9th tier) x4 (1962, 1964, 1984, 2010)

Last Five Seasons:
2015/2016: National League South - 5th
2014/2015: National League South - 4th
2013/2014: National League South - 19th
2012/2013: Isthmian Premier Division - 1st
2011/2012: Isthmian Division One South - 1st

Club Heroes

N/A



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Looks like a great club to build history with
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Sergio Torres should do well for you :P
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Graphics look great, this has all the makings to be one of your best stories!
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Season One: Season Review


An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In Season 2016/2017

Ryan Ferguson: In my first season in charge of Whitehawk, I had been handed a squad full of talented players with an expectation to win the league and produce exciting football. The club had strong financial backing from chairman Jim Collins, despite the club's lowly reputation. One thing was certain, a new era had begun. I was ready to make my mark on football.

Transfers


Notable Transfers Included The Signings Of Stuart Wilkin & Lionel Stone

I had arrived at a football club which contained plenty of talent capable of challenging for the Vanarama National League South title. Led by club captain Sergio Torres, and vice-captain Ramón Marimón, the Brighton-based team had quality in abundance in the form of defender Dan Harding, holding midfielder Javier Favarel, and attackers Kleyton and Danny Mills.

There were not too many holes to be filled, in truth, with the main area of weakness being the right full-back position. Theo Jones was brought in to address this issue, while Richard Nartey was brought in on loan from Chelsea to play a covering role across the whole defensive line. Stuart Wilkin came in to add quality to the wing positions, while Lionel Stone signed in November from Bromley to form a formidable central defensive partnership with Marimón. One more signing was made, in February, as right full-back Jake Caprice came in to further strengthen the position.

Vanarama National League South




Whitehawk Won 22 Of Their Opening 23 Games, Drawing The Other

Any fear of the squad requiring an adjustment period in the early days of my reign were quickly washed away as we stormed through the opening twenty-three games, winning twenty-two of them and drawing the other. Three defeats in the next five games follower, before we strung together another unbeaten run to finish off the season. All-in-all, we won thirty-three games throughout the season, drawing six and losing just three.

It was our goal scoring ability which shone, as shown by our devastating seventy-nine goals scored. The team showed a fantastic work ethic throughout the season and overcame any challenges faced with aplomb. The 7-2 thrashing of Oxford City in late September epitomised how good a season it was, and the players showed no sign of letting up towards the end of the season, rounding up the league campaign with a 4-1 victory away to Gosport Borough.

League Table

Whitehawk Claimed The Title With Ease & Ebbsfleet United Won The Play-Offs

Unfortunately I have since unloaded this division, so the league table is not available to view (sorry!). It was a great season for myself and for Whitehawk, achieving the league title expected of us, and thus gaining promotion to the 5th tier of English football.

FA Cup


Whitehawk Stunned English Football By Reaching The Third Round In Style

In truth, we were incredibly lucky with the majority of our draws in the competition. Hemel Hempstead, who were in the same division as us, proved to be our most difficult challenge en route to the first round of the competition. Dagenham & Redbridge, who were a tier above us in the English league pyramid, proved to be complacent as we usurped them at their own ground. We did eventually suffer defeat, at the hands of Leeds United, in the third round of the competition. Reaching the third round was an achievement to be proud of, and we had truly put our name on the radar of the English media.


FA Trophy


Whitehawk Stormed To Victory In The FA Trophy Final At Wembley

Slough Town and Slimbridge proved to be no competition for us as we progressed in the FA Trophy. North Ferriby United showed plenty of resilience, and it required a single goal from Brazilian forward Kleyton to secure our passage to the next round. FC United of Manchester was our next opponent, but they were no match as four goals from Kleyton decided a thrilling 5-2 affair. A trip to Dover followed, and Danny Mills goal fired us to the semi finals.

The semi final against Barrow was a two-legged affair, and a 0-0 draw at home gave Barrow the initiative to settle the tie at their ground. However, three goals from us in the final twenty minutes secured a place in the final, where only Torquay United remained. In a tense affair at Wembley, the goals only came in during extra time. Midfielder Ahmed Abdulla opened the scoring for us in stoppage time of the first period of extra time, but he was then sent off minutes in to the second. We held on and won a penalty in stoppage time of extra time, with Glen Southam stepping up to coolly secure the trophy for us.


Whitehawk Football Club


Danny Mills & Kleyton Scored 50 Goals Between Them Throughout The Year

The standout performers of the season were central defenders Ramón Marimón and Lionel Stone, who provided an extremely solid base for the rampant Whitehawk team. A midfield trio of Javier Favarel, Sergio Torres and Ben Strevens gave the team a solid core performance, while Danny Mills, Kleyton, Michael West and Stuart Wilkin all proved to be very useful players going forward.

World Football


Tottenham Stunned Europe To Claim Their First Champions League Trophy

It was a season to remember for Tottenham Hotspur, who were rampant in their pursuit of their first UEFA Champions League trophy. Victories over SSC Napoli, Manchester City and AS Monaco on the way to the final were all a result of impressive team performances. Real Madrid opposed them in the final, but the Spanish giants succumbed to Spurs' relentless play and the London club were extra time winners.

In other news, Lionel Messi was named as the winner of the Ballon d'Or trophy, and was also named as the FIFA World Player Of The Year. Barcelona team mate Luis Suárez finished as runner-up on both occasions, while the two were joined by fellow team mate Gerard Piqué in the FIFA World Team Of The Year. Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were the two other La Liga representatives in the team, while Philip Lahm and Mats Hummels of FC Bayern Munich represented the Bundesliga. Four Premier League players were drafted in, as Arsenal duo Petr Cech and Mesut Özil were joined by Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne.





As previously stated, I apologise that the league table for this season is unavailable. I have since unloaded this league, so the league table had become no longer viewable. I would also show you the Whitehawk players at the time, but my save is in 2027, so that would be quite difficult to achieve. Hopefully this update suffices!

Previous Update: #4 - Club Overview: Whitehawk 2016
Next Update: #6 - Season Two: Season Review
Your first season was amazing
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An incredible first season there, congrats! I have a feeling something similar may be replicated.. ;)
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Season Two: Season Review


An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In Season 2017/2018

Ryan Ferguson: One year previously, I had been handed the opportunity of a lifetime. Whitehawk chairman Jim Collins had entrusted me with an important duty; to lead Whitehawk to glory. I think it is fair to say that my debut season in football management was one of considerable success, as we claimed a league and cup double, and reached the third round of the FA Cup where it took the reputable Leeds United to put us to the sword. With a new season approaching, I was eager to add to my trophy haul.

Transfers


It Was A Season Of Major Overhaul For Whitehawk's Squad

Paul Reid and Glen Southam retired from football at the end of June, while Lucas Covolan departed on a free transfer following the expiration of his part-time contract. This followed a major number of signings, with Liam Agnew (MC), Michael Poke (GK) and Sam Cox (DM) all arriving at the beginning of June. Ollie Cole (ST) became Whitehawk's most expensive signing in history, signing for £5.5K from Concord Rangers, while Abdulai Bell-Baggie (AMR/L) joined on a free from Poole Town.

It was after the beginning of the season that the major signings were made, as Lee Minshull (MC), Rhyle Ovenden (MC) and Jordan Cranston (DL) headlined an influx of key signings for the football club. François Zoko (AMR/ST) and Matthew Briggs (DL) were also notable signings throughout the season.

The squad was in fairly good shape. The defensive side of the team remained very strong, with Ramón Marimón & Lionel Stone holding their partnership in central defence. Danny Mills remained a key part of the attack, while Kleyton & Ahmed Abdula were ruled out of action due to work permit difficulties following Brexit (thanks UKIP & Conservative Party, really appreciate it).

Vanarama National League



A Fifteen Game Unbeaten Run In October & November Defined The Season

We started this campaign almost as strongly as the previous one. Just one defeat in our opening nineteen games had put us in a fantastic position. Playing in a higher division did not seem to phase our players - in fact they seemed to thrive under the increased competition. We ended the league season with a 31-11-5 record.

Our goalscoring ability was not too bad, as we found the back of the net 77 times over the course of the league season. It was our defensive record which shone, however, as we conceded just 32 times over the course of the season. Danny Mills was the hero in many games, scoring back-to-back hat tricks in September against Macclesfield Town and Gateshead. He scored 29 goals in the league, placing third in the goal scoring rankings for the division.

League Table

Whitehawk Claimed A Second Consecutive League Title & Promotion

An incredible season ended with yet another league title and promotion. Unfortunately, I have since unloaded this league, leaving me with no possibility to show you the full league table. However, I can tell you that ourselves and Boreham Wood achieved promotion to the Sky Bet League 2, and in to the professional football world! It was a major step for the football club, and completely unexpected at the start of the season.

FA Cup


Whitehawk Reached The 3rd Round For A Second Consecutive Season

It was another FA Cup campaign to celebrate for us, as we defeated all expectations and reached the third round of the competition once more. The first round against Bradford City proved to be an absolutely thrilling encounter. Two goals down with seven minutes to go, Rhyle Ovenden cut the deficit with a thunder cracker of a long range strike. Danny Mills popped up a minute later, as he latched on to the end of an over-the-top pass and leveled the score with a sublime curled effort. The game looked set to go to a replay, but that man Danny Mills was on hand to head home a dramatic injury time winner, completing one of the greatest comebacks in FA Cup history.

Mansfield Town opposed us in the second round, but we performed well enough to grind out a narrow 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Liam Agnew penalty in the second half. However, the third round proved too much once more. Up against Derby County at Pride Park, Stuart Wilkin had given us a surprise lead in the second half. However, Matej Vydra inspired the home side to a 2-1 victory with two fantastic efforts, ending yet another exciting FA Cup campaign for Whitehawk.


FA Trophy


Whitehawk Added Another FA Trophy To Their Growing Trophy Cabinet

Abdulai Bell-Baggie was the star of the opening two rounds, scoring and assisting against both East Thurrock United and Tranmere Rovers. The fixtures against Grimsby Town and Cheltenham Town proved no complicated challenge either, as we scored three times in each game to progress to the semi finals of the competition for a second consecutive season.

Darlington 1883 stood in our way to reaching the final, but a comfortable 2-0 victory at home in the first leg set us up perfectly to achieve a 4-2 aggregate victory, booking our place in the final at Wembley in May. Sutton United stood in our way this time, and Rhyle Ovenden stole all the headlines as his first half penalty was enough to defend the FA Trophy.


Whitehawk Football Club


Danny Mills Scored An Impressive 33 Goals As He Lead Whitehawk's Line

The standout performers were, once again, the two central defenders; Román Marimón and Lionel Stone. The two defenders had performed a telepathic understanding, bringing confidence to the rest of the players. Liam Agnew and Rhyle Ovenden were tremendous performers in midfield, while Abdulai Bell-Baggie's flair excited supporters throughout the season.

World Football


Argentina Lifted The World Cup In Russia In 2018

Defending world champions Germany had a tournament to forget, as they failed to reach the quarter finals, while Argentina lifted their third World Cup trophy, and their first since 1986. It was a Lionel Messi-inspired team performance, but Paulo Dybala and Eduardo Salvio had to be given credit for scoring important goals en route to being crowned champions.

It wasn't often that Arsenal weren't mentioned in the same sentence as rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and the Gunners lifted their first ever UEFA Champions League, defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. Just a year after Spurs had been named European champions, the Gunners delivered a killing blow in the final as Danny Welbeck's late winner broke the hearts of Pochettino's predators.

Lionel Messi was once named, once again, the winner of both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the year awards, with compatriot Sergio Agüero settling for second place. Messi and Barcelona team mate Neymar were the only La Liga representatives in the World Team of the Year, while FC Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, Philip Lahm, Mats Hummels and David Alaba gave the Bundesliga a strong showing. Juventus team mates Paulo Dybala and Leonardo Bonucci were also included in the squad, while PSG's Marco Veratti, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Arsenal's Mesut Özil made up the rest of the eleven.







From next season onwards, you can expect to see actual full league tables. Apologies for not having this luxury just yet.

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Another nice season and congrats on the double
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Season Three: Season Review


An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In Season 2018/2019

Ryan Ferguson: We were in dreamland. Two years in to my reign as Whitehawk manager, and we had progressed further than imaginable. Consecutive league titles and promotions had brought us to the Sky Bet League Two, and helped the club to professional status. The club had made major strides, and we were already looking onwards and upwards.

Transfers


Club Captain Sergio Torres Retired From Professional Football

Despite the club making fantastic leaps and bounds in recent years, there was some sad news for the Whitehawk fans as club captain Sergio Torres retired from football. The Argentine midfielder left a big void to be filled, and Ramón Marimón (DC) was appointed as club captain, with midfielder Liam Agnew appointed as his second-in-command.

The new season brought another major overhaul of the club, as seventeen new signings were made. The most notable players to arrive at the club included Joe Anyon (GK), Bilal Kamal (MC) and Blair Turgott (AMR). A number of defensive reinforcements came in to bolster an already strong back line, including Daniel Alfei (DR) and Brad McGowan (DC).

The squad was in decent shape heading in to the club's first professional season. The defensive side of the team was of an acceptable standard for the division, but we were unable to bring in enough quality talent in other areas. Aside from Kamal and Turgott, we had no true midfield or attacking talent arriving at the club. Unfortunately, our reputation was not of a high enough level to attract professional footballers, just yet.

Sky Bet League Two



Whitehawk Suffered Just Three Defeats In Their League Campaign

The change in standard of football did not halt our progress, as we stormed to a nineteen game unbeaten run to begin the season. We participated in a number of low-scoring games throughout the rest of the season, and suffered three defeats on the way. We finished the league campaign with a record of 24-19-3.

Our goal scoring form at the beginning of the season was impressive, as we scored thirty four goals in our opening seventeen games. However, a lack of real depth in quality in attacking areas saw the goals dry up, as we scored just thirty nine goals in the remaining twenty nine games. That being said, it was once again our excellent defensive record which shone. We conceded a league best thirty three goals throughout the campaign, keeping twenty three clean sheets on the way.

League Table

Whitehawk, Stevenage, Leyton Orient & Crewe Alexandra Achieved Promotion

A third season under my management brought a third league title, as well as yet another promotion. Stevenage, Leyton Orient and Crewe Alexandra would join us in the Sky Bet League One, while Accrington Stanley and Lincoln City suffered relegation to the Vanarama National League.

FA Cup


Whitehawk Surged To The Last Sixteen But Lost Out Against Manchester City

Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth were our first opponents in the FA Cup, but we overcame the odds to reach the next round of the 'Cup of Dreams'. Mansfield Town couldn't stop us either, as we marched on to the third round where Huddersfield Town awaited us. The Championship side were stern favourites and looked to have won the tie, were it not for Danny Mills' late equaliser to earn us a replay. We held out at home in the second fixture, and Matt Tubbs scored in the final minute of extra time to secure passage to the fourth round.

Another Championship side in the form of Reading awaited us, and we once again defied the odds by drawing at The Madejski Stadium to earn yet another replay. In a dramatic 2-2 tie at The Enclosed Ground, the game was to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. With the support of the fans behind us, we claimed victory and progressed to the fifth round, where we were among the final sixteen teams in the competition.

A big tie awaited us, as we visited the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City. A front line led by Kelechi Iheanacho proved too strong for us, and we had to settle with defeat. However, there was much to celebrate as we once again experienced the true magic of the FA Cup in yet another successful cup run.


EFL Cup


Whitehawk Suffered Defeat To Local Rivals Brighton & Hove Albion

We were unfortunate to have been drawn against superior opposition in the form of local rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and, despite our best efforts, we suffered defeat. James Tilley was the star of the show, as he scored all five of Brighton's goals.


EFL Trophy


Whitehawk Proved Too Strong As They Claimed The EFL Trophy Title

We were drawn in to a group containing Charlton Athletic, Crawley Town and Tottenham Hotspur Under 23s. Spurs defeated us in penalties in the first fixture, but we were triumphant in the remaining two. This saw us face face Peterborough United in the next round, and we were triumphant in a penalty shootout. Neither Chelsea Under 23s or Oxford United could stop us as we reached the south semi final, where we would face Spurs yet again.

Despite losing to Spurs in our opening game of the competition, we were successful in our second attempt. Blair Turgott struck the winner in the seventh minute of the game, and we held out to book a place in the final. Manchester United Under 23s were our opposition in the final, but we were triumphant. In our first foray in this competition, we ran out as the winners. Hoorah!


Whitehawk Football Club


Danny Mills Scored An Impressive 23 Goals As He Lead Whitehawk's Line

The standout performers were, once again, the two central defenders; Román Marimón and Lionel Stone. They had quickly become a true part of Whitehawk Football Club. Danny Mills found the back of the net regularly for yet another season, while Blair Turgott, Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Christian Jolley all scored double figures too.

In other news for the football club, Whitehawk's stadium, The Enclosed Ground, had been expanded to a capacity of 4,250 for the League Two season. This was a fantastic opportunity for the football club to improve the infrastructure, and Fergie's army were more than happy to entertain the larger crowds that followed.

World Football


Tottenham Reached A Third Consecutive CL Final But Suffered Defeat Again

For a third consecutive season, London giants Tottenham Hotspur reached the UEFA Champions League final. However, they once again suffered defeat at the hands of Italian side Juventus. Álvaro Morata was the hero of the final, as he scored a hat trick for The Old Lady.

Lionel Messi, once again, won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award. Barcelona team mates Luis Suárez and Neymar were also included in the FIFA World Team of the Year, while Real Madrid stars Alessandro Florenzi and James Rodríguez made up the remainder of the La Liga representation. There were three FC Bayern Munich players included in the team, as Manuel Neuer, Mats Humels and David Alaba all made the cut. Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus represented Serie A, while Manchester United's Juan Mata and Arsenal's Mesut Özil were the only Premier League players included.





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Season Four: Season Review


An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In Season 2019/2020

Ryan Ferguson: Three seasons, three league titles, three promotions. Surely that was an unprecedented record?!? Either way, we did not work hard to reach the Sky Bet League One to just sit on our laurels. We were fully aware of the challenges we would face in England's third tier, and we were hungry to achieve similar success to recent seasons.

Transfers


Future Club Hero Andrea Punzi (DC) Signed On A Free Transfer

A few faces left the club throughout the season, most notably Liam Agnew (MC) for a record sale fee of £80K, while Matthew Briggs (DL) also departed for a fee of £10K. Influential wingers Christian Jolley and Abdulai Bell-Baggie made way during the season for higher quality players who arrived throughout the year.

Harrison Dunk (AML/R) arrived for a club record transfer fee of £55K, and was joined by fellow winger Ryan Donaldson (AML) to improve the creativity of the squad in the attacking third. Joe Skarz (DL), Josh Lelan (DR) and Cameron McGeehan (DM) were all brought in to strengthen our ball winning capabilities, but it was Andrea Punzi (DC) who would make the biggest impact of the new signings. The Italian defender would go on to achieve incredible things with the football club, but we'll get to that at some point in this story. Other signings included Theo Wharton (MC), Tyler Walker (ST), Luke Joyce (DM), Lloyd James (MC), Gwion Edwards (AMR) for a fee of £17.5K, and Brooks Lennon (AMR) on loan, two days after Gwion Edwards joined the club and subsequently broke his leg.

The squad was in decent shape, certainly better than in previous seasons. The arrival of Andrea Punzi brought an end to the central defender partnership of Lionel Stone and Ramón Marimón (club captain). Marimón had to make do with a place on the bench, as Punzi made the position his own with some absolutely outstanding performances. The new-look midfield of Cameron McGeehan, Theo Wharton and Bilal Kamal was okay, but not overly amazing for the standard of the division, while the attacking players offered a decent amount of creativity.

Sky Bet League One



Whitehawk Suffered Just Four Defeats In Their League Campaign

The step up from League Two was a relatively small one, with just a few of the League One clubs possessing the finances, and indeed the player quality, to truly stand out from the rest. Yet again, it was our ability to adapt to new footballing standards so quickly which aided our league form, as we put together a thirteen game unbeaten run to start the season. Overall, our impressive league form ended with a record of 23-19-4 to boast.

League Table

Whitehawk Topped The League Table By Just A Single Point

Surprise, surprise, another league campaign brought yet another league title. Once again, it was our defensive record which set us apart from the rest. The arrival of Andrea Punzi added some invaluable quality, both technically and mentally, and had pushed us to a new level.

In terms of promotions and relegations, Rotherham United and Coventry City would be joining us in the following Sky Bet Championship season, with the latter progressing through playoff success. Bradford City, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic and Barnet were all condemned to play in Sky Bet League Two the following season.

FA Cup


Whitehawk Exceeded All Expectations By Appearing In The Semi Finals

Our FA Cup campaign with victories over much lesser opposition in the form of Chester and Flyde. We were fully expected to progress past both sets of opponents, and in to the third round. We avoided the big teams once more, as we faced Aldershot Town, and we were once again successful, courtesy of a Tyler Walker brace.

Next up was Premier League opposition in the form of Swansea City. We battled hard for a 1-1 draw at home, to earn a replay at the Liberty Stadium. It was there we stunned the Swans, as an Andrea Punzi goal early in the second half set the tone. Tyler Walker doubled our lead, before Jordi Amat gave Swansea a lifeline with fifteen minutes remaining. However, Walker was on hand to secure passage to the next round, completing another brace in the competition. Up next was more superior opposition in the form of Burnley, but we once again held out for a replay, and eventually won on penalties, putting us through to the quarter finals of the competition.

In truth, we couldn't have asked for a bigger fixture than Manchester United at Old Trafford. José Mourinho's side had become almost as dominant a force domestically as Sir Alex Ferguson's. However, we proved to be difficult to break down, and it took a Domenico Berardi penalty to give the hosts the lead. We were well organised and resilient in defence, as we frustrated The Red Devils for the remainder of the game. With no more than a few minutes remaining, Danny Mills became the hero of the day, as he escaped his marker in the area to header home a surprise equaliser. Stunned in to silence, the Old Trafford crowd could not believe their eyes as we brought the game to penalties, before winning the shootout. Wembley awaited!

It was another football giant who awaited us in the form of Chelsea, and they were absolutely rampant. Wembley certainly suited them better, as they found the back of the net four times to knock us out of the competition. While the run ended with a bleak-looking defeat, FA Cup victory over José Mourinho's Manchester United in the quarter finals was an unforgettable moment, and another magical moment in the competition's history.


EFL Cup


Whitehawk Struggled In The EFL Cup Once Again

Another appearance in the EFL Cup resulted in early elimination. Brentford proved to have too much for us on the day, and we were knocked out without so much as a whimper.


EFL Trophy


Whitehawk Ran Rampant As They Secured The EFL Trophy Title

A group containing AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town and Arsenal Under 23s promised to offer many challenging, but equally exciting, encounters. While we ground out a 1-0 victory over Wimbledon in our opening game, excitement was soon to follow as we defeated Crawley Town on penalties, and won 5-3 against Arsenal to secure passage to the next round.

In three knockout rounds, we contested three penalty shootouts, and were victorious on each occasion. Colchester United, Crawley Town (again) and Chelsea Under 23s were the teams we defeated in the three penalty lotteries, setting up a semi final encounter against Coventry City. Tyler Walker scored twice as we progressed to the final after a 4-1 win, and a fantastic team performance resulted in a 3-0 win over Stoke Under 23s for us to claim the EFL Trophy once again, and hopefully for the last time!


Whitehawk Football Club


Defensive Solidity Proved Crucial For Whitehawk Throughout The Season

It was no surprise that Andrea Punzi was our standout player of the season. The Italian central defender made a tremendous impact since joining, becoming the leading defender in the league. Josh Lelan, Cameron McGeehan, Theo Wharton and Harrison Dunk all put down very solid campaigns, while Danny Mills' goalscoring record showed him to be unphased by the step up the divisions.

World Football


England Were Crowned Champions Of Europe For The Very First Time

It was a moment to cherish for every English football fan, as Claudio Ranieri's England side triumphed over Belgium in the final of the UEFA European Championship 2020. Harry Kane and Saido Berahino were the stars of the European champions, scoring six apiece in a competition, which included sensational victories over Spain and Germany in the quarter finals and semi finals respectively. Belgium awaited the English in the final, and it took an extra time goal from Saido Berahino to separate the sides.

FC Barcelona had their hands on the UEFA Champions League once more, defeating Real Madrid by two goals in the final. Lionel Messi claimed his fifth consecutive Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards, with Barcelona team mate Neymar included in the FIFA World Team of the Year. Sergio Ramos, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo represented Real Madrid, while Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dybala of Juventus were included in the team. Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng of FC Bayern Munich were the representatives of the Bundesliga, while Manchester United's Daley Blind and Juan Mata were also included.





Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"We must, firstly, thank the incredible fans of Whitehawk Football Club for their unwavering, and consistently growing, support throughout the years. We have faced many difficult challenges on the pitch, and their support has aided us in achieving some phenomenal accomplishments. With their backing, we have felt ten feet tall, and often unstoppable at times.

It has been another season to relish for all of us, as we have achieved yet another league title and promotion, as well as bringing home yet another EFL Trophy. Along with that, we cannot forget how fantastic our run in the 'Cup Of Dreams', the FA Cup, was. We turned up against some of the biggest football clubs in England, and we certainly brought fire to Old Trafford in what was possibly the greatest victory in this club's growing history.

We face even greater challenges next season as we compete in the Sky Bet Championship for the very first time. We will be competing against some truly incredible clubs with many international players in their ranks. We will be travelling to stadia of incredible size and stature, including a 48,000 capacity Stadium of Light.

We will celebrate our success of this season together now, but soon we will begin our preparations for the upcoming season. We have achieved so much together in recent years, but we are not ready to settle with what we have just yet. The only way we know how to play football is to win, and we hope to win many more trophies in the future. Whitehawk fans, thank you for being as incredible as you all are!"


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Congrats on another amazing season. Making it to the FA Cup Semi Final is a very big accomplishment. How do you do it?? I mean you have gotten so many back to back and each time you change your squad up you still dominate.
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Talk about impressive... you make me feel bad at the game. ;)
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Can already tell this is going to be something special, not least because of who the author is! And the graphics look frighteningly good!
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