It was my final season as manager of Whitehawk Football Club. The final year of a twelve year chapter of my life. I set out to make it the best season possible for the club and I would settle with nothing less than total domination.
Kylian Mbappé Joined Whitehawk For £50M
Not too many big names left the club. Brahim Díaz and João Félix left the club for reasonable fees, despite both only joining the club the season before. We wanted a bit more of a cutting edge in attack, truth be told. Riccardo Mansueto also left the club in search of more regular football, while Australian international Jordan Turner departed in January. A number of players were loaned out.
We made a number of signings for our starting lineup. Miroslav Novakovic arrived from Watford to become our new right wing attacker, while Emanuel Mammana arrived on a free transfer from Manchester United to become Stephen Lacy's new partner in central defence. Kylian Mbappé was the big signing, and he would become our new left wing attacker. A number of youth players were signed, including Chavez Miller who arrived from Arsenal in January for a potential fee of £59,000,000.
The squad was strong. There was a great mix of youth and experience, with plenty of versatility and quality among the group. We had a solid core which survived from last season, with attacking flair added by Mbappé and Novakovic. We were very confident that we could achieve greatness with the group of players we had.
FA Community Shield
Whitehawk Claimed The Community Shield With Victory Over Man City
It was a hard-fought contest as we set our season off with a bang. Manchester City looked to battle us all the way for the trophy, but we held on to the win having scored two first half goals. A good way to begin the campaign.
UEFA Super Cup
Whitehawk Defeated Arsenal In The UEFA Super Cup Final
This was a much more straight-forward game for us as we blew Arsenal out of the water. We were down to ten men for some time in the second, following a red card, but we proved too strong for Arsenal in the end.
FIFA Club World Cup
Whitehawk Conceded 0 Goals In FIFA Club World Cup Success
We were up against Tunisian side ES Tunis in the semi finals of the competition and we fielded a second string team. We proved too strong for them, however, and marched to the final after a comfortable two goal win.
Mexican side Tigres UANL awaited us in the showpiece event, but our first choice team was far too good for them. A 4-0 victory emphasised the gulf in calls between us, as we marched to another trophy victory.
Whitehawk Were Unbeaten In The League Throughout Whole Season
It was another unbeaten league campaign for us! We were pushed hard in some games, most notably whenever we played our football in Manchester, but held on to secure a fantastic feat. We enjoyed our best set of results in December, January and February, as our rotation policy helped keep our players fresh while other teams had injury issues.
Our goal scoring record improved drastically from the previous campaign, but our defensive record was nowhere near as good. It was still very impressive, however, and we can take pride in having the best defensive record in the league again.
Well, the big results came against Manchester United. A 4-4 draw at Old Trafford certainly thrilled the spectators, but I was not pleased as we conceded a three goal lead in that game. We did smash them 3-0 in the reverse fixture, however, so I can be pleased with that. Our biggest league win came in a 5-0 thumping of West Ham in May.
Whitehawk Finished The Campaign Fifteen Points Clear At The Top
We were well ahead of second placed Manchester United by a sum of fifteen points. We didn't quite reach the 100 points mark, but 98 is pretty good too. Our defensive abilities certainly helped us in our quest for the title, which I think we can say we deserved.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City completed the rest of the top four, alongside ourselves, while Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City qualified for the UEFA Europa League through league positioning. Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Bristol City suffered heartbreak in the form of relegation.
UEFA Champions League
Whitehawk Suffered Just One Defeat En Route To European Glory
We were drawn a fairly routine group this season. AC Milan, Olympique Lyonnais and RSC Anderlecht were our opponents in the early stage of the competition, and we defeated all of them. A 5-0 thrashing of Olympique Lyonnais was one of the highlights, but a stunning 4-2 victory at San Siro against AC Milan was certainly the most iconic victory.
Atlético de Madrid and Bayer 04 Leverkusen provided stern opposition in the second round and quarter finals, respectively. We did, however, squeeze past both to earn a semi final place against Paris Saint-Germain. Despite being without a number of injured key players, we held out for a narrow aggregate victory against the French champions.
Arsenal awaited us in what proved to be my final game as Whitehawk manager. It wasn't an overly exciting final, by any means, but we scored a late winner through teenage striker Tomas Mrva to win the title at Luzhniki in Moscow, Russia.
Whitehawk Defeated Man Utd, Arsenal & Chelsea To Win The FA Cup
Games against Barnsley, Aston Villa and Millwall proved to be very routine victories for us. However, we played in one of the games of the century against Manchester United in the quarter finals. A 3-3 thriller brought the game to extra time, where teenage striker Chavez Miller scored a sensational winner. We then battled hard to win a semi final against Arsenal.
The final against John Terry's Chelsea was an absolute stalemate. Both sides dug in to survive, and it took some very quick thinking for teenage striker Tomas Mrva to score a superb winner in extra time.
Whitehawk Defeated Manchester United In A One-Sided EFL Cup Final
The majority of our games in this competition were routine victories. Burnley, Brighton and Tottenham didn't really stand a chance, in truth, as we brushed them away. Manchester City proved tough to crack in the semi finals, but we broke their will in the second leg to earn a place in the final.
We were expecting a very tough game in the final against José Mourinho and Manchester United, but we ended up absolutely dominating. It was a fiery game, with two players being sent off, but we ran out deserved 3-0 winners in the end.
Whitehawk Football Club
Stephen Lacy & Kylian Mbappé Were Among Whitehawk's Top Performers
The fans voted for captain Stephen Lacy
as their player of the season, but I have to go for Kylian Mbappé
. The French attacker scored and assisted a total of 60 goals throughout his first season at the club, and made all of our dreams possible.
Chelsea Lifted The UEFA Europa League At The VELTINS-Arena
Chelsea secured a major European competition in John Terry's first full season as manager. They defeated Borussia Dortmund in extra time in a thrilling final to win the trophy, earning John Terry many plaudits.
Kylian Mbappé won both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards for 2027, having shone for club and country. FC Bayern Munich's Reinhold Stoll placed runner-up in both, while Manchester United's Facundo Colidio had to settle for third place in both.
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