Season 1 Update 2: Full Steam Ahead
We certainly continued our run of form from the first half of the season! We were scoring for fun, keeping clean sheets like we were a hotel chain and the champagne was on ice from January when it already seemed written in the stars that we were to progress to league football immediately. 1 league defeat and 4 draws; 3 of those (and the loss) coming around the time we wrapped up the title - slightly disappointing that we took our foot off the gas or our points tally could have been even more crazy! All in all however, I am delighted with the result of the season and our record was amazing the whole season long, including a nice FA Cup run.
What a season it has been then, we stormed the Conference with a ridiculous amount of points, goals and fun! By January we were already racking up records, tearing it up page by page, and now face the endeavour of League football once more! I find it almost a shame Halifax didn't come up with us - I'm always looking for the fairytale team in my saves but it just wasn't their season as Aldershot will join us instead via the playoffs.
We got a nice shiny new contract as a reward for our fine managerial display this year though the board were adamant that it would only be for an extra season on top of my current deal. Hopefully we can show them exactly why we deserve a longer deal.
To summarise though - "What a season!". We flew with the advantage we built up in the first half of the season and never looked back. By mid-term it seemed an innevitability that we'd be jumping straight back up into league football, but to maintain such an emphatic triumph in the league was incredible - one of the first times I've run away with the league to such an extent in my 10 year FM tenure. Next year we'll be looking to build on our successes - I've been given a small budget though the finances are looking a little bit shaky - and try and reach mid-table or maybe even see if we can sneak into play-off contention. I'm not unrealistic with my goals or I'd say "if we can storm this league we'll storm the next" as it also depends on the quality of players that we can bring in.
Our player of the season was loanee Dan Holman whose contract runs out at the end of the season so we will be looking to pounce on that and make a deal with the striker who caused havoc among defences in non-league football.
A little bit for interested parties; the higher English leagues. Surprisingly, for such an array of teams that I am yet to manage (see first post), only 1 of the 8 have moved division for next season, besides ourselves, with Sunderland being relegated down into League 1 after a disappointing season in the Championship. I'd like a team to go down to non-league football by the time we're romping the Champions League with Orient, I can only imagine the headlines if I can manage to go from Champions League meetings with Real, Juve and Barcelona to Weston-Super-Mare, Whitehawk and Gainsborough. Alas, that dream is still a while away yet!