How does the saying go? When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, that was the motto I lived by. I was used to the feeling of struggle because I never had it easy. In fact, we both didn't. I think that's why we got together because we understood the many difficult ordeals we both went through within childhood. That's right, this story isn't just about my life, but our lives.
We met when we were in college. We were both on the same course, in English Language as it happens. Sharing a common interest in the career opportunities that it could unlock doors to, we were determined to achieve our goals. Football had been a passion for us both; so we wanted to get into it somehow. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make it into the Arsenal Ladies academy, but it wasn't meant to be due to a number of health issues.
Journalism was the path for us both and it caused us to share our thoughts often. Discussions in class soon turned to spending afternoons getting coffee together and then those turned into spending long nights together. Neither of us were sure how it happened so quickly, our relationship, but it did. It seemed to blossom so fast, but it was meant to be, it seemed. Fate just happened that way.
The many failures we overcame in childhood due to our neglectful families allowed us to be strong together. We had each other in whatever we were doing and to have that sense of support with you is beautiful. Overtime, we both achieved jobs in the field of journalism in some fashion. I began writing for a local newspaper firstly and then went on to earn my own column in the Football League Paper, in which my other half achieved also.
It was a dream come true for us both. However, we had other aspirations as the years went by. Football became more to us as we delved into the many topics it had. So, after lots of discussion about it, we came to a conclusion that we would pick ourselves up and get back on the horse, but this time, we were chasing something else; the chance to find our way into the complicated field of football management.
It was complicated already, but as a woman it was even harder. I had grown fond of the many female managers within the women's game, but there were never a real solidified icon for women in the men's game. Helena Costa had been the only women to manage a men's team when she took the reigns at Clermont Foot and she openly spoke about her struggles with sexism in the game.
Yet, the chance to become a pioneer proved to be a driving force for me to find my way into the game. Alongside the added balance of my other half, I had the determination to battle my way through the many coaching courses and qualify for numerous badges. Together, we managed to achieve a Continental B License, which may have crippled us financially, but helped us take a huge step towards getting into management.
We were decided that we would take our first gig together. It just or so happened we were given this opportunity with our local side Prescot Cables, who were in love with our story. It helped us make our mark and we achieved great success with our community club, as we won several titles and battled our way to the Northern Premier League Division One. The papers were all over it and soon, it became national news.
The offers were coming in from much bigger clubs within Non-League who were looking for new, innovative ideas. We couldn't believe what we were facing as the likes of Hartlepool United and Chester FC came knocking for our services. It was at that point we knew that we had made it into the field of management; having clubs want you because they realise your successes is honestly a truly great feeling.
However, we did decline these offers. Whilst we were desperate to get our management careers truly started, we had aspirations to do this outside of England where the opportunities for English managers were vast. The likes of Graham Potter at Ostersunds in Sweden had showcased this successfully and we knew that we could follow in his footsteps if we allowed ourselves to. It was a chance for a big journey for us, wherever it decided to take us.
Then the opportunity rose. It was an opportunity we couldn't turn down because it was too much of one to do so. It meant upping sticks and moving across the sea, but it was an exciting chance to begin life with a football club that have the potential to do some truly big things in the future. We were ready to be a part of that. Soon the names Jordan Moore and Georgia Brown would be known across Europe, we were certain of it...
What can I say? Yet another story. I know, I know. After the disappointment of Brentford, where I felt like the story was below my standards; I personally loved the work I put into the Lincoln story. However, whilst I were enjoying the story aspect of the save, I wasn't enjoying the save itself as I approached the tail-end of the first season. I was frustrated with myself, but I decided that I would pick my arse up and move outside of England for once.
So, that is what I have done! You will obviously find the club out in the next update, so do continue reading, but I have opted against another English save. I think, as I approach the end of this year's version of FM, I have grown tired of the leagues and need a fresh challenge abroad. I am looking forward to doing this as I am miles ahead in the save and have thoroughly enjoyed it, it was only a matter of time before I got the first update out. I do hope you enjoy. Thanks once again!