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Making a Manager - The Story

Ryan Ferguson returns for another English LLM journey
Started on 23 October 2018 by Justice
Latest Reply on 15 May 2019 by Griffo
This story just looks amazing :D

Oxford City 2018/2019 Best Players

Oxford City's Best Players Of The 2018/2019 Season

A wonderful season for Oxford City Football Club. Let's have a look at the stars of the season for City.

GK | Craig King | 21 y/o (01/07/1997) | English
51 Appearances | 67 Goals Conceded | 9 Clean Sheets | 7.06 Average Rating

A young and promising shot stopper. King was our undisputed number one goalkeeper for the season and he had a rather decent year between the sticks. Despite conceding 67 goals in 51 games in all competitions, the former Luton Town youth player kept 9 clean sheets; a club best. It may not sound like the best of tallies but, in lower league football, this could be considered quite impressive. He made a number of inspirational saves in the final of the FA Trophy.

DR | Luke Ruddick | 29 y/o (03/03/1990) | English
44 Appearances | 0 Goals | 12 Assists | 7.05 Average Rating

A very strong season from the experienced full back. He combined attacking contribution and defensive resilience well to be an important part of our squad. He provided an incredible twelve assists as he proved to be an important asset on the right wing for us.

DC | Brad McGowan | 23 y/o (30/04/1996) | English
41 Appearances | 3 Goals | 0 Assists | 6.87 Average Rating

Our central defenders didn't have an incredible year but they had a decent one. Brad McGowan joined the club in September and went straight into our starting lineup. He scored three times as he proved his aerial prowess and was a mainstay throughout the season.

DC | Regan Upton | 22 y/o (17/09/1996) | English
54 Appearances | 5 Goals | 2 Assists | 7.00 Average Rating

It was quite a good season for Regan Upton, who joined us in the summer. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers youth player scored five goals and assisted two more. Not bad for a defender! His presence in the air made him formidable in both boxes and he was an important part of our defence.

DL | Kris Owens | 20 y/o (07/12/1998) | English
44 Appearances | 1 Goal | 4 Assists | 7.10 Average Rating

The former Liverpool youngster did well in his debut season for the club. He had originally been playing as second fiddle to Ben Jefford but broke into the starting lineup and never looked back. He proved to be a formidable defender and has a bright career ahead of him.

DM | Michael Freiter | 23 y/o (05/01/1996) | English
50 Appearances | 5 Goals | 2 Assists | 7.02 Average Rating

Freiter joined in the summer to play in one of the most difficult positions in lower league football. He became our holding midfielder and was charged with breaking down opposition attacks. He did a pretty good job of that and settled into the team very well.

MC | Rob Sinclair | 29 y/o (29/08/1989) | English
46 Appearances | 8 Goals | 14 Assists | 7.38 Average Rating

A masterclass of a season from Rob Sinclair. He played as a deep lying playmaker for us this year and he controlled the midfield with aplomb. He had a habit of scoring absolute screamers and his all-round midfield play meant he could not be displaced from the starting lineup. He was magnificent.

MC | Josh Ashby | 23 y/o (03/05/1996) | English
49 Appearances | 15 Goals | 10 Assists | 7.37 Average Rating

Our captain fantastic. Josh Ashby was tremendous as a box to box midfielder. His all-round contribution, particularly his habit of scoring and assisting, made him the best player in the league. With contract negotiations ongoing, everybody at the club wants this man to stay.

AMR | Nosa Iyamu | 20 y/o (28/10/1998) | Nigerian
53 Appearances | 14 Goals | 18 Assists | 7.06 Average Rating

A very good season for (arguably) Ryan Ferguson's best signing of the season. The former Birmingham City youngster brought pace, skill and flair to the team and he was constantly heavily involved in attacking play for the club. He played the majority of the season on the right wing but switched to the left to accommodate for the inclusion of Sam Pickles, another up-and-coming young winger.

AML | Zac McEachran | 23 y/o (11/11/1995) | English
52 Appearances | 16 Goals | 10 Assists | 6.99 Average Rating

A very strong season from McEachran. He made a habit of scoring important goals for the club, particularly late winners. His speed made him a formidable threat and a very valuable asset to our attack.

ST | Kabongo Tshimanga | 22 y/o (10/08/1996) | English
52 Appearances | 46 Goals | 9 Assists | 7.35 Average Rating

Where would Oxford City be without Kabongo Tshimanga? His incredible goal tally made him (arguably) the most feared striker in non-league football. The team itself scored an incredible amount of goals, but Kabongo stole the show on a weekly basis. On record breaking form, can he become an English footballing legend?

Comment Section

ScottT, while I will be looking at improving the squad, the goalkeeper position is certainly a priority
Jack, we shall spoil nothing ;)
mgriffin2012, you're amazing ;)

Previous Update: #32 - National League South 2018/2019 Awards
Next Update: Coming Soon....
Have to agree with Griffin, absolutely beautiful updates on the eye; especially the graphics. The layout is so pleasing. Another fantastic update that demonstrates the hard work put into the squad this season and has me very excited for Oxford's future.
Tshimanga with 46 goals is quite frankly taking the piss. Ridiculous amount of goals.
46 goals in 52 appearances?!? How do you get that kind of form out of anyone?
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5 yearsEdited

Season 2018/2019: Season Review

A Review Of Oxford City Football Club In Season 2018/2019

Ryan Ferguson: My first season in senior football management was a fruitful one. At the helm of Oxford City, I got my hands on both the National League South and FA Trophy titles. A memorable season was a great way to begin my career. Let's sum up how it went.


Oxford City Signed A Number Of Players In A Busy Year Of Transfers

Upon my arrival I discovered the senior squad to be very short of numbers. There were very few defenders and just one wide midfielder available, and so a series of mass-signings had to occur. Very few players left the club as we looked to build a squad with the numbers required to be a force.

The major signings were Nosa Iyamu (winger), Kris Owens (full back), Regan Upton (central defender) and Brad McGowan (central defender). They all slotted into the starting lineup and performed well throughout the season. Iyamu and Owens, in particular, were star performers for the team in wide areas.

In terms of departures, there were a few which brought regrets. Adebambo Akinjogbin joined in the summer but was out the door in January. He was signed on a non-contract, meaning he was free to move when he pleased, and a move to Partick Thistle followed. He was a player with great promise so I was disappointed to see him leave. Matthew Paterson also left the club. The striker had a very good goals-to-game ratio for us but was second fiddle to the amazing Kabongo Tshimanga, and so I had great respect for him when he asked for a move to a club where he could be first choice. He moved to a team in our same division, and ended up scoring more goals than games played for them.

National League South

Oxford City Lost Just Five Times In An Impressive League Campaign

Four wins and a draw in the opening five games set the tone for what would be a very successful season. Just five defeats put blots on an otherwise impressive year of league football for Oxford City, as we pushed teams aside.

Beating Dulwich Hamlet both home and away, particularly 4-1 at home, definitely highlighted our ability, with home and away victories over Billericay Town and Torquay United exemplifying our ability to perform in the big games.

The obvious disappointments were the defeats. Weston-super-Mare did the double over us, while we also suffered at the hands of Concord Rangers, Woking and Eastbourne Borough.

League Table

Oxford City's 109 Goals Scored Helped Them On Their Way To First Place

In the end, we were champions by a five point margin. 109 goals scored exemplified our attacking prowess, which was a league best (84 goals scored the next best). We conceded 53 which was by no means the bets record in the league but wasn't terrible for a division notorious for lacking defensive discipline. We will look to improve on that record but it wasn't a completely awful tally.

Oxford City Won The National League South

FA Cup

Oxford City Reached The Third Round Of The FA Cup

Our success in the league and FA Trophy may be overlooked by our run in the FA Cup. We defeated a number of high profile teams to reach the third round of the competition, where Birmingham City brought us to our knees.

Victories over Thatcham Town, Staines Town and Maidstone United in the qualifying rounds brought a great deal of pride to the football club, particularly the victory against a Maidstone United side a tier above us. We were up against it when we faced EFL League One side Walsall but we brought them back to our place on a replay, where we defeated them in extra time. A dramatic victory over EFL League Two side Swindon Town followed, sending us to the third round.

We knew we would be facing a real quality team in the form of Birmingham City in the third round. We were away from home, and they were in the EFL Championship. They demolished us on the scoreline, but we created chances of our own in an exciting game. Nevertheless, we lost, but gained great experience and a big fat amount of prize money for reaching that stage.

Chelsea Won The FA Cup

FA Trophy

Oxford City Won Every Game En Route To FA Trophy Glory

We did the double when we lifted the FA Trophy. A strong run of form, including a 6-3 demolition of FC United of Manchester, saw us soar all the way to the semi finals. It took a dramatic stoppage time winner for us to sink Stockport County in the first leg of the semi finals, and we did enough to see them off in the second leg. Chesterfield, a tier above us, awaited us in the final, but we were leading 3-0 with less than ten minutes remaining. The players collapsed from exhaustion but we held on to deny them a complete comeback, earning us a second trophy for the season.

Oxford City Won The FA Trophy

Oxford City Finances

Oxford City Were In A Strong Financial Position At The End Of The Season

Our success in cup competitions brought in a great amount of money to the football club. We were in a position where we could significantly increase our wage spend by bringing in a higher caliber of player. Our stadium, Court Place Farm, is also under works to increase the capacity to 4,500. Not bad at all!

Comment Section

ScottT, thank you, I'm glad you're enjoying how I write this story!
Jack & mgriffin2012, he's magical! I've had some incredible LLM strikers over the years but Tshimanga has been in insane form. I think part of it is down to how I set up my tactics in an attacking sense; looking to exploit the spaces and moving the ball around quickly. He's missed plenty of chances this season but he's made up for it with his phenomenal goal scoring tally. I doubt he'll have another season quite like that but you never know :P

Previous Update: #33 - Oxford City 2018/2019 Best Players
Next Update: #35 - Season 2019/2020: Kit Reveal
It's always a tricky job to bring in the right players when you join a club with barely a first eleven in the senior team, so with the talent you've brought in you've done a remarkable job with Oxford by winning the title! Finances also in excellent shape due to the cup run so lets hope you have another one of them runs next time around!

It's been a great read this season so I'm on the edge of my seat for more of this Justice!
The season review just puts how incredible a season has been into perspective. Losing so few games shows the quality your side possessed over the course of the season. An amazing record in front of goal, certainly helped by Tshimanga, exemplifies the threat you carry next season. I'm keen to see how business is conducted over the summer and if you're able to keep hold of important players; such as Tshimanga himself.
Incredible season review, puts mine to shame :P
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5 yearsEdited

Season 2019/2020: Kit Reveal

Oxford City Have Revealed Their Kits For The 2019/2020 Season


National League South and FA Trophy champions Oxford City have revealed their new kits for the upcoming 2019/2020 season. Manufactured by Macron, the home and away kits will represent new kit sponsor University of Oxford, who have signed a one year deal with the football club.

The home kit is designed with the club's traditional blue and white hoops, with a polo collar. A red Macron alternative logo embroiders the arms, while University of Oxford is cut into one of the hoops on the chest of the shirt. The kit is finished with a small white detail on each sleeve cuff.

The away kit is in a business-like granite colour. An opaque white detail covers two third of the torso, with a white hoop detail on the sleeve cuffs. As with the home kit, the away kit has a polo collar and an alternate Macron logo embroidering the sleeves. A club-made version of the Oxford ox is used as the club's crest on this kit.

The one-year deal with University of Oxford is valued at an estimated £27,500. Students and staff at University of Oxford will also have the opportunity to avail of discount ticket prices at Oxford City Football Club fixtures at Kassam Stadium until mid-March, and then at Court Place Farm for the remainder of the season.

The public response to the new kits has been a good one, with a number of fans lining up at the club's official store to get their hands on the kit. Adult-sized kits are available from £25, with kids able to get their hands on kits for as little as £10. Will you be getting your hands on the home kit for next season, or the away kit?

@KabongoFromTheCongo: Can't wait to pull on the new #OCFC kit on next season. Let's make it another memorable year #ComeOnOxford #CityForLife #NewKitFeeling

@TheRealRobSinclair: New #OCFC kits look fresh. Will it improve a man's Tinder game? Asking for a friend. #SinglePringleWantingToMingle #WorldsSexiestFootballer

@BenJeffordinho: Super excited about the new #OCFC kits. Bets kits in football. #WeAreTheBest

Comment Section

Jack, yeah it was a challenge but the financial boost has certainly helped us out in terms of players (which you will see soon enough!). Hopefully I can keep you entertained :P
ScottT, Tshimanga > Messi
mgriffin2012, I could only aspire to reach your level of craftsmanship when it comes to updates :P

Previous Update: #34 - Season 2018/2019: Season Review
Next Update: #36 - Oxford City Sign Eight As Window Opens
Those kits are absolutely beautiful. They'll look even better when you lift the National League title in one of them. ;)
Oxford Uni sponsoring you for 27 grand? NICE TO SEE TAXES ARE BEING WELL SPENT.
Haha i'll gladly repay my student loans if they help you seal another promotion!
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5 yearsEdited

Oxford City Sign Eight As Window Opens

Eight Players Have Joined Oxford City As Summer Transfer Window Opens

It has been a busy start to the transfer window for Oxford City Football Club. The newly promoted National League side has added eight players to their ranks, with each player having agreed pre-contract deals in the previous months. Let's have a look at who joined.

Tom Bamford

Tom Bamford Was A Highly Rated Teenage Defender

Full Name: Tom Bamford
Age: 17 (09/11/2001)
Nationality: English
Position: D(C)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £0 p/w (Until: N/A)
Current/Potential Ability: /

A very exciting signing. Just a teenager but already very capable of coming into the senior team and making an immediate impact. Formerly a Huddersfield Town youth player, Bamford has the aerial ability and marking ability that makes him a very special young talent. He has some assets of his game which require work, such as his tackling, but overall he could become a very incredible defender for us in the future.

Kenny Clark

Kenny Clark Had Experience And Ability To Make Him An Invaluable Signing

Full Name: Kenny Clark
Age: 30 (12/08/1988)
Nationality: English
Position: D(C)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £300 p/w (Until: 30/06/2020)
Current/Potential Ability: /

A true leader. Clark comes in and offers something which Bamford cannot; experience and leadership. 378 career league appearances prior to us signing him summed up his experience, having played most recently for Ebbsfleet United. He's not the quickest his defensive skills will be of great benefit to us throughout this season. He will also prove to be the perfect mentor for Bamford.

Adam Coombes

Adam Coombes Was Brought In To Give Kabongo Competition For Places

Full Name: Adam Julian Coombes
Age: 27 (19/06/1991)
Nationality: English
Position: ST
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £375 p/w (Until: 30/06/2021)
Current/Potential Ability: /

A proper athlete. Coombes joined to give competition to Kabongo in the striker position. His high standard in every facet of fitness, as well as his determined personality, makes him a brilliant player to have in the squad. Despite his age, Coombes has relatively very little experience. A tally of 92 career league games doesn't bode well for a player entering his peak years. Hopefully he can do the job, despite his inexperience.

Nathan Ferguson

Nathan Ferguson Will Bolster Oxford City's Midfield

Full Name: Nathan Ferguson
Age: 23 (12/10/1995)
Nationality: English
Position: M(C)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £300 p/w (Until: 30/06/2020)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Nathan Ferguson offers something different to the midfielders already at Oxford City's disposal. The former Dulwich Hamlet player will play a backup role on the most part, but his specific skill set will surely be a huge asset in games where we will need to work hard to win.

Connor Hunte

Connor Hunte Is A Former Chelsea & Wolverhampton Wanderers Youth

Full Name: Connor Alexander Hunte
Age: 22 (12/09/1996)
Nationality: English
Position: M/AM(L)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £350 p/w (Until: 30/06/2020)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Formerly a very promising young English player, Connor Hunte's career has not yet kicked off as expected. The speedy winger failed to break into the Wolves team before moves to Greenwich, Kingstonian and Billericay Town. Connor will be hoping a move to Oxford City will give the chance to reinvent his career, can he become an important player?

Michael McGregor

Michael McGregor Is A Promising Young Scottish Winger

Full Name: Michael McGregor
Age: 17 (23/10/2001)
Nationality: Scottish
Position: M/AM(L)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £0 p/w (Until: N/A)
Current/Potential Ability: /

A very promising young winger. Born in Edinburgh, Michael McGregor could become a Scottish international if he develops as expected to. A determined player, he will need to make sure he develops well to reach the heights he wants to. Can he do it? Hopefully.

Jordan Wright

Jordan Wright Becomes Oxford City's Record Signing

Full Name: Jordan Wright
Age: 25 (24/11/1993)
Nationality: English
Position: M/AM(R)
Fee: £500
Signed From: Curzon Ashton
Wage: £230 p/w (Until: 30/06/2020)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Our record signing from Curzon Ashton, Jordan Wright will add pace, skill and flair to the team. He will be direct competition to Nosa Iyamu for a starting spot. While we did pay a fee for Wright, I think it is small enough to be considered good value for a player of his quality. He could add the spark when the fire is dim for us.

Matthew Young

Matthew Young Joined To Challenge For A Starting Position

Full Name: Matthew Robert Young
Age: 25 (26/01/1994)
Nationality: English
Position: D(R)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £0 p/w (Until: N/A)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Last but not least, a full back. This was a problem position for me to find a suitable candidate and I will be looking for potential targets that would be even better than Young. However, Young is good at what he does and he will provide competition to Luke Ruddick for a starting spot in the team.

Comment Section

ScottT, hopefully ;)
Jack, all gone to my pocket :P
mgriffin2012, being part of the cause, I like it!

Previous Update: #35 - Season 2019/2020: Kit Reveal
Next Update: #37 - Oxford City Secure Promising Youngsters
You've done some very astute business that should really stand you in good stead heading into a tougher season!

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