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Ryan Ferguson returns for another English LLM journey
Started on 23 October 2018 by Justice / First Post
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11 monthsEdited

City Secure Four More As August Nears


Oxford City Have Secured The Signing Of Four More Players In A Busy Summer

26/07/2019

Four more players have joined newly promoted National League side Oxford City Football Club in what has been a very busy summer transfer window for the club. Four young players were signed as Oxford City looked to bolster both their senior team and their U18s side, with two joining each.

Joshua Oluwayemi

Joshua Oluwayemi Will Join The Club's U18s Side

Full Name: Oluwaferanmi Joshua Chibuzo Oluwayemi
Age: 18 (13/03/2001)
Nationality: English
Position: GK
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £0 p/w (Until: N/A)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Oluwayemi will join our U18s team, and will also provide cover to the senior squad should he be needed. Originally of Nigerian descent, Oluwayemi was previously part of Tottenham Hotspur's youth setup and played thirteen times for their U18s last season, keeping two clean sheets. He was subsequently let go by the capital club but has the potential to become a decent EFL goalkeeper in the future. He is a good shot stopper but will need to work on his distribution skills.

Adam Parkes

Adam Parkes Will Provide Competition In The Senior Team

Full Name: Adam Parkes
Age: 19 (30/11/1999)
Nationality: English
Position: GK
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £210 p/w (Until: 30/06/2021)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Parkes is a little more developed and so will join our senior team to provide competition to Ryan Dickerson for a starting spot. Parkes had previously been a youth player for Southampton and kept two clean sheets in nine appearances for the U18s last season. Parkes is quite a decent shot stopper, who also needs to work on his distribution skills. He will play a few games this season.

Jacob Pemberton

Jacob Pemberton Will Join The Club's U18s Side

Full Name: Jacob Pemberton
Age: 18 (10/04/2001)
Nationality: English
Position: M(C)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £0 p/w (Until: N/A)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Not a bad midfield player. Pemberton was released by Reading and will play a part in our U18s, with a view to progressing into our senior team as the season progresses. He is quite a technical player and is naturally fit too. Pemberton played twenty-eight games for Reading's U18s last season but failed to earn a senior contract there. We'll give him the opportunity to earn a contract at our club.

Ben Rowthorn

Ben Rowthorn Will Look To Be A Starter For The Football Club

Full Name: Jacob Pemberton
Age: 20 (21/11/1998)
Nationality: English
Position: DM/M(C)
Fee: £0
Signed From: Free Agent
Wage: £675 p/w (Until: 30/06/2021)
Current/Potential Ability: /

Probably our most high profile signing. Formerly of Southampton's youth team, Ben Rowthorn will look to break into our starting eleven. He's a jack of all trades in the midfield area and will certainly add to the quality we already have there. Quite a high wage, hopefully he will be worth it.

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ScottT, that is indeed a big reason why I selected these two particular coaches. We have one player who has picked up an incredible amount of senior games for one club, show great loyalty and professionalism, and another who has represented England at the highest youth level, as well as some of England's most reputable clubs. Both will bring different types of experience.
Jack & mgriffin2012, gonna have the players learn to buck like the Huck!



Previous Update: #40 - Oxford City Bolster Coaching Staff
Next Update: #42 - Season 2019/2020: Pre-Season
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Season 2019/2020: Pre-Season


An Overview Of Oxford City In Pre-Season 2019

Ryan Ferguson:
"Season two was on the horizon and we were getting ready for life in the National League. We needed to invest some of our hard-earned cash into the squad, as we lacked numbers at times last season and we lacked quality in defence. Here it goes."

Transfers


Oxford City Signed Fifteen New Players In A Busy Summer

Major Transfers In
We added plenty of defensive reinforcements, a new stock of goalkeepers, a few midfielders and a few attackers to our side. £500 was spent on one player, a club record fee. Please look back at previous updates for details. I'm not running through them a second time.

Major Transfers Out
In total, nine players left the club during pre-season. Darren Earley, Craig King and Eddie Jones all left directly for other clubs while six others were released. Here is a list of players released by the club.

Results


Oxford City Hammered Birmingham City At St. Andrews

I think the results explain themselves. We did well to draw at Portsmouth, before (surprisingly) hammering Birmingham City at St. Andrews. We lost back-to-back games against Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Bradford City before returning to winning ways against Basingstoke Town and London Colney.

Upcoming Fixtures


Oxford City Will Kick Off The Season Against Halifax Town

I'll do what I did last season and post a block of August - October at once. This'll prove to be a good indicator of where we're at after the early stages of the season.



Previous Update: #41 - City Secure Four As August Nears
Next Update: #43 - Brian Cox: Fergie Has My Trust
Massive result vs. Birmingham with Kabongo on form! Nice to see Leeds give you a bit of spanking too ;) some good business done in the window too
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11 monthsEdited

Brian Cox: Fergie Has My Trust


Oxford City Chairman Brian Cox Has Shown His Support For Manager Ferguson

09/08/2019

It has been a busy summer transfer window for National League newbies Oxford City, having already secured the signings of no less than eleven players. With the vast majority of these players joining the senior team, it has been a sign of the times for a club very much on their way up the English football pyramid.

Among the players to join the club were experienced defenders Charlie Clough and Kenny Clark, while young stars Ryan Longman, Ryan Dickerson and Tom Bamford were among those looking to make the next step following their release from major football clubs across the nation.

A year after the club announced financial difficulties, the recent influx of signings has shown the turnaround the club has made in the previous twelve months. Much credit has gone to manager Ryan Ferguson, who has brought league and cup success to the football club. Last season's incredible FA Cup run brought the club an incredible financial boost, and winning the FA Trophy didn't do the club's balance any damage either.

Oxford City's chairman Brian Cox has been full of praise for his manager, entrusting him with full control of the club's transfer and wage budgets. Cox has spoken of his admiration for Ryan Ferguson's work ethic and his enthusiasm for the game.

Brian Cox (Oxford City Chairman):
"Ryan (Ferguson) is a man I have great time for. He comes in every day and always gives his full focus to the cause. His work ethic is second-to-none and he is non-stop in his desire to see this football club grow. He has taken to his job here like a fish to water and I can only envisage good times for this club with him in charge.

We've been fortunate enough to see our financial situation improve over the last year. That comes down to our success on the football pitch, particularly in the two cup competitions we participated in last season, and it has put us in an incredible position for the coming financial year.

We are able to significantly increase the budgets we have available for player wages and transfers. It is still nowhere near what some of the other clubs in the division have at their disposal but it is a significant upgrade on what we had. I fully trust Ryan (Ferguson) to spend this money wisely. He has done well so far and the players who have come in will surely be a big boost to the club."


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Jack, I scheduled those friendlies to put my players' tactical preparation to the test. After playing against the likes of Leeds & Birmingham, the likes of Salford & Co. should be a cakewalk in comparison :P



Previous Update: #42 - Season 2019/2020: Pre-Season
Next Update: #44 - Fergie: We Must Stay Grounded
Good to see that the chairman trusts you! Use it wisely. ;)
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Thumping win over Birmingham followed by some poorer results against good sides though! Great to see the Chairman is backing you though!
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Revenge on Birmingham for the FA Cup result, I guess? :P Glad to see that the chairman has trust in Fergie, so he should after the fantastic work put in over the last twelve months or so. Looking forward to the new season in a new division, my expectations are high!
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Fergie: We Must Stay Grounded


Oxford City Manager Ryan Ferguson Has Urged His Side To Remain Humble

09/08/2019

A day before the kickoff of the new National League campaign, Oxford City manager Ryan Ferguson has urged his players to remain humble following an incredible National League South and FA Trophy double. The twenty-eight year old manager is keen that his players do not fall into a trap of believing they're better than they are.

Last season saw the remarkable rise of Oxford City come to fruition under the exciting manager. The club finished five points clear at the top of National League South last season. Ahead of their opening fixture of National League against Halifax Town, the focus is on winning each game once more.

Spirits are high in the Oxford City camp, but Ryan Ferguson has fired a stern warning that the side are in the same position as everybody else in the league and that no other season matters but the current one. Ferguson has his eyes set on glory but is ready to walk the hard-miles to achieve his goals.

Ryan Ferguson:
"We're ready for tomorrow. They (Halifax Town) are quite an established team in this division and they have a fantastic football stadium too. We know they have some great qualities in their team and we know they will be professionally prepared for this game.

We'll be focused too. We cannot let last season's success remain in our heads. Last season is gone. It is over. Now it is time for this season and all the challenges it brings with it. We have to be ready to fight and be ready to do what is necessary to get all three points tomorrow. We need to make sure we are humble and we stay grounded because anything less than one hundred percent will not be enough. We know that.

The players have done well in pre-season. We had some very difficult games which have taught us plenty of lessons. We have a lot to think about. Ideally we would have had another one or two weeks of pre-season but the situation is what it is. We're fit and focused, that is all we can ask for. All that matters now is our performance tomorrow."


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Jim, I shall steal his wife ;)
mgriffin2012, I'm not overly concerned about the results, but more the performances. We did quite well in the general play but it was a difference in quality in both boxes which proved to be the difference. Not much that can be done about that though, unfortunately.
ScottT, it most definitely was bittersweet, as it must have left them quite butt hurt!


Previous Update: #43 - Brian Cox: Fergie Has My Trust
Next Update: #45 - Squad Overview: Oxford City 2019
Composure will be what makes you have a good season, the players will do well to remember that!
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Always good to remain humble, as it stops overconfidence. Best of luck at The Shay!
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Squad Overview: Oxford City 2019


A Look At Oxford City's Squad Ahead Of The 2019/2020 Season

No. Name | Age | Position | Nationality | CA/PA
Goalkeepers
GK
1. Ryan Dickerson | 18 y/o (08/09/2000) | GK | English | /
Wage: £775 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £15,750
Appearances: - | Clean Sheets: - | Goals Conceded: - | Average Rating: -

25. Adam Parkes | 19 y/o (30/11/1999) | GK | English | /
Wage: £210 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £6,000
Appearances: - | Clean Sheets: - | Goals Conceded: - | Average Rating: -

Defenders
DR/WBR
2. Matthew Young | 25 y/o (26/01/1994) | DR | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

22. Luke Ruddick | 29 y/o (03/03/1990) | DR | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: 44 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 12 | Average Rating: 7.05

DC
4. Charlie Clough | 28 y/o (03/09/1990) | DC | English | /
Wage: £1,100 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2022 | Value: £41,500
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

12. Tom Bamford | 17 y/o (09/11/1991) | DC | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

5. Kenny Clark | 30 y/o (12/08/1988) | DC | English | /
Wage: £300 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £10,250
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

13. Regan Upton | 22 y/o (17/09/1996) | DC | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: 54 | Goals: 5 | Assists: 2 | Average Rating: 7.00

26. Brad McGowan | 23 y/o (30/04/1996) | DC | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: 41 | Goals: 3 | Assists: 0 | Average Rating: 6.87

24. Joe Oastler | 29 y/o (03/07/1990) | DC | English | /
Wage: £240 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £7,000
Appearances: 28 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 1 | Average Rating: 6.80

DL/WBL
3. Kris Owens | 20 y/o (07/12/1998) | DL | English | /
Wage: £275 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £9,750
Appearances: 44 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 4 | Average Rating: 7.10

23. Ben Jefford | 24 y/o (04/09/1994) | DL | English | /
Wage: £250 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £8,500
Appearances: 31 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 3 | Average Rating: 6.80

Midfielders
DM/MC
8. Rob Sinclair | 29 y/o (29/08/1989) | MC | English | /
Wage: £500 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £25,500
Appearances: 46 | Goals: 8 | Assists: 14 | Average Rating: 7.38

10. Josh Ashby (C) | 23 y/o (03/05/1995) | MC | English | /
Wage: £250 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £325
Appearances: 49 | Goals: 15 | Assists: 10 | Average Rating: 7.37

6. Ben Rowthorn | 20 y/o (21/11/1998) | MC | English | /
Wage: £675 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £21,500
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

14. Nathan Ferguson | 23 y/o (12/10/1995) | MC | English | /
Wage: £300 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £11,750
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

21. Lee Cox | 29 y/o (26/06/1990) | DM | English | /
Wage: £300 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £11,750
Appearances: 8 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 2 | Average Rating: 6.78

16. Michael Freiter | 23 y/o (05/01/1996) | DM | English | /
Wage: £300 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £9,250
Appearances: 50 | Goals: 5 | Assists: 2 | Average Rating: 7.02

AMC
15. Callum Nicholas | 21 y/o (15/09/1997) | MC/AMC | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: 24 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 2 | Average Rating: 6.86

Wingers
MR/AMR
7. Nosa Iyamu | 20 y/o (28/10/1998) | MR/AMR/AML | Nigerian | /
Wage: £110 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £12,000
Appearances: 53 | Goals: 14 | Assists: 18 | Average Rating: 7.06

18. Jordan Wright | 25 y/o (24/11/1993) | MC/AMC | English | /
Wage: £230 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £4,500
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

ML/AML
17. Connor Hunte | 22 y/o (12/09/1996) | ML/AML/AMC | English | /
Wage: £350 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £12,750
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

20. Zac McEachran | 23 y/o (11/11/1995) | ML/AML | English | /
Wage: £200 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £6,250
Appearances: 52 | Goals: 16 | Assists: 10 | Average Rating: 6.99

Strikers
ST
9. Kabongo Tshimanga | 23 y/o (10/08/1996) | ST | English | /
Wage: £350 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2022 | Value: £15,000
Appearances: 52 | Goals: 46 | Assists: 9 | Average Rating: 7.35

11. Ryan Longman | 18 y/o (06/11/2000) | AML/ST | English | /
Wage: £400 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £15,250
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

19. Adam Coombes | 28 y/o (19/06/1991) | ST | English | /
Wage: £375 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £19,250
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

Best Of U18s Squad
--. Joshua Oluwayemi | 18 y/o (13/03/2001) | GK | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals Conceded: - | Clean Sheets: - | Average Rating: -

--. Elliot Moss | 17 y/o (16/12/2001) | DM | English | /
Wage: £5 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2020 | Value: £8,750
Appearances: 26 | Goals: 3 | Assists: 2 | Average Rating: 6.88

--. Jacob Pemberton | 18 y/o (10/04/2001) | MC | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

--. Matt Funnell | 19 y/o (22/10/1999) | GK | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: 6 | Goals Conceded: 4 | Clean Sheets: 2 | Average Rating: 7.07

--. Kyran Wiltshire | 22 y/o (15/09/1996) | MC | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

--. Sam Pickles | 17 y/o (09/11/2001) | MR/AMR | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: 14 | Goals: 6 | Assists: 5 | Average Rating: 7.21

--. Francis Mehew | 16 y/o (19/02/2003) | AMC | English | /
Wage: £5 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/06/2021 | Value: £250
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

--. Dom Ellis | 17 y/o (14/02/2002) | AMR | English | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

--. Michael McGregor | 17 y/o (23/10/2001) | AML | Scottish | /
Wage: £0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: £0
Appearances: - | Goals: - | Assists: - | Average Rating: -

*NOTE* I'm only counting appearances/goals/etc recorded under my regime.

Comment Section

mgriffin2012, exactly! We cannot possibly aim for another title if we are not composed!
ScottT, humility is, admittedly, not one of my truest characteristics, but it is always wise to portray that to the media :P



Previous Update: #44 - Fergie: We Must Stay Grounded
Next Update: #46 - Kabongo Hits Half-Century Mark In Style
A decent squad assembled for the new season. A title winning squad I think. ;)
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Kabongo Hits Half-Century Mark In Style


Kabongo Tshimanga Scored His 50th Oxford City Goal With Table-Topping Strike

15/09/2019

Kabongo Tshimanga has written his name in Oxford City Football Club history with his 50th goal for the club, scoring the only goal as Oxford City defeated Macclesfield Town to claim top spot. The Englishman secured the half-century goal in just 59 appearances, an incredible feat for any player.

The headlines will be about Oxford City topping the table with their victory but Kabongo deserves much of the credit for City's dramatic rise in the past year and a bit. Kabongo scored his first Oxford City goal against Gloucester City on 7th August of last year and has not looked back since. The athletic striker found the back of the net 46 times last season, in just 52 appearances, and has scored 4 times in 7 appearances this season.

A well-rounded striker, Tshimanga has struck fear into the hearts of every team he has played against. 12 of Kabongo's 50 goals have come from the penalty spot, suggesting a cold clinical nature that is only born in a player, not bred. The young striker has scored three or more goals in a game no less than five times, terrorising those who he found form against.

Kabongo Tshimanga's 50 Goals:
01 - vs Gloucester (07/08/2018)
02 - vs St Albans (18/08/2018)
03 - vs St Albans (18/08/2018)
04 - vs Welling (01/09/2018)
05 - vs Welling (01/09/2018)
06 - vs Slough (08/09/2018)
07 - vs Slough (08/09/2018)
08 - vs Slough (08/09/2018)
09 - vs Slough (08/09/2018)
10 - vs Thatcham (22/09/2018)
11 - vs Hemel (29/09/2018)
12 - vs Hemel(29/09/2018)
13 - vs Staines (06/10/2018)
14 - vs Maidstone (20/10/2018)
15 - vs Maidstone (20/10/2018)
16 - vs Dartford (22/10/2018)
17 - vs Chelmsford (27/10/2018)
18 - vs Chelmsford (27/10/2018)
19 - vs Swindon (01/12/2018)
20 - vs Nuneaton (04/12/2018)
21 - vs Nuneaton (04/12/2018)
22 - vs Billericay (11/12/2018)
23 - vs Billericay (11/12/2018)
24 - vs Flyde (22/12/2018)
25 - vs Hungerford (26/12/2018)
26 - vs Hungerford (26/12/2018)
27 - vs Gloucester (15/01/2019)
28 - vs Woking (02/02/2019)
29 - vs Truro (16/02/2019)
30 - vs Billericay (23/02/2019)
31 - vs Billericay (23/02/2019)
32 - vs Billericay (23/02/2019)
33 - vs FC United (02/03/2019)
34 - vs FC United (02/03/2019)
35 - vs FC United (02/03/2019)
36 - vs Hampton (09/03/2019)
37 - vs Hampton (09/03/2019)
38 - vs Hampton (09/03/2019)
39 - vs Thurrock (16/03/2019)
40 - vs Stockport (30/03/2019)
41 - vs Slough (27/04/2019)
42 - vs Dartford (27/04/2019)
43 - vs Dartford (27/04/2019)
44 - vs Dartford (27/04/2019)
45 - vs Chesterfield (19/05/2019)
46 - vs Chesterfield (19/05/2019)
47 - vs Boreham (02/09/2019)
48 - vs Boreham (02/09/2019)
49 - vs Dagenham (07/09/2019)
50 - vs Macclesfield (15/09/2019)



Watch Highlights Of Kabongo Tshimanga For Oxford City (I Made This Video)


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ScottT, we can only hope ;)


Previous Update: #45 - Squad Overview: Oxford City 2019
Next Update: #47 - City To Upgrade Training Facilities
KABONGO'S ON FIRE, YOUR DEFENCE IS TERRIFIED. :P
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