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The Warrington Way

From non-league to glory
Started on 21 November 2019 by JohnWarrington
Latest Reply on 31 March 2020 by Justice
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Great to see you back up top with a game in hand. Time to finish this league off!
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2020-01-13 20:02#265280 Jack : Great to see you back up top with a game in hand. Time to finish this league off!

Thanks! Now to stay there


The Warrington Way

March 2024


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We start the month with a very pleasing win over Sunderland at Hilton Park, with Zach Clough scoring both goals. A thoroughly professional performance.


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All we wanted from this game was respectability. The lads worked their socks off and kept it to 2-0, which is a monumental achievement against such a quality side. I'm so proud of them.


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This was 3rd vs 1st so a massive game for us at the top of the table. I'll admit, we rode our luck, but I'm delighted that we managed to pick up all three points.


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Job done, an easy three points. However, the win came at a price as Robson Shipley was stretchered off near the end.

Saturday 16th March

Robson Shipley ruled out for 6 months with a broken ankle.


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With ten minutes to go, I thought a rubbish result was going to ruin my birthday. Enter Zach Clough and Liam Shephard who turned the game on its head, secured us all three points and left me celebrating my birthday in style. Get in there!

Saturday 30th March

Once again our youth intake arrives with no standout candidates. We really need to upgrade our facilities.



A Zach Clough hat-trick sees us end the month with a superb 4-1 win at home against Bristol Rovers. That's six consecutive league wins now, just when we needed them the most.

Awards

John Warrington wins League One Manager of the Month
Zach Clough wins League One Player of the Month

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Player Stats



League Table



How good does that table look? With five games to go, it looks like we're on the verge of an incredible promotion to the Championship. Can we win the league title though? That would be the icing on the cake.

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The Warrington Way

April/May 2024


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A terrible performance away at Burton. They were clinical with their chances, we just....weren't. However, that result doesn't matter because results elsewhere mean we are PROMOTED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP. An incredible achievement.

Saturday 6th April



Am I reading that right? Are the board actually giving me a transfer budget!?


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Another awful result. It's a good job we have already secured promotion, nevertheless, I'm concerned.


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Ok, this is getting pretty f****** concerning now. We didn't take our chances and Carlisle did. We should not be getting beat by an already relegated side, I'm angry and I've let the players know that.


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Zach Clough, you little beauty! His goals gave us a 2-0 win over Ipswich and with MK Dons beating Lincoln, that means the title is back in our hands. Avoid defeat against Lincoln on the last day and it's ours, lose and it's theirs. I don't think I've ever been this nervous.


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GET IN THERE! CHAMPIONS OF SKYBET LEAGUE ONE. We went to Lincoln with the game plan of score and shut them out and that's exactly what we did. I couldn't be prouder of the players, they really deserve this.

Thursday 16th May



Absolutely fantastic news! It's been a long time coming!

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Player Stats



Final League Table



So so proud of the lads. Winning League One is absolutely unbelievable. I'll once again be rebuilding the squad ahead of the challenge of a new league, I can't believe it. Without wanting to sound big-headed, the successive promotions show that I have a knack for building decent squads.
That's absolutely phenomenal. Congratulations! Despite a few losses - perhaps too much drinking after winning promotion? :P - you did enough to hold onto the crown and go up in fashion. You've worked miracles on no budget whatsoever, so while the budget given to you will be minuscule in comparison to other teams in the division, I'm intrigued to see how you spend it.
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2020-01-14 18:37#265338 ScottT : That's absolutely phenomenal. Congratulations! Despite a few losses - perhaps too much drinking after winning promotion? :P - you did enough to hold onto the crown and go up in fashion. You've worked miracles on no budget whatsoever, so while the budget given to you will be minuscule in comparison to other teams in the division, I'm intrigued to see how you spend it.

Yeah, I can't really figure out why we had such a dip in form. Atleast we managed to get the title sorted on the final day


The Warrington Way

End of Season Awards

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League Awards

Manager of the Season



I must admit that I'm disappointed not to win this but I can understand why Gareth has. I'm looking forward to going up against him again next season.

Player of the Season



I'm biased but I really think Zach Clough or Luke Wood should have won this.

Club Awards



Fans' Player of the Season

As much as I love Luke Wood, this should really have gone to Zach Clough. However, that's not to say that Luke doesn't deserve it. The two of them have been phenomenal up front for us this season.

Signing of the Season

An absolute no brainer for me. Zach has come in and been brilliant for us, keeping Jake Scrimshaw, who was superb for us last season, out of the side.

Young Player of the Season

See above.

All-Time Best 11



The Warrington Way

The Stats



*10 appearances minimum

Most Appearances
1. Luke Hume - 56
2. Dominic Johnson - 54
3. Mo Adams - 51(2)
=. Connor Malley - 51 (2)

Most Goals
1. Zach Clough - 30
2. Luke Wood - 27
3. Dominic Johnson - 10

Most Assists
1. Sam Hart - 9
2. Dominic Johnson - 8
=. Jacob Edwards - 8

Highest Average Rating
1. Zach Clough - 7.20
2. Cameron Beesley - 7.18
3. Will Fish - 7.11

Player of the Match Awards
1. Zach Clough - 8
2. Luke Wood - 4
3. Cameron Beesley - 3
=. Sam Hart - 3

Most Interceptions
1. Will Fish - 188
2. Cameron Beesley - 172
3. Sam Hart - 90

Tackles Completed
1. Iestyn Hughes - 158
2. Dominic Johnson - 128
3. Sam Hart - 127

Pass Completion %
1. Luke Wood - 83%
2. Mo Adams - 80%
=. Zach Clough - 80%

Shots on Target
1. Luke Wood - 94
2. Zach Clough - 85
3. Jacob Edwards - 68

Distance covered per 90 mins
1. Robson Shipley - 8.7mi
2. Morgan Whittaker - 8.2mi
3. Jacob Edwards - 8.1mi
=. Dominic Johnson - 8.1mi


The Warrington Way

Retained List

One of my favourite time of year, deciding on who stays and who goes. It's basically like starting the blueprint for the new season. This time, it's my biggest challenge yet as the Championship is a notoriously tough league.

Under Contract

Iestyn Hughes
Sam Hart
Luke Wood
Cameron Beesley
Luke Hume
Mo Adams
John Buckley
James Morton
Luke Woolfenden
Will Fish
Zach Clough

Retain

N/A

Loan Ending

Connor Malley
Jacob Edwards
Jake Scrimshaw
Dominic Johnson
Liam Shephard
Callum Gribbin

Release

Tom Scott
Luke Waterfall
Djed Spence
Morgan Whittaker
Robson Shipley

Next Season's Squad



The Warrington Way

Takeover Completed



Absolutely huge news for the club! It'll be interesting to see what occurs from this.



To start with, Sam has pumped money into the club, which is great news as it will set us up nicely for the future.
The takeover is certainly welcome news and definitely a necessary measure given the meteoric rise you've had. Really pleased to read about it!
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2020-01-15 15:17#265383 ScottT : The takeover is certainly welcome news and definitely a necessary measure given the meteoric rise you've had. Really pleased to read about it!

Hopefully, it'll make a massive difference


The Warrington Way

Pre-season 2024

24th June

Warrington will play Sheffield Wednesday away in the Carabao Cup 1st Round

5th July

Right-back Sphamandla Moses joins on a free transfer

6th July



9th July

Striker Kion Etete joins on a free transfer

10th July

Winger Jonny Smith joins from MK Dons for a fee of 73k

Striker Veron Parkes joins from West Ham for a fee of 325k

11th July



13th July

Midfielder Connor Malley rejoins the club on loan from Middlesbrough

15th July

Goalkeeper Brad Collins joins from Barnsley for a fee of 84k

16th July



19th July

Winger Tyreke Johnson joins on a free transfer

Centre-back Zech Medley joins on a free transfer

20th July

Midfielder Luke O'Nien joins on a free transfer



23rd July

Full-back Teddy Howe joins on a free transfer

24th July



27th July

Defender Adam Earley joins on loan from Wolves



Kion Etete ruled out for 7 weeks with a broken toe

1st August

Luke Woolfenden joins Crawley for a fee of 130k

Winger Tom Glover joins on loan from Crystal Palace

2nd August

Winger/striker Jesse McClurg joins on loan from Bournemouth


The Warrington Way

2024/25 Squad

Usually, I'm quite confident when it gets to the end of pre-season and I see the squad we have for the season. However, this time that's not the case. I'm going to be brutally honest and say that this squad is not Championship standard, that said, I'll still be aiming to a mid-table finish or a cheeky playoff push.

Goalkeepers

Brad Collins
Luke Hume

Defenders

Teddy Howe
Iestyn Hughes
Will Fish
Sam Hart
Adam Earley (on loan from Wolves)
Zech Medley
Sphamandia Moses
Cameron Beesley

Midfielders

Luke O'Nien
Tom Glover (on loan from Crystal Palace)
Connor Malley (on loan from Middlesbrough)
James Morton
Mo Adams
John Buckley
Jonny Smith
Tyreke Johnson

Attackers

Kion Etete
Luke Wood
Jesse McClurg (on loan from Bournemouth)
Zach Clough
Veron Parkes


The Warrington Way

August 2024


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Did I underestimate the strength of the squad? We start the season with a fine 1-1 draw with Watford and we could have won it if I'm being honest, we had enough chances.

Sunday 6th August

The club confirms that our final season ticket sales figure is 2,817, way up from last season's figure of 1,366.


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Our first win in the Championship and what a win it was. To go to Nottingham Forest and win is a superb effort by the lads, especially in front of 29 thousand people!


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We repeated our FA Cup exploits of last season by beating Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, however, this time it was in the Carabao Cup. We put in a quality performance, winning 2-0 after having TWELVE clear cut chances. That was the only negative from the game, it could have been more!

Thursday 15th August

Warrington to travel to Huddersfield in the Carabao Cup 2nd round


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We made the worse possible start against Derby, going behind within two minutes, but we fought back superbly to win by three goals to two.


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This went more like how I thought our games in the Championship would go. A lot of hard work on our part before ultimately falling to defeat against a better quality side. Sure, I'm disappointed but what can you do when you only have a tenth of the budget of some of the other teams.


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Heartbreaking. It was all going so well up until the point when Jesse McClurg got himself sent off for a second yellow. We tried our best to hold on nut the numbers game eventually caught up with us in added time.


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Well, that's the Carabao Cup out of the way for another year. A woeful performance and a deserved exit.


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1st place Fulham have a budget of over a million. We had no chance. It's like Harrods vs Poundland.

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Player Stats



League Table



We finish the month in 17th place. I'm happy with that as I'm literally just looking to avoid relegation after what I've seen so far.

Next Month's Fixtures

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