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Eastwood Town: From The Bottom, To The Top

Started on 25 May 2012 by kingcraigan
Latest Reply on 14 July 2012 by Hetzer
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#54140 jamstoe : Akwasi Asante is an absolute beast!! Got him on loan for the first season in my Oxford United save and he scores quite a few goals with James Constable!

yeah I've had him on previous FM's so when I saw him on a free I just had to have him!
January
Bolton Wanderers 4 – 3 Eastwood Town (HT: 3 – 2) FA Cup 3rd Round
James Brown 19’
Thomas Ince OG 36’
Akwasi Asante 89’
Gary Madine (Bolton)
Badgers In Good Display Against Bolton. The last time Bolton hosted Eastwood they ran out 5 nil winners in a one-sided match, this time the Badgers learnt from their mistakes and gave the Premier League team a real run for their money. James Brown gave Eastwood an unlikely lead, but Bolton managed to come out on top after an end-to-end game.

Transfer News – Eastwood sign experienced striker Jermaine Beckford on a free.

Eastwood Town 1 – 1 Crystal Palace (HT: 1 – 0)
Ndabashinze Mussa OG 36’
Jordan Robertson (Palace)
Eastwood Town Hold Palace To Draw. Eastwood Town took a lucky point from their visitors from London as Palace dominated the match at Coronation Park. An own goal gave the Badgers the lead and Eastwood managed to hold out till the closing stages but will happily take a point.

Southend United 1 – 2 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 1)
Akwasi Asante 44’ 83’
Akwasi Asante
Eastwood In Control. The Badgers travelled to Essex in a reverse of their opening fixture, they even managed to reverse the result too. Akwasi Asante continued his return from injury with a brace and a MOM performance.

Leyton Orient 0 – 1 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 1)
Martin Pusic 10’
Aidan Chainey
Eastwood Edge Narrow Leyton Orient Game. Eastwood Town won a hard-fought battle at Brisbane Road, Martin Pusic put the Badgers ahead and controlled the game from there on out.

Eastwood Town 4 – 0 MK Dons (HT: 1 – 0)
Akwasi Asante 4’ 67’ 86’ 88’
Akwasi Asante
Dominant Win For The Badgers. Eastwood Town hosted fellow promotion chasers MK Dons on a chilly afternoon at Coronation Park. The Badgers dominated proceedings and the final score was an accurate description of the superiority that Eastwood held. Akwasi Asante set a new record for goals scored in a match with 4 goals.

Transfer News: Eastwood Town sign Serge Gnabry (AMR) on loan from Arsenal

Eastwood Town 3 – 0 Preston North End (HT: 1 – 0)
Akwasi Asante 14’ 84’
Serge Gnabry 54’
Akwasi Asante
Quality Of Possesion Provides Victory. Eastwood Town finally played their game in hand and made good on the advantage with an excellent three points. Akwasi Asante continued his legend at Eastwood with another brace and new signing Serge Gnabry got a goal on his debut.

Charlton Athletic 1 – 1 Eastwood Town (HT: 1 – 1)
Andy Pike OG 37’
Jordan Cousins (Charlton)
Charlton Held To Draw. A battle between first and second ended up with the points shared. Charlton had all the best chances but just could not break down the stoic Badger’s defence. Eastwood Town will travel back north very happy with a point.

League Table:

Eastwood Town 1st with 59 points ... 6 clear of 2nd

FA Cup: Lost in 3rd round (v Bolton)
League Cup: Lost in 1st round (v Peterborough)
JPT: Lost in N quarter-final (v Walsall)
February
Eastwood Town 3 – 0 Yeovil Town (HT: 2 – 0)
Martyn Woolford 3’
Akwasi Asante 26’
Jermaine Beckford 72’
Joe McKee
Quality Of Possession Provides Victory. Eastwood Town kicked off February with a home tie against Yeovil. The match was completed one-side as the Badgers dominated, scoring a good 3 nil win.

Coventry City 0 – 1 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 1)
Akwasi Asante pen 28’
Serge Gnabry
Eastwood Edge Narrow Coventry Game. The Badgers travelled to the Ricoh Arena to face an under-performing Coventry side. The match was a close-fought affair but in the end it was settled by a Akwasi Asante penalty.

Eastwood Town 1 – 0 Gateshead (HT: 1 – 0)
Akwasi Asante 31’
Javan Vidal
Eastwood In Control As Tynesiders Brushed Aside. Eastwood Town played an entertaining game at Coronation Park at home to Gateshead. Eastwood controlled the game for long periods and it was only their finishing that made the scoreline look close.

Brentford 1 – 2 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 1)
Akwasi Asante 18’ 90+3’
Akwasi Asante
Eastwood Fortunate To Beat Brentford. The Badgers travelled to London to face an in-form Brentford side. Despite having the best of the chances, it was the Badgers who managed to snatch all three points from the Bees; Akwasi Asante putting in another MOM performance.

Chesterfield 4 – 2 Eastwood Town (HT: 2 – 1)
Javan Vidal 20’
Akwasi Asante 62’
Nathan Eccleston (Chesterfield)
Eastwood Powerless To Resist As Chesterfield Dominate. On the hunt for a 100% month, the Badgers failed at the last hurdle as Chesterfield put in an excellent performace to solidy their play-off hopes.

League Table:

Eastwood top by 7 clear points

FA Cup: Lost in 3rd round (v Bolton)
League Cup: Lost in 1st round (v Peterborough)
JPT: Lost in N quarter-final (v Walsall)
March-May
Eastwood Town 2 – 2 Portsmouth (HT: 0 – 0)
Akwasi Asante 52’
Jermaine Beckford 70’
Will Keane (Portsmouth)
Honours Even At Coronation Park. Eastwood Town played out an entertaining draw against Portsmouth, twice the Badgers were behind and twice they levelled. Jermaine Beckford got the equaliser to give Eastwood a point.

Eastwood Town 0 – 0 Rotherham United (HT: 0 – 0)
Harlee Dean (Rotherham)
Badgers Made To Rue Missed Chances. Coronation Park hosted a promotion clash for the second season in a row between these two teams. Despite having the best of the game, Eastwood just could not find the goal that would give them 3 points.

Scunthorpe United 0 – 1 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 0)
Martyn Woolford 81’
Aidan Chainey
Rearguard Action Provides Victory. The Badgers travelled to Scunthorpe hoping to pick up their first win in 4 games and get their title challenge back on track. Despite The Iron having the best of the game, it was Scunthorpe old-boy Martyn Woolford that got the winner for Eastwood.

Eastwood Town 2 – 0 Sheffield United (HT: 2 – 0)
Martin Pusic 19’
Matt Lowton OG 33’
Martin Pusic
Quality Of Possession More Important Than Quantity. Coronation Park hosted a sell-out when the Blades came to visit. The home fans were not disappointed as the Badgers recorded a famous win to keep their 100% record against the giants from South Yorkshire.

Luton Town 2 – 0 Eastwood Town (HT: 1 – 0)
Anthony Brooker (Luton)
Hatters Strike Lucky. Eastwood Town travelled to Luton and for long periods of the game, should have scored a ton of goals, unfortunately Luton hit them on the break twice to get all 3 points.

Eastwood Town 2 – 0 Barnsley (HT: 0 – 0)
Martin Pusic 54’
Martyn Woolford 74’
Martyn Woolford
Eastwood Show Class To Upstage Barnsley. On a sunny spring afternoon at Coronation Park, Eastwood Town upset the odds to record a good victory against Barnsley. Martin Pusic and Martyn Woolford once again linking up well to give the Badgers the victory.

Eastwood Town 0 – 3 Doncaster Rovers (HT: 0 – 2)
George Friend (Doncaster)
Eastwood Powerless To Resist As Doncaster Dominate. With fixtures coming thick and fast, the Badgers had to rest some players and it showed as Doncaster gave the Badgers a reality check with a big victory.

Eastwood Town 3 – 1 Notts County (HT: 1 – 0)
Jermaine Beckford 26’ 53’
Akwasi Asante 82’
Jermaine Beckford
Eastwood Strike Lucky To Down Magpies. In their second local derby of the season, Eastwood Town recorded a fortunate victory over Notts County. The Magpies had a lot of chances but struggled to put them away while the Badgers had their shooting boots on to record a 3-1 win.

Oldham Athletic 2 – 4 Eastwood Town (HT: 2 – 3)
Martyn Woolford 13’ 88’
Akwasi Asante 18’ 27’
Martyn Woolford
The Latics Shocked By Dominant Badgers. With the title in sight, Eastwood manager Craig Chaplin whipped the dressing room up into a fever before the match with some inspiring words. On the pitch, it seemed to work, as every player put in an excellent performance to record a good victory. Eastwood now are within touching distance of the title.

Crawley Town 1 – 4 Eastwood Town (HT: 1 – 2)
Martin Pusic 20’
Martyn Woolford 32’
Keiron Forbes 71’
Danny Ventre OG 88’
Martyn Woolford
Badgers Ease To Victory. Fresh from another big win away, the Badgers put in another excellent performance that Crawley had no answer for. With goals coming from all over the park, Eastwood know that the title can be wrapped up next weekend.

Eastwood Town 5 – 1 Tranmere Rovers (HT: 3 – 1)
Martin Pusic 25’ 90+1’
Akwasi Asante 30’ 36’
Joe McKee 86’
Akwasi Asante
Coronation Park Ecstatic As Badgers Secure Title. Eastwood Town headed into this game knowing that a positive result would guarantee them the title with only 2 games to play. The Badgers put in a champions performance as they smashed Tranmere at home to give Craig Chaplin his 4th title in 5 years!

Preston North End 3 – 0 Eastwood Town (HT: 2 – 0)
Leroy Lita (Preston)
Preston Record Easy Win. With the title secured, the Badgers rested a lot of key names in preparation for the last home game. The second-string team battled hard but went down to a three nil loss.

Eastwood Town 2 – 0 Stevenage Borough (HT: 2 – 0)
Martin Pusic 27’
Akwasi Asante 45’
Joe McKee
The Party Begins As Badgers Ease Past Stevenage. The last home game of the season saw Stevenage travelled to champions Eastwood. The Badgers recorded an easy win with all the goals coming before half-time. At full-time the party really started as the players enjoyed the trophy which they worked so hard for, the next challenge is the Championship.

League Table:

EASTWOOD TOWN WIN THE LEAGUE BY 13 POINTS!

FA Cup: Lost in 3rd round (v Bolton)
League Cup: Lost in 1st round (v Peterborough)
JPT: Lost in N quarter-final (v Walsall)
League 1 Awards
Champions – Eastwood Town
Promoted – Charlton Athletic
Playoff Winners – Rotherham United

Top Goalscorer – Akwasi Asante (Eastwood) – 36 Goals
Player of the Year – Jay O’Toole (Preston)
Manager of the Year – Peter Reid (Rotherham)
I’m actually really confused about the awards, Asante had the most goals, most MOM, highest average rating and some random guy who isn’t on any charts gets player of the year. Also I take a team predicted 24th to win the league by 13 points and this doesn’t make me manager of the year?!

Signing of the Season – Scott Vernon (Portsmouth – Free)

Fans Player of the Year – Akwasi Asante
Eastwood Town Season 6 – Championship
Well, more back-to-back league titles. Judging on previous form, this season should be a struggle before I kick on … but you never know.

Eastwood Town Announce Stadium Expansion Plans
Seeing as the council did not give us planning permission for a new stadium, the board has decided to expand the stadium by 3,500 seats to meet league regulations. It will take 10 months to complete this, so Eastwood Town will groundshare with Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Season 6 Target – AVOID RELEGATION
Transfer Budget - £34.97k
Wage Budget - £52.75k per week
Finally, a transfer budget! Ok, its not much, and I will probably put that into my wage budget. This season I just hope to stay in the league, gain the finances that follow and then have a proper crack for promotion next year.
go for it mate! ;)
congrats loving the story :)
#54519 Sporting_23 : go for it mate! ;)

#54520 nash1981 : congrats loving the story :)

thanks guys! this season will be a struggle I think, we have an annual salary of £2.86 Million while QPR have £25.87 Million, madness!
Transfers
In
Romain Vincelot (DR) – Juve Stabia – Free
Matt Richards (MC/ML/DL) – Shrewsbury – Free
Liam Noble (MC) – Carlisle – Free
Muamer Tankovic (AMRLC/ST) – Fulham – Loan
Brett Pitman (ST) – Free
Jonathan Rossini (DC/DL) – Free
Charlie Hollet (MR) – Southampton – Loan
Juanfran (AMRC) – Free

OUT
James Brown – Free
James Gilpin – Free
Lee Bell – Free
Dominic Green – Free
Stacy Long – Free
Dale Tonge – Free
Mark Duffy – Free
Paul Lorraine – Free
Jermaine Beckford – Free
Greg McDermott – Free
Jonathan Lynch – Free

Overall, some decent transfers. Happy to get some quality defensive players as I think we will need them. I was very lucky to get Juanfran and Brett Pitman on frees as I think they can do well as this level. Relegation should not be an issue I think.
Preseason
Newtongrange 1 – 5 Eastwood Town
AFC Wimbledon 0 – 2 Eastwood Town
Eastwood Town 0 – 1 Hannover 96
Eastwood Town 1 – 3 Arsenal Reserves
Morecambe 1 – 2 Eastwood Town
Eastwood Town 0 – 1 QPR

Some good results, but these fixtures are all about teamwork and fitness
August
Eastwood Town 1 – 1 Burnley (HT: 1 – 1)
Akwasi Asante 29’
Jem Karacan (Burnley)
Eastwood Open With Good Draw. In their first league game at this level, and their first game in their temporary home of Meadow Lane, Eastwood Town put in a good performance to record their first points of the campaign. Akwasi Asante continued from last season and scored a good goal to open his account. He then missed a penalty to put the Badgers 2 up. Burnley equalised just before half-time to take a point.

Walsall 2 – 2 Eastwood Town (HT: 1 – 0) League Cup 1st Round
Eastwood win 3 -2 in extra time
Akwasi Asante 80’
Brett Pitman 90+4’ 108’
Brett Pitman
Eastwood Through After Late Comeback. The Badgers faced their JPT conquerors Walsall in the first round of the league cup. Despite having the best of the game, Walsall had a lucky 2 goal advantage with only ten minutes to go. Eastwood rallied and late goals saw them though.

League Cup Draw – Eastwood Town will be at home to Bolton (again)

Bristol City 4 – 3 Eastwood Town (HT: 4 – 1)
Muamer Tankovic 38’
Thomas Lyskov 49’
Akwasi Asante 80’
Harry Kane (Bristol City)
City Edge Past Badgers In High-Scoring Affair. Back in the league, Eastwood travelled to Ashton Gate. Despite an even first half, Bristol City took all their chances at managed to have a 3 goal advantage at half-time. Eastwood battled hard in the second period but just couldn’t get the game level.

Colchester United 2 – 2 Eastwood Town (HT: 1 – 2)
Akwasi Asante pen 22’ 43’
Akwasi Asante
Colchester Hold Out For Draw. From pervious performances, the Badgers knew they had the firepower to compete in this league but their defence needed work. The same story as previous games happened here; Eastwood Town thought they had the game won, before a late equaliser.

Eastwood Town 1 – 1 Charlton Athletic (HT: 1 – 0)
Jonathan Rossini 16’
Rob Garnett (Charlton)
Badgers Unlucky To Draw. Despite having the best of the game, Eastwood Town were disappointed to draw to relegation rivals Charlton. The Badgers were ahead thanks to a well worked free-kick and looked to be on course for all three points before Charlton equalised deep into injury time.

Eastwood Town 1 – 2 Bolton Wanderers (HT: 1 – 1) League Cup 2nd Round
Martin Pusic 9’
Romain Vincelot
Bolton See Off Brave Badgers. Eastwood’s hopes of another good cup run were extinguished by Bolton at Meadow Lane. Eastwood were more than a match for their Premier League opponents so they will not be too disappointed with the outcome.

Transfer News: Eastwood sign Tomas Kosicky (GK) on a free

Leicester City 3 – 4 Eastwood Town (HT: 3 – 3)
Brett Pitman 10’
Junafran 13’
Akwasi Asante 37’ 66’
Malaury Martin (Leicester)
Eastwood Record Overdue Win. The King Power Stadium hosted a very entertaining match with six goals coming before half-time. With defending taking a back seat, it was the Badgers who showed they were more of an attacking threat picking up their first win of the season.

Eastwood Town 3 – 1 Brighton And Hove Albion (HT: 1 – 0)
Juanfran 6’
Brett Pitman 47’ 83’
Brett Pitman
Eastwood Ease To Victory. With their first win recorded to take the pressure off the players; Eastwood secured another victory with a polished performance at Meadow Lane. Brett Pitman put in a MOM to secure all three points.

League Table
Forgot to take a snapshot.

League Cup: Lost in second round (v Bolton)
3 wins nice dude, keep the good work. if you get a mid-table position you should get some more money for transfers!
1
September
Leeds United 2 – 4 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 2)
Martyn Woolford 16’ 31’
Jonathan Rossini 76’
Muamer Tankovic 83’
Martyn Woolford
Badgers Shock Leeds United. A sunny Elland Road welcome surprise-package Eastwood Town. The Badgers had the best of the opening exchanges going in at the break 2 goals up. Leeds came back strong in the second-half and managed to level affairs through two Becchio goals. Eastwood Town were not to be outdone and managed to score another two goals to pick up the victory.

West Ham United 0 – 2 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 0)
Joe McKee 46’ 90’
Joe McKee
Eastwood Record Lucky Win. With some good form in the league, Eastwood were quietly confident going into this match. West Ham bombarded the Badgers goal throughout the match but Eastwood held firm and managed to counter-attack twice and score the only two goals.

Eastwood Town 1 – 3 Middlesbrough (HT: 1 – 3)
Jonathan Rossini 24’
Theo Robinson (Middlesbrough)
Eastwood Made To Rue Missed Chances. Middlesbrough recorded a somewhat lucky victory after an even game at Meadow Lane. Eastwood had most of the chances but just could not convert as well as the Teesiders.

Eastwood Town 3 – 1 Rotherham United (HT: 2 – 1)
Muamer Tankovic 26’
Brett Pitman 34’
Juanfran 53’
Juanfran
Eastwood Ease Past Rotherham. In a match between the last 2 season’s promotion rivals, it was the Badgers who recorded the first victory in this league. Eastwood put in a classy performance and fully deserved the win.

Huddersfield Town 1 – 4 Eastwood Town (HT: 0 – 3)
Akwasi Asante 7’
Martin Pusic 27’
Brett Pitman 40’ 86’
Akwasi Asante
Badgers Smash Terriers. Eastwood Town travelled to the Galpharm Stadium in good form and their travelling supporters were in good voice too. The Badgers put in another dominant performance that showed off their attacking talent to the best.

League Table:
Forgot to take a snapshot again but were are about 3rd in the league! this is amazing, I don't expect this to last long however.

League Cup: Lost in second round (v Bolton)
#54622 Sporting_23 : 3 wins nice dude, keep the good work. if you get a mid-table position you should get some more money for transfers!

thanks, I don't think we will be in a relegation battle so I'm just happy to pick up the wins. Because we are sharing with Notts County, we are starting to get some cash.

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