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Vauxhall Motors - The Path To Power

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Started on 5 March 2013 by Justice
Latest Reply on 28 July 2014 by Justice
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Season Nine: April Update


With just two months of league football left, we were looking to just enjoy our football and the experience of our first season in the Premier League.

Results



We started off the month with a brilliant draw against Man City at home. We then traveled to Wigan where we recorded a 2-0 win. Unfortunately Euan Smith had to come off injured in that game with broken ribs and he will miss the rest of the season. We then drew 1-1 at home to a Hull side fighting against relegation. Next up was an away trip to a Newcastle side guaranteed a 4th place finish in the league, where we recorded a 1-1 draw. I'm delighted that we were able to remain unbeaten through out the month, which is fantastic for us.

Player of the Month



Emiliano Cervantes is undoubtedly my player of the month for April after producing some fantastic performances. If it wasn't for him, those draws would have been losses. In the absence of Euan Smith, Cervantes has stepped up to the plate and lead the team, despite not wearing the captain's armband. He is a leader and a hero, a wonderful player. He deserves to be named as the Premier League's young player of the month.

Barclays Premier League



We are still in 10th place with just three games to go. Finishing in tenth would be a fantastic achievement for us, as we were expected to finish last in the league. A top half finish was beyond anybody's wildest dreams, but we've made it possible!

May Fixtures



Just three games left this season, and we will just focus on enjoying them. Of course we will be looking to win, but we can take our foot off the pedal knowing our task is done. We have survived, and we can also look forward to European football next season too!
Euan Smith out for the season? Expect a goalless couple of games :P 10th place is excellent
some good results this month and you should push for 9th, just for merit :), although by all means 10th is very good
Justic, may I ask what skin you're using?
Well done nice results :) Also what the hell happened to West Brom??
@neal09, I'm hoping Joe Mason can do the business up front :P

@The Special One, I think I'll be content with just a mid-table finish :P

@HamoudiLFC, I use the following skins and backgrounds: Scorpio Skin 2013, Competition Backgrounds and Nation Backgrounds. Click on the links to find out more about each of them :)

@Lynchy, West Brom seemed to be content with still using the Long Cox partnership up front, despite both being 34 yrs old and not being able to challenge any defenders physically :/
Long Cox

:P

Season Nine: May Update


With just three matches left this season, we were looking to enjoy the occasions and just play our football without any added pressure.

Results



Well I think it is safe to say that results at this stage of the season didn't really matter all too much. We lost at home to Stoke in a very tight game, before claiming a point away to Reading, where a fantastic Karim Benzema show denied us all three points. Our last game of the season was also Obi Anoruo's last for Vauxhall Motors. It was great for him to play, and even better for him to get on the score sheet too! A great player in our history, without a doubt.

Barclays Premier League



We slipped down a place to 11th in the league, but I'm not disappointed. That is still 9 place higher than where we were expected to finish! I'm delighted with our progress and how we've really come on this season. Hopefully we can reach newer heights next season and onwards!



Next couple of updates will be the Season Review, Players of the Season, and interviews with Paul Hewson, Obi Anoruo, Euan Smith and chairman James Talbut.
OBI!
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Damn you not only did you fail to reach 9th spot, you dropped down a place. I'm very disappointed :P

No great season mate, you've done brilliantly, winning the Capital 1 cup thus qualifying for Europe and also a mid-table finish in your first season. Great work, maybe we could see you fighting for Europa League places. :)
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Incredible how your story generates more and more interest as the seasons go on!!! Can't wait to see how it will unfold with European footy "coming to the streets of Vauxhall" :D
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Season Nine: Season Review


Our first season in the Premier League was certainly an exciting one, with many games to be remember for a very long time. Here is a rundown of how our season went.

Barclays Premier League




This season went fantastically well for us, being our first season in the Premier League. Losing five of our first seven games and drawing the other two was very worrying, and the heavy defeats against Chelsea and Crystal Palace did our confidence no good at all. We then bounced back to win four games in a row before our form started to fluctuate dramatically. We were still picking up enough points to keep us out of danger and our impressive run in January-February helped us to get through the rest of the season. Our form was upset by a lot of cup games, as you will see very soon, but we finished the league season with a record of 12-10-16, which is fantastic for a newly promoted team.



We finished in 11th place in the league, which is a wonderful achievement for us, and we can only improve on that. We scored a lot of goals this season but as ever, we need to strengthen our defence and bring in a replacement for keeper Mark Bunn, who is leaving us this summer. I am also very proud to have come third in the Manager of the Year award, with Mourinho taking the spoils.

FA Cup



We did an amazing job to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup, although we did perhaps get the luck of the draw up until then. Man Utd did end up proving to be the better team in our encounter with them, but we can go out with a lot of heart knowing we went on a very successful run in the "Cup of Dreams".


Capital One Cup



We did ourselves very proud by winning every single Capital One Cup game possible to win the trophy! We did have difficult opponents on the way to the final, such as Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Newcastle, whom we ended up tearing apart in the semi finals. In the final, we were the better, more composed team. We took our chances, Arsenal didn't and we got the spoils.

The Final




So that's the season review. Next up will be the Players of the Season post so stay around for that! :)
Top season, I can see you pushing for a top half or maybe Eurpopa League spot next season :)
2013-07-01 14:42#117036 neal09 : Top season, I can see you pushing for a top half or maybe Eurpopa League spot next season :)
Hopefully we can :)

Season Nine: Player of the Season


So this is the list of my top five players of the season. These players have stunned the fans at Vauxhall Stadium this season and deserve a lot of praise for what they've done for the club!
( = Top 3 Stats for each player)

5. Brad McKay



The Scottish center back had another solid season in defence for Vauxhall Motors. Despite the signings of three top center backs, Brad McKay managed to hold his place in the starting eleven alongside Emiliano Cervantes. McKay had been a fantastic player for the team and he has put his body on the line more than once to stop an opposing attack. He may not be an outspoken leader, but he does lead by example and has inspired the rest of the team to some heroics. He has been a great defender and a fine servant for Vauxhall Motors.
Season Stats:
Appearances: 45
Goals: 2
Assists: 0
MotM: 2

Yellow Cards: 2
Red Cards: 0

Goals per Game: 0.04
Tackles per Game: 4.07
Pass Completion: 78%
Fouls Conceded: 28
Fouls Against: 31

Average Rating: 7.22

4. Andrew Casey



The young Irish midfielder was an expensive transfer for Vauxhall Motors at £3M, but he certainly proved he is worth the outlay. Despite still being a teenager, Andrew Casey has acted like a top professional and his work ethic has been fantastic. Not even the arrival of Gary Gardner could force him out of the team. Casey, Gardner and Garbutt became a lethal midfield trio. Casey has been a very solid defensive rock in midfield, but has shown great creativity and a great passing technique. He is slowly settling in to a cultured holding midfielder, much like Danny Murphy was in his prime. Casey still has many years to develop and the future of this youngster is an exciting one!

Season Stats:
Appearances: 34
Goals: 3
Assists: 6
MotM: 5

Yellow Cards: 3
Red Cards: 0

Goals per Game: 0.09
Tackles per Game: 8.38
Pass Completion: 78%
Fouls Conceded: 21
Fouls Against: 34

Average Rating: 7.53

3. Euan Smith



At number three is our Captain Fantastic, Euan Smith! Three promotions, and he still proves that he can play at the level required. His goal scoring record is fantastic, and his Capital One Cup winning brace will never be forgotten. Despite not breaking on to the national team as he was expected to, Euan has shown great determination to keep pushing forward and reach newer heights. He has put all his doubters to bed by popping up to score goals at the most important of times, and he would have certainly hit the thirty goal mark had he not missed the end of the season through injury. We would be lost without our talisman, Euan Smith!

Season Stats:
Appearances: 39
Goals: 25
Assists: 3
MotM: 3

Yellow Cards: 3
Red Cards: 0

Goals per Game: 0.64
Tackles per Game: 2.68
Pass Completion: 75%
Fouls Conceded: 32
Fouls Against: 56

Average Rating: 7.19

2. Tony Garbutt



Since picking this guy up for a bargain £200k from Manchester United last season, he has been our best midfielder by a long shot. His all-round play has been a joy to watch and he has held our midfield together when we were struggling. He is a man for the big games, and enjoys tormenting his former club Man Utd with some spectacular performances against them. He has the potential to be one of Vauxhall's greatest ever servants, and he is certainly heading in that direction.

Season Stats:
Appearances: 45
Goals: 6
Assists: 5
MotM: 4

Yellow Cards: 7
Red Cards: 0

Goals per Game: 0.13
Tackles per Game: 7.40
Pass Completion: 81%
Fouls Conceded: 78
Fouls Against: 78

Average Rating: 7.43

1. Emiliano Cervantes



Emiliano Cervantes is my player of the season. A lot was expected of him after his £21M move to Vauxhall from Chivas, and he certainly fulfilled his expectations! Despite being just eighteen years old, Emiliano is the pride of our team and of Mexico's "Golden Era". He has been such an amazing all-round defender. His tackling, his marking and his heading has been brilliant. He is also a wonderful ball player, and he is a great thinker too. He knows where to be and what to do every single time and this guy will be one of the best, if not the best, defenders in history when he hits his prime. Without a shadow of a doubt, Cervantes has been our best player and he deserves the £40M price tag the press has put on him!

Season Stats:
Appearances: 48
Goals: 2
Assists:0
MotM: 6

Yellow Cards: 5
Red Cards: 0

Goals per Game: 0.04
Tackles per Game: 5.07
Pass Completion: 78%
Fouls Conceded: 64
Fouls Against: 36

Average Rating: 7.44

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