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Vauxhall Motors - The Path To Power

Bono in football? Follow his path to power!
Started on 5 March 2013 by Justice
Latest Reply on 9 July 2022 by Justice
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@Rablador, Costa Rica and Slovakia are tougher than you'd think :/
@Glenn T, thanks pal and hopefully we can do well :)

World Cup 2022: The Campaign

So you've seen the squad, seen the group, now to see the campaign. Our squad isn't the best, so we weren't expecting much. This was just to be a good experience for me as a manager as I will look to take a better international job (alongside my Vauxhall job) in the future. A lot has changed in international football, and the world of football is always developing. So, let's see how we did.

South Africa vs Costa Rica

So our first game was against a very tricky Costa Rica side. Despite going two goals up, they leveled the game. We went ahead a second time, but they equalised again and we were held to a 3-3 draw. Ayanda Bennett was the star of the show, scoring an impressive brace. I can't believe we didn't win that game. We were playing so well, but our defence let us down. Our defence isn't good enough for the World Cup by a long shot, and Costa Rica's three goals proved that. A hard start to the World Cup for South Africa.

Italy vs South Africa

Our second match was against an Italy side ranked 2nd in the FIFA World Rankings. The match didn't start well for us as Italy scored straight through kick-off, courtesy of some very poor defending on our part. We did put in a good show against the world's second best side, but it just wasn't to be. At full-time, our misery was complete as we lost 1-0 to Italy, and were left with just one point from two games.

South Africa vs Slovakia

Our third game saw us play Slovakia, a very tough challenge for us. We started bright;y as Ayanda Bennett opened the scoring for us, but Slovakia were quick to equalise. A late goal from Bennett set us on our way to win, before Slovakia equalised in stoppage time. Two defensive errors cost us the game, and defensive errors have cost us our World Cup campaign. South Africa's defence is just too poor to compete for major competitions.

The Group Table

So we finished third and a long way from Italy and Costa Rica, who both qualified. We were disappointing defensively and that cost us the campaign. Had we beaten Costa Rica, we would have qualified, but our defenders can take the entire blame for a disappointing campaign. The experience of managing in the World Cup was very interesting and I will certainly be looking forward to doing it once again, but not with South Africa. I have resigned from the job and will return to focusing on Vauxhall for now. If either the England or Ireland job comes up, I will try to get one of them.

So that was a completely different type of experience for me. My next update will be a look at Vauxhall's best team over the last ten seasons. Who will make it in the team? I guess we've got to wait to find out!
tell us how the rest of the world cup goes :-p
2013-07-18 06:42#120585 Caelis : tell us how the rest of the world cup goes :-p
Here you go :P
Daim again no Belgium in the world Cup :-p
Holy shit Congo and Egypt! Hahaha
DR Congo & Egypt nearly hit the big time! Wow!!! Unlucky not to progress with South Africa

Vauxhall Legends: The First Decade

A decade has passed since Paul Hewson signed his first contract with Vauxhall Motors. Ten years later, the then Blue Square Bet North club has finished fourth in the Barclays Premier League and has qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Hewson must be praised for this, but who were there heroes on the pitch who got Vauxhall Motors to the world's elite club competition? Who were the players who brought Vauxhall Motors to the most highly anticipated club competition in the world? These players will go down as Vauxhall's greatest servants.

Starting XI
Zak Jones (GK): Zak Jones was a Vauxhall player during the period 2012-2018, starring in the first team for all but the last season. Notching up an incredible 247 appearances, only two more players have made more appearances for Vauxhall than Jones. Zak Jones was a star performer ever since Paul Hewson took over, helping Vauxhall reach promotions from the Blue Square Bet North all the way to the NPower League One. He was an incredible shot stopper and his best moment was without a doubt in that memorable Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final against Forest Green, where Vauxhall reached promotion to the NPower League Two (See Here).

Niels Andersen (DR): Niels Andersen was signed on a free transfer from FC Kobenhavn in the summer of 2019, at the raw age of eighteen. He immediately broke in to the starting eleven and now at the age of twenty-one, is one of Vauxhall's most consistent performers. Having played 148 games for Vauxhall, he is very much a part of the back-bone to our recent success. He is a wonderful tackler and his concentration is amazing. He has great stamina and he has very good acceleration. He has been a wonderful defensive wing back for us and he has helped our defence become the second best in England. He has also become a regular in the Danish national team, and he is showing his qualities on a global stage now.

Nat Kerr (DC): Nat Kerr was signed on a free transfer from Droylsden in the summer of 2013. He made an instant impact at Vauxhall Motors in the Blue Square Bet Premier in his first season, helping the club avoid relegation. He was voted Fan's Player of the Year that season and he went from strength-to-strength, being an integral part of the team all the way up to the 2018-2019 season, Vauxhall's first in the NPower Championship. He was a very intelligent defender who made the right tackle at the right time. He was one of my favourite players to work with as he was such a model professional and he is now a coach here at Vauxhall.

Andrew Nicholas (DC): Andrew Nicholas had joined Vauxhall at the same time as I did. He was a very good defender for the club, as you can see from his 203 appearances. He played for Vauxhall for seven years before retiring in 2019, aged 31. In 2015, he was appointed Vauxhall captain and he was a great leader for us. He wasn't the best of defenders, but he lead the line well.

Craig Duguid (DL): Craig Duguid joined Vauxhall Motors in the summer of 2017 and went on to be our best left back for two seasons. He was a very consistent performer and a very hard worker. However, he never hit the 100 appearance mark. Over the years, I've never really had a solid left back, until I signed Dominic Karim last summer, but it is too early for him to have made a huge impact just yet. Duguid was a good performer for us and I am grateful for what he contributed to the club.

Callum Walker (MR): Callum Walker, our star of last season, signed for us on a free transfer from Seattle in August 2017. At just eighteen years old, he was already a very promising youngster and he immediately broke in to our first team and became a key player for us. To this day, he remains as one of our best attacking assets and has notched up 237 appearances, scoring 36 goals. He has also impressed for England, playing eight games and scoring four times. He is one of the best, if not the best, dribblers in the Premier League and he is the master technician. His decision making is outstanding and his off-the-ball runs makes him a ghost at times. He is very fast too and really is an "explosive winger". He has helped us to get to where we have in recent years, and he has now played for Vauxhall for five seasons, a remarkable achievement. He is still only 22 years old and has a lot more time to grow and develop.

Michael Burns (MC): Michael Burns arrived at Vauxhall in the same summer that I had, and went on to notch up 190 appearances, scoring 29 goals. He was very much our midfield maestro in the early years and the lower leagues. He was an integral part of the squad which got us all the way to the NPower League One. He was very much a Gerrard-esque style of player, and scored some absolute blinders for us over the years. He was a great servant of Vauxhall Motors and will never be forgotten.

Tunji Moses (MC): Tunji Moses was signed in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer from Hyde and went on to become an integral part of our squad until 2017, when we were promoted from the NPower League Two. He was a great defensive midfielder who also had a great passing ability. Him and Burns proved to be a very solid partnership over the years and we achieved a lot during that time.

Mark Timlin (ML): Mark Timlin was signed in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer from Ipswich Town. He then played a crucial part in our squad for the next five seasons, helping us to reach promotion from the NPower Championship to the Barclays Premier League. Mark Timlin was best known for his fantastic dribbling and his ability to create something from nothing. He was a fantastic winger for us.

Euan Smith (ST): Euan Smith was signed in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer from Hibernian. He instantly broke in to the Vauxhall team and scored 21 goals in his debut season, helping Vauxhall to win NPower League One. He went from strength-to-strength, ultimately helping us to reach the Barclays Premier League, when he then became captain of our side. After two fantastic seasons, Euan Smith helped us qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the ultimate club competition. He has the second highest appearances for Vauxhall at 271, and has just two less goals than Vauxhall's all time top scorer at 142. He is still a fantastic player and will be looking to break the appearance and goals record this season.

Obi Anoruo (ST): Obi Anoruo had joined Vauxhall Motors the same summer I had and he instantly became a fan hero. In his debut season, he scored 31 goals in all competitions to help us win the Blue Square Bet North. He was a key part of our squad until we reached the Championship in 2018, but still played a part in our squad. He left the club in the summer of 2022, after making 286 appearances and scoring 144 goals for Vauxhall Motors. Obi Anoruo is the greatest servant of Vauxhall's history, without a doubt. He is also a record holder, being the only player to have scored a goal in each of England's top six divisions. He is a true legend of the game.

The Bench
Mark Bunn (GK): Mark Bunn was signed on a free transfer from QPR in the summer of 2019 and played two seasons at the club. He was our hero as we gained promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, and then again when we won the Capital One Cup final against Arsenal. Despite being a very aged player, Mark Bunn put in some very impressive performances and helped us to become solid in defence. He was a very influential and he helped our very young squad become settled in the Premier League quickly. He was probably my favourite player to work with because he always seemed to improve, despite his age.

Tom Hannigan (DC): Tom Hannigan had been at the club since 2007 and stayed at the club until 2017. He notched up 153 appearances under me and was a great servant for the club. He played well when he was needed and I am grateful for his work.

Craig Mahon (MR): Craig Mahon had been at the club since 2010 and went on to play under me until 2017. He was a very pacey winger and played 176 games, scoring 45 goals. He was an excellent threat in attack and he brought a different dimension to our attack at the time. I loved working with him and he did very well for us.

Tony Garbutt (MC): Tony Garbutt was signed in January 2020 for a bargain fee of £200k from Manchester United. He quickly settled in to our squad and was a key player in our promotion season the Premier League. From then on, he has constantly improved his game and is now rated one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, worth a whopping £11.5M. He is a great box-to-box midfielder, providing great defensive cover and also a great goal threat. He is due an England cap soon and in his 121 appearances for Vauxhall, he has never once disappointed me.

Tom Rutter (AMC/ST): Tom Rutter was signed in the summer of 2012 and was a good player for us. He was very versatile, being able to play anywhere in midfield or up front. He played 115 games and scored 28 goals. He left in 2017 knowing that he accomplished a lot at Vauxhall Motors. He was a good servant to the club.

Stephen Chiocchi (DR): Stephen Chiocchi was signed in the summer of 2012 and was a part of our squad until 2019. Despite never scoring a single goal, he played 156 games for us and was a great servant for us.

Sander Kaljuste (AMC): Sander Kaljuste was signed on a free transfer from Flora in Estonia in the summer of 2019. Despite being just 18 years old then, Kaljuste made a big impact and has become a first team regular since. He has now notched up 99 appearances and scored 14 goals. He is a very neat, technical player who has a lethal shot. He is a very creative player and will hopefully become a world beater in the future.

So that has been Vauxhall's best ever team under Paul Hewson. Do you agree with this? Who would you have in your Vauxhall dream team?
Obi Anoruo. What a ledge :D Smith is so close to breaking his record now though! :O
Obi & Euan are just too special. Sweet update as I set up your 1000th comment :D
1000th reply!! :D
Jozef's avatar Group Jozef
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Damn it, Tomwill do you know what you've achieved?
It's time for my long inspirational speech....wait, what? Dinners ready? OK.
@Rablador, I hope he breaks it soon for the sake of him scoring goals :P
@P-KIDDY, they've been insane for me :)
@tomwill, :D
@The Special One, hard luck on just missing out :))
Congrats on the 1000 posts! Epic story deserves epic amounts of comments :D Nice update there too!
2013-07-19 20:05#121030 k1rups : Congrats on the 1000 posts! Epic story deserves epic amounts of comments :D Nice update there too!
Thanks pal :)

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