Season Two: Episode 10 (The Finale)

A hit and miss final month with some nearly very costly draws in there. The draw against local rivals Morecambe was definitely a sickener as it could have cost us the league title. Luckily though, that point guaranteed us promotion and all we had to do on the final day thanks to our superior goal difference was not get hit for double figures by automatic promotion chasing Newport.

We played awfully on that final day, thank f*** it wasn’t a title decider or we would have been kicking ourselves. We go on a 12 game run without a loss to not turn up on the final day.

Thankfully though, we held on and that’s two promotions in two seasons!

WE ARE GOING UP!

Season Two: Episode 9 (March)

It’s every manager’s favourite time of the season.. Youth Intake Day! This was meant to be our golden generation, a few might make it but the vast amount of them I personally think won’t make our first team. The best player of the bunch by far is Dominic Towns, the young midfielder will likely play with our first team in cup games etc..

Just on the run in to the promotion play offs and Callum McManaman goes and gets injured and as our top assister since he joined hopefully we don’t miss him too much.

Finally our results have picked up! our second month unbeaten and we seem to be converting more and more chances. Quigley has found some form and our loanee striker/winger from Fulham Rasmus Weidesheim-Paul has finally found his feet and rescued us late on in the Carlisle and Tranmere games.

Results have gone our way! We are top of the League! Despite not winning all our games, somehow we are two points clear going into the final month of the season. We have the easiest run in, apart from a tight games against Newport on the final day of the season which could be decisive.

Season Two: Episode 6 (December)

November was such a good month, but December the wheels well untruly have fallen off. We played multiple teams we should have comfortably beaten but despite dominating games we couldn’t kill off these teams. However, we went to take on at the time 1st and 3rd in the league in Newport and Plymouth and comfortably despatched of both of them.

The results against the clubs around us saw us go top of the league on goal difference, despite us having a very shaky month.

Another month, another player of ours leaving for Accrington.. This time Luke Charman a player we brought in as a back up striker to Scott Quigley, decided he didn’t want a new deal as we couldn’t guarantee him the game time he wanted. It’s looking more and more like January is going to be all about rebuilding our strike force.

Finally we got a preview of this seasons youth intake! And with a lot of relief it appears to be a ‘Golden Generation’ just how good it is remains to be seen but the preview looks very good.

Season Two: Episode 5 (November)

Not much League action this month! but alas we keep moving forward. We managed to get through to the third round of the FA Cup, a competition that we were expected to only reach the first round.

As well as we did in the cup competitions during November, that slip up in the league against Tranmere cost us top spot in the division. It’s only one point and we are still in the promotion hunt, add to that we soon bounced back against Oldham.

As we approach the January transfer window, some movements in and out of the squad are bound to take place. The first of which happened this month when a player we’ve had since Season One Dior Angus, refused a new contract over playing time and we accepted a £32.5k offer.

Kits of Non-League: Mossley AFC

This shirt is a bit of a one off, but we like it a lot so we figured why not!

The shirt in question belongs to Mossley AFC of the Northern Premier League Division One North West and is to celebrate 40 years since the club travelled all the way to the hallowed turf of Wembley to feature in the FA Trophy final against Dagenham.

The kit looks amazing and really harks back to the kits of the 80’s, with its simplicity, with some very minute detailing. Speaking of detailing, the names of the squad seen wrapping around the right sleeve are a very nice touch.

The tribute shirt is created by the guys over at Hope And Glory Sportwear, where every shirt is manufactured using a piece of fabric made from the equivalent of approximately 16 plastic bottles. Their EcoKit material behaves in the same way the usual polyester would meaning no difference in performance from other standard kits.

Today is actually the last day you can Pre-order the shirt, therefore if you want to join us and many others in ordering this piece of history then follow the link below.

The Return! Season Two: Episode One

Im in self-isolation, so here’s the return of our Barrow FM2020 career!

After squeaking through the play-offs last term, we certainly have a job on our hands. Thankfully, the board have given us a great chance of achieving this due to our budgets and expectations.

With us after contract clauses etc kicking in, only spending roughly £15,000 a week on wages it leaves us a great deal of room for making additions and strengthening our squad. This will only be helped by us shifting on some of the limited dead wood and letting a few contracts expire.

So as you can see above, we moved a few players on, including a few that might surprise some of you. Hindle and Stewart played vital roles for us last season, after we got a few injuries they stepped up and really helped us in our promotion push. Unfortunately both just won’t cut it in League Two and are at an age where we should think about cashing in as we did.

The rest of the players that left were mainly squad players who just didn’t quite cut it and wouldn’t get a look in this season.

Now onto incomings and there is a few!

Despite having a bit of money to spend we haven’t really needed to use it, the new link to Fulham has proved worthwhile, giving us cover at centre midfield and right back.

Wang from Wolves was also a cheap move for us, with us not paying a penny of his wages and he will compete for a start at right wing.

Matthew Platt joined us from Blackburn for £10,000, the only money we spent this window. He impressed me last season on loan and will be a starting centre half for us again this season.

The rest were free transfers, Denham and Bailey are both centre half a position we needed depth. Onodi is a new back up keeper from Villa who may challenge for a start later in the season. Payne is a great free signing from Norwich, the youngster will bring some flair to our team in central midfield. Randall featured heavily for Sutton last year, and will provide a bit more competition at right wing, provided he can make the step up.

Into the games, we did really well this Pre-Season, picking up some wins against teams we probably should have lost and earning a few quid along the way.

Our first game of the season is at home too Port Vale, so tune in next time to see how our start to life in the Football League comes on..

Kits of Non-League: Jersey Bulls FC

This week we decided to look at the most Southerly club playing in the English Leagues, Jersey Bulls FC.

The Bulls are built on a passion about helping to raise the profile and prospects of Jersey’s footballers at every age and standard, and will run the club for the benefit of all.

Now to the bit we are all here for! The shirt.

Credit: Jersey Bulls FC

Designed in relation to the flag of Jersey, by Italian sports clothing giant Kappa. A saltire cross similar to that of Scotland and Sweden is the focal point of the Jersey flag and the club wanted to show everyone how proud they are of their island history. So, they fly their flag on every home game and as much as they can on the mainland too.

The Bulls currently are cemented at the top of the Combined Counties Division One table, 24 points clear of second placed Farnham Town, with a +90 goal difference. Not bad for a first season in English football!

Credit: Jersey Bulls FC

That about wraps it up for our quick look at the most southernly team in English football and their fantastic Kappa home shirt.