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Division 3 Awards

Next up, division 3, topped out by the ever impressive Charlton. If the past successes of the MK Dons and Huddersfield are anything to go by division 1 better watch out! Okay, straight into the awards:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Charlton/Hog0101 (5 votes)

Runner-up: Reading/Kevin Nobbs (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Plymouth/Predator; Season 2: Bury/Lenny59


No alarms and no surprises here, well done Chris, great season.

Player of the Season

Winner: Emmanuel Adebayor - Carlisle (3 votes)

Runner-up: Asamoah Gyan - Portsmouth (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Goncalves Edu - Plymouth; Season 2: Alessandro Matri - Rochdale


Not to be confused with Emmanuelle the movie,

of which you all are no doubt well acquainted

Young Player of the Season

Winner: Krkic Bojan - Sheff Wed (3 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Tomas Necid – Coventry;

Season 2: Jamie White – Southampton


Bojan takes care to check that he’s not with one of those

them there lady-boys, they’re everywhere you know…:o

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Matty-AVFC/Aston Villa (3 votes)

Joint Runners-up: Alurcard/Carlisle & Jor/Leyton Orient (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Swindon Town/Tom MFC;

Season 2: Southampton/Gary Khaw


Villa boss Matty shows his true colours. He was proper rubbish last season.

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Jozua/Norwich (4 votes)

Runners-up: Jack Simpson/Portsmouth, Hog0101/Charlton, & Ashh/Brighton (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Bristol Rovers/drseanfitz; Season 2: Lenny59/Bury


So that’s how they celebrate in Norwich! :eek:

Looking at the past winners Jozua is in some illustrious

company, and no, illustrious does not mean ‘aged’

Best Transfer Deal

Winner: No winner – no votes received! (0 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Neven Subotic to Coventry;

Season 2: Emmanuel Adebayor to Carlisle United


So, a big fat nothing here…

Most Successful Club/Manager in the Transfer Market

Winner: Carlisle United/Alurcard & GaryMack/Rochdale (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Plymouth/Predator; Carlisle United/Alurcard


Two true heavyweights in the transfer market, no offense intended Gary!


Forum Awards – Part 2

Best Transfer/Match Reports

Winner: Steve025 (15 votes)

Runner-up: Longnose (2 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Jooles; Season 2: Jooles


Steve engages in some well deserved fist pumping, with a

sly old tickle of the tackle with his other hand while he’s at it…

***Credit, as always, goes to Garymack for the title graphics***

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Division 2 Awards

What a belter of a season in division 2! Drama, as always, right until the end. Could division 2 really be where it is at? Well, it is if you are Mo and ExiledScot. For poor old Infernito it was just too much to take. It should be a cracking season next season, possibly the best ever, but for now here’s how this season fared according to you lot:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Sirmarkhughes (10 votes)

Runner-up: Elton/Sheff Utd & Lenny59/Bury (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Middlesbrough/Jooles; Season 2: Bristol City/Shack


A runaway winner…

Player of the Season

Winner: Fernando Torres – Man City (3 votes)

Runner-up: Louis Saha – Birmingham City (2 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Carlos Eduardo – Watford, & Lucas Barrios – Plymouth (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Antonio Di Natale - QPR;

Season 2: Roman Pavlyuchenko – Bristol City


Set to drop but last season he was hot!

Young Player of the Season

Winner: Christian Eriksen (Derby) (3 votes)

Runners-up: Sydney Sam – Preston & Sebastian Rudy – Blackburn (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Mario Balotelli - Forest; Season 2: Mesut Ozil – Man City


The promising youngster Eriksen

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Zakkoo/Swansea & Legendary Manager/Ipswich (3 votes)

Runners-up: Birmingham/BrianSandalls, Derby/Nikidinho,

Hull/StephenMUFC & Leicester City/Gozzy (1 vote1)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Leicester City/Gozzy; Season 2: Aston Villa/KieranBHA


Swansea fans were well ‘jacked’ off with relegation this

season, as Jack himself (above left) would also have been

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Sirmarkhughes (8 votes)

Joint Runners-up: R0bWalshe/Man City & Elton/Sheff Utd (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Doncaster Rovers/Manveen Chohan; Season 2: Bristol City/Shack


Dan hides from his adoring fans

during pre-match warm-up

Best Transfer Deal

Winner: Nicolas Lombaerts to Huddersfield, Toni Kroos to Swansea,

Dirk Kuyt to Burnley, & Zhirkov to Sheff Utd (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Xavi to Middlesbrough; Season 2: Adam Johnson to Watford


A devastated Kuyt is told the news that he is heading to Burnley

Most Successful Club/Manager in the Transfer Market

Winner: Swansea/Zakkoo (3 votes)

Runner-up: Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (2 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Man City/Rob Walse (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Middlesbrough/Jooles; Season 2: MK Dons/Kaptain Kloss


Swansea fans celebrate their manager’s success in the transfer market

(Aiden – bottom left), while wishing that he then only knew how to use them


Forum Awards – Part 3

Forum Personality of the Season

Winner: Longnose (7 votes)

Runner-up: Steve025 (5 votes)

3rd Place: Jooles (3 votes)

Other: Dom & Elton (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Jooles; Season 2: Dom Latouche


Latimer working on his celebrated

match reports in days gone by…

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With the new season kicking off this afternoon, we caught up with Norwich City manager Jozua to reflect on the club’s dramatic transformation under his stewardship and his feelings behind his tenure so far.

Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on your play-off win over Portsmouth, a huge achievement.

Thanks very much, I still hasn’t sunk in yet to be honest and my nails are like stubs after that penalty shootout.

To take over a club who were struggling and facing back-to-back relegations, and to then lead them to promotion the following season is something very special, how did you do it?

Well when I first took over at the end of season 2, I walked into the dressing room and the players I saw were flat and their morale had been shattered. We were 15 points from safety with only 10 games left survival was possible but unlikely. However I knew that if I could bring in some fresh blood, instil confidence in the dressing room and create a team spirit that we had a good chance of escaping the drop and it paid off. We went unbeaten until the season end and finished 17th, a few points above the drop If my memory is correct.

My objective for the season just gone was to stabilise in Division 3 and to try and mount a play-off challenge. My footballing ethos is defence before attack if you keep a clean sheet the worst you can get is a point, it may not be to everyone’s taste but it gets results. I instilled this as soon as I arrived here and I think that was the main factor behind our success. We had a bit of a bad patch in the middle of the season where we dropped down to about 14th but luckily we were able to turn it around and we went on a great run where we ended up finishing 3rd and only 5 or so points off second, which considering the quality of our squad compared to others around us was a tremendous achievement. As far as the play-offs were concerned it just capped off the fairytale, going up on a penalty shootout win.

As well as your stout defence, there have been a couple of names who have shone in your attack this season such as Julien Feret and Giovani Dos Santos, can you explain their impact on your season?

Well when you’ve got an attacking midfielder who weighs in with 14 goals and 5 assists in 20 games you know you’ve got a special player. Julien is a top professional, he’s always willing to learn and stays on after training to practice and its paid dividends for him. Gio is of the same mould and I’ve been impressed with his impact since his move from PNE.


Julien Feret's 14 goals were a crucial part of Norwich's success

As we are on the subject of that transfer, you received some criticism for what was perceived as giving away the clubs best asset, Iker Muniain, for peanuts. Are those criticisms warranted?

Look whenever you strike a deal involving a player of Iker’s calibre, it draws criticism from jealous parties. I thought it was a good deal for both us and PNE and I think I’ve been justified with how well Gio has performed since the move and we also got another huge talent in Sanmartin Joselu. Iker had made it quite clear that he felt he’d outgrown the club, and I don’t want that kind of personality in the dressing room. I believe he’s now got a big money move to Premier League side Fulham and I wish him well with his new club, where I’m sure he will flourish under Dom’s tutelage.

Now onto this season, Division 2 is a huge step up in quality with some big clubs, how do you fancy your chances of avoiding the drop?

Firstly this is a big club, period. Of course when you look at the calibre of our squad compared with the likes of West Ham, Forest, Plymouth etc there is a big difference in quality. However as I have stressed before, team spirit counts for a lot and I have every confidence in my players. As long as we don’t go back down I will see it as a successful season.

Division 2 is arguably the most exciting division in 7046, how do feel about pitting your wits against some quality managers?

I’m absolutely buzzing, as I said at the start its still sinking in but that will all change come 8pm! There are some top top managers in this league but I have confidence in my abilities and my boys will be raring to go against the Hammers tonight.

Teams coming up from Division 3 have always performed well in their first season, does that bode well for Norwich this season?

Yes and no. Two teams that we will be looking to emulate are SMH’s Huddersfield and Neil’s Bury. Two sides who have had terrific first seasons in Division 2, with SMH guiding the terriers to back to back promotions. If we get on a run and make it difficult for teams to beat us then who knows what may happen?


Former Liverpool winger Albert Riera should be a huge hit with the fans

Any transfer news to report on?

Well we are looking to strengthen in some areas, we’ve already brought in two quality players in Albert Riera and Umut Bulut and we should be announcing a few later today. Riera has skill in abundance and I’m sure he will be a problem for a few defences this season, whilst Umut is a proven goalscorer who will lead the line for us.

Any final words you’d like to say?

Bring it on! Brace yourself Division 2 the Crazy Gang Mk II have arrived!!

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us and we wish you well for the new season.

Cheers, my pleasure.

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Division 1 Awards

Next up division 1, the flagship of EC7046. Nice to see a hard-fought competition for the title this season that ran, well, almost all of the way to the end of the season, rather than just Man Utd running away with it again. Actually, what I’m trying to say there is that is was just nice to see SOP lose, just to show that you can’t just stick that bloody 3-5-2 out and run away with the title, err right? :rolleyes: Here’s the awards:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: SpursBen/Newman (3 votes)

Runner-up: Chelsea/TheDuffman (2 votes)

3rd Place: Kylan/Wolves (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito; Season 2: Nottingham Forest/BigGameMo


Newman here is clearly delighted to pick up his award, though the infinite and

unfathomable complexities of the 3-5-2 are clearly taking their toll on the man

Player of the Season

Winner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Spurs (4 votes)

Runner-up: Lukas Podolski – West Ham (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Rooney - Man Utd; Season 2: Rooney - Man Utd


Zlatan picks up his award

Young Player of the Season

Winner: Thomas Muller – Man Utd, Juan Mata – West Ham, Jack Rodwell – Bristol City, & Pablo Piatti (Fulham) (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Luis Suarez – Sunderland;

Season 2: Sergio Aguero – Liverpool


Muller is happy to share the spoils

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: BigGameMo/Notts Forest (3 votes)

Runner-up: Liverpool/Studge (2 votes)

3rd Place: Infernito/West Ham (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Man City/El Nino; Season 2: Arsenal/Mr Snooky


From most to least achieving in just one season :o

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Wolves/KylanN17(5 votes)

Runners-up: Leeds/Inferno (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito; Season 2: Nottingham Forest/BiggaMemo


What a great season with meager resources for Kylan

Best Transfer Deal

Winner: Iniesta to Forest (3 votes)

Joint Runner-Up Place: Eto’o out of Forest & Busquets to Spurs (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Torres for Messi; Season 2: Ronaldo to Chelsea


Like taking candy from a baby, Mo sure snapped Snooky’s hand off for this one.

Iniesta joins Messi and Ronaldo in taking this coveted award

Most Successful Club/Manager in the Transfer Market

Winner: Chelsea/TheDuffman (3 votes)

Joint Runners-Up Fulham/Dom & Spurs/BenNewman (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Newcastle/dudeskin;

Season 2: Fulham/Dom Latouche and Spurs/jr231990


Cheslea truly dominated the transfer market, yet finished the season trophyless, except of course the SMFA Super Cup, which no-ones counts anyway...


Forum Awards – Part 4

Previewer of the Season

Winner: Steve025 (6 votes)

Runner-up: Dudeskin (4 votes)

3rd Place: Sirmarkhughes (2 votes)

Other: Jozua (1 ½ votes); BenNewman & Longnose (1 vote), and CCFC94 (½ vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Category did not exist!; Season 2: Dudeskin


Steve’s commitment and effort is deservedly rewarded

with a near clean sweep of the forum awards!

***Credit, as always, goes to Garymack for the title graphics***

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The 7046 Awards – Continued!

The David Belkevitz Houdini Award for best escape act

Winner: Doncaster Rovers/CCFC94 (5 votes)

Joint 2nd Place: Stoke/Chewis & Aldershot/Saagar (2 votes)

Other: Watford/Brummie Lad & Aston Villa/Matty-avfc (?!) (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: No award; Season 2: No award


Well done Donny, you did well to stay up…

Best Transfer Deal

Winner: Iniesta to Forest (7 votes)

Runners-up: Eto’o leaving the sinking ship, Bangea to Sheff Utd,

Busquest to Arsenal, Barrios to Plymouth, & Kuyt to Barnsley (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Xavi to Middlesbrough;

Season 2: Emanuel Adebayor to Carlisle and Adam Johnson to Watford


Iniesta gets the standard Forest welcome

– an invitation to Mo’s place!

Worst manager for overuse of the 3-5-2

Winner: SOP/Man Utd (7 votes)

Runner-up: BenNewman/Spurs (4 votes)

3rd Place: ExiledScotintheUSA/West Brom, wozlives/Dagenham, & Jordan Tze/Coventry (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: No award, though it would have gone to SOP; Season 2: Ditto


With 149 consecutive games of 3-5-2 arch-despot and notorious 3-5-2

abuser SOP takes the 3-5-2 to new levels. Oh it makes him oh so ronery

Most Successful Club/Manager in the Transfer Market

Winner: Chelsea/TheDuffman (4 votes)

Runners-up: Spurs/BenNewman, Carlisle/Alurcard,

Sheff Utd/Elton & Swansea/Zakkoo (2 votes)

Others: Forest/BiggaMemo, Hill/StephenMUFC, MK Dons/CaptainKloss, Fulham/Dom Latouche, Rochdale/GaryMack, Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Middlesbrough/Jooles; Season 2: Carlisle United/Alurcard


Count the votes says Duffman, making him

the transfer supremo of season 3

The Fall from Grace Award

Winner: Forest/BiggaMemo (10 votes)

Runner-up: West Ham/Infernito (3 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Man Utd/SOP, Carlisle/Alurcard, & Sheff Utd/Elton (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1:No previous winners; Season 2: Ditto


Yep, the season really took its toll on

poor Mo, the King of the Vulcans

Most Entertaining Division

Winner: Division 2 (16 votes)

Runner-up: Division 1 (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1:No previous winners; Season 2: Ditto


Division 2, most entertaining by a country mile…

Best Tactician

Winner: Sirmarkhughes/Huddersfield (6 votes)

Runner-up: Jooles/Boro (3 votes)

Joint 3rd: MisterMalcolm/Yeovil, Inferno/Leeds, & BenNewman/Spurs (?!) (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1:No previous winners; Season 2: Ditto


A tactical genius on the field, perhaps less so off it…


Forum Awards – Part 5

Story of the Season

Okay, so once again, in such an open category, there is inevitably going to be a large spread of responses. Again though, 1 event stood out way above the rest, and also in sharp contrast with last season’s winner of this award! First, the other votes:


The division 2 playoff race! (2 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: (with 1 vote each)

- Steve025’s Tranmere Rovers match reports!

- Infernito packing it in!

- “Huddersfield’s back-to-back promotions”

- “Tottenham Hotspur” (I think they meant winning the title!)

- Hugh against the 3-5-2

- Jooles’ “The true worth of a player report

Previous Winners: Season 1: The division 2 title race; Season 2: Bury’s back-to-back promotions and the departure from EC7046 of Dave Izod

And so onto the winner, and there was no contest really:

Story of the Season

Winner: The Hugh Latimer Saga (or as one voter described it, “God buying Shorpe” (6 votes)


Latimer and Ridley planning tactics back in the old day.

Even back then he was at the mercy of the unscrupulous

3-5-2 brigade. "O Father of heaven, receive my soul!"

***Credit, as always, goes to Garymack for the title graphics***

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7046 Set-Up Awards

Wow, against all of the odds I might just get to squeeze this in ahead of the new season! (edit: oh no I didn’t!). Once again well done to all of the winners and a huge thanks to all of those who voted and have helped in making EC7046 one of – if not the – best set-up in the game. Now onto the winners:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (13 votes)

Runner-up: Spurs/BenNewman (3 votes)

3rd place: Chelsea/TheDuffamn, Dagenham/Wozlives, & Elton/Sheff Utd (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Plymouth/Predator & West Ham/Infernito;

Season 2: Bury/Lenny59


Club of the season, the Huddersfield lads are delighted!

Player of the Season

Winner: Emmanuel Adebayor - Carlisle (8 votes)

Runner-up: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Spurs (5 votes)

Joint 3rd place: Tino Costa – Dagenham, Roman Pavlyuchenko – Bristol City,

& Lukas Podolski – West Ham (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Wayne Rooney – Man Utd;

Season 2: Roman Pavlyuchenko – Bristol City


A great season for Adebayor, but even he couldn’t bring

division 2 football to Carlise, perhaps no-one can…

Young Player of the Season

Winner: Krkic Bojan – Sheff Wed (9 votes)

Runner-up: Gareth Bale – Spurs, Christian Eriksen - Derby County,

& Alexandre Pato - Arsenal (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Mario Balotelli – Notts Forest;

Season 2: Danny Welbeck – Accrington Stanely


An excited Bojan picks up his award

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Forest/BigGameMo (5 votes)

Runner-up: Aston Villa/Matty-AVFC (4 votes)

3rd Place: Liverpool/Studge (3 votes)

Other: Ispwich/LegendaryManager (2 votes), Swansea/Zakkoo, GaryMack/Rochdale, Jor/Leyton Orient, & West Ham/Infernito (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Manchester City/El Nino; Season 2: Aston Villa/KieranBHA


Mo has a quite word with the SM bosses over why his tactics weren’t working…

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (13 votes)

Joint Runners-up: Sheff Utd/Elton, Portsmouth/Jack Simpson,

Spurs/BenNewman, & Aston Villa/Matty-AVFC (?!) (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito; Season 2: Nottingham Forest/BigGameMo


Huddersfield again, oh yeah!

Most Promising New Manager

Joint Winners: Bristol City/jr231990 (2 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Charlton/Hog0101, Hartlepool/James Parker Thompson, West Ham/drseanfitz (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito; Season 2: Aston Villa/Matty-AVFC and Spurs/jr231990


Joe before he jumped ship for the fifty-millionth

time in search of the Prozac

Best Team Rivalry

Joint Winners: Chelsea vs. Spurs AND Plymouth vs. Sheff Utd. (4 votes)

Runners Up: Boro vs. Fulham (2 votes)

3rd Place: Fulham vs. Man Utd. (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Category did not exist!; Season 2: Boro vs. Fulham


A great competition in Div 1, right up until a lone

Casillas goal rained on Chelsea’s parade


A fight to the death for these boys, and even

then both managers end up in the top flight!

***The Forum Awards are continued below***

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Mr. Clifford's Watford get of to a flyer

A largely important season for Mr. Clifford and Watford. Pin pointing season 4 to be the season of "Success" its fair to say Mr. Clifford has put the pressure on his Watford team. However Watford indeed got of to the perfect start with a fine 3-0 win away at the Ricoh Arena.

First Half

Both teams started brightly with the Coventry fans expecting a good game from their boys. Coventry seemed to edge ahead after a good 5 minutes for both teams making chances and getting the crowed on their feet. So very much against the run of play and to the dismay of the home crowed Watford's first real attack ended in being awarded a penalty.

The penalty was blasted in by Borja VALERO right down the middle 1-0 Watford. Coventry responded but could not see away through a stubborn Watford back 4. Mr. Clifford urged his players on and now Watford were in total control passing the ball around the pitch frustrating the coventry team and fans. Then in the 38th minute Coventry's frustration showed...Jean-Armel KANA-BIYIK picking up a straight red for a two footed tackle.


Valero made it 1-0 from the spot

Second Half

Coventry down to 10 men and it was Watford's to lose... And they didn't ! Starting the second half very much like the first they passed the ball around making use of that extra man. On 53 minutes Watford struck again, A lovely weighted cross into the box from Demba Ba saw Adam Johnson head home at the far post. 2-0 Watford

By now Coventry's hopes had faded along with the fans expectations and they were made to go into further dismay as 3 minutes later in the 56th minute Adam Johnson poped up again to nick the ball of a sleeping Coventry defender round the advancing keeper slotting home to make it 3-0 Watford game over.

Coventry did have their chances late but nothing clear cut. Fans poured out of the stadium at the announcement that there was to be 3 minutes of added time for which Watford used as passing practice.

Mr. Clifford

It's a very pleasing result for the lads and for myself. We wanted a win on the opening day because everything feels that much better around the camp. Its going to be a very long and hard season and im sure there will be slip ups here and there but if we put in shifts like we did today then i see no reason why we can't be up there with the best of Division 2
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Huddersfield's First game in the Premiership

Okay I have to admit I was a little exited and apprehensive about this fixture as I have wanted to participate in the top league since I joined midway through the first season with Huddersfield.This was my 92nd game as manager of the club and we have came a long way since then climbing our way up from division 3 , Now that we have managed to get to the top flight WE won't be giving up our place very easily.

Huddersfield have the smallest capacity of any team in the top flight this season but our Galpharm Stadium is a quality place to call home.


Galpharm Stadium

I did a poll on an article I wrote on the EC7046 Blog about where the other managers thought I would finish this season and as expected there were mixed results.

Blog- http://www.ec7046-blog.blogspot.com/

Poll- http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=103633

Anyway back to the game.:)

Huddersfield fans travelled up to The Stadium of Light in there droves to get to be a part of this, one fan said he had dreamed of this all his life.

The teams :

Sunderland -( 5-3-2)-91 rated team average-


*star man*Higuain 94 rated

Huddersfield -( 4-4-2 )-89 rated team average-


*star man* Rolfes 91 rated

The game:

Huddersfield set out in a 4-4-2 formation against Sunderlands 5-3-2 , Sunderland were the stronger team on paper with a 91/89 advantage in ratings and they were at home but Huddersfield came out the blocks quickly with a goal from former Tottenham striker Mauro Zarate in the 9th minute , this was greeted with a huge rumbling from the travelling fans.


The game tooed and froed with shots by both sides and then Huddersfield scored again just before half time in the shape of Nicholas Bendtner with a finely timed goal to silence the Sunderland fans.


After half time Sunderland searched for a way back into the game and found it in the shape of there star man Higuain when he scored just before the 60th minute.


After that Sunderland switched to a 3-5-2 , a formation that has been well criticised of late by some 7046ers but this was all to no avail as Huddersfield held out for the win in there first game of the season and first ever Premier game.

The game was clouded by a 5 week hamstring injury to Zarate for Huddersfield and a 2 week injury for Sunderland in the shape of Mascherano.

Sylvan Armand was also Red Carded for Huddersfield late in the game.

When he finally stopped jumping around and shaking everyones hands after the game he was asked by 3-5-2 Magazine how he felt.

I feel like a kid who has just saw snow for the first time ,I have to admit I am ecstatic.I know it is early days and there is a long way to go but to get our first 3 points on the board at the first attempt is amazing I can tell you I am standing here a very proud man.The loss of Zarate with a hamstring for 5 weeks is the only bad thing I can say about the game from our point of view.

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Barnsley 3-2 Rochdale


New signings shine in win for new look Barnsley

Barnsley twice came from behind to take all three points thanks to 2 goals from new signing Tim Cahill (above) with the winner from other new signing

Asamoah Gyan.

Rochdale shaded match possession and shots on goal and the Barnsley Manager was pleased to hear the fulltime whistle.

'I was delighted with the perfomances of all five new signings and look forward to adding to my squad in the coming days'

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Mata,Ozil,Torres And Ribery Humiliated on Return to Top Flight

The return of Juan Manual Mata,Mesut Ozil,Fernando Torres and Franck Ribery to top flight football ended far from what was expected, Man City who were strong favourites to make a winning return to Division 1 at the expense of Wigan however City looked far from comfortable against a revitalised looking Wigan who dominated the first 45 minutes.

Man City were a little more competetive after the break and did test Wigan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic but the Slovenian international was on top form all evening,with the game heading into the last 15 minutes it was Wigan that finally broke the deadlock thanks to Pablo Aimar who was never going to miss from just a yard out City did have one final chance in the 87th minute however like earlier chances the shot was tame and straight at Handanovic.

While considered strong favourites for the drop this season Wigan have carried their form through from last season and are playing with confidence and with a fixture schedule lacking the likes of Man Utd,Chelsea,Arsenal and Tottenham until early December Wigan could be on a very strong footing come those games.

Wigan announce cup Squad

Wigan have announced their squad for the English cup and shield as expected manager Phil Gibbon is not risking the clubs league position on either the cup or shield naming a largely youth based squad of 16 for both competitions with Wigan facing Coventry in the cup and Bristol Rovers in the shield.


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La La Mvuemba


Arnold Mvuemba's goal proved enough for Tranmere

Tranmere Rovers got off to a winning start in division four on Saturday thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory over Shorpe at Prenton Park. The only goal of the game came early in the first half through French midfielder Arnold Mvuemba and it proved to be enough as Rovers held out relatively comfortably to claim the points and send the Godly scuns back to Lincolnshire licking their wounds.

Tranmere boss Steve Thompson handed two players their league débuts in the shape of on loan pair Ashley Young and Rudd Van Nistelrooy. Young took is place on the left hand side of the midfield whilst Van Nistelrooy took his place alongside Johan Elmander in a two pronged attack with the home side lining up in their familiar 4-4-2 formation.

After all the talk leading up to the game by the two managers it was no surprise to see the opening exchanges fiercely contested and with just a minute on the clock Rovers defender Ayila Yussuf found his name in the referee's notebook for a rather reckless challenge which earned the Nigerian a Yellow card. That challenge incensed the away side and a minute later the yellow card count was even when Moroccan forward Mounir El Hamdaoui went into the refs book for a similar challenge.

The game began to settle down with the referee restoring order and that allowed Tranmere to gain control of proceedings and with 11 minutes on the clock they grabbed what proved to be the only goal of the game through Frenchman Arnold MVUEMBA who caught the Shorpe defence flat footed before showing great composure to beat Baumann in the away goal 1-0.

That goal had Prenton Park rocking and on 18 minutes it nearly got better when loan man Young unleashed a wonderful 25 yard effort but Baumann scrambled across his goal to deny the winger a début goal.

A minute later and the referee was once again taking a name in his notebook this time Rovers striker Johan Emlander was the guilty man following a rash challenge.

Both sides continued to search for goals and just after the half hour mark the away side nearly levelled the game but Tranmere keeper Douchez parried away a well struck Jo effort. Just a minute later and it was the home sides turn to the test the keepers reflexes but Baumann showed he was up to the challenge to deny Elmander with a fantastic save.

With 10 minutes of the half left the home side were dealt a huge blow when they were reduced to 10 men with Swedish striker Elmander receiving his marching orders with a second yellow card following a late challenge on a Scuns defender. That decision gave the visitors a huge lift and just 2 minutes later they went agonizingly close to levelling the scores but new signing Sebastian Fernandez saw his wonderfully struck effort cannon back off the crossbar and that proved to be the last action of the half as the 10 men of Tranmere held out to go in 1-0 at HALF TIME.

The second half started well for the home side and with 48 minutes on the clock they once again called Baumann into action but the big German showed he was up to the task making a fine save to deny loan front man Van Nistelrooy.

Shorpe tried in vain to find a way through the home sides defence but Steve Thompson's men were well drilled limiting the visitors to very few clear cut chances and in fact it was Rovers who had the best chance to score with 10 minutes to go but Irish winger Steven Davis fluffed his effort wide after making space for the shot.

That proved to be the last action of the half as Rovers held out to make a winning start to the new campaign against all odds. FULL TIME 1-0.

After the full time whistle Tranmere manager Steve Thompson caught up with the press to give his reaction to the result.

"It's a fantastic result when you consider we played more than half the game with 10 men. I always knew this was going to be a tough game Shorpe are a very good side and they never let us rest but we showed our steel and determination to hang on and get the win and im delighted with that.

I thought the two new boys did well considering it was their first proper game here and it fills me with confidence going forward. We are now going to be without Johan for our trip to Southend and that's a big blow as he has looked good since signing bit it presents a chance for somebody to come in and stake a claim for the shirt and i hope they take it.

It's nice to start the season with a home win but we now have two very tough away trips in the shape of Southend and Wycombe i know we can win those games and if we do it sets us up really well for the rest of the season"

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Thompson ready for emotional Southend return


Steve Thompson will return to Southend on Wednesday for the first time since his departure

Early title favourites Tranmere Rovers make the long trip South to Roots Hall on Wednesday when they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Southend in league action. The game marks the first ever return to the club for Rovers boss Steve Thompson who left Roots Hall midway through last season to take up the post at Prenton Park and it's sure to be an emotional night for the likeable 27 year old who says it was the toughest decision of his career to leave the Shrimpers considering his affinity with the clubs supporters.

Thompson was absent from the dugout last season when the two sides locked horns at Roots Hall due to family commitments and on that occasion it was Southend who walked away with all three points after a hard fought 2-0 victory.

The game is sure to be a cracker considering that both sides have been tipped to be involved in the promotion race it's also worth noting that both sides made the end of season play off's last season but both crashed out with Tranmere going down to eventual winners Yeovil at the semi final stage whilst Southend suffered the heartbreak of losing in the final so both sides will be looking to put that disappointment behind them with a win here.

Tranmere will be forced to make one change to the side that beat Shorpe on Saturday after Johan Elmander was sent off in the first half of that game and that is likely to mean a return to the side for Turkish international striker Tuncay who was dropped to the bench for the first game of the season. Rovers supporters should not see any more changes given the winning start by their side.

Earlier today Tranmere Rovers boss Steve Thompson caught up with the press to discuss the upcoming game against his former side Southend.

"I am really looking forward to going back to Southend. I missed last season's trip due to family commitments so it's my first ever return to the club since leaving.

It's going to be an emotional night for me as Southend is a club i hold dear to my heart i enjoyed a wonderful 35 game spell there and it really was the toughest decision of my career to leave them to come to Tranmere. I still have a lot of friends there and it will be nice to catch up with them and the supporters who were always fantastic with me during my time at the club.

It's sure to be a really good game of football Johan has done a fantastic job with them and they look once again like they will challenge at the top end of the table but we are looking in great shape we have a very strong squad for this division and i am confident that if my lads perform to the standard i know they can then they can get a positive result.

We will be missing Johan through suspension which is a blow and i am a little unsure of who will come in to replace him but whoever does knows that if they perform well they will keep the shirt"

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WTR119Sm.jpg Jack Palance Writes....A grave looking Hugh Latimer took to the pulpit today to warn Soccer Christendom of the peril they face after reports of a confirmed sighting of Satan rising from the pit at 4th division Stockport. Its believed that the dark one has finally returned to Earth in the form of new County boss Harry (Roy-Alan-Teddy- Mohammed-Hammer) Redknap who amid stormy Stockport sky’s appeared in a puff of smoke in the center circle of the Edgeley Park pitch. Shedding his cloven feet , Satan took no time in stating his aims for the soon to be destroyed Stockport by declaring…

im ere to stay, and reep as many soulds from Stockport as I can, then my path of distraction will mov on to my next club. Slowly as I distroi all arund me , I shall bild my army of the nit and soon the hole of EC7046 will burn for paternity if not longa..The Devil


Satans human form and evil markings on wall

Nationwide, worried football purists flocked to their churches at this mornings news and nowhere was the clamour for guidance greater than in East Lincolnshire where hundreds of G.A.S.H supporters crowded into a packed Shorpe Catherdal to hear Latimer blast..

..Brothers we have come to this the house of the Lord in our hour of darkest need, because indeed the devil has risen to claim the rancid souls of the sinners. The signs of his rising have been among us for sometime now, the emergence of his evil demon-servant Banksey paving the way with his anti-Christen graffitti questioning the word of the Lord. The acne and incantations of Newmann and the lucky 1-0 victory for Tranmere at the weekend.Those who worshiped his formation will now pay the price, as it was their blasphemy that brought the beast to our door. Now is the time to repent, and repent like you have never done before...


... and place your souls in the hands of the footballing Lord. Reject Beelzebubs foul doctrine of evil and never help him grow in eithier thought, deed or donation of cash..no matter how inviting the lying Beast makes it seem. Now let us pray....Dear Lord, forgive us of for letting the Dark one rise at Stockport and chastise us for our sins in not ensuring the club was placed in the hands of a follower. In your divine mercy look down upon us your useless servents and grant us the strength to resist the intentions of the Beast, and remind us daily of his evil as we beesch you to make his stay here in 7046 as short possible..Ahmen

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Mr. Clifford looks ahead to first home game of the new season

After Watford's fine 3-0 win on the opening day of the new season Mr. Clifford will be wanting a repeat of that performance as they entertain Cardiff at Vicarage Road. Mr. Clifford is believe to name a unchanged side for the game. The game is certain to be a cracker with the last four meetings between the two sides all being high scoring games or thrashing's. Cardiff have won two of the last four meetings (4-0 and 3-2) while Watford have won one (5-1) the other ending in a 2-2 draw.

Mr. Clifford on Cardiff

They have some big names in their squad. So the fan's expectations are always going to be high. Their manager knows what he's doing after all he go his team into the final of the English Shield only two seasons ago. You could say they were slightly unlucky to lose their first game. We respect them as a team but we dont fear them.


A Cardiff fan just after losing the English Shield final

Mr. Clifford on his team

Were certainly going into this game with our heads held high. Which is good a bad start from me is very hard to bounce back from heads drop early and you'r season tends to fizzle out. Its what happened to us last season and no one want's a repeat. Were at home and we always like to think we can force the issue at home it wont be a easy game but were aiming for all 3 points.
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The 3rd EC7046

End of Season

Award Ceremony!


By all accounts the EC7046 season 3 end of season awards was once again a glorious and decadent affair. Barred from the White Horse Tavern, Hugh Latimer’s ecclesiastic drinking parlour, following a number of unsavory incidents at last year’s bash, most particularly that memorable incident involving Shack, Zak, the Hungarian strippers, and the 12 foot boa, 7046 were left scratching around for a venue to house the event, for which, unsurprisingly, there were no-takers.


Unsightly scenes forced many to leave early.

Hugh would have turned in his grave.

With time running out, and desperation at it’s lowest point since StephenMUFC’s spectacular failure to try and get within touching distance of division 1 again, it was collectively decided that 7046 should just construct their own location. While Lenny59 led the chorus for cobbling together a homely traditional ‘local’ (you know, for some under-the-counter plastering opportunities), others, such as 7046’s resident Kuwaiti prince, Mr. Snooky, favoured a more lavish, grandiose affair, something more befitting SM’s flagship set-up. Ah, born with silver spoons in their mouths, how the youth of today dare to dream. Well, being EC7046, inevitably much bickering ensued.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, EC7046 workhorse-come-superhero (oo-er?!), Steve025, not only provided a workable solution but, true to form, single handedly set about constructing it all on his own, putting up a miniature floating replica of Iceland in just 3 days in the spare time outside of his full-time job (of writing 7046 match reports). Tethered some several hundred miles off the north coast of Scotland, the floating Iceland replica would provide the perfect venue for 7046’s end of season bash. No detail was spared, yes even up to the inclusion of Iceland’s famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. Why bother, |A.2.R| sagely noted, there’s enough hot air coming out of 7046 as it is?! For once, Brummie Lad (Mr. Zulu) refused to comment. Steve025 being Steve025 pressed on regardless.


As seen from space, the fall-out from the hot air emanating from EC7046 famously shut

down all air-traffic across north Europe for 3 full weeks in the 2nd half of season 2…

So with a whole island to play with, getting to the event would be the main problem, though 7046 are if anything a resourceful lot. As usual TheDuffman, the Great Creator, and his brother Ashh traveled in style, being transported there this time by buxom beauties on jet-skis. The two set off together in earnest from the mainland, but mysteriously, Ashh was simply absent by the journey’s end, much like at the close of season 3. Others who went mysteriously missing, it was confirmed by a spokesman, included Inferno, Gurnak, Closey, swanseajack, Nikidinho, Hazrboi, Said7Fabregas, Dazinho, and Gozzy, though it was unclear if the spokesman was referring to some possible disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle, or just their complete absence on the 7046 thread these days.


Ashh, nowhere to be seen… Maybe she ate him?

More ingeniously, 7046’s Scottish contingent, Craig, GaryMack, Sirmarkhughes, Garryc300, Dudeskin (as good as Scottish) and honoree Scot pipgib fashioned a raft for themselves, carefully collecting ExiledScotintheUSA’s discarded Tennants cans, who had landed in Glasgow from across the pond just 9 ½ hours earlier.


The quickly cobbled together craft, ready to be filled with Scottish seamen

Not to be out done, Sirmarkhughes, who had missed the boat, not because he’d been busy giving a welcoming ‘Scottish kiss’ to Brummie Lad, but rather as he’d slept in having been up all night working on the blog, took it upon himself to construct a make-shift boat of his own out of discarded cans from Belkevtiz’s breakfast, and in a heartwarming moment he soon caught up with the rest of his Scottish brethren. ExiledScot himself appartently did not make it onto either boat and was last seen repeatedly challenging SM’s newest ‘blue meanie’ and 7046 re-re-re-returnee Stuart H to a best of 5 arm-wrestling contest. Other reports suggest that ExiledScot made it to the dock in time but then ‘fell in the drink,’ though it was unclear exactly what that meant…


Brave Dan sets out on his intrepid journey

Meanwhile, miracle of miracles happened when Predator set off from England’s south coast, Plymouth, in an old rusty tugboat, and arrived in a gleaming top of the range Manchester catamaran! Some people have all the luck, much to the envy of others. Many of the set-up’s other managers followed in his wake, traveling instead on the cruise-liner the ‘SS3-5-2’, generously put on by Manchester United ex-supremo SOP in a desperate attempt to divert attention from his miserable failure as a manager last season. The liner, specially designed to house the soulless, mindless 3-5-2ers, the walking dead of 7046, carried BenNewman, Closey, Jordan Tze, Legendary Manager, Jack Simpson, El-Nino, Lucas Mascimento, O’Donnell, wozlives, Machine, James Park Thompson, Will, and DarloFC, who all gathered on deck, discussing the endless tactical options of whether to go attacking or defensive, or to use a backward or forward arrow when 60 minutes came around. It was riveting, technical, intricate stuff and not for the faint-hearted.


Rumour had it for the longest time that SOP, who himself is older that

time, was in fact the biblical figure Noah, until it was pointed out by someone that

this couldn’t have been true – the animals would have never been permitted to come

2 by 2, it would have been 3-5-2 or nothing, and so another myth is dispelled…

Accompanying the good ship 3-5-2 were a series of smaller boats, a veritable flotilla, pushing aside all other ECs in their wake. Much drama ensued with these tiny vessels, however, as a succession of managers, including Shack, Elton, and Studge, and led by the forlorn Forest boss and King of the Vulcans, BiggaMemo, one by one threatened to jump ship. In the end, it should be sadly noted, Monsieurs Infernito, Rob Walshe, and the ever-rocking jr231990, did not survive the journey, tossing themselves overboard, screaming a variety of reasons while doing so.

Also along the same journey, Alurcard’s boat too had trouble, being way to overloaded, much like his squad, and failed to make it there, much like Carlisle in season 3. The new Stockport manager too failed to arrive, and, having been given a firm shove overboard, was last seen drifting towards alone towards shark-infested waters. Aldershot manager Saagar SG also fell in, but fortunately didn’t go under as he was holding tightly onto his safety raft, Mario Balotteli, and no-one, despite their best efforts, could force them apart. Shrewsbury boss Mark Ferry, along with with Johan Alberts and James Larsson, well, just took the Ferry…


The Hammerhead shark – so named as it doesn’t eat people, just Hammers.

Meanwhile, rumours that new 7046 manager (again!), drseanfitz, was simply going to walk on water to the event were firmly disproved, though not before he got wet in the attempt. Instead, while bobbing in the drink, Mr. Fitz declared that he would swim to the mini-Iceland, with all funds raised going to his newly set-up charity, the Rehabilitation, Therapy And Rejuvenation for the 3-5-2 Disease Sufferers, or RETARDS for short. Joining him in his swim was his ever-loyal companion Zakkoo, along with, AFC Chewis, MUTD, Mahya, sercan bursa, Villa, mastermind genius and draga9. As he swam his magnetic charisma pulled in a wide variety of sea-life who followed in his wake, and thus a veritable throng of god’s beautiful creatures were there to witness his group’s arrival on the shores of Iceland mark 2.


Drseanfitz training in preparation for his attempt to walk in water


Just one of god’s beautiful creatures drawn to drsean

Fresh from the seal hunt, 7046’s North American contingent, KylanN17, Totti417, Jooles, and new boy Sgt. Fury arrived on floating iceburg, recently shorn from an ever-shrinking arctic glacier. In a poignant, heart-rendering speech, Sgt. Fury declared, “Our arrival in this fashion, on this precious, delicate sheet of ice, shed like a tear from a mighty glacier, is designed to symbolize the fragility of an English Championship, of EC7046 itself, a metaphor for the real and pending perils of climate change and the precarious nature of our very existence on this planet, and in SM, of how everything we hold dear stands perpetually in earth’s (and SM’s) delicate embrace.” The others nodded their consent, and they too shed a tear, not from empathy, but rather from relief for it had been weeks since the Sarge had last eaten some “real red meat” and they (later confessed in private) had long suspected that one of them may well have been next (former Wycombe boss Shenan had disappeared some weeks back around the time when the Sarge had said to him to “err, come out to the back of the ‘berg with me, there’s something I’d like you to see..”. Alas, he was never heard from again…)


An oldie but a goodie: Fury was set out to sea with

some fresh whale meat to top up his iron levels.

Elsewhere too, unable to attend the award ceremony, fellow 7046ers CCFC94, Jack-THFC, BrianSandalls, KangerooJack09, Kevin Nobbs, RBW Moscow Crawfski, Jonas Bengtsson, dj m, and Jonaldinho were making a protest of their own, joining the ‘occupy Wall Street’ demonstrations by doing their bit and targeting the SM offices. The protest, however, had fallen rather flat as no-one had been seen for days coming in or out. “What could be going on?” Ahmad Rivai wondered, and so one of the protesters, with no sense of irony, sent a message via his iPhone to the SM help desk asking as much. At first no message was received on account of the server repeatedly going up and down. Spirits were lifted though when, coinciding with the release of a new money-spinning GC, the server picked up again, and the message went through. Then, they waited. Just a mere 17 days later, elated, they received their reply: “Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We have looked into the matter and have deemed no action is necessary and this ticket is now closed.” Spellbound by the complete lack of decent customer care they remain rooted to the spot, unable to muster the energy to move and alas they too missed the awards ceremony.


As with many such protesters, no common cause was agreed upon

These impassioned, purposeful protestors were not the only ones to miss the ceremony. Elsewhere, Hugh Latimer, known to many by his pseudonym Longnose, and his faithful sidekick and most recent convert, Dom Latouche, fresh from washing lepers at a colony near Lordes, the terrible affliction caused by over-indulging oneself with the 3-5-2, were too unable to make the journey north in time. Latimer, joined by fellow adherents to his unique brand of faith-based tactics-inspired ‘thinking man’s’ football, hog0101, Jozua, Kapitan Kloss, mistermalcolm, Valentia, Sunderland boss David Jones, and RieceM96, instead chose to pick up his award and address the masses via videolink. Eschewing the large screen provided for such a purpose, Latimer instead projected his image (oo-er!) onto the clouds above, and, as if speaking from the heavens, Latimer delivered a moving sermon on the perils of overuse of the Devil’s formation, to which many a tear was shed. It was a most moving moment, and, it was generally acknowledged, with salvation at hand, even some of 7046’s worst 3-5-2 self-abusers could even be brought back from the brink into the human realm. Time will only tell…


Latimer’s ensures that his message comes from above

Meanwhile, spray can in hand, the mysterious figure Banksy just watched and waited, silently, from the shadows…


***As always an effort was made to include all managers, but if you

were missed off please let me know and I’ll squeeze you in somewhere***

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Dagenham travel to Portsmouth tonight in their first away game in division 3.Following an opening day win at home to Swansea City manager Warren Livesey is all set to name an unchanged team for the match.In a press conference yesterday Livesey had this to say:

"I was delighted with the lads performance on saturday and proved they can hold their own after a nervy start.Swanasea attacked us from the off and scored an early goal which i was worried might put a bit of doubt in the teams minds..After a half time chat we came out all guns blazing and the guys showed their spirit to come back and score two goals in the second half and win the match.As for tomorrow's match at Portsmouth,after such a performance it's got to be same again which means Louis Garcia is going to have to fight for his place after suspension and he will start on the bench tomorrow."

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A loss for Fulham, but an even bigger loss for Dom’s Eternal soul

A topic that has swept over the 7046 nation like a virus in the last few weeks the anti movement against the 3-5-2 or the newly dubbed devils formation. Led by the almighty Hugh Latimer the following had recently picked up a new foot soldier in the battle in one Dom Latouche. Leading from the front Dom was pushing his hatred of the devils formation condemning all those who use it to an eternity in hell claiming they have no ability to manage a team and prior to last week’s game even found time to unleash a personal assault on Everton boss Sean O’Neill claiming his down fallings as a manager and his poor squad building.

Amidst the war of words O’Neill claimed that Latouche will be unable to win anything with his ‘next generation’ of talent at the club while again Latouche rebutted that O’Neill builds poor teams and his success is solely based around use of the devils formation.

The match came and the match went, the final score was Everton 2-0 Fulham, a resounding victory for the blues. The goals coming curtsey of their Brazilian wonders Ronaldinho and Ramires. For those interested Everton lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation a twist on the devils formation while Fulham lined up in their predictable 4-3-3 wingers formation.

We caught up with the Everton boss after the match and he has this to say

Well I knew we were going to win, I said from the off my team would do their talking on the pitch and they did, comfortably. If Dom thinks his golden generation of kids can win him anything in the next season then he needs to stop drinking that special cult juice Latimer is feeding his followers as its messing with his mind.


One of Latimers world famous 'cult juices'

He had the audacity to call me the devil? Well if im the devil and he’s the foot soldier of gods revolution then i think its safe to say the first victim has fallen and it isn’t me. Lets see how he likes preaching his words while stuck down the bottom of hell for all of eternity.


Trapped in the depths of hell, Latouche ponders his choices.

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Terror Tuncay delights Thompson


Turkish striker Tuncay put in a man of the match performance for Tranmere

Title contenders Tranmere Rovers kept up their good start to the season tonight as they defeated manager Steve Thompson's old club Southend 2-1 at Roots Hall. Rovers were looking to build on their 1-0 victory over Shorpe on the opening day against a Shrimper's side who did the double over them last season.

Many pundits were wondering what kind of reception Steve Thompson would get by the fans he deserted last season but as he emerged from the tunnel on his way to the dugout the 27 year old was welcomed by applause from all four sides of the Stadium and Thompson duly repaid the welcome by giving the thumbs up and a wave to all sections of the 8000 plus crowed a nice way to start the match.

As predicted Thompson handed a start to Turkish international Tuncay in the place of the suspended Johan Elmander but the rest of the side remained unchanged from their opening day win.

The first half was one of very few chances but just after the half hour the visitors should have taken the lead when the ball fell to loan winger Ashley Young in the box and with the goal at his mercy the England international somehow fired high and wide much to the amusement of the home faithful.

Southend were struggling to cope with the potent attack of Rovers and on 38 minutes the home supporters had keeper Marco Amelia to thank for ensuring they went in the break level when the Italian produced a fine save to deny Van Nistelrooy tipping the Dutch strikers goal bound shot on to the crossbar. HALF TIME 0-0

Steve Thompson would have been pleased with his sides play in the first half and Tranmere came out for the 2nd with real purpose and within 10 minutes of the restart their endeavour was rewarded when they took the lead courtesy of striker Sanli TUNCAY who worked space for himself inside the box before unleashing an unstoppable effort which left Shrimper's keeper Amelia motionless on his line 0-1.

The small pocket of Rovers supporters were now in full voice following that goal but with 64 minutes on the clock Southend fired a warning that they were still in the game when defender Paulo Ferreira found himself unmarked at the back post but the Portuguese international could only fire his diving header against the post with keeper Douchez well beaten.

That chance had the home supporters believing again but just 2 minutes later Tranmere grabbed the all important second goal courtesy of midfielder Steven DAVIS who thumped a low drive from 20 yards beyond the despairing grasp of Amelia 0-2.

The visitors were well in control of the game and minutes later it could have got better but striker Tuncay saw his wonderfully struck volley come crashing back of the keepers near post. That let off spurred the host into action and just a minute later they reduced the deficit to one goal thanks to Ukrainian defender Oleksandr KUCHER who was on hand to bundle the ball home from close range following a scramble in the box 1-2.

That proved to be the last goal of the game but Tranmere did have chances to further their lead but chances from Van Nistelrooy and Davis went begging to ensure a nervy end for the visitors but they held out comfortably to take the points back up North to Merseyside. FULL TIME 1-2.

Following the full time whistle the press caught up with Rovers boss Steve Thompson to gather his reaction to the win.

"It's a fantastic three points and i am delighted with how we have played tonight. This is one of the toughest places to come in the division so to play so well and win really sends out a signal of intent to the rest of the division.

I was delighted with everybody tonight but i have to mention Tuncay who i thought was man of the match tonight. The boy came to my office after the Scunny game asking why he didn't start the game and he has now given me a real selection headache for our next game against Wycombe which is nice to have.

It's a good start to the season but we must not get carried away. We have to maintain the standards we have set ourselves and if we do that then i am sure we will be fighting at the right end of the table again"

When asked of his emotions on returning to Roots Hall and the reception he received from the home support Thompson said.

"it's nice to return here i had a fantastic time at the club and i have a real fondness for the supporters which they know.

I was expecting a mix reception if i am honest so to be clapped by near enough everybody was extremely overwhelming and it's a moment that will stay with me for a long time. I wish the club and everybody connected with it all the best for the rest of the season i am sure they will be fighting at the right end of the table like we hope to do"

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The 7046

Rich Man, Poor Man



I’ve gotta admit, I really don’t get why people put so much stock in the transfers they make and seemingly so little on the tactical/formational side of things. Surely the two go hand in hand? Certainly it’s the former that seems to dominate all over the forum? :confused:

Anyway, transfers transfers transfers. Here’s a comparison of how each club grew (or shrunk) in value in EC7046 over the course of last season. The opening values were taken the moment the season started, so they reflect the true value of a club before any loans took place. The closing ones were taken at the very start of season 4, so again no loans had been made. Of course it doesn’t reflect money in the bank, but hey, nothing’s perfect.

Here’s the value growth (or loss, in the case of 26 clubs) for each club, with them then ranked accordingly. Some surprising reading here. I certainly wasn’t aware of the tremendous growth of the number 1 club, and neither did I expect the 79th ranked club to be where they are. I guess things aren’t what they seem and it does get harder and harder to the more you grow. Nice to see Boro right up there though :D



So there you have it. Hats off to many of the little guys, most especially, Southend, Yeovil, and Gillingham. No surprise to see Chelsea right up their either, Duffman was a transfer animal last season, nor to see Fulham failing to live up to all of the hype, nor Snooky rock bottom after a number of, well, ill-advised looking trades…


And here’s how the teams are ranked by total value at the end of season 3/start of season 4, again, not being able to account for money in the bank.



And there you go. But really, does it matter if you can’t use them? Tactics tactics tactics…;)


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