The New Era

A lot has happened in a short space of time, so here’s the quick run-down:

The Flaming Wodkas FC, Raszków, Poland

The whole focus is on Leszek, our homegrown goalkeeping talent. Nicknamed ‘The Future’, day by day he gets closer and closer to realising that future as ‘The Reality’. A very noticeable side effect of this, is the development alongside Leszek of the squad defenders.

Currently, among the homegrown trainees, only one really stands out. This is Józef ‘Jimmy’ Hendzlik, who has reached outstanding (10) in defence, at the age of 18.051. He doesn’t have a spec, although he does have solid leadership – a real bonus.

The real defensive progress has been made amongst the in-federation purchases carried out by the Wodkas board. Their progress has been relayed via the ‘Misfits’ thread in the HTUM Federation. The big problem for me, as has been written elsewhere, is creating the homegrown defence without slowing down the progress of these ‘Misfits’.

The homegrowns are still a project in flux. Only one has any defence, as mentioned, and only one other has a speciality. We’ll see. The Misfits are stronger, with six players (excluding the goalkeeper trainee from MSO) consisting of four with spec and two without.

Crazy Horses Football Club, Saint Philip, Barbados

This team isn’t even a month old, and upon creation it was clear that heading was a particular strength with five head specs in the squad. Not all of these are useful though, with one being the goalkeeper.

Trying to work out what the initial training regime would be, meant settling on training up the current goalkeeper and one other. We went in the end for an 18-year-old called Sane Morales, who has 7 defence and 6 set pieces. At age 18.24, he should reach 9 in goalkeeping at the end of the current season – even with our passable coach.

Ideally, I’d like to convert a solid experience (or higher) player to solid coach in the near future, though I don’t think I’ll be able to do this as quickly as I will be able to in my other new team…

Tawang Legends, Arunachal Pradesh, India

This team has a ‘feel’ unlike the others, almost as if I can sense the destiny that awaits it even despite my previous track record with teams on HT. Given the additional intrigue of how many Fed managers are currently battling it out in the India leagues, this gives an added edge. This inaugural season we will be renewing rivalries with the owner of Rochdale United. It is quite amazing, that having closed my second team ‘Lost Saxons’ that was battling it out with Rochdale and due to play them in week four, that I now find myself in another country ready to battle it out again in week four with the same manager.

Tawang has succeeded in bringing in a future external coach, who will add something to the team in the short term. He was very cheap also, and home nationality, which is a bonus. His name is Gupta, and the focus of the Legends now is to generate money for survival, expansion and coach conversion in the future.


GL-TV Covering Saxons Rebuild – Almost Live!

GL-TV: Alin Badiu & Ernst-Jan Bracké
Reporting Live [Despite Problems With Power Supply]

Alin: Bon soir, mes amis! Bon soir! We are ‘aving a little problem with our power, az it is only at 30 to 40% efficiency right now… a bit like most managers long-term plans, eh Ernst-Jan? Non?

Ernst-Jan: Thank you Alin, yes we are having a few issues with the power supply right now, but it won’t stop us. We’re focusing in on the Saxons rebuild that has begun in England, a club that has had huge problems in ‘getting it right’ since they sold their megastar Martin Frain to English rivals.

Alin: A huge mistake.

Ernst-Jan: Many have said so, but Saxons must move on. In particular, coach á Nesi remains confident that deals will be done in the next 24 to 48 hours. Last night, Saxons revealed the purchase of young Dennis Barkely, from Amy’s Aggressors for a fee just beneath £500,000. I think he will be a good signing.

Alin: Yes, a big move for a young lad, but not much competition right now – that could change in the next few hours according to my sources.

Ernst-Jan: What have you heard, Alin?

Alin: *Shrugs his shoulders* I do not know, if I can say.

Ernst-Jan: *Blinks* Erm, Alin, you’re a GL-TV journalist – it’s your duty?

Alin: *Stares nonplussed*

Ernst-Jan: *Waits*

Alin: Hmph. Well, I ‘av heard that their are representatives from Saxons’ board in Tehran.

Ernst-Jan: *Splurts his water out, having just tried to take a drink off camera* I’m sorry, Alin. Did you say Tehran?

Alin: Oui.

Ernst-Jan: And?

Alin: *Shugs his shoulders* This iz what I have heard.

Ernst-Jan: Well… *pauses* quite a… I don’t want to say bombshell, but I can’t think of a better phrase right now. Any clues as to who they might be trying to sign?

Alin: Oui. ‘Iz name is Pat Dathorne, and he is so-so player who can sometimes be a catalyst for those around him. I have seen some clips of him playing, but I do not think he iz anything special. Not like us, Ernst-Jan, not like us.

Ernst-Jan: Interesting…

Alin: Oui. And what iz more, I have heard that there are more representatives of the club travelling up to Lancashire, in particular to Kragspire Raiders. There iz a bit of a sale on there right now, and I have heard that Lord Bebbington az sanctioned the purchase of three Raiders players. I think though, that ‘e will have a bit of a battle from foreign interests.

Ernst-Jan: Well, we’ll be keeping a close eye on all the developments here in this almost-live post – so don’t forget to come back shortly… hopefully we’ll have the power back on 100% by then. In other news, Pond Street Nora sit top of the Golden League before tonight’s games, just ahead of their sister club and we hope to bring you an analysis of two of the top scorers in GLXI right now, Fraser Ballantyne and Joel Chambers. Be back soon!


New Saxons Era Beckons


Saxons staff are busy looking through several detailed dossiers, but about who?

Jermaine ‘The Animal’ Blythe, in the news earlier this year for bringing in several top class players from around the world (only to have the Saxons’ board dismiss them soon after their arrival, and have the fans in rebellion) has been given the go-ahead to produce dossiers on a range of speciality players currently on the market, all within the 17 year old age bracket. It is rumoured he may also have been in talks with colleagues in Odense, and possibly sought insight from Paolo Baggio about bringing in a talented goalkeeper for long-term defensive training.

So far, we’ve had no news apart from one player who negotiators are talking to this very evening. His name is Dennis Barkley, a 17-year-old quick player from Avon & Somerset, representing Amy’s Aggressors. Although he hasn’t player a single game for his mother club, the staff at The Burial Ground have identified him as a target worth pursuing.

We will continue to update this news thread, as developments occur and we expect them thick and fast over the coming few days, if our insider sources are anything to go by. Watch this space!