News from The Burial Ground
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All Good Things

And so the club is shut down, the players have gone, and the scandal is public. Still, as Saxons blog officially ends, spare a thought for those less fortunate this Christmas…

 

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22.11.14

22nd November, 2014 – Remember this day, Saxons fans.

The club has clearly indicated it has embarked on a joint project with a leading football expert as regards to its future plans, and direction. We take a look at what has been happening at the club since 22nd November, 2014 – the day this agreement is rumoured to have been ratified.

Event 1

The club switched training from goalkeeper to defending. Rumours immediately started floating about the future of Maciel Ornelas, non-homegrown goalkeeper.

Event 2

Three days after the unofficial announcement, Martin Kari Isfeldt, a young trainee, was sold for a nominal fee. At the same time, 5 transfer listed trainees were ‘re-bought’ by the club for similar nominal fees. More rumours started to float that the club’s long-term plan had definitely taken a turn in a completely different direction. Ulrik Baden is also promoted directly into the first-team squad as a central defensive trainee.

Event 3

27th November sees the confirmed sale of Maciel Ornelas, Belchior Dias Marques and Maurice Fried for a combined total of just over 1.5 million euros.

Event 4

24 hours pass and Valciclei Cantarelli is signed for around the 400,000 euros mark. Bought from the Polish 6th Division, rumours start that club owner Lord Bebbington’s contacts in Poland have provided the opportunity to sign an experienced and unpredictable forward to boost the Saxons league campaign.

Event 5

24 more hours pass and Latvian champs FK Rīgas Ateja agree to the sale of Grigore Aşchilean, Romanian front pace man. Joining him comes Michał Dymczak, signed from German team FC Süchtig of the German 7th Division. Both come for a combined total of just below 900,000 euros.

So, what is going on? It looks pretty clear that the Saxons are trying to balance their training plan against success in what could quite reasonably be described as ‘the worst league in the Faroe Islands 4th Division.’ The Saxons find themselves joined by long-term Federation rivals, Dynamo Gurkan and newcomers Dothraki Horsemen. Every other team is currently a bot. This could change as the season goes on, so valuable points against Bot teams early on in the season could be crucial come the end of the season.

Gurkan have to be considered favourites for this title. A fully homegrown squad that recently earned their first ever draw against the Saxons, and that was when Saxons had a very strong team that went on to win the Platinum Cup. Now, Saxons are a very different prospect – a much weaker one. The clever sales of some young talents has provided the funds to bring in some experienced replacements in key positions on the pitch, and injured players are now returning from injury at just the right time. Whether it will be enough however to finish in top spot, is anybody’s guess.

Club sources claim the club has retained a healthy financial start to the season despite the purchases, and they now have a 50,000 seater arena with which to draw in the fans. Sure, disappointment at going out of the gold cup in extra-time will have been slightly tempered by the opportunity to progress in the Emerald Cup… but we all know the real gold is in the league. Get set for a battle of battles between Saxons and Gurkan… the two clubs meet for the first time in Week 5, and then again in Week 10. Hold on tight!

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Platinum Heroes!

HTUM Platinum Cup Semi-Final

The Lost Saxons 4-1 FC Tranquebar

“What heroes! What a club! I’m proud to be President of The Lost Saxons!” – Aldopaolo Peroni

It was a magnificent night to remember! Coach Danny Wayman seemed to have taken the defensive way out by setting his team up in a 5-5-0 formation at the start of the match, but this was all a cunning plan to weigh-up the opposition during the first 30 minutes. It worked a treat. Both midfields were fairly evenly matched, but it would be one of those superb free-kick routines from Bonnafous that would set up Matías Carhuajulca to score on 25 minutes.

It was only 8 minutes later that Wayman’s true tactics were revealed, as a quick substitution brought a change from 5-5-0 to 4-5-1 with the amazing talent of Andersons coming on up front to combine with Kristoffur ‘Messi’ a Nesi. It worked wonders!

Certainly the referee didn’t do Tranquebar any favours 12 minutes later as he awarded a most dubious penalty. Bonnafous didn’t make any mistake though as he got his name deservedly on the scoresheet. Three minutes after this, the super striker Andersons had already made an impact, scoring Saxons third and sending the Faroese fans in ‘No Mercia’ into raptures! It had been Messi’s early cross that caught the Tranquebar defenders out of position, and Oskars Andersons doesn’t miss chances like that.  Half-time and 3-0 to The Saxons.

The second half would see the punishment continue, as on 63 minutes Johnny Nafzinger, on the end of some unfair criticism of late due to his levels of fitness, cut in neatly from the left and struck a beauty of a shot past the despairing Bhardwaj! No mean feat considering the talent in between the Tranquebar sticks.

You could almost forgive the Saxons for acting more defensively with 20 minutes to go, but it almost allowed Variar in to get a goal back. Thankfully though, he ran out of steam and couldn’t make it into the penalty box to apply any sort of a finish. The game as a whole, was beginning to take its toll on both sides.

On 84 minutes, the referee tried to make amends for the awful penalty he had given against Tranquebar in the first half, this time awarding one for the team from India. 20 year old Narendra ‘Khalifah’ Jindal converted calmly. 4-1 the score.

1 – 0 Matías Carhuajulca 25′
2 – 0 Philippe Bonnafous 37′
3 – 0 Oskars Andersons 40′
4 – 0 Johnny Nafzinger 63′
4 – 1 Narendra ‘Khalifah’ Jindal 84′