||Adisappointing end to 2007
as Charscot travelled to highflying A.F.C Fifa and came
within minutes of taking a much needed three points.
Fifa would have been confident going into this game as Charscot sat rooted to the bottom of the division but the game itself proved an even one and looked headed for a draw until Rick Higgott's spectacular free kick with 12 minutes left looked to have taken the three points.
However, the hosts kept fighting and with just 120 seconds left on the clock an awful mix up in the Charscot defence was enough to give Alex Harvey a gift of a goal to leave the hosts flying high whilst Charscot continue to stay bottom.
Manager Rich Grove was less than happy with his team's defending at the end. "That was unacceptable. These players have to realise that relegation is likely unless they can start turning these sort of games into wins. We have struggled to score goals so we need the defence to do their job but once again they haven't. We have already conceded goals in the last 10 minutes in half our games this season and we cannot afford to keep doing this. Relegation will mean the end of this club in it's present form so they have it in their own hands".
With a quiet week ahead and behind the club there is little else to report so Happy New Year to everyone.
||Charscot faced a
managerless River Hornets side today in the first round of
the cup at the Blue Silver Stadium as the team took a
welcome break from their struggles in the league.
The game was exactly what the players, fans and management needed as the team recorded an emphatic 4-1 win which many hope will be the kickstart to what has been a terrible season so far.
The match itself was never in any doubt as the "old guard" of the club got the goals to send the Hornets away in shame. The first goal came in the 27th minute as Eya Mistabic scored a simple tap in from close range.
Just before half time the match was put beyond the visitors as Rick Higgott scored as the visitor's defence stopped claiming offside.
Seven minutes into the second half Captain Eya Mistabic scored his second of the day with a superlative header. This goal moved him into third place on the All-Time scoring charts for the club with a total of 40 goals, 10 behind Legend Billy Dane.
The visitors had a false dawn fourm inutes later as Dave Maddux scored a comical goal from close range as the home defence lost concentration.
With eight minutes left Stefan Selakovic belied his defensive position to score a magnificent solo goal as he ran half the length of the field beating five players before crashing the ball home.
After the match manager Rich Grove was surprisingly downbeat about the game. "Whilst the win itself was something we all needed after all the disappointments this season the simple fact is there is no point in playing like this today if we are going to go back to losing week in week out from the week after next. This tournament isn't one that I hold in much regard and as far as I am concerned the league is all that matters and these players need to take this form into the game at A.F.C Fifa and win that game to try and get us off the bottom of the table".
With the multi-player transfers all expected to be completed before next week's Christmas break it seems that no more deals will be taking place. However, there was a surprise arrival today as youth midfielder Diego Capel was found by the scouts. Diego is not expected to stay past this season and the manager will be looking to offload him near the end of the season.
||Charscot entertained a
Saints United side that had never beaten the Wolverines in
4 previous attempts in the league, with the hosts
desparate for the points to try to start a run out of
trouble. However, in keeping with the club's season so far
a truly shambolic performance left the club rooted to the
foot of the table and looking like relegation favourites.
The game itself was relatively even but once again none of the so-called stars could work out how to shoot straight and the ineptitude up front ultimately resigned the team to a 2-0 home defeat.
The goals came in a two minute spell around the half hour mark as a superb solo goal from Greg Down was followed by a comedy of errors from the home defence that left Simon Singer with a simple tap in from close range.
Charscot never looked like breaking down the visitors as their anaemic attack continued to look like they had never met, never mind played with each other before.
At the final whistle the chorus of boo's was unanimous as the fans vented their fury , with manager Rich Grove looking absolutely disgusted by what he had witnessed. In the post match press conference he didn't hold back on his views - "I can't take much more of this. This bunch of incompetent wannabe's are ruining everything that myself, the board and the fans spent years building up. The performances and results have become beyond a joke. Whilst a slow start has become the pathetic norm around here we have managed to reach new depths of ineptitude and frankly I don't think I have the stomach for this any more. The players clearly don't care so I don't see why I should. If they continue in this manner then they will be looking for a new manager next season as I am sick and tired of going through the same garbage every season. Enough is enough." At this he stormed out of the press conference and left the ground without even going to see the players.
With the manager having lost faith in his squad the arrival of Toshi Susuka and Pedro Luis today may be what the club needs as they look to turn the corner. Although Luis is currently in the youth team , he may well be promoted early as the first team attackers are looking particularly inept and Luis himself is almost as good as he possibly can be for his position.
Now they have both arrived David Nugent and Gianni Rivera are expected to leave the club next monday.
No further transfers are expected as the manager has gone into a self-imposed exile and is refusing to discuss team plans in any depth any more.
It really does seem that the break for Christmas cannot come soon enough...
||Charscot travelled to a
confident Palmeiras side riding high after a good start to
the season. With the manager already stating that it
didn't matter what he or his team would do, the team would
continue to lose because it is too early in the season it
was no surprise when the club crashed to yet another
Charscot held out for a mere forty seconds before going one down to a good shot following a superb passing build up. However, in a major change for this team they actually showed a little fight and managed an equaliser before the later lamentable events.
Bringing the team back on terms within two minutes for the fastest debutant goal in the club's history (whilst being the 16th player to achieve this feat) was attacker Lars Larsson. Lars scored a magnificent 30 yard piledriver after some great footwork to make space for himself, a true individualist goal.
The next eight minutes brought no goals in an open game that the home side shaded. Just as the visitors thought they were going to get a much needed away point the team crumbled late on to gift the hosts a 3-1 victory that put them top of the league whilst Charscot fell to 15th place.
The second goal in the 83rd minute was a nice bit of indivdual skill from Craig Francis and as Charscot pushed for an equaliser they were suckerpunched in the last minute with a soft close range goal from Stephen Fearnyough.
After the match manager Rich Grove was once again fuming - "We have come here today and aside from a promising debut from Larsson we have shown nothing at all. This squad of players should be at the top of the league yet year in and year out they find themselves at the bottom at this stage and it is completely unacceptable. The board and myself have put together a squad of players that should be able to beat anyone..and yet we continue to produce nothing in the first half of the season and I for one am sick of it. This cannot carry on as at this rate we will be relegated , and deservedly so. There seems little point in bringing in more players and aside from Toshi and Pedro there will be no more bodies coming in for some time so it is up to the players here now to pull their weight and get us out of this mess".
With that the manager stormed out of the pressroom and returned to the dressing room where he was heard to lambast the players for the next hour and a half.
With the aforementioned Pedro Luis and Toshi Susuka due to arrive within the next seven days it seems unlikely that the club will be making any more moves in the transfer market with the team needing to gel with the players already at the manager's disposal.
||Charscot hosted Spondon
Renegades and yet again managed to grasp defeat from the
jaws of victory as despite a solid performance a
combination of bad luck and bad finishing was enough to
leave the season in tatters.
Spondon arrived at The Blue Silver Stadium without an away win this season , but with Charscot having yet another awful start to the season the visitors were still favourites to win the game.
As it was the game had little in the way of excitement and with the game lurching towards a draw the Renegades scored with a superb free kick with 11 minutes left on the clock.
At the final whistle the fans let their feelings be known as the players trudged off the field. With the bottom three failing to win Charscot stayed out of the relegation zone more by luck than judgement and manager Rich Grove was in no mood to make excuses.
"This is getting ridiculous. I am sick of watching this team consistently underperform and lose games they should be winning. I see little point in carrying on in this job if this continues as there is nothing to be gained by carrying on like this". "Needless to say I will be making changes for next week but I am sure it will make no difference to these pathetic results".
With three players arriving today there are options available , with keeper Carlo Cudicini, defender Djalma Santos and attacker Lars Larsson all now on the books they may all find themselves making their debuts next week.
On the transfer front following extensive negotiations it appears the hoped for attacker will not now be joining the club. With all deals seemingly now finished midfielder Gianni Rivera is likely to be placed on the auction market next monday barring any last minute offers.
||Charscot travelled to
basement club Barnstoneworth today looking for a win to
preopel themselves away from the bottom. As it was the
team were lucky to come away with a thoroughly undeserved
point as they put in their worst performance for years.
The game itself had little of note with the visitors only mnaging one shot on target and the team were heavily reliant on recalled keeper Igor Akinfeyev for keeping the team in the game.
Afterwards manager Rich Grove had little o say - "That really was a truly awful performance. Considering our opponents were running scared in pre-match, putting out yet another negative line-up , it is unacceptable that they still managed to outplay us so convincingly. Thankfully with a number of transfers now taking place hopefully by the turn of the year we will start to see some improvements on the field".
With the season starting so badly management spent a busy week last week searching for deals as extensive talks were carried on with half a dozen managers as the club looked to freshen the attack and defence.
After an involved period of negotiations a deal was agreed with Kilburn United of the Will Scarlet League resulting in two of the stars for the future being allowed to leave in exchange for more immediate help.
Departing are recent arrivals Etienne Gustave and Daniel Moriera, who have become victims of the club's bad start rather than through any failing on their part. Returning to the club is defender Djalma Santos, who left previously as an 18 year old and returns two years later a more experienced player. Joining Djalma at the club is promising attacker L;ars Larsson, who is expected to be involved with immediate effect. Having been a longtime target of management there are high hopes for Lars' future at the club.
Also arriving at the club is experienced keeper Carlo Cudicini from the auction market. His signing is considered a bargain as management were prepared to pay maximum value but managed to get him for less.
It is believed that the management are still looking for another player or two and that negotiations will carry on over the coming week with the likeliest departee being Gianni Rivera.
||Today's game pitted two
underachieving sides as former greats Thamesford travelled
to also-rans Charscot Wanderers. The home side came into
this game with confidence having outplayed their opponents
the past two weeks and having not lost this fixture for
the past eight seasons.
As it was half of this proved correct as Charscot once again outplayed their opponents except this time Thamesford took what few chances they had and somehow came away with a thoroughly undeserved 3-0 scoreline.
The rot set it as early as the fifth minute when United scored with their first attack as Peter Francks scored a simple close range goal.
Despite almost endless pressure Charscot couldn't find their shooting boots and were made to pay just after half time as Von Strauss scored with a brilliant header to kill off the hosts.
With time running out the hosts got more desperate for a goal and Luis Felipe Monti did finally break the socring duck, but unfortunately only by slicing the ball into his own net whilst trying to clear a corner.
Afterwards manager Rich Grove was in no mood for the post-match inquest. "I am finding it increasingly hard to believe that we can keep outplaying opponents and yet find ourselves fourth from bottom and with only one win. We go through this every season and I for one am growing sick and tired of going through this travesty. We are clearly stuck in some sort of time warp where mediocrity is rewarded at the start of each season and quality sides are punished. It makes a mockery of this great league that quality sides have to endure ridiculous fluke results for seemingly half a season every year that result in lesser teams being in pole position whilst those of us that manage with an eye on both the present and future are punished for this forward thinking. I am officially putting most of the squad up for swap offers , though undoubtedly the same mediocrity in results will undoubtedly be matched by a mediocrity in offers as so often happens".
With the bulk of the squad made available it will be interesting to see what deals if any can be completed. From past experience it seems unlikely that there will be much transfer business.
With the manager too disappointed to do much else this week it turned into a quiet week around the club with little of note happening. However, rumours abound that midfielder Garrincha may get an early promotion to the first team before long if results don't improve.
||Charscot today faced a
local derby at Castle Park against a Vanbrugh side that
have never lost at home to Charscot in seven previous
In a similar fashion to last week Charscot dominated this match from the start to the finish but were to be frustrated in their attempts to claim their first away win of the season.
Against the run of play Stef Kapusniak scored from close range aftewr 27 mniutes to give the hosts a thoroughly undeserved lead. Charscot looked to get back on level terms as quick as possible and it took just five minutes as Ilie Petrescu sliced the ball into his own net whilst under pressure to clear.
After htis there was only ever likely to be one winner but with the Charscot attack still to gel the numerous chances that were created were also wasted.
After the match manager Rich Grove was not too downbeat - "We have had such a bad record here over the years that I am probably just happy we managed to gain anything from this game at all. It was pleasing to see us control another game, particularly on the road and if we keep playing like that we should pick up more points in the first half of the season than we normally do. We now have a crucial couple of games against Jon Sykes' former greats and if we can take at least four points rom these two games then we can hopefully build on that and create a solid platform for our usual second half of the season charge".
In the WPL Super Cup the lcub finally got their first game played as they travelled to Midlands side Wolves United and came away with a slightly lucky win courtesy of a Derrek Lee second half brace.
Behind the scenes Derek Corsham left via the auction market for just over £15,000,000, finding a new home at FC United of the ROE wholst Daniel Moriera made his move to the club official today and responded with a debut goal as the youth team recorded their second 15-0 win in four games to go top of the league.
It seems unlikely any more deals or bids will be in the offering now as the manager looks to see what the current squad can do this season , whilst the youth team already has an excess of talent needing training.
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Which of these teams will be relegated from the Premier Division in the 2007-8 season (multiple votes up to 3 allowed) ?
AFC Audenshaw - 0 votes
A.F.C Fifa - 3 votes
A.C Oxford - 4 votes
Spondon Renegades - 5 votes
Saints United - 0 votes
Lisbon Eagles - 0 votes
Toon Town Boys - 0 votes
The Space Cadets - 5 votes
Callie Athletic - 3 votes
Real Madrid - 5 votes
||Toon City Tigers came to
the Blue Silver Stadium desperate to reverse recent
history that has seen them take just one point from the
last 18 available. The hosts meanwhile were equally
desperate to get their campaign off and running following
two defeats to start the season.
As it turned out Charscot gave a superb display of total football to totally outclass their rivals and deservedly get the team's first points.
After a first half of domination from the hosts a quick brace in the space of four minutes was enough to get the season kick started. The first came via the penalty spot , where Luciano Zauti , returning after injury, scored in his first game of the season after being fouled to win the penalty kick.
Four minutes later Rick Higgott got his second goal of the season with a clsoe range tap in and the result was never in doubt from this point and Charscot could easily have scored more goals as the Tigers wilted.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted with this win that lifts the club out of the relegation area and into tenth position - "That is the sort of performance I expect every week from my players. If we can gain some momentum next week by finally gaining a win at Vanbrugh then maybe we can look forward with a little more optimism in the first half of the season for a change. I have to personally mention Luciano Zauti, who were sorely missed in the last two games. His performance was quite exceptional today and he really has turned into the star we all hoped he would be".
There was a surprise today as the club swooped with a late bid on the auction market to grab attacker Daniel Moriera from WPL side Dep El Celtico. Moriera is considered a bargain at £8.3million and he should help keep the youth team flying this season and ultimately solidify the attack for years to come.
Midfielder Derek Corsham's stay on the auction market will end thursday and his bid is still set at £14.8million, a relative bargain for a player with his skills at such a young age.
||Charscot travelled to Real
Madrid expecting a defeat as the team continues to play
inept football at the start of every season and the team
The hosts were feeling confident after beating a weakened AFC Audenshaw last week and they found little to trouble them from the visitors.
It took a mere seven minutes for Charscot Old Boy Luiz Perreira to score from close range and that goal maintained the lead until the 54th minute when Rick Higgott scored a superb header from the edge of the box to leve.
However, Charscot were not to be denied in their attempt to be completely useless as another Charscot Old Boy, Hans Porfirio was given time to hit a great shot into the net with just over a quarter of an hour to go.
The visitors never looked like getting back another goal and left the ground to more boo's from the visiting fans as the team dropped into 14th and a well deserved relegation spot.
"That was actually more inept than last week" manager Rich Grove fumed. "I have to give my players credit for managing to actually get worse, which I didn't think was possible. At this stage I don't know what to do as nothing works with this lot until they get halfway through the season, ridiculous and pointless, like the team frankly".
Behind the scenes a couple of AM transfers were ocmpleted, raising £15million through the sales of Eduardo Anton and Stilian Karpejan whilst midfielder Derek Corsham has raised practically the same amount singlehandedly with ten days to go.
season but the same old start today as once again Charscot
started the season badly.
Hosting Comberton Tornadoes, the Wolverines were expecting to at least pick up a point as they tried desparately to avoid another lethargic start to the season (something that has become as regular as the Sun rising in recent years).
The game itself was a dull affair and in truth neither side deserved to take the three points but in luck typical of a Charscot start to the season, the visitors took all three with a goal just after half time.
The scorer was Charscot old boy Adriano, who scored with a drive from the edge of the area.
Once the goal went in the result never seemed in doubt as Charscot struggled to come to terms to a team missing retired legend Billy Dane and young star Luciano Zauti, currently recovering from injury.
With four players making their debut the team looked disjointed and out of sorts and at the final whistle the homer fans made their feelings known as they booed the players from the field.
Manager Rich Grove was less than happy with what he had seen . "This is beyond a joke. At this point it has become clear that the start of the season is such a lottery we may as well not bother to even try . Half the players are already not bothering so why should I ? Another season of being dire until halfway looms ahead, followed by another late charge that leaves us just short. Just what is the point ? Deeply disappointed with the continued farce that is the early season results. Undoubtedly we will go to Real next week and stink it up and come away with another defeat and at this point I am actually wondering why I bother".
With the squad seemingly set for the season there seems to be limited options to change things around and it looks like it will be left to the current first X1 to try and show some class and get the team the wins it needs to compete early on.
Meanwhile a number of players are moving towards leaving the club via the auction market as Stilian Karpejan and Eduardo Anton are into their final 3 days before they are sold. Midfielder Derek Corsham has yet to receive a bid and has 2.5 weeks to go.
Arriving from the auction market is defender Giacinto Facchetti, who having cost nearly £22million is likely to be staying for a number of years to come whilst the deal with Carl Garbett's Tiptree United was finally completed as Etienne Gustave arrived via middle club Revelstone today. Both players are expected to prove themselves up to the standard of the WPL with a season in the youths to sharpen their skills.
With a top three position a possibility Charscot made
the trip to their closest rivals knowing a win coupled
with Thamesford United or Barnstoneworth United dropping
points would mean a trophy to finish the season.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted with his players at
the final whistle - " We have fought hard in the second
half of the season and thoroughly deserve to take a top
3 spot. With Thamesford looking a pale imitation of the
dominant side they once were we believe we can become
THE force in the WPL and our players will be out to
prove that from the first whistle next week".
It was confirmed later in the day that the club had
been successful with a bid just short of £22million and
will be welcoming defence starlet Giacinto Facchetti to
the club next week at the same time as midfielder
Etienne Gustave finally arrives from the RH after having
waited a month to complete the second half of the deal.
With the new arrivals the auction market has a few
Charscot players looking for new pastures with the
latest addition being midfielder Derek Corsham who went
on today. With Christophe Lagrange, Stilian Karpejan and
Eduardo Anton already on there the next few weeks should
see a lot of business taking place.
After completing his final game today Billy Dane was made honorary President of the club and is expected to join the Board of Director's in an advisory role. Dane, holder of both the appearances and goalscoring records at the club, is a legend at the club and it is understood it took him merely seconds to take up the offer. This season was his 7th season of appearing in every game - an ever present record that will undoubtedly stay his for years.
With the season at an end the newest entries to the Club's Hall of Fame were announced today , along with the winners of the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. Celebrating a double is young midfielder Siddig El Fadil, whose first full season in the main squad was so impressive he gained a Hall of Fame entry and also the Player of the Year with his superb all-round performances as well as his crucial goals. Joining him in the Hall of Fame is fellow midfielder Luciano Zauti, who despite his recent injury setback has had another great season and is seen as a crucial part of the team. Taking the youth award is another midfielder who is hoping to make a good impression next season, Kincaid J. Stamper, who just held off the challenge of attacker Derrek Lee. Kincaid took the award for the way he has orchestrated the midfield this year as the youth team won the league at a canter.
There is a new Poll this week.
Please check out the new poll here and for past polls go here.
The last poll was - Who will win the 2007-2008 WPL Premier Division title?
Barnstoneworth United 3 votes
Boca Juniors 0 votes
Callie Athletic 0 votes
Charscot Wanderers 5 votes
Comberton Tornadoes 0 votes
Real Madrid 0 votes
Saints United 0 votes
Thamesford United 6 votes
Toon Bay Wasps 2 votes
Vanbrugh Royals 0 votes
hosted relegation candidates Wolves United today knowing
a home win would probably ensure another top four finish (the club's
8th on the trot) whilst their rivals knew anything less than three
points was guaranteed relegation.
As it was the match itself never lived up to the sudden death aspect of it
as Charscot cruised to an easy 2-0 victory.
It took just past the twentieth minute for Rick Higgott to exploit
an error at the back and score from the edge of the box.
Tweleve minutes later Zak Newton tapped in from close range to
kill the game off as a spectacle.
Whilst the visitors showed a lot of effort they lacked the quality
to threaten the Charscot back four and if not for some
profligae shooting from the home team the scoreline could have been
Manager Rich Grove was happy after the match - "After a long
hard fought season it is a relief to find ourselves now guaranteed
a top four spot and with a shot at second with a week to go.
To continue to be the most consistent side behind former Champions
Thamesford United is a great honour for us and we feel
that over the coming seasons we have the talent to make the days
of Thamesford being crowned Champions a thing of the
past". "No matter what happens next week we will have had a reasonable
season and if we can just overcome our bad starts we can
become the team to beat".
The bad news today was the sprained wrist that Luciano Zauti incurred
and it is expected to keep him out for a month and seriously threaten
his ability to be match sharp enough to get a place in the team
After today's match it was confirmed that Derek Corsham is leaving the
club next week via the auction market. With a large influx of all-rounders
coming through the ranks it was felt that Derk would be more likely
to play regularly elsewhere and to give him the opportunity to
move his career forward he has been allowed to leave.
His placement on the market will be next monday.
He joins Eduardo Anton, Stilian Karpejan and Christophe Lagrange
on the market, all of whom have yet to receive a bid.
It seems unlikely that any more deals will be taking part in the near
future aside from the arrival of youth midfielder Etienne Gustave
from Revelstone in the Robin Hood League, where he waits to
complete his transaction originally from Tiptree United.
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travelled to Champions-elect Toon Bay Wasps for a game
that was of more importance to the hosts as they try to
hold off challengers Barnstoneworth United.
With Charscot looking to protect their fourth position it was always
likely to be a close fought match and the fans were in for a treat as
both teams served up a cracker.
In an open game of flowing football it took Rick Higgott just five minutes
to give the Wolverines the lead with a shot fom close range before
Toon equalised with a superb 30 yarder less than fifteen minutes
With just under ten to go to half time Luciano Zauti tapped the ball over
the line from a yard out as the host's defence failed to clear
Toon Bay came flying back at the start of the second half scoring
twice in the first seventeen minutes with a superb chip directly after the break
followed by a close range tap in.
Charscot came back at Toon immediately and got a deserved
equaliser through Luciano Zuati as he got a second close range goal.
Both teams went close in the dying stages but a draw was a
After the game manager Rich Grove was more concerned with
the ground , for the second year running. "I have to say I am fed
up with bringing my team to this ramshackle outfit. Whilst the manager
has done a great job and I wish him all the best in his chase for
the title I have to say the people running the club should be
ashamed to have such a small, joke of a ground. Yet again we don't
get to bring any of our fans to the game and they don't even
sell out their home areas. It costs less than a million pounds to
build a couple of thousand seats and at this level and in this
league there is no excuse for having such a joke for a ground.
If they really are so small time as to mot think this is worthy of
rectifying then I hope they win the league this year and then get
relegated next year ! As far as the game goes I am pleased with our
performance, which was always likely to be undermined by
playing in such a dump. Hopefully we can do enough in
the next fortnight to secure another top four finish".
Just when it seemed the deals were at an end the club today brought
in David Nugent from WPL side Longfield K.L.F. With the new foreign
arrival going in the opposite direction the club are taking a hit financially
but felt they had no choice but to bring in another attacking option to
bolster the attack for next season.
Although a formal first refusal deal was not agreed it is understood
that K.L.F have the option to try and re-sign him in the event that he
"We are delighted to bring in David and hope he will build on his fairly
successful start to his career and become a goalscoring legend here.
He will be given every opportunity to make a name for himself
here and will be one of five attackers in the mix for next season
with Izecson going out on loan".
The final pairing of players of value to go on the auction market
was completed today as defenders Ladislao Kubala and
Eduardo Anton bot hleft the club and will be sold in
3 1/2 weeks.
going undefeated for almost three months Charscot fell
today in their chase of the top three as they entertained an AFC
Audenshaw side that were looking to play the part of spoilers.
The match itself was controlled for long periods by the home side and
following a superb free kick by Gilmar after just nine minutes
it looked like the unbeaten run was set to continue.
However, everything changed on the stroek of half time as
AFC scored a scrappy goal from close range on a rare break away
from the constant pressure from Charscot.
With results elsewhere meaning the side had to win the second half
continued in the same vein as the first with the hosts battering
the visitor's goal whilst finding their shooting boots awry.
With ten minutes left to go AFC scored with a superb 25 yard
chip to give the visitors a shock lead and as Charscot tried to
reply they were caught three minutes later with a suckerpunch
as another chip from distance nestled into the net.
At the final whistle , and with the title dreams now dead, the home
fans stood and applauded the home side, as much in response to their
recent heroics as to today's game.
Afterwards manager Rich Grove wasn't as disappointed as expected.
"In truth it was always unlikely we could repeat the 2005 feat and
our poor first half of the season destroyed our title hopes before they
begun. Once again I am proud of how my players have responded
in the second half of the season and I just hope we cna take this form into
our last three games and then into next season. We have to take at least
fourth position and it would be nice to take third ahead of Thamesford
if possible and the hard work starts with a visit to
Champions-elect Toon Bay next week".
There was more transfer news following last week's surprise developments
as the manager moved to replace Lagrange, signing Laurenzo Karembeu
from rivals Real madrid for a fee of £1.7million.
The experienced midfielder will be looking to fill the holes next season created
by loss of form/injuries before retiring.
Also arriving is another foreign starlet who is expected to make
his way onto the auction market within a fortnight for a quick
As far as the auction market goes Massimo Donati and Jacier Saviola
have now been sold, fetching a combined fee in excess of
£21million. With Ladislao Kubala and Eduardo Anton going
on next week it is hoped that they will raise a reasonable sum
were not confident despite the long
unbeaten run as they traveled to the midlands to face a
rejuvenated Lakeland side , who are looking like a different side under
the tutelage of their new manager.
As it turned out those fears were entirely justified as the hosts gave
no quarter and were deserving of more than they got from the match.
With Charscot on the back foot it was no surprise when Lakeland took
the lead after just seven minutes with a superb lob from Jorge
It took a sublime piece of individual skill from Rick Higgott after another
quarter of an hour to level the score as he chipped the keeper from
With the match getting scrappy as neither side could gain full control
tempers frayed a few times before a decisive and record breaking last 16 minutes.
With just four more games left in his career Billy Dane broke the
club scoring record with his 50th goal for the club as he dribbled past a
static defence before tapping the ball in from close range.
As the home side pressed for what would have been a deserved
equaliser the wolverines broke away and Luciano Zauti headed
in from close range to complete a fortuitous but much needed 3-1 away
This win, combined with another faltering week for Thamesford United and
Toon Bay Wasps leaves the club joint third with four games to go and
four points behind new leaders Barnstoneworth United.
Manager Rich Grove was a relieved man after the match "We were
lucky to come away with the three points today. I said this game would
be a hard one and I am very proud of the way my players fought for
every ball and persevered without ever hitting the heights they
know they can. I don't believe it is realistic to be looking at the title
as Barnstoneworth are playing too well but with Thamesford in
free fall and Toon little better it is possible we could sneak
second spot. However, we could as easily finish sixth so I don't want
our fans getting too carried away just yet".
With Billy Dane breaking the all time scoring record for the
club it seemed fitting that Derrek Lee broke the single season youth
scoring record today as he notched a hat trick to take his tally to 51 goals.
After all the transfer speculation had seemed to end the management surprised
everyone with the announcement that Toshi Susuka and Ladislao
Kubala were to leave the club.
Arriving in the opposite direction is youth midfielder Etienne Gustave.
Gustave leaves management with the headache of an overloaded
midfield of young star quality and it may be only a matter of time before
further deals take place.
In a late development today it has been announced that midfielder
Christophe Lagrange will be leaving the club via the auction
market with immediate effect. Christophe had only arrived a week
ago but sadly after spraining his achilles in training today he is
being released as with the doctors estimating he will be out
for 19 weeks his career is basically at an end.
During the week the youth side won the inaugural SS Youth Challenge
Cup beating Tod-Hebden Alliance of the Elizabethan League 7-0 in
a one-sided final.
The route to the final had been a tricky one with talks of walkouts in a
controversial tournament that probably won't be repeated.
After a first round bye Charscot hosted the Will Scarlet side Bradford City
in the second round recording a hard fought 3-1 win that was the
team's hardest game in the tournament.
In the third round Charscot traveled to Revelstone and cruised to a 5-0 win
that was never in any doubt.
In the last eight Charscot faced lucky losers Audenshaw Town of the Allied
Elite League, whose reprieve in the competition didn't last long as they lost 7-2.
In the semi-finals fellow WPL side St Josephs Boys Club were the
opponents but they were no match for a now on fire Charscot side who
crushed them 8-1.
All that was left was for Charscot to win the aforementioned final 7-1 and bring
home a trophy that seems unlikely to be up for grabs again.
hosted an A.F.C Fifa side with little to play for today as
club sought their 150th home league win and a second double
against Fifa. With the previous double (and only other home win)
coming in the Title season of 2005 the fans were looking for
omens after a few pundits started talking up the team's chances
of sneaking the title as the leaders continue to falter.
Charscot showed their class in this match as they controlled play
from the outset and it was no surprise when Angus Lee tapped home from
close range just before the quarter hour mark.
At half time the only surprise was that the score hadn't been increased
but the second half started with the visitors moving their play up
a gear and a superb solo goal from Dobson with 25 minutes
left had the home fans looking on anxiously.
With time running out it looked like the club had failed to make
up ground for the second week running as news filtered through
that none of the top three had won.
However, with just one minute left Player of the Year elect Siddig
El Fadil beat two players before scoring with a superlative
drive from the edge of the area. Despite his slow pace it took him merely
seconds to deposit himself in amongst the home fans
behind the goal as the crowd went crazy.
Afterwards the manager downplayed the title chances of the
club. "We have done well to get within five points of the top, helped
considerably by the leading club's inability to put on a winning run
at this crucial time of the season. However, we probably have just too much to
do and with three tricky matches still to be played at Lakeland, Toon
and Callie I think we are just going to fall short as realistically
we need to win our remaining five matches to have any
chance. Despite that I am proud of the way our players have responded
in the second half of the season and I just hope we get the top
four spot we deserve and that we can take this form into the new season
for a change".
On the auction market Massimi Donati and Javier Saviola are into their last
10 days with interest in both and current bids totaling £16million.
A busy time for the website as it undergoes some cosmetic changes.
The eagle-eyed among you will have already noticed the new
headings on all the pages including the home page.
Also, the Poll question that used to be located at the bottom of this News
column now has it's own page and also a page for all past polls
to be accessed. The Poll link can be found on the front page or click
here. The date of the latest poll is now included on the front page
link so it will always be clear when there is a new one.
Also added are the last few years of transfers both in and out of
the club. From this page you can access all the transfer pages.
Also added is the list of the highest fees paid by the club, with
all fees of £5.5million and above listed.
Any ideas that managers have for additions to the site please contact
myself and I will do all I can to implement any ideas that are both
realistic and good.
went into today's game at Stair Park facinf a Saints
United side that
had lost every previous encounter between the two by 3 goals to 1.
This knowledge left the visitors in confident mood of mainaining their two month
As it was the game, whilst low scoring , was an end to end thriller with some forty
shots in total providing a feast of top class action for the fans and the tv cameras.
With just over half an hour to go Charscot took the lead with a goal from under pressure
forward Toshi Susuka from close range but the Wolverines couldn't
hold onto the lead as United got a deserved equaliser with barely 20 minutes
left to play.
The result gave the chasing pack looking for fourth some hope although
surprisingly it closed the gap on the top as the leaders continued to stutter.
After the game the manager was a relieved person - "I am just happy to avoid defeat
for a second month as today's game could have gone either way. With a number of
teams in the bottom half still to play it is up to us to remain professional and
get the wins we need to stay in the top four for the 8th year running".
With Luciano Zauti being injured management moved quickly to secure a deal
for Wascisco utility midfielder Christophe Lagrange as cover.
Lagrange was a recent acquisition for the Sox but had shown a significant
drop in form and was considered surplus to requirements.
Lagrange is expected to cover the midfield predominantly until the arrival
of Garrincha and Lubomir Moravcik from the youth team at the end of
next season when he is expected to retire.
Finally a new poll and in keeping with previous seasons it is the one asking
about next season's title.
The last poll question was - If you have a youth player reach all bril skills before
the end of the season would you promote him early ?
1 vote - Yes, an all bril should play for the first team immediately
11 votes - No, I would rather build up his hidden levels towards max
3 votes - Only if the first team was struggling
The new poll is below..
hosted A.C Oxford today in a game they had to win to
their recent charge towards maintaining a top four position.
With the A.C manager claiming victory was assured before the
match the home team were ready to respond to the bait and as it
was they didn't disappoint the home fans as two scoring records
It wasn't all plain sailing though as after 17 minutes Oxford went one up
with a header from 10 yards.
Charscot continued to have the lion's share of the play and it seemed only a
matter of time before they equalised as the half time whistle went.
Within a quarter of an hour of the restart the home side were
awarded a penalty after Corsham was fouled in the box.
Billy Dane was given the chance for his first penalty ever and duly
dispatched it into the top right hand corner. The goal equalled the club
individual scoring record of 49 goals held by Ronaldo and leaves Billy
with seven games to break the record before he retires.
Charscot could now scent victory and pummelled the visitor's goal
looking for the winner and supersub Stefan Selakovic was
the hero for the third time in four games as he tapped in a simple chance
with 16 minutes left on the clock. This was his fifth goal as a sub, tying the scoring
record for substitutes held by Stewart Harfield, Alen Skoro and Pablo Aimar.
With time running out it looked more likely the home side
would get another and the match finished 2-1 to Charscot.
The win kept the club in fourth position and still 3 points ahead of fifth placed
Manager Rich Grove had little to say after the game - "We are glad to win
but we need to keep this run going to gain anything worthwhile
out of the season. The current form is splendid but with us losing
Zauti to an injury this week it will be a testing few weeks without him.
I just hope we can maintain our 100% record against Saints United next week
to keep us moving forwards".
The youth team joined in the record breaking week as they completed
the highest single season aggregate against another team with a
20-0 win that gave a combined win of 41-0 for the season and also lifted
them to the top of the youth league.
It was confirmed after the game today that attacker Javier Saviola and youth midfielder
Massimo Donati have been allowed to leave the club. Both players were placed on the
auction market today and will be sold in 3 1/2 weeks.
trip to Leighton Cubs was not expected to be a
tricky one but as it turned out the hosts put up a good battle
despite the non appearance of the Cubs manager.
Whilst Charscot tried to play the football the Cubs were more intent
on trying to disrupt their play with fouls as often as possible,
giving up 16 fouls whilst the visitors committed just two in
However, the continual fouling was to prove decisive as the Cubs gave
up two penalties and threw away any chance they had on pulling
themselves away from the relegation battle they find themselves in.
The first penalty came with barely a quarter of an hour played
and Captain Eya Mistabic slotted home coolly to give
Charscot the lead.
Against the run of play the Cubs equalised from close range in the 37th
minute and it looked like Charscot may drop two valueable extra points.
However, with just ten minutes left on the clock another penalty was awarded.
With Mistabic having gone off it was left to his replacement, Stefan
Selakovic, to blast the ball into the net and give the Wolverines a 2-1 victory
that takes the teams record to four consecutive away wins.
Afterwards Rich Grove was pleased to scrape the win - "We have to be happy
with that result. We have a lot of bruises from this game and with them not
having a controlling influence from their manager they may struggle to get many more
points and could find themselves relegated.
For our own part we have maintained the status quo at the top and we have to
continue this run through the remainder of the season if we want to have anything to
show for it".
In the second leg of the WPL Super Cup Charscot lost at holders Boca Juniors
3-0 to lose 5-2 on aggregate. However, considering it is the first time
the club has ever got past the qualifying groups it isn't considered
to be a bad result.
All is quiet on the transfer scene as despite repeated ads the offers have been
mainly underwhelming. It now appears with just three days to go that
no more deals are going to be agreed and that the only
players in or out will be via the auction market.
Finally, the pen pictures part of the squad has been re-designed and fully updated
and provides a useful guide to how likely a player is to be
available. Go to here to see it or click on Player Snapshots at the top of the
the Blue Silver Stadium today hoping to rectify
their awful scoring record at the ground, having failed to find the net on their
previous six visits.
With United third and Charscot fifth it was always going to be a hard game
for both teams and in truth the visitors never looked likely to end
their scoring drought.
The match never really reached the highest standard although Charscot
really should have won having three times as many clearcut chances to score.
At the final whistle the visitors will have been the happier as they actually
extended their lead over fourth place as Callie Athletic lost allowing
Charscot to rise to a season high fourth.
"It was a disappointing match for the fans today to be honest" manager Rich
Grove lamented after the game. "Neither team really got going and whilst we
were clearly the better side it just wasn't meant to be. Overall I am happy
to have reached our target position of fourth with nine games still left
in the season. Having done the hard work we now need to maintain
our six game unbeaten run to cement our positiion".
In the WPL Super Cup Final first leg today Charscot failed to use
their home advantage as they drew 2-2 with Boca Juniors, putting the pressure
on the team for next week's second leg.
Behind the scenes there was good news today as after months of
negotiations with the organisers the club were officially
given the Soccer Star Open trophy permanently (see trophies) following their
winning of the competition three years running.
On the transfer front the management made most of the squad available at the end
of last week and so far the response has been poor to say the least.
However, with the arrival of three players via the auction market all
expected to be sold for significant cash profits things are looking
visited Champions Thamesford United today with a poor
record at Paddock Road but on the back of an undefeated July and
two consecutive away wins.
The hosts should have been confident of victory in their chase to
retain their title but strangely the manager made a fatal error as he
appeared to play for a draw with a defensive 5-3-2 formation that
gave the visitors renewed hope they could gain a result.
The match itself was a close fought affair as both sides carved out a number of
good shooting opportunities though the hosts had the greater possession.
However, with the match seemingly headed for a draw Stefan Sleakovic came
off the bench to score his third goal as a substitute with a magnificent
free kick with fifteen minutes left on the clock. This goal gave the visitors a much needed
boost and United could find no way past the resolute defence led by
After the match manager Rich Grove was delighted with the result. "That was a
much needed win , if only to boost the confidence of the players as we chase a
top four finish to round off a disappointing season. In truth, I think their manager
handed the game on a plate to us with his negative tactics..I can understand it with
his lesser teams but with Thamesford it is a waste of their talent and if he
continues to be so negative then I can see Toon taking the title quite easily".
"For our part we need to build on this result and beat Barnstoneworth next week
to really get us back in the hunt for third spot".
Behind the scenes another quiet week as the only real news was Morten
Ost's departure via the auction market to Allied Elite side enway
Valley for a feee just above £13.5million. With morten's opportunities
limited at the club it seems he has a bright future now as he is expected
to be a first choice player for the next 14 years.
With the season having just ten weeks to go it is getting towards the time
when the manager looks to make any final adjustments to the squad
with next season in mind.
As things stand it is expected that only Massimo Donati is being looked upon
as surplus out of the better players and whilst a deal would be welcomed for
him if none is forthcoming then he may well find himself on the auction market.
Of the rest of the squad Karpejan, Anton and Saviola are all expected to be on the
auction market within the next two months whilst Dane and Suarez are retiring.
100% home record from six games against visitors Vanbrugh
Royals Charscot went into today's game quietly confident of
maintaining the club's recent winning run.
However, in this local derby involving the fifth and sixth placed clubs it
was always likely to prove a battle and in the end Charscot had
to settle for a point from a game they really should have won.
After a quiet first half the game sprang into action as the Royals
took the lead against the run of play in the 63rd minute with a spectacular
free kick from Charscot old boy Gabriel Batistuta.
Charscot responded with a goal within five minutes as Ronson
scored his first goal for the club as he was the lucky recipient as the ball
deflected into his path to leave him with an easy chance to score.
Charscot continued to pile on the pressure but once again found their finishing to be
wanting and had to settle for a point that leaves both clubs
in the same position as they started the day.
After the game manager Rich Grove seemed to feel the season was no over -
"After today's result I feel the highest we are likely to finish now is fourth,
which whilst not a bad result is obviously lower than we were
aiming for. The top two are long gone and third is beyond us unless
we somehow complete a Yorkshire double over the next two weeks".
With little else of note to report the only other news was the impending
sales via the auction market of the foreign player and of Martin Ost.
With both sold on thursday Ost is at £12million whilst the foreign
player has yet to receive any interest.
match at relegation haunted Tameside Bulls was the latest
in the line
of must-win games as the team tries to haul in third place.
Having won the last three visits to the Bulls by a score of one goal to nil
the manager stated he would be happy to maintain that record.
The game itself was a hard fought one as the hosts gave it their all in their
desperate search for the points they need to get them off the bottom of the
table but once again a single goal was enough to leave Charscot
walking away with the three points.
The midfield was the difference as Luciano Zauti celebrated his 50th
full appearance for the club and Siddig El Fadil controlled the pace of the game.
The goal itself was a cracker from top scorer Siddig El Fadil, who smashed in a superb
drive from 15 yards just after half time.
Siddig (as has often been the case this season) was picked out for some heavyhanded
treatment as he was kicked from pillar to post and had to come off injured within
ten minutes of his goal, although reports suggest he will be fine for next week's match.
After the match the manager was relived - "It's great to put a bit of a cushion
between ourselves and seventh spot as we go into next week's game
against our lucky team Vanbrugh Royals. We finally seem to be
generating some away form and if we can keep the home form going as well
then our hopes of taking a top four spot should be achievable in what has
been another disappointing season up to now".
With a 2-2 draw away to Wildcats Fc in the WPL Super Cup Semi Finals
first leg this week in a game that had been hit by the weather twice
before all in all it was a good week for the club.
Meanwhile, the three for one deal with Real Madrid was completed
as Panucci, Porfirio and Haan all left today whilst the latest foreign recruit
is already leaving the club for Sunderland AFC of the Aries
Premier for a fee of £2 million.
On the auction market another foreign recruit and Morten Ost have yet to receive
a bid, although the latter is expected to attract attention this week.
entered today's match against arch-rivals Real Madrid
season is probably over bar a chase of third place and that a win was a
With both managers needing a win it was always going to be a tense game and
as it turned out it also went down as a real thriller.
The match itself was an open affair with the hosts edging the possession and
looking the better team. However, Real showed their previously
missing fighting qualities as they scored twice in the first 25 minutes
to seemingly send themselves towards an away win.
At half time with the hosts beginning to flag the furious manager gave his
shellshocked team a warning that defeat to a Woolstencroft team was
unacceptable and for once the players seemed to heed the
Within 10 minutes of the restart the captain led the way as Eya Mistabic
scored from close range to give the fans hope of a comeback.
Shortly after Stefan Sleakovic came on as sub for the 46th time
breaking the club record of Pablo Aimar however it was the other substitution
that would prove significant.
In the 63rd minute came the moment that changed the game as Supersub Derek
Corsham came on to lead the attack.
Corsham took just five minutes to equalise with a close range shot.
With the visitors now beginning to panic and starting to lunge into the tackles
out of desperation it was left to Corsham to score his second with a superb free kick with just 9
minutes left on the clock for a victory that seemed incredibly unlikely in the first half.
In scoring the brace Corsham became only the second player ever to score two as a sub in a
game for the club with the previous player Alen Skoro achieving the feat against The
Space Cadets five years ago.
Any chance Real had of coming back were extinguished within seconds of the third as
Mark Croft was shown a straight red card for a vicious attack on
Siddig El Fadil.
After the match manager Rich Grove was positiviely beaming - "We needed to
build on last week's away win and at half time I thought we had blown it
again but what a great comeback. Derek deserved special praise as I
know he is desperate to start games and has worked hard to make his
form competitive. If he can maintain that form then he will be starting before long".
With the season seemingly over the manager completed another deal to try and secure
the future of the team today as in a surprise move no less than 3 players were allowed
to leave for fellow WPL side Real Madrid with just one player coming in.
Leaving the club are recent arrivals Arie Haan and Hans Porfirio along with veteran
The departure of Arie was always seen as a possibility with the manager expecting
a lot of improvements before Arie would be considered part of the club's
future, whilst attacker Hans Porfirio's poor form since arriving had left the manager
unimpressed and looking for other options.
The departure of Christian is believed to follow his inability to maintain his form
in any of the past 3 seasons.
Despite these reservations letting all three go for one player looks like a gamble
though as the new arrival is youth prospect Julio Salinas.
Julio seems to have the skills to grace the league for years to come but only time will
tell if he was really worth giving up three players of such a high calibre, although
he did have the immediate bonus of helping inspire the youth
team to a revenge win against his former employers today as the youth team hammered
Real 11-2 to avenge the club's only defeat in the corresponding fixture in the
first half of the season.
week as the second half of the season started today with
Charscot facing a
crucial away match at Comberton Tornadoes as well as a visit from
Barnstoneworth United in the second round of the cup.
The manager had made it quite clear that as always the cup was an irrelevance
unless the team makes the quarter finals and with this in mind the focus was
on coming up with the right tactics to win the league match.
As it was the team outplayed both opponents but were knocked out of the cup
whilst maintaining the club's excellent record at Comberton.
The league match saw Charscot travel to a Comberton side who had only beaten Charscot once
at Boydstone Road in 13 previous matches at the ground.
As it was Comberton gave the visitors a scare against the run of play
just before the half hour mark as Pasinen headed in from close range.
The lead was an unjust one and within two minutes of the restart Tpshi
Susuka scored against his old club with a simple tap in to bring the
teams onto level terms.
The Tornadoes' slim hopes were all but destroyed as defender Bubs (a former
Charscot target) saw red following a clumsy challenge on Susuka for his
With the 10 men desperately defending it was left to Billy Dane to score a deserved
winner in the 83rd minute as he scored another close range goal.
The team rushed back from Yorkshire for their 50th SLFA cup match and this time Charscot
were guilty of throwing away a lead that they should have held on to.
After going one down in the 22nd minute two goals in 3 minutes gave the hosts the lead
as Siddig El Fadil and Billy Dane both scored tap ins.
However, despite having the lion's share of possession Charscot's shooting
was often off target and they were made to pay as United scored three in the
second half to go into the third round draw.
After the double header manager Rich Grove was very upbeat. "This has been a good week
for us. We needed to get 3 points from our match with Comberton to avoid us being dragged into the
battle at the bottom. Whilst losing any game is always a little disappointing with our
focus on the Comberton match I am not too concerned to be out of the cup at this
early stage. The league is, and always will be, the priority at this club.
I'd like to pay particular praise to Billy Dane. Billy is in his final year
and I decided to give him a run out in attack this week to try and freshen things
up a bit and he was exceptional, scoring in both games to leave himself only
one goal short of tying the club record of 49 goals".
With arch rivals Real Madrid visiting next week Charscot will be looking to extend the gap
between themselves and the bottom three with a match they will be eager to win.
One piece of transfer business this week as midfielder Martin Ost was placed
on the auction market today with the bidding expected to reach £13million.
season came to a crashing halt today as the club's first
home defeat killed
any lingering thuoghts of making a charge for third spot.
The home defeat, the first for the club in a season was no surprise as Calliewere
the last team to come to the Blue Silver Stadium and take the three points at the
same stage last season.
Whilst having the edge in terms of possession the home side did nothing with it, mustering
a measly single shot on target with another ten shots flying wide and over.
With a goal after just seven minutes Callie never looked in any danger of
not winning though the second goal in the 88th minute was
probably more than the visitors deserved.
With the team now languishing in 10th and just seven points off of relegation the
season next week looks like starting a relegation battle as the team anticipate
being knocked out og the cup by a rejuvenated Barnstoneworth
"I am at a loss to explain these performances" the manager lamented afterwards.
"We are just not producing anything like the quality we should be and I
am running out of ideas to try and inspire this feckless bunch into action.
I would love to get rid of the lot of them and start again but right now
the problem is as likely to be at management level so really it would change
The sombre mood around the club is clearly affecting everyone as yet another season
amounts to nothing whilst vastly weaker clubs continue to achieve far more.
As things stand rumours of the manager's loss of enthusiasm seem stronger
than any perceived notion of more transfers. Unless there is a drastic improvement
in results it is hard to see the manager carrying on.
In other news the club's international scout finally bore fruit today as he brought
back Italian wunderkid Massimo Donati. Massimo's skills point
to a great future though there are doubts as to his likelihood of staying at the club with
so few options for training and his speed seemingly being against him
However, with auction market estimates disappointingly low it seems he will
be around for a while yet.
today had the opportunity to show they could actually play
football away from
home as they visited a team that on paper is one of the weakest of recent
seasons to play in the top flight.
However, once again the visitors showed they can't get going away from the Blue
Silver Stadium as they were embarrassed by a team that shouldn't be able
to live with the alleged high skill level of the Charscot players.
The match itself was a non contest as the hosts fought for every ball and deserved their 2-0 win,
with goals after seven and sixty-nine minutes left the Wolverines with the flat
feeling they have been getting from away matches all season.
After the match manager Rich Grove was fuming - "We have gone from
one extreme to the other in the space of seven days. A week ago we outclassed an
unbeaten team and the season looked to still have promise. This week we put in
a truly lamentable performance. Man for man my lot in the dressing room are
light years ahead of our hosts but you would never guess it today as they
looked every bit our equal. The players have got to realise that we need
to be putting in the effort week in week out and not just when we play a home game.
I don't really want to start juggling the squad again but if we don't turn it around away from home
immediately then I will go and find players that will.
We now host Callie Athletic next week in a game we have to win to keep touch with the teams
fighting it out for third.".
Surprisingly after such a disappointing result there was no rumours of deals or players leaving as the
club went silent.
The only news was the impending sale of Kurt Kohler via the auction market as
the bidding reached £8million with just 3 days left for any further bids.
of undefeated league leaders Toon Bay Wasps today provided
the last chance
for Charscot to truly get their season up and running as the club desperately
tried to make a run at the top three.
As it was this game followed the pattern of previous matches against the Toon with the
home team running out comfortable winners to gain their fourth victory
from five attempts home and away.
The game itself was a mismatch as Charscot totally dominated from first whistle
to last and the only disappointment was the profligate shooting from the hosts
that prevented a far larger win.
Rick Higgott once again showed his doubters that he has what it tales with a
poacher's double as he claimed two goals from close range, after 13 and 74 minutes.
After the match the manager was pleased but wary - "That was easily our best performance combined
with result of the season so far. We have dominated games more but in the context of
playing the undefeated league leaders this result takes some beating.
We now need to go into next week's tricky visit to Wolves United and show
enough professionalism to take another much needed three points in a game
where we have little to gain but so very much to lose ".
With this win the team moved to a season high sixth position and just two points off of third.
Meanwhile for a pleasant change all was quiet on the transfer front as the manager
seems fairly happy with his squad and with just Morten Ost to go on the AM (expected to
go on in a fortnight) now that Ivan Trojan's spell on the AM ended today as he joined
Barnstoneworth United for £14.1mill it appears the quiet will remain for a while.
visited the dour city of Barnsley today and their
performance was every
bit as grim as the surroundings as the team lost another away game 1-0 to
return to their poor away form that has blighted their season.
This defeat continued their failures at Audenshaw, who they have failed to beat in Yorkshire
for the past 8 seasons.
The match was a dire one to watch and was decided just before the half hour
with a shot from close range as the Charscot defence failed to clear from the back.
In truth the visitors put up little fight and the result never looked in any doubt.
The only exception was Derek Corsham, who showed too much fight and
git himself sent off with just over ten minutes left leaving any chance of a
late (undeserved) goal a forlorn hope.
"Another poor away performance" manager Rich Grove lamented afterwards.
"We just never seem to get going here. I'm not really surprised as it is
like going back in time visiting this ramshackle ground that is a throwback
to the 19th century but that is no excuse for the players letting everyone down again".
Another piece of business was completed as the club splashed out on another
youth player from the auction market with the acquisition of 17 year old
attacker Ricardo Izecson for a fee just short of £19,000,000.
Ricardo is seen as the extra pacy attacker the manager was looking for following
a number of recent high profile speedy attackers failing at the club and being
allowed to leave. With Izecson's arrival the smart money is on someone being
allowed to leave via the auction market before the end of the season with the red hot
favourite being midfielder Morten Ost. Rumours seem to indicate he will be on the market in a
matter of weeks.
Speaking of the auction market attacker Ivan Trojan has now just three days to go before
he is sold and the current bid is £ 14.1mill. With the high bidder being
Barnstoneworth United rumours abound that he is considering retirement rather
than have to move to the local area.
team finally hitting form the team hosted Lakeland
Vendetta in confident
mood having beaten them on all three previous games at the Blue Silver
As it was the confidence wasn't misplaced as Charscot cruised to victory despite
a 2-1 scoreline that flattered Vendetta.
It took Rick Higgott one minute to become the sixth player to score in the opening
minute for the club with a superb volley from twenty yards out.
Lakeland surprised everyone by equalising with a header after six minutes and for the
remainder of the half it looked like the hosts weren't going to get the result they deserved
from a superb first half. As it was the fans needn't have worried as Eya mistabic scored
from close range just before half time to secure the win.
The second half was almost non stop pressure as Charscot looked for the goals they
deserved but had to settle for a 2-1 win.
After the match the manager was pleased : "That was a superb performance that deserved
so much more but at the end of the day we needed the win. The next two weeks will
determine what we can do with the remainder of the season as we travel
to our jinx club AFC Audenshaw and then hosts the runaway leaders Toon Bay Wasps".
More business on the auction market as Ivan Trojan's bid reached the anticipated figure of
£12mill with a couple of weeks to go whilst a new arrival on the market is youth attacker
Kurt Kohler who is hoped to go for a decent sum.
After the match it was announced that due to an attack of lazyitis at league headquarters
amongst rumours of an aversion to envelopes that the league would be taking a one
week break so the League President could recover from these debilitating ailments.
Finally a new poll today and this is a fairly simple opinion one with just three
The results of the last poll were as follows :
At what age are players too old for individual training ?
No age is too old - 6 votes
22-23 - 5 votes
I only train youth players - 2 votes
20-21 - 2 votes
24-25 - 2 votes
26-27 - 2 votes
28-29 - 2 votes
28-29 - 2 votes
30 - 2 votes
19 - 0 votes
31-32 - 0 votes
travelled to AFC Fifa today knowing that Fifa had not lost
game this season and with the visitors pointless on their travels this looked like
being a backs to the walls job.
The match itself followed the scriptbook as the hosts created more clearcut chances
and if not for some great saves from Leo Krebbs the visitors would have gone in
at half time trailing.
However, with the boost of a clean sheet at the interval the visitors started with
renewed purpose and were rewarded within four minutes as Toshi Susuka broke
through and took the ball past the keeper before tapping home to give Charscot the
Despite some pressure from Fifa Charscot grew in confidence and held out for a crucial 1-0 victory.
"This was a very important result for us today. Firstly, we had to stop the run of away defeats
and secondly we needed this win to keep the gap between us and the bottom three today" manager
Rich Grove explained after the game. "We can hopefully build on this and claim our fourth straight victory
next week against Lakeland Vendetta and then hopefully our league position will vastly improve".
The draw for the second round of the cup was made today and pitted Charscot
against Barnstoneworth United in what is surely the tie of the round.
Having beaten Unietd on their only previous cup visit in 2005 Charscot will be confident of
knocking Jon Sykes' last remaining team out of the cup.
A surprise arrival today as Charscot old boy Luis Suarez has returned to the club
from Saints United for his carer swansong. Having recently announced his retirement
he has been brought back for the remainder of this season to add his experience
to the team before moving into a coaching role. With 144 gams and 28 goals to his name
whilst playing for the Wolverines he is hoping to break the 150 appearance mark and
also move into outright 5th place on the all time scoring charts where he is
currently sharing the spot with Hans Freyer and Ian Atkins.
Confirmation of another deal this week as the club sought to bring in some more
defensive support and have achieved this in the form of Alessandro Del Horno from
British Sepreme side Ramarena.
Leaving in the opposite direction are recent arrivals Santiago Fernandez and Danko
Lazovic. With chances for either in the first XI looking slim for the foreseeable future
it seemed only fair to give them the chance to pursue their careers elsewhere.
This week saw the conclusion of the third annual SS Open Challenge Tournament.
Charscot went into the competition with a 100% record having won this trophy on both
occasions it has been run and were installed as early favourites after the last minute withdrawal
of Paul Smith's sides due to registration issues.
The club received a bye in the first round and commenced their participation with a game
away to Swinton Pirates of the Robin Hood League. The game looked a tricky one
as the Pirates gave a good account of themselves in the first half before the visiting
Wolverines took control in the second half with a brace from Rick Higgott and a superb
solo goal from Siddig El Fadil completing a 3-0 away win.
In the last 32 Charscot found themselves with a hard match away to Elizabethan side
Tod-Hebden Alliance. The game got harder as the visitors found themselves trailing
early on. However, Billy Dane equalised shortly before half time and Derek Corsham
hit a second half double to give Charscot a 3-1 win.
In the next round the club were given a home draw against fellow WPL side
Paris Devils. The home fans anticipated an easy route to the quarter-fials but this was anything
but as the holders found themselves two down after barely ten minutes.
With their trophy on the line Philip Anthony-Rodriguez quickly gave the hosts hope with
a tap in before Ivan Trojan (in his last game for the club) drove the ball in from
twenty yards on the half time whistle.
The seocnd half was one way traffic and it was no surprise when Billy Dane headed in
from close range and a late Christian Panucci penalty sealed a 4-2 win.
In the quarters Charscot travelled to Atletico Mango of the Major Oak Alliance league and
their chances were severly hampered after the paperwork on Ivan Trojan's transfer came through
earlier than expected and the club was forced to play the match with just ten men.
It looked like the team had no hope as it took Mango just 40 seconds to take the lead.
However, if nothing else this tournament had shown the Wanderers to be fighters
and five minutes before half time Derek Corsham scored a superb free kick to level
Within minutes of the restart Corsham gave Charscot the lead as he dribbled from the half way
line, beating four defenders before lobbing the keeper from the edge of the area.
With Mango pressing for an equaliser Charscot got a third as Corsham completed his hat trick
as time expired with a drive from twenty yards.
The semi final draw pitted the manager up against himself as Charscot faced Revelstone of the Robin Hood
League. The game was a battle from first whistle to last as both teams looked
for a spot in the final. In a even game the difference was a piece of magic from
Eya Mistabic who hit a spectacular volley from thirty yards to win the game with ten minutes left.
Charscot now find themselves in the final and for the second time in three years they faced
a Miek Woolstencroft side as Tameside Rhinos of the Royal Oak Elite
came through to the final after a hard win against Round Hill..
As it was the game did not live up to the billing as a scrappy game was decided by a clear
penalty early in the second half, coolly dispatched by Billy Dane much to the delight of
the Charscot fans.
After the game the club were permanently awarded the Cup for winning it three years running.
"This is a great moment for the club. It is amazing what the players can achieve when they
don't listen to my tactics " Rich Grove joked after the game. "The support of the fans has been
great throughout the tournament, all I hope now is this will be a springboard for the team
to move forward in the league now".
round of the cup provided a potential banana skin for the
team as they hosted
Division Three side F.C Uselessio. Uselessio came into the match with a decent
defensive record although rather lacking in the goals department.
As it turned out the result was never in question as the hosts cruised to an easy 3-1 victory.
After 26 minutes Derek Corsham got his first goal for the club as he scored with a
superb drive from the edge of the area.
Ten minutes later attacker Neil Warren came back to help defend a corner but could only
head the cross into his own net to seal the match.
With less than a quarter of an hour gone in the second half the game was over as Luciano Zauti
scored a simple tap in.
Uselessio got some pride back as they scored a superb free kick in the 65th minute
although from this point on the game was played entirely in the visitor's half.
The manager could not be found after the game as he was already planning next week's
attempt to end the club's awful away record that sees them winless.
Arriving at the club today is defender Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is expected to be used
in a transfer deal before the season is over or alternatively sent onto the auction market for
a cash profit.
Going onto the auction market today was attacker Ivan Trojan. His departure via this
method is no surprise as it has been expected for weeks and it is now just a question of how much
will he make, with estimates ranging between £10 and £12million.
Meanwhile leaving the club for pastures new is Manny Ramirez who completed his
£15million transfer via the auction market to Pittsburgh Panthers today. The fee was
around the figure expected for him and it is understood that the monies will be reinvested
in the team over the ocming season.
A storm in a teacup over the past week as incredulously a certain manager decided to
complain about the transfer of goalkeeper Rinat Dasaev to Wascisco Red Sox.
Seemingly this manager couldn't grasp the concept that Rinat's re-sale value as a keeper
was max cash and nothing more (as are all non-youth keepers) and somehow thought
that this deal was in some way wrong, despite the fact that the so-called "preferred" team
was the seller and not the buyer.
When asked to comment manager Rich Grove was amazed but not surprised..."This is hardly
the first time this manager has tried to cause controversy with his ridiculous and
totally unsubstantiated claims. The manager in question is known throughout the game as a cheat
and a liar so frankly this complaint is of little interest to me as he proved himself
of no consequence and not worth bothering with some time ago. Needless to say the league
looked into this and agreed 100% with myself that there was no case and the accuser
was just continuing his own sad little games as evidenced by his lies and offensive
comments on his webpage. His complete lack of intelligence has been frequently
shown to all and this is just yet another sad example of it. Obviously if he even had 10% of the
brainpower he thinks he has he would be able to get away with his lying and cheating but sadly
for him he is intellectually limited and consequently his tricks are transparent". "I don't
need to name the manager as those within the SS community are more than aware of his
reputation and will know hm by this description anyway - not that it warrants any more
reaction after this anyway".
Rumours that a number of false identities would be seen to leap to his defence over the coming
days could not be confirmed at the time of writing although the pundits believe it is a
certainty that the manager's alter-ego's will surface as he defends himself all on his own, much
to the amusement of all other parties.
things just don't change...and seemingly one of those
things is Charscot
beating Saints United by three goals to one. This was the third meeting between the
sides and once again the scoreline remained the same. This came
as a bit of a shock with Charscot lumbering down near the relegation zone whilst the Saints are flying high in the top 3.
However, the result was deserved as Charscot created chance after chance against
a disappointing United team that never seemed to get going. The midfield was the
difference as captain Eya Mistabic and Luciano Zauti tore the home team apart whilst
debutant Derek Corsham looked completely in control leading the front line.
The first goal came on 25 minutes with Mistabic scoring with a close range header before Zauti
scored a second from close range just minutes before half time.
United tried to get back into the game and scored on the hour mark with a tap in from close range but
Charscot quickly killed off any hopes the visitors may have had as Mistabic ran through the
middle of the defence before taking the ball around the keeper for a classy third goal that
left the result beyond doubt. The goal was a fitting way for the club to celbrate their
1,000th goal in all competitions.
The result only moves the club up one place but with six points separating second through to 10th
there is still some hope that the club can at least gain a reasonable final position.
Following last week's declaration of the squad being up for sale the manager acted quickly this
week with four players arriving and five leaving.
Two strikers left the club as Jordona Brewster departed to try his luck at WPL rivals
Comberton Tornadoes whilst Thomas Joseph has agreed to join King Richard side
In return in part it is more of a case of out with the new and in with the old as two Charscot old boys return
to try and prove themselves and two players aim to prove they can continue their carreers in the WPL.
Former players Javier Saviola and Danko Lazovic are returning to the club from Eastleigh and it is hoped
that the extra experience they have gained in recent seasons will hold them in good stead.
Also joining the club from Comberton are Morten Ost and Hans Porfirio. The arrival of Hans in
particular comes as something of a surprise as he has made a career out of scoring goals
for an underperforming top flight WPL side and it can only be hoped that he can continue to score
goals for another underperforming WPL side !
With all these arrivals it seems certain that Ivan Trojan will leave the club via the auction market next week.
One player not making it to next week is goalkeeper Rinat Dasaev. Rinat has consistently
made it clear how unhappy he has been this season and so he has been sold to Wascisco Red
Sox for £7.8million.
Also departing for a fresh challenge is midfielder Janson McAndrew, who joins fellow WPL side
Wolves United with youth midfield prospect Hilario Basilisk arriving in exchange.
Meanwhile some players have proven themselves to have a bright future at the club and one such is
Luciano Zauti who signed a three year contract extension today that guarantees he will not
be going anywhere.
travelled to vacant A.C Oxford needing a win to bolster
to form last week and to start their rise up the table. However, as it turned out a fairle
even game left the visitors looking for a draw until a late suckerpunch gave the hosts a victory
that leaves yet another season in ruin.
A dour first half finished goalless and it took just 4 minutes of the second half for Oxford
to take the lead with a superb shot from Darko Vucevic.
The lead was shortlived however as Siddig El Fadil got his 3rd goal in four
games as he kneed the ball in from close range within 6 minutes.
With the game looking set for a share of the spoils Vucevic shocked everyone
with an exquisite lob with just three minutes left on the clock.
This woke the visitors up, and the Wolverines still had time to hit the
bar from close range in time added on before the hosts took an undeserved
three points that moved them up to fifth whilst Charscot find themselves in yet
another relegation battle down in 12th position.
After the match the manager was furious - "I am sick and tired of watchinmg us
struggle against teams vastly inferior to us. The players keep letting the club and fans down
and it is getting beyond a joke now. Another season at the wrong end of
the table is an embarrassment. As far as I am concerned the first team squad are all available for
deals as of today and the sooner that some of the ineffective layabouts are gone the better".
With just 10 days to go midfielder Manny Ramirez has a high bid at a disappointing £6.8million.
Sold next week on thursday it can only be hoped that some decent bids will be forthcoming for a player of
undoubted ability at such a young age.
It turned out the rumours of an impending transfer were true as Charscot surprised everyone
by bringing in midfield star Derek Corsham from Will Scarlet side Thunder Dragons.
With the club having a surfeit of midfielders at present it is understood that Derek is
going to be given every opportunity to try and make the team as an attacker.
If Derek proves a success it could spell the end of Ivan Trojan's career at the Wolverines
in a matter of weeks rather than as anticipated at the end of this season.
of newly promoted Leighton Cubs looked like being a hard
game as the new arrivals had done exceptionally well to be undefeated after
the first 6 weeks of the season. However, the match ended up being
a rout as Charscot humbled their opponents with a four goal blast that left
no one in any doubt as to the result.
Following the poor start to the season manager Rich Grove made a major change in tactics today
and it certainly worked as Leighton found themselves chasing shadows
for long periods as the home side totally outclassed them.
It took just seven minutes for Charscot to get the lead as newly converted defender
Stefan Selakovic came forward to score a simple goal from close range.
The Cubs showed some spirit to equalise within two minutes when they themselves got
a goal from two yards out.
However, this goal was an aberration at best as after this the home side tore the visitors apart.
Just after the half hour Rick Higgott (in his 100th game for the club) scored with a spectacular free kick
and after that it was just a question of how many goals would Leighton concede.
With just over a quarter of an hour to go Siddig El Fadil scored his second of the season
with a superb header before substitute Ivan Trojan scored a simple tap in to complete
a 4-1 win that could easily have been far worse for the Cubs.
After the match the manager was far more upbeat - "We needed a performance
like that today to try and kick us into some sort of form. With our opponents connections
to Watford FC and the Chicago Cubs I am sure they are quite used to heavy defeats so
I am sure today will not be a shock to them" Rich Grove joked.
"We now need to go to Oxford next week and halt our run of away defeats and pick up
another win. Already the bottom three are in danger of getting cut off and we need
to make sure we aren't the team they are chasing".
Behind the scenes there are rumours of a major deal involving Marco Borriello but full details are
not being disclosed at this point, although some news is expected this week.
One new arrival today is Kurt Kohler a 16 year old youth attacker. He is expected
to go onto the auction market towards the end of this season to maximise profits.
Midifelder Manny Ramirez has now got less than 3 weeks on the auction market to go
and as of today he was yet to have a bid on him.
Charscot prepared for this game the team knew that defeat
would signal the end of their season despite the
season being barely six week's old. As it turned out though defeat was all the apathetic Charscot team deserved.
In a game of few chances United were still easily on top and recorded a deserved 1-0 win courtesy
of a goal after 12 minutes. In truth the visitors never looked like scoring and in fact had only one
shot on target in 90 minutes.
After the match with the team lurching down to 12th place and presumably a relegation battle the manager
was making no excuses. "We simple were not good enough today. That performance was frankly garbage and
we are just lucky that we wasn't playing a better team that would have hit us for four or five. The
attack should be ashamed of themselves. They have done nothing and we have played 20% of the season. If they want to
be replaced that is fine as I have players coming through and frankly they can't do any worse.
If I don't see a marked improvement in both the performance and the result next week then I will have
to seriously consider the future of both my players and myself" manager Rich Grove stated today.
Behind the scenes a quieter week as the main news was the confirmation that midfielder Manny Ramirez
has gone onto the auction market and will be sold in just under 4 weeks.
The usual bad start to the season continued today as the Wolverines failed at their seventh attempt to get a win
at Castle Park home of local rivals Vanbrugh Royals. Having taken three draws from the previous six games at
the Royals Charscot were far from confident going into this game against an unbeaten side and the trepidation
was to prove wise.
The game itself was a scrappy one that neither side deserved to win in truth but a goal just past the half
hour mark for Paul Weaver proved decisive as the Charscot attack continue to shoot blanks.
This defeat leaves the club languishing in tenth position and desperate for points in the next two games
against Jon Sykes' managed sides Thamesford and Barnstoneworth.
The manager would only comment "the attack isn't good enough" when questioned after the match before
disappearing back to the dressing room.
With Billy Dane due to play his 400th match for the club next week he today announced his retirement with
effect from the end of the current season. Billy has proven himself to be invaluable since arriving at the club
some 14 seasons ago and will be sorely missed by everyone connected with the club. Billy's one
remaining aim before retiring is to equal the club scoring record of Ronaldo and Billy needs three more goals
to equal the club record mark of 49 goals.
Meanwhile another young potential attacking star arrived at the club today as Marius Lacatus made his first appearance
following his £16.5mill transfer via the auction market. Despite being played out of position in midfield (a situation
that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future whilst in the youth team) he marked his debut
with a hat-trick, hopefully the first of many at the club.
The club have allegedly made a club record bid for another youth star and the final whereabouts of this player
will be clear within 48 hours.
After all the recent additions to the squad it was confirmed today that one recent addition is on his
way out from the club. Midfielder Manny Ramirez will be going onto the auction market within the next fortnight
and it is hoped he will raise 8 figures. Manny has become a victim of the large number of teenage
players at the club. With youth being given the chance it is unlikely Manny will be able to claim
a place in the first 11 and it has been decided to cash in on him whilst he is still young enough
to make the club a healthy profit.
|19/03/2007|| Finally. That was
the reaction to today's hard fought 1-0 win against a
manager-less visiting Tameside Bulls side as Charscot not only got their first
win of the season but also the club's first ever victory
at home to the Bulls.
Before the match the manager had been concerned at the lack of quality football his team produces in the first half of the season and it looked like being the same again as the home side created very little despite having the lion's share of the possession.
However, a close range tap in on 13 minutes from Toshi Susuka proved decisive as the visitors seemed more intent on physically beating the home team rather than beating the side with football. After receiving two yellow cards and having their caretaker manager warned by the referee Bulls keeper Patrick Funk was given his marching orders after bringing down Angus Lee on the edge of the penalty area. However, despite having no recognisable keeper the Bulls didn't concede again.
After the match the manager was relieved rather than pleased - "Today was a hard fought win but it makes a change to see my players fight for the three points. In the past we have been all too frequently found wanting in matches that require a fighting spirit. I can only hope my players continue to battle for the rest of this season".
Behind the scenes defender Claude Kalisa will be leaving the club on thursday via the auction market whilst it is hoped that the club will be able to unveil their latest youth signing from the auction market later this week.
It would appear that yet again the team cannot get their season up and running before the halfway point as despite having the lion's share of the possession today they could do nothing with it and crumbled to a pathetic 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid.
Once Real scored just before half time the match was never in doubt as the visitors could barely muster a shot on goal , managing an inept two shots on target in ninety minutes.
After the match the manager talked about his future and made it clear that he won't take these sort of performances for much longer. "I am sick of watching this rubbish at the start of each season. The personnel and tactics change every season but the garbage performances continue. If this team can't find it in themselves to make something of the season at the start then frankly I will quit as there is no enjoyment to be gained out of seeing history repeat itself every season no matte what I do". At this point Rich Grove stormed out of the press conference as he returned to the dressing room to continue lambasting the players.
With a managerless team visiting the Blue Silver Stadium next week changes are bound to be made and if the results don't pick up this club could be taking applications for a new manager before long.
Just when it looked the deals were over the club today completed a convoluted deal that resulted in one player arriving, two leaving and another leaving the club without ever arriving here ! Arriving is attacker Marco Borriello. Marco is a player of promise whose best years are hopefully ahead of him. His arrival from Dep El Celtico sees youth attacker liam Warr leaving in the other direction.
Liam's departure is seen as a means to free up a training spot as the youth team continues to be overstretched with talent in need of extra work. Also leaving will be Felix Carlos, who will be going to the Loxley Elite and joining Horbourne United upon commencement of their season in some 10 weeks time.
Completing the juggling youth attacker Dimitar Zoranski is arriving from Horbourne and immediately going straight to Dep El as part of the Borriello deal.
It may be a new season but it feels like nothing has changed as once again Charscot fought out a tedious draw with Comberton Tornadoes that left both sides grateful for the final whistle. As the teams left the field to boo's from all four sides of the pitch both managers looked less than overjoyed by what they had seen.
Comberton's manager was quoted last week as saying he felt this was his club's year but on this showing that is just wishful thinking. Not that the hosts fared any better or look like having a good season themselves either on this showing.
The match itself was devoid of any entertainment at all and warrants no further description.
Afterwards manager Rich Grove had little to say - "I am sick of watching this team stink it up in the first half of each season. The lack of creativity was of particular concern. Whilst we never looked like conceding we also never looked like scoring and frankly the players have got to take it upon themselves to actually play at a standard that will result in us actually scoring".
The draw for the first round of the cup has in theory been kind to the club as they have been drawn at home to unmanaged Division 3 also-rans FC Uselessio. It is expected that the team really should have no trouble getting into the second round.
Midfielder Mario Morris ended up at Fenway Valley after bidding ended on the auction market last thursday. The final bid of £14.5mill was slightly less than many estimated he would go for and seemingly management are now wary of using the auction market to make money after this latest disappointment. With defender Claude Kalisa still on there it would seem he will be the final player to be put on there for the foreseeable future.
After week's of speculation Charscot finally managed to get Derrek Lee, formerly of Heath Panthers of the Robin Hood League via the auction market for a fee of just below £21,000,000. This is the highest fee in the club's history for a single player and all that can be hoped now is that he proves worthy of the expense. Considering he is already at the skill level required to start games it is hoped that he will have a long future ahead of him.
Derrek's arrival does cast a shadow over attackers Ivan Trojan and Liam Warr. It seems likely that one of them will be leaving by the end of this season and the only question is whether Liam can sufficiently improve to oust Ivan from the squad.
The manager has gone on record as stating that this is his dealing completed for the foreseeable future as the club finds itself unable to accommodate any more players who require training.
With a new season comes a new poll. The last poll is now closed and the results are as follows :
Who will win the WPL Championship next season ?
Charscot Wanderers (!!) : 5 votes
Thamesford United : 4 votes
Comberton Tornadoes : 3 votes
Real Madrid : 2 votes
Vanbrugh Royals : 2 votes
The new poll is below and deals with manager's opinions as to when a player ceases to be worth of individual training any more.
With hosts Callie Athletic playing for third place today Charscot expected a battle today but even they were surprised by the overly aggressive nature from Athletic as they found themselves being attacked from first whistle to the last kick.
However, the aggressive attitude of the home team was to be their undoing as they succumbed to two penalties after going down to ten men. The fireworks started on the half time whistle as defender Vredek Zelenka saw red for a vicious tackle from behind on Siddig El Fadil.
Charscot took control of the second half and it was no surprise when they took the lead with a penalty from Ivan Trojan (his third penalty for the club) after a nasty challenge by keeper Bloomer on Rick Higgott. With the bruises starting to show the manager brought on a fresh pair of legs in Jordona Brewster, who won a second penalty within eight minutes of coming on and converted it himself to all but guarantee victory.Callie refused to give up though and commendably got a goal back with five minutes left as Rembrandt Brown scored from close range although it was to prove to be just a consolation as Charscot won at Nat's Valley for the fourth consecutive season.
The win moved Charscot up to their highest position of the season as the club finished fourth and continued the club's record of finishing in the top 4 for the last eight seasons. This leaves the club as the second most consistent club in the WPL behind the ultra consistent Thamesford United.
After the match the manager was relieved to bring an end to the season - "Considering the mess we got ourselves into this season to finish fourth comes as a great shock. We were awful for long periods of this season and it is only the past 3 months that we have shown any real form. I just hope we all learn from this season and can make a better start as continually being on the back foot for the first half of each season makes it night on impossible to challenge at the top where we want to be".
It looks like being a busy week on the transfer front as Gabriel Pauletta left the club today along with Adriano. Already arriving are Manny Ramirez and Santiago Fernandez and over the remainder of the week Liam Warr, Kincaid J. Stamper and Janson McAndrew are expected to arrive in preparation for the new season.
The management confirmed there will be a number of players going out on loan next season with the first three going next week with Luis Felipe Monti, Manny Ramirez and Gilmar all going out on extended spells to sharpen up their skills.
Meanwhile perfect player Mario Morris will be sold on the auction market on thursday and as of today the high bid is a slightly disappointing £13,000,000. Arriving on the market today is young defender Claude Kalisa.
A surprisingly comfortable 2-0 win today as relegation threatened Tamesdies Raiders never seemed to get going and after falling behind early the game was over as a contest inside twenty minutes.
A superlative lob from Eya Mistabic gave the Wolverines a 12th minute lead and when Ivan Trojan scored with a fine header six minutes over the game was over. Despite controlling the game the closest the home side got to a goal in the second half was when Billy Dane hit the post from the close range.
The victory leaves the club in sixth position and with a shot at fourth if they can overcome Callie Athletic next week and if Tameside Bulls fail to win.
The manager was unavailable for comment after the game as he was engaged in talks over potential transfers. With fans wondering who may be joining or leaving it wasn't long after the final whistle when the deals were confirmed.
In what some believe to be the final pieces of transfer news for some time it was confirmed today that young striker Adriano is leaving the club and joining WPL rivals Comberton Tornadoes. Arriving in the opposite direction is midfielder Manny Ramirez, a player who was previously discovered by the manager some 3 seasons ago at Dep El Celtico.
In a surprise development Gabriel Pauletta is leaving the club having failed to break into the starting line up since his arrival at the start of the season. Joining is a midfield prospect Janson McAndrew from Lympstone Royals of the King Richard League. Janson will be one of four players (Kincaid J. Stamper, Liam Warr and Santiago Fernandez being the others) arriving for the start of the new season.
At the final minute last night a deal was agreed with local rivals The Space Cadets that sees youth midfielder Paul De Javi heading down a division with youth defender Tiki Barber joining the Wolverines. With Pauletta having left Tiki looks like the long term replacement for him and brings a more balanced outlook for the squad.
These deals appears to signal the end of the manager's search for defenders and midfielders as the club appears to be blessed with enough strength in depth to last the foreseeable future. The club would appear to be looking for one more attacker to balance the squad out.
The two newest incumbents to the Hall of Fame were revealed today to be new keeper Leo Krebbs and midfield mainstay Stefan Selakovic. Leo's selection , whilst a surprise, is seen as a reflection of the impact he has had at the club turning a relegation battle into a clean escape with weeks to spare. Stefan has proven himself to be the model of consistency over his club career and he is expected to be a crucial part of the midfield for years to come.
Also announced was the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. Winning the pro award to complete a "double" is keeper Leo Krebbs, the man assigned the responsibility for saving the club's season. With the youth team being so strong striker Thomas Joseph can take particular satisfaction from winning this award. As he entered the season just looking to try and make himself even suitable for the main squad he has exceeded all expectations and is expected to not just make the squad but also the starting line up next season - an impressive achievement considering his age.
In a game of little consequence to the visiting Charscot side today the pressure to try and finish in the top three certainly seemed to affect the hosts Toon Bay Wasps.Needing a win to stay third with two games to go in the season the home team were outplayed for long periods and ultimately paid the price despite the visitors giving them a 1-0 lead when Stefan Selakovic scored his second career own goal on 25 minutes.
With the game going into the final 10 minutes Charscot finally started to get some reward for their endeavours as Jordona Brewster (heavily linked with deals to leave the club) tapped home from close range. As the game petered out to a draw Luciano Zauti scored with three minutes on the clock with a simple close range shot following some superb football to bypass the ragged home defence.
After the match the manager was pleased with the performance but had criticism for the hosts - "The performance today from our team was exceptional considering the great season Toon have had and the importance of this game to them. We could have easily let our heads drop but we didn't and I am proud of the work we put in. However, I have to say I am appalled that at this level we can have teams playing games in such ramshackle grounds that they don't even let any away fans in. It isn't as if they have enough home fans to sell out anyway so you would think they would be happy fopr any revenue they can get. This is the second year we have won at this joke of a ground yet our fans still don't get to see us. Frankly if the Wasps can't sort out some seats or terracing for the home fans then I hope that after next season they find themselves playing a division lower as that is strictly second class behaviour from them".
It was announced today that another player will be arriving for week one of the new season. Attacking protege Santiago Fernandez will be coming from Opal side Doncaster Town and it is hoped Santiago will have a bright future at the club once he sharpens up his control of the ball.
This transfer seems to be a sign that the management will not be held to ransom in their efforts to get Derrek Lee from the auction market - with rumours circulating that the bidding may go excessively high - and that the club may withdraw their interest if the rumours prove to be true. Santiago's arrival will make it far easier for the club to walk away from Derrek.
How this arrival affects negotiations between the club and several suitors (most prominently Comberton Tornadoes and Thamesford United) for the remaining fringe players only time will tell. However, with good offers from both clubs already on the table the deciding factor may be the manager's reluctance to give young talent to clubs in direct competition within the league.
Today's game against AFC Audenshaw was the dull draw that had been expected prior to kick off. As usual AFC came to play for a point and nearly came away with all three despite Charscot having the edge.
With five at the back to stifle the game Audenshaw looked fairly secure in the first half and eleven minutes into the second half they took a surprise lead with some good counter attacking football.
This stunned the hosts into action and they spent the last half hour camped in the Audenshaw penalty area but it looked like the visitors were going to steal the win until a deft lob from Eya Mistabic cancelled out AFC's lead with just four minutes left on the clock.
After the match the manager had little to say - "It was the sort of dull game we have come to expect against AFC. In truth with our limited playing options my hands were tied and frankly I can't wait for the season to end so we can start afresh".
It was revealed after the match that the defensive injury jinx that has already left Angus Lee on the sidelines has struck again, this time resulting in a fractured rib for Zak Newton. Worryingly, it appears he will not be fit for the start of next season and consequently the team will be considerably weaker going into a fresh season.
As anticipated Mario Morris was allowed to leave the club via the auction market today. He is expected to reap a figure in the region of £14million with his sale in 3 1/2 week's time.
A new poll has (finally) arrived starting today (see below) and the last poll has now been closed. The new poll is the seasonal vote for next season's WPL Champions.
The previous poll was - "Which breakdown of a squad's outfield players do you believe to be in the best interest's of your club's future success ?
Results - 6-6-5 - 4 votes
Other - 4 votes
5-5-4 - 3 votes
6-5-5 - 3 votes
7-7-7 - 3 votes
With the club only having a slim chance of a top 3 position today's visit to Tameside Eagles was a game they had to win whilst the Eagles were desperate to keep their slim survival hopes alive at the bottom of the table.
As it was the game was a tale of constant domination from the visiting Wolverines who just couldn't find a way to put the ball in the net. With the Eagles hitting a sucker goal in the fifteenth minute the visitors saw their dreams ended in a game they deserved so much more from.
After the match the manager refused to be too downhearted "We have had a great run over recent seasons and we were due a bad year. As it is these players have played out of their skins to get us out of the relegation mess we found ourselves in a few months ago. This is only our second defeat in the last ten and frankly we deserved to win by about three goals so I can hardly blame the players for daylight robbery being committed on them".
It was also confirmed that after lengthy deliberations midfielder Mario Morris will be going on the auction market next monday where it is hoped he will raise £13/14million. "Mario has never quite settled at the club and it will be a good opportunity for him to kickstart his career and will give us the chance to allow the younger players to get a shot at the first eleven".
Rumours persist that the management have their eye on a youth attacker who is due on the market tomorrow and who is currently plying his trade in the Robin Hood League. However, with numerous managers allegedly interested there is no guarantee that he will find his way to the Blue Silver Stadium.
It was confirmed today that the club has agreed to probably the biggest deal it has made in some years with no less than three young stars leaving the club. In a surprise move youth prospects Raphael Wicky and Djalma Santos are leaving the club and making their way to the Will Scarlet League and Kilburn United.
Joining them on this trip is midfield general Guy Norbury, who at just 22 years of age was considered one of the club's best long term prospects. Coming in the other direction is just one player, but it is hoped he will prove to be that star management anticipate him to be. Kincaid J. Stamper will be arriving in 5 week's time and will spend next season in the youth team before embarking on his pro career. It is hoped he will be as good as Luciano Zauti coming out of the youth team and could have a long career with the Wolverines ahead.
After the deal was confirmed the manager had the following to say - "I realise a lot of fans won't be happy today to see so much young talent leaving the club in one deal but in the long term this looked like a deal we had to do. Kincaid has the potential to be the best in the league and I couldn't at least try to get him. I do feel sorry for Raphael, Guy and Djalma who have not been given the chance to show us what they can do but I have no doubt they will go on to have long and successful careers in the WS".
Going into today's game Charscot faced the bottom two teams that are both all but down looking to push up towards the top end of the table. However, what looks easy on paper rarely turns out that way.As things were the game was almost incessant pressure from the home side as Charscot tried in vain to get a goal. However, the Toon held firm to become the first and possibly only team to hold the Charscot team to not a single goal this season.
After the match the manager had little to say - "Disappointing that we couldn't get the goal that we deserved for all our approach work but credit to our opponents for being so organised. I will be glad to not have to face them next year though if they play next season in the way they have played us this season I am sure they will be back in the top flight within a season".
Behind the scenes another player is on his way to the club as youth attacking prospect Liam Warr has agree to join the club from Dynamo Didim of the Robin Hood League for the start of the new season. It is hoped that over the coming season he will improve sufficiently enough to make a push for a place in the main squad the following year.
A new aspect to this website was also added last friday as the new Inter-League Best Lists were added to the site. These lists show the Top 100 players across the whole of Soccer Star by position (400 players in total) plus the Top 100 youth players and the Top 100 18 to 25 year olds. This list will be updated every thursday when the list itself is updated when the Allied Elite League is played.
Charscot's first visit to Stair Park turned into a happy one as the club came away with a 3-1 win that gives Charscot a double over Saints United in their first season of league games between the clubs. The result guarantees Charscot can stop worrying about relegation which will be a relief considering the season the club have had.
The difference between the two teams today was the level of finishing. Whilst Charscot managed to take their chances the Saints attack (surprisingly missing old boy Des Blackman from the lineup) just weren't as clinical as they twice hit the woodwork.Rejuvenated attacker Rick Higgott hit a first half brace, first with a tap in and then with a fine shot from the edge of the area.On the stroke of half time ex Charscot player Pierluigi Inzaghi scored with a superb free kick to halve the deficit.The second half saw the hosts go close but on the final whistle defender Angus Lee scored his first professional goal with a fine header from the edge of the area to give the visitors the three points and move the team up to 7th position.
After the match the manager was relieved " We were not at our best today but thanks to the hard work from our attack and in particular Rick Higgott who has been in exceptional form the past six weeks".
Bad news for the team came with the news that Angus Lee will miss the remainder of the season with a groin strain. Whilst disappointing, with top flight status secured the timing could have been worse.
Behind the scenes following some enquiries around the league it has been decided that youth defender Stilian Karpejan and Eduardo Anton will remain with the club for another season to try and get them to a level where demand for their services will be higher.
Charscot went into today's battle with high flying Plzen knowing a draw would all but guarantee another season in the Premier Division. Plzen meanwhile knew a win was needed to stay in touch with Thamesford United at the top.
As it was the game never really got going and in a dull affair the hosts will be the happier to have gained a point in a goalless draw that will not go down as a classic by any means.
After the match Rich Grove was relieved to seemingly be safe for another season. "Today was the type of battling performance we missed in the first half of the season and which we needed to get ourselves out of trouble at the bottom. Whilst we aren't mathematically safe I would hope from this position that we will be back in the Premier next season". "Now it is time to look to next season and try to avoid the mistakes that were made this season on and off the pitch by myself and the players so hopefully we can be back in the top 3 where this club should be".
As expected last week midfielder/defender Eduardo Anton arrived at the club today for £2.8mill. Eduardo, along with Stilian, is looked upon as a cash investment and it is hoped he will make a healthy profit for the club on the auction market at the end of next season.
More surprising was the arrival of Sven Rydell from Sweden. Sven was spotted by the foreign scout and his late arrival at the club probably means he will need a couple of seasons at least to hopefully fulfil his potential as an attacking prospect. However, his arrival does mean the manager is less inclined towards chasing a new attacker in the short term.
The New Year started today with the biggest match for Charscot since they won the league at Callie Athletic as they travelled to relegation threatened Boca Seniors for a game they couldn't afford to lose. With just 6 points separating the two sides going into today a defeat for the Wolverines would haveleft them looking over their shoulders at the bottom with two months left in the season.
As it was the match actually proved to be surprisingly easy for the visitors as the Charscot attack were on fire today and from the fourth minute there was only ever going to be one winner.
The double act of Rick Higgott and Jordona Brewster that caused so much damage in the corresponding fixture last season was once again the difference as they shared three of the goals for the second season running. After just four minutes Brewster put Charscot ahead with a superb drive after some quality build up play. A quick fire brace from Higgott in two minutes on the half hour killed the game off with a close range tap in quickly followed by a fantastic free kick that even had the home fans applauding.
Boca quickly got two goals back just after half time but rather than panicking the visitors went up the other end and scored again through substitute Ivan Trojan who was brought down in the box within 30 seconds of coming on and took the penalty himself to make it 4-2 (much to Rick Higgott's annoyance as he looked to complete his hat trick).
After this Charscot's attack continued to pummel the host's defence and the woodwork saved them three times from a far worse beating.With the points in the bag Charscot moved nine points clear of the relegation places and barring a bad run they should be safe now.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic after the final whistle - "I am very proud of the performance from the team today and in particular the quality we showed in the final third of the pitch. No team could live with our attack today the way we played and if we can put in a couple more performances like that we can banish any chance of going down this season, which considering where we were will be a great relief to put it mildly !!". "I had planned on replacing Rick next season but after his recent performances I have decided he still has a lot to offer the club and he will be going nowhere now".
It is understood the manager dabbled on the auction market today for a youth defender and an attacker although early reports indicate that the bid for the attacker have already been unsuccessful although the manager is still quietly confident the defender will join the club next week.