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Blyth Spartans – October 2016

Hello folks and welcome back to my Football Manager story. My last season at the helm of the Blyth Spartans began pretty well, we were unbeaten at the end of September. Sorry, not only unbeaten, we had only straight wins!

We had some pretty tough games ahead of us though, so we had to play well to keep the unbeaten record. The first challenge, away at Arsenal in the Premier League. Almost everything happened in the first half, we scored twice while Adebayor converted a quick counter attack. We tried to keep possession in the second half and we did pretty well although Arsenal had a few dangerous counters. It was a very important win, it’s always difficult to win at Emirates Stadium.

1 arsenal vs blyth premier league

After the big away win we had an easier home game coming up, against Wigan. But these matches are never easy, Wigan always tried to have at least 10 players behind the ball while defending, it was a tough nut to crack. Nicao made the difference with his brilliant skills to give us another win.

2 blyth vs wigan premier league

Next up, the Champions League game away at Galatasaray. I told my players that I wouldn’t settle for anything less than a win and they did their best to please me, we were 3-0 up in the 11th minute! Galatasaray tried hard to score after that point and the result was an entertaining game and another three points for us.

3 galatasaray vs blyth champions league

We were in a solid position to get through to the next round, a win in the home game with Galatasaray would send us to the first knockout round.

4 champions league group table october 2016

But until then we had a few more Premier League battles to fight. First we had to travel to Wolverhampton. Wolves had a very brave approach to the game, they started with a 4-2-4 formation! I appreciated their courage but the result was that we were 3-0 up at the break :) They tried hard to get back into the game in the second half and they nearly did it, my players seemed to have relaxed way too early!

5 wolves vs blyth premier league

The next game wasn’t to be that easy, away at 5th placed Chelsea. We got off to a great start, right back Damien Grange whipped in one of his trademark free kicks from 25 yards out! We dominated the game but Chelsea got the most out of it thanks to Ben Arfa, he scored with a fabulous free kick shot from 30 yards out! We were still unbeaten but it was the first draw of the season.

6 chelsea vs blyth premier league

The last game of the season was at home with 2nd placed Aston Villa. We had to win it to consolidate our position in the league table and fortunately we had a player in superb form: striker Tomas Necid. He didn’t score any goals this season until that game but now he banged in a hat-trick in less than 30 minutes!

7 blyth vs aston villa premier league

The league table looks quite alright, we should be in for another title!

8 premier league table october 2016

Coming up in November, the decisive Champions League group games, a few more entertaining league games and a nice Carling Cup clash with Championship side Leicester. The interesting thing is that my Spartans never managed to beat Leicester so far!

9 blyth fixtures november 2016

That’s it for now, stay tuned for the new update coming up tomorrow! And please tell me which team you would want me to manage in Football Manager 2010 ;)



  1. Goran

    November 3, 2009 at 17:17

    Great month for you, only draw vs Chelsea and other was wins.. Perfect..
    From what league you will manage team L2 or lower??

    • JohnnyKarp

      November 3, 2009 at 17:53

      Thanks for the comment Goran. About the team to manage, I don’t know yet, that’s why I’m asking for your ideas. Normally I’d prefer a lower league team but I’m open to any suggestions.

  2. curtkoz

    November 3, 2009 at 18:35

    Go for notts county:))))

    • JohnnyKarp

      November 3, 2009 at 19:29

      That’s an interesting idea Curt, thanks! :)

  3. Goran

    November 3, 2009 at 18:43

    Braintree, Bromley, Worcester , Hucknall, Farsley…

  4. Matthew

    November 3, 2009 at 19:42

    Why don’t you take a small foreign team from a small country (Austria, San Marino, Belgium etc) and take them to Champions league glory. After that accept the first offer from a massive club(Barca, Madrid etc) and a apply for a small country. Take the country to world cup glory and also experience the bucket loads of money Barca or Madrid will Give you :)

  5. paine

    November 3, 2009 at 19:53

    Hi Johnny,
    it’s nice to see you back to your blog, I’m going to start my new career, I wasn’t sure about what team to choose, but at the end I think I’ll try to bring the Saints, Southampton, back to their former glory.

    Good luck for your new managerial travel!

    • JohnnyKarp

      November 3, 2009 at 21:18

      That’s a nice idea, I didn’t think about taking a non-English club. I’ll consider it, thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Thanks for the comment mate, good luck to you too!

  6. eddie eddie

    November 3, 2009 at 21:17

    Another brilliant mmonth for you well done but two things:
    1) At a part yousaid wolverhampton wolves wjen it is wolverhampton wanders.
    2) And above the aston villa game you said it was the last game of the season when you ment month.
    Sorry if this bothered you in anyway but I noticed it and thought that ypu might want to know about this mistakes which you did not mean to make.

  7. eddie eddie

    November 3, 2009 at 21:19

    Wait forget about the first one that one does not matter but the second one is not right sorry about that

    • JohnnyKarp

      November 3, 2009 at 21:26

      Thanks for the heads up, it seems that I still am a bit tired :)

  8. MokBull

    November 4, 2009 at 01:12

    Yeah, maybe San Marino! I’ve seen people on the Dugout who’ve managed the San Marino club as well as the country, and done well in the World Cup with the San Marinian regens from their club. And, of course, they did well with the club!

    If not, you could choose a non-English club. Whatever happens, though, I’ll support you through and through! KUTGW, mate!

    • JohnnyKarp

      November 4, 2009 at 10:57

      Thanks for your support mate! San Marino is a pretty wild idea :)

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