Livin’ the Dream is the third and final installment following the journey of Mason Bradshaw’s football manager career. His most recent role was with Braintree Town FC, in the Vanarama South, where he managed to keep them up.
Following his first win as the boss, can he get his second win in as many games in the next round of the FFA Cup against Perth Glory and eventually lead The Sky Blues to cup glory? Could Bradshaw finally get some more signings too?
FFA Cup Round 2 v Perth Glory
Over two weeks had passed since Bradshaw’s men last played a competitive match as they came into the tie as slight favourites against the Perth Glory.
It was a journey that took four and a half hours on a plane, as they travelled down a few days before the match to prepare for the match.
Striker Adam Le Fondre was confident of a Sky Blues victory saying “I think we can go there and come away with the win, it won’t be easy but we can beat anyone.”
A sunny August evening at the Perth Rectangular Stadium was the setting, and the man who said he thought they could win, Le Fondre scored his first goal for The Sky Blues on the 13th minute, and that was the only action of the first half as Bradshaw’s men went in 1-0 to the good at the interval.
The second 45 was a very different match though, as Perth came out fighting and dominated the half having 19 shots, but it wasn’t until the 87th minute, when Sydney thought they were returning back with the cup victory, when Andy Keogh, formerly of Milwall, slotted one past Cisak in goal. Extra time followed but no goal did.
Sydney eventually won 3-5 on penalties, with Sydney scoring all 5 penalties.
Three New Signings
Bradshaw has made it clear he needs men – they have a shortage of players, having being only able to field 4 subs against Perth, and Sydney announced yesterday afternoon that they had agreed deals with free agents, Lloyd Sam and Karl Henry, subject to them receiving work permits.
A few days later, Sydney announced another signing, this time, Socceroo, Mitch Nicholls on a deal until 2020.
Mega Project was a unique Football Manager experience. It featured Mason Bradshaw, a rookie manager who never played professionally, who attempted to climb the football ladder from the first job to becoming a world-class manager. Mega Project was something that was never been done before as we looked from all angles, from Mason himself, the clubs, his family and friends, colleagues, the world of football and more. Mason is now livin’ the dream down under as manager of Sydney FC.