Globalising Gorleston FC – Episode 1

If you missed Globalising Gorleston FC – Introduction, Click Here

Welcome back to Globalising Gorleston, my attempt to take Gorleston FC to the top of world football! In the last episode, I took over the reigns of my boyhood club Gorleston FC, signed our team to actual contracts and we advanced through our pre-season schedule in which we managed to pick up just 1 win from 5 matches, the win coming against local side Lowestoft Town. Although we lost 3 of our friendlies and drew one, it was a good chance to get a good idea of how our starting side would line-up once the season started.

And the start of the season starts now…

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The Weird Cup: Strange and wonderful facts about the World Cup

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With the World Cup now underway, the world is watching as we move towards crowning the next World Champions of football. The World Cup is a fantastic spectacle, and there have been some incredible things to happen during the tournament over the years.

But there have also been some very strange instances over the years, and today we will be taking a look at some of the weird and wonderful things that have happened in the last 88 years of the World Cup:

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#FCHawaii ; Season One Review I

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The first month of league football was a tough one. The fixture list threw up 3 huge games and the results were hard to take. Opening day against Red Bulls pitched us against the most dominant attacking side throughout the MLS last year & they started in the best possible way when Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring within 33 seconds.

Coming up against an NYCFC side that we could’ve beaten but narrowly lost out but with our strongest Centre Back pairing out injured, it was two SuperDraft picks who filled in. Everything went the way of NYCFC, possession, shots, goals. It just wasn’t our day. Our first ever MLS League goal came against Orlando City through Ramon Nunez, a Waiver Draft pick. We were truly unlucky to lose to Orlando with a Dom Dwyer brace finishing us off.

Designated Player Kyle Bartley limped off early on against Columbus in a 1-1 draw. A fair result overall considering our form has been poor. Manchester City Loanee Joel Latibeaudiere got the only goal of the game for us from the penalty spot.

The last 2 games of the month were against New England & Houston. Two teams that we should’ve beaten but never did, Juan Agudelo scored an absolute beauty in the last few minutes of our game against New England, while Khiry Shelton scored our only goal of the game in a 1-1 draw with Houston. Both games were a tale of two halves, either side dominated one half while we dominated the other. Is this a sign that we are finally starting to find our rhythm?

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Globalising Gorleston FC – Introduction

Prior to moving to New Zealand at the tender age of 9, I spent my life in the ‘seaside resort’ known as Great Yarmouth, the gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea.
I resided in Yarmouth, I went to school in Yarmouth, but in terms of my football, things were different. I played for over-the-river-yare rivals Gorleston FC. Now the reason I played for them up to the U10’s level? My dad was the coach. No other reason.

Now I don’t really remember much from my football career before moving to New Zealand, apart from the fact that I was hopeless and probably wouldn’t have been in the team if it wasn’t for my dad. And like you can see in the upcoming photo, I probably spent most of my playing time sitting on my backside.

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Up and coming Gorleston Sharks wonder-kid, Luke Whiting

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Welcome to #Hawaii

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“When you think of Hawaii, you think of 5-star hotels, you think of Islands & a tropical climate. Not soccer, it’s one of those things that’s not working in the US, I mean look at the state of US Soccer right now. It’s in free-fall, the last thing we need is another money grab from Garber, it’s a repeat of NYCFC. The backing of a Big sports team & boom, instant franchise.”

The Beginning

Not many people know that Hawaii actually has Eight islands, however, only 7 are populated. The biggest is, of course, Oahu which has a population of over 900 thousand followed by Hawai’i which is still a way behind with just over 185 thousand. This story is set on the island of Oahu, central Oahu to be exact.

Now, let me give you some background. LAFC who were meant to be joining in the 2018 season collapsed in early 2017, just as the foundations of the Banc of California were being laid. This sent the MLS into a huge panic, Nashville had no time to make a sudden switch over to the MLS, Detroit & Sacramento were still working hard to win that last expansion bid, so where could they turn to?

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Success with a Cherry on top – AFC Bournemouth’s rise to the top – Part Two

When I watched that first game against Shrewsbury in 1995, the true importance of the match was lost on me. To me, I had just watched a game of football and watched my home town team convincingly beat their opposition. As first games go, based on that alone it was an amazing experience. When I realised how close the club had come to what would have ultimately ended the club and just how important the win was, it hit me just how great my first game was.

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Success with a Cherry on top – AFC Bournemouth’s rise to the top – Part One

Every fan remembers their first game, it’s the one that sets you on your path to following your chosen team. Whether you support your local club or are influenced by a family member, you become invested in them, and follow their every exploit almost religiously. For me, my first game was 2nd May 1995, when AFC Bournemouth took on Shrewsbury Town in the final game of the season. With Bournemouth having had a fairly terrible season, an upturn in form saw them just one win away from securing their Division 2 status going into the final game.

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A Norwegian Adventure – Bjerkreim IL

Bjerkreim are a football club basis in the the village of  Vikeså in the Rogaland County in Norway is the host of a football club named Bjerkreim IL who currently play deep in the Norwegian pyramid at level 6 in Group A, they are currently guided by English man and Youtuber Paul Wandless (@TN_TheNorthman) and thanks to the wonders of Football Manager (and hard work from the creators of the mod!) you can now Manage Bjerkreim.
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Will England win the 2018 FIFA World Cup? – Football Manager 2018 Simulation

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We’re just 50 days out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup! The closer we get, the more exciting it becomes. As always, England fans continue to believe!

The chances of England going all the way are slim to non-existent, but it wont stop the barmy army getting behind the boys!

We’ve simulated the FIFA World Cup on Football Manager 2018 to see if England get anywhere close to going all the way.

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