Livin’ the Dream is the third and final installment following the journey of Mason Bradshaw and his football manager career. His most recent role was with Braintree Town FC, in the Vanarama South, where he managed to keep them up. He’s now down under managing Sydney FC, living on the harbour with his wife Sophie, and young daughter, April.
Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners
Sydney FC went into the match up as 5-2 favourites to take the game, and continue to push for the title. A brisk February evening, just 19 degrees.
Bradshaw went with the same line up as the previous game. His faith in the team was repaid as Sydney impressed their home fans. Two goals meant three points. A penalty by Adam LeFondre on the 19th minute gave Bradshaw’s men the lead.
Captain, Alex Brosque made it official with his shot on the 38th minute. The game dominated by Sydney with their 21 shots to 5.
A great win for Sydney as they continue to push on for the title.
HOPELESS. SYDNEY BATTERED
By Jake Smith
Sydney FC were hopeless last night. Bradshaw’s men went into their home game against Adelaide United as 2-1 favourites. Many predicted Sydney would score 5 or 6.
It didn’t happen.
Bradshaw rapidly changed his team selection from the previous game, a mistake that could cost him and Sydney the league title…
Sydney FC were complelty outclassed by their opposition. It was like watching men against boys. 6-1 was the final score.
On a brighter note, Dax McCarty, captain for the day, scored his first goal for Sydney on the 84th minute
MASON BRADSHAW TO LEAVE?
Rumours are circulating that Mason Bradshaw could be set for a move away from A League outfit, Sydney FC.
There was high speculation during January 2019 that Mason was set for a move to Ipswich Town, in a role other than the manager, however this never came to fruition and this was refuted by club officials at Sydney.
However, BEIN Sports understand that Bradshaw is concered about his contract not being renewed. His current deal runs out at the end of May.
In the press conference, he refused to rule out leaving Sydney. Saying “at the end of the day, I have to think of my family.”
He did express a wish to stay though, adding, “i’d like to stay next year and continue the good work I’ve done, but thats up to the chairman.”
We’ll have all the latest here at BEIN Sports….
Sydney FC v Melbourne City
Not much to say about this game, really. Neither team were the favourites. No real changes in the line up.
Sydney took the lead to start with. The skipper, Alex Brosque, scoring the opening goal on the 32nd minute. Dario Vidosic scored for Melbourne and make it one-a-piece on the 77th minute. The winner for Sydney came through vet, Adam LeFondre. With time running out, he scored the winner on the 81st minute to the delight of Bradshaw and the home fans.
The regular season championship returns to Sydney!
The play off stretch for Sydney began with a home game against Wellington Phoenix – and the message from Bradshaw was clear.. Win and we’re in the final.
Boasting a full starting XI, Mason was confident of a victory pre-match, saying “yeah, we’re the favourites, and I expect us to get the job done.”
They got the job done, however, maybe not as easily as they would have wanted. It was an even game – and it took extra time for Bradshaw’s men to get winning goals. Alex Brosque broke the deadlock on the 94th minute before Michael Zuilo confirmed the victory in few seconds of the match.
Onto the final!
Mason Bradshaw on cup final day…
19th May 2019 is the date. Sydney Cricket Ground is the venue. Sydney v Melbourne is the event. Cup glory is the prize. Who will take it?
Rolling into Sydney Cricket Ground was a nervous Mason Bradshaw and his Sydney team, just 90 mins separated them from a double. bet365 made them 1-3 favourites, however, Sky Bet had the match at Evens…
The game got underway on a mild evening in the heart of Sydney, with Melbourne having the kick off and dominating the first five minutes of the game. However, completely against the run of play, Trent Buhagiar, in a rare start, scored the game’s opening on the sixth minute. First blood, Sydney. No further action happened in the first half, and the ref blew.
Sydney came out firing in the second half, dominating the ball, however unable to turn this into goals, before on the 67th minute, when Dax McCarty was fouled inside the box. Penalty.
Veteran striker, Adam LeFondre, slotted away with ease, to complete the scoreline and win the Cup for Bradshaw and Sydney.
Waking up in bed, I yawned and turned to my wife, Sophie.
“Good morning, love” I said
“Morning” she replied
At that moment, our daughter April, walks into our room, and shouts “Morning!”
She jumps onto our bed and asks me to tell a story.
I remembered the dream I had last night. That was my story.
“There was once a man called Mason Bradshaw and he had a dream to become a football manager…”
Just as he was getting into the dream, his phone rang, and the Busted song, Year 3000, burst out and April jumped around the bed, dancing.
Mason looked at his phone, not recognizing the number, and showed it to his wife.
“That’s a Scottish area code, I think. Possibly Stirling?” She said, matter-of-fact
“I wonder what someone from Scotland is ringing me for? Maybe its the Stirling chairman offering me the manager’s job” I joke.
Sophie just simply replied “If your dream isn’t scary, it’s not big enough…”
I let the phone go to voicemail, and then resumed telling my daughter the dream.
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.
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