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Okay, I tried doing one of these a few years back and failed spectacularly. I played the game but did **** all with the story. This time I'm determined. I don't play the newer Football Managers so this one is perfect. I have played as Oldham before and know the workings of the club and who to sign etc, so can make the story a bit easier (I pretty much pre-wrote the transfer section).

To set the scene it is 2007. Oldham are in League One, where they have been since 1998 and still are today in 2016 (lol). However I feel we have the potential to go far. We shall see


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Green takes charge of Oldham

Oldham Athletic today appointed rookie coach Daniel Green as their new manager on a 2 year contract. Impressed by his vision for the club, Chairman Simon Blitz stated that Green had already identified his list of potential new signings for this season and his ambitions to play an attacking brand of football that would have the Latics fans on the edge of their seats.


Green plans Oldham clearout

Oldham Athletic manager Daniel Green showed his desire to build a squad in his own image, immediately placing 7 players on the transfer list, making it clear they do not feature in his plans for the club. Strikers Lee Hughes, Michael Ricketts and Craig Davies were placed on the list alongside midfielders Matty Wolfenden, Andy Liddell, Neil Wood and most surprisingly club captain Mark Allott.
Explaining his decision Green told the Oldham Evening Chronicle "The lads I've made available for transfer are not necessarily out of the door, but it is my desire to add a more youthful flavour to the squad. If I can bring the players I wish to into the club then I cannot possibly give everyone the game time they wish. I would rather be honest about their prospects this season whilst they still have time to find a new club. The door is not shut on them, but I have to be realistic. I want to bring in a new playing style here, and I need the players who I feel can implement it." Some Oldham fans have speculated Green is taking a big risk by removing several experienced professionals ahead of the new season and it remains to be seen if he can produce a coherent squad before August.


Ganea is first Oldham signing

Oldham made their first signing of the summer with their new manager at the helm, snapping up 19 year old Romanian striker Liviu Ganea from Dinamo Bucharest on a free transfer. Green identified the striker speaking to the press as a "quick, direct striker who can lead the line on his own". The arrival of Ganea is expected to push those strikers currently on the transfer list closer to the door.



Green completes hat-trick of signings

Oldham manager Daniel Green continued the reconstructive surgery on his squad by adding 3 new signings to his side. Midfielder Chris James arrived on a free transfer after being released by Fulham earlier in the summer, and former Preston centre-back Seyfo Soley also joined on a free. Green did loosen the purse strings very slightly for the third signing of the day by completing a move for CSKA Sofia midfielder Nikolay Petrov.






Grigore arrives at Oldham

Oldham Athletic's busy summer continued this week as they added a second free transfer from Romania to their squad, bringing in defencive midfielder Nicolae Grigore. Green stated "The 4 lads we've brought in this week will help to create a strong core to the squad. The fact that they can play in multiple positions will benefit us in what is a long season at this level. They may find themselves playing different roles over the coming months." Green was also asked to comment on rumours linking young full back Neal Eardley away from the club with both Sunderland and Fulham rumoured to be preparing bids. The Oldham manager stated his belief that if the club were serious about their promotion hopes they needed to keep players of Eardley's quality at the club, issuing a hands off warning to any interested parties. Meanwhile Oldham also added 15 year old Finnish midfielder Lauri Dalla Valle to their youth team on a free transfer.




Oldham held in first friendly of season

Oldham drew their first game under Daniel Green away to Stayleybridge Celtic as the Latics fans were given the opportunity to watch their new signings in action for the first time. With so many unfamiliar faces it was surprising that Oldham were able to take the lead so early, with new signing Chris James opening the scoring after only 2 minutes. The lead did not last long however, with Stayley equalising after 16 minutes and taking the lead 10 minutes later suggesting there is a lot of work to be done ahead of the start of the League One season for Oldham as they build defencive and midfield partnerships. After multiple substitutions in the second half, Oldham were able to draw level through right-back Neal Eardley, before the game petering out into a 2-2 draw.

Oldham complete Kostadinov signing

Oldham added to their striking ranks today by signing 18 year old Bulgarian striker Branimir Kostadinov from Hearts for £26,000. Manager Daniel Green stated he was very happy with the signing, believing Kostadinov has a big future in the game. With another attacking signing there was further speculation on the futures of Michael Ricketts and Craig Davies with Gretna and Cheltenham rumoured to be preparing bids for the transfer listed strikers. Midfielder Mark Allott is one player who has left the club, moving to Gretna in a deal work £95,000.



Oldham beat Ashton

Oldham continued their pre-season preparations with a 3-0 win at Ashton United. With new signing Branimir Kostadinov out with a virus, goals came from transfer listed striker Craig Davies, grabbing a brace, and a brief cameo from new youngster Lauri Dalla Valle, netting in the last minute to put an extra gloss on the scoreline for the Latics. After the game manager Green confirmed that Matty Wolfenden had left the club in a £20,000 deal to join Barnet and that the club had refused an approach for Neal Eardley from Wigan Athletic.

Oldham sign Hart on loan
Manager Daniel Green moved for some squad cover for Oldham by signing young goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City. With Les Pogliacomi injured in pre-season, Green was concerned about a lack of cover for veteran keeper Mark Crossley. Hart's signing did not come in time for him to make an appearance in Oldham's 3-0 win over Southport. Liviu Ganea netted a brace and Chris James grabbed his second goal in successive games as Oldham once again found three goals without reply.



Oldham clearout continues

Oldham continued their clearout of players with the sales of Michael Ricketts, Neil Wood, Andy Liddell and Craig Davies. Manager Daniel Green admitted the club were forced to lower their asking prices to move the players on, stating "Honestly we had to sell these players for less than their value, but we wanted to move their wages off the books. Some of the lads were amongst the top earners at the club and for them to be sat in the reserves for months on end would be a huge waste of what is a very small wage budget at this club". Strikers Ricketts and Davies moved in £40,000 deals to Barnet and Darlington respectively, whilst midfielders Wood (free) and Liddell (£16k) moved onto Accrington and Shrewsbury. By clearing around £6k per week from the wage budget, Green was finally able to complete the capture of Iraqi playmaker Nashat Akram on a free transfer after the midfielder spent 3 weeks on trial at the club whilst seeking a work permit.



Meanwhile Oldham completed their pre-season schedule with a 2-1 loss to Manchester City in which Ricketts netted his final goal for the club. After the game Green admitted he was glad to get the "phony war" of pre-season out of the way and was looking forward to the League One season. The bookmakers have placed the Latics at 3-1 to win the title this season, making them 6th favourites. The pressure will be on Green to justify the large amount of comings and goings at the club by at least making the playoffs.

 

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Oldham begin campaign with win

Promotion contenders Oldham impressed in their first league game of the season, with teenage striker Branimir Kostadinov blowing Luton away with a superb hat-trick in a thrilling game at Boundary Park. Oldham opened the scoring on 16 minutes in bizarre circumstances when Branimir Kostadinov's cross-cum-shot was accidentally turned into his own net by Luton centre-back Jaroslaw Fojut when it looked easier to clear than to turn into his own net. The Latics were able to further extend their lead ten minutes later after Taylor slipped Kostadinov throught to score past Luton keeper Brill from 12 yards. Ahmet Brkovic pegged Oldham back by a goal 3 minutes later with curling free kick. However by half time Oldham restored their two goal cushion with Kostadinov netting his second of the game, once again using his blistering pace to run behind the Luton back four as James slipped the ball in, finishing confidently again into the bottom corner. The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first, in end to end fashion with Luton scoring again 6 minutes in from a poorly defended free kick which was headed in by Currie. However Luton would once again show their fragility at the back as almost straight from kick off Kostadinov was put through to net a debut hat-trick. Fojut's day would get much worse 10 minutes later as he saw red for a blatant elbow on Kostadinov, the defender clearly feeling conventional defending alone was not enough to stop the teenage striker. Green saw this as a signal to remove Kostadinov for his protection, earning a standing ovation for the Bulgarian as he made his way for Liviu Ganea. For the remaining 20 minutes Oldham sought to keep the ball, intelligently making use of the extra man to see the game out and secure a 4-2 win.




After the game Green was quizzed regarding Kostadinov's performance. "Obviously a hat-trick on his debut is the thing dreams are made of, I'm very pleased for him. Hopefully he can prove to be an important signing for us. I must say though the supply line behind him was fantastic, they put the ball on a plate for him each time. Hopefully those links will consolidate as the season goes on. It's a positive start."

Oldham Progess in Leage Cup

Oldham manager Daniel Green rung the changes to his team for the midweek cup tie against Lincoln City, resting Branimir Kostadinov, Chris James and Neil Kilkenny amongst others, giving a chance for new signings Liviu Ganea and Nashat Akram a chance to shine alongside Gary MacDonald also. It was the League Two side who found the net first, Scott Kerr netting after 2 minutes. The lead would not last too long as 15 mintues later Neal Eardley headed in from a Nashat Akram free kick. The sides went in level at half time and the two teams remained evenly matched for most of the second half. There was concern for Oldham as Nashat Akram went off with a knock, and it would prove to be an important change as on 85 minutes substitute Chris James netted the winner with a free kick from 20 yards after Lee Beevers had earned a second yellow card bringing down Chris Taylor, and there was still time for him 3 minutes later to finish from a Nikolay Petrov through ball to send the Latics through to the second round.

Interviewed by the Oldham Chronicle, manager Daniel Green was positive with the result. "We made a few changes tonight to keep the lads fresh, some were tired from Luton and haven't had the best pre-season with coming in late and injured. It was hard work and Lincoln played well as the home team. Chris came on and made the difference ultimately. At this stage its just about getting through in the cup and trying to get a good draw against the big teams later on".

Frustrated Oldham held by Doncaster

It was back to League One on Saturday as Oldham visited Doncaster. With some players playing their third game of the week Daniel Green once again shuffled his pack, electing to start Liviu Ganea for the second game in succession as Branimir Kostadinov was considered not fit enough for 90 minutes. Other changes saw Ryan Bertrand and Nikolay Petrov restored to the starting XI. Oldham dominated the first half, but neither side were able to find the net and went in scoreless at half time. The second half resumed in much the same manner, indeed it was only in the 60th minute that Doncaster were able to register their first shot on target. As the Latics became more and more frustrated Green threw James and Kostadinov on in search of that elusive goal, but neither could break through and the match finished goalless. Reflecting at the end Green stated his belief that "this is two points lost rather than a point gained", and that until Oldham could get the squad properly fit they may struggle to field their best XI on a regular basis.

 

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Oldham squeeze past Hartlepool

Manager Daniel Green was able to name a strong eleven for the fixture against Hartlepool with no midweek game, with only Ryan Bertrand missing out through injury, with Stefan Stam filling in at left back for the loanee. Branimir Kostadinov was restored to the starting line-up alongside Chris James who occupied a central midfield role behind Chris Taylor and Nashat Akram as attacking midfielders. Despite the attacking changes it was a goal from a defencive midfielder, Nikolay Petrov heading home Nashat Akram's corner after 12 minutes to see the Latics go in at half time ahead. There were chances at both ends in the second half with Akram hitting straight at the Hartlepool keeper when through on goal, and Moore hitting the side netting for Hartlepool moments later. From then on there were few goalscoring opportunities for either side as Oldham kept a second consecutive clean sheet to see out a 1-0 win, leaving manager Green satisfied with seven points from his opening three games.



Oldham complete two more signings

Manager Daniel Green continued a busy transfer period at Boundary Park, swooping for Carlisle striker Stephen Hindmarch for £5k and Bulgarian winger Martin Stefanov for a fee of £30k. Stefanov becomes the third signing from Bulgaria this summer in a move described as "UKIP's worst nightmare come true". Winger Stefanov is expected to go straight into the squad against Crystal Palace in the League Cup, whilst Hindmarch is to train with the first team with a view to slowly introducing him into the Oldham squad.



Oldham surprise Crystal Palace in League Cup 2nd Round

Oldham faced Championship side Crystal Palace on Wednesday night in the Leage Cup at Boundary Park, hoping to build on their good start to the campaign. Manager Daniel Green made only one change to the side who narrowly beat Hartlepool, resting striker Branimir Kostadinov in favour of Liviu Ganea, with new signing Martin Stefanov on the bench. After a bright start, Oldham found the net with Chris Taylor side footing home Nashat Akram's cross into the six yard box after brilliant work by Nikolay Petrov. The scores remained that way for the first half with both sides enjoying chances but failing to really test either keeper. As the second half wore on Palace imposed themselves onto the game, dominating the ball and creating the most chances. However on 72 minutes they were hit on the break by Oldham, with Ganea coolly finishing beyond Speroni after being put through by Akram. Stefanov was brought on for his debut and there was time for Ganea to be denied a second of the game after fouling Hudson on a corner, with the disallowed goal proving only to be incidental as Oldham saw out the game confidently with a 2-0 win over a side currently 5th in the Championship.
 

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Oldham see off Port Vale to reach top spot
Oldham returned to league action on Saturday with a short trip to Vale Park. Manager Daniel Green named an unchanged side for the first time this season, and was rewarded with Chris Taylor opening the scoring. In the second half Vale pulled level with Wigan loanee Tomasz Cywka scoring from a left wing cross, ending Oldham's recent clean sheet run. However Oldham once again showed their set piece prowess with Nicolae Grigore netting his first goal for Oldham with a header from Nashat Akram's corner. In the closing stages Oldham extended their lead as midfielder Chris James volleyed home from the edge of the box following a poor clearance by Port Vale, ensuring the three points and a place at the top of League One.



Oldham face goalkeeping crisis

Oldham's good start to the season was jeapordised this week with injuries to both their first team goalkeepers with Les Pogliacomi and Mark Crossley ruled out. Australian Pogliacomi faces 2 months on the sideleines, whilst Crossley faces a week out. The injuries mean rookie loanee Joe Hart will be thrust into the side for the visit of Northampton, with academy keeper Josh Bell on the bench.

Wasteful Oldham draw with Northampton

Goalkeeper Joe Hart made his debut for Oldham as the league leaders looked to continue their bright start to the season. It started well for the Latics when left back Ryan Bertrand header home Nashat Akram's corner in the opening minute. Despite this early goal, Northampton were able to restrict Oldham throughout the first half whilst showing little attacking thread themselves, and the score remained 1-0 until half time. In the second half Oldham continued to look for another goal, but against the run of play Northampton levelled with a Murray free kick, their first shot on target, equalising for the Cobblers. The game finished 1-1, with manager Daniel Green angry at his side's wastefulness. "To go 1-0 up, face one shot on target and come away with only a point is unforgivable for a side with promotion aspirations. We wasted way too many chances today. Their keeper has won the man of the match award today but I think we've made the job very easy for him with our finishing. We've still made a great start to the campaign, but these are the matches you need to win if you want to be in the mix for promotion come May."

Oldham and brighton Brighton share spoils in entertaining draw

Oldham were given the opportunity to make amends for Saturday's draw with Northampton early with a Tuesday visit to Brighton. However it was the visitors who took the lead early on with Jack Robinson finishing an Alan Revell cross after Oldham failed to deal with a long clearance from Brighton's defence. Manager Daniel Green sought to change his attacking options with and Branimir Kostadinov restored to the side, and it was the Bulgarian who brought Oldham level after half an hour, beating the keeper after being played in by Nashat Akram for his first goal since the opening day. Oldham were forced into a change at half time with Chris Taylor unable to continue from a knock, with Martin Stefanov given his chance to shine. It was Robinson again though who gave Brighton the lead 4 minutes into the first half, however Oldham hit back swiftly with Chris James turning in the rebound from Kostadinov's 12 yard effort. Both sides went close in the closing stages, and perhaps Branimir Kostadinov should have done better with the two chances he was presented with in the last 10 minutes. Ultimately both sides would have to settle for a point in an entertaining 2-2. Reflecting afterward Daniel Green admitted "a point here against one of the better teams in the division is a good one to get. I'd have took 2-2 at the start of the day, it's just a shame our finishing towards the end was probably a bit too rushed, otherwise we could be coming away with the three points. Last week was a disappointment, but this could be an important point at the end of the season. I was pleased today to see Branimir find the net again, and Joe Hart did extremely well against a side who peppered his goal during several spells today." The draw pushes Oldham back into 3rd place behind Yeovil and Swansea.



Oldham edge dull affair at Galpharm Stadium

Oldham Athletic beat local rivals Huddersfield in a match low in entertainment value. Striker Branimir Kostadinov was deemed not fit enough to feature so Liviu Ganea was restored to the starting line-up, whilst Chris James dropped to the bench in favour of the returning Neil Kilkenny. It was Nashat Akram who opened the scoring for Oldham in the fourth minute and slotting in a tantalising Liviu Ganea cross. There was not much more action beyond that with Huddersfield creating few chances and Oldham wasting those they created.



Premier League power too much for Oldham

Oldham Athletic were overpowered by Premier League Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the League Cup 3rd round. Middlesbrough were simply unstoppable and it was only 2 consolation goals from Liviu Ganea in the second half that made the scoreline respectable after Middlesbrough found themselves 4-0 up at half time. Manager Daniel Green was disappointed, but philosophical in defeat. "Middlesbrough were fantastic today. It goes to show how far away we are from that level yet. We beat Palace but this was just too much of a jump for us. Maybe we were naive and went on the attack too much at the start. We could have looked at frustrating Boro and nicking a goal, but we thought the best option would be to catch them cold and surprise them at the start. I guess I was wrong in that respect. I guess now we can concentrate on the league for now".

 

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I have brah. Keep going.

My senile memory is unable to recognize, is that FM 2007 or 2008?
 

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My comments.

Well written. You seem to have a thing for fringe Bulgarians.

Good call on Joe Hart. I hear he has good potential. :wink2: :142:

Nashat Akram. #Respect :musik:
 
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