One Tiny Tweak | Torquay #8: League Two | FM17 Stories

Over the summer of 2044, Spanish manager Federico Hurtado received news that the board of Torquay United had, in response to their brilliant Conference-winning season, decided to reinstate the club’s youth setup. Continue reading

Youth | Accrington Stanley #11 | Football Manager Stories

Three games away from League One. A semi-final against Woking awaits. Woking, like Accrington, were promoted from the National League last season so will be very confident ahead of the playoffs. Accrington have been building towards this for the last part of the season, with Robson bedding in several youth players over the past few games. Continue reading

Robson: Coming of Age | Accrington Stanley #10 | Football Manager Stories

3 years ago Joseph Robson had been relegated from League Two with York City, who then proceeded to sack him. Without a job for a year, things were looking bleak for the young manager. Accrington Stanley took a chance on Robson having been relegated to the National League. It is a decision that, two years later, is looking set to be a defining moment in the history of the club. Continue reading

Pushing for Playoffs | Accrington Stanley #9 | Football Manager Stories

Accrington Stanley have spent the last few months building a case for promotion. The Reds find themselves in 7th place, just six points behind an automatic promotion position. Though manager Joseph Robson will be pushing for 3rd and above, a more realistic aim for Stanley would be to remain in the playoffs. Portsmouth and Oxford are running away with the top two and Accrington have been unable to string several wins in a row, dropping points at regular intervals. Continue reading

Focus on the League | Accrington Stanley #8 | Football Manager Stories

Defeats against Premier League Hull City and League One Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City mean that Accrington Stanley are able to shift their focus towards League Two. Fans of The Reds seem to be unsure of what to expect for their teams first year back in the Football League. Some are happy to survive in the league whereas others are more ambitious. Joseph Robson falls into the ambitious category. With Accrington currently sitting in the playoff places, Robson will be keen to ensure his side can stay there. Continue reading

16-1 | Accrington Stanley #7 | Football Manager Stories

Newly promoted Accrington Stanley will be very happy indeed with their start to life in League Two. Previous assertions that they were a League Two side playing in the National League have been proved correct, with several standout performances so far this season. 16-1 will be an offer to tempt punters. These are the odds for Accrington to win League Two this year and are surely an encouraging sign for the returning Football League team. Continue reading

Stanley | Accrington Stanley #1 | Football Manager Stories

Joseph Robson was sacked by York City on the 7th May 2016 following a dismal six months in charge. He had a win percentage of just 27%, winning six matches. Nevertheless, Robson set about his search for a new employer within weeks of his dismissal. Guiseley, Welling, Accrington Stanley and Morecambe all offered Robson job interviews, among several others. Robson, however, decided to only attend interview to clubs League Two standard or higher. Rachel Crawford, of The Non-League Paper, spoke to Robson regarding his election not to attend an interview with Guiseley. Continue reading