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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Southampton Comes Knocking


    With the Robins currently sitting in 15th in the EFL League One, everything was fairly quiet in Dudley. 6 points off of relegation and 8 points out of a playoff spot is about where most of the supporters agreed they should be. The club's new signings were performing fairly well, with the exception of recently demoted Jordi Osei-Tutu, which forced James Hardy to drop back to right back for 13 games so far this term. Scott White has worked out marvellously in the absenece of club legend Harry Pratt netting 20 goals in all competitions so far. The other striker signed, Mike Nugent broke his leg in August after only making two appearances for the club and hasn't returned. Rumors he should be back with the first team around the same time as Harry Pratt, near the end of January, or early February. Veteran Defensive Midfielder Jan Kirchhoff decided it was time to hang up the boots, and announced he would retire at the end of the season, he will be staying with the club though, taking over the defensive coaching duties at the beginning of summer training.


    All of this going on, news broke in December of Roger Schmidt being sacked from the Southampton post, normally routine for Dudley fans, watching other managers get sacked has become a bit of joke to them. Now boasting the second longest tenured manager in the Football League, they figured they'd have a while before they worried about who's name would be on the Manager's door. This one was different, as they noticed the bookmaker's odds on the next manager of Southampton showed a familiar face. Michael Petersen was made an 11-2 favorite to be named the next man in charge of Southampton. Supporters were quick to the comment sections on the internet calling the rumors rubbish and saying that Southampton, a team that has sacked it's last 6 managers, with none of them lasting more than 2 years would be a move completely out of character for Petersen. Alas, on the 28th of December, further news broke that Southampton officials had met with Petersen, and had conducted a full interview. This led bookmakers to quickly change Petersen's odds to Evens. The Supporters and Owners of the club now scrambling to either find a replacement or perhaps try and convince Petersen to resist the allure of the Premier League. Many questions are being asked, but few answers are being given...


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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Oh shit I thought I already commented on this, guess I must have closed the page before clicking send.

    You already spoiled the decision for this but as much as I am a fan of the Saints, I don't think you should take the job. I'd much rather see through having the Dudleys win the BPL and then competing in Champion's League then ditching them after having gone this far. Plus you're probably only about 4 seasons from hitting the BPL at this point anyways.

    Also, must admit, seeing you struggle and not murder everyone is a comfort to a perpetual struggler. I still don't doubt you'll find your feet next season and compete for promotion.

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    Season Review 2024/25


    Another season in the books for our men in red, and while they struggled out of the gate, the team found it's form late, and managed to finish a comfortable 11th, 16 points outside of relegation. The season almost took an interesting turn when manager Michael Petersen was heavily linked with the vacant Southampton post, thankfully for our Robins, the board decided Petersen was invaluable to the club, and agreed to some club changes going forward to keep him on board, and building for the future in the West Midlands. The Cups remained an unfortunate source of discontent for the club though, knocked out in the second round of the EFL Cup by Hull City, knocked out in the second round of the FA Cup by Plymouth Argyle, and while they made it to the Quarter Final of the FA Trophy, they were unfortunately knocked to the side by Arsenal's U23 team.




    As was stated at the end of the last season, leading goalscorer Harry Pratt suffered damaged ligaments and would be out for the rest of the calendar year, so the club brought in striker Scott White from Sunderland for £120k, and he ended up topping the charts in goals this year with 30 total, 24 of them in the league. Alex Bangura maintained his scintillating form from last year, and netted 10 goals himself, 7 of them coming in the league. Bangura also topped the chart in assists, assuming the role of the catalyst for most of the Robins attacking play, he had 12 assists in total, with 11 of them coming in the league. With the club's all-time appearance leader Rhys Paul now at AFC Wimbledon, a familiar face took his place at centreback and led the club in appearances. Making 54 total and 45 in the league, Frederik Nielsen only missed 3 games all year, mostly due to being rested. New Goalkeeper Pawel Sokol signed from Bournemouth for £40k was second, making 46 appearances in total, 40 of them coming in the league. Unsurprisingly he also led the team in clean sheets, with just 8 total coming in the league. Former starter Ryan Galbraith managed 8 total clean sheets, with 4 of them coming in the league.


    Fan's Player of the Year: Alex Bangura


    Dudley's 2024/25 Best XI:


    As part of the agreement for Michael Petersen to stay at Dudley, the club agreed to improve the youth and training facilities, expand the available seating in the stadium, and upgrade the youth category. Progress on these promises were made as the club will now awkwardly relocate to The Bescot Stadium in Walsall until the proposed expansion of 2,500 seats is completed. The club now boast a Youth Category rating of 4, showing great progress in the effort to produce their own talent. The club's finances are teetering a little bit with all of these great expansions, but the club is expected to survive with little to no ramifications.



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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Have you had anyone come in through the youth and become a permanent first team player?

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Legend View Post
    Have you had anyone come in through the youth and become a permanent first team player?
    James Hardy has made 238 league appearances, Dave Cowan has made 189 league appearances, and recent youngster Chris Devlin started the second half of last year after Dustin Geideck left for Karlsruhe.

    Hardy is kind of funny because he started out as a versatile player on the right, and he mostly played as winger until we started advancing and his lack of first touch and finishing led me to start heavily training him as a right back, now he mostly plays right back. Cowan likewise started out as a Ball-Winning Midfielder, where he used to boss the midfield in the lower leagues, as we've gone up, he's changed into an Anchor Man, as his speed and aggression became further apart, he started getting carded more, as a 24-year old now he's got 100 yellow cards and 10 red cards, which is easily the worst disciplined player that I've ever managed in any version of FM.

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    Where Are They Now?
    A brief look at what happened to some former Dudley Town players


    From all the way back in 2017, Adam Harrison was the first goalkeeper under Michael Petersen's regime at Dudley, after departing the club in 2020, he joined Thamesmead Town in the Isthmian First Division North, where he made 58 appearances, after two years there he moved on to Cray Wanderers where he then hung up his cleats in 2023. Also featuring a bunch on those early Dudley teams was centreback Darnell Smith, Smith made 124 appearances for the Duds, and after departing the club in 2021, he joined Wimborne Town, he lasted just three years there before deciding it was time to retire. Former striker Chris Mason who famously lined up next to Harry Pratt during Pratt's more prolific years never found another club, and is now a scout for non-league side Clitheroe. Speaking of strike partners, another one of Harry Pratt's former linemates, Liam Millar now turns out for League Two outfit Carlisle United. He left Dudley after a rift with manager Michael Petersen, but has turned out to be a decent enough signing for Carlisle, netting 22 goals in his 57 appearances.


    The main departures from last year are still with AFC Wimbeldon, both Brandon Barzey and Rhys Paul helped the Dons avoid relegation last year and played as they finished 18th, but well out of the relegation zone. Most of the 2016/2017 team has finished their playing careers, the only one still with the club is late signing Harry Pratt. For those that don't remember, Harry Pratt was signed near the end of the club's 2016/17 season due to an injury to then leading goalscorer Harry Lewis. Pratt came in to the side next to Chris Mason and scored 11 goals in 7 appearances, and the rest as they say, is history. Unfortunately after 291 appearances it would seem as though his club career with Dudley might be over. At the end of the 2023/24 season he suffered major damage to the cruciate ligaments in his knees and missed 10 months, making only 2 appearances in the 2024/25 season before going down with another knee injury. A real legend at Dudley having scored 259 goals for the club, it's a shame to see him go down with such a rash of injuries.


    In terms of new news, the club unveiled their kits for the start of the 2025/26 season:


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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Is Harry Pratt listed as a club legend yet? In fact, while we're at it, how is your standing at the club? Would be great if you lasted long enough to get an arena named after you.

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    2025/26 Season Review


    Another long grueling season in the books for our lads at Dudley, and this one had plenty of excitement to go with it. After a nice League One campaign last year, the club was expected to make some improvements and challenge for playoff spots or even automatic promotion, coupled with aspirations of nice cup runs the club was eager to start the year. Their EFL Cup hopes were dashed when the club faced Watford in the second round, putting up a decent fight, but eventually losing 3-1. An easy draw against National League side Macclesfield Town awaited them in the FA Cup, sadly though Petersen underestimated them, and the club went out 2-1 to the National League side, ending their FA Cup run abruptly. The club fared better in the FA Trophy, making it all the way to the Quarter Finals before falling to the Chelsea U23 team 1-0. The League didn't fare much better at first, hovering mostly at the bottom half of the table until reaching 7th on matchday 18, the club would stay in the 7-13 range for most of the year. As the end of the year approached, the playoff spots were well within reach, and Dudley went on a little run finding themselves 4th going into the final match day, needing only a result against 24th placed Millwall to put them in the playoffs(A win potentially putting them in the Automatic Promotion slot), the club let everyone down, losing 2-0, and with every other result going against the Duds, they fell to 7th on the final day, missing out on the playoffs. While meeting their pre-season expectations, the club overall felt a little disappointed on missing the chance for promotion.
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    The goals were a bit less plentiful this year, new signing Andrew Lynch managed to lead the club in goals scored with 19 total, and 15 in the league, impressive for coming off the bench for the majority of the year. Scott White, last years top goalscorer battled nagging injuries for most of the year and managed just 15 goals, with 13 of them coming in the league. Thibaud Verlinden in his 4th year with the club managed to take over the playmaking duties when Alex Bangura departed for HSV, and got 15 assists in total, 11 of them in the league. Bangura's replacement on the left, Demetri Mitchell was second with 11 total assists, 9 of those coming in the league. Centreback Frederik Nielsen once again led the club in appearances, making 51 in total and 43 in league. New signing Demetri Mitchell was second with 45 total appearances, 39 of them in the league. Pawel Sokol, the subject of many transfer bids from above stayed another year with the club and improved drastically, netting the club 16 total clean sheets, 14 of them in the league.


    Fan's Player of the Year: Dave Cowan
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    In other club news, the team has been granted an improved youth category ranking, now in Category 3, the club is looking at once again improving their training and youth facilities as the club pushes onward trying to make it as high as the once semi-professional team can. The club also announced that after two straight months of selling out the new 7,500 capacity Dudley Stadium, that after the 2026/27 season, they will once again expand, allowing up to 8,964 people in the stadium. In less good news, Dudley-born James Hardy, whom at the time had made 256 appearances so far for Dudley suffered major damage to cruciate ligaments in November and missed the rest of the year, and will go on to miss the beginning of the 2026/27 season. Hardy and Cowan are good friends having come through the ranks with Dudley together, both having made their debuts in the Midland Premier Division, and playing their first full-seasons together in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier.



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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Upset Alert

    After a hard fought first tie where Dudley managed a 2-2 draw after a 70th minute own goal tied the game for them, they have come back at the Hawthorns and defended their little heart outs.



    A 49th minute strike from Andrew Lynch proved to be the winner, with the club sitting 1st in the Sky Bet League One, and headed to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, things are looking good after two anonymous years in League One.

    After arriving for a then club record of £325k, Midfielder Ben Morton moved on to Championship side Bristol City in January for £275k. Morton was relegated to the subs bench after the signing of Jonjo Shelvey last season and Jan Eliasen's breakout season being paired with Shelvey.

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