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    The Dudley Town Chronicles


    Dudley Town FC in 10th level of English Football have gone through a takeover and are looking to pull up some trees on the way up the Pyramid. New chairman Lee Sheridan has taken a bold first step in appointing a 28-year old American as his first Manager, Michael Petersen. The unknown manager took charge on 4 August, 2016, just days ahead of the opening fixture against Wolves Casuals. Petersen was quick to appoint former Salford Assistant Manager Stuart Rudd as his Assistant. With only a few days before the league kicks off, Michael will have to assemble his Dudley team quickly, as the West Midlands look on with a passing curiosity.

    (Periodic updates and such, nothing terribly fancy, FM17.)

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    I shall be following this intently Mike. I'm sure you'll do a stellar job. Good luck!
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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    January rolls around with the league in full swing, and Petersen has Dudley flying high. Abandoning the traditional 4-4-2 after a mixed bag of results in the first 7 games, The Duds have gone on to secure 17 straight wins in the League after converting to an Attacking 3-5-2, vaulting them into first place. Former Villa trainee Harry Lewis is leading the line with 20 goals, with 26-year old journeyman Chris Mason not far behind as his partner with 14 goals. Former QPR man Will Page sets everything up on the right for this Dudley team, contributing 10 assists so far. Danny Forde commands the middle, and captains the new look Dudley Robins. Fans have started warming up to the 10th level team as well. Attendances starting out in the low teens have gotten as high as 70 now, with fans curious as to what this club has to offer. In a short interview, head man Petersen had said that he had hoped playing an entertaining brand of football and securing good results would start up a small fan gathering. Assistant Stuart Rudd was quick to add that fans would be wise to buy in now, as the club itself has lofty ambitions.

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    2016 Year in Review



    Dudley Town made some waves in the West Midlands Premier Division, finishing first by an astounding 18 points. They did so with an amazing team effort, as no one player really stood out amongst the lot, they all contributed a fair amount to the team's overall success. A 19-game win streak set the stage for the season as the Duds didn't lose from September 17th, until the new year succumbing to a draw at Wellington on February 4th. Petersen guided his men to a great season that will hopefully give them momentum as they test their mettle following promotion to the Midland Premier Division. A slightly longer than expected run in the FA Vase, bowing out in the Fourth Round proper to United Counties Premier Division outfit Yaxley.


    As far as individual achievements go, 23-year old Will Bor was the ever-present stalwart for the club, appearing in 36 league games and 7 FA Vase games for a total of 43 appearances, all starting. Even after missing 5 weeks with a groin strain Harry Lewis netted 25 goals in the league, and 6 goals in the FA Vase for 31 total. The 5-man midfield created most of the goals for the year, led by winger Will Page with 17 total assists, 13 of those coming in the league. Midfield compatriots Dan Vinten, Danny Forde, and Will Bor contributed 11 assists each. 19-year old Harry Pratt was signed on March 7th after Harry Lewis went down with an injury, and in his 7 appearances managed to tie Harry Lewis with 5 Player of the Match awards, while contributing 11 goals and 3 assists. The Goalkeeping duties were shared by 23-year old Luke Hutchings and 22-year old Tom Wellham, combining for 25 clean sheets, 15 and 10, respectively.


    Tom Wellham is the only notable player to not make the cut in the coming year, having been released when his contract expired, Tom Wellham was said to be happy he was leaving Dudley Town, and had hoped his time there would've gone better than it did. On the staff side of things, Head of Youth Development Oliver Breacker left for National League South side Hungerford to take the same position.


    The 2016-17 Dudley Town Fan's Player of the Year: Harry Lewis



    The upcoming 2017-18 Season Preview



    The Lower League papers seem to believe in Petersen's management ability, and the talent of the players, with Chris Mason and Harry Pratt being named in the Preseason Team of the Year, and Petersen being tipped with a chance of guiding the Duds to a second straight promotion. When asked about his expectations, the media-shy Petersen responded coyly by saying "Just watch and enjoy." A growing sentiment amongst Dudley Town fans is that the new chairman and manager might just be the ones to take them out of the lower leagues. But much remains to be seen.

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    It always appears to me that the bottom six or so of the ten leagues are about even in terms of the player quality level. Are they all on amateur contracts too?

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Cage View Post
    It always appears to me that the bottom six or so of the ten leagues are about even in terms of the player quality level. Are they all on amateur contracts too?
    Everyone in the Starting XI is on Part-Time contracts, a few of the backups/substitutes are on Non-Contracts and Amateur deals.

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    I enjoy threads like this, and it has been an interesting journey thus far so you have a reader in me. Keep it up!




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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    January 2018 Report

    The season started off with some depth signings, 17-year old winger Brandon Barzey joined from QPR's academy, as well as a trio of 18-year olds including centre-back Darnell Smith, goalkeeper Adam Harrison, and midfielder Remmell Fitton. All four players quickly established themselves as first-team quality players and while Barzey missed the first 5 weeks with a bum ankle. It was clear the Dudley team needed to shore up with depth as they would be competing of four fronts this year. The Midland Football League, the FA Vase, the FA Cup, and the Midland Football League Cup.


    The year got off to a flying start, 13 games without a loss until Dudley were knocked out in the 3rd Qualifying round of the FA Cup to Southern Premier League outfit Redditch United. They'd lose again 12 days later to Quorn, making it their first loss in their new league. A furious manager rallied the troops after the loss, and they began to smash teams again, averaging 3 goals a game over another 13 game period that saw 12 wins and 1 draw.


    Petersen's tactic genius at these lower levels isn't being tested, but it's clear his 3-5-2 is proving hard to break down by these lower league teams. They currently have 3 games in hand, and are five points ahead of second place Westfields. The team has managed to make the fourth round of both the FA Vase and the MFL Cup, so we'll see if Petersen's men have what it takes to multiple trophies in the cabinet.




    20-year old Harry Pratt, signed last year as cover for the injured Harry Lewis has well and truly come into his own, in just half a season he's managed to net 40 goals and 18 assists across all competitions in just 31 appearances. Clearly a favorite the Player of the Year at this point, it will take a special defence to stop this young striker.




    We'll find out shortly if this team has what it takes to compete in the higher reaches of the lower levels. Lee Sheridan has also announced a temporary partnership with Coventry City to help the club out financially, and for Coventry to be able to send players on loan to ge them first team experience.
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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    Great game! Enjoying this diary, hoping to get mine finally going, still can't get steam screenshot working but will just use the old print screen and paint technique. Who are St. Andrews?

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    2017/2018 Year in Review


    It's clear the Midlands weren't ready for Petersen's band of Robins as the Dudley Town crew smashed the record books, and the rest of the division en route to a Midland Football League title by a comfortable 24 points. Quorn and Shepshed were the only teams to best the Duds in the League this year, the rest of the league wasn't quite ready. The FA Cup was a nice fruitful venture for the team, almost making the proper rounds, but ultimately leaving the competition losing away to Redditch. The board and supporters had lofty ambitions for the Midland Football League Cup, but Petersen clearly didn't share their ambition, as he fielded a weakened side against Long Eaton United and were ousted in the Fourth Round. However the decision paid off, as he was able to win away to Bournemouth FC en route to winning the FA Vase.




    Harry Pratt continued his wonderful form for the entire year, named the Midland Premier Divisions Player of the Year appearing in all 42 games, and netting 41 goals, contributing 25 assists and being named Player of the Match an astounding 17 times. Harry recently signed a new deal with Dudley leaving supporters elated that the best player they've seen will be continuing his career trajectory with the Robins. In all Harry Pratt made 60 appearances in all competitions, scoring an amazing 69 goals, and a wonderful 33 assists. His Strike partner, while less prolific, still had a great season by many accounts, Chris Mason scored 21 goals ins his 35 appearances, and contributed 17 assists to the cause as well. Adam Harrison, the former Leicester trainee, spent every league game in goal, getting 16 clean sheets, and conceding a goal per game, letting in 42 goals in his 42 appearances. Rhys Paul was ever-present for the Duds, along with another man in his 3-man defense, new signing Darnell Smith made 59 appearances alongside Paul, providing solid cover all-year round. In exciting news for fans of the future of Dudley as 16-year old James Hardy made his way through the youth ranks and ended up taking over for an injured Will Page on the right and made 12 total appearances including 9 in the league. The only staff news of note was a couple of new faces around The Dell Sports Ground as 38-year old Jonah Rook joined the scouting ranks, and 43-year old former Burton coach Neill Hornby joined as the club's first general coach.


    Fan's Player of the Year:

    The 2017/18 Dudley Town Best XI:






    The clubs financial outlook is looking better than imagined, as winning the FA Vase netted the club a cool $25,000 to put the club in the green for the year, but with just $7,000 in the bank, the club's financial outlook for the future is in a bit of question without considerable investment from club chairman Lee Sheridan. Hopes that the entertaining football the club provides continues to boost attendance are being brought forth again as the club earned promotion for the second time in two years, but after averaging just shy of 100 attendees during the League season, it remains to be seen if the clubs climb will start attracting more fans.
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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    James Hardy? Broken James or Hardy Party? What will be the nickname used? I wonder if itll be smooth sailings all the way up to the bpl or if at some point youll meet a wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Legend View Post
    James Hardy? Broken James or Hardy Party? What will be the nickname used? I wonder if itll be smooth sailings all the way up to the bpl or if at some point youll meet a wall.
    Depends if he breaks into the first team full-time I would think, he's going back to the u18 squad unless Page gets injured again. He's got good potential, but I think he'll end up being a good player in 2-3 years.

    I'm afraid it'll probably be boring til we get to the real leagues in the game (National Conference). The game isn't meant to handle that many leagues down and the CA/PA kind of show that, I expect to hit the wall quickly in the National Conference South in 2 years.

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    2018/19 Season Preview


    First year in the Northern First Division South, and the Robins are one of the favorites to go up. Pundits and colleagues alike are in awe of the fast-rising club from the West Midlands. The club suffered one major loss in the off-season, midfielder Remmell Fitton was seen off from the club and heads to Boston United in National League North for a princely sum of £5,000. Some of the players who made the climb from the West Midland Regional League were met with their walking papers, Rob Elvins, Tom Clarke, David Barnett, and Dan Vinten all with 40 or more appearances, and all original members of Petersen's first squad at Dudley Town left on good terms. Elvins now plays for Alsager Town in the North West Counties League, Tom Clarke turns out for Taunton Town in the Southern First Division South/West, Vinten and Barnett remain unattached.


    New faces bringing more depth the club show Petersen's preference of youth. The oldest amongst them is 27-year old Kenny Strickland joining from Skelmersdale. Sam Whittall a 24-year old midfielder formerly of Rushall joins the club hoping to cement himself as a starter for the newly promoted club. 4 19-year olds join and a lone 18-year old also join the fold, Two were released from the Cardiff City academy.


    Harry Pratt is tipped to take home the Golden Boot again, while club stalwart and unsung hero of the defence Rhys Paul is set to take the captaincy from the departing Rob Elvins. Paul has only missed two league games in his Dudley Town career, and is eager to take on his new role in the new league. The Preseason was mostly uneventful, though club favorite Harry Lewis damaged his achilles tendon, and won't be making a first team appearance for the rest of 2018.



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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    How many people are left from the original club and do you have any intention of trying to bring some of them all the way to the top, even if they are writhing on the bench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Legend View Post
    How many people are left from the original club and do you have any intention of trying to bring some of them all the way to the top, even if they are writhing on the bench?
    I highly doubt that any of the clubs players will be playing for me by the time I make it to the Football League. I might favor some of them if they turn into coaches later in their careers though.

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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    2018 Mid-Season Review


    Another relatively easy season was expected for the Duds, even after two promotions in two years. Michael Petersen has worked miracles with the club and made some very shrewd signings, including the much talked about in the Non-League Papers Harry Pratt. The now 21-year old striker has been instrumental in Dudley Town's continued success. Leading the line as prolific striker who scores with the greatest of ease. This season has proven no different, as he leads all goalscorers with 25 goals, even after missing 4 games due to a thigh strain. New signing Ken Strickland has done well sitting in the middle of the field, contributing 7 assists so far in the campaign. After missing the end of last year and the beginning of Pre-Season Right Winger Will Page returned and is second to only club stalwart Rhys Paul in appearances so far.


    The club fought well during the Pre-Season, a nice friendly against Boston United was arranged as a part of the deal that brought Remmell Fitton to Boston. The Robins went on to win that friendly 4-2, however a quick return to reality was meant to be for boys from Dudley as they brought back down to earth by consecutive 3-1 losses to Port Vale and Coventry. Like most Dudley seasons though, the team hit the ground running going 16 games without a loss. Their FA Cup run met them with a bit a familiarity as the team travelled once again to Jakemans Community Stadium to face Boston United. Fans travelled and were optimistic about securing a result, but they fell to the Pilgrims 5-1. The team also went out in the 2nd Qualifying Round in the FA Trophy losing to Isthmian Premier outfit Harlow Town.


    It was also an interesting first half of the season for Dudley lead man Michael Petersen, as he was offered some new positions, first an opportunity to take over National League side Aldershot Town, not feeling any pressure, Petersen elected to turn down the interview. Things would get more interesting two weeks later as League Two side Blackpool came battering the Manager's door at The Dell Sports Ground. In a bit of a panic move by chairman Lee Sheridan, and a power play move by Michael Petersen, the club was able to sign Petersen to a new 2-year deal with the added bonus of investing more into the Dudley juniors program letting the club invest in a better and brighter future. The clubs financial situation has drastically improved this year, thanks to the average attendance boost to nearly 300 spectators a game so far. Now with £46,000 in the bank, the club is looking at improving more in the future. The future is bright in the West Midlands.

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    2018/19 Season Review


    Another season in the books for Dudley Town, and another promotion, and title to boot. Dudley struggled a bit more this season as their competition is clearly beginning to catch up with them. The team suffered 7 losses on their campaign, compared to just 5 the last two league seasons. They still managed to win the league with a comfortable 8 point lead. As previously shown, the club went out of the FA Cup to Boston United in the Second Qualifying round. They also met their demise in the FA Trophy in the First Qualifying Round to Isthmian Premier outfit Harlow Town. A deeper run awaited the club in the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup, reaching the Quarter Final before losing 2-1 to Witton Albion.




    Leading the scoring charts again was Harry Pratt with 47 total goals including 36 in the league, his strike partner also contributed 29 goals in total with 25 of those in the league, he also led the team in assists with 19 total, and 15 in the league. Club stalwart Rhys Paul once again led the team in appearances, 52 total times he took the pitch this year, including all 42 league games. Rhys has played the last three years making a total of 118 appearances in the leagues and 153 appearances for the club overall. Adam Harrison once again manned the net for the Robins, appearing in all 42 league games, compiling 13 clean sheets. All four have signed deals into 2020, and will join the team at the next level of English football.


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    2017/18 Best XI


    The clubs finances got a huge boon this year as club attendance jumped to 353 average, and included a huge boost at the end of the year, as the club broke 1,000 attendees at The Dell Sports Ground, with a total of 1,003 in attendance to watch the club see out the season in a 2-2 draw against season long title rivals Worksop. The club now sits on £37,000 in the bank and it's looking good as the club continues to climb up the ranks in English Football.


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    Re: The Dudley Town Chronicles

    So what tier in English football are you in now Mike? Looks like you've been on a roll with them so far.
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    I think he typoed and that's supposed to be 2018/19 Season Review so he's just finished his 3rd season and entering the 7th division.

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