Dorking Wanderers #24

Welcome back to the blog and the first season in the Premier League with Dorking.

Due to some technical troubles, I’ve lost all screenshots I did during this part of the season. Therefore I have to do with what I have.

Transfer Window

Not much action here, other than a transfer that we did in the summer. Runar Bergheim from Rosenborg finally arrived to bolster our defence. He’s already a quality defender at 18 and with room to grow. Remember that the screenshot is taken at the end of the season. Hopefully, he can be a crucial player for us for years to come. A wonderkid that, without a doubt, will establish him as one of the best in the league.

Premier League

We had a fantastic month in January! After we lost the first game against Chelsea, we scored for fun, beating United 6-3 at Old Trafford as the definitive highlight of the month. Extra fun that Isak Hansen-Aaroen scored two goals against his former club. We continued the fine form in February, winning all three games and only conceding one goal. Louie Barry was back on the scoresheet with four goals in the first two games and is finally fulfilling his potential and establishing himself as a Premier League striker.
March was another good month, with 10 out of 12 possible points. 3-3 against Liverpool is a solid result.
In April, we had a tough run of games against excellent opponents. Still, I expected more than zero points based on our form and results against other top teams. Going into April, we had a good hang on qualifying for Europe. Going to St.Mary’s, we were guaranteed a spot if we won. After Jude Soonsup-Bell gave us an early lead after four minutes, we had the upper hand for the rest of the game. 3-0 sent us to Europe and Southampton down to the Championship after 17 seasons in the Premier League.
In the last game of the season, we smashed Everton 5-1 at home and climbed to 5th, beating Tottenham on goal difference. What a fantastic way to end the first season in the Premier League!

FA Cup

This year’s excellent start to the FA Cup with a 7-0 win in the third round. Five goals in one game from Bryan Fiabema is a new record for the club.
We faced a formidable opponent in the next round, and Tottenham was better than us this time.

Westhumble Academy

It was another excellent season for the academy, and this season both the U23s and U18s were playing in competitive leagues.
The U23s won the U23 PDL after facing Bournemouth in the final. Several first-team players contributed along the way, and in the final, both Riccio and Fiabema played an important part.

The U18s also won the title this season and did it with style. Playing sixteen games, they went unbeaten with 13 wins and three draws. An outstanding achievement from the young Wanderers!
They also came to the sixth round of the FA Youth Cup, losing to Newcastle in a tight game.

We also had a new intake since last time, and by the looks of it, we do not need to find any new full-backs externally in a few years.

Players from the academy with first-team games.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy this save as much as I do!

/ FM Veteran


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