This is a piece i have been asked to do for a season preview for the Guardian Newspaper, just thought i would share it with a few now, before it's published i believe on 8th August, Happy Reading.
Story of the summer- After the euphoria of last season it’s back to reality and back down to hard-work for the Manager, Players and Member’s of the Club’s board. Valuable team member’s of recent season’s in Gareth Seddon, Sean Clancy and the best ever non league player in Jamie Vardy has moved to Leicester for a seven figure sum, special mention to Richard Brodie who scored a few important goals for us as well, but some experienced and what will be hopefully great League 2 players in Damien Johnson, Jon Parkin ,Barry Nicholson & Steven Gillespie have made team’s in League 2 sit up and take note we are not here to make up the numbers.
What the fans want - tough one being are 1st season ever in FL, some say top 10,some say play-off shake up, some want automatic and possible CHAMPIONS??, In my honest opinion with the squad and signings made, I will be very disappointed if were are not in top 7 come end of season.
What they’ll actually get – I believe the fans will get a top 7 finish and it will be a great debut season regardless of what other fans from Fleetwood or other teams may say, (I would actually love a trip to Wembley) as I know many of the younger fans who never experienced the FA Vase in 1985 would as well.
One to watch – we have had a few promising youngster who have come and gone without a whisper Adam Sumner, Joe Camozzi , Jack Duggan to mention a few, but going of what I hear from people within and around the club they have high hopes for are new 1st year pro Jamie Allen. Jamie has great skill and ability and has made an impression within the 1st team and on the squad already by all accounts, let’s hope he works hard and gets a chance to shine.
We’ll finish – in my own personal opinion I think we will finish between 3rd and 5th, I believe Rotherham are the team to beat, and teams like Us, Bradford, Chesterfield, Cheltenham, and are 1st game opposition Torquay will be in the mix again, I think we have enough firepower and strength in depth to get us out or have a real good go at the league and with teams promoted from conference doing well (Stevenage, Crawley an teams like Carlisle, Doncaster before them)