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Author:   Adinio
Date:   Mar 27, 14 at 1:48pm (PST)
Subject:   Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Gary is back, Marcus is back and there are some new faces.

IT RETURNS




Shimada has been put on hold.





Author:   Bluestillidie00
Date:   Mar 27, 14 at 1:54pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Guess who's back, back again, Saintragler's back, tell a friend!

Awesome Adinio. Can't wait for it too begin!



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Mar 28, 14 at 12:09pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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21/5/06: Leeds United vs Saintragler Rovers


The stage is set here in Cardiff. Leeds have been clinical this season through the likes of Rob Hulse up front while Saintragler have an equally adept forward in 28 year old Scotland international Marcus Antberk. It will be a tight battle here.

"Here's Shaun Derry striding forward early on. It's out to the left flank with Eddie Lewis. Back to Derry, unmarked, GOAL! Shaun Derry gives Leeds the lead after just 7 minutes. The Rovers defence was all over the place."

"Antberk picks up the ball and he's running. Switched out to Ruben Darlow, instant return to Antberk, here is the Rovers captain, round fellow countryman Sullivan and in! GOAL! Antberk has levelled it just before the break."

"15 minutes left. The ball is out on the right with Antberk, feints inside and OH WHAT A HIT! ANTBERK DRILLS IT INTO THE TOP CORNER AND SAINTRAGLER LEAD! A sea of yellow behind Neil Sullivan's goal roar 'We all live in a yellow submarine' from the stands. The boys from Brixton have done it!"

"5 left here in Cardiff. Derry finds Hulse, Hulse finds David Healy on the right flank. Great ball from the Northern Ireland man it's HULSE!!!!! ROB HULSE EQUALISES WITH 87 MINUTES PLAYED! The English striker glances the ball into Jay Chamberlain's bottom corner. Heading for extra time it seems."

"The ref's whistle is imminent, one last throwing forward. Young midfielder Paul Oxford plays a big ball up, flicked on, ANTBERK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SAINTRAGLER ROVERS ARE HEADING FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR HISTORY! THE SCOT COMPLETES HIS HATTRICK WITH A BEAUTIFUL VOLLEY. Leeds: 2 Saintragler: 3"

"IT'S ALL OVER! MARCUS ANTBERK'S HATTRICK HAS SENT SAINTRAGLER INTO THE PREMIER LEAGUE. WATCH OUT BIG BOYS, THE BOYS FROM BRIXTON ARE COMING!





TO BE CONTINUED





Please say if you want a tag.



Author:   Bluestillidie00
Date:   Mar 28, 14 at 12:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Great Update Adinio. Wouldn't mind a tag



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Mar 30, 14 at 11:04am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Bluestillidie00







2006/07: The fight for survival


The great escape. Saintragler Rovers are the Houdini's of the Premier League. After 35 games, they were 19th and almost certainly down, but young USA shot-stopper Jay Chamberlain's 270 minute spell without conceding leap-frogged the Saints over Charlton and Wigan Athletic to secure top flight football for next year. John Donnell, the Saintragler manager, has been praised despite a tough season in the bottom half of the table. Captain Marcus Antberk was the team's top goalscorer with 8 goals and the 29 year old Scotland striker was subject of a £1.5m bid from Reading. A handful of youngsters started to get a first team place with twins Mark and Frank Beck making their senior debuts aged 19. Both of them accepted call-ups to the Welsh national team. Changes will have to be made next year, if Saintragler are to survive.






Author:   Parmar1993
Date:   Mar 30, 14 at 11:07am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Great last few games from the Saints.

But Bromley.



Author:   BenficaAjaxMan
Date:   Mar 30, 14 at 11:16am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Why'd you start in 2006?

And Eddie Lewis



Author:   Parmar1993
Date:   Mar 30, 14 at 11:16am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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quote BenficaAjaxMan
Why'd you start in 2006?

And Eddie Lewis :)
Enter The Lilywhites started in 1997. Storyline purposes.



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Mar 30, 14 at 11:21am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Parmar1993 - Haha, you'll see more of them soon.

BenficaAjaxMan - Because last year Saintragler became a bit of a cult team in the forum, and I wanted to give them some backstory. 2006 was when they went up, and I wanted to let the reader see the development of the team.



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Apr 06, 14 at 7:18am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Bluestillidie00







2007-08: The rise of Beck and demise of Antberk

Marcus Antberk


2007-08 proved to be a huge season for Saintragler in terms of strides in personnel and it league position. After narrowly escaping relegation in the previous season, the Rovers qualified for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup after finishing 8th and winning the Carling Cup at the disposal of Chelsea in a dramatic fashion. However, despite this incredible season, Marcus Antberk only played 5 games, the first five of the season, before suffering Anterior Cruciate Ligament damage during a clash with Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell. However, he still managed 3 goals and August player of the month. As Antberk faced 6 months on the sidelines, his namesake Mark Beck took centre stage. The 20 year old striker, fresh from success with Wales at the U21 European Championships where he captained his nation to second place, scoring in the final. Beck was linked strongly with Liverpool during the summer window but he rejected a contract from the Merseyside club to stay on Arcade Street. He scored 17 goals and was named Writer's Young Player of the Season. His brother Frank was a sporadic player due to Will Beyagurry's run in the team. Beck was a mainstay in the Welsh national team with Frank, 18 year old left back Gareth Bale, who had recently joined Spurs from Southampton for £10m, and badboy striker Ched Evans of Manchester City. Beck was handed the open number 9 shirt at the end of the season.



In the Carling Cup, the two-legged semi-final resulted in great drama. Although Chelsea beat Everton quite comfortably, Saintragler drew 1-1 with London rivals Arsenal despite taking the the lead through Mark Beck. However, the second leg will go down in history as one of the best games ever played at the Samsung Stadium. Mark Beck opened the scoring with a clinical finish after 3 minutes before Nicklas Bendtner headed Paul Oxford's corner into his own net. Then, English striker Alex Voxxel headed home after a cross from Beyagurry to make it 3-0. With the game slipping from Arsenal's hands, Oxford scored with a long range drive to seal the game. Emmanuel Adebayor scored a consolation goal but sub Frank Beck's solo effort in stoppage time rounded off a whopping 5-1 win.



The final proved to be an event of pure drama. Chelsea looked almost certain to brush aside their opponents and claim their first silverware of the season. That looked the case as they dominated the first 45 and pushed the Rovers back into their own half. Didier Drogba opened the scoring with a powerful header after Joe Cole's run and cross. That was how it stayed with Chelsea dominating and £30m striker Andriy Shevchenko looking certain to score with 5 good opportunities. However, Jay Chamberlain was up to the task time and time again. However, with 20 minutes remaining, a twist occured. Saintragler had a penalty. Frank Beck, starting on the left wing ahead of Beyagurry who had a hamstring strain, took on Juliano Beletti down the right. The former Barcelona defender swiped at 20 year old Beck and Mark Halsey had no choice but to give a penalty and book Beletti. Paul Oxford took it and powered it past Petr Cech to level the tie. Extra time rolled around soon enough and 4 minutes in, things went from bad to worse for Chelsea. Tired legs couldn't match the pace of Voxxel, who beat Michael Essien on the halfway line before squaring the ball across John Terry to find Beck who beat the onrushing Cech to tap into the empty net to send the Saints fans in the ground and everywhere around the country wild. It marked a huge landmark for the club and rewarded John Donnell with his first silverware away from Bohemians.


The Saints starting XI against Chelsea





Sorry for inactivity



Author:   Bluestillidie00
Date:   Apr 06, 14 at 8:31am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Antberk. He's dying out! Nooooooo!



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Apr 06, 14 at 8:33am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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quote Bluestillidie00
Antberk. He's dying out! Nooooooo!
It gets worse



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Apr 14, 14 at 6:32am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Bluestillidie00







2008-09: Changing faces

Saintragler's starting XI for the season


2008-09 saw a period of change for the Saints. Firstly, Frank Beck joined Chelsea for £9m after his electric performance against them in the Carling Cup final. Veteran defender Igor Magnussen went back to his native Sweden with AIK and 23 year-old midfielder Alex Benson moved to Portsmouth. However, there were ins as well. John Donnell reunited with young Bohemians defender Harry O'Neill, Manchester City's former Celtic striker Clive Timbershow arrived, as did Nuremberg defender James Parker. Saintragler signed Everton midfielder Jack Hampshire for £5m. Also, Kilmarnock winger David McArthur completed a £750,000 move to the Brixtan club.




In the UEFA Cup, the Saints started with a wobble after a masterclass from Antonio Di Natale in Italy. However, they responded with a 4-0 crushing of Dinamo Zagreb at the Samsung Stadium. Ben Lothar's cross was headed in by new signing Clive Timbershow, attacking midfielder Jack Hampshire rifled in from the edge of the area before Alex Voxxel bundled Paul Oxford's corner over the line and late substitute Marcus Antberk scored a left footed volley to seal a 4-0 win. Mark Beck hit a match winner in the Netherlands as Saintragler narrowly edged Nijmegen. The Wales striker converted a 35th minute penalty after Clive Timbershow's shot had been handled in the area. Then, the Saints travelled to Russia to face Spartak and despite 2 goals from Roman Pavyluchenko, Mark Beck's double rescued the Saints are sent their Russian opponents crashing out of the UEFA Cup at the group stage. Then, it was Shakhtar Donetsk and on a rainy night in the Donbass Arena, what looked like a glorious chance turned into despair as Brazilian duo Luiz Adriano and Willian gave them a 2-0 win in Ukraine. In the return leg at the Samsung Stadium, Mariusz Lewandowski scored from Razvan Rat's cross to virtually put the tie to bed, with Mark Beck's beautiful chip only consolation as they bowed out to the eventual champions.



The Saints just missed out on qualification for the newly re-branded Europa League by 2 points as Arsenal avenged their 5-0 humbling in the semi finals of the Carling Cup of 2007-08. Mark Beck and Clive Timbershow made a big and little partnership as Timbershow, now a full Scotland international, provided the physical presence and Beck gave the technical ability. Combined, they scored 21 goals, with Beck providing 13 of these goals and Timbershow getting 8. Jack Hampshire, the 21 year old England U21 midfielder won PFA Young Player of the year, narrowly edging Keiran Fehmi of Bromley. Hampshire made 9 assists and 36 key passes. Marcus Antberk's deterioration continued as he stepped down from the captaincy at the end of the season. Antberk only made 15 appearances, with 5 starts. In January, Mexican Ernesto Vela joined the club from champions Manchester United after becoming frustrated at his lack of game time for £4m. Mark Beck received offers from Liverpool and Chelsea but instead signed a 5 year deal worth £25,000 a week. Saintragler now push on ahead of the new season.




IT RETURNS



Author:   Adinio
Date:   Apr 16, 14 at 7:43am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Bluestillidie00







2009-10: Better and better


History was made in 2009-10. After an 8th place finish in their third season in the top flight, Saintragler had greater aims. They signed Jeonbuk FC's 22 year old winger Kim Pa Jip in the off season as well as loaning in Wacker Berlin midfielder Max Verhoek. Alongside these players, 19 year old Marseille forward Jeremy Rodelin joined for £3.2m. Mark Beck was reportedly late in his return from Madrid after Wales' World Cup Qualifier against Spain, with reports the 22 year old striker was in talks with Real Madrid. However, Beck arrived in America for the Saints pre-season training on time and proved sharp in friendlies against DC United, Seattle Sounders and Liverpool. Luckily, a transfer saga was avoided. The Saints started the season with a 3-1 win away at Blackburn, with Rodelin scoring a late solo goal to cap the victory. This was the manner in which they continued to perform, winning 4 on the bounce and sitting comfortably in 3rd place come the end of August. However, their first big test came against champions Man United at Old Trafford. The infamous 'Fergie Time' trend continued, as striker Wayne Rooney hit a 96th minute winner to deny the Saints a precious 1-1 draw. However, the Saints showed real character throughout the season and stars started to emerge. Kim, expected to be the back up to the ambidextrous England winger Ben Lothar, started to force his way into the first team and sparkle on the right flank. He will be remembered for his solo run against York where he beat Giedrius Arlauskis twice before chipping Welthon in the net. Max Verhoek had a slow start but one game, a London derby with West Ham, changed his season. Verhoek, in the starting lineup ahead of the suspended James Hampshire, scored a brace and crossed for Clive Timbershow to giv them a 3-0 win. However, a knee injury the next week cut his loan spell short and he returned to Germany for treatment.


The regular line up used during the season.


Harry O'Neill broke into the first team after a season in the reserves. The young full back had made his Ireland debut during the season. The former Bohemians defender uprooted 28 year old fellow Irishman Richard Harty to earn a starting spot. Jeremy Rodelin, despite only playing twice in his whole career at Marseille, established himself on the right wing with Kim on the left with the two regularly switching. However, after doing battle with moneybags Manchester City for 4th place, one game would define whether the Saints would go to Europe or not. With 87 minutes gone, Rodelin ran past Bridge on the right flank. He crossed the ball to the far post. t was cleared by Julian Lescott. His clearance fell to sub Alex Voxxel who hit the ball on the bounce to secure Champions League for the first time in the club's history. James Hampshire shone again, and warranted a call to England's World Cup squad aged a tender age of 22.

World Cup 2010

England's World Cup Squad


The World Cup followed the season. 3rd place Bromley produced 9 of the 23 man squad through captain Martin Robertson, defenders Anthony Cleevely, Ian Morris, Dan Potts and Charlie Curbishley, midfielder Amir Parmar and strikers Lewis Collins, Roy Griffifths and Luke Davenport. Two Saintragler players, Ben Lothar and James Hampshire were called up. Notable omissions were injured Rio Ferdinand, Theo Walcott, Jermaine Defoe, Darren Bent, Peter Crouch and David James. Aston Villa duo Adam Fry and Gabby Agbonlahor were tipped for places but they both missed out on spots. Fry joined champions Chelsea during the summer. Hampshire started the warm up game against Japan but struggled and was taken off for eventual match winner Joe Cole. Ben Lothar didn't play in the friendlies. England played America, who had Saints players Jay Chamberlain, James Parker and Will Beyagurry in their ranks. Beyagurry shocked England with an early opener, but goals from Lewis Collins and Wayne Rooney's first World Cup goal made it 2-1, before Anthony Cleevely headed Ben Lothar's corner into the net. Against Algeria, Roy Griffifths' brace started the party as Hampshire set up Rooney for the third, before Frank Lampard drilled home a penalty after Collins had gone down in the box. A fifth came from Hampshire who was awarded man of the match for his display. Fabio Capello, who now favored Ben Lothar over Aaron Lennon and James Hampshire over Joe Cole, started the pair against Slovenia. Lothar's low cross was converted by Luke Davenport, making his solitary World Cup appearance, before a Griffifths header and Rooney volley gave England a 3-0 win. Onto the Round of 16 and England did the unthinkable. After Thomas Muller gave Germany the lead, England pressed and just after half time, England got their reward. The ball came to Frank Lampard and after bobbling the ball up with his first touch, the Chelsea man hit a sweet volley that clearly crossed the line. That was not to be the last of the drama, as the game was tied and going to penalties. England's Achilles heel. The Germans were first up, but to everyone's surprise Martin Robertson saved Phillip Lahm's effort with his foot. Lampard stepped up for Englad and despatched the penalty. Everyone scored from then on. Podolski, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Muller. As did England; Gerrard, Rooney, Collins. It came down to the final kick. It was James Hampshire. Germany needed a save to stay in the World Cup. The 22 year old had the chance to finally beat the Germans. And he took it. The stadium erupted. Germany were out and England were through. In the quarters, it was a comfortable 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Then, the Netherlands. Arjen Robben charged down the flank, he had Robin Van Persie in the middle. He beat Glen Johnson. He played a poor ball into the middle. Dan Potts will now be remembered for being the one who scored that own goal, It was a sublime header from the Bromley man, but it went in at the wrong end! England crashed out at the semi finals. However, there was consolidation against Argentina, who had lost to Spain in their semi, as Roy Griffifths and Wayne Rooney saw England get third place.




The rest of the squad failed to get success, but Saintragler came home with two players brimming with confidence, and ready for a new season. However, Bromley had 9 of these (well, other than Potts) and the foundations of a footballing empire had well and truly been laid.




Parmar1993 will like the next update...



Author:   Parmar1993
Date:   Apr 16, 14 at 11:08am (PST)
Subject:   re: Saintragler Rovers - Return of the Saints
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Quick question though... who the *bleep* is Amir Parmar!

also, did you want Anthony Cleevely's stats to put in game? he's a Man City player after betraying me twice but he'll guaranteed to be over 90 overall.

and a quick tip, space out the last paragraph as it's just a wall of text and it's easier to read a couple of medium length paragraphs than a long one.


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